News Headlines Archives for 2017-04

Shelbyville Special Olympics Photos



Opening Ceremony




The Special Olympics were held yesterday at Shelbyville High School.  10 different schools competed with about 100 different students in total. Shelbyville Coach Boyles says that there was a good turnout.  


Interview with Coach Boyles






















Recycle Day is Coming Soon

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean committee has set the date for the Recycle/Disposal Day, presented by the City of Center, Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The Chamber will have two dumpsters on the downtown square to accept items for recycle and disposal.  Items will be accepted until the dumpsters are full.
Some of the items that will be accepted are televisions, computers and monitors, printers, typewriters, telephones, pagers, cable wires, power cords, power strips and small appliances such as toaster ovens, crock pots and toasters.  If you are disposing computers be sure to wipe or remove the hard drives.  All items brought on recycle/disposal day will be taken to a land fill.  Items that will not be accepted include large appliances, furniture, tires, oil, items with Freon or any liquids.  
Gold sponsors for the event are Russell’s Carpet One and The Light and Champion.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682, 

Weather Update


Late Friday night will see the winds begin once again...maybe some rain.
THEN..Saturday could put anywhere from 1 & 1/2 inches on us with another 1/2 before it ends mid morning Sunday morning.
Use caution in large profile vehicles, boats, and crossing low water areas.



Open Door Baptist Worship Center
900 Cotton Ford Road
Center, Texas
Pastor Alvin Davis
May 16, 17, & 18, 2017
7:00 P.M.
A Chosen Generation
1 Peter 2:9
Tuesday, May 16, 2017     
Wednesday, May 17, 2017     
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Special Olympics in Shelbyville Today


Going on today in Shelbyville ISD is the Special Olympic Games it will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Patroon Baptist Church Garage Sale


Patroon Baptist Church is hosting a huge indoor garage sale Friday April 28 from 8 am to 2 pm and Saturday April 29 from 7 am to 3 pm. We have furniture, appliances, toys, bedding, clothes, shoes, lots of kids clothes, outdoor toys, and many more items. We will also serve chopped beef sack lunches to go beginning at 1030 each day. The church is located at 310 FM 2261 in Shelbyville. All proceeds benefit our trip to church camp this summer. 

Professors Honored at SFA



NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor of secondary education and educational leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been named the university's 2017-18 Regents Professor.
Reserved for exemplary community and university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon faculty members.
"Dr. Jenlink is a point of pride for the Perkins College of Education," said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education. "It is fitting that his influence on doctoral students and the educational leadership and policy of the region, state and nation is now being recognized as a point of pride by the SFA Board of Regents."
Jenlink joined the SFA faculty in 1997 and is doctoral program coordinator for the department. He is a prolific writer, speaker and scholar, having authored or co-authored hundreds of books, book chapters and journal articles. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and he has served on myriad committees for students completing their theses or dissertations to complete master or doctoral degrees.
Also during Tuesday's board meeting, two longtime SFA professors were named professor emeritus.
Dr. Tim Clipson, who will retire in May 2017 following 36 years of teaching at SFA, was named professor emeritus of business communication and legal studies. While at SFA, Clipson has held the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the Rusche College of Business, where he teaches specialized executive leadership courses. Since 1998, Clipson also has served as the SFA 101 Freshman Success coordinator.
Dr. John Moore, who has served SFA for 46 years, was named professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry. During his tenure at SFA, Moore has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry, director of the Teaching Excellence Center, and co-director of SFA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center. He was the 2008-09 Regents Professor.
Dr. Joey Bray, an associate professor in the Department of Agriculture, was approved as chair of the department by the Board of Regents. Bray had served as interim chair of the department since September 2016. He replaces Dr. Dale Perritt, who plans to retire in August after more than 35 years of service to the university.
The Board of Regents also approved the following faculty promotions:
To professor - Kenneth Austin and Linda Jones Black, secondary education and educational leadership; Erin Brown, Michael Maurer and Craig Morton, agriculture; Todd Brown, economics and finance; Ken Collier, government; Dana Cooper, history; Jennifer Dalmas, music; Eric Jones, kinesiology and health science; Matthew Kwiatkowski, biology; Michael Martin and Christine Butterworth McDermott, English and creative writing; and Joseph Musser, physics, engineering and astronomy.
To associate professor - Scott Bailey, secondary education; Susan Casey, Tracey Hasbun and Tingting Xu, elementary education; Carlos Cuadra, languages, cultures and communication; Nina Ellis-Hervey, Human Services; Darrell Fry, chemistry and biochemistry; Casey Hart, mass communication; Stacy Hendricks, secondary education and educational leadership; and Gene Moon, music.
Regents also approved the appointment of Jennifer Perry as clinical instructor of human services.
Staff appointments approved during Tuesday's meeting included Joseph Shannon, program director for Academic Affairs - university partnerships; Tony Gilbert, assistant football coach; Alexander Vanvalkenburgh, athletic trainer; and Kathy Bryson, program director, Academic Assistance Resource Center.
Status changes in the James I. Perkins College of Education included Lydia Richardson, from instructor to assistant professor of human services, and Christina Sinclair, from associate professor of kinesiology and health science to associate professor and interim associate dean.
In the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the board approved status changes for Dawn Stover, from educational program coordinator and research associate to ornamental plant evaluation research associate, and Paul Weatherford, from lab associate to interim director of the Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory.
Additional status changes approved by regents included adjunct faculty members Carrie Butler, to clinical instructor, and Cynthia Devlin, to visiting lecturer, in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts; Michael Coffee, from assistant director of Information Technology Services to interim chief information officer; Gavin McCarty, from manager of the SFA Post Office to Post Office manager and interim director of printing services; Danny Hamilton, from building operator II to manager of Residence Life systems; Deborah Dunn, from professor of computer science to professor and interim chair of computer science in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
Faculty members granted tenure by the board included Susan Casey, elementary education; Carlos Cuadra, languages, cultures and communication; Nina Ellis-Hervey and Jennifer Kennon, human services; Darrell Frey, chemistry and biochemistry; Casey Hart, mass communication; Stacy Hendricks, secondary education and educational leadership; and Carol Wright, general business.
Kyle Ainsworth, a special collections librarian in the East Texas Research Center, was granted tenure, as well as faculty development leave for summer 2017. Faculty development leave also was granted to Andrew Brininstool of the Department of English and Creative Writing, Aryendra Chakravartty of the Department of History, and Amanda Rudolph of the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership for fall 2017. Chris Comer, Forestry, was granted faculty development leave for spring 2018.
The board approved retirements of faculty and staff members with 79 years of combined service to the university. Retirements include James Kendall, network support specialist II; Wynter Chauvin, professor of elementary education; Pedro Escamilla, assistant professor of languages, cultures and communication; and Scott Slough, professor of secondary education.

Trailer Fire in Center


Yesterday at 2:01 the Center Fire Department responded to a mobile house fire at 215 County Road 2225 which is near Water House street off the Loop in Center.  The fire was started due to a electric fan in the mobile home and spread to the attic and kitchen.  The Center Fire Department quickly arrived put out the fire and the home belonging to Paul Johnson was saved.  The firemen left the scene and arrived back at the station at 3:10 p.m.  



If we fall ill or have an injury we want to be checked by our doctor as soon as possible.  After all, doctors are concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments.  Thus, we sometime tend to place them upon a pedestal for special admiration.
My wife worked for over thirty-five years in the medical field in seven different specialties. Over those years she learned that doctors are just like we ordinary people, some are very good at their trade and some are less so.  In fact, someone has said that over fifty percent of the doctors out there graduated in the bottom half of their classes.  So, how does a patient know that information?  The scary thing is that one will never know that.
Over the years many jokes have been written and told on doctors and nurses, as there has been with lawyers.  I want to share a few with you via this medium.
Someone remarked that people who think time heals everything haven’t tried sitting it out in a doctor’s waiting room.  Someone else concluded that a specialist is a doctor who has trained his patients to become ill during office hours.  They say that one in every four Americans is mentally unbalanced.  So, think of your three closest friends.  If they seem OK, then you’re in trouble.
An acupuncture specialist, annoyed by a late-night call from a patient, told the man, “Stick yourself with two needles and call me in the morning.”
An elderly gentleman wasn’t feeling well and became irritated with his doctor because he wasn’t getting better after five visits.  “Look”, said the doctor, “I’m doing all I can to help you.  I can’t make you any younger.”  “I wasn’t particularly interested in getting younger,” said the old man.  “I just want to continue growing older.”
The psychiatrist said sternly to his patient, “If you think you’re walking out of here cured after only three sessions, you’re crazy.”
Another psychiatrist told his patient, “Congratulation, sir, you’re cured.”  The patient replied, “Some cure.  Before, I was Julius Caesar.  Now I’m a nobody.”
A stranger visited the doctor and said, “Good morning, doctor.  I just stopped by to tell you how much I benefitted from your treatment.  Puzzled, the doctor replied, “But you are not one of my patients.”  “I know”, replied the man.  But my Uncle Bill was and I’m his sole heir.”
We’ve all seen sports bloopers and TV bloopers…well, how about Medical bloopers?  The following are a few selected bloopers found in hospital medical charts written by doctors:
The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.
Patient stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until 1989 when she got a divorce.
Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
She is numb from her toes down.
When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.
She can’t get pregnant with her husband, so I will work her up.
The patient is tearful and crying constantly.  She also appears to be depressed.
The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.
The patient will need disposition, and therefore we will get Dr. Blank to dispose of him.
The patient has no past history of suicide.
The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.
Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
The patient is a 79 year old widow who no longer lives with her husband.
The patient refused an autopsy.
The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints.
Since the patient can’t conceive, I have sent her to a futility specialist.
The infection resulted after she had pimped a few popples.
Patient called and left word that he had expired last week.
Patient’s prognosis was poor, having a massive cerebral hemorrhoid.
Prior to surgery she was prepped and raped in the usual fashion.
Patient is to remain plastered for the next 6 to 8 weeks.
Too much work, and too much to think about are probably the reasons that led to the bloopers in those medical charts.  Besides that, we all make mistakes, don’t we?

Teacher of the Year Banquet


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Banquet is
tonight from 4-5:30 at the Windham Civic Center.
The annual event salutes Shelby County Educators.  Superintendents,
principals and campus teachers from around the county will be introduced,
and the 2017 Elementary and Secondary teachers of the year will be
The CISD teachers selected are:
F.L. Moffett - Michelle Covington-Richards
Elementary - Kimberly Hearn
Intermediate - Kathy Johnson
Middle School - Sharon Rice
High School - Adam Ramirez

Weather Update





Chamber Banquet



The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held last night in Center at the John D. Windham Civic Center.  Chris Watlington was the host and delivered his speech as comedically as possible.  Jim Sawyer was recognized for his work as the President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  The Farm Family of the year was Lane and Betty Chambers.  Wil Blackshear Received the Young Citizen Award.  Collen Doggett received the distinguished service award. 
Video Coverage of Banquet:







Produce Drop in Center TODAY!


Harvest for Homes Monthly Food Produce Drop TODAY April 26th at the .Old CVS parking lot in Center.  The truck arrives between 9 a.m - 10 a.m.

Weather Update





Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


With the budget passed out of the House, there are several other important pieces of legislation that have begun moving.  Things in the Legislature are definitely heating up as we head into the final weeks of the 85th Legislature.
Last week, the House State Affairs committee heard over four hours of testimony on HB 2899, which would prevent cities from enforcing ordinances allowing men in women's restrooms and locker rooms.  This law provides an enforceable, limited government solution that will help to keep our daughters, sisters, and mothers safe in these intimate spaces.
Last week, the House debated and passed my bill, HB 100, which provides a statewide regulatory framework for transportation networking companies, such as Uber and Lyft.  By providing sensible, predictable regulation across our state, we are maintaining Texas' business friendly reputation and also speeding up the roll out of these services to smaller towns and rural areas.  HB 100 should help to provide the same transportation solutions that are currently available in the metroplexes.  
The House also passed HB 21 which would overhaul our broken school finance system.  It would also serve to increase state funding to our public schools, which would go a long way towards retaining quality teachers and helping prepare our children for their futures.
A few weeks ago, I told you that the State Affairs Committee had passed SB 4, the sanctuary cities bill.  I am pleased to announce that last week, I made a motion in the Calendars Committee to set SB 4 for debate.  As a result, the full House will debate SB 4.  I look forward to passing this bill and making sure that all of our law enforcement officers are enforcing our immigration laws.
The Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility also met to pass HJR 39, which calls for an Article V convention to amend the US Constitution to reign in the runaway federal government and require the federal government to live within its means, like you and I do.  I cast my vote in favor of advancing this legislation and look forward to debating it before the full House.
Last week, I was pleased to meet with some of our local elected officials and a group of East Texas doctors to discuss legislation that is being considered this session.  I find that most of the best ideas and perspectives come from back home, not Austin.  If there is an issue that you would like to discuss with me, please contact me at or 512-463-0556.

