The Snuggie is a thing of the past. This season’s comfort clothing trend leans toward couch potato chic.
Is it a scarf, a dress or a humongous tube sock? Dukanya, a small European company specializing in hand-knit clothing, is marketing it as a tube scarf. While the cocoon-like structure does not have armholes, Dukanya suggests folding the top down to create a cowl neck.
It was business before pleasure at the Timpson Area Geneolical and Heritage Society's December meeting as the society's incoming 2018 officers were installed at a mid-day Wednesday ceremony prior to attendees enjoying a Christmas luncheon.
Gathered in the Timpson First United Methodist Church's fellowship hall, the society listened as each new officer pledged to perform the duties of their office then everyone feasted on sandwiches, dips, hors d'oeuvres, relishes, casseroles, and desserts.
Officers installed were:
Kathy Grigsby, President
Dru Dickey, Vice President
Jim Barrett, Treasurer
Kathy Grigsby, Assistant Treasurer
B.J. Pitts, Recording Secretary
Margaret Oliver, Corresponding Secretary
Esther Marie Harvey, Assistant Corresponding Secretary
Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold their annual Christmas party on Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 6:00 pm. The party will be held at Lynn Locke's located on Hwy 96 South in Center. Members will enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner and participate in a Chinese gift exchange. Limit on Chinese gift is $10, and you may bring male, female, or a unisex gift. All members are invited to attend.
The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, SFA’s downtown Nacogdoches art gallery, has announced its holiday hours.
With the exception of Mondays, The Cole Art Center will be open each day throughout the rest of December. Hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Exhibitions currently showing include “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” and “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France,” both of which are showing through Dec. 31.
Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus will be closed tomorrow through Jan. 18 when an exhibition of works by Erle Loran opens.
Wednesday Afternoon by Foucsed Care of Center
Focused Care of Center would like to invite the community to an open house Christmas event on December 21st from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join them for cookies, coffee and carols. Come meet the team, check out our improvements, and while you're here sign up for our door prize.
For more information please call Hollie or A'Leena at (936)-598-2483.
A plant many consider destructive may have just redeemed itself by offering promise in fighting cancer.
A team of researchers at SFA’s National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, located within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agricultural, has spent years researching giant salvinia, a noxious plant species known to overtake waterways and kill aquatic life.
The researchers’ work has recently led to a U.S. patent for an anti-cancer compound, Salvinol. Lab trials conducted at the NCPC verify Salvinol can slow and, in some cases, completely inhibit the growth of a wide range of cancer cells, including pancreatic and lung cancer cells.
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held December 14, 2017, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.
Center Police Departments Ladies Auxiliary would like to invite everyone to come enjoy Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, to benefit Blue Santa's Toy Drive, on Sunday, December 17th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Center Police Department.
There will be a Hot Cocoa bar with all the trimmings, whip cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, and sprinkles, and more along with yummy cookies, and cupcakes to enjoy. Children who get their pictures taken with Santa, will receive a free printed copy.
Blue Santa asks that everyone bring a new unwrapped toy (boys and girls of all ages,) books, or clothes to donate to Blue Santa's Gift Program. Monetary donations are also welcomed.
Those that bring a toy in, will be entered into the drawing for a FREE 32gb IPAD! Don't miss your chance to see Santa, and let Blue Santa help you make a child's Christmas blessed this year!
On Saturday, December 9th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held it's annual Christmas Party at the Joaquin ISD Cafeteria. After the fire department members and their families enjoyed a steak dinner, Chief Perry Pugh welcomed the guests, which included members of the Joaquin City Council, Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation Board, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Margie Anderson, Precinct 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood, and many others. Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett presented a plaque to Patrick Sandifer, who donated his time and skills to paint the department's newly acquired Army truck, which came from the Texas Forest Service on a grant. Training Officer Stephen Ewing presented service awards. Ewing and Firefighter David Pierce were recognized for perfect attendance at the department's bi-monthly meetings. Chief Perry Pugh was given a certificate for making the most runs of any member for the year. Out of 54 calls for the year, Chief Pugh responded on 43 of them.
