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SFA Repertory Dance Company to feature works by guest artists, faculty members








NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance program will showcase the Repertory Dance Company in concert during its production of Everything and Nothing … etc., which premieres at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Cole Concert Hall on the university’s campus.


Additional showings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16. Admission is free for SFA students, and students outside of SFA may attend for $8. Tickets are $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $12 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


The production will feature works by guest artists and SFA faculty members from the dance program. The Alief Jazz Ballet Company, which is under the direction of alumna Kelsey Key, will perform, marking the first time alumni from the SFA dance program have performed alongside the Repertory Dance Company.


“I love the content of this concert. It’s diverse and exciting, and I feel the students really enjoy the work they are performing,” said Heather Samuelson, dance program co-coordinator and assistant professor. “Our guest artists and faculty members have really sparked intrigue and a sense of creativity into our dancers and it shows through their dancing.”


The concert will feature a variety of dance styles and will showcase pieces covering topics such as friendships and unfinished relationships, corporate America, self-image, and self-love.


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance program will showcase the Repertory Dance Company in concert during its production of Everything and Nothing … etc., which premieres at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Cole Concert Hall on the university’s campus.






Ponies Move into Tie for First, Beat Bossier Parish



Panola shook off a slow start and came back to beat Bossier Parish 76-60 at home Wednesday night. Panola got behind early but was able to take a 36-29 lead in at halftime. After another slow start to the second half, the Ponies found themselves down 49-48 with just over 9 minutes to play. It was all Ponies from there on out. Panola outscored Bossier 28-11 to finish the game. Tylan Dean led the way for the Ponies with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Lenell Henry added 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Kamari Brown, Tariq Simmons, and Franklyn Penn all added double digits with 14, 13, and 10.


With the win, Panola is now 18-4 (8-2 Region XIV) and tied for first in Region XIV with Navarro. The Ponies travel to Tyler, who sits a game back in second place, for a 4pm tip on Saturday, February the 2nd.



Timpson Bear Update




FFA News - The Timpson FFA Heifer Show team had a great weekend at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This was a record setting year for the  show with a total of 2,600 heifers entered and exhibited. Timpson FFA had six of those heifers. We are proud to say that all of our exhibitors finished in the top 7 of their class. Brecken Kimbro (3rd grade) won first in his class and was named Best of Polled for the 2019 Show, Ally Kimbro (8th grade) was 2nd in her class, Mayson Harbison(5th grade) had a 3rd place in class, Cale Cornelius (7th grade) was 4th.  April Ramsey (11th grade) finished 7th in her class of Simmental Heifers, and Baylor Kimbro (7th grade) was 6th place in his class. It was a great time for our exhibitors and their families and we are very thankful that we are able to be a part of this experience with them.  


The Show team traveled to Henderson Texas during the weekend of the 19th where Brecken Kimbro was named Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Female and Reserve Grand Champion American Heifer, Mayson Harbison won the honors of Champion Junior Showmanship Champion and won his class, Ally Kimbro was Reserve Champion Santa Gertrudis Female, Cale Cornelius had a class winner and a second place, Baylor Kimbro had two second places with his heifers and a 3rd place with his ABC steer, while April Ramsey finished second with her star 5 heifer, and Avery Metcalf won her class with her goat. 


We are very proud of how our show teams are doing and how hard they are working. There are several shows coming up that include: 


Winter Blow out Jackpot: February 2nd (Steers, Heifers, Lambs, Goats) open to all exhibitors 

Van FFA Jackpot Show : February 16th (Lambs, Goats, Swine) open to all exhibitors 

 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo: Heifers

Shelby County Livestock Show: All animals 


-For more information on any of the shows listed above please contact Margo Hooper. 


Middle School Honor Roll – See attached honor roll.  Great job students!


Counselor’s Corner - Timpson High School senior, Taytrelle Baker has been accepted to Prairie View A&M and will be a nursing major.  Congratulations on becoming a Prairie View Panther! 



Emily Garcia will be transitioning from a Timpson Bear to a Sam Houston State University Bearkat!!  Congratulations on this accomplishment!


Congratulations, Jacob Searcy, Fightin' Texas Aggie, Class of 2023!  Jacob has been accepted to Texas A&M University and plans on majoring in pre-med to become a dentist.  Great job!


Timpson High School faculty and staff would like to congratulate these future Lumberjacks!  The following seniors have been accepted to Stephen F. Austin State University:  McKenzie Burgay-Nursing Major, Ja'Karia Deckard, Sara Duke, Ryan Golden-Poultry Science, Jon Grogan, Macey Jo Hanson, Rebecca Mathis-Accounting Major, Rebekah Parks-Music Major, Allysha Stephens-Nursing Major and Kambry Wallace-Education Major.  We look forward to seeing their success!


Elementary Book Fair – It’s time for the Elementary Book Fair!  The Book Fair will begin Monday, February 4th and go through Friday, February 8th. 


Monday - Thursday closing time is at 2 p.m.


Friday closing time is at 10 a.m.



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Joaquin ISD Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration



Be on the Look out - Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration coming in MAY!









Joaquin JH/HS 2019 Track Schedules


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Softball T-Shirts are now available. Cost: $15

Please turn in your order form to Coach Parker or the front office of any CISD school by Wednesday, February 6. 



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SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture enters partnership with China's Beihua University






NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has entered into a partnership with Beihua University, located in China’s Jilin Province, assuring further opportunities for international research and collaboration across the disciplines of environmental science, forestry and spatial science.


“The relationship will be mutually beneficial through study abroad opportunities, graduate student exchanges, faculty interactions and research collaborations,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.


This is the second relationship established with an institution of higher education in Jilin Province. In 2018, the college signed a cooperative agreement with Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences with similar goals of student exchange and the advancement of forest science. Although separate entities, Beihua University and the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences also engage in collaborative research.


Dr. Yuhui Weng, assistant professor of forest biometrics at SFA, facilitated the establishment of both partnerships through his ongoing research with the institutions.


For more information on this partnership and additional activities, visit


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture entered into a partnership with Beihua University, located in China’s Jilin Province, with the goal of international research and collaboration across the disciplines of environmental science, forestry and spatial science. Pictured standing from left are Dr. Matthew McBroom, associate dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Dr. Steve Bullard, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SFA; and Dr. Qingfan Meng, dean of Beihua University’s College of Forestry. Seated from left are Dr. Zhan Liping, vice president of Beihua University and Dr. Steve Westbrook, SFA interim president.







Shelbyville Players Selected For The All East Texas Football Team


The following Dragon Football players were selected for the All-East Texas Football Team:

Sawyer Hendricks - Linebacker
AJ Cartwright - Defensive End
Jaylon Brinson- Running Back


The East Texas football team is comprised of players from 1A - 6A from as far south as Newton up to Texarkana, west to Corsicana and all along the Louisiana Border.


submitted by: Coach Benbow






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SFA to host MLK Celebration with guest speaker Bettie Mae Fikes




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting its annual MLK Celebration to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.


“This event is a time to celebrate Black History Month by honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in addition to other black leaders,” said Veronica Beavers, OMA director. “We use this time to educate the community and celebrate through performances and networking.”


Dinner will be provided along with student performances. Bettie Mae Fikes, a civil rights activist, singer and storyteller, will serve as the keynote speaker. Fikes began singing gospel music with her mother at age 4 and is a founding member of the Freedom Singers, a musical group active during the 1960s that sang songs on behalf of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Fikes also traveled and marched with King during the civil rights movement.


“I am looking forward to having someone who actually marched with Dr. King among us,” Beavers said. “The fact that she is a singer known as the ‘Voice of Selma’ and is a storyteller is amazing.”  


The event is open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Tickets will be available from Feb. 1 to Feb. 13 and are $2 for SFA students with an ID, $5 for faculty and staff with an ID, and $10 for community members. To purchase tickets, visit the student center information desk on campus. 




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SFA Gardens to host Gifts from the Garden workshop




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the Gifts from the Garden workshop to share methods for creating skin creams, scrubs and tea from natural products.


The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.


Jodi and Duke Pittman of Pittman Farms will lead the workshop. Participants will use a variety of oils and waxes, including coconut oil and beeswax, with dried herbs and essential oils to craft their samples.


“Homemade products are easy to make, fun to use and much more affordable than store-bought products,” Duke said.


Herbs used in these products can often be grown in yards, gardens or even a windowsill, which increases the environmental soundness and sustainability of their production. They are aesthetically pleasing to grow, aromatic and can be a great source of pride for participants to nurture their own plants for harvest.


“The ingredients are simple, diverse in their uses and are easy to blend without the inclusion of undesired chemicals or other additives,” Jodi added. “It is empowering to know exactly what you are using and where it came from.”


Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Garden members and $35 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar or for more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at (936) 468-4129 or





SFA School of Theatre to host Shakespeare & Company weekend intensive



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will host the internationally renowned Shakespeare & Company from Lenox, Maine, in a weekend intensive study of the language and text of William Shakespeare’s works March 8 through 10 on the SFA campus.

Designed to meet the needs of professional actors who seek an introduction to Shakespeare & Company's training methods as well as alumni who wish to refresh and reconnect with the work, the weekend intensive integrates Linklater Voice instruction, movement and monologue work. Participants will explore ways to unlock the emotional and intellectual content inherent in Shakespeare's language, yielding a direct relationship between actor and text, according to Cleo House Jr., director of the SFA School of Theatre.


“We are extremely fortunate to have such a renowned company in residence here in East Texas,” House said. “This is an excellent opportunity for teachers needing professional development credit and for young professionals looking to deepen their study of Shakespeare’s text in performance.”


Instructor is Dave Demke, a Shakespeare & Company senior faculty member and a Designated Linklater Voice teacher. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and an M.F.A. in performance (devised theatre) from the University of Maryland. From 2000-2010, he served as the associate director of training for Shakespeare & Company. He has also served as the artistic director of Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, Oregon, and as a principle dancer, soloist, choreographer and teacher with Red River Dance Company in Fargo, North Dakota.


As an actor, Demke has appeared in productions at Shakespeare & Company in New York and regionally, as well as performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Beijing, China. His directing credits include theaters in Portland, Oregon, Shakespeare & Company and Tennessee Shakespeare Company. He has guest directing credits at Purdue University, Skidmore College and Northeastern University. He has guest taught at various universities, as well as at the Linklater Center in New York, the National Theatre of Ghana and 16th St. Studio in Melbourne, Australia.


The weekend intensive is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 8; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 9; and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Tuition is $345. Alumni, union and student discounts are available. For more information or to register, call (413) 637-1199 ext. 114 or visit






SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic band to present 'Journeys'





NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the concert program “Journeys” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, associate director of bands at SFA, and the Symphonic Band, directed by Chris Kaatz, assistant director of bands, will perform works that represent various types of journeys.

The Symphonic Band will open the concert with Charles Carter’s “Overture for Winds,” followed by Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song.”

The Symphonic Band will also perform Jan Van der Roost’s “Suite Provençale,” which Kaatz describes as “a musical journey through southeastern France via colorful settings of four folk songs native to the region.”

The first half of the concert closes with the Symphonic Band performing Karl King’s  “Hosts of Freedom,” which was written the same year the famous march composer moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, after years of conducting numerous circus bands. 

