News Headlines Archives for 2015-12

Timpson City Council Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 4th day of January 2016 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. Discuss and take action:  The Council will accept the resignation of Mayor
Debra Smith.
2. Discuss and take action:  The Council will deliberate and appoint a new Mayor.
The new Mayor will serve only until the May 2016 Election when that seat will 
be open.
3. Discuss and take action:  The Council will discuss and appoint a Mayor Pro Tem
from the remaining Council Members.
4. Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will discuss appointing someone
to fill the vacant seat on the City Council. 
5.     Discuss and take action:  Resolution of Authority for all Austin Bank Accounts,
removing Mayor Debra Smith and adding the new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

Desoto Parish 'Deputy Of The Quarter' Award

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle is pleased to announce the deputy of the quarter award for the 3rd quarter of 2015.  He wants to point out that these awards are to recognize deputies for their outstanding performance both on and off the job.  Presented with awards for this quarter are the following deputies:
Sgt. David Caston (Civil)
Deputy Melody Holmes (Criminal)
Deputy Regena Sweet (Corrections)

Shooting At Sleep Inn Hotel Investigation Complete

On December 18th, The Center Police Department responded to a report of a black male fleeing the Sleep Inn Hotel with a possible serious head injury. As the Center P.D. Patrol Officers responded it was discovered that the black male who was identified as 38 year old Dennis Barnes was a guest of the Hotel. The Center P.D. patrol Officers also observed that Barnes's room was a possible crime scene and requested for the Center Police Department Detectives to investigate the incident.
Sgt. Nicole Faulkner, Detective David Haley, and Detective Stroud did process the hotel room, and observed that it appeared that Barnes did suffer a gunshot wound inside the hotel room. Detectives did find a 9mm shell casing and a 9mm slug. There were no signs of forced entry into the room. As the investigation progressed, Detective David Haley learned that Barnes drove himself to a relative's home in San Augustine, and the relative drove Barnes to the hospital. Detectives Haley and Stroud did go to the hospital and did make contact with Barnes, who was conscience, but was unable to speak with the Detectives. 
Detectives Haley and Stroud were able to locate Barnes vehicle, and did find a 9mm handgun located in the vehicle along with several blood spots in the driver's seat. The results of this investigation revealed that this was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

4-H Students Donate To Shelby County Outreach; Final Talley Of Donation

Shelby County 4-H clubs and projects collected and delivered nonperishable food to Shelby County Outreach Food Pantry on Tuesday, December 15th.  4-H members, parents, County Judge Allison Harbison and Commissioner Travis Rogers presented Sherry Harding with Shelby County Outreach Ministry’s Food Bank with over $1,400 of food items.  Mrs. Harding expressed her appreciation to the group stating that the food will go to supply the Meals on Wheels program. Lane Dunn, county Extension agent, was very excited with the turn out and participation of youth and parents in support of this community service project.  

Update: Shooting In Stonewall Leaves 1 Dead

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle is pleased to announce the capture of a subject involved in a shooting in Stonewall, LA. On December 28, 2015, at about 4:00 p.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office was advised of a shooting in the 200 Block of Richardson Road in Stonewall, LA.  Dispatch was advised the victim had been shot in the head with a firearm in what is believed to
be a domestic situation.  Patrol deputies responded to the residence along with DeSoto EMS.  While responding, dispatch was able to gather information from a witness and identified the suspect as Donovan D. Carman (W/M - DOB: 08/10/1979) of Shreveport, LA.  Dispatch also learned that the suspect had taken a child from the residence and fled the scene.  Local agencies were notified of the incident and a BOLO was given.  It was found that the suspect drove to a relative's residence in Haughton, LA and dropped off the child before leaving.  The suspect was located and apprehended by Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office shortly after 5:00 p.m.  At this time, the victim is in critical condition at University Health.  The investigation is on-going and formal charges on Carman are pending.  We would like to thank the local agencies that assisted in the capture of this suspect and the safe return of the child.
The victim of the shooting passed away last night, December 28, 2015, hours after the shooting.  He has been identified as Bobby Nichols (Age: 67) of Stonewall, LA.  The suspect, Donovan D. Carman, has been charged with First Degree Murder in the killing of Mr. Nichols.  He is pending transfer to DeSoto Parish Detention Center.  The investigation is still on-going as more information is being gathered at this time.  Sheriff Arbuckle would like to express his condolences to Mr. Nichols family during this difficult time.  


Desoto Parish Vehicle Thefts

The Desoto Parish Sheriffs Office would like your help in solving the thefts of two Utv’s. The Utv were stolen over the Christmas Holidays. We would also like your help in locating the subjects responsible for a string of vehicle burglaries in the Country Club Estates in Mansfield. 
1. Stolen 2011 Kawasaki Mule 4x4 red in color. The windshield on the passenger side has a chip missing out of it.
2. Stolen 2006 Yamaha Rhino camo color. It has black fender flares and Mud Lite and a silver colored metal roof.
If you have information on the thefts of these utv’s or the vehicle burglaries please notify the Desoto Parish Sheriffs Office or you can call the Crime Stoppers Hotline.
We are also asking your help with locating the owners of a red Kawasaki 750 Tyrex that was located over the Christmas Holidays. This utv has aftermarket tires and wheels and a roof rack.
Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956, Sgt. Adam Ewing

4-H Students Participate In Taxidermy Project

When you think of 4-H most think of a youth organization that provides opportunities with livestock, horses, food, fashion, photography, shooting sports, and leadership, just to name a few.  These projects are some of the banner programs that are offered, but 4-H is more than that.  This year, Shelby County 4-H has kicked off a new project, Taxidermy.
The taxidermy project blends many skills together to make this project a success.  Patience might just be the most important one learned.  It takes lots of time, dedication and skill to harvest the animal from the wild and mount so that it still looks alive.  The tools of the trade are scalpels, needle and thread, air paint gun, drimel tool, hide preservative, and, of course, polyurethane foam mounts.  The habitat can be made from drift wood, foam insulation, plaster of Paris and even Bondo.
The 4-H’ers have to be extremely careful to not cut through the hide or they get to work on their sewing skills.  One of the tricks of the trade is being able to camouflage any holes or imperfections.  After the animal is mounted, then the habitat is constructed that will support or display the mount.
As you can imagine, this is a detailed project that requires a 4-H volunteer with skills not only in taxidermy, but one who enjoys helping youth.  Mrs. Sherryl McGown has been a great project leader donating her time and expertise each Monday from 6:00-8:00pm and has willing done so from September through the present.  The taxidermy project has twenty-two 4-H members that are actively working on squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, and deer with plans to showcase their mounts in the upcoming District 5 4-H Round-up contest in April 2016.
If you would like to participate in this project or any other 4-H project in Shelby County, contact Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent – Ag/NR at 936-598-7744 or email at

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hiring Seminar

Current hiring opportunities and career benefits for Correctional Officers and other positions with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will be presented at a hiring seminar on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gurney Unit located at 1385 FM 3328 in Tennessee Colony.
A recruiter will be present to explain the current pay plan, outline the employee benefits and retirement program, explain the duties and requirements of a Correctional Officer and other positions and answer questions. 
A $4,000 recruiting bonus is available for new Correctional Officers who agree to work at one of 19 units across the state. 
For more information about employment with the TDCJ, visit our web site at and use the link marked “Employment.”
Beginning Correctional Officer pay starts at $2,695.55 per month and progresses at intervals to $3,587.45 after 91 months of service within C.O. classification. 
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. 
For more information, call the TDCJ Human Resources office at (936) 437-4098. 

Lake Livingston Fish Consumption Advisory

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a fish consumption advisory for Lake Livingston and portions of the Trinity River. The Lake Livingston advisory is for seven types of fish – blue catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, gar, smallmouth buffalo, striped bass and white bass. The advisory is in effect for the Trinity River Basin which includes Lake Livingston and the Trinity River from U.S. 287 downstream to U.S. 90. For more information, visit

Nacogdoches County Agribusiness Award Nominations

Members of the Nacogdoches County Agribusiness committee are asking for worthy candidate nominations for these awards:

-Farm Family of the Year Award

-Agriculture Pioneer Award

-Agribusiness of the Year Award

-Agriculture Educator of the Year Award

A link to the nomination form can be found on, or contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, 936-560-5533. Anyone may submit nominations before the Jan. 29 deadline.

Farmers State Bank Open House

Farmers State Bank will be having their Annual Open House on December 22, 2015 . The celebration will begin at 9 and go until 3. They are located on the Downtown Center Square.

Wanted: Zackery Lee Crockett

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information of the whereabouts Crockett is a white male, 24, with brown hair and brown eyes. His is 5’11 and weighs approximately 145 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms and on back. His last known location was Highway 87 South in Shelbyville.

Crockett is wanted for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Center Crime Stoppers at (936) 598-SAFE (7223) or you may submit a tip online at You don’t have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.



Sam Samford Lodge's Tripple Header

Sam Samford Lodge in Center will be having a Tripple Header on Monday, December 28, beginning at 6:30 with a meal, followed by a Fellow Craft Lodge being opened for the purpose of examination and then a Master Mason Degree will be conferred.

