News Headlines Archives for 2015-11

Sacred Sounds of the Season

The Center First United Methodist Church will host Sacred Sounds of the Season Thursday December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Musicians and singers from community churches will share their talents. Everyone is invited to attend this special program that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit of this season. The Center First United Methodist church is located at 211 Porter Street in Center.

Shelbyville Dragons Football Information

Shelbyville will play against Lovelady on Friday night starting at 7:00p at Nacogdoches High School. Shelbyville will be on the visitors side.

Santa’s Christmas Parade

Santa Clause is coming to town this Saturday, December 5.  Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee Chairman Randy Collard reports that during the parade afternoon the Daughters of the Republic William Carroll Crawford Chapter will host tours of the First Ladies in Texas Building on the historic downtown Center square beginning at prior to Santa’s Christmas Parade, presented by Shelby Savings Bank. 


According to Collard, Grand Marshal Alease Copelin, 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient, will lead the parade at 6:00 p.m. The Grand Marshal vehicle is sponsored by Farmers State Bank. Over 20 floats and features will make their way through the heart of town to delight the young and old alike. Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday.


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.  For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit

1 Person Missing After Car Drives Into River

On 11/28/15 at 9:35 am, Lufkin DPS Communications received a report of a one vehicle crash on US 59 at the Neches River Bridge on the Polk County side of the river. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2014 Dodge passenger car was traveling northbound on US 59 when the vehicle left the roadway to the left and subsequently drove into the river. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Adrian Segura (23), from Lufkin, TX, who was not injured during the crash. The driver reported that he was traveling with Markus Smith (23), also from Lufkin, TX. Smith has not been located at this time after an intensive search of the Neches River that was conducted on 11/28/15 and is currently still underway by Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, Polk County DPS Troopers, Angelina County DPS Troopers and the Nacogdoches Fire Department Dive Team. The crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

Obituary: Feye Strong

Feye Strong, 58, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.


Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Monday, November 30, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


She was born February 27, 1957 in Phoenix, AZ to Cecil and Karie (Jensen) Strong.


She is preceded in death by her Sister, Diana Strong Underwood, Grandparents, Alvin & Viola Strong and Vernon & Evelyn Jensen.


She is survived by:

Cecil and Karie Strong of Shelbyville

Sisters and Brothers-in-law:

Starla & Terry Monville of Mt. Enterprise

Jackie & Ronnie Traylor of Sour Lake

Nieces & Nephews:
Amanda Monville

R.J. Traylor

Zach Traylor

Tammy Traylor

Courtney Traylor



Numerous Aunts & Uncles


Ronnie Traylor, Zach Traylor, R.J. Traylor,

Alvin “Lynn” Strong, Michael Strong & Terry Monville

Obituary: Raymond Joe Crawford

Raymond Joe Crawford, 72, of De Kalb, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015, in Texarkana.


Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.


Mr. Crawford was born August 23, 1943, in Center, to Lynn Crawford and Lois Mancil Crawford.  He loved hunting, fishing, watching Dallas Cowboy Football and playing with his grandson.


He is survived by

Wife: Brenda Rankin Crawford of De Kalb


Son: Matt Crawford and wife, Tabitha, of Maud



Mervil Crawford and wife, Letha, of Center

Jerry Crawford of Garland

Ben Crawford and wife, Robin, of Center


Sister: Dorothy Crawford of Dublin, Georgia


Grandson: Landry Crawford of Maud


Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends


Preceded in death by

Parents: Lynn Crawford and Lois Mancil Crawford

Brother: Bill Crawford

Sister-in-law: Lajuan Crawford

Arrests 11/30/15

Charlie McCowin (37) of Tenaha A.F. DWI 3rd or More, DWLI w/ previous conviction


Leah Woodhatch (23) of Center A.F. Possession of Marijuana, Speeding, FTA (OC: Speeding), No Seat Belt, 3 counts of No Child Safety Seat, 2 counts of No Driver’s License


Tracy Averyt (50) of Muskogee, Oklahoma A.F. False Alarm or Report, Interference w/ Public Duties


Brent Nicholson (19) of Gary A.F. Public Intox


Ryan Collins (19) of Gary A.F. Public Intox


Ethan Myers (19) of Joaquin A.F. DWI, DWLI


Dareymoss Lister (33) of Center A.F. Warrant (OC: Possession of Weapon)


Sherry Berwick (50) of Center A.F. FTA (OC: Theft/Bad Check)

Obituary: Mrs. Patsy Jean Roberts Wooten


Percy Garner & Son Mortuary

304 Ironosa Rd. - P.O. Box 491 - San Augustine, Texas 75972

Phone # (936) 275-2511, FAX# (936) 275-3481



Garner and Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services for:


DOB: 02/24/1959                    DOD:  11/18/2015


Mrs. Patsy Jean Roberts Wooten, age 56, of Austin, Texas.  Mrs. Wooten passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.





Saturday, November 28, 2015

1:00 p.m.

Teague Jerusalem Temple, Austin, Texas

Interment: Mosaic Cemetery

Arch Bishop S. V. Teague, Officiating





Friday, November 27, 2015

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

Garner and Son Chapel




Husband                      Lafayette Easton of Austin, Texas


4 Brothers                   Robert Pitts (Diann)

David Roberts

Henry Lee Roberts

 Tommy Roberts


6 Sisters                       Barbara Riddley (Morris)

Annette Wade (Jerry)

Rita Fields (Anthony Miller)

Shirley Brown (Freddy Wishington)

Dorothy Roberts (Jonathan Briggs)

Lori Roberts (Wayne Cooper)


A host of Nieces and Nephews other relatives and friends.


Obituary: Mrs. Bobbye Emken

Mangum Funeral Home

P.O. Box 2043

Center, Texas 75935

(936) 598-3341

Obituary Notice:

Mrs. Bobbye Emken


Mrs. Bobbye Emken, 89, of Joaquin formerly of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Green Acres Nursing Home.


Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. John Bender officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery at a later time. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 1 o’clock p.m. at First Baptist Church.


She was born November 7, 1926 in Shelby County to John Robert and Bertha (Ellis) Latimer. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Golden Harvest Club in Center for many years. She was very active in our community. She loved fishing, talking on the phone and working in the yard and she won Yard of the Month in Galveston 5 years in a row. She was also a member of American Ex-Prisoners of War and Titus Harris (Bataan) Medical Society.


She is preceded in death by her Parents, John Robert and Bertha Latimer, Husband, Dr. Roy Emken and Brother, Leon Latimer.


She is survived by:

John Lawrence “Larry” Rymal of Joaquin


Maggie the dog


Jack Latimer of Joaquin

Special Friends:

Nell Polley of Center

Darlene Welles

many many more friends & family


Family request in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


John Dwire, Bronson Dwire, Benjamin Dwire, John Dwire, Jr., Ronnie Land,

Joshua Sanford, Mike Charleston and Vance Green



You may sign the online registry book at

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

Panola Men Fall To Lamar State Port Arthur

The Panola men’s basketball team lost to Lamar State Port Arthur here Tuesday night. 89-73. The loss drops the Ponies record to 7-3 and 1-1 in Region XIV play. “We really struggled in the second half to find a rhythm.” Said Head Coach Grant McMillan. “We gave up 20 offensive boards in the game. It’s tough to win giving other teams that many extra possessions.” He added.


After a seesaw first half, Panola trailed heading into the locker rooms 36-30. After getting down by 10 points on multiple occasions in the second half the Ponies cut the lead to 62-60 with 6:52 remaining in the game. Port Arthur went on a 7-0 run and Panola could not get any closer.


Offensively, Panola was led by Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) with 15 points. Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) scored in double figures for the fourth straight game netting 13 . Tope Arikawe (Nigeria) and Chan Williams-Bey (Hartford, Connecticut) also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.  Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) chased down 10 rebounds in the loss. As a team Panola gave up 20 offensive rebounds and was forced into 17 turnovers.


Panola will next be in action this upcoming Friday, November 27th  as they head to Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas to play in their Thanksgiving Classic. The Ponies will take on Cedar Valley at 5:00 PM on the campus of Angelina College.

Dumpster In Timpson Open Dec. 5th

The dumpster will be in Timpson on RR Avenue beside the City Hall on Saturday, December 5th.  It will be available in the morning until it reaches capacity.


No Oil, No Freon, No Paint, No Batteries, No Tires, No Refrigerators, No Computer Equipment, No dumping outside the dumpsters

Stock A Ram for Santa

Jeff Baker, General Manager of Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Center, is teaming up again with the Shelby County Advocacy Center and Center Broadcasting for the 4th annual Stock A Ram for Santa, to help the children of our community have a happy Christmas.

They are asking for your assistance to make this effort more successful than ever. Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is accepting donations of new, unopened gifts for kids up to age 17, now through December 11th.

As their way of showing appreciation for donating gifts, you will become eligible to win a 48 inch TV.  It’s easy to donate, and you’re helping area children have a better Christmas. 

Join Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the Shelby County Advocacy Center and Center Broadcasting Company for the 4th annual Stock A Ram for Santa – drop off your gifts now through December 11th at Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, highway 96 North in Center.  

Dr. Danny Paul Windham Named Panola College Alumnus of the Year

The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Danny Paul Windham as the 2015 Panola College Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Windham will be recognized at the Panola College commencement ceremony scheduled for Thursday, December 11, at 7pm in the Carthage Civic Center.

Dr. Danny Paul Windham graduated from Panola College with an Associate in Science Degree in May of 1974. After graduating from Little Cypress Mauriceville High School in 1972 he moved to Center, Texas to live with his grandmother, Lulie Windham, while attending Panola College. The drive from Center to Carthage to attend college was a quick commute. Dr. Danny Paul recalls the college had bells that rang as a sign that class time was over-much like high school.

The class size was small allowing for the students to get acquainted with the professors. Mrs. Shephard was an English professor he recalls with fondness. Mrs. Shephard was also the sister of his first grade teacher, Mrs. Strahan, at Little Cypress. He remembers Dr. Robertson, his Botany instructor as an inspiration. Texas Governor Dolph Brisco was the speaker at his graduation ceremony in 1974.

Dr. Danny Paul continued his education graduating from Stephen F. Austin University in 1976. In 1980 he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas.

For thirty five years Dr. Danny Paul has practiced Dentistry in Center, Texas.

In 2008 his daughter, Dr. Anna Joy Shirley joined him. Dr. Brett Shirley, son-in-law, is an Oral- Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Brett is an important part of the practice. In 2012 his son, Dr. Clayton Paul Windham and wife Jackie joined the practice. Jackie is a Registered Dental Hygienist. Windham Family is truly a family practice!

Dr. Windham and wife of 36 years, Sally, have four grandchildren: McCann Clay and Holt Jackson Shirley and Everly Joy and William Clayton (Liam) Windham.

