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One Tough Player Jakory Standley


 

Center Broadcasting Company met with Jakory Standley and Shelbyville ISD Athletic Director David Benbow.

 

 

 

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Tri-County Board Meeting


 

 

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a regular scheduled Board Meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020, @ 6:30 pm via ZOOM.


Meeting ID: 979 6310 1625


Passcode:773323

 

For more information call


Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext: 200

 


 

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Shelbyville Homecoming Queen


 

 

Shelbyville 2020-21 Homecoming Queen

 

Maisey Swindle escorted by A.J. Cartwright

 

 

 

 

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Poultry Festival


 

 

The 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival, Sponsored by Farmers State Bank starts tomorrow at the Civic Center on Hurst Street and runs through Saturday, October 3rd.  

 

The Entrance to the Festival is on Civic Center Drive.   Parking is available at the Ivan Smith parking lots and at Center Motor.

 

The Cutting of the Feathers will be held tomorrow Thursday, October 1st at 10:00 am on the Frances Oates Center Stage!

  

There will plenty of Entertainment, Food and Fun all three days!   Brandon Tyler, Joey Greer, David Gardner, and Danny Paul Windham and the Pack of Strays are all on the Entertainment Schedule plus much more!

 

Saturday is a big day.   The 5K Chicken Trot will be held on Saturday morning, October 3rd, at Port A Cool Park.  The Trot starts at 7:30a.m.  The Car Show will be at the Civic Center from 10am – 2.   The Wing Eating Contest, Chicken Clucking Contest, Lions Club Truck Drawing and the Broiler Auction will start at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon at the Main State at the Civic Center.

The Photography, Quilt and Creative Arts Shows are inside the Convention Center for viewing 10-5 each day.

 

Carnival Rides are ready to go.

 

Social Distancing is encouraged.  There will be plenty of Sanitizing stations throughout the grounds. Rides and tables etc will be sanitized on a regular basis.

 

See you at the Festival!
 

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Benefit for Tommy Lee Bryce


 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
 GOVERNING BODY OF THE 
CITY OF TENAHA


The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Special Called City Council Meeting on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas. 


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


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. 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.  
6. 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: (Resignation of current Chief of Police Jeremy Pope and Appointment of Interim Police of Chief)

END OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Reconvene into open session and take any action necessary because of the Executive
Session.
7.     Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  
8.     Adjourn.


The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act. 


The agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041. For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-248-3841. 


Amanda Treat
City Secretary

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Flags Raised to Full Staff


 

 

The funeral of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg took place yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Flags should now be raised.

 

Larry E. Hume
Quartermaster, VFW Post 8904
Center, Texas
Gold Legacy Life Member

 

 

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Football Schedules (DON'T MISS THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON KQBB)


 

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on the Garrison Bulldogs in a home game Friday, Oct 2 at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall giving you your play by play action.

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on West Hardin in West Hardin Friday, Oct 2 at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway giving you your play by play action.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Timpson Bears in Shelbyville on Thursday, Oct 1 at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall giving you your play by play action.

 

The Tenaha Tigers will take on Comesneil in an away game on Friday, October 2 at 7 p.m.

 

The Center Roughriders will have a bye this week.


 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Carnival Wristbands


 

 

East Texas Poultry Festival Carnival Wristband information

 

Wristbands will be $20.


Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Center 9/JV Football Cancelled, CC Girls take 1st, Boys 2nd this weekend


 

 

9/JV Football


9th and JV football games for this week on Thursday have been cancelled. 

Cross Country 


This past Saturday the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams competed at the LeTourneau University: Nicole Leman Invitational. 

 

The Varsity Girls placed 1st with Yuliana Garcia medaling in the top 10 runners.


The Varsity Boys placed 2nd and the JV Boys placed 2nd with Caleb Garcia and Luis Hernandez medaling in the top 10 runners.

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Shelby County Commissioners Court


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 29th day of 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.    Adopt County Road 2360.

5.    Commissioner Pct. 4 to take sealed bids on Ferguson model 6 Roller Compactor, 1999 Ford F350 Cab and Chassis, and 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck.

6.    Adjourn.  
 

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Tenaha City Meeting


 

 

The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Regular City Council Meeting on Monday, September 28, 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. 


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.    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.  
6.    Department Head Reports:
a.    Public Works Report
b.    Municipal Court Report
c.    Police Department Report
d.    City Secretary Report
e.    Fire Department Report
7.    Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the Minutes of this meeting. 
a.    Consider approval of the Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on August 24, 2020.  
b.     Early Voting Tuesday October 13th through Friday October 30th with October 
20th and 22nd being from 7am – 7pm. 
c.    Approve the 2020-21 Holiday Schedule. (Employee Handbook Section 5.1 and 5.3)
d.    Scheduling Next Month’s meeting for Monday October 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm. 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEM(S) (8-10)
8.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider Appointment of Election Judge. (Election Code Sec. 32.001) 
9.    Discuss and take action:  Discuss and Consider Designating the Light & Champion newspaper as the official printed news media for the City of Tenaha. (TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE § 52.004(a).)
10.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider approving the August 2020 Financials. 
11.     EXECUTIVE SESSION
Recess into executive session pursuant to Chapter 551, Subchapter D of the Texas
Government Code:
EXECUTIVE SESSION AGENDA:
A. SECTION 551.072. DELIBERATION REGARDING REAL PROPERTY:
To deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person. (BRK Meats)
B. SECTION 551.074. PERSONNEL MATTERS:
To deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline,
or dismissal of a public officer or employee: (Interviews for the Public Works Operator Position)
C. SECTION 551.071.  CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY(s):
Pending or contemplated litigation related to Case No. 2:08-CV-00288-JRG, Morrow, et al. v. Washington, et al.
D. 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.
12.     Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  
13.     Adjourn.


The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act. 


The agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041. For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-248-3841. 


Amanda Treat
City Secretary
 

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SFA's Fenci hopes to take unique artistic exchange with Mexico university to next level


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – As the 2019 fall semester approached, Stephen F. Austin State University art professor Piero Fenci knew it would be a very different yet interesting academic year for him.


He had decided to take a sabbatical from teaching in anticipation of being busy for several months creating ceramic art for a solo exhibition of his work he had been invited to show at Page Bond Gallery in March in conjunction with the National Conference on Education for the  Ceramic Arts in Richmond, Virginia.


The sabbatical from teaching would also allow him to easily travel to Mexico to take part in a celebration of the ceramics program he helped establish at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua some 15 years earlier. He was also anticipating celebrating his 75th birthday with his university colleagues and friends there. Added to that, officials at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua announced plans to celebrate the start of Fenci’s 15th year of work there by hosting an exhibition in Chihuahua City dedicated to his art and the work of the Mexican students who have studied with him at SFA along with their American SFA counterparts.


What he did not know at the time was as a result of his continued work in Mexico over the previous years – teaching, demonstrating, building kilns, and acting as a mentor to the students there – the university planned to surprise him during his annual visit by naming a new ceramic studio building after him.


What he also didn’t know at the time was that the academic year that he was so eagerly anticipating would be marred by a serious personal illness (from which he has recovered), the death of his mother and a worldwide pandemic, which also eventually caused the cancellation of the NCECA conference and the sudden closure his Richmond exhibition, which had just opened the week before.


The past year did indeed prove to be interesting, with its share of accomplishment and disappointment. But as the fall semester of the 2020-21 year approached, with the pandemic still in full force, Fenci began his 46th year of teaching at SFA.


“It’s not like I’m winding down,” Fenci said. If anything, he’s moving forward faster than ever, instructing in-person and virtually and embracing new technologies and innovative ways to teach his students to be successful artists in a very different world than the one that existed just a year ago. Fenci is also in the midst of a three-year endowed professorship, awarded by the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle. And, he’s been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Mexican National Ceramic Conference in October.


While COVID-19 has affected his in-person work in Mexico, it cannot stop the legacy started years ago, when in 2004, then-SFA President Tito Guerrero asked Fenci to visit la UACH in an effort to improve academic relationships between Texas/U.S. and Mexico. Fenci’s efforts resulted in the creation of the first university program in contemporary ceramic art in the state of Chihuahua. The relationship has continued to grow, and last year, Chris Talbot, the director of the School of Art, traveled to Chihuahua with Fenci to meet with Dr. Roberto Ransom, the provost at la UACH, to start an official exchange between the two universities which would involve not only graduate students but undergraduate students.


“It took 14 years for this to happen, and I was overjoyed that Chris and Dr. Ransom are so supportive of the idea,” Fenci said. During that visit, he attended the extensive exhibition of his work and that of his students, enjoyed a surprise 75th birthday party in his honor and witnessed the unveiling of a plaque bearing his name on the new studio building at the university.


Because SFA offers an M.F.A. in art, which is the equivalent of a Ph.D, SFA had been a magnet for Mexican students who want the terminal degree in visual art. Just this year, UACH instituted an M.F.A. program. After earning an M.F.A., Mexican students can go on to land a tenure-track job at an American university or earn a high-ranking position at a Mexican university.


Fenci has recruited Mexican graduate students who have gone on to lead top ceramic programs in both Mexico and the U.S.  Adan Saenz is a tenured professor running the program Fenci started at the University of Chihuahua. Kira Enriquez is a tenured professor and head of the ceramics area at Indiana State University in Terra Haute. Gabriela Hijar graduated with her M.F.A. last year and landed a prestigious residency in Mexico City then accepted a position as an adjunct with the promise of landing a tenure-track position at la UACH. Aldo Ornelas, from Chihuahua City, and Erik Ordaz, from Mexico City, earned their M.F.A degrees this past year. Ornelas is a studio assistant for Elizabeth Akamatsu, a Nacogdoches-based sculptor. Ordaz is a full-time adjunct instructor at SFA this fall. Homero Gutierrez, from Chihuahua City, matriculated last semester and is one of Fenci’s graduate assistants this fall.


In addition to featuring his and his students’ exhibitions, the celebration of Fenci’s 15 years of work in Mexico showcased a dozen shows, including work by his former la UACH art students who are ceramicists, painters, drawers and printmakers, in addition to his own exhibit.


Fenci’s dedication to the Mexican students goes beyond the classroom. He has helped them in various ways to feel secure in their relocation in the U.S. and at home at SFA so they may concentrate on their work and studies.


“It is important to explain that the students from Mexico all come from working class families, all of whom I’ve met and know,” he said. “Family is huge in Mexico, so they make it a big deal to have me to dinner to meet everyone – that way they have a personal connection with me and can put their mind at ease when their child comes across the border to study in my program at SFA.”


To help the cause, Fenci has worked to attract donors who established scholarships and endowments. But his American students are just as important, and many have enjoyed success over the years. Among them are Gregory Elliott, director of the School of Art at UT San Antonio; Jenny Couch, head of the ceramics area at the University of Alabama in Huntsville; Jen Herzberg, head of the ceramics area at Lee College in Baytown; Renee Wilcox, who runs the ceramics area at the University of Hawaii in Oahu; John Donovan, who runs the ceramics area at the Art Institute of Tennessee in Nashville; and Matt Burton, who runs the MT Burton Gallery on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, recognized by the New York Times as one of the leading ceramic art galleries on the East Coast.


Fenci’s impact continues to be far-reaching, raising SFA’s profile in the art world and recruiting students. He instituted a visiting artist program in ceramics the year he arrived at SFA, and it has continuously brought internationally known artists to demonstrate for his students, creating a network that has resulted in many of his undergraduate students earning admission to graduate school programs and, likewise, enticing students of the visiting artists to attend SFA.


Although he is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the SFA Foundation Award for Teaching and Research, and the Texas Master Award from the Houston Center of Contemporary Art, which also hosted an exhibition of his artwork, Fenci considers teaching and seeing his students succeed as his greatest accomplishment.


Bringing order out of chaos is a key concept in Fenci’s personal philosophy of art and life, and the pandemic may put that concept to its greatest test. But he’s determined that a pandemic will not dilute his efforts to recruit talented art students from Mexico. As the keynote speaker at the Mexican National Ceramic Conference in October, he will make his presentation via Zoom talking about the importance of the artistic relationship between SFA and Mexico and the “stellar careers in the field both here and south of the border” that have resulted from the collaboration.


“All of my Mexican students who have graduated from the M.F.A. program here will play a part in the conference by speaking about their work and the influence SFA has had on their careers,” he said.


Cutline 1: Piero Fenci, professor of art at SFA, lectures at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua about his history with the university and the ceramics program he started there. The background image is a six-foot maquette of a 16-foot bronze sculpture that his father created. It is now displayed in the courtyard of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Fenci’s father, Renzo Fenci, came through Ellis Island in 1937. Trained as a sculptor at the Royal Art Institute in Florence, Italy, and with only $12 and no English-speaking skills at the time, he later made a name for himself in the U.S. as a creator of monumental public sculpture and head of the sculpture department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.


Cutline 2: Fenci and his Mexican colleagues prepare to unload a high-fire kiln Fenci and students built at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. Adan Saenz, center, who is a former student of Fenci’s, is head of the ceramics program at la UACH.


Cutline 3: Fenci and five of his Mexican students attend festivities marking Fenci’s 15 years of work in Mexico. Also pictured are Mexican government representatives who helped to coordinate the exhibitions. To the left of Fenci is Sharon Robinson, one of Fenci’s students who works as an independent artist and has a studio/store in downtown Nacogdoches.


Cutline 4: Fenci speaks with Perla Cristina Garcia, a former student of Fenci’s who is now a professor at la UACH, at Garcia’s exhibition opening.


Cutline 5: Fenci attended numerous openings of exhibitions of well-known Mexican ceramicists, many of whom studied with Fenci, during the celebration of his 15 years of artistic work at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua.

 

 

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Jr High and Varsity Football changes


 

 

Jr. High football game will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Timpson 6:00 p.m.

 

Varsity football game will be Thursday, Oct. 1 at Dragon Stadium vs Timpson- Kick off at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture hosts tree contest


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host its fifth annual NacogdoTREES competition, a free communitywide contest celebrating the natural beauty of Nacogdoches, from Oct. 9 through Nov. 20.

 

“The goal of NacogdoTREES is to highlight the importance of urban and community trees, raise awareness of their ecological benefits, introduce the community to the field of forestry and encourage citizens to spend time outdoors,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

 

The competition includes categories for largest tree circumference, largest crown, tallest tree, best shade tree and best overall tree. Prizes will be awarded for each category. Faculty members developed videos to teach some basic forestry measurements, including tree height and crown spread. The videos are available on the competition’s webpage to guide participants through the process. 

 

“Keep in mind that it’s not just all about numbers and measurements,” Fuller said. “The best overall tree may be the tree with the best story, the most fans or simply just the most beautiful. We really hope NacogdoTREES encourages people to visit some of our amazing city parks and the SFA campus.”

 

Trees eligible for submission must be located on the SFA campus, properties managed by Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation or on the entrant’s personal property. Winning submissions will receive prizes. For competition guidelines, an entry form, area maps and resources, visit https://bit.ly/3j4xLNQ and click on the NacogdoTREES tab. For more information, contact Fuller at fullersa@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1185.

 

 

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SFA's Music Prep offering Kindermusik education for young children


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University is once again offering the popular Kindermusik classes for young children starting at birth through 3 years of age.

 

Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children. The program uses the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Since 1978, Kindermusik has helped millions of children around the world build a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.

 

“Every Kindermusik class is designed to help your children learn and develop physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially and musically,” according to Emily Ferrell, Kindermusik instructor. “You will be welcomed into a fun and nurturing environment where your child will experience music of varying genres and cultures while interacting with other children and engaging in movement, rhythm and vocal activities.

 

“Kindermusik's approach to early childhood education and award-winning, research-based curricula prime children for success both in school and in life,” she added.

 

Kindermusik is based on the belief that every child is musical, every parent is the child’s most important teacher, and the home is the most important place for learning, according to information about the program at sfamusicprep.com/kindermusik/.

 

Visit sfamusicprep.com and kindermusik.com/studio/57695 to view class schedules and payment options.

 

For more information about programs offered by the SFA Music Preparatory Division, contact Director Alba Madrid at (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep House is located at 3028 Raguet St.

 

 

 

 

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Nieberding to exhibit tintype photographs at Panola College, address British photo group


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Dr. Bill Nieberding, associate professor in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, will share his knowledge of tintype photography both locally and abroad beginning Oct. 1 with an exhibition opening at Panola College and a research presentation to the British Royal Photographic Society.


His presentation to the Royal Photographic Society in Great Britain is titled “A Withering Gaze: Technical Excellence and Aura in Contemporary Wet-collodion Photography.” The presentation will take place on Zoom and will explore intersections between the effect of viewing wet-plate collodion photographs and the concept of aura developed by Walter Benjamin in the 1930s.


The exhibition is titled “East Texas: A Portrait in Wet-Plate Collodion” and will be shown in the Allison Gallery in the M.P. Baker Library at Panola College in Carthage. The photographs explore a range of East Texas subjects and still-life works and were created using large-format cameras and the antiquated tintype process invented in the 1850s. The wet-plate photographer must coat the plate with chemicals, expose it in the camera and develop it on location – all before the plate dries out, Nieberding explained.


“It’s a demanding process that produces one-of-a-kind photographs on aluminum or glass,” he said.


Nieberding’s photographic work includes traditional silver-based black and white portraits, landscapes and figure studies as well as digital work that explores notions of social identity in public contexts. Support for the exhibition and the wet-plate collodion research is funded by a Research and Creative Activities Grant through the SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.


The exhibition runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 6. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Friday; and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed on Saturday. It is located at 1109 W. Panola St. Contact the gallery at (903) 693-2052 or visit panola.edu/library/.


 

 

 

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SFA associate professor's books help ELLs with math online and in the classroom


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — While many people consider math a subject that transcends languages, math students still need to solve word problems and justify their answers. Thus, their teachers need to develop language as well as teach math concepts.

 

To help teachers do just that, Dr. Jim Ewing, associate professor in the Department of Education Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, has self-published two new books on English-language learners. Both build on his highly regarded primer, “Math for ELLs: As Easy as Uno, Dos, Tres.”

 

Ewing released the primer in February to help teachers who work with the three quarters of ELLs who speak Spanish at home. The book describes developing a positive math mindset in ELLs, providing access to content and engaging them in productive struggle, among other topics.

 

Choice magazine called the book “invaluable to both pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as those studying bilingual education and English for speakers of other languages.”

 

Building on “Math for ELLs,” Ewing recently released two more books that apply the theories from his first to help teachers working with ELLs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“Math for Hispanic ELs: A Teacher's Guide for the Classroom and Distance Learning (K-2)” features lesson plans and word problems for students in kindergarten through second grade, while “Math for Hispanic ELs: A Teacher's Guide for the Classroom and Distance Learning (3 to 5)” focuses on students in third through fifth grade.

 

“I guide the teachers in meeting the math needs of emergent bilingual students in the classroom, online and without Wi-Fi,” Ewing said. “I specifically focus on Latinx students.”

 

All three books are available on amazon.com.

 

For more information, email Ewing at ewingjs@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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SFA's criminal justice program ranked No. 2 in the nation



 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s undergraduate criminal justice program was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation by UniversityHQ, an online independent educational organization.

 

SFA’s program was one of only two Texas programs listed in the top 40, outranking the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, which ranked No. 7.

 

“It is very exciting to receive this ranking,” said Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, professor and chair of the Department of Government. “Our faculty members work hard to create an engaging and memorable learning experience for every student in our classes.”

 

SFA offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. Both the criminal justice major and minor are offered online and in person.

 

Additionally, students can select an overlap program that allows them to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master of Public Administration in just five years.

 

UniversityHQ gathers information about collegiate programs from data provided by government sources. Programs are then ranked according to a variety of factors, such as retention rate, graduation rate, admission rate, cost of tuition, graduating salary, number of programs offered, online programs offered, loan default rate, diplomas awarded and the number of students receiving financial aid.

 

In addition to the criminal justice degree, SFA’s Department of Government offers a bachelor’s degree in political science, undergraduate and graduate public administration degrees, a Master of Arts in national security, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management.

 

To learn more about SFA’s Department of Government, visit sfasu.edu/government.

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting Cancelled.


The Special Called Meeting of the Joaquin City Council has been cancelled for tonight September 28, 2020.

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SFA rodeo team receives valuable equipment donation from alumni and past coaches


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University rodeo team has gained a competitive advantage in the arena thanks to a spur board and mechanical bucking machine donated by a group of 31 SFA Rodeo Club alumni and past coaches. 

 

“We’re just grateful and blessed that we now have the support we’ve longed for in regard to making sure our program continues to excel,” said Rachel Clark, SFA coordinator of student publications and Rodeo Club advisor and team coach.

 

Clark explained that the spur board is an A-frame structure that allows competitors who ride bareback, saddle bronc or bulls, known as roughstock riders, to practice their form and spurring technique without the use of livestock. The mechanical bucking machine provides the same experience while also mimicking the movement of a bucking bull or horse.

 

The donors, comprising alumni from across Texas, independently launched the donation campaign and raised $4,000 to purchase the equipment without the knowledge of Clark or Rodeo Club members.

 

“These pieces of equipment are just more pieces of the puzzle that help us recruit top-notch students to come to SFA for the academics and the rodeo program,” Clark said.

 

The equipment is housed at the Equine Center located at SFA’s Todd Agricultural Research Center.

 

“We are getting interest from roughstock riders to come, so the fact that we have these pieces of equipment makes it a lot easier for them to actually commit to SFA because they have the means and the equipment to practice on and be prepared,” Clark said.

 

To learn more about the SFA rodeo team, contact Rachel Clark at clarkr1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-468-3770.

 

Pictured from left are Suzanne George, Cotton George, Burt Hairgrove, Wayne Robinson, Gil Masters, Jim Broom, David Gregory, Richard Girard, Rachel Clark and members of the SFA rodeo team.

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Game Notice


Tenaha JV game cancelled this Thursday. Colmesneil does not have enough players.
Junior High starts at 5 pm at home in Jackson Stadium.

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Friday Night Scoreboard 09/25/2020


Friday Night Football Scoreboard

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Center 31 Van 28

Joaquin 40 Clarksville 10

San Augustine 48 Alto 20

Tenaha 41 Lovelady 18

Timpson 55 James Bowie 6

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Agenda


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 30th 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. Adopt County Road 2360.

 

5. Commissioner Pct. 4 to take sealed bids on Ferguson model 6 Roller Compactor, 1999 Ford F350 Cab and Chassis, and 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck.

 

6. Adjourn.  

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Tenaha Tiger Pink Out Shirts


 

 

Cheerleaders are taking orders for Pink Out T-Shirts!  Tenaha’s Pink Out Game will be Friday, October 9th. 

 

Order form can be turned in to any office or cheerleader.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Click here for the order form

 

 

 

 

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Football Schedules


 

 


The Center Roughriders will take on the Van Vandals in a home game tonight 9-25-2020 in Center, Texas at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on the Clarksville Tigers in their Homecoming game tonight 9-25-2020 in Joaquin at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall giving you your play by play action.

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on the Alto Yellow Jackets in San Augustine at 7:30 p.m. tonight 9-25-2020 at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway giving you your play by play action.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will have a bye.

 

The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Lovelady Lions in a home game tonight 9-25-2020 in Tenaha at 7 p.m.

 

The Timpson Bears will take on the James Bowie Pirates in Timpson at 7:30 p.m. 

 

 

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Joaquin City Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Homecoming Tickets


 

 

The Joaquin Administration Office will be open until 1:30 p.m. (09/25) to sell tickets for the homecoming football game. We will be closing early due to the district early release and homecoming parade.  There will not be any tickets available at the gate. Go RAMS!

 

 

 

 

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Virtual Diabetes Class


 

 

September 21, 2020


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Shelby, Harrison and Rusk County have partnered to
offer a comprehensive diabetes education series called, “Do Well Be Well with Diabetes.”
The five-session series will provide participants with the latest information on managing diabetes
by focusing on “how food affects blood glucose”, “eating the right number of carbohydrates”,
“going beyond the diet and physical activity: improving blood glucose control with medication”,
and “celebrating diabetes control and avoiding complications”.


Do Well Be Well with Diabetes was designed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists to
assist patients who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, have had diabetes for
many years, and for the spouses and caregivers of loved ones with diabetes. Nine lessons will be
taught over a period of five classes and will teach individuals about diabetes and how to manage
the disease. Each lesson will be presented by local health care professional guest speakers with
expertise in the subject area.


Classes will be offered VIRTUALLY every Thursday in October from 10:00 am-11:00
am. Registration for the five-week series is $12. To register, please click on this link
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/do-well-be-well-with-diabetes-education-class-tickets120285833165
For additional information on this program, please contact me at
feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu or (936)598-7744.

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SFA agriculture professor named Distinguished Young Educator


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Candis Carraway, Stephen F. Austin State University assistant professor of agriculture, was named the 2020 Distinguished Young Educator by Non-land grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities.

 

This national award recognizes meritorious teaching at a NARRU institution and is awarded after a rigorous application and evaluation process.

 

“I firmly believe Dr. Carraway is the epitome of a distinguished young educator,” said Dr. Joey Bray, chair of SFA’s Department of Agriculture. “She is a passionate educator who truly cares for each and every student she teaches and takes pride in mentoring our students and getting them to realize their true abilities.”

 

Carraway served as a secondary agricultural science teacher for 16 years before earning a doctoral degree in agricultural communications and education from Texas Tech University. She joined SFA in 2017 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in agriculture. She also supervises all pre-service secondary agricultural science teachers. 

 

Since joining SFA, Carraway has created two new courses to help strengthen SFA’s agriculture education curriculum and hosted SFA’s first Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Animal Science Institute that was attended by agriculture educators from seven different states.

 

Carraway maintains a robust record of leadership, including, but not limited to, serving as the president for the Agricultural Consortium of Texas and membership on the board of directors for the Texas FFA Association. She also is co-chair for the SFA University Internship Strategy Committee, a member of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s Undergraduate Research Committee and a member of the American Association of Agricultural Education Professional Development Committee.

 

This is the first time an SFA professor has received this honor. Carraway will be recognized at the NARRU annual meeting held virtually next month.

 

 

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Gold Star Mothers Day Ceremony


 

 


Gold Star Mothers Day program today 9-25-2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial to remember all the mothers and spouses who have lost a child or husband in a time of war. They will lay a memorial wreath and pay Taps in honor of those lost.

 

 

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A Message From the Timpson ISD Superintendent


 

 

Message from the Superintendent:

 

It has come to my attention that there are concerns about stadium procedures and protocols for visitors to our events at Timpson ISD. We published our stadium guidelines and athletic event procedures on our website many weeks ago. We have tried to communicate the guidelines and enforce them as much as possible. However, our country is currently in a struggle for power and that struggle in my opinion has made its way to school stadiums and school houses across the nation.

 

I understand that some people believe the Coronavirus poses a great threat to our society while others do not believe it is real. So whether you believe COVID is real or not, the letter I received from UIL yesterday about potential allegations of violations of COVID-19 protocol at TISD “is real”. I will personally do everything in my power to allow students to continue to come to school each day and participate in our activities. It is shameful for adults to fight their personal battles on a field that our kids should be enjoying right now.

