News Headlines Archives for 2019-12

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake Informs About the Deputy Shooting




The Deputy who was shot and killed this morning December 31, 2019, has been identified as Chris Dickerson by the funeral home handling his services. His services are pending at this time with the Hawthorn Funeral Home. 



Deputy Chris Dickerson


Press Release from Sheriff Kevin Lake 

At approximately 1:57 a.m,(on December 31, 2019) a Panola County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on FM-10 near FM-2260. Preliminary information indicates the deputy stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe on the northbound side of FM-10 when the driver suddenly exited the vehicle and fired a weapon at the Deputy. The deputy returned fire and the suspect fled the scene. Area residents, who had heard the gunshots, found the injured deputy and called for help. The deputy was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect, Gregory DeWayne Newson of Shreveport, La. was apprehended by Shreveport police and will be extradited back to Texas. At our request, the Texas Ranger are investigating this incident.




Gregory DeWayne Newson



We truly appreciate the assistance of the citizens who came to help the deputy and those who called valuable information and helped authorities track down the suspect. Our hearts are hurting and we ask the community to keep all of our deputies and the family of our fallen officer in your thoughts and prayers. As a result of the investigation in the beginning stages, there is no additional information available at this time. As information becomes available, it will be released.


Sheriff Kevin Lake



Update on the Deputy Shooting


Update on the shooting of a Panola County Deputy that happened early this morning December 31, 2019, at around 2 a.m.


According to the Panola County Sheriff's office, the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of one of their deputies has been arrested and taken into custody in Lousiana. He was identified by the Panola County Sheriff's Office as Gregory Newson.









Memorial-Lufkin Recognized (again) for Excellence with ACC HeartCARE Designation 



LUFKIN, TX (December 20, 2019)… CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin has again captured the national spotlight as an accredited HeartCARE Center of Excellence recognized by the American College of Cardiology for providing world-class patient care through a sustainable quality improvement program.


“CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin has demonstrated its commitment to providing deep East Texas with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, M.D., FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.  “This is the second consecutive year that CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin is being recognized for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care.  ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award them with the HeartCARE Center designation.”


Hospitals and health systems that have earned an ACC HeartCARE Center designation have met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Service programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns, such as Patient Navigator: Focus MI, that are designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guideline-based care.  

In 2018, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial was designated as a HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence by the ACC – then the second hospital in the state of Texas and the ninth in the nation to receive this first-of-its-kind distinction. During the same year, the facility also received the Pioneer Award which honored hospitals that achieved this designation during the first year of its existence and recognized them as “pioneers” in advancing the cause of sustainable quality improvement. 


“Our mission and vision has been to not only transform cardiovascular care in deep East Texas and improve heart health through high quality, appropriate and cost-effective care but to also sustain the advances we make in cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Ravinder Bachireddy, M.D., FACC, ACC Cardiovascular Champion and Chief of Cardiology for CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin.  “For the second year in a row, we have achieved this prestigious recognition.  It is the highest honor given to any hospital from the American College of Cardiology through collaboration, commitment, focus and team work. Lufkin is truly becoming a Regional Medical Center of Excellence.”


Monte Bostwick, Market President & CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial, said, “This is a testament to the great collaboration and commitment of The Heart Institute of East Texas cardiologists and CHI St. Luke’s Health. It continues to be a true team effort of nursing staff, ER, Cath Lab staff and physicians.”

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance.  These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care.

Watch Night Service



There will be a watch night service at the Shelbyville Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church going on December 31, 2019, starting at 9 p.m.



Praise 2019 Thank You Letter



Praise 2019 was a huge success!  On December 14th, 2019, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. had their end of the year fundraiser, which had live singing, food and refreshments, live and silent auctions, and door prizes.  All proceeds made that night went to the Senior Nutrition Site programs that provide meals to seniors 60 and older and deliver meals to homebound seniors in the community. 


Praise 2019 would not have been possible without those who made contributions.  They include Margaret Smith, Dependable Arms, EscapeNac, Gary Roberts, David Masterson, Brookshire Brothers, CA Jewel/COR Boutique, Sanford and Sons Boulder Designs, Pine Creek Lodge, McAdams Propane, Golden Eye Clinic, Shelbyville ISD Ag. Department, Pine Colony Inn, Holly Park Marina, Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149, Ivan Smith Furniture, Wal-Mart, Roger and Donna Harding, Shelbyville ISD Floral Design, Shelby Savings Bank, Sister Iva, ACE Hardware, Terri Lacher, Shelbyville Grocery, NAPA Auto Parts, Tractor Supply, O’Reily’s Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Center Motor Company/ATV, Covington Lumber Company, Boles Feed, Big Tin Barn/Pineland, Cellular One of East Texas, Duran’s Italian Restaurant, Rio Movie Theater, Rancho Grande, Center Floral, 3 P’s Detail Shop, Vintage Junkie, Ihlo Sales, Center Tire Company, Blake Furniture, Center Noon Lions Club, Short United Methodist Church, Texas Bank and Trust, KML Contractors, Antioch Baptist Church, and Shelby County Today.


We want to also extend our deepest appreciation to everyone that came out to support our fundraiser.  We had a great turn out and it was because of each of you that showed up to support the organization.  Your support to this fundraiser and our organization helps us continue to serve the people of Shelby County.  



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 2ND day of January 2020 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 weekly expenses.

2.    Approve current payroll.

3.    Public comments on Agenda item.

4.    Approve JP. 1 Bound.

5.    Adjourn.

Blood Drive





Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting 




Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020, 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 call Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext: 200.



Ring in the new year, but make sure to lock your car

The Texas Department of Insurance is urging you to lock your car doors and turn on alarms while you ring in the new year.


According to a recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more cars and trucks are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday.


“The report doesn’t speculate on what makes New Year’s Day attractive to car thieves,” said TDI fraud analyst Krystal Kulle. “But midnight January 1 is probably a time when people are celebrating the new year and not out on the street.”


Don’t make your car an easy target:

  • Never leave your keys in the car.
  • Lock doors and close windows.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight.
  • If you have an alarm, use it.


For the record, Christmas Day had the lowest number of cars stolen all year long. It seems even car thieves don’t want to work on Christmas.


To report suspected insurance fraud, call 1-800-252-3439.




Jennifer Tisdale

Senior Communication Adviser


U.S. Attorney's Office Collects nearly $43 million in Criminal and Civil Actions in Fiscal Year 2019

SHERMAN, Texas - U.S. Attorney Joseph Brown announced today that the Eastern District of Texas collected $42,720,785.69 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2019.  Of this amount, $41,528,315.03 was collected in criminal actions and $1,192,470.66 was collected in civil actions


Additionally, the Eastern District of Texas worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $3,829,172.54 in cases pursued jointly by these offices.  Of this amount, $19,813.58 was collected in criminal actions and $3,809,358.96 was collected in civil actions.         


“One of the most important missions of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices is enforcing and collecting monetary judgments for violations of federal law,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Brown.  “Aggressive enforcement of these judgments achieves the multiple purposes of compensating crime victims, punishing those who break the law, and deterring future violations.  The Eastern District prides itself in incorporating asset recovery into the earliest stages of all cases, which ultimately helps maximize the money we collect.”


In August 2019, the Eastern District of Texas recovered nearly $3,200,000 to fully satisfy a restitution judgment entered in United States v. Manpreet Singh in August 2018.  Singh was prosecuted for defrauding several banks in the Eastern District of Texas.  The Eastern District’s asset recovery team was involved in the prosecution and ensured that Singh made a significant down payment to the restitution prior to sentencing.  Next, the asset recovery team sought specific payment terms that would require Singh to sell a hotel and other real property as part of his sentence.  The Court adopted the entirety of the government’s requested payment terms and incorporated them into the judgment.  Prosecutors successfully forced Singh to promptly effect the hotel sale, which led to the judgment being paid in full in less than a year.


The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims.  The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss.  While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.


Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Texas, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $15,049,725 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2019.  Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.



Davilyn Walston


Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator

U.S. Attorney's Office

Eastern District of Texas

350 Magnolia Suite 150

Beaumont, TX 77701

O 409-981-7902

C 409-553-9881


Bossier Parish Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled For Saturday Night

Bossier Parish - Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  To combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop G will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday, December 28, 2019.  The checkpoint will take place at an undisclosed location in Bossier Parish from approximately 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.


Our mission will be to detect and arrest impaired drivers before they can cause injury or death to themselves, their passengers, or members of the public.  We are asking the public to make the mature decision of designating a sober driver. 


To report aggressive or impaired driving, motorists are encouraged to call *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact their local law enforcement agency.


Contact Information:

TFC Brent Hardy

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 741-7409

Nacogdoches Deputies Apprehend Arkansas Murder Suspect

The Arkansas State Police has formally filed Murder Charges on Jordana Rogers who is currently in custody at the Nacogdoches County Jail. Rogers was arrested by NCSO deputies on Monday 12-23-2019 on FM 225 for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon.


Deputies were dispatched to the area of FM 225 Monday afternoon after a report of a male subject was observed walking near the roadway with blood coming from his head. When Deputies arrived they found that the male subject has been assaulted.  After an investigation, the suspect of the assault was found parked on the side of the roadway in the 4600 block of FM 225.


Deputies became suspicious of Rogers due to how she was acting and other evidence found at the scene. Deputies contacted the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas and requested a welfare check of the suspect’s mother who resides in Mansfield, Arkansas.


Deputies were later notified by authorities in Arkansas that a female that has been identified as Melinda Rogers was found dead at her residence.  Evidence found at the scene leads authorities to believe that Melinda Rogers was murdered.


Jordana Rogers was initially arrested on charges in Nacogdoches County for Aggravated Assault and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. Since that time, Investigators have been working with the Arkansas State Police in the murder investigation.


Investigators with NCSO conducted an interview with Jordana Rogers on Monday night, in which she confessed to the killing of her mother along with some other details.


Arkansas State Police have obtained a warrant for Murder on Jordana Rogers which was issued today. That warrant was served on Rogers at the Nacogdoches County Jail. At some point, Rogers will be transported back to Sebastian County Arkansas on the Murder Charge.

Christmas Eve Blood Drive at Center Police Department


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center held a local blood drive that was set up inside the Center Police Department Training Room on Christmas Eve. The drive was held from 11 am - 3:30 pm and had 35 participants with only 3 deferrals. Doners also received a hoodie for their donation.


Connie Weaver, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center recruiter, said “[This drive is] the busiest Christmas Eve blood drive I’ve seen in 17 years.”


With double donors & plasma, they received 38 units of blood.


Amy Lindley, Center PD, said “The Center Police Department and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center want to thank everyone that came and donated blood during our Christmas Eve Blood Drive.  We had a great and wonderful turn out! 38 units of blood is a big number to reach during drives, and will be a huge impact to those in need. Thank you to everyone that took the time to come out and show your support and help save lives.”





Shelby County Man Guilty of Child Exploitation Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 23-year-old Joaquin, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.


                Alexander Nathan Barter pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on December 20, 2019.


