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UPDATE FOR SAN AUGUSTINE ISD CLOSURE –  3/31/2020 



 
Today, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order that all Texas schools remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.  San Augustine ISD will follow this mandate.  Our plan is that Monday, May 4, 2020, all employees will report for duty at the regular time.  On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 all students will return to school. Please keep in mind that this timeline may be extended by the Governor. SAISD will continue with our online learning as well as additional educational support and will continue operating in the virtual learning environment in an effort to support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

 

SAISD will continue to feed our children. “Grab & Go” breakfast and lunch will be available at the High School Cafeteria Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm (noon).  

 

This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the next few weeks, and will provide the next update by San Augustine ISD via our FB page, website www.saisd.us, email, and other media outlets. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of this community stay safe and healthy. 
 
Virginia Liepman, Ed.D                              Jason Mixon, Ed.D 
Superintendent of Schools                         Assistant Superintendent 
 
 

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JISD Extends School Closure / New Feeding Program Guidelines


 

 

To the Joaquin ISD Community:


Joaquin ISD will extend school closure through May 1st. The educational plan and
feeding program already established will continue to operate to ensure your child’s
educational and nutritional needs are met.


New feeding program guidelines set forth by the Texas Department of Agriculture:
1. A parent can only pick up meals for their children.
2. If the child is not present in the vehicle, the parent will only be able to pick up a
meal for a child if they provide one of the following items:


- Official letter / email from the school listing children enrolled
- Individual student report card
- Attendance record
- Birth certificate (only for children who are not in school)
- Student ID Card
The originally scheduled weather days and spring break for the dates of April 10th
through April 17th will be observed. Student meals will not be provided during this
time.


Please continue to check for updates which will be posted to our website, Facebook page,
local media outlets as well as our School Messenger emergency contact system.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as this situation evolves. If you have
additional questions or concerns, please contact the Joaquin ISD Administration Office at
936-269-3128.


Sincerely,

Ryan Fuller
Superintendent

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has approved the Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver submitted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on March 26, 2020. This approval grants Texas flexibility in administering Medicaid while the state continues to respond to COVID-19. 

 

"I thank CMS for quickly granting this waiver so that the Lone Star State can continue to meet the routine needs of Texans on Medicaid," said Governor Abbott. "These flexibilities ensure that care capacity is expanded for Texans who utilize Medicaid services, even as the state continues to respond to COVID-19."

 

Flexiblities granted under this waiver include:

 

Extension of prior authorizations: For enrollees who have an existing prior authorization, CMS approves the state extending a prior authorization approved on or after March 1.


Suspension of Level 1 and Level II PASRR assessments: All new nursing facility admissions may be treated as an exempted hospital discharge for 30 days. After 30 days, new admissions with a mental illness or intellectual disability should be reviewed as soon as resources are available.
Fair hearing and appeals: CMS approves the extension of fair hearings up to 120 days (from 90 days) and Texas may choose to allow up 90 days for an enrollee to file an appeal.
Provider enrollment:


Texas may reimburse an out-of-state provider if: the service is provided out-of-state, the provider has an NPI on the claim, and the provider is enrolled in Medicare or another state’s Medicaid program.


Texas may provisionally/temporarily enroll an out-of-state provider not enrolled in Medicare or another state’s Medicaid program and waive the application fee, finger print criminal background check, site visit, and in-state license requirement.


Texas must collect information necessary to process claims, screen for state licensure in other states and screen against the OIG exclusion list. Texas must not issue temporary enrollments after the end of the public health emergency, not allow retroactive effective dates earlier than March 1, and  Texas must cease payments to temporarily enrolled providers within 6 months of the end of the public health emergency (unless the provider competes a Texas Medicaid enrollment).


Texas is granted a waiver to temporarily cease provider revalidation.
CMS grants the above flexibilities for CHIP.


Public notice: CMS grants Texas a waiver of public notice requirements
HHSC is continuing to work with CMS on additional flexibility requests that are associated with those approved today.

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. 

 

Today’s Executive Order follows the decision by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social distancing guidelines and extend the deadline for these guidelines to April 30th.

 

Governor Abbott was joined for the announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath.

 

“Social distancing is our best tool in the fight against COVID-19, and the actions we have taken thus far have proven to be effective in limiting the spread of this virus,” said Governor Abbott. “Now it is time to redouble our efforts to reduce further exposure as much as possible and flatten the curve. As with all the actions the state is taking, the Essential Services and Activities Protocols is informed by the expertise and guidance of the CDC as well as state and local health officials. I urge my fellow Texans to heed these heightened social distancing directives to protect their health and the health of those around them. By following these guidelines, we will limit the spread of COVID-19 and overcome this challenge together.”

 

The Executive Order renews and expands the Governor's previous directive to minimize social gatherings and minimize contact with people who are not in the same household. It also renews the Governor's directive to avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, and visiting gyms or massage establishments, and it expands the order to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. 

 

In accordance with federal guidelines, people are still prohibited from visiting nursing home, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Additionally, schools will remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020.

 

This Executive Order does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The order also includes exemption for religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services.

 

TDEM will maintain an online list of essential services specified in the Governor's Executive Order at www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/. Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of TDEM.

 

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 12:01 AM on April 2, 2020 and will end on April 30, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

View the Governor's Executive Order.

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CITY OF JOAQUIN, TEXAS DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY


 

 

WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and

 

WHEREAS, the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe illness and cause further complications including death; and

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas issued a proclamation and Executive Order No. GA-8 certifying that COVID-19 poses and imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Joaquin, Texas, is taking extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community; and

 

WHEREAS, said state of disaster requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to Emergency. Management and Public Health, pursuant to Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF JOAQUIN, TEXAS:

 

SECTION 1. That a local state of disaster for public health emergency is hereby declared for the City of Joaquin, Texas, pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.

 

SECTION 2. That pursuant to Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code the state of disaster for public health emergency shall continue for a period of not more than (7) days from the date of this declaration, unless continued or renewed by the Mayor of Joaquin, Texas.

 

SECTION 3. That pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code this declaration of a local state of disaster for public health emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.

 

SECTION 4. That pursuant to Section 418.018(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the City of Joaquin, Texas emergency management plan, and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration.

 

SECTION 5. That this declaration authorizes the City to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus, including the quarantine of persons and occupied structures, examining and regulating hospitals, regulating ingress and egress from the City, regulating ingress and egress to occupied structures, establishment of quarantine stations, emergency hospitals, and other hospitals, and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the City’s rules, pursuant to section 122.006 of the Health and Safety Code.

 

SECTION 6. That this declaration hereby limits the size of gatherings to not more than 10 people and mandates the cancellation of all such gatherings to until further notice. A “gathering” refers generally to a common endeavor where 10 or more persons are present in a confined space, room, or area.

 

SECTION 7. In accordance with Texas Government Code §418.173, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates this declaration commits an offense, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00 and/or confinement in jail up to 180 days.

 

SECTION 8. That this declaration hereby authorizes the use of all lawfully available enforcement tools.

 

SECTION 9. That this declaration shall take effect at 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

DECLARED this 31st day of March, 2020.

 

 

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Center Elementary School Update


 

 

Attention Parents/Guardians

 

Our Next Packet Pass Out Will Be
Monday, April 6, 2020

 

8:00-9:30 FIRST GRADE
9:30-11:00 THIRD GRADE
11:00-12:30 SECOND GRADE

 

*If you have students in multiple grade levels and cannot come to multiple times, please come to the 11:00 time.

 

Attention Parents / Guardians

Our next delivery of homework packages will be Monday, April 6, 2020.

 

8:00-9:30 FIRST DEGREE
9:30-11:00 THIRD DEGREE
11:00-12:00 SECOND DEGREE

 

* If you have students in various degrees and can't come several times, please come at 11:00.

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Coronavirus Local Case Count Update - Cases Confirmed in San Augustine & Panola


 

 


San Augustine County Judge Jeff Boyd has confirmed a positive case of the coronavirus in San Augustine County. Shelby County has had four reported cases according to Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison. According to Panola County officials, they have a confirmed case of the coronavirus as well. 

 

 

 

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Brookshire Brothers Closes Buna Location


 

 

Due to community concerns, Brookshire Brothers has temporarily closed its Buna location.

Monday afternoon, an employee at our Buna store made our Corporate Human Resources Department aware that his spouse had tested positive for coronavirus.

 

As soon as we were aware of the positive diagnosis, we instructed the employee to self-quarantine. Until that time, the Company had no knowledge of the situation.

 

As was the case prior to this incident, our team has continuously sanitized the store and the adjacent fuel island following CDC guidelines. We are adhering to those same guidelines regarding symptom monitoring of our employee owners and their ongoing hygiene practices. In addition, we have a safety professional onsite directing further sanitizing measures and will close the store until that process is complete.

 

Measures are underway to put additional protection in place to further safeguard the shopping experience.

 

Keeping our employee owners and our customers healthy and safe is our highest priority. Once the store re-opens we will encourage everyone to continue to practice social distancing. Signage and in-store announcements continually remind customers and employees to maintain a safe and mindful distance of six feet apart while shopping.

 

It is our hope to have the store open soon to serve our customers and community.

Our entire country is working to slow the spread of COVID-19. We believe it is our shared responsibility to help flatten the curve. We appreciate the support of the community as we walk through this time together.

 

 

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Update from San Augustine ISD


 

 

IMPORTANT Announcement from High School Principal Hugh Perkins: Due to the County Stay At Home order, all packet pickups have been suspended until further notice. Please contact your teachers for alternate assignments.

 

Seniors ... Please continue checking your email for new scholarships! There are still scholarships available. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know at this number: (936) 596- 2036.

 

Thank you,


Mr. Perkin

 

 

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FOOD PANTRY OPERATION


 

 

Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. "Harvest for Homes" food pantry will be opened each Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. until further notice.  Food is distributed to households on a 30-day basis.  Please stay in your cars and ensure that your trunk or truck bed is able to store the bags.  We will no longer be placing bags in the backseat of your cars/trucks.  Please stay safe and healthy!

 

 

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Center ISD Extends Closure


 

 

In an effort to keep our students engaged in learning, it is time to plan for another two week cycle of instructional delivery. After meeting with the campus principal's, directors, and school board, we have devised the following:


CISD will remain closed through Friday, April 24th.  


Students and parents can return and receive instructional materials on Monday, April 6.  The how, when, and where will be scheduled by campus principals.
Spring Break (April 13-17) will occur as scheduled.  CISD will be completely closed except for cleaning purposes. 


HS graduation is still scheduled, however, it may have to be postponed for obvious reasons
It is very possible the Governor will extend school closure longer than April 24; however, our plan to deliver instruction should remain intact. 

 

Arnie Kelley
Interim Superintendent
Center ISD

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Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Discusses COVID-19 Energy Demand Model Showing Global Market Oversupplied by at Least 16 Million BPD


 

 

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Discusses COVID-19 Energy Demand Model Showing Global Market Oversupplied by at Least 16 Million BPD Energy demand is dropping through the floor due to COVID-19 and the breakdown of the Saudi/Russia oil production alliance is flooding the global oil market with supply. These two factors have led to the oil market being oversupplied by at least 16 million BPD (likely higher).
 
What does this mean for the U.S. energy industry and the national economy -- now and over the next few months?
 
Join energy market expert and Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton LIVE as he discusses his real-time COVID-19 demand model -- showing the greatest oversupply in the history of the oil and gas industry.
 
What:  Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Discusses His COVID-19 Global Energy Demand Model
 
When:  Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 2 pm
 
Where:  Click here

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San Augustine Chamber to Close


 

 

The is office is temporarily closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

The health and safety of our community is our primary focus. Due to the San Augustine County Judge’s, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Office of the Texas Governor’s recommendations on controlling the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, this office is temporarily closed.  However, we are still available to help you to the best of our ability by calling 936-275-3610 or emailing us at saccc611@gmail.com.  We appreciate your understanding.  

 

Stay safe San Augustine County    

 

 

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San Augustine Update


 

 

San Augustine Council Update

 

Our main concern at the City is to ensure continued essential services while the emergency exists, and to cooperate fully with Federal, State and County Agencies.

 

Since the last Council meeting the City is taking the following steps: (in no specific order)

Code enforcement is being deferred to avoid interactions with the public and avoid financially stressing residents


City Hall is periodically being disinfected, and we are limiting the number of folks physically allowed in the buildings as well as restricting how the building is entered
As I mentioned in the last Council meeting we have discontinued rental of City owned buildings as well as temporarily stopped other use by local groups


The ball park has been closed out 21. There were some large groups using the ball court
There is a Coronavius page on the City Website at www.cityofsanaugustinetx.gov and constant updates are being made to FB about any updates on City Services or things we get from official sources such as Texas Municipal League or the Centers for Disease Control


I spoke to the Co-op, and we are not expecting any outages with the supply grid/generation
We are not expecting supply disruption for treatment chemicals at either the Water or Waste Water plants


The Library is closed, and where possible staff is working inside to clean and do other activities in anticipation of re-opening


Although we are not publicizing this, no resident’s utilities will be terminated for nonpayment during the crisis


The City PD will cooperate in any way possible with State and County to enforce the Shelter in Place Order issued by the County while I was drafting this update. I have attached it hereto
None of our employees are currently ill, and we are doing our best to limit interaction with individuals outside the organization or groups within. Staff meetings have either shifted locations to keep social distance or have been suspended for now
 

 

The situation is highly fluid, and we will be reacting for a while. No one has been through this.

 

The most live information can always be found at these places:

 

The City’s Facebook is here

 

The Webpage is here

 

 

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UPDATE ON TEXAS / LOUISIANA TRAVEL BY ROAD


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office 

 

We have received information regarding a 14 day shutdown on roadway travel between Louisiana and Texas. This was an order declared earlier today by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and not by our state or parish.

 

We will not be answering questions below in the comments. All questions at this time should be directed to either Texas Department of Public Safety or Texas Law Enforcement. Per the order, which was given by the Governor of Texas, the limitations will be enforced by Texas officials, on the Texas side, per Texas guidelines.

 

We really wish we were able to provide more answers, and we understand everyone’s concerns. If and when we receive more information we will share it immediately.

 

**** UPDATE: The executive order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott limits travel from any location in Louisiana into Texas. The order does NOT apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.

 

**** UPDATE: This order will be enforced by the Department of Public Safety at and near entry points from Louisiana.

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Timpson ISD Update


 

 

 

 

 

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New Positive Cases of Corona in Shelby County


 

 

I was notified last night by the Department of State Health Services that Shelby County has 2 more confirmed COVID-19 cases bringing our total to 4.  I have been informed by health professionals that they have performed numerous tests and there will probably be more positive results to come.  This is why is it so important for everyone that can stay home, to stay at home.  You are exposing yourselves to other people and you don't know where they have been or who they have been in contact with.  PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, IT MAY BE YOUR LIFE YOU SAVE.

 

Allison Harbison

Shelby County Judge

 

 

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Stimulus Checks Information and Calculator


 

 

 

 

This bill is the third and largest piece of legislation designed to combat the Coronavirus pandemic and protect the American economy from the associated fallout.

 

 

Click here for the stimulus check calculator:

 

 

Key provisions of the legislation include the following:

 

Cash assistance in the form of a check for lower and middle-income U.S. residents of up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples, and an additional $500 for each child. The payments will be available for those with incomes up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples.


A tax credit for small businesses to cover a portion of wages paid to their employees during the pandemic.


Expanded unemployment insurance to cover gig workers, self-employed, and non-profit employees.


Eight weeks of assistance to small businesses in the form of loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency.


A six-month pause on federal student loan payments with no interest accrual.


Increased Medicare payments for hospitals that treat vulnerable coronavirus patients.


Additional funding for Community Health Care Centers and Personal Protective Equipment.


Expanded access to Coronavirus testing and encouraging the use of new telemedicine technologies to protect and contain the further spread of Coronavirus.


It allows the Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve new treatments and advance vaccine research.


A significant temporary expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, which provides a monthly supplement for purchasing food, to ensure that low-income Americans have access to the food they need to feed their families.


Loans, loan guarantees, and other investments for large corporations, overseen by a Treasury Department inspector general. These loans will not exceed five years and must be paid back to the government.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting 


 

 

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday April 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 6:30pm. For more information call Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext: 200.

 


 

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City of Center Declaration


 

 

 

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City of Joaquin Notice of Curfew


 

 

Along with the stay at home order issued by County Judge Allison Harbison the City Of Joaquin will be implementing a curfew from the hours of 10:00pm -4:00am. Plz share this post and let all of our community know that this is in place.


Thanks
Mayor Bill Baker

 

 

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Tenaha ISD No Food Deliveries


 

 

In accordance with the "Shelter in Place" Order just issued by Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, Tenaha ISD can no longer provide meal delivery services for our students. However, meals will be made available in the Bus Run on a Drive Thru Basis only!!!

 

Please stay safe and stay home unless you absolutely have to leave.

 

 

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Tenaha Notice of Curfew


 

 

 

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San Augustine Notice


 

 

 

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Stay at Home Order Issued for Shelby County


 

 

Click here for more:

 

Beginning at 11:59pm Monday March 30, 2020, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison is ordering all individuals living within Shelby County to stay home and travel only to perform essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate essential businesses as outlined here. Please read the order carefully to see how daily activities and business will be impacted. 

 

The following are four categories of allowed activities:

 

1.    Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family, household members, and their pets. Examples are seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and visiting a healthcare professional. This includes caring for a family member or pet in another household.


2.    Activities to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family and household, including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive-thru pickup from restaurants), pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer products, and picking up materials for distance learning or school-provided meals.

 

3.    Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if social distancing is upheld, such as staying six feet away from other people.


4.    Working for an exempted business or government that is providing essential services or products needed by the public during this crisis, this is explained in detail below.
All public and private gatherings consisting of more than 10 individuals or anyone than a person’s own household or family are prohibited.


Businesses and organizations that are providing products and services that are needed by the community during this crisis are exempt. The followed exempt businesses may continue operating, provided they exercise proper social distancing:

 

Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare facilities and supplies, home-based care and residential facilities for seniors and children, and veterinary care;


Essential infrastructure including construction, water, sewer, gas, electrical, roads and solid waste collection and removal, internet, telecommunications systems, first responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement, emergency dispatchers, animal shelters;

 

Government functions  as determined by the government entity to perform those functions provided social distancing requirements are met;


Businesses related to food sales, delivery, and cultivation such as grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, food and good delivery operations, pet supplies, liquor stores, farming, livestock, and fishing;


Charitable organizations providing food, shelter and social services to economically disadvantaged or vulnerable populations, including animals;

 

Businesses engaged in the sales, transporting, and licensing of firearms, knives, ammunition and gun supplies.

 

News media, including newspapers, television, radio and other media outlets providing information to the public;
 

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Tenaha Stabbing Incident


 

 

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, at approximately 4:55PM Tenaha Police Officers responded to the intersection of South Houston and Vine street regarding a report of a stabbing victim.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim in the yard of a residence suffering from a stab wound.  Tenaha Police Officer began life saving skills on the victim until Paramedics arrived to render medical aid. Timpson Police Department, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office also responded to assist with the situation as a large crowd of people had begun to gather and others began to fight.  Once the scene was secured officers continued the investigation.


The victim was transported to LSU Health in Shreveport LA, by Life Air Rescue where he was treated and released.  Three arrests were made in connection with incident Bobby Williams, Sr. Male Black 43 years of age charged with Aggravated Assault 22.02 (a)(2) F-2, Engaging Organized Criminal Activity 71.02 (b) F-2. Dezelle Williams Male Black 25 years of age, charged with Engaging Organized Criminal Activity 71.02 (b) F-2, Sadara Wilson, Male Black 27 years of age charged with Aggravated Assault 22.02 (a)(2) F-2, Engaging Organized Criminal Activity 71.02 (b) F-2.  All were transported to the Shelby County jail where they were booked on the above charges.


Preliminary investigation suggests the incident was not random in nature, as the victim was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect. The victim has been identified as Brandon Horton, Male Black 32 years of age, a Tenaha resident.


It was learned that the motive for the physical encounter between the victim and the suspect is in retaliation of a previous altercation that occurred in Timpson, Texas where another individual received a gunshot wound, however the investigation is currently ongoing. Possible charges are pending due to further investigation.


Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Tenaha Police Department at (936) 248-3831.

 

 

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Excelsior ISD to Remain Closed


 

 

Based on President Trump’s latest guidelines regarding social-distancing, Excelsior ISD has decided to remain closed through April 30. We will closely monitor the situation between now and then and will provide an update by Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

 

Our teachers will continue to support your child’s education by providing work either via packets or online. Please follow the instructions provided by your child’s teacher regarding the pick-up and return of classwork.

 

Packet pick-up/drop-off:  Mondays 7am – 9am & 2pm – 6pm

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Wayne Mason - Superintendent
Johnny Lewis - Principal

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

The Tenaha City Council will meet in and Emergency Special Session by Teleconference on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:30 pm,   Tenaha, Texas.  The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:


Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this meeting will be conducted by telephone conference.  It is expected that a quorum of the council will be participating by telephone conference in accordance with the provisions of Sections 551.125 or 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not been suspended by order of the Governor.  The meeting may proceed with less than a quorum in accordance with the Governor’s suspension of that requirement.  The public may attend the teleconference by dialing 712-432-3900 Conference # 232047.


Public comments related to this meeting will be handled as follows: Public comments may be submitted by phone by leaving a voice mail at (936) 248-3841 until 5:00 p.m. The audio comments will be played for the members of the Council or transcribed and read verbatim to the Council at the public comment section of the agenda. A modified version of the public comment regulation consistent with the Attorney General's guidance will remain in effect until the Governor's order on the suspension of certain portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act is lifted or modified.


The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.


1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum, as allowed by current law
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Discuss and Act on Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency (COVID-19).
5. Discuss and Act on Order Setting Curfew (COVID-19) 
6. Discuss and Act on Stay at Home Order (COVID-19) 
7. Council Comments
8. Adjourn 


The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on: March 30, 2020, at or before 4:00 p.m.
 

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City of Tenaha City Update


 

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and in the interest of everyone's health and well being, the City of Tenaha City Offices have decided to close until further notice. You may pay your water bills online at payclix.com or use the drop box. Municipal Court payments may be made online at trafficpayment.com or call 1-800-444-1187 or use the drop box. If it's a water leak emergency please call 936-572-1160.

 

 

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Update From San Augustine County Judge


 

According to San Augustine County Judge Jeff Boyd as of 3-30-20, they have tested four different individuals for the coronavirus as of yet the test results have not made it back, stay tuned for updates. 

 

 

 

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Update From the City of Timpson


 

 

Effective March 30th the CITY OF TIMPSON will implement stricter guidelines at City Hall relating to the presence of COVID 19 in our local area. 


A barrier is in the hall way of City Hall, limiting access to the personal space of Misty Burgess and that of Paula Mullins. To speak to either, you may call 936-254-2421 or email them at: 
citysecretary@cityoftimpson.com 
municipalcourt@cityoftimpson.com 
utility@cityoftimpson.com 


Work orders can be submitted via the City’s website www.cityoftimpson.com  or can be called or emailed to any of the above. 


The FIRST (1st) window at City Hall 456 Jacob Str. will be accessible to pay your city utility bill. PLEASE NOTE: no receipt or change will be given during this time.  An envelope and pens are available for you to write your name / account name, if you do not bring your bill. If you bring your bill, tear off the city’s portion and leave in the envelope with your payment.  NO CHANGE will be given, so bring correct payment amount. If you pay over or SLIGHTLY UNDER ($5 or less) the difference will appear on your MAY 1st Bill.  


OTHER PAYMENT OPTIONS: 
Austin Bank accepts utility payments for the City of Timpson – a copy of your bill is required the drive thru the bank teller will provide change if needed. If you use the night deposit box include your bill and correct payment amount. 

 

thepaymentgroup.com is the online payment portal for City of Timpson – you must have account name, number and amount.  Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted payments.  

USPS – customers may mail checks or money orders to PO BOX 369  Timpson, TX  75975
Please include account name and/number on the memo or include a copy of your bill. 

 

CITY OF TIMPSON TRAFFIC CITATIONS can be paid at the 1st window at City Hall (same process as above) or online at trafficpayments.com or by calling 800-444-1187
 

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Center City Council Meeting


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Center ISD Meeting


 

 

A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held March 30, 2020, beginning at 5:30 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935. Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (coronacirus), this meeting will be conducted by videoconference.

 

At least a quorum of the board will be participating by videoconference in accordance with the provisions of Sections 551.125 or 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not be suspended by order of theGovenor. Members of the public may access open session portion of this meeting at: https://youtu.be/vDhLz9-mvXk. Public comments related to this meeting will be handled as follows: Public comments may be submitted by phone by leaving a voice mail at (936) 598-1627 until 4:00 p.m.

 

The audio comments will be played for the members of the Board or transcribed and read verbatim to the Board at the public comment section of the agenda. A modified version of the public comment regulation consistent with the Attorney General's guidance will remain in effect until the Governor's order on the suspension of certain portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act is lifted or modified. Members of the public who desire to address the Board regarding an item on this agenda must comply with the registration procedures and modified regulation available on the District's website under "Modified Public Comment Regulation". For more information about public comments, see policy BED.

 

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.


Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.


1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. COVID 19 Update
Presenter: Arnie Kelley
5. Discussion of CISD School Closure
Presenter: Arnie Kelley
6. Closed Session
6. 1. Employment of Personnel
6. 1. 1. Superintendent Interviews
7. Open Session
7. 1. Employment of Personnel
7. 1. 1. Superintendent Interviews
8. Adjournment

 

 

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Message From the City of Joaquin


 

 

Due to the newly revised travel ban imposed by Governor Abbott, we will be working with Law Enforcement in regards to road closures. We ask that you limit your travel and public exposure to work, get groceries & for medical purposes ONLY. Let's all work together & obey the new laws put in place City of Joaquin Mayor, Bill Baker.

 

 

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Letter From Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison 


 

From Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison 

 

Yesterday, I was notified by the Department of State Health Services that Shelby County has its 2nd confirmed case of COVID-19. It appears that it is from Community Spread. This means that the patient does not know where they were exposed. 

 

Governor Abbott issued another Executive Order which limits travel between Texas and Louisiana. Only essential travelers will be able to travel from LA without a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Essential travel is defined as traveling in connection with commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions. This includes to your place of work.

 

I urge everyone to stay close to home if possible. If you are going crazy at home, get out and work in your yard, walk around the block or down the road. Stay away from people who are not in your household, when you go to the grocery store or pharmacy respect each other’s personal space.

As I have information, I will notify the press.

 

Be Kind, Be Smart, Stay Safe, Be Well!!

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference at the State Capitol where he issued an Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. This Executive Order is consistent with the guidance of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). During this period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces. These mandatory self-quarantines will last a period of 14 days or for the duration of a person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter.

 

"The State of Texas continues to act upon the recommendations of top state, federal, and local health experts as we implement a comprehensive strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. "The New York Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans have become major centers of this pandemic, and it is vital that we take necessary precautions to prevent additional exposure that could originate from people traveling from these areas to Texas. This Executive Order is another important measure we are taking to protect the health and safety of Texans, and we will continue to take any action necessary to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 in our state." 

 

Those entering Texas as their final destination from the designated areas will use a form from DPS to designate their quarantine location. DPS special agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance. Failure to comply with this order is considered a criminal offense that is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, or both.

 

This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). This Executive Order will remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor.

 

The Governor was joined for the press conference by Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, and TDEM Chief Nim Kidd. 

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Nacogdoches City and County Issue Stay Home, Stay Safe Orders


 

 


Below, please find the latest update on new orders from Mayor Shelley Brophy and Judge Greg Sowell concerning COVID-19


As of today, March 29, 2020, City of Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy and Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell have amended the original disaster declarations and issued separate but joint stay home, stay safe orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This comes in response to recommendations from local medical professionals after evidence of potential community spread and the county health physician stating this effort is “medically necessary.”

The order states all individuals in Nacogdoches county are to stay home, with exceptions, effective noon, March 30, 2020. Those who fail to comply with these orders are punishable to a fee up to $10,000 or confinement in jail for up to 180 days.

 

“I don’t take this decision lightly or without considerable forethought to how it will affect our community,” said Judge Greg Sowell. “We’re at the point where only stringent measures to maximize social distancing will combat the spread of this virus. We can not allow our hospitals and healthcare workers to be overwhelmed.”

 

Under the stay home, stay safe order, Nacogdoches leaders hope to preserve public health and safety and ensure the local healthcare system is capable of serving all.

 

“We encourage members of the public not to panic. The city has an emergency response plan in place, and we are following it closely,” said Mayor Shelley Brophy. “Essential city services will continue to be provided.”

 

Links to Declaration of Public Health Emergency Regarding Covid-19 from the County and City of Nacogdoches.

 

This declaration will last until 12:59 pm on April 7, 2020, or until it is either rescinded,
superseded, or amended.For information on how this pertains to your business, email info@nactx.us —phone inquiries will not be accepted at this time.

Stay Home Order Overview
Beginning at 12 noon tomorrow, March 30, 2020, Mayor Brophy and Judge Sowell are ordering all individuals living within the City and County of Nacogdoches to stay home and travel only to perform essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate essential businesses as outlined here . Please read the order carefully to see how daily activities and business will be impacted.

 

The following are four categories of allowed activities:
1. Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family, household
members, and their pets . Examples are seeking emergency services, obtaining medical
supplies or medication, and visiting a healthcare professional. This includes caring for a
family member or pet in another household.

2. Activities to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family and
household , including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive-thru pickup from
restaurants), pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer products, and picking up materials for distance learning or school-provided meals.

3. Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if social distancing is
upheld, such as staying six feet away from other people.

4. Working for an exempted business or government that is providing essential services
or products needed by the public during this crisis, which is explained in detail below.
All public and private gatherings consisting of more than 10 individuals or anyone other than a person’s own household or family are prohibited.

Stay Safe Order
The Mayor and Judge have also ordered all businesses to close and stop operations other than minimum basic operations such as allowing employees to work from home, maintaining security and maintenance of the business’ property, and facilitating information technology services that allow employees to work from home.

Businesses and organizations that are providing products and services that are needed by the community during this crisis are exempt. The followed exempt businesses may continue operating, provided they exercise proper social distancing:

 

Healthcare operations , including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare facilities and suppliers, home-based care and residential facilities for seniors and children, and veterinary care;

 

Essential infrastructure including construction, water, sewer, gas, electrical, roads and
solid waste collection and removal, internet, telecommunications systems, first
responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement, emergency dispatchers, animal shelters;

 

Government functions as determined by the government entity to perform those
functions provided social distancing requirements are met;

 

Businesses related to food sales, delivery, and cultivation such as grocery stores,
farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, food and good delivery operations, pet suppliers, liquor stores, farming, livestock, and fishing;

 

Charitable organizations providing food, shelter and social services to economically
disadvantaged or vulnerable populations, including animals;

 

Businesses engaged in the sales, transporting, and licensing of firearms, knives,
ammunition and gun supplies.

 

News media, including newspapers, television, radio and other media outlets providing
information to the public;

 

Businesses related to transportation, including gas stations, repair shops, car dealerships, manufacturers, and recreational vehicle suppliers and sales;

 

Financial institutions , such as banks, credit unions and title companies;

 

Hardware and construction supply stores;

 

Companies providing or maintaining services necessary to maintain safety, sanitation,
and essential operation of residences, activities, and businesses, such as mail and
shipping companies, laundromats, dry cleaners, building maintenance, plumbers,
electricians, exterminators, janitorial and maintenance services, funeral industry, and
professional services, such as legal or accounting services, insurance, and real estate
services;

 

Restaurants and food service offering drive-thru and pick-up services only;

 

Businesses that supply products for people to work from home or business to operate ;

 

Public and private transportation services providing essential travel, such as buses,
taxis, rideshare companies and the airport;

 

Childcare services for exempted workers to perform essential activities and work;

 

Religious services , provided services are distributed by video, teleconference or other
remote measures.


The Nacogdoches Coronavirus Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 9am to 4 pm. Concerned citizens can call 936-468-4787 for screening and scheduled testing.

 

 

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Confirmed Case of Coronavirus in Shelby County


 

 

A few minutes ago, I was notified by the Department of State Health Services that a Shelby County resident has been confirmed positive for COVID-19.  The Department of State Health Services is in the process of doing their follow-up investigation of close contacts of the patient.

 

I urge everyone to stay the course and continue doing what we have been doing for the last couple of weeks; Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer often, practice social distancing, clean and disinfect surfaces that you use regularly.  

 

I feel we should remain vigilant, take this crisis seriously, and follow the previous guidelines that have been provided. 

 

For your convenience there is a COVID-19 Nacogdoches County Call Center where you may call if you are experiencing these symptoms:

-          Fever

-          Cough

-          Shortness of breath

 

For screening and triage only; individuals who meet the testing criteria will be sent to a mobile testing site.

The number is 936-468-4787

If you are experiencing these symptoms please do not report to an ER or physician’s office.

 

I want to thank the media for helping get information out to the public.  I want to thank Nacogdoches County this testing resource. 

 

Be kind, Be smart, Stay safe, Be well!!

 

 

- Shelby County Judge Allision Harbison 

 

 

 

 

 

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Board of Trustees Center ISD Notice of Special Called Meeting By Videoconference


 

 

A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held March 31, 2020, beginning at 5:30 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935. Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this meeting will be conducted by videoconference.

 

At least a quorum of the board will be participating by videoconference in accordance with the provisions of Sections 551.125 or 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not be suspended by order of theGovernor. Members of the public may access open session portion of this meeting at: https://youtu.be/9r2N8zRHFDE.

 

Public comments related to this meeting will be handled as follows: Public comments may be submitted by phone by leaving a voice mail at (936) 598-1627 until 4:00 p.m. The audio comments will be played for the members of the Board or transcribed and read verbatim to the Board at the public comment section of the agenda.

 

A modified version of the public comment regulation consistent with the Attorney General's guidance will remain in effect until the Governor's order on the suspension of certain portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act is lifted or modified. Members of the public who desire to address the Board regarding an item on this agenda must comply with the registration procedures and modified regulation available on the District's website under "Modified Public Comment Regulation". For more information about public comments, see policy BED.

 

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.

 

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance

3. Public Comments/Audience Participation

4. Consideration to Approve Resolution Regarding Wage Payments During Emergency Closing of CISD Presenter: Arnie Kelley

5. Closed Session 5. 1. Employment of Personnel 5. 1. 1. Superintendent Interviews

6. Open Session 6. 1. Employment of Personnel 6. 1. 1. Superintendent Interviews

7. Adjournment

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Boil Water Notice Lifted For Joaquin


 

 

 

 

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Tiger News


 

 

Tiger Family!!!!

 

Tenaha ISD to resume Food Service on Monday, March 30!!!!!

 

At 10:00 AM starting on Monday and everyday Monday through Friday thereafter for the duration of the Covid-19 Lockdown, Tenaha ISD will offer Free Breakfast and Lunch to ALL CHILDREN within the TISD residential lines.  We will be offering lunches for the day plus breakfast for the next day every day.

 

Below are the details to receive meals:

 

Option 1:  DELIVERY-  Starting at 10:00 AM be on the lookout for the TISD Yellow school buses on their normal bus routes.  Kids need only to stand at the bus stop and have their food delivered to them.  Here’s the catch though, you have to be there to pick it up.  Other students cannot pick yours up for you.  For kids who don’t ride the bus but want a meal delivered, please email Terry Bowlin at bowlinterry@tenahaisd.com and let her know your exact address/location.  We will simply add that stop to the route when we go. 

 

Option 2:  DRIVE THRU PICKUP-  At 10:00 AM you may also just drive thru the TISD Bus Run and pick up meals

 

Continue to stay tuned to all channels of communication in the coming days for information on our developing Distance Learning options for students to continue their studies.

