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Volume 136, No. 116

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Firemen continue to respond as several recent fires threaten to bring burn ban back into effect By Katie Miller Staff Writer

A total of four fires took place within Shelby County on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 although the county wide burn ban had recently been lifted on Saturday, Sept. 22. Of those four fires, Center Fire Department responded to two fires. “Although the burn ban has been temporarily lifted, we want to remind people to please be careful. It’s starting to get back extremely dry again. In fact, we may have to put the burn ban back on,” stated Center Fire Chief

Keith Byndom. “It never was really good and wet.” Center Fire Department responded to the first fire of the day at 12:40 p.m. which was located off of Highway 7 East on County Road 3156. Justin Jefferson was operating a log skidder on the property when it caught fire. Jefferson noticed smoke coming from the hood of the skidder and proceeded to check for the source of the smoke when he found a small fire under the hood. He then drove the skidder away from a wooded area to prevent the fire from spreading. The skidder was a total loss.

Center Fire Department received a second call at 3:20 p.m. regarding a fire off Farm Market Road 138 on County Road 1443. According to Fire Chief Keith Byndom, a gentleman had been burning a log pile when the fire got out of control. The gentleman used a Log Hog in an attempt to push up a fire break in order to contain the fire but the Log Hog caught fire as well. Firemen were able to extinguish the Log Hog and get the grass fire under control. Chief Byndom advises, “Just because the burn ban is off doesn’t I See FIRES Page 2A

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Firemen around Shelby County responded to area fires on Wednesday, Sept. 25. As fires continue to spark across the county, the likelihood of a burn ban being put into effect is quickly increasing.

Grand jury indicts 41 on various charges

Luncheon feeds the masses

By Scott Flowers Editor

Scott Flowers / The Light and Champion

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Fajita Luncheon was held on Wednesday morning, Sept. 25 and supporters showed up in droves. Participants are seen working the assembly line as they prepare meals for many people and businesses that purchased meals.

Comptroller distributes $575 million in sales tax to Texas municipalities Submitted by Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that state sales tax revenue in August was $2.39 billion, up 2.1 percent compared to August 2012. “The latest monthly gains were led by sectors such as construction and the restaurant industry,” Combs said. “For the recently ended fiscal year, state sales tax revenue totaled $25.8 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent

Susan Combs Texas Comptroller from fiscal 2012. Both business and consumer spending contributed to the gains for the year.”

n Sports Reginald Davis continues to have impact on Red Raiders. Shelby County Bass Anglers holds last qualification event of 2013. Softball fields ahead of schedule. See SportsDay page 1C. +

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their September local sales tax allocations totaling $575 million, up 2.8 percent compared to September 2012. The City of Center has received a net payment this year of $228,342.81 with a comparable payment in the previous year of $243,918.88. This is a difference of -6.38%. 2013 payments to date received I See TAX Page 3A

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The Shelby County Grand Jury for the July 2013 term of the 273rd Judicial District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and handed down ** indictments. The following is a list of those individuals that have been indicted. Eeufracio Cordova Gonzalez, evading arrest - State Jail Felony (SJF); Lakeva Shillette Hill, possession of marijuana - SJF; Marcus D. Roberts, possession of a controlled sub-

stance (POCS) - SJF; Ami Sheree Lee, POCS - SJF; Donald Wayne Lee, POCS - SJF; Joshua Michael Gross, POCS - SJF. Arlondine Shaw, intoxication manslaughter - second degree felony; Bryan Christopher Jansen, burglary of a building - SJF; Willie Charles Jones, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (AADW) - second degree felony; Doug Otis Sims, theft - SJF; Darrel Dwine Sims, theft - SJF. Ryan Taylor Scates, theft of firearm - SJF; Taylor Keith Keele,

sexual assault of a child - second degree felony; Justin Earl Bennett, AADW - second degree felony; Justin Earl Bennett, AADW - second degree felony; Kolby Lane Metcalf, sexual assault - second degree felony; Shaddrick Tawan McCollister, arson - second degree felony. Shaddrick Tawan McCollister, arson second degree felony; Shaddrick Tawan McCollister, burglary of a habitation - second degree felony; Misty Kay Jordan, injury to a I See JURY Page 2A

Lawn Chair Brigade draws crowd

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Members of the Lawn Chair Brigade demonstrated their skill during the Doo Dah Parade held on the Center square on Wednesday, Sept. 25. A delighted crowd of observers were thrilled by their antics.

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mean the fire is not going to get out. If you want to burn, you may want to go ahead and get what little you have burned up because the burn ban will probably be reinstated here pretty soon.” Judge Rick Campbell is currently in corre-

spondence with other judges across the state of Texas along with fire departments in the county and monitoring numbers from the Texas Forest Service. “If we don’t get any rain this weekend I’m sure we’ll probably be looking at putting the

burn ban back on here pretty quick,” stated Judge Campbell. “We’re telling everybody, ‘Hey, if you do burn, you know, pay attention to what you’re doing. If you’re burning trash in your back yard, be back there with it and watch it. Even though we got

the four inches of soaking rain, it is still dry out there and you’ve got to watch what you’re doing.” “I am aware of the fires that have happened since we’ve lifted the burn ban and I’m keeping an eye on that,” said Judge Campbell.

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He notes that when Shelby County previously had 14 fires in a single weekend, he was the first County Judge in the state to enforce a burn ban. Regarding the burn ban going back into effect, Judge Campbell stated, “If we were to have a rash of fires here in the next two days, I probably will be put-

Jury child, elderly or diabled individual - second degree felony; Tarazon Valdez Eaden, unlawful possession of firearm third degree felony. Oscar Alexander Jones, harassment of a public servant - third degree felony; Damien Lynn McNeal, POCS - SJF; Brian McQueen Daniels, AAWD - first degree felony; Cheria Michelle Daniels, AAWD - second degree felony; Brandon Wayne Ryan, prohibited weapons - third degree felony. David Aaron Parks, abandoning or endangering a child - SJF; Justin Dewayne Bridges, POCS - second degree felony; Terry Louis Bridges, POCS - second degree felony; Byron Harris, assault bodily injury - third degree felony; Ramiro M. Soto, retaliation - third degree felony; Billy F. Drayden, POCS - SJF;

ting it on very quickly, [by] Saturday possibly. It’s a day by day thing. Rains are expected on Saturday and Sunday and we’ll see what we get. Pray for rain and hope it happens so I don’t have to put it back on. If it doesn’t rain by this weekend it will probably be back on by Monday.”

I From Page 1A Cacedric Tyrone Ross, POCS - SJF. Cacedric Tyrone Ross, POCS - SJF; Cacedric Tyrone Ross, delivery of a controlled substance - second degree felony - enhancement first degree felony; Christopher Jamar Cartwright, delivery of marijuana - SJF; Dennis Jacoby Jackson, POCS - third degree felony; Joshua Lewis Jinks, credit card/debit card abuse - SJF. Ashley Michelle Gipson a.k.a. Ashley Campos, securing execution of document by deception (SEDBD) SJF; Jamie Kay Kellum, SEDBD - SJF; Jamarcus Duntay Patton, delivery of a controlled substance - second degree felony. The information contained in this report is a matter of public record. Persons named have not been proven guilty of the charges listed.


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Spotlight Event SCV to meet Sept. 30 The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, Sept. 30, at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 p.m. We will view a DVD of the Confederate Plaza Dedication which occurred April 13, 2013 in Palestine. All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6 p.m. so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information.

Community Activities Bear Stadium BBQ fundraiser Sept. 28 A BBQ fundraiser benefitting flags for Bear Stadium and Timpson Independent School District Honor Wall project 11 a.m. until dark on Saturday, Sept. 28. Cooks for the event will be the American Legion Post 90 and Timpson Athletic Booster Club.

Center Police Explorers Golf Tourney The Center Police Explorers will be having their 1st Annual Golf Tournament benefitting their organization on Saturday, Sept. 28. The format of the event is a four person scramble and there is a fee per person with lunch included. Tee time is 8 a.m.

CHS Chaparrals fundraiser Oct. 5 CHS Chaparrals will be selling tickets to win a 2013 Honda Foreman ES 4 wheeler. The tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The drawing will be held at the Poultry


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Festival Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will help support the Chaparral New York trip in November.

Country Music Hayride Sept. 28 The Country Music Hayride will present The Country Gents featuring: Tom Ridgeway, Jeramy Derrick, David Lanicek, Bennie Davis, Russell Cooner, Martha Melton, John Milligan and more on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Country Music Hayride is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to keeping country music alive in Panola County. The Hayride is located in the Esquire Theater, 114 W. Sabine Street (one half block off the square) in downtown Carthage Texas. Show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $6.

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The Country Gents presented in Carthage On Sept. 28, 2013 The Country Music Hayride in Carthage will present The Country Gents freaturing Tome Ridgeway, Jeramy Derrick, David Lanicek, Bennie Davis, Russell Cooner, Martha Melton, John Milligan and more. Admission is $6. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Country Music Hayride is located in the Esquire Theater one half block off the square in downtown Carthage.

Church Activities Smyrna MBC to hold revival Pastor Cedric O’Keith Grace, Sr. and the Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson requests the presence of you and your church family at their fall revival from Sept. 30, 2013 through Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker will be elder Marrion Jackson, Sr. of Clayton Temple Church of God in Christ in Timpson. If you need more infor-

mation, please contact Pastor Cedric Grace at 936-572-8082.

Freedom Family Feast BBQ Sept. 28 The Holly Springs Baptist Church Veterans Connect Group invites all veterans and their families to their Freedom Feast Family BBQ to be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m. It will be held in the Church Gym at 16928 North Highway 59 in Garrison.

Steak & Seafood Buffet

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The Center Rotary Club recently presented the Center Softball League with a check for $10,000 at their meeting held on Tuesday. Sept. 10. Presenting the check was Thomas Morrison (right), Center Rotary President, and receiving the donation was Sean Crouch, representing the Center Softball League.

