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Community News Archives for 2018-08

Flags to Fight Hunger


 

 

The flags are flying at Center ISD as a part of the Flags to Fight Hunger program are honoring Labor Day and will remain up to honor Patriot's Day, 9/11.    Thank you to all flag supporters!
 
 
 

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McSwain Earns Doctorate Degree


 

 

 
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service announces that Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health graduated with her Ph.D. in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University on August 11, 2018.  As part of her doctorate program, McSwain conducted a research study involving senior adult nutrition and the role a community garden could play in supplementing food assistance programs at the county level through Extension oversight and volunteerism.  In addition to Dr. McSwain’s Ph.D., she holds a M.S. in Horticulture from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Education from Baylor University and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University.
 
Dr. McSwain is married to Jimmy McSwain from Center, Texas and she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jerry O’Donnell from Copperas Cove, Texas.  McSwain is the mother of Rhyan Aljoe of Washington D.C., Ashlyn Aljoe of Lubbock, Texas; and is the step-mother of Hunter McSwain of Center.  Her in-laws are Norman and Joyce Hurt of Center and the late Kenneth McSwain.
 
 
 
 

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Sewing Sensations for Adults Class to be Offered


 

 

 
Want to learn how to sew and complete a Crazy Patch quilt as you go?  Then register for this fun, hands-on Sewing Senations class hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and taught by professional quilter, Margaret Smith.  
 
The Crazy Patch Quilting class will be conducted Monday evenings from 5 to 7 pm, September 17, 24, and October 1 and 8 at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center.   Sewing machines are available for participant use.  Cost for this 4-week course is only $45 per person.  Class is limited to 10 adult participants and registration in advance is required.  Supply list will be provided at registration.
 
Need to brush up on your sewing machine skills?  Then register for Machine Sewing Basics 101 to be offered on September 10 from 5 to 7 pm for only $10.  Class is limited to 10 adult participants and registration in advance is required.  Supplies are included for this class.
 
Ms. Smith is a master quilter and has professionally quilted for the past 50 years and created over 500 quilts, many of which have been showcased in quilt shows such as East Texas Poultry Festival in Center, Pineywoods show in Carthage, and in the South Padre Island show.  She has taught numerous sewing classes in Alaska and Hemphill and belongs to the Busy Quilter and Panola Squares quilt guilds in Carthage.
 
To register for this class or for additional information, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.  Registration due by September 7th. 
 
 

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Joaquin ISD Senior Parent Meeting


 

 

Senior Parent Meeting
September 11, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Joaquin High School Auditorium
 
 

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Tri-County Resource Fair


 

 

Tri-County Head Start will have their Fair/Fall Festival.
 
The Resource Fair will be held on October 29th, 2018 at the Old Elementary School at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, TX from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
 
If you are interested in becoming a vendor please call 936-657-4740.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Historical Society Monthly Meeting


 

 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum located at 230 Pecan Street. The speaker this month will be Mr. Bill O"Neal. He will be speaking to us about Texas in World War I. The program will consist of interviews he had students do with people that they knew who were in WWI when he was teaching history at Panola College. Everyone is invited to attend.

 
 

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Hunter's Safety Course


 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to inform the public that the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office will be hosting a Hunter's Safety Class at the DeSoto Parish Training Facility. The classes will begin on Thursday, September 20 and will continue through Saturday, September 22, 2018. This will be led by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and hosted by Deputy Michael Dunn and Captain Phillip Daniels. Hunter's Education Courses are open to persons of all ages, but only those 10 years of age or older are eligible for certification. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Louisiana Hunter Education Certificate Card that is recognized by all states and provinces that require hunter education. The classes are free, however spots are limited. We have provided a link below where you will need to register in order to participate in the course.  For further questions, you may contact Captain Phillip Daniels at: (318) 401-3017
 
 
Dates and Times:
Thursday, September 20: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 21: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
DeSoto Parish Training Center 
120 Sprockett Ln., Grand Cane, LA
 
To Register, please click the link below and choose "Register Now" on the top-right of the page:
 
 

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Public Rifle Sighting


 

 

 
 
 
Sheriff Jayson Richardson will be opening the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Rifle Range to public residents on three weekends in September. The dates below will be reserved for hunters to have an opportunity to sight in their rifles for hunting season. Sheriff Richardson is pleased to offer this service to our residents free of charge in a safe environment. The service is designed to allow proper sighting without the worry of disturbing neighbors in nearby areas. 
 
The Range will have three shooting lanes open with targets at 100 yards. All stations will be equipped with a shooting bench and lead sled to assist hunters. Basic targets will be available at the range, but shooters are allowed to bring their own targets. You will need to bring your own weapons, ammunition, hearing and eye protection. Limited hearing and eye protection may be available at the range if needed. A Range Instructor as well as other deputies will be on site and available to assist citizens to ensure safety. Registration is not required, however the range will only be open to DeSoto Parish residents. For more information please contact Sergeant Adam Jones at the DeSoto Parish Training Facility at: (318) 872-1877.
 
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, September 8: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 15: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DeSoto Parish Training Center
120 Sprockett Ln., Grand Cane, LA
 
 
 

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Children's Advocacy Center Breakfast Invitation


 

 

The Community Leaders Forum will be hosted by Children's Advocacy Center and The Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc.
 
On Tuesday September 18, 2018 from 8:30- 10:00 AM at Mary K's Country Diner on 806 N Camino Crossing, Hwy 96 N San Augustine, TX. 75972 Kindly RSVP before September 11th:  Email lharst@cactx.org
 
 

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CADDO MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE ATLATL PROGRAM


 

 

 
 
 
ALTO, Texas –– Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to participate in a day program learning about the ancient hunting and throwing device known as the atlatl.  The program will be offered at 1:00 P.M.  Activities will include instruction on the development of hunting tools, different atlatl styles, and throwing techniques. There will be an opportunity for participants to practice throwing darts at a target using the atlatl. This program is part of a primitive technologies series being offered at the site.  
                                            
The program is free, but regular site admission applies.
 
