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Community News Archives for 2017-08

103rd Church Anniversary Services


The Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ would like to invite everyone to their 103rd Church Anniversary on September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.
The Guest Speaker will be Elder C.L. King Pastor of the Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ.


Iraq War Memorial Ceremony








Sports News Football Schedules:


The Joaquin JV game scheduled for today 8-31-17 has been cancelled all the games below are still set to happened but that is subject to change at a moments notice so stay tuned for updates.



In Rider Land
The Center Roughriders will take on the Rusk Eagles Friday in Rusk at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on kdet 930 am.
In Tiger Land
The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Joaquin Rams in Tenaha this Friday at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on kqbb 100.5 fm and kxxe 92.5 fm with the legendary Don Wall.
In the Bears Den
The Timpson Bears will take on the West Sabine Tiger in Timpson at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
In the Dragon's Lair
The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Elkhart Elks a home game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In the Dog House
The Garrison Bulldogs will take on TK Gorman an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Be sure to tune in Tuesday Nights to the Don Wall Coaches show on KQBB 100.5 FM 7 - 9 p.m.


Shelby County 4-H Recognizes Members and Volunteers


At the recent 4-H Kick-off event, Shelby County Extension agents Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain presented youth members with the “I Dare You” award and county-level “Gold Star” award.  The “I Dare You” awards were presented to Wesley Wages of Center 4-H Club, son of Bryan and Dee Wages, and Lance Holloway of Center 4-H Club, son of John Henry and Chelsea Holloway.
Wesley is active in the 4-H poultry, goat and heifer projects and has been a member of 4-H for six years.  He has shown livestock at the county-level and at numerous major state shows and placed in these shows.  Wesley also serves as the Shelby County 4-H Club secretary and maintains all A’s in school while staying active in tennis, band, Beta Club and the First Baptist Church youth group.
Lance is an active participant in the shooting sports (shotgun and archery), virtual fishing, swine, outdoor challenge and photography projects and has been a 4-H member for six years.  He has competed at county, district and state level contests, winning several awards in all projects in which he has participated.  In addition, Lance placed 2nd at the District Recordbook judging in the Intermediate Division of Shooting Sports.
These two young people have shown leadership and a willingness to always help in time of need.  They are both very active in the 4-H program participating in numerous projects and community service activities.
The county-level “Gold Star” awards were presented to Loren Vandrovec of Shelbyville 4-H Club, daughter of Bob and Stacey Vandrovec, and Blake Griffin of Center 4-H Club, son of Robert and Melody Griffin.  
Loren is an active member in several horse project events, including barrels, poles, drill, stakes race, team penning, ranch sorting, and trail and western riding.  She has also been involved in horse judging and horse quiz bowl.  Over her 8-year membership in 4-H, she has also participated in poultry, food, textiles and photography projects.  She has provided leadership as the president, vice president, and treasurer of the Shelbyville 4-H Club.  Loren is a junior at Shelbyville High School.
Blake has been a member of Center 4-H Club for the past 10 years and has been an active participant in showing steers, poultry, shooting sports, and horse projects.  He is currently the vice president of the Shelby County 4-H Club and has been a presenter, demonstrating roping skills for the past two years at Agriculture Education Day.  Blake has shown livestock at county show and has won numerous awards in the horse project at the district and state levels.  He recently earned the title of “Top Hand” in roping, receiving a saddle for this honor.  Blake is a senior at Center High School and plans to pursue a degree in ranch and farm management after graduation.
The “Friend of 4-H” award was presented to Hawkeye Hunting Club and its owners Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brueggeman and their son Kevin. Fairly new to Shelby County, they started off by helping the shooting sports project allowing 4-H to utilize their facility for shotgun practices. In addition, they have actively participated in the county livestock show and sale and East Texas Poultry Festival broiler sale by sponsoring several youth projects.
Please help us in congratulating and recognizing the efforts of these youth and supporters of Shelby County 4-H.  If you have any questions regarding the 4-H program, feel free to contact us at 936-598-7744.


