News Headlines Archives for 2015-07

Press Release from the Texas Department of Transportation

REDLAND OVERPASS PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION

Other projects ongoing in Lufkin District

 

August 1, 2015

LUFKIN – Motorists are now able to maneuver in all lane directions of travel in Redland at the US 59/FM 2021 connector bridge, but construction crews still have a few more months of work as the project comes to an end.

 

With the recent opening of the west end of FM 2021, motorists are able to traverse FM 2021 from east to west over US 59. Currently, the north end of the southbound ramp is complete. Crews with Webber LLC, contractor for the $18.7 million project, are working on the asphalt portion of the ramp. Storm sewer installation will continue along the southern end of the southbound ramp along with general clean-up of the project area expected to end by October.

 

The $52.2 million US 59/Loop 287 Interchange project in Lufkin continues with placement of concrete pavement along portions of the new eastbound and westbound main lanes. The entrance/exit ramp to and from Business 59/North Timberland Drive will be the main work areas this week. The project is expected to end in December or January, weather permitting.

 

Work crews at the UPRR Railroad Bridge that crosses Loop 287 are continuing to work off the roadway setting retaining wall anchors. Wall panels will follow once anchors are set. Additionally, work on the A&NR Railroad Bridge replacement continues to also be out of the lanes of traffic. Construction crews are drilling shafts for retaining walls and working on storm sewers.

 

“These major construction projects continue and will complete, weather permitting, on or near schedule,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “As the community and those who travel through the area experience the continued progress each week, we are excited to see the work nearing completion in Redland and on track for other local projects. Motorists are already enjoying the Redland overpass, the new North Lufkin fly-over and the increased ease of access the new roadways provide in both locations.

 

“As summer road rehabilitation and seal coating projects continue throughout the district, motorists are advised to slow down as they approach work zones,” Oaks said. “Motorists may experience single-lane travel or delays, so a little extra patience and attentiveness could be required.”

 

Other construction and maintenance work scheduled in the nine-county Lufkin District for the week of August 3-7includes:

 

ANGELINA COUNTY

US 59: Joint repair, mill and inlay.

Various locations:  Pothole patching, ditch maintenance and sweeping operations.

 

TRINITY COUNTY

SH 94: Safety treating fixed objects alongside the roadway.

FM 2915: Rehabilitating roadway.

FM 357, FM 358 and FM 3154: Mowing

Various locations: Pothole patching and herbicide treatments for vegetation.

 

HOUSTON COUNTY

US 287 South of LP 304: Safety treating fixed objects alongside the roadway.

SH 7 West of Kennard: Eastbound traffic will be detoured to the newly constructed lane and westbound traffic will be detoured to the former eastbound lane. The traffic switch will allow for additional safety of construction workers as they rebuild and widen westbound lanes.

SH 21: Mill and inlay road rehabilitation.

 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY

US 96 between SH 147 and FM 1751: Level-up road surface.

SH 21: Drainage structures and curb and gutter are being installed as intersection improvements continue.

CR 4320 and CR 312: The bridge replacement projects are nearing completion at Chiamon Bayou and Harvey Creek.

 

SABINE COUNTY

SH 21 to SH 87 at the Sabine River: Base repairs.

FM 1: Working 6.1 miles south of SH 184, crews will continue to safety treat fixed objects along roadway, including drainage pipes on FM 1751.

FM 1592: Safety treating fixed objects.

FM 2261: Safety treating fixed objects.

FM 3184: Safety treating fixed objects.

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY

US 59 from .24 south of FM 95 west to US 259: Mill and inlay is complete and crews will be striping the roadway.

US 59 from SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of SL 224: Crews will continue to work on placing the retaining wall on the US 59 South exit ramp and pavement structure on the westbound ramp. Hot mix will be placed to widen the eastbound exit ramp while utility crews continue to relocate utilities.

 

SH 21 from FM 226 to FM 3276: Crews will continue to lay the hot mix surface.

SL 224 from SH 7 to US 59 South: Crews will work on guard rails and culverts.

FM 1878 from SL 224 to FM 2112: Seal coating roadway.

FM 3314: Crews will work on striping the newly paved surface.

 

SHELBY COUNTY

US 84 at the TX/LA bridge: Final deck panes are being placed on the new eastbound bridge and crews are constructing base for the eastbound main lanes in Texas and Louisiana. Concrete paving is scheduled to begin in coming weeks.

US 59, US 84 and US 96: Pothole patching.

SH 7 West:  Mill and Inlay with alternating lane closures.

FM 3082: Road surface overlay

FM 139: Crews will work on drainage structures and safety treat other fixed objects.

 

POLK COUNTY

US 59 south of Leggett: Crews will continue to resurface the roadway and backfill pavement edges.

US 287 from US 59 to Tyler County: Crews will continue to construct concrete head walls and wing walls on cross structures.

FM 1316: Road rehabilitation.

 

SAN JACINTO COUNTY

FM 2025: Resurfacing roadway shoulders

FM 945: Cutting high shoulders and leveling pavement.

Various locations: Mowing

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

 

 

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce announces Business Excellence Award recipients and Citizen of the Year

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                          Contact:     Kelly Daniel 

July 31, 2015                                                                       Membership & Marketing Manager

                                                                                                                936-560-5533

 

 

Citizen of the Year, Business Excellence Awards announced

Recipients to be honored at Chamber Annual Meeting and Banquet Sept. 29

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met July 23, 2015 to review nominations and vote for the Chamber's annual awards.

The 2015 Citizen of the Year and the Gary Justice Business Excellence Awards  recipients are:

  Grace Handler, Citizen of the Year - award sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc.
 

  Shelley's Bakery Cafe, Small Business of the Year - award sponsored by Heritage Land Bank
 

  Mast Motorsports, Medium Business of the Year - award sponsored by Regions Bank.
 

  Clear Springs Restaurant and Auntie Pasta's, Large Business of the Year - award sponsored by R&K Distributors, Inc.

 

Award recipients will be recognized at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce 94th Annual Meeting and Membership Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the SFA Grand Ballroom. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

 

"Living in community where I have had the opportunity to work with businesses who believe in 'working together where business can succeed' not only has been rewarding but an honor,” said current Chamber Chair Jessica Henderson, The Hospice of East Texas. "I have seen businesses support one another in times of need, in times of celebration, and gather together to welcome new businesses as they join our community." 

 

The 2015-16 Chamber board of directors will be inducted at the event and Henderson will "pass the gavel" to incoming Chair Rusty Rust, Commercial Bank of Texas. "I don't view my year as ending but just beginning, because our work is never over, it is forever changing. It will be exciting to have the opportunity to work with Rusty and his board members as we enter the Chamber's new year onOct. 1, because it is truly all about serving those doing business in Nacogdoches County!" Henderson said.

 

Members of the annual meeting and banquet planning committee working with event Chair Betty Shinn are Charlotte Ashcraft, Rayanne DuChane, Donna Finley, Susan Gaskin, Keith Hand, Grace Handler, Jessica Henderson, Sheri Howard, Kati Kennedy, Ruth Ann Peterson, Bradley Reynolds, Damon Ruckel, Rusty Rust, Scarlett Sloane and Polly Etta Sunda. 

 

Bronze sponsorships are available for $750 and include corporate recognition and seating for eight or nine. Individual admission tickets are available for $40. Contact the Chamber at 936-560-5533 for reservations. Seating is limited, and the reservation deadline is Sept. 16.

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    Click here to download the annual meeting registration form.

Updated: 2015 Roughrider Varsity Football Reserved Seating Ticket Sales

2015 Varsity Roughrider Football 
Reserved Seat Ticket Sales
 
Reserved seating tickets for the 2015 Roughrider Varsity Football games will go on sale the week of August 10th, 2015. Annual reserved seat ticket holders may purchase their tickets from August 10th, 2015 through August 14th, 2015. All remaining Reserved Seats will be available for purchase beginning the week of August 17th, 2015. Tickets will be sold at Center High School in the Roughrider Athletic Office located across from the gym. Please enter the High School at the main front entrance located on Roughrider Drive. Athletic Office hours are 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, M-F.

 

Chatter from the Chamber

 
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Hello Chamber Friends!
 
We've Got "some light" at Our New Intersection (Hwys 96 & 21)....
Things are Progressing Well, BUT Please Drive Carefully.
 
 
 
 
 
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San Augustine County 4-H Extravaganza
 
When: September 26, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: Fairgrounds/Expo
Meet our New County Extension Agent:  Shane Bridges - AG/NR
Games, Food, Sign-ups, and Q & A Sessions!
Everyone is Welcome!
 
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Main Street's "JUNK IN THE TRUNK"
 
This Saturday, August 1 ~ 10 am- 2 pm ~ On the Square
 
Contact:  Tracy Cox ~ 936-201-9798
 
(Don't Forget  to Stop By "Farmer's Market" on the South Side of the Square)
 
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You're Invited...
 
San Augustine Main Street presents:
 
An American Main Street Patriotic Party 
Celebrating the Freedoms We Have- Remembering How We Got and Keep Them
Bring the Whole Family!!!
Music, Food & Drinks, Children's Games, Artwork Exhibit and Mixed Media Art Contest.
WHEN: September 11th ~ 5 pm ~ On the Square
 
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Civic Auction!!!
September 12, 2015
 
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Stay Involved...County Commissioners Court is the 2nd & 4th Tuesdayof Each Month
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Coming in October....NEW Chamber Directory!!! 
Call Jennifer or Tasha to reserve your space 
 
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Have a Cool Weekend,

 

The HOPE Project Board Names Mike Belgard as CEO; gears up for exciting changes in 2015

(Tenaha - Texas) The Board of Directors of The HOPE Project has voted to accept Mike Belgard's application as CEO after a special session held Tuesday July 21, 2015. Interim CEO Brandii Polley stepped down from her position July 22, 2015 and Belgard assumed his position immediately thereafter. 
 
The Board appointed Mike Belgard as Chief Executive Officer after a search period. Mr. Belgard, who is a pillar in Shelby County's health services and community, has been a valued HOPE employee since 2013 and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer as well as the clinic's physician assistant. 

"I am very excited about it," said Belgard when asked about his new position. "I look forward to taking on this challenge and plan on making HOPE more about the ministry from this point forward. Helping others not only with their physical needs but their emotional and spiritual needs, that is the goal. I look forward to seeing that goal realized."
 
When asked about the board's decision to hire Mr. Belgard, Ms. Kyndal Banks, Hope Project Director of Public Relations says it was a no-brainer. "This was an easy decision for them; after some deliberation, the Board felt that hiring Mike was the best thing for HOPE and its patients. He knows our community very well. We look forward to the exciting changes Mike will bring with HOPE's support behind him.  He is already making some very beneficial changes," said Ms. Banks
 
"We have had several hard-working founders that put in a lot of time and effort into making HOPE the dependable health resource center that it is; choosing a new CEO was not taken lightly. Health Opportunities for the People of East Texas has done many great things for our community and now with Mike as CEO, the Board and staff are confident that the organization has the leadership and support it needs to continue to provide the services our community deserves. We are confident that with this change, in addition to other personnel changes, HOPE's greatest days are ahead. Our future is bright," she added. 
 
The Board and new CEO are working to identify candidates for a variety of other essential positions that will allow the organization to move forward confidently. As decisions are made, updates will be provided to HOPE donors. Job postings can be found on their website, www.thehopeprojecttexas.org
 
"We provide a vital service to our community. With the backing of our supporters, our goal is to not only continue to function as an organization, but to grow so that we can provide better services to more areas," said Ms. Banks. 
 
"At our core, we are just trying to provide health care options and services to the people that need it. But the Board wants more for HOPE as an organization. Why settle? If given the opportunity, why not rise to the occasion to be the best version of ourselves so we can extend that to our patients? We believe Mike can provide that. This new chapter for the Hope Project will be the best one yet. We are excited about moving closer towards our goal of being the leading Health Care center in East Texas."
 
Ms. Banks said there will be no interruption in Wellness Center and Dental operations. For more information, please call 936.248.4648


About The Hope Project 

The Hope Project is a non-profit faith initiative established in 2003 by the Episcopal Church, with the primary mission of providing quality health care to the people of East Texas, regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or ability to pay. 

Since its inception in 2003, the HOPE project has provided cost-effective health care services to over 5,000 patients. HOPE currently has over 20 employees and more than half of the clinic staff is bilingual. We offer shuttle services for our patients; have established patient appreciations programs, and our actively seeking out new ways to continue to improve at our clinic and in our community. Through determination, hard work, and a deep love for ALL East Texans, the HOPE Project celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2013. We are honored to have served East Texas for the past 10 years and plan to continue to provide quality health care to East Texans in need.

For more information, please visit www.thehopeprojecttexas.org

 

Angelina Co. Crash Information

On 7/30/15 at about 9:04 AM, Angelina County DPS Troopers were notified and responded to a one vehicle crash on FM 1475, two tenths of a mile from US 69 near Huntington. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2015 Chevrolet passenger car was being driven by Justin Lynn Terry (33), from Huntington, TX. Terry reportedly drove off the roadway to the right and subsequently drove over two culverts before coming to a stop. Terry was reported as being injured during the crash and was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin by Lufkin EMS for treatment. No additional information is available at this time.

Shelbyvill Youth Football league

Shelbyville Youth Football League will be holding our first official sign up next Tuesday August 4, from 5:30 to 7:30... They will be set up at the youth baseball field parking lot. (same as last years sign ups) The price will be $85 for tackle, and $55 for flag. Ages are 5-12.

2015 Roughrider Varsity Football Reserved Seat Ticket Sales

Annual Reserved Seat Ticket holders may purchase their tickets the
week of August
10 thru August 14, 2015.

All remaining Reserved Seats will be available for purchase beginning the
week ofAugust 17, 2015.

Tickets will be sold @ Center High School in the Roughrider Athletic Office
located across from the gym.

Please enter High School at main entrance located.
Athletic Office hours are 7:30 to 4:30, M-F.

Citizens 1st Bank donates to Chamber Facilities Fund

NACOGDOCHES – Citizens 1st Bank presents the Nacogdoches County Chamber of
Commerce with a significant donation this past Thursday. Among those
pictured are bank president James I. Perkins, far left, and Nacogdoches
bank executive vice president Kim Luna, holding the oversized check's left
side.  Chamber Facilities Task Force Chair Paul Smith III also holds the
check as bank employees show enthusiasm and support of the Chamber.



The big check symbolizes the $5,000 donation the bank has made to the "Home
Base Project," which is the Chamber's campaign to buy its building at 2516
North Street.



A total of $185,000 has been raised. The campaign continues through the
fall.



"We're accepting donations between $10 and $150,000," said Smith, who
serves as chair of the Chamber's Facility Task Force.  "We are hoping to
raise at least another $100,000," Smith said. "If we can raise that much -
or more - we can begin our ownership debt-free and able to do some needed
maintenance."  The Chamber has rented the building since 2003 from
BancorpSouth.  The Chamber plans to use $100,000 of its own reserves as
part of the purchase.



(Photo: Bruce R. Partain)

UPDATE: Subjects Arrested-Crimestoppers

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at approximately 0611PM, Tony Pernell McCollister, Jr. turned himself in to Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and was booked into the jail facility for warrant of Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2.

Center Volunteer Fire Depot. Bingo Fundraiser Postponed

The Center Volunteer Fire Department regrets to inform that the annual Bingo Fundraiser will not be held on Saturday, August 1st. The fundraiser is being postponed until a later date due to new license requirements by the Texas Lottery Commission.

 

The department thanks everyone for their consideration, and continued support for the volunteers.

Cedar Creek Burgarlies

On Monday, July 27, 2015 Shelby County Sheriff's Department Deputies responded to the Cedar Creek subdivision in reference to several vehicle burglaries. Items stolen from the vehicles were firearms, purse, wallet, and cash. 

 

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at 936-572-1468 or Investigator Kevin W. Windham at936.572.1972

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to remind the citizens of Shelby County to be sure to lock your vehicles at home as well as when you are away. Over the past few months we have been working several burglaries where the vehicles that were locked were left alone and the vehicles that were unlocked had items stolen out of them. Don't make it easy for the thieves. We are living in desperate times where some people would rather steal than work for a living while they supply their drug habit. If anyone has any information in regards to the burglaries or if anyone has been approached to purchase items from someone please call the Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600.

Center Roughrider Football Scrimmages Aug. 14th and Aug. 20th

The Center Roughrider Football Teams will take the field for the first time
this season in a scrimmage against Palestine on Friday, August 14th. The
scrimmage will be held in Palestine with 9th grade and JV beginning at 5 PM
and Varsity beginning at 6:30 PM.

The second scrimmage will take place on Thursday, August 20th vs. Brook
Hill in Bullard. 9th grade and JV will begin at 5 PM and Varsity will begin
at 6:30 PM.

Reminder: Roughrider Football Begins Fall Practice August 3rd

The Center High School Roughrider Football program will begin practice on Monday, August 3rd. Athletes planning to participate in football incoming grades 10th, 11th, and 12th need to report each day at 6:15 AM the week of August 3rd-7th. Incoming 9th graders will report at 10 AM each day. All practices will end at 1 PM. 
 
On Saturday, August 8th, practice will be for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade ONLY. Athletes should arrive at 7 AM. Practice will conclude at 10:30 AM.
 
Monday, August 10th through Wednesday, August 12th will follow the same practice format as the week prior. 10th, 11th, and 12th grade will report at 6:15 AM and 9th grade at 10 AM. Practice will end at 1 PM.  
 
On Thursday, August 13th, the athletes will have their first afternoon practice and need to report at 4:00 PM.

Reminder: Lady Rider Volleyball Begins Fall Practice on August 3rd

The Center Lady Rider Volleyball program will begin practice the week of August 3rd. If you are an incoming 9th-12th grader and you plan to play volleyball, you must attend practices, scrimmages, and games. The first two weeks of events will be as follows:
 
Practice: 9th-12th grade: Monday, August 3rd-Wednesday, August 5th- 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (session 1)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (session 2)
 
Practice: 9th grade only: Thursday, August 6th
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
 
Practice: 10th-12th grade only: Thursday, August 6th
9:30 AM to 12:30 AM
 
Friday, August 7th
All teams Scrimmage at Carthage--times to be announced
 
Saturday, August 8th
All teams Scrimmage at Nacogdoches--8 AM
 
Practice: Monday, August 10th
9th grade--8 AM to 10:30 AM
10th-12th grade--9 AM to 12 PM
 
Tuesday, August 11th
9th, JV, V Games at Winona-- 5 PM
 
Practice: Wednesday, August 12th
9th grade--8 AM to 10:30 AM
10th-12th grade--9 AM to 12 PM
 
Varsity Tournament: August 13th and 15th @ Woodville
 
Practice: Thursday, August 13th
9th and JV--8 AM to 11 AM
 
Friday, August 14th
9th, JV, V Games at home vs. Shelbyville-- 5 PM

 

Reminder: Center Athletics Offering Physicals July 30th

Any incoming 7th through 12th grader interested in becoming a part of the Center Roughrider Athletic Program and who do not have a physical have the opportunity to receive their physical on Thursday, July 30th at the Center High School Gym. Girls need to come at 10 AM and boys will be at 11 AM. There are forms that parents must sign. The physical will be at no cost, but you will need to bring your insurance card. For more information, you may contact the Center High School Athletic Department at 936-598-6173

Dumpster in Timpson August 1st

The dumpster will be in Timpson on RR Avenue beside the City Hall on Saturday, August 1st.  It will be available in the a.m. until it reaches capacity.

 

No Oil

No Freon

No Paint

No Batteries

No Tires

No Refrigerators

No Computer Equipment

No dumping outside the dumpsters

CrimeStoppers - Tony McCollister, Jr.

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Tony Pernell McCollister, Jr., 21 of Center. McCollister has an active warrant for Burglary of a Habitation, a 2nd Degree Felony. 


Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online atwww.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson.


If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Tony McCollister, Jr. of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a 3rd Degree Felony.

Hunter Education Course Being Offered at CHS on August 29th

 Hunter Education Course being offered to students, staff, and the community on 8/29 from 9am-1pm  in the Center High School Cafetorium. Feel free to pass along this information to family and friends!
 
We ask that all interested pre-register by August 14th by e-mailing me at Jessica.shadix@centerisd.org with their name, age, and phone number so that we can prepare materials for the day.

CMS Cheer Private UCA Camp August 3rd-6th

Center Middle School Cheerleaders will participate in a Private UCA Camp from August 3rd through August 6th. Schedule and sites are as follows:
 
Monday, August 3rd: 9 AM to 5 PM at the FL Moffett Gym
 
Tuesday, August 4th: 9 AM to 5 PM at the FL Moffett Gym
 
Wednesday, August 5th: 9 AM to 1 PM at the CMS Band Hall and from 1 PM to 5 PM at the CMS Practice Field behind the cafeteria
 
Thursday, August 6th: 9 AM to 1 PM at the First Baptist Church Gym
 
***Times may change slightly each day. ***

Center ISD ESL Summer School Wraps Up a Successful Summer

Students in the Center ISD ESL Summer School Program have had a successful experience and have worked hard. Summer School Teacher, Tabitha Stone says, "I'm so proud of these students. They worked really hard and  had fun completing their projects as you will see in the photos. Each student put a personal spin on their work. The pictures show their projects they created each week: an All About Me collage with sentences, book jackets, book report mobiles using a coat hanger, and coke bottle characters with descriptions all based on their book they were reading that week." 
 

 

CHS Cheerleaders Bring Home Multiple Honors From UCA Camp

   The Center High School Cheerleaders attended cheer camp June 26-29 in Galveston, Texas at Moody Gardens.

 

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Both the Varsity and JV squad received a spirit stick every day and blue ribbons for their daily performances.  On the second day they received the BIG BANANA!  This is the most prestigious spirit award at cheer camp. Our mascot, Casey Sneed, also received a spirit stick.

 

 

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The Varsity squad received 1st Place in their performance of the Extreme Routine and 2nd in Game Day sidelines.  The JV squad received 1st place in their Game Day performance.

 

Madison Agnew was our only cheerleader to receive the pin-it-forward award. This award is given to a select few that show great sportsmanship and are ready and willing to always help others. 

 

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We had six girls make All-American cheerleaders this year. On Varsity we had Taylor Amburn, Alysen Jefferson and Madeline Myers. On JV we had Malaisha Cartwright, Esther Mergerson and Jade Parker.  These girls captured these coveted positions by exhibiting exceptional cheer, dance and jumping skills.  

 

   It was a great camp and we are looking forward to a wonderful year with these girls!  Cheer sponsors are Margo Williams and Cheryl Flournoy.​

 

Reminder:Center ISD Book Mobile Books Need to Be Returned

Reminder: All books checked out from the Center ISD Book Mobile that were not turned need to be turned in at Center Elementary School as soon as possible for inventory and preparation for the beginning of the school year. CES is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

CMS Twirler Camp Aug. 3rd-6th

Center Middle School Twirlers will have their twirling camp from Monday, August 3rd through Thursday, August 6th from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Center Middle School Band Hall. All CMS Twirlers need to report prior to start time. 

Center ISD New Teacher Orientation

Center Independent School District will hold it's new teacher orientation on Monday August 3rd from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PMin the Center High School Library. All new teachers in the district need to plan to attend. 

Physicals and Football Practice

Joaquin ISD Athletic Department is offering physicals for all student athletes on Friday, July 31st at 10 a.m.  There is not a fee for the physical, but please bring insurance cards.
 
Football practice will begin Monday August 3rd.  Athletes need to report at 7:45 a.m.

CMS Dance Camp Set for Aug. 4th and 5th

The Center Middle School Dance Team will have their dance camp on August 4th and 5th from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Center Elementary Gym. All CMS Dancers need to report prior to start time. 

Arrest Report for 7/27/15

7/27/2015
 
James vaught- 51 agg assault w family violence 
 
Timothy Johnson- 34 manufacturing/ delivery of CS
 
Philip Roland- 24 POCS
 
Mikette Ratcliff- 19 Assault family violence 
 
Gustarvis Johnson-41 Manufacturing/delivery of CS, Tampering with evidence 
 
Gabriel Hernandez- 22 Violation of Probation(DWI)
 
Cardarius Evans- 19 Burg Of Habitation
 
Randy Fountain-50 Failure to appear Original Charge DWLI
 
Martine Amaro- 41 Assault Family Violence 
 
7/28/2015
 
Travor Hubbard- 21- Burg Of Habitation
 
Luke Odem-31- Theft
 
Ashley Fredieu-33 Credit Card Abuse Against Elderly
 
Janice Swindle-51 -Hindering Apprehension

UPDATE: Subjects Arrested-Crimestoppers

Cadarius Evans turned himself in to Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Monday, July 27, 2015 at approximately 0751pm and on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 0100pm Travor Hubbard was stopped by Center Police Department and custody turned over to Deputy Kurtes Lawrence for transport to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department jail facility.

Joaquin FFA member Ethan Wood Exhibits at State & National Simmental Shows

Joaquin FFA member Ethan Wood traveled this summer to Bryan Texas where
both the State and National Simmental Show were both held this year.  At
the state show Ethan was named Grand Champion Bred and Owned female with
late fall heifer Minnie, and also had the 3rd overall heifer with Lucy a
September 2013 female. These heifer being "Bred and Owned" were raised by
Ethan from his own cattle operation, EZ Simmentals. In the Owned heifer
show all Ethan's heifers were class winners with Lacy, a March 2014 heifer,
winning the Intermediate Division. Overall at the state show, Wood placed
5th, 6th, and 9th for the Overall top 10 Heifers. Ethan also competed in
the Cattleman's Quiz contest where he placed 6th, 8th in Sales Talk, 7th in
the Beef Skill-a-Thon, and was 6th place in Junior Showmanship.

At the National Junior Simmental Show Ethan was named Reserve Champion Bred
& Owned female with EZ's Minnie Me. His late fall heifer Ellie won her
class and was named Calf Division Champion. Wood placed 13th and 14th
overall for the Purebred Simmental Overall top 20 at Junior Nationals.
Ethan was called back for the top 20 in Junior Showmanship out of 76
kiddos. It was another successful Junior Nationals for Ethan.

Joaquin FFA member Ethan Wood Exhibits at State & National Simmental Shows

Joaquin FFA member Ethan Wood traveled this summer to Bryan Texas where
both the State and National Simmental Show were both held this year.  At
the state show Ethan was named Grand Champion Bred and Owned female with
late fall heifer Minnie, and also had the 3rd overall heifer with Lucy a
September 2013 female. These heifer being "Bred and Owned" were raised by
Ethan from his own cattle operation, EZ Simmentals. In the Owned heifer
show all Ethan's heifers were class winners with Lacy, a March 2014 heifer,
winning the Intermediate Division. Overall at the state show, Wood placed
5th, 6th, and 9th for the Overall top 10 Heifers. Ethan also competed in
the Cattleman's Quiz contest where he placed 6th, 8th in Sales Talk, 7th in
the Beef Skill-a-Thon, and was 6th place in Junior Showmanship.

At the National Junior Simmental Show Ethan was named Reserve Champion Bred
& Owned female with EZ's Minnie Me. His late fall heifer Ellie won her
class and was named Calf Division Champion. Wood placed 13th and 14th
overall for the Purebred Simmental Overall top 20 at Junior Nationals.
Ethan was called back for the top 20 in Junior Showmanship out of 76
kiddos. It was another successful Junior Nationals for Ethan.
 

Upcoming Singing and Revival at Providence Baptist Church

Providence Missionary Baptist Church invites you to a gospel concert featuring The Smith Family from Huntington, TX Saturday, August 1st at 6pm.

 

There will also be a revival from Monday, August 3rd through Friday, August 7th at 7pm with Evangelist - Bro. Bryan Sellers.

 

Center Middle School Twirling Camp Aug. 3rd-6th

The Center Middle School Twirling line will have their twirling camp from Monday, August 3rd through Thursday, August 6th. It will be in the Middle School Band Hall from 1 PM to 4 PM each day. 

Roughrider Band Invites Everyone to the Annual Squad and Snap Competition

On Friday, July 31st, the Center High School Band invites everyone to Roughrider Stadium at 6:30 PM for their annual Squad and Snap Competition. The band will be broken into groups throughout the week of Band Camp and a student leader will be teaching all marching fundamentals needed to be successful for marching in the fall. The student leader will also design a drill and teach it to their squad during the week. On Friday evening, the students will present their drill during the annual competition. In addition, their will be a short snap competition in which commands will be called and if a student is unable to execute the correct command (turns the wrong way, etc.), he or she will fall out of the block. The student who remains standing at the end is the competition winner. Admission is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. The Roughrider Band looks forward to seeing you there!!

CrimeStoppers Seeking Information

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Cadarius Evans, 19, and a Travor Hubbard, 21, both of Center. Both Evans and Hubbard have an active warrant for Burglary of a Habitation, a 2nd Degree Felony. 

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson.


If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Evans or Hubbard of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a 3rd Degree Felony.

 

DJ Dickerson, Sergeant Investigator

Criminal Investigation Division

Shelby County Sheriff's Department

Security Systems: False Alarm Notice

Due to the increasing number of security alarm calls, the Shelby County Sheriffs Office (SCSO) is requesting property owners register any security systems installed and existing in the county (outside the Center City Limits).  Forms to register the systems are available at the SCSO.  An initial registration  fee of $30 is required to register new systems or any existing systems.  Property owners will not incur any additional charges unless the SCSO responds to more than three false alarms in a calendar year.  After three false calls, a fee of $30 will be charged per incident.
 
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell suggests property owners have their alarms adjusted to prevent alarms from being set off falsely.  Blackwell said deputies respond to numerous false alarm calls per night and with no more than two deputies on duty per shift, it is difficult to cover the false calls which average more than 200 per month.
 
This change will not affect Life Alert systems or similar systems used by the ill or elderly citizens in the county.  For more information contact the SCSO at (936) 598-5601.

 

Center Athletics Offering Physicals for Athletes on July 30th

Any incoming 7th through 12th grader interested in becoming a part of the Center Roughrider Athletic Program and who do not have a physical have the opportunity to receive their physical on Thursday, July 30th at the Center High School Gym. Girls need to come at 10 AM and boys will be at 11 AM. There are forms that parents must sign. The physical will be at no cost, but you will need to bring your insurance card. For more information, you may contact the Center High School Athletic Department at 936-598-6173

Lady Rider Volleyball Begins Fall Practice on August 3rd

The Center Lady Rider Volleyball program will begin practice the week of August 3rd. If you are an incoming 9th-12th grader and you plan to play volleyball, you must attend practices, scrimmages, and games. The first two weeks of events will be as follows:
 
Practice: 9th-12th grade: Monday, August 3rd-Wednesday, August 5th8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (session 1)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (session 2)
 
Practice: 9th grade only: Thursday, August 6th
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
 
Practice: 10th-12th grade only: Thursday, August 6th
9:30 AM to 12:30 AM
 
Friday, August 7th
All teams Scrimmage at Carthage--times to be announced
 
Saturday, August 8th
All teams Scrimmage at Nacogdoches--8 AM
 
Practice: Monday, August 10th
9th grade--8 AM to 10:30 AM
10th-12th grade--9 AM to 12 PM
 
Tuesday, August 11th
9th, JV, V Games at Winona-- 5 PM
 
Practice: Wednesday, August 12th
9th grade--8 AM to 10:30 AM
10th-12th grade--9 AM to 12 PM
 
Varsity Tournament: August 13th and 15th @ Woodville
 
Practice: Thursday, August 13th
9th and JV--8 AM to 11 AM
 
Friday, August 14th
9th, JV, V Games at home vs. Shelbyville-- 5 PM

 

THE PINES THEATER PRESENTS GRAMMY WINNER MIKE FARRIS

THE PINES THEATER PRESENTS GRAMMY WINNER MIKE FARRIS

The Pines Theater 2015 season, "Timeless Classics and New Favorites," continues Thursday, August 13, when Grammy-winner Mike Farris brings his powerful soul-gospel fusion to downtown Lufkin.

"Mike Farris is an incredible vocalist, and he can do American music, from Motown to Memphis to Muscle Shoals, like nobody else," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. "He's been on a roll, with his last album winning a Grammy, but his live show is where he really shines. If you love American music, you have to see him perform live."

Farris began his musical career as founder and lead singer of the Nashville, Tennessee group Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, and has also performed as front man for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band, Double Trouble.

A solo act since 2001, Farris' latest album, "Shine For All The People," recently won a Grammy for "Best Roots Gospel Album," a new category that recognizes the growing interest and support of these genres. He has also received the 2008 Americana Music Award for new and emerging artist and the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.

Farris' performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for floor seats and $30 for balcony seats. Call 936-633-0349 today to purchase tickets or go towww.visitlufkin.com.

The Pines Theater's 2015 season continues with legendary doo-wop quartet The Diamonds on September 14 and The Unexpected Boys, an award-winning tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, on October 14.

Joaquin FFA member Ethan Wood Exhibits at State & National Simmental Shows

Joaquin FFA member Ethan Wood traveled this summer to Bryan Texas where both the State and National Simmental Show were both held this year.  At the state show Ethan was named Grand Champion Bred and Owned female with late fall heifer Minnie, and also had the 3rd overall heifer with Lucy a September 2013 female. These heifer being "Bred and Owned" were raised by Ethan from his own cattle operation, EZ Simmentals. In the Owned heifer show all Ethan's heifers were class winners with Lacy, a March 2014 heifer, winning the Intermediate Division. Overall at the state show, Wood placed 5th, 6th, and 9th for the Overall top 10 Heifers. Ethan also competed in the Cattleman's Quiz contest where he placed 6th, 8th in Sales Talk, 7th in the Beef Skill-a-Thon, and was 6th place in Junior Showmanship.
 
At the National Junior Simmental Show Ethan was named Reserve Champion Bred & Owned female with EZ's Minnie Me. His late fall heifer Ellie won her class and was named Calf Division Champion. Wood placed 13th and 14th overall for the Purebred Simmental Overall top 20 at Junior Nationals.  Ethan was called back for the top 20 in Junior Showmanship out of 76 kiddos. It was another successful Junior Nationals for Ethan.
 
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Joaquin FFA Members Attend Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Texas – Members from the Joaquin FFA chapter attended the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.

 

Joaquin FFA members who attended the convention are: Madelynn Hutchins, Katherine Patrick, Cralon Hughes, Miranda Prnka, Maddison Andres, Shiloh Stone, Alexis Byrd, and Trey Harvey.

 

More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to FFA members and more than 2,500 members received the Lone Star FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership bestowed by a state FFA association. More than 2,000 members were recognized on stage for their accomplishments.

 

Members also competed for state titles in public speaking and agriscience events. In the interest of premier leadership, personal growth and career success, the Texas FFA Association also offered an opportunity for students to compete in the fourth annual Spanish Creed Speaking Invitational Event. The Creed delivery and the five-minute question-answer period were conducted entirely in Spanish.

 

Members heard from Melvin Adams, Jim Bob Solsbery, as well as Commissioner Sid Miller and Governor Greg Abbott. The Cody Johnson Band, Texas country music artist, also performed exclusively for FFA members.

 

The 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 109,000 members and 1,032 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA visitwww.texasffa.org

 

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THE PINES THEATER PRESENTS MIKE FARRIS

THE PINES THEATER PRESENTS MIKE FARRIS

The Pines Theater 2015 season, "Timeless Classics and New Favorites," continues Thursday, August 13, when Grammy-winner Mike Farris brings his powerful soul-gospel fusion to downtown Lufkin.

"Mike Farris is an incredible vocalist, and he can do American music, from Motown to Memphis to Muscle Shoals, like nobody else," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. "He's been on a roll, with his last album winning a Grammy, but his live show is where he really shines. If you love American music, you have to see him perform live."

Farris began his musical career as founder and lead singer of the Nashville, Tennessee group Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, and has also performed as front man for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band, Double Trouble.

A solo act since 2001, Farris' latest album, "Shine For All The People," recently won a Grammy for "Best Roots Gospel Album," a new category that recognizes the growing interest and support of these genres. He has also received the 2008 Americana Music Award for new and emerging artist and the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.

Farris' performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for floor seats and $30 for balcony seats. Call 936-633-0349 today to purchase tickets or go to www.visitlufkin.com.

The Pines Theater's 2015 season continues with legendary doo-wop quartet The Diamonds on September 14 and The Unexpected Boys, an award-winning tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, on October 14.

Governor Abbott Statement On Texas Supreme Court's Ruling To Repeal Houston Ordinance

Governor Abbott Statement On Texas Supreme Court's Ruling To Repeal Houston Ordinance

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Texas Supreme Court's ruling that requires the Houston City Council to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance or place it on the November ballot for a vote.

"Freedom of expression can only exist once government removes itself from stifling free speech, repressing religious liberty and interfering with the lives of its citizens. Today's decision by the Texas Supreme Court appropriately returns jurisdiction over this matter to voters while reassuring the people of Houston that their personal values remain beyond the reach of government."

Individuals Impersonating Officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Blackwell reports that it has come to his attention that someone is impersonating Officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Blackwell advises for the community to be aware that if anyone from his Office comes to your home or business, that the Officer is required to show a badge and an ID card from the Sheriff's Office before any investigation is done. They do not have the right to search anything of yours without your consent or a search warrant. Report any incidents to the Sheriff's Office at 936.598.5601 immediately. 

Schlitterbahn Giveaway

Here it is friends!! your chance to win a family 4 pack of Schlitterbahn Tickets!!!
 
Center Broadcasting Co., Inc. is hosting a Coolest Summer Ever contest where families team up and submit a colored drawing of their favorite summer day or vacation trip. 
 
