News Headlines Archives for 2016-02

VLB to host Texas Veterans Benefits Fair in Tyler on March 19th

VLB to host Texas Veterans Benefits Fair in Tyler on March 19th
State and federal officials join forces to help with veterans’ benefits questions
A free “come and go” benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. The fair, targeting all area veterans, is one of many planned throughout the state in 2016.
Officials from the Texas Veterans Land Board will be on hand to provide information on state programs including land, housing and home improvement loans as well as Texas state veterans' cemeteries and nursing homes for veterans. As an intergovernmental partnership event between the Texas VLB, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Veterans Commission, the benefits fair will provide Veterans and military members with access to representatives who can discuss pending claims, health care needs, education benefits and employment in addition to low-interest land, home and home improvement loan benefits.
Veterans wishing to discuss pending claims with VA officials should bring pertinent case information, including claim numbers if available. Veterans are encouraged to drop in to learn more about their benefits any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are not required to stay for the duration of the event.
For more information on the benefits fair, please call Jim Mickler at 1-800-252-VETS (8387). For more information on benefits available only to Texas veterans, such as veterans’ cemeteries, nursing homes and low-interest land and home loans, call 1-800-252-8387 or visit

Update - Mobile Mammography Locations

The ETMC Cancer Institute Mobile Digital Mammography Unit will be at the Health and Fitness Fair on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas.  To schedule a digital mammogram, please call Daphne or Jheri-Lynn at 936-598-7744.  Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Mammograms can cut breast cancer deaths as much as 1/3. That is why the American Cancer Society recommends women aged 40 and older be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best method used to detect breast cancer early and prevent death since the cancer is easier to treat at that point. Using a mammogram for breast cancer screening can reduce death from breast cancer by about 20-35% in women aged 50-69 years old.
Due to education about breast cancer, more women are getting mammograms, and the death rate has gone down. However, low income, rural women are at greater risk for dying from breast cancer since fewer of them get mammograms. There are a variety of reasons why low income, rural women may not be getting mammograms. Among them is the fact that they may not have easy access to mammogram screening facilities. Another reason is the cost keeps them away. Others may just want to avoid the chance they may find out that they have breast cancer. 
Unfortunately, as women get older, their chance of developing breast cancer increases. With increasing age, it becomes even more important to be screened regularly. While screenings may not be as readily available in some rural areas, it is often available in nearby medical centers. Find out if a local hospital does breast screenings. If not, contact a larger urban hospital and inquire if they have mobile mammography units that go out into your rural community, and when and where they will be in your area. For individuals who may not have transportation to medical services, check to see if your area might have a service to transport rural citizens to urban locations that provide more services. There may be a fee for their service, but that fee may be waived for persons who meet certain income requirements.
If cost is a factor, check with your local clinic and inquire if they offer the Breast and Cervical Cancer Service (BCCS) program. This is a program the Centers for Disease Control funds to assist low income women. To qualify for the program, a woman must be low-income as defined by BCCS policy, uninsured, under age 65, a Texas resident, and a U.S. citizen or qualified alien. To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened in your area, call 1-512-458-7796. For women over age 65 and some who may be specially qualified, know that screening mammograms are covered once every 12 months. 
If you are an individual who just does not want to know if you have breast cancer, remember that early detection does save lives. The death rate for breast cancer is greater among low-income, rural women as a whole because they are the ones not getting mammograms.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas are working together to inform Texas women about breast cancer prevention. For more information on how to access resources and to schedule a mammogram in your area, contact your Shelby County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences, Jheri-Lynn McSwain at 936-598-7744.

VFW Memorial For Operation Desert Storm

The VFW Memorial for Operation Desert Storm was held today at 10:00 a.m on the Center City Square.  




Operation Desert Storm

President Bush
In the 1988 election, George Bush and his running mate. Dan Quayle, won 54% of the popular vote and 426 of the 538 electoral votes, soundly beating Democrat Michael Dukakis.

The first major foreign crisis for the United States after the end of the Cold War presented itself in August 1990. Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, ordered his army across the border into tiny Kuwait. This was no ordinary act of aggression. Iraq's army was well equipped. The United States had provided massive military aid to Iraq during their eight-year war with Iran, giving them the fourth largest army in the world.

Kuwait was a major supplier of oil to the United States. The Iraqi takeover posed an immediate threat to neighboring Saudi Arabia, another major exporter of oil. If Saudi Arabia fell to Saddam, Iraq would control one-fifth of the world's oil supply. All eyes were on the White House, waiting for a response. President Bush, who succeeded President Reagan, stated simply: "This will not stand."

In the last months of 1990, the United States participated in the defense of Saudi Arabia in a deployment known as Operation Desert Shield. Over 500,000 American troops were placed in Saudi Arabia in case of an Iraqi attack on the Saudis. The U.S. further sought multilateral support in the United Nations Security Council. Traditionally, Iraq was an ally of the Soviet Union, who held a veto power over any potential UN military action. Looking westward for support for their dramatic internal changes, the USSR did not block the American plan. The UN condemned Iraq and helped form a coalition to fight Saddam militarily.

Bush, remembering the lessons of Vietnam, sought public support as well. Although there were scant opponents of the conflict, the vast majority of Americans and a narrow majority of the Congress supported the President's actions. When all the forces were in place, the United States issued an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Kuwait by January 15,1991 or face a full attack by the multinational force.

Hussein's identity card
Saddam Hussein grew up in a poor family. As a boy he was forced to steal eggs and chickens so the family could eat. In his late childhood he became a gun man for the Ba'ath Party and was involved in an assassination attempt on a military leader in Iraq.

January 15 came and went with no response from the Iraqis. The next night Desert Shield became Desert Storm. Bombing sorties pummeled Iraq's military targets for the next several weeks. On many days there were over 2500 such missions. Iraq responded by launching Scud missiles at American military barracks in Saudi Arabia and Israel. Attacking Israel was a stratagem to persuade all the neighboring Arab nations to join the Iraqi cause. After intense diplomatic pressure and negotiation, the Arab nations remained in opposition to Iraq.

On February 24, the ground war began. Although the bombing lasted for weeks, American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated just 100 hours after the ground attack was initiated. American foot soldiers moved through Kuwait and entered southern Iraq. This posed a dilemma for the United States. The military objectives were complete, but Saddam, the perpetrator of the rape of Kuwait, was still ruling Iraq from Baghdad. President Bush feared that the allies would not support the occupation of Baghdad. Concerns were raised that if Saddam's regime were toppled, the entire nation could disintegrate into a civil war. Soon Iraq agreed to terms for a ceasefire, and the conflict subsided.

Initial air attacks
This map shows the initial air attacks of Desert Storm made by the allied forces early in the morning on January 17, 1991.

Iraq did not leave Kuwait untouched. Millions of dollars of valuables were plundered by the occupying troops. As Iraq retreated, they detonated explosives at many of Kuwait's oil wells. The disaster to the environment grew as Iraq dumped oil into the Persian Gulf. The costs were enormous, and casualty figure staggering. Although estimates range in the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, only 148 Americans were killed in the battle. This was primarily because of the technological advances of the United States.

The Persian Gulf War was a television event. CNN broadcast round-the-clock coverage of unfolding events. Americans saw footage from cameras placed on smart bombs as they struck Iraqi targets. The stealth fighter, designed to avoid radar detection was put into use for the first time. General Norman Schwarzkopf and General Colin Powell became household names as citizens watched their direction of the conflict.

The United States passed its first test of the post-Cold War world. Skillful diplomacy proved that the United Nations could be used as an instrument of force when necessary. Although Moscow did not contribute troops to the operation, they gave tacit approval for the attack. The potential for multinational cooperation was demonstrated. The largest American military operation since Vietnam was completed with smashing success. Most Americans felt confident in their military and technological edge once more. President Bush promptly declared that the "new world order had begun."

Panola College fell to Bossier Parish Community College 99-87

Although Freshman Charlynn Perry put 20 points on the scoreboard, Panola College fell to Bossier Parish Community College 99-87. Bossier Parish Community College clinched their lead in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer. Perry led the way for the Fillies offense, scoring 20 points for the game, with eight points coming in the second quarter. She also managed to contribute four rebounds and two steals. After sitting out the first half of the game due to illness, Sophomore J'Lene Martinez achieved double digit scoring going (5-for-5) from behind the arc and (1-for-2) from the free throw line scoring 16 points for Panola College . Also chipping in for Panola Collegewere Amanda Cruz (11 points, 6 assist, 1 steal), Destiney Johnson (9 points,7 rebounds), Kia Fisker (7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 assist), Laura Chavez (7 points, 1 rebound), R'Trevia Randolph  (7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steal, 5 assist), Teanna Frances Henderson (6 points), Denasia Watson (3 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal) and Raemeisha Claxton (1 point,1 steal).

Panola men run past BPCC, 89-73

Bossier City, LA – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated
Bossier Parish Community College here Saturday night, 89-73. With the win
the Ponies finish the regular season with a 22-8 record and 13-6 record in
Region XIV play. Panola earned the number three overall seed and a first
round bye in next week’s Region XIV conference tournament. “Our guys just
found a way to finish today.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “It was
good to see a variety of guys fly.” He added.
Panola used a steady first half attack to build a 42-33 lead. The Ponies
gradually extended their lead to 19 points in the second half before taking
the 16 point victory.
Five separate Ponies scored in double figures led by Devyn Wilson
(Brooklyn, New York) with 21 points. Wilson came off the bench and netted
four, three pointers in the first half. Chan Williams-Bey (Hartford,
Connecticut) Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) and Tope Arikawe (Nigeria)
all netted 11 points. Jonathan Wiley recorded a double-double with 11
points and chasing down 14 rebounds. As a team, Panola shot 49 percent from
the field.
Panola will next be in action at the Region XIV conference tournament.
After earning a first round bye, Panola will play at 8:00 PM this upcoming
Thursday, March 3rd at Angelina College. The Ponies will play the winner of
the Jacksonville College and Tyler Junior College matchup which will take
place this upcoming Tuesday.

Timpson ISD Calls for Facilities Bond Election

Timpson ISD Calls for Facilities Bond Election - On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the Timpson ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the first facility bond election for Timpson ISD since 1986.  The bond proposal will be voted on during the regular school election on Saturday, May 7, 2016.  The proposal is for the construction of a new and safer parent and bus pickup arrangement at the elementary school, a new bus barn, repair and expansion of parking areas, a new safer playground for elementary students, a new vocational agriculture facility, a new school event center/gymnasium, a renovation and expansion to the current band hall, along with drainage correction on the campuses, the track, and other external and internal school and safety improvements.
Bond Facts
•       Amount of Bond - $9,500,000.00
•       29¢ per $100.00 valuation
•       This amount maximizes state facilities funding. Timpson ISD has the opportunity for approximately 43% of the payment to be paid for by the State under our current values and enrollment.
•       Timpson ISD has retained the 20% local homestead exemption, so homeowners in Timpson currently pay less taxes on their homes than 15 of our closest neighboring schools and will continue to be in the lowest two or three of these districts following passage of the bond.
•       The new rate including the additional 29¢ will still be lower than our school tax rate was in 2005; the new proposed rate will be $ 1.4617 per $100 valuation.
•       In 2009 the Timpson ISD school board decided to return 9¢ of bonded indebtedness to the tax payers because the bond was paid off early.
•       Homeowners age 65 and over can apply for a homeowners tax freeze for their home and up to 5 acres.  Their homeowner taxes will not increase unless they make property improvements.
If the bond is not approved:
•       The school will lose the opportunity to receive millions of dollars of state funding toward facilities construction.
•       Timpson ISD facilities will not receive significant upgrades under current funding levels.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Grill Fest

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Grill Fest sanctioned barbecue cook-off presented by Farmers State Bank promises to be a fun-filled day for all. The “Chillin & Grillin” will take place on Saturday, March 19 outdoors at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas.  


The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. “Over $6,500 will be awarded in prize money to registered cook teams.  Cook teams may register and enter the contest with a $150 registration fee prior to March 4 or $200 after that date,” according to the Grill Fest Committee.  Awards, sponsored by City of Center, will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Cook teams may also take part in the Bean Cook-Off with a $10 entry fee and jackpot prize.  Gold Sponsor for the event is Tyson Foods.


Teams are to cook 25 lbs. of meat with prize money for the top three teams awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. First place is $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500 per category. Set-up, meat inspection and cooking will begin Friday afternoon, March 18.


Cook Teams and the public are invited to participate in a Dessert Cook-Off. Desserts may be prepared on-site or off-site. There will be a $10 entry fee per dessert with a jackpot prize, trophy and bragging rights. 


The day’s events will begin at 12 noon for spectators.  There will be a Washer Pitching Contest Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, live music sponsored by the Windham Civic Center, a 42 Tournament and a Classic Car Show & Shine exhibit by the Shelby County Cruisers.  The public is invited to sample tastings of barbecue and observe the day’s activities with an all-day, come and go wristband for $10. 


Registration forms and additional information is available at or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682.  Questions may be emailed to







Highway Construction

LUFKIN - The frontage road on SL 287 is now open as well as both U-turn bridges at US 59. The completion of the access road means greater ease of access to and from local businesses located along the south side of SL 287. Motorists can access the new frontage road and Moffett Road by exiting SL 287 or US 59. The U-turn bridges can be accessed by exiting SL 287 from north or southbound lanes. The work is a part of the $53 million construction project at US 59/SL 287 that is set for completion in coming weeks.
Contractors have temporarily closed West Spradley Street in Nacogdoches County as part of the US 59/SL 224 construction project as they set concrete on approximately 100-feet of the roadway. The closure is necessary as work progresses toward the widening of US 59 and the construction of raised medians through the $14 million project.
Other construction and maintenance work planned for the coming week in the nine-county Lufkin District includes:
US 59/SL 287: Construction crews will continue milling and paving operations where the project ties into existing pavement at the west end of the project.
BU 59 at A&NR Railroad Underpass: Contractors continue to work on drill shafts beneath the railroad bridge as paving continues in the southbound main lane. The roadway is expected to open to limited traffic by the end of March.
FM 706: Crews will work to widen culverts and safety treat fixed objects from US 69 North to SH 103 West. Motorists could experience delays.
US 59/SL 224: Crews are removing asphalt and base in the northbound lanes of US 59 and southbound lanes are being excavated in preparation for cement treatment planned for the coming week. Storm sewer is being placed along US 59 and utility crews continue to relocate throughout the project.
US 59/SL 224: Crews will continue to work on guard rails and culverts from SH 7 East to US 259.
FM 2782: Maintenance crews will be placing oversized STOP signs at the intersection of SH 7.
FM 1878 (Starr Avenue): Concrete curbs and gutters are being constructed and foundations for traffic signals are being set.
FM 95: Crews will begin safety treating driveways and cross drainage structures from US 59 to the Rusk County line.
US 190: Crews will begin milling and hot mix operations from US 59 to the Trinity River. Lane closures are planned through the project area.
US 287 North: Maintenance crews will mill and inlay the roadway from Grapeland to the Anderson County line.
SH 19 South: Maintenance crews will perform base work on the roadway from Loop 304 to the city of Lovelady.
SH 21: Construction crews will begin roadway rehabilitation and work on culverts in various locations. Motorists could experience intermittent lane closures and short sections of driving on unpaved base.
SH 7: Contractors continue to add a passing lane west of Kennard as milling continues in the main lanes in the west end of the project. Intermittent lane closures are expected.
SH 7 East: Maintenance work is scheduled from the airport to Loop 304.
FM 2110: Base work is scheduled for the entire roadway.
US 59 at FM 2914: Crews will continue to construct a retaining wall. Motorists should be aware of construction traffic entering and exiting the highway.
US 59: Work will continue from the Union Pacific railroad to north of FM 2914 to upgrade the roadway. Utilities have been relocated through the project.
US 59: Maintenance crews will work in various locations to repair and replace delineators and mailboxes.
SH 150: Workers will be working on drainage issues at various locations.
FM 980: Maintenance crews will work to repair pavement edges.
US 287 through Groveton: Contractors will continue to place storm drains in inlets. Delays are possible.
US 96: Bridge decks at Ayish Bayou have been completed and crews are working on approaches and guardrail for the bridges.
SH 21: Crews are working to safety treat objects and replace metal beam guardrail from SH 7 to FM 1.
FM 705: Crews will continue to safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to the end of the pavement.
FM 1175: Safety treating fixed objects from the end of the pavement to FM 83.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will clean debris from ditches.
US 84: The newly constructed eastbound bridge is open to two-way traffic while the existing westbound bridge is being removed.
US 96: Crews will begin repairing joints throughout the project from north of SH 87 to just south of SH 7. Motorists could experience delays.
FM 139: Crews will safety treat cross drainage structures and guardrails from SH 7 to SH 87.
FM 699: Crews will be repairing edges, potholes and signs in various locations.
CR 4323: Work is continuing on approaches at Flat Fork Creek and Mill Creek bridges.
Various locations: Crews are finishing sidewalks and curbs that have been reconstructed to comply with ADA requirements in the city of Center.

Joaquin School Board Elections

Notice is here by given that ON Feburary 29th the will be a drawing fof positions on the ballot of the May 7th for the Joaquin School Board.

Shelby Saving Bank Supports Local Sports

On Feburary 26th Shelby Savings Bank, represented by Lorei Shoate and Josh Jones,
visited Center High School to bring goodie bags and show their support for
the Varsity Basketball team, who will play in the second round of the
playoffs tonight against Madisonville.  The game will be hosted at Lufkin
Middle School at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the gate - $5 adults, $3

Panola College Band to Perform First Concert of 2016

The first concert of 2016 by the Instrumental Music department will be on
March 8 at 7:00 PM in the Murphy-Payne Room of the M.P. Baker Library at
Panola College.  It will be a performance of Chamber Music with the
performers all being members of the Panola College Band.  Chamber Music is
music performed by small and medium sized ensembles.  There will be
woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles as well as a trio with clarinet,
voice and piano.
The compositions are from many styles and periods. There will be the
ragtime sounds of Scott Joplin performed by a saxophone quartet and music
of Mozart performed by a clarinet choir.  Guests will hear excerpts from
the opera, Carmen and folk tunes from Appalachia.  Enjoy a tuba quartet
playing jazz and a trombone quartet playing the music of Haydn.


