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Motorist Should Stay Alert for Deer


 

 

LUFKIN – As deer season begins, motorists are urged to stay alert in pre-dawn hours and after dark. Deer are on the move through the nine-county Lufkin District and crashes involving vehicle versus deer have already been reported. TxDOT wants to remind drivers of the dangers of deer hits and the necessity to stay alert.

 

Motorists are urged to be attentive, especially just after sunset and the hours just before sunrise. These times are when the most deer hits occur. Pay attention to road signs that indicate heavy wildlife population in the area and reduce speed where deer are known to cross the roadway.

“We see vehicle versus deer or other wildlife crashes more this time of year on rural roadways as well as state and US highways,” said Rhonda Oaks, spokesperson for the Lufkin District. “Because deer are more active this time of year, we urge motorists to stay alert. Slow down and pay attention to movement along the wood line and shoulders of the road.”

Safety tips that could help avoid a deer versus vehicle crash include:

 

Reduce speed if you see a deer near the edge of the roadway. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others could be nearby.


When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of the deer, but be careful not to use high beams in fog.
Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer.


Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer.
Always wear your seatbelt.


If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. Move your car off the road, if possible, and call 911. Remain in your vehicle. It is the safest place. Many secondary crashes occur due to pedestrians in the roadway.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

 

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First Responders Save Residents and Battle Large Fire at Apartment Building


 

 

Around 3:12 a.m. this morning Nacogdoches Police Officer Jake Taylor was driving in the 1800 block of North St when he observed visible flames coming from an apartment building.  Officer Taylor requested immediate assistance and all available police officers and fire crews with the Nacogdoches Fire Dept. responded to the scene and began evacuating people from apartments.  

 

 

Multiple apartments were found to be on fire.  Some of the residents from the apartments were rescued from their upstairs balconies using fire ladders.  Multiple apartments were breached to ensure no one was left  inside. Multiple Fire Departments, including Lufkin and Central Heights, responded to battle the fire that lasted well over an hour.  

 

The Investigators with the Nacogdoches Fire Department have determined the cause of the fire was food being cooked and left unattended.  The resident advised he awoke to his smoke alarm going off and was able to get out of the apartment.

 

There were multiple apartments that were completely burned and numerous residents have been displaced.  Due to the quick response of first responders only one person was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.  The Stephen F. Austin Police Dept. assisted in transporting residents that needed a place out of the weather.  The Red Cross is assisting residents affected with housing at local hotels.  

 

The City of Nacogdoches would like to thank all the different agencies that responded to help those in need.  

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Press Release for CMS Basketball Home Game 


 


Middle School Basketball Patrons, please note the following requirements for Middle School basketball home games: 


All guests will be required to wear a face covering while at the event. You will not be allowed to enter without a face covering. 


Executive Order GA-29, regarding face coverings, applies to all UIL activities effective July 3, 2020. This includes the 2020-2021 school year. As the public health situation changes, and/or if subsequent Executive Orders are issued by Governor Greg Abbott, these guidelines may be further modified. 


Exceptions to the wearing of face coverings or face shields include: 

 

Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; ? While a person is consuming food or drink; 

 

When a congregating group of persons maintains at least 6 feet of social distancing; or ? Any other reason or circumstance indicated under Executive Order GA-29. 

 

Social distancing will be required in the bleachers. Yellow tape is used to mark non-seating areas. Please only sit in allowable areas. 

 

Individuals who are confirmed to have, suspected of having, are experiencing symptoms of, or have been in close contact with an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 should not enter the facility. 

 

We will follow all UIL guidelines for game attendance including the 50% capacity requirement. Therefore only family members of players will be allowed to attend. Students without a guardian will not be allowed to enter so that we have enough room for parents and family members. 
MS basketball games will be played in split gyms to allow for social distancing at games, The 7B & 8B games will be played at the intermediate gym while the 7A & 8A games will be played at the middle school gym. Both 7th grade games will start at 5:00 and the 8th grade games will begin immediately after the 7th grade games. 


