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Wreck Near J&B Liquor


 

 

Earlier today August 31, 2020, there was a two-vehicle wreck between Center and Joaquin, Texas near J&B Liquor on HWY 7 involving a Chevrolet pickup truck and a Jeep. The Center Fire Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and Texas DPS all responded to the scene of the accident. More to follow when released from the DPS.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bids to fix Unique Boutique


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries is now taking bids on the damage done to the roof and interior of The Unique Boutique resale shop. Please call or email us to set up an appointment to come view the store and the damage.  The number is 936-598-4990.  

 

You can email Sherry at saharding1969@gmail.com.  Bids need to be submitted by Thursday, September 3rd, by 3:00.  

 

Thank you.  

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Joaquin ISD Substitute Training


 

 

Joaquin ISD Substitute Orientation/Training will be held Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Joaquin ISD Annex building behind the high school.  All potential substitutes must attend in order to be considered for this position.  If you have any questions you can call or email Donna Vergo at (936) 269-3128, Ext. 225 dvergo@joaquinisd.net.


Please go online and complete an employment application.  The application can be accessed through the Joaquin ISD website, www.joaquinisd.net, under the 'Employment Opportunities' tab. You will then need to create a user name/password and complete all parts of the application, then "apply" for the substitute job.  Applicants must be 18 yoa, have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and a criminal history background check will be performed.

 

Submitted by: Donna Vergo, JISD Human Resources

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Tenaha Tiger News


 

 

August 31, 2020-Tiger Day (Release at 2:00 pm); JH FB Practice Cancelled.

September 3, 2020-JV vs ARP (There) 6:00 pm

September 4, 2020-Tigers vs Arp (Home) 7:30 pm

September 7, 2020-Labor Day Holiday

September 10, 2020-JV vs Center (Home) 5:30 pm

September 11, 2020-Tigers vs Kountze (There) 7:30 pm

September 17, 2020-JH vs Grace Community (Home) 4:30 pm; JV vs Grace Community (Home) 6:00 pm

September 18, 2020-Student Immunizations in Tiger Den 8-9:30 am; Tigers vs Clifton (There) 7:00 pm

September 21, 2020-Tiger Day

September 24, 2020-JH vs Lovelady (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs Lovelady (There) 6:00 pm

September 25, 2020-End 1st Grading Period; Tigers vs Lovelady (Home) 7:00 pm

Football 2020 Home Opener!!!!

Tenaha (Class 2A Division II) vs. Arp (Class 3A Division II)
Friday, September 4
7:30 PM


Raymond Jackson Stadium, The Pit

Ticket information!!!

Single game tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning, September 1st. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students. Here is the order of ticket sales:

Tuesday, Sept. 1:
Players' families and band parents only

Wednesday, Sept. 2 through noon on Friday Sept 4:
General Admission tickets

 

After noon on Sept. 4:
A pre-sale gate will be set up in front of the high school.... ONLY IF tickets remain available.

Tickets can be purchased at the TISD Administration Office anytime between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Students can purchase tickets during their lunch time.

We have an allotment remaining of 220 home tickets only. When they're gone, they are gone.

NOTE: Fans who are planning to watch the game from the road side on the "hill", please understand that TISD has zero jurisdiction over that hill. Any decisions to keep the hill clear would be made by city officials in the interest of public safety.

 

TENAHA TIGER FOOTBALL-Adopt-A-Tiger Program

Thank you for your consideration to be a part of our Adopt-A-Tiger program.  We are very excited the capabilities this program has for both our student/athletes and our community.  Through this program the goal is very simple, develop a relationship outside of sport to supply support to the student/athlete.  It’s our hope this program will not just be beneficial to the student/athlete but also the mentoring family. It’s my hope that if you feel this is a program you can help with that you join our team and begin building a relationship with a Tiger! 

If you have any questions or would like to participate don’t hesitate to email, call or text me.  I look forward to watching this program thrive in Tenaha!

 

Jeremy Jenkins

AD/Head Football Coach

903-571-2765

jenkinsjeremy@tenahaisd.com

Purpose:  To build relationships with our players and community.

 

Requirements of Adopter:  To build a relationship with their player outside of the sport.

 

·         Communicate at a minimum of once per week via phone call or text

·         Attempt to have dinner/lunch/movie with the player when possible

·         During season give weekly encouragement through game day treats if possible

·         Attend as many Friday Night Games as possible, see player after the game

·         One home game will be Adopt a Tiger night during the season

 

Matches:   We will officially announce the matches on  August  27th.

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Tenaha JH FB Practice Canceled


 

 

Due to Tiger Day Early Release at 2:00 pm today, Tenaha JH FB Practice is canceled.

 

 

 

 

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Dove Season Checklist


 

 


Everything You Need to Know for Dove Season

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SFA social media ranked third in Texas for engagement



 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Among 338 universities researched, Stephen F. Austin State University ranked No. 32 nationally and No. 3 in Texas for social media engagement — a metric of growing importance in an increasingly virtually connected world.

 

“I’m proud to see University Marketing Communications’ social media team recognized for its exceptional work,” said Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president. “Social media engagement has been growing in importance throughout the past decade and has been particularly valuable during the global pandemic. As plans continue to evolve at a rapid pace around the world, it will remain a front-line tool for sharing those changes.”

 

Rival IQ, a social media analytics company, conducted the higher education social media engagement study by surveying content posted between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020, on three main platforms: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

“SFA is ranked in the top 10% among universities for overall consistent, steadily engaging accounts encompassing all social media platforms,” said Dr. Shirley Luna, SFA’s executive director of University Marketing Communications. “It’s imperative SFA keeps its audience engaged because it is one of our main forms of communication with current and prospective students, alumni, and the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.”

 

Using survey data and a weighted formula, Rival IQ generated an overall engagement ranking for each school that blends total engagement with engagement rates, according to its report. Rather than simply comparing total clicks, likes or shares, this type of weighted formula reveals true engagement percentages so that a larger university’s sheer number of followers doesn’t bury smaller universities with a naturally lower follower base.

 

“Engagement rate evens the playing field between accounts with varying audience sizes,” said Kerry Whitsett, SFA University Marketing Communications social media specialist. “Obviously, an account with 100,000 followers will have more comments on any given post than an account with 20,000. So, rather than comparing total number of comments on a post, it compares the number as a percentage in relation to the number of the account’s followers.”

 

SFA’s ranking far surpassed other Texas universities of similar size: Texas State University ranked No. 105, Sam Houston State University ranked No. 151, and Lamar University ranked No. 267.


“One of the reasons SFA is ranked so high is because the marketing team communicates with its followers — and our communication is not one way,” Whitsett said. “We like and make comments on posts, we answer questions, and we congratulate people when they post about being accepted to SFA and upon graduation. We tell people visiting our campus, ‘We hope you enjoyed your day at SFA!’ We want our audience to know SFA is actively engaged with them.”

 

Of the three individual platforms, SFA’s performance on Twitter was the best ranked, landing the No. 12 position nationally.

 

As of August 2020, SFA has 20,800 followers on Twitter, 18,800 on Instagram, and more than 75,000 on Facebook with each platform comprising its own unique audience.

 

 

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VFW Post 8904 & Auxiliary Observe VJ Day


 

 

World War II came to an end with the formal surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay and this day has become known as VJ Day (Victory over Japan).

 

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold an observance on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center.  

 

The program will begin at 10:00 am with a Prayer; Pledge of Allegiance;  a Memorial Wreath will be placed on the Veterans Memorial in honor and Taps will be played to end the program

The public is invited.  Masks and social distancing required.  Call post QM Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 for more information or questions.

 

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Update


 

 

As of 9 AM Monday, August 31st, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting 6,328 outages remaining.

 

Jasper County: 27
Nacogdoches County: 0
Newton County: 1,586
Panola County: 20
Sabine County: 3,862
San Augustine County: 15
Shelby County: 814

 

At the peak of the storm, DETEC reported 25,474 outages across the 8 county system.

If you are still without power, please let us know by calling 1-800-392-5986.  For prompt service, please locate the 6 digit number on your meter to report.  If you are unable to locate it, please know the telephone number and name associated with your account.

Below are our estimations for restoral times:


  *   The majority of Jasper, Panola, San Augustine and Shelby County (with the exception of the Huxley and Hurstown area) should be restored within 3-5 days.
  *   Sabine and Newton County (with the exception of those around Toledo Bend Lake) and those remaining in Shelby County (Huxley and Hurstown) should be restored within 7-10 days.
  *   Members around Toledo Bend Lake should be restored within 2 weeks.

Please keep in mind that these are estimates.  It is our goal to fulfill these estimates and our hope that we can provide power sooner than anticipated.


  *   If anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored.
  *   If you encounter a downed line, always consider it live and dangerous.  Do not get near the line or attempt to move or cut trees off the line. Please report all downed lines and outages by calling 1-800-392-5986.  For prompt reporting, please have the telephone and meter number associated with your account available.


 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 2 new COVID-19 cases and 4 recoveries.


 

28 Active Cases

391 Recovered

14 Deaths

433 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...14

75974...5

75975..3

75973...2

75954...4

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting


 

 

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

 

1.     Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Approve current payroll.

3.    Public comments on Agenda item.

4.    Discuss and take action to renew contract between Shelby County Tax Assessor-Collector (Agent) with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

5.    Discuss quotes for partitions to be added to JP3 / Constable 3 building.

6.    Discuss and assess the damage from Hurricane Laura and decide if there is a need to issue a RFP for disaster assistance.

7.    Discuss and possibly ratify and continue the Declaration of Disaster regarding Hurricane Laura.

8.    Adjourn.

 


 

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Shelbyville v. Huntington


 

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will travel to Huntington Friday, September 4th. The Dragons will play at 7:30 pm. All spectators MUST have a ticket voucher for entry. Vouchers must be picked up at the SISD Guard booth Monday through Wednesday 8:30 am til 1:30 pm. Spectators will take the voucher to the Visitor's Ticket Booth in Huntington and pay $5 for entry. No tickets will be available at the gate in Huntington. GO DRAGONS!!!  

 

 

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Football and Soccer Signups


 

 

FOOTBALL AND SOCCER   SIGNUPS

 

MUST WEAR A MASK TO CAFETERIA

 

The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the

2020 FOOTBALL AND FALL SOCCER signups will begin soon.

Where?  The Center Middle School Cafeteria

When? Tuesday, September 1st or   Friday September 4th

All Dates from 5:00 to 7:00pm

 

Parents are encouraged to come by the Recreation office at 645 Malone Drive to sign up also. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8-4pm. If one of the signup dates doesn’t work for you, please come by the office before September 4th to sign up. After September 4th, there will be a $15 late fee added to the registration. For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director at 936-590-7196

 

Cash, Check or Card Accepted

 

Cost is $70 per child Soccer (Ages 3-14)

Cost is $80 per child Flag (Ages 4 – 7)

Cost is $105 per child Tackle (Ages 8-12)

(Includes Jersey, Flags, Pad and Helmet, insurance, and all fees)

 

PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS

 

Inscripciones de SOCCER Y Futbol Americano

DEBE USAR CUBREBOCAS DENTRO DE LA CAFETERIA.

 

El Departamento de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la temporada de Otoño 2020 DE SOCER Y FUTBOL MAERICANO está por comenzar pronto.  

¿Donde? Cafetería de la escuela secundaria de Center

¿Cuando? Martes, 1 de Septiembre : Viernes, 4 de Septiembre

En cada fecha de 5:00 a 7:00pm

 

Los padres pueden presentarse ala oficina de Recreasion localizada en 645 Malone Drive para entregar sus inscripciones. Las horas de oficina son de Lunes-Viernes de 8 am – 4:00 pm.  Si alguna de las fechas de regristo no funciona para usted favor de pasar ala oficina antes del 4 de Septiembre. Despues del 4 de Septiembre abra un recargo de 15$. Para más información favor de comunicarse con Jason Mitchell, Director del Departamento de Recreación para la Ciudad de Center, al número 936-590-7196

Aceptamos tarjeta de credito or dinero en efectivo.

 

El costo es de $70.00 cada niño(a) Soccer (Edades 4-14)

El costo es de $80.00 cada niño(a) Bandera (Edades 4 – 7)

El costo es de $105.00 cada niño(a) Tackle (Edades 8-12)

(Incluye jersey, banderas, cojines y casco, seguranza y todos los gastos de inscripción)

 

PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS

 

 

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Iraq War Veterans to be Remembered


 

 

August 31st, 2010 marked the official end to US Combat Operations in Iraq.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars will ensure the patriotism and sacrifices of this generation that included US Army Specialist Larry E. Polley, Jr. of Center, Texas who was killed in action are never forgotten by the American people.

 

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Iraq War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a remembrance program at the Veterans Memorial on Monday, August 31, 10:00 a.m. that will include the playing of Taps in honor of those who died in the service of their country during this time and those who served and have since passed.  

 

The public is invited.  Masks and social distancing required.  Call post QM Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 for more information.
 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Update


 

 

As of 10 AM Sunday, August 30th, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative has restored power to over 15,000 members since Hurricane Laura made landfall.  At the peak of the storm, DETEC reported 25,474 outages across the 8 county system.

Currently we have 9,953 outages remaining.

Jasper County: 179
Nacogdoches County: 31
Newton County: 1,773
Panola County: 22
Sabine County: 5,279
San Augustine County: 226
Shelby County: 2,434

If you are still without power, please let us know by calling 1-800-392-5986.  For prompt service, please locate the 6 digit number on your meter to report.  If you are unable to locate it, please know the telephone number and name associated with your account.

Below are our estimations for restoral times:


  *   The majority of Nacogdoches, Panola, San Augustine and Shelby County (with the exception of the Huxley and Hurstown area) should be restored within 3-5 days.
  *   Sabine, Newton and Jasper County (with the exception of those around Toledo Bend Lake) and those remaining in Shelby County (Huxley and Hurstown) should be restored within 7-10 days.
  *   Members around Toledo Bend Lake should be restored within 2 weeks.

Please keep in mind that these are estimates.  It is our goal to fulfill these estimates and our hope that we can provide power sooner than anticipated.


  *   If anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored.
  *   If you encounter a downed line, always consider it live and dangerous.  Do not get near the line or attempt to move or cut trees off the line. Please report all downed lines and outages by calling 1-800-392-5986.  For prompt reporting, please have the telephone and meter number associated with your account available.

 


 

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Unrestrained Father and Son Killed DeSoto Crash


 

DeSoto Parish – On August 29, 2020, around 3:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 191 near Fisher Lane. This crash claimed the lives of a father and son.      

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a John Deere Gator ATV, driven by 92-year-old James Booker of Mansfield, was attempting to enter Louisiana Highway 191 from a private drive. For reasons still under investigation, Booker failed to yield to a northbound 2016 Kia Optima and traveled into its path. This resulted in a collision between the two vehicles.

 

Booker and his passenger, identified as his son 67-year-old James G. Booker of Shreveport, were not properly restrained and suffered fatal injuries. They were pronounced dead at the crash scene. The driver of the Optima was not injured. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

 

Troopers wish to remind everyone that it is dangerous and illegal to operate off-road vehicles like three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other all-terrain vehicles on any public roadway in the state. While not all crashes are survivable, buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

 

In 2020, Troop G has investigated 16 fatal crashes resulting in 18 deaths.

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Resumes Classes on Monday, August 31st


 

Joaquin ISD will resume classes, August 31st, at the normal starting time which is 7:55 a.m. for students. We are looking forward to another great week with students back on campus. Go Rams! 

 

 

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Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting


 

 

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday September 7th at 6:30PM. We meet every 1st Monday of the month at 6:30PM at the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce, on the square, downtown Hemphill. We welcome the public to come out and join us. We have no dues, or officers. This is for anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or an already experienced beekeeper. For more info, call James at (409)625-4787. 

 

 

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $15.7 Million in Local Park Grants to Texas Communities


 

 

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved just over $15 million in competitive local park grants to help fund projects that will create and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities like nature trails, native gardens, playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks and sports fields at 30 community parks across the state.

 

The grants, allocated to local government entities, appropriate state and federal funding dedicated for the acquisition and/or development of public recreation areas and facilities in Texas on a 50/50 reimbursement match basis. Once funded, all grant-assisted sites must be dedicated as parkland in perpetuity, properly maintained and open to the public.

The commission, which administers the local park grants program for the state of Texas, awarded projects in various categories based on community population size and scope.

Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are reserved for cities having populations exceeding 500,000, with projects in three communities receiving grants. The Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are dedicated to funding park projects in municipalities under 500,000 and the commission-approved awards to projects in 15 communities. The Small Community Recreation Grants are for park projects in towns of less than 20,000 and were awarded to 12 communities.

For more information about the local park grants program, visit the TPWD local park grants page.

The grant funds awarded are listed below by region:

 

Central Texas

The city of Belton is the recipient of a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Heritage Park at the Leon River project. Proposed developments include trails and facilities, dedicated open space, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, multi-purpose ballfield, dock, pavilion, dog park and a covered pier.

The city of Brenham will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Brenham Family Park project. Proposed developments include trails and facilities, native landscaping, picnic facilities, restrooms, a parking lot, road expansion and lake development.

The city of Luling will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its Edgar B. Davis Northside Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, exercise equipment, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, multipurpose ballfields and site furnishings.

The city of New Braunfels is the recipient of a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its New Braunfels Sports Complex project. Proposed developments include a playground, trails and facilities, multiple sports fields, dedicated open space, native landscaping, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, bird blinds, a pavilion, an amphitheater and site furnishings.

The city of Nolanville is the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for its Monarch Park III project. Proposed developments include playground elements, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, sports fields and courts, site furnishings, restrooms and a trail.

The city of San Saba will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its San Saba Mill Pond Park project. Proposed developments include a splash pad and signage.

The city of Taylor is the recipient of a $107,351 small community grant for its Percussion Park project. Proposed developments include musical playground equipment, native landscaping, a shade structure, trails and site furnishings.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

The city of Celina will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its Old Celina Park Signature Playground project. Proposed developments include a playground utilizing universal design.

The city of Cedar Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Virginia Weaver Park project. Proposed developments include a pool, splash pad, and site furnishings.

The city of Comanche is the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for its Swimming Pool Enhancements project. Proposed developments include swimming pool renovations and upgrades.

The city of Duncanville will receive a $749,805 non-urban outdoor grant for its Armstrong Park Kidsville and Splash Park project. Proposed developments include an all-inclusive playground, splash pad, picnic facilities, site furnishings and a shade structure.

The city of Fort Worth is the recipient of a $1,500,000 urban outdoor grant for its Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge project. Proposed developments include native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, site furnishings, restrooms, trails, a parking lot and a marshland boardwalk.

 

The city of Haltom City is the recipient of a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Broadway Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, native landscaping, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, sports seating and viewing areas, site furnishings, restrooms, trails, a parking lot and an open lawn area for general play.

The city of Mabank will receive a $141,266 small community grant for its Mabanks Veterans Memorial Park project. Proposed developments include an inclusive playground, exercise equipment, native landscaping, picnic facilities, tactile experience panels, maze, sign language and Braille signage, and other sports courts.

 

The city of The Colony is the recipient of a $400,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its West Shore Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, kayak launch, pavilion, site furnishings, shade structure, trails, a parking lot, pollinator habitats and an open lawn area for general play.

 

East Texas

The city of Buffalo will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its Harriman Park project. Proposed developments include an all-abilities playground with a perimeter fence, walking trail, butterfly gardens, native prairie restoration, pavilion, picnic facilities and erosion control.

The city of Center is the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for its Perry Sampson Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, native landscaping, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, site furnishings and a shade structure.

 

The city of Sulphur Springs will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Pacific Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, exercise equipment, native landscaping, multi-purpose ballfield, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, site furnishings, shade structure, lawn games, restrooms, trails, a parking lot, and an open lawn area for general play.

 

Houston

The city of Bayou Vista is the recipient of a $140,000 small community grant for its Bayscape Park project. Proposed developments include swimming pool renovations and upgrades.

The Clear Lake City Water Authority will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Exploration Green Phases 5 and 3b project. Proposed developments include bike trails and facilities, dedicated open space, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage and a parking lot.

 

The Harris County Precinct will receive a $1,500,000 urban outdoor grant for its James Driver All-Inclusive Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, exercise equipment, native landscaping, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, multi-purpose ballfield, pavilion, site furnishings, horseshoe and washer pits, lawn games, trails, a parking lot and other support facilities.

 

Panhandle

The city of Cactus is the recipient of a $400,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Cactus Park Improvements project. Proposed developments include a baseball field, volleyball court, other sports fields and courts, native landscaping, restrooms, concession stand and sepak takraw court.

The city of Littlefield will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its City of Littlefield Aquatic Center and Park project. Proposed developments include a swimming pool and aquatic complex.

 

The city of Post will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its City of Post Splash Pad project. Funds will support further development of City Park.

The city of Quitaque is the recipient of a $53,183 small community grant for its Quitaque City Park project. Proposed developments include a playground and pavilion.

 

Rio Grande Valley

The Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Santa Rosa Community Park Improvements project. Proposed developments include a swimming pool, splash pad, native landscaping, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion and trails.

 

The city of Edinburg is the recipient of a $606,617 non-urban outdoor grant for its Chapin Road Hike and Bike Trail project. Proposed developments include bike trails and facilities, native landscaping, site furnishings and a parking lot.

 

Hidalgo County will receive a $1,223,357 urban outdoor grant for its Sunflower Memorial Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, exercise equipment, baseball field, softball field, basketball court, soccer field, picnic facilities, pavilion, site furnishings, shade structure, trails, a parking lot and other support facilities.

 

The city of Palmview will receive a $300,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Palmview Nature Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, trails and facilities, exercise equipment, dedicated open space, native landscaping, basketball court, picnic facilities and shade structures.

 

The city of Rio Hondo is the recipient of a $650,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Rio Hondo Boat Ramp Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, exercise equipment, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, kayak launch, bird blinds, dock, pavilion, restrooms and trails.

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Coronavirus Resources and Response


 

 

Coronavirus Resources and Response
Message from the Governor


The state of Texas is strong; our people, resilient.

As we have seen in years past, when tested by fire, flood, or hurricane, Texans respond with resilience and calm resolve. And just as we overcame those challenges, we will overcome this one.

When neighbors help neighbors, our resilience is redoubled.

I have no doubt that Texans will continue to work together in that spirit over the coming days and weeks.

 

And we are here to help.

Governor Greg Abbott

 

Click here for more 

 

 

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Changes Proposed to Texas Exotic Aquatic Species Regulations


 

 

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing changes to regulations regarding harmful or potentially harmful fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. The proposed changes significantly reorganize the existing rules to enhance accessibility, meet the changing needs of the regulated community, and address current and potential future threats posed by these exotic species.

 

The proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register no later than Friday, Oct. 2. At that time, comments on the changes can be provided on the TPWD public comment page until Monday, Nov. 9. The TPW Commission will take public comment on the proposed changes at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Austin. Comments on the proposed changes also can be submitted to Ken Kurzawski at (512) 389-4591, email: ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov.

