News Headlines Archives for 2021-02

Commissioners' Court Special Meeting

COMMISSIONERS' COURT SPECIAL MEETING

SHELBY COUNTY

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 3rd day of March, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

 

 

 

  1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.

 

  1. Public comments on Agenda item.

 

  1. Approve current payroll.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly approve the Annual County Investment Policy.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly designate a County Investment Officer.

 

  1. Record Racial Profiling Report for John Harrington Jr. with the Adult Probation Office.

 

  1. Bobby Pigg to address the court on tax exemptions for Road and Bridge Tax per property Code, Section 11.13.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly take action to revise the tax exemptions for the Road and Bridge Tax per Property Code, Section 11.13.

 

  1. District Attorney, Karren Price to submit a proposed budget for expenditures from the Pre-trial Diversion and Drug Court fee funds for technology infrastructure upgrades, computer replacements, laptop replacement, training and travel for staff and office supplies.

 

  1. Ajourn.

East Lamar Water Supply Boil Water Notice Rescinded

On February 18, 2021, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the East Lamar Water Supply, #2100006, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

 

East Lamar Water Supply has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes. We have also provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of February 26, 2021.

If you have questions, you may contact Pres. Chris Andrews at 936-591-1433 or J. Butler, Office Manager, at 936-598-9780, or P.O. Box 16, Center, Texas 75935.

Boil Water Notice Rescinded for Shelbyville

 

Appendix C3: Boil Water Notice Rescinded

02/26/2021

  ON 02/17/2021, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Shelbyville public water system, 2100014 to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  

 

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of 02/26/2021.  

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Rodney Warr 936-591-5338

City of Joaquin Special Called Meeting

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

CITY OF JOAQUIN

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

                                                                     AGENDA

 

 

February, 26, 2021

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special called meeting Wednesday March 3, 2021 at

4:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

 

 

  1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
  2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting

Personnel Matters (551.074).

  1.  Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session
  2. Adjourn.

 

 

 

IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

 

Posted by Jessica Davis 2/26/2021

 

 

The following were notified: Shelby County Today, Center Broadcasting, The Light and Champion, and East Texas Press.

 

 

Girls Powerlifting Regional Qualifiers

 

Kioija Gates and Laika Sanders qualified for the Regional Girls Powerlifting meet to be held March 5-6, 2021 at Rice High School

 

. Congratulations and Good Luck at Regionals!

 

Coach Michael Taylor

 

Boys  Powerlifting Regional Qualifiers

 

Carlos Garret, Trey Cartwright, Grady Clay, Eli Taylor, Dawson Windham, Ty Merriman qualified for the Regional Powerlifting Meet, March 4-5 at Malakoff High School.

 

Congratulations and Good luck at Regionals!

 

Coach Michael Taylor

Padilla All State Football Team

 

The following Shelbyville students made the Padilla All State and TX Sports Writers Association 2020 Team:

Trey Cartwright, Grady Clay, Kory Standley, Eli Taylor and Dawson Windham.

Congratulations! We are Dragon Proud

CISD Athletics Update

Tennis

The Spring Hill tennis tournament scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 11th due to the forecast for tomorrow.  

 

Soccer

Boys Soccer team will not be traveling tonight to Henderson. Game has been cancelled due to weather. 

 

Girls will still be playing tonight at Henderson. 

 

Baseball

JV Baseball is not travelling today.

Tri-County Community Action Board Meeting

Tri-County Community Action will have a regular scheduled Board Meeting on

 Monday March 1, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

for more information contact Yolanda Neal (936) 598-6315 ext 200

Governor Abbott, TDEM Launch Call Center To Assist Texans With Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), with the assistance of the Texas Military Department, launched a call center to assist Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT). Texans can call 844-844-3089 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week to submit their disaster damage information. This call center is specifically for Texans who are unable to submit information through the online iSTAT tool. 

 

If needed, a state emergency management professional will visit impacted homes to collect photos and documentation of damage for the validation process. 

 

Texans are urged to fill out the iSTAT, either online or over the phone if internet access is limited, to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent severe winter weather event. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals. 

 

"The information gleaned from the iSTAT will help us advocate for the support and assistance our communities need to recover from the winter storm," said Governor Abbott. "This call center is available to help Texans without internet access complete this crucial survey." 

 

Visit http://damage.tdem.texas.gov to fill out the iSTAT.

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

We have lifted our boil water notice here at the City of Joaquin. 

UIL Film: BOTH films advance to semifinals!

BOTH films submitted by the UIL Film team have made it to the semifinals, and are officially in THE TOP 12 IN THE STATE! We will know by this Sunday if the teams make it to the state level of competition. Good luck, Roughriders!!

 

Watch the AMAZING films here. 

 

Narrative Film - Symbiote

  Emmanuel Chavez

  Channing Daniels

  Zacorie Thompson

  Rodrick Gardner

 

Animation Film - Rumors

  Lisandra Santos

 

UIL Film Advisor:

Adam Ramirez

 

Congratulations!

 

Search Warrant Leads to Arrest; Narcotics Located

 

On February 23, 2021, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence on East Saddle Street in Joaquin. Per Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, the search warrant was a result of several reports of drug activity in the area.

During the search, officers located 19 grams of methamphetamines and a small amount of marijuana. Items were also recovered from the scene that are used for the packaging and reselling of illegal narcotics.

 

Arrested on scene was Justin Carl Hassley, 33, of Joaquin. Hassley was charged with POCS PG 1 >=4G<200G (F-2) and POM (M-B). Hassley remains in the Shelby County jail on bonds totaling $3,500.

 

The SCSO would like to extend thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Constable Pct. 3, Roy Cheatwood, Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and K-9 Unit for their assistance.

Tiger News

               

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

Tenaha ISD also has a facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Tenaha-Independent-School-District-486433751368156/

 

February 25, 2021-Balfour 9 am for Letter Jacket fitting; Report Cards; Track in Alto; Kinder/Senior Cap & Gown Retakes; Spring Pictures (Pre-pay only) Who’s Who; Tenaha Tigers vs Garrison Bulldogs Area Championship 6:30 PM

March 3, 2021-Baseball vs Shelbyville (There 6:00 pm)

March 5, 2021-Baseball vs Shelbyville (Home) 4:00 pm; Tiger Day

March 9, 2021-Baseball vs Timpson (Home) 4:00 pm

March 11, 2021-Early Release; Businessmen’s Meeting

March 12, 2021-Baseball vs Timpson (There) 6:00 pm; Teacher In-service/Student Holiday

March14, 2021-Daylight Savings (Set clocks forward 1 hour)

March 15-26, 2021-Spring Break;

March 16, 2021-Baseball vs Martinsville (There) 6:00 pm

March 19, 2021-Baseball vs Martinsville (Home) 4:00 pm

March 22, 2021-Board Meeting 5:30 pm

March 23, 2021-Baseball vs Mt. Enterprise (Home) 4:00 pm

March 25, 2021-Band-HS & MS Pre-UIL @ Carthage; Progress Reports

March 26, 2021- Baseball vs Mt. Enterprise (There) 6:00 pm

 

Tenaha Tigers vs Garrison Bulldogs

Area Championship

Thursday, February 25

6:30 PM

At the Timpson Event Center

We are out of passes as we are limited to 225 total passes due to Covid Restrictions.

FEMA is giving away $800 in food vouchers and providing assistance for home repairs. Call 800-621-3362 or go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to apply. 

You'll need the following to complete your registration:

  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
  • Annual Household Income
  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  • Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

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

"Local Businesses Support the Tenaha Tiger Yearbook"

    

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

Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

              3576 Hwy 84 East

             Tenaha, Texas 75974

Watch Basketball Round 2 tonight LIVE on TWITCH

Tonight, The Roughrider Broadcast Team presents Round 2 of the State Playoffs, brought to you by Sabine State Bank.   The Riders will travel to Coriscan to play the Austin LBJ  Leopards.   Center defeated China Spring in Round 1 on Saturday, setting up a rare Wednesday match-up for Round 2.  Tip off is 7:30.

 

The Ray Jones Chevrolet Pre-Game Show begins at 7:10 pm.  The Broadcast Team sets the table for Round 2 featuring a visit with Coach Munoz, then they sit down with Rider senior Jake Liker.

 

Then at halftime the Abundant Love Ministries Halftime Show features a visit with former Roughrider player and current coach Michael Cloudy.

 

As the game concludes, we'll talk to the Ford Tough Player of the Game during the Farmers State Bank Postgame Show.  

 

Again, tip-off at 7:30; pre-game at 7:10.

 

 Find the live stream on Twitch.TV at the roughridersports page.  

Or just click here: Roughrider Sports Live Stream

The LSUS campus will be closed on 2/25 and 2/26

Due to the ongoing monitoring and assessment of our water pressure, the LSUS campus will remain closed on Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th.

All face-to-face classes scheduled for Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th will be taught remotely. Students should check Moodle or contact their instructors immediately for further information. 100% Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Employees should plan to work remotely on Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th, unless deemed essential. Please contact your supervisor to determine if you are considered essential, or if you have any questions or concerns.

The university expects to return to normal campus operations on Monday February 1st but will make an announcement in the coming days if there are any further updates.

Tenaha Game Info

Tenaha Tigers vs Garrison Bulldogs

Area Championship

Thursday, February 25

6:30 PM

At the Timpson Event Center

Tickets are $5 each and all fans must have a pass that is only available at the TISD high school or Administration office in order to be able to pay at the gate. We are limited to 225 total passes and once the players are able to accommodate their family pass request, the balance of passes will be made available. Probably around 1:30 today.

 

Shelbyville ISD Notice of Special Meetings

 

Notice of Special Meeting

Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

March 1, 2021

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

 

  1. Call to order
  2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Consider for Approval:
  1. Missed School Days Waiver
  1. Executive Session
  1. Discussion of Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Applicants
  1. Adjournment

 

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

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 24, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

 

                                                                                                  __________________________

Ray West, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice of Special Meeting

Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

March 3, 2021

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

 

  1. Call to order
  2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Executive Session
  1. Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Interviews
  1. Adjournment

 

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

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 24, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

 

                                                                                                  __________________________

Ray West, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice of Special Meeting

Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

March 4, 2021

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

 

  1. Call to order
  2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Executive Session
  1. Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Interviews
  1. Adjournment

 

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

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 24, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

 

                                                                                                  __________________________

Ray West, Superintendent

Panola College to host heART by Emmarie Rossiter

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of collected works by artist Emmarie Rossiter beginning March 3 and ending April 20 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

 

Born in Houston, Rossiter moved with her family to Corpus Christi, Texas when she was thirteen and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 2020. Rossiter, known by family and friends as Emma, is currently a freshman at Baylor University majoring in studio art with plans to move into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and study graphic design.

