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Community News Archives for 2017-10

San Augustine Health Fair


 

 
Health Fair November 3rd  10 a.m. — 4 p.m.  San Augustine County Fairgrounds.
 
 
 
 

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Timpson Veterans Day Program


 

Timpson ISD and American Legion Post 90 will host the Veterans Day Program Friday November 10  at 10:00 a.m. in the Timpson High School gym. Each veteran will be recognized individually during the program. All veterans are invited to attend this program. Veterans are asked to meet in the gym lobby at 9:45. Veterans and their spouses will be escorted into the gym The Timpson High School staff will  serve lunch to the veterans and their spouses in the high school library following the program.

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Movie Night Cancelled Due to Rain


 
Farmers State Bank has cancelled its Movie in the Park scheduled for tonight due to the bad weather forecast.  It will be rescheduled at a later date.
 
 

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Praise 2017


 

Praise 2017 will have several different ways you will be entertained! We will have a buffet style dinner, silent auctions throughout the night, an item for raffle, and Music performances by: Cade Foehner with Jessica Hopkins and Hannah Collins and music by The Thompson Brothers! Tickets are $10. For questions, call Sherry Harding at 598-4990.  
 
 

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Trunk or Treat in Center


 

If it is raining, Trunk or Treat will be held in the First Baptist Church of Center's gym, 5:00 p.m. today 10-31-17.  

 

 

 
 

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Halloween in the Hole 2017 Pictures


 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th annual Halloween in the Hole was held last night 10-30-17 at the Center High School baseball fields.

 

 

 

For the Photo Album Click Here:

 

 

 

 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Tuesday Nights 7-9 P.M. on KQBB 100.5 FM


 

 

 

 

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Trunk or Treat in San Augustine


 

 

 

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Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting


 

The Shelbyville Band Boosters will be having a meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 6 p.m. in the band hall. All band parents are urged to attend.

 

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Where Secrets Lie at CHS


 

 

 

 

 

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Truck Pull Fundraiser Thank You


 

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center would like to express appreciation to all who participated in the second annual Gibson’s Truck Pull.  We are grateful for your show of support. Your donations will be used to provide training to the professionals that work with child victims and to increase community awareness of child abuse prevention.  The staff and Board of the SCCAC truly appreciate your commitment to making a difference in lives of child victims in our community. Thank you for “Changing the Life of a Child.”
 
 
 

 

The mission of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is to promote the emotional and physical healing of child abuse victims by uniting the efforts of public agencies and enlisting community support to optimize the prevention, detection, assessment, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases.  Your support assists in this cause and enables our team to work to keep the children of Shelby County safe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5th Annual Taste of the Holidays


 

The 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays, hosted by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Ambassadors and presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Friday, November
3 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.
 
Gold sponsors for the event are Specter, Inc. and Sabine State Bank.  Tickets are
on sale now until Wednesday, November 1.  Tickets are $25 per person which will 
cover both admission costs to the Taste of the Holidays and the Pinecone and Mistletoe
Christmas Market for two days.  Tickets are available at ShelbyCountyToday.com, 
The Light & Champion and Chamber office.
 
A few of the local businesses participating are Specter Inc., T/R's Steaks & More,
Brookshire Brothers, The Century Shoppe, Sassy Red's, Southern Seasons, Center Floral,
Hughes Florist and Watson-Tucker Florist.
 
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is
hosting the Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza that showcases
Christmas décor and holiday artisan gifts on Friday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. 
to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Windham
Civic Center.

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Chamber and Community Events Halloween Happenings 2017


 

 
 
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office and John Burns - Farmers Insurance Agency will host the 4th annual HALLOWEEN IN THE HOLE, Monday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center High School baseball field.
 
All Shelby County businesses and organizations are invited to  participate. Bring the family and enjoy a safe evening of fun!  Make sure to stop by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce table!
 
Shelby  County Cruisers will be holding their  Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Church in Center on Tuesday, October 31  from 5:00 p.m. until the candy  is gone.  Join Farmers State Bank employees and their families for Movie in the Park at Portacool Park.  Bring a blanket and a chair, fresh popcorn will be provided.
 

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S.W. Carter Elementary Veterans Day Program


 

The Veterans day Program will be on Nov. 10, 2017 at 9:00 am in the S.I.S.D. Cafetorium everyone is welcome.  
 
 
 

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Football Scores


 

 
Center 14
 
Henderson 27
 
 
Timpson 52
 
Overton 16
 
 
Tenaha 49 
 
Grapeland 0
 
 
San Augustine 51
 
Alto 35
 
 
Shelbyville 41
 
Cushing 6
 
 
Carlisle 23
 
Joaquin 26
 
 
Marshall 58
 
Hallsville 14
 
 
Nacogdoches 11
 
Whitehouse 14
 
 
Bullard 7
 
Carthage 41
 
 
 

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Color of Hope 5K


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Color of Hope 5k Run was held today 10-28-17 starting at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas.  Participants gathered on a chilly morning to run to support the battle against cancer.
 
 
 
 

 

 

1st Place Winner CJ Goings Interview:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Last Day of the Fannie Brown Booth Library's Book Sale


 

Today 10-28-17 was the last day of the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library's book sale.  The next book sale will be in the spring and be sure to mark your calendar for the summer reading program.      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THE CONFEDERATE GIANT


 

One can only imagine what the Union soldiers must have thought at the sight of a giant wearing a confederate uniform running toward them in the heat of battle.  Henry Clay Thruston was beyond a doubt the tallest man in the Confederate army.  Perhaps at the time he lived he could have been one of the tallest men in the world at 7 feet 7 ½ inches in height.  The average height of the Union soldier was 5 feet 8 inches, and the tallest Union soldier was only 6 feet 10 ½ inches.  This Rebel towered over all the other fighting men like a pine sapling.
 
Henry was born May 4, 1830 in Greenville, S.C.  However soon after his birth his family moved to Missouri where he spent his early years.  In 1850 Henry married a distant cousin, Mary Thruston, and they had four children.
 
When the civil war broke out, Henry joined the Confederate Army, serving as a private under Col. John Q. Burbridge in the 4th Missouri Calvary.  Thruston survived the war hostilities with only a couple of relatively minor wounds.  He became a prisoner of war late in the conflict, but did not spend long in confinement, being paroled in June of 1865.
 
After the war, Thruston reunited with his family in Missouri then migrated to Texas, stopping when he got to Titus County.  He purchased 100 acres of land east of Mount Vernon, Texas, and spent most of the rest of his life there.
 
For many years following the Civil War, he spent most of his time traveling with a circus, and was always billed in these side shows as being “The World’s Tallest Man”.  In order to accent his height, he wore a tall beaver hat, high-top boots, and a long coat.  This made him look ten feet tall.  In those days, one of the big events of a circus coming to town was the parade through the downtown.  When the circus was in any of the Confederate states, he would always walk in the lead of the parade carrying a large Confederate flag over his shoulder, much like a human flag pole.
 
However, if the circus was performing in a Union state, he would usually lead the parade dressed as Uncle Sam, and carrying both the Union and Confederate flags.
 
Judge R. T. Wilkinson, of Mt. Vernon, was one of Thruston’s closest friends, and he said that Thruston was a vain old fellow, and proud of his height.  He was always willing and ready to recount events of the Civil War and of his life.  The Judge said that his hands were as big as hams, and his feet were so large that he had to have his shoes specially made, as well as his clothes.
 
He rode horseback quite a bit and when he was riding a smaller horse, his knees were usually pulled up as high as the horse’s back in order that his feet would not drag the ground.  He had a buggy specially built for him with the seat built high up in order that he could ride more comfortably.  In fact, Judge Wilkinson said that the old fellow always took great pains to call attention to his great height.
 
On Friday, July 2, 1909, Thruston sat down to supper with his son, Edward, his daughter-in-law and their son.  Mrs. Thruston told him that since he had not been feeling very well, he’d better pass on the cabbage.  The big man began to butter a biscuit when he fell back in his chair in heart failure.
 
Before Thruston could be laid to rest, the local undertaker had to await the arrival by train of a custom-made casket from Texarkana.  Being eight feet long, it could not fit into the hearse with the doors closed.  They buried him in a grave much longer than deep in Mt. Pleasant’s Edwards Cemetery.  His house, which had nine foot ceilings, still stands in Mount Vernon.
 
The editor of the local newspaper spoke for the whole community when he concluded, “He was our friend and we shall miss his cheering words and hearty handshake.”
 
 
SOURCES:
Texas Tales – “Tallest Rebel” -  Mike Cox – 2/2/2007
Confederate Veteran Magazine -  December, 1909 issue
 
 
 
“THE CONFEDERATE GIANT”
 
BY: NEAL MURPHY
 
PO BOX 511
107 HEMLOCK STREET
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX 75972
936-275-9033
Cell: 936-275-6986
Email: sugarbear@netdot.com
 
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Man Reunited With His Mother


 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Lesie Gill was born in New Orleans and adopted by a family from Carriere Mississippi.  Mr. Gill after many years has finally found his birth mother, thanks to his two daughters Lesley Vasquez and Tina Daniels.  

 

 

 

They used ancestry.com and found their Grandmother Etoile Dials in Leaksville, Mississippi.  After doing a DNA test it was confirmed that she was indeed Mr. Gill's mother.  Mr. Gill got to finally meet her face to face in July of this year.  His mother is 98 years old in good health and according to him lead a good life and never had any more children.   

 

Mr. Gill moved to Shelby County in 1996 and has worked a variety of jobs.  He has worked for Pine Grove Nursing Center, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and is now the owner of his own business Gill Enterprises.  He is also a member of both the Timpson and Tenaha Masonic Lodges.

 

Tune in Monday October 30th, 2017 to hear Mr. Gill on the radio on our stations: KDET 930 AM & KQBB 100.5 FM.  He will be on the morning news.  

 

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW:

 

 

 

 

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Hallelujah Night


 

 

Get ready for food, fun, fellowship and gamesbecause October 31st is Hallelujah Night at Center Christian Fellowship.  It is a community wide event.  This year the nightof excitement will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be over at 8:30 p.m.  Youwill need to be there at 6:00 p.m. to enter the costume contest.  It is a Christian alternative to what theworld calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free!  Everyone is invited tocome and enjoy!  Every child that comes will win lots of candy andprizes by playing the various games we have to offer.
 
This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas.  We would love for you to come.  There will be games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, cake walk, etc.  There will be snow cones, fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more. 
 
