News Headlines Archives for 2015-08

Christmas Pageant Information

The 20th Annual Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Pageant will be held December 5 at the Center Middle School Auditorium in Center, Texas.
There is age groups for boys 0-5 and girls 0-19. This is a natural beauty pageant and only one outfit is required. This is the perfect first beauty pageant and no talent is required.  Children will wear their favorite holiday or Christmas wear. All children will receive crowns, custom Bailey's Pageant tote bags and candy bags. For more information call Tonya at 936-590-0120 or Shelia at 332-9610 or email  You can also pick up forms at M&M Insurance on Hurst St across from Walmart in Center or check Facebook - Baileys Pageants.

Arrest Report 8/28-8/30

Arrest Report 8/28-8/30


Cordez Deleon Cartwright- 25- Shelbyville- DWLI W/ Prior Conviction, Failure to appear OC: No DL


Lataurus Jackson- 35- San Augustine- DWI


Ashley Holloway- 27- Center- Failure to Identify


Ezequian Jimenez- 37- Center- Violation of Probation OC: Assault Family Violence, FTA OC: Not

enough life Jackets, Panola county warrants- DWLI and Expired Registration


San Augustine

Tommy Lacy- Agg Assault with Deadly Weapon


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Nacogdoches Crash on Friday

On 8/28/15 at approximately 6:56 PM, Nacogdoches and Lufkin DPS Troopers responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on US 59 North, just south of the City Of Nacogdoches near Old Lufkin Road in Nacogdoches County. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that the northbound traffic on US 59 was moving slowly while the scene of a previous crash was being cleared when a northbound 2012 Chevrolet Traverse approached the slow moving traffic and struck the towed unit of a 2005 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer from behind. The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Michael Zambo (27), from Lufkin, TX. Laura Saldans (23), also of Lufkin was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kerry Williamson. Michael Zambo and three other passengers, identified as Blaze Zambo (1 year old), Lira Richard (6) and Aubree Salda (6) were transported to Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches where Blaze Zambo was pronounced deceased. The driver of the truck tractor was identified as Rafael Polendo Hernandez (54),from Covina California. Hernandez was not reported as being injured during the crash. The crash remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time

Joaquin City Council Meetings Canceled

 The August 31, 2015  special session meeting and  budget workshop have been canceled for the City of Joaquin. We apologize for any  inconvenience.
Amanda Willey

City Secretary Joaquin, Texas

Crime Stoppers

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that unknown suspect(s) entered into a vehicle belonging to Mr. Terry Bailey at his residence. Suspect(s) stole several Apple iPhones and money.
Mr. Terry Bailey has offered a $10,000 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of suspect(s) involved in this theft.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at (936) 572-1468.
DJ Dickerson, Sergeant Investigator
Criminal Investigation Division
Shelby County Sheriff's Department

Obituary Jerrel Goings, 74, of Shelbyville


PO BOX 232/1554 SH 7 EAST


PHONE: 936-598-4331        FAX: 936-591-9944


NEWS RELEASE: August 29, 2015



Jerrel Goings, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches. 


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. B.J. Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.


Mr. Goings was born October 23, 1940, in Shelbyville, to Ennis Goings and Mozell Windham Goings.  He was a member of New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.


He is survived by

Wife: Judy Marie Cassell Goings of Shelbyville


Daughter: Ginger Nell White of Kentucky



Miranda Gerardo

Jack Edward Tyre Jr.

Tamara Diane Boyer

C.J. Goings

Justin Miles Hughes

Derek Monroe Hughes


Great Grandchildren:

Makayla Tyre

Ty Ross

Ruth Gerardo

Jaydon Tyre

Jarred Tyre

Jordan Anderson

Raylee Boyer

Kendall Boyer

Jaxson Goings

Cooper Goings

Summer Hughes

Shelby Hughes

Stormy Hughes

Jeanne Hughes

Madison Hughes

Flint Hughes


Sister: Debbie Runnels



W.J. Goings

Leon Goings

Special Nephew: Austin Underbrink


Preceded in death by

Daughter: Penny Hughes

Son: Flint Goings

Parents: Ennis Goings and Mozell Windham Goings

Sisters: Sis Mattox, Billie Goings

Brother: Clovis Goings


Pallbearers will be Jack Tyre Jr., Derek Hughes, Justin Hughes, C.J. Goings, Austin Underbrink and Daniel Gerardo.


Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

NWS briefing 8-27

Nothing we did not already know other than Tropical Storm Erica that has formed out in the Atlantic over the Caribbean Islands will likely turn North like all the previous storms. Erica will begin to show some rain and wind impacts to Florida by late Sunday or Monday morning and generally is expected to follow the Eastern Coast line.


Here at home a High pressure system is sitting to our West and will give us nothing but sun and drying conditions.  Especially with the winds.  No rain is anticipated before Wednesday of next week when a LOW backs into our area again.  Nothing severe. Just isolated showers like last week. Temps will remain in the low 90's during the day and drop into very nice 60's during the evening hours.


Still expecting el Nino to reform and begin to kick up a fuss during our late fall and early winter season. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

Arrest Report 8/27/15

Arrest Report 8/27/15   

Iva Lynn Mikesh- 49- Center-  Injury To Child

Kathryn Shofner- 37- Center-  Bench Warrant- Dwi

Arturo Sanchez Leon- 48- Center- Fictitious/Altered ID

Logan Driver- 27- Shelbyville-  Aggrivated Assault with deadly weapon


No arrest in SA County

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

Huey Dan Wagstaff Sr. Obituary

Huey Dan Wagstaff Sr., 74, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele and Bro. James Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release - Juvenile Molestation Case

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of a suspect
involved in the molestation of multiple juveniles.  Detectives received a
complaint from a juvenile victim who stated that a male subject, identified
as Ronald Wayne Yates (W/M - DOB: 06/28/1960) of Stonewall, LA, had been
touching the juvenile inappropriately.  Upon interviewing Mr. Yates, he
confessed to the inappropriate behavior and admitted to touching another
juvenile victim.  Mr. Yates was arrested on two (2) counts of LA R.S.
14:81.2 Molestation of a Juvenile.  The investigation into the second victim
is still being investigated and additional charges are expected.

Timpson Bear Update

TES Meet the Teacher – Dr. Seuss decorated halls and classrooms along with Timpson Elementary School teachers and staff greeted students and parents during the annual TES Meet the Teacher night.  Principal Bubba Carrington said a large number of excited students and parents attended the event to meet teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.  The staff greatly appreciated all those who attended and invite everyone back on Thursday September 17 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for an ice cream social and to pick up the first six weeks progress report.

JV Football – Tonight THS JV Football vs. All Saints Episcopal - @ Home – 6:00 p.m.

THS Volleyball - The Timpson High School Lady Bears volleyball game scheduled Tuesday Sept. 1 will be played in Center at 5:00 in the afternoon in Center. Please come out and support the Lady Bears!

State Accountability Rating – Timpson High School met state accountability standards on all four required areas including student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness.  In addition to meeting the state standards, THS received four distinction designations for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies and Postsecondary Readiness.   In the state system safeguards Timpson High School met 8 out of 9 equaling to 89% in performance rates, met 5 out of 5 equaling to 100% in participation rates, and 1 out of 1 for 100% in graduation rates.  THS Principal Ronald Lindgren credits these outstanding results to the dedication and hard work of his staff and students who strive to achieve the campus motto,” Where we Inspire, Engage and Achieve.”

TES Stadium Rules -  See the attached TES stadium rules.

PEP RALLY - Tomorrow afternoon in the high school at 2:50 p.m.


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is now
offering Texas Hunter Education.  The class is scheduled for Saturday
September 12, 2015. Class time begins at 9:00 a.m.  There are two options
to complete the class; Option 1 includes completion of the FREE online
course plus 4 hour field completion class including live fire with shotguns
at clays.  This class will be 9:00 am- 1:00pm and the cost is $25.00.
Option 2 includes no on-line work but includes a mandatory 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
expanded hunting skills and rifle sighting expert instruction.  The cost
for this option is $49.00.  Preregistration is required. For more
information and to register, contact the Continuing Education office at
903-693-2067, email:

Arrest Report 8/26/15

Arrest Report 8-26-15

Michael Skinner- 60- Shelbyville-  Cruelty to non-livestock animal


Robert Miller- 25- Center- Burglary of habitation




Derek James Burns- 17- San Augustine- No DL, Possession of Drug Para., failure to maintain financial responsibility. 

McClelland Water Supply Boil Water Notice Cancelled

The boil water notice has been cancelled for customers of the McClelland Water Supply who were without water on August 19, 2015.  It is no longer necessary to boil your water for consumption or use in cooking.
Thank you,Renita Hudman

8-25 view of 10 day weather

The next 10 days are forecast to be Sunny with mostly milder temps with highs in the low 90's and lows in the mid to upper 60's.  Yesterday the high was 81....81 degrees in August...did not hit that until the sun peaked out mid afternoon.  Last night was a chilly 64 degrees.  Here in San Augustine we did pick up 1.21 inches of much needed rain.  About the same in the Southern part of SA County.  A little less in our Northern region of the County.  Just north of Center picked up 3+ inches from a line of rain totals over 2.5+ inches from Marshall to Center.  We still have 5+ inches to go to get us out of the Drought conditions.  AND...NO...the burn ban will NOT be lifted until we get more rain!  The rain we did get will dry quickly with the Sun and windy conditions returning. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will host an Open House concerning the US 59/State Loop 224 South Interchange (Future I-69) project from 4-7 p.m. September 3, 2015 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center.

The US 59/State Loop 224 South Interchange project is dedicated to improving safety and mobility from south of Spradley Street on US 59 to the intersection of SH 7 West and State Loop 224.  The intersection project was developed to be constructed in two phases.  Phase I, currently under construction, was awarded to Webber Construction for $14 million and is scheduled for completion in 2017.  Phase I includes raised medians, a widened roadway, sidewalks, and reconfiguration of the US 59/State Loop 224 South intersection.
Phase II involves the construction of new US 59 main lanes, overpasses at Spradley Street and Business 59 and frontage roads on State Loop 224.  Although no construction funding has been identified for Phase II, TxDOT proposes to use the $6 million that was allocated for I-69 project development in Nacogdoches County to begin purchasing right of way.

With support from local officials and the public, TxDOT is revising project plans to bring the roadway up to Interstate standards. TxDOT officials will be on hand to display updated layouts, answer questions and hear public comments in a come-and-go style format.

The public may also provide comments at<> and enter 'US 59/SL 224' in the search option. To see a complete list of projects, visit
For answers to questions about the project, contact Jennifer Adams, I-69 Project Manager, at<> or (936) 633-4469. For more information about the Open House or for special assistance, contact<> or (936) 633-4395.

Texas Workforce Commission and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to Host Public Meeting in Tyler

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) will hold a public meeting to gather input from the community as  the agencies prepare a combined state plan for core workforce programs governed  by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 27 at the R. B. Hubbard Center  located at 304 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler. The meeting will also provide the public an opportunity to make recommendations  related to the transfer of some DARS programs to TWC effective Sept. 1, 2016. Those programs include: Vocational Rehabilitation, Business Enterprises of Texas and Independent Living for Older Individuals Who are Blind. The Tyler event is the fifth of seven public meetings being held across the state. For information on all public meeting dates and locations, visit the TWC Joint Stakeholder Meetings Webpage


The public is invited to provide input on WIOA state plan and DARS program transition.  Speakers will include TWC Chairman, Andres Alcantar, TWC Commissioner Representing Labor, Ronny Congleton and DARS Commissioner, Veronda L. Durden. The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit

Tenaha and Joaquin Set to Open up 2015 Campaign

The Tenaha Tigers and first year Head coach Craig Horn are set to open up
the 2015 football season at home against Shelby County Rival Joaquin.  