St. John Cemetery Drive


St. John Cemetery annual cemetery drive is going to be held on Sunday May 28th at 11:30 a.m.

Annual Ushers Day Program


Annual Usher Day Program will be held at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Center Texas on Sunday May 21st at 2:30 p.m. Theme is Grateful to be a Servant.



Boil Water Notice McClelland Water Supply


Customers of the McClelland Water Supply who were out of water on Monday, April 24th or Tuesday April 25th are advised to boil water used for drinking or cooking.

Tri-County Community Action Board Meeting


Tri-County Community Action will have a board meeting on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 936-598-6315. 

Joaquin VFD BBQ Fundraiser


The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual BBQ beef fundraiser on Saturday, May 6th. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., BBQ plates, including sliced beef, beans, potato salad and a soft drink will be available for $8.00. We will also be holding a cake walk beginning at 6:00 p.m. The JVFD would like to invite the whole community out for a great time to support a great cause! 


Weather Update





Produce Drop in Center Tomorrow



Harvest for Homes Monthly Food Produce Drop Tomorrow April 26th at the .Old CVS parking lot in Center.  The truck arrives between 9 a.m - 10 a.m.



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony M & M Construction



Early today a crowd gather in to welcome the newest member to join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerece. M & M Construction.  










Shelby County Shooters Meeting

The annual meeting of the Shelby County Shooters will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at T&R's Steaks & More on Hurst St. in Center.  Current memberships expire on May 1, 2017.  Memberships expire are $45 for a individual or $ 50 for a family.  For more information call 936-598-8062.


2 Vehicle Wreck in Center - UPDATE

Yesterday at 12:51 p.m a 2 vehicle wreck occurred on the intersection next to Walmart in Center a 2011 Black KIA car driven by Susan McCormick 65 of San Augustine turned left on to Timpson Street hitting a 1999 White Ford Truck driven by Josue Lopez 29 of New Mexico on the left side causing his vehicle to strike the traffic light pole. The Center Fire Department, ACE EMS and Center Police Department quickly responded.  Susan McCormick was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center by ACE EMS, while Josue Lopez refused medical treatment.  Wrecker services arrived and the Ford Truck was hauled off by Hopkins Wrecker service.  The area was cleaned up by 1:25 p.m.





Casandra Garcia Meade name Deputy State Director


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has named Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director, serving in his South Texas office.
"Casandra's promotion to deputy state director is well deserved, and I look forward to continue working with her as we defend and advance the policies that will keep Texas strong and prosperous," Sen. Cruz said. "Cassy has been a vital asset to our office as South Texas regional director and brings with her strong ties to Texas agriculture and business leaders. Texans are in good hands with Cassy's leadership in my office."
Prior to joining Sen. Cruz's office in 2013, Casandra served as regional field representative for Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples, serving as liaison to agriculture, business and economic development organizations, at local, state and federal levels of government. She received a bachelor's degree in communications and masters degree in public administration from the University of Texas-Pan American. She is a native of Edinburg, Texas.

Railroad Commissioner Sitton Launches Virtual Reality Tour


Commissioner Ryan Sitton and the Railroad Commission are now using 360-degree technology to take Texans on a virtual reality tour of Texas energy. Texans can join Commissioner Ryan Sitton and San Antonio District Director Travis Baer on an Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig. The tour takes Texans onto the rig floor, underneath the rig to the blowout protector and even next to a herd of cattle grazing nearby. The educational tool debuted at Earth Day Texas on April 21.

This is a fantastic opportunity, where Texans can hear the sounds of a drilling operations and almost reach out and touch the drilling pipe. Its as close as you can get without actually setting foot on a rig, Sitton said. One of my goals as Railroad Commissioner is to educate Texans about where their energy comes from and virtual reality tours are a great way to give adults and children an opportunity they would not otherwise have to learn about the oil and gas industry.
The tour gives Texans the opportunity to experience the first step in the oil production process and learn how the Railroad Commission ensures that the operation is conducted safely and responsibly. Viewers start the four-minute tour at the entrance of the rig site and are taken step by step through the main components of the rig. 
The tour is free and available on the Railroad Commissions YouTube channel. Viewers may use iOS or Android, and no virtual reality glasses are necessary. Viewers using computers should click and drag the mouse to see a 360-degree view.

Smith Cemetery Meeting


The Smith Cemetery Association plans to have their annual meeting on April 30th at 12:30 at the Smith Cemetery on HWY 7 East.  Bring you favorite dish for dinner on the grounds.  For more information call 598-3081.

Shelbyville I.S.D. Accepting Student Transfers


Parents of students living outside the Shelbyville Independent School District who wish their children to attend Shelbyville Schools during the 2017-2018 school year must request transfer no later than May 31, 2017.  This applies to both old and new transfer students. New transfers who are approved will be required to pay tuition to attend. 
To request paperwork, please call the Superintendent’s Office at 936-598-2641.



Loyalty Day originally began as "Americanization Day" in 1921 as a counter
to the Communists' May 1 celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May 1,
1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York's Union Square to
promote patriotism.   May 1st evolved into Loyalty Day and the first
official observance of the day was in 1959 after the signing of Public Law
85-529 on July 18, 1958.  
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
invite the public to join them at the Veteran's Memorial on the grounds of
the Historic Courthouse in Center to reaffirm our allegiance to the United
States of American and pay tribute to the heritage of American freedom.
This program will take place on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Related to a Theft


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in regards to a recent theft which occurred on April 20, 2017  at 96 Equipment located at 3536 Highway 7 West in Center.
Suspect(s) entered onto the complainant's property and stole a 2017 Polaris Ranger 570.
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may contact Investigator Del Birdwell at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 936-598-5600.



If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – April 24, 2017 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 & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for Minutes from March 27, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for March 2017 Financials – ACTION
6. Review and Consider Approval to Adopt Proposed Resolution No. 2017-04-24-1R - Denial of Application for Authority to Increase Rates Submitted by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) - ACTION
7. Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #6 from March 27, 2017 To Approve Funding Equipment for the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department - ACTION
8. Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #8 from March 27, 2017 To Purchase A Dumpster for the Waste Water Treatment Plant – ACTION
9. Re-Visit, Discuss And Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #7 from March 27, 2017 Meeting To Determine If The Booker T. Washington Park Should: a) Be Closed; b) Be Put Out For Bid To Sell; Or c) Invest Funds to Remodel and Update - ACTION  
10. Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #11 from April 18, 2016 Meeting To Determine If Booker T. Washington Road Should Be Paved – ACTION
11. Closed Session – Section 551.074 Personnel Matters
a. New Hires
12. Return to Open Session
a. Motion to Accept Part-Time Deputy Marshal, Jacob Samford and Part-Time Administrative Assistant/Utilities Clerk, Alison Rhone - ACTION
13. Department Head Reports
14. Council Comments
15. Adjourn

Rodger Doyle Visits the James Community Center


Rodger Doyle with the Sons of Confederate Veterans visited the James Community Center yesterday and gave a speech about the civil war.





Food Drive


April 24-28
JCC is having a food drive!!
The food drive will be held April 24-28 it’s going to help the Shelby County Outreach in Center. Food can consist of any canned goods and nonperishable food items, including bottle water, beans, rice, canned meat, pasta, instant potatoes, ramen noodles, soup, peanut butter, crackers, etc. 

Birdwell awarded Sheriff's Association scholarship



The Sheriff's Association of Texas has awarded a scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester to Bethany Birdwell, daughter of Shelby County Sheriff's Office Investigator Del Birdwell and Joanna Birdwell.
Bethany is a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, majoring in Education.
The Sheriffs' Association of Texas offers scholarships to eligible students pursuing an academic degree at a college or university. In addition to the Sheriffs' Association of Texas scholarships, several others are made available through the generosity of individuals or other organizations. These funds are managed by the Sheriffs' Association of Texas for award to qualified students. The scholarships are awarded once in the Spring Semester and once in the Fall Semester of each year. Since 1981, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas has awarded 1,891 youth scholarships, totaling $945,500.
On hand for the presentation of the scholarship to Bethany were Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Investigator Birdwell and  Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson. 

DeSoto Parish Seeking assistance in identifying suspect





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
Delano Deshun Teray Owens of Logansport, LA. Owens is wanted for Contempt of
Court. Owens is described as a male, black, weighing 120 lbs., and is 22
years of age.
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000.00 for
information that results in the suspect's arrest. Anyone with information is
asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP (7867) or the DeSoto
Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 and ask to speak with Capt. James
Clements. All calls are confidential.  

Chris Paddie Update


Well, after 15 hours of debate, I am proud to let you know that the Texas House of Representatives has passed a conservative, balanced budget.  This budget funds our priorities, increasing funding to our public schools, maintaining a strong presence on our southern border, preventing state dollars from being used for abortions and maintaining the voter approved increase in highway funding.
There were other important happenings in the House last week.  The State Affairs Committee voted out SB 4, which would end sanctuary cities in Texas.  I am proud to have voted for this important legislation in committee and look forward to getting it to the full House for debate and final passage.  
Last week, the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility heard many pieces of legislation that would help to reign in our run away federal government.  The most prominent of this legislation was HJR 39, which would call for an Article V convention to amend the US Constitution to limit the power of the federal government.  I look forward to a vibrant debate about the proper role of the federal government.
The House also passed legislation across a wide range of topics this week, from water to services for veterans to mental health issues to cybercrime.  There is a broad array of topics that will be dealt with this session, and if you have questions about any of them, I would encourage you to contact me directly with any concerns or support that you have for a particular piece of legislation.
This week, the House will take up HB 21, which would overhaul our public school finance system.  Last year, after several years of litigation, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the school finance system, but urged the Legislature to reform the system.  HB 21 is the beginning of a much needed conversation in our state about how we fund our public schools.  I look forward to continuing working with our parents, educators, administrators, and taxpayers as we move through this important process.
While we are busy in committee hearings and marathon debates, it was great to be able to meet with many East Texans this past week.  As always, if you plan to be in Austin in the coming weeks, please make sure to reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or

S.C. Sheriff's Office Releases Statement On Bomb Threat

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at approximately 1216 P.M., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call advising that a black male subject was at the Tenaha ISD and was armed with a gun and would not leave. The caller additionally stated that the black male subject threatened to blow up the school. Law Enforcement official responded to Tenaha ISD to assist Tenaha ISD Chief David Jeter with the situation, which included Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Tenaha City Marshal’s Office, Tenaha Pct 4 Constable Jake Metcalf, Timpson Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

After further investigation, it was revealed that there was no threat to the faculty and/or student body of Tenaha ISD. It was rather another hoax call that solicited attention to cause panic. We treat every call, especially of this magnitude with great concern. Our office and the District Attorney’s office worked to get the information on the cellular device that was used and drew up a Grand Jury Subpoena for records. The number was linked back to a student at Tenaha ISD. Lieutenant Kevin W. Windham and Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson met with Tenaha ISD Chief David Jeter and Superintendent Scott Tyner regarding this investigation. In working together, a suspect was positively identified and the phone used to initiate the hoax call was located and seized for evidence. The juvenile suspect was released to family pending an appointment with Shelby County Juvenile Probation Officers. The family has cooperated fully throughout this investigation.

We extend our gratitude to all those who assisted in this investigation.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


"Monday, April 24, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting April 24, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information." 

Desoto Parish Officer dies in Vehicle Accident



Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, with a heavy heart, can confirm that one of his employees, part of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office family, has passed away this morning following a motorcycle/automobile accident.  The deputy, Christopher Sharply, was on his way to work when the accident occurred.  
Sheriff Arbuckle and the entire DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office would ask the
public to help us remember Chris and his family during this tragic time.  Please send prayers for Chris' family members and we ask that everyone respect their privacy during this time.

WWII Army Air Core Pilot Mr. Childs





Yesterday Timpson WWII veteran 97 year old Mr. Terrell Childs gave a speech at the Timpson Library about how he fixed a German plane and flew it back to his base, using it for future missions aswell.  





