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Tenaha City Council Special Called Meeting Canceled



The Tenaha Special Called Meeting for Tonight 9-22-2020 has been canceled.  All agenda items will be moved to Monday’s Regular Scheduled Meeting.




Shelbyville Band Boosters Meeting


The Shelbyville Band Boosters will have a meeting on Monday, September 28th at 6 PM.  The
meeting will take place in the foyer of the gym/band hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.






East Texas Poultry Festival Plans Quilt Show



Here is your opportunity to showcase your grandmother’s heirloom quilt or your own handiwork in quilting.  The 44th East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, will be held at the Windham Civic Center in Foster Hall in conjunction with the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  


Entries should be turned in on Monday, September 28 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Boulevard in Center.  Entry fees for all quilts is $2.00 per entry for adults and youth.  You may complete the entry forms at this time.  Judging will take place on Wednesday, September 30th.


Quilt categories are as follows:  Pieced and Quilted by Hand; Pieced and Quilted by Machine; Combination Hand and Machine Assembly; Applique, Embroidery and Whole Cloth; Small Quilts and Projects; Beginner Quilter; Youth (under the age of 18) and Heirloom/Antique Quilts and Past Winners for exhibition only.  Quilts may not have been previously entered in any East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show.


There is no limit on the number of Quilt entries by an individual but each entry must have a completed paper label attached to the back of the quilt.  Ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show (Adult and Youth), People’s Choice Award (Adult and Youth) and the Chamber of Commerce Award.  Other awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention ribbons according to the categories.  All awards are the final decision of the judges.


The Quilt Show, the Photography Show and the Creative Arts Show will be open to the public Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.


For more information contact Jenny Salter at 936-590-1228 or Michele Clark at 702-302-6544 or



Louisiana State Police Offers Free Car Seat Checks for National Child Passenger Safety Week



Statewide – This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and we want to ensure your car seats are installed properly.  Far too often, we witness children killed or injured in preventable motor vehicle crashes across Louisiana.  Car seats significantly reduce the risk of injury and death when installed properly and the child is harnessed appropriately.  In an effort to improve child safety, Troopers will be on-hand around the state this Saturday, September 26, 2020 to check your car seat and teach parents and caregivers the correct way to use and install the child safety seat.


Louisiana State Police is a partner with the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force (LPSTF) and nationally certified car seat technicians will be manning each event in Louisiana.  This service is free to the public.  Stop by one of our locations to ensure your child’s safety in the vehicle.  All events begin at 9 am-12 noon.


Baton Rouge – East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

                        9313 Burbank Drive


Chalmette – St. Bernard Government Complex

                     8201 West Judge Perez 


Houma – West Park Climate Control Storage

                6767 West Park Avenue


Alexandria – Rapides Regional Medical Center

                      211 Fourth Street


Monroe – Banner Ford

                 6300 Frontage Road


Shreveport – Sheriff’s Safety Town

                      8910 Jewella Avenue


Lafayette – Goodwill Donation Center

                   2435 West Congress Street


Covington – Leblanc Pediatrics

                     219 South Tyler Street.


If you are unable to come to any of these events, please use this link to look-up the closest car seat fitting stations in your area.


Each LSP Troop in Louisiana is a designated car seat fitting station.  The link above will provide the times and designated day of the week that certified Troopers are available.




A message from Center ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Morris





A statement from Center ISD



September 21, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

During this past week, we had issues and disruptions on one of our campuses that are not acceptable and are detrimental to the educational process. Center ISD will not tolerate behaviors that make people feel unwanted or unsafe. Threatening, bullying, discriminatory or other intolerant behaviors will not be allowed or tolerated. Students who engage in such behaviors or bring such behaviors onto campus will be disciplined and can be removed from the campus to which they are assigned. Most of the behaviors that we have seen in our students, have been manifested by adults on social media. We, as adults, have a responsibility to teach our children how to get along with people who may think,act or look differently than they do. Our students have done a great job, until this week, of keeping the adult foolishness of social media out of our school. 

