News Headlines Archives for 2020-11

CPD Fund Raiser


The Center Police Department is hosting a fundraiser for Officer Mandy Fears on December 9th 2020. Her 22-year-old son was in a major accident approx. a month ago. He was flown to Beaumont and was in a coma for over a week. He has had several surgeries to repair several broken bones including his neck. He is now conscious and in his own room on the way to a long recovery. Fortunately, the family has been able to keep afloat financially, but has taken a huge set-back due to expenses such as hotel, motel, fuel, etc. These plates will be sold for $7.00 each, at the Center Police Department on the above date. We are  presently taking presales on these projected plates. Any and all assistance or donations would be GREATLY appreciated.


Many thanks,





Nacogdoches Police Sergeant Retires with 28 Years In Law Enforcement



NACOGDOCHES,TX (November 30, 2020):  The Nacogdoches Police Dept. would like to share that Sergeant Keith Hawkins will be officially retiring after 28 years of dedicated service to Law Enforcement, with 22 years to the City of Nacogdoches.  Sgt. Hawkins has always been passionate about teaching police recruits and new officers at the police department.  Sgt. Hawkins has earned the respect and admiration from his coworkers and the citizen's he's served.   



Motorist Should Stay Alert for Deer



LUFKIN – As deer season begins, motorists are urged to stay alert in pre-dawn hours and after dark. Deer are on the move through the nine-county Lufkin District and crashes involving vehicle versus deer have already been reported. TxDOT wants to remind drivers of the dangers of deer hits and the necessity to stay alert.


Motorists are urged to be attentive, especially just after sunset and the hours just before sunrise. These times are when the most deer hits occur. Pay attention to road signs that indicate heavy wildlife population in the area and reduce speed where deer are known to cross the roadway.

“We see vehicle versus deer or other wildlife crashes more this time of year on rural roadways as well as state and US highways,” said Rhonda Oaks, spokesperson for the Lufkin District. “Because deer are more active this time of year, we urge motorists to stay alert. Slow down and pay attention to movement along the wood line and shoulders of the road.”

Safety tips that could help avoid a deer versus vehicle crash include:


Reduce speed if you see a deer near the edge of the roadway. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others could be nearby.

When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of the deer, but be careful not to use high beams in fog.
Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer.

Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer.
Always wear your seatbelt.

If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. Move your car off the road, if possible, and call 911. Remain in your vehicle. It is the safest place. Many secondary crashes occur due to pedestrians in the roadway.
For more information, contact or (936) 633-4395.


First Responders Save Residents and Battle Large Fire at Apartment Building



Around 3:12 a.m. this morning Nacogdoches Police Officer Jake Taylor was driving in the 1800 block of North St when he observed visible flames coming from an apartment building.  Officer Taylor requested immediate assistance and all available police officers and fire crews with the Nacogdoches Fire Dept. responded to the scene and began evacuating people from apartments.  



Multiple apartments were found to be on fire.  Some of the residents from the apartments were rescued from their upstairs balconies using fire ladders.  Multiple apartments were breached to ensure no one was left  inside. Multiple Fire Departments, including Lufkin and Central Heights, responded to battle the fire that lasted well over an hour.  


The Investigators with the Nacogdoches Fire Department have determined the cause of the fire was food being cooked and left unattended.  The resident advised he awoke to his smoke alarm going off and was able to get out of the apartment.


There were multiple apartments that were completely burned and numerous residents have been displaced.  Due to the quick response of first responders only one person was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.  The Stephen F. Austin Police Dept. assisted in transporting residents that needed a place out of the weather.  The Red Cross is assisting residents affected with housing at local hotels.  


The City of Nacogdoches would like to thank all the different agencies that responded to help those in need.  

Press Release for CMS Basketball Home Game 


Middle School Basketball Patrons, please note the following requirements for Middle School basketball home games: 

All guests will be required to wear a face covering while at the event. You will not be allowed to enter without a face covering. 

Executive Order GA-29, regarding face coverings, applies to all UIL activities effective July 3, 2020. This includes the 2020-2021 school year. As the public health situation changes, and/or if subsequent Executive Orders are issued by Governor Greg Abbott, these guidelines may be further modified. 

Exceptions to the wearing of face coverings or face shields include: 


Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; ? While a person is consuming food or drink; 


When a congregating group of persons maintains at least 6 feet of social distancing; or ? Any other reason or circumstance indicated under Executive Order GA-29. 


Social distancing will be required in the bleachers. Yellow tape is used to mark non-seating areas. Please only sit in allowable areas. 


Individuals who are confirmed to have, suspected of having, are experiencing symptoms of, or have been in close contact with an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 should not enter the facility. 


We will follow all UIL guidelines for game attendance including the 50% capacity requirement. Therefore only family members of players will be allowed to attend. Students without a guardian will not be allowed to enter so that we have enough room for parents and family members. 
MS basketball games will be played in split gyms to allow for social distancing at games, The 7B & 8B games will be played at the intermediate gym while the 7A & 8A games will be played at the middle school gym. Both 7th grade games will start at 5:00 and the 8th grade games will begin immediately after the 7th grade games. 

Thank you, 
Jake Henson, 
Principal Center Middle School

Make Raisins Part of Your Holiday Spread


(Family Features) Planning your holiday menu? Dried cranberries are an ingredient found in many classic holiday recipes, but what you may not know is that they are packed with added sugars. Raisins, on the other hand, are naturally sweet with 0 grams of added sugars, making them a healthy alternative that can help enhance the flavor and nutrition of your favorite holiday recipes.

Raisinsfit seamlessly into many family-friendly recipes, like traditional oatmeal cookies, stuffing and sweet breads. They also make for easy salad, oatmeal and yogurt toppers, provide a naturally sweet fruit option on charcuterie boards and are a great standalone holiday snack.

Why is this important? Many health-conscious consumers are interested in wholesome foods and products with less ingredients and natural sugars, like those that occur in fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products. Added sugars, however, refer to any sugars or caloric sweeteners that are added to foods during processing or preparation. Consumption of excessive added sugars may be associated with health consequences, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, fatty liver, dental caries and more, according to research published by the National Library of Medicine.


“Consumers are becoming more health conscious and trying to include more nutrient-dense options with less ingredients,” says Sarah Schlichter, a registered dietitian with a master’s in public health. “Yet, consumers often don’t recognize how added sugars throughout the day can quickly add up.”


The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s 2020 Scientific Report, which sets the stage for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, has proposed an overall reduction in added sugars, recommending that added sugars comprise no more than 6% of the overall diet for adults and children ages 2 and older. This is a reduction from the previous recommendation of less than 10% of the overall diet, bringing further attention to the serious health risks of excessive sugar intake.


Understanding Natural Sugars vs. Added Sugars
Nutrition labels haven’t always distinguished between natural and added sugars, Schlichter said, but instead lumped them together under “total sugars.” However, the Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts label, which is currently being transitioned to, makes this easily discernible by clearly outlining how much of the total sugar content comes from added sugars.

“One key difference between natural and added sugars is that natural sugars usually complement other nutrients naturally found in a food or fruit, such as fiber, potassium, vitamin C or antioxidants, all of which confer several health benefits,” Schlichter said. “These complementary nutrients may also slow the rate of digestion, keeping blood sugar more stable. Conversely, added sugars are added in isolation and aren’t adding any nutrients to the product.”

To put this in perspective, 1/4 cup of dried sweetened cranberries contains 29 grams of sugar. Of those 29 grams of sugar, 27 grams are added sugars, meaning that most of the sugar is not found naturally in dried cranberries. While a 1/4-cup serving of raisins also contains 29 grams of sugar, the difference is that all 29 grams are naturally found in raisins and none are added. Raisins also naturally offer potassium, iron and fiber.


Making the Case for Raisins
To reduce added and total sugars, many products have been formulated using artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, aspartame or other no-calorie sweeteners. No-calorie sweeteners are not free from health risks, however, and have been linked to weight gain, obesity, changes to the microbiome, decreased satiety and altered blood sugar levels, according to research published by the National Library of Medicine.

These products are not really any healthier, Schlichter said, noting there is still much unknown about artificial sweeteners and how they impact hormones, satiety and gut health. Because raisins have no added sugars, no artificial flavors and no unnecessary ingredients, Schlichter recommends swapping them for dried cranberries this holiday season.


Photos courtesy of Getty Images



Sarah Schlichter



Two Unrestrained Drivers Killed in Bossier Parish Crash



Bossier Parish – On November 27, 2020, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 612 east of U.S. Highway 71. This crash killed 18-year-old Wyatt Ricks of Bossier City and 28-year-old John Wuest of Haltom City, Texas.


The initial investigation revealed a 2019 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Ricks, was traveling westbound on Louisiana Highway 612. For reasons still under investigation, Ricks’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the eastbound travel lane and struck the front of a 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Wuest.


Both Ricks and Wuest were unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Two passengers in Ricks’s vehicle, one restrained and the other unrestrained, were taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. 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.


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 26 fatal crashes resulting in 32 deaths.


COVID-19 vs Leprosy



The year 2020 has been extremely challenging to the human race. Not only have there been more hurricanes than ever before, more wildfires raging through California, a extremely contagious disease has plagued us all year.  The virus Covid-19 came to our country via China, and has continued its relentless march across our great country.  Many people have died as a direct result of contracting this disease, and millions have won the battle and survived.


It occurred to me that the Covid-19 virus and the disease of Leprosy have a lot in common  Consider leprosy back in Biblical days.  Leprosy has terrified humanity since ancient times, and was reported as early as 600 BC in India, China, and Egypt  The term “leprosy” occurs 68 times in the Bible – 55 times in the Old Testament, and 13 times in the New Testament.


This disease was considered the worst fate that a person could suffer because it was rarely fatal, but lasted for years, gradually consuming flesh and muscles of the human body.  There was no cure.  In fact, it was considered punishment sent by God due to the commission of a sin.  Thus, it was not considered medical, but a spiritual condition, thus treatable by a Priest.


Leprosy victims in Jesus' day were considered sinful and were thus cast out of the cities into Leper colonies to live with other victims of the disease. They were considered unclean, and had to ring a bell and yell “unclean” everywhere they went in public.  They were naturally shunned by society and had to rely on the Priest for treatment.  We now know that this disease was spread by droplets released by sneezing or coughing.  It was, thus, highly contagious.


Now, consider the Covid-19 virus.  It is very contagious and is spread by sneezing or coughi8ng. There is no cure for the disease, just treatment of the symptoms. People with this disease are shunned, and required to shelter in their homes for weeks, or languish in a hospital.  Entire cities have been partially shut down to try and slow down the virus.  People are now required to wear masks over their noses and mouths when out in public.
Large public gatherings are discouraged.


To me, the facts of the two diseases are definitely similar.  Disease is a constant reminder of just how much things have changed since God pronounced a curse on the earth. At first, everything was “very good”, but Adam's sin brought death and decay into the world.  Two of the most well-known examples of debilitating diseases in this sin-cursed creation are Leprosy and Covid-19.  To me, the similarities are notable.


By:  Neal Murphy

PO Box 511
259 CR 214
San Augustine, Texas 75972
Cell: 936-275-6986

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Governor Abbott, DSHS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan



Vaccine Distribution Principles Developed By Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel


Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced the guiding principles for Texas' COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which will serve as a foundation for the state's initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines expected as early as next month. These principles have been established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions, including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.  


"These guiding principles established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel will ensure that the State of Texas swiftly distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott. "This foundation for the allocation process will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect the most vulnerable Texans, and safeguard crucial state resources." 


Texas will initially allocate COVID-19 vaccines based on the following criteria:


  • Protecting health care workers who fill a critical role in caring for and preserving the lives of COVID-19 patients and maintaining the health care infrastructure for all who need it.
  • Protecting frontline workers who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of their work providing critical services and preserving the economy.
  • Protecting vulnerable populations who are at greater risk of severe disease and death if they contract COVID-19.
  • Mitigating health inequities due to factors such as demographics, poverty, insurance status and geography.
  • Data-driven allocations using the best available scientific evidence and epidemiology at the time, allowing for flexibility for local conditions.
  • Geographic diversity through a balanced approach that considers access in urban and rural communities and in affected ZIP codes.
  • Transparency through sharing allocations with the public and seeking public feedback.


EVAP has recommended, and the Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt has approved, health care workers likely to provide direct care for COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable residents to be the first group to receive the vaccine. This includes staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, emergency medical services and home health care workers. As part of its ongoing work, EVAP will make recommendations on how and when to roll out vaccine to other critical groups.

Center Christmas Parade



Taste of the Holidays has been cancelled but they are still having the parade.

Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday, December 5th.


In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6:00pm.  Allison Harbison, the 2020 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year’s Grand Marshal. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike.

Floats will line up on Malone Drive.  The Parade will go down Tenaha Street and around the downtown square, driving around all four corners and three sides, exiting onto Cora Street where it will start to disperse.


COR Boutique, Mooney’s Emporium and Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike will be hosting their Christmas Open Houses all day. 


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

 Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 7th. 

Football Schedules


Timpson vs. Garrison Friday night at Homer Bryce Stadium In Nacogdoches  7:00pm

Tenaha vs. Chilton  Saturday night at Bruce Field in Athens 6:00 pm

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 2th day of December, 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:


Approve and pay weekly expenses.


Public comments on Agenda item.


Discuss and possibly accept the payment of Capital Credits in the amount of $19032.19.


Discuss  and possibly take action to disperse the Capital Credits for the FY 2019



Governor Abbott Encourages Texans to Participate in Small Business Saturday


Governor Greg Abbott today released a new web video encouraging Texans to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 28th. In the video, the Governor urges Texans to shop small, shop local, and help support businesses in their community throughout the holiday season — whether safely in-person or online. 


When shopping in-person, Texans are urged to protect themselves and loved ones from the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, frequently sanitizing their hands, and social distancing. 



Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting


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



Free Bar-B-Que Dinners on Thanksgiving




November 26th, Thanksgiving Day!
FREE plates!


If you would like to help out they could use some delivery drivers call 936-488-9325.

Pickup from 11:00 am-12:00 noon at Yardbirds BBQ, right next to the firework store that is across from ACE hardware! 

Spread the word, we don’t want anyone missing out.

Plates include-
Chicken legs 
Macaroni and cheese 
Mashed potatoes 
Loaded meaty pinto beans 
Green bean casserole 
Sausage balls 
Banana pudding or cake  



Louisiana Woman Indicted in $4.8M Elder Fraud Scheme



TYLER, Texas -- A 44-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana woman has been indicted for her role in an elder fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.


Monica Ruiz was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury, which charged her with wire fraud.


According to the indictment, Ruiz enlisted a variety of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises in a scheme to defraud an elderly victim from Bullard, Texas.  Among the various misrepresentations Ruiz made in order to obtain money from the victim were the following:


- That Ruiz had been in a coma;

- That Ruiz had brain surgery;

- That Ruiz was falsely arrested and imprisoned;

- That Ruiz had bribed a judge and prosecutor;

- That Ruiz’s son died in a car accident in Pennsylvania;

- That Ruiz was in a car accident;

- That Ruiz had a kidney transplant;

- That Ruiz’s daughter was committed to a mental institution;

- That Ruiz was incarcerated; and

- That Ruiz’s grandmother died.


At times, Ruiz impersonated other people in communications with the victim.  At other times, she created and used false personas in communications with the victim.  Over the course of her scheme, Ruiz obtained more than $4.850 million from the victim.


If convicted, Ruiz faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


In October 2017, President Trump signed the bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA) into law.  The EAPPA’s purpose is to increase the federal government’s focus on preventing elder abuse and exploitation.  Subsequently, the Department of Justice launched the Elder Justice Initiative (EJI).  Through the EJI, the Department has participated in hundreds of criminal and civil enforcement actions involving misconduct that targeted vulnerable seniors.  This past March, the Department announced the largest elder fraud enforcement action in American history, charging more than 400 defendants in a nationwide sweep.  The Department has likewise conducted hundreds of trainings and outreach sessions across the country.  The EJI website contains useful information, including educational resources about prevalent financial scams so you can guard against them.