The Drawing MUST INCLUDE the name of the parent/guardian/or family member over the age of 18 with a phone number on the back and our website name "CBC-RADIO.COM" somewhere on the front of the drawing!
 
Winners will be selected each week and will receive a 4 pack of Schlitterbahn tickets to Galveston, Tx. 
 
DRAWINGS MUST BE TURNED IN AT OUR OFFICE AT 307 SAN AUGUSTINE ST. IN CENTER!!!!
 
Heres your chance! Let the fun begin!!!!

FEMA in Shelby County

I would like to inform the public that a Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA)
crew with FEMA will be in Shelby County next week to register individuals
for assistance.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you haven't
already.  It is not too late to apply for assistance.  The crew will be
going door to door in neighborhoods that were affected.  They will have ID
badges and will introduce themselves as FEMA representatives.  

 

Shelby County has also been added to the Tropical Storm Bill's Disaster
Recovery which extends the effective date to June 22, 2015.  Again I urge
anyone who has any type of damage to property, loss of job, or has been
directly affected in any way by the disaster to please speak with a FEMA
representative.  

SCBA July Event on Sam Rayburn

The Shelby County Bass Anglers sweated out the heat last weekend at Cassells-Boykin ramp on Sam Rayburn. This is the 6th tournament of the season and the points race for Anglers of the Year are heating up quickly, along with the outside temperatures reaching near 100 degrees. The team of Chris and Andre Cartwright culled out a limit of bass winning the July event sponsored by 4C Electric. Their creel of fish tipped the scales at 18.57lbs and put them in the lead for the year end points title. Second place was captured by the long time team partners of Bobby Addison and Clarence Sanderson. Their five fish limit weighed in at 15.99lbs. David Koonce and Brandon Wells made another trip to the pay window and cashed in a third place finish with 15.86lbs, anchored by the second place overall big bass of the event. The father/son team of Glen and Moon Pie Sowell managed to catch the overall big bass of 6.80lbs and finished in fourth with total weight of 15.60lbs.
 

The next event of the year is scheduled for August 22-23rd at Holly Park on Toledo Bend. Please visit our website at www.shelbycountybassanglers.com.

A Look at the Upcoming Weather Forecast for This Week

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

 

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 76. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 77. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

 

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.

 

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 78.

 

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101.

 

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 78.

 

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

 

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78.

 

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

 

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78.

Center High School Football Program Personal Advertisements on Sale

Parents, Grandparents, Individuals, Organizations, Booster Clubs are
invited to participate and show support of Center High School, by
sponsoring a discounted ad in the football program. Individual ads can be
the most creative and will show how much you care.
   Txtreme Promotions is officially representing the 2015-2016 Center
Roughriders. If you have any questions, please contact Txtreme Promotions
by email at adproof@txtreme.com or www.txtreme.com or you can call
281-852-5955. You must complete the order form and return it to
Txtreme by *August
1st, 2015. *

All Ads will be in full color. 1/4 page is $100.00. 1/2 page is $150.00 and
a full page is $225.00.

*Please make checks payable to Center High School Athletics and submit
payment to:*
Center High School c/o Athletic Office: Coach Bowman
658 Roughrider Drive
Center, TX. 75935

For more information, see the attached flyer, pick up a flyer at the high
school office, or use the contact information for Txtreme Promotions above.

Lil Riders Punt, Pass, and Kick Camp, August 13th, Roughrider Stadium

Girls and Boys that are entering Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend the first annual “Lil' Rider Punt, Pass, and Kick” camp. The event will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, August 13th at Roughrider Stadium in Center, Texas. The Varsity Football Team and Coaching Staff will work with the kids on throwing, kicking, catching, agility drills, and more. There is no cost to participate, so bring your “Lil' Rider” and join the fun! The event is sponsored by the Center Athletic Boosters.
 
See the attached flyer for more information.

Reminder: Half Staff Notice

Presidential Proclamation – Honoring the Victims of Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

The President has issued a proclamation directing all American Flags to half-staff until sunset on Saturday, July 25, 2015

 

Read the proclamation at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/21/presidential-proclamation-honoring-victims-tragedy-chattanooga-tennessee?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Chattanooga%20%E2%80%94%20President%27s%20order&utm_campaign=Chatanooga

 

 

Larry Hume

VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster

CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

Vietnam Veteran 1966 - 1967

chief@chiefimaging.com

936.598.2976

“VFW – No One Does More For Veterans”

http://www.facebook.com/vfw8904

 

Roughrider Football Begins Fall Practice August 3rd

The Center High School Roughrider Football program will begin practice on Monday, August 3rd. Athletes planning to participate in football incoming grades 10th, 11th, and 12th need to report each day at 6:15 AM the week of August 3rd-7th. Incoming 9th graders will report at 10 AM each day. All practices will end at 1 PM
 
On Saturday, August 8th, practice will be for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade ONLY. Athletes should arrive at 7 AM. Practice will conclude at 10:30 AM.
 
Monday, August 10th through Wednesday, August 12th will follow the same practice format as the week prior. 10th, 11th, and 12th grade will report at 6:15 AM and 9th grade at 10 AM. Practice will end at 1 PM.  
 
On Thursday, August 13th, the athletes will have their first afternoon practice and need to report at 4:00 PM.

Obituary for Fannie Mae Caid

 
Obituary for Fannie Mae Caid
 
Graveside services for Fannie Mae Caid, 93, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Pat Alvey and Rev. Carl Smith officiating, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
 
Mrs. Caid passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 in Tyler. She was born July 3, 1922 in Woods, Texas, to Aaron Frank Baldwin and Bernice Gibson Baldwin. 
 
Fannie Mae was a member of Friendly Baptist Church of Tyler, Texas and a former member of First Baptist Church of Center, Texas.   She graduated from Center High School in Center, Texas.  She held the position of admittance clerk with East Jefferson General Hospital until she retired.
 
Fannie Mae was preceded in death by her father Aaron Frank Baldwin, her mother Bernice Gibson Baldwin, and her sister Helon Marie Harwell.
 
She is survived by her loving family including daughter, Lanelle Picarella and her husband Joe, son Jeff C. Caid and his wife Cindy, grandsons Aaron Picarella and Kip Picarella and his wife Alyssa, granddaughters Jessica Carroll and her husband Jeffrey, Lisa Taylor and her husband Joe, Marissa Caid, and four great grand children. 
 
Pallbearers will be Jeff C. Caid, Joe Picarella, Aaron Picarella, Kip Picarella, Jeffrey Carroll, and Joe Taylor.
 
Visitation is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler. 
 
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Alliance of East Texas.

Shelby County Youth Football League Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Shelby County Youth Football League this Saturday, July 25th at 5:00 pm at the Pizzeria.  Anyone who is interested in coaching should attend this meeting.  For more information please contact Greg Hubbard at 598-8433.

Center High School Band Camp July 27th-July31st from 8 AM to 3 PM

The Center High School Band will hold its annual Band Camp on Monday, July 27th through Friday, July 31st from 8 AM to 3 PM. All incoming 9th-12th grade band students are expected to attend to learn marching fundamentals and music for football season. Students will also order band shirts and shoes during camp week. All students need to report to the high school band hall prior to the 8 AM start time on Monday, July 27th

Three Center individuals charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested three Center individuals for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrests were made Tuesday afternoon after an investigation was made into a reported sexual assault of a child.

 

Charged with the crime are 23-year old Joseph Aldaco, 26-year old Juan Aldaco, and 26-year old Jessica Griffin, 26.

 

Sheriff Blackwell said all three arrested without incident.

 

Justice of the Peace for Pct. 1 Maxie Eaves set bonds for each suspect at $15,000 each Wednesday morning. 

 

Sheriff Blackwell thanks the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center for their help in the investigation.

Heat Stroke: Protecting pets during a heat wave


(CBS - New Orleans)

On hot days the SPCA provides shade from the sun, even fans with misters.

"Dogs  are only put outside for ten or fifteen minutes at the maximum," said  SPCA
Animal Control Officer Amanda Pumilia. "They need to get out of  their cage and 
exercise, but they also don't need to be in the heat.  We've got ample fresh water."

SPCA Animal Control Officers say they respond quickly to reports of dogs left in
 unshaded back yards.

"Unfortunately  it's not unusual," said Pumilia. "People will leave their pets outside  all of the time. We're really concerned about it."

"Somebody put a small dog in a plastic carrier on the porch," said Jeff Dorson.

Jeff  Dorson of the Humane Society says he got there before that  dog got sick, but he sent pictures from around the area in recent  months of dogs left in back  yards without shade.

"So we call this  the 'backyard dog syndrome,' where it becomes almost a lawn ornament
out  in the back yard, chained up in really primitive, harsh environment,"  said  Dorson.

You know when the temperatures are this hot, we need  to take extra precautions  because of the heat. If we need to, the  experts will tell you that you need to  take care of your pet as well, so  they don't get exposed to too much of the sun.

"They should  always have water available to them," said Pumilia. "Water should  never  be left in the sun, because a hot do will never drink hot water to cool off, so having water out there is useless. make sure they have a really  good shelter provided for them."

"Don't relegate them to the back  yard, they want to be a part of your family," said Dorson. "They want to  be inside when it's hot."

Pending Funeral Notice: Era Gilchrist

Era Gilchrist, 97, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at her residence.

 

She is survived by a son, Dickie Gilchrist, and wife, Eldora of Center.

 

Funeral service is pending at this time at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

Mild2Wild debuts in Shelby County as first US franchise

If you’ve seen graphic designs on all-terrain vehicles like camouflage, or wood-grain interior in cars and trucks, you’re familiar with Hydrographics. The water transfer process is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces such as metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials.

 

Local businessman Robbie Sullivan, and partners James Smith and Travis Walker have ventured into the business on a fairly large scale. Mild2Wild is a full Hydrographic ink-transfer business complete with a showroom on Hwy. 87 South of Center.

 

Sullivan says they are the first Mild2Wild franchise in the U.S. for the Canadian-based company. He adds they can do coffee cups, commercial items, one gun, to a major project like ceiling fans.

 

Customization is all part of the Hydrographic process.

 

He says, “Guns, motorcycles, four-wheelers, rims, bumpers, anything that can be painted or be dipped they can put prints on it and specifically style it for you.”

 

Sullivan noted the designs you see on ATVs or automobiles that come straight from the dealer are Hydrographics, put they don’t go through the clear-coating like Mild2Wild provides.

 

“The ATVs you see that have camouflage colors is Hydrographics, or wood grain inside a vehicle. The big difference is high quality automotive-grade paint and clear coating which will last a long-time in comparison.”

 

He said Hydrographics has been a passion of his for years. Adding there is a lot of people that have tried to do the process, especially in their backyards. However, this is a full-blown professional operation, the only one of its kinds in this part of the country.

 

Sullivan says depending on size of the project, they can turn a smaller item out in one to two days, larger two to three weeks.

 

“We want professional outcome, so we don’t rush a job.”

 

Mild2Wild’s showroom is located on Hwy. 87 south of Center in the former Big M Grocery. You can’t miss the big show truck and trailer. Facebook mild2wildusa, check-out their website, or call 936-598-2222.

A finished Hydrographic custom job at Mild2Wild, Hwy. 87 South of Center.

You got it...the heat is on, triple digits forecast this weekend

Today: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 77. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 98. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76. 
 
Friday: Sunny and hot, high near 99. 
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Saturday: Sunny and hot, high near 102.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 78.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 102.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 78.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, high near 100.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 78.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, high near 101.

Local Sports Round up 07/22/15; Teams included in THSCA regional football pre-season poll

In sports,

 

The 2015 Texas State 4H Games were held July 15-18 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. There were over 1250 shotgun and archery shooters that competed this year. Jaxon Brittain competed in archery 3d, modified 600, field and wand competitions. Shelby County 4h shooters had five kids participate in the shotgun competition. They were Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway, Seth Shamblin and Konner Windham. The shotgun competitions included International Skeet, Modified Trap, American Skeet, American Trap, Sporting Clays and Whiz-bang. County Extension Agent Lane Dunn said, "It was a great week and it marked the sixth year that Shelby County has been participating in the State Games." Dunn gave us the following results:

 

Senior One Ladies: Konner Windham 2nd Whiz-bang

Intermediate Division: Two man team- Trap 1st place Logan & Lance Holloway

Two man team-Skeet 2nd place Logan & Lance Holloway

 

Congratulations Shelby County 4-H Shooters on a job well done representing Shelby County.

 

The Texas High School Football season is a little over a month away and the Texas High School Coaches Association has included several local teams on its 2015 pre-season regional poll. In Class 2A Div. 1 Region III, the Shelbyville Dragons are ranked No. 4, followed by the San Augustine Wolves at No. 5, while West Sabine is No. 10. Meanwhile, in 2A Div II Region III, the Tenaha Tigers are No. 4 and the Timpson Bears come in at No. 9. The Center Roughriders are no included in the pre-season rankings, but three of their Dist. 6 opponents are. Including Gladwater at No. 2, Atlanta No. 4, and Tatum at No. 5. In 4A Div. I Region III, Carthage is ranked No. 3, Henderson No. 4 and Jasper No. 5. The polls are voted on by a representative from each district.

 

Center Middle School will be offering a Sixth-Grade pre-athletic class for the 2015-16 school year. There will be a section for Sixth-Grade boys and girls. The participants in these classes will learn the same skills and do the same conditioning as the students in the regular athletic periods, but will not compete against other schools. If your Sixth-Grade student is interested in the pre-athletic class, go to the front office at Center Middle School to sign up on Monday, July 27 thru Thursday, July 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a basketball camp on July 27-30 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Center High School Gym. It is for incoming 5th graders thru 9th graders. The cost is $20 for individuals, or $35 for two-child families. For more information contact Coach Dana Irvin at 598-6173.

 

 

 

 

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/21/15--07/22/15

Arrest Report

 

07/21/15—07/22/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Johnathan Lee Hill, 30, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Credit Card Abuse

 

Gina Fura, 37, Center, Warrant-Theft by Check

 

Ricky Jackson, 23, Shelbyville, Warrant-Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Joseph Anthony Aldaco, 23, Center, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

 

Jessica Leann Griffin, 26, Center, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

 

Juan Manuel Aldaco, Jr., 26, Center, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

 

San Augustine County:

 

Mark Mayorga, 31, Zavalla, 2 Charges-No Driver’s License

 

Wallace C. Clifton, 60, San Augustine, Public Intoxication & Disorderly Conduct

 

Jerry F. Wall, 44, San Augustine, Driving While License Invalid with Prior Conviction & Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Truck parking/road useage, dog & cat ordinances approved by Tenaha City Council

The Tenaha City Council gave approval to a first-time truck parking and road usage ordinance, as well as dog and cat ordinance as presented by city attorney Stephen Shires at their meeting Monday night.

 

City Secretary Sheryl Clark did not specify an effective date.

 

She said council also approved the annual audit prepared by CPA Norman White. He suggested to the Tenaha City Council they needed to be more "budget conscious" and make amendments to their budget when needed, according to Ms. Clark. White also noted the recent water rate increase has been at his suggestion for a number of years.

 

Speaking of water rate increase, Ms. Clark said utility superintendent Stacy Cranford explained to the council and those in the audience the water rate increase was necessary to help operate the system more efficiently and in turn avoid anymore TCEQ violations. Notices of the increase were sent out to customers in May.

 

As for Cranford's contract renewal, Ms. Clark said it was approved by council at the same amount of $7,500 a month. He was also made a salary employee instead of contract.

 

Tenaha City Council also started a preliminary discussion on establishing an ordinance for large events. It was noted several gatherings have recently been held in town without law enforcement knowing of them in advance.

Joaquin City Council exploring revisions to mobile/manufactured home ordinance

In Joaquin Monday night, city council explored possible revisions to the mobile/manufactured home parks regulations. City secretary Amanda Willey said similar ordinances from area towns have been obtained for guidance and council members will be working to incorporate some changes to Joaquin's existing ordinance in the future.

 

Ms. Willey advised council approved removing a neighbor's water meter from Dub Alford's property and placing it on a different right-of-way.

 

In addition, a permit was granted to Brandon Davis for construction of a storage building on Haslam Strip near Brookshire Brothers.

 

Ms. Willey also noted a long-term deal is also in the works with new gas supply marketer Magnum after the previous marketer had pulled out.

Timpson City Council to explore health insurance rates, agrees to reduce minimum bid on property

A forecast 22% increase in health insurance rates through the Texas Municipal League has the Timpson City Council shopping around before approving coverage for the new fiscal year.

 

The city currently pays 100% of an employee’s coverage and will be exploring other options.

 

Also at last night’s meeting, the preliminary budget for water & sewer in 2015-16 was OK’ed, but passing the electric department’s budget could not get a stamp of approval. Both budgets must be passed before being sent to the state, so Timpson Council is working on a timeline.

 

It was also agreed to designate a separate checking account for the police department, and approved decreasing the minimum bid of $250,000 on .93 acres owned by the city, located adjacent to US 59. The city can now consider any offer submitted that meets or exceeds appraised value. A For Sale sign will also be placed on the highway frontage property next to city hall.

 

A termite job at the community building at SoSo Park was awarded to the low bid received from Select Pest Control for $1,683.50, and $2,000 from the police department’s forfeiture fund will be used to buy an engine for a 2009 Crown Vic cruiser.

 

City Secretary Leslie Leathers was also given a thumbs up on her 90-day evaluation and was awarded a $2 an hour pay increase.

Center P&Z Commission to consider two rezone applications at Thursday's meeting

The City of Center Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday with two applications requesting rezoning.

 

A public hearing for each location will be held before the P&Z Commission either approves or denies each.

 

There's a rezoning request for 810 Nacogdoches Street which according to City Manager Chad Nehring is just down from Brookshire Brothers with a request to allow for small manufacturing and potential location of locally owned Stump Jumper Boats.

 

Also, a rezone with specific use permit for 1100 Cotton Ford Road, the former Armstrong/Bruce Flooring plant site. Nehring adds the rezone would expand allowable uses with a potential site users requesting consideration of additional use permit to allow fertilizer production/storage.

Funeral Notices: 07/22/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 59-year old Karen Sue Haynes Reynolds of Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Reynolds Cemetery, Shelby County. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 60-year old J.C. “Buck” Turner of Center. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to assist with final expenses

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 63-year old Aubrey Dean Lamon of Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with, interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 62-year old Retired Chief of Police John Paul Tollett, of Sealy. He passed away Sunday in Katy. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, San Augustine County, with burial at Trails End Cemetery, Shelby County. Visitation will be at the Liberty Hill Baptist Church just prior to Funeral. He served in the United States Army, and also served in law enforcement as Chief of Police for the City of Sealy, and served as captain for the Houston Fire Department. He also owned the Hill Country Firearms. Among John Paul Tollett’s survivors is his wife, Sandy Tollett of Sealy; sons, Jonathan Lawrence Tollett of Sealy and Patrick J. Tollett and Erin Tollett, both of Pasadena; daughter, Megan E. Tollett of Katy; mother, Olive Tollett of League City; brothers, Mike & Billie Tollett of Shelby County and Mark & Debbie Tollett of Katy; sister, Patricia & Doug Griffith of Irving; father & mother-in-law, Wilton & Patricia Soileau of Mt Belvieu; brother & sister-in-law, Mark & Amanda Soileau of Liberty; and grandmother-in-law, Beveryly Lacombe of Liberty.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces 61-year old Robert Bruce Jackson passed away Monday in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Garrison Funeral Home, with no service planned. Among Robert Bruce Jackson's survivors is his father, Robert W. Jackson of Garrison; son, Cory Neil Jackson of Alaska; and sister, Angela Collins of Nacogdoches.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 81-year old Ira Clifton (Cliff) Burgay. Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrison Funeral Home, with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. Visitation will be one hour before service at 1 p.m. at Garrison Funeral Home. 

Funeral Service: John Paul Tollett

Retired Chief of Police John Paul Tollett, age 62, of Sealy, passed from this life early Sunday morning, July 19, 2015, in Katy.
 
Chief John Paul Tollett was born to Olive Rhea (Norman) Tollett and Howard W. Tollett on October 31, 1952, in Houston, Texas. He served in the United States Army. He Served in Law Enforcement as Chief of Police for the City of Sealy, Texas and Served as Captain for the Houston Fire Department. He had obtained a Master's Peace Officers License and Federal License. Also, he owned the Hill Country Firearms, and was a member of the Baptist Church.
 
Those who are left to cherish his memory include, His wife, Sandy Tollett of Sealey; Sons, Jonathan Lawrence Tollett of Sealey; Erin Tollett of Pasadena and Erin Tollett of Pasadena; Daughter, Megan E. Tollett of Katy; His beloved Mother, Olive Tollett of League City; Brothers, Mike Tollett and his wife, Billie of Shelby County and Mark Tollett and his wife, Debbie of Katy; Sister, Patricia Griffith and her husband, Doug of Dallas; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Welton and Patricia Soilea of Mt. Belvieu; Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law, Mark and Amanda Soileau of Mt. Belvieu and Grandmother-in-law, Beverly LaCombe of Liberty.
 
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church, 1289 State Highway 147 North, San Augustine, Texas, 75972. Interment will be in the Trails End Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas. Visitation will be at the Liberty Hill Baptist Church just prior to Funeral.
 
Pallbearers will include, Jonathan Tollett, Gary Kolthchsy, Mark Tollett, Mike Tollett, Scotty Riske, and Keith Drlik.
 
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine
 

Presidential Proclamation â€" Honoring the Victims of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Presidential Proclamation – Honoring the Victims of Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

The President has issued a proclamation directing all American Flags to half-staff until sunset on Saturday, July 25, 2015

 

Read the proclamation at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/21/presidential-proclamation-honoring-victims-tragedy-chattanooga-tennessee?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Chattanooga%20%E2%80%94%20President%27s%20order&utm_campaign=Chatanooga

 

 

Larry Hume

VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster

CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

Vietnam Veteran 1966 - 1967

chief@chiefimaging.com

936.598.2976

“VFW – No One Does More For Veterans”

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Panola College Basketball to Host Summer Camps

CONTACT:  Adam Blaylock

PHONE:  903-693-1147

DATE:  July 21, 2015

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

Panola College basketball to host summer camps.

 

 

The Panola College Men’s Basketball coaches will be hosting basketball camp next week. Recently hired Head Coach Grant McMillan and Assistant Coach Adam Blaylock will be directing the camp. Youth skills camp (Grades 4-8) will be on Monday, July 27th from 9:00 AM-Noon. Camp will consist of fundamentals, station and position work. High School Elite camp (Grades 9-12) will be on Tuesday July, 28th from 9:00 AM-Noon. Camp will consist of elite level ball handling, athleticism and footwork. Both boys and girls are welcome to attend camp. The summer camps will be held at the Panola College Fitness Center on the Carthage campus. Cost for camp is $35, and registration can be done on the day of camp. For more information contact Adam Blaylock at 903-693-1147.

Center HS Chaparral Camp

The Center High School Chaparrals will have their dance camp for the regular line on August 3rd through August 6th from8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Chaparral officers will also have a camp on August 7th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Reminder: Center Lady Rider Basketball Camp July 27th-30th

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Please use the attached form to register. For more information, contact Coach Dana Irvin at 598-6173.

Center ISD Substitute Orientation

Center ISD will be holding its Substitute Orientation for all district substitutes on Tuesday, July 28th from 9-12 in the Center High School Library. All substitutes are required to attend to be updated on district policy and procedures for the upcoming school year. For more information, please contact Holly Mikesh at the Center ISD Administration office. 

Center Middle School to Offer Pre-Athletics for 6th Grade: Sign ups July 27th-30th

​Center Middle School will be offering a 6th Grade Pre-Athletics Class for the the 2015-16 school year. There will be a section for 6th grade boys and 6th grade girls. The participants in these classes will learn the same skills and do the same conditioning as the students in the regular athletic periods, but will not compete against other schools. If your 6th grade student is interested in the pre-athletic class, please go to the front office at Center Middle School to sign up on Monday, July 27th through ​Thursday, July 30th from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

TSCRA reflects on 84th Texas Legislative Session

 

 

 

This year started off on a busy note as the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) tracked legislation and worked with state elected officials and staff during the 84th Texas Legislative Session, which convened Jan. 13 through June 1.

 

Over 6,400 pieces of legislation were filed by state legislators and TSCRA leaders and staff tracked over 600 bills and resolutions of interest to ranchers and landowners.

 

We were actively involved with more bills this session than ever, proving there are a growing number of issues impacting our members. This is why it is extremely crucial for us to keep these important matters on the radar of elected officials whom we have worked to build and maintain relationships with over the years.

 

As we expected, a central topic for TSCRA this session was water. We aggressively monitored and weighed-in on numerous pieces of legislation related to groundwater rights and ownership issues. TSCRA played an active role in opposing legislation that would have infringed on Texans’ constitutionally protected groundwater rights. Thankfully, we succeeded in preventing bills from passing that would have ultimately threatened or taken away local management of groundwater.

 

Additionally, TSCRA represented private property owners this session by being directly involved in many discussions associated with eminent domain legislation. We successfully worked with other landowner groups to block legislation that would have allowed certain entities to misuse the power of eminent domain to drill allocation oil and gas wells on land that many have worked tirelessly and sacrificed to own.

 

Further, I was proud to see a balanced budget pass to provide necessary funding for some very important needs in Texas.

 

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) received a 52 percent increase in general revenue funds as a result of Proposition 1 passage in November 2014. Texans will have another opportunity to vote on an additional constitutional amendment this November, which could add another $2.5 billion toward transportation needs in Texas. We have supported these efforts as our state continues working to meet growing mobility needs. TSCRA will work to ensure that rural Texas gets its fair share of these dollars.      

 

Also, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received a 27 percent increase in general revenue funds and 27 new full-time employees focused on border disease issues and feral swine disease response. These additional resources are crucial to protect the cattle industry from devastating animal diseases.

 

While this year’s session has ended, our work continues as many state agencies focus on implementation of the new policies signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. TSCRA is already closely working with agency leaders and staff to conscientiously implement these new laws. We will make sure rancher’s and landowner’s best interests are taken into serious consideration as we work through this process.

 

The next legislative session in 2017 seems like a long time away, however it will be here before we know it. TSCRA is already discussing key legislative items and looking forward to having more of these conversations at our fall Policy Conference in September and throughout the next two years.

 

Most importantly, we greatly appreciate the efforts of the many TSCRA members who reached out to us and their state senators and representatives to support or voice concerns on legislation this session. You were instrumental throughout the entire process and we greatly appreciate your willingness to help in these vital efforts. We will need this same amount of attentiveness and participation from members during the interim and for sessions to come.

 

If you have questions or would like to voice concerns on a particular legislative issue, please contact TSCRA’s Government and Public Affairs office anytime at 512-469-0171. Your feedback is always welcome. 

 

Pete Bonds has ranched his entire life. He operates the Bonds Ranch in Saginaw, Texas, where he also lives. Bonds currently serves as the president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He and his wife Jo have 3 daughters, Missy, Bonnie and April.

39th EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS

Planning is underway for the 39th East Texas Poultry Festival presented by Farmers State Bank, which will take place October 1-3 on the historic downtown Center square, with co-chairmen Jim Sawyer and Hollie Adams leading the steering committee.

 

According to Polly McKissick, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 7. 

 

To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction and Tyson Foods.

 

The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival. 

 

First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection.

 

For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

Death Notice: Robert Bruce Jackson

Robert Bruce Jackson was born September 8, 1953 in Lufkin, Texas to Robert W. and Betty (Lee) Jackson. He died July 20, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas having reached the age of 61 years.

 

Visitation will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

 

Survivors:

                   Father:  Robert W. Jackson of Garrison, Texas

                   Son: Cory Neil Jackson of Alaska.

                   Sister: Angela Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas

                   3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 2 niece’s host of other relatives and friends.

 

Preceded in death by his mother Betty (Lee) Jackson

 

Under the directions of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas

Texas Veterans' Commission travel grant awarded to San Augustine County, to assist Shelby & Sabine Counties as well

The Veterans Office would like to remind our local Veterans that a Texas Veterans Commission travel grant has been awarded to San Augustine County. 

 

This grant allows the Veterans Service Office to reimburse Veterans from Shelby, San Augustine, and Sabine Counties or their surviving spouses and children for travel to and from medical appointments at VA clinics and hospitals in our area.

 

To find out if you qualify for this grant contact Sherry Riley @ (936)598-6530 or (936) 288-3091.

 

This grant applies to Veterans who are non service connected. Those who already receive
reimbursement for travel from VA are not eligible.


 

Shelby County 4-H Shooters participate in State Games

The 2015 Texas State 4H Games were held July 15-18 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.  
 
There were over 1250 shotgun and archery shooters that competed this year.
 
Jaxon Brittain competed in archery 3d, modified 600, field and wand competitions.  
 
Shelby County 4h shooters had five kids participate in the shotgun competition.  
 
They were Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway, Seth Shamblin and Konner Windham.
 
The shotgun competitions included International Skeet, Modified Trap, American Skeet, American Trap, Sporting Clays and Whiz-bang.  
 
It was a great week and it marked the sixth year that Shelby County has been participating in the State Games.
 
Senior One Ladies:  Konner Windham 2nd Whiz-bang
Intermediate Division:  Two man team- Trap 1st place Logan & Lance Holloway 
Two man team-Skeet 2nd place Logan & Lance Holloway
 
We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County! 
 
Pictured left to right:  (Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Logan Holloway, Konner Windham, and Seth Shamblin)
 

Shelby County 4-H Shooters take part in Comal County Shotgun Invitational

The 15th annual Comal County Shotgun invitational was held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio on July 11-12th.  This competition is commonly called the state warmup tournament with over 350 participants.  
 
Shelby County 4h Shooters had four kids participate; Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway and Seth Shamblin. Jr. Division- Seth Shamblin 3rd  skeet
 
Pictured left to right: Logan Holloway, Lance Holloway, Seth  
Shamblin, Colton Gutermuth
 
We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County. 
 

Rains boost lakes, fish stocking

ATHENS—Widespread rains in May and June did more than end the drought and raise lakes to levels not seen in years. Many lakes that had been scheduled for stocking contingent on significant spring rains were able to be stocked to take advantage of improved habitat.

 

Fortunately, TPWD freshwater fish hatcheries had a better-than-expected production year for such popular species as Florida largemouth bass, blue catfish, striped bass and palmetto bass (hybrid striped bass), making more fish available.

 

TPWD has five inland fish hatcheries. One is currently closed because of water supply problems caused by drought. In 2015 TPWD hatcheries produced and stocked almost 500,000 channel catfish fingerlings; 800,000 blue catfish fingerlings; 4.8 million striped bass and hybrid striped bass fingerlings and 4.7 million fry; 157,000 Guadalupe bass fingerlings; 55,000 smallmouth bass fingerlings; 129,000 bluegill fingerlings and 7.5 million largemouth bass fingerlings.

 

The good news doesn’t stop there. Spring rains brought many reservoirs to levels not seen in several years, so the hatchery fish were stocked into great habitat. When reservoir levels go down for several years, vegetation grows up in the dry lake bottom. When levels rise, the flooded vegetation gives little fish a place to hide from predators and, as it decays, releases nutrients into the water that jumpstart the food chain.

 

Water level rises came to many lakes in time for spawns from resident fish to enjoy good habitat conditions, adding to the bounty. Those water level rises benefit all species of fish, which means that fishing should see significant improvement in the next several years, and predator species like bass, striped bass and hybrid striped bass will have plenty to eat and grow quickly.

 

Information on where and how many fish were stocked can be found at http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/.

 

If you have questions about a particular lake, contact information for biologists in charge of each public reservoir managed by TPWD can be found at http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/biologist/.

We're just outside extreme heat advisory

Though we are South and West of the official Heat advisory area, we did bounce over and into the Extreme Heat Index levels of 105 + degrees. The last time was at 5:16 pm Monday when we came in with the highest actual temp reading for the day of 95.6, 48% humidity, giving us a 107.7 THI.  

 

We are still not forecast to be in the Extreme Heat area, but I think we will continue to see our actual temps continue to inch toward 100 degrees thru the first part of next week and the Extreme Temperature Heat Index continue to bump into the 105 to 110 range on occasion during our highest actual heat periods of the day.

 

Our gardens, grass and pasture areas not seeing watering are beginning to get really parched.  That will soon present grass fire issues.  Be aware.  Be cautious. Continue to look after each other as this weather issue continues.
 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

Sunny & hot, heat index around 104 degrees

Today: Sunny and hot, high near 97. Heat index values as high as 104. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 76. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76. 
 
Thursday: Sunny and hot, high near 99. 
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, low around 76.
 
Friday: Sunny and hot, high near 99.
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Saturday: Sunny and hot, high near 100.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low around 78.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 101.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 78.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 100.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/20/15--07/21/15

Arrest Report

 

07/20/15—07/21/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Michael Ray Tapley, 31, Tenaha, Warrant-Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated-3rd

 

Lisa M. Meshell, 25, Shelbyville, Caddo Parish Warrant-Larceny

 

Logan Wayne Driver, 26, Shelbyville, Warrant-Harassment

 

Johnathan C. Johnson, 24, Center, Warrant-Theft

 

Daraymoss Lister, 32, Center, Assault-Family Violence

 

San Augustine County:

 

Ricky Jackson, 23, Center, Shelby County Warrant-Aggravated Assault

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

 

Woman arrested for creating fake Facebook account, making false accusations

We want to bring you a little more information on the arrest of a woman by the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office last weekend on a charge you may have never heard of all because she was upset at her ex-boyfriend.

 

San Augustine County Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham says 39-year old Lauri K. Hicks of Lufkin reportedly created a fake Facebook account in her ex-boyfriend's name and used it to make, according to Chief Cunningham, "disparaging remarks" about people and accuse her ex-boyfriend of being a meth dealer."

 

Hicks was charged with Online Impersonation, which is a third-degree felony. Her bail was set at $10,000 and she has been released.

San Augustine City Council to meet this afternoon

The San Augustine City Council will meet at 5 p.m. today and among the agenda items will be Main Street Awards recognition and program update and discussion and action if any on grease trap ordinance from Chris Anding.

 

Timpson City Council to hold regular meeting today

The Timpson City Council will have a regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

 

Among the regular agenda items for discussion and possible action will be accepting and approving a rate increase of $7,125 a year for health insurance through the TML for 11 city employees.

 

In addition, council will consider adopting the preliminary budget for water/sewer and electrical departments for 2015-16.

 

An old item to revisit will be a request by Council members George Grace, Janell Baker and Ronnie Wolfe to designate a separate checking account for the police department.

 

Timpson Council will also consider decreasing the minimum bid of $250,000 on the less than 1-acre piece of property adjacent to city hall, the old Cobb Lumber Co.

 

Among the other agenda items will be possible action on a termite job on the community building at SoSo Park; repair of the 2009 police cruiser; and a rate of pay increase for City Secretary Leslie Leathers after her 90-day probationary period and increasing pay to $18 per hour.

 

Burke Center offering Early Childhood Intervention for children showing developmental issues or delays

There's a service the Burke Center in Lufkin is offering to parents of babies and toddlers in the area that you may not be aware of.

 

Early Childhood Intervention or ECI helps Texas children from birth to 36 months with developmental delays and disabilities. ECI is not new, as it has provided services for 25 years to Texas families, but for young parents with children showing signs of early developmental issues or delays, there's a place they can turn to request and receive specialized care.

 

Unfortunately, many children with a developmental delay are not identified until after they enter school. Early intervention can have a significant impact on a child's abilities to learn, and it reduces the need for additional intervention later in life.

 

The Burke Center says if your child shows "red flag" warnings or potential problems, talk to a doctor or call ECI for an evaluation.

 

According to Burke Center Child Find Coordinator Stuart Burson, there's really not a "qualification for services". He says it’s for anyone regardless of income. Burson noted the cost works on a sliding-fee scale, so it will depend on the family size and household income. However, he stated, all initial evaluations are free for everyone.

 

Don't wait; call the Burke Center today at 936-634-4703. 

Funeral Notices: 07/21/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 59-year old Karen Sue Haynes Reynolds of Center. She passed away Monday in Cushing. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Reynolds Cemetery, Shelby County. Among Karen Sue Haynes Reynolds’ survivors is a son, Christopher & Julia Reynolds of Nacogdoches; sister, Brenda Yoachum of Garrison; mother, Helen Jean Reynolds of Center; and brothers, John Reynolds and Michael Reynolds, both of Center. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 60-year old J.C. “Buck” Turner of Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to assist with final expenses

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 63-year old Aubrey Dean Lamon of Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with, interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 81-year old Ira Clifton (Cliff) Burgay. He passed away last Thursday in Garrison. Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrison Funeral Home, with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. Visitation will be one hour before service at 1 p.m. at Garrison Funeral Home. Among Cliff Burgay's survivors are daughters, Phyllis Burgay Griffin & Sharon Burgay.

 

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 61-year Michael Roy Tillman of Timpson and College Station. He passed away July 12 in College Station. Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church in Timpson, with interment at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson. Among Michael Roy Tillman's survivors is his wife, Debra Sandles Tillman of College Station; brothers, Leroy Tillman of Wells and Governor Tillman of Timpson; and sister, Joyce Walker of Dallas.

FEMA disaster inspectors to be in Shelby County July 26-Aug. 1, be advised they will have proper ID

Center Broadcasting advised Monday that Shelby County has been added to the Texas counties eligible for diaster assistance from spring storms and rain.
 
According to Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, these inspectors willl be wearing identification badges that includes their name and what department they work for which will be FEMA.  They should be here next week which will be July 26-August 1.  
 
Shelby County has officially been added to the declaration for DR-4223. FEMA inspectors will begin making appointments with residents that applied for assistance.  This information should be released to the public so that the citizens are aware in order to limit the number of phone calls inquiring about inspections. 
 