Chain Saw Bandits

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Friday, January 15th, 2016, Deputy Barbee responded to the residence of a Leonard Boehm located on Highway 7 East in Joaquin in regards to a burglary incident. Deputy Barbee took a report from Mr. Boehm, who reported that he had two chainsaws stolen from his carport area that extended off the front of the residence as well as a Homelite generator, a Troybuilt pressure washer and a Brute pressure washer. Mr. Boehm provided descriptions of the aforementioned property.
During the course of the investigation, Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson located the two chainsaws as reported stolen by Mr. Boehm in Shreveport, Louisiana and found that a Tevin Garrett, 23 of Center had sold them. Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson also located and recovered Mr. Boehm's Homelite generator in Timpson. It was also found that a Jeremy Edwards, 35 of Logansport was involved in the burglary incident and took part in selling the property.
Warrants were issued for both Tevin Garrett and Jeremy Edwards for Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2 and have since been arrested for said charge.

Thief Caught by Willis Blackwell

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports on Monday, February 22, 2016 at approximately 11:20 a.m. a call was received in reference to a male subject riding a bicycle on Highway 59 heading towards Timpson from Tenaha carrying firearms. Timpson Police Department Chief Kent Graham was notified of the call and upon Chief Graham attempting to make contact with the male subject, he then evaded on foot. Additional units were requested in which Constable Pct 5 Stanley Burgay, Deputy Kurtes Lawrence and Timpson ISD Police Chief Kimberly Graham responded to assist. As a precaution, Timpson ISD school officials were notified and the school was placed on lock down. A short time later, Chief Kimberly Graham located the male subject in front of the Timpson Middle School and made contact with him at which time the male subject evaded again on foot. After setting up a perimeter and locating the male subject again, Chief Kent Graham, Chief Kimberly Graham and Timpson PD Officer Jacob Metcalf were able to take the subject into custody. The subject discarded the bicycle along with the two rifles, identified as a 30.06 and a .22 Cricket rifle which were recovered for evidence. The subject was identified as an Adrian Herrera, 34 of San Augustine.
      Shelby County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson contacted the initial caller who reported Herrera and ascertained the approximate area in which Herrera was first observed on the bicycle with the firearms. Sergeant Dickerson then met with Constable Burgay approximately 5 miles from Timpson on Highway 59 North and began canvassing the area going from house to house in an attempt to locate the residence that had been burglarized. During the canvassing, the residence that had been burglarized was located at 4844 Highway 59 North, belonging to a Jerry Roth. Forced entry was observed to the side door of the residence. After clearing the residence, Sergeant Dickerson contacted Jerry Roth at his work and advised of the incident and Mr. Roth confirmed items that had been stolen from his residence, describing the 30.06 rifle, the .22 caliber rifle along with a breathing machine, e-cigarette kit, ammunition, a blue blanket and the Kent Del Rio bicycle that Herrera was riding. Information was collected along with evidence from Roth's residence.
     Warrants were issued for Adrian Herrera for the charges of Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2 and Theft of Firearm, State Jail Felony. Herrera was also charged during the initial arrest for the offenses of Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2, Evading Arrest, Misdemeanor A, Resisting Arrest, Misdemeanor A, Failure to Identify, Misdemeanor B, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Felony 3.

Lufkin 14 Million Dollar Construction Project

The $14 million construction project on US 59/SL 224 in Nacogdoches County has called for the closing of West Spradley Street for several weeks.
Webber LLC, contractors for the project, closed the roadway Thursday morning to through traffic in order to reconstruct approximately 100-feet of Spradley Street with concrete pavement. Detour signs are in place for local traffic to access the roadway by traveling Old Lufkin Road.
The project area continues for 1.2 miles along US 59 as the roadway is being redesigned for raised medians. Entry and exit ramps on US 59/SL 224 are also being reconfigured as part of the project.
Motorists are urged to be cautious throughout the construction area, watch for detours, changing traffic patterns and slowing traffic. Obey all signage and remember that traffic fines double when workers are present.

Tenaha Tigers Update

Tenaha ISD will release early Friday, February 26th, at 2pm.
Parent pick up for elementary will begin at 1:45.  
PreK daycare pick up will begin at 1:30pm.  
There will be a send off Parade for the Lady Tigers at 12:10 .  The Lady
Tigers will begin the Send Off Parade at 12:10 in the Elementary Hall and
proceed to Main Street at the Cafetorium.

Panola Beats Navarro in Basketball Game 82-77

Carthage, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Navarro
College here Wednesday night, 82-77. The victory propels the Ponies record
to 21-8 and 12-6 in Region XIV. “This was a tremendous overall effort.”
Said Head Coach Grant McMillan. “This was such a back and forth battle and
our guys just flew around and made countless plays.” He added.
In a seesaw battle, Panola found themselves with the lead 37-29 at
halftime. Both teams traded buckets to start the second half, before
Navarro clawed their way to take a seven point second half lead with under
10:00 minutes remaining in the game. Panola tied the ball game on a Charles
Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) three pointer with just under four minutes
remaining. The Ponies didn’t trail the rest of the way.
Tucker led the way offensively for Panola netting 20 points. Jonathan Wiley
(Houston, Texas) came off the bench and scored 18 points. Chan Williams-Bey
(Hartford, Connecticut) tallied 14 points in the victory. Tope Arikawe
(Nigeria) and James Suber (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) combined for 17
rebounds. For the game, the Ponies netted 10 three pointers.
Panola will head to Bossier Parish Community College for their final
regular season game this upcoming Saturday, February 27th. Tip-off is set
for 4:00 PM.

VFW Observance Rescheduled

The observance for those who served in Operation Desert Storm that was scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, February 26th at 10:00 am has been rescheduled for Monday, February 29th at 10:00 am.  It will still be held at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse.  This change due to funeral of post life member Billy Kent on Friday.

UPDATE - Mobile Mammography Comes to Center

There are 10 appointments available at CHS on Monday, March 7th 
Call Joyce Permenter 598-5642 extension 2107 to schedule a mammogram appointment.

Center Riders Update

Varsity and JV Lady Riders Softball will play in the Gal Kat/Lady Devil
Softball Tournament held at Coy Simms Park on MLK St. in Nacogdoches from
Thursday-Saturday (2/25-2/27)

Shelbyville Dragon Update

The Dragons will play Friday, FEb. 26 @7:00 pm vs San Augustine in

Parent Teacher Meeting In Joaquin

There is an 8th grade parent meeting scheduled for March 7th at 5 in the
auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss
endorsements/scheduling of classes for the upcoming school year.  If you
have questions regarding this matter, please contact Kasi Trent,  JH/HS
Counselor at 936-269-3128 ext. 423
*Jennifer McCann*
Administrative Assistant
Joaquin ISD

Tenaha Tiger Update

Tenaha Tiger Boys vs Sabine Pass at 7:00 pm Thursday, February 25th  in
Lady Tigers vs Rosebudd Lott at 7:30 pm Friday, February 26th in Leon. 
Tenaha ISD will host in the SEC Shelbyville vs San Augustine (Boys) at 7:00
pm on Friday, February 26th.

Lady Riders Power lifting Meet Results

Lifter Weight Class Squat Bench Press Deadlift Total Place
Elizabeth Chavez 114.5 lb class 195 lbs 90 lbs 205 lbs 490 lbs 7th
Karson Milford 148. 5 lb class 220 lbs 1110 lbs 225 lbs 555 lbs 6th
Kenia Palacios 148. 5 lb class 160 lbs 100 lbs 175 lbs 435 lbs 10th
Litzy Duarte 148.5 lb class 125 lbs 75 lbs 170 lbs 370 lbs 11th
The Lady Riders placed 11th as a team.
The results from the powerlifting meet at Bullard held on 2/20/2016
Lifter Weight Class Squat Bench Press Deadlift Total Place
Brenden Stanley 123 lb class 230 lbs 125 lbs 325 lbs 680 lbs 10th
Christian Lee 148 lb class 315 lbs 160 lbs 315 lbs 790 lbs 4th
Cale Hall 148 lb class 270 lbs 190 lbs 325 lbs 785 lbs 6th
JaCarlos Hall 165 lb class 500 lbs 275 lbs 450 lbs 1225 lbs 3rd
Dylan Denby 165 lb class 410 lbs 210 lbs 340 lbs 960 lbs 7th
Witt Dockens 181 lb class 460 lbs 285 lbs 450 lbs 1195 lbs 2nd
Colton Ethridge 181 lb class 360 lbs` 265 lbs 400 lbs 1025 lbs 9th
Jaden Yanez 198 lb class 385 lbs 240 lbs 400 lbs 1025 lbs 9th
Camden Cordray 220 lb class 350 lbs 190 lbs 325 lbs 865 lbs 10th
Alex Hooper 220 lb class 285 lbs 150 lbs 300 lbs 735 lbs 12th
The Riders placed 9th as a team.

2016 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show

Plans for the 2016 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show are set.  The show will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at the Shelby County Expo Center.  The sale will be held Saturday, March 5th, at the John Dean Windham Civic Center, meal starting at 6:00PM.
Weigh in of the market animals will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:00 a.m.  The show will start at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbits and the Lambs, the Goats, Swine and Cattle will follow.  The Rabbits will be judged by Sherry Poindexter.  Billy Zanolini, will judge lambs, goats, swine and cattle.  Ty Cauthen, Show Chairman, stated, “I am excited about this year’s show with all the hard work and dedication that the exhibitors have put towards their animal projects.  There are over 90 entries at this show which are trying to be selected for the auction and premium awards.”  
Last year’s sale Champion steer was purchased by Farmer’s State Bank.   Shelby Savings Bank won the bid for the Champion Swine.  Shelby Savings Bank purchased the Champion goat, and Deep East Texas Electric Co-op bought the Champion lamb.
The Bar-B-Que for the buyer’s and exhibitors will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.  “If you have a chance, come and see what the youth of Shelby County have been doing with their time.”   Stated Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent.  “The Shelby County Livestock show continues to grow each year which in part is due to the continued support of our youth by local businesses and the community.”  The public is invited to attend the events of the day and support the youth of our county.
Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension Program should contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office of Shelby County at (936) 598-7744 at least one week prior to the program or event.  Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

Guilty Felon Fails at Car Theft

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Monday,
February 15, 2016 at approximately 0741hrs, Shelby County Sheriff's
Department was contacted by Nacogdoches Police Department who advised that
a vehicle registered to a Raymond Carson of Center was located in a
Nacogoches city park located on Pearl Street near the intersection of West
Main Street. It was advised that a subject identified as a Thomas Wayne
Hughes, Jr., 31 of Garrison was located inside the vehicle bound with
handcuffs and zipties.
Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson was notified of the situation in
which he along with Deputy Kurtes Lawrence and Patrol Sergeant Michael
Griffin traveled to the residence to which the vehicle was registered to, a
Raymond Carson located at 14834 Highway 7 West, Center, Texas. Upon
arrival, contact was made with a Raymond Carson who at that time realized
that his 2005 Toyota Tacoma was stolen. Mr. Carson had a game camera
attached to a tree that was pointing towards the residence where the
vehicle was parked and upon reviewing the SD card with photographs, (2)
photographs were found time stamped 0241am and 0304am in which a white male
subject of slender build wearing blue jeans and a hoodie was walking
towards Carson's vehicle. It was found that the subject that was located in
Carson's vehicle by Nacogdoches Police Department officers was the same
observed in the photographs on the game camera.
Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson traveled to a neighboring
residence next to Carson's residence and spoke with a subjects who advised
that a Thomas Hughes, Jr. was over at his place and had left sometime in
the night possibly through a bedroom window due to the window being found
open and the doors locked and secured.
Sergeant Investigator Donnie G. Dickerson, Jr. spoke to Detective
Killinsworth with Nacogdoches Police Department who advised that the
defendant, a Thomas Wayne Hughes, Jr. had confessed that he had stolen the
vehicle from the Carson residence last night and advised that he had bound
himself with the handcuffs and zipties.
It was also discovered through the investigation that Hughes had
traveled through a fence line to exit from the property due to a gate being
Warrants were issued for Thomas Hughes, Jr. for the charges of
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and Criminal
Mischief, Misdemeanor B. Hughes was arrested for said charges and has since
been transferred to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and was
arraigned by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Maxie Eaves receiving a total
bond for both charges set at $7,000 and was released on the 23rd of

Timpson Bear Update

Lady Bear Schedule 
1-Mar WELLS WELLS 4:00
14-Mar GARY GARY 5:00
15-Mar ALTO HOME 5:00
24-Mar CUSHING HOME 5:00
29-Mar WELLS HOME 5:00
8-Apr ALTO ALTO 5:00
12-Apr GARY HOME 5:00
15-Apr JOAQUIN HOME 5:00


The Tenaha Lady Tigers will face Rosebud-Lott, Friday, February 26th, at 
7:30pm at Leon High School in Jewett, Texas.  Tenaha ISD will release 
school at 2:00 pm on Friday to allow time to travel.  
A Tiger Fan Bus will be traveling to the game.  
Tickets for fan bus are $15.00 (includes admission to game) on a first come
first serve basis. (56 seats)
The Fan Bus will be departing from the Tiger Gym Parking lot at 3:00 pm with
planned stop in Buffalo along the way for meal/restroom.  The fan bus 
will be returning immediately after the game.
*If Tigers win they will play Saturday at 2:00 pm.  A fan bus will be 
provided.  Tickets for fan bus Saturday will be $15.00 (includes 
admission to game) on a first come first serve basis on site.  The bus will 
depart from the Tiger Gym parking lot at 9:30 am and a scheduled stop 
in Buffalo for meal/restroom.  The bus will return to Tenaha 
immediately after the game.
Call Stella Baker at 936-248-5000 ext. 502 to arrange your travel on the Fan

Panola College SGA meeting

Panola College hosted the spring Texas Junior College Student Government Association (TJCSGA) Region III meeting on Friday, February 19th. Held each semester, the region meetings bring together student government associations from all the East Texas community colleges for a time of fellowship and discussion of current educational issues in the State.  The colleges in attendance on Friday included Panola, Tyler, Paris, Texarkana, Navarro, and Trinity Valley. More than 100 students and advisors were present.  This was the first time that Panola College has ever hosted a Region III meeting, according to Brian Naples, faculty advisor for the Panola College SGA. 
The meeting began at 11 a.m. with opening remarks by Panola President Dr. Greg Powell. Dr. Powell welcomed the East Texas colleges and invited the students to tour the campus.  TJCSGA state president Rameez Sohail also gave opening remarks.  Rameez, who has visited several regional meetings across the State, said he was amazed by the spirit of the Region III students and expressed his desire to see that spirit carried to the State convention. 
Texas State Representative Chris Paddie was the keynote luncheon speaker. He discussed the importance of civic participation in government. He spoke on his personal history of political involvement and urged the students to carry over their SGA enthusiasm into their daily lives.  Representative Paddie answered several questions from the students and remained behind for several hours after his talk to speak with the students one-on-one and in small group conversations. 
The afternoon sessions featured several talks concerning campus safety. Retired campus Police Chief Ernie Davis spoke to the students on how they can prepare their campuses for the new “carry on campus” law that takes effect in August  2017. CPR trainer and Panola College graduate Jodie Lightfoot provided several students with a crash course on how to perform CPR in an emergency situation. Campus criminal justice instructor Mark Dickerson addressed students on the problems colleges face when drinking muddies the waters of consensual or nonconsensual contact.  “The sessions were well attended and received high praise from the students,” Naples said. 
While the students attended the sessions, several Panola College faculty and staff members spent their afternoons reviewing nominations for Region III awards.  Each year, the Region III colleges present awards for student of the year, chapter of the year and advisor of the year. Award proposals are created by the students and the host school is responsible for providing the judges at the region meeting.  Panola College employees Sharon Peace, Don Cocklin, Tryphena Bledsoe, Charlene Johnson, Jennifer Coon, Jose Vargas and Bill Offer spent several hours sifting through the nominations. Panola College abstained from the competitions to remove undue favoritism in the judging. 
The evening was concluded with a general student government session. During this session, the awards were presented, outstanding business for the last session was discussed and several announcements were made in preparation for the State convention in April. Panola College will be sending five students to the convention. 

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Pre-K News - This past week, Pre-K has been talking about plants.  Our theme for the last 3 weeks has been about living and nonliving items.  On Tuesday, Ms. Penny's class went on a walking field trip to the front of the Ag shop.  We stopped and looked at their pretty flowers and talked about what a bloom, stem and roots were.  They also loved the cow and the chicken, too.
On Thursday, Ms. Penny's class made bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed. The kids used their fine motor skills to spread the peanut butter over the pine cones.  Each student then added bird seed.  The kids took their bird feeders home at the end of the day so that they could feed the birds at home.
Timpson FFA News - Timpson FFA Junior Breeding Heifer Exhibitors competed at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo February 16th-19th. Ally Kimbro placed 1st in Class 3 and took home the honor of Reserve Division Champion. Baylor Kimbro placed 2nd in class 4. Sadie Ramsey placed 4th in class 7 and Haylon Powers placed 9th in class 7 exhibiting a Brahman Heifer.
Livestock Show and Sale - Next week, March 3rd, will be the Shelby County Livestock Show in Center.  March 5th will be the livestock sale at the Civic Center in Center at 7:00 P.M.

4th Annual San Antonio Rodeo Jr. Shootout

The 4th Annual San Antonio Rodeo Jr. Shootout was held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio February 18-21.   This is the richest youth shoot in the country with almost half a million dollar worth of scholarships and prizes given to the youth shooters.   The shoot is open to 4H and FFA shooters who competed in shooting contests the previous year.  Shelby County 4H Shooters had six competitors.  They were Hagan Craig, Tucker Scarber, Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Logan Holloway & Konner Windham.  Over the course of the week shooters participated in a 50 target Super Sporting, a 100 target Rodeo Challenge, the 100 target scholarship trap shoot and a 100 bird scholarship sporting clays.  
We are very proud of all of our shooters many scoring their personal best in several events. We would like to thank Hawkeye Hunting Club for allowing us to practice at their facility.  We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County.
> Lance Holloway placed 2nd in the rodeo challenge and also runner up in Lewis Class 2 trap.
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding 4-H,  please give us a call at 936-598-7744. 