Center Independent School District is at a place where we have to take a stand against behaviors that are preventing us from accomplishing our primary goals: 1. Keep all students safe. And 2. Ensure that our students are getting the best education possible. We are giving our students one more chance to make sure that what has happened this week does not continue to happen. 

One of the issues at hand is that we have students wearing flags, masks or clothing that creates a disturbance. From this point forward, Center ISD will not allow any clothing or flags that are politically based, or that support or target groups or organizations. Because we have shown that we have chosen not to disagree agreeably, this list will include, but is not limited to clothing with any flags other than official national or state flags. Should our students refuse to abide by this rule, then all students and employees will be required to wear a uniform approved by the CISD Board of Trustees. This uniform could be Khaki pants/skirts with purple, yellow or white pull over shirts.

Another issue we had was how students treated other students on the dress up days. If our students cannot treat each other with respect, we will discontinue having the fun activities. For example, dress up days, pep rallies or days that are meant to be special and fun for all students. The issues and disruptions the school has witnessed have occurred partly a result of the infighting among our community members on social media. CISD finds it appalling that our adults have not been an example to our students on how to disagree with each other and remain civil.  Should community members be disruptive, the district is ready to clear the stands during extracurricular activities. As a district we would 
hate to do this, but we have to do a better job as adults. Our children watch us and they do what we do. CISD has tried to encourage everyone to get along and work together, but that does not seem to be working. Please don’t push us to the point where you will not be able to see your students perform. 

We as adults, as well as students, need to understand that the district is focused on creating a safe learning environment that is conducive to allowing our students to learn.  We don’t want to take privileges away from students, or community patrons, but at some point, we have to regain order and remember what our role as the educator is, educate all of our students to the best extent possible. We are Center ISD, and we should be united and handle disagreements in a civil and educationally focused manner.

Center Independent School District is dedicated to ensuring each and every student is provided the highest quality education possible. We had some situations last week that have created issues and disruptions within our district. 

Therefore, Center ISD believes there is a need to set behavioral expectations and reminders.

1. Students who engage in bullying, threatening, harassing or discriminatory behaviors will be punished to the fullest extent possible, according to the Student Code of Conduct, and all applicable state and federal laws. These students will lose all privileges, such as participation in and attending extracurricular activities, pep rallies and other school events.

2. Dress up / Spirit days will be clearly defined. Students who choose not to follow the defined themes of dress up / spirit days, and where there continues to be issues and disruptions due to student dress, Center ISD is prepared to end these events. This does not mean that it is mandatory to dress up, only that if a student chooses to dress up, it has to be in conjunction with the theme of the day.

3. Center ISD is also prepared to implement a dress code that prohibits any messages or graphics on clothing. During this past week, one of the issues was students wearing flags, masks or clothing that are inappropriate and have created a disturbance. From this point forward, Center ISD will not allow any clothing that supports or targets political groups or organizations. Clothing with official national or state flags are permitted. Any article of clothing that is vulgar, incites violence or creates an environment of fear, bullying or discrimination are not tolerated. Continued disruptions will result in everyone being required to wear a uniform approved by the CISD Board of Trustees.

4. Employees are prohibited under the Texas Election Code from trying to persuade students politically, either actively or passively during school time or at school events. Employees of Center ISD should avoid any type of political persuasion while at work. When employees actively or passively try to persuade students, a system is created where one group or another feels marginalized. We are here for ALL students regardless of their, or your, political affiliation. Failure to follow this directive will result in consequences.

5. Teachers should be teaching bell to bell. We cannot afford not to teach in this manner. Principals and assistant principals are responsible for ensuring this happens, daily.

6. Our public has a responsibility in this situation as well. Many of the comments that have been made on social media and at games have been untrue and unnecessary. We want our community in the stands, cheering all of our students in all of our organizations. Although you may not agree with our students, they are still kids. Our job as adults is to model the proper behaviors that will help our students grow up to be respectful and productive members of society. From 
this day forward, if an adult causes a disruption at any school function, they will be asked to leave. Once someone has been asked to leave they will not be allowed back on school property or at school functions, this would include graduation.

