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San Augustine Chamber of Commerce Meeting


 

 

San Augustine Chamber meeting starts at 12:00 noon, on July 17th.  The business of the Month is Legacy Real Estate with Alex Grisom.  The program will be Hope Community Medicine w/ Mike Belgaurd.  The meal will be by Subway. 
 
 
 
 

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Photo Club Meeting


 

 

 
“The PWPS announces that their regular monthly meeting will take place this Saturday, July 21st. at the First United Methodist Church at 211 Porter St. Center, Tx. from 9 am - 12 pm. The monthly challenge will be photos submitted by members depicting “Flight”. This should make for a good challenge. The workshop for July will be “Shooting still and moving water “. If anyone is interested in this workshop or photography, they are welcome to give The PWPS a try. For more information, call or text, secretary, Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 
 
 
 

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Xi Alpha Delta Rho donates to Noble Children's Services


 

 

 

 

 

The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently and presented a donation check to Elizabeth Andrusick, executive director of Noble Children's Services.  Xi Alpha Delta Rho was pleased to make this donation, as the group's mission in giving is to help local children's organizations. 
 
Noble Children's Services serves foster and adoptive children and youth who have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. The local agency trains and supports special families who make the choice to help heal and nurture children through their journey towards a reunification with the biological family, a permanent placement, independent living or adoption.  https://noblecs.org/
 
 
 
 

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Open Door Banquet Rescheduled


 

 

The Banquet for Pastor Alvin and Vanessa Davis will be rescheduled because of the air unit not working at the Outreach Center.
 
Yolonda Neal Executive Administrative Assistant  Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc 214 Nacogdoches Street Center, Texas 936-598-6315 ext 200
 
 

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SHELBYVILLE DRAGON MILITARY MARCHING BAND SUMMER BAND 2018


 

 

 
 
*Mr. Johnson will notify the band of any changes to the calendar. If you have any conflicts, contact a band director IMMEDIATELY.         
 
July 19                        Leadership Meeting/Registration       12PM
 
July 20                        Registration (Soph., Fresh, 8th)          1PM – 3PM 
 
July 23                        Band Booster Meeting                       6PM                          
 
July 23 – 27                Summer Band Camp                          8AM – 3PM                         
 
July 30-31, Aug. 2      Summer Band Week 1                       5PM – 8PM     
 
Aug. 6-7, 9                  Summer Band Week 2                       5PM – 8PM
 
Aug. 13-14                  Summer Band Week 3                       5PM – 8PM
 
Aug. 15                       Band Pictures                                     8AM (in Uniform)
 
Aug. 16                       Morning Rehearsal                             9AM – 12PM
 
 
 
 
 
*ALL REHEARSALS/PERFORMANCE ARE MANDATORY*
 
Email:  deshmondj@shelbyville.k12.tx.us
 
Band Office:  936-591-9991 
 
Dragon Band Text Message Notifications
 
Text:  @sdm2b  To:  81010
 
 
 
 
 
*July 23rd   -     Band Booster Meeting   -    6PM*
 
  
 
There will be a Dragon Band Booster Meeting on July 23rd at 6pm in the band hall. Students/parents are required to attend at least two meetings each school year. Topics to be discussed are:  officer elections, booster hours/points, scholarship requirements, concession stand, and 2020 Disney Trip requirements. A door prize drawing will be held for those in attendance.
 
 

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XYZ Extension Homemaker's Club Meeting Updated


 
 
The XYZ Extension Club will meet Thursday 19th at 12 noon at the home of Bobbie Nutt.  They will hear some more information about last year's State Conference.  Peaches Conway will demonstrate how to make mats for the homeless.  Ellen Manning will visit about rice production in Texas and she will give examples of uses for rice.  Refreshements will be served.  For information, call Ellen Manning at 936-598-3081.
 
 

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Joaquin ISD Substitute Orientation


 

 

Joaquin ISD has scheduled its annual substitute orientation and training for Wednesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. in the Joaquin ISD Staff Development room. Please be sure to complete and or update an online application at www.joaquinisd.net under employment opportunities. 
Substituting at Joaquin ISD
 
In order to substitute in any capacity for Joaquin ISD as well as any school district in the state of Texas, substitutes are required by law to be fingerprinted through the state designated vendor enabling the district to conduct a criminal history background check. There is a fee of approximately $50.00 that is your responsibility. Joaquin ISD will take information from your application and submit it to the Texas Education Agency. A “Fastpass” will be issued and sent to you with fingerprinting instructions. You must be fingerprinted before you can be added to the substitute list. 
 
Candidates must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Retired teachers are encouraged to apply.
 
Upon completion of fingerprint requirement, you will also be required to attend a Joaquin ISD substitute training. This training is held at various times during the month. Please call Donna Vergo at (936) 269-3128 ext. 225 for a training date.
 
