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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 100th Anniversary at Annual Awards Banquet



The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will celebrating its 100th Anniversary at the Annual Awards Banquet on November 7th at 6:30 at the Windham Civic Center.


Over the course of the past 100 years, the Chamber of Commerce has been exceedingly fortunate in having outstanding business and community leaders give of their time, energy, resources and leadership. By the end of the evening, more exceptional community leaders will be recognized and their names will be added to the list of leaders.  Awards to be presented by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at the annual banquet will be Farm Family of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Distinguished Service Award. The Leadership Shelby County Class of 2019 will receive special recognition. The 2019 Teachers of the Year will also be recognized.


The deadline is quickly approaching to reserve tickets.  Please contact the Chamber by Friday, November 1st at 936-598-3682.  Tickets are $35 per person. 




Veronica's Soul Food Restaurant Ribbon Cutting



Please join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Owner Veronica Haggerty at Veronica’s Soul Food Restaurant’s New Member Ribbon Cutting on Friday, October 18th  at 11am. Veronica’s is located at 818 Shelbyville Street. The public is invited to attend to celebrate. Free samples of the delicious food will be offered and plan on staying for lunch.


Veronica’s Soul Food Restaurant offers an extensive menu of delicious soul food such as meatloaf, smothered pork chops smothered hamburger steaks, beef tips, fried chicken, oxtail, potatoes, cornbread, greens and lots of pies and other amazing desserts.  


Hours for Veronica’s will be 10:30am until 9:30pm


Make sure you come out, meet Veronica, her manager Connie Brinson and the rest of the staff and try the food.


For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or



Fillies Tested on the Road




The Panola Fillies had a tough week on the road facing #11 TVCC, #2 Navarro, #7 Iowa Western, #5 NMMI and Mineral Area.


On Monday, the Fillies traveled to Athens to compete against #11 TVCC, but came up short (16-25, 23-25, 23-25). Offensively, Mikayla Ware led with 16 kills, followed by Mylena Testoni with 11 and Nyah Walker chipped in eight. Maria Idjilov dished out 37 assists. Hannah Floyd led the defense with 15 digs, followed by Ware with 12 and Idjilov added eight. 


The Fillies continued on Wednesday traveling to Corsicana to take on #2 Navarro, falling short to the Bulldogs (22-25, 25-17, 21-25, 11-25). Ware led offensively with 16 kills, followed by Testoni with nine, while Walker added seven of her own. Idjilov dished out 42 assists while also contributing five kills. Ware also led the defense with 17 digs, followed by Erin Perez with 11 & Floyd and Idjilov added 10 apiece, respectively.


Friday, the Fillies lost a tough five-set match at the Dennis South Memorial Classic against #7 Iowa Western (25-21, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 13-15). Once again, Ware led the offense with 16 kills, followed by Testoni with 10, while Ashton Brown and Idjilov added seven apiece. Idjilov ran the offense adding 46 assists. Floyd anchored the defense with 18 digs, followed by Ware with 15 and Perez added six. At the net, Walker led with eight block assists, while Brown followed with seven.


Continuing on Friday, the Fillies had another tough five-set match against #5 NMMI (25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 15-25, 9-15). Offensively, Testoni led with 11 kills, followed by Walker with nine, while Ware added seven. Idjilov dished out 32 assists, while contributing five service aces. Perez led defensively with 23 digs, followed by Ware with 10 & Idjilov and McKenzie Dimery added eight apiece, respectively. 


Saturday, the Fillies swept Mineral Area (25-18, 25-19, 25-15). Ware led the offense with 18 kills, followed by Walker with nine and Testoni chipped in seven. Idjilov ran the offense with 39 assists and led the defense with 15 digs, followed by Ware and Perez who added 13 of their own.


The Fillies are 20-7 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. The updated schedule is listed below. Go Fillies!

Monday, October 14th @ Home

6:00 PM - Pearl River vs. Panola 

Tuesday, October 15th @ Home

11:00 AM -  Pearl River vs. Panola 

Friday, October 18th @ Home 

6:00 PM - Coastal Bend vs. Panola 

Saturday, October 19th @ Home

1:00 PM - Laredo vs. Panola

*Dig Pink Game


Wednesday, October 23rd @ Home

6:00 PM - TJC vs. Panola

*Sophomore Night




30th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner Fundraiser



Newbern Chapter No. 1135 Order of the Eastern Star


30th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner


Will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019


From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


The location will be the First Baptist Church located in Center, Texas at 217 Cora Street.


