News Headlines Archives for 2013-05

SWEPCO Warns of Phone Scam

SHREVEPORT, La., May 30, 2013 – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is alerting customers in its service area to a telephone scam involving demand of payment by prepaid money cards to avoid disconnection of service.

The scam involves a telephone call in which the caller claims to represent SWEPCO or its parent company, American Electric Power (AEP). The customer is told that a certain amount of money must be paid immediately or electric service will be shut off. The scammer usually suggests that the customer purchase a prepaid money card and then provides instructions for using that card to pay the amount supposedly due on the account.

SWEPCO advises all customers to be aware of the scam. The company does not suggest purchase of money cards as a way to pay electric bills. Information on legitimate options for paying bills is available at or by calling the company’s Customer Solutions Center, toll-free, at 1-888-216-3523. Customers can call the Customer Solutions Center with any questions or to verify the status of their account.  

San Augustine Welcoming New Technology

San Augustine, TX – San Augustine County, Texas now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of San Augustine County’s participation in the Connected Community Engagement Program through the Connected Texas initiative. Ten Texas communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program.

The occasion was marked with a public event at the San Augustine County Courthouse. San Augustine County Judge and community champion, the Hon. Samye Johnson expressed excitement with the plan’s detailed actions for the future.

“San Augustine County is located in a rural region of East Texas that is commonly referred to Deep East Texas. The county is comprised of 592.3 square miles with a population density of 16.7 people per square mile. I can say, with absolute certainty, that before our county can truly grow and prosper, we must be able to offer the same high-speed Internet accessibility that is enjoyed by our prosperous urban neighbors,” said Johnson. “Indeed, I cannot think of anything more important to our long term economic development than the work being done by the Connected Texas program.”

Participating in the Connected program means San Augustine County has gone through an extensive assessment of its overall broadband and technology innovation. The Technology Action Plan sets general community-wide broadband connectivity requirements to be worked towards that will support economic development and residential quality of life. San Augustine County’s top goal from the new plan is to expand broadband availability to unserved areas using fixed wireless technology. The new plan gives the community step-by-step action items to make sure that goal is met. The plan will also support growing digital literacy through future broadband expansion and programs that will ensure the community maintains widespread Internet access, adoption, and use.

“This Connected Technology Action Plan is a big key to success for both the present and the future of San Augustine County,” said Connected Texas Executive Director Don Shirley. “San Augustine County is helping lead the way for Texas communities that are serious about making sure it’s ready to benefit from all the economic and lifestyle opportunities that the digital age provides. It’s all part of Texas’ solid plans for future growth.”

The Connected program is part of the Connected Texas initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA State Broadband Initiative (SBI) program. Connected Texas is working to facilitate the access, adoption, and use of technology throughout the state to create a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, more efficient government, enhanced education, and improved quality of life. Residents are encouraged to get involved by joining their local Connected technology team and using the free Every Community Online program offered by Connected Texas to get training in computer and Internet skills which makes them eligible for discounted computers and home Internet service.

Open House/Ribbon Cutting Scheduled

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join Pam White, Executive Director, Shelby County Outreach Ministries for an open house and ribbon cutting for the new addition of the Unique Boutique on Thursday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m.  The Unique Boutique is located at 906 Shelbyville St.  Refreshments will be served.


The Unique Boutique will have a variety of items at reasonable prices.  They have clothes from $2.00 and not over $5.00.  Other items include furniture, appliances, office supplies and electronics.


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

Mattie Smith Obituary

Mangum Funeral Home

Center, Texas 75935

(936) 598-3341

Obituary Notice:

Mattie Imelda (McLendon) Dellinger


Mattie Imelda (McLendon) Dellinger, 101, lifelong resident of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at her residence.


Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Center with Bro. Michael Hale and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Two visitation times will be Friday May 31, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


Ms. Mattie was born October 1, 1911 in Center, Texas to M.B.” Bartow” McLendon, (born in Troy, Alabama from 1868-1933) and Carrie Elizabeth (Smithson) McLendon, (born March 22, 1885 in Grand Rivers, KY to 1985). Mattie joined and was baptized into the First Baptist Church, Center, at the age of 12. Mattie was a 1929 graduate of Center High School. She worked as a clerk after graduation at Perry Brothers for 6 months and Bridges Drug Store for 2 years; Mattie married L.L. “Pete” Dellinger, husband of nearly 33 years until his death in 1966, (he was born in Ben Lomand, AK, Pete was a pharmacist and grocer); She worked for the 2 Center newspapers for over 50 years and the radio stations for over 17 years. Some of Mattie’s credits include; worthy matron Order of Eastern Star in Center from 1940-41; secretary in County School Superintendent’s office; charter member of CHS Band Booster; PTA officer; WMU officer; active Sunday School member: charter member of Shelby County Historical Society; she operated her own news bureau for newspapers (state); member of Texas and National Press Women; was the  first woman appointed to the Board of the 4-H Foundation at A&M College; was named Texas Press Woman of the Year in 1983 for District 9; was honored by B &PW Club in Center by being named their Outstanding Woman of Year and in 1985 the Center Alumni Association elected Mattie to their Hall of Fame as a an outstanding Alumni. Mattie began her popular radio talk show, Mattie’s Party Line, in 1987. Social life and fun was the ’29 club of Flappers & Jelly Beans that lasted for 10 years. Mattie enjoyed all the trips made by 1st National Bank (Citizens Bank) Travel Club and in later life Mattie enjoyed the Monday Noon Lunches with her friends, Mildred Pinkston, Bobbie Covington, Syble Holt and Kathleen Parker.


She is preceded in death by her Parents, M.B. and Carrie McLendon, Husband, L.L. “Pete” Dellinger, Son, Dan Dellinger, Daughter-in-law, Ruby Dellinger, Sister, Lucy Lee (McLendon) Gregory, Brother, George Martin McLendon and Brother, Maurice Bartow McLendon.


