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Winter Fest

Pleasant Grove MBC would like to invite you and your family to the first annual Winter Fest! We will have candy, games, a cake walk, a fire for S'mores, and other wonderful things! Winter Fest will be on December 30th at Pleasant Grove MBC, located at 1440 CR 1470, Timpson, TX. It is between Center and Timpson. It will begin at 5 pm. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Bro. Josh Crawford at 572-5303 or find him on Facebook. Thank you and have a very Merry and blessed Christmas!



SCSO Press Release

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Sarah Elizabeth Ramon, 28, of Joaquin. Ramon turned herself in Tuesday, December 19, 2023, and was booked into the Shelby County Jail. This arrest is the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigators. Ramon was arrested on Indecency with a Child (F-3); Sexual Assault of a Child (F-2), Improper Relationship between Educator and Student (F-2). Ramon is currently awaiting arraignment by a Shelby County Magistrate. This is an ongoing extensive investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Chamber of Commerce Seeks Award Nominations

Chamber of Commerce Seeks Award Nominations

The 101st Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Celebration & Awards, presented by Farmers State Bank, will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2024. We will celebrate and recognize the achievements of 2023 and welcome a new year.

The highlight of the Celebration is our Awards presentations the Farm Family of the Year award, Young Citizen of the Year award and the Distinguished Service Award.

Nominations are being solicited from residents of Shelby County for the Young Citizen of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. The Young Citizen of the Year was established in 1966 to recognize and encourage the young people in the area involved in community service. To be eligible, the nominee must be at least 18 up to 39 years of age, a resident of Shelby County during at least six months of the year for which the award is given, and not a previous recipient.

The Distinguished Service award is presented to an individual who has shown faithful and outstanding service to the community over a number of years. The selection criteria process for these awards include personal involvement that enriches the general welfare of our communities, participation in a wide variety of community activities, specific contributions to some area of the community, leadership, personal or business progress, ability to cooperate with individuals, civic, religious or social organizations. Candidates must be considered to be of integrity, sound character and generally well respected. Nomination forms are available on our website and at the Chamber offices. Written nominations including additional letters of support regarding the qualifications of the nominee should be sent to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935 by Friday, December 29, 2023.

Huxley Helping Hands

Drive-thru food pantry will be Saturday, Dec. 16th , 9 am @ Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, TX. Must have photo-ID, proof of residency and be in line by 9:30 am to receive a box. Merry Christmas!

Piney Woods Photographic Society December meeting

The Piney Woods Photographic Society will hold their December meeting this Saturday, 12/16/23, at the First Methodist Church, 211 Cora St., Center, Tx. from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Current and former members, family and friends are invited to come and enjoy some good food and good fellowship. Come and meet the PWPS group and Merry Christmas to all!

Center ISD - state wide threat

Center ISD is aware of the state-wide threats going around to various districts throughout the state. Center ISD has NOT received any threats at this time. We have been in communication with Region VII and are staying apprised of the situation. The FBI, State and local law enforcement are working vigilantly and have decided that these are hoax threats according to Region VII. Only one district in Region VII has received this email. Our district will continue to monitor this situation, and will keep you informed.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries

It’s the time of year that we celebrate the season of giving. Many are struggling to find just the right gift for their loved ones (who have everything) or would like to give a gift in memory of their loved ones who are now living in Heaven. Shelby County Outreach Ministries is a wonderful place to give. With each monetary gift, a star is placed on our front windows to celebrate and remember your loved ones. We have seen such an increase in need in our community this year. People are struggling to pay bills, buy medicine, or purchase food for their families. Most of the senior citizens we serve are surviving on $600 or less monthly. Your monetary gift would be the gift that keeps on giving and would allow your friends and family to share love in their name. Please remember that the best gift given to us all was Jesus Christ. He is the real reason for the season. There are several ways to give monetary gifts to help those in need. You can donate through our website using PayPal. Just go to [1] and click donate. You can always stop by our office and give your gift directly and see firsthand what we do to help the less fortunate. If you would like to send your monetary gift through the mail, you can send it to PO Box 1029 Center, TX 75935. Give a gift today and honor your loved one throughout this holiday season. For more information, call us at 936-598-4990. Thank you, and we hope you have a blessed Christmas.

Santa's Christmas Parade Winners Announced

Santa’s Christmas Parade Winners Announced The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the winners of the 2023 Annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, which was held this past Saturday, December 2nd. The theme for the parade was “A Fairy Tale Christmas”. Winners by Category are:

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY: 1st Place – Matt Carrington

SCHOOL CATEGORY: 1st Place – Center High School Marching Band 2 nd Place – CHS Varsity Cheerleaders 3 rd Place – CHS Chapparals

CHURCH CATEGORY: 1st Place –St. Therese Catholic Church 2nd Place – Hillcrest Baptist Church 3rd Place –Neuville Baptist Church CIVIC ORGANIZATION CATEGORY: 1st Place – Center Girl Scout Troup #102175 2nd Place – Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department 3 rd Place – East Texas Disciples Christian Motorcyclist Association

