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Where Secrets Lie


 

 

 

 

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Center Intermediate Math Carnival


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Wednesday, November 15, Center Intermediate School students and their
families participated in the Annual Math Carnival.  When students entered
the gym, it was decorated like a genuine carnival complete with a popcorn
and lemonade concession stand, picture booth, and face painting station!
 
Students rotated through *math centered games* like Math Twister, Nerf &
Numbers, and Place Value Toss, winning many prizes throughout the night.
The Estimation Station winners were awarded their jars as follows:
 
M&M Jar - Angie Rojas
 
Elves Lego Jar - Emmalee McKinney
 
Eraser Jar - Gracie Boyd (EXACT GUESS!)
 
Batman Lego Jar - Gus Duvon
 
Bubble Gum Jar - Dulce Sandiego
 
Learning and fun truly came together during this event and it was a
memorable experience for all!
 
CIS would like to give special thanks to CMS Beta Club students who
volunteered by running the stations and cleaning up after the event.
 
 
 
*Students at Center Elementary Feed Local Families*
 
Mrs. Corbell and Mrs. Crouch's third grade classes raised money for the
First Baptist Church of Center's Food Basket Drive to provide Christmas
meals for local families in need. They helped feed four families by raising
$276.00.
 
 

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Shelbyville ISD Health Fair Thank You Letter


 

Thanks to the Shelbyville administration, faculty and students for the great attendance and special THANKS to the following vendor's for making it our "best ever."
 
NMC Health Network, Panola Nursing College, Aurora Concepts, Texas Health Department of Carthage, Texas, AHEC East, HOPE Clinic, Cline Family Medical, Holiday Nursing Center, Focus Care of Center, Pine Grove, DETCOG, Texas Department of Public Safety, Shelby County Advocacy Center, Performance Orthopedics, Loma Laird Cancer Center, Shelby Co. Extension Office, Rodan +Fields Skin Care with Angie, Panola College OTA, NMC Stroke & Trama Center, ADAC Resource Center.
 
 

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New Life Church will Have Santa Claus Visit


 

Santa Day at the Center New Life Church will be on Saturday 12-9-17 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Canned Food Drive in San Augustine


 

 

 
They will be collecting can goods and giving out water between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday December 1st, 2017 at the Care and Share in San Augustine.  May your day be spent with family, friends and, of course, food! Happy Holidays.
 
 
 

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Merry Mice Puppet Show at Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

 

 

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Christmas with the Dead


 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A special free one-night screening of "Christmas With the Dead" is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, the downtown Nacogdoches art gallery owned by Stephen F. Austin State University.
 
Directed by T.L. Lankford, "Christmas With the Dead" is a zombie apocalypse film based on a short story by the same name written by Nacogdoches author Joe R. Lansdale. Lansdale's son, Keith, wrote the screenplay.
 
It stars SFA filmmaking instructor Brad Maule, who co-produced the film with William Arscott, professor of filmmaking at SFA. Much of the film's soundtrack was composed and performed by students of SFA's School of Music. Original songs were performed by Kasey Lansdale, daughter of the author.
 
The film centers on the bizarre happenings in the fictional East Texas town of Mud Creek after a freak lightning storm causes most of the town's inhabitants to become zombies.
 
Those attending the screening are encouraged to dress as zombies, according to event organizer Peyton Paulette. Some of the filmmakers and performers will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A session following the screening.
 
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
 
 

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Blood Drive at Shelby County Sheriff's Office


 

 
There is a blood drive coming up at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office on Monday, December 18 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot.  For more information contact Leah at 936-598-5601 to sign up!
 
FREE HOODIE to all who donate blood!
 
 
 
 

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Merry Christmas From Excelsior ISD


 

 

It's Christmas time again which means our Christmas program is just around
the corner.  Our program will be on Tuesday, December 19,  at 6:00 P.M..
This will be the first year that all of the music classes will be playing
hand bells! The students have been working so hard on selections to play
for you.
 
We are so lucky that Santa will be visiting us again this year for that
photo opportunity.  This program will also be showing off some of the
students art and projects that they have been working on in other classes.
We look forward to a wonderful time, and would like welcome everyone to
come join us.
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM EXCELSIOR!
 

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Christmas Extravaganza


 

The Mt. Zion Baptist Church First Christmas Extrravaganza is coming up on Saturday, December 16th at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Church Cafeteria.  This is an adults only event.  They are asking that everyone should bring a $20 gift and their Bibles.  For more information call 936-201-7512.
 
 

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Colleen Doggett to Serve as the Grand Marshal of the Parade


 

Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Colleen Doggett to serve as Grand Marshal of the 18th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade. The parade, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
 
Colleen Doggett was the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award and was recognized at the annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for her contributions in and around Shelby County.
 
Categories for the 2017, ”A Texas Christmas” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Parade participants are asked to decorate with lights for the nighttime parade and have audible Christmas music playing. There are applicable rules and considerations for entries with horses. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.
 
Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Grace Manor Holiday Needs


 

 

 

Grace Manor is trying to help provide one Christmas present for each of our foster children.  We have over 70 children under our care now, so this is a big task!  We are asking for help from our community to make sure all of our children have a nice Christmas.
 
We have asked our foster parents to turn in to us one gift idea (between $35.00 and $50.00) that each of their foster children would like.  We have these gift ideas available at our office to be picked up and purchased.  We are asking that you return the wrapped gifts by December 7th.
 
The children have wished for toys, bicycles, games, electronics, and gift certificates.  
 
Anything you can do to help would be appreciated!  We accept cash donations from those who are unable to purchase a present.  Come by our office at 109 Carroll Street or call Dan at 598-3611 for more information.
 
Thank you!
 

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Monuments at SFA


 

SFA’s Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band will present the program “Monuments” at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Turner Auditorium.
 
The SFA Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the first half of the concert with Jack Stamp’s “Cenotaph,” which will be conducted by graduate student Brandon Beavers of Livingston.
 
The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform works by Clifton Williams, John Mackey and Michael Daugherty.
 
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
 

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Stock A Ram For Santa


 

Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Center has once again teamed-up with the Shelby County Child’s Advocacy Center and Center Broadcasting for the 6th annual Stock a Ram for Santa, to help the children of our community have a happy Christmas. Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is accepting donations of new, unopened gifts for kids up to age 17, now through December 8 at the dealership on Highway 96 North in Center. As a way of showing appreciation for donating gifts, you will become eligible to win a 50-inch TV. It’s easy to donate, and you’re helping area children have a better Christmas. Join Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center and Center Broadcasting Company for the 6th annual Stock a Ram for Santa. Drop off your gifts now through Friday, December 8th at Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Center. 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Food Drive Thank You Letter


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelbyville JCC's held a Food Drive at Shelbyville ISD. All campus'
participated and collected lots of food for Shelby County Outreach. It was
a huge success!  Thank you to everyone that donated.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Blue Santa Program


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

 

 

 

 

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This Week at SFA


 

TUESDAY, NOV. 28
Men's basketball vs. North Dakota State University
7:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches
 
Women's basketball vs. Central Baptist College
5 p.m.
Nacogdoches
 
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29
Volleyball at University of Mississippi
6 p.m.
Oxford, Mississippi
 
FRIDAY, DEC. 1
SFA Planetarium
"Season of Light"
7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium
 
Track and field at two-day Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Meet
Dallas
 
SATURDAY, DEC. 2
Men's basketball vs. University of Louisiana Monroe
3:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches
 
Women's basketball vs. University of South Dakota
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches
 

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After Hours Party


 

 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Mooney’s Emporium will welcome Chamber members and the public to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, December 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 107 San Augustine Street.  Chelle Mooney will showcase the newest inventory items.
 
Mooney’s Emporium specializes in creating unique and personalized gifts and has a great variety of custom made tee shirts.  This event will feature new apparel for you and for your special four legged friend, sale items and samples of food and drink products that are also available in the store. Plan to stop by and do your Christmas shopping!!   Refreshments will be served.
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Santa Claus Christmas Parade


 

Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 2. 
 
In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6:00pm.  Colleen Doggett, the 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year’s Grand Marshal.  The Grand Marshal vehicle is sponsored by Chris Paddie, State Representative.  Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike.
 
COR Boutique, Hughes Florist and Gifts and Nettie’s Nook will be hosting their Open Houses during the day.  In addition, Payne and Payne’s and The Balcony will be open during Parade hours.  The Rio Theatre concession stand will be open before and during the parade.  A 4:00pm Matinee is pending.  The Rio Theatre will have its usual 7:30 movie showing.
 
Thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank.  Also, thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc. and Tyson Foods, all Silver Sponsors. 
 
 Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 4. 

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Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal


 

The Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal was created to honor, recognize and thank
Louisiana Veterans for their honorable military service. Medals are
available to all honorably discharged Louisiana Veterans and to the family
of those killed in action.
 
 
 
The Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal is available with a blue ribbon for
honorable discharge, a purple ribbon for Purple Heart recipients, a black
ribbon for Prisoners of War, and a yellow ribbon for killed in action.
 
 
 
For more information, call toll free at 1-877-432-8982 or visit
https://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/benefit/louisiana-veterans-honor-medal/ .  You
can apply direct from this web site or there is a printable application form
available there that can be downloaded and mailed.
 

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CHS Where Secrets Lie


 

The Department of Theatre at Center High School invites you to
an original production, *Where Secrets Lie, *featuring all 40 of the
department’s advanced students on Thursday November 30 and Friday December
1 at 6:30 pm.  The show is comprised of several scenes, some by Chris
Watlington, some by students, and some from professional playwrights, but
all the seemingly unconnected characters are brought together in the end.
It also features two musical production numbers, the music and lyrics
original as well.
 
“It is a labor of love,” CHS theatre teacher Chris Watlington
said.  “We’ve done a lot of these scenes for years as class projects, some
of which have audiences and some haven’t.  When we were deciding on our
fall production this year, we had such a large department of second, third,
and fourth year students, I couldn’t find a script that would give
significant roles to all of the actors who needed them.  So we added a few
scenes and some dramatic connective tissue and tied it all together.  *Where
Secrets Lie *is the result.  It’s our baby and despite the labor pains,
we’re looking forward to sharing it with an audience."
 
A cast this large creates a lot of energy and excitement within
the production.  The cast and crew have high expectations but not a lot of
information to base those expectations on.
 
“There are actors from three different classes that meet three
different periods,” senior student and lead performer Alysen Jefferson
said.  “The show is just a few days away and there are still scenes I
haven’t seen yet.  But the ones I have seen are good, and some of them—like
a few of the ones I’m in—are so much better now than they were just a few
days ago.  So I’m excited to see how it all comes together!”
 
With *Where Secrets Lie, *the department wanted to make a
departure from the light comic mood of so many of its shows.  To do that,
they selected scenes with a variety of moods and tones and are also
experimenting with different staging.
 
“We are pulling out all the stops for this one,” senior student
and lead performer Peyton Proffitt said.  “Now don’t get me wrong – some of
the scenes are funny.  Real funny.  But some of them are dark.  Some make
you mad and some make you think.  That’s a good thing.  And Mr. Watlington
is always talking about how difficult it is to perform in our cafeteria
with its glass walls and bad acoustics and the constant distractions that
come with the room.  We think we’ve come up with an intimate audience
arrangement that will bring the people close to the action and keep them in
the moment with us.”
 
Parents need to know that *Where Secrets Lie *is designed for
audiences in middle school and older and would be good for families to
watch together.  However, audience members younger than twelve might not
understand some of the topics in the scenes.
 