 
 

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Create-a-Costume at the Library


 

 

This year, Fannie Brown Booth Library is going to be hosting a Create-A-Costume group for Halloween!  We will supply ideas, fabric, accessories, and other supplies to help your child make a great costume!  We are still looking for donations for these items, so feel free to bring anything you have by the library.  Our Create-A-Costume group will meet throughout September and the first two weeks of October. The meetings will be after Story Time on Thursdays for those who are too young for school or are homeschooled, and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for those who need to come after school!  Adults must be present to approve their child’s choices and to assist in the making of the costumes.  This is a family friendly group.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

 
 

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Downtown Marshall Symphony Concert: Jeans 'n Classics


 

 

Marshall, Texas September 15— The Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Marshall Regional Arts Council presents their annual Downtown Concert “Jeans 'n Classics: the Music of U2 and Queen”. This annual event takes place under a large tent in the middle of Marshall's historic downtown square. You will hear live orchestra music play your favorite 80's and 90's hits such as: "We Are the Champions", "Don't Stop Me Now", "With Or Without You", and "Beautiful Day" sung by vocalist Michael Shotton. This year's concert includes a chorus of local singers prepared by Mark Crim who will provide backup during the Queen segments of the concert. For the past 12 years, local businesses, restaurants, and organizations have come together to enjoy the music of the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and promote Marshall’s Downtown.  Special thanks to the Marshall Symphony, the Marshall Regional Arts Council, the Marshall Symphony League and Celia and Ken Carlile for their support in making this event a success.
 
There are many ways to participate in this event. Kick off the week with "Dixieland on the Square" from 11:30-1pm Wednesday September 12th, Telegraph Park on the Square in Marshall.  Coffee with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Kermit Poling at Central Perks Thursday, September 13th at 6pm.  See the dress rehearsal Friday, September 14th and shop your local businesses starting at 8pm. Sit at the best seat in the house with up to 9 of your friends by sponsoring a table reserved for both Friday and Saturday performances. Order local eats right to your table! Call LeAnn Beavers for information 903.926.1030.
 
Tickets are available at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Weisman Center, KMHT Marshall Radio, KGAS Carthage Radio, and online at marshallartscouncil.org and marshallsymphony.com.
 
 

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Wrestler Bid Daddy Yum Yum Full Interview


 

 

 

 

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Unique Boutique Summer Sale


 

 

The Unique Boutique is having an end of the summer sale!  We have all the clothes your children will need for school.  We have the hottest prices around!  Fill a bag with clothes for only $4!!!  Come by today to see what we have.  The Summer Sale is from 8/29/18 thru 8/31/18.  For more information, please call the Unique Boutique at 936-591-8190.

 
 

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Oh! Whata Night Fundraiser


 

 

The Joaquin Jr. Beta Club will be having an Oh! Whata Night Fundraiser at the Whataburger in Joaquin from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, September 11th.  25% of the sales during these 3 hours will directly benefit the Jr. Beta Club and your community.  Please come and dine in or drive thru to support these hard working students!

 
 

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Kissin' Kuzzins Weekly Genealogy Column


 

 

The Vernon Historical and Genealogical Association will hold it's September meeting on September 1, 2018 at 12:30PM at the Vernon Parish Library, Meeting Room.  Guest speakers will be Sharon Wolf, Assistant Archivist and Mary Linn Wernet, Archivist, Cammie G. Henry Research Center Northwestern State University.  The presentation will be "The Watson Library's Use of Social Media and How the VHGS Can Use It Too". If you plan on bringing a refreshment, please let the group know so there is no duplication of effort. For more information, call the Vernon Parish Library in Leesville, Louisiana.  Thank you, Cheryl Perkins Corresponding Secretary, VHGS
 
(2)  The Deep East Texas Archeological Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018 for desserts and refreshments followed at 7 p.m. by a short business meeting and a program given by the man in charge of the Big Thicket Preserve.  For more information, please call the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library at (409) 379-2109, Klaus Gehr at (337) 329-3829, or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.  The public can e-mail Klaus at klaus@onlinearmory.com or Dickie at dickie.dixon@hotmail.com
 
(3)The Angelina County Genealogical Society is honored to sponsor the Happy 136th Birthday Lufkin! Celebration on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 8 a.m. to noon in the City Council Chambers in the Lufkin City Hall on 300 West Shepherd Ave. in downtown Lufkin, Texas (75904).  At 8 a.m. Mount Enterprise resident John Langston will discuss “Brick Collecting.”  At 9 a.m. Pineland native Wayne Fults will discuss “1900-1920 Era Coca Cola Bottles.”  At 10 a.m. Dr. Neal Naranjo will discuss “A. B. Jennings and the Coming of the H.E.W.T. Railroad.”  At 11 a.m. city officials, legislators, dignitaries, and city officials will add their thoughts for the Celebration.  For more information, please contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at dickie.dixon@hotmail.com
 
(4)The Angelina County Genealogical Society will honor Angelina College on its fiftieth anniversary this year in its regular September meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 in the Community Meeting Room at Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  Coffee and cookies begin at 3:30 p.m.   Plans are to have a panel discussion from participants who went to school there, taught or worked there, or had relatives who worked or taught there.  For more information, please contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at  dickie.dixon@hotmail.com
 
Eye on Books The Newton County Historical Commission is offering their newest book Once an Eagle by Bobby Bean for sale for $30 at the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library on 213 East Court Street in downtown Newton, Texas (75966).  Interested parties can contact Kathy Knighton or Terri Woods there at (409) 379-2109.
 
 
 
 
 

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Rodeo Invite


 

 

 

 

 

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5K Chicken Run Last week to sign up with $25 fee


 

 

Crossfit 936 will present the Annual Poultry Festival 5K Chicken Run and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 6th.
 
The Chicken Trot, Sponsored by Cline Family Medicine will begin at 7:30am on the downtown square.  The Kids Fun Run will begin at 7:00am.  Pets are welcome on a leash and will follow runners.  Hope Community Medicine is the Awards sponsor.
 
Make sure you register this week for the $25.00 registration fee. Registration fee is for the 5K Chicken Trot is $25.00 until this Friday, August 31st when it will be $30.00.  Registration fee includes an entrance button to the Festival, good for all three Festival days.   A portion of the proceeds will go to assist the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in providing discounted mammograms during the Health and Fitness Fair which will be held in March 2019
 
Registration for the Race is now open on runsignup.com.  
 