She is survived by:
Dixie Lee Dellinger of Center

2 Granddaughters:

Denise Dellinger Oates & husband, Shepherd of Mesquite

Deborah Dellinger Young & husband, Jeff of Center

2 Great Grandsons:
Stephen Daniel Oates & wife, Leslie of Mesquite

David Young of Nacogdoches

Great Great Granddaughter:

Ryiot Oates

2 Nieces:

Lou Nell McLendon Jones of Houston

Cindy McLendon McCracken of Baton Rouge, LA

Stan McLendon of Humble

Great Nephew:
Shane McClendon of Houston

Jack Barron of Center

Billy McClendon of Houston

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

John R. Smith, Buster Bounds, Jerry Pinkston,

Rob Payne, Chris Watlington & Ronnie Daniels

Honorary Pallbearers:
David Jacobs, Larry Ballard, Randy McLeroy,

Billy Poindexter, Joe Louis Jones, Tom Still, Willie Nelson,

A.J. Procell, Don Pinkston & James Paul Wilson

You may sign the online registry book at

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

Memorial Day Ceremonies Held at Historic County Courthouse

The old District Courtroom in the Historic Shelby County Courthouse was the site of the annual Memorial Day ceremonies hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary yesterday.


Post Commander Larry Hume gave a brief history of Memorial Day, explaining how it began as Decoration Day in 1866 in Waterloo, New York in honor of those who had given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


One-hundred forty-seven years and six conflicts later, the annual observance honors and remembers all who have died in battle in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.


The names of all Shelby County soldiers were read in a ceremonial roll call (21 in the Civil War, 16 in World War I, 132 in World War II, 9 in Korea, 10 in Vietnam, 1 in Iraq, and 2 in Afghanistan).


Joaquin High School Valedictorian Olivia Worsham read her Voice of Democracy Essay "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant," and concluded her talk by announcing her plans to enroll in the US Naval Academy this summer.


Mike Wood played bagpipes and Chris Watlington sang his recently-composed song,"Flags Over the Courthouse."

Library to Host Harry Potter Exhibit

Panola College’s M. P. Baker Library invites the community to see the see featured traveling exhibit "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine." The exhibit will be on display in the Fay Allison Gallery from June 3 - July 14 from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm Monday-Thursday and 7:30 am to 12:30 pm on Fridays. There is no charge to see the exhibit.

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine is a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. It explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine.  The Exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health.  More information about the exhibit, including educational resources, is available on the NLM website.


Local Band to Open for Earl Thomas Conley

Ahston Hill, a Shelby County home grown band, has been selected to perform a concert with Nashville Country Star Earl Thomas Conley at Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches on June 8th,2013.  Ashton Hill has performed with the Bellamy Brothers, Brandon Ryder, and Colt Ford along with others.  The band has been in the studio recording their first album that will be released in the fall of this year.  There will be a film crew at Banita Creek Hall on June 8th to film Ashton Hill for a video on their first single "Ready to Ride".  The video shoot will take place at 8 PM.

Shelby County Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

TYLER, Texas – A 39-year-old Center, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

Danny Len Lindsey pleaded guilty on Mar. 1, 2013, to possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

            According to information presented in court, from at least Aug. 14, 2011, Lindsey possessed and distributed methamphetamine in East Texas.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 7, 2012, charging Lindsey with drug trafficking violations.  Lindsey also admitted to possessing two firearms during his drug trafficking activities and must forfeit both firearms.    

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.


Area Residents Pooling Efforts to Help Moore, Oklahoma Residents


Local businesses and organizations are pooling their efforts to collect items for those impacted by the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.


"We are only taking bottled water, Gatorade, wipes, diapers, baby formula, hand towels, individually wrapped snacks, work gloves, and sunscreen. These are the immediate needs of the people. Here is a list (as best as I know) of the locations around town: Helping Hands Outreach Center, Senior Nutrition Site, Shelby County Today, City Blends/TANtalized Tanning, Zack's Tint Shop, Center Chiropractic, The Hope Project Admin Office, The Whistle Stop, Amazing Grace Floral, Best Western Suites, David Shields Automotive, and Billy and Marsha Barnett's house," says  Josh Crawford of Helping Hands Outreach Center and Meals on Wheels.   Crawford says items will be delivered to Moore tomorrow.

Panola College to Offer Beginning Sign Language Course

Panola College is set to offer a Beginning Sign Language class on Mondays, beginning June 3 through July 29, from 6:30 - 8 PM.  The cost is $75 (textbook included) and the instructor is Leslie Taylor.  Enjoy conversation with other classmates and add an additional skill to your work portfolio.  Sign language is a simple solution to hearing loss challenges personally and professionally.  Learn how to communicate in a loud and crowded room or learn to assist hearing impaired individuals.  For more information and to register, interested individuals should contact the Continuing Education Office at 903-693-2067 or email us at

Crime Stoppers Needing Your Help

The Center Police Department needs your help in tracking down a wanted fugitive.  


She is Karrie Yanes, a white female , who is 5'6" and has brown hair and brown eyes.  If  you see or know the location of this fugitive you are encouraged to call Center crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE or send a web tip at You could earn a cash reward up to a $1,000.00 in cash if your information leads to the arrest of this fugitive . And remember, you don't have to give your name.  

Ross Gift to Benefit College Band

The Panola College Foundation recently received a gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Frances Ross that will be used to purchase new instruments for the Panola College Band. When asked about the gift Professor Mike McGowan, Director of Instrumental Music, stated, "This wonderful gift from Mrs. Ross will go a long way toward the replacement of our band instruments, many of which are more than three decades old. On behalf of the music department, our students and myself, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for this donation."

“Over the years Mrs. Ross has been very generous to the College,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Her gifts have made it possible for the College to purchase a stage which improved the overall professionalism of our graduation ceremonies. Another donation was used recently to purchase new tables and chairs to outfit a science lab, and this newest gift will allow us to replace many aging instruments. I am grateful for Mrs. Ross and her generosity to Panola College. I have no doubt that her legacy will be one of improving the lives of thousands of Panola College students.”

Minutes of Center ISD School Board Meeting

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD was held Thursday, May 16, 2013, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center High School Library, 658 Roughrider Dr. Center, TX 75935.



Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum


Dr. Golden called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


Present: Dixon Golden, Deborah Chadwick, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer, Stephen Shires, Dan Wilkins, Sharon Nelson, Director of Finance and Business Operations Betty McDaniel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Daya Hill, Deputy Superintendent Rayford Copelin, and Superintendent James Hockenberry


Absent: None


Visitors: Numerous Students, Parents, and Teachers



Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance


Ortega Cartwright gave the invocation and Deborah Chadwick led the Pledge of Allegiance.



Recognition of FLM, CES, CIS, CMS, and CHS Student Accomplishments


Students from FLM, CES, CIS, CMS, and CHS were recognized for various accomplishments throughout the school year. Center ISD is extremely proud of these students and their parents and teachers.  



Special Presentation to Staff Member


Judy Shields was presented a plague in recognition of her dedication and heroic efforts as a bus driver.



Recognition of the US News and World Report Designation


CHS and CISD were recognized for the US News and World Report designation



Public Comments/Audience Participation


Brad and Tara Nachman, on behalf of the Center Band Boosters, presented the CISD Board of Trustees a large framed picture of the 2012-2013 CHS Rider Band commemorating the 75th anniversary of the band program. This picture will be on display at the central administration building for years to come.



Consent Agenda


A motion was made by Stephen Shires, seconded by Jim Sawyer to approve the consent agenda consisting of the following items:



Minutes of April 11, 2013 (regular meeting), April 17, 2013, and May 8, 2013 (called meetings)



Tax Office Report



Monthly Financial Statement



Amendments to the Budget



Overnight Student Activity Trips


CHS Phlebotomy – Shreveport, LA – Phlebotomy Certification Examination – 8 students – Departing May 21, 2013 and returning May 22, 2013 – LeAnn McGraw, Teacher.


The motion carried 7-0.



Accounts Payable


A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Jim Sawyer to approve the accounts payable. The motion carried 7-0.



Presentation and Discussion led by Shelby County Chief Appraiser, Bobby Pigg


Bobby Pigg, Shelby County Chief Appraiser made a presentation to the Board of Trustees regarding local property values.



Presentation and Discussion of the Aesop Automated Calling System for Substitute Teaching


Holly Mikesh, HR Officer presented the Aesop automated calling system for substitute teaching.



Review of Quarterly Energy Savings and Efficiency Report


The review of the quarterly energy savings and efficiency report shows the annual energy savings through February 2013 at $135,581.



Consideration, Discussion, and Approval of TASB Policy Update 96  


A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Dan Wilkins to approve the TASB Policy Update 96. The motion carried 7-0.   



Authorize Administration to Solicit Proposals for Transportation Fuel for the 2013-2014 School Year


A motion was made by Stephen Shires, seconded by Jim Sawyer to authorize administration to solicit proposals for transportation fuel for the 2013-2014 school year. The motion carried 7-0.



Authorize Administration to Conduct a Surplus Sale


A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Dan Wilkins to authorize administration to conduct a surplus sale. The motion carried 7-0.



Consideration and Approval of the 2013-2014 Concussion Management Team

A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Stephen Shires to approve the 2013-2014 Concussion Management Team. The motion carried 7-0.










Consideration and Approval of the 2013-2014 Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS certification


A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Dan Wilkins to approve the 2013-2014 Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS certification. The motion carried 7-0.


Consideration and Approval to Change the June 2013 Regular Meeting Date


A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Ortega Cartwright to change the June 2013 regular meeting date to Monday, June 17 at noon. The motion carried 7-0.




Closed Session:

Dr. Golden called for a closed session at 9:13 p.m. under Texas Government Code 551.074 (Personnel) and Texas Government Code 551.072 (Discussion of Real Property)


The Board returned to open session at 9:28 p.m. No action was taken in closed session.



District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074


1.   Leave(s) of Absence






Resignation/Retirement of Personnel

A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Ortega Cartwright to accept the resignation of Shannon Mulcahy, CES Teacher. The motion carried 7-0.



Employment of Personnel





Employment of Substitute Teacher(s)






Discussion of Real Property: Texas Gov't. Code 551.072


No action taken





A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Jim Sawyer to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 p.m. The motion carried 7-0.








Center City Officials Join TXDOT in Kicking Off Click It or Ticket

Officials from the city of Center , the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Transportation got together this morning to hold an official kick-off to the 12th annual Click It or Ticket campaign.


"Texas is currently one of the top ten states in the nation in regards to seat belt use and that is awesome," says Kathi White, the Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. 

"But, even so, we still have a problem with some drivers and passengers getting the message.  Those include motorists in rural areas, such as East Texas,  It also includes teen-agers and pick-up truck drivers with their passengers.


Traffic Safety Specialist Allison Beck says TXDOT is honoring former President Lyndon Johnson.  "In 1966, LBJ signed into law the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and Highway Safety Act.  This legislation ultimately required auto vehicle manufacturers to install seat belts in all vehicles , starting in 1968.  The legislation also led to other automobile and traffic safety features, whcih we now take for granted.  For example, air bags, traffic guardrails and shatter-resistant windshields were non-existent before 1966,", Beck said.


"If you don't buckle up yourself and every passenger in your vehicle, you're getting a ticket'" said Chief Jim Albers of the Center Police Department.  "The law requires everybody in a vehicle to wear a seat belt and police will be ticketing unbelted vehicle occupants around the clock-night and day.  There are tickets available for every seat so buckle up."


There were 14 fatal crashes in Shelby County last year and three of those involved were not wearing seat belts.  There were 7 incapacitating injury crashes in the county and  1 of those involved were not wearing seat belts. 

Man Dies in Traffic Accident Near Nacogdoches

Department of Public Safety officials says it appears fatigue was the cause of a fatal accident that happened on Highway 7 early yesterday morning  about 6-8 miles east of Nacagdoches  . Troopers 38-year-old James Anderson of Nacogdoches is believed to have crossed over traveling eastbound on the highway ,drifting to the westbound side, and striking a guardrail.  His vehicle  rolled over on the left and landed on it's top. 