Commissioner Christian Participates in Opening of Historic Carbon Capture Plant



RICHMOND – Last week, Commissioner Wayne Christian attended the official opening of the world’s largest carbon capture facility, participating in the valve opening ceremony with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Governor Greg Abbott, Congressman Pete Olson and Japanese General Consul Tetsuro Amano.
The Petra Nova Project, located in Fort Bend County, captures carbon dioxide resulting from coal-fired power generation and uses the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery while also sequestering it deep underground.
“With the official opening of the Petra Nova plant, Texas is undeniably the leader in energy technology,” Commissioner Christian said last Friday. “This important project will not only lead to more energy production and jobs in Texas, but to cleaner energy production as well.”
The Petra Nova project is expected to capture approximately 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 annually from the WA Parish Generating Station southwest of Houston. Hilcorp Energy will use the captured CO2 at the company’s West Ranch oil field.

Chamber Teacher Appreciation Reception


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception hosted by the Shelby County Chamber will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.  The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.  The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:
Center Christian Academy – Monica Caldas
F.L. Moffett Primary School – Michelle Covington-Richards
Center Elementary School – Kimberly Hearn
Center Intermediate School – Kathy Johnson
Center Middle School – Sharon Rice
Center High School – Adam Ramirez
Excelsior ISD – Mary May
Joaquin Elementary School – Casey Gamble
Joaquin Junior High School – Amanda Freeman
Joaquin High School – Lisa Barton
S.W. Carter Elementary – Rose Jones
Shelbyville Middle School – Anita Sheppard
Shelbyville High School – Nicole Tindol
Timpson Elementary – Cindy Bush
Timpson Middle School – James Foster
Timpson High School – Danielle Smith
Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at

Shred Day

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces
 that the mobile shredding unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center
Square on Friday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited
to bring documents that need to be shredded. Businesses are limited to ten file 
boxes unless prior arrangements have been made.
These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County
Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

Golden Harvest Ministries Meetings


The Golden Harvest Ministries Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11:30 am. At the First Baptist Church in Center. Their next meeting will be May 15, so come and join them for lunch.

Just For You Ribbion Cutting


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will join Saundra Christopher, owner of Just For You, on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m.  for a new member ribbon cutting. The Chamber will host the ribbon cutting at the Chamber office on the downtown square.  Just For You is a catering and event planning business that can cater small or large events.  
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Run For The SON


Run For The SON, the annual fund raiser for the East Texas Disciples, local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association will be held this Saturday on the NAPA parking lot across from Wal-Mart.  
Between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm we will have giant baked potato's loaded with BBQ and all the other fixings, cookies and a drink for an $8.00 donation.  CMA is a world wide Christian Ministry.  All proceeds go strictly for ministry.  Check out, east texas disciples 1127 on line to see what we are all about. Come and meet us and enjoy a great baked potato.

Minutes of Regular Meeting The Board of Trustees Center ISD


A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Center Independent School District Administration Board Room located at located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas 75935.
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
James Greer called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and declared a quorum.
Present: James Greer; John Henry Holloway; Allison Johnson; Casey Lout; Matthew Mettauer; Traci Willoughby; Tammy Lemoine, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent
Absent: Daphne LaRock
Visitors: Danny Berry, Berry and Clay;  Barry Bowman, CISD Athletic Director; Lori Brister, CES Instructional Coach;  Mike Brister; Tina Byrnes, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; David Golden, McKinley-Golden Architects; Matthew Gregory, CHS Administrator; Heath Hagler, CIS Administrator; Jake Henson, CMS Administrator; Inez Hughes, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator; Jimmie Johnston, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Chris Maggard, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Amber Mathews, CES Teacher; Malcolm McKinley, McKinley-Golden Architects; Shelly Norvell, CES Administrator; Kurt Radnitzer, FLM Administrator; Allison Scull, parent; Anna Stuever, parent; Lindsey Tipton, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Mickey Wulf, Special Services Director, CMS Beta Club students, sponsors and parents
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
John Henry Holloway gave the invocation and Traci Willoughby led the Pledges of Allegiance.
3. Closed Session
Mr. Greer called for a closed session at 5:32 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.071 and §551.129 for presentation of Level III parent complaint by Shannon, Todd and Alexia Baldwin.
4. Open Session
The Board returned into open session at 6:06 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. 
A motion was made by James Greer, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to uphold the decision from the Level II grievance hearing.
The motion carried 6-0.
5. Public Comments/Audience Participation
6. Recognition of Center Middle School Beta Club
The Center Middle School Beta Club State competition winners were recognized by their sponsors noting that the students received more awards than ever before and will advance to the National competition in Orlando, Florida.  
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to approve up to $10,000 for transportation cost for the Center Middle School Beta Club to travel to National competition in Florida.
The motion carried 6-0.
7. Consent Agenda
A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes from the special called meeting on March 21, 2017 and the regular meeting on March 21, 2017, Investment Report (March 2017); Tax Collection Report (March 2017); Financial Reports (March 2017); payment approvals over $50,000 and Overnight Student Activity Trips.
The motion carried 6-0.
8. Discussion and Consideration of Urgent Needs Project Plan
Danny Berry, Malcolm McKinley and David Golden presented the Board with concepts and information to consider in order for the District to accomplish the items on the urgent needs plan.  
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Casey Lout to authorize architects to design CHS culinary kitchen, slight renovation to current field house, new field house concept and CES driveway/parking expansion plus allocate monies for CES playground equipment not to exceed $100,000, girls and boys weight room equipment, flooring at CHS and CMS weight rooms, 150 new athletic lockers and security fencing at CIS/CMS/CES in accordance with the enlisted proposals.
The motion carried 6-0.
The Board adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
The Board reconvened the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
9. Consideration to Approval Proposal for Food Service Management Company
The District received one proposal from our current food service management vendor, Southwest Foodservice Excellence.  
A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to approve the proposal for Food Service Management Company to Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
The motion carried 6-0.
10. Consideration to Approve the 2017-2018 Student Transfer Agreement
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to increase the out-of-district tuition to $500 per child – maximum of $1,500 per family, accept transfers all year and to approve the 2017-2018 Student Transfer Agreement.
The motion carried 6-0.
11. Consideration to Approve Job Descriptions
A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by John Henry Holloway to approve the Lead Teacher job descriptions for CHS and CMS with the revision of general knowledge of curriculum and instruction to extensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
The motion carried 6-0.
12. Distribution of TASB Policy Update 107
Each member of the Board received a copy of the TASB Policy Update 107 (affecting Local policies).
13. Closed Session
James Greer called for a closed session at 8:09 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.074 for consideration of employment of contracted personnel, terminate probationary contracts, contract renewals for Administrators, teachers and certified support staff, resignation/retirement and extended emergency sick leave.
14. Open Session
The Board returned into open session at 9:20 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. 
14.1 District Employees and Officers:  Texas Government Code §551.074 
14.1.1 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to accept the resignations/retirements as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
Luciana Barr, CIS Dyslexia Coordinator – retirement
Rayford Copelin, Deputy Superintendent – retirement
Susan Fountain, FLM Teacher – retirement
Tammy Lemoine, Asst. Supt. of Curriculum & Instr & Sp Programs - retirement
Dianna Link, CMS Secretary – retirement
Stephenia Preston, PEIMS Coordinator - retirement
Kurt Radnitzer FLM Principal – retirement 
Sachiko Vick – FLM Food Service - retirement
Janese Ward – FLM Teacher - retirement
Marilyn Ballard, CHS Diagnostician - resignation
Evelyn Caraway, CES Teacher - resignation
Amanda Elder, CES Teacher - resignation
Erica Klein, CES Teacher - resignation
Kristine Knebel, CES Teacher - resignation
Rebecca Lyles, CES Teacher - resignation
Lynn Parish, CMS Teacher - resignation
Theresa Wallace, FLM Instructional Aide - resignation
Wendie Wooten, CES Teacher - resignation
The motion carried 6-0.
14.1.2 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the employment of personnel as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
Jessica Belrose, Teacher - Center Elementary School
Sarah Hughes, Teacher - Center High School 
Laura Tellechea, Teacher - Center Elementary School
The motion carried 6-0.
14.1.3 There were no extended emergency sick leaves to be considered by the Board. 
14.1.4 A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the contract renewals for Administrators, Teachers and Certified Support Staff as submitted by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
The motion carried 6-0.
15. Adjournment
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Traci Willoughby to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 p.m.
The motion carried 6-0.

Annual Spring Holy Ghost Revival


Triumph the Church & Kingdom of God in Christ - Strong Triumphant Band invite everyone the Annual Spring Holy Ghost Revival to be held on May 3 - 5th at 7 pm each night.

Roughrider Academy


Center Independent School District is now accepting applications for the
new campus, Roughrider Academy. Applications are available at the CHS front
Roughrider Academy is an academic school providing a flexed, self-paced
curriculum for students in secondary education. The school is not a
disciplinary measure but instead an avenue for students who excel in a
non-traditional setting. Roughrider Academy, which will originate and
locate itself on the Center High School Campus, will employ a certified
faculty and team.
Roughrider Academy’s mission will provide an academic program focused on
skills needed to be independent learners and critical thinkers to be work
or college ready at the time of graduation. A digital platform will be used
to teach and test for mastery, and Academy teachers will facilitate the
program and provide direct instruction to enhance learning.
CISD's new Roughrider Academy will begin accepting enrollment applications
for the 2017-2018 school year beginning Tuesday, April 18, 2017.



The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them for a new member ribbon cutting for M & M Construction, on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.  It will be held at 408 Shelbyville Street in Center.  
M & M Construction owners, Mark Miller and Daniel Matthews, offer construction of decks, new homes, remodels, carports, fencing and landscaping.  For more information on other construction projects they may be contacted at 936-488-9306.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Pineywoods Cattle Congress


Pineywoods Cattle Congress Looking at Clovers, Hog trapping, and More 
Cattleman from across the region will have a field day to look at boosting profitability on their livestock operations on Friday, April 28.  
Held at the Woods Ranch on Rifle Road in Pollok, Texas, the program is set to cover a variety of topics and provide 3 CEU’s to individuals with pesticide licenses.  
The first topic on the agenda is feral hog (or wild-pig) control.  Topics were centered around the tried and true methods of pre-baiting and trapping will be discussed and demonstrated.  Feral hogs are an annual, real threat to hay meadows, pastures, and crops.  
Dr. Aaron Sumrall, County Extension Agent from Newton County will be leading the discussion and will also demonstrate how to make and use snares for hog control. 
Sprayer calibration is the next topic.  Darren Rozell of Rozell Ag Sprayers will be talking about how to calibrate sprayers and will demonstrate global positioning satellite technology to ensure good coverage on pastures. 
Next will be a discussion on the various flies and ticks that can affect livestock.  From the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Overton, Dr. Jason Banta will be on hand to talk about these annual pests and some new developments that have been in the news regarding ticks. 
Lastly, we will tour a demonstration site where the host, Harold Wood, planted four types of clover.  We’ll look at the plots of Arrowleaf clover, Ball clover, Crimson clover, and White clover.  Clovers can be used to build the soil and provide short term, excellent forage for cattle.  Also from the Research Station in Overton, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson will cover that material.   
Participants need to pre-register by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Angelina County at 936.634.6411 x 0 or Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 by Wed, April 26 to get the early registration price of $20.  After that day (or at the gate) is $30.  
Registration for the field day starts at 8 am with the program starting at 8:30 am.  Directions to get to the field day, take Rifle Road off Hwy 7 in Pollok south 0.9 miles and look for signs on the left.  From Hwy 69 near the Pollok volunteer fire department, take Rifle Road north for 2.7 miles and look for signs on the right side of the road. 
Participants need to bring their own lawn chair.  
For more information contact the Angelina Extension office at the number above or email 
Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife. 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Picnic at Boles Field


Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold a picnic in honor of all of our graduates on Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm at Boles Field recreation area (FM 2694) in Shelbyville, TX.  All graduates will receive a scholarship from Woodmen and will be asked to share their plans for after graduation with all who are in attendance.  A hamburger and hot dog luncheon will be served.  All members are invited to attend.

