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Community News Archives for 2019-12

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End of the Year Contribution


Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. would like to remind you that it’s not too late to send in your end of the year contributions!  To ensure you make it on time, please drop off your contributions to our office, which is located at 930 Shelbyville Street.  We are on the corner of Shelbyville St. and MLK, directly beside the railroad tracks.  With your help, we can continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County.  Thank you for your support.  We hope you have a Happy New Year.  




2019 Holiday Hoops Tournament Result




Champion-Martin’s Mill Lady Mustangs

Runner Up- Edgewood Lady Bulldogs

3rd Place-Timpson Lady Bears

4th Place -Tenaha Lady Tigers

5th place-Lipan Lady Indians

Consolation- Shelbyville Lady Dragons



Champion-Academy Bumblebees

Runner Up- Shelbyville Dragons

3rd Place-Tenaha Tigers

4th Place-Tatum Eagles

5th Place-Atlanta Rabbits

Consolation A-Garrison Bulldogs

Consolation B-Laneville Yellow Jackets


For the full results of the 11th Annual Holiday Hoops, December 26, 27, and 28, click here.


Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting

Sabine County Beekeepers will meet Monday January 6th at 6:30pm at Sabine County Chamber of Commerce (125 N. Texas Street on the square in downtown Hemphill). We meet 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.


Shreveport NWS Weather Briefing For Holiday Week

Dry this week

In the 70's

10-15 degrees warmer than normal

T-storms may return on Saturday with a cool front


Piney Woods Photographic Society December meeting



The Piney Woods Photographic Society will hold their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, Dec.21st from 9 AM - 12 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, TX.  We would like to invite anyone interested in photography, at any level, to join us.  This meeting will be a Christmas fun meeting, with fun photo ops available during the meeting.  


This is our Christmas meet and greet new friends party/meeting.  Members are encouraged to bring a friend for a fun time, but anyone is invited to attend and have a good time with other photographers.


For more information about meetings or club news contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426.




Timpson Bear Update



Elementary Christmas Program –  The Elementary Christmas Program will be Friday, December 20th at 10:00 am in the High School Auditorium.


Early Release - School will release at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19th  and 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20th.  Elementary school car riders will start loading at 12:30 p.m.




Excelsior Visits Focused Care



Ms. Keli’s first grade class at Excelsior School visited Focused Care Nursing Home this week. Each student brought Christmas gifts ensuring that all the residents would have a gift to open this year. The kiddos also sang Christmas carols and read to the residents while they were there. Ms. Keli will also be making a delivery of gifts to Holiday Nursing Home. Excelsior would like to send out an extra thank you to Dana Strain, Anthony Welch, and Kim McClelland for going over and beyond to help make sure each resident has a Merry Christmas!






Giant inflatable purple crayon created by SFA art students teaches kids about color and scale



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Laboratory arrived on the chilly morning of Dec. 11 to see SFA art students inflating a 50-foot-long purple crayon sculpture on the front lawn of their school.


This semester-ending project for Professor Lauren Selden’s 3D Design class in the School of Art taught SFA students the elements and principles of design when working with 3D forms. It also helped both the college students at SFA and the pre-K students in the Early Childhood Laboratory relieve stress at the end of a busy semester.


“The children loved not only looking at but also getting inside the big, purple crayon,” said Dr. Lori Harkness, director of the Early Childhood Laboratory. “They got to enjoy reading a story inside and see how the crayon was inflated. It was an amazing experience.”


In the past, Selden’s classes have built inflatable sculptures that provided different experiences for the viewer. After voting on approximately 20 proposals, this year’s class chose an inflatable purple crayon envisioned by Dallas-area junior Jenna Lowry, who’s studying interior design in the School of Human Sciences.


The proposal included where the piece would be shown, reasons it would be an effective group project, ways students could participate with viewers and the availability of power on site.


“We needed something simple enough to complete in a short amount of time,” Lowry said. “Something creative we could all participate in and relieve the stress of finals week.” 


Designed for a pre-K audience, the project helped the children learn more about colors, especially SFA’s school color, purple. Selden’s students learned how to take a 2D material, 2 mil plastic, and transform it into a large-scale 3D form. Selden said the students had to work together carefully to be successful on this scale. 


“We have been doing this activity in 3D for more than 10 years,” Selden said. “It is an excellent way to explore scale and spectacle.”


