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March 27, 2015 - Center Garden Club shared planting ideas with local students Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Center Elementary Campus. Students enjoyed a hands-on program on the art of preparing the soil and other planting information. A good time was enjoyed by all!

The Center Garden Club promotes the love of gardening to the young several times through out the year. Members visit with students for Harbor Day and will have Junior Garden Club members and other youth participate in their upcoming Flower Show "Nature's Gallery" on Friday, April 17, 2015 starting at noon until 4pm at the Community House on San Augustine Street. Admission is free.

March 17, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met Monday, March 16, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. Joe Anderson brought the meeting to order by calling on Johnnie Gray to have the opening prayer. Harold Hanson led us as we sang “All Hail the Power of Jesus name” and “I am Thine O LORD.” Alice West played the piano as we sang.

Our visitors were Ron and Sandy Agner and Ron and Rebecca Barbee who were with Mike and Linda Bordelon. Eunice Kenney was at the meeting because she is visiting with Walter and Ellen Manning. Those who had a birthday this month were Linda Anderson, Frances Chance and Eunice Kenney. We sang Happy Birthday to them. Blanch Haley has her 70 wedding anniversary this month. We sang happy Anniversary for her. Robert Tyer asked the blessing on the food and everyone enjoyed our meal together.

Linda Anderson, Program Chair, announced the program which was by Delbert Beckham about his works of metal art. He told us how he started doing metal art and then we saw pictures of some of his masterpieces on screen. Most interesting of all was how he gets his inspiration for a piece and how the Lord guides him through the process of making a work of art. He can make a piece of scrap metal come to life. He had an object called “Bright Eyes” to give as a door prize and Ron Barbee won it.

Minutes of the last meeting were read. Betty Green gave a good treasures report. Melba Colman gave her report and made arrangements for someone to fill her place while she is away. Joe Anderson thanked the Kitchen Staff and showed appreciation for the fresh Flowers on each table.

We heard reports of those who are not well. Then Harold Hanson led the closing prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

March 27, 2015 - With spring just around the corner, Center Garden Club members added new flowers and plants to our existing beds at the Community House. The preparation is for our upcoming Flower Show on April 17th. Spring is always an exciting time for all gardeners and flower lovers. Looking forward to seeing you at our 49th. "Flower Show". Member's present were Judy Matthews, Carolyn Bounds, Cherry Jones, & Jackie Hancock.

March 26, 2015 - The 2014-2015 PYRA (Pineywoods Youth Rodeo Association) Finals were held in Marshall, TX, February 28 & March 1, 2015. Abi DePriest competed throughout the season (August-March) in barrel racing, straight-away barrels, pole bending, and goat tying.

Abi won the 7-9 Girls All-Around for the year, first place in the straight-away barrels for the year, Reserve Champion in the pole bending for the year, third place in the barrel racing for the year, and was the average winner in the barrel racing for the weekend of the finals.

Abi DePriest is daughter of David & Colette DePriest, granddaughter of Roland & Dianne Cross all of Tenaha, and Joe & Edna DePriest of Clarksville, TX.

March 25, 2015 - VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary Members are (from left) Les Gill and his dog "Little T", Quartermaster Larry Hume, Aux Chaplain Mary Fausett, Aux Sr. Vice Sandy Risinger, Aux. President Becky Yates, Post JA Charles Kreisel, Aux. member Becky Maidic, post member Bill Gray and USMC Veteran Paul Risinger.

VFW Auxiliary Sr. Vice Sandy Risinger places the memorial wreath.On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 Veterans and citizens gathered at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the historic Shelby County Courthouse to remember those who served in the humanitarian effort in Kosovo in 1999. A wreath was laid and Taps sounded for those who served and have since passed.

Sixteen years ago on March 24, 1999 NATO launched an air campaign called “Operation Allied Force” to halt the humanitarian devastation that was then unfolding in Kosovo. The decision to intervene followed more than a year of fighting within the province and the failure of international efforts to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means. NATO announced the suspension of the air campaign on 10 June, 1999 once it had concluded a military technical agreement with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

NATO casualties were light and the alliance suffered no fatalities as a result of combat operations. Two American army helicopter pilots, CWO David Gibbs and Kevin l. Reichert died when their AH-64 helicopter crashed in the early hours of May 5, 1999. The crash was not due to enemy fire but two of America’s finest died that day serving their country.

March 24, 2015 - Center Garden Club member Jackie Hancock was installed as the 2015-2017 Texas Garden Clubs District III Treasurer at the District III Spring Convention March 19-20 in Kilgore.