A substitute teacher’s service is an important contribution to our school system as well as to the development of the boys and girls in whom all educators are so vitally interested. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students of Joaquin ISD, thank you for your interest in substituting at Joaquin ISD.
 
 
 
 

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Spay & Neuter Clinic in Center


 

 

 

 

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Pastor & Wife Banquet at Open Door Baptist Worship Center


 

 

 
Open Door Baptist Worship Center
900 Cotton Ford Road
Center, Tx
 
Pastor and Wife Banquet 
Honoring Pastor Alvin and 1st Lady Vanessa Davis
The occasion will be Formal/Semi-Formal
 
Piney Woods Outreach Center, 255 Haley Drive Center, Tx
July 28, 2018
5:00 p.m.
 
 
We invite you to come and help us celebrate 
Everyone invited  
 
 
 

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Blood Drive in San Augustine


 

 

Summit Nursing and Rehab of San Augustine
 
Life Saving Blood Drive
 
Tuesday, July 31
 
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Located at 902 East Main
 
San Augustine, TX 
 
For more information or to sign up contact
 
Bozzie Larkin at (936)275-2055
 
All successful donors will
 
Receive a FREE Beach Towel!
 
 
 
 
 

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Little Free Library Opening Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Free Library had its official opening ceremony today 7-12-18 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Center, TX.  The library is on a honesty based system and is open to the public.
 

 

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Blood Drive at First Baptist Church


 

 

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Franchia Black shows us the towel you will get if you donate blood today 7-12-18 at the Center First Baptist Church. Blood drive continues until 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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Photo Club Meeting


 

 

Saturday, July 21st at the First United Methodist Church Basement at 9am-noon. We will have the monthly photo challenge judging first. This month the subject is "Flying". Then at 10:30 the workshop starts and the subject is "Shooting Still and Moving Water". Piney Woods Photographic Society is open to anyone with an interest in improving their shooting and processing skills. All experience levels and ages are welcome. Guests may attend with or without a member.

 
 
 

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Chamber Day


 

 

 

 

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Murphy USA Gas Station to Close For Remodeling in Center


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stars and Stories


 

Join us for an evening of night sky stories and exploration.
 
Gather at 8:00 around a campfire with Educator/Interpreter Rachel Galan to learn about Caddo history and culture through night themed stories. Feel free to bring supplies to roast marshmallows and make smores!
 
At 8:30 Douglas (Doug) Parsons, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tyler Junior College, will lead the night sky program at Caddo Mounds SHS.
 
Jupiter, Mars, and I think Saturn will all be in the sky as well; so we can have a rather nice tour of the planets. The moon will most certainly be up in the sky, so bring your cell phone and leave with amazing moon pictures! 
 
Doug will set up telescopes, but you are also invited to bring your own.
 
The program is free, however regular site admission rates do apply.
 
Meet: Pavilion at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
Bring: Drinking water, binoculars, a lawn chair or blanket, and dress for the weather.                             
WHEN: Saturday July 21st .
8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas.  The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.
 
BACKGROUND: Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit www.visitcaddomounds.com.
 
 
 
 

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John Lennon Stamp


 

 

This stamp, honoring legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon, is the latest in a series of Music Icons stamps. Beloved around the world, Lennon was successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist. Lennon's music continues to speak for truth, peace, and tolerance.
 
The stamp artwork features a 1974 photo of John Lennon taken by noted rock music photographer Bob Gruen for Lennon’s “Walls and Bridges” album. The stamp pane resembles a vintage 45-rpm record sleeve and features Lennon at his white piano on the reverse side. The photograph, taken by Peter Fordham, was used to promote Lennon’s landmark 1971 solo album, “Imagine.”
 
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. This ceremony is free and open to the public.
 
 

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Community Calendar July 2018


 

 

 

 

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First Lady Night


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Needs Help with Pantry


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. needs your help!  We have been busy this summer handing out emergency food boxes and we need your help to fill up our food pantry once again.  Working together is important as we strive to stomp out hunger.    
 
Any canned good is welcomed, but here is a short list of items we use the most in our food boxes:  Corn, Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Carrots, Tuna, Chili, Potatoes, Various Beans, and canned soup. 
 
You can drop off your canned goods at the Helping Hands Outreach Center, which is located at 930 Shelbyville Street.  We are on the corner of Shelbyville St. and MLK.  For more information please call us at 936-598-4990. 
 
As always, we are grateful for your support.  God Bless you.
 
 

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Magician Julian Franklin Performs at Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magician Julian Franklin performed today 7-10-18 at 10:30 a.m. the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Libary in Center, TX.  He has been performing for around 16 years now full-time and teaching children science though his lessons.  
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Contest


 

 

Show us why you love Shelby County Texas in pictures!  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee announces an open call for entries for the Photography contest currently underway.
 