Fire Ants Can Float


FIRE ANTS - They float in balls on top of the water and rotate with the
Queen on top to keep from drowning. Keep this in mind when the rain is over
and the critters begin to return....
In addition to debris (snakes and alligators), Texans escaping Hurricane
Harvey’s floodwaters must watch out for floating balls of fire ants. And
the problem won’t go away after the waters subside.
The red imported fire ant evolved in South American floodplains, but has
since taken the southern U.S. by storm—both literally and figuratively. The
species adapted to float, and takes advantage of the habitat created by
floods. So they often arrive and thrive in the wake of human disasters.
“The waters recede and the fire ants are the first ones there to grab all
the resources,” says Alex Wild, an entomologist at the University of Texas.
When rains first submerge the colony, the ants join together using their
jaws and sticky pads on their legs, according to a study in the Proceedings
of National Academy of Sciences. Clumps form in just about a minute and a
Each bunch can contain anywhere from thousands to millions of ants. The
critters at the bottom regularly switch out with the ones on the top, so
(almost) none of the insects stay under long enough to drown. The most
valuable members of the group—like the queen and her newest babies—are
pushed to the top and center for safe keeping, while a few unlucky
individuals get permanently pressed to the edge of the ball by their
neighbors. If one part of the newly mobile colony is disturbed, other ants
will move to fix the gap. These living rafts can stay together for days, or
as long as it takes to reach a tree or dry land.
-- Normal ants bite and then spray acid on the new wound, but fire ants are
much worse. They bite, hold on, and inject a venom containing 46 different
proteins, including poisons that sometimes affect the nervous system. They
also have a more brutal attack pattern than many social insects. If you
knock over a beehive, not all the bees will come after you—most colonies
have a few dedicated warriors to protect the clan. When fire ants are
disturbed, however, they all attack. About one in every hundred people will
have a full-body response to the stings, such as an allergic reaction or
even hallucinations.


Food Pantry Cancelled




Joaquin / Tenaha JV Game Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, the Joaquin JV vs Tenaha JV football game scheduled for Thursday (8/31/17) has been cancelled.


Center Broadcasting Sports Promo






Joaquin City Council Meeting


There will be a Joaquin City Council meeting this Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.


Order of Business


1. Call to order,establish quorum & welcome guest.


2. Budget Discussions.


3. Adjourn.




U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $25 Million In Emergency Relief Funds For Texas To Begin Repairs


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Secretary Elaine L. Chao has directed Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials to make $25 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds immediately available to help Texas with repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges following Hurricane Harvey. The funds were approved for release promptly after Texas’ request.
"I have mobilized the Department of Transportation to provide whatever assistance Texas requires to restore the state’s transportation systems," said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "The funding provided today will help the state to act immediately and represents the beginning of our commitment to help repair Texas’ affected infrastructure.”
The FHWA ER funds help states pay for the costs of needed temporary repairs and facilitates permanent restoration of service in the weeks ahead. The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.  The $25 million in Emergency Relief funding will be used to restore emergency access and to initiate the most critical repairs to damaged roadways and bridges in the next few weeks. 
The Department will continue to coordinate closely with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to support the local relief and recovery efforts to Hurricane Harvey.


Governor Abbott Announces $25 Million In Federal Funds For TxDOT To Address Disastrous Impacts From Hurricane Harvey


AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott announced today that The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is receiving $25 million in federal funds to help rehabilitate the states transportation network after Hurricane Harvey waged an unprecedented attack on the Lone Star State. The Federal Highway Administration made the funds available for all counties on the Governor's Disaster Declaration.
"The immediate response from thefederal government to the State of Texas has been tremendous,and these funds couldn't come at a better time," said Governor Abbott. "This money will go to use immediately fordebris removal, clean up, and repairs toinfrastructure. There is still a long roadof rebuilding ahead, but this is a great first step and much needed in the hardest hit communities across Texas."
The storm made landfall on Aug. 24 as a Category 4 hurricane, flattening structures on the barrier islands at Corpus Christi and slowly moving inland with torrents of rain and tornados. An unprecedented 50 inches of rain have fallen in areas around Houston and the tropical storm continues to creep its way through southeast Texas. 
More than 1,500 TxDOT employees have been assessing and addressing the disaster that has affected almost 50 Texas counties. The historic flooding has downed traffic lights, damaged roadway signs and caused highway asphalt to buckle or worse, be swept away in some areas. To date, more than 530 roads remain flooded or closed. As TxDOT faces the enormous challenge to respond and address Harveys path of destruction, agency leaders say the federal funds will help them with everything from debris removal and traffic light replacement to bridge and road repairs.
The clean-up after this hurricane will be a huge task, said Tryon Lewis, Texas Transportation Commission Chairman. These funds, quickly provided by the Trump Administration, will help TxDOT to fulfill Governor Abbott's direction to get our highways clear so Texans can get back to their daily lives.
I am so grateful that TxDOT will be able to put these needed resources to work immediately for debris removal and road repairs, said Bruce Bugg, Texas Transportation Commissioner. The Trump Administration and Governor Abbott have been aligned and in lock step in helping address this monumental task we all face in the recovery following Hurricane Harvey.


