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Community News Archives for 2019-04

Shred Day


 

 

 

The mobile Shredding Unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center Square on Friday, May 3rd  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.

 

The Recycle Containers will be on the Downtown Square from May 3rd – 5th.  Items NOT permitted in the containers are as follows:  NO Hazardous Material, NO Bioharzard Materials, NO Toxic Materials, NO Paint or Tires, NO Freon, Oil or other Regulated Chemicals, NO Gasoline, Propane, other Highly Flammable Chemicals, NO Special Waste that requires a License to Transport.   

 

Electronics are permitted in the containers.  Other items allowed include, lumber, siding, drywall, roofing, wiring, insulation, all types of bathroom and kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows & doors, piping, landscape debris, municipal waste such as standard household business trash.

 

Volunteers will be available to help unload your vehicles on Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am until 12Noon.

 

These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and our generous Sponsors:

Shelby Savings Bank, Presenting Sponsor for Shredding Services

Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor for Shredding Services

Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor for Recycling/Disposal Services

 

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

 

 

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A Taste of Home Grown Freshness


 


There’s nothing quite like fresh produce!  Come discover the benefits of what a home-grown garden has to offer with the Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities home gardening course offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County.  This program is a four-session course that will be provided free of charge at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches St, Center, TX.  Each session will be conducted from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:  May 7, May 15, May 21, and May 28th.  Registration in advance is required for purchase of supplies.  It is recommended that participants wear close-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water to each session.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about garden site selection, how to conduct a soil sample and read the results, selecting the best vegetables to grow in Shelby County, identifying garden pests and diseases, using a raised garden bed, harvesting and storing produce, how to prepare delicious, easy vegetable dishes, and much more. 

 

“If you are looking for a fun, easy, hands-on garden program to use at home or a way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet, then this course is for you,” said Feleshia Thompson, Better Living for Texans Extension Educator. 

 

Come explore how to grow fresh vegetables at home, prepare fresh produce with easy, quick and tasty recipes and design and create your own container garden, register to participate at the Shelby County Extension Office, 266 Nacogdoches St. in Center.  For additional information on this program, please contact Feleshia Thompson, Extension Educator at the Shelby County Extension office, feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu or call the Extension office at 936-598-7744.  

 

 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff Attends National Sheriff's Institute


 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office recently completed participation in the 116th session of the National Sheriff's Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado on April 19, 2019.  The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs.  Only 30 Sheriff’s from across the country were selected to attend this session. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriff's Association (NSA.)  During the week-long session, each sheriff explored the role of a local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good. 

 

Training was conducted on public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, organization effectiveness, and efficiency.  The NSA represents nearly 3,100 sheriff's across the nation and provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety.  The program also administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bake Sale - Benefit 


 


There will be a benefit bake sale for Donna Moore McSwain to help with medical expenses on May 3, 2019, at Raymond Motor Company from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

 

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San Augustine Church of Christ to Give out Sandwiches


 


The San Augustine Church of Christ will be giving out pulled pork sandwiches for free today 4-29-19 starting at 12 noon. 

 

 

 

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Jury Cancellation 123rd District Court


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Lions Club Golf Tourney


 

 

 

 

 

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Bake Sale Fundraiser at Raymond Motor Company


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giving Day to Raise Awareness for Center Nonprofit 


 

 

 

 

East Texas Giving Day is in full swing with donations already coming is thanks to prescheduled giving. This year’s event features 185 registered nonprofits from across East Texas.  Sunshine Haley, with Grace Manor, is hoping generous residents remember her organization when deciding where to give on April 30th.

 

“This is our first year to participate in Giving Day,” said Sunshine Haley, with Grace Manor. “We are always looking for new ways to get people involved with our organization. East Texas Giving Day is a fun way to engage new donors online and celebrate the wonderful supporters we already have.”

 

Grace Manor is a Child-Placing agency that is dedicated to improving the lives of foster children. Grace Manor is licensed to certify foster, foster to adopt, and adoptive families. As a licensed foster care provider and a licensed adoption agency, Grace Manor is prepared to serve families and children from an initial placement in foster care to being united as forever families.

 

“We are excited to be a part of East Texas Giving Day,” said Haley. “Not only does this event give us another means to fundraise, it has allowed us to improve our marketing and outreach skills. Giving Day has helped us be better at social media and has provided us with the tools necessary to take those lessons into other campaigns throughout the year.”

