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Community News Archives for 2020-03

Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda (March 18, 2020)

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 18th day of March, 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. Approve Current payroll.


  1. Public comments on Agenda item.


  1. Approve Taylor Fanguy Constable 4 Bond.


  1. Discuss and possibly approve rental space for Justice of the Peace and Constable for Precinct 3.


  1. Adjourn.


City Council of Joaquin Meeting Agenda (Tuesday March 17, 2020)


Center Garden Club Announces Plant Sale, April 3rd

The Center Garden Club is hosting a Plant Sale on Friday, April 3 on the historic courthouse square across the street from Center Floral near the DRT building.  The sale will begin at 8:00 am and end at 1:00 pm unless sold out earlier.  Many varieties of plants will be available at very attractive prices, from old pass-along plants and your grandmother’s old garden favorites to some of the newest and most exotic varieties on the market.  Be sure to arrive early for the best selection.


Those of us to live in East Texas are blessed with a large variety of plants to choose from when planning our gardens or landscapes.  Our native plants have adapted to the climate, geography, and habitat.  They are generally hardy and do not require much attention.  Many of them attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators essential to our ecosystem and offer food and shelter for our wildlife.


CGC welcomes new members. The club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month September through May.  Anyone interested in joining this group of plant-lovers is invited to come by and visit with us during the club’s once-a-year sale. Remember to mark your calendar for the morning of April the third!


James Antioch Community Meeting Cancellation

The James Antioch Community will not have their regular meeting this month.  There will be no meeting on March 21, 2020, at the James Antioch Community Building.


Ellen Manning  298-3081


2020 Shelby County Livestock Show Results


Center City Council Meeting Agenda (March 9, 2020)


SFA School of Music to host Oboe Day events

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host Oboe Day Saturday, March 21, featuring a full day of events that culminate in a guest artist recital.


Coordinated by Dr. Abby Yeakle Held, oboe faculty in the School of Music, with Dr. Meridith Hite Estevez, adjunct professor of oboe at the  University of Deleware, as clinician, the free all-day event for collegiate and pre-college oboists will include high school and university master classes, a reed-making session, an Oboe Band performance by participants and a recital that showcases Estevez.


Oboe Day is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the recital beginning at 4 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. Participants may register by email:


Featured works on the recital are inspired by works of art. Estevez will perform selections from Gilles Silvestrini’s “Six Études pour Hautbois,” which was inspired by impressionist paintings and artists. The Silvestrini etudes consist of six movements for unaccompanied oboe that can stand alone, be played in sets, or even performed in entirety, Held explained.


“The music for each movement was inspired by a different impressionist painting and musically depicts the imagery for the listener,” she said. “The Silvestrini is considered to be one of the most technically demanding works in the oboe’s repertoire.”


The recital will also include a piece performed by Held and a piece performed by the Oboe Band, comprised of Oboe Day participants.


Estevez has performed and taught throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. Currently on faculty at University of Delaware, she is an active freelancer and sought-after recitalist. Orchestrally, she is the English hornist for the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has also performed with PhillyPOPS, OperaDelaware, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera  and American Symphony as well as innovative shows with cutting-edge groups like Experiential Orchestra. Her worldwide education includes Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, Fulbright Scholar to Germany and The Juilliard School where she received her doctorate in oboe. As director of Lumina Arts Incubator, a ministry of Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, Estevez works with artists of all disciplines who struggle with creative block and are interested in exploring the intersection between creativity and spirituality.


Oboe Day is sponsored by David DeLoach.


For more information, contact Held at


Cutline: Dr. Meridith Hite Estevez


Cutline: Dr. Abby Yeakle Held




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda (March 4, 2020)



Center ISD Public Hearing To Present Texas Academic Performance Report

Center, Texas – March 2, 2020 - Center Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 12th beginning at 12:00 p.m. to explain the annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). 


The public hearing will be held in the Boardroom located in the CISD Administration Building at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas.  


The annual report, which is required by the Texas Education Code, requires each school district to publish an annual report describing the educational performance of the district that includes uniform student performance and other descriptive information as determined by the Commissioner. 


The TAPR will be posted on the District’s website ( by March 30, 2020.



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OMA to host fourth annual Women's Empowerment Summit

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A wide range of topics concerning women in leadership, health and wellness, and other women’s issues will be discussed during the fourth annual Women’s Empowerment Summit, hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs March 20 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.


Veronica Beavers, OMA director, is excited to host an event that empowers women and educates the community on issues women face every day.


“During this summit, we want attendees to connect with others who are striving to make an impact, learn professional development skills, discuss the issues women are facing today, learn tips on improving personal wellness and much more,” Beavers said. “Regardless of gender, I believe everyone can benefit from the summit.”


Elena Freeman will kick off the summit as the opening speaker. A mentor, preacher/teacher and leader, Freeman can discuss myriad topics, such as practical life skills, student programming, public speaking, missions, conflict resolution, sex education, parenting and more. Freeman serves as an advocate for community youth programs, safe houses, shelters, prisons and organizations.


The luncheon speaker will be Valerie Henderson, area vice president at SHI, the largest female minority-owned business in the U.S. SHI is a technology consulting firm that employs more than 4,000.


Ebony Smith will close the summit. She is the founder of Yoga N Da Hood, a fast-growing nonprofit dedicated to making wellness accessible to everyone. Smith has taught yoga and mindfulness throughout the world and is an experienced speaker.


Event check in starts at 8:30 a.m. The opening keynote presentation will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a breakout session at 10 a.m. The lunch keynote will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and will be followed by two more breakout sessions. The closing speaker session will begin at 2:30 p.m. Breakout session presenters are a mix of faculty, staff and community members.


The event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided to all who pre-register. Registration is available at The deadline to register is March 13.


For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or




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