Troopers say the accident was not discovered until 12:45 yesterday afternoon,hours after Anderson had been reported missing.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

San Augustine County Woman Killed in Accident Over Weekend

Area DPS say a San Augustine woman was killed after being involved in a two-vehicle accident in San Augustine County.


Troopers say the accident occurred on State Road 147 Sunday afternoon just after one.  A vehicle driven by 70-year-old Wilma Taylor Chance was headed south when it crossed a center stripe , colliding with the other vehicle , driven by Carlotta Brown. 


Brown and her two children were reportedly uninjured.  Chance reportedly died of her injuries.

Two San Augustine Women Injured in Accident at 500 Loop Wednesday Morning

DPS Troopers say it does not appear two San Augustine women were seriously injured following their involvement in an accident this morning just before 8 at the intersection of Highway 96 South  and Loop 500 .


Troopers say 24-year-old Katherine Lynn Evett of San Augustine was driving her 2008 Dodge Avenger when she failed to control her speed, striking the rear of a 2011 Nissan, driven by 51-year-old Gloria Ann Reeves.  


Evett was transported by ACE EMS to Shelby Regional Medical Center after complaining of neck and chest injuries.  Reeves was transported to Shelby Regional Medical Center by private vehicle. 


Evett was cited for Failure to Control Speed.

Deans List and Presidents Lists Announced

Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.