 

Exotic species can become invasive, meaning they are causing or have potential to cause harm to the ecosystem, economy, or human health and quality of life. If exotic species are not detected until after introduction, the infestation can progress past the point when eradication is possible for some species. After that point, the infestation can quickly progress into costly, long-term treatment and control.

 

Regulations are an essential form of prevention against impacts from these species. TPWD regulations specify a prohibited species list, with the primary focus being prevention, and only a few species are allowed for use.

 

TPWD is proposing to add seven species to the controlled exotic species list, including four fish (stone moroko, European perch, Amur sleeper, Wels catfish) which are federally listed as injurious. These species are not currently present in the United States, but there is a high risk that they could be introduced and become established in Texas, resulting in harmful impacts. The addition of these species to the list would restore federal protections against their transport into Texas in the event they are introduced in the U.S.

 

The golden mussel, which is not presently in the U.S., are proposed for addition to the list due to a high risk of introduction, establishment, and impacts similar to those of zebra mussels. In addition, two aquatic plants, yellow and crested floating hearts, are proposed for addition to prevent their spread. These species were recently introduced to Texas and have become established, requiring management.

 

TPWD is also proposing some changes to rules governing possession of exotic species. Under these proposed changes, exotic fish and shellfish other than oysters, which must currently be beheaded or gutted, could also be possessed if gill-cut, killed using another means, frozen or packaged on ice. The requirement for oysters to be shucked or otherwise removed from their shells would remain in place. Possession and transport of zebra mussels attached to boats, alive or dead, remain prohibited to prevent their spread.

 

Additionally, proposed changes address the needs of pond and landowners. These new rules would allow the possession and transport of exotic plants, zebra mussels, and applesnails by pond and lakefront landowners for the purposes of disposal without a permit if securely contained.

 

This proposal also creates a permit for sellers of tilapia and triploid grass carp for pond stocking that eliminates the requirement to have an aquaculture facility, provided that the fish are not cultured and are held at a physical location only for a short time. These sellers buy the fish from an aquaculturist before delivering them directly to ponds or temporary holding and distribution locations.

 

TPWD is addressing the interests of aquaculturists by providing new multi-year renewal options for aquaculture permits for three or five years in addition to the current annual renewal option. Additionally, reporting for tilapia aquaculture would no longer be required. In response to aquaculturist requests in recent years, the department is proposing to allow the aquaculture of the Wami tilapia, a species that does not pose a greater ecological risk than species currently in aquaculture.

 

Given the rise in hobbyist aquaponics—where fish are raised to provide nutrients for cultured plants and are not sold—the department is proposing an allowance for possession of four species of tilapia in these escape-proof systems without a permit provided the fish are not sold and are killed prior to transfer to another person.

 

Currently only Mozambique tilapia can be possessed without a permit for stocking in private ponds, but under the rules proposed by TPWD, blue, Nile, and Wami tilapia would be allowed for possession to stock in private ponds. Hybridization among species in aquaculture is rampant, thus making it impossible to confidently confirm the identity of these species. The issue of identification and enforcement would be eliminated with this new regulation.

However, in order to prevent an increase in ecological impacts from allowing stocking of additional species, the department is proposing a zonal approach to tilapia pond stocking based on scientific research. In the “conservation zone”—approximately that area west of I-35—department authorization would be mandated prior to stocking tilapia, but no permit or fee would be required. In the “stocking zone”—the remainder of the state—no department authorization would be required. Also, in the stocking zone, the department is proposing an allowance to “fast-track” applications for stocking of 10 or fewer triploid grass carp.

 

The rules would also provide clarity that the department may prescribe a disposition protocol for controlled exotic species illegally in possession, upon cessation of permitted activities, or upon permit renewal denial. Should the department have to implement the protocol due to noncompliance, the individual in violation would be responsible for costs incurred by the department.

 

To accompany these rule changes, TPWD is proposing to establish fees for new permits and update the aquaculture permit fees in accordance with the new multi-year renewal structure and five-year inspection interval. There are no changes being proposed to the current permit administrative or inspection fees.

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United State Post Office COVID-19 Information


 

 

The United States Postal Service is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and continues to follow strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments. The CDC has information available on its website at https://www.coronavirus.gov that provides the latest information about COVID-19. We are sharing the CDC’s guidance to our employees via stand-up talks, employee news articles, messages on bulletin boards, videos and an intranet site directly to employees and within USPS workplaces.

 

The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses), and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.  

The Postal Service has so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do continue to have a temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong, which has been effective since Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions into this area. In addition, customers may see delays in mail and packages destined to China as well as from China, as well as to and from European countries subject to restricted passenger airline travel. The Postal Service is undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact to our customers.

 

In addition, the Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of its compliance with state or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing restrictions. The Postal Service delivers medications, social security checks, and is the leading delivery service for on-line purchases. The statute that created the Postal Service begins with the following sentence. “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by the people.” 39 U.S.C. §101(a).

For more information, see the USPS Coronavirus Statement.

 

USPS Continuity of Operations Updates:

 

 

 

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SFA Update


 

 

Additional on-campus dining outlets are open today.  La Unica, Starbucks, Marble Slab, Great American Cookie, Chick-fil-A, and Sal’s will be open until 2:30 p.m. Other than these additions, there are no changes to the hours of operation information provided in yesterday’s update, which is posted below. 

 

Regular operating hours will resume for all classes, campus offices and campus services on Monday, Aug. 31. 

 

As always, the University Police Department is available 24/7 to provide assistance when needed. 

No further updates are anticipated related to Hurricane Laura. 

 

 

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LSUS Update


 

 

Due to the impact of Hurricane Laura, the LSUS campus will be closed on August 27th and 28th, 2020. All campus offices and facilities are closed, and all face-to-face classes, including hybrid classes, are canceled. Classes that are being taught online for this semester will continue as scheduled. Students who are not able to complete coursework due to an adverse impact by Laura should contact their instructors to discuss options. Campus will reopen on Monday, August 31st.

 

 

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Center ISD COVID-19 Plan


 

 

Please click the link below to view the most up-to-date versions of the following documents:

Updated COVID Plan - English

Updated COVID Plan - Spanish

Virtual Asynchronous Instruction Information - English

Virtual Asynchronous Instruction Information - Spanish

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UAaT-C6IhgX_tEdboQWDrQAofdyvy97u?usp=sharing

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Final Football Scores


Center 62 - Tatum 63

Joaquin 8 - Beckville 6

Shelbyville 19 - Grapeland 32

Tenaha 29 - Honey Grove 42

Timpson 68 - Frankston 18

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United States Postal Service Hurricane Laura aftermath


 

 

Hurricane Laura aftermath

Recovery efforts are underway in Gulf Coast areas hit hard by Hurricane Laura. The powerful storm left widespread devastation in southern Louisiana with neighboring states also feeling its effects. There are impacts to mail delivery and retail operations at some locations. See Current delivery issues under Residential customers

 

 

USPS Service Alerts have information for consumers, small businesses and business mailers about postal facility service disruptions caused by weather-related and other natural disasters or events.

 

Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov to prepare for hurricanes and severe weather.

 

 

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Federal Approval For SNAP Benefit Replacements Due to Hurricane Laura


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to apply over the phone for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to Hurricane Laura. Applications can be submitted by calling 2-1-1.

 

"I thank our federal partners for swiftly approving this request and for their ongoing collaboration as we help our communities rebuild following Hurricane Laura," said Governor Abbott. "These SNAP benefit replacements will help Texans continue to provide nutritious meals for their families in the wake of this storm." 

 

"Replacing these benefits will allow families to focus on recovering from Hurricane Laura by ensuring replacement of food lost as a result of the storm," said Wayne Salter, Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services deputy executive commissioner.

 

SNAP recipients need to apply for replacement food benefits for regular SNAP allotments and SNAP emergency allotments that were provided in response to COVID-19.

To allow people to continue social distancing, SNAP clients can stay home and request their replacement food benefits by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2. Alternately, recipients can download Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed Food Stamp Benefits) on the HHSC website. To limit exposure to COVID-19, recipients are encouraged to mail or fax the completed form to HHSC instead of visiting their local offices. Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839. For more information, please visit hhs.texas.gov.

 

For other help related to Hurricane Laura, Texans can dial 2-1-1 and select option 5.

Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.4 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits. To find local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 and select option 1.

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Center Game to Be Broadcast on KDET 930 AM


 

 

The power has been restored to Center Broadcasting Company and the Center game will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM and KQBB 100.5 FM and streamed live on our website at cbc-radio.com

 

Chris Watlington and Steven Shires will be giving you your play by play action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USPS Restores Mail Delivery and Retail Operations at Post Offices in East Texas


 

 

EAST TEXAS - The Dallas District has announced the resumption of mail delivery and retail operations at twelve East Texas Post Offices, which had been temporarily suspended, due to mandatory evacuations.

 

USPS Service Alerts provide information to consumers, small businesses and business mailers about postal facility service disruptions due to weather-related and other natural disasters or events. Updated information is available at https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/.

 

Effectively immediately, the following Post Offices have resumed delivery and retail services.

 

Woodville Post Office
307 W Wheat St.

Woodville, TX 75979

M-S 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 

Colmesneil Post Office
605 N Wheeler Rd

Colmesneil, TX  75938

M-F 8:30 am–11:30 12:30 pm-4:00 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Doucette Post Office
100 US Hwy. 69

Doucette, TX  75942

M-F 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Sat 8:30 am-10:00 am

 

Chester Post Office
13884 Main St.

Chester, TX  75936

M-F 8:00 am-11:00 am 11:30 am-2:30 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Bon Wier Post Office
10735 US Hwy 190 E

Bon Wier, TX 75928-9998

M-F 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Closed Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

Brookland Post Office
15674 US Hwy 96 N

Brookland, TX 75931-9998

M-F 7:45 am – 11:30 am 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Closed Saturday


 

Burkeville Post Office
147 State Hwy 63 East

Burkeville, TX  75932-9998

M-F 8:00 am – 11:00 am 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Call Post Office
676 FM 1013 S

Call TX, 75933-9998

M-F 8:00 am – 11:00 am 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Jasper Post Office
214 N Bowie

Jasper, TX 75951-9998

M-F 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Kirbyville Post Office
301 E Lavielle St.

Kirbyville, TX 75956

M-F 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Newton Post Office
419 Rusk St

Newton, TX 75966

M-F 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Closed Saturday

 

Wiergate Post Office
983 FM 1415

Wiergate, TX 75977

M-F 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Closed Saturday

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Reception Centers for Evacuees


 

 

For areas under local evacuation orders, listen to local officials for information and special instructions before attempting to return. 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.

 

Reception Centers for Evacuees

San Antonio
254 Gembler Road
San Antonio, TX 78219

Austin
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard
Austin, TX 78617

Dallas-Fort Worth
Mesquite Reception Center 
15515 E. IH-20
Mesquite, TX 75181

Ellis County
Knights of Columbus Hall
850 S IH-45
Ennis, Texas 75119

 

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Governor Abbott Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Hidalgo County Following Hurricane Hanna


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) asking the agency to declare Hidalgo County a disaster area following the impact of Hurricane Hanna in July. The Hurricane affected many homes and businesses, creating an economic emergency for the residents of the county. 

 

The Governor is asking the SBA to make long-term, low-interest-rate physical disaster home and business loans and economic injury disaster loans available to citizens and businesses affected by the disaster. If granted, these loans will be made available to affected citizens who qualify in Hidalgo County.

 

"The State of Texas is working alongside communities in Hidalgo County to ensure they have the resources they need to rebuild," said Governor Abbott. "I ask that the SBA quickly grant this request so that Texans in Hidalgo County can continue in their recovery efforts." 

 

Read the Governor's letter.

 

 

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DETEC - UPDATE


 

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is currently reporting 21,971 outages:

Jasper County: 1,603
Nacogdoches County: 1,207
Newton County: 1,798
Panola County: 726
Sabine County: 6,496
San Augustine County: 3,990
Shelby County: 6,130

At this time, below is our estimations for restoral times:


  *   The majority of Nacogdoches, Panola, San Augustine and Shelby County (with the exception of the Huxley and Hurstown area) should be restored within 3-5 days.
  *   Sabine, Newton and Jasper County (with the exception of those around Toledo Bend Lake) and those remaining in Shelby County (Huxley and Hurstown) should be restored within 7-10 days.
  *   Members around Toledo Bend Lake should be restored within 2 weeks.

Please keep in mind that these are estimates.  It is our goal to fulfill these estimates and our hope that we can provide power sooner than anticipated.

Currently we have over 200 men on the ground working and more on the way to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible.
Work is focused on repairing the transmission lines and main lines serving large areas.  With these repairs completed we can then focus on the damages that you may be seeing along your street or yard.


  *   At this time, if anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored.
  *   If you encounter a downed line, always consider it live and dangerous.  Do not get near the line or attempt to move or cut trees off the line. Please report all downed lines and outages by calling 1-800-392-5986.  For prompt reporting, please have the telephone and meter number associated with your account available.

 

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City of Center Services - please call 936-598-2788


 

 

From the City of Center

 

For City Services please call 936/598-2788.  City Hall phones are down due to the power outage.

 

 

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HURRICANE LAURA INFORMATION FROM DETEC


 

 

HURRICANE LAURA

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is making preparations for potential weather related outages due to Hurricane Laura.  As always, we will respond to outages as quickly and as safely as possible. We encourage you to prepare your home and family as well.  Above all, DETEC encourages everyone to keep safety a priority.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

  • Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous.  Please report all downed lines and outages to DETEC at 1 (800) 392-5986. For prompt reporting, have your account number or meter number available.
  • If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
  • Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
  • Monitor local weather conditions and follow warnings from local authorities.

 

Temporary Lobby Closure - Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 PM:

While no one can predict the overall impact of this global issue, or the local impact should it touch our community directly, DETEC employees are working hard to ensure electric service remains unaffected. 

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

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

Payment Options:

  • Phone: 1-866-392-2547, option #1 - Representatives are available to help you pay your bill 24 hours a day by using a Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express debit/credit card or Electronic Check.  For prompt service, please have your account number available. There is no fee for this service.
  • Online: DETEC offers secure online bill pay via our website at www.deepeast.com.  First time users will need their account number, the phone number associated with the account and the last 4 digits of the social security number of the account holder available to create an account.  You can make a payment online using a Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express debit/credit card or Electronic Check. There is no fee for this service. For assistance with accessing your account online, call 936-229-4000 or 1-866-392-2547, option #2.  Access your account online here.
  • By Mail: Payments may be mailed to: Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, PO Box 736, San Augustine, Texas 75972
  • Secured Office Drop Box: DETEC offers a secured drop box outside our office at: 880 TX Hwy 21 East, San Augustine, Texas 75972

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

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

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

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.

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SWEPCO Provides Initial Power Restoration Estimates, Anticipates New Storms, High Heat


 

Click here for their outage map

 

 

Shreveport, La., (Aug. 28, 2020) – Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) estimates most customers in the Shreveport-Bossier area will have power restored by 10 p.m. Wednesday, and for Central Louisiana customers by 10 p.m. Thursday.

 

“Hurricane Laura was unprecedented, causing widespread damage to the power grid,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Region Distribution Operations. “Scattered thunderstorms forecast for today could cause new outages and hamper our progress on repairs.”

 

The initial estimates are for restoration to most customers in the area. Estimates by town will be provided later today and will be updated as further assessment and repair work continues. Your power may be restored sooner.

 

As of 9:30 a.m., about 107,000 customers were without power, including 103,000 in Louisiana.

As crews respond to hundreds of downed trees, poles and wires, SWEPCO employees also are continuing to assess the damage across Louisiana.

By this afternoon, nearly 3,000 line and tree personnel from 14 states and Canada will arrive and begin working to help SWEPCO employees restore power.

“We recognize that high heat is a challenge for the public and our crews working to restore power,” Seidel said. “Please check on your family and neighbors who are without power and who spend a lot of time alone.”

 

Customers without power who are on life support systems or need uninterrupted electric service for health reasons should make alternate arrangements.

Hurricane Laura smashed into SWEPCO’s Valley District Thursday morning as a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph maximum sustained winds. It continued through northwest Louisiana and southwest Arkansas as a Category 1 hurricane and tropical storm.

At the peak, 136,000 SWEPCO customers in Louisiana and East Texas were without power.

Report outages at SWEPCO.com or through the SWEPCO app, available on Google Play and the App Store.

 

For updates and photos see SWEPCO.com and, follow SWEPCO on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

  • When to call an electrician
    • SWEPCO cannot connect power to a home or business if there is damage to the service entrance, which is owned by the customer.
    • Customers need to have a qualified electrician repair this damage before power can be restored. The service entrance includes the metal box housing SWEPCO’s meter, the “weatherhead” pipe on top of the meter box, the service entrance cables running from the weatherhead through the meter box to the inside panel box, and other related facilities. Similar responsibilities apply to underground service.
    • After repairs are made, contact SWEPCO to have power restored.
  • Working safely
    • Workers are practicing social distancing and other measures to stay healthy and prevent the spread of coronavirus, making the recovery effort especially challenging.
    • Maintain at least six feet of physical distance between yourself and SWEPCO field personnel as we all play a crucial role in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
    • Also, be careful when driving or walking in all utility crew work zones.

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Shelbyville Game Coverage Canceled


 

 

Due to the hurricane weather conditions and the resulting multiple power outages in our area Center Broadcasting Coverage of the Shelbyville Football that was to be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM game has been canceled. In addition the San Augustine Football game was canceled.

 

 

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AFTER THE STORM INFORMATION



 


Listen to local officials for information and special instructions.

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.

Additional Resources

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Timpson Bear Update


 

 

Bear Update 8-28-20

 

The Bears football game for tonight in Timpson is still on for 7:30 p.m. vs. Frankston. Due to our inability to sell tickets yesterday and the fact school was out, we are going to have a few tickets for sale at the Bears Team Store from 5:00 -6:30 pm. Please, be sure to secure your ticket before 6:30 in order to attend the game. The gates will open at 6:30. We will not be selling tickets after 6:30 P.M. 

 

Each week we will post information about ticket sales as the capacity numbers vary from site to site. During normal home weeks, we will be pre-selling tickets through Thursday.

 

If you wish to view the football game via the  internet, the game for this evening will be on facebook live. Please, visit our Timpson ISD webpage and click on the provided link to view the game. Or you can visit the Timpson Athletics facebook page.

 

 

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San Augustine ISD Update


 

 

Dear SAISD Parents,


Due to the power outage caused by the storm, your child may not be able to log in to their virtual classroom to post attendance or to complete assignments.  We understand that they have no control over this and your child will not be counted absent or be expected to complete the assignments until the power is restored.  

 

Making things even more complicated, in many areas, cell phone service is out as well. We have faced so many challenges this year, but our hope is that we will have power restored by Monday.  If not, we will notify you of our next steps. Thank you for your support and patience.

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Hurricane Laura Update


 

 

Due to the imminent impact of Hurricane Laura, Tenaha ISD will be closed for operations on Thursday, August 27. The weather service is projecting dangerous winds and the potential for damage to property in our area.

 

Don't forget that Friday is already a school holiday and the Tigers game at Honey Grove is still on. We look forward to seeing our students back to normal on Monday, August 31 with a "Tiger Day".

 

Tiger Days have scheduled 2:00 PM releases.....

 

SCHOOL OPERATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 DUE TO HURRICANE LAURA

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Timpson Football


 

This is From Timpson ISD

 

TISD parents and fans, we will be live streaming the football game on Facebook Live tonight. You can watch this with your phone or computer/laptop. Included is a video that explains how to stream from your phone or your computer to your TV, if possible.

 

Most newer TV’s will have a built-in mirroring feature. You can also do this with Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, and Roku streaming devices. To have your computer show up on the TV, you will need the required cabling(generally a HDMI cable) and your computer will need to have an HDMI output.

 

Phone to TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAM1iYhXDu8

 

Computer to TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apIKfUHXf14

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Joaquin ISD School Closure


 

 

Joaquin ISD will remain closed through Friday, August 28th due to excessive power outages. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31st.

 

Ryan Fuller, Superintendent

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD School Closure


 

 

Shelbyville Isd will be closed Friday the 28th!!

 

 

 

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Panola College Closure


 

 

All Panola College locations will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and remain closed Thursday and Friday due to Hurricane Laura.

 

 

 

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Carthage ISD Power Outage Update


 

 

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE


The power is off at Primary, Libby, BK, CJHS and PACE.  The kids having lunch and we are waiting on notification of when the power will be restored.  Your children are safe and well cared for.  We will give an update if we need to change any release times.

 

 

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Hurricane Damage in Center Causes Power Outage


 

Hurricane Damage and results in Center, Texas power is out for a large portion of the town electrical crews are working to restore power no official word as of yet when the power will be restored.

 

 For even more photos click here:

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Football Coverage Canceled


 

 

Due to the hurricane weather conditions and the resulting multiple power outages in our area Center Broadcasting Coverage of the Shelbyville Football that was to be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM game has been canceled. In addition the San Augustine Football game was canceled.

 

 

 

 

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TxDOT Alert


 

 

ALERT: Multiple locations of downed trees being reported in Sabine County including at SH 103 at Maddux Creek, FM 276 and on FM 2024. Motorists should avoid these areas until roadways are cleared.

 

 

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Center ISD: School cancelled Friday, Football to be played at Tatum HS


 

 

Center ISD will not have school on Friday, August 28, following power outages across town. 

The varsity football team will play on Friday at Tatum High School. 

 

 

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TxDOT - Alert


 

 

ALERT: Shelby County flooding on SH 87 near FM 415 South, US 96 near Huana Creek, and US 96 south of San Augustine Street in Center. Choose alternate routes until water recedes. #turnarounddontdrownhttp://Drivetexas.org for updates.

 

 

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Joaquin Ram Football Game Location Change


 

 

The Joaquin Ram varsity home football game scheduled for tonight (8/28)vs. Beckville will be played at Beckville ISD. All home tickets sold will be honored. The Joaquin Band will travel and perform. Joaquin fans will be seated on the visitor side. Kickoff time remains 7:30 pm.  The administration office will be open until 2:00 pm today for ticket sales. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate. Face coverings will be required.


Wade Lawson, Boys Athletic Director

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Joaquin School Canceled


 

 

Joaquin ISD will remain closed through Friday, August 28th due to excessive power outages. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31st.

 

Ryan Fuller, Superintendent

 


 

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Excelsior ISD School Closure


 

 

Excelsior ISD will be closed Friday, August 28, 2020 following power outages affecting many staff members & students.

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 5 new COVID-19 cases and 4 recoveries.