 

“I always loved drawing as a child, but when I was in about third grade I was staying with my grandparents and my Mimi let me paint and garden with her,” Rossiter said. “She always used acrylics and taught me how to use them. From then on, I loved painting and would continue to paint with her when I got to visit. That is probably also when I became enamored with flowers and nature scenes. In high school, I had an amazing art teacher, Mr. Heslip, who taught me about my favorite artists as well as how to use oil paint. I instantly fell in love with oil paint and that is primarily what I paint with now. He also taught me about Georgia O’Keeffe, who is a big inspiration to me with nature scenes.”

 

The show exhibited will include a variety of pieces featuring Rossiter’s love of color and nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the M.P Baker Library’s operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 903-693-2052 or email library@panola.edu for additional information. The exhibit will also be available through the Library’s webpage: https://libguides.panola.edu/ExhibitsandLectures.

 

 

CISD Athletic Updates

Basketball

Boys Playoffs Round 2 will be tonight at 7:30 @ Corsicana High School. Will play winner of LBJ-Austin/Gateway College Prep. Go to www.cisd.org/tickets and then scroll down to the bottom. 

 

Track

The track meet that was scheduled for Thursday, February 25 @ Center High School  has been cancelled. 

 

Tennis

JV tennis team will not be traveling to Longview on Wednesday 2/24 and instead will be traveling with the Varsity on Friday 2/26 to compete in the Spring Hill tournament. Instead, they will be practicing after school Wednesday and Thursday before the Friday tournament. 

 

Powerlifting

Powerlifting team will be traveling to Garrison on Thursday 2/25

 

Softball

Softball will be attending a tournament at Nacogdoches Thursday and Friday 2/25 and 2/26

 

Baseball

Baseball will be attending tournaments; Varsity to Hudson and JV to Lufkin. Both will be traveling Thursday and Friday.

 

Soccer

Girls and Boys Soccer have a home game Friday vs Spring Hill starting at 5

 

Drinking Water/MRE Distribution

The American Red Cross will be distributing drinking water and MRE’s today Wednesday Feb. 24th at the First Baptist Church, 5030 Hwy 87 S in Shelbyville.  They will begin at 11:00am and distribute until all is gone.

List of Candidates as they appear on the ballot for the May 01, 2021 Tenaha City Council General Election for 3 Alderman

2 Year Terms

Place No. 1

Stanvac Lynn Morris

Janice Barton

Place No. 4

Bryan Adams (Unopposed)

Place No. 5

O'Neal Jones

Natalie Harris

 

Please note: NEW LAW-The new general rule for withdrawal deadlines for city, school district, and other local elections is 5:00 p.m. of the fifth day after the regular filing deadline, pursuant to Section 145.092, as amended. The intent is to be consistent with the rules at Section 145.092 (deadline to withdraw) and 145.094 (withdrawn, deceased, or ineligible candidate's name omitted from ballot). In the same session, as noted above, Section 145.092 was amended by Senate Bill 904 to provide for the “fifth day” after the deadline.  Section 145.092 (a). Section 145.094(a) incorporates the Section 145.092 deadline by reference. To give effect to the overall intent for the sections to be consistent, we view the “fifth day” rule at Sections 145.092(a) and 145.094 as prevailing.

Thank You From Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison and Shelby County Office of Emergency Management would like to extend their gratitude to the following individuals and organizations for their efforts and assistance in responding to the recent winter storm event that affected so many of our citizens.  They were ready and willing to help when we called on them for assistance.

 

  • Shelby County Commissioner PCT 3, Stevie Smith for providing the truck, trailer, and employee David Cheatwood to drive to Lufkin to pick up 10 pallets of water provided by the state.
  • Hallmark Center Fixtures, for allowing us the use of their facility, forklift, and driver to unload the pallets.
  • Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom for overseeing the project
  • Huxley, Joaquin, Tenaha, & Timpson Volunteer Fire Departments for picking up pallets and distributing the water to your local communities.
  • All power companies, water facility employees, city public works departments for working diligently to try and repair & restore services.
  • SWEPCO for donating 15 pallets of food to 3 local food banks and to Tammy & Mike Hanson for overseeing that.
  • Local media outlets for keeping our citizens informed and posting notices for the County in a timely manner.
  • Any and all citizens and organizations who unselfishly donated their time, effort, or money to assist others in any way.

 

 

Flag Half Staff Alert

A Presidential Proclamation has been issued to fly the US Flag at half staff in honor of the 500,000 Americans Lost to VOVID-19. The US Flag and all flags flying with it should be at half staff until sunset, Friday, February 26, 2021.

 

If you have an outside flag that cannot be lowered, respect can be paid by tying a black cord or ribbon at the top of the mast.

Tri-County Produce Drop

Tri-County Harvest for Homes will have produce drop on Wednesday February 24 @ 9:30am, 

Ivan Smith Parking Lot near old Sombero's Restaurant.

"Ma Bell and Me"

“MA  BELL and ME”

 

BY:  NEAL  MURPHY

 

 

 

Occasionally something will happen to you that leaves an indelible image in your mind.  We have all been confronted with inane rules, or pure stupidity on the part of large companies.  One such event occurred in 1985 when we moved back to San Augustine from North Carolina.

 

We had leased a house in the City Lake addition in preparation for our move.  The house was vacant for a couple of weeks until we could transport our worldly goods from the north.  During the interim I was busy getting things ready, such as water, gas, and telephone services connected.  This is where Ma Bell comes in.

 

I called Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and requested they hook up the telephone service.  Several days later the telephone installer arrived and took care of his job.  He left, I checked the telephones, and they all worked.  It was a couple of days later that I discovered that the installer had not left our new phone number.  I looked around but could not find any information such as an account number or phone number.

 

You would think that this would be a simple problem to solve.  You would be wrong.  I called the special 800 number and found myself describing my problem to a young lady in some distant city.  “I have new phone service but the installer did not advise me my telephone number.  Can you give that information to me?”, I inquired.  I gave her my full name, address, and city to assist in locating my information.

 

“I’m sorry, sir, but I will need your telephone number in order to find your account”, came her response.  “But, that is what I am trying to tell you, I do not know my telephone number. Just put my name in your computer and I am sure that it will find my account”, I insisted.  “I’m sorry, sir, but I cannot do that without authorization”, she patiently explained.  Now, things were getting sticky.  I was caught in a “catch 22” situation here.

 

“Who do you need to get authorization from”?, I queried.  “This could be an unlisted number, in which case I cannot give the information to you”, she parroted to me.  Seeing that I was getting nowhere in this dilemma, I asked to speak to her supervisor.

 

Hopefully the supervisor would be more understanding of this idiotic situation.  I explained the problem to her, “I am a new customer trying to find out what my telephone number is.  It seems I must already know my number before I can find out what it is”, I explained, a little sarcasm creeping into my voice.

 

“Well, sir, I really should not give out this information since you can’t prove that you are really who you claim to be, however I will honor your request”, she cooed.  She finally gave me a number just as my blood pressure reached stroke level.  I immediately ordered several hundred business cards using that number.

 

Approximately a week later, I received a letter from Ma Bell explaining that my telephone number had been changed, no reason given.  It seemed no other way to answer this than round number two on the telephone.

 

I was educated to the ways of Ma Bell by this time, so I went straight to the supervisor in charge of changing telephone numbers.  “Why did you change my number”, I demanded.  “Well, you were told that the number originally given to you was only a temporary number, and was subject to change”, she informed me.  “I was?  I don’t recall any such information given to me”, I protested.  “We always warn customers to wait a couple of weeks to make sure the number stays permanent”, I was informed.  I felt like a first-grader being scolded by the principal.

 

“Maam, I was never told this, and now I have several hundred business cards with the wrong number on them.  I will expect your company to reimburse me for this expense since you are the guilty party”, I protested.  “Sir, we will not do that, and, by the way, if you are going to use this number for business purposes we will have to charge you business rates”, came her final blow.  On second thought, maybe she had a good point here.  I was not opening a business, however was it worth round number three?  Not only can you not successfully fight city hall, you can’t win with Ma Bell, either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“MA  BELL and  ME”

 

BY:  NEAL  MURPHY

107 Hemlock Street

PO Box 511

San Augustine, TX 75972

936-275-9033

cell: 936-275-6986

email: sugarbear@netdot.com

 

 

748 Words

 

SFA trails closed until further notice for cleanup

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University has closed all SFA Gardens trails until further notice as grounds crews work to clean up dozens of downed and hanging limbs as a result of last week’s snow and ice storms.

 

Trails at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, Hinds Park and Mast Arboretum are currently closed to the public.

 

According to SFA Gardens and campus administrators, the recent extreme weather has created a number of potential hazards throughout most of SFA’s trails. They believe closure of the trails while cleanup is ongoing is the best course of action for the safety of students, faculty, staff and public.

 

SFA Gardens staff members are working to place signs and markers at trail entrances to notify visitors of the closures. It is estimated the cleanup could take two to three weeks. The public will be notified as soon as the trails are deemed safe for visitors.

Operation Desert Storm Remembrance

On January 16, 1991, President George H. W. Bush announced the start of what would be called Operation Desert Storm—a military operation of coalition forces from 34 nations to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq had invaded and annexed months earlier.   When the war ended on February 28th, 1991, 148 Americans had died in battle.

To remember the service and sacrifice of those Americans who participated in this war, Shelby County Memorial Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center.  The program will be held Monday, March 1st, 2021 at 10:00 am.  As always, the public is encouraged to attend and help honor Desert Storm Veterans.  Masks required. Questions contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-332-0349 or chiefhume95@gmail.com.

Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

 

 Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

2/22/21

 

 Due to a water outage the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Paxton/Jackson water system ID# 2100031 and 2100012 to notify all customers to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune

 systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

East Lamar Water Supply Boil Water Notice

Boiled Water Notice For Public Water System

2-18-21

East Lamar Water Supply #2100006

 

Due to loss of power and reduced distribution system pressure, the Texas Commission on Enviromental Quality has required the East Lamar Water Supply #2100006 to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption, washing hands, face, brushing teeth, drinking etc. To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and boiled for 2 minutes.

 

When boil notice is no longer needed, the system will issue a notice to recind the boil notice.

 

If you have questions, you may contact Pres. Chris Andrews at 936-591-1433 or J. Butler, Office Manager at 936-598-9780

Timpson ISD Open Tomorrow

Timpson ISD will be open on Tuesday February 23, 2021 at the normal time.  