In August, the Eastern District of Texas announced plans to develop a new initiative, in partnership with law enforcement, to increase enforcement efforts to combat transnational elder fraud schemes and their extensive networks of associates and money mules who launder the stolen funds.


If you or someone you know is age 60 or older and has been a victim of financial fraud, help is standing by at the National Elder Fraud Hotline: 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311).  This U.S. Department of Justice hotline, managed by the Office for Victims of Crime, is staffed by experienced professionals who provide personalized support to callers by assessing the needs of the victim, and identifying relevant next steps.  Case managers will identify appropriate reporting agencies, provide information to callers to assist them in reporting, connect callers directly with appropriate agencies, and provide resources and referrals, on a case-by-case basis.  Reporting is the first step.  Reporting can help authorities identify those who commit fraud and reporting certain financial losses due to fraud as soon as possible can increase the likelihood of recovering losses.  The hotline is staffed 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. English, Spanish, and other languages are available.


This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service with the assistance of the Tyler Police Department and the Louisiana State Police - Gaming Enforcement Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.



Governor Abbott Announces Holiday Comfort Food Care Packages For Texas Youth And Families



Care packages also support local restaurants previously closed due to COVID-19


Governor Greg Abbott announced today 11-23-2020 the Holiday Comfort Food Care Package (CFCP) program, in partnership with the Texas Restaurant Association, to provide holiday meals for at-risk youth and families in communities across Texas, while also supporting local restaurants. The program, a reboot of the CFCP program that began in March 2020 to support restaurants that limited or closed services due to COVID-19, encourages Texans to purchase a holiday meal for a family in need while patronizing their favorite restaurant. Each care package contains enough food to feed a family of 5 to 6 and will be delivered to the recipients' home. The program benefits children, youth, and families served by the Texas network of Family and Youth Success Programs (formerly called Services to At-Risk Youth), select Boys and Girls Clubs, select CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs and agencies that serve child sex trafficking victims. 


"The Holiday Comfort Food Care Package program will provide holiday meals for our most vulnerable youth and families, while giving Texans another way to support local restaurants and their fellow Texans experiencing hardships due to COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "Thank you to the generous Texans across the state for stepping up during this holiday season to provide meals to families in need."


"This program continues to be a win for communities and restaurants across Texas," said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. "By harnessing the generosity of Texans, customers can support their communities and their favorite restaurants at the same time. Holidays are difficult for some people, and by extending this program into and beyond the holiday season, we can ensure that our Texas communities will be taken care of."

The Holiday Comfort Food Care Package program utilizes the following steps:

  1. Participating restaurants list CFCPs on their online ordering system for customers to purchase on behalf of at-risk families and youth in the community. 
  2. Customers add CFCPs to their orders and purchase.
  3. Participating service providers identify families and shelters who have the most need and work with participating restaurants to get the meals delivered. 

Restaurants interested in participating in the program can sign up on the Texas Restaurant Association website.

Families in need of food can find additional help online:



Governor Abbott, DSHS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan



Vaccine Distribution Principles Developed By Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel


Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced the guiding principles for Texas' COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which will serve as a foundation for the state's initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines expected as early as next month. These principles have been established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP), created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions, including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protection to vulnerable populations and critical state resources.  


"These guiding principles established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel will ensure that the State of Texas swiftly distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott. "This foundation for the allocation process will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect the most vulnerable Texans, and safeguard crucial state resources." 


Texas will initially allocate COVID-19 vaccines based on the following criteria:


  • Protecting health care workers who fill a critical role in caring for and preserving the lives of COVID-19 patients and maintaining the health care infrastructure for all who need it.
  • Protecting frontline workers who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of their work providing critical services and preserving the economy.
  • Protecting vulnerable populations who are at greater risk of severe disease and death if they contract COVID-19.
  • Mitigating health inequities due to factors such as demographics, poverty, insurance status and geography.
  • Data-driven allocations using the best available scientific evidence and epidemiology at the time, allowing for flexibility for local conditions.
  • Geographic diversity through a balanced approach that considers access in urban and rural communities and in affected ZIP codes.
  • Transparency through sharing allocations with the public and seeking public feedback.

EVAP has recommended, and the Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt has approved, health care workers likely to provide direct care for COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable residents to be the first group to receive the vaccine. This includes staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, emergency medical services and home health care workers. As part of its ongoing work, EVAP will make recommendations on how and when to roll out vaccine to other critical groups.

For the First Time in 108 Years, Operation Santa is Nationwide!


East Texas — Let’s face it, this year has been a struggle for so many people in more ways than one. Thoughts of kids, the holidays and wondering how to provide for them may also be weighing heavily on many. But take heart, Santa and the Postal Service are way ahead of you, and are here to help.


The USPS Operation Santa program celebrates its 108th year in 2020 by opening up for nationwide participation. Now, more than ever, the program is needed to help less fortunate kids and families during the holidays.


The Postal Service established the USPS Operation Santa program to help those in need at the holidays experience the joy of opening presents — and to create special holiday memories. Since it began, millions of less fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others. The program is for every person of every belief, or non-belief. The purpose is to help as many deserving families as possible. And that can only be done if good-hearted adopters step forward.


To participate in the USPS Operation Santa program as a possible recipient of holiday gifts, all you have to do is write a letter, put it in a stamped envelope with a return address, and send it to Santa’s official workshop address as seen on the example envelope below. Letters will be accepted Nov. 16 – Dec. 15.


Program Details

Hundreds of thousands of letters are written to the USPS Operation Santa program every year in hopes of being adopted by kind and generous people across the country. These letters are opened by Santa’s Elves and, for safety reasons, all personally identifiable information of the letter writer is removed (i.e. last names, addresses, ZIP Codes) and uploaded to for adoption.

Beginning Dec. 4, letters will be available for nationwide adoption by visiting — all from the socially distant safety of your own home. Potential adopters can read the letters and pick one, or more, that they’d like to fulfill. For security reasons, potential adopters must be vetted by going through a short registration and ID verification process before they are allowed to adopt any letter.


Companies also help adopt letters. Every year many companies create teams and adopt several letters. All the better to help grant that special wish to deserving families and kids.


How to Write a Letter

Sending a letter to Santa is easy if you know how. The Postal Service is here to help with guides and tips to help kids write and send their best letters ever. All the information you could possibly need to write a letter, address an envelope, put on a stamp and send it on its way can be found on and in our Holiday Newsroom. The only thing the Postal Service can’t help with is to tell kids what to ask for. That is up to their imagination, and we would never stifle creativity. These tips are also good all year-round for sending thank-you cards, birthday cards, or  letters to Grandma and Grandpa just to say, “Hi.”


USPS Operation Santa History

While the Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa more than 108 years ago, it wasn’t until 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local Postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to them. This became known as Operation Santa.

The complete history can be found online at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom, along with additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines.


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

Produce Drop



Will have a Produce Drop on Wednesday, November 25 @ 9 am
Ivan Smith Parking lot near Old Sombero's Restaurant.

Governor Abbott Provides Update On Bamlanivimab Distribution To Hospitals Across Texas



Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Lubbock to hold a briefing with local officials and provide an update on the distribution of bamlanivimab, the Eli Lilly & Company monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has allocated this initial shipment of bamlanivimab to acute care hospitals across Texas, including hospitals in Lubbock, with additional doses expected to be shipped each week.


DSHS prioritized communities with high COVID-19 disease burden for this initial allotment through a formula that included total new case counts in the area, new COVID-19 hospital admissions and total COVID-19 hospital patients.


"Every day, the Lone Star State is closer to turning the corner of this pandemic thanks to medical advancements like bamlanivimab," said Governor Abbott. "This therapy drug will help prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on our healthcare system and workers. However, as encouraging as these advancements are, there is still no substitute for personal responsibility. The State urges all Texans to continue to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands, especially as we head into the holiday season."


Bamlanivimab is for outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are aged 12 years or older and are at higher risk of severe disease. It has been shown to prevent hospitalizations in some patients when used before they become very sick. This initial allocation is phase one and focused on hospitals; phase two may be broader and include other facility types like nursing homes and infusion centers. Hospitals that were allocated doses should have received or will be receiving calls about their allocations over the next few days from AmerisourceBergen, the same distributor as remdesivir. Hospitals can accept or decline their allocation. Declined doses will be reallocated to other Texas hospitals.

SFA mass communication students visit with alumnus, Emmy Award-nominated television producer/director/writer



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University mass communication students recently had the opportunity to speak with alumnus Anthony McLemore, an Emmy Award-nominated television producer, director and writer.


McLemore spoke to students enrolled in Dr. Al Greule’s radio-television production course via Zoom. Greule, associate professor of mass communication, taught McLemore when he was an SFA student.


“I always try to have an SFA alumni speak to students so they can hear firsthand what it’s really like after graduation,” Greule said.


While a student, McLemore gained valuable experience reporting and writing his own segments on “Nac Edition,” a news program produced by students on campus. He said faculty members like Greule and Sherry Williford, mass communication instructor, were instrumental to his post-graduate success.


“I wouldn’t be where I am today without establishing my foundation at SFA,” McLemore said. “I’ve never walked into a situation I couldn’t handle because my professors prepared me for my career.”


From the challenges of capturing honest moments to assembling a cohesive narrative, McLemore walked students step by step through the production process. He spoke about working behind the scenes on both reality television series and documentaries.


McLemore has produced segments for reality television series, including “Big Brother,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Dr. Phil.” His docuseries credits include “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.”


McLemore’s No. 1 advice to students: “Do more than one thing. Entertainment is a multilane highway, and you have to be assertive and ambitious. Thankfully, SFA is already preparing you for that journey.”



Sabine County Crash



SABINE COUNTY – a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper responded to a two-vehicle crash yesterday evening 11-22-2020 on SH 87, about two and one half miles south of Six Mile.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:30 p.m., a 2013 Toyota SUV was traveling north. A 2014 Ford SUV was traveling south. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Toyota crossed over into the southbound lane and struck the Ford head-on.


The driver of the Toyota is identified as 63-year-old Cindy Perkins from Hemphill. Perkins was pronounced deceased by a Sabine County Justice of the Peace. The driver of the Ford is identified as 53-year-old Catherine McGue from Washington, LA. McGue was transported to the Sabine County Hospital for treatment.


Additional information is not available at this time.



Highschool Football Scoreboard 11/20/2020

The Highschool Football Scoreboard is sponsored by:

The Pizzeria - (936) 598-7117

San Augustine Street in Center, Texas

(Friday Night)
Center 7 Sealy 38
Tenaha 32 Bremond 30

(Thursday) Timpson 47 Leon 14

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 25th day of November, 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:


Approve and pay weekly expenses.


Approve current Payroll.


Public comments on Agenda item.


Discuss and possibly approve the donation of antique furniture by Attorney Randy McLeroy to the Shelby County Historical Commission.


Discuss and possibly authorize application for a membership in Sourcewell which is a national buying cooperative.



Lane Closure Planned on Diboll Relief Route Project



LUFKIN – A lane closure is planned beginning Nov. 30 because of work on the Diboll Relief Route construction project in Diboll.


FM 1818 will be confined to one lane of traffic through the work zone beginning Nov. 30 and will continue for three days, weather permitting. Crews will be working to alleviate drainage issues north of FM 1818 where a culvert will be installed. Work to complete the culvert installation and restore the FM 1818 pavement will necessitate the closure. Lanes will be closed during working hours only.


Motorists are urged to prepare for delays and obey all traffic control in place during the lane closure. Reduce speed in the area, prepare to stop and stay alert for signage, flaggers and lighted message boards advising of the closed lane of traffic.


The Diboll Relief Route construction is continuing with excavation and embankment work in various locations through the project. Crews continue to drill shafts on the northbound side of US 59 in the project area. Bridge columns are also being set at Mockingbird Lane in Diboll and will continue in coming weeks.


The Diboll Relief Route, a $140.1 million construction project began in April with Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures, a global company headquartered in Spain, serving as contractor.


The project consists of construction of a new freeway location on US 59 in Angelina County, from FM 2108 to 1.1 mile south of White Oak Creek. Work will include construction of the new freeway and will include grading, structures, concrete pavement and freeway signage. The 8-mile long project is set for completion in five years.


For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395.

Tenaha City Council Meeting




The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Regular City Council Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm, Tenaha, Texas. 


The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:
Call to Order:
Roll Call: To establish a quorum. 

Pledge: United States Pledge
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.

Department Head Reports:
Public Works Report
Municipal Court Report
Police Department Report
City Secretary Report
e.     Fire Department Report
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 Monday October 26, 2020.  
b.    Scheduling Next Month’s meeting for Monday December 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm. 
8.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider approving the October 2020 Financials. 
9.    Discuss and take action: Declare January as School Board Recognition Month. 

10.    Discuss and take action:  Designate a person to serve as the emergency management coordinator. Tex. Gov’t Code §418.1015.

11.    Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider accepting the contract with Zachary McClary an Associate with Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith L.L.P to represent The City of Tenaha as their City Attorney. 

12.    Executive Session
Recess into executive session pursuant to Chapter 551, Subchapter D of the Texas Government Code:
Executive Session Agenda:
Pending or contemplated litigation related to Case No. 2:08-CV-00288-JRG, Morrow, et al. V. Washington, et al.

End of Executive Session
Reconvene into open session and take any action necessary because of the Executive Session.
13.    Discuss setting the time and date for “Santa’s Workshop” Downtown for Saturday December 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm. 
14.     Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  
15.     Adjourn.

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

SFA faculty members, students to help Nacogdoches food pantry expand



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Nacogdoches Helping Other People Eat food pantry is expanding thanks to a grant that involves a collaboration with three Stephen F. Austin State University schools.


Nacogdoches HOPE is using the funding from a large fiscal year 2021 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grant awarded by the East Texas Food Bank to purchase a building and property next to the food pantry and Jo’s Diner soup kitchen at 2100 E. Main St. This will help increase the number of individuals who can be served and food distribution, expand services and improve efficiency.


“With this expansion, we’ll be able to better connect clients with needed resources and services,” said Dr. Sharon Ninness, director of the expansion project, grant writer and Nacogdoches HOPE board member. “We look forward to broadening our collaboration with SFA as part of this project.”


Students from SFA’s DeWitt School of Nursing in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, School of Human Sciences in the James I. Perkins College of Education and School of Social Work in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts will gain valuable experience while serving the community, according to Wilma Cordova, professor of social work at SFA and volunteer coordinator for Nacogdoches HOPE.


“It is very common for schools of social work to have resource centers to connect clients to transportation, medical, mental health counseling, employment and child care services,” Cordova said. “To finally have a place to provide direct community support and a training location for our students is an ideal collaboration for the neighborhood, which is located in what the 2020 U.S. Census designated as the tract with the highest level of poverty in East Texas. Establishing this resource at the food pantry is key to helping achieve a healthier community.”


Students from SFA’s School of Social Work have interned at Nacogdoches HOPE during the past year to help with the 144% increase in demand for services since November 2019, according to Cordova.


The new building will have offices for social work interns to provide information and referral services to those in need; for human sciences interns in SFA’s food and nutrition program to provide clients with dietary consultations; and for nursing students and faculty members to conduct wellness checks for individuals who request them. 


“This opens up new opportunities for our nursing students to learn and to provide care within the community,” said Michelle Klein, clinical instructor in the School of Nursing. “We are excited to collaborate with SFA’s School of Social Work and School of Human Sciences to improve the health and wellness of so many through Nacogdoches HOPE.”


In addition to food storage, meal preparation and computers clients can use to research healthy recipes and nutrition information, the building will house classes for the Cooking Matters program, a partnership established six years ago between SFA’s School of Human Sciences and the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler. It’s designed to help curb high levels of food insecurity in East Texas while giving SFA students valuable experience.


