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Notification From Center ISD




Today, an unidentified person was seen on the FL Moffett campus looking into cars. When approached, the man ran towards the softball field. The area was searched, and he was not found.


According to the Center ISD emergency operation plan, a hold on the FLM and CHS campuses was put in place. The hold has since been lifted. No students were outdoors at the time of the incident, and at no time were students in danger.






Joaquin FFA Hog Hunt






Seedling Giveaway






Women on the Go Meeting






Blood Drive at Panola






District 19 Voice of Democracy Winner - Corrected



Our District 19 Voice of Democracy winner, Jessica Schlaudt also won the state competition. She now competes at the National level for a $30,000 scholarship. She was nominated by Lufkin VFW and Auxiliary 1836. Congrats Jessica.





Basketball Schedules



Basketball Schedules for January 28, 2020.




The Center Roughriders will take on Jasper Bulldogs in Center the first game starts at 4:30 p.m.




The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Garrison Bulldogs in Shelbyville the first game starts at 4:30 p.m.




The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Joaquin Rams in Tenaha the first game starts at 4:30 p.m. 




The Timpson Bears will take on the Martinsville Pirates in Timpson the first game starts at 4:30 p.m.




The Joaquin Rams will take on the Tenaha Tigers in Tenaha the first game starts at 4:30 p.m. 




The Carthage Bulldogs will have a bye.


San Augustine 


The San Augustine Wolves will take on the Woden Eagles in a home game the first game starts at 4:30 p.m.


Logansport Tigers


The Logansport Tigers will take on Northwood-Lena in an away game the first game starts at 6 p.m.






Breakfast Fundraiser



The Senior Nutrition Site is having another Breakfast Fundraiser!!!  It's going to be on Saturday, February 29th, 2020.  Breakfast will be from 8-11 that day.  ALL YOU CAN EAT!  A simple donation will get you full on Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Fruit, Juice, Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, and more!  So, come to support the Senior Nutrition Site and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  For more information, please call 936-598-7768.    




Logansport Krewe of Aquarius parade



The Logansport Krewe of Aquarius parade will be February 8th at 6:00 from LHS, down Main Street and end at the Logansport Park. 




Tenaha ISD Update



Only Soccer Girls in Crockett today at 5:30 pm


JVB/VB/JVG/VG vs Joaquin in the Tenaha SEC at 4:30 pm


Tiger Café’ opens at 5:00 pm


Guest artist Weinberg to perform percussion, electronics concert at SFA



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Guest artist Norman Weinberg will present a recital of contemporary music written for percussion and electronics at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The performance will include works for percussion with fixed media, percussion with live electronics, and works written exclusively for electronic percussion.

Weinberg will be joined by members of the SFA Percussion Studio in a performance of “Dreams” by David Molk. The work features three live performers with a fixed media track.

“With one player on vibraphone and two ‘stand-up drumset’ performers, the music combines traditional with contemporary musical elements that result in a piece that’s fun and animated for the performers and audience alike,” Weinberg said.

Two of Weinberg’s original works will be featured in the recital. Both were written purely for electronic percussion using instruments called DrumKATs. “Beijing” was composed after hearing a street musician begging under a bridge during a trip to China, while “Hadrian’s Wall” is an experimental composition exploring musical density and rhythmic ambiguity, according to the artist.

Another work on the program, “Apocalyptic Passacaglia on a Theme by John Cage,” was created by composer and conductor Martin Georgiev. This work combines a solo snare drum performance – using various striking positions and special effects – along with a video created by Georgiev that plays the role of a duo partner with rhythmic flashes of “conflict and upheaval in our modern world,” according to the composer.

Other works to be performed are by Brett William Dietz and Andrea Mazzariello.

Currently a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, Weinberg served as the director of percussion studies for 20 years. He also served as the director of percussions studies at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi from 1979 to 1997. Weinberg has been involved in electronic percussion since 1985 and has nearly 300 published articles on percussion performance and education.

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


Guest soprano Castaldi to perform at SFA



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Soprano Cristina Castaldi will perform works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss in a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Castaldi is an assistant professor of voice at Wichita State University. Her husband, Gene Philley, who is a former member of the music faculty at Angelina College in Lufkin, is her collaborative pianist. Her SFA program includes Vier Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14 by Korngold; Proses lyriques, L. 84 by Debussy; and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, Op. 31.

“This is a tour de force recital program,” she said. “The Strauss, in particular, is usually performed with orchestra. The recital is centered around three composers, four songs per cycle.  There is a common thread throughout the recital of the journey of life and the realities of death.”

She described the program as “unique,” in that the Korngold and Debussy works are “special and not regularly performed.”

“Those who know the Strauss (songs) will enjoy hearing them again,” she said.

Castaldi’s recent vocal performances include soprano soloist in“ Carmina Burana” in Prague, Czech Republic; soprano soloist in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra; as well as the soprano soloist for Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation.”

