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Community News Archives for 2018-11

Sam Samford Masonic Lodge & Center Eastern Star Open House



Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 and Center Eastern Star #348 will hold an Open House on Saturday, November 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served and members from each organization will be available to answer questions and provide insight into their respective club.


The lodge is located on Highway 96S, next door to Hometown Tackle.







Climbing Your Family Tree




A Free Genealogy Workshop by the William Carroll Crawford Chapter
Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Conjunction with Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library

Do you need a boost up to begin climbing your family tree? Maybe you just need a clue to un-puzzle your past. Have you ever wondered if your ancestors were in Texas during the days of the Republic? Join us at the Fannie Brown Booth Library at 619 Tenaha St. in Center on Tuesday, November 27, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. We’ll try to help you unpuzzle your past; where to begin, where to look, how to search online, how to organize your research.
Our presenters all have experience in researching genealogy and want to help you.
Maggie Casto, Registrar of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter, 
Vickie Martin, Secretary of the Shelby County Historic Commission

Barbara McClellan, former Research analyst for the Creek-Muskogee Tribe, east of the Mississippi
Gail Sholar, co-historian of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter

If you want to know how to begin the journey or if you’ve hit a wall and wonder “what now?”, come see if we can help you.

For more information call Maggie Casto at 248-3361 or Sandra Davis at 598-5522.

This workshop will highlight some of the new genealogy “how-to” books and research materials Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library was recently able to purchase thanks to a grant received from the Texas Book Festival. 


Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is very excited to be able to join together with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (with thanks to the Texas Book Festival) to share these books with our community!


Hope to see you there!





Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting



“The Piney Woods Photographic Society would like to invite anyone with an interest in photography to attend their meeting, Saturday, 11/17/18, starting at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 211 Porter St, Center, TX.


There will be a workshop on “Photographing family holidays “, and the monthly challenge is “Seasons” featuring photographs submitted by club members on Seasons of the year.

For more information about PWPS or the meetings call or text Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 or like us on Facebook. 





Holiday Festivities at the Museum of East Texas


LUFKIN: The Museum of East has filled the holidays with activities for you and your family. The 24th annual Festival of Trees is open to the public from November 19, 2018 through January 7, 2019. The 42nd annual Member’s Gala will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 7-9 p.m. Family Day is scheduled for Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m. The Museum is open for Extended Hours until 8 p.m. from December 19-23. 


This year’s Festival of Trees promises to be spectacular, as always. One hundred and sixty-two trees have been lovingly decorated with its own theme and message and trees are sponsored by individuals and businesses in the community. Visitors are certain to find a tree that delights them and becomes a favorite. Tree themes range from collegiate and high schools to professions, from traditional Santas and candy canes to an upside down tree. The display is a feast for the eyes that will delight all ages and trees range in size from 4 to 12 feet tall. Cameras are welcome. Admission is free and the funds raised from the tree sponsors are used for children’s Art Camp scholarships and special gifts to the Museum. Many thanks to our tree sponsors who make this philanthropic forest possible and our Festival of Trees co-chairs Traci Helm and Lacey Luce, advisors Suzanne Williams and Jamie Zayler, captains Ana Contreras, Blaire Craven, Fran Glenn, Mary Carol Grimes, Dianna Hale, Lauren Henderson, Tara Hendrix, Allyson Langston, Whitney Lowery, and Lyndy Vines, and the countless volunteers who lovingly decorated. Our special hours throughout the Festival of Trees are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.


The 42ndt Annual Members’ Gala, hosted by the Board of Trustees, Executive Director, Staff, and Museum Guild, is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Upon entering the Museum, you will be welcomed by Trustees graciously offering champagne and caviar, while sounds of harp, cello, violin and laughter waft gently through the one hundred and sixty-two awe-inspiring trees. Elegant surroundings, fabulous food and decadent desserts prepared by Guild members and Friends of the Museum promise a memorable evening. Special thanks to our co-chairs Kendall Beattie and Jennifer LaCorte. This event is black tie optional.  All guests must be 21 years of age or over to attend. If you would like to join the Museum and attend the Members’ Gala, please call 936.639.4434, go to our website and click join, or visit the front desk for a membership form.  


