News Headlines Archives for 2021-09

New Member Ribbon Cutting – The Mootique

New Member Ribbon Cutting

Planned for The Mootique


We are excited to welcome owner Kailee Metcalf, with her business The Mootique to the Chamber of Commerce.  Please join the Ambassadors in celebrating with a new member ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 30th at 10:30a.m.


The Mootique is a shop specializing in handmade children’s clothing, blankets, dolls and jewelry.


Join the Chamber Ambassadors in welcoming Kailee with her new business, The Mootique, to the Chamber and to Shelby County.


The Mootique is located at 506 FM 2788.  Visit The Mootique VIP on Facebook.


For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

Relocation Ribbon Cutting – Hello Beautiful

Relocation Ribbon Cutting

Planned for Hello Beautiful


Hello Beautiful has moved to the downtown square!  We are excited to have this great business on the square.  Please join the Ambassadors in celebrating Cindy’s new location on Thursday, September 30th at 2:00pm.


Cindy Furlow, owner of Hello Beautiful, has a wonderful selection of stylish clothes in all sizes at very affordable prices.  You can find fashion tee shirts, denim, leggings, dresses and great tops and sweaters up to a 3XL.  Cindy sells the same great lines in a new great location.  Lines include Entro, Umgee, Vocal, a.gain, BiBi, Davi & Dani, L&B.


Join the Chamber Ambassadors in welcoming Cindy to her new location on the square


Hello Beautiful is located at 113 San Augustine Street.

For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

2021 Tenaha High School Homecoming Court Announced

2021 Tenaha High School Homecoming Court Announced


 Addy Duncan-Band                      Angelica Sandoval-FFA             Iy'Terrica Giles- Football             Sarahi Flores-JCC           Sha'Nyza McCallister-Yearbook


        Cindy Hernandez-BETA             Ashleigh Head-Junior            Christal Sparks-Sophomore     Ke'mariaha Belin-Freshman        Olivia Ford-Senior


      Tenaha High School Homecoming, a time honored tradition, continues!  The 2021 Homecoming Court Duchesses and Sweethearts were elected by their peers to represent this year’s Homecoming Court.  Class Duchesses are Ke'mariaha Belin-Freshman Duchess,  Christal Sparks-Sophomore Duchess, Ashleigh Head-Junior Duchess, and Olivia Ford-Senior Duchess.  Homecoming Court Sweethearts are Cindy Hernandez-BETA Sweetheart, Adalynn (Addy) Duncan-Band Sweetheart, Iy'Terrica Giles-Football Sweetheart, Angelica Sandoval-FFA Sweetheart, Sarahi Flores-JCC Sweetheart, and Sha'Nyza McCallister-Yearbook Sweetheart.  The 2021 Homecoming Queen will be named during the Homecoming pre-game ceremonies set to take place at 1:30 pm on October 2nd during the Tigers vs Colmesneil Bulldogs Contest. 

    This year’s Homecoming theme is “Unleash the Tigers”.   Homecoming activities planned for October 2nd are Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony to take place at 9:30 am in the Tenaha High School Cafetorium. Phyllis Thompson and Cynthia “Sam” Kay are the honorees.  The Homecoming Parade will begin at 11:30 am on the Tenaha Square, led by the Grand Marshal Michael “Runt” Ramsey.  Homecoming pre-game is set for 1:30 pm and the kick off is set for 2:00 pm at Raymond Jackson Stadium.  Come join the 68th Annual Tenaha High School Homecoming festivities!

Poultry Festival Countdown!!

Only 10 days left until the 45th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, Sponsored by Farmers State Bank, opens its gates to a weekend of Fun, Entertainment, Arts and Crafts and lots of Food back on the downtown square!


The Cutting of the Feathers will be held on Thursday, October 7th at 10:00am on the Frances Oates Center Stage!  We are looking forward to having the school children back on stage to sing.


All three days, the entertainment stage will be busy with school groups, dancing groups and singing groups.  Of course there will be the Wing Eating Contest, the Chicken Clucking Contest, Lion Club vehicle drawing and the Broiler Auction.  New this year will be the Ag/Mechanic auction.  Our Shelby County ag/mechanic students will auction their items.


The 5K Chicken Trot and Fun Run, Sponsored by Axley and Rode will be held on Saturday morning, October 9, at Port A Cool Park.  The Trot starts at 7:30a.m.  Proceeds will go the area United Way.  The Car Show starts at 10am on the downtown square.