Ewing then presented sixmembers with awards for years of service. In addition to a certificate for each firefighter who was recognized, their wives were also recognized. Ewing stated that being a volunteer firefighter is virtually impossible without the support of one's family. Firefighter Jesse Parent, along with his wife, Sarah, were presented with a certificate and a pin for five years of service. Ewing himself, and his wife, Tami, received an award for ten years of service. Assistant Fire Marshall Justin Boyett and his wife Katie received awards for 15 years of service. Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett and his wife, SueSue, received awards for 25 years. Firefighter Michael Sandifer, and his wife, Rhonda, were not able to attend, but they were recognized for 30 years. Assistant Chief Steve Cockrell was presented with the department's first ever 45 year service award. Ewing stated "Big Steve has been here, literally from the start. This department was formed in 1973, and he was there. It's been a huge part of his life ever since." Steve's wife, Joyce, has been by his side for every one of his 45 years. She was awarded a 45 year pin as well.
Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett took the floor to present the JVFD's annual Firefighter of the Year Award, which is voted on by the members. The honor went to Firefighter Nat Rodgers, who has been a firefighter for four years. Boyett also spoke about the JVFD's Wall of Honor. The Wall was created in 2015, to recognize people who have been influential in the history and growth of the department. The four inaugural honorees were Steve Cockrell, former Fire Marshall Jim Hutto, Former Chief Mike Wood, and Former Chief Elmer Mathews. In 2016, Former Assistant Chief Jim Swindell, Former Assistant Chief Mike Cummings, Sr., and Former Firefighter Buddy Boyett were added to the Wall. This year, Former Driver/ Operator J.G. (Junior) Spurlock and Former Driver/ Operator Kenneth Spurlock were honored. J.G. Spurlock's daughters, Betty McDaniel and Sheila Fisher were presented with a plaque in honor of their father as his picture was added to the Wall. Kenneth Spurlock's daughter, Mary Lawrence, was also presented with a plaque as his picture was added. Both Spurlock brothers had multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren in attendance. The JVFD would once again like to wish everyone in the 269 community a safe and Merry Christmas.
Mr. Mark Ivey will be retiring from the Texas State Bank in Center he has worked for the company for 20 years. Ivey has been in the banking industy for 40 years. He will have his retirement party this coming Thursday 12-14-17 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Center branch of the Texas State Bank. His last day will be on December 20th, 2017.
SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has entered into a cooperative relationship with the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences located in China’s Jilin Province, securing opportunities for international research collaboration, as well as advancements in forest health and sustainability.
Dr. Zhang Jianqiu, president of the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences, said his primary goal is to complete collaborative research that focuses on tree improvement, tree physiology, biotechnology and wildlife management.
Much of this research will be accomplished through student and professor exchanges between the two institutions.
Tuesday Morning by Golden Harvest Ministries Club
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday December 18th, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. Bro.Carl Smith will install officers for 2018 and Harold Hanson will lead the group in singing old fashioned Christmas songs and carols. Member are asked to bring a canned good item to be given to Shelby Outreach Ministries.
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
Center Police Departments Ladies Auxiliary is happy to host, and would like to invite everyone to come enjoy Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, to benefit BLUE SANTA'S TOY DRIVE . Sunday, December 17th, 2017 2pm - 5pm.
At the Center Police Department. There will be a Hot Cocoa bar with all the trimmings, whip cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, and sprinkles, and more along with yummy cookies, and cupcakes to enjoy. Children who get their pictures taken with Santa, will receive a Free printed copy.
BLUE SANTA ask that everyone bring a new unwrapped toy (boys & girls of all ages) books, or clothes to donate to Blue Santa's Gift Program. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Those that bring a toy in, will be entered into the drawing for a FREE 32gb IPAD! Don't miss your chance to see Santa, and let Blue Santa help you make a child's Christmas blessed this year!
About A Week Ago by Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
ALTO, Texas – Practicing yoga outdoors is a rare opportunity to cultivate not only an intimate connection with your body and mind, but also with the life-giving ecosystem that sustains us all. Escape town for a relaxing and rewarding practice at Caddo Mounds Historic. The morning will be spent in a gentle outdoor yoga class taught by yoga instructor and ecopsychologist Arrie Tucker. The class will include yoga postures appropriate for anyone, a brief mindfulness-based meditation as well as a lead deep relaxation. After the yoga program you will join Brandy McDaniel for a hike and foraging program. Learn about native east Texas plants and have an opportunity to forage a salad for lunch.