“This allows our students to demonstrate their nutrition knowledge with interactive education and cooking demonstrations,” said Justin Pelham, clinical instructor of food and nutrition at SFA. “Community opportunities enhance the student-learning experience when working with our underserved populations locally, making a significant impact in the students’ lives well past their undergraduate experience at SFA.”


The new building also will be used to serve more than 50 people during Jo’s Diner lunches. For the safety of its clients and volunteers, Jo’s Diner has been closed to in-person meals since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but SFA human sciences students and faculty members helped clients by serving to-go lunches from the Lumberjack Express mobile food lab Oct. 14 through Nov. 18.


“The food was purchased by HOPE and prepared in the pantry’s kitchen,” Ninness said. “SFA students planned, prepared, cooked and distributed meals for the lunches under the supervision of SFA faculty members.”


Over six weeks, SFA students served more than 300 meals to members of the Nacogdoches community, according to Dr. Donna Fickes, clinical instructor of hospitality administration at SFA.


“The drive-thru lunches have been well-received,” Fickes said. “As soon as the Lumberjack Express arrives, people start walking up to ask when we will start serving. We will look at restarting our service-learning experience in the spring semester to continue filling this need in our community.”  

Lauren Christopher, an SFA food and nutrition senior from Tyler, helped purchase food for the lunches and plan and prepare meals as part of her internship at Nacogdoches HOPE.  


“This is a great way for students to get involved with helping their community,” Christopher said. “I encourage SFA students to volunteer and help people in need.”


As Thanksgiving approaches, the food pantry needs more help than ever, Ninness said.


Nacogdoches HOPE is requesting food items, including peanut butter, jelly, pinto beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, Chunky soups and canned meats (chicken, salmon, tuna, chili, roast beef or corned beef hash). For drop-off times, email


The food pantry also needs monetary donations. To donate by check, PayPal or credit card or through your Amazon and Kroger purchases, visit


“A donation of $25 will provide boxes of supplemental food to four families because HOPE purchases food from the East Texas Food Bank for pennies on the dollar,” Ninness said. “Every donation helps, no matter how small. Ninety cents of every dollar donated goes to HOPE’s food program. This organization is operated 100% by unpaid volunteers.”


For information on volunteering at the food pantry and Jo’s Diner, email Cordova at For information on volunteering to help move items, paint, landscape and engage in other activities related to the expansion project, contact Ninness at



SFA Charter School breaks fundraising record with Walkathon



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School’s 12th annual Walkathon has raised over $24,000, a fundraising record for the school, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.


“We're incredibly grateful to our community of family, friends and supporters for their generous giving,” said Jordan Wright, Walkathon co-chair and secretary of the SFA Charter School Parent-Teacher Organization. “It’s because of them that we’ve had such a successful fundraiser.”


The Walkathon is the PTO's only fundraiser each year. Donations usually go toward transportation to learning trips, tickets to the Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA, author visits and social events, but the school had to postpone those this year because of the pandemic. Instead, the PTO is considering purchasing a shade canopy and additional equipment for the playgrounds.


“This year's theme was ‘Walk It Out,’” said Abby Scorsonelli, Walkathon co-chair. “We thought it appropriate considering the times. We had to adapt our typical plans due to the public health situation.”


On Nov. 20, students attending in-person classes walked the concourse at SFA’s Homer Bryce Stadium. Students in each grade took turns walking for 20 minutes while practicing physical distancing.


Family and guests weren’t allowed to walk with the students this year, but the Walkathon was broadcast on Facebook Live for the school’s remote learners and students’ fans to cheer them on virtually.


Four platinum sponsors donated more than $750 each to the fundraiser: Nails 2000, TFP Nutrition, Turner Fabrication and West Loop Animal Clinic in Lufkin. 


“I am humbled each year by the ever-growing generosity of our community,” said Lysa Hagan, principal and CEO of the charter school.


“Our PTO and Walkathon co-chairs work hard to engage our community members in our Walkathon, including recruiting many to provide video messages encouraging the fundraising efforts of our school family,” Hagan added. “Their unique ideas certainly seem to work, as our students and parents continually surpass all expectations for our Walkathon fundraising goals. We are so grateful!”



Listen LIVE: Roughriders v Sealy Tigers tonight!



Tune in tonight for Round I of the Playoffs between the Center Roughriders  and the Sealy Tigers.  We have an unusual 7:00 Kick-off (as opposed to the usual 7:30).  The broadcast is on KDET 930 am.  You can also find it on your phones or your desktops.


--At 6:30, listen to or watch the Stadium Pregame Show.  Guests include players Coaches Ponder, Reyes, and Munoz.  In our Cheerleaders of the Night segment we have a little fun as cheerleaders Tatum Mettauer, Camryn Crouch and Kennedy Bush interview our quarterback, Jake Hanson.

--Kick-off is at 7:00.


--During the Stadium Halftime, we visit with the Award-Winning Twirling Line about their success at UIL Twirling Contest last week.  Then we talk to seniors Zack Massey and Jack Callen Watlington about the Band's First Division at UIL Marching Contest.

--Stay with us through the Stadium Postgame live from the field.  
--IF WE WIN, we visit with Coach Ponder, and our Player of the Night.
--IF WE ARE ELIMINATED, we visit with selected seniors from the team and performing groups as they look back on their Friday Night Careers.


Unfortunately, because of the UIL contractual arrangement with Fox Sports Southwest, the Roughrider Broadcast Team will be unable to live stream the game.  Only audio is available.  (But the audio is so exciting!)


Find the broadcast on am radio KDET 930
On your desktops and laptops at and find the KDET button.
On your phones by getting the free "Tune-In App" and typing into the search bar the station call letters: KDET.

Joaquin Lady Ram Basketball Announcement


The Joaquin Lady Ram basketball games scheduled for Saturday, November 21st against Harleton have been canceled.


The JV game against Alto on Tuesday, November 24th has been canceled.

Submitted by: Mindy Bragg



Panola College students visit Longview Museum of Fine Arts and R.W. Norton Art Gallery



Panola College students and faculty members visited the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, TX and R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA on November 4. The field trip was funded by a grant from the Panola College Foundation.


“This was not my first time at an art gallery, but it was my first time after taking an art appreciation course,” said one student. “I was able to walk in with knowledge that I did not have before, and it made me appreciate the art and experience even more.”


Among the many exhibits displayed, students were able to view the 153rd International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Phenology and Form: Works by Phillip Shore, American Journey & Founding Fathers, along with many antiquities from their permanent collections.


“My favorite thing about the field trip was seeing all the different art, especially the pieces created with watercolor,” said a second student. “It’s incredible seeing all the different techniques that were used so long ago.”


Participating students included Phillip Hassell, Karen Dean, Cheyenne Howard, Erielle Kawaja, Chloe Powell, Ashton Powell, April Servin, Dashawn Myers, Itzel Arellano, Rebecca Jones, Katie Harper, Riley Morgan, Esther Oluade, Ashana Hinds, Jennifer Cortes, Carlesia Brown, Shakaela Pellum, Ja’mia Boykin, Jordan Stephens, Madison Robinson, Jaycee Coleman, Kelsea Vanderslice, Dulse Gonsalez, and Rebecca Parrott.


Timpson Advances in Football, Other Local Teams to Play Tonight


Thursday Night Score


Timpson 47

Leon 14



Friday, Nov. 20 games:


Sealy (8-2) vs Center (8-3), 7 p.m., at Waco ISD Stadium


Garrison (5-5) vs Holland (9-2), 7 p.m, at Fairfield’s Eagle Stadium


Tenaha (8-2) vs Bremond (8-3), 7 p.m., at Mabank’s Panther Stadium

Center Elementary School Honor Rolls for 1st 9 Weeks



Grade 3
All A Honor Roll
Davian Angel-Guerrero, Booker Belrose, Madalyn Bryant, Victoria Cassey, Andrew Cawthon, Blakeley Chandler, Kate Coffin, Ella Eaves, Savanna Jonas, Sierra Jonas, Landree Jousan, Molreththy Ken, Ali Lout, Brooklynn McMullen, Kennedy Mikesh, Kennedi Mireles, Danika Moreno, Stephany Munoz-Morales, Andrew Petry, Madison Pierce, Niari Ramirez, Ruby Romero, Isaias Rubio, Madelyn Sanford, Kaylee Seifried, Alvaro Tello, Brently Tyre, Cameron Williams


All A/B Honor Roll
TJ Allen, Zyanya Almaguer, Gizelle Alvarado, Jorge Arcibar, Justin Arcibar, Adahena Arroyo-Sanchez, Xavier Bazile, Emily Bustos, Jose Camacho Govea, Carter Campos, Rosenda Chaj Lopez, Jayden Chavez,Jasiel Chavez-Zamarron, Kolton Chessher, Keegan Curtis, John Frame, Jeremy Garcia, Yessenia Garcia, Davey Garduza-Chable, Bethany Gonzalez, Jaylah Henderson, Braxton Henson, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jairo Hernandez-Gonzalez, Suzette Hernandez Sanchez, Copen Hogue, Khloe Horton, Ashton Jenkins, Ja’Zion Jenkins, Drake Klein, Francisco Landin, Ryleigh LeBlanc Neri Leon, March Martinez, Moises Moreno, Laderick Motn, Ashley Muniz-Servin, Andrew Pinkston, Caroline Ramos, Brittany Romero, Corbin Runnels, Brea Sims, Imani Smith Madisyn Smith, Aubree Swearingen, Brianna Trejo, De’Javian Wilson, Evyn Wulf, Aliana Zelaya


Grade 4 
All A Honor Roll
Eduardo Abella Mondragon, Jaidyn Akridge, Chelsea Arcibar, Esmeralda Arcibar, Williams Blackshear, Ephraim Boi, Alejandro Chaj-Lopez, Blake Collard, Landry Davis, Lacie Gray, Logan Gray, Kimberly Hernandez Palafox, Sixto Hernandez Palafox, Kingston Hurst, Cameron Kling, Angelique Leon-Ariza, Ivy Mackey, Giovanny Mendoza, Jose Morin, Hannah Parish, Kaylee Posadas, Ridwan Quadri, Kason Radney, Bryson Richey, Luis Sanchez, Trevor Shaddox, Karis Stone, Brandt Wells, Westin Wulf

All A/B Honor Roll 
Sine Aung, Victoria Baires, Jayden BArkins, Priscilla Beard, Makayla Bown, Levi Burns, Esmeralda Cardena, Collin Chandler, Jay Churches, Cannon Daniels, Ny’Keria Dove, Ivan Espinoza, Maxine Flores, Noel Gonzalez, Noelia Gonzalez, Xiomara Gonzalez, Yeraldine Gonzalez, Le’Travin Gregory Kiera Hayden, Gabriella Heady, Alexa Hernandez, Joseph Hernandez, Lucy Hernandez-Sanchez, Josue Hidalgo-De La Cruz, Grayson Hightower, Jabaris Houston, Daerius Hughes, Rondale Humphrey, Alyssa Jones, Jayden Khan, Shane Langford, Jimena Lara, Kenlee LeBlanc, Jordan Legare, Heidy Maciel-Viveros, Liliana Martinez-Gonzalez, Atzhiry Martinez-Sanchez, Jairo Montes, Kiptyn Phelps, Gabriel Ramos, Kinley Randle, Jordin Rhone, Jerry Rodriguez, Genesis Ruiz-Garcia, Kaylie Sanchez, Peter Say, Kaylee Sigler, Faith Snider, Sa’Riya Solomon, Breanna Sowell, Mason Taylor, Cecil Tyre, Isabella Vega, Jenny Vega, Anthony Vera, Moses Wah, Chandler Wright, Chaselonn Yarbrough


Grade 5 
All A Honor Roll
Harmony Berry, Benjamin Bustos, Madeline Cassell, Elise Cawthon, Za Maya Collins, Phoenix Cougler, Amber Handy, Mercedes Iturbide, Rihana lane, Hilda Lopez, Katelyn Moore, Caden Neuwirth, Conner Nutt, Princy Patel, Timothy Pletcher, Karla Ramirez-Gonzalez, Kenley Ramos, Louis Runnels, Bryan Sanchez, Esmeralda Sanchez Rubio, Gage Sims, Trenten Sowell, Yaxire Valdez, Emerson Wulf


All A/B Honor Roll
Ryan Alvarado-Limas, Aubre Andrusick, Kimberly Arcos-Cruz, Peyton Askew, Resse Betancourt, Jake Brittain, Alexis Bustos, Gabriela Bustos, Jason Chavez Rico, Genesis Chavez-Tavarez, Levi Cordova, Charles Emanis, Travis Fenley, Reyna Figueroa-Morales, Alejandro Galvan, Jamari Glenn, Alex Gomez, Camie Green, Ty Gregory, Mason Guerrero, Ashley Hernandez Hernandez, Kaydence Hines, Vivian Jaimez, Ryder Klein, Abraham Lamas Garcia, Dylan lout, Sophia Mahan, Luis Mendoza-Martinez, Joseph Mitchell, Isabella Morales, Nathanael Morales, Santiago Navarro, Emilee Permenter, Erika Pounders, Stephanie Ramirez-Ramirez, Oswaldo Reyes, NaCailyn Rhodes, Damian Rodriguez, Wade Sanders, Joshua Sanford, Braxtun Sidwell, Quin’Tryal Simmons, Jaydah Simon, Bella Sims, Anthony Torres Cruz, Stephanie Trejo, Kadence Tutt, Tony Tyra, Lia Vazquez Hernandez



Panola College Foundation announces 2020-21 grant recipients



The Panola College Foundation awarded 21 grants that totaled more than $47,000 to faculty and staff at Panola College that will go toward supporting various programs and initiatives. The recipients were announced in late October.


“We are thankful to the generous support of the Panola College Foundation by our Sustainers Group and the community which makes the awarding of these grants possible each year,” said Vicky Hudson, Chair of the Panola College Foundation. “We also appreciate the faculty and staff at Panola College that continue to develop high-quality innovative ideas and improvements to support student success each year.”


The 2020-21 grants include funding for the following:

·         Laura Wood and Kevin Rutherford, 2 A&P (Anatomy and Physiology) Models and 5 Pieces of Equipment

·         Veronica Wilkerson, OER Certification from the Open Education Network

·         Whitney McBee, Dental Supplies and Tools for the Dental Assisting Program

·         Aaron Smith, 35 Pairs of Basketball Shoes

·         Grant Freels, Rapsodo Pitching Machine

·         Jacky Andreatta, GameReady System

·         Whitney McBee, Drumfit Fitness and Bungee Fitness

·         Dwaine Hubbard, Roland AE 10-G Digital Wind Instrument

·         Haylie Handly, Fall and Spring Museum Field Trips

·         Karen King, Costume Design Equipment

·         Kimberly Bishop, AHIMA Certification Maintenance Package and AOE Conference Registration

·         Kristy Parker, PersonAbility Program

·         Terrie King, TherapyEd Student Workshop

·         Jody Harris, Mascot Costume

·         Katy Chance, Residence Life Egg Hunt

·         Katy Chance, Feed the Need Endowment

·         Bobbie Smith, 10 Eye-Vac PRO Professional Auto Stationary Vacuums

·         Dwayne Ferguson, 20 Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications

·         Michael Pace, HVAC TruTech Tools

·         Michael Pace, Commercial Wiring Collection of Tools

·         Michael Pace, Intelligent Fire Training System


Information about the Panola College Foundation is available online at, or by calling 903-693-2029.




SFA teacher candidates create activities for natural sciences museum



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — When the COVID-19 pandemic moved many college students to online learning, teacher candidates at Stephen F. Austin State University were among them.


Those in SFA’s Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, or C.R.E.A.T.E., saw their usual face-to-face community engagement projects canceled, but they soon found service-learning opportunities through a new partnership formed between C.R.E.A.T.E. and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville.