 

 

30 Active Cases

387 Recovered

14 Deaths

431 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...17

75974...4

75975..3

75973...2

75954...4

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DETEC - Update


 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting the following weather related outages:

 

County

Outages

Meters Served

Jasper

1,578

1,839

Nacogdoches

1,357

10,154

Newton

1,808

1,879

Panola

1070

1,273

Rusk

0

9

Sabine

8,460

9,092

San Augustine

4,491

5,696

Shelby

6,710

11,367

TOTAL

25,474

41,309

 

At this time DETEC crews are in the early stages of restoration as we survey damages and assess needs

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TxDOT Alert - Power Lines Reported Down


 

 

ALERT: Power lines are reported down and entangled in a fallen tree on FM 417 and FM 2694 in Shelby County. Motorists should avoid the area as storm conditions persist. Crews will respond once it is safe to clear the scene.

 

 

 

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TxDOT Alert


 

 

ALERT: Trees reported down in Shelby County at FM 417 about 2 miles west of US 96 and on FM 2694 at Boles Field. Motorists should avoid the areas and stay alert to remaining storm conditions.

 

 

 

 

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Soccer and Football Signups


 

 

FOOTBALL AND SOCCER   SIGNUPS

MUST WEAR A MASK TO CAFETERIA

 

The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 
2020 FOOTBALL AND FALL SOCCER signups will begin soon.
Where?  The Center Middle School Cafeteria
When? Tuesday, September 1st or   Friday September 4th
All Dates from 5:00 to 7:00pm

 

Parents are encouraged to come by the Recreation office at 645 Malone Drive to sign up also. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8-4pm. If one of the signup dates doesn’t work for you, please come by the office before September 4th to sign up. After September 4th, there will be a $15 late fee added to the registration. For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director at 936-590-7196

Cash, Check or Card Accepted

Cost is $70 per child Soccer (Ages 3-14)
Cost is $80 per child Flag (Ages 4 – 7)
Cost is $105 per child Tackle (Ages 8-12)
(Includes Jersey, Flags, Pad and Helmet, insurance, and all fees)

 

PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS

Inscripciones de SOCCER Y Futbol Americano
DEBE USAR CUBREBOCAS DENTRO DE LA CAFETERIA.

El Departamento de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la temporada de Otoño 2020 DE SOCER Y FUTBOL MAERICANO está por comenzar pronto.   
¿Donde? Cafetería de la escuela secundaria de Center
¿Cuando? Viernes, 31 de enero: Martes, 4 de febrero: Viernes, 7 de febrero
En cada fecha de 5:00 a 7:00pm

 

Los padres pueden presentarse ala oficina de Recreasion localizada en 645 Malone Drive para entregar sus inscripciones. Las horas de oficina son de Lunes-Viernes de 8 am – 4:00 pm.  Si alguna de las fechas de regristo no funciona para usted favor de pasar ala oficina antes del 4 de Septiembre. Despues del 4 de Septiembre abra un recargo de 15$. Para más información favor de comunicarse con Jason Mitchell, Director del Departamento de Recreación para la Ciudad de Center, al número 936-590-7196
Aceptamos tarjeta de credito or dinero en efectivo.
 
El costo es de $70.00 cada niño(a) Soccer (Edades 4-14)
El costo es de $80.00 cada niño(a) Bandera (Edades 4 – 7)
El costo es de $105.00 cada niño(a) Tackle (Edades 8-12)
(Incluye jersey, banderas, cojines y casco, seguranza y todos los gastos de inscripción)

 

PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS
 

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Schools Closures


 

 

A list of local school closures click the school name for more details.

 

All the following schools will be closed on August 27, 2020:

 

Schools

 

Carthage ISD

Center ISD

Tenaha ISD

Timpson ISD

Shelbyville ISD

Joaquin ISD

Excelsior ISD

SFA

Panola College

 

San Augustine ISD - Has been doing virtual schooling

 

Varsity Football

 

The San Augustine Varsity Football game scheduled for this Friday, August 28, 2020, vs. the West Sabine Tigers has been canceled. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SFA Classes Canceled


 

The University Police is closely monitoring Hurricane Laura. We will provide daily updates from the National Weather Services And National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

 

Below you will see a diagram of the path of Hurricane Laura. UPD will have daily updates with information on the status of hurricane. The most recent forecast indicates Hurricane Laura will be a Category 3 storm at landfall and will impact our area with high winds and rain beginning late Wednesday night and through the day on Thursday.

 

Based on this projection, the following operational changes are now in effect: Beginning noon Wednesday, Aug. 26, all classes are canceled for the remainder of the week. Classes are expected to resume as scheduled Monday, Aug. 31. Beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, university offices will be closed for the remainder of the week.

 

Non-essential university employees are released from duties at that time and will be granted emergency leave for work time missed. SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory and Charter School will operate as normally scheduled on Wednesday, but will be closed Thursday and Friday. Campus housing and dining will remain open, and students are welcome to remain on campus. Dining hours may be modified based on weather conditions. Updates will be posted on this website as information becomes available. A call center will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, and will remain open as needed. The number is (936) 468-3401. All Lumberjacks are encouraged to remain aware of weather conditions and to put safety first when making travel decisions. For regular updates, monitor your SFA email, the UPD emergency management page - sfasu.edu/upd/emergency-management/jackalert, and the university's social media accounts for important official updates. If you have not already done so, sign up for JackAlerts at mysfa to receive emergency notifications.

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Timpson Bear Update - School Closure


 

 

Timpson ISD Bear Update

 

Timpson ISD has made the decision to cancel classes for Thursday August 27, 2020 due to the likelihood of damage, outages and difficulties related to Hurricane Laura. TISD plans to resume classes on Friday August 28, 2020.

 

The JV football game scheduled for tomorrow in Frankston has been cancelled as well.

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Carthage ISD School Closure


 

 

 

 

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City of Center Trash Pickup Information


 

 

Due to the strong winds and extreme weather conditions expected tomorrow morning and afternoon, Republic Waste will not be providing services tomorrow. All routes will be delayed one day this week, so Thursday service will be picked up on Friday, Fridays service will be picked up on Saturday.


Please do not place garbage bags or cans at curbs tonight to prevent windblown trash and debris during this storm event.

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The Model Home


 

 

I need to make this perfectly clear at the outset, I did not play with dolls or doll houses when I was a young boy.  However, when I was in the sixth grade at San Augustine, Texas Junior High, our homeroom teacher decided that we needed a class project to work on during the semester.  Mrs. Dan Lowe decided that our class should build a doll house, or a model home.  So she drew up some plans, much like an architect would do.

 

All the kids in the class were assigned certain projects to work on.  Some of the girls made tiny curtains, some put together small furniture, and some brought to the project some of their own doll house furniture.  The guys were assigned the task of the actual construction of the house.

Mrs. Lowe acquired some wood, and we all began our work.  The house had a removable roof so that the interior of the house could be examined.  It was approximately two and a half feet long and two feet wide.

 

All semester long, we worked on that model home.  Near the end of the project, my task was to hang wallpaper on the interior walls of the house.  Tiny pieces of carpet were cut to fit each room and were glued to the floor.  The home exterior was painted white, and the removable roof a dark blue.

 

The completed product was exhibited at the graduation exercise in May of 1950.  I have to admit that it was quite a hit with all the parents. Since I graduated from Junior High I do not recall ever seeing that model home again.  I do not know what happened to it. Perhaps Mrs. Lowe took it home with her as a remembrance of her class project.  Only one photograph is all that I have to remember our spring project of so long ago.  I must admit that it was a great learning experience and the only time that I played with a doll house.


“THE  MODEL HOME”


BY: NEAL MURPHY

P.O. BOX 511
107 HEMLOCK STREET
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX 75972
936-275-9033
Email: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

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San Augustine Football Game Canceled


 

The San Augustine Football game vs. the West Sabine Tigers scheduled for this Friday, August 28, 2020, has been canceled.

 

 

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Declaration of Disaster for Shelby County


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD School Closure


 

August 26, 2020

 

Joaquin ISD will be closed Thursday, August 27th due to Hurricane Laura. Remote
instruction will not be provided.


A determination for Friday will be made tomorrow afternoon. Please continue to
check the Joaquin ISD Facebook page and the local media outlets for updates.


Sincerely,
Ryan Fuller 

 

 

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Hurricane Warning for Shelby Co, TX


 

 

...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

- Center

* WIND

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind

- Peak Wind Forecast: 45-55 mph with gusts to 70 mph

- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: early Thursday
morning until Thursday afternoon

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 74
to 110 mph

- The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.

- PLAN: Plan for life-threatening wind of equivalent CAT 1 or
2 hurricane force.

- PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property
should be urgently completed. Prepare for considerable wind
damage.

- ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive

- Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some
having window, door, and garage door failures leading to
structural damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some
destroyed. Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles.
Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.

- Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
roadway signs blown over.

- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within
urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways,
and access routes impassable.

- Large areas with power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

- Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 3-6 inches, with locally
higher amounts

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for major
flooding rain

- The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.

- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
major flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are
likely.

- PREPARE: Strongly consider protective actions, especially
if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

- ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive

- Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and
rescues.

- Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos,
and ditches may become dangerous rivers. In mountain areas,
destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys while
increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides.
Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.

- Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or
washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover
escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of
moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions
become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some
weakened or washed out.

* TORNADO

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

- Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few
tornadoes

- The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.

- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a
few tornadoes.

- PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to
tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before
hazardous weather arrives.

- ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter
quickly.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the
execution of emergency plans during tropical events.

- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with
power and communications disruptions.

- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,
chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or
overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,
shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown
off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://ready.gov/hurricanes

 

 

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Governor Abbott Provides Update On Texas' Response To Hurricane Laura, Adds 36 Counties To State Disaster Declaration


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference at the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin where he provided an update on the state's response to Hurricane Laura. This hurricane is expected to impact the Texas Coast and Southeast Texas as early as Wednesday and bring heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, and storm surge.

 

The Governor also received a briefing from the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), which included an update on response and preparedness efforts from state agency directors and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Additionally, the Governor announced that he has added 36 counties to his State Disaster Declaration due to the threat of severe rain, wind, and flooding. 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Waives Houston-Area Tolls Ahead Of Hurricane Laura


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to waive all tolls along the agency's portion of SH 99/Grand Parkway beginning on August 25th at 7:00 PM. With this action, all tolls on Houston-area toll roads will be temporarily waived to help those evacuating as a result of Hurricane Laura.

 

"As Hurricane Laura approaches Texas, this waiver will ensure that Texans are able to evacuate efficiently ahead of the storm," said Governor Abbott. "I urge Texans in the area to continue to take all necessary precautions as Hurricane Laura nears the coast and heed the guidance of local officials." 

 

For more information on state road closures and alternate routes, visit drivetexas.org.

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Shelbyville ISD Amended School Board Meeting Date


 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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.    Public Hearing to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate
4.    Adjournment

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Amended School Board Other Meeting Date


 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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.    Public Hearing to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate
4.    Adjournment

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Amended School Board Other Meeting Date


 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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.    Public Hearing to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate
4.    Adjournment

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Amended School Board Meeting Date


 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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.    Consider for approval
a.    2019-20 Budget Amendments
b.    2020-21 Budget
c.    2020 Tax Rate
4.    Executive Session
a.    Resignations/Employment
b.    Personnel
5.    Open Session
6.    Adjournment

 


 

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Center ISD Game Cancelations: August 27


 

 

The following games scheduled for tomorrow (8/27/20) have been cancelled:

 

 

9TH/JV FOOTBALL VS TATUM 

 

&

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL VS PALESTINE

 

 

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Center ISD School Closure


 

 

From Dr. Brian Morris Center ISD Superintendent

 

CISD will not have school tomorrow, Thursday, August 27, 2020. We continue watching Hurricane Laura and will make a decision for Friday, sometime tomorrow.

 

 

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Excelsior ISD to Close


 

 

Excelsior ISD will be closed Thursday, August 27, 2020 due to Hurricane Laura. There will be no remote instruction.

 

Classes will resume Friday, August 28, 2020 unless conditions prohibit us from doing so.

 

Please check www.excelsiorisd.weebly.com for updates.

 

 

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City of Joaquin Office to close


 

 

Due to the approaching hurricane, the City of Joaquin City Hall Office will be closed on Thursday, August 27th, and possibly Friday, August 28th (depending on the circumstances).

 

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

 

In case of an emergency, please contact 9-1-1.

 

Please, stay safe and thank you for your understanding.

 

 

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JISD Special Board Meeting Rescheduled to August 31, 2020


 

 

The Joaquin School Board will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2020 in the Boardroom at the Joaquin ISD Administration Building. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district’s 2020-2021 Budget and proposed Tax rate. 

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closure


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closed on Thursday, August 27th due to the approaching hurricane.  We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.  Please, stay safe and thank you for your understanding.  God Bless. 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD School Closure


 

 

Shelbyville ISD is cancelling school for Thursday, August 27, due to Hurricane Laura.  Classes will resume on Friday, August 28, unless conditions do not allow it.  Please stay tuned for future developments.  Be prepared and stay safe!

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Closure


 

 

Alert!!

 

Out of an abundance of caution and a genuine effort to keep everyone safe, the decision has been made to close Tenaha ISD Thursday, August 27th due hurricane Laura pending approach to our area. Note: There will not be any remote classes.

 

Don't forget that Friday is already a school holiday and the Tigers game at Honey Grove is still on. We look forward to seeing our students back to normal on Monday, August 31 with a "Tiger Day".

 

Tiger Days have scheduled 2:00 PM releases.....

Please continue to monitor our website and local news media for further updates.

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Panola College to Close


 

 

 

 

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City of Tenaha Office Closure


 

 

The City of Tenaha City Hall Office will be closed on Thursday, August 27th due to the approaching hurricane. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. However, we will have extra officers on duty to help with emergency services in preparation, during and after this hurricane in the city and surrounding areas. If you need to contact an officer for the City of Tenaha please contact The Shelby County Sheriff’s office at 936-598-5600 and they can dispatch an officer to your location. Please, stay safe and thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

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Deep East Texas NOW in the anticipated Hurricane Zone


 

 

 

 

 

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USPS Temporarily Suspending Some Retail and Delivery Services in East Texas


 

         

TEXAS – With the approach of Tropical Storm Laura, and due to a mandatory evacuation, the Postal Service is providing this information for postal customers in some locations in East Texas. Effective immediately, retail and delivery services will be temporarily suspended at the following Post Offices until further notice.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience customers may experience, but the safety of both customers and employees comes first.  Updates will be provided as soon as they are available. Customers can check here for further information:https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/.

 

BON WIER POST OFFICE
10735 US HWY 190 E

BON WIER, TX 75928

 

BROOKLAND POST OFFICE
15674 US HWY 96 N

BROOKLAND, TX 75931

 

BURKVILLE POST OFFICE
147 STATE HWY 63 EAST

BURKVILLE, TX 75932

 

CALL POST OFFICE
676 FM 1013 S

CALL, TX 75933

 

JASPER POST OFFICE
214 N BOWIE

JASPER, TX 75951

 

KIRBYVILLE POST OFFICE
301 E LAVIELLE ST

KIRBYVILLE, TX 75956

 

NEWTON POST OFFICE
419 RUSK ST

NEWTON, TX 75966

 

WIERGATE POST OFFICE
983 FM 1415

WIERGATE, TX 75977

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 1 new COVID-19 case.

 

 

29 Active Cases

383 Recovered

14 Deaths

426 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...14

75974...3

75975..4

75973...2

75954...6

 

 

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Poultry Festival Information


 

 

Plans for the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, are under way, with some changes.  We are going forward with plans for a fun and successful Poultry Festival following guidelines set out by the Federal and State government for a safe Festival.

 

This year’s Festival will take place October 1-3 at the Windham Civic Center.  The Festival will be held outside.  The Quilt Show, Photography Show and Creative Arts will be in the main convention room.  There will be a Carnival.

 

The Fajita lunch will kick off the Poultry Festival activities on September 23rd from 11am – 1pm.  Order forms will be available soon.  The Fajita lunch will be located at the Center Fire Department.   Unfortunately, there will not be a Doo Dah Parade.

 

The Car Show and 5K Chicken Trot will both be held on Saturday morning.  The Car Show will be at the Civic Center.  The 5K route is to be determined.

 

The Broiler Show will be held at the Rodeo Arena on Saturday morning.  The Auction will be at the Main Stage tent at the Civic Center on Saturday evening.

 

If anyone is interested in being an Arts and Crafts vendor or participate in the Quilt, Photography or Creative Arts show, please contact the Chamber offices at 936-598-3682 or visit our website and click the Poultry Festival link.

 

We are looking forward to having the 44th East Texas Poultry Festival, although modified.  We will have more information for everyone soon.

 

 

 

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Unrestrained Driver Killed in Bossier Parish Crash


 

Bossier Parish – On August 25, 2020, shortly after 1:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 162 near Linton Cutoff Road. This crash took the life of 32-year-old Chad Lewis Doughty of Shreveport, LA.  

     

The initial investigation revealed a 2010 Toyota FJC, driven by Doughty, was traveling eastbound on Louisiana Highway 162.  For reasons still under investigation, Doughty traveled off the highway and struck a tree. Doughty, who was unrestrained, sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

 

Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most important decisions that a motorist can make. While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.

 

In 2020, Troop G Troopers have investigated 15 fatal crashes resulting in 16 fatalities.

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. Hurricane Laura Preparedness



Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is making preparations for potential weather related outages due to Hurricane Laura.  As always, we will respond to outages as quickly and as safely as possible.

We encourage you to prepare your home and family as well.  Above all, DETEC encourages everyone to keep safety a priority.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous.  Please report all downed lines and outages to DETEC at 1 (800) 392-5986. For prompt reporting, have your account number or meter number available.

 

If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.

 

Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.

 

Monitor local weather conditions and follow warnings from local authorities.

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electricity provider serving over 40,000 meters in San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Panola, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Jasper and Newton Counties.

 

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Shelby County Courthouse closure on Thursday


 

 

To All:

 

The Shelby County Courthouse will be closed on Thursday, August 27th, due to possible high wind and flash flooding.  We will reopen on Friday, August 28th.   

Thank you,

 

Allison Harbison

Shelby County Judge

 

 

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas closes recreation areas


 

 

 

 

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Accounting student lands major scholarship, CPA on the way


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — One Stephen F. Austin State University student doesn’t have to worry about paying for the review courses and registration fees associated with the four-part Uniform CPA Examination she’ll take next year.

 

Nicole Phifer, a graduate student in accountancy at the Rusche College of Business, recently received an important windfall – a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a nonprofit established through the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee the audits of public companies.

 

The agency’s scholarships are funded through fines assessed on accounting firms across the world. For Phifer, a 21-year-old graduate student from Rusk, the scholarship means she can focus on maintaining her 4.0 GPA, finishing out her coursework, and ramping up her CPA prep this spring. Considering that the CPA cycle can cost in excess of $3,000 ­– in addition to fall and spring tuition – the scholarship is not just an accolade, but an essential, enabling element of Phifer’s five-year Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Professional Accountancy program at SFA.

 

“I didn’t think I was going to get it,” said Phifer, one of 234 students nationwide who received the honor.

 

Phifer was nominated for the award by Dr. Kelly Noe, director of SFA’s Schlief School of Accountancy.

 

“She saw potential in me,” Phifer said. “She sees potential in students that they might not see in themselves.”

 

With Phifer, the potential was not hard to find. She took an accounting course during the fall semester of her first year in 2017 and never looked back. Along with the 4.0 GPA, Phifer worked at University Finance and Administration ?as a student assistant, is president of accounting honors group Beta Alpha Psi, is a member of business honors society Beta Gamma Sigma, and is a graduate assistant at the business college.

 

Phifer already has an internship lined up at Henry & Peters in Tyler, a blue-chip regional accounting firm founded in 1929. And if the firm makes an offer for permanent employment, Phifer, who has yet to decide on whether her focus will be on tax or audit, will oblige.

 

“People talk about going to Dallas or Houston, but Tyler is big enough for me,” she said, noting that her family would be just 40 miles down the road.

 

According to PCAOB, since 2011 the organization has issued $13.7 million in scholarships to 1,370 students at 473 institutions. The nonprofit reports that women and minority recipients have been on the rise since 2017.

 

In some instances, the fines that pay for the scholarships are enormous, as was the case last year when a Mexico-based firm and its associates were assessed $530,000. While many settlements involve US companies, plenty include registered firms based in places like Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, India and South Korea. If the proceeds from an auditing penalty out of Seoul can end up in a place like Nacogdoches, then that’s something Phifer can accept.

 

“Whoever came up with that idea knew what they were doing,” she said.

 

 

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Food Pantry Canceled


 

 

Tri-County Community Action food pantry will be closed this Thursday, August 27 we will re-open Thursday, September 3 @ 8:30 a.m.


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2020 4-H Kickoff Press Release


What’s New for Shelby County 4-H

 

Calling all Shelby County youth and parents!   Have you ever wanted to learn something new and different while having fun? Well we have it, from cooking, taking pictures, fashion, robotics, shooting sports, raising and showing livestock and much, much more for youth 3rd through 12th grades.

 
What is 4-H?


4-H is a national organization which helps young people develop life-long knowledge and skills to become engaged citizens.  Through 4-H, youth are also taught how to meet the diversities and challenges of today’s society by bringing together youth and adults to design programs that will teach skills for living.  4-H is truly a model of the “learning by doing” teaching concept.  It reaches people in their own communities with delivery methods suitable to their needs.  4-H also helps to provide opportunities for families and communities to develop stronger bonds.


Want to Learn about Shelby County 4-H?


Shelby County 4-H is getting ready to start up their new project year with our annual 4-H Kickoff, Awards Ceremony and Volunteer Recognition program which is scheduled for Monday, September 14th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension gym building at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.  This fun-filled, hands-on event will allow the youth to try their hand at the various projects. 

 

2020 projects offered include:
Shooting Sports                   Photography
Foods and Nutrition              Clothing and Textiles    
Robotics                              Quilts of Valor 
Leadership                           Outdoor Challenge
Public Speaking                    Horse                                            
Interior Design                     Poultry 
Performance Arts (Theater)    Swine
Beef                                     Goat
Rabbit                                  Sheep
Sheep                                  Rabbit

 

Monthly Club Meetings:
Shelby County clubs will meet at the new Extension office the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  Monthly meetings will feature a theme and a hands-on program.  For example:  In October we will have a pumpkin painting contest.


Scholarship Opportunities:
Shelby County 4-H will be providing up to a $1,000 scholarship for continued education past high school, whether it be college or trade school.  The annual winner will be selected on an earned point system for project and club meeting participation, community service, leadership and more.

 

So, come see what Shelby County 4-H has to offer your child on September 14th.  If you have any questions regarding 4-H, please do not hesitate to contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 936-598-7744, Lane Dunn, Ag/NR Agent and Feleshia Thompson, FCH Agent.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook at Texas A&M AgriLife Exte
nsion Shelby County.

 

 

 


 

 

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Golf Tournament Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Football Schedule


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 2 new COVID-19 cases & 6 new recoveries.

 

 

28 Active Cases

383 Recovered

14 Deaths

425 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...13

75974...3

75975..4

75973...2

75954...6

 

 

 

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Center Football Schedule


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Football Schedule


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Football Schedule


 

 

 

 

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This Week's Football Broadcast Schedule


 

 


The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Grapeland Sandies in a home game in Shelbyville this Friday, August 28, 2020, starting at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast by Don Wall on KQBB 100.5 FM.