Construction in Lufkin

LUFKIN – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a pre-construction meeting Monday afternoon that signaled the beginning of two construction projects in Nacogdoches County.
Pinto Construction, contractor for both projects, is scheduled to set project barricades this week. A $1 million project will rehabilitate and widen FM 95. The roadway will be widened from 22 to 24 feet from Red Springs Road to the county line for a distance of 1.7 miles.
In addition, Pinto Construction will safety treat fixed objects on FM 95 from US 59 in Garrison to the county line which includes driveway and cross road culverts at a project cost of $360,259 and will continue for a distance of 2.2 miles. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in about 10 months.
Motorists should be prepared for delays and are urged to be cautious, alert to workers and equipment through the construction area. Be prepared to reduce speeds and remember traffic fines double when workers are present.
For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.

The San Augustine Lions Clay Shoot

The San Augustine Lions, along with CHI/St. Luke's Health System, will host their fourth annual sporting clay shoot Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Fairway Farm, San Augustine.
The event will be put on by Briley Manufacturing, maker of some of the world's best shotgun choke tubes. There will be ten shooting stations with two throwers per station. The fee to enter the event will be $100.00 or shooter. Teams will consist or four or five persons. Individuals are welcome. Everyone will be placed on a team. In the case of five person teams, the top four scores will count in the championship team competition.
Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the clay shoot will begin at 10:00 AM. Lunch will be provided. There will be an awards ceremony following lunch to recognize the top shooter in the event and the top scoring teams in the competition. There will be a drawing for a Henry rifle and lots of door prize drawings. A limited number of shells will be available for purchase at the cost of $7.50 per box for both twelve and twenty gauge guns.
All proceeds are used to support Texas Lions Children's Camps, local charities and scholarships.

East Neuro Support Group

The 3rd Annual Smoked Pork Roast Fundraiser, benefiting the East Texas Neuro Support Group (ETNSG), helps to purchase medical/adaptive equipment products for people with disabilities, which will enable them to improve their quality of life.
Deadline to place an order is March 19th for a delicious smoked pork roast(s), "Fully-Cooked Boston Butt." Each roast is $35 and will be delivered on March 26th, 2016 which is perfect timing for Easter Sunday. 
Pre-orders only. Contact Robbie Kerr at 936-254-3050 or 936-488-2154 to order.
The ETNSG was established July 1998 to serve persons with a neurological disability, as well as their families and friends. Some examples include brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc.
Meetings are held on a monthly basis for educational, social and recreational purposes. We personally extend a welcome to you or nyone you know with a neurological disability to join us monthly! Volunteers are always welcome! For more information about ETNSG contact Robbie Kerr.

Pinewoods Home Health 21st Anniversary

Pinewoods Home Health 21st Anniversary Celebration Come and get a Free Fajita Plate, Thursday Feburary 25th 4-6 p.m at 304 Logansport St. in Center.

Timpson ISD Bear Update

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the great service our area law enforcement provides.  Today the district had a need and our school police, City police, County Sheriff’s office and area Constables worked together swiftly to curtail a situation that ended safely.   All students and staff were kept safe.  Thank you again, peace officers.  We appreciate you.
Weekly Calendar of Events –
Mon. Feb. 22 – TES Benchmarks Due
                        Middle School Track Meet in Alto
Tues. Feb. 23 – 3rd-4th grades mock math test
--------------- THS Twirler/Drum major tryouts in Bandhall @ 4:30 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 24  - 5th Grade mock science
--------------- TES benchmark testing
--------------- PSAT test freshman
Thurs. Feb. 25 – 3rd/4th grade mock reading test
--------------- TES benchmark testing
--------------- Staff payday
--------------- PSAT 10 sophomore
--------------- High School track meet in Alto
Fri. Feb. 26 – TES benchmark testing
------------- End of fourth six weeks
Timpson Independent School District
PO Drawer 370
Timpson, TX 75975

Governor Abbott Meets With Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Houston to discuss continued collaboration and progress on the joint energy task force – an _agreement_ [ ] reached on the Governor’s visit to Mexico last year that will aid Texas in leveraging the vast investment and business opportunities made possible by Mexico’s recent energy reforms. 
“Today’s meeting affirmed Texas and Mexico’s continued commitment to addressing shared challenges on both sides of the border,” said Governor Abbott. “I would like to thank President Peña Nieto for his dedication to working with Texas on cross-border energy infrastructure. Working together, I am confident we will continue to strengthen our economic and cultural bonds.”
Governor Abbott Pena Nieto [ ](PHOTO: Office of the Governor, 2/22/2016)
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"Mexico is the Lone Star State’s biggest trading partner and Texas exports more goods to Mexico than any other state. In 2014, Texas exported more than $100 billion in machinery, technology and other commodities to Mexico, about 35 percent of the state’s total exports. These exports sustain tens of thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses in Texas and more than 1.1 million jobs, the most in the nation. Texas also imported more than $90 billion of goods from our southern neighbor last year."

SOUTHERN SEASONS to host event

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shana Brittain, owner
of Southern Seasons, will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours come
 and go event on Tuesday, February 23 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
at 5075 State Hwy 87 S, in Shelbyville.
Southern Seasons has unique home decor, artwork, lamps, accent furniture and a gift
shop. They also have a gourmet market that includes imported cheeses, gourmet mixes,
sauces, preserves, coffees, smoothies, mousses, salsas, candy, and almost anything
containing jalapenos. Lots of specialty and seasonal foods and much of it made right
here in Texas. Also, Southern Seasons offers the nursery and landscape plants in
 the spring, summer and fall and all are locally grown.
Business After Hours is an opportunity for chamber members to network with other
 chamber members. 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 

Shelbyville Girl's Powerlifting Results

The Shelbyville Girl's Powerlifting team split last week with half
the team competing in Hull-Daisetta on February 17 and the other half
competing in Maud on February 20.
The following girls competed in Hull-Daisetta:
Kaitlyn Campbell - 1st place - 97 class
Casey Hass - 1st place - 105 class
Perla Caporali - 5th place - 114 class
Hannah Hall - 1st place - 114 class
Kiersten Johnson - 4th place - 123 class
Kalina Bradshaw - 3rd place - 123 class
Blaire Deal - 5th place - 148 class
Rachel Hagler - 3rd place - 148 class
Paige Polley - 1st place - 220+ class
First Place as a Team
These girls competed in Maud:
Cleosha Jeter - 2nd place - 105 class
Breanna Jackson - 5th place - 132 class
Jaiden Rose - 3rd place - 132 class
Jada Williams - 4th place - 165 class
Madison Taylor - 1st place - 165 class
Kennedey Parker - 1st place - 181 class
Katie Casey - 1st place - 220 class
Both sets of girls won their respective meets as a team.   Hannah Hall and
Madison Taylor both won the BEST LIFTER award at their meet.
Submitted by: Gary Alford-Powerlifting Coach

Joaquin Girls Quarter Regional Basketball Game

Joaquin vs Evadale,Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00 pm at West Sabine High
Gate- $5.00 Adult, $3.00 Kids
Passes that will be honored - District, Senior, THSCA, TABC
*Jennifer McCann*
Administrative Assistant
Joaquin ISD

Shelyville UIL

Shelbyville Academic UIL Team Competes at Center Tournament
Shelbyville High School Academic UIL students competed at the Rider Spring 2016 Academic UIL Invitational Meet held at Center High School on Saturday, February 20th.  There were 20 schools from conference A, AA, AAA and AAAA and over 380 students competing.  Medalist from Shelbyville:
Ty Fox, Kurtrick Allen, Christian Schilder, Logan Vickers - Number Sense Team -1st Place
Lindsey Holbrook - News Writing - 2nd Place
Lindsey Holbrook - Feature Writing - 2nd Place
Angel Hubble - Headline Writing - 4th Place
Devenne Smith - Informative Speaking - 4th Place
Kiersten Johnson - Persuasive Speaking - 5th Place
Perla Caporali - Literary Criticism - 5th Place
Ty Fox -Number Sense - 6th Place

Panola Fillies Fall to TJC


  • Panola College fell to Tyler Junior College on Saturday, 90-70, despite Amanda Cruz putting 25 points on the scoreboard.  Even though Fillies added 26 points in the final quarter, it wasn't enough to overcome their opponent. Racking up 28 fouls in total, Panola College played a physical game. Cruz broke away to lead Panola College's offense with 25 points, including 11 during the fourth period. Laura Chavez sank three three-pointers and scored 15 points total. One other player also racked up double digit scores for Panola College.  Genesis Rivera scored 11 points. Also contributing for Panola College were Destiney Johnson (7 points), Teanna Frances Henderson (4 points), R'Trevia Randolph (2 points), Kia Fisker ( 4 points), and Kabreshia Orange (2 points).
    The fillies will take action again Wednesday, February 24th against San Jacinto-North in Houston, TX. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Crash on SH 19

On 02/20/16 at about 12:50 pm, Trinity County DPS troopers responded to and
investigated a two vehicle crash on SH 19 approximately two miles south of
Trinity. According to the preliminary crash investigation, a 2005 Honda
motorcycle was traveling southbound on SH 19 when it struck a southbound 2014
Toyota passenger car from behind. The driver of the motorcycle was identified as
David Smith (21), from Livingston, TX. Smith was transported to ETMC in Trinity
for treatment. A passenger riding with Smith was identified as Michelle Alexis
Hunt (33), from Trinity, TX. Hunt was pronounced deceased at the scene of the
crash. The driver of the Toyota passenger car was identified as Tommy Turner
(77), from Trinity, TX. Turner was reportedly not injured as a result of the crash.
Neither Smith nor Hunt was wearing a helmet. The crash remains under

Soft Ball Schedule Change

On Tuesday, February 23, Varsity Softball will play the Lady Mavericks at
the Roughrider Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m.
There will be no JV game.

Timpson Bear Update

FCCLA NEWS - On February 24th Timpson High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America will be sponsoring a two part event to encourage students to pay attention to the top 5 driving dangers facing teenagers. These dangers include: distracted driving, drinking and driving, drowsy driving, seat belt use, and speeding.
During part one of the event, students will be given a presentation by guest speaker Tyson Dever. On March 11, 2005, Tyson survived a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. On that day, Tyson lost his ability to walk and life as he knew it changed forever. What Tyson gained was a desire to inspire people, to be determined in life and to live life completely. He is a world class speaker that inspires and motivates groups to reach higher than ever before. Tyson is a graduate of Texas State University- San Marcos and now resides in the Austin area. His drive to live life the fullest reinstates his message that quitting is not an option!
Part two includes two demonstrations sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agency. The Rollover Convincer shows the dangers of not wearing a seat belt. The Distracted Driving Simulator shows the dangers of not paying attention when behind the wheel.
Timpson FCCLA is conducting this event as part of its’ Teens in the Driver Seat program. This program is sponsored by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Pre-K Newsletter – See the attached newsletter.
Lady Bear Softball:  Congratulations to the softball team who won today in the Hudson tournament against Slocum by a score of 5-3.

Center Tennis Results

The Center Varsity tennis team competed in a 16 team tournament hosted by
Kilgore and the Riders finished 3rd place overall with strong finishes in a
number of events.
Girls singles A: Whitlee Reed - 2nd place
Girls singles B: Mackenzie Dykes - 1st place
Girls doubles A: Malory Nehring / Allison Langford - 3rd place
Girls doubles B: Julie Garcia / Iliana Rojas - 1st place
Boys singles A: Zack Fausett - 11th
Boys singles B: Mauricio Solis - 9th
Boys doubles A: Nate Morris / Tony Garcia - 7th
Boys doubles B: Kobe Whisenant / Abram Morales - 9th
Mixed doubles A: Megan Dunn / Dustin Bennett - 9th
Mixed doubles B: Emma Locke / Keaton Watlington - 3rd place
The tennis team will compete in their next tournament in Nacogdoches next
week.  JV - 2/25 and Varsity 2/26

Panola Wins

Tyler, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team picked up a victory
over Tyler Junior College here Saturday afternoon, 73-64. The win raises
Panola’s record to 20-8 and 11-6 in Region XIV play. “Other than the last
four minutes of the first half our guys did a tremendous job executing our
game plan.” Head Coach Grant McMillan said. “Our guys were really locked in
defensively in the second half.” He added.
Panola found themselves down 28-27 with 3:31 remaining in the first half,
when Tyler went on a 14-4 run to take a 42-31 halftime lead. The Ponies
gradually cut into Tyler’s lead in the second half when Charles Tucker
(Lansing, Michigan) nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 56 with 7:06
remain. Again,  Tyonte Robertson (Cincinnati, Ohio) drilled a three pointer
to tie the ball game 61 with 4:48 remaining. Two possessions later, Panola
finally took their first lead when Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) chased
down an offensive rebound and put back the miss to take a 63-61 lead.
Panola never trailed the rest of the way.
Tucker led the offensive charge with 18 points. Chan Williams-Bey
(Hartford, Connecticut) netted 14 points and Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New
York) tallied 12 points in the win. Wiley and Robertson scored 11 points
each. Tope Arikawe (Nigeria) chased down 10 rebounds and swatted away six
shots. As a team, Panola held TJC to just 22 second half points.
Panola will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday February, 24th when
the host their final home game of the season again Navarro College. Tip-off
is set for 7:30 PM on the campus of Panola College.

Joaquin City Council Meeting

The Joaquin City Council will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
at City Hall (124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas). The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments on the proposed Drought Contingency Plan for the Cityof Joaquin and Haslam Community Water System. State law requires every city to develop a drought contingency plan detailing specific action plans in response to drought conditions. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback regarding the plan. A draft of the plan is available by contacting the City at (936) 269-3021.

Center Wins

Center vs Tatum win 5-1
Mekayla Hubbard hit a solo home run
Games today:
10:45 vs Madisonville
5:45 vs new waverly
*Softball TournamentFebruary 18 and February 19*
Lady riders win game 1 vs Hemphill 5-4
*Next game vs Tatum tonight at 7:30*


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 22nd day of February 22, 2016 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 and pay monthly expenses.
2. Public Comments on Agenda items.
3. Record filing of the Vehicle Inventory Tax Fund Audit for February 2016.
4. Discuss and possibly take action to have the Shelby County Criminal Justice Community Plan approved.
5. Discuss and possibly take action on Tax Abatement Agreement with Sustainable Soil Solutions, LLC.
6. Janet Ritter to address the court concerning request for “County Road” status to be changed to private property.
7. Adopt the Resolution Authorizing a Signatory to Execute Documents for the Purchase of Property.
8. Adjourn.


As the Pines Theater begins its fourth season of bringing world-class
entertainment to Lufkin, officials are celebrating the launch of, a new website devoted to promoting events hosted in the
City of Lufkin's historic downtown theater.
"I'm very excited about the new website and what it means for the theater
and downtown Lufkin," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the
Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines.
"The new site is beautiful and inviting, it's easy for users to navigate,
and it has several special features that will make it easier for us to get
the word out about all the great things going on at The Pines."
The new website coordinates visually with the established Pines Theater
brand. The striking design features simple navigation so users can find
information on events and how to purchase tickets, as well as details on how
to rent the historic venue. The prominent calendar and simple
"Concerts/Movies/Events" image buttons allow users to sort through listings
quickly and easily. A streamlined ticket-buying tool uses The Pines existing
ticketing software, and users can sign up for an informative e-newsletter
from any page on the site.
"A lot of thought went into every detail of this new site," Watson-Watkins
said. "It's not just easier for visitors. It's designed to make it easier
for us to get information to visitors. The calendar is integrated with, so we get twice the event promotion with a single point of
data entry. Every page has an image link to the city and Convention and
Visitors Bureau websites. We built a vibrant new tool to attract visitors to
Lufkin, but we were careful not to 'reinvent the wheel.' When users want
information on where to stay and where to dine, the new site works in tandem
The new website includes a Custom Content Management System, an Image
Gallery Database, a PDF Manager, a simple Request for Proposal (RFP) tool
and easy-to-use Social Share Tools. Static text incorporates key terms to
enhance search engine optimization (SEO), and calendar items on both the
home and interior pages automatically refresh, to further increase SEO.
Point A Media in Nacogdoches designed the site and is providing content
migration and on-site training for city employees who will be able to update
the site from anywhere in the world with access to the internet. 