The 2021 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen will be crowned on October 2nd at 7:00pm at Center High School.  The Queen and her Court shall reign over the Festival. 

So Mark Your Calendars for October 7th, 8th and 9th .  See you at the Festival!!

NPD Investigating Drive By Shooting

The Nacogdoches Police Department is currently on scene in the 1400 block of Dolph Street investigating a drive by shooting that resulted in one death. Officers were called to the scene at approximately 12:43 am, in reference to gun shots being fired in the area. 

Officers arrived and found that three people had been struck by gunfire, one being deceased. The remaining two wounded subjects were taken to area hospitals. Officers learned that the gunfire came from a passing vehicle and are working to locate a vehicle and suspects.

Dolph Street is closed at this time and will remain closed for the next several hours. Updated information will be released as it is received.

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Details on Fatal Accident in Shelbyville

The identities of those involved in the fatal accident in Shelbyville on Tuesday have been revealed and the details of the incident released.

The preliminary investigation by the Department of Public Safety indicates that at approximately 6:50am, a semi tractor-trailer carrying timber was traveling north on SH 87, while an SUV was traveling behind it. The SUV, for an unknown reason, struck the rear of the truck.

The driver of the truck is identified as 57-year-old Steven Bennefield of San Augustine. He was not injured.

The SUV driver has been identified as 32-year-old Mianna Adair of Joaquin. She was taken to Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler for treatment. Her passenger, 7-year-old Chesney Grace Adair sufferred fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Marla Denby.

The crash remains under investigation.                         

State Representative Chris Paddie Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Following what many have called the most conservative session in Texas history, State Representative Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) today announced that he will not seek re-election to Texas House District 9 in 2022. House District 9 includes Cass, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Sabine, and Shelby counties.


"Serving as State Representative for the people of East Texas has been one of the greatest honors of my life," said Paddie. "I’m proud of the many accomplishments and landmark reforms my colleagues and I have delivered during my service as State Representative."


"I love and respect the Texas House and will certainly miss serving with so many great people who have become like family to me. However, I also recognize that the greatness of the House existed long before I joined it and it will exist long after I am gone. I look forward to supporting Speaker Phelan and my House colleagues as they continue their service to our great state."


“There are far too many people to thank, but I have to express my gratitude to my wife, Brooke, and our boys, Topher and Noah, for their unwavering support. They have sacrificed so much over the last ten years and it’s time for me to focus on what’s best for them and our future.”


"Serving in the Legislature is not a career, but a way to serve your neighbors. I remain forever grateful for the constant support and trust shown to me by the people of House District 9. I remain fully committed to advocating for good public policy and will continue do so in non-elected avenues of public service."


?"As the House begins working through the process of redistricting, I have decided that the timing is right to spend more time with my family and allow my East Texas colleagues to spend time fighting for our values instead of having to make some of the tough choices required in the redistricting process."

Halloween in the hole

8th Annual Halloween in the Hole

Presented by

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office &

John Burns, Farmers Insurance


This year’s event will take place Oct. 28, 2021 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Center High School baseball field. Kids dressed in costumes 13 and under are invited to an evening of trick-or-treat fun! 

Table reservations are required to pass out candy and treats to trick-or-treaters. To reserve a spot for your business, organization, club, etc., contact Leah Chase at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 598-5601 or  or John Burns at (936) 427-5077 or

Businesses will need to have a decorated table with a sign displaying the business name and set up will begin at 4:30.

    We look forward to seeing you at the hole!


Early morning fire in Joaquin

At 1:25 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 600 block of East Saddle Street in Joaquin. Firefighters arrived to find a single wide mobile home with heavy fire showing from the kitchen end of the structure. The home was occupied by a family of five at the time the fire was discovered. Fortunately, everyone got out safely. Firefighters entered the structure and performed an interior attack, achieving a quick knockdown of the fire. Despite the quick knockdown and extensive salvage and overhaul operations, the home and its contents were a total loss. After ensuring that all hot spots were extinguished, fire units returned to the station at 3:10 a.m. The JVFD was assisted on the scene by units from Desoto Fire District #1.

Doo Dah Parade



45th East Texas Poultry Festival 




Everyone loves a parade.  The Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade, will be held next week, Wednesday, September 29th at 5:00pm.  The parade will circle the Historic Downtown Center Square, led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce. Pre-registration for this popular event is not required just show up and join in the fun!  Ride in your pick up, golf cart, on a bike, skateboard, walk – show up and have fun. Participants are to line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-thru at 4:30 p.m. 


