March 27, 2015 - The Joaquin Community Pantry distributed food boxes for the first time on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 with the support of the East Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry and volunteers. They distributed 59 total boxes. The mobile food pantry will come to Joaquin on the 3rd Wednesday of the month which will be on the 15th for the month of April and starts at 10:30am until 12:30pm at First Baptist Church of Haslam.
Lauren Hovey, a senior at L.S.U.S. studying Psychology and the agency director for the Joaquin Community Pantry, spoke about the pantry and how it got started. Hovey was aware of various churches and groups who were already collecting food and clothes to help people in the community.
She visited with the East Texas Food Bank about programs available to help organize the food collections and became interested in 'Unified Hunger,' a program offered by East Texas Food Bank which spreads awareness for hunger in our community. Once she realized none of the Joaquin food programs were registered at the East Texas Food Bank, she visited with Bro. Jody Hooper, pastor at First Baptist Church of Haslam, about hosting a mobile food pantry program at the church.
After getting paperwork going, the first community meeting was held and it had a great turnout of 20 or so people which according to the agent with the East Texas Food Pantry was 4 times as many people which normally attend initial meetings. Hovey said, "We have had a lot of community outreach which has been amazing to have."
How the mobile pantry works is for two and a half years East Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry brings all of the food. The Joaquin Community Pantry has to have $100 per month to purchase the food and the money goes into a scholarship account for the Joaquin pantry. After the two and a half years are over, the money is given back for the Joaquin pantry as start up for them to be able to purchase the food from then on. At this time, the pantry doesn't need food donations until the two and a half years is over; however, they are seeking money donations which will go to the cost of buying food from the East Texas Food Bank now and in the future. Volunteers are always nice to have as well especially during the summer months when people are on vacation.
Hovey wanted to express appreciation to everyone who helped make the food pantry possible, "Big thanks to Mrs. Gail of Joaquin Christian Services for all of her influence and knowledge. She has done so much. Also, Mr. Baker for helping us spread awareness. So many people have helped make it amazing. We ended up serving 59 boxes which is amazing for a first day!" She also said the food pantry's success so far can be attributed to all of the Joaquin community. Volunteers who have helped aren't just from First Baptist Church of Haslam but are from many different churches, students from the school, council members, and the community.
"For me the most important thing is awareness. If anyone knows people that are in need in the community, let them know that we do have it here because I know there are a lot of people that are in need and I want to make sure that we are reaching out to everyone."
Lauren Hovey told a little about what got her wanting to help with the food pantry, "I have been extremely blessed. My parents are very giving people. Growing up I had good examples; they have always been in the community doing things." Lauren continued saying, "I believe that Christ died for my sins and he has blessed me so much and I don't deserve it. My mom is a teacher at [Joaquin] school, I [substitute teach] and I have seen how a lot of kids struggle and that breaks my heart. I know there are a lot of families in need. I'm excited and nervous; I kind of feel young but, I know that it's gonna prosper because God has it under control and we have so many great people in our community who have given and done so much. I can't wait to see the future of the pantry."
Requirements to qualify for food boxes: Texas residence (Information can be given to Louisiana residents for a food pantry in Logansport), a household make less than 185% of the poverty level ($21,257 or less for a household of 1; $28,694 or less for a household of 2; $36,131 or less for a household of 3; $43,568 or less for a household of 4; etc.)
Hovey can be contacted by email at email@example.com. The East Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry agent for Joaquin is Michelle Rodriguez who can be contacted at 903-617-2017 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be mailed to First Baptist Church of Haslam, 154 County Road 3590, Joaquin, TX 75954. Church phone number is (936) 269-3587.
All the volunteers who helped to make it happen!
March 26, 2015 (Related indictment story) - The Shelby County Grand Jury appointed for the January term of the 273rd Judicial District Court indicted 40 cases on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
William Bryce Moore and Angela Marie Moore each received an indictment for capital murder, capital felony. Each indictment alleges on February 16, 2015 the Moores caused the death of Ariana Moore, an individual younger than 10 years of age, by striking her in the stomach.
Bret Wayne Anderson was indicted for criminally negligent homicide, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Anderson caused the death of Taylor Keith Keele by discharging a firearm, striking Keele in the chest.
Jeffrey Hudson received four indictments for aggravated sexual assault, first degree felony. All four indictments allege Hudson penetrated four girls under the age of 14.
Everett Johnson was indicted for burglary of a building, state jail felony. The indictment alleges on May 19, 2014 Johnson entered Shofner's Washateria in Center attempted to commit or committed theft of a stand alone safe.
