News Headlines Archives for 2021-07

Spam calls from Joaquin High School

It has come to our attention that two local businesses have received phone calls requesting donations from an 800 number with the caller ID showing up as Joaquin High School. Please be advised that Joaquin ISD is NOT currently soliciting donations by phone. 

 

Jennifer McCann
Administrative Assistant
Joaquin ISD

MEET YOUR 9U DIXIE YOUTH WORLD SERIES CHAMPION TEAM FROM CENTER, TX

 

Front Row left to Right:

Karson Link, Levi McDonald, Brennan Eberenz, Beckett Meeks

Back Row Left to Right:

LaDerrick Moton Jr., Easton Lee, Lincoln Willoughby, Cullen Henson, Bryce Eberenz, and Shade McDonald

 

Manager is Kevin Link.  Coaches are Jake Henson and Cade Eberenz

 

The Center 9U allstars traveled to Texarkana this past weekend and competed against 5 states consisting of 9 other teams.  This Center team has been very successful over the past 3 years coming up just short of the grand title.  The team started the Tournament season with a warmup tournament in Bullard where they were undefeated.  At the State Tournament in Center July 10 -12, Center encountered their first loss of the season against a strong Hudson team.  Center worked their way back to the championship where they beat Hudson twice in back to back games to win the Texas State Championship.  During the World Series, Center went 6-1 to win the Championship.  The tournament started off with 4 games of pool play on Friday and Saturday then went into single elimination on Sunday.  In Fridays pool games, Center defeated Grant Parish, LA at 9:45am and incurred their second loss of the season against a tough team from Ruston, LA at 3:00pm.  On Saturday, Center defeated both North Texarkana, AR and Hudson, TX at 8:00am and 3:00pm respectively.  After pool play, there were 3 teams tied with 3-1 records.  Ruston, Center, and Hudson would have to let the tie breaker of runs allowed between their games to decide their seeding.  They allowed 11,12, and 13 runs respectively, therefore Ruston was #1 seed, Center was #2 seed, and Hudson was #3 seed.  In Bracket play,  Center escaped a close game with their first opponent from Monroe, LA at 9:45am.  They had to overcome a 6-2 deficit against Laurel Jones County, MS to win their semi-final game 7-6 at 1:15pm.  In the Championship game against Ruston, LA, Center took no chances and jumped out to an early lead and maintained it to win the Championship 5-3.  Although we have had many teams represent Center, TX at a Dixie World Series,  this marks the first time that Center has had a team win it.  If you see one of the players or coaches around town, please congratulate them on a job well done.  There are many hours put in by both sides when a team makes it this far into the tournament season.  A special presentation will be presented to this team soon.

Joaquin ISD Substitute Orientation and Training

Joaquin ISD has scheduled a substitute orientation and training for Tuesday, August 3, 2021,  at 10:00 a.m. at the Joaquin ISD Administration Building located at the far end of the football field.  Please be sure to complete and or update an online application at www.joaquinisd.net under employment opportunities. Questions contact Donna Vergo, 936-269-3128 ext. 225 or dvergo@joaquinisd.net

Substituting at Joaquin ISD 

In order to substitute in any capacity for Joaquin ISD as well as any school district in the state of Texas, substitutes are required by law to be fingerprinted through the state designated vendor enabling the district to conduct a criminal history background check.  There is a fee of approximately $50.00 that is your responsibility.  Joaquin ISD will take information from your application and submit it to the Texas Education Agency. A “Fastpass” will be issued and sent to you with fingerprinting instructions. You must be fingerprinted before you can be added to the substitute list. 

Candidates must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Retired teachers are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the fingerprint requirement, you will also be required to attend a Joaquin ISD substitute training. This training is held at various times during the month. Please call Donna Vergo at (936) 269-3128 ext. 225 for a training date.   

A substitute teacher’s service is an important contribution to our school system as well as to the development of the boys and girls in whom all educators are so vitally interested. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students of Joaquin ISD, thank you for your interest in substituting at Joaquin ISD.

Tiger News

July 31, 2021-JJ Patton “Signing Day” in Cafetorium 5:00 pm

August 2, 2021-Board Meeting 5:30 pm; Uniform fitting for 9-12 Grades Clarinets, Saxes, & Percussion) 11-12 pm; Uniform Fitting for 9-12 (Flutes, Trumpets, & Low Brass) 3-4 pm

August 3, 2021-Band Uniform Fitting for all 8th graders 3-5 pm

August 7, 2021-Media Day

August 9-11, 2021-Staff In-Service/Preparation Days

August 12, 2021-First Day of School; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 am at City Hall

August 13, 2021-Tenaha vs Kerens (Scrimmage) in Joaquin 5:00 pm (3 Way)

August 16, 2021- Board Meeting

August 19, 2021-Tenaha vs New Diana (Scrimmage) Home 6:00 pm

August 28, 2021 (Saturday)-Tenaha vs Honey Grove  Home 2:00 pm; 1998 Team Ceremony before game begins

September 3, 2021-Tenaha vs ARP (There) 7:00 pm

September 6, 2021-Labor Day Holiday

September 9, 2021-Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 am

September 10, 2021-Tenaha vs Brook Hill (Home) 7:00 pm

September 17, 2021-Tenaha vs Tyler Grace (There) 7:30 pm

September 20, 2021-Board Meeting

September 23, 2021-End 1st Grading Period

September 24, 2021-Staff In-Service/Student Holiday; Tigers vs Lovelady (There) 7:00 pm-District Game

September 27, 2021-Beginning 2nd Grading Period

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We are in for an AWESOME year at Tenaha ISD!!!

Reminders:

Deadline to submit Hall of Honor Nominee (s) is Monday, August 2nd. (Form attached)

Campus Offices will reopen Monday, August 2nd.

The 1st day of school is Thursday, August 12th.

?Tenaha Schools will provide school supplies for ALL students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Planned SFA monuments to honor historically black fraternities and sororities

Ten granite pillars to be installed on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus will pay homage to the National Pan-Hellenic Council and its “Divine Nine” historically black fraternities and sororities.

 

The 10-foot monuments will be erected in two rows of five along a pedestrian-only section of Raguet Street between the McGee Business and Miller Science buildings in the heart of campus. The name of each NPHC Greek organization will be engraved on one of the historic markers, and the 10th pillar will recognize the council as a whole.

 

“I am excited to see the continuous progress of SFA’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives through these monuments,” said Dr. Michara Delaney-Fields, SFA’s chief diversity officer. “This project demonstrates our constant commitment to creating a clear and concise path of transformative change.”

 

The $85,000 installation is being entirely funded through donations and will include lighting, landscaping and site beautification. SFA’s Student Government Association and Interfraternity Council already have contributed to the project. Organizers are hoping the monuments can be funded and installed in time for SFA Homecoming in late October.

 

“These monuments will provide greater visibility for our historically black fraternities and sororities, as well as honor the historic legacy of these organizations on our campus and across the country,” said Saville Harris, a 2010 and 2013 graduate of SFA and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Until recently, Harris served as the SFA assistant director of student engagement-Greek life, and has been instrumental in the project’s planning.

 

Engraved benches will be placed between each marker in the colonnade, which is designed to be a place of reflection and remembrance, a designated space for NPHC celebrations and ceremonies, and a destination for campus guests and visiting alumni. Similar installations honoring historically black Greek organizations are located at Texas Christian University and Baylor University.

 

“Walking through these columns, I think people will get the sense of being in a cathedral or coliseum or some other place of great history, tradition and reverence,” Harris said. “It is going to be a phenomenal addition to the campus.”

 

Shamia Gipson, a 2020 SFA graduate and past president of SFA’s chapter of NPHC, said the idea for the project grew out of conversations she and Harris often shared about how historically black Greek organizations could be more visible on campus.

 

“We started talking about NPHC monuments at other universities and how much we would love to have something bold and lasting to spread awareness about the importance of these groups at SFA,” said Gipson, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. “It is really humbling and exciting to think that those conversations eventually led to this project being approved, and the incredible history and contributions of these organizations are going to be recognized and celebrated.”

 

Gipson’s sorority sister Courtney Bradley, a recent SFA graduate who served as the NPHC president during the spring 2021 semester, said she is most excited about the impact the project could potentially have on current and future students.

 

“One of the most important things in regard to student success is having representation, seeing people who look like you be successful in college and beyond,” Bradley said. “These monuments will be a sacred, historical marker for my culture and my community, a celebration of how far we have come and how far we can go in the future.”

 

The monuments will be created and installed by SFA alumni-owned Martus Stone-Nacogdoches Monument Company, which is completing the project for the cost of materials alone, according to wholesale manager and two-time SFA graduate Jenny Rhodes.

 

“We are Lumberjacks, once and always. We’re family,” Rhodes said. “When SFA reached out and we saw the need, we never hesitated. What these monuments stand for — the magnitude of the statement they are going to make for past, current and future students — it was just a no-brainer for us. We can’t wait to start.”

 

The NPHC comprises nine member organizations dedicated to promoting camaraderie, academic excellence and community service. The organizations, known collectively as “The Divine Nine,” include Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta.

 

To donate to the marker project, visit sfasu.edu/nphc. Those who donate $1,000 or more will be recognized as a sponsor during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

For more information, contact the SFA Office of Development at (936) 468-5406 or givetosfa@sfasu.edu.