 
 
For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County 4-H Recognizes Members and Volunteers


 

 

 
At the recent 4-H Kick-off event, Shelby County Extension agents Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain presented Garrett Lewis and Joshua Clark with the 4-H “I Dare You” award.
Garrett is a senior in high school and was recently elected the Shelby County 4-H President.  He has been a member of Shelby County 4-H for three years after moving from Beckville 4-H where he participated for three years.  Garrett has participated in the beef and goat projects learning to be responsible and make connections not only with other people but with the animal as well.  This year he plans to explore some new projects such as textiles and give a try at livestock judging.  Garrett said, “The main thing I love about 4-H is the fact that it’s an opportunity to get out and about and meet new people, help the community, and hopefully, open new doors for my future.”  Garrett is the son of Brandon and Miranda Lewis.
 
Joshua joined the Las Vegas Roadrunner 4H group at age 9.  He began his 4-H career with Show Chickens and won Best in Show 2-years in a row for his chickens, also 1st place in show for his age division the first time he entered.  He was also involved in Shooting sports and Archery which had him out in the Nevada heat practicing most weekends.  Josh built a 6-foot trebuchet for his club presentation and received honorable mention on his Record Book for two years.
After moving to Shelby County 2-years ago he joined 4H.  He has been Involved in Food and Nutrition, Food Camps, event setups and Quilts of Valor.  Recently he was selected and trained as a Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador and is working to develop a Healthy Kids community project.  The first booth was at the 1st Methodist Health Fair this past summer.  Joshua also volunteered his time to the 4H One Day project at the Shelby County Courthouse and to the Community Garden.  Joshua is the son of Jason and Michele Clark.
 
These two young people have shown leadership and a willingness to always help in time of need.  They are both very active in the 4-H program participating in numerous projects and community service activities.
 
Each year a local business, organization or individual is nominated for the Friend of 4-H award to recognize their support through volunteerism, use of facilities, or donation of a product for 4-H and adult programs provided through AgriLife Extension.
 
The “Friend of 4-H” award was presented to Johnson Produce and its owner Shelby Johnson.  Over the past few years Johnson’s Produce has provided fresh vegetables and watermelon to our Kid’s cooking camps and canning programs.  In addition, Shelby has even given a great presentation to the kids on how to grow watermelons and told them about importance of agriculture to our county.  We truly appreciate Shelby Johnson’s giving spirit and Johnson’s Produce for providing the vegetables and fruit so that our youth can learn about cooking and farming.
 
Please help us in congratulating and recognizing the efforts of these youth and supporters of Shelby County 4-H.  If you have any questions regarding the 4-H program, feel free to contact us at 936-598-7744.
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin ISD Pep Rally


 

 

The Joaquin ISD pep rally will be from 1:30 - 1:50 pm this Friday 8-31-18 in the new gym. 

 
 

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Center Floral & Gifts After Hours Event


 

 

 

 

 

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After Hours Event Lasting Impressions


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors with Paula Jones, owner of Lasting Impressions, will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, September 11th from 5:00 until 6:30pm.
 
Lasting Impressions will showcase the lovely selection of inventory while at the same time Chamber members will have an opportunity to network with each other in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Lasting Impressions specializes in beautiful home décor and has the perfect gifts for a bridal shower.  Brides to be are encouraged to set up a bridal shower registry.  Paula carries a huge selection of Kendra Scott jewelry. The new Kendra Scott look is fun!.  Lasting Impressions also has a large selection of baby clothes, and offers baby shower registry.
Lasting Impressions is located at 112 Foster Street.
 
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit info@shelbycountychamber.com..
 
 

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East Texas Show Star Series


 

 

 

Schedules Click Here:

 

 

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Accredited Food Handler's Training Course to be Offered


 

 

 
A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County.  Food Safety: It’s in Your Hands is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2018 starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Extension office meeting room, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas 75935.  
 
This 2-hour course is required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food.  The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas.  The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment.  Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.
 
To register for the course, call the Extension office at 936-598-7744.  Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course.  The cost is $20 per person.  If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent-Family & Community Health at 936-598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 

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Center Noon Lions Club Gospel Concert


 

 

 
 
The Center Noon Lions Club will be hosting a Gospel Singing on Saturday 25th at the Windham Civic Center in Center, TX.  Pre-concert music begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets available at King's Nursery in Tenaha, Covington Lumber Co. in Center or from any Center Noon Lions Club member.
 
 
 

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End of Summer Sale for Unique Boutique


 

 

The Unique Boutique is having a End of Summer Sale!!  The Sale will be August 29-31.  Come and see our great selection of back to school clothes for your kids!  These deals are hot, but like summer, they won't last long!  for more information please call the Store at 936-591-8190.  

 
 

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Shelbyville Hill Fest Cancelled


 

 

The Shelbyville Lions Club would like to announce the Annual Happenings at the Shelbyville Hill Fest, scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018 -Shelbyville, Texas has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
 
We look forward to having the festival in 2019.  
 
 
 

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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Elliott Electric Supply Store 1 and NacSpace


 

 

Two Nacogdoches companies are celebrating the construction of new facilities that will be commemorated on August 27th 2018 at 10:00am. Elliott Electric Supply’s historic Store #1, currently located at 3804 South St., is moving to a new location next to the company’s headquarters at 2526 N. Stallings Drive, where the ground breaking will be held. The NacSpace IT data center will also be making its debut as one of the two new buildings at the Stallings Drive location. 
 
The new Store #1 location will offer an expanded and more accommodating counter area providing additional space for customers to view the latest cutting-edge electrical products. Elliott Electric Supply customers will also benefit from being able to access a larger inventory with the expanded warehouse operation. Additionally, the new location on Stallings Drive will be more convenient and accessible for customers than the current South Street location. The Lighting Showroom located in the new Store #1 will feature interactive displays that will allow Elliott Electric Supply’s lighting professionals to better serve their customer’s needs. The new location’s increased capacity to serve East Texas customers is expected to create new jobs for the region’s residents. 
 
