Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Community News Archives for 2019-06

Flags to Fight Hunger American Flags to Go Up Monday

To celebrate Independence Day on July 4th,  the Flags to Fight Hunger American flags will begin to go up beginning Monday, July 1st  and will fly until Monday, July 8th.  Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who support the flag program that celebrates many of our national holidays while raising funds for the Center ISD Backpack Program! 

Thank you!


Bake Sale Fundraiser







Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Mission Program



Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Mission Program this 5th Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Speakers include:

Sis. Alice Garrett
Sis. Rillia Thomas
Bro. Tyrone Garrett

Theme: Holding on to one's faith in suffering Job 2:1-10




Boo's Battle Day in Joaquin








The Town of Joaquin has made June 27th Boo's Battle day in memory of Brandi. For more information message their Facebook Page: Boo's Battle Support Fund











What-A-Melon Festival Pageant



Be a Participant in the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival Pageant


Don't miss out on the 2019 What-A-Melon Festival Pageant! Boys ages 0-5 and girls ages 0-19 will wear their favorite summer or watermelon attire on the stage under the big tent Saturday, July 13th during the festival on the downtown square in Center.


Wiggins Watermelons will be giving 2 Cash Scholarships for $250 each to the highest scores in 0-5 and 6-19 years.


Age divisions are: Baby 0-11 months; Toddler 12-23 months; Tiny 2-3 years; Little 4-5 years; Petite 6-8 years; Pre-teen 9-12 years; Teen 13-15 years; Miss 16-19 years; and Mister boys 0-5 years.

The deadline for entry is Friday, July 5. The deadline will not be extended. The pageant is Saturday, July 13th with registration at 5pm and showtime at 5:30pm. Pageant will be held under the big tent on the downtown square during the What-A-Melon Festival.


All contestants will receive a rhinestone crown. This is a natural beauty pageant, so only age appropriate makeup.


Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office or Shelby County Today office. For more information, email Denetra Slaughter at or call J.J. at 936-591-9334. Forms and entry fees can be mailed to P.O. Box 64, Center, Texas 75935 or dropped off at Shelby County Today office, 202 Field Street, Center, Texas 75935.


Click here for the Registration Form








Saving an Old Oak




Many is the time that I get a call about an old, ill oak tree. “It’s been there for generations.” “I used to swing under it as a child.” “It’s was planted by my great grandparents.” 


You get the idea. There is huge sentimental value attached to it. And it is doing poorly. 

The honest truth is (and it needs to be said up front) is that I don’t have any great solution for saving an old oak tree that is in decline. We can treat for insects or surface fungal problems, but how do you treat a treat for a virus or bacterium? There’s no “Z-packs” or a shot in the hip that we can give.


And if you do want to protect it from fungal problems, how would you spray the entire tree? Their height and volume would be difficult for even a local arborist to treat.


We often create problems for oaks by wanting to be near them. We build next to them, we put lawns under them, and we dig utility lines under them. Oak tree roots are not as deep as most people think. Have you ever seen an oak that has blown over? Their roots are incredibly shallow. 

If you locate a new home, or create a circle drive, or do anything that disturbs the topsoil, you are effectively removing the roots that beloved tree depends upon. 


Don’t forget buried utility lines or even that recently installed underground sprinkler system. That trench cuts the feeder roots.  To add insult to injury, homeowners often cut the roots for an irrigation system and then smother the remaining roots with a turfgrass sod. 


With the natural and human induced stresses, water management under oaks is most important to their long-term health. Thus, when we irrigate, we’ve got to irrigate both the tree and the adjacent landscape. 


Turf is commonly irrigated twice a week which is not even necessary for turf except in cases of the coarsest sands. For the grass alone, apply one inch of water once a week when we get dry. 
Now one inch per week would also be enough for your trees but if you will put out two inches every third or fourth watering, it will encourage deeper root on your trees. 


The absolute minimum for oaks, during the growing season when it is not raining, is a single, two-inch application of water once a month. Again, this is only minimum possible when turf is not used. 


Optimally, oaks should receive two inches of water once every ten days throughout the summer in the absence of rain. If you have turf under your trees, apply one inch of water per week for the turf and then apply an extra inch every third watering to reach the deeper roots of the trees.

But what if drought stress, construction, or other factors caused the tree to be in poor health? First make sure that it won’t be hazard if or when limbs fall off or the tree falls over. 

After you are sure that an old tree won’t be a hazard, realize that you are the caretaker of an aged tree. Pamper it with water when we get dry. Don’t try and push it with extra fertilizer. Remove competing vegetation if that fits into your landscape plan. Above all don’t disturb the roots at all.  


I’ve known folks who have collected and planted acorns to perpetuate the tree on other family or important sites. I’ve known some families that make something to remember the tree by out of the wood once it is harvested. 


Looking forward, start thinking about what a suitable replacement might be in your landscape. Another tree perhaps? That tree had its heritage, it’s time you start a new one. 




Tomatoes struggling



I’ve read somewhere that tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown by home gardeners in America. I don’t know if that’s really true, but I do think of it as one of the most popular vegetables in East Texas. 

I’ve been asked recently about some problems with our local garden tomatoes. Recent rains and our typical humidity are starting to cause problems on tomatoes for area gardeners. 
Three different types of issues have been brought to my attention so far this season. Fungal disease physiological problems and herbicide injury.