Presently, Dr. Danny Paul is the President of the East Texas Dental Society, a member of the Pineywoods Study Club, the American Dental Association, and the Texas Dental Association. As a 35 year member of the Center Noon Lion's club he serves as the Tail Twister. Dr. Windham is also a 35 year member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for which he is the Entertainment Chairman for the East Texas Poultry Festival. He makes sure the Francis Oates Stage is full of musical entertainment throughout the festival. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas and serves on the Pastoral Committee. He is a committee member for the Shelby County Cookers and the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited.

Dr. Windham is the 2015 Shelby County's People's Choice Dentist of the Year.

Music is a large part of his life. Dr. Windham enjoys music and is a seasoned song writer. His band, Danny Paul Windham and the Pine Hill Review, perform throughout the area.

“I am truly honored to be chosen the Panola College Alumnus of the Year,” stated Dr. Windham.

The Singing Christians/Mercy River Boys in Tx Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Shelby County’s own The Singing Christians/Mercy River Boys were inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame earlier this month in ceremonies in Dallas.  Frank Horton, Calvin Christian and Wayne Christian, originally of Tenaha, were present with several other former members to receive the award and present a mini-concert for the first time for most in over 38 years.  Other members of the group from Shelby County over the years include, Jack and Bettie Christian (founding members), Mike Ramsey, Dickie Gilchrist, and Richard Adams.  Now Deceased members included founding manager James E. Christian as well as Joe Dan Womack (also a founding member), Bill Horton and Billy Brooks.


Wayne Christian was additionally individually inducted into the hall of fame. While all the 1970s and early 1980s, you could find them singing with his band The Singing Christians, later named, The Mercy River Boys, which was a two-time finalist for the National GMA Dove Award as group of the year; once in 1979 and again in 1980. Also in 1979, The Mercy River Boys were finalist for the Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. But Wayne’s involvement went beyond just singing; he was also active with the Gospel Music Association and served on the National Board of Directors from 1976 to 1979 and after their over one dozen professional recordings a voting member of NARAS (National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences).

Obituary: Lavernie Lunsford

Services for Lavernie Lunsford will be 2:00pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas.  Visitation will be at 1:00-2:00 pm before service time at the church.


She was born July 2, 1919 in Garrison, Texas and died November 24, 2015 in Garrison, Texas



Daughter:            Joyce Helen Martin

Daughter-In-Law: Shirley Lunsford Ruthven & husband Hugh


Grandchildren:   Jerry Don Gideon & wife Tamara

Terry Lynn Gideon & wife Lori

Darrell Lunsford, Jr. & wife Leasa

Diana J. Pinkston & husband Michael

Her sweet little niece:  Helen Hammer & husband James


10 Great Grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren


Preceded in death by parents, husband;Rev. T.D. Lunsford, Sons; James don Lunsford and Darrell Lunsford Sr,brother;Jack Kruse, sisters; Louise Nation & Bernice Hancock

Closure of 3 Juvenile Sex Crime Cases

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce multiple arrests and the closure of three (3) juvenile sex crime cases by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division. 


The first pair of arrests involve a husband and wife, identified as James Matthew Pittman (W/M - DOB: 06/05/1976) and Rhydonia Gullette Pittman (W/F - DOB: 03/14/1985) both of Keithville, LA.  Following a complaint from an outside party, an investigation was initiated by a juvenile sex crimes detective.  It was found through the investigation that a juvenile subject related to Mr. & Mrs. Pittman was sexually exploited within DeSoto Parish.  At the conclusion of the investigation, Mr. Pittman was placed under arrest for LA R.S. 14:42 First Degree Rape and LA R.S. 14:81.2 Molestation of a Juvenile.  Mrs. Pittman was placed under arrest for LA R.S. 14:42 First Degree Rape.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Pittman were booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.


The second arrest involved a subject identified as Damarcus Williams (B/M - DOB: 01/16/1995) of Frierson, LA.  A complaint was initiated by a parent of a juvenile at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  Following an investigation by the juvenile sex crimes detective, it was found that Mr. Williams had illegal sexual contact with the juvenile.  He was placed under arrest for LA R.S. 14:80 Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.


The third arrest was the result of an investigation to a complaint filed by a parent of a juvenile.  The detective found that a subject, identified as Steve Robert Ranney (W/M - DOB: 08/13/1980) of Shreveport, LA, had sexual contact with a juvenile while in DeSoto Parish.  Mr. Ranney was arrested for LA R.S. 14:92 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile and LA R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.  He was also booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.

Construction Plans for SH 7

A $10 million construction project on SH 7 will continue as concrete for culvert extensions is scheduled to be poured in coming days that will reconstruct existing pavement and result in the addition of shoulders and passing lanes to the much traveled roadway.

Pinto Construction is the contractor for the project that should be completed in about a year, weather permitting. The project length on SH 7 in Houston County includes just over 7 miles and ends at FM 2781 in Kennard.

Motorists are advised to slow down through the construction zone, obey all signage and prepare for delays as workers and heavy machinery work through the area.

Other project updates in the nine county Lufkin District include:


BU 59: Contractors will continue to work on placing retaining walls and subgrade in the southbound lanes as the project moves toward replacing the railroad bridge.

SL 287: Contractors will begin treating subgrade on the SL 287 eastbound main lanes beginning at the Moffett bridge and continuing westward. The bridge crew will continue to place deck panels on the recently placed U-turn bridge beams.

US 59 at Redland: Lime treatments are scheduled and workers will place storm sewers for the southbound main lanes.

SH 7 East: Maintenance base repairs

FM 706: Contractor crews will continue safety treating fixed objects from US 69 to SH 103.

Various locations: Street sweeping, debris removal.


US 59: Contractors continue to work from SL 224 to 1.3 miles south of the loop on US 59 and on SL 224 from US 59 to SH 7 West. Work is scheduled to continue on the westbound exit ramp and crews are preparing the right-of-way on US 59 in advance of construction at Spradley Street to widen the roadway. Utility crews also continue to work through the area.

SL 224/US 59: From SH 7 East to US 259 crews will continue to work on guard rails and culverts throughout the project at various locations.

FM 1878: Construction on Starr Avenue from North Street to Clark Boulevard is scheduled to begin after Thanksgiving holiday as crews continue to relocate utilities.

FM 1275: Railroad maintenance and edge and shoulder leveling.


US 287: Crews are placing asphalt on driveways through the project that will add left and right turn lanes at the OSB plant entrance.

FM 1988: Work will continue as crews place drill shafts to replace the bridge.

Various locations: Crews will continue to work at Hubert Cemetery Road over Dickens Branch, at Kelly Road over Menard Creek to set beams for a new bridge and will complete pouring concrete at Soda Loop over Bluff Creek for a bridge replacement there.

Various locations: Patching potholes, leveling of roadways and debris removal.


SH 94: Contractors will continue to safety treat fixed objects, including work on guardrails at White Rock Creek and Sandy Creek from SH 19 to US 287 as well as from US 287 to 1.6 mile west of FM 358.

FM 2262: Maintaining shoulders, patching and sign repair.


US 287: Contractors are completing work to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from Loop 304 to the Trinity County line.

SH 21: Construction will continue as contractors frame for culvert extensions and pour concrete along the project area from FM 1280 to just east of FM 2967.

SH 21 West: Maintenance crews will work to level up roadway

FM 2967: Maintenance crews will level up roadway and do base repairs

FM 232: Maintenance and repair on culvert joints


US 59 at FM 2914: Crews will haul embankment and install retaining walls for the overpass.

Various locations: Maintenance crews will be working on drainage issues and cleaning culverts and ditches.


US 96 at Ayish Bayou: Contractors are preparing the shoulder of the road in preparation for construction of a new bridge.

SH 21 at US 96: Contractors are installing concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk and finishing driveways through the project that redesigned the intersection.

Various locations: Maintenance will work on debris removal.


US 84 TX/LA bridge: The eastbound deck has been completed and the railing is being constructed. Concrete is being placed in Louisiana with First Avenue scheduled to open on the eastbound side within the week.

Loop 500: Hot mix overlay from SH 7 to US 87.

FM 139: Crews will be safety treating fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 87 including work on cross drainage structures, guardrails and driveways throughout the project.

CR 4323: Contractors have completed constructing relief bridges for Flat Fork Creek. They are expected to continue work on the bridge approaches as weather permits.


FM 2866: Leveling with motor grader.

For more information, contact Rhonda Oaks at (936) 633-4395.

Panola College Foundation Announce Cruisin’ for College Winner

On Saturday, November 21, the winning ticket of the Cruisin’ for College Car Raffle benefitting the Panola College Foundation was drawn in front of a group of Panola Ponies basketball fans at half-time.


The lucky owner of ticket number 996, Rhonda Williams of Carthage, TX, was notified immediately by phone. All those in attendance enjoyed hearing her excitement as she was told over the speaker she was the owner of a brand new 2015 Chevy Camaro.


"I can't believe it! I never win anything, but I was proud to support the Panola College Foundation and knew the funds would go towards a great cause,” said Williams.


The Cruisin’ For College Car Raffle, which was graciously sponsored by Pippen Motor Company, was initiated in September 2015 and ticket sales were limited to only 3,000 tickets.All of the net proceeds go to support the Panola College Foundation, who provide student scholarships, faculty and staff grants and other special projects that support student success at Panola College.


“On behalf of the Panola College Foundation, we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and supported the Foundation. The support of our community members in Panola, Shelby, Harrison, and Marion Counties is always impressive and greatly appreciated,” stated Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. “


Congratulations to the winner, Rhonda Williams!

Sounds of Swing Concert to Benefit Panola College Music Department

The Sounds of Swing will present a concert on December 8 benefiting the Panola College Music Department.  Admission is $10 for general admission and $5 for the Panola family.  The concert will start at 7:00PM and feature music from the "big band era" as well as holiday favorites and plenty of dance music!

The Sounds of Swing is a jazz band that is based in Carthage at Panola College.  They have rehearsed here for the past 20 years and have a great relationship with the musicians who drive from all over East Texas and West Louisiana to rehearse every Tuesday night.  The Sounds of Swing is excited about presenting this concert in appreciation to Panola College for all these years of support.

Obituary: Linda Daniels

Linda Daniels, 68, of Timpson, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015, in Tyler.


Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Fairview Cemetery in Center.  A visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.


Ms. Daniels was born February 21, 1947, in Center, to Richard Henry and Bernice       Hanks Henry.


She is survived by


Kathy Parra of Center

Linda K. Daniels of Center

Reba Daniels of Center

Ronnie Daniels of Center

James Daniels and wife, Vanessa, of Center


10 Grandchildren


12 Great Grandchildren


Good Friend: Roger Grace of Timpson


Preceded in death by

Husband: Ray Daniels

Parents: Richard Henry and Bernice Hanks Henry

Accredited Food Handler’s Training Course

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was recently revised and updated and effective October 11, 2015.  A major change in the revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016. 


A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby CountyFood Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled for both Wednesday, December 9th and 16th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room. 


This one 2-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.


