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June 22, 2018 - VFW Post 8904 is looking for relatives or descendants of US Army World War I Veteran Ellis  Luther Reaves. Mr. Reaves passed on February 21, 1985 and  is buried in the Campti Methodist Cemetery.

Contact Post QM Larry Hume 598-2976 or chief@chiefimaging.com.

June 21, 2018 - The Shelby County Cancer Fund (SCCF) is hosting "Trunk Treasures" June 23, 2018 from 9am until 2pm on the downtown Center Square. Put your gently used junk in your trunk and join us for a community garage sale.

  • ‘Trunk Treasures’ is a community sale for your gently used items (treasures!!!) out of your trunk, truck bed, van or trailer.
  • Sale starts at 9:00am, but participants may leave whenever they wish.
  • There is a $40 charge per vehicle if you pre-register a spot. $50/vehicle if you decide to join us the day of! There will also be a spot set up for those would like to just drop off and donate their treasures!
  • Vendors may choose what to do with their earnings - we appreciate any and every donation. We would love for our county to be involved in helping us raise money for this great cause!! 
  • Come ready to find awesome treasures!! 
  • Please message or email us if you would like to get a spot! ( shelbycocancerfund@gmail.com ) or (Facebook - Shelby County Cancer Fund)

The Shelby County Cancer Fund, a non-profit organization, is a group of volunteers made up of survivors, caretakers, and others who want to give back to our community. Many have been through treatments as a patient or a caretaker and we know the struggle. We are compassionate about reaching out to others who are facing the same ordeal.

The organizations mission is, although we cannot take away all the pain, we can show love through the trying times to hopefully encourage and strengthen someone's faith in God and others.

All donations are appreciated and also tax deductible, made payable to Shelby County Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 283, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

June 21, 2018 Nacogdoches - The following students received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University during the May commencement exercises:

Name, Degree, College, Minor

Center, TX 

Sarah Bohannon, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, College of Liberal and Applied Arts, History
Kattie Evans, Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Yvonne Garcia, Bachelor of Music, College of Fine Arts
Ruth Gonzalez, Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Mayra Hernandez-Lara, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, James I. Perkins College of Education
Taylor Hudspeth, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, James I. Perkins College of Education
Kimber Hughes, Master of Social Work, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Rani Jamison, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, James I. Perkins College of Education, Health Science
Aaron Liker, Bachelor of Business Administration in Professional Accountancy, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Aaron Liker, Master of Professional Accountancy, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Jaxon Lucas, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, James I. Perkins College of Education
Ross Mahan, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, James I. Perkins College of Education, Food and Nutrition
Amber Mathews, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, James I. Perkins College of Education
Kristin Peace, Master of Professional Accountancy in Accounting, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Breanna Rhoads, Bachelor of Social Work, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Harlie Richardson, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, James I. Perkins College of Education, Health Science
Emily Rodriguez, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, James I. Perkins College of Education
Haley Shofner, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, James I. Perkins College of Education
Raleigh Wilkins, Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Marketing

Joaquin, TX 

Kyle Chambliss, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Nicholas Cheatwood, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, College of Sciences and Mathematics, Biology
Christi Penning, Master of Education in Special Education, James I. Perkins College of Education

Shelbyville, TX 

Kristen Cheyenne Davis, Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Child Development & Family Living, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Michael Elliott, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in Agricultural Engineering Technology, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Lori Murphree, Master of Social Work, College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Tenaha, TX 

Anna Williamson, Master of Science in Environmental Science, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Timpson, TX 

Kristi Clifton, Bachelor of Social Work, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
Justin King, Master of Science in General Agriculture, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Madilyn Sanford, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, James I. Perkins College of Education

June 21, 2018 Nacogdoches - The following students have been named to the Dean's List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.