The final sculpture, which was 6.5 feet tall, started with a small plastic model to ensure the elements of the crayon, from the body to the black bands to the cone, would scale correctly. For example, if a 3-foot-long sculpture inflates with a hair dryer, a 50-foot sculpture needs a regular fan.


The art students decided the crayon should lay on its side for optimum inflation. They taped purple and black plastic together to build the sculpture during three weeks of class time. The students worked together to calculate dimensions, cut the plastic, fabricate the form and test the completed form.


“We worked very efficiently and couldn’t wait for the children to see our hard work come to life.” Lowry said. “This was a unique and fun-filled experience.”


Once the sculpture was inflated in front of the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, more than 40 children and 30 adults climbed through a 7-foot zipper door in groups of five to allow air to inflate the crayon to full capacity. Selden’s students read to the pre-K students, who all sat attentively inside the large crayon.


“My students were so excited to share their work,” Selden said. “Working in the community helps these artists consider their future audience while creating an experience in an unlikely environment.


“This is our entry into studying public art, site-specific art, performance and community involvement,” Selden added. “I was lucky to have such an exceptional group; they worked together and created a fun experience for the pre-K children.”


Selden finds this work so rewarding that she often participates in inflatable sculpture projects around the world. Her latest project took her to Chihuahua, Mexico, to work with professional artists and college students to create a giant inflatable piggy bank.


“That was one of my favorite experiences so far,” she said. “This kind of art involves a lot of team building, and it was fun to work with the community members, college students and professional artists in Chihuahua. There was often a language barrier between us, but making things is a universal language. I love being in situations where I get this reminder.”


Tenaha VB Game Cancelled




Tenaha VB game scheduled for Friday, December 20th is Cancelled.




SFA human sciences students raise awareness about the local poverty rate and its effect on children




NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The number of Nacogdoches children living in poverty continues to rise, and students in the Stephen F. Austin State University chapter of the Phi Upsilon Omicron national honor society for family and consumer sciences are working to help the community understand the depth of this problem.


At 30.9%, the poverty rate in Nacogdoches far exceeds that of Garrison (20.6%), Lufkin (21.3%) and Longview (18.3%). It is twice the state’s poverty rate of 14.9%, according to U.S. Census Bureau data based on 2013-17 American Community Survey five-year estimates.


More than 80% of Nacogdoches Independent School District students were designated “economically disadvantaged” by the Texas Education Agency during the 2018-19 school year. This means these students were eligible for benefits from programs including the National School Lunch Program, were from families with an annual income at or below the official poverty line, and/or were eligible for benefits under the Food Stamp Act of 1977. 


This data inspired Phi Upsilon Omicron members to launch a service project in mid-October that began with a nap mat donation to NISD elementary schools, progressed to an underwear and sock drive for school-age children, and culminated in a resource fair at Banita Creek Park on Nov. 16.


Tracie Estepp, a food, nutrition and dietetics senior from Georgetown and vice president of the SFA chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, said the service project’s focus on children in poverty also grew from experiences she had assisting homeless teenagers in Nacogdoches.

“It is difficult for these adolescents to open up about what they are experiencing, so I began to wonder what the younger children of Nacogdoches are facing,” Estepp said. “Phi U President Sierra Smith and I then met with the school social workers to see how we could help them assist these children in need. Once we got a list from them, we started reaching out to local businesses and the community."


With help from Walmart, Phi Upsilon Omicron was able to donate 30 nap mats to NISD elementary schools. Lumberjack Harley-Davidson, M&S Pharmacy and Tipton Ford, along with several departments on the SFA campus, helped the honor society collect 813 pairs of socks and 588 pairs of underwear for NISD children in need. And local businesses and churches helped Phi Upsilon Omicron raise $1,105 in Walmart gift cards, which social workers will use to help families on an individual, case-by-case basis when other community, nonfinancial resources have been exhausted.


“As school social workers, our jobs are to reduce the barriers to learning that students face,” said Lauren Ivy Sieja, an NISD social worker. “These donations will help us assist students and families with their most basic needs.”


At the resource fair, volunteers from East Texas Community Health Services, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, local food pantries and businesses, and other community and SFA organizations helped those in need find information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sliding-scale fees for medical and dental services, and supplemental food assistance. In addition, they helped connect local residents who were looking for volunteer opportunities with organizations assisting those living in poverty.


The resource fair, “A Roadshow to a Brighter Future,” also offered inspirational activities, such as writing messages for the “Take What You Need” bulletin boards designed by Phi Upsilon Omicron members. Tailored to different NISD schools, these bulletin boards are designed to help social workers address the more emotional needs of NISD students.