Scammer Busted in DeSoto Parish


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to inform the public of the arrest of Alvin
"Rudy" Howard.  Howard was wanted on felony theft after scamming hundreds of
residents into purchasing a TWIC card with a promise of a job with a company
known as Motiva in Beaumont, TX.  Investigators worked diligently on the
scam and were able to gain enough evidence to secure a warrant for Howard.
Howard was arrested and later booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center
on the felony theft warrant.  He remains incarcerated pending bond. 
Alvin Dewayne Howard (B/M - DOB: 10/13/1984)

Well Explodes in DeSoto


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to inform the public of an explosion on a
well site that occurred in Mansfield, LA yesterday, April 18, 2017.  DeSoto
Parish Sheriff's Office received notification from 911 about a well
explosion on Walker Road in Mansfield, LA around 11:46 a.m.  Deputies
responded to the scene with DeSoto EMS and DeSoto Fire District 8.  It was
found that a crew was working on the site, operated by Aethon Energy, to
clean up damage caused during a recent storm.  During their cleanup effort,
one of the tanks on the site exploded causing injuries to three of the crew
members.  One subject was transported via Life Air with moderate injuries,
one subject was transported via ambulance to a local medical facility with
minor injuries, and one subject was pronounced deceased upon arrival.  We do
not believe any hazardous material was released during the incident and no
residential or commercial structures were in danger during or following the
explosion due to the remote location.

False 911 Call at Tenaha ISD


Earlier today a false 911 call was place with someone posing as a Tenaha Employee, Tenaha ISD has released this statement.


"Once again.... some one is being cavalier with the comfort and security of our kids... today, someone placed a 911 call to law enforcement posing as a Tenaha employee that we had an active security situation. TISD has had no such incident. The call was made by someone in the public to 911 about our school. Again, TISD has been the victim of a hoax... a special thank you once again to all of the members of law enforcement that descended upon our school so quickly, as they were under the impression that they were responding to an active 911 situation. Repeating--- there has been no security situation at TISD today. Only a false 911 call from outside the district."

San Augustine Pro Rodeo


San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce  Pro Rodeo – April 28th and 
29th, 7:30 PM nightly presented by L&R Timber and Common Disposal 
Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5, children under 3 free
Friday Night – Pink Out Night! Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank – “Are you tough enough to wear Pink”
Saturday Night – Patriotic Night! Sponsored by Scarber Automotive – 
Veterans free with ID
Calf Scramble Nightly
Mutton Bustin before the show each night – children 7 and under – sign 
up at 5 PM
Team Roping, Bull Riding, Breakaway Riding, Barrel Racing, Saddle 
Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wresting and Tie Down Roping
Retail Vendors and Concession Stand Open

Todd Spring Baptist Church Family and Friend's Day


Todd Spring Baptist Church in Shelbyville will have their annual family and friend’s day celebration on Sunday April 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm.  Pastor Curtis Archie and the East Liberty Baptist Church will be the special guest.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Wilbert Simmons Jr. Pastor.  If you have any questions please call Debbra at 936-591-2494.   

Wanted - Popeyes Employee Commits Fraud


The Nacogdoches Police Department is asking for assistance identifying a forgery suspect.  On 3-16-17 the suspect in the photographs entered a business in Nacogdoches and passed a counterfeit check.  The suspect was wearing a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen shirt but our investigation has revealed that she is NOT an employee of the local eatery.  The suspect was a passenger in a white Chevrolet Tahoe.
If you have any information on the identity of this suspect, call CRIME STOPPERS at 560-INFO (4636), hit the SUBMIT A TIP icon on our facebook page, or send us a tip on the web at All information is confidential and you never have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for the first, most complete tip that leads to the arrest or indictment of this suspect.

Pastor and Wife Appreciation


First Smyrna United Missionary Baptist Church pastor and wife appreciation will be held on May 7th at 2:30 pm.  Honoring 7 years of service for Pastor Charleston and Lady Elect Kitambra Baker.  Special guest speaker will be David Mitchell.

Letter From the Sheriff


Citizens of Shelby County,
This letter is to address the concerns raised at the recent Tenaha City Council meeting.
To answer the question posed by the city council in Tenaha and the Mayor, I will try to show you how the daily operation at the Sheriff’s office works and how officers are scheduled to do the most work for the citizens of the entire county.
The calls received by the SCSO in any area of the county are rotated to the appropriate agency. If any incorporated city in the county does not have an officer available, we will make the call. Center, Tenaha and Timpson are fortunate enough to be able to afford police departments. Each Precinct has a Constable. We have six highway patrol and two game wardens.  The SCSO has two patrol deputies on duty at all times. With six patrol deputies for the entire county, we are reactive to calls. As much as I would love to be proactive to prevent violations, the county budget does not allow for more deputies and unless taxes are raised, we will stay the same. 
Everyone works together for the citizens of Shelby County but each have their department. 9-1-1 is answered only at the SCSO and calls are routed accordingly. All officers’ phone numbers are public information if provided by their departments.
There are 1,355 miles of county roads citizens live on in Shelby County and five cities within the county. No one city will be treated any different than the other. The SCSO does and will continue to answer calls throughout Shelby County.
The SCSO answers between 800-1,000 calls for service monthly. The deputies and investigators are working and patrolling 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays included.
The SCSO along with myself, have and will continue to be accountable to the people of this county, all cities included. We always have been.
Willis Blackwell

The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show





The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show returns to The Old Tobacco Warehouse in Nacogdoches at 7:30 pm on FRIDAY April 28, 2017!
This is a homegrown show that has gained popularity since inception by Kim Crisp and Stephen Pate. With performances at The PinesTheatre in Lufkin Texas, Carthage Civic Center, The 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston, and other venues across the State, the show has made "The Old Tobacco Warehouse" in Nacogdoches its Home Venue with shows scheduled approximately every 10 -12 weeks apart. Consisting of professional musicians along with some favorite amateur talent, the variety show also often features nationally known comedian,  The Politically Correct Willie P Richardson, "The Phone Prankster" who is heard around the world on Sirius XM.  
The Branson-style variety show Produced by Kim Crisp and Stephen Pate is hosted by Brad Maule, who starred as ‘Dr. Tony Jones’ on TV’s General Hospital for 22+ years, Threes Company, Oprah Television Show, plus worked with Don Ho while living in Hawaii, not to mention numerous other television and movie appearances. Brad will MC, tell of local lore, entertain with jokes and sing some of his favorite Texas Swing numbers as well as (Herd a bunch of Cats.... ) A bunch of Cool Cats such as :
 Road Show regular cast members, Kim Crisp aka “Camo Elvis,” 
Stephen Pate lead guitar, music director and lead vocalist, who has appeared on numerous stages across Texas and on RFD TV along with the Roadshow Band. 
Band members include Jason Kelley " the Atomic Clock" on drums, 
Bo ' Fist Bump' Miller on keys, accordion, mandolin, and vocals; 
Sarah Griffin Humpries on fiddle and vocals, 
C D Scull on bass, and 
Jan Pate lead female vocalist. 
 Special guests Courtney Burch, Devin Horchem,Brandon Atchison, Merritt Banks, Brandon Hughes, ETX Music Award Winner Anna Stockdale will also be featured.  
 This Show will HONOR all Veterans and Public Service Personnel. A group of retired Marines and their spouses will be in town for a reunion and will be in attendance. General Mike Butchko will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem and the Prayer will be handled by the Marines. We would like to offer a special discount ticket price to all Military or Public Uniformed Personal of 10%  to this show.  
Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students with tables of 10 available by request. 
Ticket locations include: Spring and Prince Boutique, 111 N. Pecan in Nacogdoches and at Nacogdoches Lighting and Flooring, 732 North University Drive.  Order online at or phone 800.965.9324. For info: call Kim Crisp at 936-371-9101. 
The Old Tobacco Warehouse is located on the 2nd floor at 111 N. Pecan in Nacogdoches. Elevator is available.

WWII Vet Terrell Childs to Recall His Army-Air Corps Service for TAGHS




The attached WWII photograph of Terrell Childs standing near the nose of a crash landed German Messerschmitt Bf 110 airplane was posted on Facebook a few weeks ago, drawing a great deal of interest and many likes and shares. Readers were astonished to learn that the German fighter-bomber was in USAAF hands at the time of this crash, that Mr. Childs was instrumental in the U.S. military's acquisition of the plane, and that he had been aboard it at the time of the crash! The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society invites the public to hear Timpson WWII veteran Terrell Childs recall this amazing story as well as others from his service to our country during WWII at their  monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 2PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. 

Sports News


In Riderland
The Center Roughriders baseball team has a home game vs. the Henderson Lion on Tuesday, April 18 @ 7p.
In Bear Country
The Timpson Bears baseball team has a home game vs. Mt. Enterprise vs. the Wildcats on Tuesday, April 18 @ 6p.
In Tigerland
The Tenaha Tigers baseball team has an away game @ Shelbyville vs. the Dragons on Tuesday, April 18 @ 6p.
In Ram Country
The Joaquin Rams baseball team has an away game @ Woden vs. the Eagles on Tuesday, April 18 @ 6p.
San Augustine 
The San Augustine Wolves baseball team has an away game @ Broaddus vs. the Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 18 @ 12p.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian Attends the Butterfly Release in Center




Yesterday was the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center 2017 Butterfly release on the downtown Center City square.  The event began at 4:30, among those that attended was Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian who gave a speech about the importance that religious morals bring to society.




Wayne Christian TX Rail Road Commissioner & David Chadwick Mayor of Center. — at Shelby County Courthouse Square.

Easter Egg Hunt Today at Fannie Brown Booth Library


Focused Care of Center will be holding their First Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the park at 2:00pm today 4/14 behind the Fanny Brown Booth Library. For more information call (936)598-2483.

Patroon Baptist Church Garage Sale


Patroon Baptist Church is currently accepting donations for their indoor garage sale which will be held on April 28 and 29. Please contact Debbie at 598-9253, Katie at 488-9773 or Jessica at 201-1614 to arrange drop-off or pick-up. The garage sale will benefit a summer trip to camp. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Patroon Baptist Church will be holding an indoor garage sale on Friday, April 28 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patroon Baptist Church is located at 310 FM 2261, Shelbyville. Proceeds will benefit a summer trip to Fort Rock family camp in Arkansas. 

CHS Theatre department will perform Anne Frank and Me at First Methodist Church


As part of the First Methodist Church Concert Series, the CHS Theatre department will perform Anne Frank and Me, a multi-generational play for all ages, at First United Methodist Church Sunday April 23 which is nationally recognized as Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The public is invited and admission is free.
The Theatre Department performed the play earlier as a dinner theatre at Center High School, but they were excited to be invited by the church to perform it as part of a special occasion.
"The kids and I were both flattered to be asked," director Chris Watlington said.  "It's not all that often that high school players get to take a show on the road.  This is a wonderful theatrical opportunity for my students and a good chance for the community to share in this important day of remembrance."
The show is suitable for all ages, assuming that the younger audiences are mature enough for subject matter involving the Holocaust.  The play begins at 7:00 pm and runs about 70 minutes.