 
INFORMATION ON INSPECTIONS
 
In all presidentially declared counties for Individual Assistance, when an
applicant registers with FEMA and becomes eligible for a Damaged Housing
Inspection, the inspection is sent to a FEMA contractor inspector. The
inspector contacts the applicant to set up an appointment for a time and
date and also goes over what documentation needs to be provided for proof of
residency. Then the inspector meets with the applicant at the residence and
performs their inspection.  
 
 The Inspector 
 
. Contractors perform an adjudicated background check prior to inspector's
activation to work 
 
. Inspector initiates contact with the applicant and sets an appointment
date and time and requests the applicant to have appropriate identification
with occupancy and ownership documents available for viewing at the time of
inspection. Inspectors are trained to view but not confiscate any applicant
provided documentation. 
 
. Occasionally, a site visit is performed when the applicant has been
unresponsive to the inspector's attempts to call or meet or, when
appropriate, the inspector identifies the applicant's damaged dwelling
location to be in a close proximity to a concurrent inspection and when the
applicant appears to be available. 
 
 The inspection 
 
. The scope of an inspection for owners includes the recording of real and
personal property (furnishing and appliances) damages to the interior and
exterior of the dwelling, addressing special needs, transportation, unmet
needs and miscellaneous purchases. Inspectors do not record real property
specifications for renters. Inspectors are allowed to contact landlords to
verify occupancy of rental property. 
 
. Upon the first meeting with the applicant, the inspector introduces
himself presenting his photo identification validating his appointed
position to perform inspections as an independent contractor under contract
with the inspection firm. 
 
. Inspectors will ask the applicant to sign a "Declaration and Release" form
commonly known as the 9069 form (Technically 009-9-3 English, 009-0-4
Spanish). The signature can be done electronically or in some situations as
a paper form. The form includes a space for the applicant to sign his or her
name and date of birth, and a check box that affirms citizenship status. 
 
. The inspector proceeds validating the applicant's name, addresses, contact
information, proofs of ownership and occupancy and insurance. 
 
. An applicant interview continues validating: the number of members living
in the dwelling at the time of the event; the number of bedrooms occupied on
a nightly basis by the household; clothing losses; any medical,
transportation or miscellaneous purchases (i.e. humidifier). The inspector
informs the applicant of his need to view the entire dwelling for disaster
and non-disaster related damages. 
 
. The inspector begins a physical assessment of real and personal property
damages utilizing available specs in the ACE software. Additionally, the
inspector will record unaffected rooms and undamaged appliances to affirm
applicant needs. Inspectors are usually trained to assess damages from the
rooms at the top of the house down with the basement being the last area of
assessment. 
 
. The inspector records the size of the residence, foundation and dwelling
types, and when applicable - records a high water mark. Appropriate comments
are noted and included within the record. Note, inspectors will confirm if
the dwelling is not accessible due to a disaster related blockage to public
infrastructure such as roads; or when a community utility is affecting the
applicant's home, such as an electrical or water outage. 
 
. During the course of the inspection, the inspector will take a minimum of
2 photographs (interior and exterior) with a focus on the damages that
support the habitability determination and/or addresses areas of significant
real property or personal property damages. Inspectors are asked to not take
photographs of applicants or family members or to take photographs of
personal assets or belongings such as jewelry and other personal items. 
 
. The Inspector concludes the assessment when verifying the habitable
condition(s) of the dwelling. The inspector asks and records the applicant's
response in regard to their plans to relocate from the dwelling due to the
incident. The Inspector then performs an exit interview informing the
applicant on what to expect next from the Agency. 
 
. The inspector only records observed disaster related damages and does not
determine eligibility or damage awards levels. FEMA's policies and business
rules determine eligibility and award levels based upon the damage
assessment and other available information such as estimates from a licensed
contractor for specific repairs. 
 
 
 

Vendor applications being accepted for 39th East Texas Poultry Festival

Planning is underway for the 39th East Texas Poultry Festival, which will take place October 1-3 on the historic downtown Center square, with co-chairmen Jim Sawyer and Hollie Adams leading the steering committee.
 
According to Polly McKissick, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 7.  
 
To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. 
 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  
 
Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  
 
First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection.
 
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

Joaquin Volunteer Firemen attending Texas Municipal Fire Training School at Texas A&M

Five members of the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department are training this week at the 86th Annual Texas Municipal Fire Training School, held in College Station, Texas.

 

Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshal Jeremy Boyett, Assistant Fire Marshal Justin Boyett, and Secretary/ Treasurer Rusty Wilson are taking Officer Development V, which is taught on the campus of Texas A&M University. 

 

Firefighter Jesse Parent is taking Firefighting Phase IV, and Firefighter Nat Rodgers is taking Firefighting Phase II.

 

Both of those classes are taught at Brayton Fire Field in College Station, which is the largest fire/ rescue training facility in the world.

 

Training Officer Stephen Ewing is an instructor in the Structural Burn Complex, which is part of Firefighting Phase II.

 

The JVFD would like to thank all of our supporters who make it possible to attend this type of training. This allows us to put forth our best effort to serve the community of Northeast Shelby County.

 

Funeral Notice: Karen Sue Haynes Reynolds

Karen Sue Haynes Reynolds, 59, of Center, passed away July 20, 2015 in Cushing.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will follow at Reynolds Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Ms. Reynolds was born December 7, 1955, in Dennison, to Billy Ray Reynolds and Helen Jean Askew Reynolds.  She loved watching cooking shows and caring for others, especially her family and her dogs.  She was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ.

 

She is survived by

Son: Christopher Reynolds and wife, Julia, of Nacogdoches

 

Grandson: Zander Reynolds of Nacogdoches

 

Sister: Brenda Yoachum of Garrison

 

Mother: Helen Jean Reynolds of Center

 

Brothers:

John Reynolds of Center

Michael Reynolds of Center

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Father: Billy Ray Reynolds

Brother: Billy M. Reynolds

 

Pallbearers will be William Reynolds, Tristian Reynolds, Cameron Reynolds, Matthew Reynolds, Billy Yoachum and Larry Askew.

 

Memorial donations may be made to:

American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 11454 
Alexandria, VA  22312

1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

SCHOLARSHIPS & CASH AVAILABLE THROUGH VFW YOUTH ESSAY PROGRAMS

SCHOLARSHIPS & CASH AVAILABLE THROUGH VFW YOUTH ESSAY PROGRAMS

During the dog days of summer Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary invite area Junior High and High School students to start thinking about entering one of the youth essay programs available to them.  Home schooled students are also eligible to enter.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy Program has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program for high school students in grades 9 – 12.  Students compete by writing and recording to a CD a broadcast script of 3 – 5 minutes on an annual patriotic theme.  This year’s theme is “My Vision for America”.

 

The Patriot’s Pen program gives students in grades 6 – 8 an opportunity to write a 300 – 500 word essay expressing their views on democracy.  This year’s theme is “What Freedom Means to Me”. 

 

Nationally the Patriot’s Pen winner receives $5,000 cash and the Voice of Democracy winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.  The first step is at the post level where the winner will advance to district competition and then to the state level.  Each state winner is given an all-expense paid trip to Washington D. C. to compete in the national finals.  Winners receive cash and/or scholarships at each level.

 

Entry forms will be given to all area schools shortly after the beginning of the 2015 – 16 school year.  You can however get a jump on things by picking up an entry form at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha St. in Center.  Entries are due to Post Quartermaster Larry Hume (598-2976) by November 1st, 2015.  To learn more about the programs and meet last year’s winners go to: 

http://www.vfw.org/Community/Programs/

 

 

Larry Hume

VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster

CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

Vietnam Veteran 1966 - 1967

chief@chiefimaging.com

936.598.2976

“VFW – No One Does More For Veterans”

http://www.facebook.com/vfw8904

 

Someone is Impersonating Officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Blackwell reports that it has come to his attention that someone is impersonating Officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Blackwell advises for the community to be aware that if anyone from his Office comes to your home or business, that the Officer is required to show a badge and an ID card from the Sheriff's Office before any investigation is done. They do not have the right to search anything of yours without your consent or a search warrant. Report any incidents to the Sheriff's Office at 936.598.5601 immediately. 

 

DJ Dickerson

Sergeant - Criminal Investigation Division

Shelby County Sheriff's Department

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY TxDOT OFFICIALS SCHEDULE ROAD CLOSURES

LUFKIN - TxDOT officials have announced seal coating applications in Nacogdoches County on ramps between US 59 and US 259 on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22-23. The closures will include all ramps with the exception of the cloverleaf entry/exit ramps.

Each ramp scheduled for seal coating will be closed approximately two hours while the coating is applied. Traffic will be diverted during the closures and motorists should remain alert to work crews and be prepared to reduce speed.

The work is a part of a 13.4 mile construction project on US 59 between US 259 and just south of Garrison. Part of US 259 will be undergoing mill and inlay work, with the entire length of the project receiving a surface treatment.

Drewery Construction, contractor for the $3.3 million project, is scheduled to complete the project by mid-August.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

Funeral Service: Ira Clifton (Cliff) Burgay

Ira Clifton (Cliff) Burgay, 81, was born January 12, 1934 to Ira and Cleo Burgay in Shelby County. He died July 16, 2015 in Garrison, Texas.

 

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will be one hour before service 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Funeral Home.

 

Survivors:

 

Daughters: Phyllis Burgay Griffin

                   Sharon Burgay

 

Granddaughter: Suzanne Lang

 

Grandsons: Brandon Griffin and Cameron Lang

 

Nephews: Steven Haney and Stanley Haney

 

Numerous nieces, nephews and extended family

 

Preceded in death by: Parents: Ira Clifton Burgay, Sr. and Cleo “Pat” (Patsford) Burgay

Brothers; Bobby Gene Burgay and Jim Burgay

Sister; Betty Bernice Haney

 

UPDATE: DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers identifies car burglary suspect

I wanted to send out an update to the request for assistance in identifying
the subject in the photos which we sent out earlier in the day.  We have
been able to identify the subject in the picture, mainly due to the help of
Facebook and the media coverage received.  The subject has been identified
as a juvenile.  As normal policy when dealing with a juvenile, his name and
other details will not be released at this time.

 

Original press release:

 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public's help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from the DeSoto Parish Area.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the below subject.  This subject is a person of interest in the vehicle burglaries that occurred in the DeSoto Parish area on May 1, 2015. 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects' arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP (7867) or contact the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 and request to speak to Sgt. Shawn Parker. All calls are confidential.

Funeral Notice: Mr. Michael Roy Tillman

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 61-year Michael Roy Tillman of Timpson and College Station. He passed away July 12 in College Station.

 

Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church in Timpson with Pastor Randy Caraway officiating. Interment at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson.

 

Among Michael Roy Tillman's survivors:

 

Wife, Debra Sandles Tillman of College Station

 

Brothers, Leroy Tillman of Wells and Governor Tillman of Timpson

 

Sister, Joyce Walker of Dallas.

“An American Main Street” patriotic event planned for San Augustine 9/11

You don’t want to miss this!  September 11, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM, the City of San Augustine Main Street Program, San Augustine County, and San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce are hosting An American Main Street on the Square in historic downtown San Augustine.  
 
The primary purpose of this patriotic event is to recognize and support all First Responders, Law Enforcement, Veterans Organizations, EMTs, Game Wardens, etc. County-wide and to remember the victims of that tragic day, September 11, 2001.  
 
“We must never forget” seems even more relevant today, and showing our support for all those who work to protect our freedoms and our way of life and to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice (whether as innocents or in the line of duty) will be the foundation of this event with recognition/honor/remembrance ceremonies opening and closing (a moving candlelight salute to America with remembrance of those lost) the event. 
 
Between the ceremonial portions of the evening, we will celebrate “life on Main Street America” to “bring home” the spirit and patriotism that are the treasures we defend and to bring to life the symbolic statement that “no one can take this away from us!”.  Food, music, childrens’ games, will be provided, all free to the public.  
 
Melodies on Main Street will feature two local talented artists, presenting patriotic as well as other traditional music.  Wayne Holt will entertain for the first set, and Charles Delaney (the well-known golden voice of patriotism in these parts) for the second set.  The artwork of a Mixed Media Art Contest will be on display and the winners will be recognized.  A Call For Entries is available – see contact info below. 
 
So, come, enjoy good ole American hot dogs, sit back and listen to an inspiring outdoor concert and enjoy the fellowship of your friends and neighbors, all the while lending your support to those who work to keep us safe and honor America.  Each responder unit/department, veteran organization, etc. will be receiving an “honor piece” to display as they see fit.  Each piece will be  matted and will be available for all who attend and wish to do so to sign the mat and “pen your thanks and support” for their presence in our community.   So, mark your calendars now to spend a Friday evening in September in downtown San Augustine, where patriots will be gathered!
 
Event contact info: Glenda Harrison, email  <mailto:bestwitch@aol.com> bestwitch@aol.com, 936-596-8411; Tracy Cox, email sanaugustinemainstreet@gmail.com , 936-201-9798.

DETCOG Board of Director's July meeting to be held in Hemphill Thursday (agenda)

DEEP EAST TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

First Baptist Church, Family Life Center

301 Mann Street/ Highway 87 South

Hemphill, Texas

 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

 

NOON       LUNCHEON

                INVOCATION                    Dean Crockett, Sabine County Minority Representative

                 WELCOME                       Robert Hamilton, Mayor of Hemphill     

                                                        Daryl Melton, Sabine County Judge

                 Guest Introductions        Walter G. Diggles, Executive Director

                                               

                                                                  

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING LUNCH WILL BE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

 

1.                CALL TO ORDER                   

                                                                 

2.                CALL FOR PROXIES

 

3.                APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

4.                COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

Regional Solid Waste Advisory Committee – Charles Shofner, Chair

Regional Health and Human Services Advisory Committee, Charles Shofner, Chair

 

5.    OFFICERS REPORT

 

Report on activities regarding $1,000,000.00 EDA Disaster grant to DETCOG for facilities

Update on new DETCOG Program Committee assignments – (Need by August 27th)

 

6.    EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT

         

          Report and Approval of DETCOG Quarterly Certification of Investments as of June 30, 2015

            Report on TAC Health and Employee Benefits Pool 2016 Plan Year Renewal

            Report on DETCOG FY/2016 annual budget meetings & schedule

            Report on GLO Disaster Recovery Program

                        Monthly Status and Activity Reports

                        Forgivable Loan Status Report

                        DETCOG/GLO Contract Extension request

                        Status of requests for re-allocation of funds by GLO from June board meeting

            Report on TXDOT Open House for US 190 East Relief Bridge held July 11, 2015 at Martin Dies State Park

                       

         

7.                ANNOUNCEMENTS

           

     August 27, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting -Trinity County

 

 

 

8.                PUBLIC COMMENTS   

 

 

9.                ADJOURN

Panola College named "Great College to Work For" 4 years in a row



Panola College is named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for the fourth consecutive year, according to a new survey by *The Chronicle of Higher Education*. The results, released in *The Chronicle's *eighth annual report on "The Academic Workplace," are based on a survey at 281 colleges and universities. In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition, with Panola College being one of only 24
two-year colleges selected from across the nation.

According to the *Chronicle’s* criteria, Panola College won honors in 10 of
the 11 two-year college categories studied. These included:

   - Collaborative Governance
   - Compensation & Benefits
   - Confidence in Senior Leadership
   - Facilities, Workspace & Security
   - Job Satisfaction
   - Professional/Career Development Programs
   - Respect and Appreciation
   - Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
   - Teaching Environment
   - Work/Life Balance
 
As a result of achieving recognition in so many different areas, Panola College was also listed on the *Chronicle’s *“Honor Roll” as one of the top colleges in its size category.

One Panola College employee told the *Chronicle of Higher Education*, “As a student my experience at Panola College was exceptional. Now that I work here, I believe even more that Panola College truly is a remarkable place. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work at such a great place, and with so many amazing people. There really is a sense of
belonging, and appreciation for a job well done.”

Another Panola College employee was quoted as saying, “I appreciate the current leadership and vision that our college has had in the community. I have always appreciated that our town has an affordable community college which provides both academic transfer opportunities and job-training/re-training at such a high quality and in such a forward-thinking manner.”

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Panola College, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense everyone at Panola College helps to make this a great place to work,” said Dr. Gregory Powell,
President of Panola College. “I’m honored to accept this recognition on behalf of all the employees and the Board of Trustees at Panola College.”

“*The Chronicle’s* Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work. The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Liz McMillen, editor, *The Chronicle of Higher
Education*


"Great Colleges to Work For" is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to review the results of the survey, visit *The Chronicle's* website at http://chronicle.com/academicworkplace.

Center ISD Book Mobile wraps-up for the summer Tuesday

Tuesday, July 21st will be the last day that the Center ISD Book Mobile will run. All books not turned in to the book mobile on that day can be turned in at Center Elementary School at anytime this summer or when school begins.

Weather Update @ 9 a.m. Monday

On Saturday, 7/18, we did hit the dreaded Extreme Heat Index at 107.5 even though it was only 95.6.  This week the big boys have NOT forecast that again for our area.m

 

This week will be even hotter...the hottest temperatures this year.  I think we will hit the 100 degree mark this week and that the when you get temperatures that high...I suspect the EHI will be there.  Prepare for it.  pushing the hottest temps in the last 2 years!  We missed the 100 degree mark last year.


Good news....that missing moisture has a chance of reappearing beginning Sunday evening late with some light rain moving into the East Texas area. Any would be welcome as we are getting to get dry conditions at the 3-6 inches of the ground surface levels.  40 % chances for T-storms in the 7-10 day portion of the long range forecast. 

 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

Shelby County 4-H Horse Project comes away with wins at district show

Members of the Shelby County 4 H Horse Project traveled to Athens, Texas to compete in the East Region 4 H Horse Show.  The horse show consists of districts 4 and 5 just over 40 counties that compete.

 

Blake Griffin competed in many events placing 1st in Breakaway Roping, 1st in Calf Roping, 2nd in Team Penning, 3rd in Working Cow Horse, 3rd in Cow Boxing, 6th in Ranch Sorting and 7th in Reining. 

 

Lauren Vandrovec competed in multiple events placing 1st in Ranch Sorting, 2nd in Team Penning, 7th in Stock Horsemanship and 10th in Poles.

 

Alli Baldwin placed 2nd in Team Penning, and 7th in Ranch Sorting.

 

A big thank you goes out to our horse project leaders Mike Baldwin, Rusty Hall and Robert Griffin for their time and dedication to the youth in our 4 H horse project.  When you see these 4 H members tell them congratulations for a job well done. 

 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.

 

 

 

Heat wave hurts asthma, allergies


(ABC - Dallas)
For kids with respiratory issues, the hot stagnant air can be a big problem.

Especially  when you consider that one of every 10 school-aged children has asthma,  according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

That's why Baylor hospital is trying to make sure their youngest patients are in  complete control of the chronic condition.

Ten-year-old Rhian Clarkson is taking part in Camp Airways, a free  day-long program put on about six times a year for young kids with  asthma. The camp is hosted by  The Martha Foster Lung Care Center at  Baylor and the Dallas Independent School  District.

"You feel like  you're out of breath, like you can't breathe, and then you might  feel  like you're going to pass out," said Clarkson.

They all have asthma, and they spent Friday morning learning how to deal with it.

There's  no cure for asthma, but with information and medication it is  treatable. And Friday morning, Clarkson and her fellow campers will  learn to deal with it.

Heroes remembered during Korean War Armistice 62nd anniversary

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic's capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea - an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally
ended.

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans and the public are cordially invited. 

 

Questions call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976.

More of the same, sunny, hot & dry

Today: Sunny and hot, high near 98. Heat index values as high as 104.West wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 76. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Tuesday: Sunny and hot, high near 97. Heat index values as high as 102. West Wind at 5 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76. 
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. 
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76.
 
Thursday: Sunny and hot, high near 98.
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Friday: Sunny and hot, high near 98.
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Saturday: Sunny and hot, high near 99.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 100.

Center Lady Riders hosting basketball camp next week, pre-registration ends today

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp next week, July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration comes to an end today. For more information on the camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/17/15--07/20/15

Arrest Report

07/17/15—07/20/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Dawn Renee Collins, 55, Center, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

 

Marcus Olivas, 27, Joaquin, Burglary of a Habitation

 

Joey Martinez, 44, Joaquin, Possession of Marijuana & Dallas County Warrant-Larceny-Theft by Check

 

Ray Neuwirth, 22, Center, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Theft by Check

 

Luke Odom, 31, Center, Theft

 

Jason Edwards, 32, Marshall, Criminal Mischief

 

Stephanie Jackson, 26, Center, Warrant-Theft by Check

 

Johnathan Johnson, 24, Center, Criminal Trespass

 

San Augustine County:

 

Lauri K. Hicks, 38, Lufkin, On-line Impersonation

 

Wallace Clifton, 60, San Augustine, Public Intoxication & Disorderly Conduct

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Local unemployment rates continue upward trend

Texas Workforce says the June 4.2 percent unemployment rate matches the states lowest in eight years. The commission released its monthly report Friday and it marked the third month this year the rate has dipped to 4.2 percent.

 

With that said, here in Deep East Texas, we're seeing unemployment going another direction--upward. For the third-straight month the rate has increased.

 

n Shelby County the June unemployment is 5.4 percent, up almost a full percent since April's 4.5 percent. But the employment is still below the 6.1 percent in June of 2014. The rate was 4.9 percent in May this year. The workforce says there's a labor force of 11,707 in Shelby County and 631 were looking for work in June.

 

Meanwhile, San Augustine County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the region at 9.3 percent, up from 8.7 in May. The June rate is right at the 9.4 percent in June a year ago. San Augustine County's labor force is 2,809, as 261 are out of work.

 

Neighboring counties' June unemployment: Sabine 9.2 percent, Angelina 5.7 percent, Nacogdoches 5.2 percent and Panola 4.9 percent.

UPDATE: Veterans' air condition now working, drinking water has been supplied

Two Shelby County veterans are back in the news after KTRE-TV aired a report last Friday saying Kenneth Johnson, Sr. and his son, Ken Johnson, Jr. have not had running water or an operational air condition in their new home provided through monetary and labor donations last year.

 

Reportedly over $10,000 in donations was spent moving a house to their property and getting it set up.

 

The news story said the well which supplied water to the Johnson’s home stopped working and the window-unit AC was not hooked up in their Timpson area residence.

 

The report went on to say how the Johnsons had contacted Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and were told it would be 45 days before anything could be done.

 

The Johnson reportedly have not been able to clean, and thanks to a neighbor they had two jugs of water that was being taken to them for drinking daily.

 

After we shared this news story to the Center Broadcasting Company’s Facebook page, a number of comments and apparently help has come their way.

 

We understand some 100 gallons of water has been delivered to the Johnsons, and their water-well pump is being replaced.

 

Also, C&J A/C & Electrical of Tenaha, their air condition is now working.

 

Center Broadcasting reached out to VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume Saturday and he responded to saying Sherry Riley, Shelby County Veteran Service Officer is aware of the Johnson’s situation, and donations can be sent to VFW Post 8904, P.O. Box 1024, Center, and we’ll make sure everything is accounted for and those donating receive acknowledgement for tax purposes.

 

UPDATE: Motive still unclear in murder-suicide near Garrison last week

Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Investigators are still trying to determine why a man shot his common-law wife and then himself in a murder-suicide that occurred last Thursday afternoon near Garrison.

 

Sheriff Deputies responded to the couple’s home on FM 138 after 81-year old Ira Clifton Burgay sent a text message to a relative who lives out of town, stating he had killed his wife, 72-year old Dawn Bradley Lang.

 

Deputies arrived on scene and found the couple deceased in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head. The couple has reportedly been together since 2000.

 

Authorities have learned that Burgay had some medical issues and had just recently returned from the hospital.

 

Sheriff Bridges stated that it appears that the crime was spontaneous and not planned out.

 

Ms. Lang worked as an R.N. and also served as choir director at Garrison First Methodist Church.

 

Funeral service for Dawn Lang will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Garrison First United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.

 

Arrangements for Burgay are pending.

Jury cancelled for 123rd District Court in Center today

Shelby County District Clerk Lori Oliver reports the jury that had been summoned for today, Monday, July 20 for the 123rd District Court, Honorable Charles "Brick" Dickerson presiding has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

Tenaha City Council to consider utility superintendent's contract renewal today

The Tenaha City Council will have a regular session meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday and among the agenda items will be an explanation of recent water rate increase as specified in notices sent in May, audit presentation by CPA Norman White, review of the truck/dog & cat ordinances as previously presented by city attorney Stephen Shires, and preliminary discussion to define/establish a city ordinance for large events.

 

In addition, Tenaha City Council will discuss use of the council room as a community room and in closed session discuss the contract renewal of utility superintendent Stacy Cranford. If any action is taken it will be done so in open session.

Tenaha ISD Board of Trustees scheduled to have meeting this afternoon

The Tenaha ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon. Among the agenda items for consideration and approval will be to the 2015-16 Certified Delinquent Tax Roll; bids for fuel, bread, milk, produce, snacks and cafeteria food and non-food items, and bringing back the tabled minutes of the June 1, 2015 board meeting.

 

In addition, Tenaha ISD Trustees will consider the 2015-16 Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct, and appointment of the Hall of Honor Committee. A board goals workshop will also be held.

 

Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees to hold regular meeting this evening

The Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. this evening. Among the agenda for consideration will be a District Code of Conduct for the 2015-16 school year, a Speech and Language Pathology Services Proposal, and the 2015-16 Compensation Plan.

 

In closed session, Joaquin ISD Trustees will review Superintendent Phil Worsham's Goals and discuss legal services for the district with attorney Wayne Haglund. If any action is to be taken, it will be done so in open session.

 

Joaquin City Council to meet this evening

The Joaquin City Council has a regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be Dub Alford’s meter removal, building permit-Brandon Davis, storage building, and a gas supply agreement with Magnum.

 

In addition, Joaquin Council will review and revise the ordinance for mobile/manufactured home park regulations. This includes fencing & landscaping, parking requirements and construction health & safety standards.

 

Prior to the regular council meeting, the Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet at 5 p.m., followed by the Joaquin Public Safety Corporation at 5:30 p.m.

Funeral Notices: 07/20/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 63-year old Aubrey Dean Lamon of Center. He passed away Friday in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with, interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Aubrey Dean Lamon’s survivors is his wife, Dianne Lamon of Center; son, Aubrey Lamon II & wife, Kayla of Center; father, Rev. M.D. Lamon of Center; sister, Shirley & Richard Goodwin of Center; brothers, Garfield D. Lamon, Sr. of Woodville and Don & Rilda Lamon of Mississippi.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 60-year old J.C. “Buck” Turner of Center. He passed away Friday in Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. J.C. was a member of the Barnstorm Survivors Band with whom he performed several benefits and also participated in the Toys for Tots Drive. Among J.C. “Buck” Turner’s survivors is a son, Steven Turner & wife, January Nicole of Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 80-year old Gene Lung of Huxley. He passed away last Wednesday in Nacogdoches. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Chapel, with military honors graveside at Strong Cemetery in Huxley under the direction of VFW Post 8904. He served in the US Air Force. Among Gene Lung’s survivors is a daughter, Sandra Abla of Shreveport.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 83-year old Robert Purcell (Bob) Goodman of Shelbyville. He passed away last Wednesday at his residence. Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport, under the direction of Rose-Neath Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Among Bob Goodman’s survivors are daughters, Virginia & Steve Anderson of Columbus, Vickie & Thomas Brown of Katy and Kimberly Jane Goodman of Shelbyville; sons, Robert & Reba Goodman of Corpus Christi, Kyle Jeffers Goodman of Arkansas and Kelly Jay Goodman of Shreveport; brother, Lawrence & Elain Goodman of Houston; and sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Jewell & Bill Gillette of Bossier City.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of a graveside service Sunday for 75-year old Shirley Barton of Winnsboro. She passed away last Thursday in Winnsboro. Graveside service was held at Old Home Cemetery, Shelby County. Among Shirley Barton’s survivors are sons, Mike & Misty Barton & Gregg Barton, all of Winnsboro; brother, Carl & Mary Smith of Logansport; and sister, Linda Goforth.

 

Funeral Notice: J.C. "Buck" Turner

J.C. “Buck” Turner, 60, of Center, passed away July 17, 2015 in Center.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Eric Pledger officiating.  Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Mr. Turner was born February 9, 1955, in Center, to Jesse Cleveland Turner Sr. and Dimple Cunningham Turner.  He was a member of the Barnstorm Survivors Band, with whom he performed several benefits and also participated in the Toys for Tots Drive. 

 

He is survived by

Son: Steven Turner and wife, January Nicole, of Center

 

Grandchildren:

River LeAnn Turner of Center

Jordan Turner of Center

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Brother: Billy Wayne Turner

Sisters: Linda Turner Thatcher, Rose Turner Pytlewizz, Pat Turner

Parents: Jesse Cleveland Turner Sr. and Dimple Cunningham Turner

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson & Sons Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.

 

“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on...” -- Irving Berlin

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Funeral Notice: Aubrey Dean Lamon

Aubrey Dean Lamon, 63, of Center, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow Oaklawn Memorial Park.

 

Mr. Lamon was born September 29, 1951, in Lufkin, to Marion Dean Lamon and Hester Arlene Pinkston Lamon.  He was of the Pentecostal faith.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Dianne Lamon of Center

 

Son: Aubrey Lamon II and wife, Kayla, of Center

 

Father: Rev. M.D. Lamon of Center

 

Sister: Shirley Goodwin and husband, Richard, of Center

 

Brothers:

Garfield D. Lamon Sr. of Woodville

Don Lamon and wife, Rilda, of Mississippi

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Mother: Hester Arlene Pinkston Lamon

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Graveside Service: Robert Purcell (Bob) Goodman

Robert Purcell (Bob) Goodman, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at his residence.

 

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2015, at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport, Louisiana, under the direction of Rose-Neath Kilpatrick Funeral Home. 

 

Mr. Goodman was born April 21, 1932, in Navasota, to Charles Alexander Goodman and Wyatt Brown Goodman.

 

He is survived by

Daughters:

Virginia Goodman Anderson and husband, Steve, of Columbus, Texas

Vickie Goodman Brown and husband, Thomas, of Katy, Texas

Kimberly Jane Goodman of Shelbyville

 

Sons:

Robert P. Goodman and wife, Reba, of Corpus Christi, Texas

Kyle Jeffers Goodman of Taylor, Arkansas

Kelly Jay Goodman of Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Grandchildren:

Tamara Rose Rameriz and husband, Christopher

Thomas Wayne Brown

Eric Jay Brown and wife, Chandra

Carmen Lugo and husband, Jason

Carlos Llora and wife, Jessany

Jeremy Anderson and wife, Amanda

Sarah Nugent and husband, Brant

Zachary Anderson and wife, Adrienne

Royce Goodman and wife, Laura

Robbin Goodman and wife, Rosa Bell

Reed Goodman

Rebecka Marie Barton

Elizabeth Ann Barton

Sarah Caroline Barton

William Ryan Goodman

Kasi Goodman

 

18 Great Grandchildren

 

Brother: Lawrence Philip Goodman and wife, Elaine, of Houston, Texas

 

Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Jewell Shipp Gillette and husband, Bill, of Bossier City, Louisiana

 

Preceded in death by

Wife: Glenis Beck Goodman

Wife: Patti V. Shipp Goodman

Parents: Charles Alexander Goodman and Wyatt Brown Goodman

Son: William Jack Goodman

Daughter: Lynda Sue Goodman

Sisters and Brothers-in-Law: Mary Wyatt Goodman Szenasi and Mickey, Mildred Elizabeth Goodman Easley and Robert (Bubba)

Brothers and Sisters-in-law: James Richard Goodman and Ruth (Hensley), Charles Doyle Goodman and Dorothy (Phillips)

 

Pallbearers will be Grandsons and Donald Ray (Doc) Moore.

 

 

 

Graveside Service: Shirley Barton

Shirley Barton, 75, of Winnsboro, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Winnsboro.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Sam Roe officiating.

 

Ms. Barton was born February 2, 1940 in Logansport, Louisiana, to Jessie W. Smith and Valerie Christine Alexander Smith.  She was of the Baptist faith.

 

She is survived by

Sons:

Mike Barton and wife, Misty, of Winnsboro

Gregg Barton of Winnsboro

 

Grandchildren:

Bart Barton

Joshua Barton

Maria Barton

Kendell Hill

Keaton Hargett

 

Great Grandchildren:

Angel Michelle Barton

Trenten Hill

Brayden Hill

Dawson Hill

 

Brother: Carl Smith and wife, Mary, of Logansport, Louisiana

 

Sister: Linda Goforth

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: Huey P. Barton

Son: Ricky Barton

Parents: Jessie W. Smith and Valerie Christine Alexander Smith

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Funeral Notice: Gene Lung

Gene Lung, 80, of Huxley, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Military honors graveside will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

 

Mr. Lung was born June 27, 1935, in Rushville, Illinois, to Elmer Lawrence Lung and Dorothy Irene Walker Lung.  He served in the United States Air Force and later worked for AT&T, where he retired after several years of service.  Mr. Lung was of the Baptist faith. 

 

He is survived by

Daughter: Sandra Abla of Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Grandson: Michael Bush and wife, Dawn, of Haughton, Louisiana

 

Great Granddaughter: Chelsea Lewis Bush of Haughton, Louisiana

 

Cousin: Lois Rittenhouse of Colchester, Illinois

 

Friend: Mary Lee Hart of Huxley, Texas

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Elmer Lawrence Lung and Dorothy Irene Walker Lung

Mother of Sandra: Elsie Lung

Brother: Gary Lung

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Center FFA members attend State Convention in Corpus Christi

Center FFA traveled to Corpus Christi, TX July 13th-17th for the Texas State FFA Convention. Nine Center FFA Members enjoyed five great days of leadershipbuilding skills, meeting some of the 10,000 Texas FFA members and teachers who attended the convention and even got to have a little fun in the sun! 

 

Those attending were Alec Lucas, Taighen Mathews, Whitlee Reed, Nate Morris, Madison McMillan, Emma Locke, Kaden LaRock, Zack Fausett, Merari Gonzalez and Advisors Brittany Hall and Jessica Shadix.


We would like to congratulate several students who were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments:


Alec Lucas and Taighen Mathews received their Texas State Lonestar Degree. What does this mean? Well, let's break it down. There are over 109,000 Texas FFA Members across the state. Alec and Taighen were 2 of just over 2,000 members of those 109,000 to accomplish this prestigious award! Congrats to these amazing students!!


Merari Gonzalez competed in the Spanish Creed Speaking contest against the top 50 contestants in the state. Merari recited the FFA creed and answered 3 questions about its meaning in Spanish. She was judged on her presentation and her understanding of the Spanish language. Because Texas' population is so diverse they are trying to incorporate the many
interests and cultures of our students. She did a great job representing Center FFA!


Students have also had the opportunity to learn about Texas diversity of agriculture by touring the Texas State Aquarium and the TPWD CCA fish hatchery. 

 

Overall, the week was an amazing learning experience of bonding, growing and having a blast!



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Whitlee Reed takes second at State FFA High School Rodeo

On Saturday Center FFA member Whitlee Reed traveled to Sinton, TX to compete in Barrel Racing at the Texas State FFA High School Rodeo finals. 72 finalists from across the state competed in 3 rounds of competition. Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to compete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest/lowest time. After each round the competitors scores are added together and the lowest score wins the competition. After these three rounds, Whitlee placed 2nd in the entire state of Texas, only missing first place by FOUR TENTHS OF A SECOND!!!

Congrats to Whitlee on this AMAZING accomplishment!!!



Whitlee with the FFA Officers 

Tenaha City Council to meet Monday afternoon (agenda)

CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA –July 20, 2015

 

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 

The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.

 

Order of Business:

 

1.      Call to Order

2.      Roll Call

3.      Prayer

4.      Welcome Guests

5.      Public Comments

6.      Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – ACTION

7.      Approve June Financial Statements – ACTION

8.      Explanation of Recent Water Rate Increase as Specified in Notices Sent in May – Stacy Cranford

9.      Audit Presentation and Approval/Disapproval – Norman White, CPA - ACTION

10.  Review Truck / Dog and Cat Ordinances as Previously Presented by Attorney Shires - ACTION

11.  Preliminary Discussion to Define/Establish A City Ordinance For Large Events

12.  Discuss using the Council Room as a Community Room

13.  Department Head Report

14.  Closed Session Section 551.074 – Personnel Matters -  Stacy Cranford Contract Renewal

15.  Return to Open Session - ACTION

16.  Council Comments

17.  Adjourn

 

 

Sheryl R. Clark

City Secretary

City of Tenaha

Ag News: Problems Faced by Bees

The Shelby County Extension Office hosted another beekeepers meeting on July 16.  This meetings subject was summer beehive management. 

 

This insect that we depend upon for a third of our food has a number of natural problems even before human neglect can run its course.  In fact, beekeepers spend a good amount of time treating for the problems both in and outside the hive. 

 

Honeybees have their own diseases, insects, mites, and four-legged problems.  While is sounds counter-intuitive, beekeepers do indeed use “pesticides” to keep some of these “pests” from harming the honeybee.

 

The Varroa mite is considered by many to be the most serious malady of honey bees. It now occurs nearly worldwide. This external parasite feeds on the blood of adult bees, larvae and pupae.  In addition this blood sucking parasite is responsible for spreading some diseases.

 

The small hive beetle, North America's newest beekeeping pest, was first discovered in Florida in the spring of 1998.  Small hive beetle larvae consume pollen and comb but also will eat larval honey bees. After completing the larval stage, they crawl out of the hive and pupate in the soil. Adult beetles will feed on honey bee eggs.