 

Instructional packets will be distributed beginning Tuesday, March 31st.
Stay tuned for details.

 

 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Closure


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Offices will be closed until further notice starting Monday, March 30.  We will be collecting mail and checking emails on a daily basis.  

 

If you need to reach someone at the Chamber office please call and leave a message, or email, deborah@shelbycountychamber.com. We hope everyone in our community stays safe and healthy.

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closures


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of March 27 – April 3rd with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center.  Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, April 3rd from 10-2 in order to provide assistance.  

 

The senior citizens that are currently being served through our senior programs have received extra meals that will cover them through the next 2 weeks.  They will also receive calls to confirm that they are safe, and all is going well. 

 

If you are scheduled to receive an emergency food box for the last week of March or the first week of April, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, April 3rd to receive it between the hours of 10-2.  Our lobby is closed to the public.  

 

Food Boxes are distributed by Drive-Thru ONLY.  Please be prepared to open your trunk of the car and stay in your vehicle.  For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you.  

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting Results


 

 

CORRECTION:    Date met was Thursday, March 26, 2020

 

 

 

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City of Timpson Curfew


 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces HHSC Request Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has submitted a Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). If approved, this would grant Texas flexibility in administering Medicaid while the state continues to respond to COVID-19. 

 

"The flexibilities we are requesting will help ensure Texans on Medicaid continue to have their routine needs met, even as the state responds to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "I ask CMS to grant this waiver so that we can expand care capacity for Texans who utilize services through Medicaid." 

 

­If approved, the federal flexibilities would include:

 

Temporarily extending existing prior authorizations for services so that Texans can get the care they need without delay.

 

Extending deadlines for state fair hearings and appeals.

 

Allowing services to be performed by telehealth, telemedicine, or telephonic contact.

 

Extending current medical necessity, service authorizations, and level of care authorizations for Medicaid programs.

 

Allowing the state to waive any requirements that require the signature of a physician, durable medical equipment provider, or Medicaid recipient.

 

Streamlining provider enrollment for out-of-state and new providers to increase the number of providers in Texas, which will ensure continued access to care.

 

Waiving requirements that health care professionals be licensed in the state in which they are providing services, so long as they have equivalent licensing in another state.

 

HHSC will also be seeking additional regulatory flexibilities through the Section 1135 Medicaid waiver related to federal requirements for long-term care providers, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based services programs, and hospitals.

 

If granted, this Section 1135 Medicaid waiver flexibilities would remain in place for as long as necessary during the public health emergency.

 

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Governor Abbott Requests Release of Federal Unemployment Funds


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced his request for access to interest-free federal loans (known as Title XII funds) to pay unemployment claims and the accelerated release of funds from the Texas account of the federal Unemployment Trust Fund. Title XII is a federal process that allows states to receives advances (loans) from the federal government to continue to cover Unemployment Benefit payments without disruption.

 

In a request letter to Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, Governor Abbott authorized the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to officially request access to these additional funds.

 

“As job loss and other economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic grow, we are committed to drawing upon all available resources to help Texas hardest hit by the crisis,” said Governor Abbott. “With claims on the rise, our current balance of unemployment funds is projected to run out by the end of next month, so we must accelerate the delivery of necessary dollars.”

 

Department of Labor approval would allow Texas to apply for federal loans that would be  interest-free through the end of the current calendar year. In the past, TWC has taken such loans then issued bonds to pay them off. In every case, the agency has never missed making a payment to an eligible claimant.

 

“The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is committed to ensuring all Texans who are eligible receive unemployment funds,” said Bryan Daniel, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. “This approach, which has served Texas well during hurricane recovery and the recession of 2008, should do so again.”

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference at the State Capitol where he issued an Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. This Executive Order is consistent with the guidance of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). During this period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces. These mandatory self-quarantines will last a period of 14 days or for the duration of a person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter.

 

"The State of Texas continues to act upon the recommendations of top state, federal, and local health experts as we implement a comprehensive strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. "The New York Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans have become major centers of this pandemic, and it is vital that we take necessary precautions to prevent additional exposure that could originate from people traveling from these areas to Texas. This Executive Order is another important measure we are taking to protect the health and safety of Texans, and we will continue to take any action necessary to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 in our state." 

 

Those entering Texas as their final destination from the designated areas will use a form from DPS to designate their quarantine location. DPS special agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance. Failure to comply with this order is considered a criminal offense that is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, or both.

 

This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). This Executive Order will remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor.

 

The Governor was joined for the press conference by Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, and TDEM Chief Nim Kidd. 

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Update on the Coronavirus From the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office


 

 

March 26, 2020


Local Update on COVID-19

 

As of 12pm today March 26, 2020, DeSoto Parish now has 11 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus reported, and sadly, 1 reported death. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office offers our sincere condolences to the family, and their tragic loss during this time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. It is important for the public to understand the seriousness of this outbreak, and how rapidly it is affecting so many families in our state. With that said, we want to say THANK YOU to all of our workers who are doing such a fantastic job in keeping our community going. Your sacrifices and hard work during this virus does not go unnoticed, and we are grateful that you show up, every day, to provide necessary services for our citizens. DeSoto Parish is a family that we hold dear. As citizens, let's continue to band together, look out for one another, and set an example of how great a people we truly are.

 

We have received some calls from concerned citizens who have noticed our deputies patrolling in different areas. We have amped up our presence in communities to ensure public safety and prevent crime that may result due to the current situation. You may see them in your neighborhood and around small businesses more than usual. We are solely there to ensure that you and your property remains safe from theft and other illegal activity. Sadly, there are those that seek to take advantage of an already dire situation.

 

We again remind the public that we are NOT in a mandatory Lock-Down, and you are free to go about your personal business in the public. Gathering in groups of 10 or more people is prohibited, by the state, and applies to ALL types of gatherings. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of taking personal responsibility to determine when it is essential to go out, and when it is not. We understand how many see this situation as an over-reaction, but we ask that you consider what the alternative outcome could be if we do not take this virus seriously for the sake of our community. Continue to practice the precautions that we have previously provided. Wash your hands constantly, do not touch your face, keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others. We will keep you posted daily as new data is released at 12pm each day via the LDH website: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

 

Days past in Louisiana by the numbers:
March 23: 1,172 cases (+335 added in 24hrs)
March 24: 1,388 cases (+216 in 24 hrs)
March 25: 1,795 cases (+407 in 24 hrs)
March 26: 2,305 cases (+510 in 24 hrs)
Total Deaths to Date: 83 (+18 in 24 hrs)
DeSoto Parish: 11 positive cases and 1 death.

Today’s Commonly Asked Questions:

 

*** If you have questions please comment below or inbox our Facebook page. We are trying our best to keep our phone lines open to emergencies. ***

 

Q: What areas of the parish have positive cases been identified? Who passed away?

 

A: We were able to confirm that there are 3 cases in the Stonewall area, and 3 cases in the Mansfield area. We have not been provided with the location to the other cases yet. Our agency is not tasked with providing personal information on individuals who have tested positive or otherwise. If that information is released, it will not be through the DeSoto Sheriff's Office.

 

Q: If a positive case was identified at my place of work, is the business required to shut down?

 

A: No. Those that have come into contact with the employee who has tested positive should be notified and advised on what they should do. If you are working for what has been determined an "essential business," it is solely up to the employer to determine if a shut down is necessary based on information they receive from the Louisiana Department of Health.

 

Q: If a loved one has passed away, can I still attend the funeral since there is a limit on gatherings?


A: Reach out to your funeral home to find out what policies they have put into place.

 

Q: Are the bridges and state borders closing?


A: No. There are no plans to close borders or bridges at this time.

 

Q: Is there a curfew being enforced? Do I have to be in my home by a certain time in the evening?


A: No. We are not in a Lock-Down.

 

Q: Can I leave my house to go to the store, bank, etc.?


A: Yes, of course. It is a “recommendation” that you take personal responsibility to limit your public outings to protect your own health, and the health of others. Meeting in groups of 10 or more is prohibited.

 

Q: Are we allowed to carpool to work as a group, in a vehicle/van of 10 or more people?


A: There are currently no guidelines prohibiting travel to and from work at this time. We do not recommend carpooling as a group, because it is a confined space filled with several people who could spread germs among one another. However, we have been given no order to stop this from taking place.

 

Q: I have a lawn business. Am I ok to continue to do my work?


A: Yes. Please just be mindful of your interactions with others for your safety and theirs.

 

Q: I own a business. How can I tell if my business is considered essential/non-essential? Should we be open or closed right now?


A: It is up to the business owner to decide whether or not they qualify as an essential business, and it is up to the owner to communicate that to their employees. The Sheriff's Office does not make determinations on this matter, we only offer recommendations based on the Governors order that was shared on our Facebook page. If further information is needed, we ask that you reach out to the state for clarity.

 

Q: Do I need a work release form to keep in my vehicle in case I get pulled over?


A: We understand why some employers have chosen to do this, however, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is not requiring such forms to be carried. We continue to monitor this situation daily and will notify the public if anything changes. If you have been given a form by your employer, just follow the instructions of your employer.

 

Q: I am an employer. Should I give my employees a form to keep in their vehicle to clarify that they work for an essential business?


A: If you wish to do this, it is your decision. As new information comes out every day, things can change. Just understand that at the current moment our office does not require such a form to be presented or carried.

 

Q: Can I still go fishing?


A: Yes. We are not in a Lock-Down. Have fun and enjoy your day. Just do not gather in groups of 10 or more.

 

If you should desire to go fishing, walking, get groceries, go to the ATM, and other forms of personal activity....do so, but do so with personal discretion. Know that when you leave your home you will likely interact with others thereby increasing your chances of contracting this virus. But it is at your own discretion.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 1st day of April 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.    Presentation by Venders bidding on roof repairs.

5.    Proclamation declaring April as “Child Abuse Awareness Month”.

6.    Discuss and possibly approve a 6 month lease between Commissioner Pct. 1 and Commissioner Pct. 2 with Brazos Trailer Manufacturing L.L.C for a 2020 Belly Dump Trailer

7.    Discuss and possibly approve rental space for Justice of the Peace and Constable for Precinct 3.

8.    Adjourn.

 

 

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Temporary Road Closure of I-49 in DeSoto Parish


 

 

DeSoto Parish – On March 27, 2020, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police (LSP) will temporary close I-49 northbound at exit 172.  This closure will allow heavy machinery to safely recover a commercial motor vehicle from a previous crash, which occurred Sunday, March 22. 

 

A detour route has been established and is as follows:

·       I-49 northbound traffic will take exit 172 to U.S. Highway 84 and turn right onto U.S. Highway 84

·       Travel eastbound on U.S. Highway 84 to La Highway 1 and turn left onto La Highway 1

·       Travel northbound on La Highway 1 to La Highway 509 and turn left onto La Highway 509

·       Travel southbound on La Highway 509 to I-49 and will be able to reenter the interstate

 

LSP asks motorists to please approach these intersections with care and drive safely.  Troopers will be at every intersection of this route to help direct motorists.  The temporary closure is expected to last three to five hours. 

 

 

 

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The Castaway Reel


 

 

I was bit by the fishing bug at an early age.  Growing up in East Texas in the 1940’s and the 1950’s gave me ample ponds, lakes, and rivers in which to practice my new avocation.

 

My uncle Ben Woods was an avid fisherman and he taught me the fine art of bait casting, river fishing, set hooks, and trot lines. Each summer he would take me over into Louisiana where we would fish on Black Lake for an entire week.  If the fish were not biting in Black Lake, we would drive a few miles to the Cane River and set out trot lines to catch cat fish.

 

The time came when I felt that I needed my own fishing gear, rather than using borrowed gear.  Around the age of fourteen, I went to our local Western Auto store and selected a nice bait casting reel, a spiffy fiberglass rod, a metal tackle box, and a few lures.  My favorite lures were “Lucky Thirteen”, “River Runts”, and the brand new “Hawaiian Wiggler” which had a rubber “skirt” which hid the hook from the view of the bass.

 

Since I had very little money, these items were put on the “lay away” plan.  The store kept the items in storage until I gradually paid them off.  After several months of paying a spare dollar to the store as often as my limited budget would allow, the items were finally mine to take home and use.

To celebrate the occasion, my Uncle Ben agreed to take me fishing on the Attoyac River, located about 10 miles west of my home town. I had taken great care in putting the 18 pound test line on my new reel, and I felt that I was ready to take on any bass in the river, and win.  However, Murphy ’s Law was about to strike me a severe blow.

 

We did not bring a boat, so we were “bank fishing” the river, which was heavily wooded with a lot of underbrush, which hindered the casting of the bait.  With a 36 inch rod I had to locate places on the river bank that gave me enough room to cast the lure.

 

I located a good spot in the river that I felt sure a bass would be hiding, awaiting a morsel of food to swim by.  Due to the underbrush around me, I had to cast underhanded and between my legs.  Here’s where Murphy’s Law struck.  The lure caught on the leg of my blue jeans which jerked the rod and reel from my grasp.  I watched in horror as my brand new equipment fell into the muddy waters of the river.  For a moment, panic set in.  Then I remembered a simple solution to the problem……..just unhook the lure from my pants leg and pull the rod and reel in. It seemed simple enough.

 

Well, I learned a good lesson that day.  I had  been careless in tying the fishing line to the reel.  So, instead of being able to retrieve my new rod and reel, I came up with nothing but line.  Neither me nor my uncle felt brave enough to swim out in the muddy waters and try to retrieve the rod and reel from the bottom of the river.  I suppose it is still there to this day, some sixty-five years later.

 

I went into a period of grief about losing my new rod and reel.  Several weeks later my father had pity on me and replaced them, and it was not even my birthday or Christmas.  The replacement rod and reel served me well, even into adulthood.  Unfortunately Murphy ’s Law struck again as someone stole all my fishing equipment from my garage.  This time I could afford to replace them myself….but they are now stored safely inside my house.

Now my son is an avid fisherman, but he has equipment that I could never afford.  He says that I taught him everything he knows about fishing, as I would take him fishing when he was a young boy.  He knows about Murphy’s Law, and he knows how important it is to tie the fishing line on the reel securely so that he will not experience a “castaway reel”.

 

“THE  CASTAWAY  REEL”

BY: NEAL MURPHY
107 Hemlock Street
PO Box 511
San Augustine, TX 75972
936-275-9033
cell: 936-275-6986
E-mail: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

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East Texas Health Center Receives Initial $62K in Coronavirus Relief Funds


 

 

Health Opportunities for the People of East Texas was awarded a federal grant totaling $61,924 to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress earlier this month, comes through the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

“While Texans continue doing everything they can in response to the spread of the coronavirus, we in Washington should give them everything they need to succeed,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I applaud area leaders for their work to obtain these grants, and I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for making health centers in East Texas a priority.”

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Sends Letter Seeking Permission For SNAP Recipients To Use Their Benefits At Take Out And Drive-Thru Restaurants


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter yesterday to the United States Department of Agriculture seeking permission to move forward to allow Texas Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits at take out and drive thru restaurants throughout the state as Texas continues to combat COVID-19. If approved, it would open up another food source for 3.2 million Texans.

 

"As we continue in our efforts to combat COVID-19, the state must do everything it can to make life more manageable for citizens and ensure that Texans can provide meals for their families," said Governor Abbott. "This waiver will go a long way in doing just that. I urge the federal government to quickly approve this waiver, giving Texans another food option during this public health emergency."

 

 

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Governor Abbott Takes Action To Expand Texas Hospital Capacity


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott 3-25-20 has temporarily waived certain hospital licensing rules and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has adopted an emergency rule to meet Texas’ need for additional hospital capacity while the state responds to COVID-19. These actions allow for certain facilities that have pending licenses or facilities that have been closed for no more than 36 months to come online under existing hospital building licenses. These facilities will be administered and operated by hospitals with existing licenses. The waivers also remove certain mileage restrictions which will allow hospitals to operate additional facilities that are more than 30 miles away from the main licensed hospital.

 

“One of our top objectives is to ensure that COVID-19 patients in Texas who need a hospital bed will have access to a bed,” said Governor Abbott. “There are healthcare facilities across the state that have either recently closed or have yet to receive a license, but are otherwise ideal locations to aid in our COVID-19 response. By waiving these rules, we can quickly bring many of these facilities online to help Texas communities maximize their hospital capacity and provide care to Texans in need.”

 

Additionally, Governor Abbott has directed HHSC to waive certain regulatory requirements regarding facility license renewals. These waivers will allow general, special, and psychiatric hospitals, free-standing emergency medical facilities, and end-stage renal facilities to renew their license without submitting a fire marshal's report. The facilities will still be required to update their records at a later date.

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Governor Abbott Waives Certain Licensing Renewal Regulations, Fees For Nurses


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding licensing renewal and subsequent fees for nurses in Texas. The Governor's waiver authorizes a six-month grace period for nurses with expired licenses. This grace period will allow nurses who are otherwise in good standing to continue practicing and will give them additional time to renew their license without added fees and penalties. 

 

"Nurses are essential to protecting the public health and safety of our communities as we combat the COVID-19 virus,” said Governor Abbott. "With these temporary waivers, nurses in Texas can continue caring for patients without worrying about potential delays or barriers imposed by the licensing renewal process. We are grateful for the nurses serving throughout our state, and Texas are committed to ensuring they have the resources and support they need to do their jobs as we face this public health emergency."

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Major Disaster Declaration


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott 3-25-20 released a statement thanking President Trump for issuing a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas. This announcement comes after the Governor requested the declaration—citing the need for additional federal assistance to save lives, to protect property, public health, and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of COVID-19.

 

“Texas is aggressively pursuing and implementing all necessary strategies to limit the impact of COVID-19, and I thank President Trump for his swift action to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “The President’s declaration opens up new sources of funding for individual and public assistance that will help Texas respond to this public health emergency and protect public health and safety.”

 

 

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Road Closure


 

 

Commissioner Roscoe McSwain is closing CR 1510 at Lake Pinkston on Friday, March 27 starting at 7:00 am until repairs are completed.

 

 

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas close selected facilities


 

 

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Who to Call for Treatment for Coronavirus


 

 

 

 

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Bear update for Wednesday, March 25, 2020


 

 

Timpson ISD is broadcasting each morning on Facebook Live at 9 am Monday-Friday until  we return to school. Please check out the Timpson ISD Facebook page and click on Like to follow all announcements and district information during the school closure.

 

The Timpson ISD Child Nutrition Department will be providing meals during the school closure to all kids 18 years of age and below.

 

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 you can bring your kids to the middle school parking lot and receive 2 meals for each child in your home. We will give them a hot lunch and a grab & go breakfast for the next morning.

 

Meal Days & Times: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 1 pm

Pick Up Location: Timpson Middle School

Charge: Free to all children 18 and below

Your child MUST BE PRESENT in order for you to receive the meals, as per TDA guidelines that we must strictly adhere to.

 

THIS WILL BE DRIVE-THROUGH ONLY! Please, no getting out of cars and milling around. We want to promote social distancing as much as possible.

 

Instruction--Teachers have already created many different ways for children to receive instruction during the closure. 

 

Some teachers have created Facebook Classroom groups.  If your child is in their class, they will reach out to you with this information. Many of our elementary teachers have gone to this format as well as Google Classroom. Some elementary teachers use Class Dojo and those parents are informed as well.  

 

For Middle School, Mr. Smith has said that all middle school students have Study Island accounts online.  If any student does not remember his/her login, they may email Mr. Smith and he will get it to you, csmith@timpsonisd.com. Teachers at MS are also working on packets for each subject.  Some teachers have Google Classroom and have already been in touch with students.

For High School, all dual-credit students will continue their online formats with their colleges and universities. Teachers with Google Classroom have already been reaching out to their students.  Others are creating Google Classroom and will get information out soon.  

 

We are also posting packets online on each campus website.  Go to www.timpsonisd.com, click on Schools, and select the appropriate campus.  Then click on Visit Site. You will start to see the packets online for each teacher. You may print these packets or wait for paper packets.

 

We have also created a digital newsletter called Tech Bytes for all students that is located on the school website.  When it comes up on the page, click on it. It is full of information and digital instructional websites that can be used at home. The Khan Academy link contains a Daily Study Schedule for any parent that needs it.  It is organized by grade level, PK-12th grade, complete with youtube videos for each subject area. There are also links to fun activities such as virtual field trips, PE time, and so much more. Check it out!

 

Soon we will be providing an opportunity to check out Chromebooks or laptops to the students that need them. More information coming soon about this. We will prioritize the level of need for these devices, starting with our dual-credit college students, then going from there. 

For families that do not have internet access or computers at home or have no WIFI, paper packets will be provided starting next week.

 

Our number one priority is our students.  We do not want to overwhelm parents or students in any way. All of the information above is meant to assist parents and students, but not to add additional stress during this time in our country.

 

Please reach out to the school if you have any questions.

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Portacool Coronavirus Precautions


 


At Portacool our employees' health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our community, is our primary concern.  

 

As a result of the recent COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the United States, on the direction and guidance of the United States Government and per the executive order issued by Texas Governor Abbott's office March 19, 2020, Portacool has elected to send home all non-essential personnel beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, and continuing through at least Sunday, April 12, 2020.  

 

We anticipate returning to normal operations on April 13, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

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Confirmed Case of the Coronavirus in Nacogdoches County


 

 

 

 

As of this morning 3-25-20, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in Nacogdoches.

 

DSHS is actively conducting a contact investigation and will contact anyone potentially exposed. Due to privacy laws, no information on the positive patient is available.

Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, and Excel ER in collaboration with Nacogdoches government officials and SFA School of Nursing are also announcing a call center and remote testing facility dedicated to COVID-19 concerns in Nacogdoches.

 

If you think you have been exposed to the virus or have symptoms, first CALL the center at 936-468-4787. Medical staff is available to screen patients over the phone and SCHEDULE testing at the remote facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha ISD to resume Food Service on Monday, March 30!


 

 

At 10:00 AM starting on Monday and everyday Monday through Friday thereafter for the duration of the Covid-19 Lockdown, Tenaha ISD will offer Free Breakfast and Lunch to ALL CHILDREN within the TISD residential lines. We will be offering lunches for the day plus breakfast for the next day every day. Below are the details to receive meals:

 

Option 1: DELIVERY- Starting at 10:00 AM be on the lookout for the TISD Yellow school buses on their normal bus routes. Kids need only to stand at the bus stop and have their food delivered to them. Here’s the catch though, you have to be there to pick it up. Other students cannot pick yours up for you. For kids who don’t ride the bus but want a meal delivered, please email Terry Bowlin at bowlinterry@tenahaisd.com and let her know your exact address/location. We will simply add that stop to the route when we go.

 

Option 2: DRIVE THRU PICKUP- At 10:00 AM you may also just drive thru the TISD Bus Run and pick up your meals. Please remember that the kids must physically be there to pick up their meals.

Continue to stay tuned to all channels of communication in the coming days for information on our developing Distance Learning options for students to continue their studies.

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Tenaha Cancels Prom


 

From Tenaha ISD

 

We are saddened to announce that Prom 2020 has officially been canceled.
Money will be refunded for tickets that were already purchased.

 

 

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Produce Drop


 

 

HARVEST FOR HOMES WILL HAVE A PRODUCE DROP ON 3-25-20 AT 9AM AT IVAN SMITH PARKING  LOT NEAR OLD SOMBEROS. WE ARE ASKING THAT DUE TO COVID-19 "CORONAVIRUS" THAT EVERYONE REMAIN IN THEIR CARS UNTIL FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM STAFF ARE GIVEN PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE WE WILL ASSIST YOU FROM YOUR CAR.

 

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL 598-6315 EXT 501

 

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Tenaha ISD Special Closed Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice


 

 

 

 

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CHI ST. Luke's Health-Memorial Adopts Highly Restrictive Visitation Policy


 


LUFKIN (March 24, 2020) – Effective at 7am, Thursday, March 26, 2020, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial  will have a new visitation policy in effect to protect our patients, visitors, employees and physicians. We are adopting a stricter visitation policy to align with Harris County’s stay-at-home order, as well as similar actions taken by numerous cities and counties in Texas.
The following changes will remain in effect until further notice.


•    No visitors will be allowed in the hospital.
•    Exceptions will be managed by medical decision makers in the areas of: end-of-life, pediatric, NICU, labor & delivery, and patients who need language services. However, under no circumstances are children under the age of 18 allowed in our facilities.
•    Other exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Greeters will be screening at the designated entrances with a list of basic questions to help ensure that individuals who might spread the virus get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff, and other guests. Until the COVID pandemic has subsided:
•    Healthcare workers with fever, cough, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms are not permitted in any area of the hospital, unless seeking care.
•    People who have traveled to high-risk areas for COVID-19 or had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital, unless seeking care.
•    All patients who are coughing are requested to wear a mask.
During this time, we encourage visitors to consider alternative communication options, if available, such as phone, FaceTime, Skype, text, or email.
We understand this change in policy may be difficult for families, but it is imperative we take additional precautions to keep our patients and community safe during this global pandemic.  
Below are facilities impacted by the modified visitor policy:
CHI St. Luke’s Health (serving the Greater Houston community)
•    Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health—Lakeside Hospital
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health—Springwoods Village Hospital
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health—The Vintage Hospital
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health—Sugar Land Hospital
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health—Patients Medical Center
CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (serving the communities in Lufkin, Livingston, and San Augustine)
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial San Augustine
•    CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Livingston
CHI St. Joseph Health (serving the Brazos Valley community) 
•    CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital
•    CHI St. Joseph Health Grimes Hospital
•    CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital
•    CHI St. Joseph Health Burleson Hospital
•    CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital


For more information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit chistlukeshealth.org/covid-19 or cdc.gov/coronavirus.  

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Election Cancellation


 

 

 

 

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas close selected facilities


 

 

 

 

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Car Show Cancelled


 

 

Our 6th annual Spring Fling Car Show has been cancelled. Below is a letter from the club president:

All events and functions scheduled for the Shelby County Cruisers car club are canceled or postponed until further notice.

 

We urge everyone to do their part to follow mandates and guidelines from our elected officials to help contain and eliminate the COVID-19 virus. Together, we will get past this and return to cruising old cars and enjoying the fellowship that goes with it.

 

Thank you,

Leon Aldridge


President
Shelby County Cruisers

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Shelbyville ISD Distribution of Instructional Materials and Other Key Items


 

 

Several important procedures are being implemented this week as Shelbyville ISD’s learning community deals with challenges associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Parents, please do your best to help your student complete their work for what we hope is a limited amount of time away from school.  


INSTRUCTION
Parents will drive up to their student’s campus and instructional packets will be delivered to vehicles by campus personnel.  Please remain in your vehicle at all times.  Parents of all Shelbyville ISD students PreK - 12 should pick up and return instructional packets on the following dates:  


•    Wednesday, March 25th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructional Packet #1 (covering March 23 to April 3rd) will be picked up;
•    Friday, April 3rd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructional Packet #1 will be turned back in to the school;
•    Friday, April 3rd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructional Packet #2 (covering April 6th to April 22nd) will be picked up;
•    Wednesday, April 22nd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instruction Packet #2 will be turned back in to the school;
•    Wednesday, April 22nd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructional Packet #3 (covering April 23rd to the end of the 2019-20 school year) will be picked up;
•    Wednesday, May 13th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instruction Packet #3 will be turned back in to the school.


NOTE:  The booth located at school district’s lower entrance gate will be converted into a “drop box” to receive any instructional packets that could not be returned on the designated return dates/times.  


Instruction for elementary and middle school students will be delivered mainly using instructional packets.  Instruction for high school students will be delivered using a combination of instructional packets, online instruction, and Google Classroom.  Communication with each teacher can be achieved via the teacher’s school email address which will be included with the instructional packets.


FOOD SERVICE
Beginning Thursday, March 26th, Shelbyville ISD will be offering free breakfast/lunch combos from 9:30 to 11:00 to all Shelbyville ISD students, and any other students 18 years old and younger.  The meals will be distributed in front of the cafeteria loading dock area.  Please remain in your vehicle at all times when picking up your student’s meals.


BASKETBALL TICKET REFUNDS
Refunds for tickets sold for the UIL State Basketball Tournament will be issued via the front of the high school office on Thursday, March 26th from 8:30 to 11:30, and Friday, March 27th from 8:30 to 11:30.  You must return a valid ticket stub to receive a refund.  Please remain in your vehicle at all times.  Thank you for your patience in waiting for your refund. 


ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
Through Friday, March 27th, campus offices and administrative offices will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 to field phone inquiries.  Please limit your interaction to phone calls only.  If you need any assistance please call/email:  S. W Carter Elementary 598-7363 (mikef@shelbyville.k12.tx.us); Middle School 598-5146 (thomass@shelbyville.k12.tx.us); High School 598-7323.

 

(marioo@shelbyville.k12.tx.us); and Central Administration 598-2641 (sisddragon@gmail.com).
Shelbyville ISD will continue to try and keep you informed as we deal with this very fluid situation.  Please keep yourself and loved ones as safe as possible during these trying times.  Thank you. 
 

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CHS Instructional Materials


 

 

CHS will distribute Instructional Materials Wednesday, March 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., for students who were not able to pick them up on Monday.  

 

Distribution will be drive through only located at the teacher parking lot.

 

Schedule to distribute:


9th    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
10th   11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
11th   12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12th  12:30 p.m. -  1:00 p.m.

 

Gayla Miller, Interim CHS Principal  

Joyce A. Permenter
Administrative Assistant
Center Independent School District
P.O. Box 1689
Center, Texas  75935


(936) 598-5642 - extension 2107
(936) 598-1515 - fax

 

 

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EMERGENCY BLOOD DRIVE


 


This is Scary times these days, but the need for Blood has not went away! Donations are needed even more now. Please help Save Lives! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, will be set up at the Center Police Department hosting an Emergency Blood Drive in the parking lot on March the 25th. 10am - 4 pm. There will be two(2) donor coaches set up in the parking lot. Please spread the word and help us help others! 1 donation helps saves 3 lives!


Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to www.giveblood.org to schedule a time. All attempted donors will receive a Free T-SHIRT!

 

 

 

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Toledo Automotive Supply Coronavirus Measures


 

 

In an attempt to keep our customers and employees safe, we have implemented temporary store hours.

 

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Monday - Saturday (Closed Sunday)

All delivery companies must use rear doors.

Curbside service available.

 

936-598-2746.

 

 

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IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020


 

Update: The games have been moved to 2021 due to the virus. 

 

The IOC EB heard a report on all the measures taken so far to address the coronavirus situation, which was followed by a comprehensive discussion.

 

A joint task force had already been created in mid-February, involving the IOC, Tokyo 2020, the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO). The IOC EB appreciates and supports the measures being taken, which constitute an important part of Tokyo’s plans to host safe and secure Games.

 

The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO, as the leading United Nations agency on this topic. The IOC EB expressed its thanks to WHO for its continued valuable advice and cooperation.

It also praised the great unity and solidarity of the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations and governments. It welcomed their close collaboration and flexibility with regard to the preparations for the Games, and particularly the qualification events. All stakeholders continue to work closely together to address the challenges of the coronavirus.

 

The IOC EB encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The IOC will keep supporting the athletes by providing the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website.

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Coronavirus Cases in U.S.


 

 

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*

 

  • Total cases: 33,404
  • Total deaths: 400
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
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* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

 

Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure*†

Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure
Travel-related 449
Close contact 539
Under investigation 32,416
Total cases 33,404

 

 

* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

† CDC is no longer reporting the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) that have been tested, as well as PUIs that have tested negative. Now that states are testing and reporting their own results, CDC’s numbers are not representative of all testing being done nationwide. 

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Special Called Joaquin City Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Thursday, March 26, 2020    
6 p.m. via videoconference at: Click here. 


ORDER OF BUSINESS

1.    Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2.    Open Forum.
3.    Discussion and Council action on election and appointment of presiding and alternate judges.
4.    Discussion and Council action on installing emergency communication and antenna on City Water Tower.
5.    Discussion and Council action to renew the remaining balance with America State Bank loan. 
6.    Closing Statements.
7.    Adjournment. 
 

 

 

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AG Pax­ton: Retail Sup­ply Chains Will Be Held Liable for Price Gouging


 

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton 3-21-20 issued a stern warning to retail suppliers, including those who supply grocery stores and pharmacies, that state law strictly prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster. Price gouging laws apply to any person or entity selling necessities at an exorbitant or excessive price after a disaster has been declared by the Governor or President. This prohibition includes those who supply retailers.

 

Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, any price-gougers may be required to reimburse consumers and may be held liable for civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation with an additional penalty of up to $250,000 if the affected consumers are elderly.

 

“My office will work aggressively to investigate and prosecute any price-gouger who takes advantage of a disaster declaration by selling necessities at an excessive price, including retail suppliers in grocery and pharmacy chains,” said Attorney General Paxton. “No one is exempt from price gouging laws in Texas, and those who violate the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act will be met with the full force of the law.”  


Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging or disaster scams should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 or?file a complaint online. For additional information on disaster scams, please visit our?disaster scams website.?? 

For information on the spread or treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the?Texas Department of State Health Services. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Alzheimer's: What Family Caregivers Need to Know


 


While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

 

Most notably, public health strategies aimed at limiting contact with others is nearly impossible for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, who rely on family caregivers and others to live their daily lives. This reality affects these individuals across all settings, including home, adult day services, residential and assisted living facilities and nursing homes. 

 

To help family caregivers navigate the current complex and quickly changing environment, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering additional guidance to families, including: 

 

Help people living with Alzheimer’s practice safe hygiene. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementia may forget to wash their hands or follow other precautions to ensure safe hygiene. Caregivers are encouraged to be extra vigilant in helping individuals practice safe hygiene.

 

Anticipate and prepare that current care and support options may change. As public health containment strategies for COVID-19 escalate during the next several weeks, it is important for families to anticipate that less help and support may be available. For example, many adult day care programs are shutting down during the crisis and home health services may also become less available. It’s important for families to anticipate these changes and make plans for filling gaps in caregiving.

 

Ask residential care facilities about its communication policies. In order to protect the health of their residents, many facilities are restricting access to outside visitors, so it’s important to ask how you can get updates on your family member’s health and how you can communicate with loved ones during the current crisis. Ask to see if phone calls, including video calls, will be offered and how best to coordinate.

 

If you are interested in more tips aimed at helping families affected by Alzheimer’s navigate the current COVID-19 crisis, I would be happy to arrange an interview with one of our spokespersons. 

 

Look forward to learning about your interest and answering any questions you may have.

 

 

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BEAMS SCHEDULED FOR PLACEMENT ON NEW BRIDGE


 

 

LUFKIN – Concrete beams are scheduled to be delivered for placement on the overpass of US 69 at SH 63 in Zavalla which will require temporary lane closures.

 

Arrival of the beams in the Lufkin District is expected on Wednesday and placement across SH 63 is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 26, weather permitting. A lane closure will be utilized for placement of the beams and traffic control will be in place.

 

Lane closures could result in delays on SH 63 and US 69. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution entering the work zone. Obey all traffic control and stay alert for workers and moving equipment through the area.

 

The work is part of a $72 million construction project that is designed to widen US 69 to a four-lane highway from FM 844 to FM 1270 in Zavalla and includes bridge construction on US 69 at SH 63, US 69 at Shawnee Creek, US 69 NB at Wetlands 1 and 2 north of SH 63, and Ramp C and Ramp D at Sandy Creek, south of SH 63.

 

For more information regarding road conditions and closures statewide, visit drivetexas. org. For more information on this and other Lufkin District projects contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.
 