The second facility breaking ground is a state-of-the-art information technology center that will be the headquarters for the new company NacSpace. NacSpace has emerged from decades of providing in-house software and hardware development to support Elliott Electric Supply’s growth to more than 150 stores across 8 southern states. In observance of the information technology industry in East Texas, NacSpace was founded in an effort to use their accumulated expertise and initiative as a catalyst for the growth and sustainability of IT jobs in East Texas. This new company will offer a full array of managed IT services such as software and hardware supply and support, information security, communications, and networking. Not only will NacSpace offer Managed IT Services, the facility will also provide cost-effective Office Work Space solutions for small businesses and will house a data center designed with Tier II Plus standards in mind, the first of its kind in East Texas. The data center will bring regional solutions for data infrastructure to the Nacogdoches area with the center featuring secured interconnectivity, reliable and redundant high-density power, and a server room with rack space for dedicated business servers. NacSpace is designed to alleviate burdensome IT issues and keep its customers’ data safe so they can have peace of mind while focusing on their core objectives; reliability and security for their clients is at the heart of this new company and their facility.  
For more info please contact Phillip Hale with NacSpace at (936) 371-0608 or Info@NacSpace.com; Visit www.ElliottElectric.com or www.NacSpace.com. 
 
 

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Poultry Festival Photo Contest


 

 

 

 

 

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An American Main Street Patriotic Event


 

 

 

CALLING ALL SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY AND AREA FIRST RESPONDERS, FIRE DEPTS. & LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARY/VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL (INCLUDING MEDICAL & HUMANITARIAN/VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS).
 
 
To the extent possible considering duty shifts, etc., be sure to be on the San Augustine Courthouse Square on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, beginning at 5:30 PM for the annual An American Main Street patriotic event, and bring your family and friends.  This event was created to not only honor and remember the victims and heroes of that fateful day in 2001, but to also celebrate and thank all of you who have dedicated your careers to serving and protecting your fellow citizens. We are grateful and we wish to recognize and thank you!  Once again, free food and entertainment for everyone!
 
 
 
 

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POW/MIA Recognition Day


 

 

 

 

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Raymond Motor Company First Responders Lunch


 

 

 

 

 

 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff Hosts Retiree Breakfast


 

 

On August 7, 2018 Sheriff Jayson Richardson hosted a Retiree's Breakfast for all retired law enforcement within the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.   This is a bi-annual event that is held at the DeSoto Parish Training Center.  Biscuits, gravy, eggs, sausage, and refreshments are provided and prepared by deputies, auxiliary, and administrative employees.  Many of these retired men and women served together in law enforcement for years, but rarely get the opportunity to gather in one place to visit with one another.  The breakfast event aims to help keep them connected to each other and to the Sheriff's Office.  Many have paved the way for a better future in our parish, and their sacrifices are innumerable to count.  We are grateful for their service and for events such as these that bring together experience and wisdom in law enforcement.

 
 
 

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An American Main Street Patriotic Event


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bull Riding at Shelby County Expo


 

 

 

 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting Results


 

 

PWPS held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, 8/18/18, at the First United Methodist Church on Porter street in Center Tx.  With a large attendance this month, the voting for the “Water “ Challenge with 27 photos was a challenge in itself. The workshop featured “Shooting Architecture “ with our in-house Architecture expert giving a very good talk on techniques and procedures. Thank you Lawrence Davis. The Water Challenge winners are as follows:
 
 
 
 
Sam Flarity, Marshall,TX 
 
 
 
 
Angie Davis, Center,TX
 
 
 
 
Janet Hughes, Carthage, TX
 
 
The PWPS would like to welcome new members Melissa Leavins from Jacksonville, TX and Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville Tx.   For more information about PWPS visit our Facebook page Piney Woods Photographic Society or contact Billie F Jones, call or text, 936-591-2426. 
 
 
 

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What's New for Shelby County 4-H


 

 

 
Calling all Shelby County youth and parents!   Have you ever wanted to learn something new and different while having fun? Well we have it, from cooking, taking pictures, fashion, robotics, shooting sports, raising and showing livestock and much, much more for youth 3rd through 12th grades.  
 
What is 4-H?
4-H is a national organization which helps young people develop life-long knowledge and skills to become engaged citizens.  Through 4-H, youth are also taught how to meet the diversities and challenges of today’s society by bringing together youth and adults to design programs that will teach skills for living.  4-H is truly a model of the “learning by doing” teaching concept.  It reaches people in their own communities with delivery methods suitable to their needs.  4-H also helps to provide opportunities for families and communities to develop stronger bonds.
 
Want to Learn about Shelby County 4-H?
Shelby County 4-H is getting ready to start up their new project year with our annual 4-H Kickoff, Awards Ceremony and Volunteer Recognition program which is scheduled for Sunday, August 26th beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the new Extension gym building at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.  This fun-filled, hands-on event will allow the youth to try their hand at the various projects. 
 
2018 projects offered include:
Shooting Sports Photography
Foods and Nutrition Clothing and Textiles
Robotics Quilts of Valor
Outdoor Challenge Taxidermy
Horse Poultry
Beef Swine
Rabbit Goat
Sheep Leadership
 
Monthly Club Meetings:
Shelby County clubs will meet at the new Extension office the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. (except for September due to holiday).  Monthly meetings will feature a theme, a hands-on program, provide a food prepping and tasting opportunity and a fun team building recreation component.  For example:  September theme will be “4-H Olympics”, the program will a variety of fun, team games such as an obstacle course, blanket name game, chase the balloon, and other activities to build team spirit while having fun getting to know one another.
 
Scholarship Opportunities:
Shelby County 4-H will be providing up to a $1,000 scholarship for continued education past high school, whether it be college or trade school.  The annual winner will be selected on an earned point system for project and club meeting participation, community service, leadership and more.
 
So, come see what Shelby County 4-H has to offer your child on August 26th.  If you have any questions regarding 4-H, please do not hesitate to contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 936-598-7744, Lane Dunn, Ag/NR Agent and Jheri-Lynn McSwain, FCH Agent.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook at Shelby Extension.
 
 

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Gospel Singing


 

 

The Center Noon Lions Club hosting is hosting a Gospel Singing on Saturday 25th at the Windham Civic Center.  Pre-concert music begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. 