San Augustine Chamber News Letter


We wish you a very Happy Good Friday and Easter this weekend.  Take the little ones to Mission Dolores on Saturday for their “Egg-Stravaganza” to make confetti eggs, also known as cascarones, from 1pm to 3pm.  Program is designed for ages 10 and younger, no charge.  Call 275-3815 for details.
Remember to join us at the Monthly Membership Meeting next Tuesday, April 18th.  We’ll be hearing about our local 4-H programsand agriculture in schools, and enjoying catering by one of our  newest members, Shani’s Catering out of Center.  Our April Business of the Month is Texas Star Retail, and they have so many things going on – be sure to stop in to see them tomorrow, Good Friday, April 14th, to meet the Easter Bunny!  Bring your own camera for pictures, and maybe even take home a little live bunny of your own.  Don’t forget to visit the consignment room while you are there!  Texas Star is at 106 W Columbia, on the Square in San Augustine.
Relay for Life is coming up on Friday, May 12th around the Square in downtown San Augustine, from 7pm to 1am.  Register at  or call (800) 227-2345 for more registration options.  If you aren’t able to join the relay that evening, there are a some really easy ways to show your support:  This Saturday, 4/15, San Augustine Subway is offering a profit share of 25% all day long, breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Just say “Relay for Life” as you check out – thank you, Carter Enterprises!  Two more options are coming up next week -  the Colonial Pines Cruisers are having a Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser (plate also includes green beans, garlic bread, and dessert for just $7) benefitting Relay for Life, with plates to be delivered on April 19th.  AND, they are having a Burger & Bingo Night on Friday April 21st that is also a Relay Fundraiser!  $15 gets you a Burger Dinner and 2 Bingo Cards.  Call (936) 275-3412 to place your order for the Chicken Spaghetti, or to RSVP for Bingo Night.  
And there are two more fun ways to support the San Augustine Elementary Relay team - they are having a Crawfish Boil starting at 11am on Saturday, 4/22, just $6.00 for a plate, stop by the drop off zone at the school to get yours.  Plus, the Flamingos are back!!  If you'd like to 'flock' someone's yard with pink flamingos for just $20, go by the school to fill out your request!!  
OH - and CONGRATULATIONS to SAHS teacher Mary Whittlesey on being awarded State Citizenship Teacher of the Year!
Are you ready for the Heritage Festival?    Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature this day will recognize the historical significance of cultures native to San Augustine over the last 300 years, beginning with the establishment of the 1717 Mission Dolores.   There will be musical entertainment, announcement of Texas Treasure Business Awards, a classic car show, tours of the recently restored 1919 Jail,  cultural heritage demonstrations, food, shopping, vendors, art,  reenactments, 10 of our East Texas Authors, a history scavenger hunt for our younger set, and much more!  Around the square in San Augustine on April 22nd.  The Texas Treasure 
Business Awards ---an award given by the Texas Historical Commission will be presented at 12:30 at the Main Stage, this year the businesses recognized include  Garner and Sons Funeral Home, since 1927; Heart Strings of East Texas,   since 1966, and Wyman Roberts Funeral Home,  since 1938.  We will also enjoy distinguished speakers and a cannon blast!  
As soon as the dust settles from Heritage Fest it’s time to RODEO!  Back for the second year, the San Augustine County Pro Rodeo on April 28th & 29th will feature events such as Team Roping, Bull Riding, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Calf Scramble and Mutton Busting!  Vendor spaces and Truck Spots are going fast, call the Chamber for details! 
AgriLife Extension Service is offering a ‘Do Well, Be Well’ program for people with Type 2 Diabetes or their caregivers, with weekly classes including a healthy lunch!  Just $25 covers the full course of information and five lunches,  with sessions 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays,  4/26-5/25 at the Log Cabin.  Call Sandy Jenkins at 275-3644 for more info or to register, or email her at
Got some stuff you’ve been meaning to let go of?   The first Saturday in May just may be the biggest Junk in the Trunk of the year, since it coincides with Sale on the Trail, 200 miles of garage sales along the El Camino Real (Hwy 21) from Natchitoches to Nacogdoches on Fri & Sat May 5th & 6th!  Talk about shop til you drop…  Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more info -
The San Augustine Library is now offering a weekly Story Hour for preschool children and their parents, come join the fun at 10 am each Wednesday for reading and crafts!  Call the Library with questions, 275-5367.  
Our local VFW Post #9313 is starting an auxiliary for family members of eligible veterans (those who were saw action or were deployed overseas during their service) even if the vet is not a member – call Paul Lester for details at (936) 596-6400.
Another great event for vets is the 'Veterans Stand Down' sponsored by DETCOG on Thursday, April 20th, from 9am to 3pm at the Civic Center in Lufkin.  'Adopt a Vet' for this this free event to benefit homeless veterans and offers info on housing and other assistance, survival bags, and goodies.  Call Veronica Thomas with DETCOG at (800) 256-6848 for more info. Veterans should bring their military ID with them.
Remember, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month – There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse! 
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce
611 W. Columbia St, San Augustine, TX 75972   *  936-275-3610  *
Upcoming Events:
4/21     DRT Dinner Theater for San Jacinto Day
4/22     Main Street's 4th Annual "A Texas Treasure - Heritage Festival"
4/28-9  San Augustine County Rodeo
5/5-6    Sale on the Trail - all along the El Camino Real from Natchitoches to Nacogdoches
10/28   27th Annual Sassafras Festival

Joaquin Public Saftey Corporation Meeting


The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Monday, April 17, 2017
at 6:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
5. 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.

Joaquin Economic Development Corporation Meeting


The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
5. Board discussion and action on financial agreement with the City of Joaquin
6. 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.

Joaquin City Council Meeting


The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special  session Monday, April 17, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
b. Utility Billing Manager
c. Public Works Manager
d. Water Department
e. Fire Department
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on renewal of TML IEBP Health insurance (rerate).
8. Discussion & Council Action on use of Hotel/Motel Tax funds to sponsor Heritage Festival.
9. Discussion & Council Action on sponsorship for refreshments for Elementary Students (Heritage Festival).
10. Discussion & Council Action on possible property exchange with Rodney Dean.
11. Adjournment.
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.

Paddie Capitol Update


This Capitol Update comes to you in the midst of the House's debate of the budget for the next biennium.  
As we've discussed before, passing a budget is the only thing that each legislature is required to do according to the Texas Constitution.  During the budget debate, we decide how to spend the valuable tax dollars that you the taxpayers have entrusted us with.  We debate everything from education priorities to healthcare spending to border security.  This is the most wide ranging debate of each session.  I look forward to reporting back to you with the highlights of the House budget after we complete this marathon debate.
Even while we conduct this crucial debate, the other business before the legislature continues on.  Last week we debated an important measure that will ensure that more people have access to mental healthcare and substance abuse assistance through their medical insurance.  Mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues that face our local law enforcement and present throughout every facet of our penal and healthcare systems.  Anything that we can do to provide more mental health resources will be a benefit in many facets of society.
The House also passed legislation to facilitate tele-medicine for pediatric health providers in rural areas.  In East Texas, access to healthcare is one of the most important issues that we contend with.  Any measures that we can pass to make sure that all of rural Texas has access to top-notch healthcare will continue our quality of life in rural areas.
Last week, the State Affairs Committee continued hearing pro-life bills, which is one of the important charges of this committee.  We heard a bill that would end the cause of action for wrongful death.  That means that you could not sue your doctor if your child is born with birth defects, through no fault of the doctor.  We also heard a bill that would end the authority of a doctor to enter a do-not-resuscitate order without the consent of the patient.  I look forward to sending both of these bills to the entire house for debate.
It was great to have many of our local realtors and optometrists in Austin.  It is always wonderful to see so many East Texans in Austin advocating for issues that are important to them.  If you plan to be in Austin at any point during the remainder of the session, please make sure to reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or

Adam Ramirez VFW Post HS Teacher of the Year


Adam Ramirez was selected as the VFW Post 8904 HS Teacher of the Year. He was presented with a framed certificate, check for $100.00 and an engraved pen set. Adam teaches basic and advanced graphic design and illustration. Photos courtesy of Sydney Brookshire, District Media Coordinator. 
VFW Post Quarter Master Larry Hume, Teacher Adam Ramirez, Post Comander Gene Hutto

Drunk Driver Wrecks on Shelbyville St.


Yesterday at approximately 8:58 a.m the Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, and Ace EMS responded to a wreck on Shelbyville St. in Center Texas.  The driver of a silver passenger car Casedrick Goodwin age 41 of Center ran off the road taking out a column at the Bark Boutique, and crashing through a telephone pole obliterating it.
The vehicle lost one of its front wheels and finally came to rest after taking out a speed limit sign.  Emergency personnel quickly responded to the scene.  Ace EMS transported the driver with minor injuries to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center.  After he was released he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  The Center Fire department and police departments blockaded the area.  
The vehicle was towed and the area cleaned up.  According to the Center Fire Department traffic resumed at approximately 10:15 a.m. 


Wanted - Person


Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Rick Eugene Warren, 42, of Timpson who has an active felony warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Mr. Warren is described as being a white male, 5'09” tall, and weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600.
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Mr. Warren of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

Wreck on Shelbyville Street in Center


This Morning at approximately 8:58 a.m the Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, and Ace EMS responded to a wreck on Shelbyville St. in Center Texas.  The driver of a silver passenger car ran off the road taking out a column at the Bark Boutique, and crashing through a telephone pole obliterating it.


The vehicle loss one of its front wheels and finaly came to rest after taking out a 30 mile per hour speed limit sign.  Emergency personnel quickly responded to the scene.  Ace EMS transported the driver with unknown injuries.  The Center Fire department and police departments blockaded the area.  


The vehicle began leaking fluids and the Firemen applied a chemical dust to prevent them from spreading.  The wrecker service arrived to tow away the vehicle and after picking up the larger pieces and hooking up the car the tow truck left the scene.  


According to the Center Fire Department traffic resumed at approximately 10:15 a.m. The idenity of the driver and his condition has yet to be officially released.      






Mt. Zion C.M.E Passion Week & Sunrise Service


Passion Week Services on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. nightly with guest speaker, Prophet Jamie Capers, of Miles Chapel C.M.E. Church of Tyler,TX.  Sunrise Services with be held on Sunday at 6 a.m. with pastor Elgena Weaver giving the resurrection message with breakfast served immediately following.  Regular Morning Worship at 11 a.m. with Easter Program.
For more information call: 936-488-8096

Texas Treasure Heritage Festival



Celebrate Texas "Firsts" in the Texas Historical Commissions National Register Commercial Historic District of downtown San Augustine!    Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature this day will recognize the historical significance of different cultures native to San Augustine as far back as 300 years with the establishment of the 1717 Mission Dolores.    The area is known for its clean air and peaceful environment!    There will be musical entertainment, announcement of Texas Treasure Business Awards, classic car show, tour of recently restored 1919 Jail,  cultural heritage demonstrations, food, shopping, vendors, art,  reenactments, and much more! 
Saturday, April 22 ---------9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Texas Treasure Business Awards ---an award given by the Texas Historical Commission will be presented at 12:30 at the Main Stage!    



SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, May 26th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
The program, “James Pinckney Henderson” will discuss the life and career of James Pinckney Henderson - a lawyer, politician, soldier, resident of San Augustine and the first Governor of the State of Texas. As part of the tricentennial celebration commemorating the establishment of Mission Dolores in San Augustine, Mission Dolores State Historic Site will hold similar lunchtime programs once a month throughout 2017, covering a variety of topics related to East Texas history. Our Site Manager, Mick Haven, will present this month’s program. We look forward to seeing you there!
Admission is free and the program will run from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Mission Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.



SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas - Staying in San Augustine for the Easter holiday? Come
to Mission Dolores State Historic Site for an "Egg-stravaganza" on Saturday,
April 15th!
We will be making cascarones, or confetti eggs, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Children can take the cascarones home to crack with family members on Easter
"Although the concept of confetti eggs originated in Asia, they were
widespread in Spain in the 1700s" said Brooke Bonorden, site
educator/interpreter at Mission Dolores State Historic Site. "We hope you
will join us for an afternoon of festive fun!"
Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission built in 1721 in what is now San
Augustine County, just 20 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border. The site
tells an important history about the Native American experience with Texas'
earliest European settlers. Visitors can explore the site's history at the
museum, where interpretive displays tell the story of Mission Dolores. The
property also has a campground, picnic area, and group pavilions.
Program designed for children ages 10 and under. Admission is free. Mission
Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8
a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.



