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Commissioners' Court Regular Meeting





Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 12th day of May, 2021 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 the minutes of the April 7, 2021 Special meeting, April 14, 2021 Regular meeting, April 21, 2021 Special meeting April 28, 2021 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.


  1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.


  1. Approve current payroll.


  1. Approve Officers Reports.


  1. Public comments on Agenda item.


  1. Discuss and possibly take sealed bids on 2007 Volvo Road Grater Model G930 for Commissioner Pct. 2.


  1. Discuss and possibly approve Pct.4 Commissioner to Lease-Purchase a 2021 John Deere 6110M Boom Mower.


  1. Adjourn.

ROTC Program At SFA Competes At National Military Skills Competition


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University’s ROTC program recently competed in the national Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in West Point, New York.


The Lumberjack Ranger Challenge Team competed among 44 teams of national Army ROTC programs and U.S. military academy companies, including the University of Georgia, Texas A&M University and the United States Military Academy.


“Most of the other ROTC programs that competed had at least 150 cadets, compared to our 65 cadets,” said Lt. Col. James Attaway, SFA professor of military science. “Despite the size difference, we were able to prove we deserved to be there and compete.”


The two-day competition challenges cadets through myriad events, including obstacle course navigation, rifle marksmanship and more.


“I have been in the Army since 1998 and attended numerous schools, including Ranger School, parachute training, air assault training, and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape,” said Attaway. “None of these schools did as much in one day as this competition forced these teams to do.


“For example, on the first day of competition, cadets ran approximately 27 miles in boots and a full kit, which includes a vest and weapons, while completing multiple functional fitness workouts and military tasks. Our cadets are willing to go above and beyond to prove they’re the best.”


Despite the trials of COVID-19, the Lumberjack Ranger Challenge Team diligently worked to prepare for the national competition. For months, cadets trained physically for the competition through functional fitness, cardio, swimming and weight training exercises. Cadets also were trained on a variety of tasks by SFA ROTC field instructors, including land navigation, first-aid preparedness, tying knots and obstacle courses.

Bear Update

Bear Update 5-6-21


Calendar Of Events

May 13 - Ag Banquet 5:30

May 15 -  Prom

May 17 - Athletic Banquet

May 27 - MS Graduation - 7:00 p.m. - Event Center

May 28 - HS Graduation - 8:00 p.m.  Event Center


Beta News - The Timpson High School has been named a School of Distinction and also a School of Merit for 2020-2021.  Great job THS Beta!  The Timpson High School Beta organization sponsor is Tina Samford. See attached.


Track News - Good Luck to our student athletes who have qualified for the State track meet in Austin tomorrow! 


4x2 M Relay-


Star McClure

Jada Jacobs

McKenna Wynn

Amiyah Soto

Alt: Jordan Davis



4x1 M Relay-


Trey Davis

Teo Tejero

Ja'voiskieon Howard

Da'juan Tutt

Alt: Terry Bussey

Alt: Dakovian Tutt


300 M Hurdles-


Malachi Blanton 


Students Earn Associate's Degrees - Ten THS Seniors have worked hard and earned Associate's Degrees through Panola College. See the List below and the attached picture.  Way to go students!



L to R-

Christian Berry 

Connor Lavoie

Ferron Crockett

Alyssa Parks

Jaycee Campbell

Harlie Ware

Bryceton Huss

Santiago Flores (seated)

Erica Renick

Claire Johnson

Joaquin Athletic Physicals

Next Monday morning, May 10th, Joaquin ISD will be providing athletic physicals to all incoming 7th-12th grade athletes. All athletes were sent home with a physical form. The physical will cost $15. There is a link below where you can print out another copy of the form if needed. Please send your child along with their completed/signed physical form and $15 Monday morning. Athletes are required to have this form on file to be able to participate in sports for the upcoming school year.

Notice Of Regular Meeting

Notice of Regular Meeting

Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

May, 2021


A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 South, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.


  1. Call to order
  2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Open forum
  4. Action Related to Trustee Election 2021
  1. Issue Certificate of Election to Newly Elected Officers
  2. Administer Statement of Elected Officer to Newly Elected Officers
  3. Administer Oath of Office to Newly Elected Officers
  4. Reorganization of Board of Trustees
    1. Elect president
    2. Elect vice-president
    3. Elect secretary
  1. Consent agenda
  1. Minutes of the April 5, 2021 meeting of the board
  2. Monthly financial reports
  1. Consider for approval
  1. SECCA Contracts
  2. Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification
  3. Board Meeting Times
  1. Principal’s/Director’s Reports
  1. Campus events
  2. Recognition of Staff and/or Students
  1. Superintendent’s Reports
  1. Preliminary Property Values
  2. ESSER Funds (Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief)
  3. Teacher Appreciation Week
  4. School Facilities/Personnel Update
  5. COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan
  6. Articles of Interest
  7. General Updates
  1. Executive Session
  1. Deliberation on Renewal/Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
  2. Resignations/Employment
  3. Personnel
  1.  Adjournment

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on May 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.