BOSSIER CITY –                              Nicole Mitchell

                                                            Lauren Shepherd


FRIERSON -                                      Kayle Harrington


KEATCHIE -                                                 Hope Fossman


LOGANSPORT -                               Morgan Barbee

                                                            Carol Canton

                                                            Jack Horn


PLEASANT HILL -                           Reggie Anders


SHREVEPORT -                                Dannisha Jackson


STONEWALL -                                 Alana Bankson                       





BEAUMONT -                                   Trevin Sonnier


BECKVILLE -                                   Cassie Griffin

                                                            Kayla Hallman

                                                            Johnathan Hamilton

                                                            Jenna Stewart


BROWNSBORO -                             Hillary Shaffer


BULLARD -                                      Dylan Essman


CARTHAGE -                                    Justin Beason

                                                            Candace Clark

                                                            Raderrius Colbert

                                                            Chandler Cooper

                                                            Caitlin Davis

                                                            Christina Fulsom

                                                            Rokarian Gates

                                                            Dillon Holcomb

                                                            Christopher Johnson

                                                            Stephen Mahaffey

                                                            James Moss

                                                            Paul Rivard

                                                            Kenzi Snider

                                                            Chelsea Stuart

                                                            Penelope Tomlin

                                                            Johnathan Wilson



CENTER -                                          Maria Almaguer

                                                            Piper Andrews

                                                            Nakristianna Crawford

                                                            Emily Harding

                                                            Maria Herrera

Brandon Holt

Ruby Johnson

Mary O'Connor

Suzanne Peace

Guadalupe Perez

Britney Vaughn

Stephen Wilburn


CONROE -                                         Delia Rivas


CUSHING -                                       Mark Jackson

                                                            Ray Jackson

                                                            Deryl Pettit


DEBERRY -                                       Kevin Planas


DIANA  -                                           Tyler Lyons


DIKE -                                                Cara Duncan  


ELYSIAN FIELDS -                                     Haley Bagley                                     


GARRISON -                                                 Jennifer Cools

                                                            Angela Hughes


GARY -                                              Dolar Robinett


HALLSVILLE -                                 Kristyana Birmingham


HEMPHILL -                                                 Salve Croskey

                                                            Shirley Mitchell


HENDERSON -                                 Taylor Jimerson


HOUSTON -                                      Michael Donovan


HUNTINGTON -                               Hunter Palmer


JEFFERSON -                                    Terri Rodriguez

                                                            Drew Tidwell


JOAQUIN-                                         Kalita Thompson

                                                            Brookelyn Wildes

                                                            Justin Wilson


KARNACK -                                                 Chawnta Lewis


LONGBRANCH -                             Stacy White


LONGVIEW -                                    Mandy Huffman

                                                            Roshunda Lewis

                                                            Claire Sagers


MARSHALL -                                   Rica Jones

                                                            Kara McDowall

                                                            Kathryn Morton


MILAM -                                            Tammy Doiron


MOUNT ENTERPRISE -                  Timmy Beard

                                                            Mackenzie Hannah


NACOGDOCHES -                           Victoria Rios

                                                            Dillon Ward

                                                            Britny Yarbrough

                                                            Racheal Stanley

                                                            James Thorn

                                                            Brittany Whatley


PORT NECHES -                               Stephen Schlett


ROCKWALL -                                   Steven Bain


SAN AUGUSTINE -                                     Lindsey Thompson


SHELBYVILLE -                              David Bragg

                                                            Jeffrey Cagle

                                                            Lindsey Dry


SULPHUR SPRINGS -                     Alyssa Burney


TATUM -                                            Lorrie Neal


TIMPSON -                                        Jessica Montoya

                                                            Mary Smith


TYLER -                                             Kourtny Munsinger


VIDOR -                                             Vernnon Maxwell


WASKOM -                                       Jessica Kindley


WOODLAWN -                                 Cherahn Mitchell


WYLIE -                                             Robert Petty






BELGRADE -                                    Ana Kiso






KEATCHIE -                                                 Miles Holmes 


MANY -                                             Derek Mong               





ATLANTA -                                       Caitlin Sheets


BECKVILLE -                                   Dalye Alfaro


BIVINS -                                            Hunter Smith


CARTHAGE -                                    Morgan Aldana

                                                            Kady Armstrong

                                                            Jessica Bender Molnari

                                                            Clint Cage

                                                            Kristan Carroll

                                                            Ricky Davis

                                                            Harley Duncan

                                                            Gabriel Fincher

                                                            Anneth Garcia

                                                            Shelby Hammons

                                                            Natasha Hardin

                                                            Logan Landtroop

                                                            Daniel Matthews

                                                            Madison McGowan

                                                            Jeffry Oney

                                                            Kelcie Oney

                                                            Blake Sanca

                                                            Matthew Sanford

                                                            Christian Schelhouse

                                                            Cassie Smith

                                                            Robert Vicars

                                                            Veronica Vicencio

                                                            Thomas Young


CENTER -                                          Teresa Blackwell

                                                            April Broomfield

                                                            Howard Griffin

                                                            Aaron Howard

                                                            Sherry Oakes

                                                            Christopher Renfro

                                                            Samuel Swann

                                                            Marliyn Thompson


CUSHING -                                       Scharlette Thompson

                                                            Hailey Wallace


DAINGERFIELD -                           Jeremy Gressman


DEBERRY -                                       Peyton Cowan

                                                            Brandi Pierce


GARLAND -                                      Shantoria Taylor


GARRISON -                                                 Amy Garcia


GARY -                                              Randall Jackson

                                                            Chelsea Ragan

                                                            Danielle Suchy


HALLSVILLE -                                 Megan Phinny


HENDERSON -                                 Meghan Penney

                                                            Hannah Smith

                                                            Misael Rivera


HUNTSVILLE -                                Joshua Burch


JACKSONVILLE -                           David Rentz


JEFFERSON -                                    Emily Wallace


JOAQUIN -                                        Pamela Whitton


KILGORE -                                        Dionn Jones

                                                            Latricia Organ


KIRBYVILLE -                                 Kahlie Tomplait


LONGBRANCH -                             Brianna Morgan


LONGVIEW -                                    Jody Coke


MARSHALL -                                   Bradley Baker

                                                            Juan Benitez

                                                            Harry Bloodworth

                                                            Beatrice Carranza

                                                            Tyler Graff

                                                            Zoe Juays

                                                            Lucy Norrell

                                                            Kason Box

                                                            Pedro Farnsworth

                                                            Angela Gribble

                                                            Katie McBroom

                                                            Casey Patterson

                                                            Brittni Snye


MOUNT ENTERPRISE -                  Wesley Lummus

                                                            Joumana Tabch

                                                            Joseph Whitlow


NACOGDOCHES-                            Jessica Nichols

                                                            Daniel Patterson

                                                            Charles Gordon

                                                            Billie Stripling

                                                            Dee Breaux

                                                            Clifton Bullard

                                                            Sandra Rangel

                                                            Meliza Castillo

                                                            Tatanya Gerik

                                                            Barry Huggins


PINELAND -                                                 Colton Lindsey


POLLOK -                                          Jentry Page


PORT ARTHUR -                              Derrian James


SAN AUGUSTINE -                                     Shane Mathews

                                                            Jessica Thompson


SHELBYVILLE -                              Eric Blackman

                                                            Justin Taylor


TENAHA -                                         Becky Bridges

                                                            Justin Tatom

                                                            Stephen Tomaszewski

                                                            Gavin Williamson


TIMPSON -                  &

Student Accomplishment to Be Noted at Tonight's School Board Meeting

Center Independent School Board members will be recognizing a number of students for their accomplishments this evening at their regular monthly meeting at the Center High School Library.

Also on tonights agenda is a special presentation to a staff member.

The board will hear from Shelby County Chief Appraiser Bobby Pigg.

The board will discuss the Aesop Program which is used in contacting substitute teachers.
Action items include the solicitation of proposals for transportation fuel for the 2013-2014 school year and a closed session in which personnel items will be discussed.  Any action items from the closed session discussion will be acted upon in open session.  

Two San Augustine Women Arrested on Assault-Related Charges

San Augustine County Sheriffs' deputies confirm the arrest of a San Augustine woman on charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.   


An arrest affidavit says a 28-year-old woman had been severely assaulted with a knife when she met with deputies in the lobby of the San Augustine County Sheriffs Office.  She reportedly told officers she had been assaulted by 35-year-old Tyisha Dalee Wilson who is alleged to have attacked the victim at her residence in the 300 block of County Road 3030 on May 12th.   


Another San Augustine woman was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault Family Violence With a Deadly Weapon.  The arrest sheet states that deputies were called to the 600 block of North US Highway 96 in reference to the assault.  The woman's husband reportedly had defensive knife wounds in his hands.  He reportedly stated his wife thought he was cheating on her and attacked him with a knife.  The woman deputies would arrest stated she had acted in self-defense.  The report states she had a small cut above her wrist, but otherwise showed no signs of being physically assaulted.  Thirty-year-old Latoya Mae Zigler Pickard was arrested on the charges. 

Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship Established

Panola College announces the establishment of the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established by his friends and family. It will be used to help students enrolling in Panola College’s petroleum technology program.

Charlie Woods was born on May 15, 1954. He was the oldest of four children born to Lonnie Drew Woods and Virginia Spurlock Woods. Growing up he was active in 4-H and FFA. He was also very involved in his father’s cattle ranch and enjoyed and participated in team roping events.

Charlie graduated from Carthage High School in 1972.  He attended Panola College before entering a Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University. Following graduation Charlie worked most of his life in the oilfield. He also was a longtime member of Southside Baptist Church.

Charlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock. He enjoyed bird hunting with his father and squirrel hunting but he always loved fishing.

Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock Bass.

At the time of Charlie’s death, two of his friends, Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford, expressed their intentions to have a memorial fishing tournament to honor their friend. Charlie loved to help people so it was decided that any proceeds would go to a scholarship to help a deserving student at Panola College.

On Saturday May 4, 41 bass fishing teams set out on a very cold morning at Toledo Bend Lake with the intention of winning the first Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament. At 3 pm each team returned to submit their catch for weigh-in. The winning team was comprised of Harley Wilson and Chris Smith. They had caught five bass with a combined weight of 14.30 lbs. The second place team was Gary and Kyle Turner, third place went to Lynn and Lee Graves, the fourth spot was claimed by Anthony and Ryan Hartley, and the team of Don Matthews and John Tilbury took fifth place. The tournament raised approximately $30,000. These funds were used to establish an endowed scholarship at Panola College to honor the memory of Charlie Woods. Funds raised at the Tournament will also be used to provide additional scholarships to area students based on financial need.