 

East Texas Giving Day, powered by East Texas Communities Foundation, is an 18-hour, online giving event set for April 30, 2019. The event officially kicks off at 6:00 a.m. and ends at midnight. Donors can participate in the event by going online to www.EastTexasGivingDay.org  to preschedule their donation.

 

Donations can be made from any device that can access the internet including; desktop computers, mobile phones or tablets.

 

“East Texas Giving Day is an exciting way for people to support area nonprofits,” said Holly McFarlin, Public Relations Director of East Texas Communities Foundation. “The event is online so you don’t have to drive anywhere, get dressed up or leave work early.” 

 

The minimum donation amount for the event is $10, and can be placed using a credit card, debit card or e-check. “The $10 minimum donation means anyone can give back to their community on Giving Day,” said McFarlin. “Giving Day is meant to inspire communities and celebrate the work of the nonprofits in your city or town. We encourage everyone to rejoice in the good that is around them and use social media to brag on your favorite nonprofit.”   

 

On April 30th donors can track donations made in real-time by watching the leaderboard on the home page of the web site, www.EastTexasGivingDay.org.  All transactions processed on Giving Day will incur approximately 5.09% in fees based on the costs of the Giving Day platform and credit card fees. Donors will receive an immediate tax receipt via email at the conclusion of the donation process.

 

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Lunch Sale Timpson Order of the Eastern Star


 

 

Lunch Sale this Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Timpson Masonic Lodge. Deliveries will be from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dine in from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Lodge Hall. They will have Mexican Casserole, Beans, Bread, and Dessert. It is $8 a plate.

 

 

 

 

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Panola County Cattlemen's Pro Rodeo


 

The 69th annual Panola County Cattlemen's Pro Rodeo will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly, May 3&4 at the Cattlemen's Arena in Carthage. The rodeo will feature PRCA Contract Act of the Year, Troy Lerwill, and a $1,000 cash given away to calf scramble winners. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Discount tickets are available at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

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Shelby County Shooters Meeting


 

The Shelby County Shooters will have a meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 7 p.m. at T&R'S Steak and More on Hurst St. in Center, Texas. For more information call 936-590-2939.

 

 

 

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Strong Triumph Church Celebrates 100th Birthday of Pinkie Atkinson


 

 

The family of Mrs. Pinkie Atkinson cordially invites everyone to join us in a grand celebration in honor of her 100th birthday. The celebration will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the Strong Triumph Church Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810. Please come out and help us celebrate this huge milestone in her life. 

 

Mrs. Pinkie is a former Shelby County educator who retired after over 40 years in education as well as a pillar in the community. Her most famous and well remembered accomplishment came in 1968 when she coached the East Liberty Tigers all the way to the PVIL (now a part of UIL) state championship, but there are so many other accomplishments that she's known for. 

 

 

 

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Adult Sewing Sensations Class 


 

 

 


(All Roads Lead to Texas pattern & Long Arm Machine class)


Classes will meet at the Extension office from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours
Sewing tools will be provided

 

All Roads Lead to Texas quilt class:  Participants will receive a list of fabric at registration to purchase to make their own quilt or you may purchase quilt kit from Margaret for $25 at first class


Beginning sewing skills needed
Dates:  May 2, 9, and 14
Cost:  $35

 

Long Arm Machine Quilting certification: Learn to set-up long arm machine (loading quilt pieces, machine care, needle inserting, loading/winding bobbins and top thread, and free motion stitching).  After completion of certification class (both sessions), participant will be able to rent our machine for personal use.


Supplies:  Bring 2 yards of muslin and 1 yard of cotton batting for practice session.  For one-on-one session, you will need to bring a finished quilt top, backing fabric and cotton batting.
Beginning sewing skills needed


Date:  May 8th (group class), then a 2-hour one-on-one class will be scheduled
Cost:  $50

 

 

 

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Freezer Pleaser Meal Prep Club Workshop


 

 

 

Tired at the end of your workday, need to find a way to save on your grocery budget, want to put a delicious hot and healthy meal on the dinner table?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Freezer Pleaser Meal Prep Club workshop is for you!  Join other like-minded people to learn and prep 10 to 20 freezer meals on monthly basis.   May’s class will focus on chicken, meat-free and low-carb dishes.

