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Tenaha Tiger News



January 17, 2019-7 & 8 Girls/Boys vs Shelbyville (Home) 4:30 pm; Boys/Girls Soccer @ Carlisle 5:00/7:00 pm

January 18, 2019-End 3rd Grading Period; JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs Woden (Home) 4:30 pm

January 19, 2019-HS/MS Region Band Clinic @ Chapel Hill; JVG/JVB vs Joaquin Tourney

January 21, 2019-Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

January 22, 2019-Beginning 4th Grading Period; Boys/Girls Soccer @ Carthage 5:00/7:00 pm; JVG/VG/JVG/VB vs Joaquin (There) 4:30 pm

January 24, 2019-7 & 8 Girls/Boys vs Joaquin (Home) 4:30 pm; Boys Soccer @ Tatum Tournament

January 25, 2019-Boys Soccer Home vs Liberty Ihlau 5:00 pm; Girls Soccer @ Crockett 5:00 pm; JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs Timpson (Home) 4:30 pm; Tiger Café Open

January 26, 2019-Boys Soccer @ Tatum Tournament; MS/HS Robotics @ Bullard

January 28, 2019-Boys Soccer @ Diboll 5:00 pm; Girls Soccer @ Center 5:00 pm; Regular Board Meeting

January 29, 2019-JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs Martinsville (There) 4:30 pm

January 31, 2019-7 & 8 Girls/Boys BB vs Garrison (There) 4:30 pm; Boys/Girls Soccer-NS Small Schools Tournament

February 1, 2019-JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs San Augustine (There) 4:30 pm

February 2, 2019-Boys/Girls Soccer NS Small Schools Tournament





Tenaha ISD Honors School Board This January for Advocating for Local School children



(Tenaha)—January is School Board Recognition Month and Tenaha Independent School District is joining the Texas Association of School boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas school children and public schools.


The men and women serving Tenaha Independent School District are: Aaron Roland-President, Ronald Samford-Vice-President, Vickie Jernigan-Secretary, Robert Barton-Board Member, Tracy Collins-Board Member; Mike Ogden-Board Member; and Colette Cross DePriest-Board Member.


“It’s more important than ever before that the public support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members, Thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community. Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.” Mr. Tyner stated.





Center Intermediate School All A, A/B Honor Rolls for 2nd 9 Weeks 


Center Intermediate School announces the all A and all A/B Honor Rolls for second 9 weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. Students have maintained an above 90 average in all subjects or an above 80 average in all subjects in order to be listed on the Honor Roll.


4th Grade All A Honor Roll
Audrey Adams, Aaron Alvarado-Garcia, Miley Barbee, Guadalupe Bustos-Chavez, Valeria Caporali, Lauren Causey, Kimberly Chaj-Aguilar, Sucely Chaj-Aguilar, James Coffin, Fatima Cortez, Madison Crawford, Reese Davis, Carolyne Diaz, Catalina Hernandez-Perez, Corrine Jackson, Sutton Link, Mollie Moore, Maliah Norris, Keaton Pratt, Jace Radney, Seth Ramirez, Carter Tomlin, Kaylee Vaughn, George Vidrine, Easton Wulf, Hudsyn Wulf


4th Grade AB Honor Roll
Daniela Abella Mondragon, Victoria Aguero, Alondra Almaguer-Luna, Marcus Almaraz, Joseph Alvarado, Arely Arcibar, Theodore Aung, Jakalen Barnes, Eli Bautista, Autumn Bennett, Jeremy Bluford, Payton Brown, Giselle Caporali, Edgar Caraveo, Jean Caraveo, Alyssa Carroll Ruli, Chel-Gutierrez, Peytin Cook, Elgin Crawford, Melanie Sayuri Cruz, Branden Davis, Dallas Dempsey, Harmoni Evans, Mason Fuller, Christopher Gaddy, Juan Gamez, Lupita Garcia-Sanchez, Fredrick Garner, Christopher Gomez, Jonathan Gomez, Alexandra Gonzalez, Eduardo Gonzalez Alvarado, Monica Gonzalez-Moreno, Dalton Halbert, Jardyn Hall, Israel Hernandez, Keithan Horton, Awm Hrung, Mu Hser, Eha Htoo, Le’Viana Hughes, Joshua Ingram, Levi Ivey, Jana Jimenez, Kristen Johnson, Makinzi Johnson, Chloe Jones, Allison Juarez, Jada Lambert, Alicia Landin, Jayden Lane, Eli Lout, James Martin, Natalie Martinez, Xavier Martinez-Gomez, Ethan Midkiff, Bailey Miller, Kalysta Mireles, Diana Mondragon, Diego Moreno, ZaMarkus Moton, Noely Munoz, Wesley Murphree, Kayden Nutt, Ruben Ontiveros, Damion Ovalle, Alejandra Palacios-Lucio, Erienne Pounders, Ayaan Quadri, Abigail Rafael, Allison Ramirez, Cristian Ramirez, Galilea Rebollar, Ana Rios, Miguel Rodriguez-Arellano, Jayden Rojas, David Rojas Diaz, Dayami Salazar, Elizabeth Sanchez, Gabriela Sanchez, Paola Sanchez, Richie Sanchez-De la Cruz, Paw Hei Say, Cynthia Suaste-Sandiego, Colton Thompson, Christopher Torres, David Valdez, Isac Vazquez, Sariah Villegas, Zy’Kevius Villegas, Thun Kyeie Vin, Ronnie Williams


5th Grade All A Honor Roll
Zykerius Barnes, Mary Lee Ca, Lillian Chisenhall, William Cole, Robert Duvon, Daniel Flores Garcia, Michelle Guevara-Garcia, Pablo Huichapa, Avery Lawrence, Eliezer Leon, Madison Nehring, Franil Patel, Rex Payne, Kinzley Pinkston, Jaxon Sanford, Jayden Voigt