The Wind Symphony will open the second half of the concert with “Shortcut Home” by Dana Wilson. Written in 2003, Wilson wanted a rousing and elaborate fanfare that featured each section of the ensemble, according to Anglley.

“Drawing upon various jazz styles, the music proclaims and cascades, always driving towards the ‘home’ of the final C major chord,” she explained.

Dr. Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet in the School of Music, will perform a solo on the clarinet concerto “Auto ’66” by James M. David. About the piece, the composer writes: “The automobile, perhaps more than any other piece of technology, inspires strong emotional reactions in people, and certain cars seem to transcend their role as means of transportation to become works of art. My clarinet concerto is about three such vehicles that were built in 1966. They were chosen for their historical significance, physical beauty and ability to inspire their owners. Further, all three cars have different national origins, which allowed me to draw from the native music for each.” David chose Lamborghini Miura, Mini Cooper S and Pontiac GTO as the three movements for his concerto.

The Wind Symphony will close the concert with John Philip Sousa’s “From Maine to Oregon” march. Based on the recurring march theme from his operetta, “The American Maid (The Glass Blowers),” “From Maine to Oregon” was composed in 1913.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit





SFA's Wind Ensemble to present 'Homecoming Fiesta!'



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Homecoming Fiesta!” when the student group performs the music of Richard Strauss, Frank Ticheli, Paul Hart, Richard Wagner and Clifton Williams at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Featured guest performers will be the SFA Faculty Brass Quintet, which includes Jake Walburn and Gary Wurtz, trumpets; Charles Gavin, horn; Deb Scott, trombone; and J.D. Salas, tuba.

Directed by Dr. David Campo, director of bands at SFA, the Wind Ensemble will perform “Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare,” which Strauss wrote to celebrate the first annual Vienna Philharmonic Ball held in 1924.  The ensemble will also perform Ticheli’s “Nitro,” which the composer described as “an energy-charged three-minute fanfare for band.” The Northshore Concert Band music director, Mallory Thompson, commissioned the piece in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary season.

“Nitrogen is the most abundant component of the Earth’s atmosphere and is present in the tissues of every living thing,” Ticheli wrote. “It is the fifth most abundant element in the universe, created by the fusion deep within stars; it has recently been detected in interstellar space. The sheer prevalence of nitrogen in all of nature, and the infinite range of compounds it is part of – life-giving, energizing, healing, cleansing, explosive – all appealed to me, and served as the inspiration for my music.”

Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” was first performed in 1850 and quickly became a benchmark in German opera. “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” is adapted from Act II, Scene 4 of the opera and was set for wind band by arranger Lucien Cailliet.

Regarding his wind band composition “Cartoon,” Hart remarked, “It’s all here! The big opening credits, the cat and mouse tease and chase, the strutting swagger, and of course the big finale! Best of all, it can all happen in the imagination of the audience, not on the film screen.”

“A nod to the classic cartoon soundtracks of the 1950s and ’60s, this work is pure fun,” Campo said.

The concert closes with Williams’ “Symphonic Dance # 3, Fiesta,” originally one of his five Symphonic Dances commissioned by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 1964.

In the original suite, each of the five dances represented the spirit of a different time and place relative to the background of San Antonio. “Fiesta” is an evocation of the excitement and color of the city’s numerous Mexican celebrations, Campo explained. The modal characteristics, rhythms and finely woven melodies depict what Williams called “the pageantry of Latin-American celebration – street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people.”

Prior to the SFA concert, the Wind Ensemble will tour schools in the Dallas area and perform a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the McKinney ISD Performing Arts Center.

The SFA concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit





SFA Gardens' Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Linda Gay, Arbor Gate Nursery horticulturist




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.


Linda Gay of Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball will present “Climbers, Twisters and Viners: Using Vertical Space.”


Gay describes herself as a horticulturist and gardener by trade as well as a “student of the unknown.” She has been learning and gardening in Houston since 1979 and, after working 26 years at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, feels inspired to keep growing, tend her garden and share her knowledge with like-minded individuals.


Gay has an associate degree in horticultural technology from Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an instructor of Texas Master Gardener classes in several Texas counties and was director at Mercer the last 11 of her 26 years there before her current position in sales and consulting at Arbor Gate Nursery.


In her spare time, Gay creates YouTube videos with Beverly Welch, the owner of Arbor Gate, and has a horticulture blog on topics such as how to plant a tree, how to prune a tree, mounting a Staghorn fern, and fall pruning of perennial plants for extended bloom. She is a writer and photographer for House & Home magazine and has been a horticulturist and teacher at McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park in Houston, among other ventures.


The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.


Parking is available at the PNPC and Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.


For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email






SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Brave Space Series on Self-Love



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its first Brave Space Series of the spring semester at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s Multimedia Room. The discussion will focus on the importance of self-love and how different cultures see it.


“I believe it is important for students to practice self-love because students often are  struggling with their mental health,” Kristine Cross, OMA student ambassador, said. “Practicing self-love gives individuals time to reflect on and take care of themselves in all aspects of life.”


Each series has a specific area of focus. The Brave Space Series provides a forum for open and honest discussion concerning difficult topics. This meeting emphasizes individuals can love and cherish their uniqueness while appreciating their culture.


The discussion is free and open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. For more information, visit





Center ISD Senior Parent Meeting 



Attention Senior Parents!  There will be a senior/parent meeting on Monday, Feb. 11th at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.  Senior spring events will be not miss this important meeting!





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Tony Hawk to serve as guest speaker for SFA's Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series















NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A blue Fiberglass Bahne skateboard started it all for professional skateboarder and successful business owner Tony Hawk, who at 16 years old was widely considered the world’s best skateboarder.


The world skateboarding champion for 12 consecutive years, Hawk continues to skate in demonstrations and exhibitions, making him among the most-recognized athletes in the U.S.


Hawk has transformed his love of skateboarding into a successful billion-dollar business and continues to pave the way for upcoming athletes. He also is passionate about giving back to the community through his Tony Hawk Foundation.


A fervent entrepreneur, Hawk will serve as the guest speaker in the second installment of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Rusche College of Business Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom on the university’s campus.


The lecture series was created in 2016 to honor A. Nelson Rusche, who endowed the college with a $5 million gift to provide scholarships to students majoring in business and to support other programs.


Through a question-and-answer format, Hawk will discuss his passion, entrepreneurship and the importance of giving back.


“The opportunity to have Tony Hawk as our speaker at the Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series will provide an especially engaging and informative opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business.


“One of the many benefits of the freedoms we enjoy is that we have the ability to both pursue our passions and utilize our successes as we choose. In many ways, Mr. Hawk has chosen to use his success to help others,” Bisping said. “Many of our students will soon graduate and enjoy great successes of their own, and I hope this example set by Mr. Hawk is one the students will always remember.”


In 1999, Hawk teamed with Activision, an American video game publisher, to create Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game. During the X Games that same year, he became the first skateboarder to successfully complete a 900, the pinnacle of “vert skateboarding,” which is the art of skateboarding vertical walls.


Today, Hawk’s business skills have helped create a Tony Hawk brand that boasts a billion-dollar video game franchise and many successful businesses, including Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. His video game series has surpassed $1.4 billion in sales with the most-recent version, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, released in fall 2015.


A savvy social networking marketer, Hawk’s fan base numbers in the millions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He regularly appears on television and in films, and he hosts a show on Sirius XM radio’s Faction channel. His autobiography, “HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder,” was a New York Times bestseller, and in 2010 Wiley Publishing released “How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO.” In 2012, in partnership with Google, Hawk’s film production company, 900 Films, launched the RIDE Channel and has grown into the most-popular skateboard destination on YouTube.


Additionally, the Tony Hawk Foundation has donated more than $5.5 million to 572 skate park projects throughout the U.S. The foundation helps finance public skate parks in low-income areas in all 50 states and other parts of the world through its partnership with Skateistan. Skate parks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve more than five million children annually.


The Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series is free and open to the public. A private reception will be held prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. To purchase reception tickets, contact SFA’s Office of Development at (936) 468-5406, or email April Smith, associate director of development, at Reception tickets cost $150.





Bear Update Extra



Counselor’s Corner - The Daughter's of the Republic of Texas Scholarship is available.  The deadline is March 15th.  Come by Mrs. Metcalf's office to pick up an application or click the following link to print:





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Opening Day for the Panola Ponies Baseball Team is HERE!



The Ponies, led by Coach Todd Shelton in his 12th season at Panola, return 10 players from the 2017-2018 team. Leading the way for the returners are sophomore pitchers Jarret Whorff from Winnsboro, TX and Chris Edwards from Garrison, TX, as well as sophomore infielders Cam Sibley from Geismar, LA  and Kade Clemens from Gilmer, TX. 


Coach Shelton feels this year's team has much needed maturity on the mound.  Whorff, Edwards, and Garret Hermes, sophomore pitcher from Rowlett, TX all in sequential order, lead the Ponies in innings pitched on the mound last season. 


Sibley and Clemens return as the two most veteran position players having started and played in most games last season. 


Recruiting Coordinator Trevor Rainey assisted by Pitching Coach Grant Freels, brought in 20 new Ponies this year.  The Ponies had a great fall season with the returning leadership as well as the emergence of some of the new faces. Panola Baseball is ready for the season to get under way.

Other returning sophomores include:  Outfielder-Joe Stephens of Gonzales, LA, Outfielder-Chase Hodges of Bossier City, LA, pitcher-NIck Sewell of Dallas, TX, catcher Trent Touchet of Shreveport, LA, and pitcher-Zach Goree of Woden, TX, 


The newcomers consist of:

Transfer Additions:                                                    

Tyler Davis- Conroe Oak Ridge - Wichita State, 

Blaine Parker-Hallsville, TX- East Texas Baptist                                                                                                                                                                                      

Freshman Additions: 

Hayden Collins- Cy Ranch HS, Trey Lindsay- Beckville HS   
Bryce Toney- Cy Ranch HS, Chad Dallas-West Orange-Stark                                      John Dominguez- Rouse HS, Ethan Harris- Beckville HS  
Michael Soisson- Jasper HS, Mateo Beltran- Acadiana HS                                          Justyn Romero- Bridge City HS, Thomas Grilli- St. Michael’s School                          Derrick Gordon-  Central HS, Austin Bost- Port Neches Groves HS                             Michael Lee- LCM HS, Ryan Snell- Hardin HS                                                           Chris Collet- Holy Cross HS, Jared May- Legacy Prep HS
Cameron Stansbury- Port Neches Groves HS, Raphael LeBlanc- La Fleche, Canada



Panola Volleyball adds May Cherry to Coaching Staff







New Head Volleyball coach Nicole Thorn added Carthage native Macy Cherry to her coaching staff this past week. " We're extremely excited to have Macy join our program and our family. She has a tremendous work ethic and great personality that I think will mesh well with our team. We're blessed to have her on board," stated Coach Thorn.


Macy spent the last two season as Head Volleyball Coach at Elysian Field High School. Both years, her team finished as bi-district finalist. Prior to Elysian Fields, she student coached/managed with Blinn Volleyball and Texas State Volleyball. While Cherry was at Blinn, the bucs finished the season 39-3 and defeated TJC 3-1 to claim the NJCAA National Championship in 2013. She also spent a year as an assistant with San Marcos High School’s volleyball team in 2016.