Among her operatic roles are Alice Ford in “Falstaff” and Le Prince Charmant in “Cendrillon” (both award-winning productions) as well as Mimí in a concert performance of “La Bohème” with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Another role of note is the title role of Giovanna d’Arco with Sarasota Opera. The Longboat Observer wrote: “Cristina Castaldi, as Giovanna, has a lovely bearing on stage … got our attention … in the final scene … she became radiant as an actress and singer.”




Shelby County Wreck - Updated



SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a one-vehicle crash this morning 1-27-20 on SH 87, just north of County Road 2050. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, DPS, Center Fire Department, two Shelby County Constables, and Allegiance Mobile Health all responded. 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 8:55 a.m., a 2003 Saturn passenger car was traveling south. The driver of the vehicle failed to drive in a single lane and drove across the northbound lane and struck a dirt embankment and then struck a tree.



Wrecked Saturn


The driver is identified as 29-year-old Courtney Reierson from Shelbyville. Reierson was transported from the scene to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches for precautionary measures.

No additional information is available at this time.




Shelby County Sheriff's Office






Alumni Baseball/Softball Game: February 15th at 1 p.m.



Alumni event February 15th starting at 1:00.

Order of events:

Alumni Slow pitch softball game.
Alumni Baseball game.

Home run derby

We are asking for a 20.00 donation per event in support of our program. Alumni will receive a rider alumni shirt with their donation.


We will also have food and drink available for purchase.

We are looking forward to good day of fellowship and fun. 
Please email for more information. 





Railroad Commission Launches Two More Interactive Statewide Data Maps Provides Drilling Permit and Spud Data


AUSTIN - The Railroad Commission of Texas this week launches two more interactive data maps showing oil and gas drilling permit approvals and the number of wells spudded, which is when operators begin drilling a well. Information is displayed by counts, operators, county locations and on a statewide level. The data is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week beginning with Calendar Year 2018.


"With this latest interactive data on the Commission's drilling permit approvals and wells spudded, our agency is providing more detailed insight into Texas' energy industry," said Wei Wang, RRC's Executive Director. "This helps enhance our regulatory transparency and continues educating the public about one of the state's top economic drivers."


The Commission's first series of interactive data on oil and gas production and plugged abandoned wells is very popular with nearly 8,000 unique page views for oil and gas production data and nearly 1,400 unique page views for the abandoned well plugging data since the information's release in October 2019.


The RRC Approved Drilling Permits Data Visualization Map is available at:


The map includes:
Total count of approved drilling permits;
Bar chart for top 10 counties;
Bar chart for top 10 operators;
Selection for drilling permit filing purpose such as a new drill, recompletion of an existing well or to re-enter an existing well;

Map showing countywide approved permit count; and
Map for lat/long for each American Petroleum Institute (API) well number
Once approved, RRC drilling permits are valid for two years. RRC wells spudded data shows the number of wells that have begun drilling operations. The Wells Spudded Data Visualization is available at:


The map includes:
Count of wells spudded* in a month;
Bar chart for top 10 counties;
Bar chart for top 10 operators;
Map showing countywide count of wells spudded; and
Map for lat/long for each American Petroleum Institute (API) well number
*As one of the first steps of the well completion process, the number of wells spudded in a month may provide a snapshot of drilling in a particular area. RRC's Well Compliance Department uses this data to monitor and regulate well completion activity on a monthly basis.

Previously released data visualization maps can be found at:

Oil & Gas Production Data Visualization:


Plugged Abandoned Wells (State Managed Well Data Visualization):





Vietnam Memorial



On January 27, 2020, the local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of those who served in Vietnam. It took place on the downtown Center city square on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse at the Veteran's Memorial located next to the flag poles.




Excelsior ISD 3rd six weeks Perfect Attendance, A Honor Roll, and A/B Honor Roll



Excelsior would like to announce our 3rd six weeks Perfect Attendance, A Honor Roll, and A/B Honor Roll


Perfect Attendance
Hope Escobedo, Esteban Jimenez, Sterling Jones, Jordin Metcalf, Santiago Chable-Jimenez, Jake Lovell, Codi West, Brandon Escobedo, Justin Miles, Trey Sholar, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Zachery Stotts, Ileigh Burcham, Devin Warren, Gracie Gillis, Emily Leach, Jaquelyn Miles, Kaycee Vaughn, Blake Warren, Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Victoria King, Larkin Sears, Jaxon Williams, Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Ethan Miles


A Honor Roll
1st grade – Isabella Almaraz, Hallie Barbee
2nd grade – Lillian Brown, Wyatt Foster, Allen Whitton
3rd grade –C J Clark, Justin Miles
4th grade – Hennessey Anderson, Lance Brown, Brooklynn Scates
5th grade – Mikayla Anderson
6th grade – Emily Alvy, Gracie Gillis, Emily Leach
7th grade – Katelyn Bentley, Victoria King
8th grade – Lisseth Arias, Evea Glasson, Ethan Miles

A/B Honor Roll
1st grade – Clay Warr, Jamie Warr, Cannon Welch
3rd grade– Brandon Escobedo, Aiden Kelley, Wyatt Lewis, Trey Sholar
4th grade – Lexi Clark, Caidence Kelley, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Zachery Stotts
5th grade – Kaleb Bentley, Lillian Ethridge, Jocelyn Stewart, Devin Warren
6th grade – Kingston Menzies, Jaquelyn Miles, Kaycee Vaughn, 
7th grade – Anthone Davis-Katan, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears,
8th grade –Leah Fountain, Joanie McDonald, Jordan Menzies



Friday Varsity Basketball Scores


Tenaha 39
Woden 36


Timpson 59
Joaquin 36


Logansport 51
LaSalle 32


Carthage 67
Huntington 41


Garrison 64
San Augustine 61



Jury Cancellation for Monday, January 27th, 2020



The Jury that was summoned for Monday, January 27th, 2020, for the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable James A. Payne Jr., presiding, has been cancelled.