5th Grade AB Honor Roll
Christopher Acosta-Magana, Agustin Alvarado, Guillermo Araujo, Aaron Arcibar, Destiny Arcibar, Breeanna Ard, Brylee Ard, Eric Arroyo Aguila, Robert Atchison, Jazmin Bennett, Jose Berlanga Gutierrez, Kayla Betancour, Cambree Bush, Zack Caraveo, Savannah Cassell, Shiloh Cassell, Daisy Castillo-Castillo, Shetalia Chatman, Kylon Cummings, Ashley Custodio, Cason Davis, Alexis Diaz, Edgar Diaz-Aguilar, Kenneth Dunbar, Azul Figueroa, Angel Flores, Laribel Galvan, Veronica Galvan, Angelica Garcia, Grant Gregory, Erik Hidalgo De La Cruz, Kierra Hinson, Elisha Hoyt, Andrew Hunt, Ethan Jackson, Ismael Jackson, Jamie Jenkins, Yoselin Jimenez, Andre Kroll, Avery Lawson, Heather Leon, Jose Marquez, La’Dashe McCollister, Emmalee McKinney, Case Milford, Jacob Miller, Taiya Moore, Jonatan Mora-Soto, Juan Moreno, Irwin Nava Martinez, Eh Tha Nay, Jaxon Olalde, Damayi Parra, Ramiro Ramirez-Flores, Edgar Ruan Aaron Rubalcaba, Cash Ruiz, Christian Small, Rain Smith, Jamarious Suell, Destiny Tinner, London Weathered, Sean White, Hunter Wiggins, Taylor Wilburn, Braydon Williams




Timpson Bear Update





FFA News - Timpson FFA had a great turnout at the Carlisle FFA Jackpot Show on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Timpson FFA had 16 head of cattle and 1 goat in attendance. Exhibitors were April Ramsey (11th), Ally Kimbro (8th), Baylor Kimbro (7th), Cale Cornelius (7th), Keelie McDonald (7th), Mayson Harbison(5th), and Brecken Kimbro(3rd). 



Keelie McDonald 




Baylor Kimbro


We had several class winners and showmanship finalist at the show! Baylor Kimbro was awarded the title of Reserve Champion American Heifer and Champion Intermediate Steer Showman. 

We are extremely proud of these exhibitors for their hard work and dedication. 


JH Basketball Game Update – Coach Jourden reports that Garrison only has one team for JH. We will play the one girls game in between the two JH boys games on January 24th.


Counselor’s Corner - The 2018 Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Graduating Senior Scholarship is now available.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a high school senior attending a school in the Cooperative’s service area and their parent or guardian must be an active member receiving electric service from Deep East Texas Electric Co-op.  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2019.


FFA Show Schedule


January 19th:  Henderson`s Lion Club  (Henderson, Tx) 
                    College Park Show (Conroe, Tx) 
                     Bay Area Bonanza (Baytown, Tx)


February 2nd: Greenville FFA Classic 
                    Spring FFA Booster Club Show  (Spring, Tx)


February 9th: Matagorda County Fairgrounds


February 16th: Van FFA Alumni Jackpot Show (Van, Tx)


February 28th: Shelby County Livestock Show (Center, Tx)

-        This is not a complete list of all shows, but several good options on these weekends.

-        See Margo Hooper for the flyers for these shows and for further information if desired.





Center Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes


Tenaha Girls Soccer Team Finishes 2nd in Tournament




Pictured left to right (front row) Blanca Barrientos, Guadalupe Sandoval, Merly Perales, Vanessa Romero, and Araceli Vasquez.  Left to right (back row) Sarahi Flores, Amy Trejo, Leslie Flores, Giselle Rico, Anayeli Aquilar, Annette Castillo, Cindy Hernandez, Mimi Tovar, Sarai Valencia and Kaylee Gibbs.


The Tenaha Girls’ Soccer team has continued their forward momentum this soccer season by taking second place at the Waskom Invitational Tournament January 10-12th.  The Lady Tigers defeated Center 2-1, Gladewater 3-2, and Carthage 1-0 securing their spot in the championship game against Waskom Saturday the 12th.  Tenaha fought hard but fell short with a score of 2-0.  


The Lady Tigers will be on the road for the remainder of the season.  


January 14th @ Marshall 4:30pm

January 17th @Carlisle 5:00pm

January 22th @ Carthage 5:00pm

January 25th @ Crockett 5:00pm

January 28th @ Center 5:00pm

January 31st- February 2nd @ New Summerfield Small School Tournament TBA

February 5th @ Westwood 5:00pm

February 8th @ Westwood 5:00pm

February 11th @ Carlisle 5:00pm








Shelbyville ISD School Board Appreciation






The month of January is proclaimed School Board Recognition Month to emphasize the importance of the men and women across the state of Texas who serve on school boards.  Shelbyville I.S.D. students benefit every day from the dedication and commitment to public education of our local trustees. 


We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy.  They are truly heroes for our schools.  “Thank You” to the Shelbyville I.S.D. School Board.



SISD School Board Members pictured are:  (front row, L to R) Tim Bradshaw, 5 years; Dr. Ray West, Superintendent; Etola Jones, President, 10 years; Mark Bohannon, Vice-President, 5 years; (back row, L to R); Duane Lout, 7 years; Joe Tom Schillings, 10 years; Joey Lawson, Secretary, 6 years; and Chris Koltonski, 3 years.





SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host fifth annual Diversity Conference




The purpose of the conference is to promote diversity and inclusion on the SFA campus by providing a platform for presenters to share their diversity-related work and experiences with conference attendees. Like many of the OMA’s initiatives, the conference also allows the community to engage in vital multicultural dialogue.

The fifth annual Diversity Conference will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.


SFA students, faculty, staff and Nacogdoches community members are invited to attend. There is no cost to register; however, there is limited seating available for the luncheon.


