October 24, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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

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October 24, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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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October 24, 2016: 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’s Rusche College of Business creates One Button Studio, testing room

Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student Samuel Johnson demonstrates how to use the One Button Studio in the McGee Business Building, Room 322. Students and faculty members can use the studio to create video presentations, course introductions, video résumés, elevator pitches and more.

Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student Samuel Johnson demonstrates how to use the One Button Studio in the McGee Business Building, Room 322. Students and faculty members can use the studio to create video presentations, course introductions, video résumés, elevator pitches and more.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Rusche College of Business has renovated a classroom on the third floor of the McGee Business Building into a One Button Studio and a 20-seat testing room.

Room 322 is now transformed into a dual-purpose area where students and faculty members can create video projects with the click of a button.

“This technology is a great learning tool for students to practice the communication skills needed for their professions,” Dr. Todd Brown, associate dean of the Rusche College of Business, said. “It is easy to use, and you don’t have to be tech savvy to create professional presentations.”

Brown explained students can use the One Button Studio to practice presentations, interview skills, elevator pitches, video résumés and more.

“The best feedback students can receive is seeing themselves give a presentation on screen and to evaluate themselves,” Brown said. “The One Button Studio gives students that opportunity.”

The studio is equipped with lights, microphones and a stationary camera. To use the studio, students bring a flash drive, plug it in to the dock and push record. There’s no need to position the camera or turn on the lights or microphone, as the equipment adjusts automatically. Also, recording sessions will be automatically saved to the flash drive after the student stops recording.

Faculty members also can use the studio to pre-record lectures or course introductions for online classes. Dr. Stephen Kosovich, SFA associate professor of economics, was instrumental in bringing this technology to SFA. He believes the studio also is an ideal tool for faculty members interested in “flipping the classroom,” meaning students can watch lectures before class and then class time is reserved for discussion.

“The studio makes videotaping lectures and presentations so much easier,” Kosovich said. “It’s also great for online courses because it makes the class more interactive and less stagnant.”

All SFA students are welcome to use the One Button Studio. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and a graduate assistant is onsite to assist.

Adjacent to the studio is a 20-seat testing room with computers. This room serves as a resource for students who may miss a test or online students who need to take a test in a monitored area.

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Nacogdoches Public Library News Releases

Contact information: Crystal Hicks
(936) 559-2970

STEAM Lab: Halloween STEAM

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites children, ages 7-11 years, to participate in a STEAM Lab on Thursday, October 27th at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a night of spooky STEAM fun. We will enjoy Halloween snacks, play with dry ice, and have a thrilling time participating in spooky projects. Expect some slime, lots of fog and maybe even a pumpkin volcano! Please call the library at (936) 559-2970 to register by Wednesday, October 26th. Spaces are limited.

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library is excited to host STEAM Labs for children ages 7-11 years who share a passion and a curiosity for all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The Friends of the Library are on Facebook (as Judy B. McDonald Public Library) and Twitter & Instagram (as @friendsofnacpl).
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Contact information: Crystal Hicks
(936) 559-2970

Makerspace: Paper Circuits at the Public Library

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites ages 10 and up to a Makerspace workshop on Wednesday, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Make the mundane into the marvelous by lighting up your paper projects with LEDs and electronic circuits. Our makers will learn the basics of circuitry and apply them to their own unique creations. Novice and experienced makers alike are welcome. Please call 559-2970 to register.

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library is thrilled to continue and expand the Makerspace program for tweens and teens. Makers are a collaborative community of all ages who share a passion for making things and who are engaged in experimentation, innovation and creativity. The Public Library’s Makerspace merges DIY, craft, art, electronics, programming, math, science and engineering into projects for both young people and their mentors. The goal is to support and grow the Maker movement in the local community through experimental play and hands-on creativity. Look for the new space in the library!

