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Friday Night Scoreboard 09/25/2020

Friday Night Football Scoreboard

Sponsored by: The Pizzeria! 936.598.7117

Friday, September 25, 2020

Center 31 Van 28

Joaquin 40 Clarksville 10

San Augustine 48 Alto 20

Tenaha 41 Lovelady 18

Timpson 55 James Bowie 6



Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda



Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 30th day of September, 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.


2. Approve current payroll.


3. Public comments on Agenda item.


4. Adopt County Road 2360.


5. Commissioner Pct. 4 to take sealed bids on Ferguson model 6 Roller Compactor, 1999 Ford F350 Cab and Chassis, and 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck.


6. Adjourn.  


Tenaha Tiger Pink Out Shirts



Cheerleaders are taking orders for Pink Out T-Shirts!  Tenaha’s Pink Out Game will be Friday, October 9th. 


Order form can be turned in to any office or cheerleader.


Thank you for your support!


Click here for the order form






Football Schedules



The Center Roughriders will take on the Van Vandals in a home game tonight 9-25-2020 in Center, Texas at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.


The Joaquin Rams will take on the Clarksville Tigers in their Homecoming game tonight 9-25-2020 in Joaquin at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall giving you your play by play action.


The San Augustine Wolves will take on the Alto Yellow Jackets in San Augustine at 7:30 p.m. tonight 9-25-2020 at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway giving you your play by play action.


The Shelbyville Dragons will have a bye.


The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Lovelady Lions in a home game tonight 9-25-2020 in Tenaha at 7 p.m.


The Timpson Bears will take on the James Bowie Pirates in Timpson at 7:30 p.m. 




Joaquin City Meeting






Joaquin Homecoming Tickets



The Joaquin Administration Office will be open until 1:30 p.m. (09/25) to sell tickets for the homecoming football game. We will be closing early due to the district early release and homecoming parade.  There will not be any tickets available at the gate. Go RAMS!






Virtual Diabetes Class



September 21, 2020

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Shelby, Harrison and Rusk County have partnered to
offer a comprehensive diabetes education series called, “Do Well Be Well with Diabetes.”
The five-session series will provide participants with the latest information on managing diabetes
by focusing on “how food affects blood glucose”, “eating the right number of carbohydrates”,
“going beyond the diet and physical activity: improving blood glucose control with medication”,
and “celebrating diabetes control and avoiding complications”.

Do Well Be Well with Diabetes was designed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists to
assist patients who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, have had diabetes for
many years, and for the spouses and caregivers of loved ones with diabetes. Nine lessons will be
taught over a period of five classes and will teach individuals about diabetes and how to manage
the disease. Each lesson will be presented by local health care professional guest speakers with
expertise in the subject area.

Classes will be offered VIRTUALLY every Thursday in October from 10:00 am-11:00
am. Registration for the five-week series is $12. To register, please click on this link
For additional information on this program, please contact me at or (936)598-7744.


SFA agriculture professor named Distinguished Young Educator



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Candis Carraway, Stephen F. Austin State University assistant professor of agriculture, was named the 2020 Distinguished Young Educator by Non-land grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities.


This national award recognizes meritorious teaching at a NARRU institution and is awarded after a rigorous application and evaluation process.


“I firmly believe Dr. Carraway is the epitome of a distinguished young educator,” said Dr. Joey Bray, chair of SFA’s Department of Agriculture. “She is a passionate educator who truly cares for each and every student she teaches and takes pride in mentoring our students and getting them to realize their true abilities.”


Carraway served as a secondary agricultural science teacher for 16 years before earning a doctoral degree in agricultural communications and education from Texas Tech University. She joined SFA in 2017 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in agriculture. She also supervises all pre-service secondary agricultural science teachers. 


Since joining SFA, Carraway has created two new courses to help strengthen SFA’s agriculture education curriculum and hosted SFA’s first Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Animal Science Institute that was attended by agriculture educators from seven different states.


Carraway maintains a robust record of leadership, including, but not limited to, serving as the president for the Agricultural Consortium of Texas and membership on the board of directors for the Texas FFA Association. She also is co-chair for the SFA University Internship Strategy Committee, a member of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s Undergraduate Research Committee and a member of the American Association of Agricultural Education Professional Development Committee.


