Mission Dolores-- last 2017 celebration of 300 years on December 29, 5:30 p.m. at the Mission. Come as you are to enjoy some great storytelling by those who know and some who don't. Enjoy the fellowship, a piece of birthday cake, and light refreshments.
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We would like to give our Sincere Thanks to all the many Churches, Students, Volunteers and Individuals who Donated items and took time to help make this Holiday season Special for our Residents. We were Blessed with all kinds of Decorations, Blankets, Snacks, Personal care Items and Performances that residents will be able to Remember and Enjoy for Many months to come.
I was falsely accused last week. A distraught homeowner called about the hordes of insects that had come into her house. They were Lady Beetles looking for a place to overwinter.
When I told her they are a common nuisance and could simply be vacuumed up or swept out, she told me that I didn’t understand, she had a “serious infestation!” So much was her distress that my ability to comprehend large numbers of insects was called into question!
It is true that homeowners may be seeing numerous lady beetles invading their homes this time of year. Lady beetles are insects that are considered beneficial. But they are not invading your home to cause problems, only to stay warm. The lady beetle does not chew or bore holes in walls nor do they eat carpet or any food in the pantry.
While they cause no harm, their overwintering habits inside people’s homes causes them to be a nuisance.
Lady beetles have been considered one of our most beloved insect. They are in stories, a good luck charm for some, and I’ve even seen kids dress up as one for Halloween. You’d never see a kid dress up as a fire ant or termite!
Locally we call them Lady Bugs. If you grew up and don’t remember seeing as many, you are absolutely correct.
There is a native Lady beetle that are harder to locate and a multitude of non-native insects that are native to Asia but in the past few decades have spread to many areas of the United States.
This beneficial (yet sometimes controversial) Asian relative was released in the United States as early as 1916. More were released in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. It has taken years for the populations to spread, but now large populations are found in many areas of the south, northeast, Midwest, and as far north as Oregon and Washington.
Adult beetles can have a variety of colors and spots. The larvae are soft-bodied, gray and orange, and covered with rows of raised black spots.
The lady beetle is an effective and natural control for harmful plant pests such as aphids, scale, and other soft-bodied arthropods. One adult lady beetle may eat over 5,000 aphids during its lifetime.
A few folks ask if they bite. Well, sort of.
Lady beetles have mandibles, a jaw-like part of their mouth that they use to capture and eat their prey. And while they are not out to bite (like a fire-ant) or sting (like a hornet), they can certainly give someone a good pinch on the skin with those mandibles!
The lady beetle also has a defense mechanism. If agitated or disturbed, the beetle’s reaction is to “reflex” bleed in which a yellow fluid with an unpleasant odor is released from the leg joints. This reaction helps prevent predators, such as birds, from eating the lady beetle.
This fluid can sometimes stain walls and fabrics.
The lady beetle is attracted to lighter colors such as whites, grays, and yellows. They enter homes through cracks and crevices. During warm winter days and early spring, the lady beetle may become more active searching for an exit.
No “control” of these beneficial insects is warranted as is for termites or perhaps fruit flies. Prevent them from entering the home by caulking exterior cracks and crevices. Sweeping and vacuuming are effective means of removing these insects from the living area.
The Shelby County Relay for life Purse Bingo is coming up in February it will be held on Thursday, February 15th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo Begins at 6 p.m. Individual Tickets are $40. Tables are 8 for $300. Blackout Bingo Cards are $5 Bingo Daubers are $2. Raffle Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. For more information call 936-332-3456.
Joaquin Jr. Beta clubs, both elementary and junior high, presented CASA of Deep East Texas with twenty decorated duffel bags. Each bag was filled with a coloring book and crayons, a hygiene kit, a blanket, and a teddy bear. These Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise.org are intended for foster children to use when having to gather their belongings quickly so that they do not have to use a trash bag. The students had a lot of fun with this service project!
On Monday the 18th winners were drawn at the court house with the help of Judge Leanne Rafferty and CPD Officer Steve Thornburgh. Congratulations to our IPAD winner Avery Faulkner, and to our Mossberg 410 Gun winner, Mark Hopkins. Another to big thank you to everyone that purchased raffle tickets for the gun drawing, and everyone that brought in a toy for the IPAD drawing.