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Governor Abbott Announces Distribution Of Federal Funding For COVID-19 Response


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has received $36.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the state's initial allotment of funding from the first emergency coronavirus bill passed by Congress. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will distribute $19.5 million to 43 local health departments to aid in their COVID-19 response. This includes $1.75 million for Dallas County, Tarrant County, and the San Antonio Metro Health District where operations have been impacted by federal activities. The remaining funds will be used by DSHS to support operations in areas of the state not covered by local health departments and for statewide response activities.

 

These funds will be used to strengthen Texas’ community intervention efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve critical healthcare, workforce, and infrastructure functions, while minimizing social and economic impact. In addition, these funds will be used to scale up Texas’ surveillance, lab testing, and reporting capabilities.

 

“The State of Texas is at a crucial stage in our COVID-19 response, and these funds are essential to supporting health authorities throughout the state to scale-up testing and community intervention efforts,” said Governor Abbott. “To ensure these resources are used swiftly and effectively, a majority of the funds will go directly to our local health departments which understand best the needs of their communities. I thank President Trump, the Texas delegation, and leaders in Congress for quickly passing this aid package. The State of Texas continues to work with federal and local partners to give our communities the resources and support they need as we work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

 

Below is an overview of the first allotment of funding:

 

Texas Federal Funding Overview

CDC Distribution to DSHS

$36.9 M

Portion Retained by DSHS

$17.6 M (48%)

Local Distribution

$19.4 M (52%)

Amount Dedicated to Local Federal Activity Reimbursement

$1.75 Million

Number Recipients Statewide

43

$1.75 Million Overview

Jurisdiction

Federal Activity within Jurisdiction

Allocation Amount

Dallas 

Funneling Airport

$184,225

San Antonio

Repatriation

$996,725

Tarrant

Funneling Airport

$559,225

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Mathews Realty to Close


 

 

In light of current events, effective tomorrow 3-23-20, our office will be closed until further notice. If you need immediate assistance, please contact your realtor or give us a call as we WILL BE monitoring our phone. We look forward to serving you from our office front again, soon!

 

 

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Committed to supplying safe, affordable, high-quality food to our customers and consumers


 

 

 


On behalf of Tyson Foods, thank you for all you’re doing to help us supply safe,
affordable, high quality food to our customers and consumers during this trying
time for our country. I know how busy you are accommodating the changes in
daily life, caring for your health and the health of those around you, while keeping
your farms running smoothly.


You play a vital role in food production, which makes you part of the Critical
Infrastructure needed to feed this country. That’s why we are working quickly to
ensure business continuity for you, from feed deliveries to bird pickups, thereby
protecting your livelihood.


Please protect the health and safety of you and your family by practicing good
hygiene and hand washing and avoiding travel and social gatherings.
While it’s unknown how much COVID-19 will continue to spread or how long it will
last, you can be assured that we will continue to adjust and adapt to address it.
Please visit thefeed.blog/ to hear news and perspective from Tyson leaders. Know
that we are committed to ensuring we can continue supplying safe, affordable,
high quality food to our customers and consumers.


Thank you again for your dedication to our business, our customers, our
consumers and the animals entrusted to your care.


Sincerely,


Chad

 

 

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No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus at the Tyson Plant


 

According to the Tyson Foods Center, Texas office of human relations as of March 23, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus at the plant in Center. Tyson continues to observe tight sanitary regulations to ensure the meat products they produce are safe to consume.

 

 

 

 

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Information on Stay At Home Order Declaration For Louisiana


 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A LOCKDOWN. At this time you are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible but you are not required by law to do so. The following will clarify what Essential Businesses will remain open to the public.

 

As you may now be aware, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a "Stay At Home Order" for the State of Louisiana today at 2:00pm. This press conference can be viewed on his Facebook Page, and the order goes into effect tomorrow, March 23, at 5:00pm. This will be a closure of all Non-Essential businesses in the state.

 

Many in the community will have questions about what is considered "Essential Business." We are providing an extensive list below of what have been provided to us by the office of the Governor.

 

The following list of sectors that will remain open and are considered to be Essential Business. This is an initial recommended set and are intended to be overly inclusive reflecting the diversity of industries across the United States. CISA will continually solicit and accept feedback on the list (both sectors/sub sectors and identified essential workers) and will evolve the list in response to stakeholder feedback.

 

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH
• Workers providing COVID-19 testing; Workers that perform critical clinical research needed for COVID-19 response
• Caregivers (e.g., physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, speech pathologists and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists)
• Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.)
• Workers in other medical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers)
• Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products
• Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information
• Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities
• Workers that manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers performing cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers conducting research critical to COVID-19 response
• Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely
• Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters
• Pharmacy employees necessary for filling prescriptions
• Workers performing mortuary services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemetery workers
• Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, FIRST RESPONDERS
• Personnel in emergency management, law enforcement, Emergency Management Systems, fire, and corrections, including front line and management
• Emergency Medical Technicians
• 911 call center employees
• Fusion Center employees
• Hazardous material responders from government and the private sector.
• Workers – including contracted vendors -- who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting law enforcement and emergency service operations.

 

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
• Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail that sells food and beverage products
• Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations - Carry-out and delivery food employees
• Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing (packers, meat processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging
• Farm workers to include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically
• Farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs
• Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution, including warehouse workers, vendor, managed inventory controllers and blockchain managers
• Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail
• Company cafeterias - in-plant cafeterias used to feed employees
• Workers in food testing labs in private industries and in institutions of higher education
• Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments
• Employees of companies engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids
• Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce
• Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products
• Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution

 

ENERGY
Electricity industry:
• Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians
• Workers needed for safe and secure operations at nuclear generation
• Workers at generation, transmission, and electric blackstart facilities
• Workers at Reliability Coordinator (RC), Balancing Authorities (BA), and primary and backup Control Centers (CC), including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and balancing authorities
• Mutual assistance personnel
• IT and OT technology staff – for EMS (Energy Management Systems) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and utility data centers; Cybersecurity engineers; cybersecurity risk management
• Vegetation management crews and traffic workers who support
• Environmental remediation/monitoring technicians
• Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians

Petroleum workers:
• Petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, road transport
• Crude oil storage facilities, pipeline, and marine transport
• Petroleum refinery facilities
• Petroleum security operations center employees and workers who support emergency response services
• Petroleum operations control rooms/centers
• Petroleum drilling, extraction, production, processing, refining, terminal operations, transporting, and retail for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
• Onshore and offshore operations for maintenance and emergency response
• Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them

Natural and propane gas workers:
• Natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, including compressor stations
• Underground storage of natural gas • Natural gas processing plants, and those that deal with natural gas liquids
• Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities
• Natural gas security operations center, natural gas operations dispatch and control rooms/centers natural gas emergency response and customer emergencies, including natural gas leak calls
• Drilling, production, processing, refining, and transporting natural gas for use as end-use fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing, or use in electricity generation
• Propane gas dispatch and control rooms and emergency response and customer emergencies, including propane leak calls
• Propane gas service maintenance and restoration, including call centers
• Processing, refining, and transporting natural liquids, including propane gas, for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
• Propane gas storage, transmission, and distribution centers

 

WATER AND WASTEWATER
Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:
• Operational staff at water authorities
• Operational staff at community water systems
• Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities
• Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring
• Operational staff for water distribution and testing
• Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities
• Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems
• Chemical disinfectant suppliers for wastewater and personnel protection
• Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations

 

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
• Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel)
• Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
• Mass transit workers
• Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment
• Maritime transportation workers - port workers, mariners, equipment operators
• Truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services
• Automotive repair and maintenance facilities
• Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations
• Postal and shipping workers, to include private companies
• Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers
• Air transportation employees, including air traffic controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and aviation management
• Workers who support the maintenance and operation of cargo by air transportation, including flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers

PUBLIC WORKS
• Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks and levees
• Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues
• Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
• Support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications
• Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Communications:

• Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication systems- supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, undersea cable landing stations, Internet Exchange Points, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment
• Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including, but not limited to front line news reporters, studio, and technicians for news gathering and reporting
• Workers at Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations, and Network Operations staff, engineers and/or technicians to manage the network or operate facilities
• Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables
• Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed
• Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities
• Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support to transitioning employees to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to manage or support service environments and security issues, including payroll, billing, fraud, and troubleshooting
• Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration

Information Technology:
• Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Center, Broadcast Operations Control Center and Security Operations Command Center
• Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators
• Client service centers, field engineers, and other technicians supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, and information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors) for critical infrastructure
• Workers responding to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure, including medical facilities, SLTT governments and federal facilities, energy and utilities, and banks and financial institutions, and other critical infrastructure categories and personnel
• Workers supporting the provision of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services (incl. cloud computing services), business infrastructure, web-based services, and critical manufacturing
• Workers supporting communications systems and information technology used by law enforcement, public safety, medical, energy and other critical industries
• Support required for continuity of services, including janitorial/cleaning personnel

 

OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Workers to ensure continuity of building functions
• Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
• Elections personnel • Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and communications networks
• Trade Officials (FTA negotiators; international data flow administrators)
• Weather forecasters
• Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations
• Workers at operations centers necessary to maintain other essential functions
• Workers who support necessary credentialing, vetting and licensing operations for transportation workers
• Customs workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national emergency response supply chain
• Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing
• Hotel Workers where hotels are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures

 

CRITICAL MANUFACTURING
• Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base.

 

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
• Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing test kits • Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup • Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES
• Workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services (e.g., payment, clearing, and settlement; wholesale funding; insurance services; and capital markets activities)
• Workers who are needed to provide consumer access to banking and lending services, including ATMs, and to move currency and payments (e.g., armored cash carriers)
• Workers who support financial operations, such as those staffing data and security operations centers CHEMICAL
• Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and paper products.
• Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items
• Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential products
• Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/ or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections
• Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing

 

DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE
• Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military. These individuals, include but are not limited to, aerospace; mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers
• Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/government-operated facilities

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5 Cases of Coronavirus confirmed in DeSoto Parish


 

 

March 23, 2020
Local Update on COVID-19

 

As of 12pm today 3-23-20, DeSoto Parish has 5 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus reported. The State of Louisiana has reported 1,172 confirmed cases and 34 deaths. Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a "Stay At Home" order that goes into effect at 5pm today. We want the public to understand that this is not a Lock Down, and there is no need to panic. A full list of Essential Businesses that will remain open can be found in our post from yesterday. We ask that you continue to take sanitary precautions outlined by your Federal, State, and Local government. It is recommended, though not enforced, that you self-quarantine at your home if possible and only go out for essential business if necessary.

 

For updated numbers throughout the day, you may visit this site: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/…

Days past in Louisiana by the numbers:
March 16 reported cases: 103
March 17 reported cases: 136 (+33 added)
March 18 reported cases: 240 (+104 added)
March 19 reported cases: 347 (+107 added)
March 20 reported cases: 479 (+132 added)
March 21 reported cases: 585 (+106 added)
March 22 reported cases: 837 (+252 added)
March 23 reported cases: 1,172 (+335 added)
Total Deaths to Date: 34 (+14 from yesterday)

 

If you have questions regarding rumors, please reach out to us by Facebook or Messenger to verify the claim before contributing to the rumor via social media or otherwise. Rumors of state borders closing, bridges shutting down, and enforced curfews are false and unfounded at this time. Calling our office to verify these rumors can tie up our dispatchers from other emergency related calls so we have amped up our social media presence to help in this matter.

 

As stated before, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office does not provide information on individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. We also do not make determinations on individual businesses who will be closed for operation. If you are an employee of a business and wish to know whether or not they will be affected by closures, you will need to reach out to your employer for that information.

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Pre-K/Kindergarten Roundup Postponed


 

 

The Joaquin Elementary Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration that was scheduled for April 2nd, has been postponed until further notice. If you were planning to attend, or would like to register your child, please contact Lindsey Duck at lduck@joaquinisd.net.   
 

 

 

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Center Garden Club Plant Sale Canceled


 

 

The 4-3-2020 Garden Club Plant Sale has been canceled. 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD New Feeding Program Time


 

 

Joaquin ISD will be serving Grab and Go breakfast and lunch at the same time beginning Monday, March 23rd. The new pickup window is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for both breakfast and lunch to be served at the same time.

 

 

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TxDOT Alert


 

 

ALERT: Crews will begin repair on a damaged signal pole on US 59 and FM 819 in Lufkin within the hour. Some lane closures in northbound lanes. This work is expected to be completed today. Signal will remain in red flash mode during the work with flaggers present. Reduce speed and obey all traffic control.

 

 

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SFA student teachers offering online lessons to NISD families


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Student teachers in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, or C.R.E.A.T.E., are sharing 30-minute activity lessons from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25 and Friday, March 27, in the Supporters of Nacogdoches ISD Facebook group.

 

Children and their families can participate or just watch by joining the Zoom meeting. Suggested materials will be listed for each activity.

“During this unprecedented, unpredictable time, we are emphasizing the C and R in our name by expanding our community and responding to its need for creative online learning,” said Dr. Lauren Burrow, an associate professor in SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education.

 

This week, the lessons are based on activities for kindergarten through fifth grade, but Burrow hopes to expand the topics and grade levels.

 

The C.R.E.A.T.E. student teachers will present their favorite topics and activities for virtual playtime, including reading stories, drawing friendly monsters using the letters in children’s names and making homemade lava lamps and vision boards.

 

“For now, we wanted to add some ‘edu-tainment’ for at-home enjoyment,” Burrow said. “We will see how this goes and get a sense of what families need from comments during the sessions on Facebook this week.”

 

C.R.E.A.T.E. was developed in 2018 by Burrow and Dr. Heather Olson Beal, a professor in the Perkins College of Education, to help student teachers receive mentoring from families in the district and volunteer in the community.

 

“NISD families need some fun, and our student teachers need to keep on teaching, so this is what we have come up with for now,” Olson Beal said. “We wanted to give back to all those NISD families who have been helping our student teachers.”

 

The sessions will be recorded and stored in the Facebook group for later use by NISD families.

 

For more information, join the Facebook group or email burrowle@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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SFA closes library, stadium and coliseum to public


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — To assist in efforts to keep the Nacogdoches community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen F. Austin State University has closed the Steen Library, Homer Bryce Stadium and Johnson Coliseum to the public.

 

Steen Library will remain open during modified hours for faculty, staff and students, according to Jonathan Helmke, director of the library. Faculty, staff and students should consult the library’s website for its latest hours of operation.

 

Homer Bryce Stadium and Johnson Coliseum will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future, said Ryan Ivey, director of athletics at SFA.

 

“While we understand and appreciate that members of our community enjoy using the track and stadium on a regular basis, unfortunately, the guidelines from the state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies require us to close our facilities to ensure the health of Nacogdoches citizens at this time,” Ivey said.

 

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus on the SFA campus, but university leaders have established several precautions, including canceling on-campus events and classes for the remainder of the semester.

 

To learn more about SFA’s COVID-19 response, visit sfasu.edu/covid19.

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Feeding Program Time Change



Joaquin ISD will be serving Grab and Go breakfast and lunch at the same time beginning Monday, March 23rd. The new pickup window is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for both breakfast and lunch to be served at the same time. 

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Update From the CDC


 

 

Information for Clinicians on Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients

There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  At present clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplementary oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated.  An array of drugs approved for other indications as well as several investigational drugs are being studied in several hundred clinical trials that are underway across the globe. The purpose of this document is to provide information on two of the approved drugs (chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine) and one of the investigational agents (remdesivir) currently in use in the United States.

Remdesivir

Remdesivir is an investigational intravenous drug with broad antiviral activity that inhibits viral replication through premature termination of RNA transcription and has in-vitro activity against SARS-CoV-2 and in-vitro and in-vivo activity against related betacoronaviruses [1-3].

There are currently four options for obtaining remdesivir for treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and pneumonia in the United States:

  • A National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored adaptive double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of remdesivir versus placebo in COVID-19 patients with pneumonia and hypoxia is enrolling non-pregnant persons aged 18 years and older with oxygen saturation of ≤94% on room air or requiring supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04280705external icon). Exclusion criteria include alanine aminotransaminase or aspartate aminotransaminase levels >5 times the upper limit of normal, stage 4 severe chronic kidney disease or a requirement for dialysis (i.e., estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <30);
  • Two phase 3 randomized open-label trials of remdesivir (5-days versus 10-days versus standard of care) are open to enrollment in persons aged 18 years and older with COVID-19, radiographic evidence of pneumonia and oxygen saturation of ≤94% on room air (severe disease https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04292899external icon) or >94% on room air (moderate disease https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04292730external icon). Exclusion criteria include alanine aminotransaminase or aspartate aminotransaminase levels >5 times the upper limit of normal, participation in another clinical trial of an experimental treatment for COVID-19, requirement for mechanical ventilation, or creatinine clearance <50 mL/min; and
  • Finally, in areas without clinical trials, COVID-19 patients in the United States and other countries have been treated with remdesivir on an uncontrolled compassionate use basis. While clinical trials are critical to establish the safety and efficacy of this drug, clinicians without access to a clinical trial may request remdesivir for compassionate use through the manufacturer for patients with clinical pneumonia: compassionateaccess@gilead.com

Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are oral prescription drugs that have been used for treatment of malaria and certain inflammatory conditions. Chloroquine has been used for malaria treatment and chemoprophylaxis, and hydroxychloroquine is used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and porphyria cutanea tarda. Both drugs have in-vitro activity against SARS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2, and other coronaviruses, with hydroxychloroquine having relatively higher potency against SARS-CoV-2 [1,4,5]. A study in China reported that chloroquine treatment of COVID-19 patients had clinical and virologic benefit versus a comparison group, and chloroquine was added as a recommended antiviral for treatment of COVID-19 in China [6]. Based upon limited in-vitro and anecdotal data, chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are currently recommended for treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in several countries. Both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have known safety profiles with the main concerns being cardiotoxicity (prolonged QT syndrome) with prolonged use in patients with hepatic or renal dysfunction and immunosuppression but have been reportedly well-tolerated in COVID-19 patients.

Due to higher in-vitro activity against SARS-CoV-2 and its wider availability in the United States compared with chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine has been administered to hospitalized COVID-19 patients on an uncontrolled basis in multiple countries, including in the United States. One small study reported that hydroxychloroquine alone or in combination with azithromycin reduced detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in upper respiratory tract specimens compared with a non-randomized control group but did not assess clinical benefit [7]. Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are associated with QT prolongation and caution is advised when considering these drugs in patients with chronic medical conditions (e.g. renal failure, hepatic disease) or who are receiving medications that might interact to cause arrythmias.

Hydroxychloroquine is currently under investigation in clinical trials for pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and treatment of patients with mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19. In the United States, several clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis or treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection are planned or will be enrolling soon.  More information on trials can be found at:  https://clinicaltrials.gov/external icon.

There are no currently available data from Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) to inform clinical guidance on the use, dosing, or duration of hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis or treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection.  Although optimal dosing and duration of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 are unknown, some U.S. clinicians have reported anecdotally different hydroxychloroquine dosing such as: 400mg BID on day one, then daily for 5 days; 400 mg BID on day one, then 200mg BID for 4 days; 600 mg BID on day one, then 400mg daily on days 2-5.

Other Drugs

Lopinavir-ritonavir did not show promise for treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients with pneumonia in a recent clinical trial in China [8].  This trial was underpowered, and lopinavir-ritonavir is under investigation in a World Health Organization study.

Several other drugs are under investigation in clinical trials or are being considered for clinical trials of prophylaxis or treatment of COVID-19 in the United States and worldwide. Information on registered clinical trials for COVID-19 in the United States is available at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/external icon.

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A Message From the Rio Movie Theatre


 

 

For the first time due to COVID-19 Ruling we will be closed until the restrictions have been removed. The closing is for the health and wellness of our community. We appreciate our customers and wish everyone well. Watch our page for when we will reopen.

 

 

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Restricted Lobby Access at Shelby Savings Bank


 

 

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Additional Guidance on COVID-19 for Daycare Operators


 

 

On March 19, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order ordering that all schools shall temporarily close. This executive order does NOT apply to child care facilities including a day care center, group day care home, or family home. All child care facilities should continue to follow the guidance from HHSC Child Care Licensing (see COVID-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC and DSHS websites:

 

 

Texans can dial 2-1-1 (option 6) for information on COVID-19 and local community resources on health care, utilities, food, housing and more. Wait times are currently higher than normal. More COVID-19 information.

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas to close selected facilities


 

 

LUFKIN, Texas, ? March 20, 2020 – Multiple recreation sites on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. 

 

Effective immediately the following recreation sites will be closed and unavailable to reserve via Recreation.gov where applicable.? 

 

Sam Houston National Forest

  • Northwest Multi-Use Trailhead Toilets - Walker County.? 
  • 233 Multi-Use Trailhead Toilets - Walker County.? 
  • 208 Multi-Use Trailhead Toilets - Montgomery County.? 
  • Kelly Pond Multi-Use Trailhead Toilets - Montgomery County.
  • Entire Kelly Pond Recreation Area - Montgomery County.

Caddo-Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands

  • Tadra Point Horse Camp – Wise County.
  • Valley View - Wise County.
  • Black Creek Lake Recreation Area - Wise County.
  • East Lake Crockett - Fannin County.
  • West Lake Crockett - Fannin County.
  • Coffee Mill - Fannin County.

Angelina National Forest

  • Entire Boykin Springs Recreation Area – Angelina/Sabine Ranger District (Angelina National Forest), Jasper County.? 
  • Caney Creek Recreation Area (Closure of Camping only, Boat Ramp will remain open) – Angelina County.? 

Sabine National Forest

  • Entire Boles Field Recreation Area – Angelina/Sabine Ranger District (Sabine National Forest), Shelby County.? 

The following recreation areas were closed March 19, 2020.

Sam Houston National Forest

  • Cagle– Walker County.
  • Stubblefield–Walker County.? 
  • Scott’s Ridge – Montgomery County.
  • Double Lake – San Jacinto County.

 

The National Forests and Grasslands encompasses 675,000 acres and most of the forest is open. We ask all visitors to respect social distancing when enjoying your time in the forest.

 

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. 

 

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per CDC guidelines and to promote social distancing.

 

The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, evaluate potential impacts, and monitor Recreation.gov. Reservation holders will be notified via email or cell phone text messages if any changes are affecting their reservation. In the event of any delayed openings either for a portion of or the complete recreation areas and campgrounds to ensure safe social distancing, you will receive a full refund for your reservation. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees, and our volunteers.

 

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Message from LSP


 

 

Throughout the week, Louisiana State Police Troop G has received many phone calls about possible road closures as a result of COVID-19.  In an effort to dispel these rumors, Louisiana State Police would like to reiterate the fact that currently there are no plans to close any roadways.  We ask the public to please obtain information from reliable sources and refrain from spreading misinformation. 

 

Road closures and detours can be found using the Louisiana Traveler Information System through several different methods including the 511 phone system, www.511la.org, Louisiana DOTD Twitter accounts, and the “Louisiana 511” smartphone application. 

 

 

TFC Brent Hardy

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs

 

 

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Shelby County Crash


 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a two vehicle crash early on March 22, 2020, US 96, about seven miles south of Center. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 2:20 a.m., a 2008 Pontiac passenger car was traveling south. For unknown reasons the driver crossed over the center of the roadway and was struck in the passenger side by a 2007 International truck tractor semi-trailer.

 

The driver of the Pontiac is identified as 28-year-old Jordan Shisler from Center. A passenger with Shisler, identified as 20-year-old Jasmin Cavazos, also from Center. Both Shisler and Cavazos were pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace. The driver of the International is identified as 30-year-old Jasper Houston from Frierson, LA. Houston was transported to a Center hospital for possible treatment and later released. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time. 

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Mar. 20th COVID-19 update from Hardin/Jasper/Jefferson/Newton/Orange counties


 

 

Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick

Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks

Orange County Judge John Gothia

 

We began the morning defining our mission objectives for response to the COVID-19 threat by our Incident Management Team.  Those mission objectives are:

1.    Serve and protect all citizens in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton and Orange counties;

2.    Establish, operate and coordinate an effective call center;

3.    Establish, operate and coordinate effective test sites;

4.    Effectively communicate with our citizens on the latest known information about COVID-19 and the prevention of further spread.

 

We also communicated by conference call with area industry on steps they are taking to assure that no ill workers are entering their facilities and that workers are being screened in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

We opened our county call-in center at 8:00 am to allow nurses to telephonically screen citizens who have symptoms of COVID-19.  That number is (409) 550-2536.  Presently it is operational from 8:00am to 5:00pm, seven days a week.  As of March 20th, over 100 individuals in our five county area had been telephonically screened.

Please remember, the symptoms of COVID-19 are:

 

1.    Fever;

2.    Dry cough; and

3.    Shortness of breath.

 

If you are experiencing these symptoms avoid human interaction and self-quarantine until you can be telephonically screened and, if necessary, obtain a referral to a test site. 

 

Of course, if you are experiencing respiratory distress, call a hospital emergency room to let them know you are coming so that they can make adequate arrangements for your arrival.

We continue to stress the necessity to limit human interaction, to not gather in groups of more than 10, and to practice good hygiene by washing your hands 35-40 times per day and avoid touching your face.  

 

The Small Business Administration today approved Texas’ request for an Emergency Designation for Small Business Disaster loans.  For further information, please go to https://gov.texas.gov/. 

 

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RRC Chairman Wayne Christian Comments on Oil Markets, Proration, and Filling SPR


 

 

AUSTIN - As Saudi Arabia and Russia flood the international energy market with a glut of crude oil, prices have dropped to unsustainable levels that threaten the future of the Texas oil and gas industry, its associated benefits to the state economy, and American energy dominance.

The United States recently became the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world, producing a record 12.4 million barrels in August 2019. Texas is responsible for about 40% of this production. The industry directly employs more than 361,271 Texans and exceeded $116 billion in taxes and royalty payments over the last decade, including a record $16.3 billion in 2019. 

 

None of this is temporary, as the U.S. Geologic Survey assessed a recent oil discovery in the West Texas to be 46 billion barrels of oil. RS Energy Group estimates this find could actually be as large as 230 billion barrels. This is the largest oil find in the history of the world. To put this in perspective, proven reserves in the U.S. from Alaska to Brownsville were estimated to be 36.4 billion barrels in 2014.

 

In order to stabilize markets, a few oil and gas producers have suggested that the Railroad Commission of Texas resume prorating the production of oil.

 

"I am very concerned about the impact the international oil market instability has on the Texas economy, state budget, and the hundreds of thousands of Texans who rely on the oil and gas industry for a paycheck," said RRC Chairman Wayne Christian. "A couple of operators have suggested pro-rationing oil as a solution. While I am open to any and all ideas to protect the Texas Miracle, as a free-market conservative I have a number of reservations about this approach." 

 

"First, Texas does not operate in a vacuum. If we prorate our oil, there is no guarantee other nations, or even states will follow suit," continued Christian. "From a practical standpoint, the Railroad Commission has not prorated oil in over forty years; we do not have staff at the agency with experience in this process and our IT capabilities to handle this process are limited at best."

Earlier this morning, Chairman Christian had a conference call with the Department of Energy (DOE) to discuss what the United States can do to stabilize the oil market. On the call, the DOE asked Christian to notify Texas operators that they have initiated an initial solicitation for 30 million barrels to begin filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). 

 

Christian instructed staff to put out a notice to operators to ensure the Texas industry is aware of this opportunity. You can read the notice to operators on the RRC website at https://rrc.texas.gov/media/56836/nto_chairmanchristian_og.pdf. 

 

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Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison Coronavirus PSA


 

 

Declaration Local State of Disaster 

 

 

This PSA is being brought to you Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison and the Office of Emergency Management.

 

First and foremost, I would like to thank the citizens of Shelby County for their response to the current health crisis.  I am so proud of our businesses, industries, county and city governments, health associates and everyone who is working together to keep our County safe.  I especially want to thank the businesses that supply groceries, medicine, and fuel to the public, with your continued efforts we will keep everyone in Shelby County, safe, nourished, and virus free.  

As of this time morning, Shelby County has no reported COVID-19 cases.  At this time I am issuing a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency.  Again, we have no reported cases in the County; however, this Declaration is to reinforce Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders within our County. 


The Declaration will also activate our Emergency Management Plan, so if we need State and Federal Assistance we will have the necessary documentation in place to request and receive such assistance. 

 

All County Offices will be closed to the public, as of Monday, March 23.  The offices will be staffed and you will be admitted on an as needed basis. If you would like to make an appointment with any office or official, all contact information has been shared with all media outlets and posted on the front of the offices.  

 

Shelby County is at a pivotal moment in our response to COVID-19. At this time, there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Shelby County or in our surrounding counties. The state wide confirmed case count has risen to 194 with 5 deaths being reported and over 5,000 having been tested.

 

The most effective way to prevent the spread of this virus is by promoting social distancing. Shelby County businesses, schools, churches and organizations have been extremely proactive early on by either cancelling and/or postponing events or offering alternative methods of delivering services and are to be commended for their efforts in their preemptive measures.  

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, issued executive orders yesterday in accordance with federal guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. The components of the executive order that directly affects the citizens of our county include: 

 

•    avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people
•    Avoid eating or drinking at bars,  restaurants, & food courts, provided , however, that the use of drive-thru, pick-up, or delivery options is allowed & highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of the executive order, avoid visiting gyms or massage parlors.
•    People shall not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance
•    Schools shall temporarily close

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis beginning at 11:59 PM Friday March, 20th, 2020 & will remain in effect until 11:59 PM on Friday April,3rd, 2020 and subject to extension based on the status of COID-19 and recommendations of the CDC.


As a result of the state wide disaster declaration by Governor Abbott on March, 13th and these recent executive orders issued by the Governor, Shelby County will file the necessary paperwork to the state, of a Local Disaster Declaration. This is only a precautionary move to assist with any actions that need to be taken at a later date.

 

I ask everyone to remain calm but vigilant; our ultimate goal is to make sure Shelby County does their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.    Again, I want to thank our citizens and all of our partners within the county, together we will weather this storm and be stronger because of it.

 

Thank you

 

Allison Harbison – Shelby County Judge/Emergency Management Director
Kerri Shofner – Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator

 

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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 25th day of March, 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.    Public comments on Agenda item.

3.    Bobby Daw to give update on rodeo arena.

4.    Discuss and possibly ratify the Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency.

5.    Discuss and possibly approve Amendment of the Interlocal Cooperation Act Contract between UTMB Galveston and Shelby County IHC.

6.    Discuss and possibly approve a 6 month lease between Commissioner Pct. 1 and Commissioner Pct. 2 with Brazos Trailer Manufacturing L.L.C for a 2020 Belly Dump Trailer.

7.    Discuss and possibly approve rental space for Justice of the Peace and Constable for Precinct 3.

8.    Discuss and take action to disburse Child Safety Fee Fund.


9.    Ajourn.

 


 

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San Augustine ISD "WOW" program!


 

 

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, SAISD will begin a "3-days a week" breakfast & lunch delivery service provided by Wolves on Wheels (WOW) at no cost to children 18 years of age or younger. Please watch for SAISD district vehicles in the following locations: Sunset Housing and San Augustine Housing. The HS Cafeteria will remain open during this time (see Important Notice below for details).

 

Please note the following delivery days & times:

 

Mondays- 8:30am-9:00am- Breakfast & lunch will be delivered and will also include Tuesday's breakfast & lunch (in other words, you will receive meals for 2 days for your child).

 

Wednesdays- 8:30am-9:00am- Breakfast & lunch will be delivered for 1 day of meals for your child.

Thursdays- 8:30am-9:00am -Breakfast & lunch will be delivered and will also include Friday's breakfast & lunch (in other words, you will receive meals for 2 days for your child).

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you prefer to pick up meals at the High School Cafeteria, it will remain open for children to “Grab & Go” with their meals. The HS Cafeteria will have the following schedule: Mondays through Thursdays - 8:00am-12:00pm.  On Mondays and Thursdays at the HS Cafeteria, children will be given lunch and breakfast for 2 days.

 

 

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Shelby County Offices to Close to Public


 

 

In efforts to help slow the COVID-19 outbreak 


We are announcing a temporary closure to the public Starting Monday.


March 23rd, 2020 Thru April 3rd, 2020. We will have staff in the offices to answer the phones and any questions that you may have.  We apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of our staff and our county residents, are a main concern at this point.


The offices will be staffed and you may set up appointments as necessary.  Each Elected Official has the discretion for their office and may set additional guidelines.


LIST OF COUNTY OFFICES AND PHONE NUMBERS

 

COUNTY JUDGE     -      936-598-3863
COUNTY CLERK        -    936-598-6361
DISTRICT CLERK        -   936-598-4164
TAX ASSESSOR        -     936-598-4441
DMV                         -    936-598-8172
COUNTY TREASURER    -  936-598-3581
COUNTY AUDITOR    -      936-598-3535
DISTRICT ATTORNEY    -  936-598-2489
COUNTY ATTORNEY    -    936-598-6100
COUNTY AGENT        -      936-598-3223
VETERAN’S OFFICE    -     936-598-6530
VOTER’S REGISTRATION     -    936-598-5340
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR-  936-598-3664
SHERIFF DEPARTMENT         -              936-598-6100
COUNTHOUSE SECURITY     -               936-598-3222
123RD DISTRICT JUDGE           -          936-598-9928
273RD DISTRICT JUDGE           -          936-598-3201    

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The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do


 

 

 

CDC Recommends

  • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
    • On March 16, the White House announced a program called “15 Days to Slow the Spread,”pdf iconexternal icon which is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society.
    • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
    • If you are a healthcare provider, use your judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Factors to consider in addition to clinical symptoms may include:
      • Does the patient have recent travel from an affected area?
      • Has the patient been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or with patients with pneumonia of unknown cause?
      • Does the patient reside in an area where there has been community spread of COVID-19?
    • If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
    • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
    • If you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activityPlease follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.

COVID-19 Emergence

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoVSARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

 

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn more about the spread of this newly emerged coronavirus.

Severity

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal icon out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. A CDC Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report that looked at severity of disease among COVID-19 cases in the United States by age group found that 80% of deaths were among adults 65 years and older with the highest percentage of severe outcomes occurring in people 85 years and older.

 

Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

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USDA Designates 83 Texas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas


 

 

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available

 

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 83 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

 

The Texas counties with the primary natural disaster designation include Anderson, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bell, Blanco, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Callahan, Cherokee, Coke, Coleman, Colorado, Comal, Concho, Crockett, Dallam, DeWitt, Dimmit, Eastland, Edwards, Freestone, Frio, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Haskell, Hays, Henderson, Houston, Irion, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jones, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Lavaca, Leon, Live Oak, Llano, McCulloch, Mason, Maverick, Medina, Menard, Navarro, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Real, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Shackelford, Smith, Starr, Stephens, Sterling, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Webb, Wharton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Williamson, Wilson, Wood, Young, Zapata, and Zavala.

                                                                                   

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

 

Producers in the contiguous Texas counties of Angelina, Archer, Austin, Bastrop, Baylor, Bexar, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Camp, Clay, Comanche, Coryell, Crane, Duval, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fayette, Fisher, Foard, Fort Bend, Franklin, Gregg, Grimes, Hardeman, Hartley, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Howard, Hunt, Jack, Jim Wells, Kaufman, Kimble, King, Knox, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, McLennan, McMullen, Madison, Martin, Matagorda, Midland, Milam, Mills, Mitchell, Moore, Nacogdoches, Parker, Pecos, Rains, Reagan, Refugio, Robertson, Rusk, San Patricio, Scurry, Sherman, Stonewall, Sutton, Terrell, Trinity, Upshur, Upton, Walker, and Washington, along with Union County, New Mexico, and Cimarron, Cotton, Jackson, and Tillman counties in Oklahoma, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

 

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Nov. 7, 2020.