"Now that we have fulfilled some of the children’s tangible needs, we are looking forward to working with the social workers next semester on our Take What You Need boards,” Estepp said. “Those will help us provide students with intangible needs, such as love, hope and encouragement.”


The service project involved collaboration with NISD social workers, City of Nacogdoches officials, the Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market and local businesses and churches. Working with these different groups across the community helps prepare SFA human sciences students for their careers.


“It’s refreshing and encouraging to see our students in this honor society apply the knowledge and insight they’ve gained in their classes to benefit families in need in the community,” said Dr. Jennifer Newquist, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences and the faculty advisor for Phi Upsilon Omicron. “They have taken the first steps to expand their social and professional understanding as they prepare for their futures as family life professionals.”


NISD officials appreciate all the work Phi Upsilon Omicron has done to make a difference in Nacogdoches children’s lives this semester.


“We are so grateful for Phi Upsilon Omicron and for all the SFA student and staff support we receive at NISD,” Sieja said. “From the donations that Phi Upsilon Omicron collected to all of the volunteers who mentor and encourage our students, we really find ways to work together to support our community.”


To help NISD students, contact Erin Windham, coordinator of the NISD parent and patron assistant center, at




TAGHS Installs New Officers at Christmas Luncheon

Meeting in the fellowship hall of Timpson First United Methodist Church last Wednesday, the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society enjoyed a Christmas luncheon before the society's 2020 officers were installed by Judge Tracy Broadway. 
Filling leadership positions next year will be Jan Barrett, President and Librarian; Margaret Bolick, Vice President; Dru Dickey, Treasurer and Archivist; Jim Barrett, Assistant Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Assistant Tap Root Editor; B.J. Pitts, Recording and Corresponding Secretary; Tad Bailey, Program Reporter; Kathy Grigsby, Program Coordinator; Marjorie Holt, Membership Chairman; Brandy Harding, Volunteer Coordinator and Media Technician; and Shannon Ramsey, Tap Root Editor. Also installed were new Board Members Duncan Connell, Jean Wells, and Margaret Oliver, who will serve three year terms. 
The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The public is invited. 




As Christmas nears, we often see poinsettias decorating churches, family gatherings and parties. 
I found it interesting that the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the most popular flowering plant sold in the United States with more than 70 million sold nationwide each year. When South Carolinian Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, introduced the poinsettia to the United States in 1825, it’s doubtful he had any idea how popular this plant would become.

When appreciating the poinsettia, several folks incorrectly assume they are buying a plant with red flowers. Not true.  Poinsettias have red “bracts”. A bract is a modified or specialized leaf. They will produce flowers, but nobody buys poinsettias for their flowers. If you look closely, you’ll see the small, often yellow, flowers in the middle of the plant. 

Today you have several more options other than ones with red bracts. Plant breeders have produced cultivars with many other colors besides the traditional red. Plants are available with white, pink, peach, yellow, marbled and speckled bracts. 

I bet you didn’t know that just up the road from us in New Summerfield is one of the largest poinsettia nurseries in the country! Altman Plants nursery in Cherokee County ships about 24 semi- truck loads out of their location every day of the holiday season. They operate a big business with tight margins as growers carefully monitor light and moisture while keeping pests at bay.  

In your own home, follow the tips below to ensure your poinsettia will make it through the holidays.  First, set your poinsettia in a bright location but out of direct sunlight so that it receives at least 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day. Putting it in direct sunlight may fade the color of the bracts. 

Next, keep it away from the fireplace or other direct heat source as excess heat will cause the leaves to yellow and fall off, and the flower bracts to fade early.  Do not put your poinsettia near drafts, excessive heat or dry air from appliances, fireplaces or vents. 

Finally, avoid over watering them. While poinsettias require moderately moist soil, too many folks frequently over-water them. When watering, growers recommend taking the plant out of its decorative plastic pot cover. Water until water seeps out of the drainage hole and the soil is completely saturated.

 Water them thoroughly only when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. Never let the potting mixture completely dry out and, again, never let the plant sit in standing water. 
You can enjoy the plant for the rest of the year with moderate attention. Around March to April, when the colorful bracts fade, prune the plant back to about 8 inches in height. Although the plant will look bare after pruning, eventually new growth will emerge from the nodes up and down the stem. 