Tenaha ISD Game Update

Girls vs Douglass in Cushing - Tuesday at 6 pm

Boys vs Broaddus in Wells- Tuesday at 6 pm

Also Host:

Longview vs Nacogdoches in SEC 6 pm

Woden vs Union Grove in SEC 8:00 pm

Tenaha ISD List of Candidates

Tenaha ISD

 

List of Candidates as they appear on the ballot for the May 01, 2021 Board of Trustee General Election for 3 board trustees:

 

3 Year Positions

 

Robert Barton (Incumbent)

Cody Price

Kaprice Hill

Cicily Cross-Blair

Dewayne Reese

 

 

 

Please note: NEW LAW-The new general rule for withdrawal deadlines for city, school district, and other local elections is 5:00 p.m. of the fifth day after the regular filing deadline, pursuant to Section 145.092, as amended. The intent is to be consistent with the rules at Section 145.092 (deadline to withdraw) and 145.094 (withdrawn, deceased, or ineligible candidate's name omitted from ballot). In the same session, as noted above, Section 145.092 was amended by Senate Bill 904 to provide for the “fifth day” after the deadline.  Section 145.092 (a). Section 145.094(a) incorporates the Section 145.092 deadline by reference. To give effect to the overall intent for the sections to be consistent, we view the “fifth day” rule at Sections 145.092(a) and 145.094 as prevailing.

The LSUS campus will be closed on 2/23 and 2/24.

Due to water pressure issues, the LSUS campus will remain closed on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th.


All face-to-face classes scheduled for Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th will be taught remotely. Students should check Moodle or contact their instructors immediately for further information. 100% Online classes will continue as scheduled.
Employees should plan to work remotely on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th, unless deemed essential. Please contact your supervisor to determine if you are considered essential, or if you have any questions or concerns.


The university will make an announcement on Wednesday, February 24th regarding operations for the rest of next week.

DETEC Status

Monday, February 22nd - 9 AM

DETEC is currently reporting 6,567 outages remaining.  Today, we expect to wrap up all repairs in Newton, Panola, Sabine and San Augustine Counties.  Our larger impacted areas of Nacogdoches and Shelby County are estimated to be all restored by this Friday.  Please keep in mind that these are estimates, ideally we hope to complete this worker sooner.  We thank you for your patience and support as crews have worked as quickly as possible.

Nacogdoches County: 2,749
Newton Co: 1
Panola Co: 167
Sabine Co: 114
San Augustine Co: 215
Shelby Co: 3,321

Over the last week, crews have restored power to approximately 16,500 members.  At the peak, DETEC reported over 23,000 outages.

If you are still without power, you may report your outage by:


  *   Calling our 1-800-392-5986 Outage Reporting line.  Please know the telephone number and meter number associated with your account.  We encourage you to rely on the automated system and do not select to speak with a representative unless absolutely necessary as you will experience long hold times or incomplete calls due to heavy call volume. With you meter number, you should be able to report your outage quickly.  The outage number is available 24 hours, every day.


  *   Call our local office at 936-229-4000, option 2.  Member Service Representatives are available 8 AM - 5 PM if you must speak with someone.  Again, due to heavy call volume, you may experience long hold times.


  *   Report your outage via our Mobile App - DETECmobile.  You must already have an online account login to use this feature.  If you do not have a login, you will need to go to www.deepeast.com<http://www.deepeast.com> and set this up.


  *   Report your outage via our website at www.deepeast.com<http://www.deepeast.com>.  You will need a online login to report your outage.  If you do not have a login, you can create one here.  You will need to know all pertinent information for the account holder. If you are accessing our site on a mobile device and do not have a login, please select "Go to Desktop Version" and select Create User ID under the My Account tab.

Boil Water Notice for Choice Water Systems

 

 Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

2/22/21

 

 Due to a water outage the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Choice water system ID# 2100005 to notify all customers to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune

 systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi 936-591-1205

Three Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Nacogdoches County

Three people died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator at a home in the Melrose community. Deputies were dispatched to the residence located on Cr. 4081 on Saturday evening around 4:30 pm.

 

Deputies entered the residence and found three people who were deceased. The Melrose VFD assisted in ventilating the residence to make it safe for first responders to enter.  

Investigators with NCSO and the Texas Rangers arrived at the scene and conducted an investigation into the deaths.  An investigation revealed that the victims had no power to the residence and had been operating a gas portable generator on the front porch.

 

Law enforcement observed that the gas generator was in the corner of the porch and the exhaust pipe from the generator was very close to the residence. An investigation revealed that the exhaust pipe from the generator had melted a hole in the siding of the residence that allowed carbon monoxide from the generator to enter into the home.

 

The victims have been identified as Deborah Wright 63 years of age, James Harkness Jr.  60  years of age both from Nacogdoches, Texas and Richard Woodard 42 years of age from MT. Enterprise, Texas.

 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family members and loved ones that have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

This investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has been ordered by the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Judge Goerner.

Timpson ISD Closed Today

Due to infrastructure issues, Timpson ISD will be closed for Monday. 

Shelbyville ISD Closed Today

 

Shelbyville ISD will not hold classes Monday, February 22nd, to allow school officials to determine damages caused by the latest winter freeze.  Administration staff and maintenance staff will report to work at 7:45 on Monday.  Teachers, instructional support staff, and students will not come to school on Monday.  A decision on when classes will resume will be reached sometime Monday after school facilities are inspected.  Thank you for your patience and please stay safe.

LSUS will be closed on Monday 2/22.

Face-to-face classes scheduled for 2/22 AND 2/23 will be taught remotely. 100% Online classes will continue as scheduled.

 

The LSUS campus will remain closed on Monday, February 22nd. All face-to-face classes scheduled for Monday, February 22nd AND Tuesday, February 23rd will be taught remotely. Students should check Moodle or contact their instructors immediately for further information. 100% Online classes will continue as scheduled. Employees should plan to work remotely unless deemed essential. The university will make an announcement on Monday, February 22nd regarding operations for the rest of next week.

City of Joaquin Regular Scheduled Meeting Agenda

CITY OF JOAQUIN
REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING

AGENDA
February 19, 2021

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 6:00
p.m. The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas and via facebook live https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010140665244 and video conference at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87536243606?pwd=WThwR0poVnVMWFZHajJBZTVPN3Zrdz09

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum &amp; welcome guest.
2. Invocation &amp; Pledge of Allegiance. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.


3. Monthly Reports:


1. a. Utility Billing Manager Report - Monthly receipts
2. b. Public Works Manager - Update – Sewer, Water, &amp; Gas
4. Discussion &amp; Council Action on Payment of Bills.
5. Discussion and possible action on a Resolution of the City of Joaquin opposing the
permitting of High Roller Wells, LLC, Allison SWD #1 ( API- #42-365-38597) and Allison SWD
#2 (API 42-365-38598) Panola County Texas and Safefill Waste, LLC Diposal Pits. (Charles
Spears)


6. Discussion and Council Action on teacher’s fund
7. Discussion and Council Action on City Roads
8. Discussion and Council Action on hiring outside help
9. Discussion and Council Action on help with utility bills
10. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting
Personnel Matters (551.074).


11. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
12. Discussion and/or action for the City office to be a FedEx and UPS drop off site.
13. Discuss and take action on checking all Fire Hydrants for repairs (painting, maintenance
, and ect.) and do a pressure check on all fire hydrant
14. Discuss and take action on ordering ballots for election on May, 2021
15.. Closing Statements.

16. Adjournment.

 

IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.


Posted by Jessica Davis on February 19, 2021
The following were notified: Shelby County Today, Center Broadcasting, The Light and
Champion, and East Texas Press.

Notice of Drawing for Place on Ballot

 

 

Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of
candidates are to be printed on ballot for the election held on May 1, 2021 in
Joaquin, Texas. The drawing will be held at 5:45 pm Tuesday February 23, 2021 at
Joaquin City Hall, 124 N Preston, Joaquin, Texas

Jessica Davis
City Secretary

 

AVISO DE SORTEO PARA COLOCAR EN LA BOLETA

Por la presente se notifica un dibujo para determinar el orden en el que se
imprimirán los nombres de los candidatos en la boleta para la elección que se
llevará a cabo el 1 de mayo de 2021 en Joaquin, Texas. El sorteo se llevará a cabo
a las 5:45 pm del martes 23 de febrero de 2021 en Joaquin City Hall, 124 N
Preston, Joaquin, Texas

Jessica Davis
Secretario de la ciudad

Thank You From Sheriff Windham

 

This week, our county was faced with winter weather that was impossible to prepare for. While everyone took proper precautions, there was no way any of us could have prepared for what we faced.

 

 The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has worked nonstop, handling literally hundreds of calls, from citizens of Shelby County who were in need. Our dispatchers have been the unseen heroes during this time. Our office could not have operated the way it did without the efforts that each of these ladies put forward. The work that our dispatchers do exceeds far beyond answering telephones. These ladies are blessing to our office and to our county. We are very proud and thankful for each one of them.

 

Our deputies were out on the roads responding to calls and assisting in every way needed. They safely brought employees to and from work that were unable to make it in. Our deputies worked long hours during this time and as always, your hard work has not gone unnoticed. These men and women risk their lives for a career that is often difficult and unappreciated. We are incredibly thankful for these men and women who serve our county. Your efforts are what keep us running smoothly.

 

Our administrative staff and correctional officers kept our jail operating without a problem. We appreciate the work that each of you do!

 

Our constables, state troopers, fire departments, commissioners, EMS providers, TxDOT workers and wrecker companies worked above and beyond their means to assist every single person in need. Resources were so limited during this time and each of you came forward and pulled through when solutions seemed impossible.

 

To ALL of the linemen working in Shelby County and public utility companies, thank you seems so inadequate. You left your homes and families in the freezing rain and snow to serve others. Your tireless dedication has restored electricity, water and internet services to thousands of Shelby County residents. We would never be able to credit the work you do and have done. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We see you and we are ever thankful.

 

Rusty Evans of Just-In-Time Sanitizations Services (Wolf Pack Rentals) in Carthage, along with his employee, Tommy, delivered portable toilets to the jail Wednesday night in the freezing rain. When the pipes at the jail began to freeze, Rusty and Tommy were quick to respond to our needs. Rusty, you have no idea how much we appreciate you coming through for us in the way that you did. You were literally, just in time!

 

Michael Hooks, store manager of Brookshire Brothers, opened their doors for us Thursday and graciously donated cases of water to the jail so that our inmates had clean drinking water. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

 

Residents of Shelby County, huge thanks to all of you who came out with tractors, chainsaws and other equipment to help our neighbors and stranded motorists. We can always count on you to lend a hand where it is needed.