Thank you, 
Jake Henson, 
Principal Center Middle School
 

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Make Raisins Part of Your Holiday Spread


 

(Family Features) Planning your holiday menu? Dried cranberries are an ingredient found in many classic holiday recipes, but what you may not know is that they are packed with added sugars. Raisins, on the other hand, are naturally sweet with 0 grams of added sugars, making them a healthy alternative that can help enhance the flavor and nutrition of your favorite holiday recipes.

Raisinsfit seamlessly into many family-friendly recipes, like traditional oatmeal cookies, stuffing and sweet breads. They also make for easy salad, oatmeal and yogurt toppers, provide a naturally sweet fruit option on charcuterie boards and are a great standalone holiday snack.

Why is this important? Many health-conscious consumers are interested in wholesome foods and products with less ingredients and natural sugars, like those that occur in fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products. Added sugars, however, refer to any sugars or caloric sweeteners that are added to foods during processing or preparation. Consumption of excessive added sugars may be associated with health consequences, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, fatty liver, dental caries and more, according to research published by the National Library of Medicine.

 

“Consumers are becoming more health conscious and trying to include more nutrient-dense options with less ingredients,” says Sarah Schlichter, a registered dietitian with a master’s in public health. “Yet, consumers often don’t recognize how added sugars throughout the day can quickly add up.”

 

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s 2020 Scientific Report, which sets the stage for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, has proposed an overall reduction in added sugars, recommending that added sugars comprise no more than 6% of the overall diet for adults and children ages 2 and older. This is a reduction from the previous recommendation of less than 10% of the overall diet, bringing further attention to the serious health risks of excessive sugar intake.

 

Understanding Natural Sugars vs. Added Sugars
Nutrition labels haven’t always distinguished between natural and added sugars, Schlichter said, but instead lumped them together under “total sugars.” However, the Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts label, which is currently being transitioned to, makes this easily discernible by clearly outlining how much of the total sugar content comes from added sugars.

“One key difference between natural and added sugars is that natural sugars usually complement other nutrients naturally found in a food or fruit, such as fiber, potassium, vitamin C or antioxidants, all of which confer several health benefits,” Schlichter said. “These complementary nutrients may also slow the rate of digestion, keeping blood sugar more stable. Conversely, added sugars are added in isolation and aren’t adding any nutrients to the product.”

To put this in perspective, 1/4 cup of dried sweetened cranberries contains 29 grams of sugar. Of those 29 grams of sugar, 27 grams are added sugars, meaning that most of the sugar is not found naturally in dried cranberries. While a 1/4-cup serving of raisins also contains 29 grams of sugar, the difference is that all 29 grams are naturally found in raisins and none are added. Raisins also naturally offer potassium, iron and fiber.

 

Making the Case for Raisins
To reduce added and total sugars, many products have been formulated using artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, aspartame or other no-calorie sweeteners. No-calorie sweeteners are not free from health risks, however, and have been linked to weight gain, obesity, changes to the microbiome, decreased satiety and altered blood sugar levels, according to research published by the National Library of Medicine.

These products are not really any healthier, Schlichter said, noting there is still much unknown about artificial sweeteners and how they impact hormones, satiety and gut health. Because raisins have no added sugars, no artificial flavors and no unnecessary ingredients, Schlichter recommends swapping them for dried cranberries this holiday season.

 

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

 

SOURCE:


Sarah Schlichter

 

 

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Two Unrestrained Drivers Killed in Bossier Parish Crash


 

 

Bossier Parish – On November 27, 2020, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 612 east of U.S. Highway 71. This crash killed 18-year-old Wyatt Ricks of Bossier City and 28-year-old John Wuest of Haltom City, Texas.

 

The initial investigation revealed a 2019 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Ricks, was traveling westbound on Louisiana Highway 612. For reasons still under investigation, Ricks’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the eastbound travel lane and struck the front of a 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Wuest.