 

Story by Amy Roquemore, director of student publications and divisional media for the SFA Division of Student Affairs.

COMMISSIONERS' COURT SPECIAL MEETING SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

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 28TH day of July, 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. 

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2. Public comments on Agenda item. 

3. Discuss and take action to retain or remove local optional fees from Chapter 502 of the 

Transportation Code for the Calendar year 2022. 

4. Jordan Herrin and Austin Morrison, representatives of the Texas Forest Service to present 

and explain the 'Good Neighbor Program that is offered by the Texas Forest Service. 

5. Discuss and possibly take action on the 'Good Neighbor Program' offered by the Texas 

Forest Service. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

6. An Executive Session will also be held for the purpose of discussing personnel, hearing 

complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. The closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074. 

7. Reopen public meeting. 

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

9. Adjourn

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church Back To School Bash!

Back To School Bash!

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church

Saturday, August 7th at 6pm

 

Activities

  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Kiddie Bouncy House
  • Horse shoes
  • Washers
  • Dunking Booth
  • 42 - Dominoes
  • Cake Walk
  • Free Hotdogs

All Children must be accompanied by an Adult

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fellowship

 

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church 5527 FM 417 East

Located 2 miles off of Hwy 87 on 417 East

in Shelbyville, Texas 75935

Nacogdoches Police Have Made an Arrest for Murder

NACOGDOCHES,TX (July 25,2021):  Around 7:34 a.m. this morning officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department and Fire Personnel responded to a residence in the 2400 block of E. Starr Ave.  When first responders arrived they found a 72 year old elderly victim that appeared to be deceased from an apparent assault.  First responders attempted life saving measures and she was transported to the closest hospital. The victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The victim has been identified to be Carole Favro from Nacogdoches, Tx.  A person of interest was located on scene at the time of the incident. Investigators developed probable cause during their investigation to charge the suspect with Murder in the death of the victim. The suspect has been identified to be Jared Delgado from Nacogdoches, Tx. Delgado is currently being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. As further information becomes available it will be released.

CHS Fish Camp 2021

Center High School would like to invite all incoming freshmen to this year's Fish Camp, which will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This year's activities include:

 

- an introduction to teachers and principals

- a personalized tour of the high school

- a copy of your schedule

- a mock bell run

- a Fish Camp T-shirt

- a pizza lunch!

 

Freshmen, please join us and get your year off to a great start!

 


CISD: Student Immunization information

Center ISD 

Student Immunizations 

August 9, 2021 

Middle School Meet the Teacher 

4:30pm-6:30pm 

*Please sign up using the following link: 

https://form.jotform.com/auroraconcepts/student-vaccine-consent?School=Center MS Meet the Teacher%20ISD 

Standard vaccines at each age group if up to date: 

Seniors: MCV4 – required for colleges, Men B – a 2 shot series that is the optional 5thstrain of meningitis Incoming 7th graders: MCV4, Tdap, Optional HPV 

4 yo shots – DTAP/IPV/MMR/Varicella, Hep A if needed 

*All insurance policies will be verified, please sign up with the link if you plan to participate! 

*If you plan to pay out of pocket, please submit your info! You will put “NA” in all insurance blanks. 

No insurance: 

$10/shot – up to 18 yo 

19+ - self pay adult prices 

Aurora Concepts, LLC

 

Center Roughrider 2021 Season Football Ticket Sales 

CENTER ROUGHRIDER 

ATHLETICS 

2021 Season Football Ticket Sales 

If you wish to reclaim your season tickets for the 2021 Rider Football Season, they will go on sale at the High School Athletic Office beginning Monday, August 2nd, 2021. The Athletic Office will be open for reserve seat ticket sales Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

IF YOU HAVE NOT PICKED UP YOUR SEASON TICKETS BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 13TH AT 4:00 P.M., THEY WILL BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE YOUR TICKETS PICKED UP BEFORE THE DEADLINE. 

If you have any questions OR are relinquishing your season tickets, please call the Athletic Office @ 936 - 598 - 6173 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!!!! 

RICKY MEEKS – ATHLETIC DIRECTOR / HEAD FOOTBALL COACH 

658 ROUGHRIDER DR. CENTER, TX 75935 

PHONE- 936-598-6173 EXT 2206 FAX-936-598-1518 

ricky.meeks@centerisd.org

 

Back To School Bash

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Back To School Bash

At “The Shop”

289 Booker T. Washington

Tenaha, Texas

Friday August 9, 2021

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Free Admission

Live DJ, Music and Free Food

7th – 12th Grade Students ONLY

Mask may be worn but not required

Parents may come to chaperone

 

Beekeeping meeting

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday August 2nd. 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.   

TRIBUTE TO JUDGE RICK L. CAMPBELL

The Officials of Shelby County, Shelby County Commissioners’ Court, and Shelby County Employees offer their sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to former County Judge Rick L. Campbell’s family and friends.  Shelby County has lost a favored son.  Judge Campbell was a true ambassador for Shelby County, letting everyone he came in contact with know where he was from and that it was the greatest place on earth to live and raise a family.  His enthusiasm and smile were contagious. His philanthropic efforts helped many of Shelby County’s youth attend college. Judge Campbell’s giving nature will always be remembered, and he will forever be in our hearts.  

Unique Boutique Back to School Sale

 

The Unique Boutique is having a Dollar Days Back to School Sale!  There are Clothes, Pants, Shoes, Purses, and Dresses for 50% off!  Plus, there will be multiple In-Store deals you do not want to miss out on!  Come by The Unique Boutique and get all your back-to-school needs.  For more information, please call the store at 936-591-8190. 

Joaquin ISD Meet the Teacher Date/Times

Joaquin ISD will host Meet the Teacher on August 5, 2021 at the following times:

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Elementary Meet the Teacher: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

Junior High & High School Meet the Teacher: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

 

 

We are looking forward to a great school year! 

 

SFA Gardens to host Lunch Bunch

Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its monthly Lunch Bunch event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, 2900 Raguet St., in historic Nacogdoches.

 

Participants should bring their own lunch and join staff members from SFA Gardens as they share the topics of this year’s Lunch Bunch meetings, which are geared toward garden-minded individuals. 

 

This event raises awareness for upcoming SFA Garden’s events and volunteer opportunities, including at SFA Gardens plant sales and weekly landscape upkeep on the SFA Gardens grounds. Parking will be available at the nearby Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

 

For more information, call (936) 468-4404 or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Tenaha Back To School Bash

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Back To School Bash

At “The Shop”

289 Booker T. Washington

Tenaha, Texas

Friday August 6, 2021

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Free Admission

Live DJ, Music and Free Food

7th – 12th Grade Students ONLY

Mask may be worn but not required

Parents may come to chaperone

 

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 21ST day of July, 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. Approve current Payroll.

 

  1. Public comments on Agenda item.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly approve GPS systems for patrol vehicles for the Shelby County Sheriffs Office.

 

  1. Ratify Resolution appointing the County Treasurer Ann Blackwell and County Auditor Clint Porterfield as authorized signers for CD and MM accounts with First National Bank Wichita Falls.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly approve Resolution approving the financing by the New Hope Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation of Health Facilities Located within Shelby County, Texas.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly approve a $659.00 donation to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.


 

  1. Adjourn.

"J. BAKER"

I wish that you could have met this giant of a man, a fellow worker at Allstate Insurance Company in Houston, Texas.  In the mid 1960s, I was working as an insurance underwriter for Allstate.  In case you are not familiar with the term “underwriter”, let me explain.  Every insurance company has these “risk evaluators” who examine applications for insurance submitted by their agents.  They can approve or reject applications for coverage.  In so doing, they often make people angry.

 

In the years prior to 1975 before both the state and federal governments got involved in the insurance business, a company was free to insure or not insure any risk for any logical reason.  Then the civil rights movement spilled over into insurance selection, and later political correctness stuck its nose under the tent.  Since then, insurance companies must abide by numerous state and federal laws regarding the selecting of insurance risks, or the non-renewal of an individual policy.  This has resulted in much higher insurance premiums that we all must pay.

 

Back to J. Baker.  In the early days when an underwriter decided that a particular risk did not meet the requirements of the company, a letter of declination or non-renewal was mailed to the customer, signed by the underwriter.  This resulted in the underwriters receiving many irate telephone calls, and even death threats.  I recall receiving a call one day from a mad fellow, however I had stepped away from my desk.  The underwriter next to my desk answered my phone.  When the irate customer stated that he was on his way out to the office to beat the snot out of me, Chuck told him he had better be careful because I had been the boxing champion at Baylor University in 1956.  He never showed up….I was not a boxer.

 

This is where J. Baker comes in.  The branch manager decided that he needed a new plan to handle these irate people.  So, he formed a “Customer Service” department.  All calls to the company were funneled through that department. In addition, all outgoing negative letters were signed by “J. Baker”. This was, in fact, a fictitious name.  However, whenever a customer asked to speak to Mr. Baker, it was a tip-off as to the nature of the call.  Mr. Baker was never available for a phone call since he did not exist.  That worked well for a time, however we were still experiencing people coming out to the office in person looking for a fight.  One of the employees in that department was a young fellow, around 6 feet 5 inches tall, and weighing in at 350 pounds, with muscles on top of muscles.  He became Mr. J. Baker.  He was instructed to go out and encounter the irritated and possibly violent customers, and try to calm them down.  Usually once they got a look at Mr. J. Baker, they calmed down rapidly.