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Shelby County will be hosting the meal prep class on Monday, April 29th from 3 to 7 pm and Saturday, May 4th from 1 to 5 pm at the Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, TX 75935.  These classes are “come and go” sessions so that you can prep, freeze, and eat a healthy meal over the course of time.  You may participate in one workshop or both.  Additional workshop sessions will be held the last Monday and first Saturday of each month.

 

How does this work?
A selection of recipes will be provided in advance to participants so that you may choose the meals you want to make and take.


A master grocery list for food items to purchase will be available for email or pickup.
All seasonings/spices will be provided each participant.
Printed food meal labels will be provided for your use.


Kitchen bowls, prepping items, measuring cups/spoons, food scales, and more will be available for your use.

 

Bring your food, have fun, prep your meals for the next month, then sit back and admire your stocked freezer and think about the time and money you have saved while putting that delicious hot meal on the dinner table in no time at all.

 

Registration and payment in advance is required to hold your space.  The cost for this workshop is $15 per person per session.  Sessions are limited to 12 participants.   If you would like to register or need more information, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH at 936-598-7744 or via email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu

 

 

 

 

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Mr & Miss Blueberry Pageant


 

 

Join in the excitement of the Mr & Miss Blueberry Pageant at the 30th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln on June 8, 2019. The pageant will be held in the Theatre Room inside the Baker Pattillo Student Center at Stephen F. Austin State University. Division winners will be presented at the festival in historic downtown Nacogdoches.


10:30 a.m. - pageant start time                                                                                                         

 

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Gospel Singing


 

 

 

 

 

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Garage Sale at the James Community Building


 

 

 

They will have a one day community garage sale at the James Antioch Community Building on Sat. May, 4, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The purpose is to raise funding to keep the Community house open. 

 

It will be inside the building and we will have good parking.  You will find household items along with handy-man things for the yard and garden. You will see signs on HWY 7 E to help you find the place. If you have questions call Ellen Manning at 598-3081. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gospel Meeting


 

 

 

 

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City Wide Revival


 

 

San Augustine and Sabine County Ministerial Alliance City Wide Revival at the True Vine Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas.


May 6th-8th at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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Jackson Cemetery Homecoming


 

 

Jackson Cemetery Homecoming Sunday, May 19, 2019  at Jackson Missionary Baptist church at 10:45 am.  Worship service with message given by Br. David Long will be followed by a brief informative report on the cemetery upkeep and expenses.  Afterwards we will have lunch and fellowship together as is the tradition of the homecoming.  If unable to attend donations may be mailed to ; Jackson Cemetery Fund-PO Box 15-Joaquin, TX 75954.

 

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18th Annual Agriculture Appreciation & Awareness Banquet


 

 

 

 

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Shred Day


 

 

Time to start your Spring Cleaning.  The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces that the mobile shredding unit and a Recycle/Disposal unit will be in Center May 3rd.

 

The mobile Shredding Unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center Square on Friday, May 3rd  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.

 

The Recycle Containers will be on the Downtown Square from May 3rd – 5th.  Items NOT permitted in the containers are as follows:  NO Hazardous Material, NO Bioharzard Materials, NO Toxic Materials, NO Paint or Tires, NO Freon, Oil or other Regulated Chemicals, NO Gasoline, Propane, other Highly Flammable Chemicals, NO Special Waste that requires a License to Transport.   

 

Electronics are permitted in the containers.  Other items allowed include, lumber, siding, drywall, roofing, wiring, insulation, all types of bathroom and kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows & doors, piping, landscape debris, municipal waste such as standard household business trash.

 

These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and our generous Sponsors:

Shelby Savings Bank, Presenting Sponsor for Shredding Services

Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor for Shredding Services

Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor for Recycling/Disposal Services

 

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health First Aid Training at St. John's Episcopal Church


 

 

Sometimes first aid is not a bandage, or CPR or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.  Be prepared to help.

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Center is hosting a Mental Health First Aid class on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

 

The Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course that will teach you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.   The course helps anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or is in crisis.  

 

If you are an educator/school administrator, nurse, primary care giver, public safety personnel, member of a faith community, social services staff and volunteer, substance abuse professional, social workers or any member of the community interested in becoming trained, this course will give you the tools to help those in need.

 

The course is delivered by Certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors.

 

The cost is FREE and lunch will be served.  If you are  interested in attending this training please go online to register at http://www/episcopalhealth.org/mhfa/.

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 1063 Southview Circle, right across the highway from High Roller Wells.

