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PANOLA COLLEGE CONDUCTS 80TH COMMENCEMENT


 

 
 
 
 
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Panola College conducted its 80th
commencement in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. The first ceremony took place
at 5:00 p.m. followed by a second ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Panola College had
209 degree and certificate candidates and over 130 of those students
participated in the commencement ceremonies.
 
 
 
At the start of both ceremonies, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of
Instruction, presented each graduating class of fall 2017 as Dr. Gregory
Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members,
faculty, staff, and students in to be seated while *“Pomp and Circumstance*”
was played in the background.
 
 
 
Following the alma mater, sang by Panola College Chorale, and directed by
Mrs. Sandra Bauer, Don Cocklin, psychology professor, gave the invocation.
Powell then welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks. Before the
awards ceremony, Adams certified to Powell and members of the Panola
College Board of Trustees that the graduating students had completed all
work necessary to graduate from Panola College.
 
 
 
Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages, then began the
reading of graduates and Powell awarded diplomas to all graduating
students.
 
 
 
For the closing of both ceremonies, Mr. Ernest Spencer, School of Energy
professor, gave the benediction, followed by Dr. Powell leading the
recessional to the closing instrumentals.
 
 
 
 
Panola College fall 2017 graduates pose for photos before their
commencement ceremony.
 
 
 
 Members of Phi Theta Kappa, a community college honor society,
pause to take a photo together before commencement. 
 
 
 
 
 Students at the first ceremony line up in preparation for the
processional into the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. 
 
 
 
Panola College President, Dr. Greg Powell, awarded diplomas to
over 130 graduates that attended commencement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Panola College is proud to announce the following fall 2017 Honor Graduates:*
 
 
 
*Summa Cum Laude                         3.90 – 4.00*
 
 
 
Martha Mary Brown                      Pineland, TX
 
Daniel Quetzala Castillo                Garrison, TX
 
Paola Rangel Grande                    Logansport, LA
 
Rebecca Padron Loredo                Beckville, TX
 
 
 
 
 
*Magna Cum Laude                          3.75 – 3.89*
 
 
 
Cindy Baldazo                                 Overton, TX
 
Trevor Wayne Deal                          Waskom, TX
 
Jenna King                                     Mount Enterprise, TX
 
Shaina Lane                                   Henderson, TX
 
 
 
 
 
*Cum Laude                                         3.50 – 3.74*
 
 
 
Alma Cristela Angeles                   Beckville, TX
 
Kayla Jean Avery                          Carthage, TX
 
Savannah Storm Battles                San Augustine, TX
 
Urias Quetzala Castillo                  Garrison, TX
 
Joshua Allan Edge                         Garrison, TX
 
Cody Michael Lake                        Carthage, TX
 
Chance Collin Lunsford                 Garrison, TX
 
William H. McClure Jr                   Carthage, TX
 
Dana Lee McDaniel                      Gary, TX
 
Holly Kristina Royer                     Timpson, TX
 
Emmalee Tomaszewski                Tenaha, TX
 
 

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This and That


 

 

 

 

 

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.
 
 

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Church Fundraiser on Center City Square


 

 

The First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ is having a fundraiser on the Center City square today 12-15-17.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Haircuts for Boys continue Center Elementary Programs Encouraging Self Esteem


 

 
Rodrick Gardner (CHS '95) and Eddie Salazar (CHS '09) from Estex Fadz of
Center partnered with Jeremy Lacy from Royalty Cutz in San Augustine  and
Center Elementary Counselor Joyce Jackson to provide free haircuts for boys
at Center Elementary on December 14, 2017.
 
 
"Eddie Salazar - Cutting Hair"
 
"We met on the internet, and he asked me if I'd like to be a part of this."
Lacy said. "Every time he does something for the kids, he gives me a call,
and when I do something I give him a call."
 
The two businesses have partnered for several events, including on Father's
Day, and will return to Center Elementary in March. The barbers let the
students choose their new look, spoke encouraging words to the boys, and
provided each child with a boost of self-esteem.
 
 
"Rodrick Gardner - Cutting Hair"
 
"They leave here feeling good," Gardner said. "Like that little guy that
just left here. That kid is going to make all A's today."
 
Jackson also hosts a nail shop on Fridays for girls.
 
"We talk about being divas and queens," Jackson said. "I pull those girls
that walk with their heads down; they don't smile a lot. They need to know
that they're important. [I tell them] 'You are one of a kind. You are
original. There is no one else like you.'
 
 
"Kids pick out certain things and try to make others feel bad about it.
[These programs are] designed to get those little negative things pushed
out of their mind now. I have to really get them built up now so they are
prepared [and can later say] 'Ms. Jackson said I'm a queen. I'm a
princess'."
 
Parental permission is obtained prior to participation.
 

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Christmas on Roughrider Drive Photos


 

 

Christmas on Roughrider Drive was held on 12-14-17 at Center Highschool. 

 

Click the Photo of Santa Below to see more pictures.