Family Day will be held on Sunday, December 16th from 2-4 p.m. Christmas related arts and crafts will be available in the Education Room. As always, Santa Claus will be eager to hear the Christmas wishes of all. In addition, we will have two book signings. Nancy Hopkins Reily will be available to sign copies of her books, including Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part 1 and Part 2, Joseph Imhof: Artist of the Pueblos, The Blue Egg: a Memoir by Nancy Hopkins Reily, and more. Charles Kruvand, author of Riverwoods Exploring the Wild Neches will also sign copies of his book. Be sure to bring a camera! Holiday refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Family Day is made possible by the I.D. and Marguerite Fairchild Foundation, the Simon and Louise Henderson Foundation, Ernest L. Kurth, Jr. Charitable Foundation, Junior League of Lufkin, Lufkin ISD, the Museum Guild, and Museum Volunteers.


The Museum will have extended hours from December 19-23. On these dates, the Museum will be open until 8 p.m. The Museum hopes to be a part of your holiday festivities this season. 

About the Museum

The Museum of East Texas is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is education through exhibitions of art and history. The Museum is located at 503 N. Second Street in Lufkin, Texas (across from the Convention Center, near downtown). For general information, to schedule a docent-guided tour, to become a Museum member, or for facility rental information, call 936.639.4434 or visit our website at Parking is available in the lot north of the Museum. Special needs access is available at the Paul Avenue entrance. Admission is free of charge.


Contact: J.P. McDonald, Executive Director, Museum of East Texas, 936.639.4434,; or Allyson Langston, PR/Marketing, Museum of East Texas, 936.639.4434, 







Golden Harvest Meeting



The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday November 19, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  The program will be presented by Denise Merriman of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. Reminder -   Each year for our November meeting members have brought gifts for the children and teenagers who are served by the Center.  Please remember to bring a gift or donation.


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





SCCAC Toy Drive



The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is announcing the start of our annual Toy Drive. We are excited to have this chance to brighten the lives of children who have experienced abuse or trauma, but we know this is only possible through the generosity of our community. This year we will have tags for each child in need that will specify age and interests. You can pick up a tag at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, and then return your donation to us by December 10. If you would like more information about specific needs, please call us at 936-590-9864. Thank you for joining with us to share kindness and joy with these children.



Woodforest Food Drive



Woodforest National Bank in Center is having a canned food drive to support Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc.  from November 13th thru December 1st.  So while you are shopping at Wal-Mart, please pick up a few extra cans of food and drop them off at Woodforest National Bank, which is located inside the store!  Thank you for your support!  




Cocoa with Santa











Raffle Drawing! Bring in a Toy, and be entered into a drawing for a Christmas Movie Package : 32 inch Smart TV, DVD player, Popcorn, Cocoa, Cozy blanket, and a Christmas movie set.





Drawing to be held on December 9th at the close of Cookies & Cocoa with Santa! Come join us again this year for all your cocoa & Cookie favorites. Come get your picture taken with Santa and  bring a gift for Santa to give to Operation Blue Santa.



The Blue Santa Team is ready to get to work and once again we would like to ask for your support and donations. With your donation and others like yours last year we were able to provide Christmas to approximately 204 Children in Shelby County. This year we would like to reach beyond that and assist more children. In order to do that, we are asking for everyone to bring in a toy donation to the Center Police Dept. Collection boxes will be set up in the lobby. Bring in a gift and be entered into the drawing for the Christmas Movie Package.  The entire BLUE SANTA team would like to thank you for generous donation to the BLUE SANTA program.

Thank You, from the Operation Blue Santa Team!