 
 
 
“The scenes deal with a lot of real stuff that young people
actually deal with,” senior performer Brendan Stanley said.  “Some of it is
fun and funny, but so is life.  Then some of the scenes deal with
disappointment, heartbreak, teen pregnancy, dysfunctional families, good
friendship, fake friendship, the whole teen world.”
 
Watlington is excited about the live music for this show.
 
“Most high school musicals are performed to karaoke tracks,” he
said.  “Well, this is not a full musical – we only have two production
numbers and three songs – but those songs are performed with live music.
And between each scene, live music will be played to set the tone.”
 
The CHS Culinary department is providing popcorn and drinks
before the show and intermission.  And in an effort to create a more
intimate experience for the audience, only 100 seats are available for each
show.
 
“Most shows have a ‘run,’” Watlington said.  “You don’t do a
show once then put it to bed.  So with two performances, the students get
to feel a little of what a production run is like, the audience can select
the date that best fits their schedules, and we can limit the size of the
audience so that our back row is not very far from the stage.  In our
auditorium, that is important.”
 
Cost for the show is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  If it
were a movie, it would have a PG rating for teen/adult situations and mild
language.  The cast and crew hope you will come and spend a little time
with them so that you might find *Where Secrets Lie.*
 
 

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One Wonder the Pecan Tree


 

It seems especially appropriate during this holiday season for Center Garden Club to pay homage to a relatively small pecan tree, a natural wonder, which stands in the center of town on the west lawn of the historic Shelby County Courthouse.  Each November our pecan tree, like others across the South, showers our courthouse grounds with a generous crop of pecans, versatile nuts that have become a staple of holiday fare:  cookies, cakes, pies, candies,  soups and salads, cheese balls, and a multitude of other culinary delights.
 
Pecan history says that certain American Indian tribes were the first to be aware of the pecan.  In the late 1700's President George Washington planted pecan trees at Mount Vernon.  The trees were a gift from Thomas Jefferson, credited with making the pecan tree popular in the South.   The pecan was made the official state tree of Texas by an act of the Thirty-sixth Legislature in regular session, 1919.
 
 
Our courthouse pecan tree  over the past thirty-plus years has served us well spreading its green canopy in the summer and providing appetizing and nutritious nuts in the late  fall for man and wildlife alike to enjoy.  If you have not yet noticed this "One Wonder," the Center Garden Club believes that when you do, you will be in for a treat both figuratively and literally.
 
 
 
Center Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  The public is welcomed.  For more information, please contact Carolyn Bounds at 598-3414.
 
 

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San Augustine County Master Gardeners


 

The San Augustine County Master Gardeners are holding their registration
for the 2018 SACMG Intern Education classes that will begin on January 9th.
To get more information or to sign up, just stop by the Texas A&M AgriLife
Building at 201 N. Harrison Street across from the SA County Election
office down near the Sheriff's office or catch anyone of your current
members:
 
*Channel* *Cathleen* *(936) 201-0162*
*Goller* *Bill* *(936) 275-5850*
*Goller* *Linda* *(936) 275-5850*
*Johnson* *Tom* *(936) 275-7255*
*Malone* *Mike* *(936) 275-8350*
*Smith* *Doniece* *(936) 275-8930*
*Stoneham* *Sharron* *(936) 591-7317*
*Turner* *Malcolm* *(281) 818-2098*
*Walker* *Pollene (Stellar)* *(936) 201-2475*
*Bennefield* *Kathleen* *(936) 275-8622*
*Caston* *Cindi* *(936) 275-6369*
*Caston* *Ronald E. (Ronny)* *(936) 596-5134*
*Vaughn* *Jill* *(936) 275-2640*
*Wyble* *Paul J.* *(936) 288-0159*

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, November 27, 2017 - Just a reminder, the Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will NOT hold their regular monthly meeting November 27, 2017.
We will meet December 9, 2017 at the Masonic Lodge on Hwy 96, south of town, at 6:30 PM for our Christmas party.  If you get to the loop you have gone too far.  The Carthage Camp and others have been invited to join us.
 
 
 

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And the Creeks Don't Rise


 

 
I have used this phrase many times, “God willing and the creeks don’t rise”, and I’ll wager that you have, too.  I have understood the phrase to mean that  I would be somewhere, or accomplish some task unless prevented by some unseen circumstance.  Amazingly, there is much discussion about what this really means.  Research shows that there are two different opinions about the saying, and both sides are avid that their positions are correct.
 
Some people have problems with acknowledging a higher power called God, and that this God does not interfere in the actions of man.  So, to them blaming God for being unwilling that something happen is unrealistic.  However, to those who believe in God do believe that certain circumstances are not allowed by an all-knowing and all-seeing God, for reasons known only to Him, but usually for our protection or benefit.  But, this seems to be the lesser of the two arguments.
 
To many researchers the main quandary is the word “creek” in the phrase.  To some the word refers to the Creek Indians, and to others it simply means a stream of water.
 
Those who believe that the work refers to the Creek Indians point to Mr. Benjamin Hawkins who was the General Superintendent for Indian Affairs between 1796 and 1818 for the U.S. Government. He was the principal agent to the Creek nation.  In fact, he became so close to its people that he learned their language, was adopted by them, and married a Creek woman.  Who better to write about the risks of the Creek rising in revolt?
 
Mr. Hawkins was summoned to Washington D.C. by the president in order to discuss a number of raids carried out by the Creek Indians in an area which is now the state of Alabama.  It is reported that Mr. Hawkins replied in a letter which read in part, “I will be there for the meeting, God willing and the Creek don’t rise.”  It is argued that the word “Creek” is singular, and the “c” is capitalized thus indicating other than a mere stream of water.  People who hold this position on the phrase argue that Mr. Hawkins was a very educated fellow and would not make a grammatical error in his writings.
 
However, people who hold to the view that the word “creek” actually refers to a stream of water because other renderings of the phrase do not capitalize the “c”, which suggests that they didn’t have the Creek people in mind at all.  That argues for the more mundane origin – the old time difficulties of traveling on dirt roads that forded rivers and streams.  Thus, if the creek don’t rise was a whimsical way of saying that the speaker would carry out some task provided that no obstacles were put in his path such as a flooded creek.  It could be summarized as “if all goes well.”
 
The saying has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson among others, on the usual principle that attaching a famous name to a story validates it.  In the 1950s the phrase became popular as a supposedly hayseed utterance, sometimes as and the crick don’t rise to reflect a regional form.  It was also used as a sign-off tag line of the 1930s US radio broadcaster Bradley Kincaid.
 
So, the argument goes on even today as to which is referred to in the expression -  does the “creek” refer to the Creek Indians or just a stream of water?  Since both arguments have merit you will have to decide for yourself.  The message of the saying is the same either way you interpret it.
 
 
Source:  World Wide Words – Michael Quinion
 
 

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American Pickers are Returning to Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Pickers the show is heading to Texas this December-January and they are looking for large private collections for the guys to dig through all day long. We'd love to spread the word in your area.
 
Phone number 1-855-OLD-RUST (1-855-653-7878), or email, which is AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.
 
Also, please note that Mike and Frank only pick private collections so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public. 
 
 
 
 

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Blue Santa Program


 

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

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Shelby County District Clerk moves files into storage unit


 

 

 

 

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Roberts Baptist Church Thanksgiving Services


 

 
The Robert Baptist Church will have a Thanksgiving dinner for those in the San Augustine area they will deliver or you can eat at the church it will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  For more information call 936-275-5420 or 936-275-9961.   
 
 
 
 

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Todd Spring Baptist Church 139th Anniversary


 

 

The Todd Spring Baptist Church will have 139th church anniversary service on Sunday, November 26th at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Wilbert Simmons Jr. is the Pastor.  Special guest will be rev. Frankie Cooper and the Gates Chapel Baptist.  Everyone is invited to attend.  
 
 

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Community Calendar 11-22-17


 

 

 

 

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Produce Drop this Morning at the Old CVS in Center


 

There will be a produce drop this morning 11-22-17 at the old cvs parking lot on Tenaha St. next to the Goodwill and Dollar Tree in Center, TX. 

 

 

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Free Movie in The Park


 

FREE Movie in The Park - "It's A Charlie Brown Christmas"! Starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday.  At the Logansport RiverStage!
 
Concessions will be sold by the Christmas On The Sabine Committee! All proceeds go to support the Logansport Christmas Lights!
 
 

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Lily of the Valley C.O.G.I.C Pastor & Wife's Service


 

Lilly of the Valley Church of God in Christ will have a celebration service fro Elder Cleon D. Williams Sr. and Missionary Lawanda Williams for 20 years of service.  The pastor and wife's appreciation is on Sunday December 3rd, at 3 p.m.  The speaker is Elder Haywood Henderson.  

 
 

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Medical Bake Sale for Whitney McDaniel


 

 

There will be a bake sale tomorrow to help with Medical Expenses for Whitney (Livingston) McDaniel. The sale will be Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 9 a.m. on the Napa Parking Lot.  If anyone would like to donate call Regina Danle 936-591-1822 or Catherine Livingston at 936-332-0060.
 
Letter From Catherine Livingston,
 
Brian was hit by a hit and run driver earlier in the year and was life flighted to Houston. Since then he has had numerous surgeries on his face and mouth. His most recent was knee surgery. He has not been able to work.  A few months ago Whitney found out that she has a tumor on her lower back and has to have surgery. With Blue Cross they have a very high deductible. Brian and Whitney paid to have the pre-op tests and now they have to raise the money to have the surgery.  Surgery is set for November 20th.  I know this sale is after the surgery but the help will be a blessing to help with medical expenses. Medical expenses have been great but we all know that God is Greater.
 
Thank you all in advance.
 
 
 
 
 

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Jubilee Days


 

Christmas Jubilee Days are coming up in historic downtown San Augustine November 30th - December 2nd. 

 

 

 

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Puppet Show at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library


 

 

 

 
 
 
 
NOVEMBER 2017 Best Sellers & New Arrivals:
 
Brown, Dan------------------Origin
Brown, Sandra--------------Seeing Red
Child, Lee--------------------The Midnight Line
Coben, Harlan--------------Don’t Let Go
Connelly, Michael----------Two Kinds of Truth
Cussler, Clive---------------Typhoon Fury
Egan, Jennifer--------------Manhattan Beach
Fink, Joseph-----------------It Devours!
Grisham, John--------------Rooster Bar
Hoffman, Alice--------------The Rules of Magic
Jakes, T. D.------------------Soar! Build Your Vision…
Lucado, Max-----------------Anxious for Nothing
Macomber, Debbie---------Merry and Bright
Sandford, John--------------Deep Freeze
 
Our Baker & Taylor Best Sellers Lease Collection is sponsored by Farmers State Bank.
 
 

 

 

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Abundant Love Ministries Holiday Schedule


 

In order to give families an abundance of time to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday, Abundant Love Ministries will adjust THIS WEEK weekly services as follows: Bible Study will be held on*TUESDAY,* NOV 21, @* 6:00 pm.*  There will be *NO* Wednesday night services.
 
 
 
 

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San Augustine Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting


 

There will be a San Augustine Chamber of Commerce membership meeting today at noon.  They would like to encourage everyone to attend.  Their program will be Damsel in Defense by Melinda Blanchett, Business of the month will be S W Construction with Shannon Wilburn and the Caterer of the month is Subway!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Blood Drive at Center Police Department


 

 

 

 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Done For the Season


 

 

Well folks we had a good season hope you will join us next season for the Don Wall Coaches show.  