                According to information admitted by Barter as part of his plea, in October 2018, Barter posted an ad on a dark web site stating “I’d like to try necrophilia and cannibalism, and see how it feels to take a life.  If you’d be willing to let me kill you, are in the US (preferably in the south) and can travel by car, contact me.”  An undercover officer saw the ad and responded, utilizing the persona of a father with a 13-year old daughter.  Between October 9, 2018 and October 19, 2018, Barter and the undercover officer exchanged a series of messages that included Barter’s repeated interest in raping, killing, and eating the 13-year old child.  Barter provided the undercover with instructions on traveling from Florida to Shelby County, Texas, what to tell the child to get her acquiescence to travel, and how to conceal evidence of their crime.  On October 19, 2018, Barter arrived at the designated meet site in Joaquin, Texas with a knife, trash bag, cellular phone, and a tablet.


“These are the cases that remind us that evil is real,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.   “It also reminds us that we are fortunate that we have law enforcement working to stop these things.”


                As part of his plea, Barter also admitted to using a social media communications application, the internet, and digital devices he owned to communicate with other individuals about child pornography.  On October 14, 2017, Barter offered to send videos depicting the sexual exploitation of a prepubescent female to another individual.  The individual accepted the offer and Barter sent the files, along with descriptions of their contents.


                Barter entered into a plea agreement with the government that includes a sentence of 240 months imprisonment on each count.  Each party has reserved the right to argue that the sentences should run concurrent or consecutive.  Accordingly, Barter will face a minimum term of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years when he is sentenced.  A sentencing date has not yet been set and the actual sentence will be determined by a federal judge at sentencing.


                This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations in Lufkin, Beaumont, and Houston, Texas; Homeland Security Investigations Cocoa Beach, Florida, Child Exploitation Task Force; Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (Florida); Nacogdoches Police Department; Texas Department of Public Safety; Customs and Border Protection Air Units; and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Miller and U.S. Department of Justice Senior Trial Attorney Jennifer Toritto Leonardo.

Bryan Martin Texas Country Songwriter of the Year Award Winner



Congratulations to Bryan Martin, a Shelby County resident who lives in Tenaha, on winning the Texas Country Songwriter Of the Year Award. Center Broadcasting Company met with him for an interview at the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.  






Silver Alert Advisory














Shreveport – The Louisiana State Police has issued a Silver Alert on behalf of Shreveport Police Department for Vernon Goldston.  He was last seen this afternoon around 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, which is located at 8340 Milicent Way in Shreveport, Louisiana.





Goldston is an 87-year-old white male with gray hair who suffers from dementia.  He is approximately 6’1” and 130 pounds.  He is driving a 2014 Silver Hyundai Santa Fe bearing Texas license plate 9NZHB. 


Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts of Vernon Goldston should immediately contact Detective Rodney Stewart with Shreveport Police Department at 318-673-7300 or 911. 





Search Warrant of residence leads to narcotics and stolen Guns



NACOGDOCHES,TX. (December 19, 2019). Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department seized a large quantity of narcotics and handguns and made several arrests after an investigation began late Wednesday evening.  Nacogdoches Police were called to Eastwood Terrace apartments on E.J. Campbell Blvd late Wednesday.  During an investigation Officers made contact with a resident, Tony Wayne Hall at an apartment in the 3000 block of E.J. Campbell Blvd and the strong odor of narcotics were immediately detected by officers.  Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence.  Seized from the residence was powder Cocaine, Ecstasy pills, PCP, liquid Codeine, liquid Promethazine, Marijuana, and three handguns.  Two of the handguns were reported stolen.


Arrested Wednesday evening was Tony Wayne Hall, 34 years of age from Nacogdoches for numerous narcotics and firearms charges and Dekovan Lakeith Williams, 23 years of age from Nacogdoches for Criminal Trespassing.


Also stemming from this investigation were the arrests Thursday of Dekovan Williams, 23 years of age from Nacogdoches,Tx  for additional narcotics charges and Anthony Odell Cannon, 22 years of age for narcotics charges. 

Game Wardens are Seeking the Public's Help



Texas Game Wardens in Shelby County are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this illegal act. On or about Saturday, December 14th, in a high fenced area on FM 2026 near Center, Texas, this deer was found shot and left to waste.





JISD Board Minutes



1 The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members present: Chrisco Bragg, Tam Hearnsberger, Thomas Harvey, Brandon Neal, Jeff Hamilton, Ronnie Belrose, and Jeff Cater

Board members absent:

Guest(s) Present: Kelly Clark
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Ryan Fuller, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal; Terri Gray, Jr High/High School Principal; Bert Coan, Elementary Assistant Principal; Kathy Carrington, Special Education Director; Mark Bonner, Maintenance Director, Wade Lawson, Men’s Athletic Director

Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.


2 The invocation was led by Thomas Harvey, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America y Jeff Hamilton, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jeff Cater.


3 Audience Participation – None


4 Report and Information items:


4.1 Symmetry Turf Presentation- Kelly Clark


4.2 Jr. High and Elementary UIL Academic Contest Report


4.3 Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance


4.4 Quarterly Investment Report- Joel Bumback Director of Finance


4.5 Hand out Superintendent’s Evaluation Form


4.6 Employee Incentives report


4.7 Update on Improvement Projects


4.8 Update on Malware Attack


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


5.1 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve the previous meeting minutes. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.


5.2 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve the Board Operating Procedures. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

5.3 It was moved by Thomas Harvey, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to change the date of the January board meeting to January 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

5.4 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve the calendar presented by Hilltop Securities (attached) and to prepare the Bond Order and Bond Purchase. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.5 It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve the bid for sale of property held by Joaquin ISD as Trustee (attached). Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

5.6 It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger and seconded by Jeff Cater, to approve TASB Policy Update 114 as presented by TASB. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

5.7 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve Terracon to do the Geotechinical work on the Field Project. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

6 Chrisco Bragg, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.
7 Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD - January 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

8 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.


Chrisco Bragg, President
Tam Hearnsberger , Secretary

Coach Marty Murr Interview




Center Broadcasting Company traveled to San Augustine ISD and met with Coach Marty Murr about their football season.






Don Wall Christmas Show on KQBB 100.5 FM



Don Wall Christmas Show on Christmas Eve December 24th, 2019 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. on KQBB 100.5 FM. Join in as Don Wall gives you the sounds of the season along with his family.



Tenaha Students Earn Region Honors






Tenaha had 2 high school band students and 19 middle school band students earn a chair in the Region 21 All-Region Bands!


Tenaha placed more middle school students in the Region 21 All-Region East Zone Band than any other school district in the surrounding area. Additionally, 50% of the Tenaha students that auditioned earned a chair in one of the bands. 




Here are the students that earned a chair:


High School: (first attempts since 2015)

-Jared Tovar: 2nd Chair Baritone Concert Band
-Krislynn Joseph: 6th Chair Clarinet Concert Band



Middle School:

- Angelica Sandoval: 8th Chair Flute
- Miriam Castillero: 9th Chair Flute
- Yelitza Perez: 2nd Alternate Flute
- Jessica Aguilar: 2nd Chair Clarinet
- A’Jeunna Moore: 6th Chair Clarinet
- Jesel Gonzalez: 8th Chair Clarinet
- Yuliana Perez: 10th Chair Clarinet
- Dalia Romero: 13th Chair Clarinet
- Britney Barona: 14th Chair Clarinet
- Diana Flores: 17th Chair Clarinet
- Ana Valencia: 19th Chair Clarinet
- Gladys Tovar: 22nd Chair Clarinet
- Arlette Ramirez: 1st Chair Bass Clarinet
- Mark Segovia: 2nd Chair Bass Clarinet
- Angel Jenkins: 1st Chair Tenor Sax
- Cristian Rodriguez: 7th Chair Trumpet
- Misael Hernandez: 9th Chair Trumpet
- Korneilia Hill: 6th Chair Trombone
- Jairo Hernandez: 8th Chair Trombone
- Michael Santana: 5th Chair Baritone
- Dejaylon Cooks: 3rd Alternate Baritone

  Congrats to these kids!  

Joaquin JV/Varsity Basketball Game Time Change




The Joaquin JV / Varsity Basketball games vs. Timpson to be played this Friday (12/20) will start at 4:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. 



Sean Permenter Announcing Candidacy for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3



My name is Sean Permenter and I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 in the Republican Primary. I have given this decision a lot of thought and many prayers to seek the unexpired term of Margie Anderson.   


I was born at Barksdale Air Force Base and have lived most of my life here in Joaquin.  I am a 1965 graduate of Joaquin High School and a proud Army veteran. 


My wife, Joyce and I have called Shelby County, specifically South Paxton, home for the past 36 years.  We are the proud parents of three children, Amie Modglin (Las Vegas), Eric Permenter (Joaquin) and Roxanne Galey (deceased).  We have seven grandchildren and one great grandson. 


I have volunteered with non-profit organizations throughout the years, Joaquin Athletic Booster Club, Hogs and Rams for MDA, What-A-Melon Festival, Children’s Advocacy Center, Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse, Christmas fundraisers for local children just to name a few.  


After returning to Shelby County, I was blessed to work for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for 25 years.  During my tenure with the State, I was trained in all aspects of public issues as well as what I have learned through my years of experience with individuals.  One of my duties at TxDOT was responded to and investigated all fatalities on Shelby County highways.  

During my tenure, I have worked with police departments, Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and all fire departments in Shelby County regarding accidents, floods, dead animals, trees down, etc.  


I have been trained in OSHA rules and regulations with two years’ experience as Safety Director at Salty’s Manufacturing, along with many courses taken while being a State employee.

As Supervisor of Shelby County (TxDOT), I tried to be fair and just for all and will continue to do that for Precinct 3.    


A Justice of the Peace is someone that you know, trust, is dedicated to the position, honest and fair.  I am that person.  

East Texas Communities Foundation Announces Scholarships Available for East Texas Students 



East Texas Communities Foundation is currently accepting applications from East Texas students for seventy scholarships to be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline for submission varies and is clearly marked on the applications. 

New this year, applicants can use an online matching tool to help determine which scholarships they are most likely eligible for and to access the applications. All applicants should use the General Matching Tool while students majoring in visual arts, art history, music, music education, theater, or dance should also use the Arts Matching Tool. Detailed eligibility criteria and links to the applications are available on the ETCF website at
Six new scholarships have been established this year including:

Barbara Bass Community College Scholarship: established to honor Barbara Bass’s years of service as mayor of the City of Tyler. Applicants must be first generation college students, residing within the Tyler city limits and planning to pursue an associate’s degree.  Amount: $1,250, renewable.
Dr. Scott Cooper Nursing Foundation Scholarship: established by Donald Scott Cooper to encourage students from Gregg, Rusk, and Smith Counties who plan to major in nursing.  Amount: $1,000.


Edna Faulk Haberle Visual Arts Scholarship: The Edna Faulk Haberle Visual Arts Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students planning to major in visual arts. While students from the namesake’s hometown of Jacksonville, Texas will be given preference, the scholarship is open to applicants from several East Texas counties. The Haberle family created this scholarship to honor Mrs. Haberle on her birthday in 2019.  Amount: $500.
Robinson Family Memorial Scholarship: The Robinson Family Memorial Scholarship was established to benefit students at Lovelady High School and Bedias, Texas residents attending Madisonville High school.  Amount: $500.