Monday the 18th was also the last day to turn in applications for Blue Santa, we will now start sorting through toys and lists to make sure we have all we need. No more applications will be accepted, but you can still donate toys if you want to still help out.
After hearing that she won the IPAD drawing, Avery Faulkner, a 13 year student of Shelbyville said " She felt in her heart that someone else could use the IPAD more than her" She said she wanted to donate it to the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center. To accept the donation of the IPAD to the SCCAC was Executive Director Denise Merriman. Merriman states "There are children that go there for counseling and interviews, and sometimes they have to wait, or they may be too nervous to talk to someone. Having the IPAD there for them to play on may make their time there a little less stressful. "She wants to Thank Avery for her kind heart, and says" That not many 13 year olds would give up a such a nice prize."
Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary along with Operation Blue Santa would like to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. This was our first time, and it was a huge success, and will defiantly be an annual event for Operation Blue Santa. Everyone had a great time, and enjoyed delicious cocoa and a good variety of cookies, cake and popcorn. We would like to thank all our little elves who helped set up, decorate, serve food, take pictures, and collect toys. And of course a very big Thank you to Santa Clause! Already looking forward to next year, Thanks for making a Childs Christmas Blessed this year.
The Joaquin Band Program will be having their annual Christmas concert in the JHS Gymnasium this Thursday (December 21st) at 6:00 pm. The 6th grade beginner band as well as the JH/HS band will be performing some classic Christmas tunes and we would love for everyone to come and enjoy the sounds of Christmas with us!
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Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to congratulate a few retirees and thank them for their service to DeSoto Parish. Captain Pat Jones, Chief Criminal Deputy Horace Womack, and receptionist Peggy Lewis all recently retired from the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Arbuckle and the entire staff would like to wish them the very best. Please join us in congratulating them on their retirement!
Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closing at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd for Christmas. All programs will also be closed on Monday, December 25th, and Tuesday, December 26th. We will be opened at regular hours on Wednesday. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
We want to wish you and your family a Blessed and Merry Christmas. Be safe and God Bless you.
The Center Police Department Blue Santa Program Drawing was held 12-18-17 at the Shelby County Court House. Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty drew the winners. The winner of the drawing for the I-Pad was Avery Faulkner. Mark Hopkins won the drawing for the 410 youth model mossberg shotgun.
The Snuggie is a thing of the past. This season’s comfort clothing trend leans toward couch potato chic.
Is it a scarf, a dress or a humongous tube sock? Dukanya, a small European company specializing in hand-knit clothing, is marketing it as a tube scarf. While the cocoon-like structure does not have armholes, Dukanya suggests folding the top down to create a cowl neck.
It was business before pleasure at the Timpson Area Geneolical and Heritage Society's December meeting as the society's incoming 2018 officers were installed at a mid-day Wednesday ceremony prior to attendees enjoying a Christmas luncheon.
Gathered in the Timpson First United Methodist Church's fellowship hall, the society listened as each new officer pledged to perform the duties of their office then everyone feasted on sandwiches, dips, hors d'oeuvres, relishes, casseroles, and desserts.
Officers installed were:
Kathy Grigsby, President
Dru Dickey, Vice President
Jim Barrett, Treasurer
Kathy Grigsby, Assistant Treasurer
B.J. Pitts, Recording Secretary
Margaret Oliver, Corresponding Secretary
Esther Marie Harvey, Assistant Corresponding Secretary
Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold their annual Christmas party on Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 6:00 pm. The party will be held at Lynn Locke's located on Hwy 96 South in Center. Members will enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner and participate in a Chinese gift exchange. Limit on Chinese gift is $10, and you may bring male, female, or a unisex gift. All members are invited to attend.
The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, SFA’s downtown Nacogdoches art gallery, has announced its holiday hours.
With the exception of Mondays, The Cole Art Center will be open each day throughout the rest of December. Hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Exhibitions currently showing include “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” and “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France,” both of which are showing through Dec. 31.
Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus will be closed tomorrow through Jan. 18 when an exhibition of works by Erle Loran opens.
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Focused Care of Center would like to invite the community to an open house Christmas event on December 21st from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join them for cookies, coffee and carols. Come meet the team, check out our improvements, and while you're here sign up for our door prize.
For more information please call Hollie or A'Leena at (936)-598-2483.
A plant many consider destructive may have just redeemed itself by offering promise in fighting cancer.
A team of researchers at SFA’s National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, located within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agricultural, has spent years researching giant salvinia, a noxious plant species known to overtake waterways and kill aquatic life.
The researchers’ work has recently led to a U.S. patent for an anti-cancer compound, Salvinol. Lab trials conducted at the NCPC verify Salvinol can slow and, in some cases, completely inhibit the growth of a wide range of cancer cells, including pancreatic and lung cancer cells.
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held December 14, 2017, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.
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Focused Care of Center would like to invite the community to an Open house Christmas event on December 21st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Join us for Cookies, Coffee and Carols. Come meet the team, check out our improvements, and while you’re here sign up for our door prize. For more information please call Hollie or A’Leena at (936)598-2483.
Center Police Departments Ladies Auxiliary would like to invite everyone to come enjoy Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, to benefit Blue Santa's Toy Drive, on Sunday, December 17th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Center Police Department.
There will be a Hot Cocoa bar with all the trimmings, whip cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, and sprinkles, and more along with yummy cookies, and cupcakes to enjoy. Children who get their pictures taken with Santa, will receive a free printed copy.
Blue Santa asks that everyone bring a new unwrapped toy (boys and girls of all ages,) books, or clothes to donate to Blue Santa's Gift Program. Monetary donations are also welcomed.
Those that bring a toy in, will be entered into the drawing for a FREE 32gb IPAD! Don't miss your chance to see Santa, and let Blue Santa help you make a child's Christmas blessed this year!
On Saturday, December 9th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held it's annual Christmas Party at the Joaquin ISD Cafeteria. After the fire department members and their families enjoyed a steak dinner, Chief Perry Pugh welcomed the guests, which included members of the Joaquin City Council, Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation Board, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Margie Anderson, Precinct 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood, and many others. Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett presented a plaque to Patrick Sandifer, who donated his time and skills to paint the department's newly acquired Army truck, which came from the Texas Forest Service on a grant. Training Officer Stephen Ewing presented service awards. Ewing and Firefighter David Pierce were recognized for perfect attendance at the department's bi-monthly meetings. Chief Perry Pugh was given a certificate for making the most runs of any member for the year. Out of 54 calls for the year, Chief Pugh responded on 43 of them.
Ewing then presented sixmembers with awards for years of service. In addition to a certificate for each firefighter who was recognized, their wives were also recognized. Ewing stated that being a volunteer firefighter is virtually impossible without the support of one's family. Firefighter Jesse Parent, along with his wife, Sarah, were presented with a certificate and a pin for five years of service. Ewing himself, and his wife, Tami, received an award for ten years of service. Assistant Fire Marshall Justin Boyett and his wife Katie received awards for 15 years of service. Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett and his wife, SueSue, received awards for 25 years. Firefighter Michael Sandifer, and his wife, Rhonda, were not able to attend, but they were recognized for 30 years. Assistant Chief Steve Cockrell was presented with the department's first ever 45 year service award. Ewing stated "Big Steve has been here, literally from the start. This department was formed in 1973, and he was there. It's been a huge part of his life ever since." Steve's wife, Joyce, has been by his side for every one of his 45 years. She was awarded a 45 year pin as well.
Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett took the floor to present the JVFD's annual Firefighter of the Year Award, which is voted on by the members. The honor went to Firefighter Nat Rodgers, who has been a firefighter for four years. Boyett also spoke about the JVFD's Wall of Honor. The Wall was created in 2015, to recognize people who have been influential in the history and growth of the department. The four inaugural honorees were Steve Cockrell, former Fire Marshall Jim Hutto, Former Chief Mike Wood, and Former Chief Elmer Mathews. In 2016, Former Assistant Chief Jim Swindell, Former Assistant Chief Mike Cummings, Sr., and Former Firefighter Buddy Boyett were added to the Wall. This year, Former Driver/ Operator J.G. (Junior) Spurlock and Former Driver/ Operator Kenneth Spurlock were honored. J.G. Spurlock's daughters, Betty McDaniel and Sheila Fisher were presented with a plaque in honor of their father as his picture was added to the Wall. Kenneth Spurlock's daughter, Mary Lawrence, was also presented with a plaque as his picture was added. Both Spurlock brothers had multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren in attendance. The JVFD would once again like to wish everyone in the 269 community a safe and Merry Christmas.
Mr. Mark Ivey will be retiring from the Texas State Bank in Center he has worked for the company for 20 years. Ivey has been in the banking industy for 40 years. He will have his retirement party this coming Thursday 12-14-17 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Center branch of the Texas State Bank. His last day will be on December 20th, 2017.
SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has entered into a cooperative relationship with the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences located in China’s Jilin Province, securing opportunities for international research collaboration, as well as advancements in forest health and sustainability.
Dr. Zhang Jianqiu, president of the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Sciences, said his primary goal is to complete collaborative research that focuses on tree improvement, tree physiology, biotechnology and wildlife management.
Much of this research will be accomplished through student and professor exchanges between the two institutions.
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The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday December 18th, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. Bro.Carl Smith will install officers for 2018 and Harold Hanson will lead the group in singing old fashioned Christmas songs and carols. Member are asked to bring a canned good item to be given to Shelby Outreach Ministries.
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
Center Police Departments Ladies Auxiliary is happy to host, and would like to invite everyone to come enjoy Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, to benefit BLUE SANTA'S TOY DRIVE . Sunday, December 17th, 2017 2pm - 5pm.
At the Center Police Department. There will be a Hot Cocoa bar with all the trimmings, whip cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, and sprinkles, and more along with yummy cookies, and cupcakes to enjoy. Children who get their pictures taken with Santa, will receive a Free printed copy.
BLUE SANTA ask that everyone bring a new unwrapped toy (boys & girls of all ages) books, or clothes to donate to Blue Santa's Gift Program. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Those that bring a toy in, will be entered into the drawing for a FREE 32gb IPAD! Don't miss your chance to see Santa, and let Blue Santa help you make a child's Christmas blessed this year!
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ALTO, Texas – Practicing yoga outdoors is a rare opportunity to cultivate not only an intimate connection with your body and mind, but also with the life-giving ecosystem that sustains us all. Escape town for a relaxing and rewarding practice at Caddo Mounds Historic. The morning will be spent in a gentle outdoor yoga class taught by yoga instructor and ecopsychologist Arrie Tucker. The class will include yoga postures appropriate for anyone, a brief mindfulness-based meditation as well as a lead deep relaxation. After the yoga program you will join Brandy McDaniel for a hike and foraging program. Learn about native east Texas plants and have an opportunity to forage a salad for lunch.
There is a $25.00 charge for the program, and the fee includes a tour of the Caddo Mounds Site. This a fundraiser for the Friends of Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Inc.
Seating is limited, so Please Call To Indicate Interest In Attending.
WHO:Arrie Tucker, Yoga Instructor and Ecopsychologist,
Brandy McDaniel, Foraging Enthusiast/ Instructor
WHAT:Gentle Yoga & Foraging.
Ample parking provided
WHEN:Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Please Call To Indicate Interest In Attending.)
10:00 AM. Yoga, 11:15 Foraging
WHERE:Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas. The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.
BACKGROUND: Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit www.visitcaddomounds.com.
Joaquin Varsity Cheerleader Participates in Varsity Spirit Spectacular Parade
Katelyn Jackson of Joaquin High School's Varsity Cheer squad recently had the honor of attending and participating in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular Parade at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Katelyn was invited this summer while attending UCA Cheer Camp at Moody Gardens in Galveston. She received the invitation because she is co-captain of the cheer squad. She stayed at Disney for four days and paraded in front of Cinderella’s castle on Main Street.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus is calling for proposals for the OMA Diversity Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018. Faculty or staff members or students interested in presenting can find the proposal forms here or at sfasu.edu/oma. Forms are due by Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Conference attendees include students and professional staff and faculty members from various institutions across Texas. The theme for this year’s conference is "Embracing Diversity: Are we really listening?"