 

Both Ricks and Wuest were unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Two passengers in Ricks’s vehicle, one restrained and the other unrestrained, were taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

 

While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state.  Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving.

 

Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

 

In 2020, Troop G has investigated 26 fatal crashes resulting in 32 deaths.

  

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COVID-19 vs Leprosy


 

 


The year 2020 has been extremely challenging to the human race. Not only have there been more hurricanes than ever before, more wildfires raging through California, a extremely contagious disease has plagued us all year.  The virus Covid-19 came to our country via China, and has continued its relentless march across our great country.  Many people have died as a direct result of contracting this disease, and millions have won the battle and survived.

 

It occurred to me that the Covid-19 virus and the disease of Leprosy have a lot in common  Consider leprosy back in Biblical days.  Leprosy has terrified humanity since ancient times, and was reported as early as 600 BC in India, China, and Egypt  The term “leprosy” occurs 68 times in the Bible – 55 times in the Old Testament, and 13 times in the New Testament.

 

This disease was considered the worst fate that a person could suffer because it was rarely fatal, but lasted for years, gradually consuming flesh and muscles of the human body.  There was no cure.  In fact, it was considered punishment sent by God due to the commission of a sin.  Thus, it was not considered medical, but a spiritual condition, thus treatable by a Priest.

 

Leprosy victims in Jesus' day were considered sinful and were thus cast out of the cities into Leper colonies to live with other victims of the disease. They were considered unclean, and had to ring a bell and yell “unclean” everywhere they went in public.  They were naturally shunned by society and had to rely on the Priest for treatment.  We now know that this disease was spread by droplets released by sneezing or coughing.  It was, thus, highly contagious.

 

Now, consider the Covid-19 virus.  It is very contagious and is spread by sneezing or coughi8ng. There is no cure for the disease, just treatment of the symptoms. People with this disease are shunned, and required to shelter in their homes for weeks, or languish in a hospital.  Entire cities have been partially shut down to try and slow down the virus.  People are now required to wear masks over their noses and mouths when out in public.
Large public gatherings are discouraged.

 

To me, the facts of the two diseases are definitely similar.  Disease is a constant reminder of just how much things have changed since God pronounced a curse on the earth. At first, everything was “very good”, but Adam's sin brought death and decay into the world.  Two of the most well-known examples of debilitating diseases in this sin-cursed creation are Leprosy and Covid-19.  To me, the similarities are notable.


COVID-19 vs LEPROSY

By:  Neal Murphy

PO Box 511
259 CR 214
San Augustine, Texas 75972
936-275-9033
Cell: 936-275-6986


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Governor Abbott, DSHS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan


 

 

Vaccine Distribution Principles Developed By Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced the guiding principles for Texas' COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which will serve as a foundation for the state's initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines expected as early as next month. These principles have been established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions, including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.  

 

"These guiding principles established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel will ensure that the State of Texas swiftly distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott. "This foundation for the allocation process will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect the most vulnerable Texans, and safeguard crucial state resources." 

 

Texas will initially allocate COVID-19 vaccines based on the following criteria:

 

  • Protecting health care workers who fill a critical role in caring for and preserving the lives of COVID-19 patients and maintaining the health care infrastructure for all who need it.
  • Protecting frontline workers who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of their work providing critical services and preserving the economy.
  • Protecting vulnerable populations who are at greater risk of severe disease and death if they contract COVID-19.
  • Mitigating health inequities due to factors such as demographics, poverty, insurance status and geography.
  • Data-driven allocations using the best available scientific evidence and epidemiology at the time, allowing for flexibility for local conditions.
  • Geographic diversity through a balanced approach that considers access in urban and rural communities and in affected ZIP codes.
  • Transparency through sharing allocations with the public and seeking public feedback.

