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City Wide Revival


 

 

San Augustine and Sabine County Ministerial Alliance City Wide Revival at the True Vine Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas.


May 6th-8th at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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Jackson Cemetery Homecoming


 

 

Jackson Cemetery Homecoming Sunday, May 19, 2019  at Jackson Missionary Baptist church at 10:45 am.  Worship service with message given by Br. David Long will be followed by a brief informative report on the cemetery upkeep and expenses.  Afterwards we will have lunch and fellowship together as is the tradition of the homecoming.  If unable to attend donations may be mailed to ; Jackson Cemetery Fund-PO Box 15-Joaquin, TX 75954.

 

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18th Annual Agriculture Appreciation & Awareness Banquet


 

 

 

 

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Shred Day


 

 

Time to start your Spring Cleaning.  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces that the mobile shredding unit and a Recycle/Disposal unit will be in Center May 3rd.

 

The mobile Shredding Unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center Square on Friday, May 3rd  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.

 

The Recycle Containers will be on the Downtown Square from May 3rd – 5th.  Items NOT permitted in the containers are as follows:  NO Hazardous Material, NO Bioharzard Materials, NO Toxic Materials, NO Paint or Tires, NO Freon, Oil or other Regulated Chemicals, NO Gasoline, Propane, other Highly Flammable Chemicals, NO Special Waste that requires a License to Transport.   

 

Electronics are permitted in the containers.  Other items allowed include, lumber, siding, drywall, roofing, wiring, insulation, all types of bathroom and kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows & doors, piping, landscape debris, municipal waste such as standard household business trash.

 

These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and our generous Sponsors:

Shelby Savings Bank, Presenting Sponsor for Shredding Services

Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor for Shredding Services

Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor for Recycling/Disposal Services

 

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health First Aid Training at St. John's Episcopal Church


 

 

Sometimes first aid is not a bandage, or CPR or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  Be prepared to help.

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Center is hosting a Mental Health First Aid class on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

 

The Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that will teach you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.   The course helps anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or is in crisis.  

 

If you are an educator/school administrator, nurse, primary care giver, public safety personnel, member of a faith community, social services staff and volunteer, substance abuse professional, social workers or any member of the community interested in becoming trained, this course will give you the tools to help those in need.

 

The course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors.

 

The cost is FREE and lunch will be served.  If you are  interested in attending this training please go online to register at http://www/episcopalhealth.org/mhfa/.

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 1063 Southview Circle, right across the highway from High Roller Wells.

 

 

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Women's Conference


 

 

 

 

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AG Day 2019


 

 

 

 

 

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Transportation Update given at Nacogdoches Chamber luncheon


 

 

 

 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, TX - Learn more about the roads, highways and future interstate projects that affect us all at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon. The meeting is from 12 to 1 p.m. on April 26 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N. Fredonia St.   


City Manager Jim Jeffers will present “Nacogdoches Transportation Updates” that will include I-69 updates and plans and transportation projects in Nacogdoches.


“Transportation issues are critical to the development of Nacogdoches County,” according to C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.  “City Manager Jeffers will provide an update on current and future transportation projects in our region.  Mr. Jeffers has been extraordinary in preparing the business community for the impacts of transportation projects and we are anxious to hear about the status of these projects.”


All attending may enter the $50 drawing sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win. 


Lunch is $20 for Chamber members and $24 for non-members. Attendee RSVPs are requested by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. Call 936-560-5533 or email info@nactx.com to register. 

 

 

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Message From the Children's Advocacy Center


 

 

 

 

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Blue Sunday


 

 

 

 

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Spring Lectureship


 

 

 

 

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ETCOG Receives $375,000 Grant from EDA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilgore, TX, April 17, 2019: Jorge D. Ayala, Regional Director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), visited ETCOG offices today to join in announcing its award of $375,000 to ETCOG to support with the development of a regional broadband strategic plan for 14 counties in East Texas.

 

ETCOG applied for the grant in December proposing to develop a strategic plan that will help identify and address existing gaps in broadband access for businesses across the region. In addition, the grant will help the region capitalize on its strengths and opportunities related to long-term economic development, create or enhance an environment that is conducive to job growth, and improve infrastructure and overall community development to improve the quality of life.

 

The grant is issued to the East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD) administered by ETCOG which is comprised of representatives from East Texas economic development agencies and elected officials. Economic Development Districts are designated by EDA and housed at Councils of Governments to help lead the locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. With the $375,000 grant, ETCOG and its local economic development partner agencies have committed to an additional investment of $161,000 in local matching funds, for total project funding of $536,000.

 

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Chicken Express Easter Egg Hunt


 

 

Chicken Express in Center is celebrating their third year in business with the First Annual Chicken Express Easter Egg Hunt from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 18. Each egg will contain a special prize for the kids.