BUSINESS CATEGORY: 1st Place – Chop Shop Salon 2nd Place – Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center 3rd Place –McDonald’s O’Reilly Group

Overall Best in Show – St. Therese Catholic Church Thank you to all our sponsors: High Roller Wells, Presenting Sponsor; City of Center, Float Competition Sponsor; Dazzle Me Pink and Blue, Grand Marshal Sponsor; and Silver Sponsors Farmers State Bank, Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation and Specter, Inc. Thank you to the Center Police Department for assisting with traffic. Thank you to the Center Fire Department for transporting the City of Center City Council and Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department for transporting Santa Claus. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, which led to the United States declaring war on Japan the next day and thus entering World War II. On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday – government offices, schools, and businesses do not close. Source: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day & Collins Flags All flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered. If you have a flag that cannot be lowered, respect for the day can be shown by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the mast.

1885 Historic Courthouse Christmas Open House

1885 Historic Courthouse

Christmas Open House

The public is invited to attend the 1885 Historic Courthouse Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 13 th . The Historic Courthouse will be open from 12 noon until 2:00pm for tours and refreshments. The Excelsior ISD Choir will be performing at 1:00pm in the upstairs Courtroom.

The Historic Courthouse has recently undergone some improvements such as painting and the replacement of light fixtures with more period appropriate fixtures thanks to the support of Shelby County and the Shelby County Historical Commission.

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison said, “I’m so excited for the improvements and everyone that has come together to help ensure the longevity of our Historic Courthouse. I’m thankful for the partnership with the Shelby County Historical Commission in helping to make the improvements as well as the Commission members who have assisted with oversight of projects. Also, having the DRT volunteer to serve as docents is helping to preserve the history of our county and the 1885 Courthouse. As they share its history with the community, the hope is a new connection of love for our county is nourished. Lastly, all of the improvements could not have happened without the Commissioners supporting the preservation of our Historic Courthouse. I hope everyone will come out and enjoy our beautiful Irish Castle.”

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, docents of the Historic Courthouse have beautifully decorated for the Courthouse for Christmas. The DRT building will also be open for tours during the Open House. Refreshments will be served in the Gibson Room.

Thank you to all those participating in the Open House: Shelby County, Shelby County Historical Commission, Excelsior ISD Choir, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce,William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Docents of the Historic Courthouse).

James Antioch Community will have their Christmas gathering

The James Antioch Community will have their Christmas gathering on Sat. Dec. 16, 2023 at 5:30 pm in the James Antioch Community Building. We will be drawing for the 3 quilts from the tickets sold for those quilts. We will have a gift exchange among members present. Be sure to bring a gift if you want to participate. Food will be provided. Come and enjoy being together. Ellen Manning 598-3081

WoodmenLife Lodge 250 will have their regular meeting

WoodmenLife Lodge 250 will have their regular meeting on December 18, 2023 at 6 PM. We will meet in the Shelby County Ag Extension meeting room. Food will be provided. Members need to come prepared for our Christmas celebration. Ellen Manning 589-3081

Blood Drive!

Christmas Emergency Blood Drive Come help us Save Lives!! The Holidays are a very important time to donate due to the demand for blood in hospitals being very high. Please try to make time in your busy holiday schedule and show you care, by being selfless and giving to this cause. 1 donation can help save 3 lives! Last year was a GREAT turn out, lets see if we can beat those numbers! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up at the Center Police Dept on a Donor Coach December 22nd from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Restrooms and inside seating available. Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to to schedule a time. Or use this Donor Link, All attempted donors will be entered for door prize drawings, and All Successful donors will receive a Free HOODIE!!


SCSO Press Release

The SCSO is investigating the theft of a 2013 Artic Cat 700 Prowler. The side by side was taken from a hunting lease in the 8000 block of US 96 S between November 20 - November 23, 2023. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Investigator Aaron Jones at 936-598-5601 or 936-572-7559.


Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 2nd.

In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal, Rose Specter, this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner, will lead the parade at 6:00pm. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike. Dazzle Me Pink & Blue is this year’s Grand Marshal sponsor.

There is still time if you would like enter a float or vehicle. Contact the Chamber before Wednesday.

The Rio Theater will open its doors at 5:00pm for popcorn, candy and drinks. The Rio will be showing Disney’s WISH at 7:30pm after the Parade.

Many shops will be open during the day so shop local and find those perfect Christmas gifts.

Thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc. our Silver Sponsors.

Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 4th.

Taste of the Holidays

The Taste of the Holidays, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank will be this Thursday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30 pm at the Windham Civic Center. It is a great way to kick off a fun holiday weekend and the December count down to Christmas.

Tickets are available for $15.00 person and are available at the Chamber offices until Thursday at noon. Children 5 and under are free.

Come sample cuisine and wine from local restaurants and caterers and enjoy a fun festive evening.

Holiday music will be provided by Chris Watlington. The Center High School Theater Department will at the Taste in fun festive costumes.

Local florists will provide the beautiful centerpieces which will also be given away as door prizes.