Attendees may pre-register on the OMA’s website,, or online at









Center ISD School Board Meeting



A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 17, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


Click here for the agenda:





2019 Tenaha Baseball Schedule


Shelbyville Academic UIL


The Shelbyville High School academic UIL team competed at Chireno’s Seventh Annual Academic UIL Invitational Meet on January 12, 2019, with twelve schools competing.  Receiving awards from Shelbyville:


Naquila Barnes - 3rd Place (tie)
Brisa Martinez - 3rd Place (tie)
Kiana Bennett - 5th Place
Trey Smith - 6th Place

Accounting Team - Naquila Barnes, Brisa Martinez, Kiana Bennett - 1st Place


Computer Applications
Jasmine Osby - 1st Place
Chassity Davis - 3rd Place
Ethan Wood - 6th Place

Editorial Writing 
Emily Nicosia - 4th Place


Feature Writing 
Molly Windham - 4th Place
Autumn Hubble - 5th Place
Ashley Harkness - 6th Place


Headline Writing 
Molly Windham - 1st Place
Emily Nicosia - 5th Place

Informative Speaking 
Dawson Jackson - 6th Place

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Hagan Crumpton - 5th Place


Literary Criticism 
Jimmy Jimenez - 1st Place
Mallory Permenter - 2nd Place
Emily Brixey - 3rd Place

Literary Criticism Team - Jimmy Jimenez, Mallory Permenter, Emily Brixey - 1st Place


Trey Smith - 4th Place

News Writing 
Molly Windham - 3rd Place


Number Sense
Trey Smith - 1st Place
Kurtrick Allen - 2nd Place
Naquila Barnes - 5th Place

Number Sense Team - Trey Smith, Kurtrick Allen, Naquila Barnes - 1st Place


Persuasive Speaking
Hagan Crumpton - 5th Place

Poetry Interpretation 
Tykevia Blount - 4th Place
Kirsti Jernigan - 5th Place 


Prose Interpretation
Kelsey Jones - 3rd Place
Eli Taylor - 4th Place


Ready Writing
Molly Windham - 2nd Place
Emily Nicosia - 4th Place?
Azsahlia Cartwright - 6th Place


Kurtrick Allen - 3rd Place


Social Studies
Jordan Williams - 6th Place





Ponies Cap 3-0 Week, Defeat Coastal Bend



After defeating Blinn and Angelina earlier in the week, the Ponies capped a perfect week with a 77-69 victory over visiting Coastal Bend. Panola got off to a quick 8-2 start and were able to build a double digit lead. The lead would stay near double digits until Coastal Bend finished the first half strong and cut it to 42-37 at half.


Panola would have another quick start in the second half building their lead to 56-42 with 14:58 remaining. The game would never be closer than 8 the rest of the way. The Ponies were led by Tariq Simmons with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lenell Henry added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Franklyn Penn chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. 


Panola is now 15-3 on the season and 5-1 in Region XIV. Next game will be Wednesday at Paris.





A Strong Third Quarter Propels the Fillies over the Cougars




A 19-10 run in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the Fillies 66-56 win over the Coastal Bend Cougars. Panola was able to survive the Cougars’ game long comebacks behind defensive stops and scoring in key possessions. 


The Fillies had four players in double figures, led by Maryia Adashchyk with 16. Rounding out the scoring for the Fillies was Alicja Falkowska, Daryna Barcharova and Nyidier Riak with 12, 11 and 10 respectively.  Adashcyk, Riak and Falkowska also lead the team in rebounding with 12, 8 and 6. 


On the defensive end, the Fillies recorded 15 steals, with Weronika Nowakowska and Mikayla Etienne each collecting a team high of 4.  


The Fillies (8-7, 4-1 in conference) return to action on Wednesday at home against Tyler Junior College at 7:00 pm. 








Perkins Places 3rd at State, Voted Outstanding
















Center High School junior Mark Perkins placed third and was voted the Outstanding Presiding Officer at the UIL State Congressional Debate tournament in the 4A conference at the state capitol on Jan 9. 


In Congressional debate, students model the process of democracy by participating in a mock legislative assembly. The competition requires students to draft legislation based on real-world issues, research the docket of bills, and apply political debate practices, including lobbying to resolve issues.


“The role I usually play within congress is known as the Presiding Officer,” Perkins said. “This person is voted in by the room and operates as the unbiased conduit for the procedure. In other words, this person runs and keeps everything on track.”


Perkins was one of eleven students who submitted a candidacy request for Presiding Officer prior to the tournament. He was voted Outstanding Presiding Officer by his peers following his performance in the final chamber.




Center ISD School Board Meeting



A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 14, 2019, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


Click here for the agenda:





Timpson Bear Update



TLB Volleyball News - TLB Volleyball would like to say congratulations to the Timpson Lady Bears who have earned the high honor of being on either the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Academic All State or the All State team. The following players were selected:


Academic All State team: Sara Duke, Emily Garcia, Madelyn Ramsey, Kamryn Courtney, Sadie Ramsey, and Kaleigh Timmons.


All State team: Kamryn Courtney and Brylee Behrens. 


A big thank you to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches for awarding our girls with such prestigious titles as well as to our coaches and girls for their hard work and dedication to the sport and their education. Great Job!!!!


Letter to Middle School Parents – See Attached.


Letter to High School Parents – See Attached.





Lady Tigers Soccer Team Notches Hallmark Win



Over the ten year history of Tenaha Soccer the Lady Tigers had never beaten 4A Center.  Ten years ago, the Lady Tigers made history as the first Class A soccer team in Texas High School history.  And yesterday, history was made once again with the “Shelby County Girls’ Soccer Championship” win over the 4A Roughriders.  



With the soccer season barely underway, the girls’ soccer team has several wins in their column.  They have defeated New Summerfield, 2-1,  Gladewater 3-2, and Center 2-1 in penalty kicks.  The Lady Tiger’s only loss was to 3A Waskom, 4-0.  


 They will be playing Carthage Saturday morning, January 12th, in the Waskom Tournament and if they take the win they will play for the championship. Coach Lauri Sisk and Lady Tigers’ Soccer team is off to a great start for the 2019 soccer season.  





Tenaha ISD Honors School Board This January for Advocating for Local School children



(Tenaha)—January is School Board Recognition Month and Tenaha Independent School District is joining the Texas Association of School boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas school children and public schools.


“School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools,” stated Scott Tyner, Tenaha ISD Superintendent of Schools.


The men and women serving Tenaha Independent School District are: Aaron Roland-President, Ronald Samford-Vice-President, Vickie Jernigan-Secretary, Robert Barton-Board Member, Tracy Collins-Board Member; Mike Ogden-Board Member; and Colette Cross DePriest-Board Member.

