News Headlines Archives for 2017-07

Two Dead One Hospitalized After Panola County Shooting Friday Night

Panola County, TX - Two people are dead and a third is hospitalized after a Friday night shooting in Northern Panola county.  The Panola County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement:
In regards to an incident worked in Panola County at about 8:45 pm on July 28th, our office received a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired on a private road near County Road 334 between Panola and Bethany. The caller reported he thought the shooters were still in the trailer house. 
Two Panola County Sheriff's Deputies responded and found two people lying in front of the trailer house on the ground. When an additional officer arrived he covered the door and windows of the trailer house while the other two officers dragged the victims out of the potential line of fire.
Responding medical personnel were advised not to come directly to the scene until the trailer house was secure. When additional deputies arrived they entered the trailer house to ascertain if the shooters were still there.
After a complete search it was discovered there were no shooters in the house, however, officers discovered the body of a white male lying face down in the living room with at least two gunshots wounds. 
Medical personnel were then permitted on the scene and determined one of the victims found outside was still alive and the other deceased. Air ambulance was called and the victim was flown to LSU Shreveport. 
Numerous shell casings were discovered on the ground in front of the trailer house. A passing motorist reported seeing three black males leaving the driveway of the residence in a gray or black vehicle, possibly a Nissan.
Investigators processed the scene while another investigator went to the hospital. He was unable to interview the surviving victim, as he was in surgery. An attempt will be made to interview him today when he is able to talk. Hopefully, he can provide a description of the shooters.
The identity of the two deceased and the one surviving victim are being withheld pending proper notification of next of kin.
The suspects are not believed to still be in this area. 

Local State Licensed Hog Holding Facility Closing


The state hog holding facility run by Blane Clark will no longer be accepting hogs after August 15th. For more information contact Johnathan with Southern Wild Game at 1-830-377-1816.




SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, August 18th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
The program, “San Augustine and the Great Depression” will include a photographic journey through San Augustine during its most trying times. 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 Educator/Interpreter, Brooke Bonorden, 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.

Back Stage Pass Exhibit


M.P. Baker Library, Panola College to exhibit Back Stage Pass*
*exhibition drawn from photograPhs by rolling stone magazine’s *
*first photographer, Baron Wolman*
*Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone **Opens*
September 1, 2017 at the Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library, Panola
College. Immortalized by writers, filmmakers, and musicians from Stephen King to
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, the cover of *Rolling Stone *magazine has
embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a
coveted career achievement, and for many readers, it represents a fantasy
realm of the rock-n-roll lifestyle. The exhibition *Backstage Pass: Baron
Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone* explores how the lens of one
artist’s camera captured and helped define one of the most important eras
in rock-n-roll history. The exhibition opens September 1, 2017 at the
Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library, Panola College where it will be
on view through October 20, 2017.
In the 1960s and 70s, *Rolling Stone* provided a national voice to the
counter-culture movement, and gave readers unprecedented access to
musicians before the days of personal branding. As Chief Photographer
for Rolling Stone from 1967 to 1970, Baron Wolman pioneered a new genre of iconic rock
photography. *Backstage Pass *gives viewers an opportunity to experience
how the photographers and editors of *Rolling Stone* guided the creation of
the “rock star” persona, from concert, to cover, to icon.
Through the exhibition’s 35 framed photographs, contact sheets, and
original *Rolling Stone *magazine covers, *Backstage Pass *presents an
intimate view of a crucial period of cultural transformation in American
history. Visitors will go “backstage” to see how photographic coverage of
events such as Woodstock and The Day on the Green have contributed to our
collective cultural memory.
Feeding the heightened political and cultural climate of the time, featured
artists Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, and Frank
Zappa came to represent generational ideals through music, words, and
visual imagery. Taking an unobtrusive approach with his subjects, Wolman’s
techniques resulted in photographs and eventually magazine covers that
capture a rawness and emotion of the artists and a generation.
Together, *Backstage Pass* encourages our understanding of how images become iconic symbols of American history.
The exhibit will be on display in the Fay Allison Gallery from September 1,
2017-October 20, 2017 from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to
12:30 pm on Fridays and 4 – 9 pm on Sundays. There is no charge to see the
exhibit.  For additional information please call 903-693-2091 or email
*Backstage Pass *is curated by Ben Ahlvers, gallery director at the
Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. The exhibition is toured by
ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), which
sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 communities across
the country every year. M-AAA is the oldest nonprofit regional arts
organization in the United States. More information is available at



Join Us in honoring First Responders, followed by a Patriotic Main Street Party
Celebrating the Freedoms We Have-Remembering How We Got and Keep Them
Courthouse Square, Historic Downtown San Augustine, TX 
Patriots’ Day, Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8 PM

Weather Update


 Yesterday at 3:35pm our actual temp was 93.3, BUT it felt like 110.7  *NOT
   - Today at 4:00pm it was 93 and 106...did not feel much better to me
   though!   *NOT SO GOOD*
   - Tomorrow...more clouds, a little more wind during the mid part of the
   day, but it will still be in the mid 90's and feel like it is in the upper
   106-109 degree range   *NOT SO GOOD*
   - Saturday...We could see a few scattered T-storms in the area and maybe
   1/10-1/4 inch.   *BETTER, BUT...SO, SO NEWS*
   - Sunday thru Wednesday...Here is the change...Winds shift to North and
   Northeast and be much drier...low 90's for our temperature.....that will
   feel like it is actually 90 degrees........
   - Thursday thru Saturday....*Mid 80's for high temps?*.....more NE
   winds...and T-storms in our vicinity....could see 1/3 inch or better each
   -  *We will likely increase our  rain totals before the month comes to a
   close,* but below are the current July rain totals for the County.  Many
   folks got less, many got more rain as our T-storms were very fickle in
   where the rain fell in July in San Augustine County.  That is very well
   proven just by looking at the totals below from the Automated weather
   Stations. I had many other wide ranging reports from our manual gauge rain
   1. Goeff Reeder in far North SA County.....*3.48* inches
   2. Norman Neel also in far North SA County....*3.76* inches
   3. Here in San Augustine....*4.15* inches
   4. Swanson Hill in Godwin, Tx mid SA County....*6.09* inches
   5. Broaddus in the South part of SA County....*5.38* inches

Patroon Baptist Church Youth Fundraiser


Patroon baptist is also hosting a lunch fundraiser after services on Sunday August 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The money raised will go to the youth fund.






Lydia Missionary Baptist Church Operation Artic VBS


The Lydia Missionary Baptist Church Operation Artic VBS!!! August 7th-11th from 6:00-8:30pm. All Ages welcome!!! 
Kids will learn about the coolest book on the planet... the BIBLE as they enjoy songs, games & story time!!! A meal will be provided. We're located in Huxley on FM 139!!! For more information call Pastor Michael McArthur at 936-368-2462!

Family & Friends Day - In Carthage


Deadwood United Pentecostal Church located at 1322 CR 445 in Carthage, is having a Family and Friends Day.
Pastor Todd Andrews and the congregation would like to invite everyone to:
Family and Friends Day
Sunday 7/30/17 10am.
Dinner on the Grounds fellowship following the service:
Bring your family, Bring your friends, and Bring some food!

Community Service at Timpson First Assembly of God


Timpson First Assembly of God is having a community service at 6 pm Sunday night all church are invited and any singers are welcome to sing the speaker is bro E J Adams doors will be opening at 5:30 pm.



Shelbyville ISD Offering Additional Opportunity for Student Transfers


Shelbyville Independent School District is offering a special extended enrollment period for student transfers between July 31 and August 11, 2017.  The original deadline for transfers of May 31, 2017 has been extended.  Students in grades PreK through 8 who wish to transfer into Shelbyville ISD are being given this special opportunity to request transfer.   To obtain paperwork, please call the Superintendent’s Office at 936-598-2641.

Shelby County Youth Sports Sign-Ups


The Soccer and Football signups will have to be
rescheduled.  We are rescheduling to the following:
Center Middle School Cafeteria
August 22  5pm-7pm
August 26  10am-1pm
Fees are $65 for Soccer, $75 for Flag Football, and $100 for Tackle Football
Any Questions please call Jason Mitchell @ 936-590-7196

VFW Honors Korean War Veterans


The Local VFW Post 8904 will conduct a ceremony today at 10:00 a.m. to honor all Korean War veterans, on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse square.



Love Like Victor Proclamation


The signing of the Love Like Victor Proclamation is set for Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:00 am. We will meet on the 2nd floor of the Shelby County courthouse. The public is invited to attend.




Beadworking at Mission Dolores


SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas — You are invited to join the staff of Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Saturday, August 12th for an afternoon of beadworking!
From 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Site Manager Mick Haven will instruct participants in the use of a bead loom to create their own one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Please note that pre-registration is required for this program, so call Mission Dolores before August 10th to reserve your spot!
“Archaeologists recovered tons of small beads from excavations at Mission Dolores,” said Brooke Bonorden, site educator/ interpreter at Mission Dolores State Historic Site. “Spanish explorers brought the beads with them from Europe to trade with Native Americans. If you’re curious what the Ayish near Mission Dolores were creating with these foreign objects, you won’t want to miss this program!”
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.
This program is designed for visitors ages 12 and up. Pre-registration for the program is required and the program will run from 1:00 – 3:00 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.

Texas A&M AgrilLife Open House


The Public is invited to attend an Open House on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 11:00am until 1:00pm at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices new location in the Old Elementary School Library at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.
The AgriLife Extension Service partners with individuals, businesses, clubs, organizations and other government agencies to bring researched based educational opportunities to Texans.
The Office in Shelby County has provided a number of fun classes for children this summer including cooking and sewing classes.  There have been canning and cooking classes for adults.  The new location houses office space, computers for continuing education classes and a beautiful kitchen and workspace for classes.
Youth in grades 3-12 are invited to join Shelby County 4-H.  The 4-H Kick-Off Event will be Sunday, August 27th at 2:00pm at the Old Elementary School Gym on Nacogdoches Street in Center.  Projects for the 2017-2018 year will include Shooting Sports, Horse Project, Poultry Project, Livestock Project, Youth Camps, Food and Nutrition, Photography, Fashion, Leadership and Robotics.

Upcoming Events in San Augustine


The community especially looks forward to the :  
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Annual Sassafras Festival Saturday, October 28, 2017 held downtown !   

Tri-County Produce Drop Tomorrow


Tri-County Community Action "Harvest For Homes" Produce Drop is tomorrow Wednesday Morning at the old CVS building in Center, TX.  The truck is suppose to arrive at 8 a.m. but understand the time may vary depending on travel conditions and weather.  

Shelby County Youth Soccer and Football Signups


Shelby County Youth Soccer and Football would like to announce that the fall
registrations will be Tuesday July 25 and Thursday July 27.  Registrations
will be held at the Middle School Cafeteria from 5pm - 7pm.  Any questions,
please call Jason Mitchell @ 936-590-7196.

Joaquin ISD athletic physicals


Joaquin ISD athletic physicals will be held on Monday, July 31st at 11:00
am in the new gym.  This is for all athletes grades 7th-12th who wish to
participate in any sport at JISD for the upcoming school year.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


"Monday, July 31, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting July 31, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  We will be electing officers for the next year.  Please remember it is time to pay your dues if you haven't already done so.


