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Shelbyville Declared State Co-Champs


 

From Shelbyville ISD & David Schmitt

 

 

Per UIL: Shelbyville Dragons were declared Co-State Champions for the 2019-2020 Season.
Congratulations players and Coaches!'

 

 

 

Dragons Head Coach David Schmitt

 

Schmitt wrote "It is official. Shelbyville Dragons are 2020 State Basketball Champions along with Martin's Mill, Gruver, and San Saba. There will be a zoom championship presentation along with gold medals and State Trophy. Congrats to the back to back state champions!"


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laddie


 

 


Autumn in East Texas is quite colorful.  The year 1952 was no different, with the trees changing to their vivid colors, mornings getting cool, and sometimes with fog mingled in.  My brother-in-law, Robert Crosby, was a barber by trade.  He loved animals, and loved to hunt and fish.  

One of Robert’s pets was a large dog with the name Laddie.  He was a mix of German shepherd and Collie, tan in color.  He was easy to train, and had been taught a number of doggie tricks by Robert.

 

We decided to go on an overnight camping trip on the Sabine River in East Texas.  The river had carved out a high bluff at this particular point, at least thirty feet high.  Robert picked out a level spot to pitch our tent, and build a fire.  Laddie, now around eighteen months old, was with us on his first outing of this kind.

 

The three of us spent the night inside the tent after cooking bacon and eggs on the camp fire for supper.  Nothing smells quite as good as bacon frying in an old iron skillet, and frying eggs in the bacon grease.  We had set a number of hooks, “set hooks” as they were called, along the bank of the river in hopes of catching a catfish during the night.

 

Early the next morning, it was cool and a heavy fog encompassed our camp site.  We decided to “run the hooks” before breakfast to see if we had snared any cat fish during the night.  Laddie was running and barking through the woods, enjoying himself to the limit. Then the unexpected happened.

 

Laddie was headed straight for the bluff with his head held high smelling the many aromas of the woods.  I looked at Robert, and he yelled out to Laddie to “stop”.  The young dog kept going, ignoring the warning.  Laddie walked right off the cliff and fell the thirty feet to the river waters below.

 

Had he survived the fall?  Robert ran downstream to a place that he could climb down safely to the waters below.  There he found Laddie, wet and frightened, but unharmed.  They were both able to climb back up to the top without incident, Laddie probably having learned a good lesson that day.

 

Robert joined the Texas Highway Patrol about six months later.  He was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 24, 1954.  My sister, Evelyn, moved back to my parent’s home, and naturally brought Laddie with her. I adopted him as my own, but he missed his master.  He would never perform any of his “tricks” again for me.

 

I went off to college and Laddie disappeared one day and was never seen again.  The river bluff is now under water having been swallowed up by the massive Toledo Bend Lake.  But the memory of both still remains with me, and I have a few photos which help.

 


“LADDIE”

BY: NEAL MURPHY
PO. BOX 511
107 Hemlock Street
San Augustine, TX 75972
936-275-9033
Cell: 936-275-6986
Email: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

512 Words

“LADDIE”

BY: NEAL  MURPHY

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Panola County COVID-19 Update


 

According to Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones:

 

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES

 

Panola County Daily Update: April 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

 

An additional four (4) positive cases of the virus have been confirmed.

 

Cumulative Positive Cases: 172


Deaths: 7


Recoveries: 10

 

In addition according to source KTRE of the county total of 163, 39 of them were from two different Panola County nursing homes Briarcliff and Panola Nursing and Rehabilitation Have tested positive.

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine COVID-19 Update


 

 

April 30th COVID-19 Update:

 

The Angelina County Health District has confirmed 3 positive cases today. San Augustine County now has 19 positive cases.


At last count, SA County had 31 tests returned negative. The Health District could not update those numbers, or remaining pending tests today. I will share those numbers as soon as I get them.

The “ Stay at Home Oder “ that I issued will expire at 11:59 PM tonight. At this time, I will not extend it. We are still under the order issued by Governor Abbott. We will continue to monitor OUR numbers with the option of adding to the Governor’s order.

 

Please keep practicing social distancing, covering your face when out in public and washing hands frequently. The face covering is not mandatory, but is a very smart, safe and easy precaution to take.

 

The San Augustine County Offices will be open, with each official using their own guidelines and safety measures.

 

Please pray for and respect the privacy of all the families that have been affected by this virus.

Also, please keep the family of Dillon Miller in your prayers.

 

Take care and God Bless,

Jeff Boyd

San Augustine County Judge

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DeSoto Parish Update


 

 

April 30, 2020 Local Updates

 

COVID-19 NUMBERS: The following contains updated positive case numbers for COVID-19 locally and state wide. You can find the information below and more data via the LDH website updated at 12pm noon each day (noted below.) We post this information daily as a courtesy to locally concerned citizens, and we are not tasked with providing specific cases by city/town, personal information, or information on those who have recovered from COVID-19. Such information is organized, protected, and distributed when necessary by Medical Facilities and the Louisiana Department of Health.
http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

STATE TOTAL CASES/DEATHS:
April 22: 25,258 cases (+404 in 24 hrs) +68 deaths
April 23: 25,739 cases (+481 in 24 hrs) +67 deaths
April 24: 26,140 cases (+401 in 24 hrs) +61 deaths
April 25: 26,512 cases (+372 in 24 hrs) +43 deaths
April 26: 26,773 cases (+261 in 24 hrs) +26 deaths
April 27: 27,068 cases (+295 in 24 hrs) +27 deaths
April 28: 27,286 cases (+218 in 24 hrs) +61 deaths
April 29: 27,660 cases (+374 in 24 hrs) +44 deaths
April 30: 28,001 cases (+341 in 24 hrs) +60 deaths
Total State Deaths to Date: 1,862
Patients in Hospitals: 1,601 (-28 from yesterday)
Patients on Ventilators: 231 (-13 from yesterday)
**17,303 ARE PRESUMED RECOVERED**

DESOTO PARISH TOTAL CASES/DEATHS:
April 22: 171 cases (+3 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 23: 176 cases (+5 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 24: 180 cases (+4 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 25: 184 cases (+4 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 26: 185 cases (+1 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 27: 187 cases (+2 in 24 hrs) +1 death
April 28: 189 cases (+2 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 29: 191 cases (+2 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 30: 190 cases (-1 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
Total Parish Deaths to Date: 11

Details on numbers for surrounding parishes can be found at the website listed above.

CITY/TOWN TOTAL CASES/DEATHS:
The following information is subject to change and is not provided daily. This is due to how each clinic/hospital reports cases based on city/town based on place of residence or where the tests were performed. As promised, we will continue to provide what we know to the public, but we want to stress that we do not control the accuracy of this information, how it is obtained, organized, or when it is distributed. The following numbers were most recently updated: April 26, 2020
FRIERSON: 11 cases
GLOSTER: 9 cases
GRAND CANE: 8 cases
KEATCHIE: 4 cases
LOGANSPORT: 11 cases
MANSFIELD: 75 cases
PELICAN: 10 cases
STONEWALL: 23 cases

Stay safe, practice social distancing, and please continue to adhere to the Stay At Home order issued by our State Governor. Please see our previous post from today on face mask pickup locations this Thursday and Friday.

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Blood Drive at Joaquin ISD


 

 

Joaquin Highschool will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. For more information call 936-269-3128 or visit: HERE to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

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Mayor Hughes Proclamation lifting the City Shelter in Place Order


 


San Augustine Mayor Hughes has signed a proclamation lifting the City's Adoption of the County Shelter in Place Order which took place on April 1, 2020. From now on, unless other orders become necessary, we will only adhere to current orders issued by the Governor of the State of Texas relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new order lifting the order is effective at 11:59 tonight. The Proclamation is executed under authority granted to the Mayor by the City Council at the Called Meeting on April 7, 2020. It references the County Order which we had adopted.

 

Please continue to practice careful behavior including social distancing, wearing of protective masks and avoidance large groups (10 or more). Remember the masks are more for consideration of others than self protection. Please wear them when in public places around others.

 

City Hall will re-open next Monday, May 4. We have only a small lobby, so only one customer will be allowed inside at a any one time. Face masks are mandatory for entry.

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Governor Abbott Appeals FEMA Denial Of Major Disaster Declaration For North Texas Tornadoes


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas has appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) denial of Texas' Major Disaster Declaration request for Public Assistance for Dallas and Erath Counties following severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes during the period of October 20-21, 2019. The Governor sent a letter to FEMA asking the federal government to reverse their decision and provide much-needed assistance to local governments and non-profits for infrastructure and recovery efforts. 

 

During that two-day period, ten confirmed tornadoes ripped through North Texas, causing significant damage and fully exhausting diminished state resources. When Governor Abbott initially requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance in January 2020, FEMA certified eligible damages of approximately $18 million, under the state threshold. Over the last six months, however, the Dallas Independent School District, hit hard by these tornadoes, has provided additional information on their insurance review totaling over $27 million in uninsured damages. This brings the total estimated damages for this event to over $45.6 million — far exceeding the state threshold for FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program.

 

"The people of Texas are resilient and will continue to prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate against disasters — but federal assistance is needed for the communities impacted by these storms in order to expedite this process," said Governor Abbott. "I respectfully ask FEMA to reconsider their decision and provide this crucial support to the people of Dallas and Erath Counties."

 

 

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Governor Abbott Temporarily Allows For Appearance Before Notary Public Via Videoconference For Real-Estate Instruments


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott has suspended a statute concerning appearance before a notary public to acknowledge real-estate instruments such as mortgages. This suspension temporarily allows for appearance before a notary public via videoconference when executing such documents, avoiding the need for in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conditions that will apply whenever this suspension is invoked can be found here.

 

"Texas is providing flexibility in the notarization process by way of this temporary suspension to ensure Texans can continue to stay home as much as possible to keep themselves and others safe," said Governor Abbott. "Allowing for appearance before a notary public via videoconference will aid in our continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health."

 

This suspension will remain in effect until the earlier of May 30, 2020, or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires. Documents executed while this suspension is in effect, and in accordance with its terms, will remain valid after the termination of this suspension.

 

 

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Governor Abbott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Announce Free Online Training For Child Care Providers During COVID-19 Response


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service announced a series of free online trainings for child care providers and parents who are either in need of, or who will be providing care for, children of essential employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The first three trainings are available on Texas A&M AgriLife’s online learning platform

Additional free training sessions will be rolled out incrementally and will address health and safety guidelines, practices for staffing, essential materials for child care operations, developmentally appropriate activities, adult-child interactions and more. Trainings will also address topics such as emergency management planning, stress management and self-care for caregivers, planning at-home activities for children, parent-child communication, and supporting children’s emotional needs. Additionally, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott provided an introductory video for the child care training sessions.

 

"These trainings provide crucial health and safety information to parents and child care providers affected by the COVID-19 response, and ensure that providers and parents alike have the tools they need to effectively care for young Texans," said Governor Abbott. "I am grateful for this ongoing collaboration with our public and private partners to support Texans throughout this challenging time." 

 

"AgriLife Extension has long been a leader in providing practical, research-based, objective information to the people of Texas so we are very well positioned to help them address various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic," said AgriLife Extension director Jeff Hyde, Ph.D. "I’m proud that we were able to develop these trainings to help support the Texas Frontline Child Care Task Force in providing important information and assistance to essential employees and their children during this difficult time."

 

"In my role leading the Frontline Child Care Task Force and as chair of the Texas A&M Board of Regents, I knew the people in AgriLife Extension not only had the knowledge and expertise needed to develop these online trainings, they also had credibility with child care providers," said Texas Frontline Child Care Task Force Chair Elaine Mendoza. "I asked Dr. Stephen Green, head of AgriLife Extension’s Family and Community Health Unit, to put together a team of early childhood experts from his agency and any state agencies that could advise and support them in developing a series of trainings."

 

These online training courses were developed through a collaboration between the Governor's Texas Frontline Child Care Task Force, specialists in child and early child development, health, disaster assessment and recovery and family economics from AgriLife's Family and Community Health Unit. It also included experts from the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Children’s Learning Institute, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Department of State Health Services. 

 

The first three trainings available now are:

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Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration For Six Texas Counties Following Severe Weather


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for six Texas counties as a result of severe weather sustained across the Lone Star State last week. The Governor has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions to aid in response efforts.

 

“This disaster declaration will help the State of Texas provide local officials with the resources they need to respond to the aftermath of these storms,” said Governor Abbott. “Our hearts continue to be with those who were affected by these destructive storms, and the state is committed to working alongside these communities throughout the recovery process.”

 

This declaration includes Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Polk, Red River, and San Jacinto counties.

Read Governor Abbott’s full declaration. 

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Cornyn: Brazos Transit District to Receive $8.8M in FTA Coronavirus Relief Funds


 

 

The Brazos Transit District was awarded a federal grant of $8,830,021 for relief following the economic distress caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress last month as part of the CARES Act, comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

 

“As Texas reels from the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important our public transportation systems have the resources they need to weather the storm,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I commend both the Trump Administration and leaders at the Brazos Transit District who worked to secure these funds during this trying time.”

 

With this grant, the Brazos Transit District will support ADA paratransit service and purchase PPE, cleaning supplies, and other items to protect staff and riders.

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Boil Water Notice Rescinded



April 30, 2020

The water on San Augustine Rural WSC 
no longer requires boiling.


On April 28, 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 April 30, 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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Virtual Skywarn Spotter Training


 

 

NWS Shreveport Partners, 

 

Thanks so much for all of your great work in helping save lives in our communities that have been hard hit by storms over the last two and a half weeks.  We really appreciate the work you do and how much of a help you have been to us by helping us locate damage, all of this during pandemic.  Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone as we deal with COVID-19 as a nation.  Due to popular demand, we will be offering two more virtual Skywarn Spotter Training Sessions over the internet the next couple of weeks.  Please help us advertise this for the public in your area.

 

1. GoToWebinar - May 14th at 6:00 p.m.

Davyon Hill will be providing training on how to identify severe weather and report it to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.  Please make sure to register at: NWS Shreveport - Skywarn Spotter Training  

 

2. GoToWebinar - May 20th at 10:00 a.m.  

Chris Nuttall will be providing training on how to identify severe weather and report it to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.  Please make sure to register at: NWS Shreveport - Skywarn Spotter Training

 

You can become an official Skywarn Spotter and get a certificate by attending either of these webinars.  

 

For any questions related to this training session, please contact NWS Shreveport Skywarn Focal Point, Chris Nuttall@noaa.gov, and NWS Shreveport Warning Coordination Meteorologist Charles.Woodrum@noaa.gov.

 

Thanks,

NWS Shreveport

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on April 29th of 6 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total cumulative case count for Shelby County to 109.  

 

DSHS notified us of 2 more recoveries on April 30th bringing the total recoveries to 18.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

 

CUMULATIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE & AGE:


ZIP CODE:                    AGES:          DEATHS:  

 

75935…77              1-20…..1                  

 

75974…11              21-40....30

 

75975…9                41-60…46                1

 

75973…7                61-80…26

 

75954…5                81-100...3
                             Unknown...3
 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Meeting & Workshop


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 6st day of May, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community room on the 2nd floor of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

 

1.     Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Public comments on Agenda item.

3.    Update on parking lot for the JP.1 and Constable office. 

4.    Proclamation declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

5.    Adjourn. 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 6th day of May, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Community room on the 2nd floor of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

 

  1. Work on the CTIF Grant. 

 

  1. Adjourn.

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 190

Nacogdoches County 141

Shelby County 103

Panola County 80

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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Shelby County Courthouse Hours


 

 

Starting on Monday, May 4, 2020 the courthouse will be closed during the lunch hour from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM, the hours of business will be 8 AM until 12 noon/reopen at 1 PM until 4:30 AM.

 

Thank you,

 

Allison Harbison 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 190

Nacogdoches County 141

Shelby County 103

Panola County 80

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Monday, May 4, 2020 6 p.m. via videoconference at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4453645221

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest. 2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance. 3. Open Forum. 4. Discussion and Council action on readdressing City Park opening. 5. Closing Statements. 6. Adjournment. IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes. Posted by Paula Guzman on April 29, 2020 at 3:45 p.m.

 

William Baker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: City council meeting Time: May 4, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

 

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Library Closed until further notice


 

 

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will be closed until further notice.  With the Shelby County COVID-19 count still rising, we feel it would not be safe for our patrons or staff.

If you need the staff, please leave a phone message at 936-598-5522 or email fbbl.sandradavis@yahoo.com.

 

Thanks,

Sandra Davis

Library Director

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 191

Nacogdoches County 141

Shelby County 103

Panola County 80

San Augustine County 16

 

 

 

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Norton Gallery exhibits art by Amanda Clements


 

 

 

Panola College Art Professor Amanda Clements’ watercolor and mixed media artwork, “Evening Wildflowers,” is on display at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, La., as part of “BLOOM! 2020,” a juried exhibition.

 

“There were 193 submissions, and only 48 selected for the exhibit, so I was thrilled to be included,” Clements said.

 

Because of the coronavirus, the venue is closed, but the exhibit is showcased online. The Digital Exhibition Catalogue can be found at http://www.rwnaf.org/events.html while the virtual exhibit video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxbKTj21TJA&feature=youtu.be

 

Before the coronavirus crisis, Panola College had planned a field trip to visit the Norton to see the BLOOM! 2020 exhibit and to view the Norton Gardens. The field trip was funded by a grant from the Panola College Foundation.

 

“I am heavily disappointed that we had to cancel the field trip, but the Gallery has so wonderfully tried to still allow us artists a little spotlight by creating a virtual tour of the works on display,” she said.

 

Clements teaches art appreciation, drawing, watercolor, acrylics, oils and ceramics to Panola College students.

 

For the Norton exhibition entry, she chose to work in cyanotype and watercolor. Cyanotype is a printing process that creates a cyan-blue print. She combined both artistic processes to create a mixed media image.

 

Clements said she grew up watching her mother paint and, with her mother’s help, began working with clay to complete a history project in junior high. That experience sparked her interest in three-dimensional artwork.

 

“I created a complete Indian village in clay, and later made a Noah’s ark set with the ark and all the animals. I really liked working with the clay that you shaped and then baked in the oven to harden,” she said.

 

After high school, she started studying pre-med at Eastfield College in Mesquite where she planned to study sonography or nursing. “I was really stressed out in some of those classes, so my mom encouraged me to take a class just for fun,” she recalls. That’s when she rediscovered her love of art.

 

“In one of those classes, my professor praised my work and told me I should change my focus and major in art. I said, ‘I’m not going to be a starving artist. I need a degree where I can get a job with a steady income.” Her professor persisted and talked to her about opportunities as an art teacher. Clements completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M Commerce and started teaching at Chapel Hill in Mt. Pleasant. After a summer retreat for art educators at Stephen F. Austin State University, she signed up to be one of the first students in SFA’s new Art Educator’s Master’s Program and completed her master’s degree.

 

She was teaching art at Hallsville High School when the art professor’s position opened up at Panola College. “I knew from the beginning that I wanted to ultimately teach at a community college. I wanted to do what that professor had done for me. She opened the door for me to realize that I could find success doing something that I love,” she said.

 

To create the artwork that was selected for the Norton exhibit, Clements painted the chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide onto watercolor paper in a dimly lit room. Once dry, she was able to add watercolors to the piece. She enjoys experimenting with new techniques and sharing her knowledge with her students.

 

“I’m usually so focused on being the art teacher that I don’t focus on being the artist. Right now, I’ve set up a place to work in the corner of our dining room. I want our children to be able to watch me work with my art the way I watched my own mom paint when I was a little girl. They’re getting to watch me create, and they have helped me with the cyanotype process, so we’re having fun,” she said.

 

 


 

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SFA School of Music announces scholarship recipients


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University has announced the newest list of recipients of the many scholarships that are awarded annually to SFA music students.


“At the end of every academic year, the SFA School of Music is fortunate to be able to present dozens of students with the many endowed scholarships that so many magnanimous donors have given over the years,” said Dr. Gary Wurtz, director of the School of Music. “This is typically done at our annual Extravaganza student celebration event. With this being an intensely abnormal year, due to the COVID-19 quarantine situation, we were unable to have that event, so we are pleased to instead use this statement to announce the following awardees.”


Scholarships from the winds, brass and percussion area


• The recipient of the Kelly W. Lancaster Memorial Music Scholarship is Kurt Swisher, a percussion student of Brad Meyer and music education major from Tyler. Swisher is also the recipient of the J.T. Cox Band Scholarship.

• The recipient of the Bobby D. Goff Memorial Band Scholarship is Jared Cornett, a transfer student from Kilgore College, entering SFA in the fall of 2020.

• The recipient of the Charles Lee Hill Band Scholarship is McKenzie Campo, a clarinet student of Chris Ayer and music education major from Nacogdoches.

• The recipient of the Dirk Wheeler Memorial Music Education Scholarship is Levi Grant, a trombone student of Deb Scott and music education major from Longview.

• The recipient of the Hubert A. “Butch” Almany Band Scholarship is Hannah Terral, a clarinet student of Chris Ayer and music education major from Clifton.

• The recipient of the Mary Osborne Ray Memorial Drum Major Scholarship is Eamonn Donnelly, a euphonium student of Danny Chapa and music education major from Nashville, Tennessee.

• The recipient of the Mel Montgomery Band Scholarship is Braydon Sowell, a saxophone student of Nathan Nabb and music education major from Carthage.

• The recipient of the Paul Stroud Memorial Band Scholarship is Kristen Mercer, a trombone student of Deb Scott and music education major from Kingwood.

• The recipient of the Waymon Bullock Music Education Scholarship is Elizabeth Esquivel Mondragon, a flute student of Christina Guenther and music education major from Tyler.

• The recipient of the Jackie and Neil Grant Music Education Scholarship is Jasmin Limqueco, a flute student of Christina Guenther and music education major from Plano.

• The recipient of the John D. Dickson Music Scholarship is Spencer Alfredson of Tomball, a horn performance student of Charles Gavin.

Scholarships from the voice area


• The recipient of the Ida Pritchett Memorial Music Scholarship is Maiya Williams, a voice student of Scott LaGraff and music education major from Hutto.

• Two students were awarded the David W. Jones Voice Scholarship: Megan Stone, a voice student of Nita Hudson and music education major from Spring; and Grace Palmore, voice student of Debbie Berry and music education major from Royse City.

• The recipient of the Doris H. and James A. Jones Music Scholarship is Hunter Dickens, a voice student of Scott LaGraff and music education major from Bullard.

• The recipient of the James A. and Doris H. Jones Music Scholarship is Hannah Hays, a voice student of Scott LaGraff and music education major from Lubbock.

• Three voice students were named as recipients of the O. Elbridge and Katherine Gammill Voice Scholarship: Sara Rosado of Katy, a music education student of Debbie Berry; Anthony Perez of Houston, a music education student of Nita Hudson; and Jay Teamer of Lake Dallas, a music education student of Debbie Dalton.

• Three voice students have the honor of holding the Ron Anderson Voice Scholarship: Jason Padron of Houston, a music education student of Nita Hudson; Grace Palmore of Royse City, a music education student of Debbie Berry; and Matthew Mitchell of Huffman, a music education student of Debbie Berry.

• The Nacogdoches Symphony Club’s annual Baumgartner Award will be split between two voice students: Taryn Surrat of Houston, a voice performance student of Nita Hudson; and Megan Bucher of Katy, a voice performance student of Debbie Berry.

• The recipient of the Cum Concilio Club’s Peggy Wedgeworth Wright Award in the voice area is Kayla Luptak, a voice student of Debbie Berry and music education major from Bullard.

Scholarships from the strings area


• The recipient of the Isidor Saslav Strings Scholarship is Alina Nebzhidovskaia from St. Petersburg, Russia, a violin student of Jennifer Dalmas.

• String students who are receiving the Paul Francis Buskirk Strings Scholarship include Caroline Pagano of Kingwood; Emily Duin of Kingwood; Nicole Beltran of Irving; Ernesto Mendoza of Abilene; Veronica Guerra of Harlingen; John Velez of Freeport; and Haley Dunn of Houston.

• The recipient of the Barbara Brown Schoenewolf Art and Music Scholarship is Isabella Gaertner of Mount Pleasant, a cello performance student of Evgeni Raychev.

• The recipient of the Cum Concilio Club’s Peggy Wedgeworth Wright Award in the string area is Nicole Beltran, a violin student of Jen Dalmas and music education major from Irving.

Scholarships from the piano area


• The recipient of the Jack and Cheryl Nelson Music Scholarship is Davidson Reyes from the Dominican Republic, a piano student of Andrew Parr. Reyes is also the recipient of the Rowena Hinson Music Scholarship.

• The recipient of the Mamie Middlebrook Music Scholarship is Kaden Harman of Cushing, a piano student of Ping-Ting Lan. Harman is also the recipient of the Shirley R. Watterston Accompanying Scholarship.

Scholarships from the jazz area


• The recipient of the Gary Wurtz Jazz Scholarship is Felipe Hernandez of Lufkin, a graduate saxophone student of Nathan Nabb. Hernandez was also named as the Darrell Holt Outstanding member of the Swingin’ Axes for the year.

• The recipient of the Kermit and Margaret Wilson Agee Music Scholarship is Sterling Davis, a trombone student of Deb Scott and music education major from Cambridge, Ohio.

• The recipient of the Perry and Martha Brittain Scholarship is Levi Grant, a trombone student of Deb Scott and music education major from Longview.

• The recipient of the Zack Brittain Scholarship is Sterling Davis, a trombone student of Deb Scott and music education major from Cambridge, Ohio.

Scholarships from the composition and music theory area


• The recipient of the G. Darrell Holt Music Scholarship is Scott Hansen from Haines, Alaska, a graduate composition student of Stephen Lias. Hansen is also the recipient of the Dan Beaty Memorial Music Scholarship.

• The recipient of the Don McManus Music Scholarship is Jasmin Limqueco, a flute student of Christina Guenther and music education major from Plano.

General music scholarships


• The recipient of the Aaron and Barbara Smith Music Scholarship is Julia Walden, a flute student of Christina Guenther and music education major from Malakoff.

• The recipient of the Colvert Family Music Scholarship is Sterling Davis, a trombone student of Deb Scott and music education major from Cambridge, Ohio.

• The recipient of the H.H. “Hoot” and Bertha Gibson Scholarship is Fernando Martinez, a clarinet student of Chris Ayer and music education major from Brownsville.

• The recipient of the Jack R. and Claudine W. McKinney Memorial Music Scholarship is Hannah Terral, a clarinet student of Chris Ayer and music education major from Clifton.

• The recipient of the Virdian Watkins Vaughn Scholarship is Anthony Perez, a voice student of Nita Hudson and music education major from Houston.

• The Pi Kappa Lambda Award for the sophomore with the highest GPA goes to Joshua (Reed) Sellers, a voice student of Ric Berry and music education major from Cypress.

The James I. Perkins family has underwritten the Dr. Peggy W. Wright Music Scholarship to memorialize the devoted School of Music supporter, according to Wurtz. The two deserving recipients are Hannah Terral, a clarinet student of Chris Ayer and music education major from Clifton; and Maiya Williams, a voice student of Scott LaGraff and music education major from Hutto.


Each fall, a new student is selected as the recipient of the Ed and Gwen Cole Music Scholarship, and they receive that award for four years. The current four Cole Scholars are Taryn Surrat of Houston, a voice performance student of Nita Hudson; Sara Rosado, a voice student of Debbie Berry and music education major from Katy; Anthony Perez, a voice student of Nita Hudson and music education major from Houston; and Aaron Milam, a percussion student of Brad Meyer and music education major from Longview.


Each spring, the prestigious Presser Scholarship, endowed by the Presser Foundation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is awarded to a student who is entering their senior year. That person is known as the Presser Scholar. The 2020 Presser Scholar is Dalia Lee, a clarinet student of Chris Ayer and music education major from Frisco.

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Nacogdoches Burglars Busted


 

 

Two suspects have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into recent burglaries and thefts that have occurred between the months of February through April of 2020 in Nacogdoches County. The Sheriff’s Office received several calls of service in reference to thefts occurring in and near the Appleby community during this time.


 During the course of the investigation, Nacogdoches Investigators obtained evidence and statements that identified two primary suspects in the ongoing cases. Investigators further established probable cause to obtain multiple warrants on both suspects. 


Corey Lynn Hamilton 22 years of age and Ashton Center 18 years of age were both arrested on Monday 04-27-2020 and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. Both arrests have enabled sheriff investigators to clear up multiple cases. These subjects are believed to have conspired together during the majority of the thefts and burglaries. Investigators and Sheriff Deputies were able to recover tools, an ATV, lawn mower, weed eaters, generator, vehicle parts and construction equipment. These cases are ongoing and additional charges are possible.
Criminal Charges Filed: 


-Corey Lynn Hamilton (22 y/o) of Nacogdoches
    -Burglary of a Habitation F/2
    -Burglary of a Building SJF
    -Theft of Property between $2500.00-$2999.99 SJF
    -Theft of Property between $100.00-$749.99 M/B
    -Theft of Property between $750.00-$2499.99 M/A
    -Criminal Trespass M/B

-Ashton Brock Center (18 y/o) of Nacogdoches
    -Burglary of a Habitation F/2
    -Burglary of a Building SJF
 

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SFA's Texas National virtual exhibition postponed until May 5


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Due to technical difficulties in the virtual judging process for this year’s Texas National Competition and Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University, the video of the exhibition and announcement of the winning entries will not be available for viewing until the afternoon of Tuesday, May 5, according to officials with The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closure of Cole Art Center, a virtual exhibition had been planned for late April. But the walking-tour video will not be available for viewing online until May 5, according to Alisa Steed, event coordinator for Cole Art Center. The video will be posted to the School of Art website at art.sfasu.edu and on Facebook at SFA Art Galleries & Cole Art Center and on Instagram.


For more information about the exhibition, call (936) 468-1131. The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House is SFA’s historic art gallery, located in downtown Nacogdoches.

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on April 27th of 3 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19  bringing the total cumulative case count for Shelby County to 103.  We were also notified of 3 more recovered cases, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 16.

 

On April 28th DSHS also gave us confirmation of one death in Shelby County due to COVI-19.  While we've had many questions directed to our office concerning COVID-19 deaths in Shelby County, we continue to report only confirmed, factual information provided to us by DSHS.

Breakdown of cases by zip code and ages:

 

ZIP CODE:              AGES:          DEATHS:  

 

75935...73               1-20.....1                  

 

75974...10               21-40....29

 

75975...9                41-60...41            1 Death 

 

75973...6                61-80...26

 

75954...5                81-100...3

 

                             Unknown...3

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CMS My Sister, Myself Thanks Donors for March 5 Trip


 

 

Center Middle School’s My Sister, Myself members would like to thank the generous donors for making their March 5 trip possible. Sponsors, Anita Williams, April Bloys, Nicci Cooper and Jennifer Bartlett, along with the members, enjoyed a trip to SFASU, NASA, volunteered at a food bank, and had a fun time at the beach. The trip took place just one week before schools closed so the girls were not able to visit donors in person. A big ‘Thank You’ goes out to Omni Environmental Solutions, Center Lions Club, Rancho Grande and the Alondra Hernandez Family, Elizabeth Spruiell Family, Sandy and Terry Eaden, Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, Center Rotary Club, Loop 500 Church of Christ.

 

 

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting 


 

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a regular scheduled Board Meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020 


For more information call: Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext: 200

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 189

Nacogdoches County 141

Shelby County 103

Panola County 80

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for San Augustine Rural Water System 



Due to repairs being made on the water main, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System PWS #2030007 to notify all customers on FM 353, White Rock Area, and Hwy 21 E, including customers on the Sun Rise Road to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands / face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).  Children, seniors and Persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact San Augustine Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

 

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$2.1 Million Raised for Area Nonprofits through East Texas Giving Day 


 

 

Charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of more than 5,746 donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s recognized day of giving to support local nonprofits.
The online fundraising effort began at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28th, and ended at midnight. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed $2,143,232 to support the causes they care about in 32 East Texas counties.


