News Headlines Archives for 2021-08

The Shelby County Sheriff's is seeking the whereabouts of Derrick Lamarc Wyatt


The Shelby County Sheriff’s is seeking the whereabouts of Derrick Lamarc Wyatt, 37, of Center. Wyatt is described as a black male, 6’4”and weighs approximately 350 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Wyatt has felony warrants for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (F-3); Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility (F-3); and a Violation of Parole.

The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Wyatt. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Wyatt of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

Leah Chase, SCSO Public Relations


Garrison ISD Closes Schools for Covid

The Garrison Independent School District has announced it will close all schools until the day after Labor Day due to an outbreak of covid 19 cases among staff and students.

The order includes a suspension of all extracurricular school activities for the same period.

The buildings will be deep cleaned during the closure, and will open again on September 7th. Practice sessions for sports and other activities can resume on September 6th.

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New Regeneron Infusion Center in Nacogdoches

A regional Infusion Center to treat active COVID-19 patients in East Texas is now open in Nacogdoches.
To qualify for this treatment, a patient must be COVID-19 positive and have a referral from a primary care physician. The physician will coordinate with the center to schedule an appointment.
These infusion centers, equipped with Regeneron's monoclonal antibodies, will treat COVID-19 patents with therapeutic drugs that can prevent their conditions from worsening and requiring hospital care. These center also help increase bed capacity in hospitals so that resources are available for the most ill patients.
The treatment is free and available to all Texans who test positive for COVID-19 and have a doctor's referral.
The infusion center is a collaboration of efforts between the State of Texas through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Nacogdoches County, the City of Nacogdoches, SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, Nacogdoches Medical Center, and Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Center ISD School Auction/Sale

Center ISD School Auction/Sale

When: Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 8-11 a.m.

Where: Old Bus Barn on Stadium Drive


Up for auction:

Busses, Cars, a truck, miscellaneous school items: desks, cabinets, etc.


To enter a sealed bid on a vehicle: 

Before the auction: call Amanda Kirby 936.598.2880

Day-of Auction: bring to old or new bus barn.


Sydney Brookshire

District Media Coordinator

Center High School Librarian

UIL Assistant Coordinator

Yearbook Adviser

936.598.6173 ext: 2214


City of Tenaha Meeting




The Tenaha City Council will meet in a Special Called City Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 5:30 pm, Tenaha, Texas. 

The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:

  1. Call to Order:

  2. Roll Call: To establish a quorum. 

  3. Invocation:

  4. Pledge: United States Pledge

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

  6. Discuss and take action: Discuss and consider adopting the 2021-2022 Proposed Tax Rate. ($0.218/$100)

  7. Discuss and take action: Discuss and consider adopting the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget for Water/Wastewater and General Operating Funds. 

  8. Adjourn.

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

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

Amanda Treat

City Secretary

Woden Schools Closed Until Aug. 30th

Woden ISD has announced the district schools will remain closed until Monday, August 30th. 

This will also include cancellation of any school activities or practices. 

There will be a deep cleaning of all the buildings due to several covid cases since school began. 

Here is the official announcement on the school Facebook page. 


"Woden ISD will remain closed for the rest of the week from Wednesday, August 25, 2021 to Friday August

August 27, 2021. School will resume on Monday, August 30th, 2021.

Woden ISD's top priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff and community members

While we understand that this is an inconvenience for families, we hope to take the time to deep clean our

facilities will help mitigate the spread of diseases.

During the closure there will be no activities or after-school practices. Extracurricular Activities and

Practices will resume on Monday, August 30, 2021"

Martinsville Schools Close Due to Covid

Martinsville ISD has announced that due to an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant of the Covid 19 virus, they will close all schools immediately for a deep cleaning.

This also affects any extracurricular activities, events and practices. 

The schools will remain closed, and events cancelled, until after the Labor Day holiday. We contacted the administration and were told the schools will reopen on September 7th. 

On the district website there are notices of cases among both students and staff members. Families in the district have been notified of the cases and precautions to take. Here is the letter found on the district Facebook page...

School Closure Notice. Full Details in Letter in Post

Shelby County Sheriff's Office seeking the whereabouts of Dakota Rodgers

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Dakota Travis Rodgers, 24, of Center. Rodgers is described as a 5’9” white male and weighs approximately 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Rodgers has an active felony warrant for Violation of Probation.