To register for the course, call the Extension office at 936-598-7744.  Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course.    The cost is $25.00 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins.  If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences at 936-598-7744 or

Mooney’s Emporium Business After Hours Event

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Mooney’s Emporium will host a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, December 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mooney’s Emporium is located at 107 San Augustine St. on the downtown Center square.  Betty Mooney and Chelle Mooney will showcase their newest inventory items.


Mooney’s is a specialty shop with a variety of unique items, custom designed tee shirts, one of a kind gifts and many ideas for Christmas presents.


Refreshments will be served and Chamber members are asked to bring their business cards to exchange and be eligible for door prizes.


For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit

Accident on FM 2251

On Saturday (11/21/15) at around 6 PM, Angelina County DPS Troopers responded to and are currently investigating a crash that occurred on FM 2251, where a citizen was struck by a vehicle while riding a horse. The only available information at this time is that the vehicle is possibly a silver truck which failed to stop and render aid and fled the scene traveling southbound on FM 2251 with damage to the front portion of the vehicle. DPS officers are requesting anyone with any information about the driver and/or the vehicle to please contact DPS at (936) 699-7340.

Update: Shelbyville ISD Food Drive

Shelbyville ISD Hosted a Food Drive for Shelby County Outreach Ministries from November 2nd to November 16th raising roughly $2,000 worth of food. With a food box cost roughly $40 each, this will help feed about 50 families in our community.
Shelby County Outreach Ministries Inc. would like to give a special thanks to the children and staff of Shelbyville ISD. We appreciate all of your support and hard work.

Raid In Mansfield

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce a raid conducted in the city limits of Mansfield, LA in the early morning hours of November 20, 2015. This raid consisted of executing four (4) search warrants by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office SWAT and Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office SWAT on different locations simultaneously in reference to suspected criminal activity.  Two subjects were arrested during the execution of the warrants for Resisting an Officer by Interference.  They are identified as Sky Debonaire Jones (B/M - DOB: 01/18/1987) of Mansfield, LA and Quarerius Diontre Adams (B/M - DOB: 12/07/1995) of Mansfield, LA.  The investigation into the criminal activity is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Obituary: Syble Adkinson

Syble Adkison, age 83 of Houston, passed away, Wednesday, November 18, 2015.


Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m.,  Monday, November  23, 2015 at New Hope Cemetery in Center.


She was born June 23, 1932 in Center, Texas to Parents, Roy Leon Noble & Fleta Leona (Lucas) Noble.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Leon & Fleta Noble, her husband, Rev. Royce “Bo” Adkison,

Brother, Jerry Noble, Sister, Vivian Rozell & Brother, Roger Noble


She is survived by:


Rhonda Morgan


Son & Daughter-in-law:

Randy & Mary Ellen Adkison



Stacy & husband, Troy Baker

Aaron Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Amanda & husband, Adam Cloessner

Chris Adkison

Emily Adkison

Jessie & husband, Reid Postle


Great Grandchildren:

Darian, Zach, Samantha & Bo



Geraldine “Jean” Tomlin



Roy Noble & wife,  Joyce of Joaquin

Obituary: Patsy Roberts Wooten

Percy Garner and Son Mortuary would like to announce that services are pending for Mrs. Patsy Roberts Wooten, age 56, of Austin, Texas.  Mrs. Wooten passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

TxDOT Tips For Safer Driving and Avoiding Wildlife

With Fall in full swing and winter approaching, East Texans could likely see deer and wildlife in or near the roadway. The Texas Department of Transportation wants drivers to be alert to the facts of motor vehicle crashes involving wildlife and offers driving tips to help insure a safe trip through the Pineywoods.

In Texas, about 6,700 crashes a year involve wildlife, resulting in about 17 fatalities. TxDOT urges drivers to be vigilant as they drive through areas known to be inhabited by deer, especially in the Fall mating season that is known to be from October to December in conjunction with hunting season. A few tips that could help you avoid accidents with wildlife include:


-Slow down when entering wildlife populated areas. Headlights have an illumination range of 200 to 250 feet. To allow for sufficient brake time, reduce your speed to 45 mph at night when driving through areas heavily populated by wildlife and to 30 mph when roads are wet, foggy, or icy.

-Scan ahead and watch for movement along roadsides. Deer and other wildlife are more active from 6 p.m. to midnight. If you are alone on the road at night, use high-beam headlights and stay alert. Keep in mind that if you see one deer, more deer are likely nearby.

-Pay attention to shoulders. Even though wildlife may be off to the side as your car approaches, animals may suddenly attempt to flee by running into the roadway. Slow as you approach, and use your horn which could scare them back into the woods.

-Brake, don't swerve. Swerving increases the chance of rolling your vehicle or going into oncoming traffic.

-Avoid the use of cell phones while driving. If you are distracted the chances increase that you will not have time to react properly.

-Always wear a seatbelt. It will help protect you from injury should you collide with an animal.

-Do not approach an injured deer should you collide with one. They can act erratically. Instead, call the police or authorities for help.


It's easy to accidentally hit animals while driving, but with a little bit of knowledge, it's sometimes preventable.

San Augustine County Airport Improvements Approved

The Texas Transportation Commission approved $95,000 Thursday for San Augustine County airport improvements.

Commissioners approved the funding at their November meeting in Austin and earmarked the money for engineering/design for pavement improvements at the airport. A project consultant will be named later this year.

The project costs will be funded through San Augustine County and TxDOT's Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state's general aviation system.

TxDOT expects this year to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining approximately 275 community airports in Texas that are eligible for funding.

More than three million flight hours are logged in arrivals and departures each year from Texas community airports which additionally provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.

Texas Transportation Commission Approves Proposition 1

The Texas Transportation Commission approved nine roadway improvement projects using Proposition 1 funding. The projects, totaling almost $437 million worth of roadway construction, rehabilitation and restoration, will enhance the safety, mobility and connectivity in our state. Commissioners have now approved final contract awards on 131 of the approximately 200 planned Proposition 1 projects across the state.


 “The Commission and TxDOT continue to deliver needed transportation projects that will greatly benefit Texas drivers and the state’s economy,” said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). “The message from community leaders and local planning organizations, as well as the message sent by voters when they approved Proposition 1 last November, is that transportation concerns must be addressed in a manner that is both efficient and effective. Our efforts continue to prove we hear and understand that message.”


Proposition 1, which dedicates a portion of oil and gas tax revenue to the state highway fund, was approved last November by Texas voters. The 200 planned Proposition 1 projects will result in more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways; nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes; 114 bridges replaced, widened or rehabilitated; and an additional 159 miles of passing lanes on rural highways. Metropolitan Planning Organizations and TxDOT districts worked together and with the public to formulate the list of projects.


Many TxDOT districts plan to use maintenance funds to repair or rehabilitate highways affected by production in energy sectors. These funds, along with Proposition 1 funds specifically allocated for energy sector needs, will allow projects in impacted areas to receive nearly 30 percent of total 2015 Proposition 1 funding.


In addition to addressing congestion, Proposition 1 funding also addresses safety. Over the past five years, there were 248 fatalities and more than 23,000 crashes on the highway segments where these Proposition 1 funded projects are located. The work planned in these areas is designed to enhance safety for drivers and reduce the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries.

Burglary in Shelbyville

Sometime between the dates of October 10, 2015 and November 4th, suspect(s) unknown burglarized the residence of the late Shorty Goings located on County Road 2517 in Shelbyville, Texas.

Suspect(s) unknown illegally appropriated the following property: a 2003 Honda Rubicon, a 2006 Cub Cadet Zero Turn Lawnmower, Stihl weedeater, Echo gas blower, white microwave, Mr. Coffee coffee pot, a Craftsman tool cabinet (4 drawer), a Craftsman top chest (9 drawer), miscellaneous tools, an Orion telescope, (3) battery chargers, a Huskey air compressor, various pots/pans, kitchen items, rugs, cast iron dutch oven, along with several firearms. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) 

Bridge Construction on CR 1006

The County Commissioner Precinct 1 Roscoe McSwain would like to notify the public that the Mill Creek Bridge on County Road 1006 is now closed for repairs. The State will be building a new bridge beginning on Dec 7 and construction will last about 10 weeks.

Center Motor Company Moving To New Location

Center Motor Company, just off the downtown Center square will be closed on Friday in order to move to their location. Center Motor Company will reopen at their new state-of-the-art location at 816 Hurst Street, beside McDonalds, On Monday the 23rd.  They invite you to come by and see their new state of the art building with convenient parking, drive thru service and lot full of new inventory. 

Two Men Arrested for Theft of Carthage Man's Cattle

Two East Texas men were arrested on Nov. 4 and Nov. 13 and charged with felony theft of livestock after stealing three cows from a Carthage, Texas rancher.

This case was jointly investigated by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigators DJ Dickerson and Kevin Windham.

According to Hand, on Oct. 30 the victim realized that three of his cows were missing from a pasture he leases in Shelby County. The victim called TSCRA Market Inspector Pat McGuigan to share this information, and McGuigan contacted Hand who requested the victim file a report with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Hand maintained contact through the weekend with the victim and TSCRA Market Inspectors Mike Witcher and McGuigan. Since two out of the three missing cows were branded, Witcher readily remembered inspecting the cattle as they went through the Nacogdoches Livestock Exchange on Oct. 29.

Hand interviewed Nacogdoches Livestock Auction Exchange employees. It was revealed that the suspects Christopher Lance Askew, 30, and Derrek Monroe Hughes, 25, gave the employees inconsistent statements, so they documented the sellers in case of future problems. This documentation eventually led to the names of the suspects.

Hand gathered evidence and statements in neighboring counties while Dickerson and Windham worked through information and intelligence locally. These combined efforts led to arrest warrants being issued for Askew on Nov. 4.

After receiving a call from a citizen on Nov. 4, Hand, Dickerson, Windham and Shelby County Chief Deputy Shad Sparks responded to the scene where they found Askew passed out behind the wheel of a pickup in the middle of a public road with the engine running. After resisting arrest, the suspect was eventually placed under arrest for felony theft of livestock, felony driving while intoxicated (DWI), resisting arrests, obstruction of a passageway and four counts of felony and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine, codeine, PCP and marijuana.                                                                                                                                   

Authorities identified the trailer used to haul the stolen cows along with the collection of other evidence. This led to an arrest warrant being issued on Hughes, the second suspect, who was not immediately located. Dickerson placed Hughes on the local crime stoppers list and Hughes turned himself into deputies on Nov. 13.

Hughes was placed in the Shelby County Jail on a $10,000 bond and Askew was placed in the Shelby County jail on eight different bonds totaling $165,000. Hand coordinated with the victim to identify and photograph the stolen cattle once their location was obtained. Two of the three stolen cows were recovered and returned to the victim.