DATE: APRIL 14 2017

Timpson City Council Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 18th day of April, 2017 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  
   Call to Order:  
Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
Chamber of Commerce: 
Council Items: 
Presentations & Recognition:
            a) The City of Timpson would like to present the Shelby County Children’s 
                Advocacy Center with a check in the amount of $551.03 (child safety fee)
     and recognize the Center for their efforts in Child Abuse Prevention through 
   educational programs and events throughout the county. 
             b) The Council would like to recognize Municipal Court Clerk Paula Mullins on
                 her 8th year anniversary and City Secretary Leslie Leathers on her 2nd anniversary
                 with the City of Timpson.  
7.     Public Comment:  Notify the public of CenterPoint Energy’s 2016 GRIP                 
            Filing for the Beaumont/East Texas Division concerning rate increases.
     8.          Department Reports:                            
                  A.    Public Works:  Larry Burns
                  B.    Police Department: Kent Graham
                  C.   Municipal Court:  Reported for the month of March 2017, 66 citations,
     75 violations, 0 citations to a minor and 6 citations to a juvenile.
   Total amount reported $30,017.73 for the Police Department and Court, 
   the city’s portion a (55% Estimate) $16,509.75. In addition, 1,749.16
                         will be paid to Linebarger for their fees collected in the month of March.
            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting that Sabrina Rogers with CopSync was
                   here on March 28th to meet with Mayor Smith and Chief Kent Graham.  Also,
                   Chief Tim Barton from Garrison was on hand to do a live demonstration.  The
                   CopSync grant application has been filed for the Timpson Police Department.
                   *Early Voting begins April 24th at City Hall and ends May 2nd ; weekdays only
*April 24th  and May 2nd are extended hours – 7am – 7pm other days are 8am-5pm
             *April 6th - the last day to register to vote or make a change of address in order to be 
               able to vote in the May 6th Election.
             *April 25th - the last day to apply for ballots to be voted by mail.
             *May 6th --ELECTION DAY-- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Timpson ISD Gym foryer.
      9.          Consent Agenda:  Items A thru E 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.
 Consider approval of the minutes from the Special Meeting on March 7, 2017  
 Consider approval of the minutes from the Regular Meeting on March 21, 2017
C.   Consider approval of  Financial Statement for the month ending March, 2017
D.   Consider approval of April Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for March, 2017
E.   Approval for Timpson ISD and American Legion Post 90 to hold their 
       Annual Memorial Day Event on the Square.       
   10.         Discuss and take action: Approve the estimate for repairs to the 2008 F150 Electric
                 Department truck from David’s Auto for $1,441.32.  (The repairs are for the power
                 steering and air conditioner, a copy of the estimate is included in the packets.)
   11.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve $1,000 in additional repairs to the WPA
                 rock wall at SoSo Park.  Also, include the hourly amount to be paid to the contractor 
                 and what bank account/funds will be used.
   12.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve the funding for additional repairs needed
                 to the culvert project at Pecan and Marcus Streets.  Angelina Excavating was awarded
                 this bid at the Special Meeting in March 2017 but it did not include a wye inlet at
                 Grand Street for $4,635.00.  Even with this additional charge, the bill from Angelina
                 Excavating will still come in under the original bid from Duplichain.    
   13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve new fencing at MLK Park.  Three bids
                 have been submitted to replace the fencing at the baseball field in the park.
   14.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve lease of land (facing 59) for a local
                 fruit stand owner.  Discuss liability insurance requirements and rental fees.
   15.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Discuss researching and implementing a
                 panhandling ordinance that lines up with the state statute.  The ordinance will 
                 bar people soliciting (begging) for money on city property and in public places, from
                 using threatening gestures, refusing to take “no” for an answer and intentionally 
                 blocking someone’s path.  It will also prohibit panhandling near an ATM or other
                 places people are likely to be caught with their wallets out, including banks and check
                 cashing places.  Also discuss fines or penalties that will be attached.
   16.         Adjourn: 
The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act.
This facility is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair parking is available.  Requests for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting.  Please contact the City Secretary at 254-2421 for further information or needed assistance.
This agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041.  For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-254-2421.



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Comptroller Glenn Hegar Distributes $620 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments


*(AUSTIN)  *Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $620.2 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 4.9 percent more than in April 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly.
The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations, Hegar said. The cities of Sugar Land, McAllen, Irving and Grand Prairie saw noticeable decreases.
*LOCAL SALES TAX ALLOCATIONS (April 2017)*  *Recipient* *April 2017*
* Allocations*  *Change from*
*April 2016*  *Year-to-date*
*Change*  Cities 
$397.8M 2.8%  2.6% *Counties* $36.8M 4.8% 0.1%  Transit Systems $144.1M 7.4% 3.8%  *Special Purpose Taxing Districts* $41.5M 18.3% 10.4% Total *$620.2M* *4.9%* *3.2%* 

Nichols Passes Ports Corridor Bill


Austin, TX – This week, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) passed Senate Bill 1524 from the Texas Senate, which creates a permit allowing vehicles to carry oceangoing or international trade shipping containers within 30 miles of a port of entry, or an international bridge. 
"This legislation will allow Texas to maintain its competitive edge, as we compete with other states such as Louisiana, Florida and New York, who allow for increased weights on their roads," said Senator Nichols. "I am grateful to the Lt. Governor and members of the Senate for supporting this important piece of legislation." 
Since 1989, due to permitting requirements and weight allowances, industry has been faced with shipping partially empty containers which costs them extra money, especially on international trade. This causes them to not be as competitive as in other states and on the international market.
Senate Bill 1524 helps to solve this problem by creating an annual permit, which would allow ocean going containers to travel within 30 miles of a port of entry or an international bridge, with an allowed increased weight limit, and are required to have extra axles. They would be limited to only Texas Department of Transportation approved routes and the containers must be sealed with a U.S. customs seal. Applicants who want to haul containers covered under this bill would also be required to obtain extra training for a commercial driver's license.
“Thanks to leadership by Chairman Nichols and the Senate’s passage of SB 1524, Texas is taking strides to cement its position as the nation’s number one exporting state.  Many of our exports move through Texas seaports in ocean-going containers and more than 70 percent of that freight is shipped by truck at one point or another.  SB 1524 will make Texas manufacturers more competitive by allowing for more productive, safer trucks, while reducing truck miles and traffic congestion,” said Tony Bennett, President & CEO, Texas Assoc. of Manufacturers. 
“Senator Nichols developed a smart policy that will keep Texas competitive with other U.S. ports, and bring more jobs and more investment to our state," said Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association. "This solution will reduce logistical cost for Texas business, while improving safety and reducing the impact on our public roads. Nichols demonstrated key leadership that will move Texas forward.”

Fannie Brown Booth Library Book Sale


Friends of the Library are asking for donations of gently used paperback and hardback books in good condition.  No encyclopedias, please.  Books may be brought to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library during regular library hours.  The books will be sold in the Spring Book Sale on Tuesday April 25 – Saturday April 29th.  All proceeds will go to the library for the purchase of new books.  Any volunteers who can help with sorting of books may call Melba at 936-591-7036, or Amy at 936-657-8529.  A yearly total of five volunteer hours of work on FOL projects enable you to be registered as a FOL member.

Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 178th Anniversary


Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to attend their 78th Annual Homecoming celebrating 178 years of continuous service.  Service begins at 10:30 am on Sunday April 23rd with lunch to follow in the fellowship hall.  Bro. Charles Williams will be bringing the morning message.  Afternoon singing begins at 1:30 pm.

Antioch Cemetery Meeting


Antioch Cemetery on FM 2608 will have its annual homecoming on Sunday May 7th.  Singing will begin at 10:30 am with lunch to follow at 12:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information call Lenora Walton at 936-598-4328 or Judy Carrington at 936-598-9145.

Barn Fire on CR 1011


At 9:01 am this morning West Shelby County VFD was paged out to a fire at 3568 county road 1011.  A travel trailer and barn were on fire.  According to the West Shelby County VFD, the travel trailer was a complete loss, but the barn was saved.  The fire happened during a lightning storm.  Center Fire Department responded to the fire at about 9:30 am.  The fire was put out and all firemen left at 10:20 am. 

National Public Safety Week


This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW). Held every year during the second week of April, NPSTW is a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession.
Telecommunicator Week provides an opportunity to recognize the men and women who staff our Police Departments, Sheriff’s Office, EMS Offices and 9-1-1 centers across the Nation. It highlights a profession that demands unique professional skills and personal attributes of people willing to make sacrifices like working weekends, shifts, and holidays, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. It is to help to instill a sense of pride and personal satisfaction in telecommunications, knowing that their essential, and often heroic work, is being recognized and not forgotten.”
The Center Police Department and the PD’s Ladies Axuiliary extends its appreciation to the telecommunicatiors and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day to keep their communities safe and secure. 
L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger
Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley  Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and 
Deanne Evans 


Shred Day

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces that the mobile shredding unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center Square on Friday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.
These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  Shred Day is presented by Shelby Savings Bank and sponsored by Farmers State Bank and Town & Country Real Estate.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Center One of Smallest Texas Communities Receiving Award


CENTER, Texas (April 11, 2017) – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Center, Texas, has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
“The City Council and staff are committed to the concept of transparency in our organization. We have worked for years to develop our budget document into one that presents complex information in a manner that can easily be understood,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. “We are honored that a national organization has recognized these efforts.”
The award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. In order to receive the budget award,the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. 
These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.
Budget documents must be rated proficient in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to the Administration department.
For budgets beginning in 2015, 1,565 participants nationally received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. Center City Manager Chad Nehring described, “Staff worked extremely hard to allow Center to earn the distinction of being one of the smallest rural Texas communities to receive this award. The only other cities in our region to earn this honor are Tyler, Longview, Lufkin, Texarkana, and Huntsville.”
The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 18,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.  The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, DC. The GFOA’s
Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Information




Child abuse knows no boundaries and affects all segments of our state,
including this community. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before
their 18th birthday. Learn the signs and help prevent child abuse. Visit for more information. #childabuseprevention

Timpson Project Graduation


Timpson High School will be holding project graduation this year on May 26th.  This is an all-night event that is drug and alcohol free honoring the graduates .  For more information or if you would like to sponsor this event please call 936-254-2463 or email

Sports News



In Riderland
The Center Roughriders baseball team has an away game vs. Rusk Eagles on Tuesday, April 11 @ 7p.
In Ram Country
The Joaquin Rams baseball team has an away game @ rival school Shelbyville on Tuesday, April 11 @ 6p.
In Tigerland
The Tenaha Tigers baseball team has an away game @ Martinsville Pirates on Tuesday, April 11 @ 6p.
In San Augustine
The San Augustine Wolves baseball team has an away game @ Colmesneil Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 11 @ 6p.

Shelby County 4-H Shows their Passion at the Houston Livestock Show


Sixteen Shelby County 4-H members participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo during March 2017.  Representing Shelby County 4-H shooters were Konner Windham, Nic Lambert, Logan Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Dawson McFadden, Lance Holloway, Tucker Scarber and Colby Lout.  All participants shot a one hundred bird sporting clays round.  The top ten shooters in each age group moved onto the finals.  Konner Windham shot a 90/100 and advanced to the finals where she placed 9th overall in the senior ladies division.  She received $500 and a belt buckle.
The heifer show was next with Garrett Saenz, Camille Greer, Hannah Wages and Wesley Wages participating.  Camille Greer placed 3rd with her Charolais heifer and Hannah Wages placed 4th with her Hereford.  In the other registered breeds, Wesley Wages placed 16th out of a very large class.  
At the market hog show, Seth Shamblin and Megan Gutermuth represented Shelby County 4-H.  Megan showed her 284lb barrow as a Light Cross.  Seth placed 3rd with his 274lb Yorkshire barrow and making the premium sale.  
The last 4-H event at Houston was the market steer show.  Dawson Kay and Megan Dunn participated.  Dawson made the sale placing 8th with his 1349lb Charolais cross steer.  Megan placed 8th with her 1379lb red-cross steer also making the sale.
Congratulations to all Shelby County 4-H’ers showing at Houston this year.

SCCAC Thanks Affinity Hospice for Donating Signs





The SCCAC would like to thank Affinity Hospice for donating signs to promote our annual Butterfly Release. We appreciate your help in raising awareness of Child Abuse Prevention. Pictured (L-R): Sara Lloyd, RN; Megan Sample, OfficeCoordinator; Evelyn Roberts, LVN; Denise Merriman, SCCAC Executive Director;and Casey Lout, Director of Public Relations and Office Supervisor.

Center City Council Meeting


The Center City Council will meet in Regular Session on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5: 00 p.m. in
the Council Room at City Hall. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:
I. Welcome Guests and Visitors.
II. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting on March 27, 2017.
III. Discuss Consider and Action on the Following:
A. Resolution 2017- 8— Denying Authority to Increase Rates as Submitted by AEP/SWEPCO.
B. Approve Change Order# 1 — TWDB Sanitary Sewer System Improvements.
C. Appointments:
1. Deep East Texas Council of Governments Board Member.
2. Center Police Department Reserve Officer.
IV. Items of Interest from Council and City Manager and Citizens—No Action Items.
1. Shelby County Chamber ofCommerce Banquet— April 25, 2017.
V. Executive Session
Consider entering executive session for legal consultation with the City Attorney and discussion
of pending litigation, personnel matters and land acquisition with possible action related thereto
upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Government Code Section 551. 071,
551. 072 and 551. 074
VI. Adjournment.



Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 10th day of April, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
1. Approve the minutes of the March 13, 2017 Regular Meeting, and the March 27, 2017 Special Meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
2. Approve and pay the monthly expenses.
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
5. Appoint two members to represent Shelby County on the DETCOG Board of Directors.
6. Sheriff Willis Blackwell to Record the 2017 Racial Profiling Report.
7. Discuss and possibly approve Ashley Bigbie for an unpaid clerkship for the 123rd Judicial District Court from May 2017 through August 1, 2017.  
8. Judge Rafferty to discuss with the Court, the creation of a Shelby County Pretrial Bond Supervision Services Department. 
9. Adjourn.

Job Fair


All-Workforce Solutions and Panola College would like to invite you to our Annual Spring Career Awareness/Job fair, which will be held on Friday, April 07, 2017 at the John D. Windham Civic Center, Center, Texas 75935 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Justin Mott News Director from Center Radio Station will also be there so stop by and learn a little bit about journalism.

