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October 19, 2018 (Additional Photos) - The 2018 Poultry Festival Creative Art Show and Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, was held October 4, 5, and 6th during the East Texas Poultry Festival. The winners in each division is as follows:

Best of Show Award (Adult)Adult Quilt

Class 2: All Machine-Quilted
1st place - Virginia Salter 
2nd place - Margaret Smith 
3rd place - Jimmie Taylor

Class 3: Combo Hand & Machine
1st place - Jimmie Taylor
2nd place - Jimmie Taylor

Class 4: Wall Hanging or Table Runner
1st place - Jheri-Lynn McSwain

Class 5: Crib/Throw/ Lap
1st place (tie) - Jimmie Taylor
1st place (tie) - Jheri-Lynn McSwain
2nd place - Michele Clark
3rd place - Wylma Beckham

Chamber of Commerce President's Award

Class 7: First Timer
1st place - Feleshia Thompson

Best of Show - Jimmie Taylor 
People’s Choice - Jimmie Taylor 
Chamber President’s Award - Virginia Salter 

Youth Quilt

Class 8: Elementary/Youth - Beginner
1st place - Victoria Warren
1st place - Molly Scull
1st place - Ileigha Burcham
1st place - Riley Hopkins
1st place - My’Anna Calhoun
2nd place - Addison Lloyd
3rd place - Kendyl Kline

Best of Show Award (Youth)Class 8: Elementary/Youth- Intermediate
1st place - Ileigha Burcham
1st place - Raylee Askew 
1st place - Victoria Warren
1st place - Michelle Gomez
1st place - Fatima Romero
2nd place - Rena Clark
3rd place - Kendyl Kline

Best of Show (Youth) - Victoria Warren
People’s Choice (Youth) - Hollie Herndon

Adult Art

Class 1: (non-professional)
1st place - Angela Stanley
2nd place - Angela Stanley
3rd place - Angela Stanley

Adult Crafts

Class 3: Holiday Items
1st place - Mary Fausett

Class 6: Wall Hangings
1st place - Chelsea Jennings

Adult Canning

Class 4: Preserves, Jams, Fruit Butters
1st place - Barbara Lout
2nd place - Barbara Lout

Class 5: Pickles and Relishes
1st place - Michele Clark

Adult Metal Art

Class 1: Outdoor Items
1st place - Delbert Beckham

Adult Woodworking

Class 2: Indoor Items
1st place - Frankie DeSoto
2nd place - Frankie DeSoto
3rd place - Frankie DeSoto

Elementary Art

Class 1: Elementary youth (K-5th)
1st place - Mikayla Anderson
2nd place - Marissa Miles
3rd place - Isabella Gima

Youth Art

Class 1: Intermediate youth (6th-8th)
1st place - Jamie Stotts
2nd place - Jaxon Williams
3rd place - Gracie Gillis

Class 2: Senior youth (9th -12th)
1st place - Eduardo Davalos
2nd place - Eh Pnew

Youth Crafts

Class 3: Holiday Items
1st place - Autumn Alford

Class 5: Miscellaneous
1st place - Autumn Alford

Youth Canning

Class 1: Canned Fruit
1st place - Cinthia Torres
2nd place - Victoria Warren

Class 2: Canned Vegetables
1st place - Victoria Warren
2nd place - Victoria Warren

Class 3: Jelly
1st place - Autumn Alford
2nd place - Autumn Alford
3rd place (tie) - Isabelle O’Rear
3rd place (tie) - Olivia O’Rear

Class 4: Preserves, Jams, Fruit Butter
1st place - Autumn Alford
2nd place - Autumn Alford
3rd place (tie) - Isabelle O’Rear
3rd place (tie) - Olivia O’Rear

Class 5: Pickles and Relishes
1st place - Autumn Alford
2nd place - Raylee Askew
3rd place (tie) - Victoria Warren
3rd place (tie) - Cinthia Torres

Class 6: Soups and Miscellaneous
1st place - Autumn Alford

October 17, 2018 - Center Fire Department Fire Chief Keith Byndom presented a program on fire prevention to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their October 15 meeting at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center at 11:30 AM.

He explained what we needed in our homes and what to do in case of fire. Members and guests were able to ask questions. Chief Byndom gave examples of dangerous situations he had experienced in his line of duty.

