News Headlines Archives for 2023-05

Sam Samford Lodge Hamburger Sale

Sam Samford Lodge, located on Southview Circle, Next to Home Town Marine, in Center will be having a Hamburger Fund Raiser. It will be a Big Juicy Hamburger, with or without cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, chips, a cookie and water, for a donation of $10. We will be ready to serve at 11:30 on Friday, June the 2nd. Come Get EM while they Hot.

Sabine County Bee Keepers

The Sabine County Beekeepers will meet for our monthly meeting on Monday June 5th. 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.


Battle of the Badges Blood Drive July 21st 2023 9am – 3pm Center Community House 425 San Augustine St. Its Year # 3 for Battle of the Badges, this is a community wide Blood Drive. Center Police Department vs Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Come Save Lives, and Support your local Law Enforcement, and get some good Food! The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be set up Inside the Center Community House, and will be set for regular whole blood or Automation (plasma, platelets) Every successful donor will receive a $10 E-Gift Card (to the store of their choice) EVERY attempted donor will be entered into a raffle for cool door prizes! To schedule a donation time, please go to WWW.GIVEBLOOD.ORG Contact Amy Lindley 598-2450 (Center Police Dept) Leah Chase 598-5600 (Shelby County SO) In addition to the Blood Drive, we will be having a BBQ Chicken fundraiser to support our CPD Ladies Auxiliary’s Scholarship Fund & MAMA ROSE ITALIAN ICE will be set up outside for your favorite frozen treats. Even if you cannot donate, come by and show us your support, tell your friends, and fill your bellies.

Mt Calvary ONE DAY VBS

ONE Day Vacation Bible School AT Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church -5527 FM 417 East - Shelbyville, TX 75935 Saturday June 10th from 10 am till 3pm


Crafts Outside Games & Water Slide


Cotton Candy 

Snow Cones & Lunch, Refreshments

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

First Responders Appreciation Lunch May 19th

First Responders Appreciation Lunch Scheduled for

May 19th Presented by Badders Law Firm

Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host an Appreciation Lunch for First Responders, throughout Shelby County this Friday, May 19th between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Center ISD Transportation Department. First Responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff Deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials will be honored guests. Public servants and peace officers carry a responsibility for maintaining order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our citizens. Often, service involves personal sacrifices and even personal danger. The appreciation lunch recognizes the contribution law enforcement makes to the community. Gold sponsors for the event are Focused Care of Center, Spartan Structures and Specter, Inc. Silver Sponsors are Brock’s Rocks, BTS Disposal, Farmers State Bank, H&R Block, McWilliams & Son A/C and Heating and Ray Jones Chevrolet.

1885 Courthouse Closes Thursday Due to Heavy Rainfall

1885 Courthouse Closes Thursday Due to Heavy Rainfall "Due to flooded roads from the rain overnight and the possibility of more rain this afternoon, the 1885 Historic Courthouse will not be open for tours today, May 11. If weather permits, the courthouse will reopen on Friday, May 12th at 1pm. Normal hours for the Historic Courthouse is 1pm until 4:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For more information, visit DRT William Carroll Crawford Chapter"

SCSO Employee Luncheon

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be honoring our employees with a luncheon on Thursday, May 19 at our office located at 100 Hurst Street in Center. Shelby County’s telecommunicators, correctional officers, deputies, investigators, and administrators are the backbone of this agency. Our telecommunicators are the unseen heroes behind every call placed to our agency. They are the lifeline in the event of an emergency, and they care for this county. Our correctional officers show up every day to keep our inmates safe. Their job is not easy, but they are devoted and the jail could not operate without them. Our deputies and investigators put their lives on the line daily. They face the unimaginable, with minimal recognition for a career they have been called to do. Our administrators keep the office running. Their dedication to this office is evident in their work. Our staff works long hours. They miss holidays, family events, and so much more. It takes every person we have to make this office operate, and we are thankful for each and everyone we have. If you are an individual, business or organization that would like to contribute to this luncheon whether it be through food, dessert, drinks, gifts, etc., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would greatly appreciate your support. Persons interested in contributing are asked to contact Leah Chase at 936-598-5601 or by email at We also invite the public to stop by on Thursday, May 19 and meet our staff. We are proud of our office and the job we are doing. Cards of encouragement may be mailed to Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Leah Chase, 100 Hurst Street, Center, TX 75935.