 

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

 

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

 

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.

 

 

 

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SFA College of Fine Arts cancels all performances through end of spring semester


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University has canceled all public performances scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester in response to SFA’s decision to cancel or postpone all on-campus programs, gatherings and events until further notice due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.


This includes all plays, concerts, recitals and art exhibitions and the final University Series and Children’s Performing Arts Series events for this season – the University Series presentation of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” originally scheduled for April 16, and the children’s show “Cinderella,” scheduled for April 28.


On Thursday, SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon announced the remainder of spring semester classes and all summer session classes will be offered online or in distance-education formats. Additionally, until further notice, all on-campus programs, gatherings and events will be canceled, postponed or moved online to a virtual setting. These include office or faculty meetings, student programs and community events, in addition to all athletic events and public performances. 


“We are still dying to present the marvelous cast of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,’ and they are eager to perform for the SFA and Nacogdoches communities,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series, “but obviously this spring isn’t the time. We’re in discussions about the possibility of a fall performance, but until we’re able to set a date certain, unfortunately we need to cancel the final series event of this season.”


Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of SFA’s children’s series, said, “‘Cinderella’ has been added to next season’s children’s series and will be presented in spring 2021. We are excited that East Texas school children will have the opportunity to see this fun-filled production.”


Refunds for advance purchase tickets are available on request through the event date printed on the ticket. Any ticket money not refunded will be used by the College of Fine Arts to defray expenses already incurred by the event. For details about advance ticket refunds, contact the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


For official information about SFA’s cancellation of on-campus activities and the university’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, go to http://www.sfasu.edu/life-at-sfa/health-safety/health-clinic/coronavirus.

 

 

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COVID-19 -- City of Center Advisory and Continuity of Services


 


The City of Center wants to reassure our residents and businesses that essential City services are not anticipated to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following our emergency response plans and taking necessary steps to ensure we can continue to serve our citizens. The City will be enhancing emergency response services by the Center Police and Fire Departments. Also, City water, sewer and garbage services should not be interrupted. The City will make some operational modifications consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and today’s Emergency Order by Governor Abbott in efforts to reduce in-person interactions for city business and postpone public events of ten or more persons. These steps are being taken to protect staff, customers, the public health and particularly our most vulnerable citizens.


The City is taking measures to ensure the continuity of services throughout the community including communications with local medical facilities, industry partners, retail businesses and other utility providers. Center Police and Fire personnel are coordinating with other emergency responders. Public Safety contacts remain 936/598-2788 for the Center Police Department and 936/598-3288 for the Center

 

Fire Department. If anyone requires emergency services, they still call 9-1-1. The Center Police and Fire Stations will limit access to the public to reduce contact as a precaution for the individual health of our public safety personnel.

 

City water and sewer utility service will continue. The City is operating both water plants on regular schedule so that all water needed is available and in compliance with all drinking water standards. City utility plants and the City annex on Riggs Street will also limit public access. If anyone has utility or public works requests, call 936/598-2941 to initiate a response.

 

The Governor’s current order inhibits many business operations and we encourage all citizens and residents to continue to support local businesses that continue operations in adjusted fashion to comply with the Governor’s statewide health order. The Center Economic Development Corporation staff has been directed to monitor State of Texas and US Small Business Administration programs for resources, information and potential aid for businesses affected by COVID-19 and will provide information on the City website as it becomes available. Staff remain available to answer any questions at 936/598-2941.


The CDC and TxDSHS encourage individual preventative measures:
Frequently washing hands;
Staying at home if you have any symptoms of illness, especially fever or difficulty breathing;
Avoiding close personal contact with people, such as shaking hands; and
Frequently disinfecting surfaces at home and in the workplace.


Additional recommendations of the CDC and TXDept of State Health Services include start practicing social distancing by:


• staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness;
• avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact; and
• staying at least six feet away from others
Operational Modifications/Update:


City Hall will also reduce public access. Customers can call 936/598-2941 for assistance or with
questions including need to talk directly to personnel. To make a utility payment or service changes, the options include:


The payment kiosk at City Hall open 24/7 accepts cash, checks, and credit/debit cards
The night drop box at City Hall for cash or checks
The online payment portal at www.CenterTexas.org is now available
For additional assistance, please call 936/598-2941.


The Center Municipal Court, located at the Center Police Station is also closed to the public. Anyone wishing to resolve a ticket or citation can make payments via:


Online at trafficpayment.com
Mailing plea with money order to P.O. Box 1900, Center, Texas 75935
Calling 936/598-3080 with questions or additional assistance.

 

Garbage collection is continuing regular Tuesday/Friday or Monday/Thursday schedules for residences and daily scheduled collection for all commercial accounts. Bulky waste disposal at the Riggs St. Annex is temporarily unavailable.

 

All athletic activities coordinated by Center Recreation Department are temporarily postponed. While City parks, pavilions, playgrounds, and cemeteries remain open at this time, all are encouraged to follow the recommended health and safety protocols, including the Governor’s order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 persons, social distancing and individual prevention.


The John D. Windham Civic Center and Community House staff will coordinate the postponing or
rescheduling events at no additional cost to renters to honor Governor Abbott’s order of no meetings larger than ten persons until April 3rd. All public events until April have been postponed by event coordinators.


The Center Municipal Airport will remain open to accommodate aviation needs and there are currently no restrictions on flight operations.

 

 

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Farmer State Bank Limited Lobby Services


 

 


FARMERS STATE BANK Limited Lobby Services effective Monday, March 23, 2020

 

In compliance to the Public Health Disaster Declaration issued by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, Farmers State Bank will limit lobby traffic.  Doors to lobby areas will be locked to the public during business hours.  Staff will be at the bank and can be contacted by calling 936 598-3311 during normal banking hours to address individual needs.


All services remain available to our customers.  Please use our Drive-Thru Teller services, our ATM services and Online banking services.  To answer any banking question, make an appointment with our staff or access banking information, please call 936 598-3311. 


Thank you for your patience and remember to take personal precautions to insure your health during this crisis.

 


 

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Colonial Pines Waiver Flyer


 

 

 

 

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EISD PACKET PICKUP AND GRAB N GO MEALS COVID-19


 

 

Please continue to check www.excelsiorisd.weebly.com for
updates regarding Excelsior ISD’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
To ensure that your child’s education is continued at home, Excelsior ISD will be
distributing packets.


Instructional packets will be distributed in the library each Monday between the
hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23rd
.
Students must complete all assignments in order to receive course credit.
Completed assignments must be returned to the school each Monday when
picking up a new packet.
Excelsior ISD wants to make sure that all children have access to meals during the
District’s closure. EISD is providing free grab-n-go breakfast and lunch meals for
children between the ages of 0-18 years beginning on Monday, March 23rd
. IN ORDER


TO RECEIVE A MEAL, THE CHILD HAS TO BE IN THE CAR WITH THE PARENT.
Grab-n-go meals will be available for curbside pick-up only at the following location and
time:


Excelsior ISD student drop off lane (parking lot in front of the PK Building)
Monday – Friday
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


Students will receive a lunch and a breakfast for the following morning.
Daily menus will include a variety of hot and cold foods. Access to enter the buildings
will not be available. This program will remain in effect until further notice. If you plan to
participate in this program, please notify Debbie Mercer at 936-598-5866 or email
dmercer@excelsior.esc7.net .
Wayne Mason – Superintendent
Johnny Lewis – Principal 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Lobby Closure


 

 

Lobby Closure Notice Effective at close of business Friday, March 20, 2020

 

The health and safety of our members and our employees is Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative’s primary focus. Due to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Office of the Texas Governor recommendations on controlling the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, the Cooperative’s lobby will be temporarily closed effective at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20, 2020. While no one can predict the overall impact of this global issue, or the local impact should it touch our community directly, DETEC employees are working hard to ensure electric service remains unaffected. 

 

Member Service Representatives can handle all your account needs such as billing questions, payments, establishing new service, reporting outages, status of current work orders, etc. over the phone by calling 936-229-4000 or 1-866-392-2547, option #2. On-hold times may be higher during this time, but we will work diligently to take care of everyone as quickly as possible.

 

Outages: Outages may be reported 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-392-5986.  Crews will continue to respond to all outages immediately.

 

Payment Options:

 

Phone: 1-866-392-2547, option #1 - Representatives are available to help you pay your bill 24 hours a day by using a Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express debit/credit card or Electronic Check.  For prompt service, please have your account number available. There is no fee for this service.

 

Online: DETEC offers secure online bill pay via our website at www.deepeast.com.  First time users will need their account number, the phone number associated with the account and the last 4 digits of the social security number of the account holder available to create an account.  You can make a payment online using a Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express debit/credit card or Electronic Check. There is no fee for this service. For assistance with accessing your account online, call 936-229-4000 or 1-866-392-2547, option #2.

 

By Mail: Payments may be mailed to: Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, PO Box 736, San Augustine, Texas 75972

 

Secured Office Drop Box: DETEC offers a secured drop box outside our office at: 880 TX Hwy 21 East, San Augustine, Texas 75972

 

If you have been affected by COVID-19 and need help with your account, please contact the Cooperative.

 

We encourage you to take all precautions by following recommendations of health professionals.

 

Please be on the lookout for scammers who may try to take advantage of this event.  If you receive any suspicious calls about your account, including demands for payment or threatening service disconnection, hang up and call us directly at 936-229-4000 or 1-866-392-2547, option #2.

 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.

 

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Excelsior ISD Extended Closure


 

 

Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, EXCELSIOR ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 3 RD in an effort support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our health officials report that cases are continuing to spread in the state. Suspending operations for this length of time will allow us to determine, in coordination with local health officials, whether the virus is continuing to spread or whether it has been contained. We are coordinating with other school districts in the county and will use the week of March 30th to make any decisions on whether there is a need to extend the suspension further. To provide a sense of possible impact in order to help you prepare: If there is a need to continue the suspension at that time, we will do so.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

 

Don’t shake hands

 

Wash your hands regularly

 

Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded placed and maintaining 3 to 6 ft of distance between people (at least an arm’s length)

 

If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups

 

For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home.

 

Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence. ? If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.

 

Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.

Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care This is a quickly changing situation, and we will continue to monitor information, will assess conditions throughout the week, and will provide the next update by Thursday, April 2, 2020 via our website (www.excelsiorisd.weebly.com) and email.

 

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community in EXCELSIOR ISD stay safe and healthy. Wayne Mason – Superintendent Johnny Lewis – Principal

 

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SFA Bass Fishing Club wins national championship


 

 

SFA Bass Fishing Club wins national championship

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — For the first time since 2006, the Stephen F. Austin State University Bass Fishing Club has won the Abu Garcia College Fishing National Championship.

 

The competition was held Feb. 26 through 28 on the Harris Chain of Lakes, part of the Ocklawaha River basin in Central Florida. This is the third national championship victory in the club’s history.

 

On Feb. 28, marketing sophomore Ethan LeGare of Dallas and marketing junior Hank Harrison of South Padre Island weighed in the biggest bag of the day at 20 pounds, 8 ounces, giving them a total weight of 56 pounds, 5 ounces. They beat the Sam Houston State University team by an ounce.

 

In addition to the trophy, LeGare and Harrison won a $33,500 prize package, including a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Suzuki outboard.

 

The SFA team members also qualify as professionals for the 2020 Toyota Series Championship Nov. 5 through 7 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. The championship awards $235,000 for first place.

 

LeGare and Harrison caught their fish by targeting grassy flats on points next to spawning pockets in Lake Beauclair, Lake Dora and Lake Eustis.

 

“The key to winning was adapting to the changing weather conditions and being versatile with our bait selection,” LeGare said.

 

On the first day of the competition, the SFA team took advantage of the barometric pressure being at its lowest point of the week due to a cold front moving in that night.

 

“The conditions on days two and three were tougher, but we slowed down our approach to the fish we were catching,” LeGare said. “With the barometric pressure being high on days two and three, slowing down and changing up our baits were key strategies to getting our fish to bite.”

 

The reservoirs and lakes near SFA helped the team gain the experience they needed to be flexible during the competition. Harrison added that the main reason he chose to attend SFA was to fish.

 

“I’ve always loved East Texas, but to have Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Toledo Bend Reservoir both within an hour from campus, I was sold,” he said. “Both of these lakes are consistently rated as some of the best in the country, and Sam Rayburn is in the running for the best lake in the world by Bassmaster Magazine.”

 

Because of these two reservoirs, as well as the numerous small lakes nearby, “There’s no better place to go to school and expand your skills as a fisherman than SFA,” Harrison said.

 

For more information on the SFA Bass Fishing Club, email Dr. Eric Jones, professor in SFA’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Science and the club’s faculty sponsor, at jonesej@sfasu.edu.

 

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Joaquin City Park Closes


 

 

Due to recent health concerns, the Joaquin City Park will be closed to the public until further notice. The City of Joaquin apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

 

 

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Kosovo Veteran Program Cancelled


 

 

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing the Wreath Laying in honor of Kosovo Veterans that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at the Veterans Memorial, Historic Courthouse has been cancelled. 

 

Questions please contact post quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2979 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.

 

 

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LSP Fingerprinting Office to Close due to COVID-19 Precautions


 

 

Baton Rouge- In an effort to reduce and limit the spread of COVID-19, the LSP Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information will close the fingerprint office at LSP Headquarters in Baton Rouge until April 13, 2020.  The office provides in-person fingerprinting services for criminal history background checks.  During this period of closure, the Louisiana State Police will cooperate with providing fingerprint based background checks to boards, commissions, departments and licensing entities that are essential to responding to this declared public health emergency. Further information will be released as available.

 


 

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Texas Veterans Commission continues assistance to veterans via virtual meetings


 

 

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) values the health and safety of Texas veterans, their families, and spouses. To reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus, starting March 19, 2020 services provided by the TVC will be conducted virtually.

 

A listing of services is provided by city at https://www.tvc.texas.gov/about/office-locations/ .

Veterans may contact their local TVC representative by phone for Claims, Healthcare and Employment assistance.

 

TVC Claims Advisors help veterans in filing disability compensation claims with the VA. TVC Health Care Advocates provide assistance to veterans in resolving VA medical care issues including appointments, medication and treatment. Both TVC Claims and Healthcare staff assist veterans through the VA process, filing paperwork and advocate on behalf of the veteran resolving issues with the VA.

 

TVC Employment Services offer veterans assistance with resumes, applications, and job interview skills. Additionally, Employment Services works with employers to connect them with veteran job seekers.

 

Other TVC services and programs available to veterans and providers of veterans services include Education, Entrepreneur, Grants, Mental Health and Women Veterans.

 

Helping veterans starts here. The Texas Veterans Commission advocates for and provides superior service to veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families and survivors. The TVC assists veterans with receiving their benefits, providing funding to agencies which provide direct services to veterans and administration of the Hazlewood Act education benefits. Learn more at www.tvc.texas.gov .

 

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Shelby County Appraisal Office to Close


 

 

In an effort to do our part in preventing the spread of the COVID-19
virus, the Shelby County Appraisal District will close their doors to the
public starting Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.


Our staff will still be here to answer phones at (936) 598-6171. You
may also correspond with us via fax at (936) 598-7096 or email at
scad@sbcglobal.net.


Also, check out our website at shelbycad.com for more information
that may be helpful to you. On our website you can get certain
applications, do property searches, access our map, look up taxes on
the tax collector’s website, etc.


We apologize for the inconvenience, but the safety of our employees
and you are important to us. Thank you for your understanding.

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Statewide OMV Locations to Close due to COVID-19 Precautions


 

 

Due to precautions related to the COVID-19 response, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Karen St. Germain has announced that all OMV locations across the state will be closed effective Friday, March 20, 2020. During the closure, online OMV services will remain available to the public. Citizens may also take advantage of available Public Tag Agent
locations.

 

Customers are urged to utilize the OMV website at www.expresslane.org for an updated list of open Public Tag Agent locations and a complete list of available online services.

 

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Newquist receives Lane Powell Mentorship Award from Texas Council on Family Relations


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Jennifer Newquist, assistant professor in Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences, received the Lane Powell Mentorship Award at the Texas Council on Family Relations annual conference on March 5 in Houston.

 

Newquist was nominated by Jaycie Case, a graduate student from Aledo in SFA’s human development and family studies program in the James I. Perkins College of Education.

 

“She has poured so much of her time and energy into mentoring me and so many others outside SFA, as well,” Case said of Newquist. “You can be an excellent professional in this field, but being dedicated to students in their professional and personal endeavors makes that individual so much more special.”

 

Established in 2016, the Lane Powell Mentorship Award recognizes professionals who have made a significant contribution in family life education and practice, marriage and family therapy, and/or family-related research through mentoring students and new professionals.

 

Named for Lane Powell, an outstanding teacher, scholar and mentor, the award is presented at TXCFR’s annual conference in the years a worthy recipient is selected.  

 

“The in-depth nomination process allows you to prove exactly why your nominee deserves the award,” Case said.

 

Newquist is only the second person to be honored with this award since its inception.

 

“One of my greatest joys is being able to provide professional development and mentoring to future professionals,” Newquist said. “I am truly honored to be nominated by one of my students, and receiving this award further motivates me to continue providing mentorship not only to the students here at SFA but family studies students throughout the U.S.”

 

Newquist is serving as the advisor for TXCFR’s Student/New Professional Program this year. This program provides support, resources and opportunities for students and new professionals whose careers focus on family well-being in Texas.

 

The SNPP meeting Newquist planned at TXCFR’s annual conference helped students and new professionals learn about the soft skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

 

To learn more about SFA’s human development and family studies program, email newquistjl@sfasu.edu.

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LETU: COVID 19 Update (Mar 19, 2020)


 

 

LeTourneau University is operating in accordance with Governor Abbott’s March 19, 2020 executive order. Only essential employees should be working from their University offices or workspaces. All other employees should be working from home until further notice. All recommended safety practices are currently being implemented on the residential campus.

 

Today’s communication includes information about social distancing guidelines in the workplace, access to residential campus buildings and Belcher Center events.

 

Social Distancing Guidelines for the Workplace

 

Please listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities. When in doubt, check the CDC guidelines.

 

In the office:

 

ONLY essential personnel should work from their campus office or workspace
Use telephone, online conferencing, email and instant messaging to conduct business, even if in the same building
Space workers, stagger work schedules, limit in person meetings only to those that cannot be conducted in any other format
Eliminate large work-related gatherings (staff meetings)
Telework when at all possible
Accommodate distancing in break areas, eat at your desk
Avoid person to person contact-shaking hands, hugging, fist bumps, etc.
If face to face meetings are unavoidable; minimize the meeting time, meet in a large room with at least six feet of distance separation
Check your temperature before arriving at work each day and do not go to work if your temperature is elevated.
Travel:

 

Avoid discretionary travel (shopping trips, social visits)
Postpone non-essential work travel (domestic and/or international)
Check CDC guidelines
The goal of the 15-day lockdown is to keep your germs to yourself so that we slow the spread.  This is the concept of “flattening the curve”.

 

Cleaning:

 

Wipe down desk, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, phones before leaving the office each day with Clorox wipes or spray with Lysol
Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
Regular disinfecting of common areas, i.e. breakrooms, coffee pots, counter tops, door handles
Wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing, coughing using the restroom, before eating and preparing food, after contact with animals or pets; before and after providing care for a person who needs assistance (child)
Stay home and contact your medical provider:

 

If you feel sick
If anyone at home is sick or feeling sick
If you are older, stay home and away from other people. If someone in your home tests positive for the virus – keep entire household at home!  No work, no school, no daycare, no anything!

 

Access to Residential Campus and Buildings

 

For the remainder of this week (March 16-22) the following access will be in place:

 

Green Street Gate – Closed

Belcher Center – Key and Prox Card Access

Education Building – Key Access

Glaske Building – North and South Entrances open 8 AM – 5 PM; Key Access After Hours

Heath-Hardwick Hall – Key Access

Longview Hall – North Entrance Open 8 AM – 5 PM; Key Access After Hours

Nursing Building – First Floor Open 8 AM – 5 PM; Key Access After Hours

Solheim – Key Access

Student Center – Open 7:45 AM – 5 PM; Prox Card Access After Hours for Authorized Employees

 

Beginning Monday, March 23rd the following access will be in place:

 

Green Street Gate – Closed

Belcher Center – Key and Prox Card Access

Education Building – Key Access

Glaske Building – Key Access

Heath-Hardwick Hall – Key Access

Longview Hall – Key Access

Nursing Building –Key Access

Solheim – Key Access

Student Center – 8 AM – 5 PM Student Prox Access; 24/7 Prox Card Access for Authorized Employees

 

The LeTourneau University campus library building is closed but library services remain available for students, faculty and staff.

 

Belcher Center Events

 

The LeTourneau University Belcher Center has cancelled all public performances and events beginning today, March 17, through May 9, 2020.

 

We are in uncharted water with the potential effects of the pandemic in our community. The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and community are our top priorities and we have not made this decision lightly. We understand that the cancellation of events brings disappointments and frustrations and we will continue to monitor this developing situation and provide updates about shows and events beyond May 9 through our Facebook page, website at www.belchercenter.com, and email updates. Patrons with tickets for the impacted shows will be contacted directly.

 

Our March 28, Yesterday and Today: Beatles Interactive Experience performance has been rescheduled for July 18, 2020. As an encouragement for the Summer and a much-needed boost to morale we will be lowering our ticket prices for the Y&T performance on July 18 and issuing refunds for the difference to existing ticket holders. We hope those of you who have purchased tickets will hang with us and those of you who have not can “Come Together,” and we can all say “Here Comes the Sun,” with a summer Beatles party. 

 

Tickets for events beyond May 9 will remain on sale.

 

Our goal is to make decisions now with an eye towards the long-term ability to move forward once the pandemic has stabilized.

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Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas


 

 

 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Governor Abbott was joined for the announcement by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

 

Commissioner Hellerstedt also announced that he has declared a Public Health Disaster which will give state and local officials additional tools to respond to COVID-19. The Governor's Executive Orders, combined with the Public Health Disaster, provide Texas with enhanced tools and protocols to help state and local partners in their ongoing efforts to respond to, track the progress of, and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. 

 

"The State of Texas is at a pivotal moment in our response to COVID-19, and it is imperative that we act now on preemptive measures to slow the spread of this virus," said Governor Abbott. "One of the most effective ways we can do this is by promoting more social distancing and ensuring Texans avoid large group settings such as bars, restaurants, gyms, and schools where the risk of spreading COVID-19 is high. We must also continue to protect our most vulnerable populations, which is why the State of Texas is barring all visitations at nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities except in the case of critical assistance. Today’s executive orders are precautionary measures that are in line with guidelines from the CDC and they will strengthen Texas’ ability to safeguard our communities and respond to COVID-19. As Texans, we must continue to work collaboratively to slow the spread of this virus and protect public health."

 

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott: 

 

  • Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
  • Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

 

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

 

This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. 

 

For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVD-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire.

 

Under Chapter 81 of the Health and Safety Code, Commissioner Hellerstedt's Public Health Disaster Declaration triggers a number of important tools for state and local officials to respond to COVID-19:

  • Texas and local health authorities can more easily require property owners to disinfect, decontaminate, and seal off property that might be contaminated.
  • It authorizes health authorities to take additional control measures that they see fit to control and eradicate the threat to public health. 
  • It streamlines the process for state and local health authorities to invoke the courts to enforce quarantines of individuals.
  • Activates enhanced tools for DSHS to collect disease and health information and to share that information with law enforcement personnel and first responders as appropriate.

 

View the Governor's Executive Order.

 

View the Public Health Disaster Declaration.

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CHI St. Luke's Update


 

 

LUFKIN, TEXAS (March 19, 2020)… As we face extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic COVID-19 (coronavirus), CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is incredibly thankful to be working with a team that appreciates the gravity of the situation and is responding daily to care for our patients safely.

 

Now more than ever before, it is critical that every physician, nurse, transporter, food service worker, and every role in between adhere to our policies and support the containment strategy the public health officials, elected officials and our medical leaders are advocating.

 

We understand that some of our policy changes and decisions may be disruptive to your daily routines, but all are made with the best information we have to manage the spread of the virus.

 

Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our patients, visitors, employees, and physicians CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial has modified its Visitor Policy.  The modified visitor policy restricts the number of visitors to ONE (1) per patient day for non-isolation patients and one (1) adult visitor per patient day for isolation patients. Visitors of patients in isolation will also be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and will be instructed not to visit common areas including but not limited to cafeterias, waiting rooms, lobbies, gift shops, et cetera.  In addition, visitors will be screened prior to entry of the hospital.

 

Please find attached additional information about:

o   COVID19 Visitor Policy

o   COVID19 Restricted Access

o   COVID19 Media & Public Inquiries 

  

For more information, please contact Tina Alexander-Sellers at 936-639-7676 or at talexandersellers@memorialhealth.org.

 

 

 

 

About CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial, part of a national nonprofit  health system, provides more than a quarter of a million patient services and millions of dollars in local charity care and community support each year.  With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston and San Augustine, Memorial offers comprehensive, quality health care, including an off-campus emergency center and outpatient facilities and services. To learn more, visit CHIStLukesHealthMemorial.org. 

 

About CHI St. Luke’s Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets?CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial (three hospitals in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, CHI St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. Learn more at CHIStLukesHealth.org.

 

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 100 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at catholichealthinitiatives.com.

 

About CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health™ is committed to building healthier communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen—both inside our hospitals and out in the community. CommonSpirit was created by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health as a single ministry in early 2019.

 

Our commitment to serve the common good is delivered through the dedicated work of thousands of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, and staff; through clinical excellence delivered across a system of hospitals and other care centers covering 21 states, and accessible to nearly one in four U.S. residents; and through more than $4 billion annually in charity care, community benefits, and government program services.

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Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans to avoid groups of 10; closes bars, gyms and restaurants for dine-in


March 19, 2020 - During a news conference at the state Capitol, Abbott announced an executive order that will limit social gatherings to 10 people, prohibit eating and drinking at restaurants and bars while still allowing takeout, close gyms, ban people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care and temporarily close schools. The executive order is effective midnight Friday through midnight April 3, Abbott said. READ MORE

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Center ISD To Distribute Educational Materials Monday, March 23, 2020


FLM (F.L. Moffett)

 

F.L. Moffett parents may pick up student work packets on Monday, March 23rd from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the parent pick up line in front of the school. Please share this information with all FLM parents!

 

Los padres de los estudiantes de F.L. Moffett pueden recoger los paquetes de trabajo para los estudiantes el lunes 23 de marzo de 8:00 a.m. a 12:00 pm en la línea donde se forman para recoger a los estudiantes después de la escuela. Por favor comparta esta información con todos los padres de FLM!

 

CES (Escuela Elementaria de Center)

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Third Grade Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will pass packets out by teacher. Each will have their homeroom. We will line cars like parent pick up and call your name and student name and what cone to go to and deliver packet. Sped students will have to have parents sign that they received work. Hill and Nichols will take care of this.

 

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Second Grade Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will pass packets out by teacher. Each will have their homeroom. We will line cars like parent pick up and call your name and student name and what cone to go to and deliver packet. Sped students will have to have parents sign that they received work. Hill and Nichols will take care of this.

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. First Grade Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will pass packets out by teacher. Each will have their homeroom. We will line cars like parent pick up and call your name and student name and what cone to go to and deliver packet. Sped students will have to have parents sign that they received work. Hill and Nichols will take care of this.

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Tercer Grado-- Por favor llegue 15 minutos temprano. Repartiremos paquetes por maestra. Cada una tendrá su clase de registro. Los conductores de carro se deben formar como cuando recogen los estudiantes después de la escuela, anunciaremos su nombre, el del estudiante, y a que cono deben de ir para que se le de su paquete. Los estudiantes de Sped (Educación Especial) necesitan que un padre de familia/guardián firme que recibió el trabajo. La Sra. Hill y la Sra. Nichols se harán cargo de esto.

 

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Segundo Grado-- Por favor llegue 15 minutos temprano. Repartiremos paquetes por maestra. Cada una tendrá su clase de registro. Los conductores de carro se deben formar como cuando recogen los estudiantes después de la escuela, anunciaremos su nombre, el del estudiante, y a que cono deben de ir para que se le de su paquete. Los estudiantes de Sped (Educación Especial) necesitan que un padre de familia/guardián firme que recibió el trabajo. La Sra. Hill y la Sra. Nichols se harán cargo de esto.

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Primer Grado-- Por favor llegue 15 minutos temprano. Repartiremos paquetes por maestra. Cada una tendrá su clase de registro. Los conductores de carro se deben formar como cuando recogen los estudiantes después de la escuela, anunciaremos su nombre, el del estudiante, y a que cono deben de ir para que se le de su paquete. Los estudiantes de Sped (Educación Especial) necesitan que un padre de familia/guardián firme que recibió el trabajo. La Sra. Hill y la Sra. Nichols se harán cargo de esto.

 

CIS (Escuela Intermedia de Center)

Packets can be picked up Monday, March 23rd from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the parent pick up line in front of the gym.

 

Los paquete pueden ser recogidos el lunes 23 de marzo de 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. en la línea de recoger a los estudiantes en frente del gimnasio

 

CMS (Escuela Media de Center)

 

Center Middle School students and parents can pick up instructional materials on Monday, March 23rd from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the teacher parking lot. There will be stations set up for each grade level. Pick up will be drive thru pick up only . You will not have to leave your car for pick up.

 

In addition, Center ISD will make Chromebooks available for 6th through 12th graders. Chromebooks need internet access to work so the student must have access to wireless internet. Parents must agree to pay replacement costs if the Chromebook is lost or damaged.

 

Los estudiantes y padres de la Escuela Media de Center pueden recoger sus materiales instruccionales el lunes 23 de marzo de 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. en el estacionamiento de los maestros. Habrá estaciones para cada nivel de grado. La entrega de los paquetes será únicamente por la línea de vehículos. No tendrá que salirse de su vehículo para recoger el paquete.

 

En adicion, Center ISD hará disponibles Chromebooks para los estudiantes de 6to al 12vo. Los Chromebooks necesitan acceso al internet para funcionar entonces los estudiantes necesitan tener acceso a internet inalámbrica. Los padres deben estar de acuerdo en pagar los costos de reemplazo si los Chromebooks son perdidos o dañados.

 

CHS (Preparatoria de Center) CHS will distribute instructional assignments on Monday, March 23rd from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. .

 

All core subjects, Spanish and Art will be distributed on the back sidewalk in the teachers parking lot. CATE assignments will be disrupted at the CATE wing by the circle drive. AG assignments will be distributed at the AG buildings.

 

Students/parents will have to sign that they received their assignments. Students needing Chromebooks will need to pick them up at the teachers parking lot. Students must have access to Wi-Fi for the Chromebooks to work. Parents must sign documentation they are responsible for reimbursement if the Chromebooks are returned damaged or not returned at all.

 

CHS va a distribuir tareas instruccionales el lunes 23 de marzo de 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. .

 

Todas las materias básicas, Español y Arte se distribuirán en la banqueta de atrás en el estacionamiento de los maestros. Las tareas de CATE (Educación de Carrera y Tecnología) serán distribuidas en la aula de CATE cerca de la entrada circular. Las tareas de AG (agricultura) serán distribuidas en los edificios AG.

 

Los estudiantes/padres tendrán que firmar que recibieron sus tareas. Los estudiantes que necesiten Chromebooks necesitan recogerlos en el en estacionamiento de los maestros. Los estudiantes deben tener acceso a Wi-Fi para que los Chromebooks funcionen. Los padres deben firmar documentación que son responsables por un reembolso si los Chromebooks son regresados dañados o sin no son regresados.

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Walmart Announces Temporary Change to Store Hours in Response to COVID-19


March 18, 2020 - By Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

 

Our associates have been nothing short of heroic in their commitment to serve customers, stock shelves as quickly as possible and keep their stores clean. When their communities needed them the most, our people have been at their best. Their efforts continue to be a tremendous source of pride for everyone at Walmart.

Over the weekend we adjusted our operating hours to help make it easier for associates to stock and perform enhanced cleaning and sanitizing. We’re pleased with the results we are seeing and will take additional steps beginning Thursday, March 19.

 

Store Operating Hours

Walmart U.S. stores will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. This will further help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store. While the store hours change for customers, our associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.


Special Shopping Hours

We know our older customers could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus and to better support them, Walmart is offering special shopping hours. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Our Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

 

Item Limitations

We know communities are counting on us more than ever and we are determined to serve the broadest number of customers and ensure they have access to the key items they are looking for. Our stores will have limits for customers in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

Essential Services

Our people are working hard to have every part of the store ready to serve customers. To help support our people and focus on the most critical areas of the store right now, we will temporarily shut down our Auto Care Centers to allow those associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.

 

Also, our Vision Centers will operate on their normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders. We will have at least one associate to serve the needs of our Vision Care customers, while the other associates will help in the rest of the store.

 

I think every one of us has had to adjust our daily routines in some way, and it’s likely that could continue. We are paying very close attention to our stores and communities and will continue making the necessary changes to help make sure our associates are taken care of and that our customers can get what they need. Let’s all take care of each other out there.

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Governor Greg Abbott Announces Closure of Texas Driver License Offices


 

 

AUSTIN, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott today (3-18-20) announced that Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Offices across the state are closing immediately. This temporary closure will not apply to those seeking an initial Commercial Driver License (CDL). DPS offices that provide CDL testing will remain open solely for the purpose of providing initial CDLs.

 

Visits will be by appointment only, and can be scheduled by emailing cdlappointments[@]dps.texas.gov. This exception will allow commercial drivers to continue to ship goods across the state of Texas.

 

This announcement follows the Governor's suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Transportation Code to delay the expiration date for driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, and other identification documents.

 

'Our commercial drivers are essential to the consistent flow of goods throughout the state, and we will continue to ensure those seeking an initial CDL can do so,' said Governor Abbott. 'Closing driver license offices to those not seeking an initial CDL is another step the state is taking to encourage social distancing in our communities.'

 

Though expiration dates have been temporarily suspended, individuals seeking to renew their driver license or personal identification certificate during this period should check the DPS website to see if they are eligible to renew online.

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Panola College to extend Spring Break and Move to Online Instruction


As Panola College continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the safety of our students, employees, and community remains our top priority. Therefore, Panola  College will extend spring break for students Monday – Sunday, March 23 – 29, 2020, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, and to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing.

 

Courses will resume with online instruction beginning March 30th. Faculty and staff are working hard to try to ensure a seamless transition. To date, there have been no reported COVID-19 cases impacting our students, faculty or employees.

 

This means that students should not physically report to class in person; however, all students should continue to monitor their Panola College email and Canvas for additional updates from their instructor(s). At this time, Panola College states that all students will have the opportunity to complete this semesters course work.

 

Classes where the learning is hands-on (e.g., Welding), students will hear from their specific instructors about how the labs and hands-on components will be conducted with social distancing

best practices in place.

 

All Panola College locations will be closed next week to students and visitors as faculty and staff work to transition courses. Offices will reopen with altered operations and limited staffing on March 30th.

 

While the staff remains ready to assist students in person by appointment only, students are encouraged to conduct business via phone call, zoom meetings, and email. Items needed from the Panola College Store may be purchased online at www.panolacollegestore.com and can be shipped or picked up at the door. The fitness center will be closed for the being.

 

On-campus housing will reopen to students on March 22nd. With most course instruction moving online, students will have the option to return to or to remain home for the remainder of the semester. All residences should contact Residence Life Coordinator, Katy Chance by email with their intent to return or check-out. The dining hall will continue to provide grab and go meals for residence hall students only, while Charlie’s Bistro will be closed for the remainder of the semester.