“East Texas residents stepped up in this unprecedented time of need,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation, which host this year’s event. “Nonprofit organizations spent countless hours getting the word out about the needs facing our region, especially related to how they are responding to the pandemic. It’s a community effort we can all be proud of.”


During East Texas Giving Day, nonprofit organizations encouraged their donors and the public to make charitable donations online at www.EastTexasGivingDay.org. Donors could choose among 195 participating charities, and make donations starting at just $10. Throughout the day, some donations were eligible to be matched by donations already pledged by individuals to select nonprofits. 


East Texas Giving Day benefited nonprofits of all sizes. Preliminary results show, a Smith County charity leading the charge with The Mentoring Alliance receiving the most overall contributions for a total of $189,017, followed by Texas A&M University Texarkana Foundation in Bowie County raising $94,585 and East Texas Food Bank, based in Smith County with $84,328. 
Media sponsors for East Texas Giving Day include: KYTX CBS19, KETK NBC 56 and KFXK Fox 51, ArkLaTex.com NBC 6, KLTV ABC 7, KTRE ABC 9 serving Lufkin, Jack FM 106.5, KYKX 105.7 of Longview, KVNE 89.5 and KGLY 93.1, Mix 107.7 and KOYN 93.9 of Paris Texas, KALK 97.7 and KSCN 96.9 of Mt. Pleasant, KISS FM 92.7 Paris, KICKS 105.1 in Lufkin and, Townsquare Media in Texarkana, Tyler Today Magazine, 4 States Living, Texarkana Today and M Roberts Digital. Media sponsors helped publicize giving day with online public service announcements and live broadcasts throughout the day.


About ETCF
East Texas East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed $12 million in grants in 2019 and currently manages over $110 million in over 374 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships. The Foundatio¬¬n, which was formed in 1989, has awarded almost $100 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. Philanthropy builds community and changes lives. East Texas Communities Foundation supports philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their charitable goals.
 

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Governor Abbott Prepares State Resources As Severe Weather Threatens Parts Of Texas


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott has placed numerous resources on standby across the state in anticipation of severe weather expected to impact parts of Central, North, and East Texas on Tuesday through early Wednesday morning.

 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has rostered Texas Highway Patrol, Texas A&M Forest Service Saw Crews, Texas Parks and Wildlife Water Rescue Boats, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service Urban Search and Rescue and Swift Water Rescue Boat Squads, and Texas Department of State Health Services Ambulance Strike Teams. The Texas State Operations Center remains activated at Level II in support of the ongoing response to COVID-19.

 

"As severe weather approaches, the state of Texas is taking the necessary precautions to ensure our communities are safe and first responders have the resources they need," said Governor Abbott. "I urge all Texans in the storm's path to heed warnings from local officials and be mindful of weather alerts."

 

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area. 

State agencies involved in the response effort include the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service, and Texas A&M Task Force One.

For additional safety tips related to severe weather, read more: http://ready.gov/severe-weather 

 

Additional resources and information:

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Rolling stops on US 59/SL 224


 

 


Beginning April 30 (Thursday) at 7 am, Oncor Electric Delivery and Higher Power Electrical LLC will begin removing existing overhead electric lines that cross US 59 South and the southwest area of SL 224. There will be nine locations of work throughout the day will result in traffic stops and delays of about 15 minutes at each stop. Work is expected to be completed in one extended work day.

 

These rolling stops will begin on US 59 South and work north toward SL 224, continuing around the loop until work is completed. This work is in association with the ongoing TxDOT construction project designed to construct a flyover and new main lanes of travel along US 59/SL 224.

 

There will be traffic control provided at each location to assist in stopping traffic so that electric lines can be safely installed or removed. One particular location at Old Lufkin Road near the Nacogdoches Fire Station on SL 224, will require traffic control on both sides of the loop.

 

 

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SHELBY COUNTY COURTHOUSE RETURN TO BUSINESS FROM COVID-19 CLOSING


 

 

The Shelby County Courthouse will reopen to the public to a certain degree on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. The hours will return to normal working hours which are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The first floor of the courthouse will be open but subject to restrictions on the number of people allowed in at one time.

 

The second and third floor will have limited access; we continue to encourage you to call before you come to schedule an appointment with whichever office you need.

 

You are also encouraged to wear a mask for you own protection as well as ours.

Thank you for your courtesy and cooperation during this trying time.

 

County Judge Allison Harbison

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COVID-19 Case Counts


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 189

Nacogdoches County 141

Shelby County 103

Panola County 80

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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Center School Board Meeting


 

 

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held April 30, 2020, beginning at 12:00 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/BmFIyalUfdA

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

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COVID-19 Case Counts


 

 


According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 187

Nacogdoches County 125

Shelby County 103

Panola County 78

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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San Augustine COVID-19 Testing


 

 

Covid-19 Mobile Testing starts May 1st at the SA County Fairgrounds.

Registration for testing begins Wednesday, April 29th. Healthcare workers and First Responders can be tested without showing symptoms, but will also need to register.

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Case Counts


 

 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 187

Nacogdoches County 125

Shelby County 100

Panola County 78

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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Joaquin City Park Closed Again


 

 

The Joaquin park reopening was short-lived as the park was voted to be closed again at the Joaquin City Council meeting held on Monday, April 27, 2020. 

 

From the City of Joaquin:

 

The Joaquin City Council voted tonight to close the city park due to rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. The total of Covid-19 cases in the Joaquin area is now at 5.

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas, Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols


 

 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the first phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. The Governor also outlined special guidance for Texans over 65 and detailed a comprehensive mitigation plan for nursing homes in Texas. The Governor also announced a statewide testing and tracing program developed by DSHS that will help public health officials quickly identify and test Texans who contract COVID-19 and mitigate further spread of the virus. 

 

The Governor's announcement is accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. This detailed report, available on the strike force website, helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS' minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.

 

Open Texas Report

 

"This strategic approach to opening the state of Texas prioritizes the health and safety of our communities and follows the guidelines laid out by our team of medical experts," said Governor Abbott. "Now more than ever, Texans must remain committed to safe distancing practices that reduce the spread of COVID-19, and we must continue to rely on doctors and data to provide us with the safest strategies to restore Texans' livelihoods. We must also focus on protecting the most vulnerable Texans from exposure to COVID-19. If we remain focused on protecting the lives of our fellow Texans, we can continue to open the Lone Star State."

 

By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are permitted to reopen on Friday, May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.

 

All museums and libraries may open under the same 25% occupancy limitation, but interactive areas of museums must remain closed. State libraries and museums will open by May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government. Single-person offices may reopen as well.

 

Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed. Local government operations, including county and municipal government operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, may reopen as determined by the local government.

 

DSHS has recommended minimum standard health protocols for all individuals, all employers and employees, as well as industry-specific protocols for retailers, retail customers, restaurants, restaurant patrons, movie theaters, movie theater customers, museums and libraries, museum and library visitors, outdoor sports participants, single-person offices, and low COVID-19 counties. These protocols are outlined in the Open Texas Checklists within the Governor's report beginning on page 20.

 

Essential services such as farmers and ranchers, grocery and drug stores, banks, and gas stations will continue to operate. Public swimming pools, bars, gyms, cosmetology salons, massage establishments, interactive amusement venues, such as bowling alleys and video arcades, and tattoo and piercing studios will remain closed through Phase I. Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities must remain closed to visitors unless to provide critical assistance.

 

The Governor also established increased occupancy protocols for certain counties with five or fewer laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those counties may, on an individualized basis, increase occupancy limits to up to 50% for restaurants, retail, shopping malls, museums and libraries, and movie theaters if they meet certain criteria. The county judge must certify and affirm to DSHS that the following standards have been investigated and confirmed to be met:

The county had five or fewer COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases on April 30, 2020 or, at a later date, five or fewer active COVID-19 cases as verified by DSHS.
The county has created a list of testing opportunities in the county or the area.
The county has been in contact with its designated regional advisory council to ensure the community is prepared for any needed health care transfers.
The county has provided public notice to the residents of the county, including: Signs and symptoms of COVID-19: Recommended health and safety protocols in line with CDC guidance; Information regarding how residents can get tested in the area; A link to the DSHS website where residents can go to learn about community spread in nearby communities, in order to help county residents understand their risk to exposure if they travel regularly outside of the county.
The county has contacted each of the following types of facilities located in the county to ensure they are complying with Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding COVID-19: Nursing homes; Assisted living facilities; Industrial, agricultural, or business facilities with a significant number of employees; and City or county jails.


The county is equipped and prepared to protect vulnerable populations, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.


The county has documented procedures to be activated if a resident becomes COVID-19 positive, including procedures to take appropriate measures as necessary in line with the plan to open Texas.


The county has contacted DSHS in order to create a plan to ensure contact tracing will occur within 48 hours of a positive test reported to DSHS.
 

Phase I will begin Friday May 1 and continue until at least May 18. The Governor will continue to evaluate next steps for the state.

 

The Governor's Report to Open Texas also outlines a long-term comprehensive mitigation plan for nursing homes in Texas. Eight recommendations have been developed by HHSC to help mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of infection in these facilities. A summary of the recommendations is below, and full recommendations are in the Governor's report beginning on page 9: 

Quantify the extent of infection immediately
Establish a comprehensive mitigation plan
Re-evaluate current COVID-19 positive facilities
Appropriate isolation and placement of COVID-19 patients
Implement enhanced access controls
Enhance control of staff access
Effective notifications
Continue containment efforts
 

During the press conference, the Governor also announced a new statewide testing and contact tracing program. Developed and implemented by DSHS, this program will help identify individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and those who may need to quarantine or be tested due to potential exposure. This phased implementation will allow Texans to box in the virus and slow, or even stop, further spread. Phase I of the tracing program has been completed, and Phase II begins today. Phase III begins May 11. More details about the contact tracing program are available in the Governor's Report to Open Texas beginning on page 16. 

 

Governor Abbott today also relaxed certain restrictions related to health care professionals and issued amended requirements related to hospital capacity. Under an Executive Order (GA-19) issued today:

 

All licensed health care professionals shall be limited in their practice by, and must comply with, any emergency rules promulgated by their respective licensing agencies dictating minimum standards for safe practice during the COVID-19 disaster.


Every hospital licensed under Chapter 241 of the Texas Health & Safety Code shall reserve at least 15% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients, as determined by HHSC. 
 

Additionally, the Governor issued an Executive Order (GA-20) to eliminate the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for individuals traveling from Louisiana. Under GA-20, the mandated 14-day quarantine for travelers from the following areas remains in place: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida. 

 

View Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. 

 

View the Governor's Executive Orders issued today:

GA-18: Relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
GA-19: Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.
GA-20: Relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
 

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Governor Gregg Abbott COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, the stay at home order will be allowed to expire on April 30th, 2020 as it is already scheduled to do so.

 

In phase 1 of the scheduled reopenings restaurants, retail stores, malls, and movie theatres will be allowed to reopen starting on Friday, May 1st, 2020, with no more than 25% occupancy, if the business chooses to do so. Businesses are not required to reopen.

 

If the Governor's phase 1 plan is successful, for two weeks after it is passed meaning if the coronavirus spread does not increase, then occupancy will be allowed to increase up to 50%.

 

Barbershops, salons, and bars must remain closed at this time until the middle of May. Once again the businesses allowed to reopen are not required to open if they do not want to.

 

In addition, while wearing masks in public is recommend it is not yet required by the Governor's orders which supersedes all other local authorities in the State of Texas, meaning according to Governor Abbott you can not be legally fined at this time for not wearing a mask in public, however he does encourage the public to wear a masks in public. 

 

For the updates from the Governor's Office visit his website at: https://gov.texas.gov/

 

 

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Nacogdoches County Coronavirus Call Center


 

 

We're extremely grateful for the staff of medically trained volunteers operating the Nacogdoches coronavirus call center!

 

In an effort to manage resources and adapt to call volume trends, the call center will adjust its hours beginning Wed, Apr 29. If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call 936-468-4787 between 9a-1p for screening and triage.

 

Actual *testing* hours and capabilities will not be affected.

 

 

 

 

 

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DeSoto Parish Update


 

 

April 27, 2020 Local Updates

 

COVID-19 NUMBERS: The following contains updated positive case numbers for COVID-19 locally and state wide. You can find the information below and more data via the LDH website updated at 12pm noon each day (noted below.) We post this information daily as a courtesy to locally concerned citizens, and we are not tasked with providing specific cases by city/town, personal information, or information on those who have recovered from COVID-19. Such information is organized, protected, and distributed when necessary by Medical Facilities and the Louisiana Department of Health.


http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

STATE TOTAL CASES/DEATHS:
April 18: 23,580 cases (+462 in 24 hrs) +54 deaths
April 19: 23,928 cases (+348 in 24 hrs) +29 deaths
April 20: 24,523 cases (+595 in 24 hrs) +32 deaths
April 21: 24,854 cases (+331 in 24 hrs) +77 deaths
April 22: 25,258 cases (+404 in 24 hrs) +68 deaths
April 23: 25,739 cases (+481 in 24 hrs) +67 deaths
April 24: 26,140 cases (+401 in 24 hrs) +61 deaths
April 25: 26,512 cases (+372 in 24 hrs) +43 deaths
April 26: 26,773 cases (+261 in 24 hrs) +26 deaths
April 27: 27,068 cases (+295 in 24 hrs) +27 deaths
Total State Deaths to Date: 1,697
Patients in Hospitals: 1,683 (-18 from yesterday)
Patients on Ventilators: 262 (-3 from yesterday)
**17,303 ARE PRESUMED RECOVERED**

DESOTO PARISH TOTAL CASES/DEATHS:
April 18: 152 cases (+7 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 19: 156 cases (+4 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 20: 158 cases (+2 in 24 hrs) +1 death
April 21: 168 cases (+10 in 24 hrs) +1 death
April 22: 171 cases (+3 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 23: 176 cases (+5 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 24: 180 cases (+4 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 25: 184 cases (+4 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 26: 185 cases (+1 in 24 hrs) +0 deaths
April 27: 187 cases (+2 in 24 hrs) +1 death
Total Parish Deaths to Date: 11

Details on numbers for surrounding parishes can be found at the website listed above.

CITY/TOWN TOTAL CASES/DEATHS:
The following information is subject to change and is not provided daily. This is due to how each clinic/hospital reports cases based on city/town based on place of residence or where the tests were performed. As promised, we will continue to provide what we know to the public, but we want to stress that we do not control the accuracy of this information, how it is obtained, organized, or when it is distributed. The following numbers were most recently updated: April 26, 2020
FRIERSON: 11 cases
GLOSTER: 9 cases
GRAND CANE: 8 cases
KEATCHIE: 4 cases
LOGANSPORT: 11 cases
MANSFIELD: 75 cases
PELICAN: 10 cases
STONEWALL: 23 cases

Stay safe, practice social distancing, and please continue to adhere to the Stay At Home order issued by our State Governor. Please see our previous post from today on face mask pickup locations this Thursday and Friday.

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COVID-19 Testing Coming to San Augustine


 

 

 

 

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SFA art, music, theatre professors find innovative ways teach fine arts online


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Each day for the past few weeks, Dr. Christina Guenther, professor of flute at Stephen F. Austin State University, accompanied by her husband, Dr. Ron Petti, director of collaborative piano at SFA, have recorded a video of themselves performing works that Guenther’s students are working on. The videos are posted to her flute studio’s Facebook page for students’ enjoyment and to help them learn the music.

 

“I hope it keeps everyone feeling like we’re still getting to be together … at least a little,” she said.

 

This is just one of many innovative ideas that fine arts professors at SFA have come up with to teach their students in the virtual world that COVID-19 has created.

 

While some college courses translate fairly easily to online content, teaching the fine arts – art, music and theatre – which have been traditionally face-to-face, hands-on instruction, takes extra creativity to make remote learning and interaction work.

 

Normally in the SFA flute studio, students periodically perform impromptu duets to work on sight reading, intonation, ensemble performance and adjusting. Because that was no longer possible after spring break this year, Guenther recorded duo videos – a Mozart duo, a Brazilian choro, a tango by Piazzolla – and provided corresponding sheet music for the students.

 

“They were to pick at least one duo to play along with  – I always play the bottom line – and then comment about their experience,” Guenther said. “While it is not the same as in person, it gave them a chance to have some quasi-duo interaction with me, and, because it was pre-recorded, they couldn’t stop to fix things like we can in person; they had to keep going. Some of their comments were about not being able to stop and realizing they need to work to be able to play along without a metronome and just feel the beat. Because they have access to these videos, they can ‘duo’ with me anytime they want.”

 

A particular challenge for art, music or theatre education majors has been trying to fulfill student teaching requirements when public and private schools are closed. According to Claire Murphy, assistant professor of music education, SFA music education majors who are clinical (student) teaching this semester have continued to work to grow and develop, despite the closing of schools.

 

“Our clinical teachers are working closely with their cooperating teachers to provide online instruction and learning opportunities for K-12 students in Texas,” Murphy said. “They have participated in Zoom sessions led by faculty and music educators across the state, in order to discuss teaching strategies, resources, concepts, etc. that would be discussed in a face-to-face teaching and learning environment. Our students are rolling up their sleeves to continue to grow and learn and work to help their cooperating teachers and students in every way possible. Our Lumberjacks are adaptable and resilient.”

With teachers across the nation no longer in classrooms, it has provided Dr. David Campo, director of bands at SFA, an opportunity “bring in” guest speakers online to share their knowledge with his music students.

 

“High school and middle school band directors from across the state have spoken to my band administration class,” Campo said.“ Last week, we had a visit with composer Quincy Hilliard. The biggest challenge for us is that there is no way to have ensemble rehearsals, and that is a critical component of the music education degree, not to mention that ensembles develop an important camaraderie that enhances the experience for all of us.”

 

Not all SFA music majors had the ability to shelter in place with quality instruments, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano. “Our situations have run the gamut from beautiful pianos to none at all,” he said. “I found that any former complaints about the quality of SFA’s practice room facilities have disappeared completely! I also discovered that online lessons could still feel personal and productive, and that we were always glad to see each other again each week.”

 

Graduate and undergraduate students in the choral/voice area are taking advantage of the sudden and dramatic shift to music making by scheduling Zoom sessions with world-famous conductors, composers, authors and pedagogues, said Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities at SFA. During normal times, the schedules and fees of getting notable music heavyweights for speaking engagements would be prohibitive, he said.  

 

“This disruptive event has reminded me how much we need and should value community in the act of music making,” he said. “Music is made more powerful when shared, whether it is with each other or for an audience. Our students miss authentic connection and community with their professors and with each other. To help  diminish this sense of loss of community, our alumni in the voice area have been writing encouraging letters to our current voice students.”

 

While the SFA theatre faculty is doing “an incredible job” adapting, School of Theatre Director Cleo House Jr. said these are not ideal circumstances for teaching theatre. “Our art form is rooted in human-to-human, real-world interaction, so there is a struggle,” he said. “But what this situation has done is forced a different kind of creativity and innovation that we probably would never have approached without the pandemic. While we miss the face-to-face time with our students dearly, I’m certain there will be takeaways from this time that we will all use moving forward.”

 

The School of Theatre has not only adjusted the way classes are delivered, but also how it conducts auditions and interviews with new, incoming students. House said. A new approach was taken for the spring Theatre Day, which traditionally brings high school students from across East Texas to the SFA campus to talk with theatre professors, tour facilities and attend plays. “Our most recent Theatre Day on April 20 was a series of Zoom meetings with the different areas as well as creating YouTube videos that we used to give tours of the facilities,” House said.

 

As a professor of movement and acting in the School of Theatre, Dr. Slade Billew said it is a struggle to teach certain performance stills that “are best learned through direct interaction, and often with physical contact, in a context where people must maintain social distancing.

 

“I know many of the students have struggled to learn fight choreography and other movement practices via video and without a practice partner,” Billew said. “Theatre is intrinsically about liveness and humans together in a space. It is quite challenging to practice and teach this art remotely.”

One of hardest transitions from theatre classroom to online has been for Billew’s students who are learning clown performance. “Clowning is a skill that is all about relationship to the live audience,” he said. “We decided to try clowning by Zoom, and the students have been incredibly innovative with using the camera as a scene partner, and finding ways to build a direct connection to an on camera audience in a way that will continue to benefit them in this increasingly mediatized culture.”

Teaching hands-on studio art classes online inspired associate art professor Neal Cox, who teaches printmaking and alternative processes photography, to send hand-built supply kits to his students. The students emailed Cox files of images they wanted to print, and he printed them on transparent film.

 

“Neal spent over two weeks hand building supplies and preparing and shipping packages to students so that they could keep working,” School of Art Director Christopher Talbot said. “He prepared videos of his demonstrations from his own home to show students how to use things they might have around their house to complete the projects instead of using the facilities here at SFA.”

 

“I show my students how to expose their screens to sunlight and develop in their sinks,” Cox posted on one of the YouTube video examples he created for screen exposure development. “It's obviously better to have a nice vacuum frame exposure unit and an industrial developing sink, but when COVID-19 sends all of your students home, and you still have to teach them, you send them the basics and show them how to work from home.”

 

To view an example of one of Cox’s videos, visit https://youtu.be/xMsUbfUz8Ps. School of Art faculty and students have also posted teaching videos they created of various art techniques at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbqUvPzKL16lvAFzR788Zw/featured.

 

While the pandemic has created teaching challenges worldwide, SFA professors say the forced distance learning has reinforced how committed and adaptable students can be.

 

“I said to students at the beginning of this that we would need to ‘improvise, adapt, and overcome,’” Billew said, “and I have been profoundly affected by how hard they have worked to do just that.”

“Not that we needed a global pandemic to reinforce this idea, but we have some very strong, adaptable and resilient students in our School of Music,” said Jacob Walburn, professor of trumpet. “Many of my own students are working part time, and in several cases, full-time jobs, to try and bring in extra income for their families. Many of my students are at home with both parents and several siblings, trying to manage computer/WiFi time. They are being forced to adapt to a situation none of us has ever been in, yet despite these difficulties, they are showing up, doing their work, and getting the job done. I hope our colleagues in other disciplines across campus are as lucky as we are to be able to teach such dedicated students.”

 

Cutline: SFA associate art professor Neal Cox teaches at-home screen exposure development techniques in a YouTube video he recorded for his students who are continuing their education online.

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Panola College opens applications for CARES grants


 

 

Panola College is now accepting applications for the CARES Act Student Relief Fund grants that will provide direct financial support to students impacted by the coronavirus and COVID-19. The application is available on the Panola College website and will remain open until May 22, 2020. Funds will be dispersed after the application has closed and applicants have been verified.

 

To apply, follow this link: https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/pccares

 

Funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will be awarded to students to help cover for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including technology, housing, utilities, food and other expenses.

 

According to the Department of Education, in order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

 

·        Applicants must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at Panola College as of March 13, 2020.

·        Students must be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 13.

·        Students must be eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. (This excludes international, DACA, and dual credit students.)

·        Dual credit high school students are not eligible.

·        Applicants must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.

·        A valid Social Security number is required.

·        Male students must be registered with Selective Service.

·        Documentation of high school completion is required, such as a high school diploma, GED or have proof of completion of high school in an approved home school setting.

 

The online application is a simple form asking for name, student ID number, and current mailing address. The form includes boxes for applicants to check indicating what financial needs they have that are related to the coronavirus and verify enrollment criteria.

 

Students will have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Once the applications are verified and grant amounts are determined, the Panola College business office will send the funds directly to the students by debit card, direct deposit or check. Students should indicate their choice of fund delivery by logging into their Campus Connect accounts on the Panola College website.

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on April 24th of 12 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 and again on April 26th of one more confirmed positive case bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 100.  We were also notified of 4 more recovered cases, bringing the total number of recovered cases to13.

 

Breakdown of cases by zip code and ages:

 

ZIP CODE:                                                AGES

75935…72                              1-20…..1

75974…10                              21-40....28

75975…8                                41-60…39

75973…6                                61-80…26

75954…4                                81-100...3

                                                Unknown...3

 

On Friday April 24th a drive-thru testing site was established in Center. The site was a collaborative effort between the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, DSHS, & the Texas Military Dept.  A total of 67 tests were administered that day.

The numbers of confirmed cases listed above do NOT include any tests that were administered Friday at the test site

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Boil Water Notice Lifted For Paxton Public Water


 

 

Appendix C3: Boil Water Notice Rescinded
04/27/2020


ON 04/ 23/2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Paxton public water system, 2100031 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.   


The public water system 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 04/27/2020.  

 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacey Cranford at 903-692-4313
   

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Governor Abbott, Chancellor Sharp, Chief Kidd Announce COVID-19 Federal Assistance Training For Local Leaders


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will provide a series of free online trainings to help local officials understand, acquire, and administer federal assistance available to the state of Texas and municipalities through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Beginning today, AgriLife Extension will offer these trainings online to help local leaders navigate the federal funding process, and in turn, respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly and effectively as possible.

 

In conjunction with the announcement, the Governor joined Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd for a series of calls with Mayors and County Judges, members of the Texas Legislature, and the Texas congressional delegation today to provide details on the training, walk leaders through the process, and answer questions about federal funding.

 

"Our local officials have done a tremendous job leading their communities throughout the COVID-19 response, and the state of Texas will continue to work alongside them and provide these leaders with the resources and support they need during this challenging time," said Governor Abbott. "These online trainings will assist local leaders in efficiently navigating the federal funding process and ensure that our communities receive the financial support that they need in a timely manner."

 

"One thing we learned during our response to Hurricane Harvey was that federal funding is invaluable in the recovery process," said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. "However, it comes with all sorts of strings and requirements that can be confusing to those who don’t know the rules. AgriLife Extension agents are well-positioned to guide county judges, mayors and other local officials through the federal funding maze."

 

The first online training, Federal Relief: An overview for local governments, is available now. Additional trainings will dive into the specifics of individual programs based on the needs of state and local officials. Extension agents will be available to assist local leaders with questions throughout the training and subsequent federal funding application process.

 

The CARES Act authorizes approximately $2 trillion in federal stimulus funds to combat the crisis and stabilize the economy, including $150 billion available directly to states, territories and tribal governments. This includes a number of programs to address the issues that states and local governments are facing as they work to protect their communities during this challenging time.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency that provides programs, tools, and resources on a local and statewide level that teach people improved agriculture and food production, advanced health practices, environmental protection, economic, and youth programs.

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Governor Abbott, TDEM, DSHS Announce Statewide COVID-19 Test Collection Online Map


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have launched an online COVID-19 test collection map to help Texans locate test collection sites within their community. The interactive map displays detailed information on public and private mobile, walk-in, and drive-thru test collection sites around the state. A search feature allows Texans to locate test collection sites near them and includes important details such as contact information and hours of operation for each location.

 

"This mapping tool will help Texans locate test collection sites in their communities and it is part of our commitment to expanding COVID-19 testing throughout Texas," said Governor Abbott. "By using this map, Texans will have access to pertinent information on a variety of test collection options that will help fulfill testing needs in communities across the Lone Star State." 

Over 340 test collection sites are currently listed on the map and additional locations will be added as more sites are identified across the state. Texans can submit updated information about a test collection site or suggest additional sites by filling out an online form. DSHS and TDEM will then verify the information and update the map accordingly. 

 

View the COVID-19 test collection map. The test collection map is also accessible through the Texas.gov COVID-19 resource page

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 185

Nacogdoches County 125

Shelby County 97

Panola County 76

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 184

Nacogdoches County 115

Shelby County 86 

Panola County 70

San Augustine County 16

 

 

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Blood Drive in San Augustine


 

There will be a blood drive taking place during the day on Wednesday, May 6 in the San Augustine Log Cabin. We will post specific times once we have them from the blood bankers, but please be a donor. The pandemic is making their life more difficult all the while blood is very much needed.

 

 

 

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Joaquin City Park to Reopen


 

 

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Nacogdoches Juvenile taken into Custody for Alleged Shooting


 

 

A 14 year old juvenile was taken into custody at the Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 8 am after turning himself into authorities for shooting a family member. 


The call originated after deputies were dispatched to a residence on Cr. 715 in reference to a shooting around 9 pm Thursday night. Deputies arrived on scene and learned that the suspect, who is a 14 year old juvenile fled on foot towards a wooded area after the shooting occurred. 
The victim in the case has been identified as Lance Everett Knight 38 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas. The victim was transported to a local hospital in Nacogdoches, where he later succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased. 


A preliminary investigation revealed that Knight and the suspect got into a physical altercation outside of the residence. The altercation ended and the suspect went inside his residence. It appears that the suspect retrieved a shotgun from inside the residence and met the victim who had entered the residence. 


The victim was shot one time with a shotgun in the back, as it appears he was attempting to exit the residence and get away from the suspect when he realized he was armed. 


A search for the suspect was conducted by utilizing several resources that were deployed to help locate the fugitive.  A helicopter with the Texas Department of Public Safety along with TDCJ tracking dogs was sent to the area to assist in the search. The Nacogdoches County Combined SWAT team responded to the area, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Nacogdoches Police Department, and PCT. 4 Constable Office all assisted in the search for the suspect. 


Around 5 am the ground search was suspended, however patrol deputies remained in the area using thermal imaging to search for the suspect. The suspect would later turn himself into authorities.

 
The juvenile suspect was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Greg County Juvenile Detention Center. The Suspect has been charged with the offense of Murder a 1st Degree Felony. His name is being withheld due to he is a juvenile. 


This case is being investigated by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers.   Except for in certain situations, we are prohibited by law from releasing names of juveniles that have been arrested.  To further protect the releasing of the juvenile’s name, the Sheriff’s Office will not release at this time how the victim and suspect were related to each other. 
 

 

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DPS Reminds Motorists April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


 

 

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding motorists that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and during the rest of the month and throughout the year, it’s important for all drivers to reduce distractions every time they get behind the wheel.

 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were more than 96,000 crashes involving distracted driving in 2018, and these crashes led to more than 2,300 serious injuries and over 390 deaths.

 

DPS wants to remind you that distracted driving of any kind can be dangerous. In just three seconds, when you take your eyes off of the road while driving at 70 mph, your vehicle travels over the length of a football field. Distractions are anything that take a driver’s attention off the road, including talking on the phone.

 

Since Nov. 8, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day. DPS urges all Texans to commit to safe driving every time they operate a motor vehicle and offers the following reminders to help keep motorists safe:

 

·       Put your phone away or turn it off before getting behind the wheel.

·       Tell friends, family and coworkers you won’t respond to calls or texts when driving.

·       Use a smartphone app that sends auto-reply texts when you’re behind the wheel.

·       If you must text, pull entirely off the road (preferably into a location away from traffic) before devoting your focus to the phone.

·       Always give driving your full attention — no matter what, as the consequences of distracted driving can be deadly.

 

As a reminder, effective Sept. 1, 2017, state law prohibits drivers from reading, writing or sending electronic messages on mobile phones while driving.

 

 

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COVID-19 Count Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 180

Nacogdoches County 115

Shelby County 87

Panola County 70

San Augustine County 16

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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 29th day of April, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community room 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.    Commissioner Pct .2 to close County Road 2520.

5.    Set date for presentations and opening of sealed bids on roof repair of the Shelby County Court house.

6.    Consider and act upon award of construction contract for the Sand Hill WSC Chemical Feed Facility - TxCDBG No. 7218440.

7.    Adjourn.

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Shelby County COVID-19 numbers


 

 

April 24, 2020

As of this morning, Shelby County has 87 positive COVID-19 cases.  Of these 87 there are 9 recoveries, 3 of the 9 were in the hospital. Once a patient is deemed recovered, they are taken off the list of active cases. 
 

