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Shelbyville Fish Camp



Dear Parents/Guardians:


Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 01, 2019.  This is the date for 
FISH Camp (freshmen orientation).  All Shelbyville High School incoming freshmen
and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this orientation.  The orientation
will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Shelbyville Cafetorium and should conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m.  


Information regarding graduation requirements for 2019-2020 incoming freshmen, the high school athletic program, and other high school activities available will be discussed.  Lunch will be served and a tour of the high school campus will be given.


Please make plans for you and your child to attend FISH Camp!




Patty Bays
Guidance Counselor




VFW Post 8904 Meeting



VFW Post 8904 will have its monthly meeting Monday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. at the post home 617 Highway 96 N.


The Auxiliary will have their month meeting the same day, same location but at 11:45 a.m.



Nacogdoches County Chamber announces annual awards recipients


NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently selected the award recipients for the 2019 Gary Justice Business Excellence Awards, the Citizen of the Year and the Non Profit of the Year. All will be recognized at the chamber's 98th Annual Meeting and Membership Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The banquet will be held at the presenting sponsor's venue, The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N. Fredonia St. in the Nacogdoches historic downtown district. Attendees are invited to a social hour at 6 p.m. before the program start at 7 p.m.

The 2019 Gary Justice Business Excellence Awards, Citizen of the Year and Non Profit of the Year recipients are: 

Southside Animal Clinic, Small Business of the Year - award sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, N.A. 

Casa Tomas, Medium Business of the Year - award sponsored by Regions Bank.
Pilgrim's Corporation, Large Business of the Year - award sponsored by R&K Distributors, Inc.
Jim Jeffers, Citizen of the Year - award sponsored by Tipton Ford Lincoln.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas, Non Profit of the Year - award sponsored by Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc.


The 2019-2020 chamber board of directors are inducted at the event and current Chairman Ray Mitchum, SFASU Development Office, "passes the gavel" to Chairman Elect Claire Robbins, Manpower Group. 


"We are recognizing an elite group of businesses and people who have made numerous contributions in our community and made Nacogdoches a better place to live and work," Robbins said. "My theme for my leadership year as chair of the board is 'fellowship, fun and forward thinking into the chamber's next century.' I look forward to working with my fellow chamber directors as we cultivate relationships, encourage teamwork and provide learning opportunities to improve our economy and our quality of life."

Members of the annual meeting and banquet planning committee working with event Chair Betty Shinn are Charlotte Ashcraft, Leigh Anne Carver, Haley Compton, Katy Crawford, Jefferson Davis, Donna Finley, John Fleming, Keith Hand, Grace Handler, Scarlett Long, Ray Mitchum, J. Bradley Reynolds, Claire Robbins, Ryan Russell, Hannah Walker and Scott Waller.

Event sponsorships are available. Contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber, 936-560-5533, for more information.




White Rock Baptist Church News



White Rock Baptist Church Blood Drive on the 21st of July from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church. 


They will have their Home Coming on the 20th, and 21st of July, 2019.

Pastor Robert Horn



Head out to the wild horse and burro event in Center, Texas



NORMAN, Okla.—The Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro event in Center, TX, on July 12-13, at the Shelby County Expo Center. The two-day event, featuring 75 wild horses and burros, will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12. Adoptions will be held from noon-6 p.m. on Friday, July 13, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 12. Animals are eligible for direct purchase to a good home or for adoption. Inquire with BLM staff onsite for more information.  



As part of our efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Center.   

The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country. 



BLM staff will approve applications onsite. To qualify to adopt or buy, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water, and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process.


The Shelby County Expo Center is located at 980 State Highway 7, Center, Texas. For more information, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit








Blood Drives





9:00 AM – 1:30 PM







10:00 AM – 2:30 PM





All successful donors will receive a FREE COMMIT FOR LIFE BEACH TOWEL!




Ribbon Cutting


Joy's This and That will be having their "Artfully Planned Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, July 11th at 4:30.


They will have refreshments there as well.




Kissin' Kuzzins Weekly Genealogy Column



(1) Dickie Dixon will discuss “Angelina County Enters the Transportation Age” for the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 4 pm on Monday, July 15, 2019 in the Railroad Depot Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 706 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas.  At 6 pm he will discuss “The Businesses of James Butler’s ‘Shopping Center’” on Keltys Street that housed the Lincoln Theater.  This meeting will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas.  For more information on both these meetings contact Rev. Cindy Doran at (936) 852-4123 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  