Tri-County Community Action Board Meeting


Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday August 7, 2017 in Center, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Central Office located (214 Nacogdoches St.) Center, Texas. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm for more information you may contact Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext. 200


Burglary Suspect Arrested



Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Charles Patrick Davis, 31, of Tenaha.
Davis’ arrest led to the recovery of two Honda ATV’s that were recently reported stolen from the Beck Farm in Huxley owned by C. Scott Massey.
On July 10, Lieutenant Kevin Windham of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was provided photo documentation from a game camera that was placed on the Beck Farm. The photos captured two separate occurrences of a white male entering a large metal building on the property. The photos show the suspect inside the building, holding a gasoline can, as if to be putting gas in the ATV which belonged to Massey.
After reviewing the photos from the game camera, SCSO Chief Deputy D.J. Dickerson recognized the suspect as Davis.
A warrant was issued for Davis on July 12. Davis was arrested at the SCSO on July 17. He was charged with Burglary of a Building (F-4), Burglary of a Building (F-4) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon (F-3).
After his arrest Lt. Windham interviewed Davis and Davis admitted to entering the building on the Beck Farm and stealing the ATV’s. Davis also provided Lt. Windham with information that led to the recovery of the ATV’s. The property was recovered and returned to Massey.
Davis was released from the SCSO on July 18 after posting bonds totaling $15,000.
Pictured with the revocered ATV's are (left to right) Lt. Kevin Windham, Sheriff Willis Blackwell, C. Scott Massey and Chief Deputy D.J. Dickerson.



On Saturday, August 12, come out to Mansfield State Historic Site and learn about the medical treatment received by Civil War soldiers. Using the backdrop of the museum’s hospital scene, get a candid picture of what it was like to visit what some Union soldiers called, “Uncle Sam’s Sawmill.”
The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. inside the museum. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display, with the instruments demonstrated to illustrate how surgeons treated battlefield wounds. Also discussed will be the various diseases and illnesses contracted by the soldiers, and how disease ravaged the ranks of both North and South.
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on La. Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit

San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 25TH day of July 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be
discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51,
Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:

Tenaha City Council Meeting

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – July 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 June 26, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for June 2017 Financials – ACTION
6. Discuss and Possibly Create a Ballpark Maintenance Schedule 
a. Consider Approval for Ballpark Maintenance Schedule if Created – ACTION
7. Discuss Maintenance of S. Railroad Street Railroad Closure Area 
8. Review Handbook Policy Defining the Use of The Marshal’s Vehicles 
9. Discuss and Consider Approval to Schedule a Public Budget Workshop for Monday – August 21, 2017 @ 5:15 p.m. at City Hall - ACTION 
10. Discuss and Consider Approval to Advertise for Bid For Auditor to Conduct FYE 2016 & 2017 Audits - ACTION
11. Discuss and Consider Approval of Ordinance #2017-07-24-1  Establishing City Application & Permit Fees for The Legal Sale of Beer and Wine Sales for Off-Premises Consumption Only - ACTION
12. Convene to Closed Session Per Section 551.074 Personnel Matters: 
a. Review & Discuss Incident Involving Deputy Marshal Gray
b. Employee Evaluation Jimmy Wagstaff – Performance and Compensation Comparison
c. Employee Evaluation Darren Gray - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
d. Employee Evaluation Jacob Samford - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
e. Employee Evaluation Matt Barton - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
f. Employee Evaluation Kendrick McClure - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
g. Employee Evaluation Manuel Cuevas - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
h. Employee Evaluation Roland Brittian - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
i. Employee Evaluation Sheryl Clark - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
j. Employee Evaluation Elizabeth Swint - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
k. Employee Evaluation Alison Rhone- Performance and Compensation Comparison 
13. Return to Open Session 
a. Council to Make Motion(s) Pertaining to the Outcome of Closed Session - ACTION
14. Department Head Reports
15. Council Comments
16. Adjourn

Project Cemetery


Today Project Cemetery had their public meeting at Oaklawn Cemetery located right outside of Center there was a good turnout.    









Fish Camp at Center ISD


Incoming CHS freshmen are invited to join faculty and staff for FISH CAMP! August 10th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The event is absolutely FREE, and participating freshmen will receive a free t-shirt and lunch!
- receive your schedule
- take a tour of campus and find your classes
- talk with upper classmen about the upcoming 4 years
- play games and visit with friends
- learn about CHS clubs/organizations
Students will have the opportunity to pay their mandatory $10 freshmen dues.
Yearbooks will also be available for preorder - Receive a Fish Camp discount off of the $45 price! Cash/check available.
More information coming soon!

Capitol Update


This week was the beginning of the first called, or special, session of the 85th legislature.  The Texas Constitution requires that the Legislature meet for 140 days every odd numbered year, but the governor has the authority to call 30-day special sessions for specific policy initiatives determined by the governor.
Governor Abbott convened a special session starting July 18th with the call initially consisting of completing sunset legislation that failed to pass during regular session.  Without this legislation, as of September 1st, the Texas Medical Board and several other agencies would have ceased to exist.  This outcome would have endangered the health and safety of all Texans and needed to be fixed.
The Senate passed the sunset legislation early Thursday morning and after that bill passed the Senate, the Governor added several other items to the call for the special session.  The Governor added a wide range of topics to the call, from the privacy or “bathroom” bill, to property tax reform and teacher pay increases.  
I was pleased to see that the Governor also heeded the House’s calls to add reform of the retired teacher’s healthcare program and our broken school finance system.  These are two issues that have been priorities for the House during the regular session and will continue to be priorities during the special session.
The retired teacher’s healthcare system, or TRS Care, was left underfunded by legislation in the regular session.  The House attempted to increase funding for TRS Cares, but that amount was decreased when the legislation went to the Senate.  As a result, retired teachers across the state saw their premiums increase by up to 500% without any increase in their retirement pay.  This is unmanageable for our retired teachers and breaks the promise that we made to our educators.
Likewise, the House passed HB 21, which would have increased funding for our public schools and would begin the process of fixing our complicated and broken school finance system.  More importantly for our rural school districts, it would have replaced the ASATR funding that is so vital to many of our school districts.  Without this funding, not only will our school districts be left severely underfunded, some of them would become insolvent and have to close their doors.  
While I have heard from hundreds of you between now and the end of the regular session, school finance and TRS Cares have been of the most concern in District 9.  I look forward to working the Governor and the Senate to find real solutions to these problems that have real consequences for all Texans.
I would encourage you to let me know which issues in the special session matter the most to you.  You can contact me at 512-463-0556 or

Sheriff's Office Seeks Help


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information and assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a recent burglary that occurred in the Stockman Community on two different occasions between May 25th and May 27th, 2017.
The suspect depicted in the photograph cut the locks on the Sheridan gas well gate and gained entry to a property in the Stockman Community. Once on the property, the suspect stole all the appliances from inside the unoccupied residence which included a washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and two portable air conditioners among other things. The suspect was captured by a motion sensor camera also carrying a chainsaw that was taken from the property.
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.

Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 24th day of July, 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 and pay monthly expenses.
2. Public discussion on agenda items.
3. Open and possibly accept a bid for asphalt zipper for R&B Precinct 3 & 4. 
4. Tax Assessor-Collector to address court to discuss and possibly take action to end or renew contract with Computer Information Concepts.
5. Tax Assessor-Collector Continuing Education Transcript to be presented to the court for evidence of compliance with Texas Property Tax Code Sec. 6:231(d) No action needed.
6. Discuss and possibly approve use of the Historic Court House for the Quilt Show exhibit and the courtyard for a special event and vendors during the 41st annual Shelby County Poultry Festival.  
7.   Shelby County applied for a portion of the Unclaimed Capital Credits in the amount of $ 16,300.79. The State has allocated these funds.  Discuss and approve disbursement of these funds as allowed under Texas Local Government Code Section 371.004.
8. Discuss and approve Imposition or Removal of Optional Motor Vehicle Fees as allowed under Chapter 502 of the Texas Transportation Code for Calendar Year 2018.
9. Approve the automobile trade-ins and purchase of new vehicle from San Augustine Motors for Constable, Precinct 4 with the balance of $14,000.00 being taken from the Contingency Fund.
10. Discuss and possibly approve the renewal of the group health insurance plan for the 2018 Plan Year.
11. Discuss and possibly approve the closing of a section of County Road 3737 from the intersection of the Reeves, Smith, and Nichols properties, approximately 3075 feet to the end.
12. Approve bond for Melissa Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.
13. Record open meeting of the Shelby County Community Supervision Department. Non Action Item.
14. Adjourn.

Shelby County Youth Soccer and Football


Shelby County Youth Soccer and Football would like to announce that the fall
registrations will be Tuesday July 25 and Thursday July 27.  Registrations
will be held at the Middle School Cafeteria from 5pm - 7pm.  Any questions,
please call Jason Mitchell @ 936-590-7196.

Lufkin/Angelina Chamber CEO to Address Nacogdoches Chamber


NACOGDOCHES, TX –Jim Johnson, IOM, President and CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin/Angelina Economic Development Partnership will address attendees of the Nacogdoches County Chamber’s Fourth Friday Luncheon at noon to 1 p.m., Friday, July 28 at Austin Hall, 4606 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Johnson will present "Collaboration in Our Community" and will highlight the relationship history between Lufkin and Nacogdoches and how we are each other's biggest resource.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Johnson to Nacogdoches and are looking forward to his presentation on this important topic,” C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce said. “Collaboration and establishing partnerships is critical to the future development of East Texas and Mr. Johnson has been a wonderful colleague and partner.”
Johnson oversees the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce which represents more than1300 members, nearly 800 businesses and was awarded a five star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Johnson came from the Pearland Chamber of Commerce in Pearland, TX where he served as Vice President. He is a 2015 graduate of Institute for Organizational Management and a graduate of both Leadership Lufkin and Leadership Pearland. He currently serves on the board of directors for Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives; the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management Board of Regents for the West Location; the Angelina Arts Alliance; the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center; Angelina Beautiful Clean; the Texas Forestry Museum and the Lufkin State Supported Living Center. Previously, he was a member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) first-ever Emerging Leaders Advisory Council from 2013 to 2016.
Attendee registration is required by 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 26. The cost of the luncheon is $16.00 and reservations are required. To register for the program please call 936-560-5533 or find a secure "register and pay online" option in Hot News at