Center, TX

Crystal Cassell, Interdisciplinary Studies
Zachary Fausett, Finance
Erika Figueroa-Franco, Nursing
Miguel Garcia, Modern Languages
Yvette Garcia, Mathematics
Lorena Gonsalez, Modern Languages
Halie Lavergne, Interdisciplinary Studies
Larry McDonald, Sociology
Julie McSwain, Computer Science
Diana Perez, Accounting
Sarai Ramos, Kinesiology
Vanessa Renteria, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kaycee Ricketson, Interior Design
Kaleth Salazar, Psychology
Greg Sutis, Interdisciplinary Studies
Josephine Sutis, Interdisciplinary Studies
Josey Wingo, Interdisciplinary Studies

Joaquin, TX

Kyle Chambliss, Finance
Megan Davis, Social Work
Ava Stephens, Interdisciplinary Studies
Allen Woodfin, Geography

Shelbyville, TX

Whitnee Estes, Interdisciplinary Studies
Mallory Guillotte, Interdisciplinary Studies

Tenaha, TX

Kelsi Hooker, Biochemistry
Cinthya Leos, Interdisciplinary Studies

Timpson, TX

Stephen Burgay, Kinesiology
Demarious Osby, Kinesiology


Pictured in Timpson are (from left): Ke'Shawna Chimney, Rose Dixon, Paul Smith, Tatum Smith, Donna Higginbotham, City Secretary Leslie Leathers, Mayor Debra Pate Smith, Delayna Higginbotham, Danny Dixon, Kyle Bridges, and Marilyn Corder.  

June 20, 2018 - Timpson Frontier Days Pony Express traveled through Shelby County and surrounding areas inviting everyone far and wide to the 2018 Frontier Days on the Timpson city square.

The Pony Express envoy traveled through the area on June 11-12. Each city visited included Garrison, Joaquin, Center, Timpson, Tenaha, Mt. Enterprise, Gary and Carthage.

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce was represented by Paul Smith, TACC Chamber President, and Marilyn Corder, Frontier Days Event Coordinator. They accompanied Pony Express Riders Danny Dixon and his daughter Sarah to each of the cities being invited along with their horses "Pepper" and "Lena."

This year will be the 56th year of Timpson Frontier Days starting July 5th and running through July 8th.

See related article:
TACC Announces Frontier Days 2018 Dates


Pictured in Tenaha are (from left): Marilyn Corder, Delayna Higginbotham, Danny Dixon, Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Swint, Rose Dixon, Administrative Assistant/Utilities Clerk Allison Rhone, Sarah Dixon on "Lena," Paul Smith and Tatum Smith.


Pictured in Center are (from left): Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (SCCOC) President Deborah Chadwick, Denise Meek, Sarah Dixon on "Lena," SCCOC Administrative Assistant Kristen Miller, City of Center Mayor Pro Tem Leigh Porterfield, Delayna Higginbotham and Danny Dixon on "Pepper," Marilyn Corder and Paul Smith. 


Pictured in Mt. Enterprise (fron left): Judge Rand Cates; Office Assistant Khristy Webb; City Administrator Rosena J. Becker-Ross (City Mascot Grace); Delayna Higginbotham; Danny Dixon; Mayor Harvey Graves; Acting City Marshal Parker Sweeney and his K-9 dog Nyko; Marilyn Corder and Sarah Dixon on "Lena." (Submitted photo)

Pictured in Garrison are (from left): Delayna Higginbotham and Danny Dixon on "Pepper," Garrison Mayor Russell Wright, Jeff Cruse, Marilyn Corder, and Sarah Dixon on "Lena." (Submitted photo)

Pictured in Joaquin are (from left): Marilyn Corder, Joaquin Mayor Pat Gray, Delayna Higginbotham and Danny Dixon on "Pepper," and Sarah Dixon on "Lena." (Submitted photo)

Pictured are (from left): Delayna Higginbotham and Danny Dixon on "Pepper," Gary City Secretary Pam Woodfin, Marilyn Corder, Kathy Scarcella, Rose Dixon, Tim Boone, Sarah Dixon and Tatum Smith on "Lena," Paul Harvey and Cody Pierce. (Submitted photo)

Pictured in Carthage are (from left): Marilyn Corder, Becky Barlish, Bill Smith, Delayna Higginbotham and Danny Dixon on "Pepper," Tommie Ritter Smith, Rose Dixon, Denise Meek, Sarah Dixon and Tatum Smith on "Lena," Cindy Delony and Emily Andrus. (Submitted photo)

June 21, 2018 - It's not too late to be a vendor at the 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon Festival which is coming to downtown Center July 12-14th!