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on the West Sabine Tigers in a home game in San Augustine this Friday, August 28, 2020, starting at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be covered live on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway broadcasting.

 

The Center Roughriders will take on the Tatum Eagles in away game this Friday, August 28, 2020, in Tatum starting at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be covered live on KDET 930 AM.

 

All these games will also be streamed on our website at cbc-radio.com

 

 


 

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Center ISD 9th Grade Football: Schedule Changes


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Joaquin ISD Special Board Meeting


 

 

The Joaquin School Board will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in the Boardroom at the Joaquin ISD Administration Building. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district’s 2020-2021 Budget and proposed Tax rate. 

 

For the agenda click here:

 

 

 

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Megan Weatherly, SFA's interim CTL director, receives President's Award


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Raised roaming the halls of Stephen F. Austin State University’s buildings, Megan Weatherly, interim director for SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning, finds it particularly touching to have been named one of the 2020 President’s Award recipients.

 

“There’s a large print above my desk that states ‘Work Hard and Be Nice to People,’” Weatherly said. “That’s what I try to do each day. To have those efforts recognized by colleagues and administration is very, very humbling.”

 

Weatherly was born and raised in Nacogdoches. Her father was a small business owner, and her mom, Pat Sharp, retired in May 2019 after 40 years teaching in SFA’s Department of Geology.

 

“I like to joke that I grew up on the third floor of the Miller Science Building, but it’s a pretty true statement,” Weatherly said. “I didn’t realize how unique that experience was at the time: I’d get to peek in Bill Gibson’s entomology lab almost daily. I played with the physics demos in the halls of Miller. When I was young, my parents took us to viewings at the observatory, shows in the planetarium, exhibits in the Turner Gallery, plays in Griffith Auditorium, each year’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and almost every Homecoming parade and duck dash.”

 

Weatherly received her bachelor’s degree from SFA before heading to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and completing her master’s degree in history. She returned to SFA as an adjunct in 2010 before being hired full time in 2014 as an instructional designer in the CTL.

 

“I used to roam the Steen Library stacks for hours,” she said. “This is particularly poignant for me, since my office is now just steps from where the children’s stacks used to be. SFA was a critical part of my personal and intellectual growth. Now it’s a critical part of my professional growth, as well.”

 

Weatherly was named CTL interim director in May 2019 and will be the full-time director beginning Sept. 1.

 

“I’m responsible for collaborating with administrators, faculty and staff to advance institutional teaching, learning, technology, educator development and distance-education initiatives,” Weatherly explained. “I’m also responsible for departmental strategic planning, budget planning and oversight, and management of staff.”

 

This sounds, and often is, highly technical, but her favorite part of the position is a bit simpler: “I get to spend my days thinking about, talking about and working with others who value my two favorite subjects: teaching and learning,” Weatherly said.

 

The CTL was an integral part in the university’s response to the global pandemic, helping transition many classes to online and distance modalities in a matter of weeks. CTL staff members also worked around the clock to provide faculty and staff with training on the various course modalities and new instructional technology.

 

“Pre-COVID-19, our days were full, but not nearly as full and fast paced as they are now,” Weatherly said. “Every day brings new challenges and new opportunities. I think the largest change COVID-19 has wrought is that it has increased our agility. We anticipate needs farther in advance, and we’ve learned to respond with personalized solutions and in ways that are scalable.”

 

Weatherly has high hopes for the future of both her professional role and the role of the CTL.

 

“When CTL staff members developed a new strategic plan several years ago, we decided that our vision for the future would be to ‘serve as collaborators and catalysts in a community that advances teaching and learning,’” she said. “We’ve worked very hard to build stronger relationships with faculty members, to diversify our educator development offerings, to create a community of educators and to align our work with institutional objectives. We’re seeing the fruits of those labors. We want to be change agents on this campus, and we’re making good progress toward that end.”

 

 

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The City of Tenaha is Hiring a Public Works Operator


 

City of Tenaha is currently taking applications for the position of Public Works Operator.  Please contact City Secretary Amanda Treat at 936-248-3841 to obtain an application.  Deadline for applications to be turned in will be Monday September 14, 2020 by 4:00 pm.  

 

 

 

Job Title: Public Works Operator
Job Location: City of Tenaha 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha Texas 75974
Date Posted: August 24, 2020
Job Type: Full-Time

 

Compensation:


Hourly
City Paid Benefits for Employee: Health, Life, Dental and Vision
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Texas Municipal Retirement Account
Paid Vacation, Sick, Holidays and Bereavement Leave


Job Classification:
Full-Time, Hourly Non-Exempt
Reports to Public Works Manager


Job Description:
Must maintain a professional appearance, respond to all inquiries in a courteous manner with both public and business.  Employees are expected to demonstrate a standard of excellence in punctuality, productivity, and positive workplace attitude. 
Read and record consumer water meters as needed. 
Install new water lines, taps and meters. 
Maintains the Tenaha City Parks and common grounds, such as but not limited to pruning trees, limbs, bushes, cutting grass and weeding. 
Maintains the City of Tenaha Streets and sidewalks, such as but not limited to cold patching, crack sealing and asphalt patching. 
Secure work zones for access and safety. 
Operate hand tools and small equipment required to complete general maintenance assignments; to include but not limited to mowing and weeding, picking up trash, planting, watering, pressure washing, truck maintenance, etc. 
Perform routine cleaning of equipment, grounds, and work areas.
Maintain work truck and tools. 
Knowledge of OSHA and other safety related regulations. 
Position is subject to extreme (hot and cold) temperatures, contact with fuels, chemicals, and potential contact with human or infectious waste. 
Adheres to all the City of Tenaha’s policies, procedures, and ordinances.
Employees are subject to post incident drug and alcohol testing, as well as random drug and alcohol testing as required for risk management. 
Perform other City duties as required. 


Job Requirements:


Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License, acceptable driving record and reliable transportation. 
High Scholl Diploma or equivalent required. 


1 year of work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. 


Ability to lift 50-75 lbs.  This position typically requires the ability to: climb, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, walk, stand, push, pull, grasp, lift, balance, and repetitive motions. 


Skill and familiarity in the operation of zero turn mower, backhoe, tractor, front end loader and the use of basic tools such as socket wrenches, power tools, pumps, and screwdrivers, etc.

 

The City of Tenaha is an equal employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

 

 

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Shelby County Officials on Tropical Storms


 

 

The Shelby County Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Management Director, Judge Allison Harbison are keeping abreast of information on the current situation with Tropical Storms Marco and Laura.


We are participating in daily conference calls with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS). 

 

While TS Marco doesn’t seem to pose much of a threat to Shelby County, TS Laura’s impact on our county remains to be seen until more information is available as to its direct path and strength. 

 

Shelby County is still considered a “pass-through” county in the states’ coastal evacuation and sheltering plans.  There will not be busloads of evacuees sent to our area but these evacuees will be directed to areas such as San Antonio and possibly Dallas/Fort Worth where larger shelters are located and resources are more readily available.  There could possibly be self-evacuees that fill local hotels and stay with relatives/friends locally. There are no current plans to open shelters for self evacuees because of limited resources available and, due to the COVID Pandemic, sheltering poses even more challenges that would prove to be difficult.

 

We encourage everyone to listen closely to your local weather sources to keep informed of impacts to Shelby County from these storms which could include heavy rain/flooding, high winds, and possible tornadoes.  There is also the possibility of power outages.

Personal, family preparation for any disaster is always important.

 

Following is the list of suggested items for a Disaster Preparedness Kit:


Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlight
First aid kit
Extra batteries
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
Manual can opener (for food)
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

 

 

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SFA professor of military science promoted to lieutenant colonel


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — In setting the example of “being the best,” Stephen F. Austin State University Professor of Military Science James Attaway recently was promoted from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel.

 

“Being promoted to lieutenant colonel means a lot to me,” Attaway said. “I started in the Army as a private more than 20 years ago and plan to retire in a few years with my final rank as a lieutenant colonel. It is incredible to think back on all I have experienced.”

 

Attaway, who graduated from SFA in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, began his Army career in 1998 when he enlisted as an infantryman. He has since completed training at Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault schools and more. He has served with numerous units across the world, including Kosovo, Iraq, Korea and Afghanistan.

 

Attaway was selected as SFA’s chair of military science in 2018. Since then, he has overseen a successful 50-year anniversary for the department, helped establish the 1st Lt. Kile G. West 5K and 10K Memorial Race, and aided the ROTC Ranger Team in winning first place in the Task Force Ranger Challenge for the first time in SFA’s history.

 

He said he is happy to be “stationed” in Nacogdoches, where he and his family plan to remain after his retirement.

 

“After 17 years of marriage and 10 moves, it feels really good to be putting down roots,” Attaway said.  

 

Even though his rank has changed, Attaway is still committed to training future Army officers for commissioning.

 

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty and staff under Attaway’s leadership have continued to train cadets. Due to safety restrictions, the department is preparing for course modality changes and physical distancing regulations.

 

“As both Army officers and noncommissioned officers, part of our job is to adapt, overcome and complete missions,” Attaway said. “While COVID-19 has changed how we teach, it hasn’t caused us to stop teaching and mentoring the next generation of Army officers.”

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Covid-19 Positive Test Notification


Dear parents and staff,

 

Earlier today, Tenaha ISD received confirmation that a staff member who works at Tenaha High School tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual was last on campus on Thursday, August 20.  You are receiving this notice, because you or your child was present on the campus in the seven days prior to the individual’s diagnosis of COVID-19.

 

Tenaha ISD’s Mitigation Plan provides for extensive cleaning and sanitization protocols, as well as social distancing procedures, including the wearing of face masks. As such, CDC guidance provides that the risk of someone contracting COVID-19 from the staff member is low and this notice is being provided in an abundance of caution. Nevertheless, below is a summary of the involvement of the staff member on the campus in order for you to assess your family’s potential for exposure. Moreover, if you or your child was determined to have been in close contact with the individual, you will be contacted by the Health Department.

 

High School Building

 

Please continue to closely monitor your health. Should you exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, identified below that are not normal for you, please contact your health provider immediately. In addition, please continue all other safeguards outlined by the CDC including frequently washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding touching your face, wearing a mask in public, staying home if you feel sick, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms
Cough    Sore throat
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing    Loss of taste or smell
Chills / Shaking or exaggerated shivering    Diarrhea
Significant muscle pain or ache    Feeling feverish
Headache    Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher

 

Tenaha ISD will continue to comply with all state and local guidance and strictly enforce the District’s rigorous health screening, social distancing, and sanitization practices for all programs. The health and safety of our students and community remains our top priority, and the District will continue to work closely with the Local Health Department as it responds to individual cases of COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation as we work through these challenges and continue to support our Tenaha ISD community
 

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Notice of Special Meeting


 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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.    Public Hearing to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate
4.    Adjournment

 

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. 

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Tiger Update


Please visit our district web page for other details on our school and activities: www.tenahaisd.com (The calendar provides the most up to date events)

Tenaha ISD also has a facebook page: Click here

 

 

August 28, 2020-Holiday / Tigers vs Honey Grove (There) 7:30 pm  / JV @ 4:30 pm

August 31, 2020-Tiger Day

September 3, 2020-JV vs ARP (There) 6:00 pm

September 4, 2020-Tigers vs Arp (Home) 7:00 pm

September 7, 2020-Labor Day Holiday

September 10, 2020-JV vs Center (Home) 5:30 pm

September 11, 2020-Tigers vs Kountze (There) 7:30 pm

September 17, 2020-JH vs Grace Community (Home) 4:30 pm; JV vs Grace Community (Home) 6:00 pm

September 18, 2020-Student Immunizations in Tiger Den 8-9:30 am; Tigers vs Clifton (There) 7:00 pm

September 21, 2020-Tiger Day

September 24, 2020-JH vs Lovelady (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs Lovelady (There) 6:00 pm

September 25, 2020-End 1st Grading Period; Tigers vs Lovelady (Home) 7:00 pm

 

 

Tigers vs Honey Grove (There) 7:30 pm  / JV @ 4:30 pm

August 31, 2020-Tiger Day

 

TIGERS VS. HONEY GROVE

Friday, August 28, 2020

@ Honey Grove

JV @ 4:30                    Varsity @ 7:30

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

Due to capacity limitations related to Covid-19, all Tenaha fans must have a Honey Grove ISD issued ticket to enter the stadium. 

 

Tickets will go on sale at the TISD Administration Building next week in the following fashion:

 

Tuesday

All players, coaches, participant family members, TISD employees, and TISD Board of Trustees.  Limit four per family

 

Wednesday and Thursday

General Admission tickets for all remaining fans while supplies last. 

 

Tickets can be purchased for $5 for all ticket types at the TISD Administration office located at 138 College Street, Tenaha, TX. 

 

Honey Grove will not be selling any walk up tickets to Tenaha fans.  They must be pre-purchased and are being sold on a first come, first serve basis. Tenaha ISD will not be selling any tickets on Friday due to the district being closed on that day. 

 

Tenaha ISD Agriculture

 

1st week is wrapping up, and everyone is getting back in the swing of things.

 

 

 

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

 

TENAHA TIGER FOOTBALL-Adopt-A-Tiger Program

Thank you for your consideration to be a part of our Adopt-A-Tiger program.  We are very excited the capabilities this program has for both our student/athletes and our community.  Through this program the goal is very simple, develop a relationship outside of sport to supply support to the student/athlete.  It’s our hope this program will not just be beneficial to the student/athlete but also the mentoring family. It’s my hope that if you feel this is a program you can help with that you join our team and begin building a relationship with a Tiger! 

If you have any questions or would like to participate don’t hesitate to email, call or text me.  I look forward to watching this program thrive in Tenaha!

Jeremy Jenkins

AD/Head Football Coach

903-571-2765

jenkinsjeremy@tenahaisd.com

Purpose:  To build relationships with our players and community.

 

Requirements of Adopter:  To build a relationship with their player outside of the sport.

·         Communicate at a minimum of once per week via phone call or text

·         Attempt to have dinner/lunch/movie with the player when possible

·         During season give weekly encouragement through game day treats if possible

·         Attend as many Friday Night Games as possible, see player after the game

·         One home game will be Adopt a Tiger night during the season

Matches:   We will officially announce the matches on  August  27th.

 

Check out our NEW products!

Tenaha ISD Sportswear Store.

Just hold the Ctrl down and click on the link. https://tenahatigers.itemorder.com

Adult and youth sizes available.

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Reminder: Tenaha Together Committee continues to support our community and needs the communities support as well.

A few of the things that have been done since the organization of the Tenaha Together Committee includes lights and tree for the square, banners around town,  and the beautiful brick signs entering the town.

Please, if you can make a donation to continue projects like these, send it to: Tenaha Together  c/o Scott Tyner - P. O. Box 318, Tenaha, Texas 75974

 

 

 

 

Something New: Businesses that would like to place their business card on the Tiger News may contact Brenda Lucas at lucasbrenda@tenahaisd.com or by calling 936-248-5000 ext 201 for details.

 

 

 

 

"Local Businesses Support the Tenaha Tiger Yearbook"

 

"If you are interested in purchasing a full color yearbook ad for your business, please contact Mrs. Ali Tyner at tynerali@tenahaisd.com."

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U.S. Attorney Announces MOU with Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery


BEAUMONT, Texas – United States Attorney Stephen J. Cox and Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Brian D. Miller announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR).

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll on American lives across the country, and the economic fallout is similarly widespread,” Cox said.  “Congress has provided vital financial relief to the public, and many people and companies are staying afloat thanks to those valuable resources.” Cox said. “That fraudsters have sought to steal these taxpayer funds is unfortunately a reality that we have seen firsthand in the Eastern District.  That’s why we are committed to detecting, investigating, and prosecuting those wrongdoers who exploit the pandemic for profit, and we are eager to partner with Special Inspector General Miller in this fight against fraud.”

 

In response to the widespread economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which included over $2 trillion in emergency financial assistance designed to provide immediate help for American businesses and individuals. The purpose and mission of the MOU is to develop a cooperative effort to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing involving the making, purchase, management, and sale of loans, loan guarantees, and other investments by the Secretary of the Treasury under Division A of the CARES Act, and the management by the Secretary of any program established under Division A of the CARES Act.  This partnership will make efficient use of limited resources and help ensure coordination with regulators and law enforcement so that just results can be achieved, while at the same time taking care not to stymie legitimate businesses acting in good faith to access the important financial resources that Congress made available through the CARES Act.

 

“I look forward to working with U.S. Attorney Stephen Cox and his team in the Eastern District of Texas to identify fraud, waste and abuse of the money provided under the CARES Act,” said Brian D. Miller, Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery. “We will bring to justice those who would steal CARES Act money, and recover money for the taxpayers. Taxpayers should expect nothing less.”

 

Two Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) – one from EDTX’s Criminal Division and one from EDTX’s Civil Division – will serve as liaisons to the EDTX-SIGPR partnership. These AUSAs will be direct points of contact for case-related inquiries from SIGPR. Additionally, a criminal paralegal will be designated to assist with SIGPR-referred investigations and prosecutions. EDTX will also provide forensic audit support for civil enforcement matters.

 

The MOU also calls for EDTX to create a streamlined, accelerated process for SIGPR investigations to obtain needed preliminary legal process, including grand jury subpoenas and court orders, subpoenas, and civil investigative demands.

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Notice Of Special Meeting


 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, 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.    Consider for approval
   a.    2019-20 Budget Amendments
   b.    2020-21 Budget
   c.    2020 Tax Rate
4.    Executive Session
   a.    Resignations/Employment
   b.    Personnel
5.    Open Session
6.    Adjournment

 

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. 

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Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory


 

**UPDATE**

Diamond Robertson has been located safe.  The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office is handling any investigation into this matter and additional questions shall be directed to them.  Please take down all pictures of her that may have been circulated.

 

**Original release**

The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office.  They need assistance in locating 14-year-old Diamond Robertson of Coushatta.

 

She was last seen by her family this morning at approximately 9:00 a.m.  The child is a black female, with medium length black hair, and brown eyes.  She is approximately 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 220 lbs.  Diamond was last seen wearing a grey sleeveless shirt, navy blue shorts and white “Fila” tennis shoes.  She was also last seen with her small dog, a Jack Russell Terrier.  She may be traveling toward the area of Campti, LA.

 

Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Diamond Robertson is urged to contact the Red River Sheriff’s Office and Detective Lt. David Hensley at 318-932-4221. 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

DSHS reported 2 new COVID-19 cases & 3 new recoveries over the weekend.


32 Active Cases

377 Recovered

14 Deaths

423 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...15

75974...3

75975..4

75973...3

75954...7


CUMULATIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE & AGE:

 

ZIP CODE:                                                      AGES:             DEATHS:  

 

75935…280                                                  1-20....40

75974...50                                                 21-40....137

75975…37                                                  41-60.…128             4

75973…27                                                   61-80.…76              4

75954…29                                                   81-100....35           6

                                                                     

 

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Nacogdoches Area Drug Arrest


 

Drug arrest by NCSO:
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals Wednesday morning after a search of their vehicle revealed a kilogram of cocaine. A K-9 unit with NCSO conducted a traffic stop shortly before 9:00 am in the 8000 block of Highway 259. The Ford SUV was occupied by three males from Indiana that were stopped for a traffic violation. 


The deputy could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when making contacts with the occupants. A subject inside of the vehicle admitted to having previously smoked marijuana inside the car. The deputy noticed the subjects were very nervous and gave conflicting statements. The deputy conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle which led to the discovery of 2.2 pounds of Cocaine that was hidden in the trunk of the SUV. 


Dante Golder 34 years of age, Carleton Golder 35 years of age and Trevon Mason 28 were arrested for possession of a controlled substance a 1st degree felony. All three subjects were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. 


Local Drug Arrest:
On Wednesday July 29, 2020 the Nacogdoches Sheriffs along with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Nacogdoches Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted an undercover investigation to purchase illicit narcotics from an individual in Nacogdoches. 
The three agencies worked together to apprehend Mikul Klehm of Nacogdoches, who was identified as selling large amounts of methamphetamine in our community. An undercover officer conducted the purchase after meeting with Klehm in the parking lot of a local business. An ounce of methamphetamine was purchased in the amount of $600.00 dollars from the suspect. After the suspect left the transaction he was taken into custody by law enforcement without incident.

 
Klehm 32 years  of age from Kenedy, Texas was transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail and booked in for the offense of Delivery of a controlled substance a 1st degree felony. Klehm also had warrants for his arrest from Montgomery County for the offenses of Delivery of a Controlled Substance a 1st degree felony and Unlawfully possession of a firearm a 3rd degree felony. He remains in the Nacogdoches County Jail. 


On a follow up investigation, investigators with NCSO were also able to locate 2 more ounces of methamphetamine at a residence in Nacogdoches that has been linked to the suspect in this case. 

 

 

 

 

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Early Voting Dates for the November 3, 2020 General Election


 

Early voting for the upcoming General Election will be held on the following dates and times, at the Center Community House, 423 San Augustine St., Center, TX:

 

Tuesday, October 13 - Friday, October 16, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday, October 19, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20 - Friday, October 23, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 25, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27 - Friday, October 30, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Also, please note the following change on this years ballot:

 

In 2017 Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 25 which ends the ability to allow voters the option of voting a straight party ballot.

 

Straight-ticket or “straight-party” voting allowed voters to select all a party’s candidates on the ballot with one mark. Straight-party voting elimination in Texas met intense opposition, and although the change was signed into law almost three years ago, a last-minute amendment to the legislation delayed its implementation until this year’s November 2020 General election.  Therefore we ask all voters to budget a few extra minutes in your time when coming in to vote your ballot, since you will have to review the entire ballot and mark each individual candidate you wish to vote for.  Remember, curbside voting will be an option if you are unable to come inside the polling locations. 

 

If  you have any questions or wish to apply for a ballot by mail, please call the Shelby County Clerk's Office at 936-598-6361.

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The Center City Council will meet in Regular Session on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at Windham Civic Center. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:  

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Lumberjack Marching Band directors fine tune plans to keep student musicians safe


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – As schools and universities carefully crafted their reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, questions about health and safety for students and faculty were at the forefront. Right along with those were questions about sporting events and extracurricular activities.

 

Although Stephen F. Austin State University currently does not have any home football games scheduled following the Southland Conference’s decision to postpone conference competition for the fall, the athletic department is working to amend that. SFA Athletics Director Ryan Ivey said in a recent press release that SFA will explore avenues for fall competition against other institutions looking to compete.

 

The Lumberjack Marching Band will be ready if and when that happens.

 

SFA band directors worked throughout the summer on more than designing marching routines; they are fine tuning plans to keep their student musicians safe. Directors opted to split the university band into two separate groups of equal instrumentation to better accommodate social distancing guidelines on the field and in the stands, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, associate director of bands at SFA and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band.