Stephen Wayne Implom received an indictment for burglary of a building, state jail felony. The indictment alleges Implom entered Medico Pharmacy in Center and attempted to commit or committed theft of hydrocodone pills owned by Medico Pharmacy.
Stacey Coats was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on February 10, 2014 Coats, during a traffic stop, concealed a pocketbook containing, needles, syringes, and a small digital scale with intent to impair its verity as evidence in the investigation of an official proceeding. Coats was also indicted for possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony. That indictment alleges on May 21, 2014 Coats was in possession of methamphetamine in an amount less than one gram.
Sirtonio Emerson Evans received two indictments for delivery of a controlled substance, state jail felony. The indictments allege on March 24, 2014 and April 7, 2014 Evans delivered Xanax in an amount of less than 28 grams to a confidential informant.
Rodney Dewayne Swindle received two indictments for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictments allege Swindle threatened to kill Donny Jenkins and Travis Ray Handy as he displayed a black handgun during the commission of the assault.
Evan Russell Lutz was indicted for deadly conduct, third degree felony. Lutz is alleged on November 14, 2014 to have discharged a firearm in the direction of Ashley Lutz and her small child.
Elidio Santi-Garcia was indicted for driving while intoxicated with child passenger, state jail felony. The indictment alleges on May 4, 2014 Santi-Garcia operated a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated with the vehicle being occupied by a child under the age of 15.
Erik Ramirez was indicted for failure to stop and render aid, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on April 25, 2014 Ramirez drove a vehicle involved in a crash which resulted in injury to Diann H. Price. The indictment continues by alleging Ramirez left the scene of the crash without giving his name, address, vehicle registration number, liability insurance information or rendering aid to Price when it was apparent she was in need of medical attention.
Ricky Lee Myers received an indictment for intoxication assault, third degree felony, The indictment alleges on May 8, 2014 Myers drove a vehicle while intoxicated and did by reason of such intoxication cause serious bodily injury to Daphne Wilkins by striking her with his vehicle.
Michael Lee Smith was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges on April 9, 2014 Smith caused bodily injury to a child younger than 15 years of age by injecting the child with a syringe of methamphetamines into it's arm. Smith received two additional indictments for abandoning or endangering a child, state jail felony, by allegedly exposing two children to methamphetamine on April 9, 2014 and not delivering the children to an emergency infant care provider.
Sarah Hite received two indictments for abandoning or endangering a child, state jail felony, by allegedly exposing two children to methamphetamine on April 9, 2014 and not delivering the children to an emergency infant care provider.
Rafael Acevedo was indicted for assault, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on April 11, 2014 Acevedo caused bodily injury to Lisa Simmons, a family member, by impeding her breathing or circulation of blood by applying pressure to her throat or neck and/or blocking her nose or mouth.
Travis Goodrum was indicted for theft, state jail felony. The indictment alleges on October 11, 2013 Goodrum took possession of a gray 2012 Can Am 1000 side by side ATV valued at $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 from Joshua Harris without his consent.
Jamie Ray Barnes was indicted for burglary of a habitation, second degree felony. The indictment alleges on November 29, 2014 Barnes entered the home of Judith Barnes with intent to commit an assault against her.
Edward Eugene Moorman was indicted for aggravated assault, second degree felony. The indictment alleges on May 15, 2014 Moorman caused bodily injury to Nathan Cheshire by hitting him against the head with an unknown object.
Detria Lashun Hamilton was indicted for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on December 3, 2013 Hamilton intended to harm or defraud David W. Bishop, an elderly man age 65 or older, by using a a financial institution account number belonging to Bishop to set up a ACH Auto-pay on her Sprint Telephone/Cellular phone bill.
(Dates in parenthesis indicate the date of the alleged incident)
Joseph Rondell Gipson, evading arrest, 3rd degree felony (April 20, 2014).
Michael Anthony Hill, Jr., possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony (May 25, 2014).
Randy Lynn Fountain, possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony (May 21, 2014).
Kristin Paige Wilburn, possession of a controlled substance, second degree felony (May 14, 2014).
Kevin Randall Nash, possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony (April 17, 2014).
Jeremy Caraway, possession of a controlled substance, third degree felony (April 18, 2014).
Marcus Yarbrough, unlawful possession of firearm, third degree felony (March 22, 2014).
Thomas Justin Brown, possession of a controlled substance, second degree felony (April 15, 2014).