"I'm very excited to start my journey at Panola and thankful for the opportunity to progress in my career! Former coaches, Amber McCray and Jane Hays have built a successful program here. Coach Thorn and I are looking to continue that and strive for a National Championship. Knowing the reputation of the Volleyball Program and my family living in Carthage, the opportunity was a no-brainer. I'm very grateful," says Coach Cherry.


Coach Cherry feels that she will definitely be able to add much to the program.  "Being a former Personal Trainer and Exercise Sports Science major, I feel that I can add much to the team, plus nutrition and fitness is my passion.  Also, being a former player, student coach, and head coach, I have been able to see the game from many different perspectives. Nicole and I will combine our experience and knowledge to continue and grow a successful program. I believe my drive, competitiveness, heart, and versatility will allow me to thrive at Panola," noted Coach Cherry.



Timpson ISD Bear Update


Dates to Remember –


1/25 - HS Basketball vs.Tenaha @ Tenaha begins @ 4:30 p.m.

1/24 thru 26 - Fort Worth Stock Show

1/28 - Delivery of Jr. Class Rings

1/29 - Blood Drive

-------- HS Basketball vs. San Augustine @ HOME @ 4:30 p.m.

1/30 - UIL/STEM DAY Schedule

1/31- JH Basketball vs. Joaquin @ Joaquin @ 4:30 p.m.

2/1- HS Basketball vs. Shelbyville @ Shelbyville @ 4:30 p.m.

------- SFA General Scholarship Due Date

2/4 - HLSR Scholarship Due Date


Counselor’s Corner - New Scholarship Info!


The Shelby County Cruisers scholarship is now available!  Please drop by Mrs. Metcalf's office or use the  link on the high school website to access info or print an extra copy.  The deadline is March 6th.


Also, there are several scholarship deadlines quickly approaching.  Please don't miss these opportunities!


Eastman Chemical Company-January 31st

SFA General Scholarship (including the Timpson ISD Bruce Baker)-February 1st

Dixie Youth Baseball-February 1st

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo-February 4th






Tenaha School Board Meeting


Tenaha ISD school board meeting on Jan. 28, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. 

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Tenaha Track and Field Schedule



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Tenaha Baseball Schedule


Hot Shooting Leads Panola to Victory at #14 Trinity Valley



Panola went into Trinity Valley Wednesday and came away with an 84-65 victory. The Ponies were able to ride the hot hands of Josh Williams (27 points) 10-13, 6-7 from 3 and Kamari Brown (21 points) 9-11, 3-5 from 3 to the win. Panola would start out the game hot and lead 42-35 at half. In the second half the lead would only grow from there. Panola’s defense held the Cardinals to only 36% from the floor and were able to hold their best player, Tyson Jolly who came in averaging close to 30 points per game, to 17 points.


The win moves the Ponies to 17-4 (7-2 Region XIV). At the halfway mark in conference play, they sit half a game behind 1st place Navarro. The Ponies will return to action at home on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm.





Shelbyville Basketball games



Jan. 25  (3)  games at Shelbyville beginning at 5:00 pm.  JV Boys-Varsity Girls-Varsity Boys Vs Woden




Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting Minutes


Tenaha Senior Class presenting donations to benefit Jonica Glaze



Tenaha High School’s  Senior Class raises money to purchase wheelchair for classmate, Jonica Glaze.  Senior class representatives pictured above presented $450 to Amanda Hall who accepted donation on behalf of Jonica Glaze.  Jonica was severely injured in an automobile wreck in December in which she suffered a broken neck and shattered tibia.    Jonica is currently at Shriners Hospital in Houston undergoing intense rehabilitation therapy. 

If you would like to make a contribution to help with medical expenses for Jonica please contact Amanda Hall via email at or you can make a deposit at Farmer’s State Bank, Center, Texas, to the Jonica Glaze account.  




Students from Tenaha High School’s Senior class present donation to benefit classmate Jonica Glaze.  Pictured above from left to right are Christian Castillo, Maggie Hughes, Madison Hicks, Amanda Hall, Natalie Woolf and Tristan Denton.  





Another Defensive Stand Propels the Fillies into Victory





For the second straight game, a defensive driven first half leads the Fillies to another win. After a 21-5 start, the Fillies would take off running, beating the Jacksonville College Jaguars, 68-46.   The Fillies, who on Saturday held Bossier Parish to an eight-point quarter, brought the same defense home Wednesday. The Fillies held the Jaguars to a mere 5 points in the first, 6 in the second and 13 in the third. The Fillies lead reached 30 points at one point in the game.


Scoring was balanced for the Fillies, as 9 Fillies recorded points in tonight’s game.

The Fillies improve to 6-2 in conference, 10-8 on the season with the win. They return to District 14 action on Saturday against Angelina College at 2:00 PM.





Three One-Act Plays by Asian Authors



The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present “Three One-Act Plays by Asian Authors” at 7:30 nightly Feb. 26 through March 2 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Directed by Rick Jones, the show features “The Post Office” by Indian Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore; “The Lady Aoi” by Japanese Nobel nominee Mishima Yukio; and “Hiding in the Rain” by expatriate Chinese Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian.


Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. Tickets for SFA students are $5. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit





Center Senior/Parent Meeting



Attention Senior Parents!  There will be a senior/parent meeting on Monday, Feb. 11th at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.  Senior spring events will be not miss this important meeting!






CMS & CHS Yearbooks: Sales end February 1



CMS yearbook sales will end February 1. Don't miss out on our full color, hardback, 96 page yearbook for just $32.  Books will be delivered in May. All CMS students have received an order form. If you need one, email or call CMS office 936.598.5619.

CHS yearbook sales will also end February 1.


The book is 110 pages and costs $45. All students have received an order form. Books can be purchased online at or in room 302 (cash, card, or check made out to CHS Yearbook.) Students who purchase books in grades 9-11 will have the opportunity to attend the Senior Signing Party, an annual event hosted after Senior Breakfast. It is the last chance to see all of the seniors in one place prior to graduation. Email for more information.





M.P. Baker & Sammy Brown Libraries to Co-Host Local Author Event






Riders of the Week








Tenaha Middle School Students Participate in Region Band Concert







Thirteen middle school region qualifiers from Tenaha practiced from 9-5PM Saturday, January 19th at Chapel Hill High School, and then performed a fantastic concert with the Region 21 East Zone Middle School Band! They created memories they will remember forever, and they sounded great!  These students earned a chair in this region band through a competitive audition back in December.  Congrats again to these talented students!








Ponies Fall At Home to Kilgore



Panola was unable to extend their winning streak to 9, instead falling at home 64-62 to Kilgore. After a back and forth first half, the Ponies were able to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room at half. Panola started off hot in the second half, extending their lead to 40-30. But Kilgore came right back. With the score tied 62 all, Kilgore got the ball inside and got a dunk to put them up two with 45 seconds to play. Panola would turn the ball over on the ensuing possession. Kilgore then missed two free throws to give the Ponies one last shot. Lenell Henry’s 6 footer bounced off the rim as time expired. The Ponies were led by Tylan Dean and Tariq Simmons who both had 11 points. Jeff Boyd added 10.


The loss drops the Ponies to 16-4 (6-2 Region XIV). They return to action Wednesday at Trinity Valley.





Timpson Bear Update


BCIS Students Receive Certificates - Seven of my BCIS II students have received their MOS certificates in Microsoft Office Word 2016: Corey Branton, Christian Berry, Tahlia Wallace, Connor Lavoie, Ashlynn Lindgren, Brittany Hutto, and Sandra Cuevas.





Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting



Notice is hereby given that on the 21st day of January, 2019 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.


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More Tenaha ISD Basketball Updates - Updated


Saturday, January 19th the JV Boys will play @ the Joaquin Tourney.

1st Game 9:00 am; 2nd Game 2:00 pm


Girls do not play.





Tenaha Students Place in Academic UIL Competition



Tenaha ISD students participated in UIL Academic Competition on December 11th and 13th at Joaquin ISD.  Over 70 Tenaha students participated in a variety of contest such as Dictionary Skills, Math, Spelling, Maps and Graphs, Listening and many more.  Team and Individual results are as follows: 




Calculator 7 – 1st  Place Jessica Aguilar, I'Tyanna Dagley, Jessel Gonzalez

Number Sense 7 – 1st Place  Britney Barona, Tyson Jenkins, Angelica Sandoval

Mathematics 7 – 1st Place  Jessica Aguilar, Britney Barona, Angelica Sandoval

Calculator 6 – 1st Place  Brianna Jackson, Christopher Suell, Juan Vega

Social Studies 7 – 1st  Place  Jessel Gonzalez, Tyson Jenkins, Angelica Sandoval

Dictionary 6 – 2nd  Place  Maria Aguilar, Jairo Hernandez, Alexander Rojas

Maps, Graphs, & Charts 6 – 2nd Place  Jayden Beatriz, Jairo Hernandez, Jaun Vega

Science 8 - 2nd Place  Joshua Alcantar,  Jaxon Eubank, Kim Cave

Dictionary 7 - 2nd Place  Jessica Aguilar, Christal Sparks, Gladys Tovar

Listening 6 - 2nd Place  Tatyana Adams, Callianna Cassell, Shelby Eubank

Calculator 8 - 2nd Place  Joshua Alcantar, Leticia Balladares, Alex Tyner

Maps, Graphs, & Charts 7 – 3rd Place  Jessica Aguilar, Britney Barona,

Christian Rodriguez

Maps, Graphs & Charts 8 - 3rd Place  Kim Cave, Eneida Gonzalez, Alex Tyner

Spelling 7 - 3rd Place    Tyson Jenkins, Kimberly Lopez, Michael Santana

Number Sense 8 - 3rd Place  Joshua Alcantar, Emily Chambliss, Alex Tyner



Spelling 4 – 2nd Place  Calvin Dagley, Richard Dempsey, Azion Gentry

Maps, Graphs, & Charts 5 -  2nd Place A'Rianna Dagley, Emily Galvan, Adrian Ramirez

Spelling 3 - 3rd Place   Jocelyn Aguilar, Jason Flores, Michael Loredo-Torres

Number Sense 5 - 3rd Place  A'Rianna Dagley, Arieunna Horton, Adrian Rairez

Number Sense 4 - 3rd Place  John Farmer, Emely Hernandez, Gage Jenkins

Music Memory 5 - 3rd Place  Sarita Flores, Emliy Galvan, Macee Henry, Aaron Plata, Aranza Santos,                                   

Music Memory 3/4 - 3rd Place   Kendilyn Bell, Cameron Fleming, Azion Gentry, Kianna Norris, Conon Warr