Wayne Fults Shares Timpson Bottling Works History with TAGHS


In 1979, Wayne Fults found an odd bottle marked “Jasper Bottling Works” in a gulley in Sabine County. Having grown up around Pineland, he was no stranger to old “coke bottles” in ditches, but this one was different. It was short, thick, and had some sort of wire aparatus in the opening. Fults assumed it had been the product of a bottle manufacturer in Jasper but he wanted to know more. Thus began a nearly 40 year fascination with antique soft drink bottles that Mr. Fults shared with the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their July meeting last Wednesday.
Fults showed the strange bottle to his grandfather, who had been born in 1895, to see if he could shed any light on Wayne's find. His grandfather knew exactly what it was: an old “sody water” bottle. Wayne's grandfather said he had first seen “sody water” in Center when he was a boy. It was in just such a bottle that he and other family members were given one soda water each by a store operator. His grandfather twisted and pulled on the wire in the stopper but it would not come out. Finally his brother showed him that one opened the bottle by striking the wire with one's hand, forcing the stopper down into the bottle with a “pop”. His grandfather's soda was strawberry flavored and he, having never had a soft drink before, turned it up and tried to gulp it down. Fults says the soda foamed up in his grandfather's mouth, came out his nose, burning all the way, and got all over his fresh clothes. The experience was so unpleasant that he never drank another soft drink.
Naturally effervescent beverages like beer and some wines have existed for thousands of years, but the process by which this effervescence could be added artificially wasn't discovered until the 19th century. These “carbonated” soft drinks could only be found at the soda fountain of pharmacies, served from the spigot in a glass. Bottling soda water was another matter. It was easy to produce a bottle thick enough to withstand the pressure created by a carbonated drink, but it was not until 1894 that a patent was issued for the Hutchinson Patent Spring Stopper, the type first encountered by Wayne's grandfather, which used a wire device to hold the stopper inside, rather than outside, the bottle. The pressure inside the bottle pressed the rubber and steel stopper ever more tightly against the inside of the bottle's opening, creating an effective seal and making the bottling of carbonated soft drinks possible. Only by pushing the stopper back into the bottle could the bottle's contents be accessed. Soft drink bottlers began opening up all over, ordering their Hutchinson bottles from large glass factories in the North, but having their company's name molded into the side, as in Wayne's Jasper Bottling Works bottle.
Fults doesn't know when the first Timpson Bottling Works opened, but assumes it was around 1900. He thinks it is possible that there was more than one bottler given that some early bottles in his collection are marked Timpson Bottling Works, while other Hutchinson bottles of the same era are marked Timpson Bottling Company, with variations thereof.  Because the stopper of a Hutchinson bottle could not be removed, washing and sanitizing the bottle for re-filling was difficult. The invention of the familiar crimped metal crown cap in the early 20th century spelled the end of the Hutchinson  bottle but it allows bottle collectors to date a bottle's manufacture.
Fult's has a number of Timpson Hutchinson bottles as well as later crown-cap bottles in his collection. However, he has never seen a Timpson bottle from the 1920s, leading him to conclude that Timpson Bottling Works failed in the teens, possibly as early as 1913. This theory is supported by the fact that he has a newspaper article from 1928 announcing that a bottling plant was coming to Timpson. The bottles in Wayne's collection from the early 20th century are all of the “utilitarian” type, with no ornamentation. Those from the 1930's are in the “art deco” style, with greater attention to aesthetics and ornamentation in their design. Margie Holt brought one of that style to the meeting, which Mr. Fults revealed was from 1931 by decoding the numbers stamped on the bottle's bottom.
Mr. Fults brought an astonishing array of Timpson bottles for display at the meeting, including both Hutchinson and crown-cap types in different variations. Some were stamped Timpson Bottling Works, while others were stamped Timpson Bottling Company, or TBW. He also displayed three wooden soft drink cases marked Timpson Bottling Works, which he says would have been used for shipping new bottles as well as the collection of used bottles for return to the plant for re-filling. Unlike more familiar crown-cap bottle cases, these Hutchinson bottle cases have lids and were designed to have the bottle placed top down rather than up.  Another unusual item he displayed was a crown-cap Timpson Bottling Works bottle about 20% larger than the other bottles. He has never seen another like it and doubts that it was used for soft drinks, but possibly syrup or perhaps even beer. No one in attendance knew its purpose either.
Mr. Fults was accompanied to the meeting by Casey Roby, a fellow collector who is putting together a bottling museum in Silsbee. Casey said the displays are about 80% complete and he hopes to have it open soon. A number of other bottle collectors had seen the announcements of the subject and theis month's TAGHS meeting and came as guests as well. Wayne still seekes out bottles from East Texas and Western Louisiana and maintains a website featuring his collection at
The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the Corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. The public is always invited.

Heat Advisory Extended


HA continues. Heat Indexes expected to exceed 106 to 109 through the
weekend and may extend into next week as the High pressure dome continues
to sit over us. Below are a couple of reminders of what our heat can cause
and how to recognize the illness symptoms.

$7 Million Jackpot Ticket Sold in Little Elm


(AUSTIN) – A $7 million jackpot winning ticket for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on July 19 was sold in Little Elm.
The ticket matched all six numbers drawn (1-3-11-15-16-50). The cash value option was selected at the time of purchase and the claimant will receive $4,891,713.84. The prize has not yet been claimed.  “If you have the winning Lotto Texas jackpot ticket, sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until you can travel to Austin and claim the prize,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We look forward to meeting the winner.”
For selling the jackpot winning ticket, the Kroger #580, located at 2671 Little Elm Parkway, in Little Elm, is eligible for a $70,000 retailer bonus.
The prize must be claimed no later than 180 days from the draw date.  Lotto Texas is played by picking six numbers from one to 54 and offers multi-million dollar jackpots. Drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT. For $1 more per play, a player can select the Extra! add-onfeature and win up to $10,000 more on non-jackpot prizes. 

Shelby County Deputy Arrested on Charges of Assaulting his Wife


A Shelby County deputy was arrested for charges of assaulting his wife.  On Tuesday July 18th Peter John Davis was arrested by the Shelby County Sheriff’s office on charges of assaulting his wife Rebekah Dian Davis.  According to Texas DPS Trooper James Hick.  


Ms. Davis reported several incidences where she was assaulted by her husband Peter John Davis, in their home in Center located on CR 1180.  Ms. Davis told the Trooper that during fits of anger Peter attacked her and place his hands on her throat.  


Rebekah provided photographic documentation to law enforcement and stated the dates of several assaults: 1-28-2017, 5-12-2017, 5-30-2017.  






McMahon's Arrested Again for Child Endangerment Charges - UPATED


New child endangerment charges have been filled against the McMahon's a couple from Shelbyville who were previously arrested for locking a 4-year old child up in a dog kennel. Randa McMahon age 36 and Matthew age 29 were arrested on July 19th for child endagerment charges.
Last month the Somervelle County Sheriff’s Department executed two felony warrants on behalf of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 2, 2017 for Matthew McMahon, 29, of Shelbyville and Randa Askew Faust McMahon, 36, of Shelbyville, for Injury to a Child (F-1). The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office sought the warrants after investigating allegations of child abuse against a 4 year-old child.
During the investigation, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office found reason to believe that the defendants were locking the child in a large dog kennel and a closet for extensive periods of time. 
After the couples previous arrest the McMahon's made bail, only to be arrested again this month. They are curently being held at the Shelby County Sheriff's office in Center, TX both of their bonds have been set at $200,000.  

Joaquin Substitute Training


Joaquin ISD will hold its annual Substitute Teacher Orientation Training on Monday, August 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. until noon, in the Joaquin High School Professional Development room located at the back of the high school.  Please complete an online application found on the district website,, under the employment opportunities tab on the left.  Complete classified application and apply for the open substitute teacher position.  You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and go through the required Texas Education Agency fingerprint process and a criminal history background check will be performed.  Substitute teaching
assignments are on an as needed basis.  More information will be provided at the orientation.

VFW Honors Korean War Veterans


On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South
Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic's capital, Seoul, within
four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the
United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea - an effort that would
last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally
To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean
War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the
Ladies Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the
grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at
10:00 a.m.  The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action/missing in
action during the Korean War will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans and
the public are cordially invited. 

Timpson Gets a New Municipal Judge


During the Timpson City Council meeting this week the City of Timpson appointed Ms. Marilyn Corder to the position of Municipal Court Judge.  She will beging serving as the active judge at the begining of August. 

Poultry Festival Vendor Information

Planning is underway for the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival presented by Farmers State Bank, which will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center square, with chairmen Josh Payne, leading the steering committee. According to Polly McKissick Montemayor, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 11.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at  HYPERLINK "" Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center and Tyson Foods.
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 18.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email

Broiler Show Orders Deadline Approaching

Are you a youth in grades 3rd through 12th and interested in showing chickens at the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival?  The Shelby County 4-H Poultry project offers many activities to youth of all ages.  Activities that youth can engage in include poultry production of all types, preparing foods using poultry products and public presentations that utilize information learned from the many areas within the poultry program.  Youths can compete in activities at the county, district, state and national levels of competition.  Rewards include an increased appreciation of the influence of the poultry industry on our lives and recognition in the form of awards, prizes, trips, and even collegiate scholarships.  
Sound interesting?  If so, now is the time to place your order for chicks for the Shelby County Broiler Show.  A pen of 30 chicks are ordered and purchased for $30.   Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches St. (Old Elementary School Library Bldg.).  All orders are due no later than July 31st and are payable by check or money order only.   Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 21, 2017.  If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at

Lil' Riders Punt, Pass, and Kick Camp, August 17th, Roughrider Stadium


Attention all “Lil Riders”: Girls and Boys that are entering Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend the third annual “Lil Rider Punt, Pass, and Kick” camp. The event will be held at 5pm Thursday August 17th at Roughrider Stadium in Center, Texas. The Varsity Football Team and Coaching Staff will work with the kids on throwing, kicking, catching, agility drills, and more. There is no cost to participate, so bring your “Lil Rider” and join the fun! The event is sponsored by the Center Athletic Boosters.
About Center Athletic Boosters:
Center Athletic Boosters’ Mission Statement: “Building Character One Play at a Time”. Our goal is to support student athletes as they compete both on and off the field so they may win in the classroom, on the field, and in everyday life.

Governor Abbott Announces Growing Support For Property Tax Reform Legislation


AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott today announced that his call formeaningful property tax reform is generating growing support across Texas. Property tax reform is part of the Governor's 20-item agenda for the ongoing special legislative session.
Texas now ranks among the top five states in the nation with the highest property tax rates on industrial property. Our excessive property taxes stand out when compared to our competitor states. Texas businesses and industries pay 62% of all state and local taxes  more than 40% above the national average, according to the Council on State Taxation (COST). This is a threat to job growth and economic sustainability. We must begin to turn this around. And Governor Abbotts call to revisit this issue in the special session is an important step in that direction.* **- *Tony Bennett, President & CEO,* Texas Association of Manufacturers*
The Texas Apartment Association (TAA) applauds Governor Greg Abbott's leadership to ensure the accountability, consistency and transparency of our property tax system. Property tax rates, appraisals and the dispute resolution process are all elements that impact the cost of housing in Texas. Because rental properties do not have valuation limits or homestead exemptions to deflect some of the impact of increasing property valuations and tax rates, these increasing costs have a direct impact upon rental rates and in turn effect housing affordability across the state of Texas. Our association looks forward to working with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas Legislature and other stakeholders during the upcoming special session to address these issues and help secure the long-term economic growth of our state.* - *Chris Newton, Executive Vice President,* Texas Apartment Association*
On behalf of the residential construction and development industry in Texas, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) will continue to work with the Governor and Legislature to protect private property rights from overly burdensome governmental regulations, taxes and fees. Easing the load of skyrocketing property taxes, expediting the permitting process, and protecting property owners from egregious regulation changes on existing property and onerous tree ordinances are issues TAB has regularly advanced over its 70 years of existence. TAB applauds Governor Abbott for his steadfast commitment to reducing onerous and costly regulations, taxes and fees on private individuals and businesses across the state. Though the residential construction industry maintains its status as an economic driver in Texas, regulatory decisions by state and local governments can and will have an impact on the cost and availability of housing.* - *Rick McGuire, President,* Texas Association of Builders *
As both a Realtor and a City Council Member, I have seen skyrocketing property taxes force heartbroken families to sell their long-time homes and deflated buyers to continually postpone their dream of homeownership. My clients work hard to live within their means, and we should expect the same from our local politicians. It is imperative that the Legislature pass meaningful property tax reform that brings our tax code into the 21st century and restores true local control: accountability to the voters. Meaningful reform must include an updated rollback rate, asking the voters for approval to exceed that rate, and increased transparency in a currently convoluted process. I thank Governor Abbott for working to ensure that the low tax environment that has led to so much prosperity for the people of this state is not undermined by an affordability crisis brought on by local governments."* - *Ellen Troxclair, *Austin City Council Member, District 8*
By adding property tax reform to the call this special session, the Governor has given lawmakers a chance to address the needs of our small business job creators in Texas. Were hopeful the legislature will answer the Governors call for meaningful property tax reform. - Will Newton, Executive Director,* NFIB/Texas *
Cities like Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio benefit from Texas burdensome property tax code. While businesses, particularly commercial property owners, have watched their property valuations skyrocket over the past few years, municipalities are cashing in on the record high taxes being collected on Texas properties. Members of the Texas Business Owners and Managers Association are thankful for Governor Abbotts commitment to provide relief to Texas overburdened taxpayers by making this issue a priority in the special session.* - *Brett D. Williams, CPM, President, *Texas BOMA*
Texans needs property tax reform that will give them meaningful new tools so they can better tackle their rising property tax bills. Lower rollback thresholds and better visibility in the local tax rate setting process are critical steps lawmakers can take this session. Voter empowerment is the ultimate local control.* - *Dale Craymer, President, *Texas Taxpayers and Research Association*
"As some of the biggest job creators in the state and nation, we know that Texas' heavy property tax burden is a major impediment to growth. We hope lawmakers use this special session to stem the overall growth of this tax burden in a way that makes Texas more competitive."* - *Todd Staples, President,* Texas Oil and Gas Association*
The freedom to buy and own private property has been a cornerstone of the Texas identity for two centuries. We are excited to work alongside Governor Abbott to deliver meaningful property tax reforms that safeguard this right and stop Texans from being taxed out of their house and home. - Jerome Greener, State Director,* Americans for Prosperity  TX*
Property Tax Reform must be done with expediency and purpose. Although we prefer property taxes to be abolished, a meaningful interim solution is to use the buyers original price of the property as the assessed value that is taxable. So, come on all you conservative, principled lawmakers, Get er done! - Trayce Bradford, President,* Texas Eagle Forum*