 

“We are requiring students to wear face masks anytime they aren’t playing their instruments and brass players to have bell covers for their instruments to help lower the aerosol emission from their bells,” Anglley said.

 

Additionally, all drills on the field will be at six-step intervals, which means students will be 11.25 feet apart while performing.

 

As the far-reaching effects of the pandemic began to become more apparent last spring, SFA band directors started researching best COVID-era practices for band instruction and performance. In May, the directors attended a virtual athletic band symposium sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association. The symposium featured presentations from the scientists who were leading the aerosol studies out of University of Colorado and Colorado State University and also clinics from various marching band directors around the country, Anglley explained.

 

“At that time, no one knew football could or would be canceled or moved to the spring semester,” she said, “so we were mostly discussing the safety measures we needed to take for our students and the many details to think about with social distance protocols. Since then, I have been in communication with our regional CBDNA and Southland Conference athletic band directors where we discuss how everyone is planning this season.”

 

As a result, fall rehearsal days, performances and game day times for the LMB will be alternated as needed, Anglley explained. If home football games can be scheduled, the band plans to perform, albeit in a limited fashion.

 

“We went into this season knowing that we wouldn’t be performing at pregame or halftime, but we are still discussing with athletics the possibility of a postgame performance once all football personnel have vacated the field,” Anglley said.

 

Color guard and drum line camps were conducted this week; leadership camp is Aug. 22; and split-band rehearsals are scheduled during regular class time once the fall semester starts.

 

For many, performing in the Lumberjack Marching Band is a highlight of the SFA university experience – one that builds memories and fosters friendships that last a lifetime. The 2020 fall LMB season will be like none other before it, and directors are committed to making it memorable and safe.

 

“The health and safety of the students is our utmost priority at SFA and in the Lumberjack Marching Band,” Anglley said. “We have and will continue to work diligently to provide a safe rehearsal and game day space for our students to have a fulfilling musical experience.”

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Center Varsity Football Tickets (Presale Only): RR v Tatum Aug 28


TATUM VS CENTER

@TATUM TX.

AUGUST 28, 2020

 

***ALL TICKETS ARE PRE-SALE***

 

$5 PER TICKET REGARDLESS OF AGE

YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS @ CENTER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC OFFICE AS FOLLOWS:

 

-MONDAY & TUESDAY- 8AM TO 4:30PM  

FAMILIES OF SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS ONLY (VARSITY FOOTBALL) – UP 4   TICKETS PER PARTICIPANT

 

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY- GENERAL ADMISSION

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY- 8AM TO 4:30 PM 

FRIDAY- 8AM TO NOON

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Tenaha City Council



The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Regular City Council Meeting on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm, Tenaha, Texas. 


FACE MASK ARE REQUIED TO ENTER THE BUILDING AND DESIGNATED SEATING WILL BE PROVIDED DUE TO SOCIAL DISTIANCING. 


Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this meeting will also be open to the public by telephone conference only the public may attend the teleconference by dialing 712-432-3900 Conference # 232047.
The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:
1. Call to Order:
2. Roll Call: To establish a quorum. 
3. Invocation:
4. Pledge: United States Pledge
5. Presentation of Service Plaque to the Bowers family.  
6. Citizens Input: This time is provided for members of the public to address the City Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.  
7. Department Head Reports:
a. Public Works Report
b. Municipal Court Report
c. Police Department Report
d. City Secretary Report
e. Fire Department Report
8. Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the Minutes of this meeting. 
a. City office will be closed Monday September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day. 
b.    Schedule Budget Hearing for Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
c.    Schedule a Special Called Meeting for Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm to adopt the 2020-2021 FY Budget and at 5:45 pm to adopt the 2020-2021 Tax Rate/ 
d.    Consider approval of the Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on July 27, 2020
e.    Consider approval of the Financial Statements for the month of July 2020. 
f.    Scheduling Next Month’s meeting for Monday September 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm. 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEM(S) (9)
9.    Discuss and take action:  Discuss and Consider Reopening the city hall due to recent COVID-19 closure. 
10.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider allowing the Tenaha Businessmen’s club to hold their monthly meetings at the city hall meeting room. 
11.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider changes in the water discount for City Council Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem. 
12.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and consider designating an engineering service provider for the 2020 Community Development-MIT Program application and project implementation administered through the Texas General Land Office. 
13. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Recess into executive session pursuant to Chapter 551, Subchapter D of the Texas
Government Code:
EXECUTIVE SESSION AGENDA:
A. SECTION 551.074. PERSONNEL MATTERS
To deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline,
or dismissal of a public officer or employee:
END OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Reconvene into open session and take any action necessary because of the Executive
Session.
14.     Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  
15.     Adjourn.


 

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Center ISD Board Meeting


A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held August 26, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.

 

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U.S. Postal Service Launches New Election Mail Website


 

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of its ongoing effort to ensure that voters and election officials have the information they need to successfully use the U.S. Mail to vote in the November general elections, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new Election Mail website. The website, which provides clear and concise information about voting by mail, is available 24/7 by going to: usps.com/votinginfo.

 

The Postal Service recognizes that many states are choosing to expand mail-in voting options in the upcoming elections and that there will likely be a significant increase in demand among postal customers to participate in those elections by using the mail. In response, the Postal Service has updated its website to serve both voting customers seeking information on how to use the mail to vote and election officials seeking resources to help make their administration of the upcoming elections a success.

 

For domestic voters, the website provides direct links to federal election resources as well as links to state-specific resources. For overseas and military voters, the new site provides additional information, including links to resources supporting their election participation.

 

The site also highlights what the Postal Service views as the most critical information for voters who opt to vote through the U.S. Mail: that, in requesting or casting a mail-in ballot, they not only must comply with their local jurisdictions’ requirements, but also should start the process early. To allow sufficient time for voters to receive, complete and return ballots via the mail, the Postal Service strongly recommends that voters request ballots at the earliest point allowable, but no later than 15 days prior to the election date. The Postal Service also recommends that voters mail their ballots at least one week prior to their states’ due dates to allow for timely receipt by election officials. Voters should contact their local election officials for further information about deadlines and other requirements.

 

In addition, the site provides resources to state and local election officials as part of the Postal Service’s ongoing efforts to partner with such officials to make the elections a success. The site guides election officials in contacting Postal Service personnel to discuss how they can design their mailings in a manner that comports with postal regulations, improves mail piece visibility and ensures efficient processing as well as timely delivery. The site also provides links to information, such as the official 2020 Official Election Mail Kit (Kit 600) and the State and Local Election Officials User’s Guide (Publication 632), both of which were distributed to 11,500 election officials earlier this year.  

 

The U.S. Postal Service remains fully committed to fulfilling its role in the electoral process when policymakers choose to use our services in administering elections. The Postal Service can fully handle and deliver the anticipated increase in Election Mail volume and is continuing to coordinate with state and local election officials through November. Election officials and voters are being asked to be mindful of the Postal Service’s established delivery standards and consider how the mail actually works, so that voters have adequate time to request, receive, complete and send their mail-in ballots. The Postal Service will continue to do everything in its power to efficiently handle and deliver Election Mail, including ballots, in a manner consistent with the proven processes and procedures that have been relied upon for years.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

 

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House fire near Joaquin


 

 

At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday, August 23rd, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on County Road 3542. At 3:50 a.m. first arriving units discovered a double-wide manufactured home with heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure.

 

 

 

 

 

Along with mutual aid from Desoto Fire District #1, firefighters performed an interior attack. The home sustained heavy fire damage throughout, but firefighters were able to salvage some of the family’s belongings. Units returned to the station at 7:20 a.m.


 

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City of Joaquin Accepting Truck Bids


The City of Joaquin is accepting bids on a number of vehicles.

 

Click Here: for more details.

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Commissioners' Court Special Meeting


                                                                                                                                                            SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 19th day of August 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

1.     Approve and pay weekly expenses.

2.    Approve current payroll.

3.    Approve Officers Report.

4.    Public comments on Agenda item.

5.     District Attorney Stephen Shires to discuss the Security System at the District Attorney's Office.

6.    Discuss and possibly go out for bids on an elevator to be installed in the Courthouse Annex.

7.    Discuss and possibly go out for bids for the purchase and installation of used bleachers for the Shelby County Expo Center.

8.    Accept Grand Jury Acknowledgement of Receipt of County Road Reports.

9.    Discuss and possibly take action on closing a portion of CR 2020.

10.    Approve County Election Judges for 2020-2021.

11.    Adjourn.    
 

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Shelbyville Football Ticket Information


 

The Shelbyville Dragons and the Grapeland Sandies meet for a varsity football contest on Friday, August 28, 2020, at Dragon Stadium at 7:30 PM.  
All adult fans are expected to wear a face-covering for admittance and practice social distancing while at the game. 


Ticket prices are $5 (adults and children). 
All fans must have a ticket for admittance to the game.
Dragon Stadium will open its gates to fans for the purchase of General Admission home tickets at 6:15 p.m.


Please note:  parents of students who are participating in Friday’s home football contest, which includes football players, cheerleaders, band members, dance line, and twirlers may purchase up to 2 presale tickets on Monday, August 24th at the Guard Booth between 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Tickets are $5 each.  If a Friday night student participant needs more than two tickets for his/her family, additional tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth on Friday night prior to the game on a first come first serve basis. 


Visiting fans from Grapeland must purchase one of the allotted presale tickets sent to Grapeland High School to be admitted.  No visitors’ tickets will be sold at the gate. 
Visitors may not purchase home tickets or sit on the home side.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Friday’s game!

 

 Go Dragons! 
 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 6 new COVID-19 cases. 


 33 Active Cases

374 Recovered

14 Deaths

421 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...15

75974...4

75975..4

75973...3

75954...7

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Helpful Information on Mail-In Ballots


 

 

There is a lot of national coverage regarding how the USPS will not be able to handle the influx of ballots by mail this November.  The state of Texas is not one of the states directly in question, and both our local and state agencies do not anticipate any issues. However, here are a few helpful hints for voters to ensure that ballots will make a timely return by Election Day.

 

•  Apply and request a ballot by mail NOW, do not wait for the October 23rd deadline.

•  As soon as you get your ballot mark it and return it; do not hold off on voting and mailing it back.

•  If you request an application at the deadline, return it in person to the county clerk's office. 

•  Also, Governor Abbott has made state provisions for voters to return their ballot by mail in person to the county elections office for the entire three-week early voting period, not just on election day as it has been prior.  You will be required to show your picture ID and sign our ballot by mail register.

• Ballots will be mailed out approximately mid-September.

 

You can call the Shelby County Clerk's office to request an application to vote by mail, or for any other questions, at 936-598-6361.

 

Thank you,

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Nacogdoches Officers Arrest Armed Suspect in Burglaries


NACOGDOCHES, TX:  The Nacogdoches Police Department arrested an armed suspect after responding to a residential burglary in the 100 block of Lake St.  At around 6:42 a.m this morning (August 20, 2020) officers received a call that a suspect was observed entering into an attached residential garage and then leaving with stolen property.

 

Officers arrived at the area and began searching for the suspect based on the description given by a witness.  Officers were able to locate and detain a suspect matching that description in the 1500 block of Hillview St.  The suspect was identified to be Zackary Reed 18 years of age from Nacogdoches, Tx.  The suspect was found to be in possession of two pistols and stolen property. 

 

The Nacogdoches Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

While continuing to investigate the residential burglary it was discovered the suspect had also burglarized two vehicles in the area.  The suspect has been charged with Burglary of a Habitation F-2, Burglary of a Vehicle X 2, and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon X 2.  Zackary Reed is currently being held at the Nacogdoches County Jail.

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City of Tenaha Budget and Employee Handbook Workshop



Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 9:00 am 


Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on the 22nd day of August 2020 at 9:00 am. in the Council Room of the City Hall located at 238 North George Bowers Drive Tenaha, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following item:


1.    Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
2.    Work on the Employee Handbook for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
3.    Adjourn.

Amanda Treat
City Secretary
 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 3 new COVID-19 cases. 


 27 Active Cases

374 Recovered

14 Deaths

415 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...13

75974...4

75975..4

75973...1

75954...5

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Center ISD Updated COVID-19 Plan


 

 

For COVID plan in English, Click Here:

 

For COVID plan in Spanish, Click Here:

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Joaquin Varsity Football Information


 

 

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Shelbyville Varsity Football Schedule


 

 

For schedule, Click Here

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), reported 4 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new recoveries.

 

 

 

 24 Active Cases

374 Recovered

14 Deaths

412 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...10

75974...4

75975..4

75973...1

75954...5

 

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Timpson ISD Update


 

 

Timpson ISD will be moving the start date of school to Monday, August 24, 2020, due to a positive COVID-19 lab test on the TISD campus. This information came late in the day on Tuesday and we are unable to conduct the proper tracing in time for school in the morning.

 

We are in the process of making calls to those possible contacts while following the procedures and laws set forth by the Texas Education Agency and the State of Texas. Timpson ISD has every intention of being ready for school beginning next Monday. If you have selected remote learning for your child, it will also begin on Monday.

 

Please, call our offices if you have any questions about devices or access. Again, we have every intention of beginning in-person school next Monday...

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Statement Regarding COVID-19


 

 

Shelby County is currently seeing an all-time low of “active” cases of Coronavirus.  This is according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that report any new cases, recoveries, and deaths to the Shelby County Office of Emergency Management.
We continue to report only cases, recoveries, and deaths that DSHS reports to us.  We use no other source to report our numbers.

 

Currently, there are 24 active cases in Shelby County.  We want to remind everyone that even with the low number of active cases being reported that it is not a time to let your guard down and hope that these numbers do not give anyone a false sense of security.  


COVID-19 is still and will continue to be a highly contagious virus. We still have active cases in all of the Shelby County communities.  We continue to receive reports of new cases and that number could start climbing at any time.

 

We would like to remind everyone to continue to adhere to the precautionary measures which have been stressed since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

Please continue to:
•    Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
•    Wear a cloth face-covering in public and during large gatherings.
•    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
•    Stay six feet apart from others.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•    Stay home if you are sick.

 

Please continue to stay safe and do your part in slowing down the spread of Coronavirus.

 

Thank you,
Allison Harbison
Shelby County Judge

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Shelbyville ISD Athletics Event Procedures for 2020-2



IN DOOR PROCEDURES (GYMNASIUM)


•    Spectators will be screened and may be refused entry if deemed necessary by admittance staff. 
•    All spectators are expected to wear face coverings and to follow social distancing (6-feet separation). 
•    Shelbyville ISD will restrict gym seating to 50% capacity.  
DRAGON STADIUM PROCEDURES
•    Spectators will be screened and may be refused entry if deemed necessary by admittance staff.
•    All adult spectators are expected to wear face coverings and to practice social distancing (6-feet separation). 
•    All spectators (home and visitor) must have a  ticket to gain admittance to varsity football games.    
•    Under the current social distancing guidelines, Shelbyville ISD is restricted to 50% capacity.  As a result, home bleachers will only have 500 seats (including standing-room) available and visitor bleachers will be limited  to 200 seats (including standing-room).   
VISITING SCHOOL’S GAME TICKETS TO DRAGON STADIUM
•    Seating capacity for visitors is limited to 200 (including standing-room).  
•    Visitors’ tickets sales will be presale only, no tickets will be sold at the gate.  
•    Shelbyville ISD will deliver 200 tickets/vouchers to each visiting school for presale prior to each varsity football game at Dragon Stadium.  Due to limited seating capacities and other issues related to COVID-19, the Dragon Marching Band will not be traveling to away games this season.  SISD prefers visiting schools not bring their marching bands to Dragon Stadium this football season.   Nonetheless, if a visiting school chooses to bring its band to Dragon Stadium, each band member must have a ticket/voucher for admittance.  Although band member tickets will not be charged an admission fee, all tickets issued to band members will count against the 200-ticket limit for visitors.  


•    Visitors will not be allowed to purchase home side tickets or sit on the home side.
SHELBYVILLE FANS HOME GAME TICKETS 
•    Ticket prices for Dragon Stadium varsity football games will be $5.00 for ALL admission.  
•    For the 2020 season, all spectators (home or visitor) must have a ticket to gain admittance.
•    To adhere to social distancing guidelines, seating for home athletic contests and events will be restricted.  As a result, Shelbyville ISD will offer a limited number of home side tickets (50% capacity, approximately 500 tickets.  
•    Presale tickets (limit of 2) will be offered only to Friday night participants’ parents/families on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville ISD Guard Booth.  After this presale, all remaining tickets will be sold at the ticket booth on Friday nights.  
•    Friday night ticket sales will be on a first-come basis.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early.  No seats should be saved.   Once capacity has been reached, ticket sales will cease.
•    Visitors will not be allowed to purchase home side tickets or sit on the home side.
VARSITY FOOTBALL AWAY GAME TICKETS (at HUNTINGTON, GARRISON & at SAN AUGUSTINE)
•    As per district rules for district varsity football away games, fans must obtain a presale ticket voucher.  
•    Parents of our Friday night away game participants (football players, managers, and cheerleaders) will be given first opportunity to obtain ticket vouchers every Monday.  Participants/family members will be able to secure their ticket vouchers (limit of 2) on Monday before each away game at the Shelbyville ISD Guard Booth (8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).  Families needing more than two tickets will need to try and secure the additional tickets from the tickets offered to the general public Tuesday through Thursday at the Shelbyville ISD Guard Booth.


•    After Monday, the remaining presale ticket vouchers for the district away football games will be offered to the public on a first come basis (limit of 4) and may be obtained at the Shelbyville ISD Guard Booth Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 to 1:30.  All away game tickets are presale tickets, no tickets will be sold at the gate on Fridays.  If you do not secure a ticket voucher by Thursday at 1:30 p.m., you will not be admitted to the away game.
•    After securing a presale ticket voucher, Dragon fans will take their ticket vouchers to the opposing team’s stadium on Friday night and then pay for admittance to the game. 
VISITING TEAMS AND PARTICIPANTS
•    Visiting teams and participants are expected to wear face coverings. 
•    Shelbyville ISD will designate a cleaned and disinfected area for teams to unload and load buses separate from fans, spectators, and other individuals not essential to the team or group. 
•    Visitors’ locker rooms will be cleaned and sanitized by SISD before the visiting team arrives.  Visiting teams are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting equipment once it is unloaded.  Schools should limit access to these facilities to only students and staff essential for the game, contest, or event. 


•    Before each game, contest, or event, schools should follow the screening protocols for all staff members, contractors, volunteers, sports officials, contest judges, and any individuals otherwise involved in working the event.  All individuals should also self-screen.
PRE-GAME AND POST-GAME MEETINGS/PROCEDURES
•    Pre-game or pre-event meetings between teams and/or sports and contest officials should be planned to allow appropriate distancing between individuals. 
•    Pre-game and post-game gestures of sportsmanship should be conducted between teams and sports and contest officials in ways planned to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. 
•    All participants will be provided with entry and exit plans for contest areas that maintain separation from non-participants and fans. Individuals not essential to the team or group should not be given access to contest areas, performance areas, courts, or fields at all before, during, or after contests and events.


•    Staff and students will enter and exit competition areas using designated access points and flow of traffic.  Upon completion of games, staff and students will exit the competition areas and fans are expected to promptly exit the stadium.  
•    No one will be allowed on the field or track following the contest.
HOME PRESS BOX
•    Press box seating should follow social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines when possible. 
VISITORS’ PRESS BOX
•    Visiting coaches will use the press box located at the visitors’ side bleachers.
CONCESSIONS
•    Spectators should follow social distancing and wear facial coverings at the concession stand areas.
•    Concession stand items will be offered for sale, but COVID-19 precautions will require limited access to concession stands.  Spectators should plan on using the concession stand located on their side of the stadium.  
SECURITY
•    Shelbyville ISD game administrators and police officers will be available at all games.
DRAGON PRIDE
•    Shelbyville ISD appreciates the understanding and cooperation offered by our learning community while we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  SISD will continually evaluate our health and safety measures to help insure all members of the Shelbyville Dragon family are protected as much as possible.  Thanks for your unyielding support of our students, faculty and staff…DRAGON PRIDE!
 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

The Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS), reported 2 new COVID-19 cases & no new recoveries.


 24 Active Cases

370 Recovered

14 Deaths

408 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...10

75974...4

75975..3

75973...1

75954...6


 

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Red Brick Social House New Member Ribbon Cutting


 

 

The Red Brick Social House
New Member Ribbon Cutting

 

Join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in welcoming Laura Harris, owner of The Red Brick Social House at a new member Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, August 25th at 11:00am. 

 

The Red Brick Social House is a perfect location for weddings/receptions, wedding or baby showers, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, Christmas parties, meetings, most group gatherings.   Mrs. Harris has done an outstanding job renovating the building, which many years ago used to be a church.  She has used as much of the old building in the renovation as possible.  Her attention to detail makes this location not only a lovely party venue, but a very efficient one as well.

There is plenty of open space to enjoy a large get together along with several more intimate spaces for quiet gatherings.  The kitchen area is large and very functional.

 

The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 11:00am.  There will be a come and go Open House from 11:00am until 1:00pm.  Make sure you stop by to see one of Center’s new event venues.  The Red Brick Social House is located at 410 Nacogdoches Street, at the Corner of Nacogdoches and Wheeler Streets.

 

For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Center High School Football Ticket Information


2020-2021 FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TICKET SALES
(50% STADIUM CAPACITY)


ALL TICKETS WILL BE PRESALE TICKETS
 $5 EACH


HOME GAMES: PURCHASE TICKETS @ CENTER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC OFFICE
MONDAY & TUESDAY- 8am to 4:30pm—SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS ONLY
School participants can get up to 4 tickets each.
School participants include: VARSITY FOOTBALL, BAND, CHAPARRALS, and CHEERLEADERS

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY- GENERAL ADMISSION
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY- 8 AM TO 4:30 PM
FRIDAY 8 AM TO NOON

***ANY TICKETS LEFT WILL BE SOLD AT GATE***

 

AWAY GAMES: PURCHASE TICKETS @ CENTER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC OFFICE
MONDAY & TUESDAY-8 AM TO 4:30 PM-- SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS ONLY
School participants can get up to 4 tickers each.
School participants include: VARSITY FOOTBALL 

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY- GENERAL ADMISSION
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY- 8 AM TO 4:30 PM
FRIDAY 8 AM TO NOON


ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL CENTER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC OFFICE 936-598-6173 EXT. 2231
 

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Center Noon Lions Club Charity Golf Tournament Results


The 2020 Annual Center Noon Lions Club Charity Golf Tournament was held Monday, August 17th at the Center Country Club.

 

The winning team, via a scorecard playoff, consisted of Joe “Pro” Whittlesey, Roy Peace, Billy Thompson, Austin Craig with a net score of 52. The second-place team is Tanner Peace, Reed Grant, Victor Crawford and Alec Dykes.

 

The Center Noon Lions Club expressed their thanks to the event sponsors: Shelby Savings Bank, Farmers State Bank, and High Roller.