Construction Underway For Chicken Express

With a New Year around the corner, new changes are coming to Center. We spoke with Selena Windham about the upcoming Chicken Express. She told us that the opening is projected to be around the end of March 2016. She told us that they have just broken ground a few weeks ago and construction is officially underway.


Missing Juvenile in Desoto Parish

DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile.  At this time, it is believed the juvenile is a runaway and no foul play is suspected.  The juvenile is identified as Xavier Young.  He is described as a 14 year old black male juvenile standing about 5’6” tall.  He was last seen on Sunday, December 13, 2015, in the 200 block of Square Drive in Mansfield, LA at a relative’s residence.  It is possible the Xavier is with another relative but he has not been located.  Anyone with information related to the location of Xavier is asked to contact DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 872-3956 and ask to speak with Sgt. Garland Hensley.

The Unique Boutique After Hours Christmas Sale

The Shelby County Outreach Center’s resale shop (The Unique Boutique) will be having an After Hours Christmas sale today only starting at 5:00. They are located at 735 Shelbyville St in Center. 


Angel Tree Event

The Shelby County Outreach Center will be doing an Angel Tree Event on Saturday, December 19, 2015. They will be at Walmart in Center from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. We sat down with Executive Director Sherry Harding about their Angel Tree Event and this is what she told us:

Joaquin Minutes of School Board Meeting

December 14, 2015


1  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, Jimmy Hamilton, Ronnie Belrose, Tam Hearnsberger and  Thomas Harvey


Board members absent:  Chrisco Bragg and Charles Leflett


Guest(s) Present: Joe Smith, Texas ISD,


Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance, Bert Coan, Assistant Elementary Principal & Districtwide Truancy; Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal/Transportation Director; Mark Bonner, Maintenance 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 Ronnie Belrose, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Jimmy Hamilton, and the

    Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jay Dee Cockrell.


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


4  Report and Information items:

4.1       TRE information from Joe Smith

4.2       Jr. High and Elementary UIL Academic Contest Report

4.3       Review Monthly Financial and Quarterly Investment Report

4.4       Hand out Superintendent’s Evaluation Form

4.5       Examples of STAAR and EOC Test for Board

4.6       Discuss Maintenance and Repairs items (bus lane cover, plumbing in old gym, and other items)

4.7       Correspondence


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

5.1       It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve minutes (attached). 

            Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. 4 for with one abstention (Jimmy Hamilton) Motion carried.

            5.2       It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Jimmy Hamilton, to approve Joaquin ISD appraisers for 2015-16

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

            5.3       It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to approve the Board Operating Procedures. 

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. 

                                TASB Policy Workshop


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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.



8  With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourn at 8:09  p.m. 

Timpson ISD Bear Update

THS Yearbook Deadline - Friday, December 18,2015 is the deadline to purchase a yearbook at $45.00. The next offer will be $48.00 until March 4, 2016.


TES Academic UIL Results - Timpson Elementary School district UIL team placed second in the competition. Attached is a list of names of all those TES students who placed in the district competition. Congratulations Timpson elementary School students on a job well done.


Place – Name -  Event


1.     Avery Hammers – Creative Writing: 2


3.  Brittain Sanders – Creative Writing: 2


4.  McKenna Wynn – Dictionary Skills: 5


6.  Halee Eaves – Dictionary Skills: 5


2.  Timpson Elem. Team – Dictionary Skills: 5


6.   Catherine Searcy – Music Memory: 5


6.   Christopher Bockwich – Music Memory: 5


2.   Timpson Elem. Team – Music Memory: 5


3.      Timpson Elem. Team – Number Sense: 5


3.   Breunna Gregory – Oral Reading: 4


5.   Natalie Johnson – Ready Writing: 3


1.      Haylee Eaves – Ready Writing: 5


2.     Ally Kimbro – Ready Writing: 5


1.     Christopher Bockwich – Social Studies: 5


6.   Najala McCollister – Social Studies: 5


3.   Timpson Elem.Team – Social Studies: 5


4.    Jackson Campbell – Spelling: 3


5.    Seth Duke – Spelling: 3


2.    Timpson Elem. Team – Spelling: 3


6.    Shelby Holloway – Spelling: 4


2.    Timpson Elem. Team – Spelling: 4


2.      Jennifer Diaz – Spelling: 5


3.       Alleigh Campbell – Spelling: 5


4.      Kaitlyn Crockett – Spelling: 5


2.      Timpson Elem. Team – Spelling: 5


1.      Cody Booker – Storytelling: 2


2.      Avery Hammers – Storytelling: 2


4.    Kenley Moore – Storytelling: 3


Lady Bear Basketball News - The HS Lady Bears played in Alto Tuesday Night and came home with two victories! The JV Lady Bears started the night off with a 30-9 win led by Kristyn Rader and Alexus Wallace who each had 8 points. Also scoring for the Lady Bears was Millie Gentry 6, Tyci Earl 6, and Deundria Jackson 2. The JV Lady Bears now have a record of 3-2 on the year.

The Varsity Lady Bears also secured the win beating Alto in overtime 50-40. Scoring for the Lady Bears was Jasmine Rogers 14, McKenzie Burgay 14, Ja’Karia Deckard 12, Sara Duke 4, and Macey Hanson 2. The Lady Bears are now 8-10 on the season.

The JV Lady Bears will play again on Friday beginning at 3PM followed by the JV Bears, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Boys.


THS Friday Basketball Games - Overton had to cancel the JV Girls game on Friday. As of now Timpson will play  starting at 3pm with the JV Boys, followed by Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys.


THS FCCLA Pecan Sale - FCCLA has the following extra products for sale. They are ON SALE!

3-1 lb walnuts $7

5-california mix $5

4-cran slam mix $5

1-mountain mix $4

2-deluxe mix $7

1-1 lb pecan sampler $9

5-2 lb pecan samplers $17

Center High School Students Donate To Children’s Advocacy Center

Lead by World Geography teacher Natalie Morse, JCC members and students  across campus have donated $200 and toys to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Several groups from across campus have participated in the interdisciplinary unit concerning Christmas around the World with the goal of collecting gifts for children ages newborn to 17.


Morse, with the help from teachers all across campus, started doing service projects with her students in 2013.


 “We’re doing this for the Children’s Advocacy Center,” Morse said. “We start this project once every year. We wish to provide gifts for these children that are in need. It’s a group I know about that offers their services to Shelby County and we wanted to commit some of our services to them. That’s why we chose the Children’s Advocacy Center.”


Morse, along with other teachers and students, wants to give to the people in the most need. Shelby County provides a lot for the people that reside there. People should try to help kids who require assistance the most to show how much Shelby County cares about others.


“I hope that they will come away with a better understanding of what kids at Shelby County go through,” Morse said. “I feel that it’s our job to give back to our community and prove to others that it’s not just about us. I hope some will take empathy away from this and understand that they are lucky and some others are not so lucky. It’s the lucky ones’ responsibility in a way.”


Morse and the rest of the history department are starting her Cultural Beliefs unit in classes. They planned the unit, then ideas raced through their brains with how they could help anyone with the need.


“At this point,” Morse said, “we have all of the U.S History classes of the High School campus, and all of the Geography classes on our campus. We also have had some cross-curricular lessons. Some of the English classes have participated in Holidays Around the World.”


This isn’t the first year Center High School has taken part in a project such as Christmas Around the World. Last year, an earthquake relief fund was held, in which they sold shirts and hosted a 5 kilometer race where they raised $500.


“This is our 3rd year to do it. We wanted to benefit some local issues. We talked about moving our service project from the end of the year to the beginning of the year so we can focus a little more on it.”


CHS senior, Whitney Thomas, designed a shirt to help support Christmas Around the World. Shirts that are sold will serve as a donation to the Advocacy Center.


“In this case,” Morse said, “all proceeds from the sale of these shirts goes to the Shelby County Advocacy Center as a voluntary donation so that they may purchase additional gifts for students or members of their group.”

Obituary: Gerald Ray Hughes

Funeral service for Mr. Gerald Ray Hughes, 77, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM,
Friday, December 18, 2015, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating.  Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson.  Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Thursday, December 17, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home.  Mr. Hughes passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Born September 8, 1938, in Center, TX, Gerald Ray was the son of the late Doyle and Beulah Hughes.  He served on Timpson Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years.  Gerald worked at Tyson for over 30 years before he retired.  He loved outdoors and loved to fish.   
Survivors include his daughters;  Ellen Kennon of Timpson, Patricia Merliss of Dallas;  
son David Hailey and wife Lisa of Timpson; daughter Debbie Golden and husband R. J. of Center; daughter-in-law Jill Hailey of Timpson; sisters, Patsy Garrie and husband Dave of Baytown, Texas and Joann Martin and husband Gordon or Joaquin, Texas.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Holly Mikesh and husband Stacey, Ryan Golden, Misty Lilly and husband Jay, Rusty Nix and wife Morgan, Greg Hailey and wife Michelle, Alissa Hailey, Abbey Hailey, Christi Kennon Curtis and husband Will, Adrian Merliss, and Anna Merliss; and great grandchildren: Kennedy Mikesh, Korbyn Mikesh, Jacie Lilly, Jake Lilly, Jackson Lilly, Hunter Nix, Brycen Nix, Hudson Nix, Cash Hailey, Katlynn Curtis, Keegan Curtis, and William Curtis Jr..
In addition to his parents, Gerald Hughes was preceded in death by wife, Olga Mims Hughes; son Billy Hailey;  brothers Billy Doss Hughes, Marvin Hughes; sister Melba Danley; and  granddaughter Addison Hailey.