This is the first time an SFA professor has received this honor. Carraway will be recognized at the NARRU annual meeting held virtually next month.




Gold Star Mothers Day Ceremony



Gold Star Mothers Day program today 9-25-2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial to remember all the mothers and spouses who have lost a child or husband in a time of war. They will lay a memorial wreath and pay Taps in honor of those lost.




A Message From the Timpson ISD Superintendent



Message from the Superintendent:


It has come to my attention that there are concerns about stadium procedures and protocols for visitors to our events at Timpson ISD. We published our stadium guidelines and athletic event procedures on our website many weeks ago. We have tried to communicate the guidelines and enforce them as much as possible. However, our country is currently in a struggle for power and that struggle in my opinion has made its way to school stadiums and school houses across the nation.


I understand that some people believe the Coronavirus poses a great threat to our society while others do not believe it is real. So whether you believe COVID is real or not, the letter I received from UIL yesterday about potential allegations of violations of COVID-19 protocol at TISD “is real”. I will personally do everything in my power to allow students to continue to come to school each day and participate in our activities. It is shameful for adults to fight their personal battles on a field that our kids should be enjoying right now.


It has also been reported that people are not planning to abide by the established protocols for our homecoming game tomorrow night. It will be shameful if we have to empty the bleachers so our kids can play the game. So if you must promote your personal beliefs or become belligerent toward authority, do it somewhere else so our kids get to enjoy their time at THS.



Dr. Mid D. Johnson

Superintendent, Timpson ISD


Shelby County Commissioner's Court



There was a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court held on the 23rd day of September, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas.

They approved and paid the expenses


No public comments were given on the agenda items.


They advertised for bids on gravel, fuel and tires for FY2020-2021.


No bids were offered for the 2008 Kia Spectra for the County Attorney’s office so the County Attorney’s office was allowed to decide what to do with the vehicle.


Mark Durand from Work Force Solutions Deep East Texas to address the Court on the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.


They discussed and took action to accept the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.


They discussed and took action to disburse the Child Safety Fee Fund.


They reviewed and approved FY 2020 Budget Line Items Transfers.


They approved Arena Bleacher Fund Budget amendment to Budgeted Revenue and Budgeted Expense to recognize donated funds of $20,907.36.



An Executive Session was also be held for the purpose of discussing personnel, hearing complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. The closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074.


They reopened the meeting to the public and approved Judge Rafferty court administrator splitting the cost for the position with Panola County.


They adjourned.







SFA Percussion Ensemble to present virtual concert


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Percussion Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform works by Nathan Daughtrey, David Friedman, Armand Russell and other noted composers in a virtual concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

In its first concert of the fall semester, the ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, associate professor of percussion at SFA, will also perform works by Joe W. Moore III, Korry Friend and Rüdiger Pawassar.

Daughtrey’s “Shock Factor,” which uses “tension-building ostinatos, hammer-like blows, and vocal contributions in which participants whisper, speak and yell,” according to John R. Raush in “Percussive Notes.” He also describes the piece as “dramatic” and “hard-driving.”

Friedman’s “Nyack” is one of his more complex works, showing the contrast between the improvised (or written) solos between the vibraphone/marimba duo, according to a description at Each "voice" is able to speak distinctly, while remaining within the framework of the piece. 

Friend wrote “Moxie” as a master’s student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while studying with Dr. Eric Willie. The piece is in two sections, both primarily utilizing a minimalistic approach, according to the composer. The first section has a heavier sounding, more hip-hop based style, and the second section is more subdued and melodious. “This work was written as a gift to Dr. Eric Willie and the UNCG Percussion Ensemble, where the most valuable lesson I learned was to have ‘Moxie,’” Friend wrote.

Pawassar describes his “Sculpture 3” as “almost a classical sounding work, but resembles many harmonic structures found in ’70’s and ’80’s jazz.” The composer comments that when writing this work, it resembled to him “the making of a wood sculpture where, in drafts, many parts were cut off, added again, shifted and intertwined with one another.”

To access the live concert free of charge, go to For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.




Joaquin Homecoming Parade


The Joaquin Homecoming Parade will be tomorrow, Friday September 25th, at 4:00 pm. It will start in front of the high school and go through downtown. The pre-game ceremonies will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the football field. 


