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Jill Donovan to Speak at the Joyseeker's Conference


 

 

The Joyseeker’s Conference will be held  on February 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935. National Speaker Jill Donovan will be the speaker. You are invited to join us for a wonderful weekend of fellowship and a time to enjoy learning more about yourself. 

 

In 2004, Jill Donovan’s guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show ignited a change within her heart that would have a ripple effect on thousands of lives.

 

Jill left the legal profession when she followed her heart and discovered her true passion.

The Kindness Effect, a book full of real life stories exemplifying what can happen when you discover your gifts and become inten- tional about using them tells the story of Jill’s heart change and passionate pursuit of her purpose. For Jill, Rustic Cuff creator , it is not about the bracelet. It’s about the connection that is made between two people. It has been said that one of her favorite things to do is inspire a giving heart in others.

 

Jill is a sought-after motivational speaker who encourages women to pursue their passions and purpose in life. 


For more information see the brochure or call the First Baptist Church Office at (936) 598-5605.

 

 

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Freezer Pleaser Meal Prep Club Workshop


 

 

 

Tired at the end of your workday, need to find a way to save on your grocery budget, want to put a delicious hot and healthy meal on the dinner table?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Freezer Pleaser Meal Prep Club workshop is for you!  Join other like-minded people to learn and prep 20 to 30 freezer meals on monthly basis.  

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Shelby County will be hosting the first monthly meal prep classes on Monday, January 28th from 3 to 7 pm and Saturday, February 2 from 1 to 5 pm at the Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, TX 75935.  These classes are “come and go” sessions so that you can prep, freeze, and eat a healthy meal over the course of time.  You may participate in one workshop or both.  Additional workshop sessions will be held the last Monday and first Saturday of each month.

 

Registration and payment in advance is required to hold your space.  The cost for this workshop is $15 per person per session.  Sessions are limited to 12 participants.   If you would like to register or need more information, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH at 936-598-7744 or via email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu

 

 

 

 

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Woodmen Life meeting


 

 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold their annual officer installation dinner Monday, January 21st, 6:00 pm at Pineywoods’s Seafood. Officers will be sworn into their 2019 positions and read their duties for the upcoming year. All members are invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship. 

 

 

 

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Center Soccer, Softball and Baseball Signups


 

 

SOCCER    SOFTBALL    AND    BASEBALL   SIGNUPS

 

The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2019 Spring Soccer, Softball, and Baseball signups will begin soon.

 

Where?  The Center Middle School Cafeteria
When?
Friday, February 1
Tuesday, February 5
Friday, February 8
All Dates from 5:00 to 7:00pm


For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director at 936-590-7196.


Inscripciones de SOCCER    SOFTBALL    Y    BEISBOL

 

El Departamento  de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la  temporada de primavera 2019 de soccer, softball y béisbol está por comenzar pronto.   

 

¿Donde? Cafetería de la escuela secundaria de Center
¿Cuando?
Viernes, 1 de febrero
Martes, 5 de febrero
Viernes, 8 de febrero
En cada fecha de 5:00 a 7:00pm


Para más información favor de comunicarse con Jason Mitchell, Director del Departamento de Recreación para la Ciudad de Center, al número 936-590-7196.

 

 

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Ernie & Jason Couch Concert at First United Methodist Church


 

 

 

Center, Texas – January 15, 2019 – Gospel and Christian music fans need to circle Sunday, January 27, 2019 on their calendars!  On that date, Nashville, Tenn. father-and-son duo Ernie and Jason Couch will be in concert beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Center located at 211 Porter Street.


Ernie and Jason will be bringing an exciting mixture of 20th century gospel classics and originals to town.  These guys are known across the United States and Canada for their live music, good humor and genuine spirit.  Many describe the group as refreshingly different and a lot of fun.  Jason Couch stated, “We want to reach everyone from all age groups and backgrounds, with the message of the music.  We enjoy what we do and want the people to enjoy it just as much.  We certainly will give it all we got in the time we have.” 


This duo has been traveling the road for almost three decades, presenting a professional evening of music.  Besides a Grammy nomination, having a number of songs in the gospel charts both here and abroad, Ernie and Jason have recorded with such greats as George Beverly Shea, Jake Hess, George Jones, Petra, James Earl Jones, Pattie Page and Dallas Holm to name a few.
Please take the time to check these guys out for yourself at www.erniecouchandrevival.com or on their Facebook page at Ernie Couch & Revival.  If you want to enjoy a great evening of music, don’t miss seeing Ernie and Jason in concert!