Shelbyville Middle School and High School Bands All Region Competition

Members of the Shelbyville Middle School and High School Bands earned chairs in the ATSSB Region 21 All Region Band.  The students competed against other students from classes 1A-4A to earn chairs in the band. Students that earn chairs in the All Region Band will perform in a concert on Saturday January 16th at Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, TX. The students earning chairs are as follow:


Krislynn Joseph - 16th Chair MS - Clarinet

Randall Bailey - 3rd Alternate MS - Clarinet

Kirsti Jernigan - 5th Chair MS - Trumpet

Jimmy Jimenez - 4th Chair MS - Euphonium

Ty Fox - 10th Chair Concert Band HS - Trumpet

Kaci Griffin - 2nd Alternate HS Bass Clarinet


There were also a select group of high school band students selected to participate in the Four States Bandmasters Conference held in Texarkana, TX.  Students from the Four States Area (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas) are selected based on their accomplishments achieved as a member of band.  Those students will participate in a 3 day conference in which they will compete for chairs in the Four States Honor Band, and will perform a concert at the end of the conference on Saturday January 16th.

The students selected are:


Devenne Smith - Clarinet

Jessica Hemphill - Alto Clarinet

Kaci Griffin - Bass Clarinet

Ty Fox - Trumpet

Jabria Jenkins - Euphonium

Obituary: William Glenn Heintschel

William Glenn Heintschel, Sr., 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2015.


Service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2015 at Shelbyville First Methodist Church with Pastor Ryan Stratton officiating. Burial will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


He was born July 19, 1938 in Port Arthur, Texas to Clarence and Clara (Powell) Heintschel.  He was a business man and farmer. He was a member of Shelbyville First Methodist Church.


He is preceded in death by his Parents, Clarence and Clara Heintschel, Wife, Betty Jane Reeves Heintschel and Brother, Clarence Heintschel.


He is survived by:


Pat Heintschel of Shelbyville


Glenn Heintschel, Jr. & wife, Robin of Shelbyville

Deborah Heintschel of Vista, California

David Hemphill & wife, Belinda of Shelbyville

Danny Hemphill & wife, Connie of Winnsboro, LA

Joe Hemphill & wife, Carla of Wisner, LA

Sarah Hemphill Stokes & husband, Denton of Cleveland, Mississippi

Will Heintschel, III & wife, Karla of Shelbyvville

James Heintschel of Moorhead, Minnesota

Meagan Holman & husband, James of Port Neches

Danny Holman, Jr. of Shelbyville

Delana Cutaia of Vista, CA
Summer Hemphill of Vidalia, Mississippi

Chasity Hemphill of Monroe, LA

Jessica Hemphill of Shelbyville

Alyvia Hemphill of Shelbyville

Dane Hemphill of Winnsboro, LA

Heather Hemphill of Winnsboro, LA

Robert Hemphill of Winnsboro, LA
Wiley Stokes of Cleveland, Mississippi

Great Grandchildren:
Claire Heintschel

James & Jayla Plimpton

Sophia Dutoit

Makenna, Casyn & Bella Daniels

Nieces & Nephews

Nacogdoches City Manager Given Prestigious Award

An advocate for past, present and future East Texas transportation needs was recognized by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Good Roads Association when he was surprised Tuesday night with the department's coveted Road Hand Award.

Lufkin District Engineer Cheryl Flood presented Nacogdoches City Manager Jim Jeffers the award at the Nacogdoches City Council meeting.

The Road Hand Award was established in 1973 by former State Highway Engineer Luther DeBerry. He recognized that TxDOT owes much to its many supporters and worked to create the award as the highest tribute to citizens who freely give of their time to champion and support transportation projects.

Jeffers has shown a true commitment to supporting initiatives and helping to solve current and future transportation issues in Nacogdoches and Deep East Texas.

"Jim is a true transportation advocate," said Lufkin District Engineer Cheryl Flood. "He continues to demonstrate strong support in East Texas and across the state of Texas. It is an honor for us to include him in the prestigious Road Hand group of honorees. He is dedicated to and is a true champion of the projects and developments that are a part of the growing transportation industry in Texas."

Jeffers' service includes work on The Alliance for I-69 Texas Board of Directors and supporting initiatives to upgrade US 59, US 77, US 281 and US 83. He has served on the I-69 Segment One committee, created in 2008 by the Texas Transportation Commission. He took a leadership role with the I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches county committees to review transportation needs and made recommendations on the development of I-69 through Nacogdoches County. He has also been instrumental in the formation of and has served as Chairman of the Deep East Texas Rural Transportation Planning Organization, which empowers local officials to address and prioritize transportation needs, and has worked diligently for the expansion of FM 2609/Austin Street and FM 1878/Starr Avenue.

Road Hand recipient names are inscribed on the Road Hand Hall of Honor plaque which hangs in the foyer of the historic Dewitt C. Greer Highway Building in Austin. Since its inception, more than 200 citizens have been named from around the state.

Coat Drive

Tri-County will be distributing coats and/or jackets for children to those clients that have already signed up. Distribution of the coats/jackets will b on December 17, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. Untill 3:00 P.M. You must provide proof of your low-income eligibility before your coat or jacket will be provided. This may include Food Stamp letter, TANF letter, or SSI Award letter, etc. 

Center High School Takes 3rd In Basketball Tournament

Center participated in the Central Heights Tournament December 10-12.  They won 3 of the 4 games they played and came home with a third place finish. Octavius Evans was also named to the All-Tournament team.



Center vs. West Sabine  (win)  81-17

Center vs. White Oak  (win)  60-49

Center vs. CHSM (loss)  52-58

Center vs. Laneville  (win)  80-51


The next 9th, JV and Varsity games will be played at home against Hudson on Tuesday, 12/15 with the 9th grade game beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Weekly Calendar of Events –


Mon. Dec. 14 – Middle School Basketball vs. Joaquin – Here @ 4:30 p.m. 7G/8G/7B/8B

Tues. Dec. 15 – Progress Reports Sent Home

-------------------------- Basketball vs. Alto – Away – JVG/VG

                          Boys basketball here vs. carlisle

Wed. Dec. 16 – Barnhill Reserve Animal Presentation @TES in old gym @ 7:45 a.m.

Thurs. Dec. 17 – Senior Pictures – Cap & Gown

Fri. Dec. 18 – TES Christmas Play @ 9:00 a.m.

---------------------- Early Release @ 12:30 p.m.

---------------------- Basketball vs. Overton JVG/JVB/VG/VB – Home @ 3:00 p.m.


TES Competes in Academic UIL – Timpson Elementary School competed in the district academic UIL meet.  Competing against five other schools TES placed second in the district competition scoring 232 points.  Congratulations to the Timpson Elementary School Academic UIL Team.


Timpson All-Region Band Students - On Saturday, December 5 members of the Timpson Band traveled to Carthage and auditioned for the ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) Middle School Band.  The Timpson students that earned chairs in the band are pictured on the back row (L to R):


Alyssa Parks ~ 7th Grade Clarinet, 4th chair

Claire Johnson ~ 7th Grade Bass Clarinet, 1st chair

Brittany Hutto ~ 8th Grade Alto Saxophone, alternate (ranked 6th)

Bradley Young ~ 8th Grade Trumpet, 6th chair

KeUnnia Perkins ~ 8th Grade French Horn, 6th chair

Corey Branton ~ 8th Grade Euphonium, 2nd chair

Fabian Martinez ~ 8th Grade Tuba, 1st chair


On Saturday, December 12 several more members of the Timpson Band traveled to Rusk to audition for the ATSSB High School All-Region Band.  Two Timpson students (standing in front) earned chairs in the band:


Devin Kimzey ~ Freshman Trombone, 10th chair Symphonic Band

Connor Timmons ~ Sophomore Percussion, 3rd chair Concert Band


Devin was the highest ranking freshman trombone at the contest, and Connor’s ranking qualified him for the Area competition.  On January 9 Connor will go to Chapel Hill and audition for the ATSSB All-State Band.  Congratulations to all of these fine Timpson Band students.   We are VERY proud of you and thank you for your hard work!

Roarin' Band Students Compete in All-Region Competition

In the last two weeks, five Tenaha middle school band students and one Tenaha high school band student competed for the chance to earn a chair in one of the Region 21 ATSSB All-Region Bands.  The Tenaha band students competed against the most talented band students from other 1A-4A schools in this region.  All of the Tenaha band students worked hard over several months to prepare audition music for this competition.  Each student competed on his or her individual instrument as opposed to competing as an ensemble or group.  Those that made the band will perform in kind of an "all-star" band that will practice together for one day, and then will perform a concert that same night in Chapel Hill on January 16, 2015.  The following students from Tenaha made the band:

Middle School Region Band- South Zone Results: Banner Warr:  10th Chair French Horn in the Middle School South Zone Band (alternate)

High School Region Band Results: Jacob Samford:  3rd chair trombone in the High School Symphonic Band (out of 72 trombones!), and also advanced to area competition.  Jacob will audition on January 9, 2016 to earn a chance for a chair in the All-State band for the second consecutive year in a roll!