 

EVAP has recommended, and the Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt has approved, health care workers likely to provide direct care for COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable residents to be the first group to receive the vaccine. This includes staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, emergency medical services and home health care workers. As part of its ongoing work, EVAP will make recommendations on how and when to roll out vaccine to other critical groups.

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Center Christmas Parade


 

 

Taste of the Holidays has been cancelled but they are still having the parade.

Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday, December 5th.

 

In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6:00pm.  Allison Harbison, the 2020 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year’s Grand Marshal. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike.

Floats will line up on Malone Drive.  The Parade will go down Tenaha Street and around the downtown square, driving around all four corners and three sides, exiting onto Cora Street where it will start to disperse.

 

COR Boutique, Mooney’s Emporium and Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike will be hosting their Christmas Open Houses all day. 

 

Thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank.  Also, thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc. our Silver Sponsors. 

 Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 7th. 

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Football Schedules


 

Timpson vs. Garrison Friday night at Homer Bryce Stadium In Nacogdoches  7:00pm


Tenaha vs. Chilton  Saturday night at Bruce Field in Athens 6:00 pm

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Joaquin Christmas Festival


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 2th day of December, 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:

 

Approve and pay weekly expenses.

 

Public comments on Agenda item.

 

Discuss and possibly accept the payment of Capital Credits in the amount of $19032.19.

 

Discuss  and possibly take action to disperse the Capital Credits for the FY 2019

Adjourn.


 

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Governor Abbott Encourages Texans to Participate in Small Business Saturday


 

Governor Greg Abbott today released a new web video encouraging Texans to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 28th. In the video, the Governor urges Texans to shop small, shop local, and help support businesses in their community throughout the holiday season — whether safely in-person or online. 

 

When shopping in-person, Texans are urged to protect themselves and loved ones from the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, frequently sanitizing their hands, and social distancing. 

 

 

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Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting


 

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday December 7th 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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Free Bar-B-Que Dinners on Thanksgiving


 

 

 

November 26th, Thanksgiving Day!
FREE plates!

 

If you would like to help out they could use some delivery drivers call 936-488-9325.


Pickup from 11:00 am-12:00 noon at Yardbirds BBQ, right next to the firework store that is across from ACE hardware! 


Spread the word, we don’t want anyone missing out.

 
Plates include-
Dressing  
Chicken legs 
Macaroni and cheese 
Mashed potatoes 
Loaded meaty pinto beans 
Green bean casserole 
Sausage balls 
Roll
Banana pudding or cake  
Drink

 

 

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Louisiana Woman Indicted in $4.8M Elder Fraud Scheme


 

 

TYLER, Texas -- A 44-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana woman has been indicted for her role in an elder fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.

 

Monica Ruiz was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury, which charged her with wire fraud.

 

According to the indictment, Ruiz enlisted a variety of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises in a scheme to defraud an elderly victim from Bullard, Texas.  Among the various misrepresentations Ruiz made in order to obtain money from the victim were the following:

 

- That Ruiz had been in a coma;

- That Ruiz had brain surgery;

- That Ruiz was falsely arrested and imprisoned;

- That Ruiz had bribed a judge and prosecutor;

- That Ruiz’s son died in a car accident in Pennsylvania;

- That Ruiz was in a car accident;

- That Ruiz had a kidney transplant;

- That Ruiz’s daughter was committed to a mental institution;

- That Ruiz was incarcerated; and

- That Ruiz’s grandmother died.

 

At times, Ruiz impersonated other people in communications with the victim.  At other times, she created and used false personas in communications with the victim.  Over the course of her scheme, Ruiz obtained more than $4.850 million from the victim.

