“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!