Dictionary 5 - 3rd Place  Macy Henry, Arieunna Horton, Cade Sims



Individual Results Middle School

Jessica Aguilar - Calculator 7,  1st Place


Leticia Balladares - Ready Writing 8, 1st Place, Spelling 8, 5th Place


Britney Barona - Number Sense 7, 1st Place, Maps, Graphs & Charts 7, 1st Place,

                            Mathematics 7, 2nd Place, Ready Writing 7, 2nd Place                            


Angelica Sandoval - Mathematics 7, 1st Place, Editorial Writing 1st Place

                                  Number Sense 7, 2nd Place, Social Studies 7, 2nd Place,

                                  Ready Writing 7, 3rd Place


Jairo Hernandez - Maps Graphs & Charts 6 2nd Place, Number Sense 6 4th Place,

                              Dictionary 6, 4th Place


Alex Tyner - Mathematics 8, 2nd Place, Calculator 8 4th Place


Callianna Cassell - Listening 6 3rd Place


Sophie Hughes - Music Memory 6, 3rd Place


Tyson Jenkins - Social Studies 7, 3rd Place, Spelling 7 5th Place


Christopher Suell - Calculator 6,  3rd Place


Shelby Eubank - Listening 6, 4th Place


Joshua Alcantar - Science 8, 4th Place, Calculator 8 6th Place, Number Sense 8 6th Place


Jessell Gonzalez - Calculator 7, 4th Place


Brianna Jackson - Calculator 6, 4th Place, Number Sense 6 6th Place


Christal Sparks - Dictionary 7 4th Place


Kim Cave - Maps, Graphs & Charts 8, 5th Place, Ready Writing 6th Place


Juan Vega - Calculator 6, 5th Place


Jayden Beatriz - Mathematics 6, 6th Place


I'Tiyanna Dagley - Calculator 7, 6th Place


Lynsie Durbin - Impromptu Speech 6/7/8, 6th Place


KaLisa Parks - Spelling 6, 6th Place


Gladys Tovar - Dictionary 7,  6th Place


Individual Results ELEMENTARY

Kaidynce Polley - Creative Writing 2, 3rd Place


Nancy Flores - Storytelling 3, 4th Place


Macy Henry - Dictionary 5, 5th Place


A'Rianna Dagley - Number Sense 5, 5th Place, Maps, Graphs, & Charts 5, 6th Place


Jason Flores - Spelling 3,   6th Place

Michalel Loredo-Torres - Spelling 3, 6th Place


Adrian Ramirez - Maps, Graphs, & Charts 5, 6th Place


Brooklynn Swann - Listening 5, 6th Place


Azion Gentry - Spelling 4, 6th Place


Jaya Johnson - Ready Writing 3, 6th Place




SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Poverty Simulation




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a Poverty Simulation Friday, Feb. 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.


Two poverty simulations will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. OMA’s goal for this event is to help participants begin to understand what living in poverty looks and feels like.


The poverty simulation is sponsored by the East Texas Human Needs Network and exposes participants to a family’s daily challenges of living in poverty during the course of a month.


Participation is limited, and pre-registering is encouraged by visiting If openings are still available on the day of the event, they will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, contact Veronica Beavers at or (936) 468-1073.





CHS Baseball Parent Meeting Thursday, January 24




The Athletic Department will host a parent information meeting concerning the baseball program on Thursday, January 24 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Coaches will be introduced and the game and practice schedules will be discussed. 


Please email for more information.





Tenaha Baseball Schedule Updated


Shelbyville Basketball



Shelbyville ISD will have a basketball game on Friday, Jan. 18 at Martinsville at 6 p.m. the Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys.



Tenaha 7th & 8th Grade Basketball Game Location Change


Game Location Change: 7th & 8th Grade Basketball game vs. Shelbyville will start at 5 p.m. in Shelbyville.




Joaquin ISD Scholarship Meeting




To be held on January 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the JOAQUIN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.


All seniors and parents need to attend this meeting.  You will be receiving your scholarship packet.







Roughrider Academy to host Winter Graduation


Roughrider Academy will graduate 12 students at the winter graduation ceremony in the Center High School cafeteria on Thursday, Jan 17 from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 7:15 p.m. Seven students will receive the Roughrider Foundation Scholarship.


The public is welcome to watch the graduation. The audience and participants may enter through the doors next to the student parking lot.







Fillies Face Setback at Home Against Hot Shooting Apaches 



An inability to connect on the defensive end proved to be a game changer for the Fillies, who fell to Tyler College 68-87 Wednesday night in Carthage. Despite a 10 point lead in the first quarter, the Fillies struggled defensively throughout the rest of the game. On the offensive end, turnovers seemed to be the difference maker. 


Panola was led in scoring by Masha Adashchyk, who scored 22 points on 10-12 shooting. Two more players, Alicja Falkowska and Weronika Nowakowska, finished in double figures. Nowakowska contributed 12 points, including a perfect 3-3 from the three-point line. Falkowska contributed 10 of her own, along with 7 rebounds. 



With this loss, the Fillies move to 8-8 on the season and 4-2 in conference. They hit the road to Bossier Parish on Saturday for a 2PM matchup against the Cavaliers. 





Location Change For Center ISD Mini Cheer Camp



The Roughrider Cheerleaders will host a mini-camp for future cheerleaders on January 28, 29 and 31. There has been a location change it will be at the Center High School Cafeteria. Participants will perform during half-time at the district basketball game against Hudson on February 1.


The cost is $35 per child and for more information call 936-598-6173 or email







Ponies Steal Win at Paris



Panola was in another barn burner on Wednesday night escaping with a 66-64 victory at Paris. The win pushes the Ponies to 16-3, 6-1 in Region XIV play. After a first half that saw the Ponies jump out to an 8-0 lead, Paris came right back, and was able to tie it up at 34 going into halftime. Panola again pushed ahead, this time by double digits at 50-39. Paris again would come back and take their first lead of the game at 62-61 with 2:30 left on the clock. Panola bounced back and took the lead back. Up 66-64 with 20 seconds left, Paris had the ball and decided to go for the win at home. Their 3 point attempt with 3 seconds left bounced off the back of the rim. Kamari Brown skied for the game clinching rebound. Jeff Boyd led the way for Panola with 20 points. Lenell Henry added 10. 


Panola is back in the friendly confines of AJ Gym this Saturday, January 19th. Region rival Kilgore comes to town with tip-off  slated for 4pm. 





U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet to perform at SFA






NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and its Friends of Music Concert Series will present the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet in a recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The program features “Summertime” by George Gershwin, arranged for the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet by Spec. Aaron Mulder; Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, arranged for the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet by Sgt. 1st Class Charlie Brokovich; and “Quintet” by Carl Nielsen, among other works.

Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit






Nacogdoches in Austin Texas SFA Days






Timpson's Alyssa Parks selected for Texas All-State Band




The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Texas, February 13- 16 and will present a concert beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. Dennis Johnson, Murray State University (Kentucky), will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band. Dr. Cody Birdwell, University of Kentucky, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band.



Alyssa Parks


Alyssa Parks, a sophomore member of the Timpson High School Band, was selected as a member of this band. She was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Alyssa plays clarinet in band at Timpson under the direction of Rhonda Daniel and John Dupnik, who are members of the Association of Texas Small School Bands, a 1175-member group of band directors in class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools in Texas. She earned her position in the All-State on the Alto Clarinet. This is her first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. Her other interests at school include cheerleading, academic UIL, and taking college classes. She is the daughter of Dwyer and Marie Jackson.



Rebekah Parks (senior, flute), Corey Branton (junior, euphonium), and Fabian Martinez (junior, tuba), also competed at the area tryouts this past weekend representing Timpson.  Each of these students earned fifth place in their sections.  Congratulations to each one of these students!  We are proud of how you represented our school and community!






SFA Gardens to prepare volunteers for Garden Guides



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host an orientation and training for volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center at 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.


The training will prepare volunteers to present environmental education programs to area school children throughout the year. These programs introduce students to the natural world through hands-on activities.


To register for the class, or for more information, contact Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email







Tenaha Tiger News



January 17, 2019-7 & 8 Girls/Boys vs Shelbyville (Home) 4:30 pm; Boys/Girls Soccer @ Carlisle 5:00/7:00 pm

January 18, 2019-End 3rd Grading Period; JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs Woden (Home) 4:30 pm

January 19, 2019-HS/MS Region Band Clinic @ Chapel Hill; JVG/JVB vs Joaquin Tourney

January 21, 2019-Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

January 22, 2019-Beginning 4th Grading Period; Boys/Girls Soccer @ Carthage 5:00/7:00 pm; JVG/VG/JVG/VB vs Joaquin (There) 4:30 pm

January 24, 2019-7 & 8 Girls/Boys vs Joaquin (Home) 4:30 pm; Boys Soccer @ Tatum Tournament

January 25, 2019-Boys Soccer Home vs Liberty Ihlau 5:00 pm; Girls Soccer @ Crockett 5:00 pm; JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs Timpson (Home) 4:30 pm; Tiger Café Open

January 26, 2019-Boys Soccer @ Tatum Tournament; MS/HS Robotics @ Bullard

January 28, 2019-Boys Soccer @ Diboll 5:00 pm; Girls Soccer @ Center 5:00 pm; Regular Board Meeting

January 29, 2019-JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs Martinsville (There) 4:30 pm

January 31, 2019-7 & 8 Girls/Boys BB vs Garrison (There) 4:30 pm; Boys/Girls Soccer-NS Small Schools Tournament

February 1, 2019-JVG/VG/JVB/VB vs San Augustine (There) 4:30 pm

February 2, 2019-Boys/Girls Soccer NS Small Schools Tournament





Tenaha ISD Honors School Board This January for Advocating for Local School children



(Tenaha)—January is School Board Recognition Month and Tenaha Independent School District is joining the Texas Association of School boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas school children and public schools.


The men and women serving Tenaha Independent School District are: Aaron Roland-President, Ronald Samford-Vice-President, Vickie Jernigan-Secretary, Robert Barton-Board Member, Tracy Collins-Board Member; Mike Ogden-Board Member; and Colette Cross DePriest-Board Member.


“It’s more important than ever before that the public support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members, Thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community. Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.” Mr. Tyner stated.





Center Intermediate School All A, A/B Honor Rolls for 2nd 9 Weeks 


Center Intermediate School announces the all A and all A/B Honor Rolls for second 9 weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. Students have maintained an above 90 average in all subjects or an above 80 average in all subjects in order to be listed on the Honor Roll.