Submitted by: Sarah Barton




Joaquin JH/HS GT Nominations



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Gifted and Talented student nominations for grades 6-12 will begin Monday, October 05, 2020 and end Friday, October 16, 2020. If you would like to nominate your child, a nomination application will be sent home for you to complete and return. Please contact Terri Gray or Cassie Porter for a nomination packet or with any questions you may have regarding the Joaquin Jr. High/High School GT Program.

Joaquin Independent School District will continue to provide a Gifted and Talented Program which:

• Increases creative thinking and problem solving skills through the development of fluent,
flexible, original and collaborative thinking processes;
• Develops skills in logical reasoning and critical thinking through the application of higherlevel cognitive thinking processes;
• Extends skills in research/independent study through planning and conducting teacherdirected and self-directed studies utilizing a variety of materials and media;
• Develops a positive self-concept, improve interpersonal skills, and gain a better
understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness, worth, and contributions of self and
others. Joaquin Independent School District Gifted and Talented Program is an enriched program for those students who are identified as gifted and talented and placed in the program according to Joaquin ISD’s identification procedure. Emphasis will be on providing a learning environment and activities which foster the development of higher-order thinking skills, creative thinking skills, problem solving skills and communication skills. Students will be exposed to experiences and information which are outside the bounds of the regular curriculum and will be encouraged to develop advanced level products and performances. Each student will be assisted in the development of a healthy selfconcept and relationship with peers.


Terri Gray, Principal


Cassie Porter, Counselor




Tenaha Tiger News



Please visit our district web page for other details on our school and activities: (The calendar provides the most up to date events)


Tenaha ISD also has a facebook page:


September 24, 2020-JH vs Lovelady (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs Lovelady (There) 6:00 pm; Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

September 25, 2020-End 1st Grading Period; Tigers vs Lovelady (Home) 7:00 pm (Pre-sale tickets$5/$3)

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There) District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon;


Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor)Pre-game 6:30 pm) Senior Night


Friday vs. Lovelady

Tickets for the Tigers Home District 11-2A opener vs. Lovelady go on sale today for General Admission. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Understand there is a limit to capacity for the game so if you wait, you likely won't get a ticket for the game.

With that said...... you must WEAR A MASK at the game. The UIL has mandated that all UIL events enforce the wearing of masks and social distancing. The home bleachers at the stadium are marked for social distancing with "double T logos".




The UIL has made it very clear. Game officials are reporting to the UIL any instances where masks and social distancing rules are being violated. The UIL is already sending notices to schools that they could be forced to conduct the remainder of their sporting events without fans this year.


Remember, these events aren't being held for the convenience of the fans. They are being held for the opportunity for kids to compete and participate. If you want the privilege to attend and watch their performances to continue, please follow the mask mandate and the social distancing mandate.


Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans. 

Due to COVID 19 precautions this Friday’s pep rally will be closed to the public. This includes parents and family members.


We will be going Live at 2:50 for those that can’t attend.

JH and JV Tigers to play in Lovelady this Thursday beginning at 5:00 pm. (Tickets at Gate)




Entertaining Angels Part 2



“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  ( Hebrews 13:2 )

Around January of 1974 my insurance company transferred me to our new office in Littleton, Colorado.  Living in Colorado was a blast for our family.  My wife, Clara, had taken a job at Denver Children’s Hospital in downtown Denver.  She was working for the chief cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. George Pappas, as his secretary and assistant.   It was a very exciting, though stressful position.


In the summer of 1976 the hospital was hosting a cardiovascular surgery conference.  Clara was in charge of working out all the details for this event.  A rather famous Indian heart surgeon had been invited to be the primary speaker.  It was Clara’s job to obtain a copy of the Indian physician’s background and education, a resume if you will.  Everything was going smoothly until she received a faxed copy of the doctor’s information.


On the morning of the conference she was preparing to make copies of the speaker’s resume when she discovered that the document was in a foreign language.  She was unable to identify his education or anything else about him.  She could find no one in the hospital who could translate for her.  This dilemma would be very embarrassing to all concerned if not worked out.