7. Although we do not anticipate the following, it should be known that if we have a major disruption in the stands between adults, Center ISD is prepared to clear the bleachers for the remainder of that game and all forthcoming games or contests. This would mean that our kids would still play but there would be no one in the stands. 

The desire of Center ISD is that all of our students and patrons feel safe and welcome, prepared to learn. It is not the desire of Center ISD to have to implement these restrictive scenarios, but we need everyone to comply with the behavioral expectations. Social media has not helped our situation, in fact it has created more division.

A Quien Le Corresponda:

 Durante la semana pasada, tuvimos problemas e interrupciones en uno de nuestros campus que no son aceptables y son perjudiciales para el proceso educativo. Center ISD no tolerará comportamientos que hagan que las personas se sientan indeseadas o inseguras.
No se permitirán ni tolerarán comportamientos amenazantes, intimidatorios, discriminatorios u otros comportamientos intolerantes. Los estudiantes que se involucren en tales comportamientos o traigan tales comportamientos al campus serán disciplinados y pueden 
ser removidos del campus al que están asignados. La mayoría de los comportamientos que hemos visto en nuestros estudiantes, han sido manifestados por adultos en las redes sociales. Nosotros, como adultos, tenemos la responsabilidad de enseñar a nuestros hijos 
cómo llevarse bien con personas que pueden pensar, actuar o verse de manera diferente a ellos. Nuestros estudiantes han hecho un gran trabajo, hasta esta semana, al mantener la necedad adulta de las redes sociales fuera de nuestra escuela.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Center se encuentra en un lugar donde tenemos que tomar una posición en contra de los comportamientos que nos impiden lograr nuestras metas principales: 1. Mantener a todos los estudiantes seguros. Y 2. Asegurar que nuestros 
estudiantes estén recibiendo la mejor educación posible. Les estamos dando a nuestros estudiantes una oportunidad más para asegurarnos de que lo que sucedió esta semana no continúe sucediendo.
Uno de los problemas que tenemos a la mano es que tenemos estudiantes que usan banderas, máscaras o ropa que crea disturbios. A partir de este momento, Center ISD no permitirá ninguna ropa o banderas que tengan una base política, o que apoyen o se dirijan a grupos u organizaciones. Debido a que hemos demostrado que hemos optado por no estar en desacuerdo de manera agradable, esta lista incluirá, entre otros, ropa con cualquier bandera que no sea la bandera oficial nacional o estatal. Si nuestros estudiantes se niegan a cumplir con esta regla, entonces todos los estudiantes y empleados deberán usar un uniforme aprobado por la Mesa Directiva de CISD. Este uniforme puede ser pantalones / faldas color caqui con camisa de color morado, amarillo o blanco.
Otro problema que tuvimos fue cómo los estudiantes trataban a otros estudiantes en los días de disfraces. Si nuestros estudiantes no pueden tratarse con respeto, dejaremos de tener actividades divertidas. Por ejemplo, días de disfraces, manifestaciones de ánimo o días 
que deben ser especiales y divertidos para todos los estudiantes. Los problemas y las interrupciones que ha presenciado la escuela se han producido en parte como resultado de las luchas internas entre los miembros de nuestra comunidad en las redes sociales. CISD considera 
que es lamentable que nuestros adultos no han sido un ejemplo para nuestros estudiantes sobre cómo estar en desacuerdo entre sí y permanecer civilizados. Si los miembros de la comunidad son perturbadores, el distrito está listo no dejar gente en el estadio durante las actividades extracurriculares. Como distrito no nos gustaría hacer esto, pero tenemos que hacer un mejor trabajo como adultos. Nuestros hijos nos miran y hacen lo que nosotros hacemos. CISD ha tratado de animar a todos a llevarse bien y trabajar juntos, pero eso no parece estar funcionando. Por favor, no nos presione hasta el punto en que no podrá ver a sus estudiantes actuar.