The season opener will be this Friday night in Tiger Stadium at 7:30 PM.
Both schools have agreed to play the JV game and scrimmage with the JH teams
in Joaquin on Thursday, September 10 at a time to be determined.  

Fillies Take on Top Competition at Dana Hatch â€" Defeat Defending National Champs

The Panola College Volleyball team opened season this past weekend at the
annual Dana Hatch Invite with a strong showing, facing 4 solid teams all
ranked within the top 13 of the National Polls. The Fillies finished 2-2
sweeping 13th ranked Hill College and coming back from a 0-2 deficit to
defeat the defending National Champions and 7th ranked team Blinn College.
Freshman RS Sharon Tukuaoga was named to the All-Tournament Team.

PC opened the weekend against the 6th ranked team in the Nation, Iowa
Western and fell in three straight sets; 23-25, 21-25, 20-25. Freshman, RS
Sharon Tukuaoga led the offense with 13 kills, while sophomore setter
Adrianna Skipper dished out 18 assists, and freshman libero Morgan Currie
picked up 12 digs.

In the second match of the day, the Fillies took on a sophomore laden team
in 8th ranked Salt Lake, falling in 3 sets 19-25, 19-25, 19-25. Sophomore
MB Brittany Lampkin tallied 9 kills hitting a blistering .692, sophomore
setter Sierra Moses had 10 assists, and once again Morgan Curried led the
defense with 12 digs.

PC rebounded the second day by picking up two signature wins against ranked
opponents. In the first match of the day, the Fillies swept Hill College
25-23, 25-20, 25-15. Panola College kept Hill off balance with several
players racking up kills freshman RS/MB Rachel Henderson led the way with
8, freshman OH Ana Carolino Oliviera added 6, and RS Sharon Tukuaoga picked
up 5. The setting duo of Sierra Moses and Adrianna Skipper combined for 30
assists (15 apiece) and libero Morgan Currie had her best match of the
tourney notching 18 digs. Defense was the key the game, with the Filies
picking up 20 more digs than its opponent.

In the final game of the tourney, Panola College was matched up against the
two time National Champs, Blinn College. Blinn jumped out early picking up
the first two sets 11-25 and 20-25, but the Fillies fought back and took
the next three sets 25-22, 28-26, and 17-15. RS Sharon Tukuaoga led the
offensive attack with 14 kills, and freshman OH Victoria Baptista Santos
had her best match of the weekend adding 11 kills and 17 digs. RS/MB Rachel
Henderson and MB Brittany Lampkin added 7 kills apiece. Adrianna Skipper
and Sierra Moses racked up 25 assists apiece and combined for 12 digs. OH
Ana Oliviera racked up 15 digs and Morgan Currie added 8.




Motorists in the Lufkin area continue to see the $52.1 million Loop 287/US 59 construction project move toward completion and more changes will take place in coming days.
Webber Construction, contractors for the project, will continue to place concrete on the Loop 287 eastbound frontage roads and adjoining ramps. Traffic will be switched to a detour ramp from Business 59 to Loop 287 eastbound just south of the existing bridge.
"We urge motorists to drive with caution through this large construction project as they will begin to see more changes in coming weeks," said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. "The project is  about 85 percent complete and we are expecting to finish in early 2016. Please stay alert and watch for changing traffic patterns as we get closer to finishing the main lanes."
Nearby on Business 59, the $11.4 million A&NR railroad bridge replacement and underpass construction has work ongoing in the southbound lanes. Austin Bridge and Road Services, contractors for the project, have closed southbound lanes and traffic is narrowed to two-way traffic in the northbound lanes.
"Because of the close proximity of the work to the lanes of traffic, we ask motorists to slow their speeds to about 15 mph through the work area," Oaks said. "This traffic pattern will remain in place for several more months.
Other construction projects and maintenance operations planned for the coming week in the nine-county Lufkin District include:
US 59/FM 2021 in Redland: The overpass/underpass is now open to traffic, but contractor crews continue working on sub-grading on the US59 southbound ramp.
US 69 South: Maintenance crews will continue a hot mix overlay.
Loop 287: Sign repairs in various locations around the loop. Some exit ramps will be closed on the east loop at various times throughout the week for the repairs.
FM 706: Safety treating fixed objects alongside the roadway.
Various locations: Herbicide operations- and patching potholes.
US 59: Crews will continue the project to install raised medians and work on the retaining wall on the southbound exit ramp and pavement structures on the westbound exit ramps. Utility crews will also continue to relocate throughout the week.

SH 21: The widening project from FM 226 to FM 3276 continues as contractors continue to lay a hot mix surface.

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

US 59 from the City of Garrison south to FM 2435: Mill and inlay operations.

FM 3314: Clean-up through the project area.
FM 1: Crews are working to complete the installation of a flashing beacon at the railroad underpass.
FM 1592: Safety treating fixed objects, including driveway work, bridge railing and other items.
FM 2784: Crews will be conducting level-up on pavements.
US 84 at the TX/LA Bridge: Crews are laying hot mix and concrete paving is expected to begin on the Louisiana side this week. The eastbound bridge deck has been completed.
Loop 500: Maintenance crews will be overlaying just north of SH 7 West as contractor crews for the project work to clean-up the newly opened section of the loop from US 96 to SH 7.
FM 139: Safety treating fixed objects including driveways, cross drainage structures and guardrails.
SH 21: Intersection improvements continue as crews work on drainage structures and install curb and gutters. The final surface is expected to be paved in coming weeks.
FM 354: Blading roadway and rehabilitation.
FM 3409: Level up of roadway.
FM 946: Guardrail repairs.
FM 1127: Pavement overlay.
US 59: Resurface of roadway.

FM 1316: Road rehabilitation and sign repairs.
US 287 to south of Loop 304: Safety treating fixed objects.
SH  21 from FM 1280 to east of FM 2967: Rebuilding roadway to widen pavement and add passing lanes.
SH 7 from Kennard to east of FM 232: Widening and resurfacing the roadway. Motorists will experience detours, narrowed lanes of travel and a pilot car that will lead them through some construction.
FM 1733: Crews will work to seal the roadway.
SH 94: Hot mix overlay will continue from Apple Springs to Groveton.
SH 94 from US 287 to west of FM 358: Safety treating fixed objects.
For more information, contact<> or (936) 633-4395.


The Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that law enforcement officers across the state are out in full force looking for drunk drivers in the weeks leading up to Labor Day, Sept. 7. Last year in Texas, 21 people were killed and 42 were seriously injured in 338 alcohol-related crashes over the Labor Day holiday.
"Labor Day weekend is a fun time for family and friends to celebrate, but you absolutely must have a sober-ride plan if you're going to consume alcohol," said TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). "Too many people are killed on our roads each year - especially during holidays - due to impaired driving. These crashes are inexcusable and 100-percent preventable. We are grateful to our law enforcement officers who will be keeping Texans safe by pulling over and arresting impaired drivers."
Many Texas communities implement "no-refusal" programs over Labor Day weekend, authorizing law enforcement officials to obtain blood samples from suspected drunk drivers and motorcyclists. Drivers convicted of DWI in Texas face costs up to $17,000 plus possible jail time, limited career prospects and loss of driver's license.
TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to have a plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit to locate alternatives to drinking and driving, including:

  *   Calling a taxi or using a transportation app on your smartphone.
  *   Using mass transit.
  *   Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
  *   Spending the night.

For more information, contact<> or (936) 633-4395..
The information contained in this report represents reportable data collected from the Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3). This information was received and processed by the department as of July 17, 2015.

Shelby County Arrest Report 8/25/2015

Arrest Report 8/25/2015


8/22 Crocker, Thomas 63 – DWI 3rd offense

8/22 Briggs, Juanita 32 – Failure to Appear OC: POCS

8/22 Briggs, Jason 35 – POM/ Unlawful Carry Weapon

8/22 Tibbs, Kadeiro Ferrare 29 – POM

8/22 Smith, Timothy Ronald 31 – POM/ Unlawful Carry Weapon

8/23 Luna, Arturo 32 – Assault Family Violence/ Impeding Arrest

8/23 Crawford, Erwin 33 – Terroristic Threat/ Impairing Public Servant

8/24 Oliver, Paula 45 – Assault Family Violence

Shelbyville Retiree Passes




Shelbyville I.S.D. is pleased to announce that

all Shelbyville I.S.D. retirees will be admitted

free of charge to home athletic events for the 15-16 school year

by presenting a special pass. 

If you are a Shelbyville I.S.D. retiree and do not receive a pass

by mail, please come by the administration office

or call 598-2641.

Shelbyville Gold Cards




Shelbyville I.S.D. is pleased to announce that

Senior Citizens (age 65 or over)


who reside in Shelbyville I.S.D.

will be admitted free of charge to all Home

Athletic Events for the 2015-16 school year,

by presenting a Shelbyville I.S.D. Gold Card Pass.

Please come by the Shelbyville I.S.D. Administration Office

 at your convenience to pick up a Gold Card.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office - Grand Cane Thefts

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of suspects
involved in a string of thefts in the Grand Cane and Keatchi area.  The
three suspects were identified after stealing a Bad Boy lawn mower from a
residence on Frank Burford Road in Keatchi, LA.  The suspects are identified

1.       Jacraiggenald Duane Ashley (B/M - DOB: 04/28/1989) of Shreveport,
LA, charged with 2 counts of LA R.S. 14:67 Felony Theft.

2.       Clifton J. Harris (B/M - DOB: 08/12/1978) of Coushatta, LA, charged
with LA R.S. 14:67 Felony Theft and LA R.S. 14:63 Criminal Trespass.

3.       Emerson Lee Cole (B/M - DOB: 10/12/1981) of Coushatta, charged with
LA R.S. 14:67 Felony Theft and LA R.S. 14:63 Criminal Trespass.


Investigators were also able to link the suspects to two other thefts that
had taken place in April of 2015.  Investigators are looking into other
thefts in the area and the investigation is ongoing.

8-20-2015 Rain Forecast Update

Looks like the front has moved back over us and reformed as a upper level Low with cool air aloft that should give us a chance for rain by mid afternoon as shown on the graphic below:

Timpson ISD Staff Shops for School Supplies.

Timpson ISD Staff Shops for Instructional Supplies - Timpson ISD teachers enjoyed their annual  shopping trip to Wal-Mart to purchase instructional supplies for the upcoming 2015 school year. Each teacher had $200 to buy needed instructional items. Teachers were very appreciative that the district funds this activity for them. Not only is it a great team building experience for the staff but it allows them to have the supplies they need for the school year without having to spend their own money. Following the shopping trip, the teachers were treated to lunch. Everyone really enjoyed the trip and got to better know their fellow staff.


KDET 930AM is currently experiencing difficulties at our Transmitter location. We have a team of engineers working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. We will update with more information as it arrives. We greatly apologize!


Center Broadcasting Team!

Arrest Report 8/20/15

Arrest Report 8/20/15


Latrecia Lathan- 23- Shelbyville-  Credit/Debit Card Abuse


Larry Wayne Cartwright- 47- Shelbyville- Assault Family Violence with Previous Conviction, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Terroristic Threat


James Lynn Griffin-34-Hemphill-Agreed Modification of county supervision/ OC: Credit Card Abuse


Kayla Gunderman-38-Center-Violation of Probation OC: Theft


Andrea Chadwide-42-Shelbyville-Theft


Steve Solomon-59-Timpson-Criminal Tresspass



San Augustine County

Stefern Jones- 52- San Augustine- Criminal Mischief


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

Weather Update

 Low to mid 80's for most of the area.  The further South of the Red River you go will be the higher temps.    

