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Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting



Sabine County Beekeepers will meet Monday, September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Sabine County Chamber of Commerce (125 N. Texas Street on the square in downtown Hemphill).


They will meet on the first Monday of every month to discuss all aspects of beekeeping. If you are interested in finding out what they are all about please stop by.


They do not have officers or dues. For more info call James 409-625-4787.






Panola's Shelby College Center to offer intermediate yoga





Panola College Shelby College Center will offer Intermediate Yoga from September 17 until October 24. The class will meet in Room 101 from 5:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The cost of the class is $50 and pre-registration is required.


Two other fitness classes are available at the Shelby College Center -- Beginning Yoga and Zumba Gold. The fee for each class is $50 for 12 sessions, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from August 26 to October 2. The Zumba Gold class will run from 4 to 5 p.m., and Beginning Yoga class will run from 5:05 to 6:05 p.m.



Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba class with lower-intensity movements that focus on balance, range of motion, coordination, cardiovascular fitness, muscular conditioning and flexibility.


For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email





Panola to offer pharmacy tech info session



Panola College will offer an informative session on the pharmacy technician program. The session will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Room 414 of the W.C. Smith Building across from the main campus in Carthage.


“Local residents who might be interested in becoming a pharmacy tech should definitely come to this event,” said Laura Wood, Director, Marshall College Center. “We have grant funds that will cover the cost of the pharmacy tech tuition and fees. We also have grant funds to pay for the state exam upon course completion.”


The informational session will provide details about grant requirements, eligibility, enrollment, and mandatory class attendance.


The pharmacy technician field is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, go to the Panola College website and search for pharmacy technician.




Center First United Methodist Church awards Dollar-A-Week Campaign Grants



Center, Texas – August 19 – Recently, the Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) presented grant awards totaling $3,250 from their 2019 Dollar-A-Week Campaign to recipients representing community organizations and ongoing Center First UMC ministries. Those receiving grant awards included:

$500:  F.L. Moffett for their Reading Recovery Program
$500:  Center Elementary for their Reading Recovery Program
$500:  Excelsior ISD for a Little Free Library to serve the school and the Akin Community
$500:  Edi Miller, Center High School Health Science Teacher to purchase an EKG machine
$250:  Janell Gibson, Elementary Reading Teacher for books for the Dyslexia program
$250:  Tracy Galindo, Center High School Teacher for classroom presentation materials
$250:  Ashley Wulf, Center High School to assist with student needs
$250:  Center First UMC Nursing Home Ministry for gifts for the nursing home residents
$250:  Center First UMC BINGO Ministry to purchase prizes for the participants
About Center First UMC Dollar-A-Week Campaign


The Center First UMC Dollar-A-Week Campaign began in February 2017 with donations earmarked for awarding grants assisting our community in significant ways and allowing reachable goals for church ministries and organizations.  


Have a passion for what hurts God’s heart in our community? Want seed money to kick-off a ministry that addresses that need? Know of an area non-profit organization in need? Know of a teacher that has a creative project that exceeds beyond the school budget? Donations are collected throughout the year from $1 dollar bills placed in the church’s offering plate, and then individuals and groups in the church and in our community can apply to receive grants to be used to meet specific needs for their projects.  


To date, approximately $4,000 has been collected and awarded in grants to community organizations and church ministries.  Dollar-A-Week grant submission guidelines and applications are available by contacting Rev. Karen Jones at Center First UMC (936) 598-2707 or visiting





13th Annual Jasper Air Show takes off on Sat, Sep 21st & Sun, Sep 22nd


JASPER, TX - The 13th Annual Jasper Air Show & Fly-In will be held on Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd at the Jasper County Bell Field Airport, on Highway 190 West in Jasper, Texas.

Air show fans will see World War II aircraft in flight along with aerobatics, and much more.
Static display of aircraft and FREE airplane rides for children begins each morning at 9:00, and the air show begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $15 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4-12, FREE for children 3 and younger. Parking is a $2.00 donation to East End Fire Department.