Tatum Music Scholarship: Tatum Music Company has served East Texas school band programs for over 70 years, meeting the needs of both student musicians and area music educators. Several former outstanding band directors have owned Tatum Music Company throughout its history. The current owner, Doice Grant, established this scholarship fund to benefit future instrumental music educators.  Amount: $400.
Wayne & Margie Morrison Scholarship: The Wayne and Margie Morrison Scholarship Fund was established in 2019. The Morrison’s believed in always paying it forward and established this scholarship to benefit Smith County graduating seniors attending a four-year college or university in East Texas.  Amount: $4,000.

For a complete list of scholarships log on to our website at  or call Mary Lynn Smith or Dana Durman at 903.533.0208.



Shelby Savings Bank Christmas Open House



Going on today December 12, 2019, Shelby Savings Bank is hosting their Christmas Open House. Center Broadcasting Company met with their President Will Lucas. Santa Claus himself will be visiting.   





Will Lucas Bank President, with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus.


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Sam Samford Lodge 149 Called Meeting



Sam Samford Lodge 149 in Center will have a called meeting on 12/19/2019 for the purpose of examination in the Entered Apprentice Degree and conferral of two Fellowcraft Degrees.  


They will have finger foods and fellowship starting at 6:30 p.m. and will begin work immediately after.  Hope to see you at Lodge.





San Augustine Hospital Receives Prestigious "Top Hospital" Award



SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (December 18, 2019)… For the second year in a row, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial San Augustine has been nationally recognized as a Leapfrog Top Hospital for excellence.


“It takes leadership, teamwork and absolute dedication to patients, to achieve this award,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.


“We are committed to serving our community and providing high-quality, safe care.  We know how important it is for our patients to feel confident in the care they receive,” Darlene Williams, VP of Operations, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial San Augustine said.  “Our community can be proud of their local hospital.  Less than 6% of eligible hospitals earned Leapfrog Top Hospital status – and we are one of them!”


Research indicates Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and lower infection rates, among other laudable qualities. Hospitals that are eligible to receive a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must have received an “A” in the most recent round of scoring to be eligible.


The award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather, to all teaching, general, rural, and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospital Methodology. 


“CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial San Augustine is among the elite.  It is one of only two hospitals in Texas to receive Top Hospital status.  That speaks volumes about our staff’s commitment to putting patients and safety first,” Monte Bostwick, Market President and CEO said.


“Congratulations to our team for their hard work and to our patients for trusting us with their care.”


Of the 120 Top Hospitals recognized, 10 were Top Children’s Hospitals, 37 were Top General Hospitals, 55 were Top Teaching Hospitals and 18 were Top Rural Hospitals.



Man Passes Away in a House Fire



On Sunday, December 15 at approximately 9:45 a.m., deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a possible fire fatality on County Road 2625 in the Oakdale Community. Deputy Jake Gross arrived on location and confirmed that there was a deceased individual in the remains of the structure. Family members advised the residence was occupied by Bobby Joe Cartwright.


Lieutenant Investigator Del Birdwell responded to perform the Fire Investigation. In talking with family members, it was discovered Cartwright had not been seen since the evening of Friday, December 13. The structure was located at the back of the property and discovered burned on Sunday morning.


The fire was ruled as accidental, starting in the front room around a wood heater. Judge Marla Denby, JP 2 performed the death inquest. Cartwright was taken to Forensic Medical of Texas for an autopsy.




Farmers State Bank Christmas Open House



Farmers State Bank host Christmas Open House on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 



They decorated the office and offered cookies and punch for the public.










Tenaha Tiger News & Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament




(Tiger Gym CLOSED for floor repair until further notice)


December 17, 2019-Christmas Concert (All Bands) 2:00 in SEC; JVG/VG in Garrison 5:00 pm (District Game); JVB/VB in Henderson 6:15 pm

December 18, 2019- 1st Grade Christmas Program 9:30 am

December 20, 2019-Early Release 11:30 am; JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) District Game 1:00 pm; VB vs Jefferson in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 23-30, 2019-Christmas Holiday

December  26-28, 2019-Holiday Hoops

January 1, 2020-New Year’s Holiday; Board Appreciation Month

January 2-3, 2020-Holiday; JVB/VB in Joaquin; JVG/VG in Joaquin (District Game) 4:30 pm; Girls Soccer in Carthage 2:00 pm

January 6, 2020-Teacher In-Service /Student Holiday; Girls/Boys Soccer in Waskom 5:00 pm

January 7, 2020-Classes Resume; JVG/VG vs Timpson (Home) District Game 4:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Timpson in Tenaha

January 8, 2020-Student Early Release 1:30 pm; Stop the Bleed InService in Café’ 1:45 pm

January 9, 2020- JH B/G vs San Augustine in Tenaha 4:30 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 pm; Girls Soccer-Waskom Tournament

January 10, 2020-End of 3rd Week Grading Period; JVG/VG in Martinsville (District Game)  4:30 pm; JVB/VG in Martinsville

January 11, 2020-Area Band Tryouts @ Chapel Hill; JH B/G in Mt. Enterprise Tournament; Girls Soccer-Waskom Tournament

January 13, 2020-Board Meeting 5:30 pm; Beginning 4th Grading Period

Enrollment: 528

This is your official “tip-off” of the 11th annual Holiday Hoops Basketball tournament in Tenaha on December 26, 27, and 28.  It’s a bit of a broken record, but we have an amazing field coming yet again, and while I don’t know how we top last year’s event, I’m sure you will all find a way to make it even better.


Brackets are attached:


Boys Bracket:


Girls Bracket:


Join us for some great basketball during the holidays. 


New Phone System at Joaquin ISD



Joaquin ISD has installed a new phone system.  Please dial 936-269-3128 to reach all departments of Joaquin ISD. 




CMS Christmas Extravaganza Dec 19



Center Middle School and My Sister, Myself, invites you to a Christmas Extravaganza! This event will be Thursday, December 19, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. 


So many fun activities are scheduled for you and yours, including our Christmas play performed by CMS students, performances by CMS cheer, dance, and pep squad, face painting, popcorn, and hot chocolate, Boom Boom photo booth, silent cake auction, t-shirts and decorations for sale. Enjoy a brief slideshow in the library with photos of CMS students in various activities. CMS art classes will showcase student artwork and most important of all...SANTA will be available for photos! 


The cost for this event is just $10 for three people or $5 for one person. All proceeds from the event will go to 'My Sister, Myself' for future activities to encourage our young ladies to pursue success. 



Excelsior ISD Christmas Program


Excelsior ISD will be hosting its Christmas Music and Art Program this evening December 17, 2019, starting at 6 p.m. The program will feature Pre-K through 8th grade.







CHS Student Senate to Host Elf Camp December 19


The Student Senate of Center High School is hosting the first annual Elf Camp on December 19 at the CHS campus for grades K-3. 

Elf Camp is a Christmas-themed field day designed to connect little Roughriders with high school students. Participants will take part in stations that are managed by on-campus organizations. Stations will include musical chairs, snowball bowling, face painting, pictures with Santa, and more.

Signed permission slips, which were sent home with students, are required for participation in the event, and one is attached to this release. 




From left to right: Obed Lopez, Jessica Alvarado, Avery Snell, Caroline Scull and Mark Perkins


We would like to thank the following organizations, donors, and faculty members for aiding in Elf Camp’s creation. Elf Camp is a charitable day that was made possible by the following groups:

District Attorney Stephen Shires for the donation of food and drink.

The participating organizations are listed below:

NHS, sponsored by Susan Penick

Spanish Club, sponsored by Mary Grisby 

Student Publications, sponsored by Sydney Brookshire

Art Club, sponsored by Joella Summerlot 

Culinary, sponsored by Jennifer Fausett and Courtney Mayfield 

Chaparrals, sponsored by Natalie Morse 

Theatre, sponsored by Christopher Watlington

Cheer, sponsored by Jordan Belrose

Student Senate would also like to thank Principal Matthew Gregory and the Center High School administration, Principal Inez Hughes from F.L. Moffett, and Principal Lana Whitworth from Center  Elementary. 

The CHS Student Senate is a group of elected representatives from each grade level. Members include senior Caroline Scull, senior Jessica Alvarado, senior Mark Perkins, junior Katelyn Duvon, sophomore Avery Snell, sophomore Obed Lopez, freshman McKenzie Jones. The CHS Student Senate is sponsored by Kaylin Burleson.


Parent Permission Form Click Here:




Tenaha ISD Cancels Games Due to Weather



According to Tenaha ISD, the Tenaha JH Games are Cancelled for tonight 12-16-19 in West Sabine due to weather conditions. 



Open Houses Farmers and Shelby Savings



Farmers State Bank will have their open house on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.


Shelby Savings Bank will have their open house on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Tenaha PD Gives out Free Bumper Stickers to Identify Disabilities and Special Needs






The Tenaha Police Department are giving out bumper stickers for free to help emergency responders and law enforcement know if a person is special needs, hearing impaired, or have a disability. In addition officers with the Tenaha PD now have a pamphlet for how to communicate properly with a deaf or hearing impaired person. 




Sticker samples




Capt. Joey Hudnall putting a sticker on a person's car for them


This will help on multiple fronts both law enforcement will benefit and the public will also. The stickers will also aid in identifying elderly people that may go missing due to dementia, etc. The stickers tell of the person's disability in addition to bearing the Tenaha PD patch so if law enforcement or other first responders encounter them they will know who to contact.


For more information or if you need some of the bumper stickers or know of someone who could use them please contact the Tenaha Police Department at 936-248-3841.




Left to Right: Tenaha PD Capt. Joey Hudnall, Chief Jeremy H. Pope, and Delicia Eaves representing Sand Hill Wrecker Service


Funding for the project was generously provided by the Sand Hill Wrecker service's owner, Mr. Larry Joe Eaves, he is not present in the photo below his wife attended in his stead. Eaves provided the funds to purchase 1,000 stickers. 



Left to Right: Capt. Joey Hudnall, Clarence Chessher, Leticia Choice, Lanecia Choice, Tanya Garcia-Caballero, Delicia Eaves, Charles Bridges




Timpson Band



On Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, members of the Timpson Band traveled to Carthage and Henderson and auditioned for the ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) Middle School and High School All-Region Bands. 


The Timpson students that earned chairs or alternate positions in the bands are pictured below from left to right:



Matthew Thorne ~ 8th Grade French Horn, 6th Chair
Fabian Martinez ~ Senior Tuba, 6th Chair HS Symphonic Band - AREA*

Mason Ramsey ~ 8th Grade Tuba, 4th Chair

Isabella Galaviz ~ 8th Grade Clarinet, 1st Chair

Alyssa Parks ~ Junior Alto Clarinet, 1st Chair HS Symphonic Band - AREA*

Alyssa Parks ~ Junior Bb Clarinet, 4th Chair HS Symphonic Band – AREA*
Bella Alford ~ 8th Grade Clarinet, 9th Chair

Julien Lawrence ~ Junior Euphonium, 6th Alternate
Jayden Windham ~ Freshman Tuba, 2nd Chair HS Concert Band – AREA*


Fabian Martinez, Jayden Windham, and Alyssa Parks (double qualified on both Alto and B-Flat clarinets) each ranked high enough in their sections to qualify for the Area competition. On January 11 they will go to Chapel Hill and audition for the ATSSB All-State Band.


Congratulations to all of these fine Timpson Band students. We are VERY proud of all of our Bear Band students that auditioned!