 

 

 

 

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Town and County Open House Door Contest Winner Announced


 

 

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TAGHS Installs New 2018 Officers at Christmas Meeting


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
Jim Barrett, Membership Chairman
 
Dickie Dixon, Program Charman
 
Jim Barrett, Assistant Program Chairman
 
Shannon Ramsey, Assistant Program Chairman
 
Dudley McIntyre, Parliamentarian
 
Dru Dickey, Archivist
 
Jan Barrett, Librarian
 
Marjorie Holt, Volunteer Coordinator
 
Shannon Ramsey, Tap Root Editor
 
Jim Barrett, Tap Root Assistant Editor
 
Hilda Diehl, Board Member
 
Leatha Hightower, Board Member
 
Lois Downing, Board Member 
 
Keith Allred, Board Member 
 
Margaret Bolick, Board Member 
 
Elizabeth Goff, Board Member 
 
 

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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Christmas Party


 

 

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.

 
 

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Focused Care of Center Open House Video


 

 

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Cole Art Center Holiday Hours


 

 

 
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.
 
The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
 
 

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Christmas on Roughrider Drive


 

 

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No December Meeting for the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce


 

There will be no Membership Meeting for the month of December.  Thank you all and have a Merry Christmas from San Augustine Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
                                         - Brandi Emanis
 
 

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American Pickers Return to Texas


 

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Shelby Savings Bank Open House


 

 

 

 

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Focused Care of Center Open House


 

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.

 

 

 

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Compound patented by SFA's National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops shows promise in treating cancer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 
 

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Center ISD School Board Meeting


 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Riders of the Week


 

 

 

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Center Police Department Cookies with Santa


 

 

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!
 
 
 

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Christmas Open Houses


 

 
December 14
 
Citizens Bank 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
140 Austin Street in Center
 
Texas State Bank 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
163 Cass-Caid Drive in Center
 
Town and Country 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
114 Nacogdoches Street in Center
 
Christmas Open Houses coming up:
 
Farmers State Bank on December 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Shelby Savings Bank on December 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Santa will be at the Center Main Branch from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin FD Christmas Party


 

 

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.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Mark Ivey Retires From Texas State Bank


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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SFA enters partnership with China's Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences


 

 
 
 
 
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.
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

 

 
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.
 
 
 

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Panola College Commencement scheduled Thursday, Dec. 14


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Panola College will hold two fall 2017 commencement ceremonies on Thursday,
Dec. 14, in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. Approximately 70 students will
participate in the first commencement, beginning at 5 p.m. A second
ceremony for an additional 60 graduates will begin at 7:30 p.m.
 
In both ceremonies, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, will
present the graduating class. Sandra Bauer, music professor, will lead
singers from the Music Department in The Alma Mater. Don Cocklin,
psychology professor, will give the invocation. Dr. Adams will provide
opening remarks and introduce the Panola College Board of Trustees. Dr.
Greg Powell, Panola College President, will welcome guests and confer
degrees and certificates. Earnest Spencer, School of Energy professor, will
provide the benediction.
 
Dr. Kathy Watlington, foreign language professor, will read the names of
the graduates. Participating in the pinning for health science graduates
will be Ashley Brewster, RN, Associate Degree Nursing professor; Sharon
Peace, RN, Vocational Nursing instructor; Lynn Davis, RHIT, CCS,
chair-instructor, Medical Assistant program; and Jo Ellen Russell, MBA, MT,
RHIT, RMA, chair-professor, Medical Lab Technician and Health Information
Technician.
 
For fall 2017 graduation, 209 students qualified by earning degrees or
certificates. Among those candidates, 152 are female and 57 are male, 198
are from Texas, nine from Louisiana, one from Arkansas, and one from
Nigeria.
 
Degrees and certificates to be awarded include 100 certificates of
completion, 68 associate of applied science degrees, 61 associate of
science degrees, and eight associate of arts in teaching.
 
 
 
Jo Ellen Russell congratulates the Medical Lab Technician
graduates in fall 2016 commencement. Panola College will host two
commencement ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
 
 

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Blood Drive at Shelby County Sheriff's Office


 

 
An upcoming Community Life Saving Blood Drive will be held at the Shelby  County Sheriff's Department on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 10am until 2:30pm.  
 
The donor coach will be in the parking lot and a FREE hoodie to all who donate blood!  Contact Leah Chase at 936-598-5601 to sign up.

 

 

 

 

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Cookies with Santa Center PD


 

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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How to Submit News For Review


 

 

 

 

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Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Elected Officials Luncheon Photos


 

 

 

 

 

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CADDO MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE Gentle Yoga & Foraging


 

 

 

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
 
 

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Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Video Presentation


 

 

 

 

 

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James Antioch Community Center Meeting


 

 

 

On December 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM, the James Antioch Community will have
their Christmas Party at the community building.  Please bring your special
Christmas covered dish for all of us to eat.  We will have a $10 Chinese
gift exchange and some fun and games.  Bring your gift marked for a man or
woman.  We all hope to see many of our neighbors that evening.
 
For more information contact: Ellen Manning  936-598-3081
 
 
 
 

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Timpson Breakfast with Santa


 

 

The Timpson ISD FFA will hold breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 16th from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Panola College presents Christmas in Carthage


 

 
 
 
Panola College continued its holiday tradition on Tuesday, Dec. 5, with a
30th anniversary presentation of Christmas in Carthage at the Civic Center.
In addition to the Panola College Chorale, Pipers, and Band, the
extravaganza featured performances by the Carthage Primary Choir, Rowe
Performing Arts dancers, Project String Power, Bulldog Belles, and Freddy
Mason.
 
