“First Christmas” – a First Baptist Center holiday production – is coming Saturday, December 8, 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, 6 p.m. It’s a gift from the First Baptist Family to our Community! Both performances are free and will feature Adult, Senior Adult, and Children’s Choirs – Soloists – Costumed Living Nativity – Sing A Longs – Drama and Comedy – Candlelight Carols – Bells – and much more. Come and join us as we share the fun, the joy, and the message of Christmas!
There were singers and dancers and musicians playing, but the highlight of the 2018 Christmas in Carthage was an unexpected “Love, Actually” moment when band member Colby Taylor walked on the stage, took the hand of choir member Maggie Sims, and proposed to her. She said, “Yes,” much to the delight of the audience.
Christmas in Carthage was held this year on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Carthage Civic Center. The event is a local tradition, started by the late Larry Brumley, who conceived of the idea as a way for Panola County to usher in the holiday season, explained Dwaine Hubbard, master of ceremonies and instrumental music professor at Panola College.
This year’s program included performances by the Panola College Choir and Panola Pipers, under the direction of Sandra Bauer, vocal music professor, along with the Concert Band and Jazz Band. In addition, dancers from the Carthage High School Bulldog Belles, Rowe Performing Arts, and singers from the Gary ISD Junior High School Choir performed.
Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College president, welcomed everyone to the event, and Freddy Mason, retired Panola College dean and speech professor, provided a reminder of “the reason for the season” with a reading of “One Solitary Life.”
Bulldog Belles included Savanna Gwinn, Shelby Walters, Emily Pyle, Constance Barber, Taylor Barton and Mary Kathryn Smith.
Students performing included from Rowe Performing Arts: Constance Barber, Brooke Cabello, Molly Windham, Madison Dunn, Ainsley Piedra, Jeriona Williams, Sh’Jerian Williams and Addison Pope.
Gary ISD Junior High singers, directed by their teacher Kristy Cawthon, were Bailee Lilly, Abi Kate Cawthon, Aubrey Kennedy, Katrina Pugh, Alyssa Thompson, Samantha Griffith, Jordan Brown and Michael Duron.
Panola College singers are Susan Adewale, Ronke Ajoniloju, Toluwani Ayodele, Boluwatife Babalola, Samiat Fashola, Charles Felix, Latifat Opeodu, and Ademola Sanni, all of Nigeria; Funminihi Alabi, Loma Linda, CA; Loren Caserta, Beckville; Victor Chinaka, Dallas; Kaitlyn Cox, Hallsville; Afrikina Dotson, Center; Lucy Eke, Carthage; Latiffannie Gardner, Center; Michaela Garrett, Center; Joel Martinez Gonzalez, Tenaha; Jamya Gossett, Nacogdoches; Emma Harden, Tyler; Joy Jekayinoluwa, Arlington; Kacia Johnson, Tatum; Abigail Joseph, Kenya; Carrie Lilly, New Caney; Destiney Miller, Ore City; Makayla Miller, Ore City; Hunter Moon, Beckville; Pamela Nichole Painter, Marshall; Whitney Ramsey, Center; Mia Sartor, Carthage; Maggie Sims, Center; Kailey Stephens, Carthage; Sydnee Taylor, Carthage; Aaron Tello, Center, and Jaren Whitton, Etoile.
Panola College band members include on flute: Ma’Kayla Campbell, Henderson; Madison Cichoracki, Tatum; Jessica Coats, Henderson; Maricruz Gonzalez, Center; Savana Hanaway, Carthage; and Perla Mateos, Center.
On clarinet: Chelsea Ener, Hemphill; Kirsten Mayfield, Garrison; Destiney Miller, Ore City; Emily Ortiz, Carlisle; Samantha Stilley, Hallsville. On bass clarinet: Lucero Luna of Tatum. On contra-alto clarinet: Megan Gilley, Hallsville. On bassoon: Whitney Ramsey, Center; on saxophone: Kassi Orbaugh, Carthage; Elijah Johnson, Shelbyville; Selena Mendoza, Tenaha; Alex Rodriguez, Tenaha; and Lydia Woods, Beckville. On tenor saxophone: James Lilly, Jasper; and Whitney Ramsey, Center. On baritone saxophone, Somali Fletcher, Hallsville.
On trumpet: Sarah Allen, Henderson; Kaleb Baker, Carthage; America Cabriales, San Augustine; Ruben Hernandez, Tenaha; Miguel Mendoza, Tenaha; Makayla Miller, Ore City; Mahiko Moreno-Flores, Nacogdoches; Brandon Renteria, Tenaha; Maggie Sims, Center; and Josh Wood, Carthage.