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Access to several recreation areas in the National Forest will be free to the public on Saturday, Sept. 28. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, fees will be waived at Boykin Springs, Caney Creek and Townsend in the Angelina National

Forest; Boles Field, Subs Haley’s Ferry, Ragtown, East Hamilton, Indian Mounds, Lakeview and Willow Oak in the Sabine National Forest and Ratcliff Lake day-use area in Davy Crockett National Forest. “National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity for families to visit our national

forests, experience the beauty of fall foliage, and perhaps be motivated to join in with other volunteers and help us restore America’s precious natural resources,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. The focus of National Public Lands Day is to instill a sense of shared stewardship and edu-

Tax by the City of Center are $2,267,827.15 with 2012 payments to date of $2,559,788.72. This is a change of -11.40%. Huxley has received a net payment this year of $544.04 with a comparable payment in the previous year of $456.96. This is a 19.05% difference. 2013 payments received to date are $8,433.75 with 2012 payments to date of $4,628.63. This is a change of 82.20%. The City of Joaquin has received a net payment of $15,451.84 with a comparable previous year payment of $22,029.79. This is a difference of -29.85%. Joa-

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quin has received 2013 payments to date in the amount of $197,721.01, and 2012 payments to date of $223,828.63. This is a change of -11.66%. The City of Tenaha has received a net payment this year in the amount of $4,815.57, and a comparable payment in the previous year of $5,839.21. This is a difference of -17.53%. 2013 payments received to date by Tenaha are in the amount of $54,744.41, and 2012 payments to date of $61,834.60. This is a difference of -11.46%. The City of Timpson has received a net pay-

ment of $21,071.74 with a comparable payment for the previous year of $15,297.53. This is a difference of 37.74%. Timpson has received 2013 payments in the amount of $166,824.71, and 2012 payments to date of $159,785.46. This is a difference of 4.40%. The total net payment for all of Shelby County is $270,226.00 with a comparable payment for the previous year of $287,542.37. This is a difference of -6.02%. The total 2013 payments received by the entire county are $2,695,551.03, with payments to date for 2012

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Impulse Power, part II Last time, I told you that I haven’t done l A Taste of Life anything significant on Chris impulse since Watlington about 2002. In the last ten Religion years, I’ve Columnist learned to carefully plan all my impulses and get them all approved by the FDA and the FBI and my principal. In other words, impulses are fine things to have as long as you never act on them until you have had ample time to milk all the impulsiveness out of them. I also told you that a couple of weeks ago, I did a completely impulsive thing. And it was exciting… sort of like sneaking out of the house when I was a teenager. Which was something I never did, by the way. This is a true story I’m about to tell you: When I was a sophomore, I had lots of friends who were girls. Many of them were really cute girls with boyfriends. Those who didn’t have boyfriends had huge crushes on other boys who all shared the same central characteristic: they were not me. But I valiantly resisted bitterness and spent time with these cute girls anyway, patiently listening to them pining for the boys who were not me. However, one amazing night…I believe it was a Monday night…two of my cute friends came to my window after bedtime and scratched on my screen. I turned on my lamp, figured out the sound was not a coming from a burglar or the Grim Reaper, and hustled to the front door. Standing there on my porch were two of my very cute friends in very cute bathing suits. The one with the smallest bathing suit grinned at me. “We are going over to the house of another cute friend of yours who will remain unnamed but whose parents are out of town and we’re going for a late night swim. Would you like to go with us?” This is the kind of opportunity that 15 year old boys may never get. This is once-in-a-lifetime excitement. So what did I do? I told them I’d be right back after I asked my dad for permission. I know…terrible choice, right? But not really. Upon hearing the situation, my dad would have gladly given me permission. In fact, he would have understood that this was the kind of opportunity that 15 year old boys may never get. He would have been enthusiastic! But for some reason I’ll never fully understand, my normally light-sleeping father would not wake up that night. I whispered. I nudged. I pleaded. Instead, my normally heavy sleeping mom woke up, angry that I was disturbing her, and ordered me back to bed. I had to go tell both of my cute friends that my mom wouldn’t let me go. This is the kind of utter failure that can ruin one’s entire adolescence. And I believe that it probably did, in fact. I don’t think I ever fully recovered. With a few exceptions, I’ve struggled with “impulsive” ever since. Now that I am a father of two and in my 40s, my impulsive moments are limited to standing in the grocery store working up the nerve to buy whole milk instead of two-percent.

But in the middle of August, I checked the home-website of my favorite band from college. As I was learning the craft of playing keyboards, this band was easily the greatest of my many influences. I have all of their albums on cassette, CD and digital download. I know all of the band member biographies. I know the band’s origins, feuds, personnel changes, independent solo efforts…I am a serious fan of this group. The name of the band is Toto. In 1979, they had a big hit with “Hold the Line” and three years later they won the Grammy for best album for Toto IV which featured “Rosanna” and “Africa.” They were big in the mid 80s. But music changed in the 1990s and there were fewer bands and more solo artists. The bands that did make it focused on the first five chords they ever learned and on the volume knobs of their garage amplifiers. So really musical groups like Toto faded into the oldies section. Toto continued to tour, but most of their concerts were in South America, Asia, or Europe. As badly as I wanted to hear them play, I wasn’t going to Buenos Aires for a concert. Then, two years ago, they called it quits. I was sad—my biggest musical influence was now truly past tense. But in August when I checked their website, I saw they had changed their minds; they were on the road again! They were touring South America and Asia and Europe, but they had also decided to play twelve dates in the States. None of them were in Texas and the closest one to Shelby County was in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday September 13. Hm. I wasn’t going to be able to make that trip. It would be lunacy. Besides being in the Western time zone, I had too much going on. That date was one night after a Roughrider radio commitment and one night before a First Methodist Church commitment, both of those sandwiched between work commitments, children’s little league games, and a birthday party that one of our kids wanted to go to. It was fun to think about just packing a bag for my wife and myself and going to Phoenix…but that was for the young and the impulsive. I would have to arrange too many things. But as I sat there staring at that website, I heard a voice. I’m not sure whose it was—it must have been the devil—saying “Book a flight. Buy tickets. Take care of the rest after that.” I just shook my head and smiled a wishful smile. Wouldn’t it be nice to listen to foolish voices every from time to time. And then…IMPULSE! Sitting there at the desk, I bought two plane tickets and two concert tickets for the Toto concert at a casino on an Indian reservation just outside of Phoenix. Before I had arranged to get off work, to find a replacement to broadcast the Roughrider game, to direct the choir at church, to get the kids to their games and to their parties…I just plopped down hundreds of dollars and said “This might work out.” See? Impulsive! It’s the kind of impulse that usually leads to tragedy: the plane is overbooked or your hotel room isn’t reserved or the rental car company has a motor bike for you instead of an SUV or the concert is cancelled or the governor of Arizona moves Phoenix to New Mexico or something like that. But I decided to just book it and see what happened. Would it be a monumentally typical disaster or would everything just kind of work out for a change? Tell ya next time!

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Fall brings the hope of l Political Analysis cooler weather, the changing of Sen. the leaves, time Nichols with family and one of my faGuest vorite fall tradiColumnist tions…hunting season. Whether you are into archery, rifles, ducks or deer, East Texas has something for everyone. 1. Constitutional amendments 101 On November 5th, Texans have an opportunity to take part in one of the most important parts of our political system by heading to the polls to vote

on nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Through its 16 articles, including a Bill of Rights, the Constitution establishes the purposes and limits for our state government. Amendments to the constitution must be supported by both chambers with a vote from twothirds of the members, meaning at least 100 out of 150 votes in the Texas House and 21 out of 31 votes in the Texas Senate. The proposed amendments must then be sent to the voters and receive the majority vote to become a part of our Texas Constitution. For more information on the nine constitutional amendments coming up for a vote on November 5th please visit I See CENTS Page 6A

Cornyn blasts IRS after millions goes missing U.S. Senator John Cornyn l Political Analysis (R-TX) issued the following U.S. Sen. statement afCornyn ter it was reported that the Guest IRS is unable Columnist to account for $67 million from a fund intended for implementing Obamacare: “This is disgusting but unfortunately not surprising. The fact that the IRS cannot even keep track of

Americans’ hard earned money proves they have way too much of it, and is more evidence they have no business being involved in our health care. “I’m committed to defunding Obamacare, and the events of this year have made it clear that I cannot support giving the IRS any more responsibility or taxpayer dollars to implement a broken law.” Earlier this month, Sen. Cornyn introduced his “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013” as an amendment on the Senate floor. The bill would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury, or any delegate, including the IRS, from enforcing Obamacare and was passed by the House earlier this year.


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Eat your dessert first Moses wrote in Psalm 90: l God’s Good News “The days of our years are Dr. David threescore Bouler years and ten; and if by reason of strength they Guest Columnist be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10) Almost all of us have heard the statement, “Life is short, eat your dessert first.” Besides being a great commercial for pecan pie, hot-fudge sundaes, strawberry shortcake and for some rhubarb pie, this statement also conveys a message. Life is short! As we look at the people around us we are reminded that no one lives forever. Each week in the paper a new group of notices on the obituary page gives us evidence of this fact. To really make it personal, one day I will die and so will you. So, what truth do we get from this undeniable fact? It suggests to us, “Since you don’t know how long you are going to live, eat your dessert first,

because you do not want to die eating squash, or something you really don’t care for. Now, I must admit I see great wisdom in this approach. There are some foods I do not desire to eat dead, alive or dying – brussel sprouts, liver or squash are all high on my list. I almost forgot, let me add raw broccoli to this list. I must admit I would rather have a warm slice of Mary’s delicious apple pie with ice cream than brussel sprouts. But there is another point to all this, “Eat your dessert first” seems to say that life is only about our personal pleasure. But, really, doesn’t life and the Bible teach us to work first and then enjoy some pleasure? If all you eat is a dish of just dessert you will soon have decayed teeth, an overweight body, and other problems. So, realizing life is short – work hard, play regularly, and, most of all, love the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart. Take each day as a gift from God, love your family and your neighbor, read your Bible and pray enjoying your walk with the Lord. Then I think you will discover, “This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24). It is even possible as life goes along that we will discover we have developed a taste for brussel sprouts.

Wisdom from above By Ellen Cogswell

Let us draw a line between wisdom And the knowledge we‘ve stored up The source of wisdom is from above Extended by Grace from an overflowing cup False wisdom is a menace to man A method of seeking earthly gain Using knowledge to overcome others Having goals to secure and maintain Boasting to men to be fully wise Reflects not what wisdom’s about Only to lead to self destruction Living a fruitless life creating doubt Wisdom received by pleading of faith A blessing we all can express with care Peaceful gentle, and easy to entreat Producing fruits of righteousness Every good work from a humble heart Without envy, confusion or strife Are the results of purity obtained By heavenly wisdom guiding your life.