Center Blue Santa Program






Shelby County Outreach Ministries is seeking donations



Shelby County Outreach Ministries is seeking donations to help cover the holiday season.  Due to weather, the need for emergency food boxes has grown tremendously.  We are in need of canned veggies, canned soups, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, chili, tuna, canned ham, spaghetti sauce, and spaghetti noodles.  Together we can feed the hungry and assist the needy.  Thank you for your support.  



Joaquin VFD Hamburger Sale


The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hamburgers at the Joaquin Christmas Festival on Saturday, November 17th. Burgers will be ready to serve at the fire station at 10:30 a.m. The price is $8.00 for a burger with all the fixings, plus chips, cookie, and a soft drink. The Joaquin VFD would like to invite everyone to come out and help kick off the holiday season, and enjoy food, fun and fellowship. 






Shelbyville Health Fair








Pastor and Wife Anniversary Service

Rock Mount Baptist Church Pastor and Wife's anniversary on Sunday, November 25th, 2018.






Holiday Memory Bulbs




Traditionally, to "light a candle for someone" indicates one's intention to say a prayer for another person, and the candle symbolizes that prayer. As the Holidays approach, memory bulbs that decorate a Christmas tree can serve as a great remembrance of loved ones lost.  

Memory bulbs are a creative and expressive gift to show your love and send your thoughts to friends and family member that have gone on before us. The TENaha TOGETHER Committee is offering to our community an alternative to lighting a candle in honor of a loved one by offering the same warmth, sentiment, and prayer with their bright glow.


The lighting of the Tenaha Christmas Tree will take place on December 13th at 5 pm prior to the parade and they are offering a “Memory Bulb” for your loved one for $1.00. A list containing your loved one’s name will be read upon the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the square. For more information contact Julie Tatum at the First National Bank of Hughes Spring in Tenaha or Tenaha City Hall 936-248-3841.         


(Need name of Loved One and $1.00)







San Augustine AgriLife Events



Free Hearing Tests November 16th at the AgriLife Office
Free Wellness Hearing Screenings will be performed by Audiological Services, Friday, November 16th from 9am – 2pm.  Come by our office to make sure you can hear those deer before you go hunting!


Maintain No Gain
Interested in trying NOT to gain weight over the holidays? Maintain No Gain provides motivational tools, healthy recipes, and fitness tips to help you control your weight over the holiday season, a 6-week period when the average American gains extra pounds. Anyone can participate! Come by the AgriLife Office Tuesday, November 13th to weigh in and enjoy the holidays the healthy way!


Blood Drive
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at the AgriLife parking lot on Monday, November 19th from 10am – 2pm.  Free beach towels will be given to all who attempt to give blood. Come and give the gift of life!






Tenaha ISD's Veterans Day Program Set


All local veterans are invited to attend the annual Tenaha ISD Veterans Day program set to take place Monday, November 12th at 9:30 am in the Cafetorium.  Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, Band, individual high school students and BETA will present performances to honor all veterans.  Parents and the community are invited to attend this event to honor all local veterans.  






Shelby County Historical Society Monthly Meeting



The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting November 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum located on Pecan Street. Mr. Larry Hume will be in charge of the program this month.  Everyone is invited to attend










Timpson Veteran's Day Program



Timpson ISD and American Legion Post 90 will host their annual   Veterans Day Program at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12 in the Timpson High School Gym. Each veteran will be recognized individually during the program. All veterans are invited to attend and are asked to meet in the gym lobby at 9:30 a.m. Veterans and their spouses will be escorted into the gym. The Timpson High School staff will serve lunch to veterans and their spouses in the high school library following the program.





Forest Service seeking members for advisory committee






The Sabine and Angelina Ranger District is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on its Title II Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) created under the Secure Rural Schools Act. 


The committee is responsible for the development and recommendation of projects that will benefit National Forest land in Shelby and Sabine counties, as well as monitor the projects and provide advice to the Forest Service. 


Congress recognized the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our nation’s citizens through the enactment of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (Public Law 92-463).  The FACA requires that committee memberships be “fairly balance in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed.” 