The public can e-mail Cindy at or Dickie at (2) Ann Morris will discuss photo and video preservation, when she speaks to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Timpson Public Library on 520 Austin Street in downtown Timpson.   For more information,  please call the Genealogy Room at (936) 254-2966.  (3) At 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019, Dickie Dixon will discuss “Mechanic’s Liens:  The Friend of Historians, Genealogists, and Preservationists” for the pre-conference of the Jasper County Genealogy Conference. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 19, 2019, the Jasper County Genealogy Conference will bring you up to date on what you don’t know about genealogy.  Sherrie Shelton Leach will discuss “Using Timelines in Genealogy” at 9 a.m.  and  Billie Pate Grunden will discuss her family connections to the War of 1812 at 10 a.m.  Alana Inman, Manager of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, Texas, will be at the plate at 11 a.m.,  discussing  recent additions and renovations to the facility and what’s there.  Patti Huff Smith will discuss “The Beatitudes of Genealogy” at 1 p.m. , and Herman Wright and Jamie Carter Bollich will discuss their family relationship and his grandmother Arvetta at 2 p.m.  Stanley Fletcher at 3 p.m.  will discuss “The Inlaws and Outlaws of the Neutral Ground.”  


For more information, contact Jasper County Historical Commission co-chairs Linda Primrose or John Johnson at (409) 384-6441 or or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378 or (4) Angelina County Genealogical Society president Dickie Dixon will review the new book The Conservative Sensibility by George Will at 6 p.m. on Thursday, july 25, 2019 at Casa Ole on 2115 South First Street in Lufkin, Texas  (5) Dickie Dixon will discuss “The Usefulness of Ethnologue and Unesco Atlas of World Languages in Danger of Disappearing,” when he speaks to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society about 7 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court Street in Newton, Texas. Finger food and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.  For more information, contact Kathy Knighton or Terri Woods at (409) 379-2109 Fred Grunden at (409) 384-6544 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.




Center School Board Meeting




A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held July 11, 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:






Center Sports Update




Volleyball Parent Meeting: July 26th at 6 p.m. in the HS cafeteria. 
It is mandatory for players and their parent/legal guardian to attend.

The 2019 game schedule is attached below.


Coach Boone will be having an information meet for MS and HS athletes on July 24th at 6 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria.


Click here for the Volleyball schedule:



Blood Drive


Blood Drive at Focused Care of Center in Friday, July 26, at 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 501 Timpson Street. 


For more information call 936-598-2483.




Timpson Bear Update



Timpson ISD and the Timpson STEM Academy is extremely proud and excited about the addition of Dr. Mihaela Munday. Dr. Munday has been teaching at Savanna State University in Georgia. Dr. Munday served as Interim Department Chair for the College of Education, and was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. She taught undergraduate education courses in curriculum and assessment, instructional technology, educational foundations and grades 4-12 teaching math methods, while at Savanna State.  Dr. Munday has previously been employed by Timpson, where she taught math, during 2010-2012.  Dr. Munday will be teaching math once again in Timpson. She will teach dual credit math, in conjunction with Panola college, where she will be accredited.  She will also be teaching other math courses at Timpson. Timpson STEM Academy will be greatly enhanced by the addition of Dr. Munday. Her addition will allow Timpson students to gain 15 hours of college level math hours and complete their STEM endorsement. The STEM fields are one of the fastest growing job opportunities in Texas. Dr. Munday will serve as a resource to the STEM Academy, with her experience in grant writing and curriculum design. The experiences of Dr. Munday will enhance both the STEM and math programs in Timpson, giving our students an opportunity to be workforce ready or academically advanced.



Panola athletes named to NJCAA All-Academic Team Panola Teams named NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year



Eleven Panola College student athletes have been named on a NJCAA All-Academic Team. Student athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams are First Team: 4.00 GPA, Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA, and Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA.


Panola College All-Academic First Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Hayden Collins – Cypress, TX, Thomas Grilli – Toronto, Canada, Edward William – Garrison, TX; in volleyball: Hannah Floyd – League City, TX.


Panola College All-Academic Second Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Jarret Whorff – Winnsboro, TX.


Panola College All-Academic Third Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Blaine Parker – Hallsville, TX, Cameron Stansberry – Port Neches, TX, Chase Hodges – Bossier City, LA, Raphael Leblanc – Trois-Rivers, Canada; in basketball: Alicja Falkowska – Lomianki, Poland, Maryia Adashchyk – Minsk, Belarus.


Three Panola College teams were also recognized as 2018-19 NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year by achieving a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher as a team. Teams honored were baseball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.


“We are honored to have athletic teams and student athletes who work hard not only in their sport, but also in academics,” said Don Clinton, Panola College Athletic Director and Vice President of Student Success.




Journey with Jesus







Women on the Go Meeting






Golden Harvest Meeting



The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, July 15th, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  There will be a musical program presented by

Charles and Judy DeLaney.


Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.




Magician to perform at the Library



Our last Summer Reading/Learning event will be Thursday, July 11th at 10:30 a.m. Magician David Gish will thrill and mesmerize us with his magic tricks.  Both younger children and TWEENS will meet together for this performance.


Parents, don't forget that reading logs are due on Thursday, July 11th.  