 

Business and restaurants have operated way understaffed during this time just to help keep our county a float. You have provided hot meals, fuel and other necessities to our residents. You have worked long hours and we know that you are exhausted. Thank you for going above and beyond to be there for us in this critical time of need.

 

The staff at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the support we had during this time. Thanks to each of you who simply called in to say thank you.

 

As a whole, we survived. We survived because we pulled together. We survived because we are strong. We survived because we had one another to lean on. We survived because we are Shelby County.

 

If you need us, we are here. Let’s keep one another in our prayers.

 

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham

Center Water System Update

Report any leaks to 598-2941 as soon as possible.


As the system is being pressurized to restore water citywide, please report any and all obvious or apparent leaks to City Hall at 598-2941.  Any leaks, loses or waste will further delay full system operation and ability to remove the boil water notice.  Please call if you need to temporarily disconnect your meter because of water leaks.

 

Just because you have water does not mean the boil water notice has been rescinded and we continue to advise to boil all water for consumption, ingestion or cooking.  Utility staff worked tirelessly since the system was depleted Wednesday evening to be able to initiate full supply today and with your assistance all customers can maintain service.

City of Joaquin Regular Scheduled Meeting Agenda

CITY OF JOAQUIN

REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING

                                                                     AGENDA

February 19, 2021

 

 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.  The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas and via facebook live https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010140665244 and video conference at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87536243606?pwd=WThwR0poVnVMWFZHajJBZTVPN3Zrdz09

 

 

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

  1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
  2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
  3. Monthly Reports:
    1. a. Utility Billing Manager Report - Monthly receipts
    2. b. Public Works Manager -  Update – Sewer, Water, & Gas

4. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.

5. Discussion and possible action on a Resolution of the City of Joaquin opposing the permitting of High Roller Wells, LLC, Allison SWD #1 ( API- #42-365-38597) and Allison SWD #2 (API 42-365-38598) Panola County Texas and Safefill Waste, LLC Diposal Pits. (Charles Spears)

6. Discussion and Council Action on teacher’s fund

7. Discussion and Council Action on City Roads

8. Discussion and Council Action on hiring outside help

9. Discussion and Council Action on help with utility bills

10. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting

Personnel Matters (551.074).

      11. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.

12. Discussion and/or action for the City office to be a FedEx and UPS drop off site.

13. Discuss and take action on checking all Fire Hydrants for repairs (painting, maintenance  , and ect.) and do a pressure check on all fire hydrant

14.   Closing Statements.

15. Adjournment.

 

IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

 

 

 

Notice of Meeting of The Governing Body of The City of Tenaha

 

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE

 GOVERNING BODY OF THE

CITY OF TENAHA

The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Regular City Council Meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm, Tenaha, Texas.

 

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

 

The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:

 

  1. Call to Order:
  2. Roll Call: To establish a quorum.
  3. Invocation:
  4. Pledge: United States Pledge
  5. Citizens Input: This time is provided for members of the public to address the City Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting. 
  6. Department Head Reports:
    1. Public Works Report
    2. Municipal Court Report
    3. Police Department Report
    4. City Secretary Report

e.   Fire Department Report

 

 

  1. 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 January 25, 2021.  

b.   Scheduling Next Month’s meeting for Monday March 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

REGULAR AGENDA ITEM(S) (8-13)

8.         Present Racial Profiling Report to the Council.

9.         Discuss Account Payables, Contracts, Previous Finances and How Accounts are set up.

10.       Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider approving the January 2021 Financials.

11.       Discuss and take action: Discuss and Consider approval of paying loan(s) no. 66493, 66494, 66492 and 66879 to First National Bank of Wichita Falls for (4) 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe’s Police Fleet.

12.       Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time. 

13.       Adjourn.

 

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

 

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

 

Amanda Treat

City Secretary

 

 

 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closed Til Monday

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will remain closed for the entire week. All programs will resume operations on Monday. God bless. --

 

Friday Closure of Shelby County Offices

Shelby County Offices will be closed Friday, February 19, 2021 due to road conditions, power outages, and water outages. We plan on opening for business Monday, February 22, 2021.  Everyone please be careful and stay safe!!

 

Shelbyville ISD Update

No school for Shelbyville ISD for Thursday, January 18.

Early Morning Shooting Leaves Two Injured

On February 12, 2021 at 3:31 a.m., deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in the 100 block of County Road 1446 in Tenaha.

 

Per Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, when deputies arrived on scene, a female was found with a gunshot wound to the left thigh area and a male sustained a wound in the abdomen.

 

Both individuals were transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center by Allegiance EMS.

This case is under investigation; no further information will be released at this time.

Boil Water Notice for the Shelbyville Area

 

 Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

2/17/21

 

 Due to low chlorine residual the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Shelbyville water system ID# 2100014 to notify all customers to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune

 systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Rodney Warr 936-591-5338

Boil Water Notice for the Sardis Area

Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

2/17/21

 

 Due to a water outage the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Five Way  water system ID# 2100008 to notify customers that are without water 2/17/21 in the Sardis area( anyone without water) to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune

 

 systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi 936-591-1205

Timpson ISD to Have Remote Learning

Timpson ISD will continue remote learning for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17 due to inclement weather. 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries Updated Hours of Operation

Due to further impending winter storms, Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed until Friday, February 19, 2021.  We pray that you stay safe during these dangerous conditions.  God Bless you.  

Notice of Special Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

February 22, 2021

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021, 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 listedbelow.

 

Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.


1. Call to order
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Executive Session
a. Discussion of Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Applicants
4. Adjournment


If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f).


Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]


This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 16, 2021, at
1:15 p.m.
__________________________
Ray West, Superintendent

Shelbyville ISD Update

Shelbyville ISD will not have any classes on Wednesday, January 17, due to the weather and road conditions. 

County Offices closed Wednesday

Due to the weather, Shelby County Offices will be closed on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

  

The Commissioners' Court meeting is cancelled for Wednesday, February 17.

 

I urge everyone to stay off the roadways, if you have to go out, please be careful. Stay warm and safe.  

City of Joaquin Boil Water Notice

 

On February 16th, 2021 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required our public water system, City of Joaquin, to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to loss of pressure, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

Tenaha ISD School Update

TISD family...... Tenaha Schools will remain on “Remote Instruction” for the remainder of this week..... we will return to regular on campus learning on Monday, February 22.

 

All playoff basketball games are being rescheduled and moved. Currently the girls are scheduled for Thursday in Cushing but we are fully aware that the current weather situation is unprecedented..... we are basically considering changes up to the minute.

 

Parents.... please do not over worry about “remote instruction”..... The best assignment any of us at the school can give us this:

 

1) stay warm and safe

2) enjoy your family and spend time looking after each other

3) play in the snow. It may be a lifetime before we see this again. The lessons learned by smiling with family playing in the snow are more impacting than any math or reading assignment.

 

We will get caught up when we return next week. This is a time to focus on the things in our world that really matter. Find warmth, find joy, be safe!

Sabine County Beekeepers Meeting

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday, the 1st 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.    

Excelsior ISD Closed Tomorrow

Excelsior ISD will be closed tomorrow, February 16th, 2021 due to the inclement weather.

Closing County Offices

Due to dangerous road conditions all County Offices will be closed Tuesday, February 16th. 

 

County Misdeamnor Criminal Virtual Court for Tuesday, February 16th is cancelled also. If you have a court date for this date, all scheduled hearings are cancelled. You will get a letter from the Shelby County Attorney with your rescheduled hearing date and time.

Tenaha ISD School Update

Tenaha ISD will remain remote for Tuesday, Feb. 16th. Decisions will be made day to day.

Girls game moved to Wednesday, but definitely tentative.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closed

Due to dangerous weather conditions, Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed until Thursday.  This does include all programs.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.  Please stay safe and warm during this winter storm. 

DETEC Current Status

As of Monday at 11 AM, DETEC is reporting approximately 1,600 members without power.  We have fared very well with outages due to fallen trees or downed lines.  Of these outages approximately 800 are in the Newton/Jasper area and are close to being repaired.  The remaining are in Nacogdoches and are experiencing the "blackouts," which will continue for the Nacogdoches area.

Rolling Blackouts?  What are they and what can you do?
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use as much as possible. ERCOT determines how much is necessary to reduce the demand on the system, and then they tell the entities that own the transmission and distribution wires that they need to reduce the overall demand on the system by that number of megawatts.  These outages will sporadically happen and last for 30 minutes or less at a time.

It is important to note, that DETEC has no control over these rotating power outages.  This is an unprecedented event in which the entire state and beyond is experiencing below freezing temperatures causing massive energy loads. We ask that you wait approximately 30 minutes after your power goes out to report your outage.  If you power is restored within 30 minutes, your outage was likely a rotating power outage.

At this time, only our members in North and West Nacogdoches will be affected as they are within the ERCOT grid.

The DETEC service is unique in that only a small portion of our system is within the ERCOT grid unlike the majority of Texas. All other members served by DETEC are within the SPP and MISO grid.

If you do experience an outage, we ask that you switch off your heating units and wait 10-15 minutes after power is restored to turn them back on.  This will help reduce high loads impacting the system as we reenergize.  It is expected that eventually all will experience these rotating power outages.  Please make all efforts now to reduce load.

Recommended measures include:

  *   Reducing heaters to 68 degrees
  *   Turning off or unplugging nonessential appliances
  *   Avoiding the use of large appliances
  *   Minimizing the use of electric lights
  *   Closing shades or blinds to better insulate windows
 

Shelbyville ISD Update

Shelbyville ISD will not have any classes tomorrow, February 16, due to the current weather and road conditions. Plans for the remainder of the week will be determined as the weather forecast and conditions develop. Thank you and stay safe!

Swepco Warns Of Possible Controlled Outages

Potential for emergency controlled outages increases on Monday and Tuesday

AEP Texas indicates that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) appears likely to direct the transmission and distribution companies to temporarily interrupt power as an emergency procedure to avoid a large-scale outage and prevent long-term damage to the electric system. This directive is much likely to occur on Monday or Tuesday.

If ordered, AEP Texas will rotate the areas affected so that consumers will be impacted for a limited amount of time -- typically 30 minutes to an hour. The amount of time required to restore service could be delayed in some cases due to system and weather conditions.

If you lose power, turn off your heating, water heater and large appliances to enable smoother service restoration. Once power is restored, you should switch the devices back on gradually over the following 30-to-45 minutes. Taking this step will help prevent a sudden surge in demand after power is restored, which could cause a second outage.

Energy conservation measures are needed now through Tuesday to help prevent an ERCOT directive to interrupt power. Steps to help reduce electricity use include:

• Turn down the thermostat 2 to 3 degrees especially during the peak hours of 2-to-8 p.m. (Consider wearing additional layers of clothing to remain comfortable.)