The Sabine/Angelina Resource Advisory Committee was formed in 2011 and has 18 members.  Since that time it has approved and completed 14 projects totaling more than $800,000. 


Project examples include: road paving in campgrounds, Forest Service road maintenance, recreation area maintenance, non-native invasive plant control, and purchasing of equipment and supplies to support work.  Project funding can also be used to leverage grant dollars and collaboration with partners, such as federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations. 


“We are looking for diverse candidates that are highly motivated and service oriented and interested in actively engaging in the work of the RAC,” said Sabine National Forest Ranger Kimpton Cooper.


The committee is made up of individuals from all walks of life, including local elected officials, industry representatives as well as representatives from local civic organizations, environmental organizations and others. 


Cooper said although the focus of the RAC projects and activities are based in Sabine and Shelby counties, committee members need only be interested and residents of Texas. They do not have to be residents of either county to be considered for service on the committee.


“We’re looking for people with energy and commitment to the long-term benefit of our national forests, who also are interested in working with a diverse array of interests represented on the committee,” said Cooper.


Members will be selected for the Sabine RAC including seats representing the following interests:

·      Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups       

·      Nationally, regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations        

·      State elected office holder or their designee

·      Developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities           

·      County or local elected office holder

·      Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests

·      Dispersed recreational activities       

·      American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area

·      Commercial timber industry               

·      Archaeological and historical interests           

·      School officials or teachers

·      Federal grazing or other land use permit holders, or nonindustrial private forest land owners in the area      

·      Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed associations

·      Representative of the public at large


Any Texas resident interested in serving on the committee must complete an application form that will be used for a required background check. There is no pay for committee members, but they can be reimbursed for travel expenses to meetings.


Applications are available at Forest Service offices in Milam and are due Oct. 1. 


For application forms, contact Kimpton Cooper, Sabine District Ranger or Becky Nix, RAC Coordinator at 5050 State Hwy 21 E, Hemphill, TX  75948, or call 409-625-1940. 







Timpson Band Interview









Revival at Geneva Baptist Church

Geneva Baptist Church revival through Sunday morning 6:30 p.m. nightly 10:45 Sunday morning.





Benefit for Wade & Amanda Angelo


Benefit & Resale for

Wade & Amanda Owen Angelo

Friday and Saturday

November 16 – 17

531 Hwy 96N (Tenaha Hwy)

From Center – One (1) mile on the Left


Wade & Amanda Angelo lost everything to a house fire on September 27, 2018.  Amanda is a rural carrier associate with the Timpson Post Office.  Wade works for Smith Saw Shop.  Our Bake sale and Resale will help this family with expenses.  They have four (4) children; Cheyanne is in college, Kolby is a senior in Timpson High School, Matthew is in the 7th grade and Callie is 20 months old.


Wade, Amanda and her family are active members in their Church. 

I have called on the best of the best of our bakers.  Thanksgiving is November 22 and these baked goods will be a tasty addition for a Thanksgiving meal. 

If you have a dessert or bread recipe that will beat the best, bring it with a sample for our committee to taste test.  The following week we will reveal the number 1 – 10 winners.

Come out this Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th.  Bring your recipes and samples for our tasting committee.  We think we have the best cooks in Texas. 

Help Wade & Amanda and her family!  What a blessed time to give and receive a true Thanksgiving Blessing. 


Thank you ALL for All your donations and Volunteering!!!

Donation: call: Catherine Livingston (936) 332-0060

FB or text.  Donations can be dropped off at 531 Hwy 96N.  Please, no trash.  From Center, one (1) mile on the left.  



Relay For Life Purse Bingo







Tenaha Veteran's Day Program



Veterans Day is an annual holiday in America honoring the millions of military veterans in the United States.  There are approximately 22 million veterans living in the United States today. 


At Tenaha ISD we believe Veterans Day is important because of the precious freedoms that we take for granted every day. Saying "Thank You" to a person in the military is a very small price for our glorious freedom. Tenaha Schools invites all veterans and military personnel from all branches of the military to join us for our Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 12th, at 9:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. 