There is a $25.00 charge for the program, and the fee includes a tour of the Caddo Mounds Site. This a fundraiser for the Friends of Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Inc.
Seating is limited, so Please Call To Indicate Interest In Attending.
WHO:Arrie Tucker, Yoga Instructor and Ecopsychologist,
Brandy McDaniel, Foraging Enthusiast/ Instructor
WHAT:Gentle Yoga & Foraging.
Ample parking provided
WHEN:Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Please Call To Indicate Interest In Attending.)
10:00 AM. Yoga, 11:15 Foraging
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.
Joaquin Varsity Cheerleader Participates in Varsity Spirit Spectacular Parade
Katelyn Jackson of Joaquin High School's Varsity Cheer squad recently had the honor of attending and participating in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular Parade at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Katelyn was invited this summer while attending UCA Cheer Camp at Moody Gardens in Galveston. She received the invitation because she is co-captain of the cheer squad. She stayed at Disney for four days and paraded in front of Cinderella’s castle on Main Street.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus is calling for proposals for the OMA Diversity Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018. Faculty or staff members or students interested in presenting can find the proposal forms here or at sfasu.edu/oma. Forms are due by Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Conference attendees include students and professional staff and faculty members from various institutions across Texas. The theme for this year’s conference is "Embracing Diversity: Are we really listening?"
Workshop presentations should address at least one of the following areas: multicultural education, leadership, gender identity, ethnicity, race, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, social issues and/or social justice. Other diversity and multiculturalism topics may be written in the category on the workshop proposal form.
For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or email@example.com, or contact any OMA Caucus member.
About A Week Ago by Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension
Shelby County 4-H Textile’s project is happy to announce their partnership with VFW post 8904 and Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) XYZ Homemaker’s Club in the Quilts of Valor program. The Quilts of Valor program is a national non-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to recognize and honor local servicemen and women touched by conflict or war. As of July, over 161,000 quilts have been presented across the U.S. The quilts presented are a token of appreciation that says, “thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.” According to Sherry Riley, Director of the Shelby County Veteran’s Office, there are over 400 veterans on active file in our area.
4-H Textile project members, made up of youth ages 9 to 18, are pleased to participate in this special recognition and community service project by designing, sewing, and quilting an award that can be used by a veteran as either a lap or bed quilt. These lifetime awards will be stitched by the 4-H’ers with love, prayers and healing thoughts and will also let these recipients know that the local community is thankful for their service and sacrifice.
The TEEA XYZ Homemaker’s club has agreed to partner in this project to provide instruction and assistance to the youth in quilt sewing and design. After construction, each quilt will be registered with the Quilt of Valor Foundation to indicate the recipient, branch of military service, years of veteran service, quilter’s name, and sponsor of the quilt.
VFW post 8904 is partnering in this project to nominate recipients in our county and to assist 4-H’ers in the quilt presentation ceremony. VFW post 8904 has also agreed to sponsor the first two Quilts of Valor for Shelby County. A sponsorship check of $400 was presented to Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health by Larry Hume, VFW Postmaster 8904 at the Pearl Harbor recognition ceremony on December 7, 2017.
If any business or civic organization would like to assist with this project by sponsoring a quilt, please contact the Shelby County Extension Office, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH at 936-598-7744 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town and Countyr has decided to have a friendly contest here in our office with the agents. They are decorating their doors, we will post the pictures to facebook and let people vote. They will also have a box at the front of the office for people to come see the doors in person and vote.
Voting starts Dec. 11th at noon and ends Dec. 14th at noon. The winner will be announced at our open house Dec. 14th from 4-6. The prize is $250 in cash plus $250 donated in the winners name to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
The First United Methodist Church of Center will be having their annual Sacerd Sounds of the season. They invite the public to come and hear the beautiful sounds of Christmas Thursday December 7th, 2017 at 6 p.m. in their Sanctuary,
They will also have their Christmas Cantata at 10 a.m. this Sunday December 10th, 2017.
Gaddy's Medical Equipment and Supplies are hosting coats for kids, you can drop off new or gently used coats for both boys & girls of all ages at their location at 300 Hurst Street in Center. For more information call 936-590-4464.
Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant students hosted an end-of-semester prom for adults in the Community Health Core Group at the Carthage Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 17.