4th Grade All A Honor Roll
Audrey Adams, Aaron Alvarado-Garcia, Miley Barbee, Guadalupe Bustos-Chavez, Valeria Caporali, Lauren Causey, Kimberly Chaj-Aguilar, Sucely Chaj-Aguilar, James Coffin, Fatima Cortez, Madison Crawford, Reese Davis, Carolyne Diaz, Catalina Hernandez-Perez, Corrine Jackson, Sutton Link, Mollie Moore, Maliah Norris, Keaton Pratt, Jace Radney, Seth Ramirez, Carter Tomlin, Kaylee Vaughn, George Vidrine, Easton Wulf, Hudsyn Wulf


4th Grade AB Honor Roll
Daniela Abella Mondragon, Victoria Aguero, Alondra Almaguer-Luna, Marcus Almaraz, Joseph Alvarado, Arely Arcibar, Theodore Aung, Jakalen Barnes, Eli Bautista, Autumn Bennett, Jeremy Bluford, Payton Brown, Giselle Caporali, Edgar Caraveo, Jean Caraveo, Alyssa Carroll Ruli, Chel-Gutierrez, Peytin Cook, Elgin Crawford, Melanie Sayuri Cruz, Branden Davis, Dallas Dempsey, Harmoni Evans, Mason Fuller, Christopher Gaddy, Juan Gamez, Lupita Garcia-Sanchez, Fredrick Garner, Christopher Gomez, Jonathan Gomez, Alexandra Gonzalez, Eduardo Gonzalez Alvarado, Monica Gonzalez-Moreno, Dalton Halbert, Jardyn Hall, Israel Hernandez, Keithan Horton, Awm Hrung, Mu Hser, Eha Htoo, Le’Viana Hughes, Joshua Ingram, Levi Ivey, Jana Jimenez, Kristen Johnson, Makinzi Johnson, Chloe Jones, Allison Juarez, Jada Lambert, Alicia Landin, Jayden Lane, Eli Lout, James Martin, Natalie Martinez, Xavier Martinez-Gomez, Ethan Midkiff, Bailey Miller, Kalysta Mireles, Diana Mondragon, Diego Moreno, ZaMarkus Moton, Noely Munoz, Wesley Murphree, Kayden Nutt, Ruben Ontiveros, Damion Ovalle, Alejandra Palacios-Lucio, Erienne Pounders, Ayaan Quadri, Abigail Rafael, Allison Ramirez, Cristian Ramirez, Galilea Rebollar, Ana Rios, Miguel Rodriguez-Arellano, Jayden Rojas, David Rojas Diaz, Dayami Salazar, Elizabeth Sanchez, Gabriela Sanchez, Paola Sanchez, Richie Sanchez-De la Cruz, Paw Hei Say, Cynthia Suaste-Sandiego, Colton Thompson, Christopher Torres, David Valdez, Isac Vazquez, Sariah Villegas, Zy’Kevius Villegas, Thun Kyeie Vin, Ronnie Williams


5th Grade All A Honor Roll
Zykerius Barnes, Mary Lee Ca, Lillian Chisenhall, William Cole, Robert Duvon, Daniel Flores Garcia, Michelle Guevara-Garcia, Pablo Huichapa, Avery Lawrence, Eliezer Leon, Madison Nehring, Franil Patel, Rex Payne, Kinzley Pinkston, Jaxon Sanford, Jayden Voigt


5th Grade AB Honor Roll
Christopher Acosta-Magana, Agustin Alvarado, Guillermo Araujo, Aaron Arcibar, Destiny Arcibar, Breeanna Ard, Brylee Ard, Eric Arroyo Aguila, Robert Atchison, Jazmin Bennett, Jose Berlanga Gutierrez, Kayla Betancour, Cambree Bush, Zack Caraveo, Savannah Cassell, Shiloh Cassell, Daisy Castillo-Castillo, Shetalia Chatman, Kylon Cummings, Ashley Custodio, Cason Davis, Alexis Diaz, Edgar Diaz-Aguilar, Kenneth Dunbar, Azul Figueroa, Angel Flores, Laribel Galvan, Veronica Galvan, Angelica Garcia, Grant Gregory, Erik Hidalgo De La Cruz, Kierra Hinson, Elisha Hoyt, Andrew Hunt, Ethan Jackson, Ismael Jackson, Jamie Jenkins, Yoselin Jimenez, Andre Kroll, Avery Lawson, Heather Leon, Jose Marquez, La’Dashe McCollister, Emmalee McKinney, Case Milford, Jacob Miller, Taiya Moore, Jonatan Mora-Soto, Juan Moreno, Irwin Nava Martinez, Eh Tha Nay, Jaxon Olalde, Damayi Parra, Ramiro Ramirez-Flores, Edgar Ruan Aaron Rubalcaba, Cash Ruiz, Christian Small, Rain Smith, Jamarious Suell, Destiny Tinner, London Weathered, Sean White, Hunter Wiggins, Taylor Wilburn, Braydon Williams




Timpson Bear Update





FFA News - Timpson FFA had a great turnout at the Carlisle FFA Jackpot Show on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Timpson FFA had 16 head of cattle and 1 goat in attendance. Exhibitors were April Ramsey (11th), Ally Kimbro (8th), Baylor Kimbro (7th), Cale Cornelius (7th), Keelie McDonald (7th), Mayson Harbison(5th), and Brecken Kimbro(3rd). 



Keelie McDonald 




Baylor Kimbro


We had several class winners and showmanship finalist at the show! Baylor Kimbro was awarded the title of Reserve Champion American Heifer and Champion Intermediate Steer Showman. 

We are extremely proud of these exhibitors for their hard work and dedication. 


JH Basketball Game Update – Coach Jourden reports that Garrison only has one team for JH. We will play the one girls game in between the two JH boys games on January 24th.


Counselor’s Corner - The 2018 Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Graduating Senior Scholarship is now available.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a high school senior attending a school in the Cooperative’s service area and their parent or guardian must be an active member receiving electric service from Deep East Texas Electric Co-op.  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2019.


FFA Show Schedule


January 19th:  Henderson`s Lion Club  (Henderson, Tx) 
                    College Park Show (Conroe, Tx) 
                     Bay Area Bonanza (Baytown, Tx)


February 2nd: Greenville FFA Classic 
                    Spring FFA Booster Club Show  (Spring, Tx)


February 9th: Matagorda County Fairgrounds


February 16th: Van FFA Alumni Jackpot Show (Van, Tx)


February 28th: Shelby County Livestock Show (Center, Tx)

-        This is not a complete list of all shows, but several good options on these weekends.

-        See Margo Hooper for the flyers for these shows and for further information if desired.





Center Unofficial School Board Meeting Minutes


Tenaha Girls Soccer Team Finishes 2nd in Tournament




Pictured left to right (front row) Blanca Barrientos, Guadalupe Sandoval, Merly Perales, Vanessa Romero, and Araceli Vasquez.  Left to right (back row) Sarahi Flores, Amy Trejo, Leslie Flores, Giselle Rico, Anayeli Aquilar, Annette Castillo, Cindy Hernandez, Mimi Tovar, Sarai Valencia and Kaylee Gibbs.


The Tenaha Girls’ Soccer team has continued their forward momentum this soccer season by taking second place at the Waskom Invitational Tournament January 10-12th.  The Lady Tigers defeated Center 2-1, Gladewater 3-2, and Carthage 1-0 securing their spot in the championship game against Waskom Saturday the 12th.  Tenaha fought hard but fell short with a score of 2-0.  


The Lady Tigers will be on the road for the remainder of the season.  


January 14th @ Marshall 4:30pm

January 17th @Carlisle 5:00pm

January 22th @ Carthage 5:00pm

January 25th @ Crockett 5:00pm

January 28th @ Center 5:00pm

January 31st- February 2nd @ New Summerfield Small School Tournament TBA

February 5th @ Westwood 5:00pm

February 8th @ Westwood 5:00pm

February 11th @ Carlisle 5:00pm








Shelbyville ISD School Board Appreciation






The month of January is proclaimed School Board Recognition Month to emphasize the importance of the men and women across the state of Texas who serve on school boards.  Shelbyville I.S.D. students benefit every day from the dedication and commitment to public education of our local trustees. 


We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy.  They are truly heroes for our schools.  “Thank You” to the Shelbyville I.S.D. School Board.



SISD School Board Members pictured are:  (front row, L to R) Tim Bradshaw, 5 years; Dr. Ray West, Superintendent; Etola Jones, President, 10 years; Mark Bohannon, Vice-President, 5 years; (back row, L to R); Duane Lout, 7 years; Joe Tom Schillings, 10 years; Joey Lawson, Secretary, 6 years; and Chris Koltonski, 3 years.





SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host fifth annual Diversity Conference




The purpose of the conference is to promote diversity and inclusion on the SFA campus by providing a platform for presenters to share their diversity-related work and experiences with conference attendees. Like many of the OMA’s initiatives, the conference also allows the community to engage in vital multicultural dialogue.

The fifth annual Diversity Conference will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.


SFA students, faculty, staff and Nacogdoches community members are invited to attend. There is no cost to register; however, there is limited seating available for the luncheon.


Attendees may pre-register on the OMA’s website,, or online at









Center ISD School Board Meeting



A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 17, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


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2019 Tenaha Baseball Schedule


Shelbyville Academic UIL


The Shelbyville High School academic UIL team competed at Chireno’s Seventh Annual Academic UIL Invitational Meet on January 12, 2019, with twelve schools competing.  Receiving awards from Shelbyville:


Naquila Barnes - 3rd Place (tie)
Brisa Martinez - 3rd Place (tie)
Kiana Bennett - 5th Place
Trey Smith - 6th Place

Accounting Team - Naquila Barnes, Brisa Martinez, Kiana Bennett - 1st Place


Computer Applications
Jasmine Osby - 1st Place
Chassity Davis - 3rd Place
Ethan Wood - 6th Place

Editorial Writing 
Emily Nicosia - 4th Place


Feature Writing 
Molly Windham - 4th Place
Autumn Hubble - 5th Place
Ashley Harkness - 6th Place


Headline Writing 
Molly Windham - 1st Place
Emily Nicosia - 5th Place

Informative Speaking 
Dawson Jackson - 6th Place

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Hagan Crumpton - 5th Place


Literary Criticism 
Jimmy Jimenez - 1st Place
Mallory Permenter - 2nd Place
Emily Brixey - 3rd Place

Literary Criticism Team - Jimmy Jimenez, Mallory Permenter, Emily Brixey - 1st Place


Trey Smith - 4th Place

News Writing 
Molly Windham - 3rd Place


Number Sense
Trey Smith - 1st Place
Kurtrick Allen - 2nd Place
Naquila Barnes - 5th Place

Number Sense Team - Trey Smith, Kurtrick Allen, Naquila Barnes - 1st Place


Persuasive Speaking
Hagan Crumpton - 5th Place

Poetry Interpretation 
Tykevia Blount - 4th Place
Kirsti Jernigan - 5th Place 


Prose Interpretation
Kelsey Jones - 3rd Place
Eli Taylor - 4th Place


Ready Writing
Molly Windham - 2nd Place
Emily Nicosia - 4th Place?
Azsahlia Cartwright - 6th Place


Kurtrick Allen - 3rd Place


Social Studies
Jordan Williams - 6th Place





Ponies Cap 3-0 Week, Defeat Coastal Bend



After defeating Blinn and Angelina earlier in the week, the Ponies capped a perfect week with a 77-69 victory over visiting Coastal Bend. Panola got off to a quick 8-2 start and were able to build a double digit lead. The lead would stay near double digits until Coastal Bend finished the first half strong and cut it to 42-37 at half.


Panola would have another quick start in the second half building their lead to 56-42 with 14:58 remaining. The game would never be closer than 8 the rest of the way. The Ponies were led by Tariq Simmons with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lenell Henry added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Franklyn Penn chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. 


Panola is now 15-3 on the season and 5-1 in Region XIV. Next game will be Wednesday at Paris.





A Strong Third Quarter Propels the Fillies over the Cougars




A 19-10 run in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the Fillies 66-56 win over the Coastal Bend Cougars. Panola was able to survive the Cougars’ game long comebacks behind defensive stops and scoring in key possessions. 


The Fillies had four players in double figures, led by Maryia Adashchyk with 16. Rounding out the scoring for the Fillies was Alicja Falkowska, Daryna Barcharova and Nyidier Riak with 12, 11 and 10 respectively.  Adashcyk, Riak and Falkowska also lead the team in rebounding with 12, 8 and 6. 


