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December 19, 2014 - JC Lewis Contractors/Managers held a Christmas Open House and relocation ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Members of the community and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (SCCOC) Ambassadors were present to share in this event.

Pam Phelps, SCCOC Executive Director, welcomed all present and introduced Jerry Lewis, owner of the company. She remarked on his and his wife Brandy Lewis' involvement in the community and on their volunteer work.

Different members of the company were introduced by Lewis as well as his wife, who he explained handles a great deal of the unassigned duties at the company. The employees introduced included: Tracy Murph, accounts payable; Jerrod Fleming, estimator/IT/project management; Bambi Wilburn, accounts receivable/project clerk. Lewis stated there are a host of people working for the company in the field handling projects all over the state into Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Lewis spoke some about the company, what kind of work they do and where they are currently working, "Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas are the four states that we currently work in and center all our activities in. That's kind of what we do, we build multi-family housing and custom residential homes along with sub-divisions. So we come in and plat the entire development, build all of the infrastructure, put in the streets, build the homes and either turn the homes over to our clients or sell the homes to our clients, depending on the delivery."

City, state and local governments make up some of the clientelle of JC Lewis and an example of this is working in Tilden which is south of San Antonio, "We're building a sub-division for the school district there. So it's very unique our approach of a lot of things, something you wouldn't see very often, but it's been very effective for us and we've kind of filled a niche that our clients couldn't find to be filled," said Lewis.

Light commercial is another construction category which the company handles and Lewis described the Timpson Library project and various other commercial projects in the surrounding states. He also stated a hospital project in Logansport, La. which JC Lewis will be a part is in the planning stage at this time. The School of Architecture at LSU was also a renovation project which the company has completed.

Followin the introduction, a ribbon cutting was held at the front of the facility and those present took a tour of the facility while enjoying refreshments.

December 19, 2014 - On December 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church the following students pictured played in Christmas Recital: Back row Clara Murphy, Hannah Fountain,Connor Downs, Mason McGown, Leandra Wilson, Emily Evans. Second row, Hanna Wall, Shelbie Miller, Raven Jenkins, Camden Boyette, Kailey Sowell,Bethany Dorsey, Jalyn Mosley. Front Row: Zoe McKinney, Justina Griffin And Justine M Chavez.

December 17, 2014 - The staff at the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center would like to thank those of you who contributed to our annual toy drive. We have had so many child victims and families in crisis come through our Center this year, and with your help we have been able to provide Christmas cheer at a time in their lives when it is most needed.

Your generosity is a reminder to them that they are loved and valuable. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every person who gave food, funds, clothes, bikes, toys, and the gift of your time.


Photo: Collard home

December 17, 2014 - The Pine Terrace Property Owners Association in Center names a Yard of the Month (YOTM) for Christmas every year in their neighborhood, and they judge houses on their holiday decorations.

Donna Holt is the president of the association and she stated the panel of judges is a secret one, and this year they found it quite difficult to choose. As a result, two houses tied and each received house of the month.


Photo: Willoughby home

The homeowners are Dr. Randy and Benita Collard and Tony and Traci Willoughby. The homeowners decked their houses out with lights and decorations. The Collards have musical accompaniment with their lights and there are several holiday creatures in the Willoughby's yard.

December 17, 2014 - On December 10 Center Garden Club met in the home of Mrs. Carolyn Bounds. President Colleen Doggett presided. Mrs. Cindy Brown was introduced as the Club's new member, and Mr. Jesse Griffith of Santa Rides a Motorcycle and Mrs. Anna Stuevers were welcomed as guests. The Club presented Mr. Griffith with a two-hundred-dollar donation for Christmas toy purchases.

Mrs. Bounds presented a program on Yuletide decorating with natural materials such as greenery, fruits (pineapples, apples, pears, citrus, berries, pomegranates, osage oranges...), cones, nuts, vegetables, forced bulbs, and more. Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg (the Della Robbia tradition), Mrs. Bounds, also, showcased various Colonial Williamsburg design forms: the pyramid, the swag, the plaque, the wreath, and the fan (fruit) board which she creates each Christmas season to adorn the front of the Bounds home.