“We have worked with this group every Wednesday this semester in our Artisan’s Way Program,” said Professor Joy Moreland. “Our students had formed bonds with them and wanted to do something special for them. It was really a collective effort among all my students and myself.”
The OTA students decorated the Civic Center in a “Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball” theme with Christmas trees, twinkling lights, snow white ornaments, and a disco ball of revolving multi-colored lights. The students provided a buffet of snacks, including hot dogs and nachos, along with a hot chocolate bar.
The prom started at 5 p.m., but Panola College Cosmetology students arrived much earlier to work their magic with hair and makeup for the Community Health Core participants. Professor Bobbie Smith said her students enjoyed helping with the prom.
“This event was so rewarding to myself and the students,” Smith said. “It was the first time to collaborate with the OTA program, and we hope not the last! I have participated in other special needs dances and proms and cannot fully explain the joy and happiness I feel making these
special ladies beautiful. They are truly a blessing and I end up feeling like I have received way more than I have provided.”
“Every week, one of the things we do consistently in the classroom is dance. They love the music and it’s a great way to promote physical activity and social interaction,” Moreland said.
She praised community volunteers who donated their time and services to making the prom possible. These include Rusty Evans, who chauffeured prom-goers on free limo rides; Drew’s Entertainment, who provided DJ services; Curly Q’s; James Wood Constructions; Strozier Railcar Maintenance; Kimberly Cadena-El Mexicano: Taqueria and Custom Cakes; Texas Home Health; Therapy Group of Texas; Marshall Police Officers Association; Theron and Sheryl Tate; and Little Shop of Vinyl.
“Patricia Taylor directs the Community Health Core Group,and we have enjoyed working with them all semester. I was so proud that all of my OTA students participated. This was a good way for my students to do something to serve others, and to learn how to interact therapeutically with special needs adults,” Moreland added.
OTA students involved in this project include GloriaArellano, Carthage; Lani Blohm, Marshall; Erica Booth, Marshall; MadiBrown, Carthage; Vanessa Cox, Waskom; Caitlin Elliott, Long Branch; Chelsea Elliott, Troup; Jessica Fernandez, Wallis; Kallie Forman, Buna; Ashley Gentry, Carthage; Ellie Holloway, Henderson; Kailon Jackson, Jefferson; Kristen LeBlanc, Marshall; Lacy Miles, Marshall; Leah Montandon, Hallsville; Waldina Moran, Lufkin; Keather Nichols, Buna; Alyissa Riddle, Waskom; Emily Smith, Jasper; Rialie Taylor, Garrison; Graciela Villanueva, Henderson; Darian Wood, Nacogdoches, and Crystal Zapata, Longview.
Cosmetology students who helped with hair and makeup include Talon Chambers, Gary; Karlee Corhorst, Carthage; Ashley Crawford, Timpson; Kelly Davis, Marshall; Destiney Divine, Gary; Kirstyn Jacks, Carthage; Katherine “Kay” Johnson, Carthage; Liberty Moser, Carthage; Jasmine Walton, Carthage; and Dana Young, Gary.
“I went into the event thinking it would just be fun and I would make them happy and beautiful,” said student Kirstyn Jacks. “What I didn’t realize is I would be the one that would receive the most out of this experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat!”
Rusty Evans of Rusty’s Limo Service provided free rides for prom goers.
Participants enjoyed a photo booth.
The Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball provided a magical evening for Community Health Core participants.
About Three Weeks Ago by Center PD Ladies Auxiliary
Center Police Department would like to announce the winner of our Christmas Wreath. Congratulations to Janet Adams of Center.
J.J. Ford came by the PD on Monday December 4th, and was asked for her assistance in drawing the name. Ms. Adams was excited to get the phone call about the beautiful Christmas Wreath. CPDLA would like to thank everyone for the purchase of their tickets and their support of our Local Law Enforcement.
The Timpson Bears High School Football team send off will be at the Timpson high school parking lot on Thursday December 7th, 2017 at 4 p.m. They will have a game vs. the Tenaha Tigers at 7 p.m. that evening at the Bulldog Stadium in Carthage.
