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City of Tenaha City Council Meeting ( February 24, 2020)

Notice is hereby given that the Regular Called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 5:30 PM in the City Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas.  If while in the meeting, any discussion on items on the Agenda should be held in executive session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101.

Order of Business:

  1. Call to Order 

  2. Welcome/Prayer/Pledge

  3. Roll Call and Establish a quorum

  4. Public Comments (Must sign in prior to call to order and limited to 3 minutes) 

  5. Department Head Reports:

  6. Presentation from Axel & Rode for the 2018 Audit Presentation. Discuss and Consider Approving the 2018 Audit. ACTION ITEM

  7. Discuss and Consider Axel & Rode to conduct the 2019 Audit. ACTION ITEM

  8. Discuss and Consider Approving January 2020 City Council Meeting Minutes. ACTION ITEM

  9. Discuss and Consider Approving January 2020 Financials. ACTION ITEM

  10. Discuss and Consider Accepting the Certification of Unopposed Candidates (SOS FORM AW12-1). ACTION ITEM

  11. Discuss and Consider Approving Board Resolution to become a member of The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative. ACTION ITEM

  12. Discuss and Consider Approving the 2020 Investment Policy. ACTION ITEM

  13. Discuss and Consider Approving Cleanup & Restoration of the City Hall Building due to Slab Leak and Flooding by Servpro. ACTION ITEM

  14. Council Comments 

  15. Adjourn

I certify that the above was posted on the front door of the Tenaha City Hall at 238 North George Bowers Drive Tenaha Texas at 4:00 pm Friday January 24, 2020 for public viewing 72 hours prior to 5:30 pm January 27, 2020.  Emailed to the Light and Champion, Shelby County Today and East Texas Press.


Amanda Treat

City Secretary



Panola College Offers Zumba and Yoga Classes




Center City Council Meeting Agenda (February 24, 2020)


Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting Agenda

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 26th day of February, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:


  1.  Approve and pay weekly expenses.


  1. Public comments on Agenda item.


  1.  Tyson Representative, Bob Chavis to update the Court of the Tyson Mill Project.


  1. Discuss and possibly take action on selling the Old Shelby General Hospital Property.


  1. Adjourn.


SFA jazz bands to perform big band favorites

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The big band sounds of jazz greats like the Count Basie Orchestra and composer and arranger Sammy Nestico will be performed by the jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.


Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, and Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces student ensembles have planned “an exciting concert of classic big band compositions,” according to Scott.


The Swingin’ Axes will perform, in University of North Texas’ famous One O’Clock Lab Band style, Mike Bogle’s Grammy-nominated arrangement of Chick Corea’s “Got a Match?” It will feature Felipe Hernandez of Lufkin on lead alto saxophone.


Students Kevin Thomas of Houston, tenor sax, and Sterling Davis of Cambridge, Ohio, trombone, will be featured on Nestico’s “Tall Cotton,” made famous by the Count Basie Big Band. “Tickle Toe” by Lester Young will be performed like the rendition made famous by Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass. From the Stan Kenton tradition, Marty Paich’s arrangement of “My Old Flame” will feature Jacob Kilford of New Braunfels on alto saxophone and Travis Wattigney of Fort Worth on trumpet.


Also performed from the current big band repertoire will be “Bodysnatchers” composed by Radiohead and arranged by Fred Sturm.


The Swingin’ Aces will perform Nestico’s arrangement of “Splanky,” Dave Wolpe’s arrangement of “A Foggy Day” and close their portion of the concert with Japanese composer Yoko Kanno’s “Tank!” Many will recognize the work as the opening theme to the late 1990s anime show “Cowboy Bebop.”


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




Stanley Fletcher Recounts the History of the Neutral Zone for TAGHS

East Texas residents are familiar with border towns and their frequently unsavory reputation by virtue of Texas' border with Mexico. However, many residents of East Texas and Western Louisiana forget that the Sabine River was once the border between the United States and Mexico and this area was a dangerous place to live. 

Historian Stanley Fletcher of Leesville, Louisiana has studied the period and shared some interesting and little known facts about our area's past with members at the February 19th monthly meeting of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society. In a talk entitled “Inlaws and Outlaws of West Louisiana and East Texas” , Mr. Fletcher opened his remarks by saying the reason for the title was that “the Twenty Percenters at the top of the society married other Twenty Percenters”, therefore the same family names crop up in the history of the area, sometimes on either side of the law.” 