While poinsettia plants can be brought back into its distinctive colored bracts next year, that procedure is somewhat demanding. 

Starting the first week of October (for an eight- to 10-week period) the plant must be kept in total darkness for 14 continuous hours each night. Keep the plant in darkness by moving it to a closet or covering it with a large box. During this period, the plant must also then receive six to eight hours of bright sunlight daily. Depending on the response time of the cultivar, the plant will come into full “bloom” during November or December.




Tenaha ISD Tiger News




(Tiger Gym CLOSED for floor repair until further notice)


December 12, 2019-Progress Reports go home today; VG in Gary Tournament through Saturday; VB in Fairfield Tournament through Saturday; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Field Trip to SFA (Christmas Carol Play); STARR Testing: English II; Businessmen’s Banquet in Tenaha Cafetorium 6:00 pm;


Elementary & JH UIL in Joaquin

December 13, 2019-MS District Band Tryouts @ Carthage (7 & 8 Grs Only); PPO; Test Make-up; STARR Algebra I

December 14, 2019-HS Region Band Tryouts @ Henderson (9-12 only) 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm; ACT

December 16, 2019- Closed Board Meeting; JH B/G in West Sabine 4:30 pm; PK-5 Field Trip to Rio in Center 11:30 am; Rodrick Gardner Greatness 10 am; Soccer in New Summerfield

December 17, 2019-Christmas Concert (All Bands) 2:00 in SEC; JVG/VG in Garrison 5:00 pm (District Game); JVB/VB in Henderson; Lucretia Wish

December 18, 2019- 1st Grade Christmas Program 9:30 am

December 20, 2019-Early Release 11:30 am; JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) District Game 1:00 pm; VB vs Jefferson in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 23-30, 2019-Christmas Holiday

December  26-28, 2019-Holiday Hoops

January 1, 2020-New Year’s Holiday; Board Appreciation Month

January 2-3, 2020-Holiday; JVB/VB in Joaquin; JVG/VG in Joaquin (District Game) 4:30 pm; Girls Soccer in Carthage 2:00 pm

January 6, 2020-Teacher In-Service /Student Holiday; Girls/Boys Soccer in Waskom 5:00 pm

January 7, 2020-Classes Resume; JVG/VG vs Timpson (Home) District Game 4:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Timpson in Tenaha

January 8, 2020-Student Early Release; Stop the Bleed InService in Café’ 1:45 pm

January 9, 2020- JH B/G vs San Augustine in Tenaha 4:30 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 pm; Girls Soccer-Waskom Tournament

January 10, 2020-End of 3rd Week Grading Period; JVG/VG in Martinsville (District Game)  4:30 pm; JVB/VG in Martinsville

January 11, 2020-Area Band Tryouts @ Chapel Hill; JH B/G in Mt. Enterprise Tournament; Girls Soccer-Waskom Tournament


Basketball scores:


Boys 7th grade-Tigers 45/Woden 20

Boys 8th grade-Tigers 58/Woden 4


JVB-Tigers /Woden

VB-Tigers 79/Woden 69


JVG-Tigers 32 / White Oak 27

VG-Tigers 41/White Oak 30





Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Isaacs family to perform at SFA



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Start the new year off on the right note with the multi-Dove Award-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs, when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

A special Encore Event presented by the College of Fine Arts and its University Series, the concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth. The Isaacs have an inspirational style that blends tight harmonies with contemporary acoustic instrumentation to produce a sound that appeals to audiences all over the world, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series and Encore Events.

“The Isaacs are some of the most popular southern gospel singers in the world, and their music is revered by experts in the genre,” Shattuck noted.  “When we saw them last year on Reba McIntyre’s CMA Country Christmas special we feared that we might have missed our chance to get them to Nacogdoches, but they are looking forward to visiting the SFA campus for an evening of shimmering sound,” he continued.

The Isaacs began singing 35 years ago. The group includes mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs’ distinctive style has been influenced by many genres of music including rhythm and blues, bluegrass and folk, as well as country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

Their unique mix of southern gospel and other sounds is heard regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and CMA Fan Fest. The group’s 2018 appearance on ABC-TV’s CMA Country Christmas included a performance of “What Child Is This” with superstar McIntyre, and they recorded the same song with her for her album “My Kind of Christmas.”

Prior to the show, Andre Simon, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, will present an informational talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the show’s corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth.

Encore Event tickets are: adult $45/36/27; senior $36/29/21; youth $18/14/11; SFA student $3. All seating is reserved. Pricing is based on seating (section A/B/C). Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

For more information, visit, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.