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, our board is responsible for an annual budget of $5,909,131.00 million, 546 students, and 110 employees.” stated Mr. Tyner.


“It’s more important than ever before that the public support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members, Thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community. Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.” Mr. Tyner stated.





Planting Seeds of Success




In Texas, more than 5.3 million students rely on public schools to help them prepare for the future. They count on the adults in this state to ensure that schools are available, qualified teachers are in place, buildings are safe, and resources are provided. It’s a big job to plant the seeds of success in that many students from pre-k and kindergarten to high school juniors and seniors and dual-credit courses.


It’s a big job and a critically important one. It’s a job that we as adults must take seriously. When we were children, adults provided schools for us. Now it’s our turn to make the commitment to ensure that today’s children have what they need. Each of us must stand up for our neighborhood schools and do our part to provide for the next generation of leaders.

Fortunately, in every community we have great examples of adults who have already stepped up to make sure that local schools are ready for the inquiring minds of today’s students. In every community in Texas, adults have taken on the responsibility and the hard work of making our schools the best they 
can be.


Locally elected school trustees are working in every Texas school district to make certain that the children have access to the best schools we can offer. Trustees are volunteers who donate hours of their time each month to keep the commitment to today’s students. Trustees receive no pay for their work. 


Trustees are required to seek out hours of training each year. Trustees are public servants who generously work to benefit the youngest, most vulnerable members of each community.

Take a moment to recognize your local trustees; Aaron Roland-President, Ronny Samford-Vice President, Vickie Jernigan-Secretary, Robert Barton, Board Member, Tracy Collins, Board Member, Mike Ogden, Board Member, and Colette Cross DePriest. Take a moment to honor the work they are doing to plant seeds of success in the students in your community. Take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on your behalf.

Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month throughout the month of January.

Scott Tyner, Tenaha ISD Superintendent of Schools.



Tenaha All Region Band

Tenaha Middle School and High School band students making All Region band will be traveling to Chapel Hill on January 19th for the All Region Band Clinic and Concert.  They will take the stage at 5pm at the Chapel Hill High School.  There are 13 students and 1 alternate that earned a chair in the All Region Band.  (Students are pictured above in no particular order.)  


Angelica Sandoval- 8th Chair Flute
Dafne Pelcastre- 7th Chair Clarinet
Jesel Gonzalez- 10th Chair Clarinet
Jessica Aguilar- 16th Chair Clarinet
Britney Barona- 20th Chair Clarinet
Paola Perez- 21th Chair Clarinet 
Misael Hernandez- 7th Chair Trumpet
Daniel Loredo- 8th Chair Trumpet
Ka’Nyia Hill- 7th Chair Trombone
Kornelia Hill- 8th Chair Trombone
Jesus Castillero- 3rd Chair Tuba
Joshua Alcantar- 5th Chair Tuba
Alex Tyner- 2nd Chair Percussion
Christian Rodriguez- 2nd Alternate Trumpet 
Congratulations to all the students that earned a spot in the All Region Band! 



Panola College Offers Certified Nurse Aide



Panola College at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Certified Nurse Aide Courses beginning January 14 – May 9, 2019. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:30 pm.  For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:





Ponies Extend Win Streak to 6 with Win at Angelina



After a back and forth first half that saw Panola head into the locker room down 39-36, Panola came back on the road at Angelina for an 83-81 victory. Tariq Simmons led the way with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Lenell Henry and Jeffrey Boyd both scored 12 points. With the win, the Ponies are now 14-3 with a 4-1 Region XIV record.


Panola is back in action at home Saturday at 4pm vs Coastal Bend.





Step Afrika! to perform at SFA




NACOGDOCHES, Texas –Internationally acclaimed Step Afrika! will bring its high-energy dance form to Nacogdoches with a University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The performance, sponsored by Nacogdoches Medical Center Health Network, is presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts in partnership with the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in cooperation with SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Greek Life Office.

Step Afrika! is one of the top ten black dance companies in the United States.

“The awe-inspiring commitment, talent, skill and teamwork in Step Afrika! performances make them the most exhilarating dances that I have ever seen,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. “Drawing on a rich and multifaceted cultural background, this company propels audiences out of their seats with a feeling that combines the best of a hair-raising sporting event, a jaw-dropping historical revelation, an electrifying concert and an incredibly fun party.”

Step Afrika! connects the stepping tradition to thrilling Zulu and South African dance forms and blends exhilarating styles such as tap and hip hop into its internationally acclaimed performances. The Washington Post says Step Afrika! “has elevated stepping to high art.”

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is pleased to partner with the College of Fine Arts to promote this exciting performance of Step Afrika!,” said Lenora Foy, president of the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter.

In the early 1900s, African American college students in sororities and fraternities developed stepping as a way for members of these organizations to show pride and unity. C. Brian Williams, the founder and executive director of Step Afrika!, attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to step. Later, he visited South Africa and saw a young boy dancing a style that looked very similar to stepping. Recognizing the connection, Williams wanted to find a way for Africans and Americans to share their dances, music and culture. In 1994, he founded Step Afrika! as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping.

Committed to arts education since its inception, Step Afrika! presents the art, values and culture of stepping to students of all grades and backgrounds. While in Nacogdoches, company members will conduct master classes for SFA students and for teenagers in the community.

“I learned that stepping has deep roots in higher education,” Shattuck said, “and SFA’s Greek organizations have their own strong tradition of stepping.” Shattuck said that Step Afrika! is also committed to student success. “This professional dance troupe does so much more than create and entertain.  Their mission to inspire diverse young people to attend and complete college is equally meaningful.”

Prior to the performance, Saville Harris, assistant director of student engagement (Greek life) for SFA’s Student Affairs Programs, 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.

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.






SFA to present Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant art exhibition














NACOGDOCHES, Texas – 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, according to John Handley, director of art galleries.

The exhibition highlights the work of seven Caddo Nation artisans, including Wayne Earles, Chad Earles, Chase Earles, Raven Halfmoon, Yonavea Hawkins, Jeri Redcorn and Thompson Williams. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Handley said he considers this exhibition to be an important one for two reasons.