 

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Beef & Forage Seminar


 

Beef & Forage Seminar will be held on November 02, 2017 at the Extension Office Gym (Old Elementary School Gym) at 266 Nacogdoches St., Center TX 6:00PM—9:00PM.  A Meal will be served at 5:30-Sponsored by Crop Production Services.  Preregistration -$15.00 per person. At the door-$20.00.  Please R.S.V.P. by Oct. 30th, 2017 with payment.
 
For More Information call 936-598-7744.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Holiday Nursing Center Chili Cook-Off Results


 

 
First Marlene Williams with her Chicken and White Bean Chili.
 
Second goes to Kimberly at Harbor Hospice.
 
Third goes to Amy A. treatment Nurse.
 

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Author Sherryl Rule Interview:


 

Center Broadcasting Company interviews first time author Sherryl Rule who talks about her new book A New Beginning Love Blooms in Kentucky. 

 

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Shelbyville Band Boosters Thank You


 

 

The Shelbyville Band Boosters would like to thank the Farmers State Bank Cooking Team for purchasing and cooking all of the burgers and sausage on a stick for the October 20th pink out game against Joaquin.  The food was delicious.  Thank you Farmers State Bank for Supporting the
Shelbyvillle Dragon boosters and students.  
 
Lori Alvis – President- Shelbyville Band Boosters 
 

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Mt. Zion C.M.E Church Missionary Program


 

 

The Mt. Zion C.M.E Church invites everyone to their Missionary Program on Sunday, October 29th at 3 p.m.  Special guest speaker will be Minister Sandra Hill of The New Creations Nation Christian Center, Nacogdoches, TX.
 
 
 
 

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Center Sports Promo


 

 

 

 

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Pine Grove Nursing Center's 2017 Chili Cook Off


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pine Grove Nursing Center of Center 1st ever chili cooking contest was held today 10-25-17 at 1:30 p.m. They had 11 entries this year.  Listed below are the results, photos and videos of the event: 
 
 
 
 
1st Place and the winner of our golden ladle award went to Jana Hagler and Edie Miller.
 
 
2nd Place went to Julie and Heath Harbison.
 
 
3rd Place went to Kim Bridges
 
 
People's Choice Award went to their Therapy Department. 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Video Interview with Activity Director Jam Hicks:

 

 

 

For the Photo Album Click Here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

Monday, October 30, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting October 30, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
 
They will be making finial plans for our December Christmas Party - details next month!
All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Timpson Masonic Lodge Fish Fry


 

Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 will have a Fish fry fund raiser, on Saturday the 28th of October, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (or whenever we sell out). We will be set up at the Timpson VFD fire station, just off the Square, in Timpson, for dine in or carry out. For "just" a $10.00 donation, you will get Fish, French fries, and a Drink. Please contact Leslie Gill for any further information, if needed at 936-332-1556. Hope to see y'all there.

 

 

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Halloween Calendar


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Fall Festival


 

Joaquin Community Fall Festival October 31st from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  At Rainbolt Memorial Garden on 105 Faulkville Road.  

 

 

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Produce Drop in Center UPDATE


 

Tri-County Produce Drop was held today 10-25-17 at 9:30 a.m. at the old CVS building in Center, next to the Dollar Tree on Tenaha Street.  Among some of the produce given out today was cabbages, sweet potatoes, and Watermelons.  The Tri-County Produce Drop is a once a month event stay tuned to our stations and website for the next produce drop date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sassafras Festival


 

 

 

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San Augustine Trunk or Treat


 

Goblins, ghouls and ghosts, oh my! Wear your best costume and join us for trick-or-treating DOWNTOWN in FRONT OF THE SAN AUGUSTINE COURTHOUSE, October 31 Halloween Day.     Bring the whole family along for a spook-tacular night of fun.
 
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Fall Book Sale


 

The Fannie Brown Booth Library Fall Book Sale is this week during regular library hours.  The Friends of the Library group has worked hard getting the book sale together to raise money to support the library.  The sale will continue through Saturday, October 28th.

 

 

 

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World War I Artifacts


 

Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904, the Auxiliary and the Shelby County Historical Society have joined forces to honor the service and sacrifice of Shelby County Veterans of World War I in this Centennial year.  To date 900 veterans from the county and those not native but now buried here have been identified.  
 
November 11, 2018 will mark the 100th year of the end of World War I and from now until then the Shelby County Museum, 230 Pecan Street, Center will be featuring an exhibit of WW I items.  We are asking help from the public to loan items for display during this time.  We now have uniforms from the families of Gail Sholar and Verona McSwain.  Anything you can contribute would be most appreciated and well taken care of. 
 
 
Items can be taken by the museum from 1 – 5 pm or Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday.  Questions please contact VFW 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 or the museum 598-4339. 
 
 
 
 

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Halloween in the Hole


 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and John Burns – Farmers Insurance Agency will host the 4th annual HALLOWEEN IN THE HOLE, Monday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center High School baseball field. 
 
All Shelby County businesses and organizations are invited to participate. Participants are required to provide their own table (folding table or smaller), candy or treats, table decorations, etc. Participants need a sign on the front of their table with their name.
 
Law enforcement officers will provide security to ensure all children and families enjoy a safe environment.
 
Center High School National Honor Society will have a concession stand with popcorn, drinks and snacks plus a dance party area for the kids.  Other events provided by NHS will be face painting and ring toss for prizes. Rowdy the Roughrider will be taking pictures with kids, too!
 
The sheriff’s office will provide trick-or-treat bags for the event. Children, 12 years of age and under, must be dressed in costume to trick-or-treat. Participants will NOT pass out candy to adults.
 
Bring the family and enjoy a safe evening of fun!
 
To request a table or if you have questions, contact Leah Chase at the Sheriff’s Office- (936) 598-5601, (936) 572-0423 or by email at leah.chase@co.shelby.tx.us or John Burns at (936) 427-5077 or jburns2@farmersagent.com.  This last day to sign up is Friday!
 

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Football Schedules


 

 
In Riderland 
The Center Rough Riders will play the Henderson Lions an away game at 7:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
 
In Ram Country
The Joaquin Rams will play the Carlisle Indians this Friday a home game at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Dragon’s Lair
The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Cushing Bearkats in an away game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
 
In Tigerland
The Tenaha Tigers will play the Grapeland Sandies in Grapeland this Friday at 7 p.m.
 
In the Bear’s Den
The Timpson bears will play the Overton Mustangs in Overton this Friday at 7 p.m.
 
In the Dog House
The Garrison Bull dogs will play their Homecoming game this Friday vs. the Hemphill Hornets at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Wolves Den
The San Augustine Wolves will play the Alto Yellowjackets an away game at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
 
Across the River 
In Logansport the Logansport Tigers will play LaSalle in Logansport at 7 p.m.
 
 
 
 

 

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Halloween Scramble


 

 
East Texas Open 2 Man Scramble at the Center Country Club 
 
The Halloween Scramble will be held October 28-29th.
 
 
 
To Register contact Joe Pro at 936-590-0357 or 936-598-5513.
 
Championship Entry Fee: $600
All Other Flights Entery Fee: $400
 
Friday October 27th is a Costume Party.
 
For More Information Call the Center Country Club at: 936-598-7415.
 
 
 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Tuesday Nights 7-9 P.M. on KQBB 100.5 FM


 

 

 

 

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Pine Grove Nursing Center Chili Cook Off


 

Join us Wednesday, October 25th at 1:30 p.m. for our first annual Chili Cook Off at Pine Grove Nursing Center!  You can enter your own chili or just show up to taste and judge.  For any questions please call Jam at 936-598-6286.  Hope to see you there! 

 

 

 

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The Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market


 

The Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market will be held Friday and Saturday November 3 and 4th at the John Dean Windham Civic Center on Express Blvd., Center, Texas.  Lunch will be available both days for shoppers and vendors.  Vendor booths are still available.  Contact Judy Lee at 936-488-1601 or Merle Howard at 936-591-6543 for information.
 
 
 

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Shelbyville First United Methodist Church Historical Celebration


 

The Shelbyville First United Methodist Church will be hosting a celebration of our Historic Church Building on October 29, 2017.  The present building is on the same site as the original church structure and services have been held continuously since 1897 following the reconstruction of the destroyed church building.
 
The service will begin at 10:30 am on October 29, 2017. A history of the church and a time for memories will be shared by our members and honored guests.
 
After the service, you are invited to have lunch with us in our Clyde Monroe Educational Building.  We hope you will join us on this day and bring your pictures and your memories to share your heritage with us at Shelbyville First United Methodist Church.  
 

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Aggie Mom Thank You Letter


 

On behalf of the 2017 Aggie Moms Benefit and Fundraiser, the Shelby County Aggie Moms would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making donations which greatly contributed to making our fundraiser a huge success!  Thank You!  Whoop, Gig ‘em, and God Bless!
 
Ace Hardware Azimuth Forestry
B&F Properties Back Country Furniture
Harold & Mary Jo Baty Walt Baty, Shelbyville Ag Department
Benjamin Knox Prints Michael & Penny Bird
Blount, Rachel Boles Feed 
Borders Poultry Center Floral/Simply Personal
Chris Mayfield Agency Coca-Cola
COR - Jasper Corbell Dairy Queen
Deep East Texas Electric Dependable Arms
Double J BBQ Estes, Gina
EDAW Enterprises Farmers State Bank
Germania Insurance - Mike & Pam Furlow Grant, Derek B, DVM
Hangin R AgriService Headricks Pharmacy, Bennie Owens
High Roller Whitetails Holloway, John Henry
Hometown Tackle & Marine Hovey, Lauren
Hovey, Mary Hughes Florist - Heather Moody
Jones, Micky & Etola Jousan, Dr. Mark, DVM
Lasting Impressions Locke, Jason & Shelley
Lucas, Will & Kelly McAdams Propane
Monco Motor Co. Mooney Emporium
Morrison, Connie Muckelroy Law Firm
Payne & Payne Shelby County Cookers
Shelby Savings Bank Shelbyville Grocery
Shoop Financial Services Southern Seasons
Texas Farm Bureau Texas Glacier
Texas State Bank Tucker Florist
Turk, Doug & Angie Tyson
Ultra Shade Plus Whataburger
Wulf, Deuce
 

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Shelbyville Band Boosters Meeting Cancelled


 

The Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting for tonight is cancelled due to a financial workshop being scheduled for Seniors. The meeting will be rescheduled.

 

 

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Football Scores


 

Carthage 42
Center 12
 
Joaquin 31
Shelbyville 0
 
Grapeland 20
Timpson 44
 
Cushing 0
San Augustine 43
 
Wortham 8
Tenaha 69
 
Garrison 0
Newton 58
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Patroon Baptist Church Fall Festival


 

Patroon Baptist Church will host their annual Fall Fest Saturday, October 28 beginning at 6 p.m. As always, we will have chili dogs and frito pie, a cake walk, games, candy and a hayride. Costumes are encouraged, but we ask that they are church appropriate please. Everyone is welcome. We would love to have you and your family! Patroon Baptist Church is located in the Patroon Community at 310 FM 2261 in Shelbyville.