The Chamber of Commerce is looking for original, fun, striking images of what Shelby County, Texas means to you!  These images may reflect the wide variety of architecture, events and activities, landscape, “seasons”, people or places relevant to Shelby County.  Entries may be newly taken photos, or photos you already have taken no earlier than 2015.  They just need to be your original work.
 
The Photography contest is open to everyone of all ages.  Prizes will be awarded for First Place ($125), Second Place ($75) and Third Place ($50).  Contest ends August 31st and winners will be announced later in September.
 
Submissions must be digital entries by e-mail to scchambertxphotocontest@hotmail.com or via photo CD mailed or hand delivered to 2018 Photography Contest, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Courthouse Square A-101, Center, Texas  75935.  All entries must be accompanied by the completed Contest Entry Form, Entry Fees and any Photography Release Forms.
 
Contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or email your questions and inquires about the photo contest to scchambertxphotocontest@hotmail.com.  Complete rules and entry forms can be found on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce website http://shelbycounty chamber.com/.
 
 
 

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Little Free Library to Open


 

 

Join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the staff and congregation of First United Methodist Church for a Ribbon Cutting to Launch the Little Free Library. The Ribbon Cutting will be held on Thursday, July 12th at 11:00am at Center First UMC located at 211 Porter Street in Center.
 
 
Nancy Dickerson, Center First UMC Children’s Director, along with church member Carlos Gray, built a Little Free Library inspired by the Little Free Library program “take a book, leave a book”. This will be a special place for sharing good books and bringing the community together through the joy of reading. The Little Free Library exchanges operate on the honor system; anyone visiting the Little Free Library may take a book or bring a book to share.
 
 
The public is invited to attend and celebrate.
 
 
For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.
 
 
 

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Frontier Days Car, Truck & Bike Show Results


 

 

Motorcycle division:
 
1st Billy Hudman
3rd William Hinton  
3rd Kent brown 
 
 
Truck division:
 
1st JT Rhodes
2nd Robin Connell 
3rd Ryan Mackey 
 
 
Car division:
   
1st Lee Poquette
2nd Billy Crump
3rd Jeanie Rhodes
 
 
Best of Show:
 
Best of show motorcycle division Billy Hudman 
Best of show truck JT Rhodes
Best of show car Deb Poquette
Over all peoples choice Justin Dupree & Robin Crawford Connell
 
 
 
 

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS BEGINNING YOGA CLASSES


 

 
Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Beginning Yoga classes – July 16 – August 22. The class will meet Monday and Wednesday. We will be offering two sessions for the summer (10:35 am – 11:35 am or 5:05 pm – 6:05 pm). The cost of the class is $45.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email tmccann@panola.edu
 
 

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS Zumba ® Gold


 

 

Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Zumba ® Gold.  This class takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the older participant.  The class will meet Monday and Wednesday:  July 16 – August 22, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $45, and pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email: tmccann@panola.edu.
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday July 16,  2018 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by Mr. Charles Niswonger and his musical saw.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 
 

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Ag News Herbicide Applications During Dry, Hot Months


 

Invasive brush can decrease forage productivity for livestock or decrease brush diversity valuable for wildlife habitat.  Most ranchers find themselves constantly considering options for brush management, weighing not only the cost and effectiveness, but also when they can find the time to complete the treatments.   As temperatures continue to climb across our area and the chances of rainfall seem to be weakening, it’s important to consider the effect this will have on any herbicide applications.
 
Treating weeds or brush with a leaf spray application when temperatures are as high as they have been lately will usually result in poor control for several reasons.  Plants likely have slowed down their growth and will not move the herbicide down to the roots to control the plant as readily during this time.  Additionally, insect damage during this time of year also decreases the amount of leaf available to take in the herbicide.  Finally, hot temperatures make leaves waxier; a trait used by plants to retain moisture, but will decrease the herbicides’ ability to get into the leaf.  The next leaf spray season will be this fall (October) when it is recommended to treat plants such as Macartney rose, and Chinese tallowtree.
 
If you find yourself willing to brave the heat, what herbicide applications could you do during these hot months?  Stem spray applications and cut-stump treatments may be done most any time during the year.  Stem sprays involve spraying each stem of a brush plant, all the way around, about 12-18” high.  This treatment is best on trees with three or less stems because more stems increases the opportunity to miss one of those buds underneath the ground and allow the plant to regrow!  The mix for the stem spray method is simple: 25% triclopyr (such as Remedy Ultra) and 75% diesel.  This should be applied in a straight stream directed right onto the stem.  Plants must be left alone for one full year before removing the ‘skeleton’ or burning the pasture.
 
An alternative treatment is the cut-stump method.  While this method requires more labor upfront, it is essential 100% effective if done correctly!  The tree should be removed as low and flat as possible without any dirt or saw dust left on the remaining cut surface.  This could be done with a shear, chainsaw, loppers, or a brush cutter (weedeater with a brush cutter attachment).  A mixture of 15% triclopyr (such as Remedy Ultra) and 85% diesel will be applied onto the entire cut surface and any remaining stem.  This treatment can be done any time of year, so keep in mind that December may provide more favorable weather for those doing the cutting!
 