We see a world of fungal problems on years like this one where we get so much extra rain. Early blight is the fungal problem that I’ve seen the most. Early blight, like its name suggests starts it’s appearance on the older leaves at the bottom of the plant nearest the ground. As the disease progresses, the lesions expand, becoming darker in color with concentric black rings giving a bullseye appearance. Left unchecked, this can spread to the cover the fruit and stems to the entire plant. 

Blossom end rot is the common physiological problem that we see most years. Often mistaken for a disease, blossom end rot starts just like the name suggests, a rotting of the tomato fruit at the end where the bloom has fallen off. Not a disease at all, this condition is caused by two conditions working in tandem: low calcium and frequent swings in soil moisture. 

If blossom end rot is found on your tomatoes, I’ve had good luck stopping the progression by spraying the plants with “Tomato Rot Stop”. This product is readily available at most garden centers and feed stores. It’s really nothing more than calcium fertilizer that you can spray on the plant. 

To prevent blossom end rot, you can prevent both of the triggering conditions. First mulch your tomato plants to keep them from drying out. Secondly, be sure to add lime or some other type of calcium-containing soil amendment to the soil. 

Last week a gardener called to ask why her tomatoes had a curling, cupped leaves near the top. Commonly, this is from using a broad-leafed herbicide in your garden. The worst case of this that I’ve heard of happened years ago. A couple new to gardening was sold a “weed and feed” product that was supposed to both fertilize their garden and reduce weeds. Don’t ever do this to your garden or you will have a disaster. Weed and feeds are made for your lawn and should only be used in a lawn. 

Using this product in a vegetable garden would leave only the grassy weeds that typically creep in and would then kill every kind of vegetable you have except maybe corn. You see, everyone of your vegetables is a broadleaf plant.

There is a disease called curly top virus that could also be the culprit of curly leaves at the top of the plant. It affects a number of vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, potatoes, peppers, all the cucurbits as as well as spinach and beets. 

Curly top and other viruses can only be controlled by stopping the insects that spread the disease. It’s a tiny leafhopper insect that spreads the disease in most gardens. 

If growing tomatoes is indeed your favorite vegetable to grow, it may hurt you to hear this but one of the simplest and most effective methods to control diseased plants is to simply remove them entirely from the garden to keep the rest of your tomato patch healthy.




Timpson Frontier Days



Frontier Days 2019:  July 4th,5th,6th and 7th


This year will be an exciting celebration of the 57th year of Timpson Frontier Days. This year expect to see local bands bringing you the best of country music and entertainment from the downtown stage on Friday and Saturday, Gospel singing on Thursday night.  and look forward to our local Gospel group Soul Out for our Sunday Community Service downtown Sunday evening. Petting zoo will be an excitement for the youngsters on the downtown plaza and more entertainment and things to do this year than ever before.


Carnival will be 3 days. Thursday and Friday starting at 6 pm, armband tickets honored. Saturday Carnival right after the parade opening rides and midway at 11. Carnival will stay open during the day as long as patrons are keeping them busy then opening back up in the evening. $15 presale purchased at Timpson Public Library / $18 on site. Armbands good for any evening from 6pm to 10pm on night of your choice.


Food & Craft Booths Thursday evening, Friday evening and all-day Saturday

Thursday Gospel Concert starting at 6:30 pm at The First Baptist Church in Timpson, 715 N 2nd St. Featuring the Calvary Boys & Trio and Faith’s Journey. Tickets $10 at the door or $8 in advance purchased from Marilyn Corder, Timpson Public Library, Kings Nursery in Tenaha or First Baptist Church. 


Friday on Stage Downtown   Biggest Frontier Days Friday night entertainment ever with 3 different entertainers, Southern Impact starts at 6pm then The C - Dale Cummings 50’s, 60’s & 70’s music with Curtis Daniel finishing the night. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes and plan on dancing the night away.


Saturday Parade line up in front of school starts at 9am with Parade starting at 10am.

Introduction of Guest, prayer and National Anthem starts the festivities. Food & Craft Booths open following the Parade. Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles Show starts right after Parade. This will take place on the back street. Pet Show and Games from 11:30 to 3 pm. Place and winners will be announced from stage. Washer and horseshoe pitching start at 9 in SoSo Park. This will take a break during the parade and resume after the parade. This year entertainment will include The Outlaws gunfighting shows starting after the parade. The Amazing David Wonders making balloon art and performing magic shows all afternoon. Rebecca Daniel and her puppets will entertain youngsters of all ages on the stage. Times will be announced.


Twirlers & Cheerleaders will perform at 6pm in the streets.


Jeremy Bowley & Legal Limit will take stage after twirlers and Cheerleaders performance.

Cake Auction at 8pm, Curtis Daniel will be the auctioneer. (This helps fund Frontier Days and keeps the streets open with entertainment free of charge, please bid)

Top Billing performance from HWY 59 Band starts right after Cake Auction.


We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities, bring your lawn chair and remember anything that takes place in the streets are free. Come on and listen to the music and dance in the streets.


Sunday Community Service Downtown on The Square starts at 6pm. Souled Out will be performing Gospel music and leading the singing. Pastor Levi Cohorst will bring us the message. Bring your lawn chairs and remember that “A Community that can worship together can live together”.


Thanks for all support, do not hesitate to call for more details if needed.