 

I do recall one particularly violent insured who insisted on exchanging blows with J. Baker.  The company manager came out of his office and instructed Mr. Baker, “Don’t hit him first…..don’t hit him first.  If he hits you first, wipe up the floor with him!”  The police arrived just in the nick of time.

 

Over the years I have wondered what happened to that fictitious Mr. Baker.  I have also wondered if large insurance companies still practice signing the name of someone who does not exist to their adverse underwriting letters.  I have this feeling………

Doyline Police Officer Shot and Killed While Responding to a Call for Service

**UPDATE** Doyline Police Officer Shot and Killed While Responding to a Call for Service

 

**The suspect that murdered Doyline Police Officer William Earl Collins, Jr. has succumbed to his injuries at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.  The suspect is identified as 59-year-old Mahlon Taylor, of Doyline.  Taylor was pronounced deceased at approximately 6:39 p.m.  The investigation remains active and ongoing.  No further information is available, at this time.

 

See below for the original news release.

 

July 10, 2021

 

Doyline– Yesterday, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) received a call for service, inside the city limits of Doyline.   A Doyline Police Officer and two WPSO Deputies responded to the residence, located on Green Tree Street.  Upon arrival, the Officer and Deputies immediately began to take gunfire from the suspect.  Gunfire was then exchanged and the Doyline Police Officer was shot. 

 

The Officer, identified as William Earl Collins Jr., was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, which he later succumbed to and was pronounced dead.

 

As a result of the suspect’s actions, multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the active crime scene and it was secured.  Negotiators repeatedly attempted to contact the suspect, to no avail. 

 

After several hours of repeated attempts to peacefully rectify the situation, law enforcement officers entered the residence.   It was then discovered that the suspect had incurred a gunshot wound.  Life-saving measures were started and medical personnel transported him to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition.  

 

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Bossier Field Office (LSP BFO) responded to the scene and will serve as the lead investigating agency. 

 

The investigation remains active and ongoing.  Charges are pending.  No further information is available, at this time.

San Augustine Chamber of Commerce

It's CIVIC AUCTION TIME!!!!!

July 31st!!!!

Be sure to get on over here to the San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce to get your "EARLY BIRD" tickets!!!  You will save money and you will also get the "Golden Ticket" that you can not get at the door!

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Don't forget our monthly membership meetings have started back up every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

This month on July 20th we will hear from Betsy Fuller with San Augustine Farm Bureau for our Program.  Our caterer of the month this month will be Sweets & Eats and they will have a delicious meal prepared for us.  Lunch will be $10 per person.

 

 

The Chamber will host our next blood drive ????????????????on August 16th on a Monday.  Please come by and donate, you could save 3 lives with only 1 donation.

Be a hero to someone????

 

The San Augustine Rodeo was rescheduled and will be on September 16th - 18th.

Be sure to be here for that!  Did I mention that it will be FREE to attend?!!  

????That's right Free Rodeo!!????

 

 

If you have any questions about any of these events please call me here at the Chamber of Commerce at 936-275-3610.

Tri-County Board Meeting

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a 

Special Called Board Meeting Session on July 27, 2021

Via Zoom conference call @ 5:30pm 

For more information please call 

Yolanda Neal (936)598-6315 ext; 200

 

Joaquin Minutes of School Board Meeting July 12, 2021

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, Jason Harvey, Jeff Hamilton, Jacob Kay, Ronnie Belrose (phone), and Jeff Cater 

Board members absent: Brandon Neal 

Guest(s) Present: 

  

Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Ryan Fuller, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance;  Terri Gray, Jr. High/High School Principal, Bubba Carrington, Elementary Principal; Kathy Carrington,  Special Education Director 

  

 Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m. 

2 The invocation was led by Chrisco Bragg, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America was  led by Jeff Hamilton, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jeff Cater. 

3 Audience Participation – None 

4 Report and Information items: 

4.1 Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance 

4.2 Update on Projects 

4.3 2021 Budget and Tax Rate Adoption Calendar 

4.4 TASB Update 117 Explanatory Notes 

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

5.1 It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Cater, 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 Jeff Hamilton, to approve the Joaquin ISD  Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity (RIPICS) Plan for 2021-2023 subject to  CDC guidance and state updates as environmental conditions change. Following discussion,  a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 

5.3 It was move by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to approve JISD Appraisers and  Appraisal Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. 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 6:33 p.m. on July 12, 2021.

6.1 Enter closed session under Texas Government Codes 

§551.071, §551.074, §551.127, §551.129 (See Attached Code) 

6.1.1 Resignations, hiring, and Contracts  

a. Teacher Positions 

b. School RN 

c. Amend Superintendents Contract 

7 The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 7:01 p.m. on  July 12, 2021. Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:   

7.1 Consideration and Board Action, if any, authorize: 

7.1.a It was moved by Jason Harvey, and seconded by Jeff Hamilton, to hire Sara Ramon as an  Ag Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year on a 12-month contract. Following discussion, a vote  was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 

7.1.a It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Hamilton, to hire Ashley Greer as an  Elementary Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Following discussion, a vote was taken on  the motion. It carried unanimously. 

7.1.b It was moved by Jeff Hamilton, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to hire Melanie Hughes as a  Registered Nurse for Joaquin ISD. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It  carried unanimously. 

7.1.c It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Jeff Hamilton, to amend the terms of the  contract of the Superintendent of Schools. 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. August 9, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. 

10 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 7:03 p.m.

 

Joaquin Elementary Field Trip Information

7-19-2021 Important Updates: Elementary Field Trips The field trip scheduled on 7-20-21 to the Fishery in Athens had to be cancelled due to weather. PreK-2nd: Destination: Longview NEW Departure time: 8:00am NEW Arrival time: 4:30pm Activities: Painting with a Twist- Students will be painting a Boston Terrier Puppy on a canvas Eat Lunch at Papacita’s-enchilada, rice and beans. The Mud Hut- Students will each paint on a custom piece of ceramic. Pieces will be picked up a week after our visit. The field trip scheduled on 7-21-21 to the Fishery in Athens had to be cancelled due to weather. 3rd-5th: Destination: Longview NEW Departure time: 8:00am NEW Arrival time: 4:30pm Activities: Painting with a Twist-Students will be painting a Boston Terrier Puppy on a canvas Eat Lunch at Papacita’s- enchilada, rice and beans. The Mud Hut-Students will each paint on a custom piece of ceramic and see the whole process(glazing, and the kiln.) Pieces will be picked up a week after our visit.

From camper to director, Kirchman comes full circle with Junior Jacks theatre camp

Caitlyn Kirchman was a shy second grader when she first came to Junior Jacks theatre camp on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. It was there that she discovered a love for theatre and performing that helped her overcome her shyness and develop friendships that continue to this day.

 

Her positive experiences over subsequent years as a Junior Jacks camper and in the theatre program at Nacogdoches High School influenced Caitlyn’s decision to come to SFA to major in theatre with an emphasis in teacher certification. This summer, the Nacogdoches junior theatre student will come full circle with Junior Jacks to become one of its directors.

 

“I'm excited to be able to help children discover a love for theatre in a program that inspired me,” she said.

Junior Jacks is a two-week, half-day theatre camp for children entering third through ninth grades. It began in 2009 as a partnership between Unity Church of Christianity and the School of Theatre to offer service learning for theatre teacher certification students and as a community outreach throughout East Texas. In the first 12 years of the program, Junior Jacks has served approximately 230 individual children representing all Nacogdoches County as well as some surrounding counties. The program even managed to continue through the pandemic and offered a virtual (online) camp in summer of 2020. Children participate in theatre activities, read and rehearse a script, memorize and work on character role and perform for their families at the end of the camp.

“It is excellent for building reading skills, speaking skills, teamwork, verbal skills, interpersonal skills and friendships,” said CC Conn, professor of theatre at SFA and Junior Jacks camp coordinator.

The School of Theatre will offer both in-person and online options for the Junior Jacks theatre camp planned for Aug. 2 through 6 and Aug. 9 through 13. Registration information and pricing can be accessed at theatre.sfasu.edu/programs.php.

The goal of Junior Jacks is two-fold, according to Conn.

“First, it is an activity that combines entertainment and learning for children,” she said. “Participants have two weeks of activities that build their reading, speaking and communication skills, and the camp culminates in a project of which they are all very proud and get to share with the community.

“Second, it provides an opportunity for the SFA teacher certification students to direct a younger set of children than their typical student teaching appointments offer,” she added. “For students who will get certified to teach kindergarten through 12th grades,  it’s imperative that they get the opportunity to work with these younger ages.”

Some of Kirchman’s fondest memories of Junior Jacks revolve around the “sense of community” that was created through campers’ interaction with each other.

“When I was younger, I was super shy and had a hard time making friends,” she said. “This program helped me find something in common with others. We were able to bond over theatre. Performing alongside my friends and feeling proud of them and myself was one of my favorite feelings. I loved cheering on my peers. Even today, I get emotional during curtain calls, whether I'm participating in them or not. I've teared up during many of them, knowing how hard everyone has worked to create a show.”

Kirchman participated in UIL One-Act play competition as a middle school student and continued to perform on stage as a student at Nacogdoches High School. She credits NHS theatre teacher Victoria Perry as inspiring her to follow her passion and turn it into a career.

