News Headlines Archives for 2022-04

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive


 July 8, 2022      10a-4p

Center Community House

425 San Augustine St


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Its Year #2 for Battle of the Badges, a Community wide Blood Drive. Center Police Department vs Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  Come Save Lives, and Support your local Law Enforcement!   The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up Inside the Center Community House, and will be set for regular whole blood or Automation (plasma, platelets) Every successful donor will receive a Beach Towel.  Every attempted donor will be entered into a raffle for some cool door prizes!  In addition to the Blood Drive, there will be BE BLESSED BBQ Food Truck and MAMA ROSE ITALIAN ICE set up outside.  Even if you cannot donate, come by and show us your support,  and fill your bellies.  

To schedule a donation time, please go to WWW.GIVEBLOOD.ORG Or contact Amy Lindley 598-2450 (Center Police Dept)  or Leah Chase 598-5600(Shelby County SO)


In response to Governor Greg Abbott rescinding the statewide mask mandate, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will continue to require face masks at all locations Our organizational responsibility and commitment to keep our donors and employees safe is our priority, and we will maintain all existing COVID-19 safety protocols. These requirements are consistent with the advice and recommendations of health professionals and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Unique Boutique Sale

The Unique Boutique has restocked our clothes and is ready for you to come shop with us. We have a buy one jacket, get one free sale going on right now.  Blouses, Dresses, and Shirts are on sale also.  Need a sweater?  Buy 4 for $1.00!  Come by the store and take advantage of our great deals today.  When you shop at the Unique Boutique, you are helping to feed the hungry and assist those in need right here in Shelby County.  For more information, please give us a call at 936-591-8190.  

Shelby County Shooters, Inc.

The annual meeting of Shelby County Shooter, Inc will be Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm. Meeting will be held at T/R's Steaks & More on Hurst St. in Center. This is the clubs 33rd annual meeting. 


Items of business will include election of officers, financial reports, club activity reports. 


Current memberships expire May 1, 2022

Single $75

Family $85


More information call: 936-590-2939 or come by 330 Tenaha St. in Center. 

Raffle Tickets for a 2022 Kawasaki Mule

Shelby County Outreach Ministries has begun selling Raffle Tickets for a 2022 Kawasaki Mule.  Tickets are $20 each or 6 tickets for $100.  Tickets are available for purchase at any Shelby County Outreach Ministries location or at Shelby Savings Bank and Farmers State Bank.  You can also get a look at the ATV in person at both banks.  The drawing will be held on the last day of the 2022 Poultry Festival.  For more information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  



Update- The roadway is back open for traffic as of 10:30 a.m.


Due to lightening striking a tank on an oilfield location, the 2000 block to the 6000 block of FM 139 in Joaquin has been shut down. This area will stay closed until deemed safe. Please plan an alternate route if traveling this direction. 

Tenaha ISD Band

TodayTenaha ISD attended the UIL Concert & Sight Reading at Carthage and….SWEEPSTAKES!

This is the 5th consecutive sweepstakes for the Tenaha ISD Middle School Band! Their performance was phenomenal on stage and sight reading went really smooth!

The judges were very complimentary! Congrats band!


Become a Baby Wildcat



Become a Baby Wildcat on

 APRIL 25th thru MAY 20th   from 8:00am to 2:30pm.



Required Documents:


Proof of Residency (Light, Gas, Water Bill, Tax Statement or Lease Agreement)

Immunization Records                  

Child’s Social Security Card          

Birth Certificate

Parent’s or Legal Guardian’s Picture ID               

Proof of Income  



Children must be 4 years old by Sept 1st to enroll in Pre-K 4.                                              

Statement from Coach Garry & Mrs. Mistie Davison

Statement from Coach Garry & Mrs. Mistie Davison -

"The two worst days I have had in education were having to walk into the locker room and tell the kids that have battled, fought and laid it on the line for me that I am leaving!! I am really going to miss my girls!! To all of my Tenaha girls that have played for me, I can't thank you enough for giving me everything you had; you are my heroes!!
This year has been a tough year; lost two really, really close friends (Runt & Coach Dagley)!! They had such an impact on me and my family. We are better for having them in our lives!! I will miss my Tenaha work family as well!! When I left Saltillo, I said when you cut me I will always bleed blue and yellow. Now, it will have Tiger stripes mixed in!!