 
 

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Beef Forage Seminar


 

The Beef & Forage Seminar will be on November 02, 2017 at the Extension Office Gym (Old Elementary School Gym) 266 Nacogdoches St., Center TX 6:00PM—9:00PM. A meal served at 5:30-Sponsored by Crop Production Services Cost: Preregistration -$15.00 per person. At the door-$20.00Please R.S.V.P. by Oct. 30th, 2017 with payment.
 
 
 
 

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Jim Barrett Demonstrates DeedMapper Software for TAGHS


 

Most of us have had the bittersweet experience of driving past a house or property where our grandparents lived. Even though they may be gone and the property now owned by others, the place where they spent their lives still has an emotional resonance with most of us.  However, as generations pass, knowledge of where our ancestors lived is usually lost . Jim Barrett demonstrated a software tool at the October Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society that can help anyone who want to research the location of property formerly owned by their ancestors.
 
DeedMapper, published by Direct Line Software, is “the premier software program for working with old land records, especially those that were surveyed using the metes and bounds survey system. Our site is for anyone who's interested in platting those old land patents, grants, and deeds, and placing them on a modern map” according to their website. As Mr. Barrett explained, most states were platted using the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Public Land Survey System (PLSS), which divides the state into square ranges, which are subdivided into townships, and then sections. The location property using the PLSS is fairly easy to plot since it is on a standard grid.  
 
 
The metes and bounds system is much older and more difficult to work with since the boundaries of property are usually delineated by topographical features or landmarks, such as creeks, large rocks, roads, trees, and wooden stakes.  Mr. Barrett pointed out that working with the metes and bounds system is difficult for obvious reasons. First, the property boundaries are usually of an irregular shape, and second, many of the landmarks referenced in the deed disappear over time.  The metes and bounds system is found in East Coast states and...Texas.
 
Mr. Barrett demonstrated the use of DeedMapper using first a cemetery, the land for which was donated by Mr. Barrett's grandfather in Erath, later Hood, County. Using the cemetery deed he was able to plot the cemetery's location and then overlay a modern topographical map, establishing its boundaries for demonstration purposes. He then plotted out several parcels of land which had been owned by Mrs. Barrett's father near Timpson. The boundaries of these plots were irregular, the westernmost being the Attoyac River. A modern topographical map overlay made the land's location much more recognizable.
 
Most of the TAGHS audience recognized the value of such a tool for serious genealogical research as well as simple curiosity and exploration and Mr. Barrett fielded a number of questions regarding the programs cost and use.
 
The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The public is invited.
 
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Receives a Grant


 

 
The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the Tocker Foundation of Austin, Texas. These funds will support the Graphic Advancements for All Ages program.
 
This grant from the Tocker Foundation will  help us, through the addition of graphic novels to our library shelves, to reach reluctant readers and people with learning disabilities (as well as those who simply see the world a little differently than the majority) and make our library, as well as our community, a better place.
 
The Tocker Foundation promotes Texas public libraries in communities of 12,000 or less.  Grant applications are reviewed by a permanent committee of librarians appointed by the Texas Library Association.
 
 
 
 

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EVENTS IN SAN AUGUSTINE


 

 

SASSFRAS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 28TH, KICK-OFF OCTOBER 27TH 

 
MAIN STREET --AN AUTUMN JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY-Sat., November  4 
         
MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS JUBILEE DAYS--Thurs-Fri--Sat., Nov. 30-Dec.2.   JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY--Sat. Dec., 2
         
MAIN STREET HOME COMING AND SUGAR PLUMS CHRISTMAS PARADE-- Friday, Dec. 1 @ 5 p.m. 
                 
SAN AUGUSTINE MAIN STREET  DOWNTOWN DEALS AND DELIGHTS--Dec 7-8    5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

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Sergeant Major Thomas Campbell Interview


 

 

 

 

Thomas Campbell has served in the military for many year now, after being a special guest on the General Store, Center Broadcasting conducted an interview with him for those that want to know more about him.  

 

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW:

 

 

 

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Taste of the Holidays


 

 

The Holidays are fast approaching!  The Taste of the Holidays is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.  The 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays will be held Friday evening, November 3 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Windham Civic Center in conjunction with the William Crawford Carroll Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas annual Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market.
 
Tickets will be sold for $25.00 person with $5.00 going to the DRT as entrance into the Pinecone and Mistletoe Market. Taste of the Holiday tickets will go on sale October 23rd.  They may be purchased at ShelbyCountyToday.com, The Light and Chamber, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce or from any Chamber Ambassador.
 
Enjoy food samples from our local businesses at the “Taste” and start your Christmas shopping at the “Market”.
 
Thank you to the Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank, and to the Gold Sponsors, Specter, Inc. and Sabine State Bank.
 
 
 
 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting


 

The PWPS will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, the 21st. Being held at First United Methodist Church on Porter Street in Center, Tx from 9 a m - 12pm. The workshop will feature “Photoshop Tips and Tricks" and the photo challenge will be "Morning ". This should be an interesting meeting everyone is invited to attend and participate. Any questions concerning the meeting contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426.

 

 

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Center First Methodist Fall Festival


 

Center First Methodist Church Fall Festival October 28th, 2017 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

 

 

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Trunk or Treat - UPDATED


 

Trunk or Treat, sponsored by The Shelby County Cruisers, will be Tuesday, Oct. 31st at 5:00 pm. This will take place at the First Baptist Church Parking lot in Center.  
 
 

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Center PD Ladies Auxiliary Wreath Raffle


 

 

 

The Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary will be selling Raffle tickets
for two different Large Wreaths.  The tickets are $1 each and the drawing
will held October 30th after Halloween in the Hole for the FALL WREATH.
The CHRISTMAS WREATH drawing will be held after Christmas Parade on December
2nd.  You can come by the Center Police Dept on Shelbyville St. to purchase
tickets and to view the wreaths in person.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Focused Care of Center Trick or Treating Annual Costume Contest


 

Focused Care of Center would like to invite the community to come by on October 31st at 4:00pm for Trick or Treating and the Annual Costume Contest. The Contest will be judged at 4:45pm with age groups being  0-4, 5-8, 10 and up! This is always on of our favorite events. For more information please call A'Leena or La Kendra at (936)598-2483.
 
 

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Shelbyville Drill Team


 

 
On October 7, 2017 the Shelbyville Dragon Drill Team members had the opportunity to travel to Kilgore, Texas to perform alongside 675 drill team members from various schools and the world famous Kilgore Rangerettes.
 
 
Captain Madison Taylor said, “I loved getting to experience this with my fellow drill team members. It was awesome!” This was Shelbyville’s second time going to this event., “As I watched the Rangerettes, I told myself I need to keep my hopes high, and my kicks higher.”, said Lieutenant Yadira Reyes.
 
 
 
Junior Jasmine Osby said, “Best experience ever, looking forward to next year and maybe my kicks will be as high as the Rangerettes.”
 
 
 
Freshmen Maisey Swindle said, “It was a very memorable experience.” The drill team would like to thank Coast 2 Coast Productions and the Kilgore Rangerettes for letting them be a part of an unforgettable experience. 
 
 
 
 

 

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29th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner


 

Newburn Chapter No. 1135 Order of the Eastern Star 29th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship hall in Center, TX 217 Cora Street. 
 
DONATION IS $6.00 PER PERSON. 
 
Dine in or Take-out for more information call 936-254-2003.
 

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Shelbyville Hill Fest


 

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Shelby County Cruisers to Visit Holiday Nursing Center - UPDATED


 

The Cruisers will be took their cars/trucks to the Holiday Nursing Center on Thursday, Oct. 19th, 2017 at 5 p.m. the Holiday Nursing Center also had their Chili cook off.

 

Click Here to See the Photo Album:

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Praise 2017 Update


 

 

 

 

 

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A A Meetings in Center


 

A A meetings at the Church of Christ in Center located at 110 Hurst Street weekly Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 
 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Tonight on KQBB 100.5 FM 7 PM - 9 PM


 

 

 

 

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Hallelujah Night


 

Get ready for food, fun, fellowship and games because October 31st is Hallelujah Night at Center Christian Fellowship.  It is a community wide event.   This year the night of excitement will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be over at 8:30 p.m.  You will need to be there at 6:00 p.m. to enter the costume contest.  It is a Christian alternative to what the world calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free!  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy!   Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we offer.
 
This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas.  We would love for you to come. There will be games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, cake walk, etc.  There will be snow cones, fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more.   
 
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Book Sale


 

The Fannie Brown Booth Library’s fall book sale will begin Tuesday, October 24th, and will continue through Saturday, October 28th during regular library hours.  Also, there will be no Preschool Story Time for the next two weeks.  We will start up again on November 2nd at 10:30 am.

 
 

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Shelby County Bass Anglers Final Meeting of the Year


 

The Shelby County Bass Anglers will hold the final meeting of the 2017 season Tuesday Oct 17th @7pm at the residence of Jason Wells, SCBA President. All the yearly points have been totaled and the the top teams will battle it out in the two day Norris Askew Classic Championship which will be held Saturday on Sam Rayburn and Sunday on Toledo Bend. In addition to the championship, there will be a Calcutta auction at the meeting with each team being sold to the highest bidder. The money raised in the auction will be kept separate and will payout 100% to the winning three bidders. The championship payout will also payout three places to the teams with the most accumulative weight for both days combined.
 
The public is invited to attend this auction , so bring a lawn chair and come join in on the fun and excitement.
 
The annual  SCBA awards banquet is slated for Thursday January 17, 2018 at the Windham Civic Center.

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Excelsior Halloween Carnival


 

Excelsior Halloween Carnival October 21, 2017  6:00 - 9:00 in the Excelsior gym.  Food, games, cake walk, take a chance.  Halloween costume contest will be at 7:00 in the library, cost to enter the contest is $1.00.
 
 

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Historical Society Meeting


 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on October 17th at 2 p.m. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street in Center.  Special guest speaker will be Larry Hume VFW Post 8904 Quarter Master who will be talking about WWI.  
 
 

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Football Schedules:


 

 
In Riderland
The Center Roughriders will play the Carthage Bulldogs a Home Game this Friday at 7:30 p.m. This game will be covered live on KDET 930 AM radio, and KXXE 92.5 FM, with Chris Watlington and Rob Payne.
 