 

 

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Women's Conference


 

 

 

 

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AG Day 2019


 

 

 

 

 

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Transportation Update given at Nacogdoches Chamber luncheon


 

 

 

 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, TX - Learn more about the roads, highways and future interstate projects that affect us all at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon. The meeting is from 12 to 1 p.m. on April 26 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N. Fredonia St.   


City Manager Jim Jeffers will present “Nacogdoches Transportation Updates” that will include I-69 updates and plans and transportation projects in Nacogdoches.


“Transportation issues are critical to the development of Nacogdoches County,” according to C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.  “City Manager Jeffers will provide an update on current and future transportation projects in our region.  Mr. Jeffers has been extraordinary in preparing the business community for the impacts of transportation projects and we are anxious to hear about the status of these projects.”


All attending may enter the $50 drawing sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win. 


Lunch is $20 for Chamber members and $24 for non-members. Attendee RSVPs are requested by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. Call 936-560-5533 or email info@nactx.com to register. 

 

 

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Message From the Children's Advocacy Center


 

 

 

 

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Blue Sunday


 

 

 

 

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Spring Lectureship


 

 

 

 

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ETCOG Receives $375,000 Grant from EDA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilgore, TX, April 17, 2019: Jorge D. Ayala, Regional Director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), visited ETCOG offices today to join in announcing its award of $375,000 to ETCOG to support with the development of a regional broadband strategic plan for 14 counties in East Texas.

 

ETCOG applied for the grant in December proposing to develop a strategic plan that will help identify and address existing gaps in broadband access for businesses across the region. In addition, the grant will help the region capitalize on its strengths and opportunities related to long-term economic development, create or enhance an environment that is conducive to job growth, and improve infrastructure and overall community development to improve the quality of life.

 

The grant is issued to the East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD) administered by ETCOG which is comprised of representatives from East Texas economic development agencies and elected officials. Economic Development Districts are designated by EDA and housed at Councils of Governments to help lead the locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. With the $375,000 grant, ETCOG and its local economic development partner agencies have committed to an additional investment of $161,000 in local matching funds, for total project funding of $536,000.

 

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Chicken Express Easter Egg Hunt


 

 

Chicken Express in Center is celebrating their third year in business with the First Annual Chicken Express Easter Egg Hunt from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 18. Each egg will contain a special prize for the kids.

 

 

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunt


 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Chamber to Close for Good Friday


 

 

In observance of the Easter holiday, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19.


The office will open at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 22.

 

Best wishes for your holiday weekend!

 

 

 

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Shelby County Historical Society Monthly Meeting


 

 

The Shelby County Historical Society will have their monthly meeting on 4-16-19 at the Shelby County Museum located on Pecan Street in Center, Texas at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society April Meeting


 

 

The Piney Woods Photographic Society will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, Tx., and anyone interested in photography is invited to attend. 


The April Challenge of "Patterns and Textures" will show the work of members for voting and critiquing.  


There will also be a workshop on "Better Flower Photography."

 

Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography.  Featuring programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

 

For more information about the Piney Woods Photographic Society, please contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426 or "LIKE" us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto/

 

 

 

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TIGER ALERT: Alto needs our help!


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Chamber Presents Teacher Appreciation


 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.  The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.  The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:

 

Center Christian Academy –  Karen Mayo

 

F.L. Moffett Primary School –  Jessica Belrose

Center Elementary School –  Kirstin Turner

Center Intermediate School –  Beth Nichols

Center Middle School –  Pamela Doggett

Center High School –  Michele Whiddon

Roughrider Academy -  Erica Klein

 

Excelsior ISD – Sonya Nutt

 

Joaquin Elementary School –  Monica Smith

Joaquin Junior High School –  Mary Hovey

Joaquin High School –  Brett Gaylord

 

S.W. Carter Elementary –  Jason McDonald

Shelbyville Middle School –  Bailee Rash

Shelbyville High School – Brooke Harrison

 

Tenaha Elementary School – Carrie Jenkins

Tenaha Middle/High School – Tammy Hamilton

 

 

 

Timpson Elementary –  Melanie Sanford

Timpson Middle School – Kendra Welch

Timpson High School –  Darlene Therwhanger

 

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors are Dr. James Hockenberry, Nacogdoches Medical Center and Ray Jones Chevrolet. 