 

It has also been reported that people are not planning to abide by the established protocols for our homecoming game tomorrow night. It will be shameful if we have to empty the bleachers so our kids can play the game. So if you must promote your personal beliefs or become belligerent toward authority, do it somewhere else so our kids get to enjoy their time at THS.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Mid D. Johnson

Superintendent, Timpson ISD

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Shelby County Commissioner's Court


 

 


There was a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court held on the 23rd 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.


They approved and paid the expenses

 

No public comments were given on the agenda items.

 

They advertised for bids on gravel, fuel and tires for FY2020-2021.

 

No bids were offered for the 2008 Kia Spectra for the County Attorney’s office so the County Attorney’s office was allowed to decide what to do with the vehicle.

 

Mark Durand from Work Force Solutions Deep East Texas to address the Court on the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.

 

They discussed and took action to accept the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.

 

They discussed and took action to disburse the Child Safety Fee Fund.

 

They reviewed and approved FY 2020 Budget Line Items Transfers.

 

They approved Arena Bleacher Fund Budget amendment to Budgeted Revenue and Budgeted Expense to recognize donated funds of $20,907.36.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

An Executive Session was also be held for the purpose of discussing personnel, hearing complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. The closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074.

 

They reopened the meeting to the public and approved Judge Rafferty court administrator splitting the cost for the position with Panola County.

 

They adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

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SFA Percussion Ensemble to present virtual concert


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Percussion Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform works by Nathan Daughtrey, David Friedman, Armand Russell and other noted composers in a virtual concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.


In its first concert of the fall semester, the ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, associate professor of percussion at SFA, will also perform works by Joe W. Moore III, Korry Friend and Rüdiger Pawassar.


Daughtrey’s “Shock Factor,” which uses “tension-building ostinatos, hammer-like blows, and vocal contributions in which participants whisper, speak and yell,” according to John R. Raush in “Percussive Notes.” He also describes the piece as “dramatic” and “hard-driving.”


Friedman’s “Nyack” is one of his more complex works, showing the contrast between the improvised (or written) solos between the vibraphone/marimba duo, according to a description at steveweissmusic.com. Each "voice" is able to speak distinctly, while remaining within the framework of the piece. 


Friend wrote “Moxie” as a master’s student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while studying with Dr. Eric Willie. The piece is in two sections, both primarily utilizing a minimalistic approach, according to the composer. The first section has a heavier sounding, more hip-hop based style, and the second section is more subdued and melodious. “This work was written as a gift to Dr. Eric Willie and the UNCG Percussion Ensemble, where the most valuable lesson I learned was to have ‘Moxie,’” Friend wrote.


Pawassar describes his “Sculpture 3” as “almost a classical sounding work, but resembles many harmonic structures found in ’70’s and ’80’s jazz.” The composer comments that when writing this work, it resembled to him “the making of a wood sculpture where, in drafts, many parts were cut off, added again, shifted and intertwined with one another.”


To access the live concert free of charge, go to https://youtu.be/3F3eVf9x5Qw. For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

 

 

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Joaquin Homecoming Parade


 

The Joaquin Homecoming Parade will be tomorrow, Friday September 25th, at 4:00 pm. It will start in front of the high school and go through downtown. The pre-game ceremonies will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the football field. 

 

Submitted by: Sarah Barton

 

 

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Joaquin JH/HS GT Nominations


 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Gifted and Talented student nominations for grades 6-12 will begin Monday, October 05, 2020 and end Friday, October 16, 2020. If you would like to nominate your child, a nomination application will be sent home for you to complete and return. Please contact Terri Gray or Cassie Porter for a nomination packet or with any questions you may have regarding the Joaquin Jr. High/High School GT Program.


Joaquin Independent School District will continue to provide a Gifted and Talented Program which:


• Increases creative thinking and problem solving skills through the development of fluent,
flexible, original and collaborative thinking processes;
• Develops skills in logical reasoning and critical thinking through the application of higherlevel cognitive thinking processes;
• Extends skills in research/independent study through planning and conducting teacherdirected and self-directed studies utilizing a variety of materials and media;
• Develops a positive self-concept, improve interpersonal skills, and gain a better
understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness, worth, and contributions of self and
others. Joaquin Independent School District Gifted and Talented Program is an enriched program for those students who are identified as gifted and talented and placed in the program according to Joaquin ISD’s identification procedure. Emphasis will be on providing a learning environment and activities which foster the development of higher-order thinking skills, creative thinking skills, problem solving skills and communication skills. Students will be exposed to experiences and information which are outside the bounds of the regular curriculum and will be encouraged to develop advanced level products and performances. Each student will be assisted in the development of a healthy selfconcept and relationship with peers.


Sincerely,


Terri Gray, Principal

 

Cassie Porter, Counselor

 

 

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Tenaha Tiger News


 

 

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: https://www.facebook.com/Tenaha-Independent-School-District-486433751368156/

 

September 24, 2020-JH vs Lovelady (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs Lovelady (There) 6:00 pm; Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

September 25, 2020-End 1st Grading Period; Tigers vs Lovelady (Home) 7:00 pm (Pre-sale tickets$5/$3)

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There) District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon;

 

Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor)Pre-game 6:30 pm) Senior Night

 

Friday vs. Lovelady

Tickets for the Tigers Home District 11-2A opener vs. Lovelady go on sale today for General Admission. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Understand there is a limit to capacity for the game so if you wait, you likely won't get a ticket for the game.

With that said...... you must WEAR A MASK at the game. The UIL has mandated that all UIL events enforce the wearing of masks and social distancing. The home bleachers at the stadium are marked for social distancing with "double T logos".

 

ANY FAN NOT WEARING A MASK WILL BE POLITELY ASKED TO WEAR ONE. If that does not work, THEY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

 

The UIL has made it very clear. Game officials are reporting to the UIL any instances where masks and social distancing rules are being violated. The UIL is already sending notices to schools that they could be forced to conduct the remainder of their sporting events without fans this year.

 

Remember, these events aren't being held for the convenience of the fans. They are being held for the opportunity for kids to compete and participate. If you want the privilege to attend and watch their performances to continue, please follow the mask mandate and the social distancing mandate.

 

Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans. 

Due to COVID 19 precautions this Friday’s pep rally will be closed to the public. This includes parents and family members.

 

We will be going Live at 2:50 for those that can’t attend.

JH and JV Tigers to play in Lovelady this Thursday beginning at 5:00 pm. (Tickets at Gate)

 

 

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Entertaining Angels Part 2


 

 

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  ( Hebrews 13:2 )


Around January of 1974 my insurance company transferred me to our new office in Littleton, Colorado.  Living in Colorado was a blast for our family.  My wife, Clara, had taken a job at Denver Children’s Hospital in downtown Denver.  She was working for the chief cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. George Pappas, as his secretary and assistant.   It was a very exciting, though stressful position.

 

In the summer of 1976 the hospital was hosting a cardiovascular surgery conference.  Clara was in charge of working out all the details for this event.  A rather famous Indian heart surgeon had been invited to be the primary speaker.  It was Clara’s job to obtain a copy of the Indian physician’s background and education, a resume if you will.  Everything was going smoothly until she received a faxed copy of the doctor’s information.

 

On the morning of the conference she was preparing to make copies of the speaker’s resume when she discovered that the document was in a foreign language.  She was unable to identify his education or anything else about him.  She could find no one in the hospital who could translate for her.  This dilemma would be very embarrassing to all concerned if not worked out.

Running out of time, Clara walked down the hall to a break room in search of someone to help her.  Suddenly a woman tapped her on her shoulder.  Clara turned around to see a young Indian woman, dressed  in her Sari, complete with her Bindi on her forehead.  In broken English the woman ask Clara if she could be of assistance.  Showing her the doctor’s papers she inquired if the mystery lady could translate it into English.  “Of course”, she replied, and proceeded to do so.

 

Clara thanked the mystery lady repeatedly, explaining that she had just saved her day.  Then she ran back to her office to retype the resume and make copies of it, just in the nick of time.  The conference was a success, thanks in part to this Indian lady.  Clara tried to find her to express her appreciation again, but she had disappeared.  She was never seen again.

 

Clara had prayed that God would send someone to help with her insurmountable problem.  Did God respond by sending an angel in the proper attire to help her?  After all, He does promise to answer prayers.

 


 
 

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Panola College Offers Zumba and Yoga Classes


 

 

CHECK OUT NEW TIMES!!!  Panola College/Shelby College Center’s next Zumba and Yoga classes are approaching soon. Reserve your spot TODAY.

 

October 5 – November 11
Zumba Gold – Mondays and Wednesdays – 4:15 – 5:15 pm
October 5 – November 11
Beginning Yoga – Mondays and Wednesdays – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

The cost of each class is $60, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email: tmccann@panola.edu.

 

 

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Joaquin vs. Garrison Football Game Ticket Sales


 

Home tickets for the Joaquin vs. Garrison varsity football game to be held on 10/2/20 will be sold at the gate prior to the contest due to fall break. First come, first served until sold out. The gate will open at 6:00 p.m.  There are 800 tickets available for this contest due to stadium capacity restrictions. GO RAMS!

 

Wade Lawson, JISD Boys Athletic Director

 

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Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting Minutes


 

Minutes of School Board Meeting
September 21, 2020


1 The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members present: Chrisco Bragg, Jacob Kay, Thomas Harvey, Brandon Neal, Jeff Hamilton, Ronnie Belrose, and Jeff Cater
Board members absent:
Guest(s) Present: Todd Hovey, Chris Patton, Jeff Bresee, Tracy LeBlanc
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Ryan Fuller, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Wade Lawson, Boys Athletic Director
Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.
2 The invocation was led by Chrisco Bragg, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Thomas Harvey, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jacob Kay.
3 Audience Participation – Chris Patton- Field Turf 4 Report and Information items:
4.1 Monthly Financial Report 4.2 Quarterly Investment Report 4.3 Annual Investment Report
5 Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
5.1 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve the previous meeting minutes. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.2 It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve Resolution for paying employee’s during school closure on August 27th and 28th. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.3 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve Substitute Employee List (attached). Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.4 It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve Investment Broker’s List and Review Local Investment Policy. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.5 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to approve the SHAC committee members for the 2020-2021 school year. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.6 It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Hamilton, to approve Resolution for Joaquin ISD Sec.125 Cafeteria Plan. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
5.7 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve Adopting Update 115. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074 at 6:36 p.m. on September 21, 2020.
5.8 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve rankings of the Competitive Sealed Proposals received for the Stadium Synthetic Turf Improvement Project. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to approve Sports Field INC. for the Stadium Synthetic Turf Improvement Project for the base proposal and the two alternates totaling $1,107,014.00. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
551.074 Appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee
6.1 Resignations, hiring, and Contracts- 6.1.1- Resignations
7 The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 7:25 p.m. on September 21, 2020. Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
7.1 a. It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to accept the resignation of Marilyn Stewart. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.
8 Chrisco Bragg, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.
9 Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD October 19, 2020 6:00
10 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 7:31pm.
_____________________ ________________________
Chrisco Bragg, President Jeff Cater, Secretary

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SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts event to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Nacogdoches community members who want to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month are invited to join an event hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, outside at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.

 

Wilma Cordova, professor of social work, will deliver the keynote speech for the annual Noche de Gala.

 

“The event honors the Latinx and Hispanic culture through educational activities, performances, cultural cuisines, a keynote speaker and more,” said Andrea Flores, OMA student ambassador.

 

Cordova has taught at SFA since fall 2000 and has conducted research regarding displaced families following disaster, immigration issues, working with the elderly and HIV/AIDS in the rural context. She is a Court-Appointed Special Advocates board member and an American Red Cross mental health provider.

 

“Activities like Noche de Gala remind us to enjoy the diversity on our campus, within our community and in Texas,” Cordova said. “This is a night to meet, greet and unite. It is a night to look to the future and ponder how to move ahead in all aspects for the sake of creating a fair and just society for all.”

 

Her speech is titled “Hazlo,” a Spanish word meaning “do it.” Cordova’s message is meant to encourage listeners to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Latinx and Hispanic population and continue the momentum to advance all aspects of life such as economic, political, educational and leadership roles.

 

“This simple word, ‘hazlo,’ will remind us that what we do individually to improve and advance our lives should also improve and advance all humanity,” Cordova said.

 

Face masks and social distancing will be required throughout the event. For more information, visit www.sfasu.edu/oma.

 

 

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Football, craft beer, books and graffiti: Business professor at home with the headlines


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Looking at the current state of college football, Dr. Drew Thornley, a professor in the Stephen F. Austin State University Rusche College of Business, sees a land of shattered dreams. Due to the disruptions of COVID-19, gridiron titans like the University of Alabama have opted for condensed, conference-only schedules, dumping games with non-conference schools like Georgia State, Kent State and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

 

While it makes sense for teams like Alabama, it’s heartbreaking – and financially ruinous ­– for the Georgia States of the world, which rely on paid road games against name brand teams to fill the coffers of their athletic departments. So, as the season unfolds, and as the economic realities of COVID-19 increasingly emerge, Thornley expects a tsunami of lawsuits, many of them revolving around force majeure ­– a provision that pertains to unforeseen circumstances that prevent fulfillment of a contract.

 

It’s a big national topic and one with entrenched interest, and Thornley is eager to lead the discussion.   

   

“I want to be the first one, or one of the first ones, to write about that,” Thornley said.

 

Even as Thornley contemplates the pandemic’s cataclysmic effect on college football’s network of game-day contracts, he’s also thinking about craft beer, and how that industry, exchanging its collegial culture for a business-oriented one, is undergoing profound changes of its own.

 

Based on the strength of his craft beer industry article, “Litigation, Not Collaboration: The Changing Landscape of Trademark Disputes in the Craft-Beer Industry,” published in 2017 in the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, the editor at The University of the Pacific Law Review has asked Thornley to pen another article for an upcoming special edition dedicated to beer. Though Thornley has yet to determine exactly what he’ll write about, he’s planning on writing something for the publication.

 

Indeed, this fall it’s football and beer, a classic combination. But in Thornley’s case, it’s about the academics, not just the big-screen TV and the primetime kickoff at the Sugar Bowl. 

 

“People want to read about things that they find interesting,” he said.

 

In terms of Thornley’s tenure-track career as a researcher and writer, fall will be an important moment. And it will also serve as a fitting end to a strong year. In the spring, his article, “The Copyright Act’s Mandatory-Deposit Requirement: Unnecessary and Unconstitutional,” appeared in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. The article centers on the plight of Virginia-based Valancourt Books, which specializes in the recovery and re-release of rare and out-of-print fiction, as well as gothic, horror, supernatural fiction and LGBT-interest titles.

  

The United States Copyright Office contacted Valancourt in 2018 to notify the publisher that it was not in compliance with the regulation that two physical copies of a book be deposited with the federal government within three months of the publication date. For Valancourt, which does print-on-demand only and has more than 400 titles in its catalogue, meeting the regulation would have been disruptive and cost prohibitive. Rather than comply, Valancourt sued in federal court. The case is ongoing. 

 

In his paper, Thornley argues that the Copyright Act’s mandatory-deposit requirement is unconstitutional and unnecessary on three grounds: it violates the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause and Due Process Clause along with freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment. 

 

“Publishers are not treated equally under the law when they are forced to speak, while certain others are not,” Thornley wrote. “The disparate treatment – the unequal protection under the law – of publishers is clear. What is left to decide is whether such unequal protection is constitutionally permissible, under strict-scrutiny review. It is not.”

 

Blessed with the academic freedom to pursue his interests, and not a specified framework of topics, Thornley writes about what catches his eye. And one such case, originating in New York City, did just that.  

 

In a 2019 piece in the Cleveland State Law Review, “The Visual Artists Rights Act’s ‘Recognized Stature’ Provision: A Case for Repeal,” Thornley argued that the “recognized stature” clause, as it relates to paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, should be repealed because the term is exceedingly subjective, hard to define and, perhaps most importantly, can be used to override a property owner’s rights.

 

The article is based on the extraordinary saga that unfolded through the '90s and early 2000s. The owner of an old factory known as 5Pointz allowed a renowned graffiti artist to coordinate the spray-painting of many murals by an assortment of artists on the building’s walls – and ended up paying some of those aerosol artists a combined $6.75 million in damages because the court said he whitewashed graffiti of “recognized stature” before demolishing the building. 

 

In a blunt assessment of what happened at 5Pointz, Thornley wrote, “Nothing about this outcome comports with traditional rules of property law or contract law.”

 

While Thornley, a Harvard Law School graduate in his sixth year at SFA, writes about a wide range of issues, his articles are all related in that they focus primarily on property rights and contract rights – and the need to protect them.

 

 

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SFA's Singin' Axes to perform Lewandowski's 'Enosh'


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Singin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a virtual concert that features German composer Louis Lewandowski’s setting of “Enosh” when the choir performs its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.


“The tenor-bass choir is performing my dear friend Dr. Douglas Helvering’s arrangement of Louis Lewandowski’s beautiful setting of ‘Enosh,’” said Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA and the choir’s director.


“The text is from Psalm 103: 15-17; these verses discuss the fleeting nature of our lives,” Fish explained. “The pandemic has reminded us all to cherish our lives and our health for as long as we are able to do so.”


Graduate choral conducting student Grant Peterson from Wylie will conduct “Enosh.”


The Singin’ Axes is the new name for what used to be the SFA Men’s Choir. The name was changed to make it less gender specific, Fish said.


Dr. Scott LaGraff, professor of voice at SFA, will join the choir to sing “O Isis und Osiris” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute). “We are thrilled to have Dr. LaGraff join us,” Fish added. “We are equally thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our fantastic collaborative pianist, Dr. Thomas Nixon.”


The choir will also sing an original composition by Dr. Brian Bondari, professor of theory and composition at Trinity University, entitled “Lamb of God.”


To access the live concert free of charge, visit music.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

 

 

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SFA's Kantorei choirs to present 'The Joy of Singing' concert


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Kantorei Purple and Kantorei White choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a virtual concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, that will feature works from the Renaissance era along with favorite hymns.


The concert’s theme, “The Joy of Singing,” is designed to showcase the importance of choral performance in a COVID world that silenced voices for a period of time, according to Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA.


“Our global society has been deprived of hearing people sing for nearly half of this year,” Fish said. “This is a sort of ‘mini-concert’ to jumpstart the students’ semester and to give folks the opportunity to hear choirs sing again.”


The two Kantorei choirs were previously the SFA Women’s Choir. “We decided, as a vocal/choral faculty, that it was time to change the names of our choirs to make them less gender exclusive,” Fish said. Dividing the choir into two units was a result of COVID guidelines restricting large gatherings.


The concert features Grant Peterson, first-year graduate student in choral conducting from Wylie, and Greg Simmons, graduate collaborative pianist from Tyler.


Kantorei Purple will sing the great Renaissance composition, Orlando di Lasso’s “Adoramus te,” conducted by Peterson. Kantorei White will sing Gustav Holst’s “Hymn to the Dawn” from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda op. 26 Set 3. 


Both choirs will come together to perform arrangements by composers who are friends of Fish.

“The choir will sing a setting of ‘Give Me Jesus’ by my dear friend and proud SFA alum Reginal Wright, who is the head choral director at Mansfield High School,” Fish said. “They will also perform Dr. Brian Bondari’s setting of ‘Amazing Grace.’” Bondari is professor of theory and composition at Trinity University.


To access the live concert free of charge, visit music.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

 

 

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SFA theatre students learning valuable lessons through virtual performance delivery


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A select group of theatre students at Stephen F. Austin State University have embraced performing virtually as the chosen delivery form for their art as they present the first play of the School of Theatre’s 2020-21 Mainstage Series, and they are learning some valuable lessons along the way.


Students will present a virtual-only performance of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit” Sept. 24 through 26. Not knowing what COVID restrictions might still be in place in the fall, the play’s director, Dr. Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre at SFA, planned for the show to be virtual from the beginning. Taking place in hell, “No Exit” can actually benefit from the virtual setting, she said. And the students who earned roles in the play couldn’t agree more.


“It is surprising to me how easy it is to become invested in the scene, even though you aren't in the room with your scene partners,” said Nacogdoches senior Alexis Beck.

“No Exit” finds three strangers encountering one another in a strange room and trying to make sense of their new surroundings and the lives that have led them to this place. While the play lends itself to virtual delivery, there are aspects of live theatre that cannot be replicated online.


“I think what has been the biggest adjustment to make for me personally is the lack of physical interaction with everyone involved,” said Colby Green, Carthage senior. “I’ve always been someone who enjoys the non-rehearsal related parts of rehearsal as much as the actual work that goes into the production, meaning the connections made with cast mates and conversations during breaks before and after rehearsal … the normal moments of interaction and connection that you don’t really realize are happening at the time. They’re still there but are much harder to replicate in a virtual setting.”


Fellow actor Triston Haq, Baytown junior, echoed Green’s comment.


“The most glaring difference for me is the connection between actors,” he said. “Usually, in an in-person production, the way that actors make up life onstage is through connection, such as really looking at your partners and acknowledging their presence. It's different in the virtual setting, because in order to look like you're looking at the other actors, you usually have to look away from them and send your intent in the opposite direction. It's definitely challenging and different. But I like to think of it as a sort of training. I mean there are professional actors in film who now have to stare at tennis balls with faces drawn on them and give million dollar performances because of CG (computer generated imagery).”


One of the most surprising aspects of presenting this play in this format “is the heightened sense of confinement that the camera brings,” Haq said. But the camera serves a unique purpose in “No Exit.”


“For the most part, we're staying fully within this square of what the camera can see, and we can only act within that confined space,” he said. “I think that sense of confinement and the ‘eye’ of having the camera constantly looking at you helps facilitate the dread and the feeling of being in a kind of social hell.”


“At first I was extremely apprehensive about the whole ‘being on camera’ part of this production,” Green said, “but it is turning out to be much less of an issue than I thought. I was worried that my personal discomfort with having the immediate feedback that comes with seeing yourself as you’re working would present a huge hurdle that I had never really worked with before. But I think the issue of self-consciousness, and the need to work around it in order to adjust to this new normal that is the theatre world right now, has really allowed me to confront some things that have been holding me back as a performer. I believe that, in the long run, working on this particular show and this character, especially through the lens of my own issues with self-perception, is allowing me to work a lot more deeply than would have been possible otherwise.”


The students have yet to encounter the challenge of performing without a live audience. Green said she is one of “those actors” who loves live theatre. “But I’m definitely very excited and grateful for the opportunity to challenge myself as an artist and push the boundaries of my comfort zone a little bit,” she said.


Being flexible and able to adapt quickly are requirements in live theatre, and the limitations that COVID has placed on live performance have reinforced that.


“Theatre has always been and always will be a constantly evolving art form, and its ability to adapt is one of the most amazing things about it,” Green said. “The world of entertainment has had to make some drastic adjustments in the past several months. Even with so many innovations that we’ve already seen, we’re making new discoveries and finding new solutions at every rehearsal. It’s a very valuable opportunity to grow as an artist. This virtual process has taught me that we are more than capable of working through problems and of making discoveries that we wouldn’t have made otherwise had we not been presented with these circumstances.”


“I think exploring new ways to do theatre is always beneficial,” Beck said, “and because of all this chaos, we now know that yes, indeed, theatre can be anywhere!”“I'm just excited to tell stories and act again,” Haq said, “and I hope that everyone who watches us has as much fun as we've had rehearsing it all.”


The virtual performance is at 7:30 nightly for the three-night run. To purchase online access, which starts at $7.50 with additional donations accepted, visit boxoffice.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 Monday through Friday for online purchasing questions. Livestream access sales end at 1 p.m. daily during the run, and links are emailed after 4:30 p.m. each day. For more information about the School of Theatre, visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

 

 

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Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting


 

 

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday October 5th 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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Tenaha City Council Special Called Meeting Canceled


 

 

The Tenaha Special Called Meeting for Tonight 9-22-2020 has been canceled.  All agenda items will be moved to Monday’s Regular Scheduled Meeting.

 

 

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Shelbyville Band Boosters Meeting


 

The Shelbyville Band Boosters will have a meeting on Monday, September 28th at 6 PM.  The
meeting will take place in the foyer of the gym/band hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

 

 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Plans Quilt Show


 

 

Here is your opportunity to showcase your grandmother’s heirloom quilt or your own handiwork in quilting.  The 44th East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, will be held at the Windham Civic Center in Foster Hall in conjunction with the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  

 

Entries should be turned in on Monday, September 28 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Boulevard in Center.  Entry fees for all quilts is $2.00 per entry for adults and youth.  You may complete the entry forms at this time.  Judging will take place on Wednesday, September 30th.

 

Quilt categories are as follows:  Pieced and Quilted by Hand; Pieced and Quilted by Machine; Combination Hand and Machine Assembly; Applique, Embroidery and Whole Cloth; Small Quilts and Projects; Beginner Quilter; Youth (under the age of 18) and Heirloom/Antique Quilts and Past Winners for exhibition only.  Quilts may not have been previously entered in any East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show.

 

There is no limit on the number of Quilt entries by an individual but each entry must have a completed paper label attached to the back of the quilt.  Ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show (Adult and Youth), People’s Choice Award (Adult and Youth) and the Chamber of Commerce Award.  Other awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention ribbons according to the categories.  All awards are the final decision of the judges.

 

The Quilt Show, the Photography Show and the Creative Arts Show will be open to the public Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

 

For more information contact Jenny Salter at 936-590-1228 or Michele Clark at 702-302-6544 or michelemclark@hotmail.com.


 

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Louisiana State Police Offers Free Car Seat Checks for National Child Passenger Safety Week


 

 

Statewide – This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and we want to ensure your car seats are installed properly.  Far too often, we witness children killed or injured in preventable motor vehicle crashes across Louisiana.  Car seats significantly reduce the risk of injury and death when installed properly and the child is harnessed appropriately.  In an effort to improve child safety, Troopers will be on-hand around the state this Saturday, September 26, 2020 to check your car seat and teach parents and caregivers the correct way to use and install the child safety seat.

 

Louisiana State Police is a partner with the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force (LPSTF) and nationally certified car seat technicians will be manning each event in Louisiana.  This service is free to the public.  Stop by one of our locations to ensure your child’s safety in the vehicle.  All events begin at 9 am-12 noon.

 

Baton Rouge – East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

                        9313 Burbank Drive

                       

Chalmette – St. Bernard Government Complex

                     8201 West Judge Perez 

 

Houma – West Park Climate Control Storage

                6767 West Park Avenue

 

Alexandria – Rapides Regional Medical Center

                      211 Fourth Street

 

Monroe – Banner Ford

                 6300 Frontage Road

 

Shreveport – Sheriff’s Safety Town

                      8910 Jewella Avenue

 

Lafayette – Goodwill Donation Center

                   2435 West Congress Street

 

Covington – Leblanc Pediatrics

                     219 South Tyler Street.

 

If you are unable to come to any of these events, please use this link to look-up the closest car seat fitting stations in your area.

http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/Documents/All%20FS%207-23.pdf

 

Each LSP Troop in Louisiana is a designated car seat fitting station.  The link above will provide the times and designated day of the week that certified Troopers are available.