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 sometime between July 16th and July 18th, 2017.
Suspect(s) entered onto the complainant's property located on Highway 147  in Shelbyville and stole a John Deere EZ Track Z465 zero turn lawn mower.  
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.

Weather Update


The national Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a *HEAT ADVISORY* for
much of Deep East Texas that DOES include San Augustine County. Though it
has been issued for today thru Thursday, I don't see any relief until
Friday or Saturday when our winds pick up and a *slight* chance for a rain
show moves in...and then not much lower Temps or Humidity. It will be
interesting to see what the Thursday NWS call has to offer.

The Great Texas Ballon Race





2017 marks 40 years of the Great Texas Balloon Race
This will be a monumental year for the GTBR as we celebrate
40 years of "Lifting Up Longview"
July 28-30, 2017
It's a world class event attracting the very best competitive pilots from across the United States and the world.
Considered by many of the pilots that compete at the Great Texas Balloon Race to be the best run event on the circuit, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the Governor of Texas in 1985. 
In 2013 Gregg County was proclaimed "The Balloon Race Capital of Texas" by the 83rd Texas Legislature. 
Balloon flights begin Friday morning with a flight over the City of Longview and continue each morning through Sunday over the East Texas Regional Airport. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.
Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. It's one of the most popular things to do at the event as the public is able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate.
Live concerts Friday and Saturday nights following the Balloon Glow extend the entertainment into the late night. 
Kids Land is a safe restricted area for children that requires a small separate entry fee. Activities and attractions differ from year to year but it is always a fun time.
Vendors display their arts, crafts and other merchandise in booths lined up along an improvised midway.
Food Vendors make sure there is always enough to eat and drink during the day and evening.

Governor Greg Abbott Announces Texas Public Elementary School Reading Initiative


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath today announced a comprehensive reading initiative  Texas Readers  to strengthen the reading skills of students across the state. 
While Texas has some of the best public schools in the country, there is still more we can do to provide our children with the best education possible, said Governor Abbott. Texas Readers tackles the important issue of student literacy and will give parents, teachers, and students invaluable tools to make reading and literacy one of the highest education priorities. I am proud that this initiative is providing students in our public elementary schools the best possible chance to succeed and to continue making Texas great for generations to come.
Reading will always be the foundation that determines success in the classroom for every child at every grade level, said Commissioner Morath. The Texas Readers initiative provides our teachers with needed educational supports to ensure our children will be equipped to read from the earliest grades through high school graduation and beyond.
Texas Readers is designed to assist public elementary schools enhance their reading instruction by providing enriched teacher-development opportunities and additional innovative classroom tools. In addition, the initiative will include a public awareness campaign, called Raising Texas Readers, which will focus on ways to build our childrens literacy and reading skills at home.
The Texas Readers initiative is composed of three major components  Parental and Public Awareness, High-Quality Professional Development Opportunities, and Innovative Classroom Tools. Each component will include the following resources:
*Parental and Public Awareness*
  * Raising Texas Readers  a new collaborative effort between TEA, PBS, the United Way, and Univision  will provide public service announcements and advertisements that will be broadcast in 11 media markets covering the state. In addition to the PSA campaign, Raising Texas Readers includes local family events, free online apps, a text messaging campaign and comprehensive website. 
  * Earlier this year, TEA launched the new STAAR Report Card to drastically improve communication and transparency with educators and families on how students are performing on the STAAR exam. TEA is currently working on additional literacy resources and helpful tips for working with children at home. 
*High-Quality Professional Development Opportunities*
  * The updated Texas Literacy Academies will provide new systematic instruction through ready-to-use materials paired with a series of ongoing, year-round continuing education opportunities, such as a lesson study, micro-credentials, and live coaching, as well as focused instruction targeted toward special education students and English Language Learners. 
  * Striving Readers  a brand new tool  will build directly upon the Texas Literacy Academy experiences and provide literacy coaches, professional development, strategic planning, sustainability support and the ability for districts to pilot programs and models that can be disseminated across the state. 
  * Texas second phase of the Reading Excellence Teams will continue to focus on improving educator practices in reading by providing teams of coaches around the state to support our teachers while enhancing the overall effectiveness for educators and students and maximizing the efficiency of resources. 
*Innovative Classroom Tools *
  * Teaching the TEKS will provide educators with a clear and concise break down of states instructional expectations of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and will provide sample lessons, differentiation strategies and sample State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test questions. Teaching the TEKS will also help educators and families understand the student expectation and what all children should know and be able to do at the end of each school year. 
  * TEA is developing a set of free online instructional materials to assist elementary school English-Language Arts teachers with improving reading instruction, including intensive supports, technology, and adaptive programs. 
  * A new collection of optional content mastery tools will provide school districts with optional, free classroom tools to regularly monitor students reading comprehension and skills throughout the school year to assist teachers in their decision-making about future instruction and provide immediate feedback to students to steadily improve their classroom performance. 

Texas Prepaid Tuition Programs Newborn Enrollment Deadline Approaches


*(AUSTIN) * The deadline is extended through July 31 for Texas families to enroll their newborns in the Texas Tuition Promise FundSM and pay this years rates for all or some future tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Newborns are children younger than one year at the time of enrollment.
Under the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state's prepaid college tuition program, participants can purchase tuition units and lock in costs based on today's prices.
"It is never too early for Texas families to consider enrolling their newborns in this program, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. "Purchasing tuition unitstoday allows families to lay the foundation for their childrens future educational opportunities.
Enrollment at 2016-17 prices closed Feb. 28 for children older than one. The next annual enrollment period begins on Sept. 1 and is based on Texas public college and university tuition and school-wide required fees for the 2017-18 school year.
Complete plan information, including plan description and agreement, current prices, enrollment forms and more is available online [ ], or by calling 1-800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.
Purchasers should carefully consider the risks, administrative fees, service and other charges and expenses associated with the contracts, including plan termination and decreased transfer or refund value. Purchasers should read these documents carefully before purchasing a contract. Participation in the plan does not guarantee admission to or graduation from any college or university.
*COMMENTS OR COMPLAINTS*: Comments or complaints may be forwarded to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Program, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts at P.O. Box 13407, Austin, Texas 78711-3407, or by calling 512-936-2064.

Homecoming & Revival Services


The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church of Garrion would like to invite everyone to attend their homecomjng and revival services.  Homecoming will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Rev. James Roberts will be the guest speaker.  The revival will begin on Monday July 24th - Friday July 28th at 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Rev. Kelvin Lynch will be the evangelist.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Family & Friends Day - UPDATED


House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries would like to invite everyone to attend our family and friends day program on Sunday July 23rd at 3:00 p.m. with guest speaker: Pastor Robert Lane of the Sandridge Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX.  

San Augustine Civic Auction


The San Augustine Civic Auction host by the San Augustine Chamber of Commerece will be held at the San Augustine County Fair Grounds on July 29th.
The doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for $25 a piece, a table of 8 can be reserved for $200 and the early bird special raffle tickets are $75 a piece.  For more information you can call 936-275-3610.

San Augustine Chamber Events


*Membership Meeting every 3rd Tuesday - Feb-Nov*
*7/29      Civic Auction*
*10/28   27th Annual Sassafras Festival*

Camp College for Center Students


On July 13, Center High School seniors descended on Panola College to
experience Camp College 2017. Camp College is a camp between Center High
School and Panola College that gives their students the opportunity to
learn about and prepare for their college career.
Twenty-three students lived in campus housing for a night, ate in the
Panola dining hall and learned about student activities and organizations.
Panola College gave tours of the campus and talked about different programs
of study available. Students also learned about the admissions process,
financial aid and scholarship opportunities, library services and
Center High School held additional sessions for students about essay
writing, resume writing and overall preparation for college needed during
their senior year. Panola College has worked with Center High School since
2014 to offer this unique experience to their incoming seniors.


Center ISD to Open New Building


Center ISD will hold a ribbon cutting on August 8th at 11:00 a.m. to formally open
the new Agriculture Science Building Expansion. The expansion project took nearly
16 months of planning, preparation and construction and includes 10,500 square feet
of additional space for specialized classrooms for agribusiness, animal science,
 floral design, power, structure and technical systems. There is also a meeting 
room for FFA and other leadership activities.
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of Center High School has seen
remarkable growth and student interest over the past 10 years. Currently, the CTE
agriculture science program is one of the fastest growing programs at CHS.
Please join Administration, Staff and Students of Center High School and the district
in celebrating this exciting addition to Center ISD.

Weather Update


It looks to me like the series of upper air disturbances we have been
seeing that have brought us all the afternoon pop up T-storms have given
way to our normal Summertime *High* pressure systems. Those will bring us
mid 90's with lots of Summer Sun for the next 4-5 days before we see any
chances for rain. You can see the string of blue Highs in the graphic below.
Before the change we had lots of rain for a Texas July. I will get the
amounts out as I receive the reports.
Aso shown in the graphic are 3 tropical events being watched.
   - Atlantic - Tropical *Depression *FOUR* that has been hanging around
   for days has now officially become a named Tropical *Storm *DON*.
   Located off the NE coast of Venezuela.
   - Eastern Pacific - Hurricane *Fernando* has been churning up the waters
   of the Pacific at a Cat 4 level.  It is expected to loose strength over the
   next couple of days and become a TS by early morning the 21st of July.
   - Eastern Pacific - Following closely on the heels of FERNANDO is Tropical
   Depression *SEVEN-E*. Will it find enough disturbance
   following Fernando to be come a Tropical Storm or even a Hurricane?