On the defensive end, the Fillies recorded 15 steals, with Weronika Nowakowska and Mikayla Etienne each collecting a team high of 4.  


The Fillies (8-7, 4-1 in conference) return to action on Wednesday at home against Tyler Junior College at 7:00 pm. 








Perkins Places 3rd at State, Voted Outstanding
















Center High School junior Mark Perkins placed third and was voted the Outstanding Presiding Officer at the UIL State Congressional Debate tournament in the 4A conference at the state capitol on Jan 9. 


In Congressional debate, students model the process of democracy by participating in a mock legislative assembly. The competition requires students to draft legislation based on real-world issues, research the docket of bills, and apply political debate practices, including lobbying to resolve issues.


“The role I usually play within congress is known as the Presiding Officer,” Perkins said. “This person is voted in by the room and operates as the unbiased conduit for the procedure. In other words, this person runs and keeps everything on track.”


Perkins was one of eleven students who submitted a candidacy request for Presiding Officer prior to the tournament. He was voted Outstanding Presiding Officer by his peers following his performance in the final chamber.




Center ISD School Board Meeting



A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 14, 2019, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


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Timpson Bear Update



TLB Volleyball News - TLB Volleyball would like to say congratulations to the Timpson Lady Bears who have earned the high honor of being on either the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Academic All State or the All State team. The following players were selected:


Academic All State team: Sara Duke, Emily Garcia, Madelyn Ramsey, Kamryn Courtney, Sadie Ramsey, and Kaleigh Timmons.


All State team: Kamryn Courtney and Brylee Behrens. 


A big thank you to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches for awarding our girls with such prestigious titles as well as to our coaches and girls for their hard work and dedication to the sport and their education. Great Job!!!!


Letter to Middle School Parents – See Attached.


Letter to High School Parents – See Attached.





Lady Tigers Soccer Team Notches Hallmark Win



Over the ten year history of Tenaha Soccer the Lady Tigers had never beaten 4A Center.  Ten years ago, the Lady Tigers made history as the first Class A soccer team in Texas High School history.  And yesterday, history was made once again with the “Shelby County Girls’ Soccer Championship” win over the 4A Roughriders.  



With the soccer season barely underway, the girls’ soccer team has several wins in their column.  They have defeated New Summerfield, 2-1,  Gladewater 3-2, and Center 2-1 in penalty kicks.  The Lady Tiger’s only loss was to 3A Waskom, 4-0.  


 They will be playing Carthage Saturday morning, January 12th, in the Waskom Tournament and if they take the win they will play for the championship. Coach Lauri Sisk and Lady Tigers’ Soccer team is off to a great start for the 2019 soccer season.  





Tenaha ISD Honors School Board This January for Advocating for Local School children



(Tenaha)—January is School Board Recognition Month and Tenaha Independent School District is joining the Texas Association of School boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas school children and public schools.


“School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools,” stated Scott Tyner, Tenaha ISD Superintendent of Schools.


The men and women serving Tenaha Independent School District are: Aaron Roland-President, Ronald Samford-Vice-President, Vickie Jernigan-Secretary, Robert Barton-Board Member, Tracy Collins-Board Member; Mike Ogden-Board Member; and Colette Cross DePriest-Board Member.

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, our board is responsible for an annual budget of $5,909,131.00 million, 546 students, and 110 employees.” stated Mr. Tyner.


“It’s more important than ever before that the public support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment and tell school board members, Thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community. Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.” Mr. Tyner stated.





Planting Seeds of Success




In Texas, more than 5.3 million students rely on public schools to help them prepare for the future. They count on the adults in this state to ensure that schools are available, qualified teachers are in place, buildings are safe, and resources are provided. It’s a big job to plant the seeds of success in that many students from pre-k and kindergarten to high school juniors and seniors and dual-credit courses.


It’s a big job and a critically important one. It’s a job that we as adults must take seriously. When we were children, adults provided schools for us. Now it’s our turn to make the commitment to ensure that today’s children have what they need. Each of us must stand up for our neighborhood schools and do our part to provide for the next generation of leaders.

Fortunately, in every community we have great examples of adults who have already stepped up to make sure that local schools are ready for the inquiring minds of today’s students. In every community in Texas, adults have taken on the responsibility and the hard work of making our schools the best they 
can be.


Locally elected school trustees are working in every Texas school district to make certain that the children have access to the best schools we can offer. Trustees are volunteers who donate hours of their time each month to keep the commitment to today’s students. Trustees receive no pay for their work. 


Trustees are required to seek out hours of training each year. Trustees are public servants who generously work to benefit the youngest, most vulnerable members of each community.

Take a moment to recognize your local trustees; Aaron Roland-President, Ronny Samford-Vice President, Vickie Jernigan-Secretary, Robert Barton, Board Member, Tracy Collins, Board Member, Mike Ogden, Board Member, and Colette Cross DePriest. Take a moment to honor the work they are doing to plant seeds of success in the students in your community. Take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on your behalf.

Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month throughout the month of January.

Scott Tyner, Tenaha ISD Superintendent of Schools.



Tenaha All Region Band

Tenaha Middle School and High School band students making All Region band will be traveling to Chapel Hill on January 19th for the All Region Band Clinic and Concert.  They will take the stage at 5pm at the Chapel Hill High School.  There are 13 students and 1 alternate that earned a chair in the All Region Band.  (Students are pictured above in no particular order.)  


Angelica Sandoval- 8th Chair Flute
Dafne Pelcastre- 7th Chair Clarinet
Jesel Gonzalez- 10th Chair Clarinet
Jessica Aguilar- 16th Chair Clarinet
Britney Barona- 20th Chair Clarinet
Paola Perez- 21th Chair Clarinet 
Misael Hernandez- 7th Chair Trumpet
Daniel Loredo- 8th Chair Trumpet
Ka’Nyia Hill- 7th Chair Trombone
Kornelia Hill- 8th Chair Trombone
Jesus Castillero- 3rd Chair Tuba
Joshua Alcantar- 5th Chair Tuba
Alex Tyner- 2nd Chair Percussion
Christian Rodriguez- 2nd Alternate Trumpet 
Congratulations to all the students that earned a spot in the All Region Band! 



Panola College Offers Certified Nurse Aide



Panola College at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Certified Nurse Aide Courses beginning January 14 – May 9, 2019. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:30 pm.  For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:





Ponies Extend Win Streak to 6 with Win at Angelina



After a back and forth first half that saw Panola head into the locker room down 39-36, Panola came back on the road at Angelina for an 83-81 victory. Tariq Simmons led the way with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Lenell Henry and Jeffrey Boyd both scored 12 points. With the win, the Ponies are now 14-3 with a 4-1 Region XIV record.


Panola is back in action at home Saturday at 4pm vs Coastal Bend.





Step Afrika! to perform at SFA




NACOGDOCHES, Texas –Internationally acclaimed Step Afrika! will bring its high-energy dance form to Nacogdoches with a University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The performance, sponsored by Nacogdoches Medical Center Health Network, is presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts in partnership with the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in cooperation with SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Greek Life Office.

Step Afrika! is one of the top ten black dance companies in the United States.

“The awe-inspiring commitment, talent, skill and teamwork in Step Afrika! performances make them the most exhilarating dances that I have ever seen,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. “Drawing on a rich and multifaceted cultural background, this company propels audiences out of their seats with a feeling that combines the best of a hair-raising sporting event, a jaw-dropping historical revelation, an electrifying concert and an incredibly fun party.”

Step Afrika! connects the stepping tradition to thrilling Zulu and South African dance forms and blends exhilarating styles such as tap and hip hop into its internationally acclaimed performances. The Washington Post says Step Afrika! “has elevated stepping to high art.”

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is pleased to partner with the College of Fine Arts to promote this exciting performance of Step Afrika!,” said Lenora Foy, president of the Nacogdoches Alumnae Chapter.

In the early 1900s, African American college students in sororities and fraternities developed stepping as a way for members of these organizations to show pride and unity. C. Brian Williams, the founder and executive director of Step Afrika!, attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to step. Later, he visited South Africa and saw a young boy dancing a style that looked very similar to stepping. Recognizing the connection, Williams wanted to find a way for Africans and Americans to share their dances, music and culture. In 1994, he founded Step Afrika! as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping.

Committed to arts education since its inception, Step Afrika! presents the art, values and culture of stepping to students of all grades and backgrounds. While in Nacogdoches, company members will conduct master classes for SFA students and for teenagers in the community.

“I learned that stepping has deep roots in higher education,” Shattuck said, “and SFA’s Greek organizations have their own strong tradition of stepping.” Shattuck said that Step Afrika! is also committed to student success. “This professional dance troupe does so much more than create and entertain.  Their mission to inspire diverse young people to attend and complete college is equally meaningful.”

Prior to the performance, Saville Harris, assistant director of student engagement (Greek life) for SFA’s Student Affairs Programs, will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.






SFA to present Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant art exhibition














NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The exhibition “Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant” will show Jan. 24 through March 24 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Featuring ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings, the exhibition is a collaborative presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Art Galleries and the Caddo Mound Historic Site in Alto, according to John Handley, director of art galleries.

The exhibition highlights the work of seven Caddo Nation artisans, including Wayne Earles, Chad Earles, Chase Earles, Raven Halfmoon, Yonavea Hawkins, Jeri Redcorn and Thompson Williams. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Handley said he considers this exhibition to be an important one for two reasons.

“It is the first exhibition that highlights the work of living Caddo artists,” he said. “And, the exhibition is a first for Caddo art displayed in Nacogdoches, the home of the Caddo Nation for thousands of years before they were forced off their land in the early 1800s and relocated to Oklahoma.”

The exhibition will also include programming at both The Cole Art Center and the Caddo Mounds Historic Site, including a film, demonstrations and performances of dance, music, storytelling and poetry reading. A full-color exhibition catalogue has been prepared.

“Up until now, scholarship on the Caddo Nation has focused on its remarkable, albeit painful, past,” Handley said. “Caddo history, art, language and dance have been explored in books and journal articles. Although this work can be applauded, there has been little to no forward-looking work published. This exhibition is a step towards remedying such oversight by seeing first-hand the present day and relevant work in ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings.”

Several of the exhibition’s artists have gained national attention, Handley added, most notably Jeri Redcorn, who has spent decades working with scholars to rediscover traditional Caddo ceramic methods. Her work has been displayed at the White House during the Obama administration and is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Chase Earles was mentored by Redcorn so as to pass on to future generations this unique type of pottery making, Handley said.

Special programming will accompany the exhibition, including storytelling by Kricket Rhoades-Connywerdy, an enrolled member of the Caddo and Kiowa tribes of Oklahoma who has been telling Kiowa and Caddo stories in Oklahoma, across the United States and internationally for more than two decades. A storytelling session is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Cole Art Center.

Dancing in her traditional Caddo dress and Kiowa buckskin, Rhoades-Connywerdy toured extensively with the legendary Charles Chibitty, the last Comanche code talker, and was Gulhei descendent princess (family princess) for 1999-2000. She has won awards for her lead movie roles, which included “The Legend of Billy Fail,” “The Alamo,” “Chasing the Wind,” “Last of the Mohicans” and “UHF.” She has an associate’s degree from Tulsa Community College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies. She is the former executive director of the Historic Jacobson House Native Art Center and currently works with the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Kiowa Language and Culture Revitalization Program.