The Friends of the Library are on Facebook (as Judy B. McDonald Public Library) and Twitter and Instagram (as @friendsofnacpl).
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Contact information: Crystal Hicks
(936) 559-2970

Bad Art Night at the Public Library

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites adults of all ages to Bad Art Night on Friday, November 4th at 5:30 p.m. We’re bringing it back! Create something truly appalling…and win! Prizes will be awarded for the most heinous art. Why let kids have all the fun? Let them hang out next door and have some art making time for yourself.

Registration for this program is requested to ensure that there are supplies for all participants. Please call 559-2970 to sign up. More programs for all ages are planned throughout the fall, so check out the library’s website, www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/library or follow Judy B. McDonald Public Library on Facebook.

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City of Nacogdoches Receives Water Report

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CITY OF NACOGDOCHES RECEIVES WATER REPORT

The City of Nacogdoches has received results from well and lake water testing done by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). These results showed elevated levels of Trihalomethanes (THM). Since this standard quarterly test, the city has also received results that may indicate the TCEQ test was flawed.

The lake water test was done at Westward Drive and the well water test at Woden Road. These tested sites, located on Westward Drive and Woden Road, yielded results just over 250 parts per billion (ppb) of THMs, significantly exceeding the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allowed by the EPA of 80 ppb.

THMs are the byproducts of chlorine and organic material in the water. Chlorine is essential in producing safe drinking water and the resulting THMs are always present in minute quantities. There is some scientific evidence that suggests that higher than acceptable levels of THMs may present a health risk. Pregnant women, infants, and women who may become pregnant may be at an increased risk. Drinking water with higher than acceptable levels of THMs may also cause nervous system problems and may present an increased risk of certain cancers.

“By law we are required to share test results and the risks of THMs with the public,” City Engineer, Steve Bartlett said. “However, our second set of test results lead us to believe the original tests by TCEQ were inaccurate as these levels are reasonably unachievable.”

“Immediately after TCEQ notified the City about these alleged exceedances, we had an independent laboratory collect new samples at the same locations and test for THMs. Both locations showed significantly lower levels of THM, well below the TCEQ’s test results, and the maximum allowable levels allowed by the EPA.”

THM levels based on the City’s tests, were shown to be 41 ppb at Westward Drive and 16 ppb at Woden Road. These results also mirror past tests history at these locations by TCEQ. The City of Nacogdoches has never had exceedances of THM in the past. Even more unusual was the fact that the Lake water test (Westward Drive site) and the well water test (Woden Road site) had nearly identical values. That would normally be an extremely unlikely coincidence since they are from two different water sources, and are treated at two different plants using different processes.

Due to this, the city is currently contesting the results of the TCEQ tests and requesting that they be removed from our running average for future reporting purposes. Tests by the TCEQ are routinely done every quarter.

Nevertheless, state law requires that we prepare written notices to each water customer using language prepared by TCEQ. These notices will soon appear in the next round of water bills and will document that elevated levels of THMs were identified during the State’s testing. These notices will continue to be posted each quarter until such a time as TCEQ retracts their unrealistic test results or our running average falls below the MCL.

“It is important to note that although these notices are going to all water consumers, our water supply is safe to drink and citizens do not need to filter, boil or treat their water,” City Manager, Jim Jeffers said.

City officials will continue to perform periodic testing for THMs as well as increase our line flushing frequency to continue to monitor the level of THMs in our distribution system.

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Agenda for Commissioners Court Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Agenda for Commissioners Court Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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SFA’s Dr. Linda Black receives distinguished award

 Dr. Linda Black, associate professor in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, received the Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Council for the Social Studies, which is a nonprofit organization serving social studies educators and supporters across the state.

Dr. Linda Black, associate professor in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, received the Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Council for the Social Studies, which is a nonprofit organization serving social studies educators and supporters across the state.

Dr. Linda Black, associate professor in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, received the Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Council for the Social Studies, which is a nonprofit organization serving social studies educators and supporters across the state.

The award honors members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the organization and exemplify the professional social studies educator, according to the council’s website.