The donation will be $7.00




Ghosts of the Past



On Saturday, October 26, 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 will last app. 30 minutes and 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.


Bake Sale for the Family of Sheila (Fountain) Cosby



Sheila passed away at age 51 and has three (3) children; Ashley Cosby, and Wesley Cosby Jr. Chase Shield is her 17 year old. Parents, Homer Fountain and Wanda Coats. Jack and Rachel Fountain were their grandparents. Sheila did not have insurance. Sheila worked hard and believed in God. She lived in the Mt. Herman community. Benefits and Resale for Area Medical Expenses is holding a benefit to help with medical and funeral expenses for this family.  


We are accepting donated items to resale for this family.  All donated items’ sales will be designated to pay funeral expenses for this family.  All sales above the funeral expenses will go to this family for other medical expenses.  A bake sale will be held on Friday, October 18th at Benefits and Resale, 1110 Tenaha St., Center.  Across from Auto zone.  


If you would like to Bake, donate items or Volunteer to help, please contact Catherine Livingston by Facebook, messenger, text or call.  (936) 332-0060.  Thank you all for your support.  






SFA STEM Research and Learning Center hosts Second-Grade STEM Day



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students participating in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Second-Grade STEM Day learned about elasticity and electricity during a physics magic show led by Ali Piran, lecturer and lab coordinator in the Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy.


Partnering with the James I. Perkins College of Education, STEM Day gave SFA elementary education students the opportunity to teach STEM lessons to students from Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary and Fredonia Elementary.


“This event, like others hosted by the STEM Research and Learning Center, provides students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics through problem-based, hands-on activities that are relevant to real-world situations,” said Adrienne Aul, programs coordinator for the STEM Research and Learning Center.


Suddenlink by Altice was the official partner of STEM Day.


“The SFA STEM Center continues to position STEM education as a high priority on the SFA campus and in the communities around them,” said Curt Allison, community engagement specialist with Suddenlink. “STEM education is important to Suddenlink by Altice, and for this reason it is easy to support the STEM Center and the work they are doing.”


For more information, visit




Food Pantry




DATE: October 12, 2019


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




Dutch Oven Cooking Meeting



The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking October 19th, at the Huxley Fire Department, on Huxley Bay,  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 at 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.




Timpson Bear Update



Friday Night Bears vs. Garrison – Here @ 7:30 p.m.


Friday TLB Volleyball vs. San Augustine – Here @ 4:30 p.m.


Just a Reminder – Senior Picture Day is December 11.


SFA Sylvans win fifth consecutive Lumberjack Competition




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s timbersports team, the Sylvans, won a fifth consecutive collegiate title during the annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition held during Timberfest in Sheridan, Arkansas.


SFA students placed first in the double buck crosscut, single buck crosscut, Jack and Jill crosscut, men’s bowsaw, underhand chop and axe throw.


“It matched last year as one of the Sylvans’ most dominant victories in Timberfest competitions,” said Dr. Jeremy Stovall, professor of forestry and Sylvans faculty advisor.


Arkansas House of Representatives member Ken Bragg, an SFA alumnus and past Sylvans president, officiated the competition, which was organized by fellow SFA alumnus Karl Hansen, among others. 


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University’s timbersports team, the Sylvans, won a fifth consecutive collegiate title during the annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition held during Timberfest in Sheridan, Arkansas. Pictured, Sylvans team members Ian Erickson and John Mike Arnett participate in the crosscut saw competition.






Shelbyville Band Booster Selling Pecans



The Shelbyville Band Boosters are taking Presale Orders for Pecans.  We have 1 pound bags of halves or pieces for $14 each.  Please contact any Shelbyville Band Student or Band Booster to place an order.  You can also reach me at or you can call (936)598-2641 and ask for Debbie.