Panola College Named a Great Place to Work


Panola College has once again been named a great college to work for,
according to a new survey by *The* *Chronicle of Higher Education*, a top
trade publication for colleges and universities. Panola College has held
this honor for six consecutive years.
The results, released today in *The Chronicle’s* tenth annual report on The
Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities.
Only 79 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great
College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium,
and large institutions, with Panola College included among the small
universities with 2,999 students or fewer.
Panola College was also placed on the Honor Roll as a stand out college in
its size category for winning honors in 10 categories this year. These
categories included:* Collaborative Governance; Compensation & Benefits;
Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job
Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and
Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching
Environment (Faculty Only); Work/Life Balance. *
“Panola College is honored to receive this recognition again for the sixth
consecutive year,” said Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College. “To
continue to receive this award is a direct reflection of our remarkable
Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and administration.”
“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by
academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued
and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial
constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of *The Chronicle*. “Any college or
university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their
most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an
institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and
a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support
staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received
recognition was the employee feedback.
To administer the survey and analyze the results, *The Chronicle* worked
with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has
conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of
thousands of employees nationwide.
“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times
are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,”
said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC.
“And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship
reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between
them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”
Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most comprehensive
workplace study in higher education.
*About The Chronicle of Higher Education: *
*The Chronicle of Higher Education* is dedicated to serving the
higher-education community with insights, understanding, and intellectual
engagement. Academic leaders and professionals from around the world trust *The
Chronicle’s* analysis and in-depth exploration to make informed decisions.


Revival Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church


Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church will hold their revival July 31st - August 4th starting each night at 7:00 pm.  Congregational singing and all specials are welcome.  Brother Cliff Durham of Rosevine MBC will bring the word of God each night.  Take highway 7 West from Center to FM 711 to County Road 1297 on the left. 





Fire in Timpson


At approximately 11:52 Sunday July 16th, 2017 the Timpson Volunteer fire department were called out to a mobile home fire on county road 4021. A motorcycle sitting next to the house had caught fire and then the house. It took about 3 hours to put it out with the assistance of center fire department. They contained the fire to one section of the home.


Timpson Fire Rescue Training


The Mt. Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department has invited Timpson EMS and Timpson VFD to a free training on air bags to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Mt. Enterprise VFD. Contact Tim Wheat for more information.

Fults to Speak on Timpson Bottling Works at July TAGHS Meeting


Bottled soft drinks like Coca Cola and Dr Pepper were invented in the late 19th century and it wasn't long until most towns of any size had a bottling works. Timpson was not an exception. The thick glass bottles bore the name of the bottling works and had a deposit on them to ensure their return to the bottler for re-use.  Many, of course, never made it back and these century-old bottles are now prized by soda bottle collectors like Wayne Fults. 
A native East Texan, Fults has been seeking out East Texas soda bottles for many years and has amassed an impressive collection, including a number from the Timpson Bottling Works. He will have some of his collection on display when he speaks to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society on July 19 and he hopes anyone who also has bottles or items related to the Timpson Bottling Works will bring them to the meeting.  TAGHS meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of every month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in Timpson. The public is invited.

Joaquin Public Safety Corporation Meeting


The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 18, 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 assistance with SCBA replacement.
4.  Board discussion and recommendation of action to The City of Joaquin on expiring terms.
5.  Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
6.  Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
7. 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.



The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 18, 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 discussion and recommendation of action to The City of Joaquin on expiring terms.
4. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
5. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
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 regular session Tuesday July 18, 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. Swearing in of newly appointed Council Member Jessie Griffith.
4. Open Forum.
5. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
6. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
Scheduling Availability for Budget Workshops.
Property Tax Rate Quorum Reminder.
Report on initiation of procurement process for GLO Grant.
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update -- Sewer Plant Rehabilitation.
Update -- Staffing Issues
d. Water Department
Update-- Ground Storage, Monitoring System, Logansport Meter, Chlorine Injection System.
7. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
8. Update to Council by Grant Writer Raymond K. Vann regarding status of 2017-2018 TDA Grant process and opportunities for other grants.
9. Discussion & Council Action on request of East Texas Press to be designated the official newspaper of the City of Joaquin.
10. Discussion & Council Action on Adjournment.

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 July, 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:  
1.   Call to Order:  Mayor Debra Smith
2. Invocation:
3. Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
4. Chamber of Commerce: 
5. Council Items:  Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the
             agenda will be made at this time.  A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted 
             to these reports.
6. Presentations & Recognition:  Charlotte Broadway will be celebrating a 
birthday on August 12th.
7. Citizens Input: This time is provided for members of the public to address the City
             Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not
             listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form
             may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.
     8.          Department Reports:
            A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns
            B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham
            C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of June 2017, there were 85 citations
                    issued,  93 violations, 0 to a juvenile and 3 to a minor.  Total amount reported
                    $17,775.65, the city’s portion a 55% estimate of $9,776.61.
      D.   City Secretary:  2017-18 Budget Workshops were held July 6th for Water/Sewer, 
             July 12th for Electric and July 13th for the General Dept. (Police and City Office).
             At these meetings, the Mayor went over year to date numbers in comparison to the
             budget numbers for each department.  Department Heads then gave a forecast of 
             expenditures for the upcoming budget cycle.
            The annual Back to School Event, sponsored by Timpson First Baptist Church
            will be on August 10th from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Community Building in SoSo Park.
            Kids (accompanied by an adult) will receive a backpack and school supplies.  If you
            would like to donate any supplies please contact Leslie at 254-2421 or Bro Dee at
            On August 5th there will be a trash dumpster on RR Ave beside City Hall.  It will
            be available from 6am until it reaches capacity, so come early.  There will also be a                        
            recycle dumpster from August 5-11th located by the gazebo on the square.             
     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 
       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       
       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the   
       Minutes of this meeting.
A. Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on June 20th, 2017  
B. Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of June, 2017
C. Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for June, 2017 
D. The Volunteer Fire Department is asking to purchase five (5) new handheld radios.  
 There are also two (2) radios that need new batteries and three (3) need new antennas.
 The cost will be $1,287.85, attached is a quote from Faith Communications.  Prices
  include programming.
   10.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Amend the 2016-17 Water Budget to reflect
                   the infrastructure improvements of $51,030.  These were the repairs to the storm
                   sewer at Marcus and Pecan, culvert repairs on Holly St, and water line repairs on
                   Timpson and Pine Streets.  These were paid for with CD’s from Texas State Bank.
   11.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Set a date to adopt the preliminary Budgets for                                                  
                   Water/Sewer, General and Electric Departments for 2017-2018. (Deadline for the 
                   proposed budgets must be filed with the Municipal Clerk, Leslie Leathers at least 30 
                   days PRIOR to adopting the City Tax Rate and 2017-18 Final Budget and 15 days
                   PRIOR to the Public Hearing on City Budget.)
   12.           Discuss and possibly take action:  During the council meeting on July 30, 2015,
                   former Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie Wolfe asked that a cap be put on the insurance
                   for City Employees.  The motion passed with a 3-2 vote, Wolfe, Baker and Grace
                   in favor and Ramsey and Allen opposed.  This item is to remove the cap set forth
                   by the three previous City Council members.
   13.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Review bids and select a contractor to perform 
                   the Annual Fire Hydrant Audit.  Texas Hydrant Services bid $4,615.00 and Hydra
                   Tec bid $5,575.50.
   14.           Discuss and possibly take action: Appoint a new Municipal Court Judge due to
                   the passing of James Bogue.  There are two (2) applicants, Gerald Mackey and 
                   Marilyn Corder.
   15.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Sale by sealed bids for the donated 2008 Crown
                   Vic owned by the Police Department.  Mileage is 116,000 and it is currently fully
                   operational.  New owner will be expected to take possession within 15 days of  
                   purchase.  Sealed bids are to be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to PO Box 369.  
                   The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.  Bids must be turned in or  
                   postmarked by August 7, 2017. Council will either except or reject bids on Aug 15th .
                   Certified funds or cash will be required at time of transfer of property/ownership.   
                   Bids under $2,500 will not be considered.
   16.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Get an estimate to replace the transmission on
                   the aerator for the race track at the Waste Water Plant.  Also, get an estimate to repair
                   the old transmission to use as a backup. 
   17.          Adjourn:


DATE: JULY 15, 2017
                     901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE 
                           CENTER TEXAS 

Shelby County Sheriff is Looking for a Man


The Shelby County District Attorney's office is seeking the whereabouts of Donald Ray Runnels, age 50, of Logansport.
Runnels has four outstanding warrants: failure to appear for the original charge of evading arrest, offense date June 9, 2014; sexual assault, second degree felony, offense date of June 2, 2016; failure to appear for the original charge of failure to register as a sex offender, offense date of June 6, 2016; and failure to appear for the original charge of failure to register as a sex offender, offense date of July 8, 2016.
Judge Leanne Kay Rafferty, 123rd Judicial District Court, issued a capias warrant for Runnels arrest. On July 5th Judge Rafferty issued an order to appear for July 10, 2017 to which only the attorney for Runnels appeared.
Runnels has a trail date for July 17, 2017 in the 123rd Judicial District Court with Judge Rafferty presiding.
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 Runnels 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.

Photo Graphic Society Meeting


The monthly meeting of the piney woods photographic Society will be held this Saturday, July 15, 2017 beginning at 9 AM until 12 PM.  all camera and photography enthusiast are invited to attend. The workshop will feature printing and mounting photographs and The monthly challenge will be birds.  For more information on the meeting or memberships contact Billie Jones 936-591-2426. 

Weather Update


 Both Goeff Reeder and Norman Neel in the North part of SA County put
   1.67 inches in their rain buckets.
   - San Augustine another .31 inches
   - Tall Timbers got almost 4 inches on Sunday, but only .04 today. Did
   get lots of noise though.
   - Swanson Hill in Goodwin .00
   - Further South in the Southern part of SA County only .08 in Broaddus
​As I mentioned earlier...more of these widely scattered rainy, noisy,
lightning shows to come​ over what I think will be staying with us long
term. this next several days...maybe into next week even.
Maybe you will be the next to experience some beneficial rain. Rain gear is
the watch word.
Remember when the Thunder Roars...Go in doors!!

Weather Update


This morning's NWS Webinar gives us chances for a continuation of T-storms,
lightning. some possible wind damage associated with the down bursts as
these storms die down, and a pretty good soaking rain under the storms that
form.  The sea breeze storms are already beginning to generate this morning
off the Gulf in the Beaumont area and are headed North just as they have
the last couple of days.
With the heat of the day, our chances for more of the *pop up storms from
Noon to 5pm* will occur.  These conditions are forecast to continue thru
the better part of next week with increasing chances on this Friday thru
Monday of next week.