Panola Classes

The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
a Medication Administration program, on the Carthage campus, beginning
Monday, March 21, 2016.  The class will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Preregistration is required.  For more
information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is now
offering a Massage Therapy program.  The program is scheduled to begin
Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Classes will meet from 5:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The cost
of the program is $4,199, and registration is required.  For more
information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or

Flag Update

Justice Scalia's interment will take place tomorrow, Saturday,
February 20, 2016. Flags are to be returned to full-staff at sunset the same
Larry Hume
VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster
CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
Vietnam Veteran 1966 - 1967
"VFW - No One Does More For Veterans"

Joaquin Game

*Bi-District Basketball Boys Playoff Game*
Location: Tenaha, TX
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Gate: Adults $5/Children $3
*Jennifer McCann*
Administrative Assistant
Joaquin ISD
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prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the
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Girls Soccer Game

The Girls Soccer team will face Jasper tonight at 6:00 at the Roughrider

Crazy Gunman Stuts Stopped


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Shelby County Sheriff's Department received a call regarding a shooting incident that had occurred on FM 3172 in the Huxley area. The victim identified as an Anthony Salas and a Leslie Workman were located traveling West bound on FM 417E in a Ford Explorer SUV with notable damage to the vehicle. Salas was observed to have sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm and Workman sustained injury from the shattering of the window glass.
During the course of the investigation, it was found that a confrontation occurred on FM 3172 in which a Jeep Wrangler Sahara operated by a William Stutts and the Ford Explorer SUV operated by Anthony Salas had made contact and Stutts fired two shots from a .22 caliber rifle into Salas' drivers side area in which one bullet hit Salas. It was also discovered that an Andrea Chadwick was an involved party to this incident.
Stutts was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2 and was booked into the Shelby County Sheriff's Department jail. Stutts was arraigned on Thursday, February 18th by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Maxie Eaves with total bond set at $16,000.
This case is actively being investigated by Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson and Investigator Kevin W. Windham.
DJ Dickerson, Sergeant Investigator
Criminal Investigation Division
Shelby County Sheriff's Department
Office (936) 598-5600 / Cell (936) 572-1468
 Fax (936) 598-7893

Panola Fillies Win

- J'Lene Martinez's 14 points propelled Panola College to a 71-70 victory over Kilgore College on Wednesday night. Fillies sealed their victory in the fourth quarter on a two pointer from Laura Chavez with ten seconds left in the game.
- Panola College  went into
   halftime being tied 35-35, but came back strong in the final two quarters
   to win the game.
-  Martinez had a great game from the field, sinking 60% (3-for-5) of
   threes attempted. With a field goal percentage of 44% (4-for-9).
   - Kia Fisker made it into double digits, scoring 10 points for Panola
   College (5-for-9). Also
   chipping in for Panola College were Amanda
   Cruz (8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals),Charlynn Perry (7 points), Chavez (7
   points), Genesis Rivera (6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks), Teanna Frances
   Henderson (6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block), R'Trevia Randolph (5
   points), Raemeisha Claxton (5 points, 4 rebounds), and Denasia Watson (2
- The Fillies will take action again Saturday as they head to Tyler, TX
   to take on Tyler Junior College. Tip off time is set for 2:00 pm.
*Ashleigh Franklin*
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Panola College
1109 West Panola
Carthage, TX 75633
903.693.1102 (Office)

Joaquin ISD’s Student Transfer Application

As in prior years, the applications will be reviewed and a determination made based on the following criteria:
The Joaquin ISD accepts out-of-district transfer students for grades Pre K through 12th beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.  Each transfer application must be received by May 1st for the upcoming school year. 
The transfer application will be accepted or declined based on the following policies and procedures:
1. Texas resident student transfers will only be accepted from adjoining school districts within Shelby County or Panola County.
2. Louisiana resident students will only be accepted from Desoto Parish. 
3. The state required classroom size ratio of 22 to 1 will be taken into consideration before accepting new transfers.  
4.    Texas resident transfers will pay no annual tuition 
5. All Louisiana residents with child(ren) enrolling in Joaquin ISD schools will pay an annual tuition of $10,000.00 per student.  Employee child(ren) will have tuition waived as long as their employment status remains active with the district.
6. Tuition payments will be paid in full before August 1st for the upcoming school year.
7.   The parent/guardian of new transfer students will supply a certified copy of up-to-date academic records, attendance records, discipline records, and statewide assessment tests.  If these documents are not received with the application, it will not be considered.
    The school is not required to admit a person under this subsection if the person:
1. does not have an attendance record of at least 95%; or
2. has engaged in conduct or misbehavior within the preceding two (2) years that has resulted in:
a. Removal from the classroom into an ISS setting; or
b. AEP program; or
c. Expulsion;
3. has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision and is on 
                             probation or other conditional release for that conduct; or
4. has been convicted of a criminal offense and is on probation or other conditional 
8. Resident students or employee/guardian child(ren) who have been continuously enrolled in JISD schools for at least one calendar year prior to changing their residency to an adjoining Texas school district,  Louisiana school district or employee/guardian employment standings with the district, shall be permitted to remain enrolled for the remainder of the current school term, and then may apply for acceptance as an out-of-district transfer student for subsequent school terms, subject to administrative and TEA approval and full payment of tuition.  Employees with children that are transfer students who have twenty-five (25) years of service with the District will not be required to pay a transfer fee.  The fee will be waived for these students as long as their enrollment with Joaquin ISD is continuous. 
9.  Any violations of the Joaquin ISD Student Code of Conduct or rules in the Student Handbook may be considered by the campus administrator and superintendent of schools in determination of acceptance, renewal, or revocation of transfer status.
10. All transfer students must remain in good standing with academics, attendance, discipline, and statewide assessment test or their status may be revoked.
11. All Texas resident transfers must complete the Texas Education Agency “Application for Transfer” form in addition to signing this agreement.
The transfer application is available at the Superintendent’s Office, 11109 US 84 East in Joaquin.
If property values continue to decline or stay the same, revenue for Joaquin ISD can only be increased by a growth in student numbers and/or tax rate.  The Board will be considering options and discussing a Tax Ratification Election as the cost of operation continues to increase each year.  
If you have any question please call Phil Worsham, Superintendent at 936-269-3128 extension 224 or email me at Thank You.


The Pines Theater 2016 season continues Tuesday, March 8 with The Music City
Hit-Makers, a group of elite Nashville songwriters who perform and share the
stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for today's most
iconic country stars.
"If you love country music, you'll definitely want to see this show by 'the
most famous people you never heard of," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive
director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director
for The Pines. "This is a group of incredibly talented songwriters who are
responsible for some of the most popular songs on the radio, and it's
fascinating to hear how those songs began as ideas and were lovingly crafted
into giant hits."
The list of artists who have turned to the songwriters in The Music City
Hit-Makers is a who's who of country music's biggest stars: Reba McEntire,
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal
Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Dierks
Bentley and more have tapped members of the Music City Hit-Makers to pen
songs for them. 
The Music City Hit-Makers' performance is accentuated by the orchestral
scores of Charles Judge, arranger and conductor for Carrie Underwood's
performances with the Hollywood Bowl & Ravinia Festival Orchestras and Blake
Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas Special on NBC.
The Music City Hit-Makers' performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for
floor seats and $30 for balcony seats. Call 936-633-0349 today to purchase
tickets or go to <> 
The Pines Theater's 2016 season continues Monday, March 14 with the return
of Grammy winner Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, and Thursday,
April 7, with Jane Monheit, a Grammy-nominated vocalist and a leading light
in the jazz and cabaret world.
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Tiger Weekly

February 23, 2016-Baseball in Elysian Fields 6:00 pm; (Boys) Joaquin vs Alto in SEC at 6:00 pm; Diboll vs Henderson in SEC at 7:00 pm
February 29, 2016-Baseball vs Central Heights @ 4:00 pm Home; JH Track in Shelbyville
March 3, 2016-Baseball in Chireno TBA; FFA Shelby County Livestock; HS Track in New Summerfield; Blood Drive 8am – 2pm in HS parking lot.
March 4, 2016-Baseball in Chireno TBA
March 8, 2016-Baseball in Gary 6:30 pm; 
March 11, 2016-Cheerleader Try Outs; Early Release; 
March 14-18, 2016-Spring Break
March 15, 2016-Baseball vs Timpson Home 4:30 pm
March 18, 2016- Baseball in Beckville 6:30 pm
March 21, 2016-Back to School; JH Track in San Augustine; TELPAS Grade 3
Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581
2015-2016 School Calendar Attached
Baseball Schedule Attached
February Menu Attached
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Joaquin Alert

The Lady Rams Area Basketball Playoff Game vs. West Sabine will be played
at Lufkin Middle School at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 19th. 

The Shelbyville Dragons Alert

Boys Basketball Playoff Game: Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 6:30 p.m.  vs. Neches @
Nacogdoches High School

Tiger Alert

Friday, February 19th

Lady Tigers vs Big Sandy at 7:00 pm in Woden.

Boys have warm-up game with Crandall in Arp at 4:00 pm

Riders Hit-A-Thon

The Center High School Baseball team will be holding its Second Annual Hit-A-Thon.  The money you donate will directly benefit the Roughrider Baseball program and will be used for dugout jackets and hoodies.  

Fire in Joaquin - UPDATE - One Dead

At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a mobile home fire on FM 3082 in the Lone Cedar community, about 10 miles from downtown Joaquin. Desoto Parish Fire District #1 was dispatched per their automatic mutual aid agreement with Joaquin VFD. Units arrived to find a mobile home fully involved with fire, and learned that a two-year old girl Roselyn Whitteck was still inside. The child's mother and a five-year old boy were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape. Due to the rapidly moving fire, efforts to rescue the child were unsuccessful. The mother was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center Center Emergency Room, and later transported by plane to the Texas Burn Center in Galveston for treatment. After the child's body was recovered, an inquest was performed by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Margie Anderson. The body was transported to Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and the Texas State Fire Marshal's office. 

Mobile Mammography Locations

Center High School – Monday, March 7, 2016
Center Intermediate/Middle School – Friday, March 11, 2016
We look forward to providing you with the convenience of our mobile mammography van. In
order to ensure your safety and a quality exam we can only accommodate those women who:
• are able to climb/descend steps without assistance
• are at least 35 years of age
• have a physician who can receive your report (we can use a Physician Assistant or Nurse
• have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months (11 full months must have passed)
We will not be able to see you in the Mobile Mammography Unit if you are experiencing any breast problems such as lumps, nipple discharge or pain; instead please call The Ross Breast Center at
NorthPark, Tyler (903) 531-5433, option 3
As soon as possible please schedule your mobile mammogram by calling Joyce Permenter at
598-5642 extension 2107.
Please mention the location and date of the mobile (as it appears above).
Be prepared to answer the following:
• The name of the facility where you had your last mammogram – our radiologists require
that we obtain past images for comparison
• Whether or not you have breast implants
• Are you experiencing any breast problems (she will refer you to NorthPark)
• Your physician’s name and address
• The name of your insurance provider
If you do not have insurance please call our NorthPark office 903-531-5942 (Regina) to determine if you are eligible for Komen Grant funding. We do offer a special cash price of $150 (check or credit card).
You will receive a reminder email two (2) days before the event. Please wear a comfortable two piece outfit and shoes that can easily navigate steps. The registration clerk will ask for a photo ID and your insurance card. Thank you for trusting Trinity Mother Frances with your care. We look forward to seeing you


        TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that an East Texas pain management physician has pleaded guilty to illegally dispensing controlled substances.
Sameer Andoni Fino, 49, of Murphy, Texas, pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love for dispensing controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
According to information presented in court, Fino, as the owner of the Fino Pain Clinic, provided pain management services to patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area and East Texas.  On September 24, 2014, in Longview, Texas, Fino evaluated an undercover law enforcement agent who was posing as a new patient.  During that visit, Fino did not perform any physical examination of the agent.  After meeting with the agent for approximately six minutes, Fino wrote the undercover agent a prescription for 60 units of Norco (r) 10 mg, which is an opioid pain medication containing hydrocodone.  Fino knowingly and intentionally dispensed this controlled substance outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
In connection with his guilty plea, Fino has agreed to voluntarily surrender his DEA Certificate of Registration, thereby surrendering his privileges to prescribe controlled substances in the future.
In a related civil action, Fino has agreed to forfeit $3,936,704.41.  The funds were originally seized during the execution of federal seizure warrants.  At sentencing, Sameer Andoni Fino faces up to ten years in federal prison.  No sentencing date has been set.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and the Texas Office of the Attorney General - Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (OAG-MFCU).  Special Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth C. McGurk is prosecuting this case.

Timpson ISD Bear Update - Year Books!

2016 Yearbook Cover Design Contest Winner - for the 2016 Yearbook Cover Design Contest. The artist is Hortencia Jimenez.
The 2016-2017 Timpson Varsity Cheerleaders –
Back Row: Ashlynn Lindgren, Sanaa Curtis, Sara Duke, Molly Sanford, Jasmine Rogers, Kaleigh Timmons, Tahlia Wallace, Becca Mathis, Hope Milford, and Cedesha Curtis
Front Row:  Brittany Hutto, Kayleigh Scroggins (mascot),  Macey Hanson, Kambry Wallace, Kylie Powdrill, and Madelyn Ramsey


Panola College School of Energy held its fifth annual welding competition
on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The competition recognizes and introduces
high school students to the welding program at the College. Twelve
independent school districts attended the event, including Beckville,
Carthage, Center, Converse, Ebarb, Many, North DeSoto, Shelbyville,
Stanley, Timpson, Wylie, and Zwolle. Isaiah Malloy, Timpson ISD, placed
first; Jessie Johnson, Many ISD, placed second; Trevor Chaney, Many ISD,
placed third; Sarah Masters, Many ISD, placed fourth, and Isaac Shofner,
Center ISD, placed fifth. Matheson, Red Ball Oxygen, and Pipeline Supply &
Service served as competition sponsors, providing equipment and prizes for
the winners. Judges were Jeremy Reese, Jaime Castaneda, and Joseph Russell,
from Trinity Industries.
Donna Yates
Panola College
1109 W. Panola
Carthage, TX  75633

Shelbyville Band Contest Results

Members of the Shelbyville Dragon Military Marching Band recently competed at Region 21 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest.  Numerous students walked away from the contest with gold ensemble medals earned from receiving a 1st Division rating from their judges.  The students that earned medals are as follow:
Mixed Woodwind Trio
Rebecca Jones – Flute
Lindsey Holbrook – Flute
Lexi Berry – Clarinet
Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
Yadira Reyes – Flute
Emily Prichard – Flute
Vivian Mendoza- Clarinet
Kalina Bradshaw – Clarinet
Mixed Clarinet Quartet
Lizbeth Bautista – Clarinet
Madison Taylor – Clarinet
Vivian Mendoza – Clarinet
Kaci Griffin – Bass Clarinet
Euphonium Trio
Jabria Jenkins – Euphonium
Jacobi Jackson – Euphonium
Kyle Dodd – Euphonium
Brass Quartet
Ty Fox – Trumpet
Adam Shofner – Trumpet
Hunter Berry – Trombone
Jabria Jenkins – Euphonium
Ty Fox also earned a 1st Division medal on a Piano Solo.
All the students that earned 1st Division medals qualified for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest held later this year at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, TX.  This was also the highest number of students to qualify for the state contest in recent years.

Deputy Gets Certified

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle is proud to announce that one of our deputies has
completed an Intoxilyzer 5000 Instructor Class.  This will allow the DeSoto
Parish Sheriff's Office to certify deputies on the Intoxilyzer 5000
instrument which is commonly referred to as the breath test during a DWI
arrest.  Deputy Michael Dunn, as part of training, assisted the Louisiana
State Police as an instructor in 5 different Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator
courses.  Each course is 16 hours, giving Deputy Dunn a total of 80 hours of
instructor experience prior to receiving this certification.  Attached is a
photo of Deputy Dunn receiving his certification from Master Trooper Shawn
Owens of the Louisiana State Police along with Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle.
Pictured Left to Right: Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Deputy Michael Dunn, LSP
Master Trooper Shawn Owens

Joaquin ISD Press Release

Beginning with the 2016/2017 school year, Joaquin ISD will accept
applications for transfer students grades Pre-K through 12th with no
transfer tuition fees, only transfer fees will be waived.  All transfer applications are due by May 1st. Each application will be considered for approval.  If you are interested in your
child attending Joaquin ISD, please contact Jennifer McCann at 936-269-3128

LETU Gets a Plane

A brand new, Cessna Skyhawk 172 airplane, worth more than $400,000 and bearing LeTourneau University's logo will arrive at LETU's Abbott Aviation Center as part of the university's participation in the Cessna Top Hawk program.
LETU was one of only FOUR universities across the nation to be selected to participate in Cessna's Top  Hawk Program and receive a new, LETU-logo-branded airplane to use for the next six months, from February through 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at the LeTourneau University's Aviation Center East Texas Regional Airport 11450 FM 349, Longview, Texas 75603
Join LETU aviation students, faculty, and staff, along with LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford, to celebrate the new airplane's arrival with fanfare.
One lucky student will win the experience of the first training flight in the airplane which will then depart immediately after the short ceremony.

The Life and Times of Sam Houston Lecture and Gallery

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host *The Life and Times of
Sam Houston* with special speaker Bill O’Neal on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in
the Murphy-Payne Community Rooms of the Library. This lecture will
accompany the premiere book release of Mr. O’Neal’s latest book, *Sam
Houston, A Study in Leadership*.  Sam Houston is a Texas icon. He served as
general of the spectacular victory at San Jacinto, he was a signer of the
Texas Declaration of Independence, and he served as governor of Texas and
Tennessee. Houston lived a turbulent and controversial life filled with
drama, conflict, and superlative achievements. This lunchbox lecture is the
inaugural event that begins two weeks of programs and signings by O’Neal
across the Lone Star State. Following the lecture books will be available
for the public to purchase and have signed.
Bill O’Neal is serving his second term as State Historian of Texas.  He is
the author of more than 40 books, as well as 300 articles and book reviews.
Last September, at the West Texas Book Festival in Abilene, Bill was
presented the A.C. Greene Distinguished Author Award of 2015.  In 2012 Bill
received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wild West History
Association, and in 2007 he was named True West Magazine’s Best Living
Nonfiction Writer.
Mr. O’Neal has appeared on TV documentaries on TBS, The History Channel,
The Learning Channel, CMT, A&E, and currently on the American Heroes
Channel series “Gunslingers.” During a long career at Panola College,
Bill’s most prestigious teaching award was a Piper Professorship, presented
in 2000. In 2013 Panola’s new dormitory was named Bill O’Neal Hall. That
same year Bill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at his alma
mater, Texas A&M University at Commerce.
Doors will open at noon, and the lecture will begin at 12:15PM. The
community is welcome to this free event, and lunch will be served for the
first 50 attendees to arrive. In honor of Sam Houston’s birthday and Texas
Independence Day both being celebrated on March 2nd, lunch will be chili,
cornbread, and birthday cake.
In conjunction with the lecture a gallery exhibit by the same title will be
on display in the Fay Allison Gallery from March 1st – April 15th.  This
photo exhibit is on loan from Bill and Karon O’Neal from their personal
collection. It creates a timeline of the places significant to Sam Houston
throughout his life. The exhibit is also free to the community. For
additional information please call 903-693-2091 or email
Donna Yates
Panola College
1109 W. Panola
Carthage, TX  75633

Tri-County Board Elections Locations

Tri-County Board Elections for Shelby County will be held today at 10 am at 214 Nacogdoches St. Room 5 in Center. For Sabine and San Augustine County it will be held at 10 am at 1012 Partin Rd. in San Augustine. For more information call 936-598-6315.

Early Voting Starts Today!



Early Voting Started today in Shelby County at the Shelby County Clerk’s Office, located on the Center Square.  As of the time of this article 63 people have already voted, which was a larger turn-out than expected by voting officials this year.  Early Voting will run till 4:30 p.m. today and will continue for the next week and a half, ending on February 26th.  The polls will reopen in a few weeks for regular voting. The voting booths are open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. The Shelby County Clerk’s Office urges people to get up and go vote! 







Car Wreck In San Augustine

On 2/15/16 at approximately 2:28 PM, Shelby County DPS Troopers were notified
of and responded to a two vehicle crash on FM 3154 approximately five and a half
miles East of San Augustine in San Augustine County. The preliminary crash
investigation indicates that a 1998 Dodge pickup was traveling northbound on FM
3154 and was pushing a Suzuki four wheeler ATV in an attempt to start the
vehicle. The dodge truck subsequently drove partially over the ATV and its driver.
The driver of the dodge truck was reportedly not injured and was identified as John
Dee Tanner (49) from San Augustine, TX. The driver of the Suzuki ATV was
identified as James Travis Jordan (20), also from San Augustine, TX. Jordan was
pronounced deceased at the scene by a San Augustine County Justice of the Peace.
This crash remains under investigation.