Thank you to our Parade Sponsors:  Center Tire Company is our Platinum Sponsor: Gold sponsors for the parade are Ihlo Sales and Imports and Professional Title Service.


Earlier in the day you are invited to enjoy the annual kick-off Chicken Fajita Luncheon sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply. Orders are now being accepted. Forms are available on the Shelby County Chamber’s festival page at or by calling 598-3682 or emailing by Friday, September 24th . The meal includes two fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for five or more advance orders.  Pick up your lunch at the Center Fire Department Station.

Joaquin ISD Early Release

Joaquin ISD will release early at 1:25 p.m. on Friday, September 24th, due to transportation needs for extracurricular travel.

Major Injury Accident in Shelbyville

UPDATE: One fatality is reported in the accident this morning in Shelbyville and one serious injury. We will update when next of kin have been  notified.


Center Broadcasting has received reports of a major accident on Highway 87 South, just past Shelbyville School.  The reports indicate a log truck and a Jeep were involved.  According to the information, there were apparently injuries in the incident.

No information was forthcoming from the Sheriff's office, but avoid the area as it is blocked off while rescuers and investigators work the scene.

SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed 'The Shadow Box'

SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed ‘The Shadow Box’

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed full-length play “The Shadow Box” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in Regents Suite A in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.


Directed by Houston senior Johana Lenington, “The Shadow Box” is written by Michael Cristofer. Winner of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, “The Shadow Box” is about death and dying and explores the end-of-life experiences for three terminal cancer patients.


“The play follows the patients as they live out their last days with family and friends while they process the reality of their illnesses,” Lenington said.


The cast includes Pearland freshman Evan Hamilton as the interviewer; Houston junior George Villarreal as Joe; Stephenville junior Kyla Carter as Stephen; Pasadena junior Maggie Jordan as Maggie; Carthage freshman Grant Calloway as Brian; Frisco senior Benjamin McElroy as Mark; San Antonio sophomore Hannah Marfin as Beverly; Kingwood freshman Sarah Crumley as Agnes; and Belton freshman Macy Burns as Felicity.


Crew includes Danielle Wooten, Longview junior, as stage manager; Maddie Grace Beam, Tyler senior, assistant director; Juli Flores, Pasadena senior, scenic designer; Caitlin McIntyre, Baytown senior, costume designer; Cynthia Tovar, Houston senior, lighting designer; David Cleghorn, Georgetown junior, sound designer; Brendon Ryan, Cedar Park junior, properties manager; and Grace Baker, Friendswood senior, master electrician and assistant light designer.


Lenington is a theatre education major. She transferred to SFA in the fall of 2019. She has performed in numerous plays at SFA, including as Rose in “Dancing at Lughnasa,” as Chloe in “The Curse of Plenty,” as Miranda in “The Tempest,” and as Mrs. Martin in “The Bald Soprano.” She has directed “A Perfect Match” by Starina Johnson and “Last Chance” by Jackie Rosenfeld.


“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct ‘The Shadow Box,’ and I look forward to more directing opportunities in the future,” she said.


Faculty production advisor for “The Shadow Box” is Rick Jones. The play is recommended for mature audiences.


Tickets are $6 for adults, seniors and youth, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, visit the SFA Fine Arts Box Office online at or call (936) 468-6407. Box office and online sales end at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24. Available tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information about the play, call the School of Theatre at (936) 468-4003 or visit

Regular Meeting of the Joaquin Independent School District Board

AGENDA FOR September 20, 2021 

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

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance 

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

4. Report/Information items: 

4.1 Director of Finance Reports 

4.1.1 Monthly Financial Report 

4.1.2 Quarterly Investment Report 

4.1.3 Annual Investment Report 

5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action: 

5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting 

5.2 Approve Resolution to Extend Local COVID Leave 

5.3 Amend 2021-2022 Compensation Plan-Retention Bonuses August, 2022 

5.4 Approve Investment Broker’s List and Review Local Investment Policy 

5.5 Approve 2021-2022 Budget Amendment 

5.6 Approve the SHAC committee members for the 2021-2022 school year 

5.7 Approve the Shelby County 4-H organization to be sanctioned as an extracurricular activity 5.8 Approve the Adjunct Faculty Agreement with the Shelby County Extension Staff  


