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Shelby County Outreach Ministries



Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of June 1 – June 5 with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center. Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, June 5th from 10-2 in order to help clients. The senior citizens that are currently being served through our senior programs have received extra meals that will cover them through the next 2 weeks. They will also receive calls to confirm that they are safe, and all is going well.


If you are scheduled to receive an emergency food box during this week, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, June 5th to receive it between the hours of 10-2.  Our lobby is closed to the public. Food Boxes are distributed by Drive-Thru ONLY. Please be prepared to open your trunk of the car and stay in your vehicle. Keep windows rolled up and show ID through the glass. For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you.  




Shelby County COVID-19 Update



Shelby County COVID-19 Cases as reported by DSHS to the Shelby County Office of Emergency Management:


196 Cumulative cases

-78 recovered

-6 deaths



**DSHS also reports that of the 196 cumulative cases,  19 of those cases are “lost to follow”…meaning, DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.




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Escaped Inmate Caught



On Friday, May 22, 2020, officers from the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, SA Police Department, DPS Highway Patrol and the TDCJ prison system in Woodville caught Jed Landon Townsend, 36, after he escaped custody and evaded arrest for about 18 hours. Sheriff Robert Cartwright called in a search team from the prison system to help track the suspect with dogs and followed on horseback. The suspect was spotted by Sergeant J.T. Moon, of the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, under a bridge on US 96 South. Townsend is currently being held on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Dangerous Drug and Escape.





Governor Abbott Provides Update On COVID-19 Surge Response In Amarillo



Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference to provide an update on the COVID-19 surge response efforts in Amarillo. The Governor discussed the state's ongoing collaboration with local and federal leaders to address COVID-19 hot spots within the Amarillo area, and outlined the data on hospitalizations, testing, fatalities, and positivity rates that demonstrate the success of the surge response teams in containing and mitigating further spread of this virus. The Governor noted that there is ongoing testing in meat processing plants in the Amarillo area that could result in a spike in cases, and that the surge response teams will respond with the same proven strategies.


Governor Abbott announced the formation of surge response teams on May 5th. These teams serve nursing homes, packing plants, and other facilities that experience flare ups of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment, testing supplies, onsite staffing, and assessment assistance.


"Here in Texas, we have implemented a strategy that enables Texans to get back to work while mitigating further spread of COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Amarillo is an example of this strategy in action, and our surge response teams have done a tremendous job in containing the hot spots within the Amarillo community and protecting health and safety. As we continue in our efforts, we are committed to prioritizing public health while safely and strategically opening the state." 


The Governor was joined by Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Amarillo Public Health Director Casie Stoughton, as well as State Senator Kel Seliger and State Representatives Four Price, John Smithee, and Ken King.


Governor Abbott


Governor Abbott Statement On Death Of Former Texas Congressman Sam Johnson



Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on the passing of former Texas Congressman Sam Johnson:


"Sam Johnson was a fearless patriot and an American hero, and we are incredibly proud and fortunate to have called him a fellow Texan. Congressman Johnson dedicated his life to our nation and the state of Texas. He bravely served as a fighter pilot in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and his profound sacrifice is something Texans will never forget.


As a congressman, Sam Johnson served with integrity and was always guided by his principles and the needs of the Texans he served. Today, we mourn the loss of a great Texan, but we also remember his tremendous life and the legacy he leaves behind. Cecilia and I offer our prayers to his family and friends, and we ask all Texans to join us in remembering a true Texas icon."




George Straight PSA







COVID-19 Update



Here are the COVID-19 counts.  


DeSoto Parish 224

Nacogdoches County 271

Shelby County 189

Panola County 174

San Augustine County 31




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting





Financial help for agriculture producers



New Report Helps Agricultural Producers Navigate Federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

On May 19, 2020, USDA released details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP’s $19 billion package contains two primary components. First, USDA will partner with regional and local distributers to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat and provide those commodities to those in need. The bulk of the program is designed to provide $16 billion in direct support to farmers and ranchers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Eligible commodities for the direct support include livestock (cattle, hogs, and sheep), dairy, wool, several grain crops, specialty fruit crops (including blueberries, and watermelons), specialty vegetable crops, nuts, and others (such as beans and mushrooms).

For our local cattlemen, there will be assistance paid for those who sold calves between January 15 and April 15. And even if you did not sell any cattle during those dates, assistance funds are still available for cattle owned during those dates. 

Signup will be from May 26 to August 28, 2020. Once signup begins, eligible producers should call their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to schedule an appointment.  The local FSA office serving Shelby County can be reached by calling (936) 564-5891. 