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APOSTOLIC ABUNDANT LIFE APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL: P.O. Box 127, Rev. James H. Stephenson, 598-6609. APOSTOLIC REVIVAL TABERNACLE U.P.C.: Hwy. 96 N., Dathan Triplett, Pastor., 598-7156. MT. ZION APOSTOLIC: Mt. Gillion Community on Timpson Hwy; Minister Kevin Dones, 248-2133 ASSEMBLY OF GOD NEW LIFE CHURCH: 718 Hurst St., Steve Noble, Min., 598-3286. BAPTIST ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: 1472 F.M. 2608, Center BENNETT CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Shelbyville - W. C. Martin, Min., 368-7195, 368-2412. BETHLEHEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Rt 1 Box 54, Joaquin, Mike Oliver, Pastor, 598-2376. BLOUNT CHAPEL: Airport Rd. Center, Charles Pier, Pastor, 598-5362. BRIGHT MORNING STAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 622 Neuville, Luaan Tatum, Min., 598-4560. CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH (IND): 1005 Logansport St., Center, TX - Danny Dodson, Pastor, 598-3642, 598-2815. CLEVER CREEK BAPTIST: Clever Creek Comm., FM 417 W, Bro. Jerry Hopkins, Pastor 598-6626. CORINTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 3763 FM 1970 N., Timpson, Tom LeBreton, pastor, 254-2229 EAST HAMILTON BAPTIST: East Hamilton Comm., Rev. Alvin Brinson, 3682255. EAST LIBERTY MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Off FM 139W, Pastor Bro. Curtis Archie, 598-9831. EPHESUS BAPTIST: Hwy. 87 S, Shelbyville, Ronnie Wheeler, Pastor. FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST: Joaquin, Mike Fodge, Pastor, 269-3132. FIRST BAPTIST CENTER: 117 Cora, Center, Michael Hale, Pastor, 5985605. FIRST BAPTIST HASLAM, Joaquin, Jody Hooper, Pastor, 269-3587. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Joaquin Paul Silvey, pastor, 269-3954. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SHELBYVILLE: HWY. 87S, Top of Hill - Shelbyville, Rob Merriman, Pastor, 598-7348. FIRST BAPTIST OF TIMPSON: 312 N. Second St., Timpson, Josh Walters, Pastor, 254-2220. HAWTHORNE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: FM 1279, Shelbyville, Larry Chandler, Pastor, 598-4478 HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH: Hwy. 87 at Loop 500 - Marlin Freeman, Min. 598-8098. HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH: 901 Southview Circle - Gordon Vaughn, Pastor 598-2704. JACKSON MISSIONARY: Joaquin, TX. - David Long, Pastor. 269-3370. LOGANSPORT MISSIONARY BAPTIST: P.0. 282 Joaquin, 1 block past railroad in Logansport - Joe Walker, Pastor, 590-0836. LONE CEDAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: CR 3082, Joaquin, Hiram Melton, Pastor, 248-2163. LONE STAR BAPTIST: Carl Smith, Pastor, Shelbyville Hwy. 87, 598-5396. LYDIA BAPTIST: Huxley, FM 139 Pastor Wes Hall, Michael & Gina Cary, Youth Pastor, 368-2462. MESSIAH BAPTIST CHURCH: 460 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Pastor Lee Ray Best, 254-3702. MT. CALVARY FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 417 E. off Hwy. 87 S., Shelbyville, Pastor, Don Windham, (936) 591-0238. MT. GILLION BAPTIST: Hwy. 87 West of Center R. L. Cotton, Min., 598-5260. MT. OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: FM 2667 Timpson, Rev. C. Johnson, 254-8114. NEUVILLE BAPTIST: Neuville Community, Pastor Larry Byrd OAKLAND MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 26516 FM 139, Shelbyville. OLD SALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 8612 FM 711, FM 711 to CR 1297, Center, Pastor Bro. Charles Williams, 903-871-2759 PINE RIDGE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 2657 CR 3000, Joaquin, Pastor Mark Woolf, 269-4429. PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST: Hwy. 96 N., Center, Rev. David P. Mitchell., 5910318. PLEASANT HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Huxley, Bro. Bobby Warr, 368-2641. RAMAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 84 E., Tenaha, Keith Keele, Pastor, (409) 248-6432. SMYRNA MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Huxley, Joseph Pemberton, Min., 3682458. SPANN’S CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST: CR 1015 @ Hwy 96 & CR 1021, Center; Donald Noble, Pastor. ST. JOHN BAPTIST: Africa Rd., Eddie Land, Min., 598-4769. ST. PAUL’S MISSIONARY: Hopkins St., Pastor Freddie Wilson, 598-2340. TOLEDO BEND BAPTIST: FM 3172, Huxley, Bro. Jack Forbis, 936-3682798 (church 368-7252) WALLACE CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 109 S. Marcus St., Timpson, Rev. Derrick Rhodes, 254-4262. WEST HAMILTON MISSIONARY BAPTIST: CR 2799, Shelbyville, Calvan Handcock, Pastor WHITE ROCK MISSIONARY BAPTIST: One mile W. of Aiken, 598-7729, Keith Rose, Pastor. CATHOLIC ST. TIMOTHY’S ANGLICAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL: 1146 Patroon Rd., San Augustine, Rev. D. Presley Hutchens, 409-275-9453 ST. THERESE CATHOLIC: Upper Arcadia Rd., Pastor: Father M. Jayaraj, 5988458. CHRISTIAN CENTER CHRISTIAN: Timpson Hwy, Sam Wheeler, Pastor, 598-2645.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST: 124 Cora, Aubie McSwain, Pastor, 598-3512. FIRST CHRISTIAN, TIMPSON: Rex Humphreys, Min., 254-3389. WOODLAND CHRISTIAN: Timpson, TX, Jon Forrest, Min., 254-2756. CHURCH OF CHRIST CHURCH OF CHRIST: 110 Hurst St., Tim Perkins, Min., 598-2945. JAMES CHURCH OF CHRIST: James Comm., 598-3081. CHURCH OF CHRIST: 3216 Loop 500 E., Center, Larry Howard, Min., 5989915. MARTINSVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST: Hwy 95 behind school, William Eddins, Pastor, 598-4423. PALESTINE CHURCH OF CHRIST: Palestine Comm., Shelbyville, Mike Gibson, preacher, 598-4016. MT. PLEASANT CHURCH OF CHRIST: So. Jericho - H. B. Bounds, Min., 5984553. NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST: Tenaha Hwy. - George Parsley, Min., 5908452. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST CLAYTON TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST: Blue Bell Rd., Timpson, Elder marvin Jackson I,. 936-254-9898 LILLY OF THE VALLEY CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST: Greer St. - C. Williams, Min., 598-9989. EPISCOPAL ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL: 1063 Southview Circle (Hwy 96S), 598-4101. FULL GOSPEL CENTER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Tenaha Hwy., Don C. Murphree, Min., 598-7781. HOUSE OF REFUGE MINISTRIES: 210 Church St., Center, Bishop William E. Nash, 591-8941 IGLESIA CENTRO CRISTIANO CRISTIANO: Hwy 96N., Pedro Carbajal, Min, 598-2525. METHODIST CAMPTI METHODIST: Off FM 414, Campti Community, 598-2062, Bro. Ozay Ford, 598-3773. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: Timpson, Carla Reed, Pastor. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: 211 Porter, Center, 598-2707, Joel McMahon, Pastor. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: Tenaha, Pastor Carla Reed, 634-2246. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: Falkville Road, Joaquin, Pastor Randy Smith, 269-3661. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: NEW HOPE CONG.: Rt. 2, Center, Tx., Kenneth Verner, Min., 598-9253. SHELBYVILLE AND SHORT UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES: 252 FM 417 W., Rev. Carmen Rickel, 598-7388 ST. MARK’S METHODIST: Hurst St. at Arcadia, Pastor O. Ford, 598-3773. PAXTON UNITED METHODIST: Hwy 84, Pastor Randy Smith, 269-3661. (Hispanic Service), Pastor Carmelo Dominguez. OLD SHADY GROVE METHODIST CHURCH: Timpson, Hwy., Pastor W. T. Permenter, 598-4704. NAZARENE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Hurst St., Rev. James Higginbotham, 5983785. PENTECOSTAL CAMPTI PENTECOSTAL: FM 414, Travis L. Hughes, Min., 598-3950; 5986282. FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF JOAQUIN: Hwy. 7, Rev. Bruce Kunkel, 269-4245. FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST: Folsom Chapel Rd., M.D. Lamon, Min., 598-4276. NEW JERUSELUM PENTECOSTAL HEALING & DELIVERY MINISTRY: 607 Greer St., Center, Pastor Eva Johnson, 598-6175. TRIUMPH FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: New Harmony, Huxley, Bishop Roosevelt Swindle, 368-2938. SARDIS PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: FM 414, Pastor Todd Jenkins, 5984628, Parsonage 591-9979. TIMPSON UNITED PENTECOSTAL: Timpson - Pastor Rev. Shane Clifton 2549119. UNITED PENTECOSTAL: 1229 Southview Circle, San Augustine Hwy., 5983646. PRESBYTERIAN MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN: 205 E. Livingston, San Augustine, 275-2546. NON-DENOMINATIONAL CENTER BIBLE FELLOWSHIP: 925 Tenaha St., Center, D. E. “Pete” Williams, 591-0656 FULL GOSPEL LIGHTHOUSE: 6932 State Hwy 147, Pastor Carolyn Odom, 598-4264 MCCLELLAND CHURCH: CR 465, Center, Pastor Chris Collins, 598-4977. WORD OF FAITH OUTREACH CENTER: Joaquin, Chris Welch, Pastor, 2694133. LIGHTHOUSE: Loop 157, Tenaha, TX – A. G. Odom, Pastor, 409/248-3594. THE CALLED OUT CHURCH: 270 North Hwy 96 E., P.O. Box 1324, Center, Pastor, Earl Chessher, Sr., 598-2333. VICTORY BIBLE CHURCH: 305 Timpson St. Daryl McSwain, Pastor, 5988997. INTERDENOMINATIONAL NSPIRATIONAL TEMPLE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE CENTRE: 357 Jacob St., Timpson, Apostle Clifton Mergerson, 936-254-9295. CME MT. ZION METHODIST: Neuville St., Rev. Johnny L. Wilson, Sr., pastor, 598-8393/4059. ST. MARK CME: Strong Community, Shelbyville, Rev. Larry Jackson, 598-7650

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Water, roads and constitutional amendments were the repeated topics at Thursday’s Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) board meeting in Woodville. Guest speaker, State Representative, James White, talked on behalf of Constitutional Amendment Number 6 on the November election ballot. It calls for a method of funding the state water development plan. The legislature had approved the statewide water development plan in previous sessions, but did not fund it. With the issue brought to the forefront by the drought, the proposed constitutional amendment diverts state rainy day funds for the use of the Texas Water Development Board. Representative White also reviewed the vehicle weight bill passed by the legislature. The new legislation was prompted by weight issues with the old regulations affect-

State Representative, James White , speaks on the proposed constitutional amendment funding the Texas Water Plan. Shown are DETCOG President, Wes Suiter (from left), Representative White, DETCOG First Vice President, Roy Boldon, DETCOG Second Vice President, Martin Nash and DETCOG Secretary, Leroy Hughes. ing logging and gas well servicing trucks in Deep East Texas. With changes in axel, total vehicle weights and permitting processes it sought a compromise between the truckers and the people that build and maintain the roads. The President of the Deep East Texas Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Nacogdoches

City Manager, Jim Jeffers, also addressed the DETCOG Board. He spoke in support of the proposed constitutional amendments that would place money from the state’s reserve fund into the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) budget. Saying the available $1.2 Billion brought in by the vehicle fuels tax was not even sufficient to maintain the current

Cents htm. 2. A SWIFT water plan Texas has been named the top U.S. state in which to do business by various groups over the past few years. A gap begins to form between the amount of resources available and the projected demand for water as more and more people are moving to Texas for jobs and new businesses. If passed, Proposition 6 will create the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and two billion dollars will be transferred from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to SWIFT to finance projects in the State Water Plan. SWIFT will help to put an emphasis on conservation, reuse

and rural projects in the hope that we can continue our legacy of being one of the strongest state economies in the U.S.

their surviving spouse. These two propositions are a way that we as a state can honor and recognize the sacrifices of these brave men and women and their families.

3. Proposition 1 and 4 Two amendments that will be presented to the voters in November involve property tax exemptions related to military service. If passed, Proposition 1 would allow the surviving spouse of a U.S. armed service member, who was killed in action, to be exempt from paying local property taxes for all or part of the market value of their home. Proposition 4 would provide a property tax exemption on a home that was donated by a charitable organization to a partially or fully disabled veteran or

4. Have your photo ready Voters will be required to show photo identification when they go to the polls beginning with early voting on October 21st. With the exception of a U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before it is presented at a polling location. Voters can use IDs that do not match the name on their voter registration exactly, but they will be required to sign an affidavit stating they are the same

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person. Some of the approved forms of identification include: • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph •United States passport Any voter who is over the age of 65 and those with a disability may vote by mail and are not required to have a photo ID. If you have not registered to vote or have questions about your registration, I encourage you to go to www. or call 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) before the October 7th deadline.