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

7. Designation of date and time of next meetings: October 18, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. 

8. Adjournment


TCCA Produce Drop

Tri-County Harvest for Homes Produce Drop

Wednesday September 22, 2021

@ Old Sombero’s Parking Lot



Area scores from 9/17

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SCCAC Awarded $11,100 Donation from 50 Women Impact

The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center (SCCAC) recently received a donation in the amount of $11,100 from 50 Women Impact, a local philanthropic organization. The staff and board of directors of the SCCAC are grateful to 50 Women Impact for their support of our agency and their investment in the wellbeing of the children and families we serve. These funds will be used for general operating expenses in support of the SCCAC mission to provide the highest quality services possible to child victims of abuse. Thank you again to 50 Women Impact for making a difference in our community!

SCCAC Awarded $10,000 Grant from John Harris Community Fund at ETCF

The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center (SCCAC) received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the John Harris Community Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF). These funds will be used to partially fund two full-time mental health therapists who provide counseling at no charge to the children and families who qualify for our services. We are grateful to ETCF for their continued support of our agency and their recognition of the importance of mental health services.


(Pictured in photo, l-r: Sarah Shires, Denise Merriman, ETCF Program Officer Dana Durman, Josh McAdams, Lt. Tanner Peace)

Nacogdoches Police Department to Host National Night Out


(NACOGDOCHES,TX): Neighborhood Watch Programs and First Responders will be celebrating National Night Out in Nacogdoches on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Neighborhood Watch groups within the city of Nacogdoches will host “block events” on the evening of October 5th .  This year first responders have partnered with the Nacogdoches Public Library to host an event at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center for those citizen’s that don’t have a neighborhood watch program in their neighborhood.  There will be food, games, and first responders there.   Additionally, Stephen F. Austin State University will also be hosting an event for their students and staff on their campus.

National Night Out is a night when residents are encouraged to lock their doors and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors in the name of crime prevention. Law Enforcement officers and other officials visit these communities to form relationships with the residents. This year we will be using best practices in regards to safety measures to ensure we all stay healthy. Anyone interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch Program in the city or hosting an event should contact the Nacogdoches Police Department at 936-559-2607. Neighborhoods should register with the police department by Thursday, September 30th





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


Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite the public to their remembrance program Friday, September 17th, 2021, 9:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center.  The Auxiliary will present the “Missing Man Table”. The POW/MIA Flag that has flown there 24/7 for the last year will be retired and a new one hoisted. 


Veterans from Shelby County known to have at one time been a Prisoner of War and those still missing in action will be remembered.  As always the public, city and county officials from all over Shelby County are cordially invited.


More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 or Graphic attached if your media supports it.

Dutch Oven Event

The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking Saturday September 18th, and every 3rd Saturday at Boles Field outside of Shelbyville, Texas. The public is invited to eat and learn about the art of dutch oven cooking and if up to the challenge become a member. We start cooking about 9:00 am and have pots on the table at 12 noon. Bring your lawn chairs and join us. Call James at 409-625-4787 for more information.


Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 15" day of September, 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 August 4, 2021 Special meeting, August 11, 2021 Regular meeting, 

August 18 2021 Special meeting, August 18 2021 Budget Workshop, August 25, 2021 Special meeting, August 25, 2021 Budget Workshop of the Shelby County Commissioner's Court. 

2. Approve and pay weekly expenses. 

3. Approve current Payroll. 

4. Approve Officers Reports. 

5. Public comments on Agenda item. 

6. Discuss and possibly approve Tax Resale deeds. 

7. Discuss/consider and select administration/project delivery service provider(s) to complete 

project implementation for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act) funding administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury or other Federal or State Agency. 

8. Approve the Resolution for Shelby County, Texas, Authorizing Professional Service 

Provider (s) Selection for American Rescue Plan Act (ARP ACT) Program(s) 

9. Adjourn. 


Panola College to receive $122,500 in emergency aid for students

Panola College to receive $122,500 in emergency aid for students


Panola College will receive a total of $122,500 over a three-year period from the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant program. The funds will be distributed to students who face unexpected and untimely crises that could prevent them from completing their education.

The program will require students to complete a brief application, identifying their unanticipated financial emergency. The program is expected to launch on Oct. 1.

“Panola College was selected to participate in the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap for demonstrating a strong commitment to student success and a thoughtful approach to meeting students’ needs,” said Leslie Gurrola, the Director of Programs and Strategy for Greater Texas Foundation. “We’re excited to extend the reach and impact of the good work that is already happening here.”