Running out of time, Clara walked down the hall to a break room in search of someone to help her.  Suddenly a woman tapped her on her shoulder.  Clara turned around to see a young Indian woman, dressed  in her Sari, complete with her Bindi on her forehead.  In broken English the woman ask Clara if she could be of assistance.  Showing her the doctor’s papers she inquired if the mystery lady could translate it into English.  “Of course”, she replied, and proceeded to do so.


Clara thanked the mystery lady repeatedly, explaining that she had just saved her day.  Then she ran back to her office to retype the resume and make copies of it, just in the nick of time.  The conference was a success, thanks in part to this Indian lady.  Clara tried to find her to express her appreciation again, but she had disappeared.  She was never seen again.


Clara had prayed that God would send someone to help with her insurmountable problem.  Did God respond by sending an angel in the proper attire to help her?  After all, He does promise to answer prayers.




Panola College Offers Zumba and Yoga Classes



CHECK OUT NEW TIMES!!!  Panola College/Shelby College Center’s next Zumba and Yoga classes are approaching soon. Reserve your spot TODAY.


October 5 – November 11
Zumba Gold – Mondays and Wednesdays – 4:15 – 5:15 pm
October 5 – November 11
Beginning Yoga – Mondays and Wednesdays – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


The cost of each class is $60, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:




Joaquin vs. Garrison Football Game Ticket Sales


Home tickets for the Joaquin vs. Garrison varsity football game to be held on 10/2/20 will be sold at the gate prior to the contest due to fall break. First come, first served until sold out. The gate will open at 6:00 p.m.  There are 800 tickets available for this contest due to stadium capacity restrictions. GO RAMS!


Wade Lawson, JISD Boys Athletic Director



Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting Minutes


Minutes of School Board Meeting
September 21, 2020

1 The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members present: Chrisco Bragg, Jacob Kay, Thomas Harvey, Brandon Neal, Jeff Hamilton, Ronnie Belrose, and Jeff Cater
Board members absent:
Guest(s) Present: Todd Hovey, Chris Patton, Jeff Bresee, Tracy LeBlanc
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Ryan Fuller, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Wade Lawson, Boys Athletic Director
Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.
2 The invocation was led by Chrisco Bragg, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Thomas Harvey, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jacob Kay.
3 Audience Participation – Chris Patton- Field Turf 4 Report and Information items:
4.1 Monthly Financial Report 4.2 Quarterly Investment Report 4.3 Annual Investment Report
5 Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
5.1 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve the previous meeting minutes. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.2 It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve Resolution for paying employee’s during school closure on August 27th and 28th. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.3 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve Substitute Employee List (attached). Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.4 It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve Investment Broker’s List and Review Local Investment Policy. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.5 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to approve the SHAC committee members for the 2020-2021 school year. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.6 It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Hamilton, to approve Resolution for Joaquin ISD Sec.125 Cafeteria Plan. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.7 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve Adopting Update 115. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074 at 6:36 p.m. on September 21, 2020.
5.8 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve rankings of the Competitive Sealed Proposals received for the Stadium Synthetic Turf Improvement Project. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to approve Sports Field INC. for the Stadium Synthetic Turf Improvement Project for the base proposal and the two alternates totaling $1,107,014.00. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
551.074 Appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee
6.1 Resignations, hiring, and Contracts- 6.1.1- Resignations
7 The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 7:25 p.m. on September 21, 2020. Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
7.1 a. It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to accept the resignation of Marilyn Stewart. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
8 Chrisco Bragg, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.
9 Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD October 19, 2020 6:00
10 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 7:31pm.
_____________________ ________________________
Chrisco Bragg, President Jeff Cater, Secretary


SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts event to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Nacogdoches community members who want to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month are invited to join an event hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, outside at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.


Wilma Cordova, professor of social work, will deliver the keynote speech for the annual Noche de Gala.


“The event honors the Latinx and Hispanic culture through educational activities, performances, cultural cuisines, a keynote speaker and more,” said Andrea Flores, OMA student ambassador.


Cordova has taught at SFA since fall 2000 and has conducted research regarding displaced families following disaster, immigration issues, working with the elderly and HIV/AIDS in the rural context. She is a Court-Appointed Special Advocates board member and an American Red Cross mental health provider.