On French horn: Sarah Allen, Henderson; Mauricio Alejaldre, Center; Dakota Brown, Marshall; Erica Lee, Center; Jose Torres, Center, and Maddox Whitaker, Hallsville. On trombone: Dakota Brown, Marshall; Jaime Gonzalez, Carthage; Hernan Hernandez, Center; Tressie Key, Henderson, and Eder Nunez, Center. On bass trombone: Carrie Lilly, New Caney, and Steven Sierra, Hallsville. On baritone: Colby Taylor, Carthage; Jessye Massey, Shelbyville; Makayla Bell, Garrison; Demetrius Cooper, Carthage, and Andres Leon, Center.
On tuba: Martravian Williams, Tenaha; A.J. Bowers, Carthage; Steven Sierra, Hallsville, and Daniel Quetzala, Garrison. On percussion: Nicklaus Powell, Shelbyville; Itzel Farias, Garrison; Moses Sangowoye, Lagos, Nigeria; Godwin Adewale, Lagos, Nigeria; and Crystal Whitehead, Marshall. On piano: Carrie Lilly, New Caney.
Sponsors for 2018 Christmas in Carthage were First State Bank & Trust Co.; First United Methodist Church; Bauer Furniture; Central Baptist Church; KGAS Radio; Pippen Motor Co.; State Farm Insurance, Tate Barber and Patsy Meck, local agents; Kay and Dwaine Hubbard; Sarah and Mike Isbell; the Panola College Foundation, and Complete Printing & Publishing.
2018-12-06 13:33:00 by Shelby County Outreach Ministries
Dec. 7, 2018, is the last day to turn in your "Letter from Santa" Order Forms! Time has flown by, but tomorrow is the deadline. Parents have been sending their forms in quick and Santa already has lots of letters to write! Be sure to get your order form in before it's too late.
The letters are $10 per child. Your child will receive a personal letter from Santa Claus along with an ornament to hang on the tree. This ornament will remind them of what the real reason for the season is and the excitement of this moment. Santa will address the letter to your child to make their Christmas season extra special!
Here are the ways you can get a "Letter from Santa" Order Form: Pick one up from Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. by asking for Josh. You can check our Facebook pages and print one out from there and turn them into the Outreach. Shelbyville Elementary school is also helping us with this fundraiser, so, if your child attends that school, turn all order forms into the front office by Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.
For questions or more information, please call us at 936-598-4990. Just ask for Josh. Thank you and may you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas.
2018-12-06 10:30:00 by Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is offering health insurance product options designed to give businesses that employ between 2 to 50 employees a group insurance advantage.
Small business owners have two meeting times to choose from to gather information: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.
"We are excited about this new member benefit" said C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Chamber. "Finding a better health insurance option for our small businesses has been a priority for the Chamber. We are confident that in many cases this new product will give businesses lower premiums and better coverage."
The 23rd Annual Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Pageant was held December 1 in Center. This years pageant was a very special pageant with all proceeds going towards a Roughrider Scholarship in Memory of Tonya Bailey. Mayor David Chadwick opened with a special prayer for the day.
Making Cookies with Santa Come to Sassy Red's for pictures with Santa and cookie decorating!! FREE!! Picture set will be Santa with a mixer, rolling pin, flour, cookie cutters, etc. Cookie decorating will be available when you come in before or after having your picture with Santa.
2018-12-04 09:09:00 by Shelby County Outreach Ministries
Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. wants to remind you about our Letter from Santa fundraiser, which is happening right now! This is the last week before Santa mails out letters! What better gift for a child than to know that Santa took the time to mail a letter to them?! Can you remember how important you felt when, as a child, you received a letter with your own name on it? Let your child feel that same excitement and magic! Santa will not only send them a personal letter, but he will also send a Christmas tree Ornament to commemorate the special moment. Order forms must be turned in by December 7th, 2018. Come by the Outreach to get your order form before it's too late! For questions, call 598-4990. Thanks and God Bless you.
On Saturday, December 15, park staff will offer a hands-on presentation that will explore the process of designing maps during the Civil War. The program starts at 2 pm and will be held in the museum theater.
Examples will be given of period maps and the methods involved, revealing the subject of mapping as both a science and an art. Other tools of the trade, such as compasses, will be examined and discussed, comparing these instruments with the aids we use today for mapping. For those who wish, especially the kids, there will be an opportunity to draw your own map with paper and pencils provided by the site. This will be both a fun and educational presentation on a unique topic we still use today.