“Whenever I first got to direct at SFA, it truly felt like I was doing what I was meant to do,” Kirchman said. “I really love being able to take words from a script and put it onto the stage for everyone to enjoy. I'll be directing children for the first time in Junior Jacks, which makes me a little nervous, since it will be different from directing people my age. But I have the help of my wonderful partner and friend Johana Lenington to co-direct with me.

 

“I've been interested in getting involved in children's theatre or high school theatre once I become a teacher, so this will be a great opportunity to experience teaching elementary children,” she said. “I'm excited to be able to help children discover a love for theatre by working in a program that inspired me.”

 

Junior Jacks helped Kirchman to discover her passion for theatre, and as a Junior Jacks director this summer, she is excited to do the same for the upcoming group of camp participants.

 

“Theatre is what led me to make the most amazing friends and participate in the most fulfilling opportunities,” she said. “I hope to be able to spark the same joy for theatre in others with this opportunity.”

Having the opportunity to watch Kirchman grow as a performer through the years and then to see her come to SFA as a theatre student has been especially rewarding for Conn.

 

“I am over the moon to have completed this cycle with Caitlyn,” Conn said. “She was this adorable little second grader when I first created the program (adjusted to 3rd grade later), and to have seen her grow through the years and then come to SFA to be a theatre student has been amazing.”

 

Conn watched Kirchman from a distance as she excelled in theatre at NHS under the guidance of Perry, who is also an SFA School of Theatre graduate. Kirchman’s younger brother is now in Junior Jacks.

 

“When Caitlyn told me that she was directing this summer, it felt very rewarding to see this full-circle moment,” Conn said. “I am proud of what Junior Jacks has meant to the community and to the student teachers, and I hope it continues to build even bigger participation and support in the future.”

 

Contact Conn at  conncs@sfasu.edu for additional information. The School of Theatre may be reached at (936) 468-4003.

 

Cutline: Caitlyn Kirchman, left, Nacogdoches junior theatre student at SFA, will be a director at this year’s Junior Jacks theatre camp. She discovered her love of theatre as a Junior Jacks camper when she was an elementary student and participating in the new camp created by CC Conn, right, professor of theatre.

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive results

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive held Friday, July 16, at the Community House in Center, was a great success! A total of 43 donors showed up for the event. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office walked away as the winner with a total of 24 donors. The Center Police Department came in close with 19 donors.

We would like to extend a sincere thanks to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center (GCRBC) and Amy Lindley with the Center Police Department for helping organize the event.

Thank you, Be Blessed B-B-Q, Casa Del Bayou and Mama Rose Italian Ice, for bringing a variety of great food trucks to this event. We appreciate each of you.

A special thank you to Sassy Scents, Southern Seasons, 7 L Builders, Golden Eye Clinic, Moodyville BBQ, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Center Floral for the fantastic door prizes.

Winners of the door prizes are as follows:

Courtney Brittain – Car Freshie (Sassy Scents) and Umbrella (GCRBC)

Christian Raymond – Candle (Center Floral)

Tara Lyons – Cup/Target Gift Card (GCRBC)

Amy Lindley – (2) Two Meat Plates (Moodyville BBQ)

Royce Lawson; Monica Zimmerman; Jud Matthews – Sunglasses (Golden Eye Clinic)

Jenna Clepha – Rolling Cooler (CGRBC)

Madison Ravens; Roger Doyle – Cutting Board (7 L Builders)

Allison Robbins – $25 gift card (Southern Seasons)

Sherry Hribal; Sharon Porter – Car Freshie (Sassy Scents)

Tammy Worsham – Blanket (CGRBC)

Matthew Linebarger – Bag Chair (GCRBC)

Door prizes may be picked up at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

SCSO CLOSING IN ON PURCHASE OF MEDSAFE

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is closing in on purchasing the medication disposal unit we have been accepting donations for. At the present time, we are $659 dollars away from out total price of $1,659.00. This is an 18 gallon unit that will be placed in the lobby at the Sheriff’s Office. The unit will be available for public disposal 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The purpose of the unit is to help Shelby County citizens dispose of unused, expired or unwanted medications (including controlled substances) in the proper way. Any individuals or businesses who may be interested in helping us reach our goal may contact Leah Chase at the SCSO by calling 936-598-5601 or by email at leah.chase@co.shelby.tx.us.

Fish Fry at Senior Nutrition Site

The Senior Nutrition Site will be having a fish fry on Thursday, July 15th.  Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 and will end at 12:30. All Seniors 60 and older are welcome to join the wonderful food and great fellowship.  Plates are $5 each.  We hope to see you there!  For more information, please call Mrs. Darlene Mitchell at 598-7768.  

Blue Star mothers of America: Pineywoods chapter meeting

  Monday July 19th, 2021 at 6:00 pm!!!!

WE ARE BACK for those who don’t know who we are then please join us!!!

Calling all military families no matter what branch we would like to invite you to please join us in the Community Room at Commercial Bank, downtown Nacogdoches at 6:00 pm. Come in the back door and take either the elevator or stairs to the second floor.  We are excited to have Scott Whitfield coming as our guest speaker. He is retired U.S Army and is now an ordained minister focusing on the ministry of veterans. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone!  For more information on us go to our Facebook page: Pineywoods Blue Star Mothers.

 

 

We are a group who help support our military and military family’s past and present! We meet the 3rd Monday of every month at 6pm at the Community Room at Commercial Bank in downtown Nacogdoches. If you or anyone you know would like to join, please feel free to come.  We offer moral support to moms and families as well as sending care packages to our troops overseas. We have guest speakers and sometimes you will find us at your local festivals. We are also more than willing and honored to do coming home or helping with a sendoff. The Blue Star Mothers organization has been around since the 1940’s we are proud mothers with troops from every branch of the American military, and we love helping other mothers and their soldiers. Please feel free to join us anytime in a meeting or check us out on Facebook at Pineywoods Blue Star Mothers.

Huxley Helping Hands

Huxley Helping Hands will have a Drive-Thru food pantry, Saturday July 17, 2021 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Center, TX @ 9 am. Only (1) box per household will be given and I.D. is required. Must be in line by 9:30 am to receive a box.

Center ISD Substitute Orientation

Center ISD will be holding their annual Substitute Orientation on Wednesday, August 4th from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the High School Cafeteria. All district substitutes are required to attend to go over policies for the upcoming school year. 

 

Those interested in substituting for the district are encouraged to complete an online application by visiting the district website at www.centerisd.org under Human Resources and Employment.  

https://centerisd.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

 

For more information or questions please contact Holly Mikesh at 936-598-5642

Produce Drop

Tri-County Harvest for Homes will have a Produce Drop on tomorrow Wednesday July 14 @ 9am old Sombero's restaurant parking lot.

 

Thank you 

CISD Kindergarten Enrollment

Enrollment will begin the week of July 19th. After getting a packet from FLM, parents/guardians will need to go to the Administration Office with the required documents to get residency verified.

 

If your child was enrolled in Pre-K 4 with CISD for the 2020/2021 school year, they will automatically be put in Kindergarten this school year.

 

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COMMISSIONERS' COURT REGULAR MEETING SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 14" day of July, 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 the minutes of the June 2, 2021 Special meeting, June 9, 2021 Regular meeting, June 

16, 2021 Special meeting June 23, 2021 Special meeting, June 23, 2021 Budget Workshop of the Shelby County Commissioner's Court. 

2. Approve and pay weekly expenses. 

3. Approve Officers Reports. 

4. Public comments on Agenda item. 

5. Sheriff's Department to give update on the first 6 months, total arrest, calls and traffic. 

6. Discuss and possibly approve a $1,000.00 donation to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. 

7. Discuss and possibly approve Interlocal Agreement for GIS & NG9-1-1 Automatic Location 

Information Maintenance Services. 

8. Discuss and possibly approve Interlocal Agreement for R9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point 

Service. 

9. Adjourn.

"THE BUG LETTER"

Everyone has received one from a large company at one time or another.  They are very easy to identify for they have certain characteristics regardless of the topic.

 

I recently complained to my cable TV company because the signal was constantly going out.  In fact, cable service was down for three consecutive days.  Based upon the monthly premium that I pay for this service, it should be mirror-clear 100% of the time.

 

My first step in my complaint was to call the company’s “800” number.  After pushing several numbers on my phone dial, I ended up with a recorded message stating that the company already knew that there was a problem in my area.  Therefore, I was deflected from speaking with a real person.  I guess this is progress.

 

Several days later, the cable went blank again, but this time was out for only a full day.  I repeated my call to the company with the same results.  Approximately a week after that, the cable went blank again, thus pushing my patience over the threshold.  This time, I went to my computer and the internet.  I found the TV cable’s web site, clicked on “contact us” and promptly sent them an email explaining my disgust that they were unable to keep my cable up and going for more than a few days at a time, and even then the picture was full of interference and “ghosts”.

 

Two days later I received a reply to my email complaint from the cable company.  It was a one-page letter expressing regret about my problem, and giving me a litany of things to check on my television set to “assure proper reception” of their signal.  Nothing addressed the problem of their keeping their cable service up and running.  So, I had received the “bug letter” from them.

 

Years ago when the railroads were the preferred means of long distance transportation across our country, the Pullman car, or sleeping car, was a necessity.  It contained a number of small cubicles with bunks and a bathroom.  Not exactly a Holiday Inn Express, but it was a place to stretch out on a berth and get a few winks sleep.  