The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually. The selection of the recipient will be made in the spring each year. Applicants should contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, 903-693-2029.

Local VFW Recognized

Post Commander Mike Langford and Auxiliary President Becky Yates received an April 30th, 2013 letter from Roy Grona, Texas VFW State Adjutant/Quartermaster congratulating them on Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary for being selected as one of the top two Community Service Posts in the Department of Texas for 2012 – 2013.  In addition the post was selected for recognition as a National VFW Community Service Post.  This is the third National award and fourth State award in the last six years.


The Post and Auxiliary would like to thank all who made it possible through attendance, participation and support.  A very special thank you to Theresa Hume has maintained the community service books for the past six years.


City Council to Tackle Various Items at Tonights Meeting

Center City Councilmembers are scheduled to authorize the dedication of 2.453 acres of for undeveloped open space at the expansion of Center Park when they meet at 5 tonight at the John D. Windham Civic Center.


Also on the agenda is the authorization of a finance conract with Government Campital Corp for the COPSync system.


The council will also act on approve a contract through BuyBoard for the purchase of field lighting equipment , Pre-Fab buildings and installation.


The appointment of a comprehensive planning commitee is also on the agenda.


The council will consider cancellation of the regular council meeting on May 27th.



Over 600 Take Part in TAKF

Center Broadcasting Co. and the Shelby Conty Bass Anglers are highly pleased with the success of the 35tth annual Take a Kid Fishing Tournament held over the weekend at Huxley Bay Marina this Saturday.

Six hundred children took part and these are the winners.


Largest Single Bream-Abby Denby(3-5 age group), Cole Price(6-10 age group), and Braden Scarborough(11-15 age group).


Smallest Fish by Length-Jammarion Suell(3-5 age group), Brayden Raymond(6-10 age group),and J. T. Cravey(11-15 age group).


Heaviest String-Kyleigh Hendricks(3-5 age group), Baylee Whiteside (6-10 age group), and Cale Cooper(11-15).


Fishing participants took part in a casting tournament after they fished.    In the 3-5 age group, Sydney McDonald came in first, Kayden Nutt came in second, and Jaxon Goings and Dakota Horn tied for third place.


In the 6-10 age group, Mackenzie Parks came in first, Ryleigh Cheatwood came in second, and Heaven Sampson came in third.


In the 11-15 age group, Kolby Parker came in first, Justin Nutter second, and Austin Williford third. 

Area Fire Department Fund-Raiser Scheduled

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department Annual Spring Fundraiser is scheduled for May 18th at the Firestation in Joaquin.  The event will include a bbq and auction.  Fire department officials say all proceeds will be used to purchase a new Jaws of Life.  They say they will appreciate all donations.



On Wednesday, May 8 Panola College held a reception to honor long time employee Mrs. Linda Vickery.  Employees from Panola College gathered in the Ballroom to thank Linda for her time at Panola College and to wish her well in her retirement.


Linda Whiddon Vickery was born in 1947, ironically the same year as Panola College was started. She is the fifth of six children born to Monroe and Syble (Adams) Whiddon. She grew up in Joaquin, Texas and graduated from Joaquin High School. She then attended Colonial Beauty School in Nacogdoches, Texas and was licensed in 1966. She worked one year in Nacogdoches at Mildred’s Beauty Salon/ Merle Norman Studio. In 1967 she married David Vickery and moved to Tenaha, Texas. They have two children, Brad Vickery and Mandy Vickery Smelser. They also have two grandsons Jake Smelser and Colt Vickery, and a step-grandson Clay Marable.


In 1967 she opened Linda’s Beauty Salon in Tenaha, Texas, and in 1972 was licensed as a Cosmetology Instructor. Seventeen years later she closed her beauty salon and accepted the position of Cosmetology Instructor for Panola College at the newly opened Shelby College Center. Cosmetology was the first program offered on that campus. Twenty-five students enrolled that first year and thus she began a 29 year career teaching cosmetology. Approximately 650 students have passed through her classroom doors since 1984. Of those, 478 completed the program and received their cosmetology license.


“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the many students that I have taught,” said Linda. “I leave the cosmetology program in very capable hands. The new instructors are former students to whom I was privileged to teach both the operator and instructor courses. My plans after retirement are to spend time with family and participate in church outreach programs. I also plan to remain connected to the cosmetology program by serving as a substitute instructor when needed.”


County Commissioners to Meet Monday Morning

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to meet Monday morning at 9:30 in the Commissioners Courtroom.


Items on the agenda include Lila Akin addressing the court on animal control within the county and George Simon with Tri-County addressing the court concerning the Old Elementary School property located at 214 Nacogdoches St in Center.


Adult Protective Services will address the court concerning a Proclamation delaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month.


The court will possibly act on closing portions of CR 3700 and 3706.



Center Fire Department Reports Home Gutted in Fire; Department Called to Other Situations as Well


Center Firefighters say high winds prevented them from being able to get a house fire at 304 Riggs Street under control before the interior of the house was gutted.  Firemen responded to the fire at 7:05 last night and did not leave until after eleven.  Chief Keith Byndham says lightning is the cause of the blaze that started in the attic.  He emphasises that the sole occupant of the home was away at the time. No one was injured.  Seventeen firemen were on hand.


The department has remained busy over the last several hours as a result of the heavy winds that accompanied last nights storm.  Byndham says a tree fell on the road on Highway 96 North a little after nine last night.  The department was also called to a tree falling on Crockett Street.  A limb reportedly fell on a power line causing it to arc in the 1100 block of Ballard Street.


The department responded to a two-vehicle accident on Hurst Street at Roughrider Road just before seven this morning to clean a fuel spill.  


Finally, the department responded to a smoke alarm scare in the 800 block of Rainbow Drive.

Benefit Auction Coming Up

The friends and family of Buddy Fountain are still looking for items to be donated to  The Benefit Auction for him.  They say items do not have to be brand new, but in good condition.  Donors are asked to leave their name and address with the item so they know who donated it.  If anyone wants to donate pies or cakes for the auction, let his family know by calling 936-591-8557. 