                                                                                                  Ray West, Superintendent

UIL State Medalists



Trey Smith has been competing in academic UIL since he was in elementary school.  As a freshman, he placed third in Accounting, was a member of the second place Accounting team, and competed at the 2A Academic UIL Regional Meet in Accounting.


His sophomore year, at district he placed first in Number Sense, first in Mathematics, was a member of the first place Number Sense & Mathematics teams, and second place Accounting team.  At the regional meet, he placed first as an individual in Number Sense, was a member of the first place Number Sense team and competed at the state meet.


This year at the district meet, he placed first in Number Sense, second in Mathematics, was a member of the first place Number Sense team and second place Mathematics team.  At the regional meet, Trey placed first in Number Sense and was a member of the first place Number Sense team.


At the 2A Academic UIL Non-Speech State Meet, Trey placed fifth in Number Sense and was a member of the third place Number Sense team.  He is the first Shelbyville High School student to earn a state medal in Number Sense.


Trey is coached by Cole Harrison.








Molly Windham has been competing in academic UIL since she was in elementary school. As a freshman, at the district meet she competed in One Act Play and all five journalism events: News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Headline Writing, and Copy Editing. She placed sixth in Feature Writing, second in News Writing, and competed at the Academic UIL 2A Regional Meet in News Writing. 


Her sophomore year, at the district meet she competed in all five journalism events, Ready Writing and One Act Play.  She placed first in Editorial Writing, first in Ready Writing, third in Feature Writing, third in News Writing, fourth in Headline Writing, and honorable mention One Act Play all-star cast. She was the District 22AA high point individual scoring 64 points.  At the Regional Meet, she competed in Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Headline Writing, and Ready Writing.  She placed third in Ready Writing and advanced to compete at the State Meet.  Molly was the 2019 2A Ready Writing State Champion.


This year at the district level, she competed in all five journalism events, Ready Writing, Literary Criticism and One Act Play. She placed first in Feature Writing, third in Literary Criticism, was a member of the first place Literary Criticism team, second in Ready Writing, third in Headline Writing, and sixth in News Writing.


At regional, she competed in Feature Writing, Literary Criticism, Headline Writing, and Ready Writing.  She placed first in Feature Writing, second in Ready Writing, and fourth in Headline Writing.  She competed at state in Feature Writing and Ready Writing.  At the 2021 Academic UIL Non-Speech State Meet, Molly placed third in Ready Writing and is the 2021 Feature Writing State Champion.


Molly is coached by Claire Windham.







Dental Hygiene Program

On May 4, 2021 a dental hygiene program was presented to Joaquin 1st graders by Portia King, LVN, JISD School Nurse. Joaquin's Masonic Lodge nominated the first graders to receive the dental kits provided by Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. The students along with their teachers, Rachel Boggs, Kelli Wood, and Casey Gamble enjoyed the presentation. The Masons are a large supporter of children and their families. Joaquin ISD wants to thank the Masonic Lodge of Joaquin. The children were very receptive and loved receiving their dental kits.


Anglley Appointed New SFA Director of Bands

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Dr. Tamey Anglley has been appointed director of bands for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.


Anglley will succeed Dr. David Campo following his announced retirement effective June 30 following this year’s summer band camps at SFA. Anglley said she is looking forward to “continuing the legacy and great reputation of the SFA School of Music and band program.”


“We are known throughout the state for our outstanding artist educators, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to this, albeit in a new role,” she said. “I am also excited about conducting our Wind Ensemble, continuing to build the ensemble’s resume through regional, national and international performances, and showcasing the tremendous musicians we have here in the SFA School of Music.”


Anglley has been the associate director of bands and director of The Lumberjack Marching Band at SFA since 2018. Additionally, she conducts the Wind Symphony and seves as instructor of undergraduate instrumental conducting among other music education courses. Prior to becoming associate director of bands, she was assistant director of bands for seven years. In that position, she was the associate director of The Lumberjack Marching Band, conducted the Symphonic Band, directed the Basketball Band, and taught music education courses.