Nosotros, como adultos, así como estudiantes, debemos entender que el distrito se enfoca en crear un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro que sea propicio para permitir que nuestros estudiantes aprendan. No queremos quitarles privilegios a los estudiantes ni a los patrocinadores de la comunidad, pero en algún momento, tenemos que recuperar el orden y recordar cuál es nuestro papel como educadores, educar a todos nuestros estudiantes en la mejor medida posible. Somos Center ISD y debemos estar unidos y manejar los desacuerdos de una manera civil y educativa.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Center se dedica a garantizar que todos y cada uno de los estudiantes reciban la educación de la más alta calidad posible. Tuvimos algunas situaciones la semana pasada que han creado problemas e interrupciones dentro de nuestro distrito. Por lo tanto, Center ISD cree que es necesario establecer expectativas de comportamiento y recordatorios.

1. Los estudiantes que se involucren en conductas de intimidación, amenaza, acoso o discriminación serán castigados en la mayor medida posible, de acuerdo con el Código de Conducta del Estudiante y todas las leyes estatales y federales aplicables. Estos estudiantes perderán todos los privilegios,  como la participación y la asistencia a actividades extracurriculares, reuniones de motivación y otros eventos escolares.

2. Los días de disfraces / espíritu escolar estarán claramente definidos. Los estudiantes que eligen no seguir los temas definidos de los días de disfraces / espíritu, y donde continúan existiendo problemas e interrupciones debido a la vestimenta de los estudiantes, Center ISD está preparado para terminar con estos eventos. Esto no significa que sea obligatorio disfrazarse, solo que si un alumno elige disfrazarse, tiene que ser en conjunto con el tema del día.

3. Center ISD también está preparado para implementar un código de vestimenta que prohíbe cualquier mensaje o gráfico en la ropa. Durante la semana pasada, uno de los problemas fue que los estudiantes llevaban banderas, máscaras o ropa inapropiada y que habían creado disturbios. A partir de este momento, 
   Center ISD no permitirá ninguna ropa que apoye o se dirija a grupos u organizaciones políticas. Se permite ropa con banderas oficiales nacionales o estatales. No se tolerará ninguna prenda de vestir que sea vulgar, incite a la violencia o cree un ambiente de miedo, intimidación o discriminación.   Las interrupciones continuas resultarán en que todos tengan que usar un uniforme aprobado por la Mesa Directiva de CISD.

4. El Código Electoral de Texas prohíbe a los empleados tratar de persuadir a los estudiantes políticamente, ya sea activa o pasivamente durante el horario escolar o en eventos escolares. Los empleados de Center ISD deben evitar cualquier tipo de persuasión política mientras estén en el trabajo.   Cuando los empleados intentan de manera activa o pasiva persuadir a los estudiantes, se crea un sistema donde un grupo u otro se siente marginado. Estamos aquí para TODOS los estudiantes sin importar su afiliación política o la suya. El incumplimiento de esta directiva tendrá consecuencias.
5. Los maestros deben enseñar de timbre a timbre. No podemos permitirnos el lujo de no enseñar de esta manera. Los directores y subdirectores son responsables de asegurar que esto suceda, todos los días.
6. Nuestro público también tiene una responsabilidad en esta situación. Muchos de los comentarios que se han hecho en las redes sociales y en los juegos han sido falsos e innecesarios. Queremos a nuestra comunidad en las gradas, animando a todos nuestros estudiantes en todas nuestras organizaciones. 
   Aunque no esté de acuerdo con nuestros estudiantes, todavía son niños. Nuestro trabajo como adultos es modelar los comportamientos adecuados que ayudarán a nuestros estudiantes a convertirse en miembros respetuosos y productivos de la sociedad. A partir de este día, si un adulto causa una interrupción 
   en cualquier función escolar, se le pedirá que se vaya. Una vez que se le ha pedido a alguien que se vaya, no se le permitirá regresar a la propiedad de la escuela ni a las funciones escolares, esto incluiría la graduación.
7. Aunque no anticipamos lo siguiente, se debe saber que si tenemos una interrupción importante en las gradas entre adultos, Center ISD está preparado para despejar las gradas por el resto de ese juego y todos los próximos juegos o concursos. Esto significaría que nuestros hijos seguirían jugando pero no 
   habría nadie en las gradas.

