News Headlines Archives for 2021-11

Taste of the Holidays

The Taste of the Holidays, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank will be this Thursday, December 2nd 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 will be sold at the door.  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 Center High School Band Ensemble.  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 and Watson Tucker Florist.


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


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



Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 4th.


In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal, Center City Council, 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.


The Rio Theater will open its doors at 5:00pm for popcorn, candy and drinks.  Back by popular demand, the Rio will be showing Clifford the Big Red Dog 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 6th.

15th Annual Motorcycle Show & Auction/Raffle


Bike show & car show: 9am-12:30pm  $10 Entry Fee or New Childrens Toy, or non-perishable can food. 

Awards at 12:30


Auction 12:45 pm - 2pm


Raffle - 3:45pm - 5:15 pm


Goody bags for first 50 children, all proceeds benefit Joaquin Christian Services. 


Please come out and join us for a fun filled day. Our Toy Run/Food Drive is in conjunction with the Joaquin Christmas Festival/Parade. 


If anyone is interested in donating to our Toy Run/Food Drive, please contact me. 


Nancy Stevens   936-645-1761

Call, please have me a message and I will get back with you. 

Thank you so much to all the sponsors that have been so generous over the years. We truly appreciate you. We could not do this without your help. 


It's STOCK A RAM time!!


It's STOCK A RAM time!! ????????

Christmas is right around the corner!

Let's get some toys in to help out some kids this Christmas! ???? Bring in an unopened gift for a child ages 0-17 and sign up to win a Even Embers Pellet Grill!

All gifts must be brought in by December 10th!

Area playoff games 11/19/2021

Join Don Wall live on 100.5 KQBB tonight from Athens, pregame starts at 650 and kickoff at 7p.

Shelbyville vs. Holland


Other area games:

Tenaha vs. Chilton


Timpson vs. Thorndale

Press Release- Jason Bridges

Jose Loredo, 62 years of age, was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on 08-22-2020. He was convicted on a DWI, felony offense, and sentenced to TDCJ (the Texas Prison System).  Mr. Loredo was housed in the Nacogdoches County Jail, while awaiting admission and transfer to TDCJ.  Mr. Loredo was housed in C Block, Cell 2, which is a single man housing cell.  On October 3, 2021, jail staff was notified of a “man down” in C Block. They responded to the scene and found Inmate Loredo inside his cell on the floor.  Inmate Loredo stated that he had fallen inside his cell, and struck the toilet. Inmate Loredo was alone inside the cell when he fell.  EMS was immediately called to the scene, and he was transported to a local hospital.  Details of his medical condition cannot be reported at this time due to HIPAA restrictions.   


Mr. Loredo remained in the hospital until his death on November 18, 2021 at 5:45 a.m.  Although Mr. Loredo was in the hospital continuously for 46 days, his death is technically considered an in-custody death since he was never released from TDCJ.  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Kerry Don Williamson was notified of the death, and Judge Williamson ordered an autopsy, which is standard procedure for all in-custody deaths.  Texas Ranger Jim Hicks, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, was notified of the in-custody death and is conducting an investigation, as required by state law for any in-custody death.  

Jason Bridges, Sheriff



For everyone that brings in a gift to donate to Operation Blue Santa, you will be entered into a drawing for a 32 In smart TV(donated by Walmart Center) and Christmas Cozy Goody basket. This year we have been blessed to add a $500 Gift Card/Store Credit to Ivan Smith Furniture - Center Drawing to be held on Mondya, December 20th, at the end of Cookies & Cocoa Santa


1 entry per person, with a donation of a $5 or more monetary value unwrapped gift. Boy or Girl, Infant to 16yrs.


For everyone that comes out and supports Cookies & Cocoa Santa, they can sign up to be entered to win 6 movies passes, donated by Rio Movie Theatre

















Christmas items for The Unique Boutique

The Unique Boutique is a wonderful place to start your Christmas shopping.  You can pick up some Christmas decorations for the house, Christmas sweaters for when you go out, or just search the store for that perfect Christmas present for your friends and loved ones!  At The Unique Boutique, you will find a little of everything.  The store is open Monday – Friday from 9-4.  For more information, please call us at 936-591-8190.  Thank you and have a blessed holiday season! 