 

The story is told that the president of one of these railroad companies received a letter of complaint from a passenger expressing disgust that his sleeping car had roaches and other bugs.  Several days later, this perturbed passenger received a very nice letter from the railroad company executive.  The letter expressed sincere regret about the vermin and that this particular Pullman car would be pulled from service promptly and sprayed thoroughly to get rid of the unwanted insects.  In other words, it would be de-bugged. The passenger was thanked profusely for his notification of the problem.

 

After reading the letter, a small yellow piece of paper was found inside the envelope.  The passenger read the writing on the paper which stated, “Betty, send this guy the bug letter.”  Thus was born the expression to which I refer.

We all get “bug letters” from companies who promise to correct problems but don’t really seem to plan on following through.

 

The next time that you send a complaint letter, or email, and you receive an unsatisfactory response, just remember who told you about the “bug letter”.

They are everywhere !

 

Joaquin JH/HS Registration Times

JOAQUIN HIGH  

SCHOOL 

WHEN 

August 3rd & 5th 

9AM-11AM & 1PM-3PM 

WHERE 

Joaquin High/ JR High School  Office 

CHROMEBOOKS will be issued on date of registration  as long as students have: 

* returned missing items 

* paid for missing items or fees for damages 

New Student registration will take place on designated Days/times. The following items are needed: 

Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Shot Record,  WWW.JOAQUINISD.NET 

BACK TO SCHOOL  REGISTRATION 

JUNIOR HIGH  

REGISTRATION August 3, 2021 

9:00 AM-11:00 AM 

JUNIOR/SENIOR REGISTRATION August 3, 2021 

1:00 PM-3:00 PM 

SOPHOMORE 

REGISTRATION August 5, 2021 

9:00 AM-11:00 AM 

FRESHMAN  

REGISTRATION August 5, 2021 

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

 

ANGELINA COUNTY Crash

ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)  investigated a one-vehicle motorcycle crash this afternoon on Roland Marshall  Road, approximately three miles south of SH 63. 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 3 p.m., a 2001 Kawasaki  motorcycle was traveling north when the driver drove off the roadway to the right  and overturned. 

The driver of the motorcycle is identified as Bryan Smith, 47, from Zavalla. Smith  was pronounced deceased at the scene by an Angelina County Justice of the Peace. 

This crash remains under investigation.Additional information is not available at  this time.

 

Important Joaquin Elementary Field Trip Information

IMPORTANT Elementary Field Trip Information: 

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response of our students’ participation for the field trips and the facilities not being able to accommodate the number of students, chaperones, and parents wanting to attend, parents are NOT going to be able to attend any of the field trips. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Also, the field trip that was scheduled for July 20 to the Fishery in Athens has a limit on the number of students and staff that can attend, so it has been split into two dates. 

? July 20, 2021 will be for Pre-K through 2nd grade ? July 21, 2021 will be for 3rd-5th Grade

HAVE A KID'S BACK AND DONATE A PACK

HAVE A KID’S BACK AND  

DONATE A PACK! 

The school year is just around the  

corner and the Shelby County  

Children’s Advocacy Center wants you  to help child abuse victims in need by  providing them with a backpack and  supplies. We need your help! 

There are two ways to donate: 

1. Take basic school supplies to the CAC (this year we’re  specifically in need of 2in & 3in binders) 

OR 

2. Give a $25 donation that will sufficiently provide one  child with a pack and supplies. 

Take items to the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center,  131 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas from 8-3 Monday thru Friday. 

Call us at 936-590-9864 with any questions

 

45th EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS

The East Texas Poultry Festival, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, will be held October 7-9 on the historic downtown Center square. Arts and Crafts vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 6th.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Pilgrims Pride, Raymond Motor Company and Tyson Foods 

The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $150.  Deadline for the Early Bird special of $125.00 is this Friday, July 16th. Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 13th.

For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

Public Notice of Regular Meeting The Board of Trustees Tenaha ISD

Public Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board of Trustees

Tenaha ISD

 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Tenaha ISD will be held July 19, 2021, beginning at 

5:30 PM in the Boardroom of the Administration Office138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974

 

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---Welcome

2. Public Comment

3. Reports from Administrators

4. District Quarterly Investment Reports

5. Consider for Approval the Minutes of the Previous Meeting(s)

6. Consider for Approval the 2020-2021 Annual Tax Collection Report

7. Consider for Approval the 2020-2021 Certified Delinquent Tax Roll

8. Consider for Approval the TISD Fall Planning Guide

9. Consider for Approval a Local School District Teaching Permit for Non-Certified Personnel as Allowed         by the Tenaha ISD District of Innovation Plan      

10. Consider for Approval the 2021-2022 Student-Parent Compact Required by TEA

11. Consider for Approval Calling a Regular Meeting for August 2, 2021

12. Consider for Approval the 2021-2022 T-TESS District Appraisers

13. Consider for Approval the 2021-2022 T-TESS Appraisal Calendar

14. Consider for Approval the 2021-2022 Board Goals

15. District Employees and Officers, Texas Government Code Section 551.074 and Real Property Texas Code Section 552.72

16. Comments by Board Members

17. Adjournment

 

CAC Backpack Drive

It's that time again! The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center is partnering with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Shelby Savings Bank and Dazzle Me Pink & Blue in this year's annual backpack drive. Please make all donations by July 30th. Backpacks and supplies can be dropped off at the Sheriff's Office at any time, Shelby Savings Bank Monday-Friday 8:30-4 or Saturday 8:30-12:30, or at Dazzle Me Pink & Blue Tuesday-Friday 10-6 or Saturday 10-3. Call the SCCAC with any questions about how you can specifically give at 936-590-9864.

 

Press Release

Upon taking the oath to be your Sheriff, I made a promise to the citizens of Shelby County to always be transparent. I promised to keep the public informed whether it is good or bad. While it is often hard to admit when there is a problem, a promise is a promise, and honesty is always the best route to take.

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, it was discovered that contraband had been being brought into our jail. Seven trustees were removed from their status and placed back into regular cells. After further investigation, we have concluded the process on how the contraband was being brought into the jail. A criminal investigation is underway and charges are expected to follow for those involved in this situation.

Going forward, the SCSO has implemented changes on items brought into the jail. Trustees, inside and outside, will NO LONGER be allowed to receive items from outside the jail. Medications will be the only items allowed to be brought in from outside the facility, this applies to all inmates. All medication must be in a sealed container from a pharmacy, and only prescription medications will be accepted. Any individual dropping off medications must present a valid ID and sign a release form.

Money will no longer be released from an inmate. All monies will remain on the inmates account unless otherwise approved by myself.

As your Sheriff, I will continue to be transparent on the operations at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. My door is always open. Thank you for your continued support of our office.

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham

JISD Employment Opportunites

Current positions available:

Secondary Math Algebra/Calculus 

 

  JH Math Teacher

Elementary Teacher

Bus Drivers

Substitute teachers - Orientation is scheduled for July 12th)

SFA University Police Department earns international accreditation

The Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department recently received accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the leading authority for campus public safety. Fewer than 100 agencies have earned this endorsement from IACLEA, which indicates compliance with national best-practice standards in the profession.

“All employees worked diligently to complete this challenging process, and we did so because of our commitment to excellence and a desire to provide professional police services throughout our community,” said SFA Chief of Police John Fields.          

IACLEA accreditation signifies an agency’s ongoing commitment to excellence and state-of-the-art performance in every aspect of its operations. SFA President Scott Gordon said the university’s accreditation is well-deserved. 

“The SFA Police Department demonstrates the highest level of practices, operations and professionalism each and every day,” Gordon said. “I commend Chief Fields and his officers for the tremendous job they do and their commitment to excellence.”

The accreditation standards guide the recruitment, selection, training, and professional development of agency personnel and overall agency operations.

“We congratulate SFA on achieving IACLEA accreditation, a unique distinction among campus police and public safety agencies,” said IACLEA President Eric Heath, associate vice president for Safety & Security at the University of Chicago. “The men and women protecting campus have proven through policy and practice the commitment to operate at the highest level of the profession.”

The department prepared for the onsite assessment by updating policies and operations and ensuring the public had the opportunity to provide comments to the assessors during the onsite visit.

Fields said the department will seek re-accreditation in four years. For more information about SFA’s UPD, visit www.sfasu.edu/upd.

SEALCOAT SEASON BEGINNING

Sealcoating is scheduled to begin in the Lufkin District July 14. Signage indicating the scheduled work is in place. Work is expected to continue over several weeks at locations throughout the nine-county district. Work will be dependent upon weather conditions.

“We would normally begin our annual sealcoat season in late spring, but excessive rainfall made it necessary to postpone in hopes of dryer, warmer weather,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We will begin the work in Polk County and move throughout the district. We urge motorists to obey all signage and traffic control through these work zones.”

Locations approved for sealcoating in the 2021 district sealcoat schedule are:

POLK COUNTY

US 190: From 3.2 miles west of FM 1276 to 0.6 miles southwest of FM 1276; from 0.1 miles west of FM 1276 to the Tyler County line.

US 59: From BU 59 to US 190; from US 190 to 1.6 miles south of US 190.

SL 393: From the US 59 North intersection to the US 59 South intersection.