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.
Strong Triumph Church, under the leadership of Elder Faye Dell Allen, cordially invites everyone to join in with us as we celebrate the reason for the season and share His love with our family and friends in our annual Christmas celebration.
The celebration will take place Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. Speaker for this spectacular celebration will be newly elected shepherd, Rev. Charles McCowin of Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ of Houston, Texas. We invite all choirs, soloists, and praise dancers to join in the celebration. For more information, please call Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611 or 936-572-5810.
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will have their December meeting/Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, December 8, at 12:00 noon at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center. This will be a joint meeting with the Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. The DRT and the SRT chapters will furnish the meat and DRT members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.
Please bring an unwrapped toy to go under the Christmas tree. Our chapter participates in County Attorney Gary Rholes' toy drive each year. Our special guest will be Johnnie McWilliams, the DRT District IV Representative. Spouses and guests are cordially invited to join us. If you have any questions, call Maggie at 248-3361.
The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society will celebrate its Christmas Party at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Timpson First United Methodist Church on 311 Austin Street near downtown Timpson (75975). The party will be a potluck affair with members and guests bringing dishes, and the new officers for 2019 will be installed.
For more information, please contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378 or firstname.lastname@example.org Interested parties can also call the Genealogy Room at Timpson Public Library at (936) 254-2966.
2018-11-30 10:12:00 by Shelbyville First United Methodist Church
The Shelbyville First United Methodist Church will have the hanging of the greens during morning worship this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, their choir will present Go Tell It their Christmas cantata.
On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2018, they will have a Christmas candlelight evening service starting at 5 p.m. There will be no Christmas Eve service.
2018-11-28 19:24:00 by San Augustine Chamber of Commerce
TT'S (TIGERT"S Boutique) will be having their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Monday, December 3rd from 3 to 6 pm. There will be plenty of exciting opportunities offered; Meet and Greet with Santa, Hot Cocoa, and Candy Canes will be available for customers and merchandise will be on sale.
Jane Hodges is excited and hoping to see everyone there!
They are located 504 East Main Street, Zavalla, TX.
Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. is having a “Letter from Santa” fundraiser from now until December 7th. This year, your child can receive a letter from Santa Claus through the US Mail. Each letter will include the letter from Santa himself and a Christmas tree ornament.
These letters will fill them with joy and remind them of the real reason for the season. The letters cost $10 each and all order forms must be turned in by December 7th. See your child’s face light up like a Christmas tree this holiday season when they receive their very own Letter from Santa! You can pick up Order forms at the Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. office.
For more information, call us at 598-4990. All of us at Shelby County Outreach Ministries want to wish you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce announced that it will soon begin offering Health Insurance Product options designed to give businesses that employ between 2 to 50 businesses a group insurance advantage.
“We are excited about this new member benefit” said C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Chamber. “Finding a better health insurance option for our small businesses has been a priority for the Chamber. We are confident that in many cases this new product will give businesses lower premiums and better coverage.”
This new benefit became possible as a result of a recent ruling by the United States Department of Labor permitting Chambers and associations to offer “Association Health Plans” once again.
The new health plan option is as a result of a partnership with HealthyView of East Texas, a benefit offered exclusively by Chambers in East Texas and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. Participants interested in being considered for this benefit must be a member of the Nacogdoches Chamber. The underwriter is UnitedHealthcare and both local hospitals are in-network.
The Nacogdoches County Chamber will host a series of health insurance forums for businesses that employ between 2 to 50 employees to introduce the new products and answer questions. The first forum will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office, 2516 North Street, Nacogdoches. Attendees are encouraged to call the Chamber at (936) 560-5533 to make a reservation to attend.
For more information please call the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at (936)560-5533.
On November 30th, our DRT William Carroll Crawford chapter is having a chilli lunch on the square, available between 11:00 and 1:00. Chilli Fixins, crackers, dessert, and drink $8.00. We will deliver orders of 5 or more. Each year our chapter awards a scholarship to a senior in each of our 5 in County schools. We appreciate your support in our efforts to continue our scholarships! Thank you and God Bless Texas! Call Judy Lee 936-488-1601 or Merle Howard 936-591-6543 to order your lunches of 5 or more for delivery. Thank you!
They are holding a bake sale on December 7th for Shelby County Outreach Ministries. In the NAPA parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are raising money so that the Outreach can do more even than they already do for our community.