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be held on the 17th day of November, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items: 

1. Approve and pay weekly expenses. 

2. Public comments on Agenda item. 

3. Adjourn. 

2021 NOV 12 AM II: 26 


Area playoff scores

#7 Tenaha Tigers         62

Burkeville Mustangs   14


Shelbyville Dragons     53

Price Carlisle Indians   43


#3 Timpson Bears       62

Frankston Indians         0


Garrison Bulldogs        20

Hawkins Hawks            31


#7 Beckville Bearcats   50

Joaquin Rams                25



Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

Everyone Invited

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

Bennett Chapel MBC on November 22, 11am to 2pm (curbside available)


Missionary Brindy Carrilla

Pastor Bishop W.C. Martin


Limited food boxes also available. 

Santa's Christmas Parade


Santa’s Christmas Parade
Christmas Through the Decades

Presented by The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, December 4, 2021


Center Downtown Square


Be apart of the 2021 Lighted Christmas Parade on our beautiful downtown square. Floats, pick up trucks, golf carts, bikes, walkers – all are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!! There is no entrance fee.
Applications and guidelines are available on the Chamber website at or you may contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

Taste of the Holiday Tickets

Tickets are now on Sale for the Annual Taste of the Holidays, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank. The Taste of the Holidays will be Thursday, December 2nd from 4:30-7:30 at the Windham Civic Center. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Children 5 and under are free. They may be purchased at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located in the old jail next to the historic courthouse.
Come sample cuisine and wine from local restaurants and caterers and enjoy a fun festive evening. The Center High School Theater department and a Center High School jazz ensemble will be providing entertainment.
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

Football Playoffs

Listen Live to Don Wall Thursday at 650 for pregame and 7p for kickoff

on 100.5 KQBB:


Shelbyville Dragons vs. Price Carisle in Carthage


Listen Live to Don Wall Friday at 720 for pregame and 730p for kickoff

on 100.5 KQBB:


Joaquin vs. Beckville in Henderson


Other area games include:

Thursday: Tenaha vs. Burkville in Jasper 7p

                   Timpson vs. Frankston in Jacksonville 7p





Missing Person


The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Jennifer Reppond W/F 42 years of age that was living in Etoile before her disappearance. Jennifer was last seen on Sunday, 11-07-2021 around 6:30 a.m. in Morgan’s Cove Subdivision in Etoile at a friend’s residence.

She left the residence driving a 2004 White Chevy Tahoe bearing Texas License plate Number HZY-4077 that belongs to her. This is the last time Jennifer was seen by any immediate family members or friends.

A phone message was received by a friend of Jennifer’s early Monday morning 11-08-2021. There has been no communication with her since that time. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office at 936-560-7794.

Huxley Helping Hands

Huxley Helping Hands drive-thru food pantry will be Saturday, Nov. 13th ,  9:00 am @ Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.  Must bring ID and be in line by 9:30 am. Only one box per household.

Timpson Bear Band


The Timpson Band has concluded their marching competitions for the 2021 year. Please publish the below press release at your convenience.


Thank you very much for your service to our community.



Deshmond Johnson

Band Director



Press Release:

Timpson Band Earns UIL Region/State Awards


The Timpson High School Band competed at UIL Region 21 Marching Contest on Saturday, October 16 at Lobo Stadium in Longview, Tx.


The band performed a precision military drill to Sinfonians by Williams, Them Basses by Huffine, Mighty Mite by Mesang, Glorious America by King, and Purple Pageant by King. The band consist 78 members ranging from students in 7th grade through 12th grade. At the completion of the contest the band earned a first division rating from all judges on the panel.


The Timpson Band’s superior ratings at the regional contest earned them a spot in the conference 2A finals of the UIL State Military Marching Championships. The Championships were held at Pine Tree’s Pirates Stadium in Longview, Tx on Tuesday, October 26.


At the conclusion of the contest the band was announced as the 2021 UIL Conference 2A Silver Medalist. This makes the Timpson Band back-to-back silver medalists for the UIL Conference 2A State Military Marching Contests.


Judges comments from the contests consist of the following: 

“Good low brass and overall band sound!”

“Nice march style”

“Good military fundamentals”

“Nice attention to details and grasp of concepts in drill”

“Excellent choice of music and a very well written drill.”