Rodgers is considered armed and dangerous. He is actively evading law enforcement.


The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Rodgers. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Rodgers of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

New Gun Law Announcement






Tri-County Produce Drop

Tri-County Produce Drop

Tomorrow August 25, 2021

@ 9am

Old Sombero’s Restaurant


Timpson Bear Update


We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve your child this year as they attend Timpson ISD. We are excited about this year and pray that all goes well and that we have few interruptions and problems. However, we must inform parents from time to time when students or employees test positive for COVID 19. This year we will be posting updates about school events on our Timpson ISD website and facebook page. Please, view our website for the most up-to-date information about the district and about upcoming events. We will also be posting information about locations and grades of students who test positive for Covid 19. The school will also be contacting parents of students who are on teams or in clubs where a student or employee has tested positive. Parents may opt to quarantine their child. We also ask that all parents monitor their children for Covid symptoms as we will be monitoring as well. Please, do not send your child to school if he or she is experiencing symptoms of Covid 19.


Reserved Football Seating

Today is the last day to come by and assure that you keep your previous reserved seating from a previous year for our home football games. After today, all reserved seats will go on sale to anyone who wishes to purchase an unclaimed previous seat.

East Texas Poultry Festival Creative Arts Committee Plans Creative Arts Show

The 45th East Texas Poultry Festival will be featuring local Creative Arts through the annual Creative Arts Show, sponsored by Drewery Construction. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your handiwork in art, crafts, woodworking, needlework and metal art etc,


The 45th East Texas Poultry Festival, Presented by Farmers State Bank, will be held on October 7th, 8th and 9th on the historic downtown square.  The Creative Arts Show, Quilt Show and Photography Show will be held at First Baptist Church Family Life Center gym.


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


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


Creative Arts Entries must be delivered to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center gym on Monday, October 4th, between the hours of 10:00-4:00.   All entries will be displayed October 7-9 between the hours of 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Family Life Center gym.


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



The 45th Annual East Poultry Festival Open Photography Show, Sponsored by The Light and Champion, will be held at First Baptist Church Family Life Center gym from 10:00am-5:00pm in conjunction with the Quilt Show and Creative Show.   The 2021 Poultry Festival, Presented by Farmers State Bank, will be October 7th, 8th and 9th on the historic downtown square.


According to Photography Show Chairman and coordinator, Billie Jones, photography entries will be accepted at First United Methodist Church (basement), 211 Porter Street, Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Entries may also be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office before 3:00 on Friday, September 17th.  For more information Mrs. Jones may be reached at 936-591-2426 or 936-598-7778.


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


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


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


Entries may be picked-up on the final day of the Poultry Festival, Saturday, October 9th  between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the exhibit location.


Farmers State Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the East Texas Poultry Festival.

Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit

Formal release on Shelby County homicide

Leah Chase, SCSO Public Relations

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is actively investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday, August 21 on County Road 2225 in Center.

According to Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, deputies responded to the scene at approximately 10:40 p.m. in reference to a disturbance that involved gunshots. Once on scene, deputies discovered that 41 year-old Delvin Deon Bailey, of Center, had been fatally wounded.

Investigation into the disturbance revealed that earlier in the evening, Bailey and 41 year-old Justin Earl Bennett, of Center, had gotten into a physical altercation at a party that took place on CR 2225. Witnesses stated that Bennett left the location, only to return approximately an hour later, and the two began fighting again. Witnesses stated that during the fight, Bennett allegedly fatally shot Bailey and fled the scene in a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle has since been recovered. 

A warrant has been issued for Bennett for Murder (F-1). Bennett is described as black male, 5’9” and weighs approximately 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Bennett has tattoos on both forearms, scars on his left arm and left calf.

Anyone with information on Bennett’s whereabouts is urged to contact the SCSO at 936-598-5601, or by calling 9-1-1.  Bennett is considered armed and dangerous, do not approach him.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Bennett of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

The SCSO extends our sympathy to the family of Deon Bailey.


Shelby County Sheriff's Office Seeks Murder Suspect

At 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, Bennett entered the lobby of the SCSO and turned himself in to authorities without incident.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted for murder in what sources tell KDET was a Saturday night shooting.

His name is Justin Earl Bennett and he is described as a 41-year-old black male, 5'9" and weighs 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and tattoos on both forearms. He also has scars on his left arm and left calf.