   - The rain is now mostly between the I20 and I30 corridors.  We are in the 50% chance forecast.
   - The front has passed our area, but will move back thru the area later this evening and we could see rain chances lingering thru Tuesday of next week albeit lower chances than today and Friday.    

   - Triple digits are gone from the 10 day forecast.
   - Drought conditions will remain until we have seen some 7-8 inches of  widespread rainfall
   - On the Tropical Front: Tropical Depression Danny is Now a Class 1 Hurricane.  It is headed in a Westerly direction towards the Caribbean/ Puerto Rico/ Cuba areas.  If it goes North it will hit cold water and dissipate rapidly.  HOWEVER, if the track takes it South of Cuba it will hit some very warm water and could become a major storm that could have an effect the Gulf Coast of the United States.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release - Fatal Stabbing

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle reports the arrest of a juvenile following a fatal
stabbing in Mansfield, LA this evening.  On August 19, 2015, at about 7:10
p.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office dispatch was notified that a female
subject, now identified as Yolanda  Hunter, had been stabbed in the 600
block of Brown Street in Mansfield, LA.  Ms. Hunter was transported to a
local medical center where she was pronounced deceased. Deputies learned that a 15 year old male relative was responsible for the stabbing. Deputies were able to locate and arrest the juvenile without incident. His name is not being released at this time. The investigation is still ongoing.

McClelland Water Supply: Public Notice to Boil Water

Mandatory Language Template:
Public Notice to Boil Water




Date:  August 19, 2015


Due to a break in the main line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system, McClelland Water Supply Corporation, PWS ID# 2100011 to notify customers east of the Oakland Church on FM 139, of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince DiVerdi at 936-598-8478 or Renita Hudman at 936-598-9781.



To get the mandatory language for your “Boil Water” notice, replace each number in the above wording with the information described for it here:

(1) Your description of the conditions that require a "Boil Water" notice to be issued for your water system (for example, reduced pressure, a line break, and so forth)

(2) PWS Name / PWS ID Number

(3) Name of water system official, along with other contact names.
(Do not list the TCEQ as the primary contact.)

(4) Water system official’s phone number and any other useful contact numbers. The public and the TCEQ must be able to reach you at one of the numbers you list here.

If a customer wishes to contact the TCEQ, they may call 512-239-4691.

City of Lufkin Crash 8/19/1

On 8/19/15 at about 2:29 PM, Lufkin DPS responded to a two vehicle crash on Frank Street under the railroad underpass involving two City of Lufkin emergency response vehicles. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a City of Lufkin fire truck and a Lufkin Police Department vehicle were both traveling eastbound on Frank St. responding to a report of a one vehicle crash that had previously occurred. The Fire truck reportedly slowed down as it approached the scene of the previously reported crash to avoid debris that was in the roadway. The Lufkin Police vehicle was following the fire truck and failed to control speed and subsequently struck the fire truck from behind causing minor damage. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Larry Christensen (35) was operating the fire department vehicle and Zachary Klein (21) was operating the police unit.

Arrest Report 8/19/15

Arrest Report 8/19/15



Deloise Ann Walker- 55- Garrison- Theft


Lashonia Parks- 33- Center- Resist Arrest, Interference with public servants duties


Kamron Jcoy Parks- 18- Center- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of Marijuana


San Augustine Co.

No Arrest


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Timpson ISD Bear Update 8/19/2015

TES Open House – The Timpson Elementary School will host Meet the Teacher Thursday August 20 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  All parents and their children are invited to attend. School supplies may be taken to the classroom.  The Timpson Middle School and Timpson High School’s Open House originally scheduled for August 20 has been rescheduled for Thursday September 17 because of the junior varsity and varsity scrimmage against West Rusk to be played in West Rusk Thursday August 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Volleyball Addition – According to Coach Jourden, we have added a tournament to the schedule for volleyball. On September 3rd and 5th we will go to Sabine. Once we have a bracket we will let you know.

Football - The JV and Varsity football teams will be participating in a scrimmage tomorrow, August 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in West Rusk.

Dave Gorrie Memorial Baseball Scholarship Established at Panola College

CONTACT:                Jessica Pace
PHONE:                     903-693-2044
DATE:                                    8/1/2015

Dave Gorrie Memorial Baseball Scholarship Established at Panola College

Panola College is proud to announce the establishment of the Dave Gorrie Memorial Baseball Scholarship. The scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Dave Gorrie.

David Franklin Gorrie was born to Franklin and Virginia (Woolley) Gorrie on October 15, 1930 in Olney, Texas. He grew up in Pasadena, California attending Pasadena City College and Santa Barbara College before joining the US Navy in 1953. Dave completed his college education in 1958, attaining a Master of Science degree in education at the University of Southern California.

Dave began a professional baseball career in 1953 when he signed with the New York Giants and was briefly assigned to the Phoenix, Arizona farm team prior to joining the Navy. He resumed his pro baseball career in 1956, signing with the Kansas City Athletics organization. He played in Seminole, OK; Crowley, LA; Columbia, SC; Rochester, MN and finally with Winona, MN before moving into the coaching ranks.

It was 1958 when Dave met and married the love of his life, Linda. The following year, he began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at UC Santa Barbara. In 1960, he became the Head Baseball Coach at UC Santa Barbara, leading teams there for 18 years, compiling a record 343-370-1. In 1979, he was hired as Head Coach of the Pepperdine Waves baseball team, taking them to the College World Series that very year. He retired from coaching at Pepperdine in 1988 with a record of 409-202-11.

Dave continued as a volunteer coach at Panola College and was a private hitting instructor in the community until 2009. Coach Gorrie is inducted into three Halls of Fame including UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University and the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was a member of Airport Freeway Church of Christ in Euless, TX.


The Dave Gorrie Memorial Baseball Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola College baseball student. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit. The selection of the recipient will be made in the spring each year. Applicants should contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, 903-693-2029.


Photo: Mr. Dave Gorrie

Today, 06:03:36 AM CDT Update to Our 10 Day and Today's Weather

It is August and it's still HOT, but an opportunity for usage of rain gear is in the 3-4 day forecast as we originally thought. Why?  There are a series of sea breeze t-storms moving toward us from the Gulf....AND... a LOW pressure front to our North is also headed our way.  The two will mix over us late this afternoon and evening giving us widespread rain chances for the next 3-4 days of 1/2" to 1" rain totals and heavier under the stronger T-storms. 

There is a new named Tropical Storm(Danny) has formed of the African Coast in the Atlantic. It is way too early to forecast its movement other than it is in a generally Westward direction. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

Arrest Report 8/18/15

Arrest Report 8-18-15


Chatrick Hines- 39 Center- Violation of Probation- OC: DWI 2nd


Dakota Obrian Howard- 29 Center- Arson, Rusk County Warrant Driving While License Invalid


San Augustine County

Douglas Jordan- 49- Lumberton- Motion for Adjudication


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon with speaker Sen. Robert Nichols

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth
Friday Luncheon is noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 28 at Austin Hall, 4603 North St.
Sen. Robert Nichols will give a legislative update for District 3. Gold
sponsors are J. Stanley Lenox, III, and T-REX-S Outdoor Store.

“During the luncheon I will be discussing the 84th Legislative Session and
giving an overview of the upcoming biennium's budget which included an
increase in funding for border security, education and mental health
services," said Sen. Nichols. "I will also go over the upcoming November 3
election, where Texans will have a chance to vote on proposed
constitutional amendments which include funding for transportation  and
proposed homestead and property tax relief."

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Robert Nichols represents 19
counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County. In
the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman for the Transportation
Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance, Natural Resources and
Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committees. He is a
member of the Legislative Audit Committee and a former Vice Chairman of the
Sunset Advisory Committee.

During his five sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored and passed
legislation to protect landowners’ rights, increase educational
opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He has
worked to reduce Medicaid fraud, and promote free-market principles. During
his time with the Sunset Advisory Committee, he was able to help eliminate
six state agencies which saved the tax payers $161.9 million.

Luncheon reservations are required and a registration form is available in
Forms at A secure “register and pay online” option is
available on the website in the Hot News section. Lunch is $16, and the
deadline for reservations is noon, Wednesday, Aug. 26.

All attendees will be entered in a $50 cash drawing sponsored by Commercial
Bank of Texas , and every Chamber member is entered in a $250 drawing
sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries to Host Back to School Drive

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be having a back to school clothing and shoe drive this Wednesday and Thursday August 19th and 20th at Center Courthouse square from 9 until 2. For more information  contact Shelby County Outreach at 936-598-4990.


LUFKIN - As the Labor Day Holiday approaches, the Lufkin District is partnering with area law enforcement agencies to host the "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail" campaign, with the dynamic message of "Choose Your Ride."
This year's event will be held at the Polk County Rest Area and will be supported by Polk and Angelina County law enforcement and city and county officials.
"Choose Your Ride" will serve to remind drivers that if you choose to drink and drive, the vehicle you reach your destination in might not be the one you expected it to be. Vehicles on display will range from a police car to a hearse and will present a dynamic visual message to the public along with comments from speakers who have seen first-hand the results of choosing to drink and drive.
The Labor Day campaign event on Wednesday will coincide with local law enforcement agencies that will increase their efforts to arrest drunk drivers Aug. 21 through the Sept. 7 no refusal Labor Day Holiday.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WHERE: US 59 Rest Area (North Side) Livingston, Texas


Arrest Report 8/17/15

Joshua Harper- 37- Center-  Violation of Parole OC: Delivery of CS


Carrie Graves-53-Shelbyville- Violation of Probation OC: Theft


Travis Patton Jr.- 24-Center- Delivery of Controlled Substance to Minor


Ronnie Lane Gay- 47- Center- Violation of Probation- OC: DWI 3rd or more



San Augustine County

James Garsee- 40- San Augustine- Theft




All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Obit- Delbert Jack Palmer

Delbert Jack Palmer, 96, of Center, passed away in the company of family and friends on Sunday, August 16, 2015, 
in Nacogdoches.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Smith 
officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. 
until 8:00 p.m. Mangum Funeral Home. 
He was born March 25, 1919, in Shelby County to William James and Camilla Palmer. He was a member of the First 
Baptist Church in Center and attended Center High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corp with the 
Combat Crew #333 WWAAF, Walla Walla, WA. For several years, he worked for John G. Harris Hardware. Then 
Palmer Refrigeration was formed, and he worked there until the business was sold. After Palmer Refrigeration, he 
worked for E.L. Bruce Company until he retired. He enjoyed farming and visiting his friends and relatives. He was a 
loving husband and father, and friend to many. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy and delight 
of his life. He enjoyed driving to visit his nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors, and was always the life of the 
party. He remained very active until just a few weeks ago. He was very special to all and will be dearly missed. 
He is preceded in death by his Parents, William James and Camilla Ida Palmer, Wife, Dorothy Mary Palmer, Brother 
and Sister-in-law, Johnny Lee and Virginia Palmer and Sister and Brother-in-law, Zelma Adel and John Neal Lacy. 
He is survived by:
Jack P. Palmer of Center
Kenneth Palmer & wife, Ella of Mt. Pleasant
4 Grandchildren:
Jack B. Palmer of San Antonio
Sarah Shires of Center
Jason Palmer of Ft. Worth 
Samuel Palmer of Houston
Great Grandchildren:
Ryan Palmer of Jacksonville
Scarlett & Ella Shires of Center
Nieces & Nephews:
Nancy and Bob Warr
Linda and David Reinhart
Janis and Jeep Compton
Dr. Joe Neal and Jane Ann Lacy
Mary Ann and David Pass
Johnny Lee and Sandra Palmer
And many other friends and neighbors who were dear to him
Wesley Allen Warr, Dr. Joe N. Lacy, Jack B. Palmer,
Stephen Shires, Matthew Mettauer and Landon Windham
Honorary Pallbearers:
Bob Warr, David Pass, Jason Palmer, Samuel Palmer, Tommy Stewart,
Rodney Warr, Zach Warr, Joe Bill Mettauer, Scotty Fleming & Van McDaniel

Panola College Foundation Awards Grants to Faculty & Staff

On Thursday, August 13 Panola College faculty returned to campus excited by
a new year and new buildings. The Panola County Chamber of Commerce
welcomed faculty and staff with donuts, coffee and their own enthusiasm for
the new semester.