 

Due to the restrictions on event sizes, Panola College is also canceling all events including intercollegiate athletics, performances, student activities, on-campus community gatherings, and commencement in keeping with federal social distancing standards through May 10, 2020. May 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to participate in-person at the fall ceremony and diplomas will be sent via mail delivery to graduates.

 

Dr. Greg Powell, president of Panola College, recognizes how these changes and cancellations have created uncertainty and disappointment.

 

“We understand the impact of these decisions and we did not arrive at them lightly,” said Dr. Powell. “These decisions were made with careful thought and consideration of what is most important – the preservation of health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the community. These are unprecedented times, but I am confident that we will get through this with the support of one another.”

 

Further updates will be made available online at www.panola.edu/public-relations/coronavirus, by email, and on Panola College official social media channels. 

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Message From the Tenaha PD


 

 

 

 

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Hitch-Hiking


 


Back in 1955 I was a college freshman with no automobile.  I was attending Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, living on campus. On Friday afternoons occasionally I would want to go back home for the weekend, which was a 35 mile trip to San Augustine.  The only way for me to make the trip was to hitch-hike, or “ride my thumb” as the saying was.

 

Back then hitch-hiking was an acceptable mode of transportation from point A to point B, especially if you had on a college jacket which would identify you as a student.  I have ridden in log trucks, pulp wood trucks, pick-up trucks, and sedans of all types.  I never experienced any trouble.

 

One Friday afternoon as I was preparing to walk out to highway 21 East out of Nacogdoches and try to thumb a ride, a fellow student named *Jack called to me. “Hey, Neal. You don’t need to hitch-hike; I am on my way to San Augustine now. Come hop on the back of my bike.”

I knew Jack, and I knew that was a little “wild”.  I also knew that he owned a rather large motorcycle.  I had never ridden on a motorcycle before, so there was this little voice that said, “Go ahead, chicken – ride on it!”  Then this other little voice said, “Better not ride with Jack on that motorcycle.  You could get killed!”  So, what does a 19 year old kid do in a situation like this?  Well, naturally, he hops on the back of the motorcycle and holds on.

 

We headed out highway 21 for the 35 mile trip home, no helmets, of course – just the wind in our faces.  Jack kept getting faster and faster, and I was holding him around the waist, tighter and tighter.

 

About fifteen miles out of Nacogdoches is a small village named Melrose.  There were small country stores on either side of the road, a couple of them quite close to the highway.  A card table with four elderly gentlemen playing dominoes sat under one of the store awnings, very near the highway.  Jack eased over toward them and zoomed by very fast.  I glanced back and I swear that we blew the dominoes off the table.

 

By that time we were doing close to 100 miles per hour, and I was terrified.  I imagine Jack was having a great time scaring me to death. He did a great job of that. We finally arrived home and I noted the time – we had traveled 35 miles in 20 minutes.  My math suggests that we averaged 90 miles per hour.

 

I kept thinking of what my mother used to tell me….”Son, be sure you keep on clean underwear because you never know when you might have to go to the hospital.”  I could not remember if I had changed underwear or not, but it probably would not have mattered anyway after this ride. 

By the way, I have never been on a motorcycle since that day, and don’t plan to do so ever again.  Shortly after that incident, I was able to buy my first automobile, a 1950 Chevrolet coupe.  No more hitch-hiking for me again.  In fact, hitch-hiking is against the law in most states.


* Name changed to protect the guilty.


HITCH-HIKING

BY: NEAL MURPHY
107 Hemlock Street
PO Box 511
San Augustine, TX 75972
936-275-9033
cell: 936-275-6986
Email: sugarbear@netdot.com

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Joaquin City Council Meeting Results


 


The Joaquin City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. Click here for the results:

 

 

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First Baptist Church Center Coronavirus Update


 


Center, Texas, March 18,2020 —


SHELBY COUNTY PASTORS
We want to offer our assistance to you as we navigate this time together. We have the
capability to record your sermons so that you can distribute them to your church
membership. IF you would like for us to partner with you please contact
Pastor Bobby Bressman or David Mathis at 598-5605.


Our leadership team met this afternoon with an increasing amount of discussion
surrounding COVID-19. We want to make plans for our congregation, we encourage
you to heed the advice of the CDC, and to take common sense precautions in daily life.
Remember that we serve a sovereign God who instructs us not to live in a spirit of fear.
God is good, He’s faithful, and we know that He’s still at work all around us.
Let’s continue to be the Church and walk with God together in the days ahead as we
strive together to Connect People to Jesus Christ and One Another.


Because of the developing situation:
• we are postponing the scheduled Walk thru the Bible that we had planned for Sunday
for a later date.
• Wednesday evening and Children’s activities and Adult Bible Study are postponed
• This Sunday we WILL have our regularly scheduled Sunday school and Worship service.
Our monthly evening business meeting will be short and have a time of appreciation for
our Youth minister Tyler Keese.
• We are asking everyone to adopt a “No Touching” understanding with one another.
• We will need to spread out more than usual to keep a 6 foot distance between families.
• Connect with staff through hosted live chats during the Sunday morning service. We
want to continue to help you grow and pray with you, even when you aren’t attending in
person.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
If you feel uncomfortable with being in a group we invite you to worship with us live at
10:15 AM on our Facebook page, and on our webpage
Kids Prayer Guide for families at home:
It’s important to remind our kids that they can talk to God about anything! No matter
where they are or what they are feeling, God hears our prayers.
These simple ideas can help guide your prayer time as a family:
• Focus on and praise God for who is – “Thank you God for being loving”; “I praise you
Lord because you protect us and heal the sick”; etc...
• Pray God’s word – Choosing one verse to focus on can help you stay focused and help
your kids not wander on too many rabbit trails.
• Take turns – listen to your kids! God often speaks through our kids tender hearts.
Offer a turn for each of your kids to voice their prayers.
• Keep an ongoing family prayer list – a list that you can add to and check back with
frequently. Keep this list somewhere the whole family can see it.


SENIOR ADULTS
All of our normal weekly rehearsals have been canceled until further notice.


FAMILY LIFE CENTER (GYM)
Until further notice, the FLC will be closed due to COVID - 19.


CENTER LEARNING ACADEMY
Our CLA will be closed along with the schedule for Center ISD.


HELP US LOVE OUR COMMUNITY
One of the best ways to help us love our community during the spread of illness is
simply to be a good neighbor. If you live beside or are in close contact with families who
have high-risk individuals in their homes, reach out to see if they need anything. Maybe
that means offering to pick up supplies on your next trip to the store or dropping off
some food if they’re unable to get out. Simply look for ways that you can Love Where
You Live in the coming weeks and commit to praying for our leaders and community.


FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE BY FACEBOOK, EMAIL, TEXT, AND AT
WWW.FBCCENTER.ORG
First Baptist Church is committed to helping people of Shelby County develop a relationship with
Jesus Christ!

 

 

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County Judge Statement Regarding COVID-19-UPDATE


 

 

To Shelby County Residents:

 

March 18, 2020

 

I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the very fluid situation surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.  Myself and the Emergency Management Coordinator, Kerri Shofner, are continuing to monitor information and participate in conference calls with The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and  Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

 

As of 1:00 PM March 18th (most recent conference call) there are 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Texas and 2 confirmed deaths.  Approximately 1,900 COVID-19 tests have been performed state wide. We currently have no COVID-19 positive test results being reported to us for Shelby County. And have been assured that if that should occur, DSHS will notify county officials.

 

Many Shelby County businesses, churches, and organizations have reached out to us for guidance on closures and/or limiting services. We have advised them to refer to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and DSHS.
All the guidelines set by the aforementioned agencies highly recommend social distancing as the most effective way possible to prevent the spread of the disease.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses, schools, churches, and organizations that have adhered to these recommendations by closing, using alternative methods for doing businesses, and cancelling and/or postponing events & meetings. Your proactive efforts to practice social distancing and avoid the spread of the coronavirus and help insure the continued good health of populations most susceptible to the virus are to be applauded. 

 

Please continue to provide all local media outlets & social media outlets of all closings, cancellations, rescheduling & alternative business methods. This will aid tremendously in keeping the public informed of all pertinent information.

 

Please refer to the following web sites to keep abreast of all COVID-19 information/recommendations:


www.cdc.gov 
www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

 

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide the public with information as it is provided to us.


 


 

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Panola College to extend Spring Break and move to online instruction


 

 

 


As Panola College continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the safety of our students, employees, and community remains our top priority. Therefore, Panola  College will extend spring break for students Monday – Sunday, March 23 – 29, 2020, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, and to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing. Courses will resume with online instruction beginning March 30th. Faculty and staff are working hard to try to ensure a seamless transition. To date, there have been no reported COVID-19 cases impacting our students, faculty or employees.


This means that students should not physically report to class in person; however, all students should continue to monitor their Panola College email and Canvas for additional updates from their instructor(s). At this time, Panola College states that all students will have the opportunity to complete this semesters course work.


Classes where the learning is hands-on (e.g., Welding), students will hear from their specific instructors about how the labs and hands-on components will be conducted with social distancing best practices in place.


All Panola College locations will be closed next week to students and visitors as faculty and staff work to transition courses. Offices will reopen with altered operations and limited staffing on March 30th. While the staff remains ready to assist students in person by appointment only, students are encouraged to conduct business via phone call, zoom meetings, and email. Items needed from the Panola College Store may be purchased online at www.panolacollegestore.com and can be shipped or picked up at the door. The fitness center will be closed for the being.
On-campus housing will reopen to students on March 22nd. With most course instruction moving online, students will have the option to return to or to remain home for the remainder of the semester. All residences should contact Residence Life Coordinator, Katy Chance by email with their intent to return or check-out. The dining hall will continue to provide grab and go meals for residence hall students only, while Charlie’s Bistro will be closed for the remainder of the semester.


Due to the restrictions on event sizes, Panola College is also canceling all events including intercollegiate athletics, performances, student activities, on-campus community gatherings, and commencement in keeping with federal social distancing standards through May 10, 2020. May 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to participate in-person at the fall ceremony and diplomas will be sent via mail delivery to graduates.


Dr. Greg Powell, president of Panola College, recognizes how these changes and cancellations have created uncertainty and disappointment.


“We understand the impact of these decisions and we did not arrive at them lightly,” said Dr. Powell. “These decisions were made with careful thought and consideration of what is most important – the preservation of health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the community. These are unprecedented times, but I am confident that we will get through this with the support of one another.” 

 

Further updates will be made available online at www.panola.edu/public-relations/coronavirus, by email, and on Panola College official social media channels. 
 

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Stage Stores Announces Adjusted Store Hours


 

 

HOUSTON (March 18, 2020) – The safety and health of our guests, associates and store communities are our top priority.

 

To better support our associates, serve our customers and slow the spread of COVID-19, Stage Stores and our family of brands (Gordmans, Bealls, Goodys, Palais Royal, Peebles, and Stage) have adjusted our store operating hours.  Until further notice, our reduced store hours are as follows:

·         Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

·         Sunday 12pm-6pm

 

Additionally, in compliance with local government orders to shut down all non-essential businesses, as well as other location-based factors, select stores are temporarily closed and will not re-open until circumstances improve.

 

Our new store openings continued as planned yesterday, March 17, however new store openings planned for March 31 have been postponed. Events planned in conjunction with store openings, such as ribbon cutting ceremonies, have been cancelled.

 

In addition to our new store hours, we are taking the following actions to help keep our guests and associates healthy:

·         Increasing the frequency of store cleanings, paying special attention to frequently touched objects and surfaces such as register counters, shopping carts, door handles, restrooms, etc.;

·         Reminding our associates of their training on illness prevention;

·         Advising all employees to stay home if they are not feeling well, or if circumstances might advise them to do so, to seek medical attention if they have symptoms.  

 

We also encourage our guests everywhere to take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and the health of others. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with public health authorities as required. We will keep you informed if our approach changes and will continue to post updates on stage.com and gordmans.com. We look forward to serving guests in our stores.

 

 

Thank you,

Kristen Whitman
Media Liaison for Stage and Gordmans

 

 

 

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Local Closures and Updates Regarding the Coronavirus


 

 

Due to the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus, the following closures & changes are going into effect. 

 

Organizations:

City Of Center Advisory & Continuity Of Services 3/19/20

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closing ALL programs for the week of March 23 – March 27 with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center.

Schools:


Excelsior ISD will be closed through Friday, March 20, 2020.

 

Center ISD  has decided to remain closed through April 3. 

 

Tenaha ISD March 23-27, there will be no school. 

 

Timpson ISD is closed for spring break and plans to remain closed for an indefinite period of time.  

 

Shelbyville ISD All Shelbyville ISD administrators, teachers, and staff will meet on Monday, March 23rd at 8:00 a.m. to further formulate plans for the school district. Preliminary plans include instructional packets for elementary and middle school students will be distributed at each campus on Wednesday, March 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Shelbyville High School students will receive their instruction online via Google Classroom.  High school students should check their personal school email accounts for instructional information.

 

Joaquin ISD will remain closed through April 3, 2020. 

 

Carthage ISD will close Monday, March 23, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020.

 

Nacogdoches ISD will be closed until Friday, March 27, 2020.

 

San Augustine ISD will begin online school for their students starting Wednesday 18, 2020. Click HERE to read more:

 

Logansport ISD effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all public schools in the State of Louisiana shall close facilities to students until April 13, 2020.

 

Panola College extends Spring Break with modified classes to resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. Many classes will move to online instruction.


SFA will resume classes on March 18, 2020, and is preparing to move classes online or to some type of distance-education format. In-person on-campus classes may start back again on April 6, 2020.

 

In addition, remember to wash your hands often to minizine the spread. 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD School Closure


 


As a cautionary measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shelbyville ISD has decided to “extend” the time our students will be out of school.  Shelbyville ISD students will not return to school until further notice.  All Shelbyville ISD administrators, teachers, and staff will meet on Monday, March 23rd at 8:00 a.m. to further formulate instructional and operational plans for the school district as we deal with this important challenge.


Preliminary plans include instructional packets for elementary and middle school students will be distributed at each campus on Wednesday, March 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Shelbyville High School students will receive their instruction online via Google Classroom.  High school students should check their personal school email accounts for instructional information.


Shelbyville ISD is closely monitoring this situation and will continue to be in contact with local and state officials to glean as much information as we can.  We will keep you informed as new developments arise.  With this in mind, please sign up for the school communication app. called REMIND by doing the following: (1) Text the message @sisddragon to the number 81010; (2) If you have trouble with 81810, try texting @sisddragon to (281) 677-3871. 


Shelbyville ISD implores members of our learning community to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible during these trying times.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Submitted by Ray West, Superintendent

 


 

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Joaquin Works Notice


 

 

NOTICE


Due to all the Public Health Concerns, we prefer you use the drop box for all payments by check or cash, or make credit card payments over the phone at (936) 269-3021.
If you need assistance, you can still come into the office at this time.


We are trying to limit the contact with as much as the public as possible to prevent the spread of any infectious viruses being transmitted at this time.
This is for everyone’s protection.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

-Mayor William Baker

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Joaquin ISD to Close


 

 

To the Joaquin ISD Community:


After much consideration, Joaquin ISD will remain closed through April 3rd. The
educational plan and feeding program already established will continue to operate
to ensure your child’s educational and nutritional needs are met. Please continue to
check for updates which will be posted to our website, Facebook page, local media
outlets as well as our School Messenger emergency contact system.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as this situation evolves. If you
have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Joaquin ISD
Administration Office at 936-269-3128.

 

Sincerely,


Ryan Fuller
Superintendent

 

 

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Timpson ISD to Close School


 

 

Timpson ISD is making the decision to close school following spring break this week. The closing will be for an indefinite amount of time and until further notice.

 

We will be posting additional information regarding how the district plans to provide for remote instruction and provide other services to students in the coming days and potentially weeks.

 

We as a district are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and will be in contact with officials across the State concerning the issue.

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Timpson ISD to Close School


 

 

Timpson ISD is making the decision to close school following spring break this week. The closing will be for an indefinite amount of time and until further notice.

 

We will be posting additional information regarding how the district plans to provide for remote instruction and provide other services to students in the coming days and potentially weeks.

 

We as a district are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and will be in contact with officials across the State concerning the issue.

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A Letter From the CEO of Hallmark


 

 

At Hallmark, we recognize the role we play in your relationships and your lives. The health and well-being of our employees and our customers are our top priority. As the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, I want to take a moment and share an update.

Hallmark set up a task force several weeks ago that continues to monitor the situation. We are tracking the information provided by public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Utilizing their guidance, we are taking precautions to protect our employees and our customers. We are temporarily closing our Crayola Experience locations nationwide.

 

Some of our independent retailers who own and operate Hallmark stores in our retail network have also temporarily closed their locations. This is a rapidly changing situation that is impacting countries, states and cities differently. Our teams are making decisions based on the most recent information provided by the CDC, WHO, and local public health agencies and government officials, while keeping the health and safety of our employees and customers in mind.

 

We understand many of you may be feeling isolated as public health officials encourage us to distance ourselves from others and community events are canceled. I encourage you to continue to find ways to connect with your loved ones during this time. Make a phone call, video chat with a friend, send a handwritten note in the mail, spend time with your child doing art projects, enjoy a movie night in with your family. Emotional wellness is just as important as physical well-being. As you take precautions to keep your family physically healthy, don't forget to take a moment for yourself.

 

Hallmark is committed to helping you live a caring and connected life filled with meaningful moments, and we are here for you during the good times and tough times. If you need to reach us, please call 1-800-HALLMARK or visit care.hallmark.com, and our team members will help you.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding,


Mike Perry

President and CEO

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

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Joaquin JH/HS Information regarding Continued Education


 

 

Click here!

JH packet pickup times: 03/19 and 03/20 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. High school students are moving to an online platform. If you have a student that does not have internet access at home, please contact the high school office at 936-269-3128 ext. 421.

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Joaquin ISD Update


 

 

JISD Feeding Program - Meal Pickup Times

JISD Student meals are available for pickup in the bus lane (weekdays only).

Times: Breakfast can be picked up from 8:00 am until 9:00 am and lunch can be picked up from 11:00 am - Noon.

 

ACT TESTING DATE CHANGE


ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. 

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Tri-County Update


 

 

TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION “HARVEST FOR HOMES”

 

TRI-COUNTY HARVEST FOR HOMES FOOD PANTRY WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW MARCH 19 @ 8:30AM


THE FOLLOWING CHANGES WILL OCCUR DUE TO THE HEALTH & SAFETY PRECAUTIONS CONCERNING COVID-19 KNOWN AS CORONAVIRUS:


ONCE YOU ARRIVE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN IN & TAKE A GROCERY SHEET, PLEASE FILL OUT SHEET & WE WILL FIX BOX FOR YOU.


HARVEST FOR HOMES PRODUCE DROP IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 @ 9AM
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN IN, TAKE A NUMBER & RETURN TO YOUR CAR/TRUCK WE WILL CALL YOU BY NUMBER & BRING BOX TO YOUR VEHICLE.

 

FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL 936-598-6315 EXT 501
THANK YOU

 


 

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Tenaha ISD Corona Virus Communication


To All Stakeholders of Tenaha ISD,

 

We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our lives.  The Covid-19 virus known as the “Coronavirus” has fundamentally halted everything we know to be “routine” about our daily lives.  This period of “social distancing” that the President and his advisors have asked all citizens to engage in is a “call to arms” for each of us to do our part in ensuring we flatten the curve of infection of this virulent disease.  

 

The Center for Disease Control has also recommended that social gatherings of more than ten people be avoided for at least eight weeks.  They have also recommended that schools avoid convening in a conventional fashion.  Here in Texas, Governor Abbott and Commissioner of Education Mike Morath have recommended that school districts make decisions on a local level based on their own assessment of the risks.  While Shelby County currently has no reported cases, we believe it’s important for us to put public health first.  The state has put in place the opportunity for districts to offer distance learning or online course work which we believe is the best way forward in the short run.  

 

Hopefully, with a little good news and time, we can return to “normal school” as quickly as possible. Regretfully, I, along with our administrative team and in communication with our Board President, am announcing that our Spring Break will extend an additional week.  

 

For the week of March 23-27, there will be no school.  However, our team will spend next week making arrangements to resume school in the form of distance learning and online activities beginning on March 30.  Please make arrangements to be prepared for a return to learning on March 30 in a remote or “homeschool” fashion.  Additionally, the TISD cafeteria will resume services on March 30 with breakfast and lunches available via drive thru at the bus run. 

To our staff, stay tuned to your email to receive instructions and details about the work week next week. 

 

We will be reporting more details throughout the next week.  Keep an eye on the TISD Facebook page and other social media and internet sources of information.  In the mean time, enjoy the extra time away and do your best to stay healthy and clear of any “at-risk” situations that could compromise your health or the health of others. 

 

 

On behalf of the TISD Administration team,

 

Scott Tyner

Superintendent

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Updated Hours


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closing ALL programs for the week of March 23 – March 27.  This includes the Helping Hands Outreach Center, The Unique Boutique, Meals on Wheels, and The Senior Nutrition Site.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, but we want to take the necessary precautions. 

 

If you are scheduled to receive an emergency food box for the month of March, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center this week, March 18 – March 20, to receive it between the hours of 9-2.  Our lobby is closed to the public, so we are asking all clients to come to the door, and we will assist them from there.  You may be required to show your ID.  For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you.  

 

 

 

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Tenaha Tiger Update


 

 

March 16-20, 2020-Spring Break

 

Spring Break Extended through March 27th

 

March 23, 2020-Regular Board Meeting

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Update on Center ISD


 

 

After much thought and deliberation, Center ISD has decided to remain closed through April 3.  We are making preparations for a continuity of instruction for our students and more information will be provided later today.  Thank you for patience and understanding.


Arnie Kelley

Interim Superintendent

Center ISD

 

 

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FEMA on the Coronavirus


 

 

Details about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are changing rapidly and it's easy to get information overload, but first responders need to be prepared to encounter cases. COVID-19 presents as a respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and spread via respiratory droplets with close contact, like the flu.

 

Guidance for EMS and PSAP
UPDATED MARCH 10, 2020


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published interim guidance on COVID-19 for all first responders. This includes the fire service, emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement and emergency management officials. If you anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of your work, please read this guidance.

It recommends that 911 and emergency medical dispatch screen callers for signs, symptoms and risk factors of COVID-19. Dispatch should report potential COVID-19 calls to EMS before their arrival. EMS can evaluate individuals and transport them as a Person Under Investigation if necessary.

 

For the full guide click here:

 

 

The interim guidance suggests specific modifications to EMS practices for patient assessment, personal protective equipment (PPE) use and aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., intubation, CPR, etc.). EMS employers can use the guidance to assess current practices, procedures and training and ensure they are up-to-date. This includes:

 

Donning and doffing PPE.
Task-specific training and education.
Use of respiratory devices.
Ensuring the availability of adequate supplies.
Decontamination.


Both PSAP and EMS departments responding to patients at ports of entry or airports that are CDC-designated quarantine stations should be in contact with the local CDC quarantine station to let them know of potential cases. Familiarize your staff with the CDC's interim guidance and reach out to the quarantine station before you need them.

 

 

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Texas Dept. of State Health Services on COVID-19


 

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.

The numbers include confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported by local and regional public health jurisdictions to DSHS and are listed by the person’s county of residence. They do not include residents of other states who were repatriated from China or a cruise ship on a U.S. government flight to JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio.

 

The numbers reported here may differ from what’s being reported at the local level for two reasons. Local jurisdictions receive the initial laboratory results and may report them publicly before reporting those cases to DSHS. Some jurisdictions may report cases diagnosed or treated in their area, even if the person lives in another county.

 

 

People Tested

Total 1,268
Public Labs 656
Private Labs 612*

*Includes lab reports from ARUP Laboratories, LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics. Additional providers are testing.


Texas COVID-19 Cases1

Total Statewide Cases 64
Deaths 1

To see county totals, scroll table below.

County of Residence2 Number of Cases3
Bell 1
Bexar 3
Brazoria 2
Collin 6
Dallas 9
Denton 1
El Paso 3
Fort Bend 9
Galveston 1
Gregg 1
Harris 10
Hays 1
Lavaca 1
Matagorda 1
Montgomery 3
Smith 3
Tarrant 3
Travis 3
Webb 1
Pending County Assignment 2

1DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.
2Patient may be undergoing treatment in facilities in other counties.
3Does not include repatriation cases.

 

 

Occasionally, a county’s case count could go down. This would happen if a person was initially reported by one county, but the disease investigation determined they are actually a resident of another county or state.

 

There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

 

DSHS has additional information on the COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

News releases on COVID-19

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Center ISD to Provide Meals


 

 

District Provided Meals

 

Center ISD wants to make sure that all students have access to meals during the District’s closure.  CISD is providing free grab-n-go breakfast and lunch meals at two locations in the District beginning on Thursday, March 19th.  Adjustments to this schedule will be made as needed, so please check our webpage for new information.

 

Grab-n-go meals will be available for curbside pick-up only at the following locations and times:

•    CHS (old student parking lot – next to the cafeteria) and CIS (parking lot in front of the cafeteria)


•    Breakfast:        7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
•    Lunch:        11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Daily menus will include a variety of hot and cold foods. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.  This program will remain in effect until further notice.


 

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Tenaha School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Aggie Muster 2020 Postponed


 

 

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Muster will have to be postponed until a later date. We have some summer dates that have been suggested by Texas A&M University, and we will see about rescheduling for later this year.

 

Thank you,
Kristin Jousan

 

 

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Grill Fest Postponed


 

 

One more event is postponed.  Grill Fest which was scheduled for April 4th is now postponed until June 6th (hopefully).   

 

 

 

 

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Public Notice From Shelby County Appraisal Office


 

 

Like you, we are closely monitoring the developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In an effort to do our part in preventing the spread of this virus, the Shelby County Appraisal District is asking everyone that has business to do with us to call our office before coming in person.  We may be able to help you over the phone.  If we can’t help you over the phone, it may be something that can wait, like turning in applications for exemptions.  Then we would ask you to come to the office at a later time.  You may also fax or email any applications that you need to send to us.  

 

Our phone number is (936) 598-6171, fax number is (936) 598-7096 and the email address is scad@sbcglobal.net.  Also, check out our website at shelbycad.com for more information that may be helpful to you.  On our website you can get certain applications, do property searches, access our map, look up taxes on the tax collector’s website, etc.  Thank you for your support.

 

 

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NOTICE FROM SAN AUGUSTINE ISD


 


SAISD has determined that in order to keep our employees, students, & community safe during this unprecedented time, SAISD will begin online classes beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. These online classes, as well as lesson packets are mandatory and will be constantly monitored by teachers.

 

The pandemic has hindered face-to-face interactions; however, the educational process will continue in the online environment. Our teachers and staff have worked diligently to develop an online approach so that learning continues. Please ensure that your child participates daily in the online lessons and lesson packets as their work will be monitored by their teacher. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, SAISD will begin distributing Chromebooks and lesson packets for our students. Parents, please follow this schedule:


1. PreK-2 grade – Lesson packets will be ready for pickup in the Elementary Cafeteria
between noon-3:00pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and 8:00am-12:00pm on
Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
2. Grades 3-5 – Chromebooks will be available for pickup in the Elementary Cafeteria
between noon-3:00pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and 8:00am-12:00pm on
Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
3. Grades 6-8 - Chromebooks will be available for pickup at the High School Cafeteria
between noon-3:00pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and 8:00am-12:00pm on
Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
4. Grades 9-12 - Chromebooks will be available for pickup at the High School Cafeteria
between noon-3:00pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and 8:00am-12:00pm on
Wednesday, March 18, 2020.


Please call the principal if you are unable to pick these materials up. SAISD will provide “TO GO” food service for all students beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Students may pick up breakfast between 8:00am-9:00am and lunch between the hours of 11:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday at the High School Cafeteria.


At this time, SAISD cannot determine when students will be returning to the classrooms. However, we will continually assess the pandemic situation and keep you informed of any changes that occur. Please visit our FB and website page (www.saisd.us) often for updates.


Dr. Virginia Liepman-Superintendent
Dr. Jason Mixon – Assistant Superintendent 

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM SFA


 

 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Prevention and Response

Information Update History

General Information

Updated March 16, 2020

Student Recreation Center

Due to updates in public health guidance and tightening restrictions on public gatherings the Student Recreation Center will suspend operations beginning March 17 until normal campus operations resume.

University-sponsored Travel

All university-sponsored student and employee international and non-essential domestic travel is suspended indefinitely. All university-sponsored student and employee essential domestic travel must be approved in advance by the appropriate vice president.

Updated March 15, 2020

Given the ongoing global concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we want to do our part to keep our entire campus community safe and to contribute to the management of this growing public health crisis.

We currently have no confirmed cases on Stephen F. Austin State University’s campus, but several cases have been confirmed in Texas, including East Texas. Moreover, a large number of our students and faculty are currently engaged in personal travel to a number of domestic and international locations for Spring Break.

Wherever you are, we encourage all members of the SFA community to be conscientious in following CDC guidelines for staying healthy.

Given the potential for exposure and CDC recommendations for social distancing, SFA has made the following decisions:

  • Spring Break for students will be extended through March 17, with no academic activities taking place for students.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all classes will resume in an online-only or other distance-education format until April 6.
  • Faculty will be able to utilize March 16 and 17 to prepare to deliver classes online or in other distance-education formats.
  • All staff will report as normal on March 16 unless notified otherwise.

We like talking to you! So, our Call Center will remain open daily through March 20. You can call us at 936.468.3401 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with your questions. 

In addition, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is standing by to assist students who have questions or concerns, or who need special assistance. They can be reached at 936.468.7249 or by email at DOSA@sfasu.edu.

  • Our current plan is to begin in-person instruction again on Monday, April 6. We will closely monitor this dynamic situation and could possibly extend further the date for resuming in-person classes. Students will receive information from their respective colleges and faculty with details regarding how course work will be conducted.
  • All on-campus events scheduled through April 5 will be canceled or postponed. Event planners will be contacted by the reservation specialist starting on Monday, March 16.
  • Showcase Saturday, scheduled for March 28, will be rescheduled. Campus tours may still be provided, but will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Student athletes will receive additional clarification related to team activities from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • In order to catch up on lost class time, Easter break will be canceled, and classes will be held April 9, 10 and 13.
  • Students are asked to remain off campus until in-person classes resume.

Information for Residence Hall students

  • Any student or employee who is ill or who believes they may have been exposed to coronavirus cannot return to campus and should follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation. If any student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is requested that you notify the university at www.sfasu.edu/COVIDabsence.
  • All university-sponsored student and employee travel, both international and domestic, scheduled for March 16 through April 1 will be canceled unless approved by the respective Vice President (domestic) or President (international).
  • May commencement exercises are expected to continue as scheduled.

These plans are evolving, and we wanted to inform our community as quickly as possible to enable you to begin making your own arrangements. We realize you may have questions that are not addressed here. Please know that our team is working diligently to accommodate this transition for our campus, and we will provide additional information as soon as possible.

  • If your questions are not urgent, we ask you to wait for further communication that may address your concerns.
  • In addition, please continue to monitor your campus email and this website. This site also offers additional information on the virus, travel advisories and prevention that may be helpful.
  • The university will be maintaining a call center from Thursday, March 12th until Sunday, March 15th. The center will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. If you have questions or special needs, please call the main university phone number at 936.468.3401.

Finally, we ask that you try to understand how difficult it is to make these decisions and request your patience as we seek to make the best decisions possible to keep everyone in our community healthy and safe, to do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to continue the university’s mission to provide excellence in higher education.

Updated March 11, 2020

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SFA is committed to the health and safety of studentsfaculty and staff and will be continuously reviewing this evolving situation.

We will keep the entire campus community updated on our websiteWe anticipate an announcement on Thursday, March 12, at 3 p.m. regarding operations.

Updated March 5, 2020

The health and well-being of the SFA community is very important, and the evolving COVID-19 issue can be concerning. While the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the United States is still relatively low, as testing for the virus becomes more widespread and robust we would expect to see higher numbers in the coming days.

To address the SFA response to this issue, a dedicated team of university officials and medical personnel is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as other official sources of information. This team has been proactively planning for and assessing the impact to both academic and business continuity on the SFA community as the situation evolves. In addition, our staff is participating in regular calls with the Texas Department of Health Services and in professional association webinars and is communicating with colleagues from around the state and the nation to receive the latest information available and learn of best practices that can be brought to our campus.

For some, navigating the uncertainty caused by the national story regarding the virus can be personally and emotionally challenging. SFA Counseling Services is available as a resource for students, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need help.

Above all else, the tried and true prevention measures below still hold for this virus:

Download the COVID-19 prevention flyer.

  • Wash your hands

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Stay home

    Stay home when sick.

  • Avoid close contact

    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Don't share food, beverages or smoking devices with others.

  • Call SFA's Health Services

    If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, call SFA's Health Services at 936.468.4008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Call 911

    If you have an emergency, call 911.

We will continue to update you on this website as the situation evolves.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Coronavirus

What are symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat. For most people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild and resolved after several days.

What happens if the SFA Student Health Clinic suspects that a student has COVID-19 infection?

The staff will consult with the Texas Department of Health Services to determine whether testing the patient for the coronavirus is indicated. To date, no SFA patients have met the criteria for testing. If testing is done, results will be communicated to the Clinic staff by the TDHS, and the staff will inform the patient and follow appropriate protocols.

What happens to students, faculty and staff at the university if there is a confirmed case on campus?

There is a dedicated SFA COVID-19 Response Team monitoring the situation. Should a COVID-19 case be confirmed, all CDC protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the TDHS. The university will fully support and be in complete compliance with all public health protocols.

Will the university be able to provide information to the public about students, faculty or staff with possible cases or diagnoses of COVID-19 infection?

Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and campus privacy policies, we are unable to disclose specific information (e.g., residence location or class attendance) for individuals with suspected infection. If necessary, however, people who are in close contact with a COVID-19-infected patient will be contacted and monitored by TDHS.

The university will make other appropriate notice to the public regarding possible cases or diagnoses.

Protocol for Students and Employees Who Visit an Area Classified as a Level 2 or Level 3 Risk Area by the CDC

Be aware of the most up-to-date travel advisories from the CDC by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers. If you travel to any of the areas listed as a Level 2 or a Level 3 risk, the CDC recommends that you stay home for 14 days after you return and monitor your health. Please inform us that you will be self-isolating by completing an Absence Notification Form. While this form is designed for students, employees can use the form as well or can notify their supervisor.

Download the CDC’s information card about self-isolation.

If I Need to Self-Isolate, What Do I Do?

Those who are self-isolating should:

  • Monitor their temperature twice a day for fever. Fever is defined as temperatures higher than 100.4F or 38C.
  • If a cough, difficulty breathing or fever develop during the 14-day period post-travel, do the following:
    • Avoid contact with others. Follow precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.
    • Call ahead before going to any healthcare facility.
    • If you are an SFA student and experience symptoms of respiratory illness, call SFA’s Health Services at 936.468.4008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. They may want to provide specific ­instructions about how to come to the clinic and where to go once you arrive to minimize the risk of exposing others, or they may give instructions for self-care at home.
    • Employees should contact their personal physician’s office or visit a local clinic. It is also recommended that you notify them before you arrive so they can advise you if they have developed any special protocols.
    • If you have an emergency, call 911.

Additional resources:

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From Tyson Foods on Coronavirus


Note: The following is a message from Tyson Foods CEO Noel White to the company’s team members.

Protecting team members and ensuring the continuity of our business are essential as we continue efforts to address COVID-19 (coronavirus). We’ve been actively monitoring this situation and are continually adjusting our approach as we learn more about the spread of this virus.

Tyson Foods’ role as America’s largest food company is critical, so ensuring we’re able to continue producing food is essential. That’s why we’re taking additional measures to protect our people and our company.