FM 3278: From FM 1988 to the Trinity River Bridge

FM 3152: From US 190 to FM 350

FM 357: From the Trinity County line to US 59

FM 1988: From US 59 to 0.4 miles south of FM 3278

SAN JACINTO COUNTY

US 59 Southbound: From 2.6 miles of FM 1127 to the concrete pavement north of FM 223

FM 3460: From SL 424 to FM 2914

FM 2666: From SH 150 to FM 2025

FM 224: From SH 156 North to SH 156 South

FM 223: From SL 424 to the Liberty County line

TRINITY COUNTY

SH 19: From the Houston County line to 0.1 miles south of FM 1617; from 0.1 miles south of FM 1617 to the Trinity River Bridge.

FM 1280: From SH 19 to FM 2781

FM 2262: From US 287 to FM 357

HOUSTON COUNTY

US 287: From BU 287 to 2.1 miles north of FM 2663 to SL 304

SH 7: From SL 304 to 3.6 miles East of SL 304; from 0.2 miles East of FM 232 to Kennard.

SH 21: From FM 1733 to FM 227 North

SL 304: From SH 21 to SH 7; from SH 7 East to SH 19 South.

FM 2663: From US 287 to FM 2022

ANGELINA COUNTY

SH 63: From US 69 to the Jasper County line

FM 1818: From US 59 to FM 58

FM 843: From US 69 to US 59

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY

SH 204: From the Cherokee County line to US 259

FM 225: From just west of CR 715 to US 59

FM 95: From SH 7 to SH 21

SABINE COUNTY

US 96:  From the San Augustine County line to SH 184

SH 21: From SH 87 to the Sabine River Bridge

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY

US 96: From SH 103 to the Sabine County line

SH 87: From SH 147 to the Sabine County line

FM 139: From FM 2694 to SH 87

SHELBY COUNTY

US 84: From the Rusk County line to US 59

US 59: From 2.8 miles south of SH 87 to SH 87 in Timpson

FM 711: From SH 7 to the San Augustine County line

FM 2974: From the end of state maintenance to FM 138

FM 947: From the city of Timpson to the city of Tenaha

Clark Construction of Texas, Inc., San Antonio TX , will serve as contractor for the $10.4 million project. Work is expected to be completed in late August, weather permitting.

Sealcoating extends the life of a roadway and enhances safety. As this work begins, motorists should prepare for delays through these work zones, reduce speed and stay alert for moving equipment and workers. Fines double when workers are present.

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

Five Night Revival

Begins Monday July 19th through 23rd at 7pm

Evangelist: Brother Lamar Denby

Friday Night- The Stanleys Gospel Music

Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church, 2 miles off HWY 87 on 417 East, Shelbyville Texas 75973

 

All are invited, Bring a friend & bring a Special. 

CHS: Paris, France - Parent Information Meeting July 12

Join us in Paris, France, May 2022! 

 

A parent meeting will be hosted in the CHS Library at 5:30 on July 12th. Learn about the tour, safety measures, and payment plans. Sign up before July 15 for an early enrollment discount! 

 

To view the itinerary and price, see the attached PDF.

 

To enroll: 

passports.com/enroll 2 

Enter Tour ID DMOORE2022

 

For more information or questions, email: 

douglas.moore@centerisd.org

sydney.brookshire@centerisd.org

 

COMMISSIONERS' COURT SPECIAL MEETING SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

 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 7thday of July, 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. Approve current Payroll.

 

  1. Public comments on Agenda item.

 

  1. Discuss and possibly approve new truck for Commissioner Pct. 2. 

 

  1. Discuss and possible take action to end or renew yearly contract with Computer Information Concepts for Tax office.

 

  1. Appoint Election Judges for the County Election Precincts.

 

  1. Adjourn.

Nursing Organizations Ask Governor Abbott to Add Nursing Issues to Special Session Agenda

In light of a disappointing lack of action by the 87th Legislature to address an ongoing nursing shortage, alleviate regulatory burdens, and provide protections from workplace violence, a coalition of 16 nursing organizations today requested Governor Abbott add these issues to the agenda for the upcoming special session, set to begin July 8.

“Even as we move past the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas continues to face a mounting, overwhelming shortage of nurses and general access to healthcare across the state,” the coalition said in a letter to Governor Abbott. “To help address this, nurses need support in educational opportunities, a productive and safe work environment, and the repeal of unnecessary mandates that are preventing Texas patients from accessing high-quality health care.”

The Texas Legislature declined to pass any bills that would have addressed the state’s critical shortage of nurses, in fact cutting the budget for the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program, which is allotted biennially to schools of nursing to help them increase enrollment.

 

Please read the coalition’s letter, in full, below.

 

Dear Governor Abbott,

 

On behalf of 16 organizations representing over 300,000 nurses across Texas, thank you for your efforts to support us through the COVID-19 crisis. Your decision to waive burdensome regulations to expand our healthcare workforce was crucial to helping us address the overwhelming demands of the most significant public health crisis of our lifetimes. We also appreciate the support you expressed to us throughout the year. However, our state’s support of nurses was not backed up by the 87th Legislative Session. The legislature left unaddressed measures that would have provided protections from workplace violence, made permanent the waivers you put in place, removed unnecessary regulations, and expanded our healthcare workforce.

 

As such, we request that you add nursing issues to the call for the upcoming special session.

 

Even as we move past the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas continues to face a mounting, overwhelming shortage of nurses and general access to healthcare across the state. To help address this, nurses need support in educational opportunities, a productive and safe work environment, and the repeal of unnecessary mandates that are preventing Texas patients from accessing high-quality health care.

 

The fact lawmakers declined to address these issues made Texas even less competitive for attracting and retaining nurses and other quality healthcare workers. Their inaction will exacerbate an already fragile situation. Further, while the past year of historic highs in nursing shortages demonstrated a compelling need to expand the health care workforce, lawmakers cut the budget for the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program, allotted biennially to schools of nursing to help them increase enrollment.

 

The last year taught us both the critical importance of nurses and nursing care in our state and the overwhelming degree of dedication our nurses commit to the patients who need them. While several lawmakers worked hard on behalf of Texas patients and nurses, we are deeply disheartened by the overall lack of progress this legislative session.

 

In addition to budget cuts, the following bills and measures did not pass:

  • HB 2029 (Klick), SB 915 (Hancock) — Would have removed anti-competitive regulations for APRNs to expand access to care for Texans.
  • HB 1524 (Lucio) — Would have allowed APRNs to prescribe Schedule II medications under delegated authority from a physician.
  • HB 326 (Howard) — Would have required facilities to adopt workplace violence prevention plans, encouraged reporting of incidents of workplace violence, and ensured that providers receive the care they need after an incident.
  • HB 396 (Moody), SB 433/499 (Zaffirini and Blanco) – Would have created a presumption that nurses who contracted COVID-19 did so in the scope of their employment.
  • HB 2409 (Dean) – Would have codified the COVID-19 measure waiving CE requirements and reactivation fees for nurses who came out of retirement/reactivated their license during a disaster.
  • HB 982 (Howard and Darby) — Would have created an expedited licensure process for APRNs who are licensed out of state.
  • SB 146 (Powell), HB 2062 (Klick) — Would have created a loan repayment program for nurses who work in long-term care.
  • HB 3819 (Klick and Powell) – Would have allowed school nurses to administer prescription asthma medicine to a student in emergency situations

 

When Texas nurses are able to effectively do their jobs, and when Texas can successfully compete against other states for the best and brightest in the healthcare industry, it benefits all Texans.

 

For those reasons, we request that you add these issues to the agenda for the upcoming special session.

Operation World War II Muster

Of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II there were 325,574 alive in 2020 (US Department of Veterans Affairs). The average age of the WW II Veteran is approximately 93 with the last of America’s “Greatest Generation” to be gone in the next 25 years.

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and Auxiliary feel it is important to honor those still living while we can.  We have taken on the project to identify those from Shelby County still living and honor them on V J (Victory over Japan) Day, September 2, 2021, seventy-six years following the surrender of Japan.  Details of the program will be announced later.

 

The criteria to be a World War II honoree is:

(1)    Be alive as of June 29, 2021.

(2)  Be born in Shelby County (can now be living elsewhere).

(3)    If not a native of Shelby County be living in Shelby County now.

(4)    Having served in the military during the period December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946.

(5)    Received an honorable discharge. 

Note: December 31, 1946 is the date that then President Harry Truman declared hostilities were over and is recognized in the United States as the end of WW II.  Any veteran identified as an honoree that passes before VJ Day will remain as such. 

 

We are asking family members to help us in the identification process.  Some proof of service will be required such as a discharge.  If you have a living World War II Veteran in your family that meets the criteria above please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349; email: chiefhume95@gmail.com.

Farm Service Agency Public Meetings Scheduled

Nacogdoches, Angelina, Trinity, San Augustine-Shelby Farm Service Agency will conduct public meetings to discuss the County Committee election / nomination process and other FSA assistance programs.  Due to concerns about the pandemic, County Executive Director, Lance Jacobs, will be available at the following outdoor meetings:

 

  • The Nacogdoches County (LAA 3, the area south of Highway 21) meeting will be held Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 10:00 to

11:00 a.m. at Eugenia Sterne Park Gazebo, located at 700 E Main Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.