Shelbyville Dragon Football All District 



12-2A D1 All District Football Team


Defensive Newcomer of the Year:  Dylan Robbins - Soph., LB , Shelbyville


1st Team Offense:
Jaylon Brinson- RB


1st Team Defense:
Grady Clay-Jr., Defensive End
AJ Cartwright - Jr, Defensive End
LD Coleman- Jr. Nose Guard
Dawson Windham - Jr., Defensive Tackle
Caleb Ridgeway- Jr., Linebacker
LD Coleman- Jr. Punter


2nd Team Offense:
Eli Taylor - Soph., Center
Trey Cartwright - Soph., Tackle
Keyshawn McCollister- Jr. Tackle


2nd Team Defense:
Trevor Jackson - Sr., Defensive Tackle
Jakory Standley - Soph., Safety
Kel Wilson- Jr., Corner Back


Honorable Mention Offense:
Ty Merriman- Soph., Guard
Jarod Perez- Jr., - Wide Receiver
Marcus Horton-  Sr., Return Specialist


Honorable Mention Defense:
Jarod Perez- Jr., Defensive Back



Tornado Warning in Effect for Sabine Parish



Be advised according to the national weather service there is a tornado warning in effect for Sabine Parish. There is also a watch in effect for Shelby County. 


There is a tornado watch in effect for the following counties until 6 p.m. on 12-16-19. 




HARDIN               JASPER              JEFFERSON
NEWTON               ORANGE              SABINE
SAN AUGUSTINE        SHELBY              TYLER






Tornado Watch in effect also for Milam, Texas.







Tornado Watch in Effect







HARDIN               JASPER              JEFFERSON
NEWTON               ORANGE              SABINE
SAN AUGUSTINE        SHELBY              TYLER



Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Meeting



Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will have their Christmas party Monday, December 16th, 6:00 pm at Sombrero’s Bar & Grill. All members are invited to come out and attend.



Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 18th day of December, 2019 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 weekly expenses. 
2. Public comments on Agenda item. 
3. Discuss and possibly approve abandoning .954 miles of County Road 4778 and .263 miles of 
County Road 4763. 
4. Accept or Reject bid on sale of Property. 
5. Discuss and possibly appoint Donna Parker as JP. 1 with the start date as Jan 1, 2020. 
6. Discuss and possibly approve the Amendment Resignation from JP. 3 Margie Anderson. 
7. Adjourn. 

Tenaha City Council Meeting


Monday December 16, 2019 5:30 PM


Notice is hereby given that the Regular Called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 5:30 PM in the City Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas.  If while in the meeting, any discussion on items on the Agenda should be held in executive session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101.

Order of Business:

  1. Call to Order 

  2. Welcome/Prayer/Pledge

  3. Roll Call and Establish a quorum

  4. Public Comments (Must sign in prior to call to order and limited to 3 minutes) 

  5. Department Head Reports:

  6. Discuss and Consider Approving November 2019 City Council Meeting Minutes. ACTION ITEM

  7. Discuss and Consider Approving November 2019 Financials. ACTION ITEM

  8. Discuss the Application fee to run for city office in general elections. 

  9. Enter Closed Session per Tex. Gov’t Code Sec. 551.071. Update on pending or contemplated litigation.

  10. Council Comments 

  11. Adjourn

I certify that the above was posted on the front door of the Tenaha City Hall at 238 North George Bowers Drive Tenaha Texas at 4:00 pm Friday December 13, 2019 for public viewing 72 hours prior to 5:30 pm Monday December 16, 2019.  Emailed to the Light and Champion, Shelby County Today and East Texas Press.


Amanda Treat

City Secretary

Stock A Ram Drawing Winner




Congratulations to this year's Stock A Ram winner Sandi Potter. 




Winning ticket personal information omitted.







San Augustine Falls to Refugio


Congratulations to the San Augustine Wolves on a great football season they fell in the state semi-final to the Refugio Bobcats, final score Bobcats 29 Wolves 21. 





News From Shelby County Clerk



Due to the construction on the sidewalk in front of the Shelby County Clerk's Office on the downtown Center square, and for the safety of our customers, we will be locking our front door for the next two weeks, beginning today, 12/12/2019.  


We do have our back door unlocked, and you can park at the active courthouse and walk across the road to the back of our office, and come through the back door.  We do have a sign to let you know which door to use.  Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.



Excelsior to host a Political Rally



SAVE the DATE February 8, 2020, Excelsior will host a Political rally for all candidates.  More information will be available at a later date.



Joaquin VFD Christmas Party and Awards Banquet



The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Christmas Party and Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 7th at the Joaquin ISD Cafeteria. The event was well attended by department members and their families, as well as several guests. Those included Joaquin City Councilwoman Cathy Atkinson and her husband Bill, longtime fire department supporter Darrell Alford and his wife Gay, Precinct 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood, Deputy Constable Newton Johnson, Jr., and Texas DPS State Troopers Keith Jones and Jesse Fountain.




Firefighter Nat Rodgers is presented with a certificate thanking him for five years of service by Training Officer Stephen Ewing.




Being recognized for Perfect Attendance was Firefighter Brock Pugh.


After a wonderful steak dinner, Fire Chief Perry Pugh welcomed the guests, as well as the members and their families. Chief Pugh talked about what a productive year the department has had, highlighted by the opening of Fire Station #2 on Highway 7. He also spoke of some exciting things to come, such as the addition of a new rescue engine to the department’s fleet of trucks in 2020, made possible by the approval of a USDA grant filed by the city. He then turned the program over to Training Officer Stephen Ewing, who handed out several service awards. Firefighters Nat Rodgers and Michael Bates were recognized for five years of service, and Chief of EMS Jesse Griffith was recognized for 25 years.




Firefighter Michael Bates receives a certificate for five years of service from Training Officer Stephen Ewing.




Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett received an award for answering the most calls in 2019.


Firefighters Brock Pugh and Michael Stephens and Traffic Officer Tommy Boyett, along with Assistant Chiefs Jeremy Boyett and Steve Cockrell and Chief Perry Pugh received recognition for perfect attendance at meetings, and Jeremy Boyett was awarded a certificate for answering the most calls for the year. Firefighter Jesse Parent, who received the honor of Firefighter of the Year in 2018, presented the 2019 award to Firefighter Michael Stephens. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department would like to wish all citizens of our community a safe and happy holiday season.


2018 Firefighter of the Year presents the 2019 award to Firefighter Michael Stephens.




Chief of EMS Jesse Griffith received recognition for 25 years of service to the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department.




Receiving awards for Perfect Attendance are, left to right: Firefighter Michael Stephens, Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett, Assistant Chief Steve Cockrell, Chief Perry Pugh, and Traffic Officer Tommy Boyett.



Letters from Santa Deadline



Friday, December 13th, is the deadline for our Letter From Santa Fundraiser!  If you have any Forms that need to be filled out, make sure you get them turned in to Shelby County Outreach Ministries by tomorrow!  What better gift for a child than a letter from Santa Claus himself?  Do not miss out on this opportunity.  For $10 per child, your son or daughter will receive a letter from Santa, along with an ornament reminding them of the real reason for the season.  


When your child's face lights up brighter than a Christmas tree when they see their name on an envelope from the North Pole, that will be the best gift of all.  If you do not have a form and would like one, We can give you one here at our offices.  We are located at 930 Shelbyville Street.  For more information, call us at 598-4990.  Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas! 





San August Wolves Football Team Make it to State Semi-Final



It’s Game Day!! Our undefeated #4 ranked Wolves (13-0) take on #1 ranked Refugio Bobcats ( 14-0) in the Class 2A, Division I State Semi-Final football game tonight December 12, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium at The Berry Center in Cypress. The pre-game starts at 6:30 p.m. on San Augustine’s 92.5 KXXE-FM, streaming at Click on the KXXE “listen live” button at top of the page, or on the TuneIn Radio app for your Smartphone or Android device (search “KXXE”).


Broadcast starts with the Coach Marty Murr Show, followed by the LIVE play-by-play with Tracy Broadway. Tonight's winner will advance to the State Final to play the winner of the Post/ Valley View matchup at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18.

G O W O L V E S !





Joaquin Volunteer Fire Dept. Political Rally Fundraiser



The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will host a political rally fundraiser on Saturday, February 1st at the Joaquin ISD Cafeteria. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., guests can enjoy a bowl of homemade chili with crackers and a drink for $5.00.


At the same time, they will have the opportunity to meet and visit with many of the candidates on the Shelby County Precinct 3 ballot for the March Primary. This should include, but is not limited to, candidates vying for Shelby County Sherriff, Precinct 3 County Commissioner, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, and Shelby County District Attorney. This will be a chance for voters to get to know the candidates before they cast their vote.


Beginning at 7:00, each candidate will have the opportunity to speak to the community concerning the issues in their particular races. After speaking, the candidates will get to auction off a cake or pie and impress the voters with their persuasive skills. We look forward to a fun and entertaining evening, and hope to see a full house!

Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled For Friday Night



Bossier Parish - Louisiana State Police has zero-tolerance for impaired drivers.  To combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop G will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, December 13, 2019.  The checkpoint will take place at an undisclosed location in Bossier Parish from approximately 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.


Our mission will be to detect and arrest impaired drivers before they can cause injury or death to themselves, their passengers, or members of the public.  We are asking the public to make the mature decision of designating a sober driver. 


To report aggressive or impaired driving, motorists are encouraged to call *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact their local law enforcement agency.




Praise Invitation to Candidates



Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. wants to invite all candidates running for office to our end of the year fundraiser, Praise 2019.  This will be a great opportunity for each candidate to mingle and show their support for the community.  Although time will not allow any political speeches, being at Praise 2019 will give people a chance to get to know each person running for office. 

Praise 2019 will be on December 14th, at the Senior Nutrition Site located on Loop 500.  The festivities will begin at 6:00 pm.  There will be live singing, finger foods, drinks, live auctions, silent auctions, and door prizes!  All local media should be represented at the fundraiser.  So, come and join us for a night of fun, food, and entertainment.  Tickets are $10 each.  For more information, please call us at 598-4990.  

Local Author to appear on KPXJ 21 CW the Dr. Oz Show


Dr. Barbara Cordell, a Panola College professor, recently published her first non-fiction book to great success. Her book, My Gut Makes Alcohol! The Science and Stories of Auto-Brewery Syndrome, will be featured on the Dr. Oz Show on December 20th. Cordell’s husband, Joe Bartnik, suffered from a rare disease where an overgrowth of yeast in his intestines turned carbohydrates he ate into alcohol, but no doctors in the area had ever heard of such a syndrome.  “Most doctors thought he was a closet alcoholic and turned us away, until we went to Dr. McCarthy in Nacogdoches”, said Cordell.



Oz and Cordell discuss Auto-brewery Syndrome.


Dr. McCarthy not only diagnosed and treated Joe with anti-fungal medications and diet, but also encouraged Dr. Cordell to co-publish an article with him about the case. That led to Barbara being contacted by patients and doctors around the world wanting to know more about Auto-brewery Syndrome. “Suddenly, I was in contact with hundreds of patients and dozens of doctors and thought the subject would make for an interesting book,” she said. Joe has been symptom-free for over nine years and Barbara’s articles, support group, website, and book are helping people find resources and the help they need.