Joyous Christmas Revival Update




Christmas Program at Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church



"O Come Let Us Adore Him"

Food & Refreshments after


Sunday December 15th at 6:00pm

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church
5525 FM 417 East
Shelbyville, TX 75973


Panola College to Offer Zumba and Yoga Classes



SAVE THE DATE JANUARY 13th & 14th 2020!!!  Panola College/Shelby College Center offers new Zumba and Yoga classes to help start a healthy new year.


Zumba Gold – Mondays and Wednesdays – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Beginning Yoga – Mondays and Wednesdays – 5:05 – 6:05 pm
Intermediate Yoga – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:25 – 5:25 pm & 5:30 – 6:30 pm


The cost of each class is $50, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:




Shelby County Outreach Ministries Unique Boutique Christmas Sale



Hey everyone! Need to do some Christmas shopping? Come check out The Unique Boutique! We are having a Christmas Special going on the entire month of December! Pants are $1 each, Earrings and Bracelets are .25 cents each, Necklaces are .50 cents, and shoes are on sale for $2.00 a pair! So, whether you need stocking stuffers, or something a bit larger, come to check out The Unique Boutique today! We are open M-F from 9-4, Saturdays from 9-2. Questions? Give us a call at 936-591-8190. Thank you and have Merry Christmas!   





Dr. Daniel Unger receives national award for forestry education



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Daniel Unger, Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professor of spatial science within Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, was awarded the 2019 Carl Alwin Schenck Award from the Society of American Foresters during the SAF National Convention held in November in Louisville, Kentucky.


The national award recognizes individuals who display a notable and sustained record of excellence in forestry education through outstanding service to the field and the development of dynamic, personal teaching methods.


“To be recognized by my fellow colleagues at the national level regarding my commitment to forestry education throughout my career is a humbling experience,” Unger said. “I truly enjoy interacting with the students on a daily basis.”


Unger is one of three SFA forestry professors who have earned the prestigious award. Dr. David Kulhavy, Laurence C. Walker professor of forest entomology, received the award in 2010, and Dr. Brian Oswald, Joe C. Denman Distinguished Professor of fire ecology, received the award in 2002.


“I would be surprised if there is another forestry program in the country that could ever claim to have three Schenck award winners on its active faculty,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “It’s hard to imagine a better recognition of the innovation and effectiveness of the teaching and learning provided by our faculty members.”


Carl Alwin Schenck, the award’s namesake, was a German-born and educated forester who founded the first forestry education program in the U.S. in 1898.


Panola College students attend An Evening with President George W. Bush





Nine Panola College students were among the 2,000 people who attended “An Evening with President George W. Bush” at the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Panola College Foundation funded the activity.



Participating students included Abby Parrish, Student Government Association president; Hannah Sellers and Emilee Sellers, dual credit high school students from Marshall; Hailey Woodworth and Kenna Mosier, from the Panola Early College High School; Ainsley Ross, Nash Coultas, Kyle Smith and Cody Grindle, government students. Accompanying the students were Brian Naples, Jodee Naples and Jody Harris.


President Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was the inaugural guest speaker for the newly formed East Texas Speakers Forum. The Forum’s goal is to bring three famous speakers to East Texas annually, with various colleges and universities hosting the events.


Brian Naples said President Bush spoke extensively about his personal experiences as President. He said his most memorable moment was throwing out the first pitch at the Yankees game after September 11.


“President Bush spoke a lot about how his view of the presidency has changed after leaving office. The biggest change in politics that has occurred since his presidency, he said, is the ‘angry’ political climate. People, he said, want to disagree without being disagreeable,” Naples said.


Naples added that the students were surprised about President Bush’s sense of humor. “President Bush told a lot of jokes, which caught them all off guard. All our students said his humor was the most unexpected thing of the night, and they all loved it,” he said.


Following his remarks, President Bush took questions from the audience in a Q&A session that lasted almost an hour and a half.




Timpson Bear Update




TLB Basketball Tuesday December 10 @ Woodville @ 5:00 p.m.


Senior Pictures - Senior pictures will be taken on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Boys will take their pictures first starting at 8:30am in the high school library. Girls will take pictures immediately following. All girls need to wear a black tank top as well. Seniors need to bring $10 for the proof sheets.


Elementary Picture Retakes – Picture retakes for Elementary will be Friday, December 13th.


