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AAA World Series Batting Champion



Jason Mitchell, National Director for Dixie Youth Baseball, presents a plaque to Jarrmez Daniels, member of the AAA WS team from Center, for having the best batting average during the WS.  Jarrmez went 8 for 13 at the plate for a .615 batting average for the tournament.  



This is the first time that Center has had any player named the batting champion for the series. Congratulations goes out to Jarrmez for his hard work and determination.


Shelly Murphree Pleads Guilty to Tampering with a Government Record






Forest Service seeking members for advisory committee


The Sabine and Angelina Ranger District is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on its Title II Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) created under the Secure Rural Schools Act. 


The committee is responsible for the development and recommendation of projects that will benefit National Forest land in Shelby and Sabine counties, as well as monitor the projects and provide advice to the Forest Service. 


Congress recognized the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our nation’s citizens through the enactment of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (Public Law 92-463).  The FACA requires that committee memberships be “fairly balance in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed.” 


The Sabine/Angelina Resource Advisory Committee was formed in 2011 and currently has 8 members and 4 additional members in the approval process.  Since that time it has approved and completed 14 projects totaling more than $800,000. 


Project examples include: road paving in campgrounds, Forest Service road maintenance, recreation area maintenance, non-native invasive plant control, and purchasing of equipment and supplies to support work.  Project funding can also be used to leverage grant dollars and collaboration with partners, such as federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations. 


“We are looking for diverse candidates that are highly motivated and service oriented and interested in actively engaging in the work of the RAC,” said Sabine National Forest Ranger Kimpton Cooper.


The committee is made up of individuals from all walks of life, including local elected officials, industry representatives as well as representatives from local civic organizations, environmental organizations and others. 


Cooper said although the focus of the RAC projects and activities are based in Sabine and Shelby counties, committee members need only be interested and residents of Texas. They do not have to be residents of either county to be considered for service on the committee.


“We’re looking for people with energy and commitment to the long-term benefit of our national forests, who also are interested in working with a diverse array of interests represented on the committee,” said Cooper.


Members will be selected for the Sabine RAC including seats representing the following interests:

·      Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester, groups       

·      Nationally, regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations        

·      State elected officeholder or their designee

·      Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities           

·      County or local elected officeholder

·      Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests

·      Dispersed recreational activities       

·      American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area

·      Commercial timber industry               

·      Archaeological and historical interests           

·      School officials or teachers

·      Federal grazing or other land use permit holders, or nonindustrial private forest landowners in the area      

·      Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed associations

·      Representative of the public at large


Any Texas resident interested in serving on the committee must complete an application form that will be used for a required background check. There is no pay for committee members, but they can be reimbursed for travel expenses to meetings.


Applications are available at Sabine National Forest office in Milam and are due by October 31, 2019. 


For application forms, contact Kimpton Cooper, Sabine District Ranger or Becky Nix, RAC Coordinator at 5050 State Hwy 21 E, Hemphill, TX  75948, or call 409-625-1940. 




CMS Football: Mandatory Parent/Guardian Meeting Aug 28




Center Middle School mandatory Parent/Guardian meeting will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 6 PM in the CMS Library. Please make plans to attend. 


Practice Schedule beginning Monday, August 26:  

7th Grade Practice- 6:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
8th Grade Practice 4:00pm- 5:30pm


Also, a scrimmage will take place on September 5, 2019, in Carthage. Game time will be posted at a later date.




Today's News 8-23-19







DPSO Makes Meth Lab Bust



On August 21, 2019, Louisiana State Probation and Parole performed a standard probation check at a residence in Gloster, LA that resulted in the arrest of two individuals.  Upon making contact with the parolee at the door, Probation and Parole observed a smell and haze of suspected methamphetamine coming from inside the residence.  At that time the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division was notified and responded to the residence to assist.  Steven Ray Cloud (W/M - DOB: 05/22/1986) and Tyler Michael Dushane (W/M - DOB: 12/19/1994) were both detained as a search of the residence proceeded. 


Agents were able to locate a fully functional methamphetamine laboratory containing 124 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, and various other types of drug paraphernalia.  Cloud and Dushane were arrested and transported to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center where they were booked on the following charges:


Steven Ray Cloud:

Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute
Possession of Schedule I
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory
Probation Violation

Tyler Michael Dushane:
Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory



Steven Ray Cloud - Top & Tyler Michael Dushane - Bottom




Century 21 Laura Rowe Receives Award






Congratulations to Mrs. Laura Rowe who has received the Century 21, 30 years of service award. Mrs. Rowe is the owner and broker of the Center branch of Century 21 and she is still working hard to help people sell their property. 



Laura Rowe 






Portacool Park Sprayground Rehab Approved



CENTER, Texas (August 22, 2019) –  At the August 12th meeting, the City Council approved an item authorizing repairs and minor enhancements of the sprayground at Portacool Park.  Since it was opened in 2012, this feature has been one of the most popular park amenities.