Statistics:

 

ZIP CODE                         AGE  

75935-62                        1-20: 1 Infected

75974-10                        21-40: 22 Infected

75975-7                          41-60: 35 Infected

75973-5                          61-80: 23 Infected

75954-3                          81-100: 3 Infected

                             Age Unknown: 3 Infected

 

 

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Hidalgo orders Harris County residents to wear masks in public


 

Source Houston Chronicle article by Zach Despart:

 

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Wednesday ordered residents to cover their faces in public starting next week, the latest effort by local governments to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Click here to read more

 

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Governor Abbott, Judge Sydney Murphy Provide Update On Polk County Recovery Efforts


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy issued a joint statement in response to the severe weather, including a tornado, that touched down in Polk County last night — killing at least 3 people and injuring at least 20. In the joint statement, Governor Abbott and Judge Murphy stated that Texas and Polk County officials are working collaboratively on recovery efforts and providing resources for residents of Onalaska, Livingston, and other communities that suffered severe damage:

 

"Last night's tornado caused significant damage and led to tragic loss of life within these communities, and our hearts continue to be with Texans affected by these devastating storms. The State of Texas and Polk County officials have been working closely together to ensure recovery resources are available and utilized within the communities ravaged by this tornado. We will continue to do all we can to give Polk County residents the support they need as they recover from this severe weather."

 

Overnight, Judge Murphy declared a local state of disaster in Polk County, and a shelter has been established for displaced residents of Polk County at the Dunbar Gymnasium in Livingston. Texas Division of Emergency Management's (TDEM) State Mass Care Coordinator, as well as the American Red Cross, are providing shelter coordination. Search and rescue efforts, debris clearing, and mass care efforts were underway throughout the night.

 

TDEM is leading on-the-ground recovery efforts alongside Polk County and other local officials. Additionally, TDEM has deployed their Assistant Chief, District Coordinator, and a drone pilot to assist in recovery efforts. The Texas Department of State Health Services' Emergency Medical Task Force (SETRAC) has provided an AMBUS for the community, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has deployed assistance through DPS Aviation and Texas Highway Patrol. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens are offering search and rescue and drone support, and the Texas Department of Transportation is providing emergency debris removal from roadways.

Texas A&M Task Force 1 Search and Rescue Teams and Texas A&M Forest Service Type III Incident Management Teams and saw crews are also providing assistance within the community. At the request of TDEM, FirstNet has deployed a Cell on Wheels (CoW) to help meet first responder communication needs. 

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting Minutes


 

 

 

 

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RRC Commissioners Assess $1.1 Million in Penalties



AUSTIN - The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $1,141,580 in fines involving 212 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' Conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

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Update on JISD School Closure and Feeding Program


 

 

To the Joaquin ISD Community:


Joaquin ISD will extend school closure through the remainder of the school year.
The educational plan and feeding program already established will continue to operate to
ensure your child’s educational and nutritional needs are met. The feeding program will
be available again beginning Monday, April 27th. Curbside meal pickup (for the
week) will be served every Monday from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


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


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.
Information regarding high school graduation will be posted as soon as it becomes
available.


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,
Superintendent

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COVID-19 Front-liners


 

Center Broadcasting Company would like to salute our fellow citizens who are providing frontline services during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are invited to submit photos of your employees, co-workers, and family members going above and beyond to keep our community strong.

 

Please include the person's name along with their photo. Photos can be emailed to justinmottcbc@gmail.com or submitted to our Facebook Page Center Broadcasting Company on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine COVID-19 Update


 

 

April 24th COVID-19 update:


San Augustine County now has 16 confirmed positive cases. Unofficially , we have 3 County Residents that are hospitalized right now.

 

Now a little good news!! We have had a total of 50 tests and have had 31 negative results. This leaves us with only 3 pending. All our numbers seem to have leveled out this week. I feel like this is a result of most folks doing all the right things. I know everyone has heard them enough, so I won’t repeat them.

 

The Governor is expected to make an announcement on Monday that MAY loosen some of our restrictions. We should Remain patient just a little longer and keep our protective measures in place.Thanks to all who are doing their part!

 

Keep those who have been directly affected by this virus in our prayers!


Take care and God Bless,

Jeff Boyd

San Augustine County Judge

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $54 Million To Support Older Texans During COVID-19 Pandemic


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will receive nearly $54 million in federal funds to support older Texans and people with disabilities during the COVID-19 response. The funding will be used to support programs and services administered by the state’s 28 Area Agencies on Aging such as home delivered meals, help with household chores, assistance with groceries, and respite care or other services for family caregivers.

 

"Older Texans and Texans with disabilities face a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and they need continued support during these trying times,” said Governor Abbott. “These federal funds will help provide higher risk Texans with additional support and resources to meet their everyday needs while allowing them to stay at home and stay safe. I thank the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for providing Texas with this crucial financial support so that we can continue to serve our fellow Texans."

 

"With Governor Abbott’s continued leadership, we’re committed to supporting and assisting the state’s most vulnerable population during the difficult time," said HHS Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson.

 

Funding will also be used to support the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, which provides advocacy and complaint resolution services on behalf of residents in long-term care facilities.

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living awarded Texas nearly $54 million in funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic (CARES) Act recently signed into law by President Trump.

 

For more information on the state’s Area Agencies on Aging, visit the HHS website.

 

 

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COVID-19 testing in Shelby County


Update they will be testing in Center TODAY ONLY 4-24-20.

 

The Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Texas Military Department,  Texas Division of Emergency Management, & Texas Medical Task Force has partnered to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing in Texas using mobile testing sites.

 

 



These tests will be available to Shelby County residents Friday April 24th.
ALL Tests will be scheduled in advance and patients will be given appointments for the test.
Please call the call center number 512-883-2400 or visit the web site at CLICK HERE to register...again, all testing must be scheduled in advance.

There is NO costs for the tests at these sites. The test procedure will be a nasal swab.

To be eligible for testing you must have ONE or more symptoms of COVID-19 for testing.

Symptoms include:


Fever and/or chills                              Sore throat
Cough (dry or productive)                   Headaches
Fatigue                                              Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
Body aches/muscle or joint pain           Nasal congestion 
Shortness of breath.                            Loss of taste and/or smell

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 176

Nacogdoches County 110

Shelby County 85

Panola County 61

San Augustine County 15

 

 

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Applications due May 1 for 2020-21 Chaparral Tryouts


 

 

Chaparral Tryouts for the 2020-2021 school year are happening.  Application Deadline will be on Friday, May 1, 2020.  Applications may be picked up and returned to the front office at Center High School.  Drop boxes will be provided.  

 

If you had previously picked up an application, just drop it off.  If you had previously turned in an application, we have it.  Once all applications have been received all candidates will receive further instructions through their school email address.  

 

If you have any questions please contact Natalie Morse at natalie.morse@centerisd.org. 

Looking forward to a great year!

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Tenaha City Council Meeting



Notice is hereby given that the Regular Called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 5:30 PM.


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 to Order 
2.)    Welcome/Prayer/Pledge
3.)    Roll Call and Establish a quorum
4.)    Public Comments (Must sign in prior to call to order and limited to 3 minutes) 
5.)    Department Head Reports:
6.)    Discuss and Consider Approving February 2020 City Council Meeting Minutes. ACTION ITEM
7.)    Discuss and Consider Approving February 2020 Financials. ACTION ITEM
8.)    Discuss and Consider Approving March 2020 Financials. ACTION ITEM
9.)    Discuss and Consider Approving Pineywoods Telephone and Intelligent Concepts proposal for telephone and internet service. ACTION ITEM
10.)    Discuss and Consider Designating someone as the Local Rabies Control Authority (LRCA) according to the Texas Health and Safety Code’s 826. ACTION ITEM. 
11.)    Discuss and Consider Approving Amending Ordinance No. Sanctuary City. ACTION ITEM
12.)    Discuss and Consider Approving the renewal of Texas Municipal League (TML)’s membership for 06/01/2020 – 05/31/2021. ACTION ITEM
13.)    Discuss and Consider Approving Compensation/Reimbursement for Mayor Michael Baker’s fuel cost for the years May 2018 – May 2020. ACTION ITEM
14.)    Discuss and Consider Approving resolution authorizing the submission of a BG21 PY21 Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant Program.
15.)    Council Comments 
16.)    Adjourn

 


 

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Manhunt Nacogdoches County


        

This in from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department.

        

Manhunt underway on Cr 715 near HWY 7 W Law enforcement is currently conducting a manhunt for a 14 year old male that ran from the scene on Cr 715 after shooting someone.  Unknown if the juvenile is still armed.  Anyone living in this area or near the airport is advised to lock their doors and report and suspicious activity by calling 911. Suspect is wearing shorts and possibly a red shirt.

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Panola College to receive $1,507,332 grant to assist students impacted by COVID-19


 

 

Panola College will receive a $1,507,332 federal grant to provide direct emergency cash to students, and to cover school expenses related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

 

Half of the funding received will provide direct cash payments to students to help with housing, utilities, food, and other expenses they may have incurred during the coronavirus crisis. The application will be available on the Panola College website from April 27 to May 22, 2020.

 

Eligibility requirements, set by the U.S. Department of Education, are as follows:

·        Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at Panola College as of March 13, 2020.

·        Be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 13.

·        Be eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. (This excludes international, DACA, and dual credit students.)

·        Must NOT be enrolled in high school – dual credit students do not qualify.

·        Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.

·        Must have a valid Social Security number.

·        Male students must be registered with Selective Service.

·        Must have a high school diploma, GED or have documentation of completion of high school in an approved home school setting.

 

The online application will be a simple form asking for name, student ID number, and current mailing address. The form will include boxes for applicants to check indicating what financial needs they have that are related to the coronavirus.

 

Students will have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Once the applications are verified and grant amounts are determined, the Panola College business office will send the funds directly to the students by debit card, direct deposit or check. Students may indicate their choice of fund delivery by logging into their Campus Connect accounts on the Panola College website.

 

“With this funding, we will be able to award individual relief grants,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. “The CARES Act will not only help our students, but the funding will also assist the College in expanding remote learning programs and identifying technology needs that will help us serve our students in the future.”

 

Panola College recognized early the potential negative impact on students. On April 1, the Panola College Foundation announced a plan to provide emergency financial relief to students through grants from the Foundation.

 

“We were fortunate to already have the Panola College Foundation step up to provide the first wave of emergency relief to our students,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Now the CARES Act Student Relief Fund will provide additional grant funds to help us implement a second wave of support to our students.”

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Monday, April 27, 2020 6 p.m. via videoconference at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4453645221 ORDER OF BUSINESS 1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest. 2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance. 3. Open Forum. 4. Discussion and Council action on request from Linebarger. 5. Discussion and Council action on Economic Development package for possible new business in Joaquin. 6. Discussion and Council action on readdressing City Park opening. 7. Closing Statements. 8. Adjournment. IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes. Posted by Paula Guzman on April 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

 

William Baker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: William Baker's Zoom Meeting Time: Apr 27, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4453645221

 

Meeting ID: 445 364 5221 One tap mobile

 

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Meeting ID: 445 364 5221 Find your local number: HERE

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Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems


 


 04/23/2020


Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Paxton water system ID# 2100031 to notify Jackson customers that were without water 4/22and 4/23/2020 in the Pine Ridge area, CR 3000( anyone without water) to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 

 

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice. 

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. 

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacy Cranford 903-692-4313.
 

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COVID-19 Count Update



According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 176

Nacogdoches County 110

Shelby County 85

Panola County 61

San Augustine County 15

 

 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that on the 29th day of April 2020 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.


The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda attached to and made a part of this Notice. If, during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.001 et seq., Texas Education Code, will be held by the School Board at the date, may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes:


Texas Government Code Section:
§551.071 An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer, or on a matter in which the duty of counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act.


§551.072 Deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person. §551.073 Deliberation of a negotiated contract for a prospective gift or donation to the governmental body if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.
§551.074 Deliberatetheappointment,evaluation,reassignment,duties,discipline,ordismissalofapublicofficeror employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.
§551.076 Deliberate the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices. §551.082 Deliberate a case involving the discipline of public school child or complaint or charge brought against an employee of the School District by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing. §551.0821 Deliberate a matter regarding a student or students where personally identifiable information about students will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.
§551.083 Deliberate the standards, guidelines, terms or conditions the board will follow, or instruct its representatives to follow, in a consultation with a representative of an employee group.
§551.084 Exclusionofwitnessfromhearing.
§551.127 A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.
§551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference call, or communications
over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body.
Education Code 39.030 39.030 Discuss or adopt individual assessment instruments or assessment instrument items.
Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the School Board with regard to any matter considered in such closed session, then the final vote shall be either:
(a) in the open meeting covered by the Notice upon the reconvening of the public meeting; or
(b) at a subsequent public meeting of the School Board upon notice thereof; as the School Board shall determine.
AGENDA ATTACHED

AGENDA FOR April 29, 2020
1. Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD may have member(s) via video conference call – Texas
Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code)
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3. Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five
minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
4. Report/Information items:
4.1 Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
5.2 Approve Request for Proposals for School Buses and Purchases over $50,000
5.3 Approve TEA Staff Development Minutes Waiver for 2020-2021
5.4 Approve TEA Instructional Continuity Waiver for 2019-2020
5.5 Review and Consider Stadium Lighting Proposals
5.6 Approve 2019-2020 Budget Amendments
5.7 Approve TEA Educator Appraisal Waiver for 2019-2020
5.8 Approve TEA CPR Waiver to meet Senior CPR Instruction Requirements for 2019-2020
6. Enter Closed Session
6.1 Enter closed session under Texas Government Codes §551.071, §551.074, §551.127, §551.129 (See Attached Code)
6.1.1 6.1.2
Resignations, hiring and Contracts
1. Resignations and Retirements
Teacher and Counselors Contracts
1. Extension or termination of Probationary contracts
1. 1st year probationary contracts to 2nd year 2. 2nd year probationary contracts to 3rd year 3. 3rd year probationary contracts to 4th year 4. 4th year probationary to Term Contract
2. Term Contracts
7. Return to Open Session - Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
7.1 Consideration and Board Action, if any, authorize: 7.1.1 Resignations & Retirements
7.1.2 Teacher and Counselors Contracts
1. Extension or termination of Probationary contracts
1. 1st year probationary contracts to 2nd year 2. 2nd year probationary contracts to 3rd year 3. 3rd year probationary contracts to 4th year 4. 4th year probationary to Term Contract
2. Term Contracts
8. Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting
9. Designation of date and time of next meetings: May 18, 2020 - 6:00pm
10. Adjournment

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on April 22nd of 16 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 85. 

 

Information on hospitalizations is still unknown on all the positive confirmed cases but we do have definitive confirmation that 10 of these 85 were hospitalized. No official information is available to us on whether any of these individuals are still hospitalized or not.

 

We don’t,  at this time, have any more confirmations on recoveries other than the previously reported  6 cases that have recovered.

 

 

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COVID-19 Testing in Rusk County


 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Provides Update On Job Openings In Texas, Resources For Texans Seeking Employment


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on job openings in the Lone Star State and outlined resources for Texans seeking employment due to the economic effects of COVID-19. The Governor also announced that nearly 500,000 job openings are currently listed on WorkInTexas.com, a powerful online job matching and workforce solution system developed by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This system provides fast access to a complete set of employment tools in one website where job seekers can browse job postings, find education and training, and complete resumes and state applications. 

 

The Governor presented different industries and certain employers that are hiring in each region of Texas and announced that many companies — including H-E-B, Amazon, and Randalls — are hiring statewide. Governor Abbott also discussed additional resources available through the 28 local workforce development boards located throughout the state of Texas. The local workforce solutions offices are also available to employers of all sizes who can receive assistance in recruiting, identifying, and hiring qualified individuals. These services are available to both employers and job seekers at no cost.

 

Job seekers can visit Texas Economic Development and Tourism's Texas Jobs page for links to all 28 local workforce development boards. The webpage also contains additional COVID-19 resources for employers and job seekers alike.

 

"As we continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are also working to alleviate the severe economic devastation that has impacted so many Texans," said Governor Abbott. "People are ready to get to work and earn a paycheck again, and the State of Texas is committed to connecting Texans with the many job opportunities that exist throughout the state. I thank the Texas Workforce Commission, our local workforce organizations, and businesses across the state who are working tirelessly to connect Texans with job openings during these challenging times."

 

View the presentation click here:

 

 

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Governor Abbott Temporarily Waives Certain Testing Requirements For Advanced Practice Registered Nurses


 

Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain testing requirements for Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) as part of the state's response to COVID-19. As a result of this waiver, new APRN graduates who have applied for APRN licensure with the Board of Nursing and have met all licensure requirements except national certification may begin practicing under direct physician supervision. This graduate approval does not include prescriptive authority.

 

"The State of Texas is committed to removing barriers that could potentially prevent frontline health care workers like APRNs from serving their fellow Texans throughout the COVID-19 response," said Governor Abbott. "This temporary waiver will ensure more APRNs are available to serve in our communities. We are grateful for our frontline health care professionals and remain unwaivering in our support of their crucial work." 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Waives Certain Restrictions On Financial Assistance From Texas College Work-Study Program


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily waived certain restrictions to allow Texas higher education institutions to transfer all unexpended student financial aid funds from the Texas College Work-Study (TCWS) program to other financial aid programs that do not have a work-study requirement to ensure students will continue receiving financial assistance. Those programs include the TEXAS Grant program, the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant program, and the Tuition Equalization Grant program.

 

With physical campuses closed or under limited operation, this waiver will help students who normally rely on the TCWS program to receive other forms of financial assistance they may need to continue their education.

 

"With reduced campus operations due to COVID-19, many Texas students are unable to participate in the work-study programs they depend on to pay their tuition and other expenses," said Governor Abbott. "This waiver allows colleges and universities to put TCWS funds toward other forms of assistance—providing a financial lifeline to students in need."

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 171

Nacogdoches County 98

Shelby County 69

Panola County 49

San Augustine County 14

 


 

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The Drive-In Movie


 

 

It is a real loss to our country that drive-in movies have died and gone to cinema heaven.  They were killed off by the television set, a slow and agonizing death.  But I have noticed in the news that a few new ones are sprouting up around the country.  I wish them success and a long life.  I suppose that I have a fondness for the outside movie due to the fact that my uncle, Ed Buckalew, owned the first (and only) drive-in movie in San Augustine, Texas, history.

 

When I was in high school, the drive-in movie, fondly referred to as the “passion pit” was about the only place to take a date in our small town.  My uncle Ed and I had a gentleman’s agreement – he would let me and my date into the movie for free, but I had to go work the snack bar during the intermission as payment.  My “cue” was a deep voice coming over the speakers, “Neal, come to the snack bar!”  Every car in the movie parking lot heard that announcement.

 

It is a shame that a whole generation of kids has grown up not knowing about the drive-in movie.  They don’t know what they have missed.  No one had to dress up; and you could bring the babies, grandma, or even your pets.  You parked your car beside a post with a speaker on it, rolled down the car window, and placed the speaker inside your car.  Just turn it on, and you were in business.  There was one thing that you would need in the car, and that was a coil of green substance that was placed on the dashboard of the car.  You lit the end of the coil, and the smell of this burning substance was supposed to keep mosquitoes away.

 

One of the best ways to enjoy a drive-in movie was to drive a pickup truck. Instead of pulling in to the parking spot facing the screen, you would back into the spot.  Then rig up some outdoor folding chairs in the truck bed, open your ice chest of drinks, lean back, and enjoy the movie and the cool night air.

 

A favorite trick used by teens was to hide two or three people in the trunk of their car.  At the ticket booth, they were charged for just the one occupant.  Then, after parking in a good spot way in the back, the driver would ease around the back of the car and unlock the trunk and let the stowaways out.  Eventually, Uncle Ed got wise to this trick, so he hired someone to keep an eye on the cars and their trunks for these scam artists.  That did not work too well, so later he made everyone open their trunk before they could drive inside.  It did not take very long for the teens to catch on that they would get caught, so that practice died down.

 

When I took my future wife on our first date in 1956, I took her to my Uncle Ed’s drive-in movie, the Edgewood Theater.  She did not know about the “arrangement”, so I just waved at the man in the ticket booth and drove right on in.   She asked me if I should not have paid the admission, but I just told her that I had “connections” and got in free.  Right before the intermission, that deep voice came over the speakers, “Neal, come to the snack bar!”  It startled her, to say the least.  Now, I had to confess that I was going to have to leave here for about twenty minutes to work my debt off.

 

Looking back on that situation, it was quite unromantic of me to leave my date cooling her heels alone in my car for that long.  But, that never occurred to me at the time.  However, I have been reminded a number of times over the years that it was not the “cool” thing to have done.

 

My uncle finally was forced to close down his Edgewood Drive-in Theater in the late 1960s due to poor patronage.  People were now glued to the television set, which, by this time, had begun transmitting color pictures.  However, for several years after, reminders of the theater were found in ditches and pastures.  The speakers, the victim of people who drove off without first putting it back on the post, were the reminder of those happy days of outdoor theater.  May they rest in peace.

 

 

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City of San Augustine Power Outage


 

From the City of San Augustine, 

 

We have a power outage on the east side primarily, but the City is working on finding the problem.

Market, Henderson, Hanks, Grand, Harrison, Baxter, Whitton, Livingston, Liberty, Bierhalter are some of the streets affected. Standby please. Calling the call center will not speed it up.

 

Tornado Watch until midnight in San Augustine, so this might happen again until the winds improve.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 171

Nacogdoches County 98

Shelby County 69

Panola County 49

San Augustine County 14

 


 

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Timpson Food For Thought


 

Timpson Food for Thought – Pantry & SR BOX PROGRAM


April Distribution  -- Friday, April 24th   9 am  - 11:30 am 
Drive Through Distribution Location:  715 North 2nd Street in front of First Baptist Church 

Primarily serves – Timpson & Tenaha community
Who – Currently serving individuals or families in need of food assistance 


Guidelines – 


New service must be resident of 75975 or 75974 and have ID or Util Bill with name and address
Existing Clients – ID not required if you have been served in Timpson within past 12 months
Picking Up for another client – must have NOTE, or a text to 936-554-5776 from the client that includes client name, phone # and person’s name picking up.  All clients are limited to one 
Instructions:  Enter from Jacob Street and Park in FBC parking lot – all cars/pickups FACING church; please have truck bed or trunk available to place food boxes in. We do not want clients out of vehicles or our volunteers reaching in your vehicle. Vehicles will be directed through pickup line. NO ONE should get out of their vehicles. 


Questions:   email debra@smithsawmillservice.com  or text 936-554-5776  please include name.


 

 

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Tornado Warning


 

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... CENTRAL NACOGDOCHES COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS... SOUTHWESTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS... NORTH CENTRAL ANGELINA COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS... NORTHWESTERN SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS... * UNTIL 430 PM CDT. * AT 342 PM CDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED 8 MILES EAST OF POLLOK, OR 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NACOGDOCHES, MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH. HAZARD...TORNADO AND TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS, WINDOWS, AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. * THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR... WODEN AROUND 400 PM CDT. MELROSE AROUND 405 PM CDT. MACUNE AROUND 430 PM CDT. OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE REDLAND, DENNING, ARCADIA, JERICHO AND CHIRENO. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS, IN A MOBILE HOME, OR IN A VEHICLE, MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS. && TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED; HAIL...2.50IN

 

 

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Tornado Watch in Texas


 

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

 

A Tornado Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to the issuance of a Tornado Watch, SPC will usually contact the affected local National Weather Forecast Office (NWFO) and they will discuss what their current thinking is on the weather situation. Afterwards, SPC will issue a preliminary Tornado Watch and then the affected NWFO will then adjust the watch (adding or eliminating counties/parishes) and then issue it to the public. After adjusting the watch, the NWFO will let the public know which counties are included by way of a Watch Redefining Statement. During the watch, the NWFO will keep the public informed on what is happening in the watch area and also let the public know when the watch has expired or been cancelled.

 

TORNADO WATCH 133 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5:00 PM CDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS


TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:

 

ANDERSON ANGELINA AUSTIN
BASTROP BRAZOS BURLESON
CALDWELL CHEROKEE FALLS
FAYETTE FREESTONE GRIMES
HOUSTON JASPER LEE
LEON LIMESTONE MADISON
MILAM MONTGOMERY NACOGDOCHES
NEWTON PANOLA POLK
ROBERTSON RUSK SABINE
SAN AUGUSTINE SAN JACINTO SHELBY
TRAVIS TRINITY TYLER
WALKER WALLER WASHINGTON
WILLIAMSON

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Local young writers to launch online journal with live reading April 23


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Members of the Nacogdoches/Stephen F. Austin State University Barrio Writers program will launch their online journal with a live reading at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 23, on their Facebook page.

 

“We are so excited to share the work of these young local writers with the community,” said Dr. Heather Olson Beal, professor of secondary education in SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education. “This reading is a culmination of a year’s worth of writing for those participating.”

 

As a chapter of the national Barrio Writers organization, the Nacogdoches/SFA program is designed for students ranging in age from 13 through 21. The free program has hosted 30 East Texas students for a week every summer since 2015 to help build their skills in reading, grammar, creative writing, critical thinking and freedom of expression through cultural arts.

 

Five writing advisors lead the students through the summer workshop, organize the live readings and help publish the journal: Olson Beal; Dr. Lauren Burrow, associate professor of secondary education; Dr. Chrissy Cross, associate professor of secondary education; Dr. Amber Wagnon, assistant professor of secondary education; and Alicia De la Rosa-Millard, a graduate student from Nacogdoches who will earn her Master of Arts in professional counseling with a clinical rehabilitation counseling concentration this May.

 

“We continue to be amazed by the work our local youth produce during the weeklong workshop,” Burrow said. “We hold these workshops because we believe in our local youth and want to support them as they develop their voices and grow into adulthood.”

 

The Nacogdoches/SFA chapter began building its online journal in 2019 as a way to publish an annual collection of members’ newly written works, which demonstrate the diverse backgrounds of the students.

 

“In addition to live readings and print-only publications, this online journal offers students a way to reach a wider audience,” Cross said.

 

The inaugural issue of the journal includes a dozen works from 2018 on topics such as America’s melting pot, stress and anxiety. Each work includes questions for further discussion inside and outside the classroom.

 

“We hope readers will enjoy these writers’ wise, impassioned and beautiful words in this first issue,” Wagnon said. “We’re aiming to publish the 2019 pieces in late fall or January 2021.”

 

Print versions of the young writers’ works can be purchased from The Bosslight in downtown Nacogdoches or online at libromobile.com or Amazon. 

 

This summer’s Barrio Writers workshop will look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Olson Beal said.

 

“We are planning on hosting a virtual Barrio Writers workshop in June. We can’t skip it just because of the quarantine!”

 

Founded by author Sarah Rafael Garcia in 2009, Barrio Writers is designed to empower the teenage community while establishing a self-sufficient educational program that represents community pride, perseverance and endless possibilities for following generations. Students are participating in chapters in Santa Ana, California, and Austin, Pflugerville, San Marcos and Corpus Christi, Texas, in addition to the Nacogdoches/SFA program.

 

For more information, email sfabarriowriters@gmail.com.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.

 

Nacogdoches County 98

Shelby County 69

Panola County 49

San Augustine County 14

 

 

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Tornado Watch in Effect


 

 

TORNADO WATCH 133 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5:00 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS 

 

TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:


ANDERSON ANGELINA AUSTIN
BASTROP BRAZOS BURLESON
CALDWELL CHEROKEE FALLS
FAYETTE FREESTONE GRIMES
HOUSTON JASPER LEE
LEON LIMESTONE MADISON
MILAM MONTGOMERY NACOGDOCHES
NEWTON PANOLA POLK
ROBERTSON RUSK SABINE
SAN AUGUSTINE SAN JACINTO SHELBY
TRAVIS TRINITY TYLER
WALKER WALLER WASHINGTON
WILLIAMSON

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FACE MASK PICKUP FOR THE PUBLIC IN DESOTO PARISH


 

 

 

DeSoto Parish will be distributing face masks Thursday and Friday morning. In an effort to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, residents may pick up face masks at four convenient drive-thru locations:

 

On Thursday:


• Logansport High School: 8:30-10:00am
• North DeSoto High: 1:00-3:30pm

On Friday:
• Mansfield High School: 9:00-11:00am
• Pelican Library: 1:00-3:00pm

 

DeSoto Parish deputies and staff will be at those locations to provide masks to DeSoto Parish residents as they drive through. These masks can be washed and reused. One per person, please.

The large supply of face masks were provided to DeSoto Parish and the DeSoto Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by the Hanes clothing company to slow the spread of the virus. This is part of a total donation of 2,074,000 masks that Hanes provided to all parishes throughout Louisiana for distribution to their respective parish residents. Each parish received a number of masks based on a percentage of their population. We are grateful to the Hanes company for joining us in this effort to slow the spread, and provide necessary aid to the public during this time.

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Joaquin ISD Update


 

 

If you need to enroll a child in the district during this time, please contact the following:

Elementary: Lindsey Duck by email at lduck@joaquinisd.net

Junior High /High School: Melissa Evans at mevans@joaquinisd.net 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Distribution of Final Instructional Packet and Other Information


 

 


Governor Greg Abbott’s directive issued last week closes school buildings for classroom learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  However, Shelbyville ISD will continue to provide daily home-based learning for our students until the last day of our school year, May 21, 2020.  Please review the following items as we finish out the school year:


SCHOOL CLOSURE AND COVID-19 INFORMATION
Governor Abbott has closed all Texas schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  As a reminder, go to the following sites offered by the Texas Education Agency for COVID-19 information:  http://tea.texas.gov/staywell and www.texas.gov.covid19 .

 

INSTRUCTION

On Friday, May 1st, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents should drive to their student’s campus to drop off completed work from Instructional Packet #2 and at the same time pick up the final instructional pack (Packet #3).  Remain in your vehicle at all times.  Instructional packets may also be dropped off at a later date at the designated drop booth located near the lower entrance gate.   Instructional Packet #3 will cover lessons for the remainder of the school year, and completed packets should be returned to the drop off booth by Monday, May 18th.  Students, please remember to write your name on all of your returned work.


STUDENT PERSONAL ITEMS

 

Students will be able to retrieve personal items from their classrooms and lockers at a later date, which has yet to be determined.  Hopefully, students will be able to retrieve their personal items sometime in early June.

 

ENROLLMENT AND WITHDRAWAL DURING COVID-19 CLOSURE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

If you need assistance, please contact your child’s teacher or his/her campus principal or secretary by email.  Also, parents of students who are moving in and out of our school district should enroll or withdraw their student as needed by contacting his/her principal or campus secretary at one of the following email addresses:  


S. W. CARTER ELEMENTARY:  Mike Furlow mikef@shelbyville.k12.tx.us  Evelyn Foster evelynf@shelbyville.k12.tx.us MIDDLE SCHOOL:  Thomas Swearengen thomass@shelbyville.k12.tx.us  Lisa Eaves lisae@shelbyville.k12.tx.us
HIGH SCHOOL:  Mario Osby marioo@shelbyville.k12.tx.us  Teresa Johnson teresaj@shelbyville.k12.tx.us  


CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION:  Contact at sisddragon@gmail.com or call 936-598-2641 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

GRADUATION

Unfortunately, our traditional high school graduation ceremony has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.  However, plans are underway to offer an alternate/virtual graduation for Dragon seniors.  Caps and gowns can be picked up on May 1st at the same time Instructional Packet #3 is picked up.  SHS seniors will be contacted in the next week or so by Mr. Osby and/or Ms. Bays detailing the alternate graduation plan for the Class of 2020.

 

THANK YOU
Dragon students, parents, family members, friends, teachers, and school staff… thank you for working so diligently to make sure the teaching-learning process continues under such trying times.  You have all gone above and beyond to make the best of an extremely challenging situation.  A special thanks to all the people who continue to put themselves at risk by continuing to show up at their jobs to provide medical aid, food, supplies, services, and other essentials for all of us during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please do all you can to keep yourself and your family and everyone else around you safe…DRAGON PRIDE!
 