 

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Butterfly Release Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to Wednesday’s weather forecast, we are moving the Butterfly Release to Tuesday, April 16. It will still take place at 4:00 pm at the same location, the downtown Center Square. We hope to see you there!

 

EVENT SPONSORED BY FARMERS STATE BANK, THEY WILL BE SERVING HOT DOGS FOR ALL!

 

 

 

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Joaquin Spring Fling


 

 

 

 

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Center Play the Void Monday Night at CHS


 

 

 

Sophomore Kristen Orsak's original play, The Void, will be presented for a second night by CHS Theatre's 3rd Period Advanced Players tonight at 6:30. Miss Orsak tells the story of Brooke, a teenager suffering from depression and her friends and family who aren't sure how to help her. The script has been workshopped by her peers since the fall and is ready for its "international premiere."

After the production, Karen Jones, a local pastor and counselor, will host a talk-back session so that audience members can learn more about a condition that has become such a major issue for modern school-aged Americans.


Admission is free, but seating is limited to 80 guests.  The doors at Center High School Cafeteria will open at 5:45 for the 6:30 production.

 

 

 

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United Way Presents Local Organizations with Grant Funds


 

 

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Nacogdoches United Way, which also serves Shelby and San Augustine Counties, presented four non-profit organizations with funds to impact local issues of concern.  Organizations receiving $1,500 each in funding were as follows:


Fannie Booth Brown Memorial Library in support of the tween summer reading program, 
Center Independent School District Meal Recovery program to purchase food containers for Meals on Wheels food program, 


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Fair committee to provide additional screenings at the 2020 Health and Fitness Fair, and the 
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County Family and Community Health committee to provide food and supplies for the 4-H Food and Nutrition project. 


The goal of the Nacogdoches United Way is to support lasting change with measureable improvements for people in need within Shelby County.  Focusing efforts on the building blocks of a better life – quality, education, good health, and financial stability – United Way connects the experience, expertise, and resources to advance the common good and well-being of the community.  Areas of impact to be addressed by United Way include education through early and middle grading reading programs, financial stability through workforce development, and health through healthy food choices, youth obesity prevention and access to drug and alcohol prevention training and counseling.


For information on how your business or organization can make a positive impact in Shelby County through United Way, contact Gary Lee Ashcraft, President/CEO at 936-564-5869.  

 

 

 

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Pastor & Wife 36 year anniversary


 

 

Pastor Joseph Hall and First  Lady. Surretha Hall will celebrate their 36 anniversary on April 21, Easter Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Benford Chapel Baptist Church, please come join them, an Easter dinner will b served following the program.

 

 

 

 

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Child Abuse Awareness Information


 

 

 

 

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Community Life Saving Blood Drive


 

 

Blood Drive at the:

 

Holiday Nursing Center

Wednesday, April 24

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Located at 280 Moffett Dr. Hwy. 87 N

 

FREE T-Shirt to successful donors!

 

Contact A’Leena Moore at 936-598-3371 to sign up!  All Walk-ins Welcome too!

 

 

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VFW Post 8904 Monthly Meeting


 

 

VFW Post 8904 will have its monthly meeting, Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. at the post home, 617 Highway 96 North.

 

The Auxiliary will meet this Saturday, April 13 at Las Margaritas Restaurant on the Square at noon.

 

 

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Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center Board of Directors


 

 

 

 

We are very proud to be represented by our great Board of Directors, and for their support during #childabuseawarenessmonth. What an awesome Board we have! #GoBlue

 

 

 

 

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Annual Strong homecoming


 

 

 

Would you please announce the annual Strong Homecoming, it will be Sunday, April 28 at 12 noon. Come out and enjoy dinner on the ground. If you are unable to make it and would like to make a donation, that can be mailed to:


Strong Cemetery
P.O. Box 1383
Center, Texas

 

 

 

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Center First United Methodist Church honors Yvonne Permenter


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center, Texas – March 27, 2019 – United Methodist Church retired Rev. Carol Clifford Turner and Rev. Dr. Mark Young, Lakeview Interim CEO/President, along with Center First United Methodist Church members honored Mrs. Yvonne Permenter on Monday, March 18, 2019 for her dedication and service to Lakeview Methodist Camp.  A gift was presented to Lakeview Methodist Camp in honor of Mrs. Permenter, which will be used to upgrade a swimming pool and bath house at the camp.