When spraying with high temperatures, time your applications for early in the morning when temperatures are not as high. Never spray when temperatures exceed 90 degrees.  Some herbicides (such as Remedy Ultra) are especially susceptible to volatilization, so care should be taken to protect desirable plants from accidental movement of the herbicide.  Be sure to drink lots of water and take frequent breaks.  
 
Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu 
 
Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin, genetic information or veteran status.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  
 
 
 

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Church Singing at Short Methodist


 

 

 

 

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Free crisis counseling helps Harvey survivors cope


 

 

 
Dial 2-1-1 to be referred to confidential counselors in 31 Harvey-affected counties
 
AUSTIN, Texas — Recovering from Hurricane Harvey doesn’t just mean rebuilding your home or finding a new job. Long after one’s physical recovery is complete, the signs of stress and trauma may remain.
 
Texans Recovering Together provides free, confidential crisis counseling and referral services to help survivors work through their disaster recovery. The program is run by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and funded through grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totaling $13.9 million.
 
Crisis counseling providers visit homes and community settings for Texans Recovering Together, rather than conducting sessions in an office. Counselors are available in 31 counties affected by Harvey, and survivors can dial 2-1-1 to be referred to a local provider.
 
More than 147,000 survivors of Hurricane Harvey have received individual crisis counseling, group crisis counseling, public education, community networking services, educational contacts or basic support through Texans Recovering Together. Services provided include stress management techniques, coping mechanisms and connections to disaster-relief resources.
 
Additionally, staff have provided nearly 145,000 secondary services, including handling telephone and hotline contacts, and distributing digital and printed educational materials.
 
The crisis counseling program enhances mental health resilience among survivors who are displaced, jobless, homeless, impoverished or faced with stress and other common responses to disaster trauma. Experts say the stress of adjusting to new circumstances and beginning to rebuild after a disaster may not set in for up to a year.
 
Crisis counseling is available through Texans Recovering Together in the following counties: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton. Additional disaster behavioral health resources can be found at www.hhs.texas.gov/disaster-assistance.
 
For further information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem.
 
 

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Blood Drive at First Baptist Church


 

 

 

 

 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Update


 

 

The last program for the Fannie Brown Booth Library's 2018 Summer Reading/Learning Program will be Tuesday, July 10th, at 10:30 a.m.  Magician Julian Franklin will present his magical show for all ages.  The Library has had a summer full exciting programs and events and Mr. Franklin's show will be no different.  Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.
 
 

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What-A-Melon Festival Schedule


 

 

What-A-Melon Festival Arrives in Center Thursday!
 
The 29th Annual What-A-Melon festival is rolling into downtown Center, Texas starting July 12th for 3 days of fun in the sun! The three days of festivities, July 12th, 13th, and 14th is looking for participants to join in and help make this the best What-A-Melon Festival ever. Platinum sponsors for the festival are Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank.
 
Entry into the festival is $5 per button and admission buttons are good all three days of the festival. Children five and under get in free. Arm bands are available each night of the festival for rides and are $20. Arm band hours are Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm and Friday/Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
 
The What-A-Melon Festival's biggest attraction, the Largest Watermelon Contest, is Thursday evening and the winning melons will be on display for festival visitors to see and have photos made with this year's largest watermelons! The weigh-in will be July 12th at 5pm under the big tent. Come see who will take home the big prize money!
 
The Pet Show will be held Friday, July 13th at 6pm. Sign up is at 5:30pm to enter your favorite pet. Be sure to wow the judges by adding a little watermelon style to your pet's stage presence.
 
Reed Barton, a singer/songwriter from Burleson, Texas will take to the stage Friday at 8:30pm. Come out and enjoy a finger lickin' mix of classic country and classic rock music and welcome Barton to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival!
 
The What-A-Melon Fun Run/5K will jump start Saturday's activities at 7am. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Shelby County Cancer Fund. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Farmer's State Bank downtown.
 
The fan favorites - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest is set for 3pm Saturday under the big tent! Come out and demonstrate your watermelon seed spitting skills along with who can down their melon slice the fastest! 
 
The What-A-Melon Pageant is Saturday evening from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Come see the contestants take to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire!
 
Last but certainly not least, a Shelby County favorite, Zach Mason and the Jars will be performing on stage under the big tent Saturday evening at 8pm and will close out all the festival activities with a great live performance that fans won't forget!
 
The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club. Additional sponsors who make the festival possible are (Gold Sponsors) City of Center; Focused Care of Center; (Silver Sponsors) Center Glass; R&D Distributors; Citizens Bank; Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative; ACE Hardware; Kyle Coffin, DDS; Coral Cactus; Texas Credit; (Bronze Sponsors) Toledo Automotive / NAPA; Sandy Wheeler State Farm; and Tammy Steptoe Realty. Be sure to thank all the festival sponsors.
 