Golden Harvest Ministries Choir Director Harold Hanson and choir members sang favorite hymns to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their October 15 meeting. Members were reminded to bring toys, stuffed animals, and other needed items for the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center to the November 19 meeting.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

October 15, 2018 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. wants to extend their gratitude to our sponsors for supporting our most recent fundraiser. We would like to also send a special thanks to Center Motor Company for all the help and support they gave us. We raffled off a 2019 Kawasaki Mule SX 4x4 at the Poultry Festival and we couldn’t have done it without their help. The fundraiser was a great success and we want to give thanks to all that purchased tickets and supported Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc.

Our Sponsors include Ihlo Sales & Import Company, NAPA Auto Parts of Center, Farmers State Bank, Automotive Collision Inc., Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Steptoe Realty, Shelby Savings Bank, Sammy Arnold, Center Tire Company, Jack’s Saw Shop, Ace Hardware of East Texas, Raymond Motor Company, Blake Furniture, David Shields, Hardy’s Machine Shop, HEB of Carthage, and Brookshire Bros. of Center.

Once again, we thank each of you for your support and look forward to working with you again in the future. God Bless you all. 

October 12, 2018 - The Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary would like to congratulate the winner of the Autographed Basketball and photo of former Harlem Globe Trotter Trazel D. Silver.

Ms Terri Bell of Garrison was the lucky winner of drawing the that was held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the close of the Poultry Festival.

The CPDLA would like to thank everyone for their support in 'Backing The Blue!'

October 10, 2018 - Friends of the Library is hosting the Quilt Raffle Fundraiser 2018. Ticket prices are $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets.

Tickets will be available at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library desk and from certain members of the Friends of the Library. The drawing will be held at the FOL Book Sale on November 3rd. Proceeds benefit the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.

October 10, 2018 - The 2018 East Texas Poultry Festival Broiler sift and show was held Saturday morning, October 6th under the covered pavillion of Raymond Motor Company. Photos from event: Album1, Album2, Album3


From left: Tim Wulf, Center Noon Lions Club, Vehicle Raffle Chairman, Taylor Clark, Will Blackwell, J.B. Raymond, and salesmen Rusty Young and Michael Holt

October 8, 2018 - The winner of the 2018 Danny Foster Memorial Fundraiser of the Center Noon Lions Club for a 2018 GMC Canyon extended cab pickup is Taylor Clark. Clark was handed her keys for the GMC pickup by Center Noon Lions Club Vehicle Raffle Chairman Tim Wulf. She is a sophomore attending Panola College.

The four winners of $250 were J. Mike Bird, Ron Bellenger, TNT McDrill, and Suzanne Ihlo.

The Lions Club would like to give special thanks to Raymond Motor Company who provided the 2018 GMC pickup for the raffle.

Money raised from the fundraiser supports charities, schools, children's eye classes, children with health problems as well as assisting with building of baseball and softball fields.

October 8, 2018 - Walter Bounds provided an arial view of the East Texas Poultry Festival from the clouds. Watch the video below.

October 8, 2018 - Center Garden Club is pleased to present its Yard of the Month Award (October) to Marilyn Ballard in recognition of her commitment to maintaining a beautiful landscape at her historical 212 Houston Street home. Marilyn credits her late husband Larry for their original landscape design which he meticulously maintained for many years prior to his death. Marilyn expresses gratitude to both Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Hornbuckle whose assistance has made it possible for her to continue to have a beautiful landscape. Center Garden Club urges everyone to drive by the Ballard home and experience the delight that a picturesque setting can bring to its owner and passerby alike!

Submitted by Carolyn Bounds

October 8, 2018 - On behalf of the 2018 Aggie Moms Benefit and Fundraiser, the Shelby County Aggie Moms would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making donations which greatly contributed to making our fundraiser a huge success! Thank You! Whoop, Gig ‘em, and God Bless!

The Baty Family; Rachel Blount; Courtney Collins; COR Boutique - Jasper Corbell; Katie Dunn; East of Eden Ranch; Karen Fallin; Germania Insurance - Mike and Pam Furlow; Amber Graves; Hangin R AgriService; High Roller Wells; John Henry Holloway; Todd and Mary Hovey; Melanie Hughes; Hughes Florist - Heather Moody; Joaquin Ag Department; Dr. Mark Jousan, DVM; L&P Leasing Co.; Lasting Impressions; Jason and Shelley Locke; Will and Kelly Lucas; Matthews Real Estate; NAPA San Augustine; Anne Marie Patrick; Payne & Payne Home and Such Like; Paul Putska; Southern Charm; Shelby Savings Bank; Shelbyville Ag Department; Shoop Financial Services; Lynn Silvey; Texas Glacier; Texas State Bank; Tractor Supply; Doug and Angie Turk; Ultra Shade Plus; and Whataburger.

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