The program included “We All Need a Little Christmas,” “Grown Up Christmas
List,” “White Christmas,” “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” “Waltz of the Flowers,”
“I’d Rather Have My Baby Here for Christmas,” “Christmas Bits and Pieces,”
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “There’s Still My Joy,” “Jingle Bell
Rock,” “Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling,” “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “One
Solitary Life,” and “A Christmas Festival.”
 
“Christmas in Carthage was conceived by the late Larry Brumley, who led the
Panola College Choral Department for many years,” said Sandra Bauer, Vocal
Music Professor and director of the Panola College Chorale and Pipers.
 
Originally, Christmas in Carthage was a dinner event followed by a
performance by the Panola College Pipers. Under the direction of Bauer and
Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College band director, Christmas in Carthage has
expanded to involve fine arts organizations from the community.
 
“For many Carthage residents, this was the highlight of the Christmas
season. We are excited to be able to present this program 30 years after
the debut of the original Christmas in Carthage and hope to continue the
legacy of excellence that was begun by those who came before us,” Hubbard
said.
 
The Carthage Primary Choir was under the direction of Debbie Miller. The
Project String Power performance was directed by Leonard Kacenjar.
 
Shannon James, a journalism student and member of the Panola Pipers,
produced the Christmas Humor video featuring vocal music students. The
journalism department produced the welcome video featuring Dr. Greg Powell.
 
Band members participating included Esmeralda Acosta, Ma’Kayla Campbell,
Jessica Coats, Maricruz Gonzalez, Savana Hanaway, Julie Hernandez,
Alexandria Lavender, Mallory Sims and Madison Youngblood, all on flute.
Playing clarinet were Jazmin Alvarado, Emily Averitt, Chelsea Ener, Taylor
Hughes, Marissa Jones, Kirsten Mayfield, Perla Perez, Kaci Griffin,
Samantha Stilley, and Megan Gilley. On bassoon was Whitney Thomas.
 
Saxophone players included Kassi Orbaugh, Elijah Johnson and James Lilly.
Playing trumpet were Kaleb Baker, Alexis Barlow, America Cabriales, Michael
Harding, Sheldon Holt, Casey McMullen, Vincent Raybon, Scott Rogers, Maggie
Sims, and Josh Wood. French horn performers included Sarah Allen,
Tarsheanna Bauer, Tessa Griego, and Alexis Salas. On trombone were Jaime
Gonzalez, Matthew Harding, Brandon Harris, Carrie Hudman, Tressie Key,
Akesh Patel, and Urias Quetzala.
 
Baritone players include Jaqui Alejaldre, Cole Donald, Andres Leon, Vanessa
Rodriguez, Lirio Rodriguez, Shantanell Stephens, Colby Taylor, Delaina
Truitt, and William Yaws. On tuba were A.J. Bowers, Aaron Nolan, Ty Osborn,
Daniel Quetzala, and Derrick Wade Weaver. Percussion players are Godwin
Adewale, Michael Isalesin, Israel Keshinro, Valarie Kirkwood, Emmauel
Ogunfuwa, Tya Roberts, Nicklaus Powell, Moses Sangowoye, Benjamin Smith,
and Hunter Stilley. On piano was Rachel Mukueyi, and on bass guitar was
Branton Reeves.
 
The Panola College Chorale members include Oluwaseyi Adedayo, Susan
Adewale, Ronke Ajoniloju, Funminiyo Alabi, Lily Allphin, Emily Averitt,
Michael Awotula, Tarsheanna Bauer, Meosha Brown, Shelby Brown, Destiny
Buffin, Ahmadreion Casel, Loren Caserta, Zakayla Cooper, Hannah Cortinas,
Kaitlyn Cox, Kassidee Cox, Afrikina Dotson, Charles Felix, Brittany
Fendall, Jamya Gossett, Emma Harden, Lauren Harris, Tyesha High, Dwaine
Hubbard, Carrie Hudman, Madison Hudson, Shannon James, Kacia Johnson,
Whiteny Kenani, Jenna King, Valarie Kirkwood, Hunter Moon, Samantha
Murphey, Aaron Nolan, Bamise “Esther” Oderinde, Kassi Orbaugh, Osamudiamen
Oriakhi, Walker Pahlman, Pamela Painter, Kyana Reagan, Tya Roberts, Autumn
Romine, Mia Sartor, Maggie Sims, Ahna Stacy, Christion Taylor, Jame’Cia
Taylor, Sydnee Taylor, Whitney Thomas, De’Andra Traylor, Keairra Ware, and
Kaitlyn Westbrook.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panola College Chorale performed popular Christmas carols
alongside the Panola College band.
 
 
 
The audience enjoyed listening to holiday songs from the Carthage
Primary Choir.
 
 
 
Rowe Performing Arts performed a piece from the Nutcracker.
 
 
 
 
The Bulldog Belles showed their skills during a Christmas routine.
 

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Panola College presents service awards


 

 
Panola College recognized 16 faculty, staff, and board members in a
luncheon presentation of service awards on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Frances
B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.
 
These include, for 35 years of service, Dazell Hicks and Dr. Bob Wilkins;
for 30 years, Dr. Denise Wilkins; for 25 years, Dwayne Ferguson, Sharon
Hill, and William Goolsby; for 15 years, Teresa Beasley.
 