After a brief welcome, Mr. Gene Giles, President of First State Bank and
Vice Chair of the Panola College Foundation, expressed his gratitude to the
faculty and staff for supporting the Foundation throughout the past year.

“It is with the support and generosity of the faculty, staff, and others
within the community that the Foundation is able to award scholarships and
grants each year to Panola College, said Giles. “It is my pleasure this
morning to announce the twelve recipients of Foundation grants totaling
more than $30,000.00.”

This year’s grant recipients include: Cristie Ferguson received a $1,680
grant for the library to host a political cartoon exhibit of 36 original

Laura Wood received $1,021.49 for the Marshall Center to purchase a hover
Cam Solo 8 and a document camera for use in online course training.

Darrell Hudson was granted $1,675 for models to be used in the new
Microbiology training labs.

Whitney Edens and Reanna Hart were awarded $2,598.70 to purchase CPR
training manikins and AED trainers for Workforce and Continuing Education
at the Marshall Center.

Kevin Rutherford received a combined total of $3,242.00 to purchase anatomy
and physiology models for the new labs in the Health and Natural Sciences
building and for the lab at the Marshall Center.

Becky Gullette was granted $2,973.30 for Biology models for the new labs in
the Health and Natural Sciences building.

Emily Zabcik obtained $5,000 to purchase a SmartBoard with Math Application
to be utlilized by the math department and for faculty professional

Natalie Oswalt accepted a grant for $4,600 for two large wig dryers for
cosmetology to use on the Carthage campus and at the Shelby College Center.

Ann Boland was awarded $1,420 to take students on museum field trips in the
fall and spring semester.

Karen King received a grant for $2,580 for the purchase of a new
state-of-the-art box office system to benefit the drama department.

Amanda Stilley-Bickham was granted $4,000 to purchase Livescribe 3 pens for
all nursing instructors.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to all those who have shown
their support to the Panola College Foundation by participating in the SGA
5K Run, sponsoring or attending the Gatsby Gala, becoming a Sustaining
member of the Foundation, becoming part of our Walkway of Honor, or just
made a contribution because they appreciate the advantages Panola College
brings to our community,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional
Advancement.“It is only through your continued support and generosity that
the College continues to grow and it is greatly appreciated.” Information
about how to make a gift to Panola College is available online at, or by calling 903-693-2029.

*Photo Attached (L to R): Ray Schieffer, Gene Giles, Wanda Hanszen, Brenda
Giles, Laura Wood, Cristie Ferguson, Darrell Hudson, Emily Zabcik, Whitney
Edens, Kevin Rutherford, Ann Boland, Becky Gullette, Natalie Oswalt, Karen
King, and Amanda Stilley-Bickham*

Operation Iraqi Freedom Observance

August 31st, 2010 marked the official end to US Combat Operation in Iraq and
the Veterans of Foreign Wars have added it to their commemorative calendar
to insure the patriotism and sacrifices of this generation are never
forgotten by the American people.

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies
Auxiliary invite all Iraq Veterans and the public to a remembrance program
to be held at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic
Courthouse, Monday, August 31st at 10:30 am.  

If you are an Iraq War Veteran and would like to participate in the wreath
laying please contact post quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 or email

Arrest Report 8/14-8/16

Adrian Herrera- 33- San Augustine- Agg Assault on Public Servant

Jeremy Holloway- 41- Center- Criminal Trespass

Crystal Steffen- 26- Tenaha- Criminal Trespass Habitation

Jerry James Bell- 54- Center- Assault Causing Bodily Injury

Jerry Reeves- 34- Huntington- Public Intoxication

Nick Coronado- 24- Center- Contributing Alcohol to Minor

Jamichael Phillips- 26- Center- Del Mari

Elton Lynn- 38- Vidor- Non payment of Child Support

Crystal Swilley- 23- Webster- Theft

Robert Miller- 25- Center- Theft


NO arrest in San Augustine County

All Subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!

Choose your Ride

Area law enforcement to begin patrolling for drunk drivers through Labor Day


LUFKIN - As the Labor Day Holiday approaches, the nine-county Lufkin District of TxDOT is partnering with area law enforcement agencies to host the "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail" campaign, with the dynamic message of "Choose Your Ride."
This year's event will be held at the Polk County Rest Area and will be supported by Polk and Angelina County law enforcement and other city and county officials.
"Choose Your Ride" will serve to remind drivers that if you choose to drink and drive, the vehicle you reach your destination in might not be the one you expected it to be, but will ultimately be one only you can choose. Vehicles on display will range from a police car to a hearse and will present a dynamic visual message to the public along with comments from speakers who have seen first-hand the results of choosing to drink and drive.
Through Labor Day, law enforcement agencies will increase their efforts to arrest drunk drivers beginning August  21 through the September 7 no refusal Labor Day Holiday. We hope you will make plans to attend.

10 a.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pending Services- Mr. Delbert Palmer

Services are pending at Mangum funeral home for
Mr. Delbert Palmer of center. He  passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015 at  nacogdoches  medical center hospital.
Additional information will be announced later.
Services are under the care of Mangum Funeral Home.

Tenaha Tigers New Procedures

Meet the Tigers Next Thursday!!!!

Next Thursday, the Tigers will wrap up the pre-season with a home scrimmage
versus New Diana in Tiger Stadium.  During the scrimmage, TISD will have
Meet the Tiger activities that correlate with the on-field action.  Stay
tuned to the Tiger Daily for details.  

Meet the Tiger activities will follow "Meet the Teacher" from 4:30-6:30
throughout campus.  



Tenaha Elementary School News - New Procedures

.        Breakfast 7:30 (Kindergarten - 5th grade) 

.        First bell 7:50 am 

.        Tardy bell  7:55 am

.        ALL PK(3) and PK(4) students will go straight to their classrooms
each morning.  Breakfast will be served to them at 8:00 am.  They will NOT
report to the cafeteria. 

We will not take phone calls to re-route children after 2:30 pm.  

.        If a child needs to leave early from school it should be done
before 3:00 pm.  

Ag News Lane Dunn

Ag News

Contact: Lane Dunn  936-598-7744


Wouldn’t it be great if this summer’s brutal summer heat could make a better vegetable garden next spring?

It can, with a seldom used practice called soil solarization.

Soil solarization is a simple, safe, and effective control of plant parasitic nematodes, soil borne plant pathogens (diseases), and some weed pests.  It offers an alternative to some pesticides and the lengthy crop rotations now needed to control many damaging soil pests. In addition, this procedure may give good weed control in situations.

            Radiant heat from the sun is the lethal agent involved in soil solarization. A clear polyethylene mulch is used to trap solar heat in the soil. Over a period of several weeks to a few months, soil temperatures become high enough to kill many of the damaging soil pests and weed seed to a depth of nearly 8 inches.

None of these pests will be eradicated from the treated area, but their numbers in the plow layer (top 6 to 8 inches) will be greatly reduced, allowing successful production of a crop.

The soil to be solarized must be worked up to seed-bed condition--that is, cultivated until it's loose and friable with no large clods or other debris on the soil surface. A garden tiller will eliminate clods or other debris that create air pockets that reduce heating of the soil and keep the tarp from fitting tightly over the soil surface. A clean, flat surface will also prevent the accidental puncturing of the thin plastic mulch by debris.

Make sure moisture levels are adequate for working the soil before laying the plastic tarp. If the soil is dry, water the areas to be solarized before laying the tarp.  This is crucial because most soil pests are more sensitive to high temperatures in wet soil than in dry soil. When possible, lay a soaker hose or drip irrigation lines under the tarp to maintain moisture levels during soil solarization. Tarped raised beds may also be watered by flood-irrigating the adjacent furrows.

You can use any cheap plastic painting “drop cloth”.  Using two layers of thin plastic sheeting separated by a thin insulating layer of air will increase soil temperatures and the overall effectiveness of a solarization treatment. The edges of the sheets must be buried or otherwise secured to prevent blowing or tearing of the tarp by the wind.

For effective solarization, the edges of tarps laid over raised beds must be buried in the adjoining furrows. Expect some increase in pest and weed problems along the edge of the stripped mulches. Do not cultivate solarized areas, because healthy weed seed will be brought to the soil surface.

Long, hot, sunny days are needed to reach the soil temperatures required to kill soil borne pests and weed seed. The longer the soil is heated, the better and deeper the control of all soil pests and weeds will be. During our hot summers, a solarization period of 4 to 6 weeks should be all that's needed to control nematodes and soil borne plant pathogens.

For those concerned about beneficial microbes, populations of beneficial, growth-promoting and pathogen-antagonistic bacteria and fungi quickly recolonize solarized soil, adding a biological control component to soil solarization.

Soil solarization will tie up land for a period of 1 to 3 months. If you have plans for a fall garden, this will definitely interfere.  But the results of letting our hot summer work for you can be fantastic.


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


Obituary- Helen Frances Gary Hudson

Helen Frances Gary Hudson, 94, of Timpson, Texas, went to be with the Lord on

August 15, 2015, in Garrison, Texas.  She was born on April 13, 1921 to Ernest

and Diamond Spradley Gary in Timpson, Texas.  Services will be held at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church at 11 AM. Monday August 17, 2015 with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating.  Visitation will be held Monday August 17, 2015 from 10 AM until 11 AM   Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.


She grew up in Timpson in a loving family with her five brothers and three sisters.  She married Ossie Hudson, September 18, 1937 and was blessed with 59 years of marriage.  They began their married life in Timpson and were faithful members of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.  They loved singing gospel music and formed a quartet and attended every Sunday afternoon singing broadcast on KDET out of Center.


In 1956, the family moved to Houston and joined Landmark Missionary Baptist

Church where she was the choir director for many years. They retired in 1972 and returned to family roots in Timpson and once again joined Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.  She never lost her life-long love of singing praises to the Lord and sang many specials at church.  Her favorite song was “One Day At A Time” and that's how she lived her life.  She was a loving caregiver and she enjoyed gardening, cooking and fellowship with family and friends.  The Bible says a Godly woman is worthy of honor.  As her family, we want to honor her as the loving Godly woman she was and will always be in our hearts.  She was a woman who loved God, was loved by God, and showed God's love to others.  She gave us a priceless gift – herself.


We will treasure the precious memories of her sweet smile, her kindness, her warmth,

her energy and her love for life, family and friends.  She leaves us with the knowledge

that we were truly loved and we know that she loved the Lord.