2018-11-27 09:54:00 by Shelby County Outreach Ministries
Today 11-27-18 is #GivingTuesday, which is day set aside for donating and giving back to charities and your community. This Giving Tuesday, I ask that you consider donating to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. We have been serving Shelby County for over 20 years now. We have multiple programs that help in many ways. We run off donations from our community. Help us help others this season. You can mail donations to: P.O. Box 1029 Center, TX 75935. Another way you can give back is by doing your online shopping at: AmazonSmile.com Go to the website, search and select Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. as the charity you want to contribute, and then shop til you drop. Thank you for the support through the years, and I hope you consider us on this #GivingTuesday. God Bless.
The CPD Ladies Auxiliary has donated a Beautiful Lighted Christmas wreath for Operation Blue Santa to use to raise funds for our Toy drive. Raffle Tickets will be sold for $1 each, and will be drawn on Dec 9th during Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. Please come by the Center PD to purchase your tickets. We will also have the wreath and tickets available tonight at Holiday on Foster!
Don’t forget about the Toy Drive RAFFLE DRAWING! Bring in a Toy to the Center Police Dept and be entered into a drawing for a Christmas Movie Package : 32 inch Smart TV, DVD player, Popcorn, Cocoa, Cozy Blanket, and a Christmas movie set. 1 Entry per person, 1 Entry per day! Please bring in a New In package toy, Boy or Girl or all Ages! Drawing to be held on December 9th at the close of Cookies & Cocoa with Santa! Get your picture taken with Santa that day also!
Deadline for Forms is November 30th! If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please fill out this form. One for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, or Shelby County Today. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Thursday, November 30th 2018. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need. Remember, all forms are anonymous. Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again thank you, we can not do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.
The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, 11/17/18, at the First United Methodist Church in Center, Tx. The monthly challenge "Seasons"showed some awesome photography done by members; along with a workshop on "Photographing Family Holidays" presented by Billie Jones. The next meeting will be the third Saturday in December, at the First United Methodist Church, on Porter St. in Center, Tx. from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. There will be an informal meet and greet at the December meeting with refreshment and of course "camera talk". Visitors are always welcome, anyone interested in photography, whether it be very beginning or more advanced is invited to attend and share knowledge with each other. This is what the PWPS is known for, helping others to advance their skills in photography. For more information contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426, or "Like" us on Facebook.
The Shelbyville Lions Club has a gun raffle going on. The tickets are $5 a piece. The drawing will be held on December 1st at the Santa Claus Christmas Parade in Center. To purchase tickets call 936-591-1324 or contact any Shelbyville Lions Club member.
U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding hunters of guidelines designed to make their hunting trips to national forests safe and enjoyable, while sustaining the health of the forests.
“Hunting season is one of the busiest times in the forest, and safety is always a primary concern,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor. “Visitors should check their surroundings and be aware of the possibility for falling limbs or trees. Remember, being in the woods is great, but you are responsible for your own safety.”
Here are some other precautions:
-- During hunting season, camping in the Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine and Sam Houston National Forests and Caddo National Grasslands are limited to designated campsites or developed recreation areas through Feb. 1.
-- Much of the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas are remote, and medical assistance may not be readily available. Cell phones do not work in many areas of the forests and grasslands. Hunters and campers should have adequate food, water, first aid supplies and other equipment appropriate for the conditions and expected weather.
-- Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is limited to is the multiple-use trail on the Sam Houston National Forest. Cross-country and off-road use of motorized vehicles of any type is prohibited.
-- All hunters and those accompanying them must wear daylight fluorescent orange at any time when hunting, except when hunting at night or when hunting turkey or migratory birds. A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange must be visible (144 square inches on both the chest and back, and a daylight fluorescent orange cap or hat.)
-- The danger of wildfires is always high. Make sure all camp fires are in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable material, and that they are properly extinguished.
-- Hunters using the wildlife management areas (WMA) must have the $48 annual hunting permit to hunt deer, turkey, small game, waterfowl and feral hogs. Wildlife management areas in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas include the Alabama Creek WMA in the Davy Crockett National Forest, Bannister WMA in the Angelina National Forest, Caddo WMA in the Caddo National Grassland and the Moore Plantation WMA in the Sabine National Forest. The entire Sam Houston National Forest is a wildlife management area.
-- According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Official Hunting Guide and the Public Hunting Lands Booklet, regulations vary in different locations.
-- Portable deer stands in national forests are limited to 72 hours in one location. To prevent damage to trees, the stands must not be nailed to trees. When hunters fail to remove their deer stands, it causes damage to forest land and creates an expensive, time-consuming cleanup.
-- Vehicles should not be parked near gates or in areas that would impede traffic and block roads.