Mrs. Permenter served as the elementary camp director for 10 years and continued to serve as camp counselor. Her hope as camp director and counselor was to allow children to enjoy Christian fellowship, the beauty of God’s nature, and most importantly, grow in their Christian faith at camp.


In addition to serving children at camp, Mrs. Permenter served as a Sunday School teacher, Methodist Youth Fellowship Director as well as on numerous church committees. Her love for her own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have inspired her to help children grow in their faith and to know Jesus.


For information about Center First United Methodist Church, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707 or visit www.fumccentertx.org. 


About Lakeview Methodist Conference Center:


Lakeview was established in 1947 as the site for a camping ministry of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Lakeview has been hosting life-changing camps for 70 years, including FISH CAMP from Texas A&M University.  Lakeview offers retreats, conferences, outdoor education and team building programs, and accommodates over 25,000 visitors and campers each year.

 

 

 

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Antioch Baptist Church Men's and Women's Day Program


 

 

 

 

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East Liberty and Thompson Annual Cemetery Drive


 


On Sunday, April 14, 2019, immediately following morning worship at the East Liberty Baptist Church they will have their annual cemetery drive. For anyone with loved ones buried in either or both cemeteries, they are asking for a $50.00 donation per household toward the upkeep.

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin VFD Fundraiser


 


The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., bbq plates with your choice of sliced beef or sausage will be available at the fire station for $8.00, including potato salad, beans and a soft drink. The evening events will begin earlier this year to include some added excitement.

 

The annual Cake Walk will start at 4:00 p.m., featuring cakes, pies and cookies from some of the area’s best bakers. Following the Cake Walk, spectators will witness the first annual “Battle of the Bucket”, featuring firefighters from various area fire departments competing in an old fashioned bucket race for trophies and prizes. A bucket race involves a bucket hanging from an overhead cable between two flags.

 

Two two person hose teams are positioned on each end of the cable under the flags. The objective is to use the hose stream to push the bucket past your opponent’s flag. Teams will draw for positions in a single elimination bracket and compete for first, second and third place. The Joaquin VFD would like to invite all area residents to come out and enjoy food, fun and fellowship while supporting a great cause! 

 

 

 

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Community Invitation to Blood drive


 

 

Holiday Nursing and Rehab invites you to make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood on Wednesday, April the 24th.

 

The Blood Drive sponsored by the Gulf Cost Regional Blood Center will be held from 12:00 to 4:30pm.

 

You can reserve a time that is covenant for you by calling A’Leena at (936)598-3371.

 

 

 

 

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Food Pantry


 

 

 

 

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Panola College Career Exploration Fair in Shelby County


 

 

Panola College is holding a Career Exploration Fair on Tuesday, April 30 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Shelby College Center at 3600 Loop 500. 

 

We hope you will come and learn about various programs offered at Panola College, many available right here in Shelby County or completely online!  There will be door prizes, music, and games.

 

Visit with admissions and financial aid representatives to answer any questions you may have to start on your new career path today.

 

 

 

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Golden Harvest Meeting


 

 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday, April 15th, 2019, in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.  The program will be “Easter – Facts, Fables and Trivia” presented by Linda Anderson.

 

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

 

 

THANKS!  LINDA ANDERSON

 

 

 

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Sam Samford Lodge, Stated Meeting


 

 


Sam Samford Lodge 149, will have it’s Stated Meeting tonight, April 9, 2019,  We will have a covered dish dinner at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:30.  Come and bring a friend.  If you don’t have a friend, we are already there!

 

 

 

 

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Children's Advocacy Centers Message


 

 

 

 

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Memorial Day Dance at Senior Site Correction


 


The Senior Nutrition Site is having a fundraiser on Memorial Day this year.  There will be live music, dancing, and refreshments.  General Admission is $10 and the fun is from 6-10 pm on the Saturday before Memorial Day, May 25th, 2019.  Come support the Senior Site and have a great time doing so.  

 

 

 

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Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church-Youth Revival


 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Byron Coutee, Jr. and the Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite all area churches to our YOUTH REVIVAL starting Wednesday, April 17, 2019 through Friday April 19, 2019 starting 7:30pm nightly.

 

Speakers:
Wednesday night: Rev. Brian Bass of the First Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas
Thursday night: Pastor Bradley Hale of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas
Friday night: Pastor Brandon Owens, Sr. of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Center, Texas

 

All choirs, soloists, and praise teams are welcome!