Additional information regarding the concert can be obtained by contacting the church office at (936) 598-2707. There will be no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be taken.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Smith Delivers TAGHS Talk on Using DNA in Genealogy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patti Huff Smith hadn't thought much about her Texas roots until 2013 when her son, who was in high school at the time, wanted to know about his ancestors who might have fought in the Civil War. With the assistance of her 90-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Smith and her son began exploring her family's roots...and she hasn't stopped! In her program “Between the Lines: What Your Ancestors Didn't Tell You!”, delivered to the Timpson Area Genealogy and Heritage Society's January 16 meeting, Mrs. Smith revealed the value, and surprises, of using DNA in genealogical research.

 

With the burgeoning popularity of DNA testing, the wealth of previously unavailable genetic relationship information contained in DNA databases has grown exponentially. A DNA test can determine if two people are related, if they descend from a common ancestor, if you are related to others with the same surname, and get an estimate of your ethnic origins. As Mrs. Smith pointed out, DNA testing can prove..or disprove..paper trail genealogical research and nearly always reveals relationships with previously unknown people.  The potential for “dragging skeletons out of the closet” is significant, hence the title of Mrs. Smith's program, “What Your Ancestors Didn't Tell You”.

 

Mrs. Smith shared several of the surprises her DNA research has revealed, including one concerning one of her great-grandmother's children who “didn't look like the rest”. Shared DNA matches from the 42 DNA tests her family members have done established that her great-grandmother had had an affair with her sister's husband and that he, not her great-grandfather, was the father of this child. Though Mrs. Smith laughs about it, this is the sort of thing “your ancestors didn't tell you” that she cautions potential DNA testers to prepare for.

 

Mrs. Smith encourages everyone who has had a DNA test done to take the next step and download their raw DNA test results to GEDmatch.com. This makes your DNA part of the ever-expanding DNA database, compares your DNA with that of millions of others,  and allows previously unknown genetic relationships to be revealed. For example, if you come from a family averaging 2-3 children per generation, you will have about 190 third cousins, 940 fourth cousins, and 4,700 fifth cousins. The likelihood that you know them all is not high! 

 

For example, Mrs. Smith received correspondence from a 47 year-old man who, while acting as executor of his parents estate, was told by a sibling that he had been adopted. The shock of this revelation led him to a search for his birth parents through a DNA test, which revealed that he and Mrs. Smith were third cousins, though they had never met. Though the adoption records were sealed, Mrs. Smith offered to use her expertise to help the man locate his birth parents. Though the process was difficult, they were eventually located using DNA matching.


Anyone who has done genealogical research knows the frustration of hitting a “brick wall” in their search but Mrs. Smith showed how DNA testing can frequently get the researcher past the obstacle. A combination of traditional genealogical research methods with DNA testing creates opportunities only dreamed of by genealogists a couple of decades ago.

 

The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The public is invited.

   

 

 

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Carman Legacy Tour


 

 

 

 

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CHS Baseball Parent Meeting Thursday, January 24


 

 


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

 

Please email alex.davis@centerisd.org for more information.

 

 

 

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Updated: 2019 Tenaha Baseball Schedule


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Shelbyville Basketball


 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha 7th & 8th Grade Basketball Game Location Change


 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Scholarship Meeting


 


LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP MEETING

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center ISD Mini Cheer Camp Location Change


 

 

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

 

The cost is $35 per child and for more information call 936-598-6173 or email courtney.mayfield@centerisd.org

 

 

 

 

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Sam Samford Lodge #149 Meetings


 


Sam Samford Lodge #149 in Center has its stated meeting on the second Tuesday of each month beginning with food and fellowship at 6:30 pm.  Each Thursday at 6:30 pm, we meet for fellowship and study of the esoteric work.  The lodge is located on Hwy 96 South about one-half mile inside Loop 500.  Member or not, come by for a visit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting


 

 

The PWPS will be holding their first monthly meeting of the new year this Saturday, 1/19/19 at the First United Methodist Church,211 Porter Street, Center, TX. 9:00 am -12:00.