 

If convicted, Ruiz faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

In October 2017, President Trump signed the bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA) into law.  The EAPPA’s purpose is to increase the federal government’s focus on preventing elder abuse and exploitation.  Subsequently, the Department of Justice launched the Elder Justice Initiative (EJI).  Through the EJI, the Department has participated in hundreds of criminal and civil enforcement actions involving misconduct that targeted vulnerable seniors.  This past March, the Department announced the largest elder fraud enforcement action in American history, charging more than 400 defendants in a nationwide sweep.  The Department has likewise conducted hundreds of trainings and outreach sessions across the country.  The EJI website contains useful information, including educational resources about prevalent financial scams so you can guard against them.

 

In August, the Eastern District of Texas announced plans to develop a new initiative, in partnership with law enforcement, to increase enforcement efforts to combat transnational elder fraud schemes and their extensive networks of associates and money mules who launder the stolen funds.

 

If you or someone you know is age 60 or older and has been a victim of financial fraud, help is standing by at the National Elder Fraud Hotline: 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311).  This U.S. Department of Justice hotline, managed by the Office for Victims of Crime, is staffed by experienced professionals who provide personalized support to callers by assessing the needs of the victim, and identifying relevant next steps.  Case managers will identify appropriate reporting agencies, provide information to callers to assist them in reporting, connect callers directly with appropriate agencies, and provide resources and referrals, on a case-by-case basis.  Reporting is the first step.  Reporting can help authorities identify those who commit fraud and reporting certain financial losses due to fraud as soon as possible can increase the likelihood of recovering losses.  The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. English, Spanish, and other languages are available.

 

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service with the assistance of the Tyler Police Department and the Louisiana State Police - Gaming Enforcement Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.

 

 

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Joaquin Christmas Festival


 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Holiday Comfort Food Care Packages For Texas Youth And Families


 

 

Care packages also support local restaurants previously closed due to COVID-19

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced today 11-23-2020 the Holiday Comfort Food Care Package (CFCP) program, in partnership with the Texas Restaurant Association, to provide holiday meals for at-risk youth and families in communities across Texas, while also supporting local restaurants. The program, a reboot of the CFCP program that began in March 2020 to support restaurants that limited or closed services due to COVID-19, encourages Texans to purchase a holiday meal for a family in need while patronizing their favorite restaurant. Each care package contains enough food to feed a family of 5 to 6 and will be delivered to the recipients' home. The program benefits children, youth, and families served by the Texas network of Family and Youth Success Programs (formerly called Services to At-Risk Youth), select Boys and Girls Clubs, select CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs and agencies that serve child sex trafficking victims. 

 

"The Holiday Comfort Food Care Package program will provide holiday meals for our most vulnerable youth and families, while giving Texans another way to support local restaurants and their fellow Texans experiencing hardships due to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Thank you to the generous Texans across the state for stepping up during this holiday season to provide meals to families in need."

 

"This program continues to be a win for communities and restaurants across Texas," said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. "By harnessing the generosity of Texans, customers can support their communities and their favorite restaurants at the same time. Holidays are difficult for some people, and by extending this program into and beyond the holiday season, we can ensure that our Texas communities will be taken care of."

The Holiday Comfort Food Care Package program utilizes the following steps:

  1. Participating restaurants list CFCPs on their online ordering system for customers to purchase on behalf of at-risk families and youth in the community. 
  2. Customers add CFCPs to their orders and purchase.
  3. Participating service providers identify families and shelters who have the most need and work with participating restaurants to get the meals delivered. 

Restaurants interested in participating in the program can sign up on the Texas Restaurant Association website.

Families in need of food can find additional help online: https://www.211texas.org/

 

 

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Governor Abbott, DSHS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan


 

 

Vaccine Distribution Principles Developed By Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced the guiding principles for Texas' COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which will serve as a foundation for the state's initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines expected as early as next month. These principles have been established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions, including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.  

 

"These guiding principles established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel will ensure that the State of Texas swiftly distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott. "This foundation for the allocation process will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect the most vulnerable Texans, and safeguard crucial state resources." 