“This case provides a great example of TSCRA Special Rangers working closely with TSCRA Market Inspectors, local investigators and livestock markets to arrest thieves and return stolen cattle to the rightful owner,” said Hand. “Identification of the cows was easier in this case since two of three stolen cattle were branded. I can’t stress enough how important it is for ranchers to brand and keep a close watch over their cattle.”

TSCRA appreciates the assistance and hard work of authorities of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office: Sgt. Dickerson; Investigator Windham; Sgt. Derek Barbee; Deputy Roy Bailey; Chief Deputy Sparks; and employees of the Nacogdoches Livestock Exchange, especially Lead Clerk Lynnelle McElroy.

TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Shelby County Outreach Ministries is gearing up for our Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It will be served from 11:00 until 1:00 Thanksgiving Day at the Senior Nutrition Site located at 124 Haley Drive in Center.  Any donations of smoked turkeys or desserts need to be dropped off by 2:00 Tuesday, November 24, 2015. To go orders can be picked up between 11:00 and 12:00. If you would like to volunteer your time to serve, deliver meals, donate one of the above listed items, or if you would like to help sponsor this great event, you can call Brandi Emanis 936-598-7768 or Sherry Harding 936-598-4990.

Tenaha Tigers Update

November 19, 2015- MS Robotics at Region VII; Senior Field Trip to SFA-Mc
Beth Theatre

November 20, 2015-Early Release 2:00 pm; Fall Picture Retake; Tenaha vs Era
in Willis Point at 7:30 pm

November 21, 2015-Texas Adoption Day

November 23, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service; JH BB vs West Sabine
Home 4:30 pm

November 24-27, 2015-Thanksgiving Holiday; JVG/VG vs Chireno There 2:00 pm

November 30, 2015- JH BB vs Joaquin There 4:30 pm

December 1, 2015- JVB/VB vs Laneville Home 6:00 pm

December 3, 2015-JVG/VG vs Lipan Tournament There

December 4, 2015-JVB/VB vs Gary Home 6:00 pm

December 5, 2015-JVG/VG vs Lipan Tournament There; MS 7/8 Grade District
Band Tryouts; Robotics State Qualifying


Tenaha ISD Honors All Veterans

The Tenaha ISD Junior High and High School Beta Club presented the annual
Veterans Day Program on Nov 11th.   The students presented a brief history
of the wars America has fought.  The students also set up an Honor Table to
symbolize the veterans who did not return home from duty. 

The Roarin' Band from Tiger Land showed their support to Veterans through
their performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Armed Forces on
Parade."  Band member JR Wagstaff played Taps.

Tenaha Third grade class honored all Veterans by singing a song about the
Constitution.  The Tenaha Fourth graders expressed their gratitude to all
Veterans with their performance of "Thank You Soldiers". Tenaha Band
Director, Mr. Rhett Pilcher, concluded the program with a beautiful
rendition of "God Bless America."



Tenaha Elementary students from Mrs. Janice Williams' 4th grade science
classroom had fun creating static electricity! 

Tenaha Elementary 1st grade students participated in the "Fantastic Teeth"
program that is sponsored by the Tenaha Masonic Lodge.


Members of the organization brought dental care kits and distributed them to
each student in 1st grade and discussed with them the importance of dental

Joaquin ISD November Board Meeting Update

The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members

    present: Jay Dee Cockrell, Ronnie Belrose, Thomas Harvey, and Tam Hearnsberger


Board members absent:  Chrisco Bragg, Charles Leflett, Jimmy Hamilton


Guest(s) Present:  A. J. Goff, Goff & Herrington, P.C.


Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance;  Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal; Bert Coan, Assistant Elementary Principal; Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal; Kathy Carrington, Special Education Director; Donna Vergo, Human Resources


Jay Dee Cockrell, President, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


2  The invocation was led by Phil Worsham, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Tam Hearnsberger, and the

    Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Ronnie Belrose.


3  Audience Participation – Those signed up and participating were:  None


4  Report and Information items:


4.1       Review Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance

4.2       FIRST Hearing (Public Comments welcome during this item) – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance

4.3       Highly Qualified Report – Donna Vergo, Human Resources

4.4       TASB Legal Seminar – Nacogdoches, November 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SFASU-Twilight Ballroom

4.5       Hand out Board Operating Procedures – Phil Worsham, Superintendent

4.6       Correspondence


5  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:


5.1       It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to approve minutes

(with corrections to item 6 Ronnie Belrose not Jay Dee Cockrell) from previous meeting. 

            Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.


5.2       It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve TASB Update 103 in accordance with the instruction sheet.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.


5.3       It was moved Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve the 2015 Joaquin ISD Annual Financial

Report by A.J. Goff, CPA from Goff & Herrington, P.C.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It

carried unanimously.


5.4       It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve moving the regular board meeting in January from the 18th to the 19th.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.


6    Jay Dee Cockrell, Board President, ask for items to be placed on the next board agenda. 

Discuss bus lane cover and plumbing in old gym


7   Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD –

Monday, December 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.


8   With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourn at 6:51 p.m. 

Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Nacogdoches County and the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership.

The morning session will be at the Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the bayou.

Attendees must RSVP by Nov. 27 to Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or, or online at

The program will include a lunchtime presentation and a catered barbecue lunch is available from C.C.’s Smokehouse for $10 with RSVP prior to Nov. 27. After Nov. 27, lunch is $15 payable at the door the day of event. Attendees may bring their own lunch if they prefer.

Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute Extension program specialist and coordinator of the program in College Station, said the workshop will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones, as well as the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems.

A riparian zone is the land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou or river.

Dictson said workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and discussion of local resources.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension, and Texas A&M Forest Service. 

Lucas Gregory, a project manager for the water institute in College Station, said the goal of the watershed partnership is to promote the long-term conservation and stewardship of the Attoyac Bayou watershed that


improves and sustains water quality, protects the natural resources it contains and maintains its economic viability. 

Gregory said the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership developed a watershed protection plan in 2014 to help mitigate the water quality concerns.

Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agent for Nacogdoches County, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers over five types of continuing education units including three units – two general and one integrated pest management – for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. Foresters and professional loggers can receive 6 hours Texas Forestry Association and 5.5 hours from Society of American Foresters. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers and architects.

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, contact Dictson or visit

3 Arrested After Police Search

Due to an investigation into illegal gambling, Detective Stephen Stroud with the Center Police Department executed a Search and Seizure Warrant on the Loop 500 Convenience store on 11/13/2015. Approximately $170,000.00 in cash and gambling machines were seized from the alleged illegal activities. Virendra Patel, Dipa Patel, and Angel Gonzalez were arrested for Engaging in Criminal Activity, Keeping a Gambling Place, Promotion of Gambling and Possession of Gambling Devises. All subjects later bonded out and were released.

Panola College Men's Basketball Team Defeats South Plains College

The Panola College men's basketball team defeats 5th ranked South Plains

College, 76-69


Levelland, Texas - The Panola College men's basketball team defeated South

Plains College, 78-69. With the win, the Ponies improve their record to

6-2. "This was a huge win for our program." stated Head Coach Grant

McMillan. "Not many teams go in and win at South Plains.They have a Hall of

Fame Coach sitting over there, this game will help us come January and

February. Our guys competed at a high level and kept on answering the bell

time and time again." He added.


Offensively, Panola was led by Charles Tucker (*Lansing, Michigan*) netting

22 points and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. He also

dished out nine assists. Devyn Wilson (*Brooklyn, New York*) and Tope

Arikawe (*Nigeria*) also scored in double-figures with 15 and 12,

respectively. Terry Holt (*Nashville, Tennessee*) came off the bench and

went a perfect 4 for 4 from the three point line to help the Ponies

offense. Arikawe led the team in rebounds chasing down 11. As a team,

Panola shot 50 precent from the field and 64 percent from the three point

line. Panola out rebounded South Plains, 43-33.


Panola will next be in action this upcoming Saturday, November 21st as they

take on Coastal Bend. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM at the Arthur Johnson


Update: Memorial Service for Sidney Galbreath

In Loving Memory

Sidney Galbreath


Time and Place

10:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2015

United Methodist Church, Timpson, Texas


  Welcome and Opening Prayer:       Rev. Matt Cecil


  Eulogy                                              Rev. Matt Cecil


  Song                                                  Cathy Windham

  “In The Garden”


  Tributes/Stories                                 Family and Friends


  Song                                      Cathy Windham and Cheri Branton

  “There’s Just Something About That Name”


  The Lord’s Prayer                            Congregation


  Closing                                              Rev. Matt Cecil






Sidney Lee Galbreath was born December 16, 1938 in Timpson, Texas to A.D. Galbreath and Lavennie (Ramsey) Galbreath. He passed away on October 15, 2015





Sister:              Betty Jo Parker of Nacogdoches, TX


Nieces:            Mae Dean Hahn & husband Marvin of Temple, TX

                        Betty Ann Taylor of Nacogdoches, TX

                        Donna Hicks & husband Tim of Richardson, TX

                        Dee Ann Locke & husband Ron of Stafford, TX


Nephew:         Max Churchman & wife Hedvika of Tomball, TX


Aunts:             Avis Stamps of Garrison, TX

                        Margie Childs (deceased October 31, 2015) & husband

                                                                          Terrell of Timpson, TX

                        Alma Bridwell of Nacogdoches, TX



Numerous great nieces, nephews, and cousins


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pat Galbreath and

sister, Cynthia Churchman

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Weekly Calendar of Events –


Mon. Nov. 16:

First day of third six weeks

Middle School B/G basketball here @4:30 vs. Gary


Tues. Nov. 17:

College Fair in the Center High School Gym from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades due in office

Lady Bear VG Basketball vs. Brookeland – Home @ 5:00 p.m.


Thurs. Nov. 19:

Blood Drive @ High School

Report Cards sent home

19th-21st- Lady Bear VG Basketball Cushing Tournament - First game vs. Center @9:00 a.m.

Boys @ Union Grove Tournament


Fri. Nov. 20:

Early Release @ 12:30 p.m.

Staff Payday

Elementary Thanksgiving feast during lunchtime


Nov. – 23-27 – Thanksgiving Holiday


Classes resume Monday Nov. 30th.


 Mon. Nov. 23:

JVG/VG - here vs. Union Hill @ 10:30


Yearbook Deadline - Friday, November 20 is the deadline to purchase a senior ad for the Timpson High School yearbook.

C.J. Horn Nominated Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week

Tenaha's C.J. Horn has been nominated for the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week award, presented by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Wells Fargo. C.J. is one of ten nominees for the weekly statewide award, which is 100% decided by fan voting.  The poll, located at, closes Friday at noon.  The recipe for success, we’ve found, is schools that utilize social media to spread the word to their students, faculty, staff, coaches, spirit organizations, parents and anyone that supports their team and community. Best of luck to C.J. in the voting, and Go Tigers!