 

 

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A message from Center ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Morris


 

 

 

 

A statement from Center ISD

 

 

September 21, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

During this past week, we had issues and disruptions on one of our campuses that are not acceptable and are detrimental to the educational process. Center ISD will not tolerate behaviors that make people feel unwanted or unsafe. Threatening, bullying, discriminatory or other intolerant behaviors will not be allowed or tolerated. Students who engage in such behaviors or bring such behaviors onto campus will be disciplined and can be removed from the campus to which they are assigned. Most of the behaviors that we have seen in our students, have been manifested by adults on social media. We, as adults, have a responsibility to teach our children how to get along with people who may think,act or look differently than they do. Our students have done a great job, until this week, of keeping the adult foolishness of social media out of our school. 

Center Independent School District is at a place where we have to take a stand against behaviors that are preventing us from accomplishing our primary goals: 1. Keep all students safe. And 2. Ensure that our students are getting the best education possible. We are giving our students one more chance to make sure that what has happened this week does not continue to happen. 

One of the issues at hand is that we have students wearing flags, masks or clothing that creates a disturbance. From this point forward, Center ISD will not allow any clothing or flags that are politically based, or that support or target groups or organizations. Because we have shown that we have chosen not to disagree agreeably, this list will include, but is not limited to clothing with any flags other than official national or state flags. Should our students refuse to abide by this rule, then all students and employees will be required to wear a uniform approved by the CISD Board of Trustees. This uniform could be Khaki pants/skirts with purple, yellow or white pull over shirts.

Another issue we had was how students treated other students on the dress up days. If our students cannot treat each other with respect, we will discontinue having the fun activities. For example, dress up days, pep rallies or days that are meant to be special and fun for all students. The issues and disruptions the school has witnessed have occurred partly a result of the infighting among our community members on social media. CISD finds it appalling that our adults have not been an example to our students on how to disagree with each other and remain civil.  Should community members be disruptive, the district is ready to clear the stands during extracurricular activities. As a district we would 
hate to do this, but we have to do a better job as adults. Our children watch us and they do what we do. CISD has tried to encourage everyone to get along and work together, but that does not seem to be working. Please don’t push us to the point where you will not be able to see your students perform. 

We as adults, as well as students, need to understand that the district is focused on creating a safe learning environment that is conducive to allowing our students to learn.  We don’t want to take privileges away from students, or community patrons, but at some point, we have to regain order and remember what our role as the educator is, educate all of our students to the best extent possible. We are Center ISD, and we should be united and handle disagreements in a civil and educationally focused manner.

Center Independent School District is dedicated to ensuring each and every student is provided the highest quality education possible. We had some situations last week that have created issues and disruptions within our district. 

Therefore, Center ISD believes there is a need to set behavioral expectations and reminders.

1. Students who engage in bullying, threatening, harassing or discriminatory behaviors will be punished to the fullest extent possible, according to the Student Code of Conduct, and all applicable state and federal laws. These students will lose all privileges, such as participation in and attending extracurricular activities, pep rallies and other school events.

2. Dress up / Spirit days will be clearly defined. Students who choose not to follow the defined themes of dress up / spirit days, and where there continues to be issues and disruptions due to student dress, Center ISD is prepared to end these events. This does not mean that it is mandatory to dress up, only that if a student chooses to dress up, it has to be in conjunction with the theme of the day.

3. Center ISD is also prepared to implement a dress code that prohibits any messages or graphics on clothing. During this past week, one of the issues was students wearing flags, masks or clothing that are inappropriate and have created a disturbance. From this point forward, Center ISD will not allow any clothing that supports or targets political groups or organizations. Clothing with official national or state flags are permitted. Any article of clothing that is vulgar, incites violence or creates an environment of fear, bullying or discrimination are not tolerated. Continued disruptions will result in everyone being required to wear a uniform approved by the CISD Board of Trustees.

4. Employees are prohibited under the Texas Election Code from trying to persuade students politically, either actively or passively during school time or at school events. Employees of Center ISD should avoid any type of political persuasion while at work. When employees actively or passively try to persuade students, a system is created where one group or another feels marginalized. We are here for ALL students regardless of their, or your, political affiliation. Failure to follow this directive will result in consequences.

5. Teachers should be teaching bell to bell. We cannot afford not to teach in this manner. Principals and assistant principals are responsible for ensuring this happens, daily.

6. Our public has a responsibility in this situation as well. Many of the comments that have been made on social media and at games have been untrue and unnecessary. We want our community in the stands, cheering all of our students in all of our organizations. Although you may not agree with our students, they are still kids. Our job as adults is to model the proper behaviors that will help our students grow up to be respectful and productive members of society. From 
this day forward, if an adult causes a disruption at any school function, they will be asked to leave. Once someone has been asked to leave they will not be allowed back on school property or at school functions, this would include graduation.

7. Although we do not anticipate the following, it should be known that if we have a major disruption in the stands between adults, Center ISD is prepared to clear the bleachers for the remainder of that game and all forthcoming games or contests. This would mean that our kids would still play but there would be no one in the stands. 

The desire of Center ISD is that all of our students and patrons feel safe and welcome, prepared to learn. It is not the desire of Center ISD to have to implement these restrictive scenarios, but we need everyone to comply with the behavioral expectations. Social media has not helped our situation, in fact it has created more division.



A Quien Le Corresponda:

 Durante la semana pasada, tuvimos problemas e interrupciones en uno de nuestros campus que no son aceptables y son perjudiciales para el proceso educativo. Center ISD no tolerará comportamientos que hagan que las personas se sientan indeseadas o inseguras.
No se permitirán ni tolerarán comportamientos amenazantes, intimidatorios, discriminatorios u otros comportamientos intolerantes. Los estudiantes que se involucren en tales comportamientos o traigan tales comportamientos al campus serán disciplinados y pueden 
ser removidos del campus al que están asignados. La mayoría de los comportamientos que hemos visto en nuestros estudiantes, han sido manifestados por adultos en las redes sociales. Nosotros, como adultos, tenemos la responsabilidad de enseñar a nuestros hijos 
cómo llevarse bien con personas que pueden pensar, actuar o verse de manera diferente a ellos. Nuestros estudiantes han hecho un gran trabajo, hasta esta semana, al mantener la necedad adulta de las redes sociales fuera de nuestra escuela.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Center se encuentra en un lugar donde tenemos que tomar una posición en contra de los comportamientos que nos impiden lograr nuestras metas principales: 1. Mantener a todos los estudiantes seguros. Y 2. Asegurar que nuestros 
estudiantes estén recibiendo la mejor educación posible. Les estamos dando a nuestros estudiantes una oportunidad más para asegurarnos de que lo que sucedió esta semana no continúe sucediendo.
Uno de los problemas que tenemos a la mano es que tenemos estudiantes que usan banderas, máscaras o ropa que crea disturbios. A partir de este momento, Center ISD no permitirá ninguna ropa o banderas que tengan una base política, o que apoyen o se dirijan a grupos u organizaciones. Debido a que hemos demostrado que hemos optado por no estar en desacuerdo de manera agradable, esta lista incluirá, entre otros, ropa con cualquier bandera que no sea la bandera oficial nacional o estatal. Si nuestros estudiantes se niegan a cumplir con esta regla, entonces todos los estudiantes y empleados deberán usar un uniforme aprobado por la Mesa Directiva de CISD. Este uniforme puede ser pantalones / faldas color caqui con camisa de color morado, amarillo o blanco.
Otro problema que tuvimos fue cómo los estudiantes trataban a otros estudiantes en los días de disfraces. Si nuestros estudiantes no pueden tratarse con respeto, dejaremos de tener actividades divertidas. Por ejemplo, días de disfraces, manifestaciones de ánimo o días 
que deben ser especiales y divertidos para todos los estudiantes. Los problemas y las interrupciones que ha presenciado la escuela se han producido en parte como resultado de las luchas internas entre los miembros de nuestra comunidad en las redes sociales. CISD considera 
que es lamentable que nuestros adultos no han sido un ejemplo para nuestros estudiantes sobre cómo estar en desacuerdo entre sí y permanecer civilizados. Si los miembros de la comunidad son perturbadores, el distrito está listo no dejar gente en el estadio durante las actividades extracurriculares. Como distrito no nos gustaría hacer esto, pero tenemos que hacer un mejor trabajo como adultos. Nuestros hijos nos miran y hacen lo que nosotros hacemos. CISD ha tratado de animar a todos a llevarse bien y trabajar juntos, pero eso no parece estar funcionando. Por favor, no nos presione hasta el punto en que no podrá ver a sus estudiantes actuar.

Nosotros, como adultos, así como estudiantes, debemos entender que el distrito se enfoca en crear un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro que sea propicio para permitir que nuestros estudiantes aprendan. No queremos quitarles privilegios a los estudiantes ni a los patrocinadores de la comunidad, pero en algún momento, tenemos que recuperar el orden y recordar cuál es nuestro papel como educadores, educar a todos nuestros estudiantes en la mejor medida posible. Somos Center ISD y debemos estar unidos y manejar los desacuerdos de una manera civil y educativa.


El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Center se dedica a garantizar que todos y cada uno de los estudiantes reciban la educación de la más alta calidad posible. Tuvimos algunas situaciones la semana pasada que han creado problemas e interrupciones dentro de nuestro distrito. Por lo tanto, Center ISD cree que es necesario establecer expectativas de comportamiento y recordatorios.

1. Los estudiantes que se involucren en conductas de intimidación, amenaza, acoso o discriminación serán castigados en la mayor medida posible, de acuerdo con el Código de Conducta del Estudiante y todas las leyes estatales y federales aplicables. Estos estudiantes perderán todos los privilegios,  como la participación y la asistencia a actividades extracurriculares, reuniones de motivación y otros eventos escolares.

2. Los días de disfraces / espíritu escolar estarán claramente definidos. Los estudiantes que eligen no seguir los temas definidos de los días de disfraces / espíritu, y donde continúan existiendo problemas e interrupciones debido a la vestimenta de los estudiantes, Center ISD está preparado para terminar con estos eventos. Esto no significa que sea obligatorio disfrazarse, solo que si un alumno elige disfrazarse, tiene que ser en conjunto con el tema del día.

3. Center ISD también está preparado para implementar un código de vestimenta que prohíbe cualquier mensaje o gráfico en la ropa. Durante la semana pasada, uno de los problemas fue que los estudiantes llevaban banderas, máscaras o ropa inapropiada y que habían creado disturbios. A partir de este momento, 
   Center ISD no permitirá ninguna ropa que apoye o se dirija a grupos u organizaciones políticas. Se permite ropa con banderas oficiales nacionales o estatales. No se tolerará ninguna prenda de vestir que sea vulgar, incite a la violencia o cree un ambiente de miedo, intimidación o discriminación.   Las interrupciones continuas resultarán en que todos tengan que usar un uniforme aprobado por la Mesa Directiva de CISD.

4. El Código Electoral de Texas prohíbe a los empleados tratar de persuadir a los estudiantes políticamente, ya sea activa o pasivamente durante el horario escolar o en eventos escolares. Los empleados de Center ISD deben evitar cualquier tipo de persuasión política mientras estén en el trabajo.   Cuando los empleados intentan de manera activa o pasiva persuadir a los estudiantes, se crea un sistema donde un grupo u otro se siente marginado. Estamos aquí para TODOS los estudiantes sin importar su afiliación política o la suya. El incumplimiento de esta directiva tendrá consecuencias.
5. Los maestros deben enseñar de timbre a timbre. No podemos permitirnos el lujo de no enseñar de esta manera. Los directores y subdirectores son responsables de asegurar que esto suceda, todos los días.
6. Nuestro público también tiene una responsabilidad en esta situación. Muchos de los comentarios que se han hecho en las redes sociales y en los juegos han sido falsos e innecesarios. Queremos a nuestra comunidad en las gradas, animando a todos nuestros estudiantes en todas nuestras organizaciones. 
   Aunque no esté de acuerdo con nuestros estudiantes, todavía son niños. Nuestro trabajo como adultos es modelar los comportamientos adecuados que ayudarán a nuestros estudiantes a convertirse en miembros respetuosos y productivos de la sociedad. A partir de este día, si un adulto causa una interrupción 
   en cualquier función escolar, se le pedirá que se vaya. Una vez que se le ha pedido a alguien que se vaya, no se le permitirá regresar a la propiedad de la escuela ni a las funciones escolares, esto incluiría la graduación.
7. Aunque no anticipamos lo siguiente, se debe saber que si tenemos una interrupción importante en las gradas entre adultos, Center ISD está preparado para despejar las gradas por el resto de ese juego y todos los próximos juegos o concursos. Esto significaría que nuestros hijos seguirían jugando pero no 
   habría nadie en las gradas.

El deseo de Center ISD es que todos nuestros estudiantes y usuarios se sientan seguros y bienvenidos, preparados para aprender. No es el deseo de Center ISD tener que implementar estos escenarios restrictivos, pero necesitamos que todos cumplan con las expectativas de comportamiento. Las redes sociales no 
han ayudado a nuestra situación, de hecho han creado más división.

 

 

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USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus


 

Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21

 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020. 

 

“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.”

 

Background:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities. USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers.  

 

Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.

CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities. 

 

Price Trigger Commodities
Price trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Eligible price trigger crops include barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Payments will be based on 2020 planted acres of the crop, excluding prevented planting and experimental acres. Payments for price trigger crops will be the greater of: 1) the eligible acres multiplied by a payment rate of $15 per acre; or 2) the eligible acres multiplied by a nationwide crop marketing percentage, multiplied by a crop-specific payment rate, and then by the producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. If the APH is not available, 85 percent of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield for that crop will be used.

For broilers and eggs, payments will be based on 75 percent of the producers’ 2019 production.

Dairy (cow’s milk) payments will be based on actual milk production from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. The milk production for Sept. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, will be estimated by FSA. 

Eligible beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between Apr. 16, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020.

 

Flat-rate Crops
Crops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change will have payments calculated based on eligible 2020 acres multiplied by $15 per acre. These crops include alfalfa, extra long staple (ELS) cotton, oats, peanuts, rice, hemp, millet, mustard, safflower, sesame, triticale, rapeseed, and several others.

 

Sales Commodities 
Sales commodities include specialty crops; aquaculture; nursery crops and floriculture; other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories, including tobacco; goat milk; mink (including pelts); mohair; wool; and other livestock (excluding breeding stock) not included under the price trigger category that were grown for food, fiber, fur, or feathers. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales. 

 

Additional commodities are eligible in CFAP 2 that weren’t eligible in the first iteration of the program. If your agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020, we encourage you to apply for CFAP 2. A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.

 

Eligibility
There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2. 

 

Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.

 

Applying for Assistance
Producers can apply for assistance beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020.

 

Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap/apply. For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with FSA county office to see if any of the forms need to be updated. 

 

Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.

 

All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in the office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

 

    

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Help Us Reduce Their R.I.S.K.


 

 

Northwest Louisiana – Members of the Northwest Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force (Task Force), which is comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations, have noticed a disturbing trend in the rise of sexual predator cases. For instance, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has reported a 200 percent increase in online sexual predator cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Because of this trend, the Task Force has launched “Project R.I.S.K.” (Reliable Internet Safety for Kids).

 

Since March of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed our youth more to the internet than ever before. Today, the internet not only entertains and connects our youth with their peers, but a vast majority of them are using the internet for virtual schooling. This increase in internet activity allows more opportunity for predators to interact with our youth. As we see in all cases, predators will also adapt to their changing environments. 

 

In this Public Service Announcement (PSA), which launches Project R.I.S.K., leaders of area law enforcement agencies provide advice to help prevent predators from victimizing children. Leaders advise all guardians (parents, teachers, custodians, etc.) to place ALL devices (computers, laptops, tablets, and phones) in common areas. Phones, even those with no service, allow the same access to predators as a computer or other device. Guardians need to know what apps are on these devices and also know their children’s passwords. Project R.I.S.K. encourages all guardians to engage in their children’s activities.

 

All agencies in our Task Force share a united front to eliminate all human trafficking type cases; however, to be more successful, we need assistance from the public. We understand many guardians want to protect their kids but may not know where to look for “reliable internet safety information.” Project R.I.S.K. has asked all agencies in our Task Force to post this reliable information on their websites, so guardians will always have this information at their fingertips. Finally, members of the Task Force will be available to meet with citizens, local government officials, community organizations, school boards, churches, and other groups to discuss Project R.I.S.K. and internet safety.

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Tigers set to open District play on Friday vs. Lovelady


 

 

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Tuesday: Football/band/cheer families
Wednesday: General Admission
Friday at Noon: All sales final

Tickets at gate?

 

Only if there are tickets not sold during the week. Fans can purchase tickets at the TISD Administration Building and

 

Students can purchase tickets for families during their lunch period starting Tuesday from Mrs. Tovar in the high school office.

 

 

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HHSC Awards $125 Million in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Grants


 

 

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding nearly $125 million in Substance Use Disorder treatment grants to 100 awardees. The grants provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services for individuals at-risk for substance use disorders.

 

“With these funds, we’re strengthening our communities by supporting vital treatment and recovery programs for Texans in need,” said Sonja Gaines, HHS deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services.

 

HHSC receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to deliver substance use treatment services to eligible Texans throughout the state.

 

Funding is used for treatment for adults and youth, including individuals with experiencing psychiatric and substance use disorders. Services include ambulatory detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment services, women and children’s intensive and supportive residential programs and resources for persons with substance use and mental health issues. Nearly 49,000 Texans a year receive services. Additional information on these programs can be found here.

Grants are funded for five fiscal years, beginning Sept. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2025. 

 

Grantees providing services are governmental entities, Local Mental Health Authorities, non-profit, for-profit and faith-based treatment providers and are listed on the HHSC website.

More information on accessing behavioral health services in Texas is available at MentalHealthTX.org. Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services.

 

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Flag Half Staff Alert


 

 

Presidential Proclamation:  As a mark of respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section 7 of title 4, United States Code, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

 

You can read the full proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-death-ruth-bader-ginsburg/ 

 

Larry E. Hume

Quartermaster, VFW Post 8904

Center, Texas

Gold Legacy Life Member

 

 

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Center Homecoming Parade


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville High School 2020-2021 FFA Officers


 

 

 

President- Logan Williams

Vice President- Lieza Klein

Secretary- River Williford

Treasurer- Malachi McArthur

Reporter- Delaney Dunn

Sentinel- Liela Klein

Historian- Kelsey Kreyer

Parliamentarian- Jedd Wagstaff

 

 

 

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Tiger News


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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 pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Tenaha-Independent-School-District-486433751368156/

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September 21, 2020-Tiger Day-Early Release 2:00 pm; Pictures-JH/HS Cross Country; JH FB; JH/HS Cheer

September 23, 2020-Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

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 (Pre-sale tickets$5/$3)

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There) District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon; Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor/Pre-game 6:30 pm) Senior Night

 

Friday’s Tigers vs Clifton Score: 26-43

 

What a great opportunity and experience at Clifton ISD...... Our Tigers didn’t get the result they wanted but there were glimpses of what could be for sure! A team that went across the state to play a 3A playoff team and dominated much of the action with a lot of guys playing their first season of varsity action.... Sure... we don’t want to have turnovers... and we don’t want a bad fourth quarter. But anyone who saw tonight saw what is going to be.

Stay positive... let this team grow.... there’s a process to development and these kids are bought in.

 

What a blessing to get to participate in a great sport! It reveals character for sure!!!! Scott Tyner, Superintendent

 

Tigers set to open District play on Friday vs. Lovelady

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Tuesday: Football/band/cheer families
Wednesday: General Admission
Friday at Noon: All sales final

 

Tickets at gate? Only if there are tickets not sold during the week. Lovelady will receive an allotment of 200 visitors tickets to be sold at the gate.

Tenaha tickets will only be sold at the gate if any are still available. Tenaha has an allotment of only 200 remaining "General Admission" tickets after season ticket sales are counted.

Tickets can be purchased at the TISD Administration Building.

Students can purchase tickets for families during their lunch period starting tomorrow from Mrs. Tovar.

 

Information – We are still UIL 50% Capacity. Follow all UIL / TEA Rules on COVID 19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines

(Mask will be required). 

Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans. 

JH and JV Tigers to play in Lovelady this Thursday beginning at 5:00 pm.

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

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"Local Businesses Support the Tenaha Tiger Yearbook"

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

Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

              3576 Hwy 84 East

             Tenaha, Texas 75974

 

 

 

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Shelbyville v. Timpson Football Game


The Shelbyville v. Timpson football game originally scheduled for Friday, October 2, will be played on Thursday, October 1, 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, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 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 Timpson must purchase one of the allotted presale tickets sent to Timpson 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 next Friday’s game!  Go Dragons!

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Lumberjacks Vote Offers SFA Students Nonpartisan Voter Information and Registration Outlet


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Lumberjacks Vote is a nonpartisan initiative with dual intentions: keeping the student body informed on the most up-to-date voting information and registering voters.

 

“We offer students a daily, nonpartisan way to register to vote,” said Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president for university affairs and dean of student affairs. “This is the second general election for which we’ve done the Lumberjacks Vote initiative, and it involves coordination of different voter registration efforts. We’ve worked with the local elections commissioner to train individuals in offices throughout campus to become deputy voter registrars. These areas display our Lumberjacks Vote logo.”

 

Faculty and staff across the campus have elected to be individually trained as voter registrars, but offices leading the charge include the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Orientation and Transition Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

 

Additionally, SFA’s Student Government Association will host a Voter Registration Day event Sept. 22 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza where they will be registering any interested voters throughout the day.

 

The initiative also was established to answer students’ frequently asked questions, such as their eligibility to vote locally.

 

According to Todd Stallings, the Nacogdoches County Elections Commissioner, students attending classes in Nacogdoches and living on campus or at off-campus residences may legally register to vote in Nacogdoches using their Nacogdoches addresses. They also may request to vote by mail through their home counties or return to their home counties to vote during early voting or on Election Day. However, if they do not wish to register in Nacogdoches, they won’t be able to vote at the SFA campus polling location.

 

The deadline to register to vote in person is Oct. 5. Organizers of and registrars affiliated with Lumberjacks Vote also will host an early voting location on campus. The early voting event will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 through 30 on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center in the Commons Room. Additionally, shuttles will be available to bring students to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3.

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Center Vs Van Ticket Info


CENTER VS VAN

@ ROUGHRIDER STADIUM

 

September 25, 2020

 

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

***NO TICKETS SALES @ GATES***

 

$5 PER TICKET REGARDLESS OF AGE (excluding infants)

 

 

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

 

 

-MONDAY & TUESDAY- 8AM TO 4:30PM  

FAMILIES OF SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS ONLY (VARSITY FOOTBALL, CHAPARRALS, CHEER, & BAND) – UP TO 4 TICKETS PER PARTICIPANT

 

 

-WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY- GENERAL ADMISSION

   WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY- 8AM TO 4:30 PM

    FRIDAY- 8AM TO NOON

 

-SCHOOL EMPLOYES MAY COME ANY DAY OF THE WEEK TO GET ONE TICKET     FREE OF CHARGE (must come in person with school ID)

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Poultry Festival T-Shirts


 

 

The 2020 Poultry Festival tee shirts have arrived!!!!  Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.

 

The tee shirts are available for purchase at the following locations:  Farmers State Bank Main Branch,  Payne and Payne Home N’Suchlike, The City of Center offices and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  Regular sizes available – adult small to 3XL and youth small to youth large; Toddler sizes 2T-5T.  My First Poultry Festival Onsies are also available.

 

The 44th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1st and runs through Saturday, October 3rd at the Windham Civic Center.  Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: The City of Center, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.


For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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COVID-19 Case Reported at Center High School


 

 

 

 

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Recycle and Shred Day


 

 

Time to start your Fall Cleaning.  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces that the mobile shredding unit and a Recycle/Disposal unit will be in Center October 9th.

 

The mobile Shredding Unit will be available at McAdams Propane on Friday, October 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.

 

The Recycle Containers will be at McAdams Propane on October 9th & 10th.  Items NOT permitted in the containers are as follows:  NO Hazardous Material, NO Bioharzard Materials, NO Toxic Materials, NO Paint or Tires, NO Freon, Oil or other Regulated Chemicals, NO Gasoline, Propane, other Highly Flammable Chemicals, NO Special Waste that requires a License to Transport.

  

Electronics are permitted in the containers.  Other items allowed include, lumber, siding, drywall, roofing, wiring, insulation, all types of bathroom and kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows & doors, piping, landscape debris, municipal waste such as standard household business trash.

These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and our generous Sponsors:


    Shelby Savings Bank, Presenting Sponsor for Shredding Services
    Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor for Shredding Services
    Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor for Recycling/Disposal Services

 

A very Special Thank You to McAdams Propane for volunteering to host Shred and Recycle Day at their place of business located at 191 State Highway 96 N.  We appreciate your support and involvement.

 

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

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Unrestrained Driver Killed in Claiborne Parish Crash


 

 

Claiborne Parish – On September 19, 2020, shortly before 1:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 9 south of Homer. This crash claimed the life of 69-year-old Carl Perry of Arcadia.         

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Honda Accord, driven by Perry, was traveling southbound on Louisiana Highway 9. For reasons still under investigation, Perry’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway, struck a fence, and overturned.

 

Perry, who was unrestrained, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

 

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 20 fatal crashes resulting in 23 deaths.

 

 

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Mansfield Man Killed in DeSoto Parish Crash


 

 

DeSoto Parish – On September 18, 2020, around 9:45 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle, fatal crash on U.S. Highway 84 near Louisiana Highway 481. This crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Jason Sant of Mansfield.         

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Sant, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 84. At the same time, a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 84. For reasons still under investigation, Sant crossed a double yellow line and traveled into the opposing lane of travel, which resulted in a collision with the tractor-trailer.

 

Sant, who was properly restrained, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

 

While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state.  Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving.  A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences. If motorists witness hazardous situations on any Louisiana highway, they may dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest Troop to report that activity.

 

In 2020, Troop G has investigated 19 fatal crashes resulting in 22 deaths.

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Cases Reported at Timpson ISD


 

 

Timpson ISD reported two cases of Covid-19 this past week at Timpson High School. Each student has been quarantined and the areas have been cleaned and sanitized. The relevant information has been reported to the State Health Department. 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 23rd 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.    Public comments on Agenda item.

3.    Advertise for bids on gravel, fuel and tires for FY2020-2021.

4.    Open sealed bids for 2008 Kia Spectra for the County Attorney’s office.

5.     Mark Durand from Work Force Solutions Deep East Texas to address the Court on the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.

6.    Discuss and possibly take action on the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant.

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

8.    Review and approve FY 2020 Budget Line Items Transfers.

9.    Approve Arena Bleacher Fund Budget amendment to Budgeted Revenue and Budgeted Expense to recognize donated funds of $20,907.36.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

10.    An Executive Session will also be held for the purpose of discussing personnel, hearing complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. The closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074.