Congrats to all of these very talented students!

Two Vehicle Collision Near Nacogdoches Leaves One Dead

On 12/15/15 at approximately 5:45 am, Nacogdoches County DPS Troopers responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on US 59 about one and a half miles south of Nacogdoches. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2006 Toyota Tundra was traveling southbound on US 59 in the inside lane when a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan disregarded the stop sign at CR 620 and entered US 59 where it was struck in the side by the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Jose Fredy Vargas (40), from Nacogdoches. The driver of the Dodge Caravan was identified as Veronica Varela (44), also from Nacogdoches. Vargas was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment. Varela was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace David Perkins. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

Two Vehicle Accident At Intersection Of Hurst St And Arcadia Dr

On Friday at around 12:23 pm, Center PD, Center Fire Department, and The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Hurst St and Arcadia Rd. A 2013 Nissan Rogue, driven by Ava Jackson (age 45) of Center, ran a red light and was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Douglas Young (age 70) and Mary Young (age 73), both of Buna. All 3 people were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries and have all been released. 

A Special Thanks From The SCCAC

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!  The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center would like to thank everyone who donated gifts, clothing, money and time to our annual toy drive.  All donations will go directly to children and families in our community who have been served by our agency in the past year.  Your support will make the holidays brighter for these children. Thank you again for your caring and support.

Texting And Walking

Many parents will be giving their teens a smart phone this Christmas season. While this amazing technology has made life much more convenient, it is well known that these devices are also responsible for many distracted driving crashes. What might not be apparent are the dangers that smart phones pose for teens when they are walking — especially crossing streets.


According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 50 percent of all pedestrian deaths occur among young adults 19 years old and under. Injuries to older teens have increased 25 percent over the past five years. Safe Kids studies show that one in five high school students crosses the street while distracted — most while texting or wearing headphones. And, one in eight middle school students are distracted while crossing the street. In the few seconds that it takes to read or send a text message, taking your eyes off the path ahead can be deadly. Putting the phone away while crossing the street is very important for pedestrian safety, especially teens. Make sure your teen is aware of the potential dangers of walking while distracted and not looking where they are going.  


While the study showed that listening to music and texting were the top distractions, 39 percent of students were typing on their cellphone while crossing the street, another 39 percent of students were listening to headphones and about 20 percent of the distracted walkers were talking on the phone.  The rest were using some other electronic device such as a tablet.


Research shows that parents have the greatest influence over their teen’s behavior. Parents should take time to talk to their teens about the dangers of distracted walking and review pedestrian safety with their teens, just as they would discuss driving safety.


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Jheri-Lynn McSwain reminds parents to practice these pedestrian safety rules, as well as go over them with their teens:


  • Stay alert. Don’t be distracted by electronic devices, including smart phones, MP3 players and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Walk on a sidewalk or path when one is available. If no sidewalk or path is available, walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic.
  • Be cautious night and day when sharing the road with vehicles.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. He or she could be distracted, under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or just not see you. Also, make eye contact with drivers as they approach.
  • Be predictable. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flash light at night.


Drivers, parents and teens need to be vigilant in order to reduce the dangers of distracted walking.  Teens are not the only age group guilty of distracted walking, but teens are more likely to be risk takers.

Train Cars Derailed Due To Sunday Morning Storm

An early morning storm with accompanying high winds sent empty railcars tumbling onto the roadway beneath a railroad overpass on Lufkin's Loop 287 Sunday.

TxDOT officials are working to devise a traffic control plan that includes a road closure at the site of the incident on SL 287 between SH 103 West and US 69 North.

The railroad is owned by A&NR Railroad of Lufkin. Barricades are currently set to prevent traffic from entering the area. Two railcars, which are linked to dozens of others, fell to the roadway beneath the railroad bridge.

"Removing the railcars in the safest way possible will require certain things to happen," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "Our officials have devised a traffic control plan for motorists until the cars can be removed, and we are hoping that will be by Monday evening. We are waiting on equipment that is being sent from Houston before the cleanup can begin."

Barricades will remain in place and motorists will be detoured until the roadway is cleared. Residents with direct access as well as businesses within the barricaded area will be accommodated to and from their locations.

TxDOT officials also anticipate necessary repairs on the roadway beneath the railcars and will be working to repair and open the section of roadway as soon as possible.

Motorists are advised to follow all detour signs and do not attempt to go around barricades.

Crash Involving Log Truck Leaves 1 Dead

On Friday (12/11/15) at about 12:06 pm, Sabine County DPS Troopers responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on HWY 87, approximately ten miles south of Hemphill on the Sandy Creek Bridge in Sabine County. The crash involved a Peterbilt log truck and a 1999 Chevrolet pickup. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that the log truck was traveling northbound on HWY 87 in a right hand curve at an unsafe speed when the vehicle turned over and lost the load of logs being transported. A southbound 1999 Chevrolet pickup was subsequently struck by the logs after the truck turned over. One of the passengers in the pickup has been pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the pickup was transported by helicopter to an area hospital for treatment. A third passenger in the vehicle was not reported as being injured. The driver of the log truck was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This crash remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time. 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish Area. Troy D. Slankard of Logansport, La. Slankard is wanted for Simple Burglary. Slankard is described as a male, white. 6’0” tall and weighing 190lbs. Slankard is 52 years of age. Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956.

Shelby County Commissioner's Court Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing Body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 14th day of December, 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. Approve the minutes of the November 9th, 2015 Regular Meeting and the November 12th, 2015 Special Meeting, and the November 23rd, 2015 Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.


2.      Approve and pay monthly expenses. 


3.      Approve Officers’ Reports.


  1. Public Comments on Agenda items.


  1. Consider and take any necessary action regarding the Open Carry Act, effective January 1, 2016.


  1. Consider and Possibly Approve the Sheriff’s policy and fees regarding Honorably Retired Officers.


  1. Consider and Approve Interlocal Cooperation Act Contract between UTMB and Shelby County FY2016.


  1. Discuss and possibly approve the contract for collection services between Shelby County and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.


  1. Approve the Resolution authorizing collection fee in the amount of 30% of debts and accounts receivable such as unpaid fines, fees, court costs, forfeited bonds, and restitution ordered paid by a Justice Court or County Court at Law serving the County.


10.  Adjourn.          

Panola College Conducts 76th Commencement

On Thursday, December 10th, Panola College conducted its 76th commencement at the Carthage Civic Center. Panola College had 251 degree and certificate candidates and 116 of those students participated in the commencement ceremony.


Dr. Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction, presented the graduating class of fall 2015 as Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members, faculty, staff and students in to be seated while *“Pomp and Circumstance*” was played in the background.


Following the alma mater, sang by Panola College Chorale and directed by Mrs. Sandra Bauer, Dr. Powell welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks. Following opening remarks, Dr. Powell recognized this year’s outstanding alumnus, Dr. Danny Paul Windham. Dr. Windham is a 1974 graduate of Panola College and has practiced Dentistry in Center, Texas for the last thirty-five years.


Before the awards ceremony, Dr. Shannon certified to Dr. Powell and members of the Panola College Board of Trustees that the 116 graduating students had completed all work necessary to graduate from Panola College.


Following certification of the graduates, Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages began the reading of graduates and Dr. Powell awarded diplomas to the students.


Mr. Freddy Mason, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, gave the benediction to end the ceremony. Dr. Shannon then led the recessional to the closing instrumentals.


*Panola College is proud to announce the following Fall 2015 Honor Graduates:*


*Summa Cum Laude**                             3.90 – 4.00*


Hannah Mykale Anders

Yesemia Avila

Ryan Bradley Dickinson

Amy Abigail Garcia

Cayman Lea Hawk

Matthew Edward LeTourneau

Kelcie Lauren Oney

Mallory Ann Rawson

Ashley Nicole Sells


*Magna Cum Laude**                              3.75 – 3.89*


Loralee Alsobrook

Christy Eddins Bogs

Cindy Lee Dunnigan

Laura Anne Fryman

Meagan Garrison

Tammy Brownlow Lee

Derek J. Mong

Alejandra Reyes-Farias

Shelbie Brook Townsend

Kyle Dean Walker

Leiyona Young


*Cum Laude**                                           3.50 – 3.74*


JesikaLeAnne Anthony

Makenzie Buckner

Mary Fallin Chance

Kelsea Chapman

Angel Ebey

Michael Pate Elliott

Emily Vance Gomez

Angela Christine Gribble

Christopher Keith Henslee

Jason Kyle Henslee

Hernan Hernandez

Sherri Ann Kilpatrick

Taylor Lindsay

Justine Luis

Samantha Ann Marling

Corey Oliver

Julie Michelle Riggs

Carrie A. Veitch

Wreck Near Chireno Leaves 2 Deceased

On 12/9/15 at about 7:26 pm, Nacogdoches County DPS Troopers arrived at the scene of a one vehicle crash on CR 442, approximately half a mile west of Chireno in Nacogdoches County. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2001 Dodge pickup was traveling eastbound on CR 442 at an unsafe speed, when it left the roadway to the left and struck two trees. The driver of the vehicle was identified as John Daniel Menefee (63), from Chireno, TX. The passenger with Menefee was identified as Pamela Michelle Adams (52), also from Chireno, TX. Both Menefee and Adams were reported as not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace. This crash remains under investigation. 