Governor Abbott And President Trump Receive Briefing And Give Update On Harvey


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald J. Trump in Corpus Christi to meet with local leaders and relief organizationsand receive a detailed briefing on the ongoing recovery effort. In addition to the briefing, Governor Abbott and President Trump were joined by federal, state, and local officials to continue discussion to improve coordination of resources and response efforts.
"I want to reassure all Texans impacted by this storm that federal, state, and local officials are working around the clock to respond tothis disaster and ensure the safety ofallthose in the storm's path," said GovernorAbbott."I also want to thank President Trump for his leadership and commitmentin helping the people of Texas recover from this storm.The Texas response tothisunprecedented disaster has been swift and focused, and we are committed tocontinuing our work with allfederal andlocalpartnersfor as long as it takes to help these communities recover."
Nobody's ever seen anything like this,and I just want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has been an honor for us, said President Trump. Recovery will be a long and difficult road, and the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort. We've pledged our full support as Texas and Louisiana recover from this devastating and historic storm.
Following the visit to Corpus Christi,Governor Abbott and President Trump returned to the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin to receive an extensive briefingon the current status of the storm and the recovery effort.The Governor and President reaffirmed their number one priority is protecting life and rescuing those in harms way. The President also stated his commitment to doing everything possible to help Texas in the recovery effort.
Also in attendance during today's events were Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, Texas Senator John Cornyn, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Rep. Michael McCaul as well as a number of other federal, state and local officials.


Space Center Houston Extends Closure Due to Hurricane Harvey


HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2017 -- Space Center Houston remains closed through Friday, Sept. 1, due to flooding and regional conditions caused by Hurricane Harvey.
We are monitoring conditions and will announce Saturday’s operating hours on Friday. Information on reopening will be posted at ( and on our Facebook page,


VFW Memorials Update


The programs for Thursday (Iraqi Freedom) and Friday (VJ Day) will be held
as scheduled but inside the Historic Courthouse, first floor in case of rain.  
Hopefully your spirits are not dampened and we will see you then.


Sand Bag Locations DeSoto Parish


We wanted to inform residents of sand bag locations and other preparations
we're taking ahead of incoming Harvey.
Sand bags are available for residents to pick up at the following locations
during the listed times throughout the storm:
*         DeSoto Parish Police Jury Road Department (424 Liberty Lane, Grand
Cane, LA 71032) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*         City of Mansfield Maintenance Building (115 Edwards, Mansfield, LA
71052) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*         Fire District No. 1 (300 Marshal Road, Logansport, LA 71049) -
available 24 hours per day.
The DeSoto Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
have been and are currently working with other regional and state officials
regarding Harvey.  We are monitoring updates from the National Weather
Service and the State GOHSEP office.  We have our specialized equipment on
standby and are in a position to be able to request additional assistance
from the State.  The DeSoto Parish Police Jury has declared a State of
Emergency for DeSoto Parish due to the prediction of heavy rains and
possible flooding associated with Harvey.
Most predictions currently show between 4" and 8" of rain for our area.
Residents may expect localized flooding, especially in areas prone to
flooding (low lying areas).  We would recommend for residents to prepare of
the loss of electricity and urge you to store flashlights, extra batteries,
canned or non-perishable foods, and plenty of drinking water.


Harvey Also A Disaster For Hungry School Children

Advocates Call for Monetary Donations to Local Groups, and for Government to Ensure Rapid and Robust Food Response
The following is a statement from Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a national direct service and advocacy non-profit organization:
"Eighty one percent of Houston public school students come from such low-income families that they are eligible for free- and reduce-price meals. On any given day, Houston public schools provide 224,000 children with free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)<>.  For all the horrors faced by Houston this week and into the future, add to that the heartbreaking reality of increased child hunger because school didn't start today. To make matters even worse, because today is near the end of the month, many families that rely on SNAP (formerly called food stamp) benefits, issued near the start of the month, may have run out of benefits, and may not be able to reach area food pantries and soup pantries due to the flooding.
In Harris County, Texas, (where Houston is located), 886,678 people, more than half of whom are children, rely on SNAP to obtain groceries.  Americans have Texas in our thoughts and prayers, but we must do more. I urge anyone who can afford to do so to donate money to the Food Bank of Houston and other Texas food banks.  Even before Harvey hit, Texas had the 10th worst rate of hunger in the nation, with one out of six Texans living in homes that couldn't afford enough food in 2015, according to USDA. But the charitable sector can't fully respond to this massive new crisis - on top of the pre-existing hunger crises in Texas - alone.  I urge the federal, state, and local governments to work together to not only get food charities the help they need, but also to make government commodities and disaster SNAP benefits available easily and widely in the impacted areas."


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