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5. Friday Night Lights Fall and the familiar glow of stadium lights at your local high school on a Friday night seem to go hand in hand. With 102 school districts in Senate District 3, we are lucky to have many teams to cheer for in the upcoming weeks. Did you know that since 2000 the high school football teams in East Texas have won a cumulative 10 state championships, spanning over all divisions? I look forward to seeing more championships brought home to East Texas and I encourage you to get out and support our students at their next sporting event.


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Public Records Abbreviation Key AA/DW – Aggravated assault with deadly weapon; BOH - Burglary of a habitation; CBI – Causing bodily injury; DUI – Driving under the influence; DWLS – Driving with license suspended; DWLI – Driving While License Invalid; FTA – Failure to appear; FTMFR – Fail to maintain financial responsibility; MIPA – Minor in possession of alcohol: NDL – No drivers license; NI – No insurance; PI – Public Intoxication; POCS – Possession of a controlled substance; PODD – Possession of dangerous drug; POM – Possession of marijuana; PODP – Possession of drug paraphernalia; PSCF – Prohibited substance in correctional facility; TBC—Theft by check; UCW – Unlawful carrying weapon; UUMV – Unlawful use of motor vehicle; VOP – Violation of probation. Police Tristian Cole Reynolds, 23, Center, 9/19, evading arrest w/vehicle, obstruct retaliation threat, harassment, expired license plate, expired inspection. Rakiffany S. Barnes, 34, Center, 9/20, 2 capias pro fine warrants, laid out one day - paid fine - released, 9/21. Ashley Nicole Malone, 29, Center, 9/20, criminal trespass, theft, transfer to County, 9/20. Lakeoka Yarbrough, 40, Center, 9/20, POM, POCS, transfer to County, 9/20. Marcus Yarbrough, 40, Center, 9/20, POM, POCS, transfer to County, 9/20. Crowin Oneal Suell, 20, Center, 9/20, capias pro fine warrant. Skyla Breanne Richardson, 17, capias pro fine warrant, time served, 9/23. Mack Hamilton, 43,

Center, 9/21, theft, transfer to County, 9/22. Carlos Montez Roland, 30, Center, 9/21, PI, time served, 9/23. Robert McDonald, 55, Center, 9/21, PI, paid out, 9/22. Robert Lee Glazier, 48, Timpson, 9/22, 4 warrants - NI, DWLI, fail to drive in single lane, FTA, paid out, 9/22. Kadciro Tibbs, 27, Tenaha, 9/24, POM, prohibited weapon, transfer to County, 9/25. Jasmine Gray, 22, Tenaha, 9/24, POM, transfer to County, 9/25. Jose Fransisco Valdez, 18, Center, 9/25, 2 warrants - assault F/V, terroristic threat, transfer to County, 9/25. Vincent Edward Moody, 48, Center, 9/25, evading arrest, resist arrest, attempt to take weapon from officer-2, cause bodily injury to officer, warrant - VOP. Lonnie Ray Patton, 54, Center, 9/25, PI, consume alcohol in public. Otis Oneal Roland, 32, Center, 9/25, loitering. SHERIFF Ashley Nicole Malone, 29, Center, 9/20, criminal trespass, theft, bonds, 9/20. Lakeoka Yarbrough, 40, Center, 9/19, POM, POCS, PR bonds, 9/20. Marcus Yarbrough, 37, Center, 9/19, POM, POCS, PR bonds, 9/20. Dennis Wayne Johnson, 41, Timpson, 9/20, PI, 10 days to pay fine, 9/21. Blandell Suell, 53, Center, 9/21, POCS. Tristian Reynolds, 23, Center, 9/21, evading arrest w/vehicle, obstruction/retaliation, harassment, warrant - VOP. Kurt Borens, 49, Tenaha, 9/21, DWI, bond,

DETCOG of Alexander, Lankford and Hiers of Lufkin’s bid of $46,600.00 to perform the annual independent audit for DETCOG. The board also approved 2 private sector loans under the Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Forgivable Loan Program. The Shelby County loan was for

son, 23, Center, 9/24, warrant - VOP. Randall Dean Davis, 56, Garrison, 9/24, warrant - VOP. Robert Smith, 37, San Augustine, 9/24, 3 warrants - killed deer out of season-2, hunting

without valid license. Jose Fransisco Valdez, 18, Center, 9/25, assault - F/V, terroristic threat, bonds, 9/25. Randy Lynn Fountain, 47, Center, 9/25, warrant - terroristic threat, bond, 9/25.


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The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a grand opening ribbon cutting for Edward Jones Investments on The Little Fox Marketplace held their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. hosted by the Shelby County Tuesday, Sept. 24 at there new location at 403 Nacogdoches Street in Center. The event was also in recognition of the three year Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The Little Fox Marketplace houses booths which showcase one-of-a-kind and handcrafted items from local vendors. The Little Fox Marketplace also offers classes for arts, crafts, sewing, crocheting, and more. anniversary of the business.

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Shelby Savings Bank empowers Center High School students through EverFi program Submitted by Anna Lee, Shelby Savings Bank

Shelby Savings Bank today announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to Center High School students by providing them with access to the EverFi - Financial Literacy learning platform. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptivepathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. Shelby Savings Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to these high school students at no cost to the school. “As we battle to overcome one of the worst economic crisis in generations, it is more important than ever to arm young people with skills to

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Anna Lee and Jim Sawyer, representing Shelby Savings Bank, attended Tracy Adair’s class at Center ISD. Lee is seen visiting with students in the class. navigate an increasingly complex financial system,” said Will Lucas, President of Shelby Savings Bank. “We are very excited to offer our local students an innovative education-

al experience that uses the tools that they love – digital learning and gaming – to teach this important topic.” EverFi’s 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of program-

ming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes. Shelby Savings Bank is locally owned and based out of Center, Texas. It has two locations in Center, as well as, locations in San Augustine and Hemphill. As a hometown bank who believes in East Texas, they love giving back to the communities that got them to where they are. They pride themselves in being the best they can be by providing their customers with quality service and their community with friendly support.

Meeting minutes of the Center ISD board of trustees Submitted by Dr. James Hockenberry, CISD Superintendent

The following are the minutes of two called meeting of the board of trustees of the Center Independent School District for Sept. 11 and Sept. 12. A Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 12:00 noon in the Center Elementary School Roughrider Dr. Center, TX 75935. 1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum Dr. Golden called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. Present: Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Deborah Chadwick, Stephen Shires, Jim Sawyer, Dan Wilkins, Sharon Nelson, Deputy Superintendent Rayford Copelin, Assistant

Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Tammy Lemoine, and Superintendent James Hockenberry Absent: None Visitor(s): Campus and District Administrators 2. CES Student Skit Rachel Miller, Elementary School Principal welcomed the audience. Inez Hughes, Fine Arts and Gifted and Talented Teacher introduced her 3rd grade gifted and talented students. The students then performed a plat titled The King That Could Not Sing. The skit was complimented by thematic floral arrangements and place mats created by the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade gifted and talented students. 3. “Ted Talks” Video Presentation and Discussion

A “Ted Talks” video was presented and discussed. A second video was shown and discussed that emphasized and demonstrated the importance of male role models in students lives. 4. Systemic Discussions and Planning None 5. Adjournment A motion was made by Dan Wilkins, seconded by Jim Sawyer to adjourn the meeting at 1 p.m. The motion carried 7-0. A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD was held Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Center ISD Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935. 1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish

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a Quorum Dr. Golden called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present: Dixon Golden, Stephen Shires, Jim Sawyer, Sharon Nelson, Dan Wilkins, Deputy Superintendent Ray-

ford Copelin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Tammy Lemoine, Director of Finance and Business Operations Betty McDaniel, and Superintendent James Hockenberry

Absent: Deborah Chadwick and Ortega Cartwright Visitor(s): John Flud of Schneider Electric. 2. Invocation and I See CISD Page 3B


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Timpson ISD: Teacher spotlight Submitted by Mid Johnson, Timpson ISD Superintendent

Kendra Welch is in her first year as Timpson Middle School sixth grade English teacher. She is also

coaching middle school volleyball, basketball and track. Most of Mrs. Welch’s day is spent teaching six periods of English to sixth graders. She a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State

University and is certified to teach grades 4-8. Her personal experience as a student and athlete in high school where she played softball, basketball, tennis and golf and her ex-

perience as a college softball player greatly enhances her ability to coach and to build relationships with her students and athletes. Mrs. Welch has the ability to easily build

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and will do whatever it takes to help them reach their maximum potential, whether it is in the classroom or the athletic playing field. Most of all Mrs. Welch wants her students to know that she cares and believes in them.

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Timpson students Meet at the Pole

Submitted by Michele Whiddon, Shelbyville ISD

Shelbyville High School proudly announces the members of this year’s Homecoming Court. Pictured here (front row, from left) are Submitted by Mid Johnson, Timpson ISD Superintendent the three senior Homecoming Queen candidates: Emma Walker, Josie Fuller, and Sierra Redmond; (back row from left) freshman duchesses Savannah Smith and Kennedey Parker; sophomore duchesses Christasha Johnson and Jabria Jenkins, and junior duch- Over 100 Timpson ISD students joined students around the world at the annual Meet You a the Pole for prayer, scripture reading, esses Ali Baty and Savannah Talbert. Shelbyville’s homecoming game will be held against West Sabine on Oct. 11. The homecoming music, singing and worship during the early morning before school started Wednesday, Sept. 25. This was a student led event. We appreciate the support our students showed through their attendance for this important event. ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., and the game will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Silver Keys Trio to perform tour program Submitted by SFA News, Stephen F. Austin State University

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the Silver Keys Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as a feature of the 2013-2014 Cole Performing Arts Series. The trio includes School of Music faculty Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Working together at

SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to trio member Guenther. The pieces to be performed are “Kalamus” by award-winning composer Dana Wilson, “Air for Bassoon and Piano” by Alec Wilder, “Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano” by Chick Corea, “All the Words to All the Songs” by Dan Welcher and “Retrofugue” by cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer. Guenther plays regularly with the Shreveport, La., Longview, Marshall and Texar-

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The Silver Keys Trio features, from left, Christina Guenther, flute; Geneva Fung, piano; and Susan Nelson, bassoon. kana, Ark., symphony orchestras. She has per formed/presented at the festivals/conferences of the National Flute Association, the Florida Flute Association, the Mid-South Flute Society, the Society of Composers, Inc.,

the Classical Music Society, the Texas Music Educators Association, and at the Flute Society of Kentucky as winner of the Young Artist and Concerto Competitions. A native of Hong Kong, Fung is an active soloist, chamber

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musician and accompanist in Hong Kong and the United States. In frequent demand as a collaborative pianist, she has performed in numerous vocal and instrumental recitals and master classes. At SFA, Fung serves as accompanist for choral union, opera productions, student recitals, competitions, auditions and master classes. Nelson has performed with the annual Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, as well as the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony

Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and the Helena Symphony. She has received the top award at the Midwest Double Reed Society Young Artists Competition, was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition, a finalist in the Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto competition, and won third place in the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts competition. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

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SHELBYVILLE ISD All schools: Choice of breakfast entrée or assorted cereal, juice or fruit, 1% milk or fat-free chocolate milk Elementary: Choice of traditional menu or pizza or sub sandwich daily High School: • Line A – Traditional menu; • Line B – Served daily: Baked potato w/fixins, or deli sub w/chips, or

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CISD Pledge of Allegiance Dan Wilkins gave the invocation and Stephen Shires led the Pledge of Allegiance. 3. Public Comments/Audience Participation None. 4. Consent Agenda A motion was made by Stephen Shires, seconded by Jim Sawyer to approve the consent agenda consisting of the following items: A. Minutes of August 15, 2013 (regular meeting) and August 30, 2013 (called meeting). B. Investment Report. C. Tax Office Report.