*First 100 kids age 4-12 get in FREE, Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of Dr. Eric Koch/Advanced Dental Care of East Texas in Jasper.


Yount attains American Degree with National FFA Organization



Evan Yount of Jacksonville has attained the American Degree with the National FFA Organization, formerly Future Farmers of America. Yount graduated from Panola College with an associate degree in December 2018 and is now a junior at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.


While at Panola College, Yount was a leader in the National Collegiate FFA program, worked on The Pony Express, made the Dean’s List, and received an Academic Excellence award in agriculture studies. He served as the staff photographer for the Panola College Rodeo and received an internship to work with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 2019.


With 669,989 members and chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National FFA Organization is the largest student-led organization. The group’s mission statement in the United States is to “make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, career success through agricultural education.”


The National FFA honors members through various levels of degrees, with the American level being the highest, involving academic achievement, time spent outside of class activities, money invested in supervised agricultural experience (SAE), the profit received, community service, and other activities. Only two percent of FFA members achieve the American level.


Yount will be recognized for his achievement at the National FFA Convention, October 30 through November 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


“My goal is to impact students’ lives, impact the consumer through proper education of the agricultural industry starting with the Texas Legislature. I plan to begin my career as a lobbyist and eventually work my way into running for the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Texas,” Yount said.


“I owe much of this achievement to my time at Panola, where I was able to accomplish a few more steps I needed to receive this award. I would not have such opportunities or faculty to push me to this goal at most universities. I believe wholeheartedly that my years at a junior college, most specifically, Panola College made the difference of whether or not I was eligible to receive my American Degree.”





San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting



San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce meeting on August 20, 2019, at Twin Lakes. 


The program will be Sam's Club. Mary Kay's Country Diner will be the caterer.


Panola College Foundation awards over $58,000 in grants



The Panola College Foundation presented 24 grants totaling more than $58,000 to faculty and staff at Panola College to support various programs and initiatives. Dr. John Ray, Chair of the Panola College Foundation, announced the recipients of the 2019 faculty and staff grants in a faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14.


“We appreciate the community and the College support of the Panola College Foundation,” said Dr. Ray as he addressed the faculty and staff. “We were able to award almost $10,000 more than last year due to your support.” Dr. Ray then called the grant recipients forward to accept their award.


This year’s grant recipients include:


A mobile device research lab for students and employees for IT Services.
A Whirlpool table and two TheraGun massage guns for the Kinesiology department.
15 Wi-Fi hotspots and two router subscriptions shared between all three campuses for the M.P. Baker Library.

Two iPads and stands for directory use at the M.P. Baker Library.
GED practice exams to increase student retention and success in the AEL program.
Yoga mats, blocks, resistance bands, Zumba toning sticks and DVDs for a course in Shelby County.

A museum field trip in the fall and spring for the Art and Humanities Department.
A trip to a Dallas Symphony concert for the Choral Department.
Five new lighting instruments for the auditorium and studio for Theatre.
A video camera to record instrumental and vocal music performances.
A medical lift chair for CNA courses.

Two iPads for instructors in the EMT program.
SIMTICS Simulation Modules for the Medical Assistant program.
Four anatomical muscular models for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
Four Littmann teaching stethoscopes for the Nursing program.
Egg hunt prizes to increase student engagement/recruiting within Residence Life.
Financial support for the Trailblazer Retreat, a student leadership/engagement retreat through student services.

A satellite supply store for student course supplies in Shelby County.
A Cosmetology Department grant for the Armstrong McCall World's Fair Trade Show.
Various HVAC and electrical tools for the School of Energy.

Two Cutaway Briggs and Stratton small engines for the small engines lab.
Funding to support the cost of a truck to pull a mobile lab for the School of Energy.

Information about how to make a gift to the Panola College Foundation is available online at, or by calling 903-693-2029.





Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting



"Monday, August 26, 2019 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting August 26, 2019, at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors and welcome a candidate for membership! 


Remember it is time to pay your dues for the new SCV year. 




Tenaha ISD Dress Code




Center Prom Parent Committee: T-Shirt Fundraiser Benefiting Prom



The Prom Parent Committee is selling t-shirts to benefit the 2020 prom. The deadline is August 23, 2019. Please contact Stephanie Williams (936-590-1645) or Amanda Bush (936-590-2864) for more information.


When the shirts arrive, they will be delivered to campuses. Please see attached order form. 





Shelby County 4H Kickoff


1st Annual First Responders Faith & Fellowship Night, DeSoto


On Thursday, August 15, 2019, First Responders from across DeSoto Parish came together for the First Annual "First Responders Faith & Fellowship Night."  



A great night of music, food, and fellowship turned out to be a huge success as DeSoto Fire, EMS, 911, Sheriff, Mansfield Police Department, and Dispatchers from every agency gathered to socialize.  First Responders were prayed over by local pastors as they also prayed over the safety of the citizens of DeSoto Parish.  In light of recent events, Sheriff Jayson Richardson and Captain Phillip Daniels felt the need to show our First Responders that they are appreciated, and to remind them that each and every agency has their back in any situation.  


Sgt. Elaine Pyles took care of organizing decorations for the event.  Guest speakers Lt. Dean Register, Pastor Thumper Miller of First Baptist Mansfield, Mr. David Calhoun of the Gideons, Pastor Jerius Marshall of Gethsemane Baptist, and Pastor Ronnie Morris with Higher Ground Ministries gave words of encouragement to men and women who face danger and tragedy on a daily basis.  Mrs. Tracy Miller also led the crowd of over 100 First Responders in worship.  


Supper was provided by DeSoto Detention Center Warden Billy Cotton and his crew, with Mrs. Wendy Self with Wendy's Sweet Creations providing cake and cookies that reflected each agencies badge.  Sheriff Richardson said of the event, "I was encouraged to see such a great show of unity in all of our parish First Responders. We really didn't know how many would show up, but what we witnessed was a room filled to the max with family.  The compassion, encouragement, and faith that was shared was truly an inspiration.  


It could not have gone better.  We now know this was a need among our First Responders and we hope to continue events such as this in the future.”

More pictures available on our Facebook page:  desoto.dept


Panola hires Alex Furr to lead women's basketball




Leading the Panola College Women’s Basketball team for the 2019-2020 season will be Alex Furr, the 2018 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. Furr, an East Texas native, has spent the past four years at New Mexico Junior College, working as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.


A 2010 graduate of Athens High School, Furr earned her bachelor of science degree from Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif., in 2014, and her master of science in sports psychology from Fresno State in 2016.


During her time at Fresno State, Furr played for three head coaches, earning the coveted Iron Bulldog Award for the Fresno State Strength and Conditioning Program. She also won the Paul Schechter Courage Award, presented annually to student-athletes who have overcome a physical challenge to become a champion. While at Fresno State, she earned a spot in the Top 10 All-Time in “three pointers made” and “career free throws percentage.”


Furr comes to Panola from New Mexico Junior College where she worked with the #1 Pre-Season NCJAA team in the nation. The team had the best finish in school history, as national runner up to the NJCAA tournament.


While playing at Athens High School, Furr was named the 2010 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches “Miss Texas” award, earned all-state recognition three years in a row, recorded 3.169 career points, made 337 total three-pointers, averaged 36 PPG as a senior player; averaged 25.7 PPG over her career; scored more than 40 points in 29 games, scored more than 50 points four times, and had a career high of 54 points in one game.


At New Mexico Junior College, Furr adjusted her approach from player to coach, sharing her knowledge and experience with her players. “There is no doubt in my mind that I have found what I have been waiting for,” she said, when discussing her decision to take on the head coaching position at Panola College.


Don Clinton, Athletic Director and Vice President of Student Services, said he is excited to have Coach Furr join the Panola College coaching staff.