I am excited and grateful to announce that Mistie and I will be teaching and coaching at Chapel Hill High School just outside of Mount Pleasant. We can't wait to get there and get started!! Lady Devils I will give you everything I have!! Let's get to work!!

Coach D!"

There aren't words to describe how impactful the Davison family has been to the Tenaha community. We will miss the fun and smiles they both bring to our Tiger family, not to mention the hard work, dedication and character they have always shown each and every student, athlete, staff, faculty and community member. Thank you for sharing your time and family with us; you will all be TREMENDOUSLY missed!! Best of luck and we are so happy you will be a bit closer to home??

You'll always have a home in Tenaha...Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!!????????????


Nature in Music

Center Garden Club invites YOU to its musical tribute to nature, a gift (free of charge) to the community, produced and narrated by club member Janette Wittmann.  Performers include Tim Verner, Leigh Porterfield,  Mrs. Wittmann’s students, and Mrs. Wittmann herself!  The repertory  will  range from cowboy songs to Broadway, jazz, patriotic, folk, sacred music,  and classical.

Please come:  April 26…next Tuesday….at 6:30 pm; 

Chadwick Chapel (on the corner of Cora and Pecan)
Free of charge with the guarantee of a truly delightful evening!



CMS My Sister Myself: Thankful for Donor Support

Center Middle School’s girls group, My Sister Myself, would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their support: Sharon Rice from Stephen F. Austin State University, Pilgrim’s Pride Hatchery, Dairy Queen, Morning Star Baptist Church, and our local community bucket drive participants for making our trip possible.


With your generous donations, we were able to visit Stephen F. Austin State University, serve others at the Houston Food Bank, explore NASA Space Center, and tour the Holocoust Museum. The girls not only had a great time, but gained knowledge through new experiences. We are thankful to each of you for making this experience possible. 



The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday May 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.    

Center Police Department Press Release

On 04/16/2022, at approximately 1:42 P.M., it was reported by a family member, to the Center Police Department, that one Marcus Dewaynn Roberts, a 51-year-old black male, approximately 6’ 00 tall, and approximately 250 pounds, has been missing since 04/03/2022.


Mr. Roberts was las seen by his mother at her residence of 602 Martin Luther Kind Drive. Mr. Roberts was last known to be wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and white shoes, and had been carrying a fishing pole that day.


Mr. Roberts may have been a passenger in a black in color Ford F150, accompanied by a white male and a white female, direction of travel unknown.  The family of Mr. Roberts, along with the Center Police Department ar asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Roberts and or any information leading to his whereabouts.


Please contact the Center Police Department at (936) 598-2788, with any information.

Jackson Cemetery Homecoming

Jackson Cemetery Homecoming will be Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 11:00am. 


Those who cannot attend and wish to make a donation for cemetery upkeep may mail donation to:


Jackson Cemetery Committee

P.O. Box 15

Joaquin, Tx 75954

SCOM Closed for Good Friday

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed tomorrow, April 15, 2022, in observance of Good Friday.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, and we hope you have a safe and blessed Easter weekend. 

SFA students to host plant fair on campus featuring summer annuals and edibles

SFA students to host plant fair on campus featuring summer annuals and edibles


NACOGDOCHES, Texas  Stephen F. Austin State University’s horticulture program will host the annual Spring Plant Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the SFA Plantery, located at 1924 Wilson Drive. 

Plants available for purchase include edibles like tomatoes and peppers, as well as a variety of summer annuals, including begonias, coleus, globe amaranth, summer snapdragons, vinca and more. All plants grow and perform well in East Texas. 

The Plantery, a program within the SFA Department of Agriculture, allows students to grow and raise plants in the Sprout microfarm, greenhouses and teaching gardens around the Agriculture Building. 
The plant sale also is an opportunity to tour the plant-growing operation and view student projects, such as the gravel garden and hydroponic system. 

“The students are so excited to show our East Texas community what they’ve learned about growing plants,” said Dr. Jared Barnes, associate professor of horticulture and steward of the Plantery. “We welcome people to come tour the Plantery and buy some plants, since all proceeds support student learning.” 

