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June 10, 2015 - (More photos) First responders were honored with an Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, June 5, 2015 hosted by Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

The meal was a buffet of brisket, chicken, sausage, baked beans, and potato salad prepared by Pete Low. Portacool, a sponsor for the event, provided those attending with a cap and a tactical flashlight. Sponsoring the event were Specter, Inc., Portacool, and McAdams Propane.

First responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials were the honored guests. The appreciation lunch recognized the contribution and personal sacrifice first responders makes to the community.

June 10, 2015 - The Center Garden Club issued a proclamation on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 declaring June 7-13, 2015 as National Garden Week.z

Center Garden Club members gathered in the Community Room for a meeting on the second floor of the Shelby County Courthouse in Center. The proclamation was presented to Charles Rushing, Mayor Pro Tem, who received the proclamation on behalf of the City of Center.

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Pictured are (from left: Sheriff Willis Blackwell; Debra Pate Smith, Timpson Mayor; Leigh Porterfield, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce representative; Danny Dixon and his horse Pepper; Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge; Marilyn Corder, Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce; Rose Dixon; Meg Camp, Dennise Meek and Sarah Dixon astride her horse Floyd.

June 8, 2015 - The Pony Express visited Joaquin and Center today June, 8, 2015 to announce the approach of Timpson Frontier Days. Danny Dixon astride his horse Pepper, Rose Dixon and Sarah Dixon on her horse Floyd arrived at each location in the presence of Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce representative Marilyn Corder as they invited one and all to the event.

Joaquin and Center residents greeted the Frontier Day ambassadors at each stop. One behalf of Joaquin were Mayor Bill Baker, Amanda Willey, and Barbara Pridgen. Center representatives included Sheriff Willis Blackwell, County Judge Allison Harbison, Leigh Porterfield, Meg Camp and Dennise Meek.

Timpson and Tenaha will be the other Shelby County cities visited in anticipation of Frontier Days with Timpson at 10am and Tenaha at 10:30am. All are invited to attend.

From left: Scarlett Addington, Cheyanne Barrett, Emily Andrus, Harli Joe Cowdin, Gracie Leach, Morgan Leann Patton, Amanda Chmielewski, and Sherry Sells

June 8, 2015 - The 2015 Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Queen pageant winners were announced by Ann Blackwell, pageant coordinator, Saturday night at the Shelby County Expo Center.

Gracie Leach won her division and was crowned Rodeo Princess. She also received the horsemanship award. Leach is the 10 year old daughter of Mark and Jennifer Leach of Shelbyville.

Cheyanne Barrett was announced to be the Duchess division winner and received the horsemanship award. She is the 12 year old daughter of Raymond and Chelene Barrett of Cleveland, Texas. Sherry Sells was 1st runner up in the Duchess division. Sherry is the 12 year old daughter of Travis and Natalie Sells of Clayton, Texas.

Morgan Leann Patton was crowned the 2015 SCSP Rodeo Queen and will receive a scholarship. She was the horsemanship winner as well. Morgan is the 17 year old daughter of Janna Patton and Gordon Wallace. She is a junior at Joshua High School in Crowley, Texas. Scarlett Addington was 1st runner up. Addington is a 21 year old junior at Lonestar College in Kingwood. Her parents are Brett and Susan Addington of Dayton.

Gracie LeachCheyanne BarrettMorgan Patton

June 7, 2015 - A Pineywoods Home Health would like to announce the moving of the Center office from 975 Southview Circle to 304 Logansport Street Center, Texas 75935. The new office is located in the old ETMC/Dr. Todd’s office behind Boles Feed. We would like to thank the residents of Shelby County and the surrounding counties for allowing us to provide home health services to your loved ones for the past 20 years and look forward to serving you in the future.

June 5, 2015 - D-Day was the focus of a VFW Post 8904 ceremony held on Friday, June 5, 2015 with Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, leading the program.

"We're here today to commemorate the 71st anniversary of one of the most important dates in our country, commonly known as D-Day, the codename was Operation Neptune. D-Day was the turning point in World War II on June 6 [1944], which is tomorrow, saw the start of the largest air and sea operation in military history."

Hume continued by describing the amount of military involved in the operation. On D-Day the allies landed around 156,000 troops of which 73,000 were Americans. The amount of equipment used was staggering and the airborne landings on both flanks of the Normandy Beach 2,395 aircraft, 867 gliders of the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces were used on D-Day. It also involved huge naval forces including over 6,900 vessels, 1,213 navy combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft and 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels.