Tri-County Pantry to Close for Holidays



Update the Pantry will be closed December 19 December 26 & January 2 we will reopen on Jan 9.


For more information call - (936)598-6315 ext:501/504





St. John's Episcopal Church Christmas eve service



The Feast of the Nativity

Christmas Eve Service with Communion

St. John’s Episcopal Church
Southview  Circle
(Hwy 96S)
Center, Texas

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2019
3:00 PM






Timpson Band Concert Schedule Change






Praise 2019 Ruger 22 Rifle



Need a new rifle this season? Come place your bid on this Ruger 22 Rifle! It will be at Praise 2019, which is on December 14th, at the Senior Nutrition Site and will begin at 6 pm! We will have singing, food, refreshments, silent auctions, door prizes, and live auctions! This brand new rifle was donated to us by Dependable Arms in Center and will be part of our live auction. Come join us for a great night of fun, food, and entertainment. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Shelby County Outreach Ministries. For more information, call us at 936-598-4990.





Golden Harvest Ministries Meeting



The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, November 18, 2019, in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   Denice Merriman with the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy will present the program.  REMINDER – in November we always bring a gift or donation for the children and youth that are served by the Advocacy Center.


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




SFA Human Sciences students help community members develop nutrition, cooking skills through Cooking Matters program



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Spending less than $10 on the ingredients for a meal to feed four people, choosing the right beverages to avoid added sugar, preparing meals using general frameworks instead of recipes — these are some of the lessons the 23 participants in the six-week Cooking Matters program learned from Stephen F. Austin State University School of Human Sciences students.


The SFA students served as recruiting officers, nutrition educators, chef instructors, classroom managers and cleanup crew for Cooking Matters, which is a partnership between the School of Human Sciences and the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler. The program is designed to help curb high levels of food insecurity in East Texas.


“With the Nacogdoches poverty rate at 30.9%, Cooking Matters provides SFA students with a transformative experience by helping them apply their classroom knowledge and intertwine it with a community program,” said Justin Pelham, the food, nutrition and dietetics clinical instructor who teaches SFA’s Community Nutrition class.


Kacey Creel, a food, nutrition and dietetics senior from Madisonville, presented cooking and nutrition lessons to the participants.


“Students should get involved as much as they can with organizations that serve the community,” Creel said. “Seeing how much of an impact we were making in the participants’ lives through teaching them how to cook and how to implement healthier options showed me how necessary it is for us to reach out to our community.”


While SFA students developed their leadership and oral and written communication skills, Cooking Matters participants honed their grocery shopping and cooking skills. At the end of each class, they received a bag of groceries with the items prepared during the lessons that day to cook the same dish at home and reinforce their learning.


One of the participants, Jeanette Duckworth of Nacogdoches, said, “The SFA students were wonderful. They helped me change my eating habits. I hope they create a Cooking Matters 102 to build on what we learned in Cooking Matters 101.”


In its fifth year, the program generated enough interest for two classes, one at SFA and one at the Helping Other People Eat Pantry in Nacogdoches. Many of the participants heard about the program from SFA faculty members and students volunteering at Jo’s Diner, a soup kitchen at HOPE Pantry that serves meals to those in need.


For the Cooking Matters Nov. 11 graduation ceremony and potluck at the HOPE Pantry, participants made their own healthy dishes to share and enjoyed food prepared by student chefs on the Lumberjack Express, SFA’s mobile food lab.


Participants said they were grateful not only for their new nutrition and cooking skills but also for the social bonds they created during the six-week program with both their classmates and the SFA students.


“As this class went on, we attended just as much to visit with people as to learn new recipes,” said Bonnie Park, a participant from San Augustine.


After graduation, the participants hugged the students, swapped contact information and headed to their cars amid shouts of, “Call me if you need some of my soup!”




Produce Drop Information



Tri-County Harvest for Homes Food Pantry will be closed Thursday Dec 19 & Thursday Dec 26


There will be NO Produce Drop this month...


Have a Wonderful Holiday...




James Community Christmas Party



The James Antioch Community will have a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the James Antioch Community Building.  We have a $10 gift exchange and a carry-in-meal.  We will meet at 5:00 pm.  Come and have a nice evening with your neighbors.


Ellen Manning  598-3081


Christmas on the Homefront



On Saturday, December 14, come learn what holiday treats were popular on the homefront, North and South, during the American Civil War. Period sweets such as gingerbread cookies, peppermint sticks, and molasses taffy will be available for sampling, as well as coffee. The Christmas traditions of the era and how families of soldiers in the field celebrated the holidays during the war will also be discussed.  The program will start at 2:00 in the museum theater.