Those left to cherish her memory are her devoted daughters, Louise Renfro and

Shirley Powers and husband Jim of Timpson; grandchildren, Justin Powers and wife

Kristin of Martinsville, and Shanna Powers of Lufkin; great-grandchildren, Rexanna

Powers of College Station, Haylon Powers of Martinsville, and Morgan Powers of

Lufkin; sisters, Melma Sparks of Waxahachie, Winnie Molloy of Timpson, and Vera Brooks of Summerfield, Florida; sister-in-laws, JoAnn Gary of Timpson, and Nan Oney of Carthage, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ossie, granson Patrick Powers; son-in-law Johnny Renfro; brothers and sister-in-laws Melvin and Audrey Gary, Elzin

and Onita Gary, Jimmy and Mary Gary; brothers Lovis Gary and Mervin Gary; brother-in-laws Norris Sparks, Bobby Molloy and Howard Brooks, and nephew

J.E. Gary.

Timpson City Council Meeting August 18, 2015 Agenda

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 18th day of August, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit: 


1.      Call to Order:


2.      Invocation:


      3.      Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge            


4.      Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber of Commerce, presented by Paul Smith.


      5.      Council Items:


      6.      Presentations & Recognition:  Henry Marx will celebrate his 2 year anniversary        on August 21st.


           7.     Citizens Input: 


           8.     Department Reports:


                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns


                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham


                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of July 2015, there were 177 citations

                  issued,  212 violations, 0 to juveniles and 15 to minors.  Total amount reported

                  $40,734.55 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $22,404.00.


            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting that the roads which were approved

            for repairs at the April 2015 Meeting have all been completed.  On Driver’s Lane,

            1,510 feet of road was repaired, receiving 2-4 inches of rock.  Also, on North 4th St,   

            1-2 inches of rock was used to repair 760 feet of roadway. 


            Notice of burn ban effective 8/12/15 for all of Shelby County by the Commissioners

            Court.  Effective 90 days from the date of adoption of the order, unless

            the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas

            Forest Service or the court.


     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no

       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the      

       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the  

       Minutes of this meeting.


A.      Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on July 21, 2015

B.       Consider approval of the minutes of the special meeting held on July 30, 2015

C.      Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of July, 2015

D.      Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for July, 2015

E.       Consider approving Gareth Yoder and the Mennonite Community to use the

  Gazebo area for their Annual Tent Revival which will take place October 5th-11th.

            F.    Consider acceptance of the Runnels Property Survey.





      10.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Resolution of Authority and contact info for

                  Austin Bank Police Account #2800018349, adding Mayor Debra Smith, Mayor Pro

                  Tem Ronnie Wolfe, City Secretary Leslie Leathers and Paula Mullins, Municipal

                  Court Clerk.  This is the separate Police Department Account that Mayor Pro Tem

                  Wolfe, Councilman Grace and Councilwoman Baker asked for at the last meeting.

                  Austin Bank requires an opening deposit amount and where it should be transferred

                  from, please include this information in your motion.



      11.         Discuss and possibly take action:  The contract at Woodlawn Cemetery

                   (currently with Ricky Askins) will expire August 22, 2015.  Based on the

                   Cemetery Committee findings, his contract will either be renewed or they

                   will take bids for the mowing and maintenance of Woodlawn Cemetery.  If

                   the Committee decides to take bids, a maintenance agreement for September will

                   need to be established with Mr. Askins.  Woodlawn Cemetery currently pays

                   $1,375.00 a month for mowing and basic cemetery maintenance.    


      12.         Discuss and possibly take action:  At the request of the majority of council, the

                   City of Timpson will consider a Reduction in Force of the Police Department from

                   the current 5 man department (Chief + 4 officers) to a 3 man department (Chief + 2

                   officers).  Please include in the motion when this is to take place (effective date).


      13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Discuss and Vote to Adopt the “Proposed”

                   Budget for General Fund for the City of Timpson for 2015-2016.  Please include

                   in the Motion the Gross Revenue/Gross Expenditures/Size of Police Force/Net Fund

                   Increase or Decrease.


      14.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Discuss possible amendments to the Employee

                   Handbook(s) based in the issues being decided at this meeting:  Employee benefits,

                   “Call-Out” Pay, Garaging of department vehicles, over-time pay, department

                   scheduling, etc.


      15.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Discuss and consider adopting the Proposed

                   Tax Rate for 2015-2016.


      16.         Adjourn:


The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act.

This facility is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair parking is available.  Requests for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting.  Please contact the City Secretary at 254-2421 for further information or needed assistance.


This agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041.  For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-254-2421.

City of Timpson



Debra Pate Smith, Mayor




I certify that the above notice of meeting was posted on the bulletin boards at City Hall, 45 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas and on the front door of the Timpson Police Department facing outside, on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm.



Leslie Leathers, City Secretary



I certify that the attached notice and agenda of items to be considered by the City Council was removed by me from the bulletin board in the City Hall and from the front door of the Timpson Police Department on the _______day of, _______________2015.




Leslie Leathers, City Secretary

Tiger Daily

Tiger Daily


Football is BACK!!!!

Tigers to face Kerens in opening Scrimmage Tonight

Tonight at 6:00 PM, Coach Craig Horn and the Tenaha Tigers will take on
Kerens in the 2015 scrimmage debut.  The scrimmage will be held at Bullard
Panter Stadium (site of last year's Regional Playoff win over Normangee).  

Around 50 Tigers will load the bus tonight to measure themselves against an
opponent to see where they are after two weeks of camp.  JV action will
begin at 6:00 and the varsity will follow.


Meet the Tigers Next Thursday!!!!

Next Thursday, the Tigers will wrap up the pre-season with a home scrimmage
versus New Diana in Tiger Stadium.  During the scrimmage, TISD will have
Meet the Tiger activities that correlate with the on-field action.  Stay
tuned to the Tiger Daily for details.  

Meet the Tiger activities will follow "Meet the Teacher" from 4:30-6:30
throughout campus.  



Tenaha Elementary School News - New Procedures

.        Breakfast 7:30 (Kindergarten - 5th grade) 

.        First bell 7:50 am 

.        Tardy bell  7:55 am

.        ALL PK(3) and PK(4) students will go straight to their classrooms
each morning.  Breakfast will be served to them at 8:00 am.  They will NOT
report to the cafeteria. 

We will not take phone calls to re-route children after 2:30 pm.  

.        If a child needs to leave early from school it should be done
before 3:00 pm.  



The Hope Project, Inc will host the first Annual Back to School Bash on
August 15, 2015 starting at 10 AM until Noon. The goal is to collect and
distribute donations to our area youth and parents by assisting with school
supplies. Ways to help include being a vendor (Booth Rental is $25.00),
monetary sponsorships, food donations, and/or door prizes.  Call
936-248-4648. All proceeds help fund school supplies.

Tenaha Youth Center

We will be open Saturday morning, August 15, giving out school supplies from
10 til 12, and Saturday evening from 5 until 9.


LUFKIN - As the Labor Day Holiday approaches, the nine-county Lufkin District of TxDOT is partnering with area law enforcement agencies to host the "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail" campaign, with the dynamic message of "Choose Your Ride."
This year's event will be held at the Polk County Rest Area and will be supported by Polk and Angelina County law enforcement and other city and county officials.
"Choose Your Ride" will serve to remind drivers that if you choose to drink and drive, the vehicle you reach your destination in might not be the one you expected it to be, but will ultimately be one only you can choose. Vehicles on display will range from a police car to a hearse and will present a dynamic visual message to the public along with comments from speakers who have seen first-hand the results of choosing to drink and drive.
Through Labor Day, law enforcement agencies will increase their efforts to arrest drunk drivers beginning August  21 through the September 7 no refusal Labor Day Holiday. We hope you will make plans to attend.

10 a.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2015


US 59 Rest Area (North Side)
Livingston, Texas

Huxley Helping Hands

DATE: AUGUST 15, 2015

Meet the Dragons

Meet the Dragons will be Tuesday August 25 @ 7:00 p.m at Dragon Stadium

Ribbon Cutting- Natural Texan Magazine


On Thursday Aug 13th, The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, community members, family and friends attended a ribbon cutting for Natural Texan 

Ambassador President Meg Camp introduced owner, Gabby West, who gave a very quick speech to everyone saying, "After much prayer, thought and family conversations, I concluded it was time to make a change in my life and begin the journey to fulfill my life-long dream. I have always wanted to not only own my own business but also be able to give back to the community that fostered my dreams. I couldn't think of a better way to do both than to have a magazine which spotlights the community and the individuals who define it."

Gabby gave thanks to God, her family, Samantha Miller who is the Creative Director for Natural Texan Magazine, working along side Gabby  the community and readers who have given her feedback.

The Natural Texan Magazine office is located inside Wulf Center Trade Days located at 1141 Hurst Street. The magazine can be found at businesses around the county and she even delivers in some cases. Check them out on the web at

Arrest Report 8/13/15

Arrest report


Jeremy Holloway- 41-center- Criminal Tresspass, Criminal non Child Support


All subject are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Meet The Rams!!

Meet the Rams will be held on Saturday, August 15th beginning at 5:00 pm.  This will be held in the new high school gym instead of on the football field as originally advertised.  The football scrimmage will follow as scheduled. Please come out to show your support for our RAMS!


Obituary: Kenneth Edward

Kenneth Edward "Cowboy" Davis, age 67, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in Shreveport, La as
a result of a log truck accident that occurred in Shelbyville.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Haslam Baptist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Jody Hooper 
officiating and eulogy by his christian friend, Oris Dean. Burial will follow at Sholar Cemetery. Visitation will be 
Friday, August 14, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.
He was born September 7, 1947 in Silsbee to John E. and Mittie Irene (Jimmerson) Davis. He served in the US 
Army. He was a member of Haslam Baptist Church in Joaquin. He was a truck driver for many years.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, John and Irene Davis, Sister & Brother-in-law, Barbara & Al Cook, Sister, 
Betty J. Davis and Father-in-law, James Lambeth.
He is survived by:
Susie Davis of Joaquin
Ronnie Davis & wife, Stephanie of Joaquin 
Stacy O'Rear & husband, Larry of Huxley
Eric Davis of Joaquin
Kristy Peterson & husband, Terrence of Katy
Rase Davis &wife, Kim of Joaquin
Rhyne Davis & wife, Cheyenne of Nacogdoches
Hannah Davis of Joaquin
Samantha, Scooter & Randi
Savannah, Roper & Justin
Erica, Riley & Ranger
Terrence & Jaylon
Wrangler & Ryder
Bill Davis & wife, Joan of Joaquin
Carolyn McGehee & Michael Anderson of Joaquin
Sharon Hightower of Porter
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends
Scooter Davis, Roper Oswalt, Justin O’Rear, Ranger Davis,
Terrence Peterson, Jaylon Peterson, Wrangler Davis & Ryder Davis
In lieu of flowers, family request donations can be made Shreveport/Bossier Rescue Mission,  P.O. Box 3949, 
Shreveport, LA 71101-3949