“Community engagement and service are hallmark experiences of the C.R.E.A.T.E. program, and I did not want students to miss out on this type of authentic learning just because most would not be residing in Nacogdoches during the fall 2020 semester,” said Dr. Lauren Burrow, associate professor of education studies and cofounder of C.R.E.A.T.E.


Dr. Shelby Gull Laird, former assistant professor of forestry at SFA and head of the Whiteville branch of the museum, saw a way to help provide online service-learning projects for SFA teacher candidates and connected Burrow with Brian Wuertz, community engagement educator at the museum.


“I knew this partnership could help SFA teacher candidates develop their teaching and activity creation skills even though they’re working online,” Laird said.


To help the four student teams design family-friendly activities for museum visitors, Wuertz guided them in applying the knowledge and skills they gained through Burrow’s writing methods course and the science education course taught by Dr. Tonya Jeffery, assistant professor of education studies.


“The teacher candidates synthesized our needs with their teacher training to create resources that will engage guests in exploration and inquiry in underutilized outdoor spaces at our museum,” Wuertz said. “In addition to generating curiosity about science and nature, these resources will help promote literacy skills.”


The resources, including activities and books, will become property of the museum.


The teacher candidates said they will apply what they’ve learned during this opportunity in their own communities.


“We learned a lot about community partnerships and how we can work with different organizations in our school districts to design experiences for children that will complement what they’ll learn in the classroom,” said Destinee Davis, an elementary education senior from Tyler. “This experience has been a real eye-opener for me.”


Davis said this lesson prompted her to focus on details like copyrights as well as the big picture of how students from a different state would respond to the material she created for use outside a classroom setting.


“There aren’t many education seniors who can say they’ve collaborated with a museum before,” Davis said. “This project is something I can be proud of, and when it's time for those future job interviews, I will definitely make sure to mention my experience collaborating with an out-of-state museum to help with student learning.”



Wishing Upon The Wishbone


I vividly recall a “ritual” that we kids performed after the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals back in my early years.  This activity was passed down to our children but seems to have been lost to the current crop of kids.


I recall my mother announcing to we kids after dinner was over, “Here’s the wish bone.  Who wants it?”  Instantly there would be a flurry of activity toward that “Y” shaped bone garnered from the breast of the turkey amid cries of “I want to pull it this year”, or “It’s my turn. You did it last year.”  Eventually, things would be worked down to the two lucky ones who got to make a wish and pull the wish bone until it broke.  The holder of the longer piece was the “winner” whose wish would magically come true.


I am sure that the same ritual was played out in millions of homes each year.  Thanksgiving is a North American holiday of recent vintage, whereas the breaking of the wishbone comes to us from Europe. It was a tradition dating back thousand of years.


A bird’s wishbone is technically known as the furcula (meaning “little fork” in Latin).  It is formed by the fusion of two clavicles, and is important to flight because of its elasticity, and the tendons that attach to it.  We humans have a similar bone known as “collarbones”.  The question before us is - where did the custom of making a wish and then snapping the bone originate, and how did it get to America?


Research reveals that the custom came to us from the English, who got it from the Romans, who got it from the Etruscans, an ancient Italian civilization.  As far as historians and archaeologists can discover, the Etruscans were really into their fowls, especially chickens. In fact, many believed that the birds were oracles and could predict the future. They exploited the chickens’ supposed gifts by turning them into walking Ouija boards with a bizarre ritual known as “rooster divination”.


They would draw a circle on the ground and divide it into wedges representing the letters of the Etruscan alphabet. Bits of food were scattered on each wedge and a chicken was placed in the center of the circle.  As the bird snacked, scribes would note the sequence of letters that it pecked at, and the local priests would use the resulting messages to divine the future and answer the city’s most pressing questions.


When a chicken was killed, the furcula was laid out in the sun to dry so that it could be preserved, and the people would still have access to the oracle’s power even after its demise.  People would pick up the bone, stroke it, and make wishes on it, hence the modern name of “wishbone”.


As the Romans crossed paths with the Etruscans, they adopted some of their customs, including alectryomancy and making wishes on the furcula.  According to tradition, the Romans went from merely petting the bones to breaking them because of supply and demand.  There weren’t enough bones to go around for everyone to wish on, so two people would wish on the same bone and then break it to see who got the larger piece and their wish.


As the Romans traipsed around Europe, they left their cultural mark in many different places, including the British Isles.  People living in England at the time adopted the wishbone custom, and it eventually came to the New World with English settlers, who began using the turkeys’ wishbone as well as the chicken’s.


Pilgrims who immigrated to the United States are believed to have brought the tradition with them.  Once discovering that the wild turkeys populating their new home possessed wishbones just like the fowl from home, the wishbone tradition became a part of the Thanksgiving celebration.  Let us hope that the modern generation will not let it die completely.  It has come a long way and deserves to entertain children of today’s generation as it has so many others.



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Shelbyville High School Band Received a First Division Rating



The Shelbyville High School Band received a First Division Rating at the UIL Region Marching Contest Wednesday at Carthage Stadium. This is the highest rating given by UIL. The band overcame many setbacks and hardships due to the Covid-19 virus to reach this point and would like to thank everyone that supported them this Fall.

This win qualifies Shelbyville to attend the Texas State Military Marching Band Championship at Pine Tree Stadium on Dec. 9. This competition will decide the 2020 State Champion.
The band is Directed by Johnnie Cotton and Lois Perigo.   

Parent Send-off: Hurst St. NOT Roughrider Drive



Because of the amount of parent pickup traffic that the early release will cause on Friday, fans who wish to send off the football players will need to line the sidewalk in front of Walmart. The busses will exit to 87 and turn right on Hurst St. Do not line up on Roughrider Drive. 


Please help us keep transit from CHS, CES and FLM as safe as possible for our children and families. Go Riders! 


Excelsior 2nd six weeks honor roll and perfect attendance



Excelsior would like to announce their A, A/B, and Perfect Attendance for the 2nd Six Weeks


Perfect Attendance
Hope Escobedo, Sterling Jones, Deuce Anderson, Santiago Chable-Jimenez, Jake Lovell, Jaxon Nunley, Codi West, Colton Miles, Cannon Welch, Deacon Anthony, Cody Berg, Catalina Escobedo, Wyatt Foster, Brandon Escobedo, Brilyn Williams, Hennessy Anderson, Lance Brown, Lexi Clark, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Brooklynn Scates, Zachery Stotts, Mikayla Anderson, Kaleb Bentley, Jocelyn Stewart, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams, Emily Leach, Jaquelyn Miles, Kaycee Vaughn, Stephen Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears, Jaxon Williams, 


A Honor Roll
1st grade – Bret Anderson, Jake Lovell, Jaxon Nunley, Codi West, Natalie Whitton
2nd grade – Isabella Almaraz, Hallie Barbee, Colton Miles, Cannon Welch
3rd – Wyatt Foster, Allen Whitton
6th – Mikayla Anderson
7th – Emily Leach, Kaycee Vaughn
8th – Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Jaxon Williams


A/B Honor Roll
1st – Santiago Chable-Jimenez
3rd – Deacon Anthony, Lillian Brown, Krista Hall
4th – C.J. Clark, Wyatt Lewis, Justin Miles
5th – Hennessy Anderson, Lexi Clark, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Brooklynn Scates, Zachery Stotts
6th – Kaleb Bentley, Jocelyn Stewart, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams
7th – Emily Alvy, Gracie Gillis, Jaquelyn Miles, Blake Warren
8th – Katelyn Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Larkin Sears



Roughrider Band Cements a Decade of Excellence at UIL Marching Contest


On Wednesday, November 18th the Center HS Band traveled to Carthage HS to compete at the UIL Region 21 Marching Contest.  The band earned a first division from all 3 judges, cementing 10 years of consecutive first divisions on the marching field.

Adjudicators for the contest were Jonathan Kelley (Conroe), Chris Brannon (Mineola HS) and Shaka Hawkins (Victoria HS).  Comments from the judges included:

“Woodwinds show a lot of quality technique.” 

“Some nice, strong brass- nice percussion.”  

“Band plays with nice energy and drive.”  

“Nice balance and precision.”

Now the band will compete at the UIL State Military Marching Contest on December 9th.  Drum Majors for the band are Kayden Davis, Kristen Orsak and Aracely Perez-Gonzalez.



NHS Roughrider Apparel orders are in! Pick-up, Delivery


The NHS spirit wear orders are in! If you ordered ONLINE from the center high school National Honor Society, you may pick up your orders at the Center  High School office Today, from 2-4:30 pm, on FRIDAY between 8-11 am or the week of November 30th.


If you ordered through your child’s teacher and sent money to school, the orders are being delivered on Friday to the respective teacher’s classrooms.

Please wear a mask in the building and bring a picture ID.


Thank you for your support!

Panola College presents service awards



Panola College honored 19 faculty, staff, and board members with service awards that totaled 290 years. The awards were presented on November 17, 2020 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center during a luncheon meeting.


Dr. Greg Powell, President, and Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, presented the awards.


The recipients include:


Ten years: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith


Fifteen years: Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Johnny Middlebrook


Twenty years: Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood


Twenty-five years: Darrell Hudson



Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith, Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood, Darrell Hudson



Missing Person Case Upgraded into a Murder Investigation


The San Augustine Police Department is still asking for the public’s help in locating Alma Rocha, of San Augustine, Texas.
Suspect in this case is: Miguel Angel Gomez, H/M, age:39
Our combined investigation has gathered enough evidence to charge the Suspect with Murder. The suspect has been transferred to the San Augustine County Jail from Nacogdoches County Jail.

If anyone has information on this case please call the San Augustine Police Department at 936-275-2384.



Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting



The PWPS will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, 11/21/2020 in Center, TX at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St.., from 9 A.M. - 12 P.M.  


There will be a workshop on editing in Lightroom/Photoshop and the monthly challenge will be "What's That?" featuring abstract photography submitted by memebers.  Visitors are welcome to attend, although social distancing will be observed and face masks are required.    


For more information on meetings or memberships contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426

SFA student chapter of the Society of American Foresters receives national recognition for second consecutive year



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — For the second consecutive year, the Society of American Foresters recognized the Stephen F. Austin State University student chapter among the top three in the nation during the organization’s virtual conference held in October.


“Winning this award for the second year in a row is very gratifying,” said Jacob Muggeridge, forestry major and president of the SFA student chapter. “I hope we can continue the tradition this upcoming year with further events and engagement in the spring semester.”


The recognition is based on the accomplishments of the student chapter, as well as its service to the community.     


Muggeridge said that with the guidance of Dr. Rebecca Kidd, assistant professor of forest ecology and SAF student chapter faculty advisor, the chapter actively built and maintained relationships with local groups, such as the Angelina-Nacogdoches Forest Landowners Association, and conducted a number of service projects with Mission Tejas State Park and the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.


“Through Dr. Rebecca Kidd’s leadership, student members of the SFA student chapter of the SAF have developed an exemplary record of service to the forestry profession and the East Texas community,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “They are outstanding ambassadors for the SFA forestry program and deserving of this national recognition.”  



Center Middle School Closure Updates: Class, Sports, Ag



CMS Closure News:

Students need to monitor and check into all of their teacher's Google Classrooms daily for the remainder of this week.


Boys basketball at Palestine scheduled for Thursday November 19th, has been cancelled.

Girls basketball vs. Palestine scheduled for Thursday November 19th, has been cancelled.


Still Happening:
CMS tennis at Kilgore is still on as scheduled. Students will meet at Center High School on Thursday and depart at 2:00pm.


CMS Ag Leadership Contest is still on as scheduled. Students will depart from Center High School at 6:30am Thursday, November 19th. Students also need to attend their scheduled practice today at CHS.

Bonfire Pep Rally Cancelled



Center High School has cancelled plans for the Bonfire Pep Rally scheduled for Thursday evening. The decision was difficult, but was made due to the recent uptick in the number of employees and students who have contracted COVID-19, or have had close contact. 


Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of the Roughrider family.



CMS to learn virtually for the remainder of the week


During construction at the middle school a piece of machinery operated by the construction company hit a major power line to the school causing the school to lose power. CMS will not have power for the remainder of the week so we will finish this week through virtual learning. Please have your child monitor their Google Classrooms for each teacher. Their teachers will be in contact with instruction for the remainder of the week.


Please continue to monitor news media and social media for updates.

To Build Above the Trees - Gary Brewer








In San Augustine, Texas one man is trying to build above the trees. A carpenter by the name of Gary Brewer has been working on building his deck for some time now and wants to keep going until he is above the tree line.






Gary Brewer working on his deck



The project started as just a regular deck, but once he got started Brewer just kept on building. Brewer is still unsure about his final plans for the deck once completed but hopes it will help him in the future.




Gary Brewer setting on his throne that he built








Shelbyville Boys Basketball Game Change

Shelbyville Boys vs Chireno, today, Nov. 17 at Chireno has been cancelled

The Dragons will play Shepherd , JV Boys  at 6 pm and Varsity Boys to follow in Shepherd.

Vouchers to Chireno game will be accepted at Shepherd,but only 75 will be allowed. First come, first serve basis.

Tenaha Cross Country Team Advances to State



Monday October 26th, the Tenaha cross country team won  the district meet hosted by Shelbyville. They advanced to run in the Regional Meet hosted by Sam Houston State University.  November 10th,  the  Tigers won the 1st place regional championship for their school.  


They are the first Tenaha team to win a regional championship in cross country.  Oscar Flores finished 2nd and Evan Plata finished 3rd overall.  They will compete for a state championship November 24th in Round Rock. Their coach is Lauri Sisk.  


Center Basketball Game Cancellations



The following games have been canceled:


Home game vs Hallsville 11/27/20 


Home game vs Tenaha 11/17
Away game vs Garrison 11/19
Home game vs Central 11/21
Away game vs Broadus 11/24
Away game vs Marshall 11/28

CMS B Teams to play without audience, CHS game cancellation, reschedul



CMS B Teams to play WITHOUT audience
The Middle School B Teams will be playing in Palestine on Thursday in their auxiliary gym. According to Palestine's COVID-19 plan, they do not allow fans in the auxiliary gym. Only the coaches and players will be allowed in the gym. Parents who travel to the game will not be allowed to come inside. 


CHS Game Cancellation and Reschedule
Lady Riders basketball vs Garrison scheduled on 11/20 has been moved to 11/19. Game starts at 5pm @ Garrison

Boys basketball vs Jacksonville scheduled on 11/24 has been cancelled.

Toy Drive


The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is announcing the start of our annual Toy Drive. We are excited to have this chance to brighten the lives of children who have experienced abuse or trauma, but we know this is only possible through the generosity of our community.


This year we will have tags for each child in need that will specify age and interests. You can pick up a tag at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, and then return your donation to us by December 14th.


If you would like more information about specific needs, please call us at 936-590-9864. Thank you for joining with us to share kindness and joy with these children!




Timpson ISD Covid Case Report



Timpson ISD needs to report that we have had two lab confirmed cases of Covid-19 since last Friday. One case is an employee at the elementary school and the other is a high school student. Parents, please monitor your children for symptoms and report to the school if your child begins having Covid-19 symptoms. TISD will follow protocol from the Texas Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control in our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus. Your continued prayers are appreciated.






Timpson ISD will be cancelling school for this Friday, November 20, 2020. Staff and students have worked extremely hard this year and we have been able to minimize closures and delays during this difficult time. 


The Timpson Bears football team will be traveling to Palestine Westwood this Thursday to take on Leon in the Area round of the UIL playoffs at 7:00 P.M. "Go Bears"!!


We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.



PLAYOFFS: Center v Sealy November 20


The Roughriders will take on the Sealy Tigers at the Waco ISD Stadium on November 20. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.


Tickets are $5 each. There are 3,250 tickets available. Tickets are sold online and at the gate.

Please use the following link to purchase online tickets for your area round playoff - NOTE: this link will not be active until 9:00 am - Monday, November 16th.




