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Community News Archives for 2018-10

Santa Claus Invites Public to Christmas Parade


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Claus arrived early this year.  Santa showed up on Halloween day 10-31-18 at 9:15 a.m. and visited the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce building on the downtown Center city square.  Present at the event was Dr. Jhrei-Lynn McSwain with the county extension office.  

 

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Dr. Jhrei-Lynn McSwain & Santa Claus

 

 

 

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Cloud 9 Ribbon Cutting


 

 

Today 10-31-18 Cloud 9 a restaurant located on Tenha St. in Center, TX held their official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Benefit Bake Sale


 

 

There will be a Benefit Bake Sale and Raffle held for Michael and Tracy Fry on Nov 2nd to help them with medical expenses.


It will be held in the Rapid PayDay parking lot on Hurst St in Center. (Between Handy Andy and the old pawn shop).  From 9am - 1pm.

 

 

 

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Scaretactics Tonight at Center New Life Church


 

 

 

 

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SFA planetarium to open to the public


 

 

 

 

Stephen F. Austin State University’s planetarium in the Cole STEM Building will open Nov. 3, taking visitors on immersive journeys of scientific discovery.

 

Seating 119, the planetarium provides a unique learning space for all ages, offering more than 20 new programs, covering astronomy, biology, chemistry, climate science, Earth science, engineering, geology and space science.

 

“The SFA planetarium is like a simulated space ship staffed with knowledgeable tour guides so visitors can explore the wonders of the universe,” said Ed Michaels, planetarium director and lecturer in the Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy. 

Public shows will be offered every Saturday, with group shows available throughout the week by reservation. Before each show, Michaels will give a tour of the current night sky, pointing out planets, stars and constellations.

 

Starting Nov. 3, two shows will be offered. “Molecularium” introduces audiences to the world of atoms and molecules and will be presented at 2 p.m. Though geared toward children ages 5 to 8, the show is open to all ages. Tickets are $3.

 

“Dark Universe” will be presented at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., letting audiences explore deep space and learn about dark matter and dark energy. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students, and faculty and staff with ID.

 

Tickets will be available for purchase at the planetarium box office 30 minutes before each show.

 

To learn more information about shows, view the schedule or make a reservation, visit planetarium.sfasu.edu/home.

 

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Trunk or Treat First Methodist


 

 

 

 

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Halloween in the Hole


 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and John Burns Farmers Insurance would like to thank all the businesses and organizations that helped make our 5th Annual Halloween in the Hole a huge success. This year’s event was the best one yet and we cannot wait for next year! Despite the fields being wet and muggy, roughly 600 kids enjoyed a great time. We would like to extend sincere thanks to Sanford and Sons Lawncare and Landscaping, Inc. for helping get the baseball field mowed for the event. See you all next year!

 

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Joaquin Fall Festival


 

 

The Joaquin Fall Festival will be held in downtown Joaquin, TX. On Halloween Evening October 31st.   

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Trunk or Treat


 

 

 

 

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Timpson Volleyball are Bi-District Champs


 


Timpson Lady Bears Volleyball defeat Linden- Kildare in 3 sets Monday night in Longview making them Bi-District Champs!! Area game will be played Thursday in Union Grove at 6:00 pm vs Bogata (Bo-guh-tah) Rivercrest.

 

 

 

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SHELBYVILLE STUDENT COUNCIL FOOD DRIVE


 

 


PLEASE DONATE ITEMS TO BE GIVEN TO NEEDY FAMILIES IN OUR AREA
DONATIONS ACCEPTED AT ALL CAMPUSES
OCT 31- NOV 13, 2018


ANY NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS INCLUDING CAN GOODS, MAC & CHEESE, BEANS, RICE, BOTTLED WATER, PEANUT BUTTER, FLOUR, SUGAR & CORN MEAL. NO REFRIGERATED ITEMS. PLEASE

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Nursing and Rehab


 


Holiday Nursing and Rehab will hold a trunk or treat on Halloween evening 4pm-6pm. In the event of rain, we will have booths set up inside the lobby of the nursing home. 

 

 

 

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Machine and Long Arm Certification Quilting Classes for  Adults to be Offered


 

 

Two adult quilting classes will be offered in November and December hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and taught by professional quilter, Margaret Smith.  The first class will be taught using regular home sewing machines and featuring the “Pretty Please” quilt pattern.  The second class will include learning to use the commercial long arm quilting machine. 
 
The Pretty Please Quilting class will be conducted from 5 to 7 pm, November 13, 15, and 27 at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center.   Sewing machines are available for participant use.  Cost for this 3-session course is only
$30 per person. Supply list will be provided at registration or you may purchase a complete quilt kit at first session.  Registration and fee due by November 9th.

 

The Long Arm Machine Certification Quilting class will be conducted from 5 to 7 pm, November 29th at the Extension office.  Cost for this group class and one-on-one session is only $40 per person.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to load the machine with quilt pieces, care and maintenance,  threading, and free motion quilting.  After completion of the group session, participants will schedule a 2-hour one-on-one class to practice free motion quilting on their own quilt top.  After completion of this class, participants may rent use of our long arm quilting machine on an hourly basis for their personal use.  Registration and fee due by November 26th.


Both classes are limited to 10 adult participants, and registration and fee(s) by check are required in advance.  

 

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, Ph.D., County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.

 

  

 

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Beef & Forage Seminar


 

 

 

 

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Halloween in the Hole


 

 

The 5th annual Halloween in the Hole presented by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and John Burns - Farmers Insurance, will take place today, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or until the candy runs out). This years event will be held at the Center High School baseball field. Businesses will line up on the Varsity field and pass out candy to kids dressed in costume 13 and under. 

 

Businesses participating: Set up will begin at 4:30. Please bring YOUR OWN TABLE, candy, and a sign identifying your organization.

 

If you have any question, please contact Leah Chase at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936.598.5601 or by email at leah.chase@co.shelby.tx.us

 

Leah Chase

 

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TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT SAFE DRIVING HABITS


 

 

Teen Drivers Safety Week

 

This week is a great opportunity for parents to start – and hopefully, continue – having conversations with their teens about the importance of driving safely. Whether teens are driving a car, truck, or SUV, the rules stay the same, and they shouldn’t have the keys if they don’t know them. The greatest dangers for teen drivers are alcohol consumption, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and driving with passengers in the vehicle. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for teens 15-to-18 years old in the U.S. and in Texas.


Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens’ choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks, including:


Alcohol and Drugs: All teens are too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. However, nationally, in 2016, nearly one out of five teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in a fatal crash had been drinking. But alcohol isn’t the only substance that can keep your teen from driving safely: In 2016, 6.5 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 were current users of marijuana. Like many other drugs, marijuana affects a driver’s ability to react to their surroundings. Driving is a complex task, and marijuana slows reaction times, affecting the driver’s ability to drive safely. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance - including illicit, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medication - could have deadly consequences. It is critical that teen drivers understand why they shouldn’t drive impaired, that they know that they will lose their license if they are caught driving impaired, and that they will face additional consequences for breaking the rules they agreed to follow when they started driving. 

 

Seat Belts: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways for teens to stay safe in a vehicle. Yet too many teens aren’t buckling up. In fact, there were 569 passengers killed in passenger vehicles driven by teen drivers, and more than half (54%) of those passengers who died were NOT buckled up at the time of the fatal crash. Even more troubling, in 85 percent of cases when the teen driver was unbuckled, the passengers were also unbuckled. 

 

Distracted Driving: Distractions while driving are more than just risky — they can be deadly. In 2016, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, 10 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group (ages 15-18) also has the largest percentage of drivers who were distracted at the time of a crash. The biggest distraction for teens is other teens in the vehicle. 

 

Speeding: In 2016, almost one-third (31%) of all teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, and males were more likely to be involved in fatal speeding-related crashes than females. 

 

Passengers: Teen drivers transporting passengers can lead to disastrous consequences. Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up dramatically in direct relation to the number of passengers in a car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers. Just one teen passenger can increase a teen driver's crash risk by 44 percent.

 

Drowsy Driving: Teens are busier than ever: studying, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and spending time with friends are among the long list of things they do to fill their time. However, with these activities, teens tend to compromise something very important — sleep. This is a dangerous habit that can lead to drowsy driving. Even after 7-8 hours of quality sleep, people are most likely to feel drowsy between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., which is generally when teens are driving home.


What the solution?  Talk regularly to your teen about the dangers of driving. Parents – you’ve guided your teen this far. Driving is a new chapter and a step toward independence for many teens. But your job is not done. Self-reported surveys show that teens with parents who set and enforce firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes. But your kids can’t listen to you if you don’t talk to them.


That’s why Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Community Health Educator Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Ph.D. in Shelby County reminds parents to take advantage of National Teen Driver Safety Week to talk to their teens about staying safe on the road. Remember, one of the most important safety features for your teen driver is YOU! Know the Graduated Driver License Law and be familiar with the restrictions placed on your teen's license — it can better assist you to enforce those laws.
Parents should start the conversation with their teen about safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week but continue the conversation every day throughout the year. Even if it seems like they’re tuning you out, keep reinforcing these rules. They’re listening—your constant reminders about these powerful messages will get through. 


Get creative! Talking is just one way to discuss safe driving. You can also write your teen a letter, send e-mail or text reminders, leave sticky note reminders in the car, or use social media to get your message across. 


Get it in writing. Create a parent-teen driving contract that outlines the rules and consequences for your teen driver. Hang the signed contract in a visible place as a constant reminder about the rules of the road. 


Follow the Rules of the Road:
1.Don’t Drive Impaired – this includes alcohol or drugs.
2.Buckle Up - Every Trip. Every Time. Everyone — Front Seat and Back. 
3.Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel. All the Time. Avoid distractions in the car. 
4.Obey All Posted Speed Limits. 
5.Passengers- avoid driving with other teens in the vehicle.
6.Avoid Driving Tired. 


For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and to learn more safe driving tips for your teens, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving .

 

 

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6th Annual Taste of the Holidays Reservation Deadline Approaching - Time Updated


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting the 6th Annual Taste of the Holidays, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, an eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience, on Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Tickets will be on sale soon and will be available to be purchased at Shelby County Today, The Light and Champion, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office or from any Chamber Ambassador.     

Space is limited and advance tickets are $15 per person. No tickets will be available at the door. 

Those showcased in the exclusive Taste of the Holidays are local chamber member restaurants, caterers, florists and other specialty businesses.


Gold sponsors for the Taste of the Holiday event are Specter, Inc. and Sabine State Bank.
For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com

 

 

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After Hours Event


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors with Lisa Jones, owner of Back Country Furniture Designs, will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours event on Thursday, November 15th  from 5:00 until 6:30pm.


Back Country Furniture Designs will showcase the fun 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.


Back Country Furniture Designs specializes in customized handcrafted rustic wood furniture.  They build from locally sourced wood both reclaimed and new.  Lisa also has a large selection of home décor and gift items.  You can find pillows, decorative signs, seasonal items and a lot more.  She also sales gourmet foods such as salsas, jams and jellies and dry rubs.  Christmas is right around the corner so visit Back Country Furniture to do your Christmas shopping.


Back Country Furniture Designs is located at 401 Hurst Street.


For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit

 

info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

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Angels Care Home Health coming to Senior Site


 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries will have the Angels Care Home Health at the Senior Nutrition Site on Monday, October 29th to discuss Medicare Options Open Enrollment (What you need to know).  They will be at the Senior Nutrition Site at 10:00 am.  

 

Please come and learn about Medicare and afterword, join us for Trivia with prizes sponsored by Angels Care Home Health.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Strong Triumph Church Fall Festival 


 


The Strong Triumph Church will have a Fall Festival on October 27th, 2018 from 6- 8:30 p.m.


For more information call 936-368-2611.

 

 

 

 

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SCARE TACTICS


 

NEW LIFE CHURCH  822 HURST ST

Oct 28th 6:00 PM and Oct 29-Nov 2 at 7:00 PM NIGHTLY


Scare Tactics is an annual production by New Life Church in its 8th
year. This production includes; live action drama, video scenes,
costumes, make-up, lights, sound effects, interaction with the audience,
and a short gospel message. Each year’s production is        totally
new; new story lines, characters, scenes, etc. Although this      is a
difficult task it is essential in order to keep the experience new
and fresh each year. This presentation is based on a TV show by the
same name, in which participants wish to scare friends or family. In
our version they are trying to scare others about the importance of our
decisions concerning eternity i.e.; Heaven or Hell

 

           IS SCARE TACTICS LIKE “HELL HOUSE?”