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4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certification Training


 

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a great opportunity for those interested in 4-H Shooting Sports. 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certification Training will be held September 19 & 20, 2020 at the incredible Hawkeye Hunting Club facility here in Shelby County. This is a rare opportunity to receive statewide certification here in our local area. Please contact the County Extension office at 936-598-7744 with questions or information on how to sign up.

 

 

Click Here for flier

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Adopt A Tiger Program


 

 

Thank you for your interest in being a part of our Adopt-A-Tiger program.  We are very excited about the capabilities this program has for both our student/athletes and our community.  Through this program the goal is very simple, develop a relationship outside of sport to supply support to the student/athlete.

 

 It’s our hope this program will not just be beneficial to the student/athlete but also the mentoring family. It’s my hope that if you feel this is a program you can help with that you join our team and begin building a relationship with a Tiger! 

 

If you have any questions or would like to participate don’t hesitate to email, call or text me.  I look forward to watching this program thrive in Tenaha!

 

Jeremy Jenkins

AD/Head Football Coach

903-571-2765

jenkinsjeremy@tenahaisd.com

 

Purpose:  To build relationships with our players and community.

 

Requirements of Adopter:  To build a relationship with their player outside of the sport.

·         Communicate at a minimum of once per week via phone call or text

·         Attempt to have dinner/lunch/movie with the player when possible

·         During season give weekly encouragement through game day treats if possible

·         Attend as many Friday Night Games as possible, see player after the game

·         One home game will be Adopt a Tiger night during the season

 

Matches:   We will officially announce the matches on  August  27th.

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), reported no new COVID-19 cases & 24 new recoveries over the weekend.


 22 ACTIVE CASES

370 Recovered

14 Deaths

406 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...9

75974...2

75975..2

75973...2

75954...7                                         

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Workforce Wednesday


 

 

Click Here for Workforce Wednesday flier! 

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


 

Immunization Information – Nurse  Lynette Alford wants to remind parents that if you received a letter this summer about your child needing an immunization(s) prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, be sure that the child has received the vaccine and that a new copy of the vaccine record is brought to the school for the child's file.

 

 

High School Information - High School schedules will be available for pick up Today from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  This will be a “drive thru” service to make it as quick as possible.  We will be set up in the High School parking lot.  Schedules can also be accessed through the Parent Portal.  If you do not have access you can contact the High School office to get set up.  Phone (936) 254-2463 ext. 4200.

 

On the first day of school, band students will report to the Band Hall and will be screened before entering the building.  All other High School students need to enter the High School through the doors by the Science Building to be screened.  All students will also park in the parking lot in front of the High School. There will be no student parking at the Collegiate Center. As students make their way toward the building, please remember to maintain social distancing and be wearing a mask. Other instructions will be given once entering the building.

 

Timpson High School Varsity Cheer 2020-2021 –

 

 

Back:

Haylee Eaves – Sophomore

Layci Jo Sample – Junior

Lana Parks – Junior

Ty’eshia Johnson – Senior

 

Middle:

Kyra Mardis – Freshman

Jeremiah Yarbrough – Junior

Breunna Gregory - Freshman

 

Front:

Da’Mya Collins – Senior

Alexis Grigsby – Freshman

Celeste Bush – Junior

Claire Johnson – Senior

Amiyah Soto – Junior

Annie Young – Sophomore

 

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Two Vehicle Accident Update


New Information

 

As a result of the ongoing investigation, investigators have determined
that at the time of the crash, the 2010 Toyota was traveling east in the
westbound lane of FM 2026.

 

The driver of the 2019 GMC was traveling
west and reportedly took evasive action to the left to avoid a collision.
The driver of the Toyota also took evasive action and drove into the
eastbound lane, where the two vehicles struck head-on.


The identity of the 10-year-old female passenger in the Toyota has been
clarified; she is identified as Victoria Hogan.

 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon on FM 2026, about two miles from Center; resulting in multiple fatalities.

 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:40 p.m., a 2010 Toyota pickup was traveling west. A 2019 GMC pickup was traveling east. For unknown reasons the driver of the Toyota crossed over into the eastbound lane and struck the GMC head-on.

 

The driver of the Toyota is identified as Michael Masterson, 30, from Center. Michael Masterson was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport for treatment.

 

Three child passengers traveling with Masterson were pronounced deceased at the scene and are identified as: Tora Masterson (10) Ella Masterson (4) Mason Masterson (2)

 

The driver of the 2019 GMC is identified as Mackenzie Parks, 15, from Tenaha. She was transported to LSU Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. Two passengers traveling with Mackenzie Parks are identified as Sandra Parks, 61, and Mason Parks, 15. Sandra Parks was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mason Parks was transported to LSU Medical Center for treatment.

 

This crash remains under investigation. 
No additional information is available.

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State Police Investigate DeSoto Parish Deputy Shot


 

DeSoto Parish – On Sunday, August 16, 2020, around 7:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Bossier Field Office (LSP/BFO) responded to an officer-involved shooting in Stanley. LSP/BFO was requested to investigate the shooting by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office (DPSO).

 

The preliminary investigation revealed two (2) DPSO deputies responded to a call for service at a residence on Booker Loop Road. Upon the deputies’ arrival, a subject at the residence began shooting at the deputies with a shotgun. During the exchange, one of the deputies was shot. At least one of the deputies exchanged gunfire with a male subject, later identified as Jeffrey Booker. Booker then barricaded himself inside the residence. After a brief standoff, Booker surrendered. He was taken into custody and booked into the DeSoto Parish jail on the following charges: two counts of attempted first-degree murder, twelve counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and resisting arrest.

 

The DPSO deputy, who was shot, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening; however, he was taken to a local hospital.  

 

The investigation remains active and ongoing, and there is no further information available at this time.

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Traffic Alert


 

 

ALERT: SH 147 at the Angelina River Bridge in San Augustine County will be narrowed to one lane of traffic beginning Monday as crews continue road work for up to two months at this location. A temporary signal will be operational throughout this time. Motorists are advised to stay alert and prepare for possible delays.

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Two Vehicle Accident Results In Multiple Fatalities


Center, TX - A two-vehicle accident on FM 2026 near Center resulted in multiple fatalities.  The accident occurred about 5:40 pm on Sunday, August 17th near county road 4293.  The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Center Fire Department, EMS, and other agencies responded. The accident is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and we will have more information once it is made public.

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 1 new COVID-19 case & 9 new recoveries.

 

46 ACTIVE CASES 

346 Recovered

14 Deaths

406 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...25

75974...7

75975..4

75973...3

75954...7

 

 

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Pre-Construction Meeting Held for Nacogdoches Project


 

 

LUFKIN – A virtual pre-construction meeting was held Thursday from the Nacogdoches Area Office signaling the beginning of a new construction project in Nacogdoches County.

 

The construction project, located on US 59, will begin the week of August 24 as crews set barricades for motorists to be aware they are entering a work zone. The project is designed to make intersection improvements with acceleration and deceleration lanes from 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street to County Road 524.

 

Moore Brothers Construction, Lufkin, will serve as contractor for the $1 million construction project that is set to be completed in April 2021, weather permitting.

 

Work on the 0.2-mile section will begin out of the main lanes of US 59. Work is scheduled to begin on the southbound side of US 59 and move to the northbound side as the project progresses.

Motorists should reduce speed and stay alert as they drive through the area. Obey all traffic control in place and be aware of moving equipment and workers near the main lanes of US 59.

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Breakfast and Lunch Menus


 

 

For HS Lunch Menu, click here

 

 

 

 

 

For Elementary Menu, click here

 

 

 

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Heat Advisory Continues


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center ISD: Updated COVID Plan


 

 

 

For COVID plan, click here

 

 

 

 

For  Virtual Asynchronous Instruction Information, click here

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Center ISD Parents: Waitlist is open for KINSA smart thermometer


 

 

 

 

 

For flyer, click here:

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Urgent Blood Drive


 

 

There will be an urgent BLOOD  DRIVE here at the San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 18th.  Call to make an appointment at 936-275-3610.

 

 

You will also get a free pint of BLUEBELL???????? and get free antibody testing.

 

San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, 08/18/2020 (10:00 am - 02:30 pm)

 

Inside the Chamber, Log Cabin.

San Augustine, TX 75972  

Brandi Emanis

San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce (gmail.com)

Executive Director

San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce

611 W. Columbia St, San Augustine, TX 75972   *  936-275-3610  *  www.sanaugustinetx.com

 

 

Upcoming Events:

2020 Sassafras

 

Please like us on Facebook!

 

Membership Meeting every 3rd Tuesday - Feb-Nov

No membership meetings at this time.

 

 

 

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New partnership helps TJC students obtain bachelor's degrees in kinesiology at SFA


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students enrolled in Tyler Junior College’s wellness and exercise program now have a way to complete a four-year Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

 

The new pathway helps TJC students transfer their credits based on the Workforce Education Course Manual to SFA, which recently switched to the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

 

“This allows more classes to be transferred into SFA, so that reduces the students’ time to graduation and it reduces their cost because we’ve already agreed that those certain courses are going to transfer in,” said Dr. Jay Thornton, chair of SFA’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. “Some of those transfer in as junior- and senior-level courses.”

 

Anne Provencher, chair of TJC’s Department of Wellness and Exercise Science, said there’s another benefit to the pathway.

 

“It provides an easy, step-by-step plan with classes sequenced to ensure success at the next level,” she said. “Some students may have to work on the side or may be the first in their family to attend college or may face other issues. They may need a more gradual entry to the university level.”

 

The TJC program incorporates a lot of hands-on training to help students more easily transition to university-level labs and understand their future job opportunities, Provencher added.

 

“Students must complete a practicum at TJC, which gives them an opportunity to work with community businesses as interns, get a feel for the industry and network with those who will be hiring when they graduate,” she said. “We want to prepare them for the university level and show them what’s available to them in the industry once they earn their degrees and possibly while they earn their bachelor-level degrees.”

 

After completing two years of coursework to earn their Associate of Applied Science in wellness and exercise at TJC, students in the pathway transfer to SFA to complete their Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science.

 

“Our program at TJC aligns with the Workforce Education Course Manual, so we’re coming from the workforce administration side instead of the academic side,” Provencher said. “So, for SFA to be gracious and add our courses to its second or third level is truly unique and greatly appreciated.”

 

Approved a year ago, the pathway is rolling out this fall despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“As long as nothing changes, our groups are small enough that we can socially distance and complete the lab portions,” Provencher said. “And we have a hybrid approach for moving online with coursework and meeting in even smaller groups for testing if the pandemic worsens in East Texas.”

 

The students enrolled in the inaugural year of the program are juniors Breanna Lemons of Hawkins, Garrett Plumlee of Longview and Valentina Stinchfield of Tyler.

Lemons said the streamlined TJC-SFA pathway will keep her on track with courses she really wants to take while preparing her for a wide range of career opportunities.

“I appreciate the focused academic approach,” she said. “I don’t have to take a lot of extra, generalized courses.”

 

Plumlee developed an affinity for exercise science while playing sports growing up and coaching for Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler for three years. He also was drawn to the program because of the many career opportunities it presents.

“There are several routes I can see myself going after graduation, whether I'm personally training, coaching at a high school or going the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach path,” he said. “I can see really enjoying myself in any of those.”

Plumlee believes this pathway will open doors for students in the region.

 

“The TJC-SFA partnership will give students in Deep East Texas options and accessibility to a four-year degree,” he said.

 

Stinchfield was anxious at first about the transition from a junior college campus to a university with bigger classes, but after talking with her advisors, she’s ready for fall.

 

“I’m looking forward to the different ways of learning and styles of teaching,” she said.

 

Stinchfield played soccer from age 4 through her graduation from Whitehouse High School. She then played competitive soccer before earning her Associate of Arts in teaching at TJC.

 

Now she wants to focus on exercise science so she can be an effective trainer and coach.

 

“I want to work with people and teach them how to live healthy lives,” Stinchfield said. “I really want to start training kids when they’re young so they can develop safe, lifelong exercise habits.”

Students obtaining this degree move on to careers in exercise physiology, fitness, medicine and rehabilitation, research, and other allied health areas. The upper-level courses in SFA’s exercise science concentration help students specialize in their areas of interest, such as personal training, sports performance, athletic training and clinical exercise physiology.

 

This kinesiology degree also prepares students for graduate health professional degree programs to become traditional and osteopathic medical doctors, physical and occupational therapists and physician assistants.

 

“The Bachelor of Science in kinesiology is one of the top undergraduate degrees nationwide that physical and occupational therapists earn to obtain careers in that field,” Thornton said.

 

In addition to increasing enrollment at TJC and SFA, Provencher hopes the pathway will train more health and fitness professionals who can teach others safe wellness strategies based on proven information.

 

“These students will have true science behind them,” Provencher said. “They will know what they’re doing based on real health and safety information and not on the beauty of the market.”

 

 

 

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Champions for Children Executive Director Jackie Cannon to Retire this Fall


 

 

 

The Champions for Children board of directors announces the upcoming retirement of the organization's executive director, Jackie Cannon. She will retire in the fall of 2020 after seven years as the ED of the organization.

 

"I’d like to thank the board for the honor of serving as executive director of this well-respected and important agency," Mrs. Cannon said. “Because of wonderful colleagues, brilliant board members, dedicated clients, and substantial success, my time with Champions is among the greatest endeavors of my entire life.”

 

Champions for Children is a Tyler-based organization that works to train daycare teachers, caregivers and parents, and provides specialized services for children with challenging behaviors.Under her leadership, the past few years have seen the organization add several programs and services including counseling for children, play therapy, social skills, autism education, additional resources and fundraising events throughout the year.

 

“Champions is privileged to serve more clients now than ever before,” Mrs. Cannon added. “But more important than numbers is the integrity and dedication that are synonymous with the name and reputation of Champions for Children.”

 

"Jackie is passionate about children and quality education," said Karen Crawford, president of the Champions board. "I feel certain that I speak for the entire board of directors when I say that we have very mixed emotions about her decision to retire. She leaves behind an amazing legacy at Champions for Children. …Jackie has dedicated her life to children, and she will be greatly missed by all of us at Champions.

 

“We know that this new chapter in her life will be most rewarding.”

 

 Jackie and Bruce Cannon moved to Tyler more than 40 years ago. She spent 24 years with the Tyler Independent School District as a teacher, instructional specialist and assistant principal. 

 

Jackie has been active in the community through Chamber of Commerce committees, Tyler Area Partners 4 Education, the United Way, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tyler Rotary Club, Tyler Executive Women’s Network, Nurse-Family Partnership CAB, Catalyst 100, Leadership Tyler Class 31, Behavioral Health Leadership Team, and Flint Baptist Church. She was recently named to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

 

Jackie’s family includes her husband, two sons, daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. She plans to spend more time with them while continuing her involvement in various community and volunteer roles.

 

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East Texas to Receive $710K in Second Round of Coronavirus Recovery Grants for Public Housing Authorities


 

 

 

WASHINGTON – Several East Texas cities and counties were awarded a total of $709,972 in another round of federal grants to help public housing authorities recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act.

 

“As Texans continue to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s critical that we continue to do everything we can to shield them from the economic fallout,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I’ll continue to do everything I can to encourage economic recovery in East Texas amid this deadly pandemic.”

 

This is a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program fund assignment for CARES Act – Administrative Fees – Second Award. This funding action provides Administrative Fee budget authority to PHAs in accordance with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136), enacted on March 27, 2020 to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), including the Mainstream Vouchers. At the time of this assignment, $472.2 million was available to fund CARES Act Administrative fee awards.

 

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Shelby General Hospital - To Russia With Love


 

 

In 1991 the medical equipment in Shelby General Hospital was disassembled and shipped to the Ukraine, Russia.  This project was started by the men’s bible class of First Baptist Church.  More of the story is on the video. And there is more of the story but has never been written.  (We sent an ambassador along with the equipment and he stayed in Russia a long time….)

 

 

 

 

 

So, in August 2020, 29 years later, the building has been raised and the land is being prepared for a new purpose.  I’ve got a little video of the building coming down but there is not much to see.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 4 new COVID-19 cases & 4 new recoveries.

 

54 ACTIVE CASES

337 Recovered

14 Deaths

405 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...27

75974...10

75975..8

75973...2

75954...7

 

 

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*Update*Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory


 

 

The missing juvenile has been located safe, and one subject is in custody.

 

Please remove any photos of the juvenile from the Internet and social media. See below for the previous missing child advisory.

 

Vernon Parish – The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office for Jordan Prether. On August 12, 2020, Prether was reported missing. Prether is a 17-year-old white female with short red or auburn hair, stands 5’3” tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds.

 

On August 11, 2020, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Prether was last seen at her residence on Savage Forks Road in Leesville.

 

Mark Owen is wanted for questioning in her disappearance. Owen is a 35-year-old white male with brown hair, blue eyes, stands 6’2” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.  Owen is possibly driving a 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport, bearing Tennessee license plate 503VRR.  Owen and Prether are believed to be traveling to Tennessee. 

 

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Jordan Prether or Mark Owen should immediately contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-1311.

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TxDOT Alert


 


ALERT: Crews will be seal coating Thursday, Aug. 13, and Monday, Aug. 17, in Shelby County on US 59 from SH 87 to the Rusk County line. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and obey all traffic control. Be prepared for alternating lane closures as this work progresses.

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Retirees and Service Awards


 

Shelbyville High School conducted its service awards and retirees' ceremony on Monday, August 10. 

 

The event took place in Shelbyville’s High School cafeteria, where faculty and staff gathered to commemorate the valuable members of the school and their longevity in the district.  

 

The retirees for this year are as follows: Kenny Creed with 25 years. Kylie Smith with 28 years, Michael Furlow with 29 years, Evelyn Foster with 30 years and Pam Jamison with 31 years. Each retiree received a wooden rocking chair with their name and years of service as a symbol for appreciation of their effort.

 

The faculty and staff that have 5 years on campus are: LaRee Greer, Sheila Haddox, Brooke Harrison, Casey Lovell, Leticia Acuna Matthews, Sheron Walton, and Tera White.  

 

The faculty and staff who have completed 10 years are: Lindsay Davis, Amanda Ferguson, Cole Harrison, Jennifer Lindley, Anita Sheppard, and Leslie Wall.  

 

The faculty and staff who have served for 15 years are: Laurie Clay, Rachel Crawford, Scott Gilchrist, Stacey Scarborough, Jennifer Sonmor, and Terry Walton.  

 

The faculty and staff who have completed 20 years of service are: Cassie Jernigan and Amber Swearengen. 

 

The faculty and staff who have served for 25 years are: Kenny Creed, Beth Harrington, and Kelly McDaniel.  

 

Last but not least, with 40 years of unconditional service and excellence in the field, Joyce Dean.  

Your years of loyalty and service have been and continue to be a key for the academic success of the students. The district greatly appreciates and admires your labor and loyalty to both the district and the children.  

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Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory


 

 

Vernon Parish – The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office for Jordan Prether. On August 12, 2020, Prether was reported missing. Prether is a 17-year-old white female with short red or auburn hair, stands 5’3” tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds.

 

On August 11, 2020, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Prether was last seen at her residence on Savage Forks Road in Leesville.

 

Mark Owen is wanted for questioning in her disappearance. Owen is a 35-year-old white male with brown hair, blue eyes, stands 6’2” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.  Owen is possibly driving a 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport, bearing Tennessee license plate 503VRR.  Owen and Prether are believed to be traveling to Tennessee. 

 

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Jordan Prether or Mark Owen should immediately contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-1311.

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Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting Minutes


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National School Lunch & Breakfast program Excelsior ISD


 

 

The Excelsior ISD announced today it will continue its policy to operate the
Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program
and School Breakfast Program for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools qualifying
to operate CEP serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and
eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid
student meals. This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school
administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.
For additional information please contact the following person:


Excelsior Independent School District
Attention: Tamara Tanner – Authorized Representative
11270 State Hwy 7 West
Center, TX 75935 / 936-598-5866
ttanner@excelsior.esc7.net

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Merle Howard's History of Shelbyville Church


 

 

 

 

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Huxley Helping Hands Drive Thru Food Pantry


 


We will have a Drive-Thru Food Pantry, August 15 @ 9 am at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Center, TX. Please park in the order you arrive. MUST BE IN LINE BY 9:30 am to receive a box. One box per household and Identification is required. There will be a devotional at 9 am in the parking lot.

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 12th day of August, 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 July 1, 2020 Special meeting, July 8, 2020 Regular meeting, July 15, 2020 Special meeting, July 22, 2020 Special meeting, July 29, 2020 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.    Public Comments on Agenda item.

4.    Larry Warren to address the Court about closing a portion of CR 2020.

5.    Discuss and possibly approve a Resolution regarding an Application for a permit to maintain and operate a Stationary Treatment Facility and Commercial Disposal Pit by McBride Operating, LLC.

6.    Discuss and possibly approve the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Agreement between Shelby County and the State of Texas acting by and through the Texas Department of Transportation.

7.    Discuss and announce date for public hearing on the proposed Tax rate and proposed Budget for FY2020-2021.

8.    Adjourn. 

 

 

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Sam Samford Lodge 149 Meeting


 

 

Sam Samford Lodge 149 will meet this evening beginning with a time for fellowship at 6:30 and the meeting beginning at 7:30.  Food will not be served. 

 

Paul Ragan, Worshipful Master

 

 

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Queen's Pageant Postponed


 

 

The Coronation and the month long series of activities for the Poultry Festival Queen’s Pageant has been postponed.  The Princesses and their escorts participate in number of fun social events as well as several mandatory rehearsals over the course of four weeks.  Due to the circumstances at this time, the Committee felt in order keep all participating students, parents and committee members safe, the Pageant has been postponed.  It has not been cancelled.

 


 

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Governor Abbott Extends State Disaster Declaration For COVID-19


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott extended his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13th, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a variety of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

 

"Renewing this Disaster Declaration will provide communities with the resources they need to respond to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "I urge Texans to remain vigilant in our fight against this virus. Everyone must do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. We will overcome this challenge by working together." 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 


DSHS reported 4 new COVID-19 cases & 17 new recoveries.


 54 ACTIVE CASES 

333 Recovered

14 Deaths

401 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:


75935...28

75974...11

75975..7

75973...2

75954...6

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SFA graduate student contributes to glacial record at two national parks


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas ­— According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, glaciers around the world have lost significant mass since the 1970s, due in part to warming trends in global temperatures. While the concept of massive sheets of ice may seem foreign to Texans, their importance can’t be overstated.

 

“Glaciers hold 75% of our fresh water, and they cover 11% of the Earth’s land area — they play a lot of different roles,” said Brianna Clark, Stephen F. Austin State University environmental science graduate student in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “For example, in some countries the glacial meltwater is a source of hydroelectric power. In some alpine communities they are the sole source of drinking water.”

 

Given their global importance, Clark sought to shed light on current trends in glacial coverage within two U.S. national parks by performing area and volume calculations of the landforms using digital remote sensing and geographic information systems.

 

Clark explained that the study of glaciers, known as glaciology, has been radically expanded thanks to satellites surveying the Earth.