Additionally, the PBS film “Koo-Hoot Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Cole Art Center as part of the School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts’ Friday Film Series.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by William Arscott, The Flower Shop, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Humanities Texas and Friends of the Visual Arts. Admission is free.

SFA’s historic downtown art gallery, Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.





Texas Historical Marker for Excelsior Common School No. 47




The State of Texas has declared Excelsior Common School No. 47 is a historical site. Excelsior School has been in existence for over 120 years. Plans are in motion for a Spring dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the marker.


An Excelsior Alumni reunion is also being planned in conjunction with the marker dedication. This will be a first time reunion for Excelsior School. We are requesting copies of pictures and any of your Excelsior school memories. The reunion committee is also on the hunt for the oldest living student. If you would like to help with the planning or if you need to submit any information, please contact the following reunion committee members:

Laura Harris - - 936-591-1278
Barbara Scates - - 936-591-1047
Or call:

Benny & Thelma Russell - 936-598-2259
Excelsior School - 936-598-5866


Everyone is invited to this very special historical event!

Pass the word around and watch for updates!





Excelsior ISD Spelling Bee




They are proud to announce the Excelsior ISD School Spelling Bee! The Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Excelsior School gym. We are excited to demonstrate the spelling skills these students have acquired and look forward to the academic competition. Families of the competing students are invited to the school Spelling Bee. However, the audience is subject to the 2019 Local Spelling Bee rules. These rules will be made available on the day of the Spelling Bee. No pictures will be allowed during the spelling competition, but there will be a designated time before and after for pictures. Please come out and support your speller!
We are sponsored by Houston Public Media |PBS|TV 8|KUHT and NPR|FM88.7|KUHF, a service of the University of Houston
The timeline is as follows:
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – The Excelsior School Spelling Bee will be held at 9:00 a.m. The champion and an alternate will advance to the District/ Regional Spelling Bee.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – School Champions compete in District/Regional Spelling Bee at Lufkin High School. (Alternate will attend Regional Spelling Bee, but will only compete if champion is unable to)
Saturday, March 23, 2019 –Regional Champion will compete at Houston Public Media Spelling Bee
Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Houston Public Media champion will attend Scripps National Spelling Bee
For any questions, please contact Barbara Scates ( or
Angie Gillis (







Sign up for Cheerleader Mini Camp



They will be offering a mini-camp for any future Roughrider Cheerleaders! Sign up below to participate in this year’s mini camp, which take place January 28, 29, and 31st at the F.L. Moffett gym. The kids will perform what they learned during half time at the district basketball game against Hudson on February 1st!


For more information click here:









Timpson Bear Update



Counselor’s Corner – Reminder!! The deadline to register for the next ACT is this Friday, January 11th.  This is especially important for juniors!  Please go to the following link  to sign up. 






Shelbyville Basketball



Jan. 11 (Friday)  games will begin at 5:00 pm JV Boys, Var Girls and Var Boys vs Tenaha.





Fillies Fall in Battle of Conference Unbeaten



Despite a hard-fought battle that included 13 lead changes and 8 ties, the Fillies could not pull up the upset, falling to #2 Trinity Valley Wednesday, 62-69.


A 6-0 run in the first 1:20 of the fourth quarter by the Cardinals proved too much for Panola College. The Fillies couldn’t recover from the deficit and could not cut it under seven the rest of the contest despite valiant effort


The Fillies were led in scoring by Maria Adashchyk who had 18 points, followed by Freshmen Jolie Williams, Nydier Riak and Kellymat Zapata-Ramirez with 8 apiece. Wera Nowakowska, Daryna Barcharova and Mikayla Etienne each recorded score stats in the book as well.


The Fillies (7-7, 3-1) look to bounce back on Saturday when they head Coastal Bend Community College to face the cougars at 2:00 PM.






Shelbyville School Board Meeting



A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.

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


1.Call to order
2.Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.Open forum
4.Consent agenda 
a.Minutes of the December 10, 2018 meeting of the board
b.Monthly financial reports
5.School Board Recognition Month
6.Public Meeting on School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
7.Principal’s Reports
a.Campus events
b.Recognition of Staff and/or Students
8.Superintendent’s Reports
a.Mineral Lease
b.Articles of Interest
c.General Updates
9.Executive Session
10. Adjournment





Timpson Bear Update



Tuesday Jan. 8  - Basketball vs. Shelbyville – HERE - JVG/JVB/VG/VB @ 4:30 P.M.

Thursday Jan. 10 – Basketball vs. Woden – THERE – 7G/7B/8G/8B @ 4:30 P.M.

Friday Jan. 11 – Basketball vs. Garrison – THERE – JVG/JVB/VG/VB @ 4:30 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 12 - Basketball – Grapeland Tourney – 8B


Counselor’s Corner - The Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship is now available!  Thousands of dollars are up for grabs.  To apply, the student must be a graduating senior and have played at least one year in a Dixie Youth Baseball Program.  The deadline is February 1, 2019.  Extra applications are available in Mrs. Metcalf's office or on the school counselor link on TISD's web-page





Panola names Thorn as Head Volleyball Coach
















Panola College hires former NJCAA Region XIV Volleyball Coach of the Year and University of Florida Hall of Famer, Nicole Thorn, as the new Head Volleyball Coach.


Coach Nicole Thorn will take over the reins at Panola College for the second time next week. Coach Thorn will become head coach over a program that she helped build into a national power when she took over in 2008 and went on to lead the Fillies to their first NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament in 2009. 


Thorn received her bachelor’s from the University of Florida where she enjoyed one of the best careers in school history. She was the 2000 SEC Player of the Year, a four-time all-SEC honoree and a second-team All-American in 2002 when she helped lead the Gators to a Final Four appearance. Thorn was also the recipient of the Ben Hill Griffin Award in 2002, which honors the top female athlete at Florida.


After leaving Florida, Thorn played professional volleyball in Puerto Rico for a year before returning to Gainesville, Florida to begin her coaching career. Later, she became the Head Coach at Georgia Southern University where she turned their program into conference contenders.  Thorn went on to join Panola College as head coach from 2008 to 2013. During that time, Thorn was selected the NJCAA Region XIV and District Coach of the Year. Thorn has spent the past 6 years as the Head Coach at White Oak ISD where she was named District 17AAA coach in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  


"We are excited about having Nicole Thorn back with Panola College.  There is no doubt that she will maintain a high standard for our Volleyball program on and off the court.  We welcome her back with open arms," says Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services at Panola College.











Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the President’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.




Heather Hays Texarkana





Kurston Smith Logansport

Jacqueline Files Mansfield

Kamryn Ford Mansfield





Tyler Johnson Athens

Ethan Collins Beckville

Lacey Dean Beckville

Ty Jones Beckville

Michael Mize Beckville

Jason Tillman Beckville

Sarai Burran Carthage

Nash Coultas Carthage

Kelan Foster Carthage

Esther Hernandez Carthage

James Jeans Carthage

Erin Keating Carthage

Shelby Kite Carthage

Haley Landtroop Carthage

Carley Lawhorn Carthage

Ryan Miller Carthage

Amanda Pierce Carthage

Addison Pope Carthage

Delaina Truitt Carthage

Kaci Williams Carthage

Mckynzie Bush Center

Brandi Danley Center

Mitchell Fountain Center

Luz Gomez Center

Maricruz Gonzalez Center

Rosalva Huerta Center

Jonathan Jenkins Center

Kaylee Parker Center

Jacobo Rafael Center

Julia Ramos Center

Sadie Sanchez Center

Mallory Sims Center

William Tomlin Center

Sarah Waller Center

Ashley Yarbrough Center

Christina Sherrod Chireno

Hayden Collins Cypress

Michelle Cherry Deberry

Edward Oden Deberry

William Edwards Garrison

Sammy Hancock Garrison

Kirsten Mayfield Garrison

Randall Jackson Gary

Cameron Stansbury Groves

Lindsey Leslie Hallsville

Macie Quick Istre Hemphill

Christopher Scroggins Hemphill

Kara Stanaland Henderson

Lara Padgett Jefferson

Sydney Cheshire Joaquin

Milagros Luna Joaquin

Santiago Ruiz Joaquin

Breanne Pereles Laneville

Hannah Floyd League City

Katie Alexander Longview

Bethany Roberts Longview

Railey Oates Lufkin

Ariana Abelardo Marshall

Ladestiny Boyd Marshall

Demetre Brewster Marshall

Dominique Espinoza Marshall

Caleb Henderson Marshall

Hieu Le Marshall

Emily Morin Marshall

Pamela Painter Marshall

Ebonie Williams Marshall

Leneve Williams Marshall

Brittany Gregory Milam

Sarah Owens Mount Enterprise

Samantha Laroche Nacogdoches

Abigail Parrish Nacogdoches

Isaac Patterson Nacogdoches

Ariel Rodriguez Nacogdoches

Ashlynn Stamps Nacogdoches

Nicole Weaver Nacogdoches

Jennifer Westbrook Nacogdoches

Martha Brown Pineland

Justin Gonzales Point

Denise Jones Shelbyville

Jacqueline Angel Tatum

Troy Greene Tatum

Christian Ashton Tenaha

Alan Flores Tenaha

Joe Murray Texarkana

Misti Moreland Timpson

Laci Starr Timpson

Rocio Venegas Timpson

John Carter Waskom

Tomas Martinez Waskom

Crystal Zepher Waskom

Jarret Whorff Winnsboro





Thomas Grilli Mississauga

Raphael John Leblanc Shawinigan Qc G9p5





Alison Oyinki Ibeju Lekki Lagos

Boluwatife Babalola Lagos

Ibrahim Akande Lagos

Toluwani Ayodele Lagos

Samiat Fashola Lagos 

Omotayo Amidu Mushin Lagos State





Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.