Joaquin ISD Agenda

Joaquin Independent School District
11109 US Highway 84 East, Joaquin, Texas 75954
Telephone (936) 269-3128   Fax (936) 269-3615
Web Page
Phil Worsham, Superintendent
Regular Meeting 
of the 
Joaquin Independent School District Board
Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of August 2015 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting 
at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda attached to and made a part of this Notice.  If, during the course of the meeting 
covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed 
session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.001 et seq., Texas Education Code, will be 
held by the School Board at the date, may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, 
including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes:
§551.071  An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney 
when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement 
offer, or on a matter in which the duty of counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the 
State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act.
§551.072  Deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting 
would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.
§551.073 Deliberation of a negotiated contract for a prospective gift or donation to the governmental body if 
deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in 
negotiations with a third person.
§551.074   Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or 
employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.
§551.076 Deliberate the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices.
§551.082  Deliberate a case involving the discipline of public school child or complaint or charge brought against an 
employee of the School District by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing.
§551.0821 Deliberate a matter regarding a student or students where personally identifiable information about students 
will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.
§551.083  Deliberate the standards, guidelines, terms or conditions the board will follow, or instruct its representatives to 
follow, in a consultation with a representative of an employee group.
§551.084   Exclusion of witness from hearing.
§551.127  A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or 
employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video 
conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.
§551.129  A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference call, or communications 
over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private 
consultation with its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body.
39.030  Discuss or adopt individual assessment instruments or assessment instrument items.
Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the School Board with regard to any matter 
considered in such closed session, then the final vote shall be either:
(a) in the open meeting covered by the Notice upon the reconvening of the public meeting; or
(b) at a subsequent public meeting of the School Board upon notice thereof; as the School Board shall determine.
Texas Government Code Section:
Education Code 39.030
1. Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD may have member(s) via video conference call – 
Texas Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code)
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3. Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five 
minutes.  Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
4. Report/Information items:
4.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.2 Review Handbooks (Employee, Student, Transportation)
4.3 Discuss 2015-16 Proposed Budget
4.4 Correspondence 
5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
5.2 Approve engagement letter with auditor 
6. Enter Closed Session
            6.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts–Texas Government Code Section 551.074, 551.127 and 
     6.1.1  Superintendent’s Salary    
7. Return to Open Session - Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
            7.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts 
     7.1.1  Superintendent’s Salary
8. Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting
9. Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the 
Joaquin ISD – September 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.
10. Adjournment
551.129 (See Attached Code)
On this 13th day of August 2015, this Notice was mailed to news media that had previously requested such Notice and an original copy was 
posted on the bulletin board outside the School District Administration Building at 1:00 p.m. on said date.
Phil Worsham, Superintendent
August 13, 2015

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadlines Approaching for Workers Affected by Severe Storms in Several Texas Counties

Texas Workforce Press Release



DATE: August 13, 2015


PHONE: 512-463-8556


Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadlines Approaching for Workers
Affected by Severe Storms in Several Texas Counties

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reminds individuals impacted by the spring severe storms and flooding in several Texas counties that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) under Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4223-DR) is:

·         11:59 p.m. CDT Wednesday, August 19  for Hood, Madison, Shelby and Wharton Counties

·         11:59 p.m. CDT Friday, August 21 for Red River County

Impacted workers and self-employed individuals affected by the storms in these counties can apply for benefits online at Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling the TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between   8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between May 4 and June 22, 2015.

Storm victims can also visit any Workforce Solutions office to apply for DUA. Applications for DUA filed after the designated deadlines will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for applying late.

DUA, which is unemployment insurance benefits made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who:

·         Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits

·         Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area,

·         Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster

·         Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income

·         Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster

·         Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household


To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.



Applicants must mail in or fax all required documentation within 21 days from the date of the DUA application. Send mailed documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 101 E. 15th St., Room 354, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to (512) 936-3250.

After applying for DUA, you must actively search for full-time employment unless TWC informs you that you are exempt from the work search requirement. Job seekers may visit local Workforce Solutions offices for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, résumé and application preparation, career development, and more. Customers also may connect with potential employers through TWC’s online job-search engine by visiting


The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.



Reserved Seating – If you wish to purchase reserved seating for the 2015 football season, see Sherri Strahan in the Central Office.  If you would like to purchase the same seats you had last year, it’s important to please come by and secure your seating.

Meet the Teacher – Timpson ISD will host Meet the Teacher Thursday August 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  All parents are invited to attend.  Children may bring their school supplies that evening.

THS First Scrimmage – The Timpson High School’s varsity and junior varsity teams will play a scrimmage against Groveton Friday, August 14th at Timpson.  Everyone is encouraged to attend in support of the Timpson Bears!

Meet the Bears – Meet the Bears is scheduled for Thursday August 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Timpson High School football stadium.  The THS and TMS football teams, volleyball teams, band, cheerleaders and twirlers will be introduced.  Everyone is invited to come out and support our students.

Gym Floor/VolleyBall Schedule - Due to repairs that must be made to the gym floor, all volleyball games will be played away until further notice. We will revisit the schedule once the repairs are near completion. Hopefully the gym will be repaired soon.

Traffic Alert from the Texas Department of Transportation

LUFKIN  - Consultants working on a future construction project in Nacogdoches County will perform work beginning Thursday that will require alternating lane closures on FM 1878 at the La Nana Creek Bridge.

TxDOT is preparing to replace the existing La Nana Creek Bridge. The construction project is slated to begin in 2017 following environmental clearance and design work. Prior to construction, soil samples must be taken as engineers continue to study and design the replacement bridge. Workers will take soil samples Thursday that will require the lane closures on FM 1878 at La Nana Creek.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution in the area throughout the day and be prepared to stop, reduce speed and watch for all directional signs and/or workers that might be present at the bridge area.

Road conditions and traffic updates available on<> or<>. For more information, contact<> or (936) 633-4395.

CHS Student Schedules

CHS Principal Matthew Gregory announces that CHS students can pick up class schedules at the CHS Front Office from 7:30 am to 4 pm on the following schedule.Seniors, Wednesday August 12thJuniors, Thursday August 13thSophomores, Friday August 14thFreshmen, at Fish Camp Tuesday, August 18th

Center 7th & 8th Football Information

All 7th & 8th grade boys interested in participating in football at Center
Middle School for the 2015 season, need to come  to the Middle School field
house @ 302 Kennedy Street to be fitted for their football equipment.

*8th Grade* boys can receive their equipment on Wednesday, August 19th
from 10:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*7th Grade* boys can receive their equipment on Friday, August 21st 10:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Although these are not the only times that student athletes can receive
their equipment, it is strongly encouraged for them to do so. However,
equipment may still be issued on the first day of school.

Questions can be directed to the Roughrider Athletic Office @ 936-598-6173.

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Earns High Awards in 2015 TFEA Marketing Competition

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and the
Texas Blueberry Festival took home honors in the recent award competition
for excellence in event marketing and management awarded by the Texas
Festivals & Events Association (TFEA). The Chamber competed with other
events with a budget of under $75,000 and took first-place for Best
Commemorative Poster, second-place for Best Event Website and third-place
for Best T-Shirt Design.

The TFEA Marketing Awards program recognizes excellence in marketing
campaigns used to promote festivals and events. This competition recognizes
the creativity and professionalism of the Texas festivals and events
industry,” said TFEA Executive Director Jennifer Allison. There were 335
entries from 29 different organizations judged by a panel of marketing
professionals and senior level college marketing interns.

Texas Blueberry Festival Chair Grace Handler of Handler Insurance spoke
highly of the recent awards. "What an honor for our community! This is what
happens when wonderful people work together for the betterment of our
community, city and county," she said.

The Texas Blueberry Festival T-shirt and poster design were a collaborative
effort between Nacogdoches County Chamber CEO Bruce Partain and Tattoo
Productions Owner Jimmy Crow. The blueberry festival website,, was created and is hosted by Point A Media
in Nacogdoches.


*About Texas Festival & Events Association*

TFEA is a professional trade association for festival and event planners,
volunteers and suppliers from across Texas. It is an official affiliate of
the International Festivals & Events Association, the premier professional
association supporting festival and event leaders worldwide. For more
information about TFEA, visit or find the association on

Joaquin ISD Staff Members to Meet for Welcome Back Meeting

All Joaquin ISD staff members will meet Monday, August 17th, 2015 in the
Joaquin High School auditorium at 8:00 a.m.  Superintendent Phil Worsham
will welcome back the staff for the 2015-2016 school year.

Substitute orientation will be held on Monday, August 17th, 2015 in the
Joaquin High School auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.
Please note that the time has been moved to 10:00 a.m.

Shelbyville ISD Meet the Teacher

Shelbyville ISD Meet the Teacher will be held on August 20, 2015 from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm. Please bring your school supplies.

Joaquin: Free / Reduced Lunch Application Information

Joaquin ISD will offer Online Applications for Free & Reduced Meals this school year.  The online applications are user friendly and will help determine if your household qualifies for the meal program.   Paper applications will no longer be accepted. 


If you have received a letter stating that your household is eligible for free school meals then you do not have to complete the new online application. 


If you have any questions or need assistance completing the meal application please call, Judy Strong, Director of Food Service (936) 269-4092 Ext 335. I will be at the elementary Open House Aug. 20, 2015 to assist with the Online Applications for Free & Reduced Meals and available to answer any questions you may have.

HWY 87 Crash- 1 deceased

On 8/11/15 at about 1:40 PM, Shelby County DPS Troopers responded to and
investigated a two vehicle crash on SH 87 approximately four miles South of 
Shelbyville, TX in Shelby County. The preliminary crash investigation indicates 
that a 2005 Mack dump truck was traveling southbound on SH 87 when a 
northbound 2005 Kenworth truck tractor crossed over into the southbound lanes 
where the two vehicles struck head-on. The driver of the 2005 Mack was identified 
as Mark Allen Vaughn (44), from Milam, TX. Vaughn was transported to Good 
Shepherd Medical Center in Longview for treatment. The driver of the 2005 
Kenworth was identified as Kenneth E. Davis (67), from Joaquin, TX. Davis was
transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA and was pronounced 
deceased at 3:24 PM. This crash is still under investigation. No additional 
information is available at this time.

Arrest Report 8/11/15

Arrest Report- 8/11/15


Charles Edwards- 21- Timpson- Failure to appear: Assault causing bodily injury

Douglas Hinson- 34- Center- Terroristic Threat

Jennifer Cassell Rhodes- 32- Center- Improper Relationship between Educator/Student


None in SA

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Obituary Notice: Mrs. Harold Beckett

NEWS RELEASE: August 11, 2015



Mrs. Harold Beckett, 89, of Huxley, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015, in Nacogdoches.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 at Strong Cemetery with Bro. Danny Russo officiating. 


Mrs. Beckett was born January 21, 1926, in Alma, Arkansas, to Ernest Allen and Minnie Self Allen.  She was a member of Do-Si-Do Square Dance Club and was of the Christian faith.


She is survived by

Son: Allan “Tommy” Elledge of Huxley


Grandson: Derrick Elledge and his wife of Rockwall


Granddaughter: Stacey Pope and her husband of Barling, Arkansas


Three Great Grandchildren


Sister: Frances Provence of Locke, Arkansas


Brother: Marion Allen of Hickory Springs, North Carolina


Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends


Preceded in death by

Husband: Harold Beckett

Grandson: Douglas Elledge


Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

Shelbyville Youth Football Signups

Shelbyville Youth Football will be having our second football sign up this Thursday, August 13th at the youth baseball fields in Shelbyville between 5 pm and 7 pm. Sign up fees are $55 for flag and $75 for tackle. Bring your child's birth certificate.

Burn Bans in effect for surrounding Counties

As of Monday, August 10th, 2015, the following counties are under a BURN BAN until further notice.
Shelby,San Augustine, Panola, Sabine, Rusk, Andelina, Jasper, and several other counties. 
You are reminded that any outdoor burning is strictly prohibited. If you see anyone doing any burning, please contact local Sheriffs Office so we can keep our area safe from wild fires!