With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, this area became the border between the two nations. The boundary was somewhat ill defined, a fact that was recognized by the establishment of the Sabine Free State of “Neutral Zone” between the Sabine River on the west and Arroyo Hondo, Coshatta Creek, and Rio Hondo on the east. Mexico and the United States agreed that neither county would take any unilateral action in this area. This left law enforcement up to the residents of the Neutral Zone and the law's somewhat sporadic and uneven enforcement made the area attractive to bandits and outlaws, Fletcher said. 

There was an influx of this societal element into the Neutral Zone after 1821, when the first steamboats began operating on the Mississippi River. “Prior to the advent of Mississippi steamboats” Fletcher explained, “ traders who had traveled down the Mississippi with their goods to sell in New Orleans, had to travel by land up the Nachez Trace to return home.” Bandits preyed on these travelers for the money they had made in New Orleans. “With the steamboats came the ability for traders to return home by the same route they had come down and to avoid the dangerous Nachez Trace.” The bandits had to look elsewhere for a suitable enviornment and the Neutral Zone attracted many of them, including the notorious John A. Murrell, also know as “Reverend Devil” and “The Great Western Land Pirate”, and his gang. 

While a great many persons who sought to avoid encounters with the law came to the Neutral Zone, the notion that the area was entirely lawless is erroneous, Fletcher shared. In a portion of his talk he calls “Lies My Teacher Told Me” Mr. Fletcher revealed that 280 “lawful” families lived in the Neutral Zone. In addition, he said, in 1812 both Zebulon Pike and Mexican authorities made patrols through the zone, with another such patrol being made in 1816. Finally, Fletcher said that the idea that the area was entirely wilderness is wrong. “The area had developed “communities” along Nolan's Trace, El Camino Real, and the Coshatta Cattle Trail,” he said. Still, day-to-day law enforcement was done by a group vigilantes know as the Regulators. “The Regulators were organized to stop cattle rustling, land swindling, business frauds, and other crimes.” Law enforcement by the Regulators was often questionable and frequently self-serving. Eventually enough citizens felt that the Regulators were more of a problem than a solution and the Moderators were formed to police the Regulators. Members of both groups could occasionally be found on the wrong side of the law and the “bitterness spilled over into East Texas after 1821, when the U.S. Government took over the Neutral Zone”. 

The conflict between the Regulators and the Moderators degenerated into open warfare between 1839 and 1844 in Shelby and Harrison Counties of Texas. Now known as the Regulator-Moderator War, the conflict resulted in 52 deaths and finally ended in 1846 with the coming the Mexican War. 

The Timpson Area Genealogical Society meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The TAGHS library is located within the Timpson Public Library and is open and staffed from 9AM until 5PM weekdays. Telephone 936-254-2966 and ask for the Genealogical Library. 


Center City Council Meeting Agenda


Christian Gives Keynote Address at World Oil Forecast Breakfast

AUSTIN - Today, Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian gave the keynote address at the 94th Annual World Oil Forecast Breakfast.


"The United States is the top producer of oil and gas in the world, and Texas is the top producer and exporter in the nation," said Christian. "While short-term we have seen a slight decline in growth, the industry still managed to produce a record 1.8 billion barrels of oil and 10.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2019.


This growth is not temporary, as Texas is blessed with tremendous reserves, including the largest find in the history of the world. The United States Geologic Survey assessed a recent discovery in the Permian Basin to be 46 billion barrels of oil and according to RS Energy Group, it could be as large as 230 billion barrels. To put this in perspective, proven oil reserves in the U.S. from Alaska to Brownsville were estimated to be 36.4 billion barrels in 2014.


"The growth of the oil and gas industry in Texas over the last decade has grown our state's economy, provided energy sovereignty, and most importantly improved our national security," continued Christian. "Meanwhile, environmentally since 1970, the six major pollutants regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) have fallen by 73 percent and worldwide air pollution-related deaths have fallen 27 years in a row. These are just two examples that show both the economy and environment can flourish concurrently - they are not mutually exclusive."