El deseo de Center ISD es que todos nuestros estudiantes y usuarios se sientan seguros y bienvenidos, preparados para aprender. No es el deseo de Center ISD tener que implementar estos escenarios restrictivos, pero necesitamos que todos cumplan con las expectativas de comportamiento. Las redes sociales no 
han ayudado a nuestra situación, de hecho han creado más división.




USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus


Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21


WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020. 


“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.”


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities. USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers.  


Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.

CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities. 


Price Trigger Commodities
Price trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Eligible price trigger crops include barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Payments will be based on 2020 planted acres of the crop, excluding prevented planting and experimental acres. Payments for price trigger crops will be the greater of: 1) the eligible acres multiplied by a payment rate of $15 per acre; or 2) the eligible acres multiplied by a nationwide crop marketing percentage, multiplied by a crop-specific payment rate, and then by the producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. If the APH is not available, 85 percent of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield for that crop will be used.

For broilers and eggs, payments will be based on 75 percent of the producers’ 2019 production.

Dairy (cow’s milk) payments will be based on actual milk production from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. The milk production for Sept. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, will be estimated by FSA. 

Eligible beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between Apr. 16, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020.


Flat-rate Crops
Crops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change will have payments calculated based on eligible 2020 acres multiplied by $15 per acre. These crops include alfalfa, extra long staple (ELS) cotton, oats, peanuts, rice, hemp, millet, mustard, safflower, sesame, triticale, rapeseed, and several others.


Sales Commodities 
Sales commodities include specialty crops; aquaculture; nursery crops and floriculture; other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories, including tobacco; goat milk; mink (including pelts); mohair; wool; and other livestock (excluding breeding stock) not included under the price trigger category that were grown for food, fiber, fur, or feathers. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales. 


Additional commodities are eligible in CFAP 2 that weren’t eligible in the first iteration of the program. If your agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020, we encourage you to apply for CFAP 2. A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on


There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2. 


Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.


Applying for Assistance
Producers can apply for assistance beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020.


Additional information and application forms can be found at Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with FSA county office to see if any of the forms need to be updated. 


Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.


All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in the office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at




Help Us Reduce Their R.I.S.K.



Northwest Louisiana – Members of the Northwest Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force (Task Force), which is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations, have noticed a disturbing trend in the rise of sexual predator cases. For instance, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has reported a 200 percent increase in online sexual predator cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Because of this trend, the Task Force has launched “Project R.I.S.K.” (Reliable Internet Safety for Kids).


Since March of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed our youth more to the internet than ever before. Today, the internet not only entertains and connects our youth with their peers, but a vast majority of them are using the internet for virtual schooling. This increase in internet activity allows more opportunity for predators to interact with our youth. As we see in all cases, predators will also adapt to their changing environments. 


In this Public Service Announcement (PSA), which launches Project R.I.S.K., leaders of area law enforcement agencies provide advice to help prevent predators from victimizing children. Leaders advise all guardians (parents, teachers, custodians, etc.) to place ALL devices (computers, laptops, tablets, and phones) in common areas. Phones, even those with no service, allow the same access to predators as a computer or other device. Guardians need to know what apps are on these devices and also know their children’s passwords. Project R.I.S.K. encourages all guardians to engage in their children’s activities.


All agencies in our Task Force share a united front to eliminate all human trafficking type cases; however, to be more successful, we need assistance from the public. We understand many guardians want to protect their kids but may not know where to look for “reliable internet safety information.” Project R.I.S.K. has asked all agencies in our Task Force to post this reliable information on their websites, so guardians will always have this information at their fingertips. Finally, members of the Task Force will be available to meet with citizens, local government officials, community organizations, school boards, churches, and other groups to discuss Project R.I.S.K. and internet safety.


Tigers set to open District play on Friday vs. Lovelady



Tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Tuesday: Football/band/cheer families
Wednesday: General Admission
Friday at Noon: All sales final

Tickets at gate?


Only if there are tickets not sold during the week. Fans can purchase tickets at the TISD Administration Building and


Students can purchase tickets for families during their lunch period starting Tuesday from Mrs. Tovar in the high school office.