Paul Smith - Chamber President

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber office 936-254-3500

Paul Smith 936-254-3161




Fish Plate Fundraiser






TCCA Produce Drop



Correction the TCCA Produce Drop will be 6-26-19 at 8:30 a.m. on side of Dollar Tree on Tenaha Street in Center, Texas.



Tri-County Produce Drop photo 




A Evening with Lady Pearl Nash






This Week at the Library



We are already in our fourth week of the 2019 Summer Reading/Learning program at the Fannie Brown Booth Library.



The Creature Teacher

Creature Teacher will be our star attraction this week. She educates the children on the animals and allows the children to interact with some of them. Creature Teacher has been educating children about animals for 20 years and holds over 600 shows per year. When the original owner retired in 2011, Belinda Henry became the new owner. She has been part of our Summer Program for several years. And as some will no doubt remember, she brought her kangaroo joey, JAXX, with her.

Creature Teacher will hold the program for the younger group (ages 4-8) on Thursday, June 27th, at 10:30 a.m. She will be here for the TWEEN program on the same date at 2:00 p.m.

Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.







Online Registration for All Tenaha ISD Students



Parents can register their child for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year now!  Click the link to our Tenaha ISD web page for a complete set of instructions. Existing students click the following link: and follow the directions.  


If you have any trouble registering student(s) please call Tenaha ISD 936-248-5000 ext. 401.  If you do not have a computer and or internet access, computers will be available at Tenaha high school August 5th-14th for registration use. 


All new students and new transfer student must enroll at the Tenaha High School office from August 5th-14th, 8:30am-3:00 pm.   




2019 Shelby County Broiler Show Entries






Liam Hill Bake Sale Fundraiser






Liam Hill was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2017 at just three years old. Prior to his diagnosis, he was a happy, healthy, exuberant little boy with a wild imagination. Shortly before Easter that year, Liam woke up with severe leg pain and could barely walk. He was seen by 9 different doctors, at four different hospitals, over a period of two weeks before the Leukemia was found. He was immediately admitted into the oncology unit and chemotherapy began right away. With chemotherapy came many physical and emotional obstacles, many of which he struggles with today. He has been in, active treatment for going on two years and is not scheduled to complete treatment until the middle of 2020.


He has faced this life-threatening disease head-on with an immeasurable amount of courage and determination but despite all of the physical, mental and emotional setbacks that have come with cancer, he has never allowed it to break his spirit. He is a passionate advocate for raising awareness of childhood cancer. He is the youngest ambassador for Show Me Your Gold, he has founded an organization called Cards of Courage in which he sends encouraging cards to other children who are also battling cancer and his mission at just five years old is to raise childhood cancer awareness one gold ribbon at a time.


We are accepting donations to sell to give to Liam to help with his medical expenses at Benefits and Resale on the Tenaha Hwy 96N. One mile from Center on the Left. To help his family now with expenses. The bake sale is at Raymond Motors in Center on Friday, June 21, 2019. As you are cleaning out this summer keep us in mind to donate for us to help with medical expenses for Liam.


You can Facebook me, call (936) 332-0060 and text to make your donations. Contacts: Regina Danley and Catherine Livingston.







Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting



Sabine County Beekeepers will meet July 1st at 6:30 pm at Sabine County Chamber of Commerce (125 N. Texas Street on the square in downtown Hemphill). We will meet on the first Monday of every month to discuss all aspects of beekeeping. If you are interested in finding out what we are all about please stop by. We have no officers and no dues. For more info call James 409-625-4787. 




Job Fair







Tenaha Fireworks Show






Joaquin School Board Meeting






Timpson ISD Bear Update 6/18/2019



Star Re-Test Information - The schedule for STAAR re-test is as follows:


STAAR EOC English I-Monday, June 24, 8:30 AM


STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, and US History-Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 AM


STAAR EOC English II-Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 AM



STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Math-Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 AM

STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Reading-Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 AM



**Free breakfast is served every morning until 8:30 a.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria**

Timpson Independent School District

PO Drawer 370
Timpson, TX 75975




Fan Drive



Shelby County Outreach Ministries is having their annual Fan Drive.  For more information, please come by our offices or call 598-4990 for the guidelines to receive one.




4-H Kids Sewing Day Camps to be Offered


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County will be hosting their annual 4-H Kids Sewing Sensations Day Camps (beginner and advanced) in July in Center, Texas.  This program is open to all youth ages 9 through 18, and you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate.  
Advanced Sewing Sensations – (for youth with previous experience from last year’s sewing camp or with other machine sewing experience), will be held July 8-10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for grades 3 – 12.  Participants will learn advance sewing machine techniques and will make and design their own lap quilt to keep and showcase in the upcoming Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show.  We will also be working on our Quilt of Valor project to make quilts for Shelby County military veterans.  Cost is $20 per child and class is limited to 10 students.

Beginning Sewing Sensations – (for youth with no experience using a sewing machine), will be held July 15 – 19th from 9:30 – 11:30 am for grades 3-12.  Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine and will make a pillowcase, tote bag and other projects to showcase in the upcoming Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show.  Cost is $15 per child and class is limited to 10 students.

Sewing machines and fabric for quilt fronts will be provided for the participants.  You may also bring your own machine, if desired.  Grandmothers, moms and other adults willing to help with re-threading and other small sewing tasks are encouraged to attend the classes with participants (sewing experience not required). 