Drug Bust by Sheriff's Office


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 three subjects were arrested from a traffic stop initiated by Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson on Highway 7 East at FM 2608 in the James Community.  During the traffic stop, the driver who was later identified as Andrew Scott Elliott (34 y/o of Carthage), gave a fictitious name and date of birth and was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Gregg County. The front passenger was identified as a Brandon Curtis Bledsoe (31 y/o of Joaquin) also gave a fictitious name and had an outstanding warrant out of Shelby County. The back seat passenger was identified as Angela Dalton Welch (55 y/o of Carthage).
During the contact, a clear zip bag containing a crystal-like substance was observed in the passenger floor board area which led to a probable cause search. During the search, approximately 2.55 grams of suspected methamphetamine was seized along with over an ounce of marijuana along with digital scales, individual zip bags and other paraphernalia.
As the investigation continued there were extension cords and Victor brand torches and torch heads also found in the vehicle. It was determined that Panola County Sheriff's Office had received a report about property being taken from a residence. Investigator Del Birdwell, who was assisting Chief Dickerson on the traffic stop, spoke with Panola County Sheriff's Office about the property and the items were recovered and secured for Panola County.
Elliott was charged with Fail To Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information / Fugitive from Justice, Misdemeanor A, POCS >=1g<4g, Felony 3, POM<2oz, Misdemeanor B and warrant out of Gregg County.
Bledsoe was charged with Failure To Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information  / Fugitive From Justice, Misdemeanor A,  POCS >= 1g<4g, Felony 3, POM < 2oz, Misdemeanor B and Capias Warrant for Failure To Appear on original charge of POCS with Intent to Deliver, Felony 1.
Welch was charged with POCS >=1g<4g, Felony 3 and POM<2oz, Misdemeanor B.
Special thanks for DPS Troopers Taylor Buster and Richard Hill as well as our own Investigator Del Birdwell, Patrol Sergeant Jeffery Gogolewski, Deputy Jordan Long, and K9 “Chapo” for their assistance.

Project Cemetery









San Augustine Jail Museum is Now Open



The recently restored San  Augustine County 1919 Jail--- Law Enforcement Museum (N. L. Tindall Building) is now open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


Coming Events in San Augustine


The community especially looks forward to the :  
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Annual Sassafras Festival Saturday, October 28, 2017 held downtown!

Texas Comptroller Update


(AUSTIN)  *Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $679.9 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 9 percent more than in July 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.
The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Midland and Odessa saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations, Hegar said.
*LOCAL SALES TAX ALLOCATIONS (July 2017)*  *Recipient* *July 2017*
* Allocations*  *Change from*
* July 2016*  *Year-to-date*
*Change*  Cities 
$439.8M 8.0%  3.2% *Counties* $41.3M 14.0% 3.5%  Transit Systems $153.8M 7.9% 3.9%  *Special Purpose Taxing Districts* $45.1M 20.1% 12.1% Total *$679.9M* *9.0%* *3.9%* 

Nacogdoches Chamber Luncheon


We welcome Jim Johnson, pictured left, IOM, President and CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina
 County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin/Angelina Economic Development  Partnership
at the Chamber's Fourth Friday Luncheon.
The event is from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, July 28 at Austin Hall, 4606  North St.
Johnson will present "Collaboration in Our Community" and will  highlight the relationship
history between Lufkin and Nacogdoches and  how we are some of each others biggest

Center Glass To Hold a New Ownership Ribbon Cutting


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce invites the Public and Chamber members to a ribbon cutting at Center Glass to welcome new owners Anna and Justin Lee.  The ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. at 1414 Southview Circle in Center. 

Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting


The Shelbyville Band Boosters will have their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, July the 24th, starting at 6pm in the Band Hall.  Refreshments will be served.  We are excited to welcome Deshmond Johnson, Director of Bands, and Kaci Trent, Assistant Band Director.  We invite you to be a part of this year's Band Boosters and support our students.

Shelbyville Get's a New Band Director


Shelbyville Band Director Deshmond Johnson is excited to be the new Director of Bands for Shelbyville ISD.
He, along with assistant band director, Kasi Trent, invites all band students and parents to the SHS Band MEET & GREET this Thursday July 13 @ 6pm at the Band Hall
Other student reminders include INSTRUMENT CHECKOUT – Wednesday July 19 @ 10am – 1pm
LEADERSHIP MEETING – Wednesday July 19 @ 1pm – 2pm
SUMMER BAND CAMP – July 24 – 28 @ 8am – 3pm
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Johnson at 936-591-9991

Travis Clardy is trying to get teachers a raise


Travis Clardy East Texas Lawmaker is writing an education bill for the coming special legislative session in answer to the governor's call to raise teachers pay by $1,000.

San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 11TH day of July 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.

Tiger News


Please visit our district web page for other details on our school:
(The calendar provides the most up to date events)
Hall of Honor
On May 17, 2005, the Tenaha Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor in order to recognize those individuals that have distinguished themselves as past or current educators, alumni, or supporters of the Tenaha school system.  Following are the rules:
Inductees:  Four Categories
A.      Alumni
B.       Athletes
C.       Educators
D.      Supporters
Inductees may be nominated five years after graduation or have given five years of service to Tenaha ISD.
Class of 2017:  1-2 Honorees nominated by at least 3 TISD Alumni as chosen by the Hall of Honor Committee and approved by the Tenaha Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.
Selection Committee:  Five person committee (2 rotating board members with annual terms and 3 resident Alumni Members)
The 13th annual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha Tigers and the Mt. Enterprise Wildcats  at a time yet to be determined.
August 18, 2017                     Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha ISD
September 8, 2017                  Selections announced
October 14, 2017                    Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony
                                                Tenaha Tigers vs. Mt. Enterprise Wildcats

DeSoto Parish is Requesting Help


DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in
identifying and locating a suspected burglary.  On June 21, 2017, around
midnight, an unidentified male subject entered the Moore's Chapel Baptist
Church in Mansfield, LA.  While inside of the building, the male subject can
be seen scouting the building.
Anyone with information on is asked to contact Sgt. Shawn Parker with the
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956.

5K Thank You Letter


The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 What-A-Melon 5K. Thank you for showing up on a hot and humid day to support the services our agency provides to child victims of abuse. We would also like to thank the Rotary Club for organizing the run, all volunteers who gave of their time, and the sponsors whose generosity made the event possible: Boles Feed Company, JBA Financial Services, and Farmers State Bank.  We truly appreciate your commitment to making a difference in lives of children in our community. 
The mission of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is to promote the emotional and physical healing of child abuse victims by uniting the efforts of public agencies and enlisting community support to optimize the prevention, detection, assessment, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Special Meeting of the Joaquin Independent School District Board


Notice is hereby given that on Thursday July 13th 2017 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda attached to and made a part of this Notice.  If, during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.001 et seq., Texas Education Code, will be held by the School Board at the date, may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes:
Texas Government Code Section:
§551.071  An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer, or on a matter in which the duty of counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act.
§551.072  Deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.
§551.073 Deliberation of a negotiated contract for a prospective gift or donation to the governmental body if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.
§551.074  Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.
§551.076 Deliberate the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices.
§551.082 Deliberate a case involving the discipline of public school child or complaint or charge brought against an employee of the School District by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing.
§551.0821 Deliberate a matter regarding a student or students where personally identifiable information about students will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.
§551.083  Deliberate the standards, guidelines, terms or conditions the board will follow, or instruct its representatives to follow, in a consultation with a representative of an employee group.
§551.084  Exclusion of witness from hearing.
§551.127  A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.
§551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference call, or communications over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body.
Education Code 39.030
39.030  Discuss or adopt individual assessment instruments or assessment instrument items.
Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the School Board with regard to any matter considered in such closed session, then the final vote shall be either:
in the open meeting covered by the Notice upon the reconvening of the public meeting; or
at a subsequent public meeting of the School Board upon notice thereof; as the School Board shall determine.
July 13, 2017 
1     Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order
2      Enter Closed Session
2.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts – Texas Government Code Section 551.074
a. Resignation(s)
b. Agriculture position
c. Band position
d. Teacher position(s)
3     Return to Open Session
3.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts 
a. Resignation(s)
b. Agriculture position
c. Band position
d. Teacher position(s)
5     Adjournment
On this 10th of July, 2017 at 5:00 o’clock, p.m., this notice was posted on a bulletin board located at a place convenient to the public in the Central Administration Office of the Joaquin Independent School District and also on the outside door of the Administrative Office of Joaquin Independent School District readily accessible to the general public at all times.
Phil Worsham, Superintendent



The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday July 17th ,. 2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by  Bob Lacher  representing Gideons International.
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

TxDOT Update


July 10, 2017
LUFKIN - Motorists will see a closure on US 59 in Nacogdoches Tuesday as contractors work to repair the bridge approach slab on US 59 over FM 225.
Bridge crews will close a small part of US 59 on Tuesday in the northbound lanes. Traffic will be detoured to the FM 225 exit ramp and then redirected back to US 59. The closure on Tuesday will last about eight hours.
Motorists are asked to stay alert as traffic is funneled to one lane before exiting US 59 onto the FM 225 exit ramp. Delays should be expected and drivers are urged to reduce speed as they enter the work zone. Be alert to moving traffic control, equipment, workers and flaggers through the area.
For more information about driving conditions through the state, visit For more information on this and other Lufkin District projects, contact:<> or (936) 633-4395.

4 H member Seth Shamblin wins big!

Congratulations go out Shelby County 4 H Member Seth Shamblin.  Seth has started his summer by participating at several swine shows with great success.

His first show the World Pork Expo was held in Iowa and he placed 5th Berkshire gilt, 8th Berkshire, gilt 3rd cross gilt, 2 of these made the breeders sale and 3rd intermediate showman.
The second show was the Belt Buckle Bonanza in Waco.  Seth placed Reserve Berksire, 1st cross, 1st cross, 2nd cross and 5th Hampshire. 

What-A-Melon 5K Results


Wiggins Farms and Luke Brown Farms donated watermelons for the event to help hydrate 5K participants as well as sponsored the event along with Farmers State Bank, JBA Financial, and Boles Feed Store. Special thank you to the John D. Windham Civic Center and the City of Center for the use of their facility.
Interview with 1st Place Winner:

1st Place Male & Female Runners
Antonio Chavez, Madison Brown
Overall Male
1. (Bib# 165) Antonio Chavez, Time 00:15:51.54
2. (Bib# 172) Jacob Garcia, Time 00:16:37.78
3. (Bib# 116) Jesus Gonzalez, Time 00:16:42.30
Overall Female
1. (Bib# 110) Madison Brown, Time 00:23:49.95
2. (Bib# 171) Sunshine Haley, Time 00:24:58.84
3. (Bib# 113) Deborah Chadwick, Time 00:25:33.78
Female 5 - 12
1. (Bib# 122) Kaylee Underbrink, Time 00:40:38.70
2. (Bib# 142) Anayeli Martinez, Time 00:40:42.91
3. (Bib# 161) Destiny Thompson, Time 00:53:49.41
Female 20 - 29
1. (Bib# 110) Madison Brown, Time 00:23:49.95
2. (Bib# 109) Fabiola Solis, Time 00:33:32.80
3. (Bib# 148) Olivia Worsham, Time 00:34:03.09
Female 30 - 39
1. (Bib# 169) Sammie Bell, Time 00:35:45.45
2. (Bib# 164) Marlene Hernandez, Time 00:41:08.37
3. (Bib# 121) Shanna Wiggins, Time 00:44:18.15
Female 40 - 49
1. (Bib# 171) Sunshine Haley, Time 00:24:58.84
2. (Bib# 163) Sarah Shires, Time 00:34:03.56
3. (Bib# 123) Jeneva Underbrink, Time 00:37:41.98
Female 50 - 59
1. (Bib# 113) Deborah Chadwick, Time 00:25:33.78
2. (Bib# 127) Hermila Mendoza, Time 00:30:06.64
3. (Bib# 120) Ellie Fullinwider, Time 00:47:14.46
Female 60 - 69
1. (Bib# 118) Marcy Aldridge, Time 00:31:13.54
2. (Bib# 124) Loretta Waldrop, Time 00:40:16.36
3. (Bib# 149) Debrah Worsham, Time 00:44:01.63
Female 70 - 100
1. (Bib# 128) Dottie West, Time 00:50:18.83
Male 5 - 12
1. (Bib# 158) Diego Ruiz, Time 00:35:32.62
Male 13 - 19
1. (Bib# 165) Antonio Chavez, Time 00:15:51.54
2. (Bib# 172) Jacob Garcia, Time 00:16:37.78
3. (Bib# 116) Jesus Gonzalez, Time 00:16:42.30
Male 20 - 29
1. (Bib# 159) Brayan Ruiz, Time 00:19:25.76
2. (Bib# 136) Jonaton Rangel, Time 00:22:14.91
3. (Bib# 125) Matt Cecil, Time 00:48:58.43
Male 30 - 39
1. (Bib# 160) Thomas Morrison, Time 00:23:55.44
2. (Bib# 107) C.J. Goings, Time 00:25:35.98
3. (Bib# 153) Walter Horn, Time 00:35:36.58
Male 40 - 49
1. (Bib# 119) Wayne Hornbuckle, Time 00:23:02.25
2. (Bib# 155) Matt Chamness, Time 00:39:34.47
3. (Bib# 157) Barrett Underbrink, Time 00:57:03.83
Male 50 - 59
1. (Bib# 106) Bill Small, Time 00:27:40.56
2. (Bib# 162) Willie James, Time 00:29:55.85
3. (Bib# 117) John Black, Time 00:30:11.73
Male 60 - 69
1. (Bib# 144) Jim Sawyer, Time 00:30:02.47
Male 70 - 100
1. (Bib# 129) Joe West, Time 00:50:17.44