Nine people were recognized for 10 years of service, including Julie
Bertrand, Mickie Cash, Amy Calhoun, Whitney McBee, Leslie Glaze, Pam Pike,
Todd Shelton, Joe Thomas, and Kelli Vicars.
 
Dr. Greg Powell presented each employee with a commemorative coin in honor
of their service to Panola College.
 
 
 
 
 
Ten year service awards went to, from left, Kelli Vicars, Joe Thomas, Todd
Shelton, Whitney McBee, Julie Bertrand, Pam Pike, Leslie Glaze, Mickie Cash
and Amy Calhoun.
 
 
 
 
Dwayne Ferguson and Sharon Hill were recognized for 25 years of service.
(Not pictured, William Goolsby, President, Board of Trustees.)
 
 
 
 
Dr. Greg Powell congratulates Teresa Beasley for 15 years of service.
 
 
 
 
Dr. Greg Powell congratulates Dazell Hicks for 35 years of service. (Not
pictured: Dr. Bob Wilkins.)
 
 

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Ugly Sweater Run


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Tenaha Tiger Black Out Pep Rally


 

 

The Tenaha Tigers 2017 Black Out Pep Rally was held today 12-7-17 at 3:05 p.m. Click the link below for photos from the event.

 

 

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Joaquin HS Student Goes to Disney World


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.    
 
 
 

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Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus calling for proposals for Diversity Conference


 

 

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 oma@sfasu.edu, or contact any OMA Caucus member.
 
 

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Quilts of Valor: Honoring Shelby County Veterans Touched by War


 

 
 
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 jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 

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Update on Shelby County Attorney Toy Drive


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Town and County Door Decoration Contest


 

 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Christmas Events at Center ISD


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are some upcoming Christmas events at Center ISD.  Click the links below for more information.

 

 

Christmas on Roughrider Drive:

 

 

The Ugly Sweater Run:

 

 

Christmas events at Center ISD:

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Christmas Concerts at First Methodist Church


 

 

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.  
 

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Academy Graduation DeSoto Parish


 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to recognize and introduce some recent
academy graduates.  Deputies Chris Davis, Brett Jones, and Lakrisha Wilcott
recently graduated from the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Regional Training
Academy as part of Cadet Class 42.  Deputy Chris Davis has been assigned to
the Patrol Division while Deputy Brett Jones and Deputy Lakrisha Wilcott
have been assigned to the Corrections Division.  We would like to
congratulate them on their achievement, and more importantly introduce them
to the community.  We hope you will join us in congratulating them on this
major milestone in their career.
 
 
Cadet Class 42
 
 
 
Back Row L-R: Chief Civil Deputy Monica Cason, Deputy Michelle Crawford,
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Lt. Phillip Daniels, Assistant Warden Billy Cotton
 
 
 
Front Row L-R: Deputy Lakrisha Wilcott, Deputy Chris David, Deputy Brett
Jones, Warden Randy Clark, Sgt. Brian Toups
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Coats for Kids


 

 
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.
 
 
 
 
 

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Open Houses


 

 

Let the Holiday Fun Continue!!  Mark these Christmas Open House dates on your Calendar:
December 14:  Citizen’s Bank, Texas State Bank (10:00-1:00), Town and Country Real Estate (4:00 – 6:00pm).
 
December 19: Farmers State Bank (9:00am-3:00pm)
 
December 20: Shelby Savings Bank (9:00am – 3:00pm)
 
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
 
 
 

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Church Security Forum


 

 

 

 

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Excelsior ISD UIL Results


 

 

 

 

Excelsior students traveled to Etoile for UIL, December 5, 2017, these are their results.  
GREAT JOB!!!
 
Number Sense 7th & 8th -- 1st place – Dawson Chandler, 2nd place – Christina Stotts, 3rd place – Jesse Adkison
 
Number Sense 4th – 6th -- 1st place – Victoria King
 
Oral Reading 4th & 5th – 1st place – Dallas Whiteside, 2nd place – Ethan Miles, 3rd place – Jaquelyn Miles
 
Oral Reading 8th – 2nd place – Marissa Crawford, 3rd place – Jada Jacobs
 
Spelling 3rd & 4th – 1st place – Jaquelyn Miles, 2nd place – Mikayla Anderson, 3rd place – Gracie Gillis
 
Spelling 5th & 6th – 1st place – Victoria King
 
Spelling 7th & 8th – 1st place – Erik Ramirez, 2nd place – Jesse Adkison
 
Storytelling 2nd – 3rd place --Caidence Kelley
 
Storytelling 3rd – 1st place – Mikayla Anderson, 3rd place – Jocelyn Stewart
 
Art 4th – 8th -- 1st place – Dane Walker, 2nd place – Blake Pharris
 
Creative Writing 2nd -- 1st place – Lexi Clark, 2nd place – Hennessy Anderson
 
Ready Writing 3rd & 4th – 1st place – Aubrey Berg, 3rd place – Mikayla Anderson
 
Ready Writing 5th & 6th – 1st place – Ethan Miles, 2nd place – Victoria King
 
Ready Writing 7th & 8th – 1st place – Bailey Davis, 2nd place – Dylan Miles
 
 
 
 
 

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Merry Christmas From Center Broadcasting Company


 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the staff of Center Broadcasting Company your Center Radio Station and trusted news source in East Texas.  