HHSC Awards $125 Million in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Grants



AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding nearly $125 million in Substance Use Disorder treatment grants to 100 awardees. The grants provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services for individuals at-risk for substance use disorders.


“With these funds, we’re strengthening our communities by supporting vital treatment and recovery programs for Texans in need,” said Sonja Gaines, HHS deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services.


HHSC receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to deliver substance use treatment services to eligible Texans throughout the state.


Funding is used for treatment for adults and youth, including individuals with experiencing psychiatric and substance use disorders. Services include ambulatory detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment services, women and children’s intensive and supportive residential programs and resources for persons with substance use and mental health issues. Nearly 49,000 Texans a year receive services. Additional information on these programs can be found here.

Grants are funded for five fiscal years, beginning Sept. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2025. 


Grantees providing services are governmental entities, Local Mental Health Authorities, non-profit, for-profit and faith-based treatment providers and are listed on the HHSC website.

More information on accessing behavioral health services in Texas is available at Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services.



Flag Half Staff Alert



Presidential Proclamation:  As a mark of respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 7 of title 4, United States Code, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.


You can read the full proclamation here: 


Larry E. Hume

Quartermaster, VFW Post 8904

Center, Texas

Gold Legacy Life Member




Center Homecoming Parade







Shelbyville High School 2020-2021 FFA Officers




President- Logan Williams

Vice President- Lieza Klein

Secretary- River Williford

Treasurer- Malachi McArthur

Reporter- Delaney Dunn

Sentinel- Liela Klein

Historian- Kelsey Kreyer

Parliamentarian- Jedd Wagstaff





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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

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September 21, 2020-Tiger Day-Early Release 2:00 pm; Pictures-JH/HS Cross Country; JH FB; JH/HS Cheer

September 23, 2020-Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

September 24, 2020-JH vs Lovelady (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs Lovelady (There) 6:00 pm

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’s Tigers vs Clifton Score: 26-43


What a great opportunity and experience at Clifton ISD...... Our Tigers didn’t get the result they wanted but there were glimpses of what could be for sure! A team that went across the state to play a 3A playoff team and dominated much of the action with a lot of guys playing their first season of varsity action.... Sure... we don’t want to have turnovers... and we don’t want a bad fourth quarter. But anyone who saw tonight saw what is going to be.

Stay positive... let this team grow.... there’s a process to development and these kids are bought in.


What a blessing to get to participate in a great sport! It reveals character for sure!!!! Scott Tyner, Superintendent


Tigers set to open District play on Friday vs. Lovelady

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Tuesday: Football/band/cheer families
Wednesday: General Admission
Friday at Noon: All sales final


Tickets at gate? Only if there are tickets not sold during the week. Lovelady will receive an allotment of 200 visitors tickets to be sold at the gate.

Tenaha tickets will only be sold at the gate if any are still available. Tenaha has an allotment of only 200 remaining "General Admission" tickets after season ticket sales are counted.

Tickets can be purchased at the TISD Administration Building.

Students can purchase tickets for families during their lunch period starting tomorrow from Mrs. Tovar.


Information – We are still UIL 50% Capacity. Follow all UIL / TEA Rules on COVID 19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines

(Mask will be required). 

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

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


Check out our NEW products!

Tenaha ISD Sportswear Store.

Just hold the Ctrl down and click on the link.

Adult and youth sizes available.

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Reminder: Tenaha Together Committee continues to support our community and needs the communities support as well.

A few of the things that have been done since the organization of the Tenaha Together Committee includes lights and tree for the square, banners around town,  and the beautiful brick signs entering the town.

Please, if you can make a donation to continue projects like these, send it to: Tenaha Together  c/o Scott Tyner - P. O. Box 318, Tenaha, Texas 75974




Something New: Businesses that would like to place their business card on the Tiger News may contact Brenda Lucas at or by calling 936-248-5000 ext 201 for details.




