July 3, 2014: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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SFA Gardens to host herbal seminar

Join Cindy Hoyt, proprietor of Pineywoods Herb Farm, for an herbal seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 19, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, 2900 Raguet St., at the Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Participants will learn about creating infusions using bay leaves and participate in a hands-on lesson of making compound (herb-flavored) butter. Hoyt plans to share her culinary treats with participants, so guests will enjoy the sight, smell and taste of fresh herbs at this delicious seminar.

“We are excited that Cindy is able to take a break from the farm and join us on the SFA campus for this seminar,” said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator. “She brings a vast knowledge of herbs and a great love for cooking and culinary creations to the table.”

Pineywoods Herb Farm is located in Kennard, Texas, where Hoyt and her husband, Richard, use organic and sustainable farming practices to raise herbs. They specialize in culinary, medicinal and landscape herbs and also offer seasonal vegetable plants, Texas native plants, wildflowers, and plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Cost for the seminar is $25 for members of SFA Gardens Friends and $30 for non-members. To register for the seminar or receive more information, call the education office at (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

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Local Trial Lawyers To Read Declaration of Independence

At noon today, July 3, 2014, a group of local trial lawyers will continue the tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the courthouse.
If you’d like to hear the reading, it starts at noon on the front steps of the Nacogdoches County Courthouse located at 101 W. Main Street (corner of North and Main Streets).
It won’t take long, usually under fifteen minutes we’re told.
A remembrance of the day and a patriotic way to start the weekend…

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July 2, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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July 2, 2014: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

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July 2, 2014: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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SFA grad now directing science program at campus tutoring center

It’s impossible to say what direction Kerron Joseph’s life would have taken if he’d gone to college where he originally planned. But the Trinidadian’s academic and professional course veered onto a much different, unexplored path just before he came to the U.S.

When Joseph was finishing up high school in 2006, he had his sights – and scholarships – trained on St. John’s University in the concrete jungle of New York City. So when SFA’s director of international programs visited him, it took some fast talking to convince him to pay a visit to the Piney Woods of East Texas. He was skeptical but also curious. He’d been to the Big Apple before, but never to the Lone Star State. On a whim, he took the director up on his offer.

Joseph, who is now the science program director in the university’s award-winning Academic Assistance and Resource Center, recalls how on that initial trip to SFA, made beneath the broiling August sun, he was struck by how different Nacogdoches was from New York City – and not just the weather. Things moved a lot more slowly here. And then there were the people. “I met friendly people from day one,” Joseph said. “That, for me, said something about the place.”

It was said loudly enough that Joseph decided to shed his prospective education at St. John’s University in favor of one at SFA. He enrolled and soon took a job on campus as a student tutor with the AARC.

AARC Director M.E. McWilliams said that as a student employee, Joesph managed to get certifications and training that were beyond the abilities of most of his tutoring peers. The young East Texas transplant’s passion for education was beginning to bloom. What’s more, he was good at it. “He distinguished himself,” she recalled. “We knew he loved what he did.”

In 2009, Joseph completed his Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in finance and took a position teaching math in Nacogdoches ISD, where he was tasked with working with at-risk students. “The students had either given up or just didn’t think they could do it,” Joseph said of the young people he taught. “We’re talking about students other people had written off.”

In a Hollywood-esque turn, Joseph proved up to the challenge. His students earned a 100-percent pass rate on state-mandated tests, though he says the students deserve the credit for that success. “I invested a lot of time, but they responded,” said Joseph, who completed his master’s degree in education at SFA while working for NISD. “It was always about challenging them.”

After three and a half years with the school district, the AARC was undergoing some program changes, and Joseph heard about the opportunity to return to his alma mater to work as a director. The decision to leave his students wasn’t an easy one. But, in the end, he said he applied the same logic to that problem as he had to those he solved with his students – the same he used when he decided to attend SFA in the first place. “It was a tough decision to leave, but I see it as another opportunity to challenge myself. It’s what I’d been asking my students to do all along.”

He accepted the position of AARC science program director in October 2013 and immediately began addressing some of the challenges there, McWilliams said. He brought a quantitative approach to problem solving that had been lacking before. Now the center has tangible, measurable information it can use to better train tutors, help students, address challenges and leverage successes. It’s an approach to problems that could have benefited any number of private businesses or other state institutions.

“He could have done many things, but he chose to do this,” McWilliams said. “That’s one of the things that sets SFA apart from many other universities – how many people come back. We like to bring SFA people back.”

Though being a program director is different from working hands-on with students, Joseph said he’s enjoying the new challenge. His experience as a former SFA student and student instructor for the AARC is something he continues to draw on to further the center’s work.

The reason he chose to return to SFA is simple, Joseph said. “I enjoy teaching. I enjoy seeing that light bulb moment when students finally understand something. I enjoy answering the question, ‘Why am I going to use this in real life?’”

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SFA Gardens lecture series to feature talk on salsa

SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Paul Wilson will present “I Came All the Way from Louisiana to Explain to You What Real Salsa Is All About.”

Wilson was an Ola Cook Holmes Endowed Professor of Horticulture in the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture and taught in both the horticulture and food science departments. Now a professor emeritus, he spent most of his career in the horticulture department, transferring to food science shortly before retiring. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. Wilson currently is president of JEMCO Consulting and has consulted with such industry mainstays as Community Coffee, Gerber, Green Giant and Pillsbury. Bring your taste buds to this event, as there will be salsa tasting at the lecture.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund always are appreciated.

Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

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July 1, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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July 1, 2014: NPD Crime Report

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