I From Page 1B D. Monthly Financial Statement. E. Amendments to the Budget. F. Overnight Student Activity Trips CHS FFA – Texas State Fair Broiler Show, Dallas, Texas – 2 students leaving on 10-32013 and returning on Oct. 4, Brittany Hall, Sponsor. CHS FFA – Texas State Fair Floral Design Competition, Dallas, Texas – 2 students leaving on Oct. 18 and returning on Oct. 19, Shana Brittain, Sponsor. CHS UIL – Student Congress at the State Capital Building, Austin, Texas – 10 students leaving on Dec. 4, and

returning on Dec. 6, Doug Moore, Sponsor. CHS UIL – National Forensic League District Tournament, Cleburne, Texas – 10 students leaving on Feb. 12, 2014 and returning on Feb. 15, 2014, Doug Moore, Sponsor. CHS UIL – State CX Debate Contest, Austin, Texas – 6 students leaving on Mar. 9, 2014 and returning on Mar. 11, 2014, Doug Moore, Sponsor. CHS UIL – Regional Academic Tournament, Brenham, Texas – 35 students leaving on May 2, 2014 and returning on May 3, 2014, Doug Moore, Sponsor. CHS UIL – State

Academic Tournament, Austin, Texas – approximately 8 students leaving on May 18, 2014 and returning on May 21, 2018, Doug Moore, Sponsor. The motion carried 5-0. 5. Accounts Payable A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Dan Wilkins to approve the accounts payable. The motion carried 5-0. 6. Consideration to Retain Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. for Special Education Legal Ser vices for the 2013-14 School

Year A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Stephen Shires to retain Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green and Trevino, P.C. for Special Education Legal Services for the 2013-14 School Year. The motion carried 5-0. 7. District Employees and Officers A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Dan Wilkins to approve the District Employees and Officers as recommended by the Superintendent and listed below. A. Leave(s) of Absence

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B. Resignation of Personnel None. C. Employment of Personnel None. D. Employment of Substitute Teacher(s) None. The motion carried 5-0. 8. Adjournment A motion was made by Dan Wilkins, seconded by Jim Sawyer to adjourn the meeting at 6:02 p.m. The motion carried 5-0.

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Scenes from the 2013 East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade

Katie Miller / The Light and Champion Katie Miller / The Light and Champion The Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Ambassadors walked along the parade route at the forefront of the parade line up. The Little Fox Marketplace won first place in the 2013 East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade.

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Farmers State Bank employees are pictured preparing for their Duck Dynasty theme float.

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Members of VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary sported the slogan “Who dat chicken? Not us” on their float this year.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans member, Roger Doyle, poses in front of their float in full Confederate Army garb.

East Texas Poultry Festival Pageant candidate Kylee Windham was accompanied by her baby sister on her float.

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Shelby County Cruiser, Marvin Ray Bennefield, shows off his Ford Mustang in the parade.

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East Texas Poultry Festival Pageant candidate Taylor Clark had help from the escorts of her ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ float.

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The Lawn Chair Brigade presented quirky performances as usual.

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Parade goer, Levi Greer, examines the stash of candy he has collected in his dad’s baseball cap.

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Poultry Festival Pageant candidate Ali Baty is pictured on her float in the parade Wednesday. Katie Miller / The Light and Champion

Children of the East Texas Poultry Festival Pageant Court, Laura Ann Scull, Hallie Merriman and Deakon Kay, passed out candy dressed in their Poultry Festival t-shirts.

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Mayor David Chadwick rode on an antique fire truck throwing out candy during the Doo Dah Parade Wednesday afternoon.

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2013 Miss Shelby County Cover Girl, Rachel Risinger, made her appearance in the parade.

East Texas Poultry Festival Pageant candidate Jessica Alexander rides atop an ACE EMS ambulance in the Doo Dah Parade.

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Scenes from the 2013 East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest

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Cheynne Byrnes, 12. won first place in the youth division off the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest. Her winning entree was Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Pepper Jack Cheese and Spinach. Byrnes (right) is seen receiving her award presented by Jerry Powell (left), representing Tyson.

Madalyn Jones (left) was the recipient of the Best Dressed Table award during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Presenting her with the award was Vickie Warren.

Sarah Lee received third place for her Chicken and Dressing during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Lee (pictured) is seen holding her third place ribbon.

Sheila Burch received second place in the women’s division during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Her dish was a Three Cheese Chicken Florentine. Burch is seen receiving her award presented by Jerry Powell (not pictured), representing Tyson.

David Koonce received third place with his Barbecue Chicken during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest. The event was held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 following the Do Dah parade.

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The People’s Choice award was presented to Maxie Chumley during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Chumley (left) was presented her award by Vickie Warren (right).

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Will Lucas with Shelby Savings Bank received second place with his Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs in the men’s division during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Lucas is seen (from left) with Anna Lee holding Jacie Lee, and Lisa Alvis.

Ashley Newton won first place with her Boudain Stuffed Jalapeno in a Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon during the women’s division of the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Newton (left) is seen receiving her first place award from Jerry Powell (right), representing Tyson.

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Haley Hooks, 8, won third place Cheynne Byrnes, 12, won first place in the youth division of the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Her entree was Cheeseball Goblin. Hooks (pictured) is seen receiving her award at the end of the competition.

Nathan Phelps (right) and Cody Barton (left) won first place in the men’s division with their Chicken Enchilada Dip during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Children and adults alike enjoyed chicken prepared in many different ways during the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest held on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Emillee Elliott, 9, won second place in the youth division of the East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest. Her second place entree was Chicken Lynn. Elliott (left) is seen receiving her second place ribbon presented by Jerry Powell (right), representing Tyson.


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Bermuda grass stem maggot found in East Texas ‘Stealthy’ pest damages inside of stems – not outside By Robert Burns, AgriLife Today

The presence of a new Bermuda grass pest has been confirmed in Van Zandt County, and producers are advised to be on the lookout, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Unlike other insects that attack plants from the outside, the Bermuda grass stem maggot damages them from inside, according to Dr. Vanessa CorriherOlson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. “Basically, they consume material inside the stem, unlike armyworms or grasshoppers, where the damage is external,” she said. Corriher-Olson did her graduate work in Georgia, where the pest has had a presence since 2010, and she is familiar with the damage it does. The Van Zandt field is the first confirmed instance of the pest in Texas. She said the pest is native to southern Asia, common from Japan to Pakistan. Somehow it made its way to the U.S., where it was found in three Georgia counties. “It’s relatively new to the U.S., and very little is known about its life cycle yet,” CorriherOlson said. “It is not yet known how damaging this insect will be in Texas,” said Dr. Allen Knutson,

Photo by Dr. Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage Extension specialist

Bermuda grass stem maggot infestation begins when the adult fly lays its eggs on Photo by Dr. Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage Extension specialist a stem near a node, according to Dr. Allen Knutson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Dallas. Damage done by the infestation begins when the adult fly lays its eggs stem nodes. The damage looks similar to what one might see from a light frost, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton. the AgriLife Extension entomologist at Dallas who confirmed the identity of larva found in a Van Zandt County field of irrigated Bermuda grass this summer. What is known is infestation begins when the adult fly lays its eggs on a Bermuda grass stem near a node, Knutson said. The larvae, which grow to be about an eighth-inch long, look like a pale yellow maggot. They burrow into the Bermuda grass shoot to feed. This feeding causes the top two to three leaves to wither and die. Cutting open the stem just below these dead leaves will reveal the maggot and the brownish feeding site on the stem. The adult flies may

go unnoticed; they are small with dark eyes, Knutson said. The early stages of an infestation may go unnoticed too, Corriher-Olson added. “People are not going to realize they have the pest until they see the damage,” she said. “It looks similar to what you might see from a light frost. Stem tops are whitish or lighter in color than unaffected plants. Only the top parts of the shoots are damaged. The lower leaves on the shoot remain green. The leaves above the feeding site wither and die.” To further complicate identification, the larva may have already developed into flies and left the plant


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before their damage is apparent, CorriherOlson said. And there may be several generations each summer. The fly’s life cycle is usually about three weeks, but it can be as short as 12 days. Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station, noted unconfirmed reports of the Bermuda grass stem maggot have been coming to his office since last year. “We had a call from a producer in Waller County during 2012, which was the first one I know of,” he said. “Additionally, we have had a report of what appears to be stem maggot damage in Comanche County this year.” The amount of yield reduction seems to depend upon growing conditions, CorriherOlson noted. “Typically, damage is more likely to be found in a hay meadow, not in a grazed field, because the flies won’t have time to complete their life cycle,” she said. Management strategies depend upon how near the hay crop is to harvest when the damage is identified, Corriher-Olson said. “If damage is found within one week of harvest, the recommendation from Georgia is to harvest as soon as possible,” she said. “The longer they wait, the

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Bermuda grass stem larvae are yellow and less than an eighth inch long. more likely the damage will spread, and there will be further reduction in yields.” If the pest and its damage are confirmed one to three weeks after the previous harvest, the recommendation is to cut the damaged areas, bale the damaged grass, and remove it from the fields, Corriher-Olson said. “The only threat posed by leaving the hay in the field is that it’ll compete with any attempts of the plant to regrow, therefore decreasing the yield of the next cutting. Leaving the hay in the field does not increase infestation,” she said. “It’s unlikely that the damaged areas will contribute significantly to yields during the next harvest.” The pest can also be controlled with foliar applications of several

inexpensive insecticides, Knutson said. Current recommendations are to treat after a cutting if damage levels are high. However, economic thresholds for treatment in Texas have not yet been established, he said. All three AgriLife Extension specialists recommend producers who suspect they have an infestation contact the AgriLife Extension agent in their county to confirm they have the pest before treating or using other control measures. Contact information for all offices may be found at . They may also contact Corriher-Olson at 903-834-6191, vacor riher@ag.tamu. edu“>vacor riher@

Still time to register for the 2013 Show Star Series Oct. 19-20 event promises fun for youth By Robert Burns, AgriLife Today

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Photo by Dr. Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia forage Extension specialist

There’s still time to register and prepare for the 2013 Show Star Series, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents. Set Oct. 19-20 at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, the event is designed for novice/ beginner livestock exhibitors, 4-H and FFA, regardless of age, said Lane Dunn, AgriLife Extension agent for Shelby County and one of the program planners. Young livestock enthusiasts will have a lot of fun at the two-day event, Dunn said, but the main purpose is to accelerate the learning process and save their

parents or guardians a lot of money along the way. “Showing livestock can be an expensive venture, especially if you have to learn things the hard way, by mistakes,” said Aaron Low, AgriLife Extension agent for Cherokee County and another program planner. “We want to get them started off on the right foot without it costing them an arm and a leg.” Registration is $30 for the first exhibitor of a family if paid by Oct. 11. The fee for siblings and parents is $20. After Oct. 11, the exhibitor fee will be $50 and siblings and parents will be $30 each. The fees cover everything, I See STAR Page 7B

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Payton Ramsey waits for instruction in the show ring at the 2012 East Texas Show Star Series. This year’s series will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center.