Commission Approves New Projects in Lufkin District



LUFKIN – Texas Transportation Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $524.8 million in new construction projects statewide, with more than $13 million approved for the Lufkin District.


A $10.4 million construction project was approved for sealcoating roadways throughout the district in coming months. Roadways designated in 2021 for sealcoating include:

Angelina County: FM 843, from US 59 to US 69; FM 1818, from US 59 to FM 58; SH 63, from US 69 to the Jasper County line.


Nacogdoches County: FM 95, from SH 7 to SH 21; FM 225, from just west of CR 215 to US 59; SH 204, from the Cherokee County line to US 259.


San Augustine County: SH 87, from SH 147 to the Sabine County line.

San Jacinto County: US 59 southbound, from 2.6 miles north of FM 1127 to the concrete pavement north of FM 223; FM 223, from SL 424 to the Liberty County line; FM 224, from SH 156 North to SH 156 South; FM 2666, from SH 150 to FM 2025; FM 3460, from SL 424 to FM 2914.


Shelby County: US 59, from 2.8 miles south of SH 87 to SH 87 in Timpson.

Houston County: US 287, from BU 287 to 2.2 miles north of FM 2663; US 287, from 2.1 miles north of FM 2663 to SL 304; SH 21, from FM 1733 to FM 227 North.

Polk County: US 190, from just west of FM 1276 to the Tyler County line; US 59, from BU 59 to US 190; US 59, from US 190 to 1.6 miles south of US 190; FM 1988, from US 59 to just south of FM 3278.


Trinity County: SH 19, from just south of FM 1617 to the Trinity River Bridge.

No timeline for completion has been set for these projects, but sealcoating season is expected to begin in late Spring 2021.


Polk County was also approved for a $2.6 million resurfacing project on US 59 from the grassy median south of Corrigan to the railroad overpass in Moscow. No timeline for completion has been set.


As these projects begin, motorists are urged to stay alert and reduce speed near and through work zones. Obey all traffic control and be aware of workers and moving equipment throughout all work zones.

Football playoff Area Round Games





Thursday, Nov. 19 game:

Timpson (11-0) vs Leon (7-3), 7 p.m., at Palestine Westwood Panther Stadium


Friday, Nov. 20 games:

Sealy (8-2) vs Center (8-3), 7 p.m., at Waco ISD Stadium


Garrison (5-5) vs Holland (9-2), 7 p.m, at Fairfield’s Eagle Stadium


Tenaha (8-2) vs Bremond (8-3), 7 p.m., at Mabank’s Panther Stadium

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Bulldog Nutrition



Monday, November 9th, Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest members – BULLDOG NUTRITION.  COC officer, Jeff Crews, presented the membership plaque to owners, Samantha Martin and James Ritter and congratulated them on opening a business in Garrison,TX. Shaneeta Rhodes, coach and sponsor from Timpson Nutrition, was there to help the new start-up go as smooth as their delicious shakes.


BULLDOG NUTRITION is located on the DOWNTOWN SQUARE in GARRISON and is open Mon-Fri  7am until 6pm; Saturday 7am till 4pm; Closed on Sundays


The business features Loaded Teas, Beauty Teas, Meal Replacement Shakes and Energy Drinks for athletes.  Stop by and check out their healthy teas & shakes!

Agenda for Special 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 16th day of November 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:


Canvas votes for November 3rd General Election.



Huxley Helping Hands Drive-Thru Food Pantry



Huxley Helping Hands will have a Drive-Thru Food Pantry, Saturday, Nov. 14 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, TX, starting @ 9 am. Only 1 box per household, must provide Identification and must be in line by 9:30 am to receive a box. 



Service Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Downlisting of Red-Cockaded Woodpecker



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing on the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker. The virtual public hearing will be held on December 1, 2020 via Zoom and teleconference, in accordance with COVID-19 pandemic public gathering rules. Virtual meetings are also consistent with Service regulations at 50 CFR 424.16(c)(3).


“The Service is committed to transparency in all of our science-based decisions and to the input of stakeholders and the public,” said Service Regional Director Leo Miranda. “The public hearing will provide stakeholders and the public with an additional avenue of engagement in the proposed downlisting of the red-cockaded woodpecker and help ensure that we are using the best science and information in our final rule.”


On September 25, 2020, the Service proposed downlisting the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), along with a proposed 4(d) rule. The proposal follows decades of conservation partnerships on behalf of the woodpecker, which saw its populations and numbers increase across its range.


The proposed rule published on October 8, 2020, opening up a 60-day public comment period that will end on December 7, 2020. The public hearing on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 will be held from 6-9 p.m. Eastern Time.


Registration will be required to join the public hearing, via Zoom or teleconference, and to provide oral arguments. For information on how to register, or if you encounter problems joining Zoom the day of the meeting, visit the following website for detailed information:  

The public hearing will provide interested parties an opportunity to present formal, oral comments regarding the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted on this proposed downlisting will be fully considered and do not need to be resubmitted.


While the public informational meeting will be an opportunity for dialogue with the Service, the public hearing is not; it is a forum for accepting formal verbal testimony. The time allotted for individual oral statements may be limited. Therefore, anyone wishing to make an oral statement at the public hearing for the record is encouraged to provide a prepared written copy of their statement to us through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or U.S. mail. There are no limits on the length of written comments submitted.


Instructions on submitting comments and supporting documentation used in preparing this proposed rule are available for public inspection at, Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2019–0018.




When the red-cockaded woodpecker was listed as endangered under Endangered Species Conservation Act (precursor to the ESA) in 1969, there were estimated to be fewer than 4,000 clusters (groups of cavity trees used by one or more woodpeckers) of the birds. Today, the Service estimates that there are nearly 7,800 clusters ranging across 11 states from southern Virginia to eastern Texas.


The Service’s proposal to reclassify the red-cockaded woodpecker is based on a peer-reviewed species status assessment (SSA), a scientifically rigorous review of a species’ current and projected status. The SSA was published at the time of the proposed downlisting.


For additional information on the Service’s proposal to reclassify the red-cockaded woodpecker, please visit our FAQs.


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Governor Abbott Thanks IKEA US Community Foundation For Paying It Forward To Texas



Governor Greg Abbott thanked the IKEA US Community Foundation for gifting the State of Texas $4,900,125. The funds are equivalent to the amount of money the State paid in unemployment insurance to IKEA retail workers in Texas who were previously furloughed due to COVID-19. In a letter sent to the Governor, IKEA Retail U.S. President Javier Quiñones wrote that now that stores have reopened, the Foundation has decided to pay it forward to Texas. 


"The State of Texas is grateful to IKEA and the IKEA US Community Foundation for their commitment to Texas employees," said Governor Abbott. "IKEA has shown that it is not only an important part of the Texas economy, but a valued member of the communities in which its employees live and work. Thank you to IKEA for this generous gift to the people of Texas, and I look forward to our continued partnership." 


“We are appreciative of the ongoing support from the state of Texas including the unemployment funds paid to our co-workers who were furloughed in the early weeks of the pandemic,” said Javier Quiñones, IKEA Retail U.S. president. “People are the heart of our business, and the state unemployment benefits helped our co-workers during a difficult time. We now have a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on our business, and we’ve decided to “pay it forward” in our local communities.”

SFA BFA group exhibition now up for viewing


Five graduating students showcase artwork

NACOGDOCHES, Texas –  An exhibition showcasing the work of five graduating students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art is showing now through Dec. 1 in the Art Building just off of Wilson Drive and adjacent to the SFA Mast Arboretum on campus.

Works exhibited in the front gallery include solargraphs by Joshua Mokry of Houston; digital and watercolor tattoo flashes by Ericka Bates of Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia; paintings by Ethan Donart of Sugar Land; and paintings and projection artworks by Charles Oliveri of Lufkin The photography by Ariana Sessoms of Mansfield is exhibited in exit hall gallery.

Artworks in The BFA Group Exhibition reflect a culmination of time spent and learned at SFA with the help and guidance of faculty in the art program. The show marks the students’ final exhibit as undergraduates and is one of the last steps for the School of Art class of 2020.

One of the series, titled “8 Months,” showcases “solargraphs” which are long-duration images of the sun’s path captured by pinhole cameras made out of paint cans. As the paper in the cameras age, mold starts to grow over its surface. The artist, Joshua Mokry, said, “I wanted to create something during this pandemic about this pandemic. It’s an anxious and trying time for everyone, and I want to convey that feeling with this series. It’s about my time spent during the early stages of 2020 and that anxious growth that built up as the days passed by.”

Social distancing of at least six feet apart by patrons will be required when viewing artwork. Admission is free.

For more information about the SFA School of Art, call (936) 468-4804.

Cutline: “8 Months” by graduating art student Joshua Mokry of Houston is included in an exhibition featuring the artwork of five graduating students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art. The exhibition is showing now through Dec. 1 in the Art Building on the SFA campus.



Grant Informational Sessions at Panola College



Panola College, at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Grant Informational Sessions, Tuesday November 17th at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm for Certified Nurse Aide classes beginning in the Spring. 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:



TUNE IN: Roughrider Playoffs TONIGHT on KDET



Tune in tonight for Round I of the Playoffs between the Center Roughriders and the Waco Connally Cadets.  It is an unusual Thursday Game with a 7:00 Kick-off (as opposed to the usual 7:30).  The broadcast is on KDET 930 am.  You can also find it on your phones or your desktops.

--At 6:30, listen to or watch the Stadium Pregame Show.  Guests include players Head Coach Scott Ponder, players Jake Hanson and Jake Liker and our Cheerleaders of the Night are The Junior & Sophomore Cheerleaders.  

--Kick-off is at 7:00.
--During the Stadium Halftime, we'll present the CHS band performance in its entirety.  Then we sit down with Band Director Chris Smith on the band's first performance away from home this year.  We also preview UIL Marching Contest coming up in six days. 
--Stay with us through the Stadium Postgame live from the field.  
       --If we win, we visit with Coach Ponder, and our Player of the Night.
       --If we are eliminated, we visit with selected seniors from the team and performing groups as they look back on their Friday Night Careers.


Unfortunately, because of the UIL contractual arrangement with Fox Sports Southwest, there will be no live stream on tonight.  Only audio is available.



Find the broadcast on am radio KDET 930

On your desktops and laptops at and find the KDET button.
On your phones by getting the free "Tune-In App" and typing into the search bar the station call letters: KDET.

Work Scheduled to Begin on US 59 North, South of Nacogdoches



LUFKIN – Crews are expected to begin work in coming days on the northbound side of US 59, south of Nacogdoches, where motorists will experience daily lane closures as work progresses.

Work is completing on the southbound side of US 59 to widen the roadway and is scheduled to move to the northbound side beginning at the grassy median, south of Nacogdoches and continuing to CR 523, near Woodland Hills golf course. Work will include the addition of a crossover and truck turnaround which will allow southbound motorists the option to make a safe turn to access northbound lanes.


Barriers will be placed along the northbound shoulder of US 59 where work will begin. Moore Brothers Construction Co., Lufkin, will serve as contractor for the $1 million construction project that is scheduled to be completed by March 2021, weather permitting.


As this work begins, motorists should expect daily lane closures through the area until work is completed. This project is designed to enhance safety and facilitate traffic flow in the area.


For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395. Visit for roadway conditions and closures statewide.



Football Schedules






Thursday, Nov. 12 games:

Center Roughriders
Waco Connolly

7 p.m., Mustang Stadium, Madisonville
Airing on 930 KDET-AM

Shelbyville Dragons

7 p.m., Rose Stadium, Tyler
Airing on 92.5 KXXE-FM

Joaquin Rams
Carlisle Indians

7 p.m., Eagle Stadium, Tatum
Airing on 100.5 KQBB-FM

Timpson Bears

7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium, Henderson

Friday, November 13  games:

Tenaha Tigers

7:30 p.m., Raymond Jackson Stadium.Tenaha


Garrison Bulldogs

7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium, Henderson

Hemphill Hornets
Elysian Fields

7 p.m., Bear Stadium, Timpson


Limited Quantity: Playoff Shirts Available at CHS office


Playoff Long-sleeve Shirts are now available in the CHS front office. Shirts are $20. Cash or check made out to CHS. Limited quantity available in sizes Youth Small to 3XL, so purchase yours ASAP!

Shirts are available to students during lunch and after school. They are available for purchase by community members during school business hours. 



Shelbyville F.F.A. Pineywoods District Contest Results



Shelbyville F.F.A. competed in the Pineywoods District Contest at First Baptist Church Center, TX on Nov. 10, 2020.

The following teams/students competed:

Ag Issues- 1st place (advancing to area)
Logan Williams
Delaney Dunn
Gage Thompson
Malachi McArthur
Lieza Klein
Gracie Leach
Liela Klein


Sr. Skills- 2nd place (advancing to area)
River Williford
Alaina Haley
Kayla Garcia

Greenhand Creed Speaking- 7th place
Taylor Jones

Senior Creed Speaking- 4th place
Logan Williams

Radio Broadcasting- 12th place
Kendall Murry
Hunter Bartee
Kayla White


Those advancing to the area meet will compete in the Area 9 Meet held in Livingston, TX on Nov. 19, 2020.

Congratulations & Good Luck at Area! 


-- Mackenzie Lowe

Shelbyville ISD Animal Science Advisor



4th Grade students in Center ISD are learning at-home



Center Elementary School 4th Grade Students and Families:

Re: At Home Learning to Begin on November 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Several of our teachers recently come in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.


Out of an abundance of concern for our staff members, we have requested that they take precautionary measures and self quarantine as recommended by the Department of State Health Services.


Since the majority of these staff members work on our fourth grade hall, we believe it to be in the best interest of our students that they continue learning at home for the remainder of this week and next week.


These staff members have not presented any symptoms of having Covid-19 at this time and are following the guidelines in our Covid plan as close contacts. Students are not expected to quarantine.

While we know this may present a hardship for some of our families, we want all of our families to know that we will take any measures necessary to keep both our staff and students safe.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Lee Ann Masterson
Center Elementary School Principal

Joaquin JH Basketball Games for 11/12



Joaquin JH boys/girls basketball games scheduled for Thursday, 11/12, have been cancelled due to the varsity playoff football game. 





Center High School Senior Portrait Information


Attached you will find information regarding senior portraits, which will be taken at Center High School on November 11 and 12. 


Click here for more info



This year, the photo in the yearbook will be a formal picture, not the cap and gown image. The cap and gown picture, however, is still available for students. 


Students will order prints after photos are taken. To receive proofs, a student must pay a $10 sitting fee. When the proofs are delivered to CHS, they will be given a code to order online. 
The cap and gown image is a $5 add-on. (These prices are not new this year.)
Casual photo sessions are also available as add-ons. (see attached)
Suggestions on what to wear are listed on the attached flyer. 


If you have any questions, please email



Limited Quantity: Playoff Shirts Available at Center High School office



Playoff Long-sleeve Shirts are now available in the CHS front office. Shirts are $20. Cash or check made out to CHS. Limited quantity available in sizes Youth Small to 3XL, so purchase yours ASAP!

Shirts are available to students during lunch and after school. They are available for purchase by community members during school business hours. 



LETU to Host Jazz Concert


(Longview, Texas)— LeTourneau University’s jazz band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 in the Belcher Center on the university campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue in Longview. 


The LETU Jazz Band, directed by local jazz icon George Faber, will perform Christian and jazz standards. Joining the jazz band will be guest artist, saxophonist Dorsey Summerfield, a former member of the Ray Charles Orchestra.


This socially distanced concert is presented by the LETU Fine Arts department  and is open to the public and free of charge.


For more information contact George Faber at (903)530-4863 or


As the Christian polytechnic university, LeTourneau University engages students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models. For additional information, visit 


Dazzle Me Pink and Blue Pumpkin Patch




Dazzle Me Pink and Blue located at 902 Tenaha Street in Center, Texas has a pumpkin patch set up available to the public. If you want to stop by and take pictures it is free to do so and once again open to the public. For more information about the pumpkin patch or what Dazzle Me Pink and Blue has to offer, give them a call at 936-427-5073.