Imani Hampton Lilburn




Elizabeth Offer Bethany

Yvonne Combs Keithville




Jenna Grover Purvis



New York

Daylon Swearingen Piffard




Joy Jekayinoluwa Arlington

Toree Scott Athens

Mason Campbell Beckville

Jeremy Dean Beckville

Hannah Humphries Beckville

Hunter Moon Beckville

Riley Seegers Beckville

Danielle Smith Beckville

Shelby Storie Beckville

Christopher Blackmon Carthage

Kamryn Brady Carthage

Dallas Crocker Carthage

Yareli Hernandez Carthage

Mary Howard Carthage

Robyn Klysen Carthage

Zachary Kruebbe Carthage

Kelsey Lake Carthage

Coby Lewis Carthage

Brandon Medrano Carthage

Keiler Norman Carthage

Serena Rascoe Carthage

David Richter Carthage

Ashley Sistrunk Carthage

Eniola Sogbesan Carthage

Mary Tinkle Carthage

Kylee Tompkins Carthage

Clint Walker Carthage

Mauricio Alejaldre-Robles Center

Colton Davis Center

Drew Diverdi Center

Alexander Duarte Center

Jocelyn Garcia Center

Tiffany Griffin Center

Jenny Harvey Center

Jamarian Hill Center

Kase Hooper Center

Raul Lara Center

Perla Mateos Center

Stacy Mireles Center

Angel Nunez Center

Angela Perkins Center

Nicklaus Powell Center

Heidi Ricketson Center

Mallory Sims Center

Whitney Thomas Center

Taylor Tomlin Center

Ashlee Williams Chandler

Victor Chinaka Dallas

Dillan Peloquin Deberry

Shelby Thompson Deberry

John Williams Deberry

Shane Iversen Garrison

Daniel Quetzala Garrison

Andrew Wise Garrison

Latisha Gilbert Gary

Austin Bost Groves

Casen Copeland Hallsville

Kaitlyn Cox Hallsville

Abigail Wheat Hallsville

Heather Lucius Hemphill

Ezekiel Collins Henderson

Zachary Collins Henderson

Autumn Romine Henderson

Jessica Sessums Henderson

Rebecca Weatherford Henderson

Evan Yount Jacksonville

Dalayna Daw Joaquin

Trista Mustard Joaquin

Dustin Ramsey Joaquin

Stacie Sonnier Joaquin

Matthew Tyson Katy

Theresa White Laneville

Davina Eddy Longview

Cassandra Higginbotham Longview

Cheryl Mitchell Longview

Blaine Parker Longview

Tachala Pauley Longview

Steven Sierra Longview

Marisela Soto Longview

Kayla Walker Lufkin

Alexander Barroga Marshall

Jessica Burns Marshall

Elizabeth Collins Marshall

Ashlyn Edwards Marshall

Somali Fletcher Marshall

Latoya Johnson Marshall

Jazmine Meyers Marshall

Martha Moreno Marshall

Lauren Paulk Marshall

Maria Sanchez Marshall

Reese Sloan Marshall

Victoria Williams Marshall

Jeffrey Gongwer Mount Enterprise

Amber Jones Mount Enterprise

Chailey Norton Mount Enterprise

Haley Allen Nacogdoches

Mahiko Moreno Nacogdoches

Phillip Najvar Nacogdoches

Jesse Waters Nacogdoches

Balie Wood Nacogdoches

Debbie Brydson San Augustine

Chad Elumbaugh San Augustine

Lexie Moody San Augustine

Miranda Walker San Augustine

Kayla Williams San Augustine

Ryan Bailey Shelbyville

Colton Bragg Shelbyville

Kennedey Parker Shelbyville

Kaitlynn George Sulphur Springs

Lucero Luna Tatum

Brittani White Tatum

Andres Leon Tenaha

Mariel Lopez Tenaha

Katelyn Martinez Tenaha

Miguel Mendoza Tenaha

Arlicia Roland Tenaha

Calicia Roland Tenaha

Ty'kuirra Bryant Timpson

Christy Corliss Waskom

Charlotte Reeve s Waskom

Pedro Rodriguez Waskom

Abbey Thompson White Oak

Cassidy Lonsway Woodlawn




Maryia Adashchyk Minsk



Abigael Joseph Nairobi


New Zealand

Sioeli Vaiangina Auckland



Ademola Sanni Apata Ibadan





Center Girls Basketball Loses


Center Varsity Girls basketball Lost 50-56 in overtime, last Friday's 1-4-19 game.






Joaquin ISD Blood Drive



Joaquin High School is having a blood drive on Friday, January 11, from 8 AM until 2 PM in the High School Library. The theme is Calling All Heroes. Anyone interested in donating should call Carmen Belrose at 936.269.3127 to leave your name and time you would like to donate. The blood drive is hosted by the High School BETA Club and sponsored by Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.



Ponies Win Thriller, Cap 2-0 Week



After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, Panola mounted a huge comeback to win a 79-77 thriller on the road at Region XIV foe Lee College. After starting slow, Panola was able to chip away and went into half down 42-36. The two teams traded blows in the second half with the lead never getting higher than 6 points. Panola took their first lead of the game at 77-74 on an And-1 by Franklyn Penn with just under 30 seconds to play. Lee came right back and hit a 3 to tie things up with 9 seconds to play. The Ponies inbounded to Tylan Dean who missed but Kamari Brown was able to secure the offensive rebounder and swish a 15 footer with just under 2 seconds to play. Lee’s desperation attempt from ¾ court did not come close and the Ponies escaped with the win. Lenell Henry led the way for Panola with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tariq Simmons had 15 points and 4 assists. Tylan Dean and Franklyn Penn rounded out the double-digit scorers with both totaling 10 points.


Earlier in the week, Panola returned from Christmas break and won handily with a 95-55 final over Central Baptist JV. Franklyn Penn led the Ponies with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Lenell Henry added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Keiondre Jefferson chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Tylan Dean also hit double figures with 10 points and 4 assists.


The Ponies return to action Monday at home vs Blinn College. Tip is at 7pm.  



Registration underway for spring Music Prep lessons, classes





NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Registration is underway for private lessons and group classes offered for the 2019 spring semester by the Music Preparatory Division of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University.

In addition to the usual 16-week private lessons for young students in piano, harp, violin and Suzuki violin, viola, voice, bass, clarinet, classical guitar, saxophone, composition, flute, trumpet, jazz piano, cello and music theory, Music Prep again offers adult piano classes in the coming spring, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

Music Prep offers 12 weeks of musical study with SFA music major students. Lessons in violin, cello, clarinet, classical guitar, piano and jazz piano, trumpet, voice, percussion and other instruments upon request are offered. The student instructors are referred by their major professors and have a high level of mastery of their instrument, Barnett explained.

Group classes offered are Music Theory Adventures, taught by Laura Treadaway; Adult Beginner Piano Class taught by Matthew Malaga; Adult Intermediate Piano Class, taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan; Pineywoods Youth Orchestra, directed by Dr. Evgeni Raychev; and The Raguet Strings, directed by Brenda Josephsen. The Raguet Strings is recruiting interested members to join the adult ensemble.

Registration forms for the 2019 spring semester are available on the Music Prep website at and are being accepted now. The forms may be downloaded and turned in to the Music Prep office. Sixteen-week private lessons begin the week of Jan. 14, and 12-week private lessons begin the week of Feb. 4. Contact the Music Prep office at (936) 468-1291 for more information.

Shirley Watterston and Dr. Robert Blocker, a former chairman of the SFA Department of Music, founded the SFA Music Preparatory Division in 1980.





Fillies Fall Short BPCC Classic Games



Upon arrival from holiday break, the Fillies headed down to Shreveport for the annual Bossier Parrish Community College Classic. Despite a fighting effort, the Panola fell short to the Northwest Florida State College Raiders 65-73 in their first game of the BPCC Classic.


Four Fillies finished in double figures. Freshman Jolie Williams would come off the bench leading all scorers with 15. Daryna Barcharova and Maryia Adashchyk both contributed 14 points. Weronika Nowakowska rounded out the double figure scoring with 11 of her own.


In the second game of the BPCC classic, the Fillies came up short again, losing a 71-75 battle against the Lady Bulldogs of Hinds.


The Fillies battled to the end behind a 19 point performance by Adashchyk, who scored 10 of those 19 in the first quarter of play. Behind her in the scoring was freshman Barcharova who notched 14 of her own points. The Panola outscored Hinds in the third quarter but could not comeback from the half time deficit


The Fillies (7-6, 3-0 in conference) will return to conference action Wednesday January 7th when they face Trinity Valley in AJ Gymnasium at 7:00 PM.



SFA's East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project continues to augment forest health and productivity







NACOGDOCHES, Texas — After more than three decades, the East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project, initiated by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, continues to make breakthroughs in the management of East Texas forestlands and the Western Gulf Coast region.


The long-term research program partners with private forest landowners to gather precise scientific data to develop modern tools to optimize the growth, health and management of the region’s forests.


While industry partners benefit from scientific insight, SFA forestry students profit from the ability to conduct hands-on research in the field.


After joining the college in 2016, Dr. Yuhui Weng, assistant professor of forest biometrics and ETPPRP director, set a goal to expand partnerships and research projects beyond Texas’ pineywoods to serve timber producers across the Western Gulf Coastal Plain.


“Our research is highly focused on the needs of timber producers in the Western Gulf Coast region,” Weng said. “Because of our expertise in factors influencing forest productivity in the region, we are able to provide more region-specific, data-driven guidance than other universities who may be located on the southeastern U.S. coast.”


Examples of ongoing projects include the development of growth and yield models for intensively managed pine plantations and the incorporation of environmental factors, such as climatic change into the management of pine plantations in the Western Gulf Coastal Plain.


Weng explained that productivity of forest plantations is primarily determined by site quality, stand age and stand density. The ETPPRP established numerous permanent experimental plots in pine plantations across the region that are measured for growth and health every three years.


This data provides an accurate evaluation of the dynamic, temporal changes in site quality, stand density and presence of disease and has been used to develop mathematical tools to predict future plantation productivity and health.


Since the program’s launch, more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports have contributed to the body of knowledge of factors affecting the region’s timberlands. 


This year, the ETPPRP will partner with the Western Gulf Tree Improvement Program to develop growth and yield models for a variety of genetically unique loblolly pine varieties, which are known for their rapid growth. 


In December, representatives from four participating timber companies, as well as prospective partners, visited the SFA campus for an annual meeting to review program accomplishments in 2018.


Among the developments are two peer-reviewed publications that provide participants with insight into the early response of loblolly pines to tree thinning operations in the Western Gulf Coastal Plain, as well as trends in fusiform rust infections and their relationship to tree and stand characteristics in East Texas pine plantations. According to the U.S. Forest Service, fusiform rust is a widespread and highly damaging disease that affects loblolly and slash pine species.


Moving forward, Weng said he hopes to gain more forest industry partners to continue to expand the scientific knowledge and productivity of the region’s forestlands.


For more information on the ETPPRP, contact Weng at (936) 468-1354 or




Panola College Fall 2018 Honor Graduates




Panola College is proud to announce the following Fall 2018 Honor Graduates:



Summa Cum Laude                             3.90 – 4.00


Martha Mary Brown                   Pineland, TX

Ethan Michael Collins                Beckville, TX

Lacey Kristine Dean                   Beckville, TX

Gregory Waylon Murdock          Carthage, TX



Magna Cum Laude                              3.75 – 3.89


Valarie S. Kirkwood                  Tenaha, TX

Tomas Jaime Martinez               Waskom, TX

Jazmin Leon Uriostegui             Center, TX            

Vanessa Villarreal                      Hallsville, TX

Kristye Lynn Wall                     Karnack, TX


Cum Laude                                           3.50 – 3.74


Veronica Aguirre                     Longview, TX

LaDestiny Mo’nique Boyd      Marshall, TX

Zach Collins                             Henderson, TX

Jessica Marie Crocker              Nacogdoches, TX

Hannah Elizabeth Galaviz       Shelbyville, TX                    

Kelsey Michelle Lake              Carthage, TX

Shelby Lynn Martin                 Gary, TX

Maria Yanet Martinez              Carthage, TX

Kennedey Parker                      Shelbyville, TX

Lynetta Rudd                           Marshall, TX

Hicela Santana                         Marshall TX

Bobbie Windham Smith          Timpson, TX

Eniola O Sogbesan                  Carthage, TX          

Martha Ventura                       Center, TX

Robert Otis Vicars                   Carthage, TX

John Williams                          Deberry, TX 





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