 
 

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"CIVIL WAR VITTLES" PRESENTATION AT MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE


 

Come and see how soldiers and officers of the American Civil War perfected cooking and eating while on the march and in camp during this informative presentation.  The indoor program will held on Saturday, August 25, at 2:00 PM.  Guests will learn about hardtack "crackers," the origins of canned goods, making "coffee without coffee" and other campfire "delicacies."  At the program's conclusion, small cups of chicory coffee will be available for guests to sample.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana.  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 locally or 888.677.6267 toll free, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Reunion Dinner


 

 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold there Reunion Dinner Monday, August 20th, 6:00 pm at Clear Springs Restaurant in Nacogdoches. Members will enjoy fellowship and catching up on all that has been going on over the summer break. All members are invited to attend and bring a friend! 

 
 

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Halloween Donations at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

 

The library is looking for donations, but this time we do NOT just want books!  The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial library has big plans for Halloween this year, and we need your help.  If you have a Halloween costume in good, clean condition, that you no longer need or want, your library can put it to good use!  Please drop any Halloween costumes, accessories, or even craft supplies, fabrics, etc., off at the library anytime in the next two weeks to help us prepare for our new Halloween Costume Making Group!  More details on the group will be shared soon!  Thank you all in advance for your help! For more information call 936-598-5522. 

 

 

 
 

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The Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting


 

 

“The PWPS will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, August 18th. In Center, TX at the First United Methodist Church, at 211 Porter St. from 9 am -12 pm. 
 
The August monthly challenge will include a wide variety of photos with water being the main subject. There will a workshop conducted on “Shooting Architecture “ in preparation for the September challenge. Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings and memberships are available.   
For more information contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426. “
 
 
 
 
 

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Todd Spring Baptist Church Homecoming


 

 

The Todd Spring Baptist Church will have their annual homecoming service on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.  Pastor W. C. Martin and the Bennett Chapel Baptist Church will be the special guests.  

 
 

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BESTSELLING AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT FIRST BAPTIST SAN AUGUSTINE


 

 

 
Pastor and bestselling author C.C. Risenhoover will preach at the 10:45 a.m. service at First Baptist Church of San Augustine on August 26.
 
Raised in Jasper, Risenhoover is senior pastor of The Church on Thistle Ridge in Granbury, Texas, author of 25 published books and a recipient of the Military Order of Foreign Wars Meritorious Service Medal.
 
Other recipients of the medal include Secretary of Defense and former Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis; former National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster; former National Football League player Pat Tillman, an Army Ranger who was killed in Afghanistan; and Medal of Honor recipient Army Master Sergeant Gary Gordon who was killed Somalia.
 
Risenhoover, considered an expert on Islam, cults and terrorism, is an award-winning journalist who has previously written the weekly “Bible Studies for Life” series for the online edition of the Baptist Standard; has been editor and/or publisher of seven magazines and has had more than 1,000 articles published in 50 different magazines.
 
A former professional baseball pitcher, Mr. Risenhoover was educated at Louisiana College and Baylor University (the first student recruited for the school’s religious journalism program), where he received BA and MA degrees.  He did further professional study under the auspices of New York University and the College of William and Mary.
 
In 2015 the State of Texas unveiled a large historical marker on U.S. Highway 190 in Jasper honoring the Jasper Steers, a predominantly all black barnstorming baseball team, and Risenhoover as its only white player.  A display about the Steers and Risenhoover occupies a considerable amount of space in the Jasper County Historical Museum.
 
Risenhoover’s professional background includes working as an editorial consultant for a major media company; as an investigative reporter for a major metropolitan daily newspaper; for what was at one time the largest electronic warfare systems developer in the country; as public relations director for Baylor; as the first baseball coach at Houston Baptist College; as a journalism professor at Sam Houston State University, Eastfield College, Southern Methodist University, Henderson State University and Chemeketa College; and as an adjunct instructor at Texas Wesleyan University and Tarrant Community College.
 
He also formerly served as a press representative for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, as assistant to the president for the Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (and editor of Beam International magazine), and as executive director of Lifeline World Mission.
 
In addition to his 25 published books, he was a contributing author to two books and editor of five others.  Risenhoover’s two latest books are titled Make Some Noise and Murdering America: One White Man at a Time.
 
He ghosted a novel titled Once Upon a Texas Train, which was developed into a CBS-TV movie, and wrote and directed a film titled Marked for Extinction, which is about children in the Gaza Strip, where he interviewed Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist leaders.  His credits also include scripting a video for Promise Keepers titled The Awesome Power of Shared Belief.
Risenhoover has served as pastor of five churches, two others as interim, and in the ‘60s began preaching in African American and Hispanic churches in the South.  He is recipient of the Black History Month Friendship Award for work in racial reconciliation; the Communications Award from the Baptist General Convention of Texas; the Arkansas Governor’s Award; and the Gulf Coast Newspaper Association Award for column writing.  He was also recommended for the Pulitzer Prize and the Ernie Pyle Award.
 
He was among the first media professionals in the nation to be accredited by Public Relations Society of America and is a former board member of the Christian Film and Television Commission, and former advisory board member of the Baylor Line magazine.
 
 

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce movie presentation


 

 

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce will be showing The Marvel Studios 2018 Black Panther movie Monday, September 3rd in MLK Park in Timpson Texas at 7:30 (Dark). Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and/or blankets.  Please come early (4 pm or after) and help with a Park clean up. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be available for donations. All donations will be to the Parks upkeep and new projects. Timpson has 3 great Parks, Downtown Plaza Park, SoSo Park and MLK Park. We are proud to have these assets in our town. Our goal is to keep them clean and have good family activities for all to enjoy. We hope you will come out and enjoy a great evening in the Park.

 
 

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Timpson Backpack Give-A-Way


 

 

The Timpson Backpack Giveaway will be held Thursday 8-16-18 evening at 4:30 p.m. at SoSo Park in Timpson.

 
 

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Davmar Art Gallery to Offer Classes


 

 

 

 

 
Center, Texas – August 15, 2018 – Artist David W. Masterson and owner of Davmar Gallery is offering an extensive selection of beginner, intermediate and advanced study art classes.  All classes focus on improving skills and are taught with thorough explanation and demonstration. All ages are welcome; no prerequisites.
 
Class Information: 
 
Class #1:   Tuesday, August 21 – Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m
 
Class #2:   Tuesday, August 21 – Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Class #3:   Wednesday, August 22 – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Class Size: Minimum of 4 participants to hold Class, Maximum 10
 
Fees: $40.00 per person ($240.00 for 6 weeks | 6 classes), plus one time materials $75.00 fee
 
Art Therapy Painting Classes:  Contact David Masterson for details, cost, and class availability. 
 