What-A-Melon Pageant Results


A large crowd gathered under the big tent for the 2017 East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant to see all the pageant entries take to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire. The pageant, hosted by Tonya Bailey with Bailey's Pageant, welcomed everyone and thanked sponsors of the event. Wiggins Farms donated $500 scholarship money for the pageant for the winner of the Miss (16-19) division.
The Texas Watermelon Queen Chloe Brown assisted with handing out awards and crowning the winners of each division.
Below are the results of the pageant:
Grand Supreme for ages 0-5 years - Aryn McAdams
Grand Supreme for ages 6 and up - Steff Moore
People's Choice winner - Mary Katherine Johnson
Baby Miss 0-11 months
Baby Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Rory Wilson
Best Smile - Addilyn Moore
Most Beautiful - Aryn McAdams
Best Fashion - Mia Lloyd
Princess - Tayley Williams
Princess - Adalynn Whitney
Princess - Mia Lloyd
Princess - Addilyn Moore
Princess - Aryn McAdams
Princess - Keeleigh Denby
Toddler Miss 12-23 months
Toddler Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Emory Gomez and Anniston McSwain
Best Smile - Emory Gomez
Most Beautiful - Savanna Barton
Best Fashion - Anniston McSwain
Princess - Gracie Sanford
Princess - Blakely Raymond
Princess - Savanna Barton
Princess - Addlyn Hendricks
Princess - Mary Katherine Johnson
Princess - Hattie Owens
Tiny Miss 2-3 years
Tiny Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Emory Thornton
Best Smile - Olivia Randle
Most Beautiful - Cherrish Choice
Best Fashion - Emory Thornton
Princess - Makayla Messer
Princess - Kirstie Parks
Princess - Emma Moore
Princess - Ainslee Gibson
Princess - Olivia Randle
Princess - Cherrish Choice
Little Miss 4-5 years
Little Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Emma Stapleton
Best Smile - Shelbey Nail
Most Beautiful - Emma Stapleton
Best Fashion - Remi Lofton
Princess - Aryana Groze
Princess - Laura Moody
Princess - Presley Williams
Princess - Remi Lofton
Princess - Khaley Fletcher
Princess - Shelbey Nail
Princess - Baylee Parent
Princess - Justice Boyd
Petite Miss 6-8 years
Petite Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Lakynn Bowers
Best Smile - Sofia Bocangegra
Most Beautiful - Lakynn Bowers
Best Fashion - Nicole Hooks
Princess - Nicole Hooks
Princess - Dixie Nail
Princess - Sofia Bocangegra
Preteen 9-12 years
Preteen East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Carolyn Mathis
Best Smile, Most Beautiful, Best Fashion - Carolyn Mathis
Teen 13-15 years
Teen East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Zoe Horton and Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Smile - Zoe Horton
Most Beautiful - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Fashion - Zoe Horton
Miss 16-19 years
Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant Queen - Steff Moore
Best Smile, Most Beautiful, Best Fashion - Steff Moore

What-A-Melon Pet Show Results


Best in show ($50 prize money)
Zema, a 5-year old female toy poodle, shown by Alyssa Bowers 
Best Dog
1st place - Paris, a 4-year old female miniature Schnauzer, shown by Caitlyn Maddne
2nd place - Ruby, a 1-year old female terrier, shown by Jacie Lee
Best Mannered
1st place - Frankie, a 7 1/2 months old male Shih Tzu, shown by Paige Pinkston
2nd place - Delilah, a 4 months old female German Sheppard, shown by Madison Brown
Most Unusual Pet
Fuzzy, an 8 months old male Lionhead Rabbit, shown by Emma Madden
Pet with Most Unusual Trick
Buster, a 3-year old male Beagle, shown by John Ford
Smallest Pet
1st place - Bella, a 5-year old female miniature Schnauzer, shown by Morgan Matthews
2nd place - Bronco, a 4-months old male miniature Schnauzer, shown by Morgan Matthews
Biggest Pet
1st place - Rex, an 8-year old male Siberian Husky, shown by Steve Hampton
2nd place - Dolly, a 1-year old female Great Dane, shown by Madison Brown
Special thank you to the judges Rena Rogers, Shanna Goodnight and Terry Goodnight and to Jeff "CryptoHulk" for being the emcee for the event.

Center glass under new ownership


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to announce that Center Glass is under new ownership.  As of July 1, Justin and Anna Lee became the new owners of the company. The public and Chamber members will be invited to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new ownership at a later date.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Canning Workshop


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Shelby County will be hosting a canning workshop on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, TX 75935.
The focus of this fun, interactive workshop will be on making and canning tasty pickles, jam and salsa safely.  An abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables often triggers the desire to can foods at home.  While this can be a fun and rewarding way to keep foods long after the season ends, care must be taken to assure that foods canned at home are safe to eat.  Attend this fun and informative food preservation workshop if you would like to learn hands-on how to make and preserve fruit and vegetables.  The 6th edition of So Easy to Preserve by Cooperative Extension Service of The University of Georgia will be available for purchase at a discount of $15 per book.
Registration and payment in advance is required and due by July 12th.  The cost for this workshop is $20 per person.  Each participant will take home a jar of salsa, pickles and jam.  A special thank you to Shelby County Farm Bureau for sponsoring this program.  If you would like to register, please contact Daphne at 936-598-7744.  For more information, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at 936-598-7744.

Christian Motorcyclists Association Meeting


The East Texas Disciples, chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, which was canceled for July 4th is rescheduled for Monday, July 10th, same place and time TR’s Steaks N More at 7 PM.

Last Summer Reading Program


The Fannie Brown Booth Library's last Summer Reading Event will be an awesome magician, Julian Franklin. He will do magic tricks, puppets, simple inventions, and science. The program will be TUESDAY,  July 11th, at 10:30 a.m. and will be for both age groups. 


Commissioners Court Meeting Monday


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 July, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room (2nd floor) 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 June 12, 2017 Regular Meeting, the June 19, 2017 Special Meeting, and June 27th, 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. Discuss and possibly approve the repair to Constable Precinct 4, Jake Metcalf’s vehicle.
6.   Discuss and possibly approve payment for timber and damages for bridge work on County Road 4293 Chicken Bayou Creek
7. Discuss and possibly approve advertising for bids on an asphalt zipper for Road and Bridge Precinct 3 & 4.
8. An Executive session will also be held for the purpose of discussing personnel, hearing complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. This closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074.
9. Reopen public meeting.
10. Discuss and possibly take action on decision of court regarding Justice of the                         Peace Precinct 1.
11. Adjourn meeting.

Another Drug Bust by the Center PD


On Thursday June 15 2017 Center Police Department served a narcotics search
warrant on the residence of 32 year old Elisha Remedies and 42 year old
Michael Garrett of Center Texas. After a lengthy narcotics investigation
Narcotics Detective, David Haley presented his case to Judge Rafferty who
issued a search warrant for the couples residence located at 365 Shelbyville
Street the location of the Energy Lodge. 
Upon searching the residence Detective Haley located over 5 grams of
methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia used in the sale of the narcotics.
Detective Haley seized the methamphetamines and will be filing seizures on a
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche and $1100.00 in cash. Elisha Remedies and Michael
Garrett were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug
Free Zone Felony One and Possession of a Dangerous Drug Misdemeanor A. 
Detective Haley would like to thank The Shelby County District Attorney,
Stephen Shires and District Attorney Chief Investigator Joey Haley for their
unlimited assistance and support. 
If you're a drug Dealer in Shelby County you're not safe. You're Next!

Drug Bust by Center PD


On Wednesday June 28, 2017 Center Police Departments K-9 Officer Steve
Thornburgh and Detective Stephen Stroud Conducted a traffic stop on
Waterhouse Street. Officers located Drug paraphernalia on the driver, 58
year old Curvie Brinson and discovered the passenger; 57 year old Billy Ray
McCoy was highly intoxicated. Upon further investigation and a search of the
subject's vehicle, it was discovered the occupants Curvie Brinson and Billy
Ray McCoy of Center Texas were in possession of 29.77 grams of
methamphetamines and 51.17 grams of PCP along with drug paraphilia. Brinson
and McCoy was arrested for two charges of Possession of a Controlled
Substance PG 1>=4G Felony two. 
Center Police Department would like to inform the drug dealers of Shelby
County Your Next!

Pet Show at What-A-Melon Festival


July 6, 2017 - Come out and sign your favorite pet up for the What-A-Melon Festival pet show which starts at 6pm Friday, July 7 under the big tent on the downtown Center Square. Pet sign-up starts at 5:30pm.
Celebrity emcee for the pet show is Tenaha resident Jeff "CryptoHulk" Stewart, a wildlife expert and Cryptozoologist. An encounter when he was 15-years-old with something in the woods led Stewart to cryptozoology, which he describes as the study of undiscovered and undocumented animals. He goes out looking for animal species that have yet to be scientifically proven.
Appearances include Monsters and Mysteries in America, Survivorman Bigfoot and Finding Bigfoot while Jeff also has been featured on over 100 podcasts and is a regular guest on Moore Outdoors with Chester Moore on KLVI AM radio in Beaumont Tx. Jeff spends most days in the river bottoms of Eastern Texas investigating the strange weird tales which come from every corner of East Texas.
Pets of all kinds are welcome. Dress them up in watermelon attire to help them win the hearts of the judges. No large farm animals please. Pet owners are responsible for controlling and cleaning up after their pets.