Music, snacks and games will be provided by the SFA Horticulture Club. In the event of rainy weather, the Spring Plant Fair will be postponed until Friday, April 22. 

For more information, contact Barnes at The community also may learn more about the horticulture program by visiting or by following @sfahorticulture on Instagram.

Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University’s horticulture program will host the annual Spring Plant Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the SFA Plantery, located at 1924 Wilson Drive.


NACOGDOCHES,TX (April 11, 2022): The Nacogdoches Police Department in conjunction with TxDot will be hosting a free child safety seat class on Saturday May 21st 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Nacogdoches Public Library.  The class is intended for parents and caregivers and will be limited to 30 participants.  Participants will be provided information on selecting the right child safety seat, proper installation and fit of your child safety seat.  For anyone interested in attending this educational event please contact NPD Sgt. Logan Finch at (936) 559-2639 or email to

Joaquin Softball Game Change

The Joaquin softball game scheduled for next Tuesday (04/12/22) vs Mt. Enterprise has been moved to Monday (4/11/22) at 5:30 p.m. in Mt. Enterprise.  -- Steven McCann

Most Shelby County Property Owners Will See Increased Valuations for 2022

Most Shelby County Property Owners

Will See Increased Valuations for 2022


Shelby County is experiencing increased growth regarding real estate values. The Comptroller’s office through its Property Tax Division recently conducted their Property Value Study which takes a random sample of properties within a school district and then through reported sales and their field appraisals, they determine whether the Appraisal District is valuing properties at 100% market value according to state law.


The 2021 Property Value Study (PVS) determined that the Shelby County Appraisal District (Shelby CAD) was not valuing properties at 100% market value. The PVS determined that 5 out of 6 schools were outside the realm of acceptability. The appraisal districts were created to ensure equitable value for school districts statewide.  So when the state determines the local appraisal district is undervaluing properties, it affects the amount of state funding the local school districts receive.


Shelby CAD receives returned mail on less than 2% of the optional sales letters that are mailed out to both the buyers and sellers of all deeded real estate transactions. Shelby CAD previously received multiple listing sales information from our local board of realtors but was cut off from receiving sales information in 2015 by the local board. The state comptroller still receives sales information that they use in their property value study, but the CAD only has access to the sales information after the school districts fail the Property Value Study.


The state property value study is conducted every two years unless a school district fails the study and then PVS is performed each year until the school district passes. Shelby CAD passed the 2019 study for 5 out of 6 school districts but within 2 years it was determined that our valuations were too low and 5 out of 6 were outside of what the state considers its’ confidence interval.


What this means to Shelby County property owners for the year 2022 is that most residential owners and some commercial property owners will see an increase in their valuations.


There will be a proposed proposition on May 7th to increase the state mandated exemption for homesteads with respect to school districts from $25,000 to $40,000 which will undoubtedly pass.  There is also a 10% homestead cap that will limit the 2022 taxable value increase for those receiving homestead exemptions.


There has always been a longstanding adage concerning property appraisals. We all want our property to be appraised at the highest possible value for a bank loan and the lowest possible value for tax appraisals. At this point in time the state is telling us there is too big a difference in those appraisals.


For more information, click here to read the press release from the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts



March 17, 2022  


Texas Association of Appraisal Districts Issues Guidance  

AUSTIN – Today the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts announced historic growth in Texas real  estate values.  

According to the association, regions around the state have seen increases in values between 10-50%  since last year. Alvin Lankford, president of the association and chief appraiser of Williamson County  said, “The Texas real estate market is growing as fast as we have ever seen it in the state’s history. We  have all seen the countless stories about people moving to Texas from other states. This increase in  population contributes to a shortage of homes available and to the increase in prices paid for homes.”  

Lankford added, “As a reminder, according to state law, appraisal districts are to appraise property at its  market value. In fact, we are regulated by the State of Texas to make sure we do our jobs fairly and  accurately. But, keep in mind, we are not responsible for setting the tax rate. We follow the law, state  regulations, and the reality of real estate market sales when making our value determinations.”  