 

  • The Shelby County (LAA 7, the area east of Highway 87 South through Highway 147 South to San Augustine County and east of FM 699 North to Panola County) meeting will be held Wednesday, July 7, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market, located at the corner of Chalk Street and U.S. Highway 84, left of Worsham’s Grocery, 10569 U.S. 84 East, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

 

  • The San Augustine County (LAA 10, the area south of Highway 103 and east of Highway 96 North) meeting will be held Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Mission Dolores State Historic Site Pavilion located at 701 S Broadway, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

 

Producers, including minority, women, and new farmers are encouraged to attend the meetings and participate in the 2021 election.

 

Notice of Public Hearing on Shelby County Appraisal District Budget

The Shelby County Appraisal District will hold a public hearing on their proposed budget for the 2022 fiscal year.

 

The public hearing will be held on July 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the appraisal district office, 724 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas.

 

A summary of the appraisal district budget follows:

 

2022 Proposed Budget

$790,091

   

Increase over current budget

$72,617

                                 

Employees compensated under current budget

7

   

Employees compensated under proposed budget

7

 

The appraisal district is supported solely by payments from the local taxing units served by the appraisal district.

 

If approved by the appraisal district board of directors at the public hearing, this proposed budget will take effect automatically unless disapproved by the governing bodies of the county, school districts, cities and towns served by the appraisal district.

 

A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection in the office of each of those governing bodies.  A copy is also available for public inspection at the appraisal district office.

 

Shelby county Appraisal District

724 Shelbyville Street

Center, Texas

(936) 598-6171

 

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS APPROVE NEW PROJECTS FOR DISTRICT

Texas Transportation Commissioners met Wednesday and approved more than $728.4 million in new construction projects statewide, with more than $10.9 million in construction projects approved for the Lufkin District. More than $56.5 million was also awarded for statewide maintenance contracts with more than $1.6 million approved for the Lufkin District. Commissioners also approved $30 million in funding statewide for aviation that included the award of more than $1.2 million for the Angelina County Airport.

New construction projects were approved for Polk, Houston and Shelby counties. Pre-construction meetings will be set in coming weeks prior to beginning work. No timelines for completion have been set.

 A construction project on US 59 in Polk County was approved for $6.2 million and earmarked for upgrades from .9 miles north of Piney Creek to .3 miles north of Old Highway 35. The upgrades will improve the banking of the roadway along a horizontal curve to enhance safety and maneuverability. Vulcan Construction, San Antonio TX, will serve as contractor for the project.

A bridge replacement construction project at Hickory Creek Tributary on CR 1060 in Houston County was approved for $1.6 million. Stateline Construction, LLC, Texarkana TX, will serve as contractor for the project.

A safety construction project on US 287 in Houston County was approved for $1.6 million that will include upgrading and replacing guardrail from the Anderson County line to 2.1 miles north of FM 2663. Odum Services, LLC, Marshall TX, will serve as contractor for the project.

A bridge replacement construction project at Woodfin Creek on FM 2261 in Shelby County was approved for $1.3 million. Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., Longview TX, will serve as contractor for the project.

Maintenance funds awarded for the district include $1.2 million for the delivery of material consisting of limestone rock asphalt to the Angelina, Houston and Trinity counties TxDOT maintenance yards and designated for maintenance and upkeep on various state maintained roadways. Also approved was $428,880. for Nacogdoches and Sabine counties for the delivery of limestone rock asphalt to the TxDOT maintenance yards for the maintenance and upkeep of various state maintained roadways.

Aviation funding was awarded to the Angelina County Airport with $1.2 million earmarked for fencing improvements. Local funding of the project in addition to state funding will be $135,732 for a total of $1.3 million for the project.

As these projects begin, motorists are urged to use caution, stay alert for signage, moving equipment, workers and lane closures. Obey all traffic control and reduce speed near work zones.

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

Joaquin ISD Substitute Orientation and Training

Joaquin ISD has scheduled a substitute orientation and training

for Monday, July 12, 2021,  at 9:00 a.m. at the Joaquin ISD Annex Building located at the back of Joaquin High School.  Please be sure to complete and or update an online application at www.joaquinisd.net under employment opportunities. Questions contact Donna Vergo, 936-269-3128 ext. 225 or dvergo@joaquinisd.net

Substituting at Joaquin ISD 

In order to substitute in any capacity for Joaquin ISD as well as any school district in the state of Texas, substitutes are required by law to be fingerprinted through the state designated vendor enabling the district to conduct a criminal history background check.  There is a fee of approximately $50.00 that is your responsibility.  Joaquin ISD will take information from your application and submit it to the Texas Education Agency. A “Fastpass” will be issued and sent to you with fingerprinting instructions. You must be fingerprinted before you can be added to the substitute list. 

Candidates must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Retired teachers are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the fingerprint requirement, you will also be required to attend a Joaquin ISD substitute training. This training is held at various times during the month. Please call Donna Vergo at (936) 269-3128 ext. 225 for a training date.   

A substitute teacher’s service is an important contribution to our school system as well as to the development of the boys and girls in whom all educators are so vitally interested. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students of Joaquin ISD, thank you for your interest in substituting at Joaquin ISD.

Ag News: Summer Thunderstorms and Fish Die-Offs Ponds

It is completely possible that your pond may have had a fish die-off recently as a result up the stormy weather that we have experienced. The most common cause of a massive fish die off in a pond is a lack of oxygen. The result is almost always a shoreline of dead fish.

One way this lack of oxygen can occur is from a pond “turning over”. A common way for ponds to turn over is for a thunderstorm to cause the waters to mix. 

Each year, pond owners experience massive die-offs of their largest fish from a pond that has decreased in oxygen from a turn-over. With the weather that we have been experiencing over the past few days some pond owners may be close to experiencing this.  

The most serious pond problems during a turn-over is oxygen depletion. Here’s how many of these turn-overs happen. During hot summer weather, surface water becomes less dense as it absorbs heat and floats over a cooler, denser layer of water. All the oxygen is produced in the upper, warmer layer. The two layers may not mix for weeks at a time, especially in deep ponds. Meanwhile, all the oxygen is used up in the lower, cooler layer by the biological and chemical activities that take place there.

When the sun heats pond water, typically about six to eight feet deep in Texas, the top layer becomes less dense. So, you have warm, less dense water sitting there, and the cool bottom layer becomes devoid of oxygen. A turnover event occurs when the upper layer of water cools down from the cool thunderstorm and the water with no oxygen mixes with the top layer. 

A cool snap or a thunderstorm with wind and hard rain can cool the warm surface water making it heavy enough to sink and mix with the oxygen deficient bottom layer. The net result is a dilution of the oxygen and an increase in the demand for oxygen from decaying organic matter stirred up from the bottom. Fish will naturally go to find better oxygen levels at the surface and will not be able to find it.

When a turn-over occurs, the surface of the pond often becomes streaked with gray, black or brown. The color of the water may eventually become totally brown, gray, black or even milky. A distinct foul smell may also be noticeable. 

These turn-over events cause the most catastrophic fish kills in ponds. Fundamentally, there are two options: increase the oxygen level or reduce demand for oxygen by reducing the number of fish.

First, consider your stocking rate. A rule of thumb for ponds is to have no more than 1,000 lbs. of fish per surface acre. Most ponds in our part of the world are much less than one acre.  If yours is only a quarter acre, then keeping more than 250 lbs. (following the rule) is risking massive losses.  

Just how many fish does one have in their pond can be difficult to tell. If you have recently stocked your pond with fish, you may be able to determine the total pounds of fish in a pond. However, on older ponds where fish have been stocked for years, perhaps decades, the natural reproduction of fish populations could make this determination nearly impossible.  Unlike a pasture with livestock grazing, we simply cannot visually determine the stocking rate. 

One can reduce the fish numbers by… just going fishing and cook what you catch!  Do not toss back anything. If it is too small to eat, throw it over the pond dam and for other wildlife to eat.  By doing this, you will lower the fish population and lessen the level of oxygen needed to keep everything alive.

The other practice to consider is the installation of an aerator that can be run at night and during extended periods of cloudy days. An aerator is good insurance against fish kills and is a piece of equipment that commercial fish producers need to have. That area of oxygenated water near the aerator will help the fish survive until the pond recovers from a low oxygen period. Fountains and other attractive options are used by folks who have no intentions of raising fish commercially but want to add to the beauty of their pond. 

Choosing the right type of aerator is important. A bottom-style aerator is recommended because it mixes the entire water column so fish can utilize the entire pond. They cost a little more but are more reliable than surface aerators. 

Finally, check your ponds early in the morning as oxygen levels will be at their lowest at sunrise. If you notice slow, sluggish fish swimming at the surface, it is time to go fishing or, perhaps, purchase that beautiful fountain for which you have always been longing. 

 

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Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu .  

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, or veteran status.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. 

 

Oversimplified and mischaracterized

Gov. Greg Abbott has attributed a rising number of apprehensions by Border Patrol agents and seizures of the drug fentanyl as the reasons why his office plans to build a wall at the Texas-Mexico border. But immigration and drug treatment experts say Abbott has oversimplified and mischaracterized the numbers. 

"The idea that the border was somehow quiet before President Biden took office is completely false," said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, an analyst with the American Immigration Council, a Washington, D.C., group that advocates for immigrants. He added that increased apprehensions of both migrants and drugs mean that the border is more secure now than 20 years ago when there were fewer border agents and less sophisticated technology protecting the border.