• Set programmable thermostats to lower temperatures when no one is home.

• Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 8 p.m.

• If you cook indoors from 2-to-8 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.

• Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon to keep heat inside.

AEP Texas will provide additional information aa it's available.

Tenaha virtual/ remote Instruction

 

Due to the immenent winter weather threat that is coming this weekend and next, Tenaha ISD will be on virtual/ remote instruction on Monday Feb. 15th. Parents should be prepared to remain on remote instruction all week, but we will wait to make that official call as the forecast develops. Also, the regular board meeting scheduled for Monday the 15th will be rescheduled to Monday Feruary 22nd.

DETEC Prepares for Winter Weather

As we closely monitor the weather situation, DETEC is prepped and ready to respond. Despite all efforts and preventative measures, heavy snow and ice will cause outages. Please report outages and hazards to DETEC at 1-800-392-5986.  We know that being without power is an inconvenience and frigid temperatures make outages more difficult to endure.  We assure that our crews will always work as quickly as they safely can.  Please keep them in your prayers as they respond. Start now in preparing your home in the event that you loose power or the road is unsafe to travel for necessities.


  *   Disconnect appliances and electronics - As we restore power, large loads kicking on may cause surges or additional outages. Turn off your heating units and unplug electronics until the power is restored.

  *   Close freezers and refrigerators - The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary.
  *   Have a flashlight and batteries.

  *   Place generators 20 ft away from the house to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  *   Monitor your local weather alerts and emergency updates.
  *   Stay off the roads, if possible.
  *   Stock supplies for your home and vehicle.
  *   Bring your pets inside.
  *   Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
More preparation tips can be found at: ready.gov/power-outages

Power lines can be affected in three ways (or a combination thereof); the weight of the ice, tree branches breaking and falling onto the line, or wind causing the lines to sway. Half an inch of ice can add as much as 500 pounds to a power line, and damage can begin when accumulations exceed a quarter of an inch. Additional weight can be applied if a tree branch breaks off and rests on it, increasing the potential for the power line to come down.  Strong winds can exacerbate the effect of ice on power lines. When winds reach 20-25 mph, the power lines begin swaying, increasing the force on lines. This motion can cause lines to either break or touch each other, resulting in a power outage.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closed

Due to the impending winter storm, Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021.  This includes all programs.  We hope to resume all operations beginning on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Everyone be safe and God bless you.

 

Severe Weather Outlook

 

Due to the strong possibility of severe weather next week, Timpson ISD is making preparations to utilize remote learning for days students and teachers are unable to meet for in-person learning. A decision will not be made until later in the weekend and for now Timpson ISD plans to have classes as normal. However, please know that there is a possibility that TISD will move to remote learning on days we are unable to attend school on campus. The principals, teachers and staff are working hard to inform and collect information about how students will be contacted throughout the district if necessary if we have to move to remote options. We realize there are differences in the ages of students and their capabilities regarding remote instruction. We also realize that this may be difficult or impossible for some students depending on age, and location circumstances. However, we are making plans to address these issues so students will be able to have teacher contact during these days and therefore, be counted present for school. and receive vital instruction. Please, check our TISD website, Shelby County Today, TISD facebook, KSLA channel 12, Center radio KDET, and other news outlets for current updates. 

Revised Agenda for Commissioners Court

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT
SPECIAL MEETING
SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County
Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 17 th day of February, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

 

1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.


2. Approve current Payroll.


3. Public comments on Agenda item.


4. Bobby Pigg to address the court on tax exemptions for Road and Bridge Tax per property Code, Section 11.13.


5. Discuss and possibly take action to revise the tax exemptions for the Road and Bridge Tax per Property Code, Section 11.13.


6. Sheriff’s office to present Sheriff’s report

.
7. Commissioner Pct. 4 to take bids on Kobelco Excavator.


8. Adjourn.

Timpson ISD Hiring Janitor

Timpson ISD is looking to hire a janitor to work Monday - Friday from 7AM -3:30PM

 

Email Fred Wilcox at fwilcox@timpsonisd.com

Notice for Draw on Ballot-Updated


NOTICE OF DRAWING FOR PLACE ON BALLOT


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DRAWING TO DETERMINE THE ORDER IN WHICH THE NAMES OF CANDIDATES ARE TO BE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT FOR THE ELECTION TO BE HELD ON
SATURDAY, MAY 01, 2021 IN TENAHA, TEXAS WILL BE HELD AT 9:00 A. M. ON WEDNESDAY,

FEBRUARY 22, 2021, AT THE TENAHA I.S.D. ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

LOCATED AT: 138 COLLEGE STREET, TENAHA, TEXAS 75974.


IF THE CANDIDATE CANNOT BE PRESENT FOR THIS MEETING, THE CANDIDATE NEEDS TO HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT AT THIS MEETING TO DRAW FOR HIS/HER POSITION ON THE BALLOT.

 

Early Voting Clerk

 

AVISO DEL SORTELO PARA UN LUGAR EN LA BOLETA
Por lo presente se da aviso que Habra’ un sorteo para determiner la orden en que
aparecera’n los nombres de los candidates en la boleta para la elecceo’n que se
celebrara’ el May 01, 2021 en Tenaha ISD Administration Office 138 College
Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974. El sorteo tendra’ lugar a las 9:00 am El February 22,
2021.

 

Oficial Manejando el Sorteo

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Seeking info on the Murder of Tara Lea Blue

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Division is committed to the pursuit of justice, not just for the victims, but also for the victims family who are left behind. Despite the passing of many years, the following victims and their untimely deaths have not been forgotten, nor will the families who are left behind looking for answers and much needed closure. There is no statute of limitations for homicide in the State of Texas. The pursuit for justice continues.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that will lead to further evidence in this case and/or further information that will assist in securing a conviction for the suspect(s) involved, so justice can be served and bring the much-needed closure for the victims families.

 

You are encouraged to contact SCSO Cold Case Investigator DJ Dickerson at (936) 572-0255 or you can submit a tip anonymously in the form provided above. Any information will be greatly appreciated, not only by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, but especially to the victims family.

 

On Saturday, November 3, 2001 at approximately 07:00am, Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a wooded area off FM 699 near Flat Fork Creek in Center, Texas, where a hunter had discovered what appeared to be a crime scene.  It was apparent from the findings at the scene that a murder had occurred. A homicide investigation was initiated, although the body of the suspected murder victim, a Tara Lea Blue, was and still is missing. Tara Lea Blue was 30 years of age.

 

The pursuit of justice continues.

 

Murder of Curtis Price II

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Division is committed to the pursuit of justice, not just for the victims, but also for the victims family who are left behind. Despite the passing of many years, the following victims and their untimely deaths have not been forgotten, nor will the families who are left behind looking for answers and much needed closure. There is no statute of limitations for homicide in the State of Texas. The pursuit for justice continues.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that will lead to further evidence in this case and/or further information that will assist in securing a conviction for the suspect(s) involved, so justice can be served and bring the much-needed closure for the victims families.

 

You are encouraged to contact SCSO Cold Case Investigator DJ Dickerson at (936) 572-0255 or you can submit a tip anonymously in the form provided above. Any information will be greatly appreciated, not only by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, but especially to the victims family.

 

On Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at approximately 11:00 PM, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an individual lying on the side of the roadway on County Road 2020. Deputies responded to the location and discovered a deceased male subject. The body was identified as a Curtis Price II, 40 years of age.  An autopsy was performed and it was determined that Curtis Price II had been murdered.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office initiated a homicide investigation, and the investigation has continued since with various leads and collection of additional evidence.

 

The pursuit of justice continues.

 

 

 

 

 

Nacogdoches County Sheriffs Office Arrest

 

A 44 year old Nacogdoches man was arrested yesterday afternoon for two counts of online solicitation of a minor after a joint operation by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, Nacogdoches Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.


Sheriff Bridges stated that an investigator with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office that is assigned to sexual assault investigations and has specialized training with internet crimes against children conducted the investigation that led to the arrest.


The investigator was contacted over the internet by the suspect that was later identified as Jason Collier.


Acting in an undercover capacity with a photo profile of a young girl the investigator was contacted by Collier who requested to be friends with the young girl. A conversation started between the two that would last for over a week. The suspect, who is 44 years of age, was told several times during the conversation that the person he believed he was talking with was a 14 year old girl.


The age of the girl was made clear, leaving no doubt the age of the intended victim. This did not deter the suspect and he started making sexual advances during the conversation on the very first day.


During the week long conversation the suspect continued to try and groom the victim by wanting the victim to call him Daddy and to also introduce her to drugs (marijuana) and alcohol. The investigator was able to get the suspect to send several photos of himself along with a driver license photo during the conversation that helped investigators identify the suspect.


During the investigation the suspect continued to progress about having a sexual relationship with the 14 year old and gave explicit details of what he wanted to do to the child. The NCSO investigator established enough evidence for a warrant on the subject. A meeting was arraigned for the suspect to pick up the 14 year old child and take her to a motel room.


On 02-11-21 a meeting was set up at the north view plaza shopping center. Investigators with NCSO, the Nacogdoches Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety set up in the area in unmarked units. Undercover units watched the suspect leave his residence and go toward the meeting destination.


The suspect vehicle was observed pulling into the shopping center and drove around the shopping plaza for several minutes before he parked his vehicle, just outside the business where he believed the 14 year old girl was located at.


Officers from all three agencies then made their approach and took the suspect into custody without incident.


The suspect was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail and charged with two counts of online solicitation of a minor a 2 nd degree and 3 rd degree offense. The second degree offense was charged due to the subject agreed to meet with the minor.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office, Nacogdoches Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety for their valuable assistance in this investigation.


Sheriff Bridges stated that NCSO will continue to monitor and conduct undercover operations that will help identify sexual predators to help protect our youth. We encourage all parents to monitor and educate your children on the dangers of social media talk groups.

 

 

 

USS Maine Remembrance Postponed

Our wreath laying in honor of the USS Maine has been postponed to Monday, February 22 due to the inclement weather forecast for Monday February 15.  The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse.

 

Tenaha Soccer Game Update

Friday, February 12th-Both Girls/Boys Soccer games scheduled in Brownsboro are cancelled due to weather forecast.

Shelby County Sheriffs Office Seeking Whereabouts of Trailer

On Jan. 29, 2021, a 20-foot dump trailer was removed from a location on County Road 1520 in Center. The gooseneck trailer is a Big Tex brand and has wooden extensions above the top of the trailer. If you have any information of the whereabouts of this trailer, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.