All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed.


Anyone receiving a jury summons for this day is released until they receive a future summons.

Thank you.


Lori Oliver
District Clerk




Center City Council Meeting








CHS Senior Parent/Student Meeting Planned


Center High School is hosting a spring meeting for Senior parents and students on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in the high school cafetorium at 5:30 p.m.   Senior spring events will be discussed and forms distributed.  Parents are urged to attend this important meeting.  Questions may be directed to Alease Copelin at 598-1512.

Please announce through Feb. 3rd.

Thank you!
Alease Copelin


Angelina County Crash

ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a two vehicle crash this evening on US 59, just south of the Angelina County Airport. 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6:20 p.m., a 2018 Ford SUV exited a local road and began traveling north in the inside lane. Two motorcycles traveling together, also in the inside lane, attempted to avoid a collision with the Ford. The driver of a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle drove to the left of the Ford and then attempted to re-enter the inside lane; striking the left front portion of the SUV. 

The driver of the Ford is identified as 64-year-old Linda Frankens from Diboll. Frankens was not injured during the crash. 

The driver of the motorcycle is identified as 46-year-old Jeremy Torrence from Converse, TX. Torrence was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin for treatment. 

A passenger traveling with Torrence is identified as 44-year-old Barbara Delong from Luling, TX. Delong was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center by medical helicopter for treatment. 

No additional information is available at this time. 


First United Methodist Church to Feature Teresa Richenberger



Sunday, January 26, 2020 the First United Methodist Church in Joaquin will have as the morning speaker Teresa Richenberger from Kilgore, TX.


Teresa has a powerful testimony to share. As a teenager, she began to feel her life was hopeless and her story will grip you with it honesty and raw portrayal of a woman who tried everything the world could offer and still came up empty. God has taken her experiences and given her the ability to tell everyone her story of his love.


Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and all are welcome. We especially invite the young people of our area to come as you are and hear a story you won't believe.




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 29th day of January, 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.    Public comments on Agenda item.


3.    Discuss and possibly take on the State-Mandated Cybersecurity Course that is required for all county employees who have access to County computer systems and/or databases.


4.    Discuss and possibly approve update/repair of bridge on County Road 4773.


5.    Update on JP. 1 Office.



6.    An Executive Session will 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.


7.    Reopen public meeting.


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


9.    Adjourn. 




The Foxhound Cemetery


My father, Cecil Murphy, was an avid foxhunter when I was young.  He usually kept four or five Walker foxhounds in a pen behind our house.  The dogs were always eager to hop into the back of his pickup truck and be taken into the woods to chase the elusive fox.  Dad hunted with them as often as time would permit from the late 1940s until the early 1960s.


One of my father’s favorite places was Boles Field, which was located in Shelby County, Texas, and was accessible only by a graveled dirt road.  Each year, the Texas Fox and Wolf Hunters’ Association sponsored a long weekend of events for member hunters.  This included several hunts for the dogs and a sort of “beauty pageant” for the hounds.  Many of the hunters pitched tents or set up campers and had a great time at this event.  My dad and I tried to teach several of his hounds to “show”, but we never had much luck with that.


Over the years as fox hunting began to wane in popularity, these events at Boles Field were eliminated.  But, there is one thing that remains there today that I believe is found nowhere else is a cemetery for the more “famous” of the foxhounds.  This cemetery was established at the turn of the last century.


At last count, there were twenty-seven dogs buried in the cemetery representing the states of Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.  The cemetery is known as the National Fox Hounds Cemetery.  In the dog cemetery is a monument that reads, “This memorial is erected in appreciation of the noted foxhunters and foxhounds in America”.


As I walk through Boles Field today, I can still see part of the old amphitheater where the hounds were shown.  It is now located in the Sabine National Forest and contains camping facilities, electrical hook-ups, and a public rest room.  A good paved road makes for easy access.

I feel sure that the tall pine trees yearn to hear the sounds of foxhounds chasing the fox again.  And they miss the smell of campfires, hot coffee boiling, marshmallows being roasted, and the sounds of hundreds of hunters, their families, and most of all, the presence of Mr. Hinkle Shillings, who was one of the more famous foxhunters in this area of Texas.


The “dog cemetery” is a reminder to us today of the sport of foxhunting which was popular many years ago in East Texas, and the importance of a good foxhound.  Unfortunately, the barbed wire fence played a major part in the demise of the sport, but that’s another story.





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