To help affected producers navigate this new program, Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University co-directors Dr. Bart Fischer and Dr. Joe Outlaw, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists Dr. David Andersons and Dr. Justin Benavidez authored a timely report. Overview of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is available at  

The report provides an excellent overview of the program, provides clarification on payment rates and eligible commodities, payment limits, income tests, and payment reductions. It also provides payment calculations and examples by commodity. 

The report’s lead author, Dr. Bart Fischer, notes that while CFAP provides a significant amount of aid, there are a number of losses not covered. A previous AFPC report, estimated Texas agricultural losses alone could exceed $8 billion. That report can be read at 

Dr. Fischer identified one area of concern not addressed by CFAP that could affect several local beef producers. While cattle producers in particular are the biggest recipients of assistance from CFAP, the estimated support for cattle is still significantly less than half of the damages estimated by industry. 

While animals in inventory from April 16 to May 14, will be eligible for a CFAP payment, there likely will be calls to provide additional assistance to producers who had to depopulate animals in response to COVID-19. Also, those producing poultry on contract and paid by pounds produced may accrue significant additional losses. 

Looking ahead, cattle producers need to follow update to the CFAP closely. As Congress continues to debate the next steps, these and other issues will be in the forefront. 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is 

The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.






The Poodle Puppy



The police radio in the patrol car called my number, “Unit 1401, call your X2.”  This was unusual.  The term “X2” was code for ‘wife’.  So, my wife had called the sheriff’s office dispatcher and asked him to give me the message.  She had never done this before, so I was quite alarmed.  Since cell telephones had not been invented in 1972, I had to drive around and find a pay telephone to use.


While dialing our phone number I was thinking of specific things that could have happened.  Perhaps one of the children had been injured, or maybe my wife had been hurt.  Could one of our parents taken ill?  By the time she answered the telephone I was worked into a dither.  “Honey, got your message to call.  Is everything OK?  Are you OK?”, I stammered into the receiver.  “Oh, we are all fine”, she replied.  “Well, what’s so important that you had to call me while on duty?”, I inquired.


“Honey, the kids have found the cutest little puppy that they want really badly. Philip and Beverly’s little white poodle had a litter of pups and there is only one left.  Please, can’t we get him for the kids?”, my wife explained.  “A poodle!  A poodle?”, I exclaimed. “If we get a dog I want a real dog, like a German shepherd, or a collie, you know, a real dog.”  “I know, I know,” she replied, “but, the kids want this all white fuzz-ball .  He’s so cute!.”


I suppose there was a little psychology used on me here.  I was so relieved that everyone was OK I was happy to agree to this adoption.  “Ok, honey, but the kids have to take responsibility in caring for the dog”, I instructed.


Back in the patrol car I began to feel that I had been “snookered” into agreeing to getting a dog.  But, if the kids wanted the puppy so much I should not be an old grouch about it.  So, “Curley” the poodle became a part of our family in 1972.  He was a typical poodle, cute but high-strung.  He never seemed to like me very much.  Perhaps he sensed that I really wanted a real dog and he was not it.


In 1974 we moved to Littleton, Colorado for a job change.  Philip and Beverly came up to Colorado to visit us in 1975 for a few days.  When they walked into the house Curley remembered them and let them know it.  He had a great memory.  


Curley’s nemesis in Colorado was static electricity.  The low humidity helped generate this electricity when one walked across our wool carpets and touched Curley.  He would yelp and run for cover.  My father-in-law enjoyed doing this and Curley shunned him with each visit.

Curley was a member of our family until 1985 when he died of natural causes at age 13. He is buried in a back yard in the City Lake addition.  I do not recall any other time that my wife called me through the dispatcher while on duty.  Once was enough.



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Joaquin Senior Graduation Packets



Seniors, please come by the high school office on Wednesday, June 2, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to pick up information needed for graduation.  These packets will include tickets for your guest, instructions for the ceremony, and several other important documents. 




Sam Samford Scholarship Raffle



Sam Samford Masonic Lodge announces their annual Scholarship Fundraiser. They are raffling, a two-compartment, barbecue, smoker pit with two fish cookers, on a 16 foot, covered trailer.


Tickets are available now, for donations of $100. each or Six for $500.  The drawing will be on July 1st.  Tickets can be obtained from lodge members and the cook trailer can be seen at the lodge on Hwy 96 south in Center. For more information call 936 598 5738 or 936 598 4280.  





Shelby County Jail Found Non-Compliant



The Shelby County Jail has been found non-compliant with two issues after a recent inspection. 


1. The staff is not properly filling out the mental health screening form for suicide and medical, mental, and developmental impairment.