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Louisiana State Police Postpones Cadet Class 100


 

 

Baton Rouge – During the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana State Police has been severely impacted by revenue reductions and resource reallocations.  The situation has caused us to make difficult financial decisions moving forward. A result of this financial impact is the indefinite postponement of our upcoming Louisiana State Police Cadet Class.  Applicants currently in the hiring process for LSP Cadet Class 100, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2020, should be aware that an upcoming training academy class is not anticipated at this time. 

 

Although we continue to face numerous financial challenges, the possibility for unexpected budgetary funding could lead to the availability of academy classes in the future.  We urge current and future applicants to remain engaged with our LSP recruiters and monitor the LSP Recruiting Facebook page for further information.  Please continue to check your email for any correspondence from Internal Affairs and reach out to us if you have any concerns.

 

Recruiters are available to assist applicants through email at LSPRecruiting@LA.gov.

 

Louisiana State Police remains dedicated to recruiting the best men and women from across the country and encourage interested applicants to continue to submit the initial cadet application to be added to the hiring process pool.

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Carthage Walmart donates $1,000 to support Panola College scholarships


 

 

The Carthage Walmart has awarded a $1,000 grant to support Panola College scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, announced the grant and said this is the second year in a row the local Walmart has supported the College through the grant program.

 

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Pace said. “With the economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, our students need additional financial support provided through scholarships.”

 

Walmart grants support and strengthen the local communities they serve, and Walmart employees enhance the program through local giving, volunteerism, and other philanthropic activities.

 

Panola College students may apply for scholarships offered through fine arts or athletic departments. In addition, 142 scholarships have been endowed by the generosity of alumni and friends of Panola College. Endowed scholarships are awarded annually based on financial need, academic standing, and participation in campus programs.

 

“There is a misconception about community college funding,” Pace said. “State funding for community colleges has dropped to less than 30 percent of the college budget. We rely on private donations to help students complete their education, strengthen our academic programs, and provide faculty members with additional teaching tools.”

 

To find out more, contact the Department of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, 903-693-2029.

 

 

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Huxley Helping Hands Food Boxes


 

 

If you are in need of an emergency food box, please contact Huxley Helping Hands at 936-572-3463.

 

Thanks,

Jessica Kay 

 

 

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Military to Possibly Host Coronavirus Testing in Center


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott might be sending military personnel to Center, Texas to do Coronavirus testing, this is according to Shelby County Juge Allison Harbison. They will be doing a "drive-through clinic" according to Judge Harbison. She was contacted by the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force and the testing will be done by military doctors. The set location for the testing to occur is the First United Pentecostal Church in Center, Texas. 

 

People will be able to log in with an app or call a phone number to schedule testing. Testing will be by appointment only. More details on the dates and proper contact information will follow once they are made available by the Government.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Center School Board Meeting


 

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held April 23, 2020, beginning at 12:00 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 the Governor.

 

Members of the public may access open session portion of this meeting at: CLICK HERE


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 11:00 a.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. Consent Agenda
4. 1. Minutes
4. 2. Tax Office Report
4. 3. Monthly Financial Statement
4. 4. Payment Approval
4. 5. Investment Report
4. 6. Quarterly Investment Report
4. 7. Overnight Student Activity Trips
4. 8. Amendments to the Budget
4. 9. ELAR Adoption
5. COVID 19/CISD Operations Update
Presenter: Arnie Kelley
6. Consideration to Revise Resolution Regarding Wage Payments During Emergency Closing 
of CISD
Presenter: Arnie Kelley
7. Review Bond Project and Budget (Operations Goal)
Presenter: Arnie Kelley
8. Consideration to Approve Annual Contract with Southwest FoodService Excellence
9. Discussion and Consideration to Approve TASB Salary Schedule
10. Closed Session
10. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
10. 1. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
10. 1. 2. Consideration to Approve the Termination of Probationary Contracts
10. 1. 3. Employment of Personnel
10. 1. 4. Consideration to Approve Contract Renewals for Administrators, Teachers, and
Certified Support Staff
10. 1. 5. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
11. Open Session
11. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
11. 1. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
11. 1. 2. Termination of Probationary Contracts
11. 1. 3. Employment of Personnel
11. 1. 4. Contract Renewals for Administrators, Teachers, and Certified Support Staff
11. 1. 5. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
12. Adjournment

 


 

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Center Tyson Plant to Close Till 28th


 

 

The plant will be down for the NPIS construction project from April 20 through April 27. We will resume a normal schedule on Tuesday, 4/28/2020.

 

Stay safe, and remember to practice social distancing even while away from work. Enjoy your time off, and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 4/28/2020!

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 


According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 168

Nacogdoches County 96

Shelby County 69

Panola County 42

San Augustine County 14
 

 

 

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Timpson Bear Update



 

All school work (packets) will be due on Friday, April 24. Be sure to label all work with name, grade, teacher, assignment title, etc.  It would be great if all work is returned in a folder if possible. If you have library books at home, you may drop those off with your school work.

 

Packet drop off on Friday, April 24 will be in the following locations from 11 am-1 pm:  Elementary campus for the elementary students, Middle School campus for grades 6-8, and the Collegiate Center for the high school students. If you have emailed your work to your teachers, that is fine.  Be sure to get a confirmation from them that they received your work. 

 

New packet pickup will be Wednesday, April 29 at the same above locations from 11 am-1 pm.

 

Middle School and High School work is posted on the school website for each campus if you want to print your packet at home or get started now.

 

Elementary students have access to iStation online.  Please check with your teacher about logins. Middle School students have access to Study Island.  These are fun sites to help keep your students’ skills up-to-date.

 

Dual credit students, be sure to check your websites often to keep up with college work.  If you are interested in taking dual credit classes in the summer, be sure to check with Mrs. Charlotte Metcalf, school counselor about registration.

 

Check with Mrs. Metcalf about scholarship opportunities and continue to fill out applications as necessary.

 

If you are interested in taking the ACT this summer, register by May 8. Test date is set for June 13.

 

Texas Health and Human Services has a COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line available @ 833-986-1919. Speak with a mental health professional 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, grief or worry.

 

The hope is for everyone in the Timpson ISD community to stay safe and healthy during this time.  Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

 

 

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CISD Board Meeting


 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held April 23, 2020, beginning at 12:00 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:

 

HERE. 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 11:00 a.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. Consent Agenda 4. 1. Minutes 4. 2. Tax Office Report 4. 3. Monthly Financial Statement 4. 4. Payment Approval 4. 5. Investment Report 4. 6. Quarterly Investment Report 4. 7. Overnight Student Activity Trips 4. 8. Amendments to the Budget 4. 9. ELAR Adoption 5. COVID 19/CISD Operations Update Presenter: Arnie Kelley 6. Consideration to Revise Resolution Regarding Wage Payments During Emergency Closing of CISD Presenter: Arnie Kelley 7. Review Bond Project and Budget (Operations Goal) Presenter: Arnie Kelley 8. Consideration to Approve Annual Contract with Southwest FoodService Excellence 9. Discussion and Consideration to Approve TASB Salary Schedule 10. Closed Session 10. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074 10. 1. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel 10. 1. 2. Consideration to Approve the Termination of Probationary Contracts 10. 1. 3. Employment of Personnel 10. 1. 4. Consideration to Approve Contract Renewals for Administrators, Teachers, and Certified Support Staff 10. 1. 5. Extended Emergency Sick Leave 11. Open Session 11. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074 11. 1. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel 11. 1. 2. Termination of Probationary Contracts 11. 1. 3. Employment of Personnel 11. 1. 4. Contract Renewals for Administrators, Teachers, and Certified Support Staff 11. 1. 5. Extended Emergency Sick Leave 12. Adjournment

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ANGELINA COUNTY Train Crash


 

 

ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a crash involving a train and a vehicle this afternoon 4-21-20, just north of Diboll.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 12:45 p.m., a 2018 Chrysler passenger car was traveling east on Red Nash Crossing (Private Road). The driver of the vehicle reportedly disregarded the stop sign at the railroad crossing and was struck in the driver side by a Union Pacific train that was traveling south.


The driver of the Chrysler was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin for treatment and identified as 21-year-old Edgar Garcia from Diboll.


This crash remains under investigation No additional information is available at this time.
 

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Weather Update


 

 

Severe weather is expected to return to the region on Wednesday through Wednesday night with a Slight Risk covering our entire Four-State area.  

      

Timing and Overview:

Showers and thunderstorms may begin impacting areas along and north of the I-30 corridor late tonight after midnight, but the more widespread thunderstorms and increasing severe potential will occur on Wednesday and continue through Wednesday night as a cold front sweeps across the region.   


Four State Impacts:
Impacts: Large hail will be the primary threat, especially early on with storms remaining more elevated. However, the threat of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will increase later in the day as temperatures warm near 80 degrees ahead of the cold front. Heavy rainfall may also lead to some localized flash flooding, especially across North Louisiana where recent rainfall exceeded 2-3 inches in some areas.

 

 

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Joaquin Man Leads High Speed Chase


 

 

A Joaquin man was arrested Monday morning after leading sheriff deputies on a high speed pursuit. The call originated when a citizen called 911 advising that a motorist had struck their vehicle on highway 59 South in Nacogdoches County. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and continued traveling toward the city of Nacogdoches.

 

Deputies located the suspect vehicle at 4:52 am, traveling northbound on Loop 224. Deputies observed the suspect vehicle traveling at a speed of 93 mph. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the red Chevy Trailblazer, but the suspect refused to stop.

 

The suspect vehicle exited the loop on old Tyler road and continued on FM 1638 at a high rate of speed. Deputies continued to pursue the suspect vehicle and observed him crash at FM 1638 and Cr. 698. The suspect and lone occupant of the vehicle then fled on foot into a wooded area.

 

Deputies lost sight of the subject but formed a perimeter around the area. The suspect would later be apprehended on Cr. 813 by a Sheriff’s Deputy and a sheriff’s K-9.

 

The suspect was identified as Glenn Smallwood 30 years of age from Joaquin, Texas. Smallwood has been charged with Evading arrest with vehicle, a state jail felony, accident involving a vehicle class B misdemeanor, and Reckless driving a Class B misdemeanor.

 

Smallwood also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Angelina County. Those warrants include two counts of FTA Assault, FTA Criminal Trespass, resisting arrest and a parole warrant. Smallwood was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 168

Nacogdoches County 96

Shelby County 69

Panola County 42

San Augustine County 14

 

 

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Annual Take a Kid Fishing Tourney cancelled


 


Organizers of the annual Center Broadcasting Co./Shelby County Bass Anglers’ Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament, that was scheduled for May 9, announced this week, the event has been cancelled, with no plans to re-schedule this year.


Tournament director Lori Alvis says in light of the recent COVID-19 social distancing, and orders from the Sabine River Authority, the 42nd kid’s fishing tourney will not take place on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend at Huxley Bay Marina on Toledo Bend.


“Safety of the children, parents, event organizers, and the general public is our first concern,” Ms. Alvis said. “We regret to make the decision to cancel but feel it’s best for all involved.”


Ms. Alvis said she and the bass anglers had discussed the possibility of rescheduling for June, but with the likelihood of warmer weather conditions placing a possible strain on the kids & parents, in addition to trying to catch bream in deeper water, it just wasn’t practical it this year.
She acknowledged appreciation to all that had worked to put the tourney together, along with sponsors and volunteers.


“We’re already planning for next year and hope to make it one of the best fishing tourneys we’ve ever had,” Ms. Alvis noted. 


The Center Broadcasting Co./Shelby County Bass Angler’s Take a Kid Fishing Tournament Bream Tournament is the largest children’s only fishing event in deep east Texas and western Louisiana. The free tourney is for kids, ages 3 to 15 and draws a field of around 500 children each year.

 

Every child receives a rod & reel, hot dog, cold drinks and other goodies. In addition, trophies are awarded in three-separate age groups for largest fish, heaviest stringer by weight and even smallest fish by length.


Center Broadcasting Co. stations, KQBB 100.5, KDET 930 AM, and KXXE 92.5 FM, along with a hand-full of volunteers put the original tournament together in 1978. The Shelby County Bass Anglers became co-host in recent years, adding a professional fishing atmosphere to the overall tournament, including the very important weigh-in. The anglers also stage a casting competition for all kids.


For more information on the Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament, call Center Broadcasting, Co., 936-598-3304.
 
Lori Alvis - Administrator
 
 

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SFA business student prepares for online COVID-19 commencement, awaits scholarship news


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas ¾ Graduating senior Annemarie Price is at home in Katy with her parents. She’s safe and sound. The coffee is good. And when she’s on the couch studying or taking online classes, she enjoys the company of her two dogs, a Great Pyrenees named Astro and a Golden Retriever named Travis.

 

Price, a Stephen F. Austin State University Rusche College of Business senior majoring in marketing and minoring in graphic design with a 3.8 GPA, is in the running for a national scholarship through the Washington Media Scholars Foundation. Having made it through two qualifying rounds to the finals, Price and her teammate, Wichita State University-based Tyler Heizelman, are vying for a share of the $18,500 award. Winners will be announced in June. Landing the scholarship would be momentous, but even if Price doesn’t take the top prize, she’ll consider it a win. Making the invite to Washington, D.C., was the original goal, and that’s already been accomplished.

 

All should be good in Price’s world. But it’s not.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated disruptions, Price is uncertain of the future, even if plenty is already known. Employers are taking a wait-and-see approach to hiring. Her walk across the commencement stage at Johnson Coliseum will have to wait until a date that’s yet to be determined. She may not get to say a proper goodbye to her classmates and professors. The virus dashed all that.

 

With her coursework all but done, she’s looking forward to SFA’s virtual graduation ceremony on May 30, which for her will include commencement-style robes for her pets. Not quite what she had in mind at the beginning of the year, but it’ll be fun.

And then there’s her family. Both of Price’s parents have underlying health issues, making them susceptible to the virus. And her sister, a ’17 graduate from SFA’s DeWitt School of Nursing, is in hazard’s way working at Memorial Hermann in Houston.

 

Indeed, COVID-19 has arrived at Price’s front door, and it’s knocking quite loudly.

Price hasn’t been on campus since March, when she posed for her senior photos and collected a few personal belongings from her residence hall. She didn’t want to leave. But during spring break, as SFA and universities across the country shifted to online and remote learning, she knew she had no choice.

“I respect the decision, and I support doing what we can to make people safe,” she said. “I get it.”

While the transition to full-blown distance learning has been successful for Price, it’s not all together satisfying. Price is a people person. She’s an intern for the College of Business’ social media team, an officer with the Community Assistant Honors Council with Residence Life and an officer with SFA’s interdepartmental Advertising Club. As a senior, she was accustomed to seeing a lot of familiar faces in class and in the halls. The unceremonious separation has been acute.

“For me, one of the reasons I love SFA is that you can make close connections with professors and the people in your classes,” she said. “The years I have spent on campus were the best years of my life. I am deeply saddened that I won’t be returning to classes and spending my final days as a student in Nacogdoches.”

 

Even though the virus has upended the culmination of her college career, and even though her family remains under threat from the virus, she’s been able to keep everything in perspective. She’s adaptable and resilient. And though the job market could be tight, at some point an employer will recognize her passion and give her a chance.

 

For the broader public, a valuable lesson ­– one that could make the world a better place – can be learned. 

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SFA health science students, faculty members quickly adjust during pandemic


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — From course content and format to internship availability, students and faculty members in Stephen F. Austin State University’s health science program are experiencing huge changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Students in this field are preparing for a variety of careers in public health education and health promotion in settings such as hospitals, governmental agencies, nonprofit

organizations and work-site health promotion programs.

 

In their careers, they will be responsible for educating the public and raising awareness about local health issues. They also will address the needs of communities by assessing statistical data and using their findings to create health programs that tackle challenges such as flattening the curve during pandemics like COVID-19.

 

This academic degree provides a solid foundation for students pursuing health care careers requiring additional education: chiropractors, medical doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, professors and psychologists.

 

But before they can graduate, SFA’s health science students need to gain valuable experience through an internship that requires working at one of the many types of health care and medical sites drastically affected by COVID-19.

 

“That internship has been impacted the most out of all our courses,” said Dr. DawnElla Rust, professor in SFA’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Science.

 

“Of the 28 students enrolled in this course this semester, eight of them were able to complete all the requirements at their original sites,” she said. “However, 20 of them were asked to leave their sites — hospitals, clinics and other, nonessential sites — before their required hours and assignments were completed.”

 

Rust worked with Victoria Wagner-Greene, an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, to create alternative assignments for those 20 students, including writing a paper on COVID-19 and their personal experiences as health science interns.

 

Obtaining internship sites for the summer and fall 2020 sessions is also problematic, Rust said.

 

“Sites are not committing to internships, so we’re creating a range of solutions to accommodate individual students and ensure they can graduate on time,” she said.

 

Those solutions include writing papers, developing TED Talks and completing 50 hours of health science webinars.

 

Students and faculty members involved in other health science courses are adjusting to learning and teaching via online platforms like Zoom.

 

“I have never developed an online course, so it was all new to me,” Rust said.

 

But transitioning her face-to-face courses to online instruction also gave Rust the opportunity to tweak her course content.

 

“I tried to make each course COVID-19 relevant for the specific course and for the students.”

 

For example, the Core Concepts in Health course examines physical, intellectual, career/financial, sociocultural, environmental, emotional and spiritual health. In this course’s first online exam, Rust asked students how COVID-19 has impacted each of those health dimensions.

 

“Their responses were from the heart and amazing to read,” Rust said. “I have made a point to include stress-coping activities like ‘take a nature sit’ and ‘write a gratitude journal entry’ in this course.”

 

Rust’s Social and Emotional Health course focuses on how other people and our own emotions influence our health outcomes.

 

“Everything about this course has been tested,” Rust said. “The question raised is, ‘Can people and our connection with them influence our health from 6 feet away?’”

 

Dr. John Stewart, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, added an online exercise to his Epidemiology and Core Concepts in Health courses in which students explored the global geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases, examined COVID-19 etiology and risk factors, and learned COVID-19 preventive measures.

 

For his Environmental Health and Ecology course, Stewart’s students explored the association between COVID-19 “lockdown” orders and lower air pollution levels.

“This learning exercise also identified COVID-19 as one of many infectious disease agents potentially present in health care facilities and other workplace environments,” Stewart said.

 

Rust is encouraging her students sheltering in place with their families to be “health ambassadors” by sharing what they’re learning in these and other health science classes with their families.

 

“Many of my students have indicated that they have family members on the front line, so they are well-versed in the safety procedures,” Rust added.

 

Students also are equipped with strategies to teach their family members how to tell the difference between fake news and real news. Rust has instructed her students to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus as their news source for COVID-19. 

 

As a “fix it before it’s broke” public health educator, Rust believes in primary prevention to help avoid disease and disability, such as getting enough exercise and eating healthy.

 

Secondary prevention focuses on detecting a disease early and preventing it from worsening, for example, controlling hypertension with prescription medication. Tertiary prevention reduces the negative impact of an already-established disease by restoring function, such as a heart attack patient participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

 

“I believe COVID-19 fast-tracked primary prevention and skipped to secondary and tertiary prevention,” Rust said.

 

She’s worried about a minority of the general public dismissing COVID-19 risks by not washing their hands, practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

 

“Some of the general public is obtaining their medical information from fake sources and not taking the risk seriously,” she added. “Tertiary prevention was not prepared for the need for medical equipment to restore health and reduce the spread of COVID-19.” 

 

Rust, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, also is concerned for people with chronic diseases who have been working hard to control those conditions but, with the tightening of medical resources, are now unable or unwilling to seek treatment.

 

“These chronic diseases are progressing in people, which, in turn, makes those people even more vulnerable to COVID-19,” she said. “A patient with Parkinson’s disease is not categorized as part of the population vulnerable to COVID-19, but the anxiety generated by the spread of the disease doesn’t help the immune systems in those with conditions like Parkinson’s.”

 

Rust hopes that the general public adheres to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and uses the pandemic as an opportunity to assess their own health and make improvements.

 

“This is the time for the general public to address health disparities and begin or continue healthy behaviors. Fix it before it’s broke!”

 

 

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Shelbyville I.S.D. Accepting Student Transfers


 


Parents of students living outside the Shelbyville Independent School District who wish their children to attend Shelbyville Schools during the 2020-2021 school year must request transfer no later than June 1, 2020.  This applies to both old and new transfer students. New transfers who are approved will be required to pay tuition to attend. 


To request paperwork, please call the Superintendent’s Office at 936-598-2641 or request paperwork  by emailing debbieg@shelbyville.k12.tx.us

 

 

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COVID-19 Case Counts


 

Update From Shelby County Judge Harbison:

 

 

We have had 3 new cases reported and one more recovery which brings out numbers to 67 cases and 6 recoveries.  We received no notice of hospitalizations.

Thank you,

 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 158

Nacogdoches County 91

Shelby County 67

Panola County 38

San Augustine County 14
 

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The Louisiana Department of Health Issues Revised Order for Medical and Surgical Procedures


 

 

Yesterday, the Louisiana Department of Health issued a revised order for medical and surgical procedures. This guidance is necessary during a public health emergency to preserve personal protective equipment, to properly utilize hospital staffing and to ensure adequate hospital bed capacity.

 

“Health care facilities play a critical role in responding to COVID-19 and helping people be their healthiest,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “We are quite some time away from returning to normal but this is a step in the right direction.”

 

The revised guidance, which goes into effect April 27, states medical and surgical procedures shall only be performed under the following conditions:

in order to treat an emergency medical condition;
to avoid further harms from an underlying condition or disease;
and for time sensitive conditions. 


Additionally, the order states dental visits, procedures and surgeries shall only be performed under the following conditions:

in order to treat an emergency medical condition;
to avoid further harms from an underlying condition or disease;
and for time sensitive dental conditions. 


Before facilities perform any procedure, each much have a plan in place to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms or test if possible; to ensure adequate physical distance between patients; must have a five-day minimum supply of PPE available; and must follow additional guidance outlined in the order.

 

The previous order allowed surgeries only for emergency medical conditions. 

This order does not mean that all containment measures can be lifted across all facilities and specialties.

 

Healthcare services other than medical and surgical procedures should continue to happen via telehealth when medically appropriate.

 

Click here to read the order from the Louisiana Department of Health.  

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Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses


 

On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order authorizing the re-opening of retail businesses effective April 24. Review the DSHS guidance on how to re-open safely for both employees and customers.

 

 

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CDC Announces Modifications and Extension of No Sail Order for All Cruise Ships


 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships.

 

“We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.  “The measures we are taking today to stop the spread of COVID-19 are necessary to protect Americans, and we will continue to provide critical public health guidance to the industry to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on its workforce throughout the remainder of this pandemic.”

The No Sail Order reinforces the strong action by President Donald J. Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. President Trump acted early and decisively to implement travel restrictions on foreign nationals who had recently been to China and Europe and by issuing the 30 Days to Slow the Spread guidelines. These containment and mitigation strategies have been a critical component of the United States COVID-19 response, but despite these efforts, cruise ship travel markedly increases the risk and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak within the United States.

 

In recent weeks, at least 10 cruise ships reported crew or passengers that tested positive or experienced respiratory symptoms or influenza-like illness. Currently, there are approximately 100 cruise ships remaining at sea off the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast, with nearly 80,000 crew onboard. Additionally, CDC is aware of 20 cruise ships at port or anchorage in the United States with known or suspected COVID-19 infection among the crew who remain onboard.

 

There are several public health concerns when crew members become ill while onboard the cruise ships.  As we have seen with the passenger illness response on cruise ships, safely evacuating, triaging, and repatriating cruise ship crew has involved complex logistics, incurs financial costs at all levels of government, and diverts resources away from larger efforts to suppress or mitigate COVID-19. The addition of further COVID-19 cases from cruise ships also places healthcare workers at substantial increased risk.

 

Some of these ships off the coast of the United States have crew that are not critical to maintain the seaworthiness or basic safe operation of the cruise ships, such as the vessel’s hotel and hospitality staff. The U.S. Government remains committed to humanitarian medevac for individuals in dire need of life-saving support.

 

The CDC, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security have been working with the industry to determine the most appropriate public health strategy to limit the impact of COVID-19 at cruise ship ports of entry in the United States.  Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) voluntarily suspended cruise ship operations in March in conjunction with the earlier No Sail Order issued March 14.  The industry has since been working to build an illness response framework to combat COVID-19 on ships with international crew members who remain on board and at sea.

 

This order ceases operations of cruise ships in waters in which the United States may exert jurisdiction and requires that they develop a comprehensive, detailed operational plan approved by CDC and the USCG to address the COVID-19 pandemic through maritime focused solutions, including a fully implementable response plan with limited reliance on state, local, and federal government support.  These plans would help prevent, mitigate, and respond to the spread of COVID-19, by:

  • monitoring of passengers and crew medical screenings;
  • training crew on COVID-19 prevention;
  • managing and responding to an outbreak on board; and
  • submitting a plan to USCG and CDC for review

This Order shall continue in operation until the earliest of three situations. First, the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency.  Second, the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations.  Or third, 100 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

 

Additional information in the order includes:

  • Cruise ship operators are not allowed to disembark travelers (passengers or crew) at ports or stations, except as directed by the USCG, in consultation with HHS/CDC personnel, and as appropriate, as coordinated with federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Cruise ship operators should not embark or re-embark any crew member, except as approved by the USCG, in consultation with HHS/CDC personnel, until further notice.
  • While in port, cruise ship operators shall observe health precautions directed by HHS/CDC personnel.
  • The cruise ship operator should comply with all HHS/CDC, USCG, and other federal agency instructions to follow CDC recommendations and guidance for any public health actions relating to passengers, crew, ship, or any article or thing onboard the ship, as needed, including by making ship’s manifests and logs available and collecting any specimens for COVID-19 testing.
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For more information about COVID-19 and cruise ships, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/cruise-ship/what-cdc-is-doing.html and to view the no sail order go to https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 


According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


DeSoto Parish 158

Nacogdoches County 91

Shelby County 64

Panola County 38

San Augustine County 14

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Governor Abbott, Texas National Guard Announce COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas National Guard will be mobilizing more than 1,200 personnel as part of COVID-19 mobile testing teams (MTT). The 45 member teams will be mobilized in various parts of the state providing greater access to medical testing. The areas for these MTTs will be identified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) with the first two of the 25 teams deployed to Fredericksburg and Floresville, Texas. The remaining 23 teams will be deployed to additional locations based on assessments made by DSHS.

 

"The State of Texas continues to expand our COVID-19 testing capacities and ensure that communities across the Lone Star State have access to the resources they need," said Governor Abbott. "I am grateful for the dedication of our Guardsmen as they continue to serve their fellow Texans throughout the COVID-19 response."

 

"COVID-19 testing is a crucial mission in our fight against this virus," said Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, adjutant general of Texas. "We are proud to support our partners TDEM and DSHS in bringing this critical capacity to areas in need of medical support."

       

The teams will have 11 medical professionals and support staff, as well as 34 soldiers. Currently, the Texas National Guard has the capacity to test 150 people per day at each mobile testing team location. 

 

The Texas Military Department was activated by Governor Abbott in March to assist communities across Texas in the COVID-19 response. Currently, over 2,500 Guardsmen are serving in various capacities in response to this activation. In working with local communities they have helped manufacture over four million pieces of personal protective equipment, conducted over 9,000 COVID-19 tests, and helped distribute food and supplies with local food banks to thousands of Texans each day. 

 

The MTTs are in collaboration with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and DSHS.

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Joaquin Majorettes Video


 

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Relief Funding


 

 

The TIMPSON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE has established a small business supplemental fund to help our local economy by supporting our business members.

 

The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for Help Small Businesses, Timpson Texas. (See attached application) The Timpson Chamber of Commerce has recognized the economic destruction threatening the survival of our small businesses and basically our town because of Covid-19. TACC has set aside $10,000 and will take applications from area small businesses to fund approved applications for $500 and $250 until the funding is depleted. These funds will be for local businesses to address their immediate needs, avoid closures, retain employees and support for recovery. These funds are not for new start-ups.

 

Deadline to have applications in for consideration is May 11, 2020. Applications can be requested and/or be emailed to paul@smithsawmillservice.com or mailed to Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce, Box 989, Timpson, Texas 75975. Paul Smith can arrange to deliver and pick up by calling 936-554-4557.

 

 

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TCCA HARVEST FOR HOMES PRODUCE DROP


 

 

Harvest for Homes will have a produce drop on Wednesday April 22  9am @ Ivan Smith Parking lot near old Sombero's, we are asking that everyone do as they did last month & remain in their cars until given further instruction from staff, PLEASE do not exit your vehicle, we will assist you from your car for we are still taking safe precautions for COVID-19.

 

If you have questions call 598-6315 ext 501.

 

 

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Shelby County Update


 

 

April 20, 2020

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified Monday afternoon by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) of 4 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 64. DSHS reports that the majority of these cases are community spread and not travel related. Last week we had 2 fewer cases than DSHS, today we were able to resolve that issue and have balanced our numbers with theirs.

 

According to DSHS reporting, 10 of these 64 cases are hospitalized or have been hospitalized.  We are not notified when patients are released from the hospital.  However, DSHS has reported that 5 of the 64 have recovered from the virus and are doing well.  We have had reports of a possible death from COVID-19 but as of today DSHS has not confirmed that information.

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.

 

DeSoto Parish 158

Nacogdoches County 91

Shelby County 64

Panola County 38

San Augustine County 14

 


 

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Tyson Foods Health Assessment


 


A 3 Person public health assessment team will be sent to inspect Tyson Foods according to Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison. 

 

 

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Road Closure


 

 

Tom Bellmyer, Precinct 4 Commissioner, announces a road closure on County Road 4323 at Risinger Creek. The road will reopen when possible. 

 

 

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Buster Bounds Presents Center Lions Club Meeting


 

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.

 

DeSoto Parish 156

Nacogdoches County 89

Shelby County 60

Panola County 37

San Augustine County 14

 

 

 

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Governor Greg Abbott Announces Star Of Texas Nominations


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that nominations for the 2020 Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, are now open. Nominations must be submitted to the Governor's Office by June 15, 2020. Nominations can also be made for private citizens who were seriously injured or killed while aiding or attempting to aid a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder in the performance of the their duties.

 

"Each year, the State of Texas proudly recognizes the peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty," said Governor Abbott. "These brave men and women answered the call of duty to stand between danger and the people they serve, and we are forever grateful. The Star of Texas Awards allow us an opportunity to honor the service and sacrifice of the heroes who put their lives on the line to keep us safe."

To be eligible for the 2020 award, the critical incident must have occurred between September 1, 2003 and June 15, 2020, and the first responder must not have previously received a Star of Texas Award.

 

The nomination form can be accessed through the Governor’s Office website at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/cjd/star-of-texas

 

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order To Loosen Restrictions On Surgeries


 

 

WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, on April 12, 2020, I issued a proclamation renewing the disaster declaration for all counties in Texas; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Dr. John Hellerstedt, has determined that COVID-19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code; and

WHEREAS, I have issued numerous executive orders and suspensions of Texas laws in response to COVID-19, aimed at protecting the health and safety of Texans and ensuring an effective response to this disaster; and

WHEREAS, a shortage of hospital capacity or personal protective equipment would hinder efforts to cope with the COVID-19 disaster; and

WHEREAS, hospital capacity and personal protective equipment were being depleted by surgeries and procedures that were not medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient, contrary to recommendations from the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and

WHEREAS, various hospital licensing requirements would stand in the way of implementing increased occupancy in the event of surge needs for hospital capacity due to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, I issued Executive Order GA-09 on March 22, 2020, in an effort to avoid a shortage of hospital capacity or personal protective equipment, and it is subject to expiration at 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, absent further action by the governor; and

WHEREAS, the “governor is responsible for meeting … the dangers to the state and people presented by disasters” under Section 418.011 of the Texas Government Code, and the legislature has given the governor broad authority to fulfill that responsibility; and

WHEREAS, under Section 418.012, the “governor may issue executive orders … hav[ing] the force and effect of law;” and

WHEREAS, under Section 418.016(a), the “governor may suspend the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or the orders or rules of a state agency if strict compliance with the provisions, orders, or rules would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with a disaster;” and

WHEREAS, under Section 418.173, failure to comply with any executive order issued during the COVID-19 disaster is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both fine and confinement.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following on a statewide basis beginning at 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on May 8, 2020:

 

All licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician; provided, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to either of the following:

 

any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the personal protective equipment needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster; or


any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission both:


(1) that it will reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients; and (2) that it will not request any personal protective equipment from any public source, whether federal, state, or local, for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster. 