The Annual What-A-Melon Festival draws thousands of visitors to enjoy carnival rides, games, contests including ‘The Biggest Watermelon Contest’, live music and entertainment including Reed Barton Music and Zach Mason & the Jars, the Pet Contest and the Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant. This is a fun, family-oriented good ol’time!

Booth space is $125 and includes a 10' x 10' canopy-covered space with an electric plug.

For more vendor information and to fill out a form to submit to the vendor committee, click here. Application deadline is June 22, 2018.

The East Texas What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by (Platinum Sponsors) Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank, (Gold Sponsors) City of Center and Focused Care of Center, (Silver Sponsors) Center Glass, R&D Distributors, Citizens Bank, DETEC, ACE Hardware, Kyle Coffin DDS, Coral Cactus, and Texas Credit, (Bronze Sponsors) Toledo Automotive / NAPA, Sandy Wheeler State Farm, and Tammy Steptoe Realty.

June 19, 2018 - Bobbie Nutt presented the June program to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club on June 18, 2018, at the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

Bobbie Nutt displays a picture of the Center Dairy Queen take in July, 1962, when she and her husband purchased it. While they lived in a house behind it, they added a dining room, improved the drive-through, put on a red roof, and replaced the equipment as they learned on the job. They won many awards during the 45 & 1/2 years of ownership, until Bobbie sold it in 2007. Although retired, Bobbie continues to help prepare food for residents of Shelby County at the Senior Nutrition Site.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

June 18, 2018 - William Cummings from Tenaha, Texas earned the honor of being listed on the Spring 2018 Semester Dean's List of Academic Honors for Sam Houston State University.

The students listed on the Dean’s List of Academic Honors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, are undergraduates who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of a perfect 4.0 in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours.

June 18, 2018 - Center Garden Club wishes to thank both the Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank for hosting the club’s first horticulture exhibit which celebrated National Garden Week, June 4-8, 2018. Center Garden Club also congratulates Cindy Sanders and Abby Rodriguez, drawing winners who each received a lovely fern generously donated by Walmart.


Garden club members Cherry Jones (left) and Carolyn Bounds (right) present winner Cindy Sanders (center) with a fern.
 


(From left) Garden club members Cherry Jones, Carolyn Bounds, and Lisa Albers give drawing winnner Abby Rodriguez a fern for National Garden Week.

Submitted by Carolyn Bounds

June 18, 2018 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting for June with their monthly Challenge featuring Night Photography.  The Challenge featured a total of 20 photographs submitted by members for voting and critique .  The quality of the pictures was outstanding and showed the talent of all who participated.  Category winners are:       


June Challenge - Night Photography
First Place Jan Carter, San Augustine, TXSecond Place Lawrence C. Davis, Center, TXThird Place Sam Flarity, Marshall, TX               

The workshop, "Birds and Bugs", was taught by Janet Hughes with information and techniques needed to photograph flying objects of any kind.  With so many bird photographers in attendance, the discussions were intense, lots of information shared this day.  

The club would like to welcome new member Sam Flarity, from Marshall, TX.  

The club is open to anyone interested in learning more about photography and cameras.  Memberships are available, a single membership fee is $35.00 @ yr. and anyone is welcome to attend any meeting.  The next regular monthly meeting will be Saturday, July 21, 2018, in the First United Methodist Church on Porter St. in Center, TX., 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For more information on memberships or the meetings, contact Billie F. Jones, jonbill392@hughes.net or text/call 936-591-2426.

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