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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns

Lane Dunn, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Shelby County, instructs a young exhibitor on the proper way to hold a halter and present an animal at the 2012 East Texas Show Star Series. including lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, and the use of stalls and lighted outdoor corrals. To register, go to the event’s official webpage at http://etsss. , download the flyer and mail it to the AgriLife Extension office in either Cherokee County or Nacogdoches County. A detailed program flier can be found at the site as well. Contact information for all offices may be found at http:// “No one is making any money with these fees,” said Jamie Sugg, AgriLife Extension agent for Nacogdoches County and another program planner. “We’re just trying to recover speaker fees and other costs.” Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct 19. The program will start with a presentation by Dr. Billy Zanolini, AgriLife Extension 4-H

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and youth development specialist, College Station, who will speak on how to be an advocate of agriculture through livestock shows, Dunn said. At 10 a.m. the programming will split into two clinics — beef showmanship and sheep and goats showmanship. The beef showmanship clinic will have two concurrent sessions in the morning. Session No. 1 will be on showmanship, conducted by Jo Smith and Rick Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agents for Houston and Henderson counties, respectively. Session No. 2 will be on feeds, proper nutritional management and selecting structurally sound animals, conducted Jason Hendricks of Stanley Feed, Centerville; Craig Foster with 3F Cattle Service, Wylie; and Dunn. The sessions will re-

peat after lunch so exhibitors can attend one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, Dunn said. The sheep and goats showmanship clinic will also begin at 10 a.m. and split into two concurrent sessions. Session No. 1 will be on showmanship, conducted by Conner Newsom of Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassadors. Session No. 2 will be on daily management and show day preparations, conducted by Zanolini. The afternoon sheep and goats sessions will be on questions about joint problems and a demonstration of goat clipping. At 4 p.m. the showmanship contests will begin, with critiques and in-the-ring instruction by AgriLife Extension agents on everything from how to enter the ring, hold the halter and present the animal, Dunn said. On Oct. 20, the day

will begin at 8 a.m. with a cowboy church service, followed by the show at 9 a.m. The show will conclude when judges are finished – there’s no set time, Dunn said. The expo facility includes a 78,000-squarefoot arena, covered stalls and more than 60 recreational-vehicle hook-ups, as well as shower facilities in four of the restrooms. Contestants will have to pay for the RV spaces and hookups if they use them, and go through the Expo center to do so, Dunn noted. “Every youth attend-

ing this event will leave with a wealth of education,” he said. “They will also be rewarded

with prizes and items they can use in the development of their livestock projects.”

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Significant choice, lower premiums available in the new Health Insurance Marketplace Submitted by HHS Office of Public Affairs

A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that in state after state, consumers will see increased competition in the Health Insurance Marketplace, leading to new and affordable choices for consumers. According to the report, consumers will be able to choose from an average of 53 health plans in the Marketplace, and the vast majority of consumers will have a choice of at least two different health insurance companies - usually more. Premiums nationwide will also be around 16 percent lower than originally expected – with about 95 percent of eligible uninsured live in states with lower than expected premiums – before taking into account financial assistance. “We are excited to see that rates in the Marketplace are even lower than originally projected,” said Secretary Sebelius. “In the past, consumers

were too often denied or priced-out of quality health insurance options, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act consumers will be able to choose from a number of new coverage options at a price that is affordable.” In less than a week, the new Marketplace will be open for business where millions of Americans can shop for and purchase health insurance coverage in one place. Consumers will be able to find out whether they qualify for premium assistance and compare plans side-by-side based on pricing, quality and benefits. No one can be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. October 1 marks the beginning of a sixmonth long open enrollment period that runs through March 2014. Coverage begins as early as January 1, or in as little as 100 days from today. Today’s report finds that individuals in the 36 states where HHS will fully or partly run the Marketplace will have an average of 53 qualified health plan

choices. Plans in the Marketplace will be categorized as either “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze,” depending on the share of costs covered. Young adults will also have the option of purchasing a “catastrophic” plan, increasing their number of choices to 57 on average. About 95 percent of consumers will have a choice of two or more health insurance issuers, often many more. About 1 in 4 of these insurance companies is offering health plans in the individual market for the first time in 2014, a sign of healthy competition. The report also gives an overview of pricing

and the number of coverage options across the nation. It finds that the average premium nationally for the second lowest cost silver plan will be $328 before tax credits, or 16 percent below projections based off of Congressional Budget Office estimates. About 95 percent of uninsured people eligible for the Marketplace live in a state where their average premium is lower than projections. And states with the lowest premiums have more than twice the number of insurance companies offering plans than states with the highest premiums. Premium and plan

options are broken down by state where information is available. For example, the report shows that a 27year old living in Dallas who makes $25,000 per year will pay $74 per month for the lowest cost bronze plan and $139 per month for the lowest cost silver plan, taking into account tax credits. And he or she will be able to choose from among 43 qualified health plans. For a family of four in Dallas with an income of $50,000 per year, the lowest bronze plan would cost only $26 per month, taking into account tax credits. The majority (around 6 out of 10) of the people uninsured today will be able to find coverage for $100 or less per month in the Marketplace, taking into account premium tax credits and Medicaid coverage. Consumers can get help finding Marketplace coverage through a number of different resources. They can get more information through HealthCare. gov, or Consumers can participate in online web chats or call

1-800-318-2596 toll free (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to speak with trained customer service representatives, with translation services available in 150 languages. Community health centers, Navigators and other assisters are available in local communities to provide in-person help with coverage choices. Local libraries will help consumers learn about their options and hundreds of Champions for Coverage, which are public and private organizations all across the country, are helping people learn about their options and enroll in affordable coverage. To read the report on health insurance rates, visit: http://aspe. cfm. To view the data on rates released today, visit: health/repor ts/2013/ MarketplacePremiums/datasheet_home. cfm. To become a Champion for Coverage, visit: http://marketplace. champion.html.

Changes to expect when you get new health insurance METRO - Health insurance plans have grown increasingly expensive, and many employers shop around regularly in order to save money as well as keep prices affordable for their employees. This could mean that at the start of every new year, individuals have a new insurance card in their pockets and a new plan to learn. Over the last couple of years, annual increases of around 9 percent in insurance costs have been the norm. While the rate of increase going from 2011 to 2012 was lower, at about 5.5 percent, according to information from CNN Money, that is still around a 2 percent difference in the rate of inflation and salary growth. Due to these rising costs, employees are bearing more of the financial burden of paying for health insurance by paying higher deductibles and co-payments. When adapting to a new health insurance plan, people can take the following steps to make the transition easier. Health plans are largely broken down into two main

categories: HMOs and PPOs. All managed plans contract with doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories to provide services at a certain cost. Generally this group of medical providers is known as a “network.” HMOs, or health management organizations, require you receive most or all of your health care from a network provider. You also may need to select a primary care physician who oversees and manages all of your health care requirements, including approving referrals for tests or approving visits to specialists. PPOs, or preferred provider organizations, create a list of preferred providers that participants can visit. You will not need to select a primary care physician and likely won’t need referrals to visit specialists. Should you choose to stay in-network, you will pay only the co-payment required. However, you also have the option of going out of your network, and will have to pay the co-insurance, which is the balance remaining for the doctor after the PPO has paid their share.

Many plans will cover 70 to 80 percent of the out-of-network bill, and you will be responsible for the rest. HMOs are the least expensive option, but they’re typically the least flexible as well. For those who have a family doctor who is in-network and will not need to see doctors outside of the network, it is financially beneficial to go with an HMO. Those who routinely see specialists or want greater say over when and where they can go to

Educate Yourself on Your Healthcare Needs “The Affordable Care Act will affect the residents, employees and family member here at Green Acres. The best advice I can give anyone is to educate yourself on the options that will be given in the Marketplace for the medical insurance coverage. Then pick the option that fits you and your family medical needs.” Sherry Smith, Administrator.

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the doctor, a PPO is a better option. Having said this, understand the type of plan your employer is now offering. If you will be using an HMO, you may have to find an entirely new set of doctors to see and should be ready for this reality. Take note of co-payment and co-insurance changes It is generally the patient’s responsibility to know what is expected of him or her at the time of payment. Doctors take many different plans, and some prefer not to manage the terms and conditions of each and leave it up to the patient to understand the specifics. As such, you should know your co-payment requirement for tests, office visits, lab work and the like. You will be responsible for making these co-payments at the time of your visit, as many doctors no longer bill for co-payments. Failure to pay the correct amount could result in penalties or even refusal of service. Also do not assume that a provider is in-network. There may be subtleties and

subdivisions of certain insurance plans. It may seem like one doctor takes your insurance, but it may not be your particular plan. Confirm that the doctor is in-network prior to visiting to avoid any unforseen bills. Notify your doctor of new insurance Many insurance plans will start coverage at your signup or anniversary date, others may begin January 1st. Notify your healthcare provider as soon as possible as to the change in coverage. This protects you if they are behind in billing and paperwork by helping you avoid additional out-of-pocket expenses resulting from billing the wrong insurance company. Learn about annual exams A new plan may wipe the slate clean with respect to how frequently you are entitled to yearly physicals or specialized tests, such as mammograms or prostate exams. When your insurance plan changes, investigate when you are able to go for routine exams and if you will have to pay a co-payment.


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The logos are similar, so are the results Former Tenaha standout Reginald Davis having early impact on Red Raiders Submitted by Brenda Farmer

In Reginald Davis’ last performance for one school with a “double T” logo, fans saw him run up over 500 total yards in Tenaha’s 2011 State Championship win over Munday. Now, after four games of active duty with another school that sports a “double T” logo, Texas Tech first year Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders find themselves 4-0 to start the 2013 campaign. The Red Raiders have registered victories over a quartet of Texas schools. SMU, Stephen F. Austin, the TCU Horned Frogs, and the Texas State Bobcats have all found the competition with the nation’s 24th ranked program not so friendly. For Tenaha’s Redshirt Freshman standout, the learning process has led to on-field success already. In Davis’ first collegiate game against the SMU Mustangs, the Red Raiders went his way on a wide receiver screen late in the ac-

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Reginald Davis makes a catch against SMU and looks downfield. The former Tenaha quarterback is leaving big impressions with the Texas Tech Raid Raiders. tion. The first time Reginald touched the ball in college was a lot like the last time he touched it in high school. Davis

danced and darted his way through traffic and across the field for a Texas Tech touchdown. In Davis’ second

game against the SFA Lumberjacks, the Red Raiders again dialed up a play for a touchdown over the middle of the

end zone in a Texas Tech blowout win over the Lumberjacks. In each of the last two outings (including a huge

conference matchup against nationally ranked TCU), Davis has registered an early first quarter catch that he converted into a Texas Tech first down. Four games, four catches, all four for a first down, and two touchdowns. It looks like the Red Raiders are in store for some of the same theatrics and heroics that Davis with which wowed the Tenaha faithful. Davis is in his Sophomore year academically and currently holds a GPA over 3.0. The Red Raiders “redshirted” Davis as a freshman so he might have an opportunity to mature and adjust to the major college game. Davis is just one of many young Red Raiders that are contributing to the 4-0 start. Both Texas Tech quarterbacks are Freshman as well. First year head coach Kliff Kingsbury brings youth and enthusiasm to a program that may well be on the cusp of Big 12 contention. And, Tenaha’s own Reginald Davis looks like he may be a major player in that campaign.