“This award is recognition of a lifetime of classroom experiences trying to bring the love of history, and, in my case, of world history, to students for four decades,” Black said. “The award represents the memories of friends and colleagues who have enriched my life through their wisdom and knowledge of how to bring a love of learning about history to students.”

Black was presented with the award Oct. 15 at the annual conference in Corpus Christi.

“When it was announced that I had been chosen, I was surprised and humbled because I am following in the footsteps of many outstanding social studies educators who have been honored to win this award — many who have influenced me in my career along the way,” Black said.

Black has served the organization as president and board representative for the local council in Houston; parliamentarian, vice president and president of the state organization; and she was a member of the board of directors for the National Council for Social Studies. She also was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year for the state organization in1992, and in 1993, she was selected the national Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

“I have always wanted to become a teacher and loved history, so it was natural to become a history teacher. Even today, as I enter my 43rd year of teaching, I still enjoy working with students,” Black said. “Working with those who plan to become teachers is an exciting experience. The classroom is where I want to be, hoping to make a difference in future teachers’ lives and maybe in the lives of students they will teach.”

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Jeb Bush to be featured as inaugural speaker for Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series at SFA

 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the guest speaker for Stephen F. Austin State University’s Rusche College of Business’ inaugural Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series, which is scheduled to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom on the university’s campus.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the guest speaker for Stephen F. Austin State University’s Rusche College of Business’ inaugural Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series, which is scheduled to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom on the university’s campus.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Rusche College of Business will host its inaugural Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom on the university’s campus. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will serve as guest speaker.

“We are so pleased to launch the Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series by featuring as our speaker such a notable and accomplished businessman and politician,” said Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of SFA’s Rusche College of Business.

Through a question-and-answer format, Bush will discuss various topics focusing on leadership and business issues.

“Mr. Bush’s business acumen combined with his extensive policy experience should yield a unique perspective attendees will find both interesting and useful,” Bisping said. “His substantial and varied leadership background will be especially beneficial to SFA students as they work toward achieving their academic and professional goals.”

Prior to the speaker series, the university will host the SFA Leadership Summit from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater on the SFA campus. This free event will feature a panel discussion with seven successful alumni about leadership principles and business and corporate issues.

Summit panelists include Greg Arnold, chairman and CEO of the Truman Arnold Companies; Chris Bagley, president and chief operating officer for BancorpSouth; Terry Bonno, senior vice president of marketing and contracts for Transocean; Michael Calbert, chairman of the board for Dollar General Corporation; Stacie Shirley, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Tuesday Morning Corporation; Steve Stagner, executive chairman and chairman of the board for Mattress Firm; and Michael Taff, executive vice president and CFO for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.

Bush was elected the 43rd governor of Florida in November 1998 and re-elected in 2002 to become the state’s first two-term Republican governor. He is the son of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush and the brother of the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.

Born in Midland, Texas, Bush grew up in Houston. In 1973, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Latin American Studies. Bush moved to Florida in 1981, where he started a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida.

In 1987 and 1988, Bush held his first government post, serving as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th governor. As secretary of commerce, Bush promoted Florida’s business climate to the world.

Later, Bush founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Urban League of Greater Miami to establish one of the state’s first charter schools. He also co-authored “Profiles in Character,” a book about 14 of Florida’s civic heroes — people making a difference without making news. Additionally, he co-authored “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.”

As governor, Bush focused on reforming education. Under his governance, Florida students made the greatest gains in achievement, and Florida became one of a handful of states to narrow the achievement gap. In addition, Bush cut taxes every year, and Florida led the nation in job growth seven out of eight years.

After serving as governor, Bush led his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates. His clients ranged from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He also served as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, and he was the co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and chair of the National Consortium Center.

He authored “Reply All,” in October 2015, which tells the story of his governorship through email exchanges with his staff members, the media and the Floridians he served.

Bush ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2015. He currently lives in Miami with his wife Columba. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.

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