SFA dietetic interns use integrative and functional medicine to offer clients a more holistic health approach

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Food, nutrition and dietetics graduate interns at Stephen F. Austin State University are learning how to holistically examine a variety of issues in different body systems — even if they seem unrelated — to help their clients feel better.


Integrative and functional medicine combines conventional medicine with complementary therapies to provide a systems-based approach rather than a symptom-by-symptom assessment.


The integrative and functional medicine model was first proposed by Dr. Jeffrey Bland in the 1980s and is gaining momentum. Bland cofounded The Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991.


Dr. Darla O’Dwyer, associate professor in SFA's food, nutrition and dietetics program, offers an example of this model used for a client with eczema, depression and diarrhea, three seemingly unrelated symptoms.


“Rather than treating each of these symptoms separately, the practitioner will take an extensive health history and assess diet, lifestyle factors, gut health, conventional and functional lab testing, and genetics to determine the underlying cause,” O’Dwyer said. “Five people who have the same symptom could have five totally different root causes.”


In 2018, two integrative and functional nutrition/medicine courses were added to SFA’s Master of Science in human sciences, a 36-hour program offered in combination with a dietetic internship.


Gabriella Deleski completed this internship as part of the master’s degree she earned last year at SFA.


“During my internship, I had the opportunity to work with professionals from different backgrounds in a variety of settings,” she said. “What I appreciated most about this program is that it exposed me to diverse areas within the field of dietetics.”


Students take the integrative and functional nutrition/medicine courses during their 1,200-hour supervised practice. The functional medicine approach also is woven into assignments and seminar courses, which are required in the supervised practice component of the program.


Deleski said she’s already using what she learned during her internship in her new career as a registered dietitian at Vitality Weight Loss and Wellness Institute in Plano, where she specializes in obesity prevention and treatment.


“I firmly believe that my education in integrative nutrition from SFA allows me to treat my patients holistically and provide them with care that is uniquely suited for them,” she said. 


According to the 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance, integrative and functional medicine principles are increasingly accepted by health care professionals and institutions. Registered dietitians can apply integrative and functional medicine principles across all areas of practice.


The Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has more than 5,200 members and is steadily growing.


“It is important that our dietetic interns at SFA are equipped with the skills to handle root cause resolution to chronic disease by employing integrative and functional medicine,” O’Dwyer said. “It is the future of health care, and we at SFA are embracing this new paradigm.”


Cutline: Gabriella Deleski earned a Master of Science in human sciences with a dietetics focus last year from Stephen F. Austin State University. Now a registered dietitian at Vitality Weight Loss and Wellness Institute in Plano, Deleski uses the integrative and functional medicine principles she learned during her dietetic internship at SFA when helping her clients prevent and treat obesity. Here, Deleski uses a modified exercise bicycle to blend a healthy smoothie. Photo courtesy of Gabriella Deleski




Southside Baptist Church of Carthage to Host "Cochon de Lait"

Southside Baptist Church of Carthage is hosting a “cochon de lait” for the community on Saturday, February 15, in conjunction with their weekend revival services.


A “cochon de lait” is basically a pig roast with the pig cooked in a device known as a “Cajun Microwave” which is like a Dutch oven. The men of Southside will begin cooking the pig early on Saturday morning and everyone is welcome to stop by during the day to enjoy some fellowship while it’s cooking. 


Beginning at 4:30 p.m., along with congregational worship, internationally known evangelist Rick Scarborough will bring an encouraging message from the Word of God. Dr. Scarborough has served as a pastor and evangelist since 1972, as well as authoring numerous books. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Time magazine, among others. In 1998 he founded Vision America, a non-profit organization which mobilizes pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring the Christian foundation upon which America was built. Additionally, Dr. Scarborough has appeared on numerous radio and television programs urging believers to be “salt and light” in the world.


There will be a free dinner for those attending the revival service. The menu includes the delicious pork, along with homemade cowboy beans, potato salad, and desserts. Of course, there’ll be extra “Slap Ya Mama” and Tony Chachere’s seasoning on hand to spice up the meal!