Football Bi-District Playoff Information





Thursday, Nov. 12 games:

Center Roughriders
Waco Connolly

7 p.m., Mustang Stadium, Madisonville
Airing on KDET-AM

Shelbyville Dragons

7 p.m., Rose Stadium, Tyler
Airing on 92.5 KXXE-FM

Joaquin Rams
Carlisle Indians

7 p.m., Eagle Stadium, Tatum
Airing on 100.5 KQBB-FM

Timpson Bears

7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium, Henderson

Friday, November 13  games:

Tenaha Tigers

7:30 p.m., Raymond Jackson Stadium.Tenaha

Garrison Bulldogs

7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium, Henderson

Hemphill Hornets
Elysian Fields

7 p.m., Bear Stadium, Timpson



Shelbyville UIL Congressional Debate Team Results



On November 9, the Shelbyville U.I.L. congressional debate students traveled to Hallsville to compete in the AA regional contest. Congratulations to Aubree Camp 5th place, 3rd place and state qualifier Ava Silva, and region 7 champion and state qualifier Hagan Crumpton. The state contest will be held January 5-7.

Debate Coach: Emily Sowell




Lady Dragons Basketball Game Cancelled



The Shelbyville Lady Dragons Basketball game vs Hemphill scheduled for today, November 10 at Shelbyville has been cancelled.



Honoring Texas Nurse Practitioners: NP Week November 8-14



AUSTIN – Nurse practitioners (NPs) play a crucial role in providing health care to Texans of all ages everywhere in our state. The value of a diversified, skilled health care workforce has never been more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Abbott has formally recognized Nurse Practitioner Week 2020 in Texas, which runs from November 8-14. This week marks and celebrates the dedicated NPs who, especially this year, have served, sacrificed, and helped save lives in clinics and hospitals throughout Texas and across the country.


“The strength and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic changed all of our lives this year, to a degree nobody could have imagined, and nowhere is that more evident than in the community of our health care providers,” said TNP President Christy Blanco. “I am proud to be a nurse practitioner, and proud of the critical work we as a profession have done over the past year, directly and indirectly, to help the people of Texas heal and recover in the midst of this ongoing global crisis.”


There are more than 27,000 NPs in Texas, highly-trained and experienced health care practitioners who provide trusted, reliable care within specialized areas of focus. Many NPs are providing that care in medically underserved areas and communities across our state.


An NP is a registered nurse who has advanced graduate education and clinical training in a specific area of health care. NPs provide a number of health care services to Texans, such as physical examinations, women’s health services, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, psychological counseling, and health education, to name a few. In Texas, 80% of NPs are licensed in an area of primary care. Other specialties include psychiatric mental health, geriatric, and neonatal NPs. 


Texas’ population is growing, with thousands of people moving here every year, and many people living in rural counties or areas of the state that are traditionally underserved. NPs are in growing demand to help meet our expanding health care needs. To find out more about NPs, and this rewarding profession, visit:




Ribbon Cuttings in Tenaha



The City of Tenaha and The Tenaha Businessmen’s Club will Host two (2) Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings on Thursday, November 12, 2020

DKE Nutrition located at 118 North George Bowers Drive
at 12:30pm

FANCY’S CAFÉ located at 172 Wall Street
at 12:45 pm



Center Early Release and Cancellation



District Early Release and Cancellation 

School Dismissal due to Playoff Game


Center ISD will release all students three (3) hours early on Thursday, November 12, 2020 to allow participants and fans to safely travel to the Bi-District Playoff Game in Madisonville. 


Additionally, Center ISD will cancel school on Friday, November 13, 2020, due to the anticipated late return of students, fans and buses from Madisonville and the district's commitment to the safety of its students and staff.


Covid Plan

Please click here to view the following documents: 


Updated COVID Plan - English

Updated COVID Plan - Spanish



Garage Sale



Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020: Garage Sale-RAMAH BAPTIST CHURCH GYM-131 CR 4475 TENAHA TEXAS Opens at 8:00 am





Bi-District Championship Football Game

Shelbyville v. Beckville—Thursday, November 12, 2020—7:00 PM
Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, Tyler, TX

Shelbyville ISD will have Early Release at 1:00 pm.

All tickets must be purchased online.  Adult tickets are $6 and student $4.  
To purchase tickets, go to

Choose tickets and then playoff tickets and the Shelbyville v. Beckville game will come up.  No tickets will be printed.  Ticket purchasers will be required to sign into their account and show their ticket on their mobile device at the gate.  

If you have not purchased your ticket ahead of time, you may go to the gate and purchase a ticket, but you must have a mobile device and a credit card to do so.
Shelbyville Fans will be Visitors and will enter through Gate 7.  

All fans 10 years of age or older are expected to wear a face covering for admittance and practice social distancing while at the game.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the game!  Go Dragons! 

Joaquin vs. Carlisle Bi-District Playoff Game Ticket Information



Tickets for the Joaquin vs. Carlisle varsity football playoff game to be played at Tatum ISD on Thursday, 11/12/20, will be available at the Joaquin Administration Office starting Monday (11/09).  The band will be traveling for this game.  Tickets are $5.00 each and everyone entering the gate, regardless of age, must present a ticket. Tickets will be sold according to the guidelines listed in the table below. There are 750 tickets available for this contest. 


Weekday Purchasing Group Ticket Limit



- Parents of students who are participating in the event / Students participating in the event to include: Football players, band/majorettes, cheerleaders & water girls.

- JISD Employees 

-Limit 4 per Student Athlete / Participant’s Family

*For parents with multiple students participating, the number still remains at a limit of 4 tickets per family. 

-Limit 2 per Employee



General Admission Ticket Sales

Limit 4 per person



General Admission Ticket Sales

No limit – First come, first served



CMS Boys Basketball game cancelled



The Center Middle School Boys Basketball Game vs Hudson 11/12/20 has been cancelled.

Give Healing and a New Start to Parents After Tragic Loss of Their Three Children





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Meet Lauren and Michael Masterson


On August 16, 2020, the Masterson family experienced the unthinkable: a head-on collision took the lives of their three, precious young children, Victoria, 10; Ella, 4; and Mason, 2, and left dad, Michael, injured. After the accident, Michael and Lauren were too heartbroken to go back to their family home filled with the memories of their children and where they spent every day playing, laughing, singing, and dancing. They chose to move in with Michael’s parents temporarily, while he continues to recover and they figure out their next step. As Michael and Lauren struggle to cope and heal amid this unimaginable loss, Origami Owl Designer Deb Schiron, hopes to support this couple, once they find a new place to live, with new furnishings and help create a space to honor their three angels. The most important thing for them in a new home is for it to be a place of healing for both of them. A place where they can continue to strengthen their faith in God, grow together, heal their hearts, and honor their children. Deb prays that she can help this couple heal without the stress of trying fill empty bedrooms. Her desire with this gift is to help their hearts become full again someday.


Live Sparkly Wish: New home furnishings to help create a space to honor the Masterson’s three angels.


Nominated by: Origami Owl Designer Deb Schiron. Deb has been encouraging, supportive, and now a friend with this family after seeing their story posted on Facebook, asking for prayers, and felt immediately connected. The Masterson’s feel strongly that this new lifelong friendship was something the children brought together.



Operation Blue Santa Toy Drive



Operation Blue Santa is ready to start collecting toys! To get things started we will be having a Toy Drive & Raffle! Please bring a Toy into the Center Police Dept to donate and you will be entered into a drawing for a Christmas Movie Package:  32 Inch Roko Smart TV, DVD Player, Christmas Movies, Popcorn, Cocoa,  Coffee Mugs, Chocolates, Cozy Blankets, and Stuffed Reindeer. Drawing to be held on Saturday Dec 5th, at the End of the Christmas Parade.




Bi-District Playoff Information




Thursday, Nov. 12 games:

Center Roughriders
Waco Connolly

7 p.m., Mustang Stadium, Madisonville
Airing on KDET-AM

Shelbyville Dragons

7 p.m., Rose Stadium, Tyler
Airing on 92.5 KXXE-FM

Joaquin Rams
Carlisle Indians

7 p.m., Eagle Stadium, Tatum
Airing on 100.5 KQBB-FM

Timpson Bears

7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium, Henderson

Friday, November13  games:

Tenaha Tigers

7:30 p.m., Raymond Jackson Stadium.Tenaha

Garrison Bulldogs

7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium, Henderson




SFA's first online doctoral degree focuses on educational leadership




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Educators wanting to further their careers can now earn a doctorate in educational leadership without leaving their hometowns through a new online program in the James I. Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University.


“This is the first completely online doctoral degree offered by SFA,” said Dr. Stacy Hendricks, coordinator for the educational leadership doctoral program and associate dean in the Perkins College of Education. “It is designed for those who are fully employed in school districts or other educational agencies. They can participate in the program while meeting their job and family commitments.”


The Doctor of Education in educational leadership prepares K-12 and higher education leaders to address population growth issues, cultural diversity, policy analysis and design, problem-solving and the change process through content-specific coursework and summer field-based leadership internships.


The program features 66 hours of challenging, relevant curriculum taught using a cohort design with collegial support. Participants can specialize in specific content areas to become institutional and agency researchers, curriculum specialists and K-12 leaders, among other roles.


Some program participants progress into nonacademic college and university administrator positions.


“Though this degree does not automatically make you eligible to become a faculty member or an academic leader, such as a unit head, dean or provost, you can pursue academic leadership opportunities with the appropriate faculty qualifications and experience,” Hendricks said.


The deadline to apply for the program is March 15, and the new cohort begins May 17.


For more information, email Hendricks at or visit



Friday Night Scoreboard 11/6/2020

The Pizzeria Football Scoreboard

936.598.7117 - San Augustine Street in Center


Center 35  Rusk 18

Lindale 47  Kilgore 40

Chapel Hill 42  Henderson 28

SFA Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Tchaikovsky, Milhaud


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University Symphony Orchestra’s virtual performance on Wednesday, Nov. 18, will feature music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Darius Milhaud.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and accessible through live streaming free of charge at, the concert’s main feature is Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” according to Dr. Gregory Grabowski, the orchestra’s conductor.

“The Tchaikovsky (piece) is one of the biggest standards of string repertoire,” Grabowski said.

The concert also includes French composer Milhaud’s “La Creation du Monde.”

“The Milhaud was composed in the 1920s and was very much influenced by early jazz,” Grabowski said. “Apparently, when he heard his first American jazz band perform in London, Milhaud was so captivated he went to New York City to visit Harlem, go to jazz clubs and mingle with jazz musicians. 

“Interestingly – and honestly accidentally – both pieces fit at home in the ballet,” Grabowski added. “The Milhaud was originally composed as a ballet, and George Balanchine (ballet choreographer) brought the Tchaikovsky into the ballet repertoire.”

The program will also feature Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, arranged for chamber orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg.

The concert will be live-streamed only with a rebroadcast at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 on the SFA Symphony Orchestra YouTube page. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.



Roughriders vs. Eagles



Tune in tonight for District Game #5 between the Center Roughriders  and District rival Rusk Eagles. The broadcast is on KDET 930 am.


And find the new Live Stream -- so you can SEE what you've been hearing about -- on  Search for the "roughridersports" channel.


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

--At 7:00, listen to or watch the Stadium Pregame Show.  Guests include players Head Coach Scott Ponder, players Jake Hanson and Aidan Hagler and Cheerleader of the Night Katelyn Duvon.


 (Her interview can be seen on the Twitch stream.)
--Kick-off is at 7:30.

--During the Stadium Halftime, we'll present the CHS band performance in its entirety.  Then we sit down with senior linebacker Aidan Hagler. (His interview will also be viewable on the Twitch Stream.)

--Stay with us through the Stadium Postgame live from the field as we visit with Coach Ponder, and our Player of the Night.


It's the final game with plenty of playoff implications...and the final home game for our seniors!


Find the stream on at the roughridersports page.

Find the broadcast on am radio KDET 930
On your desktops and laptops at and find the KDET button.
On your phones by getting the free "Tune-In App" and typing into the search bar the station call letters: KDET.

SFA's Kantorei choirs to present virtual concert of sacred music


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Kantorei choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a virtual concert titled “Sanctity” that will feature sacred music written for treble chorus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

The concert program will include “Messe Basse” by Gabriel Fauré; “Gloria” from Mass no. 6 by György Orbàn; and “Psalm 23” by the late, great Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick. Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music, directs the choirs.

“The styles featured for this performance are challenging for the groups due to their diversity,” Fish said. “The Glick ‘Psalm 23’ challenges the students as the composer sets the rhythm of the music to fit the text declamation. In the Fauré piece, the choir sings many lovely unison passages coupled with shimmering, soft dynamic levels. ‘Gloria’ is highly rhythmic with the mixing of symmetrical and asymmetrical meters to fit the text.

“I am proud of the work the choir has put in to face the challenges of these quite different compositions,” he added.

Grant Peterson, first-year graduate student in choral conducting from Wylie, will conduct the Orbàn work. Collaborative pianist for the concert is graduate student Greg Simmons from Tyler.

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



SFA's Singin' Axes present virtual concert featuring works by Brahms, Britten



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Singin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will showcase the work of Johannes Brahms when the student ensemble presents the virtual concert “Rhapsody” at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

Directed by Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music, the Singin’ Axes will perform Brahms’ Opus 53, also known as “Alto Rhapsody.” Featured performer will be School of Music faculty member Nita Hudson as mezzo-soprano soloist.

Also on the program is Benjamin Britten’s “The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard.”

“These compositions go together because they both deal with the suffering that is caused by love,” said Fish, who described “Rhapsody” as a “deeply personal work for Brahms.” It is based on three verses from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1777 poem “Harzreise im Winter,” which Brahms stumbled across in 1868 (the same year Brahms wrote his German Requiem), in a time when the composer was conflicted in several aspects of his life.

“During this time, Brahms was still mourning the death of his mother, who had passed away in 1865,” Fish said. “Some scholars believe that the ‘Rhapsody’ is an outpouring of grief that deals with unrequited love – first from his frustrating, confusing relationship with Clara Schumann and then, later, from her daughter, Julie. It is believed, by some, that Goethe’s text provided the words to articulate Brahms feelings at this time.” Schumann described it as “…neither more nor less than the expression of his (Brahms) heart’s anguish.”


In Britten’s “The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard,” the composer appears to be in a completely different state of mind, as he is breaking away from a time of frustration and returns to England after living in America from 1939 to 1942.

“This work was written, interestingly enough, by Britten for a friend a friend of his who was serving as the artistic director of a prisoner of war camp’s music festival in 1943,” Fish explained. “Britten had received a commission from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation to compose ‘Peter Grimes,’ the monumental work that solidified Britten’s status as one of the giants of 20th century composers.”


The piece is out of the ballad madrigal tradition along the lines of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.” The text deals with a bitter love triangle between Lord Brand and Lady Barnard and someone known as Little Musgrave.

“The two lovers, Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard, find a trysting place that is soon discovered by Lord Barnard,” Fish said. “Soon after, a battle ensues between Barnard and Musgrave with Barnard, in a fit of rage slaying both lovers. Britten masterfully uses the piano accompaniment, which is masterfully played by our collaborative pianist, Dr. Thomas Nixon, to drive the drama of this underrated composition.”

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



FSA County Committee Elections Underway


(NACOGDOCHES)  November 5, 2020 – Ballots for the 2020 Angelina-Nacogdoches-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby Farm Service Agency county committee elections began on Monday, Nov. 2, with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.  The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices, or to be postmarked, is Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.


County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.  Committees are comprised of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms. 


To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, may also be eligible to vote.


Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center.  Dec. 7, 2020, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 7. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2021.


For more information, visit the FSA website at You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit to find an FSA office near you.