Proceeds raised from the What-A-Melon Festival by the Rotary Club of Center are donated back to various organizations in the community to help fight hunger, provide scholarships, support the youth, and more! Through the years the club has made pledges which have helped construct the John D. Windham Civic Center, the Center Baseball Park, and the Center Softball Park.
 
 

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What-A-Melon Festival T-Shirts


 

 

The 2018 What-A-Melon Festival t-shirts have arrived and are available for purchase at Farmers State Bank main branch through Wednesday, July 11th and at the coke booth during the festival. All shirt sizes are $15 each.
 
The What-A-Melon Festival starts Thursday, July 12th with opening ceremonies at 5pm and the Largest Watermelon contest weighing in after the offical watermelon cutting. The festival runs through Saturday, July 14th.
 
Scott Stanfield, President of the Rotary Club of Center, revealed the winner of the What-A-Melon Festival logo contest to be Amanda Hughes. Miss Hughes is now a senior at Center High School. It's her design representing the meat of the festival, the watermelon slice, that is on all the festival t-shirts!
 
 
Farmers State Bank main branch hours are Friday open from 9am until 5pm, Monday-Thursday open from 9am until 3pm. Festival opens at 5pm on Thursday, July 12th.
 
 

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Meeting Timpson Area Genealogical & Heritage Society


 

 
Jim Jones of Shreveport will discuss “Understanding Your DNA Results,” when he speaks to the Timpson Area Genealogical & Heritage Society” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Timpson Public Library on 520 Austin Street in downtown Timpson, Texas (75975).  For more information, please call Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.
 
 
 

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Alene Dunn to Kick Off Genealogy Conference


 

 

Jasper resident Alene Dunn will kick off the inaugural Jasper County Genealogy Conference with her presentation on “Making Memories” at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Courthouse Annex on 300 East Houston Street in downtown Jasper, Texas.  She will draw on material from her most recent book on making memories for the presentation.  At 10 a.m., Linda Reynolds will discuss a grant she, Dr. Kelley Snowden, and Dr. Perky Beisel collaborate on called Voices from Small Places.  The pilot project began in the Arcadia community in Shelby County.  At 11 a.m., Carolyn Spears, curator of the Stone Fort Museum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, will discuss the “The History of the Stone Fort and Its Museum.”  Genealogically, Dickie Dixon will tie his family to the Fort as part owners after the Cordova Rebellion.
 
After lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 pm, at 1 pm Gary Rogers, of Cushing, will discuss “Lonesome Charley Reynolds:  A Little Bighorn Casualty;”  Reynolds was his ancestor.  He served as a scout from Custer, who came through Jasper after the Civil War.  At 2 p.m. Karen Hall, a veteran and accomplished genealogist, will speak.  She has not announced her topic yet.  At 3 p.m. a speaker has not yet been assigned  to speak.
 
The day before—on Thursday, July 19, 2018—volunteers and members of the Jasper County Historical Commission will help the public with their genealogy in the Jasper County Historical Commission Library on 138 East Houston Street (the Old Jail).
 
The help with genealogy on Thursday afternoon and the all day conference on Friday both are free to the public. 
 
For more information or to RSVP, please call (409) 384-6441 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public can e-mail the Jasper County Historical Commission at jaspercountyhc@yahoo.com of Dickie at dickie.dixon@hotmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

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First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin VBS


 

 

 
First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin is now accepting registration forms for kids ages four through eleven, for their Truth Odyssey Vacation Bible School.
 
Join them as Dr. Albert discovers God’s Big Story In a Time Machine. 
 
VBS dates are: Thursday, July 26th  through Saturday, July 28th,
 
Time:  6pm-8:30pm each night
 
Transportation is available to and from VBS.
 
Call 936-572-8233 to preregister and set up for church van transportation
 
Don’t miss Vacation Bible School at First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin starting July 26th.    First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin, located at 11113 Highway 7 West in Joaquin. 
 
 
 
 

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Vacation Bible School First Baptist Church


 

 

 

 

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Fundraiser at Sam Samford Masonic Lodge


 

 

Bake Sale and Lunch plate fundraiser today 7-6-18 at the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge in Center, TX from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
 

 

 

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Jeannie's fundraiser


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeannie Taylor lives in a small East Texas town and has been diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  She is a wife, mom, daughter, and friend.  Due to her location, she has to drive four hours round trip   to Tyler every time she needs to see a doctor or  receive treatment.  This is where you can help!  Burnt Offerings BBQ is hosting a fundraiser August 4, 2018, to raise money for needs associated with her medical treatment.  Please pray about being a part of this benefit to help a family receive care and relieve some stress.  All will help Jeannie's recovery.
 