Dr. Cordell started a non-profit organization called Auto-brewery Syndrome Information and Research to accept donations and help find out more about this strange disease. Proceeds from the book will go to the research efforts as well. You can find out more information on the auto-brewery syndrome website: and see Barbara on the Dr. Oz show on December 20th.



NPD to Host Citizens' Police Academy



(Nacogdoches, Tx)  The Nacogdoches Police Department will host a Citizens’ Police Academy.

The Academy is a twelve-week program designed to educate citizens about the Nacogdoches Police Department and Law Enforcement.


“The program takes an in-depth look into law enforcement, and specifically the policies and procedures of the Nacogdoches Police Department”, said Sgt. Brett Ayres, who serves as the coordinator for the program. “It is designed to educate citizens on why we make certain decisions or handle situations in a particular way”.


The program begins on February 4th with graduation scheduled for April 21st.  Classes will be held at the police department from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday night. There is no cost to attend.


The class is limited to 20 students. Applications may be picked up at the police station or by calling 559-2607.


For more information, contact Sgt. Ayres at the police department by telephone or email at



Panola College Angel Tree supports students' children



In its first year, the Panola College Angel Tree project will help make Christmas brighter for more than 100 children.


“We created the Angel Tree to support our students who have children under the age of 12,” said Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Dean of Health Sciences. “Many of our students have financial hardships and may not be able to afford Christmas gifts for their children.”


The gifts will be distributed to students on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the day before the end of the fall semester. The project received monetary gifts, along with toys, books and clothes at the Carthage, Marshall and Center campus locations.


“We had donations from student groups, Beckville churches, Panola College faculty and staff members, and community members who saw our Angel Tree while they were here on campus for lunch or dinner. We even had donations from people who were here for Cookies & Cocoa with Santa,” said Whitney McBee, Director of Workforce & Continuing Education.


“We appreciate everyone’s help in making a child’s Christmas wish come true. Panola College is grateful for the community’s support of our students,” said Reed-Hirsch.

SFA student and student chapter recognized at national forestry conference




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Society of American Foresters named Stephen F. Austin State University senior Kathryn Christensen as a 2019 Diversity Scholar and recognized the SFA student chapter of the SAF as one of the top three student chapters in the nation during the organization’s national conference held last month in Louisville, Kentucky.


The SAF Diversity Scholar Program is designed to promote leadership and create community within the SAF by encouraging the involvement of a variety of people in the profession. As the 2019 Diversity Scholar, Christensen participated in the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and was paired with a mentor who works in the field of natural resources.


Christensen, a forestry major, said she advocates for expanding access to outdoor recreation in marginalized communities.


“My love for the outdoors came from my mother’s amazingly creative ways to get us in touch with nature on a budget,” Christensen said. “My past experiences of feeling left out because of the inability to afford camps, cruises and more luxurious ways of viewing nature has only fueled my passion for giving opportunities to those who find outdoor recreation unattainable.”


Christensen serves as the president of the student chapter of the SAF, and along with other organization members, she was instrumental in the SFA chapter being recognized on a national stage for its accomplishments in service, involvement with other natural resource organizations and building community relationships.


To learn more about this and other SFA student organizations, visit



Tenaha ISD Game Changes



JVG/VG vs White Oak 4:30 pm (Home)


JVB/VB vs Tatum 6:30 pm (Home)


JH B/G in Woden 4:30 pm



Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda



Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of December 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

1.    Approve the minutes of the November 6, 2019 Special meeting, November 13, 2019 Regular meeting, November 20, 2019 Special meeting, and November 27, 2019 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.    Approve current Payroll

4.    Approve Officers Report.

5.    Public Comments on Agenda item.

6.    Discuss and possibly approve closing .954 miles of County Road 4778 and .263 miles of County Road 4763.

7.    Discuss and possibly approve Historical Commission to have contract with Architexas for a master plan.

8.    Discuss and possibly consider the approval of a Resolution and Agreement for an Off-System Bridge Replacement on CR 4123 at Bear Bayou.

9.    Commissioner Pct. 4 to discuss putting in a new bridge on County Road 4356.



10.    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. The closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074.

11.    Reopen public meeting.

12.    Discuss and possibly make a decision on issues discussed in the Executive Session.

13.    Adjourn.


Houston Man Busted with Cocaine



A Houston man has been arrested on several felony charges after a search of his vehicle led to the discovery of over 10 pounds of cocaine. On Sunday, December 8, 2019 Sheriff Deputies stopped a grey Nissan SUV for several traffic violations around 9:40 am on highway 59N. 


The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle were identified as Winston Freeman 62 years of age from Houston, Texas. Freeman was extremely nervous upon contact with law enforcement and admitted he had crack cocaine for personal use inside the vehicle. Deputies obtained consent to search the motor vehicle and found a small amount of crack cocaine and marijuana inside the car. 
Upon further search of the vehicle deputies found that the dash of the vehicle had been tampered with. Upon further inspection deputies found 10.4 pounds of cocaine inside the dash with two handguns. Both handguns were found to be reported stolen out of Houston and Waco. 

Freeman was arrested at the scene and charged with Delivery of a controlled substance, 1st degree felony, Unlawfully possession of a firearm a 3rd degree felony, Theft of a firearm a state jail felony, and possession of marijuana a class A misdemeanor. Freeman was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. 

This investigation is ongoing at this time. 



Center Christmas Parade Results




Santa’s Christmas Parade Winners Announced

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the winners of the 20th Annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, which was held on Saturday, December 7th.  The theme for the parade was “Songs of the Season”.

Winners by Category are:


$100 -- 1st Place – Tanner Peace for Sheriff
$50 – 2nd Place – Derek Barbee for Sheriff
$25 – 3rd Place – Erica Santana


$100 -- 1st Place – Center High School Cheerleaders
$50 -- 2nd Place – Center Middle School Cheerleaders
$25 - 3rd Place – Center High School Band
$100 -- 1st Place –First Baptist Church
$50 -- 2nd Place  – St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church
$25 -- 3rd Place  – White Rock Missionary Baptist Church


$100 -- 1st Place – Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Fannie Watson
$50 -- 2nd Place – East Texas Disciples/Christian Motorcyclists Association


$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank
$50 -- 2nd Place – Starr Fabrications
$25 -- 3rd Place – Sand Hill Wrecker


$250 -- Overall Best in Show – Tanner Peace for Sheriff


Other supporters that helped make the Parade possible include City of Center, Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc.  Thank you to the Center Police Department for assisting with traffic.

San Augustine Early Release



IMPORTANT! District Early Dismissal Schedule for Thursday and Friday due to semi-final game is as follows: On Thursday, Dec. 12th, school will start at it;s regular time with an early release at 12:45 p.m. Then on Friday, Dec. 13th, school will start at it's regular time with early release at 11:45 a.m.

G O W O L V E S !





San Augustine Advances in Football



Our Wolves ADVANCE to the State Semifinals defeating Groveton 48-28! Next up are the Bobcats of Refugio. We are the HOME team and game time is 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 12, at the CyFair Berry Center in Cypress Texas (Northwest Houston). Passes - 12AA/16AA/ THSCA and Senior Citizen. Tickets - $8.00/$6.00 all at the gate GO WOLVES



Christmas Pageant




The 24th Annual Little Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Pageant will be held on December 14th at Center JR High. This pageant will be held in Memory of Tonya. She was a big influence on 100s of girls and she loved the holidays.







Candidates who are Currently Running - Updated



The current list we have of people running for election, if you are running and would like to announce your candidacy email us at and of course be sure to file all the proper paperwork first, we will have updates as time goes on:

State Representative District 9

Chris Paddie

Shelby County- District Attorney

Steven Shires

Karren Price

Shelby County Attorney 

Gary Rholes

Shelby County Sheriff

Derek Barbee

Joey Hudnall

Newton Johnson Jr.

Tanner Peace

Kevin Windham

Shelby County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

Sean Permenter

Billy Barnett

Darrell Alford

Don Jones

Melba Rodgers


Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 1

Roscoe McSwain 

Donnie Borders

Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 3

David Cheatwood

Stevie Smith

Willis Blackwell

Shelby County Constable Precinct 1

Zack Warr

Ricky King

Shelby County Constable Precinct 2

Jamie Hagler

Randy Dean

Shelby County Constable Precinct 3

Roy Cheatwood

Shelby County Constable Precinct 4

Jake Metcalf

Bryan Gray

Shelby County Constable Precinct 5

Josh Tipton

Robert Hairgrove


S.W. Carter Elementary School Wins District 22AA South Zone Academic UIL Championship


S. W. Carter Elementary School students competed in the District 22AA South Zone Elementary School Academic UIL Meet held at Shelbyville on December 3rd and 5th. 
“Students, sponsors, administrators and parents are to be commended for the commitment required by academic competition,” said Lisa Parker, UIL Assistant Director.  “Experience gained through extracurricular activities is far more valuable than medals or trophies.”


Receiving awards from Shelbyville:


Weston Murphy - Dictionary Skills 5
Weston Murphy - Listening Skills 5
Rene Hernandez - Number Sense 4
Dallas Murry - Number Sense 5
Tatum Jacobs - Spelling 3
Michael Galaviz - Spelling 4
Avery Taylor - Storytelling 2
Haeli Gregory - Art Smart 4/5
River Wilkerson - Art Smart 4/5
Avery Taylor - Creative Writing
Carolina Warr - Maps, Graphs & Charts 5
Baylee Robbins - Number Sense 4
Aiden Swindle - Number Sense 5
Presley Campbell - Ready Writing 3
Cassidy Greer - Ready Writing 4
Cori Lawson - Ready Writing 5
Dallas Dempsey - Social Studies 5
Sophie Ellington - Spelling 4
Weston Murphy - Spelling 5
Dallas McDonald - Storytelling 3


Maxton Eaves - Listening Skills 5
Edwin Vazquez - Number Sense 4
Gaylon Harrison - Number Sense 5
Cassidy Greer - Oral Reading 4
Sophie Ellington - Ready Writing 4
Bre’Asia Roland - Spelling 3
Kaylyn Thompson - Spelling 4
Carter Bell - Spelling 5
Maylea Rodgers - Storytelling 2
Presley Campbell - Storytelling 3


Reese Whiteside - Art Smart 4/5
Laila Williams - Creative Writing
Preslee Sims - Dictionary Skills 5
Eli Matthews - Maps, Graphs & Charts 5
D’ishja Parks - Music Memory 5
Irianna Herrera - Oral Reading 4
Jaylee Gillespie - Oral Reading 5
Addison Sowell - Ready Writing 3
Caleb Jamison - Ready Writing 4
Jaylee Gillespie - Ready Writing 5
Denver McDonald - Spelling 3
Chloe Galaviz - Creative Writing
Alison Cox - Dictionary Skills 5
Abigail Denby - Oral Reading 4
Cydni Glenn - Ready Writing 3
Kambry Ferguson - Storytelling 2
Karma Sholar - Oral Reading 5    
Payton McGee - Ready Writing 5

Weston Murphy, Preslee Sims, Alison Cox - Dictionary Skills 5   
Rene Hernandez, Baylee Robbins, Edwin Vazquez - Number Sense 4
Dallas Murry, Aiden Swindle, Gaylon Harrison - Number Sense 5
Tatum Jacobs, Bre’Asia Roland, Denver McDonald - Spelling 3   
Michael Galaviz, Sophie Ellington, Kaylyn Thompson - Spelling 4 
Weston Murphy, Carter Bell, Kaden Sims - Spelling 5 
Haeli Gregory, River Wilkerson, Reese Whiteside - Art Smart 4/5
Weston Murphy, Maxton Eaves, JaBraydon Simpson - Listening Skills 5
Carolina Warr, Eli Matthews, Alison Cox - Maps, Graphs & Charts 5  

Dallas Dempsy, Dakota Killen, Sergio Reyes - Social Studies 5 

Academic UIL Coaches:  Nakeisha Swindle (Art Smart 4/5), Kelly McDaniel (Creative Writing), Tonya Fenton (Dictionary Skills 5, Spelling 4), Pam Jamison (Listening Skills 5, Music Memory 5, Social Studies 5), Karen Taylor (Maps, Graphs & Charts 5),Katie Warner (Music Memory 3/4), Stephanie Bass (Number Sense 4, Number Sense 5), Cassie Jernigan (Oral Reading 4, Oral Reading 5), Shannon Bohannon (Ready Writing 3, Ready Writing 4, Ready Writing 5, Spelling 5), Jennifer Sonmor (Spelling 3) and Heather Hamilton (Storytelling 2, Storytelling 3)




Shelbyville Middle School students competed in the District 22AA South Zone Middle School Academic UIL Meet held at Shelbyville on December 3rd and 5th.  