Operation Blue Santa



The Center Police Department's Blue Santa program is getting ready to load the sleigh and needs your help. Blue Santa is asking for donations of new toys, books, or clothes for all ages of boys and girls. Monetary donations are also welcomed. 


Mark your calendars for our Toy Drive/Raffle, a 32 in Tv and DVD Player, and other Christmas movie watching goodies will be raffled off. For every person that brings in a gift, will be entered into the drawing. Drawing to be held Dec 5th (After the Christmas Parade) 
Unfortunately , due to COVID, at this time, there are no plans for Cookies & Cocoa with Santa.  This was a big day for our toy drive, and really makes a bigger need for donations. 


Forms will be ready for pickup on Friday, Nov 6th. If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please have their parent/guardian fill out this form. One for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, Shelby County Today, or The Light & Champion. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Monday, December 7th, 2020. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need. 


Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to OPERATION BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again, thank you, we cannot do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.

Thank You,
from the Operation Blue Santa Team!

SFA mass communication department chair edits and contributes to book



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. John Hendricks, professor and department chair of the Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Mass Communication, recently edited and contributed to the book “Radio’s Second Century: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives,” published by Rutgers University Press.


As the broadcasting industry approaches its 100th anniversary, this book is the first to study how the industry has evolved and adapted to remain a dominant mass medium.


“Despite rapid technological advancements that provide many alternatives for audio consumers, including podcasting and other digital audio streaming outlets, radio retains almost total listener saturation with nearly 270 million American weekly listeners,” Hendricks said. “That is more than 90% of the American population, according to Nielsen Audio.”


The book is a collaboration among 16 media scholars from five countries who explore topics that include audience behavior, fan relationships and cultural hegemony via religion, ethnic inclusivity and gender parity.


“As radio enters its second century of public service, this volume provides readers with a full-on assessment of all aspects of the eldest electronic mass medium through a series of astutely and incisively written essays,” said Michael C. Keith, Boston College’s preeminent radio scholar.


Hendricks’s research focuses on media’s role in society. Since joining SFA’s mass communication department in 2009, he has authored and edited 12 books on the broadcasting industry, media and politics, and social media.


Hendricks also is the co-author of the popular textbook “The Radio Station: Broadcasting, Podcasting, and Streaming,” which is used at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation.



The Spark Ranger


In case you are wondering, the odds of your getting struck by lightning are about one in 280,000,000.  The odds of getting struck by lightning seven times are, well, almost un-measurable. However, try telling that to Roy C. Sullivan who was a United States park ranger in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  Mr. Sullivan is recognized by Guinness World Records as the person struck by lightning more recorded times than any other human being.


Between the years of 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven different occasions and survived all of them.  For this reason he was nicknamed “Spark Ranger” by some and “The Human Lightning Rod” by others.  In fact, his co-workers shunned him when a storm cloud rolled in.  They would usually say “I’ll see you later, Roy” and off they would go.  This saddened him severely.


Sullivan swore that he was actually struck an eighth time when he was very young, but this one could not be verified.  He states that he was working in his father’s garden when lighting struck a scythe without injuring him.


The following are his stories, all verified:


Strike One - It was April, 1942 when Sullivan had been with the park service for about six years.  He was stationed at a brand-new Miller’s Head tower when a storm blew in.  The tower was so new that lightning rods had not yet been installed.  Sullivan decided to get the heck out of the tower, but only made it a few feet away before the lighting found him.  “It burned a half-inch strip all the way down my right leg, and knocked my big toe off”, he said.  “My boot was full of blood, and it ran out through a hole in the sole”, he added.


Strike Two - Nearly thirty years later, in 1969, Sullivan was driving a park truck when lightning struck two trees on one side of the road, then jumped to another tree on the other side.  Sullivan’s truck was in the middle, with both windows rolled down.  As a result, the ranger lost consciousness and very nearly drove his truck off the edge of a cliff.  When he came to, Sullivan was missing his eyebrows and eyelashes.


Strike Three -  The third strike, a year later, happened while Sullivan was off-duty.  He was tending to his garden at home when lightning hit a nearby transformer and jumped to his shoulder.  It knocked him to the ground but was burned only slightly.


Strike Four – This strike set poor Sullivan on fire. He reported, “There was a gentle rain, but no thunder, until just one big clap.  It was the loudest thing I ever heard.”  Sullivan reported, “When my ears stopped ringing, I heard something sizzling.  It was my hair on fire.  The flames were up six inches.”  Luckily, he had been registering people at a camping station, so he was able to use wet paper towels from a nearby bathroom to smother the flames.  He was not severely burned.

Strike Five -  The fifth strike occurred on August 7, 1973.  Again, Sullivan was in his park truck when he saw storm clouds coming.  The ranger tried to outrun the lightning.  Once he felt he was out of harm’s way, he stopped to have a look.  This was a big mistake.  “I actually saw the lightning shoot out of the cloud this time, and it was coming straight for me,” he said.  He was struck, not injured, but it knocked off one of his shoes with laces still tied.


Strike Six -  Sullivan was a strike victim again on June 5, 1976.  He reported that he saw a cloud and thought it was following him.  He tried to run away from it but was struck anyway, injuring an ankle.  This was the final straw for the Spark Ranger – he retired five months later.

Strike Seven – Unfortunately, though retired, the lightning found him again anyway.  On June 25, 1977, Sullivan was trout fishing when the hair on his arms bristled.  He was struck by a lightning bolt on the head which burned his chest, stomach, and caused hearing loss in one ear.

Sullivan’s wife was also struck once when a storm suddenly arrived as she was hanging clothes in their back yard. He was with her, but was unhurt.


It is said that seven is a lucky number, but Roy Sullivan, a.k.a. the “Spark Ranger”, probably would have disagreed.  He was apparently a natural conductor of electricity.  When Sullivan did pass away, it was a bullet, not a bolt, that did him in.  He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1983 at the age of 71, perhaps tired of constantly fearing a fatal lightning strike.

Two of his ranger hats are on display at two Guinness World Exhibit Halls in New York City and South Carolina.  




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Shelbyville School Board Agenda



Notice of Regular Meeting 
Board of Trustees 
Shelbyville Independent School District 

November 9, 2020 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 


Call to order
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
Open forum
Consent agenda 
Minutes of the October 12, 2020 meeting of the board
Monthly financial reports
Consider for approval
Independent Financial Audit Report for 2019-20
Installation of New Track Surface
Safety & Security Audit and National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Emergency Plan
December Board Meeting Time
Principal’s Reports
Campus events
Recognition of Staff and/or Students
Superintendent’s Reports
Facilities Update
Articles of Interest
General Updates
Executive Session

Business After Hours White Cottage Mercantile



The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Lisa and Roderick Jones, owners of White Cottage Mercantile, will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours event on Thursday, November 12th  from 5:00 until 6:30pm.

White Cottage Mercantile will showcase the fun selection of inventory while at the same time Chamber members will have an opportunity to network with each other in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. There will also be food and entertainment.

White Cottage Mercantile specializes in customized handcrafted rustic wood furniture.  They build from locally sourced wood both reclaimed and new. They also have an extensive selection of delicious gourmet foods such as soups, sauces, salsas, pastas, popcorn and so much more.  


And yes, they have Moon Pies. You will also find a large selection of home décor and gift items. Christmas is right around the corner so visit White Cottage Mercantile to do your Christmas shopping.

White Cottage Mercantile is located at 401 Hurst Street. Look for the pink bunny.
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit

Two Men Killed in Fiery DeSoto Parish Crash



DeSoto Parish – On November 4, 2020, just before 1:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 175 south of Louisiana Highway 522. This crash killed 45-year-old Joseph Free of Pleasant Hill and 63-year-old Donnie Rogers of Magnolia, Arkansas.   


The initial investigation revealed a 2020 Peterbilt loaded log truck, driven by Free, was traveling southbound on Louisiana Highway 175. For reasons still under investigation, Free’s vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a northbound commercial motor vehicle, driven by Rogers. Upon impact, both vehicles became engulfed in flames.


Free and Rogers, whose restraint use is unknown, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced dead. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.


In 2020, Troop G has investigated 24 fatal crashes resulting in 29 deaths.



Center Middle School Picture Day



CMS has scheduled pictures for Football, Volleyball, Twirl, Cheer, Pep Squad, Dance, Ag Class, and Band for Monday, November 9. Order forms will be sent home with students this week.



Tiger News



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

Tenaha ISD also has a facebook page


November 4, 2020-JVG/VG vs Lufkin (Scrimmage) There

November 5, 2020-JH FB in Hemphill 5:00 pm (2 games)

November 6, 2020-Holiday; End 2nd Grading Period; JVG/VG vs Chireno (Home) @ 5:00 pm

November 7, 2020-Band-Pre UIL in Carthage

November 9, 2020-Beginning 3rd Grading Period; VCC Regional Meet

November 10, 2020-JVG/VG vs Center (There) 4:30 pm

November 11, 2020-Thank You Veteran’s



November 12, 2020-JH G/B in Gary5:30 pm; Report cards go home; TSI Testing; Businessmen’s Meeting

Play Off-TBA

November 14, 2020-JVG/VG vs Winnsboro (There) 5:00 pm

November 16, 2020-JH G/B Home vs Shelbyville 5:30 pm; School Board Meeting

November 17, 2020-JVG/VG vs Center (There) 5:00 pm

November 18, 2020-UIL Marching Contest @ Carthage HS

November 20-2020-Tiger Day

November 21, 2020-JVG/VG vs Elysian Fields (Home) 1:00 pm

November 23 -27, 2020-Thanksgiving Holiday

November 23, 2020-VCC State Meet; JVG/VG vs Carthage (Home) 1:00 pm

November 24, 2020-JVG/VG vs Leon (There) 1:00 pm

November 30, 2020-JH B/G in Timpson 5:30 pm; JVG/VG vs White Oak (Home) 5:00 pm

December 1, 2020-JVB/VB Home vs Atlanta 5:00 pm

December 3, 2020-JH B/G in Timpson 5:30 pm; Progress Reports go Home

December 4, 2020-JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) 4:00 pm; Picture-JH BB; Band Individual Retakes; Tiger Day

December 5, 2020-Band Area Marching Contest



Christian Services in Center is doing a food drive benefiting residents of Shelby County

If you would like to drop off non-perishable items to help with this needed service, please send them with your student or drop them off at the campus office.


Getting to be this time of year again:

Traditionally, to "light a candle for someone" indicates one's intention to say a prayer for another person, and the candle symbolizes that prayer. A memory bulb carries these same sentiments. Using a light bulb instead of a candle, they are a light-filled remembrance and tribute to a cherished existence and are often to commemorate a loved one who has passed.

Memory bulbs are a creative and expressive gift to show your love and send your thoughts to friends and family member that have gone on before us. The TENaha TOGETHER Committee is offering to our community an alternative to lighting a candle in honor of a loved one by offering the same warmth, sentiment, and prayer with their bright glow. The lighting of the Christmas Tree date and time has not yet been set or as to whether we will be able to have a parade due to the Covid restrictions but that will be announced in the near future; But The TENaha TOGETHER Committee are again this year offering a “Memory Bulb” for your loved one for $1.00. A list containing your loved one’s name will be read upon the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the square. For more information contact Julie Tatom at 936-248-3991 or Amanda Treat at Tenaha City Hall 936-248-3841.


Other News from The TENaha TOGETHER Committee:

The committee has donated bricks to create another sign at the City Hall. It isn’t completely finished but should be in the next few days.

Kings Nursery will be keeping plants in the planters on both side of the wall which will set the tone for the seasons.

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


Another New Business for our lovely community


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Welcome DKE Nutrition located on across from the First Baptist Church on Hwy 59.


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Check out our NEW products!

Tenaha ISD Sportswear Store.

Just hold the Ctrl down and click on the link.

Adult and youth sizes available.


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


"Local Businesses Support the Tenaha Tiger Yearbook"


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

Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

              3576 Hwy 84 East

             Tenaha, Texas 75974







Basketball Season Starts Soon

Little Dribblers Sign Ups 


The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2021 Little Dribblers

sign ups will begin soon.


Where?  Center Intermediate Gym (next to Port-A-Cool Park)


Tuesday, November 10
Friday, November 13
All from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Cost is $60 for Basketball (Ages 4-12)

Signups can also be done at the Recreation Office at 645 Malone Drive, Center, TX
75935. The Recreation Office is open Mon – Friday 7:30 – 4:00.


Registrations can be made in person from November 4 – November 13. A Late Penalty of $15 will be assessed after November 13th.


All Boys and Girls are eligible between the ages of 4 and 12 by August 1 2021.  Each
child must present a copy of their Birth Certificate.  Anyone interested in Coaching

or Volunteering, please notify a Board Member at Sign-Ups.


See You There

For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreation Director at


Tenaha City Council Special Called Meeting



The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Special Called City Council Meeting on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas. 


The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:

Call to Order:
Roll Call: To establish a quorum. 
Pledge: United States Pledge
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 Item(s):
6.    Canvass the votes from the General Election Held on Tuesday November 3, 2020. (ACTION)
Recess into executive session pursuant to Chapter 551, Subchapter D of the Texas
Government Code:


To deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline,
or dismissal of a public officer or employee: 

Reconvene into open session and take any action necessary because of the Executive
8.     Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  
9.     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

SFA: Multiple characters, costumes challenge 'Rideshare/Overshare' actors, designer



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – When the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre presents the play “Rideshare/Overshare,” audiences will see each cast member playing multiple characters that the theatre students have thoughtfully and carefully created.

Each of these characters has a unique personality and an equally unique costume specifically designed to fit the wacky persona developed by the imaginative student actors.

School of Theatre Professor Angela Bacarisse directs the play, which she describes as “just a nice story with some quirky folks inhabiting it.” The play will be presented at 7:30 nightly Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 10 through 14, in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus. It will also be livestreamed.

By Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen, “Rideshare/Overshare” is a play about Mike and Elaine, a young couple heading out to meet each other on a blind date. They each decide independently to take an UBER to get there, and then they find themselves paired with the weirdest drivers on the road.

Glenn Heights freshman Kennedy Jordan plays seven different roles, including understudy roles.

“I created my characters by giving them back stories, their own personalities, and by making them as close to a real human as possible,” she said. “A distinct difference they have is their voices. Although some may have the same dialect, a slight change in tone or volume makes them a completely different person.”

Alexis Hargy, a junior from Katy, plays five different characters, including her understudy role for main character Elaine. Hargy used her own life knowledge as a source to bring her characters to life.

“I took my real life experiences and applied those thoughts, feelings and emotions to the characters on stage,” she said, adding she also determined her characters’ relationships with other characters in the play to help her further develop how she portrayed each role. “Some characters have accents and some don’t, which can really make certain characters more distinct than others.”

With so many characters moving around in the actors’ heads, how do the students remember who they are currently playing on stage?

“I keep them apart on stage by having different mannerism for each character,” Jordan said. “It can sometimes be a challenge to remember which character does what, and to hide my own mannerisms. With all of that being said, I love being able to play so many different characters in one show.”

Hargy said her solution to keeping characters apart on stage is to “focus on getting my next character ready once I’m done with the one before it.” 

“Sometimes it can become challenging if you aren’t fully paying attention to each scene,” she said.

Including understudy roles, Wylie senior Drake St. Pierre plays eight different characters.

“I think the best characters are just extensions of yourself,” he said, “so with each character I’m just exaggerating some part of me. That sounds dumb, but it’s the only way I can think of how to go about it.”

Costume changes help the actors remember who they are on stage. Baytown senior designer Jordyn Averitte has put her creative ideas in overdrive to make each costume and character stand out. Including the cast’s understudy roles, there are about 45 costumes needed for the play. Bacarisse provided character information for Averitte to help her brainstorm designs, and Averitte attended rehearsals to see how each actor performed their characters differently so she could adjust the costumes accordingly.

“Since many of the characters appear only briefly, the actors may have different ways of performing that character between casts and therefore require a completely different costume, which is something I have not encountered before, but I do enjoy the variety,” Averitte said.