 

 

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Holiday Easter on the Lawn


 

 

 

 

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Texas Extension Education Association Club Women on the Go 


 


You are invited to attend the Texas Extension Education Association Women on the Go Club, Thursday, April 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 April program will feature County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain sharing information on how to grow culinary herbs in your backyard garden or kitchen window, and she will provide a taste test and share how to best pair different herbs with meats and vegetables to reduce dietary sodium.

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.  

 

Be sure to RSVP to 936-598-7744 no later than Tuesday, April 9th if you would like to attend.  Lunch will be provided at no charge.  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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Art Camp


 

 

 

Lufkin, Texas April 5, 2019 – Information about Art Camp at The Museum of East Texas
The Museum of East Texas would like to thank all for their patience as they await for
information about Art Camp 2019.


As soon as the schedule is confirmed by the Art Camp teachers, registration forms will be
available to the public. We hope to complete this task by next week. At this time, the registration
forms will also be posted on the website for families to print and fill out. You may find the forms
at www.metlufkin.org. We will post on our Facebook Page when the forms have been added to
the website.


If your child attended Art Camp in 2018, or if you are a member of the Museum of East Texas,
you will receive registration forms in the mail.


For more questions about Art Camp, classes, or scholarship opportunities, please contact Curator
of Education, Emily Payne at epayne@metlufkin.org or call at 936-639-4434. You may also stop
by the Museum located at 503 N. Second St., across from the Convention Center in Downtown
Lufkin.

 

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. 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 www.metlufkin.org.

 

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April DRT Meeting


 

 

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will meet Saturday, April 13, at 10:00 AM at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center. The chapter will elect and install officers for the 2019-2021 term. We will also discuss the upcoming 2019 DRT Convention in Austin.

 

If you are planning on attending the convention, fill out the registration form on the DRT web site and bring your check to the meeting so Merle can send them in together.

 

Also 2019 dues will be accepted in April or May. If you have any questions, call Maggie at 248-3361. See you Saturday.

 

 

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James Community Center Updates


 

 

The James Antioch Community will have their regular gathering on April 20, 2019 at the James Antioch Community Building.  We meet at 6:30 PM and bring some food to eat.  We have a little business and then eat and visit.  We like to see all the neighbors in the community.  

 

Ellen Manning  598-3081


The annual Smith Cemetery Reunion is scheduled for April 28, 2019.  This is the time to bring your financial support for upkeep and to tell the committee how you feel about the appearance of the cemetery. So bring your dinner and take time to visit and see the cemetery.  The cemetery is located east of Center on HWY 7.

 

Ellen Manning  598-3081

 

The XYZ Homemakers Club will have their next meeting on April 18, 2019 at the Senior Nutrition Site at 11:00 am.  Our lesson on CRASE - Civilian response to active shooter events, will be given by authorized authority and we feel is of interest to many in the community.  We hope many will be able to take advantage of this educational opportunity.

 

Ellen Manning 598-3081

 

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Shelby County Historical Society Monthly Meeting


 

 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting April 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Terri Lacher.  She will speak to us about the History of the Banking in Texas.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

 

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22nd Annual Blueberry Golf Bash presented by Laird Funeral Home


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Nacogdoches Chamber's golf tournament held on Friday, April 5 is the premier business golf tournament and an excellent opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere with community leaders and potential business clients.

 

 

 

Pictured from left are event co-chairs Ralph Ervin and Trish Holt, committee member Mary Mocniak, event sponsors Shannon and Danny Mounger and Chamber President C. Wayne Mitchell.

 

 

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Go Blue Day Tomorrow


 

 

Wear blue on 4-5-19 to support child abuse awareness. 

 

 

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#WELOVE


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mothers/Fathers Day Raffle


 

 

 

Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. is having a Mothers and Fathers Day Raffle!  We have HUGE gift baskets for the Moms and Dads!  Each is valued at over $800 and include items such as BBQ Pit, Sauna Session, handmade quilt, $100 Visa Gift Cards, Oil Changes, Bath and Body Products, Several Gift Certificates, and MORE!!!  Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.  You can come by the Outreach to purchase your tickets.  The Winner for the Mothers Day gift basket will be drawn on May 10th and the winner for the Fathers Day gift basket will be drawn on June 14th.  This would be the perfect gift for either Mom or Dad!  Come get your tickets before its too late!   For more information, give us a call at 598-4990.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Running of the Blueberries 5K


 


Benefiting Dog Park Nacogdoches

5K participants including the furry four-legged variety
will travel on the Lanana Creek Trail and roads
north of the Coy Simms Softball Fields.