In a word, NO! Scare Tactics is a drama with a complete  story, a short
gospel message and then ends with a scene depicting  the wonders of
Heaven for those who have become Christians. The presentation has been
compared to Heaven’s Gate & Hell’s Flames, a production that has
garnered national attention. Although some elements are similar, the
total experience in every Scare Tactics presentation is unique because
Pastor Steve writes a new story each year with the same heart  for
reaching people with the gospel message as he does for his sermons.

         

THIS YEAR’S PRESENTATION IS TITLED “THE APPOINTMENT”.

Performances are  Oct 28th 6:00 PM and Oct 29-Nov 2 at 7:00 PM
                  nightly. Nursery will be provided

 

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A Letter From Shelby County Outreach Ministries


 

 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. would like to say thank you for the support you have given us in the past.  As you know, we couldn’t help those in need without your support.  We are grateful for each contribution made to our programs.

 

We would, however, like to ask that if you donate items to The Unique Boutique please do so during the week if at all possible.  There have been numerous items that do not make it until Monday morning.  We are unable to check on items throughout the weekend.  By waiting until Monday morning, this will ensure that your generous donation will be sold at the store and, in turn, continue to help assist families in Shelby County.  

 

We would also like to ask that items that are damaged or broken be taken somewhere else.  We do not have the means to dispose of these items.  Thank you for your understanding.  


God Bless,

Sherry Harding
Executive Director
Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc.

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. Seeks Volunteers


 

 

 

 

 

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Shooting Straight Taxidermy Ribbon Cutting


 

 

 

A new member Ribbon Cutting for Shootin’ Straight Taxidermy will be held on November 1st  at 11:00am.  

 

Owners Shelly and Derek Brixey, along with the Chamber Ambassadors, invite you to join them on the 1st.  They are located at 536 CR 3505 which is right off 87 South and CR 414.

Hunting season is here so make sure you visit Shelly and Derek.  They will do shoulder mounts, full mounts, rugs and more.  They  offer professional service, great quality and reasonable prices.  You can trust them to do an outstanding job.

 

Mark your calendar and join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in congratulating Michelle and Derek on their venture.

 

For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598-3682 or email info@shelbycounty.com

 

 

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Halloween in the Hole Information


 

 

Today is the last day to reserve a table for Halloween in the hole.

 

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Beef & Forage Seminar


 

 

 

 

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Chris Watlington to Cover Center Tennis Tournament


 

 

This Thursday morning, Chris Watlington's "This Week in Shelby County" will be live from Bryan Texas where the Roughrider Tennis Team will play its Regional Semifinal Round against the Lamar Chargers from Houston.  This Week in Shelby County will serve as the pregame show and (if things go right) will be simulcast on Facebook Live at the Roughrider Radio Broadcast Team Facebook Page.  

 

The Tennis matches begin at 8:30.  Find them all morning at the Facebook Page.  The page again: Roughrider Radio Broadcast Team.

 

 

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Updated Letter of Thanks for Mule Fundraiser


 


Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. wants to extend their gratitude to our sponsors for supporting our most recent fundraiser.  We would like to also send a special thanks to Center Motor Company for all the help and support they gave us.  We raffled off a 2019 Kawasaki Mule SX 4x4 at the Poultry Festival and we couldn’t have done it without their help.  The fundraiser was a great success and we want to give thanks to all that purchased tickets and supported Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc.

 

Our Sponsors include Ihlo Sales & Import Company, NAPA Auto Parts of Center, Farmers State Bank, Automotive Collision Inc., Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Steptoe Realty, Shelby Savings Bank, Sammy Arnold, Center Tire Company, Jack’s Saw Shop, Ace Hardware of East Texas, Raymond Motor Company, Blake Furniture, David Shields, Hardy’s Machine Shop, HEB of Carthage, and Brookshire Bros. of Center.

 

The winner of the 2019 Kawasaki Mule SX was Darlene Mitchell, from Shelbyville.  We want to thank her for the support and congratulate her on winning the Mule. 

 

Once again, we thank each of you for your support and look forward to working with you again in the future.  God Bless you 

 

 

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Veterans Appreciation Motorcycle Ride


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bake Sale Fundraiser


 

 

There will be a Benefit Bake Sale and Raffle held for Michael and Tracy Fry on Nov 2nd to help them with medical expenses.


It will be held in the Rapid PayDay parking lot on Hurst St in Center. (Between Handy Andy and the old pawn shop).  From 9am - 1pm.

 

Michael Fry served in our military for 15 years. He lost a leg in 2010 while in Iraq. He has 4 young children and his wife had quadruple bypass surgery back in September. This family needs our help!

 

Michael said, "I spent 15 years in the military. I got hurt in Iraq in 2010 and eventually had to have my left leg amputated. My wife was recently diagnosed with severe heart disease and had to have a quadruple bypass in mid-September. We have medical, but for my wife, there are still some things not covered. We have had a really tough time of it financially. I moved my family to Texas about two years ago because we could not handle the cold up north. So far we are loving it in the south. Thank you so much for your help."  

 

Along with a bake sale, they will be raffling off a 500 mg bottle of Hempworx CBD oil.
$1 per ticket. If you buy $20 you will get an extra 5 tickets for the drawing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunter Magnolia Baptist Church Appreciation Pancake Breakfast


 

 

The Hunter Magnolia Baptist Church will be hosting a Veterans and First Responders Appreciation pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the church fellowship hall at 173 Magnolia Lane, Mansfield, LA.  All veterans, active duty, law enforcement, fire departments, and ambulance services are invited to attend.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, coffee, water, juice, and milk.

 

 

 

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Bells of Peace


 

 

At 11:00am on November 11, 1918, the fighting ended. Bells tolled around the world to mark the end of the Great War. The Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration is asking municipalities, religious congregations, and organizations around to participate in BELLS OF PEACE: A WORLD WAR ONE REMEMBRANCE on November 11 at 11:00 am local time in honor the 116,516 American men & women who died in WWI.

 

Full details at https://www.texasworldwar1centennial.org/2018/07/07/bells-peace-world-war-remembrance/

 

Please pass the word to your church.

 

 

 

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Timpson Fall Festival Invite


 

 

Pastor Daniel invites the public out to the Timpson Fall Festival at the First Baptist Church of Timpson.

 

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Tenaha Fall Festival


 

 

 

 

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Shooting Straight Taxidermy Ribbon Cutting


 

 

A new member Ribbon Cutting for Shootin’ Straight Taxidermy will be held on November 1st at 11:00 am. 

 

Owners Shelly and Derek Brixey, along with the Chamber Ambassadors, invite you to join them on the 1st. They are located at 536 CR 3505 which is right off 87 South and CR 414.