“It is the first exhibition that highlights the work of living Caddo artists,” he said. “And, the exhibition is a first for Caddo art displayed in Nacogdoches, the home of the Caddo Nation for thousands of years before they were forced off their land in the early 1800s and relocated to Oklahoma.”

The exhibition will also include programming at both The Cole Art Center and the Caddo Mounds Historic Site, including a film, demonstrations and performances of dance, music, storytelling and poetry reading. A full-color exhibition catalogue has been prepared.

“Up until now, scholarship on the Caddo Nation has focused on its remarkable, albeit painful, past,” Handley said. “Caddo history, art, language and dance have been explored in books and journal articles. Although this work can be applauded, there has been little to no forward-looking work published. This exhibition is a step towards remedying such oversight by seeing first-hand the present day and relevant work in ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings.”

Several of the exhibition’s artists have gained national attention, Handley added, most notably Jeri Redcorn, who has spent decades working with scholars to rediscover traditional Caddo ceramic methods. Her work has been displayed at the White House during the Obama administration and is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Chase Earles was mentored by Redcorn so as to pass on to future generations this unique type of pottery making, Handley said.

Special programming will accompany the exhibition, including storytelling by Kricket Rhoades-Connywerdy, an enrolled member of the Caddo and Kiowa tribes of Oklahoma who has been telling Kiowa and Caddo stories in Oklahoma, across the United States and internationally for more than two decades. A storytelling session is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Cole Art Center.

Dancing in her traditional Caddo dress and Kiowa buckskin, Rhoades-Connywerdy toured extensively with the legendary Charles Chibitty, the last Comanche code talker, and was Gulhei descendent princess (family princess) for 1999-2000. She has won awards for her lead movie roles, which included “The Legend of Billy Fail,” “The Alamo,” “Chasing the Wind,” “Last of the Mohicans” and “UHF.” She has an associate’s degree from Tulsa Community College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies. She is the former executive director of the Historic Jacobson House Native Art Center and currently works with the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Kiowa Language and Culture Revitalization Program.

Additionally, the PBS film “Koo-Hoot Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Cole Art Center as part of the School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts’ Friday Film Series.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by William Arscott, The Flower Shop, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Humanities Texas and Friends of the Visual Arts. Admission is free.

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





Texas Historical Marker for Excelsior Common School No. 47




The State of Texas has declared Excelsior Common School No. 47 is a historical site. Excelsior School has been in existence for over 120 years. Plans are in motion for a Spring dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the marker.


An Excelsior Alumni reunion is also being planned in conjunction with the marker dedication. This will be a first time reunion for Excelsior School. We are requesting copies of pictures and any of your Excelsior school memories. The reunion committee is also on the hunt for the oldest living student. If you would like to help with the planning or if you need to submit any information, please contact the following reunion committee members:

Laura Harris - - 936-591-1278
Barbara Scates - - 936-591-1047
Or call:

Benny & Thelma Russell - 936-598-2259
Excelsior School - 936-598-5866


Everyone is invited to this very special historical event!

Pass the word around and watch for updates!





Excelsior ISD Spelling Bee




They are proud to announce the Excelsior ISD School Spelling Bee! The Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Excelsior School gym. We are excited to demonstrate the spelling skills these students have acquired and look forward to the academic competition. Families of the competing students are invited to the school Spelling Bee. However, the audience is subject to the 2019 Local Spelling Bee rules. These rules will be made available on the day of the Spelling Bee. No pictures will be allowed during the spelling competition, but there will be a designated time before and after for pictures. Please come out and support your speller!
We are sponsored by Houston Public Media |PBS|TV 8|KUHT and NPR|FM88.7|KUHF, a service of the University of Houston
The timeline is as follows:
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – The Excelsior School Spelling Bee will be held at 9:00 a.m. The champion and an alternate will advance to the District/ Regional Spelling Bee.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – School Champions compete in District/Regional Spelling Bee at Lufkin High School. (Alternate will attend Regional Spelling Bee, but will only compete if champion is unable to)
Saturday, March 23, 2019 –Regional Champion will compete at Houston Public Media Spelling Bee
Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Houston Public Media champion will attend Scripps National Spelling Bee
For any questions, please contact Barbara Scates ( or
Angie Gillis (







Sign up for Cheerleader Mini Camp



They will be offering a mini-camp for any future Roughrider Cheerleaders! Sign up below to participate in this year’s mini camp, which take place January 28, 29, and 31st at the F.L. Moffett gym. The kids will perform what they learned during half time at the district basketball game against Hudson on February 1st!


For more information click here:









Timpson Bear Update



Counselor’s Corner – Reminder!! The deadline to register for the next ACT is this Friday, January 11th.  This is especially important for juniors!  Please go to the following link  to sign up. 






Shelbyville Basketball



Jan. 11 (Friday)  games will begin at 5:00 pm JV Boys, Var Girls and Var Boys vs Tenaha.





Fillies Fall in Battle of Conference Unbeaten



Despite a hard-fought battle that included 13 lead changes and 8 ties, the Fillies could not pull up the upset, falling to #2 Trinity Valley Wednesday, 62-69.


A 6-0 run in the first 1:20 of the fourth quarter by the Cardinals proved too much for Panola College. The Fillies couldn’t recover from the deficit and could not cut it under seven the rest of the contest despite valiant effort


The Fillies were led in scoring by Maria Adashchyk who had 18 points, followed by Freshmen Jolie Williams, Nydier Riak and Kellymat Zapata-Ramirez with 8 apiece. Wera Nowakowska, Daryna Barcharova and Mikayla Etienne each recorded score stats in the book as well.


The Fillies (7-7, 3-1) look to bounce back on Saturday when they head Coastal Bend Community College to face the cougars at 2:00 PM.






Shelbyville School Board Meeting



A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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 December 10, 2018 meeting of the board
b.Monthly financial reports
5.School Board Recognition Month
6.Public Meeting on School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
7.Principal’s Reports
a.Campus events
b.Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8.Superintendent’s Reports
a.Mineral Lease
b.Articles of Interest
c.General Updates
9.Executive Session
10. Adjournment





Timpson Bear Update



Tuesday Jan. 8  - Basketball vs. Shelbyville – HERE - JVG/JVB/VG/VB @ 4:30 P.M.