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Timpson Booster Club Makes Donation – Timpson Athletic Booster Club President C.T. Simpson recently presented a donation to Alto Superintendent Kerry Birdwell and Athletic Director Paul Gould in memory of Alto football player Cam’ron Matthews.  Cam’ron passed away after collapsing on the sidelines during an Alto game this fall.  Mr. Simpson also presented a card that students and staff had signed expressing their sorrow over Cam’ron death and to offer encouragement to the Alto ISD students and staff.


THS Volleyball All District Selections - The Timpson High School Volleyball All-District team has been named. Congratulations to Timpson High School Lady Bears who were named to the all-district team.


1st Team:

Molly Sanford Jr.


Honorable Mention:

Cedesha Curtis- Jr

Holly Hughes- Jr

Ana Deleon- Jr

Jasmine Rogers- Soph

Sara Duke- Fresh


Academic All District:

Molly Sanford

Holly Hughes

Ana Deleon

Sara Duke

Obituary: Lizzie Mae Price

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Price, age 92, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Price passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Colonial Pines in San Augustine, Texas.





Saturday, December 12, 2015

11:00 a.m.

Reed Chapel Baptist Church

Interment: St. Luke Cemetery

Rev. Clois Rodgers, Officiating





Friday, December 11, 2015

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

Garner & Son Chapel




Son                              James Cecil Price (Annie Zenette) of Tyler, Texas


Step-Daughter             Vera Ann Mosby of San Augustine, Texas


11 Grandchildren        7 Great-Grandchildren            4 Great-Great Grandchildren


2 Brothers                   Bobbie Lewis Lane of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Roy Rogers Lane (Barbra Ann) of Beaumont, Texas


4 Sisters                       Wilma Berry of Chester, Texas

                                    Cammilla Ella Lane of Houston, Texas

                                    Nancy Clay (James) of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Jimmie Nash of San Augustine, Texas


As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and Friends.

Panola Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Blinn College

The Panola men’s basketball team defeated the 25th ranked Blinn College, 91-78. The victory raises their record to 12-3 and 3-1 in Region XIV play. “Our players came out and played an unbelievable second half. They made some great adjustments and were completely locked in after halftime.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “It was another team win. With a 17 day break between practices our guys ended the semester the right way.” He added.
Both teams battled throughout the first half which  eventually saw Blinn take a 43-38 halftime lead. Panola started the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 45-43 lead. Using salty defense and steady offense, the Ponies gradually pulled away to take a 13 points lead with just under 4:00 minutes remaining in the ball game. Panola only gave up 35 second half points.
Offensively, Panola was led by five separate players who scored in double figures. Tope Arikawe (Nigeria) led the way with 17 points. Tyonte Robertson (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jonathan Wiley (Houston) both tallied 16 points. Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New York) and Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) dished out 13 assists in the victory. As a team, Panola went 8 for 16 from the three point line and shot 51 percent from the field for the game.
Panola well next be in action on January 2nd when they hit the road to take on San Jacinto College. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM on the campus of San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas.

Water Boil Notice Lifted

The Water Boil Notice for Five Way customers who have been affected by the water line break has been lifted. The water is now safe for consumption.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Arrests Dakota Smith (21)

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell announces the arrest of Dakota Ray Smith, 21 of Joaquin on December 5, 2015.

Investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) discovered on or about November 10, 2015, Smith created a fictitious account through social media where he portrayed himself as a female. Smith contacted underage children in an attempt to obtain inappropriate photographs.

Smith was charged with directing a sexual performance by a child (F3). He was released December 5 on a $10,000 bond.

The SCSO would like to thank the Shelby County District Attorney's Office and the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center for their assistance in this investigation.

Timber Taxation Workshop

Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association will host a timber taxation workshop at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, Diboll on February 16, 2016.  The daylong workshop will provide an understanding of timber tax including the latest changes to tax laws and rules for 2015 income tax return preparations with a refresher on local timberland property tax incentives.

Our workshops have trained hundreds of foresters, landowners, tax preparers, attorneys, logging professionals, land trust managers, and financial advisors in East Texas.

This tax workshop will help you:

  *   Learn special timber tax laws and rules that are not well understood by many tax professionals

  *   Apply the rules through examples that apply basic concepts

  *   Find answers to your top questions

Instructors will be:

Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr. -

Dr. Haney is the Garland Gray Emeritus Professor, Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. He is a nationally recognized expert with over 40 years of experience in timber taxation, estate planning and financial analysis. He has written numerous technical publications on timber taxation. He is coauthor of the widely-referred book on timber taxation, Forest Landowners' Guide to the Federal Income Tax (Agriculture Handbook 718). He is also coauthor of Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What will become of your timberland? He has written frequently for Virginia Forests Magazine and Forest Landowner magazine on timber taxes and financial management issues.


Mr. Garvey Jackson, CPA- Mr. Jackson is an experienced CPA working with Axley & Rode, LLP.


Who should attend:

Landowners, consulting foresters, public accountants, and loggers are encouraged to participate.  The workshop qualifies for continuing education credits: CFE (foresters) 7.0 hours, CLE (loggers) 6.0 hours, CPE (CPAs) 8.0 hours and CPT (property Tax Professional) 7.0 hours. No course prerequisites.


How to register:

Contact Jennifer Hayes at 979-458-6630

Registration fee will be $75 per participant ($30 per additional family member). The registration fee includes the workbook, catered lunch, and refreshments. Space is limited.  Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Shelbyville ISD Upcoming Events

Shelbyville Elementary School and Middle School UIL District Meet will be held at Shelbyville ISD on Dec. 8th and 10th


The Shelbyville 2nd Grade Christmas Musical will be in the Shelbyville Café Dec. 11 at 9:00 am


Shelbyville Elementary UIL Awards will be Dec. 15 at 9:00AM in the Cafeteria


The Shelbyville Band Christmas Concert and Dinner will be on Dec. 15 @ 6:00 in the Cafeteria


Shelbyville Schools will release early on Dec. 18 at 1:00 pm for Christmas Holidays

Huxley Helping Hands

Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group from the Huxley Community, are holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County. It will be held the second Saturday of December 2015. Proof of residency and identification will be required only (1) box per household will be given. 
Date: December 12, 2015
Time: Sign-in starts @ 9:00 a.m. until food is gone
Location: Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center Texas

Agents For Change

On Thursday, December 3rd the Timpson Elementary Agents for Change traveled to the Garrison Nursing Home to spread a little Christmas cheer. Agents for Change is made up of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who want to make a difference in our school and the community. These students have to maintain good citizenship to remain active, and they spend their time serving others through community service type projects.


This past Thursday, these students sang a selection of Christmas carols for the residents of the Garrison Nursing Home. After their performance, the Agents visited with the residents and passed out handmade Christmas cards to them and to the staff. This was a rewarding experience for everyone involved. The Agents hope to return to the nursing home in the spring for another visit. Their sponsor is Tammy Sparks.

TxDOT Tips For Driving Safely This Holiday Season

The Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign urges party goers to plan for a sober ride this holiday season. The campaign runs through Jan. 1, 2016 and coincides with an increase in DUI patrols and enforcement.
“The holidays are a time of celebration and family, but they also require responsible decisions and planning if alcohol is involved,” said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). “Our goal is to save families from the heartbreak of losing a loved one. Finding a sober ride is easy and it can save you from being arrested, injured or killed. There is no excuse for drinking and driving.”     
During last year’s holiday season (Dec. 1, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015) there were 2,412 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 190 serious injuries and 110 fatalities. This was nearly an 8-percent increase in alcohol-related traffic fatalities over the previous holiday season.   
Central to the “Plan While You Can” campaign is a statewide tour featuring an interactive dodgeball game that uses custom gaming technology to replicate the effects of alcohol on a person’s reflexes. As participants play, virtual drinks are added and the players’ on-screen avatars become less able to dodge incoming “snowballs.” The game demonstrates how even one drink can slow reaction times.
Additionally, TxDOT is hosting a contest on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media accounts. Participants who tag up to three friends in a tweet or a post with the hashtag #PlanWhileYouCan will be entered into a giveaway for a donated gift card from a retailer, restaurant or entertainment venue. To enter and learn more, follow TxDOT on its social media accounts.  
As always, TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:
Calling a taxi or using a transportation app on your smartphone.
Using mass transit.
Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
Spending the night
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks at (936) 633-4395.

Obituary: Rachel Lawson

Rachel Lawson, 81, of Harper, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015


Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Willow Grove Cemetery


Among her survivors include:

Debbie Sullivan of Harper

Mary Ann


Obituary: Prentice “P.O.” Sample

Prentice  “P.O.” Sample, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, December 7, 2015 at his residence.


Services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Green officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


He was born August 22, 1929 in Shelby County to Willie and Mae (Metcalf) Sample.


He is preceded in death by his Parents, Willie & Mae Sample, Sister, Mildred Green, Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Arvie & Della Shofner, Brothers-in-law, Jack Shofner & Pete Shofner and Sister-in-law, Sue Shofner.