For registration information for either camp, please contact Tera at 936-598-7744.  For additional information on these programs, contact Feleshia Thompson at either 598-7744 or  


4-H Kids Cooking with Science Day Camps to be Offered


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County will be hosting their annual 4-H Kids Day Camps featuring "Cooking with Science" during July in Center, Texas.  This program is open to all youth ages 9 through 18, and you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate.  

Kids Healthy Cooking Camp will be held July 29 – August 1 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:00 pm (select one time slot that works best with your schedule).  This year we are featuring "Cooking with Science" to focus on the connection between science and food.  We will be making culinary delights using fruit, grains and proteins.  Participants will have fun learning cooking skills while conducting science experiments to determine energy, pH, sugars and magnetism.  Cost is $25 per child, class is limited to 16 participants each session, and registration in advance is required.  All supplies and food will be provided.

For registration information for either camp, please contact Tera at 936-598-7744.  For additional information on this program, contact Better Living for Texans Extension Educator, Feleshia Thompson at either 598-7744 or 


Turkey Legs and Sausage on a Stick Fundraiser



The Knights of Columbus from St. Therese Catholic Church will be selling Sausage on a stick and Smoked Turkey Legs on Saturday, June 22nd at the Napa Store parking lot across from Walmart on Hurst Street in Center, Texas. The sale will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please come by and support the Knights of Columbus.




Piney woods photographic society



The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, 6/15/19.  With the June challenge being "Motion", there was a wide variety of photographs submitted by club members for critique and voting.  With a challenge of 24 outstanding and creative photographs, the members had an extremely had time picking their favorites.  To view, all the June Challenge photographs check out our Flickr page  or like us on facebook 
There was also a workshop presented on "Long Exposure" techniques  Showing how to photograph fireworks or other nighttime scenes and how to use filters during daytime photography for that special look.






San Augustine Chamber Membership Meeting



The San Augustine Chamber will have its membership meeting day on 6-18-19. Their program will be Care and Share' their Business of the Month will be Dailey's Auto and the caterer will be Imogene's Cafe and Home Baked Goods. Please join them! At the Chamber Office at 12 noon.


Upcoming Events the Civic Auction on July 27th.



Polaris Raffle



Polaris Ranger 500 RAFFLE! Shelby County Outreach Ministries are selling raffle tickets for 2019 Polaris Ranger 500 4x4! Tickets are $20 each OR 6 for $100! You can purchase your tickets at any of our Shelby County Outreach Ministries Programs. We will also have a booth at the What-A-Melon Festival! The drawing will be on October 5th, 2019. That's the last day of the Poultry Festival. For more information, give us a call at 598-4990.  





Pleasant Grove MBC Revival



Pleasant Grove MBC will be hosting their Revival this year from June 24th thru June 28th, which is the last week of the month.  There will be 2 evangelists bringing the messages that week:  Brother Don Weatherly and Brother Billy Windham.  Service begins at 7:00 pm each night and on Friday, we will have some finger foods and refreshments after service.  So come, bring some family and friends to join us on this blessed occasion.  We welcome your song special!  Come as you are and leave Revived!  For more information, please call Pastor Josh Crawford at 572-5303.  Thanks and God Bless!  






2019 Poultry Festival 4-H Show Broiler Orders Taken-DEADLINE APPROACHING


Bridge Out on CR 1490

The bridge portion of CR 1490 will be closed this week for repair. You will need to find an alternate route if you need to travel across the bridge.


Notice of Public Hearing on Shelby Co. Appraisal District Budget


Business After Hours: Payne & Payne Home N'Suchlike


Tri-State Vacuum and Rental 100th Truck Celebration & Ribbon Cutting



Please join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Owners Troy and Abby Massey at Tri-State Vacuum and Rental’s 100th Truck Celebration and New Member Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, June 20th  at 12noon.  Tri-State Vacuum and Rental is located at 8204 US Hwy 59N in Tenaha. The public is invited to attend the celebration.  The celebration will be held from 12noon until 2:00 p.m.


Tri-State Vacuum and Rental are a locally owned and operated business in Tenaha.  Troy and Abby Massey started the business in 2015, supporting the communities and families where they call home.


Tri-State Vacuum and Rental is a leading trucking company in East Texas and North Louisiana.  At Tri-State, they do more than just haul.  They also provide the following services: bobcat and crane rental, containment systems, rig work, equipment hauling, and sand hauling.  Just give them a call, and they will help you.


Make sure you join Troy and Abby and the team at Tri-State Vacuum in celebrating their success!!

For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or




Bake Sale Saturday 6-15-19 at Raymond Motor Company







Fundraiser Bake Sale for Jennifer and Billy Paddie








On June 14, 2019, there was a medical bake sale fundraiser to help pay for the expenses of Jennifer and Billy Paddie held at Raymond Motor Company on San Augustine Street in Center, Texas. 








Jackson Missionary Baptist Church Fundraiser






















Center Missionary Baptist Church Revival



The Center Missionary Baptist Church will have a revival beginning Monday, June 17th thru Friday, June 21st. The service will begin each evening at 7 p.m. with their Pastor Bro. Hayden Dupree bringing the messages.





White Rock Cemetery Homecoming







VFW Post Meeting



The monthly meeting of VFW Post 8904 will be Monday, June 17, 6:30 pm at the post home, 617 Highway 96 N.