 

Texas will initially allocate COVID-19 vaccines based on the following criteria:

 

  • Protecting health care workers who fill a critical role in caring for and preserving the lives of COVID-19 patients and maintaining the health care infrastructure for all who need it.
  • Protecting frontline workers who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of their work providing critical services and preserving the economy.
  • Protecting vulnerable populations who are at greater risk of severe disease and death if they contract COVID-19.
  • Mitigating health inequities due to factors such as demographics, poverty, insurance status and geography.
  • Data-driven allocations using the best available scientific evidence and epidemiology at the time, allowing for flexibility for local conditions.
  • Geographic diversity through a balanced approach that considers access in urban and rural communities and in affected ZIP codes.
  • Transparency through sharing allocations with the public and seeking public feedback.
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EVAP has recommended, and the Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt has approved, health care workers likely to provide direct care for COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable residents to be the first group to receive the vaccine. This includes staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, emergency medical services and home health care workers. As part of its ongoing work, EVAP will make recommendations on how and when to roll out vaccine to other critical groups.

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For the First Time in 108 Years, Operation Santa is Nationwide!


 

East Texas — Let’s face it, this year has been a struggle for so many people in more ways than one. Thoughts of kids, the holidays and wondering how to provide for them may also be weighing heavily on many. But take heart, Santa and the Postal Service are way ahead of you, and are here to help.

 

The USPS Operation Santa program celebrates its 108th year in 2020 by opening up for nationwide participation. Now, more than ever, the program is needed to help less fortunate kids and families during the holidays.

 

The Postal Service established the USPS Operation Santa program to help those in need at the holidays experience the joy of opening presents — and to create special holiday memories. Since it began, millions of less fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others. The program is for every person of every belief, or non-belief. The purpose is to help as many deserving families as possible. And that can only be done if good-hearted adopters step forward.

 

To participate in the USPS Operation Santa program as a possible recipient of holiday gifts, all you have to do is write a letter, put it in a stamped envelope with a return address, and send it to Santa’s official workshop address as seen on the example envelope below. Letters will be accepted Nov. 16 – Dec. 15.

 

Program Details

Hundreds of thousands of letters are written to the USPS Operation Santa program every year in hopes of being adopted by kind and generous people across the country. These letters are opened by Santa’s Elves and, for safety reasons, all personally identifiable information of the letter writer is removed (i.e. last names, addresses, ZIP Codes) and uploaded to USPSOperationSanta.com for adoption.

Beginning Dec. 4, letters will be available for nationwide adoption by visiting USPSOperationSanta.com — all from the socially distant safety of your own home. Potential adopters can read the letters and pick one, or more, that they’d like to fulfill. For security reasons, potential adopters must be vetted by going through a short registration and ID verification process before they are allowed to adopt any letter.

 

Companies also help adopt letters. Every year many companies create teams and adopt several letters. All the better to help grant that special wish to deserving families and kids.

 

How to Write a Letter

Sending a letter to Santa is easy if you know how. The Postal Service is here to help with guides and tips to help kids write and send their best letters ever. All the information you could possibly need to write a letter, address an envelope, put on a stamp and send it on its way can be found on USPSOperationSanta.com and in our Holiday Newsroom. The only thing the Postal Service can’t help with is to tell kids what to ask for. That is up to their imagination, and we would never stifle creativity. These tips are also good all year-round for sending thank-you cards, birthday cards, or  letters to Grandma and Grandpa just to say, “Hi.”

 

USPS Operation Santa History

While the Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa more than 108 years ago, it wasn’t until 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to them. This became known as Operation Santa.
 

The complete history can be found online at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom, along with additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines.

 

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Produce Drop


 

 

TCCA HARVEST FOR HOMES 
Will have a Produce Drop on Wednesday, November 25 @ 9 am
Ivan Smith Parking lot near Old Sombero's Restaurant.
 