“Students, sponsors, administrators and parents are to be commended for the commitment required by academic competition,” said Lisa Parker, UIL Assistant Director.  “Experience gained through extracurricular activities is far more valuable than medals or trophies.”



Receiving awards from Shelbyville:


Angelli Ortiz - Art Smart 6
Ethan Jackson - Dictionary Skills 6    
Elizabeth Marin - Dictionary Skills 7
Bailee Bohannon - Editorial Writing 6
Kaylin Miller - Editorial Writing 7
Lanie Bass - Impromptu Speaking 6-8
Ella Matthews - Music Memory 6
Cami Chase - Number Sense 6
Malachi Sierra - Number Sense 7
Kason Parker - Number Sense 8
Carsey Lovell - Ready Writing 7
Eli Ferguson - Spelling 8


Heavenly Willoughby - Calculator Applications 6
Camille Greer - Editorial Writing 6
Madolyn Lout - Dictionary Skills 6    
Tamryn Murphy - Dictionary Skills 8    
Zoe McKinney - Dictionary Skills 8
Travis Caporali - Listening Skills 6
Angelli Ortiz - Maps, Graphs & Charts 6
Tristan Vickers - Mathematics 6
Kason Parker - Mathematics 8
Jesse Vail - Modern Oratory 6-8
Ethan Jackson - Number Sense 6
Elizabeth Marin - Number Sense 7
Bailee Bohannon - Oral Reading 6
Carsey Lovell - Oral Reading 7
Hallie Merriman - Oral Reading 8
Elizabeth Marin - Ready Writing 7
Kaytlin O’Neal - Ready Writing 8
James Jimenez - Social Studies 6
Elizabeth Marin - Spelling 7
Tamryn Murphy - Spelling 8


Travis Caporali - Calculator Applications 6
Taylor Jones - Calculator Applications 7
Chance Gray - Dictionary 7
Jayleigh Jones - Editorial Writing 6
Carsey Lovell - Editorial Writing 7    
Hallie Merriman - Editorial Writing 8
Elizabeth Marin - Listening Skills 7
Jacob Smith - Maps, Graphs & Charts 7
Kason Parker - Maps, Graphs & Charts 8
Elizabeth Marin - Mathematics 7
Cami Chase - Oral Reading 6
Liela Klein - Oral Reading 8
Dylan Parker - Science II
Kason Parker - Science II
Jacob Smith - Social Studies 7
Jamarria Wright - Spelling 8    


Eli Ferguson - Calculator Applications 8
Malachi Sierra - Chess Puzzle 6-8
Emily Pharris - Dictionary Skills 8
Kaylin Miller - Impromptu Speaking 6-8
Bradley Jamison - Listening Skills 7    
Cami Chase - Maps, Graphs & Charts 6
James Spencer - Maps, Graphs & Charts 8    
Ethan Jackson - Mathematics 6
Kayla Garcia - Modern Oratory 6-8
Addison Lloyd - Number Sense 6
Baylee Whiteside - Oral Reading 7
Tamryn Murphy - Oral Reading 8
Jayleigh Jones - Ready Writing 6
Kaylin Miller - Ready Writing 7
Ethan Jackson - Social Studies 6
Harley Risinger - Spelling 6

Maddie Lout - Art Smart 6
Alaina Haley - Modern Oratory 6-8
Lane Loggins - Number Sense 7
EJ Hendrix - Number Sense 8
Gracie Ratcliff - Ready Writing 8
Kason Parker – Social Studies 8    
Ella Matthews - Art Smart 6
Malachi Sierra - Calculator Applications 7
EJ Hendrix - Calculator Applications 8
Elizabeth Marin - Chess Puzzle 6-8
Angelli Ortiz - Dictionary Skills 6
Thomas Powell - Editorial Writing 7
Alex Slocum - Impromptu Speaking 6-8
Jaycob Blue - Maps, Graphs & Charts 6
Taylor Jones - Maps, Graphs & Charts 7
Addison Lloyd - Mathematics 6
Kylie Snell - Mathematics 7
Bradley Jamison - Science I
Logan Brantley - Social Studies 8
Trinity Mitchell - Spelling 6


Ethan Jackson, Madolyn Lout, Angelli Ortiz - Dictionary Skills 6     
Tamryn Murphy, Zoe McKinney, Emily Pharris - Dictionary Skills 8 
Kason Parker, James Spencer, Malachi Sierra - Maps, Graphs & Charts 8
Ella Matthews, Trinity Mitchell, Hannah Ross - Music Memory 6 
Cami Chase, Ethan Jackson, Addison Lloyd - Number Sense 6
Malachi Sierera, Lane Loggins, Elizabeth Marin - Number Sense 7 
Kason Parker Dylan Parker, Jamarria Wright - Science II 
Eli Ferguson, Tamryn Murphy, Jamarria Wright - Spelling 8 


Angelli Ortiz, Maddie Lout, Ella Matthews - Art Smart 6
Heavenly Willoughby, Travis Caporali, James Jimenez - Calculator Applications 6
Malachi Sierra, Taylor Jones, Addison Slocum - Calculator Applications 7
Eli Ferguson, EJ Hendrix, Jamarria Wright - Calculator Applications 8
Elizabeth Marin, Malachi Sierra, Caleb Davis - Chess Puzzle 6-8
Elizabeth Marin, Chance Gray, Malachi Sierra - Dictionary Skills 7
Lane Loggins, Elizabeth Marin, Bradley Jamison - Listening Skills 7
Cami Chase, Angelli Ortiz, Jaycob Blue - Maps, Graphs & Charts 6 
Jacob Smith, Taylor Jones, Baylee Whiteside - Maps, Graphs & Charts 7
Addison Lloyd, Tristan Vickers, Ethan Jackson - Mathematics 6 
Elizabeth Marin, Kylie Snell, Taylor Jones - Mathematics 7
Kason Parker, EJ Hendrix, Nakyia Swindle - Number Sense 8 
Lane Loggins, Kylie Snell, Bradley Jamison - Science I
McKenzie Gillespie, Thomas Powell, Jacob Smith -Social Studies 7
Logan Brantley, Kason Parker, Chesney Wilkins - Social Studies 8
Harley Risinger, Trinity Mitchell, Ella Matthews - Spelling 6     
Elizabeth Marin, Avery Hamilton, Allie Jones - Spelling 7 

Ionnia Hubbard, Jayleigh Jones Trinity Mitchell - Art Smart 7/8
Travis Caporali, Heavenly Willoughby, Angelli Ortiz - Listening Skills 6
James Spencer, Kason Parker, Eli Ferguson - Mathematics 8     
James Jimenez, Ethan Jackson, Trace Sims - Social Studies 6


 Jada Jones (Art Smart 6, Art Smart 7/8), Sheila Haddox (Calculator Applications 6, Calculator Applications 7, Calculator Applications 8), Anita Sheppard (Chess Puzzle 6-8, Mathematics 7, Mathematics 8, Social Studies 6), Tonya Fenton (Dictionary Skills 6), Cheryl Alexander (Dictionary Skills 7, Dictionary Skills 8, Number Sense 7, Number Sense 8, Science II), Claire Windham (Editorial Writing 6, Editorial Writing 7, Editorial Writing 8), Emily Sowell (Impromptu Speaking 6-8), Pam Jamison (Listening Skills 6), Stephanie Jones (Listening Skills 7, Listening Skills 8, Science I), Karen Taylor (Maps, Graphs & Charts 6; Maps, Graphs & Charts 7; Maps, Graphs & Charts 8), Laurie Clay (Mathematics 6, Music Memory 6), Annette Belrose (Modern Oratory 6-8, Ready Writing 8, Social Studies 7, Social Studies 8), Stephanie Bass (Number Sense 6), LaRee Greer (One Act Play, Ready Writing 7), Jennifer Leach (Oral Reading 6), Jeane Taylor (Oral Reading 7, Oral Reading 8), Bailee Rash (Ready Writing 6, Spelling 6, Spelling 7, Spelling 8) 

The District 22AA Middle School One Act Play competition was held at Panola College on November 21st.  The first place Shelbyville One Act Play, Steel Magnolias, was directed by LaRee Greer.  

Receiving special recognition:

Cami Chase, Kaylin Miller, Jamarria Wright - All Star Cast
Jesse Vail, Hallie Merriman, Tamryn Murphy - Honorable Mention All Star Cast
Thomas Powell, Eli Shofner, Jacob Smith, Jake Nicosia, Malachi Sierra - Outstanding Tech 
Thomas Powell - Honor Crew

Golden Harvest Ministries Club Meeting

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday December 16th, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  The program will be the installation of officers for 2020, followed by singing of favorite Christmas carols.  For this month we are asking members to bring a canned food item to be delivered to Shelby County Outreach.


Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, an enjoyable program and time of fellowship.

Center Christmas Parade Route



Santa's Christmas Parade 
"Songs of the Season"

Presented by Shelby Savings Bank
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Center Downtown Square


Categories for the 2019 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category.  The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.


Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.


We hope there will be a lot of entries.  Decorate your pick up truck,  golf cart, horse and buggy etc.  Join in the holiday festivities and have fun!


Parade will begin on the downtown square at 6:00pm.  Line up begins at 4:45 on Malone Drive.  Marching bands, Walkers, Motorcycles, Antique Cars will start near the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street.


Due to the construction on the downtown square, the Parade route will be slightly altered.  Once the Parade gets to the downtown square, participants will continue on Shelbyville Street and turn left onto Cora Street.  The Parade will continue on Cora Street until Crockett Street where participants will turn left and left again onto Logansport Street heading back to the Square.  Once participants come to either George Ihlo Drive, Porter Street or Tenaha Street they may turn right and return to their start point.


Plan on spending the day on the Square to shop and enjoy the Parade.  Shops will be open and many will be having their Christmas Open Houses.