Visit the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas website at www.fs.fed.usda.gov/texas and click on “Hunter Camp Maps” in the Spotlights section.
By 4-H Club Reporter Camille Greer: At the monthly 4-H Club meeting in November, youth were introduced to cutting up and preparing a deer for cooking by 4-H taxidermy leader Sherryl McGown. The kids got their hands dirty cutting the membranes off the shoulder and backstrap of the deer. Riley Hopkins, 4-H member said, “It was gross cutting off the shoulder membranes, but the food was delicious!” As Riley worked on the shoulder section she finally got the hang of it and seemed to enjoy the activity. McGown also provided a sampling of homemade stew, chili, burgers, jerky and pastries all made with venison. She also provided the recipes so that participants could prepare at home.
The Shelby County 4-H Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Extension gym building at 266 Nacogdoches Street – Center. Our 4-H program includes projects in food and nutrition, photography, robotics, textiles and sewing, livestock/showing, taxidermy, shooting sports, and horse. Youth in grades 3 through 12 are invited to come out to our next club meeting scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2018 for our annual ugly sweater contest and pizza party and see what 4-H is all about. If you have any questions regarding the 4-H program, feel free to contact county agents Jheri-Lynn McSwain or Lane Dunn at 936-598-7744.
Want to learn how to make amazing pastries and desserts for the holidays? Looking for that perfect gift for that special cook in the family? Or perhaps, a fun date night with that someone special.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be hosting a two-day adult holiday pastry class on December 6 and 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center. This hands-on class and tasting will be taught by professional pastry chef, Michele Clark. Participants will be making and taking white chocolate cheesecake, gingersnap cookies, cranberry compote and white chocolate décor. Cost for this 2-session course is only $40 per person. All supplies will be provided, just bring an apron if you desire. Registration and fee due by December 4th. The class is limited to 10 adult participants, and registration and by check are required in advance.
Our guest pastry chef is Michele Clark who is a Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef with over 20 years’ experience as a chef at various bakeries and restaurants. Before moving to Center with her family, she was an assistant pastry chef at the MGM hotel in Las Vegas where she created pastry masterpieces for clientele. Michele is currently serving as a 4-H Food and Nutrition project leader where she works with youth learning kitchen and food life skills. She is also a certified Master Wellness Volunteer with AgriLife and is the Women on the Go club director.
To register for this class or for additional information, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Ph.D., County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or email@example.com.
Blush Boutique, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s newest member, is having its New Member Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, November 27th from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. The public is invited to join the celebration.
Blush Boutique is located at 111 Shelbyville Street (in the John C. Rogers Building)
Blush Boutique owner, Deborah Chadwick has a great selection of athletic outfits, sleep wear and gifts all at affordable prices. You don’t have to work out in order to wear the athletic/leisure leggings and tops. They are great for everyday wear. There are different styles of sleep wear from casual and comfortable to elegant, perfect for lingerie showers, birthdays, Christmas or a gift for yourself. Come take a look!
Join the Chamber Ambassadors in Celebrating this new business.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER 17, 2018. IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN.
DATE: November 17, 2018
SIGN IN STARTS AT: 9:00 A.M. UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
A Free Genealogy Workshop by the William Carroll Crawford Chapter
Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Conjunction with Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
Do you need a boost up to begin climbing your family tree? Maybe you just need a clue to un-puzzle your past. Have you ever wondered if your ancestors were in Texas during the days of the Republic? Join us at the Fannie Brown Booth Library at 619 Tenaha St. in Center on Tuesday, November 27, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. We’ll try to help you unpuzzle your past; where to begin, where to look, how to search online, how to organize your research.
Our presenters all have experience in researching genealogy and want to help you.
Maggie Casto, Registrar of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter,
Vickie Martin, Secretary of the Shelby County Historic Commission
Barbara McClellan, former Research analyst for the Creek-Muskogee Tribe, east of the Mississippi
Gail Sholar, co-historian of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter
If you want to know how to begin the journey or if you’ve hit a wall and wonder “what now?”, come see if we can help you.
For more information call Maggie Casto at 248-3361 or Sandra Davis at 598-5522.
This workshop will highlight some of the new genealogy “how-to” books and research materials Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library was recently able to purchase thanks to a grant received from the Texas Book Festival.
Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is very excited to be able to join together with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (with thanks to the Texas Book Festival) to share these books with our community!
“The Piney Woods Photographic Society would like to invite anyone with an interest in photography to attend their meeting, Saturday, 11/17/18, starting at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 211 Porter St, Center, TX.