On Sunday morning, Dr. Scarborough will be preaching during the morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. This will be a great time of praise, worship, prayer, and renewal. The church family at Southside-Carthage invites you and your family to join them!  “Laissez le bon temps rouler” …”let the GOD times roll” with your friends at Southside!


Southside is located at 1501 West Sabine Street in Carthage, on the corner of Hwy 315 at the loop. For more information, call 903-693-6397 during regular office hours.



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Panola awards degrees, certificates in fall 2019



Students who earned degrees or certificates during the 2019 fall semester are listed below by state and then in alphabetical order by city. The list includes the abbreviation for the degree or certificate awarded to these students.



Michael Womack, Bastrop, RLM, RLM2
Leshanda Baker, Bossier City, ADN
Calli Boggs, Grand Cane, COS
Jeffery McClary, Keatchie, RLM1
Luke Vazquez, Keatchie, WLD2
Zachary Mcfarland, Keithville, EMT
Melinda Carter, Keithville, LVN
Khadijah Taylor, Shreveport, CIT4
Latondra Frazier, Shreveport, LVN
Chasity Graggs, Shreveport, OPR3



Austin Davis,  EMT
Clayton Burnett,  GST
Hannah Humphries, GST
Riley Seegers, GST
Robert Bristow, LVN
Lane McKnight, PET1

Theresa Hightower, LVN
Kallie Parker, LVN
Cassie Bozeman, MLT

Jennifer Sparks, ADN
Kortney Landreneaux, BUS, BUS1
Jose Rodriguez, BUS1
Paulina Samford, BUS1
Wayland McLemore, CIT, CIT1, CIT2, CIT3, CIT4
Madison Buck, COS
David Richter, EMT
Susan Adewale, GST
Connie Cleaver, GST
Rocky Hayden, GST
Yareli Hernandez, GST
Kirsten Maxie, GST
Krishlyn Rocquemore, GST
Rachel Strauss, GST
A'Toya Villarreal, GST
Emmie Wedgeworth, GST
Britney Everitt, LVN
Marissa Jones, LVN
Alexis Miller, LVN
Delaina Blackmon, MED
Haley Landtroop, MLT
Joshua Garcia, NAT1
Colby Taylor, NAT1
Tiffani-Amber Pinson, OPR, OPR1
Victoria Fischer, OPR3
Allena George, OPR3
Lashaunda George, OPR3
Tiffani-Amber Pinson, OPR3
Colby Taylor, PET
Braden Russell, PET1
Colby Taylor, PET1, PET2
Timothy Harsh, WLD2
Ethan Kupres, WLD2, WLD3
Dylan Puffer, WLD2

Erika Cordray, AAT
Ashley Fults, AAT
Daniela Garcia, AAT
Colton Davis, CIT3
Brandi Gilchrist, EMT
Bobby Smith, EMT
Hannah Choate, GST
Taylor Clark, GST
Israel Duarte, GST
Perla Gonzalez, GST

Samantha Gonzalez, GST
Cody Osburn, GST
Julia Ramos, GST
Kelsi Wilburn, GST
Jose Barrueta, HVAC
Kase Hooper, HVAC
Kathleen Bailey, LVN
Kori Bailey-Metcalf, LVN
Breanna Boyd, LVN
Destinee Harrison, LVN
Jessica Hemphill, LVN
Kamille McCollister-Suell, LVN
Janequia Moore, LVN
Brooklyn Porter, LVN
Lauren Warr, LVN
Angela Perkins, MED
Jeniece Moore, MED1
Nicklaus Powell, MUS
Jenny Harvey, OPR3
Roselyn Postell, OPR3
Brent Barreraz, PET
Luz Gomez, PET, PET2
Brant Redmon, PET, PET1, PET2
Brent Barreraz, PET2
Andrezel Dove, RES
Dylan Denby, WELD
Daniel Atchison, WLD2
Bryan Kelley, WLD2
Demarious Mann, WLD2
Trevin Snider, WLD2
James Hamilton, WLD3

Justine Moore, COS

Denise Armstead, GST

Carlie Harper, ADN, GST
Edward Oden, EIT, RES
Dillan Peloquin, RLM, RLM2

Fort Worth
Mallori Hardaway, Fort Worth, LVN

Caleb Powers, EMT
Madison Shotwell, LVN
Tytanara Williams, LVN
Jacob Cook, PET1
Zakeri Dingler, PET1
Laurie Edwards, PET1
Shane Iversen, WELD