2. The secure jail doors have false indicators on the control board.


This information is from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards report located below.






Joaquin Economic Development Corporation Meeting Minutes





Joaquin City Council Meeting Minutes






City of Joaquin Accepting Bids






Garrison ISD Superintendent Reid Spivey on Garrison ISD Parade





Barber Boyd Adams speaks on the Coronavirus







SFA Charter School celebrates student milestones with car parades



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School held two graduation car parades — one for the kindergarteners and one for the fifth graders — featuring mortarboards and tassels on May 22, the last day of school, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. Kindergartener Jackson Wright is pictured.


“These parades can’t take the place of our in-person graduation ceremonies that were canceled because of COVID-19 this year, but they are a fun and safe way to celebrate our students’ achievements,” said Lysa Hagan, principal and chief executive officer of the charter school. 




SFA interior design seniors move Texas tour online due to COVID-19


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Every year, seniors in Stephen F. Austin State University’s interior design program take their final projects on the road to major Texas cities to receive feedback and obtain job leads.


Their travel was canceled this year because of COVID-19.


Like other designers around the country, the students decided to move their work online to showcase how they create beautiful spaces while focusing on safety, economy and utility.


The SFA senior interior design student website organizes the seniors by the cities they’re hoping to work in — Austin, Dallas and Houston — and presents their portfolios and résumés for potential employers to explore.


Jennifer Luque, adjunct professor of interior design in SFA’s School of Human Sciences, helped create the website and taught the seniors’ portfolio course during the spring semester.


“This is the next best thing to exhibiting in person,” Luque said. “What some have interpreted as a challenge, we have taken as an opportunity.”


She sent the website’s URL to the International Interior Design Association Texas/Oklahoma Chapter and the American Society of Interior Designers Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Those organizations have agreed to share the website with their members, including thousands of interior designers, firms and industry professionals, according to Luque.


“In some ways, the students are receiving more exposure and a chance to share their graduate portfolios with individuals across the region,” she said.


Luque added that one student was hired just by sharing the site with friends, family members and firms asking SFA about recent interior design graduates.


Trekeva Cotledge of Whitehouse and Madison McDaniel of Mount Pleasant are two of the nearly dozen students featured on the website.


Cotledge’s portion of the website includes her designs for furniture, a condo and a long-term care facility.




“I aim to give back to the community and help clients’ dreams come true through strategy and dedication,” she said.


Cotledge hopes to obtain a second degree in architecture and start her own business.


McDaniel’s volunteer work refurbishing furniture for the “Chairished Blessings” fundraiser and designing bath houses for the homeless for Love In the Name of Christ, an organization in Nacogdoches committed to transforming lives, informs her design philosophy.


“A good designer needs to be able to see and create beautiful, functional spaces,” she said.


Her portion of the site features both residential and retail designs.


For more information on these future designers’ work, visit the SFA senior interior design student website at For more information on SFA’s interior design program, contact program coordinator Leisha Bridwell at (936) 468-2371, or  




Tenaha ISD Graduation:



Monday, June 1st
Raymond Jackson Stadium 7:30 pm
Invitation Only




Apply to be a 2020-2021 Center High School Athletic Trainer



Apply to be a 2020-2021 Center High School Athletic Trainer.


Students will:

  • learn about the medical field
  • tape ankles
  • wrap injuries
  • basic first aid
  • and help athletes perform at their best. 


  • great experience to put on a resume for college 
  • earn scholarships to be a student trainer at the collegiate level. 
  • free travel and meals with student athletes 

Apply with the attached application by June 8. Turn in your application to the CHS Athletic Office or email application to Finalists will be contacted during the last week of June. 


Please email questions to




CMS Athletics Personal Items Pick up Scheduled



Center Middle School has scheduled a personal item pickup for girls' athletics. Items may be picked up tomorrow, Wednesday, from 8:00 AM -12:00 PM, and Thursday afternoon from 3:00 -5:00 PM.

Please drive to the east side of the campus and drive through the gate next to the gym where you will be met by one of the coaches. Please stay in your car unless otherwise directed.  




CISD Graduation



In an effort to accommodate those who are unable to attend the CHS graduation event, the CISD technology department will be broadcasting the event on YouTube as we have done for school board meetings in the recent past.


The broadcast can be viewed live on YouTube at the following URL:


Center High School graduation is on June 1 at 7 p.m. Students are limited to 5 tickets. The graduation protocol can be found in the attached document. 


Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board MeetingĀ 



Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a regular scheduled Board Meeting on Monday, June 1, 2020. For more information call Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext: 200




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