 

Adult female wax moths fly at night and deposit masses of eggs on unprotected beeswax combs and in the cracks between hive bodies. After a few days these eggs hatch into caterpillars or larvae. The larvae crawl onto the comb and begin their feeding activity in protected areas, often near the center midrib of the cells.

 

Mice are a serious pest of stored combs and active honey bee colonies during the fall and winter months. These rodents chew combs and frames to make room for building their nests. Mouse urine on combs and frames and bees are reluctant to use the combs or clean out these nests in the spring.

 

Also, nosema disease, an adult disease caused by a protozoan, weakens the digestive track of infected bees and may allow pathogens to enter the honey bee's gut where they can cause significant damage.

 

In some areas, skunks are a serious threat to successful beekeeping, since they hamper the development of strong colonies. Being insectivorous (insect-eating), skunks will raid bee yards nightly, consuming large numbers of bees. To capture bees, skunks scratch at the hive entrance and guard bees that come out to investigate the disturbance. A successful skunk will repeat the process several times and may feed at the hive entrance for an hour or more to rapidly depleting the bee population. Colonies visited by skunks may become defensive since skunks usually return night after night.

 

In other parts of the U.S., bears are a serious threat to beekeeping operations since they do a great deal of damage to hives and equipment. They normally visit the apiaries at night, smashing the hives to eat brood and honey. Once bears locate an apiary, they return again and again, and it becomes exceedingly difficult to control their marauding behavior.

 

There are many other issues that I haven’t discussed, but are faced by honeybees and fought by both bee and beekeeper.  For more information, be sure to do your part in your landscape and join us as we study ways to benefit this incredible bug.   

 

More Beekeeping Basics will be covered on Wednesday, August 12 at the Courthouse meeting room on the 2nd floor offered by the Shelby County Extension office.  The program starts at 11:30 am until 1pm so bring a lunch and enjoy.

 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.

Ag News: New Satsuma variety is even more cold weather resistant

If you love the idea of growing citrus in your landscape, you can now add a little more Asian influence in your corner of the world with the new Satsuma Arctic Frost.  According to state Extension specialists, this represents a breakthrough in home citrus production. It's the first citrus ever recommended virtually statewide.

 

Satsuma Arctic Frost has been named a Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists.  Arctic Frost is the most cold-hardy satsuma hybrid tested so far, having survived temperatures as low as 9 degrees at the A&M Research and Extension Center test site near Overton.

 

First introduced into the US from Japan in 1878, satsumas produce fragrant white blossoms in March and April. These trees are also green the year round. The fruit turns bright orange as it ripens in late October.

 

Arctic Frost grows to become a relatively tall tree with white flowers that give off a heady orange fragrance.  Come late fall or early winter, Arctic frost produces fruit that is juicy, nearly seedless and easy to peel. It will grow 8 to 12 feet tall in the ground or 6 feet tall as a patio container plant in about five to six year.  When planting in the ground, protection from cold by wrapping with frost cloth for the first year or two is recommended.  A site protected from the north wind will also help with winter survival.

 

It should be noted that, as opposed to other satsumas which are grafted to another variety rootstock, Arctic Frost is grown from its own rootstock.

 

That is meaningful because if they get froze back from a hard winter, they do not produce shoots from below the graft.

 

If you decide to add this to your landscape, remember that citrus thrives in full sun. This plant needs eight to ten hours each day, even during the summer months. It tolerates some shade, but less sun means less fruit Satsumas are easy to grow if they aren't watered too often. Water only when the mix is dry an inch below the surface. During a hot, dry summer, you may need to water every three or four days. In a wet winter, the plant may go weeks between watering.

 

Be careful, for every satsuma that dies from drought, you'll kill 200 from overwatering.

For maximum sweetness at harvest, leave fruit on the tree for about one week after it has completely assumed its orange color.

 

The fruit from a young tree averages 1.8 inches in diameter, approximately three-quarters the size of a tennis ball. With its smooth, thin, lightly attached skin, satsumas have become known as the "kid-glove or zipper-skin citrus" due to the ease with which the skin can be removed and internal segments separated.

 

The more adapted varieties of this Japanese transplant have an interesting history.  All the early satsuma crosses are the work of Dr. Ying Doon Moy, who was born in a small village in south China but immigrated to the U.S. in 1978.

 

Moy found a position as a plant breeder with the San Antonio Botanical Garden in 1980, where until he retired in 1999, he collaborated on the development of more than 150 new varieties of papaya, ginger, esperanza, rose, hibiscus and citrus.

 

In 1997, Moy and an AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist began collaborating to hybridize various satsuma mandarins with winter hardy Changsha tangerines, a citrus variety long cultivated in China. Changsha is one of the most cold-hardy citruses grown there. It produces edible but extremely seedy fruit.

 

The goal was to produce a satsuma hybrid with enhanced cold hardiness, as well as a high-quality fruit with a low seed count, and they succeeded.

 

From the most successful cold-hardy crosses, Orange Frost and Arctic Frost were selected and propagated.

 

Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System. More information about the Texas Superstar program, including retail outlets where Superstar varieties may be purchased, can be found at http://texassuperstar.com/.

 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.

Friday trivia: Texas has two of the country's "sweatiest" cities

Based on factors like average temperature and humidity levels, here are the Top 
Sweatiest Cities:

1. Tampa, Fla.
2. Miami, Fla.
3. Houston, Texas
4. San Diego, Calif.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Raleigh, N.C.
8. Los Angeles, Calif.
9. Dallas, Texas
10. Charlotte, N.C.

Heat related illnesses & prevention measures

Many locations near us are in Excessive Heat Advisories.  So, far we are not in one, but will likely be in one next week as the upper ridge of high pressure centers itself over us and actual daytime temperatures reach 100+ degrees and the Temp Hum Indexes reach 105 to 110 and higher.

 

Below are a couple of internet sites to assist with heat related illness recognition and what to do.Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn't enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness.

 

Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, replenishing salt and minerals, and limiting time in the heat can help. Be sure to wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, a hat, take plenty of breaks, force water, and try to limit your outside activity to earlier or later times of the day rather than in the heat of the day.

 

Heat-related illnesses include:   


   - Heatstroke - a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness. This is a site that can give you details on who is at risk, how to recognize, and how to \treat a victim of heat stroke. Heatstroke, First Aid: Condition, Treatment and Pictures - First Aid Guide | skinsight   

   - Heat exhaustion - an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse. A good site to visit to learn how to avoid, recognize and treat heat exhaustion.

 

  http://www.skinsight.com/firstaid/firstAidHeatExhaustion.htm
   - Heat cramps - muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
   - Heat rash - skin irritation from excessive sweating
 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

It's Friday!!! Sunny & hot through the weekend, highs near 100

Today: Sunny and hot, high near 95. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 75. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low around 75. 
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, high near 98. 
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Monday: Sunny and hot, high near 99.
 
Monday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Tuesday: Sunny and hot, high near 98.
 
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 98.
 
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 99.
 

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/16/15--07/17/15

Arrest Report

07/16/15—07/17/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Shanice Nicole Newton, 22, Center, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Jerry Franklin Wall, Jr., 30, San Augustine, Bench Warrant-Burglary of a Building

 

David Russell Maes, 25, Center, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Family Violence

 

Kirk Kendrick, 38, Maynor, Warrant-Assault-Family Violence

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Notice: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

Center ISD Board of Trustees approve $1.2 million renovation proposal, work to begin immediately

The Center ISD Board of Trustees have agreed to move forward with a $1.2 million bid for renovation of the Malone Street middle and intermediate school gyms and Roughrider Stadium field house.

 

Center ISD Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry said the winning bid on proposal is said to be $300,000 under expectation.

 

At last night’s meeting, architect Malcom McKinney of Goodwin-Lassiter presented a low bid from Berry & Clay Contractors of Rusk to do the work.

 

Dr. Hockenberry said he was pleased with the architect’s work, especially undertaking a renovation at this point of the year.

 

Work will begin right-a-way with a target completion date of Oct. 5 for the intermediate school gym, Nov. 4 on the middle school gym and Nov. 30 for locker rooms. Work on the Roughrider Stadium field house will not start until the end of football season and targeted to be complete by January and the start of soccer.

 

Also approved at last night’s CISD Board meeting:

 

*Some $140,000 in budget amendments. These included carpet in the F.L. Moffett library and offices; replacement of HVACS, and equipment replacement for junior high football.

 

Dr. Hockenberry also reported the lease has been finalized on the new transportation facility and the process of moving off Hwy. 87 North to the J.B. Raymond’s facility on Loop 500 between Hwy. 87 South and Hwy. 7 East is underway.

 

Murder-Suicide near Garrison being investigated by Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office

According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office, there’s an investigation into an apparent murder-suicide on FM 138, near Garrison.

 

The Sheriff Office responded to a call from a third-party stating that they had received a text from a male subject that he had killed his wife. The call came into dispatch shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday.

 

Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and approached the residence. The report says deputies made forced entry into the residence where they found two people deceased in the living room of the residence.

 

EMS and first responders were called to the scene, but both subjects were deceased.

 

The Sheriff Office is investigating the crime as a Murder-Suicide.  

 

Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that a male subject appears to have shot his wife and then notified a distant family member of what he did by a text message. The male subject then turned the gun on himself after sending a text to a family member.

 

Both names are being withheld pending notification of all family members.

 

The case is still under investigation and an autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace, Dorothy Tigner Thompson.

Splash Kingdom is saying Timber Falls water park should be open by month's end

With an opening running some two months behind due to the heavy amounts of spring rain, the new Nacogdoches waterpark Timber Falls is inching closer to possibly opening before month's end.

 

According to Splash Kingdom's Facebook page they will be open by the end of July.

 

The post said, "We have TONS of workers on site each day, including management and owners working construction in order to get this thing up and going as soon as possible." Splash Kingdom expressed their appreciation to the community for their patience as they work to get the park up and running SAFELY for their guests.

 

Timber Falls is reportedly smaller than the other Texas and Louisiana water parks.

 

They say the park has a lazy river, slide tower, and a kids' area, and tickets to the Nacogdoches facility are $17.95 plus tax, a lower price than the Canton and Shreveport locations.

 

There have been a number of favorable and not so favorable comments on the waterparks' Facebook page, most inquiring about possible refunds on season passes due to the shortened season.

 

Splash Kingdom is saying they will offer refunds or you can exchange for a 2016 season pass.

 

Management adds Timber Falls is scheduled to be open through September.

 

Pictured below is one of the slides at the new Timber Falls waterpark in Nacogdoches. (Splash Kindom photo)

Funeral Notices: 07/17/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 85-year old Bertha Olene Henderson of Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. this afternoon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside interment memorial service for 67-year old Roger Guyton Hopkins of Morrow, Georgia. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 75-year old Patsy Joyce Lunsford of Suffolk, VA. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 64-year old Mary Jean Nobles of Milam. Service will be at 1 p.m. this afternoon at the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Milam, with interment at Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond, CA.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 78-year old Mr. Claudie Lee Hooper of Dallas. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Todd Springs Baptist Church in Shelbyville, with interment at Thompson Cemetery.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 46-year old Robert Evan Nash of Center & Nacogdoches. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Love Ministries in Center, with interment at Blount Chapel Cemetery.

 

Community Funeral Home in Timpson announces pending service for 61-year old Michael Tillman of Houston.

 

Garner and Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 37-year old Ms. Ebony Uquanda Dupree of Hemphill. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church, in Hemphill, with interment at Macedonia Cemetery. Final viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. today at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces service for 40-year old Mr. Marcus Anthony “Hobo” Barnes of San Augustine. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, San Augustine, with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces graveside service for 105-year old Ms. Birdie Crenshaw of Katy. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lane Town Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Warns Members of Potential Scams

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is warning residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers.

 

Scam artists call a home or business posing as a Deep East Texas EC employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment by credit, debit, or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card. 

 

Please be aware that Deep East Texas EC will not call members and threaten immediate disconnection.  Rather, Deep East Texas EC sends written notice and makes courtesy calls to delinquent accounts prior to disconnection. 

 

Should you receive a call that seems like a scam, the cooperative encourages you to hang up and call Deep East Texas EC directly at 1-866-392-2547 or936-229-4000 to be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative. 

 

Those who have been contacted by one of these scammers, or are victims of a scam, should also report the call to their local Sheriff’s Department and to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

 

 

Brittney Johnson

Communications Specialist

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc.

PO Drawer 736 – 880 TX Hwy 21 E - San Augustine, TX 75972

Office: 936-229-4000 ext. 3907

Toll-Free: 1-866-392-2547 ext. 3907

brittneyj@deepeast.com

 

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Center ISD holds "meet & greet" for coaching staff, many new faces, AD says: "They all love kids & coaching"

A "meet & greet' was held for the new coaches, as well as those veterans of Center ISD at the high school library Thursday. Community leaders, CISD staff and board members, as well as parents were on hand for the event. A number of new faces are on Athletic Director Barry Bowman's staff this year, among those is Roughrider Head Baseball Coach Kelly Spann (pictured left with Coach Bowman), who comes to Center from Natchitoches, La. Coach Bowman told Center Broadcasting he has some young coaches and those with several years experience, but foremost, he believes he has hired quality men and women that love kids and coaching. "These are difference makers for kids." He added he was really excited about the people that are coming to join the coaching staff in Center. A first for Center ISD is a girls' athletic coordinator. Coach Bowman says that Dana Irvin will be in charge of girls' athletics through his office. He added the girls' program has had great numbers during the summer for workouts. He commented, "I'm as excited for the girls as I am anything. I know they've needed some help, it's going to be really good." A new girls' basketball coach is also expected to be on staff, soon at Center ISD. (Center Broadcasting photo)
 

Tenaha Tiger Daily 07/16/15; Tenaha Sports Physicals set for Aug. 3

Summer has arrived. 

Tenaha ISD will operate on a summer schedule;

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

 

Attention TISD Students!

Sports physicals will be Monday, August 3rd, 2015 from 9:00am - 3:00 pm

 

Hall of Honor Info:

The 11th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha Tigers and the White Oak Roughnecks at 7:30 pm. 

    

Timeline:

June 18, 2015                Nomination forms available

August 3, 2015              Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha
ISD

August 17, 2015            Selections announced

September 18, 2015       Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony 

                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. White Oak Roughnecks


Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School
Alumni. Form attached. 

 

Inductees:  Four Categories

A.     Alumni

B.     Athletes

C.     Educators

D.     Supporters


Inductees may be nominated five years after graduation or have given five
years of service to Tenaha ISD.

Class of 2015:  1-2 Honorees nominated by at least 3 TISD Alumni as chosen
by the Hall of Honor Committee and approved by the Tenaha Independent School
District's Board of Trustees.

Selection Committee:  Five person committee (2 rotating board members with
annual terms and 3 resident Alumni Members)


Tenaha Youth Center

Open Saturday's 5-9 pm for Grades 7-12

Open Tuesday's 5-5:30 for grades K-3 Summer Reading Program.

 

 

Weather Update @ 12 noon 07/16/15

No changes from last week...HOT...DRY...Lakes and Rivers have passed thru 1/2 of original flood waters, but they will stay high thru the month of August even if we get no additional rain.


I have had several people come up to me at the grocery, the post office, and at Pinto Pony asking a range of weather questions.  Below is a consolidation of the weather related items addressed to me. some easy to answer, some humorous, some just hard to answer:   


   - When will we hit 100 in actual temperature? Our actual high temps are being held down due to the humidity and soil moisture, but we have a dome of high pressure centered slightly to our East that is causing high Heat Indexes between 105 and 110. The dome will move and center itself over Texas this weekend.  With that, and the clear skies we will begin to hit the 100+ actual temperatures next week that we normally see during late July and August.  Oppressive heat advisories are expected to be issued.


   - When is it going to rain again?  Not anytime soon.  The big boys say nothing even remotely like rain until the 23rd of July...if then, and then...only a 20% chance.
   - When will the sunset be on September 11th? The answer is 7:27pm.

Our days began getting shorter with the Summer Solstice. (today, it will set at 8:22pm)


   - Can you bring us some light breeze and cooler temps for September 11th? As much as I would like to do so, I can only tell you I can not.  Oh, sure, I could make that request, but it would be like asking for it to snow.  Not going to happen in September....Summer is still not over at that time...I will try for some moisture though...that is more likely to happen. (maybe not the answer that was being looked for).


   - I had a sweet lady of my generation approach me at the grocery yesterday who asked:"Why do they schedule funerals and grave site services in the Summer during the hot part of the day." Sorry, you will have to talk to the families and funeral homes about their scheduling. She did have a good point though.


   - Hurricane season will reach its mid point next month.  No tropical weather is in the 7 day forecast.  This time of the year a strong cold front or a tropical storm is the only real chance we have to change the current situation.  There has to be a strong system to push the high pressure out of its camped position over us. That then will allow the rising heat thermals to punch high into the atmosphere and form T-storms to bring us rain.


Please use caution in your outdoor activities during our Heat advisories.


 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

No rain in these parts, sunny & hot, heat index near 104 again

Today: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. 
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low around 77.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 76.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/15/15--07/16/15

Arrest Report

07/15/15—07/16/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Jennifer Johnson, 42, Center, Warrant-Assault Causing Bodily Injury

 

Eboni Black, 36, Houston, Warrant-Mis-application of Fiduciary Property

 

Timothy Howard, 36, Nacogdoches, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

 

Vernon Bailey, 49, Center, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Theft & Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Possession of a Dangerous Drug

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Notice: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

Center ISD Trustees expected to award renovation proposals on Malone Street campuses at tonight's meeting

The Center ISD Board of Trustees will consider and possibly approve awarding proposals on the renovation of the Malone Street campuses--the middle and intermediate schools, as well as the Roughrider Stadium Field House when they have their regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. this evening.

 

At the July 1 meeting, Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry told Center Broadcasting he expected to have the architect proposals in hand for trustees to consider.

 

Up to $3 million in renovations of the middle & intermediate school gyms and stadium field house were approved by the school board in May upon recommendation from the athletics’ facilities committee and a Master Plan, with the Malone Street projects fitting into a future new school model. T

 

he money is to come from the district's designated fund balance for future projects.

 

New bleachers, scoreboards, in addition to remodeling, including the installation of HVACs in both gyms are included in the project. A new scoreboard, weight room and renovation are part of the Roughrider Stadium Field House work.

 

Center ISD Trustees are also expected to receive an update on facilities’ projects at tonight's meeting. 

Center PD officer presented "Life Saving Award"

We told you earlier this week that Center Police officer Jake Gross would be recognized with a "Life Saving Award" by Police Chief Jim Albers at the Center City Council's Monday night meeting.

 

To give you some more details of the incident. On March 3 this year, Officer Gross administered CPR to 58-year old Joann Lockett at Center Place Apartments. He arrived to find her non-responsive, and not breathing. He continued to do so until ACE EMS arrived on the scene.

 

After working on Ms. Lockett for several minutes, a pulse was detected and she was transported to Center Emergency Department and on to Nacogdoches. Unfortunately, after leaving the hospital, Ms. Lockett passed away.

 

Officer Gross has been on the Center PD force four years.

 

Chief Albers said the department was very proud of Officer Gross, he added, “Jake is one of our finest officers, and a real credit to the Center Police Dept. and City of Center.”

 

Mayor David Chadwick added, “We are proud to see one of our officers act in such a professional and heroic manner.”

 

Center Police Officer Jake Gross (right) is presented a "Life Saving Award" from CPD Chief Jim Albers at Monday's city council meeting. (Photo courtesy of Our Town Times newspaper, Colleen Doggett)

'Meet & Greet' for new Center ISD coaches on tap from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today

Center ISD will be hosting a Meet and Greet for the new coaching staff, including the new head baseball coach, Kelly Spann, today, Thursday, July 16th from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM in the Center High School Library. All parents, students, and community members are invited to come by and welcome the new coaches that will be working with the students at Center ISD during the new school year.

  

 

San Augustine County Chamber to hold ribbon cutting at The Yellow Rose Banquet Hall today

The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at The Yellow Rose Banquet Hall at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. The facility is located on Hwy. 96 at the old paintball building across from Shelby LP Gas. The Yellow Rose features over 2,400 sq. ft. for reunions, receptions & banquets. The business is owned by Vicki Huss.

 

Funeral Notices: 07/16/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 85-year old Bertha Olene Henderson of Center. She passed away Tuesday at her residence. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. She retired from the Pasadena ISD. Among Bertha Olene Henderson’s survivors are children, Shirley & Charlie Russom of Arlington, Douglas & Wanda Henderson of League City, and Kathryn Trejo of Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside interment memorial service for 67-year old Roger Guyton Hopkins of Morrow, Georgia. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Grace Hospice of McDonough, GA. or The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 85-year old Brooksie Lee Miller Lipscomb of Tenaha. Service will be at 1 p.m. this afternoon at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Folsom Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces graveside service for 95-year old Mr. James D. “Jimmy” Dezelle of Hideaway, formerly of San Augustine. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 75-year old Patsy Joyce Lunsford of Suffolk, VA. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces a military honors graveside service for 67-year old Bobby D. Bell of Garrison. Service will be held at 10 a.m. this morning at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County under the direction of VFW Post 8904. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. prior to graveside service at Garrison Funeral Home.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 64-year old Mary Jean Nobles of Milam. She passed away Saturday at her home. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Milam, with interment at Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond, CA.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 78-year old Mr. Claudie Lee Hooper of Dallas. He passed away Thursday in a Dallas hospital. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Todd Springs Baptist Church in Shelbyville, with interment at Thompson Cemetery.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 46-year old Robert Evan Nash of Center & Nacogdoches. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Love Ministries in Center, with interment at Blount Chapel Cemetery.

 

Community Funeral Home in Timpson announces pending service for 61-year old Michael Tillman of Houston.

 

Garner and Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 37-year old Ms. Ebony Uquanda Dupree of Hemphill. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church, in Hemphill, with interment at Macedonia Cemetery. Final viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Visitation is Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces service for 40-year old Mr. Marcus Anthony “Hobo” Barnes of San Augustine. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, San Augustine, with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces graveside service for 105-year old Ms. Birdie Crenshaw of Katy. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lane Town Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Garner & Son Chapel.

Tenaha Tiger Daily 07/15/15

Summer has arrived. 

Tenaha ISD will operate on a summer schedule;

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.
 

Hall of Honor Info:

The 11th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha Tigers and the White Oak Roughnecks at 7:30 pm. 


          

Timeline:

June 18, 2015                Nomination forms available

August 3, 2015              Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha
ISD

August 17, 2015            Selections announced

September 18, 2015       Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony 

                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. White Oak Roughnecks


Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School
Alumni. Form attached. 

 

Inductees:  Four Categories

A.     Alumni

B.     Athletes

C.     Educators

D.     Supporters

 

Inductees may be nominated five years after graduation or have given five years of service to Tenaha ISD.


Class of 2015:  1-2 Honorees nominated by at least 3 TISD Alumni as chosen by the Hall of Honor Committee and approved by the Tenaha Independent School District's Board of Trustees.

 

Selection Committee:  Five person committee (2 rotating board members with annual terms and 3 resident Alumni Members)
 

Tenaha Youth Center

Open Saturday's 5-9 pm for Grades 7-12

Open Tuesday's 5-5:30 for grades K-3 Summer Reading Program.

 

Angelina County individuals arrested on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

LUFKIN, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that five individuals are in custody following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

On July 14, 2015, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began executing federal arrest warrants for defendants indicted following a two year investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere. The agencies also executed three search warrants in Diboll and one in Lufkin.

Two separate indictments were returned by a federal grand jury on July 1, 2015 charging 10 individuals with federal drug and firearms violations.  Of those, five defendants were arrested on July 14th and the indictment was unsealed by a federal magistrate late that night.  Those defendants in custody are:

      Ruben Enriquez, 42 of Diboll, Texas;
      Agustin Enriquez, 48 of Diboll, Texas;
      Alonso Enriquez, 33 of Diboll, Texas;
      Jorge Enriquez, 33, of Lufkin, Texas; and
      Douglas Wayne Williams, 40 of Lufkin, Texas

Law enforcement officers seized eight firearms, approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine, $20,000 cash and eight vehicles during the arrests.  The remaining five defendants are being sought by law enforcement at this time.

According to the first indictment, beginning in 2013, Ruben Enriquez, Agustin Enriquez, Alonso Enriquez, and Jorge Enriquez are alleged to have conspired with each other and others to possess with the intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine.  Nine of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. One defendant is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to the second indictment,     on Jan. 15, 2015, Douglas Wayne Williams is alleged to have possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted of the drug conspiracy charges, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.  If convicted of the drug possession charges, Douglas Wayne Williams faces a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in federal prison.  If convicted of the weapons violations, those defendants face at least 5 years in federal prison.  The indictments also seek forfeiture of any property used to commit or facilitate the crimes or derived from proceeds of the conspiracy.

The cases are being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety - Criminal Investigation Division. The U.S. Marshals Service, DEA Aviation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol Division, Texas Department of Public Safety-Aircraft Division, Angelina County Constable Precinct 1 and Precinct 4, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Lufkin Police Department, Diboll Police Department, Houston Police Department, Conroe Police Department and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office assisted in the execution of the arrest warrants and search warrants in the Eastern District of Texas.  The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Gaston.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Catfish Anglers: TPWD wants to hear from you

 

ATHENS—Catfish anglers have until July 26 to comment on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) proposed catfish management plan.

 

A link to the plan and an associated survey can be found on the main page of the TPWD web site, or you can go directly to the plan at http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/nonpwdpubs/media/catfish_plan_draft.pdf.

 

TPWD will use angler input to help shape the final draft of the plan, which is scheduled to be published this fall.

Prospects bright for Dove and Early Teal seasons

AUSTIN – Dove hunters will have more opportunity earlier in the season with dates and bag limits finalized recently by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the 2015-2016 Texas dove season, including a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag statewide, and a 16-day early teal and Canada goose season.

 

The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones remains. The first segment in those zones will be five days longer than last season, closing on Sunday, Oct. 25. The season will reopen Friday, Dec. 18 and run through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 in the North and Central Zones.

 

In the South Zone, the first segment will be longer by two days compared to last year. The South Zone opens Friday, Sept. 18 and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 21. The second segment will run Friday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

 

The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit is 45.

 

The Special White-winged Dove Area will be restricted to afternoon only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two full September weekends on Sept. 5-6 and 12-13. Hunting in this area will reopen Friday, Sept. 18 and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 21, and then reopen Friday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. During the early two weekends, the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. Once the general season opens, the aggregate bag limit will be 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.

 

“Age-ratios (juveniles versus adults) from last season indicated very strong production in mourning doves across Texas last year; we expect similar or slightly increased production this year with the improved habitat conditions across nearly all of Texas,” said Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD’s dove program leader. “However, improved habitat conditions equal more food and water on the landscape, which means hunters may need to spend more time patterning mourning doves prior to opening day in their area.”

 

Duck hunters can anticipate improved conditions for the September early teal season as abundant rains have filled lakes and marshes for the first time in several years. With record numbers of teal expected to make their way into Texas during the upcoming months, prospects should be good.

 

A 16-day statewide early teal and Eastern Zone Canada goose season will run Saturday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 27. The daily bag on teal remains six, with a possession limit of 18. Bag limit for Canada geese will be three and a possession limit of six in the Eastern Zone only.

 

“Blue-winged teal numbers (8.5 million) are way above the minimum of 4.7 million needed for a 16-day season,” said Kevin Kraai, TPWD waterfowl program leader. “Conditions for teal across the state are excellent and hunters are urged to have their fingers crossed for a timely migration in the middle of September.”

 

Hunters are reminded that licenses go on sale August 15 for the 2015-16 hunting seasons and can be purchased through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks and at over 1,700 retailers across the state. Licenses may also be purchased online through the TPWD website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buy or by phone at 1-800-895-4248. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a required $5 administrative fee for each phone or online transaction. The online transaction system is available 24/7.

 

For online and phone orders, a physical license will be mailed within three business days. During that time period, a transaction receipt will be provided via email that will be sufficient proof of hunting license and required endorsements that can be used for dove hunting, though it will not be allowed for the take of fish or wildlife that require a tag.

Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season can be found in the 2015-2016 Outdoor Annual, available at license retailers August 15, online at www.txoutdoorannual.com and via the free Outdoor Annual mobile app available for Apple and Android devices.

 

In addition to a hunting license, anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas. The certification is valid for life and is honored in all other states and provinces. More information on hunter education certification is available online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/hunter-education.

 

A Migratory Game Bird endorsement and Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification are also required to hunt dove or teal in September. HIP certification involves a brief survey of previous year’s migratory bird hunting success and is conducted at the time licenses are purchased. Duck hunters also need to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp.

 

UPDATE: Percy Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine services

 

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary of San Augustine would like to announce the death and services of:

 

Ms. Ebony Uquanda Dupree, age 37, of Hemphill, Texas. Ms. Dupree passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015 at her residence in Hemphill, Texas.

 

Service

Saturday, July 18, 2015

11:00 a.m.

Macedonia Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas

Interment Macedonia Cemetery

Rev. Gerald Johnson, Officiating

Final viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until Service time at the church

 

Visitation

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Saviviors

 

Parents                      James Dupree (Shirley) of Hemphill, Texas

 

Grandfather              J. W. Dupree of Hemphill, Texas

 

1 Son                         JaFredrick Smith of Hemphill, Texas

 

1 Daughter                Shaniyah Smith of Hemphill, Texas

 

God Children                                    Junikya White

Ja’Quesha White            all of Muskegen Michigan

Charles White, Jr.

 

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

 

 

 

Mr. Marcus Anthony “Hobo” Barnes, age 40, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Barnes passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Sabine County Hospital in Hemphill, Texas.

 

Service

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

1:00 p.m.

Reed Chapel Baptist Church San Augustine, Texas

Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery

Rev. Amos Horton, Officiating

 

 

Visitation

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Saviviors

 

Mother:                                    Bobbie Barnes of San Augustine, Texas

 

1 Son                                       JaMarcus Barnes of Nacogdoches, Texas

 

3 Daughters                            Natalya Clark of San Augustine, Texas

                                                Imanni Barnes and Iriana Barnes of Ohio

 

4 Grand Children

 

5 Brothers                               Freddie Barnes, Jr. of Lufkin, Texas

                                                Eddie Barnes of San Augustine, Texas

                                                Robert Barnes of San Antonio, Texas

                                                Dennis Barnes wife, Chequita of San Augustine, Texas

                                                Dewanye Barnes wife, Karla of Humble, Texas

 

4 Sisters                                  Lucy McBride and Husband, Willie of San Augustine, Texas

                                                Theresa Larkin and Husband, Bozzie of San Augustine, Texas

                                                Stephanie Bell and Husband, Laskey of San Augustine, Texas

                                                Dorothy Lynch of Orange, Texas

 

As well as a host of Nices, Nephews other relatives and friends

                                   

 

 

Ms. Birdie Crenshaw, age 105, of Katy, Texas.  Ms. Crenshaw passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at her residence in Katy, Texas.   

 

 

Service

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Graveside Service at Lane Town Cemetery

 

 

Visitation

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Saviviors

 

1 Son                   Billy P. Harper, Sr. (Georgia) of Katy, Texas

 

4 Grand Children               

 

9 Great-Grandchildren   

 

5 Great-Great Grand Children

 

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Fire destroys home on FM 417 West, occupant able to escape

An early morning house fire has destroyed a home off US 96 South of Center.

 

Center Firemen responded to a 9-1-1 call to the Gene Kirkley residence on FM 417 West in the Cleaver Creek community and found the home fully engulfed in flames just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

 

The home’s occupant, Joyce Kirkley was able to exit the home and make it to her son Richard’s residence next door to summon help. She was uninjured.

 

Shelbyville firemen were called to assist with water back-up. Cause of that blaze is not known.

Sunny & hot, heat index around 104 degrees

Today: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 73. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96. 
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, high near 98.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 76.
 
Monday: Sunny and hot, high near 99.
 
Monday Night: Mostly clear, low around 76.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 99.

Center 12U All-Stars fall short in State Tournament Championship Series

The Center Dixie League 12U All-Stars are Texas State Tournament runner-ups after coming up short to Huntington during the championship game in Center Monday.

 

Huntington was also named as this year's Sportsmanship Team.

 

Center entered the title game with a 3-1 record. Wins came over Cold Spring, 11-0 and a victory against Tyler Saturday, a loss to Huntington Sunday, before defeating Palestine to avoid elimination.

 

Center had to win twice over undefeated Huntington if they were to take the championship.

 

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/14/15--07/15/15

Arrest Report

07/14/15—07/15/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Mercedes Jones, 19, Logansport, Warrant-Theft

 

San Augustine County:

 

Kristen S. Cosby, 24, Center, Motion to Revoke Probation, Original Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Notice: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

UPDATE: Nacogdoches County teen, woman found, pickup stuck in mud

The 15-year old missing boy from Nacogdoches County was been found safe Tuesday afternoon.

 

The Amber Alert for Tanner Blake Jordan was cancelled after Nacogdoches County deputies found the teen and the woman he was with, reportedly stuck in mud on a county road near the Rusk County line.

 

A sheriff’s department press release says they received a tip that 34-year old Katie Miller and the boy could be found at a deer lease. Authorities found evidence they had been there.

 

Another call to the sheriff’s office said a white dually truck was stuck on a trail inside Nacogdoches County on CR 950. The pair was also found at the scene.

 

Miller was taken into custody and Tanner Jordan released to his parents, with CPS being notified to assist.

 

Miller was charged with state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance and harboring a runaway.

 

The press release said a search of the truck found less than a gram of meth, along with plastic baggies and needles that contained meth residue.

 

Additional charges could be pending, according to Sheriff Jason Bridges. He added his investigators will be doing more interviews with both individuals.

Center ISD hosting meet & greet for new coaching staff Thursday

Center ISD will be hosting a Meet and Greet for the new coaching staff, including the new head baseball coach, Kelly Spann, on Thursday, July 16th from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM in the Center High School Library.

 

All parents, students, and community members are invited to come by and welcome the new coaches that will be working with the students at Center ISD the new school year.

 

Shelby County Beekeeper's Club to meet today

The Shelby County Beekeepers Club will meet today, Wednesday, July 15th at the active Shelby County courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

 

Bring a sack lunch and come engage with other novice and expert local beekeepers as they share information on beekeeping.

 

This month’s topic will include summer hive management, bee and wasp identification and testing moisture levels in honey. 

 

Possibly, they will have some queen honey bees on-hand to observe. 

 

Bring your honey to be tested for moisture via refractometer.

Funeral Notices: 07/15/15

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 84-year old Huey Dan Phillips of Huxley. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors given by VFW Post 8904. Family request that donations can be made to Strong Cemetery Fund.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 85-year old Brooksie Lee Miller Lipscomb of Tenaha. She passed away Monday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Folsom Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at Mangum Funeral Home. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in accounting and scheduling. Among Brooksie Lee Miller Lipscomb’s survivors is a daughter, Elizabeth Ann & Jimmy Marett of Tenaha; son, Ed & Pam Lipscomb of Houston; and sister-in-law, Jackie Miller of Tenaha.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Pharon A. Newton of Center. Service will be at 10 a.m., this morning at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, or Colonia Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside interment memorial service for 67-year old Roger Guyton Hopkins of Morrow, Georgia. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Grace Hospice of McDonough, GA. or The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces graveside service for 95-year old Mr. James D. “Jimmy” Dezelle of Hideaway, formerly of San Augustine. He passed away Monday. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine. He worked in the banking business in San Augustine and also for Southern States Specialties in San Augustine. Among Jimmy Dezelle’s survivors is a daughter, Janis Robertson of Nacogdoches; sons, James Harold & Rosemarie Dezelle of Hideaway; sister, Gladys Wilson of Katy; and brother-in-law, R.G. & Ouida Dean of Nacogdoches.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 75-year old Patsy Joyce Lunsford of Suffolk, VA. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces a military honors graveside service for 67-year old Bobby D. Bell of Garrison. He passed away Monday in Garrison. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County under the direction of VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be held prior to graveside service at Garrison Funeral Home. Among Bobby D. Bell's survivors are children, Amy & David Sarkies of Garrison and Emily & Aaron Mitchell of Garrison; brother, Darrell Bell; and sisters, Pam & Clayton McFadden and Debra Ward.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 64-year old Mary Jean Nobles of Milam. She passed away Saturday at her home.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 78-year old Mr. Claudie Lee Hooper of Dallas. He passed away Thursday in a Dallas hospital.

 

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 37-year old Ms. Ebony Uquanda Dupree of Hemphill. Service will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, in Hemphill, with interment at Macedonia Cemetery. Final viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until Service time at the church. Visitation is Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces pending service for 40-year old Mr. Marcus Anthony “Hobo” Barnes of San Augustine. He passed away Sunday at the Sabine County Hospital in Hemphill.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces pending service for 105-year old Ms. Birdie Crewshaw of Katy. She passed away Monday at her residence.

 

 

 

Funeral Notice: Brooksie Lee Miller Lipscomb

Brooksie Lee Miller Lipscomb, age 85 of Tenaha, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital.

 

Services will be 1p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel

 with Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5pm until 7pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

She was born August 2, 1929 in Shelby County to parents, C.F. & Willie Elizabeth (Brittain) Miller. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in the accounting and scheduling departments for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, C.F. & Willie Miller, husband, R.H. Lipscomb, Jr., infant brother, Little Ora Miller, brother, Calvin Miller, brother, Henry Miller and

 sister, Vera Miller.