Following the business meeting and program, the club enjoyed a delightful lunch and social social hour.

December 17, 2014 - Administrator Ms. Kay Powell and all of her staff presented the clients and their families with a Christmas Party at Lakeside Village Assisted Living this season.

Mrs. Powell welcomed the families and spoke of her love and appreciation of the clients and their families. She also thanked her staff for all they do to make life at Lakeside the best for the clients.

Next, she introduced Pastor Jenkins. Pastor Jenkins and Bro. Lonnie Belrose, of Sardis Church, led the Christmas singing. Then, Mrs. Belrose read about the birth of Jesus from the Bible.

All of the employees presented the clients and families with a buffet of goodies. There were cookies, sandwiches, dips, cheese balls, vegetable and fruit trays and punch. To be sure, everything was delicious! A great time was had by everyone there.

December 16, 2014 - The December Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting was held Monday the 15th in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. Jim Forbes called the meeting to order. He passed a note pad for members to write questions for David Chadwick to answer at the next meeting. David Bain led us in an opening prayer. Harold Hanson led the group as they softly sang “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”

Linda Bordelon, Blanch Haley and Patsy Parmer had birthdays this month and we sang for them. Walter and Ellen have their wedding anniversary in December and we sang for them. Joe Anderson asked the blessing on the food and everyone enjoyed eating the deliciously prepared foods.

Ed Miller conducted the installation of officers for 2015 by reading their responsibilities and presenting each with a Santa Hat. The officers are Joe Anderson, president, Helen Collard, Second Vice president of Membership and Linda Anderson, First Vice President of Programs. Alice West is Secretary/Reporter, Betty Green will be Treasurer and Melba Colman continues as Historian. For our program Ed Miller sang “O Holy Night” while Terri Miller accompanied him on the piano. Then Mrs. Miller played a medley of Christmas Carols on the piano. Then Mr. Miller sang “Mary did you Know?” The audience gave a big applause!

Minutes of the last meeting were read. Linda Bordelon had a Thank-you card from the Children’s Advocacy Center . Joe Anderson gave a detailed financial report. Ed Miller gave a report on the last trip. Melba Colman reported that the historian’s records are up to date.

Ann Forbes went over the Club Prayer Report and encouraged us to pray and to visit those in the nursing homes. Jim Forbes gave thanks to all and wished us a Merry Christmas. We closed with prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

December 16, 2014 - CASA Volunteer Supervisor Denise Belrose along with Brenda Applequist and Jo Watson from 1st United Methodist Church in Center have been busy helping Santa with gifts the church members provided for our 53 foster children. Church members filled the Wish Lists each child provided. On behalf of our foster children, we say Thank You so very much!!!

December 16, 2014 - First Baptist Church Minister of Music Ed Miller installed the 2015 Golden Harvest Ministries Club Officers at their December 15 meeting.

First Baptist Church Minister of Music Ed Miller sang a number of Christmas Carols to members of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club. He was accompained on the piano by his wife Terri, who also performed a piano solo.


Photo, from left: President Joe Anderson, 1st Vice President Linda Anderson, 2nd Vice President Helen Collard, Secretary/Reporter Alice West, Treasurer Betty Green, Historian Melba Coleman, and Ed Miller. As a continuing Center Garden Club project Linda Bordelon will decorate the tables each month.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

On Friday, December 12, 2014, voice students of Mrs. Janette Wittmann, traveled to Nacogdoches to see the Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors". The production was presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and held at Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The one-act opera, written in English, tells the story of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy, and his mother who are visited by the Three Kings during their journey to the Christ Child. Since it was first produced for television in 1951, the opera has become a Christmas classic that is produced in communities throughout the United States.


Students attending were (L-R) Ella Shires, Cecily Gibson, Celeste Gibson, Kai'Lyn Jones, Allison Stuever, Ian Williams, Sarah Scull, Laura Anne Scull, Brianna Hardy and Braxton Hardy. Mrs. Janette Wittmann, Alison Scull and Stacy Riley accompanied the students.

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