Travel

Social distancing – avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance from others when possible – can help people avoid the virus. That’s why Tyson Foods has implemented travel restrictions. Late last month Tyson Foods suspended all international business travel on commercial carriers. Effective immediately, we are suspending all U.S. commercial business travel. Exceptions must be approved by an Enterprise Leadership Team (ELT) member.

For the same precautionary reasons, we encourage you to avoid personal travel via cruise ships, airplanes and other common carriers. 

Depending on where you travel, you may be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days when you return. You should consider this and your ability to work remotely before traveling.

Visitors

We’re only allowing visitors who are considered essential into our offices and facilities. The determination of who is essential will be made by the appropriate ELT members.

Team Members

Since information is the best tool for combatting the spread of COVID-19, we’ve been diligent about educating team members about the virus and ways to avoid catching it. We have an internal coronavirus page with access to videos and information about the virus, as well as the company’s efforts to address it. 

We’re also implementing changes to help hourly team members, including:

  • Relaxing attendance policies in our plants by eliminating any punitive effect for missing work due to illness.
  • Waiving the 5 consecutive day waiting period for Short Term Disability benefits.
  • Waiving the co-pay, co-insurance and deductible for doctor visits for COVID-19 testing as well as eliminating pre-approval or preauthorization steps.
  • Waiving co-pays for the use of telemedicine.
  • Relaxing refill limits for 30 day prescriptions of maintenance medication.

Working Remotely

In order to protect the health of our team members and ensure we can continue to support our food production supply chain; many team members in our U.S. corporate office locations will work remotely through March 27.

To ensure business continuity, management will determine what critical business personnel will be asked to continue working in the corporate offices while others operate from home. Your manager will inform you of your status. Those who work remotely will be expected to work just as they do when in our corporate offices.

Food Safety

I want to remind you that COVID-19 is not considered a food safety concern. The CDC says “currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.” USDA reports “There is no evidence at this time to suggest that the Coronavirus is a foodborne pathogen.” According to a statement from the FDA, “we are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.”

Additional Adjustments

We have a cross-sectional team of leaders meeting frequently to stay on top of the coronavirus outbreak. Since it’s an ever-evolving matter, we will continue to adapt and adjust our approach as needed. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together through this unique situation.

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Weather Update


 

 

The threat of severe weather will return to our region on Thursday afternoon and evening ahead of a strong cold front for the Shreveport Region especially North of the IH20 line. The graphic below shoes more detail on there the Severe Weather is anticipated.

 

-- Despite some uncertainty on the exact timing and evolution of our next storm system, the threat of some severe storms does appear to be increasing as we move into Thursday afternoon and evening. Very warm air and abundant moisture will be in place ahead of the front which will provide some of the ingredients necessary to produce severe storms. Other factors are a bit more uncertain at this time, but we will continue to refine the forecast over the next couple of days.

 

Four State Impacts:

Impacts:  Modes of severe weather include: Large Hail and Damaging Winds. Given how much rain we have received in the past couple of months, Flash Flooding will also be something to watch for.

 

 

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Panola College COVID-19 Notice


 

 

Panola College administration is monitoring the daily status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Currently, we are not planning to suspend campus operations, events, or classes. We are preparing to take necessary precautions as needed and suggested by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

 

  • Panola College administrators are on a daily conference call with the DSHS to stay abreast of any changes with COVID-19.
  • A deep clean of Panola College facilities will be performed during spring break.

We ask that you remember to follow the guide for stopping the spread of germs:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Where feasible, the CDC suggests a 6’ social distance guide while in an enclosed setting.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others you should:

  • Stay home and do not go to class, dining hall, or other campus events.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

Should you come in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should notify your instructor or supervisor and stay at home for a two-week period.

 

Students or employees who travel for personal reasons to any country on the CDC’s Level 2 or Level 3 warning list should contact your instructor or supervisor and will be required to stay at home for a two-week period after returning to the U.S.

 

*Updates will be made through student/employee emails, on the Panola College website and social media accounts.

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Trump's coronavirus task force briefing, in 3 minutes


 

 

 

 

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DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement


 

DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement LUFKIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is continuing their enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law.

 

These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in March. One of those operations will take place in the Beaumont District throughout the day on Wednesday, March 18. The Department of Transportation will be participating in a non-enforcement capacity. The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. As a result of the 86th Legislative Session, highway maintenance or construction vehicles under contract with TxDOT, utility service vehicles, and stationary solid waste or recycling vehicles were added to the list of vehicles that require motorists to move over or slow down. “Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers risk their lives every day for the people of Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

 

“While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.” Specifically, Texas law states that a driver must either: ? Vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction) or ? Slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph) Drivers should only move over if they can do so safely and legally; otherwise, they should slow down. “In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily basis, and the unfortunate fact that many still violate the state law that has been in effect over 16 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” said Director McCraw.

 

“In addition to complying with the law to protect those who work on the side of the 2 road, we encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the roadways. Let’s all get home safely.” Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200; the fine increases to $500 if there is property damage. If violators cause bodily injury, they can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000. Data collected from 2019 shows that DPS Troopers issued more than 27,900 warnings and citations to motorists violating the Move Over/Slow Down law. In January of this year, Troopers issued more than 2,200 warnings and citations for violations of the law. Since January 2016 through January 2020, Texas DPS Troopers have been in 65 stationary crashes where their vehicle or the Trooper was struck while performing a law enforcement duty on a highway.

 

 

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Pineywoods Photographic Society Meeting Cancelled


 

 

After much deliberation the regular monthly meeting is cancelled in the best health interest of our members. The next meeting will be the third Saturday in April. 

 

 

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A MESSAGE FROM THE COMPTROLLER COVID-19 Update


 

 

At the Comptroller’s office, the health and well-being of our taxpayers, employees and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our taxpayers as the situation evolves.

 

We strongly encourage you to use our online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services and establish 24/7 account access at comptroller.texas.gov/webfile

 

You can access your webfile account anytime and submit your sales tax reports, make payments, change your on-file mailing address, close a business location and more. It’s easier and faster (in most cases) to manage your Webfile account digitally, especially given call wait times may be longer than usual.

 

To see what other services we offer online, check out our Virtual Field Office. 

 

 

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Update From Joaquin ISD


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parent/Guardian of a Joaquin Elementary Student


 

 

Student instructional packets are available to be picked up at the elementary Thursday morning 7:30 - 11:30 and Friday morning 7:30 – 11:30. The packets will contain at least four weeks of instructional materials. We will inform you later as to how to return the packets. If more weeks of materials are needed after the initial four weeks of planned materials, you will be given instructions on how to get those.

 

If all materials that are provided are not needed, then students will return those to school when/if we reconvene. These materials will provide grades for these assignments. At this point, we will follow protocol for touching and handling any materials that are exchanged. The lessons/materials that teachers put together are TEKS-based curriculum. Most subjects were already to the review point in the year, where all new TEKS were already taught. If your child/you need assistance with the materials or instructions, please contact the teacher who assigned the work. Teachers can best be reached through their school email address or the app they shared with parents. The cafeteria will be providing breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00 daily, and lunch from 11:00 – 12:00 daily.

 

If you wish to pick up these meals, you will drive through the bus lane and the meals will be passed through your car window. If you can’t get to the school to pick up your child’s packet at these set times, call 269-3128 ext. 337 or 241 to discuss how to pick up the packet. We will work to ensure that all students get their instructional packets. When picking up packets, you will need to stay in your car and drive up to the front door. An employee will ask grade/teacher and student’s name. The employee will pass the packet into your car window. Please DO NOT get out of your car for any reason. Stay in line and the process will work quickly.

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Louisiana Law Enforcement Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Restrictions


 

March 17, 2020

 

Louisiana State Law (RS 29:724) gives the Governor authority to set restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the interest of public safety and to prevent spread of COVID-19.  These proclamations and declarations have the power of law.

 

As such, local, parish, and state law enforcement agencies as well as other state authorities including ATC and the State Fire Marshal, will be acting to enforce these rules set by the Governor.

Violations of gathering capacity and business hour restrictions may result in revocation of licenses and/or citations for violating the executive order under La. R.S. 29:724(E), Disturbing the Peace, or other appropriate violations of law.

 

For more information, contact your local law enforcement agency and/or agency media contact.

 

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TXDOT TAKING COVID-19 ACTION TO KEEP EMPLOYEES AND PUBLIC SAFE


 

 

LUFKIN - TxDOT is acting to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. On Friday and over the weekend the department took several steps to protect the public and TxDOT employees. At the same time, TxDOT remains committed to delivering services to its customers all over the Lone Star State.

Given the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel gatherings of 50 or more people and the request from President Donald Trump to avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, TxDOT is postponing or canceling its in-person public hearings and gatherings through April 3. That date is subject to change. This excludes the Texas Transportation Commission meeting on March 26, 2020, which will be addressed separately.

 

When possible TxDOT will look to offer virtual participation strategies for public input.

Work on projects to improve our transportation system continues, as does TxDOT’s ongoing work to maintain and operate our state’s transportation system, to include ferry operations.

 

TxDOT has closed the lobbies of its 12 Travel Information Centers until further notice to help combat the threat of COVID-19. Outside restrooms will remain available at all times and will be regularly cleaned between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The safety rest areas on highways throughout the state remain open. These provide important rest stops for drivers.

 

Travelers can also still speak with our center counselors about road conditions or travel information between 8 am and 5 pm. Anyone can call 1-800-452-9292 or visit drivetexas.org to obtain road condition information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

As awareness is key, on Saturday, March 14, TxDOT began sharing safety messages on its digital highway signs throughout the state. These messages include, “Give Xtra Space, With Each Other, And On The Road” and “Hands Clean, 2 Beat Covid-19, Be on TX Team.” These are short, easy to read messages to help reinforce the importance of preventing the spread of the virus.

In conjunction with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration related to COVID-19, TxDOT is also requiring its office-based employees to telework beginning March 16.

 

Teleworking has been an option for TxDOT office-based employees for several years now, and with this temporary new directive, TxDOT will continue serving the state’s transportation needs. TxDOT’s number one priority is always safety, and the agency is in constant contact with state health and emergency management officials to do its part during this global health situation.

Visit the COVID-19 website of the Texas Department of State Health Services at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ for the most up to date information and guidance from state health officials.

For more information,

contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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Important Information Regarding Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Titling, and Disabled Parking Placard Requirements


 

 

In an effort to reduce the need for in-person transactions, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) worked with Governor Greg Abbott and our stakeholders to temporarily waive certain requirements for vehicle registration, vehicle titling and disabled parking placards.

 

On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation, declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas due to the threat of COVID-19. Governor Abbott also issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, vehicle titling, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard. Governor Abbott also granted a temporary extension for an individual with an expired 30-day temporary permit to obtain another permit or Texas registration.

 

The temporary waiver applies to vehicle owners in all Texas counties as set forth in the above-referenced proclamation and statement. This temporary waiver is in effect until 60 days after TxDMV notifies the public that normal vehicle registration, vehicle titling and related services have resumed. The 60-day period will be the same for all counties.

 

The purpose of the waiver is to prevent customers from having to physically visit a county tax assessor-collector office to obtain initial registration, to obtain a 30-day temporary permit, to transfer title; or to renew registration or a permanent disabled parking placard. Customers may continue to renew their registration online at www.TxDMV.gov. At this time, TxDMV continues to fill online registration sticker requests and process all other online services.

 

TxDMV has informed law enforcement agencies and the offices of the county tax assessor-collectors of the temporary waiver. As soon as new information is available, we will provide further updates via social media and at https://www.txdmv.gov/covid-19.

 

 

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NISD to extend school closure


 

 

While we continue to evaluate the rapidly developing situation regarding COVID-19 (new coronavirus), out of an abundance of caution, Nacogdoches ISD will remain closed through Friday, March 27.

 

Our initial determination, as it was with most school districts, announcing an initial closure was made to give as much advance notice as we felt safe in providing. At the time of our decision neither Texas nor federal officials had issued formal declarations of emergency.

As families return from travel and testing is made more readily available, there is an increased risk of reports of exposure and/or confirmations of positive coronavirus cases.   

A decision of confirmation of the reopening or extension of closure of the school district will be made and communicated by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Before settling on a decision, we will work with local health officials and follow guidance from Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control to assess our current exposure and potential for exposure.  

Parents with concerns about exposure can contact NISD’s Director of Nurses Mary Whitten at mwhitten@nacisd.org or the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 04/05N Health Offices, which oversees Nacogdoches County, at 866-310-9698.   

During the closure, the NISD Student Nutrition Department will continue providing free lunches for students age 18 and younger. For more information, go to this link:
http://www.nacisd.org/news/what_s_new/n_i_s_d_offering_students_free_lunches.

The extended time off raises questions about lost instruction time. We are working on provisions for a continuation of learning for our students, and you will hear more in the coming days from your child’s school. As we move farther into this, it is likely adjustments will be made to the 2019-2020 academic calendar.

It’s safe to say, as a nation, we’re in uncharted waters. While this is not solely a Nacogdoches problem, or an even a Texas problem, how we move forward from here requires a communal effort. I know this continues to be a challenge for many families; we don’t make these decisions lightly. Please be sure that every decision made by NISD is guided by an overriding concern for the safety of students, staff and extended district family.

In the meantime, continue to monitor NISD’s social media accounts [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @nacogdoches.isd] for further updates. NISD will also communicate with parents and staff through email updates, and the district will provide updates to Nacogdoches-area media.

 

 

Sincerely, 


Alton Frailey

Interim Superintendent of Schools

16 de marzo de 2020 - ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE COVID-19 (NUEVO CORONAVIRUS):

 

Mientras continuamos evaluando la situación de rápido desarrollo con respecto al COVID-19 (nuevo coronavirus), por precaución, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Nacogdoches permanecerá cerrado hasta el viernes 27 de marzo. Nuestra determinación inicial, como sucedió con la mayoría de los distritos escolares, al anunciar una extensión de las vacaciones de primavera se hizo para dar la mayor anticipación posible en cuanto era seguro proveerla. En el momento de nuestra decisión, ni el Estado de Texas ni las autoridades federales habían emitido declaraciones formales de emergencia. 

 

A medida que las familias regresan del viaje y las pruebas del virus se hacen más fácilmente disponibles, ha habido un incremento de casos de exposición y / o confirmaciones de casos positivos del coronavirus.  La decisión de confirmación de la reapertura, extensión, o del cierre del distrito escolar se tomará y se comunicará antes de las 5 p.m. Jueves, 26 de marzo. Antes de tomar una decisión, trabajaremos con los funcionarios locales de salud y seguiremos las instrucciones de la Agencia de Educación de Texas y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades para evaluar nuestra exposición actual y potencial de exposición.

 

Los padres con que tengan inquietudes sobre la exposición del virus pueden comunicarse con la Directora de Enfermeras de NISD, Mary Whitten, con su correo electrónico a mwhitten@nacisd.org o con la Región 04 / 05N del Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas, quien supervisa el Condado de Nacogdoches, al 866-310-9698.

 

Durante el cierre, el Departamento de Nutrición Estudiantil del NISD continuará brindando almuerzos gratis para estudiantes de 18 años o menos. Para más información, vaya a este enlace:

http://www.nacisd.org/news/what_s_new/n_i_s_d_offering_students_free_lunches.

 

El tiempo libre prolongado ha creado preguntas sobre el tiempo perdido de instrucción. Estamos trabajando en disposiciones para una continuación del aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes, y en los próximos días escuchará más información de parte de la escuela de su hijo/a. A medida que avanzamos en esto, es probable que se realicen ajustes en el calendario académico 2019-2020.

 

Es seguro decir que, como nación, estamos en aguas desconocidas. Si bien esto no es solo un problema de Nacogdoches, o incluso un problema de Texas, la forma en que avanzamos desde aquí requiere un esfuerzo comunitario. Sé que esto sigue siendo un desafío para muchas familias; no tomamos estas decisiones a la ligera. Tomen por seguro de que cada decisión tomada por NISD ha sido guiada por una preocupación primordial en mantener la seguridad de los estudiantes, el personal y la familia extendida del distrito.

 

Mientras tanto, continúe monitoreando las cuentas de redes sociales de NISD [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @ nacogdoches.isd] para más actualizaciones. NISD también se comunicará con los padres y el personal a través de actualizaciones por correo electrónico, y el distrito proporcionará actualizaciones a los medios del área de Nacogdoches.

 

Sinceramente, 


Alton Frailey

Superintendente Interino de las Escuelas

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Governor's Office Clears Path for Gov­ern­men­tal Bod­ies to Meet Tele­phon­i­cal­ly or by Video­con­fer­ence Dur­ing Coro­n­avirus Disaster


 

 

Governor Abbott’s office approved a request by the Office of the Attorney General to temporarily suspend a limited number of open meeting laws in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster. This action will allow governmental bodies to conduct meetings by telephone or video conference to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

 

For information on the spread or treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Meeting Cancelled


 

 

The health and safety of our community is San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce's primary focus. Leaders have been monitoring the local Health District's updates in regards to the coronavirus/COVID-19.

 

Due to these notifications, the Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel tomorrow's 3-17-20 Member Luncheon. We appreciate your understanding.  


If you have any questions or concerns please call the Chamber.

 

 

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Blood Drive


 


This is Scary times these days, but the need for Blood has not went away! Donations are needed even more now. Please help Save Lives! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, will be set up at the Center Police Department hosting an Emergency Blood Drive in the parking lot on March the 25th. 10am - 4 pm. There will be two(2) donor coaches set up in the parking lot. Please spread the word and help us help others! 1 donation helps saves 3 lives!


Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to www.giveblood.org to schedule a time. All attempted donors will receive a Free T-SHIRT!

 

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Joaquin ISD Closes


 

 

To the Joaquin ISD Community:


After much consideration, Joaquin ISD has decided to close school campuses until
March 20th. We ask that all staff and students remain at home during this time.
Joaquin ISD Administration as well as campus administration staff will report as
usual tomorrow in an effort to reassess the situation and devise a plan for
continuation of limited operation and instruction. We will update as information
arises via media outlets, the Joaquin ISD Facebook page as well as with our School
Messenger emergency messaging system. We appreciate your patience and
understanding during this time. 

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Center ISD Cancels Classes Through March 20, 2020


Center, TX - According to Center ISD Interim Superintendent Arnie Kelley, Center ISD will close all campuses through Friday.

 

Kelley stated that following President Trump's briefing late Monday afternoon, Center ISD has decided to close school through Friday, March 20, 2020. All students, teachers and hourly personnel are to remain at home until further notice. Principal's, Assistant Principal's, and Central Administration are to report to the Administration office at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

 

Kelley said that the school district anticipates calling all teachers back later this week to provide a continuity of instruction for students.

 

Center Broadcasting Company will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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JISD Statement Regarding Coronavirus


 

 

To the Joaquin ISD Community:


Joaquin ISD is committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our staff,
students and community. We are continually monitoring and assessing the
situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID–19) outbreak. We are in daily
contact with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Center for Disease Control
(CDC), local health officials, as well as local governmental offices in an effort to
coordinate prevention. It is our intent to provide you with the most up to date
information as possible.


After much consideration, Joaquin ISD will remain open at this time unless
otherwise mandated to close. In the event that a Coronavirus (COVID–19) case is
confirmed locally, we will re-assess the situation and take additional measures.
However, we respect your authority as a parent to keep your child at home if you
choose. If you decide to keep your child at home, you must contact the school to
advise them of your decision so that an instructional plan can be developed as
academic expectations must still be met.


At the campus level, we will continue our standard practice of disinfecting daily.
Additionally, we will encourage hand washing among students and staff.
At this time, all UIL activities including practices are suspended until March 29th.
All field trips and non-essential travel will also be suspended at this time.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as this situation evolves. If you
have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Joaquin ISD
Administration Office at 936-269-3128.

 

 

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SFA College of Fine Arts events canceled


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – In response to the actions taken by Stephen F. Austin State University to restrict the possible spread of COVID-19, the College of Fine Arts has canceled all art, music and theatre events through April 5, and tickets already purchased for events scheduled during that time period can be refunded.


On March 12, SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon announced that spring break would be extended an additional two days, and beginning March 18, all SFA classes will be held in an online or other distance-learning format until April 6. Additionally, all on-campus events scheduled through April 5 are cancelled or postponed. Students are asked to remain off campus until in-person classes resume.


Although there are no confirmed cases of the virus on SFA’s campus, several cases have been confirmed in Texas. SFA followed the CDC recommendations for social distancing in making its decision to move to online class formats, according to information on the university website.


The fine arts calendar at http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu indicates the events that have been canceled thus far. But because of the uncertainty of  COVID-19 and the evolving circumstances associated with a pandemic, further cancellation of events is possible, according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.


“The College of Fine Arts wants to do its part to keep our campus and community safe,” Himes said. “Some of our fine arts events may be rescheduled, while others simply must be canceled due to time constraints and venue scheduling issues as we near the end of this semester. Please visit the CFA website at http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu for updates to this ever-changing situation.”


Refunds are available on request. Unrefunded purchases become donations to the respective events and programs. For details about advance ticket refunds or the possible rescheduling of certain events, contact the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


For official information about SFA’s cancellation of on-campus activities, go to http://www.sfasu.edu/life-at-sfa/health-safety/health-clinic/coronavirus.

 

 

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New Gordmans Stores to Open as Planned; Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies Cancelled


 

 

HOUSTON (March 16, 2020) – Gordmans today announced that it is moving forward as planned with its previously announced March 17th new store openings. However, to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as part of an ongoing effort to comply with recommendations from state, local and national officials to keep its guests, associates, partners and facilities safe, the Company is cancelling its previously announced ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

 

All other elements of our Grand Opening activities will continue, including honoring our commitment to local high schools in each new store location by providing them with a $1,000 donation to help support their high school activities.

 

The Company is closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for developments and best practices regarding COVID-19. Gordmans is committed to keeping its guests informed of any changes to its policies as the situation develops.

 

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Safety Precautions


 

 

Shelby County Helping Hands Outreach Center will be closing its Lobby for the next two weeks.  At this time, Shelby County Outreach Ministries will still be providing assistance and emergency food boxes.  If you are a new client, please call 936-598-4990 to make an appointment.

 

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please come back when you feel completely healthy. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.  

 

 

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Panola College Cancels All Community Events


 


Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Panola College has decided to cancel all community events hosting groups larger than 50 people through April 15, 2020. This decision is made with our students, faculty, staff, and community in mind. Any determination to reschedule these events will be made at a later date.


These events include: 
•    Designer Purse Bingo - March 27
•    Mock Interviews – March 30
•    SRTC Open House & Spring Fling – March 31
•    Jazz and Piper Show – April 2
•    NJCAA athletic events through April 3
•    Ballet Austin II – April 7
•    College and Career Fair – April 8


Panola College administration is meeting later this week to make determinations in regards to the remainder of the semester. For more information regarding updates from Panola College, please visit www.panola.edu or follow our Facebook and Instagram channels.
 

 

 

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CHS will Not Perform at Gordmans


 

 

The Center band will no longer be playing at the Gordmans Ribbon Cutting event scheduled for March 17, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. because of health risk concerns. Center High School is very thankful for the financial contribution that was made to the school. In addition according to the Gordmans store in Center, the ribbon cutting has also been cancelled.

 

 

 

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Health and Fitness Fair Cancelled


 

 

The Health and Fitness Fair has been postponed.  We have communicated with a number of health care providers and we are all in agreement that it is best to postpone the Health and Fitness Fair until later in the year.

 

Our plans are to reschedule the Health and Fitness Fair for fall when we will be able to offer the same screenings and testing as well as offer flu shots.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience but the health and safety of our community is a number one priority.

 

 

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Tri-County Announcement


 

 

Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. (TCCA, Inc.) is mindful of the current public health situation. At this time, we are postponing all in-person appointments until further notice. 
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


We will have a drop-off area outside the offices and encourage you to drop you application there.  You will need to place your application in the envelope provided and seal the envelope. If you need to use multiple envelopes, please do so.  Write your name on each envelope that belongs to you.  If you need to pick an application, please do so.

 

This box will be checked daily.  Please make sure that when your application is returned and dropped in the box that ALL NECESSARY PAPERWORK IS INCLUDED.  If not, this will cause a delay in your application being processed.

 

Social Services Management

 


 

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Shelby County Historical Society Meeting Rescheduled


 


Shelby County Historical Society Meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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Commissioners' Court for Wednesday March 18


 

 

The Special Meeting of the Commissioner's Court has NOT been cancelled.  The County Criminal Misdemeanor Court scheduled for Tuesday, March 16th has been cancelled.

 

 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES MEETING CANCELLED


 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16th has been cancelled. 

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EXCELSIOR ISD SCHOOL CLOSURE


 

 

Excelsior ISD will be CLOSED March 16-20, 2020. 


All district teachers and staff are to report to school Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 a.m. 

Wayne Mason - Superintendent

Johnny Lewis - Principal

 

 

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Woodmen Life Meeting Cancelled


 

 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 have cancelled their meetings for March 16th and April 20th. We will meet again on May 2nd, with more information to come on that event.

 

Ashton Askew

 

 

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Inmate visitation suspended per Texas Governor


Jail inmate visitation at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has been suspended until further notice. Public entrance into the SCSO will be limited to complainants and/or deliveries only.

 

See the website for the full release concerning inmate visitation.

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Jury Cancellation for Monday, March 23rd, 2020


The Jury that was summoned for Monday, March 23rd, 2020, for the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable LeAnn K. Rafferty, presiding, has been cancelled. 

All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed. 

Anyone receiving a jury summons for this day is released until they receive a future summons. 

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Lori Oliver
District Clerk

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Nacogdoches Rodeo Cancelled


March 13, 2020 - The 40th Annual Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show has been canceled.  Nacogdoches County Commissioners met in emergency session Friday and decided to cancel the event. 

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Louisiana Closes All K-12 Schools Through April 13, 2020


March 13, 2020 - Gov. John Bel Edwards today signed a proclamation that among other actions immediately halts any gathering of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13, closes all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16 resuming Monday, April 13, as Louisiana seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. As of mid-day Friday, Louisiana has 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.  READ MORE

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Joaquin City Meetings


 

 

JOAQUIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
March 13, 2020

 

The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in special called meeting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          

ORDER OF BUSINESS


1.    Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2.    Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3.    Board discussion & possible action to amend budget.
4.    Board discussion & possible action to purchase lawn mower.
5.    Board discussion & possible action on thumb for bucket on excavator.
6.    Board discussion & possible action on appointing Krystal Raybon to replace vacancy on Economic Development corporation advisory board.
7.    Adjourn.

IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.


The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday March 17, 2020 at
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

ORDER OF BUSINESS
1.    Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2.    Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3.    Open Forum.
4.    Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5.    Monthly Reports:
a.    City Secretary
•    Administrative updates & Park updates
b.    Utility Billing Manager
•    Report --Monthly receipt
c.    Public Works Manager
•    Update – Departmental Updates
6.    Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7.    Discussion & Council Action on appointment of presiding and alternate judges for May 2, 2020 election.
8.    Discussion & Council Action on appointment of early voting ballot board for May 2, 2020 election.
9.    Discussion & Council Action on Setting Dates for extended Early Voting hours – April 23 & 24, 2020. 
10.    Discussion & Council Action on amending budget .
11.    Discussion & Council Action on Purchasing lawn mower.
12.    Discussion & Council Action on appointing Krystal Raybon to replace vacancy on Economic Development corporation advisory board. 
13.    Discussion & Council Action on building permit for Family Dollar (No Telling LLC). 
14.    Discussion & Council Action on adding/removing signatures to ASB loans. 
15.    Discussion & Council action on trash trailers rented for Keep Joaquin Clean day on April 18th.
16.    Discussion & Council action on drafting an ordinance that prohibits any new Salt Water Disposal wells or any oil & gas waste facilities to set up inside the City. 
17.    Discussion & Council action on amending the Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance. 
18.    Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting.
a.    Personnel Matters (551.074) 
19.    Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
20.    Discussion & Council Action on delinquent properties. 
21.    Discussion & council action on posting minutes after each council meeting online, available to the public. 
22.    Discussion & council action on adopting a closing statements section just before we make the motion to adjourn each council meeting. 
23.    Adjournment.

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Panola College - Shelby Regional Training Center to Host Spring Fling and Open House


 

 

Are you or someone you know ready for college but uncertain of where to begin? On March 31, 2020 Panola College - Shelby Regional Training Center (SRTC) will host an open house in conjunction with Spring Fling. The come-and-go event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Free BBQ sandwiches, chips, and drinks will be served. 

 

“We are extremely excited to be hosting this event,” said Cancee Lester, Director of Shelby County Operations at SRTC. “We hope that it will not only be a great time, but will also be an informative event for the community and anyone interested in becoming a student at Panola College.”

 

The community will have the opportunity to tour the SRTC campus, learn and ask questions about the various academic and technical programs offered, and will be able to try out a few things for themselves. Panola College Admissions and Financial Aid Representatives will be available to help attendees fill out an application or answer any questions they may have about the process.

 

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Jury Cancellation for Monday, March 16th, 2020


 

 

The Jury that was summoned for Monday, March 16th, 2020, for the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable LeAnn K. Rafferty, presiding, has been cancelled.

All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed.

 

Anyone receiving a jury summons for this day is released until they receive a future summons.

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,
Lori Oliver
District Clerk

 

 

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UIL Basketball Tournament Suspended Until Further Notice


 

 

AUSTIN — Due to growing concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the remainder of the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament is suspended until further notice.  This decision is effective upon the conclusion of the 3A session on March 12, 2020.

 

Fans who purchased tickets for the postponed games will be issued full refunds at point of sale or from the school they purchased their tickets from. Fans who purchased All Tournament tickets will be issued a full refund.

 

“After much consultation with government and health officials, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the remainder of the UIL State Basketball Tournament,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt, “Our number one priority remains the well-being of our student-athletes and spectators and we are taking every possible precaution to keep them safe.”

 

As this is a fluid situation, the UIL will continue to follow the direction of local officials to monitor this situation and will make additional announcements as needed. Please continue to check the UIL website and social media accounts for further updates.

 

 

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Shelby County Historical Society Meeting


 

 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting March 17, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Mr. Bill O'Neal. Mr. O'Neal is the former Texas State Historian and is a well-known author.

 

There is an element about our Founding Documents, our Founding Fathers, our Founding Period - an element that is increasingly overlooked these days. But this element was a key to our spectacular success as a people and as a nation.  An element that was carried forward by Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison - and by generations of American men and women who built this country. It is an element that is desperately needed in this political season of turmoil.  

 

What was this element? Historian and author Bill O'Neal will discuss this element, a key to American Exceptionalism, at the monthly meeting of the Shelby County Historical Society.  The public is cordially invited.

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Panola College to host 2020 College and Career Fair


 

 

Panola College will host a College and Career Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

 

Faculty members will be on hand to answer questions about Panola College’s career and technical programs including Associate Degree Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Medical Assisting, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Occupational Therapy Assisting, the School of Energy, Business, Cosmetology, and Computer Information Technology.

 

“We will have brochures with program and course information available, along with displays including simulation manikins for health sciences and cosmetology,” said Reanna Hart, Panola College Recruitment and Completion Coordinator. “We will also have microscopes, a virtual welder, programmable logic trainer, therapy and rehabilitation tools and other instructional items.”

 

Business and industries participating include Eastman Chemical, J-W Power Company, Allegiance Mobile Health, CHRISTUS EMS, Nacogdoches Medical Center, Rusk State Hospital, Archrock, and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. “These are the companies who have committed so far, and we expect that additional participants will sign up before April 8,” Hart said.

 

Students planning to transfer from Panola College to a university will be able to meet with representatives from Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing, East Texas Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Texas A&M Commerce. Hart said she expects more universities to sign up before the event.

 

Current students, prospective students, and community members are invited to come to the College and Career Fair to learn more about Panola College programs and how they can lead to immediate employment opportunities or transfer to universities.

 

 

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M.P. Baker Library to Host Asian Art Exhibit


 

 

A unique collection of Asian Art will be on display in the Fay Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020.  The collected items are derived from several Asian countries including Korea, Japan, and China. These items have been generously donated to Panola College by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln King.  Featured items include a Korean Celadon dish from the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) with a floral interior, a Korean pale Celadon dish from the Yi Dynasty (1392-1597), Japanese woodblock print of “Early Autumn at Itako” (Itako no Hatsuaki) by Kawase Hasui, a picture of a Japanese woodblock print scroll of five war scenes by Migita Toshihide, as well as a variety of other paintings, scrolls, and artifacts.

  

Mr. King taught history at Gary for 30 years. While serving there he initiated the Loblolly magazine, a local oral history project inspired by the “Foxfire Book”.  It was first published in 1973 and ran until fall of 2003.  After rearing the couple’s three sons, Mrs. King returned to college and completed her Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees.  She then taught English for Panola College until her retirement in 2002.  Lincoln and Mary Nell were well traveled and able to acquire many interesting collections.  The Asian Art Collection on exhibit was collected by Mr. King while serving with the United States Army and stationed in Korea.

 

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library. Friends and family of Mr. King are cordially invited to celebrate the exhibit with him and hear the stories associated with the collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library’s operating hours Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sunday 4-9pm. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email library@panola.edu.

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Shelby County Outreach Selling Raffle Tickets


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be set up at Brookshire Bros. tomorrow 3-13-20!  We will be selling raffle tickets for a 10x16 Steel Building!  It’s perfect for a storage building and who doesn’t need a storage building (or another one)?!  Tickets are $10 each or 11 tickets for $100.  The drawing will be on April 3rd.  The winner is responsible for moving costs.  Proceeds will help us keep feeding the hungry and assisting the needy in Shelby County.  So, come by Brookshire Bros. tomorrow and get your tickets before it’s too late!  Thanks for your support.  We hope to see you there.  

 

 

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Joaquin Lady Rams are 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in district


 

 

Joaquin Lady Rams are 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in district.  With 2 shutout wins against Douglass and Cushing.  


(write ups are off gamechanger)

 

•    Chloee Throws Shutout As Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity Defeats Cushing
•    Chloee Mason had all the right stuff on Tuesday for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity, allowing zero runs and besting Cushing by a score of 10-0
•    Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity secured the victory thanks to six runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to singles by Ebbie McCann and Mason, a home run by Madison Baker, and an error on a ball put in play by Kennedy Stanley.
•    Mason led the Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity to victory in the circle. She lasted five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out eight.
•    Burt took the loss for Cushing. She allowed 11 hits and ten runs over four and a third innings, striking out two.
•    Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity socked one home run on the day. Baker went deep in the second inning.
•    Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity totaled 11 hits. Mason, Maddisyn Cheatwood, and Jayden Bass each had multiple hits for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity. Bass, Cheatwood, and Mason all had two hits to lead Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity. Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity didn't commit a single error in the field. McCann had the most chances in the field with eight.


•    Pitching By Chloee Shuts Out Douglass, Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity Takes The Win
•    Chloee Mason threw a shutout to lead Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity past Douglass 13-0 on Tuesday.
•    Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the fourth inning. The big inning was thanks to walks by Kennedy Stanley and Ebbie McCann, singles by Chrislyn Pena and Kalie Brooks, a groundout by Maddisyn Cheatwood, and an error on a ball put in play by Mason.
•    In the first inning, Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity got their offense started. Stanley's sac fly scored one run for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity.
•    Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity tallied seven runs in the fourth inning. Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity batters contributing to the big inning included Stanley, Mason, Pena, Brooks, Cheatwood, and McCann, all knocking in runs in the inning.
•    One bright spot for Douglass was a single by Harlee in the third inning.
•    Mason took the win for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity. She lasted five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out nine and walking one.
•    McKenna took the loss for Douglass. She lasted four innings, allowing six hits and 11 runs while striking out four.
•    Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity had nine hits in the game. Brooks and McCann all had multiple hits for Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity. Brooks led Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity with three hits in four at bats. Joaquin Lady Rams Varsity tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Madison Baker led the way with two.