Our program will include performances by Kindergarten-Third Grade, members of the award winning Tenaha Roarin’ Band from Tigerland   and the VFW.  Military family members and community members are also invited to join our administration, faculty and students as we say “Thank You” to these men and women who served our country.  Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information contact Brenda Farmer at or 936-248-5000 ext. 503.









James Community Meeting



The James Antioch Community will have their November meeting on November 17, 2018 at 6:30 in the evening.  We will gather at the Community House and have a carry in meal and then have a time of fellowship.  We will be planning the Christmas Party.  We encourage all who can to come and be a part of life in the James Community.


Ellen Manning  598-3081  






Benett Chapel Baptist Church Thanksgiving Activities


The Benett Chapel Baptist Church will be having a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner for everyone in the area.  For those at work, you can call in orders to be delivered to 255 Haley Dr. by Panola College in Center.  For more information call 936-332-0477.  Beginning on 11-19-18 starting at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. dine-in or carry out.

The Benett Chapel Baptist Church will also have a combined fellowship service on 11-20-18 at 7 p.m. 




Center Blue Santa Raffle



Blue Santa raffle tickets!

$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


Also, forms are due at the end of November if you want your kid on the list.






Pine Grove Nursing Home Bake Off


Please join us at Pine Grove Nursing Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 2pm-4pm to celebrate Thanksgiving and for our first Annual Dessert Bake Off Competition!  Come and enjoy the fun or if you are interested in entering a dessert in the competition please call Skylar or Kim at 936-598-6286.  Hope to see you there!








Basketball Season Starts Soon


Little Dribblers Sign Ups


The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2019 Little Dribblers sign ups will begin soon.




The Center Middle School Cafeteria



Thursday, November 8
Monday, November 12
Thursday, November 15
All from 5:00 to 7:00 pm


Cost is $55 for Basketball (Ages 4-12)

(Includes jersey, insurance, trophy, and all fees)


All children are eligible to play as long as they were born between August  2006 and August 2014.  Each child must present a copy of their Birth Certificate.  A Medical Form must be signed by their parent or guardian at Sign-Ups.  Anyone interested in Coaching or Volunteering, please notify a Board Member at Sign-Ups.

See You There





Stock a Ram For Santa



Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Center has once again teamed-up with the Shelby County Child’s Advocacy Center and Center Broadcasting for the 7th annual Stock a Ram for Santa, to help the children of our community have a happy Christmas.


Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is accepting donations of new, unopened gifts for kids up to age 17, now through December 10th at the dealership on Highway 96 North in Center.


As a way of showing appreciation for donating gifts, you will become eligible to win a 50-inch TV. It’s easy to donate, and you’re helping area children have a better Christmas. Join Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the Shelby County Children’s


Advocacy Center and Center Broadcasting Company for the 7th annual Stock a Ram for Santa. Drop off your gifts now through Monday, December 10th at Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Center. 








Christmas Open Houses Information From Chamber



Christmas is right around the corner so it is time to start shopping for those special gifts.  The best place to shop is right here in Shelby County. Starting this weekend our local merchants will be having Christmas Open Houses and fun unique Holiday shopping experiences.  Make sure your stop by and shop.


Christmas Open Houses


November 9-10


Hissy Fit   208 Nacogdoches Street  572-8572

Lasting Impressions  112 Foster Street  598-6553

Sassy Reds Bakery   1000 Tenaha Street  598-2447

Southern Lemonade    229 San Augustine Street   590-9405

Southern Seasons   214 Austin Street  598-5009


November 24th    National Shop Local Saturday


November 26   (Monday)

Holiday on Foster   5:30 until whenever…..