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.




News from Joaquin ISDĀ 



Early Release December 10th and 12th at 1:10 pm!


Early release for UIL competition will be at 1:10 pm. 


Timpson Bear Update



Elementary Cookies and More Fundraiser – This note is to let you know your order will be in on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Please make arrangements to pick up your order if you have a large quantity. Students will be responsible for picking up their orders, on Thursday. Again, thank you for all of your help in making this fundraiser a great success!. If you have any questions, please call Teresa Osby at 936-558-4404.




Tenaha Tiger News



(Tiger Gym CLOSED for floor repair until further notice)

December 3, 2019-JVG/VG in White Oak 5:30 pm

December 4, 2019-JHBB Pictures (G/B); Tiger Day Early Release 1:30 pm; Daughters of Republic 2nd Grade; Dual Credit Final Exams

December 5-7, 2019-VG/VB in Lipan Tournament; JVB Tyler all Saints Tourney

December 9, 2019-JVB/VB vs Tatum (Home) 5:00 pm; JH B/G vs Woden in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 10-13, 2019-STARR TESTING

December 10, 2019-STARR English I; JVG/VG vs White Oak in SEC 5:30 pm; Christmas at the Bank 10am – 2pm; Elem/JH UIL in Joaquin

December 11, 2019-STARR Biology; US History

December 12, 2019-VG in Gary Tournament; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Field Trip to SFA (Christmas Carol Play); STARR Testing: English II; Businessmen’s Banquet in Tenaha Cafetorium 6:00 pm; Elementary & JH UILin Joaquin; Lucretia Wish

December 13, 2019-MS District Band Tryouts @ Carthage (7 & 8 Grs Only); PPO; Test Make-up; JVB/VB in Winona 5:00 pm; STARR Algebra I;

December 14, 2019-HS Region Band Tryouts @ Henderson (9-12 only) 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm; ACT

December 16, 2019- Closed Board Meeting; JH B/G in West Sabine 4:30 pm; PK-5 Field Trip to Rio in Center; Rodrick Gardner Greatness 10 am

December 17, 2019-Christmas Concert (All Bands); JVG/VG in Garrison 5:00 pm (District Game); JVB/VB in Henderson

December 18, 2019- 1st Grade Christmas Program 9:30 am

December 20, 2019-Early Release 11:30 am; JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) District Game 1:00 pm; JVB/VB vs Carlisle in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 23-30, 2019-Christmas Holiday

December  26-28, 2019-Holiday Hoops

January 1, 2020-New Year’s Holiday; Board Appreciation Month

January 2-3, 2020-Holiday; JVB/VB in Joaquin; JVG/VG in Joaquin (District Game) 4:30 pm

January 6, 2020-Teacher In-Service /Student Holiday

January 7, 2020- JVG/VG vs Timpson (Home) District Game 4:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Timpson in Tenaha

January 8, 2020-Student Early Release; Stop the Bleed InService in Café’ 1:45 pm

January 9, 2020- JH B/G vs San Augustine in Tenaha 4:30 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 pm

January 10, 2020-End of 3rd Week Grading Period; JVG/VG in Martinsville (District Game)  4:30 pm; JVB/VG in Martinsville

January 11, 2020-Area Band Tryouts @ Chapel Hill; JH B/G in Mr. Enterprise Tournament




Strong Triumph Church Announces Joyous Christmas Revival



Strong Triumph Church, under the leadership of Elder Faye Dell Allen, invites everyone to join them in their Joyous Christmas Revival, which will take place on December 20-21, starting at 7 p.m., and December 22, starting at 3 p.m. Speakers for each night will be Elder Javoris Gatlin, pastor of New Life COGIC, Bonham, Texas (Friday night), Rev. Richard McCowin, pastor of Lone Star Baptist Church, Chandler, Texas (Saturday night), and Bro. Cameron Cloudy, youth pastor of Abundant Love Ministries, Center, Texas. The theme for the revival is Romans 15:13: "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." For more information, please contact Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810.