“She has an incredible basketball pedigree with her dad being a highly successful JUCO coach at TVCC,” Clinton said. “She has grown up in the gym and has excelled as a player and a young coach. She has been deemed as one of the rising coaching stars in the country and was voted assistant coach of the year. She has only been coaching three years in college and has been around success continuously. We are excited for the energy and all of what she will bring to the program.”


NWS Shreveport Career Night for High School Students



Those interested in attending should register at: Career Night at NWS Shreveport

This event will occur on September 3rd, 4th, or 5th depending on interest and availability.    







Panola College Announces New Employees





Back Row, Left to right:

Jeff Jones, Police Chief

Jo Lynn Field, Success Coordinator, Associate Degree Nursing

Chris Collins, Professor of English/Preparatory Studies

Nicole Thorn, Head Coach - Women's Volleyball/Instructor of Kinesiology

Grant Freels, Assistant Coach - Men's Baseball

Aaron Smith, Head Coach - Men's Basketball/Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Anthony Edwards, Professor of Biology

Brad Adkins, Instructor of Welding

G. Todd Shelton, Assistant Coach - Men's Basketball


Front Row, Left to right:

Brooke Works, Receptionist/Secretary - Marshall College Center

Kristy Parker, Instructor of Medical Assisting

Rocky Hayden, Maintenance Worker

Texas Reardon, Educational Technology Coordinator & Webmaster

Carol Brightwell, Accounts Payable Specialist

Macy Cherry, Assistant Coach - Women's Volleyball

Whitney Sienko, Professor of Accounting

Haylie Amison, Professor of Humanities/English

Rebecca Morris, Professor of Education




Panola provides information session on CNA grant



Panola College will host information sessions to discuss the new Certified Nurse Aide Academy Elite, which helps students earn their Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) for FREE.





The information sessions will take place on Tuesday, August 27th at 10 am at the Panola College Marshall Center in Marshall, TX and again at 5 pm at the Shelby College Center in Center, TX. The sessions will talk about the eligibility to participate in the new CNA Academy Elite and what it will provide for students who participate. 





Fourth Shepherd Appreciation Service Honoring Elder Faye Dell Allen






Neuville Baptist Church Revival



Neuville Baptist Church will have a revival August 26 - 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. each evening with Evangelist Brother Lamar Denby preaching. They are located at 1258 FM 2140.






House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries Homecoming & Revival



The House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries will have their Homecoming service on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 4 p.m. with Apostle J.R. Gatlin preaching.


They will have a revival on August 21-23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.


Everyone is invited to attend.






Tenaha Football Schedule


VFW Monthly Meeting



Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 will have their monthly meeting Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the post home, 617 Highway 96 North, Center.


The Auxiliary will also have their meeting that day at the post home but at 11:45 a.m.




Food Pantry






SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics to host intellectual property workshop



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Those interested in learning more about intellectual property can engage with intellectual property attorneys and representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office at a workshop hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 12, in the Cole STEM Building, Room 401.


Co-sponsored by the college, the USPTO and the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas, the workshop will provide information and advice on how securing trademarks and patents on innovation, inventions or creative ideas can strengthen businesses, said Dr. Michele Harris, associate dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


“Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet with the experts individually to get advice tailored to a specific project, idea or business plan,” Harris said.


The workshop is part of an ongoing initiative to introduce patent education to SFA students and the community.


Cost is $10, and lunch is included. Register by Thursday, Sept. 5, at


For more information, contact


Senior Site Program

The Senior Nutrition Site will be hosting a new program called "Be Well, Live Well: A Program on Healthy Aging."  Their first session will be on August 19th from 10 am to 11 am that day.  The program will discuss things such as engaging a healthier lifestyle, reducing your risk for disease, learning what nutrients your body needs as you age, creative meal plans and much more!  The program will continue each Monday for 5 weeks.  For more information contact Felecia Thompson at 936-598-7744.  





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