 

If you are someone interested in photography as a fun hobby, or more serious photographer, we encourage you to visit our club meetings. Memberships are available. For more information contact Billie F Jones, 936-591-2426 or email billiejones602@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Steel Building Raffle


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. still has raffle tickets for sale!  We are raffling off a Brand New 10x16 steel building.  The drawing will be on Valentines Day, February 14th, 2019.  Stop by the Shelby County Outreach Office to get your tickets today before it's too late.  Tickets are only $20 each OR 6 tickets for $100!  Winner responsible for moving costs.  For more information, call us at 598-4990.  

 

 

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Free Health Screening


 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Meeting


 


The first membership meeting of the year will be February 19th at 12 noon here at the Chamber! The program will be the San Augustine Women's Service League. The business of the Month will be Coffee at Hardware on the Square. The caterer will be the San Augustine ISD Culinary Class.

 

 

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Church Fundraiser


 

 

 

First Pentecostal Church in Center out on Fulsom Chapel Road is having a Gumbo/ Chili Fundraiser on Jan 24, 2019.

 

 

This is Pre Sale Only!
$10 EACH
Gumbo or Chili with Crackers 
Gumbo is chicken/sausage. 
Slice Cake and soda or water. 


This Fundraiser is to help go toward our Building Fund. Donations are  Accepted. 


You can call Nancy  936 591 4729 to place orders. 

 

 

 

 

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Golden Harvest Meeting


 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday January 21st, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  Teddy Hopkins will present a program about The Shelby County Museum.

 

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

 

 

 

 

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2019 Awards and Instillation Gala


 

 

 

 

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San Augustine MLK Day Celebration


 

 


There will be an MLK Day Celebration Monday 21st, parade beginning at First Baptist CAB at 12 o'clock. 

 

Marching to the Tabernacle for a program and dinner.  Please join in, They are asking every church van, every business,  and every organization to join us in the parade and at the Taylor Tabernacle to celebrate the life and sacrifices of Rev. Martin Luther King,  Jr. We have T-shirts for sale. Please call Labrittany Hollis 936-201-0049 or inbox her.

 

The morning of beginning at 10 AM we will pick up trash along MLK Street beginning at the Texaco station.  

 

 

 

 

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Community Builders Award


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newbern Lodge No. 97 of Arcadia, TX presented the Community Builder Award to Barbara Scates on January 5, 2019. Charlie O’Brian Brittain, Worshipful Master, led the evening’s event. Following a prayer and pledges to the American and Texas flags, Barbara Scates was presented the award.

 

This prestigious award was established by the Grand Lodge of Texas so that lodges can formally recognize outstanding non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through their service to the community, local and state governments, places of worship, or to humanity at large.

 

Community Builders are often found in service clubs, public school systems, religious activities, and all kinds of volunteer work. They are everywhere you look but often go unseen. According to Brittain, Mrs. Scates was given this award in recognition of distinguished service and personal contributions to the community and for her years of work at Excelsior School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step Up and Scale Down and Become the Biggest Loser of Weight in Shelby County


 

The local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office is launching Step Up & Scale Down, a FREE 12-week weight management program to help the public in their efforts.

 

Join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for the opening weigh-in of participants which takes place January 23 – 30, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Shelby County Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas. 

 

Winners of the 12-week long challenge will be determined by the percentage of body weight they lose during the three-month competition, not by lost pounds.  All participants will weigh-in bi-weekly to chart their progress (weights will be kept confidential), which ends with a final weigh-in at the Extension office the week of April 23.  The winners will be awarded prizes for 1st – 3rd places, respectively, and recognized at a celebration event on May 7th.


In conjunction, participants will be encouraged to enter an additional weight loss challenge for all of East Texas entitled Lighten Up East Texas.  Participants in this free contest will be eligible to win grand prizes such as $5,000 in cash for the top male and female percentage of weight lost, and other prizes for those losing 5% or more in weight.  For more information on this weight-loss challenge go to www.LUET.org

 

If you have questions about this wellness program, please contact Feleshia Thompson, BLT Extension Assistant at 598-7744 or feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu or follow us on Facebook at Shelby Extension Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TAGHS Meeting


 

 

Patti Smith to Present “Between the Lines: What Your Ancestors Didn't Tell You!” for TAGHS on Wednesday 16th at 2 p.m. at the Timpson public library.

 

TAGHS meets the third Wednesday of every month in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library , located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The public is invited.

 

 

 

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