There will be a workshop on “Photographing family holidays “, and the monthly challenge is “Seasons” featuring photographs submitted by club members on Seasons of the year.
For more information about PWPS or the meetings call or text Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 or like us on Facebook.
LUFKIN: The Museum of East has filled the holidays with activities for you and your family. The 24th annual Festival of Trees is open to the public from November 19, 2018 through January 7, 2019. The 42nd annual Member’s Gala will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 7-9 p.m. Family Day is scheduled for Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. The Museum is open for Extended Hours until 8 p.m. from December 19-23.
This year’s Festival of Trees promises to be spectacular, as always. One hundred and sixty-two trees have been lovingly decorated with its own theme and message and trees are sponsored by individuals and businesses in the community. Visitors are certain to find a tree that delights them and becomes a favorite. Tree themes range from collegiate and high schools to professions, from traditional Santas and candy canes to an upside down tree. The display is a feast for the eyes that will delight all ages and trees range in size from 4 to 12 feet tall. Cameras are welcome. Admission is free and the funds raised from the tree sponsors are used for children’s Art Camp scholarships and special gifts to the Museum. Many thanks to our tree sponsors who make this philanthropic forest possible and our Festival of Trees co-chairs Traci Helm and Lacey Luce, advisors Suzanne Williams and Jamie Zayler, captains Ana Contreras, Blaire Craven, Fran Glenn, Mary Carol Grimes, Dianna Hale, Lauren Henderson, Tara Hendrix, Allyson Langston, Whitney Lowery, and Lyndy Vines, and the countless volunteers who lovingly decorated. Our special hours throughout the Festival of Trees are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
The 42ndt Annual Members’ Gala, hosted by the Board of Trustees, Executive Director, Staff, and Museum Guild, is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Upon entering the Museum, you will be welcomed by Trustees graciously offering champagne and caviar, while sounds of harp, cello, violin and laughter waft gently through the one hundred and sixty-two awe-inspiring trees. Elegant surroundings, fabulous food and decadent desserts prepared by Guild members and Friends of the Museum promise a memorable evening. Special thanks to our co-chairs Kendall Beattie and Jennifer LaCorte. This event is black tie optional. All guests must be 21 years of age or over to attend. If you would like to join the Museum and attend the Members’ Gala, please call 936.639.4434, go to our website metlufkin.org and click join, or visit the front desk for a membership form.
Family Day will be held on Sunday, December 16th from 2-4 p.m. Christmas related arts and crafts will be available in the Education Room. As always, Santa Claus will be eager to hear the Christmas wishes of all. In addition, we will have two book signings. Nancy Hopkins Reily will be available to sign copies of her books, including Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part 1 and Part 2, Joseph Imhof: Artist of the Pueblos, The Blue Egg: a Memoir by Nancy Hopkins Reily, and more. Charles Kruvand, author of Riverwoods Exploring the Wild Neches will also sign copies of his book. Be sure to bring a camera! Holiday refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Family Day is made possible by the I.D. and Marguerite Fairchild Foundation, the Simon and Louise Henderson Foundation, Ernest L. Kurth, Jr. Charitable Foundation, Junior League of Lufkin, Lufkin ISD, the Museum Guild, and Museum Volunteers.
The Museum will have extended hours from December 19-23. On these dates, the Museum will be open until 8 p.m. The Museum hopes to be a part of your holiday festivities this season.
About the Museum
The Museum of East Texas is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is education through exhibitions of art and history. The Museum is located at 503 N. Second Street in Lufkin, Texas (across from the Convention Center, near downtown). For general information, to schedule a docent-guided tour, to become a Museum member, or for facility rental information, call 936.639.4434 or visit our website at www.metlufkin.org. Parking is available in the lot north of the Museum. Special needs access is available at the Paul Avenue entrance. Admission is free of charge.
Contact: J.P. McDonald, Executive Director, Museum of East Texas, 936.639.4434, email@example.com; or Allyson Langston, PR/Marketing, Museum of East Texas, 936.639.4434, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday November 19, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. The program will be presented by Denise Merriman of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. Reminder - Each year for our November meeting members have brought gifts for the children and teenagers who are served by the Center. Please remember to bring a gift or donation.
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is announcing the start of our annual Toy Drive. We are excited to have this chance to brighten the lives of children who have experienced abuse or trauma, but we know this is only possible through the generosity of our community. This year we will have tags for each child in need that will specify age and interests. You can pick up a tag at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, and then return your donation to us by December 10. If you would like more information about specific needs, please call us at 936-590-9864. Thank you for joining with us to share kindness and joy with these children.