 

 

Huxley Helping Hands

 

Huxley Helping Hands Drive Thru food pantry will be Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Center TX @ 9:am. Must show ID and be in line by 9:30 am to receive a box. Only one box per household will be given.

Lady Riders Basketball Playoff Game Rescheduled

The Lady Riders Basketball Playoff game vs La Vega High School has been rescheduled again. The game will be played at Athens High School on Saturday February 13 at 2pm. 

Ticket sales information has not changed. 

 

TICKET SALES INFORMATION:

LINK: https://schooleventticketslogin.com/event/view/waco-lavega-vs-center

Tickets are $4 each plus a surcharge

Everyone must have a ticket , even children, no passes will be accepted.

Notice of Special Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

February 18, 2021

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2018, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.


The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.


1. Call to order
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Executive Session
a. Discussion of Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Applicants
4. Adjournment


If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f).


Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]


This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
__________________________
Ray West, Superintendent

Countywide Broadband Survey

 

Dear Residents of Shelby County:

 

Shelby County needs your assistance.  We have partnered with Connected Nation and the Temple Foundation to gather important information about the need for Broadband services in Shelby County.  Responding to this survey will help the entire population of Shelby County. 

 

I encourage you and your family members to take this online survey.  There are 9 different surveys that you can complete, please complete each survey that applies to you.  For example, I did the home, government, business, and agriculture surveys. 

 

It is very important that we have as many surveys completed as possible.  The Federal and State Governments are expected to pledge a large amount of funds to rural America and rural Texas for broadband services in the coming years and Shelby County does not want to be left out. 

 

For your convenience, attached is 2 links, one in English and one is Spanish.  If you do not want to use the online survey, you may print it, fill it out, and bring it by the Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street in Center.  Also, I have attached a fact sheet that further explains what we are trying to accomplish.

 

Thank you so much for your assistance in bringing Shelby County into the 21st Century.

 

 

Link for online survey: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/shelby-county-1/

 

Link for pdf of survey to print: Click Here

 

Spanish: Click Here

 

Fact sheet: Click Here 

Biology student selected to represent SFA at 2021 Texas Undergraduate Research Day

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Kasey Jobe will represent Stephen F. Austin State University at the 2021 Texas Undergraduate Research Day held virtually at the state Capitol Feb. 23 and 24.

 

Jobe, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in forestry, worked with Dr. Christopher Schalk, assistant professor of forest wildlife management at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, to investigate how installation methods affect snake entanglement in erosion control blankets.

 

His work is one of only 100 research projects from across the state selected to participate.

 

“Erosion control blankets are installed at construction sites to mitigate against soil loss and promote plant growth,” Jobe said.

 

Previous research conducted by Jobe found that particular types of erosion control blankets — small?diameter polypropylene mesh with fixed intersections and multiple-layers — are more likely to cause wildlife entanglement, especially among snakes.

 

With this knowledge, Jobe and his collaborators moved forward to determine if the installation method of these blankets could reduce instances of entanglement and subsequent mortality.

 

They found that burying the edges of the installed erosion control blankets led to a significant decline in snake entanglement.

 

“No snakes became entangled in the buried edge treatment, supporting our hypothesis that modifying the installation technique for erosion control blankets is effective at reducing behavior that leads to entanglement,” Jobe said. “An exposed edge increased the number of attempts, which is a precursor to entanglement.”

 

Jobe is a co-author on three peer-reviewed scientific papers focused on snake entanglement research conducted at SFA.

 

“Involving undergraduates in research is a rewarding process, as they are involved in every step in the scientific method and experience the challenges of designing and addressing questions in science,” Schalk said. “It also allows students to see that we as faculty members do not have the answers ahead of time, but we are interpreting these results together.”

 

Funding for this project was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, the state agency responsible for numerous large and complex transportation projects that require the use of erosion control mats. The research findings were presented to the agency.

 

Texas Undergraduate Research Day, coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc., showcases the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research that positively impacts Texas and Texans.

 

Jobe’s work will be showcased for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality virtual poster presentations available at cpupc.org/ugrd/.

 

Biology student Kasey Jobe will represent Stephen F. Austin State University at the 2021 Texas Undergraduate Research Day held virtually at the state Capitol Feb. 23 and 24. His work is one of only 100 research projects from across the state selected to participate and focuses on how installation methods affect snake entanglement in erosion control blankets commonly used in transportation and construction projects.

Joaquin ISD Board Minutes

1 The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin
Boardroom with the following members present: Chrisco Bragg, Brandon Neal, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Cater, Jacob Kay, and Ronnie Belrose (arrived at 6:31 p.m.)
Board members absent: Thomas Harvey


Guest(s) Present:


Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Ryan Fuller, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of
Finance Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
2 The invocation was led by Chrisco Bragg, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Brandon Neal, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jacob Kay.


3 Audience Participation – None
4 Report and Information items:

4.1 Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.2 Student Transfer Agreement
4.3 Update on Improvement Projects
4.4 Correspondence

 

5 Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:


5.1 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jeff Hamilton, to approve the
previous meeting minutes. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It
carried unanimously.


5.2 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to call a School Board
Election for May 1, 2021. Two – three-year terms presently held by Thomas Harvey
and Ronnie Belrose. Deadline to sign-up for a place on the ballot is February 12,
2021 at 5:00 p.m. Harold Irish will serve as the election judge and shall employ clerks
as necessary. The election will be held in the Joaquin ISD Boardroom and the
Huxley Volunteer Fire Department. Joel Bumback, Jennifer McCann, and Donna
Vergo shall serve as early voting clerks to be conducted at the Administration office
beginning on April 19th and ending on April 27th. Following discussion, a vote was
taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

 

5.3 It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve 2020-
2021 Budget Amendments (attached). Following discussion, a vote was taken on the
motion. It carried unanimously.


5.4 It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve TASB
Policy Manual Update 116. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.
It carried unanimously.


5.5 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to approve Resolution for
paying employees during school closure on January 11, 2021 (attached). Following
discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.


5.6 It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve the
Substitute Employee List (attached). Following discussion, a vote was taken on the
motion. It carried unanimously.

 

6 The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act,
Texas Government Code Section 551.074 at 6:52 p.m. on February 8, 2021.


6.1 Enter closed session under Texas Government Codes:


§551.074 Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or
dismissal of public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an
officer or employee.


6.1.1 Principal’s Contracts


7 The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 7:47
p.m. on February 8, 2021. Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
7.1.1 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to extend Terri Gray’s contract by one-year subject to assignment by the Superintendent. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

 

8 Chrisco Bragg, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.


9 Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD.
March 15, 2021 - 6:00 p.m.


10 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball Game Rescheduled for TOMORROW

 

The Girls Basketball Varsity Playoff game vs La Vega High School has been rescheduled. The game will be played at Athens High School on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket sales information (below) has not changed.

 

TICKET SALES INFORMATION:

LINK: https://schooleventticketslogin.com/event/view/waco-lavega-vs-center

Tickets are $4 each plus a surcharge

Everyone must have a ticket , even children, no passes will be accepted

Shelby County Sheriffs Office Responds to Gunshot Victim

On Feb. 9, 2021 at 4:56 p.m., Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office respond to the 2000 block of County Road 4868 in Timpson in regards to a juvenile with a gunshot wound.

 

Sheriff Kevin Windham reports that once officers were on scene, a male juvenile was found deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body has been sent for an autopsy. Sheriff Windham reports that no foul play is expected.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office extends our prayers to the family.

 

No further information will be released.

Registration for Spring Flex Term now open

 

Panola College will offer a total of 24 courses during the Spring Flex Term, the majority of which will be offered online. The eight-week courses will begin March 8 and end May 6.

Spring Flex Term courses cover the same material as their full semester counterparts but are condensed into an eight-week timetable. These accelerated courses are beneficial to students who work full time while simultaneously working toward earning a degree or certificate.

 

Courses being offered during the Spring Flex Term are:

 

Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301)

Business Computer Applications (BCIS 1305)

Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 2402)

Anatomy & Physiology, non-majors (BIOL 2404)

Composition II (ENGL 1302)

Federal Government (GOVT 2305)

Texas Government (GOVT 2306)

U.S. History I (HIST 1301)

U.S. History II (HIST 1302)

Intro to Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Walking I (KINE 1119)

First Aid (KINE 1306)

Walking II (KINE 2119)

Quantitative Reasoning Foundations (MATH 0332)

Algebraic Functions (MATH 0314)

College Algebra (MATH 1314)

Contemporary Math (MATH 1332)

Elementary Statistics (MATH 1342)

Music Appreciation (MUSI 1306)

The Solar System (PHYS 1404)

General Psychology (PSYC 2301)

Lifespan Growth & Development (PSYC 2314)

Intro to Sociology (SOCI 1301)

Public Speaking (SPCH 1315)

 

For more information, call student services at 903-693-2048,

 

email admissions@panola.edu or visit https://bit.ly/RequestAnAdvisingAppointment to request an appointment with an academic advisor. Registration is open now through March 11.

 

Kade Lindsay
Communications and Social Media Coordinator
Panola College
903-693-2017

Roughriders v Eagles LIVE TONIGHT

Tonight the 6-2 Center Roughriders face the Rusk Eagles in Rusk.  The Lady Riders are off tonight as they prepare for the playoffs.  

 

The Ray Jones Chevrolet Pre-Game Show begins at 6:15 (or immediately following the JV Boys game.)  The Broadcast Team visits with Coach Harrison, then we replay last Tuesday's Senior Night ceremony.

 

Then at halftime the Abundant Love Ministries Halftime Show features Kennedy Bush's very unique interview with fellow cheerleader Tatum Mettauer.

 

As the last game concludes, we'll talk to Center Motor's Ford Tough Player of the Game during the Farmers State Bank Postgame Show.  

 

Again, first tip-off around 6:30, pregame at 6:15.

 

 Find the live stream on Twitch.TV at the roughridersports page.

 

Center Independent School District The Board of Trustees Regular Board Meeting

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (ISD) will be held February 11, 2021, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the Center ISD Administration Board Room located at 107 Private Road 605 Center, TX 75935.