 

Hunting season is here so make sure you visit Shelly and Derek. They will do shoulder mounts, full mounts, rugs and more. They offer professional service, great quality and reasonable prices. You can trust them to do an outstanding job.

 

Mark your calendar and join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in congratulating Michelle and Derek on their venture.

 

For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598-3682 or email info@shelbycounty.com

 

 

 

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Blue Santa Raffle


 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Santa raffle tickets ready to sell!


$20 each or 6 for $100    Only 250 to be sold.


Your chance at a Savage Trophy Hunter 6.5 Creedmoor w/ Nikon Scope


All proceeds go the purchase of toys for Blue Santa to help give kids a blessed Christmas


Drawing to be held on Thanksgiving Nov 22, 2018

 

 

 

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Produce Drop - Correction


 

 

Produce drop will be this Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the old CVS building. The drop is for anyone who would like to receive produce/everyone qualifies

 

Yolonda Neal Executive Administrative Assistant  Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc 214 Nacogdoches Street Center, Texas 936-598-6315 ext 200

 

 

 

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Sassafras Festival Invite


 

 

 

 

 

 

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City of Joaquin seeks Full-time Public Works Employee


 

 

 

 

1.Performs a combination of manual and semi-skilled labor and equipment operation for the purpose of maintaining and repairing City water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, and related structures. Assigned project work includes maintaining repairing and/or constructing sewer, water, and ditch lines; clearing sewer back- ups; maintaining storm drains and gutters, fixing water leaks, making new water and sewer taps, etc.

 

2.Picks up and transports materials, tools and supplies. Cleans and washes equipment and tools.  Performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on tools, equipment and vehicles. Notifies supervisor of needed replacements and repairs.

 

 

3.Perform work on street projects as assigned such as assisting with maintaining, repairing and/or constructing city streets, sidewalks, driveways, and related structures; repairing and maintaining street signs and other marking or right of way structures; patching potholes; sweeping and clearing streets and right of way; and mowing grass. Perfect candidate has the ability to operate backhoe, excavator, brush cutter, motor grader.

 

 

Education and Experience Requirements:

 

High school diploma, GED, or equivalency. Work requires the ability to read and understand written instructions, to understand simple processes and the routine operation of machines. Perfect candidates possesses the ability to obtain TCEQ Water & Wastewater license. Water and sewer experience preferred. Must have valid TXDL and pass drug screen.

Medical, vision, dental, retirement benefits.

 

Apply in person or email résumé to chief.524_10@yahoo.com  until November 14, 2018. No phone calls please.

 

 

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SFA Experimental Forest to close for special deer hunts


 

 

The SFA Experimental Forest will close to the public from Oct. 27 to Nov. 9, for managed deer hunts in cooperation with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Plants Material Center which is located in the Experimental Forest.

 

Additionally, the area will close Dec. 7-8, for a special hunt for persons with disabilities in cooperation with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen. Wheelin’ Sportsmen provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities.

 

Wildlife Biologist Bob Baker with the Pineywoods Ecosystem Project said the Experimental Forest provides a great opportunity for additional hunter recreation while managing deer herds in the area.  “The Experimental Forest, Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area, and adjacent lands support a healthy herd of deer and wild hogs,” Baker said.

 

Hunters for the managed deer firearm hunts in the Experimental Forest and Alazan Bayou WMA have been drawn, but standby positions may become available. Details are available from the Pineywoods Ecosystem Project office at Alazan Bayou WMA at 936-569-8547.

 

For information regarding the Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt contact Mandy Chumley with the U.S. Forest Service at 936-897-1068.

 

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TXHireAbility - PUTTING ABILITIES TO WORK


 

 

Tyler, TX - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is celebrating Disability Employment Awareness Month this October with events around the state that connect employers to skilled workers who happen to have a disability. Texas HireAbility is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities and the Texas Workforce Solutions network to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.

Workforce Solutions East Texas will be celebrating locally with CONNECT-ABILITY, a reverse job fair for employers to have the opportunity to learn about the benefits and services available for employing individuals with disabilities, and job seekers to learn about Work Readiness services offered through our Qualified Job Seeker Training program. Approximately 30 employers have committed to participate in the event. CONNECT-ABILITY will be held on Thursday, October 25th, at the Workforce Solutions East Texas center in Tyler located at 4100 Troup Hwy, from 9 AM - 11 AM.

 

Businesses are invited to participate in CONNECT-ABILITY, providing the following benefits to employers:


No expense - a free event


Employers do not need to bring anything except business cards
 

No table to man

 

No freebies
 

No table set up

 

Quality time with the candidates

 

Minimal time commitment - come and go (most job fairs require at least a 4 hour commitment)

 

We will be offering coffee and light breakfast items

 

Networking with other businesses present

 

Opportunity to learn more about diversity

 

Informational sessions offered on available programs and services

 

For more information, or to sign up to participate, contact Kim Stacey at (903) 561-8131. Find events held across the State at: TXHireAbility.TexasWorkforce.org

 

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Usher Day Program


 


The Sweet union Missionary Baptist Church in Garrison invites everyone to join them for their Annual Usher Day program on Sunday, October 28th at 3 p.m.  Rev. Lynn Morris, Pastor of New Hope CME, Timpson, TX and Mt. Gillian CME, Nacogdoches will be the guest speaker.  Dinner will be served.

 

 

 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society October meeting results


 

 

"The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday.  There was a great attendance and participation from members in the monthly challenge featuring "Wildlife". 

 

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There also was a very interesting workshop, including videos and discussions on "Landscape Composition" or how to get the best aesthetically pleasing shot.  The PWPS caters to all levels of photographers, from helping beginners, to sharing knowledge from professionals. 

 

Anyone with an interest in photography, cameras or editing/composing photographs should attend our next meeting on the 3rd Saturday in November, at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, TX from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

 

For more information about club activities or memberships contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426 or any club member or like us on Facebook.

 

The results from the Wildlife challenge are below or to view all the entries visit our Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/

 

 

 

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'Maintain, No Gain' Holiday Challenge


 

 

Turkey and stuffing. Cakes and pies. We both crave and dread the holidays because of all the treats we encounter at our celebrations, and it’s common to gain extra pounds during this time. AgriLife Extension can help you prevent that holiday-related weight gain, so you won’t be afraid to hop on the scale.  This year, AgriLife Extension is offering a Free online version of its annual "Maintain, No Gain" Holiday Challenge, which encourages Texans to maintain their weight during the holidays. The program begins on November 19, 2018 and lasts for six weeks.