Woodforest National Bank in Center is having a canned food drive to support Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. from November 13th thru December 1st. So while you are shopping at Wal-Mart, please pick up a few extra cans of food and drop them off at Woodforest National Bank, which is located inside the store! Thank you for your support!
Raffle Drawing! Bring in a Toy, and be entered into a drawing for a Christmas Movie Package : 32 inch Smart TV, DVD player, Popcorn, Cocoa, Cozy blanket, and a Christmas movie set.
Drawing to be held on December 9th at the close of Cookies & Cocoa with Santa! Come join us again this year for all your cocoa & Cookie favorites. Come get your picture taken with Santa and bring a gift for Santa to give to Operation Blue Santa.
The Blue Santa Team is ready to get to work and once again we would like to ask for your support and donations. With your donation and others like yours last year we were able to provide Christmas to approximately 204 Children in Shelby County. This year we would like to reach beyond that and assist more children. In order to do that, we are asking for everyone to bring in a toy donation to the Center Police Dept. Collection boxes will be set up in the lobby. Bring in a gift and be entered into the drawing for the Christmas Movie Package. The entire BLUE SANTA team would like to thank you for generous donation to the BLUE SANTA program.
Shelby County Outreach Ministries is seeking donations to help cover the holiday season. Due to weather, the need for emergency food boxes has grown tremendously. We are in need of canned veggies, canned soups, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, chili, tuna, canned ham, spaghetti sauce, and spaghetti noodles. Together we can feed the hungry and assist the needy. Thank you for your support.
The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hamburgers at the Joaquin Christmas Festival on Saturday, November 17th. Burgers will be ready to serve at the fire station at 10:30 a.m. The price is $8.00 for a burger with all the fixings, plus chips, cookie, and a soft drink. The Joaquin VFD would like to invite everyone to come out and help kick off the holiday season, and enjoy food, fun and fellowship.
Traditionally, to "light a candle for someone" indicates one's intention to say a prayer for another person, and the candle symbolizes that prayer. As the Holidays approach, memory bulbs that decorate a Christmas tree can serve as a great remembrance of loved ones lost.
Memory bulbs are a creative and expressive gift to show your love and send your thoughts to friends and family member that have gone on before us. The TENaha TOGETHER Committee is offering to our community an alternative to lighting a candle in honor of a loved one by offering the same warmth, sentiment, and prayer with their bright glow.
The lighting of the Tenaha Christmas Tree will take place on December 13th at 5 pm prior to the parade and they are offering a “Memory Bulb” for your loved one for $1.00. A list containing your loved one’s name will be read upon the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the square. For more information contact Julie Tatum at the First National Bank of Hughes Spring in Tenaha or Tenaha City Hall 936-248-3841.
Free Hearing Tests November 16th at the AgriLife Office
Free Wellness Hearing Screenings will be performed by Audiological Services, Friday, November 16th from 9am – 2pm. Come by our office to make sure you can hear those deer before you go hunting!
Maintain No Gain
Interested in trying NOT to gain weight over the holidays? Maintain No Gain provides motivational tools, healthy recipes, and fitness tips to help you control your weight over the holiday season, a 6-week period when the average American gains extra pounds. Anyone can participate! Come by the AgriLife Office Tuesday, November 13th to weigh in and enjoy the holidays the healthy way!
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at the AgriLife parking lot on Monday, November 19th from 10am – 2pm. Free beach towels will be given to all who attempt to give blood. Come and give the gift of life!
All local veterans are invited to attend the annual Tenaha ISD Veterans Day program set to take place Monday, November 12th at 9:30 am in the Cafetorium. Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, Band, individual high school students and BETA will present performances to honor all veterans. Parents and the community are invited to attend this event to honor all local veterans.
The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting November 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum located on Pecan Street. Mr. Larry Hume will be in charge of the program this month. Everyone is invited to attend
Timpson ISD and American Legion Post 90 will host their annual Veterans Day Program at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 in the Timpson High School Gym. Each veteran will be recognized individually during the program. All veterans are invited to attend and are asked to meet in the gym lobby at 9:30 a.m. Veterans and their spouses will be escorted into the gym. The Timpson High School staff will serve lunch to veterans and their spouses in the high school library following the program.
The Sabine and Angelina Ranger District is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on its Title II Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) created under the Secure Rural Schools Act.
The committee is responsible for the development and recommendation of projects that will benefit National Forest land in Shelby and Sabine counties, as well as monitor the projects and provide advice to the Forest Service.