83 members representing garden clubs from the Southern, Central, and Northern Zones of District III learned about Texas native plants with a program "Grow Native: Embrace Nature's Original Vintage Garden." Zone Directors gave reports on activities, program, and projects for the past year. Awards were then announced.

Center Garden Club won 40 awards for the past year taking 1st place in District III. Coming in for 2nd place was Polk County Garden Club of Livingston who won 35 awards.

Photo: District III Director, Nita Beale of Kilgore; District III Treasurer, Jackie Hancock of Center; and Center Garden Club members, Robbie Kerr, Carolyn Bounds, Cherry Jones, Linda Bordelon, and Judy Matthews.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

March 20, 2015 - Rain welcomed undeterred competitors to the start of the Shelby County Grill Fest 2015 which was kicked off Friday night with the first event, a 42 Tournament hosted in the private room at Sombreros restaurant. Only two teams remained after nearly 3 hours of play to determine who advanced to the final round.

The first team to clinch a seat in the finals was Gary Grubbs and Jason Liker who soon found their opposing team for the finals was to be Don Lovell and Royce Johnson. The final round of play will start at 11:30am Saturday, March 21st in the Civic Room at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

A short distance away cook were setting up outside the Civic Center in the rain to prepare for Saturday's cook-off.

March 19, 2015 - (More Photos) The Shelby County Fit Fun Run & Walk 5K was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Center Park Pond Pavilion behind the baseball park beside Center High School. Around 40 runners and walkers including men, women and children arrived for the event benefiting the Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

The trail they followed took them to the softball complex, all the way to the John D. Windham Civic Center and then back to the pavilion. Shelby County 4-H Volunteer students Emilee Elliott and Allison Stuever were in charge of the water station midway through the course, and they provided much relief for thirsty people.

Participants arrived one at a time at the pavilion and received water and oranges to quench their thirst and await the arrival of fellow runners and walkers. Everyone appeared to have a good time and made it to the end.

There was an entry fee of five canned items per person. Some people arrived with five cans and some brought extra bringing the total accumulated amount to around 200 cans. These cans were then contributed to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries for distribution to those in need.

Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Agrilife Extension Agent, organized the event and she was assisted during the event by Rene Sanders who volunteered to help.

Sponsors included Brookshire Brothers who donated refreshments including oranges and water and Nacogdoches Medical Center who provided pedometers.

March 17, 2015 - Summer Koltonski, a resident of Shelbyville, is racing Ironman Texas to raise money for the Cathy Fields Memorial Scholarship. Ironman Texas is May 16, 2015 in The Woodlands, TX. This year Ironman Texas is the North American Championship.

The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. She completed the 140.6 mile race last year in 16 hours, 27 minutes, and 36 seconds. This year she’s training harder than ever to beat her time! Her goal is to raise $1,000! You can donate through her Go Fund Me Account or at Farmers State Bank. If you donate through the bank, please let them know it is for Summer’s Ironman Race!

To donate to the Cathy Fields Memorial Scholarship Fund visit: http://www.gofundme.com/summerironman

For more information about her training and racing visit her blog at: http://therusticrunner.blogspot.com


Photo by SC Chamber of Commerce

March 14, 2015 - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, friends, and family gathered at Southern Seasons Thursday, March 12th to welcome and congratulate Shana Brittain, the new owner, at a new member ribbon cutting.

Shana Brittain bought Southern Seasons back in January from Mindy Smotherman who opened the business in 2009. Southern Seasons has been a charming addition to the top of the hill in Shelbyville and Brittain is excited to continue filling Southern Seasons with irresistibles and indulgences.

Brittain announced during the ribbon cutting event she will be adding a full floral shop this summer which keeps with the Southern Seasons tradition of continuing to grow and offer its customers a destination shopping experience with luxury home décor, gifts, garden art, and gourmet foods which includes fresh, rich flavors and superlative quality cheeses, chocolates, mixes, and so much more. She shop also offers wedding shower and house warming selections as well as a wife's registry.

Southern Seasons is located at 5075 Hwy 87 S in Shelbyville and the last day of the Grand Opening Event and Sale is Saturday, March 14th until 2pm. Stop by and enjoy  25% off of all home decor, 50% off all stretch canvas and framed wall art, Gourmet Foods - by one get one half price, and many surprise specials!

Shana Brittain is the wife of Boby Brittain and has two sons, Seth and Jaxon.

 

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