 

In 2013, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey launched the Landsat 8 satellite, which orbits the Earth every 99 minutes and captures approximately 740 scenes of the planet each day in nine electromagnetic spectral bands.

 

Clark said the bands represent different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum and have wavelengths of varying size. Researchers viewing the satellite imagery online are able to add or subtract observable bands to create ratios that improve the visibility of different landforms.

 

“With my project, I used two ratios — the normalized difference snow index and the normalized difference glacier index,” Clark said. “There have been a lot of studies that used the normalized difference snow index, but not a lot have used the normalized difference glacier index. My project used a combination of both.”

 

The two parks at the center of her research, Glacier and Mount Rainier National Parks, were chosen based on their representation of two distinct geographic and climactic regions known as the Intermountain Region and the Pacific Northwest.

 

“Most studies have focused on the plausibility of using satellite remote sensing for measuring specific glacier parameters or measuring one specific region, but there has been a lack of research combining satellite remote sensing and climatic factors to assess the differences in deglaciation among regions,” Clark said.

 

To do this, Clark used satellite imagery to measure the glacial area of her study sites for the years 1985, 2000 and 2015. She then used contour lines to make digital elevation models in order to calculate the change in volume of the glaciers. In addition to the satellite imagery, Clark also compared climate trends between the two regions by measuring cumulative degrees above zero for each study year, as well as precipitation.

 

Dr. Daniel Unger, Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professor of geospatial science and graduate advisor for Clark’s research, said the geospatial technology utilized by Clark is a game changer.

 

“Remotely sensed data allows a researcher to obtain information over a large geographic area within each image, sometimes from locations that a researcher would not physically be able to get to on the ground,” Unger said. “Given the large synoptic perspective within a Landsat image — approximately 13,200 square miles — obtaining ground information remotely can be cheaper than physically visiting each location. An added benefit is the digital data can be obtained over a series of dates allowing for change detection analysis, as was in the case in Brianna’s research.”

 

Ultimately, Clark found that within the 30-year period of the study, Glacier National Park lost 27.5% of its glacial coverage, while Mount Rainier lost only 5.7%.

 

“The differences in these percentages can largely be attributed to the warmer temperatures of the Intermountain Region coupled with lower amounts of snowfall compared to the Pacific Northwest,” Clark said.

 

She added the Earth undergoes natural cycles between warm and cool temperatures, but this typically takes place over a much longer time scale than currently being experienced.

 

“Glaciers melting isn’t always something to be alarmed about because it’s something that naturally occurs,” Clark said. “But given the rate at which they are decreasing, we are to some extent contributing to it through anthropogenic climate change.”

 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, records of deglaciation in Glacier National Park was observed as early as 1914, corresponding with the Industrial Revolution and the beginning of global warming trends.

 

“In 2003, two researchers modeled glacial change within the park, simulating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and a 2-to-3-degree Celsius rise in temperature by 2050,” Clark said. “Based on this simulation, it is predicted that between 2030 and 2080, many of Glacier National Park’s remaining glaciers will disappear.”

 

As glacial research continues, Clark’s work will provide a valuable record of the state of these glaciers, as well as how geospatial technologies can facilitate similar research in the future. 

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Community Eligibility Program (CEP)


 

 

The Tenaha ISD announced today it will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools qualifying to operate CEP serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals. This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.
 
For additional information please contact the following person:

Tenaha ISD


Attention:  Melanie Duncan, Director of Nutrition


Nutrition Department
138 College St. 
Tenaha TX 75974
 (936)-248-5000 ext.505
duncanmelanie@tenahaisd.com
 

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Unique Boutique Sale


 

 

BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!  The Unique Boutique is currently having a clothing sale to get your kids ready for the new school year.  A bag of clothes only for $2!  Shoes are $1!  Boots are $3!  Pants are only $.50 a pair!  Come get all the clothing your kids will need for the lowest prices around!  Remember, the store is taking donations, but please do not donate outside of business hours.  The store is open M-F from 9-4. Please remember to wear your face masks. For more information call the store at 936-591-8190. 

 

 

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Virtual Luncheon with Senator Nichols


 

 

County Judge, Allison Harbison Joins Virtual Luncheon with Legislators Event Featuring State Sen. Robert Nichols Shelby County Judge, Allison Harbison joined several county elected officials from the region on July 29 for an online video conference with state Sen. Robert Nichols. The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) organized the event at the request of county officials from Nichols’ Senate District 3.

 

These luncheons are usually held at a local venue, but because of COVID-19, TAC hosted the event virtually through an online platform. “We prioritize the safety of our members first and foremost, but we also strive to provide them and lawmakers with timely and valuable information,” TAC Executive Director Susan M. Redford said. “We know county officials have some common concerns they want to share with their legislators and these kinds of gatherings have proven to be one of the most effective ways of doing that,” said Noe Barrios, TAC’s legislative director. Judge Harbison said she appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from Sen. Nichols about his position on actions taken by the Legislature during the 2019 session and what Nichols expects to address when the Legislature convenes in January.

 

The senator shared his concerns about the Legislature’s inability to conduct interim hearings in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. Also related to the pandemic, Nichols said that 70 different federal agencies are currently sending funds into Texas, and the state is attempting to track and account for those various transactions. He shared that Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has advised the Legislature to expect a $14 billion loss in revenue to the state with a $4.6 billion shortfall in the current budget. He compared the state’s budget woes to the 2011 session, saying that the current situation is actually worse. Nichols also advised county officials that there will need to be a special legislative session next summer to take up the Legislature’s mandate to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts. Because of coronavirus-related delays with the federal census, the data necessary to draw new district boundaries will not be available to the Legislature until after the regular session is over, Nichols said.

 

During their discussion, county officials shared their views with Nichols the implementation of various provisions of the property tax reform legislation that was a central focus of the 86th legislative session. Some of the timelines set out in that legislation are out of sync with timelines in the county budget process, they said. County officials also conveyed their concerns about the value for county officials and their associations to be able to communicate with legislators. With more than 9,000 bills filed, officials and the senator expressed the necessity for having someone to help county officials monitor the impact of that potential legislation. The Texas Association of Counties works to unite Texas counties in search of solutions for challenges faced by all counties and to provide services to support county officials in the vital work they do for their local communities.

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School Zone Lights Being Activated For Back to School


 

LUFKIN – School zone flashers are being activated this week throughout the Lufkin District for the new school year. Drivers are urged to be cautious and alert as they drive through school zones.

 

While the return to school might be different for many students and teachers this year, TxDOT wants to remind motorists that state law requires drivers to reduce speed to the posted school zone speed limit while flashers are activated. Be prepared to stop during peak travel hours as traffic is directed before and after school hours.

 

“The return to school will be different for many students this year with varied times, locations and safety protocols to remember,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. “We want motorists to follow all state laws and safety tips for driving through school zones and around school buses. Motorists should always stay alert for walkers, bicyclists and students entering and exiting a school bus.”

 

Laws and safety tips to remember for driving through school zones include:

Cell phone use is banned in active school zones. Anyone using a cell phone could face a fine of up to $200.


Obey school zone speed limits. Traffic fines double in school zones.
Student delivery and pick-up should only be done in the school’s designated areas, not in or near the street.


Be alert for students who might cross the street between vehicles.
Laws and safety tips for traveling near a school bus include:

 

A driver traveling in either direction must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, the bus driver signals to proceed, or the visual signals are no longer activated.
If a road is divided only by a left-turn lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses while lights are activated. If the travel lanes are separated by an intervening median or physical barrier, only motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.
Violators could face up to a $1,000 fine.
 

Parents of students who walk or bike to school should also be aware of safe practices and discuss them with their students before school begins. Safety tips for students include:

Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right, and then left again before proceeding.


Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
Always obey crossing guards.


Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

 

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Game of the Week Schedule


 

 

Don Wall's schedule for the Game of the Week broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM.

 

8-28-2020 Grapeland at Shelbyville

 

9-4-2020 Arp at Tenaha

 

9-11-2020 Waskon at Shelbyville

 

9-18-2020 Groveton at Shelbyville

 

9-25-2020 Clarksville at Joaquin

 

10-2-2020 Timpson at Shelbyville

 

10-9-2020 West Hardin at Shelbyville

 

10-16-2020 West Hardin at Joaquin

 

10-23-2020 Cushing at Tenaha

 

10-30-2020 Joaquin at Timpson

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Tenaha Football Schedule


 

 

 

 

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JISD Board Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that on the 10th day of August 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.

 

For the agenda click here:

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Joaquin JH/HS General Information


 

 

Joaquin High School and 

Jr. High School 

General Information 

 

 

  • Pick up Chromebooks on Monday, August 10th between 8 am and 5pm.

  • One adult must accompany the student. No extra people can enter the building.

  • Everyone who enters the building MUST wear a mask.

  • An adult must sign a Chromebook user agreement per device.

  • There will be an insurance option for the Chromebooks that will cost $25 (cash or check).

  • Attendance will be taken Monday by picking up Chromebook or emailing one of your child’s teachers.  Email addresses can be found at www.joaquinisd.net.

  • If you already have your Chromebooks, email your teachers on Monday for attendance purposes.

  • We will begin using Google Classroom for instruction on Tuesday, August 11th.

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Center ISD School Board Meeting


 

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held August 11, 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. A quorum of the Board could 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: https://youtu.be/cMPgxGjYT9k.

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

 

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JISD Remote Learning Student Meals


 

 

1. Breakfast and Lunch will be served between the hours of 10:30 AM
– Noon.


2. Meals will be provided at the Joaquin ISD School Cafeteria loading
dock in the bus lane. Regular school meal prices will apply unless
the student has been approved for free/reduced lunch prices.
3. Student ID Cards will be provided when the student picks up their
first meal.


4. Students must pick up their meal and have a face mask on. They
must have the Student ID Card each time a meal is picked up. It will
be charged to their account.


5. Please visit the JISD website and use Lunch Money Now Online
Payments (https://www.lunchmoneynow.com/lmnjoa/splash.php) or you can pay
weekly or monthly to a cashier when a meal is picked up.

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 4 new COVID-19 cases & 20 new recoveries over the weekend.


67 ACTIVE CASES 

316 Recovered

14 Deaths

397 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:


75935...37

75974...14

75975..7

75973...3

75954...6

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19


 

 

To the Joaquin ISD Community:


Joaquin ISD had an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 on the junior high/high school campus. Due to the guidelines of close contact issued by the Texas Education Agency, there were multiple employees (that have no symptoms) required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Due to the number of employees affected, Joaquin ISD will begin fully remote learning under our asynchronous method as outlined in our instructional plan beginning Monday, August 10, 2020.
The remote learning method does not affect any student participation in UIL events, practices and/or extracurricular activities at this time.


Please continue to check for updates which will be posted to our website, Facebook page, local media outlets as well as our School Messenger emergency contact system. Parents will be contacted with information for Chromebook pickup and/or instructional packets.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Sincerely,
Superintendent

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San Augustine ISD to be Virtual for the First 4 Weeks


 

 

 

 

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Backpack Drive at 3P's


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


James Ragan owner of 3P's pressuring washing will be doing a backpack drive to gather backpacks to give to local students. The backpack drive will take place this Friday, August 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. at his detail shop located in Center, Texas at 717 Southview Circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 7 new COVID-19 cases.


83 ACTIVE CASES

296 Recovered

14 Deaths

393 Cumulative cases

 

 

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Tenaha ISD School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Major Projects Continuing in Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties


 

 

LUFKIN – Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for TxDOT maintenance and construction crews. The Lufkin District has many work zones throughout the nine-county district. Major construction is underway in many areas. As motorists drive through these work zones, they are urged to reduce speed, stay alert to moving equipment and workers close to the lanes of traffic. Obey all traffic control in place and allow extra time in case of delays.

 

Three major projects currently underway in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties include:

US 59 South/Diboll Relief Route: Crews continue to clear property for the bypass located on the east side of Diboll. The $140.9 million relief route began earlier this year and is expected to be completed in 2025.

 

Sacyr Construction USA LLC, Miami, FL is serving as contractor for the project that will extend from FM 2108 to 1.15 miles south of White Oak Creek. The relief route will meet interstate design standards and will serve as the hurricane evacuation route and will move vehicular traffic along the US 59 corridor.

 

Current work includes clearing and removing stumps and dirt work on the north and south ends of the project. Crews continue to build header embankments at Mockingbird Lane. In coming days, crews will begin installing bridge foundations. Utilities continue to be moved and concrete columns will be set at Mockingbird Lane. Loggers also continue logging operations moving south to Conner Road and will continue hauling through Lumberjack Drive.

 

US 69 South/Zavalla: The work on US 69 South at SH 63 in Zavalla is a $71.6 million project designed to widen US 69 from two lanes to a divided rural four lane highway from FM 844 to FM 1270. The project began in July 2018 and is on schedule to be completed in 2022. Johnson Brothers, Roanoke, TX is serving as contractor. Work continues in newly constructed southbound lanes of US 69 between FM 844 and BW Horton Road. Concrete in being set for a new bridge in southbound lanes just north of Zavalla near First Street. Northbound lanes between FM 1270 and Zavalla also has crews working with the application of prime, chip seal and hot mix. Detours are being placed near FM 1270 and BW Horton Road with lane closures anticipated in coming days.

 

Work is also continuing from FM 1270 to the Jasper County line that will continue construction of a four-lane divided highway. Drewery Construction Co., Nacogdoches TX, is serving as contractor for the $37.5 million project. It is scheduled to be completed in early 2023, weather permitting. Current work includes clearing south of Earnest Smith Road and includes dirt and structure work for new northbound lanes between FM 1270 and Chambers Road.

 

US 59 North/SL 224/Nacogdoches County: The US 59/SL 224 construction project began in 2019 and is progressing well with the construction of new main lanes to the east of US 59. Longview Bridge and Road, Longview, TX is serving as contractor for the $86.1 million project that is scheduled to be completed in 2022. The work will include the construction of overpasses at Spradley Street, existing US 59 and Old Lufkin Road and the construction of frontage roads for SL 224 between SH 7 and BU 59. The project was designed to meet interstate standards and will extend from SH 7 West on SL 224 to 1.2 miles south of Spradley Street on US 59.

 

Work planned for coming days include placing embankment and topsoil near the south end of the project. Preparing right of way and cement stabilization near US 59 is continuing. Bridge work also continues with placing southbound deck panels and overhangs. Crews are tying steel and placing bridge railing in northbound lanes.

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Deadline Extension For Medicaid, CHIP Providers To Apply For Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced that the federal government has further extended the deadline to apply for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The deadline has now been extended to Aug. 28, 2020 for Medicaid and CHIP providers as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, starting August 10, 2020, Medicare providers can apply for additional funding from the $20 billion portion of the $50 billion Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution.

 

More information is available here.

 

"I urge eligible CHIP and Medicaid providers to apply for this federal funding to help cover costs incurred from COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Our providers play a crucial role in caring for our fellow Texans, and we are grateful for their ongoing partnership as we respond to this virus."

Governor Abbott and HHSC previously announced an extended deadline for this funding to August 3rd. 

 

As of July 15, 2020, less than 5 percent of the state’s 27,351 eligible providers in Texas have applied. Failure to apply for, and secure relief funds will leave potentially billions of federal dollars otherwise available to Medicaid and CHIP providers in Texas, unused. To ensure eligible providers have the opportunity to apply, the deadline has been extended to August 3.

 

Provider Relief Funds may be used to cover lost revenue due to COVID-19 or health related expenses purchased to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the virus, including supplies and equipment to provide health care services for COVID-19 patients, workforce training, reporting test results to federal, state, or local governments, and acquiring additional resources, equipment, supplies, staffing and technology to expand and preserve care delivery.

 

Up to $15 billion from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is available to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs.

 

 

 

 

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HHSC to Allow Limited Visitation at Nursing Facilities and Long-Term Care Facilities


 

  

State Enhances Certain Emergency Safety Rules

 

AUSTIN –The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced limited visitation rules for nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. HHSC is also issuing enhanced emergency rules requiring additional actions by nursing facilities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

“This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are constantly assessing what actions are necessary to keep residents and staff safe in these facilities,” said Phil Wilson, Executive Commissioner, Texas HHSC. “By following these procedures and rules, facilities can more effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help us achieve our shared goal of reuniting residents with their families and friends.”

 

“Access to family and loved ones is an important part of every resident’s health and well-being, which is why this policy shift is a move in the right direction for some of our most fragile Texans,” said Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (SD-18), Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. 

 

“Today’s announcement is a critical first step for every person in a long-term care facility and their loved ones,” said Rep. James Frank (HD-69), Chair, Texas House Committee on Human Services. “This decision underscores that state leaders recognize the need to balance the emotional and physical health impacts of isolation against the serious dangers that COVID poses to these vulnerable Texans.”

 

Nursing Facilities

For the health and safety of facility residents and staff, public visitation is limited to outdoor visits only. Physical contact between residents and visitors is not permitted. Additional conditions a facility must meet to conduct limited outdoor visitation include: 

  • No confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in staff in the last 14 days.
  • No active positive cases in residents.
  • Any facility previously experiencing an outbreak that has fully recovered must be adequately staffed and following adequate infection control procedures.
  • Facility staff are being tested for COVID-19 weekly.

Further guidance on limited nursing facility visitation rules, which include window visits and vehicle parades, will be posted on the HHSC COVID-19 provider web page.

 

Long-Term Care Facilities (except Nursing Facilities)

Limited indoor and outdoor visitation procedures are allowed. Physical contact between residents and visitors is not permitted. Additional conditions a facility must meet to conduct limited visitation include:

  • No confirmed COVID-19 positive staff in last 14 days.
  • No active positive cases in residents.
  • Adequate staffing to facilitate visitation in compliance with infection control requirements.
  • Use of plexiglass as a safety barrier for indoor visitation to prevent spread of COVID-19.
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Further guidance on limited indoor and outdoor visitation rules will be posted on the HHSC COVID-19 provider web page.

 

Emergency Rule Enhancements

Enhanced emergency rules for nursing facilities include:

  • Each facility must have a COVID-19 response plan that includes designated staff to work with cohorts of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and staff should not change designation from one day to another, unless required to maintain adequate staffing for a cohort.
  • All nursing facilities must screen all residents, staff, and people who come to the facility in accordance with specified criteria, and each resident must be screened at least three times a day for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Each facility must have plans for obtaining and maintaining a two-week supply of personal protective equipment and resident recovery plans for continuing care when a resident recovers from COVID-19.
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The full emergency rules will be posted on the HHSC COVID-19 provider web page.

The latest guidance for nursing facilities is posted here. Texas HHSC continues to investigate all long-term care facilities in the state that report one or more positive case of COVID-19, as well as coordinate closely with local, state, and federal health authorities.

 

For more information about how HHSC is helping Texans affected by COVID-19, visit the HHSC website.

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The Burglary by Neal Murphy


 

 

“Cecil, I think someone is in our house!”, my mother exclaimed as dad drove our 1941 Chevrolet into the driveway to our house.  It was dusk on a summer day in 1946.  I was ten years old at the time, and we were returning from an exhausting road trip to Los Angeles, California.  My brother, Richard, who was stationed at the naval base in San Diego, had been quite ill, and we had made a hasty trip to check on him.  Now we were back in San Augustine, Texas, our home, but things did not look quite right.

 

There was a window open on the driveway side of the house, with the window screen propped up under the window.  Even my childish brain knew that this was not right.  My father agreed.

Dad pulled out his .38 pistol from under the front seat and exited the car.  Mother warned, “They may be in there still, don’t go in the house yet.”  Ignoring her, he crept to the window and peeped inside.  Seeing nothing, he went to the back door, unlocked it and inched his way inside.  This proved to me that my father was afraid of nothing.

 

After checking all the rooms and closets, it appeared that the burglars had done their job and had already left.  The sheriff was immediately called, and after he arrived the lights were turned on in the house which revealed quite a sight.  Burglars had spent some time in our unoccupied house.  They had struck matches to see in the dark, and left burned matches all over the floor.  They had emptied all drawers on to the floor, turned over all the mattresses on the beds, eaten food from the refrigerator, and generally made a huge mess.

 

After taking inventory, we discovered that the thieves took only men’s clothing, such as suits, boots, and coats.  Also gone was our large leather suit case, apparently stuffed full with the stolen clothes.  My brother’s only nice dress suit was gone as well.

 

My grandfather, Felix, lived about one hundred yards south of our house, but he had not seen any suspicious activity.  The burglary of our home was never solved.  The sheriff ventured a theory that two prisoners had escaped from a county jail north of our town, and perhaps they checked houses along the highway until the found one that was unoccupied – ours.  They needed clothes to wear in place of their prison garb.  Perhaps they were hungry and our home served their needs quite nicely.  The sheriff’s theory sounded good to me.  We were thankful that they had not set our home on fire with the matches they used.

 

So ended my first venture out of Texas.  It was an exciting one, and we had indeed made it to California and back.  All the people involved with this event are now deceased, except for my older brother who precipitated the whole thing.

 

“THE  BURGLARY”

BY:  NEAL  MURPHY

259 County Road 214
PO Box 511
San Augustine, TX 75972
936-275-9033
cell: 936-275-6986
Email: humptydumpty1940@gmail.com

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San Augustine Rural Water Supply Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

 

 

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East Texas to Receive $710K in Second Round of Coronavirus Recovery Grants for Public Housing Authorities


 

 

WASHINGTON – Several East Texas cities and counties were awarded a total of $709,972 in another round of federal grants to help public housing authorities recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act.

 

“As Texans continue to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s critical that we continue to do everything we can to shield them from the economic fallout,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I’ll continue to do everything I can to encourage economic recovery in East Texas amid this deadly pandemic.”

 

This is a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program fund assignment for CARES Act – Administrative Fees – Second Award. This funding action provides Administrative Fee budget authority to PHAs in accordance with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136), enacted on March 27, 2020 to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), including the Mainstream Vouchers. At the time of this assignment, $472.2 million was available to fund CARES Act Administrative fee awards.

 

 

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Deadline Extension For Medicaid, CHIP Providers To Apply For Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced that the federal government has further extended the deadline to apply for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The deadline has now been extended to Aug. 28, 2020 for Medicaid and CHIP providers as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In addition, starting August 10, 2020, Medicare providers can apply for additional funding from the $20 billion portion of the $50 billion Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution.

More information is available here.

 

"I urge eligible CHIP and Medicaid providers to apply for this federal funding to help cover costs incurred from COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Our providers play a crucial role in caring for our fellow Texans, and we are grateful for their ongoing partnership as we respond to this virus."

Governor Abbott and HHSC previously announced an extended deadline for this funding to August 3rd. As of July 15, 2020, less than 5 percent of the state’s 27,351 eligible providers in Texas have applied. Failure to apply for, and secure relief funds will leave potentially billions of federal dollars otherwise available to Medicaid and CHIP providers in Texas, unused.