I hereby continue the suspension of the following provisions to the extent necessary to implement increased occupancy in the event of surge needs for hospital capacity due to COVID-19:

25 TAC Sec. 133.162(d)(4)(A)(iii)(I);

25 TAC Sec. 133.163(f)(1)(A)(i)(II)–(III);

25 TAC Sec. 133.163(f)(1)(B)(i)(III)–(IV);

25 TAC Sec. 133.163(m)(1)(B)(ii);

25 TAC Sec. 133.163(t)(1)(B)(iii)–(iv);

25 TAC Sec. 133.163(t)(1)(C);

25 TAC Sec. 133.163(t)(5)(B)–(C); and

Any other pertinent regulations or statutes, upon written approval of the Office of the Governor.

This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force until 11:59 p.m. on May 8, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.

Given under my hand this the 17th day of April, 2020. 

Governor Greg Abbott

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Piney Woods Photographic Society April Challenge


 

 

Although the Piney Woods Photographic Society did not actually hold their regular monthly meeting again, that did not stop them from posting reading material/instructions on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto on how to photograph reflections and having an online photo challenge featuring photographs taken and submitted by club members using reflections. To view all the photographs submitted check out our Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/. For more information on PWPS meetings or memberships contact Billie F. Jones, billiejones602@gmail.com or text a message 936-591-2426.

Meanwhile, Congratulations to everyone who submitted a picture to our April Challenge, "Double Up". A great job was done by all, the techniques the compositions, the imagination. Everyone really showed their hand this month.

 

After counting all the "Faves" the results are as follows:

 

1st Fave Tie:

Bobbie Jean Wood

, "Make a Wish" and

Jan Huffman Carter

, "Egret Reflection".

 

2nd Fave: Billie F. Jones, "Stripes" and

 

3rd Fave: Melvin Henson

, "Rust" and again CONGRATULATIONS to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces $38 Million In Federal COVID-19 Emergency Funding For Local Governments


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that his Public Safety Office (PSO) will provide $38 million in federal funds to local units of government in Texas. These funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act.

 

Jurisdictions may use this funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment, supplies, training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in local and tribal jails and detention centers.

 

"These funds will help our local governments respond to COVID-19 and provide the resources that our communities need," said Governor Abbott. "I am grateful to our federal partners for making this crucial financial support available to the state of Texas."

Examples of allowable costs include:

 

Personnel Overtime (Peace Officer, Jailer, Correctional Officer, Medical, and other Essential Staff)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Supplies (i.e. gloves, masks, sanitizer, disinfectant)


Temporary Staff
Medical care for inmates that have tested positive for COVID-19
Any other costs associated with the implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Guidance documents, specifically:
Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and

 

Detention Facilities
What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Interested jurisdictions may access the Public Safety Office’s eGrants grant management website at https://eGrants.gov.texas.gov to register and apply for funding.

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

According to the departments of State Health Services for Texas and Lousiana here are the updated COVID-19 counts.


Nacogdoches County 89

Shelby County 60

San Augustine County 14

Panola County 37

DeSoto Parish 156

 

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

 

Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.

 

"Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans," said Governor Abbott. "We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adopting safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of reopening Texas. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public and private sector leaders to achieve this mission. By coming together, we can get Texans back to work, practice safe standards that will prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we can overcome this pandemic."

James Huffines will lead the advisory strike force and Mike Toomey will serve as Chief Operating Officer. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Comptroller Glenn Hegar will serve as consulting members.

 

In addition, Governor Abbott has appointed Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, as Chief Medical Officer of the strike force. Dr. Hellerstedt will be supported by three Chief Medical Advisors: 

 

John Zerwas, MD, Executive Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas System

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner and U.S. Medicaid and Medicare Administrator

 

Parker Hudson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Dell Medical School and program director for the Internal Medicine Residency

 

These health experts will develop a medical architecture to comprehensively test and trace COVID-19 that will enable Texans to gradually and safely begin the process of returning to work and other activities.

 

The medical team will work alongside a Special Advisory Council who will share innovative ideas to help businesses strategically reopen while containing the spread of COVID-19. The council consists of 39 business leaders representing the state's regions and industries. The advisory council will collaborate with working groups to devise strategies, statewide standards, and appropriate time frames to reopen the Lone Star State while prioritizing the health and safety of all Texans.

 

The strike force will immediately begin providing input on potential additional openings of activities and services in Texas consistent with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor will announce a revised plan for the state based on these initial recommendations on April 27.  

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COVID-19 Update


 

 

Cases counts according to the Texas and Lousiana Departments of State Health Services:

 

Nacogdoches County 88

Shelby County 60

Panola County 37

San Augustine 14

DeSoto Parish 152 

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Homecoming and Fish Fry Cancelled


 

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and Gov. Abbott's order for continued Social  Distancing, we will not be able to gather for our Annual Homecoming and Fish Fry on Saturday, May 2, 2020. 

The Cemetery is still in need of your donations for upkeep. Please mail your donation to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935.

 

We look forward to seeing you next year! 

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

 

Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.

 

"Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans," said Governor Abbott. "We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adopting safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of reopening Texas. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public and private sector leaders to achieve this mission. By coming together, we can get Texans back to work, practice safe standards that will prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we can overcome this pandemic."

James Huffines will lead the advisory strike force and Mike Toomey will serve as Chief Operating Officer. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Comptroller Glenn Hegar will serve as consulting members.

 

In addition, Governor Abbott has appointed Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, as Chief Medical Officer of the strike force. Dr. Hellerstedt will be supported by three Chief Medical Advisors: 

 

John Zerwas, MD, Executive Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas System

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner and U.S. Medicaid and Medicare Administrator

 

Parker Hudson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Dell Medical School and program director for the Internal Medicine Residency

 

These health experts will develop a medical architecture to comprehensively test and trace COVID-19 that will enable Texans to gradually and safely begin the process of returning to work and other activities.

 

The medical team will work alongside a Special Advisory Council who will share innovative ideas to help businesses strategically reopen while containing the spread of COVID-19. The council consists of 39 business leaders representing the state's regions and industries. The advisory council will collaborate with working groups to devise strategies, statewide standards, and appropriate time frames to reopen the Lone Star State while prioritizing the health and safety of all Texans.

 

The strike force will immediately begin providing input on potential additional openings of activities and services in Texas consistent with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor will announce a revised plan for the state based on these initial recommendations on April 27.  

 

The Governor’s second Executive Order (GA-16) relates to the safe, strategic reopening of select services and activities in Texas. This order establishes a temporary "Retail-To-Go" model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer's cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact.

 

Under this Executive Order, schools — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.

The Governor’s third Executive Order (GA-15) relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response. The order loosens restrictions on surgeries put in place by Governor Abbott in March. Beginning at 11:59pm on April 21 through 11:59pm on May 8, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death as determined by a patient's physician. Exceptions now include:

 

Any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE needed to cope with COVID-19, or
Any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to Texas HHSC both (1) that it will reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients, and (2) that it will not request any PPE from any public source — whether federal, state, or local — for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster. 


The Governor today also directed state parks to reopen on Monday, April 20 with strict guidelines to reduce transmission of COVID-19 – including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.

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Updated Hours for COVID-19


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of April 20 – April 24 with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center. Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, April 24th from 10-2 in order to help clients. 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 between April 20 – April 24, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, April 24th 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. Keep windows rolled up and show ID through the glass. For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you.  

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Update



Information from the Texas & Louisiana Department of Health Services.

 

Nacogdoches County 75

Shelby County 53

Panola County 35

San Augustine County 11

DeSoto Parish 145

 

 

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Governor announces plans to reopen Texas but Close Schools



According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, public schools in Texas have officially ended their school year.

 

Video From Dallas Morning News

 

 

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE - Two Dead in Carthage


 

 

Updated Infected numbers by County according to Departments of State Health Services:

 

Nacogdoches County 75

Shelby County 53

Panola County 35

San Augustine County 14

 

DeSoto Parish 145 cases 8 deaths

 

According to Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center in Carthage, two patients have passed away after they both tested positive for the Coronavirus source KLTV.

 

 

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SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture names Dr. David Hyink Distinguished Alumnus


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas ¾ In recognition of nearly half a century of contributions to the field of forestry and forestry education, Dr. David Hyink received the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

 

After more than two decades, Hyink retired in 2007 as the scientific advisor and chief forestry scientist for Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands. During his tenure, Hyink played a major role in the development and implementation of forest stand growth and yield forecasting systems for loblolly pine, Douglas-fir and Western hemlock. In addition to this primary research, Hyink also managed additional cooperative research in silviculture, wood quality, and growth and yield.

 

Hyink’s academic contributions are extensive, with more than 55 academic publications, invited papers and presentations. Additionally, he has served as affiliate assistant professor and Weaver Lecturer at Auburn University, adjunct professor at the University of Idaho, affiliate professor at the University of Washington, and assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

 

“As alumni of SFA, David and his wife Stephanie have an exemplary record of giving back by supporting forestry and education students with scholarships and promoting student success through career mentoring,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “David's distinguished professional career with Weyerhaeuser, combined with his significant contributions to society, makes him an outstanding role model for our students and an ambassador representing the long-standing success of SFA's forestry program.”  

 

Hyink’s service to the forest industry includes, but is not limited to, membership on the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Response Research Program, as well as the Society of American Foresters.

 

“I am very honored and humbled by this award, as it not only recognizes and validates my career accomplishments but also shines a very valuable light on the impact the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture plays in the lifetime successes of its students,” Hyink said. 

 

Hyink received a Bachelor and Master of Science in Forestry from SFA and a doctoral degree from Purdue University. He is the owner of Deerfield Consulting, which provides biometric and statistical support to clients in South Dakota.

 

 

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News from Joaquin ISD


 

 

JOAQUIN HIGH SCHOOL & JUNIOR HIGH 
HOME BASED LEARNING WEBSITE 
EXPLAINS NEW GRADING POLICY 
WORK DROP OFF POLICY 
SENIOR INFORMATION
PARENT RESOURCES 
CONTACT INFO
UP TO DATE PARENT/STUDENT REMINDERS
STUDENT DEADLINES
AND MUCH MORE


https://sites.google.com/joaquinisd.net/joaquin-jh-hs/home

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Governor Abbott Launches Small Business Webinar Series


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott's Office of Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) yesterday launched the Governor's Small Business Webinar Series to provide Texas small business owners and entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, and actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources. The first webinar, specifically tailored to Central Texas, was attended by over 3,000 Texans. The Webinar Series takes the place of the Governor's Small Business Series events that were postponed due to COVID-19.  

 

The Governor's Small Business Webinar Series for Central Texas was held in partnership with the Greater San Marcos Partnership, Greater Waco Chamber and Kerr Economic Development Corporation. Additional regional webinars will be held throughout the months of April and May and announced on the EDT website in the coming days.

 

The Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series covers a variety of resources available including information on programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration that may be of assistance to Texas businesses impacted by COVID-19. Businesses can also connect with local experts and support systems. Featured speakers include area Small Business Development Centers and other resource providers based on the needs of the communities covered in each webinar. The Governor's Small Business Webinar Series is held in collaboration with local economic development organizations and supported through a partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission.  

Yesterday’s webinar is available for playback here.

 

 

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The Gum Caper


 


There is nothing quite as upsetting to a young lad as being falsely accused of a crime.  Now understand, I was not an angel around nine or ten years of age, but being accused of a heinous crime was a shock to my total being.

 

Most of the time when our family drove through Jasper, Texas, my father, Cecil, would stop at a café in the downtown area for coffee or a soft drink.  On this occasion as we walked into the building, I walked over to the gum racks and looked at several packages.  I was looking for Dentyne gum, but found none.  I put the packs of gum back into their boxes.

 

After enjoying our refreshments, dad stopped at the counter to pay our bill.  The man checking us out asked my father, “Do you want to pay for that package of gum in your kid’s pocket?”  We were all taken by surprise, especially me.  Dad asked, “What did you say?”  The man repeated his question, “You want to pay for the pack of gum that your son has in his pocket?  I seen him put it there when you came in.”

 

Dad looked at me, I looked at the floor, mother looked at Dad.  “Neal, do you have a pack of gum in your pants pocket?”, he asked sternly.  “No, daddy, I don’t.  I looked at some, but put them back on the shelf.”  The clerk chimed in, “I seen him put it in his pocket”.

 

Wow….what a revolting development this turned out to be.  Dad said, “OK, I want you to empty out all your pockets on the counter here, and we will just see what you have.”  Knees shaking, heart pounding, I emptied my pockets as instructed – no gum was found.  “Go on out and get in the car”, my Dad told me.  On the way out of the café I observed my father handing the man a nickel.  He said, “This is to pay you for the pack of gum my son did not steal from you since you seem to be so hard up for money.  I don’t think I will ever stop at your business again.”

 

I learned a good lesson that day.  I never examined gum or candy again in a store that would give the appearance of stealing.  To my knowledge, we never stopped at that café in Jasper again.  As “they” say, perception is reality, even when it involves only a package of gum.

 

“THE  GUM  CAPER”

BY:  NEAL  MURPHY
P. O. BOX 511
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX  75972
936-275-9033
Email: humptyhumpty1940@gmail.com
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COVID-19 Update



Nacogdoches County 69

 

Shelby County 51

 

Panola County 32

 

San Augustine County 11

 

 

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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 22nd 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:


“Pursuant to the Suspension Order by Governor Abbott, the Commissioners Court meeting will be closed to protect the public, staff and members from potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The public may participate in the meeting through the following number.

 

Audio Only Meeting                                                                  

 

Dial by your location 1-346 248 -7799                                                                                    Password: 459618                                                                                                       Meeting ID: 773 5979 2952


1.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Public comments on Agenda item.

3.    Discuss and possibly approve permits for McClelland Water Supply.

4.    Discuss and possibly approve authorization to issue requests for proposals for Administrative services (RFPs) and requests for qualifications for Engineering services (RFQs) related to the 2020 Texas County Transportation Infrastructure (CTIF) administered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

5.    Discuss and possibly take action of paving the parking lot and entryway of the new Justice of Peace and Constable, Precinct 1 building.  

6.    Discuss and possibly take action on the bid of $152,500.00 by JB Raymond and Kenneth Hardy  at the action held on April 14, 2020  for 6.8193 acres in the Jesse Amason Survey, A-10, located in the City of Center and being the old Shelby General Hospital Property.


7.    Adjourn.


 

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Shelby County Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on April 15th of 5 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 49. 

 

Information on hospitalizations is still unknown on all the positive confirmed cases but we do have definitive confirmation that 9 of these 49 were hospitalized.

 

There has been a rise in the confirmed cases in Shelby County of 16 just this week. Although we have no definitive reason, we can only say that some of the potential reasons could be that there is more testing being available in Shelby County and in some instances testing criteria has been broadened.  More private labs are performing the lab tests and instead of there being a 3-5 day turnaround on results (as is the case with some state labs) these private labs are now having a 24-48 hour turn around on results.  And lastly and surely most importantly, Coronavirus is community spread in Shelby County and the best way to ensure we lower these positive confirmations and slow down the spread is to:


•    stay home as much as possible
•    maintain social distancing when you do have to be out (at least 6 ft)
•    practice good hygiene by washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer
•    definitely stay home if you’re sick.

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SFA student lands graphic design scholarship


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas ¾ Sarah Bone listened to her father’s advice. Himself an artist, he told her to do what she loved, and to figure out a way to make a career out of it.

 

The younger Bone, a lifelong creator of art and a graphic design major, figured out how to put dad’s advice into action. She switched her major to a Bachelor of Arts, a move that gave her the option to add a minor in marketing from the Stephen F. Austin State University Rusche College of Business.

 

The subtle shift in academic direction is working out fine. Bone just received a $5,000 Skyline Displays of Houston Graphic Arts Education Scholarship for the fall semester through the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston. The nonprofit awards scholarships to those working on undergraduate or post-graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields.

 

For Bone, who spends the better part of her days in the Adobe Creative Cloud with Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, the scholarship opportunity was low-hanging fruit that had to be picked. She was encouraged to apply at the behest of marketing professor Dr. Marlene Kahla and graphic design professors Peter Andrew and Daniel Anguiano – a clear indication that business and art can work hand in hand.

 

While Bone still enjoys the fine-arts side of her life, she’s increasingly interested in marketing and advertising, the work she said will give her a salaried foothold in the workforce after graduation. So far, dad’s advice to Bone, backed by her advisors, has proven sage. All that remains is for Bone to make good on all of it.   

 

“I feel blessed to have been chosen for the scholarship, and want to make everyone who got me there proud,” Bone said.

 

To view Bone’s portfolio, visit https://sarahnbone.wixsite.com/mysite-1/portfolio.

 

 

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Governor Abbott, Goldman Sachs, LiftFund Announce $50 Million in Loans For Texas Small Businesses


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. These loans, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), will primarily be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees and will be partially or wholly forgiven.                                                                                       

"Small businesses and their employees are at the heart of the Texas economy, and they need support during these difficult times," said Governor Abbott. "These loans will help us revitalize our economy and restore Texans' livelihoods as we respond to COVID-19. I thank Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund for providing this lifeline to Texas small businesses and their employees by providing them with the support they need to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19. This partnership is an important first step in our journey to economic recovery in the state of Texas."

 

"We have seen first-hand the determination and resilience of small business owners in Texas, having worked alongside them for years through our 10,000 Small Businesses program," said John Waldron, President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs. "Goldman Sachs understands that our communities and economy rely on small business and we are doing everything we can to support this vital engine of economic growth and employment."

Goldman Sachs will provide the capital as part of its $550 million commitment to COVID-19 relief, and LiftFund, alongside other CDFIs, will administer the funding to qualified small businesses. If all stipulations are met, small business can have their loans forgiven in full by the SBA. Business owners can apply for a PPP loan and find more information about the program on the LiftFund website. 

 

The Governor was joined for the announcement by President and COO of Goldman Sachs John Waldron, President and CEO of LiftFund Janie Barrera. Also joining the Governor were Brent Reaves, owner of Smokey John's Bar-B-Que in Dallas, Patricia and Clint Butler, owners of Coffeecionado Community Roasters in San Antonio, and Michele and Mitch Allen, owners of iRun Texas in San Antonio. The Butlers and Allens will be the first to benefit from this partnership to provide PPP loans in Texas.

 

LiftFund is a non-profit organization, headquartered in San Antonio, that helps small business owners with limited access to capital. The company offers small business loans and minority business loans for entrepreneurs. LiftFund partners with SBA lenders and other lending institutions to provide startup loans, SBA 504 Loans, and microloans in Texas, and throughout the South Eastern U.S. In 2018, LiftFund had 591 donors, 118 investors, 500 partners, and 100 employees.

 

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals.  Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

 

 

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Governor Abbott, Harris County Judge Hidalgo Joint Statement On New Walgreens Testing Sites


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced two new COVID-19 drive-through testing sites for Harris County in partnership with Walgreens. These sites are set to come online Friday, April 17th, and will have the capacity to conduct 200 tests per day at each location. For the past week, Governor Abbott has been working with Judge Hidalgo and Walgreens to bring these sites online and increase Harris County's testing capacity. Testing in these locations will be available by appointment and individuals will first need to complete a digital health assessment to determine eligibility using criteria establish by CDC. 

 

Governor Abbott and Judge Hidalgo issued the following joint statement regarding this announcement:

 

"Collection and testing is one of the most powerful tools we have in the fight against COVID-19, and we are working every day to increase testing capacity for the people of Harris County. We are grateful to Walgreens for their partnership to get these new sites online so we can continue to ramp up testing, identify Texans who have contracted COVID-19, and slow the spread of this virus."

 

The locations of the two new testing sites are below:

14531 Westheimer Road

 

Houston, TX 77082

101 W Southmore Ave

Pasadena, TX 77502

To make an appointment and learn more, visit www.walgreens.com/coronavirus or www.walgreens.com/findcare.

 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Huxley


 

 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Huxley public water system, PWS 210019, to issue a Boil Water Notice for CR 2690 in Stillwaters, CR 2693 in Royal Ridge, English Bay area along CR 2700, CR 2783, CR 2793, and Corn & Blisters 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. 

 

The public water system 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 April 15th 2020 for CR 2690 in Stillwaters, CR 2693 in Royal Ridge, English Bay area along CR 2700, CR 2783, CR 2793, and Corn & Blisters. 

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Huxley Water Treatment Plant at (936)368-2633 or Justin Belrose at (936)368-2266.

 


 

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SFA Counseling Clinic offering free teletherapy during pandemic


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Counseling Clinic at Stephen F. Austin State University is accepting new clients and temporarily waiving all fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Though in-person appointments aren’t possible as SFA students shelter in place in their hometowns and residents in Nacogdoches County follow stay-at-home orders, the clinic is helping clients by phone and Zoom from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments on Fridays and after 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday also can be made by calling (936) 468-1041.

 

The Counseling Clinic is part of the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership in the James I. Perkins College of Education at SFA. It assists SFA students and community members while training graduate students who are in the practicum and internship portion of their education. These graduate students provide counseling services to clients under the supervision of licensed counselor education faculty members.

 

Counseling Clinic services include individual, parent and child, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as career planning and development.

 

Clients contact the clinic for help with issues that include anger management, anxiety, career counseling, depression, divorce, employment-seeking skills, grief, life adjustments (for example, homesickness), marriage counseling, parenting, problem-solving, social skills, stress management, substance abuse, test anxiety and time management.

 

Despite the anxiety and stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people are calling the clinic for help, according to Nashae Turner, director of the Counseling Clinic.

 

“We’ve seen a decrease in requests for services; however, I believe there is an increase in need,” Turner said. “Those who need it are not aware we are available or are unaware that we’ve found ways to work around barriers.”

 

These barriers include limited or no internet service, inexperience with video conferencing technology, lack of privacy as family members shelter in place together and share equipment, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations.

 

“Because we are an instructional clinic, the sessions are all observed either live or on video,” Turner said. “Due to HIPAA regulations, we are unable to record Zoom sessions, so I or other faculty members must sit in on the sessions to monitor graduate students.”

 

Clients are informed of this policy when they attend sessions in person at the Counseling Clinic, but “they’re not actually aware when it is going on,” Turner said. “With Zoom, they can see when we are monitoring, and that can be uncomfortable for many clients.”

 

Turner wants to assure community members and SFA students that they can still get the help they need from the clinic.

 

“I am working closely with Dr. Robbie Steward, the department chair; Dr. Wendy Killam, the Master of Arts counseling program director; and Dr. Leigh Kirby, training director, to stay connected with our community member and student clients while assuring continued compliance with HIPAA and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs training standards during this pandemic,” Turner said.

 

“We have been able to continue services for most of our clients through Zoom, and we are pleased with the institution’s support in making all required accommodations associated with COVID-19 so that our service delivery might continue.”

 

Once the pandemic is over, the Counseling Clinic will return to its usual fee system. The first five sessions are free for students and community members. Starting with the sixth visit, costs for community members are determined using a variable fee scale based on gross family income and family size ($5 to $20 maximum per service). SFA students pay $5 per service.

 

 

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Shepherd named Leader of the Year by AAFCS-TX


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Nancy Shepherd, assistant professor in Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences, received the 2020 Leader of the Year Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Texas Affiliate.

 

The award, which was presented online during the AAFCS-TX board meeting earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, honors family and consumer sciences professionals who have made significant contributions to the field through their involvement with AAFCS. 

 

Shepherd was nominated for the award because of her achievements as a family and consumer sciences professional during the past 40 years, 13 of which she spent serving in Texas. 

 

“It is a great honor to be nominated by my colleagues and friends who embraced me as one of their own when I moved to Texas,” Shepherd said. “I've been active with AAFCS since my undergrad years, which led to opportunities to work with national and international leaders who encouraged me to seek leadership positions.”

 

Shepherd has worked hard to pass on leadership skills to her students.

 

“I am inspired to encourage students to seek leadership positions as I believe good leaders help take people to a place they might not go by themselves,” she said.

 

Shepherd has served as coordinator of SFA’s family and consumer sciences program and as director of SFA’s Center for Economic Education, both part of the School of Human Sciences in the James I. Perkins College of Education.

 

“We are so proud that Dr. Shepherd has earned this award,” said Dr. Chay Runnels, professor in the School of Human Sciences. “To be honored by one’s peers is a big accomplishment, and we are pleased that Dr. Shepherd has received this recognition.”

 

President of the National Association of Teacher Educators for Family and Consumer Sciences, Shepherd has served as a state senator and national membership chair for AAFCS. 

 

She has held several AAFCS-TX offices, including president, vice president of academic affairs, vice president of member relations and head of the Centennial Conference Committee.

 

“I particularly enjoyed my work with the national membership committee and the Texas vision team, which completed and published a study looking at the sustainability of the organization,” Shepherd said.

 

This award also recognizes Shepherd’s work advising and mentoring family and consumer sciences students and bringing together teachers, administrators and counselors to promote a seamless path for students in FCS careers. For example, Shepherd recently served on a national webinar panel that hosted more than 300 participants to examine how the field of family and consumer sciences is contributing during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Nancy ?Granovsky, former president of the International Federation of Home Economics, congratulated Shepherd on her award.

 

“You have accomplished so much in your career and have been such a stellar thinker within our profession,” Granovsky said. “This is a well-deserved honor.”

 

 

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Shelby County Covid-19 Update


 


Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified Monday afternoon by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) of 10 more positive confirmed case of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 44. 

 

I realize that the count that I report may not be the same as the one on the DSHS website but we are documenting all the cases as we are notified.  I apologize for the confusion but we have requested DSHS send their list so we could make sure we have the most updated information.  We cannot report information that we do not have.  

 

DSHS reports that the majority of these cases are community spread and not travel related.

According to DSHS reporting, 9 of these 44 cases are hospitalized. DSHS did not have any information on whether any of the 10 new cases were hospitalized.

 

 

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Tenaha School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Update


 

 

DSHS reported 8 new cases (total of 58) for Nacogdoches with details below.

After multiple requests, the state has also provided us with guidance to estimate recoveries. Understand these numbers are not confirmed but are approximate calculations based on testing dates and whether or not the patient was hospitalized.

 

Unknown travel history, not hospitalized:
30-39 yr old female
40-49 yr old female
40-49 yr old male
50-59 yr old male
70-79 yr old male

 

Unknown travel history, hospitalized:
60-69 yr old female
70-70 yr old female
90+ yr old male

 

Thank you to City of Nacogdoches- City Government Engineering Department for their work creating our new interactive dashboard. Our tentative plan is to update the dash once daily and release Status Cards if there are any changes between. Also keep in mind the dates of cases and deaths are as they were reported to us from DSHS and may not reflect actual dates of death, etc.

 

We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate this new source of information sharing. Stay home, stay safe Nac!

 

 

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Message From Joaquin Mayor William Baker


 

From the Mayors Desk:

 

First I'd like to thank those of you who have heeded the warnings & recommendations put out by the CDC & Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Due to HIPAA we will not disclose any personal information nor answer any questions regarding specific location. We currently have (2) COVID19 cases who are quarantined at home in the Joaquin area. Please continue to stay informed & up to date by watching our Joaquin Works FB page on any new cases we may have. We do our best to make sure the info is accurate before we share to the public. Protect your family & check on any elderly that may be in your neighborhood.

 

Thank you,
Mayor William Baker.

 

 

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Strong homecoming cancelled


 

 

The Strong Homecoming that is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 is cancelled due to Covid-19
Donations can be mailed to:


Strong Cemetery
P.O Box 1383
Center, Texas 75935

 


 

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Storm and Outage Details


 

 

Update: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 4/14/2020

 

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 14,450 customers remain without power after three waves of severe storms swept across SWEPCO’s service territory on Easter Sunday. At the peak, 64,000 customers were without power.

 

The current outages include 11,950 customers in Texas, 2,400 in Louisiana and 100 in Arkansas.

Crews are working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. Additional AEP and contract crews are joining the restoration effort. Workers are practicing social distancing and other measures to stay healthy and prevent the spread of coronavirus, making the recovery effort especially challenging.

 

Damage from high winds and lightning is widespread, requiring significant repair work in many locations across East Texas and Louisiana. Damage includes broken poles, wires down, and trees down from outside the rights-of-way, which caused outages and make access difficult to some locations.

 

The first line of storms left 22,000 customers without power Sunday morning, mostly in Texas and Louisiana. Power had been restored to 14,000 customers by the afternoon. However, more storms struck Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas during the late afternoon and evening, pushing the total number of customers without power to 64,000 by 9 p.m. Sunday.

 

Here are number of customers without power by area, with estimated times of restoration for 95% of customers in that city and surrounding communities. NOTE: Your power may be restored sooner.

 

Texas

Gilmer – 1,925 – 10 p.m. Wednesday

Gladewater – 2,570 – 10 p.m. Wednesday

Kilgore – 511 – 10 p.m. today (Tuesday)

Longview – 5,460 – 12 noon Thursday

Marshall – 250 – 10 p.m. today (Tuesday)

Mineola – 1,207 - 10 p.m. Wednesday

Louisiana

Bossier City – 162 – 5 p.m. today (Tuesday)

Haughton – 631 – 10 p.m. today (Tuesday)

Shreveport – 1,441 – 10 p.m. today (Tuesday - revised)

Mansfield – 169 – 5 p.m. today (Tuesday - revised)

Arkansas

Nashville – 101 – 11:59 p.m. today (Tuesday)

 

OUTAGE INFO:

 

SWEPCO Mobile App – Report outages, check outage status, and more. Download at App store or Google Play.

 

SWEPCO Alerts – Get an email or text message with the latest info for your home or business. See SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

 

SWEPCO.com – outage map, report outages, safety information

 

 

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Local Update on COVID-19 DeSoto Parish


 

 

12pm Update. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office cannot stress enough the importance of the current Stay-At-Home order. While you are free to leave your home, we want to emphasize the need for citizens to limit themselves and take personal responsibility in slowing the spread of this virus. Please continue to limit your outings. Wash your hands, refrain from touching your face or other objects that the public may have come into contact with. Keep a 6 foot distance between you and others while in public. We want to thank all of our citizens in DeSoto Parish who are doing all they can to stay at home and practice healthy sanitation habits with their families. We continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to those families affected by COVID-19 locally. You may find the information below and extended data via the LDH website at 12pm noon each day: CLICK HERE

 

DeSoto Parish by the numbers:
April 08: 91 Cases (+2 in 24hrs)
April 09: 101 cases (+10 in 24 hrs)
April 10: 107 cases (+6 in 24 hrs)
April 11: 114 cases (+7 in 24 hrs)
April 12: 124 cases (+10 in 24 hrs)
April 13: 125 cases (+1 in 24 hrs)
April 14: 130 cases (+5 in 24 hrs)
Total Parish Deaths to Date: 7
* Six consecutive days without COVID-19 death

State of Louisiana by the numbers:
April 08: 17,030 cases (+746 in 24 hrs)
April 09: 18,283 cases (+1,253 in 24 hrs)
April 10: 19,253 cases (+970 in 24 hrs)
April 11: 20,014 cases (+761 in 24 hrs)
April 12: 20,595 cases (+581 in 24 hrs)
April 13: 21,016 cases (+421 in 24 hrs)
April 14: 21,518 cases (+502 in 24 hrs)
Total State Deaths to Date: 1,013 (+129 in 24 hrs)

*Number of patients in hospitals is down by 157 statewide
*Number of patients on ventilators is down by 25 statewide

 

POSITIVE CASES BY CITY OR TOWN:
Accuracy is very important to us. Due to the fact that different health care providers report differently based on how they attribute a case to a city/town....we do not have accurate information to provide, and therefor we will not be providing assumptions on the matter. It is our goal to get as much information out to the public as possible, and we aim to share what we know. It is truly up to agencies such as the CDC and Louisiana Dept of Health to get this information out. There are over 100 positive cases identified in DeSoto Parish. With that in mind, it is best to assume there are cases in every area in the parish. Stay at home as much as you can, and interact in the same way you would if you were contagious, or others around you were contagious.