Anyone wishing to donate to the fund set up at Shelby Savings Bank at 111 Selma Steet in Center.


The benefit will be on May 19th from 4 PM on at the Sundowners . 

Baccalaureate Services Scheduled

There will be graduate rehearsals for the 2013 Community Wide Baccalelaureate Services Thursday May 9th at 6 PM and Thursday May 16th at 6 PM at Mount Zion Church in Center, TX located at 921 MLK Drive.  The service, honoring Shelby County graduates and their parents/family, will be held on Sunday, May 19th at 11 AM.  Call Veronica Berry at 488-8096 or 598-9861 for more information.


CENTER, Texas (May 9, 2013) – The City of Center has begun its annual mosquito spraying program three times a week during the mornings.  The spray hours are between 4:00 to 6:30 am when mosquitoes are less active.  The amounts of chemical distributed are of a low dosage as not to cause any harm to people or animals.  Environmentally safe mosquito pellets are applied to ditch and creek water in the City in an effort to kill mosquito larva.

The City will continue to provide these measures but need help from residents.  To help reduce problems, rubbish such as old tires, aluminum can piles, junk, debris, excavations, or any parcel of land where the vegetation has grown over 18 inches should be removed, mowed or cleaned.  Any area where unwholesome, impure, stagnated or offensive water is standing should be cleared immediately.  These places provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.


One Theft Suspect Still At-large

The Shelby County Sheriffs Office is still looking for a suspect believed to have been involved in the theft of diesel fuel last Tuesday, April 30th.  That is when the sheriff's office received a call from Larry Joe Eaves in reference to the theft in the 200 block of CR 1005. 


A press release provided to KDET states that 1,000 gallons of fuel had  been stolen. Eaves reportedly provided several pictures of suspects stealing the fuel.  Deputies say Eaves called the Sheriff's office later that evening and advised the stolen fuel was possibly located at a residence on CR 2230.  Deputies reportedly arrived to find suspect Tremayne Hewitt unloading fuel from a flatbed trailer matching the one seen in the photos.  Deputies say they were able to ascertain that Hewitt, Cortez Cartwright and Joseph Simpson had stolen the fuel.


  Hewitt and Cartwright were arrested.  Simpson is still at large.  If you have any information leading to the arrest of Joseph Simpson, call the Shelby County Sheriffs Office at 936-598-5601 or the Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE.

Lowe Appointed District Police Chief

The Center Independent School District board has voted unanimously to appoint Pete Lowe as Police Chief of the Center Independent School District Police Department.   "As we have been going through a lot of our safety plans , procedures, guidelines, and audits, it has come to our attention that if we have a police force, we are supposed to have a designated chief," said School District Superintendant Dr. James Hockenberry. 


In other business, the board voted to add a third peace officer to the district force.  School Board President Dixon Golden made mention of the Sandy Hook tragedy late last year and talked about the importance of school safety.  "We want to make our district the safest we most possibly can make it...I know that safety continues to be of the utmost concern to this board and to the principals and we are doing everything to maintain safe campuses in the confines and the limitations we have," Golden said.


The board also agreed to purchase two new 78 passenger school buses.   Hockenberry cited the current aging fleet as a reason to "try to further better our fleet."  The buses will be air-conditioned.



Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Scholarship Established at Panola College

Panola College is proud to announce the establishment of the Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Mrs. Elvin Ross and the Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Trust in memory of her only son, Daniel Lloyd Ross.

Daniel Lloyd Ross was born on December 19, 1942 in Carthage, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin H. Ross. At the age of three, Daniel Lloyd’s artistic talent was recognized by his parents. They encouraged him to draw whatever he found interesting. His early drawings captured life on his parent’s farm. This God given talent continued to develop through his public school years in Carthage. Following graduation in 1961, Daniel Lloyd pursued a degree in commercial art at the University of Texas. While at U.T. he made numerous artistic contributions to “The Daily Texan,” the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1965 he received his BA degree graduating with honors.

Daniel Lloyd was hired by Stan Richards and Associates, a highly prestigious commercial advertising agency based in Dallas, Texas. He worked for the firm for several years before starting his own business. Mr. Ross died on January 13, 1975 at Baylor Hospital from complications following surgery.

“We are grateful to Mrs. Frances Ross and the Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Trust for establishing this scholarship,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “The need for financial assistance continues to grow as more and more students choose to attend college as a way to improve their economic futures. This is the second scholarship valued in excess of $100,000 that Panola College has received from Mrs. Ross. I have had several conversations with Mrs. Ross, and her determination to help others improve their lives is a great example for all of us.” 


The Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a sophomore student. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need. The selection of the recipient will be made in the spring each year. Applicants should contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, 903-693-2029.

Center High School Receives Special Recognition

Center High School has been named one of the nation’s best by US News and World Report and awards CHS with a Bronze Medal. Superintendent of Center ISD, Dr. Hockenberry says, "This award is very significant. It is an objective review of the school and considers many factors in its report and designation." They reviewed 21,035 public schools in 49 states in the US and the District of Columbia. Of those 21,000, 410 out of 1850 high schools in Texas made the rankings, including Center High School.


According to, to produce the 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools Rankings, U.S. News teams up with the Washington, D.C. based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. This institute implemented U.S. news' comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. A three-step process determines the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that make it past the first two steps, a third step assesses the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.


 Center High School documented a total enrollment of 615 students, 51% male and 49% female and a total minority enrollment of 55%. U.S. News calculates test score values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level readiness. Center showed a 95% proficiency in Reading and 94% proficiency in Math.


Although not appropriately reflected in this report, college and career readiness is an integral part of the high school's main focus. This report measures AP program enrollment where Center High School’s main focus is dual-credit. Dual-credit is a college and career readiness pathway where a student can earn both college hours and high school credit simultaneously. A very large number of our CHS students take part in this opportunity. As part of that emphasis, the district pays the tuition for the first 12-18 hours.  We are also expanding our Career and Technical Education Programs. For example, Animal Science and Therapeutic Science pathways will be available to CHS students beginning next year. In short, Center ISD is creating opportunities and not strictly focusing on state assessment. There is so much more learning available that goes beyond the narrow and current accountability system.