He is considered armed and dangerous and the public is warned not to approach him. Bennett was last seen in a 2017 black Chevrolet Malibu sedan with a Texas license plate of PBL9231.

If you have any information on Bennett or his whereabouts, call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5601 or call 9-1-1.

Grand Opening for C&M Sparkle Designs Gifts & More


Our Grand Opening will be August 28th. Shop will open at 10:00,  snacks and door prizes will begin at 12:00. Come on in and look around to see what our little small town Gift Shop has to offer! Enjoy some snacks, refreshments and enter for chances to win a door prize! Hope to see you there!!


C&M Sparkle Designs Gifts & More
180 N. US Hwy 59
Garrison, Tx 75946

Football & Soccer Signups


The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the

2021 FOOTBALL AND FALL SOCCER signups will begin soon.


Where?  The Community House (425 San Augustine Street)

When? Tuesday, August 24th or   Thursday August 26th

All Dates from 5:00 to 7:00pm


Parents are encouraged to come by City Hall at 617 Tenaha Street to sign up also. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8-4:30pm. If one of the signup dates doesn’t work for you, please come by City Hall before September 4th to sign up. After September 3th, there will be a $15 late fee added to the registration. For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director at 936-590-7196

Cash, Check or Card Accepted


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

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

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

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




Inscripciones de SOCCER Y Futbol Americano

El Departamento de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la temporada de otoño 2021 DE SOCER Y FUTBOL MAERICANO está por comenzar pronto.   

¿Donde? Community House (425 San Augustine Street)

¿Cuando? Martes, 24 de Agosto: Jueves, 26 de Agosto

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


Los padres pueden presentarse ala City Hall en 617 Tenaha Street para entregar sus inscripciones. Las horas de oficina son de Lunes-Viernes de 8 am – 4:30 pm.  Si alguna de las fechas de regristo no funciona para usted favor de pasar ala oficina antes del 4 de Septiembre. Despues del 3 de Septiembre abra un recargo de 15$. Para más información favor de comunicarse con Jason Mitchell, Director del Departamento de Recreación para la Ciudad de Center, al número 936-590-7196

Aceptamos tarjeta de credito or dinero en efectivo. 


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

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

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

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



Chatter From the Chamber

Hello Chamber Members,

Hope you are all having a lovely day!

I wanted to make sure you all remember there will be a Membership Meeting tomorrow here at the Chamber of Commerce at noon.

Our lunch will be from Tootie's Cafe, we will have upsidedown Tamale Pie!????

Our Program will be the Children's Advocacy Center and our Business of the Month will be Mission Delores State Historic Site.

I hope to see you here!


!!Blood Drive!!

August 23rd from 11-3

Here at the Chamber



The Workforce will be here at the Chamber helping with finding JOBS and Schooling

on August 26th starting at 9 am.  


????Grab your boots and hats and get ready to RODEO!!????

September 16th -18th

Free admission?


NACOGDOCHES,TEXAS (August 13, 2021):  Around 10:30 a.m. this morning Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department went to the 2300 block of Stewart St attempting to serve felony warrants on an adult male suspect. The suspect chose to barricade himself inside the residence instead of surrendering. We do not believe there to be anyone else inside the residence. At this time our SWAT Team along with negotiators are on scene. We are communicating with the suspect attempting to get him to surrender.  As per protocol with any incident such as this we asked administrators at Carpenter Elementary to go on lock down out of an over abundance of caution. Anyone living in the areas is asked to stay at home and not come to the scene. As further information becomes available it will be released

Panola College Press Release

Contact: Kade Lindsay

Phone: 903-693-2017

Date: 08-13-2021



Panola College Foundation awards $65,167 in faculty, staff grants


The Panola College Foundation awarded 23 grants which totaled $65,167, the Foundation’s largest award to date, to seven different areas at Panola College. The grants will go toward supporting various programs and initiatives.

Dr. John Ray, the Chair of the Panola College Foundation, announced the recipients of the grants at a faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the College.

“The Panola College Foundation is proud to support the faculty and staff at Panola College,” said Dr. Ray. “Through the numerous applications we receive each year, the dedication and commitment Panola College employees have for their students is obvious.”