The Auxiliary will meet Saturday, June 15, at 11:45 am, post home, 617 Highway 96 N.





Timpson Bear Update



Timpson ISD Bear Update




Timpson High School and

Panola College are excited to offer the following courses:

? Certified Nurse Aide

(Must turn 17 by September 1st)


? EMT (Must turn 18 by June 2020)


Both classes will be taught on campus. If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Metcalf, Jerrod Campbell or Stephanie Behrens no later than August 1st.


Courses are limited to THS students.


Charlotte Metcalf

Jerrod Campbell

Stephanie Behrens




Shine Your Light and Smile Event





A community event for young people at the Perry Sampson Park in Center, Texas on June 15, 2019. 





Garrison Small Town Trade Days






Joaquin First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Correction the Joaquin First United Methodist Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School on June 24-28th. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and will keep going until 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served each day and the closing program will be Friday evening. For more information call 936-332-8326.




Open Door Worship Center Pastor & Wife Appreciation



Open Door Worship Center will have their Pastor & Wife 19th Appreciation Services Honoring Pastor Alvin & Elect Lady Vanessa Davis on June 23, 2019, at 3 p.m. 


They are located at 900 Cotton Ford Rd in Center, Texas. 

Special Guest will be Apostle Ronnie Morris & The Higher Ground Ministries.




What's Happening at the Library!



The first week of the Summer Reading/Learning Program at the Fannie Brown Booth Library was fantastic!  We had good attendance for all programs and some awesome programs.  This week we will start with our Preschool Story Time on Wednesday, June 12th at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for ages 2 - 5 years.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
On Thursday, June 13th at 10:30 a.m., we will have Alien Day for ages 4-8 years.  A short video about a little alien will be shown, songs will be sung, and crafts made.  

On Thursday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m., the TWEENS (ages 9-13 years) will have Star Wars Day.  They will learn what it takes to be a Jedi.

We will also have Colorpalooza on Friday, June 14th at 2:00 p.m.  This is coloring for all ages. The Library will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, gel pens and markers.  Just bring your imagination!

Reading logs, along with a schedule of summer events, can be picked up at the Library or seen on Facebook at the Fannie Brown Booth Library Facebook page.  

Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.




CISD Honors Service Reward Recipients and Retirees






5 Years:


Jessica Belrose Teacher 


Gia Boyd Counselor Secretary/Registrar 


Sydney Brookshire Teacher 


Tiffany Bryant Teacher 


Andrea Clary Teacher 


Erika Cordray Instructional Aide 


Maria Cortez Lifeskills Aide 


DeShalon Evans Campus Secretary 


Maria Gonzalez Morales Bilingual Aide 


Perla Hernandez Lifeskills Aide 


Laura Hightower Teacher 


Amber Hill Teacher 


Kristie Hooks PEIMS


Kathy Johnson Teacher 


Ruby Johnson Technology Secretary 


Maria Juarez Library Aide 


Erica Klein Teacher 


Mayra Lopez Teacher 


Roy McLerran Asst Band Director 


Ann Nehring Principal Secretary 


Ciara O’Rear Teacher 


Janet Parker Teacher 


Joyce Permenter Administrative Asst. to Supt 


Kellie Pierce Teacher 


Dwight Preston Lifeskills Aide 


Aleyda Ramirez Bilingual Aide 


Zebbra Riggans Lifeskills Aide 


Shalley Standley Sp Ed Transit Aide 


Sheaqua Standley Instructional Aide 


Cindy Tillery Int. Director of RRA 


Breanna Westerfield Teacher 


Nick Wheeler Teacher 


Shelby Wheeler Teacher 



10 Years: 


Rosa Barbee Bilingual Aide 


Kaylin Burleson Academic Coordinator 


Cristy Dutton Teacher 


Ruth Gonzalez Accounts Payable 


Susana Grande-Valencia Teacher 


Kara Gregory Teacher 


Maureen Kennon Instructional Aide 


Alice Lynch Teacher 


Michael Parker Computer Technician 


Laura Ramirez Receptionist 



15 Years: 


Regina Cook Sp Ed Secretary 


Sheila Fisher Library Aide 


Danny Lawrence Fleet Maintenance Supervisor 


Katherine Massey Teacher 


Linda Moody Teacher 


Karen Owens Teacher 


Christy Sullivan Teacher 



20 Years: 


Heath Hagler Principal 


Amanda Handy Bus Driver 


Gayla Miller Associate HS Principal 



25 Years: 


Teresa Britt Sp Ed Counselor 


Ann Butler Teacher 


Robin Crawford Instructional Aide 


Evonne Green Cafeteria 


Sheila Gregston Teacher 


Joan Hayes Teacher 


Inez Hughes Principal 


Cindy Tomlin Teacher 


Jan Windham AEP Aide 





30 Years: 


Blanca Araiza Teacher 


Betty McDaniel Business Manager 


Kathy Nichols Teacher 


Rose Patton Nurse Aide 




40 Years: 


Betty Cook Bus Driver 




50 Years: 


Betty Martin Librarian 


Ronnie Wilkins District Testing Coordinator 


Deloris Wyatt Librarian 



Center ISD Retirees 







Out-of-School and Out-of-Work Youth Can Realize Path  to Future with Training and Paid Work Experience



Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas offers free guidance, support and incentives to help low-income youth prepare for success on the job in spite of barriers they might be facing. Those eligible could be working in 30 days or less.