Bryan Keith Green, evading arrest - prior convictions, state jail felony (April 22, 2014).
Cynthia Smith, driving while intoxicated - 3rd or more, third degree felony (April 19, 2014).
Kenneth Wayne Hart, driving while intoxicated, third degree felony (May 12, 2014).
***Indictments and Information are not a conviction, and are a matter of public record. All individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
March 26, 2015 (Related indictment story) - William Bryce Moore, 28, and Angela Marie Moore, 25, of Tenaha have each been indicted for capital murder by a Shelby County Grand Jury set for the January term of the 273rd Judicial District Court. The indictments mirror one another and they allege the Moores intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Ariana Moore an individual younger than 10 years of age by striking her in the stomach.
Shelby County Sheriff's Investigators Kevin Windham and DJ Dickerson arrested William Bryce Moore on February, 19, 2015 charging him then with the capital murder of his 6-month-old daughter. Angela Marie Moore was arrested the following day on February 20, 2015 and she was charged with criminally negligent homicide.
It was reported a 9-1-1 call was received on February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:49am in reference to Ariana who was found unresponsive at a residence in the Kyle Parmer Trailer Park located on County Road 4356 in Tenaha. Ariana Moore was transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center-Center Emergency Department by ACE EMS and was pronounced deceased by Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.
Indictments and Information are not a conviction, and are a matter of public record. All individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
March 26, 2015 - The 2015 Center Rotary Club 'Fun For Funds' fundraising event for the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation was held at the John D. Windham Civic Center on Tuesday night March 24. The preliminary results are in and indicate at the close of the online auction the event brought in $33,350 for Center students.
For four hours Rotarians worked the phones, commentated on the internet, television, and radio to raise funds to help further the educations of those students worthy of receiving the benefit.
At the end of the night, the highest bid item was the Queen of the Sabine Cruse donated by Pineywoods Seafood which went for $1,610 bid by Will Lucas. The item bringing in the second highest dollar amount was an Axis Doe Hunt donated by Venado Creek Ranch which brought in $1,400 and was won by Richard Fausett.
A special item in the auction was a Cotton Bowl Package which was a college football playoff game and was donated by Blake and Eve (Andrews) Wiley in memory of Eve's dad and former teacher at Center ISD, Doug Andrews. The Cotton Bowl Package raised $500 in memory of Mr. Andrews and was won by Howell Howard. All the auction items together raised over $14,000 of the total amount raised. (Winning bidders list)
Rotary Club President J.J. Ford expressed appreciation of those who helped make the event a success, "Every year the Fun for Funds event relies on the generosity of businesses and residents who donate items for the auction. It was a nerve racking event for me because I feel it is an important fundraiser. Center ISD students are blessed to have this resource, the Catherine Pinkston Scholarship Foundation, and I am glad I had the opportunity to play a small part in helping to raise more scholarship money for the foundation."
Ford continued, "I don't think we can ever stop raising money for this great cause. As our population grows and the cost of a college education continues to rise, graduating students and their parents have the financial burden immediately put upon them. It is important we have the funds and such a wonderful thing to know that graduating students can turn to the scholarship foundation for assistance."
Roughrider Scholarship Foundation has presented 1,544 scholarships totaling $1,213,800 to graduating CHS students and is funded by donations, not just from Rotary, but from the community.
Businesses, individuals, and others who donated items to the auction were Monco Motor Company, SFA University, Center ISD, Blake and Eve (Andrews) Wiley, Frank Parker, Bill and Pam (Parker) Wall, Rick Campbell, Bob Reeves, Fairchild Price Haley & Smith, Campbell Portable Buildings, Venado Creek Ranch, Pineywoods Seafood, Pineywoods Beverage, All Hours Fitness, General Shelters, McAdams Propane Company, Back Country Furniture Designs, Tyson Foods, Epic Fit (Whitney Scarber), Sassy Red's Bakery, Darrell's Bar-B-Que, Sombrero's Mexican Grill & Cantina, Shelby County Today, East Texas Poultry Supply, Specter Inc., ACE Hardware of East Texas, db Metal Art (Delbert Beckham), Covington Lumber Company, Dr. Dixon Golden, All American Fireworks, Portacool, Light and Champion, Panola College, State Farm Insurance (Sandy Wheeler), East Texas Tilapia, Few Ready Mix, Dr. Keith Miller, Andres Chavez & Sons Landscaping & Mowing, Center Fixtures, Self Defense America, and Center Fire Department. Others who donated items or time for the event was Center Noon Lion's Club, Jason Fulbright, Rick Thompson, Greg Stuever, Tommy Hughes, Lisa McAdams, Pam Howard, Brookshire Brothers, and Chief Imaging.