In a state without a personal income tax, cities, counties, hospitals, school districts and community  colleges all rely heavily on property taxes. These same political subdivisions set the tax rates that  determine the amount of taxes paid by homeowners and businesses. An increase in property taxes is  sometimes needed to keep the police and fire departments adequately funded, along with our schools,  hospitals, and other vital services for our communities. The State of Texas also benefits from property  taxes to the tune of over $5.6 billion in a two-year budget cycle. That’s 75% more than the state makes  from the lottery. Also, in the most recent budget passed by the legislature, the state assumed that property  tax revenue collected (not appraised amounts) would increase by 6% over a two-year period.  

Lankford concluded with, “Considering for many of us our home is our largest investment, an increase in  market value can be considered a blessing. However, many people equate an increase in market value to  mean an equal increase in property taxes which is not always the case. The increase in what a person  owes in property taxes is unlikely to be proportional to the increase in home values. First, there is a cap  of 10% on the amount the assessed value can go up for properties with a homestead exemption. Second,  homeowners over the age of 65 and disabled veterans have additional protections. Lastly, caps limit how  much additional revenue from property taxes a taxing unit can collect without going to the voters for  approval will limit the increase in taxes. It has never been more important to have a homestead or other  exemptions and the resulting 10% cap in assessed value than it is today.” 


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Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center information on Texas housing market as well as major  metropolitan areas:  

? Amarillo MSA up 13.78% year over year  

? Austin-Round Rock MSA up 35.35% YoY  

? Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA up 23.55% YoY  

? El Paso MSA up 14.40% YoY  

? Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland MSA up 15.19% YoY  

? San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA up 18.37% YoY  

? Sherman-Denison MSA up 24.53% YoY!/activity/State/Texas!/activity/MSA/Austin-Round_Rock!/activity/MSA/Dallas-Fort_Worth-Arlington!/activity/MSA/Houston-The_Woodlands Sugar_Land!/activity/MSA/San_Antonio-New_Braunfels ##30##

Fundraiser @ Raymond Motor Company

Fundraiser Time- Shelby Swaim

April 8th Noon-3pm


$8 Hamburger Plates with 

chips & your choice of drink. 


Scentsy products provided by Mrs. Swaim


55" Flat Screen TV giveaway!!


Random 10% off oil change tickets.


Raymond Motor Company

301 San Augustine St

Center, Tx 75935

Good Friday Services

St. Johns Episcopal Church is having Good Friday Services at 1:00pm on April 15th, located on 96S and Southview Circle. Everyone is invited. Join us!! 

Dutch Oven Society

The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking Saturday April 16th, 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.

Congratulations to the Shelbyville Stutters members for 2022-23. 

Shelbyville Danceline 


Congratulations to the Shelbyville Stutters members for 2022-23. 

Front row, left to right:

Lieutenant, Ava Silva

Captain, Aubree Camp

Jennifer Castro

Kayden Stutts

Abby Shofner

Kendall Murry


Back row, left to right:

Hallie Merriman

Brittany Bartee

Izzy Youngblook

Zoie Porter

Lieutenant,  Mckenzie Gillaspie

Flat Fork Water Supply Boil Water Notice

Boil Water Notice for Flat Fork Water Supply Corporation

April 6, 2022


Due to a break in the line the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required Flat Fork Water Supply Corporation (PWS# 2100007) to notify customers from the Center Country Club to Loop 500 on Highway 96 North to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).


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


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


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


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


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


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Gayle Warr at 936-591-5502.


Joaquin Softball Game Change


The Joaquin softball game scheduled for today (04/05) vs. Timpson has been rescheduled for tomorrow (04/06) at 4:30 p.m. in Timpson.  Submitted by: Steven McCann

Shelby County Outreach Ministries ATV Fundraiser

Shelby County Outreach Ministries is selling Raffle Tickets for our annual ATV Fundraiser!  This year, we are raffling off a 2022 Kawasaki Mule 4x4.  The tickets are $20 each or 6 tickets for $100.  You can purchase a raffle ticket at any of our Shelby County Outreach locations.  The winner will be drawn on the last day of the 2022 Poultry Festival!  The winner is responsible for tax, title, and transfer.  For more information, please call us at 936-598-4990.

New Member Ribbon Cutting




The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them at a New Member Ribbon Cutting for Refresqueria Deleite on Thursday, April 14th  at  10:00 am. 