 
To donate to this event or purchase a BBQ meal for the August 4 fundraiser, please go to www.facebook.com/burntofferingsbbqtexas.   Go to our Event post.  You will find a link to buy a BBQ meal and another link to donate to Jeannie’s cause.  Donations are tax deductible.  We accept all major credit cards.
 
We will accept cash, checks, and credit cards the day of the event.
Thank you in advance for your giving!
 
DETAILS:
 
Location:  Moodyville Barbeque
4001 State Highway 7E
Center, TX  75935
 
Date:  August 4, 2018
 
Time:  11:00 until we run out of BBQ!
 
For more information, contact 
info@burntofferingsbbq.org
 
 

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Jungle River Adventure


 

 

Jungle River Adventure at the Friendship Baptist Church July 23rd - 27th from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
 
For more infromation call: 936-572-3221.
 
 
 

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FBC Shelbyville Youth Fundraiser


 

 

FBC Shelbyville Youth will be selling BBQ BAKED POTATOES for $8, and CHOPPED BRISKET for $10 a pound this Sunday July 8th at noon at our fellowship hall.  Come eat with us or pick up to go!  Thanks for your support!

 

 

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MENDING FENCES MENDING LIVES


 

 

Still waters Cowboy Church
Christ Centered Recovery
Hope Clinic
 
325 Tenaha Street Center Texas
 
MEETS WEEKLY 6 PM – 8 PM
 
 “Come unto me, and I will give you rest”
 
 
 
 

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Captain Barnacles Performs at the Library


 

 

 

 

 

On 7-5-18 Captain Barnacles and the Swashbuckling Gurus performed a pirate play at 10:30 a.m. there was a good turnout of children, considering the play took place one day after the 4th of July.
 
 
 

 

 

 

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Waston & Sons to Enforce Decoration Regulations


 

This is a letter from Watson & Sons Funeral Home:

 

Due to recent complaints and in an effort for maintenance personnel to improve the appearance of Oaklawn Memorial Park, management will begin strictly enforcing the rules and regulations regarding the decoration of cemetery lots.  It is our goal to ensure that the cemetery is neat, clean and respectful for our community.  
 
The placing of vases, toys, metal designs, ornaments, and similar articles upon lots are not permitted.  We kindly ask that such items be removed.
 
Artificial flowers or real flowers are permitted on monuments containing a receptacle.
 
The deadline for the removal of all unapproved items will be August 1st, 2018.
 
After that date, any unapproved items will be removed and discarded by cemetery personnel.  
 
Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.
 
 
 

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FSA County Committee Election Information


 

 

(NACOGDOCHES/Texas), July 5, 2018 –Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lance Jacobs, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Friday, June 15, 2018. 
 
"County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level," said Jacobs. 
 
To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) where they are nominated.
 
Farmers and livestock producers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2018 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2018.
 
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees consist of three to 11 members.
 
"It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community," said Jacobs. "All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process." 
 
FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, 2018. Ballots must be returned to the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby county FSA office via mail or in person by Dec. 3, 2018. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2019.
 
For more information about county committees, please contact the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA office at 936-564-5891 extension 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
 
 
 

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July Jam


 

 

 

 

 

 

Focused Care of Center held their July Jam on July 3rd click below to see pictures from the event.

 

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Pleasant Grove MBC Revival


 

 

Please join us this week, July 2-6, at Pleasant Grove MBC for our Revival.  Service begins each night at 7.  Specials are welcome and we will have refreshments Friday night after service.  Everyone is invited!  Speakers include: Josh Crawford, Johnny Lewis, BJ Windham, Don Weatherly, and Billy Windham.

 
 

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New Stamps for the 4th


 

 

The O Beautiful Forever stamps which will be dedicated tomorrow 7-4-18 during a fantastic 4th of July celebration in Colorado. These stamps are stunning images that represent phrases of the popular “America the Beautiful” ballad.

 
 
 

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CHS Alumni Association 2018 Homecoming Calendar Dates


 

 

 
CHS Homecoming Pep Rally – will be Friday, September 21 at 3pm in the CHS Gym.
 
CHS Homecoming Game – will be Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm vs. Henderson.
 
CHS Annual Alumni Association Meeting – will be Saturday, September 22 at the Windham Civic Center. Doors open 9am, meeting is from 10-11am.  Hall of Honor Award will be presented during the meeting.
 
CHS Homecoming Parade – will be Saturday, September 22 at 4pm on the Downtown Center Square (participants line up at Farmer’s Bank Drive Through).
 
**Hall of Honor nominations are due by August 20, 2018!
For more information, a Hall of Honor nomination form, or to contact us:
Email: centerhighschoolalumni@gmail.com
 
Thank you,
CHS Alumni Association
 
 

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Missing Dog $500 Reward


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missing black & white female dog with one eye.  The dog's name is Sophie.  There is a $500 reward if found and returned to its owner.  If you found or have seen the dog please call 936-598-7634 or 936-332-8110. 