“Activities like Noche de Gala remind us to enjoy the diversity on our campus, within our community and in Texas,” Cordova said. “This is a night to meet, greet and unite. It is a night to look to the future and ponder how to move ahead in all aspects for the sake of creating a fair and just society for all.”


Her speech is titled “Hazlo,” a Spanish word meaning “do it.” Cordova’s message is meant to encourage listeners to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Latinx and Hispanic population and continue the momentum to advance all aspects of life such as economic, political, educational and leadership roles.


“This simple word, ‘hazlo,’ will remind us that what we do individually to improve and advance our lives should also improve and advance all humanity,” Cordova said.


Face masks and social distancing will be required throughout the event. For more information, visit




Football, craft beer, books and graffiti: Business professor at home with the headlines



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Looking at the current state of college football, Dr. Drew Thornley, a professor in the Stephen F. Austin State University Rusche College of Business, sees a land of shattered dreams. Due to the disruptions of COVID-19, gridiron titans like the University of Alabama have opted for condensed, conference-only schedules, dumping games with non-conference schools like Georgia State, Kent State and the University of Tennessee at Martin.


While it makes sense for teams like Alabama, it’s heartbreaking – and financially ruinous ­– for the Georgia States of the world, which rely on paid road games against name brand teams to fill the coffers of their athletic departments. So, as the season unfolds, and as the economic realities of COVID-19 increasingly emerge, Thornley expects a tsunami of lawsuits, many of them revolving around force majeure ­– a provision that pertains to unforeseen circumstances that prevent fulfillment of a contract.


It’s a big national topic and one with entrenched interest, and Thornley is eager to lead the discussion.   


“I want to be the first one, or one of the first ones, to write about that,” Thornley said.


Even as Thornley contemplates the pandemic’s cataclysmic effect on college football’s network of game-day contracts, he’s also thinking about craft beer, and how that industry, exchanging its collegial culture for a business-oriented one, is undergoing profound changes of its own.


Based on the strength of his craft beer industry article, “Litigation, Not Collaboration: The Changing Landscape of Trademark Disputes in the Craft-Beer Industry,” published in 2017 in the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, the editor at The University of the Pacific Law Review has asked Thornley to pen another article for an upcoming special edition dedicated to beer. Though Thornley has yet to determine exactly what he’ll write about, he’s planning on writing something for the publication.


Indeed, this fall it’s football and beer, a classic combination. But in Thornley’s case, it’s about the academics, not just the big-screen TV and the primetime kickoff at the Sugar Bowl. 


“People want to read about things that they find interesting,” he said.


In terms of Thornley’s tenure-track career as a researcher and writer, fall will be an important moment. And it will also serve as a fitting end to a strong year. In the spring, his article, “The Copyright Act’s Mandatory-Deposit Requirement: Unnecessary and Unconstitutional,” appeared in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. The article centers on the plight of Virginia-based Valancourt Books, which specializes in the recovery and re-release of rare and out-of-print fiction, as well as gothic, horror, supernatural fiction and LGBT-interest titles.


The United States Copyright Office contacted Valancourt in 2018 to notify the publisher that it was not in compliance with the regulation that two physical copies of a book be deposited with the federal government within three months of the publication date. For Valancourt, which does print-on-demand only and has more than 400 titles in its catalogue, meeting the regulation would have been disruptive and cost prohibitive. Rather than comply, Valancourt sued in federal court. The case is ongoing. 


In his paper, Thornley argues that the Copyright Act’s mandatory-deposit requirement is unconstitutional and unnecessary on three grounds: it violates the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause and Due Process Clause along with freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment. 


“Publishers are not treated equally under the law when they are forced to speak, while certain others are not,” Thornley wrote. “The disparate treatment – the unequal protection under the law – of publishers is clear. What is left to decide is whether such unequal protection is constitutionally permissible, under strict-scrutiny review. It is not.”


Blessed with the academic freedom to pursue his interests, and not a specified framework of topics, Thornley writes about what catches his eye. And one such case, originating in New York City, did just that.  


In a 2019 piece in the Cleveland State Law Review, “The Visual Artists Rights Act’s ‘Recognized Stature’ Provision: A Case for Repeal,” Thornley argued that the “recognized stature” clause, as it relates to paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, should be repealed because the term is exceedingly subjective, hard to define and, perhaps most importantly, can be used to override a property owner’s rights.