The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap is a three-year, $1.5 million grant program funded by Greater Texas Foundation to help ten community colleges across Texas develop efficient, equitable, and sustainable emergency aid programs to ensure students receive the support they need to persist through financial crises. Panola College was one of ten Texas community colleges selected to receive the grant.

Greater Texas Foundation supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete a postsecondary education. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has approved over $100 million in grants to support Texas students.

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our students’ financial challenges have increased,” said Jessica Pace, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. “In fact, on our most recent financial wellness survey, 63 percent of our students indicated that their family’s finances have worsened since before the pandemic. With this grant, we hope to establish a permanent emergency funding program to support our students and help them stay on their educational journeys.”

In 2019, Panola College began working toward assisting students in emergency situations by establishing the Feed the Need comfort closet program. Aimed at helping those who may be experiencing basic living insecurities, the program has served nearly 400 students.

“Some crises affect entire communities; others are personal. Either way, the effects on students can be devastating,” said Sue McMillin, President and CEO of Greater Texas Foundation. “The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap program is designed to help colleges be there for their students no matter what crisis they’re facing.”

For more information about Greater Texas Foundation, visit For a complete list of student resources offered at Panola College, visit


SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Noche de Gala





NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting Noche de Gala, an annual Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. The event honors the Latinx and Hispanic cultures through educational activities, performances, cultural cuisines and music.


“We invite students, staff, faculty and community to come learn, network and join us in the celebration,” said Veronica Beavers, OMA director.


This event is free. For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or


CUTLINE: Noche de Gala, an event hosted by SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, celebrates Hispanic culture.

Lunch and Learn

CONTACT: Feleshia Thompson, BS

County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service




August 10, 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 Alzheimer’s.  


Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

On Wednesday, September 15, 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 Focused Care will host a lunch and learn on Alzheimer’s.  

Be sure to RSVP to 936 598-7744 no later than Monday Tuesday September 14, 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

Panola College named a 'Great College to Work For' 10 years in a row



Panola College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the Great Colleges to Work For program. The College has received this honor for 10 years in a row.

The results, released Sept. 13 in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 196 colleges and universities. In all, 70 of the 196 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported in small, medium, and large institutions, with Panola College included among the institutions with 500 to 2,999 students.

Panola College was also named to the Great Colleges Honor Roll, a status granted to only 12 community colleges this year. The Honor Roll status is given to institutions which stand out across the recognition categories.

Panola College won honors in nine categories this year:

·         Job Satisfaction & Support

·         Compensation & Benefits

·         Professional Development

·         Mission & Pride

·         Confidence in Senior Leadership

·         Faculty & Staff Well-being

·         Shared Governance

·         Faculty Experience

·         Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging

“There is a strong sense of family at Panola College, and I think that is the primary reason The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized us as an Honor Roll college for ten consecutive years,” said Dr. Greg Powell, the Panola College President. “It is quite a feat to be named a Great College to Work For, and I am extremely proud of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and our students.”

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

The employee survey underwent a number of changes this year, including the addition of 11 new survey statements, some of which are related to new survey themes around diversity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as faculty and staff well-being. New survey demographics related to gender identity and remote work were also included this year.

In accordance with the survey changes, the recognition categories for the program were also updated this year to better reflect current patterns and methodologies in employee engagement in higher education.

The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all current and previously recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website and and ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

Area scores from 9/10/21

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Huxley Helping Hands Drive Thru Food Pantry

Huxley Helping Hands Drive Thru Food Pantry will be Saturday, Sept. 11 at Hillcrest Baptist Church @ 9 am.  Only one box per household and I.D. is required. Must be in line by 9:30 am to receive a box.






The 2021 Poultry Festival tee shirts have arrived!!!!  Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.


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


The 45th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 7th and runs through Saturday, October 9th on the Center downtown square.  Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: The City of Center, Pilgrims Pride, Raymond Motor Company and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit

Tri County Produce Drop

Tri County Harvest for Homes

Produce drop tomorrow

Wednesday September 8


Old Somberos Restaurant parking lot



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Successful Back to School Drive

After a very successful Back to School Drive, we want to say thank you to all those who donated both supplies and funds to assist in our goal of providing over 80 kiddos with a backpack full of supplies! We are truly grateful to our community for their support, and we wish all the kids and staff a great school year!



Anna Register

Forensic Interviewer

Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center

131 Tenaha St, Center, TX 75935

Office: (936) 590-9864


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