Obituary: Betty Lunsford

Services for Betty Lunsford will be Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:00am at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. John McGuire and Bro. Homer Murray. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Garrison Funeral Home. Betty was born April 21, 1934 in Mt. Enterprise, Texas and died November 14, 2015 in Garrison, Texas



Husband:       Norman Lunsford of Garrison, Texas

Sons:   Wayne Lunsford and wife Venetia of Nacogdoches, Texas

            Terry Lunsford and wife Cindy of Nacogdoches, Texas


Grandchildren:  Chris Lunsford & wife Sandi of Garrison, Texas

                             Corey Lunsford & wife Cheryl of Garrison, Texas

                              Cade Lunsford & wife Chelsie of Dallas, Texas

                              Rebecca Lunsford of Nacogdoches, Texas

                              Kylie Lunsford of Garrison, Texas

                              Landon Lunsford of Nacogdoches, Texas


Great Grandchildren: Jaci Lunsford, Sidney Lunsford, Weston Lunsford, Creed Strain


Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends


Preceded in death by daughter; Sharon Ann Lunsford, parents and two sisters



A special thank you for the loving care and heart felt compansion the staff at Garrison Nursing Home showed Betty while she was with them.

Todd Spring Baptist Church Celebrating 137 Years

Todd Spring Baptist Church is celebrating their 137th anniversary on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm on Highway 147 in Shelbyville. Special Guest will be Pastor Frankie Cooper and the Gates Chapel Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Annual Mission Day

The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church, in Garrison, invites everyone to join them for their annual Mission Day program on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Roderic Johnson, Associate Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, in Houston. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited.

Center High School Pep Rally

Center High School will host a pep rally open to the community Thursday night November 19th at Roughrider Stadium starting at 6 pm.  Come out and help the Band, Chaparrals, and Cheer Squad as they cheer on the Roughriders against the Fairfield Eagles in Round two of the playoffs.   Remaining Roughrider playoff shirts will be available for purchase.

James/Antioch Community Center November Meeting

James/Antioch Community Center will hold their November meeting on the 21st at 6:30 pm. Everyone from the community is invited. After the meeting, a pot-luck meal will be enjoyed. Please bring a covered dish and join them! 

Half-Staff Alert

By order of Presidential Proclamation, ALL FLAGS should be lowered to Half-Staff until Sunset on Thursday, November 19, 2015 to honor the victims of the tragedy that happened in Paris, France on Friday, November 13, 2015. 


If your flag cannot be lowered, a black ribbon or cord may be tied on at the top to show respect.

Timpson City Council Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 17th day of November, 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: Proclamation for Smith Chapel Baptist Church

      declaring December 20, 2015 as Smith Chapel Baptist Church Day.  The City of

      Timpson would like to express their best wishes to the members of the congregation

      on the memorable occasion of their 115 year anniversary and the dedication of their

      new sanctuary.


      The City of Timpson would like to congratulate Timpson First Christian Church for

      celebrating its 130th birthday on October 25, 2015.  They began as a community

      church in 1885 where the bible was preached the members lived according to God’s

      plan and that way of thinking still applies today.  The First Christian Church is under

      the direction of Pastor Larry Stegall.


      Presentation by James Guest of Linebarger Goggan Attorneys at Law.  The law firm

      would like to assist the city with collection of delinquent taxes and traffic fines.


7.      Citizens Input:  Micah Nutt to speak about the burglary of her residence at 319

       Pecan Street.  Also, Mack Cranford to speak about past experience as a Police




     8.          Department Reports:


                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns


                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham


                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of October 2015, there were 116

                  citations issued,  135 violations, 0 to juveniles and 6 to minors.  Total amount

                  reported $12,143.00 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $6,678.70.


            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting the county wide burn ban has been



     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 October 20, 2015

B.      Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of October, 2015

C.     Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for October, 2015

D.     Consider approval of changes to the Employee Handbook regarding call outs, taking

 vehicles home, no overtime and vacation policy for Police Department.






                                      REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –13)



      10.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Approval of the 2016-2017 Holiday Schedule.


     11.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Bids for Financial Auditing Services.  No

                  proposals/bids to date have been received, discuss how to proceed with no auditor.


     12.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Councilman Grace would like the City to provide

                  the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department with a luncheon to show support for

                  everything they do for our community.


     13.        Adjourn:

Joaquin City Counsel Meeting

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Monday, November 16, 2015 6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.




1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.

2.Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.

3.Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.

4.Discussion & Council action on Payment of Bills.

5.Discussion & Council action approval of Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation’s vote on proposed financial agreement.

6.Discussion & Council action on proposed financial agreement with Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation.

7.Discussion & Council action on proposed uniform agreement.

8.Discussion & Council on proposed agreement with Intuit (Quickbooks).

9.Discussion & Council action on proposed agreement with Cellular One for water tower use.

10.Discussion & Council action on Employee Handbook.

11.Discussion & Council action on suspension of Utility Bills for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.

12.Executive Session-Economic Development.

13.Discussion & Council action on longevity compensation.

14.Open Forum.


Tenaha City Council Meeting



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


The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.


Order of Business:


1.      Call to Order

2.      Roll Call

3.      Pledge & Prayer

4.      Welcome Guests

5.      Public Comments

6.      Induction of New Council Member – Jose Leos - ACTION

7.      Review & Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – ACTION

8.      Review & Approve October Financial Statements – ACTION

9.      Discussion and Possibly Take Action: Applying Discounts to City Personnel                Water Bills

10.  Status Update on Bowers/Anderson/ Burns Memorial Park Land Donation

11.  Department Head Report

12.  Council Comments

13.  Adjourn

19 Year Old Dead After Fatal Accident on HWY 7

On 11/11/15 at about 6:30 PM, an auto pedestrian crash occurred on SH 7, approximately 4.9 miles East of Center in Shelby County. Shelby County DPS Troopers responded to and investigated the crash. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that two individuals had exited a vehicle when it stopped to assist another motorist and were in the roadway when they were struck by a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by Mitzi Rhey Baker-Kennedy (47), from Joaquin, TX. The pedestrians were identified as Kadeshia Simone Barfield (19), from Mansfield, LA and Demanio Lavandrick Howard (24), also from Mansfield, LA. Barfield was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash at 7:05 PM, by Shelby County Justice of the Peace Maxi Eaves. Howard was transported to a Center  hospital for treatment and later released. Baker-Kennedy was not reported as being injured during the crash. This crash remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.


Joaquin ISD November Board Agenda






1.    Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD could have members 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 Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance

4.2     FIRST Hearing (Public Comments welcome during this item) – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance

4.3     Highly Qualified Report – Donna Vergo, Human Resources

4.4     TASB Legal Seminar – Nacogdoches, November 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SFASU-Twilight Ballroom

4.5     Hand out Board Operating Procedures – Phil Worsham, Superintendent

4.6     Correspondence



5.   Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:


5.1     Minutes from previous month’s meeting

          5.2     Approve TASB Policy Update 103

5.3     Approve 2015 Independent Auditor’s Report – Goff & Herrington, P.C.

5.4     Move January 18th Board meeting to the 19th



6.   Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting



7.   Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the

Joaquin ISD – December 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.



8.   Adjournment

Obituary: Valerie Heyen

Valerie Heyen, 60, of Center, previously of Mansfield, LA and Carson City, Nevada, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at her residence after a sudden illness.


A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Cool Springs Cemetery in Logansport, LA with Bro. Richard Goodwin officiating.


She was born August 21, 1955 in Shreveport, LA to Duane and Nelda (Stone) Heyen. She worked for Goodwin Roofing in Center.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Duane and Nelda Heyen.


She is survived by:

Curtis Heyen & wife, Melanie of Shreveport, LA

Cathy Youngblood of Wichita Falls

Donnie Heyen of Nacogdoches

Nieces & Nephews:
Chris Werhle & wife, Laura

Phillip Youngblood, Jr. & wife, Jennifer of Center

Trevor Heyen

Raelyn Heyen

Aunts and Uncles:

Bettie & G.W. Strong of Center

Margaret Sermon of Shreveport, LA

Bill & Edith Stone of Keithville, LA

Douglas & Ina Stone of Logansport, LA

Dollars for David

The Joaquin JCC will be hosting Dollars for David on November 18.  David is the 2 year old son of Tyson and Christi Penning. Due to issues at birth, David has developmental delays, visual impairment, and cerebral palsy.  David has been such a blessing to the Penning family, just as they have been a blessing to him.  He receives lots of different therapies, and JCC is conducting a fundraiser to help purchase a piece of equipment for visual therapy.  Students will be allowed to wear school appropriate pajamas for a donation of $5 or more and wear a hat for a donation of $1 or more.  We will be accepting donations from anyone who would like to participate.  You may send your donation with your JJH or JHS student on November 18, or you may drop it by the office.  We are looking forward to being able to bless David with the funds for new equipment!

The Annual County Attorney Toy Drive

The annual County Attorney Toy Drive has begun according to County Attorney Gary Rholes.  The Toy Drive needs donations of new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls (ages 3 through 13 or money donations.  We would like to receive the donations by December 3rd. Rholes explained that his staff works with Shelby County Schools to obtain names of deserving children. The toys will then be distributed by his office on December 12th.  “The need is great this year, so we really need help from our generous Shelby County Citizens” Rholes stated.  Anyone needing further information can call the County Attorney’s Office at (936-598-6100).

Shelby County Leadership Conference

What Do You Need To Succeed?

Everyone must refuel from time to time for sure.....

Leadership Shelby County Alumni to host

Leadership Conference

Spicy Cajun Wisdom

Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Ledet

Wednesday, November 18

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Windham Civic Center - Foster Hall

Event and Cajun Luncheon - $35 per person

Reserved table for six - $200

Sponsored By Farmers State Bank


The Leadership Shelby County committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

announces a Leadership Conference will be hosted by Leadership Alumni on Wednesday,

November 18 in Foster Hall at the Windham Civic Center. Farmers State Bank will

sponsor the 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. luncheon event.

The keynote speaker, Jennifer Ledet, is from the bayous of South Louisiana and has

a unique perspective on leadership. She will share her recipe "Leadership GUMBO",

plus a little Cajun Spice. She will highlight the skills, characteristics and qualities

of the successful leaders she has encountered working with volunteer organizations

and corporate clients in a wide variety of industries.

The presentation is designed for business owners, managers, team members and professionals,

and is open to the public. Committee chairman, Jason Locke commented, "Leadership

Shelby County Alumni wants to share this professional development opportunity featuring

a national speaker, with the community, right here in Center."

"Attendees will hear some delightful Cajun wit and wisdom as a guide to develop

a personal recipe for excellence," shared Pam Phelps, Executive Director. Tyson

Foods, City of Center and Wayne Christian Financial are event underwriters.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, November 13 by emailing

or calling the chamber office at 936.598.3682. Individual tickets are $35 or a reserved

table of six is $200, which includes a Cajun lunch.  Payment can be made by credit

card or an invoice may be requested.

Leadership Shelby County was established in 2003 and has graduated ten classes of

leaders. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance

economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest

of Shelby County and adjoining areas.