Panola College Rodeo Team Results

Panola College rodeo team was back in action February 12-13 for the 6th Southern Region Rodeo in Athens TX.
The men’s team started the weekend off right with two freshmen placing in their event, the Bareback Riding. Kole Chandler scored 71 points in long go round action, while teammate Bailey Plaisier,  scored a 69 point long go ride. Both scores where good enough to earn them a spot in the top ten for a very important short round ride. The short round proved to be very exciting and very lucrative for the two young men. Bailey scored a 75 point ride, while Kole scored a 74 point ride, both where good enough rides to earn points for the team in the short go, long go and the average.  Kole won 4th overall earning 70 team points, Bailey won 6th overall earning 50 team points.
Taylor Gooch would rise to the challenge for the Women’s team in the Goat tying event. Taylor’s first round she posted a fast time of 8.4 seconds, the short round time was 8.5 seconds. The total time of 16.9 seconds was good enough for a 3rd place finish and 87.5 team points. 
The Bull riding event was dominated by Panola College this weekend. Sophomores, Fulton Rutland and Braden Richardson, both rode their long go bulls and where two of the top four bull riders to make the short go round. Fulton scored 82 points in round 1 and 78 points in round 2. The scores posted were good enough to win both go rounds, and the average, earning the team 180 points. Braden scored 73 points in the long go round and a 4th place finish, claiming 60 points for individual standings. The big weekend for the Oklahoma cowboy, Fulton Rutland, rocketed him to first place in the Southern Region standings. The top 2 in the Regional standings will move on to the CNFR in July. 
The Rodeo Team will be back in action again February 26-27 in Robstown, TX., where Texas A&M of Kingsville will host the 7th Southern Region rodeo.

San Augustine Invitational UIL Meet Results

The Shelbyville High School Academic UIL Team competed at the San Augustine Invitational UIL Tournament on Saturday, February 13th.  Medalists from Shelbyville:
Jake Bragg, Kennedey Parker, Randall Dusang – Current Issues & Events Team – 
     1st Place
Jake Bragg - Current Issues & Events - 2nd Place
Jake Bragg - Informative Speaking – 2nd Place
Hannah Jamison – Poetry Interpretation – 2nd Place
Madison Taylor – Prose Interpretation – 2nd Place
Logan Vickers - Lincoln Douglas Debate – 2nd Place
Perla Caporali – Literary Criticism – 3rd Place
Kaci Griffin – Lincoln Douglas Debate – 3rd Place
Hannah Hall – Poetry Interpretation – 4th Place
Christian Schilder – Number Sense – 4th Place
Logan Vickers – Persuasive Speaking – 4th Place
Kaitlin Campbell - Informative Speaking - 5th Place
Kaci Griffin – Prose Interpretation – 5th Place
Lindsey Holbrook – News Writing – 5th Place
Vivian Mendoza – Computer Applications – 5th Place

Panola Pink Out Game

The Fillies Basketball team will host their annual  Pink Out Game on February
17 against Kilgore College at 5:30 PM at the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium in
Carthage, TX. The Fillies will have an auction for the Pink Game Jerseys
and all proceeds raised will go towards The Cure Starts Now Foundation that
Lauren Hill founded to help find a cure for DIPG.

Panola Baseball wins the series in Beeville

Panola Baseball wins the series in Beeville Texas over the weekend. After
dropping game one 11-4 Panola would respond by winning game two 6-1 and
game three 13-1.
*Game #1*
Logan Bailey(Hallsville,Tx) did his best to will Panola to a win with a
two-hit game, but Panola dropped a 11-4 contest to Coastal Bend on Saturday
in Beeville Tx.
Bailey reached base three times. He doubled in the third inning and singled
in the seventh inning.
Panola had the lead early, but couldn't hold off Coastal Bend. Panola was
ahead until the sixth inning, but the Cougars would not be denied the win,
taking the lead back on a two-run double.
Bailey ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with
the loss. He allowed six runs in 2 innings, walked five and struck out
Panola jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second. A double
by Jordan Gore(Silsbee,Tx), plating Colby Price(Nederland,Tx) started the
inning off. Panola pushed more runs across when Chad McKinney(Hughes
Springs,Tx) scored on a sacrifice fly by Hector Morales(Royal Palm Beach,
Fl) and Gore scored on a ground-out by Jansen McCurdy(White Oak, Tx).
Coastal Bend went up for good in the sixth, scoring eight runs on two
doubles and an RBI single.
Click the link below to see the box score:
*Game #2*Austin Sojka(Huntington Beach, Ca) went 1-3 as Panola took home a
6-1 victory over Coastal Bend in seven innings in game two of the series in
Beeville Tx on Sunday.
He doubled in the first inning.
Bryce Foley(Spring, Tx) pitched lights out for Panola. Foley gave up just
one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his
four innings of work.
The lead stayed with Panola after the first, when it scored two runs on an
RBI double by Sojka and a fielder's choice.
Coastal Bend managed to score one run in the first inning on a solo home
Panola built upon its lead with four runs in the second. Hector
Morales(Royal Palm Springs, Fl) started the inning with a single,
plating Jordan Gore(Silsbee, Tx). That was followed up by Cal
Smith'sI(Keller, Tx) single, bringing home Morales.
Click the link below to see the box score:
*Game #3*Panola jumped out to an early lead on Coastal Bend and captured a
13-1 victory in game three of the series on Sunday in Beeville Tx.
The game was decided quickly as Panola exerted its will early with eight
runs in the first three innings.
An RBI single by Austin Sojka(Huntington Beach, Ca) during the first inning
and a passed ball, a three-run home run by Hector Morales(Royal Palm Beach,
Fl), a wild pitch, and a two-run double by Colby Price(Nederland,Tx) in the
second inning fueled Panola's offense early.
Morales racked up five RBIs on two hits for Panola.
Erik Key(Keller, Tx) was in complete control on the mound. Key held Coastal
Bend hitless over one inning, allowed no earned runs, walked none and
struck out three.
Click the link below to see the box score:
With the wins Panola now extends there record to 9-1 on the season. Panola
will be on the road again this weekend as they head to Mississippi to
square off in a four games in two days with Copiah-Lincoln C.C. and Hinds
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Joaquin Board Meeting Minutes


The Board conducted a public hearing in accordance with Texas Education Code 39.053 to discuss the District’s educational performance on the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) during its’ regular February 15th board meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Board Room.


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, Ronnie Belrose, Thomas Harvey, Jimmy Hamilton, Chrisco Bragg and Tam Hearnsberger Board members absent: Charles Leflett Guest(s) Present: None Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal; Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal; Donna Vergo, Human Resources; Bert Coan, Elementary Assistant Principal; Terri Gray, Jr. High Principal; Kathy Carrington, Special Education Director 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 Chrisco Bragg.


3 Audience Participation – Those signed up and participating were: None 4 Report and Information items:


4.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback 4.2 Texas Academic Performance Report 4.3 2016-2017 Revenue Projection 4.4 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 the previous meetings minutes. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 5.2 It was moved by Chrisco Bragg, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve the transfer policy (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 move the regular meeting date for March from the Monday, 21st to Monday, 28th . Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.


6 The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074 at 7:24 p.m. on February 15, 2016 6.1 Texas Government Code Section 551.074 - Discussing personnel a. Resignations and Retirements b. Principal & Assistant Principal contracts c. Special Education Director contract d. Band Director contract 7 The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 8:17 p.m. on February 15, 2016. Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:


7.1 a. No action b. It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Jimmy Hamilton, to continue Jimmy Jackson’s, Terri Gray’s, Sherry Scruggs’ and Bert Coan’s contracts for one (1) year with an annual salary increase to be considered at annual budget time. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. c. It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Jimmy Hamilton, to extend Kathy Carrington a contract as Special Education Director/Diagnostician for one year, beginning on August 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, with an annual salary increase to be considered at annual budget time. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. d. It was moved by Chrisco Bragg, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to continue James Carpenter’s contract as Band Director/Teacher for one (1) year, beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending June30, 2017 with an annual salary increase to be considered at annual budget time. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.


8 Jay Dee Cockrell, Board President, ask for items to be placed on the next board agenda. Teacher Contracts 9 Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD – March 28 at 6:00 p.m. 10 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m. 

Panola College Receives a Donation

On Wednesday, February 10, representatives of the Gas Compressor Association,
Mr. Gary Farr from Cummins, Mr. Gary Hale from J-W Power, and Mr. Larry
Aldridge from HOLT CAT, presented Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola
College, with a check for $14,000. This generous donation will be used to
help enrich and grow Panola College’s School of Energy.

Panola's Charles Tucker living the basketball dream

At the age of two Charles Tucker tipped off his career in basketball in
Lansing, Michigan. Now at the age of 20, Charles Tucker is living his dream
of being a college basketball player at Panola College in Carthage.
Tucker, also known as “Cha Cha,” is a humble and selfless person, mellow
and goofy off the court. But when the basketball game starts, his demeanor
transforms into this person that is focused and intense, making him a huge
weapon for the Panola Ponies.
 “Basketball means a lot to me because I feel it’s a way God has allowed me
to spread his word and influence and has made it an enjoyable experience.
On the court I feel like I’m in my own little world for as long as the game
is going on. It’s like nothing off the court can hurt, harm, or affect me.
I’m like a totally different person,” said Tucker.
 At a very young age, Tucker had many basketball role models. Tucker’s dad,
Dr. Charles Tucker, is a world class sports agent who owns his own sports
agency company called Sports and Psychological Consultants, based
in Michigan. Dr. Tucker has represented many famous athletes, including
Andre Risen, who had a very successful career in the NFL playing wide
receiver. Risen appeared in 186 games and was primarily known for his time
with the Atlanta Falcons.
Dr. Tucker also represented Franco Harris, who played running back for the
Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 seasons; Isaiah Thomas, who played for the
Detroit Pistons for 13 years; and Magic Johnson, an NBA legend who played
for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Charles Tucker’s godfather, Steve Smith, who was also represented by Dr.
Charles Tucker, played for various NBA teams over a 16-year playing career.
Dr. Charles Tucker currently represents his son’s best friend Jabari
Parker, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. Jabari Parker and Charles Tucker
were roommates at the USA Junior National Team tournament and have
maintained a close relationship ever since then.
During Charles Tucker’s high school days, he played at two different high
schools: his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, he played at Lansing
Eastern in Michigan, and his senior year he attended Montrose Christian in
Maryland. Out of high school Charles chose to play basketball at Tennessee
State University, but didn’t feel it was a good fit. While searching for
his next college, Charles was contacted by Panola College Head Coach Grant
“Coach McMillan’s interest never swayed,” Charles said, adding that Coach
McMillan had a major impact on his decision to attend Panola College. “Cha
Cha has helped change this program,” said Coach McMillan. “He has been
everything that we thought he would be when we recruited him. He is playing
at a very high level, and deserves all the attention he is getting. He took
a leap of faith with me and going the JUCO route, like we tell all of our
guys: success never rewards the wrong person, he is prime example of that.”
While at Montrose Christian High School, he led his team to a 19-5 record.
During high school, he was selected to the USA Men’s Development National
Team comprised of the nation’s top under-16 talents. As a freshman, Charles
made 18 starts, averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 rebounds in 21.5
minutes a game. He was the team leader in assists. He scored a career high
16 points against Southern Illinois. He was named OVC Freshman of the Week
on February 2, 2015, after helping TSU to its first two conference wins the
previous week.
So what’s next for Charles Tucker? He says his plan is to attend a
four-year school and pursue a degree in finance with an ultimate career
path toward working as a financial adviser or manager. He plans to continue
his basketball career for as long as possible, with a goal of playing in
the NCAA tournament, and ultimately in the NBA. The most humbling thing
about Charles Tucker is that even in this day and age where college
athletes sometimes think they deserve prima-donna treatment, Charles
Tucker’s ultimate dream “is to have a legacy of making an impact on our
Donna Yates
Panola College
1109 W. Panola
Carthage, TX  75633

Missing Man in DeSoto Parish

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in
locating a missing man, identified as 53 year old Reed Walter Jr. of
Mansfield, LA.  He was last seen on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at about
9:00 p.m. while at his home.  Reed is described as a black male with grey
and black short hair, about 5'10" tall weighing about 180 pounds.  It is
believed he was wearing a brown and black jacket, blue jeans, and timber
boots at the time of his disappearance.  We believe he has not been able to
take medication for a medical condition.  Anyone with information as to the
location of Reed Walter is asked to please contact the DeSoto Parish
Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 or local law enforcement as soon as

VFW USS Maine Memorial

Today at 10a.m even though it was raining the VFW held the memorial service for the USS Maine.  

The Maine explodes
A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American crew members aboard. One of the first American battleships, the Maine weighed more than 6,000 tons and was built at a cost of more than $2 million. Ostensibly on a friendly visit, the Maine had been sent to Cuba to protect the interests of Americans there after a rebellion against Spanish rule broke out in Havana in January. An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled in March that the ship was blown up by a mine, without directly placing the blame on Spain. Much of Congress and a majority of the American public expressed little doubt that Spain was responsible and called for a declaration of war. Subsequent diplomatic failures to resolve the Maine matter, coupled with United States indignation over Spain’s brutal suppression of the Cuban rebellion and continued losses to American investment, led to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898. Within three months, the United States had decisively defeated Spanish forces on land and sea, and in August an armistice halted the fighting. On December 12, 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed between the United States and Spain, officially ending the Spanish-American War and granting the United States its first overseas empire with the ceding of such former Spanish possessions as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. In 1976, a team of American naval investigators concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage.


Senator Tours Game Warden Museum

On Thursday, February 11th,  Senator Robert Nichols toured the Texas Game Warden Museum located at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens with Elena Wagstaff Kelley (pictured with Senator Nichols), the widow of Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff.  During the 85th Legislative Session, Senator Nichols co-authored HB 219 with State Representative James White to name Farm-to-Market Road 1293 in Hardin County as the Game Warden Wesley W. Wagstaff Memorial Highway. That bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 1, 2015.



Timpson City Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of Timpson will be held on the 16th day of February, 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.   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:  The City would like to recognize Buddy Adkison’s
       retirement from Austin Bank, the City’s depository bank.  Buddy has served Austin
       Bank and the City for 16 years.  The Bank is hosting a retirement celebration in his
       honor from 2-4 on Wednesday, February 24. 2016.
7. Citizens Input:  
     8.          Department Reports:
                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns
                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham
                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of January 2016, there were 59 
                  citations issued,  77 violations, 0 to juveniles and 2 to minors.  Total amount  
                  reported $14,782.72 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $8,130.50.
            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting the last day for filing an application  
            for the May 7th Election will be February 19, 2016.  The physical address for filing 
            applications in person will be at City Hall, 456 Jacob St, Timpson, TX between the
            hours of 8a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The address to mail applications for a place on the ballot
            (if filing by mail) will be PO Box 369, Timpson, TX.  If there are any questions
            feel free to call me at 936-254-2421.
            There was an EDC Meeting on February 15, 2016 at 5:00pm at Timpson Library.
            Mike Walker from Goodwin-Lasiter was in attendance to discuss the road estimates 
            from the last meeting.
            The Old Spanish Trail Ride will be camping at SoSo Park on February 20th, 2016.
     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 January 16, 2016     
B. Consider approval of Financial Statements for the month of January 2016
C. Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for January 2016
D. Consider approval of moving forward with the EDC’s 2016 Street Improvement 
 Project, contingent on the Boards decision from their  meeting on February 15, 2016

NJCAA Player of the week honor for the Ponies since 2009.

Chandler Morris, (The Woodlands), a freshman infielder on the Panola
College baseball team, was selected on Thursday as the National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division-1 Player of the Week for his
efforts in five games from January 30th - February 6th.
This marks the first NJCAA Player of the week honor for the Ponies since
Morris, a College Park High School graduate went 11-20 with 3 Home runs, 2
Doubles 11 Runs Batted In, 10 Runs Scored, 4 Walks, and 1 Stolen Base in
the Ponies 6-0 week.
Since the nomination Morris went 5-6 with 1 Home Run, 1 Double, 3 Runs
Batted In, with 4 Runs Scored in an 18-11 victory over Richland College to
help the Ponies move to 7-0 on the season.
"Chandler's a good teammate and works his tail off, he deserved to
nominated and we're very excited for him that he was chosen." Said Head
Coach Todd Shelton.
The Ponies will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Beeville
Texas to take on Coastal Bend College for a three game set.
*Brandon Benton*
Assistant Baseball Coach
Panola College
Office (903)694-2096

Timpson Bear Update

Important dates for majorette tryouts:
Monday – February 15th – Timpson High School  Majorette tryout clinic – 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  @ the  Band Hall
Tuesday, February 16th – Timpson Middle School Majorette tryout clinic –  Middle School Cafeteria , starting time is 3:00 p.m. , parents may film at 4:30 p.m.   Please note that the time for this has changed.
Tuesday, February 23rd – Timpson High School and Middle School Majorette tryouts.
Lady Bear Powerlifting News - Cedesha Curtis and Ana De'Leon competed at the Carthage Powerlifting meet last week.  Schools competing included Hallsville, Waskom, Trinidad, Carthage, and Jefferson.  Our coaching staff is very proud of Ana and Cedesha for the way they competed and more importantly, how they represented the Timpson Lady Bears.  If you have never been to a power lifting meet they can be very intimidating.  Be that as it may, Ana and Cedesha stayed focused and did a great job!!  They will both be attending a regional qualifying meet in Maud on February 20th.
Cedesha Curtis- placed 3rd over all in the 132 pound weight class
Bench- 90 lbs
Squat- 200 lbs
Dead Lift-210 lbs
Ana Deleon- 123 pound weight class
Bench- 75 lbs
Squat- 140 lbs
Dead Lift- 150 lbs

Children were injured after an UTV accident

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle reports children were injured after an UTV accident
in Logansport, LA.  This morning, February 13, 2016, at about 9:25 a.m.,
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office received a report of a UTV accident on Wilson
Lane in Logansport, LA.  It was found that 5 children were riding a Rhino
Side-by-Side which crashed.  The Side-by-Side flipped during the crash
ultimately causing critical injuries to one child and minor injuries to the
second child.  The critically injured child was transported by Life Air to
University Health in Shreveport for possible life threatening injuries.  The
second injured child was transported by DeSoto EMS to DeSoto Regional
Hospital.  It was learned during the investigation that the children were
unrestrained and not wearing protective equipment.  Sheriff Arbuckle would
like to remind citizens to not allow children to operate ATVs or UTVs as
well as always wear safety equipment and seat belts if available.