SCBA holds final qualification event of 2013 Submitted by Jason Wells

The Shelby County Bass Anglers held the final qualification event of the 2013 year last weekend at Jackson Hill on Lake Sam Rayburn. Forty teamed anglers showed up to brave the winds that Mother Nature brought along with heavy rains. This was the final qualifying event of the 2013 season, with the Norris Askew Championship following in October for the top 15 teams. James and Phillip Crelia started of the year with a win, and also ended the year with a victory weighing 19.90 pounds anchored by the largest bass of the event at 7.35 pounds. Levi Willoughby fished solo and man-

aged to cull his weight up to the second place position with a limit weighing 16.65 pounds. He also had the second largest bass of the event with a 7.15-pound kicker. Bobby Addison and Clarence Sanderson earned the third place check with 15.30 pounds. The final big bass check was awarded to Marcus Cartwright and Tommy Land for their 5.98-pound kicker. You can visit for updated results and information about the club. The SCBA would like to thank all the anglers, as well as sponsors and donors for making it possible for another successful season.

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First place winner James Crelia shows a couple of bass out of the winning stringer. The event was the final qualification event for Shelby County Bass Anglers in 2013.

Center city softball fields ahead of schedule By Nathan Hague Sportswriter

Nathan Hague / The Light and Champion The new softball fields are coming along and are expected to be in full swing this coming December. +

The new city softball fields in Center are coming along and Sean Crouch, who oversees the Amateur Softball Association in Center, says the process is coming along even quicker than they expected. “Everything’s going above and beyond what we expected,” Crouch said. “Up until last week, we hadn’t had any weather delays or anything to slow down the process so we’ve been able to get a lot accomplished.” The crews have worked together and put up fences, light, polls, concession stands and other things that a city softball and base-

ball parks have. “We’ve still got a few more things to do,” Crouch said. “We’re going to get some sets of bleachers and hopefully the grass will establish nicely.” Crouch went on to say that they hope to have fields complete as early as two weeks. “Once the fields are complete, we want to stay off them for a while so we don’t tear them apart since there will be new grass, which we want to give about sixto-eight weeks to get established. We’re hoping to have them open by December.” The plan is also to host softball tournaments which they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do without the new park.

“The baseball fields have gotten a tremendous use and have brought people of different communities to Center and we think this will help a lot in bringing girls softball teams here,” Crouch said. “Center High School’s softball coach (Eren McMichael), plans to use the fields for the tournament that the high school hosts during softball season and we hope to host different tournaments for teams in Shelby County or around the area. All the fields are at least high school regulation size and will work with teams of any age, from T-ball to high school kids. We’re excited about it. It’s coming along real quick.”

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ing. So long as we kept the truck moving we were still able to shift up or down without the clutch by relying on the engine’s rpm band. Naturally, things got a little dicey at red lights and stop signs, but we eventually rolled into Springer, N.M. at about 2 a.m. There is a Ford dealership there, so we parked the rig at their door step and got the clutch repaired by noon the next day. Another break down that comes to mind occurred a few years back as the late Jerry Simmons and I were en route our deer lease near Del Rio. The bed of Simmons’ pick-up was filled with deer feeders and blinds while the flatbed in tow was loaded with four wheelers, ice chests and other gear for a week-long stay. We were about 30 miles east of Bastrop when the serpentine belt that runs the fan, air conditioner and alternator on the motor snapped put us on the shoulder. One phone call and roughly an hour later were tooling down the road in the cab of a wrecker. Luckily, a local dealership was sympathetic to our situation and replaced the belt soon after we rolled into the parking lot. While both break downs occurred due to everyday wear and tear not very evident to the naked eye, others happen because of sheer neglect. According to Tim Boatman, tires rank among abused parts on a vehicle. “They are also among the most ne-

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Taking offense to sports team nicknames By Nathan Hague Sportswriter

Can we as a society please stop being so sensitive? There have been more and more groups trying to get the Washington Redskins to change their name because they consider it to be racist. As a Cowboys fan, I

have strong dislike for the Redskins as a team but the name itself has nothing to do with it. The name comes from a rich history and I honestly believe that if I were an American Indian, I’d feel honored by having a professional sports team honoring our history. In 2002, Sports Illustrated conducted a poll

in which 75 percent of American Indians said they had no problem with the name. Two years later, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania put out another poll which concluded that 91 percent of the American Indians surveyed in the 48 mainland states also had no issue with the

name. The Florida State University Seminoles chose their name in honor of Seminoles who said they were flattered by the name. In the past, we’ve heard complaints about other names and logos in sports including the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas

City Chiefs and others but for some reason, the name “Redskins” seems to be a hot topic while talks of other team names have quieted down. I’m not sure why that is. My question is where does it end? If we were to get rid of all these names, who’s to say animal rights activists I See NAMES Page 6C

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I From Page 2C “Even though tires are knee-deep in rubber doesn’t mean they are still good. The rule of thumb to go by on trailer tires is four-years or 40,000 miles. Tires that are four years old should be replaced, regardless if they still look brand new or not.” Cook says one of main problems with trailer tires is that many

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on trailer tires, particularly when they only pull the trailer a few times a year,” Cook said. “You can probably get away with going with a cheaper tire on a flatbed or something like that, but I don’t advise it on an expensive travel trailer, bass boat trailer or ski boat trailer. If you have a blow out you may not be talking about replacing a just a $50 tire. It is like a small bomb going off when a tire separates going down the highway at 60 miles per hour. It could potentially damage trailer and what is on the trailer. There is also the risk of it damaging somebody else’s vehicle or causing an accident.” If you are in the market for a set of new tires, fall is a good time to think about replacing them. The weather is cooler. That means the pavement won’t be as hot, so new tires will have time to “season” before the hot summer months roll around. Deciding on a style and brand of tire can be a tough decision because there are so many options at different price ranges. The more mileage a tire is rated for, the more you can expect to pay for it. The brand, tread design (all season, all terrain and mud) as well as the tire’s ply rating also can impact the price. Most standard size trucks and SUV’s come stock with all-season tires. These are great for general highway use and occasional jaunts off-road. For hunters and other sporting types who spend a considerable amount

of time off-road, a good all-terrain tire is hard to beat. The all-terrain tire provides a fairly aggressive tread for gripping in mud, but no so much that you can hear it singing as you go down the road. Mud grips provide a much more aggressive tread for extra traction and they look good on a high-riding 4x4. The downside is mudders tend to wear out prematurely, they are noisy, rough riding and can

be a booger to get balanced on the wheel. “A good all-terrain style tire hard to beat,” Boatman said. “If you are going to be doing a lot of off-road driving you might want to upgrade to an LT tire. The LT has thicker sidewalls and is harder for rocks or thorns to puncture.” Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached at

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for viewing and copying at the TCEQ Central Office, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, First Floor, Austin, Texas; the TCEQ Beaumont Regional Office, 3870 Eastex Fwy, Beaumont, Texas 77703-1830; and the Fannin Brown Booth Memorial Library, 619 Tenaha St, Center, Texas, beginning the first day of publication of this notice. At the TCEQ central and regional offices, relevant supporting materials for the draft permit, as well as the New Source Review permits which have been incorporated by reference, may be reviewed and copied. Any person with difficulties obtaining these materials due to travel constraints may contact the TCEQ central office file room at (512) 239-1540. Public Comment/Notice and Comment Hearing. Any person may submit written comments on the draft permit. Comments relating to the accuracy, completeness, and appropriateness of the permit conditions may result


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in changes to the draft permit. A person who may be affected by the emission of air pollutants from the permitted area my request a notice and comment hearing. The purpose of the notice and comment hearing is to provide an additional opportunity to submit comments on the draft permit. The permit may be changed based on comments pertaining to whether the permit provides for compliance with 30 TAC Chapter 122 (examples may include that the permit does not contain all applicable requirements or the public notice procedures were not satisfied). The TCEQ may grant a notice and comment hearing on the application if a written hearing request is received within 30 days after publication of the newspaper notice. The hearing request must include the basis for the request, including a description of how the person may be affected by the emission of air pollutants from the application area. The request should also specify the conditions of the draft permit that are inappropriate or specify how the preliminary decision to issue or deny the permit is inappropriate. All reasonably ascertainable issues must be raised and all reasonably available arguments must be submitted by the end of the public comment period. If a notice and comment hearing is granted, all individuals that submitted written comments or a hearing request will receive written notice of the hearing. This notice will identify the date, time, and location for the hearing. Written public comments and/or requests for a notice and comment hearing should be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087, or electronically at about/comments.html and received within 30 days after the date of newspaper publication of this notice. If you communicate within the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record. A notice of proposed final action that includes a response to comments and identification of any changes to the draft permit will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments, a hearing request, or requested to be on the mailing list for this application. This mailing will also provide instructions for public petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request that the EPA object to the issuance of the proposed permit. After receiving a petition, the EPA may only object to the issuance of a permit which is not in compliance with the applicable requirements of the requirements of 30 TAC Chapter 122. Mailing List. In addition to submitting public comments, a person may ask to be placed on a mailing list for this application by sending a request to the Office of the Chief Clerk at the address above. Those on the mailing list will receive copies of future public notices (if any) mailed by the Chief Clerk for this application. Information. For additional information about this permit application or the permitting process, please con-

tact the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Public Education Program, MC-108, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 or toll free at 1-800-687-4040. Si desea informacion en Espanol, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. Further information may also be obtained for Texas Eastern Transmission, LP by calling Ms. Diana L. Phelps at (713) 6274484. Notice Issuance Date: July 15, 2013. Notice of Application for Oil & Gas Waste Disposal Well Permit Amendments BC Operating, Inc. is applying to the Railroad Commission of Texas for a permit amendment to dispose of produced water or other oil and gas waste by well injection into a porous formation not productive of oil or gas. The applicant proposes to amend the current injection permit for the Waterhouse SWD #1 commercial disposal well located 1.0 mile SE of Center, Texas, in J. Amason Survey, Abstract A-10 in Shelby County. The waste water will be injected into strata in the subsurface depth interval from 3,502’ to 3,622’ in the Fredericksburg Formation. LEGAL AUTHORITY: Chapter 27 of the Texas Water Code, as amended, Title 3 of the Texas Natural Resources code, as amended and the Statewide Rules of the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Requests for a public hearing from persons who can show they are adversely affected or requests for further information concerning any aspect of the application should be submitted in writing within fifteen days of publication to the Environmental Services Section, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 12967, Austin, TX 78711 (Telephone (512) 463-6792).



Mathews Real Estate... A “HouseSOLD” word!

Murray Mathews Owner/Broker

(936) 598-3737

75,000 Sq. Ft. warehouse/mfg plant with 4 loading docks. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2200 Sq. Ft. Truck wash bay ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 23,400 Sq. Ft. warehouse with loading dock ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1,000-5,000 Sq. Ft. Small Warehouses ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Truck scales ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 46 acres of yard area ––––––––––––––––––––––––– All or part for sale or lease –––––––––––––––––––––––––



301-CENTER Saturday, Sept. 28th, starting 8 am. Jeans, tennis shoes, comforters. 205 Pearl St., Center.