 

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UIL Basketball Tournament to Take Place With Limited Attendance


 


AUSTIN — Amid growing concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament will take place with a limited number of fans in attendance. 


“The health and safety of our student-athletes and patrons is our number one priority,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt, “While we are saddened to limit the fans that can be inside the arena supporting their teams, it is crucial we take every possible precaution to keep participants safe.”


The UIL is releasing the following daily procedures for limited attendance: 


Thursday, March 12:
Normal schedule and entry for pre-purchased ticket holders with no additional tickets sold except for a limited number of championship game tickets for the winning teams on-site at the box office immediately following the semifinal games. Championship game tickets will be limited to 500 per school. 


Friday, March 13:
Normal schedule and entry for pre-purchased ticket holders with no additional tickets sold except for a limited number of championship game tickets for the winning teams on-site at the box office immediately following the semifinal games. Championship game tickets will be limited to 500 per school. 


Saturday, March 14:
Each school will be allotted 500 tickets to be sold following semifinal games and until the limit is reached. All-Tournament tickets will no longer be accepted on Saturday. Previously scheduled honor team presentations will no longer take place.


Looking at historical data and in consultation with Alamodome event staff, the UIL reasonably believes that this limit allows for attendees to have additional space and limit contact with other attendees.


The UIL is also working closely with the Alamodome to ensure appropriate preventative measures are being taken. The facility has put several safeguards in place including anti-bacterial sanitizing stations and enhanced cleaning and sanitation initiatives before and during the tournament in locker rooms and throughout high traffic areas, as well as wiping down seats between sessions.


As this is a fluid situation, the UIL will continue to follow the direction of local officials to monitor this situation and will make additional announcements as needed. 

 


 

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From the Shelby County Judge Regarding COVID-19


 

 

To Shelby County Residents:  


As the Emergency Management Director for Shelby County, I am working closely with the County Emergency Management Coordinator, Kerri Shofner.  We are monitoring all available information from the State of Texas Department of Emergency Management, Department of State Health Services, and Governor’s Office.  We are also monitoring information from the US Government, including an update via a phone conference on Wednesday by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 


At this time, the best information we can offer is from the Texas Department of State Health Services:  


•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•    Stay home when you are sick.
•    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
•    Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
o    The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID 19.
o    Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID 19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
For more detailed information on coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website at www.cdc.gov or the Texas Department of State Health Services at www.dshs.texas.gov.  


We assure you that we are monitoring the situation and will inform the public of any information that we receive.  

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Shelbyville Twirler and Drill Team results


 

 

The Shelbyville High School Band selected 3 Twirlers and 13 Drill Team Members for the 2020-2021 school years. 


The Twirling Line will consist of Avery Faulkner, Head Twirler Tanya Santana, and Clare Yu.
The Drill Team Members are Co-Captain Kiana Bennett, Aubree Camp, Kathy Luna, Hallie Merriman, Kendall Murray, Dinaova Rose, Abby Shofner, Ava Silva, Neena Smith, Neera Smith,  Jakalia Swindle, Co-Captain Maisey Swindle, and Izzy Youngblood.

 


 

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Boys and Girls Basketball All-District Selections


 

 

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From left to right: Back row: Jamarcus McCollister, Dean Lester, Makel Johnson, Jake Liker. Front row: Christopher Evans, Zaccharrias Smith

 

4A Region III District 20

First Team Selections:

Makel Johnson

 

Second Team Selections:

Christopher Evans

 

Honorable Mention:

Zaccharrias Smith

Jumarcus McCollister

 

Academic All-District:

Jake Liker

Zaccharrias Smith

Dean Lester

 

 

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From left to right: Jakayla Weathered, Ja'Kayla Parks, Alexandria Patton

 

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City of Center Streetscape Progress


 

 

 

 

 

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The Phantom Convict


 

 

I was a “latchkey kid” in 1942 and did not know it.  My sister, Evelyn, at around the age of fifteen, was involved in being one as well.  I was in the first grade school, which was located in the high school gymnasium, because the new elementary school was not quite completed.  My first grade teacher, Mrs. Saunders, liked to line the class students in a straight line for some activity, and then say “Kneel”.  The first time she did this I was confused.  My name was Neal, so I thought she was calling out to me for something I had done.

 

My father and mother both worked in town, so we were instructed to ride the school bus home after school.  We had to entertain ourselves for a couple of hours.  Usually Evelyn studied, and I played outside, entertaining myself in various ways.  We never knew that this situation was bad for us.

 

Evelyn was eight years older than me, and did not particularly like having a six-year-old brother hanging around.  Perhaps, that is the reason that she and two of her friends, twin girls, decided to play a trick on me.

 

On this particular day, a prisoner had escaped from jail in a neighboring county, and our town was buzzing with this news.  Everyone was a little nervous about this escaped convict.  He was being spotted in several locations around the county.  This was probably the impetus that the girls needed to play a trick on me that afternoon.

 

The four of us had arrived home after school.  The girls went inside the house, and I remained outside harassing a lizard.  Suddenly, the three girls ran out the back door, screaming, “He’s in the house!  He’s in the closet!  The convict is in our house!”  I joined them in their rush to the protection of the woods behind our house.  I was convinced by their actions that the escaped convict was indeed in my bedroom closet.

 

It seemed to me that something needed to be done about this situation, so I ran the short distance to my grandfather’s house.  “Big Daddy, guess what! That convict is in our house hiding in my closet!”  As I had figured, Big Daddy knew just what to do.  First, he rang the telephone operator and told her to summon the sheriff to our house. Then he grabbed his S&W .38 pistol, and headed through the pasture toward our house.  Big Daddy (Felix Murphy) had been a deputy sheriff at one time, so I figured he would know what to do about the convict.  The three girls were still hidden in the woods.

 

Big Daddy eased himself into our back door, pistol at the ready, and gingerly searched my bedroom and closet.  Then he checked the remainder of the house, but no convict was found.  “I guess that he must have already gone.  All that screaming probably scared him off.  The sheriff should be here soon”, he said in an attempt to settle down the girls.

 

That was not the kind of news that the girls wanted to hear.  Their trick was about to backfire on them. So, they retreated farther back into the woods, not wanting to confess their sins to the sheriff.  I soon realized that I was going to be the sacrificial lamb in this matter, so I decided to climb up a tree myself.  My knees were trembling at the thought of being interrogated by the lawman, but I had no choice since the girls had hidden themselves.

 

The sheriff arrived and questioned me and finally coaxed the girls out of the woods.  They reluctantly confessed to the sheriff that the whole thing had been made up just to scare me.  I knew for sure that he would haul them off to jail for such a horrendous act.  However, he just lectured them about “this kind of kid stuff” and left.

 

My father and grandfather were not amused at these events.  For several weeks later, we were instructed to walk to town and report in to either my father’s county office, or my mother’s beauty shop after school was out for the day.  Thinking back, I believe that this was the last joke that was played on me by my sister. But she and the Goodwin twins had the last laugh.


“THE PHANTOM CONVICT”

BY: NEAL MURPHY

P.O. BOX 511
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX 75972
936-275-9033
CELL: 936-275-6986
Email: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

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State Tourney Changes


 

 

Due to coronavirus (CONVID-19) concerns/precautions, the University Scholastic League (UIL) will be limiting the number of fans attending each game at the UIL State Basketball Tournament this weekend.  If you are planning on attending Friday’s game between the Shelbyville Dragons and Gruver High School, you must purchase a pre-sale ticket at Shelbyville High School.  Tickets will be available for sale until 11:30 a.m.  According to UIL, tickets for Friday’s semi-final games will not be sold at the Alamodome box office.  Also, immediately following each semi-final game on Friday, the Alamodome box office will sell only 500 tickets for each winning school for Saturday’s Championship game.


Please keep in mind that decisions impacting the tournament may change at any time as circumstances dictate.  The UIL will be releasing an official press release sometime this morning, but Shelbyville ISD wanted to get the word out on the tournament changes to our fans in a timely manner so plans could be made accordingly.


Please travel safe, and remember to follow precautionary hygiene methods (i.e. wash your hands frequently) to combat the spread of the coronavirus.  Dragon Pride…

 

Ray West, Superintendent

 


 

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Wreck on Hurst Street in Center


 

 

 

 

 


At approximately 1:27 p.m. the Center Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle wreck that occurred near the intersection of Foster and Hurst Street by NAPA Auto Parts in Center, Texas. The wreck involved a black Jeep and a white Ford passenger car. Texas DPS, Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, and Aligenace Mobile Health all responded to the scene.

 

 

 

Black Jeep

 

 

White Ford Car

 

The Center Fire Department blockaded the area. There were no fatalities that occurred, at least one passenger of the Ford passenger car was taken away in the ambulance by Allegiance Mobile Health.

 

 

The Jeep was towed away by Sand Hill Wrecker Service and the Ford car was hauled by East Texas Collision and Storage.

 

 

 

 

  

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State Basketball Tournament


 

 

Dear Students, Parents, Staff, & Community Members:

 

We are excited to announce that Shelbyville High School’s Boys’ Basketball team has again advanced to the UIL Boys’ State Basketball Tournament Final Four.  The Dragons will be playing Gruver High School at the Alamodome on Friday, at 10:00 a.m., in a 2A State Semi-Final game. The winner of Friday’s contest advances to play in the State Championship game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

 

To accommodate travel to the game for Dragon supporters, there will be an early release at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, March 12th (there is no school on Friday, March 13th for students or staff).  Spring Break will be held the following week on March 16th - 20th, with students returning to school Monday, March 23rd.

 

Shelbyville High School will have specially designated tickets for Dragon fans available at the high school office for presale beginning Wednesday, March 11th at 8:00 a.m. until Thursday, March 12th at 11:30 a.m.  Presale tickets are $16, cash only.  Tickets can also be purchased online or at the Alamodome box office for $19 each.  The tickets cover admission for both games of Conference 2A Semi-Final session on Friday, March 13th (Martin’s Mill versus San Saba at 8:30 am, and Shelbyville versus Gruver at 10:00 am).  Children 2 years of age or younger not occupying a seat will be admitted free of charge.  Please note the Alamodome has a Clear Bag Policy:  To be approved for entry into the Alamodome, bags or purses must be clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC, and cannot exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches in size. Small, one-compartment, clutch purses that do not exceed 6 inches x 6 inches x 6 inches (with or without a handle or strap) also will be permitted.

 

There will be a special send-off for our Dragon Basketball team when they depart at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

 

We are so proud of our student-athletes and coaches!  Go Dragons, Win State!

 

Respectfully yours,

Ray West

Superintendent
 

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Joaquin Rams Football Schedule


 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Results


 

 

1.  They approved the minutes of the February 5, 2020 Special meeting, February 10, 2020, Special Meeting, February 19, 2020, Regular Meeting, February 26, 2020, Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

 

2.    They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

3.    They approved the Officers Report.

 

4.    No Public Comments were taken on the Agenda items.

 

5.    They reviewed and approved the FY2020 Budget Line Items Transfers.

 

6.    They moved into a closed executive session.

 

7.     They reopened the meeting to the public.

 

8.    They discussed the issues discussed in the executive session.

 

9.     They adjourned.  

 

 

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Golden Harvest Ministries Meeting


 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, March 16th, 2020  in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  The program will be presented by Sherry Harding of Shelby County Outreach Ministries and Dee Mitchell of the Senior Nutrition Site.

 

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

 

 

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Shelby County Constable Jake Metcalf Resigns


 

 

 

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Center School Board Meetings


 

 

A Public Hearing of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held March 12, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935. The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.


Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.

 

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Public Comments/Audience Participation
3. 2018-2019 Texas Academic Performance Report
Presenter: Teresa Richard
4. Adjournment

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held March 12, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.

 

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Discussion and Review of the TASB Compensation Review
5. Presentation of the CISD Employee Satisfaction Survey
6. Consent Agenda
6. 1. Minutes
6. 2. Tax Office Report
6. 3. Monthly Financial Statement
6. 4. Payment Approval
6. 5. Investment Report
6. 6. Overnight Student Activity Trips
6. 7. Amendments to the Budget
6. 8. Consideration and Approval of Staff Development Minutes Waiver for 2020-2021
6. 9. Consideration and Approval of 2020-2021 Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS
Certification
6. 10. School Safety and Security Committee
Presenter: Pete Low
6. 11. Campus Threat Assessment Teams
Presenter: Pete Low
6. 12. District Emergency Manager
7. Consideration to Approve Bids for E-Rate Funding
Presenter: Richard Miller
8. Consideration to Approve Proposal for FLM Pricing
9. Consideration to Approve Classroom and Campus Furniture
10. Consideration to Approve the 2020-2021 Student Transfer Agreement
11. Closed Session
11. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
11. 2. Employment of Personnel
11. 2. 1. Superintendent Search Process
11. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
11. 4. Real Property
11. 4. 1. Discussion of a Possible Exchange of 7.1 Acres of Current City Park Land for 8.08
Acres of CISD Property
12. Open Session
12. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
12. 2. Employment of Personnel
12. 2. 1. Superintendent Search Process
12. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
12. 4. Real Property
12. 4. 1. Consideration and Board Action to Authorize the Exchange of 7.1 Acres of Current
City Park Land for 8.08 Acres of CISD Property and to Authorize the President of the
Board of Trustees to Sign the Contract and any Additional Documents Required and
to Authorize the Secretary of the Board of Trustees to Attest the Signature of the
Board President
13. Adjournment

 

 

A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held March 12, 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.


Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.

 

1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Public Comments/Audience Participation
3. Closed Session
3. 1. §551.127 A member of a governmental body or an employee may participate remotely by
means of a videoconference call.
3. 2. §551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, video conference
call, or communications over the internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney
in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with its attorney in a
closed meeting of the governmental body
3. 3. §551.071 An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation
with the Board's attorney for the purpose of discussing pending or contemplated litigation
or a settlement offer, where the duty of counsel to his client, pursuant to the Code of
Professional Responsibility of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act. Private
consultation with the Board's attorney on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the
governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the
State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter.
3. 4. §551.074 Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or
dismissal of a public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer
or employee.
3. 4. 1. Employment of Personnel
3. 4. 1. 1. Discussion of the Superintendent Search and Timeline for the Search
Process
4. Open Session
4. 1. Employment of Personnel
4. 1. 1. Superintendent Search Process
5. Adjournment

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CR 3492 Road Status


 

 

Commissioner Pct 3 Charles Barr is re-opening CR 3492 as repairs have been completed.

 

On Wednesday, March 11, CR 3853 will temporarily close after the school buses run to repair a culvert.

 

 

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Non-Profits and Some Businesses Face April 30 Deadline to File for Property Tax Exemptions



 


Non-profit organizations that qualify under Texas law to receive property tax exemptions
must apply to the Shelby County Appraisal District by April 30.


The April 30 deadline also applies to businesses that receive tax abatements granted by
taxing units; ship inventory out of Texas that may be eligible for the freeport exemption;
store certain goods in transit in warehouses that are moved within 175 days; construct,
install or acquire pollution control property; own and operate energy storage systems;
convert landfill-generated gas; or store offshore drilling equipment while not in use. If the
last day for the performance of an act is a Saturday, Sunday or legal state or national
holiday, the act is timely if performed on the next regular business day.


The non-profit organizations that are eligible for property tax exemptions include but are
not limited to: certain charitable organizations, youth development organizations,
religious organizations, non-profit private schools, cemeteries and veterans’
organizations. If a non-profit organization meets property tax exemption qualifications,
the exemption can be approved immediately after the organization buys or acquires
new property during the year.


Non-profit organizations must reapply if the property changes owners; if their
qualifications for exemption change; or if they acquire new property. In most cases, after
non-profit organizations are granted a property tax exemption, they do not have to
reapply annually unless the chief appraiser asks them to file again.


For more information about property tax exemptions that are available to businesses
and non-profit organizations contact Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171
before April 30. Details are also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance
Division’s website at www.comptroller.gov/taxes/property-tax/

 

 

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Shelby County Appraisal District Reminds Businesses to Render Their Taxable Property by April 15th


 

 

If you own tangible personal property that is used to produce income, then a rendition must be filed with the Shelby County Appraisal District by April 15th. Property owners who need more time to file their renditions may file a written request with the chief appraiser on or before April 15th to receive an automatic extension to May 15th or the next business day. The chief appraiser may also grant an additional 15 days after the postponed deadline, if necessary.


A rendition is a report that lists all the taxable property you owned or controlled on January 1 of this year. Property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property, such as church property or an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming. The appraisal district may use the information submitted in the rendition to set property values. If more than one appraisal district appraises a property, the property owner should render in each appraisal district office.

 

You can also file a report of decreased value to notify the district of significant depreciation of your property. For example, if your property was damaged by a storm, flood or fire last year, you should file a report of decreased value. The district will look at your property before assigning a value. The last day to file a rendition or report of decreased value is April 15th.

 

If a rendition is filed late, is incomplete, not filed at all or is determined to contain false information, a penalty of 10 to 50 percent of the total amount of taxes levied on the property for that year will be imposed.


For more information about rendering property, deadline extensions, penalties, and rendition forms, taxpayers may contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171. More information is also available from the Comptroller’s website at www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.

 

 

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Carolyn Bounds speaks top XYZ Club


 

 

 

The XYZ Homemakers  Club (officially the Extension Education Association), a division of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, met on February 20 at the James Community House in James. Introduced by Ellen Manning,  guest speaker Carolyn  Bounds demonstrated how to create a Forsythe pot for simple, inexpensive multiple plant propagations.  

 

 

Following the demonstration, the completed Forsythe pot was presented to Mrs. Bobbie Nutt who guessed the “winning number.” Mrs. Bounds also presented XYZ Club members with a variety of plant cuttings with which they could enjoy making Forsythe pots at home in time for spring transplanting. The XYZ Club, which meets monthly, is active not only locally, but also at district and state levels. The club proudly supports scholarships for Shelby County 4-H youngsters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dutch oven gathering


 

 

The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking March 21st, and every 3rd Saturday at Boles Field outside of Shelbyville, Texas. The public is invited to eat and learn about the art of dutch oven cooking and if up to the challenge become a member. We start cooking about 9:00 am and have pots on the table at 12 noon. Bring your lawn chairs and join us. Call James at 409-625-4787 for more information.

 

 

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Shelbyville Dragons Advance to State


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelbyville Dragons won the regional finals by defeating both Crawford and Grapeland the final scores are listed below:

 

Shelbyville 74

Crawford 61

 

Shelbyville 72

Grapeland 65

 

 

Shelbyville Head Basketball Coach David Schmitt

 

The Shelbyville Dragons basketball team is lead by Head Basketball Coach David Schmitt. Schmitt graduated from SFA and has been coaching for many years after leading the Dragon's to the state title last year it seems they are well underway to win it again this year. In an interview, we did with the coach last year we asked if he thought he could make it again next year Schmitt said, "It would be the goal." It appears the Dragons have a good chance of reaching that goal.

 

 

 

Shelbyville Dragon Basketball

 

The Dragons advance to the state tournament to play Gruver at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. The game will be broadcast live on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall covering the game and giving you your play by play action. You can also tune in to the game on the tunein app or visit our website at cbc-radio.com.

 

Also, congratulations to the Tenaha Tigers who had a good season, but fell to the Grapeland Sandies 83-67. 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court 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 March 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 the minutes of the February 5, 2020 Special meeting, February 10, 2020 Special meeting, February 19, 2020 Regular meeting, February 26, 2020 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.    Approve Officers Report.

4.    Public Comments on Agenda item.

5.    Review and approve FY2020 Budget Line Items Transfers.

 

EXCUTIVE SESSION

6.    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.

7.    Reopen public meeting.

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

9.    Adjourn.
 

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Abundant Love Ministries 11th Church Anniversary


 

 

Abundant Love Ministries will celebrate our 11th Annual Church Anniversary and Building Fund Drive, Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30 pm. Bishop Howard Cloudy, 3rd Episcopal Triumph, will be our guest speaker. 


Sunday school and regularly scheduled noonday services are cancelled for the day. 
You are welcomed and invited to join us in celebration, and for any of our other scheduled weekly services.


Abundant Love Ministries is located at 1426 Shelbyville St., Center, TX 75935
 

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Meals on Wheels


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries has been serving our community for over 23 years.  Our mission is to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County.  Our motto is “Striving to be the hands and heart of Christ in the community.” One of the programs in which we serve the community is our Meals on Wheels program.  Senior citizens 60 and older, who meet the criteria of the program, receive 5 meals weekly.  We currently service a radius of approximately 50 miles in Center, TX.

 

Should you know of a senior citizen 60 or older who is interested in our Meals on Wheels program, please contact Darlene Mitchell, Director of our Senior Nutrition programs, at 936-598-7768 or you can email us at seniornutritionsite@yahoo.com by noon Thursday, March 12th.  This program is always in need of volunteer drivers and funds.  Should you be interested, please let Mrs. Darlene know.  

 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

On March 2, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System, #2030007, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

San Augustine Rural Water has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of March 9, 2020.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:


220 West Columbia Street
San Augustine, Texas.


936-288-0489
or
Charles Sharp 936-201-5001.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 
 

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Shelby County Livestock Show Results & Sale Coverage


 

 

 

Shelby County Livestock Sale Coverage

 

 

For photos of the show click here:

 

For photos of the sale click here:

 

Sale Results:


Grand Champion Steer Abi Hooper of Shelby County 4-H $6,500 sold to Hawkeye Hunting Club.

 

Grand Champion Swine Alexis Clouse of Joaquin FFA $3,500 sold to Farmers State Bank.

 

Grand Champion Goat April Ramsey of Timpson FFA $4,500 sold to Lewis Construction. 

 

Grand Champion Lamb Lance Holloway of Center FFA $3,000 sold to Tyson Carthage.

 

Reserve Grand Steer Conner Nutt of Shelby County 4-H $4,750 sold to General Shelters.

 

Reserve Grand Swine Trevor Hightower of Shelby County 4-H $3,499 sold to Sabine State Banke & General Shelters.

 

Reserve Grand Goat Avery Metcalf of Timpson FFA $3,500 sold to Mackey Cattle

 

Reserve Grand Lamb Clayton Hinton of Shelbyville FFA $2,999 sold to XTO & State Rep. Chris Paddie.

 


3rd Place Steer Ally Kimbro of Shelby County 4-H $4,749 sold to King Ranch Poultry

3rd Place Swine Irelynn Clouse of Joaquin FFA $2,750.

3rd Place Goat Naomie Myers of Joaquin FFA $2,500.

3rd Place Lamb Jacie Lee of Shelby County 4-H $2,998.


4th Place Steer Baylor Kimbro of Shelby County 4-H $3,750.

4th Place Swine Logan Meyer of Center FFA $2,000.

4th Place Goat Alyssa Cummings of Joaquin FFA $2,200.

4th Place lamb Jairo Blano of Joaquin FFA $2,000.


5th Place Steer Braxton Weir of Joaquin FFA $4,749.

5th Place Swing Stormie Meyers of Joaquin FFA $2,000.

5th Place Goat Brecken Kimbro of Timpson FFA $3,000.

5th Place Lamb Abby Messer of Timpson FFA $2,500.

6th Place Steer Lauren Neal of Joaquin FFA $4,749.

6th Place Swine Tucker Meyer of Center FFA $2,100.

6th Place Goat Eli Bush of Center FFA $1,100.

6th Place Lamb Kallie Solomon of Timpson FFA $2,600.

7th Place Steer Ethan Wood of Joaquin FFA $4,749.

7th Place Swine Jayden Cater of Joaquin FFA $2,200.

7th Place Goat Thalia Hernzndes of Joaquin FFA $1,200.

7th Place Lamb Cara Searcy of Timpson FFA $2,500.

 

8th Place Goat Wesley Wages of Center FFA $2,750. 

 

 

Show Results:

 

Market Rabbits

 

1st Victoria Lee

2nd Fatima Romero

3rd Malaney Cooper

4th Kyleigh Hendricks

5th Kaylee Jo Oliver

6th Grayson Hightower

7th Ethan Wood

8th Jaylee Cater

9th Imari Bell

 

Californian Breeding Rabbits – Doe

 

1st Gracie Leach

2nd April Ramsey

3rd Delaney Dunn

4th Makenzi Lyons

5th Kate Ford

 

Mini Rex Breeding Rabbits – Doe

 

1st Tatum Jacobs

2nd April Ramsey

3rd Aubre Andrusick

4th Emmalee Richardson

 

AOB Breeding Rabbits – Doe

 

1st Baili Proffitt

2nd Collin Lloyd

 

Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Rabbits – Doe

 

Tatum Jacobs Grand

Baili Proffitt Reserve

 

Mini Rex Breeding Rabbits – Buck

 

1st Bryson Richey

2nd April Ramsey

3rd Logan Williams

4th Celeste Holloway

 

 

AOB Breeding Rabbits – Buck

 

1st Brylee Scarborough

2nd April Ramsey

3rd Cullen Freeman

4th Emmalee Richardson

 

Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Rabbits – Buck

 

Brylee Scarborough - Grand

 

Bryson Richey - Reserve

 

Market Lambs

 

1st Lance Holloway – Grand Champion

2nd Clayton Hinton – Reserve

3rd Jaciee Lee

4th Jairo Blanco

5th Abby Messer

6th Kallie Solomon

7th Cara Searcy

 

Market Goats

 

1st April Ramsey

2nd Avery Metcalf

3rd Naomie Meyers

4th Alyssa Cummings

5th Brechen Kimbro

6th Eli Bush

7th Thaila Hernadez

8th Wesley Wages

 

Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat

 

April Ramsey – Grand

Avery Metcalf – Reserve

 

Breeding Goats – Doe

 

1st Brittany Bartee – Grand Champion

2nd Austin Vaughn – Reserve

3rd Hannah Wages

4th Thalia Hernandez

 

Breeding Goats – Buck

 

1st Austin Vaughn

2nd Hunter Burtee

 

Grand Champion Breed Goats – Buck

 

Austin Vaughn

 

Breeding Swine – Gilt

 

1st Tucker Meyer

2nd Logan Meyer

3rd Stormie Meyers

 

 

Market Swine

 

1st Alexis Clouse

2nd Trevor Hightower

3rd Treylon Clouse

4th Logan Meyer

5th Stormie Meyers

6th Tucker Meyer

7th Jaden Cater

8th Jaylee Cater

 

Grand Champion & Reserve Champion Breeding Swine – Gilt

 

Tucker Meyer – Grand

Logan Meyer - Reserve

 

Market Steers

 

1st Abi Hooper

2nd Conner Nutt

3rd Ally Kimbro

4th Baylor Kimbro

5th Braxton Weir

6th Lauren Neal

7th Ethan Wood

 

American & American Cross Class 29

 

1st Abigail Hooper

2nd Cale Cornelius

 

American & American Cross Class 30

 

1st Abigail Hooper

2nd Mayson Harbison

3rd Baylor Kimbro

4th Delaney Dunn

 

American & American Cross Class 31

 

1st Brecken Kimbro

2nd Marilyn Johnson

 

American & American Cross Class 32

 

1st Ally Kimbro

 

American & American Cross Heifer Class 33

 

1st Cale Cornelius

 

 

American & American Cross Heifer Class 34

 

1st Ally Kimbro

 

 

Division Grand Champion & Reserve Champion

 

English & English Cross Heifers

 

Wesley Wages - Champion

Hannah Wages - Reserve Champion

 

Exotic & Exotic Cross Heifers Class 40

 

1st Wesley Wages

 

Exotic & Exotic Cross Heifers Class 41

 

1st April Ramsey

 

Division Champion & Reserve Champion

 

Exotic & Exotic Cross Heifers

 

Camille Greer - Champion

 

Wesley Wages - Reserve Champion

 

 

Grand Champion & Reserve Champion

 

Heifer of Show

 

Abigail Hooper - Grand Champion

 

Camille Greer - Reserve Champion

 

 

Highest Placing County Bred Heifer Class 47

 

1st Abigail Hooper ($750 presented by Link Charolais & Dr. Derek Grant, Buckle by: Farm Bureau)

2nd Wesley Wages ($250 presented by Link Charolais & Dr. Derek Grant)

 

Breeding Bull

 

1st April Ramsey

 

 

 

Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Bull of Show

 

April Ramsey

 

Senior Beef Showmanship

 

Wesley Wages

 

Junior Beef Showmanship Champion

 

Camille Greer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Benefit for Kyle Goodman


 

 

This year has been amazing. There are so many recovery stories from real people who have fought and won the battle against addictions. Their journeys spread hope and inspiration. If you have a story you would like to share I would like it on my page, encouraging others to know that it is not easy. And it is very real.

 

My first benefit for this cause is March 14th. Benefits and Resale for area medical needs will be hosting a Bake sale on Saturday, March 14th. At 1102 Tenaha St., Tammy Steptoe, Real Estate, for Kyle Goodman, who just turned 53. 

 

Kyle has Stage 4 cancer (head, neck and lymph nodes). They’re going to remove part of his jaw bones on both sides, vocal cords, all of his teeth, will have to put a trachea in. He just found out about two weeks ago. Kyle has seizures really bad and can’t hold a job. He’s worked at General Shelter’s and Portacool, but he doesn’t have a job now. Kyle has no financial security and is getting on indigent care. His surgery is March 18th.

 

Kyle’s surgery will take 12-15 hours. Then he will have Chemo and Radiation every day for 6 weeks.

 

Kyle’s sister, Kimberly Goodman, has taken care of him.  Kimberly works for Tammy Steptoe and they have become best friends. Kyle grew up below Shelbyville. 

If you are in town go by Tammie Steptoe’s office and visit with Kimberly Goodman.  If you can’t make out bake sale you are welcome to donate to help with Kyle’s medical expenses.  There will be an account set up for Kyle’s expenses and all donations will help this family with their financial needs.  We thank you all in advance.  God is good.

 

For volunteering, baked items and donations call, text or facebook Catherine Livingston, (936) 332-0060.  We thank God for all that Volunteer, bake and donate.

 

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Kosovo Remembrance


 

 

21 years ago, on March 24, 1999 NATO launched an air campaign called Operation Allied Force to halt the humanitarian devastation that was then unfolding in Kosovo.  The decision to intervene followed more than a year of fighting within the province and the failure of international efforts to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means.

 

NATO announced the suspension of the air campaign on June 10, 1999 once it had concluded a military technical agreement with the federal republic of Yugoslavia. NATO casualties were light, and the alliance suffered no fatalities as a result of combat operations.

 

VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who served in Kosovo at the Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center on Tuesday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m.  As always, the public is invited to honor their fellow Americans.

 

 

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Girls Powerlifting earn medals at regionals, Htoo advances to state competition


 

 

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From left to right: Mariah Nash, Pel Htoo, Talya Davis, Andrea Horton

 

Lady Roughriders competed at the Regional Powerlifting meet in Fairfield Saturday March 7th.

Pel Htoo - 1st place in the 123 Wt. Class
      ADVANCING TO STATE


Talya Davis - 4th place in the 259 Wt. Class
Mariah Nash - 5th place in the 259+ Wt. Class
Andrea Horton - 6th place in the 259+ Wt. class

 

 

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One Act Cast and Crew Advances to BI-DISTRICT


 

 

The One Act Cast and Crew ADVANCE to BI-DISTRICT!! Mark Perkins was named top performer, Kelsey Adair and Jack Callen Watlington are all-star cast members, Hannah Mason is a member of all-star tech, and the witch ensemble (Rebekah McGhen, Ariel Liker, Kennedy Bush, and Kaitlyn Duvon) are honorable mention all-star cast members.

 

 

The team will compete in Carthage on March 18 at the bi-district contest. Don't miss your opportunity to see the performance on Tuesday night at 7:30 on the CHS Cafeteria stage. $2 for adults, $1 for students.

 

 

The One Act Play sponsors are Chris Watlington and Assistant Courtney Mayfield.

 

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Mark Perkins

 

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Kelsey Adair and Jack Callen Watlington

 

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From left to right: Rebekah McGhen, Ariel Liker, Kennedy Bush, Kaitlyn Duvon

 

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Hannah Mason

 

 

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Gordmans Opening


 

 

Gordmans, is having a new member Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00am.  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Ambassadors invite the public to attend and welcome the staff of Gordmans to Center.

 

Gordmans is an everyday off price department store featuring a large selection of the latest brands, fashions and styles up to 60% off department store prices.

 

Gordmans carries a large assortment name brand apparel for all ages, accessories, footwear, gifts, designer fragrances, fashion jewelry, accent furniture, home fashions and much more.

 

Gordmans is owned by Stage Stores.  Today there are over 140 Gordman locations in 22 states.  By the end of 2020, the company expects to operate approximately 700 Gordman stores by the end of 2020.

 

Join the Chamber is welcoming Gordmans to Center, Texas.

 

Gordmans is located at 677 Hurst in the old Bealls building next to Hibbitt Sports.

For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 


 

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Houston Nurse Guilty in East Texas Health Care Kickback Scheme


TYLER, Texas – A 54-year-old Houston Registered Nurse has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

 

Beryl-Anne Tufon Lobe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay for patient referrals in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

 

According to information presented in court, Lobe, a registered nurse, was the sole owner of Axion Healthcare Services, LLC.  Based in Missouri City, Texas, Axion provided home health services to Medicare beneficiaries in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.  From approximately May-August 2015, Lobe engaged in a conspiracy to pay for patient referrals, in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.  To find eligible Medicare beneficiaries, Lobe made illegal kickback payments to community liaisons – also known as “recruiters” or “marketers” – who recruited and referred Medicare beneficiaries to Axion.  Kickbacks were also paid to Medicare beneficiaries for the purpose of arranging for home health services.  Axion then billed Medicare more than $225,000 for home health services purportedly provided to those beneficiaries who had been obtained through these kickback arrangements.  

 

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by federally-funded programs, including Medicare, TRICARE, and Medicaid.  The Anti-Kickback Statute is intended to ensure that medical providers’ judgments are not compromised by improper financial incentives and are instead based on the best interests of their patients.

 

Under federal statutes, Lobe faces up to 5 years in federal prison at sentencing.  The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the State of Texas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney L. Frank Coan, Jr.

 

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Panola College to present Ballet Austin II in Murphy Payne performance


 

 

Ballet Austin II will perform at Panola College at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 6, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium. Supported by a grant from the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, the event is free and open to the public.

 

Ballet Austin II was established in 1999 as a second company and apprentice program for Ballet Austin and is endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation. Dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process. They perform with Ballet Austin, and also perform in Austin and around the State as a second company.

 

Since its inception, 109 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 42 companies across the nation. Dancers range in age from 18 to 23 and are employed for a 32-week season, based in Austin. Apprentices are contracted for up to two years, receiving artistic guidance, career management counseling, and job placement assistance. Through a partnership with St. Edward’s University, Ballet Austin II members are eligible to receive 24 college credit hours for their second company experience. Auditions for the summer intensive are held in winter and spring. For more information, email Eugene Alvarez or call 512-476-9151.

 

Ballet Austin has a rich history spanning six decades. From its home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, the company engages the community, dancers, and audiences alike with vibrant and ambitious performances. Visit balletaustin.org for more information.

 

“We are excited to bring Ballet Austin to Panola College,” said Daron McDaniel, committee chair and professor of speech at Panola College. “The event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Murphy, who established the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.”

 

 

 

 

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CHS Theatre Presents: Shakespeare's Macbeth


 

 

The CHS Theatre Department's production of its 202 1-Act Play Macbeth will be performed twice for the public.