11.    Reopen public meeting.

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

13.    Adjourn.
 

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Friday Night Scoreboard 09/18/2020


Friday Night Football Scoreboard - Sponsored by: The Pizzeria

Call 936-598-7117 and place your to-go order.

Center 55 - Chapel Hill 14

Joaquin 37 - Ore City 0

San Augustine 6 - Winnsboro 37

Shelbyville 54 - Groveton 27

Tenaha 26 - Clifton 43

Timpson 54 - Price Carlisle 19

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Suspects arrested in Church Vandalism Case


 

 

Three suspects have been arrested during an ongoing investigation where a church was vandalized in Nacogdoches County. On 06/01/20, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department received a report of criminal mischief at a church located on FM 2112 in rural Nacogdoches County.

 

 

Joseph Simms

 

It is believed that during the night time hours of 05/31/20 or the early morning hours of 06/01/20, subject(s) entered the property and vandalized the worship center by painting profane and offensive language on the exterior of the building, a digital sign and other items belonging to the church.

 

The sheriff’s office received a break in the case when an arrest was made last week on one of the suspects, Joshua Shelton for assault family violence. Shelton was interviewed by investigators after his arrest which he confessed to being involved in the vandalism. Investigators also identified two more suspects during the investigation.

 

 

Joshua Shelton

 

Both of the suspects were interviewed by investigators where they confessed to the crime. All three suspects were arrested this week for the vandalism that occurred at the church.

 

 

Sydney Faye Fenton 

 

Joshua Michael Shelton 22 years old, Garrett Joseph Simms 21 years old and Sydney Faye Fenton 18 years old, all from Nacogdoches, Texas were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail for Criminal Mischief of a worship center, a state jail felony.

 

 

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Panola College Offers Certified Nurse Aide Program


 

 

Panola College at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Certified Nurse Aide Courses beginning September 28th – November 10th. Classes will be held Monday - Thursday from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. This class will offer Grant and Self – Pay opportunities.  For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email: tmccann@panola.edu.

 

 

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Shelbyville Homecoming Early Release


 

 

Shelbyville High School Homecoming will be held Friday, September 18, 2020.  School will release for all campuses at 1:00 pm.  Homecoming Parade will begin at 2:30 pm.  Pre-game activities will begin at 7:00 pm with game beginning at 7:30 pm.  Dragon Pride!

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation For Huntsville


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Huntsville, having completed the multi-step training and certification process, has been designated a Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission, which helps to grow local jobs and local economies by promoting the Lone Star State as the premier destination for film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects and video game production. 

 

“I congratulate the City of Huntsville on earning the Film Friendly Texas designation,” said Governor Abbott. “As our focus is on safely and strategically reopening and revitalizing all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment and culture—Texas is committed to working alongside our communities to ensure they have the knowledge and tools needed.

 

Through the Film Friendly Texas training and certification process, communities large and small are readied to help match local businesses with production-related needs, creating jobs for Texas-based crew members and local residents as well as spurring on-site spending at local small businesses. And I am proud of all that the Texas Film Commission has accomplished in helping communities like Huntsville begin to open their economy."

 

Huntsville joins more than 140 Film Friendly Texas communities that receive ongoing training and guidance from the Texas Film Commission on media industry standards, best practices and how to effectively accommodate on-location filming activity in their community.

 

The Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division has attracted $1.5 billion in local spending and created more than 154,000 production jobs across the state from 2007 to 2019.

 

As media production opens in Texas, compliance with state and local safety protocols is key to keeping crews and communities safe. More information on safety guidelines and resources can be found at www.gov.texas.gov/film/coronavirus

 

To explore all that Film Friendly Texas communities offer, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/film/page/fftx_overview

 

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Support the CHS Junior Class Prom with a Spirit T-Shirt purchase


 

 

Parents of the CHS Junior Class are selling Roughrider shirts to raise money for Prom. Shirts are $20 each. T-shirts are purple with "RIDERS" printed across the chest.

 

Deadline to order is September 25. 

 

Please turn your order form (attached) into the front office of your school with payment. Make checks payable to CHS Junior Class.

 

Please email Anna Stuever at astuever@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

The annual prom is planned and funded by the parents of the junior class. 
 

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Dark Web Cannibal Sentenced to 40 Years Followed by Lifetime Supervised Release Would-be Murderer and Child Rapist used the Dark Web to try Necrophilia and Cannibalism


 

 

 

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 23-year-old Joaquin, Texas man has been sentenced for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

 

Alexander Nathan Barter pleaded guilty on Dec. 20, 2019, to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography and was sentenced to 480 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael Truncale.  Following the completion of his prison sentence, Barter was also ordered to submit to a lifetime of supervised release. 

 

As part of his plea agreement with the government, Barter agreed to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 20 years on each count, with each party reserving the right to request that the terms be sentenced concurrently or consecutively.  Barter’s counsel requested that the Court impose a total term of imprisonment of 20 years; the government requested a sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment.

 

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

 

“As this chilling case demonstrates, online talk is not always just talk.  The constant vigilance of our law enforcement partners has prevented an evildoer from finding a likeminded accomplice and bringing his grisly plan to fruition,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.  “This case is a sobering reminder of how the brave men and women of law enforcement face down the worst of the worst in the scariest of scenarios.” 

 

“In my 23-year-career in law enforcement, this is among the most morally depraved and appalling criminal conspiracies that I have come across,” said Mark Dawson, special agent in charge of HSI Houston. “Without the quick and decisive actions of special agents from HSI Cocoa Beach and HSI Beaumont this disturbed predator would still be out there looking for potential victims to carry out his sick and demented fantasies.”

               

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

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Football Schedules


 

 

The Center Roughriders will take on Tyler Chapel Hill in a home game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020. It will be Center's Homecoming game and it will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on the Ore City Rebels in an away game for Joaquin at 7:30 p.m.on Friday, September 18, 2020.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Groveton Indians on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. . It will also be Shelbyville's Homecoming game and the game will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall giving you your play by play action.

 

The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Clifton Cubs in an away game for Tenaha in Clifton on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 7 p.m.

 

The Timpson Bears will take on the Price Carlisle Indians in an away game for Timpson in Carlise on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. 

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on the Winnsboro Red Raiders at Lobo Stadium in Longview, Texas on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway giving you your play by play action.

 

The Center, Shelbyville, and San Augustine games will also have their audio streamed live to our website at cbc-radio.com you can also listen in on your smartphone or mobile device by downloading the TuneIn app.

 

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Special Called City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas. 


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


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.    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.  
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Recess into executive session pursuant to Chapter 551, Subchapter D of the Texas
Government Code:
EXECUTIVE SESSION AGENDA:
Sec. 551.071.  CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY. 
(A)  pending or contemplated litigation
END OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Reconvene into open session and take any action necessary because of the Executive
Session.
7.     Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  
8.     Adjourn.
The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act. 


The agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041. For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-248-3841. 


Amanda Treat
City Secretary


 

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All Mule Rodeo


 

 

 

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Forest Service waives day-use fees for National Public Lands Day


 

 

 

 

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Entertaining Angels Part 1


 

 

“ENTERTAINING  ANGELS”
(PART ONE)

BY: NEAL  MURPHY

 

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ( Hebrews 13:2 )


My 1970 Ford Galaxy was purring along highway 87 between Big Spring and San Angelo, Texas that day in 1972.  As is normal in July in that part of the country, the heat was staggering, although my car’s air conditioner was doing its job of keeping my wife and two children relatively cool.  We were returning from a week’s vacation in California where we visited the usual tourist’s locales, Knott’s Berry Farm, Hollywood, and Universal Studios lot.

The heat was rising from the two-lane highway and I could see mirages in the distance from the extreme temperatures.  There was nothing to block my view in any direction for many miles.  There were no trees, shrubs, or flowers to break up the monotonous scenery, only telephone poles and a few fences.

 

Suddenly I heard a noise under the hood of my Ford.  I glanced up at my rear view mirror and saw same small debris flying in the air.  Then all the red warning lights on my dash lit up at the same time.  I knew at once that we were in trouble.  I let the car coast to the side of the deserted roadway, then put it in “park” when it stopped.  “What happened, Daddy ?”, asked my daughter from the back seat.  “I don’t know yet, Kay”, I responded as I opened the driver door.  The heat hit me in the face like an oven.

 

After lifting up the hood, I gazed at the huge motor for any sign of trouble.  I soon found that all three of the belts were gone.  I am not a mechanic, and I had no tools with me.  We were stranded, alone, in this desert.  We did not have a CB radio, and cell phones had not been invented as yet.

 

I got back into the car to discuss what we should do next with the family.  There were no homes or stores within sight, and no cars in view.  My wife said that she and the kids would pray that God would send someone along to rescue us.  That sounded like a good idea to me, perhaps our only option at the time.


Within five minutes, and old pickup truck drove by our stranded Ford, slowed, stopped, and backed up even with us.  I rolled down the window as he leaned toward us and asked, “You folks having problems?”  Now was not the time for a smart response to his obvious question, so I replied, “Yes, sir, looks like all my belts are gone.”  Then he pulled his old Chevrolet truck off on the shoulder in front of my car.

 

When he got out I was struck by this older man.  He had on overalls, a long-sleeved shirt in such heat, and his head was framed by a scruffy beard.  Although I needed his help, I was somewhat nervous about him.  He looked at the four of us and said, “Well, I am a mechanic.  Maybe I can get you back on the road.  Let me get my tool box.”

 

Nothing further was said while he looked under the hood and quickly diagnosed our problem.  “Your air conditioner belt broke, and knocked the other two off track.  I can put the alternator belt and the water pump belt back on.  Then you can drive, but you won’t have any air conditioning.”   I breathed a sigh of relief as I responded to him, “That sounds great”.  I glanced at my wife who was fishing a $20 bill from her purse.

 

He worked about fifteen minutes then announced, “Well, you are ready to go.  I recommend that you stop in San Angelo at the Ford dealer and have three new belts installed.  I will follow you in case you break another belt.”  I was amazed at his helpful man.  I offered him the $20 bill, but he refused to accept it.  Then he made a statement that really impressed all of us.  He said, “I don’t usually stop and help people.”  Before I could ask him why this was, he offered, “About ten years ago I stopped to help a female in her car on the roadside.  Her male friend was hiding, then he jumped me and hit me over the head and robbed me.  So I decided it was not worth the danger to stop and help any more.”

 

“Then, what made you stop and help us?”, I queried.  He looked at my wife and children, the replied, “Well, I don’t rightly know.  I just felt this urge inside me to stop and help.  I saw your wife and kids, you know.”

 

Since he refused any compensation for his work, we all got into our cars and headed south toward San Angelo.  I glanced in my rear view mirror several times and, sure enough, he was behind us, like a guardian angel.  I drove a little slower than normal to make sure he could keep up in his old truck.  On the outskirts of San Angelo I glanced into my mirror and noted that he was gone.  As suddenly as he appeared he had disappeared.

 

I had three new belts installed and resumed our trip back to our home in Houston.  We all pondered this event, this roadside mechanic who just happened to be driving by and rescued us.  Was it happenstance, or was it God sending us an angel when in distress?  After all, we did pray for God to help us, and doesn’t he answer prayer?


 

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Center Homecoming Game Ticket Sales


 

 

VARSITY

CENTER VS CHAPEL HILL

@ ROUGHRIDER STADIUM


September 18, 2020


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

***NO TICKETS SALES @ GATES***


$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, CHAPARRALS, CHEER, & BAND) – UP 4   TICKETS PER PARTICIPANT


-WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY- GENERAL ADMISSION

   WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY- 8AM TO 4:30 PM 

    FRIDAY- 8AM TO NOON


JV and 9th
JV and 9th will travel to Chapel Hill on Thursday. 
jv- 6:30 pm
9th- 5pm
Tickets will be sold at the gate

Middle school Thursday night game, tickets will be sold at the gate.

 

 

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Tenaha Tiger News


 

 

September 17, 2020-JH vs Grace Community (Home) 4:30 pm; JV vs Grace Community (Home) TBD (Tickets $3/$2)

September 18, 2020-Student Immunizations in Tiger Den 8-9:30 am; Tigers vs Clifton (There) 7:00 pm {Pre-sale Tickets $4.00);KGAS will broadcast on 104.3 FM

September 21, 2020-Tiger Day; Pictures-JH/HS Cross Country; JH FB; JH/HS Cheer

September 23, 2020-Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

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

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There) District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon; Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor/Pre-game 6:30 pm) Senior Night

 

Tenaha Cross Country

Tenaha Jr. High students participated in the West Sabine cross country meet on Monday, September 14th.  Due to UIL guidelines, most Jr. High and High School meets, are not on the same day.  Jario Hernandez won 1st place for the 1 1/2 mile with a run time of 9:27.  Yulitza placed 9th  in the girls’ division. The high school will run today at West Sabine.  Lauri Sisk, Coach

 

Varsity Tigers at Clifton

 

Ticket Information!!!!

 

Our Tigers are back on the road again this week in Clifton. Clifton is located West of Waco. Keep in mind, the Tigers had a home game scheduled with Tyler Grace Community that was lost to Covid cancellations.

 

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 15 and can only be purchased through pre-sale and only at the TISD Administration Office. Tenaha Students may purchase tickets from Mrs. Regina Tovar at the High School office during their lunch times.

 

Tickets are $4 each and there are plenty to accommodate the Tiger fans who wish to make the trip.

 

You will NOT be able to purchase tickets after noon on Friday. You will NOT be able to "walk up" in Clifton and get admission to the game.   One more non-district test before the Tigers gear up for district play next week at home against Lovelady.

 

Visiting Team Information – UIL 50% Capacity. Follow all UIL / TEA Rules on COVID 19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines (Mask will be required).  Clifton ISD will also have COVID 19 Questions for all fans as they enter the stadium. Every other row will be marked off. Tickets will not be available at the gate.

 

Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans. 

KGAS will broadcast on 104.3 FM

 

JH and JV Tigers to play at home this Thursday vs. Tyler Grace.

 

There has not been a cancellation of the sub varsity games against Grace.

 

The JH and JV Tigers will play Tyler Grace at home this Thursday beginning at 4:30 PM. Tickets at the Gate are $3/$2.

 

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Governor Abbott Releases New PSA Encouraging Texans To Get A Flu Shot


 

 

 

 

Governor Greg Abbott released a new public service announcement (PSA) encouraging Texans to get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot is especially important this season to help keep hospitalizations down during the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. In the PSA, the Governor notes that the flu vaccine is an effective way to reduce the chances of contracting and spreading the flu. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Austin Street Reopens


 

 

On the downtown Center City square another portion has reopened for traffic. At the corner near Bounds Insurance, Austin Street has been reopened for travel. Construction continues for the rest of the square.

 

 

Austin Street Reopens

 

 

Another update from the square the clock has been repaired also.

 

 

 

Clock

 

 

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Center ISD School Board Meeting


 

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held on September 17, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.  The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.


Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Teacher Recognition and Appreciation
4. 1. F.L. Moffett Primary School
Presenter: Inez Hughes
4. 2. Center Elementary School
Presenter: Lana Whitworth
4. 3. Center Intermediate School
Presenter: Lee Ann Masterson
4. 4. Center Middle School
Presenter: Jake Henson
4. 5. Center High School
Presenter: Dr. Byron Miller
4. 6. Roughrider Academy
Presenter: Heath Hagler
5. Consent Agenda
5. 1. Minutes
5. 2. Tax Office Report
5. 3. Monthly Financial Statement
5. 4. Payment Approval
5. 5. Investment Report
5. 6. Quarterly Investment Report
5. 7. Overnight Student Activity Trips
5. 8. Amendments to the Budget
6. 2020-2021 Goals
7. Consideration and Approval of the Asynchronous Plan to TEA
Presenter: Shelly Norvell
8. Appoint Delegate and Alternate Delegate TASA/TASB Conference 2020
9. TASB Update 115
Presenter: Teresa Richard
9. 1. BF (Local) - Board Policies
9. 2. DED (Local) - Compensation and Benefits Vacations and Holidays
9. 3. DIA (Local) - Employee Welfare Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and
Retaliation
9. 4. DMD (Local) - Professional Development Professional Meetings and Visitations (delete)
9. 5. FB (Local) - Equal Educational Opportunity
9. 6. FD (Local) - Admissions
9. 7. FEB (Local) - Attendance - Attendance Accounting
9. 8. FFG (Local) - Student Welfare - Child Abuse and Neglect
9. 9. FFH (Local) - Student Welfare - Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, And
Retaliation
9. 10. FMF (Local) - Student Activities - Contests and Competition
9. 11. FNG (Local) - Student Rights and Responsibilities - Student and Parent
Complaints/Grievances
9. 12. GF (Local) - Public Complaints
10. Review Bond Project and Budget
11. Closed Session
11. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
11. 2. Employment of Personnel
11. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
12. Open Session
12. 1. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
12. 2. Employment of Personnel
12. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
13. Adjournment

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Center City Scape Update


 

 

 

 

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Panola College named a "2020 Great College to Work For"


 

 

Panola College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The

Great Colleges to Work For program. Panola College has received this honor for the 9th year in a row.

 

The results, released Wednesday, September 16 in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 221 colleges and universities. In all, 79 of the 221 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Panola College included among the small universities with 500 to 2,999 students.

 

Panola College was also placed on the Honor Roll as one of only 42 colleges across the nation as a stand out college in its size category. Of those, only 12 are two-year colleges.

 

Panola College won honors in 10 categories this year:

·         Collaborative Governance

·         Compensation and Benefits

·         Confidence in Senior Leadership

·         Facilities, Workspace, and Security

·         Job Satisfaction

·         Professional/Career Development Programs

·         Respect and Appreciation

·         Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship

·         Teaching Environment

·         Work/Life Balance

 

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Panola College, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense, everyone at Panola helps to make this a great place to work,” said Panola College President, Greg Powell.

 

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

 

The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all current and previous recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website at http://www.greatcollegesprogram.com.

 

ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

 

 

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day


 

 

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Americans take the time to remember those who are or were at one time prisoners of war (POW) and those who are still missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.  National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.

 

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct a remembrance program Friday, September 18th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center.  The POW/MIA Flag that has flown there 24/7 for the last year will be retired and a new one hoisted.

 

The public is cordially invited.  Social distancing and masks required. More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 or chief@chiefimaging.com.

 

 

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The Road To The CNFR Starts Here!


 


The Road to the College National Finals Rodeo starts here with the Panola College Rodeo, on September 25 and 26, 2020.  Hosted by the defending National Champions Panola College Rodeo Team at the Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, TX, with the slack beginning Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Performance at 7 p.m. 

 

Admission is free for all fans, however, the seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements of Covid-19. 

 

Panola College would like to thank this year’s corporate sponsor, Calamity Jane’s Boutique Store located in Kilgore, TX, and all other sponsors for this year’s rodeo. “It has definitely been a different year already for the preparations for the rodeo, and we are confident that it will be a safe family environment for all,” says Coach Jeff Collins.

 

The Panola College Rodeo is the first of ten rodeos in the Southern Region, and is normally one of the largest rodeos of the year.  The Southern Region is traditionally known as one of the toughest regions in the country for college rodeo and consist of Hill College, Louisiana State University of Alexandria, McNeese State University, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas Junior College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University- Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Trinity Valley Community College, and Wharton County Junior College. 

 

Coach Jeff Collins and his men’s team at Panola College are still the defending 2019 National Champions entering this season, since the rodeo season was cut short last March.  Coach Collins is excited about his men’s and women’s teams for the coming year and is looking forward to defending that men’s national championship.  “The kids are definitely ready to compete.  We have a very talented group of sophomores and freshmen.  They are looking sharp and crisp and ready to compete, and our sophomores are adding great leadership in the arena in all events.  I am excited to finally get to see both the men and women teams compete as both will be fighting for the national championship.  We would like to thank all of the sponsors for standing behind our team and supporting our program,” says Coach Collins.  

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East Texas Poultry Festival Creative Arts Committee Plans Creative Arts Show


 

 

The 44th East Texas Poultry Festival will be featuring local Creative Arts through the
annual Creative Arts Show, sponsored by Drewery Construction. Don’t miss this
opportunity to show your handiwork in art, crafts, woodworking, needlework and metal
art etc,


All creative arts divisions have several classes of judging categories and are open to
Elementary (Kindergarten through 5 th grades), Youth (6 th through 12 th grades) and Adults
that will be judged in separate divisions. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three
places in each category.


All exhibits must be the work of the contestant and may not have been entered in a
previous Poultry Festival creative arts show. All entries must have been made in the
current festival year and must be completed. Fee for each entry is $2.00 for Youth and
$3.00 for Adult.


Creative Arts entry forms and fees must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on Friday,
September 21. Entries must be delivered to the Windham Civic Center Foster Hall
located at 146 Express Drive on Monday, September 28, or Tuesday, September 29
between the hours of 12:30 – 2:00 All entries will be displayed October 1-3 between
the hours of 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Windham Civic Center.


Registration packets and guidelines are available at the Chamber office or on our
www.shelbycountychamber.com . Registration forms may be completed when your art
is dropped off at the Civic Center. For more information, please contact the Chamber
office at 936-598-3682 or Nicole Shedd at 936-598-3311.

 

 

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Wing It Hot Wing Eating Contest at Poultry Festival



 

If you love spicy foods and feel confident enough to take on a spicy challenge, sign up for the 2nd Annual Wing It – Wing Eating contest at the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival, Sponsored by Tyson Foods.   Windham Family Dental is the Award Sponsor.

 

The Wing It contest will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at 4:30, right before the Chicken Clucking Contest at the main stage.  Registration will begin at 4:00pm.   The first 12 to sign up will participate in the 2nd Annual Wing It Hot Wing Eating Contest.

 

There will be 4 rounds.  There will be four (4) wings in each round this year. If you can eat all four in the 6 minute time limit then you move on to the next level with a much hotter sauce.  The first contestant to eat all four wings in the fourth and final round will win the contest.  You must provide proof you are over the age of 18 and sign a waiver and release of liability form before being allowed to enter the competition.  

 

Winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

 

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber,com.  For a copy of the Rules and Waiver, go to our website at www.shelbycountychamber.com.   Liability Waivers and Rules will be available at signup time.

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5K Chicken Trot


 

 

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To run in the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival 5K Chicken Trot.  Join us again this year for the 9th Annual 5K Chicken Trot on Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30am on the Center Downtown Square in front of All Hours Fitness.   It is always a fun event, with proceeds going toward Health Screenings at the Annual Health and Fitness Fair.  Register now, and join the fun!

 

It is not too late sign up.  Registration fee is $30.00 and includes an entrance button to the Festival, good for all three days.

 

The Chicken Trot is Sponsored by Badders Law Firm and Presented by 936 Crossfit.

 

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

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Poultry Festival Photography Show


 

 

The 44th Annual East Poultry Festival Open Photography Show, Sponsored by The Light and Champion, will be held at the Windham Civic Center on October 1-3 from 10:00am-5:00pm in conjunction with the Quilt Show and Creative Show.

 

According to event Chairman and coordinator, Billie Jones, photography entries will be accepted at First United Methodist Church (basement), 211 Porter Street, Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Entries may also be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office before 3:00 on Friday, September 18th  For more information Mrs. Jones may be reached at 936-591-2426 or 936-598-7778.

 

Photography Show entry forms and rules may be picked up at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located in the old jail inside the Historic Courthouse Square from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday or may be found at www.shelbycountychamber.com.  Entry forms and rules may also be picked up at any Farmers State Bank branch, Blake Furniture or Deb’s boutique.

 

Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation, Flowers and Themed (specifically/primarily poultry). The age groups are Children 12 & under; Youth 13-18 and Adults 19 & over.  The rule packets give additional information regarding the categories and classes.

 

Entry fees are $3.00 per entry. There will be a panel of judges choosing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention in each category, and Best of Show for adults, youth and children and People’s Choice Award.

 

Entries may be picked-up on the final day of the Poultry Festival, Saturday, October 3rd, between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the exhibit location.

 

Farmers State Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the East Texas Poultry Festival.
Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride.

 

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Joaquin JH Football Game Location Change for 09/24


 

 

The Joaquin 7th/8th grade football team will play a game vs. Henderson on September 24th at 5:00 p.m. This game will be played at Henderson Stadium, 700 Lion Street, Henderson, TX 75654. This game replaces the originally scheduled game vs.Logansport for that date. 

Submitted by: Wade Lawson, Boy's Athletic Director

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Update from Center Middle School


 

 

 

 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Plans Quilt Show


 

 

Here is your opportunity to showcase your grandmother’s heirloom quilt or your own handiwork in quilting.  The 44th East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, will be held at the Windham Civic Center in Foster Hall in conjunction with the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

 

Quilt categories are as follows:  Pieced and Quilted by Hand; Pieced and Quilted by Machine; Combination Hand and Machine Assembly; Applique, Embroidery and Whole Cloth; Small Quilts and Projects; Beginner Quilter; Youth (under the age of 18) and Heirloom/Antique Quilts and Past Winners for exhibition only.  Quilts may not have been previously entered in any East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show.

 

There is no limit on the number of Quilt entries by an individual but each entry must have a completed paper label attached to the back of the quilt.  Ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show (Adult and Youth), People’s Choice Award (Adult and Youth) and the Chamber of Commerce Award.  Other awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention ribbons according to the categories.  All awards are the final decision of the judges.

 

Entries will be accepted on Monday, September 28 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Boulevard in Center.  Entry fees for all quilts is $2.00 per entry for adults and youth.

 

The Quilt Show, the Photography Show and the Creative Arts Show will be open to the public Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

 

For more information contact Jenny Salter at 936-590-1228 or Michele Clark at 702-302-6544 or michelemclark@hotmail.com.

 

 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Kicks Off with Chicken Fajita Lunch


 

The Chicken Fajita Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, kicks off the
Poultry Festival activities. The Fajita lunch will be held next week on Wednesday,
September 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Center Fire Department on the corner of
Logansport Street and Patton Street.


According to Chairman, Bryan Wages, the lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips,
salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders
by calling 936-598-3682, faxing an order form to 936-598-5032 or emailing
info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 18th. An order form for the
Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available at the Chamber of
Commerce offices on the historic downtown square or on the Poultry Festival Event
page on the Chamber website, www.shelbycountychamber.com .


Don’t miss this delicious lunch!


For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-
598-3682, email us at info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit our new website
www.shelbycountychamber.com and click on the
Event page to find all Poultry Festival information.

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Mt. Herman Cemetery Homecoming


 

 

Mt. Herman Cemetery Homecoming will be held Sunday, September 20 as usual.  The cemetery is located on Hwy 7 W in the Mt. Herman community in Center, Texas.  We will begin at 12:00 Noon with covered dishes available.  All is welcome to attend.

 

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the cemetery please send to:


Mt. Herman Cemetery
 c/o Deanne Sample, Treasurer
1106 CR 4314
Tenaha, TX  75974

 

Questions may be addressed to any board member or by calling President Jerryl Adams at 936-590-1321.