 

She is survived by:

Daughter:

Elizabeth Ann Marett & husband, Jimmy of Tenaha

Son:

Ed Lipscomb & wife, Pam of Houston

 

Grandchildren:

Jamie Norris & husband, Jonothon of Crosby

Susan Roberts & husband, Andrew of Houston

 

Numerous step grandchildren  and step great grandchildren

 

Sister-in-law:

Jackie Miller of Tenaha

 

 

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

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

Graveside Service Notice: Mr. James D. "Jimmy" Dezelle

Mr. James D. "Jimmy" Dezelle was born October 7, 1919, in Leon County, Texas. He entered into rest at his residence in Hideaway, Texas, July 13, 2015, attaining the age of 95 years, 9 months and 6 days. Mr. Dezelle was a longtime resident of San Augustine, Texas.

 

He was a member of First Baptist Church of San Augustine. For many years he worked in the banking business at Commercial State Bank in San Augustine, beginning as cashier and was vice-president when he left the bank. He had also worked for Southern States Specialties in San Augustine.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Janis Robertson of Nacogdoches, Texas; son, James Harold DeZelle and wife, Rosemarie of Hideaway, Texas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Douglas Sullivan and wife, Tracy; Jason Dean Robertson and wife, Amanda; Jed "James Edgar" DeZelle and wife Bethany; Joseph Michael DeZelle and wife Haley; John Clay DeZelle and wife Jessica; great-grandchildren, John D. Sullivan; Jake Sullivan; Jeremy DeZelle; Ellie Sullivan; Dixie Leigh and John Davis Robertson; sister, Gladys Wilson of Katy Texas; brother-in-law, R.G. Dean and wife Ouida of Nacogdoches, Texas; Lifetime Family Friend, Weldon Beasley of San Augustine.

 

He was preceded in death by parents; wife of 64 1/2 years, LaVaughn DeZelle; 4 sisters; sons-in-law John Sullivan and Jack Robertson.

 

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday July 16, 2015 at Liberty Hill Memorial Garden, 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Buddy Pratt officiating. Interment will follow services.

AMBER ALERT CANCELLED FOR MISSING NACOGDOCHES TEEN, SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Amber Alert Cancelled

Tanner Jordan has been found and has been transported to the Sheriff Office. He is okay and will be turned over to his family. The suspect is in custody. Thank you for the many calls and tips that we have received on this case.

 

Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 7 to 9

*(AUSTIN)* — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state's annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 - 9.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“As the father of three young children, I know back-to-school expenses can really put a strain on family budgets this time of year,” Hegar said. “This is an opportunity for families to save some money and prepare for the start of the school year.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller's website at TexasTaxHoliday.org [ http://www.TexasTaxHoliday.org ].

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

San Augustine County Commissioners agree to rescind constable's resignation, hire new Agri-Life extension agent

A couple of personnel issues highlighted the San Augustine County Commissioners' Court Tuesday morning.
 
Among those was accepting a letter of non-resignation from Pct. 1 Constable Shannon Brazeal. In his letter to the court, Brazeal said since a replacement had not been named, and by state law he was still the constable, and asked to have his resignation rescinded. He had resigned last month to attend the DPS Academy.
 
San Augustine native Shane Bridges was tabbed as the new Texas A&M Agrlife agent for agriculture and natural resources. He replaces long-time retired county agent Jerry Nickerson. Bridges will spend a month observing in Nacogdoches before assuming his position in San Augustine.
 
In addition, Sheila Lewis with Agri-Life advised commissioners that after meeting with County Judge Samye Johnson and other county officials that expressed a need, a county agent for family and consumer sciences will once again be placed in San Augustine. She said applications are being taken for the job.
 
A representive of the faith-based non-profit NextStep Ministries group reported a group of over 100 volunteers will be in San Augustine working this summer doing repairs to homes of elderly residents.
 
In other business, San Augustine County Commissioners gave approval to the Marsh Waterproofing Contract for exterior work on the 1919 Jail Restoration. The renovation work is being done at no cost to the county. Betty Oglesbee of the SA Garden Club is spear-heading the effort and says some $130,000 has been raised, including $15,000 in recent grants.
 
Approval was also given on renewal of the employee health insurance through the Texas Association of Counties. San Augustine will see a 7 percent premium increase.
 
Finally, a presentation was made by local photographer Glenda Harrison of a camera portrait of the San Augustine County Courthouse she took at dusk that was imposed with pictures of Davy Crockett & Sam Houston. "History Shines Through in San Augustine" is an award-winning photo. When addressing the court, she said the portrait was dedicated to be shared in her late husband Woody Harrison's and her legacy.
 
"History Shines Through in San Augustine", a camera portrait of the San Augustine County Courthouse, imposed with pictures of Texas History giants Davy Crockett and Sam Houston was donated to the county by local photographer Glenda Harrison at Tuesday morning's Commissioners' Court meeting. Ms. Harrison said the photo was an award winning entry from the Texas Main Street Media Contest. In addition, County Judge Samye Johnson personally donated a framed copy of the Texas Historic Commission's article on the San Augustine Courthouse that appeared in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel recently. Pictured are (left) Ms. Harrison, Betty Oglesbee and County Judge Johnson. (Center Broadcasting photo)
 

Graveside Service: Bobby D. Bell

Bobby D. Bell, 67, of Garrison, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 in Garrison.

 

A military honors graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County, under the direction of VFW Post 8904.  Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

 

Mr. Bell was born January 23, 1948, in Nacogdoches, to Clifford Bell and Rachel Bailey Bell.  He served in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Bell was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his family.

 

He is survived by

Children:

Amy Sarkies and husband, David, of Garrison

Emily Mitchell and husband, Aaron, of Garrison

 

Grandchildren:

Britany Sarkies

Tiffany Fox

Troy Sarkies

Madeline Mitchell

Ace Mitchell

 

Great Grandchildren:

Channing Fox

Rhett Sarkies

 

Brother: Darrell Bell

 

Sisters:

Pam McFadden and husband, Clayton

Debra Ward

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Clifford Bell and Rachel Bailey Bell

One Sister

One Brother

 

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

Heat index around 101-104 degrees again today

Today  Partly cloudy. High near 96. Heat index readings 101 to 104. South winds 10 mph. 
 
Tonight  Mostly clear. Lows near 75. Southwest winds 10 mph.
 
Wednesday  Mostly clear. High near 96. Heat index readings 102 to 105. South winds 10 mph. 
 
Wednesday Night  Mostly clear. Lows mid 70s. 
 
Thursday  Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 90s. 
 
Thursday Night  Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s.
 
Friday  Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s.
 
Friday Night  Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s.
 
Saturday  Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s.
 
Saturday Night  Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s.
 
Sunday  Mostly clear in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s.
 
Sunday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 70s.
 
Monday Mostly clear. Highs in the upper 90s

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/13/15--07/14/15

Arrest Report

07/13/15—07/14/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Timothy Hubbard, 32, Longview, Warrant-Aggravated Robbery

 

Kristen Cosby, 24, Center, Warrant-Speeding, Warrant-Violate Promise to Appear & San Augustine County Warrant-Motion to Revoke Probation, Original Charge: Possession of a Dangerous Drug

 

San Augustine County:

 

Robert A. Scott, 56, California, Failure to Display Driver’s License & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Notice: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

San Augustine County Commissioners expected to accept constable's non-resignation letter

The San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court will meet at 9 a.m. this morning and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be to accept a letter of non-resignation from Pct. 1 Constable Shannon Brazeal. He had resigned last month after being accepted into the DPS academy.

 

In addition, the court is expected to take action on hiring a county extension agent.

 

San Augustine County Commissioners may take action on Pct. 2 bridge construction, a safety hazard on Pct. 1 road, a Texas Disaster Community Block Grant resolution, and county disaster application status.

 

The court will also consider a budget request from The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas, and budget request from Burke.

 

Updates will be given on forest service road disaster, Next Step Ministries’ project, and a National Trust Grant for the 1919 Jail restoration project.

 

San Augustine County Commissioners will also have a budget workshop.

Timpson ISD Board of Trustees to meet this evening

The Timpson ISD Board of Trustees will have regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight and among the agenda items for consideration and board action will be TASB Policy Update 102, 2-year extension of bank depository contract, soliciting sealed proposals for fuel and heating and air conditioning services, a monetary donation from the Ag Booster Club to the Ag Dept., and approval of audit engagement letter with Halls, Johnson, McLemore and Redfield.

 

In addition, Timpson ISD Trustees will consider TASB Facilities Assessment Services, hiring of personnel and any personnel issues.

 

 

Rusk County Commissioners accept clerk's resignation, no same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in Shelby, San Augustine Counties

The Rusk County Commissioners’ Court accepted the resignation of County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle Monday morning after she refused to comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right to same-sex couples to marry.

 

Ms. Lewis-Kugle submitted her resignation last Thursday and said in the letter that she could not in good conscience issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

 

A long-time deputy clerk in Ms. Kugle’s office assumed the position as Rusk County Clerk.

 

Since the Supreme Court ruling a little over two weeks ago, neither the Shelby County nor San Augustine County Clerk’s offices had issued a same-sex marriage license as of late Monday afternoon.

Funeral Notices: 07/14/15

Services are pending at Mangum Funeral Home for Mrs. Brooksie Lipscomb. She passed away late Monday night at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Additional information will be announced at a later time.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 84-year old Huey Dan Phillips of Huxley. He passed away Sunday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors given by VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Mangum Funeral Home. He served in the US Army and was a long-time school teacher. Among Huey Dan Phillips' survivors is his wife, Mary Jo Dean Phillips of Huxley; son, Keith & Kristie Devers of Huxley; sister-in-law, Barbara Ross of Center; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Bob & Barbara Ann Dean of Mont Belvieu; and sister-in-law, Laretta Dean of Huxley. Family request that donations can be made to Strong Cemetery Fund.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 87-year old Ernest “Buddy” Baggett of Center.Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Pharon A. Newton of Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, or Colonia Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 75-year old Patsy Joyce Lunsford of Suffolk, VA. She passed away Saturday. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 64-year old Mary Jean Nobles of Milam. She passed away Saturday at her home.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 78-year old Mr. Claudie Lee Hooper of Dallas. He passed away Thursday in a Dallas hospital.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside interment memorial service for 67-year old Roger Guyton Hopkins of Morrow, Georgia. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Roger Guyton Hopkins' survivors is a brother, Teddy & Becky Hopkins of Center; children, Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Fredrick & husband Michael, and Benjamin Raphael & Paige Hopkins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Grace Hospice of McDonough, GA. or The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration.

 

Pending Funeral Service: Mrs. Brooksie Lipscomb

Services are pending at Mangum  funeral Home for Mrs. Brooksie Lipscomb.

 

Mrs Lipscomb  passed away late Monday night at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Additional information will be announced at a later time. 

Pre-construction meeting held in Nacogdoches County to kick-off Shelby County bridge replacement projects


LUFKIN - Many people do not realize what happens once a construction project has been approved by the Texas Transportation Committee in Austin. Many things must happen prior to construction beginning. One of those events is a pre-construction meeting between TxDOT officials and the contracting company that was awarded the bid.

A pre-construction meeting was held in Nacogdoches County last week that will mark the beginning of a project that will replace a total of four bridges located on CR 4323 and CR 1006 in Shelby County.

Longview Bridge and Road will serve as contractors with work beginning ideally at Flat Fork Creek and working toward Mill Creek. The meeting also included discussions of all safety and environmental issues that might arise during the project, daily monitoring and any protected wetlands in the area of construction. The project is slated to begin in coming weeks.

Other projects currently ongoing in the nine-county Lufkin District and maintenance work scheduled for the week of July 13-17 include:

ANGELINA COUNTY
Loop 287 eastbound: Contractors are completing concrete paving on the eastbound main lanes and are removing pavement on the cloverleaf ramp. Fill dirt will be placed back in the ramp area this week in preparation of constructing the new ramp from the eastbound loop to Business 59 southbound. The retaining wall on the eastbound loop will also be under construction.
FM 2021/US 59: Westbound lanes on FM 2021 are being completed with final pavement finishing scheduled to be completed this week. Crews will work on driveways along FM 2021 and US 59 northbound. Other work for the week includes extending box culverts and removing old concrete pavement.
US 59/A&NR Railroad Underpass: Work continues to replace the railroad bridge outside the lanes of traffic. Crews will work to drill shafts for the retaining walls and begin work on storm sewers.
Various locations: Mowing, herbicide and pothole operations scheduled along with ditch maintenance.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
US 59 along Loop 224: Micro-surfacing pavement. Travelers can expect alternate lane closures through the area.
SH 21 from .4 miles west of FM 226 to FM 3276: Contractors will be sealcoating followed by the hot mix asphalt surface.
US 59 .2 miles south of FM 95 West to US 259: Sealcoating to continue for the next few weeks.
US 59/LP 224: This project will continue as construction crews work on the retaining wall on the US 59 South exit ramp and the pavement structure for the westbound entrance ramp. Utility crews will continue to relocate utilities throughout the project.
LP 224 from SH 7 to US 59 South: Guard rails and culvert work at various locations.
FM 3314: Contractors are completing the final surface, clean-up and placing signs that will be followed by final striping.

POLK COUNTY
US 287/FM 946: Pouring headwalls and wing walls on cross structures and safety treating fixed objects.
US 59 from Moscow to Leggett: Roadway resurfacing will continue.
US 190, FM 3126, FM 943 and FM 1276: Sealcoating roadways.
Various locations: Herbicide, mowing and pothole maintenance.

SAN JACINTO COUNTY
US 59 at FM 2914 overpass: Crews will haul and place embankment material and place forms in preparation for setting bridge deck panels. Bridge abutment back walls will also be formed and poured as well as a leveling pad for future retaining walls.
US 59, SH 150, FM 223, FM 945 and FM 3460: Seal coating roadway.

HOUSTON COUNTY
SH 7 west of Kennard: Structure and shoulder work will continue. A pilot car will be used to lead traffic through a single lane.
FM 227 west of Grapeland: Minor shoulder and guardrail repairs.
Various locations: Seal coating operations, mowing and herbicide treatments.

SABINE COUNTY
FM 1: Safety treating fixed objects.
FM 1 at the railroad underpass: Work to install a flashing beacon.
FM 1751: Finishing treatments will be applied to driveway pipes and cross drainage structures.
FM 1592, FM 3184 and FM 2261: Safety treating fixed objects.

SHELBY COUNTY
US 84 at the Sabine River: The replacement of the bridge that connects Texas to Louisiana across the Sabine River continues as contractors work to hang final deck panels on the new eastbound bridge. Contractors will continue work on the storm sewer and other drainage structures in Logansport, LA, as well as the lime treated subgrade and base for the eastbound main lanes in Texas and Louisiana.
Loop 500 from US 96 North to SH 7 East: Final striping is being scheduled, weather permitting. Top soil will be hauled and seeded.
FM 139 from SH 7 to SH 87: Safety treating cross drainage driveway structures and upgrading guardrail.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
SH 21 at US 96: Intersection improvements will continue with contractors working to complete drainage structures and install concrete curb and gutter.
Various locations: Treating potholes, mowing and herbicide treatments.
Various locations: Safety treating fixed objects.

TRINITY COUNTY
SH 19 at Houston County line to SH 94 in Trinity: Roadwork resurfacing will continue.
SH 94 at various locations: Safety treating fixed objects.
FM 2915: Pavement rehabilitation on road base.

 

Bill O’Neal to be awarded A.C. Greene Award

Bill O’Neal will be presented the A.C. Greene Award in September at the West Texas Book Festival in Abilene, Texas. The A.C. Greene Award is presented annually to a distinguished Texas author for lifetime achievement. The award is named for author, columnist, and Abilene native, A.C. Greene. Each year, the honored author is presented with a piece of original framed art, generously donated by the artist, H.C. Zachry.

O'Neal is the author of 42 books and more than 300 articles and book reviews on the American West including gunfighters, lawmen, ghost towns, country artists, baseball, children's books, and more.

 

O’Neal is the current Texas State Historian and is the only Texas State Historian to  be appointed two consecutive terms in 2012 and 2014.

 

Having retired as a history professor at Panola College in Carthage, TX, he continues to teach periodically and maintains a prolific writing career. O'Neal is a member of the Western Writers of America, having appeared in television documentaries on Turner Network Television, The History Channel, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Discovery Channel, Turner Broadcasting System, and the Arts and Entertainment Channel. O'Neal has been the recipient of several awards including the 2005 National Association of Outlaw and Lawmen Association Award for "The Johnson County War,” and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine.  He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association in 2012.

Center Middle School Beta Club places at National competition

The Center Middle School Beta Club attended the National Convention on June 25th-June 29th in Nashville, TN. While there, the students had the opportunity to compete with students from other Beta Club organizations from around the country.  One of the CMS Beta Club sponsors, Mrs. Mary Hockenberry, said, "This has been our most successfu Beta year ever. As far as I know, we've never had any students place at Nationals." CMS had several students to place this summer. Keelan Williams placed Second in the handmade jewelry division. Both the *Spotlight Your Club* and *Living Literature *placed in the top ten as well.

Not only was it one of the most successful years for the CMS Beta Club, it was also one of the most memorable. The students were able to visit some amazing and very well known historical and fun sites. Some of the places they visited were the National Civil Rights Museum where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Graceland--home of Elvis Presley in Memphis,
TN., the Grand Ole Opry, the Historic Ryman Auditorium, RCA Studio B, a full scale replica of the Parthenon (seen in the movie *Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief*), Hard Rock Cafe, and the Bluebird Cafe where several famous artists, such as Taylor Swift have been discovered.

The CMS Beta Club Members and Sponsors are so excited to have had this opportunity for the second year in a row. They would once again like to thank the Center ISD Board of Trustees for helping with travel expenses, Covington Lumber Company for donating supplies for the Living Literature set, Robbie Sullivan for assisting with Uhaul rental, and Matt Haddox,
Terry Scull and Rickey Andrews for construction of the Living Literature set.
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​They look forward to another great year in 2015-16!​

 

The Center Middle Schoo Beta Club outside Elvis' Graceland in Memphis, TN

Panola College nursing students, instructors provide healthcare in Central America

Four nursing students and two instructors from Panola College recently spent a week in the jungles of Central America providing basic health care to people in remote villages in the Toledo District of Belize. 
 
Dr. Barbara Cordell, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at the college, has been
taking students to Belize for the last fifteen years for a course called "Transcultural Nursing". "Students learn how to provide nursing care without the sophisticated technology we have available in the US," says Cordell. "They have to use their senses to assess patients and provide nursing care". 
 
The group lives for nearly a week without running water or electricity and they often hike 2 to 4 hours to reach the villages where the descendants of the ancient Mayans still live in dirt floor grass huts. "We bathe in the river and pump drinking water from that same river", says Amanda Bickham, the other instructor who accompanied the students. "It was a life-altering adventure!"
 
The students who participate must be strong students with a desire to learn about other cultures. 
 
Chandler Brooks of DeBerry, Chelsea Salas of Carthage, Christi Caudle of Shreveport and Susan Hardy of Shreveport earned an "A" in the course for their dedication to nursing by hiking and helping treat over 500 patients. 
 
This year the six from Panola College joined thirty other volunteers from Project Belize, a mission group providing health care for over 28 years. For more information go to www.projectbelize.org .
(l-r): Chandler Brooks, Susan Hardy, Christina Caudle, Amanda Bickham, Dr. Barbara Cordell.
Chelsea Salas

Funeral Notice: Huey Dan Phillips

Huey Dan Phillips, age 84, of Huxley, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

 

Services will be 11am Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Wayne Bickley officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with military honors given by our local VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5pm until 8 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

He was born July 22, 1930 in Gary, Texas to J.C. and Maggie Belle (Ritter) Phillips. He served in the US Army. He was a long time school teacher. He was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and also played the organ.

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, J.C. & Maggie Phillips, Brothers, James Phillips, Alton Ross Phillips and Lovis Clifton Phillips and Sisters, Reba Irene Phillips Bowlin and Jessie Belle Campbell.

 

He is survived by:

Wife of 48 years:

Mary Jo Dean Phillips of Huxley

Son:

Keith Devers & wife, Kristie of Huxley

Grandchildren:

Nathaniel Ray Devers

Mary Elizabeth Devers

Sister-in-law:

Charlsie Phillips of Carthage

Sister-in-law:

Barbara Ross of Center

Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law:
Bob & Barbara Ann Dean of Mont Belvieu

Sister-in-law:

Laretta Dean of Huxley

 

Family request that donations can be made to Strong Cemetery Fund, PO Box 1383, Center, Texas 75935.

 

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

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

UPDATED: What-A-Melon Festival Pageant results

Jaden Washington received a $500 cash scholarship from Wiggins Farms which was presented by Tonya Bailey. 


 2015 Baby Miss - Sadie Jernigan
 Princess: Sadie Brown, Allison Imken, Berkley Gamble
 Best Smile - Allison Imken
 Personality - Berkley Gamble
 Most Beautiful - Sadie Brown
 Best Fashion - Sadie Jernigan
 

2015 Toddler Miss - Harper Ross
 Princess: Joley Moore, Kinzlee Terry, Cadence Shadix, Beau Gamble, Kirstie Parks, Emma Clevenger, Codi West
 Best Smile - Emma Clevenger
 Personality - Cadence Shadix
 Most Beautiful - Harper Ross
 Best Fashion - Codi West 

 

2015 Tiny Miss - Zoey Richardson
 Princess: Ansley Nettles, Zoe Yates, Gracie Hicks, Hallie Barbee, Naziyah Roberts, Chloe Price
 Best Smile - Zoey Richardson
 Personality - Chloe Price
 Most Beautiful - Naziyah Roberts
 Best Fashion - Zoey Richardson 

 

2015 Little Miss - Rihana Lane
 Princess: Carissa Rickman
 Best Smile - Carissa Rickman
 Personality - Carissa Rickman
 Most Beautiful - Rihana Lane
 Best Fashion - Rihana Lane 

 

2015 Petite Miss - Corinne Rickman
 Princess: Payton Brown, Carolyn Mathis, Kahryn Dyson, Bailey Shadix
 Best Smile - Kahryn Dyson
 Personality - Bailey Shadix
 Most Beautiful - Corinne Rickman
 Best Fashion - Carolyn Mathis 

 

2015 Preteen Miss - Zacoria Thedford
 Princess: Varinia Parrish
 Best Smile - Zacoria Thedford
 Personality - Varinia Parrish
 Most Beautiful - Varinia Parrish
 Best Fashion - Zacoria Thedford 

 

2015 Teen Miss - Loren Vandrovec
 Princess: Faith Eddings, Karley Broadway
 Best Smile - Faith Eddings
 Personality - Karley Broadway
 Most Beautiful - Loren Vandrovec
 Best Fashion - Karley Broadway 

 

2015 Miss - Jaden Washington
 Princess: Amanda Warren, Becca Mathis
 Best Smile - Becca Mathis
 Personality - Amanda Warren
 Most Beautiful - Jaden Washington
 Best Fashion - Jaden Washington 

 

The People's Choice winners were:
 1st place - Hallie Barbee
 2nd place - Gracie Hicks
 3rd place - Kirstie Parks

Shelby County Commissioners vote to stay with current health insurance provider, move forward with bridge replacement projects

Shelby County Commissioners' Court has voted to stay with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for health insurance coverage through the Texas Association of Counties as decided at their Monday morning meeting.
 
The renewal carries with it a 5 percent premium increase.
 
County Judge Allison Harbison said she felt it was a good rate despite being slightly higher, and that its been a good plan for county employees.
 
Prior to commissioners approving, Charles Poland of Lufkin made a presentation on a partial self-funded plan, which he says has saved other counties such as Angelina and Harrison as much as $100,000 a year.
 
Judge Harbison said Shelby County doesn't have a human resources department it would take to oversee such a plan, and added she would be reluctant to change. Commissioner Pct. 2 Jimmy Lout spoke up saying he liked the health insurance the way it was.
 
In addition, the court OKed a work order for repairs to the elevator in the historical courthouse for $5,418. Judge Harbison said the elevator company explained the elevator is not heavy duty enough for the traffic it experiences and she explained the county needed to be more proactive with maintenance to avoid any future costly repairs.
 
Some $1,700 of the costs will come from the historical courthouse repair budget, while the balance is from the Contingency Fund.
 
In other business:
 
* Approval was given to right-of-way deeds for the purchase of parcels of land for 4 bridge replacement projects on CR 4323 at Flat Fork Creek and CR 1006 at Mill Creek. These replacement projects will take place in 2015.
 
* Approved construction and maintenance agreements between TxDOT and Shelby County for 5 bridge replacement projects on CR 3564 at Hilliard Creek, CR 3455 at Spinney Creek, CR 3455 at Shoat Creek, CR 4256 at Flat Fork Creek and CR 4916 at Flat Fork Creek. These replacements projects are slated for 2016.
 

Funeral Service: Patsy Joyce Lunsford

Funeral service for Patsy Joyce Lunsford, 75, of Suffolk, VA, will be at 11:00 AM, Friday,

July 17, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, TX.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Friday July 17, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Tx.  Ms. Lunsford passed away July 11, 2015 and was born March 10, 1940

Graveside Interment Memorial Service: Roger Guyton Hopkins

Roger Guyton Hopkins, age 67, of Morrow, Georgia, passed away March 11, 2015, at his residence. Graveside interment memorial service will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park, 1554 Hwy. 7, Center, Texas at 10AM on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

 

Roger Guyton "Guy" Hopkins was born on Father's Day, June 15, 1947 in Center, Texas to James Granvel Hopkins and his wife Maudine Hughes Hopkins. He is survived by his brother Teddy Hopkins of Center, Texas and his wife Becky. He married the love of his life, Linda Thompson, on July 21, 1973 in Tenaha, Texas. He and Linda have three children; Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Frederick (spouse Michael Frederick) and Benjamin Raphael Hopkins (spouse Paige Burleigh Hopkins). Rebekah and Michael have two children Genevieve Abigail and Jacob Christopher Frederick. Ben and Paige have one son Sebastian Connor Hopkins. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

The family thanks you for all the condolences they have received. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made, in memory of Guy, to one of the following organizations that were dear to his heart:

Southern Grace Hospice                                           The Association for Frontotemporal

364 Racetrack Road                                       Degeneration

McDonough, GA 30252                                            http://www.theaftd.org/

http://www.southerngracehospice.com/

 

It's gonna be hot, heat index values near 104

Today: Sunny and hot, high near 95. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 75. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday: Sunny and hot, high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74. 
 
Wednesday: Sunny and hot, high near 96. 
 
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, low around 76.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 98.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 99.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, high near 99.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/10/15--07/13/15

Arrest Report

07/10/15—07/13/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Koree M. Copeland, 27, Timpson, Warrant-Harassment

 

Rachel Ann Lowry, 43, Lufkin, Warrant-Burglary of a Building

 

Joshua Bearden, 25, Center, Warrant-Forgery

 

Joshua LaKeith Harper, 37, Center, 2 charges-Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone and Delivery of a Controlled Substance

 

Justin Taylor, 20, Center, Public Intoxication

 

Ronald Roscoe, 60, Longview, Driving While Intoxicated

 

Roy Lee Casey, 55, Center, 3 warrants-Order of Confinement

 

Mark Politte-Perry, 26, Shreveport, Possession of Marijuana

 

San Augustine County:

 

Yarslee R. Clark, Motion for Adjudication of Guilt

 

Joshua Amburn, Serve Weekends

 

Notice: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hold meeting this morning

The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will have a regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. today and among the agenda items will be to approve right-of-way deeds for three parcels of land on CR 4323 at Flat Fork Creek and on CR 1006 at Mill Creek.

 

The court will also approve the construction and maintenance agreement between TxDOT and Shelby County for five bridge replacements in Pct. 4.

 

Commissioners will discuss and possibly approve the work order for repairs of the elevator in the historic courthouse and insurance renewal with Blue Cross/Blue Shield through the Texas Association of Counties.

 

The court is expected to hear a presentation from Charles Poland regarding county health insurance earlier in the meeting.

 

Center Police officer to be recognized with life-saving award at council meeting today

At the Center City Council meeting at 5 p.m. today, Center Police Officer Jake Gross will be recognized with a life-saving award. Officer Gross reportedly acted well beyond the standard level of response to save a life when he administered CPR. Chief Jim Albers will make the presentation.

 

Council is expected to discuss and take action on a budget calendar for 2016 budget adoption; and disposal of surplus equipment.

 

City Manager Chad Nehring said the list of items is primarily assets beyond their original useful life.

 

In addition, council will receive information on a facility enhancement program through the Texas Department of Agriculture that could lead to co-generated power at the Lake Pinkston water plant.

 

Center City Council will have a preliminary budget workshop session at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Moore sentenced to 40 years for pleading guilty to daughter's death

A Shelby County man was given 40-years in prison for pleading guilty to first-degree murder last week in Center.

 

123rd District Judge Charles “Brick” Dickerson sentenced 28-year old William Bryce Moore of Tenaha for the death of his infant daughter in February.

 

Last month, Moore’s wife, Angela Moore was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

 

The Moores were both indicted for capital murder in the death of six-month old Ariana Moore.

 

Autopsy results showed cause of death was consistent with blunt force trauma damaging internal organs.

 

An affidavit states William Moore admitted to striking the child in the abdomen.

Man IDed that's pulled from Toledo Bend Friday morning

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department reports a Mansfield preacher was pulled from the water of Toledo Bend Reservoir safely after suffering a heart attack early Friday morning.

 

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the welfare concern for Rev. Bob Latham of Antioch Baptist Church became a rescue operation late Thursday night after he had not returned home or been heard from in hours.

 

DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s personnel and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents found Rev. Latham clinging to the side of this boat in the Tucker Lake area of Toledo Bend just after 1 a.m. Friday.

 

At last report he was recovering at University Health in Shreveport.

City of Timpson addressing recent thefts & vandalism with $500 reward

The City of Timpson has been hit by a recent rash of vandals and thieves.

 

According to Mayor Debra Smith, crime has increased in town and citizens are encouraged to alert authorities if they notice suspicious activity around homes, businesses or churches.

 

To assist with efforts, a reward of $500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those involved in the crimes.

 

Vandalism has been committed around the SoSo Park area on Pine Street and Woodland Christian Church was burglarized.

 

Mayor Smith said it appears nothing is off limits to these criminals. She added, “This type of activity doesn’t just cost the victim, it cost citizen taxpayers because time is money and these investigations take time.”

 

She encourages anyone that may see this type of criminal activity or suspects something to contact the Timpson Police Dept. at 936-254-2700 or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept. at 936-598-5600.

Blood registry drive to be held in Logansport from 4 to 8 p.m. today

Life Share Blood Center of Northwest Louisiana is hosting a Louisiana Auxiliary Wives Behind the Badge Cuffs & Hoses Blood Registry Drive in honor of James Garrett & Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Gregg Shy from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Riverside Park in Logansport.

 

You are ask to give blood and register with Be the Match for patients. A photo ID is required before giving.

 

The event will assist individuals like James Garrett of Logansport, who been battling a type of blood cancer, and Gregg Shy from Bossier City, another cancer patient, both needing stem cell transplants.

Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees to meet at noon today

The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 12 noon today.

 

Among the agenda items for consideration and approval will be a resolution for graduation requirements—Senate Bill 149; Texas Association of School Board Delegate Assembly; student athletic insurance; teacher salary schedule and August board meeting and budget workshop.

 

In his superintendent report, Dr. Ray West will discuss the preliminary taxable value, teacher supplies for 2015-16, facilities update and other articles of interest and general updates.

 

In executive session, Shelbyville ISD Trustees will hear a Level III employee grievance, resignations, teacher and staff hires and salaries. Any action would be done so in open session.

Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center conducting backpack drive

The school year is just around the corner and the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center wants you to help child abuse victims in need by providing them with a backpack. There are two ways to donate: buy a backpack yourself and fill it with basic school supplies OR a $25 donation will sufficiently provide one child with a pack and supplies. Take backpacks to the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, 220 Field St. Center, Texas from 9-3 Monday thru Thursday and 9-12 on Friday. Call us at 590-9864. You’re asked to PLEASE GIVE BY AUGUST 3RD!!

Funeral Notices: 07/13/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of service Sunday for 96-year old Brooksie Elizabeth Bradberry of Center. She passed away Thursday. Service was held at Watson & Sons Chapel with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among survivors is daughter, Becky & Billy Johnson; brother, Furman Schillings; and sister, Ruth Oliver. I lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Pharon A. Newton of Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, or Colonia Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 87-year old Ernest “Buddy” Baggett of Center. He passed away Saturday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at Mangum Funeral Home. Among Ernest “Buddy” Baggett’s survivors is his wife, Wayne Baggett of Center; sisters, Hazel Brittain of Garrison, Ella Manshack of Center and Joyce Noble & husband Roy Edwards of Joaquin; and brother, Pete & Sharon Baggett of Nacogdoches.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces pending arrangements for Dan Phillips of Huxley. He passed away Sunday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Among Dan Phillips survivors is his wife, Mary Jo Phillips of Huxley.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces pending service for Patsy Pate Lunsford.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces the death of 76-year old John Anthony “Tony” Tewell of San Augustine. He passed away Wednesday in Beaumont. The family chose cremation. Memorial service will be held by the family at their discretion. He was a retired maintenance worker for a local nursing home. Among John Anthony “Tony” Tewell’s survivors are sons, Anthony & Debbie Tewell of Seabrook, Michael & Diane Christopher of League City and Josh & Jessica Tewell of North Carolina; daughters, Jennifer Tewell Brady & husband John of Lumberton; step-daughter, Kathy & Bobby Lomax of Oklahoma; brother, Richard & Gladys Tewell of Bossier City; and sister, Annette Tewell of Cedar Park.

 

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 41-year old Mrs. Chasity Rogers of Timpson. She passed away Thursday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson, with interment at Antioch Cemetery, Timpson. Among Chasity Rogers’ survivors is her husband, Stacy Rogers of Timpson; daughter, Kyrsten McCarty of Kilgore; sons, Allen Scott and Jeffery Scott, both of Timpson; mother, Sarah McCarty of Kilgore; and step-father, Harvey McCarty of Kilgore.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 80-year old Mrs. Mildred Louise Wilbert of Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. this afternoon at Travelers’ Rest Baptist Church in Longstreet, La., with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Longstreet.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 78-year old Mr. Claudie Lee Hooper of Dallas. He passed away Thursday in a Dallas hospital.

What-A-Melon Festival Queen's Contest Winners

What-a-Melon Queens
 

Peoples Choice - Hallie Barbee
Baby Miss - Sadie Jernigan
Toddler Miss - Harper Ross
Tiny Miss - Zorey Richardson
Little Miss - Rhiana Lane
Petite Miss - Corinne Rickman
Preteen Miss - Zacoria Thedford
Teen Miss - Loren Vandrovec
Miss - Jaden Washington who received a $500 Cash Scholarship from Wiggins Watermelons 

26th What-A-Melon Festival Contest Results

Pet Show Results

Best in Show - Paris, a miniature schnauzer, showed by Caityln Madden 

Best Dog
1st place - Rex, a Siberian husky, showed by Steve Hampton
2nd place - Pooh, a chi-weenie, showed by Jessica Berry
3rd place - Buster, a beagle, showed by John Austin Ford

Best Mannered Pet
1st place - Bandy, the cat, showed by Josie Martinez
2nd place - Monty, a husky , showed by Cindy Mathis
3rd place - Pooh, a chi-weenie, showed by Jessica Berry

Pet with Best Trick
1st place - Pongo, a dalmatian, showed by Brandy Taylor
2nd place - Chelios, a German shepherd, showed by Joshua Soape
3rd place - Rex, a Siberian husky, showed by Steve Hampton

Most Unusual Pet
1st place - Doris, a fancy rat, showed by Josie Martinez
2nd place - Pixie, a ball python, showed by Jessica Berry
3rd place - Bandy, the cat, showed by Josie Martinez

Smallest Pet
1st place - Pixie, a ball python, showed by Jessica Berry
2nd place - Doris, a fancy rat, showed by Josie Martinez
3rd place - Bandy, the cat, showed by Josie Martinez

Biggest Peg
1st place - Chelios, a German shepherd, showed by Joshua Soape
2nd place - Monty, a husky , showed by Cindy Mathis
3rd place - Pongo, a dalmatian, showed by Brandy Taylor

Best Dressed
1st place - Paris, a miniature schnauzer, showed by Caityln Madden
2nd place - Rex, a Siberian husky, showed by Steve Hampton
3rd place - Buster, a beagle, showed by John Austin Ford

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Largest Watermelon Weigh-in Results:

1st place - Doug Cogswell, (96.0 lbs)
2nd place - Jenny Johnson, (87.0 lbs)
3rd place - Olivia Johnson, (84.0 lbs)
4th place - Jayden Akridge, (81.5 lbs)
5th place - Whitley Johnson, (74.5 lbs)
6th place - Bella Akridge, (73.0 lbs)
7th place - Louise Johnson, (64.0 lbs)
8th place - Tate Johnson, (63.0 lbs)
9th place - Jaleigh Johnson, (60.5 lbs)
10th place - Shelby Johnson, (60.0 lbs)
11th place - Jimmy Matthews, (59.75 lbs)
12th place - Renee Johnson, (55.5 lbs)
13th place - Bo Jordon, (50.5 lbs)

Over $5,000 was given away in prize money.