In Ram Country
The Joaquin Rams will play the Shelbyville Dragons this Friday at 7:30 an away game. This is also the game of the week with Don Wall on KQBB 100.5 FM.  
 
In the Bear's Den
The Timpson Bears will play Grapeland a home game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
 
In Tigerland
The Tenaha Tigers will play Wortham at 7:00 p.m. this Friday in Tenaha.
 
In the Dog House
The Garrison Bulldogs will play Newton at Newton at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
 
Across the River
In Logansport the Logansport Tigers will play Block in Block at 7:00 p.m. this Friday.
 
 

 

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WOMEN IN SERVICE OBSERVANCE


 

Women in the military have a history that extends over 400 years into the
past throughout a large number of cultures and nations.  World Wars I and II
saw over 362,000 American women serving during war time.  As of July 2016
women made up 14.6% of the US military and their role has changed
significantly over the years from clerical duties to ground combat soldiers
to fighter pilots.  
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
will honor the service and sacrifice of all women veterans at the Veterans
Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse on Wednesday, October
18th at 10:00 a.m.  
 
We would like to recognize the service of Shelby County female military
members and veterans at this program.  If you are currently serving or have
served our country in the military, please call post quartermaster Larry
Hume at 598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com
Family members are also encouraged to submit names to be recognized. 
As always the public is invited.

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Jim Barrett to Speak on DeedMapper at TAGHS October Meeting


 

Genealogical research is addictive. Step One is always “Who were my ancestors?” Solving that puzzle frequently leads to Step Two: “Where did they live?” Answering that question usually proves harder than learning who they were. DeedMapper Software can help. Jim Barrett, who has used DeedMapper, will speak to the Timpson Genealogical and Heritage Society on Wednesday, October 18 at 2PM about DeedMapper.
 
Trying find out who owned a parcel of land in 1831 usually entails spending hours poring over dusty records in county offices. However, as more and more of these records are being digitized, visiting these offices may not be necessary. That doesn't mean the research is easy though. This is where the value of DeedMapper lies. As their website says, DeedMapper “is for anyone who's interested in platting those old land patents, grants, and deeds, and placing them on a modern map.”  Those who want to know more about DeedMapper are invited to see Mr. Barrett demonstrate its use next Wednesday in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson.

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Movie Night at Portacool Park


 

The Farmers State Bank will host a movie night in the park.  They will be playing a double feature at the Center Portacool Park on Halloween Night Tuesday, October 31st.  Starting at 6:30 p.m. with Hocus Pocus followed by an 8:30 showing of The Others.  The event is free to everyone and there will be free popcorn.  So bring a blanket and dress warm.
 
 
 

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Blood Drive at First Baptist Church


 

First Baptist Church - Center will be hosting a Blood Drive
 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
 
10:00 am - 2:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
 
Contact Teresa @ (936) 598 - 5605 to schedule an appointment.
 
EAT, DRINK, & BRING I.D.
 
 

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Football Scores


 

 
Center 40
Chapel Hill 28
 
Shelbyville 7
San Augustine 48
 
Joaquin 35
Alto 20
 
Timpson 36
Wortham 6
 
Tenaha 66
Kipp North East Academy 6
 
Kilgor 20
Carthage 50
 
Marshall 40
Mt. Pleasant 0
 
Logansport 49
University Academy 0
 
Arp 20
Beckville 10
 
Waskom 30
Elysian Fields 27
 
Garrison 49
Frankston 0
 
Carlisle 57
Cushing 33
 
Grapeland 40
Overton 24
 
Bullard 41
Palestine 20
 
Jacksonville 24
Corsicana 34
 
Rusk 28
Jasper 35
 
Pine Tree 28
Greenville 35
 
Jefferson 63
New Boston 0
 

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Annual Ushers Day Program


 

The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church of Garrison would like to invite everyone to their Annual Usher Day program on Sunday October 22, at 3 p.m. Rev. Lynn Morris Pastor the New Hope CME Church in Timpson, will be the guest speaker.  

 

 

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Scare Tactics Undead


 

Scare Tactics Undead will be held at the New Life Church in Center 10-29 at 6p.m. and 10-30 through 11-2 at 7 p.m.

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Fall Festival Strong Triumph Church


 

 

 

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24th Annual "Ghosts of the Past"


 

 
 
On Saturday, October 28, Mansfield State Historic Site will re-create the gruesome aftermath of a Civil War battle by taking visitors on a special night tour of the Mansfield battlefield.  Authentically costumed tour guides will take visitors onto the battlefield by candle lantern, where re-enactors in period dress will act out various scenes at stops along the trail.  Tours will last about 25 minutes, and will be ongoing during the program’s two-hour run.
 
“This is one of our most popular events,” says Park Manager Scott Dearman.  “While the program is definitely ‘spooky,’ it is also educational in that it shows the public how truly horrific the aftermath of a Civil War battle could be.”  Dearman points out the grim work didn’t stop after the sun set.  “Surgeons were operating and amputating by candlelight, soldiers were being buried, and perhaps most tragically, wives, daughters and sons were searching the battlefield by lantern, looking for their loved ones.”
 
Visitors may even experience something “ghostly” while on the tour.  “Civil War battlefields are considered some of the most haunted places in America,” says Dearman.  But he points out that explaining the real horror that took place over 150 years ago is hard enough.  “That’s why making the scenes as realistic as possible is important.  It shows the aftermath of war is far from glorious.”
 
The program will run ongoing from 7:30 - 9:30 pm, with the last tour departing at 9:15 pm.  Special Event admission is $5.00 per person, all ages.  Parents should know that some of the program’s content may be too intense for small children.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.facebook.com/MansfieldSHS .
 

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5th Annual Taste of the Holidays


 

The 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays, hosted by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Ambassadors and presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Friday, November
3 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.
 
Gold sponsors for the event are Specter, Inc. and Sabine State Bank.  Tickets will
go on sale Monday, October 23 through Wednesday, November 1.  Tickets are $25 per
person which will cover both admission costs to the Taste of the Holidays and the
Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market for two days.
 
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is
hosting the Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza that showcases
Christmas décor and holiday artisan gifts on Friday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. 
to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Windham
Civic Center.

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The Relay For Life of Shelby County


 

The Relay For Life of Shelby County is holding their first ever Color of Hope 5K Color Run on Saturday, October 28th. 
 
Date:  Saturday, Oct 28 (registration at 8:00am with the race starting at 9:00am) (I've attached our flyer)
 
Where:  Starting at the Windham Civic Center using the same course as the 5K Chicken run and Watermelon Festival Run
 
People can register at http://www.active.com/ or they can turn in a paper form.
 
Registration fees:  $40 for 13 years old and older; $20 for age 6 to 12; free for age 5 and under
 
Many different Sponsorships available: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pleasant Grove Fall Festival Schedule Change


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tune into our Stations Tonight for Football


 

 

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Shelbyville Cross Country Results


 

 
District Cross Country Results:
 
The District 22 Cross Country Meet was held Oct. 11, in Summerfield TX. The
following Shelbyville High School students are advancing to the Regional
Meet which will be held  Oct. 23, 2017 in Huntsville, TX.
 
*Keanna Osby *- *DISTRICT CHAMPION!  SIX-PEAT!!! *(She has been the
District Champion for 6 Years in a row, since the 7th grade)
 
*H'leighen Mcclelland *- *DISTRICT CHAMPION!*
 
*Ladarious Coleman *- 2nd Place Finisher
 
*Kenzie Murry *- 9th Place Finisher
 
*Boys Team *- Advancing to Regionals!  H'leighen Mcclelland, Ladarious
Coleman, Kurtrick Allen, Jorge Hernandez, Logan Williams
 
 
 
Middle School Results:
 
Shelbyville Middle School students competed in the Cross Country  District
Championships, at New Summerfield Oct. 11, 2017
 
Kate Lawson  3rd Place
 
Keanna Bennett  6th Place
 
Jakory Standley  5th Place
 
Talarrian Lister 10th Place
 
The girls team was Kate Lawson, Kiana Bennett, Yadhira Anaya, Giselle
Hernandez, Kendall Murry, McKenzie Lyons, Ava Silva, Gracie Leach, Kara
Jones, Aubree Camp, and Gracie Slocum.  The girls finished in 4th Place
Overall
 
The boys team was Kakory Standley, Cooper Bice, Talarrian Lister, Vincent
Martinez, Naythen Bloodgood, Jimmy Bolger, and Michael Carrillo.  The boys
team  finished 4th overall
 

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WhataBurger Donates to Shelbyville Danceline


 

Join Shelbyville Danceline tonight at WhataBurger in Center  From 5pm-8 pm, 25% of sales will be donated to Shelbyville Dance line. Dine-in or Drive-thru Thank you for your support!
 
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library is Getting Ready for their Booksale


 

 

 

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Shelbyville Shot Clinic


 

 

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Truck Pull Fundraiser


 

The Schedule is set and no longer pending.

 

 

Gibsons is excited to kick off the 2017 Truck Pull benefitting the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center.  It will be held Saturday, October 28, 2017 at FL Moffett Drive at 9 a.m.
 
Gibsons is currently taking registrations for the 2017 Truck Pull teams.  Businesses, Organizations and Individuals are invited to put together their teams of 8-10 members at $10 per person, or if you would prefer to make donations those will be excepted as well.  All the money raised will go toward the SCCAC with Gibsons matching 100%.
 
SCCAC is an very important part of our community.  There are over 800 reports of child abuse in Shelby County each year and the SCCAC provides a voice for these children so that they may recover from abuse.
 
SCCAC works with both the CPS, Law Enforcement and the District Attorney's offices to ensure that these children receive the justice that they deserve.
 
Please join in and help support our children and community.
 
 

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Story-Time at Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library


 

The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library will have story-time today at 10:30 a.m. 

 
 
 

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Family and Friends Day at Lily of the Valley C.O.G.I.C


 

Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ would like to invite everyone to their annual Family and Friends Day on October 22 at 3 p.m.  Special guest speaker will be Bobby Spencer Pastor of the Saints Temple Church of God in Christ in Nacogdoches, TX. 

 

 

 

 

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HUXLEY HELPING HANDS


 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD   SATURDAY  OCTOBER 14, 2017.  IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN.
 
DATE: October 14,2017
 
SIGN IN STARTS AT: 9:00 A.M. UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
 
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
 
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
 
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
 

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Tenaha 2017 Homecoming Activities Will Proceed As Scheduled


 

Homecoming will proceed as scheduled. Due to injuries, Mount Enterprise has to forfeit, but Kipp Northeast Academy out of Houston has agreed to fill in!  Join us for a great day of fellowship, fun, football, and Tiger Tradition. This year’s theme is “Tiger Tough, Texas Strong”!
 