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


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


1.0 Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum


2.0 Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance


3.0 Public Comments/Audience Participation


4.0 Consent Agenda


4.1 Minutes


4.2 Tax Office Report


4.3 Monthly Financial Statement


4.4 Payment Approval


4.5 Investment Report


4.6 Overnight Student Activity Trips


4.7 Amendments to the Budget


5.0 Schedule Team of Eight Training


6.0 Consideration and Approval of TASB Localized Policy Update 116


7.0 Review Bond Project and Budget


8.0 Consultation With Financial Advisor


9.0 Discussion and Possible Action on the Multipurpose Event Center


10.0 Superintendent’s Report


11.0 Closed Session


11.1 Resignation/Retirement of Personnel


11.2 Employment of Personnel


11.3 Contracts for District and Campus Administrators


11.4 Extended Emergency Sick Leave


11.5 Superintendent’s Evaluation and Contract


12.0 Open Session


12.1 Resignation/Retirement of Personnel


12.2 Employment of Personnel


12.3 Contracts for District and Campus Administrators


12.4 Extended Emergency Sick Leave


12.5 Superintendent’s Evaluation and Contract


13.0 Adjournment

SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed 'Last Chance'

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play “Last Chance” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Regents Suite A in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. The show will also be livestreamed.

 

Johana Lenington, senior theatre education major from Houston, directs “Last Chance,” written by SFA School of Theatre senior lecturer Jackie Rosenfeld. The play revolves around the lives of a young married couple, Ray and Shannon. Shannon loves her husband and the life that they have built together, but when Ray’s addiction to alcohol begins to affect their happy lives, Shannon gives Ray a chance to forfeit drinking to save their marriage. When Ray continues to drink, Shannon must decide if she is willing to stay and work through his addiction or leave the situation.

 

The cast includes Terrell junior Ryleigh Compton as Shannon; Midland freshman Zachary Jebsen as Ray; and Little Elm freshman Mariano Aguirre as Dough.

 

Stage manager is Valeria De La Cruz, Zacatecas, Mexico, senior; scenic designer is Julianna Flores, Pasadena senior; costume designer is Zach White, Buffalo senior; lighting designer is Cynthia Tovar, Southeast Houston junior; sound designer is Salvador Nunez, Plant City, Florida, sophomore; and properties master is Jenna Alley, Kingwood senior.

 

Transferring to SFA in fall 2019, Lenington has portrayed characters Rose in “Dancing at Lughnana,” Chloe in “The Curse of Plenty,” Miranda in “The Tempest,” and Mrs. Martin in “The Bald Soprano.” She made her directing debut last fall with “A Perfect Match” by Stariana Johnson. Lenington stated she is “thrilled to have the opportunity to direct ‘Last Chance’ by Jackie Rosenfeld, and I am excited for more directing opportunities in the future.”

 

Among other plays written by Rosenfeld are “Corner Lot,” “keepingabreast,” “Queen of the Mist” and “Performing Politics.” She is currently working on a play titled “Rodeo Rose.”

 

Faculty production advisor for “Last Chance” is Scott Shattuck.

 

Tickets are $4. Seating is limited, and face coverings are required. Social distancing protocols will be observed. To purchase tickets or virtual access, visit the SFA Fine Arts Box Office online at boxoffice.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407. Box office sales end at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19. For more information about the play, call the School of Theatre at (936) 468-4003 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

Shelbyville Lady Dragon Basketball Playoff Game

 

The Lady Dragons will play Broaddus @ Wells High School, Thursday, Feb. 11 @ 7:00 pm. Admission is $4 Adults, $3 Students. We are the Home team. The following passes will be accepted:  TABC, THSCA, TGCA Members, and  District 23 & 24 passes.

Tri County Produce Drop

 

Tri County will have a produce drop tomorrow @ 9am in Ivan Smith parking lot near 

Old Somberos Restaurant 

 

Missing Man Found

 

Mr. Barrett has been located safe in ARKANSAS. Thank you all for sharing our information.

Tenaha ISD Game Updates

 

Tuesday, February 9th- VB vs Shelbyville 6:00 pm (There)

Thursday, February 11th-Lady Tigers vs West Sabine (Playoff) 6:30 pm in SEC

Friday, February 12th-VB vs Martinsville 5:00 pm (Senior Night) in SEC; Host Girls Game- Hallsville vs Lufkin 7:00 pm in SEC

VFW to Observe The Sinking of The USS Maine

 

The Spanish-American War lasted a little less than four months, April 21st – August 13th, 1898 and ended Spain’s worldwide empire.  It ended with America easily defeating Spain and signaled the United States emergence as a world power.  The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on February 15th, 1898 with the loss of 266 crewmen and marines in essence was the start of the war.

 

The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898 which established the independence of Cuba, gave Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States and allowed the US to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain for $20 million.  The brief war cost the United States $250 million and 3,000 lives of which 90% perished from yellow and typhoid fever and other infectious diseases.

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars traces its roots back to these veterans who founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.  There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.  These formed organizations would become what is now known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

 

In observance of the sacrifices made by the Veterans of the Spanish American War and those who died aboard the USS Maine, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Courthouse on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  As always the public is invited. Masks and social distancing required.  Call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 for more information.

Shelby County Sheriffs Office Establishes Cold Case Investigation Division

 

The Cold Case Investigations is a new division to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that is staffed with one Investigator and is responsible for all cold case investigations. Sheriff Kevin W. Windham emphasizes the great importance of solving these cases which goes to the reason he established this new division.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Division is committed to the pursuit of justice, not just for the victims, but also for the victim’s families who are left behind. Despite the passing of many years, the victims and their untimely deaths have not been forgotten, nor will the families who are left behind looking for answers and the much-needed closure. There is no statute of limitations for homicide in the State of Texas. The motto of the Cold Case Division is: “The pursuit of justice continues.”

 

A link to the “Cold Case Investigations” can now be accessed from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office website located at www.scsotx.org. Please note that we are in the process of adding the numerous cold cases of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to the website with information available for release and they will be updated periodically with the latest information. Please check back as these cases are uploaded.

 

Also, a “Submit a Tip” box is available with each case so anyone who may have information can easily submit a tip confidentially.  

 

If you have information that you would like to discuss, you are encouraged to contact SCSO Cold Case Investigator DJ Dickerson at (936) 572-0255 or via email at donnie.dickerson@co.shelby.tx.us.

House Fire on CR 3267

 

At 4:27 p.m. on Friday, February 5th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 1432 County Road 3267. Desoto Parish Fire District #1 also responded per the department’s automatic mutual aid agreement. First arriving units found a wood veneer A-frame home fully involved. Due to heavy fire conditions, firefighters deployed an exterior attack. A quick knockdown of the fire was accomplished, and firefighters remained on the scene performing salvage and overhaul operations until 7:15 p.m. The home was a total loss, however, firefighters were able to salvage some important personal items for the homeowner. There was no one home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Man

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public in locating a missing elderly man.

 

Thurman Barrett, of Joaquin, is described as an 84 year-old white male. He has gray hair, blue eyes, 5’8” and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

 

Barrett was last seen Thursday, January, 28, 2021 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Williams Landing/Woodland Shores area in Joaquin. He was driving a 1997 Chevrolet extended pickup with Texas plate HVB6036. THE VEHICLE PICTURED BELOW IS A STOCK PICTURE OF WHAT BARRETT’S VEHICLE LOOKS LIKE. THIS IS NOT HIS ACTUAL VEHICLE.

It is requested that if you see Barrett, DO NOT approach him. He may be in possession of a firearm(s).

 

If you know the whereabouts of Barrett or may have seen him, you are asked to contact the SCSO at (936) 598-5601 and provide the location.

 

 

City of Joaquin Notice of Special Called Meeting

February 9, 2021

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special called meeting Tuesday, February 9, 2021

at

4:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum &amp; welcome guest.
2. Invocation &amp; Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Order of Notice to call for May Election on May 1, 2021 to elect Mayor and 2 council
members.
5. Closing statements
6. Adjournment

 

IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.


Posted by Jessica Davis 2/5/2021


The following were notified: Shelby County Today, Center Broadcasting, The Light and Champion, and East Texas Press.

Notice Of Regular Meeting

Notice is hereby given that on the 8th day of February 2021 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.


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

Texas Government Code Section:

 

§551.071 An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer, or on a matter in which the duty of counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act. §551.072 Deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.


§551.073 Deliberation of a negotiated contract for a prospective gift or donation to the governmental body if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person. §551.074 Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.
§551.076 Deliberate the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices.


§551.082 Deliberate a case involving the discipline of public-school child or complaint or charge brought against an employee of the School District by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing. §551.0821 Deliberate a matter regarding a student or students where personally identifiable information about students will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.


§551.083 Deliberate the standards, guidelines, terms or conditions the board will follow, or instruct its representatives to follow, in a consultation with a representative of an employee group. §551.084 Exclusion of witness from hearing.


§551.127 A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.


§551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference call, or communications over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body.
Education Code 39.030 39.030 Discuss or adopt individual assessment instruments or assessment instrument items.


Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the School Board with regard to any matter considered in such closed session, then the final vote shall be either:


(a) in the open meeting covered by the Notice upon the reconvening of the public meeting; or
(b) at a subsequent public meeting of the School Board upon notice thereof; as the School Board shall determine.

 

AGENDA FOR February 8, 2021

 

1. Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD may have member(s) via video conference call – Texas Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code)


2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance


3. Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.


4. Report/Information items:

 

4.1 Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance


4.2 Student Transfer Agreement


4.3 Update on Improvement Projects


4.4 Correspondence

 

5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:


5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting


5.2 Call a School Board Election for May 1, 2021


5.3 2020-21 Budget Amendments


5.4 Approve TASB Policy Manual Update 116


5.5 Approve Resolution for paying employee’s during school closure January 11th 2021


5.6 Approve Substitute Employee list


6. Enter Closed Session


6.1 Enter closed session under Texas Government Codes:
§551.074 Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.

 

6.1.1 Principal’s Contracts


7. Return to Open Session - Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:


7.1 Principal’s Contracts


8. Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting


9. Designation of date and time of next meetings: March 15, 2021 - 6:00 p.m.


10. Adjournment

 


On this 5th day of February 2021, this Notice was mailed to news media that had previously requested such Notice and an original copy was posted on the bulletin board outside the School District Administration Building at 1:00 p.m. on said date.

 

Ryan Fuller, Superintendent


February 5, 2021

Speed Limit Changes on US 190 Near Point Blank

 

LUFKIN – Texas Transportation Commissioners recently approved a reduced speed limit in San Jacinto County that will be enforceable once signs are set.

 

The speed limit change was approved on US 190 in San Jacinto County from the Walker County line to Point Blank West city limits. The speed limit will be lowered to 65 miles per hour from the Walker County line to 1 mile towards Point Blank. Continuing for approximately 1.9 miles toward Oakhurst, unincorporated, the speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour. Continuing from mile point 3.9, for approximately 3.4 miles, the speed limit will be reduced to 65 miles per hour.

 

TxDOT has conducted the prescribed engineering and traffic studies to determine reasonable data that met state safety markers required to lower the speed limits on these segments of the state highway system.