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Seed Spitting

Youth (7 and younger) Division
1st place - Mackenzie Simmons
2nd place - Reese Betancourt
3rd place - Stephanie Santana

Youth (8-15 yrs old) Division
1st place - Franuel Araudo
2nd place - Neena Smith
3rd place - Neera Smith

Women's Division
1st place - Jenny Beattie
2nd place - Taryn Chambliss
3rd place - Ashley Newton

Men's Division
1st place - Kris Dockens
2nd place - Nehemias Santana
3rd place - Aaron Weaver

Speed Eating

Youth (7 and younger) Division
1st place - Evan Wittmann
2nd place - Stephanie Santana
3rd place - Addison Lloyd

Youth (8-15 yrs old) Division
1st place - Raylee Askew
2nd place - Collin Lloyd
3rd place - Neera Smith

Women's Division
1st place - Ruby Bhanji
2nd place - Erica Santana
3rd place - Isabel Santana

Men's Division
1st place - Kris Dockens
2nd place - Aaron Weaver
3rd place - Nehemias Santana

Weather Update: No rain and triple digits expected over next 10 days

NO rain until Tuesday the 21st. 10 days from now...even then, it is just a slight chance.

 

Monday, and maybe Tuesday will most likely be the last of our daytime temperatures in the mid 90's.  If you wanted HOT, It will be as we will push 100 or more as the period moves toward the end of the 10 days. Then the temps are to be above 100.

 

The Temperature Humidity Index will exceed 105 to 110 degrees each day during the extended outlook. 


I recommend that everyone Remember to drink extra water... even if you are not thirsty. Take frequent breaks to cool off.  Check on your pets, plants, friends, neighbors, and the elderly. 


If you become dizzy, faint, stop sweating, or feel weak from the heat, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. 

 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

Pending Funeral Notice: Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips, of Huxley, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

 

Services are pending at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

Among his survivors include:

Wife:

Mary Jo Phillips of Huxley

 

Service information and additional survivors will be given at a later time

 

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

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

Funeral Notice: Ernest "Buddy" Baggett

Ernest “Buddy” Baggett, 87, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

 

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis and Bro. Edward McRae officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday, July 13, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

He was born August 22, 1927 in Converse, LA to James Averett and Virginia Delores ( Myers) Baggett.  He served in the US Army.

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Averett and Virginia Baggett, Daughter, Debra Jan Johnson, Brother, Clifford Baggett and an infant sister.

 

He is survived by:

Wife:

Wayne Baggett of Center

Grandchildren:

Brandi Johnson of Center

Brad Johnson & wife Chavaletta of Center

4 Great Grandchildren:

Kaitlyn, Khloe & Bryce Johnson & Mahalia Raymond

Sisters:

Hazel Brittain of Garrison

Ella Manshack of Center

Joyce Noble & husband, Roy Edward of Joaquin

Brother:

Pete Baggett & wife, Sharon of Nacogdoches

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

 

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

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

Center ISD new coaching staff "meet & greet" to be held July 16

Center ISD will be hosting a Meet and Greet for the new coaching staff, including the new head baseball coach, on Thursday, July 16th from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM in the Center High School Library. All parents, students, and community members are invited to come by and welcome the new coaches that will be working with the students at Center ISD in 2015-16.

Funeral Notice: Brooksie Elizabeth Bradberry

Brooksie Elizabeth Bradberry went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 9, 2015. 

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

 

Born in the Sardis Community in 1919, she spent her lifetime residence in Shelby County and made temporary housing arrangements alongside her husband Joe at every in-state US Army base camp he was assigned.  After Joe returned home, she spent many years working at Center Drug Store in the Gift Department.  She was a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church in Center.  Outings with her Sunday School Class were days she truly treasured.

 

She was a seasoned canasta and 42 player, a fishing buddy, the best fried chicken and oatmeal raisin cookie baker, a loyal Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers supporter, a daily bird watcher, the loving hug just at the right time, the stern "shake" when needed, a friend, an inspiration, a teacher, a loving mother and our biggest fan and grandmother. 

 

Meeting her at the gates of Heaven are her parents Lum & Isabel Schillings, six siblings and the love of her life; her husband Joe Bradberry.  Her spirit is carried on by her beloved daughter Becky Johnson, favorite son-in-law Billy Johnson, her precious grandson Brent & wife Teresa Johnson, granddaughter Brittney Johnson and fiancé Marlon Ford, soon to be great-grandchildren Kirbie, Kaytlin and Andrew Ford, her brother Furman Schillings, sister Ruth Oliver and many special nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Center.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Jury cancelled for 123rd District Court in Center July 20

The jury that had been summoned for Monday, July 20, 2015 for the 123rd District Court, Honorable Charles "Brick" Dickerson presiding has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they recieve a future summons.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office assist in rescue of Toledo Bend fisherman

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the rescue of a fisherman from Toledo Bend. 

 

On July 9, 2015 at about 10:36 p.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted by a subject who stated a local fisherman had not been seen or heard from in some time.  Dispatchers were able to identify the subject and notified deputies of the call for service. 

 

Deputies began search and rescue operations and requested assistance from the Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office rescue boat was deployed in conjunction with a LDWF boat.  Sheriff Arbuckle and other deputies searched an area of the lake, locally known as Tucker Lake, where they believed the missing fisherman may have been located.


Sheriff Arbuckle and deputies were able to locate the missing subject in this area at about 01:08 a.m.  It was later found that the individual had fallen out of the boat while wearing a personal floatation device (PFD), also known as a life jacket or vest. 

 

Upon trying to re-enter the boat, the subject suffered a heart attack and was unable to get in the boat or call for assistance. 

 

Sheriff Arbuckle and deputies pulled the man from the water and returned him to land.  DeSoto EMS were contacted and EMS personnel tended to him before he was transported for treatment.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office closes human trafficking case

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of two individuals involved in the molestation and human trafficking of juveniles. 

 

On July 5, 2015, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a  andatory reporter of a possible rape.  Detectives were dispatched and discovered that two juveniles were taken to a location by a relative and one juvenile was molested while another juvenile was forced to watch. 

 

It was also found the juveniles were supplied alcohol and marijuana during this encounter. 

 

Detectives identified the suspects as Queisha Johnson (B/F - DOB: 08/27/1980) of Mansfield, LA and Willie King Jr. (B/M - DOB: 06/17/1979) of Mansfield, LA. 

 

Following interviews with Ms. Johnson and Mr. King, both were arrested.  Ms. Johnson was arrested for the offenses of LA R.S. 14:92 Contributing to the Delinquency of Juveniles, LA R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, and LA R.S. 14:46.2 Human Trafficking.  Mr. Johnson was arrested on the charges of LA R.S. 14:92 Contributing to the Delinquency of Juveniles, LA R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, and LA R.S. 14:81.2 Molestation of a Juvenile. 

 

Both Ms. Johnson and Mr. King were booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on the above charges.

 
Willie King Jr.


Queisha Johnson 

 

 

Sam Samford Masonic Lodge

Sam Sanford Masonic Lodge

 

There is always something we as citizens can do to ease the discomfort of others during a crisis.

 

Carol Ann Chance, Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star #348, Center year 1914-1915 gleaned from Worthy Grand Matron projects that our chapter could participate in- The chapter chose teddy bears for first respondents that possibly encounter children in crisis.

 

The Ace EMS-Center was given stuffed animals to be given to children in emergencies.

 

The Center Chapter, OES also engages in projects to meet needs of rainbow room, veterans, Shrine Hospital, and others says Janice Butler, current worthy matron of Center chapter #348 Order of the Eastern Star.

 

Dot Golding 598-2905

DETCOG board of director's July meeting set for Hemphill July 23

Jasper, Texas – *The Board of Directors of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) will hold their regular monthly meeting Thursday, July 23, 2013 in Hemphill, Texas.  The board will meet in the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87 South. A
luncheon will be served at noon, with the board meeting to follow.

 

Welcoming members and guests to Sabine County will be Sabine County Judge Daryl Melton; Hemphill Mayor Robert Hamilton; Sabine County Commissioners, Jimmy McDaniel,  Doyle Dickerson, Fayne Warner and Tommy Clark as well as Sabine County Minority Representative Dean Crockett.
 

DETCOG’s President, Angelina County Judge, Wes Suiter, would like to extend an invitation to the meeting to all interested parties.  Anyone needing information may contact the Deep East Texas Council of Governments office in Jasper at (409) 384-5704 Ext 5254.
 

Nominate candidates for business excellence awards, Citizen of the Year


NACOGDOCHES – The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce board of directors
are asking for worthy candidate nominations for the Gary Justice Business Excellence Awards - small, medium and large businesses of the year - and Citizen of the Year.

"There are many people in Nacogdoches that go above and beyond what is expected and what is necessary," said Chamber Vice Chair Special Projects and Fundraisers Ben Wright. "Those people make a big difference in the quality of life we enjoy here, and it is the Chamber's privilege to recognize some of these individuals each year. It is fitting they be properly celebrated."

Award recipients will be honored at the 94th Annual Meeting and Membership Banquet on Sept. 29 in the Grand Ballroom at Stephen F. Austin State University.

"The Chamber board of directors is asking for help to identify those who are most deserving of Citizen of the Year and the Chamber's business excellence awards," Wright said. "Great appreciation to those that take a few minutes to give this some thought and nominate recommendations."

The nomination form may be downloaded from Hot News, a section at the bottom of the main page at nacogdoches.org, or contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, 936-560-5533. The form includes a listing of past award recipients. Anyone may submit nominations, and the deadline is July 16.

Event sponsorships may be secured now at the Nacogdoches County Chamber.

Pictured from left are Lauren and Dena Justice, daughter and widow of the late Gary Justice; Neal Slaten, owner of Tipton Ford, Inc., Large Business of the Year award recipient; and award sponsor Scott Goodrich, R&K Distributors, Inc. at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Meeting & Banquet held Sept. 27, 2011. (Photo by Bruce

R. Partain)

It's Friday!!! Abundant sunshine and hot temperatures

Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 93. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 73. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 93. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 73. 
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97. 
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 75.
 
Monday: Sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Monday Night: Mostly clear, low around 75.
 
Tuesday: Sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, low around 75.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 99.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 76.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/09/15--07/10/15

Arrest Report

07/09/15—07/10/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Delicia Swindle, 28, Shelbyville, Angelina County Warrant-Theft

 

Bobby Joe Cartwright, 51, Shelbyville, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

 

Craig Crocker, 27, Center, Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

We were informed Thursday that a recent charge we had mentioned on this arrest report has been dropped. A theft charge against 18-year old Charmaine Polley of Center on June 22, 2015 will not be pursued.

 

Sales tax allocations are down, Center still on track with budget projections

July local sales tax allocation checks are slightly less for most of the cities in the deep east Texas area which are reflective of the state-wide trend.

 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state's sales tax revenue is down 1.4 percent compared to June 2014, which marks the first decline following 62 consecutive months of growth.

 

Hegar says the decline was expected due to the slowdown in the oil and gas mining sector.

 

Locally, Shelby County is down just over 4 percent as compared to a year ago, with the City of Center seeing a 3 percent decline.

 

Even with that drop, Center City Manager Chad Nehring said the city is still on track with budget projections providing services and operations.

 

Nehring added, "We'd certainly prefer continued growth and the positive impacts that would have on all our local businesses."

 

The current numbers are for May sales, and Nehring says with summer activities, particularly the tourism generated from the state baseball tournaments, the city of Center hopes to see that June and July activity shows growth over last year.

 

Center's check will be for $224,098.

 

Year-to-date, Center is tracking behind 2014 by 1.31 percent.

 

Elsewhere, Joaquin is down almost 23 percent, or some $4,000, and Timpson is down just about 13.5 percent, or $2,000 from the previous year's figures.

 

On the other hand, Huxley has grown a remarkably stout 366.5 percent, to $2,400, and Tenaha is up 1.84 percent from 2014 at $7,000.

 

San Augustine County's sales tax revenue has seen a 19.5 percent decline, with the City of San Augustine down over 21.5 percent as compared to a year ago ($33,038), and Broaddus up at 27 percent.

 

 

Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees to meet Monday

The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 12 noon Monday.

 

Among the agenda items for consideration and approval will be a resolution for graduation requirements—Senate Bill 149; Texas Association of School Board Delegate Assembly; student athletic insurance; teacher salary schedule and August board meeting and budget workshop.

 

In his superintendent report, Dr. Ray West will discuss the preliminary taxable value, teacher supplies for 2015-16, facilities update and other articles of interest and general updates.

 

In executive session, Shelbyville ISD Trustees will hear a Level III employee grievance, resignations, teacher and staff hires and salaries. Any action would be done so in open session.

Paddie announces bid for third term to Texas House

After an enormously successful legislative session, State Representative Chris Paddie today, Thursday, July 9, announced he will seek a third term to serve as representative of Texas House District 9. House District 9 covers Cass, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Shelby and Sabine Counties.

 

An adamant conservative and fiscal hawk, Paddie worked to pass a balanced state budget and a historic $3.8 billion property and franchise tax cut package for Texas families and job creators.

 

Appointed Vice Chair of the Energy Resources Committee in only his second session, Paddie has quickly become one of the state's foremost oil and gas legislative leaders. This session, he coauthored landmark legislation to end fracking bans and ensure that Texas remains the No. 1 producer of oil and gas in America, bringing the U.S. closer to being energy independent.

 

"I am extremely proud of our conservative accomplishments this session," said Paddie. "We cut billions in taxes, secured our border, expanded 2nd Amendment rights, defended life, and helped ensure energy independence. I'm eager to continue advancing our conservative values."

 

This session, Paddie led the way on border security and helped pass a historic $800 million security package that placed vital new technology and an additional 250 state troopers along our border. Paddie is committed to keeping our families safe from violent drug cartels and human traffickers.

 

'A' rated by the NRA and TSRA, Paddie coauthored the bills that allowed for licensed open carry of handguns. Paddie also authored, and passed through the House, legislation that would have created sales tax holidays for firearms and hunting supplies.

 

A man of deeply held Christian conviction; Paddie is committed to protecting life in the womb and voted to stop activist judges from allowing abortions on minors without informing parents.

 

Chris Paddie is a Texas A&M alum and general manager of Marshall's KMHT Radio. He and his wife, Brooke, reside in Marshall with their two sons, Christopher and Noah. They attend Immanuel Baptist Church.   

TP&W game wardens conclude investigation into fatal alligator attack in Orange County

AUSTIN – Texas game wardens have completed their investigation into an alligator attack that resulted in the death of Tommie Woodard, 28, of St. Louis, Missouri. Investigators concluded that the unprecedented circumstances of the case, believed to be the first fatal alligator attack in Texas on record, warrant no further action.

 

The alligator suspected of attacking Woodard was killed by an individual who told investigators he acted out of concern for the safety of his family and others. Game wardens issued a warning citation to the individual for the illegal take of the alligator; his identity is being withheld since no criminal charges were filed.

 

“This was a truly horrific tragedy that unfortunately became compounded by the actions of an individual who felt compelled to take matters into his own hands for the safety of his family and others,” said Colonel Craig Hunter, Law Enforcement Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

 

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Friday, July 3, Texas game wardens were notified about a possible alligator attack and missing person on Adams Bayou, an oxbow creek off the Sabine River in Orange County, 30 miles east of Beaumont, Texas. Game wardens recovered Woodard’s body from the creek about two hours later. A game warden crew searched the area nightly throughout the weekend for a large, aggressive alligator with no success.

 

Mid-afternoon Monday, July 6, game wardens received a call that a large alligator carcass had been dropped at the marina boat ramp near where the attack had occurred days earlier. A subsequent examination confirmed it to be the alligator responsible for the attack on Woodard.

 

Game wardens then began searching for the person(s) responsible for the illegal harvest of the alligator, a Class C misdemeanor offense carrying a maximum fine of $500. On Tuesday, game wardens made contact with an individual who admitted he killed the alligator out of concern for the safety of others.

 

“In no way do we condone the killing of a nuisance alligator without proper authority. Either Texas game wardens or a licensed nuisance alligator hunter would have been more appropriate to handle the situation. Either way, because of its aggressive behavior, the alligator would have to be killed,” said Hunter. “If there is a positive that can come out of this case, it’s an educational opportunity for us to reinforce to the public not to feed or disturb alligators and that there are proper procedures for handling nuisance alligators.”

 

More information about alligators, including safety tips and steps for dealing with a nuisance alligator, can be found on the TPWD website at http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/alligator/safety/index.phtml.

 

What-A-Melon Festival kicks-off, runs through Saturday

The 26th annual What-A-Melon Festival sponsored by the Center Rotary Club kicked off its activities with the official cutting of the melon during a ceremony yesterday in downtown Center.

 

The festival includes vendor booths and carnival rides. Festival gates open at 3 p.m. this afternoon with sign up of for the pet show at 5:30. Local entertainment will also take the stage at that time. The festival closes at 10 p.m. tonight.

 

Saturday's events begin with the What-A-Melon Crawl 5K Run and Walk starting at 7 a.m. with carnival rides opening at 3, followed by the seed spitting and speed eating at 4 p.m., and a highlight event of the festival, the What-A-Melon weigh-in at 5. The pageant begins at 6 p.m. The What-A-Melon Festival shuts down at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Admission to the What-A-Melon Festival is a one-time fee of $4 for a button, and free for kids 5 and under. Also, the carnival armbands are $20 for all-u-can ride tonight, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and Saturday night from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

Poultry Festival chick order deadline is today

If you’re interested in showing chickens at the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival today, Friday is the deadline for orders. A pen of 30 chicks is $30. Show rules and paperwork may be picked up at the extension office at 200 San Augustine Street behind the courthouse. All orders are due no later than today, Friday July 10 and are payable by check or money order only. Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of Aug. 17. The show is open to 4H & FFA members in Shelby County in grades 3-12. For more contact the extension office at 598-7744.

Funeral Notices: 07/10/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a memorial service for 60-year old Johnny Ray Paxton of Joaquin. He passed away Thursday at his residence. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Among Johnny Ray Paxton’s survivors is a daughter, Jami Paxton of Abilene; and sisters, Sheila Wiggins & Betty Carroll, both of Joaquin.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 72-year old Lewis E. Williford, Sr. of Center. Service will be held at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with interment at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 3 p.m.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Pharon A. Newton of Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 15 at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, or Colonia Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 80-year old Mrs. Mildred Louise Wilbert of Center. She passed away Wednesday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Travelers’ Rest Baptist Church in Longstreet, La., with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Longstreet. A Wake will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center. Among Mildred Louise Wilbert’s survivors is her husband, Johnnie Wilbert, Sr. of Shreveport; God daughter, Emma Jean Johnson of Center; 2 step sons, Johnnie Wilber, Jr. of Shreveport and Raymond Earl Wilbert of Mansfield; and step daughter, Lelsie Michelle Wilbert of Shreveport.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 78-year old Mr. Claudie Lee Hooper of Dallas. He passed away Thursday in a Dallas hospital.

 

Roselawn Funeral Home in Seagoville announces service for 79-year old Margarett Ann (Hickman) Nash of Seagoville. She passed away June 29 in Rockwall after a lengthy illness. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at Roselawn Funeral Home in Seagoville. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Crandall, with interment will be at Old Home Cemetery in Tenaha. She was born in Joaquin. Among Margarett Ann (Hickman) Nash’s survivors is a son, Mark & Cheryl McElrath; daughter, Tiffany & Tom Lowe; and sister, Bobbie Shaw.

Memorial Service: Johnny Ray Paxton

Johnny Ray Paxton, 60, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his residence.

 

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. 

 

Mr. Paxton was born June 23, 1955, in Center, to Charlie Paxton and Rena Spurlock Paxton.  He was a member of Old Home Baptist Church. 

 

He is survived by

Daughter: Jami Paxton of Abilene

 

Grandchildren:

Kylee Green of Abilene

August Paxton of Abilene

 

Sisters:

Sheila Wiggins of Joaquin

Betty Carroll of Joaquin

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Wife: Mary Paxton

Son: Robert Sean Paxton

Parents: Charlie Paxton and Rena Spurlock Paxton

Brother: Charles Paxton

Brothers-in-law: Ricky Wiggins, Danny Carroll

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

DPS offers tips to avoid auto theft this summer

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries tend to increase during the summer months – especially July and August – and is encouraging individuals to take necessary precautions to protect their vehicles from potential thefts.  

“The summer months in Texas typically are one of the busiest times for vehicle thefts, and DPS is urging Texans to take preventative measures to secure their vehicles and avoid possible thefts and burglaries,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals can do their part to help ward off criminals this summer by always locking their cars and keeping valuables out of sight.”

DPS offers the following tips that Texans can follow to help guard against vehicle theft:   
•  Never leave your car running unattended,   even for a quick visit to a business or store.
•  Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
•  Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked at your home.
•  When possible, always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas.
•  Install an anti-theft device that locks the steering wheel, column or brakes, especially if your vehicle is considered to be at increased risk for theft. 
•  Never leave personal documents, vehicle ownership title or credit cards in your vehicle.
•  Always keep valuables or property hidden out of sight or locked in the trunk.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. DPS also encourages individuals to keep a copy of their license plate and vehicle identification number on hand in case of theft, since police will need this information to take a report. 

For more information about auto thefts and burglary, see http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/consumer-protection/auto-theft-prevention.

Center ISD hires Kelly Spann to be new head baseball coach

Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry announces that a contract has been extended and signed by Kelly Spann to be the Roughriders' new head baseball coach.

Spann comes to Center ISD with 18 years of coaching experience, which includes head coach and assistant for a NCAA Division III College Program, assistant baseball coach at Northwestern State University, and head coach and assistant at Natchitoches Central High School, a 5A program.

Spann has coached the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Grays, a summer collegiate team (wooden bat league).  

He played college baseball as well, and has a Master's Degree in Sports Science, and has been a collegiate athletic recruiter, and a Director of Athletics.

Coach Spann is married with two children. He has a 7th grade boy and a 9th grade girl. They are relocating to the area.

His wife will be applying for positions in the district as a paraprofessional.

Spann replaces David Sheppard who left last month to take the head coaching position at Pine Tree High School in Longview.

NWS 10-day weather update @ 7:30 a.m. Thursday

You can see from the first graphic below that the HIGH pressure has established a strong presence over the Southern part of the US. The frontal LOW has continued to sit over the North West portion of the state and is slowly moving back to the North. That movement will allow our temperatures to push their way to  blazingly hot SUN  with no clouds by this weekend while closing the gap on the 100 degree mark.  Humidity will remain High and the Temperature humidity Index will hover in the 110 degree range.  Our rain chances will shift North of our area with only isolated sea breeze type convection South of I-20 through Friday afternoon. As the upper ridge becomes centered over Texas and gradually increases, along with increasing ground dryness, afternoon highs in the upper 90s to low 100s is expected and will become more prevalent with no probability of precipitation through the weekend and into late next week.
  HEAT RELATED ISSUES WILL BE SEEN DURING THIS PERIOD. 

The graphic below is a visual of the forecast I described in the start of this message.  Please use caution in your outdoor activities. Take frequent breaks. STAY HYDRATED! 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

 

 

 

Summertime weather sets in on area

Today: Mostly sunny, high near 93. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, low around 73. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 94. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 72. 
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 93. 
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74.
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, high near 96.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 75.
 
Monday: Sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Monday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/08/15--07/09/15

Arrest Report

07/08/15—07/09/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Kyle Danley, 22, Center, Warrants-Driving While Intoxicated & Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

 

Robert Jewel Harris, 38, Center, Warrants-Burglary of a Habitation & Burglary of a Building

 

Jacob DeWayne Jackson, 23, Center, Warrant-Order of Confinement

 

Kelly Jean Diedrich, 25, Tenaha, 2 charges-Endangering a Child-Criminal Neglect

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

 

It's What-a-Melon Festival time, 26th annual event "slices open" this afternoon

The opening ceremonies for the 26th annual What-A-Melon Festival, sponsored by the Center Rotary Club will be held at 5 o'clock this afternoon, as local dignataries, along with event organizers and the community gather under the big tent on the downtown Center square to officially "cut the melon" on the three day event.

 

Rotary Club festival chairman J.J. Ford invites everyone out to get a "free slice" of goodness.

 

She said vendor booths and carnival rides will also get underway at this time. Tonight there's live entertainment starting at 5:30 featuring several church groups and individuals.

 

Festival gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, with sign up of for the pet show at 5:30.

 

Saturday is the big day with the What-A-Melon Crawl 5K Run and Walk starting at 7 a.m. with carnival rides opening at 3, followed by the seed spitting and speed eating at 4 p.m., and a highlight event of the festival, the What-A-Melon weigh-in at 5. The pageant begins at 6 p.m.

 

Ms. Ford says the festival will again offer a good number of vendors.

 

Admission to the What-A-Melon Festival is a one-time fee of $4 for a button, and free for kids 5 and under. Also, the carnival armbands are $20 for all-u-can ride tonight, Friday night from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and Saturday night from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

By the way, the specially designed What-A-Melon t-shirts are available for purchase at Farmers State Bank on the Square, Shelby Savings Bank at the corner of Selma Street and Shelbyville Street, and at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office. T-Shirts are $15 for adult sizes and $12 for children sizes. Shirts will be available at each location until Friday at which time the shirts will only be available for purchase at the festival.

 

2015 What-A-Melon Festival

Sponsored by Center Rotary Club

 

Thursday, July 9th

5:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Official Watermelon Cutting)

Rides Open and Vendors Open

10pm - Festival Closes

 

Friday, July 10th

3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open

5:30pm - Local Entertainment

5:30pm - Sign up for Pet Show (No farm animals, pets only)

6:00pm - WAM Pet Show

10pm - Festival Closes

 

Saturday, July 11th

7:00am - WAM Fun Run

7:30am - WAM 5K Run/Walk benefiting Shelby Co. Outreach Ministries

3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open

4-5 pm - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest

5:00pm - WAM Largest Watermelon Weigh-in

6:00pm - WAM Pageant

10:30pm - Festival Shuts Down

 

 

Water use rising for fracking in Texas and nation

 

AUSTIN, Texas - Water used for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is on the rise across the nation, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

The study found water use in horizontal drilling at gas wells was 28 times higher in 2014 than in 2000. Each gas well now taps over five million gallons of water, and oil wells require some four million gallons. Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, says this is bad news for states prone to drought.

 

"Many communities in Texas are finding their wells are going dry," says Kretzmann. "It makes no sense that, in the midst of this water crisis, oil and gas companies are swooping in and taking as much water as they can get their hands on."

 

In some areas, well operators are working to capture and clean post-fracking water for reuse. Industry groups in Texas say groundwater protection continues to be a main goal in fracking operations, and claim the technology has been used safely in more than one million wells.

 

The report found since fracking operations are not the same in every location, water usage varies. It showed more water was in play in areas with large shale formations, such as the Eagle Ford Basin in south Texas. Kretzmann points out much of the water deployed in the hydraulic fracturing process is clean enough to be used for drinking, livestock or irrigation.

 

"But instead, that water is being combined with very toxic fracking chemicals," says Kretzmann. "They're doing damage to the aquifers beneath the surface and they're taking this water out of the system."

 

The report's authors say they're hopeful the new information about how much water is being used at different sites across the U.S. will give land and resource managers more information to protect against potential environmental impacts.

Poultry Festival chick order deadline is Friday

If you’re interested in showing chickens at the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival orders are being taken through tomorrow, Friday, July 10.

 

A pen of 30 chicks is $30. Show rules and paperwork may be picked up at the extension office at 200 San Augustine Street behind the courthouse.

 

All orders are due no later than tomorrow, Friday July 10 and are payable by check or money order only.

 

Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of Aug. 17.

 

The show is open to 4H & FFA members in Shelby County in grades 3-12.

 

For more contact the extension office at 598-7744.

Funeral Notices: 07/09/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces the death of 59-year old Joseph Daniel Crawford, Jr. of Shelbyville. He passed away Sunday at his residence. A private family memorial service will be held at a later time. Among Joseph Daniel Crawford, Jr.’s survivors are sons, Joseph Hickman and Justin Hickman, both of Lufkin and Kevin Strawbridge of Mississippi; and sisters, Sharon & Barry Jackson of Mississippi, Donna & Caesar Crawford of Baytown and Sheila & Mike Stafford of Warren.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 72-year old Lewis E. Williford, Sr. of Center. He passed away Tuesday in Nacogdoches. Service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with interment at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 3 p.m. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard. Among Lewis E. Williford, Sr.’s survivors is his wife, Porfi Guzman Williford of Center; children, Lewis Williford, Jr. of Quinlan and Theresa Williford Cobb & husband Billy Ray Cobb, all of Quinlan; Darrell Williford of Porter, Wendy C. Williford & husband Robert Warren of Spring, and Jayson Guzman & Brandi Gilchrist of Center; sisters & brothers, Vicki Lynn Thomas, George & Sue Williford and Diann Walker, all of Center, and Dianne & Jerry Nutt of LaPorte; and step-mother, Delcie Williford of Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Pharon A. Newton of Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 15 at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, or Colonia Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine.

 

Blueberry festival weekend good for Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Thousands of Nacogdoches residents and visitors enjoyed the blueberry-theme weekend in historic downtown on June 12 and 13.

"The Friday night inaugural Blueberry Concert in the Park presented by Rex Perry Autoplex drew more than 500 people to Banita Creek Park and set the blueberry mood," said festival Chair Grace Handler. "Members of the festival and concert planning committees are thrilled that our hotels are approximately 70 percent booked and that typically, all of the 43 bed and
breakfast rooms are full for the festival weekend."

The attendance numbers for the 26th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers came in at 17,500. "Although that number is slightly lower than past years' record counts, our vendors and event coordinators saw strong participation and sales," Handler said.

   - Brookshire Brothers again was the official berry supplier for the
   festival, selling over *10,000 pounds (5 tons)* of fresh-picked berries.
   Local Brookshire Brothers stores were also well-stocked and able to help
   satisfy blueberry seekers throughout the weekend.
   - The Kiwanis served *3,390  fresh* *blueberry pancakes* to hungry early
   birds.
   - The Blueberry Place pick-your-own blueberry farm welcomed vanloads of
   visitors again.  Excited visitors picked *816 pounds* of fresh berries.
   The big-volume season was expected to run through mid-July. The experience
   of seeing food in the field  helped create great memories for hundreds
   of visitors. Roger and Sherrie Randall generously welcomed the crowds, who
   took photos and enjoyed the van rides provided by the Driving Jacks and
   Nacogdoches Rotary Club. The Garden Capital of Texas tours of Nacogdoches
   gardens hosted dozens of visitors and locals.
   - Surveys showed *36.5 percent* of visitors *traveled more than 100
   miles* to the Saturday festival.  In fact, more than *20 percent *traveled
   *more than 200 miles*. This creates an influx of new money into our
   local economy. At the Friday bluegrass concert, *45 percent* of the
   attendees *came from outside Nacogdoches*. About half of those spent the
   night. Close to 80 percent planned to attend the Saturday festival.  Five
   percent had never been to Nacogdoches before.

For downtown business owner Rachel Underwood, Saturday's festival brought more new faces into Rachel's Antiques & Uniques. "Sales were good, and I was pleased with the steady flow," she said. "I opened at 8 a.m. and stayed busy throughout the day more so than last year. It was a successful day for me."

One large retailer located four miles north of the festival experienced a sales increase of 5 to 7  percent over a typical Saturday, according to the store manager. "Our customer count was up by 125 over last year. Our associates look forward to this weekend each year and enjoy serving the many customers that come shop with us while in for the blueberry festival,"
the manager said.

"There are so many that contribute their resources and time to make a lot of activities run smoothly," Handler said. "I have to thank our loyal sponsors, volunteers, businesses, all City of Nacogdoches departments, CVB, Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, Expo Center and the County Sheriff’s office for another prosperous blueberry celebration."

The Texas Blueberry Festival is produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

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*Texas Blueberry Festival 2015 Economic Impact*


Estimated:

Total Attendance:        17,500

Out of town visitors:    6,388 (36.5 percent*)

Hotel occupancy:        50% attributed to festival (approx. 70% occupancy)

                                                = using $99 per room; 632
of 903 rooms.

Direct Income generated at hotels/motels - 632 room nights-
$62,568

Total Income generated from out-of-town festival visitors:
$694,980

 ($108 x 6,435 - using just one day.)

Economic impact: If using a 3x multiplier:
       $2,084,940


*Note: A 2015 survey of 1,659 festival attendees found 36.5 percent
traveled more than 100 miles. Over 20 percent travel more than 200 miles.  More
than 5 percent travel more than 400 miles.

 

Brookshire Brothers continues to hold the popular pie baking contest at their booth on the Nacogdoches downtown square. Pictured from left are Sally Alvis, Taylor Grimes, Marty Woods and Linda Blackshear ready to greet guests at the 26th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain)
 

Cellular One awards six East Texas winners

July 8, 2015 - Residents in East Texas had a big reason to visit one of Cellular One’s thirteen retail locations during the past two months. Back by popular demand, Cellular One once again hosted a giveaway contest. Six happy winners were selected last week as the contest came to a close on June 25, 2015.
 
Five lucky winners each received a $100 Visa gift card and one grand prize winner received a $1000 check from the excited Cellular One team. This year’s $100 gift card winners were Joseph Johnson of Corsicana, TX; Patricia Pierce of Frankston, TX; Rodney Davis of Lufkin, TX; Tesha Warren of Athens, TX; and Tyler Nix of Groesbeck, TX. Mary Lee from Mt. Enterprise, Texas was drawn as the $1000 grand prize winner.
 
“The contests have been a great way to show our appreciation in the communities we serve and it’s always great to visit with our customers and community members in person at our stores," stated Jon Foxman, CEO and President of Cellular One.
 
For more information about upcoming contests or Cellular One’s “Real Savings Plans,” visit www.cellonenation.com
 
About Cellular One
Cellular One is one of the nation’s most successful cellular phone companies, providing nationwide 4G service to customers in Louisiana and Texas and offering the only cellular phone service in the Gulf of Mexico. Cellular One is committed to providing “No Tricks, Just Savings” for its customers.  The Cellular One team of knowledgeable, experienced professionals is dedicated to serving customers and local communities in ways that far exceed their expectations.
For more information, please visit www.cellonenation.com
 


Pictured Left To Right: Crystal Cuevas (Cellular One, Nacogdoches Store Sales Manager), Mary Lee ($1,000 grand prize contest winner), Kirk Revell (Cellular One, Texas Area Director)

Death Notice: Joseph Daniel Crawford, Jr.

Joseph Daniel Crawford Jr., 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at his residence.

 

A private family memorial service will be held at a later time.

 

Mr. Crawford was born January 24, 1956 in Mississippi to Joseph Crawford Sr. and Bonnie Strawbridge Crawford.

 

He is survived by

Sons:

Joseph Hickman of Lufkin

Justin Hickman of Lufkin

Kevin Strawbridge of Mississippi

 

10 Grandchildren

 

Sisters:

Sharon Jackson and husband, Barry, of Mississippi

Donna Crawford and husband, Caesar, of Baytown

Sheila Stafford and husband, Mike, of Warren

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Joseph Crawford Sr. and Bonnie Strawbridge Crawford

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Center Volunteer Fire Dept. BINGO fundraiser set for Aug. 1

The Center Volunteer Fire Department's annual BINGO fundraiser will be held Saturday, August 1 at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

 

Games start at 6 p.m.

 

There will be FREE popcorn and drinks are $1.

 

There will be raffles throughout the evening with a variety of prizes.

 

The last game winner will take home $1,000 cash.

Funeral Notice: Lewis Williford, Sr.

Lewis E. Williford Sr., 72, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

 

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County.  A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Williford was born June 5, 1943 in Center to Levi Arvin Williford and Dorothy J. Burns Williford.  He served in the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.  He was a member of Longview Masonic Lodge in Longview and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Porfi Guzman Williford of Center

 

Children:

Lewis Williford Jr. of Quinlan

Theresa Williford Cobb and husband, Billy Ray Cobb, of Quinlan

Darrell Williford of Porter

Wendy C. Williford and husband, Robert Warren, of Spring

Jayson Guzman and Brandi Gilchrist of Center

 

Grandchildren:

Justin Williford

Joshua Williford

Jason Williford

William Story

Chase Story

 

Great Grandchildren:

Anthony Lewis Williford

Justin Williford Jr.

Atreyu Story

Jaiden Alexander Williford

 

Sisters and Brother:

Vicki Lynn Thomas of Center

George Williford and wife, Sue, of Center

Dianne Nutt and husband, Jerry, of LaPorte

Diann Walker of Center

 

Stepmother: Delcie Williford of Center

 

Aunt: Gladys Moore of Oklahoma

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Son: Clint Williford

Daughter-in-law: Marsha Williford

Parents: Levi Arvin Williford and Dorothy J. Burns Paxton

Brother: Robert Williford

 

Pallbearers will be Chester Burns Jr., Gregg Burns, Paul Burns, Javier Rodriguez, Alejo Rodriguez and Leonardo Guzman.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course on Rail Car Incident Response coming to Bossier City

In 2008, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) reported there were more than 7,000 rail car accidents and incidents, 20 of which involved hazardous materials requiring the evacuation of over 5,000 people. In the last five years there have been 166 incidents involving hazardous materials, most of which occurred in rural America according to the FRA.

As more and more rail traffic involves the transportation of valuable cargo and hazardous materials, the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing critical training to help rural first responders, government administrators, and emergency managers in the Bossier City, Louisiana area respond more effectively to a freight rail car incident. 

RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course, AWR 147 - Rail Car Incident Response, from 8am to 5pm July 22nd, 2015 at the Bossier City Public Safety Training Center, 5850 Ahed Road, Bossier City, Louisiana.  The course will educate those on the front lines of defense in their community on what to do in the event of a rail car incident involving hazardous materials.