The article is based on the extraordinary saga that unfolded through the '90s and early 2000s. The owner of an old factory known as 5Pointz allowed a renowned graffiti artist to coordinate the spray-painting of many murals by an assortment of artists on the building’s walls – and ended up paying some of those aerosol artists a combined $6.75 million in damages because the court said he whitewashed graffiti of “recognized stature” before demolishing the building. 


In a blunt assessment of what happened at 5Pointz, Thornley wrote, “Nothing about this outcome comports with traditional rules of property law or contract law.”


While Thornley, a Harvard Law School graduate in his sixth year at SFA, writes about a wide range of issues, his articles are all related in that they focus primarily on property rights and contract rights – and the need to protect them.




SFA's Singin' Axes to perform Lewandowski's 'Enosh'



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Singin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a virtual concert that features German composer Louis Lewandowski’s setting of “Enosh” when the choir performs its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

“The tenor-bass choir is performing my dear friend Dr. Douglas Helvering’s arrangement of Louis Lewandowski’s beautiful setting of ‘Enosh,’” said Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA and the choir’s director.

“The text is from Psalm 103: 15-17; these verses discuss the fleeting nature of our lives,” Fish explained. “The pandemic has reminded us all to cherish our lives and our health for as long as we are able to do so.”

Graduate choral conducting student Grant Peterson from Wylie will conduct “Enosh.”

The Singin’ Axes is the new name for what used to be the SFA Men’s Choir. The name was changed to make it less gender specific, Fish said.

Dr. Scott LaGraff, professor of voice at SFA, will join the choir to sing “O Isis und Osiris” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute). “We are thrilled to have Dr. LaGraff join us,” Fish added. “We are equally thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our fantastic collaborative pianist, Dr. Thomas Nixon.”

The choir will also sing an original composition by Dr. Brian Bondari, professor of theory and composition at Trinity University, entitled “Lamb of God.”

To access the live concert free of charge, visit For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.




SFA's Kantorei choirs to present 'The Joy of Singing' concert



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Kantorei Purple and Kantorei White choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a virtual concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, that will feature works from the Renaissance era along with favorite hymns.

The concert’s theme, “The Joy of Singing,” is designed to showcase the importance of choral performance in a COVID world that silenced voices for a period of time, according to Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA.

“Our global society has been deprived of hearing people sing for nearly half of this year,” Fish said. “This is a sort of ‘mini-concert’ to jumpstart the students’ semester and to give folks the opportunity to hear choirs sing again.”

The two Kantorei choirs were previously the SFA Women’s Choir. “We decided, as a vocal/choral faculty, that it was time to change the names of our choirs to make them less gender exclusive,” Fish said. Dividing the choir into two units was a result of COVID guidelines restricting large gatherings.

The concert features Grant Peterson, first-year graduate student in choral conducting from Wylie, and Greg Simmons, graduate collaborative pianist from Tyler.

Kantorei Purple will sing the great Renaissance composition, Orlando di Lasso’s “Adoramus te,” conducted by Peterson. Kantorei White will sing Gustav Holst’s “Hymn to the Dawn” from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda op. 26 Set 3. 

Both choirs will come together to perform arrangements by composers who are friends of Fish.

“The choir will sing a setting of ‘Give Me Jesus’ by my dear friend and proud SFA alum Reginal Wright, who is the head choral director at Mansfield High School,” Fish said. “They will also perform Dr. Brian Bondari’s setting of ‘Amazing Grace.’” Bondari is professor of theory and composition at Trinity University.

To access the live concert free of charge, visit For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.




SFA theatre students learning valuable lessons through virtual performance delivery


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A select group of theatre students at Stephen F. Austin State University have embraced performing virtually as the chosen delivery form for their art as they present the first play of the School of Theatre’s 2020-21 Mainstage Series, and they are learning some valuable lessons along the way.

Students will present a virtual-only performance of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit” Sept. 24 through 26. Not knowing what COVID restrictions might still be in place in the fall, the play’s director, Dr. Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre at SFA, planned for the show to be virtual from the beginning. Taking place in hell, “No Exit” can actually benefit from the virtual setting, she said. And the students who earned roles in the play couldn’t agree more.