Thank you,
Rachel Crawford




SFA planetarium announces show schedule



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The planetarium in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Cole STEM Building will offer two shows on Saturdays starting Oct. 12.


The planetarium has public shows every Saturday with group shows available throughout the week upon reservation.


“Earth, Moon & Sun” will be presented at 3 p.m. and tackles concepts associated with the Earth-moon-sun system, including eclipses, lunar phases, the seasonal changing of constellations, and the physical nature of the sun and moon. Geared toward children ages 7 to 13 but open to all ages, the show will be presented at 3 p.m. Tickets are $3.


“From Dream to Discovery – Inside NASA” is scheduled for 4:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets to this show are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students, and faculty and staff with ID.


“This show is all about how NASA designs, builds and tests robotic spacecraft that explore our solar system and the universe beyond,” said Ed Michaels, planetarium director. “It is truly amazing what humans can do when they dare to dream!”


For more information, to make a group reservation or view the schedule, visit



SFA to host Pre-Seminary Day



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Division of Multidisciplinary Programs will host a Pre-Seminary Day Oct. 25 on the SFA campus for individuals interested in religious studies or seeking connection with Texas seminaries.


The keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He will present “Saving Scripture: The Work of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Auditorium. This portion of the day is free and open to the public.


Wallace and his staff have recently discovered more than 75 ancient New Testament manuscripts. Wallace has traveled to 35 countries to examine unique, handwritten manuscripts in dozens of libraries, monasteries and private collections.


“We are thrilled to have Dr. Wallace speak at SFA. His work has revolutionized the historical preservation of the Bible,” Dr. Paul Shockley, lecturer in the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, said. “He’s referred to by many as the Indiana Jones of biblical manuscripts.”


The day’s first event will begin with coffee and muffins at 9 a.m. in the Ferguson Building, Room G77. Wallace will speak with faculty members and students interested in religious studies and philosophy.


Dr. Jim Towns, professor in the Department of Languages, Culture and Communication, will moderate a panel discussion with local pastors for students interested in learning about how to prepare for seminary at 10:30 a.m. in the Ferguson Building, Room 271.


Simultaneously, history graduate students and faculty members will have the opportunity to discuss digital preservation of historical documents with Wallace at 10:30 a.m. in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 308.


From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., seminary recruiters will be available to speak with students in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge. Representatives from several seminaries, including Dallas Theological, Fuller Theological, Houston Baptist University, Reformed Theological, Southwestern Baptist Theological, George W. Truett Theological and Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology will be present.


Accordance Bible Software will host the final seminar of the day. The company, which offers Hebrew and Greek Bible software, will offer a training session for people in the community who use Accordance Bible Software from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Ferguson Building, Room G78. Contact the company at 1-877-339-5855 to reserve a seat.


For more information about Pre-Seminary Day at SFA, contact Shockley at or Geivonna Little at or (936) 468-1229.




Spooky Soiree




The Shelby County Young Professionals Network invites you to attend a Spooky Soirée at 6 o’clock in the evening on October 19, 2019, at Wiggins Hunting Lodge.  

Wear your costume and celebrate the season with hor d'oeuvres and live music by Brandon Tyler.
Brandon Tyler is a Shelby County musician who has played several local events, including our Sip n’ Dip Center Floral Event, and the East Texas Poultry Festival.  You’re not going to want to miss this! 

Wiggins Hunting Lodge
10612 East County Road 3251
Timpson, Texas 75975

This event is sponsored by Cline Family Medicine.

For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or






Boo's Battle Fall Festival of Hope



Coming up on October 19th, 2019 on the Center Square will be the Boo's Battle Support Fund Fall Festival of Hope. 





CMS and CHS Fall Portraits



Center Middle School:
Fall Picture day is coming Wednesday, October 23. Order online at . Use Picture Day ID: EVTTZRV6Q  
Fall picture order forms will be sent home Monday, October 21.


Center High School:
Yearbook pictures for grades 9-11 will be taken on October 24. Order online at . Use Picture Day ID: EVT3KSMMW

Senior Portraits will be on November 13.



Shelbyville Band Booster Special Meeting


There will be a Special Band Booster Meeting on Tuesday, October 15th, at 6 PM at the Band Hall Foyer.  Everyone is invited to attend.  