 

 

 

 

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American Pickers Return to Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALLING ALL TEXANS!! AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for LARGE & UNIQUE collections in your neck of the woods! Mike & Frank love to get their hands dirty! The junkier, THE BETTER! 
 
Let's stir the pot in the LONE STAR STATE!
 
Shoot us a message on Got A Pick!
 
EMAIL: americanpickers@cineflix.com
 
PHONE: 1-855-OLD-RUST
(Sorry, no retail shops or single items!)
 
 
 
 

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Panola College OTA sponsors prom for Community Health Core


 

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.
 
 

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Santa Rides a Motorcycle


 

Saturday Dec. 9th they will be set up on the Center square collecting toys for
Santa Rides a Motorcycle.  This will be the FINAL year of this toy drive. It
was started in 1980 by Former LT. Ed Roberts, they will accept new, gently used
toys and monetary donations. 
 
How it works is members of the community or the families themselves turn
in requests for children. Each child’s information, name and age, is filled
out on a request sheet and then the toys, which have all been donated, are
bagged for the family. Once bags are ready to go, volunteer from each area
collect the bags and deliver them. 
 
 
 
 

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Excelsior ISD Update


 

Excelsior Perfect Attendance 2nd Six Weeks
Esmarelda Escobedo, Kynlee Griggs, Jacob Moss, Wyatt Lewis, Dalton Shields, Caidence Kelley, Jaxen Mahan, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Zachery Stotts, Karson Adkinson, Kaleb Bentley, Ileigh Burcham, Lillian Ethridge, Jackson Welch, Gracie Gillis, Emily Leach, Toni Lovell, Jaquelyn Miles, Celeste Rivera Diaz, Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Victoria King, Karlea Menefee, Larkin Sears, Dallas Whiteside, Kolton Adkinson, Nevaeh Cosby, Leah Fountain, Ethan Miles, Rylan Chandler, Abraham Diaz Gonzalez, Jada Jacobs, Blake Pharris, Jamie Stotts, Dean Walker, Dane Walker, Jesse Adkison, Dawson Chandler, Kambree Dillard, Tristan McClelland, Dylan Miles, Christina Stotts, 
 
Excelsior’s “A” Honor Roll
C.J. Clark, Wyatt Lewis, Hennessy Anderson, Lance Brown, Lexi Clark, Jaxen Mahan, Brooklynn Scates, Mikayla Anderson, Emily Leach, Kingston Menzies, Bryson Stewart, Kaycee Vaughn, Victoria King, Gabriel Bentley, Leah Fountain, Ethan Miles, Rylan Chandler, Dane Walker, Jesse Adkison, Dawson Chandler, Dylan Miles, Christina Stotts
 
Excelsior “A/B” Honor Roll
Kelan McSwain, Dalton Shields, Brilyn Williams, Kaleb Bentley, Aubrey Berg, Lillian Etheridge, Jocelyn Stewart, Devin Warren, Jakeb Williams, Cody Adkinson, Gracie Gillis, Toni Lovell, Jaquelyn Miles, Celeste Rivera Diaz, Aiden Sanders, Blake Warren, Katelyn Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Zane Griffith, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears, Scarlette Stacey, Dallas Whiteside, Jaxon Williams, Nevaeh Cosby, Abraham Diaz Gonzalez, Jada Jacobs, Blake Pharris, Jamie Stotts, Bailey Davis, Kambree Dillard, Tristan McClelland, David Pharris, Erik Ramirez
 
 

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Timpson ISD Breakfast with Santa


 

Timpson ISD will hold breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 16th from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Center PD Christmas Wreath Winner


 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Bears Send Off


 

 

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.  

 
 

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Ugly Sweater Run


 

 

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 sara.hughes@centerisd.org.
 
 

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Blue Santa


 

The Center Police Department's Blue Santa program is getting ready to load
the sleigh and needs your help. Blue Santa is asking for donations of new
toys, books, or clothes for all ages of boys and girls. Monetary donations
are also welcomed.
 
To get things started there will be a donation box located at the Center
Police Dept in the lobby. For every toy that is donated, you will be entered
into a drawing for an 32 GB IPAD computer donated by Walmart.
 
 
Second, there will be a raffle sale for a Mossberg 510, 410 youth model. Tickets will be
$20 each, and only 200 tickets will be sold. Sale of these raffle tickets
will enable Blue Santa to purchase more gifts to meet the needs of the
children on our list. You can purchase tickets from the Center Police Dept
Officers, Dispatchers, and Shelby County Today. These drawings will be held
on Monday, December 18th.
 
Blue Santa is also proud to announce they are being sponsored by Lasting
Impressions and Mathews Real Estate. On November 28th they will be hosting,
along with several other businesses - Holiday on Foster. This event will
start at 5:30 and will have several vendors. At Lasting Impressions Santa
Clause will be there for the kids to visit. But instead of Santa giving out
gifts, Santa will be asking for toy donations for Blue Santa. There will
also be a Center Police Department officer for kids to meet and greet who
will have a Patrol unit ready for kids to see the lights and here the
sirens.
 
