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

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

Order of Business:

  1. Call to Order 

  2. Welcome/Prayer/Pledge

  3. Roll Call and Establish a quorum

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

  5. Department Head Reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. Council Comments 

  15. Adjourn

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


Amanda Treat

City Secretary



Panola College Offers Zumba and Yoga Classes




Center City Council Meeting Agenda (February 24, 2020)


Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting Agenda

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


  1.  Approve and pay weekly expenses.


  1. Public comments on Agenda item.


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


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


  1. Adjourn.


SFA jazz bands to perform big band favorites

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


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


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


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


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


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


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




Stanley Fletcher Recounts the History of the Neutral Zone for TAGHS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Center City Council Meeting Agenda


Christian Gives Keynote Address at World Oil Forecast Breakfast

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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