Congress recognized the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our nation’s citizens through the enactment of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (Public Law 92-463). The FACA requires that committee memberships be “fairly balance in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed.”
The Sabine/Angelina Resource Advisory Committee was formed in 2011 and has 18 members. Since that time it has approved and completed 14 projects totaling more than $800,000.
Project examples include: road paving in campgrounds, Forest Service road maintenance, recreation area maintenance, non-native invasive plant control, and purchasing of equipment and supplies to support work. Project funding can also be used to leverage grant dollars and collaboration with partners, such as federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations.
“We are looking for diverse candidates that are highly motivated and service oriented and interested in actively engaging in the work of the RAC,” said Sabine National Forest Ranger Kimpton Cooper.
The committee is made up of individuals from all walks of life, including local elected officials, industry representatives as well as representatives from local civic organizations, environmental organizations and others.
Cooper said although the focus of the RAC projects and activities are based in Sabine and Shelby counties, committee members need only be interested and residents of Texas. They do not have to be residents of either county to be considered for service on the committee.
“We’re looking for people with energy and commitment to the long-term benefit of our national forests, who also are interested in working with a diverse array of interests represented on the committee,” said Cooper.
Members will be selected for the Sabine RAC including seats representing the following interests:
· Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
· Nationally, regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
· State elected office holder or their designee
· Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities
· County or local elected office holder
· Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
· Dispersed recreational activities
· American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area
· Commercial timber industry
· Archaeological and historical interests
· School officials or teachers
· Federal grazing or other land use permit holders, or nonindustrial private forest land owners in the area
· Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed associations
· Representative of the public at large
Any Texas resident interested in serving on the committee must complete an application form that will be used for a required background check. There is no pay for committee members, but they can be reimbursed for travel expenses to meetings.
Applications are available at Forest Service offices in Milam and are due Oct. 1.
For application forms, contact Kimpton Cooper, Sabine District Ranger or Becky Nix, RAC Coordinator at 5050 State Hwy 21 E, Hemphill, TX 75948, or call 409-625-1940.
Wade & Amanda Angelo lost everything to a house fire on September 27, 2018. Amanda is a rural carrier associate with the Timpson Post Office. Wade works for Smith Saw Shop. Our Bake sale and Resale will help this family with expenses. They have four (4) children; Cheyanne is in college, Kolby is a senior in Timpson High School, Matthew is in the 7th grade and Callie is 20 months old.
Wade, Amanda and her family are active members in their Church.
I have called on the best of the best of our bakers. Thanksgiving is November 22 and these baked goods will be a tasty addition for a Thanksgiving meal.
If you have a dessert or bread recipe that will beat the best, bring it with a sample for our committee to taste test. The following week we will reveal the number 1 – 10 winners.
Come out this Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th. Bring your recipes and samples for our tasting committee. We think we have the best cooks in Texas.
Help Wade & Amanda and her family! What a blessed time to give and receive a true Thanksgiving Blessing.
Thank you ALL for All your donations and Volunteering!!!
Veterans Day is an annual holiday in America honoring the millions of military veterans in the United States. There are approximately 22 million veterans living in the United States today.
At Tenaha ISD we believe Veterans Day is important because of the precious freedoms that we take for granted every day. Saying "Thank You" to a person in the military is a very small price for our glorious freedom. Tenaha Schools invites all veterans and military personnel from all branches of the military to join us for our Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 12th, at 9:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.
Our program will include performances by Kindergarten-Third Grade, members of the award winning Tenaha Roarin’ Band from Tigerland and the VFW. Military family members and community members are also invited to join our administration, faculty and students as we say “Thank You” to these men and women who served our country. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information contact Brenda Farmer at email@example.com or 936-248-5000 ext. 503.
The James Antioch Community will have their November meeting on November 17, 2018 at 6:30 in the evening. We will gather at the Community House and have a carry in meal and then have a time of fellowship. We will be planning the Christmas Party. We encourage all who can to come and be a part of life in the James Community.
The Benett Chapel Baptist Church will be having a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner for everyone in the area. For those at work, you can call in orders to be delivered to 255 Haley Dr. by Panola College in Center. For more information call 936-332-0477. Beginning on 11-19-18 starting at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. dine-in or carry out.
The Benett Chapel Baptist Church will also have a combined fellowship service on 11-20-18 at 7 p.m.
Please join us at Pine Grove Nursing Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 2pm-4pm to celebrate Thanksgiving and for our first Annual Dessert Bake Off Competition! Come and enjoy the fun or if you are interested in entering a dessert in the competition please call Skylar or Kim at 936-598-6286. Hope to see you there!