 

STATE BORDER QUESTIONS:
If you have questions regarding the Governor of Texas order on Louisiana travelers entering Texas, our office does not have information to provide as this order was not given by our state or parish. Please direct all questions to the Texas Department of Public Safety - 512-424-2080. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office has no control over what will be allowed, implemented, or otherwise ordered in the State of Texas, therefor we do not want to provide the public with misinformation on the subject.

 

STATE-WIDE BURN BAN:
If you have questions or concerns pertaining to the Burn Ban, please reach out to your local Fire District. If you should feel it necessary to burn during this time, you may request a burn permit by calling 1-855-600-2876. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office did not order this burn ban and all questions should be directed to either your local Fire Dept. or the State Fire Marshall’s Office.

 

CURFEW UPDATE
City of Mansfield and South Mansfield
The City of Mansfield, now including South Mansfield, has issued a curfew for all residents effective immediately until further notice. The curfew restricts activity between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. This curfew does not apply to first responders, essential work-related or emergency medical needs.

 

As a reminder, group gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited Parish and State wide, during day or night, and will be strictly enforced.

 

This is an attempt to assist the city in getting their press releases out. We will not be answering questions on behalf of this curfew. Please direct questions to the City of Mansfield and South Mansfield.

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The show must go on! SFA play festival turns to YouTube format


 

 

Biennial event to feature works by Heifner, Lyle, Aaron

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – With artists and performance groups worldwide looking at all forms of technology to make sure the show goes on, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present its biennial Festival of New American Plays virtually with a slightly altered schedule.


East Texans and audiences across the country can still be among the firsts to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights through staged readings on the School of Theatre’s YouTube channel beginning April 22.


The biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a festival during which each selected play is presented in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.


The 2020 festival highlights new works by Heifner; Dallas-based writer, actor, director and SFA theatre alum Matt Lyle; and Caroline Aaron, television, stage and film actress most recently known for her role as Shirley Maisel in the TV series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”


The challenge this year, Heifner said, has been “to wrap our heads around the technology.” CC Conn, associate professor of theatre, has been busy learning the intricacies of Zoom and YouTube platforms and teaching herself how to livestream, with the help of Theunis Oliphant, technology coordinator in SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning.


“In order to provide better stability to our performance, I have found myself doing many things to obtain and provide ethernet cables and adapters to students, as relying on Wi-Fi causes a lot of glitches in the video,” Conn said. “And we certainly do not want students to undertake expenses or risk going into the public to remedy this situation. So I have been ordering cables and adapters as needed and getting them mailed to the students as quickly as possible. But it has all been very challenging and exciting.”


And students are embracing the challenge, Heifner said.


“We have wonderful student actors scattered all over Texas, and we come together for rehearsals on Zoom,” he said. “It's been like having them back in the Fine Arts Building again. The challenges are enormous, especially with sound and Wi-Fi lags, but we are experimenting all the time.


“The Festival of New American Plays has been a highlight of our season every other year since 1998,” Heifner added. “The students are thrilled we are continuing the tradition. I have not heard one person complain. It's all about ‘let's do it.’”


Student leaders are Production Stage Manager Ash Whiting, Deer Park junior, and Assistant Director Gareth Phipps, Dallas senior, plus three stage managers. “The casts have been so eager, so happy to do this, so excited that they can act again this semester for an audience and also to do these wonderful new plays by Caroline Aaron and Matt Lyle,” Heifner said.


The festival will feature “The Curse of Plenty,” which is Heifner’s play that takes place at a dinner party where there’s only imaginary food and drink and two triangles of lovers competing for attention. Heifner describes it as “a chilling yet, at the same time, very funny view of our possible future – when greed, conspicuous consumption and human willfulness have, at last, plundered the planet and reduced the circumstances of human life to a subsistence level.”


Lyle’s “The Texas Devil” is an outrageous comedy about a small-town attorney, her football coach husband and her teenage son all trying to cope with instant celebrity, Sean Hannity, Fox News and a visiting Satanist.


Aaron’s “Such a Pretty Face” is a play about many types of women as they confront issues about their appearance, the ideas of “beauty” as shown in the media, and the constant bombardment of programs designed to make people lose weight, the playwright explains.


“The play is funny and touching in its examination of how we see ourselves, how we think others see us and how we want to be seen,” Heifner said.


Livestreams are at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeXFQChOdCd8zf094sQ0jXg with “Curse of Plenty at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22; “The Texas Devil” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23; and “Such a Pretty Face” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. The readings will be lightly edited then published on theatre’s YouTube channel April 27 through May 3. Matt Reynolds, assistant professor of lighting, sound and video design at the University of Alabama, is assisting Conn in creating the visual details of the edited videos. There will also be a live-streamed question-and-answer session with the playwrights at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24. The plays are recommended for mature audiences.


Heifner is the author of more than 30 plays and musicals produced in New York, Los Angeles and theatres around the world. He is best known for the play version of “Vanities,” which ran for five years in New York and became one of the longest-running plays in Off-Broadway history. His musicals include “Leader of the Pack” on Broadway and “Vanities - A New Musical” in New York and London. He has also worked in television and film.


Heifner has been playwright-in-residence at SFA since 1997. Each spring, he teaches playwriting and screenwriting and has directed many SFA shows. He founded The Festival of New American Plays in 1998, and over the years, the school has presented the new works of Beth Henley, James McLure, Carol Hall, David Ives, Tina Howe, Constance Congdon, John Cariani, Getchen Cryer, William M. Hoffman and many others. Heifner is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writers’ Guild of America and Actors Equity Association, and he has been inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters and The Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame.


Lyle’s plays have been produced across the U.S. His plays, “The Boxer,” “Hello Human Female,” “Barbecue Apocalypse” and “Big Scary Animals” all garnered DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards for "Outstanding New Play."  “Barbecue Apocalypse” was nominated for an American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award. Lyle has been commissioned by Theatre Three, Dallas Theater Center and Audacity Theatre Lab. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Playwright’s Center and was honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the SFA School of Theatre. His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing.


Aaron made her debut in motion pictures with a small part in Robert Altman’s “Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” in 1982. Since, she has built her acting career as a character actress and has worked with some of cinema’s most significant directors, including Woody Allen and the late Mike Nichols. She has appeared in numerous TV series, among them “Madam Secretary,” “Grey’s Anatomy,“ Desperate Housewives,” “Modern Family” and “2 Broke Girls.” She had a recurring role in “The Young and the Restless” and appeared in movies “21 Jump Street” and “22 Jump Street,” “Our Family Wedding,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Working Girl” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” among others. She stars on the hit series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”


“Caroline and Matt have been with us all the way,” Heifner said. “Whatever we've proposed, they are all for it. I only wish we could all be together in person. However, this is the next best thing, and we are giving it our best. I truly hope our friends who've supported the festival all these years will join us. The tradition continues, and the plays are wonderful, and so are the students.”


The plays are recommended for mature audiences. Visit the School of Theatre at theatre.sfasu.edu.

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Cancellation of Heritage Days


 

 

The City of San Augustine is announcing the cancellation of the annual Heritage Days 2020 that was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, 2020.

 

The Main Street Advisory Board member and Event Chairperson, Linda Goller, is excited to announce that Heritage Days, 2021, is planned for  Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, 2021.

 

Linda says,  “Much appreciation goes to the volunteers who began meeting and organizing approximately two years ago. In fact, more volunteers had been recruited for the event than ever before.”  “There is much planning that goes into an event such as this, but the health and safety of the community is at  the forefront of the City’s decision” says Tracy Cox, City of San Augustine Main Street Manager.
 
The Heritage Days event draws participants from across the state and even neighboring states.  For more information about the event call San Augustine Main Street at 936-201-9796 or visit www.cityofsanaugustinetx.gov.
 

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COVID-19 Case Counts


 


Nacogdoches County 48

 

Shelby County 36

 

Panola County 13

 

San Augustine 9

 

 

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5 Suspects charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity


 

 

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has filed several felony charges on five different people for their involvement in a burglary on Cr. 979. At this time four people have been arrested, and the Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Phillip Lucas who is a wanted fugitive and still at large.

The Investigation started in February when NCSO Deputies received a call in regards to a burglary that occurred on County Road 979. The residence was observed to be ransacked and multiple items were reported stolen from the property. During the investigation investigators were able to recover a New Holland Tractor w/ attached bush hog (estimated value of $10,000) and a blue miller welder (estimated value of $3,000). These items were moved and sold to individuals throughout multiple counties before being tracked down by NCSO investigators.

During the investigation NCSO Investigators gathered evidence and statements that identified 5 people that were involved in the crimes. These subjects were believed to have conspired with each other over several weeks in order to deprive the victims of their property and then sell the stolen items as profit. Investigators are still searching for a red Suzuki Samarai and various tools that were stolen.

 

Charges Filed:

-Marcus Dan Burdette (61 y/o) of Nacogdoches
-EOCA Burglary of a Building F/3
-Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle F/3

-Dennis Wade Broussard (35 y/o) of Nacogdoches
-EOCA Burglary of a Building F/3
-Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle F/3

-Joseph Dwayne Lambert (38 y/o) of Garrison
-EOCA Burglary of a Building F/3

-Nicolas Ryan Cryer (20 y/o) of Mt Enterprise
-EOCA Burglary of a Building F/3

 

-Phillip Levi Lucas (32 y/o) of Cushing (ACTIVE WARRANTS, STILL AT LARGE)
-EOCA Burglary of a Building F/3
-Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle F/3

 

Phillip Lucas is believed to be in the Cushing or Timpson area. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office at 936-560-7794.

 

 

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A Virtual Taste of Home Grown Freshness


 


There’s nothing quite like fresh produce!  Come virtually and discover the benefits of what a home-grown garden has to offer with the Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities virtual home gardening course offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Family & Communities Health Agents in Harrison, Rusk and Shelby Counties.  This program is a three-session course that will be provided virtually and free of charge.  Each lesson will be conducted via Zoom, an online meeting platform, from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. on the following dates:  April 27, May 4, and May 11.  Since this is a virtual class you will be required to have your own supplies to plant.  Supplies needed would be a container of your choice.  The container can be anything you have on hand, such as coffee cans, milk and/or water jugs, buckets or anything similar.  You will also need soil and seeds.  

 

Special guest speakers will include: Beth Derr, Harrison County Master Gardener, Matt Garrett, Harrison County Extension Agent-Agriculture & Natural Resources, Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, District 5 4-H & Youth Development Specialist, Greg Grant, Smith County Extension Agent-Horticulture Agent, and Kimberly Benton, Cherokee County Extension Agent-Horticulture Agent. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about garden site selection, how to conduct a soil sample and read the results, selecting the best vegetables to grow in your county, identifying garden pests and diseases, using a raised garden bed, harvesting and storing produce, and much more.  If you are looking for a fun, easy, hands-on garden program to use at home or a way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet, then this course is for you.

 

To register, please email at the email address below or click on the link CLICK HERE:


Please register by Friday, April 24th.  For additional information on this program, please contact me at Feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu or (936) 598-7744. 

 


 

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BLUEBERRY BLUEGRASS CONCERT POSTPONED


 


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, which usually kicks off the annual Texas Blueberry Festival, has been postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 31st Texas Blueberry Festival for a date yet to be determined. The Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, which was originally scheduled for Friday, June 12, will also be postponed and rescheduled for the same weekend as the Blueberry Festival. 


“Right now everybody is focused on getting through this difficult time,” said Scott Waller, Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park co –organizer.  “Once we’re through it, we’re going to be ready to get together with our friends and neighbors and celebrate. This concert has grown bigger and better over the years, and I believe this next one will hold a special significance. The show will go on.”
Organizers are grateful for the enthusiastic partners that make the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park possible, especially Rex Perry Autoplex, the City of Nacogdoches and the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
 

 

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas temporarily shuts down overnight camping in Wildlife Management Areas


 

 

LUFKIN, Texas, April 13, 2020 – In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas will temporarily shut down overnight camping in Wildlife Management Areas effective April 11.

 

Wildlife Management Areas impacted by this announcement include:

•            Caddo National Grasslands WMA (Caddo National Grasslands)

•            Alabama Creek WMA (Davy Crockett National Forest)

•            Bannister WMA (Angelina National Forest)

•            Moore Plantation WMA (Sabine National Forest)

•            Sam Houston National Forest WMA (Sam Houston National Forest)

 

Other recreation opportunities, such as hunting/fishing/hiking on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas remain available to the public. To protect public health and safety all visitors to the forest are encouraged to:

 

·       Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

·       Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

·       Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract predators.

·       Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.

·       If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

   

The USDA Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: www.coronavirus.gov


Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

 

For up-to-date information on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas visit www.fs.usda.gov/texas.

 

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Timpson ISD Update


 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Zoom Change


 

 

The information for the Center City Council zoom meeting has changed.  Please see below.

 

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/4839919225?pwd=UFBYL3dpdzd6QWx5NHUxcUE3cFhxdz09

 

Meeting ID: 483 991 9225

Password: 332233

 

Dial by your location

 

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

          936 590 7200  (Local)

 

 

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SFA art education students create videos for homeschooled students


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Art education students and faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University have created a series of YouTube videos designed to provide art instruction for students who are at home instead of in the classroom as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.


The tutorials, which range from lessons in drawing techniques and photography skills to the Raku firing process, were created to meet the needs of teachers and parents who are homeschooling art classes. The videos are accompanied by lesson plans that can be easily used by teachers/parents and students, according Dr. Maggie Leysath, professor of art education in the SFA School of Art.


“We decided to create this YouTube channel to help K-12 teachers who are now required to create video content for their classrooms,” Leysath said. “These videos can be used for sketchbook assignments or for unit artwork assignments. Really, these videos are great for parents to use as well, since the projects are relevant and so much fun.”


Creating the channel also helped to address the challenges art education students were facing due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Leysath said.


“Since the curriculum for Spring 2020 included numerous opportunities for art education students to teach children in our local schools and at the Boys & Girls Club, which was no longer possible, it became clear that providing online instruction was now a necessary experience and skill for future art educators,” Leysath explained. “This channel and the content the art education students are creating is excellent experience for them in our ‘new normal’ world.”


The first two videos, portrait drawing basics and Raku firing, were created by Leysath as a way to get the channel up and running. The channel was viewed 708 minutes in the two weeks of March, when these videos were first available. And there’s more to come.

 

“The topics will be as varied as the art education students are themselves,” Leysath said. “Currently, there is a video for one-point perspective, one for creating dramatic photographs using your phone, and a really fun emoji lesson.” Videos will be added as students create them.


“We’ve discovered that quarantined and socially isolated people of all ages are thrilled with the opportunity to learn and grow,” Leysath said, adding she has received several self-portraits from her social media connections. “These videos offer a variety of ways to learn and try out art again.”

 

Art education students will continue to provide instructional videos during the month of June as an alternative to the two SFA art academy camps that were canceled due to concerns about COVID-19.

 

The art lessons are provided as a service and are not to be used for profit, according to Leysath.


The videos are: HERE

 

 

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Road Reopens


 

 

Commissioner Pct 3 Charles Barr would like the public to know that County Road 3267 is open again after removing a tree that was blocking the road.

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting Cancelled


 

 

The City of Joaquin's meeting that was scheduled for this evening 4-13-20 has been cancelled.

 

 

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DeSoto Parish COVID-19 Update


 

 

April 12, 2020


Local Update on COVID-19

 

12pm Update. It has been a rough morning of bad weather in DeSoto Parish but we hope today’s update finds everyone well. Our Deputies have been out with many other agencies clearing trees off the roadways and assisting residents.

 

DeSoto Parish by the numbers:
April 08: 91 cases (+2 in 24hrs)
April 09: 101 cases (+10 in 24 hrs)
April 10: 107 cases (+6 in 24 hrs)
April 11: 114 cases (+7 in 24 hrs)
April 12: 124 cases (+10 in 24 hrs)
Total Parish Deaths to Date: 7
(4th consecutive day without a COVID-19 death in DeSoto)

State of Louisiana by the numbers:
April 08: 17,030 cases (+746 in 24 hrs)
April 09: 18,283 cases (+1,253 in 24 hrs)
April 10: 19,253 cases (+970 in 24 hrs)
April 11: 20,014 cases (+761 in 24 hrs)
April 12: 20,595 cases (+581 in 24 hrs)
Total State Deaths to Date: 840 (+34 in 24 hrs)

 

A POSITIVE NOTE:


Our State numbers in both cases and deaths related to COVID-19 appear to be leveling off. Although we continue to pray for all families who have lost loved ones, the recent numbers give us hope and assurance of a brighter tomorrow. We have tried to keep the public up-to-date on all the numbers we could find, but we want the public to know that we have confidence looking into the future. Your acts of practicing of social distacing, limiting your exposure in public, and healthy santitation appears to be working, and shows the amount of compassion we all share for our neighbors. PLEASE continue these efforts so we can fight this virus, together. We would all like to see our daily lives turn back to normal, and working together, we will accomplish just that. We wish everyone a very happy Easter, and we will be out all day, and every day, aiming to serve and protect our citizens.


Thank you DeSoto Residents!

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Meeting ID Number has changed for Commissioners Court


 

 

The meeting ID  for Commissioners Court Special meeting Audio Zoom for April 15 at 9:30 has changed.

 

Dial-in number 1-346-248-7799

New meeting ID Number 773 5979 2952

 

Thank you

 

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Road Closure


 


According to Shelby County Commissioners Charles Bar County Road, 3267 will be closed to clear a tree that has fallen between the intersection with HWY 7 and 3193.

 

 

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Garden Options for the First-Time Gardener


Now that families are spending time at home due to the shelter-in-place, feed store owners are reporting an increase in sales of vegetable seeds and transplant sales; specifically, vegetable transplants. To quote Ken Boles, owner at Boles Feed in Center, he said the vegetable transplants were just “flying out his door.” 

 

I get it. With the scarcity mindset that some folks are having, raising their own food has become a result. I recently spoke with several experienced gardeners and novice gardeners about the uncertainty of food supplies and the price of vegetables due to COVID 19. Now, I don’t think the American farmers and ranchers will let us down. They’ll keep us in abundant food supply. Truly the food producers are a critical need. 

 

But gardening can help alleviate many other symptoms of the concerns we have. Most importantly, gardening will help bring families closer together, provide the exercise, stress relief, and help us to get outside to appreciate our environment.

 

Growing your own food does provide healthy eating opportunities. You will never have fresher produce than what you pick out of your vegetable garden.

 

Want to spend more quality time with your family? During these economic times and this COVID 19 pandemic shelter-in-place allows a family an opportunity to spend time together producing edible plants. 

 

Want to learn something new? Gardening is a lifetime of learning. Even experienced gardeners are always learning and trying new seed or plant varieties. 

Gardening relieves stress, lowers your blood pressure and provides some good exercise. I’m not saying a vegetable garden is easy – not in the least. You’ll sweat. It takes time. And quite frankly, you’ll get really aggravated at the stink bugs and other problems that will reduce your harvest. 

 

One thing that I find cool, is that we are truly blessed to live in an area where we have a choice of growing any kind of vegetable throughout the year. You may not be able to grow much during the hot summer, but you can have a purple-hull peas, okra and a few other options. 

 

Three of the most used methods of gardening for our area include traditional planting of fruits or vegetables directly in the soil, raised beds, or container gardening. 

 

A container garden can be made of flowerpots, feed tubs, barrels, planter boxes, or even 5 gallon buckets.  It is important that the container you use that will accommodate the roots of vegetables that you are growing. The container should have adequate drainage and should be free of any chemical residue that may harm the plants or us.  

 

A raised bed is becoming the most popular choice of gardening in our area.  They are very attractive to the landscape, provide an opportunity to grow more food in less space.  Therefore, allowing you to grow more food in less space. People who do raised bed right, have fewer weeds and less runoff.  Beds can be constructed with any a variety of wood lumber, brick, or concrete blocks. 

 

Remember, any garden site needs full sun, well-drained soil and fertilizer.  (Organic or commercial). You will need to keep an eye out for weeds, disease and insects. 

By planting a vegetable garden, you’ll benefit in more ways than fresh tomatoes, and it might be that family activity that keeps on promoting health, well-being, and lifelong learning. 

 

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Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu . 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closures


Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of April 13 – April 17 with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center.  Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, April 17th 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 between April 13 – April 23, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, April 17th 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.  Keep windows rolled up and show ID through the glass.  For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you.  

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New Construction Project Set for San Augustine County


(a March 10, 2020, press release from the Texas Department of Transportation)

 

LUFKIN – A preconstruction web-ex meeting was held Thursday, signaling the beginning of a new construction project in San Augustine County.

 

The virtual meeting included TxDOT personnel, utility representatives and contractor personnel. Discussions included the construction schedule, method of operations and promoting greater safety during construction.

 

The construction project is located on SH 103 and will include rehabilitating the existing roadway from the Attoyac River to SH 147 North. Moore Brothers Construction, Lufkin, will serve as contractor for the $8.4 million project. Barricades are scheduled to be set next week and work is set for completion in March 2022, weather permitting.

 

Motorists are urged to stay alert through the work zone and obey all traffic control. Reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Obey all recommended speed limit signage and be alert for workers and moving equipment through the work zone.

 

For updates on projects and road conditions 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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Center City Council Meeting


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Thank You Letter From the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas


 

 

Thank you for those who tuned in to join us for the Facebook Live gathering. In these uncertain times, we are problem-solving and adjusting on a daily basis to ensure the children of Texas have access to safety, justice, and healing. We found ourselves having to adjust and adapt today as we encountered technical difficulties with our live virtual gathering. We have recorded the gathering and hope you'll watch the recording (link below) or click here to read CEO Joy Rauls' remarks. Thank you for your patience and continued support!

 

We are again reminded that we are all connected to one another, and for a child experiencing abuse, supportive connections are vital.

 

Especially now, we must continue to make protecting our children a priority. Visit our website for resources and ways to stay involved in the fight to end child abuse.

 

Click Here to Join the Facebook Live Virtual Event!

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Monday, April 13, 2020
6 p.m. via videoconference at: CLICK HERE


ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Discussion and Council action on emergency federal funding for local government.
5. Closing Statements.
6. Adjournment. 

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31st Annual Texas Blueberry Festival is postponed



 


NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce announced the postponement of the 31st Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020. 

 

“The impact of COVID-19 has forced the Blueberry Committee to recommend to the Nacogdoches County Chamber Board of Directors that this event be postponed until later this year,” said Texas Blueberry Festival Chairperson Grace Handler. “The amount of advance planning for this event and the uncertain health environment forced us to make this difficult decision. We will reevaluate this decision later this year to determine if we will move forward with this event.” 

 

The Texas Blueberry Festival attracts annually over 20,000 visitors and has over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Updates and information will be posted at www.TexasBlueberryFestival.com

 

C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Chamber is hopeful that the event can be rescheduled later this year. “I believe that once we get past this current situation our visitors and participants will be ready to engage and celebrate the many blessings of Nacogdoches County,” Mitchell said. 

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is the largest association representing the businesses of Nacogdoches County. For more information call 936 560-5533.

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Louisiana OMV to Re-open Phone Lines For Reinstatement Assistance


 

 

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) will be re-opening their Reinstatement Call Center on Monday, April 13, 2020.  OMV closed their doors to the public on March 19th in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Governor John Bel Edwards extended the expiration of several OMV issued credentials, such as driver licenses and vehicle registrations, via his Emergency Proclamations.  OMV has continued assisting customers with other needs that are deemed essential.  

 

The Reinstatement Call Center will be staffed by 50 OMV employees statewide.  The call center agents utilize the agencies existing call center software which allows them to field customer’s calls remotely.  OMV has always provided telephone assistance but with this announcement, will be fully staffing a call center for the first time.  The agency started testing the system on April 7th and has already successfully assisted over 1,000 customers. “I challenged my team to explore new ways we can serve our customers through no contact interactions and they have exceeded my expectations once again”, stated OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain.

 

Anyone needing assistance from OMV for any reinstatement needs, please call 225-925-6146 and select Option 3.  Call center agents are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to assist with reinstatement questions, collection of reinstatement fees and setup of installment agreements.  
 

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The Magic of Licorice


 


I must admit that I love the taste of licorice.  I always have.  Now I know that most people don’t, and it is difficult to find any who can “take it or leave it”.  You either love it or hate it.  My wife is in the latter category.  I have had to limit my intake of the sweet, black, chewy, delicacy since our marriage.   

 

I have decided that this craving is inherited.  My father, Cecil, liked licorice as much as me.  On occasion he would eat the last of our licorice stash which would send me to Clyde Smith’s grocery in downtown San Augustine for a refill.  Back in the 1940s his was the only store in town that stocked licorice.   Mr. Smith kept a box of licorice bites inside his glass showcase, and a nickel’s worth filled a small brown sack.  Mr. Smith always gave me a warning as he handed the sack to me, “that stuff will turn you black, young man”.  So far, he has been wrong.

On rare occasions Clyde Smith would get in a supply of licorice pipes, and licorice cigarettes.  I really loved to walk around with a “cigarette” in my mouth, it slowly melting its sweet flavor.  The pipes had red candy on top of the bowl which simulated fire.  How cool was that !

Who would have thought that licorice has medicinal qualities?  I never knew that this sweet flavor can be extracted from the roots of the Liquorice plant.


Actually the plant is a legume native to southern Europe and parts of Asia.  So it is a cousin of beans and peas.  In Spain the locals simply dig down to the root, cut off a piece and chew it as a mouth-freshener.

 

I keep telling my wife that licorice of today is good for you, it has medicinal use.  Powdered Liquorice root is an effective expectorant.  It is useful in treating mouth ulcers, and peptic ulcers.  It is also a mild laxative and may be used as a topical antiviral agent for shingles, ophthalmic, oral or genital herpes.  Wow, I am impressed !

 

The Switzer Company of St. Louis was the premier maker of really authentic licorice.  It was readily available for many years. In fact, I think I helped keep them in business. Why didn’t I purchase some stock in the company?  Suddenly, several years ago Switzer’s Licorice disappeared off store shelves.  Shame on the Hershey company – they purchased Switzer and promptly shut down the licorice production.  Why would Hershey purchase a company that made licorice and then stop producing it?  The supply of my favorite candy treat dried up.

Now, thanks to the internet, I can again purchase real licorice candy, not made in America, but made in Australia, Sweden, and Germany.  About twice a year I order a six month’s supply of the treats and hide them in my closet.  My wife does not like the smell of it, so I have to be discrete – out of sight, out of mind.  I tell her that it could be a fifth of whiskey in my closet, and she should be thankful.

 

So, in this day when we all must blame someone for whatever befalls us, I suppose I can place the blame on my father and Clyde Smith for my love of licorice to this day.


‘THE  MAGIC OF  LICORICE”

BY: NEAL MURPHY
P O BOX 511
SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 75972
936-275-9033
Humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

581 WORDS

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SFA students, faculty train Lufkin SSLC employees to help residents with visual impairments


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Nearly 20 new employees at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center are blindfolded while seated at tables in a training room. They are given objects of various shapes and sizes and asked to guess what they are.

 

Some easily determine they’re holding cereal bars and cans of soda. “But what kind of cereal bar and which soda?” asks DJ Dean, clinical instructor and orientation and mobility internship coordinator in the James I. Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

This exercise highlights one of the challenges Lufkin SSLC residents with visual impairments face when shopping at the center’s cantina. It also helps new employees better understand the residents’ perspectives.

 

The 13 state supported living centers in Texas provide campus-based services and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One in four people with intellectual disabilities has a visual impairment, according to research.

 

“This means your vision impacts your ability to complete everyday tasks,” Dean said.

 

About 50 of Lufkin SSLC’s 275 residents require some type of visual aid. Because of this, two years ago the center partnered with faculty members and students in SFA’s undergraduate orientation and mobility program to conduct “blind mobility” training twice a month for new direct support employees.

 

While providing SFA students with a transformative learning experience to sharpen their teaching skills, the training shows Lufkin SSLC employees how to safely guide residents up and down stairs and curbs, through doors and in and out of chairs while respecting the residents’ independence.

 

ShyAnne Stringfellow, a senior from Harleton studying rehabilitation services with an orientation and mobility concentration, emphasized this independence and the importance of gaining the residents’ trust when instructing new employees.

 

“You need to let residents know what’s going on around them at all times, especially when you are approaching and leaving,” she said. “Always ask them before guiding them if it’s OK for you to lead them because you want to give them the choice of going with you. You want them to feel that independence.”

 

SFA students and faculty members also volunteer at Lufkin SSLC events throughout the year, including Fall Festival, the Bream Buster Challenge and Christmas activities, such as the parade, gift wrapping and the tree lighting ceremony.

 

“Participating in the trainings and other events at the facility gives me the hands-on experiences I need and gets me outside my comfort zone,” Stringfellow said. “I also really enjoy working with the new employees because I already feel as though I’m doing my part to help advocate for the residents of the facility, as well as any future clients I may encounter.”

 

SFA is the only school in the nation with an undergraduate orientation and mobility program. In addition, it’s one of about 10 schools in the nation that teach students how to train those serving as guides for people with visual impairments.

 

“We are lucky to have such a great partnership with the SFA orientation and mobility program,” said Lynn Hopper, Lufkin SSLC community relations director. “This training opportunity is great for our new employees and will directly benefit the people served at the facility.”

 

In 2019, Lufkin SSLC presented Dean and her students with the Volunteer Group of the Year Award.

 

“This is a great opportunity to assist Lufkin SSLC, as well as ensure SFA orientation and mobility students get hands-on experience working with other professionals and  individuals with disabilities,” Dean said. “I hope it motivates the students to seek out opportunities in their future communities once they are certified O&M specialists.”

 

For more information on SFA’s orientation and mobility program, email Dean at djdean@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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Center ISD School Board has selected Dr. Brian Morris as the Superintendent Lone Finalist


 

 

Largent Consulting is proud to announce that the Center ISD School Board has selected Dr. Brian Morris as the Lone Finalist to become their next superintendent.  

 

Currently the superintendent of Columbus ISD, Dr. Morris had prior administrative stints in Hallsville and Huntington.  Widely praised in Columbus for quickly improving the academics, attendance, and other school district metrics, Dr. Morris has a reputation for setting high expectations and being very visible on campus and in the community.  

 

He brings with him his wife, Meredith, who is a Math Interventionist.  They have two kids, Morgan, a student at Texas A&M, and Jake, who will be a high school sophomore next year.

 

The Center ISD Board is expected to vote on his contract on April 30th, after a 21-day waiting period, and Dr. Morris should begin working in Center on June 1st.  
 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Update


 

 

Joaquin Elementary report cards will not be mailed out until Friday, April 17.  Sorry for the change of date and any inconvenience it may cause.

 

 

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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 15th 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:


“Pursuant to the Suspension Order by Governor Abbott, the Commissioners Court meeting will be closed to protect the public, staff and members from potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The public may participate in the meeting through the following number.
Audio Only Meeting                                                                  

 

Dial by your location 1-346 248 -7799     Meeting ID: 327 780 356


1.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Approve Current payroll.