Madison Spence, GST

Brittany Bailey, Hallsville, ADN

Christopher Scroggins, CIT1, CIT2, CIT4
Kaylee Moroski, COS

Morgan Heim, ADN
Shaina Lane, ADN
Jennifer Self, ADN
Darbi Fabbiani, GST
Morgan Heim, GST
Hanna Juarez, GST
Jessica Whitaker, OPR3
Alec Morris, PET1

April Swan, MLT

Shondadrien Cooks-Jones, GST

Shannon Creech, ADN
Morgan Matthews, ADN
Miranda Prnka, ADN
Mikalya-Grac Alexis Atkinson, COS
Fatima Nunez, COS
Shawn Hairgrove, GST
Trey Chism, HVAC
Braeden Hensley, HVAC
Madolyn Kendrick, LVN
Sally Bays, PET
Marissa Cooper, WLD2

Brandon Latham, GST

League City
Hannah Floyd, GST

Wilma Davis, AAT2
Rachel Holt, ADN
Wade Worley, GST
Maranda Cox, LVN

Mary Castillo, AAT
Lindsey Golden, ADN
Haylee Gordon, ADN
Haley McClung, ADN
Lajuana Peace, ADN
Matthew Wallace, EMT
Toby Jones, LVN
Sharita Bailey, MLT
Marisela Soto, PET1

Shaquoia Finley, ADN
Kathy Foster, MED1
Evan Green, RLM1, RLM2

Sierra Perez-Perez, ADN
Cassandra Tullock, ADN
Kristyn Wilson, EMT
Kiressa Harris, GST
Michael Jones, GST
Hieu Le, GST
Madison Oney, GST
Bryan Whitaker, GST

Leneve Williams, GST
Tia Williams, GST
Shannon Freeman, HIT
Billy Patterson, HVAC
Jacob Hanson, LVN
Kevin Knighten, MED1
Cherrie Hudson, MLT
Casey Holladay, OPR3
Mariela Oviedo, OPR3
Payton Sirmans, WLD2
Kayla Wallace, WLD2

Mount Enterprise
Wesley Pietruszka, EMT
Kristen Honeycutt, GST
Reggie King, GST

Haley Jones, AAT
Laquista Garrett, ADN
Phillip Najvar, EIT
Jacob Sandel, EMT
Brandice McClelland, GST
Jacob Pleasant, HVAC
Alyssa Bell, LVN
Amber Bradley, LVN
Jennifer Cobos, LVN
Kyesha Sweat, MED
James Hill, NAT1

Dylan Henry, EMT

Ore City
Darrian Payne, LVN

Kristen Shields, ADN
Elizabeth Hearon, MLT

Leo Brittain, EMT

Landra Turner-White, ADN

Amanda Granger, LVN

Lexy Crawford, EMT

Chisom Ottih, LVN

Madison Jackson, ADN

San Augustine
Michael Randle, AAT2
Quintorria Bell, LVN

Jessica Garrett, GST

Heather Gipson, ADN
Lindsey Ridens, ADN
Cody Grindle, GST

Jazmin Alvarado, AAT
Merlid Sandoval, CIT4
Laney Cockrell, COS
Destiny Doggett, LVN
Mariel Lopez, MED
Hernan Hernandez, PET1
Trevor Lampley, WLD2
Jose Mendoza, WLD2
Tristan Denton, WLD3

Jarid Barton, GST
Ty'Kuirra Bryant, GST
Jeremy Jordan, GST
Decamerin Berry, HVAC
Shelton Earl, HVAC
Jacob Corpus, WLD2

Ennisha Bolden, GST
Adesola Fashola, GST

Cassidy Lonsway, AAT2


Boluwatife Babalola, Lagos, Nigeria, GST
Latifat Opeodu, Lagos, Nigeria, GST


Timpson Bear Update



Upcoming events/deadlines for Timpson FFA 


FWSSR Ag Mech Show- January 17th-20th 

Market and Breeding Rabbit Validation - January 21st 

FWSSR Goat show- January 24th-27th 

FWSSR Heifer Show- January 23rd-27th 

HLSR Chicken Arrival- January 31st 



Counselor’s Corner - Upcoming scholarship deadlines to be aware of include:


National FFA, January 15th

Eastman Chemical Company, January 31st
SFA General Scholarship, February 1st (Must be completed in your "MySFA" student portal)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, February 3rd (You MUST complete this in order to be eligible for the local Shelby County Go Texan Scholarship)

Austin Bank Scholarship, February 28th
Deep East Texas Electric Co-Op, March 1st (Applicant must live in the service area and receive services from DETEC) 
Texas Farm Bureau Scholarships (Applicant must be a member of TFB, but can create a membership now) 

The Big Tex Scholarship is now open! It is due February 1st- Only Students that have participated at the State Fair of Texas are eligible to apply.

Mrs. Metcalf welcomes students to drop by her office if they need help with any of these applications, and she will be glad to visit with them.  Seniors, please remember to ask now for reference letters and update your scholarship essay. 





 Shelbyville Academic UIL Team Competes



The Shelbyville High School Academic UIL Team competed at Chireno’s Invitational UIL Meet on Saturday, January 11th.  Receiving awards:


Shiloh Amburn – Computer Applications – 5th Place
Naquila Barnes – Number Sense – 3rd Place
Kiana Bennett – Number Sense – 6th Place
TyKevia Blount – Poetry Interpretation – 3rd Place
Aubree Camp /Ava Silva – Policy Debate – 2nd Place
Azsahlia Cartwright – Copy Editing – 6th Place
Hagan Crumpton – Persuasive Speaking – 3rd Place, Lincoln-Douglas Debate – 4th Place
Chassity Davis – Computer Applications – 3rd Place
Makayja Horton – Prose Interpretation – 5th Place
Dawson Jackson – Lincoln Douglas Debate – 6th Place
Jimmy Jimenez – Literary Criticism – 4th Place, Spelling & Vocabulary – 6th Place, Mathematics – 6th Place
Kara Jones – Poetry Interpretation -5th Place
Jacob Lang – Calculator Applications – 4th Place
Tyler Merriman – Current Issues & Events – 4th Place
Trey Smith – Number Sense – 1st Place
Eli Taylor – Chemistry – 1st Place
Dana Valencia – Accounting – 6th Place
Myla Wagstaff – Computer Applications – 6th Place
Molly Windham – Ready Writing – 1st Place, Feature Writing – 2nd Place, Headline, Writing – 3rd Place, News Writing – 3rd Place   

Trey Smith, Naquila Barnes, Kiana Bennett – Number Sense – 1st Place Team



Senior Scholarship Meeting at Joaquin ISD



                          A Senior scholarship meeting will be held at Joaquin ISD. 





James Antioch Community Meeting - Corrected



The James Antioch Community will have their monthly meeting on Sat. Jan. 18, 2020.  We have moved the gathering time to 5:00 PM because of the cold dark evenings.  We hope you can come and bring your favorite food to share with everyone.  If you want to play games bring your favorite one along with you.


Ellen Manning  598-3081.




Get Fit San Augustine Challenge


City of Center Receives Grant for Additional Downtown Work


City of Center Council Meeting Agenda (01-13-2020)


NOBLE Scholars attending or planning to attend SFA must apply for $1,000 scholarships by Feb. 1

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students selected for Nacogdoches County’s Opportunity for a Better Learning Experience, or NOBLE program, can apply to receive one of nearly 30 $1,000 scholarships if they’re planning to attend or currently attend Stephen F. Austin State University.


NOBLE is a program sponsored by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, SFA and the local business community and is designed to encourage county high school students to take more demanding courses to help better prepare them for the world of work.

“These students must understand the importance of following appropriate high school curriculum pathways, practice good citizenship and self-control, and participate in service projects that contribute to the community,” said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education and chair of the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

Students who are selected for the scholarship can receive up to $4,000 during their college career at SFA by applying for this scholarship every year.


For their freshman year, NOBLE Scholars can work with their high school counselors to apply for the scholarship. For years two through four, they must apply for the scholarship by Feb. 1 each year through the standard process managed by SFA’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.