 

 

 

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Panola Vs. DFW Prep Sports game postponed


 

Carthage, Texas - Due to a scheduling conflict the Panola College men's
basketball game against DFW Prep Sports has been moved to February 13th.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM at AJ Gym on the campus of Panola College.
 
 

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Panola men go 2-0 in Bossier Classic


 

 
 
Bossier City, LA – The Panola College men’s basketball team had a
successful weekend going 2-0 in the Bossier Classic help on the campus of
Bossier Parish Community College. Friday night Panola took down a talented
Houston Cy Fair squad and upended Louisiana Christian Saturday afternoon.
The 12th ranked Ponies improve their record to 6-1. “Going 2-0 on a neutral
floor is always a great way for us to springboard us into next weekend
Thanksgiving Classic at Angelina.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated.
 
 
Game One – Panola 86 – Cy Fair – 73
 
 
Panola came out sluggish and found themselves down by as many as 11 points
in the first half before trailing by one at halftime, 39-40. Stellar
defense in the second half helped propel the Ponies to an eventual 18 point
lead before taking the victory.
 
 
Five players scored in double-figures and were led by Marlon Taylor with 23
points. Tj Killings, Jeremy Roscoe, Alex Holcombe, and Tylan Dean all
recorded 12 points. Holcombe swatted five shots in the victory and chased
down a team high eight rebounds. As a team, Panola had a season low nine
turnovers.
 
 
Game two – Panola 76 – Louisiana Christian – 53
 
 
In a similar theme as game one, Panola found themselves down by as much as
eight points in the first half and down at halftime, 27-30. Up tempo
defense led to a 49 point second half and the 23 point victory.
 
 
Again, five players scored in double figures and were led by Taylor’s 14
points. Jeffery Boyd and Dean recorded 13 points while Holcombe recorded
10. Shandon Goldman recorded a double-double in the victory with 12 points
and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Ponies shot 78 percent from the free throw
line.
 
 
Panola will host DFW Prep Sports this upcoming Monday, November 20th.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM on in AJ Gym on the campus of Panola College.
 
 

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Mission Program


 

The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church will have its annual Mission Program on Sunday 26th at 3 p.m.  Rev. Larry Thorn, Pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church of Carthage will be the guest speaker.  Dinner will be served and everyone is invited.  

 
 

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Empty Stocking Fundraiser


 

The Empty Stocking fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, December 9th at the Center Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Cole Art Center Thanksgiving hours


 

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches will be open during a portion of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 
 
Cole Art Center will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 21 through 23. The gallery will be open during regular hours on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25. 
 
The downtown gallery will continue its new Sunday afternoon schedule and will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Exhibitions currently showing include “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” and “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France,” both of which are showing through Dec. 30.
 
 
 
 

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This and That


 

 

There is definitely one key player in a Thanksgiving meal — turkey! Other common dishes include dressing (stuffing), cranberry sauce and green bean casserole. However, the most popular Thanksgiving dessert varies depending on the state in which you are feasting. 
 
Google has put together statistics on the most-common dessert recipe searches broken down by state. 
 
To view the results, click here
 
For even more festive Thanksgiving recipes, click here.
 
 
 

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Students win top honors at American Advertising Federation-Houston Student Conference


 

 

 

 

The federation comprises professionals from advertising, marketing and communications disciplines. Students from SFA’s School of Art, Department of Management and Marketing, and Department of Mass Communication competed during the conference. 
 
SFA students Victor Henson, Houston junior, and Kourtney Williams, San Antonio senior, placed first. Joshua Robertson, Austin junior, placed second. Third-place finishers were seniors Amanda Campbell from Frisco and Jocelyn Paz from Houston, and junior Deon Egenti from Houston. 
 
Dozens of students from 13 universities competed and were divided into 12 teams. Each team was allotted eight hours to create a campaign, which included creative aspects, research, marketing and media plans, and a presentation.
 
 
 

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Wind Symphony to Perform at SFA


 

 

SFA’s Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band will present the program “Monuments” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Turner Auditorium.
 
The SFA Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the first half of the concert with Jack Stamp’s “Cenotaph,” which will be conducted by graduate student Brandon Beavers of Livingston.
 
The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform works by Clifton Williams, John Mackey and Michael Daugherty.
 
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
 
 

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Students teach nutrition through Cooking Matters program


 

 

 

 

 

For several SFA students and faculty and staff members, cooking matters. 
 
During the past six weeks, Justin Pelham, food, nutrition and dietetics clinical instructor at SFA, and students in his community nutrition courses have educated university faculty and staff members on nutrition and cooking healthy food on a budget through the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program. 
 
“As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals,” according to cookingmatters.org.
 
 

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SFA associate professor presents at Yale University


 

Dr. Heather Olson Beal, associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, was invited to present research at Yale University.
 
Olson Beal’s presentation, “A Case Study of Rural School Choice: A View from the Back Roads,” details school choice in rural areas with a focus on how teachers perceive school choice as an education reform policy option.
 
Dr. Mira Debs, executive director of Yale’s education studies program, invited Olson Beal to present after reading some of her scholarly articles and research.
 
“I know it might be silly because in many ways Yale is a university like many others. Yale students go to class, and Yale professors teach students just like we do here at SFA, but still, it felt special,” Olson Beal said. “There’s so much history there. It’s one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S. and one of only a few institutions that was chartered before the American Revolution.”
 
 

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Foundation supports Norton Museum field trip


 

 
A grant from the Panola College Foundation allowed 20 Panola College
students and their professors to visit the R.L. Norton Art Gallery in
Shreveport, La., on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Students enrolled in art,
photography, Spanish and humanities classes toured the museum and gardens
with professors Dr. Kathy Watlington, Amanda Clements, and Teresa Beasley.
 
Participating were Tarsheanna Bauer, Gabrielle Berry, Madison Buck, Destiny
Buffin, Melonie Caserta, Sheli Caserta, Evelyn Coleman, Brandon Castillo,
Daria Eremeeva, Ekaterina Karchevskaya, Jazmine Graves, Tyesha High,
Kayleigh Isbell, Nate Morris, Paola Rangel, Tyler Ryan, Mia Sartor, Sydnee
Taylor, Vanessa Tirado and Kierra Ware.
 
The Norton Museum, a gift to the city of Shreveport from the R.L. Norton
family, showcases paintings, drawings, and sculpture from American and
European artists, along with antique firearms, silver, posters from the war
years, and porcelain dolls representing historic figures from Louisiana and
the South.
 
The expansive gardens behind the museum offer an array of native plants and
trees, and includes outdoor sculptures, bridges and waterfalls. Thousands
of azaleas bloom in the spring, and during the autumn season, camellias and
fall foliage add color to the garden. The gardens serve more than an
ornamental purpose. The Norton Museum has an ongoing project to improve
honeybee habitat and food sources. The gardens are also home to a flock of
ducks and chickens, and goldfish swim in the decorative ponds.
 
“We have been fortunate to secure a grant from the Panola College
Foundation for several years,” said Teresa Beasley, photography and
humanities professor. “While we have traveled to Houston and Fort Worth in
the past, we have especially appreciated the opportunity to visit the R.L.
Norton Museum. It’s a fine museum close to home. The exhibits and grounds
are spectacular.”
 
A survey of participants revealed that all students appreciated the
opportunity to tour the museum. One response read, “Students may never be
exposed to these kinds of things without trips like these. I believe it
really broadens your knowledge of art just to walk around.”
 
 
 
Panola College students and faculty visited the R.L. Norton Art Gallery in
Shreveport, La., on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
 
 

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Shelby County Attorney Toy Drive


 

 

Shelby County Attorney Toy Drive is going on.  The Toy Drive needs donations of new, unwrapped toy for boys and girls ages 3 - 12.  Gary Rholes explained that his staff works with the Shelby County Schools to obtain names of deserving children.  The toys are then distributed by his office.  For more information call 936-598-6100.
 
 

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Unofficial Center School Board Meeting Minutes


 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Center Independent School District Administrative Office Building located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas 75935.
 
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum as Required for Canvassing Election
 
Matthew Mettauer called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. and declared a quorum. 
 
Present: Allison Johnson; Matthew Mettauer; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent
 
Absent: None
 
Visitors: Scott Flowers, Matthew Gregory, Greg Hubbard and Katina Hubbard
 
2. Canvas Election Results of November 7, 2017
 
Allison Johnson and Matthew canvassed the results from the special school board election held on November 7, 2017 and certified the results as Greg Hubbard received 231 votes, Shannon Denby received 148 votes and Kris Kirby received 75 votes.
 
A motion was made by Mathew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to certify the canvassing report as correct and declared Greg Hubbard duly elected to the Center ISD Board for the unexpired one year term. 
 
3. Oath of Office
 
Joyce Permenter administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected Board member: Greg Hubbard.
 
4. Statement of Elected Officer
 
Greg Hubbard was administered the Statement of Elected Officer by Joyce Permenter. 
 
5. Adjournment
 
A motion was made by Allison Johnson, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 a.m.
 
The motion carried 3-0.
 
 

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Kinesiology students to offer free fitness testing


 

SFA’s Human Performance Lab in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is offering free health-related physical fitness testing to the university and Nacogdoches communities as a part of a service-learning project for kinesiology majors.
 
The fitness testing will take place between 7 and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Human Performance Lab, located in the Education Annex, Room 112. Testing will include assessments of cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and musculoskeletal fitness, and is available to healthy adults who pass a pre-participation activity screening.
 
For more information and to sign up for available times, contact Dr. Dustin Joubert, assistant professor, at joubertd@sfasu.edu.
 
 

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TAGHS Hears About Fiddlin' Jim Pate at November Meeting


 

 
An ad appeared in the January 17, 1930 edition of The Timpson Times announcing that Bussey's Drug Store had received the new Fiddlin' Jim Pate record. The ad went on to say that “Jim Pate is an old-time fiddler, lives in the Arcadia Community, just south of Timpson.”  Though few in Shelby County remember Mr. Pate's recording career, his records are prized by collectors of early country music and digital recordings are available on the internet. In a effort to learn more about Fiddlin' Jim Pate, the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society viewed old photographs and newspaper clipping, heard from his grand and great-grandson, and listened to some of his recordings at their November 15 monthly meeting.
 
Throughout human history, the only way to hear music was to be in the presence of the musician until Thomas A. Edison invented the phonograph in1877. Just as language was learned from hearing others speak, music was learned by hearing others play, and that created local dialects and accents in language and styles of music. For example, even though the “Cajuns” of South Louisiana live only a relatively short distance from Texas, their accents and music are very different. “Texas-style Fiddling”, of which Fiddlin' Jim Pate was a master, developed in the same way. 
 
Though musical performances had been recorded since the earliest days of the phonograph, record companies considered country music too unsophisticated to be commercially viable.  Music historians generally cite the recordings done by then 35 year old Texan Eck Robertson and partner Henry C. Gilliland for Victor records on June 30, 1922 as the first country music ever recorded. Though their recordings of “Sallie Gooden” and “Arkansas Traveller” were released in September of 1922, they were not in wide circulation until April of 1923. The person responsible for boosting their popularity in 1923 was Fiddlin' John Carson.
 
Born in Georgia in 1869, Fiddlin' John Carson had long been a fixture at old-time fiddling contests in the South when, in 1923, he recorded “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” and “ The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Gonna Crow” for Okeh Records. Doubting that the record would be successful, Okeh pressed only 500 copies, but it was an immediate hit and the first pressing sold out in days.  Record companies now realized their error in avoiding country music and began scouring the South for country musicians. One of those discovered was East Texan Jim Pate.
 