Shelby County Extension Agents Recognized at Commissioner’s Court for Awards Received

Shelby County Extension Agents Recognized at Commissioner’s Court for Awards Received



At the state conference for the Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences in July, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences was awarded three individual state level awards, one team award, and two multi-county awards for programs conducted in 2014. 



Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Agency Director presenting

Mrs. McSwain with the New Professional of the Year Award


Jheri-Lynn was awarded the New Professional of the Year for programming efforts in Shelby County.  She conducted over 60 programs with over 5,241 participants during 2014.

She was also presented the Communications through Photography award for her picture of the “Top 3 Biggest Losers of Weight in Shelby County.”  This 12-week program had 98 participants which lost over 725 lbs while learning about nutrition and fitness.

Her last individual award was Communications through Marketing for her annual Friend to Friend Breast Cancer awareness program.  This program helped fund mammograms for 47 women at risk in Shelby County.

The Curriculum Enrichment Team award was presented to Jheri-Lynn McSwain and Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for their annual Agriculture and Education Safety Day.  This youth program was hosted in May with over 900 children attending in 2014 and 1,050 in 2015 to learn about the importance of agriculture and nutrition.

Jheri-Lynn, along with other members of her FCS team, was presented the Early Childhood Child Care Team award for their annual Child Care Conference.  The conference is held annually in Palestine to provide CEUs for child care providers.  In 2014 the conference hosted 75 participants with Mrs. McSwain as a guest presenter providing a program on “Gardening with Children.”

The Multi-County Programming Team award was presented to Jheri-Lynn, along with other members of her FCS team, for their annual Dinner Tonight program.  The program was conducted in Palestine with 60 participants enjoying food prepared by Chef Simon Webster and FCS agents while learning nutritious cooking tips.

In February, The Better Living for Texans program was awarded to Jheri-Lynn as the 2014 Bronze level winner for Regions 4 and 5 by completing over 160% of hours towards programs involving low-income audiences.

Obituary for Mrs. Mary Jean Hill

Obituary for Mrs. Mary Jean Hill

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jean Hill, 80 of Carthage, Texas will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dale Reed officiating. Burial will follow in the West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6–8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Hill passed away August 9, 2015 in Longview, Texas.
Mrs. Mary Jean Jacobs Hill was born December 25, 1934 in Shelby County, Texas. She was one of six children born to John William and Stella Wilburn Jacobs. Jean was raised in Shelby County and attended Paxton Schools. She worked for over 18 years for the Panola County Sheriff’s Department, was a member of the Carthage Missionary Baptist Church and loved playing the piano, square dancing and playing bingo. Mrs. Hill is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Vernon Jacobs, Martha Lucille Robbins and James Jacobs. 
Mrs. Hill is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Barnard of Longview, LaWanda Carty and husband Randall of Dallas; brothers, Harold Jacobs and wife Dorothy of Overton, Roy Jacobs of Ragtown; grandchildren, Wesley Barnard and wife Christina of Hallsville, Stacy Holland and husband Josh of Carthage, Julie Coleman and husband Conner of Lakeland, GA, Josh Heard of Beckville; six great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Shelby County Football League Sign Ups

Shelby County Football League will begin sign ups Tuesday, August 11th from 5-7 pm at the CMS Cafeteria.  The price will be $100 for tackle and $75 for flag.  Ages are from 5-12.   Additional sign ups will be held on Tuesday Aug. 18 and Aug. 25th from 5-7 pm and on Saturday Aug. 15th and Aug. 22nd from 10 am -12 pm.  Last day to sign up will be Saturday Aug. 29th from 9 am - 1pm.  All will be held at the CMS Cafeteria.
For more information or questions please contact Greg Hubbard at 936-598-8433 or Wendy Wilburn at 936-332-2645.

Obituary Notice: Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr.

Obituary Notice:

Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr.


Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr., 72, Pasadena formerly of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at his residence.


Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Linda Searcy officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening August 14, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


He was born March 17, 1943 in Shelby County to Lawrence H. “Bob” Mooney and Loneita (Pickett) Mooney. He worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Little Arkansas as the head underwriter.


He is preceded in death by his Parents, Lawrence H. “Bob” and Loneita Mooney.


He is survived by:


Giovanna “Givvie” Searcy & husband, James Leon of Pasadena


David Mooney of Live Oak, Texas


James L. Searcy, Jr. & wife, Linda

Great Nephews:

Jason & Nathan Searcy 

Obituary- Bobbie Campbell



Bobbie Campbell, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kerry Green and Rev. R.L. Wedgeworth officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.


Mrs. Campbell was born October 9, 1941, in Shelby County, to Lynn English and Bernice Payne English.  She enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  Mrs. Campbell was also well known for the delicious meals that she prepared. Above all, she loved any time that was spent with her family and friends. She was a member of Dreka Pentecostal Church.


She is survived by

Husband: Crit Campbell of Shelbyville



Jimmy Campbell and wife, Ellen, of Clute

Lloyd Campbell and wife, Pat, of Angleton

Pete Campbell and wife, Connie, of Sweeny



Vernell English of Nacogdoches

Judy English of Orange


9 Grandchildren


21 Great Grand Children


Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends


Preceded in death by

Parents: Lynn English and Bernice Payne English

Sisters: Johnnie Wilburn, Ara Belle Anthony


Pallbearers will be Jimmy Campbell, Lloyd Campbell, Pete Campbell, Steven Campbell, Clint McKnight, Jeffery Wilburn and Gus Vela.


A special thanks to two of her nieces, Sandy Vega and Loretta Daniels, along with one granddaughter, Rebecca

McKnight, who went above and beyond in caring for Mrs. Campbell as her health began to decline.


The family would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Nacogdoches Medical Center for their kindness and care.


Online condolences & tributes can be sent at

Arrest Report 8/7-8/9

Arrest Report 8/7-8/9


Ryan Preston- 26- Logansport La-  Theft


Andrew George Frietchen- 24- Tenaha-  Assault Family Violence


Earnest Newsome- 33- Center- Aggrivated Assault/ Impede breath/Circulation


Allen Price- 30-Joaquin- Violation of Probation (OC- DWI 2nd)


San Augustine-


Cecil Boyd Shivers- Failure to Appear OC- Damage to Vehicle greater than $200


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

Outside Burning Notice

I would like to urge everyone to use caution when burning outdoors.  The
Commissioners Court will consider adopting a 90 day burn ban on Monday,
however, until then I ask everyone to use good judgement when burning trash
or brush.  I have talked with the Texas Forest Service and if you feel you
must burn outdoors; they ask that you call the proper authorities at the
first hint of danger. 

Arrest Report 8/6/15

Arrest Report 8/6/15


Glen Noble- 54- Timpson- Theft


Samuel Perez-28-Center- Indecent Exposure




None- SA County


All subject are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Ribbon Cutting Heart Institute of East Texas

On Thursday, August 06, 2015, The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the Medical Specialist Center behind ETEC in Center for The Heart Institute of East Texas.


The Heart Institute will be ran here in Center by Dr ILYAS Mohammed M.D. Dr Ilyas is bored certified in cardiovascular diseases, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and internal medicine. He specializes in performing cardiac catheteriziations through the radial artery (wrist) in addition to the conventional femoral (groin) approach.


According to Dr Ilyas, the Heart Institute is ran by 9 cardiologist to help provide care 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Note, he will only be in Center 1 day a week, but have contact numbers to assist you anytime  for any of your “Heart Desires”.


Dr Ilyas and his staff look forward to providing “Exceptional Care without Exception” to Shelby County. They are located in the Medical Specialist Center, at 233 Hurst St. Suite B in Center. To schedule an appointment, call 936-632-8787.

Arrest Report 8/5/15

Arrest Report 8/5/15


Scotty Pate- 23 Joaquin- Open Container, Expired License Plates, No Liability Insurance, No Seat Belt, Improper DL for type of vehicle


Steven Dewayne Boykin- 35- Carthage- Possession of Marijuana


Juan Manuel Rico- 31 Timpson-  Terroristic Threat to Family Member





San Augustine County


Desiderio Ortega- Public Intoxication


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Multiple Drug Bust outside Logansport, La


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of multiple subjects involved in the possession of illegal narcotics and the seizure of weapons.  Both arrests were the result of traffic stops conducted by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division.  The first traffic stop was conducted on July 31, 2015 at about 7:39 p.m. in the area of US Highway 171 and Grand Cane, LA.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jeremy McCray (B/M – DOB: 12/14/1986) of Shreveport, LA and the passenger was identified as Malcolm Jamar McCray (B/M – DOB: 02/19/1988) of Forney, TX.  Mr. Malcolm McCray was found to have an outstanding warrant for Possession of Marijuana from Smith County, TX.  While verifying extradition on the warrant, deputies requested permission to search the vehicle.  Their request was denied and the deputies requested a K-9 unit to respond to the location.  The K-9 began an open air sniff and Mr. Malcolm McCray was placed in custody on the warrant following verification with Smith County, TX.  The K-9 hit on the vehicle and deputies recovered about 200 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.  Also located in the vehicle was a Bersa Firestorm 9mm handgun with ammunition.  Mr. Jeremy McCray was arrested and charged with LA R.S. 32:61 Speeding, LA R.S. 32:53.A.(1) Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles, LA R.S. 14:95.1 Possession of a Firearm by Persons Convicted of Certain Felonies, LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute, and LA R.S. 14:95.E Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS.  Mr. Malcolm McCray was arrested on the charges LA R.S. 9:5802 Fugitive from Justice, LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute, and LA R.S. 14:95.E Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS.  Both were later booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.


In the second incident, on August 2, 2015 at about 2:45 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of US Highway 84 & Omega Lane in Stanley, LA.  The vehicle was crossing the lanes of traffic and was found to have a switched license plate.  Passengers in the vehicle were found to have differing stories of where they were coming from and the driver, identified as Chadric Green (B/M – DOB: 09/24/1976) of Mansfield, LA, had a suspended driver’s license.  Mr. Chadric Green was arrested initially on the driving under suspension charge.  Deputies also identified two other passengers, James Price III (B/M – DOB: 06/24/1976) of Mansfield, LA, and Dejasma Cardia Green (B/M – DOB: 03/29/1993) of Mansfield, LA.  It was found that Mr. Price had an outstanding warrant through Mansfield Police Department for Disturbing the Peace and was placed in custody.  Consent was given to search the vehicle.  Deputies recovered 19 individually packages of synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 2 firearms with ammunition, and cash.  Deputies with the Narcotics Division was later able to verify the subjects were coming from Houston, TX and it is believed they were on the way to distribute the narcotics in Mansfield, LA.  Mr. Chadric Green was arrested on the charges of LA R.S. 32:415 Driving Under Suspension, LA R.S. 47:508 Switched License Plate, LA R.S. 32:79 Improper Lane Usage, LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute, LA R.S. 14:95.E Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS, and LA R.S. 14:95.1 Possession of a Firearm by Persons Convicted of Certain Felonies.  Mr. Dejasma Cardia Green was issued a summons for LA R.S 40:966.E Possession of Marijuana.   Mr. Price was arrested on the charges of LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute (2nd or Subsequent Offense), LA R.S. 14:95.E Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS, and LA R.S. 14:95.1 Possession of a Firearm by Persons Convicted of Certain Felonies.  Both Mr. Chadric Green and Mr. Price were booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.