Latest census report shows population shift in DETCOG region

Jasper, Texas – The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show a continuing shift in the overall population in the 12-county Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) region.  *“*Not only are we experiencing people moving out of the DETCOG Region,” said DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles, “but there is also a shift in the makeup of the
population.” In the four years since 2010 the region’s overall population decreased by 216.

 “What we found in our “State of the Region” report earlier in the year continues to be echoed in these numbers,” said Diggles, “most of the regional economic and census growth is occurring in the 5 DETCOG Counties along the Hwy 59 corridor: San Jacinto, Polk, Angelina, Nacogdoches and Shelby.”  The 2014 Census figures show those five county’s populations
increasing by 2,870 people since 2010.  The increase in those 5 counties means the remaining 7 counties in DETCOG lost a total of 3,086 people in the four year period.

Not only has there been an overall shift in population in the DETCOG region, but there have been changes in the demographic makeup. The number of Whites has dropped by 1.2%, and Blacks decreased by 0.1%. At the same time Hispanics in the region increased by 1.3%.

There are only two age groups in the region showing an increase in population.  Individuals 65 years of age and older increased by 8.3%.  The region wide count for 18 to 24 year-olds increased by 1.9%.

Statewide the overall population has increased 7% to 26,956,958 from 2010 to 2014.  The state is also undergoing a demographic shift. The Hispanic portion of the state’s population increased by 1.3% in the four year period, Blacks decreased by .03% and Whites dropped by 1.6%.

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments Region includes the counties of Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler.  Its members include local governments, school districts, water districts, non-profit organizations and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.


 

Rain chances evaporate from forecast as heat increases

Today: Partly sunny, high near 94. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 93. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, low around 72. 
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 93. 
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 72.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, high near 96.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74.
 
Monday: Sunny and hot, high near 97.
 
Monday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74.
 
Tuesday: Sunny and hot, high near 97.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/07/15--07/08/15

Arrest Report

07/07/15—07/08/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Brian Christopher Campbell, 39, Minden, La., Warrant-Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds

 

San Augustine County:

 

Charles R. Chambers, 26, San Augustine, Assault-Family Violence Causing Bodily Injury

 

Roger Burks, 21, San Augustine, Possession of Marijuana

 

Chase Burks, 17, San Augustine, Possession of Marijuana & Tampering with Evidence

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Center woman recovering after surgery following fatality accident in Nacogdoches

We’ve received a medical update on 43-year old Candel Roberts Cloudy of Center, who was involved in a fatal automobile accident in Nacogdoches last Saturday morning and flown to ETMC in Tyler with injuries.

 

According to a Facebook post from her daughter, Ms. Cloudy has been taken off a ventilator and she’s breathing on her own after heart surgery.

 

She’s reported to be awake and talking.

 

The post said doctors are waiting for swelling to go down before they proceed with any ortho surgeries. It’s reported she will be able to walk again with physical therapy.

 

The Cloudy family is asking for continued prayers and understanding for not only their loved one, but the Hernandez family in Nacogdoches.

 

The head-on collision took the life of 32-year old Felipe Medina Hernandez and injured his two young sons.

 

Ms. Cloudy was reported to be enroute in a van belonging to Abundant Love Ministries to pick up children from church camp when the accident occurred on SE Loop 224 in Nacogdoches.

Longtime northwest Louisiana business and community leader, Virginia Shehee dies at 91

A Northwest Louisiana business and civic leader and political activist had died a week shy of her 92nd birthday.

 

Former state Sen. Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee passed away Monday in Shreveport after a lengthy illness. Ms. Shehee headed the family businesses, Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and Rose-Neath Funeral Home after her mother's death. She was also elected as state senator for Caddo and DeSoto parishes from 1976 to 1980, becoming Louisiana’s first female state senator.

 

She was also a big supporter of The Strand Theater, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana State Fair. She also served on a number of boards of directors and was a philanthropist.

 

Visitation for Ms. Shehee will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport.

Photo compliments of the Shreveport Times

26th annual What-A-Melon Festival gets underway at 5 p.m. Thursday (schedule)

The Center Rotary Club's 26th annual What-A-Melon Festival will get underway for its three-day run with the opening ceremony and official watermelon cutting by local dignitaries at 5 p.m. Thursday.
 
The festival includes a carnival, vendor booths, a pet show, pageant, a seed spitting and speed eating contest, plus the always popular largest watermelon weigh-in.
 
The carnival rides and vendors will be open Thursday evening. Arm bands are available for each night of the festival for $20, and can be purchased Thursday & Friday from 5:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. and Saturday, 5:30 till 10:30 p.m.
 
What-A-Melon Festival gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, with local entertainment at 5:30 p.m. and the pet show at 6 p.m.
 
Saturday begins with the What-A-Melon 5K/Walk at 7 a.m. and the rides and vendors opening at 3 p.m. Several crowd favorites begin at 4 p.m. with the seed spitting and speed eating contest, followed by the largest watermelon weigh-in at 5 p.m. and the What-A-Melon pageant at 6 p.m. Saturday.
 
What-A-Melon Festival entry buttons will be available at the festival entry gates Thursday evening. Buttons are $4 and are good for entry to the festival for all three days. Children five and under get in free. 
 
You can be official at the What-A-Melon Festival with a specially designed t-shirt, available for purchase at Farmers State Bank on the Square, Shelby Savings Bank at the corner of Selma Street and Shelbyville Street, and at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office. T-Shirts are $15 for adult sizes and $12 for children sizes. Shirts will be available at each location until Friday at which time the shirts will only be available for purchase at the festival. 
 
By the way, you can still register for the What-A-Melon 5K/Walk. Each year Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds go to Shelby County Outreach Ministries. The 5K/Walk will be held on the Center Square, with the fun run at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. Registration forms are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. 
 
2015 What-A-Melon Festival
Sponsored by Center Rotary Club
 
Thursday, July 9th
5:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Official Watermelon Cutting)
Rides Open and Vendors Open
10pm - Festival Closes 
 
Friday, July 10th
3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open
5:30pm - Local Entertainment
5:30pm - Sign up for Pet Show (No farm animals, pets only)
6:00pm - WAM Pet Show
10pm - Festival Closes 
 
Saturday, July 11th
7:00am - WAM Fun Run
7:30am - WAM 5K Run/Walk benefiting Shelby Co. Outreach Ministries
3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open
4-5 pm - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest
5:00pm - WAM Largest Watermelon Weigh-in
6:00pm - WAM Pageant
10:30pm - Festival Shuts Down 
 
Arm bands will be available for each night of the festival for the rides and are $20.00. Armbands can be purchased Thursday & Friday from 5:30 till 10:00 and Saturday 5:30 till 10:30. Admission buttons are good for entry to the festival or all three days.  Adult buttons are $4 each. Children five and under get in free.
 

Funeral Notices: 07/08/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Pharon A. Newton of Center. He passed away Saturday at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 15 at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin. Among Pharon A. Newton's survivors is a daughter, Dianna & Keith Patterson of Los Angeles; and brother, Van O. Newton and family of North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, or Colonia Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of a graveside service Tuesday for 74-year old Marvin Mitchell of Center. Service was held at Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. Among Marvin Mitchell's survivors are sisters, Bobbie & J.B. Scott of Center and Patsy Madison of Mississippi; brother, Robert & Nelda Mitchell of Lufkin

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 17-month old Grayson Bryce Floyd of Joaquin. Service will be at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Lone Cedar Church in Joaquin, with interment at Lone Cedar Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service beginning at 3 p.m.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 86-year old Garland (Mac) McLeroy of Timpson. Service will be held at 10 a.m. this morning at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at County Line Cemetery, Rusk County.

 

Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches announces service for 79-year old Donald Lee Fagan of Tenaha. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. before service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Women’s Shelter of East Texas or similar charities.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries to sell tickets on gift baskets at WAM Festival

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be raffling off two large gift baskets at the What-A-Melon Festival on Saturday, July 11th The baskets are valued at over hundreds of dollars each. The chances are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.

 

Some of the business that donated items for the gift baskets are: Burkes Outlet (2 household items, 10.99 each), Primp Salon (2 hair products, $25), Party & More ($25 cash), Hampton Inn (2 free 1 night stays, $90 each), Summer Snow (30 free snow cones, $60), Shelby County Vet ($50 check), Chop Shop (3 free hair cuts, $15 each), Century Shoppe (Gift basket, $16), Adams Barbara Shop ($20 cash), Zack's Tint Shop (Free window tint, $50), Factory Connection (perfume, $5), Lasting Impressions ($25 gift certificate), El Taco Riendo ($15 gift certificate), Bark Boutique ($40 cash), Pizza Hut (3 free pizzas, $30), Russell Flooring ($50 check), T&R Steaks and More ($50 gift certificate), Rancho Grande (2 free meals, $25), Hollywood Escape ($25 gift bag), A-Z Auto Repair (two $30 gift certificate), Christal Moody (two $25 gift certificate), Jim's Massage Therapy (two $65 gift certificate), Ace Hardware of East Texas (2 gift baskets, $238), Lamb & Lion ($30 gift bag), Granny B's (20 snow cones, $20), Young Living Essential Oils (Lavender Oil, $23.50), and Christina Smith ($15 cash).

Funeral Service: Pharon A. Newton

 

Pharon A. Newton, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2015, at Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin with Rev. Randy Smith officiating.

 

Pharon was born to Melvin and Alice Newton on March 9, 1925.  He went to school at Joaquin High School and then worked at Haslam Sawmill.  After his marriage to Oleta and the birth of their daughter, the family moved to High Island, Texas, where he worked for Southwestern Bell.  Pharon was also employed by Trinity Valley, Magocobar, and Halliburton for 28 ½ years before he retired in 1986.  Pharon was one of six founding families of the First Presbyterian Church of Nederland.  After moving to Center, in 1988, Pharon became active in the First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, Texas.  He served as a Trustee of the Church Council, was President of the Administrative Board, and was the Honorary Grandpa of the Methodist Youth Group.

 

He is survived by daughter, Dianna Patterson and her husband, Keith, of Los Angeles, California; grandson, CMDR Douglas Patterson and wife, Chris, of Coronado, California; great granddaughters, Emily and Amanda of Coronado, California; and brother, Van O. Newton and family of North Carolina.

 

Pharon was preceded in death by his wife, Oleata; grandson, Randy; his parents; and brother, Woodson.

 

Pharon’s wisdom, loving nature, smile, and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

 

Pallbearers will be CMDR Douglas Patterson, Glenn Gill, Jason Gill, Gene Allen, Barney Moss, Larry Hennigan and Newton Johnson.

 

Special thanks to Colonial Pines Care Center and Accolade Hospice.

 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to:

American Cancer Society

PO Box 22718

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718

 

Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine

1203 FM 1277

San Augustine, Texas 75972

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Shelby County Grand Jury hands down 37 indictments

The July Term of the 123rd/273rd  District Court Grand Jury for Shelby County convened this week and handed down 37 indictments.

 

Among those were two Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon indictments against Marcus Antonio Hill of Shelbyville. Hill reportedly discharged a shotgun while driving down Hwy. 96 north in Center on June 18 this year at a vehicle and striking Sean Michael Arnold and Auston Michael Arnold, both of Burleson.

 

Robert Thomason for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The offense occurred against a female younger than 14 years of age.

 

Kelvin Tyrone Berry for Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled for reportedly causing serious bodily injury to a child under 14 years or younger. According to the indictment, Berry pushed the child away causing her to run into the wall and cutting her hand.

 

Eddie Joe Chisenhall for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled when he struck Bobby Holloway, an individual 65 years of age or older, with a closed fist to the head, and for operating Holloway’s vehicle without consent.

 

There were also a number of theft, robbery and burglary indictments.

 

Among those were Burglary of a Building & Theft against Stephen Williams and Therrin Anthony Keele, and Burglary of a Habitation for Keele against Wren Brown of the Timpson area in September 2014. The duo removed numerous items from the Brown residence, including the stripping of cooper wiring.

 

Another theft or acquisition of stolen items occurred in April of this year that included four individuals. Morgan Magee and Brent Howard Denby were indicted for Burglary of a Building, and Keith Monroe Harris and John Chisenhall were charged with Theft for acquiring a number of saws, wrenches and other items belonging to Gary Miller.

 

John Chisenhall was also indicted for Theft for taking a Magnum Light Plant from Larry O’Rear.

 

Tevin Terell Garrett & Brittany Marcelin charged with Theft for taking a BBQ pit trailer from Marlin Ray Jones III. Tevin Garrett also had a Burglary of a Building indictment for taking a 2003 Honda Rancher, owned by Tony Ard from Glen Heintschel, Jr’s residence. Both offenses occurred in Sept. 2014.

 

In addition:

 

Travis Wayne Patton, Sr., Robbery

Dustin Bryan Estes, Burglary of a Building

Curtis Bryan Estes, Burglary of a Building

Linda Anne Blount, Burglary of a Habitation

Luis Acuna, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

William Zachary Parks, Assault Bodily Injury

Delond Elroy Barnes, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Emerson Sanatio Evans, Driving While Intoxicated-2 indictments

Robert Bolton, Hindering Secured Creditors

Tiffany Newman, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse against the Eldery

Ray Howard Neuwirth, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse

Geana Cheshire, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-2indictments

Geana Cheshire, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Marcus Roberts, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Juan Carlos Lara-Paredes, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Lateisha Clifton, Delivery of a Controlled Substance

 

NOTE: Indictment does not mean guilt. The use of a grand jury indictment is intended to ensure that a prosecutor brings a case to trial only if there is probable cause to support the crime was committed by a suspect.

Tenaha ISD superintendent responds to Shelbyville AD's comments on cancelled football game

Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner issued this response after Center Broadcasting contacted him Monday after Shelbyville AD & Head Football Coach Jason Ferguson said Tenaha pulled out on Shelbyville leaving the Dragons without a game on Sept. 11

 

"It's unfortunate any time local schools disagree.  However, my job is to make to decisions in the best interests of the kids and community of Tenaha ISD.  As a spokesman for our district and community at-large, it is our goal to seek interscholastic competitions that serve the betterment of students and communities at-large.  To continue this series at this time would not do that for either community, for reasons I outlined specifically in a letter to Dr. (Ray) West (Shelbyville ISD superintendent) back in September.  We wish the Dragon program the best of luck on their season and in their division.  For us, it was in our interest (which includes winning a Division 2 State Championship) to play an opponent from our own division." Scott Tyner, Tenaha ISD Superintendent

 

Below is a press release from Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner concerning the Tigers adding a replacement game to their 2015 schedule on Sept. 11.

 

Tigers Add 2A Division 2 Power Santo to 2015 Non-District Slate

           

When playing in the state’s smallest classification of eleven man football, scheduling non-district opponents in your own class is not only difficult, it is next to impossible.  Couple that with being one of only two schools in the entire state to have won four straight regional titles in their respective division, and it’s easy to see that many rising and up and coming programs in Texas place a bulls’ eye squarely on your back for a “signature win” opportunity.  The Tenaha Tigers have endured that “bull’s eye” for quite some time now.  Since 2006, Tenaha has littered its non-district schedule with larger programs in order to fill its schedule.  Not just larger programs, but elite programs. 

           

In 2010, the UIL split Class 2A (then 1A) into upper and lower divisions.  Over the last five seasons, Tenaha has yet to face a non-district opponent from its own division.   For five years, larger schools with more depth and potentially more program resources have lined up and targeted the prominent Tiger program for an early year tilt.  Just last year, Tenaha began a non-district series with Class 3a Division I White Oak which is three divisions larger than the Tigers.  The result was one of the hardest fought, most sportsmanlike games in Tenaha history.  It was a first class affair between two playoff contending programs in front of a large crowd which Tenaha won 26-15.  The Roughnecks will make their Tiger Stadium debut this season at the annual Hall of Honor game on September 18. 

           

Earlier this summer, new Tenaha Head Coach Craig Horn was approached with an opportunity.  That opportunity was to play a team from Class 2A Division 2 in a non-district game.  The Santo Wildcats, fresh off of a 12-2 State Quarterfinal run last year have requested a non-district match-up with the 11-2 State Semi-Final Tenaha Tigers on October 3 at Corsicana High School.  The match-up could potentially preview a possible State Championship Game match-up as Santo hails from Region II and Tenaha in Region III.  The game will mark the first non-district game between Tenaha and a team from its own division since the UIL split Class 2A into two divisions in 2010.

September 11 will now be the Tenaha open date on the schedule. 

 

 

Graveside Service: Marvin Mitchell

Marvin Mitchell, 74, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Center.

 

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.  A visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center prior to the funeral service, beginning at 10 a.m.

 

Mr. Mitchell was born May 20, 1941 in San Augustine County to Lee Mitchell and Ellen Ferguson Mitchell.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

 

He is survived by

Sisters:

Bobbie Scott and husband, J.B., of Center

Patsy Madison of Mississippi

 

Brother: Robert Mitchell and wife, Nelda, of Lufkin

 

Special Niece: Kay Green

 

Former wife and friend: Lynette Vaughn

 

Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Lee Mitchell and Ellen Ferguson Mitchell

Sisters: Doris Bailey, Ruth Shirrell

Brother-in-law: Edward Shirrell

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Rain chances decrease, heat on the rise

Today: Mostly sunny, high near 93. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, high near 94. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 93. 
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 93.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 96.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 74.
 
Monday: Sunny and hot, high near 96

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/06/15--07/07/15

Arrest Report

07/06/15—07/07/15

 

Shelby County: No Arrest Reported

 

San Augustine County:

 

Gary D. Cutright, 21, Shreveport, Re-arrest Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

Shelbyville coach not pleased with Tenaha pulling-out of football re-match

We're a little more than seven weeks away from the start of the high school football season and when most teams will be playing a 10 game regular schedule, the Shelbyville Dragons have only nine games after the Tenaha Tigers are said to have pulled out on their scheduled Sept. 11 game at Shelbyville.

 

Dragon AD and head football coach Jason Ferguson tells Center Broadcasting it was a game that he and his staff, players and fans wanted and he believed the Tiger players and fans did as well. However, Ferguson believes the decision came from Tenaha ISD administration.

 

After playing only nine minutes of a shortened game in Tenaha a year ago September that was halted due to lightning, the air has been "thick" to say the least speculating whether this rematch would happen. It became official Monday when Shelbyville ISD revised its varsity football schedule and it showed an open date the third week in what was to be Shelbyville’s homecoming.

 

Coach Ferguson said it appeared Tenaha ISD had made the decision not to play Shelbyville weeks ago, noting they had filled the date with Santo, out west of Ft Worth, weeks before giving notice to Shelbyville they were cancelling. He said it did not allow time for him to schedule a game.

 

There were a lot of heavy hearts the week of last season's meeting as a Tenaha student had passed away and her funeral was to be Saturday, after Friday's scheduled game.

 

Coach Ferguson said Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner suggested during the sub-varsity games to move the varsity game from Friday to Saturday evening because of the possibility of thunderstorms on Friday, after the student's funeral.

 

Coach Ferguson said moving the game to Saturday was never agreed upon.

 

After going into a weather delay that Friday and the Dragons controlling both sides of the line of scrimmage, Coach Ferguson said Tenaha refused to continue when the weather cleared, or even play on Saturday.

 

Tenaha's Tyner has said he will have a comment available on the change later today.

 

The Dragons will have homecoming Sept. 18 against Colmesneil.

 

Teams typically agree to play a home-and-home game per contract for two years.

 

UPDATE: Fatality crash victim IDed in Nacogdoches County

Nacogdoches Police have released more information on the two-vehicle crash that killed a man and involved a Center woman last Saturday morning around 8 a.m.

 

The deceased is 32-year old Felipe Medina Hernandez of Nacogdoches.

 

The crash report says 43-year old Candel Roberts Cloudy of Center was driving a 2003 Ford van southbound and crossed into the northbound lanes and struck Hernandez’s 2001 Dodge pick-up head-on.

 

Hernandez’s sons, 7-year old Luis and 9-year old Edgar were taken to Nacogdoches Memorial and are reported to OK.

 

Ms. Cloudy was airlifted to ETMC in Tyler, and we have not been able to receive an update on her condition.

 

We understand she was enroute to pick-up children who had been at church camp in a van belonging to Abundant Love Ministries of Center.

 

There were no children in the van at the time of the collision.

UPDATE: All victims recovered in Houston County drowning incident

The last of four bodies was uncovered by searchers Monday morning following a multiple drowning at Houston County Lake in Grapeland Sunday.

 

Texas Parks & Wildlife dive team found the body of a man just after 10 a.m.

 

Law enforcement says the family rented a canoe and never returned.

 

The victims include two adult males, an adult female and a child. Officials say the victims are all from the Houston area.

 

They have been identified as 55-year old Juan Cantu, 47-year old Amy Mendez, 6-year old Sebastian Chavez, and 49-year old Antonio Gutierrez.

 

The canoe apparently capsized or took on water. It was reportedly found submerged near one of the victims.

 

The other bodies of the other three victims were found Sunday.

Brawl breaks out at Nacogdoches County swimming spot over Confederate flag

It appears the recent uproar over the Confederate flag led to a disturbance at a popular swimming hole in Nacogdoches County last Saturday.

 

KTRE-TV reports the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a brawl the occurred at Camp Tonkawa Springs near Garrison.

 

The online article says the sheriff’s office is saying an apparent intoxicated white male was waving a Confederate flag and yelling racial slurs that sparked the fight.

 

Two deputies reportedly responded, and after the crowd dispersed, the victim fled the scene. No arrests were made but authorities are said to be looking for the victim.

 

It’s reported a video of the incident was posted on the popular video blog, ‘WorldStarHipHop.’

Tenaha City Council to have meeting this afternoon

The Tenaha City Council has a called meeting at 5:15 p.m. this afternoon, Tuesday, and among the agenda items will be to open sealed bids submitted for standpipe water main improvements from Hayes Engineering.

Magician to appear at Fannie Brown Booth Library this morning

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will present Magician Julian Franklin today, Tuesday, July 7th, at 10:30 a.m. for the library's last summer reading program event. This program will be filled with amazing magic, hilarious puppets, great books and an important lesson on character education. The magician show will be open for children of all ages. The library's summer reading program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

Funeral Notices: 07/07/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces the death of 73-year old Dorothy Diane Nail of Center. She passed away Sunday in Center. A private interment was held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Dorothy Diane Nail's survivors are nieces, Sheila & Roy Harris and Lisa & Billy Bob McAdams, all of Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 17-month old Grayson Bryce Floyd of Joaquin. Service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lone Cedar Church in Joaquin, with interment at Lone Cedar Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service beginning at 3 p.m. Among Grayson Bryce Floyd's survivors are his parents, Robert & Brandi Gray Floyd of Joaquin; big brother, Urijah Floyd of Joaquin; grandparents, Tommy "Scooter" & Sandra Gray of Joaquin, Rhonda Smith of Tenaha and Bobbie Floyd of Joaquin; great-grandparents, Tommy & Juanell Gray of Joaquin

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 74-year old Marvin Mitchell of Center. He passed away Sunday in Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 90-year old P.A. Newton of Center. He passed away Saturday in San Augustine.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 86-year old Garland (Mac) McLeroy of Timpson. Servcie will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at County Line Cemetery, Rusk County. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Funeral Home. He worked many years for Tipton Ford in Nacogdoches as a car salesman and also served as a City of Nacogdoches policeman. Among Garland (Mac) McLeroy's survivors is his wife, Opal McLeroy of Timpson; daughter, Tawnya & Robert Dornak of Sugarland; and stepson, Gary & Neisha Trentleman of Wylie.

 

Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches announces service for 79-year old Donald Lee Fagan of Tenaha. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Women’s Shelter of East Texas or similar charities.

UPDATE Funeral Notice: Garland (Mac) McLeroy

 

Funeral services for Mr. Garland (Mac) McLeroy, 86, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Dock Lazarine officiating.  Interment to follow in the County Line Cemetery in Timpson, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Mr. McLeroy was born February 26, 1929, in Dotson, TX.  Garland (Mac) was the son of the late Doyle Henry McLeroy and Vesta Sparks McLeroy. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mac enjoyed fishing, gardening and was an avid sports fan.  He worked many years for Tipton Ford in Nacogdoches, Texas as a car salesman.  Mac also served as a policeman for the City of Nacogdoches for many years.

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Opal McLeroy of Timpson, Texas; daughter, Tawnya Dornak and husband Robert of Sugarland, Texas; stepson, Gary Trentelman and wife Neisha of Wylie, Texas; five grandchildren; several great grandchildren; great great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends who will miss him greatly.

 

Mr. McLeroy was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Johnson; and step-daughter, Marcia Shaklee.

 

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net.  Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.

Weather Update @ 2 p.m. Summer heat is on

If you perhaps thought we were in our Days of Summer the last week or so, you really will think Summer is here as the High that passed us by will move back over us and bring REAL Summer temps to our region. Highs in the upper 90's by mid week and temperature indexes well into the 100's with all the moisture from our rains this Spring. 


My question to you is....Do You, your family and friends know how to beat the heat? Great topic for conversation.....and don't forget your pets, neighbors, and the elderly. 
Here is a site you can visit to help make those discussions more accurate: NWS Heat Safety Tips

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Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.


This website is designed to inform you about the health dangers of heat, prepare you for excessive heat events, and tell you what to do during an excessive heat wave. This site includes vital information about the dangers of leaving children, pets or anyone with limited mobility alone in a car even for a few minutes in what might seem like mild weather. Here you will find information about protecting yourself from the heat, educational materials and resources on how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous situations. You will also find games and activities to help educate your children about the dangers of heat and links for more information. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of excessive heat, please share your story so we can prevent others from becoming a heat victim. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

What-A-Melon Festival t-shirts on sale now

Get ready for fun in the sun on the downtown square with the What-A-Melon Festival just days away! Festival activities begin Thursday, July 9th with opening ceremonies at 5pm with the official watermelon cutting.


To get a jump start on the festival, be the first to buy the official What-A-Melon Festival shirt for 2015.

 

Shirts are available for purchase at Farmers State Bank on the Square, Shelby Savings Bank at the corner of Selma Street and Shelbyville Street, and at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office.

 

T-Shirts are $15 for adult sizes and $12 for children sizes. Shirts will be available at each location until Friday at which time the shirts will only be available for purchase at the festival.

 


What-A-Melon t-shirts unveiled at Rotary Club meeting. Back row: Jason Balkcom (President-Elect), Scott Stanfield (President-Nominee), Julie McSwain (Designed t-shirt), Anna Lee (President) Front row: Grandchildren of Rotarian Robert Hughes

Funeral Notice: Grayson Bryce Floyd

Grayson Bryce Floyd, 17 months, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 in Center.

 

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Lone Cedar Church in Joaquin with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating.  Interment will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery in Joaquin.  A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

 

Grayson was born February 3, 2014 in Nacogdoches to Robert Floyd and Brandi Gray Floyd.  He loved to shadow his big brother and do everything he did.

 

He is survived by

Parents: Robert Floyd and Brandi Gray Floyd of Joaquin

 

Big Brother: Urijah Floyd of Joaquin

 

Grandparents:

Tommy “Scooter” and Sandra Gray of Joaquin

Rhonda Smith of Tenaha

Bobbie Floyd of Joaquin

 

Great Grandparents:

Tommy and Jaunell Gray of Joaquin

 

Aunts:

Tonya Wagstaff and husband, John, of Tenaha

Emily Buckley and husband, Michael, of Huxley

 

Numerous other relatives

 

Pallbearers will be J.R. Wagstaff, Hunter Wagstaff, John Wagstaff and Brian Smith.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jackson Thomas and Josh Thomas.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

Death Notice: Dorothy Diane Nail

Dorothy Diane Nail, 73, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Center.

 

A private interment was held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Miss Nail was born November 7, 1941 in Center to James E. Nail and Hazel Sowell Nail.  She was of the Baptist faith.

 

She is survived by

Nieces:

Shelia Harris and husband, Roy, of Center

Lisa McAdams and husband, Billy Bob, of Center

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: James E. Nail and Hazel Sowell Nail

Sister: Jimmie Louise Nail Boles

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

TxDOT busy with summer projects

LUFKIN - Summer work is in full swing at TxDOT with contractors working on major construction projects and continuing to seal coat roadways in all nine counties of the Lufkin District. Motorists should be aware of maintenance crews patching roadways in many different areas as well as workers mowing along right-of-ways.
 
Many construction projects require lane closures or pilot cars that lead motorists through construction areas. Motorists are urged to obey all traffic safety signs and be alert for flaggers. Slow down through road work, whether it is major construction, maintenance along the roadways or mowing along right-of-ways, so that motorists and TxDOT workers and contractors can arrive safely to their destinations at the end of the day.
 
Project updates for the week of July 6-10 include:
 
SHELBY COUNTY
US 84 at the Sabine River: The replacement of the bridge that connects Texas to Louisiana across the Sabine River continues as contractors work to hang deck panels on the new eastbound bridge with the remainder of the eastbound bridge beams to follow. Storm sewer and other drainage structures in Logansport, LA are also being placed.
Loop 500 from US 96 North to SH 7 East: Contractors will be hauling top soil and seeding the project as they work toward completing this project. Contractors are working to schedule final striping, electrical items and placement of signs.
FM 139 from SH 7 to SH 87: Safety treating cross drainage structures and guardrail and rehabilitating driveways.
FM 138: Seal coating roadway.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
SH 21 at US 96: Intersection improvements will continue with contractors working to complete drainage structures and install concrete curb and gutter. New traffic signal assemblies are also being installed.
FM 1751: Seal coating roadway.
 
ANGELINA COUNTY
US 59 southbound at Spence Street: Striping is scheduled with plans to reopen the intersection once the striping is completed. The cloverleaf ramp is scheduled to close once the Spence Street intersection is open.
Loop 287 eastbound: Work will continue on the retaining wall at the UPRR underpass.
Loop 287 westbound: Concrete paving is scheduled to resume in the westbound main lanes.
FM 2021/US 59: The southbound ramp intersection construction will continue with culverts and storm sewer installations.
SH 103 East: Mill and inlay/road rehabilitation is scheduled.
Various locations: Herbicide and pothole operations scheduled along with ditch maintenance.
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
SH 21 from .4 miles west of FM 226 to FM 3276: Work to widen this section of the roadway will include the contractor, Drewery Construction, beginning repairs on the north side and completing underdrains in Melrose. Prime base will cure for 14 days prior to seal coat operations. Following the seal coating, a surface of hot mix will be applied.
US 59 .2 miles south of FM 95 West to US 259: Mill and inlay operations to rehabilitate roadway along with seal coating that will complete the remainder of the project.
US 59 from LP 224 to 1.2 miles south of LP 224: This project to construct raised medians will continue as the contractor is working on the retaining wall on the US 59 South exit ramp and the pavement structure for the westbound entrance ramp. Utility crews will continue to relocate utilities throughout the project.
US 59 from SH 7 East to US 59 South: Contractor crews will work on safety treating guard rails and culverts at various locations.
US 59 .9 miles west of US 59 to the ramp: Contractors are working to complete the final striping and clean work area and pick up signs on this project that widened the existing roadway.
 
POLK COUNTY
US 287 west of US 59: Work to install a left lane turn lane is beginning 2.5 miles west of US 59.
US 287 from US 59 to the Tyler County line: Safety treating fixed objects.
US 59 from Moscow to Leggett: Roadway resurfacing will continue.
FM 1276: Seal coating roadway.
 
SAN JACINTO COUNTY
US 59 overpass at FM 2914: Embankment is being placed. Formwork for setting bridge deck panels will continue along with pouring bridge abutment back walls will continue.
FM 946: Contractors will continue to pour concrete headwalls and wing walls on cross drainage structures.
FM 3460: Seal coating roadway.
 
HOUSTON COUNTY
US 287 North of FM 2663: Mill and inlay roadway surface.
US 287 from LP 304 to the Trinity County line: Safety treating fixed objects.
SH 7 .2 miles east of FM 232 to Kennard: Work to widen the roadway will continue.
FM 2110: Base and seal coat work along roadway.
FM 3151: Base and seal coat work along roadway.
Various locations: Seal coating operations along with mowing.
 
SABINE COUNTY
FM 1 6.1 miles south along SH 184: Safety treating fixed objects.
FM 1 at the railroad underpass: Installing a flashing beacon.
FM 1751: Finishing treatment to driveway pipes and cross drainage structures.
FM 1592 from SH 103 to SH 184: Safety treating fixed objects. This project also includes treating driveways, bridge rail and other objects on FM 2261 and FM 3184.
 
 
TRINITY COUNTY
SH 19 at Houston County line to SH 94 in Trinity: Roadwork resurfacing will continue.
SH 94 at various locations: Safety treating fixed objects.
FM 3453 and FM 357: Seal coating roadway.
 
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 

Sunny & warm, slight chance of rain by mid-week

Today: Mostly sunny, high near 93. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday: Partly sunny, high near 93. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 93. 
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 93.
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/02/15--07/06/15

Arrest Report

07/02/15—07/06/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Jontay Jerome Lane, 19, Nacogdoches, Reckless Driving

 

Charles Edwards, IV, 21, Timpson, Assault & Disorderly Conduct

 

Airiel Burleson, 25, Timpson, Assault-Family Violence with Prior Conviction

 

Eboni Black, 36, Houston, Theft

 

Abilio Salinas-Verela, 24, Nacogdoches, Driving While Intoxicated

 

Chatrick Hines, 39, Center, Driving While Intoxicated-2nd

 

Kaylyn Jackson, 22, Marshall, Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Eric Justin Hunter, 25, Jefferson, Warrant-Driving While License Invalid with Previous Conviction

 

San Augustine County:

 

Cody Ray Thompson, No Driver’s License & No Insurance

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

Story Update: Sonic officials say there was no data breach

Sonic Drive-In officials are saying there was no data breach, just a matter of legitimate credit card transactions not being processed properly after over a dozen of their facilities had reports of possible credit/debit card fraud. 
 
Center Broadcasting received several phone calls and Facebook messages last Thursday concerning a possible security breach at the local drive-in. 
 
Center Police says a credit card processing machine, not only at the local Sonic, but some 14 locations was not connected to the internet properly for some 2 to 3 months, and when it was, it swarmed the system with held charges. All the charges reported were not fraudulent. 
 
In a press release from the Sonic Vice President of Public Relations, Christi Woodworth, she said, “Customers who have concerns about any charges from their local Sonic should talk with the manager of the drive-in.” 
 
She added, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and are working to ensure this does not happen again in the future.” 
 
Center PD Investigator David Haley was conducting the investigation locally.

Center woman involved in two-vehicle fatality accident in Nacogdoches Saturday

According to an online article from KTRE, a Center woman was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Southeast Stallings Drive Saturday morning that has left a man dead and several injured.

 

The article says Nacogdoches Police had to close down that section of Loop 224 near McMichael’s Middle School for some five hours to clear the scene and investigate.

 

Reports say 43-year old Candel Cloudy was traveling south in a Ford 350 van just before 8 a.m. when for unknown reason, crossed the center stripe and struck a northbound Dodge pickup. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

Two children, also in the pickup, were taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital where they underwent surgery. They are reported to be OK.

 

The name of the deceased and other information has not been released by Nacogdoches PD.

KTRE reports Nacogdoches PD Sgt. Brent Handy says Ms. Cloudy was severely injured and flown from Nacogdoches Memorial to ETMC Tyler.

 

Center Broadcasting has told the van belonged to Abundant Love Ministries in Center.

 

Boating accident claims four lives in Houston County

Houston County authorities say four family members have drowned after their rented canoe either capsized or took on water Sunday evening.

 

The accident occurred on Houston County Lake near Grapeland.

 

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens say the victims are two adult males, an adult female and a child around 7 years of age.

 

Reports say three of the four victims have been recovered, with one of the adult males unaccounted for. A search will resume this morning.

Lightning strikes Toledo Bend campsite in Louisiana, six injured

In Sabine Parish, six people were reportedly injured Saturday night when lightning is believed to have struck a tree at a campsite at Cypress Bend Park at Toledo Bend a little after 7 p.m.

 

All six were taken to Sabine Medical Center in Many with what’s reported as non-life threatening injuries.

 

Authorities report a RV camper and truck were also reportedly damaged during the lightning strike.

It's What-a-Melon Festival week in Shelby County, opening ceremonies @ 5 p.m. Thursday

It’s What-A-Melon Festival week in Shelby County and the Center Rotary Club is sponsoring the event in downtown Center July 9-11.

 

The three day event will feature carnival rides, vendor booths, a pet show, a pageant, 5K What-A-Melon Crawl, live entertainment, and lots of great fun!

 

The festival gets underway Thursday with the opening ceremony, or official watermelon cutting by local dignitaries at 5 p.m. The carnival rides and vendors will be open at that time until 10 p.m.

 

Arm bands are available for each night of the festival for $20, and can be purchased Thursday & Friday from 5:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. and Saturday, 5:30 till 10:30 p.m.

 

What-A-Melon Festival gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, with local entertainment at 5:30 p.m. and the pet show at 6 p.m.

 

Saturday begins with the What-A-Melon 5K/Walk at 7 a.m. and the rides and vendors opening at 3 p.m. Several crowd favorites begin at 4 p.m. with the seed spitting and speed eating contest, followed by the largest watermelon weigh-in at 5 p.m. and the What-A-Melon pageant at 6 p.m. Saturday.

 

What-A-Melon Festival entry buttons will be available at the festival entry gates on Thursday evening. Buttons are $4 and are good for entry to the festival for all three days. Children five and under get in free.

 

By the way, you can still register for the What-A-Melon 5K/Walk. Each year Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds go to Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

 

The 5K/Walk will be held on the Center Square, with the fun run at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable.

 

Registration forms are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. You can also register at onestoprace.com.

