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September 22, 2015 - [Austin, TX] – In an evening ceremony last night, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) was recognized for its efforts on behalf of child victims of physical and sexual abuse across Texas. Recognized by First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, and the OneStar Foundation, CACTX joins a select group of individuals, groups and organizations honored for a significant and measurable contribution to their communities.

“The power of the public-private partnerships our membership has established at 69 different Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the state cannot be overstated. Through these intricate collaborations, our network is able to provide much needed assistance to nearly 40,000 Texas children every year who have been subjected to heartbreaking abuse,” said Joy Hughes Rauls, Executive Director of CACTX. “We are grateful to our partners across the state, law enforcement, CPS, prosecution, medical and mental health providers and volunteers, who have joined this collective vision of justice and healing for the smallest of victims.”

“In Shelby County the Children’s Advocacy Center provides crucial services to over 100 children a year. Without the support of our local partnerships, the positive impact we are making on our community would not be possible,” said Denise Merriman, Executive Director of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. “Our agency partners include: Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, County Attorney, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Center Police Department, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Timpson Police Department, Timpson ISD Police Department, Constable Pct.5, Shelby County Juvenile Probation Department, Center ISD Police Department, Shelbyville ISD Police Department, Constable Pct. 4, and Tenaha City Marshal’s Office. We are proud to accept this award alongside CACTX.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers are a nationally renowned solution to the challenges facing the child victims of sexual and physical abuse. At their core, the centers provide a place for representatives of law enforcement, legal, medical and Child Protective Service organizations to coordinate the pursuit of justice for perpetrators and therapeutic healing for victims and their families. Forging partnerships with community volunteers, child welfare advocates and Government Agencies, local centers also provide the much needed support these families need while seeking justice.

“Texas is so fortunate to have a First Lady like Cecilia Abbott and an organization like the OneStar Foundation who understand the value of partnerships within communities,” concluded Rauls. “We dream that, someday, child abuse will be eradicated, but until then, we’ll keep working together in the service of a tragic, but vital cause. I’m proud to accept this award on their behalf.”


September 18, 2015Texas Heroes Day (September 18)

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas recognize Texas military heroes on September 18. The DRT has designated this day to honor and preserve the memory of the volunteer soldiers who died defending the Republic and to pay tribute to the men and women of the military, both past and present, who serve Texas. As for the Republic military, special emphasis is placed on honoring those who died in the Mier Expedition and the Dawson Massacre.

On September 18, 1842, 36 volunteer Texas soldiers were killed on the field of battle in the Dawson Massacre, a battle that took place near Salado Creek, a few miles northeast of San Antonio, during a second invasion of the Mexican army. Three survivors escaped to tell the story and 15 others were taken prisoner by Mexican soldiers and marched to Perote Prison in Veracruz, Mexico.

Texian Navy Day (3rd Saturday in September)

In September 1835, the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution occurred near Velasco. In that engagement between a Texian privateer, the San Felipe, and a Mexican war schooner, the Correo, the Mexican ship was forced to unconditionally surrender, given the Texian the victory.

September 16, 2015 - The Center HS Class of 1975 Reunion Plans:

  • Contact Beth Hardy Holt to order a t-shirt, 903-654-3449.
  • Block of rooms for 'Class of 75' at Hampton Inn until 9/28/2015 for $85.
  • Sit together at homecoming football game, Friday, October 9th at 7:30pm.
  • Play tennis with Randall and Sharon at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 10th at the Center HS Courts.
  • Lunch, fishing, games at Don and Janene Fry Walker's home, 8 miles south of Shelbyville, look for sign on left. Lunch is their treat.
  • Decorate float from 2pm to 4pm, Saturday, October 10th.
  • Ride in parade at 4pm, Saturday, October 10th.
  • Dutch treat at Sombrero's Bar & Grill, 1123 Hurst Street, Center, Texas from 6pm until 10pm in the bar.

September 16, 2015 - The Joaquin Fire Dept. is selling "Firefighters for a Cure" Pink T shirts. You may purchase yours at Joaquin City Hall or contact Asst. Chief Jeremy Boyett (903)263-7853. We will also be selling these at the fire station on Oct. 2, 2015 at Homecoming Parade.

September 15, 2015ATLANTA, GA - August 31, 2015 - The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced student MaKayla Baker from Timpson, TX, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senor member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that MaKayla has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," said Mr. Nobel. "MaKayla is now a member of a unique community of scholars - community that represents our very best hope for the future."