Even though the auction is over, if you would like to make a monetary donation in honor of someone or in memory of someone, it's not to late. Go to www.funforfunds.org and click on 'Monetary Donation'. Or you can contact J.J. Ford, Rotary Club President, at email@example.com with your donation request.
Monetary donations made during 2015 Fun for Funds
Shelby Savings Bank - $5,000; Farmers State Bank - $3,000; Center Lions Club - $3,000; Janie Cuculic (In memory of Gail Cuculic) - $2,250; AEP SWEPCO - $1,000; Bill "Scooter" and Pam (Parker) Wall (In memory of F.E. & Doris Parker) - $1,000; John Black Insurance - $550; Sabine State Bank - $500; Jerry & Barbara Pinkston - $500; Sharon Nelson & Steve Oates (In memory of Dr. Joe B Hooker) - $250; Doyle, Billie & Selina Luman (In memory of Greg Luman) - $200; Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative - $100; Bound's Insurance - $100; Hardy's Machine & Welding - $100; Mettauer Insurance - $100; Montie Jones Insurance - $100; Paul Pustka / Farm Bureau - $100; Danny & Andy Foster (In honor of all Center Graduates who have crossed the threshold of Center ISD) - $100; Cline Family Medicine - $100; Axley & Rode - $100; Bobbie Nutt (In memory of Charles Nutt) - $100; Eileen Beard - $100; Richard Fausett - $100; Morrison Insurance - $50; Casey Williams / Edward Jones - $50; Gary Rholes (In memory of John Mitchell. Rholes will match up to $50 for any other donations in Mitchell's memory) - $50; Gary Rholes (In honor of Judge Charles Mitchell. Rholes will match up to $50 for any other donations in Mitchell's honor) - $50; Stephen Shires (In honor of Charles Mitchell) - $50; Rick Campbell (In honor of Charles Mitchell) - $50; Wendell Johnson (In memory of Gene Fields) - $50; Wendell Johnson (In Memory of Jack Bell) - $50; Bob Reeves - $50; Rick Campbell - $50; Bob Reeves (In honor of Judy Bowers) - $50; Gary Rholes (In honor of Judy Bowers) - $50; Rick Campbell (In honor of Judy Bowers) - $50; Gary Rholes (In honor of Portia Gaines) - $50; Rick Campbell (In honor of Portia Gaines) - $50; Robbie Williams / A1 Bail Bonds (Challenges all other bondsmen) - $25.
March 25, 2015 - Mayor Mike Wood received a visit from the Pink Heals Gregg County Chapter fire truck which was loaded down with firemen on Monday, March 23, 2015 during the fire department's monthly meeting.
It was slightly different to hear sirens on approach to the fire department instead of the more common sound of them leaving en-route to a fire or other emergency. The sirens instead were announcing the arrival of the Pink Heals fire truck with one of the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department (JVFD) trucks leading the way.
As the trucks arrived, firemen poured from the meeting hall of the department with Mayor Mike Wood, a 40 year fireman with the department in their company. Once the fire trucks came to a halt in front of the department, and the occupants of the building were standing out front, JVFD Fire Chief Perry Pugh announced, "Mayor, this is for you." Pugh regarded Elmer Mathews who was also present and stated it was for him as well. Although he is not battling cancer, he has had recent health struggles.
The Pink Heals firemen each greeted Mayor Wood and embraced him, followed by his daughter Janie Jones. Wood was emotional at the great show of support and stated, "Thank y'all, thanks so much. I'm overcome." Wood was then asked to sign the Pink Heals fire truck, which he did and then posed with friends, family, fellow firemen and the Pink Heals firemen.
Janie Jones, Mike Woods daughter, contacted Steve Denfeld, Gregg County Pink Heals President and his wife Tammy and asked them to pay her father a visit, "A young lady from Carthage had brain cancer and they came to her house because her dad is in the fire department in Carthage, which Randy Leidtke is a member of the Carthage Fire Department, so he volunteers with them and that's kind of how I originally found out about it. I contacted them and they said, 'we'll go wherever, you tell us where you want us to go and we'll go there.'"
Jones shared some about how Pink Heals became what it is today, "It started out as a thing for women, you know because of the pink, and they just kind of expanded from there. They don't take donations, what they get they give to somebody else and if they go to a fundraiser or something all the money that's raised at that fundraiser goes to say Texas Oncology [ for example], they don't keep any of the money or anything."