Funeral Notice: 07/06/15

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 74-year old Marvin Mitchell of Center. He passed away Sunday in Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 90-year old P.A. Newton of Center. He passed away Saturday in San Augustine.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 1-year old Grayson Bryce Floyd of Joaquin. He passed away Friday in Center. Among Grayson Bryce Floyd’s survivors are parents, Robert & Brandi Floyd of Joaquin.

 

Watson & Sons announces service was held Sunday for 77-year old Leo Ronald McBride of Shelbyville. He passed away Friday at his residence. Service was held at First United Methodist Church in Logansport, with interment at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport. He was a very active civic, community and leader in Logansport. Among Leon Ronald McBride’s survivor is his wife, Margaret McBride of Shelbyville; daughters, Lisa Deutsch, Terri & Johnny Hamon, Melanie & Mark Woods and Ronda & Kenny Guillotte, all of Logansport; twin brother, Donald & Judy McBride of Burleson; and sister, Betsy & John Garrett of Bastrop, La. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana or to a charity of your choice.

 

Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson announces the death of 57-year old Mike Bockwich of Timpson. He passed away Friday at his home. He chose cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. He formerly worked for Tyson Foods as a feed truck driver and was a licensed vocational nurse. Among Mike Bockwich’s survivors is his wife, Marion; son, Adam; and daughter, Lucy. The family thanks you for all the condolences they have received, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (ASPCA).

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 86-year old Garland (Mac) McLeroy of Timpson. He passed away Saturday. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with interment at County Line Cemetery, Rusk County. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Funeral Home.

 

Percy Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 67-year old Dorothy Mae Biggers Moore of San Augustine. She passed away Thursday in San Augustine. Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, with final viewing prior to service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Haley Bush Cemetery in San Augustine. Among Dorothy Mae Biggers’ survivors are daughters, Doranesia & Rev. Donald R. Shelvin, Sr. of Humble, Chemetri Johnson and Sharon Johnson, both of San Augustine; sons, Erick & Billie Johnson of San Augustine and Rev. Christopher Moore of Houston; sister, Willie Faye Garrett of San Augustine; and brothers, Alton Biggers of San Augustine, Lon L. & Mae Pearl Biggers of Missouri City and Leroy & Gwen Biggers of Tyler.

 

Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches announces service for 79-year old Donald Lee Fagan of Tenaha. He passed away Thursday in Nacogdoches. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He retired from Lockheed Martin. Among Donald Lee Fagan’s survivors is his wife, Ramona Hudman Fagan of Tenaha; brother, Arthur Wayne Fagan & his wife Caroleanne Taggart-Fagan of Dallas; and mother-in-law, Shirley Hudman of Mineola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Women’s Shelter of East Texas or similar charities.

Funeral Notice: Garland (Mac) McLeroy

Funeral service for Garland (Mac) McLeroy, 86, of Timpson, TX, will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 7, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Dock Lazarine officiating.  Interment will follow in County Line  Cemetery, Rusk County.  Visitation will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Tuesday July 7, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Tx.  Mr. McLeroy passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, and was born February 26, 1929.

Pending Funeral Notice: Marvin Mitchell

Marvin Mitchell, 74, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Center.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Pending Funeral Serive: P.A. Newton

P. A. Newton, 90, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015 in San Augustine.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Joaquin toddler dies from reportedly ingesting house-hold cleaner, sheriff indicates tragic accident

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident where a male toddler reportedly ingested a house-hold cleaner at a Joaquin residence and died as a result Friday evening.

 

Reports we have received say one-year old Grayson Bryce Floyd passed away at Center Emergency Department after being transported by his parents, Robert & Brandi Floyd from their home.

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell tells Center Broadcasting all indications point to the death as being a tragic accident.

 

Because of it being an ongoing investigation, Sheriff Blackwell did not disclose any other information.

 

Funeral service for one-year old Grayson Bryce Floyd is pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

UPDATED Funeral Notice: Leo Ronald McBride

 

Leo Ronald McBride, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at his residence.

 

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana with Bro. Dean Register officiating, assisted by Rev. Gloria Youngblood and Rev. Bob Rowland. Interment will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.  A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

 

Mr. McBride was born January 31, 1938 in Logansport, Louisiana to W.R. McBride and Doris Bell McBride. He was a charter member of the Lions Club in Logansport, Louisiana, a member of Kiwanis Club, the Town Council, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, McRamblers and First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana, where he served for twenty-five years as Sunday School Superintendent for twenty-five years.  Mc loved the outdoors.  He was passionate about his farm, known as 6-Mc Farm, where he raised chickens, cows and horses.  He had cats and dogs and was always ready for company to come “sit a spell” on his front porch with a cup of coffee.  He had a love for his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors in need.  Christmas and Easter family traditions were very important to him and the entire McBride family has kept those tradition alive for seventy-six years.

 

He is survived by

Wife of 59 years: Margaret McBride of Shelbyville, Texas

 

Daughters:

Lisa Deutsch of Logansport, Louisiana

Terri Hamon and husband, Johnny, of Logansport, Louisiana

Melanie Woods and husband, Mark, of Logansport, Louisiana

Ronda Guillotte and husband, Kenny, of Logansport, Louisiana

 

Grandchildren:

Monica Cason and husband, Rodger

Colby Deutsch and wife, Erin

Leah Neal and husband, Jonathan

Megan Hanks and husband, Brandon

Cortney Dowden and husband, Michael

Josh Deutsch and wife, Hallie

Paula Rabon and husband, Mat

Betsy Register and husband, Doug

Abbie Woods

Mallory Guillotte

Macy Guillotte

 

Great Grandchildren:

Oakley Deutsch

Kyle Deas

Brayden Tyler

Kaylea Neal

Landry Tyler

Ty Paul Neal

Drake Deutsch

Maddy Deutsch

Keaton Cason

Ace Deutsch

Gavin Deutsch

John Case Rabon

King Shepherd Jones

Preslea Rabon

Greyson Deutsch

Rowan Hanks

 

Twin Brother: Donald McBride and wife, Judy, of Burleson, Texas

 

Sister: Betsy Garrett and husband, John, of Bastrop, Louisiana

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: W.R. McBride and Doris Bell McBride

 

Pallbearers will be Colby Deutsch, Josh Deutsch, Trent McBride, Byron McBride, Greg Garrett and Cade McBride.  Honorary pallbearers will be Porter Dowling, Ken Hendrickson, Bobby McWilliams, Allen Riley, Bryant Kolb and Dwight Hill.

 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to HeartsWay Hospice of Carthage for their loving, tender care.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Logansport, Louisiana or to a charity of your choice.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

Pending Funeral Service: Grayson Bryce Floyd

Grayson Bryce Floyd, 1, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 in Center.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Among his survivors is his parents, Robert & Brandi Floyd of Joaquin.

UPDATED DEATH NOTICE: Mike Bockwich

Mike Bockwich, age 57, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, at home.

 

He was born February 26, 1958, and raised by his parents, Mike and Nancy Bockwich.

 

Mike worked as a feed truck driver for Tyson Foods, for over twenty years, and then went to nursing school. Mike worked as a licensed vocational nurse for East Texas Medical Center in Carthage for over 10 years, and touched many lives. 

 

He was always fascinated with computers, and held many certifications. He also loved  animals, and shared his fondness for dogs with his grandchildren.

 

Mike is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marion, his son Adam, and his daughter Lucy. He is also survived by his two grandsons and his seventeen year old chihuahua, Yogi.

 

There will be no services at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home. 

 

A memorial service will be performed at a later date.

 

Mike will be greatly missed.

 

The family thanks you for all the condolences they have received, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (ASPCA)

4TH OF JULY EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS


The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Frontier Days celebration today include a parade at 10 a.m. with prize money and trophies for best decorated bikes for kids, a car show with a $500 first prize, plus gun fight reenactment, a clown with magic shows. The laser light show returns and a FREE street dance tonight with Charlie Robison.

Tenaha's Independence Day celebration is tonight at Tiger Stadium. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 520, Tenaha Businessmen’s Club and several other businesses in and around Shelby County.  The program is presented free of charge. The gates will open at 7 p.m.  The Calvary Boys Trio will provide the entertainment at 8:00, followed by a large fireworks display at 9 p.m. The Tenaha Girls Basketball team will have the concession stand open selling chopped beef sandwiches, sausage and drinks.  Lawn chair space is available.

Huxley Bay Marina’s 2nd annual 4th of July Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., at the marina, located at the end of FM 2694 at Huxley. Attractions include a waterslide, volleyball, horseshoes, craft vendors, carnival style games, a dunking booth, live music from Steel Country and more. Bring the family and enjoy popping fireworks at dusk.

Other area 4th of July events & firework shows

The Rickey Warren Memorial Firefighter Fireworks Show will be held Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the riverfront in Logansport.

Freedom Fest will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Festival park near downtown Nacogdoches.

4th of July Extravaganza at Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin will be held starting at 3 p.m. Fireworks to start at 9:15 p.m.

Lake Murvaul Marina off FM 1970 is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July fireworks show. The event will feature music by Sudden Impact at 5 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to begin no earlier than 9 p.m.

The Woods Community in Panola County will have its fireworks show beginning around “dark-thirty”. Turn off Hwy. 59 onto Panola County Road 430 or 425.

In Jasper a celebration will be at the Gazebo at Sandy Creek Park in town. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Music from Al White & the Chaparral Band. Events start at 4 p.m.

There will be a fireworks display at Lake Forest Park in Henderson. Activities start at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9 p.m.

REVISE Center Crime Stoppers offering reward on information in burglary of local physician's office

The Center Police Department is investigating a burglary of Dr. Florencio Singsong’s office. The burglary took place between Friday June 26th and Monday June 29th. During the burglary a prescription pad along with other items were taken. If you have any information about this burglary, Please contact Detective David Haley at the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember, you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
 

 

Funeral Notice: Dorothy Mae Biggers Moore

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

 

Dorothy Mae Biggers Moore, age 67, of San Augustine, Texas.  Ms. Moore passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 in San Augustine, Texas. 

 

Funeral Service

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

1:00 p.m.

Reed Chapel Baptist Church

Rev. George Cartwright, Eulogist

Final Viewing Prior to Service from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Church

Interment Haley Bush Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas

 

 

Visitation

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m.

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Survivors

 

3 Daughters             Doranesia Shelvin and Husband, Rev. Donald R. Shelvin Sr. of Humble, Texas

                                    Chemetri Johnson of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Sharon Johnson of San Augustine, Texas

 

2 Sons                       Erick Johnson and wife, Billie Johnson of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Rev. Christopher Moore of Houston, Texas

 

1 Granddaughter     Tiffany Nelson of Kingwood, Texas

 

1 Grandson               Rev. Bradley Hale and wife, Caprice Hale of Nacogdoches, Texas

 

1 Sister                       Willie Faye Garrett of San Augustine, Texas

 

3 Brothers                  Alton Biggers of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Lon L. Biggers and wife, Mae Pearl Biggers of Missouri City, Texas

                                    Leroy Biggers and wife, Gwen Biggers of Tyler, Texas

 

A loving host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

4th of July holiday weekend weather

 - Isolated showers and thunderstorms increasing from the north later thisevening as a couple of Dry lines(upper air disturbances) move across Texas this weekend. Also, a Low  pressure system that has stalled across Central Oklahoma is expected to move Southward into our area sometime on Saturday and will increase our rain chances. Deep East TExas is in the ...............1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain accumulation.  OK, ARK, N. LA will not be so lucky as more rain and stronger storms will move through that region....some could turn severe.   

 

For us...seasonally hot  and dry … with temperatures mostly in the middle 90s…and heat indices near 100 degrees…as a strong upper level ridge (HIGH) builds into the area. Drink plenty of WATER, stay hydrated.   

Seems to be a little more wide spread to me, but then who am I to tell what the real weather is going to be.......

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

Center PD issues press release concerning credit/debit card hack at Center Sonic

The Center Police Department reports an investigation has been started concerning Sonic's credit card system possibly being hacked.

The Center PD received complaints for possible credit card abuse due to recent fraudulent credit/debit card charges. At this point it is advised to anyone who has unauthorized charges to contact their bank and dispute the charge(s). The bank will then report the charges to Sonic and should refund the money.

Sonic is the complainant right now because it was their system which was hacked.

The investigation is being handled by Center PD Detective David Haley.

Center Sonic reportedly has had customer credit card information stolen

Center Broadcasting has received several phone calls and Facebook messages Thursday concerning a possible credit card security breech at the Sonic Drive-In in Center that occurred Wednesday.

After speaking with store general manager Mark Lewis he confirmed there had been a situation where personal card information was compromised, but said it was not a theft that took place at the local level, rather at another destination where credit cards are processed for the store.

He advised they were working in cooperation with Center Police to track down the origin, and said that was all the information he could offer at this time.

One of the offline messages we received said they had three separate cards that had credit card information taken and used at the Center Sonic.

Arrests clears burglary case in DeSoto Parish

DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of two individuals
and the closing of a burglary case. 

 

On June 29, 2015, at about 11:45 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 5700 block of Highway 513 in Pelican, LA.

 

Deputies arrived and found a rent home in the process of being remodeled which had been entered by 2 males on June 27, 2015 and copper pipe, electrical wire and a water heater were taken.

 

The owner also reported physical damage to the inside of the home. Investigators were assigned the case and were able to locate possible suspects. 

 

These subjects were identified as De Andranez Booker (B/M - DOB: 07/02/1996) of Mansfield, LA, Jaylin Keshun Holloway (B/M - DOB: 09/23/1995) of Mansfield, LA, and Kadijah D. Spriggins (B/F - DOB: 10/05/1993) of Mansfield, LA. 

 

Ms. Spriggins was found to be Mr. Booker's girlfriend. Mr. Booker and Mr. Holloway admitted during an interview to entering the home and stealing the water heater.

 

While they were inside of the home, Ms. Spriggins stated she was asleep in the vehicle waiting on them to return. Mr. Booker and Mr. Holloway were arrested and charged with LA R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary.  Ms. Spriggins was issued a summons for LA R.S. 14:63 Criminal Trespassing and released pending court.

 

DeAndranez Booker                    Jaylin Holloway                        

 

Kadijah D. Spriggins

Ag News: Growing Okra

Still looking for that summer-grown vegetable that can tolerate our heat and humidity as well as be tasty?  Take another look at okra.

 

Okra is a Southern staple in the home garden and at the dinner table and can be grown throughout our area. It is considered a warm season vegetable and is a member of the Mallow family, which includes plants such as cotton and hibiscus. This vegetable is both easy and fun to grow and can be used in many different culinary dishes and for dried flower arrangements.

 

Okra prefers well-drained, sandy soils that are high in organic matter, but it can be grown in a wide variety of soils. Okra can tolerate a pH range from 5.8 to 6.8. Okra does best when planted in a full sun area. Align the rows in an east/west direction to capture maximum sunlight. Only plant when soils have warmed up to at least 65 degrees F at a 4-inch depth.  At this time of the year, we have certainly reached optimum growing conditions.

 

Okra can be established by sowing seeds directly into the garden. To enhance germination, soak okra seeds in water for several hours or overnight before sowing. Space rows 3-feet apart; sow seeds 1-inch deep and 4- to 6-inches apart within the row. When seedlings are several inches tall, thin the row so the remaining plants are spaced 1.5- to 2-feet apart.

 

Without a soil test, a general fertilizer recommendation is to apply 2 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet and make two side-dressings of 3 ounces of 10-10-10 per 100 feet of row, beginning when plants are 6- to 8-inches tall and again two to three weeks later. Additional side-dressing may be needed if heavy rains occur. Do not over-use nitrogen, since it can cause excessive vegetative growth with poor yield.

 

Okra will do fairly well under dry conditions.  However, if you water the plants every 7 to 10 days, the yield will be higher.  Sandy soils will need water more often than clay soils. 

Okra plants will produce large flowers about 2 months after planting.  The okra pods will be ready to pick 3 to 4 days later.

 

From seed to harvest is about 60 to 70 days, when pods are 2- to 3-inches long. At this stage the pods are still tender. Larger okra pods will become too tough and fibrous. Round-podded okra varieties remain tender at larger pod sizes and are good to use for slicing and freezing.

 

Okra grows very fast; therefore, it must be harvested every few days. Do not allow pods to mature on the plant because this will slow production and cause tough, fibrous pods.

The optimum conditions for storing okra are a moist environment and temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees F. Okra can be stored in the refrigerator for about five days.

 

Some varieties to consider are Burgundy, Cajun Delight, Clemson Spineless, Annie Oakley, Emerald, Green Best, Lee, Louisiana Green, and, an heirloom variety, Stewart’s Zeebest.

Okra seed is easily saved for next season by leaving some of the last pods on the plant until they get very large.  Remove them and allow them to dry.  The seeds will shell easily from the pods. 

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu. 

 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

Ag News: Backyard Peaches

At one time, peaches were the leading fruit crop grown in Texas. I don’t know if they still are.  Years ago, experts estimated there were 1 million trees planted statewide, with just less than half of them found in home landscapes across the state. 

 

Peaches will take some care.  There’s pruning; weed, insect, and disease control; fruit thinning; as well as water and fertilization. 

 

Yet you only have to plant one, unlike many other fruits, because they are self-pollinating.  And a lone tree is less likely to have problems with pests than an entire orchard.

 

In our area, the most limiting factor in peach production is late spring frost, and gardeners should plan on losing an occasional crop even in the best of locations.

 

Peaches are very susceptible to waterlogged soils. Excellent internal soil drainage is essential to long-term tree productivity and survival. The roots cannot grow without air in the soil profile.

 

This factor alone has resulted in more than a few calls to our office this year regarding dead peach trees. 

 

Internal drainage is the key.  We often look at the slope of the land and think of how well water can run off the top. That’s “surface” drainage.

 

“Internal” drainage is the ability for water to percolate thru the soil profile once it gets waterlogged.

 

The ideal is a sandy-loam topsoil that is at least 18 to 24 inches deep and is underlain with a well-drained red clay subsoil. Subsoils that are blue, gray, mottled, or dull colored because it usually drains poorly.

 

The trees will perform better and live longer if you plant them on terraces for maximum soil drainage. While this practice is essential on shallow, poorly drained soils, the use of terraces improves tree performance even on the best of soils. If you can, construct the terrace, or bed, to make the top 12 to 18 inches higher than the surrounding soil.

 

The ideal soil pH for peach production is between 6 and 7. If the pH is below 6.0, you may need to apply lime before establishing the trees.

 

If you are thinking of planting a peach or other fruit trees, do not replant at the site of an old tree for at least 3 years after it has been cleared. Peach trees perform best on sites where no stone fruits or forests have grown for several years. Also do not plant a site that was recently cleared of standing timber—especially post oaks— because the risk is higher for diseases such as oak root rot.

 

Varieties recommended for a given location typically have chilling requirements within 100 hours of the average accumulation for that site. Chilling hours is a horticulture term for the number of hours with a temperature below 45 degrees.

 

In Shelby County we have an average of 600 chilling hours, so you will want to select a variety that does well in the 450 to 750 chilling hour range. There are several varieties to consider.  Be sure to determine if you want a free stone variety or one where the flesh clings to the seed.  There are many varieties that are classified as “semi-cling”.   I could try and list them all here, but I would run out of space and I with new varieties coming on the market, one would invariably be left off.

 

You have plenty of time to study and prepare your future peach tree site as December thru February is the ideal time to plant them. 

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu. 

 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

What-a-Melon Festival News: Largest melon deadline is Friday, sponsorships still available

Last day for largest watermelon entries is Friday, July 3rd! Forms can be picked up at Brookshire Brothers or Boles Feed Company. All completed forms will need to be returned by the deadline date. Entry forms can be  faxed to (936) 591-8884. Entry forms can also be hand delivered to Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center.
 
Watermelons MUST be grown in SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS, and be attached to the vine when judges assign numbers. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make sure that the entry form is received by the July 3, 2015 deadline. An official with the festival will contact the contestant on the entry form to set up a time to mark and record your entry in the contest.
 
What-A-Melon Festival Sponsorships are still available! If you would like to have your name on the sponsorship banner under the Big Tent, the deadline is Friday, July 3rd. The What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by the Center Rotary Club and helps fund the clubs donation budget for the year. Rotary donates to Shelby County CASA, Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, Center Youth Sports, Seniors Who Make a Difference, Project Graduation, Center ISD Backpack program, Shelby County Outreach Ministries Ensure program, Shelby County Cookers, Scouts, etc.
 
To become a sponsor, call Misty Wilburn at 936-598-5651 or email Misty at mwilburn@portacool.com.

 

East Texas Disciples chapter of Christian Motorcyclists Association to meet July 7

The East Texas Disciples chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association will have their regular monthly meeting on the 1st Tuesday at T&R Steaks & More.  The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  CMA is a Christian ministry focused primarily but not exclusively toward motorcyclists.  You are welcome to visit our meetings to learn more about CMA.  We hope to see you at our meeting. 
--
Paul Ragan, President
East Texas Disciples #1127
Christian Motorcyclists Association
"Riding for the Son - Its all about Jesus

Tenaha City Council to have called meeting Tuesday, July 7 (agenda)

CITY OF TENAHA CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA – July 7, 2015

 

 

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 

The City Council of Tenaha will meet in a called session on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.

 

Order of Business:

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Prayer
  4. Welcome Guests
  5. Public Comments
  6. Open Sealed Bids Submitted for Standpipe Water Main Improvements – Hayes Engineering, Inc. - ACTION
  7. Council Comments
  8. Adjourn

 

 

Sheryl R. Clark

City Secretary

City of Tenaha

2015 What-A-Melon Festival Schedule

2015 What-A-Melon Festival

Sponsored by Center Rotary Club

 

Thursday, July 9th

5:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Official Watermelon Cutting)

Rides Open and Vendors Open

10pm - Festival Closes

 

Friday, July 10th

3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open

5:30pm - Local Entertainment

5:30pm - Sign up for Pet Show (No farm animals, pets only)

6:00pm - WAM Pet Show

10pm - Festival Closes

 

Saturday, July 11th

7:00am - WAM Fun Run

7:30am - WAM 5K Run/Walk benefiting Shelby Co. Outreach Ministries

3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open

4-5 pm - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest

5:00pm - WAM Largest Watermelon Weigh-in

6:00pm - WAM Pageant

10:30pm - Festival Shuts Down

 

Arm bands will be available for each night of the festival for the rides and are $20.00. Armbands can be purchased Thursday & Friday from 5:30 till 10:00 and Saturday 5:30till 10:30. Admission buttons are good for entry to the festival or all three days.  Adult buttons are $4 each. Children five and under get in free.

Sunny & warm, high near 93

Today: Mostly sunny, high near 93. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 92. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Independence Day: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 91. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Monday: Partly sunny, high near 94.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.

Timpson Frontier Days events get started this evening

The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Frontier Days celebration kicks-off with the Sonny Tippett Memorial Gospel Singing at 7 p.m. tonight at First Baptist Church.

 

Among the performers are the Calvary Boys, Heritage Crossing and Broken Vessel. Tickets for the gospel signing are on sale at Timpson Public Library, King’s Nursery in Tenaha or from Marilyn Corder, pre-sale is $8 or $10 at the door.

 

Frontier Days will have carnival rides, midway, arts & crafts and food booths, all three days. The carnival also gets started tonight. Carnival armbands are on sale at Timpson Public Library from 9 to 5, thru Friday. Cost is $15 per ticket, pre-sale and $18 at the carnival. Armband all-u-can ride is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Tickets are good for one day only, either tonight, Friday or Saturday.

 

By the way, Texas Country Music Superstar Charlie Robison will play the street dance Saturday night and it's FREE!

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 07/01/15--07/02/15

Arrest Report

07/01/15—07/02/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Tykeya King, 21, Nacogdoches, Theft

 

Desmond Polley, 19, Center, Theft

 

Joshua Bearden, 25, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated-2nd

 

Luis Alberto Morales, 44, Center, Driving While Intoxicated-3rd or More

 

Carolyn Richardson, 30, Shelbyville, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Lashundra Ikner, 29, Center, Criminal Mischief

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

Center ISD Board of Trustees move forward with HVAC purchase for Malone Street campus improvements

The Center ISD Board of Trustees agreed to move forward with the purchase of air conditioning and heating units for the intermediate and middle school gymnasiums as part of the Malone Street campus improvements.

 

Before shipping, the costs will be in the neighborhood of $43,000.

 

At last night’s meeting, Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry said the purchase will come through the Buyboard to save money and time. He said the cost is substantially lower due to needing only three units rather than four originally—two for the middle school and one for the intermediate school, and going through the purchasing cooperative.

 

Hockenberry said the renovation projects are now out for proposal through the architect. In addition, the blueprints and project manuals are in hand for the middle and intermediate schools, and stadium field house. He said all proposals should be in by the July 16 meeting for consideration and possible approval by the board.

 

Center ISD Trustees also approved the lone bid for transportation fuel for the 2015-16 school year with R&D Distributing and among the new employees is Mike Miller, Center High School assistant principal.

 

Miller comes to Center from the Rusk ISD where he served as band director for 16 years.

 

His wife was also hired as a writing teacher at the middle school, plus they will have three children in the Center ISD.

Randy Whiteman chosen as San Augustine's new city manager

The search for a new city manager in San Augustine came to an end Monday night when the council voted to hire Randy Whiteman to that position.

 

Whiteman will start his new job July 20.

 

San Augustine Mayor Leroy Hughes says the council was looking for a candidate with experience and they found that with Whiteman.

 

He comes to San Augustine from the North Texas area and has an 18-year background in city administration, including Springtown, Lakeside, Ovilla, and Coleman.

 

Mayor Hughes said he believes Whiteman will be a good fit for San Augustine. He has a BBA in Finance and Master of City Administration, both from UT-Arlington. Whiteman has two grown sons, and his wife is a teacher.

 

Mayor Hughes was appointed by the city council to be interim city manager since the sudden death of Bruce Milstead in January.

Randy Whiteman will assume the city manager's position in San Augustine July 20.

DETCOG says funds available for small business start-up

At the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Board meeting in Nacogdoches last week, Executive Director Walter Diggles reported on the progress of the Hurricane Ike Housing Recovery program. He said it’s on schedule to complete over 100 reconstruction and rehabilitations by the end of 2015.

 

Diggles also noted that two job-creating Hurricane Ike Forgivable Loan projects have been de-obligated and now the funds will be utilized for other projects within the region. That will make nearly $1-million soon available for “shovel-ready” business start-ups or expansions that create jobs.

 

Also at the meeting, Jasper County Judge Mark Allen, who chairs DETCOG’s Economic Development Committee, reported his group’s recommendation on the division of over $500,000 in unused Hurricane Ike Recovery de-obligated infrastructure funds.

 

Those funds were re-allocated to other qualified cities and counties for infrastructure repairs and improvements within the DETCOG Region.

 

The next DETCOG Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Hemphill.

Fireworks safety encouraged during 4th of July celebrations

It's that time of year when fireworks stands open and big plans are made for the July 4th holiday. If fireworks, grilling or hanging out by a campfire are part of your celebration this year, Texas A&M Forest Service urges caution.

 

Bruce Woods, TFS Wildland Urban Interface Department Head, says, “According to the National Fire Protection Association, July 4th has the most fires reported than on any other day and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fire."

 

Due to the recent rains in May and June the potential for wildfire has decreased across much of the state. However, TFS encourages everyone to use caution and stay safe this Independence Day.

 

Fireworks safety tips:

 

Before you celebrate, always check with local government officials to ensure fireworks and outdoor burning are allowed in your county. Be sure to comply with all restrictions.

 

Read and follow all warnings and instruction labels on fireworks.

 

Use fireworks only under close adult supervision and in safe areas away from structures, dry grass and brush.

 

Keep a hose, bucket of water and wet towels nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

 

Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.

 

Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.

 

 

FM 947 closed to thru traffic in Tenaha for RR crossing repairs today

The Texas Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company are scheduled to close FM 947, north of Tenaha today for maintenance on the railroad crossing.

 

The scheduled one-day of work will consist of replacing existing sub-base, track adjustments and concrete pads that will provide a smoother crossing for motorists traveling FM 947, the Tennessee Road.

 

The project will require that FM 947 be closed to traffic today from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Funeral Notices: 07/02/15

Mangum Funeral Home announces the death of 83-year old Margaret Dehart. She passed away Tuesday in Ashdown, Arkansas. No service is planned at this time. She chose cremation. Among Margaret Dehart’s survivors is a daughter, Cynthia Robison of Rocksprings; and sons, Victor Robinson of Conroe and David Robison.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces a graveside service for 88-year old Mr. Milton Emit Sutton. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. this morning in the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be prior to service.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 78-year old Willie Earl (Honkie) Moore of the East Liberty Community. Service will be held at 12 noon today at East Liberty Baptist Church, with interment at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. 

Tenaha Tiger Daily 07/01/15


Summer has arrived.

Tenaha ISD will operate on a summer schedule;

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.


Hall of Honor Info:

The 11th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18,
2015 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the
community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha
Tigers and the White Oak Roughnecks at a time yet to be determined.
    

Timeline:

June 18, 2015                Nomination forms available

August 3, 2015              Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha
ISD

August 17, 2015            Selections announced

September 18, 2015       Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony

                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. White Oak Roughnecks


Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School
Alumni.

Community

Tenaha will have an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4th at Tenaha's Tiger Stadium. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 520, Tenaha Businessmen's Club and several other businesses in and out of Shelby County. The program is presented free of charge. The gates will open at 7:00 p.m. The Calvary Boys Trio will provide the entertainment at 8:00 p.m. followed by a large fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

The Tenaha Girls Basketball team will have the concession stand open selling chopped beef sandwiches, sausage and drinks. Lawn chair space is available.

For more information, please contact Linda Perry, Secretary of the Businessmen's Club at 936-248-2681.

Tenaha Youth Center

Open Saturday's 5-9 pm for Grades 7-12

Open Tuesday's 5-5:30 for grades K-3 Summer Reading Program.

Center PD/Center Crime Stoppers seeks info on burglary of local physician's office

The Center Police Department is investigating a burglary of Dr. Florencio Singsong's office on Hurst Street.

 

The burglary took place between Friday June 26th and Monday June 29th.

 

During the burglary a prescription pad along with other items were taken.

 

If you have any information about this burglary, Please contact Detective David Haley at the Center Police Department or the Center Crime Stoppers at 598-SAFE.

Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library to present special programs Thursday

The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library in Center's Lion’s Club summer reading program will present Dru Woods, master storyteller and puppeteer, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

 

Librarian Joan Huff says this is a great show for the little ones. The library opens at 10:00 a.m.

 

Then at 2 p.m. Thursday, the local chapter of the Daughters of the Texas Republic, will entertain, amuse, and educate the older children with costumes, artifacts and tales of the history of the great state of Texas.

 

The library is having a special Magic Show on Tuesday, July 7th for all ages.

Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center conducting backpack drive

The school year is just around the corner and the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center wants you to help child abuse victims in need by providing them with a backpack.

 

There are two ways to donate: buy a backpack yourself and fill it with basic school supplies OR a $25 donation will sufficiently provide one child with a pack and supplies.

 

Take backpacks to the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, 220 Field St. Center, Texas from 9-3 Monday thru Thursday and 9-12 on Friday. Call us at 590-9864.


PLEASE GIVE BY AUGUST 3RD!! The children receiving these backpacks all benefit from life-changing programs made available by the SCCAC.

Shelby County 4-H Shooters take part in Walker County Whizbang

The 1st annual Walker County Whiz-bang was held in Madisonville at the Madisonville County 4h range.  This shoot is a two day shoot with juniors and intermediates shooting on Saturday, June 27th and seniors shooting on Sunday.   Shelby County 4h shooters had four kids participating; Seth Shamblin, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway and Konner Windham.

Junior Division: Seth Shamblin 2nd  skeet, 3rd whiz-bang

Intermediates:   Lance Holloway 2nd  trap, 6th skeet

                            Logan Holloway 2nd trap, 4th whiz-bang

Senior I Ladies: Konner Windham 2nd skeet, 2nd whiz-bang

 

We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County. 

Panola College Foundation receives $12,000 to increase Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship

On Wednesday, July 01, Mr. Harley Wilson, Nat Lankford, and Charlotte Woods presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $12,000 to increase the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established three years ago by his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola College’s petroleum technology program.Scholarship funds are raised through the annual Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held on Toledo Bend.

(L to R) Nat Lankford and Harley Wilson presented the check for the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation.

 

 

Death Notice: Margaret Dehart

Margaret Dehart, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Ashdown, Arkansas

 

No services is planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

 

She was born Feb. 22, 1932 in Louisiana to Alton and Ida Bruce.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Alton and Ida Brucke, Husband, Gerald Ray Dehart, daughter, Donna Robison Patski and sister-in-law, Jean Minor

 

She is survived by:

Daughter: Cynthia Robison of Rocksprings

 

Sons: Victor Robison of Conroe & David Robison

 

5 grandchildren

5 great-grandchildren

 

Service are directed by Mangum Funeral Home, Center

www.mangumfuneralhome.com

June weather stats: First half of the year ends with almost 50 inches of rain in Center

June was definitely a wet month and Center’s official weather observer Jim Forbes says he recorded 8.84 inches of rain, which is over 3.50 inches above the monthly average.

 

Year-to-date in Center, Forbes says 49.76 inches of rain has fallen the first half of the year, a plus of a little under 22 inches. He says the average for the first-six months of the year is just less than 28 inches.

 

As for temperatures, the high for June was 95 degrees on June 9, while the low was 60 degrees on June 1.

Slight chance of showers, thunderstorms, sunny & 92

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 93. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 73. 
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 92. 
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Independence Day: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament registration deadline is today, July 1

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. 

 

The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place.

 

Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1.

 

There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament.

 

For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page.

 

Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by today, Wednesday, July 1.

Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/30/15--07/01/15

Arrest Report

06/30/15—07/01/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Joey Zorn, 40, Center, Aggravated Assault-Family Violence with a Deadly Weapon & Wilson County Warrant-Bond Forfeiture, Original Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

San Augustine County:

 

Delfina Morales, 41, Lufkin, Criminal Trespass

 

Philip Joseph Loret, 66, Broaddus, Warrant-U.S. Coast Guard

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Center Firemen respond to structure fire off Hwy. 96 South Tuesday

Center Firemen responded to a structure fire at Lynn Locke’s residence at 198 PR 705 off Hwy. 96 South at 3:12 p.m. Tuesday.

 

A guest house that’s located next to the main home was reported to have smoke coming from it when firemen arrived.

 

The blaze reportedly originated in the bathroom area and burned through to the roof of the structure.

 

Firemen were able to contain the fire to that area with minimal smoke, fire and water damage.

 

The origin of the fire remains under investigation.

 

Firemen were clear of the scene by 5:30 p.m.

 

Dixie League tournaments to bring upwards of 3,000 to Center this weekend

Center’s population is going to grow some 50 percent by week’s end as Center Youth Baseball Association will be hosting some 10 Dixie League Regional Tournaments beginning Saturday and going through the next couple of weekends.

 

Association President Jason Mitchell tells us this is the seventh year Center has hosted the league tournaments and this will be the largest contingent of players, coaches and fans ever.

 

Mitchell says 55 teams from Palestine to Conroe will converge on the area this weekend, which means around 3,000 extra folks, including players, coaches and parents. He said so many, even with the number of motels in Center, there's not enough. Participants are also staying in Carthage and Nacogdoches.

 

Center City Manager Chad Nehring says over the last several years, the city has seen a significant impact on the hotel occupancy and business traffic. He noted the bed-tax generated from these events is why the city has reinvested in the recruiting effort year-after-year.

 

Nehring commended Mitchell and Center Youth Baseball for the "great job" they've done in developing the tournaments for local businesses to see the influx of tourist dollars.

 

"This is relationship is a tremendous win-win, as it not only boosts the local economy, but also helps the league increase funding to further improve their organization and facilities."

 

Nehring said the City of Center has attempted to continue working with other groups using this as the model to expand these opportunities.

 

Mitchell says the first-round of tournament action will involve kids ranging from 6 to 14 year olds. Beginning July 11, play will include 9 and 12-year olds with a lot less participants and followers.

 

One group of Shelby County young men, along with coaches and parents are in Destin, Florida today through Saturday for the 8U Global World Series. The WildWings took the state championship in a 16-team bracket near Dallas, and have a 34-4 season record. The WildWings are among 12 teams taking part in the World Series.

Center ISD Board of Trustees to meet this afternoon

The Center ISD Board of Trustees will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. this afternoon.

 

Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be the intermediate and middle school gymnasium HVACs and consider awarding transportation fuel proposals for the 2015-16 school year.

 

Trustees will also go into closed session to discuss employment of personnel. If any action is to be taken it would be do in open session.

 

Fuel price drop helping to increase holiday travel

Retail gasoline prices across Texas have declined for a second straight week as drivers prepare for the July Fourth holiday weekend.

 

AAA Texas reported Tuesday that prices at the pump across Texas slipped 3 cents to settle at $2.57 per gallon.

 

Nationwide gasoline prices are down 2 cents this week to reach an average $2.77 per gallon.

 

AAA analysts say drivers are poised to pay the lowest prices at the pump over the July Fourth holiday weekend in at least five years.

 

Association officials predict 3.1 million Texans will hit the road today through Sunday, with most traveling by automobile.

 

Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors welcoming new members, relocation with ribbon cuttings today & July 10

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting at Center Floral with new owner, Elizabeth Pinkston, at 10 a.m. this morning, Wednesday. Center Floral is located at 333 Tenaha Street in Center. The public is invited to attend.

 

Also, The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a relocation ribbon cutting for 4C Electrical Services and owner Scooter Clark on Friday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m. 4C Electrical Services is located at 1595 Southview Circle in Center.