3.    Public comments on Agenda item.

4.    Discuss and possibly approve permits for McClelland Water Supply.

5.    Discuss and possibly approve authorization to issue requests for proposals for Administrative services (RFPs) and requests for qualifications for Engineering services (RFQs) related to the 2020 Texas County Transportation Infrastructure (CTIF) administered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

6.    Accept the appointment of Florencio Singson as Shelby County Local Health Authority.

7.    Adjourn.

 

 


 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Count Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified Wednesday afternoon by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) of 4 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 21. 

 

Most of these cases have been reported by DSHS to have no travel history thus meaning they contracted it because of community spread.

 

According to DSHS reporting, 7 of these 21 cases are hospitalized. 


 

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Volunteer seamstresses expand effort to include protective gowns for health care workers


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – It began a couple of weeks ago with an offer by Stephen F. Austin State University theatre faculty to sew surgical mask coverings for medical professionals on the front lines of battling the spread of COVID-19 in Nacogdoches County.


With the Texas Department of State Health Services reporting 25 positive COVID-19 cases and two deaths in this county alone as of April 8, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital has requested that a grassroots community seamstresses effort coordinated by SFA theatre professor Angela Bacarisse expand its volunteer work to include the construction of protective gowns for the hospital’s health care providers.


Memorial Hospital Community Relations Director Kim Barton told Bacarisse this week that additional personal protective equipment orders have been placed, but hospital officials were uncertain when those orders could be filled amid a national public health crisis and medical supply shortage.


As a result, the band of local seamstresses have continued to assemble surgical mask coverings out of cotton fabric, while Bacarisse and SFA costume shop supervisor Barbara Blackwell are now focusing on constructing the more complex and labor intensive gowns.


“Barbara and I looked at each other and said, ‘OK, we have the facilities here at SFA, and we can make this happen,’” Bacarisse said. “But this isn’t just us. This is a group of SFA people – faculty, staff, spouses and a dean  – who care about our community.”


Nacogdoches Memorial is used to collaborating with SFA on multiple levels, Barton said. The hospital utilizes student interns from a variety of departments, sponsors an assortment of cultural and sporting events and supports safety-related organizations like the Driving Jacks because they share Memorial’s mission of keeping Nacogdoches safe.


“We have always appreciated the value of the university as a partner and a resource, but the COVID-19 pandemic has really driven home the importance and the depth of that relationship,” she said.


Barton described the work that the SFA costume shop and others are doing as “incredibly personal to our staff,” adding the cloth masks are keeping the Memorial team safer in broad practical terms as they come and go throughout the hospital, “because the coronavirus could be anywhere.”


“We’re so grateful for that protection, but the isolation gowns are a completely different, extremely personal story,” she said. “They’ll be worn by staff members who know, without a doubt, that they’re dealing with a COVID patient. That barrier is an important layer of the equipment that will help keep them safe so they can continue to fight the fight, without worrying so much about their own health.


“We’re still early in the pandemic progression here in East Texas, and we’re incredibly blessed to have the advantage of the learning curve,” Barton added. “We’ve seen the news stories about healthcare workers wearing trash bags over their clothes as protection. That’s so incredibly dangerous if you don’t remove them correctly, because you can aerosolize the virus when you take off the trash bags. It’s a comfort beyond words to know that our community cares enough to work as hard as they are to make sure that won’t happen to our team.”


After seeing news articles a few weeks ago about the local effort, other seamstress volunteers  have asked Bacarisse for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-compliant pattern for the masks. In addition to providing the homemade masks for hospital workers, the volunteers have provided cloth masks for local pharmacies, hospice organizations and law enforcement agencies that have asked for them.


“I have emailed instructions to hundreds of people who wanted to make their own,” she said, adding that anyone interested in volunteering to help with the protective gear construction effort may contact her at abacarisse@sfasu.edu.


Barton said the life-saving efforts underway communitywide right now are “beyond measure.”


“There’s just no way to quantify the value of the cooperation,” she said. “It’s not just that we’re working together on the community call center and the COVID-19 screening tent, which is vital to the health of our region. It’s that so many departments are reaching out to help us, from all of the SFA nursing professors and students to the SFA police department to the theatre, art and physics departments. The SFA community is using their time, their talents and sharing their resources to support the medical community, and whenever they meet a need, they ask what they can do next. It’s incredible and so very humbling.”


Cutline: SFA School of Theatre costume shop supervisor Barbara Blackwell works on assembling protective gear for Memorial Hospital medical workers as they continue the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

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April 8th COVID-19 update for San Augustine County


 

A message from San Augustine County Judge Jeff Boyd:

 

This morning I received word from the Angelina County Health District that we had 2 more positive cases, bringing our total to 6.


At around 3pm, I received confirmation of our 7th positive case. We have had 18 tested and now have 7 positive! That’s almost 50%!. I spoke with the administrator at the health district and although she couldn’t give me names, she did say that it looks as though some of these cases are coming from the same area, but not from the same households. That possibly( actually probably) means that it is spreading due to NOT staying home and avoiding being in group situations.

 

No one wants to keep government out of our day to day lives more than me, and I’ve tried to keep our “ stay at home” order as unrestrictive as possible. At this time, I am leaving the existing order in place. I urge everyone to abide by this order and strongly encourage family and friends to do the same.The next step to reduce social gathering will include setting down more businesses, curfews,fines and even jail time.

 

Shopping, going to Church, Funerals, Weddings, baby showers and family gatherings are all very dangerous at this time.


Please, be patient and sensitive to the health and welfare of others when you make decisions to leave home. Cover your face and hands if possible and don’t gather in groups.

 

We can get through this together, but we must all use good judgement and smart choices.

This is Easter Weekend and as Christians, it is our most important event. Some Churches have asked about “ parking lot” services, which I think is a great idea for those without some kind of digital service.

 

Pray for our County and cities, our state and our nation, and especially for those who have been directly affected by this virus.

 

Remember, there are many people who have never enjoyed some of the things that we are temporarily doing without.

We are all in this together!

 

Take care and God Bless,

 

Jeff Boyd

 

San Augustine County Judge

 

 

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RRC Follows Up on Recommendation to Temporarily Halt Gas Disconnections


 


AUSTIN - A few weeks ago the Railroad Commission of Texas recommended that gas utilities temporarily suspend disconnecting residents facing financial constraints during the current COVID-19 State of Disaster.

 

Gas utilities have taken that very important step of voluntarily suspending disconnections, and today the RRC made another announcement in the process.

 

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Shelbyville School Board Meeting Agenda


 

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Cafetorium of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.


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

 

1.    Call to order
2.    Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.    Open forum
4.    Consent agenda 
a.    Minutes of the March 9, 2020, meeting of the board
b.    Monthly financial reports
5.    Consider for approval
a.    COVID-19 Missed School Days Waiver
b.    Resolution Regarding Transition to Student Instruction
c.    Waivers and Administrative Authority Related to COVID-19
d.    Student Athletic Insurance
e.    2020-21 School Calendar
f.    SECCA Contracts
g.    Instructional Materials Allotment (Textbook Adoptions)
h.    Budget Amendments
i.    District/Campus Improvement Plan
6.    Principal’s Reports
a.    Campus events
b.    Recognition of Staff and/or Students
7.    Superintendent’s Reports
a.    COVID-19 Update
b.    Articles of Interest
8.    Executive Session
a.    Deliberation on Renewal/Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
b.    Resignations/Employment
c.    Personnel
9.    Open Session
10.    Adjournment
 

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Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) & Women of Courage Virtual Event


 

 


You’re invited to a Facebook Live event this Thursday! We need community now more than ever, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) and Women of Courage invite you to a virtual event on the CACTX Facebook page. Join Joy Rauls, Chief Executive Officer of CACTX, and Jenna Quinn, advocate and survivor behind Jenna’s Law, as they discuss the importance of children’s advocacy centers and the issues surrounding child abuse prevention during this time. #childabuseprevention 

 

 

 

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SFA students win top honors at statewide ecology symposium


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Three Stephen F. Austin State University students received first place honors for their research presentations at the annual Ecological Integration Symposium.

 

Jordan Griffin and Zachary Hutchens, both SFA biology majors, won first place in the symposium-wide undergraduate poster contest for their project investigating potential impacts of the non-native Sheepshead minnow on the Red River Pupfish, a species native to Texas.

 

Connor Adams, an SFA forestry graduate student, won first place in the symposium’s graduate student division that focused on fish and reptiles with his oral presentation titled “Trophic and Community Structure of Snake Assemblages in Shortleaf Pine Forests with Different Management Regimes.”

 

The annual symposium, which generally draws leading scientists and students from across the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation to the Texas A&M College Station campus, was held virtually this year as a result of health restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

"These results show our students are producing high-quality research that is valued by their colleagues,” said Dr. Christopher Schalk, SFA assistant professor of forest wildlife management. “It also shows they can effectively disseminate their results and communicate their ideas using distance-learning platforms."

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COVID-19 Count Update For Shelby County


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified Tuesday afternoon by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) of 4 more positive confirmed case of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 17.

 

Most of these cases have been reported by DSHS to have no travel history thus meaning they contracted it because of community spread.

 

According to DSHS reporting, 6 of these 17 cases are hospitalized. 

 


 

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Tri-County Community Action "Harvest for Homes"  Food Pantry Distribution 


 

 

ATTENTION Shelby Co. Residents

 

The food pantry will be open Thursday April 9 


8:30am-10:30am until further notice. We will continue to monitor the current COVID-19 Crisis in our county to determine the safety risks of our staff, our clients, and our community whether to continue to serve in this capacity.

 

We are going to ask that if you do not to come out for food, please stay in!

 

If you must come out for food, you must stay in your vehicle a staff, or volunteer will sign-in for you. All bags will  be pre-packaged by the staff and will be placed in your trunk. Place ensure that you have space available in your trunk to receive the food.

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Center School Board Meeting


 

 

A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held April 9, 2020, beginning at 12:00 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 the Governor.


Members of the public may access open session portion of this meeting at: CLICK HERE


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 11:00 a.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/CISD Operations Update
Presenter: Arnie Kelley
5. Discussion and Consideration to Suspend Current CISD Grading Policy and
Recommendation to Adopt Revised Grading Policy
Presenter: Shelly Norvell and Teresa Richard
6. Closed Session
6. 1. Employment of Personnel
6. 1. 1. Discuss and Consider Naming the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools
Position
7. Open Session
7. 1. Employment of Personnel
7. 1. 1. Naming the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools Position
8. Adjournment

 

 

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Update From Excelsior ISD


 

 

Dear Excelsior ISD Parents, Students and Staff:

 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, Excelsior ISD is revising the procedure for packet distribution and return. Until further notice, all assignments for grades PK, KG and 1st will be mailed. The packets will include a postage-paid envelope for the return of completed assignments. We will be mailing packets for the week of April 13, 2020 this Thursday, April 9. Please allow 2-8 days for delivery.

 

Students in grades 2-8 will be transitioning to web-based instruction. Please watch for information from your child’s teacher. If you have not received any emails from Excelsior ISD recently, please send your current email address to ttanner@excelsior.esc.net so we can update our contact list.   

We will continue to monitor the situation and make necessary modifications to keep our students and staff safe as well as provide continuous learning opportunities for our students.

 

Wayne Mason - Superintendent

Johnny Lewis - Principal

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State Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting in Caddo Parish


 

 

Caddo Parish – Yesterday 4-8-20, Louisiana State Police Troopers began assisting Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office in the search of a homicide suspect, identified as 28-year-old Derek Swanson.  Shortly after noon today, Troopers and a deputy located Swanson at a residence and a fatal officer involved shooting occurred.  Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Bossier Field Office (LSP BFO) responded to the location and will investigate the shooting with the assistance of the sheriff’s office.  

 

The preliminary investigation revealed Caddo Parish 911 received a call from a resident who believed her house was being burglarized.  Troopers and deputies responded to the resident’s address and encountered Swanson.  During the encounter, Swanson was shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

No officers were injured during the incident. 

 

The investigation remains active and ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.

 

 

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San Augustine Update


 

 

The City Council met today(4-7-20) at 5, and voted pursuant to the Texas Government Code to keep the Mayor's Proclamation of April 1 in place until such time as the County Judge lifts the Order for the County. At that time the Mayor is empowered to lift the order without further meetings of the Council.

 

Until that day arrives when the order is lifted the County/City Emergency Management Plan is still in effect, and violators of it are subject to $1000 dollar fines or jail time.

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Boil Water Notice For Huxley


 

 

Due to a main line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Huxley Public Water System 2100019 to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).


Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions). To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.


In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.


When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 
Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.


Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Huxley Water Treatment Plant at (936)368-2633 or Justin Belrose at (936)368-2266.


Areas affected are CR 2690 in Stillwaters, CR 2693 in Royal Ridge, English Bay area along CR 2700, CR 2783, CR 2793, and Corn & Blisters.

 


 

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CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON DIBOLL RELIEF ROUTE


 

 


LUFKIN – A pre-construction web-ex meeting was held Tuesday, signaling the beginning of a new construction project in Angelina County. Construction of the Diboll Relief Route is scheduled to begin April 14.

 

Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures, a global company with corporate headquarters located in Spain, will serve as contractor for the $140.1 million construction project. The project consists of construction of a new freeway location on US 59 in Angelina County, from FM 2108 to 1.1 mile south of White Oak Creek. Work will include construction of the new freeway and will include grading, structures, concrete pavement and freeway signage. The 8-mile project is set for completion in five years.

 

Those attending the virtual meeting included TxDOT personnel, Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures personnel, utility company and law enforcement representatives, and stakeholders representing the City of Diboll and the City of Burke. Discussions included the construction schedule, method of operations and promoting greater safety during the construction.

 

“We are excited and proud to see this project begin,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “There will be very little disruption to traffic during the first months of construction as the new the roadway is built on the east side of Diboll. With heavy equipment and workers in the area around Diboll and Burke, motorists are advised to stay alert at all times.”

Barricades and signage are expected to be set next week. Motorists should respect all traffic control and recommended speed limits near the work zone as this project moves forward. Fines double when workers are present.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.


 

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From Center Motor Co. GM Kevin Jones


 

 

April 7, 2020 - Last Friday, two of our employees at Center Motor Company tested positive, by a blood test, for COVID-19. We also had other employees that tested negative. The two positive cases were called back to the clinic the next day for a nasal swab test. This morning, we received WONDERFUL news that they BOTH, along with their spouses, tested NEGATIVE!

 

Evidently, the finger prick blood test can register a positive result if you have PREVIOUSLY had any type of virus IN THE PAST TWO YEARS! We are happy to announce that we re-opened our dealership back up for business Tuesday. The two employees that tested positive in the beginning will remain quarantined at home for the remainder of the 14-day period suggested by medical professionals.

 

We apologize for the panic and fear this has caused. The safety and health of our employees, our customers, and our community is top priority.

 


 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) of another positive confirmed case of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 13. 

 

Most of these cases have been reported by DSHS to have no travel history thus meaning they contracted it because of community spread.

 

According to DSHS reporting, 4 of these 13 cases are hospitalized. 
 

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Joaquin ISD Pre-K/K Enrollment Packets


 

 

Pre- K Packet - English

Pre-K Packet - Spanish

Kindergarten Packet - English

Kindergarten Packet - Spanish

 

Unfortunately, due the circumstances, we are not able to mail out the Pre-K & KG Registration packets at this time.  The packets will be available online to view. We ask that the pink form be filled out, and turned in, along with the rest of the documentation. Documentation can wait to be turned in until we open back up, or it can be scanned or photographed, and sent to lduck@joaquinisd.net

 

If you have not already contacted us concerning the enrollment of your child for next year (new enrollments only), please send an email to lduck@joaquinisd.net as soon as possible. Thank you! 

 

 

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CITY OF TENAHA EXTENING DISASTER DECLARATION AND NEW MEASURES


 

 

City of Tenaha is extending the disaster declaration "STAY HOME STAY SAFE" ORDER, CURFEW ORDER, AND INSTITUTING NEW EMERGENCY MEASURES due to a public health emergency related to CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19).

 

Click here to read the order:

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Center Garden Club awards Yard of the Month for Aprill


 

 

The Center Garden Club’s Yard Of the Month award for April has been presented to Mrs. Melba Williams for her line of white-bloom-laden dogwood shrubs at the end of the drive, her rock collection outlining the flower beds, and her immaculately groomed lawn located on Highway 96 South.

 

 

 

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Center Garden Club Musical Program


 

 

Center Garden Club’s March meeting program featured Mrs. Janette Wittmann and her voice and piano students from Joaquin who delighted the Club and its guests with a musical tribute to  nature. Mrs. Wittmann designed the program to remind the audience of how nature has influenced the development of music since time began.  Music has been our vehicle to express our thoughts  and feelings through sound.  Throughout history, composers have used the muse Nature for inspiration. Among the categories included in Mrs. Wittmann’s exploration of nature’s influence on our music were space, seasons, water, birds, mountains, hills and valleys, prairies and meadows, trees, garden critters, flowers, air and wind.  For each of the natural categories, examples of orchestral, movie music, spiritual, opera, children’s songs, songs of yesteryear, choral, madrigals and rounds, Christmas, ballet, cowboy, college songs, patriotic, metaphysical, folk songs, sacred, pop and other genre were performed or cited.  

 

Student performers and their Nature selections included :  Madalyn Bryant, “The Puffin” (vocal) and “The Butterfly”(vocal and piano); Kinsey Bryant, “Icicles” (piano);  Emma Lewis, “Trees” ( a reading) and “The Birch Tree” (vocal); and Anna Claire Lewis, “Over the Rainbow” and “Little April Showers” (both vocal).  The Bryant sisters are the daughters of Tracy and Jonathan Bryant.  The Lewis sisters are the daughters of Brandi and J.C. Lewis.

 

In the final segment of the program, Mrs. Wittmann also introduced several unusual instruments:  the ‘Sea Organ” in Zadar, Croatia and the Jean Sibelius Monument of six hundred pipes in Helsinki, Finland.  Mrs. Wittmann had visited both of the unusual instruments.  She also introduced the  beautiful manual  Stalactite Organ located in the Virginia’s Luray Caverns which Center’s own Ann Harmon had once played.  Mrs. Wittmann also cited the annual ice music festival held in Geilo, Norway where instruments are carved from ice and then played.  In conclusion she encouraged everyone to view these musical wonders on YouTube.

 

Through this most informative, inspirational, and moving program, produced and narrated by Mrs. Wittmann and performed by her piano and voice students from Joaquin and her, the audience became vastly more aware of how the marriage of nature and music is therapeutic and inspirational, expressing beauty and showing us as Louis Armstrong used to sing:  “What a Wonderful World”! 

 

Following the program, the Club served lunch to the performers, their parents, and other guests in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church.

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Incoming Shipments Of PPE, Provides Update On Distribution In Texas


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference to provide an update on personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution throughout the state of Texas. The Governor also announced that Texas received 2.5 million masks in the past 24 hours, and will receive an additional 3 million masks by April 11th.

 

Governor Abbott provided a region-by-region breakdown of supplies that have been distributed over the past week — including masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, and coveralls. Governor Abbott also discussed the distribution process for PPE in Texas.

 

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

“It is vital that our health care workers and first responders on the front lines have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe as they respond to COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott.

 

“The Supply Chain Strike Force is working closely with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to exhaust all avenues for the purchasing and delivery of these critical supplies. We continue to make tremendous progress to distribute these resources throughout the state, and with more supplies on the way, we are strengthening our state’s ability to protect our health care workers and the patients they serve. I thank all of our health care workers and first responders as well as the supply chain workers who are working tirelessly to deliver this essential equipment to Texas.

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Care.com Initiative To Increase In-Home Child Care Access For Frontline Workers


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that Care.com is increasing in-home child care access for frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 emergency. As part of this initiative, Care.com is offering 90 days of free, premium access to their services, along with specific portals for frontline workers and caregivers in Texas.

 

Frontline workers looking for child care as well as prospective caregivers can both enroll at https://texasfrontline.care.com/. Potential caregivers are subject to Care.com’s extensive background and safety checks. While child care services are not typically free of charge, the Texas portal gives residents the ability to waive their fees and volunteer as caregivers, providing additional support to frontline workers. 

 

"This Care.com initiative will provide an additional avenue of support for our frontline workers throughout the COVID-19 response," said Governor Abbott. "I am grateful for Care.com's commitment to ensuring accessible child care is available to Texans fulfilling essential services during this time."

 

"Care.com is honored to partner with Governor Abbott and the state to make this offer and access available to the frontline workers and caregivers across Texas. We are all dependent on the commitment of these essential workers as they look after our families and they deserve nothing less from each of us," said Tim Allen, CEO of Care.com. 

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JISD Special Board Meeting Agenda


 

Notice is hereby given that on the 9th day of April 2020, the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a special meeting at 5:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Emergency Special Session


 

 

The Tenaha City Council will meet in an Emergency Special Session by Teleconference on Monday, April 6, 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. Public Comments/Audience Participation
3. Discuss and Consider Approving Resolution Extending Disaster Declaration, “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Order, Curfew Order, And Instituting New Emergency Measures Due to Public Health Emergency Related to Coronavirus (Covid-19). ACTION ITEM
4. Discuss and Consider Approving Order of Postponement of the May 2, 2020 General Election to November 3, 2020. ACTION ITEM
5. Council Comments
6. Adjourn 
The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on April 6, 2020, at or before 4:00 p.m.
 

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3 P's to Offer Food for Children


 

Message From James Ragan 

 

Good Morning Shelby County

 

Please be advised that the meals we are serving @ 717 Southview Circle Dr. Center, TX 75935 starting @ 11 AM are completely free of charge to any child 18 years of age or younger. We are not responsible for any health effects or concerns that may arise. These lunches are completely an act of kindness from our heart

 

In precaution to help prevent the spread of or come in contact with the virus, we ask that each person stay inside of their vehicle as our volunteers will be handing out paper sack lunches with gloves and mask. Each volunteer will have access to hand sanitizer, bleach, antibacterial soap, and germicide disinfectant to help maintain a clean work surface.

 

Please be courteous when receiving a meal as they were put together with love, and packed with a small prayer to help share the love of Jesus Christ.

 

Even though this small meal has ABSOLUTELY NO comparison to the Lord's Supper, this is our way to break bread (3P's) and give back to our community.

 

Please be patient with us as this is new territory. We love you all, God bless, and we will see you soon. 936-332-4656

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Joaquin ISD Feeding Program to Close


 

 

Today, Monday, April 6th will be the last day of operation for the Joaquin ISD Feeding Program.  We are hoping to continue operations beginning the week of April 27th. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information as it becomes available.  

 

Submitted by: Judy Strong, JISD Food Service Director

 


 

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JOAQUIN JUNIOR HIGH UPDATE ALERT


 

 

To all Joaquin Junior High Parents/Guardians,

 

In light of the new fast outbreak of cases of Covid-19 in the Shelby county area, the second round of junior high packet pickups scheduled for April 13th and 14th have been canceled. Instead, the instructional packets scheduled for pickup on April 13th and 14th will be mailed home. Those packets should arrive by next week. If you do not receive your child's packet, please contact the school via email.

 

Administrative Assistance
tgray@joaquinisd.net Terri Gray, Principal
jcjones@joaquinisd.net Jon Jones, Assistant Principal
cporter@joaquinisd.net Cassie Porter, Counselor

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Governor Abbott Announces Care.com Initiative To Increase In-Home Child Care Access For Frontline Workers


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that Care.com is increasing in-home child care access for frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 emergency. As part of this initiative, Care.com is offering 90 days of free, premium access to their services, along with specific portals for frontline workers and caregivers in Texas.

 

Frontline workers looking for child care as well as prospective caregivers can both enroll at https://texasfrontline.care.com/. Potential caregivers are subject to Care.com’s extensive background and safety checks. While child care services are not typically free of charge, the Texas portal gives residents the ability to waive their fees and volunteer as caregivers, providing additional support to frontline workers. 

 

"This Care.com initiative will provide an additional avenue of support for our frontline workers throughout the COVID-19 response," said Governor Abbott. "I am grateful for Care.com's commitment to ensuring accessible child care is available to Texans fulfilling essential services during this time."

 

"Care.com is honored to partner with Governor Abbott and the state to make this offer and access available to the frontline workers and caregivers across Texas. We are all dependent on the commitment of these essential workers as they look after our families and they deserve nothing less from each of us," said Tim Allen, CEO of Care.com. 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Waives Certain Regulations To Expand Health Care Workforce During COVID-19 Response


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily waived certain regulations to expand the health care workforce to assist with Texas' COVID-19 response. Under this waiver, Physician Assistants (PA), Medical Physicists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Care candidates for licensure who have completed all other requirements may enter the workforce under a?n emergency license working under supervision prior to taking the final licensure examination. The Governor's waiver also provides for emergency licensees to undergo name-based background checks in place of fingerprint checks while fingerprint checks are unavailable due to the crisis.

 

Additionally, the Governor's waiver allows more flexibility between physicians and the PAs and Advance Practice Registered Nurses they supervise including allowing for oral prescriptive delegation agreements to enable rapid deployment of those practitioners during the emergency.

 

"The State of Texas is bolstering our response to COVID-19 by expanding our health care workforce and removing barriers that might prevent professionals from serving their fellow Texans," said Governor Abbott. "Our front line health care professionals play a vital role in our ongoing response to protect public health, and we are committed to supporting them and ensuring they have the ability to perform their important duties."

 

 

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CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial air purification units T.L.L. Temple grant


 

 

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial purchasing ion air purification units with T.L.L. Temple grant
CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial can now improve the air quality within all its facilities using ion air purification systems purchased with funds granted from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.
The $50,000 Temple grant allows for the purchase and installation of needlepoint bipolar ionization units at the Lufkin, Livingston and San Augustine hospitals.


A bipolar ionization unit purifies the air using ions to naturally break down unhealthy bacteria, according to product manufacturer Global Plasma Solutions. The units kill pathogens, including viruses and mold, and can neutralize odors and remove airborne particulate matter, such as dust particles.

 

“Our team is extremely grateful to the Temple Foundation for this generous gift,” said Monte Bostwick, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Market President/CEO. “We cannot put into words the impact this equipment will mean for the overall health of our patients and our staff. The swiftness with which they responded to our funding request for these units is incredible. The board’s concern for the overall health and well-being of our community is evident in how they step up to fund new, innovative equipment that will aid in the care of our patients for years to come.”

 

“These systems further ensure we maintain the highest level of care for our communities by allowing our teams an added layer of protection now and in the future,” said Eric Robinson, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin President/COO. 

 

 


 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 8th 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:


“Pursuant to the Suspension Order by Governor Abbott, the Commissioners Court meeting will be closed to protect the public, staff and members from potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The public may participate in the meeting through the following number.


1.    Approve the minutes of the March 4, 2020 Special meeting, March 11, 2020 Regular meeting, March 18, 2020 Special meeting, March 25, 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.    Discuss and possibly approve connecting the SO phones and internet to fiber. 

6.    Adjourn.


To Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 327 780 356
Password: 554839
One tap mobile


+13462487799,,327780356# US (Houston)


Dial by your location


+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 327 780 356

 

 

 


 

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Border Closed to Public


The City Of Joaquin has been notified by Texas Department of Public Safety that the border at Joaquin/ Logansport bridge will be closed  this morning at 8:00 am. Only essential personnel will be allowed through along with commercial vehicles. Access to the boat ramp on Texas side will not be available at this time.


Thanks 
Mayor William Baker

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U.S. Attorney and IRS Advise Caution Regarding IRS Economic Impact Payments


 

 

SHERMAN, TX – The Internal Revenue Service will begin making COVID-19 economic impact payments in a matter of weeks. For most Americans, this will be a direct deposit into your bank account.  For the unbanked, elderly or other groups who have traditionally received tax refunds via paper check, they will receive their check in this same manner. 

 

United States Attorney Joseph D. Brown and IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Tamera Cantu want to warn local Texans that criminals are well-aware of these payments and will be actively attempting to steal these funds when they are most needed. Unsolicited phone calls, emails, text messages or other communications pretending to be from the IRS are likely a scam.  

“We want the public to be very careful as these checks and payments go out,” said United States Attorney Joe Brown.  “We want these funds to be used for the right purposes.  People need to use healthy skepticism about any contact they receive that deals with the payments they will soon be receiving.”

 

IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Tamera Cantu of the Dallas Field Office offers the following information and tips to spot a scam and how citizens can report fraudulent activities:

The IRS will NOT call and ask you to verify your payment details. Do NOT give your bank account, debit account, or PayPal account information to anyone - even if someone claims it's necessary to get your check. It's a scam.


If you receive a call, do NOT engage with scammers, even if you want to tell them that you know it's a scam. Just hang up.


If you receive texts or emails claiming that you can get your money faster by sending personal identifying information or clicking on links, delete these texts and emails. Do NOT click on any links in those texts or emails.


If you receive a “check” for an odd amount (especially one with cents), or a check that requires you to verify the check online or by calling a number, it’s a scam.


Remember, scammers change tactics.  Callers can be aggressive and threatening.  Do not be bullied into disclosing information or in making any payment.


You can get the most up-to-date information directly from the IRS at irs.gov/coronavirus.
Residents of Eastern Texas can contact the local IRS-CI field office with violations and suspected fraud at DallasFieldOffice@ci.irs.gov.


Special Agent in Charge Cantu warns the public, “As the agency responsible for issuing economic impact payments, the IRS unfortunately expects some bad actors to execute fraud schemes in an attempt to take advantage of the situation.  IRS-CI will work diligently with the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas, and all of our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle any fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is the time for every American to be vigilant in this fight against criminals and safeguard your personal and other privileged information.”

 

To report suspected fraud, please contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling 866-720-5721 or sending an email to disaster@leo.gov.

 

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Timpson Bear Update


 

Bear Update

April 4, 2020

 

We at Timpson ISD regretfully announce that we must cease and suspend providing meals and packet pickup effective immediately due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our county and surrounding areas and reports of its risk in other locations. It is imperative that we protect our children, parents and employees. We must ALL stay home to prevent the potential spread of this virus.

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Covid-19 Alert April 4, 2020


 

 

To all Stakeholders in Tenaha ISD,

In light of the seemingly fast outbreak of feared positive cases of Covid-19 in Shelby County, all Tenaha ISD services will be shut down for a period of time. That means:

 

1) All meal service at the school will immediately be suspended. For families that have truly dire needs, please email Terry Bowlin at bowlinterry@tenahaisd.com and she will make arrangements to help everyone we can.


2) Instructional packets should be continued to be worked on. We will be monitoring the situation in real time and will put information out about renewal or pick-up of new packets in the future.

But, for the time being, TISD is shut down. Our hope is to revisit the situation going into Easter Weekend and hopefully have good news to report.

 

A very special thanks goes out to everyone doing their very best to take care of our kids during this difficult time. Just remember, a time apart now will ensure that we get to be back together sooner.

Scott Tyner

Superintendent

Tenaha Independent School District 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Update


 

 

Due to recent developments in Covid-19 in Shelby County, Shelbyville ISD will no longer be providing meals through our Food Service Department as of Monday, April 6. We feel this is the best decision for our employees and community at this time. Please be safe and stay home if possible.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update More Cases


 

 

CISD has been notified that one of our employees and a student has tested positive for COVID-19. Both individuals have been in self-quarantine for the last 8 days. The Department of Health and CISD are in the process of notifying those individuals with whom they came in contact with earlier. We believe, at this point, that contact was limited prior to the employee experiencing any symptoms. Our thoughts and prayers are with these individuals and their family.

 

Based on this current information, INSTRUCTIONAL PICKUP SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR ALL CAMPUSES. Also, curbside meals at CHS and CMS have been suspended until further notice.

 

These decisions are made in the best interest of CISD, the city of Center, and Shelby County.