Denim and Lace   153 ½ Foster Street 591-2215

Elite Hair Design   125 Foster Street  598-7633

Lasting Impressions   112 Foster Street  598-6553

Mathews Realty   616 Tenaha Street   598-7800

Pineywoods Beverage   716 Hurst Street  598-2700


November 29 (Thursday)

Taste of the Holidays   5-8 @  Civic Center


December 1  (Parade Day)

Blush Boutique   111  Shelbyville Street (Square)   590-4077

C O R Boutique   110 Cora Street  (Square) 591-9910

Center Floral   135 Shelbyville Street  (Square)  598-2413

Hughes Florist and Gifts  321 Shelbyville Street 598-9949

Mooneys  107 San Augustine Street  (Square)  591-9798

Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike   105 San Augustine Street (Square)598-3382



December 1

Christmas Parade at 6pm


December 8 (Saturday)

Pictures and Baking with Santa 10am-2pm


December 11 (Tuesday)

Hot Chocolate Night at Southern Seasons 4-6pm





Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church Anniversary


The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church in Garrison, TX invites everyone to join them for our 132nd Church Anniversary program on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. Rev. Harold Patton, Pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church in Timpson will be the guest speaker.  Dinner will be served.  





6th Annual Taste of the Holidays Reservation Tickets Available



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 beginning Monday, November 5 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 or visit





Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society Meeting


The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking every 3rd Saturday at 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. We start cooking about 9:00 am and have pots on the table at 12 noon. Bring your lawn chairs and join us. Call James at 409-625-4787 for more information. This is our Thanksgiving DOG. We are having our famous Garbage Can Turkey,with all the trimmings. Ya'll come














DRT to Honor Founders


The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold their November meeting Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 AM at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center.


Following the business meeting will be a brunch to honor the beginnings of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1891 and the two cousins, Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryant, who saw their dream of an organization to honor the veterans who fought for the independence of Texas to come into being.


Hostesses for the brunch are Elizabeth Pate, Alease Copelin, Patricia Harrison and Maggie Casto. Join us as we reaffirm our pledge to the DRT and honor the founders of the organization.





Shelby County Outreach Ministries Thanksgiving Fellowship






Presentation on civil war veterans at mansfield state historic site




On Saturday, November 10, Mansfield State Historic Site will offer a special presentation that examines the fate of soldiers who returned home after Civil War, especially those of the Red River Campaign, and what their lives were like after the war ended. What happened to them? How did they transition into their new lives? We will look at those who returned home to settle, as well as those who sought to make a new life for themselves in the vastness of the American West.  The presentation will take place in the museum theater at 2:00 PM.


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




TAGHS Meeting



“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). For more information contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at





Fall Festival Pleasant Grove MBC






Texas Extension Education Association Club – Women on the Go  Featuring Healthy & Tasty Holiday Substitutions


You are invited to attend the Texas Extension Education Association Women on the Go Club, Thursday, November 8th 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 November 8th program will feature guest speaker Feleshia Thompson, Better Living for Texans, Extension Assistant of Shelby County Extension.  Mrs. Thompson will be providing information on healthy and tasty holiday substitutions. 


Be sure to RSVP to 936-598-7744 no later than Tuesday, November 6th if you would like to attend.  Lunch will be provided featuring delicious Turkey and the trimmings.  If you have questions, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health via email at





Forest Service waives day-use fees for Veterans Day


Many recreation areas and other venues in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas will be free to the public on Nov. 10-11 in honor of Veterans Day.


“We honor our veterans each Veterans Day and every other day of the year,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor. “We hope that this time will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”


Day-use fees will be waived at:

Angelina National Forest – Caney Creek and Townsend.

Sabine National Forest – Haley’s Ferry, Ragtown, East Hamilton, Indian Mounds, Lakeview and Willow Oak.

Davy Crockett National Forest – Ratcliff Lake and Piney Creek Horse Trail.

Sam Houston National Forest – Double Lake, Cagle Boat Ramp and Scotts Ridge Boat Ramp.

Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands – Coffee Mill Lake, Bois d’Arc Trail, West Lake Crockett, Black Creek Lake, Valley View and TADRA.


For more information, visit us on the web at





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