Workshop presentations should address at least one of the following areas: multicultural education, leadership, gender identity, ethnicity, race, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, social issues and/or social justice. Other diversity and multiculturalism topics may be written in the category on the workshop proposal form.
For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any OMA Caucus member.
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Shelby County 4-H Textile’s project is happy to announce their partnership with VFW post 8904 and Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) XYZ Homemaker’s Club in the Quilts of Valor program. The Quilts of Valor program is a national non-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to recognize and honor local servicemen and women touched by conflict or war. As of July, over 161,000 quilts have been presented across the U.S. The quilts presented are a token of appreciation that says, “thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.” According to Sherry Riley, Director of the Shelby County Veteran’s Office, there are over 400 veterans on active file in our area.
4-H Textile project members, made up of youth ages 9 to 18, are pleased to participate in this special recognition and community service project by designing, sewing, and quilting an award that can be used by a veteran as either a lap or bed quilt. These lifetime awards will be stitched by the 4-H’ers with love, prayers and healing thoughts and will also let these recipients know that the local community is thankful for their service and sacrifice.
The TEEA XYZ Homemaker’s club has agreed to partner in this project to provide instruction and assistance to the youth in quilt sewing and design. After construction, each quilt will be registered with the Quilt of Valor Foundation to indicate the recipient, branch of military service, years of veteran service, quilter’s name, and sponsor of the quilt.
VFW post 8904 is partnering in this project to nominate recipients in our county and to assist 4-H’ers in the quilt presentation ceremony. VFW post 8904 has also agreed to sponsor the first two Quilts of Valor for Shelby County. A sponsorship check of $400 was presented to Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health by Larry Hume, VFW Postmaster 8904 at the Pearl Harbor recognition ceremony on December 7, 2017.
If any business or civic organization would like to assist with this project by sponsoring a quilt, please contact the Shelby County Extension Office, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH at 936-598-7744 or by email at email@example.com.
Town and Countyr has decided to have a friendly contest here in our office with the agents. They are decorating their doors, we will post the pictures to facebook and let people vote. They will also have a box at the front of the office for people to come see the doors in person and vote.
Voting starts Dec. 11th at noon and ends Dec. 14th at noon. The winner will be announced at our open house Dec. 14th from 4-6. The prize is $250 in cash plus $250 donated in the winners name to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
The First United Methodist Church of Center will be having their annual Sacerd Sounds of the season. They invite the public to come and hear the beautiful sounds of Christmas Thursday December 7th, 2017 at 6 p.m. in their Sanctuary,
They will also have their Christmas Cantata at 10 a.m. this Sunday December 10th, 2017.
Gaddy's Medical Equipment and Supplies are hosting coats for kids, you can drop off new or gently used coats for both boys & girls of all ages at their location at 300 Hurst Street in Center. For more information call 936-590-4464.
Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant students hosted an end-of-semester prom for adults in the Community Health Core Group at the Carthage Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 17.
“We have worked with this group every Wednesday this semester in our Artisan’s Way Program,” said Professor Joy Moreland. “Our students had formed bonds with them and wanted to do something special for them. It was really a collective effort among all my students and myself.”
The OTA students decorated the Civic Center in a “Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball” theme with Christmas trees, twinkling lights, snow white ornaments, and a disco ball of revolving multi-colored lights. The students provided a buffet of snacks, including hot dogs and nachos, along with a hot chocolate bar.
The prom started at 5 p.m., but Panola College Cosmetology students arrived much earlier to work their magic with hair and makeup for the Community Health Core participants. Professor Bobbie Smith said her students enjoyed helping with the prom.
“This event was so rewarding to myself and the students,” Smith said. “It was the first time to collaborate with the OTA program, and we hope not the last! I have participated in other special needs dances and proms and cannot fully explain the joy and happiness I feel making these
special ladies beautiful. They are truly a blessing and I end up feeling like I have received way more than I have provided.”