 

"We saw a need for a program that promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and stress reduction, because most of us do gain weight over the holiday season,” said Jheri-Lynn McSwain, PhD, Shelby County Extension Agent.  Maintain No Gain provides motivational tools, healthy recipes, and fitness tips, with interactive activities related to nutrition, physical activity, stress and emotional eating, and social support.  AgriLife Extension has these tips to follow during the holidays:

Eat slowly, because your body needs time to realize you are full.


Eat mindfully, and really think about the color, smell, taste and texture of what you’re eating so that you can truly savor your food.


Stop eating when you feel slightly full. You don’t have to eat everything on your plate.
Don’t skip meals on the day of a big party, where you know you’ll eat more. Just eat a smaller portion.


Watch your alcohol intake and follow the recommended guideline of one drink per day for women and two per day for men. Drink water or sparkling water with a splash of juice.
Keep track of what you’re eating with a food journal. Research shows that those who keep a record of meals between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day lose weight instead of gaining it.
To register or if you have any questions about this program, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, PhD, County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Health at (936) 598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. Program created by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

 

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Hallelujah Night 2018 - Center Christian Fellowship


 

 

Get ready for food, fun, fellowship and, games because Wednesday, October 31st is Hallelujah Night at Center Christian Fellowship.  It is a community-wide event.   This year the night of excitement will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be over at 8:00 p.m.  You will need to arrive at 6:00 p.m. to enter the costume contest.  It is a Christian alternative to what the world calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free!  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy!   Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we have to offer.

 

This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas.  We would love for you to come. There will be games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, cake walk, etc.   There will be snow cones, fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more.   

 

Cherry Murphree :)
936-591-4172

 

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Beef & Forage Seminar


 

 

 

 

 

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LIBRARY BOOK SALE SOON!


 

 

THERE ARE NO TRICKS, ONLY TREATS, AT THE FANNIE BROWN BOOTH LIBRARY BOOK SALE IN CENTER.

 

SALE OPENING DAY - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018,  STARTING AT 10 A.M. THE SALE CONTINUES ALL WEEK THROUGH  2 P.M. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3. 

 

THERE ARE LOADS OF  CHRISTIAN BOOKS, MYSTERIES, ROMANCE, SCIENCE FICTION, WESTERNS,  NOVELS AND MANY MORE TREATS FOR ALL!

 

PAPERBACKS  ARE 50 CENTS AND HARDBACKS, $1.00.    RAFFLE TICKETS ON A BEAUTIFUL QUILT ARE BEING SOLD NOW AT THE LIBRARY AND WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH NOVEMBER 3, WHEN THE DRAWING WILL BE HELD. THE TICKETS SELL FOR $1 EACH OR 6 FOR $5. ALL PROCEEDS ARE USED TO BUY MORE BOOKS FOR THE LIBRARY. 

 

THE BOOK SALE WILL BE HELD DURING  REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS. THE LIBRARY IS LOCATED AT 619 TENAHA ST. CALL 936-598-5522 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

 

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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.  Youth members may join now until October 31st for a $20.00 participation fee.  Price changes November 01st to $25.00.   Adults pay a $10.00 volunteer applicant fee.   An active enrollment is required in order to register and participate in all 4-H activities and events. 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.  Monthly meetings will feature a theme, a hands-on program, provide a food prepping and tasting opportunity and a fun team building recreation component.  

 

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 by the office and see what Shelby County 4-H has to offer your child.  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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Kissin' Kuzzins


 

 

Milestones: (1) Regarding this column Three years have passed since the author first starting submitting this column to the Lufkin Daily News, the Orange Leader, and other area newspapers.  Thank you, all you wonderful readers, for reading this column. (2) Happy 50th!  On September 13, 2018, the Angelina County Genealogical Society enjoyed its 50th anniversary of serving the genealogical public.

 

Another Genealogical and Local History Opportunity Tune in to KRBA radio, an AM station,  on Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for The Front Porch Chit Chat Show, hosted by Tommy and Lynn Bryan, O. T. Haygood, and this author.  The show affords listeners the chance to call in with their genealogy or local history questions to talk with Tommy, Lynn, O. T., or  Dickie.  Call in on  (936) 632-7355 or (936) 637-3325.

 

Save the Date! (1) Nelta Nolen, a member of the Vernon Parish Genealogical Society, will discuss “Alternative Sources for the 1890 Census” for the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Timpson Public Library on 520 Austin Street in Timpson, Texas.  (2) On Saturday, November 10, 2018 the Veteran’s Day Parade will be held in downtown Huntington, Texas at 10 a.m.  Festivities will continue after the parade at 11 a.m. in Centennial Park.  Dickie Dixon will discuss “Angelina County’s Celebration of Armistice Day 1918-2018” at that time.  For more information contact Marilyn Davis at (936) 414-1733 or Davismarilyn1959@yahoo.com (3) John Powers, a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima, will discuss his experience at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Keltys United  Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  For more information, please contact Rev. Cindy Doran at (936) 852-4123 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378; the public an e-mail Cindy at keltysumc@hotmail.com or Dickie at dickie.dixon@hotmail.com (4) “The Genealogy of Jesus Christ”  is Dickie Dixon’s topic, when he speaks for the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Timpson Public Library on 520 Austin Street in downtown Timpson, Texas (75975). (5) To commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, panelists will discuss their views for the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 706 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904). If you would like to serve as a panelist or have something to contribute personally or in writing please see the contact info after (6) which follows. (6) At 6 p.m. on Monday, November 19, in the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road, Dickie Dixon will discuss “The Genealogy of Jesus Christ.”  For more information on (5) and (6) please contact Reverend Cindy Doran at (936) 852-4123 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378; the public can e-mail Cindy at keltysumc@hotmail.com or Dickie at dickie.dixon@hotmail.com

 

Eye on Books (1) Don Flournoy announced the release of his forthcoming book Yesterday’s Childhood at the Adult Lecture Series of the Texas Forestry Museum at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018.  (2) Jamie Carter Bollich and Herman Wright discussed  their book Arvetta on Friday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. in the Rusk Room of the Fredonia Hotel at the meeting of the East Texas Historical Association in downtown Nacogdoches..  For more information, please call (936) 240-8378

 

For book reviews/notices please send a complimentary copy to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001

 

Send your queries to dickie.dixon@hotmail.com by mail to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001 or by phone to (936) 240-8378

 

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Shelbyville Class Reunion


 

 

Shelbyville Alumni Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 20th at the Center Country Club at 6 p.m. with DJ Snoopy T providing music.