He is survived by:

Wife of 67 years and the love of his life:

Odelle (Shofner) Sample of Shelbyville  

Cathy Brittain of Shelbyville

Debbie Snider & husband, Billy of Center

Larry Sample & wife, Debbie of Center

Rodney Brittain of Shelbyville

Nikki Brittain of Richmond

Jill Jefferson & husband, Keith of Shelbyville

Karen Liker & husband, Jason of Center

Bridget Kirkwood & husband, Donny of Salado

Matt Snider & wife, Mallory of Center

Patrick Sample & wife, Megan of Center

Stephanie Harkness & husband, Justin of Center

Ashley Hayes & husband, Brent of Houston

Mary Alford & husband, Wayne of Timpson

Christopher Peurifoy & wife, Becky of Longview

Great Grandchildren:

Aaron, Jesse, Jake & Ariel Liker

Trace Brittain

Logan & Morgan Jefferson

Cyper & Tolan Harkness

Bronson & Bryanna Sample & Braylyn

Bo & Madeline Hayes

Millie Sims

Garrett Kirkwood

Mason Snider

Bella & Mackee Alford

Caleb Peurifoy

1 Great Great Granddaughter

Doug Sample & wife, Myrtle of Pittsburg

Donald Sample & wife, Deloris of Quitman

Ronnie Sample & wife, Deborah of Jasper


Loreli Sample of Center

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Vivian & C.J. Hamaker of Shreveport

Billie & Charles Corder of Shreveport

Joe & Shirley Shofner of Center

Joann Shofner of Shelbyville


Rodney Brittain, Patrick Sample, Matt Snider, Aaron Liker,

Logan Jefferson, Trace Brittain, Jesse Liker, Jake Liker & Keith Jefferson

Honorary Pallbearers:
L.H. Hewitt, D.H. Parker, Jimmy Lout,

Duane Lout, Wyndell Johnson & Bernard Metcalf


Special thank you for the special love and care you have shown to our family during this time, Queen Brinson, Ruth Thompson, Shelena Bluford and Vivian Shofner and East Texas Home Health and Heartsway Hospice.

Christmas Parade Winners

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the Winners of the 16th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, which was held on Saturday, December 5. The theme for the parade was “Christmas Movies and Songs”.


Winners by Category are:


$100 -- 1st Place – Ashley Whiteside

$50 -- 2nd Place – Triquina Polley
$25 -- 3rd – LeAnn Kay Rafferty

$100 -- 1st Place – Center Christian Academy
$50 -- 2nd Place – Center Varsity Cheerleaders
$25 -- 3rd Place -  Center High School Band                                    

$100 -- 1st Place –St. Therese Catholic Church
$50 -- 2nd Place  – Antioch Baptist Church
$25 -- 3rd Place  –Toledo Bend Baptist Church

$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
$50 -- 2nd Place – Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary
$25 -- 3rd Place – Center Fire Department


$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank

$50 -- 2nd Place – Brookshire Brothers

$25 -- 3rd Place  – Texas A&M Forest Service


$250—Overall Best in Show – Center Christian Academy


Other supporters that helped make the Parade possible include Farmers State Bank, City of Center, Specter Inc., and Tyson Foods.


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

Panola Men's Basketball Go on the Road to Defeat Angelina, 83-66

The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Angelina College here Saturday night by a score of 83-66. With the victory, Panola raises their record to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in Region XIV play. “This was an outstanding team win. Our guys battled and competed for the whole 40 minute ball game.” Explained Head Coach Grant McMillan. “It was an unbelievable group effort.” He added.


After a seesaw first half, Panola took a 34-32 halftime lead. Once again, both teams battled back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Trailing by 2 points with just under 9:00 minutes remaining, Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) took a charge which led to a 33-16 run to finish the game.


Tucker recorded a double-double in the victory netting 19 points and dishing out 10 assists. Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) also recorded a double-double with 10 points and chasing down 18 rebounds. Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New York) drilled four, three pointers in the second half in route to 15 points. Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) and Tope Arikawe (Nigeria) both recorded 11 points. Arikawe swatted a team high 10 blocks. As a team, Panola nailed 10 three pointers and chased down 46 total rebounds.


Panola will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday, December 9th when the take on Blinn College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM at the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on the campus of Panola College.

Obituary: Lori Adkins

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces services for Mrs. Lori Adkins, age 50, of Broaddus who passed away on Friday, December 4, 2015 in San Augustine. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 5PM till 8PM at Trinity Baptist Church in Broaddus. Services will be on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 2PM at Trinity Baptist Church with Bro. Don Lofton and Bro. Jeff Little officiating. Burial will follow at Attoyac Cemetery in San Augustine.


She is survived by:

Sons: Johnathan Keyser of Lima, Ohio and Raymond Flescher of Broaddus.

Daughter: Cheyenne Adkins of Broaddus

Parents: Reida and Howard Foust of Lima, Ohio


And a Host of Family and Friends.

Financial Aid For College

Students and parents are invited to attend and learn about financial aid for colleges, technical schools and other institutions of postsecondary education and how to complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).  You will have access to the school computers and can apply for your pin (personal identification number).


Donna lee, financial aid counselor at Stephen S. Austin State University, will be the presenter.



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shelbyville high school library

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


For more information contact Mrs. Bays at Shelbyville High School (936) 598-7323

Obituary: Billie Maxie Pate Mullins

Billie Maxie Pate Mullins, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Nacogdoches.


Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Danny Dodson and Rev. David Pate officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.


Ms. Mullins was born December 13, 1925 in Arcadia, Shelby County, Texas to Curtis Marion Pate and Lottie Bullard Pate. She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Ms. Mullins was a member of Central Baptist Church in Center.


She is survived by

Son, Wayne Mullins and wife, Karen of Baytown


Daughter, Daria Lanette York and husband, Gary of Center



Trina Turgeon

Darren Mullins

Angela Mullins

Tammy Mechelic

Cody Mullins


Five Great Grandchildren



Iva Nell Pate Brown and husband, Ford of Center

Test Pate Miller of Richards

Kelsey Jo Pate Stewart of Picayune, Mississippi

Rachel Pate McCleary of Brazoria

Inez Pate Peltier and husband, Tim of Clute

Patsy Pate Mahone and husband, Bob of New Boston

Robert Henry Pate and wife, Florene of Fluker, Louisiana


Numerous nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.


Preceded in death by

Parents, Curtis Marion Pate and Lottie Bullard Pate

Husband, Bill Mullins

Daughters, Clara Kiechler and Anita Lee Mullins

Son, Donald Mullins

Grandson, Nathan Kiechler

Brothers and sisters-in law; Vestal and Fordene Pate, Charles and Lulu Pate, Sam and Billie Jo Pate, Curtis Edward “Bo” Pate

Brothers-in-law; Jeffrey McCleary, Buddy Stewart, Elton Miller, Glen Mullins, Raymond Bennett

Sister-in-law; Geraldine Bennett

Mother-in-law and Father-in-law; Edith and Edward Mullins


Pallbearers will be Ford Brown Jr., Triston Turgeon, Roger Pate, Tim Peltier, Romiro Perez and Darren Mullins.

Obituary: Wilsie Dee Taylor

Wilsie Dee Taylor, 83, of Terrel, formerly of Center, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Tyler.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.


Ms. Taylor was born February 29, 1932, in Shelby County, Texas to Johnnie Henry Edison and Bonnie Lucille Black Edison. She was a former employee of Payne & Payne in Center, where she worked as a sales clerk for twenty years. Ms. Taylor was an ordained Methodist minister and very involved in the activities of her church, New Hope Methodist Church, especially the children’s ministries. She was an avid supporter of a number of missionaries in many different countries.


She is survived by


Rita Cohen and husband Don of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nancy Fancher and husband Scott of Terrel



Terrah Corben

Jonathan Wlaker

Dallas Fancher

Shan’ Fancher

Ashlee Taylor

Jade Taylor


Great Grandchildren,

Hunner Steel

Cole Steel

Brady Fancher

Avery Janac

Allen Fancher

Gracie Fancher


Sister, Betty Fausett of Center


Brother, Dorman Edison of Nacogdoches


Preceded in death by,

Parents, Johnnie Henry Edison and Bonnie Lucille Black Edison

Son, David Wayne Taylor

Brothers, J.H. Edison and Billy Earl Edison

Great Aunt, Eunice Nelson

Grandmother, Sally Black

Obituary: Betty Sue Fausett

Betty Sue Fausett, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Tyler.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center


Mrs. Fausett was born July 6, 1935 in Shelby County, Texas to Johnnie Henry Edison and Bonnie Lucille Black Edison. She graduated from Center High School in 1951. She met the love of her life, Jimmy Glenn Fausett, and they were married on December 18, 1953. Mrs. Fausett worked in banking for forty years, having worked first at First National Bank and then Farmers State Bank. She was an active member New Hope Congregational Methodist Church. She was known for her Texas Trash and pies. Mrs. Fausett enjoyed weekly games with her card playing buddies.