City of Tenaha Council Meeting Agenda

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.041 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 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. Order the May General Election – ACTION
7. Streetlight Presentation by SWEPCO Representative
8. Consider Approval for Minutes from January 25, 2016 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
9. Consider approval for January 2016 Financials - ACTION
10. Budget Amendment – Transfer ($6,087.54) Funds from Water Account to General – Fines Account to pay for State Court Costs – ACTION
11. Re-Visit item #10 from January 25, 2016 Meeting to Discuss and Possibly Take Action on Reviewing the Courts Collection Process - ACTION
12. Review and Consider Approval of the BNSF Crossing Closure Agreement for South Railroad Street – ACTION
13. Review and Consider Approval for Street Closure Ordinance – ACTION
14. Review and Consider Approval for Using East Texas Excavating As a Subcontractor to Complete Repairs on Sugar Hill Road – ACTION
15. Discuss Trash Service by Pineywood Sanitation – Sonny Hubbard
16. Revisit and Designate Mission Critical Water & Waste Water Items Requiring Insurance Coverage – ACTION
17. Review Patrol Car Quotes and Discuss Plan/Timeline For The Purchase of a New Vehicle 
18. Department Head Report 
19. Council Comments
20. Adjourn

Another Drug bust in Center

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Feb. 8, 2016 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sergeant Michael Griffin and reserve deputy Del Birdwell were on routine patrol in area of the new Loop 500 and FM 699 in Center. The deputies made contact with a vehicle bearing license plates and registration sticker which had been altered.
 During the course of the investigation, Sergeant Griffin identified the occupants of the vehicle as David Tillotson, 47, of Joaquin and Amy Michelle Windham, 39, of Center. Due to the nervous nature of Tillotson, Sergeant Griffin asked for permission to search the vehicle and consent was given. Sergeant Griffin observed a box containing a set of digital scales in the driver’s side door, along with a cigarette box containing a homemade metal pipe and a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana. Another cigarette box was also located that contained a clear plastic bag containing a white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine. 
Tillotson was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana (M-B) and possession of a controlled substance (F-2). Windham was found to be in possession of a glass pipe and a Tylenol bottle holding a plastic bag containing what is believed to be methamphetamine.
 Windham was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (F-3) and forgery for an outstanding warrant out of San Augustine County.
 A field test produced a positive identification for methamphetamine and the total weight of the narcotics yielded 7 grams. 
Assisting in the investigation were Deputy Bradley Horton and Center P.D. Officer Scott Burkhalter. Sheriff Blackwell would like thank Center P.D. for their assistance and encourages the citizens of Shelby County to continue with the tips that are being called in. Sheriff Blackwell would like to encourage anyone that suspects illegal activity to please call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600. All calls are confidential and you do not have to leave your name.

Joaquin Independent School District Board Meeting

NOTICE of Hearings  And  Regular Meeting For
Joaquin Independent School District Board
The Board will hold a public hearing in accordance with Texas Education Code 39.053 to discuss the District’s educational performance on the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) during its’ regular  February 15th board meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Board Room.
Notice is hereby given that on the 15th day of February 2016 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Joaquin Board Room, Joaquin, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda attached to and made a part of this Notice.  If, during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.001 et seq., Texas Education Code, will be held by the School Board at the date, may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes:
Texas Government Code Section:
551.071  Private consultation with the board’s attorney.
551.072  Discussing purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property.
551.073  Discussing negotiated contracts for prospective gifts or donations.
551.074  Discussing personnel or to hear complaints against personnel.
551.076  Considering the deployment, specific occasions for, or implementation of, security personnel or devices.
551.082  Considering the discipline of a public school child, or complaint or charge against personnel.
551.083  Considering the standards, guidelines, terms, or conditions the board will follow, or will instruct its representative to follow, in 
consultation with representative of employee groups.
551.084  Excluding witnesses from a hearing.
551.086  Economic development negotiations.
Education Code 39.030
39.030  Discuss or adopt individual assessment instruments or assessment instrument items.
Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the School Board with regard to any matter considered in such closed session, then the final vote shall be either:
(a) in the open meeting covered by the Notice upon the reconvening of the public meeting; or
(b) at a subsequent public meeting of the School Board upon notice thereof; as the School Board shall determine.
1      Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order
2      Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3      Audience Participation – Please, each participant is requested to limit his/her presentation to three to five minutes
4      Report/Information items:
4.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback
4.2 Texas Academic Performance Report
4.3 2016-2017 Revenue Projection
4.4 Correspondence
5      Agenda Items for consider and possible action:
5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
5.2 Student Transfer Agreement
5.3 Consideration to Change March 2016 Regular Board Meeting Date
6      Enter Closed Session
Texas Government Code Section 551.074 - Discussing personnel
6.1 Texas Government Code Section 551.074 - Discussing personnel
a.  Resignations and Retirements
b.  Principal & Assistant Principal contracts
c.  Special Education Director contract
d.  Band Director contract
7      Return to Open Session
7.1 Texas Government Code Section 551.074 - Discussing personnel
a.  Resignations and Retirements
b.  Principal & Assistant Principal contracts
c.  Special Education Director contract
d.  Band Director contract
8       Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD 
9       Designation of date and time of next regular board meeting 
10     Adjournment
On this 11th day of February 2016, this Notice was mailed to news media that had previously requested such Notice and an original copy was posted on the bulletin board outside the School District Administration Building at 1:00 p.m. on said date.
Phil Worsham, Superintendent
February 11, 2016

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce - Grill Fest

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces that the Grill Fest sanctioned barbecue cook-off, presented by Farmers State Bank, will take place Saturday, March 19 on the grounds of the Windham Civic Center.  The Gold Sponsor is Tyson Foods and the Entertainment Sponsor is Windham Civic Center.
“Over $6,500 will be awarded in prize money to registered cook teams.  Cook teams may register and enter the contest with a $150 registration fee prior to March 4 or $200 after that date,” according to the Grill Fest Committee.  The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. 
Prize money for the top three cook teams will be awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. First place is $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500. Trophies will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Set-up, meat inspection and cooking will begin Friday afternoon, March 18. Cook teams may also take part in the Bean Cook-Off with a $10 entry fee and jackpot prize.
An entry wristband will be $10 with the public invited to sample tastings of barbecue at cook team stations.
In addition to the Chillin’ and Grillin’, there will be a Washer Pitching Tournament, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, a 42 Tournament and live music.  
Cook Teams and the public are invited to participate in a Dessert Cook-Off. Desserts may be prepared on-site or off-site. There will be a $10 entry fee per dessert with a jackpot prize, trophy and bragging rights. 
Registration forms and additional information is available at or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682.  Questions may be emailed to

Federal Jury Convicts Smith County Man of Drug Charges

TYLER, Texas - A 23-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been convicted of drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jose Maldonado Barragan was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 10, 2016, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, aiding and abetting, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm while illegally in the United States, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.  The jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching a verdict following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, the Defendant supplied methamphetamine for several months in the spring of 2014.  An eight ounce seizure occurred in Palestine, Texas on Mar. 31, 2014 which was later tied to the Defendant.  Additionally, a four pound seizure occurred on May 12, 2014 in Tyler, Texas.  The Defendant's fingerprints were later found on the packaging.  Barragan was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 28, 2015.

Barragan faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.  The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress and is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Ann Cozby and Ryan Locker.


The Spanish-American War lasted a little less than four months, April 21st -
August 13th, 1898 and ended Spain's worldwide empire.  It ended with America
easily defeating Spain and signaled the United States emergence as a world
power.  The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on
February 15th, 1898 with the loss of 266 crewmen and marines in essence was
the start of the war.
The US Navy Department board of inquiry concluded that a mine had detonated
under the ship and the American public reacted with outrage blaming Spain
for the disaster.  It was during this war that Teddy Roosevelt and his
cavalry unit known as the "Rough Riders" became famous.  This would be the
first war fought overseas by the United States and involved campaigns in
both Cuba and the Philippine Islands.  
The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898
which established the independence of Cuba gave Puerto Rico and Guam to the
United States and allowed the US to purchase the Philippines Islands from
Spain for $20 million.  The brief war cost the United States $250 million
and 3,000 lives of which 90% perished from yellow and typhoid fever and
other infectious diseases.
The VFW traces its roots back to these veterans who founded local
organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.  There was no
medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for
themselves.  These formed organizations would become what is now known as
the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
In observance of the sacrifices made by the Veterans of the Spanish American
War and those who died aboard the USS Maine, Shelby County Memorial Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at
the Veterans Memorial on Monday, February 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.  As always
the public is invited.  Call Larry Hume, 598-2976 for more information.
Larry Hume
VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster
CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
Vietnam Veteran 1966 - 1967
"VFW - No One Does More For Veterans"

I-69 economic impact explained at Chamber of Commerce meeting

NACOGDOCHES, TX – City Manager Jim Jeffers will present "I-69 + Planning = Economic Development" at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon. The event is noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 26 at Austin Hall, 4603 North St. Jeffers views the interstate project as "the greatest economic development engine for the City and County of Nacogdoches since Stephen F. Austin State University came to Nacogdoches." 
Gold sponsors are Axley & Rode, LLP, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp. and SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County.  
Jeffers was appointed city manager in July 2003 by the Nacogdoches City Council He has 40 years experience as a city manager serving in Fritch and Plainview, Texas, and Portales, New Mexico. Jeffers has extensive experience in city finances, employee relations and strategic planning. He maintains an inclusive, entrepreneurial management style and has the proven ability to build strong teams from diverse groups, providing result-oriented actions. He earned a Masters of Political Science and a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from West Texas A&M University. He and wife Gwendolyn have five children, seven grandchildren and two more on the way.
The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Nacogdoches County Chamber's monthly membership meeting. All are invited to attend and stay informed of what is happening in the area. 
Registration is requested by noon, Feb. 24. Lunch is $16. Find the secure “pay online and register” option in Hot News at or call 936-560-5533.
All attending may enter the $50 drawing sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win.

Electronics Recycling Day

Electronics Recycling Day slated for March 5 The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean committee has set the date for the Annual Electronics Recycling Day, presented by the City of Center. Saturday, March 5, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Chamber will have two trailers on the downtown square to accept items for recycle. Items will be accepted until the trailers are full. Some of the items that will be accepted are televisions, computers and monitors, printers, typewriters, telephones, pagers, cable wires, power cords and power strips.

Shelby County Community Garden Breaks Ground

The Texas A & M AgriLife Extension agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, invites Chamber members
to join them in the ground breaking ceremony for the Shelby County Community Garden.
 The garden will be at the Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena located on Hwy 7 E.
Ceremonies will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17.

Panola Loses

Panola College fell to Trinity Valley Community College on Wednesday night, 73-56, despite Kia Fisker putting 12 points on the board.  The Fillies put up 24 points in the final quarter but was not able to make the comeback Fisker led Panola College offense, going 3-for-5 (60%) from the field while also sinking 86% (6-for-7) of free throws attempted.  Amanda Cruz achieved double digits, scoring 11 points for Panola College . J'Lene Martinez hit two three-pointers and scored six points total. Also chipping in for Panola College were Teanna Frances Henderson (7 points), Genesis Rivera (6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks), Charlynn Perry (6 points), Destiney Johnson, Denasia Watson, and Laura Chavez all scored (2 points apiece). The Fillies will be on the road this weekend as they look to face Coastal Bend College in Beeville, TX. Tip off tip is set for 2:00 pm.

Step Up and Scale Down and Become the Biggest Loser of Weight in Shelby County

Become the biggest loser in Shelby County — of weight, that is. A monetary award, year-long gym membership, a hair make-over, massage, and various gift cards are among the prizes available for the most successful competitors in the county’s weight loss and physical fitness program.
Join Texas A&M AgriLife Service and Nacogdoches Medical Center for the opening weigh-in of participants which takes place February 22 – 26, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Extension office at 200 San Augustine Street, Annex Building. Participants will weigh-in, submit a $30 participation fee and have their “before” picture taken during registration.  
Winners of the 12-week long contest will be determined by the percentage of body weight they shed during the three-month competition, not by lost pounds.  All participants will weigh-in weekly to chart their progress (weights will be kept confidential), which ends with a final weigh-in at the Extension office the week of May 9-13.  The winners will be awarded their prizes and recognized at a Celebration event on May 19th.
Shelby County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain says the Shelby County Fit program also will include a weekly “Walk Yourself Fit” fitness program, Walk Across Texas competition, healthy nutrition classes, health screenings, and guest speakers from the medical profession.  Optional 5K Fun Run and Walks to help increase physical activity in the participants will be conducted in March and April.  
In conjunction, participants will be encouraged to enter an additional weight loss challenge for all of East Texas entitled Lighten Up East Texas.  Participants in this free contest will be eligible to win grand prizes such as a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, four $1,000 gift cards from Brookshire Brothers and many other great prizes.  For more information on this weight-loss challenge go to
McSwain says she expects the weight-loss program to make a big impact at the start of the Shelby County Fit campaign. “This is a contest designed to be fun” she says, “but at the same time help people achieve their weight-loss goals. And although there are prizes, everyone who reaches a healthier weight is a winner.  Last year, I had 69 participants that worked hard and successfully lost a total of 354 pounds as a group. “I anticipate an even larger group of participants for the 2016 program.”
If you have questions about this wellness program, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences at 598-7744 or or follow us on Facebook at Shelby County Extension Service FCS.

Tiger Weekly

February 11, 2016-Early Release 11:30; TMEA; Boys Soccer-Alumni Home; End 4th Grading Period
February 12, 2016-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service; Girls Soccer-Liberty Eylau in Texarkana 5:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Joaquin There 6:00 pm; Martinsville vs Shelbyville Tiebreaker in 
                      SEC 6:00 pm; Tiger Café Open 5:15 pm
February 13, 2016-Soccer in Texarkana 12 Noon
February 15, 2016-Beginning 5th Grading Period; Soccer in New Summerfield 5:15 pm; Baseball in Broaddus 4:30 pm; GBB Longview vs John Tyler in SEC 6:00 pm; GBB Henderson 
                vs Huntington 7:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Joaquin There at 6:00 pm; Lady Tigers vs Neches in Overton at 7:30 pm; Tiger Café Open 5:30 pm
February 16, 2016-Tatum vs Jasper Bi in SEC 6:00 pm
February 19, 2016-Baseball in Center 4:30 pm; Iwo Jima Day; STAR Day
A Record 10 Tenaha ISD Band Students Are State Bound!

Panola Ponies Lose to Trinity

Carthage, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball lost to Trinity
Valley Community College, 95-75 here Wednesday night. The loss drops the
Ponies record to 19-7 and 10-5 in region 14 play. Despite the loss, Panola
remains in second place within the region. “We got out played from the
tip.” Head Coach Grant McMillan said. “Our community and administration did
a great job promoting the game and making the atmosphere special. We
greatly appreciate it.” He added.
Trinity Valley started the game on a 14-3 run and never looked back. Panola
trailed 59-34 at intermission. The Ponies outscored Trinity Valley 38-36 in
the second half but wasn’t enough to claw back into the game.
Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) led the Panola offense with 17 points.
James Suber (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) recorded 13 points and Arnas
Dautartas (Lithuania) added 11. As a team, Panola struggled from the field
only shooting 36 percent.
Panola will next be in action next Wednesday, February 17th when they host
Kilgore College. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM in Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.

House Fire in Joaquin




At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at the corner of Jackson Street and Hwy. 84. Joaquin resident Dennis Leggett saw the fire, and before he could call 911, he was able to flag down Assistant Fire Chief Steve Cockrell, who notified the Shelby County Sheriff's Office to page out the fire department. Cockrell then went around the corner to the fire station and returned with an engine as firefighters arrived on the scene to find the home fully involved. Desoto Parish Fire District 1 responded to offer mutual aid. A hose team entered the structure and achieved a quick knockdown of the fire. The house received heavy fire and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is believed to be a faulty space heater. The JVFD cleared the scene and was back in the station at 11:45 a.m. The JVFD would like to remind Shelby County residents to inspect all space heaters, whether gas or electric, on a regular basis. 




Timpson ISD Bear Update

All Shelby County Volleyball Team Selections – Submitted by Coach James Foster
The Light and Champion sports page selected an All Shelby County Volleyball team. See the selections below.  Our Coaching staff is very proud of the season we had as well as individual awards that the girls received!
1st Team
Jasmine Rogers: Setter/Hitter
Molly Sanford: Libero
Ana De'Leon: Hitter
2nd Team
Sara Duke: Setter
Holly Hughes: Hitter
Cedesha Curtis: Hitter
Meteorologist to Visit TES - On March 4th Channel 6 chief meteorologist Todd Warren will be visiting the elementary school to present a weather program centered around the water cycle. The students are looking forward to this visit!!
Crush Grams Purchase Deadline Extended –  The Band Boosters report the deadline has been extended  to purchase Crush Grams until tomorrow, Thursday, February 12.  Forms are attached!  Thanks for your support of the THS BEAR BAND!!
Timpson Independent School District

Lady Rams Playoff Basketball Game

The Lady Rams will play Alto at Tenaha ISD on, Tuesday, February 16th
beginning at 7:30 pm.  Please come out and show your support for our Lady

Panola College celebrates National Heart Month

The Center Vocational Nursing students offered free blood pressure checks
in the Charles C. Matthews Student Center on the Panola College campus on
Wednesday, Feb. 10. Students and faculty also provided heart healthy
information as part of the College’s celebration of National Heart Month.