Teens and young adults, ages 16-24 who are not in school or college, can receive work-readiness and life skills training that can help them get a good job and achieve their career goals. The program, called Dynamic Futures, is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and priority is given to youth who meet one or more of the following categories:

School Dropout
Connected to the Juvenile or Adult Justice System
Homeless, Runaway, Foster Youth, Social Security, or Out-of-Home Placement
High School Diploma/GED, Low Income, & Basic Skills Deficient
High School Diploma/GED, Low Income, & English Language Learner
Low-income and Needs Additional Assistance
Pregnant or Parenting 


“Having the right skills is an important part of getting a good job and may assist in deciding on a career choice. Our youth specialists guide participants through an individualized training and work experience program,” said Benjamin King, Youth Program Specialist for Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas. 


He explained, work experience opportunities vary in a number of different ways including when and where the participants work. Work placements can include both public sector (governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, schools, etc.) and private sector (for-profit companies) sites. Young people participating in work experience are assigned to specialist specially trained to help teach them appropriate work habits and job skills.


Before seeking work, participants benefit from educational opportunities and training including: resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, job readiness, and job placement skills.

To apply for Dynamic Futures, follow these three steps:

Step 1:    Visit your local Workforce Solutions Center at SHELBY COUNTY 145 CATCO DRIVE CENTER, TX 75935 (936) 598-2468and speak with a Youth Talent Acquisition Specialist
Step 2:     Complete Pre-enrollment
Step 3:     Complete a WIOA Application and bring in the following documents:

Birth Certificate or US Passport
Social Security Card
Driver’s License or Picture ID, unexpired
Selective Service Registration if male & 18+

Find the Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas location near you by visiting and clicking on ‘Find a Center.” The website also offers additional information about youth workforce services available.


Revival at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church











Nacogdoches Medical Center to Host Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive from June 7-14



June 10, 2019 – Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC) is leading a community campaign to provide a healthy breakfast for area children and adults struggling with hunger. The Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive collects healthy cereal as well as monetory donations that will go towards the purchase of perishable breakfast items. The drive kicks off Friday, June 7 and runs through Friday, June 14.  Monetary and cereal donations collected at NMC will help to fill the shelves of the HOPE Food Pantry, which serves as a critical resource for people living with food insecurity.


Established in 1994, HOPE provides supplemental food to Nacogdoches County residents in need, and is a 501 (c)(3) organization that is supported through donations from the community. Approximately 640 Nacogdoches families visit the pantry once a month to obtain food. As a 100% volunteer organization, HOPE serves senior citizens, children, persons with disabilities, veterans, persons living is situational poverty, and many others.


Hunger in our community affects young and old alike. Many children and seniors in our area don’t know where their next meal will come from. Seniors often have to choose between food and medical care due to being on a limited income. Children are especially vulnerable over the summer when they don’t have access to school meal programs. “At Nacogdoches Medical Center we understand the health issues children face from hunger and poor nutrition,” said Philip Koovakada, Chief Executive Officer of Nacogdoches Medical Center. “We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help the many in our community struggling with food insecurity. We invite the community to help kids be Healthy Over Hungry® this summer.”


To join the fight against hunger here in our community, simply:


-         Drop off healthy cereal donations at Nacogdoches Medical Center in the Women’s Center Lobby between June 7th and June 14th or


-         Make a donation online at

·         Your donation will be used to purchase perishable items, such as milk, fruit and lean protein. All essential components to a healthy breakfast.






Tri-County Head Start is Taking Applications



Tri-C Head Start is now taking applications. They accept children 6 weeks to 5 years old.


You will need:


1. Child's Birth Certificate

2. Insurance Card

3. WIC Card

4. Shot Record

5. Proof of Income (Tax return, W2, Checks Subs, Award Letter,etc.)

To schedule an appointment call Saundra Bell Christopher at 936-657-4740 or Vera Boxley at 936-598-6315 Ext.304





Ribbon Cutting - Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful



On June 12, 2019, in Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of a new recycling baler at Nacogdoches City Landfill  4602 NW Stallings Dr., in Nacogdoches, Texas. 






Center FFA places 10th overall at PtHA World Judging Contest



The Center FFA Horse Judging Team competed this week at the PtHA World Championship Judging Contest. Team members had to judge 11 classes and give 4 sets of oral reasons, where they must defend their placings. The team was 4th in halter, 10th in performance, 10th in reasons, and were the 10th place overall team in the WORLD! Team members are Josh Stephenson, Diana Escobedo, and Kennedy Bush. They are coached by Michaelle Coker. 



From left to right: Josh Stephenson, Diana Escobedo, and Kennedy Bush, Michaelle Coker.




Forest Service proposes day-use fee increases at recreation areas



The U.S. Forest Service is proposing day use fee increases at recreation sites and adding a new day use fee for an existing recreation site on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. 


“The proposed changes will help to ensure fees are more comparable to similar public and private sites in the area, be consistent with inflationary costs, and help defray rising maintenance and operation costs,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.  He also noted that the last price increase for most sites occurred in 2003.


Proposed fee changes include:


National Forests and Grasslands in Texas

-- Annual day use pass: proposed increase from $30 - $40. Passes are valid for one year from date of purchase and honored at day use sites on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Kisatchie National Forest and Corp of Engineer day use sites at Sam Rayburn and Town Bluff Reservoirs. Pass holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes will continue to receive a 50% discount on the annual day use pass.