Sponsors of the scholarships include Citizens 1st Bank, The Daily Sentinel, Rex Perry Autoplex, and Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith.


“We’re proud to partner with the Chamber of Commerce and the member businesses that fund these scholarships for local students recognized as NOBLE Scholars who are attending SFA,” Abbott said.


To apply for a NOBLE scholarship, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at or (936) 468-2403.


To learn more about the NOBLE program, contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 560-5533.




Food Pantry





DATE: JANUARY  11, 2020




School of Music to present 'What Is Truth: A Brass and Media Concert'



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “What Is Truth: A Brass and Media Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

Performed by Dr. Ronnie Ingle, trumpet professor at the University of North Dakota, and Dr. Mike Hall, trombone professor at Old Dominion University, the concert is a thematic collaborative presentation with brass and multimedia asking through music “What is truth?” in today’s “post-truth culture,” according to the artists.

Lyrics are by Johnny Cash and works are by J.S. Bach, Jacob TV, David Sampson, Ben Hase, Peter Meechan, Thomas Kelly, Matthew Murchison, Steven Bryant, Mark Phillips and Kit Turnbull. The presentation can be accessed at

Ingle is an international trumpet soloist who has performed in Sweden, Australia, Canada, Brazil, China, Armenia and the U.S. He continues to appear as a resident guest artist and on distinguished artist series at numerous universities and institutions. Ingle has served as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and has judged numerous state, organizational and orchestra-sponsored competitions. He serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Research in Music Performance. His trumpet ensemble has performed in the live round of the National Trumpet Competition in four of the last six years and has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia; Anaheim, California; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hall serves as literature reviews editor for the International Trombone Association Journal and teaches jazz and orchestral trombone at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Kansas and Eastern Michigan University.  Hall has performed as a featured soloist and in several chamber groups and orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe and China in a diverse range of genres and styles. He also has an extensive background in commercial music, backing entertainers, playing in large and small group jazz settings, and performing in theater and studio recording ensembles. His study of Baroque performance practice as applied to trombone has led to six solo recordings. “Music for a New Millennium,” new sonatas for trombone and piano, was released in 2015.

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


Shelbyville School Board Agenda



A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020, 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 9, 2019 meeting of the board
b.    Monthly financial reports
5.    School Board Recognition Month
6.    Consider for Approval
a.    TASB Policy Update 114
b.    Early Childhood Literacy and Math Plan
c.    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Plan
d.    4H Resolution and Adjunct Faculty Request
7.    Principal’s Reports
a.    Campus events
b.    Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8.    Superintendent’s Reports
a.    2018-19 School Report Card
b.    Facilities Update
c.    Articles of Interest
d.    General Updates
9.    Executive Session
a.    Resignations/Employment
b.    Personnel
10.     Adjournment


Dutch Oven Cooking


The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking January 18th, and every 3rd Saturday at Boles Field outside of Shelbyville, Texas. The public is invited to eat and learn about the art of dutch oven cooking and if up to the challenge become a member. We start cooking about 9:00 am and have pots on the table at 12 noon. Bring your lawn chairs and join us. Call James at 409-625-4787 for more information.




TSI Sign-ups at Joaquin ISD



Any student that is wishing to take the TSI this spring will need to sign up in the office with Mrs. Carmen before the end of the day Friday, January 10, 2020. This is for any students grades (8-12) who have not taken or passed the TSI and would like to take dual credit college courses in the fall.  Also, any seniors who are still needing to pass portions of the TSI may sign up as well.  If you have questions, please let the counselor know.




Panola College Dean's List and President's List





Panola College announces Dean’s List

Students making the Dean’s List at Panola College for the Fall 2019 semester earned grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.


Beckville: Mya Boyd, Jeremy Dean, Amanda Pierce, Kaden Ridgway, Dominick Shortridge, and Jason Tillman.

Bryan: Nyah Walker.

Carthage: Susan Adewale, Kayce Armstrong, Christopher Blackmon, Austin Buchanan, Nash Coultas, Ashleigh Earle, Lucy Eke, Sam Fuller, Joshua Garcia, Alexis Miller, Taylor Mills, William Rogers, Angela Trevino, Kristen Wallace, Brittany Whitsett, Kaci Williams, and Blakely Young.