“Every week, one of the things we do consistently in the classroom is dance. They love the music and it’s a great way to promote physical activity and social interaction,” Moreland said.
She praised community volunteers who donated their time and services to making the prom possible. These include Rusty Evans, who chauffeured prom-goers on free limo rides; Drew’s Entertainment, who provided DJ services; Curly Q’s; James Wood Constructions; Strozier Railcar Maintenance; Kimberly Cadena-El Mexicano: Taqueria and Custom Cakes; Texas Home Health; Therapy Group of Texas; Marshall Police Officers Association; Theron and Sheryl Tate; and Little Shop of Vinyl.
“Patricia Taylor directs the Community Health Core Group,and we have enjoyed working with them all semester. I was so proud that all of my OTA students participated. This was a good way for my students to do something to serve others, and to learn how to interact therapeutically with special needs adults,” Moreland added.
OTA students involved in this project include GloriaArellano, Carthage; Lani Blohm, Marshall; Erica Booth, Marshall; MadiBrown, Carthage; Vanessa Cox, Waskom; Caitlin Elliott, Long Branch; Chelsea Elliott, Troup; Jessica Fernandez, Wallis; Kallie Forman, Buna; Ashley Gentry, Carthage; Ellie Holloway, Henderson; Kailon Jackson, Jefferson; Kristen LeBlanc, Marshall; Lacy Miles, Marshall; Leah Montandon, Hallsville; Waldina Moran, Lufkin; Keather Nichols, Buna; Alyissa Riddle, Waskom; Emily Smith, Jasper; Rialie Taylor, Garrison; Graciela Villanueva, Henderson; Darian Wood, Nacogdoches, and Crystal Zapata, Longview.
Cosmetology students who helped with hair and makeup include Talon Chambers, Gary; Karlee Corhorst, Carthage; Ashley Crawford, Timpson; Kelly Davis, Marshall; Destiney Divine, Gary; Kirstyn Jacks, Carthage; Katherine “Kay” Johnson, Carthage; Liberty Moser, Carthage; Jasmine Walton, Carthage; and Dana Young, Gary.
“I went into the event thinking it would just be fun and I would make them happy and beautiful,” said student Kirstyn Jacks. “What I didn’t realize is I would be the one that would receive the most out of this experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat!”
Rusty Evans of Rusty’s Limo Service provided free rides for prom goers.
Participants enjoyed a photo booth.
The Winter Wonderland Masquerade Ball provided a magical evening for Community Health Core participants.
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Center Police Department would like to announce the winner of our Christmas Wreath. Congratulations to Janet Adams of Center.
J.J. Ford came by the PD on Monday December 4th, and was asked for her assistance in drawing the name. Ms. Adams was excited to get the phone call about the beautiful Christmas Wreath. CPDLA would like to thank everyone for the purchase of their tickets and their support of our Local Law Enforcement.
The Timpson Bears High School Football team send off will be at the Timpson high school parking lot on Thursday December 7th, 2017 at 4 p.m. They will have a game vs. the Tenaha Tigers at 7 p.m. that evening at the Bulldog Stadium in Carthage.
Center High School HOSA is hosting the 1st annual Ugly Sweater Run December 9th, 2017. This Christmas themed 5K will begin at the Windham Civic Center and feature "elfies", Santa for the kids, a DJ and hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the race! We are encouraging participants to wear their ugliest sweater for a chance to win a gift certificate for a mini session with Snell Photography. Pre-register online at Active.com.
The first 75 to register are guaranteed an event t-shirt. T-shirt deadline is November 18th. Day of registration will open at 7 am December 9th and the race will begin at 8 am. Please join us for this event! If you have any questions about the event or would like to help, please contact Sara Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com
On Monday, December 11 the Dragon High School Band will host A Christmas Extravaganza in the cafeteria at 6pm.
This event will feature festive ensemble selections, holiday poetry, and a performance by the SHS Dragon Band. There will also be an option to purchase a delicious spaghetti dinner for $8 (see a band student/booster for a ticket, or you may purchase tickets at the door). All proceeds will be used to aid in providing meals for the band during our spring trip to Memphis, TN.