Angelina National Forest

-- Boykin Springs Recreation Area day-use: proposed $5/day/vehicle


Sabine National Forest

-- Red Hills Lake Recreation Area swim area: proposed $5/day/vehicle; currently $3


Public notices proposing the fee increases will be posted in each recreation area and distributed through the media.


The Interagency Passes will be honored at standard amenity fee day use locations such as Boykin Springs.   Interagency Senior and Access passes offer a 50% discount on all single occupancy campsites, boat launch sites and swimming areas.


The fee proposal will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, called the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, and the public is invited to attend and comment at the meeting. The meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on The Regional forester will make a decision on these fee proposals after public comment is complete.


Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in 2004 which allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected at certain recreation sites to operate, maintain and improve the sites.


For more information or comments regarding the fee proposals, contact Public Services Team Leader Mary Frye at 936-639-8528.




Flag Day Ceremony





In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777.  The United States Army also celebrates its birthday on this date.


In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.  In August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress but is not an official federal holiday.


Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will celebrate Flag Day with the patrons of the Senior Nutrition Center, Loop 500 in Center on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  The US and Texas Flags that have flown at the Center for the past year will be replaced.  Everyone in attendance will receive a US Flag.  Following the program, you are invited to stay for lunch.





Youth Revival at House of Refuge



The House of Refuge would like to invite the public to attend their Youth Revival June 7 - 19 of 2019, at 7:30 p.m. each evening.


Monday Rev. Christopher Galloway of Lufkin, Texas will be there, Tuesday Pastor Mario Osby of Timpson, Texas and Wednesday Pastor Bradley Hale of San Augustine, Texas will be there.





Puppet Show at the Fannie Brown Booth Library






The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library had a puppet show put on at 10:30 a.m. on June 6, 2019, by Puppet Wise Productions. Performing the show was  Raymond Eastman Jr. and his brother Trevor Eastman. 

Click here for more photos:





Mansfield State Historic Site



On Saturday, June 15, park staff will offer a fascinating look at the naval warships that were employed during the Red River Campaign, the Union's failed attempt to capture Shreveport, Louisiana, in the spring of 1864. The program will begin at 2:00 pm.


Through the use of informative slides and images, guests will learn about the capabilities and specifications of these 19th century vessels and compare them with naval ships of today. How these warships were used during the campaign and their fate afterward will also be discussed.


Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana. Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information call 318.872.1474 locally or 888.677.6267 toll free, or visit





Holiday Nursing Center Blood Drive



Holiday Nursing Center invites the community to come out on June 24th between 12:00-4:30 pm to help provide the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center with another successful Blood Drive. They were able to collect 11 units during our last drive and in light of this success have asked us to host again for our community. It is our Honor to assist the residents of Shelby County in saving the lives of others. Come and be a Hero!




Canned Food Drive for Hunger Awareness Month



In celebration of Hunger Awareness Month, Shelby County Outreach Ministries will have a Canned Food Drive from June 10th thru June 14th.  Donations may be dropped off at Shelby County Outreach Ministries between 9-2 M-F. 


Statistics say that 21.3% of people in Shelby County live in a food insecure home.  This means that we have people in our community that are hungry and not sure where their next meal will come from. 


On June 21st and 22nd donations can be made at Brookshire Brothers and Wal-Mart.  Help us “Stomp Out Hunger” by donating canned foods, non-perishable food items, or monetary donations!  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.  Thank you for your support and God Bless!  




James Community Meeting



Even though it is June we are going to meet at the James Antioch Community Building for a monthly meeting on June 15, 2019, at 6:30 pm.  We will have a carry-in meal, do a little business and check up on everyone's summer activities.  Hope you can come and be with us. 


 Ellen Manning  598-3081




Life Saving Community Blood Drive - Corrected



Jordan Health Services


Life-Saving Blood Drive


Wednesday, June 5

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Located at 202 Tenaha Street in Center, Texas. 


All donors will receive a Free Drawstring Backpack!


All Walk-ins Welcome or to sign up in advance call (936)553-4403!




What's Happening at the Library!



Summer is right around the corner and the Fannie Brown Booth Library is getting ready for the 2019 Summer Reading/Learning Program. 

Our first event will be Wednesday, June 5th, at 10:30 a.m. with Summer Preschool Story Time.  This program is for ages 2-5 years.  Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
On Thursday, June 6th, at 10:30 a.m., Puppet Wise Productions will be performing FUTURE FROLICS: MOON MISSION puppet show for ages 4-8 years.

Also on Thursday, June 6th, at 2:00 p.m., the Tweens (ages 9-13 years) will be making alien-style music with ALIEN DRUM BEATS.  It may get noisy in the Library that afternoon!

Reading logs, along with a schedule of summer activities, may be picked up at the Library.  In honor of the 50th Anniversary of man walking on the moon, this year's theme is A UNIVERSE OF STORIES.
Our summer program is once again sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.


Sandra Davis
Library Director




Ribbon Cutting Livestock Nutritional Center


Livestock Nutrition Center
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, June 13th at 10:00 am


Please join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the staff of the Livestock Nutrition Center at the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, June 13th, at 10:00 am. The Livestock Nutrition Center is located at 7665 US Highway 96N in Tenaha.  The public is invited to attend to celebrate.  The Grand Opening Celebration will be held from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  There will be FREE lunch, facility tours, door prizes and much more!