There will be a Homecoming Pep Rally Friday, Oct. 13th at 10:30 in The Pit.  School will release at 11:30.  
 
Homecoming day schedule:
11:00-1:00. Senior Class Burger cook out at the fire station
1:00 PM Downtown Parade led by Grand Marshal Fannie Watson
3:00 PM. Tiger Junior High Football versus Mount Enterprise JH at RJ Stadium (the Pit)-Gate opens at 2pm
4:00 PM. Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony in the TISD cafetorium
5:30 PM. Homecoming court and recognition of Hall of Honor
6:00 PM. #1 ranked in 2A Tenaha Tigers vs KIPP Northeast Academy
 
Tickets and Parking
Tickets may be purchased at the gate.  Middle School game tickets will be $3.00 for adult and $2.00 for students.  Homecoming game tickets will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  Wrist bands for both games may be purchased at the gate for $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  
 
The reserved parking lot will be open at 2pm.  Paid parking at the Tiger Gym will open at 3pm for $3.00 on a first come first serve basis.  Free parking lots located across from the Administration building and behind Administration building will be open at 11am.  
 
Homecoming Dance
There will be a Homecoming Dance in the cafetorium for Tenaha Students grades 7-12 immediately following the game.  All students must follow dress code.  
 
 
The 2017 Homecoming Court are from left to right:  Band Sweetheart ,Selena Mendoza, BETA Sweetheart, Ariday Hernandez Freshman Duchess ,Kamari Gray, Sophomore Duchess, Gracie Martinson, Junior Duchess ,Giselle Rico and Senior Duchess, Arlicia Roland, Football Sweetheart, Calicia Roland, FFA Sweetheart , Madison Hicks and JCC Sweetheart, Elizabeth Hernandez.
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha Class of 1962 Reunion


 

The Tenaha Class of 1962 is planning their 55th Class Reunion:
 
Saturday afternoon October 14th. Contact Lance Horton @ 936-248-2762 for information.
 
 

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Halloween Scramble


 

East Texas Open 2 Man Scramble at the Center Country Club 
 
The Halloween Scramble will be held October 28-29th.
 
 
 
To Register contact Joe Pro at 936-590-0357 or 936-598-5513.
 
Championship Entry Fee: $600
All Other Flights Entery Fee: $400
 
Friday October 27th is a Costume Party.
 
For More Information Call the Center Country Club at: 936-598-7415.
 
 
 

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Updated Football Schedules:


 

 
In Tiger Land
 
Tenaha Tigers will play Kipps North East Academy Homecoming game in Tenaha this Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
 
 
In the Bears Den
 
Timpson Bears will play Wortham an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
In the Dragons Lair
 
Shelbyville Dragons will take on the San Augustine Wolfs an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In Riderland
 
Center Roughriders will play Chapel Hill this Friday at Chapel Hill at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
In Ram Country
 
Joaquin Rams will play Alto in away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
In the Dog House
 
The Garrison Bulldogs will take on Frankston at Frankston this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
Across the River
 
In Logansport the Tigers will take on University Prep this Friday at Louisiana College at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Bass Anglers claim 3rd Straight TABC state Championship on Falcon


 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Bass Anglers traveled to Lake Falcon Reservoir September 30-Oct 1st to defend their back to back state championships from 2015 and 2016 against 26 of the best bass clubs in the state of Texas. A club team consists of 4 two man teams per club to represent the best Anglers from each organization. Last year, the SCBA became the only club to win back to back championships in the Texas Association of Bass Clubs state championship since the inception of the organization 40 years ago. Congratulations to the 8 team members that represented the SCBA and East Texas with their prestigious three peat of the title.
 
 
Pictures left to right: Bradley Odom, Ricky Sims, Josh Sowell, Darren Wiggins, Jacob Permenter, David Koonce, Gary Walpole, and team captain Jason Wells.
 
 

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2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Broiler Sale


 

The 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival broiler sale brought over $120,700 with the grand champion pen of broilers selling for $9,000.00.
 
Eighty-three Shelby County 4-H and FFA youth exhibited at this year's show, with 45 pens of broilers making the sale.  We would like to give special thanks to the Judge Jacob Price for taking the time to come judge the show.  Mr. Price spoke to several of the exhibitors and gave them several tips of how to grow an outstanding Broiler.
 
The Results of the show are as follows:
 
Camille Greer of Shelby County 4-H sold her grand champion pen of broilers to East Texas Poultry, Ace Hardware of East Texas and 4-C Electric for $9,000.00. 
 
Cale Hall of Center FFA won reserve champion honors with his pen of broilers, which sold to Farmer’s State Bank for $5,500.
 
Other Shelby County 4-H and FFA members selling their pens and buyers were:
 
 
3.  Klayton LaRock, Center FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, General Shelters, Hunter Buildings, Nacogdoches Bottling Company; $3,000.00 
   
4.  Zoie Eberenz, Center FFA; First Financial Bank; $2,750.00
 
5.  Addison Lloyd, Shelby County 4-H; 4-L Logging; $2,500.00 
 
6. Wesley Wages, Shelby County 4-H; Shelby Savings Bank, General Shelters, Hunter Buildings, Nacogdoches Bottling Company; $2,500.00
 
7.  Corey Smelley, Timpson FFA; Austin Bank; $2,500.00 
 
8.  Mason Perry, Center FFA; Chris Paddie State Representative; $2,800.00
   
9.  Grant Gregory, Center FFA; Tyson-Carthage; $2,500.00
 
10.  Collin Lloyd, Shelby County 4-H; Shelby Savings Bank, General Shelters, Hunter Buildings, Nacogdoches Bottling Company;  $2,600.00
 
11. Emilee Elliott, Center FFA; Borders Poultry Supply, $2,600.00
 
12. Stormie Meyers, Joaquin FFA; R&D Distributing, Fish & Still Equipment, Heritage Land Bank; $2,250.00
 
13. Logan Holloway, Center FFA; McAdams Propane; $3,000.00
 
14. Logan Speedy, Center FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, General Shelters, Hunter Buildings, Nacogdoches Bottling Company; $2,600.00
 
15. Colby Lout, Shelby County 4-H; Roughrider Tire; $2,600.00
 
16. Laura Ann Scull, Shelby County 4-H; Bird Forestry; $2,500.00
 
17. Camryn Crouch, Shelby County 4-H; Rydaco Investments, Rapid Payday and Title Loans, Title Pro., Insurance Bureau Group, and Pine Creek Farms; $3,200.00
 
18. Megan Dunn, Shelby County 4-H; Deep East Texas Electric Co-op; $2,600.00
 
19. Lance Holloway, Center FFA; McAdams Propane; $2,900.00
 
20. Trista Britt, Center FFA; Shelby County Farm Bureau; $2,400.00
 
21. Hollie Hamilton, Joaquin FFA; Tyson-Carthage; $2,000.00
 
22. Seth Shamblin, Center FFA; Pilgrim’s Pride; $2,900.00
 
23. David Barton Jr., Shelby County 4-H; Pilgrim’s Pride; $2,200.00
 
24. Brayden Britt, Center FFA; Sabine State Bank, Shelby Veterinary Associates, 96 Equipment Inc; $2,100.00
 
25.    Chandler Pritchett, Joaquin FFA; Tyson-Carthage; $2,400.00
  
26.    Alec Dykes, Shelby County 4-H; Tyson-Nacogdoches; $2,300.00 
 
 27.    Kaden LaRock, Center FFA; Hawkeye Hunting Club; $2,100.00 
 
 28.    Rylan Barbee, Shelby County 4-H; Chris Paddie, State Representative; $2,100.00
 
29.    Carsen Vickers, Center FFA; East Texas Surveying and Mapping; $2,400.00
 
30. Hannah Wages, Shelby County 4-H; Borders Poultry, Heritage Land Bank;    $2,400.00
 
31. Samuel Richey, Shelby County 4-H; Citizens Bank, Keith Oswalt Logging, and Matthews Real Estate; $2,100.00
 
32. Anna Holland, Tenaha FFA; Chris Paddie, State Representative; $2,200.00
 
33. Evan ORear, Shelby County 4-H; M&M Construction; $2,400.00
 
34.  Mason Hughes, Joaquin FFA; Tyson-Carthage; $1,800.00
 
35.  Faith Alford, Joaquin FFA; Silva-Tech.; $1,900.00
 
36.  Maddox Hutchins, Joaquin FFA; Roughrider Tire; $2,100.00
 
37.  Lane Webb, Joaquin FFA; Bird Forestry; $3,000.00 
 
38.  Eli Lout, Shelby County 4-H; Roughrider Tire; $2,700.00
 
39.  Abi Hooper, Joaquin FFA; Link Charolais; $2,700.00
 
40.  Carter Tomlin, Shelby County 4-H; High Roller Wells, and Center Welding; $3,000.00
 
41.  Britain Tyler, Shelby County 4-H; McAdams Propane and Weldon Boles; 1,600.00
 
42.  Autum Andrusick, Shelby County 4-H; Spartan Structures; $1,900.00
 
43.  Wade Collard, Shelby County 4-H; Tyson-Carthage; $1,600.00
 
44.  Aspen Pritchett, Joaquin FFA; Texas State Bank; $2,800.00
 
45.  Julie Bird, Shelby County 4-H; Shelby Savings Bank, General Shelters, Hunter Buildings and Nacogdoches Bottling Company; $3,400.00
 
 
Cale Hall, a senior at Center High School, will be awarded a $500 scholarship from Shelby Savings Bank for being the highest placing senior with his pen of broilers and Center’s awards ceremony.  
 
Thanks go to Boles Feed for the purchase of the wing band and the wing-banding for the broilers.  
 