 

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Preschool Story Time


 

 

This morning 10-18-18 in Preschool Story Time, Miss Terri read CHICKEN SAID, "CLUCK!" Earl and Pearl plant pumpkins but a chicken will not stay away from the plants. They try to run the chicken off until the grasshoppers start eating their pumpkin plants.

 

They will not have Preschool Story Time for the next two weeks because of the Fall Book Sale. We will start back on November 8th.

 

 

 

 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting


 

 

The Piney Woods Photographic Society Will hold their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, 10/20/18 in the First United Methodist Church basement located 211 Porter St. Center,Tx. from 9 am-12 pm. 


There will be a workshop on “Landscape Composition “ and the monthly challenge featuring photographs of wildlife submitted by members. 
Photography enthusiast of all levels are invited to attend. Memberships are available. For more information contact club secretary, Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 or any club member or like us on Facebook. 

 

Thank you 
Billie F Jones 

 

 

 

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San Augustine FFA News


 

 

 

 

 

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Dutch Oven Cooking


 

 


The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking every 3rd Saturday at the Boles Field outside of Shelbyville, Texas.  The public is invited to eat and learn about the art of Dutch oven cooking and if up to the challenge become a member.  They start cooking about 9 a.m. and have pots on the table at 12 noon.  Bring your own lawn chairs.  For more information call James at 409-625-4787.

 

 

 

 

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Excelsior ISD Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll


 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Deuce Anderson, Korbin Bortz, Santiago Chable-Jimenez, Lovell, Lex Warr-Burcham, Natalie Whitton, Hallie Barbee, Axyl Gracyk, Cannon Welch, Michaela Whiteside, Cody Berg, Lillian Brown, Catalina Escobedo, Wyatt Foster, Kynlee Griggs, Allen Whitton, C.J. Clark, Brandon Escobedo, Aiden Kelley, Justin Miles, Brilyn Williams, Hennessy Anderson, Lance Brown, Jaxen Mahan, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Zachery Stotts, Karson Adkinson, Mikayla Anderson, Kaleb Bentley, Ileigha Burcham, Lillian Ethridge Isabella Gima, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams, Cody Adkinson, Emily Alvy, Moses Crawford, Gracie Gillis, Emily Leach, Toni Lovell, Jaquelyn Miles, Kaycee Vaughn, Blake Warren, Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Zane Griffith, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears, Dallas Whiteside, Jaxon Williams, Kolton Adkinson, Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Joanie McDonald, Ethan Miles, Rylan Chandler, Jada Jacobs, Breia Lout, Jamie Stotts, Dean Walker

 

“A” Honor Roll
Lillian Brown, Wyatt Foster, Drake Geuin, Kynlee Griggs, Allen Whitton, C.J. Clark, Justin Miles, Hennessy Anderson, Lance Brown, Lexi Clark, Jaxen Mahan, Brooklynn Scates, Mikayla Anderson, Lilllian Ethridge, Isabella Gima, Jocelyn Stewart, Cody Adkinson, Emily Alvy, Emily Leach, Kingston Menzies, Kaycee Vaughn, Jaxon Williams, Gabriel Bentley, Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Ethan Miles, Rylan Chandler, Abraham Diaz Gonzalez, Dane Walker

 

“A/B” Honor Roll
Cody Berg, Wyatt Lewis, Brilyn Williams, Caidence Kelley, Marissa Miles, Karson Adkinson, Kaleb Bentley, Ileigha Burcham, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams, Moses Crawford, Ayden Eaves, Gracie Gillis, Toni Lovell, Jaquelyn Miles, Celeste Rivera Diaz, Blake Warren, Katelyn Bentley, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears, Abbigail Smith, Kolton Adkinson, Lisseth Arias, Kailee Cameron, Joanie McDonald, Jordan Menzies, Jada Jacobs, Breia Lout, Jamie Stotts

 

 

 

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Little Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays


 

 

 

The 23rd Annual Little Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays in Center, Texas is planned for December 1, at Center Middle School. This year all the proceeds will go to the Roughrider Scholarship in Memory of Tonya Bailey, who passed away a few months ago of Cancer.

 

 

 

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Red, White, and You Event


 

 

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Center First United Methodist Church Truck or Treat


 

 

 

Center First UMC has their Trunk or Treat on October 31 from 6:30-8:30! Join them for treats, a cake walk, an obstacle course, and hotdogs for the price of free! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Meeting


 

 

 

Membership meeting today 10-16-18 here at the San Augustine Chamber building at 12:00 noon.  Lunch will be Subway Sandwich and Soup.

 

Our Business of the month will be Spirit Outfitters from Nacogdoches.  Our Program for this month will be Rick Haggard and Scott Ainsworth with East Techs IT.  Please come out and join us and find out more about what is happening at this years SASSAFRAS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center Fire Chief Visits the Golden Harvest Meeting


 

 

 

Golden Harvest Ministries Meeting was held today 10-15-18 at the First Baptist Church in Center, TX at 11:30 a.m. the special guest speaker this month was Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, he gave a speech about fire prevention.

 

 

 

 

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SFA Events


 

 

Women’s and Men’s Choir 

The inaugural concert for the Women’s and Men’s Choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University will feature the theme of “Mars and Venus” when the two choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The program features “Gloria Kajoniensis” by Hungarian composer Gyöngyösi Levente, Franz Schubert’s “Der Psalm. 23” and Paul Basler’s “Alleluia.”

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.

 

 

Nabb-Oh Recital

Stephen F. Austin State University music faculty member Nathan Nabb and collaborative accompanist Hyun Ji Oh will present a saxophone and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The program features Sonata in A by Cesar Franck, Sonate posthume by Maurice Ravel and Sonate in C# by Fernande Decruck. 

Concert 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.

 

The Women of Lockerbie

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present Deborah Brevoort’s full-length play “The Women of Lockerbie” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 3, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by Lewisville senior Marie Phillips, the play takes place seven years after the tragic Pan Am 103 crash. Americans Bill and Madeline Livingston visit the site in Lockerbie, Scotland, to attend a vigil and mourn the death of their son. 

Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

 

SFA School of Theatre presents ‘Oklahoma!'