The 2021-2022 grants include funding for the following:

Anthony Edwards: Online Anatomy & Physiology Lab Learning Subscription

Sharon Hill: Bookcheck Unit – Sensitizer & Desensitizer

Shay Joines: Book Scanner & Photo Negative Scanner for Preservation

Savannah Cassell and Texas Reardon: Testing Center Lockers

Sandra Bauer and Dwaine Hubbard: Portable Sound Mixer & Case

Sandra Bauer and Dwaine Hubbard: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Field Trip

Haylie Handley: Fall and Spring Museum Field Trips

Dwaine Hubbard: Harmony Director Keyboard

Karen King: Chauvet LED Instruments & Lighting Equipment for Hedges Studio

Karen King: Tools for Stagecraft and Design Courses

Karen King: Mirrors & Lighting for Stage Makeup Courses & Performances

Laura Wood and Kevin Rutherford: Anatomy & Physiology Equipment for Marshall Center Lab

Lynn Hanson: Assembly on Education Symposium (AOE) Conference Registration

Terrie King: Student Registration for American Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Whitney McBee: CPR Training Equipment

Katy Chance: Residence Life Egg Hunt

Katy Chance: Outdoor Activities for Students

Rebecca Courtney, Katy Chance, Jody Harris, Kade Lindsay and Angie Musgrove: Photo Booth

Jody Harris: SGA State Convention for Students

Jody Harris and Brian Naples: Indoor Military Flags for Veterans Day Dinner

Michael Pace: HVAC Mini Split Systems

Bobbie Smith, Paula Fults and Patti Redmon: Flat Irons, Cordless Clippers, and Color Trays for Center and Carthage Locations

Cancee Lester and Whitney McBee: Mirrors for Zumba & Yoga Room in Center

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

Press Release 8/12/2021

Press Release 8/12/2021

The rapid increase in reported Covid-19 cases is very alarming to me.  With two variants of the coronavirus surging, I urge residents to be cautious, if you are running a fever, feel sick, or have been exposed to the virus please seek medical assistance and isolate yourself.  

It is very important not to forget what we learned last year when the pandemic first came to Shelby County.  Below is a reminder of the protocol that has helped control the virus in the past.

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public and during large gatherings.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.

  • Stay six feet apart from others.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you are sick.


The state has NOT issued a mask mandate; it is your choice to wear a mask or not.  

The following providers are giving the Covid-19 vaccine:

Aurora Concepts – 936-591-8171 – is accepting walk-ins without appointments.

Brookshires Brothers Pharmacy – 936-591-9122 – by appointment only.

CVS Pharmacy – 936-598-6254 – is accepting walk-ins and by appointment.

Hope Clinic – 936-598-2716 – by appointment only.

Walmart Pharmacy – 936-598—2921 – is accepting walk-ins without appointments.


It is your choice on whether or not to get vaccinated but if you want to get vaccinated there are options already set up within Shelby County, please utilize them.


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


Thank you,

Allison Harbison

Shelby County Judge


August Lunch & Learn


CONTACT: Feleshia Thompson, BS

County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service




August 12, 2021


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Committee will be having monthly lunch and learn to provide information on various topics.  This month we will focus on Immunizations.  


On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Committee and Aurora Concepts will host a lunch and learn on Immunizations.  

Aurora Concepts offers COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL CARE for adults, children, businesses, and school needs.  They have been serving Shelby County for several years.  Aurora Concepts is a Family Medical Practice with offices located in Center and Crockett, Texas.  In addition, they offer a Mobile Clinic for your onsite business or school needs.  

Be sure to RSVP to 936 598-7744 no later than Monday Tuesday August 17, 2021 if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided; space is limited and all COVID19 precautions will be taken.  If you have questions, please contact Feleshia Thompson, County Extension Agent – Family and Community Health at the above number or via email at

Meet The Rams

Meet the Rams will be held on August 19th at 6:30 p.m. on the football field prior to Battle on the Border which will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Joaquin Athletic Booster Club will be taking the gate and it will be $5 for everyone school aged and older. We are looking forward to a great football season. Go RAMS! 


Submitted by: Madison Jones, JHS Cheer Sponsor

SFA's 12 X 12 Scholarship Fundraiser for art students returning in Octobe


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Fans of the 12 X 12 Scholarship Fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will be excited to know that the benefit that funds scholarships and grants for students in the SFA School of Art is returning this fall.