Jessica Bolter, an associate policy analyst with the Migration Policy Institute nonpartisan think tank said the current immigration debate centers on apprehension numbers. But it doesn't take into account that many migrants are apprehended repeatedly. Therefore, the number of apprehensions doesn't reflect the number of individuals attempting to cross the border. 

Fentanyl seizures have been increasing along the southwest border since at least the 2016 fiscal year, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment. But Daniel Ciccarone, a professor of family community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, said that fentanyl is mostly seized at ports of entry and, in some cases, through the U.S. Postal Service.

“So the wall is useless,” he said, adding that the U.S. “spends a lot of money trying to stop the flow of drugs” and while “it’s not a complete waste of money, it doesn’t work as well as we’d like to.” 

A Truly Memorable Summer Menu

Summer days are often spent with family and friends, soaking in the sun’s rays and enjoying outdoor living with warm-weather activities. Complement this year’s summertime excitement with food that matches your enthusiasm for the season.

 

Your menu can start with a fruity dip and a salad before diving into steak for the main course and a kid-friendly treat to top it all off. These recipes make the most of what summer has to offer with fresh fruits and veggies, bright and refreshing greens, tender cuts of meat and frozen treats that celebrate those memorable moments together.

 

Find more summer recipe inspiration at Culinary.net.

 

Dip Up a Good Time

 

Whether your summer days include planning extravagant meals or your on-the-go lifestyle calls for quick and easy recipes, simple snacks can fit a wide variety of menus. Dips are a perfect solution for afternoon pick-me-ups or evening appetizers when the whole family comes together.

 

This Apple Guacamole can be made in mere minutes, making it an ideal shareable among loved ones, by combining mashed avocados and seasonings with chopped Granny Smith apple pieces.

 

Visit Culinary.net for more snack ideas.

 

Apple Guacamole

Recipe adapted from the Meredith Corporation

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 8-10

 

            3          ripe avocados, halved and pitted

            1/2       cup finely chopped Vidalia onion

            1/2       cup snipped fresh cilantro

            1          lime, juice only

                        bottled hot pepper sauce, to taste

            1          Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped

                        kosher salt, to taste

                        tortilla chips

 

In bowl, use fork to mash avocados, onion, cilantro, lime juice and hot pepper sauce to desired consistency. Stir in apple and season with salt, to taste.

 

Serve with tortilla chips.

 

Savor a Bite of Steak

 

A hearty flavor profile and perfectly prepared, high-quality meat can make a summer meal truly spectacular, especially when paired with fresh veggies in a protein-packed sandwich.

 

Inspired by Vietnamese tradition, this Steak Banh Mi recipe – which features tender grass-fed flat iron steak, pickled carrots, bright lettuce and crunchy cucumbers – is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next summer gathering. Take your taste buds to new heights with Silver Fern Farms natural cuts of 100% grass-fed beef from New Zealand, which is minimally processed with no added growth hormones or antibiotics. There, the animals roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures, resulting in lean, flavorful, nutritious meat that tastes just as nature intended.

 

Visit silverfernfarms.com for more inspiration.

 

Steak Banh Mi

Prep time: 2 hours

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2

 

            10        ounces Silver Fern Farms New Zealand grass-fed beef flat iron steak

            2          teaspoons hoisin sauce

            2          teaspoons soy sauce

            2          teaspoons honey

            1          teaspoon fish sauce

            1          clove garlic, minced

            1          teaspoon, plus 1/2 cup, rice vinegar, divided

            1/8       teaspoon five-spice powder

            2          tablespoons sugar

            1          pinch salt

            1          small carrot, cut into matchsticks

            1          tablespoon vegetable oil

            1/4       cup water

            2          Vietnamese baguettes or dinner rolls

            1/4       cup mayonnaise

            4          Batavia lettuce leaves

            1/4       cup cilantro, chopped

            1          Persian cucumber, sliced

 

Remove steak from packaging and set aside 10 minutes. Once steak reaches room temperature, place steak in deep plate or storage container. In small bowl, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, fish sauce, garlic, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar and five-spice powder; pour over steak. Cover and marinate in fridge at least 2 hours, or overnight.

 

In small pot over medium heat, heat remaining rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Cook and stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool.

 

Place carrots in deep plate or storage container. Pour cooled pickling liquid over carrots. Set aside to marinate.

 

Remove steak from marinade and pat dry. Reserve marinade.

 

Heat oven to 325 F.

 

Heat heavy-bottomed pan over high heat and add oil. Once oil begins to smoke, add steak. Sear both sides, about 1 minute per side. Lower heat to medium.

 

Add reserved marinade and water to pan. Cook, covered, 3 minutes, removing lid to flip meat occasionally. Remove lid and let sauce reduce 1 minute, or until slightly thickened.

 

Transfer steak and sauce to large plate and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

 

Toast baguettes in oven 5 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes.

 

Slice baguettes along middle without cutting through.

 

Slice steak into thin pieces.

 

Spread mayonnaise on baguettes and add 1-2 lettuce leaves to each. Layer steak on lettuce leaves followed by cilantro, cucumbers and pickled carrots. Slice baguette into two sandwiches.

 

Go for Satisfying Summer Greens

 

Many summer meals start with a simple yet satisfying appetizer: salad. This year, make sure you set the table with a bright, delightful bowl of greens that sets the tone for an enjoyable and festive meal with loved ones.

 

This Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry Salad calls for an array of fruits, including a homemade blueberry dressing, paired with Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix for a fresh and flavorful base with pecan halves to add crunch. The salads are thoroughly washed, rinsed and gently dried then sealed in Keep-Crisp bags to maintain freshness.

 

Find more salad inspiration at freshexpress.com.

 

Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry Salad

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

 

Blueberry Dressing:

            2          cups fresh blueberries

            1/4       cup balsamic vinegar

            2          tablespoons honey

            1          tablespoon lemon juice

            1/2       cup olive oil

                        salt, to taste

                        pepper, to taste

 

            2          large apples

            2          packages (6 ounces each) Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix

            1          pint strawberries, cut in half

            1          pint blueberries

            1/2       cup pecan halves, toasted

                        blueberry dressing

 

To make blueberry dressing: In blender, process blueberries, balsamic vinegar, honey, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste, until smooth. Set aside.

To prepare salad: Cut apples into 1/4-inch thick slices. Using 1-1/2-inch diameter star-shaped cutter, cut apple slices into stars.

 

Place lettuce mix in large bowl; add apples, strawberries and blueberries. Sprinkle with pecans. Before serving, drizzle each salad with blueberry dressing.

 

Sweet, Summery Treats

 

After some fun in the pool and time spent in the sun, a cooling treat is often the perfect way to cap off a summer day. Fresh fruits make those sweet eats even tastier and easier by making dessert in the morning and letting it freeze while you enjoy the warmth outdoors.

 

These Watermelon Berry Frozen Pops make dessert about as simple as possible by blending watermelon, blueberries, raspberries and honey before adding to ice pop molds and freezing throughout the day. With the addition of refreshing watermelon, you’re opting for a flavorful fruit that includes just 80 calories and no fat while providing an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and higher levels of lycopene (12.7 milligrams per 2-cup serving) – an antioxidant being studied for its role in sun protection – than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.

 

To find more summertime snacks, meals and treats, visit watermelon.org.

 

Watermelon Berry Frozen Pops

Servings: 8

 

            6          cups watermelon

            1          cup blueberries, divided

            1          cup raspberries, divided

            3          tablespoons honey

 

In blender, blend watermelon, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries and honey until smooth. Press through fine mesh strainer to remove pulp and seeds.

 

Fill ice pop molds 3/4 full with liquid. Add remaining whole blueberries and raspberries to molds. Insert sticks and freeze at least 4 hours, or until completely frozen.

$40 Billion in Wages Lost Every Year: Doctors, Lawyers, Trained-Immigrants "Brain Waste" in US

More than 20% of college-educated immigrants in the U.S., or two million people, are either unemployed or underemployed, according to new research.

The Migration Policy Institute, which authored the study, said the disparity accounts for significant "brain waste," and huge losses in potential taxes for state and local governments. The Institute's new research shows many foreign-trained professionals end up driving a taxi or doing janitorial work to make ends meet.

Courtney Brown, vice president of impact and planning at the Lumina Foundation, which supported the report, said failing to use those talents results in devastating costs to workers and the nation.

"We're hurting individuals, we're hurting generations of individuals, the states' economies and the U.S. economy, because we're leaving all this talent on a shelf," Brown asserted. "We are not valuing what they're bringing here."

Brown noted the health-care worker shortage during the pandemic as an example. As the crisis worsened, some states reduced licensing barriers to tap the skills of foreign-trained experts. She pointed out while the results were mixed, the efforts brought the issue to light.

Brown believes helping immigrants succeed is an urgent national priority. The U.S. faces an estimated shortfall of eight million workers between now and 2027, amid declining birth rates and an aging workforce. She sees immigrants as a primary source of future labor-force growth.

"Black immigrants, as well as Black native-borns, are more likely to be underemployed," Brown observed. "So, an immigrant perhaps from the U.K., or a white immigrant that's foreign-trained, is not as likely to be underemployed as a Black immigrant."

In addition to race and ethnicity, the study found English proficiency and legal status are strong predictors of brain waste. Brown emphasized lost wages from trained migrants are estimated at nearly $40 billion annually, and as a result, governments lose $10 billion a year in tax revenue. She hopes President Biden's immigration reform bill will prompt positive changes.

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