"Local Businesses Support the Tenaha Tiger Yearbook"

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"If you are interested in purchasing a full color yearbook ad for your business, please contact Mrs. Ali Tyner at"

Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

              3576 Hwy 84 East

             Tenaha, Texas 75974












Shelbyville v. Timpson Football Game

The Shelbyville v. Timpson football game originally scheduled for Friday, October 2, will be played on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Dragon Stadium at 7:30 PM. 

All adult fans are expected to wear a face covering for admittance and practice social distancing while at the game.


Ticket prices are $5 (adults and children).


All fans must have a ticket for admittance to the game.

Dragon Stadium will open its gates to fans for the purchase of General Admission home tickets at 6:15 p.m.


Please note:  parents of students who are participating in Friday’s home football contest, which includes football players, cheerleaders, band members, dance line and twirlers may purchase up to 2 presale tickets on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 at the Guard Booth between 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Tickets are $5 each.  If a Friday night student participant needs more than two tickets for his/her family, additional tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth on Friday night prior to the game on a first come first serve basis.


Visiting fans from Timpson must purchase one of the allotted presale tickets sent to Timpson High School to be admitted.  No visitors’ tickets will be sold at the gate.


Visitors may not purchase home tickets or sit on the home side.


We look forward to seeing everyone at next Friday’s game!  Go Dragons!


Lumberjacks Vote Offers SFA Students Nonpartisan Voter Information and Registration Outlet

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Lumberjacks Vote is a nonpartisan initiative with dual intentions: keeping the student body informed on the most up-to-date voting information and registering voters.


“We offer students a daily, nonpartisan way to register to vote,” said Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president for university affairs and dean of student affairs. “This is the second general election for which we’ve done the Lumberjacks Vote initiative, and it involves coordination of different voter registration efforts. We’ve worked with the local elections commissioner to train individuals in offices throughout campus to become deputy voter registrars. These areas display our Lumberjacks Vote logo.”


Faculty and staff across the campus have elected to be individually trained as voter registrars, but offices leading the charge include the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Orientation and Transition Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Additionally, SFA’s Student Government Association will host a Voter Registration Day event Sept. 22 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza where they will be registering any interested voters throughout the day.


The initiative also was established to answer students’ frequently asked questions, such as their eligibility to vote locally.


According to Todd Stallings, the Nacogdoches County Elections Commissioner, students attending classes in Nacogdoches and living on campus or at off-campus residences may legally register to vote in Nacogdoches using their Nacogdoches addresses. They also may request to vote by mail through their home counties or return to their home counties to vote during early voting or on Election Day. However, if they do not wish to register in Nacogdoches, they won’t be able to vote at the SFA campus polling location.


The deadline to register to vote in person is Oct. 5. Organizers of and registrars affiliated with Lumberjacks Vote also will host an early voting location on campus. The early voting event will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 through 30 on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center in the Commons Room. Additionally, shuttles will be available to bring students to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3.


Center Vs Van Ticket Info




September 25, 2020





$5 PER TICKET REGARDLESS OF AGE (excluding infants)
















Poultry Festival T-Shirts



The 2020 Poultry Festival tee shirts have arrived!!!!  Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.


The tee shirts are available for purchase at the following locations:  Farmers State Bank Main Branch,  Payne and Payne Home N’Suchlike, The City of Center offices and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  Regular sizes available – adult small to 3XL and youth small to youth large; Toddler sizes 2T-5T.  My First Poultry Festival Onsies are also available.


The 44th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1st and runs through Saturday, October 3rd at the Windham Civic Center.  Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: The City of Center, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit


COVID-19 Case Reported at Center High School






Recycle and Shred Day



Time to start your Fall Cleaning.  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces that the mobile shredding unit and a Recycle/Disposal unit will be in Center October 9th.


The mobile Shredding Unit will be available at McAdams Propane on Friday, October 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.


The Recycle Containers will be at McAdams Propane on October 9th & 10th.  Items NOT permitted in the containers are as follows:  NO Hazardous Material, NO Bioharzard Materials, NO Toxic Materials, NO Paint or Tires, NO Freon, Oil or other Regulated Chemicals, NO Gasoline, Propane, other Highly Flammable Chemicals, NO Special Waste that requires a License to Transport.