 

The event will be USAT sanctioned and chip-timed.

Because of the narrow nature of the course along the Lanana Creek Trail,
the race is limited to the first 300 registrants.

 

Registration open now and sponsorships are available.


Click to go to event page!

 

 

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Breakfast Fundraiser at Senior Site


 


The Senior Nutrition Site will have a Breakfast Fundraiser this weekend, April 6th, from 8-11am.  For just a simple Donation, you can have ALL YOU CAN EAT!  They will be serving eggs, bacon, grits, hash brown, biscuits and gravy, fruit and MORE!  So come out and support the Senior Nutrition Site and enjoy a morning of food and fellowship.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David "Glynn" Russell Announced as 2019 Alumnus of the Year


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of David “Glynn” Russell as 2019 Alumnus of the Year. Russell will be recognized by Dr. Berri O’Neal, Chair of the Panola College Alumni Association, and recipient of the 2016 Alumna of the Year, at the spring commencement ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 pm in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.

 

David “Glynn” Russell was born and raised in Center, Texas where he graduated from Center High School in 1972. He went on to attend Panola College from 1972 to 1973 where his fondest memories included spending time in the chemistry lab and playing ping pong in the Student Center.

 

Following Panola College, he went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M in 1976. He would later put his degree to work developing, growing, and maintaining his passion for his peach orchard, better known as The Peach Shed. After college, he returned to East Texas where he opened a flooring store in Carthage, Russell’s Floors, in 1985. He later expanded his business to a second location in his hometown of Center and would eventually consolidate the stores into one location.

 

Russell has given back to his community over the years by serving on the local water board, Flatfork Water System. He is also responsible for the sound systems and participates in outreach ministries at his local church, Center Christian Fellowship.

 

“Glynn is an integral part of Panola County and Shelby County. Our schools, colleges, and life experiences make us who we are, but it is what we give back that makes our communities,” said Vicky Hudson, sister of Glynn Russell.  “I believe my brother is an excellent choice for the 2019 Panola College Alumnus of the Year, because Panola College is where it all started.” When he is not working or volunteering, you can find him in a national park hiking with his wife, Sandra.

 

 

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No Greater Love Play


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Spring Fling


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center Broadcasting Company met with Susie Blackman with the Joaquin Events Committee and found out about the upcoming Joaquin Spring Fling, that they will be hosting in downtown Joaquin, Texas later this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April is Child Abuse Prevent Month


 

 

 

 

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Grill Fest, Presented by Farmers State Bank This Weekend!


 

 

Cook teams from Texas and Louisiana will be competing for prize money this weekend at the Chillin and Grillin Grill Fest Presented by Farmers State Bank at the Shelby County Expo Center on Highway 7 East.  Cooking starts Friday evening along with the 42 Tournament.

 

Gates open on Saturday, April 6th at 10:00am.  It is Open to the Public and it is Free.  There will be a Washer Pitching Tournament, 42 Tournament and fun activities for all ages.  Come enjoy the day and sample great bbque.

 

Thank you to all the Sponsors who have made this event possible:  Farmers State Bank, Pilgrims Pride, Tyson Foods, Shelby Savings Bank, the City of Center, Rapid Payday & Title Loans, Mathews Real Estate, Ace Hardware of East Texas, B&S A/C and Heating, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 4C Electric, Hughes Florist, Moody Waste Management, H&R Block and Despino’s Tires.

 

This Event is Sanctioned by the Lonestar Barbeque Society.

 

 

 

 

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Green Wing Day


 

 

 

 

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Business AFter Hours


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shana Brittain, owner of Southern Seasons, will welcome Chamber members and the public to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, April 9th h, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 214 Austin Street.


Southern Seasons is destination shopping with luxury home décor, gifts, gourmet foods, chocolates, garden art with a full floral shop.  Wedding shower and house warming selections are welcome. Make sure you stop by and see her new Spring items.  Shana has perfect gifts for special Easter Baskets and great gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day.

 

Mark your calendar and plan on attending!!


For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

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Easter Eggs for Sale


 


The First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ is selling Easter eggs 25 for $20 or 50 for $30. For more information call 936-591-4729. All proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

 

 

 

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