If you know of a child/children in Shelby County that will not have any
Santa this Christmas, please feel out a form. One form per child. Forms are
available at the Center Police Department, Light and Champion, Shelby County
Today, KQBB/Center Broadcasting, any Center ISD School Campus, Lasting
Impressions, Mathews Real Estate, and ACE EMS. The forms will need to be
returned No later than the Monday before Christmas, December 18, 2017.
 
Let Blue Santa help you make a child's Christmas blessed this year!
 
 

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After Hours Party


 

 

 
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 info@shelbycountychamber.com
 

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Shelbyville Band Christmas Extravaganza


 

 

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! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Deshmond Johnson and Kasi Trent
 
 
 
 
 

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Youth Day


 

 

The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyon to come out and join the, as they observe their Youth Day program on December 10th, 2017 at 3 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Canned Food Drive at Center ISD


 

 

Center ISD is collecting cans to benefit the Shelby County Outreach
Ministries.The outreach serves meals and provides food to the elderly, poor
and disadvantaged.
 
The canned food drive will run through Friday, December 8.
 
*Center High School*
*Goal: *1,000
*Reward: *Popcorn party - Homeroom with the most cans collected on campus
 
*Center Middle School*
*Goal: *1,500
*Reward: *Pizza Party - Rider Time class with the most cans collected in
each grade level
 
*Center Intermediate School*
Collecting Cans
 
*Center Elementary School*
*Reward: *Pizza Party - Classroom with the most cans collected
 
*F. L. Moffett*
*Goal: *1,000
 
 

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This week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

 
 
 
Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ----- Library Lego Club
 
Thursday, Dec. 7th, 10:30 a.m.--------- Preschool Story Time
 
Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.---- Color Me Calm (adult coloring)
 
Friday, Dec. 8th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.-------- Crafternoon
 
 
 
 

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Gumbo Cook-Off


 

 

 

 

Gumbo Cook-off in Logansport this Saturday 12-9-17 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Elementary Students Compete in Elementary UIL Meet


 

 
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
Creative Writing – Sophie Ellington, Kaylyn Thompson, Dallas Jones, Caleb Jamison
Dictionary Skills 5 – Chance Gray, Elizabeth Marin, Malachi Sierra
Listening Skills 5 – Jacob Smith, Madalyn Lindley, Avery Hamilton
Maps, Graphs & Charts 5 – Taylor Jones, Baylee Whiteside, Jacob Smith 
Music Memory 3/4 – D’Iashia Parks, MaKaylon Henderson, Kaden Sims, Carolina Warr, JaBrayden Simpson
Music Memory 5 – Thomas Powell, Wyatt Willoughby, Chance Gray, Ja’Bria Jones, Kayden  Cartwright
Number Sense 4 – Campbell Chase, Ethan Jackson, Nevaeh Lee, Addison Lloyd
Number Sense 5 – Malachi Sierra, Kaylin Miller, Elizabeth Marin, Eli Shofner
Oral Reading 4 – Bailee Bohannon, Riley Hopkins, Madolyn Lout, Harley Risinger
Oral Reading 5 – Lanie Bass, Carsey Lovell, Baylee Whiteside
Ready Writing 3 – Eddie Turk, Trinity Sims, Abigail Baylor, Mary Elizabeth Devers
Ready Writing 4 – Bailee Bohannon, Camille Greer, Jayleigh Jones
Ready Writing 5 – Lanie Bass, Carsey Lovell, Kaylin Miller
Social Studies 5 – Chance Gray, Thomas Powell, McKenzie Gillaspie, Sara Hancock
Spelling 3 – Eddie Turk, Gaylon Harrison, Carter Bell, Weston Murphy
Spelling 4 – Campbell Chase, Nevaeh Lee, Harley Risinger, Trinity Mitchell
Spelling 5 – Elizabeth Marin, D. J. Barnes, Haleigh Lynch
Storytelling 2 – Reagan Raines, Natalyn Sullivan, Kaylee Harvey
Storytelling 3 – Gaylon Harrison, Eddie Turk, Payton McGee, Preslee Sims
 