Electronics are permitted in the containers.  Other items allowed include, lumber, siding, drywall, roofing, wiring, insulation, all types of bathroom and kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows & doors, piping, landscape debris, municipal waste such as standard household business trash.

These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and our generous Sponsors:

    Shelby Savings Bank, Presenting Sponsor for Shredding Services
    Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor for Shredding Services
    Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor for Recycling/Disposal Services


A very Special Thank You to McAdams Propane for volunteering to host Shred and Recycle Day at their place of business located at 191 State Highway 96 N.  We appreciate your support and involvement.


For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or


Unrestrained Driver Killed in Claiborne Parish Crash



Claiborne Parish – On September 19, 2020, shortly before 1:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 9 south of Homer. This crash claimed the life of 69-year-old Carl Perry of Arcadia.         


The preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Honda Accord, driven by Perry, was traveling southbound on Louisiana Highway 9. For reasons still under investigation, Perry’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway, struck a fence, and overturned.


Perry, who was unrestrained, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.


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 20 fatal crashes resulting in 23 deaths.




Mansfield Man Killed in DeSoto Parish Crash



DeSoto Parish – On September 18, 2020, around 9:45 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle, fatal crash on U.S. Highway 84 near Louisiana Highway 481. This crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Jason Sant of Mansfield.         


The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Sant, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 84. At the same time, a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 84. For reasons still under investigation, Sant crossed a double yellow line and traveled into the opposing lane of travel, which resulted in a collision with the tractor-trailer.


Sant, who was properly restrained, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead. 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.  A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences. If motorists witness hazardous situations on any Louisiana highway, they may dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest Troop to report that activity.


In 2020, Troop G has investigated 19 fatal crashes resulting in 22 deaths.






COVID-19 Cases Reported at Timpson ISD



Timpson ISD reported two cases of Covid-19 this past week at Timpson High School. Each student has been quarantined and the areas have been cleaned and sanitized. The relevant information has been reported to the State Health Department. 




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 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 to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

1.     Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Public comments on Agenda item.

3.    Advertise for bids on gravel, fuel and tires for FY2020-2021.

4.    Open sealed bids for 2008 Kia Spectra for the County Attorney’s office.

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

6.    Discuss and possibly take action on the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.

7.    Discuss and take action to disburse Child Safety Fee Fund.

8.    Review and approve FY 2020 Budget Line Items Transfers.

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




10.    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.

11.    Reopen public meeting.

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

13.    Adjourn.


Friday Night Scoreboard 09/18/2020

Friday Night Football Scoreboard - Sponsored by: The Pizzeria

Call 936-598-7117 and place your to-go order.

Center 55 - Chapel Hill 14

Joaquin 37 - Ore City 0

San Augustine 6 - Winnsboro 37

Shelbyville 54 - Groveton 27

Tenaha 26 - Clifton 43

Timpson 54 - Price Carlisle 19


Suspects arrested in Church Vandalism Case



Three suspects have been arrested during an ongoing investigation where a church was vandalized in Nacogdoches County. On 06/01/20, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department received a report of criminal mischief at a church located on FM 2112 in rural Nacogdoches County.



Joseph Simms


It is believed that during the night time hours of 05/31/20 or the early morning hours of 06/01/20, subject(s) entered the property and vandalized the worship center by painting profane and offensive language on the exterior of the building, a digital sign and other items belonging to the church.


The sheriff’s office received a break in the case when an arrest was made last week on one of the suspects, Joshua Shelton for assault family violence. Shelton was interviewed by investigators after his arrest which he confessed to being involved in the vandalism. Investigators also identified two more suspects during the investigation.



Joshua Shelton


Both of the suspects were interviewed by investigators where they confessed to the crime. All three suspects were arrested this week for the vandalism that occurred at the church.



Sydney Faye Fenton 


Joshua Michael Shelton 22 years old, Garrett Joseph Simms 21 years old and Sydney Faye Fenton 18 years old, all from Nacogdoches, Texas were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail for Criminal Mischief of a worship center, a state jail felony.





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