For additional information regarding class registration, please contact Masterson at (936) 591-2971, by email trophyquest@gmail.com or visit his website at davidwmasterson.com. The Davmar Gallery is located at 132 Nacogdoches Street on the downtown square in Center, Texas.
 
 
 

 

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Bake & Garage Sale Fundraiser


 

 

 
 
Bake sale and garage sale to help Debbie (Spann) Luman with medical expenses on Friday, August 17, 2018, from 9 am until 1 pm. Donations and volunteers for this sale are appreciated. Let them know before you donate; they need a list of items and those who donate. All clothes need to be on hangers; other items need to be in good or better condition. No trash, please. We put a lot of time into getting these items ready to sell for our recipients. Clean out and help us help others. From Center to Nacogdoches it is 1.2 miles on the Right at the Storage Buildings, just before Loop 500. Call 936-332-0060, text or Facebook message before you donate. Help them help others. Resale hosted by Catherine Livingston. Bake sale hosted by Regina Danley.
 
 
 
 

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Higher Calling visits with DeSoto Parish Sheriff


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson welcomed the Higher Calling Home School group during a recent field trip to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, August 15.  Children and parents had the opportunity to see inside patrol cars, view the detention center area, and visit with many deputies of differing divisions within our offices.  Lt. Reggie Roe guided the group through the hallways while the students were greeted with suckers and gift bags.  Their visit would not be complete without meeting the Sheriff and grabbing a picture to remember.  Sheriff Richardson would like to thank Higher Calling for dropping by, and we look forward to seeing these young leaders again.
 
 
 
 

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Back to School Event in Tenaha


 

 

 

 

 

 

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House of Refuge Homecoming and Revival


 

 

Homecoming and Revival services will be held at the House of Refuge.  The Homecoming service will be on Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 3 p.m. with speaker Pastor Darris Harris from Tyler, TX.  Revival services will be August 22nd, 23rd, & 24th at 7:30 p.m. each evening.  The guest speaker for the week will be Pastor Jackie Goodin from Marshall, TX.
 
 
 
 

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Backpack Give-A-Way


 

 

There will be a back pack give-a-way today 8-14-18 in Tenaha, TX starting at 12 noon at East Texas Fadz Barber Shop.  They are located at 410 N Center St. in Tenaha, TX.
 
 
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Crafternoon


 

 

The Crafternoon group of the Fannie Brown Booth Library will meet Wednesday, August 15th, at  2:00 p.m.  If you are working on a craft project or just want to see what others are working on, come join us at the library.
 
 

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Poultry Festival Broiler Show Workshop


 

 

Poultry Festival Broiler Show Workshop will be August 16th, 2018 - 6:00PM8:00PM at 266 Nacogdoches St. (Old Elementary School  Library Building).  The County Extension Office will be holding the annual Broiler Show workshop which is a free program open to everyone.  You will learn about chick maintenance, feeding, how to construct your pen, plus much more!  If you have any questions, please call the Extension office at 936-598-7744.  
 
 

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Tenaha Businessmen's Club Ribbon Cutting


 

 

August 13, 2018 - The Tenaha Businessmen's Club announce a ribbon cutting for the new owners of The Tiger Stop, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11am. Refreshments to be served. Everyone come and support this business.

 
 
 

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XYZ Extension Homemaker's Club Meeting


 

 

The XYZ Homemaking Extension Club will have their regular monthly meeting on August 16, 2918 at 1:00.  We meet in the James Antioch Community Building.  We will hear Megan Dunn give a report and show pictures of her trip to Brazil that she took this summer.  We welcome visitors to come and learn about what 4-H members in our county do to help the world.  
 
Ellen Manning  598-3081 
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, August 20th, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  Ms. Terri Lacher will present the program about the Prisoner of War Camp in Center during World War II.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Football League Interview:


 

 

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Sand Hill Cemetery Homecoming


 

 

The annual Sand Hill Cemetery homecoming will be Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.  A meal will be served at noon.

 
 

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Despino's Tires


 

 

Despino's Tire will have their grand opening ceremony on Friday, September 14 at 10 AM - 3 PM they are located at 159 US HWY 96 South Center, TX 75935.

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches County Chamber announces annual award recipients


 

 

 
 
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met in July to review nominations and vote for the Chamber's annual awards recipients.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year, the Non Profit of the Year and the Gary Justice Business Excellence Awards recipients are: 
 
Dr. Judy Abbot, Citizen of the Year - award sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc.
 
Nacogdoches Area United Way, Non Profit of the Year - award sponsored by Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc.
 
Twigs & Tin, Small Business of the Year - award sponsored by Heritage Land Bank. 
 
Charles Pool Real Estate, Inc., Medium Business of the Year - award sponsored by Regions Bank.
 
Excel Car Wash & Quick Lube, Large Business of the Year - award sponsored by R&K Distributors, Inc.
 
The honorees will be recognized at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce 97th Annual Meeting and Membership Banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N. Fredonia St. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. 
 
"Nacogdoches is fortunate to be the home of many deserving businesses and individuals," said Chairman Scott Waller, XETX Business Solutions. "My colleagues on the Chamber board are proud to recognize these members of our Chamber who make great contributions to better our community."
The 2018-2019 Chamber board of directors will be inducted at the event and Waller will "pass the gavel" to incoming Chairman Ray Mitchum, M&S Pharmacy. 
 
Bronze sponsorships are available for $750 and include corporate recognition and seating for eight or nine. Individual admission tickets are available for $40. Contact the Chamber at 936-560-5533 for reservations. Seating is limited, and the reservation deadline is Sept. 17.
 

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Red United States Air Mail Stamp Continues the Flight


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Postal Service Issues Second Air Mail Forever Stamp
 
During Weekend Centennial Celebration
 
 
 
There has been a lot of buzz about the second United States Air Mail stamp, including that two stamps with identical designs have not been issued in tandem like this before – a blue version in May and a red version that will be celebrated tomorrow.
 
 
 
Each stamp was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the two historical advancements that pioneered commercial aviation as a whole.
 