UPDATE: Timpson Veterans Day Program

Timpson ISD had their annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 11th. The American Legion Post 90 and Timpson ISD did a spectacular job for our veterans. The following are pictures of the event.

Obituary: Warren Kyle Loup

Warren Kyle Loup, 1 month, was born in Dallas, Texas, October 6, 2015, and passed away in Dallas, Texas, November 8, 2015..  He was the infant son of Jared and Ashley (Ritter) Loup of Fort Worth, Texas.


Graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas, Thursday November 12, 2015 at 11 AM with Bro. Rodney Puryear officiating. 


Survivors include, parents:  Jared and Ashley (Ritter) Loup of Fort Worth, Texas;  Grandparents:  Bobby and Judy Ritter of Timpson, Texas, Steve and Sharon Loup of Glynn, Louisiana; Great Grandparents, Kyle Nearhood of Smithridge, Virginia; Aunt, Amber and husband John Braud of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and cousin Violet Braud of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 


Warren is preceded in death by great grandparents, Etienne and Ruby Loup, Viola Nearhood, Noble and Bernice Hudman and Hoyt Ritter.

The Children's Advocacy Center Annual Toy Drive

The Children's Advocacy Center is conducting their annual Toy Drive now through December 11, 2015. They are asking for contributions of toys and clothing to be distributed to the children that they have served in the past year. Typically these children range in age from 3 to 17. Donations can be delivered to the Advocacy Center at 220 Field Street in Center. They ask that clothing be new and unused. You may also donate money and they will purchase toys and clothes that are needed.  

Obituary: Julia Butler

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces services for 88 year old, Mrs. Julia Butler. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 11th at 10:00 am at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine. Services will follow at 11:00 am at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home with Bro. Reagan F. Sewell officiating. Burial will follow at Attoyac Cemetery in San Augustine County. 88 year old Julia Butler is survived by

Sons: H.B. “Bud” Butler and wife Pat, Cornell Butler and wife Ida, & Gene Butler and wife Doris all of San Augustine

Daughters: Sue Lieurence of Conroe, Helen Sewell & husband Reagan L. Sewell of Cushing, & Margo Noble of San Augustine

15 Grandchildren; Numerous Great-Grandchildren

Ministries Fellowship of Shelby County Annual Thanksgiving Service

Ministries Fellowship of Shelby County formally known as Center Area Ministerial Alliance would like to invite you to their annual Thanksgiving service on Nov 22, 2015 starting at 6:00pm. The event will take place at Center Piney Woods Outreach, located at 255 Haley Drive in Center. The speaker will be Rev. Robert Gipson 

17 Year Old Missing From Joaquin

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of 17 year-old Keifer Joel Nelson of Joaquin. Nelson was last seen November 2 at approximately 3 a.m.

Nelson is a white male a white male, approximately 5'7 tall and weighs 162 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a small cross tattoo between the thumb and index finger.

Anyone with information regarding Nelson is asked to contact Investigator Kevin Windham at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office 936-598-5600.

Jury Cancellation

The jury that has been summoned for Monday, November 16, 2015 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles C. “Brick” Dickerson presiding has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

Little Dribbler Sign-ups

The City of Center would like to announce Little Dribbler sign-ups. Sign-ups will be heald at the community house on November 12th, 16th, and 19th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Boys and Girls from the age of 5-12 are encouraged to play.

Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate so their age can be verified.

The cost to play is $50 per child.

If you have any questions, contact Jason Mitchell at 936-488-2863

Shelbyville Food Drive

Shelbyville Student Council and the Shelbyville JCC’s are collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Shelby County Outreach to help fight hunger in our community. Drop off items at any Shelbyville Campus between now and November 17th. All donations will be greatly appreciated!

Flu Shot Clinic

Texas Quick Care, formerly East Texas Extended Care, will be hosting a flu shot clinic in the First Baptist parking lot in Center on Friday, November 13th from 1-5pm. Be sure to bring your insurance card, otherwise shots will be $20 cash.

Alease Copelin Invited To Serve As Grand Marshal Of Santa’s Christmas Parade

Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Alease Copelin, the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, to serve as Grand Marshal of the 16th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade presented by Shelby Savings Bank, which will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. 


Mrs. Copelin was recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for her contributions to many activities and organizations in Shelby County.  Her leadership was noted in helping, creating and sustaining various programs including the Backpack Program that aids in fighting weekend hunger for school students, the community Flag Program, Project Graduation and Career Camp with many volunteers.


According to Randy Collard, Parade Chairman, vendor space is available free to churches, civic and non-profit organizations.  Interested organizations must complete a vendor application and will be notified regarding acceptance.  Approved vendors can set up from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the parade in an assigned location on the Historic Courthouse lawn.  During the parade afternoon the Daughters of the Republic William Carroll Crawford Chapter will host tours of the First Ladies in Texas Building.


Categories for the 2015 “Christmas Movies and Songs” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Parade participants this year will be allowed to include their horses with special applicable rules and considerations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.


Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Monday, November 23, 2015.  Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at 


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

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Tues. Nov. 10 – Varsity/JV Lady Bears Basketball vs. Tyler All Saints – Home @ 5:00 p.m.

TISD Board Meeting – 6:30 p.m. in Boardroom


Wed. Nov. 11 – Veterans’ Day Program @ 10:00 a.m. in High School gym

Elementary benchmark testing


Thurs. Nov. 12 – JV Lady Bear basketball in Chireno tournament @ 8:00 a.m.

Elementary benchmark testing

FFA Major Show entry – TISD Ag Building @ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Fri. Nov. 13 – 7th/8th Grade Lady Bear Basketball vs. Mt. Enterprise – There @ 4:00 p.m. Varsity Girls basketball afterwards

End of second six weeks

Elementary benchmark testing


Play-off Game – In round one of the State football play-offs Timpson Bears will play Iola at Palestine High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 12.  Timpson will be the home team.  Ticket prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  Go Bears!


TMS Boys Basketball – The Timpson Middle School basketball game is cancelled this week due to a scheduling conflict with the football play-off game.


TISD Early Release – Timpson ISD will have an early release Thursday November 12.  Buses will run at 2:00 p.m.  Parent pick-up will begin at 1:30 p.m.


TES Pre-K News - Attached is the Timpson Elementary School pre-k newsletter.


TES Red Ribbon Winners - Last week Timpson Elementary celebrated the National Red Ribbon week to raise awareness about the dangers of taking drugs. As part of the celebration students participated in a coloring contest for grades Pre-K – 2nd and an essay contest for grades 3 – 5. The winners of the contests are as follows:


Coloring Contest

Kayson Pledger 1st place

Lizeth Resendiz 2nd place

Keggin Walker 3rd place


Essay Contest

Jennifer Diaz 1st place

Tyler Lane 2nd place

Jacob Horton 3rd place (tie)

Kayla Bright 3rd place (tie)

Shelby County Commissioner's Court Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 12th day of November, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:





1.                  Canvas the Election returns for the November 3, 2015, Constitutional Amendment Election.


2.                  Approve the 911 contract with ACE Ambulance.


3.                  Adjourn

Tiger Weekly

Playoff Update: Tenaha vs Colmesneil in San Augustine on Thursday, November

12th at 7:00 pm


November 9, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service

November 10, 2015-Beginning 3rd Grading Period; JVG/VG vs Chireno Home 6:00 pm

November 11, 2015- Veteran's Day in Cafetorium 9:30 am

November 12, 2015-Blood Drive 8-2; JH BB vs Beckville Home 4:30 pm; JVG vs Chireno There; Tigers vs Colmesneil at San Augustine 7:00 pm

November 14, 2015- JVG vs Chireno There

November 16, 2015-JH BB vs Mt. Enterprise Home 4:30 pm

November 17, 2015-JVG/VG vs Waskom There 5:30 pm; Senior College Fair in Center 9:30-11:00 am

November 19, 2015- MS Robotics at Region VII; Senior Field Trip to SFA-McBeth Theatre

November 20, 2015-Fall Picture Retake

November 21, 2015-Texas Adoption Day

November 23, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service; JH BB vs West Sabine Home 4:30 pm

November 24-27, 2015-Thanksgiving Holiday; JVG/VG vs Chireno There 2:00 pm

November 30, 2015- JH BB vs Joaquin There 4:30 pm

December 1, 2015- JVB/VB vs Laneville Home 6:00 pm

December 3, 2015-JVG/VG vs Lipan Tournament There

December 4, 2015-JVB/VB vs Gary Home 6:00 pm

December 5, 2015-JVG/VG vs Lipan Tournament There; MS 7/8 Grade District Band Tryouts; Robotics State Qualifying


Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581


Blood Drive


The 1st TISD blood drive for this school year will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12,

2015 from 8:00am - 2:00pm in the Tenaha High School parking lot.

If students are 16 years or under they must have parental permission to

participate.  Anyone that wishes to GIVE may contact the school


(936-248-5000 ext 502) to schedule a time.


Seniors that give blood 2x's will receive the RED cord to wear at

graduation.  If you have questions, please see Stella Baker or Karen Fallin.


THANK YOU for helping save a life!

Panola goes 1-1 at Trinity Valley Classic

*Panola goes 1-1 at Trinity Valley Classic*


The Panola College Men's basketball team split their games this weekend at

the Trinity Valley Classic. On Friday night the Ponies defeated

Southwestern Christian Community College 95-73. In the second game, Panola

was upended by Dodge City Community College 72-54. "Earning a split during

a classic is always a positive." said head coach Grant McMillan. "If we

continue to grow from our mistakes we have a chance to put together

something special." he added. After this weekend’s games the Ponies bring

their record to 4-2.


*Game 1 - Verse Southwestern Christian CC*


Panola jumped out quick and took a 14-5 lead to start the game. They pushed

the lead to 24 points in the first half before going to the locker room

with a lead, 53-33. Southwestern closed the gap to 14 points with just

under 8:00 minutes to go but never got any closer.


Five separate players scored in double figures. Leading the way was Chan

Williams-Bey *(Hartford, Connecticut*) with 17. Other in double figures

include Charles Tucker *(Lansing, Michigan*) scored 16, Terry Holt *(Nashville,

Tennessee) *with 13, and Jonathon Wiley *(Houston, Texas)* with 11. Devyn

Wilson *(Brooklyn, New York)* had his best scoring of the game of the young

season, netting 13 points off the bench. Williams-Bey recorded a

double-double adding 10 rebounds and Tucker led the team in assists with

seven. All 11 Ponies who suited up scored. As a team, Panola shot 56

percent from the field and forced Southwestern into 17 turnovers.


*Game 2 – Verse Dodge City CC*


In a game where offense was lacking, Panola found themselves down 39-33 at

halftime. Panola scored the first two points of the second half but could

never gather enough momentum to inch any closer. Panola shot an ice cold 26

percent from the field and 17 percent from the three point line for the



Tucker had a team high 17 points in the defeat on 6 of 7 shooting. Holt and

Williams-Bey also scored in double-figures with 11 and 10, respectively.