She is survived by

Daughter, Glenice Harrison and husband, Rick of Nacogdoches



Glenn Fausett and wife, Rhonda of Center

Ricky Fausett of Olathe, Kansas

Randy Fausett and wife, Jennifer of Center



Dorothy Fausett of Center

Mary Fausett of Center

Shirley Willingham and husband, Ray of California


Eleven Grandchildren


Thirteen Great Grandchildren


Brother, Dorman Edison of Nacogdoches


Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

And a host of friends



Preceded in death by

Parents, J. H Edison and Lucille Black Edison

Husband, Jimmy G. Fausett

Sister, Wilsie Dee Taylor

Brothers, J.H. Edison Jr. and Billy Earl Edison

Granddaughter, Amber Fausett

Great Grandson, Hunter Goodroe


Pallbearers will be Zack Fausett, Ricky Harrison Jr., Adam Fausett, Steve Edison, Don Wheeler, Scotty Fancher, Chris Mathews and Ronnie Strawn. Honorary pallbearer will be Luke Fausett.

Water Boil Notice

A Water Boil Notice has been issued for customers of Five Way who live East of the Highway 7 Water Plant as well as residents without water on County Roads 3129, 3140, 3148, or 3156. Please be advised that water in this area will need to be boiled due to a water line break. 

Panola Students Selected to Sing in All-State Choir

Six Panola College students have been selected to perform with the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir.  The choir will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention in February.  TMEA is the largest music convention in the nation with over 26,000 attendees each year.  The choir will perform at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on February 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Auditions for TTCCDA Region Three were held at Angelina College on November 13.  Panola College students, Valorie Konderla, McCartney Satterwhite, Rachel Strauss, Chris Rios, Shelby Gipson, and Lily Allphin were selected to perform with the 2016 TTCCDA All-State Choir.

Half-Staff Alert

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff until sunset on Monday, December 7, 2015 to honor the victims of the attack in San Bernardino.


All other flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered.  Those that cannot be lowered can have a black ribbon or cord tied to the top to show respect.

Construction Begins On Starr Avenue In Nacogdoches

Work is beginning this week on a $1.4 million construction project in Nacogdoches County located on Starr Avenue (FM 1878) that will add two additional lanes of travel and widen sidewalks.
Crews continue to relocate utilities with work scheduled between North Street and Clark Boulevard on Starr Avenue. The project will include widening the roadway from two to four lanes. Concrete curb and gutter and widened sidewalks will also be included and traffic signals at North Street and Mound Street will be replaced.
Drewery Construction is contractor for the project that is scheduled to be completed by March, 2016. TxDOT has accelerated the project with hopes of lessening the impact on the traveling public. Starr Avenue will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.
Work schedules are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen issues. Additional construction and maintenance plans for the nine-county Lufkin District for the remainder of the week and into the week of Dec. 7-11 include:
US 59/SL 287: Work will continue to finish the last section of the eastbound main lanes near the Moffett Road bridge. Crews will continue to work on U-turn bridges adjacent to Business 59.
BU 59: Work to construct retaining walls continues at the A&NR Railroad Underpass as well as lime treatment to the soil.
US 59/FM2021: Crews will lay hot mix on the southbound main lanes near the FM 2021 overpass.
US 59/SL 224: Crews continue to work preparing right-of-ways on US 59 in advance of widening Spradley Street. Utility crews continue to relocate throughout the project. Work will continue on the new westbound exit ramp.
SL 224: Contract crews will continue to work on guard rails and culverts at various locations from SH 7 East to US 259.
FM 1878: Maintenance crews will be conducting mill and inlay operations from SL 224 to FM 1275 (University Drive).
US 287: Construction crews will place asphalt on driveways throughout the project that will add left and right turn lanes on US 287, 2.5 miles west of US 59 at the entrance to the OSB manufacturing plant.
FM 1988: Crews will place drill shafts and prepare embankment to replace the bridge and bridge approaches at Long King Creek.
Various locations: Crews have set concrete for the newly constructed bridge on Soda Loop East at Bluff Creek and continue to work toward setting concrete for new bridges and approaches on Hubert Cemetery Road at Dickens Branch and Kelly Road over Menard Creek.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will routinely patrol the county repairing potholes and picking up litter.
SH 7: Work on the subgrade will continue between Crockett and Kennard as construction crews work to add passing lanes and shoulders along a 7-mile stretch of roadway.
SH 21: Crews will work on driveway culverts from FM 1280 to 2 miles east of FM 2967 where new passing lanes are being constructed.
SH 21: Construction crews are preparing the right of way and beginning work on culvert extensions from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7 where pavement reconstruction and passing lanes will be added.
SH 21: Maintenance crews will be working to level-up the roadway.
FM 2967: Maintenance crews will work to level-up the roadway.
FM 232: Maintenance crews will work to level-up the roadway.
US 59: Crews will continue placing embankment near the overpass on FM 2914.
US 59: Maintenance crews will be sweeping bridges in the next week.
Various locations: Working on drainage issues in ditches and cleaning culverts.
US 84 TX/LA Bridge: The eastbound bridge deck is completed and railing is being constructed on the newly constructed bridge that spans the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana. Contractors are placing concrete pavement in Louisiana with plans to open First Street in coming days. Work will be scheduled to begin removing the westbound bridge for replacement in the near future.
FM 139: Crews will continue working to safety treat driveways, cross drainage structures and guardrails throughout the project from SH 7 to SH 87.
CR 4323: Bridge decks for Flat Fork Creek and Mill Creek have been completed and crews are working to construct bridge approaches for both bridges.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will be patching and repairing roadway edges as needed.
US 96 at Ayish Bayou: Crews have placed barriers and traffic has been shifted as crews prepare this week to work on constructing bridge approaches.
SH 21: Crews are installing concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveways as part of the intersection improvements at US 96.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will remove debris from roadways and maintain culverts for proper drainage.
SH 94: Crews will work to safety treat guardrails at White Rock Creek and Sandy Creek and continue to work on driveways in various locations along the highway.
US 287, FM 1280: Maintenance crews will be working on roadway shoulders.
FM 358: Maintenance crews will be patching roadway edges.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will be completing sign repairs.
FM 1592: Crews will continue to safety treat fixed objects from SH 103 to SH 184. Included in the project will be safety treating structures on FM 2261 from 3.4 miles east of SH 87 to CR 2844, and on FM 3184 from FM 139 to CR 126.
FM 2866: Maintenance crews will level up roadway.
For more information, contact Rhonda Oaks or (936) 633-4395.

Center Motor Company's New Location

The Jones family invites you to come by, grab a cup of coffee and visit the all new Center Motor Company Sales and Service Center.  With a state of the art facility featuring a spacious showroom, a large parking lot for customers, drive through service and a top notch service center, Center Motor Company is ready to meet your needs.  They have a lot full of new and pre-owned Fords and Lincolns.  Come by today and visit the all new Center Motor Company, 816 Hurst Street in Center, offering you the same great service in a more spacious and updated facility.

Tiger Weekly

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


December 4, 2015-JVG/VG vs Lipan Tournament There; Early Release 1:30 pm; Tenaha vs Muenster in Forney at the City Bank Stadium- 800 FM 741 (Villanova Cir), Forney, Texas 75126 7:30 pm (We are Home Team)


December 5, 2015-MS 7/8 Grade District Band Tryouts; Robotics State Qualifying


December 7, 2015-JH BB vs Timpson There 4:30 pm; Retest EOC Eng I


December 8, 2015-Elementary UIL; Retest EOC Algebra I; VG/JVG vs LaPoynor (There @ 4:00 pm)


December 9, 2015-Retest EOC Eng II


December 10, 2015-VG/VB Gary Tournament There; Elementary UIL; Retest EOC Biology/US History; Businessmen's Banquet 6:00 pm in Cafetorium


December 11, 2015-VG/VB Gary Tournament There


December 12, 2015-HS Region Band Try Outs; VG/VB Gary Tournament There


December 14, 2015-4th & 5th Grade Robotics at Region VII; JH BB vs Gary Home 4:30 pm


December 15, 2015-Christmas at the Bank; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Broaddus Home 4:30 pm; Field Trip to Center


December 16, 2015-Christmas Concert-SEC 9:30 am


December 17, 2015-JVB/VB Martins Mill Tournament


December 18, 2015- Designated Party Day; Early Release; End 3rd Grading Period; JVB/VB Martins Mill Tornament; JVG/VG vs San Augustine There


December 19, 2015-JVB/VB Martins Mill Tournament There; Tea Honoring Coach Jackson in the Cafetorium


December 21, 2015 - January 4, 2016 Christmas Holiday/School Closed


December 28-30, 2015-Holiday Hoops VG/VB Basketball


January 2, 2016-JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Carthage Home 1:00 pm


January 5, 2016-4th Grading Period Begins


*****Lance Horton and Robert Barton are working on getting a Charter for the game Friday night to Forney. They would need at least 35 people willing to pay $30/$35 per seat to have enough to rent it. If you would be interest Please call 936-248-5000 ext 201 and let me put your name on the list. They should know by Friday morning if there are enough people to pursue this avenue.


3rd grade students from Tenaha Elementary celebrated with a Thanksgiving Feast!