Sara Gonzalez and Merari Gonzalez are excited about their new business venture.  Refresqueria Deleite is the perfect place to stop for all the good, refreshing snacks to eat and drink.  They offer fruit cups, ice cream, banana splits, bubble waffles, mangonadas, non alcoholic cocktails and many more snacks and treats.

Refresqueria Deleite will be open Monday thru Saturday 10am until 9pm, and on Sunday 5pm until 9pm.  Refresqueria Deleite is located at 226 Tenaha Street.

Join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in welcoming Sara and Merari to our business community.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Shelbyville High School Ag Mechanics Team

Shelbyville High School Ag Mechanics Team competed on

4/2/22  at the Mainliners Welding Academy Contest

Mason Lyons and Toby Taylor placed 5th in the Brother-in-law Pipeliner Challenge

Also,  on 4/4/22 Newton FFA BBQ Pit Build-off 

Eli Taylor, Clayton Hinton, Mason Lyons, and Toby Taylor placed 2nd. 



Michael Elliott

Ag Mechanics Instructor


Shelby County Grill Fest Winners Announced




The Shelby County Grill Fest Barbecue Cook-off was held Saturday, April 2nd at the Rodeo Arena in Center, Texas, with cook teams from across east Texas and western Louisiana vying for over $6,500 in prize money and the Grand Champion trophy along with bragging rights.  


The barbecue cook-off was presented by Farmers State Bank and sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The event featured five cooking categories including beans, brisket, chicken, ribs and dessert.  


We are pleased to announce the top three winners in the five categories are:


Chicken Category:

1st Place – Squeals on Wheels, Head cook, David Lefler

2nd Place –  Lucky Dog, Head cook, Cooter Gibson

3rd Place – East Texas Smokers, Head cook, Scotty Bryce


Pork Ribs Category:

1st Place – .Hound Dawg Harris, Head cook, Robert Harris

2nd Place – Squeals on Wheels, Head cook,  David Lefler

3rd Place –  East Texas Smokers, Head cook, Scotty Bryce



1st Place – Backyard Q’, Head cook, Mike Bryce

2nd Place –  Shelby Savings Bank, Head cook, Shelby Savings Bank

3rd Place – Smoke Life, Head cook, Dustin Windham


Pinto Beans:

1st Place – Squeals on Wheels.  Head cook, David Lefler

2nd Place – Pigs & Cows Gone Wild.  Head cook, Mike Steele

3rd Place – J’s Custom Eats.  Head cook, Jeremy Snider



1st Place – Backyard Q’.  Head cook,  Mike Bryce



1st Place – W&W Texas BBQ, Tabitha Whitney


Squeals on Wheels cook team, led by David Lefler took the Grand Champion trophy at the 2022 Shelby County Grill Fest and the East Texas Smokers cook team with Scotty Bryce was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion trophy.


The 42 Tournament and Washer Pitching Competition were sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank.  This year’s 42 Tournamet had a record turnout of 18 teams.  Congratulations to Chris and Chase Mayfield, winners of the 42 Tournament and Adam Pleasant and Troy Keele who took second place.  Congratulations to Kerry West and John Yarborough, winners of the Washer Pitching Competition and  Brian Dean and Konner Windham  who took second place.


Thank you to Farmers State Bank, the Presenting Sponsor and all the many sponsors who supported this fun event Awards were sponsored by the City of Center. Gold Sponsors were Badders Law Firm and Pilgrim’s Pride.  Entertainment was sponsored by Rapid Payday & Title Loans and the Judge’s Table was sponsored by C&J A/C and Heating.


Silver sponsors were 4C Electrical Services, Ace Hardware of East Texas,  Bob’s Pawn and Gun Shop, B&S” A/C and Heating, BTS Disposal, Light and Champion, Timberwolf Lake Works and Watson and Sons Funeral Home.


Coozie Sponsors:  Despino Tires and H&R Block.  Hughes Florist, restroom sponsor.


A Special Thank You to Bobby Daw at the Rodeo Arena for all his help, BTS Disposal for donating the dumpster and all the many volunteers who helped make the event a success.  Steve Adams provided the Entertainment


Thank you to all that attended to sample the great food and please mark your calendars for April 2023!!