Christmas Extravaganza at Center Middle School



Center Middle School and My Sister, Myself, invites you to a Christmas Extravaganza! This event will be Thursday, December 19, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. So many fun activities are scheduled for you and yours, including our Christmas play performed by CMS students, performances by CMS cheer, dance, and pep squad, face painting, popcorn and hot chocolate, Boom Boom photo booth, silent cake auction, t-shirts and decorations for sale. Enjoy a brief slideshow in the library with photos of CMS students in various activities. CMS art classes will showcase student artwork and most important of all...SANTA will be available for photos! Cost for this event is just $10 for three people, or $5 for one person. All proceeds from the event will go to ‘My Sister, Myself’ for future activities to encourage our young ladies to pursue success.





Robert Austin Cobb SFA Gardens' Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature professor emeritus and director



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.


Dr. David Creech, professor emeritus and SFA Gardens director, will present “Reconnaissance in the Pursuit of Knowledge is Seldom Wasted: New Plants for a 21st-Century East Texas.”


Creech has been at SFA since 1978. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Colorado State University. Following a long teaching career, Creech retired in 2007 and returned to direct SFA Gardens in a part-time position.


His areas of interest include fruit and vegetable research, ornamental evaluation, endangered plants, salinity studies, woody tree and shrub evaluation, and investigating the potential of kiwifruit as a specialty crop for Texas. He has authored numerous scholarly and trade articles, and he lectures widely.


Creech has accumulated a long list of international work since 1981 in Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. In the last 20 years, he has undertaken over 25 consultancies in China working with the Blueberry Improvement Program and Taxodium Improvement Program at the Nanjing Botanical Garden, as well as connecting with the new plants arena in the China nursery and landscape industry. He is an advocate of increasing forest cover and smart use of land and plant resources.


Creech has served as president of the Native Plant Society of Texas in 1991-92, president of the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Science both in 2012-13 and 2017-18, and past president of both the Texas Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta and International Plant Propagation Society Southern Region.


The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.


Parking is available at the PNPC and Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.


For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email




Gift of Hope Fundraiser



Christmastime is a season of giving, spending time with family and making memories.  But for some, this time of year brings sadness due to the loss of family, friends, and loved ones.  To keep the memory of our loved ones alive this season, you can give the Gift of Hope to those in need.  This is an opportunity for you to make a contribution in memory of a loved one.  While carrying on their memory, you will also be contributing to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, which serves our community by feeding the hungry and assisting the needy. 

For a contribution of $10 or more, the memory of your loved ones can shine this Christmas season.  A star, bearing the name of your loved one will be displayed in the front windows of Shelby County Outreach Ministries and shared with the local media. 


So far, in 2019, our Helping Hands Outreach Center has distributed 2,459 emergency food boxes, which fed 5,178 people.  We have also met the needs of 2,926 people in Shelby County.  Our Senior Nutrition Site serves fresh meals to seniors, 60 years old and above, during the week and delivers meals to homebound seniors in our community through our Meals on Wheels program.  So far, this year, these two programs have prepared and served 11,421 meals to senior citizens in Shelby County.   


So, if you would like to give a Gift of Hope by contributing in the memory of a loved one, or make a year-end contribution, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you and have a blessed holiday season. 


Praise 2019



Hey everyone, we need your help. Shelby County Outreach is having our year-end fundraiser Praise 2019. This event will help us to continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy. The event is December 14, 2019, at 6:00 pm, located at the Center Tx Senior Nutrition Site. The night will consist of food, fun, and entertainment.


Tickets for the event are $10.00. The purchase of your ticket will give you an opportunity to win one of the many door prizes that will be drawn that night. You do not have to be present to win.


There will be singing, food and refreshments, live and silent auctions. So, come by today and get your tickets!  Auction Items include a propane BBQ pit, 2-night stays at Pine Creek Lodge and Holly Park Marina, a rocking chair, 22 Ruger Rifle, paintings, signed prints, and More!  Several local churches will be singing Christmas songs.  For more information call 936-598-4990.  





Blood Drive at Center PD


Christmas Eve Blood Drive Come help us Save Lives


Holidays are a very important time to donate due to the demand for blood in hospitals being very high.


Please try to make time in your busy holiday schedule and show you care, by being selfless and giving to this cause.


1 donation can help save 3 lives!


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at the Center Police Dept on December 24th (Christmas Eve day) from 11 am - 3:30 pm. Set up Inside the Center Police Department Training Room(restrooms available).


Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to to schedule a time. All attempted donors will receive a Free HOODY!!!






Youth Program

Pastor Jeremy Moore and the Friendship Missionary Church would like to invite everyone to their annual youth day program on December 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Treyland J. Richmond.




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