 


 

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San Augustine Football Game


 

 

San Augustine Wolves will have a football game on September 18th against Winnsboro in Longview at Longview High School. Game time is 7:30pm.


All tickets will be presale. There will be no tickets at the gate. 


KXXE 92.5 will broadcast the game

 

 

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Center ISD Confirmed Covid Cases


 

 

More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed at Center ISD click the links below for more information.

 

Center High School

 

Center Middle School

 

Little Ridders Academy

 

 

 

 

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Joint Investigation Seeks Assistance from the Public


 

 

DeSoto Parish – Following the discovery of an abandoned vehicle in late August, detectives with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations (LSP BOI) have initiated an investigation related to a missing Bossier City resident.  During the course of the investigation, LSP identified the vehicle as a Chevrolet Malibu last registered to BreAndre McFann of Bossier City.

 

In 2018, McFann was reported as a missing person to the Bossier City Police Department (BCPD). According to press releases from BCPD, McFann was last seen at his residence in the Sherwood Apartments and was also driving a Chevrolet Malibu.

 

LSP BOI, with the assistance of the BCPD and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, has begun a joint investigation into the disappearance of McFann. Anyone with information regarding McFann or his Chevrolet Malibu is asked to contact Louisiana State Police at (318) 741-2740.  

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Tenaha Tiger News


 

 

September 14, 2020-Cross Country Meet in West Sabine (Jr. High)

September 17, 2020-JH vs Grace Community (Home) 5:00 pm; JV vs Grace Community (Home) 6:00 pm; Cross Country West Sabine Invitational (Varsity)

September 18, 2020-Student Immunizations in Tiger Den 8-9:30 am; Tigers vs Clifton (There) 7:00 pm {Pre-sale Tickets $4.00)

September 21, 2020-Tiger Day; Pictures-JH/HS Cross Country; JH FB; JH/HS Cheer

September 23, 2020-Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

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

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There)

 

District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon; Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor/Pre-game 6:30 pm)

 

Friday Night  Varsity Score: Tigers 49; Kountz 0-Great Game~!!!

Parents: The September 18th Student Immunization Clinic is quickly approaching.

Please return your forms no later than September 16th.

The clinic is from 8-9:30 am in the Tiger Den Friday, September 18th.

 

Varsity Tigers at Clifton

 

Ticket Information!!!!

 

Our Tigers are back on the road again this week in Clifton. Clifton is located West of Waco. Keep in mind, the Tigers had a home game scheduled with Tyler Grace Community that was lost to Covid cancellations.

 

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 15 and can only be purchased through pre-sale and only at the TISD Administration Office. Tenaha Students may purchase tickets from Mrs. Regina Tovar at the High School office during their lunch times.

 

Tickets are $4 each and there are plenty to accommodate the Tiger fans who wish to make the trip.

 

You will NOT be able to purchase tickets after noon on Friday. You will NOT be able to "walk up" in Clifton and get admission to the game.   One more non-district test before the Tigers gear up for district play next week at home against Lovelady.

 

Visiting Team Information – UIL 50% Capacity. Follow all UIL / TEA Rules on COVID 19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines (Mask will be required).  Clifton ISD will also have COVID 19 Questions for all fans as they enter the stadium. Every other row will be marked off. Tickets will not be available at the gate.

 

Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans. 

JH and JV Tigers to play at home this Thursday vs. Tyler Grace.

 

There has not been a cancellation of the sub varsity games against Grace.

The JH and JV Tigers will play Tyler Grace at home this Thursday beginning at 5:00 PM

 

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First Responders Appreciation Lunch


 


Presented by McAdams Propane

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Center Independent School District hosted an Appreciation Lunch for First Responders, presented by McAdams Propane on Friday, September 11th. Pete Low cooked a delicious barbeque meal.  


First responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff Deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials were the honored guests. 
Public servants and peace officers carry a responsibility for maintaining order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our citizens.   Often, service involves personal sacrifices and even personal danger.  The appreciation lunch recognizes the contribution law enforcement makes to the community. 


Contributing sponsors were Focused Care of Center, Spartan Structures and Specter Inc. Thank you to Chicken Express for donating all the tea.


Thank you to everyone to helped, especially the Center ISD Maintenance Staff.                                                                       

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Business undergrads recommend improvements for Nacogdoches Area United Way


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University business students recently assisted an agency in developing a strategic vision to better serve the needs of residents in Nacogdoches, Shelby and San Augustine counties.

 

For the second year in a row, seniors in business policy and strategy, the capstone strategic management class at the Rusche College of Business, worked with the Nacogdoches Area United Way to analyze the nonprofit’s operations and find areas for improvement.

 

The summer course was taught by Dr. Marcus Cox, associate professor of management. He organized the United Way review with Gary Lee Ashcraft, NAUW president and CEO, Caroline Garner, NAUW executive vice president, board members Wendy Buchanan and Sherry Morgan, and Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the college of business.

 

“I’m especially proud of the work done by our students in support of this important cause,” Bisping said. “We also look to support the Nacogdoches Area United Way further during our State Employees Charitable Campaign on campus this fall.”

 

Implemented as a case competition with four teams, the review encompassed the organization, the three-county region it serves – Nacogdoches, Shelby and San Augustine – and resulted in recommendations on a new strategic vision that included additional sources of funding, critical analysis of the organization’s online presence and usage of various social media platforms, and additional ways to tap into the students and resources at SFA.

 

The first and second place team in the case competition received a $500 and $300 scholarship, respectively. Presentations were delivered via Zoom.

  

“It’s very fulfilling for me personally to see our students end their college experiences on a strong note and I am excited for them as they now launch their careers,” Cox said.

 

 

 

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SFA teacher candidates partner with library to provide homework help online


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Teacher candidates in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, or C.R.E.A.T.E., have partnered with the Nacogdoches Public Library to provide free real-time drop-in homework help for local students.

 

“We know there is a lot of need in the community right now, with so many parents, grandparents and caregivers working to help their children learn from home,” said Dr. Heather Olson Beal, professor in SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education. “We also hope this service is helpful to teachers, who can recommend that their students join the homework help sessions.”

 

The library is hosting free virtual drop-in sessions for teacher candidates to answer quick homework questions from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays throughout September on the Discord meeting platform.

 

The homework sessions are open to all local students, but students age 13 and younger will need a caregiver or guardian to register for them. To participate, visit sfasu.edu/create-hwhelp.

 

The library also is hosting a continuation of the free virtual activity lessons teacher candidates in C.R.E.A.T.E. began last spring when schools were shut down because of COVID-19. While providing a fun break during the day for children and their families and caregivers, these activities help teacher candidates give back to the community while gaining valuable online teaching experience.

 

Students can participate in these activities from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays throughout September. The lessons include art activities and science experiments designed for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Caregivers and guardians can register students for these activities at

sfasu.edu/create-activity.

 

“We think this is a great way to promote community while helping both local families navigating virtual learning and SFA teacher candidates working to gain real-world experience during the pandemic,” said Crystal Hicks, librarian at the Nacogdoches Public Library.

 

Depending on response, the sessions may continue beyond September, said Dr. Lauren Burrow, an associate professor in the Perkins College of Education.

 

“C.R.E.A.T.E. always tries to prioritize community needs and respond, creatively, so as the school year progresses, we’ll assess interest in these sessions and continue them as needed,” Burrow said.

 

To learn more, email Burrow at burrowle@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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Short Community Homecoming and Singing


 

 

 

 

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Morning of Prayer in Timpson


 

 

 

 

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Great Giftables


 

 

We invite everyone to join us and help give a warm welcome to our newest business at 10 AM, Friday, September 18th. Let’s all be a part of a growing community!

 

Great Giftables is an arts and crafts consignment store focusing on East Texas and Shelby County craftsmen and women. Primarily we have items from area crafters and a nice variety of goods for sale. We offer hand-made, re-purposed, and refinished items as well as unique finds and practically new items. We are not a resale shop! We are a shop of unique creations and discoveries. Please come and see what we have to offer! Store hours will be Monday through Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm until 7pm. We are located on the downtown square in Timpson at 191 Bremond. 936-254-0006  www.greatgiftables.com  atsadoozygifts@yahoo.com  Proprietor: Laurie McDonald  VP of Everything: LaQuita Caraway and Kayla G (Curator & Creator) along with Ellie M. (Curator, Collector & Creator)

 

 

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Shelby County Office of Emergency Management on COVID numbers


 

 


From Shelby County Office of Emergency Management


After a lengthy discussion with DSHS this morning, we have decided that at this point the COVID numbers for Shelby County should be reported using the DSHS dashboard as opposed to the numbers reported to us that we’ve been providing to y’all. We  feel the numbers are reported more quickly & accurately to the dashboard than they are to us. Plus, DSHS doesn’t report deaths directly to me anymore so the death count on the dashboard is definitely more accurate than my count thus far.

 

I know the one thing that will be  missing that I always provided was the breakdown of our numbers by zip code and ages.  But with our active cases being low right now that’s not as much of an issue.

 

Thanks again for all you do for Shelby County. I’m sure you all probably have it but here is the link to the DSHS dashboard:

 

https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83

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Governor Abbott Deploys Texas A&M Task Force 1 To Louisiana Ahead Of Tropical Storm Sally


 

 

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to deploy Texas A&M Task Force 1 to Louisiana as the state prepares for Tropical Storm Sally. Texas A&M Task Force 1 has deployed a Type 1 urban search-and-rescue team consisting of 80 personnel, 6 boats, and 4 canines.  

 

"As our friends in Louisiana prepare for Tropical Storm Sally, the State of Texas is ready to assist in response and recovery efforts," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the members of Texas A&M Task Force 1 who are acting swiftly to help our neighbors in Louisiana, and I ask all Texans to pray for those in the path of this storm. Our neighbors in Louisiana were there for us during Hurricane Harvey, and we will be here for them as Tropical Storm Sally nears their shores." 

 

Texas A&M Task Force 1 functions as one of the 28 federal teams under FEMA’s National Urban Search and Rescue System and is one of two statewide search and rescue teams under the direction of the TDEM.

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Shelbyville v. Groveton Game Tickets


 

 

The Shelbyville Dragons and the Groveton Indians will meet for a varsity football contest on Friday, September 18, 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, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15 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 Groveton must purchase one of the allotted presale tickets sent to Groveton 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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Attention JISD High School and Junior High parents and students:


 

 

Once the Second 6 Weeks starts on September 21st, Joaquin High School and Junior High will no longer allow students to work remotely unless the student is enrolled in the asynchronous learning plan for the entire Second 6 Weeks. To be counted present, students must be at school. The only students that will be allowed to participate in remote learning without being signed up for asynchronous instruction will be those who are in quarantine because of Covid-19.  

 

 

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Shelbyville Homecoming Early Release


 

 

Shelbyville High School Homecoming will be held Friday, September 18, 2020.  School will release for all campuses at 1:00 pm.  Homecoming Parade will begin at 2:30 pm.  Pre-game activities will begin at 7:00 pm with game beginning at 7:30 pm.  Dragon Pride!

 

 

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Center Thursday night lights


 

 

7B vs Elkhart
(Scrimmage)
Offensive play of the week: Jakirus Lister (70 yard touchdown run)
Defensive hit of the week: Hunter Derr
Lineman of the week: Jaxon Olalde

7A vs Gladewater
The Roughriders played hard and with a lot of spirit
Offensive play of the week: Cody Atkinson
Defensive hit of the week: Cody Atkinson
Lineman of the week: Keylan Cummings

8B vs Tenaha
(Scrimmage)
Offensive play of the week: Jeremiah Ratcliff
Defensive hit of the week: Jeremiah Ratcliff
Lineman of the week: Francisco Ceferino

8A vs Gladewater
W 30 - 28
Leading scorers: TJ Berlin and Donte Moore
Offensive play of the week: TJ Berlin (65 yd touchdown run)
Defensive hit of the week: Timothy Johnson
Lineman of the week: Ron Davis

9th Grade V. Tenaha

W 41 - 28

Offensive standouts: Jaxson Parker (100 total yards)
            Lance Wilburn (130 receiving yards)
            Chayse Duckett (2 TD’s)
            Emonte Cross (3 TD and 200 yds total offense)
Defensive standouts: Jaxson Parker ( Int and 10+ tackles)
            Hayden Pate ( Forced fumble, fumble recovery run back 99 yds for TD)
            Mason Mayo and Brandon West both had a sack.
            
Offensive player of the week: Emonte Cross
Defensive player of the week: Jaxson Parker
Lineman of the week: David Trejo

JV vs. Gladewater


L  26 -  20. They played hard but lost on a last second touchdown. 

 

Led offensively by QB Jake Morris with 3 TD passes, a 53 yard to Da'nijhalon Gipson, 17 yard to Jakevious Polk, and a 1 yard score to Garrett Mettauer.  Eric Allen had a great game defensively with some big hits.  He was backed up by Erik Bustos and Connor Henson who also had fantastic performances that showed great promise for the future of roughrider football.

 

Offensive player of the week: Jake Morris
Defensive player of the week: Eric Allen
Lineman of the week: Jordan McSwain

 

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Joaquin VS Ore City Football Game Tickets


 

 

Please find the following link to be used to purchase tickets for the Joaquin Ram vs Ore City football game to be played at Ore City on September 18th. There are 285 tickets available for purchase. Go RAMS! 

 

Link to purchase: https://schooleventticketslogin.com/event/view/visitor-seating---varsity-football-ore-city-vs-joaquin

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Fraud Alert: Scammers claiming to be with Department of Justice, Targeting Elderly


 

 

BEAUMONT, Texas – Individuals claiming to represent the Department of Justice are calling members of the public to get their personal information, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox warned today. 

 

According to the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime, the scammers falsely represent themselves as Department of Justice investigators or employees and attempt to obtain personal information from the call recipient, or they leave a voicemail with a return phone number.  The return phone number directs users to a recorded menu that matches the recorded menu for the department’s main phone number.  Eventually, the user reaches an “operator” who steers the user to someone claiming to be an investigator.  That “investigator” then attempts to gain the user’s personal information.  This scam appears to be targeting the elderly.

 

“The Department of Justice works tirelessly to hold criminals accountable and protect victims.  Behavior that exploits the trust the public has in our government, preying on society’s most vulnerable, is simply abhorrent, and our office will investigate and prosecute these scams to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox, adding, “never share personal or financial information in response to unsolicited phone calls.”

 

Those who receive these calls are encouraged to report these scams to the FTC via their website or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877-382-4357). Fraud can also be reported to the FBI for law enforcement action at https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/report-fraud.

 

The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime created the National Elder Fraud Hotline for people to report fraud against anyone age 60 or older. Reporting certain financial losses due to fraud as soon as possible, and within the first 2–3 days, can increase the likelihood of recovering losses. The hotline is open seven days a week. For more information about the hotline, please visit https://stopelderfraud.ovc.ojp.gov/.

 

 

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Shooting In Nacogdoches Area


 

 

A shooting that occurred this past Saturday morning September 12, 2020, shortly before 1:00 am, has left two men in critical condition at a local hospital in Nacogdoches. Sheriff Deputies responded to a shot’s fire call at a convenience store in Central Heights at 12:47 am. Deputies found two victims at the scene; one victim had been shot nine times. The other victim was shot one time in the chest. The suspect had already fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

 

Deputies learned of a possible suspect in the case that was later found at an apartment complex in Nacogdoches. With the assistance of the Nacogdoches Police Department, the suspect was located and was taken into custody a short time later after the shooting.

 

Brian Keith Martin 21 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas was arrested on two counts of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

 

The Sheriff’s Office has identified two possible motives for this shooting. More details will be released later this week. This is an ongoing investigation.

 

 

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Friday Night Scoreboard 09/11/2020


Friday Night Football Scoreboard ! Sponsored by The Pizzeria

 

Center 41- Gladewater 40

Joaquin 41 - Groveton 0

San Augustine 41 - Elkhart 6

Tenaha 49 - Koontz 0

Timpson 60 - Mt. Enterprize 0

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Suspect in Drive By Shootings Arrested


 

 

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant this morning around 5:30 am in the 1400 block of CR. 521 that has led to the arrest of two individuals. Investigators with NCSO have been working an ongoing investigation into several drive by shootings the last few months that have occurred in the county. 


The Sheriff’s Office was able to identify a primary suspect in the case as Luis Juarez 17 years old who lives on Cr. 521. There also has been other drive by shootings that Juarez is a suspect in that has occurred in the city of Nacogdoches and Lufkin. 


During the investigation, Sheriff Investigators obtained two warrants for Luis Juarez for the offense of Deadly Conduct after investigators found probable cause that Luis was involved in two drive by shootings on Rigby Road in May of this year. 


Deputies conducted another investigation at Luis Juarez residence in reference to a drive by shooting early this month. There was several shell casings found in the roadway and driveway of the residence, however no one would cooperate in the investigation. 


Investigators collected evidence and obtained probable cause for a search warrant on the residence. During the search investigators recovered 5 weapons of the same caliber that have been used in several drive by shootings both in the county and the city. Three of the weapons have been reported stolen from car burglaries. Two of the weapons were stolen out of Lufkin, and the other weapon was reported stolen in the city of Nacogdoches. Investigators believe that the other two weapons are stolen as well, and will continue to investigate to determine who the rightful owners of these weapons are. 


Seized at the residence were two Glock .40 caliber pistols, one Springfield .40 caliber pistol, one 1911 .45 caliber pistol and one AR .223 rifle.  Deputies also seized crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Several items of ammunition were also seized. The guns and ammunition seized at the residence will be tested to see if they match bullet casings that have been recovered at other drive by shootings in Nacogdoches and Lufkin.  There were also several ski masks that were found with the weapons that have been seized. 
Luis Juarez has been charged with the following warrants that he had for his arrest:  2 counts of Deadly Conduct a 3rd degree felony,  a warrant for Assault Family Violence a 3rd degree felony. Additional charges from the search warrant include, Possession of a controlled Substance a 3rd degree felony, 3 Counts of Theft of a firearm a state jail felony and Tampering with evidence a 3rd felony.

 

 
Dalia Juarez was also arrested at the residence and charged with Possession of a controlled Substance a state jail felony, Theft of a firearm a state jail felony, resisting arrest or search and interference with duties of a public servant, both misdemeanor charges. 

 

 


This is the second time the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a search warrant at this residence. In August 2019 the Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant of this residence where guns and drugs were recovered. 


This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely to be filed against Luis Juarez once forensic and lab results return on the weapons and shell casings.  No one has been injured in the drive by shooting that have occurred, however they have been several residences that were struck.  Sheriff investigators believe the motive behind the drive by shootings is gang related. 


 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Agenda


 


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 16th 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.    Approve Officers Report.

4.    Public comments on Agenda item.

5.    Boo Klein to present the court with a donation of funds for the purchase of bleachers at the Expo Center.

6.    Janet Ritter with the United States Department of Agriculture to inform the Court about the Emergency Watershed Protection Program offered by the USDA to assist communities impacted by natural disasters.

7.    Discuss and possibly apply for assistance from the USDA-Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

8.    Adjourn.
 

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Football Games


 

 

The Center Roughriders will take on Gladewater Bears in a home game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020, the game will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on the Groveton Indians on Friday, September 11, 2020, in an away game in Groveton at 7:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM with Don Wall giving you your play by play action. 

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on the Elkhart Elks in an away game in Elkhart on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway giving you your play by play action.

 

The Tenaha Tigers will have an away game vs. the Kountze Lions in Kountze on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Timpson Bears will take on the Mt. Enterprise Wildcats in a home game in Timpson on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons football game with Waskom has been canceled due to a Shelbyville football player testing positive for COVID-19.

 

 

 

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VFW Remembers September 11th


 

 

Those who we lost on September 11, 2001, will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts and in the history of our nation. By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, (Public Law 107-89), Congress authorized the president to designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day" to perpetuate the memory of those who perished in the attack on America and to pursue peace and justice in the world and security at home.

 

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will remember and honor with a special Wreath Laying and the playing of Taps Friday, September 11, 2020, 10:00 am at the Veterans Memorial 1885 Historic Courthouse Center.  The public is invited.  Masks and social distancing required.

 

Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunup until sunset on Friday, September 11th, 2020.  More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, at 936-332-0349.

 

 

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Vidor Women Guilty of Federal Drug Trafficking Resulting in Multiple Deaths


 

 

BEAUMONT, Texas – Two Vidor, Texas women have pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

 

Catherine Ardis, 62, and Michelle Lea Harrington, 51, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, namely hydromorphone, before U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

 

According to information presented in court, Harrington lived at a home located on FM 105 North in Vidor, Texas, in which several other persons, including Ardis, also resided.  Federal agents began their investigation of Harrington and Ardis in June of 2019 after three persons died as a result of opiates purchased from Ardis at this home.  Medical examination of the deceased persons determined that the victims died from poly-drug toxicity resulting from the use of hydromorphone pills, also referred to as Dilaudid.  As part of the factual basis for the plea, Ardis admitted to selling the hydromorphone pills that resulted in the death of the three victims.

 

“Trafficking of drugs ordinarily only available by prescription places the public at great risk,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.  “The United States is committed to punishing those that seek to profit by distributing such drugs outside the watchful care of a doctor.”

 

“The drug trafficker who provides the drug that causes or contributes to the overdose death of a person will be held accountable,” said Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple of the DEA Houston Division.  “The DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to commit significant resources to the identification and investigation of those who cause the death of another human, whether by violence or overdose.”

 

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging the defendants with federal drug trafficking crimes on March 4, 2020.  Under federal statutes, Ardis and Harrington face up to 20 years in federal prison.  The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Vidor Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont Police Department, Port Arthur Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Anderson.

 

 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Calls For Moment Of Silence To Honor Victims Of September 11th Attacks


 

 

Orders Texas Flags To Half-Staff

 

Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide call for all Texans to observe a moment of silence at 7:46 AM CDT (8:46 AM EDT) on, September 11, 2020, to honor and remember the victims of the terror attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The Governor has also ordered Texas flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff. 

 

"I ask all Texans to hold a moment of silence to honor our fellow Americans who tragically lost their lives and for those who were injured in the horrific terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001," said Governor Abbott. "We also honor the heroic first responders who selflessly rushed toward danger to save lives and help those in need. Today, as we remember one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history, let us also remember the way Americans united in the face of evil. May that unity and love of country continue to be a guiding light for our nation."

 

 

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Tenaha Tiger News


 

 

September 10, 2020-JH vs Center 5:00 pm; JV vs Center (Home) 6:00 pm {Purchase tickets at the gate} $3/$2

September 11, 2020-Tigers vs Kountze (There) 7:30 pm; {Purchase tickets at the gate} $5/$3

September 14, 2020-Cross Country Meet in West Sabine (Jr. High)

September 17, 2020-JH vs Grace Community (Home) 4:30 pm; JV vs Grace Community (Home) 6:00 pm; Cross Country West Sabine Invitational (Varsity)

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

September 21, 2020-Tiger Day; Pictures-JH/HS Cross Country; JH FB; JH/HS Cheer

September 23, 2020-Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

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

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There) District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon; Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor/Pre-game 6:30 pm)

 

Thursday Night Game: Home JH 5:00 pm; JV 6:30 pm-Tickets at gate. $3/$2

Friday Night Game: Tigers vs Kountze (There) 7:30 pm; Tickets at gate. $5/$3

Visiting Team Information – UIL 50% Capacity. Follow all UIL / TEA Rules on COVID 19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines (Mask will be required).  Kountze ISD will also have COVID 19 Questions for all fans as they enter the stadium. Visitor Side will seat 500 people and that will include the band. 

 

Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans.

 

Parents: The September 18th Student Immunization Clinic is quickly approaching.

Please return your forms no later than September 16th.

The clinic is from 8-9:30 am in the Tiger Den Friday, September 18th.

TENAHA TIGER FOOTBALL-Adopt-A-Tiger Program (Need just 3 more people please)

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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Center Volleyball T-shirts


 

Order a Volleyball support t-shirt by 9/25

 

Return the attached order form to the CHS athletic office by September 25. Adult sizes are $20 and youth sizes are $18. 

 

Please email sandra.solis@centerisd.org with any questions.

 

Click here for the order form

 

 

 

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Joaquin vs. Groveton Ticket Sales


 

 

Due to the school holiday on Monday, September 7th, the Joaquin Ram football tickets will be sold as follows for the away game at Groveton on September 11th. There are 400 tickets available for this game. All tickets are pre-sale and available for purchase at the Joaquin Administration Office.

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Bear Update


 

 

Counselor’s Corner – High School Counselor, Mrs. Charlotte Metcalf wants to remind students of the following important scholarship information:


•    The Coca Cola Scholarship application is now open. It must be completed by October 31st.  Click the following link to view more information and begin the application process.  https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/ 


•    Please take the opportunity to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship.  It must be submitted by October 25th. Click the following link to view more information.  https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/66358-Horatio-Alger-Association 

 


 

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Timpson Football Tickets for Price Carlise Game


 

 

Tickets for Next Week's Football Game

 

Game tickets for the Price Carlisle game next week will be $5. They will be sold ONLY at the Event Center


Monday 7:00- 9:00 AM and 5:00-7:00 PM for Varsity Football, Band, and Cheerleader Parents ONLY
Tuesday & Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 AM and 5:00 - 7:00 PM for General Admission
We are only allowed 135 tickets and therefore to allow as many familties as possible the opportunity to attend, we will  only be allowing 2 TICKETS / participant or participants in a family.
Signatures will be taken to prevent repeat buyers.


We are truly sorry about this and certainly wish this was not the case.  

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SFA Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Wagner, Mozart in virtual concert


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the SFA Symphony Orchestra performing works by German composers in a live-streamed, virtual-only performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.


The program will feature performances of Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s  Symphony No. 36, according to Dr. Gregory Grabowski, director of orchestral activities at SFA and the Symphony Orchestra conductor.


“In general, the program is definitely on the lighter side,” Grabowski said. “Wagner composed the piece as a gift for his wife after their son was born. It was performed on Christmas morning on the stairs of their villa.”


The Mozart symphony, which will close the concert, is subtitled “Linz” and was composed during a stopover on Mozart’s way back home to Vienna from Salzburg. 


“The Mozart is a C major symphony, and you can’t get much more joyful than that,” Grabowski added.


To access the live concert free of charge, visit music.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

 

 

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HHSC Awards $45 Million for Community Mental Health Services


 


AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced it is awarding $45 million in grant funds through the Community Mental Health Grant Program that supports mental health services and projects in Texas.

 

“The Community Mental Health Grant Program allows Texas to provide additional and vital mental health support to residents in need,” said Sonja Gaines, HHS deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability & Behavioral Health Services. “Promoting mental health programs in Texas is a priority for HHSC, and grant programs like these provide opportunities to help people across the state who are in need of support.”

The grant funds will go to 53 different entities over two years, funding local mental health and behavioral health authorities, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and local governmental agencies located across the state. Grants will fund community programs for people with mental illness by expanding outpatient treatment, promoting recovery and improving quality of life. Funds also support crisis respite, crisis stabilization and extended observation services.