Thursday Jan. 10 – Basketball vs. Woden – THERE – 7G/7B/8G/8B @ 4:30 P.M.

Friday Jan. 11 – Basketball vs. Garrison – THERE – JVG/JVB/VG/VB @ 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 12 - Basketball – Grapeland Tourney – 8B


Counselor’s Corner - The Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship is now available!  Thousands of dollars are up for grabs.  To apply, the student must be a graduating senior and have played at least one year in a Dixie Youth Baseball Program.  The deadline is February 1, 2019.  Extra applications are available in Mrs. Metcalf's office or on the school counselor link on TISD's web-page





Panola names Thorn as Head Volleyball Coach
















Panola College hires former NJCAA Region XIV Volleyball Coach of the Year and University of Florida Hall of Famer, Nicole Thorn, as the new Head Volleyball Coach.


Coach Nicole Thorn will take over the reins at Panola College for the second time next week. Coach Thorn will become head coach over a program that she helped build into a national power when she took over in 2008 and went on to lead the Fillies to their first NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament in 2009. 


Thorn received her bachelor’s from the University of Florida where she enjoyed one of the best careers in school history. She was the 2000 SEC Player of the Year, a four-time all-SEC honoree and a second-team All-American in 2002 when she helped lead the Gators to a Final Four appearance. Thorn was also the recipient of the Ben Hill Griffin Award in 2002, which honors the top female athlete at Florida.


After leaving Florida, Thorn played professional volleyball in Puerto Rico for a year before returning to Gainesville, Florida to begin her coaching career. Later, she became the Head Coach at Georgia Southern University where she turned their program into conference contenders.  Thorn went on to join Panola College as head coach from 2008 to 2013. During that time, Thorn was selected the NJCAA Region XIV and District Coach of the Year. Thorn has spent the past 6 years as the Head Coach at White Oak ISD where she was named District 17AAA coach in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  


"We are excited about having Nicole Thorn back with Panola College.  There is no doubt that she will maintain a high standard for our Volleyball program on and off the court.  We welcome her back with open arms," says Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services at Panola College.











Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the President’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.




Heather Hays Texarkana





Kurston Smith Logansport

Jacqueline Files Mansfield

Kamryn Ford Mansfield





Tyler Johnson Athens

Ethan Collins Beckville

Lacey Dean Beckville

Ty Jones Beckville

Michael Mize Beckville

Jason Tillman Beckville

Sarai Burran Carthage

Nash Coultas Carthage

Kelan Foster Carthage

Esther Hernandez Carthage

James Jeans Carthage

Erin Keating Carthage

Shelby Kite Carthage

Haley Landtroop Carthage

Carley Lawhorn Carthage

Ryan Miller Carthage

Amanda Pierce Carthage

Addison Pope Carthage

Delaina Truitt Carthage

Kaci Williams Carthage

Mckynzie Bush Center

Brandi Danley Center

Mitchell Fountain Center

Luz Gomez Center

Maricruz Gonzalez Center

Rosalva Huerta Center

Jonathan Jenkins Center

Kaylee Parker Center

Jacobo Rafael Center

Julia Ramos Center

Sadie Sanchez Center

Mallory Sims Center

William Tomlin Center

Sarah Waller Center

Ashley Yarbrough Center

Christina Sherrod Chireno

Hayden Collins Cypress

Michelle Cherry Deberry

Edward Oden Deberry

William Edwards Garrison

Sammy Hancock Garrison

Kirsten Mayfield Garrison

Randall Jackson Gary

Cameron Stansbury Groves

Lindsey Leslie Hallsville

Macie Quick Istre Hemphill

Christopher Scroggins Hemphill

Kara Stanaland Henderson

Lara Padgett Jefferson

Sydney Cheshire Joaquin

Milagros Luna Joaquin

Santiago Ruiz Joaquin

Breanne Pereles Laneville

Hannah Floyd League City

Katie Alexander Longview

Bethany Roberts Longview

Railey Oates Lufkin

Ariana Abelardo Marshall

Ladestiny Boyd Marshall

Demetre Brewster Marshall

Dominique Espinoza Marshall

Caleb Henderson Marshall

Hieu Le Marshall

Emily Morin Marshall

Pamela Painter Marshall

Ebonie Williams Marshall

Leneve Williams Marshall

Brittany Gregory Milam

Sarah Owens Mount Enterprise

Samantha Laroche Nacogdoches

Abigail Parrish Nacogdoches

Isaac Patterson Nacogdoches

Ariel Rodriguez Nacogdoches

Ashlynn Stamps Nacogdoches

Nicole Weaver Nacogdoches

Jennifer Westbrook Nacogdoches

Martha Brown Pineland

Justin Gonzales Point

Denise Jones Shelbyville

Jacqueline Angel Tatum

Troy Greene Tatum

Christian Ashton Tenaha

Alan Flores Tenaha

Joe Murray Texarkana

Misti Moreland Timpson

Laci Starr Timpson

Rocio Venegas Timpson

John Carter Waskom

Tomas Martinez Waskom

Crystal Zepher Waskom

Jarret Whorff Winnsboro





Thomas Grilli Mississauga

Raphael John Leblanc Shawinigan Qc G9p5





Alison Oyinki Ibeju Lekki Lagos

Boluwatife Babalola Lagos

Ibrahim Akande Lagos

Toluwani Ayodele Lagos

Samiat Fashola Lagos 

Omotayo Amidu Mushin Lagos State





Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.