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Governor Abbott Provides Update On Bamlanivimab Distribution To Hospitals Across Texas


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Lubbock to hold a briefing with local officials and provide an update on the distribution of bamlanivimab, the Eli Lilly & Company monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has allocated this initial shipment of bamlanivimab to acute care hospitals across Texas, including hospitals in Lubbock, with additional doses expected to be shipped each week.

 

DSHS prioritized communities with high COVID-19 disease burden for this initial allotment through a formula that included total new case counts in the area, new COVID-19 hospital admissions and total COVID-19 hospital patients.

 

"Every day, the Lone Star State is closer to turning the corner of this pandemic thanks to medical advancements like bamlanivimab," said Governor Abbott. "This therapy drug will help prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on our healthcare system and workers. However, as encouraging as these advancements are, there is still no substitute for personal responsibility. The State urges all Texans to continue to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands, especially as we head into the holiday season."

 

Bamlanivimab is for outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are aged 12 years or older and are at higher risk of severe disease. It has been shown to prevent hospitalizations in some patients when used before they become very sick. This initial allocation is phase one and focused on hospitals; phase two may be broader and include other facility types like nursing homes and infusion centers. Hospitals that were allocated doses should have received or will be receiving calls about their allocations over the next few days from AmerisourceBergen, the same distributor as remdesivir. Hospitals can accept or decline their allocation. Declined doses will be reallocated to other Texas hospitals.

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SFA mass communication students visit with alumnus, Emmy Award-nominated television producer/director/writer


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University mass communication students recently had the opportunity to speak with alumnus Anthony McLemore, an Emmy Award-nominated television producer, director and writer.

 

McLemore spoke to students enrolled in Dr. Al Greule’s radio-television production course via Zoom. Greule, associate professor of mass communication, taught McLemore when he was an SFA student.

 

“I always try to have an SFA alumni speak to students so they can hear firsthand what it’s really like after graduation,” Greule said.

 

While a student, McLemore gained valuable experience reporting and writing his own segments on “Nac Edition,” a news program produced by students on campus. He said faculty members like Greule and Sherry Williford, mass communication instructor, were instrumental to his post-graduate success.

 

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without establishing my foundation at SFA,” McLemore said. “I’ve never walked into a situation I couldn’t handle because my professors prepared me for my career.”

 

From the challenges of capturing honest moments to assembling a cohesive narrative, McLemore walked students step by step through the production process. He spoke about working behind the scenes on both reality television series and documentaries.

 

McLemore has produced segments for reality television series, including “Big Brother,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Dr. Phil.” His docuseries credits include “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.”

 

McLemore’s No. 1 advice to students: “Do more than one thing. Entertainment is a multilane highway, and you have to be assertive and ambitious. Thankfully, SFA is already preparing you for that journey.”

 

 

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Sabine County Crash


 

 

SABINE COUNTY – a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper responded to a two-vehicle crash yesterday evening 11-22-2020 on SH 87, about two and one half miles south of Six Mile.

 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:30 p.m., a 2013 Toyota SUV was traveling north. A 2014 Ford SUV was traveling south. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Toyota crossed over into the southbound lane and struck the Ford head-on.

 

The driver of the Toyota is identified as 63-year-old Cindy Perkins from Hemphill. Perkins was pronounced deceased by a Sabine County Justice of the Peace. The driver of the Ford is identified as 53-year-old Catherine McGue from Washington, LA. McGue was transported to the Sabine County Hospital for treatment.

 

Additional information is not available at this time.

 

 

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Highschool Football Scoreboard 11/20/2020


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(Friday Night)
Center 7 Sealy 38
Tenaha 32 Bremond 30

(Thursday) Timpson 47 Leon 14

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 25th day of November, 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:

 

Approve and pay weekly expenses.

 

Approve current Payroll.

 

Public comments on Agenda item.

 

Discuss and possibly approve the donation of antique furniture by Attorney Randy McLeroy to the Shelby County Historical Commission.

 

Discuss and possibly authorize application for a membership in Sourcewell which is a national buying cooperative.

 

Adjourn.

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