Kite Day





Mansfield State Historic Site will host a Kite Day on Saturday, July 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The flying of kites has been a great recreational activity in the United States for over 200 years, so take time to come out to the park and enjoy this great activity! Bring your own kite which you made or bought and come enjoy the open space we have to offer. 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on La. Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit

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 Area.
Patrick N. Collins of Logansport, La. Collins is wanted for Aggravated Second Degree Battery. Collins is described as a black male, 5’9” tall and weighing 160lbs. Collins is 40 years of age. 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956. Capt. James Clements

Nacogdoches County Chamber publication wins 1st place in TCCE Annual Excellence Awards



League City, TX—Local Chambers from across the state of Texas convened on June 20, 2017 for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) Annual Excellence Awards.  The awards honor organizations for exceptional efforts in marketing, communications and media outreach.  Awards are judged in seven separate categories:  Social Media Marketing and Communications, Brochures, Chamber Map, Magazine or Community Guide, Print /Electronic News, Outstanding Chamber Website, and Outstanding Traditional Marketing Campaign.  
In the category of Magazine or Community Guide the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce was honored as the best in Texas, winning first place for its 2017 Official Nacogdoches Guide & Chamber Directory. The publication is produced by media partner Point A Media based in Nacogdoches.  
“This competition brings out the best of the best from chambers of commerce in Texas,” said Page Michel, TCCE Vice-Chairman of Communications, whose division oversees the process.  “The process is rigorous and quite competitive given the number of entries and the exceptional work presented by each. Rest assured this year’s winners demonstrated their best.”
The overall competition had more than 200 entries from which the best were judged by panels of experts in the specific field around the state.  “This honor demonstrates the incredible work done by the Nacogdoches County Chamber organizationally and in the community,” said RaDonna Hessel, 2017 TCCE Board Chairman and CEO of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber is often the voice of the community promoting the organization, the members and the community as a whole,” said Hessel.  “By winning this award the Nacogdoches County Chamber can be held up as an example of the best at promoting the Chamber, its businesses and providing excellent information.”
Angela Wiederhold, Kendal Rogers, C. Wayne Mitchell, Angie Brewer, Michele Peck
and Dana Britton.

What-A-Melon Festival Starts Today


What-A-Melon Festival Schedule of Events:
It's What-A-Melon Festival time on the downtown square! Come bring the kids out and enjoy the rides along with festival activities including the festival's signature event, Largest Watermelon, which has 26 entries this year! Weighing of the melons starts at 6pm following opening ceremonies which is at 5pm.
Arm bands are available all three nights of the festival. Bands are $20 per night and are good Thursday night from 5:30pm until 10pm; Friday night from 5:30pm until 10:30pm and Saturday night from 5:30pm until 10:30pm.
Special thanks to Shelby Savings Bank, City of Center, and Focused Care of Center who are Platinum Sponsors for the festival and to Deep East TX Electric Coop, East Texas Poultry Supply, and Farmers State Bank who are Gold Sponsors for the festival. Don't forget to buy a festival t-shirt for a souvenir you can enjoy for years!
Entry buttons are $5 per person and are good for all 3 days of admission. Free admission for children ages 5 and under.
Thursday, July 6th
5:00pm - Opening Ceremony This will be covered on KQBB 100.5 FM
6:00pm - Largest Watermelon Weigh-In which has 26 entries!!!
7:00pm - Entertainment – Gospel Night
7-8:00pm - Strong Triump Church
8-9:00pm - Prince of Peace
9-10:00pm - The Thompson Brothers
10:00pm - Festival Closes
Friday, July 7th
5:00pm - Rides & Vendors Open
5:30pm - Pet Show – Sign Up
6:00pm - Pet Show
7-8:00pm - Drew Miller
10:30pm - Festival Closes
Saturday, July 8th
7:00am - Kid’s Fun Run *
7:30am - 5K Watermelon Crawl *
10:00am - What-A-Melon Queen Pageant
3:00pm - Rides & Vendors Open
4:00pm - Seed Spitting & Speed Eating Contests This will be covered on KQBB 100.5 FM
5:00pm - Entertainment Under the Big Tent
5-6:30pm - Jeremy Bowley and Legal Limit
6:45-8pm - Kelly Amburn and the Texas Thunder Band
8:15-10pm - Zack Mason and the Jars
10:30pm - Festival Closes

4-H Opportunity Scholarship Winner




Shelby County 4-H would like to say congratulations to Konner Windham.  Konner finishes off her outstanding 4-H career by receiving a $6,500.00 State 4-H opportunity scholarship from the Davidson family.  Konner’s 4-H career has had many highlights:  Gold Star Award, Top ten finish at the Houston Livestock Show Shotgun Shoot, and San Antonio Shoot, many top placings at District 4-H Shooting events, Grand Champion steer at the county show, making the steer sale at Fort Worth Livestock Show and numerous top placings of the Shelby County Poultry Festival just to name a few.  Konner will be attending Texas Women’s University this fall.  Please join Shelby County Extension in giving Konner Windham big congratulations on receiving this scholarship.

Christian Motorcyclists Association Meeting


The East Texas Disciples, chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, which was canceled for July 4th is rescheduled for Monday, July 10th, same place and time TR’s Steaks N More at 7 PM.



3rd Annual Back to School Bash


3rd Annual Back to School Bash will be held at the Tenaha First Baptist Church on Saturday August 12th at 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What-A-Melon Festival Schedule of Events - UPDATED


3 Day Admission is $5 per Adult.  Arm Bands are $20 and will be from:
5:30-10:00 p.m. Thursday 
5:30- 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
"Arm Bands allow you to ride as many times as you want, during the designated times."
Thursday, July 6th 
5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
Center Broadcasting will cover the opening ceremony on our KQBB 100.5 FM radio station.
6:00 p.m. Largest Watermelon Weigh-In
7:00 p.m. Entertainment - Gospel Night
10:00 Close
Friday, July 7th
5:00 p.m. Rides & Vendors Open
5:30 p.m. Pet Show - Sign Up
6:00 p.m. Pet Show
7:00 p.m. Entertainment - Tejano Night
10:00 p.m. Close
Satuday, July 8th
7:00 a.m. Kid's Fun Run
7:30 a.m. 5K Watermelon Crawl
10:00 a.m. What-A-Melon Queen Pageant
Center Broadcasting will do live coverage
3:00 p.m. Rides & Vendors Open
4:00 p.m. Seed Spitting & Speed Eating Contest
Center Broadcasting will do live coverage of the events from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on our station KQBB 100.5 FM
5:00 p.m. Entertainment Under the Big Tent
10:00 p.m. Festival Closes

Weather Update


It looks like Mother Nature will modify her mood slightly from our previous
thoughts about the next few days weather forecast.
*Temperatures: * Still in the low 90's for hi's w/mid 70's at night
*Temp "Feels like" :*  *101 to 104*. Drink lots of water! Take frequent
breaks if outdoors. Check on others. Use sunscreen.
*Winds: * Light at 5-10 mph & will vary during the  day with passage of
upper air disturbances.
*Rain:*  Widely scattered T-storms when and if they do show up...nothing
severe...they will occur *mostly, * *during  the heat of               the
afternoon each day.*
*Individual Days:* Some clouds, some sun, some *low %* chances for rain
   - *Thursday* - Sunny with a late evening chance of a pop up
   shower..50%...1/10th inch
   - *Friday* - May see carryover AM T-storms...1/10th of an inch
   - *Saturday* - Mostly sunny very slight chance for popup shower... if we
   are lucky
   - *Sunday* - Good chance for a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain if you are under
   a T-storm
   - *Monday* - another pop up shower or two...maybe 1/10th inch???
   - *Tuesday* - a little stronger chance for 1/2 inch of rain
   - *Wednesday* - *Thursday*....*Sunny????*

Mason Serves 65 Years


Joaquin Masonic Lodge will honor Willie Edwards with a 65 year service award and Larry Hennigan and Jay Wilson with 50 year service awards on Saturday, July 8, 2017 with a dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this meeting.

Weather Update


Our heat advisory is still in effect, but the "feel Like" temp will just be
in the mid to upper 90's thru Friday.  Much better than the 101 to 109
extremes we saw last week and over the weekend.
UV rays are in the* EXTREME* category, so be sure to protect yourself and
reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
If your plans include <>
and fireworks <>enjoy them both. just keep
medical supplies and a fire extinguisher handy....just in case....
If your plans take you to the Gulf aware that *Rip Tides* are
currently prevalent from Houston all the way down to Corpus Christi.
Our weather will maintain a few passing clouds, light breezes, and no rain
until Friday afternoon. Then we will see widely scattered afternoon pop up
showers and T-storms. AND, not much rain then.
*Remember: When you hear it roar, get indoors.  Lightning can strike as far
away as 10 miles.*
*Some chances for rain Saturday, Sunday, and Monday with the passage of
several upper level disturbances and passing Low pressure systems*

The Creature Teacher will Visit Library


The Fannie Brown Booth Library will host the Creature Teacher for both programs on Thursday, July 6th.  The younger group (ages 4-8) will start at 10:30 a.m. and the TWEENS (ages 9-13) will start at 2:00 p.m.  Come and see what creatures the Teacher will surprise us with this Thursday.
The Library Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

Master Gardner




Fan Drive





TxDOT Update


LUFKIN - The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved more than $582 million in new construction projects with nearly $9 million awarded for new projects in the Lufkin District. Also approved was a new designation of US 59 in Nacogdoches and rural transit district funding for the 2018 fiscal year.
Angelina County was approved for a $10 million construction project on US 69 between Huntington and Zavalla. The project is designed to widen the roadway from two to four lanes from the City of Huntington south to FM 844. Pinto Construction Company, Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor.
Another project was also approved for $3 million designed to place profile edgeline and centerline pavement markings at 46 locations in the nine counties of the Lufkin District. Total Highway Maintenance, Cedar Hill, will serve as contractor for the project that is designed to enhance safety by reducing the chances of running off the road and head-on collisions.
A new designation for a portion of US 59 in Nacogdoches County was approved that will identify a future construction project. The new designation will be a new location from approximately 1 mile south of the intersection of SH 7 southward to Spradley Street, for about 1.8 miles. The current section of US 59 from the intersection of SL 224 to Spradley Street, a distance of about 1 mile, was approved to be designated as BU 59.
"The new designation of US 59 will be for a section of roadway that will be built in the future," said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. "Commissioners approved changing the current designation on a portion of US 59 to BU 59, allowing for the future roadway, which will be the flyover, to carry the designation of US 59 once that project begins."
The commission also approved $14.1 million for the 2018 fiscal year for rural and urban transportation systems, which will be distributed to urban and rural areas in the state that utilize public transportation. Included in the funding was $1.5 million for the Brazos Transit District, which operates in the Lufkin District.
For more information on TxDOT projects, visit District. For project locations and closures across the state, visit
For more information, contact:<> or (936) 633-4395.

Missing Person Update


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to update the public in reference to the missing person alert sent out yesterday, July 1, 2017, for Richard F. Hargis.
Detectives worked diligently yesterday and today in an attempt to track Hargis' location and last known whereabouts.  Hargis was located this morning in the Miller County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction.  Regretfully, he was found deceased. We are unable to share any further details of the incident as the investigation will be conducted by the Miller County Sheriff's Office.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Hargis' family during this time.  We would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in sharing the missing person release.

Missing Person - DeSoto Sheriff's Office


DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing person.  Richard F. Hargis was last seen on June 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. leaving the Auto Zone located at 2502 North State Line, Texarkana, TX.
Hargis is a DeSoto Parish resident and is described as a white male, 79 years of age, standing about 5'7" tall, weighing about 180-190 lbs., with blue eyes and white hair with a long ponytail.  He was last seen wearing an Auto Zone hat and uniform.  Hargis was last seen
driving a new, unmarked, white Dodge Tow Master van and was expected to be
traveling from Texarkana to Shreveport. 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard F. Hargis is asked to contact Sgt. Jordan Ebarb with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956.

Frontier Days






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