Wiley recorded a team high 10 rebounds. Panola's bench only scored four

points in the loss. As a team the Ponies gave up 19 offensive rebounds.


After playing six D1 junior colleges in nine days, Panola gets to open up

the newly renovated Arthur Johnson Gym this upcoming Friday, November 13th.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm on the campus of Panola College.

Obituary: Melba Beckham

Melba Beckham, 77, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 in Center.


Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Eric Garrett and Rev. Barry Rhodes officiating. Interment will follow at the Johnson in Haslam.


Mrs. Beckham was born July 4, 1938 in Needville, Texas to Walter Priesmayer and Nora Jungerman Priesmeyer. She was a member of the Logansport United Pentecostal Church in Logansport, Louisiana.


She is survived by:

Husband, Virgil Beckham of Joaquin



Denise Garrett and husband, Eric of Lake Village, Arkansas

George Beckham and wife, Ashley of Tyler

Cara Kneisly and husband, Craig of Katy



Amanda Gibson, Hannah Garrett, Landon Beckham, Brylee Beckham, Chase Kneisly and Ciara Kneisly.


Great Grandchild, Isabella Gibson


Sister, Evelyn Oberhof of Needville


Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Preceded in death by;

Sisters; Clarice Baker and Delores Kueck


Pallbearers will be Chase Kneisly, Landon Kneisly, Craig Kneisly, Bryan Gibson, Tommy Gray and Jimmy Coulter.

Obituary: James 'Buddy' Holman

Funeral services for James “Buddy” Holman (76) of Houston, Texas will be Saturday, November 14 at 12 noon.  Services will be held at Triumph the Kingdom Church of God in Christ (902 Daniels Center, Texas 75935).  Mr.  Holman died October 27, 2015 at West Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas.   Rev. Johnny Johnson will be officiating. 


Mr. Holman is survived by:


(2) Sons:  Quince Holman of Dallas, Texas

                   Corey Holman of Houston, Texas


(1)    Brother:  Weldon Holman of Houston, Texas



Committal will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas


Repass Triumph the Kingdom Church of God in Christ


Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary


Obituary: Dave Lamar Jackson

Dave Lamar Jackson, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 at his residence in Shelbyville.


Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at the Carroll Cemetery.


Mr. Jackson was born February 19, 1926 in Shelbyville, Texas to Bill Jackson and Mildred Greer Jackson. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School. Mr. Jackson served his country during World War II in the Navy. He was a member of the Pasadena Sheriff’s Posse and a member of the Clever Creek Baptist Church.


He is survived by:

Wife of 59 years, Blanche Jackson of Shelbyville



Dana Jackson of Shelbyville

Donna Maxey and husband, Bobby of Baytown

Steven Jackson of Houston



Michael Wiggins, Kristina McWorter, David Jackson II, Ryan Jackson and Lauren Jackson


Numerous other relatives.


Preceded in death by;

Mother, Mildred Holt

Son, David Jackson

Grandson, Chad Wiggins


Pallbearers will be Brad Hinton, Stephen Williams, Harold Baty, Will Baty, Walt Baty, Ronny Lynch, Nathan Lynch and Vic Cooper. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Raymond, Prentice Hendricks, Calvin Kimbrough and Clyde Enmon.

Obituary: Charles Howard Lester Jr.

Charles Howard Lester, Jr. of Joaquin, passed away Friday, November 06, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.


His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later time.


He was born September 13, 1953 in Eden, NC to Charles Howard Lester, Sr. and Doris (Ray) Lester. He was a carpenter, preacher & a biker.


He is preceded in death by his Father, Charles Howard Lester, Sr., Infant Brother, Randolph Mitchell Lester and Grandson, Matthew Kyle Putman.


He is survived by:

Doris Lester of Eden, NC


Rosemary Frost of Joaquin

Son & Daughter-in-law:

William Douglas Frost & Jennifer Elaine Frost of Joaquin


Zackery Cole Putman

Megan Nevaeh Jernigan


Jimmy Lester

Jerry Lester


Susan Lester

Tina Hughes

Obituary: Oliver Raimond

Oliver Raimond, 56, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Shreveport, LA.


Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Cassell Cemetery in Converse, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


He was born July 23, 1959 in Converse, LA to James Olon and Jeanette (Moore) Raimond.


He is preceded in death by his Parents, James & Jeanette Raimond, Wife, Donna Raimond, 2 Brothers, James C. Raimond and Carl Wayne Raimond, 2 Nephews, Bradley Wayne Raimond, Christopher Alan Nichols and Niece, Shanda Kay Raimond.


He is survived by:

Mary Graves Raimond of Tenaha

Lana Gatewood of California

Joe & Katy Graves of Tenaha

Michael & Fara Decker of Tenaha

Kendra & Joseph Arnold of Tenaha

Abby Elle Graves

Livvy Analee Graves

Joseph Mahon Graves

Aurora Diane Decker


Carolyn Nichols & husband, Bobby of Stonewall, LA

Ricky Raimond of Marshall

Nephews & Nieces:
Ricky Raimond, Jr., Jamie Raimond, Christian Nichols,

Deidre Nichols   and Jr. Raimond

Numerous Great Nieces & Great Nephews

Brandon Kourtney, Weldon Bailey, Troy Keele

Randy Soape, Laurence O’Neill and Brian Lewis

2015 High School Football Playoff Week 1 Schedule

Playoff Schedule


Timpson Vs. Lola @ Palestine - Thurs (12th) @ 7 p.m.

Tenaha Vs. Colmesneil @ San Augustine - Thurs (12th) @ 7 p.m.

Evedale Vs. Maud @ Shelbyville on Thursday (12th) @ 7 p.m.


Center Vs. Emory Rains @ Pine Tree Longview - Fri (13th) @ 7:30 p.m.

Shelbyville Vs. Big Sandy @ Carthage - Fri (13th) @ 7:30 p.m.

Ore City Vs. San Augustine @ Henderson - Fri (13th) @ 7:30 p.m.

Garrison Vs. Franklin @ Palestine - Fri (13th) @ 7:30 p.m.


Update: Obituary of Alton Waller

Alton Waller, 66, of Center, passed away Wednesday November 4, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.


A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at McClelland Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.


He was born February 19, 1949 in Shelby County, Texas to Granville and Luna (McSwain) Waller.


He is preceded in death by his Parents, Granville and Luna Waller and Brothers, Calvin Waller, Harvey Waller, Bill Waller, Jerry Joe Waller and Earl Waller.


He is survived by:
Wife of 40 years:
Glenda Waller of Center

Jamie Waller & wife, Aimee of Center

Jonathan Waller of Center

Timothy Waller & wife, Anita of Center

Tonya Parks & husband, Lance of Center

Melissa Robertson & husband, Toby of Center

Amanda Jernigan & husband, Chris of Center

Angela Pope & husband, John of Center


Diana, Kelsie and Alyssa Waller and Angie Parks

Jacob Waller, Luke, Ava & Grace

Devin Waller

Savannah and Lexi Robertson

Kirsti and Keylee Jernigan

Dawson & Briley Pope

3 Sisters:

Jeanie Amburn of Center

Susan Fountain & husband, Larry of Center

Carolyn Denby of Deridder, LA


Jesse Waller of Center

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

The Shelbyville Players Present The Wizard Of Oz

The Shelbyville Dragon Players will present their dinner theater production of The Wizard of Oz Thursday, December 3, in the Shelbyville High School Cafetoria. Tickets are $10.  Guests will be served a spaghetti dinner and dessert followed by a performance that stars Madison Taylor as Dorothy, Hannah Nicosia as Toto, Adam Shofner as the Scarecrow, Jayne Fuller as the Tin Man, Kaci Griffin as the Cowardly Lion, Tori Gilchrist as the Wicked Witch of the West, Courtney Bass as Glinda the Good, Jessica Hemphill as Aunt Em, Jake Bragg as Uncle Henry, and Ty Fox as The Wizard.  Chorus Members include Austin Crocker, Lizbeth Bautista, Perla Caporali, Yadi Reyes, JC Pangarakis, Danny Arnold, Layne Nutter, Cale Cooper, Yanci Flores, Sam Windham, Molly Windham, Alyvia Hemphill, Justice Hathorne, Taylor Lopez, Brittnie Risinger, Cayla Risinger, Logan Vickers, Angel Hubble, Skyler Sigler, Stephin Moore, Paige Shedd, and Raylen Black. Dinner begins at 6:30. Show time is at 7:30. Presale tickets can be purchased at the school or from any cast or crew member beginning November 17 and tickets will be available at the door.

Obituary: Roy B. Johnson

Hicks Mortuary and CJ Davis Memorial Chapel announce funeral service for 80 year old Roy B. Johnson, of Timpson, will be Friday, November 6th, at 1:00pm at CJ Davis Memorial Chapel in Timpson with Bro. George Grace officiating. Interment will follow in Bobo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, November 6th, from 12-1pm at CJ Davis Memorial Chapel.

Obituary: 'Chevy' Shirley Wright

Watson & Sons FH announces services for 47 year old “Chevy” Shirley Wright, of Center. Shirley passed away Tuesday, November 3rd, in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be Friday, November 6th, from 5-7pm at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 47 year old “Chevy” Shirley Wright is survived by:

Husband: Jack Wright of Center

Children: Eric & Sheena Wright of Dennison, Amanda Jane Wright of Center, and Dakota Thad Brittain of Woodville

6 Grandchildren

Mother: Venita Harshman of Leesville, Louisiana

Sisters: Jo Anne & Howard Miller of PN and Velma Ann & Dale Jones of Joaquin

Brothers: Samuel & Kathie Swanson of Joaquin and Timothy & Linda Hernandez of PN

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Obituary: Reecie Robertson Stanley

Mangum FH announces graveside services for 79 year old Reecie Robertson Stanley, of the Spann’s Chapel Community will be Saturday, November 7th, at 11:00am in Spann’s Chapel Cemetary with Bro. Don Noble officiating. Visitation will be Friday, November 6th, from 5-8pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

Obituary: Troy Jacobs

Mangum FH announces 70 year old Troy Jacobs, of Sour Lake, passed away Tuesday, November 3rd, at his residence. Services will be Friday, November 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at Mangum FH Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Powell officiating. Burial will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be Thursday, November 5th, from 5-8pm at Mangum Funeral Home. 70 year old Troy Jacobs served in the U.S. Army and is survived by:

Wife: Sadie Jacobs of Sour Lake

Daughters: Kimberly Ann Lutz of Sour Lake and Jeremy Wayne Nelson & wife, Cara Lofton of Vidor

8 Grandchildren and a Great Grandchild 

Panola College Men's Basketball Team Defeats Weatherford

The Panola College men's basketball team defeated

Weatherford College here Wednesday night by a score of 81-78. With the win,

the Ponies improve their record to 3-1 on the year. "We played in an

extremely hostile environment." explained Head Coach Grant McMillan. "Going

on the road in Region V is never easy. Our guys competed at a high level

and executed the game plan." He added.