We appreciate all of the support that you have given to the Dragon Bands, and look forward to putting on a wonderful performance for you!
S. W. Carter Elementary School students will compete at San Augustine in the District 22AA Elementary Academic UIL Meet on December 11th and 13th. Schools competing include Chireno, Joaquin, San Augustine, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Woden.
Competing from Shelbyville:
Art Smart 4/5 – Ella Matthews, Trinity Mitchell, Nevaeh Lee. Madolyn Lout
Coaches: Tonya Fenton (Dictionary Skills 5, Spelling 4), Kelly McDaniel (Creative Writing), Karen Taylor (Maps, Graphs & Charts 5), NaKeisha Swindle (Art Smart 4/5), Chalee Miller (Ready Writing 3)), Stephanie Bass (Number Sense 4, Number Sense 5), Cassie Jernigan (Oral Reading 4, Oral Reading 5), Shannon Bohannon (Ready Writing 4, Ready Writing 5, Spelling 5), Pam Jamison (Listening 5, Social Studies 5), Jennifer Sonmor (Spelling 3), Tori Windham (Music Memory 3/4, Music Memory 5) and Beth Harrington (Storytelling 2, Storytelling 3).
Shelbyville Middle School Students Compete
Shelbyville Middle School students will compete at San Augustine in the District 22AA Middle School Academic UIL Meet on December 11th and 13th. Schools competing include Chireno, Joaquin, San Augustine, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Woden.
Competing from Shelbyville:
Art Smart 6 – Tamryn Murphy, Ionnia Hubbard, Nakyia Swindle
"Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Just a reminder, the Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet December 9, 2017 at the Masonic Lodge on Hwy 96, south of town, at 6:30 PM for our Christmas party.
If you get to the loop you have gone too far. The Carthage Camp and others have been invited to join us.
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold their December meeting/Christmas luncheon this Saturday, December 9 at noon at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center. The Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas will meet with them for a joint luncheon. The Chapters will furnish turkey and ham and the DRT officers will bring drinks and ice, paper goods and bread. DRT members are asked to bring a veggie, salad or dessert. As always for our Christmas luncheon, spouses and guests are invited. Our special guest will be the DRT District IV Representative Johnnie McWilliams from Tyler.
Once again we will bring unwrapped toys for County Attorney Gary Rholes' office to distribute to Shelby County children, so let's fill the Christmas tree. Come join us as we share highlights of the past year and prepare for the next year. If you have any questions, call Maggie at 248-3361.
WASHINGTON — Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or other special occasions, the U.S. Postal Service offers a variety of Forever stamp to help make it memorable.
“Writing greeting cards has been a cherished holiday family tradition since the 1800s,” said U.S. Postal Service Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner. “No matter what the occasion, we hope Americans will take advantage of our unique selection of Forever stamps as they extend their best wishes to friends, family and loved ones.”
Penner also noted that customers can save a trip to the Post Office by purchasing the stamps online at usps.com/shopor by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).
The choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University, along with the Festival Orchestra, will present SFA’s traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the university campus.
The highly anticipated “Christmas Celebration” concert will feature “Magnificat in D” by Johann Sebastian Bach and other seasonal favorites. SFA’s A Cappella Choir, Women’s Choir and Choral Union will be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.
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.
About One Year Ago by Mansfield State Historic Site
Known as the “King of Battle,” the artillery arm played an important role at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. By the time of the American Civil War, the types of projectiles and explosive shells fired by field cannon were diverse and surprisingly advanced. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, visitors will get a chance to see and hold various types of Civil War artillery projectiles from the museum’s collection and learn how they functioned.
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.
About One Year Ago by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
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.
The FannieBrown Booth Library and the members of the Friends of the Library officers wouldlike to thank the community for its generous support of the library book sale held this fall.
The success of the book sale was due to the work of all involved. This includes the community members who purchased books and who workedat the sale, city employees who assisted with the breakdown, and those who gave special monetary donations, book donations and boxes.
The Library would like to give special recognition and appreciation for the many hours of planning and preparation by all the members of the Friends of the Library group. You are all truly an asset to the Library.