Born August 8, 1867, James Rankin Pate was, like Eck Robertson, the son of a Confederate veteran. A resident of Shelby and Nacogdoches Counties, Jim Pate was a master of old-time Texas style fiddling and a frequent winner of the old-time fiddling contest at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport. A clipping from the October 29, 1922 Shrevport Times, supplied by Jim Pate III, features a photograph of the contestants and the first place winner, Jim Pate of Timpson. According to James Pate of Chireno, Texas,  his grandfather won the contest so many times the organizers told him not to come back.   
 
The article erroneously states that Jim Pate was 80 at the time, though he would have actually been 55. It is noteworthy that Mr. J. F. Gary, also of Timpson, placed fourth.
 
 
Jim Pate III, Tad Bailey, James Pate
 
Jim Pate III shared that his great-grandfather, Jim Pate, and his grandfather, Tom Pate, boarded a train in Nacogdoches bound for Dallas in October of 1929, where, at the invitation of Captain James Bonner, himself a renowned Texas fiddler and Victor recording artist, they made a record. Accompanied by his son Tom on guitar, Fiddlin' Jim Pate recorded “Texas Farewell” and “Prisoner Boy”. 
 
Jim Pate III revealed that he has been in contact with Tony Russell, a historian of American country music in London, England who knows of  Fiddlin' Jim Pate and owns a copy of the record. Mr. Russell says “I own a copy of his record, which is a treasure. I know other collectors of old-time 78's also have a high regard for your great-grandfather's fiddling. It's a greaat pity he was not asked to make further recordings”. 
 
 
 
Mr. Russell has researched the Victor record files, establishing that the record sold 3591 copies, which was about average for a new artist but not enough to merit a second record. Fiddlin' Jim continued to play for the rest of his life but never recorded again. He died in 1935 at the age of 68 and is buried in Chireno.
 
 
Though his recordings were not big hits and his name is hardly a household word today, Fiddlin' Jim Pate was a contemporary and the artistic equal of others who are better known. He worked in the first decade of recorded country music and, as evidenced by Tony Russell's comments, historians and collectors in other parts of the world know of and prize his records.   
 
 
 
 

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Happenings in San Augustine


 

City of San Augustine --Thanksgiving Holidays, November 23-24
 
 
Home Coming and Sugar Plums Christmas Parade-December 1   
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Closes for Thanksgiving


 

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will be closed November 21st - 25th for the Thanksgiving holidays.  They will re-open on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 10 a.m.  Take a few moments to reflect on the good things in your life and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
 
 
 
 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society


 

The PWPS will be holding the regular monthly meeting this Saturday, 11/18/17, at the first United Methodist church on Porter St. in Center,Tx. , 9:00 am -12:00 pm. The monthly challenge is “Landscape”and the workshop will be “Shutter Speed Creatively “
 
The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.
 
Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member. 
 
For more information contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 or any PWPS member. 
 
 
 

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Football Scores


 

 
Timpson Bears 57
 
Hull-Daisetta 36
 
 
Tenaha 74
 
Colmesneil 0
 
 
 

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Blood Drive at Gaddy's Medical


 

There will be a blood drive at Gaddy's Medical Equipment and Supplies on Monday, November 27

between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  They will be set up in the Parking Lot.  For more information contact Rachel Pope at 936-590-4464.  
 
ALL who Donate Will Receive FREE HOODIE!
 
 
 
 
 

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The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center Toy Drive


 

 

 

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is announcing the start of our annual Toy Drive. We are excited to have this chance to brighten the lives of children who have experienced abuse or trauma, but we know this is only possible through the generosity of our community. This year we will have tags for each child in need that will specify age and interests. You can pick up a tag at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, and then return your donation to us by December 8. If you would like more information about specific needs, please call us at 936-590-9864. Thank you for joining with us to share kindness and joy with these children.

 
 
 
 

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Timpson Parade


 

 

Timpson Parade on the Square on Decemeber 2nd at 11 a.m.  The parade lineup will start at 10 a.m.  Anyone wanting to participate can call Charleston Johnson at 936-254-4989.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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JCC Conference


 

Approxmiately 150 Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Ambassador students attended the Annual JCC Fall Conference on November 9th and the Windham Civic Center. Allison Sanford was this year’s Chairman.  This year’s theme was Shelby County: Strong Roots, New Leaves.  Mr. Bill O’Neal, Texas State Historian, gave the students a very interesting and enlightening history lesson on Shelby County.  He stressed that you cannot know who you are nor where you are going until you know who you are, and your heritage.  Emily Shoop, a 2012 Center High School graduate student who attended Texas A&M, worked in Houston and has recently returned home to live and work also spoke to the students.  She stressed the importance of school and community involvement.  She also spoke about how Shelby County supported her through her life, and now she is looking forward to giving back.
 
Students from the Marleta Chadwick Financial Advisors School of Business at SFA led two sessions: Time Management, Organization and Goal Setting; and Budgeting.  These sessions were very hands on and interactive, and well received by the JCC group.
 
State Representative, Chris Paddie was the Keynote Speaker. He touched on many topics including: how the Texas Government process works, the importance of school and community involvement, the importance of finding your passion(s) and taking leadership roles, the importance of education at all levels, and more. 
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the special speakers who made the Conference a success.  The Chamber would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
 
Gold Sponsor, Cobb-Vantress- Timberlake Farm; Silver Sponsor, JTK Management, Inc; Friends of the Junior Chamber of Commerce: Don Wheeler, Attorney, Ultra, Inc., Shelby County Cruisers, General Shelters of Texas, Nacogdoches Dental, Center Glass, Thomas R. McLeroy, Jr., Mathews Real Estate and Automotive Collision Repair Specialist.   Thank you to Rose Specter and her staff at Endless Possibilities for providing the delicious lunch.  Also, thank you to all the area school sponsors for their time and commitment to these students and the JCC/YA program.
 
 
 

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Pine Grove Bake Off Results


 

The Pine Grove Bake Off was held today 11-15-17 at the Pine Grove Nursing Center.  They had a wonderful turnout for our Thanksgiving Party/Dessert Bake Off Competition here at Pine Grove Nursing Center!  They had 27 dessert entries with 3 categories. 

 

For the Pie category Hazel Mckinzie won 1st place.  2nd place went to Kay DeSoto, and 3rd place was Kim Bridges. 

 

 

1st Place Pie Hazel Mckinze

 

 

 

2nd Place Pie Kay DeSoto

 

 

3rd Place Pie Kim Bridges

 

 

In the cake category Edie Miller and Jana Hagler won 1st place.  Kiesha Curtis won 2nd place and 3rd place went to Kay DeSoto. 

 

 

1st Place Cake Edie Miller

 

 

"2nd Place Cake Kiesha Curtis was not present"

 

 

 

3rd Place Cake Kay DeSoto

 

 

In the "other dessert" category Lisa Miller won 1st place.  Linda Rushing won 2nd place and Lellie Baty won 3rd. 

 

"1st Place Other Lisa Miller was not present"

 

 

 

2nd Place Other Linda Rushing

 

 

 

 

3rd Place Other Lellie Baty

 

 

The Best in show went to Mr. Frankie DeSoto for his brownies.  

 

 

Best in Show Frankie DeSoto

 

All the desserts were delicious and Pine Grove appreciates everyone one that entered the competition and came. 

 

Pine Grove would like to thank judges, Renee' Bridges, Keith Byndom, Jerry Lathan, and Joyce Lathan.  Justin Mott with Center broadcasting Company was a guest judge.  Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Pine Grove Nursing Center!

 

 

Judges: Renee' Bridges, Keith Byndom, Jerry Lathan, Joyce Lathan and, Justin Mott

 

 

Below is video coverage of the awards.  

 

 

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Senior Nutrition Site Thanksgiving Dinner


 

 
 
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Nutrition Site in Center on Thanksgiving day.  They are seeking donations and volunteers to serve food.  The meal will be served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to go others.  For more information or to volunteer call 936-598-7768.
 
 
 

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Thanksgiving Meal at Spann Chapel


 

Spann Chapel will be having a Thanksgiving meal Sunday morning.  Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy worshiping the Lord and enjoy some great food afterwards!!  Sunday school starts at 10 a.m.  Sunday service starts at 10:45 a.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Empty Stocking Fundraiser


 

The Empty Stocking Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, December 9th at the Center Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
 
 
 

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Thanksgiving Service


 

Annual Community Thanksgiving Service is this Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. at the New Life Church. This is a community event involving many of the local area churches and ministers, and is open to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

 
 
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday November 20th,  2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by Denise Merriman of the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center.  Each year for our November meeting members have brought gifts for the children and teenagers who are served by the Center.  So, members please remember to bring a gift or donation.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 

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East Texas Fades Grand Opening Saturday


 

East Texas Fadz barber shop will have their grand opening this Saturday at 12 noon in Tenaha, TX.  They are located at 410 N Center St. Tenaha.  

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

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VFW Post 8904's Hume addresses Veteran's Day at Center Garden Club


 

 
Larry Hume of VFW Post 8904 spoke to the members of Center Garden Club on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in advance of Veteran’s Day observance on Saturday, October 10, 2017. Center Garden Club observes Veteran’s Day each year in front of the Blue Star Memorial placed by the club in front of the Center Garden Club at the Community Center on Nacogdoches Street.
 
Mr. Hume informed the group that 100 years ago, the United States was involved in World War I which officially ended on November 11, 2017. He noted the following Center, Texas men who died in this conflict: Norfleet Armstrong, October 28, 1918; Clyde Chance, October 12, 1918; Norman Crocker, January 24, 2017; Louis Franklin, July 26, 1918; Irving Hunter, October 10, 1918; Fred Lindsey, November 2, 1918; Robert Ramsey, September 14, 1918; Robert Ramsey, September 14, 1918; Alexander Ramsey, November 2, 1918; John Stanton, August 4, 1917; Wilburn Taylor, November 28, 2017; John Yeary, October 8, 1918; and George M. Yates, March 19, 1919 – died after the war of disease, in France – still a casualty of the war.
 
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. What we see today is a program that has expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers were added to the Highway Markers, to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens. 
 
 
 

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Holiday Mail for Heroes at Timpson ISD


 

The Family and Consumer Sciences and Art classes at Timpson High School recently participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes project. Students wrote messages to the military that will be delivered during the holiday season. Local veterans judged the messages and chose the top ten that were then narrowed down to first, second and third place winners. The winners were 1st place-Connor LaVoie, 2nd place-Jaycee Campbell, and 3rd place-Madenline Binning. The messages are included below. 
 
1st place-Connor LaVoie
 
Dear Service Member,
 
I would like to wish you happy holidays! Thank you for defending our country. I pray that you will be safe and succeed in your mission. I understand that war is a scary thing, so I also pray that God will be with you and that you know that you are being protected. I hope that you will come home to family and friends unharmed and maybe even in time for the holidays. Again, thank you for your service. We are all praying for you.
 
2nd place-Jaycee Campbell
 
Dear Service Member,
 
Just saying “thank you” isn’t enough for your sacrifice and dedication. So I’m sending prayers, hugs and well wishes to you for the holidays. Your bravery and service is more than we can ask for. Words can’t explain how important your service is to our country. We are praying that God watches over you and your family. Our nation is honored to have you serving and we want you to know that we love you!
 
3rd place-Madenline Binning
 
Dear Service Members,
 
I would like to take the time to say thank you for your courage and dedication to our country. I am happy to say that in this card you will find my love and gratitude for the holiday season. I hope you all get to find your way home to be with friends and family. Know that we love you and there is not a day that goes by that you are not in our hearts. I am so grateful for the sacrifice that you give for me. May God bless you, keep you safe, and bring you lots of joy. Most importantly, let him bring you home for the laughter this holiday season will bring.
 