After a seesaw first half, Panola took a 4 point lead into the locker

rooms, 46-42. A flurry of buckets to start the second half gave Panola

their biggest lead, 53-44 with 17:55 remaining in the game. Weatherford

crawled their way back to tie the game at 68-68 with 8:32 left. A Terry

Holt *(Nashville, Tennessee*) layup sparked a quick 8-2 run where the

Ponies never surrendered the lead. Weatherford did close the gap within 2

points, 77-75 with 38 seconds remaining but Charles Tucker *(Lansing,

Michigan)* sank two free throws to ice the game.


Leading Panola in scoring for the second straight game was Jonathan

Wiley *(Houston,

Texas)* with 19 points. Also scoring in double figures was Holt with 17,

Tucker with 15, and Chan Williams-Bey *(Hartford, Connecticut)* with 12.

Tope Arikawe *(Nigeria) *led the Ponies in rebounds chasing down eight,

while Tucker also led the team in assists with seven. As a team, Panola

knocked down 27 of 35 free throws and shot 46 percent from the field.


Panola will be back in action this upcoming Friday as they head to Athens,

Texas to play in the Trinity Valley Community College Classic. The Ponies

take on Southwest Christian Community College at 5:30 PM on the campus of

Trinity valley.

VFW Buddy Poppy Day in Shelby County

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct their annual Buddy Poppy day on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 in front of Walmart in Center from 9 am to 3 pm.  All donations received will stay right here in Shelby County to help continue the community service work of the Post and Auxiliary.  This community service includes but not limited to helping local veterans in need, providing local families Final Military Funeral Honors for their loved ones, conducting programs and observances on 21 days of the year, and Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship programs for local Junior High and High School students.

Panola College Rodeo Highlights

  Panola College rodeo team traveled to Lake Charles, on the 30-31 for the fourth Southern Region rodeo. The rodeo was held indoors, and the weather was not a factor at all. Panola had some individuals that where very strong in their events.

  Bailey Plaisier, a freshman, made a great ride on his third horse with a 74 to win fourth in the Bareback riding. The first two horses that Bailey got on did not buck well enough in the judges eyes, and he received multiple re-rides. Bareback riding is very physically demanding, and Bailey showed how strong he is both mentally and physically by competing on three horses back to back. He is in his first year of college and is proving to be a great team leader, and a huge contender for the title in the Southern Region

  Cody Wright had an outstanding rodeo placing in two events. Cody, a four event cowboy, showed how valuable it can be to enter more than one event. Wright was the fast time in the calf roping for the first two performances with a 9.1 second run. His time held until the second run on the cattle where he was pushed back to fourth place. Cody also entered in the Saddle Bronc riding, for his first time and placed sixth in that event. Cody has only been on three other practice horses here at Panola before he entered the event. Wright’s efforts in both events earned him a second place finish in men’s all around.  Cody is a very talented cowboy and is expected to be among the leaders when the CNFR rolls around in July.

  The rodeo team will travel to Conroe for the fifth and final rodeo of the fall season November 13-14. Both the men and women’s team are strong and have a great chance at a CNFR qualification.Pam

Joaquin ISD Veteran's Day Program

Joaquin ISD will be holding a Veterans Day Program honoring our veterans on Wednesday, November 11th, 8:30 AM in the High School Gymnasium. The event is open to the public and all veterans and current service members are encouraged to attend. We will be recognizing our veterans during the event and honoring them with a breakfast reception afterwards in the Joaquin High School Library.

Obituary: Paula Marie Davis

Paula Marie Davis, 49, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at her residence.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.


Ms. Davis was born March 30, 1966, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Robert Earl Simpson and Louise Wheeler Simpson.  She loved to fish and spend time with her family and pets.


She is survived by

Husband: Mark Davis of Center



James Robert Loomis of Center

Joshua Wade Davis of Nacogdoches


Grandson: Trenton Loomis


Mother: Louise Wheeler Simpson


Twin Brother: Paul Wayne Simpson and wife, Sheila, of Benson, Louisiana



Gary Lee Simpson of Joaquin

John Glen Simpson and wife, Stacie, of Joaquin


Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends


Preceded in death by

Infant Daughter: Jamie Loomis

Father: Robert Earl Simpson

Obituary: Billy Joe Bowen

Billy Joe Bowen, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015, in Nacogdoches.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Sam Wheeler officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.


Mr. Bowen was born April 14, 1935, in Black Jack, Texas, to Willie L. Bowen and Livvie Lee Luman Bowen.  He was the youngest of six children. Mr. Bowen served in the United States Army. He was a Deacon at Center Christian Church.


Mr. Bowen is survived by

Wife of 54 years: Ann Schillings Bowen of Shelbyville


Daughter: Shana Brittain and husband, Boby, of Shelbyville



Seth Brittain and fiancé, Morgan Dyess, of Houston

Jaxon Brittain of Shelbyville


Sister: Jean Brandon and husband, H.L. Brandon, of Appleby


Sister-in-law: Donna Kay Thomason of Center


Brother-in-law: Joe Tom Schillings and wife, Kathryn, of Shelbyville


Nieces and nephews:

Judy Arnold

Pam Arnold

Bobby Dale Arnold

Sherry Brandon

Steve Brandon

Brian Brandon

Kevin Brandon

Dawn Barnes

Jennifer Leach

Jonathan Schillings


Preceded in death by

Parents: Willie L. Bowen and Livvie Lee Luman Bowen

Two Infant Sisters

Sister: Mildred Bowen Arnold

Brother: Cecil Bowen


Pallbearers will be Jim Tomlin, Don Wheeler, Brett Scarber, Patrick Nethery, Brett Wheeler, Jonathan Brittain and Brady Scarber.

Obituary: Johnie Katherine Bray



Ms. Johnie Katherine (Gardner) Bray, 73, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Longview, TX.  She was born October 20, 1942, in Lansing,  Michigan.  A cremation was selected and no services are planned at this time. 


Obituary: Rev. Johnny Allen

Rev. Johnny Allen, 89, of Center, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015 at his residence.


Graveside will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 2, 2015 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Terry Goodnight and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


He was born September 18, 1926 in Green Hill, Texas to Royal “Roy” Polk and Nellie (Rolf) Allen. He pastored churches in the East Texas area and in Louisiana for over 60 years. He was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church in Center. He loved spending time with family and friends and singing and playing the piano with his friends at the senior nutrition center.


He is preceded in death by his Parents, Roy and Nellie Allen, Son, Jimmy Ray Allen,

Son, Ricky Lynn Allen, 2 Grandsons, Cory Joseph Bertrand and Solomon Zane Allen and Brothers, Winifred Vernet Allen, Horace Vaughn Allen, Woodrow Wilson Allen, Russell Fleming Allen and Morris “Mutt” Everett Allen and Sisters, Lucy Pearl Allen Cordell and Margaret Kathryn Allen LaPrade.


He is survived by:
Wife of 51 years:
Lillian Emma (Dodson) Allen of Center


Becky House & husband, Bill of Bossier City, LA

Debbie Andrews & husband, Lacy of Virginia

David Allen & wife, Dana of Center

Steve Allen & wife, Kristi of Karnack

Christine Raymond & husband, Lynn of Shelbyville

Matt Allen & wife, Charlotte of Center

Lucy Allen Rodriguez & husband, Enrique of Center

Numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren

2 Sisters:

Dorothy Jean Little of Longview

Ala Jane Southerland of Longview

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Special Friends

Obituary: S. J. Nickelberry

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


Mr. S. J. Nickelberry, age 96, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Nickelberry passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at CHI St Luke Hospital in San Augustine, Texas. 


Funeral Service


Pending at this time

Obituary: Margie Sue Childs



Funeral service for Margie Sue (Ramsey) Childs, 87, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with

Rev. W. T. Permenter and Rev. Rick Anderson officiating.  Visitation with family and friends will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Monday, November 2, 2015 at Taylor Funeral Home.  Mrs. Childs passed away October 31, 2015, in Garrison, TX.


Born June 7, 1928, in Pasadena, TX, Margie Sue (Ramsey) Childs was the daughter of the late Sidney Marvin Ramsey and Florence Valeta Hearn Ramsey.  Margie graduated from Timpson High School in 1945 and became an Air Force wife when she married G. Terrell Childs on June 28, 1946.  She was a devoted military wife.  About 63 years ago, she left Timpson by train with two small children in tow.  We left New York by ocean liner to meet Dad who was stationed at Skulthorpe Air Force Base in England.  Together we moved to Lockbourne, Ohio and moved back to Timpson when Dad retired.


Mom taught Sunday School and enjoyed singing in the church choir.  She loved to bake pies and make quilts and give them away.  She would take produce from her garden and give to her sisters who weren’t able to garden.  Mom loved the Lord and set a good example for her husband, three children, family, and friends.


Margie is survived by husband Terrell Childs; sons, Philip Childs and wife Kathy and Jim Childs and wife Lisa; daughter Sue Childs Pinkston; sisters Avis Stamps and Alma Bridwell; niece Betty Parker; 4 grandchildren: Rob and wife Denise, Stephanie and husband Tim, Elaine and husband Kristian, and Brock; and 3 great grandchildren: Jessica, Nathan, and Ashley.


In addition to her parents, Margie Sue Childs was preceded in death by brothers Roy and James Ramsey and sisters Grace Pledger, Troy Webb, Mary Lavennie Galbreath, and Emma Milford.

Operation Gratitude Drop Off Information

Operation Gratitude is collecting items to help supports the troops this holiday season. Items to include: Non- perishable food, Sunscreen, Halloween Candy, deodorant, coffee, off insect repellent. These care packages will be sent directly to the troops. Operation Gratitude is asking for volunteers to send Letters along with their care package. Drop off will be located at Dr. Coffin’s office through November 12th. Dr. Coffin’s office is located at 514 Tenaha St.  You may drop off any items you have Mon-Thur. 8-5. The packages will be sent off to the troops on November 13th. For more information, go to

Car Wreck In Nacogdoches Leaves 1 Dead

On (Saturday) 10/31/15 at 12:12 AM (midnight), Nacogdoches County DPS responded to a crash on HWY 59 south, approximately four miles South of Nacogdoches. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a Honda Accord was traveling northbound on HWY 59 when it struck a Chevrolet pickup from behind as it was slowing to make a right turn. The Chevrolet truck then traveled into and came to rest in the northbound ditch of HWY 59. As a result of the initial crash the Honda spun around facing south in the northbound lanes of HWY 59, where moments later it was struck from the front by a northbound Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Sydney Cantalupo (20), from Driftwood, TX. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup was identified as Candice Cooper (32), from Nacogdoches, TX. The driver of the Honda Accord was identified as Jose Luis Reyes (21), from Nacogdoches, TX. Reyes was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The condition of  Cooper and Cantalupo is not known at this time.


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