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the musical “Oklahoma!” at 7:30 nightly Nov. 6 through 10 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The production features Richard Rodgers and Oscan Hammerstein II’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about two headstrong romantics’ bumpy road to true love and the high-spirited rivalry between farmers and cowboys at the turn of the 20th century.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

 

SFA children’s series presents holiday classic 

The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of the holiday favorite “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa Claus in a particularly beneficent light. This production by Virginia Repertory Theatre targets students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

 

SFA presents The Purple Xperience

The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present an Encore Event performance with The Purple Xperience, the most authentic Prince tribute show in the world, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children and SFA faculty and staff members. This performance is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha Fall Festival Information


 

 

 

 

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Newbern Chapter No. 1135 Fundraiser


 

 

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25th Annual "Ghosts of the Past" Nighttime Battlefield Tours


 

 

On Saturday, October 27, Mansfield State Historic Site will re-create the gruesome aftermath of a Civil War battle by taking visitors on a special night tour of the Mansfield battlefield. Authentically costumed tour guides will take visitors onto the battlefield by candle lantern, where re-enactors in period dress will act out various scenes at stops along the trail.  Tours last app. 30 minutes and will run ongoing starting at 7:30 pm, with the last tour departing at 9:15 pm. 

 

“This is one of our most popular events,” says Scott Dearman, park manager. “While the program is definitely ‘spooky,’ it is also educational in that it shows the public how truly horrific the aftermath of a Civil War battle could be.” Dearman points out the grim work didn’t stop after the sun set. “Surgeons were operating and amputating by candlelight, soldiers were being buried, and perhaps most tragically, wives, daughters and sons were searching the battlefield by lantern, looking for their loved ones.”

 

According to park interpretive ranger Aaron Gates, visitors may even experience something “ghostly” while on the tour. “Civil War battlefields are considered some of the most haunted places in America,” says Gates. But he points out that explaining the real horror that took place over 150 years ago is hard enough. “That’s why making the scenes as realistic as possible is important. It shows the aftermath of war is far from glorious.”

 

Admission for this special event is $5.00 per person, all ages. Parents should know that some of the program’s content may be too intense for small children.

 

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.facebook.com/MansfieldSHS 

 

 

 

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VFW Monthly Meeting


 

 

 

VFW Post 8904 will have it’s monthly meeting, Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Home, 614 Highway 96 N.

 

The Auxiliary will meet the same day at 11:45 a.m. at the Post Home.

 

 

 

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Community Leaders Forum


 

 

 

 

 

Last month, CACTX launched its Community Leaders Forum (CLF) in partnership with the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, which serves Shelby and San Augustine Counties. CLF events are hosted by local CACs with the purpose of bringing together community leaders from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the challenges and complexities of child abuse investigations.

 

 

 

 

 

The Advocacy Center looks forward to continuing this effort in future events as we seek to broaden the conversation and work to achieve safety, justice, and healing for Texas children.

 

 

 

 

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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Meeting


 

 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 15th at 6:00 pm at The Pizzeria. Members will elect officers for the upcoming 2019 year. We will also be planning out the remainder calendar year for 2019. Anyone interested in learning more about Woodmen is invited to attend and enjoy fellowship. 

 

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Trunk or Treat


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries Food Item of the Month


 

 

Food Item of the Month:  

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. is asking for your help this month.  Our food item of the month is 1 lbs bags of rice.  If you would like to help out, please drop off the food item at the Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. which is located at 930 Shelbyville, Street.  For more information, call us at 598-4990.  

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Josh Crawford

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce 2018 award recipients


 

 

 

 

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East Liberty Cemetery Cleaning


 

 

There will be a cemetery cleaning at the East Liberty Cemetery on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at 8 a.m. 

 

 

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Shooting Straight Taxidermy Ribbon Cutting


 

 

A new member Ribbon Cutting will be held for Shootin’ Straight Taxidermy will be held on October 16th at 11:00am.  

 

Owners Shelly and Derek Brixey, along with the Chamber Ambassadors, invite you to join them on the 16th.  They are located at 536 CR 3505 which is right off 87 South and CR 414.

 

Hunting season is here so make sure you visit Shelly and Derek.  They will do shoulder mounts, full mounts, rugs and more.  They  offer professional service, great quality and reasonable prices.  You can trust them to do an outstanding job.

 

Mark your calendar and join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in congratulating Michelle and Derek on their venture.

 

For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598-3682 or email info@shelbycounty.com

 

 

 

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Family & Friends Day Program Lilly of the Valley C.O.G.I.C


 

 


The Lily of the Valley Church of God in Chirst will have their family and friends day program on October 28th, 2018 at 3 p.m.  They are located at 620 Greer Street in Center, TX.

 

The guest speaker will be Bobby Spence of the St. Temple Church of God in Christ of Nacogdoches, TX.

 

 

 

 

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Daughters of the Republic of Texas to meet


 

 

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of Republic of Texas will have their October meeting Saturday, October 13, at 10:00 AM  at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center. Following the business meeting and the luncheon Barbara McClellan will present the program: Moses Rose, the man who left the Alamo. If you'd like to know more about this virtually unknown man, or about the Daughters of the Republic of Texas come join with us Saturday or call Maggie at 248-3361.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excelsior Halloween Carnival Information


 

 

 

 

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Smokey Bear Visits Timpson ISD


 

 

Smokey Bear and the Timpson Bear along with the Timpson VFD meet with the kids at Timpson ISD as part of fire prevention week.

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD Carnival


 

 

 

 

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Golden Harvest Meeting


 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, October 15th, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom will present the program.  REMINDER -  Flu shots will be given and those who wish to get one will need to remember to bring their Medicare card.

 

Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

 

 

 

 

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Huxley Helping Hand Food Pantry


 

 

HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD   SATURDAY  OCTOBER 13, 2018.  IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN.


DATE: October 13, 2018
SIGN IN STARTS AT: 9:00 A.M. UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

 

 

 

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Center Garden Club Yard of the Month Award


 

 

Center Garden Club is pleased to present its Yard of the Month Award (October) to Marilyn Ballard in recognition of her commitment to maintaining a beautiful landscape at her historical 212 Houston Street home.  Marilyn credits her late husband Larry for their original landscape design which he meticulously maintained for many years prior to his death. Marilyn expresses gratitude to both Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Hornbuckle whose assistance has made it possible for her to continue to  have a beautiful landscape.  Center Garden Club urges everyone to drive by the Ballard home and experience the delight that a picturesque setting can bring to its owner and passerby alike!