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Operation Christmas Child


 

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry branch of Samaritan’s Purse founded by Franklin Graham.  Boxes are filled with items for specific age groups and genders and then are distributed worldwide to children who otherwise wouldn’t have Christmas.  It is also an opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with these children who might otherwise not hear the Good News.
 
If you need an empty box to fill and a list of suggested items to enclose feel free to stop by the church office and we can get one for you
 
Listed below are the hours we will be accepting boxes at First Baptist:
 
 
 

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Pineywoods Board of Realtors Food Drive


 

The local real estate companies in Shelby County do a food drive every year where we gather non-perishable foods and donate to Shelby County Outreach just before the Holidays. We are so very grateful for any and all donations given by our community. You can drop off at any of the local real estate offices, Town & Country Real Estate, Century 21, Matthews Realty, Steptoe Realty in Center, and Double TT in Timpson. We will be taking donations until November 20th. Please be sure to donate any non-perishable food item at any drop off location listed above. Thank you again from Pineywoods board of Realtors!!

 
 

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Miss Merry Christmas Pageant


 

Don’t miss out on the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant! Numbers are LOW and we don’t want to have to cancel. The deadline to pay a deposit to enter will be Friday to ensure all contestants receive awards. All you need to compete is Christmas Wear or Winter Wear and can be anything from dresses to pant suits. Contact Tonya Bailey is your interested to insure a spot. 935-590-0120 or Facebook Baileys Pageant. You can also go by M&M Insurance on the hill across from McDonald's on Hurst Street in Center. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Center FFA to Talk on KDET This Evening


 

Members from the Center High School FFA will talk about Ag issues this evening 11-15-17 on KDET 930 AM radio at 5:45 p.m.  so tune in.  

 

 

 

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Gibsons Truck Pull 2017 Thank You Letter


 
Gibsons is honored to announce the success of the 2017 Truck Pull in support of the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center.
 
With the help of community teams (business and individuals), local donations and Gibsons match, they were able to raise a total of $10,530.00
 
At Gibsons, we believe in giving back and are proud to support SCCAC an organizations that is improving our communities awareness of child abuse as well  as helping the emotional and physical healing of child abuse victims in our community.
 
Gibsons would like to express their appreciation to all the team members along with the businesses that made this 2017 Truck Pull a huge success.  We hope to make 2018's Truck Pull even bigger and better!
 
 
 
Pictured left to right:   
       
(SCCAC) Jade Miller, Valerie Warren, Marlene Hernandez, Denise Merriman, Sarah Shires, 
 
(Gibsons) Lenny Dupuis, Bobby Head, and Denise Mathews
 
 

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Kids 4 Christ


 

 

The First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin will have Children's Church on Wednesday nights from 7 - 8 p.m. King Solomon visits with the kids, they have worship, games and crafts and offer transportation if needed for more information call: 936-332-1409.
 
 
 

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Center Little Dribblers Sign Up Day


 

Thursday, November 16
All from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
At the Center Middle School Cafeteria
 
Cost is $50 for Basketball (Ages 4-12)
 
(Includes jersey, insurance, trophy, and all fees)
 
All children are eligible to play as long as they were born between August
2005 and August 2013. A copy of the birth certificate is needed. Anyone
interested in Coaching or Volunteering, please fill out the section on the
sign up form.
See You There
 
For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreation
Director at 936/590-7196
 

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Fight Hunger in East Texas Whataburger Canned Food Drive


 

Fight hunger in East Texas on Wednesday November 15th, 2017 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Center What-a-Burger by bringing canned food, and receive a free What-a-burger.  You must bring at least two cans to get the burger.  

 

 

 

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A Night of Worship


 

A Night of Worship the musician apprecation musical is coming up November 18th at 6 p.m. at the House of Refuge in Center.  
 
The event will honor:
 
Min. Jason Tucker
 
Jamonie Nash
 
Deuce Daniels
 
 

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Rocky Mount Baptist Church Pastor & Wife Anniversary Service


 

 
Pastor's and Wife's 2nd Anniversary Service at the Rocky Mount Baptist Church in San Augustine on November 26th at 3:00 p.m.  Rev. Daniel Holmand from the New Jerusalem Baptist Church will deliver the message. 
 
 

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Tenaha Sports Update


 

BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFF IS SET!
 
The Tenaha Tigers will open the chase for the 2017 State Championship on Thursday, November 16th vs Colmesneil. The game will be in Shelbyville at 7:00PM
 
Also, the Tiger JH Basketball teams will open the season Thursday in Shelbyville at 4:30 in both Dragon gyms.
 
Stay tuned for gate information as well as any possible changes to the JH schedule.
 
 

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Center Football Promo


 

 

 

 

 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Promo


 

 

 

 

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Center PD Wreath Raffle


 

There is still time to purchase tickets for the Christmas wreath.  Tickets can be purchased for $1 at the Center Police Department. The drawing for it will be held after Center's Christmas Parade, December 2nd.  For more information call the Center PD at 936-598-2788.  
 
 
 

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The Band Paul's Journey will be Visiting Our Area


 

 
 
Entertaining, uplifting, and ministry-minded” are words often used to describe a Paul’s Journey event.  Paul’s Journey, a Chapel Valley Music Recording Artist on the “Inspire” label, is an award-winning group based in Houston, TX.  The ministry of Paul’s Journey is in its 38th year now, and they have garnered many Top 40 Radio hits and earned many awards down through the years such as the 2007 ‘SGM FanFair Group of the Year”.  In 2012 Paul’s Journey was nominated for “Horizon Group of The Year and in 2013, 2014, and 2015 the group was chosen by Southern Gospel Music fans as one of the “Top New Traditional Quartets” in the country.  Throughout time, this powerhouse group has quickly become known for their unique style and blend.  The group travels some 200 dates per year all across the USA and abroad.
 
Paul’s Journey is comprised of Rod Treme, Matthew Esquivel, Brad Davis, and Jamie Streetman.  From up-tempo songs to heart-felt ballads, audiences of all generations, denominations and walks of life are recognizing the refreshing sound of Paul’s Journey.  Their high-energy performances and enthusiasm is captivating, contagious, and spiritually uplifting.
 
Do NOT miss this opportunity to experience the ministry of Paul’s Journey on Friday, Dec. 8th at 7:00 PM.  They will be performing at Toledo Bend Cowboy Church, located at 2543 FM 3172, in Huxley, TX.  The concert will be preceded by a Covered Dish Dinner at 6:00 PM at the church.  For more information regarding this performance, feel free to contact Lynda Huebel at 936-368-2547 or Bro. Jeff Spring at 936-488-9091. 
 
For more information about Paul’s Journey or their ministry, check them out at www.paulsjourneymusic.com or contact The Victory Agency at 936-689-1732. 
 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming:

 

Sunday,November 19 @ 10:55 AM
Martinsville Baptist Church
10892 N. FM 95
Nacogdoches TX 75961
936-552-7884
 
Friday,December 8 @ 7:00 PM
Toledo Bend Cowboy Church
2543 FM 3152
Shelbyville, TX 75973
936-368-7252
 
 

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Center FFA is Headed to Area at SFA


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center High School FFA team is heading to SFA for the area contest tomorrow Tuesday, November 14th, 2017.  Go riders.

 

 

 

 
 

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Children's Advocacy Center Raffle Fundraiser


 

WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN!
 
PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS TO
 
WIN! WIN! WIN!
 
A RUSTIC VANITY SET
 
LOCALLY MADE AND
 
DONATED BY
 
LDW WOODWORK'S
 
OWNER: DAVID WHITTON
 
JOAQUIN, TX
 
ALL PROCEEDS TO GO TO THE
 
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER
 
TO HELP WITH CHRISTMAS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED
 
TICKETS $2 EACH OR 3 FOR $5
 
DRAWING TO BE HELD
 
DECEMBER 18TH
 
MAY BE PURCHASED INSIDE EAST TEXAS AWARDS & ENGRAVING
 
If you could run something on it we would appreciate it very much. If not we do understand. Thank you and have a blessed day!
 
 
 

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Football Scores


 

 
Joaquin 55
 
Cushing 6
 
 
Tenaha 40
 
Timpson 6
 
 
Shelbyville 18
 
Alto 52
 
 
San Augustine 20
 
Carlisle 7
 
 

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Football Schedules


 

 

Texas High School Football Bi-District Playoffs
Class 4A, Div. 1
Center vs. Silsbee
7 :30 p.m. Friday
Nacogdoches Dragon Stadium
Tickets sold at the stadium, only. $6 adults, $4 students
 
Class 2A, Div. 1
Joaquin vs. Centerville
7:30 p.m. Friday
Tyler All Saints
San Augustine vs. Deweyville
7:30 p.m. Friday
C.A. “Butch” Thomas Support Center Field, Beaumont
 
Class 2A, Div. 2
Tenaha vs. Colmesneil
 7 p.m. Thursday
 Shelbyville Dragon Stadium
Timpson vs. Hull-Daisetta 
7 p.m. Thursday
Diboll Lumberjack Stadium
 
Class 3A, Div. 2
Garrison vs. Elysian Fields
 7:30 p.m. Friday
 Spring Hill Panther Stadium in Longview
 
Louisiana High School Football Playoffs-2nd Round
Logansport at Homer
TBD
 
 

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James Antioch Community Center Meeting


 

The James Antioch Community will have their November meeting on Saturday,
November 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the James Antioch Community Building.
Bring a covered dish filled with something good and be prepared to stay and
visit or play a game or two.  Hope to see everyone for a good evening of
fellowship.
 
Ellen Manning  598-3081
 
 

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TAGHS to Hear About Fiddlin' Jim Pate at November Meeting


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
An ad appeared in the Jan. 17, 1930 edition of The Timpson Times announcing that Bussey's Drug Store had received the new Fiddlin' Jim Pate record. The ad went on to say that “Jim Pate is an old-time fiddler, lives in the Arcadia Community, just south of Timpson.”  Though few in Shelby County remember Mr. Pate's recording career, his records are prized by collectors of early country music and digital recordings are available on the internet. The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society invites the public to learn more about Fiddlin' Jim Pate and hear some of his music at their November 15 meeting at 2PM in the meeting room behind the  Timpson Public Library on the corner of  Austin and Bremond Streets in Timpson.
 
 

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Nacogdoches Chamber offers Member Success Orientation on Nov. 16


 

NACOGDOCHES, TX - Members of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce have the  opportunity to learn all of the membership benefits that can build better businesses at the Member Success Orientation, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 at the chamber, 2516 North. St.
 
"Get to this meeting to fully understand the value of chamber membership," said Scott Waller, chairman of the chamber board of directors. "Members are able to increase their connections and expand their influence in the community and SFASU. Needed resources and strong advocacy are accessible through the chamber. Many of our members need to understand the tools the chamber offers and how to use them to achieve a higher level of success."
 
In addition to discussing the opportunities the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce provides to all members, a new mentoring program will be introduced.
 
Waller said that "having an experienced Chamber member team up with a new member is an idea that makes sense. Communication lines are open for new members to better understand the benefits available to them in the Chamber, and for the Chamber to better understand the needs of each business. We can learn from each other to create a better chamber." 
 
Current Nacogdoches County Chamber members are invited to attend the orientation as well as those in business considering chamber membership. There is no charge to attend and lunch is included. Registration is requested by calling the chamber at 936-560-5533.
 