Kindergarteners at Tenaha Elementary school had a special package delivered

on Tuesday, December 1st.  It contained the Elf on the Shelf Book and

contained an Elf whom the students named Ralphie.  He will be looking for

students who are kind and make good choices while at school between now and

Christmas break!


Kindergarten students from Tenaha Elementary enjoyed a Charlie Brown

Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  Students were dressed

as Pilgrims and Indians to add to the festivities!

Panola College Recognizes Employees Years of Service

On December 2, Panola College celebrated 305 years of combined service throughout the careers of many long-term employees at its annual Christmas buffet. Those with 10 years of service include Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Patti Galiano, Johnny Middlebrook, and Dr. Joe Shannon. Employees with 15 years of service are Mary Chance, Dr. Barbara Cordell, Jeremy Dorman, David Godwin, Connie Hockett, Bill Kruger, Dr. Gregory Powell, Patti Rushing, Allen West, Laura Wood, and Bobby Phillips, a Panola College Board of Trustees. Darrell Hudson and Joe Pate have each served 20 years. Ann Boland and Karon O’Neal each have 25 years of service. Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, presented each with a token of the College’s appreciation.


Photos (L to R)


10 years – Joe Shannon, Don Cocklin, Johnny Middlebrook, and Patti Galiano (not pictured Rebekah Burkhalter)


15 Years – Laura Wood, Allen West, Bobby Phillips, Barbara Cordell, Patti Rushing, Mary Chance, Bill Kruger, Johnny Middlebrook, Gregory Powell, and Jeremy Dorman (not pictured Connie Hockett)


20 Years – Darrell Hudson and Joe Pate


25 Years – Ann Boland and Karon O’Neal

Obituary: Mary Jo Phillips

Mangum Funeral Home

P.O. Box 2043

Center, Texas 75935

(936) 598-3341

Obituary Notice:

Mary Jo Phillips


Mary Jo Phillips, 77, of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at her residence after a lengthy illness.


Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Bickley officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.


She was born January 19, 1938 in Huxley to S.L. “Sambo” and Essie Mae (Tindol) Dean. She taught at Tyler Junior College and she also worked as a nursing home administrator for many years. She was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.


She is preceded death by her Parents, S.L. “Sambo” and Essie Dean, Infant Daughter, Baby Girl Devers, Husband, Donald Ray Devers, Husband, Dan Phillips, Two Brothers, Bib Dean and Bob Dean.


Among her survivors include:


Keith Devers & wife, Kristie of Huxley


Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth Devers


Barbara Jean Ross of Center


La’ Retta Dean of Huxley

Charlcie Phillips of Carthage

Barbara Ann Dean of Mont Belvieu


Donations can be made to Strong Cemetery Fund, PO BOX 1383, Center, Texas 75935


You may sign the online registry book at

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

Tenaha Band Concert

Tenaha 6th & 7th grade band and the Tenaha High School Band will perform a concert on December 16th starting at 9:30 in the High School Gym. 

Nacogdoches County Second Friday Luncheon


Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Second Friday Luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at Austin Hall, 4603 North St.
John R. McLaren, General Manager, The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center, will present "Fredonia Hotel Economic Impact and Employment Outlook." The event Gold sponsor is Austin Bank.
"So many in our community are excited for the return of the Hotel Fredonia," said Dr. Adam Peck, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, SFASU. "I look forward to learning more about the plans for and progress toward restoring this Nacogdoches landmark.”
McLaren is originally from Dallas where began a career in hotels and restaurants more than 25 years ago. He was first employed with The Stoneleigh Hotel, an independent historic hotel built in 1923. The majority of his experience was with several Crowne Plaza hotels as well as Marriott and Hilton properties in the DFW area. He moved to Nacogdoches about seven years ago where he managed the Hampton Inn & Suites and Comfort Suites properties. 
Representatives from the East Texas Human Resources Association will also attend and be available to explain the organization's role and benefits for members.
Luncheon reservations are required by noon, Wednesday, Dec. 9. A secure “register and pay online” option is available at in Hot News or contact the Chamber, 936-560-5533, for registration. Lunch is $16. 
Bring a business card for a chance to win $50 sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP.

DeSoto Parrish: Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of a suspect involved in inappropriate sexual acts with a juvenile.  DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip about the suspect, identified as Justin Riley Bell (W/M - DOB: 12/27/1983) of Mansfield, LA, in reference to inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile.  Following a month's long investigation by a Detective assigned to juvenile sex crimes, sufficient evidence was gathered to obtain a warrant for Mr. Bell on the charges of LA R.S. 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juvenile(s) (2 counts) and LA R.S. 14:43 Sexual Battery.  Following the issuance of the warrant, Mr. Bell turned himself in to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office where he was placed under arrest.  Mr. Bell was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center with a bond set at $180,000.00.

(Pictured below is Justin Riley Bell)


Pearl Harbor Observance Day

The Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center In honor and remembrance of those who served and died at Pearl Harbor. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 7th, 2015 and the names of Shelby County Veterans who were there that day, (74 years ago) will be read.

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Tues. Dec. 1 – Varsity Bears/Lady Bears vs. Pineywoods -  Here @ 4:30 p.m. Lady Bears & 7:30 p.m. Bears
-THS Beta Club meeting @ noon in library
Wed. Dec. 2 – THS Book Club meeting in library @ noon
Thurs. Dec. 3 – Varsity Bears & Lady Bears @ West Sabine tournament – Lady Bears play at 9:00 a.m.& 12:00 noon; Bears
- play at 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
-TES Agents for Change sing at Garrison Nursing Home
Fri. Dec. 4 – Lady Bears/Varsity Bears West Sabine Tournament; Lady Bears play @ 9:00 a.m.; Bears play at 1:30 p.m.
- Polar Express Second Grade TES library
- TES I-Station results sent home
-4th & 5th ------  FFA State Leadership Contest  - Sam Houston State University
Sat. Dec. 5 – Lady Bears/Varsity Bears play in West Sabine tournament

Obituary: Virginia Lou Allbritton Jetton

Virginia Lou Allbritton Jetton, 87, a former Center resident, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 in her Longview, Texas, home, after a long illness.


Services are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., Mangum Funeral Home Chapel in Center with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Virginia graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers’ College in Nacogdoches, Texas, and for many years taught in the Center public school system, where she enjoyed having a positive impact on her students.  Above all, she cherished her family, and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She set an example of enjoying life while meeting life’s challenges with grace and dignity.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Dean Jetton, a teacher, coach and owner of an insurance agency in Center, in 2003 and daughter, Julie Virginia Jetton. She was also predeceased by her parents, Grace and Henry Allbritton; two brothers, Harry and George Allbritton; brother-in-law, Ralph Yerby, Sisters-in-law, Marie Rane and Maurine Dean and Brother-in-law, James L. Dean.


She is survived by her daughters, Marcia Jetton Alderman and her husband, Alvis, of Commerce; Michele Jetton Black and her husband, John, of Longview; and her son, Stephen Mitchell Jetton and his wife, Irene, of Chicago, Ill, her sister, Maribelle Allbritton Yerby, of Zwolle, La.;  Other survivors are grandchildren Charles Alderman and his wife, Sarah, of Commerce; James Alderman of Commerce; Michael Black and his wife, Crista, of Longview; Joshua Black and his wife, Libby, of Longview; and Sarah Black Beasley and her husband, Jonathon, of Longview. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren; Colton & Tessa Alderman, Cameron & Connor Black and Ruthie, Jude & Will Black. 



Charles Alderman, James Alderman, Michael Black, Joshua Black and Jonathon Beasley


In Lieu of flowers the family request donations can be made to one of the following;

First Baptist Church, 117 Cora St Center, Texas 75935 or

Roughrider Foundation, In memory of Virginia Jetton, PO BOX 152, Center, Texas 75935 or bring to Center High School.

Obituary: Billie Jean Taylor King

Billie Jean Taylor King, 77, of San Augustine, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015, in San Augustine.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine.


Ms. King was born October 16, 1938, in San Augustine, to Bill and Verna Taylor.  She graduated Pineland High School in 1956 and married high school sweetheart, James “Spud” King, in 1958.  After residing in Austin for 45 years, she relocated to Center in 2010.  Ms. King was currently a member of Ephesus Baptist Church. She retired from Teacher Retirement System in Austin, after 31 years of state service, and following retirement, she enjoyed travelling.


She is survived by

Husband: James King of Center


Daughter: Pam Furlow and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville



Taylor McGee and husband, Tony, of Shelbyville

Allen R. Weeks of Shelbyville

Logan Furlow and wife, Janet, of Nacogdoches



Joe Taylor and wife, Jeane, of Shelbyville

Paul Taylor and wife, Cathy, of Shelbyville

Monte Taylor and wife, Donna, of San Augustine



Linda Wagstaff and husband, Roger, of Shelbyville

Connie Hargrove and husband, Johnny, of Shelbyville


Brother-in-law: Wallace Chance of San Augustine



Bobbie Jean Rugg and husband, Richard, of Holland, New York

Marilyn King of Marshall

Marilyn Taylor of Houston


Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles


Preceded in death by

Mother: Verna Taylor

Father: Bill Taylor

Sisters: Patsy Taylor, Shirley Taylor, Dean Chance

Brother: Tommy Taylor

Nephew: John Hargrove


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