Mark your calendars now for Oct. 2 through 16 to make sure you have time to participate in silent bidding, and plan now to attend the art party on Saturday, Oct. 16, all at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. The event was canceled last year because of the pandemic.


The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch pieces of art created by approximately 80 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas. Anyone may silently bid on the unique one-of-a-kind pieces, according to David Cozadd, event committee chairman.


“The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts organization is excited for the return of this fundraiser event,” Cozadd said. “There’s always a lot of outstanding 12 X 12 works of art. Furthermore, the arts are in need of support now more than ever.”

Silent bidding ($250 minimum) begins Saturday, Oct. 2, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House and will continue up to the day of the art party, which is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the art center. Starting bids drop to $100 the night of the event, and raffle tickets will be sold five for $20. Refreshments will be served at the party.


Local artists, as well as former SFA students and professors, provide original works of art for the event. The purpose of 12 X 12 is to raise funds for the FVA scholarships and grants that are awarded to SFA art students. Between $12,000 and $15,000 is awarded annually in scholarships to deserving students in the School of Art.


The awards help students defray the costs of special projects for art classes or M.B.A./B.A. exhibitions. Some recipients have attended conferences or gone on school trips that will help with their professional development. This has included Maymester trips for art students to go to Italy. The organization also awards scholarships for elementary school students to attend the SFA Art Academy.


The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about 12 X 12 or to become a sponsor, call Cozadd at (936) 585-2170.


Cutline: These entries from the 2019 12 X 12 event are examples of the kind of artwork that will be available for bidding in this year’s 12 X 12 Scholarship Fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA. The event is planned for Oct. 2 through 16 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House with the art party scheduled for Saturday night, Oct. 16.

Senior Citizen Passes for Athletic Events

Senior Citizen Passes for Athletic Events


Senior Citizen Passes are available for Roughrider fans ages 65 and older. 

Must present I.D. 



Center ISD Administration Office

107 PR 605

Center, TX 75935



Monday through Friday

7:30am to 12:00pm or 2:30pm to 4:30pm


Please contact the athletic office @ 936-598-6173 with any questions. 

Unique Boutique- Gearing up for Fall

The Unique Boutique is gearing up for the fall season!  Stop by and check out their fall décor along with all their Halloween costumes!  Costumes are only $2.50 each!  There is a wide selection to choose from with various sizes.  Get your children ready for Halloween at The Unique Boutique.  The store is open from 9-4, Monday through Friday.  For more information, please call 936-591-8190.  


Tri-County Produce Drop

Tri-County Produce Drop

Tomorrow August 11, 2021 @ 9am

Parking Lot near old Somberos Restaurant



Property Owners Receive Post Cards by Mail

Property Owners Receive Post Cards by Mail


Property owners were mailed a postcard that explains how to get information on the estimated taxes. By going to the webpage below, taxpayers will be able to view proposed actions to be taken by each local taxing unit concerning the 2021 taxes as well as view meeting dates and times.


This is not a tax bill.  The card is for informational purposes only.


Go to to search for your property for more information.

Senior Site Fish Fry

The Senior Nutrition Site will have a fish fry on Thursday, August 12, 2021.  They will have fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, and fries.  Lunch will be served from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Senior Site.  Everyone is invited to eat with us.  The Fish Plates are $5 each.  Senior Citizens 60 and above are welcome to come to have some food and fellowship Monday through Friday.  We ask for a small contribution of $5 per meal to help cover the costs of the plate.  For more information, please call the Senior Site at 936-598-7768. 

Immunization Clinic tonight at CMS

The clinic will be held tonight from 4:30-6:30 at Center Middle School Meet the Teacher - it will be located in the middle school nurse's office. Please sign up using the link on the flyer.


Sydney Brookshire

District Media Coordinator

Center High School Librarian

UIL Assistant Coordinator

Yearbook Adviser

936.598.6173 ext: 2214


It seems that the twenty-first century has produced a general feeling among the female of the species that men are no longer needed.  I read articles and see programs on television produced by young, liberated feminists who espouse the idea that they have no need for a man in their lives.  They are educated, own their own businesses, and only need a man for pro-creation.  They can then rear their children alone – who needs a man around?  Any time a program or commercial needs a dufus, guess who gets that part – the white guy.  It would be a politically incorrect thing for a female to do.