Sheriff Arbuckle would like to remind the public of the dangers of synthetic marijuana.  There have been many reports recently of hospitalizations related to the use of the synthetic marijuana.  Although many people believe it is safer since it is available in a commercial type packaging, synthetic marijuana contains many harmful substances not normally found in marijuana.  The drugs usually originally come from China (sometimes from India and the Middle East) and start off in powder form.  The powder is dissolved in acetone to create a liquid solution which is then sprayed on a plant material, normally an inert materially like Damiana leaf.  This chemical concoction normally contains JWH-018, a painkiller, XLR-11, a cancer treatment drug, or JWH-18, used in fertilizers.  The chemicals vary in quantity and potency, and are rarely the same package to package.  Many of these chemicals are not even allowed to be used on rats in laboratory testing.  Sheriff Arbuckle asks that you refrain from the use of all narcotics, even more so the chemically engineered narcotics such as synthetic marijuana.




Superior Healthplan donates to Center ISD Backpack Program

On Wednesday August 5, 2015 members of Superior Healthplan arrived to Center High school to give them a check for The Backpack program. According to Alease Copeland, counselor for Center ISD and founder of the backpack program, The program helps children in need who are hungry by sending a backpack with child safe foods home every weekend for the school year. It’s a great program and lots of money goes into helping the children. We have local people and businesses who donate and assist in the program, but it is a true blessing to receive this grant.


Rachel Thompson, Region 5 Community Ambassador out of Tyler Texas told CBC they have a grant program and they provide a Provider and a community agency with a check in person every quarter. They had just come from Texarkana from Genius Prime Care that has a warriors club where they do physical fitness for kids.  Superior Healthplan gave $5000 to Center ISD for the program.


If you would like any more information on the Backpack program or how you can help, you are asked to please call Alease Copeland at 936-598-6137

Obituary of Lydie Horton

Obituary of Lydie Horton 
 Lydie Ceal "Cotton" Kilcrease Horton, age 90, of Pearland,and former resident of the Rosevine Community, passed from this life on Monday, August 3, 2015, in Clear Lake. 

A native of Shelby County, Texas, she was born to Willie Mae (Peveto) Kilcrease and Howard Kilcrease on June 22, 1925. She married the love of her life, Burnice "Monk" Horton.  She was a homemaker and a wonderful cook and had worked in the Healthcare Industry in Food Service. She passed on her great skills in the kitchen to several of her family members. She was not only "Granny" to her grandchildren, but to several of her great-great nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Rosevine Missionary Baptist Church in Sabine County. 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her daughter, Jackie Horton Spears of Pearland; Son, Ronnie Horton and his wife, Brenda of Hemphill; Her beloved grandchildren, Brandi and Ryan Roberts; Dustin and Jana Horton; Amy Aulds; Charley and Tellina Wright; Logan and Landen Horton; Her Great-Grandchildren, Chelsie, Dylan, Tristan, Kelli, Meghan and Cody; and 5 great-great grandchildren. Her Brother, Charles Kilcrease and his wife, Linda of San Augustine; Sister, Joyce Davis and her husband, James of Center; Her special children, Bethany, Dylan and Aynsley, along with a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Burnice "Monk" Horton; Her brothers, Jack; J.W. and Tom Kilcrease; Her sisters, Ruth Jones and Maggie DearmanFuneral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Floyd Wright officiating. Interment will be in the Rosevine Cemetery in Sabine County. Visitation will be Friday evening, August 7, 2015, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972 

Pallbearers will include, Ryan Roberts; David Miles; Noe Ramirez; Hunter Mosley; Dustin Horton and Jamey Brittain; Honorary Pallbearers will include, Charley Brittain, Troy Roberts, and Charley Wright. 

Services under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas.  For online obituary and condolences please visit


'Drink, Drive, Go to Jail' campaign rolls out 'DWI Not So Fun House'

Aug. 4, 2015

AUSTIN - As summer celebrations enter their final weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation is taking its "DWI Not So Fun House" to community events across the state as part of its "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail" campaign. The vintage-style interactive carnival trailer allows the public to experience the dangerous and potentially deadly effects of impaired driving.

"Don't turn your summer fun into a life-changing tragedy by being irresponsible when it comes to drinking and driving," said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton. "A safe and sober ride should be at the top of your list when making plans with family and friends. If not, you run the serious risk of being pulled over by law enforcement, being killed or killing someone else. It's just not worth it."

The "DWI Not So Fun House" allows visitors to see and experience the simulated effects of alcohol on motor skills and driving. Participants wear vision-blurring "drunk goggles" and try to complete simple, eye-hand coordination tasks while being "impaired." The slowed reaction times and distorted perception are designed to remind Texans about the deadly risks of drinking and driving, and encourage them to always plan for a sober ride.

Last summer in Texas, 336 people were killed and 680 were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes. Texas drivers convicted of DWI face up to $17,000 in costs, possible jail time, limited career prospects and loss of driver license. In an effort to curb impaired driving, TxDOT's "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail" campaign is supported by increased law enforcement efforts between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7.

TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

  *   Calling a taxi or using a transportation app on your smartphone.
  *   Using mass transit.
  *   Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
  *   Staying put.

For more information, contact TxDOT Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks at<> or call (936) 633-4395.

Rhonda Oaks
Public Information Officer
Texas Department of Transportation

1805 N. Timberland Drive
Lufkin, Texas

Arrest Report 8/4/15

Arrest Report- Shelby County- 8/4/15



Brittany Preston- 26- Logansport La- Theft


James Cody Fleming- 31-Shelbyville- Violation of probation (OC- POCS), Hindering Apprehension or prosecution


Misty Hogue-35-Timpson- Theft of service, theft, Prohibited substance in correctional facility


No arrest in San Augustine



All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

CMS to offer Pre-Athletics Class

​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.

Joaquin under Burn Ban

Per Joaquin Fire Marshal Jeremy Boyett, the city limits of Joaquin is under a burn ban effective at 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015. Due to extremely dry conditions, the ban will remain in effect until further notice. All outdoor burning within the city limits of Joaquin is strictly prohibited. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department would also like to ask all of the surrounding communities to please refrain from burning until conditions become more favorable.

Loop 500 and Hwy 7 East has first accident after Loop Opens

Loop 500 opened its gates this morning and has already had an accident take place. According to Office Jake Gross at 10:02 am a 2008 Toyota van driven by Ronald Smith 69 of Many, La with 1 passenger, Susan Smith 58, failed to yield right of way and was struck in the passenger side by a 2005 Pontiac driven by Loretta Wheless 37 of Logansport, La at the intersection of Loop 500 and Hwy 7 east. Wheless was transported to the hospital by ACE EMS with minor injuries and has since been released.


You are reminded to please pay attention to all traffic signs and laws as some have changed due to the opening of the loop

DPSO Release - AlertFM

The Desoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Office of Homeland Security Emergency
Preparedness, has acquired, and put into place, a parish-wide emergency
alerting system to alert citizens of the parish in the event of any natural
or man-made disasters, severe weather warnings, amber alerts, road closures,
evacuations, temporary loss of parish services (i.e. 911), or any other
emergency information that is vital to the public.  This service is free to
the parish and has been provided to our parish by the Governor's Office of
Homeland Security.  


To receive alerts on your iPhone or Android phone (free of charge), go to
your app store and download the Alert FM app.  When prompted, enter your zip
code.  This will allow your phone to receive Desoto Parish OHSEP Alerts.  


If you do not have a smart phone, you may purchase an Alert FM receiver, if
desired, through the Sheriff's Office or through the company website at  These receivers receive information over FM radio signals
which means, even if the electricity and cell phone signals are lost, these
battery backed up units will still be able to receive vital alert
information.  The cost of one receiver is $39.99.

DPSO Crime Stoppers Release - Logansport Burglary

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
locating a suspect(s) involved in a burglary. The burglary occurred between
July 27, 2015 and July 28, 2015 in the area of Elm Street and 3rd Street in
Logansport, LA. The thief made off with two power washers and a water hose.
One power washer is a Simpson Model MS60753 and the other is a Honda power
washer red and black in color.


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. Travis Chelette. All calls are confidential.

Lone Star Baptist Church Announcement

The Lone Star Baptist Church, located at 2509 Elizabeth Street in Nacogdoches, Texas will be celebrating their Church Anniversary and Family and Friends Day on Sunday August 23, 2015 @ 3pm. Rev. Carlos Johnson and the Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Timpson Texas will be the special guest. Rev. Scotty D. Bland is the Pastor

Ribbon Cutting - Natural Texan Magazine

Press Release
Ribbon Cutting
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a ribbon 
cutting for Natural Texan Magazine and owner, Gabrielle West, on 
Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Chamber of 
Commerce office. The Chamber is located in the historic 1884 jail on the 
downtown Center inner Square.
Natural Texan Magazine features informative articles regarding health, 
fashion and lifestyle in Shelby County. Look for it in businesses around the 
county or online at
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of 
Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Arrest Report 8/3/15

Arrest Report 8/3/15

Shelby County-


Erik Ramirez- 22- Center- Failure to stop and render aid


Scotty Pate- 23- Joaquin- Burg of Hab, Violation of Probation (original charge- Possession of Marijuana)


Donald Green- 24- Logansport LA- DWI, Failure to maintain financial responsibility


Barrett R. Moss- 33- Center- Unlawful carrying of weapon, unlawful possession of firearm by felon


San Augustine-

No Report


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Joaquin ISD JH/HS Registration Dates/Times, Meet the Rams, Meet the Teacher

*Joaquin ISD Junior High and High School Registration Dates/Times* are as

Grades 6th, 7th and 8th - August 13th from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Seniors and Juniors - August 13th from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Sophomores - August 14th from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Freshman - August 14th from  1:00 - 3:00 pm

*Meet the Rams* will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 5:00 pm on the
football field.  There will be a $2.00 entry fee with scrimmage to follow.

*Meet the Teacher* will be held on Thursday, August 20th at the following
times:  The Elementary campus will be held from 5:00 - 6:30 pm and the
Junior High/HIgh School campuses will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

Little Avery Lawson Comes Home

Welcome Home Avery' was on signs from U.S. 96 North, down Tenaha Street, all the way to the downtown Center square Saturday, August 1, 2015 where an anxious crowd waited to welcome Avery Lawson back to Shelby County.

Well-wishers began cheering as Avery's vehicle entered the square escorted by two Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper vehicle. The vehicle pulled into the center of the square and as Avery exited the vehicle, friends greeted her and Avery replied to them with simply, "I'm free," to which everyone cheered.

Among her supporters was a family who knows so well the journey Avery and her family have been on. Brooklyn Oliver with pom poms in hand cheered for Avery along with her family.

Avery's grandmother, Cecelia Boles spoke to the crowd giving thanks to the Lord and appreciation to everyone for their prayers and support. Boles said, "This baby is a miracle. God has touched not only her life, but our lives and so many others everyday."

Lawson has been recovering since May 31, 2015 from an ATV accident. She is the daughter of Emma & Carl Whitehead and Craig & Abby Lawson.

Arrest Report 7/31/15-8/3/15

ARREST REPORT- 7/31-8/03


Joe Timmons- 75- Longview tx- THEFT


Lillian Pratt- 29 Nacogdoches- THEFT




Kathleen Moore- 37- Timpson- THEFT BY CHECK


Noe- Hernandez- 28- Center – PUBLIC INTOXICATION


Ceilberto Arriaga- 19- Center- DWI, NO D/L


Christian Cruz-corpus- 19- Nacogdoches- DWI, NO D/L


Rodrick Woodard- 33 Nacogdoches- FAILURE TO IDENTIFY














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