“It is surprising to me how easy it is to become invested in the scene, even though you aren't in the room with your scene partners,” said Nacogdoches senior Alexis Beck.

“No Exit” finds three strangers encountering one another in a strange room and trying to make sense of their new surroundings and the lives that have led them to this place. While the play lends itself to virtual delivery, there are aspects of live theatre that cannot be replicated online.

“I think what has been the biggest adjustment to make for me personally is the lack of physical interaction with everyone involved,” said Colby Green, Carthage senior. “I’ve always been someone who enjoys the non-rehearsal related parts of rehearsal as much as the actual work that goes into the production, meaning the connections made with cast mates and conversations during breaks before and after rehearsal … the normal moments of interaction and connection that you don’t really realize are happening at the time. They’re still there but are much harder to replicate in a virtual setting.”

Fellow actor Triston Haq, Baytown junior, echoed Green’s comment.

“The most glaring difference for me is the connection between actors,” he said. “Usually, in an in-person production, the way that actors make up life onstage is through connection, such as really looking at your partners and acknowledging their presence. It's different in the virtual setting, because in order to look like you're looking at the other actors, you usually have to look away from them and send your intent in the opposite direction. It's definitely challenging and different. But I like to think of it as a sort of training. I mean there are professional actors in film who now have to stare at tennis balls with faces drawn on them and give million dollar performances because of CG (computer generated imagery).”

One of the most surprising aspects of presenting this play in this format “is the heightened sense of confinement that the camera brings,” Haq said. But the camera serves a unique purpose in “No Exit.”

“For the most part, we're staying fully within this square of what the camera can see, and we can only act within that confined space,” he said. “I think that sense of confinement and the ‘eye’ of having the camera constantly looking at you helps facilitate the dread and the feeling of being in a kind of social hell.”

“At first I was extremely apprehensive about the whole ‘being on camera’ part of this production,” Green said, “but it is turning out to be much less of an issue than I thought. I was worried that my personal discomfort with having the immediate feedback that comes with seeing yourself as you’re working would present a huge hurdle that I had never really worked with before. But I think the issue of self-consciousness, and the need to work around it in order to adjust to this new normal that is the theatre world right now, has really allowed me to confront some things that have been holding me back as a performer. I believe that, in the long run, working on this particular show and this character, especially through the lens of my own issues with self-perception, is allowing me to work a lot more deeply than would have been possible otherwise.”

The students have yet to encounter the challenge of performing without a live audience. Green said she is one of “those actors” who loves live theatre. “But I’m definitely very excited and grateful for the opportunity to challenge myself as an artist and push the boundaries of my comfort zone a little bit,” she said.

Being flexible and able to adapt quickly are requirements in live theatre, and the limitations that COVID has placed on live performance have reinforced that.

“Theatre has always been and always will be a constantly evolving art form, and its ability to adapt is one of the most amazing things about it,” Green said. “The world of entertainment has had to make some drastic adjustments in the past several months. Even with so many innovations that we’ve already seen, we’re making new discoveries and finding new solutions at every rehearsal. It’s a very valuable opportunity to grow as an artist. This virtual process has taught me that we are more than capable of working through problems and of making discoveries that we wouldn’t have made otherwise had we not been presented with these circumstances.”

“I think exploring new ways to do theatre is always beneficial,” Beck said, “and because of all this chaos, we now know that yes, indeed, theatre can be anywhere!”“I'm just excited to tell stories and act again,” Haq said, “and I hope that everyone who watches us has as much fun as we've had rehearsing it all.”

The virtual performance is at 7:30 nightly for the three-night run. To purchase online access, which starts at $7.50 with additional donations accepted, visit or call (936) 468-6407 Monday through Friday for online purchasing questions. Livestream access sales end at 1 p.m. daily during the run, and links are emailed after 4:30 p.m. each day. For more information about the School of Theatre, visit




Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting



The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday October 5th at 6:30PM. We meet every 1st Monday of the month at 6:30PM at the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce, on the square, downtown Hemphill. We welcome the public to come out and join us. We have no dues, or officers. This is for anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or an already experienced beekeeper. For more info, call James at (409)625-4787.    





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