 

 

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunt


 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Chamber to Close for Good Friday


 

 

In observance of the Easter holiday, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19.


The office will open at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 22.

 

Best wishes for your holiday weekend!

 

 

 

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Shelby County Historical Society Monthly Meeting


 

 

The Shelby County Historical Society will have their monthly meeting on 4-16-19 at the Shelby County Museum located on Pecan Street in Center, Texas at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society April Meeting


 

 

The Piney Woods Photographic Society will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, Tx., and anyone interested in photography is invited to attend. 


The April Challenge of "Patterns and Textures" will show the work of members for voting and critiquing.  


There will also be a workshop on "Better Flower Photography."

 

Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography.  Featuring programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

 

For more information about the Piney Woods Photographic Society, please contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 or "LIKE" us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto/

 

 

 

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TIGER ALERT: Alto needs our help!


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Chamber Presents Teacher Appreciation


 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.  The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.  The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:

 

Center Christian Academy –  Karen Mayo

 

F.L. Moffett Primary School –  Jessica Belrose

Center Elementary School –  Kirstin Turner

Center Intermediate School –  Beth Nichols

Center Middle School –  Pamela Doggett

Center High School –  Michele Whiddon

Roughrider Academy -  Erica Klein

 

Excelsior ISD – Sonya Nutt

 

Joaquin Elementary School –  Monica Smith

Joaquin Junior High School –  Mary Hovey

Joaquin High School –  Brett Gaylord

 

S.W. Carter Elementary –  Jason McDonald

Shelbyville Middle School –  Bailee Rash

Shelbyville High School – Brooke Harrison

 

Tenaha Elementary School – Carrie Jenkins

Tenaha Middle/High School – Tammy Hamilton

 

 

 

Timpson Elementary –  Melanie Sanford

Timpson Middle School – Kendra Welch

Timpson High School –  Darlene Therwhanger

 

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors are Dr. James Hockenberry, Nacogdoches Medical Center and Ray Jones Chevrolet. 

 

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Butterfly Release Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to Wednesday’s weather forecast, we are moving the Butterfly Release to Tuesday, April 16. It will still take place at 4:00 pm at the same location, the downtown Center Square. We hope to see you there!

 

EVENT SPONSORED BY FARMERS STATE BANK, THEY WILL BE SERVING HOT DOGS FOR ALL!

 

 

 

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Joaquin Spring Fling


 

 

 

 

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Center Play the Void Monday Night at CHS


 

 

 

Sophomore Kristen Orsak's original play, The Void, will be presented for a second night by CHS Theatre's 3rd Period Advanced Players tonight at 6:30. Miss Orsak tells the story of Brooke, a teenager suffering from depression and her friends and family who aren't sure how to help her. The script has been workshopped by her peers since the fall and is ready for its "international premiere."

After the production, Karen Jones, a local pastor and counselor, will host a talk-back session so that audience members can learn more about a condition that has become such a major issue for modern school-aged Americans.


Admission is free, but seating is limited to 80 guests.  The doors at Center High School Cafeteria will open at 5:45 for the 6:30 production.

 

 

 

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United Way Presents Local Organizations with Grant Funds


 

 

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Nacogdoches United Way, which also serves Shelby and San Augustine Counties, presented four non-profit organizations with funds to impact local issues of concern.  Organizations receiving $1,500 each in funding were as follows:


Fannie Booth Brown Memorial Library in support of the tween summer reading program, 
Center Independent School District Meal Recovery program to purchase food containers for Meals on Wheels food program, 


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Fair committee to provide additional screenings at the 2020 Health and Fitness Fair, and the 
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County Family and Community Health committee to provide food and supplies for the 4-H Food and Nutrition project. 


The goal of the Nacogdoches United Way is to support lasting change with measureable improvements for people in need within Shelby County.  Focusing efforts on the building blocks of a better life – quality, education, good health, and financial stability – United Way connects the experience, expertise, and resources to advance the common good and well-being of the community.  Areas of impact to be addressed by United Way include education through early and middle grading reading programs, financial stability through workforce development, and health through healthy food choices, youth obesity prevention and access to drug and alcohol prevention training and counseling.


For information on how your business or organization can make a positive impact in Shelby County through United Way, contact Gary Lee Ashcraft, President/CEO at 936-564-5869.  

 

 

 

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Pastor & Wife 36 year anniversary


 

 

Pastor Joseph Hall and First  Lady. Surretha Hall will celebrate their 36 anniversary on April 21, Easter Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Benford Chapel Baptist Church, please come join them, an Easter dinner will b served following the program.

 

 

 

 

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Child Abuse Awareness Information


 

 

 

 

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Take A Kid Fishing

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