 “This is one of the most used park areas and obviously appreciated by our citizens,” stated Mayor Chadwick.  The repairs will allow for the replacement of the operating sensor that has proved difficult to find quality replacement parts as well as the computerized controller unit.  Both have exhibited problems the last two seasons creating issues for users.  Also included will be some repair of the actual water “toys” that have developed leaks and seal issues over time.  Additionally, during the renovation, the play area will be resurfaced to restore it to its original finish.


“By doing this work now, we insure that this park amenity will be quality for a very long time,” Chadwick said.




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda



Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 28st day of August, 2019 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 amend the Work Rules and Employee Responsibilities within the Shelby County Personnel Policy.


4. Accept or reject bids for the DHP865 Case Maintainer Serial # N5AF0432 and 140H Cat Maintainer Serial # CCA1673. For Commissioner Pct. 1


5. Discuss and possibly run test on Radios for Emergency Responders.


6. Larry Joe Eaves to address the Court regarding rotation of First Responders.  


7. Adjourn.




Football Scrimmage Matches



The Shelbyville Dragons will play the Warren Warriors on Thursday 8-22-19 in Shelbyville at 5 p.m.


The Tenaha Tigers will play the New Diana Eagles on Thursday 8-22-19 in Tenaha at 6 p.m.


The Center Roughriders will play the Hemphill Hornets on Thursday 8-22-19 in Hemphill at 5 p.m.


The Joaquin Rams will play Logansport/Waskom on Friday 8-23-19 in Joaquin at 6 p.m.


The Garrison Bulldogs will play the Groveton Indians on Friday 8-23-19 in Groveton at 6 p.m.


The San Augustine Wolves will play Huntington on Thursday 8-22-19 in San Augustine at 6 p.m.




Shelby County Commissioners' Meeting Results



1. They approved and paid weekly expenses.


2. They approved the current payroll.


3. No public comments were given on the agenda items.


4. They tabled Josh Adams addressing the Commissioners Court to close 696ft off County Road 1039, until September 4, 2019. 


5. They discuss making repairs for JP. 4/Constable Pct.4 office and decided to get quotes. 


6.  They adjourn to the executive session.


7. They moved into an executive closed session. 


8.  They reopened the public meeting.


9. They took no action on issues discussed in the executive session.


10.  Lastly, they adjourned.




Tenaha Tiger News




August 22, 2019-3rd Grade Parent Night 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm; Tenaha vs New Diana Scrimmage @ 6:00 pm (Home)

August 26, 2019-Board Meetings 5:00 pm

August 27, 2019-Student Physicals in SEC 1:30 pm

August 29, 2019-2nd Grade Parent Night 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm; JV vs Troup (Home) 6:00 pm

August 30, 2019-Tenaha vs Troup 7:30 pm (There)

September 2, 2019-Labor Day Holiday

September 5, 2019-JV vs Lovelady (There) 6:00 pm

September 6, 2019-Tenaha vs Lovelady (Home) 7:30 pm

September 11, 2019-Fall Pictures; Tiger Day Early Release

September 12, 2019-JH/JV vs TK Gorman (There) 5:00 pm

September 13, 2019-Tenaha vs TK Gorman (Home) 7:30 pm

September 19, 2019-JH/JV vs San Augustine (Home) 5:00 pm

September 20, 2019-Staff Wellness Clinic; Tenaha vs San Augustine (There) 7:30 pm

September 25, 2019-Tiger Day Early Release

September 26, 2019-JH/JV vs Timpson (Home) 5:00 pm

September 27, 2019-End 1st Grading Period; Tenaha vs Timpson (There) 7:30 pm

September 30, 2019-2nd Grading Period Begins

October 1, 2019-JHFB, JHCC, HSCC, JH Cheer Pictures

October 3, 2019-JH/JV vs Beckville (There) 5:00 pm

October 4, 2019-Early Release

October 5, 2019-Hall of Honor; Homecoming; Tigers vs Beckville Bearcats 6:00 pm


2019-20 School Year Begins With Great Promise


We are very excited to be off and running with another great year for the students of TISD.  As our first week of school is winding down, over 500 students are settling into their routine.  I'm sure an awful lot of "sleep patterns" have been reset this week as well.  This year promises to be very exciting.  Our Tiger sports teams are set to be extremely competitive once again and the award-winning 'Roarin' Band from Tigerland already sounds better than ever.


We are also all very excited about the great news we received from the state regarding school accountability this summer.  Tenaha ISD improved to become what the state calls a "B- rated school district".  While many schools in our area also carry the "B rating" and many of them improved this past year, Tenaha improved the most.  No other school in the area increased their rating score by more than five or six points.  Tenaha improved ours by eleven!!! What's the cause?  Simple.  We've got amazing kids who give us an honest effort to learn.  But, more than that, we have the absolute best instructional staff in East Texas..... bar none.....Several schools in our area boast academic prowess, but this year TISD has the proof in the data to back it up.


Our culture here is awesome.  We keep it simple and light-hearted as much as possible.  But! We play and work to win. 


We want to WIN EVERY DAY!!!!


Scott Tyner, Superintendent of Schools





Timpson Bear Update



Congratulations on Completing the First Day of School!  We all look forward to a great and wonderful school year.