Registration open for SFA Homecoming 5K



NACOGDOCHES, Texas —The DC Wonder Woman College Run 5K will be a part of Homecoming festivities this year at Stephen F. Austin State University. The run will begin at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, near the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza on the SFA campus.


The pre-race expo, featuring a DJ, interactive wall of inspiration, photo opportunities, packet pickup and more, will begin at 3 p.m. The course winds through the SFA campus and along the paved trails of the SFA Gardens' Tucker Woods, the SFA Arboretum and the Lanana Creek Trail.

Held nationally, the DC Wonder Woman College Run series is designed to empower adults from all walks of life to unleash the super hero within. Runners, families and “super dogs” are encouraged to dress in bold and colorful super hero attire and costumes for the event.

The SFA student/faculty/alumni registration rate is $30, and the general registration rate is $35. Race registration includes exclusive race shirt, finisher’s medal, commemorative race bib, complimentary photos, and entrance to the pre-race expo and post-race finish line festival with live entertainment. In addition, a contribution from race proceeds will be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas. 


Steve Davidson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas, said he’s excited the run will be hosted in Nacogdoches.


“We are honored to be chosen as the race’s nonprofit of choice. As this race empowers us all to find our inner super hero, our staff members work every day to build up our children to be heroes in our communities.”


The race is produced by Riddle & Bloom and Son Events, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC and SFA’s Campus Recreation Department.

For more information, race registration and merchandise, visit


News from Joaquin ISD



TSI Signups!
October 7-11,2019
Any students wanting to take the TSI this fall will need to sign up by the end of this week.  This is open for any students in high school who may be interested in taking Panola classes this spring, or in the future. There will be signup sheets in the high school office. 




Shelby County Historical Society Meeting



The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on October 15, 2019, at 2:00 P. M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The speaker this month will be Mrs. Fannie Watson. She will be speaking on the history of our 1885 Shelby County Historic Courthouse. Mrs. Fannie taught school for many years, most of those years in the Center School District, and did extensive research on the Historic Courthouse with her gifted and talented students. It will be interesting to hear what they found in their search. Everyone is invited to attend.




Author to speak during Stone Fort Museum luncheon at Culinary Café



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Author Gary Pinkerton will be the guest speaker during a lunch-and-learn program hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Stone Fort Museum, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Culinary Café, located in the Education Annex, Room 121, on the SFA campus.


During lunch, Pinkerton will discuss his newest book, “True Believers: Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake,” which chronicles the story of a 150-year-old Spanish silver legend and the people who believed in it enough to hunt for the treasure.


“There are several versions of the legend,” said Carolyn Spears, Stone Fort Museum curator, “but one of the most popular is the Santa Rosa, a Spanish ship, was plundered in Matagorda Bay in 1816 by a privateer named Jean Lafitte. He stole six wagon loads of silver and carried the treasure to Hendricks Lake, just south of the Sabine River in northeastern Rusk County, where he sunk the wagons to avoid approaching soldiers,” Spears said.


“True Believers: Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake” tells the story of the people from Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Kentucky, California and as far away as England who came to the lake to drain, dredge, dig, dynamite and scan its murky waters to locate the silver.


Copies of Pinkerton’s book will be available for purchase at the lunch. Tickets to the lunch are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. The lunch will feature a Mediterranean menu, including kofta, a meatball dish, served with chickpeas and yogurt sauce; koshari, roasted chicken with pasta and lentils; and basbousa, a semolina cake with rose water and lemon.


Purchase tickets online at, or call the museum at (936) 468-2408 for more payment options.




Senior Site Halloween Fundraiser


The Senior Nutrition Site is having a Halloween Fundraiser on October 26th, from 6-11 pm! There will be live music, great food, raffles, and even a costume contest!  Come and bring the family for a spooky good time!  $10 for adults and $5 for kids. For more information, please call the Senior Nutrition Site at 598-7768. 





Center Missionary Baptist Association Revival


CMBA annual revival will take place at Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church 4651 FM 705 Broaddus, Texas 75929 October 14-18 at 6 p.m. Bro. Robert Byley, Jr. will bring the message nightly with fellowship on Friday night.


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