 
 

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Tri-County Harvest for Homes Food Pantry Hours Changed


 
 
Beginning, September 6
 
Tri-County Harvest for Homes
 
New Food Pantry hours:
 
Thursdays 8:30am-10:30am
 
 
Need more information please call 936-598-6315 ext:501
 
 

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Xi Alpha Delta Rho Makes Donation to Center Backpack Program


 

 

 

The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority was delighted to make a donation to the Center Backpack Program, in anticipation of the new school year starting.  Receiving the donation was Mrs. Alease Copelin, director of the program and CHS counselor.  The Center Backpack Program has been fighting hunger in the Center ISD schools for six years now.  Center ISD partners with the East Texas Food Bank (ETFB) to provide children with food over the weekend so they return to school on Monday ready to learn!  The Backpack Program provides food for children who participate in free or reduced price meal programs, but are at risk of going hungry on week-ends or holidays.  Caring teachers and staff members identify children who are showing signs of food insecurity - hunger or malnutrition - and share the name of the child with the campus counselor who then distributes a pack of child-friendly food items each Friday.  Packs are filled with nutritious , easy-to-open food that doesn't require stove top cooking.   Funding for the program comes from the Flags to Fight Hunger Program as well as donations from individuals and organizations.  Children can begin participating in the program at any time during the school year, so the number of program participants varies throughout the year.  Children have difficulty concentrating on learning when hungry - the Backpack Program is just one way Center ISD is partnering with the community to foster a positive learning environment by meeting the needs of its students!

 
 

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Job Fair


 

The Green House of Care Group Home will be having a Job Fair at the Green's House of Care Office on FM 1277 at 1012 Partin Rd Saturday morning August 11th, 2018 starting at 8 a.m. to 12 noon, they will be taking applications.  For more information call 936-288-3050.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Backpack Give-A-Way


 

 

 

 

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Center Garden Club Yard of the Month Award


 

 

Center Garden Club is pleased to present its Yard of the Month Award (August) to Andrea and Randy McLeroy in recognition of their commitment to both creating and maintaining a beautiful front landscape for their 1902 Lakewood Drive home.  Both Of the McLeroys are quick to credit Wayne and Carla Doudna Hornbuckle of The Nature Gardeners with the creative vision and the installation that made the plan such an impressive reality.  Center Garden Club urges everyone to drive by the McLeroy home and experience the delight that a picturesque yard can bring to resident and passerby alike!

 
 
 
 

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Huxley Helping Hand Food Pantry


HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP IS HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD THE SECOND SATURDAY OF AUGUST 2018. PROOF OF RESIDENCY & I.D. WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN. DATE: August 11, 2018 TIME: 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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Tri-County Harvest for Homes Produce Drop Cancelled


 

 

The Tri-County Harvest for Homes Produce Drop scheduled for August 22 has been canceled.  For any questions please call 936-598-6315 ext 501 
 
 
 
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Receives Donation


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library received a donation today 8-9-18.  Center Broadcasting Company attended. 

 

 

 

 

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4-H Kick-off Information


 

 

Calling all Shelby County youth and parents!   Have you ever wanted to learn something new and different while having fun? Well, they have it, from cooking, taking pictures, fashion, robotics, shooting sports, raising and showing livestock and much, much more for youth 3rd through 12th grades.  

 

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It's Magic! The Art of Magic Appears on Postage


 

 

 
LAS VEGAS — Through captivating skill and mystique, magicians have been making people believe in magic for centuries. Now the wonder and excitement of magical illusions are captured on U.S. Postal Service Forever stamps. 
 
The Art of Magic Forever stamps were dedicated today in a first-day-of-issue ceremony in Las Vegas at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. The pane of 20 stamps features digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences. For those looking for additional magic, a lenticular souvenir sheet of three of the stamps is also available, featuring a digital illustration that shows a white rabbit actually popping out of a black top hat, a technique used for the first time on a U.S. postage stamp.
 
“From backyard birthday parties to Las Vegas auditoriums, from the largest of illusions to sleight-of-hand tricks performed merely inches from our eyes, magic reminds us that wonder and astonishment are still alive and well,” said USPS Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Williamson, who served as dedicating official at the ceremony. “Today, we tip our symbolic top hats and dedicate this collection of stamps to magic and magicians who inspire, amuse, bewilder and astound us.”   
 
“Magic can inspire, enlighten, and unite as a rare and valuable art form, so I’m happy to be part of the unveiling of this very special collection,” added Emmy award-winning Illusionist David Copperfield who joined Williamson onstage to début the stamps. 
Illusions can be broken down into several major categories, including production, mental phenomena, defiance of natural laws, vanishing, and transformation. The stamp issuance features these exploits with classic representations: a rabbit in a top hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in the air (levitation), an empty birdcage (vanishing), and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation). 
 
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Jay Fletcher created the illustrations and served as the typographer. The Art of Magic stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
 
Stamp Ideas Welcome
The public is encouraged to submit stamp suggestions. Visit this link for details on the stamp selection process and instructions for submitting suggestions in writing. Due to the time required for research and approval, ideas for stamp subjects should be received at least three years prior to proposed release. Each submission should include pertinent historical information and important dates associated with the subject.
 
 

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Shelby County Football League Youth Football Sign-Ups


 

 

 

 

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Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Revival


 

 

Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Annual Homecoming Celebration will be Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.  Rev. Terrance Hicks from Power of the Word Ministries in Nacogdoches, Texas is the special guest.
 
Revival services will be Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - August 15-17, 2018, 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Guest speakers will be Apostle Wilson, Rev. Jackie Gooden, and Apostle Cornell Hamilton will be the guest speakers.  
 
 
 
 

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Poultry Festival Broiler Show Workshop


 

 

Poultry Festival Broiler Show Workshop August 16th, 2018 - 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 266 Nacogdoches St. (Old Elementary School  Library Building)
            
The County Extension Office will be holding the annual Broiler Show workshop which is a free program open to everyone.  You will learn about chick maintenance, feeding, how to construct your pen, plus much more!  If you have any questions, please call the Extension office at 936-598-7744.  
 
 

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Antioch Baptist Church Revival


 

 

Revival at the Antioch Baptist Church on Hwy 699 in Carthage.  Brother David Long of Jackson Baptist of Joaquin will be preaching.
 