In view of the above I was surprised to read an article which reported on a recent survey among these women which revealed that they were still interested in men, as long as the men did what they wanted them to do.  The article listed seven things these modern women think are missing in modern men.


  1. Elevator Etiquette - I suppose it is because there are no elevators around here that I was surprised by the women’s complaint.  The ladies want the males to let them into the elevator first, then allow them off first, according to this survey.

  2. General Respect – the women complained of their perception that men no longer show them the proper respect they feel they deserve.  It seems that a man staring at their rear end, or front end, and yelling things such as “hi sexy” is no longer a sign of endearment.

  3. Giving Up Your Seat – Apparently guys no longer let women have their seat on the bus, train, or trolley car, and they resent it.  I always thought that this was a “built-in” automatic response of the male toward the female, but apparently has now disappeared.

  4. The World Is More Threatening To The Female – They feel that women are being attacked more often and in more places these days.  The survey said that most women want a male to walk them to their cars in a parking lot, or even walk them home.

  5. Be Polite To Them – This covers a wide range of things.  How about reaching for something off a high shelf for them? Or, opening the door for her to enter or exit?  The survey reported that the women would like for a man to help them carry a big box or package.  Could it be that men are no longer doing any of these polite things?

  6. Hold The Door Open – Do not let the door close on her while she enters or exits first.

  7. Driveway Etiquette – This is not a new one.  The women do not like for men to drive up in their driveway and honk their car horn as a signal for them to come out.  They much prefer if the male walks up to the door and walks her to the car.


So there you have the current ideas of the modern female regarding males. It seems that in spite of the fact that most modern feminist have done their best to emasculate men, they still have some need of them.  They are trying to “sissify” the young boys by forbidding them from playing “dangerous sports”, and definitely not playing with a toy gun, and no playing “cowboys and Indians” because of political correctness.  In other words, manliness is being discouraged, that is, until they have need of a man for one of the seven reasons listed above.


Being a male is a matter of DNA.

Being a man is a matter of age.

Being a gentleman is a matter of choice.


Roughrider spirit wear order information

Center Roughrider 

Spirit Wear




There are a variety of size, color and design options for youth and adults!


Order online and it ships directly to you!!


To browse and place your order!


All orders can be placed between August 4th-August 19th.



Fundraiser by CHS Cheer Boosters


2021 Socks & Supplies for School

The 2021 Socks & Supplies for School Giveaway will be Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 9 am.


Lily of the Valley COGIC, C D Williams, Sr. is the Pastor.

620 Greer Street

Center, TX 75935

Closure at the SL 224 in Nacogdoches

ALERT: Emergency closure at the SL 224 southbound entrance ramp from SH 7 West in Nacogdoches. Motorists should choose alternate routes. This closure is temporary for crews at the construction site to retrieve an underground utility pipe. Stay alert and expect some delays in the area

SFA Gardens to host Kiwifruit Field Day

SFA Gardens to host Kiwifruit Field Day

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its fifth Kiwifruit Field Day with presentations on the growing, research and marketing of kiwifruit.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Lunch will be provided, followed by a tour of the kiwifruit field trials at SFA Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m.

Speakers will include Dr. David Creech of SFA Gardens, Tim Hartmann of Texas A&M University, Jay Spears of Auburn University, David Anderson of Anderson Food Sales and Marketing in Nacogdoches, and economic analyst Alan Burnie.

Topics include kiwifruit production in Texas and Alabama, growing potential for Texas farmers, kiwifruit market trends, and economic risks in kiwifruit production.

The cost of the field day is $45 per person. Advance registration is required, and the deadline to register is Sept. 20. To register, visit the SFA Gardens website or Facebook page, or send an inquiry email to

Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its fifth Kiwifruit Field Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building. Participants will hear presentations on the growing, research and marketing of kiwifruit, as well as tour kiwifruit field trials in SFA Gardens.