Roles will be switched for the Wednesday and Thursday performances, allowing the actors to play some of the understudy roles they have worked so hard to prepare for, according to Bacarisse.

“With the worry about COVID, we made sure that if anyone in the cast had to quarantine, that the ‘show would go on,’” she said. “Two actors at different times missed rehearsals for two weeks due to being in quarantine. I thought that since they put so much effort into the understudy roles, they should get a chance to perform as those characters.” Tuesday, Friday and Saturday performances will be presented as cast.

Because of social distancing requirements, seating in Kennedy Auditorium will be limited for each performance. Patrons are required to wear face coverings. Actors on stage will wear masks during live performances.

General ticket prices are: adult, $15; senior (62+), $10; non-SFA student, $10; SFA faculty/staff, $7.50; youth, $7.50; SFA student, $5; virtual access, $15. Live virtual access is available for all performances. Purchase tickets/access at or call (936) 468-6407. For questions about the play, contact the School of Theatre at (936) 468-4003.



Blood Drive at Center PD



Christmas Eve Blood Drive Come help us Save Lives!!


The Holidays are a very important time to donate due to the demand for blood in hospitals being very high.


Please try to make time in your busy holiday schedule and show you care, by being selfless and giving to this cause.


1 donation can help save 3 lives!


Last year was a GREAT turn out, lets see if we can beat those numbers!


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at the Center Police Dept on December 24th (Christmas Eve day) from 10:30am  - 3:00pm. 1 Donor Bus Set up outside, and  also inside the Center Police Department Training Room(restrooms available).


Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to to schedule a time. Every successful Donor will receive a Free HOODY!!! COVID 19 Anitbodies testing will also be done.

Oncor Schedules Work Through TxDOT Construction Projects



LUFKIN – TxDOT crews will be providing traffic control at several locations on Friday in Lufkin and Burke as Oncor crews move electric lines across the roadway through two major TxDOT projects.

On Friday, beginning between Moffett Road and SH 103 East, Oncor will move electric lines at two locations, 2409 North Medford Dr. and 2501 North Medford Drive. Once traffic is stopped on SL 287, Oncor crews will perform work across northbound and southbound lanes, moving south from one location to the second location. Lane closures are expected to last about 10 minutes at each location.


This work is necessary to facilitate the TxDOT widening construction project on SL 287 scheduled to begin in coming weeks. The project is scheduled to upgrade the current roadway to interstate standards.


Once work on SL 287 is complete, crews will relocate electric lines at six locations on US 59 South at Burke. This work is necessary for the construction of the Diboll Relief Route currently underway. The work will be located between John Means Road and will move south to just past Blue Jay Street. Once traffic is stopped, Oncor crews will work across northbound and southbound lanes of US 59. Lane closures are expected to last about 10 minutes at each location.


TxDOT crews will place signage and message boards alerting drivers to the planned closures. Motorists are urged to reduce speed, stay alert and obey all traffic control. This work is scheduled to be completed Friday, weather permitting.


For more information, contact or call (936) 633-4395.

SFA biology student studying threatened Texas snake species



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Whether it means spending hours paddling a canoe down a river or wading into it herself, Jessie Johnson, a graduate student in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Biology, is doing what she can to study and protect a threatened species of snake.


Working under a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Conservation License Plate Grant, Johnson is studying the Brazos River watersnake and its habitat, assisting in providing an updated understanding of the snake’s occurrence and demography.


"In such cases, monitoring and management are critical to detecting declines in already small populations and anticipating the need for appropriate intervention that minimizes the chance of local extirpation," said Dr. Stephen Mullin, author of the grant. 


The snake has one of the most restrictive distributions of semiaquatic species of snakes that occur across North America, found in only 11 Texas counties, and is one of three endemic snake species in Texas. Preferring shallow, fast-moving water and large, flat rocks to bask on, the snakes occupy roughly 300 kilometers of the Brazos River. Because of a continued decline in its population over the past four decades, the species has been listed as threatened by Texas Parks and Wildlife. In addition to providing updated information on the snakes’ population status, the study will help update estimates of its survivorship and detectability and will note the effects of habitat alteration on the species.


Using geographic information systems and satellite imagery, participants in the study have identified portions of the Brazos River watershed offering a suitable habitat for the snake and established transects along the Brazos River that will be surveyed by canoe or wading four times per year.


“We also document the environment in which we find them,” Johnson said. “Was it swimming? Was it basking in the sun? What was the weather like that day? It’s a lot of Gatorade and sunscreen, but it’s a really fun time.”


Johnson started conducting fieldwork in May and will continue through October 2021.


While the study means long days outside full of hard work, Johnson finds the process rewarding.


“The most challenging part is just the fact that you can put in hours and hours of work and may not actually see a single snake, but I don’t really see it as too discouraging because that is very common with reptiles,” Johnson said. “I see this whole thing as an adventure.”


Learn more about SFA’s Department of Biology at



Dr. David Creech named International Plant Propagators' Society Fellow

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. David Creech, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of agriculture and director of SFA Gardens, received the Southern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society Fellow Award during a virtual conference held in October.


The award honors individuals for ongoing contributions to the nursery industry and plant propagation in the Southern region.


Creech has been a member of the International Plant Propagators’ Society form more than 30 years and previously received the Sidney B. Meadows Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

“While I’m a member of several societies, there is no doubt the International Plant Propagators’ Society is my favorite, simply because it is a blend of academics and industry,” Creech said.


According to Creech, the organization has long served SFA students through professional development and employment opportunities offered during the organization’s annual conference.


“Many students have made great contacts and found jobs with some of the most progressive nurseries and landscape firms across the Gulf South,” Creech said. “Because of our students, we put SFA on the map, and the friendships I made in the organization have lasted for decades.”


The International Plant Propagators’ Society is a global network of plant production professionals that aims to improve the knowledge, skills and professionalism of its members through educational conferences, field days, seminars and a vast library of horticultural knowledge.



SFA plans for safe spring 2021, nears end of successful fall semester


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Registration for spring 2021 at Stephen F. Austin State University will begin Monday, Nov. 9, as campus faculty, staff and administrators gear up to offer another safe and highly flexible academic semester.


The spring 2021 semester at SFA is expected to operate much like fall 2020, according to Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president.


“If we continue to do the right things, we will be able to operate as close to normal as possible in the spring,” he said. “Our campus community has been very resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we can’t let our guard down now. We will need to continue to pay attention to the three Ws — watching our distance, wearing our masks and washing our hands."


Spring classes start Friday, Jan. 8. The university decided to begin the spring semester earlier than normal to accommodate for its newer, flexible eight-week sessions. These shortened terms allow students to earn the same number of credit hours for one class in half the amount of weeks as a regular semester.


Students can take both eight-week and traditional 16-week courses at the same time, making it easier for students to fulfill SFA’s “15 to Finish” initiative, which encourages students to take 15 credit hours per semester. This allows students to graduate in less time than the national average and can save a student thousands of dollars during the course of four years.


Delivery methods for spring classes will remain just as flexible as they were in the fall. Classes will continue to be offered in face-to-face, online, livestream, hybrid or hyflex formats, and distance-learning opportunities continue to expand.


Faculty members choose the modality of their courses, and students are able to select the course delivery types that best fit their needs.


“The spring and fall 2020 semesters were a true test of SFA’s ability to evolve on the spot, and our faculty, staff and administrators met that challenge with strength, transitioning thousands of courses to remote learning formats in a matter of weeks,” said Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA provost. “However, we understand students are still dealing with a lot of change and uncertainty, so we continued to expand those offerings throughout the fall and are excited to have versatile course options again in the spring.”


At present, the breakdown of available spring course modalities, including both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, is 41% hybrid, 31% face-to-face, 21% fully online and 6% livestream.


SFA also will continue to offer test-optional admissions for all 2021 semesters — a decision prompted by the cancellation of SAT and ACT exam administration at testing centers across the state that are struggling to accommodate test participants due to required physical distancing standards.


While the test score requirement is lifted for the admission process, students who were able to take the SAT or ACT are encouraged to submit those scores with their ApplyTexas application as they may be needed in the scholarship review process.


Administrators feel positive about the success of the fall semester, despite steep state-level budget cuts across a number of sectors.


Fall 2020 enrollment numbers were much better than many educational forecasts predicted based on impacts of the pandemic. Fall enrollment at SFA totaled 12,620 students, a decrease of 349 students, or 2.7%. However, there was a 10.7% increase in SFA’s graduate enrollment, from 1,475 students in fall 2019 to 1,633 students in fall 2020.


SFA administrators were especially pleased with fall retention rates, which indicate a potential 7% increase, from 70% in fall 2019 to 77% this fall.


The university will continue to support students and employees in the spring through use of on-campus signage promoting physical distancing guidelines and ways to safely interact with others.

Safety measures implemented in the fall that will continue in the spring include:

·         regular sanitizing of high-touch-point areas in all campus buildings

·         reduced seating capacity in classrooms to help ensure proper physical distancing based on the room’s square footage

·         available use of hand-sanitizing stations in buildings across campus

·         touchless service in all dining halls

·         and physically distanced workout equipment in the Student Recreation Center to help ensure Lumberjacks continue to have an outlet for mental and physical health.


For more information, visit our Spring 2021 Guide at



Panola College names new music building "Frances B. Ross Music Building"



At its monthly meeting on Monday, October 26, the Panola College Board of Trustees officially named the soon-to-be constructed music building the Frances B. Ross Music Building, after long-time benefactor Frances B. Ross.


Mrs. Ross regularly and generously supported Panola College. In fact, those fortunate to hear our band perform are listening to instruments purchased with financial contributions made by Mrs. Ross. She has also established two scholarships that will continue to help students in perpetuity. Her final legacy to the College was a gift that made the construction of the music building possible. The College is forever grateful to Mrs. Ross.


Additionally, the Board named the band hall located inside the music building the Evelyn Sharp Band Hall, after long-time Trustee Evelyn Sharp.


Mrs. Sharp served on the Board of Trustees for twenty-six years. The Sharp family’s affiliation with the College dates back to its beginning. Mrs. Sharp’s father-in-law was among the initial 1948 faculty. The family, and of course Mrs. Sharp, have been strong and generous supporters of Panola College for many decades. The College appreciates Mrs. Sharp and her dedication to its success.

Instruction in the Frances B. Ross Music Building is set to begin in January 2022.         

Governor's Broadband Development Council Issues First Report To Texas Legislature



The Governor's Broadband Development Council (GBDC) has issued its first report to the Texas Legislature. Submitted yesterday, the report includes recommendations for the 87th Legislative Session and provides an overview of the work of GBDC since its inception. GBDC has researched the progress of broadband development in unserved areas, identified barriers to residential and commercial broadband deployment in unserved areas, studied technology-neutral solutions to overcome barriers, and analyzed how statewide access to broadband would benefit economic development, higher education, public education, state and local law enforcement, state emergency preparedness, and health care services.


Resulting from this research, GBDC recommends that the Texas Legislature create a state broadband plan and establish a broadband office. The Council also recommends the continued study of the development of a state broadband funding program to incentivize deployment in unserved areas.


"The State of Texas is working to expand broadband access in our communities to support education, businesses, and Texas families," said Governor Abbott. "The Governor's Broadband Council plays a crucial role in meeting this goal by developing strategies to expand high-speed internet access to unserved areas of Texas. The research and recommendations developed by GBDC will help us expand broadband access across the state, and I am grateful for the council's commitment to improving the lives of their fellow Texans."


The Governor’s Broadband Development Council (GBDC) was established in 2019 by the 86th Legislative Session in order to study and identify ways to provide internet access to unserved areas of Texas. Duties of the council include: research the progress of broadband development in unserved areas; identify barriers to residential and commercial broadband deployment in unserved areas; study technology-neutral solutions to overcome barriers identified; and analyze how statewide access to broadband would benefit: (A) economic development; (B) the delivery of educational opportunities in higher education and public education; (C) state and local law enforcement; (D) state emergency preparedness; and (E) the delivery of health care services, including telemedicine and telehealth.


In January, Governor Abbott appointed Juli Blanda, Frank Moreno, Lindsey Lee, Marshall Harrison, Marty Lucke, Kirk Petty, Thomas Kim, M.D., William “Bill” Sproull, Saurin Patel, M.D., Greg Pittman, Jennifer K. Harris, Kenny Scudder, Mike Easley, Edward Smith, and Steven Johnson, Ph.D. to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council for terms set to expire on August 31, 2024.

View the Governor's Broadband Development Council's report

Shelbyville Junior Hight Cross Country Meet Results



-District 23AA  Shelbyville Junior High Cross Country Results.


Taylor Jones - 1st
Alex Slocum - 7th
Baylee Whiteside - 11th
Addison, Lloyd - 19
Elizabeth Marin - 21
McKenzie Gillaspie - 23
Lillian Haley - 26th


Coach Terry Parker

SFA students to host plant sale on campus featuring winter annuals



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s horticulture program will host an annual fall plant sale from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the SFA Plantery, located at 1924 Wilson Drive. 


Plants available for purchase include a variety of winter annuals, such as pansies, violas, wallflowers, sweet alyssum and snapdragons. All plants are winter hardy and grow well in East Texas. Plants are $2 per pot or $32 for a tray of 18 plants. 


“The students are so excited to sell great plants to our community,” said Dr. Jared Barnes, associate professor of horticulture and steward of the Plantery. “More and more research has shown that people have turned to gardening this year to relieve stress and anxiety, and we are happy to provide plants that enrich people’s lives.” 


The plant sale will be held outdoors and follow university protocols for physical distancing and safety. All attendees must wear masks and are encouraged to bring exact change or a check. 


Attendees also may opt for in-car pick up. Those who wish to do so are encouraged to email the Plantery for a list of available plants. Pick-up orders will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. 


For more information, contact Barnes at To learn more about SFA’s horticulture program, visit or follow @sfahorticulture on Instagram.



Center v Rusk: Nov 6 Ticket Information






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Nacogdoches Police Department Investigating Fatality Accident


NACOGDOCHES,TX (October 30, 2020):  The Nacogdoches Police and Fire Departments responded to a two vehicle major accident Friday afternoon around 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Park St and Martinsville St.  The investigation revealed that a blue Nissan Versa was on Martinsville St and had attempted to turn east onto Park St when it was struck by a white Ford F-350 that was traveling west on Park st in the inside lane.


The driver of the blue Nissan Versa was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in critical condition but later died from her injuries. The victim has been identified to be Kiana Johnson 26 years of age from Nacogdoches,Tx.  


There were two back seat passengers in the Nissan Versa ages 2 and 4 that were transported to the hospital and believed to be in stable condition. The driver of the Ford was not injured.  The NPD Traffic Division responded to the scene to perform an accident reconstruction.  As further information becomes available it will be released. 

Shelby County Clerk's Office Closure



The Shelby County Clerk's Office will be closed Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3, due to the General Election.  We will be in the office to answer any elections questions you have.  You may call us at 936-598-6361. However, we will not be open for any other business these two days.  


Thank you for your patience and understanding,



Unrestrained Driver Killed in Red River Parish Crash


Red River Parish – On October 30, 2020, just before 4:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 1 south of Louisiana Highway 509. This crash killed 39-year-old Adrian Toussaint of Natchitoches.   


The initial investigation revealed a 2003 Buick passenger car, driven by Toussaint, was traveling northbound on Louisiana Highway 1. For reasons still under investigation, Toussaint’s vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the rear trailer tires of a southbound 2011 Mack tractor-trailer. 


The driver of the tractor-trailer, who was properly restrained, was not injured in the crash. Toussaint, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. 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 23 fatal crashes resulting in 27 deaths.


Early Voting Over Election Day Tuesday November 3rd



Early voting for the General Election ended at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020.  We voted a total of 6288 voters early vote!


If you missed out on early voting, you can vote Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7-7, at your regular polling location.



Thank you,





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