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CUTE AND COzY! ONLY $78,500 Darling 3/2 Frame recently remodeled... New Floors, Carpet, Paint, Kitchen & Ceiling HOME IN SAN AUGUSTINE! $47,500 2 Bedroom/1 Bath wood frame home on Fans! 2 Storage Areas, & Fenced Yard all Montgomery St. in San Augustine. Call today! on 2+ Acres! Close to Town! Gotta See it to Believe it! R12024/600088 R13024/63766

HOME AND ACREAGE FOR SALE IN JOAqUIN $60,000 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath single wide on 4.47 acres. This property is fully fenced and has its own water well. Take a Look Today!! R12028/60538

LET’S MOVE TO THE COUNTRY $335,000 This 95.14 acre ranch has a lot of potential! 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Ranch Style home with wrap-around porchs built in 2010. Call today! R13022/63574

BUILD YOUR LAKE GETAWAY! $40,000 1 Acre lot on Lake Toledo Bend. This property has a magnificent view and is located close to the English Bay Marina. Relaxation Awaits! L13303/63522

BE YOUR OWN BOSS! 1,425,000 This 7 house pullet farm currently has a contract with Tyson. Property includes main house, hand house, shop, and several other outbuildings and equipment all on 100.75 acres. Take a look today! PF13402/63557

REDUCED $157,000! Come see this Newly Remodeled 2600 SF 3 bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Brick home on the outskirts of town. R11005/55162

RANCH FOR SALE REDUCED $425,000 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath home on 149 Acres. This property has beautiful rolling hills, improved pastures, and live water. Call Today! R12027/60537

CLOSE TO SqUARE! REDUCED $69,950 Income Producing Property! This 3/2/2 is Ready for Remodeling... has a 1 Bedroom Garage Apartment that can be rented! OWNER WILL FINANCE!!! Hurry... Call today! R12023/59910.


2700 sq. ft. in the Wulf Center. Great for office or restaurant. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 3,036 sq. ft. of office or retail space in The Wulf Center ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 5100 Sq. Ft. of office or retail space in Wulf Center


Lots in Wulf Creek gated & Restricted Sub-Division starting at $40k ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Call for your Commercial Real Estate needs. We have various properties available around town.

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(936) 332-1911


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(936) 598-2525

908 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935


We have many more homes available, located in town or in the country. We also have Land and Commercial property. Give us a call or come by for more information.


GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD! $119,900 Very Nice 3BR/2Bath Brick Home, CA/CH, large LR, neat kitchen with dining area, extra large MBR, double carport with attached, covered back porch, landscaping. Sitting on two 2 lots. R13613

SPACIOUS BRICK HOME! $224,000 3BR/ 2 1/2 Bath with plenty of room and storage, large bedrooms, huge laundry room w/half bath, big barns and sheds, one barn has small apartment, only 5 miles from town and school, great location, highway frontage on 4.94 acres. R13213

ROGERS HARBOR! $18,500 2BR/1Bath 14’ X 60’ MH, kitchen/dining room, covered back porch, detached carport. Sitting on 1 lot. A GREAT GETAWAY! R13713

DWMH ON .848 ACRE! $85,000 3BR/2 Bath DWMH, CA/CH, LR with fireplace, stainless appliances; bedrooms have carpet and ceiling fans, covered porch, Port-O-Cover, shop, storage building. R13113

A FABULOUS SHOWPLACE! $295,000 Amazing 3BR/2 1/2 Bath Brick Home has been NOT FAR FROM TOWN! $99,500 remodeled within the last 2 years. Some new wood Really nice 3BR/3Bath Brick Home on 1.52 acres, storage flooring, granite counters, master bath remodeled. new building, RV parking, huge rooms, lots of storage and decking & privacy fence, gorgeous backyard with inplenty of space. Great location close to town but still has ground pool, hot hub, and pool house, shop with overhear the feel of the country. R13013 door. All sitting on 4.5 acres. A MUST SEE! R12713



DWMH ON .99 ACRE $80,000 3BR/2 Baths, very clean and well maintained. Nice size rooms. New laminate floors only 2 years old, 18 X 20 storage building with lean to on each side, above ground pool, port-a-cover. Very private and quiet area close to Center and Timpson. Home is in exceptional condition! MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE! R11313

114 Nacogdoches St., Center, TX 75935 On the Historic Downtown Square Office: 936-598-6111 Check out our website on your MOBILE PHONE! Follow Town & Country

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1.908 acres behind Napa ––––––––––––––––––––––––– .2650 acres on Civic Center Drive

14X18 Finished Portable Bldg. Has Electricity, Plumbing, Full Bath. To be moved from Tenaha area. Call 936-591-7634.


Martha Newton (936) 596-5286

Associate Broker


GORGEOUS LOG HOME! $265,000 A MUST SEE! 3BR/3Bath, updated, LR has cathedral NICE HOUSE SITTING ON OVER 2 ACRES! ceiling with wbfp, 2013-new kitchen cabinets, granite REDUCED $92,900 counters, new stainless appliances, 2010 Generator, Shelbyville ISD, 3BR/1Bath Brick Home with CA/CH, 2009-Shop building on Slab, double carport, port-oLR and DR, breakfast bar, wbfp, nice bedrooms, covered cover, 3 bay shed with storage, Great Porches! All sitting porch, fenced back yard. R12813 on 4.7 acres. R12413


Scott Foster

(936) 591-2339

Malcolm Weaver Owner/Broker, GRI, CRB, CRS

BL-510/60342- Bed & Breakfast. Located close to the historical Center Square. 22Bedroom/16 Baths. $350,000

View our WEBSITE at R-2049/63080 In town, newly remodeled 3 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath beautiful brick house with newly remodeled in-ground pool! This house is a must-see on 1.21 acres! Great for famiy & entertaining. This is a premiere house. $310,000

R-2081/62701 Just minutes from school and shopping, this 2/2 house has city utilities, new plumbing, wiring, metal roof and gutters, also new kitchen counter tops, ceiling fans, paved driveway and storage building. $139,500

Margaret McBride

Bill Hughes

Bruce Yarbrough

R-2056/57873 *BEAUTIFUL* Completely renovated 3/2 Brick home, large living/dining, den with new paint, new floors throughout and large patio on 1.77 acs. $225,000

R-2077/62438 Newly Built in 2013! 2/1 on .65 acre. Good retirement/starter home, not far from shopping & schools. Owner Financing for Qualified Buyers. $94,000

R-2084/63387 Beautiful piece of property located approx. 8 miles out of Shelbyville, 6.47 acres of land with a very nice 1999 DWMH, large metal shop with storage and MORE! $179,500

TB-918/63343 *FOUR STORIES AND WATERFRONT!* This house has new paint and new flooring, is a well-built 4 story house with 5br.s/3ba.s and is on Toldeo Bend Lake with pier. Would be wonderful for large families, entertaining, water sports & more! $169,500

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Land For Sale •A-584/63461 -NEW LISTING 9.85 Ac.s in Woods Community, Panola County. Has 20yr. old timber. Beautiful, private, great area **Has Restrictions $55,000. •A-583/62075 -$2,200 ac. - 18.69 Acs. in Center, Mt. Herman area. Property has pine timber w/community water available, location is private and ready for your development. •A-577-$1,151,500 -329 ac.s of rolling pasture land w/ 2000 sq.ft bldg. & 1020 sq.ft. house built in 2007 w/metal roof. •A-568/61236 -$45,000 - .835 Acre Commercial Lot in Center, TX.

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3 Bdrm/1bath brick house in Tenaha on 10 acres. $150,000 or best offer. Call 936-572-1407.

701-APARTMENTS FOR RENT Very Nice 2 Bedroom Remodeled Furnished Apartment Kitchen Appliances Central Air & Heat References & Deposit Required 936-590-0700


805 AUTOMOBILES 2003 Ford Taurus 62,000 miles. Excellent condition inside and out!. Asking $6500. For more information call 936-5985270.

715-MOBILE HOMES *Hidden Creek Ranch* 1, 2 and 3 bdrms. availableStarting at $475 per month Various Lease options available. Furnished, unfurnished, all bills paid. HUD accepted. Se Habla Espanol. Call 936-598-5707.

820-SUVS For Sale: 2004 Lincoln Navigator. 90,000 miles. In Great Condition!!!! $12,500 GREAT BUY!! Call 936-332-8741 or 936590-9198. Texts Welcome!

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855-CAMPERS 2011 34 foot Avalanche fifth wheel. 3 slides, dual air, deluxe pkg. $ 32,000. 936-368-2981.

860-TRAILERS For Sale 48 foot covered trailer. Great for storage $2500. Call Tim Wulf 936-598-6333.

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won’t complain about animal names? A couple years ago, Corner Canyon High School in Utah was looking for a mascot and students chose the name “Cougars.” That name was later vetoed because the term “cougar” is often used in reference to older woman seeking a romantic relationship with a significantly younger man. Really? When I first heard that story, I thought it was a joke but Apparently not. Does anyone really believe that’s why high school students chose the name? As if the starting defensive end is going to proudly refer to himself a middle-aged woman seeking a younger man. A cougar is an animal. It’s beyond ridiculous and quite frankly, I don’t think people are actually offended by it. I think people are looking for something to complain about, and if that’s the case, there’s probably not a single team name in sports you can’t find something offensive about. Heck, cowboys of the west carried guns and were extremely violent, so I guess my NFL team has to find a new name. Many animals are vicious and violent, and that’s just sending the wrong message to the kids. Think of how much more peaceful this world would be if kids in Detroit would gather around the TV to watch their beloved Detroit Dandelions. Lions are just too vicious. If you don’t think so, watch the movie, “Ghosts in the Darkness.” Race is one of the most sensitive issues, as is religion which is why we have to do away with religious names like the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels and the San Diego Padres amongst any others I may be forgetting. The NBA had the Washington Bullets but because that name was seen as too violent, they changed to the “Wizards” which some may argue could almost fall under the religious category. It could also still fall under the violence category still seeing as wizards often use magic in a violent way. The Green Bay Packers really fall under two categories: violence and

animal rights because packers are people who pack up meat, which comes from animals. That’s just too barbaric. Also, teams named after any type of natural disaster or storms need to go. It’s no wonder why the Miami Hurricanes have such a bad reputation. There are people whose homes and lives have been destroyed in terrible hurricanes, earthquakes and other types of storms. People have died after being struck by lightning so Tampa Bay’s hockey team has to find a new name. In fact, even the name Miami Heat should go. After growing up in the south, I’ve seen how hot it can get and it’s usually not too pretty. It can literally make people sick and put them in hospitals. I don’t think a basketball team should represent that. Teams should never be named after people of a particular area, especially if they’re not originally from there. In other words, names like the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens and others need to go. There aren’t many people worthy to be called a Texan if they’ve spent very little or no time in the Lone Star State and it’s just mean to call someone a Yankee or a Canadian. Even though Notre Dame is a college team, its name “Fighting Irish” has to change. The word fighting implies violence and stereotypes Irish. As someone who has an Irish descent, I for one am deeply offended. When you really think about it, people groups in general should be eliminated. Buccaneers, Pirates, Vikings, Patriots, and others can fall under the violence category. OK, all these things may or may not be over the top just a little but isn’t that true of complaining about the name Cougars and Redskins? This has to stop somewhere. It makes me wonder how much longer until we see teams without nicknames and be go strictly by where they’re from, for example: Team Texas. Regardless, we need to stop being so sensitive and easily offended.

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