195,700 personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune, 52,889 from the United States, 112, 824 were British and over 4,900 from other allied countries. By the end of June 11 over 3,000 troops, over 54,000 vehicles and over 140,000 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches and while there's no official casualty for D-Day the total allies casualties on D-Day are estimated at 10,000 and the United States lost approximately 6,603 men.

"Today we take time to reflect on what took place on the beaches of Normandy and appreciate the sacrifice made by so many to ensure the continuation of our free market economy and our federal republic," said Hume. "Their sacrifice helped us keep the freedoms we enjoy, and the irony is that among those freedoms they sacrificed for was the freedom to choose to ignore this day if you so wish and many do as you can see today."

Hume thanked all who were present and those that regularly attend VFW ceremonies. In honor of those who sacrificed on June 6, 1944 and the days following a memorial wreath was placed on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial by Newton Johnson, Senior Vice. Taps was then presented by Mike Langford, Post Commander.

Pictured are: (from left) Mike Langford, Post Commander; David Morris, Newton Johnson, Senior Vice Commander; Myron Bounds, Post member; Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster; Gene Hutto, Post Chaplain; Sherry Riley, Veterans Affairs Officer; Becky Yates, Auxiliary President; Linda Morris; Auxiliary member; Becky Maidic, Auxiliary member; Mary Fausett, Auxiliary Chaplain; Les Gill, Post member and his dog "Little T"; Sean Martin, Desert Storm/Somalia Veteran; and John Austin Ford.


(Sitting) Shirley Owens, Carolyn Bounds, and Cherry Jones (Standing) District III Treasurer Jackie Hancock, Janette Wittmann, Linda Bordelon, Margaret Hathorn, Colleen Heterington, Judy Matthews, District III Director Nita Beale, and Center Garden Club President Robbie Kerr.

June 5, 2015 - Ten Center Garden Club members attended the 58th District III Texas Garden Clubs Southern Zone Workshop on June 4 in Livingston.

Polk County Garden Club hosted a "Beach Retreat" where 10 East Texas Garden Clubs participated in workshops on duties for the president and treasurer, programs for clubs, and youth awards.

Members enjoyed a delicious luncheon, and had time for shopping to support the district "Ways and Means." Texas Garden Clubs State President Carol Moore gave updates from the state and announced the next Board of Directors meeting.

District III Director Nita Beale reported on District III news, and all members received door prizes.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

June 5, 2015 - T.J. Horton of Garrison, Texas was the lucky raffle winner of the Ruger AR-15. The raffle took place in Center's Dependable Arms by Kirk Sanford. There were 500 tickets sold with proceeds going towards helping the Wildwings 8U baseball team in their World Series appearance in Destin, Florida, July 1-5. The team would like to thank everyone who have supported this team through sponsorship or fundraising.

June 3, 2015 - Celebrating Ouachita Baptist University’s 128th spring commencement, university officials conferred a total of 350 degrees on 343 graduates, including the university’s first three Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

Ouachita President Rex Horne also presented Dr. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on behalf of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Describing Ouachita’s graduating class of 2015 as “smart, bright, energetic, enthusiastic, questioning, discerning and incredibly committed,” Tucker thanked the graduates for “the impact you have already had and the lifelong Kingdom impact you will have.”

Affirming the graduates’ legacy as difference makers, President Horne urged each of the graduates to “bear fruit and good works and do God’s work throughout your life.”

This year’s graduating class featured 143 honor graduates, including 21 who graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.95 or higher, 46 who graduated magna cum laude (3.75 GPA) and 76 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA).

Ouachita Baptist University, a leading liberal arts university, is ranked nationally among America’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazines. Founded in Arkadelphia in 1886, Ouachita seeks to foster a love of God and a love of learning in a Christ-centered learning community.

Students from Texas who were awarded their bachelor’s degrees include the following, in order of hometown:

Jeremy Small, Center, Texas, December 2014, Bachelor of Arts, Biology

June 3, 2015 - Carolyn Hooker and Fannie Watson, members of the Delta Gamma chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, presented Tenaha teacher Dominique Roland with a $500.00 grant-in-aid scholarship to assist her in obtaining her Masters Degree from Sam Houston State University.  Thanks for your supporting our Delta Gamma chapter. Fannie Watson.

Submitted by Fannie Watson, Delta Gamma president