Our Summer Reading/Learning program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

Thanks for all your help this summer,

Sandra Davis

Library Director




Hemphill Family Lake Party







Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church - Pastor and Wife Anniversary



Pastor and Wife Anniversary Service honoring Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and Sis. Larissa Coutee Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Guest speaker: Pastor Derrick White of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas. 

Join us as we celebrate the servants planted at Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Dinner will be served.




Don Lovell Benefit



Benefit & Bake sale for Don Lovell.  Don has had congestive heart failure for several years. Doctors have now found a cancer cell in the lower lobe of his left lung. Surgery is no longer an option due to multiple strokes he has suffered recently. He will be beginning a cancer treatment plan as soon as he is stable. He is currently undergoing therapy.

Taking pre-orders for Twice-baked potatoes to be picked up at Cajun Corners @ 96N on the Tenaha Hwy on Thursday, July 11, 2019.  $6.00 for a huge potato filled with taste.  Desserts will vary & will be priced separately.  This is all a donation to help with Medical Expenses. If you really need them for the 4th of July celebration call or text my cell: (936) 332-0060 at least one day in advance & I will have them out there for you to pick up. Pick up between 10:30 and 1:30.

Menu:  Two ways: I can freeze them, & you can heat & serve. Or, I will bring them hot & wrapped in foil.  The potato is served with spices, sour cream & topped with cheese, chives & bacon bits; Pre-order your choice of No. (1) Frozen, or (2) Hot.
Catherine’s Benefits for area Medical Expenses: Facebook messenger; call (936) 332-0060 or text orders
_________Twice Baked Potatoes  $6.00 each  _____ Frozen  _____  Heated ______ All spices & condiments added Example:  6  Twice Baked Potatoes - $6.00 each  _4_ Frozen  _2_  Heated or  6  Frozen or  6   Heated. 
All desserts are by donations.  Priced as marked. Pick up between 10:30 and 1:30.
Your name or business name: ___________________________________________________________
Phone: ________________________________     Email: _______________________________________


Shelby County Outreach to Close for the July 4th Holiday


Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day.  This includes all of our programs.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  We hope you have a blessed and safe holiday.  Thank you.  








Revival at the Rocky Mount Baptist Church



Annual Revival Services at the Rocky Mount Baptist Church on July 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.


Welcome (Monday Night Only) given by Sis. Mary Teagle


Introduction Rev. Julius Teagle


Sermons -


Monday Night Rev. Steve Stanley

Tuesday Night Rev. Anthony Jackson 

Wednesday Night Rev. Tory Barnes


Harvest For Homes Pantry to be Close



TCCA Harvest for Homes Food Pantry will be CLOSED Thursday, July 4th...
Will open on Thursday, July 11th.... 8:30 a.m.






Timpson Bear ISD





See the attached Elementary School Supply List!


TIMPSON ISD ATTENDS STEM CONFERENCE - Timpson ISD/STEM Academy attended the College and Career Readiness Conference in Plano Texas. The keynote speaker, Jamie Casap, emphasized how the world is changing every moment that we are in it.  He emphasized that we needed to move from educating kids in the 21st century and move to educating them for the 22nd century.  The model T Ford doesn’t look like the Ford Mustang, the bag cell phone doesn’t look like todays Iphone, Orville Wright’s model airplane doesn’t look like todays supersonic jets, therefore a classroom shouldn’t look the same way it did in the 1800’s. Timpson ISD is a progressive school district and we are proud of the success our students are having in their collegiate classes, certification classes, and the wide range of opportunities they are given.  Timpson’s class of 2019 graduated students with Level 1 certifications in welding and HVAC.  The class of 2019 had 33 students graduate with Dual Credit hours, with McKenzie Burgay graduating core complete (42 college hours), and Rebecca Mathis graduating with her Associate’s Degree from Panola College. 


One of the priorities of the Timpson T-STEM program is the development of embedded STEM activities in P-12 classes.   


- Dr. Munday, Timpson ISD’s new Dual Credit Mathematics Professor stated, “The visit at the Cinemark USA, Headquartered in Plano, TX, was a great model for connecting high school students to possible careers, one of the strategic priorities for the TEA T-STEM programs. Involving as many industries as possible in school STEM days could bring students' interests in a variety of careers connected to the local needs.”


-According to Kristan Solomon, there were many break-out sessions that gave affirmation that Timpson ISD is doing all the right things to meet our goals for our students and community.  Other districts that are ten years into their STEM/Early College venture have implemented the same programs and continually strive to create the same growth mindset and culture that we are cultivating right here in Timpson, Texas.  We believe that Timpson will be the very model that other districts will try to replicate in the near future. 


-Don Calhoon attended the conference was impressed that other content areas like social studies can apply the aspects of STEM.


Timpson High School is in the top 4 Best High Schools in East Texas, an honor bestowed upon us by US News and World Report.  We are proud of our school district and proud to be a BEAR!!!


See the attached photo showing those attending STEM conference. Dr. Munday and Ms. Cindy Sessions attended but are not present in the photo.





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