Thank you to Center Floral, Hughes Florist, Watson Tucker Florist and The Lily Farm

Thank you to our Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors, Sabine State Bank and Specter, Inc.

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


Notice is hereby given that a regular called meeting of the governing body of the above-named City will be held on Monday the 27th day of November 2023 at 5:30 pm at Tenaha City Hall, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit: 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Invocation 4. Pledge: United States Pledge 5. Citizens Input: This time is provided for members of the public to address the City Council on items that appear within the agenda, or a matter not listed on the agenda. Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes. A Citizens Input Form must be filled out and filed in with the City Secretary prior to the meeting. 6. Department Head Reports: A. Public Works B. Municipal Court C. Police Department D. Fire Department: Meet on the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesday. E. City Secretary: Saturday, May 4, 2024, Election Date Reminders (2 City Council Seats and Mayor Seat) 1. Monday, December 18, 2023, Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline 2. Wednesday, January 17, 2024, First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot 3. Friday, February 16, 2024, Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot 4. Thursday, April 4, 2024, Last Day to Register to Vote 5. Monday, April 22, 2024, First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance 6. Tuesday, April 30, 2024, Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance 7. Discussion and possible action on approving the minutes for the October 2023 City Council meeting(s). 8. Discussion and possible action on approving the financials for October 2023. 9. Discussion and possible action to amend resolution/ordinance for placement seats for the General Election and go back to the at large vote. 10. Discussion and possible action to consider the recommendation to award by resolution to Traylor & Associates for project-related administration and planning services for the 2022 Texas General Land Office Resilient Communities Program (RCP). 11. Discussion and possible action to adopt Resolution 11272023 a Federal Grant Procurement Policy (Exhibit A). 12. Discussion and possible action on approving the December regular called meeting to be held on Monday December 18, 2023, at 5:30 pm due to Monday December 25, 2023, being Christmas Day. 13. Executive session: Personnel Matters Government Code Section 551.074 with possible action related thereto upon reconvening in open session. 14. Bobby Vice with BRK Meats to update city on meat market facility and progress. 15. Keith Evans, former resident of Tenaha to follow up with concerns brought to the City Council’s attention on Monday October 23, 2023, during Citizens Input. 16. Council Items: Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time. A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted to these reports. 17. Adjourn. The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act. This agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.41. For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas on 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary on 936-248-3841. City of Tenaha _____________________________________________________ O’Neal Jones, Jr., Mayor Certification I certify that the above notice of meeting was posted on the front door at City Hall, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas on __________________________. ______________________________________________________ Amanda L. Treat-Brock



The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the 2024 Basketball signups will begin soon. Where? The Community House (425 San Augustine Street) When? Thursday, November 30th All Dates from 5:00 to 7:00pm Parents are encouraged to come by City Hall at 617 Tenaha Street to sign up also. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30pm. If one of the signup dates doesn’t work for you, please come by City Hall before December 1st to sign up. For more information contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director at 936-590-7196 Cash, Check or Card Accepted Cost is $60 per child Basketball (Ages 4-12) PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS

Registro Final Inscripciones de BASKETBALL

El Departamento de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la temporada de otoño 2024 DE BASKETBALL está por comenzar pronto. ¿Donde? Community House (425 San Augustine Street) ¿Cuando? Jueves, 30 de Noviembre En cada fecha de 5:00 a 7:00pm Los padres pueden presentarse ala City Hall en 617 Tenaha Street para entregar sus inscripciones. Las horas de oficina son de Lunes-Viernes de 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Si alguna de las fechas de regristo no funciona para usted favor de pasar ala oficina antes del 1 de Diciembre. Para más información favor de comunicarse con Jason Mitchell, Director del Departamento de Recreación para la Ciudad de Center, al número 936-590-7196 Aceptamos tarjeta de credito or dinero en efectivo. El costo es de $60.00 cada niño(a) Basketball (Edades 4-12) PARENTS: PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SIGNUPS

Beekeeping meeting

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday December 4th. at 6:30PM. We meet every 1st Monday of the month at 6:30PM at the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce, on the square, downtown Hemphill. We welcome the public to come out and join us. We have no dues, or officers. This is for anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or an already experienced beekeeper. For more info, call James at (409)625-4787.

Taste of the Holidays

The Taste of the Holidays, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank will be next Thursday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30pm at the Windham Civic Center. It is a great way to kick off a fun holiday weekend and the December count down to Christmas.

Tickets are available for $15.00 person. Children 5 and under are free.

Come sample cuisine and wine from local restaurants and caterers and enjoy a fun festive evening. Chris Watlington will provide musical entertainment. Center High School theater students will be at the Taste in fun costumes.

Local florists will provide the beautiful centerpieces which will also be given away as door prizes.

Thank you to our Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors, Sabine State Bank and Specter, Inc.

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

Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System

Boil Water Notice for N.E.W. Water System

Effective November 16, 2023 Until further notice

Due to a major break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation PWS # 2030034 to notify all customers on FM 711, CR 202, CR 203, CR 205, CR 223, Harmony, Kellyville, Fountain Town and Woodland Acres Communities to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.


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