Imani Hampton Lilburn




Elizabeth Offer Bethany

Yvonne Combs Keithville




Jenna Grover Purvis



New York

Daylon Swearingen Piffard




Joy Jekayinoluwa Arlington

Toree Scott Athens

Mason Campbell Beckville

Jeremy Dean Beckville

Hannah Humphries Beckville

Hunter Moon Beckville

Riley Seegers Beckville

Danielle Smith Beckville

Shelby Storie Beckville

Christopher Blackmon Carthage

Kamryn Brady Carthage

Dallas Crocker Carthage

Yareli Hernandez Carthage

Mary Howard Carthage

Robyn Klysen Carthage

Zachary Kruebbe Carthage

Kelsey Lake Carthage

Coby Lewis Carthage

Brandon Medrano Carthage

Keiler Norman Carthage

Serena Rascoe Carthage

David Richter Carthage

Ashley Sistrunk Carthage

Eniola Sogbesan Carthage

Mary Tinkle Carthage

Kylee Tompkins Carthage

Clint Walker Carthage

Mauricio Alejaldre-Robles Center

Colton Davis Center

Drew Diverdi Center

Alexander Duarte Center

Jocelyn Garcia Center

Tiffany Griffin Center

Jenny Harvey Center

Jamarian Hill Center

Kase Hooper Center

Raul Lara Center

Perla Mateos Center

Stacy Mireles Center

Angel Nunez Center

Angela Perkins Center

Nicklaus Powell Center

Heidi Ricketson Center

Mallory Sims Center

Whitney Thomas Center

Taylor Tomlin Center

Ashlee Williams Chandler

Victor Chinaka Dallas

Dillan Peloquin Deberry

Shelby Thompson Deberry

John Williams Deberry

Shane Iversen Garrison

Daniel Quetzala Garrison

Andrew Wise Garrison

Latisha Gilbert Gary

Austin Bost Groves

Casen Copeland Hallsville

Kaitlyn Cox Hallsville

Abigail Wheat Hallsville

Heather Lucius Hemphill

Ezekiel Collins Henderson

Zachary Collins Henderson

Autumn Romine Henderson

Jessica Sessums Henderson

Rebecca Weatherford Henderson

Evan Yount Jacksonville

Dalayna Daw Joaquin

Trista Mustard Joaquin

Dustin Ramsey Joaquin

Stacie Sonnier Joaquin

Matthew Tyson Katy

Theresa White Laneville

Davina Eddy Longview

Cassandra Higginbotham Longview

Cheryl Mitchell Longview

Blaine Parker Longview

Tachala Pauley Longview

Steven Sierra Longview

Marisela Soto Longview

Kayla Walker Lufkin

Alexander Barroga Marshall

Jessica Burns Marshall

Elizabeth Collins Marshall

Ashlyn Edwards Marshall

Somali Fletcher Marshall

Latoya Johnson Marshall

Jazmine Meyers Marshall

Martha Moreno Marshall

Lauren Paulk Marshall

Maria Sanchez Marshall

Reese Sloan Marshall

Victoria Williams Marshall

Jeffrey Gongwer Mount Enterprise

Amber Jones Mount Enterprise

Chailey Norton Mount Enterprise

Haley Allen Nacogdoches

Mahiko Moreno Nacogdoches

Phillip Najvar Nacogdoches

Jesse Waters Nacogdoches

Balie Wood Nacogdoches

Debbie Brydson San Augustine

Chad Elumbaugh San Augustine

Lexie Moody San Augustine

Miranda Walker San Augustine

Kayla Williams San Augustine

Ryan Bailey Shelbyville

Colton Bragg Shelbyville

Kennedey Parker Shelbyville

Kaitlynn George Sulphur Springs

Lucero Luna Tatum

Brittani White Tatum

Andres Leon Tenaha

Mariel Lopez Tenaha

Katelyn Martinez Tenaha

Miguel Mendoza Tenaha

Arlicia Roland Tenaha

Calicia Roland Tenaha

Ty'kuirra Bryant Timpson

Christy Corliss Waskom

Charlotte Reeve s Waskom

Pedro Rodriguez Waskom

Abbey Thompson White Oak

Cassidy Lonsway Woodlawn




Maryia Adashchyk Minsk



Abigael Joseph Nairobi


New Zealand

Sioeli Vaiangina Auckland



Ademola Sanni Apata Ibadan





Center Girls Basketball Loses


Center Varsity Girls basketball Lost 50-56 in overtime, last Friday's 1-4-19 game.






Joaquin ISD Blood Drive



Joaquin High School is having a blood drive on Friday, January 11, from 8 AM until 2 PM in the High School Library. The theme is Calling All Heroes. Anyone interested in donating should call Carmen Belrose at 936.269.3127 to leave your name and time you would like to donate. The blood drive is hosted by the High School BETA Club and sponsored by Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.



Ponies Win Thriller, Cap 2-0 Week



After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, Panola mounted a huge comeback to win a 79-77 thriller on the road at Region XIV foe Lee College. After starting slow, Panola was able to chip away and went into half down 42-36. The two teams traded blows in the second half with the lead never getting higher than 6 points. Panola took their first lead of the game at 77-74 on an And-1 by Franklyn Penn with just under 30 seconds to play. Lee came right back and hit a 3 to tie things up with 9 seconds to play. The Ponies inbounded to Tylan Dean who missed but Kamari Brown was able to secure the offensive rebounder and swish a 15 footer with just under 2 seconds to play. Lee’s desperation attempt from ¾ court did not come close and the Ponies escaped with the win. Lenell Henry led the way for Panola with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tariq Simmons had 15 points and 4 assists. Tylan Dean and Franklyn Penn rounded out the double-digit scorers with both totaling 10 points.


Earlier in the week, Panola returned from Christmas break and won handily with a 95-55 final over Central Baptist JV. Franklyn Penn led the Ponies with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lenell Henry added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Keiondre Jefferson chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Tylan Dean also hit double figures with 10 points and 4 assists.


The Ponies return to action Monday at home vs Blinn College. Tip is at 7pm.  



Registration underway for spring Music Prep lessons, classes





NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Registration is underway for private lessons and group classes offered for the 2019 spring semester by the Music Preparatory Division of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University.

In addition to the usual 16-week private lessons for young students in piano, harp, violin and Suzuki violin, viola, voice, bass, clarinet, classical guitar, saxophone, composition, flute, trumpet, jazz piano, cello and music theory, Music Prep again offers adult piano classes in the coming spring, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

Music Prep offers 12 weeks of musical study with SFA music major students. Lessons in violin, cello, clarinet, classical guitar, piano and jazz piano, trumpet, voice, percussion and other instruments upon request are offered. The student instructors are referred by their major professors and have a high level of mastery of their instrument, Barnett explained.