Student Safety – For safety purposes, students should not arrive or be dropped off at the school before 7:00 a.m. Thank you.


Bear Football – Fri. Aug. 23 – Bears vs. Lovelady @ Lovelady (Scrimmage) – 6:00 p.m.- Go Bears!


TLB Volleyball – TLB tournament at Castleberry ISD Aug. 22-24 – Play times Thurs. @ Noon & 6:00 p.m. – Fri. 4:30 p.m. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.  Go Lady Bears!


Elementary Book Fair – The Book Fair will be September 9-13!  Be sure and come by the Elementary Library and see all the cool stuff!!


Grandparents Week – Elementary Lunch with Grands will be September 9-13! Awesome!




Today's News 8-22-19





Boil Water Notice Lifted



On August 20, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Denning Rural Water Supply, #2030004, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.


Denning Rural Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of August 21, 2019


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:

220 West Columbia Street
San Augustine, Texas.
936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp  936-201-5001.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 




Tenaha ISD Public Hearing






Tenaha ISD Public Meeting






Tenaha ISD Regular Meeting








Today's News 8-21-19







Citizens Help K9 Officer Make Felony Arrests




NACOGDOCHES, TX (August 21, 2019).  On August 20th, 2019 around 12:30 p.m. an Officer with the Nacogdoches Police Department K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop in the 4500 blk of NW Stallings Dr.  The passenger in the vehicle ran from the traffic stop across North Stallings Dr attempting to flee from the Officer who did not have a backup at the time.  As the Officer was chasing the suspect two local citizens saw what was occurring and came to the Officers aid.  The Samaritans jumped out of their vehicle and assisted the Officer in placing the suspect into custody. The other occupant in the suspect vehicle was also taken into custody.  The Good Samaritans were Nacogdoches residents, Garrett Galloway and Jamie Rawley.  


Officers recovered a large quantity of Crystal Methamphetamines, Cocaine, and LSD.  The passenger in the vehicle was identified to be Anthony Krebs 40 years of age from Texarkana.  Anthony was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance F-1, Possession of a Controlled Substance F-2, and Possession of a Controlled Substance SJF. The driver of the vehicle was identified to be Robert Coe 62 years of age also from Texarkana. Robert was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance F-1, Possession of a Controlled Substance F-2, and Possession of a Controlled Substance SJF.  Both suspects are currently being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. 






Scam Alert






Randle Cold Case Investigation


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the 2012 murder of Ashton Randle.


On or about May 20th, 2012, the body of 23-year-old Ashton Randle of Logansport, Louisiana was located in a wooded area off of FM 139 in Shelbyville, Texas. It was discovered that Mr. Randle had been fatally shot.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office initiated a homicide investigation and the investigation has continued over the past 7 years with various leads and collection of additional evidence.  Despite the passing of 7 years’ time, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has not forgotten about Mr. Randle and his untimely death, nor did his family and friends.


Although the homicide of Mr. Randle is seven years old, there is no statute of limitations for homicide in the State of Texas. The pursuit for justice continues.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that will lead them to further evidence in this case and/or further information that will assist in securing a conviction for the suspect(s) involved, so justice can be served and bring the much-needed closure for Mr. Randle’s family.


You are encouraged to please contact SCSO Cold Case Investigator DJ Dickerson at 346-233-3309. Any information will be greatly appreciated and remember that you can remain anonymous.




TxDOT Update



LUFKIN – A pre-construction meeting was held in the Lufkin District office Tuesday morning, signaling the beginning of a construction project in Nacogdoches County.


Work is scheduled to begin this week on the $86.1 million construction project on SL 224/US 59 that is designed to construct a four-lane direct connector from SH 7 West to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street. The work will include grading, subgrade treatments, concrete paving, asphalt, bridge structures including bridge pilings, utilities, illumination, signage and pavement markings.

The project is designed to eliminate traffic conflicts and improve safety and mobility with the construction of new US 59 southbound and northbound main lanes that will directly connect to SL 224, just south of SH 7, extend over the SL 224/US 59 South intersection and connect back to US 59, just south of Spradley Street. Along with the direct connector bridge,  the project includes overpasses to be constructed at Spradley Street, US 59 and Old Lufkin Road. New frontage roads will be constructed along SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59 and along US 59 between Spradley Street and Old Lufkin Road.


Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, TX, will serve as general contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed in four years, weather permitting. During construction, motorists can expect work near the lanes of traffic, lane closures and traffic pattern changes.


“We are excited to be starting this long anticipated project in Nacogdoches County,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “As we begin, motorists can expect that for the next few weeks crews will be off the roadway clearing and moving utilities. This initial work should not interrupt traffic patterns.”


Lighted message boards will display safety messages and announcements near the work zone. Once construction begins near traffic lanes, a work zone speed limit of 40 mph will be set through this project. Motorists are urged to stay alert for moving equipment and obey all traffic control and signage.




Boil Water Notice for Denning Rural Water Supply



Due to electrical problems at the plant, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Denning Rural Public Water System  PWS  # 2030004 to notify ALL customers  to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).  Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.


To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 


In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.


When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customer that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.


Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Denning Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489.


 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.



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