 
 

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ETPF Photography Contest


 

The ETPF Photography Contest information Entry Fees:  $3.00 per photo Photography Contest Display at the VISION SOURCE office of Dr. Charles R. Collard, O.D., - Located next door to the RIO Theatre, on the downtown Center Square – Oct 4, 5 & 6th; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
"Call to all photographers.  
Do you have a camera? 
Do you take pictures? 
Then this pertains to YOU!  
 
The ETPF Photography Show will be here soon and is needing your pictures. 
Call or text Billie Jones 936-591-2426 for more contest information or entry forms."
 
 
 
 
 

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Wayfinding Maps at Chamber Office


 

 

The Tourism Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the publication of a Wayfinding Map for Center.  The map highlights points of interest and hotels/motels in the area.  The Chamber has distributed them to high traffic traveler locations according to Tourism Chairman, Andi Foster.   
 
For more information or to get maps please contact the Chamber office at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ambassador 3rd Quarterly Meeting Held


 

 
The third quarterly Ambassador meeting was held Wednesday, July 25 at Sombrero's with Ambassador President, Andi Foster, presiding.  There were 14 members and three Chamber staff present.  David Chadwick gave the invocation.   
   
President Foster reviewed events that were held during the third quarter and congratulated all Ambassadors for the hours that they volunteered in helping with the events.
         
Each quarter, individual Ambassadors receive a Certificate of Recognition for the most hours volunteered.  For the 3rd quarter, Andi Foster, Vieux Carre' Photography, on Team S.A.S.S. was recognized for 13 hours; Sandra Gray, Shelby Savings Bank, on Team Mixin' It Up, for 13.5 hours; Meg Camp, Edward Jones, for 13 hours and Hollie Adams, Focused Care of Center, on Team Dazed and Confused, for 10.5 hours.
 
Team Mixin' It Up received the "Traveling Chicken" trophy for the most hours in the quarter with 66.5 hours. Team members are Allison Sanford, team captain, Shoop Financial; J.J. Ford, co-captain, ShelbyCountyToday.com; Cancee Lester, Panola College; Lori Davis and Sandra Gray, Shelby Savings Bank; Jesse Wiggins, Wiggins Farms; Dot Golding; Tee Polley; David Chadwick, Farmers State Bank and Billie Sue Payne with Payne Rentals. Congratulations Team Mixin' It Up!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pastor William Dee Daniel Interview


 

 

 

 

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Texas A&M Agri-Life Ext Food Handlers Course


 

 

 

 

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Center Floral & Gifts After Hours Event


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors with Elizabeth Pinkston, owner of Center Floral & Gifts, will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours event on Monday, August 27th from 5:30 until 7:00pm at 135 Shelbyville Street on the downtown Center square.  
Center Floral & Gifts will showcase their products and floral services while at the same time Chamber members will have an opportunity to network with each other in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
 
Center Floral specializes in creating unique and beautiful arrangements for any occasion. Floral arrangements can be customized by choosing from a variety of flowers for all special occasions or just because.   The staff at Center Floral will take the time to create a personal and unique arrangement.  Orders can placed by phone, in person or online. In addition to floral arrangements, Center Floral carries several lines of body scrubs and lotions, candles and fun assortment of gifts. For more information on their services and products, Center Floral & Gifts can be reached at 936-598-2413.
 
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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Nacogdoches County Chamber add membership services staff


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS – The Nacogdoches County Chamber’s board of directors recently approved the addition of a new staff position, a member-focused coordinator. In June, Shari Thomason was hired to fill the position and has hit the ground running. 
 
Current Chamber members now have a dedicated staff contact and are encouraged to contact Thomason to discuss member benefits and Chamber involvement. Thomason will also visit with businesses considering joining the Chamber membership. 
 
C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO is excited about this opportunity.  “This new position will allow us to have more frequent contact with our members and assist us in both new member additions and the retention of existing members,” he said.
 
To arrange a meeting appointment with Thomason, please call the Chamber, 936-560-5533, or her direct number, 936-564-1987. 
 
 

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Hospice Ribbon Cutting


 

 

 

 

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A Magical Illusion on a Postage Stamp U.S. Postal Service to Offer Special Souvenir Sheet


 

 

 

 

 

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Postal Service will soon release a special souvenir sheet of stamps that call to mind a famous illusion.
 
 
 
The Art of Magic souvenir sheet will feature three identical stamps that show a white rabbit in a black hat. By rotating each stamp, you can see the rabbit “pop” out of the hat. The Postal Service used lenticular printing, a method that creates the illusion of movement and depth, to produce the stamp. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp, and Jay Fletcher created the illustration and served as the typographer.
 
 
 
Another version of the stamp, without the magical effect, will also appear in a pane of 20 of The Art of Magic stamps that feature classic depictions of magic. This pane will include stamps that show a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanishing) and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).
 
 
 
The Art of Magic stamps on both the pane and the special souvenir sheet are Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
 
USPS will release the stamps Tuesday, Aug. 7.
 
The souvenir sheet will only be available for purchase online at usps.com, mail order through USA Philatelic, and by toll-free phone order at 1-800-STAMP-24.
 
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
 
 

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Garry Gonyaw Affinity Hospice


 

 

 

 

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Center First United Methodist Church announces Back-To-School Health Fair


 

 

 
Center, Texas – August 1, 2018 -  To prepare students for the upcoming school year, the Center First United Methodist Church is offering a Back-to-School Health Fair on Sunday, August 5 beginning at 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Education Building at the church located at 211 Porter Street in Center, Texas.  
 
Area students entering grades kindergarten through 4th are welcome to attend, where they will receive backpacks, health screenings and school supplies. In order to receive services at the event, a child must be present with their parent or guardian.
 
For more information regarding the Back-to-School Health Fair, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at the church office (936) 598-2707.
 
 
 

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Center Noon Lions Club Fundraiser


 

 

 

 

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Homecoming


 

 

The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, in Tenaha, (Bobo community) would like to invite everybody to their annual Homecoming on August 12th, 2018.  Sunday school will start at 10:00 a.m. and homecoming service will begin around 11 a.m. A three night revival, Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7 p.m. with Pastor Tim Teel of the Bell Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in San Augustine, TX will bring the message.  
 
 
 

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BBQ Charity Fundraiser


 

 

 

 

 

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