Public Health Educator to Visit San Augustine


Ann Watson, R.N. Public Health Educator will be in San Augustine on April 12th and May 10th from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m at the Food Bank.  She will be there to help people that are diagnosed with Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), including Hypertension and also Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and she will be doing individual counseling and providing some supplies to help them manage their disease better.  

Annual Strong Cemetery Homecoming

Annual Strong Cemetery Homecoming in Huxley on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Dinner will be on the ground at 12 noon.  If you are unable to attend , you may mail your donations to:
Strong Cemetery
P.O. Box 1383
Center, Texas 75935

Fire in Joaquin Area


On Wednesday at 5:48 p.m the Joaquin Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on County Road 3799 off of Fm 139 in the Ash-ton Hill Community, the JFD responded with 14 firemen and 3 trucks. Desoto Fire District 1 gave mutual aid with a tanker truck.  The JFD found the home full engulfed in flames and attempted to put it out.  There were no injuries but the home was a total loss.

Usher Program


House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries would like to invite everyone to their Usher Program this Sunday April 9th at 3:30. 

Jury Duty Cancelled for San Augustine


Jury Duty Cancelled for April 10th at 9:00 a.m in San Augustine County in the District Court.

Boil Water Rescind Notice San Augustine


Boil water notice has been lifted for the San Augustine Rural Water Supply. For more information call Charles Sharp at 936-288-0489.

Shelby County Historical Society Meeting


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting April 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Mr. Neal Murphy will be our guest speaker. His subject will be serendipity. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Related to a Theft


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in regards to a recent theft which occurred on April 04, 2017 sometime between the hours of 1130am and 1200 pm at a residence located on Highway 147 in the McClelland Community.
Suspect(s) entered onto the victim's property and stole the following property: a 2005 Kawasaki Brute Force 750cc ATV, a Bad Boy 60" cut deck zero-turn lawn mower, and a 2010 BigTex 12 foot Utility Trailer with a fold down rear gate.
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may contact Lt. Kevin Windham at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 936-598-5600 or (C) 936-572-1972.
DJ Dickerson, Chief Deputy
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Office (936) 598-5600 / Cell (936) 572-1468
Fax (936) 598-7893

VFW WWI Memorial Today


The local VFW Post 8904 conducted a wreath laying ceremony earlier this morning honoring all Shelby County Veterans who served in WWI.


Rep. Chris Pattie Update


Last week was another busy one in Austin as the House and Senate continued committee hearings and chamber debates.
Last week the House of Representatives passed the Railroad Commission Sunset bill that I talked about previously.  I am glad to see this bill move on for Senate debate, and hopefully passage, so that we can continue to have the fair and strong regulator that we need to have a vibrant oil and gas industry.
The Calendars Committee also met to set the budget for debate.  I am looking forward to debating the spending priorities for our state and passing a conservative, transparent budget.  It is worth noting that the House budget reduces spending from state funds by one billion dollars.  
We also had the first meeting of the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility.  This committee heard resolutions on a wide range of topics, from urging Congress to pass a balanced budget (and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution) to urging Congress to reimburse Texas for the costs we have had to bear to secure the border.
Last week I presented bills in the Committees on State Affairs, Transportation and Licensing and Administrative Procedures.  I was encouraged by the responses from the committee members and look forward to having the committees vote on these bills to bring them to the whole House for debate and a vote.  HB 100 was also voted out of the Transportation Committee last week, bringing us one step closer to a reasonable and predictable set of statewide regulations for transportation networking companies.  With this regulatory framework, I am confident that we will see these companies began to move into more rural areas.
I was honored to have many East Texans in Austin last week advocating on a wide range of issues from cancer treatment to the Teacher's Retirement System.  If you are going to be in Austin or have an issue that you would like to make me aware of, please make sure to reach out at 512-463-0556 or  

Bake Sale



For More Information Please Call Annie M. Garrett at 936-598-7141 or Gladys Garrett at 936-368-7137 if no answer please leave a message and phone number.

Graduation Dates for our Local and Area Schools:

Center High School May 26th at 8 p.m.
Timpson High School May 26th at 8 p.m.
Tenaha High School May 25th at 7 p.m.
Shelbyville High School May 19th at 7 p.m.
Joaquin High School May 26th at 8 p.m.
Excelsior 8th Grade May 18th at 7 p.m.
San Augustine High School May 26th at 7:30 p.m.



Where: Tiger Stadium
When: Saturday, April 15th
Hunting ages are 12 years and under!
Hunt begins at 10 a.m.
There will be free games, Easter egg coloring station, bounce house, and the
Easter Bunny will be there for pictures with the whole family!
The Tenaha City Marshal, The Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department, and the
Tenaha Precinct 4 Constable will have booths.
Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available for $2.00
Donations are still being accepted. Please contact Vickie Jernigan at
936-254-4648 if you would like to help.

Easter Service in Shelbyville


The Shelbyville First United Methodist Church will observe Easter Services as follows:
Palm Sunday - April 9th with worship service beginning at 11:00 am.
Thursday Service April 13th beginning at 6:00 pm.
Easter Sunrise Service April 16, beginning at 6:30 am.  There will be breakfast following the worship service.
We invite all to come worship with us and join us.
For more information call Merle Howard at 936-591-6543

Tennis Tournament Live on KQBB


Center hosts the District Tennis Tournament this Monday and Center Broadcasting will carry the later rounds live starting at 5:00 pm on KQBB 100.5  The Roughrider Radio team is excited to be able to carry the tournament for the first time ever.
In addition to calling the different matches, emphasis will be placed on interviewing the team members, giving our perennially excellent tennis team an opportunity to be recognized for their work.  
It's the District Tennis Tournament brought by Nelson Family Practice and Sabine State Bank this Monday on KQBB

Revival Tabernacle Youth Group Sale


The Revival Tabernacle in Center, TX youth group is doing a HUGE indoor garage sale this week.
Thursday - Saturday 7am - 4pm
Its at 176 U.S. HWY 96 N.

Joaquin VFD Fish-Fry


The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish-fry on Saturday April 22nd, to raise money for the Mike Wood Memorial Scholarship. Catfish plates, with fries, hush puppies, dessert and drink will be available for $10 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the fire station in downtown Joaquin. The scholarship is a joint venture between the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, the First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, and the Joaquin Masonic Lodge # 856, all of which Mike Wood played a pivotal role in. Mike was an accomplished science teacher at Joaquin High School for many years, as well as at Panola College, and the three groups involved are seeking to honor his memory by helping young people to further their education. 

Aggie Muster





Aggie Muster is a time-honored tradition at Texas A&M University which celebrates the camaraderie of the school while remembering the lives of Aggies who have died, specifically those in the past year. Muster officially began on April 21, 1903, as a day for remembrance of fellow Aggies.
Sponsors for the event:
-Shelby Veterinary Associates
-Shoop Financial Services
-Windham Family Dental
-Casey Williams, AAMS-Edward Jones Investments
-Ward Animal Hospital
-Timpson Quick Stop- Robin Crawford
-Misty Wilburn


Mrs. Weathered Found Notice From Sheriff's Office


Mrs. Weathered was found safe this morning in Newton County. She was confused and still driving. Family members have her back in San Augustine County at this time. Many thanks to everyone who was looking for her.


Shelby County Grill Fest


The Shelby County Grill Fest Barbecue Cook-off will be Saturday, April 8 at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas, with cook teams from across east Texas and western Louisiana vying for over $6,700 in prize money and the Grand Champion trophy along with bragging rights.  
The barbecue cook-off is, presented by Farmers State Bank, and sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The event will feature four cooking categories including beans, brisket, chicken and ribs.  The Grill Fest committee is seeking individuals that would like to be judges for the event.  Please call the Chamber office or sign up at the entrance gates. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m.
A 42 Tournament will begin Friday night, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Sombreros Restaurant, with the finals on Saturday at the Civic Center. Players may pre-register at the Chamber or register on-site Friday. The entry is $10 per person. Rules may be obtained at
Gates open at the Civic Center at 9:00 a.m. for spectators. An all-day, come and go wristband is $10 for the outdoor activities. The crowd will be entertained with music presented by the Windham Civic Center with DJ Jesse. 
Entries are being accepted for the Washer Pitchin’ Contest, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, at the Chamber office until Friday, April 7 or can register at entrance gates beginning at 10:00 a.m. with contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per person.  Visit for rules.
Tasting samples from Grill Fest will be shared throughout the event at the cook team stations to those with McDonald’s wristbands.  An awards presentation, sponsored by the City of Center, will round out the day’s events at 4:00 p.m. Gold sponsors for the cook-off are Tyson Foods and Roughrider Tire Service.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682.  Questions may be emailed to

Shelby County Chamber Teacher Reception

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce salutes the accomplishments of the talented teachers throughout the county’s school districts and will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation reception on Wednesday, April 26 at the Windham Civic Center.  
All Shelby County school districts choose one teacher from each of their campuses as the Teacher of the Year for that campus.  Each campus teacher and their school are recognized at the reception. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to all educators throughout the county.  At the reception the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Education committee will announce the 2017 Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  
Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at

Missing Woman Update


Ms. Ruby Weathered was found earlier this morning and is safe.

Ruby Weathered: 79 year-old black female driving a 2001 White Chevrolet Silverado LP #GKR9700 with paint peeling on the hood.  Weathered reportedly left San Augustine at 10 a.m. April 4, 2017 headed to meet her sister in Tenaha.  If anyone makes contact with Weathered, please contact the SCSO at 936-598-5601 or Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-872-3956.  


Focused Care of Center Easter Egg Hunt


Focused Care of Center is Excited to Announce their First  Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Park. Friday, April 14th at 2:00pm join us in the Mini Park behind the Fanny Brown Booth Library.  Prizes will be awarded to  the kids that can find the most eggs from our two age groups!
For more information call A'Leena at (936)598-2483

This Week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library:



Thursday, April 6th, 10:30 a.m. - Preschool Story Time Thursday, April 6th, 2:00 p.m. - Color Me Calm (Adult coloring.  Library supplies all materials.) Taking donations for spring book sale anytime during regular library hours.



Center Garden Club 51st Annual Flower Show

Center Garden Club will present the 51st Annual Small Standard Flower Show "Cultivating Joy" Friday, April 7 at the Center Community House, 423 San Augustine Street from noon to 4:00 p.m.  This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature horticulture and design entries by Center Garden Club members, elementary, and high school students, as well as special exhibits on flowers for bees, the community garden, and worm composting.  Raffle tickets for the garden urn may be purchased at the door.


Easter Bunny will Visit Nursing Home


The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Focused Care Nursing Center, formerly Green Acres of Center on Thursday April 6th, at 2:00 p.m.

Borders Poultry Supply Named 2017 Agribusiness of the Year


By C. Wayne Mitchell, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
The Nacogdoches County Agriculture Committee announced that Borders 
Poultry Supply, located in Center and Nacogdoches, Texas, is the 2017 recipient of the 
Agribusiness of the Year Award, sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.
The Award will be presented at the 16th Annual Nacogdoches County Agricultural Banquet on 
April 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center and is sponsored by TFP Nutrition.
Today, Borders Poultry Supply is owned and managed by Fred and Linda Borders.  Mr. and Mrs. 
Borders have also raised poultry for integrators on their personal farms since 1971.  They have 
gained irreplaceable knowledge about poultry farming and the need for competitive pricing 
through this hands-on experience.
Fred and Linda Borders opened Borders Poultry Supply in 1989 in Center.  This outstanding
 family-owned business experienced great success under the Borders strong 
business principles centered on providing outstanding customer value and the importance of 
excellent service.
In December 2000, Borders Poultry Supply acquired the Chore-Time Brand and opened a 
second location in Nacogdoches. 
The future of Borders Poultry Supply as a family-owned business is bright!  Fred and Linda’s 
daughter, Kim Borders Payne, after attending Stephen F. Austin State University and receiving  
her MBA in 2001, joined the family business in 2000.  Kim serves in a variety of administrative 
roles.  Kim’s husband Rob Payne joined the company in 2008 and serves in the 
management structure of the company. 
Borders Poultry Supply has established longstanding relationships with growers throughout the Nacogdoches Area and hopes to continue to work with the growers and support the 
community.  “We build strong customer relationships and that keeps them coming back!” 
according to Rob Payne.
The company employees a total of 20 people at the two locations.  Many of them are 
long-term employees with many years of service.  
The organization as a whole is proud of the many community organizations it
supports including youth in agriculture, school groups, community groups, events and other organizations.
Today, you can count on Borders Poultry Supply Company for quality in workmanship along 
with fair and competitive pricing from a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
The Nacogdoches County Agriculture Committee is pleased to name Borders 
Poultry Supply as the 2017 recipient of the Agribusiness of the Year Award.
Shirttail:  C. Wayne Mitchell is President/CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
The 16th Annual Agriculture Appreciation & Awareness Banquet presented by TFP Nutrition is April 10 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition & Civic Center.  Tables and tickets are available. Contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 for details. The event begins at 6  p.m., and the meal is sponsored by Mast Cattle & Timber Investments.
Gary and Sue Atkins Agricultural Scholarship Awards will be presented to Nacogdoches County students, and ag appreciation awards will be presented to the following:
• Farm Family of the Year: Hyman and Ben Boozer Family (sponsored by Tipton Ford-Lincoln);
• Pete Smith Agriculture Pioneer: Hank Curbow (sponsored by Heritage Land Bank);
• Agribusiness of the Year: Borders Poultry Supply, Inc. (sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas);
• Agriculture Educator of the Year: Melvin Adams (sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank).