Also contributing to the sale were: East Texas Poultry, Ace Hardware of East Texas, 4-C Electric, Farmers State Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, General Shelters, Nacogdoches Bottling Co., First Financial Bank, 4-L Logging, Austin Bank of Timpson, Chris Paddie, State Representative, Tyson-Carthage, Borders Poultry, R&D Distributing, Fish & Still Equipment, Heritage Land Bank, McAdams Propane, Roughrider Tire, Bird Forestry, Rydaco Investments, Rapid Payday and Title Loans, Title Pro., Insurance Bureau Group, Pine Creek Farms, Deep East Texas Electric Co-op., Cobb Vantress, Shelby County Farm Bureau, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sabine State Bank, Shelby Veterinary Associates, 96 Equipment Inc., Tyson-Nacogdoches, Hawkeye Hunting Club, East Texas Surveying and Mapping, Citizens Bank, Keith Oswalt Logging, Matthews Real Estate, M&M Construction, Silva-Tech, Link Charolais, High Roller Wells, Center Welding, Weldon Boles, Texas State Bank, Lease Operating Services, Double “O” Operating, Trails End, Ms. Odessa Link, Few Ready Mix, Mettauer Law Firm, Wheeler Law Office, Judge Charles Mitchell, Smith Sawmill Services, Dairy Queen, Ihlo Sales & Imports, Elliott & Waldron Title Co., Spartan Construction, Center Tire Company, Atwood (Buddy) & Paula Kay, Bounds Insurance, Fairchild Law Office, Dance Furniture, Shelbyville Grocery, Dean’s Hardware, Ward Animal Clinic, Judge LeeAnn Rafferty, Boles Feed, JBA Financial Services, Worsham’s Grocery, Steel Building Supply, Light & Champion Newspaper, County Judge Allison Harbison, Wayne Christian Financial, Payne’s Rentals, Payne’s Community News, Mack O’Rear Real Estate, Shoop Insurance, Shoop Financial, Action Credit,  Monco Motor Company   
 
We would like to take this time to say “thank you” from the Shelby County 4-H and FFA members, and the Broiler Show Committee to Contributors for their generous contributions and to the many volunteers that help make the annual “Broiler Show and Auction” the great event that it is every year!
 

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Interior design students help plan station for Douglass Volunteer Fire Department


 

Approximately 60 interior design students recently participated in a Charrette, an intense design period, to help plan and design a new fire station for the Douglass Volunteer Fire Department.
 
During this three-day period, eight teams of interior design students of various classifications engaged in every phase of the design process. Students visited the site in Douglass to obtain measurements and sketch the location. Douglass fire department personnel were on hand to answer questions.
 
Each year as a volunteer service to the community, SFA's interior design department participates in a similar project.
 
 

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Flu Shot Clinic Thank You


 
Farmers State Bank wants to thank Dawn Barnes with Aurora Concepts for
coming to our Shelbyville branch to administer flu and pneumonia shots.  We
appreciate Dawn for providing this service to our community.  We enjoyed
seeing those who stopped by and hope to see you again soon!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Excelsior Halloween Carnival


 
The Excelsior Halloween Carnival October 21, 2017  6:00 - 9:00 in the Excelsior gym.
Food, games, cake walk, take a chance.  Halloween costume contest will be at 7:30 in the library, cost to enter the contest is $1.00.  
 
 

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Fall Festival Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church


 

A Fall Festival will be held at the Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday October 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Meeting


 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 16th at 6:00 pm at the Pizzeria in Center, TX. Members will elect officers for the upcoming 2018 year. Anyone interested in learning more about Woodmen is invited to attend. 

 
 

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Evening with the Bells


 

The First United Methodist Church in Center invites the community to its
first ever "Evening With The Bells," a hand bell concert of both sacred and
popular music.  The concert will be held at the FUMC Fellowship Hall on
Sunday night October 29 at 6:00 pm.
 
"A hand bell choir is unique thing," long-time ringer Alice Sue Howard
said.  "Each player is responsible for one note in the song -- kind of like
having a bunch of piano players, each one playing one note in a piece
designed for ten fingers.  It's challenging to play and it's as much fun to
watch as it is to listen to."
 
The FUMC Hand Bell Choir will present an eclectic set of selections.
 "Highland Cathedral," a traditional high-church piece and "Just a
Wayfaring Stranger."  In addition , the choir will perform a Southern
spiritual, a theme from a children's show, a #1 hit from the band Coldplay,
a military march, and the national anthem.
 
"And we wouldn't want to forget the most iconic and famous of all hand bell
pieces, 'Carol of the Bells," adds director Chris Watlington.  "Before the
night is over, we will preview the Christmas season with that piece of
music.  Besides, you can't have a hand bell concert without 'Carol of the
Bells!'"
 
The Bells are excited to present their special guest David Mathis, the
First Baptist Church's music director.  He will perform a hand bell solo,
something that even the FUMC bells have never seen.
 
"I am excited to see someone ring a song all by themselves," FUMC ring
Becky Parfait said.  "I work so hard on my individual part, it's hard to
imagine someone ringing all the bells with just his two hands!"
 
Again, "Evening With The Bells" is set for Sunday October 29 at 6:00 pm at
the FUMC Fellowship Hall.  Light refreshments will be served and the
concert is free to the public.
 

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Newburn Chapter Eastern Star 29th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner


 

Newburn Chapter No. 1135 Order of the Eastern Star 29th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  at the First Baptist Church Fellowship hall in Center, TX 217 Cora Street. 
 
DONATION IS $6.00 PER PERSON. 
 
Dine in or Take-out for more information call 936-254-2003.  
 
 

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James Antioch Community Center Meeting


 

The James Antioch Community Center will have a regular monthly meeting on October 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  They will carry in a covered dish for the meal.  In the business meeting they will make plans for a fund raiser.  Come with your good ideas and then stay for some games and socialization. 
 
For more information contact Ellen Manning at 936-598-3081.  
 
 
 
 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Tuesday Nights 7-9 P.M. on KQBB 100.5 FM


 

 

 

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VFW Afghanistan War Veterans Memorial


 

 

 

The Local VFW gathered Monday 10-9-17 for a wreath laying ceremony at the Historic Shelby County courthouse square to honor those who served in the war in Afghanistan.  Sgt. Major Hughes was given an award for his service.   
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Interview with Sgt. Major Hughes:

 

 

 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING CORRECTION


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday October 17th, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  The program will presented by Andrea Webb of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 

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Photography Show Results


 

2017 POULTRY FESTIVAL 
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW WINNERS
This year’s photography show was a huge success!  All the entries were exceptional and the judges certainly had a tough group of photos to work with.  Thanks to all the competitors and volunteers for their interest and hard work. 
 A very special thanks to Dr. Charles R. Collard and his staff, for their support and help in converting the optical clinic to a photo gallery and the members of the Piney Woods Photographic Society for helping to host the exhibit and greet all those who attended.
 
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ADULTS ANIMALS
1st Janice Carter        2nd Janice Carter     3rd Bobbie Jean Wood
Honorable Mention: James Forbes / Joyce Flora
 
ADULTS URBANS
1st James Forbes       2nd Joyce Flora       3rd Bobbie Jean Wood
Honorable Mention: Laura Lindsey
 
ADULTS FLOWERS
1st Janice Carter        2nd Sharon Peace       3rd Lea Ann Robertson
Honorable Mention:  Billie Jones
 
ADULTS FINE ART
1st Bobbie Jean Wood      2nd Donna Holt       3rd Bobbie Jean Wood
Honorable Mention:  Billie Jones
 
ADULTS DIGITAL MANIPULATION
1st Tori Baker    2nd Janice Carter   3rd Janice Carter
Honorable Mention:  LaDonna Kennon
 
ADULTS POULTRY
1st Bobbie Jean Wood      2nd LaDonna Kennon   3rd Cheryl Speedy
Honorable Mention: Bobbie Jean Wood
 
ADULTS SCENICS
1st James Heiman    2nd Bobbie Jean Wood    3rd Bobbie Jean
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Liker
 
ADULTS PEOPLE
1st Tori Baker   2nd Bobbie Jean Wood   3rd Tori Baker
Honorable Mention: Lea Ann Robertson
 
ADULT’S BEST OF SHOW
Janice Carter
San Augustine, TX
 
ADULT’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE
John Piersol
Center, TX
 
 
 
 
YOUTH FINE ARTS
1st Sam McSwain   2nd Megan Dunn   3rd Haven Heiman
Honorable Mention:  Haven Heiman
 
YOUTH PEOPLE
1st Aliyah Nash   2nd David Baron 3rd Samuel Huerta
Honorable Mention:  Kayarra Emerson
 
YOUTH ANIMALS
    1st Megan Dunn   2nd Ivan Arius   3rd Megan Dunn
Honorable Mention:  Lexi Moody
 
YOUTH FLOWERS
      1st   Sam McSwain 2nd Emma Locke   3rd Jose Bueno
    Honorable Mention: Emma Locke
 
YOUTH SCENICS
1st Patty Fountain   2nd Emma Locke   3rd Hzel Diaz
Honorable Mention: Brianna Redmon / Christina Stotts
 
DIGITAL MANIPULATION
1st   Jamarh Johnson    2nd Jose Bueno   3rd Megan Dunn
Honorable Mention:  Samuel Huerte
 
YOUTH POULTRY
1st Jan Leyva   2nd Jose I. Barreuta   3rd Jan Leyva
Honorable Mention: Megan Dunn
 
YOUTH BEST OF SHOW
Megan Dunn
Center, TX 
 
YOUTH PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Sam McSwain
Center, TX
 

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2017 Chicken Clucking Contest


 

Congradulations to: 

 

1st Place Winner Clayton Paul Windham

 

2nd Place Winner Will Jacobs a veteran chicken clucker
 
 

 

 

 

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Poultry Festival Saturday Interviews:


 

Many people attended the 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival as vendors and guest.  Here are some people that Center Broadcasting Company interviewed on Saturday.

 

 

Tyler Portable Buildings:

 

 

 

 

Chris Watlington:

 

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2017 Broiler Show Photos


 

Today was the 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Broiler Show.  It was held on the downtown Center city square next to Farmers State Bank.  Below is a link to a photo ablum of today's Broiler Show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Madelynn Hutchins Interview:

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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2017 Chicken Run Results


 

The 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken run was held on 10-7-17 at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, TX.  A large group of people showed up today to compete. Below is Photographs of the Winners and video interviews with the 1st Male & Female runners.  

 

2017 Chicken Run Winners:

 

 

Chicken Run 2017 Winners From Left to Right: 3rd Place Female Sunshine Haley,  3rd Place Men's Richard Pinkston, 2nd Place Men's David Bordelon , 1st Place Men's Mac Hamilton, 1st Place Female Madison Brown, 2nd Place Female Whitney Scarber 
 
 
 
Male 1st Place & Female 1st Place:
 
 
1st Place Men's Mac Hamilton & 1st Place Female Madison Brown 
 
 
 
Top 3 Male Runners:
 
 
1st Place Men's Mac Hamilton 
 
 
 
2nd Place Men's David Bordelon
 
 
3rd Place Men's Richard Pinkston 
 
 
Top 3 Female Runners:
 
 
1st Place Female Madison Brown 
 
 
2nd Place Female Whitney Scarber
 
 
 
3rd Place Female Sunshine Haley 
 
 
 
 

Video Interview 1st Place Men's:

 

 

 

 

 

Video Interview 1st Place Female:

 

 

 

 

 

For 5K Chicken Run Photos Click Here:

 

 

 

 

 

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Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale


 

 

 

 

Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 7, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in historic Nacogdoches.
 