Center: Juan Apolonio, Roxana Arcibar, Kaden Arvello, Angela Campos, Samantha Gonzalez, Maggie Harkness, Bryan Kelley, Jaqueline Morales-Aviles, Monica Olalde, Aileen Palacios, Peyton Swearingen, and Laura Wilson.

Chireno: Justine Moore.

Coppell: Joshua Bartolacci.

DeBerry: Kenaiya Fleets and Brea Rettelle.

Garrison: Cynthia Stott.

Groves: Cameron Stansbury.

Hemphill: Kaylee Moroski.

Jefferson: MacKenzie Hulett.

Joaquin: Benjamin Smithhart and. Destini Whitehead.

Kirbyville: Abbie Suggs.

Marquez: Jobeth Eddings.
Marshall: Demetre Brewster, Kassidy Brooks, Julian Mierop, Jacob Morgan and Ashley Ortiz.

Mesquite: Tavanna Prince.

Mount Enterprise: Maria Mejia.

Nacogdoches: Jessica Box, Haley Green, Emily Hannah, Carsyn Mason, Isaac Patterson and Heather Ray.

San Augustine: Clayton Jones.

Shelbyville: Sawyer Hendricks.

Tatum: Brooklyn Killen.

Tenaha: Nathaniel Bergeron and Katelyn Martinez.

Timpson: Dallas Dennis and Alexus Wallace.

Waskom: John Carter and Trevor Deal.

Winnie: Caitlyn Jackson.

Yantis: Caden Worley.



Matthew Abshire, Rayne; Jeremy Puckett, Shreveport.



Odeth Betancourt, Rubio Tachira, Venezuela; Raphael John LeBlanc, Shawinigan, QC, Canada; Barbara Zieniewska, Sokolow Podlaski, Poland.


Panola College announces President’s List

Students making the President’s List at Panola College for the Fall 2019 semester earned grade point averages between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.


Beckville: Loren Caserta, Misty Coleman, Lacey Dean, Alyssa Harris, McKenzie Ingram, Covie Latham, Jacie McGraw and Miranda Mize.

Carthage: Kristina Dodge, Ueoma Dunumba, Britney Everitt, Victoria Fischer, Abigail Garcia, Krysta Hammock, Yareli Hernandez and Baylee Reed.

Center: Randy Broadway, Jalee Campbell, Camden Cordray, Reyna Duarte, Lacey Felder, Luz Gomez, Jenny Harvey, Edwin Morin, Eugene Nunez, Roselyn Postell, Julia Ramos and Rosalba Valdez.

DeBerry: Edward Oden.

Decatur: Ashton Powell.

Groves: Grant Rogers.

Harleton: Micah Lorenzi and Landry Sloan.

Henderson: Elisa Lynn, Chad McRae, and Jessica Whitaker.

Houston: Tam Phan.

Joaquin: Mikalya-Grac Alexis Atkinson, Alisa Mazie and Fatima Nunez.

La Vernia: Easton Parrish.

League City: Hannah Floyd.

Lufkin: Rylee Vines.

Marshall: James Beasley, Somali Fletcher, Amanda McFarland, Katelynn McWhorter, Billy Patterson, Haylie Rich, Emilee Sellers, Hannah Sellers and Leneve Williams.

Milam: Brittany Gregory.

Mount Enterprise: Kaylee Cox

Nacogdoches: Madison Christopher and Phillip Najvar.

Pineland: Kaytlin Ford.

Point: Justin Gonzales.

Pollok: Amanda Granger.

Rusk: Zachary Zea.

Shelbyville: Taylor Bragg.

Tatum: Brandy Boatwright and Lucero Luna.

Tenaha: Lisseth Amaya Benitez, Laney Cockrell, Alan Flores, Elizabeth Hernandez and Miguel Mendoza.

Timpson: Jeremy Jordan and Nathan Pinkston.

Tyler: Adesola Fashola.

Waskom: Jonathan Hicks, Brenda Mendez and Pedro Rodriguez.

Woodlawn: Cassidy Lonsway.

Yantis: Caden Worley.


Luke Vazquez, Keatchie.


Paris Thompson, Fayetteville.


Boluwatife Babalola, Lagos, Nigeria.






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