Sign up for CODE RED


CENTER, Texas (April 4, 2017) – Last weekend’s storms in Shelby County provide a powerful reminder of the need for emergency notification. All Center residents are encouraged to sign up for the Code RED emergency notification system.
“CODE Red is an emergency notification system, which, in the event of an emergency, will call your home or cell phone or send you a text message,” explained David Chadwick, the City of Center Mayor. “This is a service that is free to city residents and business owners.”
To sign up for Code RED, visit the City website at and click on the CODE Red link at the bottom of the page.

New Life Church Easter Service


Easter Sunday Service at the New Life church take a free 8x10 picture with Rory the Rabbit Reporter and listen to his account of the Resurrection.  9:00 am – 10:30 am, followed by church service at 10:30 am.

Sheriff Blackwell issues appeal to citizens in fight against crime


Responding to the increased number of citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell announced that Shelby County citizens are invited to become Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
Membership invitations have been sent out and are arriving in the mail. Associate Member funding allows the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas to provide critical training, technical resources, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.
In addition, dues will be used to support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional training for sheriffs and their deputies, and provide scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.
Contributions to the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas are tax-deductible. The Associate Membership Drive helps provide the funding which is vital to the mission of making communities a safer place to live, work and play.
The Associate Membership Program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to better help local Sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens.
“During these economic times, the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnership continues to escalate, and programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” said Blackwell. “I encourage every citizen receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Associate Member. It is a valuable investment in our future.”
Citizens not receiving a membership appeal or desiring more information can contact the Sheriff’s Association of Texas at: 1601 S. Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78741 or online at

SCCAC Bracelets


The SCCAC has a limited number of Child Abuse Awareness bracelets available for $5 during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Come by our office Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm to get yours and show support for children facing this problem. Together we can make a difference in their lives!

Shelby County A&M Aggie Muster 2017


Shelby County A&M Club invites you to join us for Aggie Muster on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center.
Meal catered by Pineywoods Seafood. Cost per person is $10 or $25 for a family of 3 or more.
Sponsors for the event: 
-Shelby Veterinary Associates
-Shoop Financial Services
-Windham Family Dental
-Casey Williams, AAMS - Edward Jones Investments
-Ward Animal Hospital
-Timpson Quick Stop - Robin Crawford
-Misty Wilburn
The Civic Center is located at 146 Express Blvd, Center, Texas 75935.  For more information please contact Kristin Jousan (’04) at 936-332-0013 or email
Thanks and Gig ’em!



LUFKIN - Texas Transportation Commissioners last week approved new projects statewide that totaled $241.4 million and included four new construction projects in the Lufkin District that totaled $9 million in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Trinity counties.
Construction projects approved for the Lufkin District included:
A $2.8 million construction project was approved for US 59 that will include resurfacing existing pavement from the Angelina River Bridge south to just north of FM 2021. Moore Brothers Construction, Lufkin, will serve as contractor.
A $477,950 construction project was approved for the Lufkin District office that is designed to upgrade security systems at the complex on North Timberland Drive in Lufkin. ASKI Procurements, Austin, will serve as contractor.
A $1.8 million construction project on FM 1878 was approved that is designed to replace the La Nana Creek Bridge and approaches in Nacogdoches. This project is located adjacent to Stephen F. Austin State University and the La Nana Creek trail in Pecan Park. The current bridge was built in 1953 and widened in 1971. The new bridge will include a four-span concrete slab beam bridge with concrete decking on drilled shafts, four 11-foot lanes, five foot paved shoulders, five-foot sidewalks on each side and the addition of bridge rails that will separate pedestrian from vehicular traffic. Drewery Construction Company, Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor.
A $2.4 million construction project was approved that is designed to replace the bridge and approaches at Niciper Creek on SH 21. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, will serve as contractor.
Two projects were approved for US 287 that will include reconstructing existing pavement from SH 94 to FM 355 and safety treating fixed objects from SH 94 to Harrison Avenue in the city of Groveton. The pavement reconstruction was approved for $1.7 million and safety treating fixed objects was approved for $157,895. A.L. Helmcamp, Inc., Buffalo, will serve as contractor.
As these new projects begin, motorists are urged to stay alert through construction areas. Obey all signage and posted speed limits. Prepare for delays, detours and daily lane closures as construction progresses. For updates on these and other projects, visit
For more information, email<> or call (936) 633-4395.

Tenaha Super Independent Letter about Bomb Threats


Ladies and Gentlemen,
TISD has been the victim of repeated threatening phone calls that have
resulted in little more than a disruption to the normal activities of the
school day. At this time, agents from law enforcement ranging from local
Tenaha police up as high as the Texas DPS and the FBI are working diligently
to identify and locate the perpetrator(s). School officials are also working
diligently to make adjustments to local policy and reactions to these type
of calls as well. These calls are most likely a hoax in nature. However,
they are being taken beyond seriously and it is our intention to apprehend
the person responsible for these felonious acts.
I would ask that the public in general help us by doing three things:
1) trust that the proper steps are being pursued. While this is and has
likely been a hoax of sorts, we are considering it a terroristic threat and
also considering all possible threats that could be related to the nature of
these calls.
2) relax--- relax when you see or hear of law enforcement on scene. As
superintendent, I have requested additional visible law enforcement presence
as a show of safety and security. Their presence is to help deter any real
threats, but also to be extra sets of eyes and ears to provide further
protection for our kids.
3) help- if you hear of anything. If your kids hear anything said, please
report it to Mr Jeter. There's a high probability that this is a kid doing
this. These threats are occurring at the same time of day each time. The
pattern is forming, and a case is building.
Please take heart that I also have three kids here. I will do everything I
can to ensure their safety as well as the safety of all of our Tenaha
students and staff. There is nothing I want more at this point than to see
an arrest and prosecution to the full extent of the law.
Thank you for your trust and continued support.

SCCAC Princess Ball Photos Available


The 2017 Shelby County Princess Ball pictures are now ready to pick up. They can be retrieved at the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center (SCCAC), 131 Tenaha Street, across from Ace Hardware and beside Mi Casita Restaurant in Center. The SCCAC is open from 8am until 3pm.

Hope Medical Partners With UT Health Northeast and American Cancer Society


March was National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and starting this month Hope Medical Community Center is offering free colorectal cancer screenings.  Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society and UT Health Northeast these screenings are able to be offered through a large cancer research grant. The hope is, with the assistance of this grant funding, to be able to offer everyone in East Texas age 50-75 the ability to be screened for colorectal cancer.  
According to Mike Belgard, PA-C with Hope Medical, he was approached by a representative of the American Cancer Society offering to participate in this program and his interest was peaked. His interest was even greater when he was informed it's free.  
According to Belgard if something is found, every bit of treatment and therapy is 100% paid. A lot of times for programs offering a service like this there can be limitations on how many participants can qualify, Belgard says there is no limitation on how many patients can be entered into the program. 

Teacher Appreciation Reception


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce salutes the accomplishments of the talented teachers throughout the county's school districts and will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation reception on Wednesday, April 26 at the Windham Civic Center.
All Shelby County school districts choose one teacher from each of their campuses as the Teacher of the Year for that campus. Each campus teacher and their school are recognized at the reception. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to all educators throughout the county. 
At the reception the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Education committee will announce the 2017 Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.
Gold sponsors for this are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.  For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936)598-3682. 

Wayfinding Maps at Chamber Office


The Tourism Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce
the publication of a Wayfinding Map for Center.  The map highlights points of interest
and hotels/motels in the area.  The Chamber has distributed them to high traffic
 traveler locations according to Tourism Chairman, Andi Foster.
For more information or to get maps please
contact the Chamber office
at 936-598-3682 or email

Shred Day



The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces that the mobile shredding unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center.  Square on Friday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.  These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Shred Day is presented by Shelby Savings Bank.

Fire in Center Yesterday



There was an Electrical Fire yesterday just off Shelbyville Street in Center, near the old Century Shop.  The Center fire department responded at about 2:20 p.m. and put the fire out.  Swepco showed up to do repairs and the house was back in service by 4:51 p.m. according to the Center Fire Department.   

Boil Water Notice San Augustine


Public Boil Water Notice for the San Augustine Rural Water Supply for customers on FM 353 and customer on 21 East.  This is just a safety precaution due to a power outage that occurred at the plant.

Spring Fling Car Show


The Second Annual Spring Fling Car Show is going to be held on Saturday, April 8th at the Old Wulf Outdoor Sports parking lot.  Registration begins at 9 am the show is 10 am - 2 pm.  Entry Fee is $20.  for more information please contact the Shelby County Cruisers at 936-368-2719.  

Shelby County Rodeo Play Days


Coming up this Saturday is the next rodeo play day it will be held at 10:00 am this Saturday April 8th at the Shelby County Expo Center, located on HWY 7 East.  

Gardening Seminar at Senior Nutrition Site





Texas A&M County Extention Agent Jheri-Lynn McSwain hosted a garden seminar earlier today at the Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site.  She covered a variety of topics related to garding and was very informative to the public.  





Shelbyville Dragon Powerlifter 2nd in State


Kawon McCowin placed second at the State powerlifting meet held in Abilene, TX this weekend. He had a total weight of 1610. He was tied for 3rd after the squat where he did 650. After benching 385 he was second going into the dead lift. He would finish the meet in 2nd Place after his 575 dead lift. Kawon was ranked 7th coming into the meet. All of  Kawon's final lifts were personal best for him.





Pastor's Anniversary Service


The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church in Garrison, TX invites everyone to attend their pastor and wife’s 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, April 9th at 3:00 p.m.  Special guest speaker will be Rev. James Roberts.  Dinner will also be served.  

Shelbyville VFD BBQ Fundraiser


Shelbyville VFD Annual BBQ Fundraiser will be held on April 15th at the top of the hill in Shelbyville at the Fire Station.  BBQ plates are $8.00 with a choice of BBQ Chicken or sausage.  The meal comes with: beans, potato salad, dessert and a drink.  The Fundraiser starts at 11 am until all gone.  There will also be a raffle for 2 fish fryers. 

Spring Fellowship Sunday


Spring Fellowship Sunday, April 30th at 10:30 am at the Word of Faith Outreach in Joaquin.  There will be food, bounce houses for the kids and a volleyball tournament for all ages.  For any questions, call 936-269-4133.  

Sports News


In Riderland 
Center boys baseball loss to Henderson lions 3 - 4.
The Center Roughriders baseball team has a home game vs. rival school Carthage on Tuesday, April 4 @ 7p.
Center Boys Socer Defeated Gatesville 2 - 0. They will take on East Chambers on Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:30p in Winnie, TX.
In Timpson
Timpson boys baseball loss to Douglas Indians 3 - 5.
The Timpson Bears baseball team has an away conference game @ Gary on Tuesday, April 4 @ 6p.
In Tigerland
Tenaha boys baseball loss to Joaquin Rams 4 - 24.
The Tenaha Tigers baseball team has a home conference game vs. Mt. Enterprise on Tuesday, April 4 @ 4:30p.
In Ram Country 
The Joaquin Rams baseball team has a home game vs. Martinsville on Tuesday, April 4 @ 6p.
In the Dragon's Lair
Shelbyville boys baseball defeated Gary Bobcats 10 - 3. 
The Shelbyville Dragons baseball team has an away game @ Timpson on Friday, April 7 @ 6p.


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