 
The sale will feature a variety of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs and trees, with an emphasis on pollinator friendly selections, as well as exclusive SFA introductions. The featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens.
 
This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, PNPC, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden, along with educational programs that are hosted monthly at the gardens. Educational programs provided at the SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 participants annually.   
 
Parking will be available at SFA’s Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St., and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon for their plants.
 
For more information and a list of available plants, call (936) 468-4404 or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu two weeks before the sale.
 
 
 
 
 

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Center Sports Promo


 

 

 

 

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2017 Poultry Festival Photography Show Video Tour:


 

The 2017 Poultry Festival Photography Show is being held this year at Vison Source the eye doctor's office on the downtown Center City Square right next to the Rio Theater.  The event is under the direction of the Piney Woods Photographic Society.  There are a variety of photos entered this year in a multitude of categories.  Look below for a video tour and a interview with Ms. Billie Jones from the Piney Woods Photographic Society.  

 

Video Tour:

 

 

 

Interview with Ms. Billie Jones:

 

 

 

Photos:

 

 

 

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Poultry Festival 2017 Creative Art Show


 

 

This year's 2017 Poultry Festival Creative Art Show has expanded to feature more.  In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company Ms. Ellen Manning tells us more about it.  Look below to see photographs and a video interview/tour of the art show.  

 

 

2017 Creative Art Show Photos:

 

 

 

Video Interview:

 

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Shelby County Historical Society Meeting


 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting October 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Mr. Larry Hume.  He will be speaking to us about World War I. It is the 100th anniversary and he will tell us what is being done in Shelby County in remembrance of this time of our history. Everyone is invited to attend.
 
 
 
 

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Junk in the Trunk Trade Days


 

Remember Saturday Downtown October 7th, in San Augustine.
 
Junk in the trunk
Trade days
 
When: First Saturday of each month
Where: Downtown san augustine courthouse square
time: 10 am-2pm
 
Rules:
 
-Check-in by 9:45
-Rain or shine, no refunds
-all vehicles and merchandise must be removed no later than 3 pm?
 

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San Augustine Homecoming


 

San Augustine Wolf Pack Homecoming is October 13, 2017! Pep Rally will be on the Downtown Square! Hope to see you there!

 
 

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Huxley Ducks Unlimited


 

The 16th annual Huxley Fun Night will be the 2nd Thursday in June, 2018. It is at Robinson`s Toledo Bend Lodge on Huxley Bay.

 
 
 

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Jon Gunn Fundraiser Bake Sale


 

Jon Gunn was in a tragic ATV accident while hunting at his deer lease on Saturday, September 30, 2017. He was flown to LSU in Shreveport, LA for treatment. Jon has no medical insurance to help toward paying medical bills and due to the extent of his injuries he will be out of work for a minimum of 6 weeks.
 
There will be a benefit bake sale benefit event held Monday, October 16th at 10 am at Napa in Center, where all proceeds will go toward helping get him through his recovery at this difficult time. If you would like to help in anyway, please contact his sister Lauren Denby at 936-488-9444. Every penny counts! All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless! 
 

 

Video News:

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin VFD Fundraiser


 

Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will be selling Hamburger Baskets on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Fire station. Basket will include Hamburger, fries, drink for 10 dollars. As always J.V.F.D. Thanks you for your Support.

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U.S. Postal Service Issues New Forever Stamps


 

NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service will begin celebrating the Holiday season tomorrow with four new Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate the themes of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.”
The stamps will be dedicated tomorrow, Oct. 5, at noon at the American Stamp Dealers Association Fall Stamp Show at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
 
The event is free and open to the public. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the first-day-of-issue ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.
 
Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. The shades of blue in the backgrounds of the stamps evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director. Artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, VA, created original art for the project. Customers may pre-order the stamps at this link for delivery shortly after the Oct. 5 issuance.
 
“We’re excited to continue one of the Postal Service’s long standing traditions — celebrating the holidays with new stamps,” said U.S. Postal Service Brand Marketing Executive Director Christopher Karpenko.
 
“This year’s selections were inspired by some of America’s favorite Christmas carols, sung and adored by children and adults alike since the 18th century. Translated into dozens of languages, these timeless classics are so recognizable. When holiday items arrive in mailboxes with these stamps, we expect recipients will be humming the tune of the carol lyrics they see — either in their heads or out loud.” 
 
Scheduled to join Karpenko in the dedication ceremony are American Stamp Dealers Association President Tami Jackson and American Philatelic Society American Philatelist Editor Jay Bigalke. U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner served as master of ceremonies.
“The popularity of Christmas stamps is something celebrated and shared by both stamp collectors and the general public,” said Bigalke. “It’s an honor to be a part of this moment in history introducing a new set of stamps to the nation.”
 
The Christmas Carol stamps are being issued as Forever stamps that are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.
 
Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
 
Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They may purchase new stamps at United States Post Office locations, at the Postal Store usps.com/shopor by calling 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:
Christmas Carols Stamps
 
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO  64144-9900
 
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for postmarks up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 5, 2017.
 
 

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Pumpkin Patch Open Tomorrow


 

 

The First United Methodist Church in Center located at 211 Porter St. will have their Pumpkin Patch open tomorrow from 2 - 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men's Game Banquet


 

The Tenaha First Baptist Church will have a Men's Game Banquet Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

 

 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Tuesday Nights 7-9 P.M. on KQBB 100.5 FM


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Homecoming Queen Kalie Vaughn


 

 

Kalie Vaughn was choosen as this year's Homecoming Queen for Shelbyville ISD.  Vaughn plays softball and volleyball at Shelbyville and is currently a senior.  Kalie Vaughn will be on our stations KDET 930 AM and KQBB 100.5 FM on tomorrow's 10-4-17 morning news.  So tune in.

 

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

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OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM MARKS 16 YEARS


 

Sixteen years ago, America launched its counterattack against terrorism in
Afghanistan and ushering in Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on
terror.
 
To remember the service and sacrifice of Afghanistan Veterans Shelby County
Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a
remembrance program and wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the
grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center, Monday, October 9th, 2017 at
10:00 am.  
 
If you are an Afghanistan Veteran or family member VFW Post 8904 would like
to present you with a certificate recognizing that service.  Please call
Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 or email
<mailto:chief@chiefimaging.com> chief@chiefimaging.com.  We need to know the
veterans name and who will be attending to accept the certificate. As always
the public is cordially invited.
 
 
 
 

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Leadership Nacogdoches


 

The Leadership Nacogdoches 2016-2017 class invites you to the celebration of the completion of their community service project: 
 
Books and Butterflies 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, 1112 North St.  Enjoy refreshments, books and the butterfly garden after the ceremony.

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Oktoberfest at First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin


 

The First United Pentecostal Church of Joaquin will have their Oktoberfest on October 14th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Fire Awareness Week


 

Fire Awareness Week is next week.  To spread proper fire safety the Center Fire Department will be visiting with the different schools in Center.
 
 
Here is a List of Schools that they will visit with:
 
October 10th F.L. Moffet will take a field trip to the Fire Station at 9:00 a.m.
 
October 11th the Center Fire Department will visit Center Elementary School at 9:00 a.m.
 
October 12th the Center Fire Department will visit Center Christian Academy at 9:30 a.m. and Center Intermediate at 12:15 p.m. & 1:22 p.m.
 
October 13th the Center Fire Department will visit Head Start at 10:00 a.m.
 
 
 

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First Baptist Church Fall Festival


 
First Baptist Church Timpson at 715 N. 2nd St. will be having our 2nd Annual Fall Festival on Tuesday Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. EVERYTHING IS FREE! Free games for all ages, Free candy for every kid, Free Prizes for kids, Free Food for Everyone, and Free Door Prizes. For more information contact the church office at 936.254.2220 or firstbctimpson@yahoo.com
 
 

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Football Schedules:


 

In Rider Land
The Center Roughriders will play the Palestine Wildcats a home game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Dragon's Lair
The Shelbyville Dragons will take on All Saints Tyler in an away game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Bear's Den
The Timpson Bears will have an OPEN WEEK.
 
In Ram Country 
The Joaquin Rams will have an OPEN WEEK.
 
In Tigerland
The Tenaha Tigers will play West Sabine Tigers in an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Dog house
 The Garrison Bulldogs will have a bye this week.
 
Across the River
In Logansport the Logansport Tigers will play North Webster this Friday a home game at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
 

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Carson & Barnes Circus


 

Carson & Barnes Circus is proud to present the World Debut of Circus Saurus!  Come see the dinosaurs come alive in the Circus as we embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Not only will you be amazed by daredevils on the Wheel of Destiny, you will laugh at our merry maker of mirth and sit in awe as the Aerial Artists soar to new heights at the apex of the Big Top!
 
With the dawn of a new day comes a new era under THE CIRCUS BIG TOP and those that were once extinct will re-emerge once again right before your eyes. Experience first hand the giants of today’s world and the enormous creatures from the past. As we take you back millions of years, the circus Big Top will come alive with powerful Dinosaurs and the legendary Wooly Mammoth. For the first time anywhere Tyrannosauruses, Deinoychus, Wooly Mammoth and Asian Elephants will come together to enchant and captivate hearts of all ages.
 
Dinosaurs will come alive right before your eyes and will once again shake the ground we walk on. Our trio of Deinoychus: Rumble, Rascal and Rebel will transport you back in time and show you just why dinosaurs ruled the land. Witness the miraculous dawn of a baby Tyrannosaurus as it emerges from its gigantic egg. Mother Marley, with her maternal instinct will prove that no one messes with the powerful Baby T-Rex – Speckles. Dinosaurs are not the only extinct creatures you will see, but our journey will also allow you to meet Miller the Wooly Mammoth. This historic legend will captivate you and leave you in awe.
 
The extinct giants of the past and the endangered Asian elephants of today clash under the Big Top in this high thrilling adventure. Do not miss this opportunity! All of these enormous creatures in one location… and once it is gone it too will be extinct…There is nothing more rewarding than watching the glow in the eyes of children who are witnessing circus magic for the first time. Don’t miss the premiere production of CircusSaurus!
 
There will only be two performances on Wed October 18th – 4:30 & 7:30PM.  At the  Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena in Center, Texas.  Purchase discount tickets in advance. 
 
Discount Tickets are available online at www.bigtopshow.com.  For more information call 580-743-7292.
 