“I am thrilled that Dr. Anglley has been named as the new director of bands in the SFA School of Music,” said Dr. Nathan Nabb, interim director of the School of Music. “She is admired by her colleagues and students alike for her musicianship, her dedication to our students, and her willingness to perform various service roles at the school, college and university levels. She is a marvelous colleague, and I am looking forward to seeing how she builds on our strong wind band traditions here in the School of Music.”


Anglley said some of her most memorable moments so far at SFA have been of traveling with the Lumberjack Marching Band to perform in London, New York and Ireland. 


“Many of our students never travel out of the state, much less the country, and getting to experience those trips with them was very rewarding,” she said. “More than 700 students have had these transformative experiences because of the dedication of our faculty and administration, and I hope we can continue this for many more generations of band members.”


Prior to coming to SFA, Anglley was director of bands at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she oversaw the winds/brass/percussion department including concert, athletic and jazz bands and all instrumental music education courses. From 2006 to 2009, Anglley was a doctoral conducting teaching assistant at Texas Tech University where she studied with Dr. Sarah McKoin. While at Texas Tech, Anglley worked with the four university bands including the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and the basketball pep bands. She was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the School of Music in 2009. From 2003 to 2006, she was associate director of bands at Cooper High School in Abilene where she conducted the second and fourth bands and taught at the two feeder middle schools. Anglley is an active honor band conductor and band clinician throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.


Anglley’s newest appointment comes as she completes a decade of teaching at SFA.


“Being at the end of my 10th year at SFA, it is obvious that I love my students, my colleagues and SFA,” she said. “Our students here are very special – kind, respectful, and people I simply love to be around. They are what makes SFA home.


“I also have the best colleagues who are not only outstanding musicians, but also just great people who always make me feel supported,” she added. “I count myself lucky to get to continue to work with them.”


For information about the SFA School of Music, visit or call (936) 468-4602.


Dr. Tamey Anglley

Joaquin Lady Rams Playoff Information

Softball Playoffs Area Round

Joaquin vs Colmesneil 

Best of 3 Series @ Jasper, TX

Game 1: Friday @ 4pm (Joaquin is Away)

Game 2: Saturday @ 12pm (Joaquin is Home)

Game 3: Saturday TBD could be 4 or 6 pm


Ticket prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Students


Senior Nutrition Site Reopening

Shelby County Outreach Ministries’ Senior Programs are happy to announce the reopening of the Senior Nutrition Site with guidelines and new safety procedures.  We will open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2 beginning on May 18, 2021.  Starting June 1, 2021, our program will be open M-F from 9-2.  Please call the director, Darlene Mitchell should you have any questions or concerns.  The phone number is 936-598-7768.  


Business After Hours


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with the team at Raymond Motor Company will welcome the public to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, May 11th  from 5:00 until 6:30.  Raymond Motor Company is located at 301 San Augustine Street just off the downtown Center square.  


Make sure you stop by to visit.  There will be refreshments and raffle prizes which include a free oil change and tire rotation, free car inspection, gift cards from local businesses and a flat screen tv!


Raymond Motor Company offers a wide range of new and certified pre-owned GMC and Buick vehicles.  The professional, knowledge and friendly staff will work with you to find exactly what you want.  The service department is manned by GM-certified technicians who provide superior service for GMC and Buick vehicles.


The Showroom is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am until 6:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am until 2:00pm.   The Service department is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 until 5:00pm.


For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit


Teacher Appreciation Week and Teacher Appreciation Reception


This week is Teacher Appreciation week!!  We celebrate our Teachers, letting them know their work does not go unnoticed.


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception will be held Wednesday, May 5th at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.  This year, marks the 30th Year of this special event. Each campus Teacher of the Year will be recognized by his or her Principal and receive a Certificate of Recognition.  The Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools will also be announced This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.  The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:



F.L. Moffett Primary School –  Haley Woodfin

Center Elementary School –  Pennie Ratley

Center Middle School –  Jennifer Magana

Center High School –  Pamela Franklin

                                                                                Roughrider Academy -  John Jackson

Excelsior ISD – Keli Chandler


S.W. Carter Elementary –  Lori Hall

Shelbyville Middle School –  Sheila Haddox

Shelbyville High School – Dominique Roland


Tenaha Elementary School – Stacie Barr

Tenaha Middle/High School – Lauri Sisk


Timpson Elementary –  Ashley Greer

Timpson Middle School – Maria Harkness

Timpson High School –  Mihaela Munday


Thank you to all our Sponsors and to all the businesses who donated gift items for helping us recognize our wonderful teachers, countywide, for all they do for our community and our students.