 

“Congratulations to each local community mental health provider selected to receive much needed funding through the Community Mental Health Grant Program established by H.B. 13 (85R),” said State Rep. Four Price. “I thank the HHSC staff who diligently administer this program, and I especially thank all those who work on the front lines each and every day in providing these essential services to our fellow Texans.”

 

The 86th Legislature appropriated $45 million in 2019 to continue the Community Mental Health Grant Program in 2020 and 2021.

 

Awards for the Community Mental Health Grant Program were determined through a competitive procurement process. Grant awardees are required to match a portion of the state’s grant award to demonstrate their commitment to addressing local mental health needs.

A list of grant awardees can be found on the HHS website.

 

More information on accessing behavioral health services in Texas is available at MentalHealthTX.org. Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services.

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Miss America rescheduled to speak at SFA's Women in STEM Luncheon in March


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Sciences and Mathematics has rescheduled an appearance of Camille Schrier, crowned Miss America 2020, at the Women in STEM Luncheon. The noon event will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at The Fredonia Hotel.

 

A passionate STEM advocate, Schrier graduated from Virginia Tech with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry and systems biology and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was awarded the Engineering Champion Award by the Sigma Rho National Sorority for her efforts promoting women in engineering and technical fields. Schrier will continue to hold the title of Miss America for 2021 due to the postponement of the Miss America pageant.

 

This scholarship fundraising event benefits students committed to the advancement of women pursuing STEM degrees at SFA.

 

The event will include an 11 a.m. gallery walk poster presentation highlighting STEM research accomplishments by SFA students and faculty and will feature STEM majors wearing fashions provided by The Town House. 

 

Schrier will also attend a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 22, in the Cole STEM Building. Guests will have an opportunity to visit with and have their photo taken with Schrier.

 

Tickets for the style show are $50 each or $350 for a table of eight. Tickets for the reception are $50 each. 

 

For tickets, visit sfasu.edu/womeninSTEM. For more information, email kdcarmona@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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Department of Justice/Eastern District of Texas Criminally Charging Individuals with CARES Act PPP and Economic Impact Payment Fraud


 

 

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Department of Justice Criminal Division announced today that it has charged more than 50 people who allegedly committed fraud to obtain funds from the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP). 

 

The PPP program is authorized by the CARES Act, which is a federal law enacted on March 29, 2020, designed to provide emergency financial assistance to the millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CARES Act initially authorized up to $349 billion in forgivable PPP loans to small businesses for job retention and certain other expenses, and in April 2020, Congress authorized over $300 billion in additional PPP funding,

 

In partnership with the Criminal Division, the Eastern District of Texas has played a lead role in pursuing CARES Act fraud and has declared COVID-related fraud a top priority.

“When thieves and fraudsters steal CARES Act funding, they steal from all of us – the corner store, the dry cleaner, and the local grocer.  These are not simple or easy cases to investigate and charge.  They involve piecing together often-complex financial, payroll, and tax records for individuals and companies.  This makes it all the more remarkable that the men and women of the Department of Justice have been able to bring so many cases so quickly — against over 50 defendants in a matter of months — and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of federal prosecutors and agents and our partners across the U.S. government.”

 

The Eastern District of Texas has charged three individuals with violations related to the improper use of PPP funds.  In each case, the individuals fraudulently claimed their businesses had suffered catastrophic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requested assistance in the form of forgivable small business loans through the PPP.  In May, Shashank Rai and Samuel Yates were each charged in separate cases with violations of wire fraud, mail fraud, and making false statements to a bank and to the SBA in order to unlawfully obtain millions of dollars in PPP loans.  In June, Fahad Shah was indicted and charged with three counts of wire fraud, one count of making a false statement to a bank, and four counts of money laundering.  It is alleged that Shah illegally obtained millions of dollars, which he used to purchase multiple Tesla automobiles, to play the stock market, and for personal expenses.  When conduct like the kind alleged in these cases occurs, it depletes the pool of available funds for businesses with legitimate needs, such as payroll for workers.  According to some reports, as many as 80 percent of loan applicants were turned away due to funds not being available.

 

In addition to PPP cases, the Eastern District of Texas has also indicted James Mwanza, as well as Dalton Brewer and Emilee Fenton, for identity theft in connection with CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (EIPs).  These defendants allegedly used the names, birth dates, and Social Security Numbers of unknowing persons in order to illegally obtain EIP funds.  An estimated $300 billion of the CARES Act total was allocated for EIPs.  Under the CARES Act, qualifying individuals may receive up to $1,200 in EIPs per adult, up to $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, and $500 per child under 17 years old.  Individuals with income exceeding $99,000 or joint filers whose income exceeds $198,000 do not qualify for any payment.

 

These cases are tremendously important for many reasons, and the speed with which these cases have been investigated and prosecuted is unparalleled.  The Department’s efforts began early in the implementation of the CARES Act, as prosecutors and agencies moved quickly to establish law enforcement partnerships, obtain critical data and evidence, and take concrete and affirmative steps to identify CARES Act fraud.  This cooperation, in turn, produced immediate results.  The Eastern District of Texas partnered with the Criminal Division to bring the very first PPP-related fraud cases within two months of the loan program’s launch

Public awareness and cooperation amongst agencies is critical to fight against COVID-related fraud.  

 

In July, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox wrote an opinion editorial, which was published in the Texas Lawyer, pledging to remain vigilant in pursuing those individuals seeking to steal CARES Act assistance from those who truly need it and who it is intended to benefit.  As part of that pledge, in August, the Eastern District of Texas entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) providing for the designation of Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Eastern District of Texas to assist with SIGPR-related investigations and prosecutions.  EDTX plans to work with SIGPR, as well as DOJ’s Criminal Division and our other law enforcement partners to focus on coordinated criminal rings that have engaged in the systematic, organized looting of PPP funds.

 

Another key component of the Department’s ability to bring these cases so quickly has been the use of public-private partnerships to maximize its awareness and visibility of suspicious conduct and the collection of critical evidence.  Many financial institutions have been strong partners in assisting the Department in detecting and investigating potentially fraudulent activity and safeguarding taxpayer dollars by freezing funds and accounts.  In the coming weeks, EDTX plans to build partnerships with Texas banks to further our ability to uncover and combat suspected fraud.

 

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19, can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.   

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Tune into KDET 930 AM for Roughrider Football Coverage Friday


 

 

Roughriders Home Opener v  Gladewater Bears  -- Broadcast on KDET 930 am.

 

Tune in at home or on your way to the stadium for a celebration of small town Friday nights!

 

--At 7:00, listen to the Stadium Pregame Show.  Guests include players Aiden Hagler and Jake Hanson and Cheerleader of the Night Tatum Mettauer.
--Kick-off is at 7:30.
--During the Stadium Halftime, the Radio Team will describe the CHS Band in its 2020 debut as we listen to the music live on the field.  Additional guest includes Coach Alex Munoz.
--Stay with us through the Stadium Postgame live from the field as we visit with head coach Scott Ponder, and our Player of the Night.

 

Find the broadcast on am radio KDET 930.

 

On your desktops and laptops at cbc-radio.com and find the KDET button.


On your phones by getting the free "Tune-In App" and typing into the search the call letters KDET.

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JISD Homecoming Parade Float Entry Form


 

Anyone in the community interested in participating in the Joaquin ISD Homecoming Parade must have their completed form turned into the High School office by Friday, September 18th.

 

Submitted by: Sarah Barton

 

 

 

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Bride and Groom


 

 

In late 1957 my fiancée, Clara, and I were planning our wedding for June, 1958.  Our situation was somewhat unusual in that her father, a minister, was to perform the wedding ceremony.  My father was the county clerk, and would thus issue our marriage license.  So, both our fathers were to play a very important part in our wedding.

 

We became interested in a new television program, “Bride and Groom”, in which couples were brought to New York City by the program, all expenses paid, and the marriage ceremony televised.  It seemed like a good idea to try and get on that program.  So, I sent a letter to the director inquiring as to what needed be done to get selected .  In early December, 1957 I received a letter from a Roger Gimble advising us to complete a detailed application.

 

As instructed, we completed the application and attached photos.  Then the waiting began.  I felt sure we would be selected due to the roles that our fathers would play.  Just in case it did not, however, we continued our own plans for the wedding here in East Texas.

 

We were naïve and unaware that the show received 500 letters a day from young women eager to fit out the new home with such goodies as live chinchillas or gold from a mine in Montana.  “Bride and Groom” had supervised the weddings of some 2,500 couples, among them a Douglas Aircraft executive, two Medal of Honor winners, All-American athletes, an atomic physicist, Phi Beta Kappas, a TV producer, and Jinx Falkerburg’s brother.  To each of them went about $2,500 worth of loot.  They were passing out mink coats and deep freezers long before politicians ever thought of it.

 

Our answer came rather suddenly.  The program was cancelled in 1953 about a month after we had sent in our application.  Murphy’s Law had struck again.
Our chance at a big wedding on national television vanished.

 

I then wrote a letter to a new motel that had been constructed in Lufkin, Texas, to see about reserving the “honeymoon suite”.  I received a response on May 5, 1958 in which was reported that the motel indeed had a “honeymoon sweet”, and that it cost $10.00 per day.  So, the “Sun & Pines Motel” is where we spent our first night as bride and groom.

 

I still have those two letters, and they make good reading.  One letter about what might have been – the other about what actually was.

 

“BRIDE  AND  GROOM”

BY: NEAL MURPHY
P.O. BOX 511
SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 75972

936-275-9033
936-275-6986 (cell)
email – sugarbear@netdot.com


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Flag Half Staff Alert


 

 

Friday, September 11 is Patriot's Day.  All flags should be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown. If you cannot have your flag lowered at sunup please lower it the evening before.  If your flag cannot be lowered you can still show respect for the day by attaching a black ribbon or cord at the top.

 

Lest we forget

 

Larry E. Hume
Quartermaster, VFW Post 8904
Center, Texas
Gold Legacy Life Member

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San Augustine Football Game vs. Winnsboro


 

 

San Augustine Wolves will have a football game on September 18th against Winnsboro in Longview at Longview High School. Gamete is 7:30pm.


All tickets will be presale. There will be no tickets at the gate. 


KXXE 92.5 will broadcast the game

 

 

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SFA Gardens restructuring popular fall plant sale


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens is introducing a modified version of its popular fall plant sale known as the Fabulous Fall Festival.

 

Plant sale patrons will have the opportunity to reserve a two-hour window to shop in the SFA Gardens plant nursery throughout the month of October. Up to six plant sale patrons may shop during the same two-hour window, and all physical distancing measures must be observed.

 

Reservation windows will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday Oct. 1 through 30, with two Saturday opportunities on Oct. 3 and 17.

 

The sale will feature more than 300 varieties of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants, including Texas natives, edibles, heirlooms, perennials, shrubs and trees, with an emphasis on pollinator friendly selections, as well as exclusive SFA introductions. The featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

 

All proceeds support staff members and operations within the Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden.

 

Reservations will begin Sept. 18 and may be made online at sfagardens.org and on SFA Gardens’ Facebook and Instagram pages. Reservations are required, and participants must wear a mask in all buildings. Additionally, the much-anticipated plant list will be released in conjunction with the reservation. Cash will not be accepted, but checks and all major credit cards are welcome.

 

Parking will be available at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Carts will be provided. For more information, email dawnstover@sfasu.edu.

 

 

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Garden Club Enjoys "Pass-Along" Plants


 

 

Center Garden Club met for its first monthly meeting of the new year on September 9, 2020 in the home of Lisa Albers.  President Carole Ann Chance presided. Horticultural reports on both summer tomato production and river birch trees were presented and discussed.  Members also enjoyed a covered-dish salad luncheon and social hour after which they exchanged “ pass-along plants.”  Pictured is a flowering water lily grown by Carole Chance and passed along to Carolyn Bounds.

Center Garden Club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  Come participate; call Carole Chance for more information:  598-7588.

 

Questions?  Carolyn@Bounds.com

 

 

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Joaquin vs. Ore City Football Ticket Information


 

 

Tickets for the Joaquin vs. Ore City varsity football game that is scheduled to be played on September 18th at Ore City will only be available through an online link that will be provided by their school district.  The link will be posted on both the Joaquin ISD Facebook page as well as our District website ( www.joaquinisd.net ) as soon as it becomes available. This link will more than likely be posted the Monday of game week.  There will not be any paper tickets for this game as all tickets must be purchased through the link. There are 285 tickets available for this contest. Please continue to check these media outlets for the link! Go Rams!

 

 

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Football Games


 

 

The Center Roughriders will take on Gladewater Bears in a home game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020, the game will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on the Groveton Indians on Friday, September 11, 2020, in an away game in Groveton at 7:30 p.m. 

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on the Elkhart Elks in an away game in Elkhart on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KXXE 92.5 FM with Tracy Broadway giving you your play by play action.

 

The Tenaha Tigers will have an away game vs. the Kountze Lions in Kountze on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Timpson Bears will take on the Mt. Enterprise Wildcats in a home game in Timpson on Friday, September 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons football game with Waskom has been canceled due to a Shelbyville football player testing positive for COVID-19.

 

 


 

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East Hamilton Homecoming Canceled


 

 


The East Hamilton Homecoming for September 27, 2020, has been canceled, due to coronavirus. Donations and still needed for the upkeep of the cemetery.

 

Donations can be sent to 6293 County Road 2799 Shelbyville, TX 75973.

 

Phone: 368-2596 or 368-2246.

 

 

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Tenaha Tiger Update


 

 

September 9, 2020-Broaddus Cross Country Meet @ Jackson Hill Marina (VG/B)

September 10, 2020-JH vs Center 5:00 pm; JV vs Center (Home) 6:00 pm {Purchase tickets at the gate}

September 11, 2020-Tigers vs Kountze (There) 7:30 pm; {Purchase tickets at the gate}

September 14, 2020-Cross Country Meet in West Sabine (Jr. High)

September 17, 2020-JH vs Grace Community (Home) 4:30 pm; JV vs Grace Community (Home) 6:00 pm; Cross Country West Sabine Invitational (Varsity)

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

September 21, 2020-Tiger Day; Pictures-JH/HS Cross Country; JH FB; JH/HS Cheer

September 23, 2020-Cross Country Zavalla Invitational (Varsity/JH)

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

September 28, 2020-Begin 2nd Grading Period

September 29, 2020-Staff Flu Clinic in Tiger Den 9:30-11:00 am

October 1, 2020- JH vs Colmesneil 5:00 pm (Home); JV vs Colmesneil 6:00 pm

October 2, 2020-Cross Country in Mt. Pleasant (Varsity); Tigers vs Colmesneil 7:00 pm (There) District Game

October 7, 2020-Cross Country Lufkin Coke Classic (Varsity)

October 8, 2020-JH vs West Sabine (There) 5:00 pm; JV vs West Sabine 6:00 pm (There)

October 9, 2020-Tigers vs West Sabine (Home); Fall Pictures PK3-12

October 14, 2020-Cross Country in Woden (JH/Varsity)

October 15, 2020-JH vs Mt Enterprise 5:00 pm (Home)

October 16, 2020-Tigers vs Mt Enterprise (There) 7:00 pm District Game

October 22, 2020-JH vs Cushing 5:00pm (There); JV vs Cushing 6:00 pm (There)

October 23, 2020-Student Early Release/Teacher In-Service in Afternoon; Tigers vs Cushing 7:00 pm (Homecoming)(Hall of Honor/Pre-game 6:30 pm)

Friday Night Game: Tigers vs Kountze (There) 7:30 pm

 

Visiting Team Information – UIL 50% Capacity. Follow all UIL / TEA Rules on COVID 19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines (Mask will be required).  Kountze ISD will also have COVID 19 Questions for all fans as they enter the stadium. Visitor Side will seat 500 people and that will include the band. 

 

Reminder – No outside food or drinks may be brought in by fans.

 

TENAHA TIGER FOOTBALL-Adopt-A-Tiger Program (Need 10 more people please)

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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COVID Cases Reported at Center High School and Center Middle School


 

Issued on September 9th, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Shreveport Woman Killed in Webster Parish Crash


 

 

Webster Parish – On September 9, 2020, around 6:45 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 20 near Dixie Inn. This crash claimed the life of 35-year-old Kimberly Cannon of Shreveport.       

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 International tractor-trailer, driven by 58-year-old Rickey Darden of Parkin Cross, Arkansas, was traveling westbound on Interstate 20. For reasons still under investigation, Darden failed to reduce his vehicle’s speed as he approached traffic congestion. As a result, Darden’s vehicle struck the rear of a 2017 Jeep SUV, driven by Cannon. Cannon’s vehicle was then pushed into the rear of another tractor-trailer and began to overturn.

 

Cannon, who was properly restrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the crash location. Darden sustained moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the other tractor-trailer also sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

 

While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state.  Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving.  A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences. If motorists witness hazardous situations on any Louisiana highway, they may dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest Troop to report that activity.

 

In 2020, Troop G has investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 21 deaths.

 

 

 

 

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Blood Drive at Center PD


 

 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up at the Center Police Dept on Friday, September 25th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Blood supply is at an All time low, and donations are seriously needed at this time! Contact Amy at the CPD, or go to www.giveblood.org to preregister. There will be 1 donor coach available, but they will also be set up inside PD Training room. Mask are requested, but will be available if you do not have one. All stations will be cleaned and sanitized between donors. Average time of 15 min per donor.


All persons who attempt to donate will get Free Hero Socks!
Please come help save lives!! 1 donor can save 3 Lives!

 

 

 

 

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Jefferson County Man Sentenced for Beaumont Bombings


 

 

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 42-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for a bombing incident in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

                 

In October 2019, Jonathan Matthew Torres was found guilty at trial of using an explosive device to cause property damage and possession of an unregistered destructive device.  Torres was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield on Sep. 8, 2020.

 

“In the wake of the Austin bombings, Torres preyed upon Beaumont with his own explosives and a series of threats,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.  “Our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners took heroic action, reassuring the Beaumont community and using cutting-edge investigative techniques to ensure public safety.”

 

“For several weeks, Jonathan Matthew Torres created fear, panic and insecurity for Beaumont residents,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner.  “Having just experienced the destruction and loss of life carried out by the Austin package bomber the month prior, we were determined to not let the Beaumont community suffer a similar tragedy. Through the nonstop work of FBI agents, intelligence analysts, and our partners at the Beaumont Police Department, ATF, US Postal Inspection Service, and DPS, this individual was finally identified, arrested and will now serve his time in prison.”

 

“Combining resources with our federal and state counterparts to solve cases involving the criminal misuse of explosives to keep our communities safe, remains one of ATF’s top priorities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski.

 

According to information presented in court, on April 26, 2018, federal agents discovered what appeared to be a homemade destructive device inside a U.S. Postal Service priority mail service box at a Starbucks on Dowlen Road in Beaumont.  Shortly after discovering the device, the Beaumont Police department began receiving cryptic postcards referencing the bombing.  One of those postcards read “DO YOU WANT BMT TO BECOME ANOTHER AUSTIN . . . .” This postcard appeared to reference serial bombings that occurred approximately a month prior, in Austin, Texas.  During the course of those Austin bombings, five package bombs exploded killing two people and injuring another five.  In the light of Torres’ reference to Austin, and the potential danger to the Beaumont community, federal law enforcement agencies dispatched dozens of agents and other personnel from around the country to assist the Beaumont Police Department and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation.  During the course of the investigation, the law enforcement partners deployed advanced investigative tools and tactics, including state-of-the-art forensic analysis to develop possible suspects in the case.

 

In the midst of the investigation, on May 10, 2018, an explosion occurred at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Delaware Street in Beaumont.  The explosion caused damage to St. Stephen’s administration building; fortunately, there were no injuries. After the St. Stephen’s bombing, law enforcement partners conducted a forensic analysis of the two devices and other evidence collected during the course of the investigation, resulting in the identification of Torres as a potential suspect.  On May 24, 2018, agents executed a search warrant at Torres’ residence in the 4400 block of El Paso Street in Beaumont, Texas.  Inside the residence, investigators recovered multiple containers of the same type of explosive material used in both previously discussed devices; postal boxes similar to the boxes used in the aforementioned devices; a receipt for the purchase of the type of string used in the device found at Starbucks; zip-ties similar to the type used in the device found at Starbucks; packing tape similar to the type used in the device found at Starbucks; and other components consistent with the destructive devices.  Agents arrested Torres without incident, and he was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 6, 2018.

 

This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell James and Christopher T. Tortorice.

 

 

 

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Shelbyville School Board Agenda


 

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy. 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.
 
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 

 

1.    Call to order
2.    Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.    Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Recognition of Teachers of the Year
4.    Open forum
5.    Consent agenda 
a.    Minutes of the August 10, 2020, and August 31, 2020, meetings of the board
b.    Monthly financial reports
6.    Consider for approval
a.    School Health Advisory Council
7.    Principals’/Directors’ Reports
a.    COVID-19 Update
b.    Campus events
c.    Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8.    Superintendent’s Reports
a.    TASA/TASB School Board Convention
b.    Facilities Improvements Update
c.    Articles of Interest
d.    General Updates
9.    Executive Session
a.    Resignations/Employment
b.    Personnel
10.     Adjournment
 

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Unrestrained Driver and Passenger Killed in DeSoto Parish Crash


 

DeSoto Parish – On September 9, 2020, around 4:45 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 765 near Marshall Road. This crash claimed the lives of two women from Texas.        

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 International tractor-trailer was stopped in the northbound travel lane of Louisiana Highway 765 preparing to make a right turn. At the same time, a 2017 Jeep SUV, driven by 27-year-old Julia Patton of Carthage, Texas, was traveling northbound on Louisiana Highway 765 approaching the stopped tractor-trailer. For reasons still under investigation, Patton failed to stop and struck the trailer’s rear bumper.

 

Patton and her front-seat passenger, identified as 18-year-old Jaylie Gray of Galveston, Texas, were unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries. A third passenger in Patton’s vehicle, who was also unrestrained, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

 

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 17 fatal crashes resulting in 20 deaths.

 

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Huxley Helping Hands Food Pantry


 

 

 

HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A DRIVE THRU FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. ALL RECIPIENTS MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION, WEAR A MASK AND BE IN LINE BY 9:30 AM ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2020. 


 ONLY ONE (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD
THERE WILL BE A DEVOTION IN THE PARKING LOT
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE
  CENTER TEXAS
 

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Timpson ISD Superintendent's Public Service Announcement


 

 

It is my duty to inform you as parents, students, and community members of Timpson ISD of the overall situation in our school district and what our plans are to address the issues. As of this morning, our district is reporting 7 additional cases of Covid-19 on the school campuses of Timpson ISD. Six of these are at the high school campus with three employees and three students. We also have an additional case at Timpson Middle School to report. We certainly understand that these numbers mark a milestone in our decision making efforts to thwart the virus threat to our school and community. We understand that many students and parents want their children to continue on campus learning and we are dedicated to providing this for our students. Therefore, our decision at this point is to continue on campus learning for tomorrow September 10, 2020 on all campuses. We are continuing to conduct contact tracing on the positive cases and quarantine those individuals as the guidelines of TEA and the Texas Department of Health Services prescribe. We have also deep cleaned and sanitized the areas where those students were and will continue to do this regularly throughout the campus each day and throughout the day.

 

However, I must issue a word of caution to parents and grandparents who have students who will be attending on campus instruction. There is a chance that your child might contract the virus. Please, be  aware of this. Statistics say that most children will be fine in a relatively short period of time if they contract Covid-19. However, those people who are older and have serious underlying health conditions have a greater chance of having more severe consequences. Therefore, I would urge you as a parent to have a serious family discussion about whether you want to receive on-campus or remote instruction. This is what my heart says to tell people and I would hope that all leaders would be able to do this in their communities. 

 

If you decide to engage in remote learning or temporarily engage in remote learning, please understand that there might be initial difficulties in getting the process to work effectively. Generally, we are able to resolve issues for remote learners within a few days. Please, be patient and our school will do its best to provide appropriate services. We also realize that we stated earlier that students had to make the decision for a six weeks period of time. However, we realize that time changes things and may cause some parents to wish for their child to receive remote learning immediately. Please, contact your campus. I just don't feel like we can make this announcement without giving parents this option. And please understand that the school is somewhat limited now in terms of equipment. We are expecting a large shipment of devices and equipment from the State in the near future but, they have continued to push back this delivery date.

 

We hope everyone makes the best of 2020 even in light of present circumstances.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Results


 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on September 9, 2020, at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:

 

1. They approved the minutes of August 5, 2020, Special Meeting, August 12, 2020, Regular Meeting, August 19, 2020, Special Meeting, August 26, 2020, Special Meeting, August 26, 2020, Public Hearing, August 26, 2020, Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

 

2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

3. No public comments were given.

 

4. They discussed and approved the abandoning of approximately 1 mile of county road 2020.

 

5. They approved the office lease for JP & Constable Precinct #5 and authorized a security deposit for the lease.

 

6. They opened the sealed bids for bleachers for the Shelby County Expo Center and approved a bid for $54,440.

 

7. They opened the sealed bids for elevator installation in the Shelby County Courthouse Annex building and approved a bid for $44,170 for the installation. However, the electrical work was not included in that bid and will be more.

 

8. They adjourned.

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CHS Alumni Association 2020 Homecoming Calendar Dates


 

 

CHS Homecoming Pep Rally – will be Friday, September 18th at 3pm at Roughrider Stadium!

CHS Homecoming Game – will be Friday, September 18th at 7:30pm seating is limited due to Covid-19, please check with CHS Athletic Office for information on ticket availability!

CHS Annual Alumni Association Meeting – has been CANCELLED this year due to Covid-19, Hall of Honor Award will NOT be awarded this year.

 

CHS Homecoming Parade – will be Saturday, September 19th at 4pm.  Entrants will line up at the Center Elementary School and the Parade Route will cross over Roughrider Drive, circle the High School, and return to the Elementary School parking lot.  The public is welcome to park in the various parking areas surrounding the High School to view the Parade.

 

**Due to Covid-19, many Alumni events and Reunions have been changed or cancelled.  Please contact your Class Organizers for details.

 

For more information, or to contact us:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centerhighschoolalumni/
Email: centerhighschoolalumni@gmail.com 

 

Thank you,
CHS Alumni Association

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Shelbyville High School Football Game Cancelation


 

 

Due to a football player testing positive for COVID-19 and several other football players having been determined to have been in close contact with the individual, Shelbyville High School’s varsity football game scheduled for Friday, September 11th against Waskom high school is canceled.  Following protocol, athletic facilities are being disinfected and thoroughly cleaned.  Students who tested positive or who have been determined to have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 have been placed in at-home quarantine for fourteen days.  


Anyone who purchased a pre-sale ticket can return the ticket for a refund at the Shelbyville ISD Guard Booth.  


All other sports activities (junior high football, volleyball, cross county) will proceed as scheduled.  To help insure we can continue all of our educational and extracurricular activities, please remember to follow COVID-19 prevention strategies including washing hands frequently, wearing a protective face covering when around others, and practicing social distancing.  Thank you.