Applications and guidelines are available on the Chamber website at or you may contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

Drug Busts



Sheriff Richardson wants to inform the public that a series of ongoing undercover investigations, led by our Narcotics Division, has yielded four arrests thus far. During the course of these investigations, agents seized a series of amounts of Illegal narcotics including methamphetamine, hydrocodone, cocaine, and marijuana. The subjects have been booked and transported to the DeSoto Parish Detention Facility on the following charges:


Brittney L. Richards - (W/F - DOB: 02/08/1991)
Distribution of Schedule II (meth)

Illegal use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of Person under 17 Years of Age.

Brandon Ray - (W/M - DOB: 09/25/1994)
Distribution of Schedule II (meth)

David C. Berry - (B/M - DOB: 02/05/1979)
Distribution of Schedule II (hydrocodone)

Yolanda Hill - (B/F - DOB: 11/17/1993)
Distribution of Schedule I (marijuana)
Distribution of Schedule II (cocaine)
Distribution of Schedule II (Hydrocodone)




Two Texas Fugitives Arrested at Shreveport Casino


Shreveport-On December 4, 2019, at approximately 12:30, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division arrested 39-year-old Marcus Bresler of Longview and 36-year-old Clinton Briggs of Gladewater.  Both men had active warrants from Gregg County. 


On December 3, 2019, Gregg County Sherriff’s Office contacted Louisiana State Police Troop G in reference to a Crime Stopper’s lead advising two wanted fugitives were possibly staying in a local Shreveport casino.  Gaming Enforcement Troopers responded regarding the lead and started an investigation.  Through surveillance and other investigative means, both subjects were located and placed under arrest.  A stolen firearm and marijuana were located on Bresler as he was taken into custody. 


Bresler was booked into Caddo Correctional Center for:  Fugitive from Hopkins County Sherriff’s Office (assault of family or household member by impede breath or circulation), fugitive from Gregg County Sherriff’s Office (aggravated assault in retaliation), felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of marijuana. 


Briggs was booked into Caddo Correctional Center for:  Fugitive from Gregg County Sherriff’s Office (forgery of a financial instrument).


Louisiana State Police is committed to investigating and apprehending fugitives that attempt to hide in our state.  We are proud of our partnership with law enforcement agencies, and we encourage the public to help by identifying suspects accused of crimes such as this. The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.



Stock a Ram



It's that time of year again. Let's get some toys into Stock the Ram to help some kids. All the toys must be brought in by December 9th, and you get a chance to win a 50 inch TV!!








Tyler Herndon was recognized as a member of the THSCA 1st Team Academic All-State football team



Senior Tyler Herndon was recognized as a member of the THSCA 1st Team Academic All-State football team.


The THSCA Academic All-State Teams recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score.


"Tyler is a leader for our program on the field, in the classroom, and in the community," CISD Athletic Director Scott Ponder said. "We are super excited for Tyler!"


Photo by Krista Shipley Hale





Pearl Harbor Day Memorial 2019



It began when Japanese aircraft appeared in the air over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii just before 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. When the attack ceased shortly before 10:00 a.m., less than two hours after it began, American forces had paid a fearful price. Eighteen (18) ships were either damaged or sunk, 180 aircraft were destroyed and 2,403 were dead and thousands of others wounded.


In honor and remembrance of those who served and died at Pearl Harbor, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8904 and the Auxiliary held, a remembrance program at Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse at 10 a.m., on Friday, December 6th, 2019.


After the event, a group gathered together to have their picture taken. 



For more photos click here:



Excelsior ISD Students to Compete in District Spelling Bee


Excelsior is proud to announce the winner and alternate of this year's Excelsior Spelling Bee. Winner, Jaquelyn Miles,  Alternate, Brooklynn Scates.  The winner will compete in District/Regional Spelling Bee at Lufkin High School, Saturday, February 1, 2020.




Winner,  Jaquelyn Miles,  Alternate, Brooklynn Scates






Tenaha Made it to State in Cross Country for the First Time




Irvin Barona places 64th, and the team overall place 14th, this was the first time that Tenaha went to State in Cross Country. Look, forward to the interview with Irvin Baron one of their runners on our stations KDET 930 AM and KQBB 100.5 FM on our Monday, December 9th morning news.


All Tenaha runners hit personal record PR at State!


Oscar 17:24 , Irvin 17:44 , Eduardo 17:57 , Alan 19:31 , Daniel 19:33



Tenaha Cross Country Team and their Coach Lauri Sisk 







K9 Taz Passes Away








Message from Center Police Officer Steve Thornburgh


It is with deep sorrow that we have to let everyone know that our K9 Taz has passed away! Our hearts are beyond broken and we are going to miss him tremendously! Taz was a big part of our family our kids loved him and he was our protector! He was by far the best partner I could have had. I was Daddy to him and Miranda was Mama he loved us all and we all loved him! We know he’s in Heaven running and playing with his big sister Kami and she is getting to give him his favorite toy which was his tennis balls! If you wanted to be his friend all you had to do was give him a tennis ball! We love you Taz and we are gonna miss you more than anything!





Football Update



Congrats to the Class 2-A D I Region III Semi-Finalist San Augustine Wolves, with a 47-21 win over the Harleton Wildcats in Henderson Friday night.


The (12-0) Wolfpack advances to the Region Final to face (11-2) Groveton at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at SFA's Homer Bryce Stadium.


San Augustine is the home team.

Groveton defeated Joaquin, 42-28.


The SA-Groveton winner will meet the Holland (13-0) vs. Refugio (13-0) winner in the State Semi-Final round.


Holland plays Refugio at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Follow Wolfpack action on 92.5 KXXE.



Pearl Harbor Day Memorial



It began when Japanese aircraft appeared in the air over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii just before 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. When the attack ceased shortly before 10:00 a.m., less than two hours after it began, American forces had paid a fearful price. Eighteen (18) ships were either damaged or sunk, 180 aircraft were destroyed and 2,403 were dead and thousands of others wounded.


In honor and remembrance of those who served and died at Pearl Harbor, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a remembrance program at Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse at 10 a.m., Friday, December 6th, 2019.


As always, the public is cordially invited to attend. More information contact Post-Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976.

Center Broadcasting Company did a mini-documentary on one local navy veteran who served in the Pacific during World War II, Mr. A. J. Procell, which can be watched in its entirety below. 




Video by Justin Mott













Panola Volleyball will be hosting our annual Open Tryouts for unsigned/uncommitted seniors only Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Panola College Fitness Center, located inside of the Charles C Matthews Student Center on the Panola College campus. Panola College is located at 1109 West Panola. Carthage, TX 75633.


Check-in will begin at 12:30 pm with positional drills and scrimmage play lasting approximately from 1:00-3:00 pm. There is a $25 tryout fee and all participants and their guardians must sign a Release & Waiver of Liability before they are allowed to participate. **All participants will also now be required to bring a copy of a current physical taken within the past year in order to participate. ** Panola Volleyball is asking all participants to please register by Friday, January 17th to better assist the staff in planning for the tryouts.


For any information, please contact Assistant Volleyball Coach Macy Cherry at If you have any questions the day of the tryout, please call Coach Cherry directly at (903) 693-2007.


Registration link is on the Panola Volleyball page on the website or Panola Volleyball Facebook Page. 



CMS and CHS Fall Portrait Retakes



Center Middle School 
Fall picture retakes are scheduled for December 18. All students who were marked absent on original picture day will be given order forms. Anyone not satisfied with picture purchase may also have retakes done. Just bring your photo packet and a completed order form on picture day.

Basketball and cheer pictures are scheduled for December 12. Order forms will be sent home Monday. Team pictures will be taken and individuals will be taken with completed order forms. 


Center High School
Fall picture retakes are scheduled for December 18 for grades 9-11. Seniors will retake portraits in January.  

Center Walmart Donates to the Center PD Blue Santa Program



Your local Wal-Mart 0364, Center, Tx, is proud to be a strong supporter of Center Police Department’s Blue Santa drive for children needing a little extra support this year from the community. We here at Wal-Mart are committed to helping our Shelby County community in multiple ways. With our Everyday Low Prices, we were able to Donate a substantial amount of toys to the Operation Blue Santa this year! We look forward to the smiles this will bring local children and as always, we are #HappyToHelp. This is THAT place! #Walmart364 #BlueSanta #CommunityInvolvement




CHS Theatre to Perform before Christmas Parade on Saturday



In conjunction with the community’s downtown activities during Christmas Parade weekend, the CHS Theatre Department will present an original musical production “Christmas at the Rio” in the historic Rio Movie House at 4:30 this Saturday, 90 minutes before the parade begins.


“We’re excited to be part of the parade festivities,” director Chris Watlington said.  “Doing performances that contribute to the community is always a privilege and a great opportunity.  Because the show is at 4:30, families can come enjoy the musical, then when it’s over, they will already be in place for the big parade.”


The 45-minute production features songs from classic Christmas TV shows and movies including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, The Nightmare Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Polar Express.


“My favorite one to perform is The Year Without a Santa Claus,” second year theatre student Mia Mahan said.  “The villains are Snow Miser and Heat Miser, and when they come on stage and sing ‘I’m Mister Heat Miser, I’m Mister Sun,’ it just makes me laugh!”


The production comes from a desire to expand Parade Night by adding fun opportunities for families beyond the parade itself.


“The original idea came from a conversation with Jim Gibson,” Watlington said.  “I saw him at Margarita’s having a lunch meeting with fellow members of a local club.  They were brainstorming ideas and had hit upon having a production of some sort in the courthouse on parade night.  That evolved into “Christmas at the Rio.  Mike and Nita [Atkinson] were receptive to the idea and have been very generous.”


The show is both musical revue—a narrated musical summary of the Christmas shows—and an original story rolled into one.


“About 15 minutes into the show, the Grinch and Jack Skellington [the main character from Nightmare Before Christmas] come charging into the room and insist that all this Christmas nonsense stop,” third year theatre student Mark Perkins who plays the Grinch said.  “Much to their surprise, the Polar Express comes to pick them up and takes them to the North Pole where they meet Santa and learn that Christmas isn’t so bad after all.”

The show is designed for kids and adults alike.


“Of course, the show is mainly for kids to enjoy before the big parade.  But parents will recognize some of the songs and characters that perhaps their children won’t,” Watlington said.

Admission is $2 and concessions will be available.  The box office opens at 4:00.



Shelbyville School Board Meeting



A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 


1.    Call to order
2.    Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.    Open forum
4.    Consent agenda 
a.    Minutes of the November 11, 2019 meeting of the board
b.    Monthly financial reports
5.    Public Meeting on School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
6.    Consider for approval
a.    Resolution—Investment Policy Annual Review
7.    Principal’s Reports
a.    Campus events
b.    Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8.    Superintendent’s Reports
a.    Academic UIL District Meet
b.    Christmas Open House
c.    Board Appreciation Month (January)
d.    Articles of Interest
e.    General Updates
9.    Executive Session
a.    Resignations/Employment
b.    Personnel
10.  Adjournment

Letter From Santa Deadline



The deadline for the Letter From Santa Order Forms is December 13th! Be sure to get yours turned in now before it's too late! Letters are $10 per child and will contain a letter from Santa and a Christmas ornament! You can simply print the form, fill it out, and bring the money and order form to the Outreach. Questions? Call us at 598-4990. Merry Christmas and God Bless you!  