Panola Baseball beats Richland in shootout 18-11

The bats were busy at Dallas Tx on Tuesday, and when the dust cleared
Panola College had an 18-11 win over Richland College.
The Ponies banged out 22 hits, as well as 8 for extra bases. While striking
out 6 of Richlands batters and only walking 4.
Six runs in the first three innings helped Panola blow out Richland. An RBI
triple by Cal Smith (Keller,Tx), an RBI single by Chad McKinney (Hughes
Springs, Tx) and an error in the first inning and a groundout RBI by Smith
during the second inning supplied the early offense for Panola.
Smith racked up five RBIs on five hits for Panola.
Four relief pitchers didn't loosen their grasp on the win as they finished
off the game for Panola .Bryce Foley (Spring, Tx) picked up his first win
of the season pitching two scoreless innings while striking out two an
allowing no walks and now runs.  Erik Key (Keller, Tx) faced 10 batters in
relief, while Miguel Ausua (Penueals, Tx) managed to record three outs to
aid the victory.
Panola pushed one run across in each of the third, seventh and eighth. In
the third, Panola scored on a solo home run by Chandler Morris (Woodlands,
Panola added 10 more runs in the top of the fourth. The inning looked
promising, as Smith singled, plating Jansen McCurdy (White Oak, Tx) to kick
things off. That was followed up by Morris' double, bringing home Colby
Price (Nederland, Tx) and Smith.
With the win Panola now extends there record to 7-0 on the season. Panola
will be back in action this weekend when the team travels to Beeville Texas
to meet Coastal Bend College for three games.
Click the link below to see the box score

CISD Regular School Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees
Center ISD
Notice of Regular Meeting
February 11, 2016
6:00 PM
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held February 11, 2016, beginning at 6:00
PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.
Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Presentation from Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC
Presenter: Chris Maggard, Director of Regional Field Operations
5. Presentation of Delinquent Tax Collections
Presenter: John Manuel, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLC
6. Future Facility Construction and Renovation Update
Presenter: Danny Berry, Berry and Clay Construction
7. Discuss Potential Bond Refunding Program and Consider Adopting an Order Authorizing
the Issuance of Refunding Bonds, Establishing the Parameters for the Refunding and
Delegating Authority to the Administration to Complete the Sale of the Refunding Bonds
8. Consent Agenda
8. 1. Minutes
8. 2. Investment Report
8. 3. Tax Office Report
8. 4. Monthly Financial Report
8. 5. Overnight Student Activity Trips
8. 6. Budget Amendments
9. Consideration to Change March 2016 Regular Board Meeting Date
10. Preliminary Review of 2016-2017 School Calendar Options
11. Proposal to Increase the Number of CISD Police Officers
12. Consideration and Approval to Amend the Cheerleader Constitution
13. Consideration and Approval of Addendum to the Chaparral Constitution
14. Consideration to Approve the 2016-2017 Student Transfer Agreement
15. Permission to Solicit Bids for Internet Service
16. Consideration and Approval of 2016-2017 Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS
17. Closed Session
17. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
17. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
17. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
17. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
17. 1. 4. Superintendent Evaluation and Contract
18. Open Session
18. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
18. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
18. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
18. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
18. 1. 4. Superintendent Evaluation and Contract
19. Adjournment
If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the Board will conduct a
closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas
Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or
sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See
The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on:
February 8, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Cram the Coliseum on February, 13. 2016

Free admission tickets available at Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce visited the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and delivered free Cram the Coliseum tickets to two Stephen F. Austin State University basketball games.  Bill Teague, interim CEO of the Nacogdoches Chamber and Kelly Daniel, Membership and Marketing Manager, explained that this is an annual event to garner record breaking crowds for the games and invited Shelby County.
The SFA Ladyjack and Lumberjack basketball teams are ready for Cram the Coliseum when they take on the A&M Corpus Christi Islanders on February, 13. Women's game begins at 4 p.m., and the men's game will start at 6 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum at the intersection of E. College St. and University Dr.
"We'd like for Chamber members to share the tickets with everyone they know, because the entire region is invited to Cram the Coliseum," said Murphey Gayler, Chairman of the SFA-Chamber Connection Committee. "The Chamber is working with SFA Athletics to get another record-setting crowd to these games. Give these tickets to your co-workers, your customers, your family, friends, neighbors and any one else that will go and support the Jacks.”
Cram the Coliseum tickets are compliments of SFA Athletics Department. For all SFA athletic event schedules, please visit Tickets are available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682.

Desoto Parish Crime Stoppers

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.
Ronnie Lee Simpson of Stonewall, La. Simpson is wanted for Felony Illegal Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Cruelty to Juveniles, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon. Simpson is described as a male, white. 6’6” tall and weighing 260lbs. Simpson is 44 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, Lt. James Clements

New Mega Church to be Built in Center


The former Shelby Regional Medical Hospital has been acquired by First United Pentecostal Church in Center. The hospital has been unused since it’s closing in 2013. 




Pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church, Andy Wilson, discussed plans for the property. After demolishing the current structure, plans are to erect a new sanctuary, offices, fellowship hall, gym and youth center. Rev. Wilson has served as pastor here for better than two years. Over the past twenty four years serving as an ordained minister, he has ministered in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.



Wilson stated the church membership has grown to close to 400 members in the past couple years. Even though the present church building has been remolded recently, the building has reached capacity, leaving the need for a new building imminent. Plans for the new building allows for a 700-900 seating capacity, making it one of the largest churches in Center. After the new building is completed, there are plans to sell the old church building. Demolition plans for the hospital are underway but will not take place for several months, still.

Special Meeting In Joaquin

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Friday, February 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Offices located at 124 N. Preston. Order of business as follows. Agenda 1. Call meeting to order, establish quorum and welcome guest. 2. Discussion & Council approval of approving purchase of city vehicle. 3. Adjourn If during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda 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, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

Timpson Bear Update

The Basketball game vs. Joaquin previously scheduled to be played at Joaquin will be played HERE today - VG/VB JVG/JVB @ 4:30 p.m.

TES Students Attend Play - On Friday, February 6, 2016 the Timpson Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes traveled to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX to see a play in their Children’s Performing Arts Series. The students enjoyed a presentation of “The Lightning Thief” which was adapted from the book by Rick Riordan. The student’s enjoyed watching the adventures of Percy Jackson, who is the main character in many of Riordan’s books. Attached are pictures from the play.

Timpson Band Solo and Ensemble Medalists and State Qualifiers - On February 5-6, members of the Timpson Band competed at the Region 21 Solo and Ensemble Contests held in Nacogdoches.  The students earned a total of 40 first division medals.  Ten students earned first division ratings on Class One solos or ensembles and advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Pflugerville, TX on Memorial Day weekend!  Congratulations to these students for working very hard and for doing such an outstanding job representing Timpson ISD!

Picture:  State Qualifiers
(left to right)
Alto Saxophone Trio:  Kendall Archer, Brittany Hutto, and Bethany Lindgren
Marimba Soloist:  Connor Timmons
Brass Sextet:  Dallas Dennis, Devin Kimzey, Marc Carroll, Fabian Martinez, (seated) Madelyn Ramsey, Ke’Unnia Perkins

Picture:  All Medalists
(5th row) D’Mya Collins- tuba solo, Connor Timmons- marimba solo, Fabian Martinez- tuba solo and 2 brass sextets
(4th row) Juan Galavis- brass sextet, Devin Kimzey, brass sextet, Marc Carroll- brass sextet, Corey Branton- euphonium solo and brass sextet
(3rd row) Anna Smith- trumpet solo, Dallas Dennis- trumpet solo and brass sextet, Madelyn Ramsey- brass sextet, Bradley Young- trumpet solo and brass sextet, Kayleigh Wolf- trumpet solo and brass sextet
(2nd row) Claire Johnson- bass clarinet solo and mixed clarinet quartet, Brittany Hutto- alto saxophone solo and alto saxophone trio, Kendall Archer- alto saxophone trio, Bethany Lindgren- alto saxophone trio, Julieta De’Leon- French horn solo and brass sextet, Ke’Unnia Perkins- French horn solo and brass sextet
(1st row) Ashton Harris- B flat clarinet solo and mixed clarinet quartet, Sanaa Curtis- B flat clarinet solo and mixed clarinet quartet, Alyssa Parks- B flat clarinet solo and mixed clarinet quartet, Madison Fleming- B flat clarinet solo, Karina Meza- B flat clarinet solo, Jamie Stephens- flute solo, Ashlynn Lindgren- flute solo, Rebekah Parks- flute solo, Aislynn Kimzey- flute solo

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Weekly Calendar of Events –
Mon. Feb. 8 – Elementary Staff Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 9 – Progress Reports sent home
-------------------- Basketball vs. Joaquin JVG/JVB/VG/VB – There @ 4:30 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 10 – THS/TMS Cheerleader tryout clinic
Fri. Feb. 12 – TES Valentine Parties last hour
------------------ Cheerleader Tryouts

Middle School Basketball Picture Day

Middle School boys and girls basketball pictures will be taken during the
athletic periods, Wednesday, February 10.  1st period for 7th grade and 8th
period for 8th grade.

Drug Bust

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that February 7, 2016, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Cody Muse and Kurtes Lawrence responded to a residence on Loop 500 in Center after numerous complaints of possible drug traffic in the area. 
Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Jarvis Taylor, 27, of Center. During the course of the investigations, Taylor was found to be in possession of a clear crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Taylor was placed under arrested and transported to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (F1). He was arraigned by JP-4, Jenny Hicks and his bond was set at $4,000. 
The substance tested positive for methamphetamine and the total weight of the narcotics was 15.8 grams.
Sheriff Blackwell states there are several narcotic investigations going on at this time and if anyone has any information of suspected illegal narcotic activities please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600.

Texas A&M Forest Service

Texas A&M Forest Service has partnered up with Center FFA Students and we
will be giving away FREE hardwood tree seedlings to the public  at the Center High School AG Building 658 Roughrider Drive in Center on Friday, February 2016 beginning at 11 am -3 pm. The event will take place in the parking lot next to the Ag building. The 2016 Arbor Day Celebration gives East Texans the opportunity to replenish trees that suffered drought and storm damage. Make plans to attend the Arbor Day Celebration and support Center FFA. A variety of hardwood trees will be available.

Diabetes Awareness Class

Diabetes is a growing issue in American that is affecting more and more people every day.  Living as a diabetic can be challenging and confusing.  Trying to figure out what you can and cannot eat can present a challenge when you are not sure of the true facts regarding diabetes.  So to help educate the community of Shelby County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Nacogdoches Medical Center will present Do Well Be Well classes to educate the citizens on diabetes.  
This will be an 8 week course presented each Friday at the Senior Nutrition Site, 124 Haley Street in Center, Texas.  The classes will begin on Friday, February 26, 2016 and run through April 22, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  The cost of the classes is a one-time registration fee of $20.  Topics will include caring for a loved one with diabetes, self-care, understanding medications, controlling blood glucose, and eating the right number of carbohydrates.  Nacogdoches Medical Center will provide medical professionals to answer your diabetes questions, a free health screening will be offered, Walk Across Texas fitness activities are scheduled, nutrition and cooking demonstrations will be conducted, and drawings for various door prizes will take place.  
For more information or to register for the classes, contact the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744 or email Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at  Registration to participate in these informative classes is due by Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Tennis Tournament Results

The tennis team competed in the Jacksonville varsity tournament this past
Friday and the results are as follows:
Girls singles A: Whitlee Reed - 3rd place
Girls singles B: Mackenzie Dykes - 2nd place
Girls doubles A: Allison Langford / Malory Nehring - 1st place
Girls doubles B: Emma Locke / Zoie Eberenz - 9th
Mixed doubles A: Dustin Bennett / Megan Dunn - 1st in consolation
Mixed doubles B: Nate Morris / Iliana Rojas - 1st place
Boys singles A: Zack Fausett - 1st in consolation
Boys singles B: Chris Luna - quarter finalist
Boys doubles A: Mauricio Solis / Abram Morales - quarter finalist
Boys doubles B: Kobe Whisenant / Sam McSwain - quarter finalist
The girls team point totals for Center gave the Lady Riders 1st overall.
The tournament had eleven schools participating and were mostly comprised
of 4A and 5A schools in the area.
The tennis team will travel to Kilgore 2/12 for Varsity and 2/16 for JV

Tenaha Soccer Rescheduled

The Tenaha Tigers Boys Soccer games in Mineola has been moved to 5:30 p.m.

Panola Baseball Sweeps TCS Post Grad

The Panola College Baseball team had there home opener this weekend vs TCS
Post Grad Academy.  The Ponies would win both games by the score of 5-0 and
*Game #1*An impressive two-way performance from Logan Bailey led Panola
College to a 5-0 win Saturday over TCS Post Grad Academy, as Bailey came up
huge at the dish and on the bump.
Bailey racked up three RBIs on two hits for Panola. He homered in the first
inning and singled in the sixth inning.
TCS couldn't get anything going so long as Bailey was on the hill. TCS
managed just one hit off of the Panola's pitcher, who allowed no earned
runs, walked one and struck out two during his two innings of work.
Panola never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring two runs
on a two-run home run by Bailey.  Chandler Morris followed up with a home
run of his own in the bottom of the third.
Panola tacked on another two runs in the sixth. The inning got off to a hot
start when Bailey singled, scoring Landon Marshall.
Click the link below for the box score
*Game #2*In the second game of the double header Panola jumped out to an
early lead vs TCS and captured a 10-0 victory.
The game was decided quickly as Panola exerted its will early with seven
runs in the first three innings.
An RBI single by Logan Bailey during the first inning and a solo home run
by Jordan Gore in the second inning fueled Panola's offense early.
Gore racked up two RBIs on two hits for Panola.
Christian Cuevas was in control on the rubber. TCS managed just one hit off
of the Panola's pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck
out two during his two innings of work.
Panola tacked on another five runs in the third. Gore singled, plating Todd
Streck to start the inning. That was followed up by Landon Marshall's
single, plating Bailey and Chandler Morris.
Hector Morales stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning and
hit a three run walk off home run to end the game due to mercy rule.
Click the link below for the box score.
With the wins Panola now extends its record to 6-0 on the season.  And is
set to see action again this Tuesday when they travel to Richland College.


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
Doodads and Resin, a jewelry making class, on Saturday, February 20, 2016,
from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The cost of the class is $40.00 and
pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact the Continuing Education office
at 903-693-2067 or email


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
a CNA – Certified Nurse Aide program, on the Carthage campus, beginning
Monday, February 22, 2016.  The class will meet Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday until May 5, 2016, from 5:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. The cost of the
program is $580.00 and preregistration is required.  For more information,
contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email

Shelbyville Cross Examination Team Debate Results

The Shelbyville High School Cross Examination debate teams competed in the
District 22AA Debate Tournament on Saturday, February 6th.
Medalists include:
Zane Ochoa/Perla Caporali - 1st Place
Jake Bragg/Kiersten Johnson - 2nd Place
Kurtrick Allen/Kaitlin Campbell - 4th Place
Kiersten Johnson was the District 22AA high point individual speaker.
These students, coached by Emily Sowell, will attend the 22AA CX State Meet
in Austin in March.

Joaquin VFD Responds to House Fire

Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a double-wide mobile home fire on U.S. Highway 84 East. Units arrived to find smoke billowing from the structure. Homeowner Jackie Williams stated that his family was awakened by smoke detectors going off. The JVFD deployed two two-man hose teams into the structure, wearing full bunker gear and SCBA. After a brief search, the fire was located in a bedroom on the west end of the house. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down using less than 15 gallons of water, keeping water damage to a minimum. The fire was contained to the single room, with smoke damage to the rest of the home. A positive pressure fan was used to remove smoke from the house. After removing all of the contents of the fire room, firefighters returned to the fire station at 12:35 a.m. 

The Shelby County Commissioners Court




The Shelby County Commissioner’s Court met on Monday, February 8th to approve the following: Payment of monthly expenses, officer’s reports, Interposal Cooperation- Contract Act between UTMB and Shelby County, free medical service to the indigent, the police report focusing on racial profiling and the volunteer Truancy committee.  The Court discussed moving truancy from a criminal charge to a civil charge. No longer will the students be arrested but the parents will be fined. The use of County land as a hunting lease was approved, which would gross $12,000 annually. The Net money remaining after taxes is approximately $10,000 which will be divided among the schools based on attendance and other criteria. Finally, a motion was approved giving the County Veterans Affairs Officer, Sherrie Riley, full time hours and a pay raise from $9.46/hr to $11.00/hr. 





Chief Deputy Chad Sparks - Spoke About the Truancy Committee 





VFW Post Quater Master Larry Hume (left) - Spoke on the excellence service of the Veterian Affairs Officer Sherrie Riley.


Ribbon Cutting For Highway in San Augustine

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new intersection of SH 21/US 96 in San Augustine, TX will be at 2 pm Feb. 10. The beautiful state-of-the-art, four-way intersection that has replaced the outdated circle intersection is an asset to travelers and motorists throughout East Texas.

The newly designed intersection increases ease of access and maneuverability for the residents of San Augustine and surrounding business owners. Make plans to join the celebration and hear some outstanding speakers who represent this project.

Speakers include San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson; San Augustine Mayor Leroy Hughes; Senate District 3 Coordinator Dawn Glover, representing Sen. Robert Nichols; State Representative District Director Linda Parker, representing State Rep. Trent Ashby; and TxDOT Lufkin District Engineer Cheryl Flood. Speakers will be available for photos and comments following the event.

For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.

Panola men run past Paris, 106-89.