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
Art Smart 7/8 – Neena Smith, Giselle Hernandez, Celeste Holloway, Chloe Musico, Avery Faulkner
Calculator Applications 6 – Lexi Lout, Eli Ferguson, Kason Parker
Calculator Applications 7 – Ava Silva, Jayda Hopkins, Gracie Leach, Maggie Turk
Calculator Applications 8 – Lexi Fleming, Tyler Merriman, Brenda Bautista, MaKayja Horton
Chess Puzzle 6-8 – Ethan Wood, Dawson Jackson, Ja’Kory Standley, Kason Parker
Dictionary Skills 6 – Rileigh Powell, Tamryn Murphy, Thomas Powell
Dictionary Skills 7 – Jayda Hopkins, Katelynne Risinger, Tay-Una Allen
Dictionary Skills 8 – Dawson Jackson, Giselle Hernandez, Kiana Bennett
Editorial Writing 6 – Hallie Merriman, Liela Klein, Emily Bautista, Logan Brantley
Editorial Writing 7 – Aubree Camp, Chloe Musico, Dakota Jones
Editorial Writing 8 – Cole McDaniel, Tyler Merriman, Jaelyn Crawford
Impromptu Speaking 6-8 – Jeremiah Davis, Jaliyah Handy, Ava Silva
Listening Skills 6 – Bradley Jamison, Lane Loggins, McKenzie Gillaspie
Listening Skills 7 – Kayla Garcia, Maggie Turk, Gracie Leach
Listening Skills 8 –  Kayla White, Lexi Fleming, Cole McDaniel
Maps, Graphs & Charts 6 – James Spencer, Kason Parker, E. J. Hendrix
Maps, Graphs & Charts 7 – Gracie Leach, Jayda Hopkins, Collin Lloyd
Maps, Graphs & Charts 8 – Eli Taylor, Ta’Larrian Lister, Ja’Kory Standley 
Mathematics 6 – Kason Parker, Alexis Lout, Eli Ferguson, James Spencer
Mathematics 7 – Dakota Jones, Gracie Leach, Jayda Hopkins
Mathematics 8 – Naomi Caporali, Kiana Bennett, Shane Schilder, MaKayja Horton
Modern Oratory 6-8 – Dawson Jackson, Dylan Jones, Laka Sanders
Music Memory 6 – Logan Brantley, Ionnia Hubbard, Nakyia Swindle, Alaina Haley
Number Sense 6 – Kason Parker, Nakyia Swindle, Lanie Bass, Mikayla Wheatley
Number Sense 7 – Collin Lloyd, Abigayle Shofner, Kendall Murry, Aubree Camp
Number Sense 8 – Kiana Bennett, Naomi Caporali, Shane Schilder, MaKayja Horton
Oral Reading 6 – Hallie Merriman, Shelby Holloway, Liela Klein, Alaina Haley
Oral Reading 7 – Ava Silva, Aubree Camp, Kara Jones, Gracie Slocum
Oral Reading 8 – Eli Taylor, Lieza Klein, Jaelyn Crawford, Tijah Jackson
Ready Writing 6 – Jamarria Wright, Franydric Buckley, Nakyia Swindle
Ready Writing 7 – Aubree Camp, Chloe Musico, Dakota Jones
Ready Writing 8 – Eli Taylor, Cole McDaniel, MaKayja Horton
Science I – Gracie Leach, Justin Raymond, Abby Shofner, Collin Lloyd
Science II – Eli Taylor, Shane Schilder, Dylan Jones
Social Studies 6 – Nathaniel Devers, Logan Brantley, Chesney Wilkins
Social Studies 7 – Cade Cooper, Dakota Jones, Tucker Clark, Mikey Stringer
Social Studies 8 – Shane Schilder, Dylan Jones, Ta’Larrian Lister, Garrett Harkness
Spelling 6 – Eli Ferguson, Tamryn Murphy, Jamarria Wright
Spelling 7 – Rebekah Powell, Dakota Jones, Tucker Clark, Jagger Hudman
Spelling 8 – Jaelyn Crawford, Tyler Merriman, Vincent Martinez
 
One Act Play – Emily Bautista, Jagger Hudman, Eli Taylor, Gracie Slocum, Dawson Jackson, Hallie 
     Merriman, Laka Sanders, Ava Silva, Ionnia Hubbard, Sam Pless, Gracie Leach, Kendall Murry, Kara 
     Jones, Dylan Jones, Jaelyn Crawford, Giselle Hernandez, Lilly Crawford, Ramiro Reyes, Neena 
     Smith, Neera Smith, Jessie Vail, Tamryn Murphy, Brenda Bautista
 
 
 
Coaches:  Jada Jones (Art Smart 6, Art Smart 7/8), Sheila Haddox (Calculator Applications 6, Calculator Applications 7, Calculator Applications 8), Tonya Fenton (Dictionary Skills 6, Dictionary Skills 7, Dictionary Skills 8), Claire Windham (Editorial Writing 6, Editorial Writing 7, Editorial Writing 8), Jackie Myers (Impromptu Speaking 6-8), Karen Taylor (Maps, Graphs & Charts 6, Maps, Graphs & Charts 7, Maps, Graphs & Charts 8), Stephanie Bass (Number Sense 6), Jennifer Leach (Oral Reading 6), Jeanne Taylor (Oral Reading 7, Oral Reading 8), Bailee Rash (Ready Writing 6, Spelling 6), Pam Jamison (Listening Skills 6, Listening Skills 7, Listening Skills 8), Stephanie Jones (Science I, Social Studies 7, Social Studies 8),  Cheryl Alexander (Science II, Number Sense 7, Number Sense 8),  LaRee Greer (Spelling 7, Spelling 8, Ready Writing 7, Editorial Writing 6, Editorial Writing 7, Editorial Writing 8, 
One Act Play 6-8), Annette Belrose  (Modern Oratory 6-8, Ready Writing 8, Social Studies 6) , Tori Windham (Music Memory 6), and Anita Sheppard (Mathematics 6, Mathematics 7, Mathematics 8, Chess 6-8)
 
 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Christmas Party


 
"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.
 

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DRT Meeting


 

 

 

 

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.
 
 

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Holiday Stamps


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).  
 
For more information click here:
 
 

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Tenaha Black Out Pep Rally


 

 

 

 
Tigers versus Timpson! State Quartrfinal for the Region III title!   Join
us as we cheer the Tenaha Tigers on to another round of Football Play Offs!
Tenaha ISD would like to invite everyone to join the Tigers for their Black
Out Pep Rally to be held Thursday,December 7th,  at 3:05 in the Special
Events Center!
 