 
 
Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Scott Waller,
President/CEO Wayne Mitchell and Vice Chair Membership Services Claire
Robbins invite all chamber members and those considering joining the
chamber's membership to attend the first Member Success Orientation on Nov.
 
 
 
 
16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Nacogdoches County Chamber, 2516 North St.
 
 

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Pine Grove Dessert Bake Off


 

Please join us at Pine Grove Nursing Center on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 2pm-4pm to celebrate Thanksgiving and for our first Annual Dessert “Bake Off” Competition!  Come and enjoy the fun or if you are interested in entering a dessert in the competition please call Jam or Kim at 936-598-6286.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa's Christmas Parade


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2017 parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The theme for the parade this year is ”A Texas Christmas”. The Presenting Sponsor for this year’s parade is Shelby Savings Bank.
 
Categories for the 2017 “A Texas Christmas” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.
 
Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
 
Parade Float applications with entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at www.shelbycountychamber.com.  
 
In keeping with the established holiday tradition, this year’s parade guarantees a time of grand celebration with fun and excitement for everyone. The parade will feature a special Grand Marshal, sponsored by Chris Paddie, holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus.  The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.  Silver Sponsors are Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc., and Tyson Foods.
 
 
 

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Thanksgiving Service


 

 

Annual Community Thanksgiving Service is this Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. at the New Life Church. This is a community event involving many of the local area churches and ministers, and is open to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

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Panola College theater students excel at festival


 

 

 
 
Six Panola College theater students won awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) at Angelo State University on Oct. 27. These include Allyssa Woods and Maelbi Caeldron, both for Meritorious Achievement in dramaturgy; and Lacie Sepulvado for Meritorious Achievement in Costume Design.
 
Three actors won the Irene Ryan Acting Award: Nathaniel Endsley, Sarah Funderburk and Katt Smith.  “Only six Meritorious Achievement awards were given at the State Festival, and Panola College students garnered three of them,” said Karen King, Panola College Drama Professor.
 
The Panola cast and crew presented “Flyer,” a play written by Kate Aspengren. The story is based on the Mercury 13 women who passed the physical examinations developed for NASA’s astronaut selection process. The majority of the action takes place in the early 1960’s in and around the Lovelace Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lovelace’s Woman in Space Program was a short-lived, privately funded project testing women pilots for astronaut fitness in the early 1960’s. Although nothing concrete resulted, the women who participated have since been recognized as trailblazers, whose ambitions to fly the newest and the fastest craft led them to be among the first American women to gain access to sophisticated aerospace medical tests.
 
The Kennedy Center American College Theater is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
 
Cast included Sarah Funderburk, Katt Smith, Zach Holmes, Jasmine Ryan, Nathaniel Endsley, Yancy Flores, Tailer Chong, Ashlynn Stamps, Julian Johnson, Kayla Brimer, Emmalee Tomaszewski, Jessica Bailey, Edward McMillian, Kayla Featherston, Quay Rice, Joseph Allred, Big Mak Lindsey, Angel Hubble and Dustin Bennett.
Crew included Allyssa Woods, Maelbi Calderon, Big Mak Lindsey, Kassandra Escobar, Enoiola Sogsbean, Kacie Sepulvado, Lacie Sepulvado, Julia Prewitt, Brandon Castillo, KeKe Woodson, Glitch Smith, Christina Patterson, Kennedy Udumukwu, Leonard Maxwell, and Katy Chance.
 
 
 Award winners include, from left, Maelbi Calderon, Allyssa Woods, Lacie Sepulvado, Nathaniel Endsley and Sarah Funderburk. (Not pictured: Katt Smith.)

 

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Center Garden Club Meeting


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday November 8th, 2017 the Center Garden Club meet for their monthly meeting at the Community Rock House building in Center.  Pam Sykes gave a lecture about trees and their medicinal purposes to the Center Garden Club.
 
 
Pam Sykes
 
Sykes talked about the vaule of trees and went into detail on the use of Pine, Dogwood, Willow, Rebud, Fringe Tree, Southern Magnolia, Mimosa, and Parsely Hawthorn trees.  The Center Garden Club also discussed planting a tree behind the Community Rock House building for Arbor day.  
 
 
 
 

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Praise 2017 Thank You Letter


 

 

Hey everyone.  We would like to acknowledge each of you for all you do to
support Shelby County Outreach Ministries at PRAISE 2017.  We are hoping a
representative can be there tomorrow night at the Windham Civic Center at 6
pm.  God Bless!
 

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Joaquin Christmas Festival


 
 
 November 18, 2017 on the downtown Joaquin, Texas   (On the Square)
 
• Parade - 1 o’clock -Grand Marshall- Margie Anderson 
• Car show, Bike show, Sign in starts at 10:00 AM.(Trophies by Skippy) Entry Fee $20.00 Donation 
• Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance.
•  Famous Train will be there for the kids to ride(Conductor Rocky)
• Games for the kids- Bounce Houses
• Goody bags for the kids 
• Raffle & Auction items (ETCG) Boys & Girls Bicycles, 32 Inch TV, Wagon filled with food and toys. These are just a few of the Raffle items. Tickets $1.00 each.
• Vendors(Christmas Shopping)
• Food Vendors
• Live music
• Christmas Festival Raffle -Remington Shotgun
• All proceeds from ETCG’s event go to Gail Samford Joaquin 
• Christian Services. It’s all for the kids!
• We ask that everyone please bring a new unwrapped toy, canned goods, or both. We also accept cash donations for the Toy Drive/Food Drive.
 
Nancy Stevens Contact for ETCG Toy Drive, 936-269-3360
Marsha Barnett Contact for Christmas Festival, 936-332-8813
 

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Timpson Band Director Interview


 

 

 

 

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Annual Ushers Day Program


 

Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church will have their Annual Ushers Day program on Sunday, November 19th at 3 p.m. with special guest speaker Rev. Cedric O. Grace.

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Panola men defeat LSUA, 75-63


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carthage, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated LSUA-JV
here Thursday night, 75-63. The victory improves the Ponies record to 2-1.
“We were just OK tonight. We had really good moments and really bad
moments. Overall, we just have to improve.” Stated head coach Grant
McMillan.
 
 
Panola came out hot in the first half taking an early 9-0 lead. LSUA cut
the lead to 5, 29-24 but never got any closer. The Ponies took a 35-26
halftime lead. The second half Panola gradually increased their lead to 21
points before taking the 12 point victory.
 
 
Four players were in double figures and were led by Jeremy Roscoe with 18.
TJ Killings, Marlon Taylor, and Juwan Williams all pitched in with 10
points. Alex Holcombe recorded 9 blocks in the game.
 
 
Panola hosts Houston Community College the upcoming Saturday, November 11th.
Tip-off is set for 5:00 PM in AJ Gym on the campus of Panola College.
 
 
Jeremy Roscoe 
 

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Timpson Lady Bear Volleyball Team Interview:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

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3 Joaquin Twirlers are Going to State


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Joaquin Ram Twirlers are going to state in May Sarah Ewing, Michalla Byrd, and Arianna Rogers.

 

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Ewing, Michalla Byrd, and Arianna Rogers

 

 

 

 
 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office - Halloween Event


 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to share one of our recent events.  On
October 31, 2017, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office hosted a day of fun for
DeSoto Parish Special needs students.  Several times a year DeSoto Parish
Sheriff's Office brings special needs students from each school in the
Parish together at our training center for music, dancing, arts, kickball,
crafts, and food.  This is a coordinated effort between DeSoto Parish
School's, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, and The Circle of Hope non-profit
organization.   There are many special needs individuals across DeSoto
Parish that enjoy the company of others but are often overlooked.  Sheriff
Arbuckle and the staff of the Sheriff's Office are committed to this cause
and make every effort to visit the group homes, deliver Christmas presents,
and support numerous other events.  Those events include things such as hay
rides, Easter egg hunts, and Mardi Gras dances.  Our average attendance for
an event such as this is between 80-100 special needs friends.  There is
nothing more rewarding than a smile or hug from one of our friends.  We are
thankful for our partner relationships that allow us be part of something
bigger than ourselves.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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FFA Results: Pineywoods District Contest and Alba Golden Invitational Contest


 

Center FFA had a great day at district contest Tuesday.  The FFA Chapter
carried 13 teams to competition with over 30 different schools.  We had
four teams advance to area competition and seven teams bannered or placed
in the top four schools in their competition.
 
Out of those 30 schools, Center was awarded the Second Place Sweepstakes
award, which means we were the second best school in the district.
 
Teams advancing to area competition are (placing either 1st or 2nd):
 
Public Relations placing 2nd:  Jaylee Sims, Carsen Vickers, and Kelsey Adair
Agriculture Issues Forum placing 2nd: Kaitland Anderson, Anthony Salas,
Emma Locke, and Zoie Eberenz
Greenhand Quiz placing 2nd: Michael Myers, Cade Meamber, Jeremiah Gregg,
and Jase Bird (individual placings were 3rd Cade Meamber and 4th Michael
Myers)
Sr. Creed Speaking placing 2nd:  Maddie Russell
 
Teams that were awarded banners included (placing at least 4th):
 
Greenhand Skills placing 3rd: Garren Dubea, Hunter Carroll, Hunter Rowland,
and Hayleigh Smith
Agriculture Advocacy placing 4th: Mallory Fausett, Maddie Russell, Kalei
LaRock, and Madison Kirby
Greenhand Chapter Conducting placing 4th: Jase Bird, Kennedy Bush, Jeremiah
Gregg, Cade Meamber, Michael Myers, Corben Odem
 
Other Team placings:
 
Sr. Skills placing 5th: Raimi Phillips, Bethany Kaluza, Taylor Burch, and
Kelsey Strong
Job Interview placing 5th:  Makayla Mayo
Sr. Chapter Conducting placing 6th: Kelsey Adair, Kaitland Anderson, Reanna
Arndt, Colton Crawford, Madison Kirby, and Makayla Mayo
Sr. Quiz placing 7th: Gracie Clifton, Kelsey Strong, Zoie Eberenz, and Tori
Rameriz
Greenhand Creed Speaking 8th place:  Garren Dubea
Radio Broadcasting placing 12th: Emma Locke, Logan Holloway, and Kaden
LaRock
 
*Good luck to those teams heading to area competition next week Tuesday
November 14th at Stephen F. Austin State University.?*
 

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Veteran's Day Programs


 

 
Shelbyville ISD Veterans' Day Program at 9 a.m. on Friday in the Cafetorum.  3rd Grade
 
Tenaha ISD Veterans' Day Program 9 a.m. on Friday in the Cafetorum.
 
Timpson ISD Veteran's Day Program at 10 a.m. on Friday in the gym.
 
Broaddus ISD Veteran's Day Program at 11 a.m. on Friday in the gym.
 
Joaquin already had their program this past Wednesday
 
Buddy Poppy Day the Local VFW Post 8904 will be handing out Buddy Poppies this Saturday Veteran's day at the Center Walmart from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 
 

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Panola's TJ Killings signs with Portland State


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carthage, Texas – Panola College sophomore, TJ Killings, signed his
national letter of intent this afternoon for Portland State University. The
Bridgeport, Connecticut native kicked off the season scoring 24 points,
tallying 10 assists, and chased down nine boards in the prestigious
East/West challenge. As a freshman, TJ averaged 7.3 points per game and was
top three in total minutes played.
 