 
 
 
 

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Rocky Mount Baptist Church Homecoming & Anniversary


 

 

The annual homecoming & church anniversary services will be held at the Rocy Mount Baptist Church in San Augustine, TX on July 8th at 11 a.m.  with Rev. Anthony Jackson speaking.
 
 
 

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Ribbon Cutting and Celebration! Little Free Library at FUMC


 

 

Join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the staff and congregation of First United Methodist Church for a Ribbon Cutting to Launch the Little Free Library. The Ribbon Cutting will be held on Thursday, July 12th at 11:00am at Center First UMC located at 211 Porter Street in Center.
 
 
Nancy Dickerson, Center First UMC Children’s Director, along with church member Carlos Gray, built a Little Free Library inspired by the Little Free Library program “take a book, leave a book”. This will be a special place for sharing good books and bringing the community together through the joy of reading. The Little Free Library exchanges operate on the honor system; anyone visiting the Little Free Library may take a book or bring a book to share.
 
 
The public is invited to attend and celebrate.
 
 
For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mt. Calvary Revival


 

Revival:

 

Mount Calvary 
Full Gospel Church
 
July 16th  - 20th
Starts at 7:00 pm
Featuring
Pastor Lamar Denby
 
The Stanley's 
will  perform Thursday Night
Food & Fellowship 
 
417 East Two miles from Shelbyville, TX
  
 
 

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UNION NAVAL WARSHIPS FOCUS OF DISCUSSION AT MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE


 

 

On Saturday, July 14, park staff will offer a fascinating look at Union naval warships employed during the Red River Campaign, the Union's failed attempt to capture Shreveport, Louisiana, in the spring of 1864.  The program will begin at 2:00 pm.  
 
Through the use of informative slides and images, guests will learn about the capabilities and specifications of these 19th century vessels and compare them with naval ships of today.  How these warships were used during the campaign and their fate afterward will also be discussed.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information call 318.872.1474 locally or 888.677.6267 toll free, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 
 
 

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Wounded Warrior Fundraiser at Raymond Motor Company


 

 

 

 

 

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Southern Love Cafe Grand Opening


 

Southern Love Cafe will have their grand opening all day today 6-28-18 starting at 10 a.m. they are located on Tenaha St. in Center, TX.
 
 
 

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July Jam at Focused Care of Center


 

 

July Jam will be held at Focused Care of Center on July 3rd at 2 p.m.

 
 

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2018 East Texas Open


 

 

 

 

 

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Story Time at the Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story for today's 6-27-18 Summer Preschool Story Time at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library was FIVE GREEN AND SPECKLED FROGS and was read by Roy Davis. The children enjoyed the story about 5 little frogs sitting on a log eating delicious bugs - yum, yum.
 
 
Roy Davis
 
They will not have story time next week because Wednesday is July 4th.  They will start again Wed., July 11th, at 10:30 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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This Week at the Library


 

 

This is the fourth week of the Fannie Brown Booth Library’s 2018 Summer Reading/Learning Program.  Wednesday, June 27th, Preschool Story Time will meet at 10:30 a.m.  Then on Thursday, June 28th, the Creature Teacher will be there for both programs.  She will present her program for ages 4-8 years at 10:30 a.m. and for the Tweens (ages 9-13 years) at 2:00 p.m.  The summer program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County 4-H and FFA Broiler Show Deadline


 

 
This is the last week to order broilers for the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler show.  A pen of 30 chicks can be ordered and purchased for $30.00.  Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street (Old Elementary School Library Bldg.) 
 
All orders payable by check or money order only.  Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 20, 2018.  The 2018 Broiler Show and Sale will be held on October 6, 2018.
 
There will be a mandatory information meeting for anyone who wishes to participate in the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler Show for 2018.  This meeting will be held at the Shelby County 4H facilities located at 226 Nacogdoches Street on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Each exhibitor must have a parent or legal guardian (or a representative designated in writing by a parent or guardian) in attendance at that meeting.
 
Exhibitor’s WILL NOT be able to participate in the show without having attended this meeting. 
 
Please make arrangements to attend.
 
If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu
 
 
 
 

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Deep East Texas Archeological Society meeting


 

 

Vernon Parish Genealogical Society President Stanley Fletcher will discuss “Ferry Tells,” when he speaks to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court in Newton, Texas (75966).  Stanley will talk about all twenty-seven ferries on the Sabine River.  DETAS member Martha Palmer will be asked to add her thoughts.  For more information, please contact the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library at (409) 379-2109, Klaus Gehr at (337) 320-3829, or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public is invited to attend. 
 
 
 
 

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NextStep Ministries Friday Cookout Fellowship


 

 

 
 
The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the NextStep Ministries Friday cookout fellowship this coming Friday, 6/29/18 at 4:30 pm - AT THE LOG CABIN (CHAMBER OFFICE).
 