The game will take place later that evening.   Kick Off at 7pm at Carthage
Bulldog Stadium.  Tickets will be $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students
with no presale tickets available.
 
 
 
 

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Santa Day


 

Santa Claus day will be this Saturday at the New Life Church in Center, TX starting at 11 a.m. 

 
 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Update


 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

 
On November 20, 2017, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service -  Shelby Family 
& Community Health (FCH) Committee was presented  $5,000 for adult and youth programming
promoting the health and  well-being of low-income individuals in the Superior Health
Plan  community. Several hundred grant applications across the state of Texas  were
submitted for consideration.
 
The Shelby FCH Committee identifies needs, plans and implements  educational programs
for youth and adults in nutrition, wellness,  fitness, chronic disease management,
and community economic development.  Our target audience includes pregnant and non-pregnant women, children  in SNAP-Ed eligible or participating households, including the 
working  poor, and senior adults. Our goal is to better the lives of Shelby  County
residents through an educational process that uses research-based  knowledge focused
on identified issues and needs. Specifically, to  teach participants how to increase
their consumption of fruits and  vegetables, learning to select foods that are relatively
inexpensive and  good to eat, making food dollars last longer, preparing quick, 
 nutrition meals, and helping children learn how to eat healthier snacks  that they
will like.
 
"I'm very pleased the Family & Community Health committee is the  recipient of these
funds. This will help to better provide valuable  nutrition and health-based educational
programs to our Better Living for  Texans audience in Shelby County," stated Jheri-Lynn
McSwain, Shelby  County Extension Agent - Family & Community Health.
 
 
Ivan Smith Furniture Relocation
 
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Board joined Ivan Smith, Owner,
and Josh Hannah, Manager, for the relocation ribbon cutting at Ivan Smith Furniture.
They are now located at 1141 Hurst Street in the largest furniture showroom in Texas.
 
 
 
Texas Farm Bureau Insurance
 
On March 2, 1953, a  meeting was called for by Mr. J.O. Moosberg, County Agent, 
 to discuss  organizing a Shelby County Farm Bureau office. Attending that meeting
 were C.W. Frost, J.A. Rodgers, C.F. Miller, J.S. Hooper, E.W. Frost, E.  R. O'Rear
and J.C. Boyd.  From that meeting, a temporary organization  was formed and $60 
in dues were collected for the new Shelby County Farm  Bureau. It became a permanent
organization on March 27, 1953 and began  offering insurance services through Texas
Farm Bureau Insurance Company.  In March of 2018, they will celebrate their  65th
anniversary serving  members in Shelby County.
 
In 1953 what began  with six members has grown to 2131 members. The insurance company
is  operated by Agency Manager Paul A. Pustka. The agents in the office are  Bryan
Wages, Ryan Pinkston and their newest addition, David Hailey  (formerly Brookshire
Brothers Store Manager). Collectively, over 58  years of insurance experience and
here to meet all your insurance needs.
 
Texas Farm Bureau Insurance is a Multi-Line Insurance company offering Property,
 Casualty and Life  insurance to meet all your needs. Each September is designated
as Life  Insurance Awareness month throughout the Industry. This is to emphasize
  the importance of Life Insurance for you and your family.
 
Statistics show  that "More folks protect their "things" with insurance than protect
 their loved ones with life insurance". Cars - 79%, Homes - 67%, Family -  55%. 
They encourage you to contact your agent or one of them to  determine any need you
may have. Ask yourself two questions.  How much  life insurance do I need? How much
life insurance do I own?
 
They look forward  to the next 65 years of service to Shelby County. Stop by for
 a cup of  coffee or just to visit anytime. Their office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 
 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday. Their office staff are Donna  Swearingen and 
Jessica Smith.  They can be reached at 936-598-2773.
 
 

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Thank You Letter for the Taste of the Holidays


 

 
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Ambassadors hosted Taste of the Holidays on
Friday, November 3 at the Windham Civic Center in conjunction with the Pinecone 
& Mistletoe Christmas Market hosted by the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the
DRT.
 
Participating vendors were Brookshire Brothers, Center Country Club, Endless Possibilities,
Just for You, Nutt 5 Catering, Pineywoods Beverage, Sassy Red's, and T/R's Steaks
& More. A wide variety of delicious food was provided that ranged from Alligator
 Sausage to Chopped Brisket to Blackened Flounder over Cheesy Rice.
 
At this event, one can shop and then taste great food made by local businesses. 
Make sure to mark your calendars and don't miss this event in 2018!
 
 
 
 

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Christmas on Roughrider Drive


 

The first annual *Christmas on Roughrider Drive* will be held on December 14th, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  
 
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
 
 
 
 
 

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Football Update:


 

 
 
Tenaha Tigers 35 
 
Iola 14
 
 
Timpson Bears 67
 
Grapeland 28
 
 
The Timpson Bears football team has a playoff game vs. Tenaha Tigers on Thursday, December 7th, at 7 p.m. at the Carthage Bulldog Stadium.
 
 
 
San Augustine Wolves 58
 
Carlisle 27
 
 
 
The San Augustine Wolves varsity football team has a playoff game vs. Centerville Tigers on Friday, December 8th, at 7:30 p.m. in Palestine.
 
 
 

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