The four Pink Heals firemen who were present include: Steve Denfeld, Longview Fire Department; Dennis Gage, Retired Kilgore Fire Chief; Tim Crawford, White Oak Volunteer Fire Department; Randy Leidtke, Carthage Fire Department.
Tammy Denfeld, Pink Heals Volunteer, was with the firemen and explained the effect the program can have on someone fighting cancer and how the program works, "We've gone to people's houses that are terminal, when you can make someone that's terminal smile that's awesome"
"We're off tour right now, they'll go back on tour in a couple months. I went from Longview up through Tennessee, Mississippi, part of Louisiana all the way up to Virginia with them. I was gone about two weeks," said Denfeld. "I'll leave out again and go from Shreveport I think [Las] Vegas this time. We just all rotate, we've got over 14,000 volunteers and it's nine months, it's pretty cool. They just go and they give this program away to communities that are willing to do it, so that you could keep your stuff local."
If you have a request for Pink Heals of Gregg County you can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Facebook at Pink Heals of Gregg County or through Twitter at PHGreggCounty.
March 24, 2015 - The 2015 Center Rotary Club 'Fun For Funds' fundraising event for the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation was held at the John D. Windham Civic Center on Tuesday night March 24. The preliminary results are in and indicate at the close of the online auction the event brought in $33,300 for Center students.
For four hours Rotarians worked the phones, commentated on the internet, television, and radio to raise funds to help further the educations of those students worthy of receiving the benefit.
Leading up to the event, Rotarians acquired items from willing businesses and individuals who wish to support the scholarship program. Further information will be provided on the outcome of the fundraiser once all monetary donations have been received.
If you would like to make a monetary donation in honor of someone or in memory of someone, it's not to late. Go to www.funforfunds.org and click on 'Monetary Donation'. Or you can contact J.J. Ford, Rotary Club President, at email@example.com with your donation request.
March 24, 2015 - Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Monday March 16, 2015 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, while on routine patrol in the Joaquin area, discovered methamphetamines on a man on County Road 3315.
During the course of a traffic stop, Deputy Lawrence received information that the driver has been known in the past to be in possession of narcotics. Deputy Lawrence conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and found a small plastic bag that contained a white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamines.
A field test was conducted and showed a positive result. The driver, Benjamin “Bubba” Malone, 28, of Joaquin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance as well as two outstanding warrants and transported to the Shelby County Jail. Justice of Peace Pct 1, Maxie Eaves, set bond at $3,000 for the Possession of Controlled Substance.
March 24, 2015 - A Chireno man lost his life in Center as the result of an industrial incident Monday. Emergency crews responded to a call at CenTex Manufacturing (Dragon Inc.), located at 946 Loop 500 in Center, at 2:32pm when it was reported a tank had fallen on an employee.
According to a press release from the Center Police Department, at 2:46pm it was discovered that Steven Lawrence Garcia, 24, of Chireno had fallen into a piece of machinery.
When emergency personnel arrived, it was learned Garcia had fallen into an industrial auger and suffered injuries resulting in his death.
Responding to the scene were the Center Police Department; Center Fire Department; ACE EMS; Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1; and Mangum Funeral Home.
This investigation is ongoing with the Center Police Department and CenTex Manufacturing.
March 23, 2015 - A crash involving a Grand Marquis and a large body of water occurred on Sunday in the Moodyville area.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jimmy Faulkner, on Sunday, March 22 at 3:30am Deron Bowlds, 31, of Logansport was traveling east in a cream 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis on State Highway 7 East when, according to Bowlds statement, he swerved left to miss a deer in the roadway.
The Marquis traveled off the roadway to the left and down a hill where it struck a tree and continued down the hill and into a large pond where it came to rest in three feet of water.
Bowlds was able to escape from the vehicle and no injury was reported as a result of the crash. He was issued a citation for no driver's license.
March 23, 2015 - Rosehill Road in Timpson was the scene of a house fire early Sunday morning which the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) was dispatched to fight.
Just before 5am the firemen were dispatched to the scene of the fire at the residence of Bobby "Bud" Hendricks with the Timpson Police Department and Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service also at the scene to provide support. Upon arrival at the scene, the fire was fully involved and after the firemen fought the fire for some time, the assistance of the Tenaha VFD was requested at 5:30am.
A tanker truck was delivered by Tenaha VFD and the two departments worked to extinguish the flames and prevent further spread of the fire.
It's believed the fire started in either the kitchen or living room of the house and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.