Established in 1998, Livestock Nutrition Center specializes in blending customized rations, supplements and premixes to meet the specific nutritional needs of each operation.  Livestock Nutrition Center has eighteen locations in five states.  Each location varies in services and product offering based on the needs of the area.  The experienced sales staff and nutritionist will work with customers to design a feeding program that is specific to each operation.


Mark your calendars for June 13th  and make plans to help welcome everyone at the Livestock Nutrition Center to our community.


For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or


Center Substitute Orientation




Center ISD will be holding their annual Substitute Orientation on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the High School Library. All district substitutes are required to attend to go over policies for the upcoming school year. 


Those interested in substituting for the district are encouraged to complete an online application by visiting the district website at under Human Resources and Employment.


For more information or questions please contact Holly Mikesh at 936-598-5642. 




Timpson Bear Update



FFA News - 2019 Poultry Festival Entry Forms are now available in the Ag Shop with Ms. Hooper. The acknowledgement form, entry form, and payment in the form of cash or check (made out to "Shelby Co. 4-H/FFA Youth Inc. Broiler Show) are due back to Ms. Hooper by June 30, 2019. The Poultry Festival broiler show will be held October 5, 2019 and the Chickens will arrive about 7 weeks before that. Please contact Ms. Hooper at with any questions or concerns regarding the Poultry Festival.


XtraMath Multiplication-  The 3rd grade students in the attached photo finished XtraMath Multiplication with a score of 100%!  Mrs. Ramsey is proud of their hard work this year!  Congratulations, 3rd Graders!!


Students:  Ja'Kevion Boykins, Paxton Gillespie, Branton Payne, Markus Harber, Jaydence Miles, Dylan Tutt, Gavin Daniel, Hadyn Patterson, Seth Searcy, Jayde Ratcliff, Avery Metcalf, Briley Mikesh, Madison Grigsby, Ashlynn McNutt, Lilly Wheless, Rayne Onyango, Queen Driver, Khloe Williams (not pictured Abby Messer)


Scholarships Awarded - Timpson High School seniors received over $320,000 in scholarships on May 16th at the THS Scholarship Program.  Faculty and staff welcomed nearly 40 representatives to the auditorium stage where they presented the Class of 2019 with awards.  Seniors who have earned welding and CNA certifications were recognized, as well as those receiving "Honors" or "High Honors".  Upon graduation, many students will attend Stephen F. Austin Statue University, Sam Houston State University, LaTourneau University, Panola College, Angelina College, TSTC or Oklahoma Horseshoeing School.  Others have necessary skills and certifications to enter the workforce where they will be very successful. 






Texas Workforce Commission to Present Panola College with Check for Skills Development Grant



Panola College will provide customized training and dual credit to students using a $206,323 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions East Texas region.

This grant will be used to support an existing Dual Credit Program at Panola College by purchasing new equipment. The funds will go towards the purchasing of medical equipment. Students will be able to earn their certificates in nursing.

Dual credit and technical education programs are funded in an effort to respond to industry demands for skilled workers in technical fields. High school students can enroll in post secondary classes, while simultaneously completing high school coursework. This gives students the ability to get a jump start on their education or career goals as they earn credits toward a degree or professional credential while still in school.

TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs will present a check to representatives from Panola College at 11 a.m. ceremony to be held at the Murphy-Payne Community Room at Panola College in Carthage.




SCYPN to Host Clay Shoot Scholarship Fundraiser














The Shelby County Young Professionals Network will be hosting a Clay Shoot at Hawkeye Hunting Club on June 25th 2019 at 5:30pm.  This will be the first Scholarship Fundraiser for the Young Professionals Network.  We encourage public attendance to this event.

Clay Shoot Admission: $50
(1) Round of 5 Stand
Brisket Sandwich, Beans, Potato Salad
(2) Drink Tickets
Meal Only Admission: $25
Brisket Sandwich, Beans, Potato Salad
(2) Drink Tickets


Tickets may be purchased online or directly from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
If you have any questions, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or by email at

The Shelby County Young Professionals Network is a service of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and is open to all young professionals in our area.  If you’ve never attended one of our events, we’d love to meet you.  Membership is NOT required.  We encourage everyone to attend.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or 



Wound Care Encouraged




NACOGDOCHES, TX (JUNE 3, 2019) – NMC Wound Care Center is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the sixth annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 3 to June 7. Wound Care Awareness was established in 2014 to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the 6.7 million Americans who are currently living with non-healing wounds. Program Directors across the nation take this time to dedicate to educate physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available. Nacogdoches Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.


While there are already millions of people living with chronic wounds, the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Even more alarmingly, 50 percent of people die within five years of amputation.


Kathleen Querry,MD, Medical Director for the Nacogdoches Medical Center Wound Care Center, says the key to successful wound care depends on a team based approach. “To support this underserved and growing population of people living with chronic wounds, the Wound Care Center at Nacogdoches Medical Center offers an evidence-based, systematic approach to advanced wound care,” said Querry. “The Center’s physicians, nurses and the referring physician develop a treatment plan that is based on each patient’s individual needs.”


A patient’s individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, advanced cellular products and topical growth factors, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment.


Visit to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment, please call (936) 462-4325 or visit


LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services