Ribbon Cutting – Hopkins Wrecker Service

Relocation Ribbon Cutting

Planned for Hopkins Wrecker Service


Hopkins Wrecker Service is having a relocation Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, April 21st at 11:00am and the public is invited to attend and see the new facility.


Hopkins Wrecker Service has been in the towing business since 1979.  Mark Hopkins, manager is a second generation tow operator having been in the industry for over 30 years.


Hopkins Wrecker Service specializes in heavy duty and light towing and recovery services.  They offer roadside assistance for all makes and models 24 hours a day.  The drivers are fully certified and trained professionals.


Hopkins Wrecker Service serves Shelby, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Sabine, Cherokee, San Augustine and Angelina counties.


Join the Chamber Ambassadors in congratulating the staff at Hopkins Wrecker Service at their new location, and for their many years of service to the community.


Hopkins Wrecker Service is located at 1596 Highway 7 East, across the street from the airport and next to Watson and Sons Funeral Home. They also offer prompt 24/7 service

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

Tenaha Boil Water Notice Rescinded

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Tenaha public water system, 2100002, to issue a Boil Water Notice on March 30, 2022, to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of April 1, 2022.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Alison Rhone at 936-332-4439.

Joaquin ISD Board Minutes

Joaquin Independent School District 

11109 US Highway 84 East, Joaquin, Texas 75954 

Telephone (936) 269-3128 Fax (936) 269-3615 

Web Page 

Ryan Fuller, Superintendent 


Minutes of School Board Meeting 

March 21, 2022 

1 The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin  Boardroom with the following members present: Chrisco Bragg, Brandon Neal, Jeff Cater, Jacob Kay, and Jason Harvey 

Board members absent: Jeff Hamilton, Ronnie Belrose 

Guest(s) Present: 


Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present: Ryan Fuller, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance;  Bubba Carrington, Elementary Principal; Terri Gray, Jr High/High School Principal; Rick Haggard,  Technology 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 by Brandon Neal, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jacob Kay. 

3 Audience Participation – None 

4 Report and Information items: 

4.1 Monthly Financial Report 

4.2 Quarterly Investment Report 

4.3 Joaquin ISD Draft TIA Handbook 

4.4 Updated Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan 

4.5 Update on Improvement Projects 

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

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

5.2 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to cancel the School Board  Election for May 7, 2022. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried  unanimously. 

5.3 It was moved by Jason Harvey, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to approve the Student Transfer  Agreement. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 

5.4 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jason Harvey, to approve certifying the  Superintendent to the Regional Advisory Committee. Following discussion, a vote was  taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 

5.5 It was moved by Jason Harvey, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to adopt the Resolution for  Renewal of the District of Innovation Plan and Appoint Committee members. Following  discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 

5.6 It was moved by Jason Harvey, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve Staff  Development Minutes Waivers for 2022-23. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the  motion. It carried unanimously.

5.7 It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jason Harvey, to approve the 2022-2023  School Calendar subject to DOI approval. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the  motion. It carried unanimously. 

5.8 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Brandon Neal, to approve Interlocal  Agreement with TASB Risk Management Fund. Following discussion, a vote was taken on  the motion. It carried unanimously. 

5.9 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Jacob Kay, to approve Oil and Gas  Mineral Lease. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried  


6 The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas  Government Code Section 551.074 at 6:42 p.m. on March 21, 2022. 

§551.071 An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about  pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer, or on a matter in which the duty of  counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the State Bar of Texas  clearly conflicts with the Act. 

§551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference  call, or communications over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its  attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with  its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body. 

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

6.1.A The Board will met in Executive Session to discuss Board Relations and individual Board   Responsibilities 

6.1.B Contracts for Assistant Principals and Directors. 

7 The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 9:38 p.m. on  March 21, 2022. Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action: 

7.1.A Discussion Only 

7.1.B It was moved by Jacob Kay, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to extend contracts  

 for attached list of employees (attached list) by one-year subject to assignment by the   Superintendent. Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried   unanimously. 

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

9 Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD. April 25, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. 

10 With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m. 

 ____________________________ __________________  Chrisco Bragg, President Jeff Cater, Secretary


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