 


 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 9th 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 the minutes of the August 5, 2020 Special Meeting, August 12, 2020 Regular Meeting, August 19, 2020 Special Meeting, August 26, 2020 Special Meeting, August 26, 2020 Public Hearing, August 26, 2020 Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.

2.    Approve and pay weekly expenses.

3.    Public Comments on Agenda item.

4.    Discuss and possibly taken action on closing a portion of CR 2020.

5.    Discuss and possibly approve Office Lease for JP/Constable #5 and authorize a security deposit for said lease.

6.    Open sealed bids for bleachers at the Shelby County Expo Center.

7.    Open sealed bids for elevator to be installed in the Courthouse Annex.

8.    Adjourn.


 

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Update on Misty Simmons


 

 

Update on Misty Simmons she has been located in Lamar County and is safe at this time with a family member.

 

 

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Update on suspicious death


 

 

In regards to the suspicious death that occurred Thurs., Sept. 4 on CR 3754 in Center, the deceased hs been identified as Kristy Simmonds of Center.

 

No further information is available at this time. 

 

 

 

 

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SCSO seeking whereabouts of Simmons


 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking the whereabouts of Misty LaDean Simmons. Simmons is described as a white female, 5'6" inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. Simmons has brown hair and blue eyes.

 

If you have seen this individual or know her whereabouts, please contact the SCSO at 936.598.5601.

 

Leah Chase, Media Relations

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Piney Woods Fair Canceled


 

 

According to a Nacogdoches County Commissioner the Pineywoods Fair was canceled for this year it is planned to be held next year 2021, this is due to COVID-19 and state guideline restrictions. The livestock show will continue with strict guidelines.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Receives John Harris Grant


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries was awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the John Harris Community Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation.  

 

The funds will be used to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County through our programs.  It will be used to purchase food for our emergency food boxes, assist with utility bills, Ensure, emergency lodging, and other miscellaneous services.  We are striving to be the hands and heart of Christ in our community.  

 

Our organization is thankful for the grant awarded to us from The John Harris Community Fund and the ETCF.  This will allow us to help many individuals and families in our community.  

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS has reported no new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday 9-2. DSHS reported 13 new recoveries,  6 of which had been overlooked and not previously reported to us. Bringing our total active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County to 14 according to DSHS reporting.

 

14 Active Cases

414 Recovered

14 Deaths

442 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...12

75974...1

75975...1

75973...0

75954...0


ACTIVE CASES BY AGE:

1-20....3

21-40...5

41-60...1

61-80...2

81-100...3

 

 

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Speed Limit Change


 

 

LUFKIN – New speed limit signs are being set on US 96 after recent approval by the Texas Transportation Commission.

 

The newly set speed limit on US 96 will be reduced from 75 mph to 70 mph from the City of Center city limits to the San Augustine County line in Shelby County.

 

Motorists should stay alert and obey the new speed limits as these signs are posted in the area. The lower speed limit is enforceable once signs are set.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

 

 

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Poultry Festival Car Show


 

 

The Third Annual Poultry Festival Car and Motorcycle Show sponsored by Zack’s Tint Shop.  The Show will be held on Saturday, October 3rd as a part of the Poultry Festival Saturday activities.  It will be held from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Windham Center.

 

Enter your car and/or motorcycle, or just stop by and view the vehicles.

There are 3 categories: Cars pre-1972; Cars 1972 and newer; and Motorcycles.  Trophies will be given for the top 3 in each category.  There will also be a People’s Choice Award.

 

Early registration is underway.  Early registration fee for cars is $20.00 and $15.00 for Motorcycles.  After September 27th the entry fee will be $25.00 for Cars and $20.00 for Motorcycles.

 Registration includes a Gate Entrance Button into the Poultry Festival.  Registration Packets can be picked up on September 29th or 30th at Zack’s Tint Shop located at 1419 Highway 87 N.


The 44th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank will be October 1-3 at the Windham Civic Center.  Gold Sponsors are:  City of Center; Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.  
For more information and to Register your car or motorcycle contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com or contact Zack’s Tint Shop at 936-590-4586.

 

 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Kicks Off with Chicken Fajita Lunch


 

 

The 44th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival kicks off with the Chicken Fajita Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, Wednesday, September 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Center Fire Department on the corner of Logansport Street and Patton Street.

 

According to Chairman, Bryan Wages, the lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 936-598-3682, faxing an order form to 936-598-5032 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 18th. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available at the Chamber of Commerce offices on the historic downtown square or on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber website, www.shelbycountychamber.com.

 

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, email us at info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit our new website www.shelbycountychamber.com and click on the Event page to find all Poultry Festival information.

 

 

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Governor Abbott Extends Statewide Disaster Declaration For COVID-19


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation, extending 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 helps ensure that we have the resources and strategies in place to help communities across Texas respond to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "I urge Texans to take precautionary steps to protect their health by wearing a mask, social distancing, and sanitizing their hands. Working together, we will slow the spread and keep our communities safe.”

 

 

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Sam Samford Lodge Meeting and Raffle Drawing


 

 

Sam Samford Lodge Stated Meeting, Tuesday 9/8/2020, social distancing fellowship at 6:30, Meeting starts at 7:30.  Scholarship Fund Raiser Raffle Drawing for the Bar –B -Q Trailer as well as several other items of business will be conducted.  All of the Officers and Members hope to see You in Lodge.

 


 

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SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle to recognize 2020 award recipientsSFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle to recognize 2020 award recipients


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle will recognize outstanding students during the presentation of the annual Dean’s Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus.


Two new awards were added this year – the John N. and Margaret Staley Scholarship in Fine Arts and the Ruth Buzzi Honorary Dean’s Award in Filmmaking – to bring the total of Dean’s Awards to six, according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.


The Staley award was given in memory of Nancy Delaney, daughter of John and Margaret Staley. Her husband, Creighton Delaney, was formerly the chairman of the art department at SFA.


“Although this is actually an endowed scholarship that will rotate among the disciplines of art, music and theatre, we decided to include it the in the ceremony, since the amount of $3,000 is the same as the Dean’s Awards, making this equivalent to the highest award a student can receive in the College of Fine Arts,” Himes said.

The Buzzi Dean’s Award in Filmmaking was provided by the Nacogdoches Film Festival to honor Ruth Buzzi, most well-known for her work on the TV series “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” which aired from 1968 to 1973. Buzzi now lives with her husband, Kent Perkins, on a ranch near Stephenville. She starred in the 2017 SFA summer feature film “Glenn’s Gotta Go!” The School of Art film was produced by Brad Maule. Buzzi will present the award via video.


Award recipients include Mason Cullen, art major from Cypress; Kurt Swisher, music major from Tyler; Jasmin Limqueco, music education major from Plano; Bayley Owen, theatre major from Royce City; Jose Homero Gutierrez, art major from Chihuahua, Mexico; and Daina Phillips, filmmaking student from Wylie.


Award recipients are selected annually by the faculty of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, according to Himes. The Dean’s Awards not only recognize the recipients for what they have already accomplished, but the awards are also designed to inspire them to reach deep from within to aspire to a higher level of excellence, Himes explained. The awards were established by the Dean’s Circle, an external support organization of community members founded in 2008 and “dedicated, in part, to nurturing potential young artists within the College of Fine Arts,” Himes said.


Cullen, who received the Ed and Gwen Cole Memorial Dean’s Award in Art, is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in photography and a minor in printmaking. He is president of the SFA Photography Club, which has participated in public events such as the Día de los Muertos Festival. Since coming to SFA, he has participated in two study abroad programs. In May of 2019, he and 12 other students studied Italian Renaissance art in Florence and Rome. Previously, he was among 10 students selected to attend an artist’s residency at the Baer Art Center in Iceland. This residency resulted in the exhibition “Radljost” in which participants’ artwork was displayed. In 2019, Mason’s work was selected from 1,000 entries to be among 51 artists’ work to be displayed in the Texas National exhibition at Cole Art Center. Mason is a recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship and has stayed on either the Dean’s list or President’s list since his first semester at SFA. Upon graduation, he intends to either attend graduate school or pursue a career in teaching.


Swisher, who received the Dean’s Circle Dean’s Award in Music, is a junior music education major specializing in percussion and studying under Dr. Brad Meyer and Dr. Ben Tomlinson. He has been on the Dean’s list or President’s list every semester while at SFA. He has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, SFA Symphony Orchestra, Swinging Aces Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Lumberjack Marching Band. He has performed at TMEA as well as at the chamber competition at Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Kurt is a member of the Honors College and is a Smith-Hutson Scholar. He has been a member of the Drum Corps activity with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He has taught with various East Texas drumlines is currently techs for Hudson High School’s indoor drum line and marching band. Kurt has served as drum captain and section leader for Lumberjack Marching Band.


Limqueco, who received the Sidnell Memorial Dean’s Award in Music Education, is a three-year member of the Wind Ensemble and the SFA Symphony Orchestra, currently serving as principal flute in both. Jasmin also participated in various chamber groups, such as the SFA flute choir and Extempore duo, and she played piano as a student accompanist for two years. She is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, an organization dedicated to serving bands, and has been a music theory tutor for two years. Jasmin has been the recipient of additional awards, such as the Academic Excellence and Lumberjack Leverage scholarships, a band scholarship, the Colvert Family Scholarship, and she recently won first place in the Denise Jennings undergraduate division flute competition. She has also been on both the Dean's and President's lists since her first semester at SFA.

 

Owen, who received the George and Peggy Schmidbauer Dean's Award in Theatre, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in performance and a minor in marketing. During his time at SFA, Bayley has acted in several productions, including "Tartuffe," "Biedermann and the Firebugs," "Oklahoma!," "Tales of Neverland," "Titus Andronicus" and most recently "Pride and Prejudice." He has also worked as an assistant hair and makeup designer for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," wig master for "Titus Andronicus," and he coordinated publicity for more than 15 School of Theatre productions. Bayley received Irene Ryan Acting Nominations from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his roles in "Oklahoma!" and "Titus Andronicus." Bayley is a member and officer of the Beta Phi Cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. He is also a member of the School of Theatre Peer Mentor program.


Gutierrez, who received the John N. and Margaret Staley Scholarship in Fine Arts, is an exchange student who previously was a student at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (the State University of Chihuahua), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics. He also studied as an exchange student at the University Center of Art, Architecture and Design in Guadalajara, Mexico, searching for new technical approaches in the field of ceramics. While studying in Chihuahua, Homero participated in exhibitions featuring ceramic art, drawing, engraving, sculpture and woodcarving. In 2018 Homero was awarded the Mexican 2018 National Prize for Ceramic Sculpture. Homero is now pursuing an M.F.A. degree at SFA with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics. He is a graduate assistant under the tutelage of Piero Fenci, head of the ceramics program.


Phillips, who received the Ruth Buzzi Dean’s Award in Filmmaking, is a senior specializing in editing and camera operation with a minor in mass communications, focusing on radio and television. She began school at SFA in 2016 with plans of graduating in December 2020. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll list for the past three semesters. Daina has worked as video director and editor for Her Campus SFA magazine and briefly for the Pine Log campus newspaper and KSAU 90.1 campus radio station. She has worked as a crew member for numerous SFA film productions, including the graduate film, “Alone in the Dark,” a  music video vignette “Genius of Love,” and her own short film, “Remedy of the Parallel,” which she wrote, directed and edited. Daina enjoys being a part of creating motion pictures and can’t wait to create more in the future.


The student awards are made possible because the Dean’s Circle believes in investing in the future and is willing to contribute and raise the money needed to fund these $3,000 individual awards each year for a total of $18,000, Himes said. For more information about the Dean’s Circle, contact Himes at himesac@sfasu.edu or at (936) 468-2801.

 

 

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CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial San Augustine Recognized for High-Value Healthcare


 

 

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX, September 1, 2020… CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial San Augustine has been recognized as a finalist for the 2020 QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare by Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for their outstanding work to improve healthcare quality.

 

“Our daily mission and vision is to help transform the level of care here in deep East Texas through high quality, appropriate and cost-effective care,” said Darlene William, VP of Operations.  “It is a true team effort and a testament to our commitment to being the best healthcare provider that we can be for our community.”

 

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial San Augustine has been named a finalist of the QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare in the Top Performance Threshold (TPT) performance category.  The honor is given to hospitals who demonstrate top performance in four of the five areas measured in Premier’s Quest 2020 collaborative, including affordability, effective care and coordination, prevention and treatment for leading causes of mortality, person and family experience, and patient safety. 

 

Ashley London, Director of Patient Care Services, said, “CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial San Augustine is indeed a hidden treasure.  We value our small knit community and we work hard to provide our patients with the best patient care experience possible.”


“Along with our counterparts in the QUEST 2020 collaborative, we are charting the course to improve hospital quality and patient safety, while safely reducing costs,” Monte Bostwick, Market President & CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial, said.

 

Premier brings together 1,500 hospitals and health systems in multiple collaboratives, including QUEST, to leverage the power of collaboration on a national scale. Within these collaboratives, healthcare providers work with each other to develop, share and scale best practices that improve quality and safety, reduce costs and share risk. A recipient of The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum’s 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every time. Hospitals in Premier’s QUEST collaborative perform 29% better than non-Premier hospitals in achieving value-based purchasing payments.


The peer group improvement category is designed to recognize QUEST 2020 top performing hospitals based on size, patient mix and academic status. Each QUEST 2020 member was grouped into one of six categories: critical access hospitals, academics, teaching hospitals with more than 375 beds, teaching hospitals with fewer than 375 beds, non-teaching hospitals with more than 175 beds and non-teaching hospitals fewer than 175 beds. A top performer in each of the six peer groups was named a winner of the QUEST Award. 

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Eli Young Band Headlines Live From Lufkin Drive-In Concert


 

 

Eli Young Band, multiplatinum Texas music hitmakers known for songs like “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” are bringing the live music experience back to Angelina County with Live From Lufkin, a drive-in concert Saturday, Oct. 24 at the George H. Henderson Exposition Center.

 

“We know a lot of people really miss going out with friends to hear live bands and dance and just have fun,” said Taylor Commiato, Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau director. “We wanted to give East Texas music fans a chance to have that experience again, safely and responsibly. It will have that big-concert vibe, and everybody gets their own designated area for tailgating. You can bring your own chairs, food and drinks to party and make the experience unique to you.”

The gates will open at 5:30 pm and the concert will begin at 7. Jasper McNeese, Bryan Harkness and Sam Shupak will open. Each ticket will give access to one vehicle with up to six people and will include a reserved space for parking and a personal tailgate zone. Tickets will average $20 to $33 a person. Tickets are on sale now and spaces are very limited. To purchase tickets, go to visitlufkin.org.

 

Eli Young Band has stayed true to their Texas roots over a storied career, topping the charts with songs like their fourth number one hit, “Love Ain’t,” the platinum "Drunk Last Night,” double platinum “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and triple platinum “Crazy Girl.”  They have earned Billboard’s #1 Country Song of the Year and ACM Awards Song of the Year, and earned multiple GRAMMY, CMA, CMT, ACA and Teen Choice Awards nominations. While selling out venues as a headliner from coast-to-coast, the Eli Young Band has toured with Jason Aldean, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and Darius Rucker.

 

“Putting on a great concert safely is our top priority,” said Brant Lee, director of convention services for the City of Lufkin. “In order to protect fans, artists, crews and staff, we’ve got speakers and giant screens that will allow us to maximize social distancing while complying with all local and state regulations.”

 

Each reserved space will be divided into two areas, one for your vehicle and one for your group to tailgate and enjoy the show. Speakers will be set up throughout the area, and large LED screens will be set up so every group will have a good view of the action on stage. The show will also be broadcast via FM transmitter, so attendees can listen through their vehicle speakers in case of inclement weather.

 

Concertgoers are not required to wear masks while in their assigned tailgate area, but will be required to wear masks if leaving their space to use the restroom facilities. Portable restrooms will be available, and each restroom unit will be equipped with hand sanitizer.

 

Tickets will be divided between color zones, and spaces will be general admission within the designated zone. Tickets are non-transferrable and can only be scanned once. Each group must arrive in the same vehicle.

 

Ticket prices for one car/up to 6 persons are:

 

* Blue section, $200 ($33/person)

* Red section, $175 ($29/person)

* Yellow section, $150 ($25/person)

* Green section, $125 ($20/person)

 

Buses, large trucks (anything larger than 4 wheels), jacked-up trucks, recreational vehicles, limousines and other oversized vehicles are not permitted. Due to local guidelines, commingling between spaces is strictly prohibited. Underage or excessive drinking will not be tolerated. If your party is consuming alcoholic beverages, please plan to have a designated driver.

Check visitlufkin.org and the Lufkin CVB facebook page for information on order-in-advance and pick-up specials at local restaurants, as well as special rates on local hotels when you purchase tickets.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to visitlufkin.org.

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Lufkin to Receive $400K CARES Act Grant to Aid Local Businesses During Pandemic


 

 

AUSTIN – Deep East Texas Council of Governments will receive a federal grant totaling $400,000 to advance a proposed 12-county rural broadband network and work with businesses to identify opportunities and resources for recovery and growth to aid businesses and communities, U.S.

 

Senator John Cornyn announced. This grant will be used to support local redevelopment and revitalization in the region and to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding comes through the Economic Development Administration as a part of the CARES Act which Sen. Cornyn supported in March.

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Closed for Labor Day


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  We will resume our regular working schedule on Tuesday.  For more information, call 936-598-4990.  Thank you. 

 

 

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From SBA Following Hurricane Hanna


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Texas' request for an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration in communities affected by Hurricane Hanna and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses in the community. Counties included in the declaration are Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy.

 

"Texas thanks the U.S. Small Business Administration for providing this financial lifeline to qualifying small businesses in the Rio Grande Valley as they continue to rebuild from Hurricane Hanna," said Governor Abbott. "We will continue to work alongside our federal partners to ensure Texans have the resources and support they need to recover from this storm." 

Governor Abbott submitted this request on August 28

 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

 

Individuals who are deaf or hard?of?hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155. 

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San Augustine County Crash


 

 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon on September 9, 2020, at the intersection of US 96 and SH 147.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 12:50 p.m., a 2012 Toyota passenger car was traveling south on SH 147. The driver of the Toyota reportedly stopped at the intersection, then attempted to cross US 96 when she was struck by a northbound 2013 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer on US 96.

 

The driver of the Toyota is identified as Autumn Stephens, 20, from Lufkin. Stephens was transported to UT Tyler for treatment. The driver of the Freightliner is identified as George Mururu, 38, from
Frisco.

 

Mururu was not injured during the crash. Additional information is not available at this time.

 

 

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious death


 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is actively investigating a suspicious death that occurred Thursday, Sept.4, 2020 on County Road 3754 in Center.

 

Upon arrival at the residence, officers spoke with an 88-year-old male who had been assaulted. Officers were advised that the subject was still inside the residence. Upon entry, officers found the body of a white female who was deceased in a back room of the residence. The body of the female subject was sent to Tyler for an autopsy.

 

If anyone has any information related to this incident, you are urged to contact Chief Deputy Kevin Windham at 936.598.5601.

 

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations

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Unique Boutique is Closed


 

 

The Unique Boutique is CLOSED until further notice due to hurricane damage to the roof and interior.  We are not accepting donations at this time.  We are working hard to get it repaired and opened again.  Thank you for understanding.  For more information, call us at 936-598-4990.  

 

 


 

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For The Month Of September


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $188 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of September as the Texas continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

"Texas will continue to ensure access to nutritious meals as we mitigate the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "This emergency SNAP extension will help Texans provide healthy food for their families."

 

"As families return to school, this extension helps Texans purchase healthy, nutritious foods for their households," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.

 

More than 972,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by Sept. 15. The emergency September allotments are in addition to the more than $1 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans between April and August. HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.

 

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.

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From SBA Following Hurricane Hanna


 

 

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Texas' request for an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration in communities affected by Hurricane Hanna and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses in the community. Counties included in the declaration are Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy.

 

"Texas thanks the U.S. Small Business Administration for providing this financial lifeline to qualifying small businesses in the Rio Grande Valley as they continue to rebuild from Hurricane Hanna," said Governor Abbott. "We will continue to work alongside our federal partners to ensure Texans have the resources and support they need to recover from this storm." 

Governor Abbott submitted this request on August 28

 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

 

Individuals who are deaf or hard?of?hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported no new COVID-19 cases & 2 recoveries.


27 Active Cases

401 Recovered

14 Deaths

442 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...18

75974...5

75975...2 

75973...0

75954...2

 

ACTIVE CASES BY AGE:

1-20....6

21-40...10

41-60...4

61-80...4

81-100...3

 

 

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Football Games


 


(Location Change for Center Game) The Center Roughriders will take on Jefferson in an away game on Friday in Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Center will be the visiting team the game will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on Waskom in Waskom this Friday at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast live on KXXE 92.5 FM.

 

The Tenaha Tiger will have a home game in Tenaha this Friday vs. Arp at 7 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will take on Huntington in an away game in Huntington on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on Elysian Fields in a home game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Timpson Bears will take on Alto this Friday in Alto at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Photography Show


 

 


**If unable to drop entry/entries at above time/location, please leave them at Shelby County Chamber office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 in Center before 3:00 on Friday, September 18, 2020 or contact Billie F. Jones, Photography Competition Coordinator to make special arrangements**********

Entry Fees:  $3.00 per photo


Photography Contest Display at the Windham Civic Center - Located at 146 Express Blvd – Oct 1, 2 & 3rd: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Age Groups        Awards
CHILDREN:    12 and under    Best of Show Adults
YOUTH:    13 -18    Best of Show Youth & Children
ADULTS:    19 & OVER    People’s Choice
Ribbons 1st - 3rd, Honorable Mention

 

Competition Subject


Fine Art – Illustrative, Creative, Abstract & Impressionist, Still Life

 

Scenics– landscapes, seascapes nightscapes, sunsets, sunrise

Examples include:  Landscapes, Scenics, Outdoors.

Urbans – Cityscapes, street scenes, bridges, churches

 

People – Images of people either in a formal setting or casual candid’s
Examples include:  Kids & Family, Models/Fashion, Sports.•

 

Animals – candid/portrait/action shots of any type of animal.
Examples include: wildlife, pets, zoo, reptiles, insects, birds, etc.

 

Digital Manipulation/Photo Restoration –Photos are for digital art – images created or drastically altered in software. Must be accompanied by an approximate 4 x 6 copy of the original photo(s)

 

Flowers – Photos of interesting, unique & beautiful flowers & flora.  Photography can occur outdoors or indoors.  Photo subject should be that of a single flower, plant, bush, tree, etc.

Large collections of plant/flora should be considered for entry into the Nature & Landscape category.

 

Themed – Specifically/primarily poultry.  Photos must be taken of domestic poultry; ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, chickens, guineas.  Any photos of wild poultry WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED; songbirds, wild turkeys, raptors.   The bird(s) have to be the main subject.

 

Click here for the entry form

 


 

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TxDOT Names New Lufkin District Engineer


 

 


LUFKIN – The Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday named Kelly O. Morris, P.E., to serve as the Lufkin District Engineer.

 

Kelly began her career at TxDOT as a summer employee in 1993 and later began working full time as an Engineering In Training in the Livingston Area Office. Kelly graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a Civil Engineering degree and obtained her Professional Engineer’s License in 2000.

 

She worked in the private sector from 1999 to 2013 and rejoined TxDOT as the Project Manager in charge of development of future Interstate 69 in the Lufkin District. She was named District Design Engineer later in 2013 and then promoted to Director of Transportation and Development in 2014 where she has led numerous challenging projects including the Diboll Relief Route and US 59 connector ramps in Nacogdoches. Her work has also included a joint project with the Louisiana DOTD on US 84.

 

“I look forward to leading the Lufkin District and continuing to work with all of our local communities and dedicated TxDOT staff.  Our focus will remain on developing, building and maintaining a safe transportation system. I am excited about taking on new challenges and continuing my career as District Engineer in one of the best TxDOT districts in the state,” Morris said.

 

Kelly and her husband Todd make their home in Lufkin with their children, Sydney and Seth. Sydney began classes at Stephen F. Austin State University this fall. The family enjoys fishing and traveling together.

 

Kelly was named District Engineer after the recent retirement of Cheryl P. Flood who served with TxDOT for 38 years.

 

 

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Homicide in DeSoto Parish


 


On September 3, 2020, at approximately 5:43 a.m., DeSoto Parish 911 received a call from a citizen who had located a deceased individual in the area of Marshall Road, north of Highway 3015 in Keatchie, La.  Upon arrival, deputies were able to determine that the male victim, 64 year old Roy Long, had died of an apparent gunshot wound.  This investigation is being treated as a homicide, and has thus far produced potential suspect(s).  There are no further details to provide at this time as this investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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Nacogdoches Police Arrest 3 Suspects in the Commission of Stealing a Vehicle


 

 

NACOGDOCHES,TX (September 3, 2020):  The Nacogdoches Police Department Criminal Investigation Division along with the Street Crimes Unit  has been investigating a organized vehicle theft ring that has been operating in our area as well as other parts of the state and U.S.  During the investigation we received valuable assistance from our local Nacogdoches car dealerships.

 

 

At Around 6 p.m. September 2, 2020 the Nacogdoches Police Department was notified by employees of a local car dealership located in the 3900 block of NW Stallings Dr that a suspect had just stolen a white Cadillac from the parking lot.  The Nacogdoches Street Crimes Unit  located the vehicle traveling south on Old Tyler Rd.  The suspect refused to pull over for officers and a pursuit was initiated.  The suspect continued fleeing from officers turning westbound on Douglass Rd before finally pulling onto a dead end street in the 2800 block.  The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and the vehicle was returned to the dealership.  The dealership also advised there was a second vehicle at the dealership assisting in the theft.  Officers were able to locate the second vehicle in the area. The two persons inside the second vehicle were found to have been working in tandem with the suspect that stole the vehicle.  

 

This is an ongoing investigation and further charges may be forthcoming in the future.  As further information becomes available it will be released. Raul Munoz 29 years of age from Houston,Tx has been charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity F-3, Evading Arrest or Detention with Vehicle F-3 and Theft F-3.  Jasmin Moncada 29 years of age from Porter,Tx has been charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity F-3 and Theft F-3.  Samuel Santos Hernandez 28 years of age from Houston,Tx was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity F-3, Theft F-3, and Tampering with Physical Evidence F-3.  All three suspects were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.

 

 

 

 

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DETEC Update


 

 

As of 5 PM Thursday, September 3rd, DETEC has 1,123 outages remaining.

 

Jasper County: 0
Nacogdoches County: 0
Newton County: 758
Panola County: 0
Sabine County: 365
San Augustine County: 0
Shelby County: 0

 

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:

• Newton and Sabine County should be restored by Monday, the 7th.

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.

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative has restored power to over 24,000 members since Hurricane Laura made landfall.  At the peak of the storm, DETEC reported 25,474 outages across the 8 county system.
 

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The Sand Storm


 

 

Our daughter, Kay, was about three months old when Clara and I decided it was time to show her off to her maternal relatives who lived way out in west Texas, namely Lamesa and Plainview.  That is quite a long trek from San Augustine, especially with a three month old baby.   Nevertheless, it seemed the right thing to do at the time.