"We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development." stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "We aim to help students like MaKayla build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.

NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way - from high school to college to career - NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senor member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennial through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. Currently there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. For more information, feel free to visit www.nshss.org.

September 14, 2015 The Shelby County Courthouse was not just a place for meetings on the morning of Monday, September 14, 2015 as District Clerk Lori Oliver was celebrating her birthday. Although it was a workday, she and her staff had fun during the day as they celebrated by wearing tiaras and sharing birthday cake to honor the joyous occasion.

September 11, 2015 - Now is the time to join 4-H and get in on the fun! While many people think that 4-H is just about raising livestock, nothing could be further from the truth. We have numerous 4-H’ers involved in projects like clothing & textiles, livestock, photography, public speaking, shooting sports, etc. No matter what the project, the goal of 4-H is to develop life skills and leadership within young people so they become productive, contributing members of society.

Shelby County 4-H is busy gearing up for our new 4-H year, and there is still time for your child become a member. Clubs meet on a monthly basis in Center, Shelbyville, and Joaquin. Some of our planned projects for fall include taxidermy, livestock showing, virtual fishing tournament, photography, food, fashion, and public speaking. Spring projects planned are more livestock showing, taxidermy, fashion, robotics, and babysitting certification. Enrollment is just $20 through October 31, 2015. Beginning November 1, the fee increases to $25 per child.

Research has shown that participation in 4-H programs makes a positive difference in the lives of youth. Youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, works with researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University to conduct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. The longitudinal study has found that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

• Two times more likely to be more engaged in school;
• Two times more likely to plan to go to college; 
• Three times more likely to make positive contributions to their communities; and,
• Nearly two times more likely to participate in science, engineering, or computer technology programs (STEM) learning programs during out-of-school time.

Overall, the study found that the advantages of 4-H participation include higher educational achievement and higher motivation for future education.

If you are interested in joining Shelby County 4-H or would like additional information on our programs, give us a call at the Shelby County Extension office at 598-7744 and speak to either Daphne Lovell, Office Administrator, Lane Dunn - Agriculture and Natural Resource County Agent or Jheri-Lynn McSwain - Family and Consumer Sciences County Agent. If you are thinking about joining, make the call today!

September 11, 2015 - Sherry Harding and Josh White with Shelby County Outreach Ministries are hitting the street to raise funds for the meals on wheels program.

"We average a thousand [meals] a month that's not being paid and last month alone was over 1,200 that wasn't paid, and the majority of those are shut-ins," said Harding.

Through the meals on wheels program, 996 meals were delivered last month and 1,200 were provided intotal. Only one $40 donation from a client was received last month, according to Harding.

Although DETCOG pays for about 300 meals for a month, it doesn't cover the majority of what SCOM provides to those in need.

If you're hungry, or just want to donate, hamburgers will continue to be for sale at their location at the intersection of Shelbyville Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Center until 2pm. Any additional donations are also welcome.

Donations can be sent to Shelby County Outreach Ministries P.O. Box 1029, Center, Texas

September 10, 2015 - Staff and residents of Holiday Nursing Center gathered to display a blue ribbon in support of Peace Officers and in honor of First Responders and Patriot’s Day.


Pictured are (front row, from left): Kennedy Parker, Alexis Barlow, Hannah Hall, Bailey Snell, Brynna Birdwell, Kimberly Rodriguez (back row, from left): Kamaryn Smith, Kaci Griffin, 2014 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen Zoey Stuever, Madison Agnew, and Konner Windham.

September 9, 2015 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held a Welcome Party to introduce and welcome the 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court. Reigning Queen, Zoey Stuever, spoke to the young ladies summarizing her experience of 2014 and gave them some insight as to what to expect. Each candidate introduced themselves, their Escort and their parent prior to enjoying dinner together catered by Sombreros Mexican Grill.

The upcoming schedule and pageant rules and guidelines were reviewed. The Queen’s Court program has a month long schedule of events including a Luau and a Social as part of the enrichment program for the candidates and their escorts prior to the scholarship pageant. There are representatives from, Shelbyville High School, Center Christian Academy and Center High School in the 2015 Court.

The Coronation, presented by Shelby Saving Bank, will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Center High School Cafetorium when the Queen candidates will be presented to Shelby County. Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the Chamber at info@shelbycountychamber.com or calling 936.598.3682. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Queen’s Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Hutchins, includes, Kerri Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Kay Fairchild and Jesse Wiggins.