NextStep is expecting an excess of 90 workers, who will be working on four locations within the county.  This is in addition to the NextStep staff and local volunteers.
 
 
Many thanks to the City of San Augustine for the donation of the facility.
 
NextStep will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and chips for the cook out at no charge.
 
While not at all necessary or expected, dessert donations are always welcomed.
 
 
 

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Glory Wave


 

 

 

 

 

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K9 Demonstration at Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tenaha PD and Center PD K9 units gave a demonstration at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library this Thursday 6-22-18 at 2 p.m.

 

 

Video of Tenaha PD Officer Joey Hudnall & his K9:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broiler Show Deadline


 

 

Last date to order broilers for the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler show is approaching quickly.
 
A pen of 30 chicks can be ordered and purchased for $30. Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street (Old Elementary School Library Bldg.) All orders are due no later than July 2nd and are payable by check or money order only. Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 20, 2018. The 2018 Broiler Show and Sale will be held on October 6, 2018.
 
There will be a mandatory information meeting for anyone who wishes to participate in the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler Show for 2018.  This meeting will be held at the Shelby County 4H facilities located at 226 Nacogdoches Street on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Each exhibitor must have a parent or legal guardian (or a representative designated in writing by a parent or guardian) in attendance at that meeting.
 
Exhibitor’s WILL NOT be able to participate in the show without having attended this meeting. 
 
Please make arrangements to attend.
 
 
 
If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 
 
 

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Sheriff Visits Pelican Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 20th, Sheriff Jayson Richardson was asked to come out and read to students at the Pelican branch of the DeSoto Parish Library.  The Summer Reading Program kicked off officially on May 30th, and offers many opportunities for students across our parish in not only reading but also many forms of arts and crafts, movie nights, drone demonstrations, and drama performances from other groups within DeSoto Parish.  Sheriff Richardson was honored to be asked to speak to the many students and parents in attendance.  He would like to thank staff members at all of our parish libraries for the time they take investing into the lives of our children.   

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Leadership Nacogdoches


 

 

 
Leadership Nacogdoches Co-Chairs Paul Smith III and Charlotte Ashcraft
 
This nine-month training program develops new leaders in our community. Participants learn about the driving forces and services in Nacogdoches while developing personal strengths and valuable skills.
 
The applications for the 20th Leadership Nacogdoches Class are available now!
 
 
 
 

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4th Annual Shepherd and 1st Gentleman Appreciation Service


 

 

Strong Triumph Church cordially invites everyone to join in with us as we celebrate the 4th Annual Shepherd and 1st Gentleman Appreciation Service honoring Shepherd, Elder Faye Dell Allen and 1st Gentleman, Bro. Adrian Allen on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 7 p.m.
 
Speaker will be newly appointed State Presider Cecil Washington, who is also the assistant shepherd of Triumph Church, Dallas, Texas and a member of the famous gospel group, The Texas Boyz.
 
We are grateful and thankful that God has placed such a lovely couple to lead the flock here at Strong Triumph Church. We have been blessed to be under their leadership for 4 years, and we look forward in anticipation for what God has in store. 
 
For more information, please contact Sis. Sylvia Hubbard at 936-332-3103. 
 
 

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San Augustine Remembers Dairy Queen


 

 

The people of San Augustine remember their Dairy Queen, which was shut down.  A reporter with the Houston Chronicle did a featured article on the found memories of the DQ.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Youth Revival at House of Refuge


 

 

18 Year old DeMontre Palmer of Houston will be closing out the Youth Revival at house House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries This Sunday June 24, 2018 at 3 p.m.
 
 
 

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Tenaha July 4th Fireworks


 

The annual Tenaha fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 4th at the Tiger Football Field, the Calvary Boy's will be performing.
 
The Gates will open at 6 p.m.  Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.  Fireworks will follow at dark.   
 
 
 

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Timpson MBC Vacation Bible School


 

 

 

 

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CADDO MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE


 

 

ALTO, Texas –– Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to join author, Juliana Barr Associate Professor of History at Duke University as she presents "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Pre’-History: What Caddos, Cahokia, and the Continent’s Longue Durée can tell us about Colonial America”. 
 
Abstract: Caddo responses first to the rise and fall of Cahokia and then to Spanish colonialism in the 16th and 17th reveal how the centuries of history generated by Native places and people must be reckoned with in order to understand the historical trajectories that they set in motion and that still reverberated in 1492, 1592, and 1692.  Such a project involves putting potsherds and oral traditions on an equal playing field with archival documents.  And, more critically, it involves a question of time.  The key here is to see "colonial America" as a mid-point, or late point, along a much longer continuum of North American history.  
 
Come early to explore the mounds, see the visitor center, and experience the grass house and garden. You will be amazed.
 
There will be a reception and book signing hosted by the Friends of Caddo Mounds, Inc.
 
Seating is limited, so please call to indicate interest in attending.
 
 

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