It is a great honor for the entire district. When you consider the size and diversity, and also include a reduction in funding by well over a million dollars, it then becomes an exceptional honor for the district. Center ISD is most proud of all its students and teachers. This is a district honor that will be cherished and we also want to congratulate all schools that have earned such a designation. 

Hiring and Police Chief Designation on Center ISD School Agenda

The Center Indepdendent School District Board will be meeting Wednesday, May 8th at 12 noon at the Administration Boardroom.  Items on the agenda will include adoption of the TASB hiring schedules for auxilary, professional, and administrative staff for the 2013-2014 School Year,  the designation of a District Police Chief, the addtion of a Peace Officer to the district force, and the purchase of 2 new 78 passenger school buses. 

DPS Work Two-Vehicle Accident on Highway 96 South

Shelby County DPS and other emergency responders were called to a major two-vehicle accident south of town on Highway 96.  DPS troopers say an eighteen-wheeler was headed south while another vehicle was headed north.  It is beleived that the SUV crossed over to the wrong side of the road, resulting in the accident.  The drivers of both vehicles were beleived to have only suffered minor bumps and bruises.  Both were checked out at Shelby Regional Medical Center. 

Food Distribution Scheduled

Pineywoods Outreach will be distributing food on May 8th from 11-1.  Those who show up are asked to bring an ID and a utility bill.  The organization is still in need of male volunteers.  If interested, call Deronda at 591-9826.  All volunteers are encouraged to be on hand by 9:30 AM.  Pineywoods is located at 255 Haley across from Pine Grove Nursing Facility.

Lions Club Fund-Raiser Scheduled

The Center Noon Lions Club will have a Chicken BarBQ on the Center Square on Thursday, May 9th, from 11 AM until 1 PM.


The meal will be $7.00 a plate.  It will include a chicken breast filet, potato salad, baked beans, bread, and a drink.


If a business or organization buys 5 or more plates, the Lions Club will deliver those plates to the specified location.


Proceeds benefit the Texas Lions Camp for Disabled Children.  These children may attend the camp in Kerrville, Tx at no cost to them or their families..

Panola College to Offer Computer Literacy Course

The Office of Workforce and Economic Development is offering a computer literacy course.  The class will meet Thursdays beginning May 30 through June 13 in the Merle Glass Building, room 119 on the Panola College Carthage campus.  Class will begin at 5:30 pm until 8 pm.  The cost of the class will be $50 and pre-registration is required.  The instructor will be Bill Schrader.  The class will provide novice computer users an opportunity to learn about computer components, operating systems, and an introduction to the internet, email, and application software.  For more information and to register, contact the Continuing Education Office at 903-693-2067 or email:

Schools Well-Represented at Ag Education Event

Every elementary school in Shelby County was well-represented at this morning's Ag Education Day out at the Sherriff's Posse Rodeo arena.  The program was put together by local businesses and agencies to educate students as to the role agriculture plays in our community. 


"It is designed to teach our kids that agriculture touches our lives in Shelby County and that we are an ag-based economy here," says Extension Agent J. Lane Dunn.  "We have got dairy stuff, aquaculture, horses and cattle and just all kinds of stuff for the kids to see and do."



About 40 Residents Turn Out to Visit with Mayor Chadwick at

The city comprehensive plan, the sidewalk project, community house and softball field construction were topics addressed by Center Mayor David Chadwick at the quarterly "Coffee With the Mayor" yesterday morning at the Windham Civic Center.


The mayor says the community building on San Augustine Street should be complete by November, giving the city more meeting room space.


He told those present that a Comprehensive Planning Committee should be officially announced at the next City Council meeting and encouraged all residents to submit any ideas they may have about how the city can improve their services over the next ten years.


Chadwick took a few minutes to remember former City Manager Frank Simpson who died of a heart attack last weekend days after taking over as College Station City Manager.  Simpson served as Center City Manager from 1995-2001.  He was 49 at the time of his death.  

Memorial Medical CenterĂ¢â‚¬"San Augustine Celebrates Labratory Week

SAN AUGUSTINE… (May 2, 2013)… Medical laboratory professionals often work behind the scenes in a healthcare setting performing critical testing to aid physicians in making informed decisions regarding a patient’s care and treatment.  Memorial Medical Center – San Augustine recently recognized its laboratory professionals during National Laboratory Week.


Laboratory professionals perform tests on body fluids, interpret the results and help provide a complete picture of a patient’s health. Memorial operates a lab within the hospital as well as Memorial Express Lab.  Memorial Express Lab provides lab testing for all tests without physician orders in an outpatient setting. 


The MMC-San Augustine Laboratory and Express Lab offer glucose testing, cholesterol testing, drug screening, and more.  The lab recently added Testosterone, Progesterone, Estradiol, LH and FSH to their menu of tests.   These tests are most often used for fertility testing but are also used for hormone balance testing, men’s health, and pre and post menopause testing.  Most test results are returned within 24 hours.  Patients can then visit their physician if there are any concerns regarding their results.


Memorial Express Lab is open Monday thru Friday 8:30am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  For more information and to see other tests offered by Express Lab visit or call 936-275-3446 Ext. 230.

Colder Weather on the Way







City To Construct New Softball Fields at Center Park

CENTER, Texas (April 18, 2013) – Construction will soon begin on the much-anticipated Center Park expansion project, which will bring 3 new softball fields to property adjacent to the current Center Park.
“For years, the girls’ softball program has called Community Park home,” described Center Mayor, David Chadwick. “This location has been problematic for coaches, players, and their families with boys’ baseball being on the other side of town. With this addition, our athletic facilities can be more family friendly.” The softball facilities at Community Park are also not as nice as we desire, Chadwick elaborated. “Having quality facilities for all our youth has been a goal of the City Council.”
The construction project will build new fields, one of which will be an upgraded championship field. The expansion of the Park with softball fields will also allow for the City to be the host site for softball tournaments and new or expanded events.


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