 

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Praise 2017


 

 

 

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County-Wide Wellness Education Program


 

Training for New Master Wellness Volunteer Program begins in October
 
Finding reliable resources of health and wellness information can be a challenge. Since 1906, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has provided Texans with guidance in various health areas and is now training volunteers to provide more communities with the education and tools needed for healthy living.
The Master Wellness Volunteer Initiative is an AgriLife Extension program that provides volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service. The volunteer opportunities are diverse – giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with periodic cooking schools, distributing information at health fairs, and much more. Previous health or wellness training is not required, but an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same is.
“This is a new and exciting opportunity for individuals interested in learning how to successfully provide wellness information and programs as part of a church ministry, at the worksite, during local health fairs and more.  If you enjoy helping others and want to make a difference in Shelby County, then this program is for you,” said Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health.
 
Volunteer training for the program will be held at the Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas, in a 5-lesson series from 5 to 7 pm on the following dates:
 
October 24
November 7
November 14
November 28
December 12
 
The training will focus on physical activity, nutrition, food safety and food demonstrations, child health, various AgriLife Extension health programs, and more. Those interested in participating may call the AgriLife Extension office in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 or e-mail jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu for more information.
 

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Parking Information for the Poultry Festival


 

The student parking lot at Center High School will be unavailable for
parking vehicles from 7am on Saturday, October 7 through 10pm Sunday,
October 8th. *On those days, the students participating in the "Paint Your
Spot" fundraiser will be working on painting parking spaces. The entrances
to the lot will be barricaded.
 
Please plan to park at the FL Moffett parking lot or Panola parking lot for
events such as little league football this weekend.
 
 
For questions, please email susan.penick@centerisd.org
 
 
Also the Center Post Master has requested that you wait untill after 5:00 p.m. to park in their parking lot if you intend to use it to park while attending the poultry festival.
 

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Flu Shot Clinic in Shelbyville


 

FLU & PNEUMONIA SHOTS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
11am-1pm
 
Aurora Concepts will be giving flu and pneumonia shots at
Farmers State Bank in Shelbyville on October 3rd.
 
Please contact Amy Matthews at 598-3311 if you would like a patient form to
get your flu or pneumonia shot that day.

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Friday Night Football Scores


 

 
Center 39
 
Bullard 35
 
 
 
Pine Tree 55
 
Sulphur Springs 47
 
 
 
Joaquin 56
 
Hawkins 0
 
 
 
Timpson 20 
 
Lovelady 14
 
 
 
Corrigan Camden 26 
 
Shelbyville 14
 
 
 
San Augustine 55
 
Burkeville 6
 
 
 
Tatum 28
 
Pittsburg 41
 
 
 
Henderson 35
 
Chapel Hill 21
 
 
 
Rusk 43
 
Alto 21
 
 
 
Kilgore 31
 
Palestine 21
 
 
 
Marshall 35
 
Texas High 33
 
 
 
Tyler Lee 26
 
Longview 54
 
 
 
Nacogdoches 42
 
Gilmer 51
 
 
 
North Mesquite 7
 
John Tyler 44
 
 
 
Lufkin 21
 
The Woodlands 3
 

 

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Medical Fundraiser for Beni Jo Campbell


 

 

UPDATE VIDEO INTERVIEW:

 

 

 

There will be a bake sale to pay for medical expenses for infant Beni Jo Campbell. It will be held on Monday October 2nd starting at 10 am in the Napa parking lot across from Walmart in Center. For more information call 936-572-4349 or if you would like to donate on Facebook click the link below.

 

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9th Annual Angelina Wheelin'


 

The 9th Annual Angelina Wheelin’ Sportsmen Event for people with disabilities will be
Dec. 8-9 at Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest, Winston Tree Farm and Alazon Wildlife Management Area.
 
The two-day deer and hog hunt is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program, U.S. Forest Service, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, April AWOL Chapter and Pineywoods Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
 
Applications are available at Forest Service Ranger’s offices in Zavalla, Hemphill, New Waverly, Kennard and Decatur, at the Forest Supervisor’s office in Lufkin, or below:
 
 
Applications must be submitted by Nov. 1 to:
Angelina National Forest
Attn: Mandy Chumley
111 Walnut Ridge Road
Zavalla, Texas 75980
 
Persons with physical disabilities may apply and there is no cost to attend. Twenty participants will be drawn for the event and they must provide their own transportation, lodging and a valid Texas hunting license. Volunteers and instructors will be on hand to assist, and meals will be provided for participants and two guests.
 
For more information, contact Mandy Chumley at 936-897-1068.
 
On the Internet: NFGT: www.fs.usda.gov/texas
National Wild Turkey Federation: www.nwtf.org.
 
Deer and hog hunt for persons with disabilities set for Dec. 8-9

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Every Veteran Has a Story: Stephen Oates


 

 

 

Stephen Oates, known to his family and friends by his middle name Hulon, was the youngest child of ten born to Stephen Henry and Margaret Pierson Oates of Shelby County, Texas five days before Christmas in 1893.  His father was born in Alabama around 1844 and the Oates family was living in Paxton, Shelby County, Texas by the year 1854.  In the year 1862 with the Civil War raging Hulon’s father and his brother Jesse both enlisted in Company H, 11 Regiment, Texas Infantry.  Jesse would be killed and his father survived but suffered from a face wound received in the mouth from a gunshot.  His first wife Mandy died in 1871 and he married Hulon’s mother Margaret sometime after that.  In 1910 when Hulon was 17 his mother passed away followed by his father two years later.
 
At the age of 21, Hulon married Hester Hughes on November 19, 1915 and they made their home in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.  Tragedy struck eleven months later when Hester suddenly passed away at their home.  Widowed he earned his living as a farm hand working for a Mr. Walter Paddy in Tenaha.  
 
The first of three national draft registration days was held on June 5, 1917 and Hulon traveled to the county seat of Center and completed his draft card numbered 133.  It did not take Uncle Sam long to come calling for him and over 60 others from the county.  They were inducted on September 19, 1917 and sent to various Army Training Camps mostly in the state of Texas.  For whatever reason, he and another local boy named John Temple (who would later become missing in action) were assigned to Company A, 360 Infantry Regiment at Camp Mills, New York.  On March 10, 1918 they both were reassigned to Company I, 39th Infantry Regiment (nicknamed “Fighting Falcons”) of the 4 Infantry Division and began training for the war in France.  The training became reality when on May 8, 1918 he and his unit shipped out from Hoboken, New Jersey on the transport SS Espagne.  Hulon listed his brother John Charley Oates of Paxton, Texas as his next of kin on the passenger list.
 
 
PFC Oates and the 39th Infantry Regiment participated with the American Expeditionary Force and joined battle for the first time during World War I in the now famous “Aisne-Marne Offensive” which was destined to swing the fortunes of war in favor of the Allies. When the smoke of World War I cleared away, the 39th Infantry Regiment’s colors showed battled honors for the campaigns of the Aisne-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, Lorrain, St Mihiel and Champagne, a Distinguished Unit Citation from the grateful French government and the French Croix de Guerre with Gold Star.  During this fighting Hulon was killed in action on September 30, 1918.  
 

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Poultry Festival Queen Thank You Letter


 

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Doo Dah Parade Video


 

 

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FILLIES FINISH 2-1 ON THE ROAD


 
After a tough 5-set loss to conference rival Tyler Junior College, the
Panola College Fillies bounced back this weekend to pick up two key wins
against #16 Indian Hills and Missouri State-West Plains at the Holiday Inn
Invitational hosted by TJC.
 
 
Panola dropped a heartbreaker to TJC in a mid-week showdown: 25-23, 21-25,
21-25, 25-21, 13-15. For the Fillies, freshman outside Rebecca Rabius led
with 16 kills, sophomore Jaqueline da Silva added 11, and sophomore Kaitlyn
Adams chipped in 10. Sophomore setter Cayman Sutton dished out 34 assists.
Defensively sophomore Camie Copeland led with 18 digs, freshman Hannah
Ramirez added 13 and Rabius picked up 10 of her own.
 
 
Panola then rebounded in tournament play this weekend to outlast Indian
Hills (21-25, 25-14, 25-20, 14-25, 15-13). Jaqueline da Silva led with 10
kills, Kaitlyn Adams added 7, and the outside duo of Rebecca Rabius and
freshman Audrey Slaten combined for 12 kills (6 apiece). Cayman Sutton led
with 27 assists and freshman Molly Harris Chipped in 22. The floor defense
came up big for the Fillies with 4 players recording double-digit digs.
Ramirez led with 26, Copeland and Slaten picked up 15 each, while Sutton
added 13 as well. At the net, freshman Thaynara Godoi led with 6 total
blocks.
 
 
The Fillies took down Missouri State-West Plains (25-17, 23-15, 25-21,
25-20), Slaten led offensively with 12 kills, da Silva added 10, and
sophomore Barbara Sabino pitched in 9. Once again Sutton led in assists,
dishing out 25 while Harris trailed right behind with 19. Defensively
Sabino led with 4 block assists and 2 solos, Godoi added 2 assists and 1
solo. Ramirez anchored the floor with 17 digs, Copeland picked up 11, and
Slaten added 10.
 
 
Panola moves to 13-3 on the year and will return to action Tuesday when
they travel to Pasedena for a tri-match with Temple College and host San
Jacinto College.

 

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Panola College Foundation Board Members


 

 
On Wednesday, September 27th, the 2017-2018 Panola College Foundation Board
gathered in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom to conduct a quarterly business
meeting and welcome three new members. The Panola College Foundation was
formed thirty-five years ago to support and promote the mission and vision
of Panola College, to seek and obtain gifts for the advancement of Panola
College, and to assist the students of Panola College by providing
fellowships and scholarships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to
increase community awareness of the programs and accomplishments of the
College and to promote excellence in education.
 
 
This year’s board members are (L to R) Dr. John Ray, Ms. Sonya Brasher, Mr.
Robert Sherman, Mr. Pat Browning, Mr. Bobby Phillips, Mrs. Jodie Reed, Mr.
Jonathan Perlman, Mrs. Brenda Giles – Chair, Ms. Ginger Borders, Ms.
Carolyn Murphy, Mrs. Patricia Smith – Secretary, Dr. Greg Powell, Mr. Will
Lucas and Mr. Ray Schieffer (Not shown: Mrs. Kathleen Kruebbe, Mr. Phillip
Grimes – Vice Chair, Mrs. Vicky Hudson, Mrs. Sharon Ivey and Mrs. Jessica
Pace).
 

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Relocation Ribbon Cutting Southern Seasons


 

The  Public is invited to attend a relocation ribbon cutting on Friday, October 
13, 2017 at 11:00  at the new  location of Southern Seasons at 214 Austin Street
 in Center. Help the Ambassadors welcome Shana Brittain, owner, to Center and to
 the downtown square.

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