Paris, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Paris
Junior College here Saturday night, 106-89. With the victory, Panola raises
their record to 19-6 overall and 10-4 in Region XIV play. “With about 10
minutes left to go in the first half, we finally got into attack mode.”
Stated Head Coach Grant McMillan. “We got paint touches and a variety of
people stepped up and made plays.” He added.
With 11:02 remaining in the first half Paris took their biggest lead of the
game, 28-16. Fueled by two separate three point plays, the Ponies offensive
began to hit on all cylinders as they took a 49-41 halftime lead. Panola
went on a 13-2 run to start the second half that took only 1:49 seconds to
extend their lead. Eventually, the Ponies took a 29 point lead in the
second half before taking the 17 point victory.
Leading the way offensively for Panola was James Suber (Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania) who recorded 24 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Suber
has logged two straight double-doubles for the Ponies. Freshman duo Tyonte
Robertson (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New York) combined
to hit six three-pointers while scoring 16 points apiece. Highlighted by
three second half slam dunks, Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) came off the
bench to score 15 points. Chan Williams-Bey (Hartford, Connecticut) went a
perfect 5-5 from the field on his way to 12 points. The 106 points are a
season high for the Ponies
Panola will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday, February 10th as
they host the number 1 team in the country, Trinity Valley Community
College. Tip-off is at 7:30 at Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.
Adam Blaylock
Panola College
Men's Basketball Assistant
Cell - 402-841-6646

Drug Bust In Center - Police Caught The Dirty Dealers

Sheriff Willis Blackwell states that on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kurtes Lawrence responded to a residence on County Road 1015 in reference to a homeowner finding his home being burglarized. 
Upon arrival, Lawrence was met by the homeowner, who with the assistance of his son detained four individuals at gunpoint until officers arrived. The suspects stated they were given permission by an individual to wash clothes at the residence. 
During the investigation, Lawrence questioned the suspects about items located in the vehicle at the residence. One individual stated there was marijuana in the car. Lawrence located the marijuana along with rolling papers. A search of the vehicle was conducted in which a metal case was located that contained drug paraphernalia and a small green plastic bag containing a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. Another pouch was located inside a backpack which held two clear plastic bags and five small green plastic bags. The bags contained the substance believed to be methamphetamine and all were packaged for sell.
Lawrence and the homeowner entered the residence and discovered fresh pry marks on an interior door leading inside the home.  It was discovered that the suspects entered the residence and used the washing machine to wash clothes. A small pry bar was located inside the pocket of one of the suspects. It is believed the pry bar was used to gain entry into the residence. 
Arrested at the scene were Margie Nicole Stahl, 27, of Logansport; Savannah Marie Sowell, 32, of Bronson; Steve Lawrence Smith, Jr., 25, of San Augustine and Tia Lenee Meshell, 26, of Center. The suspects were charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (M-A) - $3,000 bond; Burglary of a Habitation (F-2) - $3,000 bond and Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F-1) - $5,000 bond. Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Maxie Eaves arraigned the suspects and set bonds. 
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Derek Barbee conducted a field test on the suspected methamphetamines and a positive test result was achieved. The total weight of the narcotics yielded 12 grams. Officers assisting with arrests were: Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roy Bailey, Sergeant Derek Barbee and Center Police Officers Jake Gross and Andrew Williams.  
Blackwell would like to thank Center Police Department Officers that assisted and the property owners for their awareness and vigilance. Blackwell states there are several narcotic investigations going on at this time and if anyone has any information of suspected illegal narcotic activities please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600. 

Special Olympics in Shelbyville

Shelbyville Dragon Special Olympics Track And Field Meet will be held on March 23, at the Track at Shelbyville High School.  Check in is 9- 9:30 a.m, opening ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m and the event begins at 10:00 am. Closing ceremonies will be held at 2:00 p.m for more information call Erin Alford at 936-598-5146.

Tiger Weekly

February 4, 2016-Boys Soccer in Crocket
February 5, 2016-Girls Soccer vs Waskom Home 5:15 pm; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Martinsville Home 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm
February 6, 2016-HS UIL SOLO and Ensemble
February 8, 2016-Boys Soccer in Mineola 7:00 pm
February 9  2016-SHAC Meeting; Girls Soccer in Center 5:00 pm; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Beckville There 4:30 pm; Letter Jackets with Balfour
February 10, 2016-TMEA
February 11, 2016-Early Release; TMEA; Boys Soccer-Alumni Home; End 4th Grading Period
February 12, 2016-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service; Girls Soccer-Liberty Eylau in Texarkana 5:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Joaquin There 6:00 pm
February 13, 2016-Soccer in Texarkana 12 Noon
February 15, 2016-Beginning 5th Grading Period; Soccer in New Summerfield 5:15 pm; Baseball in Broaddus 4:30 pm
February 16, 2016-JV/VB vs Timpson There 6:00 pm
February 19, 2016-Baseball in Center 4:30 pm; Iwo Jima Day; STAR Day
Elementary News
1st grade students at Tenaha Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school with a balloon release and many other classroom activities centered around the number 100!!!  
2016 Seniors are selling chances for this beautiful queen quilt donated by Ms. Chamberlain! $2 or 3 for $5... 
Don't miss out! Ticket sales @ home basketball games/ or tell a Senior!

Panola Baseball Win over North Lake 8-7

North Lake was never able to get over the hump and overcome its troubles
against Panola on Wednesday, as Panola won 8-7 in Dallas after going up
five runs in the fifth inning.
Chandler Morris racked up two RBI's on two hits for Panola. He homered in
the fourth inning and singled in the fifth inning.
Eight relief pitchers finished off the game for Panola. Erik Key faced six
batters in relief and got the win on the hill for the Ponies,
Panola jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Panola's
threat began with a single by Cal Smith. A single by Logan Bailey then
moved Smith from second to third. Colby Price then singled, bringing home
Smith and Austin Sojka.
North Lake scored one run in each of the first, second, seventh, eighth,
and ninth.
Panola didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the third
inning when it scored on two doubles by Austin Sojka, and Colby Price.
Panola pushed across one run in both the fourth inning and the ninth. In
the fourth, Panola scored on a solo home run by Chandler Morris.
Panola College Spring 2016 piled on two more runs in the top of the fifth.
The inning got off to a hot start when Chad McKinney singled, scoring
Sojka. That was followed up by Morris' single, plating Bailey.
With the win Panola moves to (4-0) on the season and is set to see action
again at home this Saturday for a 2 o'clock start vs the TCS Post Grad.

Blood Drive at Panola

The Panola College Center LVN Students hosted a blood drive with the Blood
Center of East Texas on Thursday, February 4th at the Shelby College Center
in Center, Texas. The students helped advertise and promote the blood drive
within Shelby County and surrounding counties. "The Blood Drive was a huge
success with 30 units collected which will result in 90 lives being saved,"
according to Connie Weaver, Donor Recruitment Coordinator with the Blood
Center of East Texas. The Center vocational nursing program was honored to
be a part in helping promote such a great cause and give back to our

Desoto Parish Sex Crime

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of a subject
following an investigation into a juvenile sex crime.  Detectives opened a
case on December 8, 2015 following a complaint of a sex crime involving a
juvenile.  It was found that the alleged crime occurred several years prior
and involved lewd and lascivious acts involving a juvenile.  A suspect was
identified as David R. Manning (W/M - DOB: 04/20/1957) of Mansfield, LA.
Following a lengthy investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Mr.
Manning.  Mr. Manning turned himself in at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's
Office and was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.

Panola men run past Bossier Parish, 88-77

Carthage, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Bossier
Parish Community College here Wednesday night, 88-77. With the victory, the
Ponies raise their record to 18-6 and 9-4 in region 14 play. “I thought we
did a good job responding from out let down over the weekend.” Head Coach
Grant McMillan said. “Our sophomores did a tremendous job of contributing
and making plays the entire ball game.” He added.
After a back and forth start, Panola gradually pulled away in the first
half taking a 42-30 halftime lead. Again, the Ponies used steady offense to
increase their lead to 21 points with just over six minutes remaining in
the ball game before taking the 11 point victory.
Once again, Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) came off the bench to pace
Panola in scoring with 18 points. Holt netted four, three pointers in the
contest. Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New York) scored all 15 of his points in
the second half. Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) finished with a
double-double scoring 11 points and chasing down an impressive 18 rebounds.
James Suber (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) also recorded a double-double with
13 points and 10 rebounds. Panola ran down a season-high 60 rebounds and
dished out 23 assists.
Panola will continue Region 14 action when the head to Paris Junior College
this upcoming Saturday, February 6th. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM in Paris,
(Pictured: Devyn Wilson with the layup during the second half)
Adam Blaylock
Panola College
Men's Basketball Assistant
Cell - 402-841-6646

Forklift Class in Timpson

Students Receive Certificates - On Friday, January 29, eleven Timpson High School students earned their Forklift Operator certifications.  THS Ag Science teachers Ty Cauthen and Kristin Powers, along with high school counselor Charlotte Metcalf, partnered with Panola College Continuing Education department to provide the class.  Students earning their certification included Cade Oswalt, Jeremy Wagstaff, Hayden Smith, Haylon Powers, Sheldon Scroggins, Trevor Duke, Taujhmon Earl, Hayden Ramsey, Jamie Moore, Hunter Smith and Chandler Burgay.  The students first completed class work and a written test, followed by driving the fork lift through an obstacle course.
Timpson Independent School District
PO Drawer 370
Timpson, TX 75975

Panola All Star



Freshman Kia Fisker

Kia Fisker scored a game high 13 points to lead Panola College to a 72-60 victory over Bossier Parish Community College on Wednesday night. Martinez helped the Fillies clinch the lead for good with a three-pointer in the third quarter.
Panola College fell behind early in the game, going into half time 39-32, but fought back to win the final two quarters.
Fisker recorded her first double double of the season with 13 points 12 rebounds. Fisker led the Fillies, making 43% (3-for-7) of shots attempted while also sinking 64% (9-for-14) of free throws attempted.
Martinez put three three-pointers on the board and scored 11 points total. One other player also added ten or more points for Panola College. R'Trevia Randolph contributed 12 points for the game.  Also chipping in for the Fillies were  Genesis Rivera (9 points & 7 rebounds), Raemeisha Claxton (8 points & 7 rebounds), Amanda Cruz (8 points & 3 assist), Laura Chavez (7 points), Destiney Johnson (3 points) and Denasia Watson (1 point).
The Fillies will be on the road this weekend as they look to take on Paris Junior College on Saturday, February 6th. Tip off is set for 2:00 pm in Paris, TX. 
Ashleigh Franklin
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Panola College
1109 West Panola
Carthage, TX 75633
903.693.1102 (Office) 

Jefferson County Man Sentenced in Carjacking Death

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 22-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for a fatal carjacking in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
River Shynette Gobert pleaded guilty on Aug. 26, 2015 to carjacking resulting in death and was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.  This sentence will run consecutive to a state prison sentence he is already serving.
According to information presented in court, early on the morning of June 23, 2013, Gobert and Jonathan Demond Patton entered a self-service laundry on Florida Avenue in Beaumont intending to rob the sole occupant. When the victim refused to hand over his car keys, Gobert shot him in the leg at Patton's direction. Patton and Gobert fled the laundry in their vehicle without the victim's keys. They drove by an apartment complex on Woodrow Avenue where they encountered Daryl Dwayne Fontenot asleep in his vehicle. A struggle ensued when Patton and Gobert attempted to steal the vehicle and Fontenot was shot twice in the chest killing him. Patton and Gobert fled in their vehicle after they were unable to locate Fontenot's keys. A short time later, law enforcement officers stopped Patton and Gobert because their vehicle matched the vehicle reported in the self-service laundry shooting. Patton and Gobert fled the vehicle but left the weapon used to shoot the two men behind. Patton and Gobert were arrested and each gave statements indicating the other was responsible for the shootings. On Sep. 23, 2013, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Patton and Gobert for the self-service laundry shooting. Gobert pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in state prison.  Patton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.  On Mar. 5, 2015, a federal grand jury indicted Patton and Gobert charging them for the carjacking murder of Fontenot. Patton was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for this charge on Dec. 10, 2015.

Speed limit increase in Lufkin

LUFKIN - A speed limit increase has been approved by the City of Burke and signs will be placed this week by the Texas Department of Transportation's Angelina County Maintenance Department.
The speed limit change is a result of an approved action by the Burke City Council. The change will allow for a safe traffic flow and provide continued maneuverability through the city as motorists travel US 59 south to Diboll and north to Lufkin.
The speed limit will increase from 55 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour within the city limits of Burke.
Motorists are advised to be alert to the changing speed limit and abide by all traffic control devices and signage.
The increased speed limit will take effect once signs are installed.
For more information, contact<> or (936) 633-4395.

Panola College Workforce Classes

*PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS ADVANCED EXCEL CLASS* The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering an Advanced Excel class on Friday, February 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The class will be held on the Carthage campus. The cost of the class is $60.00 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email


*PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS SERVSAFE FOR MANAGERS* The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering a ServSafe for Managers class Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the Marshall Campus. The cost of the class is $140.00 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email

Tenaha Soccer Rescheduled

Tenaha: Girls/Boys Soccer are at home today beginning at 5:15 pm.

CHS UIL Winter Invitational results from January 30

Poetry (Franklin): Julie Garcia 3rd
Prose (Franklin): Chloe Gipson 2nd
Ready Writing (Franklin): Destiny McKinney 3rd, Mallory Nehring 4th
Literary Criticism (Franklin): Chloe Gipson 2nd
News Writing (Brookshire): Kimberly Rodriguez 1st
Feature Writing (Brookshire): Kimberly Rodriguez 2nd, Alberto Huichapa 4th
Headline Writing (Brookshire): Alberto Huichapa 5th
Editorial Writing (Brookshire): Alberto Huichapa 3rd
Lincoln-Douglass Debate: Brittany Lawrence 1st
Computer Aps: Brianna Cox 1st
Social Studies (Draper): Perla Mateos 6th
Science (Elder): Jessica Hale 1st, Rylee Morris 2nd, Michael Stanford 4th,
Angel Nunez 6th,
Top Biology Score: Jessica Hale
Top Physics Score: Karen Salazar
1st Place Team - Center
*Upcoming events:*
Feb 10 CX District
Feb 11-13 National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament
Feb 20 Center Spring Invitational

Remember to Register to Vote

Today is the Last day for Texans to register to vote in the March 1st primary, but you also need to make sure you have proper identification when you cast your ballot. Texas election laws require voters to present an approved ID before entering the voting booth. 

The Lamp-Lite Players

The Lamp-Lite Players present Musical Revue one weekend only Friday and Saturday February 5th and 6th at 7:30 p.m. In Nacogdoches Sunday, February 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Lamp-Lite Theatre on Lamp-Lite Lane, Loop 224 & Old Tyler Road.  For more information call 936-564-8300.

Panola Ponies Lose

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Hot shooting Navarro drops Panola men, 95-86

Corsicana, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team fell to Navarro
College Saturday Night, 95-86. With the loss, the Ponies drop their record
to 17-6 and 8-4 in region 14 play. “We just did not have a good enough
defensive effort tonight.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “Our guys made
some great plays offensively but giving up 95 points won’t get it done in
this league.” He added.

In the first half, Panola found themselves down by double digits with 13
minutes to play but crawled their way back to trailing by three points at
the 4:00 minute mark. A late surge by Navarro gave them a 42-35 halftime
lead. Navarro went on a 10-3 run to start the half to extend their lead to
14 points. In a second half full of runs, Panola cut the Navarro lead to
single digits on multiple

occasions but could not get any closer than trailing by six points with
7:14 remaining in the game.

Four Ponies scored in double figures and were led by Tyonte Robertson
(Cincinnati, Ohio) with 17 points.  Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New York) and
Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) came off the bench and combined for 31
points. Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) recorded a double-double in the
loss tallying 11 points and dishing out 10 assists. Navarro shot 44 percent
from the three point line and 52 percent from the field for the game.

Panola will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday, February 3rd when
they host Bossier Parish Community College. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM at
Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on the campus of Panola College.

Adam Blaylock
Panola College
Men's Basketball Assistant

Cell - 402-841-6646


Ribbon Cutting

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to East Texas Awards & Engraving to welcome new owner, Betsy Swanzy. The ribbon cutting will be held on Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m.  East Texas Awards & Engraving is located on the historic downtown Center square at 118 Nacogdoches Street.  All attendees will be eligible to register for a 30 ounce Yeti Rambler Mug with free name engraving and refreshments will be served.
East Texas Awards & Engraving provides customized designs and personalized engraving on trophies, plaques, t-shirts and personalized gifts.  UPS and FedEx shipping is also available.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Center Middle School Testing Schedule

February 9 - 7th Grade Writing Benchmark
March 29 - 8th Grade Math STAAR; 7th Grade Writing STAAR
March 30 - 8th Grade Reading STAAR
May 9 - 8th Grade Math STAAR (retest); 6th and 7th Grade Math STAAR
May 10 - 8th Grade Reading STAAR (retest); 6th and 7th Grade Reading STAAR
May 11 - 8th Grade Science STAAR
May 12 - 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR

The Princess Ball

The fifth annual Princess Ball is approaching! Start planning now to attend the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center Princess Ball from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the John D. Windham Civic Center.  The event is open to girls ages 3-13 and their adult family member escort.  Photographers will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. Table reservations for parties of eight are an additional $50.  

3rd Annual Shelby County Free Seed Savers Swap

Come see what Shelby County is growing!  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County is pleased to announce our Third Annual Free Savers Seed Swap.  Drop off your labeled vegetable, herb or flower seeds and/or bulbs, corms, rhizomes to the Extension office in the courthouse annex, 1st floor office suites from February 1 - 18.  Need labeled envelopes to package your seeds?  Stop by the Extension office to pick-up your seed envelopes.
The actual seed swap will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room.  Vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, garden guides, recommended planting varieties, fruit information and cooking with herbs recipes will be available.
If you have questions or need additional information, give us a call at the Shelby County Extension office, 936-598-7744 and speak to either Lane Dunn – Ag and Natural Resources County Agent or Jheri-Lynn McSwain - Family and Consumer Sciences County Agent. 

Pastries With Parents Grades 3-5

Timpson Elementary School staff held its annual Pastries With Parents for grades 3-5 Thursday January 28. Approximately 50 parents were in attendance. Parents enjoyed having breakfast with their children and seeing the TES staff. The elementary staff appreciates all parents who attended this week.
Austin Bank Scholarship Program - Each year the Austin Bank Scholarship Program awards educational scholarships to high school students to assist them with their college expenses. Austin Bank will award 27 educational scholarships for tuition and books in 2016.  Nine (9) scholarships in the amount of $2,500.00 will be awarded for one year with $1,250.00 distributed each semester. Eighteen (18) scholarships in the amount of $500.00 will be awarded for one year. All applications must meet the deadline of February 26, 2016 and all applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Austin Bank office in Whitehouse, Texas.
Deep East Texas Electric cooperative, Inc. - The Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative scholarship is available to high school seniors who live in the Cooperative’s service area and whose parent or guardian is an active member receiving service from Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. The scholarships are granted to applicants who will attend a recognized institution of higher education as a full-time student. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.
Pre-K News - This week during centers, Ms. Penny's Timpson Elementary School Pre-K class painted pictures using watercolor paint.  Kooper Welch painted a spider web with spiders in her web.  Joleigh Jourden painted a roller coaster.  All my class did a great job.  They also painted fish tanks.
MLK Bulletin Board - Timpson High School freshman students completed a cross-curricular project combining writing in English I and  typing in Keyboarding class  with the completion of a bulletin board honoring the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  After reading and analyzing Dr. King's famed "I Have a Dream" speech each student selected a single "dream" from the speech and wrote a paragraph explaining the meaning behind  Dr. King's words.  The finished paragraph was then taken to Keyboarding class where students typed their writing for display on the hallway bulletin board.


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