Presenting Sponsor is Badders Law Firm. Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors are H&R Block, McWilliams and Son and Ray Jones Chevrolet.

Host Table Sponsors are American State Bank, Blake Furniture, Century 21 Realtors, Mathews Real Estate, McDonalds, Panola College (SRTC), Raymond Motor Company, Sonic Drive-In and Windham Family Dental.

Updated for Joaquin Vs Woden

The Joaquin vs Woden Baseball game for tonight has been moved to SFA’s Baseball Field at 7:00 PM.

VFW To Observe Victory In Europe (VE) Day


Each year the World War II Allies remember May 8th, 1945, the date when they accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.  Adolf Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.


Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold an observance to commemorate the 76th Anniversary of VE Day on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at the grave site of Staff Sergeant James Elvie Pate who is buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery located on County Road 1470 behind the church. Sergeant Pate was killed in action on August 19, 1944 while serving with the 90th Infantry Division in France. In addition to remembering all who served in Europe a US Army Medallion in honor of Sergeant Pate will also be unveiled.  His niece, Virginia Wilson Bailey along with VFW Post 8904/Auxiliary cordially invite you to attend and remember your fellow Americans who gave so much.


Questions of more information please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume

at or 936-332-0349.

Commissioners' Court Special Meeting





Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 5th day of May, 2021 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. Discuss and possibly accept a donation from Port-A-Cool for the benefit of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to be used for vehicle equipment.


  1. Discuss and possibly accept the RFP bid from Farmers State Bank for the County Bank Depository.


  1. Discuss and possibly take action to approve FY2021 Budget Line Item Transfers.





  1. An Executive Session will also be held  to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person. The closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072


  1. Reopen Public meeting.


  1. Discuss and possibly make a decision on issues discussed in the Executive Session.


  1. Adjourn.


Battle of The Badges Blood Drive



Its Battle of the Badges, a Community wide Blood Drive. Center Police Department vs Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  Come Save Lives, and Support your local Law Enforcement!   The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up Inside the Center Community House, and will be set for regular whole blood or Automation (plasma, platelets) Every successful donor will receive a T-shirt/Beach Towel.  Every attempted donor will be entered into a raffle for cool door prizes!  In addition to the Blood Drive, there will be Food Trucks: CASA DEL BAYOU, BE BLESSED BBQ, and MAMA ROSE ITALIAN ICE set up outside.  Even if you cannot donate, come by and show us your support,  and fill your bellies. 

To schedule a donation time, please go to WWW.GIVEBLOOD.ORG Or contact Amy Lindley 598-2450 (Center Police Dept)  or Leah Chase 598-5600(Shelby County SO)


Watch LIVE: Roughrider Baseball v Carthage


The Roughrider Sports Team will broadcast the final game of the Roughrider Baseball Season tonight as the Roughriders take on the rival Carthage Bulldogs in Carthage.  Game begins at 7:00, Pregame begins at 6:40.


Special guests include Coach Kyle Thornell, senior Collin Jones (in pregame), State Essay Finalist Cecily Gibson (during the game), and the Ford Tough Player of the Game (during postgame).


It's all on Twitch.TV.  Log on to Twitch and type roughridersports into the search bar.  Or just click on this link:

Shelbyville Dragon Band Wins UIL Sweepstakes Award


On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Shelbyville High School Dragon Band Competed in the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest in Bullard. The band received 1st Divisions (Superior) in each portion of the contest. Judge Brandon Brewer of Princeton High School wrote that “this an outstanding band”.


When combined with the bands 1st Division ratings at UIL Marching Contest in November, the Band is awarded the Sweepstakes Award by UIL. The band was a finalist at the UIL State Military Marching Contest in December.



Shelbyville Spring Band Concert

Shelbyville Band Concert tonight, April 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm in the S.I.S.D. Gym/Band Hall Complex

$1,000 Reward Offered In Case of Missing UTV

Polaris Ranger stolen off ranch near Timpson


Shelby County, Texas — Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information about a missing Polaris Ranger, according to Special Ranger Larry Hand.


Hand says the green 2021 Polaris Ranger model 1000 four-wheel drive was taken off a ranch north of Timpson in Shelby County on or around April 16. The UTV is equipped with side-by-side single row seating and an aluminum toolbox. The vehicle identification number ends in 016771.


Anyone with information on this theft is urged to contact Hand at 903-592-5252 call the Operation Cow Thief tip line at 817-916-1775. Hand says all information is kept confidential, and tips may be provided anonymously. The reward money will be paid to an individual or divided between individuals who provide information leading to the arrest or indictment of the responsible party.


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