 

I had recently purchased a small foreign car, a Vauxhall, which squeezed out thirty-five miles per gallon.  Although it was small, it was dependable and thrifty.  We had room for the three of us, plus a car bed, and some luggage. Clara lived the first five years of her life around Plainview and was knowledgeable about the terrain and weather.  I had never been out to the flatlands before.  So, in the fall of 1959 we began our journey out west.  I had often heard a saying that is true, “The sun has risen and the sun has set, and here I am in Texas yet.”

 

The trip was uneventful until the weather began to drastically change before we got to Snyder, Texas.  Within an hour the sun was hidden behind a cloud of red dust, and the wind began blowing hard enough to make my small car difficult to keep between the white lines on the highway.  I became concerned.  Clara advised me that we were getting into a sand storm, that they did not last long, and just keep on trucking.  Well, what did I know about sand storms?

The wind mixed with sand got worse.  I worried that the paint job on my new blue car would be damaged, ever heard of sand blasting?  Then, I was concerned that the sand would get into my engine somehow.  “Honey, shouldn’t we pull off under some cover somewhere and wait this out?”, I wondered out loud.  She assured me that west Texas sand storms did not last long, and it would be over in a short time.

 

We found a closed service station in Snyder, so I pulled the car under the canopy and decided to wait the storm out.  We fed Kay, watched the sand building up like small dunes on the road, and waited.  After an hour or so, it appeared that the wind was subsiding.  “See, I told you that it would blow over”, Clara reminded me.  So, we decided to get back on the road.  Unfortunately, the wind got back on the road as well.

 

We finally made it to her aunt’s house in Lamesa.  The storm was still raging as we found refuge in her house.  “How long do these storms generally last?”, I inquired of the natives.  “Some of them last for several days”, Clara’s aunt responded.  She proved to be right.  The next morning the storm was still with us.  It finally stopped after two days and nights leaving sand everywhere.  “Welcome to west Texas”, my newly found relatives chided.  “It’s fine, I suppose, however I prefer the tall pine trees, rolling hills, lakes, and tornadoes over the flat, treeless, plains of this part of Texas”, I responded.

 

However, I still do not trust Clara’s weather forecasting, especially the sand storms.

 

“THE  SAND  STORM”

BY: NEAL MURPHY
PO BOX 511
107 HEMLOCK STREET
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX 75972

sugarbear@netdot.com


536 Words


 

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Center Vs. Jefferson Game Location Change


 

 

THE CENTER VS JEFFERSON  FOOTBALL GAME WILL BE  @ MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL


SEPTEMBER 4, 2020


GAME WILL START AT 7:30


TICKETS WILL BE SOLD @ CENTER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC OFFICE UNTIL 4 PM FRIDAY SEP. 4, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 4 new COVID-19 cases.


29 Active Cases

399 Recovered

14 Deaths

442 Cumulative cases

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...19

75974...5

75975..3

75973...0

75954...2

 

 

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September 3rd DETEC Update


 

 

As of 9 AM Thursday, September 3rd, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative has restored power to over 23,000 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 1,919 outages remaining.

 

Jasper County: 1

Nacogdoches County: 2

Newton County: 993

Panola County: 0

Sabine County: 857

San Augustine County: 2

Shelby County: 64

 

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:

 

Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Shelby County should be restored today.
Jasper, Newton and Sabine County should be restored by Monday, the 7th.
 

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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Timpson Bear Update COVID-19 Cases


 

 

Timpson ISD must report that we have two cases of Covid-19 that have been lab confirmed for this week. One is a transportation employee and the other is a middle school student. Both persons were last on campus last Friday August 28, 2020. We have been conducting contact tracing in cooperation with the Texas State Health Department and are in the process of notifying those who may have been in contact with these individuals and explaining quarantine procedures.

 

TISD has sanitized those areas where these cases were and is taking precautions to prevent further spread. We are working to make schooling as safe as possible this year for our students and staff.

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Update


 

 

As of 4 PM Wednesday, September 2nd, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting 4,269 outages.  After suffering through a transmission outage from our power supplier this morning, we have experienced some brief thunderstorms in parts of our system (Nacogdoches and Shelby County) that have added outages back to the count.  DETEC crews and contractors are continuing to push through and are working to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible.

 

Jasper County: 1

Nacogdoches County: 204

Newton County: 1,164

Panola County: 1

Sabine County: 1,982

San Augustine County: 55

Shelby County: 859      

 

We expect to have all restored today with the exception of the Jasper, Newton and Sabine County area.  Those areas are on schedule to be restored by Monday, September 7th.     

 

If you are still without power as a result of Hurricane Laura, 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.

 

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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Nacogdoches Police K9 Unit Arrests Six for Engaging in ATM Burglary


 

 

NACOGDOCHES,TX (September 2, 2020):  On September 2, 2020 the Nacogdoches Police Department K9 unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1200 block of NW Stallings Dr for a traffic violation.  During the traffic stop officers noticed a second vehicle that had appeared to be traveling with the first vehicle.  The second vehicle was also contacted by police.  Probable cause to search both vehicles was obtained during the traffic stop.  

 

During the search of both vehicles officers discovered numerous tools that are commonly used for the purposes of committing burglaries.  Additionally, officers obtained information of an attempted ATM burglary in Jonesboro Arkansas.  The Nacogdoches Criminal Investigation Division responded to assist and began coordinating a joint investigation with the Jonesboro Police Department.   Our officers located stolen items inside one of the suspect’s vehicles that belonged to a victim who had his truck stolen and then used in the attempted ATM theft.  This investigation has turned into a joint investigation between the Jonesboro Police Department, Nacogdoches Police Department and the FBI.  

 

All six individuals from both vehicles are from the Houston area and were arrested on Engaging with Organized Criminal Activity F-2.  The six suspects that were arrested are Alvin Jackson 27 years of age, Reco Ross 29 years of age, Ronnie OBryant 27 years of age, John Joubert 29 years of age, Dreshan Anthony 28 years of age, and Judah Frankhagen 27 years of age.  Currently the six suspects are being held at the Nacogdoches County Jail. 

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Boil Water Notice for San Augustine Rural WSC


 

 

Boil Water Notice Rescinded
September 2, 2020

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


On August 27, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System, #2030007, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

San Augustine Rural Water has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of September 2, 2020.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:


220 West Columbia Street
 San Augustine, Texas.
936-288-0489
or
Charles Sharp 936-201-5001.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 

 


 

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Shelbyville Varsity Football Schedule


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Volleyball vouchers


 


The Shelbyville Lady Dragons will travel to Huntington Friday, September 4th. The Dragons will play at 4:30pm. Varsity will play first followed by the Junior Varsity. All spectators MUST have a ticket voucher for entry. Vouchers must be picked up at the SISD Guard booth Thursday 8:30 am til 1:30 pm. Spectators will take the voucher to the Gymnasium in Huntington and pay $3 for entry. No tickets will be available at the gate in Huntington. GO DRAGONS!!!

 

 

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Nacogdoches man has been arrested on Stalking charges


 

 

A Nacogdoches man has been arrested on Stalking charges after confessing that he had been harassing his former high school teacher for over a year.

 

Since March of 2019 the victim had reported to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Precinct 4 Constable’s office that she was being harassed by an unknown subject through text messages and snap chat. During this time the victim had received several text messages and nude snap chat messages from the suspect.

 

The suspect never identified himself and used alias names during the harassment. The suspect also used Snap Chat to send the photos and Fake VOIP numbers to send messages that made it difficult for law enforcement to track.

 

The Sheriff’s office obtained several subpoenas for information during the investigation from companies in an effort to identify the suspect during the investigation. Investigators received a break in the case in July that helped identify a possible suspect in the case. Investigators continued to gather more evidence which revealed that Jose Tinajero was the primary suspect in the case and a former student of the victim.

 

Investigators found the suspect in Nacogdoches and conducted an interview with him. Tinajero confessed that he had been sending the nude photos and text messages to his former teacher over the last year. Tinajero stated to investigators that he knew what he had done was stupid, but did it because he had always had a huge crush on the victim.

 

Jose Carrillo Tinajero 22 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas was arrested on Tuesday evening and booked in the Nacogdoches County Jail on charges of Stalking a 3rd degree felony. Tinajero has also been given a criminal trespass warning from the school. 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 3 new COVID-19 cases.


 

25 Active Cases

399 Recovered

14 Deaths

438 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...16

75974...5

75975..2

75973...0

75954...2

 

 

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Timpson to Close for the Rest of the Day


 

 

Due to the power failure and it’s impact on other working systems In the district, TISD will be closed for the remainder of today. We will resume classes tomorrow September 3, 2020 at the normal time.

 

 

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Shelby County Citizens Encouraged to Self Report Damage from Storm


 

 

The Shelby County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging anyone in Shelby County to self report any damages you may have received to your home or business during Tropical Storm Laura.

If you sustained damage to your home or business as a result of Tropical Storm Laura, please utilize the link below to submit a damage survey. Within the survey, disaster survivors will have the opportunity to request assistance from volunteer organizations at their property. This information will also help us request more resources and volunteers into the area to help if needed.

 

Residents will be available to upload pictures and report damages to the property. This voluntary self-reporting should not substitute residents reporting damages to their insurance agencies, nor does it guarantee disaster relief assistance.

 

You can find the link to report damages at the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) web site at www.detcog.gov 

 

Click on the “Hurricane Laura: Was your home or business damaged?” link.

 

 

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2020 4-H Kickoff


 

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               

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 Extension Shelby County.
 

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Exhibition to feature works by SFA School of Art M.F.A. alumni


 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University will present the work of Keisha Brathwaite, Erik Ordaz and Aldo Ornelas in “T3RNION: In Hindsight: Non-Visible Patch Points, Surface Levels, Journey & Connections.”

 

All three artists earned their M.F.A. degrees from the SFA School of Art last year. The show is  open Sept. 1 through Oct. 3 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

 

Ordaz, from Mexico City, is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Art. “In Hindsight: Non-visible Patch Points” is the result of his research and work with the concepts of balance, space, form and connection. It is also the result of his experience “working with modular synthesizers, finding similarities in the way I work with such instruments and the thoughts behind this series,” he said.

 

“The exhibition is composed of seven ceramic vessels that present a sequence of movements and marks that speak to the history of their literal journey in becoming an object,” Ordaz said. “Visible circular shapes refer to connection points that create a nonlinear map of relationships between the work.”

 

Brathwaite, a native from the Caribbean, describes her collection “Surface Levels” as “depictions of unobserved and imperceptible realities of many phytoplankton exteriors.”

 

“The exhibition explores various structures, textures and repetitious forms from microscopic surfaces of objects that cannot be seen with unaided eyes,” she said. “Electron microscopy is used to perceive and analyze these otherwise unseeable surfaces in depth. Magnifications provide a reference in creating three- and two-dimensional works that are minimalistic and abstract at a visible level. This abstract 3D/2D image collection is translated into material expressions using acrylic sheets, acrylic ink and wood as the main media for construction of individual works. Collectively, they serve to make the invisible visible.”

 

Brathwaite is a freelance graphic designer and intends to continue teaching graphic design and media arts at the tertiary level.

 

Ornelas, who is from Chihuahua, Mexico, is a full time studio assistant in the School of Art. He  describes his “Journey & Connections” collection as “a series of work comprised of ceramic sculptures that explore my personal experiences in relation to the human figure, immigration and nature, as well as experiences influenced by my continuous travels between my country of origin and the United States.”

 

“This exhibition is composed of a wall installation and a series of three sculptures that resemble monoliths, strong and expressive figures of spiritual origin that represent important figures in life, sources of wisdom and stelae that connect to the earth,” Ornelas said.

 

SFA art exhibitions are free of charge. Sponsors include the Friends of the Visual Arts, William Arscott and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

 

The Cole Art Center is SFA’s historic downtown art gallery located at 329 E. Main St. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cole Art Center patrons will be required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, comply with designated entrance and exit routes and follow all other CDC guidelines, including maximum capacity restrictions.

 

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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Special Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Tuesday the 8th day of September 2020 at 5:45 pm at the City Hall, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha Texas, at which time the following subjects will be discussed.  


(Face Mask Are Required to enter building)


Agenda:
1.    Call to Order
2.    Roll Call to establish that a quorum is present
3.    Invocation
4.    Pledge
5.    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. 
Regular Agenda Items (6-9):
6.    Discuss and Take Action: Consider Adoption of the FY 2020-2021 Budget. 
7.    Discuss and Take Action: Consider Adoption of the Proposed Tax Rate for 2020-2021. 
8.    Discuss and Take Action: Consider Adoption of the FY 2020-2021 City Employee Handbook. 
9.    Discuss and Take Action: Consider opening and renting the Annex Room(s). 
10.    Council Comments: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time. 
11.    Adjourn
 

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Tenaha Public Budget Hearing


 

 

A Public Hearing for 2020-2021 Proposed Budget and Proposed Tax Rate of the City of Tenaha will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2020, beginning at 5:30 PM in the Council Room located at 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha Texas 75974. 


1.    Call to Order--Welcome
2.    Public Participation is invited.
3.    Discussion of the 2020-2021 FY Proposed Budget and the 2020-2021 FY Proposed Tax Rate 
4.    Adjournment 
 

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N.E.W Water Supply Boil Water Notice Lifted


 

 

The water on N.E.W. WSC no longer requires boiling.


On August 27, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the N.E.W. Water Supply, #2030034, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

N.E.W. Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes. We have also provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of September 1, 2020.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office:


220 West Columbia Street  
 San Augustine, Texas.
936-288-0489
or
Charles Sharp  936-201-5001.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 
 

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Panola College ADN and Center VN programs accepting applicants until Oct. 1


 

 

The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Center Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until October 1, 2020.

 

Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in January 2021 on the Center campus. Applications can be picked up at either the Center or Carthage campus beginning September 1, 2020.

 

Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 on the Center campus for additional information.

 

Students accepted to the ADN traditional track will begin the program in January 2021. Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019.

Admission requirements can be found for both programs at www.panola.edu under Programs, Health Sciences. 

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Sam Samford Lodge, Scholarship Fund Raiser, Raffle Drawing


 

 

The drawing for the two-compartment, bar be cue, smoker, pit with two fish cookers, on a 16 foot, covered trailer.  Tickets are available now , for donations of $100. each or Six for $500.  The drawing will be on September 8th.  Tickets can be obtained from lodge members and the cook trailer can be seen at the lodge on Hwy 96 south in Center. For more information call 936 598 5738 or 936 598 4280.  

 


 

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Transmission Outage Update


 

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is currently experiencing a transmission outage affecting our system. This unfortunately is on the supplier’s side.  We are working with them to get more details and will hopefully have more information to provide soon.  Unless you were still without power as a result of Hurricane Laura, there is no need to report your outage. 

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B&D BBQ Joint New Member Ribbon Cutting


 

 

Please join Diana and Billy Jack Pearce, Owners of B&D BBQ Joint and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors at a New Member Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 10th at 11:00am.  B&D BBQ Joint is located at 500 Cora Street in Center. The public is invited to attend to celebrate and sample some great barbeque.

 

Diana and Billy Jack serve delicious barbeque from 11:00am until 7:00pm.  Everything tastes great: poppers, armadillo eggs, brisket, chicken breasts, sausage, pork, sides and much more!  The Pearce’s are passionate about cooking and serving delicious food and making everyone feel right at home and here in Shelby County we are passionate about our barbeque.

Mark your calendar and stop by B&D BBQ Joint.

 

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

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SFA faculty members receive TAER awards for serving students with visual impairments


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Shannon Darst, assistant professor, and Donna “DJ” Dean, clinical instructor, in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Education Studies received two of the 12 awards presented by the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2020 for leadership and service in the field.

 

Darst received the Phil Hatlen Award, which is presented to an administrator or a university professor who has implemented innovative changes or provided outstanding leadership that ultimately improved services to programming and the quality of life for students with visual impairments.

 

Darst met Hatlen early in her career while working as a teaching assistant at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He encouraged her to continue seeking her passions.

 

“I never realized that working with individuals with visual impairments was a passion of mine until many years after Dr. Hatlen's initial encouragement to pursue my passions,” Darst said. “I love this work. I love the people who share in this work with me. I love the kids and adults with whom I have been lucky and blessed to work alongside. The giver in me can never get enough of the work I am so graciously allowed to do every day.” 

 

A published author, Darst has worked with prospective teachers of students with visual impairments across the U.S. since 2014. She developed several courses, including online courses in Unified English Braille code after the transition to the UEB code in 2015. Darst facilitates SFA’s graduate visual impairment preparation program.

 

Dr. Rona Pogrund, a professor of special education at Texas Tech University, was one of Darst’s nominators for the Phil Hatlen Award.

 

“Dr. Darst is an emerging leader in the field of visual impairment,” Pogrund said. “She works tirelessly to improve services and to train high-quality future teachers.”

 

Pogrund added that Darst has contributed significantly to the development and validation of research on two service intensity tools that have impacted services for children who are blind and visually impaired across the nation.

 

“She serves on multiple stakeholder and professional organization committees, providing leadership wherever she goes,” Pogrund said. “Dr. Darst brings passion and expertise to all that she does to improve the lives of individuals with visual impairments. She is most deserving of this award.”

 

TAER’s orientation and mobility division presented Dean with the Bob Bryant and Bill Bryan O&M Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who has made an enduring impact on the field of O&M in the state.

 

Dean said she was “surprised and humbled” by the honor of receiving the award named after Bob Bryant and Bill Bryan, who started the first O&M program in Texas.

 

“I had the pleasure of learning under both of these men, who are true leaders in our field,” Dean said. “They set a forward path for those of us who came behind them, as well as those who are still to come.”

 

Working both as a direct service provider and personnel preparation leader, Dean coordinates SFA’s O&M program. She also works closely with community organizations to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn, grow and become effective professionals in the O&M field. Dean serves as internship coordinator and has made agreements with more than 75 agencies and individuals to facilitate the placement of interns.

 

Dr. Michael Munro, visual impairments specialist at Region 6 Education Service Center, was one of Dean’s nominators for the Bob Bryant and Bill Bryan O&M Leadership Award.

 

“DJ is an incredibly passionate and talented orientation and mobility specialist and a great teacher,” Munro said. “She brings that passion to her students and models for them the heart of the field. Her students benefit greatly from her excellence in all that she does for them and for the program.”

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TxDOT Urges Drivers To Plan A Sober Ride On Labor Day Weekend


 

AUSTIN — While there may be less traffic on the roads this Labor Day weekend, TxDOT is urging those who choose to go out and celebrate to plan ahead for a sober ride before any drinking begins.

 

“We encourage people to enjoy the long weekend, but to do so responsibly,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “If you plan to drink alcohol and go out, make the plan for a sober ride. It’s an easy decision that can prevent senseless tragedies and save lives.”

During last year’s Labor Day holiday weekend* in Texas, there were 382  crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 12 people and seriously injured another 55.

 

The “Plan While You Can” campaign aims to save lives and reduce preventable crashes by reminding drivers to make a plan for a sober ride if they are drinking alcohol. Leading up to the Labor Day holiday, the campaign shares this message through TV and radio public service announcements, social media, digital ads and billboards.

Driving under the influence of alcohol risks death or serious injuries. It can also be costly. Drivers can face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. Instead of getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking, here are some other options:

 

  • Designate a sober driver.
  • Contact a cab or ride-share service.
  • Use mass transit.
  • Spend the night.

 

 

In addition to having a sober ride, if you plan to go out this holiday weekend, follow the guidance of health officials, and maintain social distance, wear a mask and remember to wash your hands.

 

“Plan While You Can” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel, like wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

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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 pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Tenaha-Independent-School-District-486433751368156/

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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 9, 2020-Broaddus Cross Country Meet @ Jackson Hill Marina (VG/B)

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

            

Good Morning from Broadus ISD, we have been working hard on the Cross Country meet and despite all the challenges this year it is going to be an awesome meet! 

We are excited to announce that Ernie Andrus, the WWII war vet that is currently on his run coast to coast across America to go into the Guiness Book of World Records at the age of 97 will be the Master of Ceremonies and starting some of the race heats at our HS meet.  He is excited to meet your kids and take photos and speak with them if you like. 

He is a very inspirational man! 

Broaddus Cross Country Meet @ Jackson Hill Marina-Both Tenaha ISD Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams will have the opportunity to  visit with Ernie Andrus; Truly a welcomed inspiration.

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

 

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"Local Businesses Support the Tenaha Tiger Yearbook"

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

Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

              3576 Hwy 84 East

             Tenaha, Texas 75974

 

 

             

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CB Genetics Joins Membership of American Angus Association


 

CB Genetics, Center, Texas, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

 

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 19 million registered Angus.

 

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation — help members advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers. 

 

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Two Men Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking in Operation Dirty Bird


 

TEXARKANA, Texas – Two Texas men have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

 

Rodolfo Javier Falcon, 36, of Titus County, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven on August 20, 2020. Falcon agreed to forfeit $5 million in drug proceeds.

 

Jose Armando Rosales-Bernal, 27, of Dallas County, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven on September 1, 2020. Rosales-Bernal agreed to forfeit $4 million in drug proceeds; $234,971.00 in U.S. currency; his home in Dallas, Texas; numerous firearms; two luxury watches; a gold necklace with a rooster-shaped pendant covered in jewels; and three vehicles, including a Dodge Charger Hellcat.

 

According to information presented in court, Falcon, Rosales-Bernal, and others conspired to distribute more than 150 kilograms of Mexican cocaine in Dallas, East Texas, and beyond. In fact, Falcon and others—including two children—were stopped in Tennessee carrying nine kilograms of cocaine to distribute in North Carolina. The organization was also responsible for shipping drug proceeds, in the form of bulk cash, back to Mexico. For example, law enforcement intercepted one bulk cash shipment of approximately $350,000.00.

 

Rosales-Bernal and Falcon both occupied leadership roles in the drug trafficking organization, which also distributed methamphetamine. During the investigation, law enforcement observed several members of the organization—including Rosales-Bernal—carrying firearms. Rosales-Bernal admitted that he possessed multiple firearms because he knew that the large quantity of drugs being trafficked by the organization made their activities inherently dangerous. Rosales-Bernal also described how he spent his drug proceeds on lavish lifestyle items, including a Dodge Charger Hellcat, flashy watches, a jewel encrusted rooster necklace, and numerous pairs of shoes and boots.

 

Under federal statutes, Falcon faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison at sentencing; Rosales-Bernal faces at least five years and up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing. The statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

 

Operation Dirty Bird is a long-term drug trafficking and money-laundering investigation that has already led to the seizure of more than $500,000.00 in U.S. Currency, almost 40 kilograms of cocaine, more than a quarter kilogram of methamphetamine, nine firearms, and multiple vehicles.

 

Rosales-Bernal, Julio Villarreal, Armando Moreno Jr., Falcon, Gerardo Cabrera Ramirez, Claudia Claribel Gardea, Jose Geraldo Ornelas-Pineda, Dalia Janes Campos Rosales, Eleazar Martinez Reyes, and David Martinez were previously charged and arrested as a result of this investigation. Ornelas-Pineda and Moreno have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Rosales-Bernal, Villarreal, Falcon, Ramirez, Reyes, and Gardea have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Campos Rosales and Martinez have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. This case is pending in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

 

If convicted, Campos Rosales and Martinez face a minimum of 15 years and as much as life in federal prison.

 

This case is being investigated by the Mount Pleasant office of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigation Division and the Dallas office of Homeland Security Investigations SRT. In addition, the following agencies have played critical roles in this investigation: the Mesquite, Texas, Police Department SWAT team; the Texas National Guard; the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Division and Aircraft Division; the George West, Texas, Police Department; the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force in Dickson, Tennessee; and the Mount Pleasant, Texas, Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok.

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Wreck Near J & B Liquor Update


 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to
a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon August 31, 2020, on SH 7, about four and one half miles
east of Center.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 3:20 p.m., a 1996
Chevrolet pickup was stopped facing west, waiting for eastbound traffic to pass
before turning left. A 2012 Jeep SUV was also traveling west and failed to control
speed and struck the Chevrolet from behind.


The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as 35-year-old Trevor Lawrence from
Joaquin. Lawrence was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center for
treatment.


The driver of the Jeep is identified as 26-year-old Shelby Lebouef from Timpson.
Lebouef was not injured during the crash.


Additional information is not available at this time.
 

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Center Football Ticket Sales: V/JV v Jefferson, 9 v Garrison


 

 

VARSITY

CENTER VS JEFFERSON

@JEFFERSON TX.


September 4, 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


JUNIOR VARSITY

HOME GAME: THURSDAY 9/3/20
JV FOOTBALL VS JEFFERSON 
TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT GATE

FRESHMEN

 

Anyone planning to attend the Center vs Garrison 9th football @ Garrison this Thursday will have to come to the Center High School Athletic office to get a pass. This pass will allow you to purchase an admission ticket into this athletic event only. Tickets will be $5 (adults & students).
***NO PASS NO ADMISSION TICKET***

Please call the Center High School Athletic office with any questions at 936-598-6173

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Coop Update


 

 

As of 9 AM Tuesday, September 1st, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting 4,872 outages remaining.

 

Jasper County: 20
Nacogdoches County: 0
Newton County: 1,017
Panola County: 34
Sabine County: 3,460
San Augustine County: 62
Shelby County: 276

 

Restoral estimates as of today:

  *   Jasper, Panola, Shelby and San Augustine County should be restored by tomorrow, the 2nd.
  *   Sabine, Newton and Jasper County should be restored by Monday, September 7th.

*

*         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.

At the peak of the storm, DETEC reported 62% of the system to be damaged with 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.


  *   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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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.netunder 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.

 

 

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Shelby County COVID-19 Update


 

 

DSHS reported 2 new COVID-19 cases and 8 recoveries.


 

22 Active Cases

399 Recovered

14 Deaths

435 Cumulative cases 

 

ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:

75935...13

75974...5

75975..2

75973...0

75954...2

 

 

 

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Football Schedules



The Center Roughriders will take on Jefferson in an away game on Friday in Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KDET 930 AM.

 

The San Augustine Wolves will take on Waskom in Waskom this Friday at 7:30 p.m. the game will be broadcast live on KXXE 92.5 FM.

 

The Tenaha Tiger will have a home game in Tenaha this Friday vs. Arp at 7 p.m. the game will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 FM.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons will take on Huntington in an away game in Huntington on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Joaquin Rams will take on Elysian Fields in a home game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Timpson Bears will take on Alto this Friday in Alto at 7:30 p.m.

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Joaquin ISD Senior Parent Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Resources available


 

 

Shelby County have received resources from US Rep. Louie Gohmert and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.  The ice, water, and MRE’s have been delivered to the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department Building at 11862 FM 2694, Shelbyville.  We urge anyone who is out of power or has a need for these supplies to come by this location tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1, to receive these supplies while they last.  They will be available between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 3 P.M tomorrow.

 

Allison Harbison

Shelby County Judge

 

 

 

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