 
 
 
 
 
“TJ has never taken a day off for us since he stepped foot on campus.” Head
Coach Grant McMillan stated. “I am so proud of the strides he has made on
and off the floor and will only continue to grow as a young man. We are
very excited for his future.” He added.
 
 
Killings was part of the winningest season ever last season as Panola made
the national tournament for the first time since 1979. He becomes the 11th
division one signee in the Grant McMillan era. They finished the season
ranked 13th in the media poll. Panola hosts LSUA-JV tomorrow in their home
opener. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM in AJ gym on the campus of Panola
College.
 

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HUXLEY HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY


 

 

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 NOVEMBER 11, 2017.  IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN. 
 
DATE: November 11, 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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Football Schedules


 

 
Joaquin Rams will play Cushing Bearkats a home game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Shelbyville Dragons will play Alto an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Timpson Bears will play Tenaha at 7 p.m. in Timpson this Friday.
 
Center has a bye week.
 
Garrison Bulldogs will play Corrigan at 7:30 p.m. in Garrison this Friday.
 
San Augustine Wolves will play in Price vs. the Carlisle Indians this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
 
The Logansport varsity football team has a home playoff game vs. North Central (Lebeau, LA) on Friday, November 10.
 
 

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Pine Grove Dessert Bake Off


 

The Pine Grove dessert bake off competition will be held on Wednesday 11-15-17 at 2 p.m.  

 

 

 
 

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Tractor Supply Will Be Closed For Thanksgiving


 
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2017) — Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, will be closed on Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.
 
Tractor Supply, which operates more than 1,600 stores nationwide with more than 26,000 team members, will reopen Friday, Nov. 24 at 6 a.m.
 
“Tractor Supply Co. stores will be closed on Thanksgiving so our team members can spend the holiday with their loved ones,” said John Ordus, senior vice president of store operations at Tractor Supply Company. “Our stores will be open on Friday for the holiday season and our team members will be ready to offer the legendary customer service and great products we’re known for.”
 
 

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Broaddus ISD Veterans Day Program


 

 

 

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Trombone Choir at SFA


 

The Trombone Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a program that features a mix of musical styles when the choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
 
Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone, and Dr. Daniel Chapa, adjunct professor of trombone and euphonium, the Trombone Choir will present a variety of musical styles ranging from 16th century Renaissance to current compositions.
 
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
 
 
 
 

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Santa's Christmas Parade Committee announces "A Texas Christmas" theme


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2017 parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The theme for the parade this year is ”A Texas Christmas”. The Presenting Sponsor for this year’s parade is Shelby Savings Bank.
 
Categories for the 2017 “A Texas Christmas” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.
 
Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
 
Parade Float applications with entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at www.shelbycountychamber.com.  
 
In keeping with the established holiday tradition, this year’s parade guarantees a time of grand celebration with fun and excitement for everyone. The parade will feature a special Grand Marshal, sponsored by Chris Paddie, holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus.  The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.  Silver Sponsors are Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc., and Tyson Foods.
 

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Ugly Sweater Run


 

We are hosting the 1st annual Ugly Sweater Run December 9th, 2017.  This Christmas themed 5K will begin at the Windham Civic Center and feature "elfies", Santa for the kids, a DJ and hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the race! We are encouraging participants to wear their ugliest sweater for a chance to win a gift certificate for a mini session with Snell Photography.  Pre-register online at Active.com. 
 
The first 75 to register are guaranteed an event t-shirt. T-shirt deadline is November 18th.  Day of registration will open at 7 am December 9th and the race will begin at 8 a.m.  Please join us for this event! If you have any questions about the event or would like to help, please contact Sara Hughes at sara.hughes@centerisd.org.
 
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Seeks People For Christmas Parade


 

Tenaha City Counsel Members, Stephanie Glenn and Durand Steadman are Needing  Shelby County participants in the Tenaha Christmas Parade for December 16, 2017 beginning at dark. Seeking floats from businesses, groups, churches, and schools.  Please contact Ms. Glenn at 936-332-7958, Mr. Steadman at 214-205-5281, or Laticha Choice at 936-248-2443 for more information.
 
 
 

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Tenaha ISD Veteran's Day Celebration


 

Please join us in honoring our Veterans.  Tenaha ISD will hold their annual Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10, at 9am in the Tenaha High School Cafetorium. There will be a special presentation from Larry Hume with the Shelby County VFW.  Kindergarten and 1st grade will be presenting a song and the 2nd grade will be performing a skit.  The Roarin’ Band from Tiger Land will be playing at the event.  All veterans and current service members are invited to this special event.  A reception will follow program.
 
 
 

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Lego Club Meets Today at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library


 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 4:00-5:30 pm----------LEGO Club (all ages)
 
 
 

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Elected Officials and Sponsors Luncheon


 

 

The elected officials and sponsors appreciation luncheon hosted by the Texas A & M Agri-Life Extension.  Friday, December 8th 12 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center you mus rsvp by November 29th, 2017.  For more information call 936-598-7744.  

 

 

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SFA Food Drive


 

Members of SFA’s Jacks Council on Family Relations are gearing up for their annual food drive, Thanksgiving Homebound.
 
The group asks campus organizations, departments, faculty and staff members, students and Nacogdoches community members to donate grocery items families can use to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
 
JCFR will be collecting food items between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and tomorrow and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Steen Library Hub, the first room on the left when entering the library.
 
For more information, contact JCFR at sfasujcfr@gmail.com.
 
 

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Shelby County Extension Agent Recognized at National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference


 

Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent was honored recently at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) 2017 annual session for her programming efforts in Shelby County, Texas.  She received the 1st place National and 1st place Region NEAFCS Greenwood Frysinger Fellowship Award, 2nd place National and 3rd place Southern Region Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award, 2nd place National and 1st place Southern Region Environmental Education Team Award, and 3rd place Southern Region Communications Educational Technology Award at the conference held on October 19, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.  
 
 
The Greenwood Frysinger Fellowship is granted to an Extension Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences by NEAFCS to give members an opportunity to participate in a professional development opportunity of their own choosing. The award was presented based upon McSwain’s work with the Shelby County Community Garden project and school gardening programs at Center Elementary, S.W. Carter Elementary, and Excelsior School.
 
She received the Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award and was recognized for her collaboration with Piney Woods Outreach Center to offer Step Up and Scale Down, a 12-week nutrition, fitness and weight management program for 63 participants in which 414 pounds of weight was lost.  The Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award is presented in support of the Cooperative Extension System emphasis on diversity and pluralism—a national program to respond to the changing work force, population and Extension audience. 
 
 
 
The Environmental Education Award recognizes NEAFCS members for outstanding educational programs conducted for families and/or communities on various environmental issues concerning water quality, air quality, recycling and natural resource conservation.  McSwain served on a team of Region 4 and 5 Extension agents to develop and provide Earth-Kind Living Expos for participants to learn about ways to make their homes and land more environmentally sound.
 
The Communications Educational Technology Award was given in recognition for her program development of “Food Waste and Kitchen Pest Management” for use by other agents across the state.  These NEAFCS awards were presented McSwain for her commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities.  
 
 
NEAFCS Environmental Education Award Team 
Johanna Hicks, CEA-FCH - Hopkins County
Denita Young, CEA-FCH – Rains County
Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH – Shelby County
 
 
 

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WWI Display at Shelby County Museum


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Museum is featuring a display of WWI items in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI.  

 

 

 

 

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Football Scores


 

 
Killgore 35
 
Center 49
 
 
 
Timpson 49
 
Mt. Enterprise
 
 
 
Overton 6
 
Tenaha 59
 
 
 
Carlisle 56
 
Shelbyville 22
 
 
 
Carthage 49
 
Palestine 31
 
 
 
Joaquin 20
 
San Augustine 33
 
 
 
Henderson 41
 
Bullard 14
 
 
 
Grapeland 35
 
Wortham 18
 
 
 
Alto 37
 
Cushing 6
 
 
 
Jacksonville 25
 
Lindale 15
 
 
 
Mesquite Horn 35
 
John Tyler 13
 
 

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Don Wall Coaches Show Tuesday's on KQBB 100.5 FM 7 PM - 9 PM


 

 

 

 

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131st Church Anniversary at Sweet Union MBC


 

 

Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church of Garrison will have it 131st church anniversary celebration o Sunday, November 12th, at 3 p.m.  Rev. Harold Patton will be the guest speaker.  Dinner will be seved and everyone is welcomed.
 
 

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Going on at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

Going on this week November 7th - 11th at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.
 
Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 4:00-5:30 pm----------LEGO Club (all ages)
 
Thursday, Nov. 9th, 10:30 am---------------Preschool Story Time
 
Thursday, Nov. 9th, 2:00-3:00 pm----------Color Me Calm (adult coloring)
 
Friday, Nov. 10th, 2:00-4:00 pm-------------Crafternoon (adult) 
 
If you love doing crafts, bring whatever you are working on and join us.
 
 

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Guided Museum Tour


 

 
The Mansfield State Historic Site museum houses many unique artifacts from the Civil War period.  At 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, a special guided tour of the museum will reveal the fascinating and poignant stories behind these rare items.  A blood-stained officer’s sash, a baby’s shoe carried as a memento into battle, the touching last letter of a soldier written in pencil and a painting by renown Civil War field artist Conrad Wise Chapman are just a few of the artifacts that will be featured. 
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com
 

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Pine Cone and Misttletoe 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.

 
 

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SFA's Friday Film Series to screen award-winning 'DamNation' tonight


 

 

 

 
SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “DamNation” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, in downtown Nacogdoches. 
 
Directed by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight, “DamNation” is a 2014 advocacy documentary about the changing attitudes in the U.S. concerning the nation’s large system of dams. “DamNation” takes a powerful film odyssey across America to explore the change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that the future is bound to the life and health of rivers. 
 
For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
 
 

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Herbal soap seminar hosted by SFA Gardens tomorrow


 

SFA Gardens will host a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. 
 
Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator, will lead the "Gifts from the Garden" workshop. Participants will use the cold-press method of soap making and will take home samples of luxurious soaps they create. 
 
The seminar costs $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. 
 
To register for the seminar, or for more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

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East Texas Chopper Guys Toy Drive/ Food Drive and Joaquin Christmas Festival


 

 

East Texas Chopper Guys (ETCG) Toy Drive/Food Drive and Joaquin Christmas Festival will be held on November 18, 2017 in Downtown Joaquin, Texas   (On the Square)
       
Events for the day:
 
Parade - 1 o’clock -Grand Marshall- Margie Anderson 
Car show, Bike show, Sign in starts at 10:00 AM.(Trophies by Skippy) Entry Fee $20.00 Donation 
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance.
Famous Train will be there for the kids to ride(Conductor Rocky)
Games for the kids  (Ms. Teresa does such a good job)
Goody bags for the kids
Raffle & Auction items (ETCG)
Vendors(Christmas Shopping)
Food Vendors
Live music
Christmas Festival Raffle -Remington Shotgun
All proceeds from ETCG’s event go to Gail Samford Joaquin 
Christian Services. It’s all for the kids!
 
Nancy Stevens Contact for ETCG Toy Drive, 936-269-3360
 
Marsha Barnett Contact for Christmas Festival, 936-332-8813
 
 
 

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Fall Wreath Winner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary fall wreath winner has been announced.
 
During the Halloween in the Hole event held at the Center High School baseball field, the drawing was held.
 
Officer Brian Wright was chosen to draw the name of the winner and the winner of the fall wreath was Melissa Crouch.
 