 

Motorists should stay alert to the new speed limits as signs are placed. Obey all traffic control as crews place the new signage.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395

Notice of Meeting of The Governing Body of The City of Tenaha

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

 

The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Special Called City Council Meeting on Monday
February 8, 2021 at 5:30 pm, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
FACE MASK ARE REQUIED TO ENTER THE BUILDING AND DESIGNATED SEATING WILL
BE PROVIDED DUE TO SOCIAL DISTIANCING.


The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:


1. Call to Order:
2. Roll Call: To establish a quorum.
3. Invocation:
4. Pledge: United States Pledge


5. Citizens Input: This time is provided for members of the public to address the City
Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not listed
on the agenda. Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes. A Citizens Input Form may be
filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.
Regular Agenda Item(s): 6-12


6. Vote for Agenda Item Number 10 that was listed on the January 25, 2021 Agenda:
Approving the November 2020 Financials.


7. Vote for Agenda Item Number 11 that was listed on the January 25, 2021 Agenda:
Approving the December 2020 Financials.


8. Vote for Agenda Item Number 12 that was listed on the January 25, 2021 Agenda:
Award contract to vendor for the delivery of emergency services equipment through
CDBG FAST Grant 7219256.


9. Vote for Agenda Item Number 13 that was listed on the January 25, 2021 Agenda:
Paying the First National Bank Wichita Falls Loan No. 66879 in the amount of
$17,879.14 out of the Improvements account.

 

10. Vote for Agenda Item Number 14 that was listed on the January 25, 2021 Agenda: Order


Election to be held on May 1, 2021 for the purpose of electing (3) Three City Council
Members; Place 1, Place 4, and Place 5.


11. Executive Session:
Consider entering executive session for legal consultation with the City Attorney and
discussion of pending litigation, personnel matters and acquisition with possible action
related thereto upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Government Code
Section 551.071, 551.072, 551.074.
End of Executive Session


Reconvene into open session and take any action necessary because of the Executive
Session.


12. 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

Shelbyville ISD Notice of Special Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Board of Trustees

Shelbyville Independent School District

February 8, 2021

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021, beginning at 11:00 a.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.


1. Call to order
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Board Training Session
     a. Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness
4. Adjournment


If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f).


Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]


This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 3, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.
__________________________
Ray West, Superintendent

Tenaha ISD Game Update

 

Friday, February 5, 2021 JVG/VG/VB vs Joaquin (There) 4:30 pm

 
 
 
 

Shelbyville ISD Notice of Regular Meeting

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING 
Board of Trustees 
Shelbyville Independent School District 
February, 2021

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 

 

1.    Call to order
2.    Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.    Open forum
4.    Public Meeting for District Annual Performance Report for 2019-20
5.    Consent agenda 
        a.    Minutes of the January 14, 2021 Board Meeting
        b.    Monthly financial reports
6.    Consider for Approval
        a.    Call for School Board Election
        b.    TASB Update 116
7.    Principal’s/Director’s Reports
        a.    Campus events
        b.    Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8.    Superintendent’s Reports
        a.    Articles of Interest
        b.    General Updates
9.    Executive Session
        a.    Resignations/Employment
        b.    Personnel
10.    Adjournment

 

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


This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on February 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

                                                                                                  __________________________
Ray West, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs to host first Brave Space of spring semester

NACOGDOCHES, Texas  Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will discuss self-reflection, empowerment, community building and radical empathy during the first Brave Space Series of the spring semester.

 

Solo El Pueblo Salva Al Pueblo (Only the People Save The People) is a workshop where participants will have the opportunity to discuss how the power of the people can help overturn worldwide systems of oppression, as well as participate in activities that demonstrate the steps individuals can take in their own sphere of influence.

 

“The purpose of this workshop is to educate the audience about the power that exists within all of us to build a new world where true freedom and justice are possible,” said Andrea Flores, OMA student ambassador. “The workshop includes activities and discussions that will encourage participants to be honest and vulnerable with one another to highlight the importance of empathy, love and trust, which are essential for community building.” 

 

The activities are designed to educate participants about the current state of worldwide systems of oppression and the impact behind individuals’ everyday decisions and assist participants in finding what realistic steps they can take to help build community within their own social circles.

 

“I hope participants leave the workshop knowing about the power they have to fight against these worldwide systems of oppression,” Flores said.

 

The workshop will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. In-person attendance is limited, so participants also can join via Zoom.

 

To make accommodations, such as captioning, or to register, visit sfasu.edu/oma.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at oma@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1073

Joaquin ISD Schedules Substitute Training

 

Joaquin ISD has scheduled a substitute training and orientation session for Friday, February 5, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  The training will be held in the Joaquin ISD Annex building located behind the high school.

 

Please complete an online application located on the Joaquin ISD website, www.joaquinisd.net, under employment opportunities.  If you have any questions contact Donna Vergo at 936-269-3128 ext 225 or by email, dvergo@joaquinisd.net.

Kilpatrick Farms Joins Membership of American Angus Association

 

Kilpatrick Farms, Joaquin, Texas, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

 

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 19 million registered Angus.

 

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation — help members advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers. 

 

ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 23,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association, visit www.angus.org.

 

Shelbyville ISD FFA Welding Team Results

F.F.A WELDING TEAM


The following students competed in the 14’Trailer Build-Off in West Hardin on January 29. They placed 4 th and each Jr. and Sr. that participated received a $250 scholarship to Tulsa Welding School.


Grady Clay, Clayton Hinton, Eli Taylor and Jedd Wagstaff
We are Dragon Proud!

 

 

Shelbyville ISD FFA Rabbit Show Results

FFA RABBIT SHOW


The following Shelbyville High School F.F.A. students competed in The Texas Triple
Extravaganza in Ft. Worth on January 30, 2021.


Delaney Dunn
Logan Williams
Brylee Scarborough
Malachi McArthur
Liela Klein
River Williford
Alaina Haley
Kayla Garcia


Awards received were First Class in 8 of the 32 rabbits shown, Best of Breed in Youth
Chinchilla show, Youth Jersey Wooly show, Youth Rex show and Youth Harlequin
show. Also, Best Opposite Breed in Youth French Lop and Youth Chinchilla show.
Congratulations! We are Dragon Proud!

 

 


 

Boil Water Notice


 Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems


 2/02/2021


Due to a broken water main the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Choice water system ID# 2100005 to notify customers that were without water 2/01/2021 on HWY 96 S and all side roads ( anyone without water) to boil their water, prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune
 systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince Di Verdi 936-591-1205
 

WATCH LIVE TONIGHT: Basketball Senior Night Double-Header!

Tonight Roughrider Basketball plays a double-header against the Carthage Bulldogs.  Tonight is both teams' "Senior Nights" -- their final home game and the senior players' last appearance in Roughrider Gym.  The live stream will begin around 6:15 pm.

 

The 5-3 Lady Riders begin the evening facing the Lady Bulldogs.  Last week's loss to Palestine will likely cost them a shot at the district championship, but a win tonight and again Friday would give them the inside track to 2nd place and a favorable seed in the state playoffs.  

 

The Ray Jones Chevrolet Pre-Game Show begins at 6:15 (or immediately following the JV Boys game.)  The Broadcast Team visits with Coach Boone, then student reporter Jack Callen Watlington sits down with Lady Rider guard Yahdira Valdez from Roughrider Studios.

 

Immediately after the Ladies, (at approximately 8:00), the 4-2 Roughriders face the district leading Bulldogs in hopes of avenging their loss in Carthage  During the Crossover Show [between games], The Broadcast Team chats with Coach Hiram Harrison and Jack Callen talks to Roughrider senior Treyven Emerson.

 

Then at halftime the Abundant Love Ministries Halftime Show features Kennedy Bush's interview with ladies Team Manager Americus Sparks during the ladies' game and with her very special guest Kennedy Bush during the gentlemen's halftime.

 

As the last game concludes, we'll talk to Center Motor's Ford Tough Player of the Game during the Farmers State Bank Postgame Show.  

 

Again, first tip-off around 6:30, pregame at 6:15.

 

 Find the live stream on Twitch.TV at the roughridersports page.  Or just click here:

 

https://www.twitch.tv/roughrider sports  

SFA to livestream Repertory Dance Company performances

SFA to livestream Repertory Dance Company performances

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance program will livestream this semester’s Repertory Dance Company performances, featuring guest artists, three faculty pieces and the theme “Vitality,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 through 26 and 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

 

“Our concert this year encompasses strength, power and unity throughout each piece,” said Mandi Moore, assistant professor of dance at SFA. “This year’s process has been a true test to our company and the arts to safely create, rehearse and produce a show during a pandemic. We are grateful to our resilient choreographers and dancers for working together to create ‘Vitality.’”  

 

The guest artists for the three performances are Angela Bacarisse, professor of costume design at SFA; Jared Doster, former dancer with Pilobolus Dance; and Keith Haynes, lecturer of critical media practices at University of Colorado Boulder.

 

Skyler Morgan, a senior dance major from Mount Pleasant who is a Repertory Dance Company member, said bringing this show to life has helped her gain insight into both dancer and choreographer perspectives.

 

“I have been dancing for about 22 years now, and nothing compares to this dance program,” Morgan said. “Even through COVID, I feel as though I never stopped learning. My experiences with my amazing professors and all the opportunities presented to us by the guest choreographers have put me in such a good headspace to further my career upon my graduation in May.”

 

The performances will primarily feature modern dance, but the audience also will get to enjoy hip hop, jazz and step dance. Some of the choreography will incorporate multimedia elements and projection, or the ability to project energy outward to the audience. The concerts also will feature historic spoken text and improvisation.

 

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, only the performers’ immediate family members may attend the concerts in person in the HPE Complex, Room 201.

 

Students, faculty, staff and the public can watch online by making a donation in any amount at sfasu.edu/rdc. Donors will receive an email the week of the performances containing the livestream link. Donations also will be accepted at the door.

 

“Normally, the revenue we generate from ticket sales funds the next Repertory Dance Company performance,” said Heather Samuelson, dance program co-coordinator and assistant professor in SFA’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. “Because in-person attendance is greatly limited this year, we’re asking the public to help us support the future growth and success of these students.”

 

For more information, email Samuelson at samuelsoh@sfasu.edu, or visit sfasu.edu/rdc.

 

 

Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance program will livestream this semester’s Repertory Dance Company performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 through 26 and 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Students, faculty, staff and the public can watch online by making a donation in any amount at sfasu.edu/rdc.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries Closed This Week

Due to COVID-19 exposure, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, which includes our Helping Hands and Senior Nutrition departments, will be closed this week, February 1 – February 5.  We plan to resume normal operating hours and days on Monday, February 8th.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  God Bless you and stay safe

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