Sam Samford Lodge #149

Sam Samford Lodge #149 will hold its monthly Stated Meeting tonight with a covered dish meal served at 6:30. The meeting will start at 7:30. Members of any lodge that is in communication with the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas are invited to attend. The lodge is located on Southview Circle in Center.

Shelbyville Dragon Baseball Playoffs

The Shelbyville Lady Dragons will play in ithe Regional Quarterfinals play off game at Lufkin High School vs Joaquin, on Wednesday May 10th, 2023 @6pm Saturday May 13th, 2023 @4pm and if game @6pm Gate fee: $5.00 District Passes/Coaching Passes/Senior Citizens Passes accepted

Shelbyville Dragon Baseball Playoffs

Shelbyville Dragon Baseball Playoffs Area Round 2 vs Douglass at Hudson ISD Game 1: Friday 5/12 7:00pm Game 2: Saturday 5/13 2:00pm Game 3: to follow if needed Admission is $5, Coaches, senior & district passes accepted

TCCA- harvest for homes

TCCA-Harvest For Homes Produce Drop will be Wednesday May 10th @ 9AM in the Ivan Smith Parking Lot


Shred Day is scheduled for this Friday, May 12th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The Shredding truck will be on the downtown square in front of the Chamber offices. The Shredding service is 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 Presenting Sponsor, Republic Services and our generous Gold Sponsor, Farmers State Bank. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Teacher Appreciation Reception Presented by Badders Law Firm

Teacher Appreciation reception, Presented by Badders Law Firm and hosted by the Shelby County Chamber was held on Wednesday, May 3 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:30 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 presented each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and announced 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. Congratulations to all the Campus winners!! The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Alisha Murray, a teacher at Center Elementary School. The Secondary Teacher of the Year Joanna Huckabee, a teacher at Tenaha High School. Congratulations to these outstanding Educators! Thank you to all the table sponsors and businesses who donated gifts for door prizes!



Thank you to the following Sponsors and Businesses who Donated Door Prizes and/0r Gift for the Teacher Goody bags for the 2023 Annual Teacher Appreciation. Presenting Sponsor: Badders Law Firm Gold Sponsors: Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank Silver Sponsors: H&R Block, McWilliams & Son and Ray Jones Chevrolet Table Sponsors: American State Bank, Century 21 Action Team, Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation, Mathews Realty, O’Reilly Group/McDonalds, Panola College, Town & Country Real Estate and Windham Family Dental Spotlight Tables: A Pineywoods HHC, Blake Furniture, Impressions Advertising, Shelby Insurance Agency and The Neon Horizon 936 Fitness Ace Hardware All Hours Fitness American State Bank Badders Law Firm Blake Furniture Center Floral Center Health & Harmony Century 21 Action Team Realtors Citizen’s Bank Dairy Queen deb’s Boutique Diamond B Coffee Farmers State Bank Focused Care of Center Hello Beautiful Boutique Ivan Smith Furniture Light & Champion Lily Farm Mathews Realty Mooney’s Emporium O’Reilly Group/McDonalds Panola College – Shelby Regional Training Center Rio Theater Sugar Rush Artisan Bakery Toledo Automotive Town & Country Real Estate T&R Steaks & More Watson Florist Whataburger White Cottage Mercantile