 

--Tuesday night at 7:30 on the CHS Cafeteria stage.  $2 for adults, $1 for students.


--CORRECTED TIME FOR CONTEST:  11:00 am Saturday at Carthage High School.  (The time for contest has been moved back one hour from noon until 11 am.)  Admission is free.

 

 

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Jury Cancelled for March 9, 2020


 

 

Please be advised that jury summons for Monday, March 9, 2020, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Shelby County, Texas, has been cancelled.  Those summoned need not appear.  

 

LeAnn Kay Rafferty
Presiding Judge 
 

 

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Shelbyville Dragons Basketball Regional Tournament


 

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will play Friday, March 6 at 8:00 pm vs Crawford at Bryan High School.

 

Shelbyville ISD will early release  Friday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m. 

 

Playoffs will be broadcast on 100.5 KQBB and streamed at cbc-radio.com

 

 

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Tenaha Regional Tournament Information


 

 

The Tigers advance to the Region 3 AA Tournament to be held March 6th and 7th in Bryan, TX. The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Grapeland Sandies, Friday, March 6th, at 6pm.  The Tigers will be the visiting team.  Winner advances to Game 3 to be held on Saturday, March 7th at 1:00pm.  Tenaha ISD will release at 11:30 am on Friday to allow for travel time. 

 

Fan Parking Friday and Saturday:

Games will be played at Bryan High School, Viking Gym located at 3450 Campus Drive, Bryan, TX 77802.  Parking is available in multiple parking lots around the gym.  Please note that there will also be a baseball tournament and soccer games hosted at same location on Friday.  There should be plenty of parking but fans may have to walk from nearby parking lot to the gym.  DO NOT PARK IN THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT.  THEY WILL TOW YOUR VEHICLE!

 

Ticket prices and information:

NO PASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REGIONAL TOURNAMENT!  Cash only, no checks or credit cards are accepted.  Ticket sales begin at 5pm on Friday and 12pm on Saturday.  Ticket prices will be the same for both Friday and Saturday $8 for adults and $5 for students. 

 

Please note that signs will not be permitted within arena.  Signs will not be permitted in stands or hung from railings. 

 

Fan Bus Information:

A Fan Bus will be traveling to the game on Friday and Saturday (if we win*).  Call Regina Tovar at 936-248-5000 EXT. 501 for Fan bus information. Tickets for fan bus are $10 on a first come first serve basis. (44 seats) Game admission is NOT included. You will buy a game ticket at the door.  The Fan Bus will be departing from the Tiger Gym Parking lot at 1:00 pm with a scheduled stop at Bucee’s.  The fan bus will be returning immediately after the game. 

 

*If Tigers win they will play Saturday at 1:00 pm.  A fan bus will be provided.  Tickets for fan bus Saturday will be $10 on a first come first serve basis as you board the bus. Game admission is NOT included. You will buy a game ticket at the door.  The bus will depart from the Tiger Gym parking lot at 8:00 am with a scheduled stop at Bucee’s. The bus will return to Tenaha immediately after the game.  ALL STUDENTS/CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.  STUDENTS GRADES 9-12 MAY RIDE FAN BUS WITHOUT AN ADULT. TICKET PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE.

 

 

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CMS Announces Students Who Make a Difference for 2nd Nine-Weeks


 

 

CMS announces Students Who Make A Difference for the 2nd nine weeks period. 

Students nominated for 'Students Who Make a Difference' encompass the following qualities: 
A leader - Always prepared for class - Strives to make good grades - A hard worker - Model student - Kind and considerate of others - Helpful to all - Strives to be a better student - Exemplifies the qualities of #Giveme5. 
 

 

 

 

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Timpson Bear Update


 

 

Attention Junior/Senior Parents-The deadline for students to pick up a ticket for prom is Friday, 3/13. In order to be able to pick up a ticket, all dues/debts must be paid in full. Juniors and Seniors do not have to pay for a ticket. If a Junior or Senior wants to bring a guest, they must pay for the guests ticket. 9/10 grade TISD students-$5.00 and non TISD students-$10.00. In order to be able to bring a guest that is not a Junior or Senior, a form has to be completed and returned by Friday, 3/13 also. Guests that are students at another high school must have the form completed and signed by the guests school administrator. Guests that are not students must have the form completed and provide a picture id with date of birth. Guests must be under 21 years of age. Parents will only be allowed to attend as chaperones, not as a guest that participates along with the student body. This is a semi-formal event; therefore, proper attire is required. Students that are concerned as to whether their attire is appropriate must present it to the administration by Friday, 3/13. Guests must also follow the dress code guidelines. If you have questions, please email Danielle Smith at dsmith@timpsonisd.com.

 

 

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The Kiddie Pool


 

 

My six year old son, Doug, came running up to me and said, “Dad,  Dad, mom is under water !”   Knowing how my wife hated water, I knew this was not good news.  In fact,  the headlines in the next Houston Chronicle might read, “Mother of two drowns in kiddie pool while on vacation” popped into my brain.

 

In 1972 our family decided to take a trip from Houston to California, specifically to Disney Land for our summer vacation.  So my wife, son, and daughter trekked on a budget of $50.00 per day for a fun vacation in sunny Hollywood and surrounding tourist traps.  Except for the fact that the water, with its high mineral content, kept my wife’s digestive system torn up, we had a great time.  It was only on the way home that we read a sign posted at a California rest stop that we knew about the water.  On any future trips to the west coast, we would know to take bottled water along.

 

On the last day of our vacation we were in Brownwood, Texas headed home.  We decided to spend the night at a motel there, so I allowed the kids to pick out the motel.  Their only criteria was that it have a large swimming pool.  As luck would have it, we drove past a nice motel that had not one, but two swimming pools.  The large pool was connected to a small wading pool of about two feet of water.  That was enough for the kids, so we registered there for our last night of vacation.

 

As soon as we reached our room, the kids were donning their swim suits and ready for the challenges of the pools.  My daughter was around 9 years old and already a good swimmer.  My son had not learned to swim as yet, and my wife, Clara, was afraid of water.  She never allowed her head to go underwater for any reason.  She paid for this during high school as she was always the first to be thrown into the pool or lake.

 

A little strategy was called for here.  My daughter and I headed for the large pool with its high diving board.  My wife and son decided the wading pool with a small water slide would be appropriate for them.  She sat in a lawn chair and watched as Doug splashed in the water, and rode down the slide many times.  Then the idea struck her...  This is the last day of vacation, it won’t matter if I get my hairdo messed up.  Besides, that slide looks like a lot of fun.  If Doug can do it so can I. Playing in the water looks like fun.

 

So Clara got up, walked over to the kiddie pool, stepped into the cool water, and sat on the side.  Doug encouraged her to slide down into the shallow water, landing on her feet.  It seemed easy enough, and fun, too.  He had done it a dozen times already.

 

Getting up, discarding her towel, she waded over to the slide, climbed up it, sat down, and away she went.  Unfortunately, her feet went up in the air about the time she hit water, and under water she went, her head and all.  What a revolting development this was…nothing like she had envisioned.

 

To make matters worse, she could not seem to get her feet underneath her body in order to stand up. It was then that Doug decided he had better come get his dad as he knew the situation was critical.

 

Kay and I ran around to the wading pool in time to see Clara sitting on the side of the pool, coughing and spitting out pool water.  She had finally gotten to her feet and her head above water.  She reminded me a lot of the way our poodle used to look when still wet from a bath.

While we were consoling her, a lady who had witnessed the whole incident walked up to us and said, “Well, honey, I began to get worried about you when I saw you come up for the third time.!”  My wife thought to herself…Well, if you were so concerned about me, why didn’t you jump in and pull me up..?

 

Well, all’s well that ends well.  Doug learned to swim later on, Kay was a good diver, but Clara still won’t allow her head under water. In fact, I think she puts on water wings when she takes a shower.
 

“THE  KIDDIE  POOL”

BY:  NEAL  MURPHY
P. O. BOX 511
107 Hemlock Street
San Augustine, TX 75972
Phone: 936-275-9033
Email: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

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Live Stock Show & Sale


 

 

Plans for the 2020 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show are set. The show will be held on Thursday, March 5th at the Shelby County Expo Center. The sale will be held Saturday, March 7th at the John Dean Windham Civic Center, meal starting at 6:00PM. The sale will be covered live on KQBB 100.5 FM. 


Weigh in of the market animals will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:00 a.m. The show will start at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbits and the Lambs, the Goats, Swine and Cattle will follow. The Rabbits will be judged by Frank Farrow. Texas A&M Livestock Judging Coach Keaton Dodd will judge lambs, goats, swine and cattle. Margo Hooper, Show Emcee, stated, “I am excited about this year’s show with all the hard work and dedication that the exhibitors have put towards their animal projects. There are over 90 entries at this show which are trying to be selected for the auction and premium awards.”


Last year’s sale Champion steer was purchased by Hawkeye Hunting Club. XTO won the bid for the Champion Swine. Farmers State Bank purchased the Champion goat, and Shelby Savings Bank along with General Shelters bought the Champion lamb.


The Bar-B-Que for the buyer’s and exhibitors will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center. “If you have a chance, come and see what the youth of Shelby County have been doing with their time. The Shelby County Livestock show continues to grow each year which in part is due to the continued support of our youth by local businesses and the community.” Stated Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent. The public is invited to attend the events of the day and support the youth of our county.

 

 

 

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Panola College theatre students win 29 awards


 

 

Panola College theatre students brought home 29 awards from the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association 2020 Playfest. Lone Star College in Kingwood hosted this year’s event. Panola College’s entry was “Dark of the Moon,” a drama set in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s.

 

Panola College students who won awards include: Dramaturgy - Caitlyn Jackson; High Island; Assistant Directing - Hannah Williams, Gary; Peyton Proffitt; Center - Sound Design; Bethany Crowe & Angel Kammer, Kennard - Hair Design; Sarah Owens, Mt. Enterprise - Costume Design – Fantasy; Chailey Norton, Mt. Enterprise - PR Design; Catalina Zoyoquila, Mt. Enterprise – Props; Laura Eddings, Broaddus and Abigail Parrish, Chireno - Costume Design; Peyton Proffitt, Center and Zachery Zea, Rusk - Lighting Design; Bethany Crowe and Angel Kammer, Kennard - Make-Up Design; Peyton Proffitt, Center, Logan Vickers, Hemphill and Ashton Powell, Decatur - Scenic Design; Johnathan Hicks, Waskom, Christian Kotara, Spurger and Bethany Crowe, Kennard - Lobby Display Pre-Show; Hannah Williams, Gary - Assistant Stage Management; and Maria Mejia, Mt. Enterprise, Superior in Stage Management.

 

Panola College students earning acting awards include: Keath Kibbey, Huntington - Audience Choice and Professor Choice; Ashton Powell, Decatur, Nicolas McCalister, Rusk, Hayes Green, Martinsville and Justin Gonzales, Emory - Respondents Award.

 

Eight community colleges participated in the Festival: Wharton, Lee, Blinn, Lone Star College -Kingwood, Houston Community College, Eastfield, Howard, and Panola. 

 

 

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District 22-AA All-District Selections 2019-2020


 

 

 

 

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Timpson Bear Update


 

 

EMT Class News - The THS EMT Basic students have officially started clinical rotations in both Emergency Room and with various EMS services in the area and have, collectively, logged over 280 clinical hours in just under 3 weeks; all while still succeeding in their regular classes and events! They have had the opportunity to be a part of some life-saving events and continue to exceed expectations for the first class! Give these students a pat on the back when you see them! Any Junior interested in taking the class (2020-2022) should see Mrs. Metcalf!! 

 

 

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School Board Agenda


 

 


A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 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 February 10, 2020, meeting of the board
b.    Monthly financial reports
5.    Consider for approval
a.    Cancellation of May 2, 2020, School Board Election
b.    Region 7 Advisory Committee Representative
c.    Application for Staff Development Waiver
d.    Change in April School Board Meeting Date
6.    Principal’s Reports
a.    Campus events
b.    Recognition of Staff and/or Students
7.    Superintendent’s Reports
a.    Facilities Update
b.    Articles of Interest
c.    General Updates
8.    Executive Session
a.    Deliberation on Administrators’ & Directors’ Contracts
b.    Resignations/Employment
c.    Personnel
9.    Open Session
10.    Adjournment
 

 

 

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DPSO Will Hold Women's Self Defense Course


 

 

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office will be holding a Women's Self Defense class on April 04, 2020 at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff Training Facility.  There will be two sessions beginning with Self Defense (9am-11am) leading into Introduction to Handguns (1pm-3pm). You may attend both classes or just one.  This course will be limited to 20 people per session.  If you would like to sign up, please contact Captain Dusty Herring at (318) 872-1877 or by email  dherring@dpso.org.  When you sign up, be sure to note which classes you plan to attend.  Those attending will need to wear comfortable clothing suited for low level exercise.  Please bring your own refreshments for the duration of the class.

 

Self Defense Course Curriculum:
Basic concepts on awareness and avoidance.
Concepts of the willing mind.
Concepts of a fighting mindset.
Basic concepts and principles of strikes, escapes, and pressure points.
"Dirty Fighting" techniques.
Introduction to Handguns Curriculum:
Handgun and Range Safety
Handgun Nomenclature
Shooting Fundamentals
Correct Loading/Unloading
Malfunction Clearance
Maintenance, Cleaning, and Care of Handguns

 

When:  April 04, 2020
Where:  120 Sprocket Lane, Grand Cane, La.

 

 

 

 

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CHS Theatre Presents: Shakespeare's Macbeth


 

 

CHS is proud to announce its One-Act Play Presentation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.  There will be two presentations of the production for local audiences:


The first will be during the District One-Act Play Contest at Carthage High School's beautiful theater on Saturday, March 7, at twelve noon.  Admission is free, but spectators should arrive by 11:45; once the production begins, no late-comers are admitted.

 

The second will be the home-production at Center High School on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.  

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Tiger News


 

 

March 4, 2020-Student Early Release 1:30 pm; TELPAS Grade 4

March 5, 2020- TELPAS Grade 3; HS Track @ Groveton Relays

March 6, 2020-Early Release 11:30 am; Tigers vs Grapeland 6:00 pm@ Bryan HS (Advancement will be Saturday 1:00 pm Bryan HS) (They only accept cash)

KGAS will be broadcasting the game Friday night on 104.3 Fm and also the game Saturday!!!

They will be doing shout outs if anyone is interested for individuals during the game for $25. 903-693-7176

 

March 8, 2020-Daylight Saving Time begins. Set clocks ahead 1 hour.

March 10, 2020-Baseball vs Timpson (There) 6:00 pm; TELPAS Grade 5

March 11, 2020- TELPAS Grade 2 and Make-up

March 12, 2020-Businessmen’s Meeting; TELPAS 9-12

March 13, 2020-Baseball vs Timpson (Home) 4:00 pm; Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service

March 16-20, 2020-Spring Break

March 16, 2020-JH Track in San Augustine

March 17, 2020-Baseball vs Martinsville (Home) 4:00 pm

March 19, 2020-HS Track @ San Augustine Relays

March 20, 2020-Baseball vs Martinsville (There) 6:00 pm

March 23, 2020-JH Track in Cushing

March 24, 2020-Baseball in Mt. Enterprise 6:00 pm; HS & MS Bands Pre-UIL in Carthage

March 26, 2020-HS Track @ Cushing Relays

March 27, 2020-Baseball vs Mt. Enterprise (Home) 4:00 pm

March 30, 2020-STARR ALT 2-Grades 3-8 and EOC; 22-2A District Meet in Shelbyville

March 31, 2020- Baseball vs Joaquin (Home) 4:00 pm

April 1, 2020-22-2A District Meet in Shelbyville

April 15, 2020-HS Track-Area Meet in San Augustine

April 24, 2020-HS Regional Meet in Palestine

April 25, 2020- HS Regional Meet in Palestine

May 8, 2020-HS Track-State Meet in Austin

May 9, 2020-HS Track-State Meet in Austin

 

EIGHT CONSECUTIVE TRIPS TO THE REGIONAL TOURNEY!!!!!

and 16 of the last 20.... that’s the definition of a “Tradition”!

Tigers defeat San Augustine 64-40 to advance to the Region III tournament in Bryan this weekend...

Tenaha will play Grapeland (....again) on Friday at 6:00 pm

Advancement will be Saturday at 1:00 pm

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Road Closure


 

 

Commissioner Charles Barr reports that a culvert has blown out on CR 3492 and the road will be closed until repairs can be made.

 

 

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Blood Drive


 

 

Life Saving Community Blood Drive

Sponsored by:  First Baptist Church - Center

Thursday, March 12

10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Located at First Baptist Church in Fellowship Hall

213 Carroll St.  Center, TX

To Sign up contact Teresa Crawford at (936) 598-5605

Donors will Receive a FREE T-SHIRT!!

 

 

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Benefit for Kyle Goodman


 

 

This year has been amazing. There are so many recovery stories from real people who have fought and won the battle against addictions. Their journeys spread hope and inspiration. If you have a story you would like to share I would like it on my page, encouraging others to know that it is not easy. And it is very real.

 

My first benefit for this cause is March 14th. Benefits and Resale for area medical needs will be hosting a Bake sale on Saturday, March 14th. At 1102 Tenaha St., Tammy Steptoe, Real Estate, for Kyle Goodman, who just turned 53.

 

Kyle has Stage 4 cancer (head, neck and lymph nodes). They’re going to remove part of his jaw bones on both sides, vocal cords, all of his teeth, will have to put a trachea in. He just found out about two weeks ago. Kyle has seizures really bad and can’t hold a job. He’s worked at General Shelter’s and Portacool, but he doesn’t have a job now. Kyle has no financial security and is getting on indigent care. His surgery is March 18th.

 

Kyle’s surgery will take 12-15 hours. Then he will have Chemo and Radiation every day for 6 weeks.

 

Kyle’s sister, Kimberly Goodman, has taken care of him.  Kimberly works for Tammy Steptoe and they have become best friends. Kyle grew up below Shelbyville. 

 

If you are in town go by Tammie Steptoe’s office and visit with Kimberly Goodman.  If you can’t make out bake sale you are welcome to donate to help with Kyle’s medical expenses.  There will be an account set up for Kyle’s expenses and all donations will help this family with their financial needs.  We thank you all in advance.  God is good.

 

For volunteering, baked items and donations call, text or facebook Catherine Livingston, (936) 332-0060.  We thank God for all that Volunteer, bake and donate

 

 

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SFA School of Art to present 'Italian Views' photography exhibition


 


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and SFA Art Galleries will present "Italian Views," a photography exhibition, opening March 17 in Griffith Gallery and running through May 9. "Italian Views" features the photography of Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art, and showcases images taken in Florence, Italy, in 2019, including this image, "Parade Bandstand." A reception is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the gallery, which is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

 

Art exhibitions and receptions are sponsored by the Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, William Arscott and The Flower Shop. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. before most performances in Turner Auditorium. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

 

 

 

 

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ATM Vandalism Under Investigation


 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the vandalism of an ATM machine at Farmers State Bank in Shelbyville.

 

On February 2, 2020 at approximately 4:09 a.m., two unknown individuals attempted to gain entry into the ATM by using a pry bar which resulted in over $10,000 of damage to the machine. The incident was captured through the banks surveillance footage.

 

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact SCSO Investigator Mandy Fears at 936.598.5601 or Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2 at 936.572.0281.

 

 

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Shelby County Election Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runoff Election will be May 26th


Precincts (of 21)                    
Registered Voters-Total            15,340
Ballots Cast-Total                      5,988
Ballots Cast-Republican Party     5,530
Ballots Cast- Democratic Party      458


Sheriff                    
Newton Johnson, Jr.            1,175
Derek Barbee                        780
Joey Hudnall                         829
Tanner Peace                     1,012
Kevin W. Windham             1,651

 

There will be a runoff between Kevin Windham and Newton Johson Jr. 


County Tax Assessor-Collector
Debora Riley                4,369


County Commissioner Precinct No.1
Roscoe McSwain                1,056
Donnie Borders                    471


County Commissioner precinct No.3
Stevie Smith                687
Willis Blackwell            241
David Cheatwood        638

 

There will be a runoff election between Stevie Smith and David Cheatwood.


Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 1
Donna Hughes                2,039


Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3
Melba Rodgers                438            
Billy D. Barnett                 16
Darrell Alford                 298
Don Jones                       64
Sean Permenter             222

 

There will be a runoff election between Melba Rodgers and Darrell Alford.


Constable Precinct No.1
Ricky King                663
Zack Warr             1,865

 

Constable Precinct No. 2
Randy Joe Dean           171
Jamie Hagler                609

 

Constable Precinct No. 3
Roy Cheatwood                855

 

Constable Precinct No. 4        
Bryan Gray                   78
Jake Metcalf                133

 

Constable Precinct No. 5
Josh Tipton                    564
Robert Hairgrove            181

 

District Attorney 123rd Judicial District

Stephen Shires 2.270

Karren S. Price 3,074

 

County Chair
Leigh Porterfield            4,197


United States Representative, District 1
Hank Gilbert                286


Railroad Commissioner            
Mark Watson                  126
Kelly Stone                     121
Roberto R "Beto" Alonzo    62
Chrysta Castaneda            70


        

Updated 10:23 p.m. 3-3-20

 

Click here for the results pdf:

 

 

 

 

 

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Election Results to be Posted Tonight


 

 

After elections tonight 3-3-20 we will have the results posted to our website and broadcasted on KQBB 100.5 FM.

 

 

March 3rd, 2020, Shelby County Voting Locations:


Republican Voting Locations:


Precinct 1 North 

First United Methodist Church 
211 N. Porter Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South

Church of Christ 
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South East

Pinewoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South West

Center Community House
423 San Augustine Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 West

JOI Ranch
5198 FM 2026
Tenaha, Texas 75954


Precinct 2

Excelsior School
11280 Street HWY 7 West
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 3

Campti Pentecostal Church
6153 FM 414
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 4

Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
14998 FM 139
Shelbyville, Texas

 

Precinct 5

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
175 Faulkville Road
Joaquin, Texas 75954

 

Precinct 6

Dreka Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall
1193 FM 2427
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

 

Precinct 7

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

 

Precinct 8

First United Methodist Church
Schiede Hall
256 N. George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75954

 

Precinct 9 North 

Texas State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975


Precinct 9 South

Timpson School Gym Foyer
836 Bear Drive
Timpson, Texas 75975

 

 

 


Democrat Voting Locations:

 

Precinct 1 North

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 1 South East

Pineywoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South West

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 West

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 2 

Excelsior School
11280 Street HWY 7 West
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 3

Pineywoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 4 

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973


Precinct 5

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
175 Faulkville Road
Joaquin, Texas 75954


Precinct 6

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973


Precinct 7

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973


Precinct 8

First United Methodist Church
Schiede Hall
256 N. George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75954


Precinct 9 North

American State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975


Precinct 9 South

American State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975

 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


 

The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in special session at 7:00 p.m. in the Joaquin
Boardroom:

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

 

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Middle school girls explore careers at Expanding Your Horizons


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Nacogdoches branch of the American Association of University Women hosted the 26th annual Expanding Your Horizons career awareness conference Feb. 29 at Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

The 400 girls in sixth to eighth grades who attended the conference signed up for this opportunity and traveled from as far away as Shreveport, Louisiana, to learn about careers ranging from agriculture, food and natural resources to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

More than 40 volunteer presenters helped students visualize their future careers.

 

Dr. Audrey Young, a public educator and politician who presented a session on the election process, said girls need extra support at this age.

 

“An event like this reassures girls that it’s OK to not know exactly what they want to do,” Young said. “This event presents strong, outstanding, professional women who set an excellent example of what to become.”

 

Event organizers already are planning for next year’s conference scheduled for Feb. 27.  For more information on presenting or volunteering at this event, contact Dr. Susan Reily, SFA assistant professor of elementary education, at reilys@sfasu.edu.

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Joaquin PK & KG Registration


 

 

 

 

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Panola College to host mobile mammography


 

 

The Christus Good Shepherd Mobile Breast Center mammography van will be at Panola College from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. To schedule an appointment, call 903-315-2130. Appointments are limited to ensure adequate time for each exam, so anyone interested is encouraged to call soon.

 

Christus Good Shepherd will accept and file insurance at the normal rate for a mammogram and radiologist reading, or women may pay $99 for a discounted cash rate.

 

The Mobile Breast Center is equipped with advanced digital technology. Screenings are performed by all-female, advanced level certified mammography staff members. Digital mammography provides early diagnosis, saving thousands of women’s lives each year.

 

Women who are 40 and older should have a mammogram annually. Women are not eligible for the Mobile Breast Center mammogram if they have been diagnosed with breast cancer; are currently being treated for breast cancer; have a problem such as a lump, skin changes or discharge; are currently breast feeding or have breast fed within the past nine months.

 

“We are proud to offer this much-needed diagnostic tool at Panola College,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. We encourage women to call and make their appointments early. The last appointment for the day will be scheduled at 2:45 p.m.”

 

 

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San Antonio Rodeo Junior Shoot Out


 

 

The richest youth shoot in the world was held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio February 13-16. Over 1,000 4H and FFA members from across Texas came to participate in modified trap, sporting clays and super sporting events.  Along with the shooting competitions there were educational sessions for parents and students.  

 

Shelby county 4H shooters had five members competing including Colton Gutermuth, Dawson McFaddin, Lance Holloway, Rex Payne and Megan Gutermuth.  On Thursday evening Colton Gutermuth placed 5th in modified trap.  He won a gun, belt buckles and several cases on shells.  On the final evening it was exciting as Rex Payne was selected to shoot under the lights and in front of a packed stadium for a chance at a Zoli shotgun. Congratulations to all these 4H members.

 

 


 

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Livestock Judging Team


 

 

Shelby County 4H Juniors; Jacie Lee, Camille Greer, Carter Greer, and Hannah Wages, attended Livestock Judging contests in San Antonio. They also attended the East Central FFA contest, as well as the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

 

At the East Central FFA Contest, Carter Greer placed 56th overall out of 172 Juniors. This was only his second contest to compete in since beginning Livestock Judging. The youth competed as a Team at San Antonio Livestock Exposition, placing 27th out of 109 Junior 4H teams. Hannah Wages landed 35th with a large group of 344 juniors judging the contest.

 

The Shelby County 4H Livestock Judging teams are looking forward to contests in Houston, Austin, and the District contest in College Station later this spring.

 

 

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Logan's FFA Contest Results


 

 

Shelbyville High School, Jr,- Logan Williams, won the district Animal Science Senior Prepared Public Speaking contest and will advance to area. He also made the district officer team and is the Pineywoods District Secretary!! 


We are Dragon Proud!

 

Kaelee Fallin and Michael Elliott-Shelbyville AG Teachers

 

 

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Stone Fort Museum to host St. Patrick's Day concert


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stone Fort Museum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University will serve as the venue for a St. Patrick’s Day concert by local band El Camino Real de Nacogdoches from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

 

“Live performances help us connect to our musical heritage in the same way that hands-on activities help learners connect to their studies in new ways,” said Carolyn Spears, curator of the Stone Fort Museum.

 

The St. Patrick’s Day musical celebration will showcase Celtic, bluegrass, traditional country, Appalachian, folk and other music genres.

 

According to Spears, Irish settlers brought their traditions to Nacogdoches in the 19th century, with more than 3,000 Irish listed on the 1860 census.

 

“This concert will allow us to enjoy traditional music from Ireland, as well as music that celebrates the rich history of Texas,” Spears said.

 

According to band members Paul Driver, Jon Hall, Charlie Jones, Mark McLain, Robbie Roach, Craig and Michelle Smith, and Jesse Tingle, the band is East Texas’ answer to The Old Crow Medicine Show, an Americana string band based in Nashville, playing old-time acoustic music using the fiddle, guitars, mandolin, banjos and percussion.

 

El Camino Real de Nacogdoches formed in 2002. The band has played at a variety of art, theatrical and musical events associated with SFA. It also has been featured during Nacogdoches’ annual Blueberry Festival, Old-Time Christmases at Millard’s Crossing and The Pine Knot Music Co-op. In 2017, the band released it first CD, “Camino Real: The Nacogdoches Sessions.”

 

The concert is free and open to the public. The band will perform on the north lawn of the museum, weather permitting. Light refreshments will be served and include traditional Irish treats.

 

For more information, contact Spears at cspears@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2408.


 

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Shelby County Polling Locations For March 3rd Election


 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3rd, 2020, Shelby County Voting Locations:


Republican Voting Locations:


Precinct 1 North 

First United Methodist Church 
211 N. Porter Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South

Church of Christ 
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South East

Pinewoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South West

Center Community House
423 San Augustine Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 West

JOI Ranch
5198 FM 2026
Tenaha, Texas 75954


Precinct 2

Excelsior School
11280 Street HWY 7 West
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 3

Campti Pentecostal Church
6153 FM 414
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 4

Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
14998 FM 139
Shelbyville, Texas

 

Precinct 5

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
175 Faulkville Road
Joaquin, Texas 75954

 

Precinct 6

Dreka Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall
1193 FM 2427
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

 

Precinct 7

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

 

Precinct 8

First United Methodist Church
Schiede Hall
256 N. George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75954

 

Precinct 9 North 

Texas State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975


Precinct 9 South

Timpson School Gym Foyer
836 Bear Drive
Timpson, Texas 75975

 

 

 


Democrat Voting Locations:

 

Precinct 1 North

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 1 South East

Pineywoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 South West

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 1 West

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 2 

Excelsior School
11280 Street HWY 7 West
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 3

Pineywoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935


Precinct 4 

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973


Precinct 5

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
175 Faulkville Road
Joaquin, Texas 75954


Precinct 6

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973


Precinct 7

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973


Precinct 8

First United Methodist Church
Schiede Hall
256 N. George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75954


Precinct 9 North

American State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975


Precinct 9 South

American State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975

 

 

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Shelbyville Softball Game Cancelled


 

 

Shelbyville Lady Dragon softball game cancelled for March 3 @ Chireno 

Ashley Bell-Softball Coach

 

 

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Shelbyville Dragon Basketball Playoff Game


 

 

Shelbyville Dragon Boys Basketball are Area Champions!!

 

The Dragons Regional Quarterfinal playoff game will be March 3, 2020 
 @ 6 P.M.  Johnson Coliseum on SFA Campus vs. Gary.  We are the visitor..
District Passes and Coaches Passes accepted.
Adult admission $6  Student $4

 

 

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Timpson Band Earns 50 Solo/Ensemble Medals; 26 students Advance to STATE Contest –


 

 

On February 7 and 8, members of the Timpson High School Band performed at the Region 21 Solo and Ensemble Contests in Nacogdoches and earned a total of 50 First Division medals.   Along with the twirlers that earned medals in October, 26 students have now advanced to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest held in Pflugerville, TX!  Congratulations to these students for working very hard and for doing such an outstanding job representing Timpson ISD!

 

 

 

1st Division Solos:  Isabella Galaviz (b-flat clarinet), Bella Alford (b-flat clarinet), Priscilla Manzano (b-flat clarinet), Kallie Solomon (bass clarinet), Breunna Gregory (alto saxophone), Chloe Hazelmyer (alto saxophone), Jordan Davis (trumpet), Christopher Crockett (trumpet), Kenley Moore (trumpet), Matthew Thorne (French horn), Hannah Odom (French horn), Amy Hernandez (baritone), Mason Ramsey (tuba), Diego Garcia (tuba), and Kayleigh Wolf (twirling)

 

1st Division Ensembles: Christopher Crockett, Noah Arvello, Matthew Thorne, Mason Ramsey, Alyssa Parks, Sanaa Curtis, Bella Alford, Claire Johnson, D’Chelle Garner, Brittany Hutto, Koriana Young-Eden, Chris Lewis, Julien Lawrence (2 ensembles), Xander Stephens, Pedro Garcia, Corey Branton (2 ensembles), Jayden Windham (2 ensembles), Fabian Martinez (2 ensembles), Lana Parks, Kayleigh Wolf (brass/twirler ensembles), Juan Galaviz, Banner Warr, Devon Morrow, Bradley Young, Gracie Wagnon, Julieta De Leon, and Francisco Flores.

 

Twenty-Six Timpson Band students have advanced to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest which will be held in Pflugerville this coming May.  To advance to the TSSEC, students must make a First Division rating on a class one solo while playing it from memory, make a First Division rating on a class one ensemble, or make a First Division rating on a twirling solo or ensemble.

 

 

Clarinet Quartet:  Alyssa Parks, Sanaa Curtis, Bella Alford, and Claire Johnson

 

Saxophone Trio:  Brittany Hutto, D’Chelle Garner, and Koriana Young-Eden

 

Brass Quartet: Chris Lewis, Julien Lawrence, Xander Stephens, and Pedro Garcia

 

Brass Quartet:  Corey Branton, Julien Lawrence, Jayden Windham, and Fabian Martinez

 

Brass Sextet:  Lana Parks, Kayleigh Wolf, Juan Galaviz, Banner Warr, Devon Morrow, and Jayden Windham

 

Brass Sextet:  Bradley Young, Gracie Wagnon, Julieta DeLeon, Francisco Flores, Corey Branton, and Fabian Martinez

 

Twirler Solo:  Kayleigh Wolf

 

Twirler Ensemble:  Kayleigh Wolf, Chelsey Franks, Kaitlyn Crockett, and Mackenzie Parks

 

Congratulations to all of these students for your outstanding accomplishment!

 

Piano accompanist for the band is Mrs. Sherri Strahan. Twirler Sponsor is Mrs. Kristan Solomon. Band Directors are Deshmond Johnson and James Trammell.

 

 

 

 

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Health Fair


 

 

The 13th Annual Health and Fitness Fair will be held on Thursday, March 19th at the Windham Civic Center from 9:00am until 2:30pm.  This year's theme is "Healthy Living".  Healthy Living is when our physical and mental health are in balance and functioning well.  Health Living is a lifestyle choice which includes healthy eating, regular exercise and good sleep habits.  Experts will be available at the Fair with information to help you achieve your Healthy Living goals.

 

There will also be two mobile mammogram units on site, hosted by Christus Trinity Mother Frances and UT Health East Texas.  All mammogram appointments must be made prior to March 13th by calling the Agri-Life Extension Offices at 936-598-7744.

 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site with a blood mobile taking donations.  To sign up to donate please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.

 


 

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House Fire Near Joaquin


 

 

At 2:05 pm Sunday afternoon March 1, 2020, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on County Road 3340 near the intersection of FM 2787. Firefighters from Joaquin VFD along with automatic mutual aid units from Desoto Fire District #1 arrived at 2:10 to find a single story wood frame home with heavy fire showing from three sides. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to the two bedrooms on the opposite end of the house, preserving some of the contents of those rooms. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters returned to the station at 5:25 pm.

 


 

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KDET At Reduced Power


The KDET 930 AM transmitter is currently operating at reduced power due to mechanical problems.  We are aware and are working to repair it as soon as possible.  If you have trouble hearing the radio, please listen online here or on the TuneIn app on your smartphone.

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Polk County Crash


POLK COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a two-vehicle crash this morning on US 59 near the intersection of FM 942, involving a commercial motor vehicle. 

 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 11 a.m., a 2003 Mercedes-Benz passenger car entered US 59 from a parking lot on the west side of the highway and was struck by a southbound 2019 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer. After the initial collision, the Kenworth crossed over into the northbound lanes and lost the load of lumber that was being transported. 

The driver of the Kenworth is identified as 44-year-old Jody Jenkins from Brookeland, TX. Jenkins was not injured during the crash. 

 

The driver of the Mercedes and a passenger were both pronounced deceased at the scene by a Polk County Justice of the Peace. The identities of the deceased are not immediately available pending notification of next of kin. 

 

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time. 

 

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Presentation On General Camille De Polignac Scheduled for March 14


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