Sincerely,

 

Arnie Kelley


Interim Superintendent
Center ISD

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San Augustine City Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Panola College named Rodeo of the Year


 

 

 

 

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association announced on Thursday, April 2, that Panola College was named as the Southern Region Rodeo of the Year.

 

“The season ended short, unfortunately, for Panola,” said Coach Jeff Collins. “We are taking two athletes to the college national finals rodeo – Logan Cook in the saddle bronc riding, and Clayton Lowry in team roping.”

 

Collins said being named Rodeo of the Year for the Southern Region is quite an honor. “It was voted on by all the NIRA students. Our team did an outstanding job of putting on the rodeo in September, and I am very proud of them for that, and for all their actions this season. I expect great things for next year,” he said.

 

NIRA Southern Region Rodeo had to cancel the final two rodeos of the season as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Standings for the year will be based on the Texas A&M Rodeo held earlier in the spring.

 

 

 

Panola College 2019-2020 Rodeo Team roster includes Cole Bailey, Marshall; Mckynzie Bush, Center; Trace Clark, Center; Michael Mathis Coley, Ringgold, Ga.; Logan Cook, Alto; Madison Davis, Carthage; Maison Davis, Kilgore; Skylar Dawson, Beckville; Michael Deshotels, Cleveland; Peter Fager, Peculiar, Mo.; Bradford Fisher, Liberty; Hannah Goings, Arlington, Ga.; Garrett Golliher, Stoutland, Mo.; Jadyn Gould, Lufkin; Evan Green, Lufkin; Blake Griffin, Center; Isaac Ingram, Basile, La.; Clayton Lowry, Wills Point; Katherine Mackenzie, Grand Prairie; Mackenzie Moore, Camdenton, Mo.; Abbie Muckelroy, Center; Macon Murphy, Keatchie, La.; Rowdy Murray, Marietta; Chance Pruitt, Jasper, Ark.; Emily Ramsey, Marshall; Chase Runfola, Gainesville, N.Y.; Seth Rustin, Nacogdoches; J.D. Spivey, Haslet; Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales; Abbie Suggs, Kirbyville; Daylon Swearingen, Piffard, N.Y.; Kalie Vaughn, Center; Rylee Vines, Lufkin; Samuel Wigans, Goldfield, Iowa; and Michael Womack, Bastrop, La.
 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Seeking Donations


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries is striving to serve our community during this difficult time.  We have had to make some changes to our programs due to the safety of our employees and clients.  We are still distributing emergency food boxes to our clients by drive-thru only from 10-2 each Friday.  Please stay in your vehicle and have your trunk open to place the food box inside. We will no longer be placing food boxes in the cab of your vehicle to ensure safety.  Please help us continue to help others. 

 

If you would like to make a monetary donation, send to:

Shelby County Outreach Ministries

P.O. Box 1029

Center, TX 75935

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 8th 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 the minutes of the March 4, 2020 Special meeting, March 11, 2020 Regular meeting, March 18, 2020 Special meeting, March 25, 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.    Discuss and possibly approve connecting the SO phones and internet to fiber. 

6.    Adjourn.
 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19


 

 

 

 

On behalf of the Shelby County Office of Emergency Management & County Judge Alison Harbison, we are providing an update on the COVID-19 Pandemic as it relates to our county.

It was reported yesterday evening that we have 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County.  One more case has been reported to us by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) bringing our current total to 9.

 

I would like to explain further the process of this reporting. We have been inundated with calls and messages from concerned citizens wanting to know the names of individuals that have been confirmed.  DSHS contacts the County Emergency Management Coordinator and informs her of any and all new cases.  Because of strict HIPPA laws and strict DSHS confidentiality policies the names of the individuals are not given out by DSHS to anyone, not to me, not to the Emergency Management Coordinator.

 

Once an individual is given a COVID- 19 positive test result, DSHS launches a case investigation on them.  The individual is asked who they have been in close contact with and those individuals are then contacted by DSHS and are asked questions and based on their answers they are given instructions on self-care and isolating themselves or given information or a referral to their primary care physician for testing. Focusing on “who & where” at this point is useless .That is not to say those individuals testing positive can’t tell whoever they please about their diagnosis.

The names and locations of the individuals is not relevant. What is relevant is that there are 9 confirmed cases in our county at this time and only one of  those cases is thought to be travel related (according to DSHS investigations) meaning the other 8 are community spread…meaning the virus is here in Shelby County & could be being spread anywhere. That is the reason a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was enacted on Monday March ,30th.  At this point, the best advice I can give is pretend you have COVID-19 and pretend everyone you come in contact with has it and please remember, this should not be a “witch hunt”.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your concerted efforts in your attempts to help alleviate the spread of coronavirus in our community and sincerely ask that “you” continue to look after “you” and “you” take care of “you” by 


•    following the “Stay at Home, Stay Safe” order, 
•    practicing social distancing, 
•    washing hands thoroughly and frequently, or using hand sanitizer
•    try to avoid touching your face
•    cleaning surfaces frequently
•    staying home  if you’re ill 

 

Let’s keep in mind that we are all in this together and we will all get through this together. Please, stay home as much as humanly possible and stay safe.


 

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Stay at Home, Slow the Spread of COVID-19


 

 

 

 

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Toledo Automotive Supply New Coronavirus Protection Measures


 

 

 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic going on in our country NAPA Toledo Automotive Supply located at 808 Hurst St. in Center, Texas will have curbside and delivery services only you can call ahead or call when entering the parking area. Their phone number is 936-598-2746, their hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Coronavirus Hours For Shelby County Outreach


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of April 6th – April 10th with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center.  Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, April 10th 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 second week of April, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, April 10th 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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San Augustine County One Dead From Coronavirus


 

 

According to the Angelina County Health District, one of the four people suffering from coronavirus in San Augustine County has died.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Offices to Close to Public


 

 

SHELBY COUNTY ALL OFFICES

 

In efforts to help slow the COVID-19 outbreak. We are announcing a temporary closure to the public 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.

 

Each Elected Official has the discretion for their office and may set additional guidelines such as setting up appointments.
 

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Attention Center Walmart Shoppers:


 

Message from the Center Walmart:

 

Pharmacy Curbside Pickup is officially available at our facility. We will be installing new aluminum signs soon (similar to our Online Grocery Pickup). We will have 4 total parking spots designated.

Until the signs are installed, you can contact our pharmacy and park in between the General Merchandise entrance and Garden Center entrance and they will be out to serve you.

 

 

 

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Hope Community Medicine to Serve as a Testing Site


 

 

 

 

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CITY OF MANSFIELD - CURFEW


 

 

Mayor John H. Mayweather has issued a curfew for all Mansfield residents effective immediately until further notice. The curfew restricts activity between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. within the city limits. This curfew does not apply to first responders, essential work-related or emergency medical needs.

 

John H. Mayweather
City of Mansfield


Mayor

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More Cases of Coronavirus in Nacogdoches


 

 

Another 2 positive cases confirmed by DSHS for Nacogdoches county.

Don't let yourself become numb to the numbers. Or complacent about social distancing. Your actions matter and make a difference.

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Federal Stimulus Package To Help Texans Affected By COVID-19


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement regarding the recently passed $2 trillion federal stimulus package intended to relieve the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on unemployed workers and the state's hardest-hit businesses.

 

"We appreciate the speedy passage of this stimulus package designed to provide much-needed relief for hardworking Texas families who have been economically impacted by COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "While the state of Texas continues to take action to protect public health, we are also committed to working with our federal partners to ensure Texans have the financial relief they need during this time."

 

Workers are the main beneficiaries of the stimulus dollars, whether their situation consists of reduced hours, furlough, or termination related to COVID-19. Self-employed Texans whose businesses have failed under the stress of the global pandemic may also be eligible as well.

A newly created Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) fund is the bill's primary vehicle, empowering states to extend federally-funded unemployment benefits by an additional 13 weeks (past the usual 26 weeks). The fund also boost weekly benefits for those laid off, terminated or furloughed due to COVID-19 by $600 per week.

 

The measures also reduces paperwork and speeds the claims process by empowering employers to file one mass claim on behalf of all their employees laid off because of COVID-19. It also eliminates any chargeback to Texas employers for claims filed due to COVID-19.

 

Much like disaster unemployment assistance seen in past weather-related disasters, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may be available for displaced workers not normally eligible for regular or extended benefits. Workers whose hours have been reduced due to the COVID-19 slowdown may qualify for Work Share, a federal Short-Term Compensation program.

 

Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encouraged apply for unemployment benefits online or call 1-800-939-6631. Employers can also utilize online filing for mass claims they file on behalf of employee groups laid off due to COVID-19.

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Governor Abbott, TDHCA Take Initial Action To Secure Financial Housing Assistance


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) have taken initial action to provide tenant-based rental assistance for Texans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The Governor has waived statutes relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investments Partnership program which would allow Texas greater flexibility to use program funds to help certain Texans pay their rent. In addition, TDHCA has sent a letter to HUD requesting federal waivers to allow greater flexibility to Texas to reprogram these funds for that purpose. If these waivers are granted, Texas will reprogram these funds to provide financial housing assistance to certain Texans enduring economic hardships related to COVID-19.

 

"The State of Texas is committed to supporting Texans who are enduring significant economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Suspending these state statutes is a crucial first step to help many Texans receive the financial assistance they need to pay their rent, and I urge HUD to grant the federal waiver requests."

 

 

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Governor Abbott Releases Video Message To Texans As Latest Executive Order Goes Into Effect


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott released a video with a statewide message to all Texans as his Executive Order goes into effect requiring all Texans to stay home unless they are participating in an essential service or activity. A list of essential services and activities as defined under the Executive Order can be found here. The Executive Order goes into effect at 12:01 AM, April 2nd.

 

 

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Governor Abbott Suspends Regulations To Increase EMS, First Responder Workforce


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today suspended regulations to increase the amount of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers and first responders in Texas during the state's response to COVID-19. Under the Governor's direction, local medical directors for licensed EMS providers can permit individuals who are qualified, though not formally certified, to provide critical emergency response services for patients treated and transported by the EMS provider.

 

The Governor has also suspended certain skills testing requirements for EMS personnel in Texas and for out of state Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians seeking reciprocity in Texas so that these individuals who are qualified, but currently unable to take the skills test, are able to provide essential EMS services. Additionally, Governor Abbott has also suspended regulations to allow first responder organizations to delay submission on their renewal application and completion requirements for licensure.

 

"Our EMS providers and first responders play a critical role in the front-line fight against COVID-19, and these waivers remove barriers that could otherwise prevent a much-needed availability of essential EMS workers and first responders in our communities," said Governor Abbott. "The State of Texas is committed to supporting the EMS and first responder workforce and maximizing the number of available response services for Texans." 

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Shelby County Update 4 More Cases


 

 

We have been informed by The Department of State Health Services of 4 more positive confirmations of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County. This brings the current total case count to 8 for our county.


STAY HOME-STAY SAFE

Kerri Shofner
Shelby County EMC
200 San Augustine St
Center, TX 75935


936-598-3664

 

 

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San Augustine County Update


 

 

 

 

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TEXAS -- A STATE OF MIND


 

 


Most Texans are proud of their state.  Texas has a lot to offer its residents, and bragging rights are included.  I realize that we Texans have a reputation for being outwardly proud.  In fact I read where a father instructed his son, “Son, don’t ask a man where’s he’s from.  If he’s from Texas, he’ll tell you.  If not, there ain’t no need to embarrass him.”

 

I read about a tourist who stopped at a service station and asked for a small map of Texas.  He was told there isn’t such a thing.  A wealthy Texan received a check from his bank with the words “Insufficient Funds” stamped, and then handwritten: “Not yours – ours!” 

 

Not all tourists are impressed with Texas.  Once in dry, hot West Texas a tourist stopped at a filling station and in the course of conversation asked about a bird he had seen. “A bird of paradise”, answered the Texan.  “Long way from home isn’t he”, said the tourist.  In the Panhandle a visitor asked a rancher, “What is the longest that you remember that you were without any rain?”  The rancher scratched his head a minute and replied, “Well, I remember one time when it never did rain.”

 

Speaking of a drought, a rancher in West Texas had to sell off most of his cattle and sheep, but had a few lambs left.  One day his wife was doing laundry outdoors when a lamb fell into a pot of bluing.  The next day it was prancing near the fence.  A Cadillac drove up and a woman asked, “That a blue lamb?”  “Shore is”, replied the rancher.  “How much do you want for it?”  The rancher thought a moment, “Twenty-five dollars.”  She bought it.  Well, he recognized the possibilities and so he would dye a couple of the lambs blue and let them run by the fence, and people would buy them.  Then he began to buy large quantities of lambs and dye them. Before long he came to be known as the “biggest lamb dyer in Texas.”

 

In fact, most Texans believe that the air alone is so wonderful that people stay healthy.  A Texan rushed up East to see his mother who was grievously ill.  Realizing what she needed, he went out and got his spare tire and let the Texas air loose in her room.  She got so well that she lived for another sixty-five years.  When he came back home, he refilled his tires and said to his wife, “See how much better the car rides on that good Texas air!”

 

Even the horses in Texas are smart.  When a cowboy falls off his horse, he has his horse trained to go for a doctor.  Just one thing – they can’t break the horse from bringing a horse doctor.

A preacher moved to New Mexico “for health reasons”.  “They were sick of me in Texas”, he said.

There is a new dessert being offered in Alaska hotels. It’s called Baked Texas.

There was a fellow from West Texas who took a certain kind of liver pills all his life.  When he finally died, his liver had become so healthy that they had to operate, take his liver out, and beat it to death.

 

A reprobate died in Texas, and they were trying to get somebody to say some good words for him at the funeral, in the absence of a preacher.  Nobody would.  Finally a Texan stepped forward and said, “If nobody has anything to say for old Joe here, I’d like to say a few words for Texas A&M.”

 

An old Texan was being quizzed about how he had lived so long.  “Good judgment,” he said. “How do you get good judgment?” he was asked.  “From using bad judgment”, came his reply.

And finally, a wealthy Texan died and was buried in a black Cadillac, sitting at the wheel.  They lowered the whole contraption into a large hole.  One of his friends looked on and said to another indoctrinated Texas friend, “Man, now that’s what I call living.” 

We should all be as so lucky as this Texan.  He made his wealth on only thirty acres of land.  They call it “Downtown Dallas”.


“TEXAS – A STATE OF MIND”

BY: NEAL MURPHY

PO BOX 511
107 HEMLOCK STREET
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX 75972
936-275-9033
Cell: 936-275-6986
Email: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com


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COVID-19 Testing for Shelby County


 

 

The Nacogdoches County COVID-19 Call Center will continue to take calls from Shelby County residents. 


If you are experiencing these symptoms:
 Fever
 Cough
 Shortness of Breath


Contact the call center at: 936-468-4787 for screening & triage.
Individuals who call and are screened and meet the testing criteria will be sent to a testing site located in Shelby County.
 

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Practice Social Distancing


 

 

 

 

Practice social distancing if you go out into public, and if at all possible, stay home. The only way DeSoto Parish can fight the spread of COVID-19 is to take personal responsibility and place limitations on yourself and your family. We thank those who have joined us in this fight to protect the safety of our DeSoto families, and we ask everyone to join us.

 

 

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Watts n Watts BBQ to Close


 

 

We are closed until further notice. We have not been exposed to any cases but we decided, being a family business, to close for a while before that was the case. We did not want to risk being exposed and exposing it to all of our family members. We hope all of you are staying safe and continuing in prayer during this pandemic.

 

- Watts n Watts BBQ

 

 

 

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Message From Panola County Sheriff's Office


 

 

With four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Panola County as of this morning, we ask that you PLEASE limit your public exposure.

 

There’s NO need to panic and hoard supplies, there’s NO need to buy all of the gasoline, and there’s NO need to unnecessarily expose yourself to this virus or other illnesses.

 

Follow CDC recommendations about keeping your hands clean, keep hands away from your face, and self-isolate from the public as much as possible.

 

Also PLEASE try not to flood the Sheriff’s Office with calls asking questions about the current stay at home orders (both state and local). We didn’t issue the orders and we don’t have all of the answers to questions about the orders. Our dispatchers have been inundated with calls and questions such as “can I still go fishing”, “can we go here” or “can we go there?” Although we appreciate people wanting to stay in compliance with the Judge and Governor’s orders, We are trying to keep our phone lines open for emergency calls only. It is our duty to keep emergency services responding to our citizens in need. We always want to be a source of help and information for our citizens, but our dispatch center simply cannot keep up with all of the non-emergency calls questioning these orders.

We have the best defense to slow the spread of this virus available to us all. That is to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

 

We pray you all stay safe. Please pray for all of our health care professionals, EMS, first responders and law enforcement as they continue to take care of us all! If you need us call us!

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Message From Joaquin ISD


 

 

Message to Parents


04/02/2020


We miss our students, and hope you are all well. This important message about COVID-19 will help to keep you safe and healthy. The most important thing you can do right now is stay at home! If that’s not possible, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet from others.

 

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and cover a cough or sneeze with your elbow. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – a fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, call your doctor. Remember, by staying apart now, we can all be together again faster!

 

 

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Message From the Center Walmart


 

 

Attention Center, Texas Walmart Customers:

 

Our Grocery Entrance will be the only open entrance/exit at this time until further notice. To better protect our customers, we will be putting into effect a queue line effective 4/2/2020.

 

You will find a boundary which will begin at the Grocery Doors and flow across the front of the store for your convenience to better serve the 6’ Social Distancing rules. We thank you for your patience and look forward to continuing to serve your shopping needs.

 

 

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Texas Oil and Gas Production Statistics for January 2020


 

 

AUSTIN - Crude oil and natural gas production as reported to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) for January 2020 came from 173,067 oil wells and 86,957 gas wells.

 

The RRC reports that from February 2019 to January 2020, total Texas reported production was 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil and 9.9 trillion cubic feet of total gas. Crude oil production reported by the RRC is limited to oil produced from oil leases and does not include condensate, which is reported separately by the RRC.

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Nacogdoches County Chamber announces cancellation of Lone Star Legislative Summit


 


NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce board of directors has voted in favor to cancel the Lone Star Legislative Summit (LSLS) scheduled for April 16-17, 2020.

 

The vote was taken during the board's March 24 meeting after attending directors heard recommendations by LSLS event chairmen Donna Finley and Todd A. Brown and Chamber Vice Chairman Business Development J. Bradley Reynolds.

 

"The decision we made in March happens to follow the executive orders recently issued by Governor Abbott and the Stay Home, Stay Safe orders from the City of Nacogdoches and the County," Reynolds said. "It was not an easy decision to make, but we are confident it was the right decision. We value the health and safety of our community."

 

Confirmed participants of LSLS 2020 included three U.S. Congressmen, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and more than 20 state legislators.

 

"The Chamber's Government Affairs committee members extend their appreciation to those who had committed to come to Nacogdoches and take part in this notable East Texas event. Our Chamber directors would also like to thank the sponsoring businesses for their support," said Chamber President/CEO C. Wayne Mitchell.

 

LSLS is a biennial program of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and was founded in 2006. The last summit was held in 2018 with a record number of 500 attendees.


 

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Mayor Hughes has signed a Shelter in Place Proclamation Valid Beginning 04/01/2020 [Stay Home]


 

 

The proclamation is attached below as a file, and it says we are mirroring the County's Shelter in Place order for simplicity. Both are attached to this page as files which you can click on to view below the print section of this post.

 

In Summary all citizens of the City of San Augustine are directed to stay home except for travel as needed for essential purposes. Employees in Essential Roles are not prohibited from going to work, and the question of if you fit into an "essental' role is between you, your employer and Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security. You can check at this site: https://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/

 

The authority for this action comes from the Texas Government Code

Failure to Comply

 

Sec. 418.173. PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) A state, local, or interjurisdictional emergency management plan may provide that failure to comply with the plan or with a rule, order, or ordinance adopted under the plan is an offense.

(b) The plan may prescribe a punishment for the offense but may not prescribe a fine that exceeds $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term that exceeds 180 days.

 

TITLE 4. EXECUTIVE BRANCH

SUBTITLE B. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

CHAPTER 418. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

The authority for the Proclamation itself is from 418.108

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Update


 

 

 

April 01, 2020
Local Update on COVID-19

 

12pm Update. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office cannot stress enough the importance of the current Stay-At-Home order. While you are free to leave your home, we want to emphasize the need for citizens to limit themselves and take personal responsibility in slowing the spread of this virus. After seeing a dramatic increase of 2,399 cases and 88 deaths within just 48 hours, we can only imagine how closely our state is monitoring this situation.

 

If it becomes apparent that citizens will not heed recommendations on their own we could stand the risk of the Governor taking further action to protect public safety. We want to thank all of our citizens in DeSoto Parish who are doing all they can to stay at home and practice healthy sanitation habits with their families. We will keep you posted daily as new data is released at 12pm each day via the LDH website: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

 

DeSoto Parish by the numbers:
March 26: 11 cases (+3 in 24 hrs)
March 27: 13 cases (+2 in 24 hrs)
March 28: 21 cases (+8 in 24 hrs)
March 29: 25 cases (+4 in 24 hrs)
March 30: 28 cases (+3 in 24 hrs)
March 31: 30 cases (+2 in 24 hrs)
April 01: 39 cases (+9 in 24hrs)
Total Parish Deaths to Date: 1

 

State of Louisiana by the numbers:
March 26: 2,305 cases (+510 in 24 hrs)
March 27: 2,746 cases (+441 in 24 hrs)
March 28: 3,315 cases (+569 in 24 hrs)
March 29: 3,540 cases (+225 in 24 hrs)
March 30: 4,025 cases (+485 in 24 hrs)
March 31: 5,237 cases (+1,212 in 24 hrs)
April 01: 6,424 cases (+1,187 in 24 hrs)
Total State Deaths to Date: 273 (+34 in 24 hrs)

 

DeSoto Parish has reported positive cases in Stonewall, Mansfield, Logansport, and Pelican at this time. We do not receive information on those who have recovered from COVID-19 or other pertinent medical information that is protected by law.

 

STATE BORDER QUESTIONS:
If you have questions regarding the Governor of Texas order on Louisiana travelers entering Texas, our office does not have information to provide as this order was not given by our state or parish. Please direct all questions to the Texas Department of Public Safety - 512-424-2080. The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office has no control over what will be allowed, implemented, or otherwise ordered in the State of Texas, therefore we do not want to provide the public with misinformation on the subject.

 

BUSINESS OPERATIONS:
- All DeSoto Parish Libraries will be closed until May 1st.
- City of Mansfield Park, located next to City Hall, is closed until further notice.
- We Care DayCare is closed until April 13th.
- Tree Frog Graphics will only be taking phone orders and payments. No walk-ins.


***If you are a business or agency and would like us to include your changes of operation during this pandemic, you may email us at SheriffApp@dpso.org.

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Stay Well, Texas


 

 

 

 

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Distribution of Instructional Materials Center ISD


 


F. L. Moffett

 

F.L. Moffett parents may pick up student work packets on Monday, April 6th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the parent pick up line in front of the school. You may turn in your child’s finished Week 1-2 packets at this time.  If you need to turn the packets in at a later time, we will have bins labeled with grade levels for you to leave your child’s work.  These bins will be located outside of the school.  Make sure the student's name and teacher are written on the packet.

 

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 6 de abril de 8:00 a.m. a 12:30 pm en la línea donde se forman para recoger a los estudiantes después de la escuela.  Usted puede entregar los paquetes de la semana 1 y 2 completado por su hijo(a) en este tiempo.  Si necesita entregar el trabajo en una fecha más tarde, tendremos recipientes para que deje el trabajo de su hijo(a).  Los niveles de grado estarán indicados en los recipientes.  Los recipientes estarán afuera de la escuela.  Asegúrese que el nombre del estudiante y la maestra del estudiante este escrito en el paquete que va entregar.  ¡Por favor comparta esta información con todos los padres de FLM!

 

Center Elementary School

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  FIRST GRADE

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. THIRD GRADE

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. SECOND GRADE


We will pass packets out by teacher.  Each will have their own homeroom.  We will line cars like parent pick up and call your name and student name and you will deliver packet to cars.  Sped students will have to have parents sign that they received work. 

 

Center Intermediate School 

 

Center Intermediate School will have another round of assignment pick up on Monday, April 6th in front of the CIS gym from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

**If your child is accessing their work through Google Classroom, THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO PICK UP NEW MATERIALS AT THIS TIME.  They will be able to get all of their assignments online. 


You may also turn in beef jerky fundraiser money at this time, if you have not already done so. 


There will be plastic tubs available outside of the CIS Office to turn in your child’s packets from Week 1. Please keep the SOAR book and related packet at home until we complete the book study. 

 

Center High School


Students and parents can pick up instructional materials and drop off completed assignments on Monday, April 6th.  Pick up will be in the teacher parking lot, please stay your vehicles a  student packet will be handed to you   If parents are picking up packets for their students they will need to know the 3rd period homeroom teacher's name.

 

9th grade              8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
10th grade            9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11th grade            11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12th grade            12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

 

If you are unable to come at the times listed you can pick up or drop off work between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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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Tenaha ISD - Covid 19 Update - April 1, 2020


 

 

Tiger Family,

 

What a great turnout yesterday by the entire Tenaha school family to drive through and pick up their distance learning packets and materials. The administration team is extremely proud to report that 91% of our students are accounted for and working on their instructional materials from home.

 

Also, the district served well over 400 meals yesterday! As this crisis continues, we hope to continue our meal service. Next week, we will be doing a “one-time” only drive thru and pick up on Monday with menu items that will provide breakfast and lunches for the entire week. Be sure and take advantage of this service!

 

Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced that public schools in the state of Texas are to remain closed until at least May 4. That means, we will continue with distance learning for the month of April. TISD has placed an antique green “mailbox” at the front of the main entry to campus for parents and/or students to drop off their work packets. Stay tuned to information from Ms. Jacobs regarding future work packets and plans! Schedule some time every day to do school work! Not the whole day! But a least a couple of hours to continue your studies every day!

With Governor Abbott’s announcement, I want everyone to know that our number one priority is dealing with the current health crisis. Our goal is to navigate these uncertain times and, in the end, no one in our TISD family get sick. With that in mind, as each day passes, I am watching the data, the local health situation, and trying to gauge the level of exposure for our staff and parents with the actions we take. It is my hope to be able to continue meal service for the remainder of the school year, but should this crisis escalate to a place that puts our cafeteria staff, admin team, or paraprofessional staff in “true harm’s way”, I will have no choice but to discontinue our service at that time.

 

Finally, under the direction of Commissioner Morath, we are taking the initial steps to make accommodations for the end of this school year. Those steps primarily relate to graduating seniors, grade promotion and retention, and grades in general. For all Seniors and Senior parents: WE WANT TO HAVE GRADUATION CEREMONIES AS SCHEDULED!!! But…. We are also approaching things realistically on a day-to-day basis. It is our mission to make every effort to recognize our graduating class in any way possible via graduation or some other symbolic ceremony at some point! For now, graduation is on as scheduled however.

In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!!!

 

Scott Tyner

Superintendent 

Tenaha Independent School District

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Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources


 

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

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Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Under this program:

  • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
  • If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.

Click here to learn more.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

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City of Timpson Utility Payments Information


 

 

For precautionary measures, City Hall will have limited access for paying utility bills. Once you have received your bill, payments can be dropped at the 1st window (envelopes are provided). Please note cash payments must be exact or the difference will be applied to next months bill. Receipts will not be given. Utility bills can also be paid at the Austin Bank Drive-Thru (must have your bill), or online at www.thepaymentgroup.com, or by mail: City of Timpson, PO Box 369, Timpson, TX. If you have any questions you may call 254-2421. Thank you for your cooperation!

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NWS Shreveport - Virtual Skywarn Spotter Training


 

 

NWS Shreveport Partners, 

 

Our thoughts are with everyone as we deal with COVID-19 as a nation.  Since we could not hold our last 4 Skywarn Spotter training sessions in person, we will be offering two virtual Skywarn Spotter Training Sessions over the internet the next couple of weeks.  Please help us advertise this for the public in your area.

 

1. Facebook Live - April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Chris Nuttall will be providing training on how to identify severe weather and report it to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.  Please join us via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/NWSShreveport 

 

2. GoToWebinar - April 14th at 10:00 a.m.  
Charlie Woodrum will be providing training on how to identify severe weather and report it to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.  Please make sure to register at: NWS Shreveport Skywarn Spotter Training In order to become an official Skywarn Spotter and get a certificate, please attend our webinar on the 14th. 

 

For any questions related to this training session, please contact NWS Shreveport Skywarn Focal Point, Chris Nuttall@noaa.gov, and NWS Shreveport Warning Coordination Meteorologist Charles.Woodrum@noaa.gov.

 

Thanks,
NWS Shreveport

 


 

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Shelby County Curfews by City


 

 

 

 

 

Shelby County curfews by town so far, these are subject to change as they must be renewed weekly by each city, in addition, schools are closed until May 4th, though distance education is acceptable. 

 

Shelby County Stay at Home Order Click here:

 

Governor Abbott's Order on Business Closures:

 

These are the hours you are allowed to be out in the following cities, as in you may be out in the town during these times. 

 

 

Tenaha 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. this means you need to be home from 9 p.m. - 6 a.m. 
Joaquin 4 a.m. - 10 p.m. this means you need to be home from 10 p.m. - 4 a.m. 
Timpson 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. this means you need to be home from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.


Center - No curfew
Shelbyville - No curfew
Huxley - No curfew


These orders of curfew prevent people without proper authority from being upon public streets and right-of-ways during the times of the curfews.

 

Stay tuned to our stations and website at cbc-radio.com for information.

 

 

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Center Middle School Instructional Delivery and Drop Off Plan


 

 

Center Middle School Instructional Delivery and Drop Off Plan for
Monday, April 6th Center Middle School will have 2 times for Instructional Pick Up and Drop Off on Monday.

 

The morning time will be divided by grade level:

 

8:00-11:00 Monday Morning

 

6th Grade 8:00-9:00

 

7th Grade 9:15-10:15

 

8th Grade 10:30-11:30
4:30-5:30 Monday Afternoon - For those that were unable to pick up during the morning times.

 

Any grade can come at this time
Please drop off any completed work at this time.

 

We will utilize the same delivery lines as used on March 23rd.

 

You will not need to leave your car for Pick Up or Drop Off. Please remain in your car at
all times.

 

You will be handed a folder with your child’s instructional material in it.

You will not need to sign for materials.

 

If you have completed work, please hand that to the staff member at the drive thru.
As always, if you have any questions please email me at jake.henson@centerisd.org

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Governor Orders Non-Essential Businesses to Close


 

Here is a portion of Governor Gregg Abbott's order. 

 

To read the full order click here:

 

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, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order. 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, visiting parks, 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.


In providing or obtaining essential services, people and businesses should follow the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing, and working from home if possible. In particular, all services should be provided through remote telework from home unless they are essential services that cannot be provided through remote telework.

 

If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 

“Essential services” shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). TDEM shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this executive order and in any approved additions. Requests for additions should be directed to TDEM at EssentialServices@tdem.texas.gov or by visiting www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices.


In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.


In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance and shall not recommence before May 4, 2020.


This executive order shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVD-19 disaster, but only to the extent that such a local order restricts essential services allowed by this executive order or allows gatherings prohibited by this executive order. I hereby suspend Sections 418.1015(b) and 418.108 of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 81, Subchapter E of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and any other relevant statutes, to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not impose restrictions inconsistent with this executive order, provided that local officials may enforce this executive order as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order.


This executive order supersedes Executive Order GA-08, but not Executive Orders GA-09, GA10, GA-li, GA-12, or GA-13, and shall remain in effect and in full force until April 30, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.

 

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Two-Cases Now Confirmed in Panola County


 

 

Panola County now has two-reported cases of the Coronavirus, according to Panola County Judge Lee Ann Jones.

 

 

 

 

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