Center High School HOSA is hosting the 1st annual Ugly Sweater Run December 9th, 2017. This Christmas themed 5K will begin at the Windham Civic Center and feature "elfies", Santa for the kids, a DJ and hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the race! We are encouraging participants to wear their ugliest sweater for a chance to win a gift certificate for a mini session with Snell Photography. Pre-register online at Active.com.
The first 75 to register are guaranteed an event t-shirt. T-shirt deadline is November 18th. Day of registration will open at 7 am December 9th and the race will begin at 8 am. Please join us for this event! If you have any questions about the event or would like to help, please contact Sara Hughes at email@example.com.
About Three Weeks Ago by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Mooney’s Emporium will welcome Chamber members and the public to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, December 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 107 San Augustine Street. Chelle Mooney will showcase the newest inventory items.
Mooney’s Emporium specializes in creating unique and personalized gifts and has a great variety of custom made tee shirts. This event will feature new apparel for you and for your special four legged friend, sale items and samples of food and drink products that are also available in the store. Plan to stop by and do your Christmas shopping!! Refreshments will be served.
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday, December 11 the Dragon High School Band will host A Christmas Extravaganza in the cafeteria at 6pm.
This event will feature festive ensemble selections, holiday poetry, and a performance by the SHS Dragon Band. There will also be an option to purchase a delicious spaghetti dinner for $8 (see a band student/booster for a ticket, or you may purchase tickets at the door). All proceeds will be used to aid in providing meals for the band during our spring trip to Memphis, TN.
We appreciate all of the support that you have given to the Dragon Bands, and look forward to putting on a wonderful performance for you!
S. W. Carter Elementary School students will compete at San Augustine in the District 22AA Elementary Academic UIL Meet on December 11th and 13th. Schools competing include Chireno, Joaquin, San Augustine, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Woden.
Competing from Shelbyville:
Art Smart 4/5 – Ella Matthews, Trinity Mitchell, Nevaeh Lee. Madolyn Lout
Coaches: Tonya Fenton (Dictionary Skills 5, Spelling 4), Kelly McDaniel (Creative Writing), Karen Taylor (Maps, Graphs & Charts 5), NaKeisha Swindle (Art Smart 4/5), Chalee Miller (Ready Writing 3)), Stephanie Bass (Number Sense 4, Number Sense 5), Cassie Jernigan (Oral Reading 4, Oral Reading 5), Shannon Bohannon (Ready Writing 4, Ready Writing 5, Spelling 5), Pam Jamison (Listening 5, Social Studies 5), Jennifer Sonmor (Spelling 3), Tori Windham (Music Memory 3/4, Music Memory 5) and Beth Harrington (Storytelling 2, Storytelling 3).
Shelbyville Middle School Students Compete
Shelbyville Middle School students will compete at San Augustine in the District 22AA Middle School Academic UIL Meet on December 11th and 13th. Schools competing include Chireno, Joaquin, San Augustine, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Woden.
Competing from Shelbyville:
Art Smart 6 – Tamryn Murphy, Ionnia Hubbard, Nakyia Swindle
"Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Just a reminder, the Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet December 9, 2017 at the Masonic Lodge on Hwy 96, south of town, at 6:30 PM for our Christmas party.
If you get to the loop you have gone too far. The Carthage Camp and others have been invited to join us.
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold their December meeting/Christmas luncheon this Saturday, December 9 at noon at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center. The Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas will meet with them for a joint luncheon. The Chapters will furnish turkey and ham and the DRT officers will bring drinks and ice, paper goods and bread. DRT members are asked to bring a veggie, salad or dessert. As always for our Christmas luncheon, spouses and guests are invited. Our special guest will be the DRT District IV Representative Johnnie McWilliams from Tyler.
Once again we will bring unwrapped toys for County Attorney Gary Rholes' office to distribute to Shelby County children, so let's fill the Christmas tree. Come join us as we share highlights of the past year and prepare for the next year. If you have any questions, call Maggie at 248-3361.
WASHINGTON — Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or other special occasions, the U.S. Postal Service offers a variety of Forever stamp to help make it memorable.
“Writing greeting cards has been a cherished holiday family tradition since the 1800s,” said U.S. Postal Service Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner. “No matter what the occasion, we hope Americans will take advantage of our unique selection of Forever stamps as they extend their best wishes to friends, family and loved ones.”
Penner also noted that customers can save a trip to the Post Office by purchasing the stamps online at usps.com/shopor by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).