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Nursing Home Chili Cook-Off


 

 

 

 

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The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Family & Friends Day


 


The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will be observing their annual Family and Friends Day program on October 14th, 2018 at 3 p.m. Pastor Alvin Davis of the Open Door Church will be the speaker of the hour.  

 

 

 

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Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church Men's Day


 


The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church in Garrison invites everyone to join them for their 15th annual Men's Day program on Sunday, October 14th at 3 p.m. 

 

 

 

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Women on the Go Meeting


 

 

You are invited to attend the Texas Extension Education Association Women on the Go Club, Thursday, October 11th from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Extension office, located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.  Come out, bring a friend, and enjoy this learning experience.

 

The focus of this fun, hands-on club will be on learning tips and shortcuts to be more productive and successful in balancing home, family and work through a healthy lifestyle.  While the focus of the club is geared toward women, it is open to men who also want to participate.  

 

The October 11th program will feature guest speaker Sherry Harding, Director of Shelby County Outreach Ministry.  Mrs. Harding will be providing information on programs available to local residents through Outreach and how volunteers help to make the Meals on Wheels program a success. 

 

Be sure to RSVP to 936-598-7744 no later than Tuesday, October 9th if you would like to attend.  Lunch will be provided featuring delicious lasagna and fruit salad .  If you have questions, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health via email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.

 

 

 

 

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Sassafras Festival


 

 

 

 

 

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Genealogy Program


 

 

Save the Date! (1) Patti Smith, a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society, will discuss DNA’s connections to genealogy with her program “Between the Lines” for the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018, in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 706 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  Coffee and cookies will  begin at 3:00 p.m. (2) At 6:00 p.m. eighteen year old Angelina College student William Seay will discuss his Seay family’s genealogy with all its interestingness including the Huguenot connection in the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  For more information, contact Rev. Cindy Doran at (936) 852-4123 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378; the public can e-mail Cindy at keltysumc@hotmail.com or Dickie at dickie.dixon@hotmail.com (3) Nelta Nolen, a member of the Vernon Parish Genealogical Society, will discuss “Alternative Sources for the 1890 Census” for the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Timpson Public Library on 520 Austin Street in Timpson, Texas. 

 

 

 

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Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Coming to Timpson


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Historical Society Monthly Meeting


 

 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on October 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum located on Pecan Street. The speaker this month will be Mr. Larry Hume.  He will speak to us about the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

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Nacogdoches County Chamber Update


 

 

Candidate Forum 2018
Thursday Oct 4, 2018


Chairman's Circle committee meeting
Friday Oct 5, 2018


SFA-Chamber Connection committee meeting
Tuesday Oct 9, 2018


Member Mixer hosted by Agent Ted Smith - State Farm Insurance
Tuesday Oct 9, 2018


Ribbon Cutting - House of Photography
Thursday Oct 11, 2018


Texas Chamber of Commerce Week
Monday Oct 15, 2018


Education Committee Meeting
Tuesday Oct 16, 2018


Leadership Nacogdoches: Community Services for People with Disabilities
Thursday Oct 18, 2018


Alive After Five hosted by FROGS Sports Bar & Grill
Thursday Oct 18, 2018


Chamber Mail Out - Approved Insert Due
Saturday Oct 20, 2018


Ribbon Cutting - Goose Landing, LLC
Thursday Oct 25, 2018


Ribbon Cutting - CBH Insurance Agency, Inc.
Thursday Oct 25, 2018


Fourth Friday Luncheon "Make November Count"
presented by The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center
with Colette Vallot, Texas Association of Business
Friday Oct 26, 2018


Ribbon Cutting - Walmart Neighborhood Market
Tuesday Oct 30, 2018
 

Ribbon Cutting - Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill
Tuesday Oct 30, 2018

 

 


 

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Huxley VFD Fall Festival


 

 

 

 

 

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Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church-Harvest Program


 

 

Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to our Annual Harvest Program:


Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 3:00pm

Speakers include:

 

Minister Donna Thomas of the House of Refuge Ministries in Center, Texas
Sis. Sharon Standley of the Sunset Galilee Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas

Keynote Speaker:


Minister Constance Ceasar of the Westpoint Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Come join us for a powerful move of God!


Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

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Creative Art Show & Car Show Invite


 

 

 

 

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Judge Allison Harbison Invite to Courthouse Tour


 

 

 

 

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Sign Up Now for the Fall Festival of Hope Fun Run and 5K Run 


 


Don’t miss the Fall Festival of Hope 5K and Fun Run to be held on October 20th, 2018 at 8am at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas.  You can sign up on line at

 

https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Center/FallFestivalofHope.  


All proceeds benefit the Boo’s Battle Support Fund, a non-profit organization designed to provide financial support for families battling cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pastor and Wife's 1st Anniversary


 


MT. HOREB BAPTIST CHURCH, in the Bland Lake Community, would like to invite everyone to the 1st Anniversary Service for their pastor, Rev. Bradley Hale and wife, Caprice Hale on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3:00 P.M.  Guest Speaker and Church will be Dr. Christopher Moore and the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

 

 

 

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OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM MARKS 17 YEARS


 

 

Seventeen years ago, America launched its counterattack against terrorism in Afghanistan and ushering in Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

 

To remember the service and sacrifice of Afghanistan Veterans, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a remembrance program and wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center, Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 10:00 am. 

 

If you are an Afghanistan Veteran or family member VFW Post 8904 would like to present you with a certificate recognizing that service.  Please call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.  We need to know the veterans name and who will be attending to accept the certificate. As always the public is cordially invited.

 

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Fall Book Sale


 

 

 

 

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McDonald's Family and Friends Day


 

 

McDonald's in Center will have a Friends & Family day on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Fall Festival


 

 

 

 

 

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Circus Coming to Timpson Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Revival at Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church


 

At Mount Calvary Full Gospel Revival Beginning Wednesday, October 17th  through 19th, 2018
Starts at 6:30 Pm with Evangelist Brother Lamar Denby Friday night - vocalist - The New Day Spirituals.  Food and fellowship afterward the Church is located 2 miles from Shelbyville, TX on 417 East.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bringing Joye Circle of Hope Hayride


 

 

On November 3rd, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office "Bringing Joye" program and Circle of Hope will be hosting a Hayride for special needs children and adults.  This event will be free-of-charge and will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m at the High Country Ranch Event Center.  Volunteers to help with the hayride are welcome, all you need to do is show up!   Those in attendance at the hayride will be eligible to attend the Christmas Party coming up in December.  Come enjoy the fun at 433 Twin Oaks in Stonewall, LA.

 

 

 

 

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