“Congratulations students! Thank you Director for setting the expectations so high! Bravo!”


We are proud of our Award-Winning Timpson Bear Band! Congratulations on an outstanding marching season.

Joaquin Rams vs. Beckville Bearcats

Site: Henderson Lion Stadium 

Date: Friday 11/12/21

Start Time: 7:30 p.m.

Gate Admission: $5.00 for everyone 

Passes Accepted: District, Coaches, & Senior Citizens

Joaquin will be the visiting team.

25th Anniversary Celebration  Lasting Impressions

25th Anniversary Celebration 

Lasting Impressions


Lasting Impressions is celebrating their 25th Anniversary on Saturday, November 13th from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  


In March 1996, Paula Jones and Jill Baty started their businesses, Lasting Impressions and JB Classics, respectively.  Their first location was with Kerri & Co., in the upstairs mezzanine.  They moved to the Payne Building the next year.  Soon after the move to the Payne building, Paula purchased JB Classics from Jill and the business became known as Lasting Impressions.


With continued growth, Paula purchased land and built her existing shop.  Lasting Impressions moved into its current location, at 112 Foster Street, in April 2002.  There was one more expansion in 2005.


For 25 years, Paula, Raegan and the staff have been apart of so many lives with bridal showers, baby showers, housewarmings and so many more special occasions.  The quality and selection of inventory has been and continues to be outstanding.  But most important is the genuine personal service everyone receives when shopping at Lasting Impressions.


Congratulations on 25 years of business in Shelby County and thank you.

Shelby County CAC Toy Drive

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center is announcing the start of our annual Toy Drive. We are excited to have this chance to brighten the lives of children who have experienced abuse or trauma, but we know this is only possible through the generosity of our community. This year we will have tags for each child in need that will specify age and interests. You can pick up a tag at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, and then return your donation to us by December 10th


The Advocacy Center's mailing address is P.O. Box 2072, Center, TX 75935 if you would like to make a monetary donation. If you would like more information about specific needs, please call us at 936-590-9864. Thank you for joining with us to share kindness and joy with these children!

Fall Revival Services at Lydia MBC

Fall Revival Services at Lydia MBC, with Bro. Randy Fair . Lydia is located on  FM 139 in Huxley,  Nov 8-10 @  6:00 pm .


Veterans Day, November 11, is a time for all Americans to pay their respects to those who have served our country.  One day to stand united in respect for ALL veterans, past and present.  We celebrate and honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


Except for 2018 when we honored the 100th anniversary to the end of World War I, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 does not hold its own program.  Instead we join with the local schools that are hosting an event to honor this day. Programs known to me are: Joaquin High School (9 a.m.), Center Elementary School (9 a.m.) and Shelbyville Third Grade (9 a.m.). There may be more that I am not aware of.


We encourage every citizen of Shelby County, especially military veterans to join us in attending one of these programs.  The students put in a lot of time and effort to make our local veterans feel special and if you’ve never attended you will be glad you did.

Christmas Eve Blood Drive



Christmas Eve 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 in the Center Police Dept parking on December 24th (Christmas Eve day) from 9:00am  - 3:00pm. 2 Donor Buses will be available.

Contact Amy at the PD 936-598-2450 to sign up for scheduled times, or go to to schedule a time. All  Successful donors will receive a Free HOODY!!! COVID 19 Anitbodies testing will also be done.

Youth Basketball Signups


The Center Recreation Department is proud to announce that the

2022 Basketball signups will begin soon.


Where?  The Community House (425 San Augustine Street)

When? Tuesday, November 16th or   Friday November 19th

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 November 20th to sign up. After November 19th, there will be a $15 late fee added to the registration. 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)




Inscripciones de BASKETBALL

El Departamento de Recreación de Center se enorgullece en anunciar que la inscripción para la temporada de otoño 2022 DE BASKETBALL está por comenzar pronto.   

¿Donde? Community House (425 San Augustine Street)

¿Cuando? Martes, 16 de Noviembre: Viernes, 19 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 20 de Noviembre. Despues del 19 de Noviembre abra un recargo de 15$. 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)



112th Church Anniversary

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate thier 112th Church Anniversary on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 11am. 


"The House of God"  Genesis 28:17


Park & Praise 


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