University Marketing Communications

(936) 468-2605

Timpson ISD Bear Update

Timpson ISD Bear Update



Substitute Training - Timpson ISD has scheduled a substitute orientation/training for  Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 9 am at the Timpson ISD Event Center. The training is required each year for those who are recurring substitute teachers or new applicants. If you have never been a substitute teacher at the district, you will need to fill out an application.  The application may be obtained prior to the training date at the Central office.  An applicant who has never substituted for a school district must be fingerprinted with a criminal background check done before being placed on the sub list.  When the applicant has completed training, his or her information is uploaded to TEA and he or she will receive an email giving information about getting the fingerprinting scheduled.  The fee for the fingerprinting is the responsibility of the applicant.  Social distancing will be observed at the training.  Timpson ISD appreciates our substitute teachers for their faithfulness to help our students.  If you have questions, you may call Sherri Strahan at 936/254-2463 Ext. 4100 or email at  


Reserved Football Seating – 

Reserved seating for the 2021 football season will be available for purchase on Monday, August 9th at the Central Office.  If you would like to keep your reserved seats you had previously during the 2019 season, be sure and go to the Central Office and see Sherri to secure your seats for the 2021 football season.  Please do this BEFORE Monday August 23 so your seats will not possibly be purchased by another person.  And remember, Event Center parking will be available for reserved ticket holders, senior citizen pass holders and Timpson ISD staff.  It’s on a first come first served basis. 


Senior Citizen Passes - Senior citizen passes for citizens 63 years young (and older) are available at the Central office.  See Sherri for your pass. 

CISD Doors, Tardy Bells and Release Times


Doors open: 7:35 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 8:00 a.m.

Release: 3:35 p.m.



Doors open: 7:45 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 8:15 a.m.

Release: 3:50 p.m.



Gates open: 7:15 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 7:45 a.m.

Release: 3:20 p.m.



Doors open: 7:30 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 8:15 a.m.

Release: 4:00 p.m.

Substitute Orientation for Center ISD

Just a quick reminder that Center ISD will be holding their annual Substitute Orientation on Wednesday, August 4th from 8 AM to 12 Noon.  We do have a location change and will be holding the orientation in the High School library instead of the 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 under Human Resources and Employment.


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

Panola College offers ZUMBA GOLD & BEGINNING YOGA



3600 Loop 500 East Center, Texas 75935 

CONTACT: Trellis McCann 

PHONE: 936-598-9543 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release August 3, 2021 




Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Zumba Gold and Beginning Yoga. The classes begin August 9 - September 15. Monday and Wednesdays, (Zumba - 4:15 - 5:15 pm and Yoga - 5:20 - 6:20 pm.) Cost of each class is $60.00 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email 

Panola College is an Equal Opportunity Institution that provides educational and employment opportunities on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

SFA Music Prep fall class registration underway

SFA Music Prep fall class registration underway

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Registration is underway for fall classes in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, according to Alba Madrid, Music Prep director.


The fall roster for youth includes private lessons in piano, violin, cello, viola, voice, flute, trumpet and bass. Lessons may be available for other instruments upon request. Group classes will be offered in guitar, piano for adults, piano for children, Kindermusik (for students ages 0 to 5), Strings Project, youth orchestras and Raguet Strings for adult students. Lessons begin Aug. 16.


The Strings Project was piloted this past spring. The nine public school districts with in Nacogdoches County and some surrounding districts were invited to participate. Strings Project students have the opportunity to learn to play a stringed instrument at a low tuition cost as part of an after-school activity. The project is grant and community funded.


Registration for private and group instruction can be completed online at or by calling (936) 468-1291. Prices range from $20 to $180 per month, depending on frequency, type of lesson and lesson length. Some scholarships may be available to qualifying applicants.


The Music Prep House is located at 3028 Raguet St. Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Madrid can also be reached via email at or Parents can also find program information on Facebook and Instagram.


Cutline: Fall class registration for music instruction through SFA’s Music Preparatory Division is underway. Lessons begin Aug. 16.




Robbie Goodrich

(936) 468-5820

Aug. 2, 2021


NOTICE OF MEETING Safety and Security Committee Shelbyville Independent School District 

August 5, 2021 

A meeting of the Safety and Security Committee of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St.Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas. 

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

1. Call to order 2. Invocation 3. Minutes of the December 16, 2020 Meeting 4. Introduction of Committee Members 5. Committee Organization 6. Informational presentation by Paul Thompson, ESC 7 Representative 7. Executive Session: 

a. Review Emergency Operating Plan 8. Open Session 9. Adjournment 

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the committee will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(1). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. (See BEC(LEGAL)] 

This notice was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act on August 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. 


Ray West, Superintendent

Dollar Days Back to School Sale at Unique Boutique


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!  Come by The Unique Boutique and get all your back-to-school needs.  For more information, please call the store at 936-591-8190. 


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