Shelbyville Lady Dragon Softball Playoffs

The Lady Dragons will play Evadale Lady Rebels @ Jasper High School . Game 1: Thurs. May 4th @4pm Game 2: Fri. May 5th @4pm If needed, Game 3: Sat. May 6th @10am Go Lady Dragons! Coach Ryan Mason

Gold Star Banner

The “Gold Star Banner” or service flag honors a family that has had a service member die during a period of war or hostilities. The Gold Star represents “sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom”. Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary would like to recognize families who have lost a loved one during a time of war or hostilities with a Gold Star Banner at our annual Memorial Day program to be held Monday, May 29, 2023, 11 a.m. at the Windham Civic Center. If you or your family have not been previously recognized please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-332-0349 or email to identify the lost veteran and family member(s) who will be attending to accept the banner.


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Staff invite the public, and fur babies to join them at a New Member Ribbon Cutting for Happy Tails on Saturday, May 13 th at 10am, on the downtown square. The Ribbon Cutting will kick off the Bark-A-Rama which be held from 10am – 12noon. Happy Tails is a brand-new nonprofit organization aimed at changing the lives of dogs, cats and families right here in Center and Shelby County by providing low cost/low income spa and neuter services. The long-term goal is to extend those low income spay and neuter services to all of Shelby County while establishing an animal shelter serving the county and its communities. Following the Ribbon Cutting let your four legged friends enjoy the Bark-A-Rama, staring with the 1 Mile Wag n’ Walk. Other activities will include Paw Print Ornaments, Puppy Picasso, Balloon Animals, Face Paintings for humans, Lou Lou’s Shaved Ice and Pup Cups, Costume Contest for the pups and nail clipping for pups. There will also be two separate raffles with two great gifts. Donations for each activity will be appreciated.

Please register your pup online at Please have your pup’s rabies tag number available when you register online or at the event.

Join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in welcoming Happy Tails to our Chamber community. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Staff are excited to invite the public to join them at a Ribbon Cutting for East Texas Awards, Engraving & Embroidery and ASAP Shipping on Friday, May 12th at 11:00 am. East Texas Awards, Engraving & Embroidery is located at 118 Nacogdoches Street and is open Monday – Friday 10am – 5:30pm.

Doug Gay is the new owner of East Texas Awards & Engraving and ASAP Shipping. In addition to trophies, awards, plaques and ribbons, Doug offers embroidery. His Ear- Resistable minky dot plush bunny, puppy and elephant are also available for purchase and personalization. Doug will continue to handle all your shipping needs through FedEx, UPS and taking all your pre-labeled drop offs.

Join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in congratulating Doug on his new business venture.

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


The Shred 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: Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor The mobile Shredding Unit will be available on the downtown square on May 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or -30-

Hello Beautiful to Host Business AFTER Hours

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Cindy Furlow, owner of Hello Beautiful, will welcome Chamber members and the community to a Business After Hours event on Thursday, May 11th from 5:00 until 6:30pm. There will be great food to sample and a wonderful shopping experience. Cindy has a wonderful selection of stylish clothes in all sizes at very affordable prices. She does specialize in plus sizes so you can find fashion tee shirts, denim, leggings, dresses and great tops up to a 3XL. She also carries shoes and fun accessories. This will be a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and graduation, or find a cute item for yourself. Hello Beautiful is located at 113 San Augustine Street, on the downtown square. Everyone is invited. For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit .

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee is Sponsoring a Fan Drive

Summer and hot temperatures are right around the corner. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee is sponsoring a fan drive during the month of May. Fans will be distributed to several of our local non-profit agencies who will in turn make sure the fans are delivered to individuals and families in need.

Fans may be dropped off at deb’s boutique located at 111 Shelbyville Street on the downtown square, Monday – Friday 10am-5pm. Monetary donations will be accepted, and fans will be purchased with the money. The goal of the committee is to have at least 50 fans to have distributed by the beginning of June. Please help us make sure everyone is cool and safe this summer.

For more information please contact the Chamber offices at 936-598-3682 or email


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