 

To ensure eligible providers have the opportunity to apply, the deadline has been extended to August 3. Provider Relief Funds may be used to cover lost revenue due to COVID-19 or health related expenses purchased to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the virus, including supplies and equipment to provide health care services for COVID-19 patients, workforce training, reporting test results to federal, state, or local governments, and acquiring additional resources, equipment, supplies, staffing and technology to expand and preserve care delivery.

 

Up to $15 billion from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is available to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs.

 

 

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Center PD Receives Donation of Water


 

 

 

 

Center Police Department would like to say thank you to Mr. Thay Khourn (Mr. Lee) for his generous donation of water to the Police Dept. Mr. Lee, who is the owner of Johnny’s Liquor, Superquick, Gooddays, and J & B Liquor has been a long time supporter of the PD and has donated on several occasions. The CPD is very appreciative of his support and sends out a big Thank You!

 

 

 

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Children's Water Palooza


 

The First United Methodist Church here in San Augustine will have a CHILDREN"S WATER PALOOZA on August 12th from 5:30-7 PM.  You will need to bring your own towel and games, food and drinks will be provided. For more info call 936-275-2246.

 

 

 

 

 

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Blood Drive


 

 

 

 

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Tenaha Elementary Supply Drop Off - Updated


 

 

 

 

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Crash on Loop 500 and HWY 7 Intersection


 

 

 

 

 

 

At around 2:30 p.m. on August 6, 2020, there was a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of HWY 7 East and Loop 500 on the outskirts of Center, Texas headed toward Joaquin next to the L & M Quickstop. 

 

 

 

Dodge Journey

 

 

A dark-colored Dodge Journey collided with a silver Nissan Rogue; there were several occupants in each vehicle. Two people were taken to a local hospital by Allegiance Mobile Heath with unknown injuries. The Center Police Department, Center Fire Department, and TxDOT blockaded the scene.

 

 

 

Nissan Rogue

 

 

The Center Fire Department and wrecker services help to clear the wreckage. Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom and another Fireman could be seen moving a sign that got knocked down during the crash. 

 

 

 

Center Fire Cheif Keith Byndom (left) and another Fireman move a sign knocked down in the wreck

 

 

Hughes Wrecker Service towing away Nissan

 

 

East Texas Towing and Storage hauling off Doge

 

Hughes Wrecker Service towed away from the Nissan, and East Texas Towing and Storage hauled off the Dodge. The scene was cleared by approximately 3 p.m., and no fatalities were reported to have occurred on the scene, according to the Center Police Officer Bryan Wright. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marijuana Grove Found in U.S. National Forest


 

San Augustine Sheriff Robert Cartwright spoke with Center Broadcasting Company regarding the marijuana grove located in the United States National Forest in San Augustine County. This case is still open at this time and there have been no arrests made as of yet, stay tuned for updates. 

 

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National Garden Club essay contest winners at Shelbyville ISD


 

 


Last fall, Shelbyville High teacher, Emily Sowell's Pre A.P. English I students participated in the National Garden Club essay contest completing 600-700 word essays over the topic 
"Challenges in Preserving our Natural Habitats." Shelbyville I.S.D. is proud to congratulate 1st place winner, Justin Raymond, 2nd place winner, Audrey Norton, and 3rd place winner, Cade Cooper.

 

Aubree Camp and Celeste Holloway received honorable mention. These recognitions were awarded at the national level and students received certificates and cash prizes. Mrs. Sowell and all of her students would like to thank the Center Garden Club for sponsoring them and Robbie Kerr for all of her help. 


Submitted by: Emily Sowell

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 7 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new recoveries.

 

76 ACTIVE CASES 

296 Recovered

14 Deaths

386 Cumulative cases 

 

 

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Church Homecoming Canceled


 

 


Bennett Missionary Baptist church homecoming has been canceled due to the Coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

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New Pastor at First Methodist in Center


 

 

 

 

 

The First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas has a new Pastor. Center Broadcasting Company met with Pastor Malcolm Monroe at the church.

 

 

 

 

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Boutique and Outreach Center


 

 

The Unique Boutique will be opened Monday – Friday from 9-4 and is accepting donations.  While inside the store, customers are asked to keep 6 feet apart from each other and always wear a face mask.  You can take your donations to the loading dock.  Please remember that all donated items must be in good shape and not broken or torn.  Only donate items during hours of operation so they can be properly handled.  The store is not a dumping site for unusable items.  Anyone caught on camera dumping outside the hours of operation will be fined.  Thank you for your support and patience throughout this process.  We look forward to seeing you in the store!  Questions?  Call us at 936-591-8190. 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will also be distributing emergency food boxes at the Helping Hands Outreach Center every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We will be open from 10-2 and it will be drive-thru only.  Please keep your windows up and have your trunk open.  For more information, call 936-598-4990.  Thank you and God Bless.  

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Essential Advice for Your Transition to Remote Work


 

Article by Chelsea Lamb

 

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees shifted from working in an office to working at home as a safety precaution. But adjusting to telecommuting can be difficult if you’re used to working with your usual team in person! While working remotely can allow you to boost your productivity, it can also be hard to get used to this new arrangement. These resources will help you pull together a home office, adapt to your remote work schedule, and even capitalize on your talents to develop a side hustle.

 

Establish a Home Office

 

Trying to work at your kitchen table will quickly become uncomfortable and messy, so if you want to produce high-quality work from home, you’ll need to set up your own office.

 

  • Furnish a spare room with a desk, chair, storage tools, and anything else you need to create a comfortable home office.
  • Consider hooking up dual monitors so that you can work more efficiently and won’t have to switch between tabs for different tasks.
  • Avoid letting clutter pile up by making it a point to tidy up your desk on a daily basis.

 

Impress Your Employer

 

When you’re working remotely, you’ll need to make a strong effort to stay on top of communication. Here’s how to chat with your team uninterrupted.

 

  • Keep your email inbox organized so that you don’t miss any crucial messages from your team.  
  • With apps like Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, you’ll be able to communicate with your boss, coworkers, and clients throughout the workday.
  • Find ways to keep your children occupied and out of your hair while you’re in your office!

 

Making Extra Income

 

If you’re already working from home, you might be curious about taking on a remote side hustle that will allow you to enjoy some more wiggle room in your budget.

 

  • Spend some time thinking about how you could market your skills to bring in additional cash for your household.
  • Whether you’re an expert on Expensify, SEO, or social media management, you could advertise yourself as a freelancer on online job boards.
  • When you’re reaching out to clients or applying to part-time remote jobs, make sure to include a persuasive cover letter!

 

After spending years working in an office, you might feel a little lost when you begin working from home. But over time, you’ll get used to your new routine, and you’ll start to appreciate the perks. As a remote employee, you’ll be able to personalize your workspace, skip the commute, and spend more time with your family!

 

Photo via Unsplash

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Center Noon Lions Club Broom Sale


 

 

The Center Noon Lions Club would like to remind you that they still have their good quality Lion Princess and Warehouse brooms for sale.  They are available at Ivan Smith Furniture Store in Center and Kings Nursery in Tenaha.  For more information call Tim Wulf at 936-598-6333.

 

 

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Shelbyville School Board Special Meeting


 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.


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

 

1.    Call to order
2.    Invocation
3.    Budget Workshop
4.    Adjournment

 


 

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Shelbyville School Board Meeting


 

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.


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

 

1.    Call to order
2.    Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.    Open Forum
4.    Consent agenda 
a.    Minutes of the July 13, 2020, meeting of the board
b.    Monthly financial reports
5.    Consider for approval
a.    Return to Learning Instructional Plan
b.    COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan
c.    Waiver Request for Alternate Kindergarten Assessment for 2020-21 
d.    2020-21 Student Code of Conduct
e.    TASB Policy Update 115
f.    Region VII ESC Contracts
g.    Alternate and Second Appraisers
h.    2020-21 Teacher Appraisal Calendar
i.    2020-21 Administrator Appraisal Calendar
j.    Proposed Tax Rate
k.    Public Meeting Date on Budget and Proposed Tax Rate
6.    Principal’s/Director’s Reports
7.    Superintendent’s Reports
a.    2020-21 Student Handbook
b.    2020-21 Employee Handbook
c.    Articles of Interest
d.    General Updates
8.    Executive Session
a.    Resignations/Employment
b.    Personnel
9.    Open Session 
10.    Adjournment
 

 

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Backpack Drive


 

 

James Ragan owner of 3P's pressuring washing will be doing a backpack drive to gather backpacks to give to local students. The backpack drive will take place this Friday, August 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. at his detail shop located in Center, Texas at 717 Southview Circle.

 

 

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2020 Census Information


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 2 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new recoveries.

 

75 ACTIVE CASES

290 Recovered

14 Deaths

379 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

 

75935...38

75974...14

75975..12

75973...6

75954...5

 

CUMULATIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE & AGE:

 

ZIP CODE:                                                         AGES:             DEATHS: 

75935…256                                                    1-20....36

75974...46                                                   21-40....124

75975…33                                                   41-60.…119         4

75973…24                                                   61-80.…62           4

75954…20                                                   81-100....31        6

                                                                  Unknown...          7

 

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Shelbyville ISD 2020-21 Meet The Teacher 


 

 

Meet the Teacher will be the following dates by student last names:
Tuesday, August 11, 2020  1:00 pm-3:00 pm student last names A-G (All Campuses)
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:00 pm -3:00 pm student last names H-M(All Campuses)
Thursday, August 13, 2020  1:00 pm-3:00 pm student last names N-Z(All Campuses)

All Adults will be required to wear a mask 

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Chris Watlington Football Promo 2020


 

 

 

 

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Officers Make Arrests in Aggravated Robbery


 

 

NACOGDOCHES,TX (August 4, 2020):  The Nacogdoches Police Department has made an arrest in an overnight Aggravated Robbery.  At around 2:47 a.m. we received a 911 call reporting someone was attempting to break into a residence in the 200 block of Nottingham Dr.  When officers arrived it was reported that one of the two suspects outside his residence had shot at him when he confronted them for stealing property from inside his garage and vehicle.  The victim stated once the suspect shot at him, the victim ran inside his residence.  As officers were still at the crime scene they discovered numerous vehicles had been burglarized in the neighborhood.  

 

Based on information obtained during the investigation  an officer located the suspect's vehicle on EJ Campbell Blvd.  The Nacogdoches Police Department Criminal Investigation Division responded to assist in the investigation.  Officers arrested two individuals from inside the vehicle.  David Abercrombie 19 years of age from Nacogdoches, Tx was taken into custody on the charges of Aggravated Robbery F-1, Unlawful Carrying a Weapon M-A, and Possession of Marijuana M-B.  The second person arrested is a juvenile 14 years of age.  

 

The juvenile has also been charged with Aggravated Robbery F-1 and Possession of Marijuana M-B. The juvenile will be taken to a juvenile detention center.    At this time officers have recovered stolen property, marijuana, and a handgun.  This is an ongoing investigation and more charges are expected in the future.   As further information becomes available it will be released. 

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Center ISD Registration Packets due Aug 7, Updated Covid Plan


 

 

CISD Parents/Guardians,

 

Registration for the 20-21 school year is now open. 

Registration/Enrollment packets will be available at the

Central Administration building, 107 Private Road 605, and

All campuses except FL Moffett. 

 

A packet needs to be completed for each new and returning student to CISD, whether choosing the in-person or virtual instructional method for the 20-21 school year. Any students wishing to enroll in CISD from a Private or Homeschool setting will only have the choice of the in-person instructional method according to TEA guidelines.

 

Please return packets to

The appropriate campus no later than 5:30 pm Thursday, August 6th or

Central Administration by 5:30 pm Friday August 7th

FL Moffett packets must be returned to the Central Administration office.

 

 Any student not having a completed packet turned in by 5:30 pm Friday, August 7th will only have the choice of the IN-PERSON instructional method.

 

 

Padres / Guardianes de CISD,

Inscripciones para el año escolar 20-21 ya está abierta.

Los paquetes para Inscripciones/Registración estarán disponibles en

Oficina de Administración, 107 Private Road 605, y 

En todas las escuelas excepto F.L. Moffett

Se debe completar un paquete para cada estudiante nuevo y cualquier estudiante que va regresará a  CISD, ya sea que elija el método de instrucción en persona o virtual para el año escolar 20-21. Cualquier estudiante que desee inscribirse en CISD desde un establecimiento privado o de educación en el hogar solo tendrá la opción del método de instrucción en persona de acuerdo con las pautas de la TEA.

 

Por favor devuelva los paquetes a

el campus apropiado a más tardar a las 5:30 pm el Jueves 6 de Agosto o

Oficina de Administración antes de las 5:30 pm del Viernes 7 de Agosto 

Los paquetes FL Moffett deben devolverse a la Oficina de Administración.

 

Cualquier estudiante que no haya entregado un paquete completo más tardar a las 5:30 pm del Viernes, 7 de Agosto solo tendrá la opción del método de instrucción en persona.

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Center ISD Substitute Orientation


 

 

Center ISD will be conducting their annual Substitute Orientation on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in the High School Cafeteria from 8 until Noon. All district substitutes are required to report for this training to go over district policies including COVID-19 procedures, realignment changes, and be prepared for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions please contact Holly Mikesh at 936-598-5642. 

 

 

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San Augustine County Crash


 

 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a three-vehicle crash this morning 8-4-20 on SH 103, just east of FM 1277.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9 a.m., a 2013 GMC pickup and a 2015 Chevrolet pickup were stopped facing east due to construction when the driver of an eastbound 2016 Hyundai passenger car failed to control speed and struck the rear of the 2015 Chevrolet, causing the Chevrolet to strike the rear of the 2013 GMC.


The driver of the 2013 GMC is identified as 64-year-old Randall Lowery from Huntington. Lowery was not injured during the crash.


The driver of the 2015 Chevrolet is identified as 30-year-old Aaron Harris from Huntington. Harris was also not injured.


The driver of the 2016 Hyundai is identified as 41-year-old Tiffany Payne from San Augustine. Payne was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin for treatment.


No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Promo 2020


 

 

 

 

 

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SFA names Dr. Michara DeLaney-Fields as its first chief diversity officer


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University has named Dr. Michara DeLaney-Fields, currently the university’s assistant dean for student affairs in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, as its first chief diversity officer.

 

Established as an executive position housed within the Office of the President, the CDO role was created to provide collaborative, strategic and results-oriented leadership for institution-wide diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

 

Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president, said the position is an important element in allowing the university to fulfill its mission statement.

 

“SFA’s mission is to engage students in a learner-centered environment, and in order to be learner-centered, the environment must be both diverse and inclusive,” he said. “Dr. DeLaney-Fields has a track record of developing initiatives to improve the lives of students, and I look forward to working with her to advance our efforts to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment on our campus.”

 

In her new role, DeLaney-Fields will work with the provost, deans, other senior leaders, external partners, internal stakeholders and constituents to advance, promote and build a welcoming environment for all students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni.

 

“Being named to this position is an honor — it demonstrates the commitment President Gordon and the administration have dedicated to the importance of recognizing the endless opportunities for the university,” DeLaney-Fields said. “This position carries an immense responsibility for which I am ready to address.”

 

For more than 11 years, DeLaney-Fields has served in various capacities as an educator, advisor and mentor. She began her professional career as a teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, teaching in the K-12 public school system for two years before transitioning to higher education.

 

In 2017, DeLaney-Fields and her family moved to Albany, Georgia, where she served as interim dean of students, interim vice president for student affairs, and assistant vice president for student affairs and student engagement at Albany State University.

 

DeLaney-Fields said the new CDO role is meant to build on initiatives and goals that currently exist in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which houses a number of student service-based areas on campus, including Counseling Services, Disability Services, Veterans Resource Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, among others.

 

“By creating this role, SFA is joining the mainstream of most universities that have committed to foster a campus community that celebrates similarities and differences in which members can thrive and succeed authentically,” DeLaney-Fields said. “There will be efforts to assess all units to determine if there are impediments to any members of the university community. We also will examine the campus climate and create strategic initiatives to help ensure the campus commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is clear, evident and transparent at the highest levels across the institution.”

 

By fulfilling these efforts, SFA will be “on a competitive balance with our peer institutions and on a clear path in creating an avenue of producing productive global citizens,” she added.

 

“Equity, diversity and inclusion should not be seen as problems or addressing issues, but rather each should be viewed as a strength and opportunity,” DeLaney-Fields said. “Each one should not just be a ‘buzzword.’ It should be a fundamental commitment to transformative change calibrated through cultural competence, responsiveness and relevance, thus allowing the focus of our efforts always to be directed to student success.”

 

DeLaney-Fields received a bachelor’s degree in health studies and two master’s degrees, one in health education and the other in human performance and kinesiology, from Texas Southern University. She also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Prairie View A&M University.

 

 

 

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TxDOT Crash Alert


 

 

ALERT: Crash reported on SH 103 East in Nacogdoches County. Motorists should prepare for delays. This crash occurred in a TxDOT work zone. Details are sketchy but motorists should reduce speed as crews respond and clear the scene.

 

 

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TCS Bistro New Location Ribbon Cutting


 

TCS Bistro (The Century Shoppe) has moved to its new location on Tenaha Street.  Join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Heather Harbison and her staff for a new location Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00am.  Heather and her staff are excited about the new location.  They offer the same great food in a beautiful newly renovated building with a drive-thru window.  Dine-in or order to go.  She will also sell gourmet coffees and continue to sell Corksicles.  The new hours are 9:00am until 7:00pm.

 

Heather first took over The Century Shoppe in 2015 when she purchased the business from Selena Watson.  One year later she moved The Century Shoppe from Shelbyville Street to the Hurst Street location.  Over the years Heather and her staff have worked hard to create a diverse menu with great food.

 

TCS Bistro staff invites everyone to join them for the Ribbon Cutting and stay for lunch.  There will be a Coffee Bar at the Ribbon Cutting for everyone to sample the coffees.  The new address is 315 Tenaha Street.

 

For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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San Augustine Rural Water Supply Boil Water Notice


 

 

Due to a break in the  Line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required San Augustine Rural Public Water System PWS #2030007 to notify all customers on Hwy 147 N  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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KQBB-FM radio to air Shelby County Game of the Week


 


Three Shelby County school districts have once again given Center Broadcasting the authority to broadcast their games for the upcoming 2020 season.

 

Select Joaquin Rams, Tenaha Tiger and Shelbyville Dragon games will air on KQBB-FM 100.5, and also streamed on the Center Broadcasting Company website, cbc-radio. com, or the TuneIn Radio app, just search "KQBB".

 

The Shelby County Game of the Week schedule will kick-off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, when Shelbyville hosts Grapeland.

 

Don Wall will once again handle the play-by-play.

 

“We’re thrilled to be able to broadcast a Shelby County Game of the Week again this season,” said Center Broadcasting Administrator Lori Alvis. “We appreciate the Joaquin, Tenaha and Shelbyville ISD administrations, along with their school boards, and coaching staffs for allowing the radio station the right to carry games.”

 

Coaches from Joaquin, Tenaha and Shelbyville will also be featured on Don Wall's Coaches Show, Tuesday nights each week beginning on KQBB-FM 100.5. Tenaha's Jeremy Jenkins' segment will air at 7 p.m., followed by Joaquin's Wade Lawson at 7:30 p.m., and Shelbyville's David Benbow at 8:30 p.m.The segment will also stream at cbc-radio.com, or the Tune In Radio app, search “KQBB”. Don Wall's Coaches Show begins, Aug. 25.

 

 

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Introducing the 2020-2021 CHS Chaparrals, Camp Results


 

 

Introducing the 2020-2021 CHS Chaparrals  

 

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Due to the unusual circumstances of our world at this time, tryouts were also unusual this year.  Tryouts were held during quarantine, and the girls had to take initiative by coming to the school, picking up the application and returning the application to the school.  They then had to learn two tryout routines on their own from a video. 

 

 Tryouts were conducted virtually, and the girls came to the school at their scheduled time to adhere to social distancing practices. Their tryout routine was videoed and then uploaded to a website to be viewed and scored by the judges.  This was not a quick turnaround,  and they waited a week for their results.  

 

We are so proud of this team that has already shown they are willing to adapt and overcome any challenges they may face this year.  They were able to start their year last week with a home camp to learn routines for the upcoming football season.  

 

ADTS conducted our camp; instructor Haley Hockenberry, (former CHS Chaparral) taught the girls several routines that will be performed throughout the school year. They also were given the opportunity to try out for All-American, which if chosen gives them the option to participate in various events such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Besides All-American, other awards were presented on the last day of camp. We are excited about the upcoming year and look forward to supporting the football team under the Friday Night Lights and our basketball team on the court in 2021. 

 

2020-2021 CHS Chaparrals

Madelyn Norvell, Captain

Emilee Elliott, 1st Lieutenant

Kristen Orsak, 2nd Lieutenant

Malaney Cooper, Social Officer

Alexandria Patton, Social Officer

Monica Sandiego, Social Officer

Amiyah Williams, Social Officer

Breanna Castillo

Cristina Hernandez

Jakievia Johnson

Mahalia Ratcliff

Yeraldy Rico

Sarah Scull

Allison Stuever

Haley Hooks

Kiance Horace

Ja'Briyah Ratcliff

Kaylee Underbrink

R’Leshalin Whaley

 

All American

Emilee Elliott

Madelyn Norvell

Kristen Orsak

Monica Sandiego

Sarah Scull

Allison Stuever

 

All American Dance Company

Madelyn Norvell

Monica Sandiego

Sarah Scull

 

All American Honorable Mention

Breanna Castillo

Cristina Hernandez

Alexandria Patton

Amiyah Williams

 

Gussie Nell Davis Dancers of the Week

Cristina Hernandez

Haley Hooks

Yeraldy Rico

 

Spirit of ADTS

Kristen Orsak

Sarah Scull

 

ADTS Pizazz

Mahalia Ratcliff

Monica Sandiego

Amiyah Williams

 

Outstanding Performer

Madelyn Norvell

 

Sydney Brookshire

District Media Coordinator

Center High School Librarian

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 6 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new recoveries over the weekend.

 

78 ACTIVE CASES

285 Recovered

14 Deaths

377 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

 

75935...40

75974...15

75975..12

75973...6

75954...5


CUMULATIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE & AGE:

 

ZIP CODE:                                                         AGES:             DEATHS: 

75935…254                                                    1-20....36

75974...46                                                   21-40....123

75975…33                                                   41-60.…118         4

75973…24                                                   61-80.…62           4

75954…20                                                   81-100....31         6

                                                                  Unknown...          7

 

 

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Overlay Project in Shelby County


 

 

LUFKIN – Crews will begin an overlay project Monday in Shelby County on SH 87 and motorists are urged to stay alert for traffic control that will be in place.

 

The work will begin just south of SL 500 in Center and will continue southbound on SH 87 throughout the week, weather permitting. As work moves along the 1.5 mile work zone, there will be moving equipment and workers throughout the project.

 

Motorists should expect delays and expect traffic to be shifted from lane to lane as work progresses. Obey all traffic control in place and reduce speed. Stay alert for workers and equipment near the lane of traffic.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

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