Group classes offered are Music Theory Adventures, taught by Laura Treadaway; Adult Beginner Piano Class taught by Matthew Malaga; Adult Intermediate Piano Class, taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan; Pineywoods Youth Orchestra, directed by Dr. Evgeni Raychev; and The Raguet Strings, directed by Brenda Josephsen. The Raguet Strings is recruiting interested members to join the adult ensemble.

Registration forms for the 2019 spring semester are available on the Music Prep website at and are being accepted now. The forms may be downloaded and turned in to the Music Prep office. Sixteen-week private lessons begin the week of Jan. 14, and 12-week private lessons begin the week of Feb. 4. Contact the Music Prep office at (936) 468-1291 for more information.

Shirley Watterston and Dr. Robert Blocker, a former chairman of the SFA Department of Music, founded the SFA Music Preparatory Division in 1980.





Fillies Fall Short BPCC Classic Games



Upon arrival from holiday break, the Fillies headed down to Shreveport for the annual Bossier Parrish Community College Classic. Despite a fighting effort, the Panola fell short to the Northwest Florida State College Raiders 65-73 in their first game of the BPCC Classic.


Four Fillies finished in double figures. Freshman Jolie Williams would come off the bench leading all scorers with 15. Daryna Barcharova and Maryia Adashchyk both contributed 14 points. Weronika Nowakowska rounded out the double figure scoring with 11 of her own.


In the second game of the BPCC classic, the Fillies came up short again, losing a 71-75 battle against the Lady Bulldogs of Hinds.


The Fillies battled to the end behind a 19 point performance by Adashchyk, who scored 10 of those 19 in the first quarter of play. Behind her in the scoring was freshman Barcharova who notched 14 of her own points. The Panola outscored Hinds in the third quarter but could not comeback from the half time deficit


The Fillies (7-6, 3-0 in conference) will return to conference action Wednesday January 7th when they face Trinity Valley in AJ Gymnasium at 7:00 PM.



SFA's East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project continues to augment forest health and productivity







NACOGDOCHES, Texas — After more than three decades, the East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project, initiated by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, continues to make breakthroughs in the management of East Texas forestlands and the Western Gulf Coast region.


The long-term research program partners with private forest landowners to gather precise scientific data to develop modern tools to optimize the growth, health and management of the region’s forests.


While industry partners benefit from scientific insight, SFA forestry students profit from the ability to conduct hands-on research in the field.


After joining the college in 2016, Dr. Yuhui Weng, assistant professor of forest biometrics and ETPPRP director, set a goal to expand partnerships and research projects beyond Texas’ pineywoods to serve timber producers across the Western Gulf Coastal Plain.


“Our research is highly focused on the needs of timber producers in the Western Gulf Coast region,” Weng said. “Because of our expertise in factors influencing forest productivity in the region, we are able to provide more region-specific, data-driven guidance than other universities who may be located on the southeastern U.S. coast.”


Examples of ongoing projects include the development of growth and yield models for intensively managed pine plantations and the incorporation of environmental factors, such as climatic change into the management of pine plantations in the Western Gulf Coastal Plain.


Weng explained that productivity of forest plantations is primarily determined by site quality, stand age and stand density. The ETPPRP established numerous permanent experimental plots in pine plantations across the region that are measured for growth and health every three years.


This data provides an accurate evaluation of the dynamic, temporal changes in site quality, stand density and presence of disease and has been used to develop mathematical tools to predict future plantation productivity and health.


Since the program’s launch, more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports have contributed to the body of knowledge of factors affecting the region’s timberlands. 


This year, the ETPPRP will partner with the Western Gulf Tree Improvement Program to develop growth and yield models for a variety of genetically unique loblolly pine varieties, which are known for their rapid growth. 


In December, representatives from four participating timber companies, as well as prospective partners, visited the SFA campus for an annual meeting to review program accomplishments in 2018.


Among the developments are two peer-reviewed publications that provide participants with insight into the early response of loblolly pines to tree thinning operations in the Western Gulf Coastal Plain, as well as trends in fusiform rust infections and their relationship to tree and stand characteristics in East Texas pine plantations. According to the U.S. Forest Service, fusiform rust is a widespread and highly damaging disease that affects loblolly and slash pine species.


Moving forward, Weng said he hopes to gain more forest industry partners to continue to expand the scientific knowledge and productivity of the region’s forestlands.


For more information on the ETPPRP, contact Weng at (936) 468-1354 or




Panola College Fall 2018 Honor Graduates




Panola College is proud to announce the following Fall 2018 Honor Graduates:



Summa Cum Laude                             3.90 – 4.00


Martha Mary Brown                   Pineland, TX

Ethan Michael Collins                Beckville, TX

Lacey Kristine Dean                   Beckville, TX

Gregory Waylon Murdock          Carthage, TX



Magna Cum Laude                              3.75 – 3.89


Valarie S. Kirkwood                  Tenaha, TX

Tomas Jaime Martinez               Waskom, TX

Jazmin Leon Uriostegui             Center, TX            

Vanessa Villarreal                      Hallsville, TX

Kristye Lynn Wall                     Karnack, TX


Cum Laude                                           3.50 – 3.74


Veronica Aguirre                     Longview, TX

LaDestiny Mo’nique Boyd      Marshall, TX

Zach Collins                             Henderson, TX

Jessica Marie Crocker              Nacogdoches, TX

Hannah Elizabeth Galaviz       Shelbyville, TX                    

Kelsey Michelle Lake              Carthage, TX

Shelby Lynn Martin                 Gary, TX

Maria Yanet Martinez              Carthage, TX

Kennedey Parker                      Shelbyville, TX

Lynetta Rudd                           Marshall, TX

Hicela Santana                         Marshall TX

Bobbie Windham Smith          Timpson, TX

Eniola O Sogbesan                  Carthage, TX          

Martha Ventura                       Center, TX

Robert Otis Vicars                   Carthage, TX

John Williams                          Deberry, TX 





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