 
Officer Brian Wright drawing the winning name at Halloween in the Hole
 
 
 
 
Officer Brian Wright & Dispatcher Jolene Tindol  presenting the Winner of
the Fall Wreath,  Melissa Crouch
 
 
 
 
There is still time to purchase tickets for the Christmas wreath.  Tickets can be purchased for $1 at the Center Police Department. The drawing for it will be held after Center's Christmas Parade, December 2nd.  For more information call the Center PD at 936-598-2788.  
 
 

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Blood Drive at the Center PD


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come help us Save Lives! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at the Center Police Dept on November 20th from 10am - 2:30pm. Set up outside in the parking lot in the Mobil Donor Coach.
 
Contact Amy at the Center PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to www.giveblood.org to schedule a time. All attempted donors will receive a free T-shirt.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WWI Posters at SFA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cole Art Center, Ledbetter Gallery will be featuring vintage French WWI posters from the extensive collection of Dr. Jere Jackson.  

 

Reception and gallery talk by Dr. Jackson: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11th.  

 

 

 
 

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Ugly Sweater Run


 

 

 
We are hosting the 1st annual Ugly Sweater Run December 9th, 2017.  This Christmas themed 5K will begin at the Windham Civic Center and feature "elfies", Santa for the kids, a DJ and hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the race! We are encouraging participants to wear their ugliest sweater for a chance to win a gift certificate for a mini session with Snell Photography.  Pre-register online at Active.com. 
 
The first 75 to register are guaranteed an event t-shirt. T-shirt deadline is November 18th.  Day of registration will open at 7 am December 9th and the race will begin at 8 a.m.  Please join us for this event! If you have any questions about the event or would like to help, please contact Sara Hughes at sara.hughes@centerisd.org.
 
 
 
 

 

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Every Veteran Has A Story


 

To read the story about WW I Veteran, Florence Daniel Shepherd written by Mr. Larry Hume click the link below to download the PDF file.

 

Click to Read the Story:

 

 

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Center Little Dribblers Sign Ups


 

Basketball Season Starts Soon
Little Dribblers Sign Ups
 
The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2018 Little
Dribblers sign ups will begin soon.
 
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Where? The Center Middle School Cafeteria
 
When?
Thursday, November 9
Monday, November 13
Thursday, November 16
All from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
 
Cost is $50 for Basketball (Ages 4-12)
 
(Includes jersey, insurance, trophy, and all fees)
 
All children are eligible to play as long as they were born between August
2005 and August 2013. A copy of the birth certificate is needed. Anyone
interested in Coaching or Volunteering, please fill out the section on the
sign up form.
See You There
 
For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreation
Director at 936/590-7196
 
 

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Joaquin Fall Festival Thank You Letter


 

The First Methodist Church along with the City of Joaquin want to express our thanks to the folks who braved the elements on Tuesday evening to attend our 2nd annual Fall Festival.  We were able to serve around 200 folks with the kids benefiting from 2 bounce houses, chili dogs with all the trimmings, games, movies, face painting, plenty of sweets, and plenty of fun. 

 

Plans changed with the welcome rain that fell and forced the activities from the Rainbolt Memorial Garden into the Fellowship Hall at the church.  No one seemed to mind as the fun continued in a dryer enviornment.  Pastor Robert Ortigo grilled the hot dogs but there were 3 fire pits for those who wanted to do their own.  So many thanks and we hope to do it all again next year.

 

 

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Cow Patty Bingo


 

 

 

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Timpson Pizza & More Grand Opening


 

Please join Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce to welcome our newest business and chamber member Timpson Pizza and More located at 146 Park Plaza in Downtown Timpson on the Square. Timpson Pizza and More invites you to come enjoy punch and dessert after the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening.
 
Please stop in and check out their menu and see all that they have to offer. Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce and Timpson Pizza and More appreciates your attendance.  Time & Date November 2, 2017 at 5:30. 
 

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IVAN SMITH FURNITURE RELOCATION RIBBON CUTTING


 

Please join The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the staff at Ivan Smith Furniture for a Business Relocation Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 11:00a.m. The new location is located in the Wulf Shopping Center at 1141 Hurst Street in Center.
 
Ivan Smith Furniture is a one stop shopping experience for your home featuring a great selection of furniture and decorative pieces for your living room, bedroom, dining room and home office. Ivan Smith also offers entertainment centers and mattresses. You can also find a large selection of appliances such as refrigerators, washers and driers and much more.
The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Arsenic & Old Lace


 

Arsenic and Old Lace the play will be held at the Lamp-Lite Theatre in Nacogdoches on Friday & Saturday November 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 2017 and on Sunday November 5th & 12th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. each night.
 
For more information call 936-564-8300.
 
 

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Football Schedules:


 

 
 
In Riderland
 
The Center Roughriders will play Kilgore a home game this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
In the Bear's Den
 
The Timpson Bears will have an away game vs. Mt. Enterprise this Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
In Tigerland 
 
The Tenaha Tigers will play Overton a home game this Friday at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
In the Dragon's Lair 
 
The Shelbyville Dragon's will take on Carlisle a home game this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
In Ram Country
 
The Joaquin Rams will play the San Augustine Wolves an away game this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
In the Dog House
 
The Garrison Bulldogs will play Crockett in Crockett this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
Across the River
 
In Logansport the Logansport Tigers will play St. Mary in Logansport Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
 
 

 

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Beef & Forage Seminar


 

Beef & Forage Seminar will be on November 2nd, 2017 at the Extension Office Gym (the old elementary school gym) at 266 Nacogdoches St., Center, TX from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information call 936-589-7744.

 

 

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Shelby County 4-H Baked Potato Lunch


 

 
The Shelby County 4-H Baked Potato Lunch will be on Thursday, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. until sold out.  The price is $7.00 per plate.  For more information call 936-598-7744.
 
 
 

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Center Garden Club Update


 

Center Garden Club has selected for its “One Wonder” feature the absolutely stunning Japanese persimmon tree, located at 212 Houston Street in Center, the family home of Marilyn Ballard and her late husband, Larry Ballard. Marilyn noted that historical accounts of her house indicate that this Japanese persimmon was planted in 1897—one hundred and twenty years ago.  It is such a beauty, an autumnal delight:  a grand -- and as Halloween approaches, leafless tree with its hundreds of orange globes set against the sky, especially the night sky.  It is definitely “One Wonder” that deserves viewing!  
 
Center Garden Club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each from September through May.  Guests are welcome.  For further information, contact Carolyn Bounds at 598-3414 or any other CGC member.
 
 
 

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Panola College Foundation Raises $42,000 with Purses for Ponies


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
On Thursday, October 19th more than 500 friends of Panola College gathered
at the Carthage Civic Center to play bingo for a chance to win designer
purses and other prizes. The fundraising event, hosted by the Panola
College Foundation, was a complete sellout for the third time. Designer
Purse Bingo raised more than $42,000 to support scholarships, faculty
grants and other college projects.
 
 
 
Two bonus games were available for guests to purchase. The grand finale
bonus game, sponsored by Premium Graphics and Design of Timpson, TX was
also available for guests to purchase. The grand prize for the game was a
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote valued at $1,260.  There was also a bonus game
played during intermission for a shopping spree worth $1,000, sponsored by
Jolee & R.H. Ritter.
 
 
 
Joshua Carter of Carthage kept the crowd laughing and entertained all
evening long as emcee for the occasion.
 
 
 
Guests also enjoyed a photo booth which printed souvenir photos from their
evening, sponsored by First State Bank & Trust Company of Carthage.
 
 
 
Pippen Motor Company sponsored the Koozies for the evening. Game sponsors
included Carthage Furniture, City of Carthage, Children’s Dental Center of
Center, TX, Citizens Bank, LimeLight by Alcone with Brandie Best,
Worthington Plumbing & A/C, General Shelters, Hayli Cagle with Keller
Williams, Kelly’s Collision Center, Sanford & Sons, Inc., Simply Beautiful
Salon, and Texas Home Health.
 
 
 
Dazzle sponsors were Ace Hardware, The Balcony, Genpak, Panola National
Bank, Rural Water Service, Shelby Savings Bank, and Smith Energy Services.
 
 
 
Bingo game purses included 24 different purses including brands such as
Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Frye, Brahmin, and Coach. A ring raffle also
garnered prizes that consisted of over $500 worth of gift cards to dine
around East Texas, A Vera Bradley purse donated by Chicken Row Market, a
decorative sign donated by Dazzle’s Collectibles, a gift basket donated by
Dillard’s in Longview, and a gift basket full of beauty products from
Rachel Davis at Simply Beautiful Salon.
 
 
 
Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant students are always
instrumental in assisting with the event. Additional support for Designer
Purse Bingo came from Brookshire Brothers, Photography by Teresa Cage
Beasley, and Whataburger.
 
 
 
“The Designer Purse Bingo is such a fun event and has been a great
fundraiser for the Panola College Foundation,” said Jessica Pace, Director
of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. “We appreciate the support
shown to Panola College from all the counties we service.”
 
 
 
Sponsors are already claiming their spots for the fourth Designer Purse
Bingo in Carthage. Pace recommends that bingo players do the same and mark
their calendar for Friday, March 23rd and watch for ticket sales to open in
January.
 
 
 
 
 
 
500 guests gathered to support Panola College and play Bingo for
a chance to win a designer purse.
 
 

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Timpson ISD 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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Halloween in the Hole Thank You Letter


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and John Burns – Farmers Insurance would like to thank the businesses who participated in the 4th Annual Halloween in the Hole held Oct. 30 at the Center High School baseball field.
 
This year’s event was the largest yet. A total of 40 businesses handed out candy and treats to roughly 900 children. A great time was had by all! Plans are already being discussed to make next year’s event the best yet.
 
Halloween in the Hole would not be possible without the generosity of our local businesses. Participants included: Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing, Vision Source, Sabine State Bank, Sanford & Sons, Dependable Arms, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Simply Personal, Center Floral, The Light & Champion, David’s Auto & East Texas Towing, Pine Grove Nursing Home, NAPA, Shelby County Senior Citizen Site, Cline Family Medicine, Carthage TYSON, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, Shelby County Tax Accessor Debra Riley, Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell, Shelby County Clerk Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Veterans Service Office, City of Center, Brookshire’s, Anytime Fitness, Swift Cash, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Pineywood’s Seafood, Boom Boom Photo Booth, Steel Building Supply, Covington Lumber, Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary, Pizza Hut, Mathews Real Estate, Las Margaritas, Farmers State Bank, Shelby County Farm Bureau and Gaddy’s Medical.
 
See you next year at Halloween in the Hole!
 
 

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Fire in Timpson


 
According to the Timpson Fire Department there was a house fire last night at 10:30 p.m. at 532 Bremond.  The fire started due to an air condition/heater malfunction.  The firemen put out the fire and returned to the station at approximately 12:00 a.m. Smoke damage did occur in the home.
 
 

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Focused Care of Center Costume Contest Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Focused Care of Center Annual Halloween costume contest was held yesterday 10-31-17 at 4:45 p.m.  The photos, videos and, results are below.  

 

 

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Ages: 0 - 5 

 

1st Place Winner: Karson Link

 

 

 

 

 

Ages: 5 - 10

 

1st Place Winner: Kyra Lathan

 

 

 

 

Ages: 10 & Up

 

1st Place Winner: Logan Smith 

 

 

 

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Truck or Treat 2017 Pictures


 

 

 

 

 

 

Truck or Treat 2017 was held yesterday evening 10-31-17 at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot in Center.  Thankfull the event did not get rained out and had a good turnout.  The children got to see the different cars decorated by the Shelby County Cruisers and get the sweetest of all candy, Halloween candy.

 

 

 

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