Center Ladyrider Basketball Scores


Center Girls Basketball game results 

Center 55, Waskom 37


Center 31, Garrison 8

Congratulations to the Center Ladyriders.



US 69 Construction Continues



LUFKIN – Work continues on the US 69 Corridor south of Lufkin between Huntington and the Angelina County line, south of Zavalla, that will widen the two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway. The projects are being completed in three phases.


Phase One: From Huntington to FM 844, Pinto Construction, Nacogdoches, TX, contractor for the $10.1 million project, worked to extend the four-lane section of highway just south of Huntington. Traffic was switched in July onto new pavement on the west side of the roadway and work began to construct main lanes on the east side. Construction on Phase One is now complete.


Phase Two: From FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla, Johnson Brothers, Roanoke, TX, contractor for the $72 million construction project, continues work that includes cement treating the subgrade material, constructing wingwalls, applying safety end treatments and concrete rip rap for bridge construction at the following locations:


US 69 at Shawnee Creek, northbound and southbound: Structures on the southbound bridge have been completed and construction of the bridge deck continues. Northbound bridge construction has not begun.

US 69 NB at Wetlands 1 and 2 (north of SH 63): Bridge construction at Wetlands 1 has been completed and crews continue working on bridge railing. Work to complete bridge railing on Wetlands 2 is beginning. Dirt work has begun for Ramp A and beams and panels are being set.
US 69 Overpass at SH 63: Drill shafts have been poured. Work will continue until the bridge structure is complete. Beams are planned for placement in mid-December.
Ramp C and Ramp D at Sandy Creek, south of SH 63: Beams have been set and crews continue to work to pour the bridge deck, railing, and panels.

In coming weeks, dirt work for main lanes will begin. Flexible base will be placed and bridge work will continue through the project.


Phase Three: From FM 1270 to the Jasper County line, crews have cleared right-of-way and are beginning work to widen the roadway to a four-lane divided highway. Drewery Construction Co., Nacogdoches TX, contractor for the $37.5 million project is scheduled to complete the final phase in early 2023, weather permitting. Phase Three will tie the US 69 South projects in the Lufkin District to the US 69 widening that is being completed by the Beaumont District which will be known as the Big Thicket Corridor.


The finished projects will enhance safety, improve traffic flow and provide better connectivity between Lufkin and Beaumont. Motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speed, expect delays and obey all traffic control through the project work zones.


A Local Legend Passes Away



We have received news that Mrs. Clara Garrett has passed away today December 3, 2019, at the age of 94 years old. Her services are pending at this time with the Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas. 


Mrs. Clara Garrett was a beloved member of the community and would call into our station on KDET 930 AM to share the gospel. Her voice and reading of the scripture will be missed, we here at Center Radio Station are never going to be able to replace the work that she did, truly she was a kind soul that loved to help others and she will be greatly missed by our community. 


A hole is sure to be in the hearts of the people of Shelby County and the surrounding areas. Mrs. Clara Garrett, may you rest in peace. 



Clara Garrett photo by Justin Mott


East Texas Chopper Guys Toy Run and Food Drive in Joaquin



East Texas Chopper Guys
Annual Toy Run & Food Drive
December 7, 2019
Downtown Joaquin Texas

Gift bags to the first 75 children.

Raffle and Auction to be held after the Parade in Downtown Joaquin at 3 pm
Bike show kicks off at 10 am
$10.00 entry fee or toy or canned goods
Bike entry must participate in the parade at 3 pm
Awards will be announced at 5 pm


All proceeds go to Joaquin Christian Services and will be used to help families in Shelby County.

Please come out and help support this event.

Anyone interested in donating to our raffle or auction please contact me.


Nancy Stevens 
936-269-3360 (home)
936-645-1761 (cell)



Joaquin Hallmark Christmas Festival



Coming up in Joaquin, Texas there is going to be the Hallmark Christmas Festival on December 7th, 2019. For more information call 903-692-2066. 




Joaquin FFA News



60+ Joaquin FFA members proudly hosted the Texas State Officers this morning December 2, 2019, at Joaquin High School. It was a great way to motivate and get things rolling in a positive direction as we return from a restful break. Confidence and how to recognize and utilize it was the topic of the leadership presentation prepared by the State Officers. Our students engaged in hands-on learning experiences and practiced effective communication among each other! Wishing the S/Os safe travels the rest of the week traveling Area IX!




Anthony Letroy James Convicted



On December 2, 2019, Defendant Anthony Letroy James was convicted and sentenced to a total of 150 years imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.  Mr. James was convicted on six cases, including two charges of aggravated sexual assault for which he received two separate sentences of forty (40) years each.  


The matter was resolved via plea bargain reached between Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires and the defense counsel for Mr. James, just before a jury trial was set to begin in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty presiding.  


The District Attorney appreciates the folks that reported for jury duty this morning, and their willingness to hear a difficult case.  Because of that service, justice was served and the victim in the cases is now able to move forward in her life, putting this matter squarely behind her.





Two-Vehicle Wreck



At around 3:00 p.m. on December 2, 2019, there was a two-vehicle wreck that occurred at the intersection of HWY 7 and Loop 500 on the outskirts of Center headed toward Joaquin. There were two pickup trucks involved in the wreck, a white Texas Edition Chevrolet Silverado and another pickup truck, which was dark-colored. 



White Chevrolet Silverado



Dark-colored pickup truck


The Center Fire Department, Texas DPS, and the Center Police Department all responded and performed traffic control while towing serves responded to haul off the vehicles. 



Texas DPS


Multiple wrecker services responded to the scene of the wreck, San Hill Wrecker Service towed away, the dark-colored truck, while East Texas Towing and Storage hauled off the while Chevrolet Silverado. Ace EMS also responded to the scene, but according to officials on the scene, no one was hurt as a result of the crash.



Truck being hauled off by East Texas Towing and Storage


More to follow as is released from the Center Police Department under whose jurisdiction the wreck is under.



Shelbyville Dragon Players



Shelbyville Dragon Players will present "Do You Wanna Dance?"  on Monday, Dec. 9 @ 6:30 pm in the  Cafetorium. Everyone is invited and admission is $5.00 at the door.



Taste of the Holidays



The Taste of the Holidays, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank will be this Thursday, December 5th from 5pm – 8pm at the Windham Civic Center.  It is a great way to kick off a fun holiday weekend and the December count down to Christmas.


Tickets are available for $15.00 person.  Children 5 and under are free.


Come sample cuisine and wine from local restaurants and caters and enjoy a fun festive evening.  Vendors include, Brookshire Brothers, Huxley Bay Marina, Pineywoods Beverage, Shani’s Catering, Sombreros, T&R Steaks and More, Endless Possibilities, Sassy Red’s, Hound Dawg Catering, CHS Culinary Students, Mooney’s Emporium, Southern Seasons, Pizza Hut, Fredonia Hotel and White Cottage Mercantile.


Holiday music will be provided by David “Lefty’Gardner.

Local florists will provide the beautiful centerpieces which will also be given away as door prizes.  Thank you to Center Floral, Hughes Florist and Gifts, Southern Seasons and Watson Tucker Florist.

Thank you to our Sponsors:  Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors, Sabine State Bank and Spector, Inc.


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

Center Christmas Parade & Christmas at the Rio



Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 7th.


In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6:00pm.  Fannie Watson, the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year’s Grand Marshal. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike.


Christmas at the Rio, a holiday program by the Center High School theater department will be presented before the Parade.  The Rio box office will open at 4:00pm and the performance will begin at 4:30 and will be done by 5:15 which will be plenty of time to find a spot to watch the Parade.  The Rio concession will be available at 4:00 for the show audience and/or for anyone getting ready for the Parade.   Following the Parade, the Rio will be showing the “Last Christmas” a romantic Christmas show.


Many shops will be open and hosting Christmas Open Houses. 


Thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank.  Also, thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc. our Silver Sponsors. 

Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 9th. 




Mooney's Emporium to Host After Hours Event



The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Mooney’s Emporium will welcome Chamber members and the public to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, December 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 107 San Augustine Street.  Chelle Mooney will showcase the newest inventory items.

Mooney’s Emporium specializes in creating unique and personalized gifts and has a great variety of custom made tee shirts.  Chelle carries a large selection of delicious gourmet jams, salsas and much more.  She also sells Cypress Creek meats. Plan to stop by and do your Christmas shopping!!   Refreshments will be served.

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



Rio Theatre, Small Business of the Year, Shelby County,



Upon completion in 1926, the Rio Theatre was considered to be one of the most beautiful and complete theaters in East Texas, and definitely the best to be found in the state in a town as small as Center. Originally named, The Shelby Theatre, and located on what was then the West Side Square, it was renamed in 1941 as the Rio Theatre. Not only did it boast of being one of the best, but it had such modern conveniences, including blizzard fans to keep moviegoers comfortable in the sultry heat of summer and heating in the winter months by natural gas. From the earliest reel-to-reel talkies, to the digital films which begin promptly at seven-thirty, the Rio Theatre has seen many changes, remaining one of the more popular theaters in the East Texas area, specifically Shelby County.  In the summer of 2012, Mike and Nita were informed that the film industry would no longer process movies on reel-to-reels, but were moving into the digital world, where everything would be computerized high technology.




They were told the films would now only be available by satellite, requiring an extensive make-over of their equipment, and the purchase of very expensive, very technical machines that would once and for all replace their old films and projectors. At first, both Mike and Nita were skeptical. The expense was overwhelming. The idea of giving up that which was familiar to be replaced with something that was not, left them with an uneasy feeling, but without the changes, the Rio would no longer be able to receive the films and would have to be shut down. For Mike, who grew up in the motion picture industry from helping his parents run their movie-houses as a small boy to owning several theaters of his own, he had no option but to continue on with the new technology and make the investment needed to keep the Rio Theatre open.  Making the transition from what could have been a difficult adjustment, Mike and Nita, and their friendly staff are still there at the box office greeting their faithful patrons.      


For Mike and Nita, they are very pleased with the quality of their films, and the faithfulness of their moviegoers. Although it was a major adjustment learning new technology, they feel it was worth the change. They have 4 employees and are still at the doors after each movie night, thanking everyone personally for coming, and inviting all to the upcoming feature films, making a night at the movies the experience moviegoers all knew and loved as they grew up from the early days at the Rio Theatre.


Congratulations to Rio Theatre, on your Small Business of the Year award, Shelby County


Shelby County Attorney Garry Rholes Toy Drive

Shelby Country Attorney Garry Rholes has his toy drive going on at his office located in Center, Texas now at the Shelby County Annex building by the active Shelby County Court House.



San Augustine Christmas Parade & Pageant



The San Augustine Christmas Parade will take place on Monday, December 9, 2019, in San Augustine, Texas. Also, their Christmas Pageant is coming up. 




Angelina County Crash

ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a one vehicle crash yesterday evening on Scotty Beard Road, just east of FM 842. 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 1991 Chevrolet pickup was traveling east when the it drove off the roadway to the right, overcorrected to the left where it crossed back over the roadway and struck a tree. 
The driver is identified as 49-year-old Alejandro Garcia from Lufkin. Garcia was pronounced deceased at the scene by an Angelina County Justice of the Peace. 
A passenger with Alejandro was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin and later transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment. 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time. 



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