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January 16, 2019 - Two Center ISD graduates named to Baylor University Dean's Academic Honor Roll were Elizabeth Chadwick in the Robbins College of Health and Human Services and Chloe Noel Gipson in the College of Arts and Sciences. Chadwick is a 2015 graduate of Center ISD and Gipson is a 2016 graduate of Center ISD.

More than 4,400 Baylor University students were named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll for the 2018 fall semester. Students honored on the Dean's List are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. 

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

Below are students from your area who were named to the dean's list this fall. The honor student news release and a complete listing of all honorees is available through the following link:

January 16, 2019 - On Saturday, January 12, 2018, the members of Newbern Masonic Lodge #97 presented Mrs. Barbara Scates with the Community Builder award for her service to her community and dedication to children at Excelsior Elementary School. The event was attended by her family and friends. OES Newbern #1135 provided refreshments for the celebration. Barbara Scates is pictured on the left and Charlie Brittain, Worshipful Master of Newbern Lodge #97, on the right.

January 14, 2019 - Texas VFW District 19 held its winter meeting this past Saturday, January 12 at VFW Post 3893, Nacogdoches. Virginia Fischer who teaches at the Roughrider Academy and family joined us for lunch and the awards ceremony. Virginia was selected as the District 19 Teacher of the Year, grades 9-12. 

Those in the photos (from left); VFW Post 8904 Commander Gene Hutto, Auxiliary Chaplain Joy Hutto, Auxiliary Sr. Vice Mary Fausett; Virginia’s son-in-law Michael Grimes, mother-in-law Barbara Fischer, daughter Starla, Virginia with plaque, daughter Molly Grimes, Auxiliary Secretary Beverly Langford and State of Texas Chief of Staff Terry Contella who made the presentation.

January 11, 2019 - Newbern Lodge No. 97 of Arcadia, TX presented the Community Builder Award to Barbara Scates on January 5, 2019. Charlie O’Brian Brittain, Worshipful Master, led the evening’s event. Following a prayer and pledges to the American and Texas flags, Barbara Scates was presented the award. This prestigious award was established by the Grand Lodge of Texas so that lodges can formally recognize outstanding non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through their service to the community, local and state governments, places of worship, or to humanity at large. Community Builders are often found in service clubs, public school systems, religious activities, and all kinds of volunteer work. They are everywhere you look but often go unseen. According to Brittain, Mrs. Scates was given this award in recognition of distinguished service and personal contributions to the community and for her years of work at Excelsior School.

Barbara is married to Jerry Scates and they have three children, Angie Simmons, Michael Scates and Lloyd Scates. She is a CASA volunteer, an Ambassador with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Shelby County Historical Society, a member of the Excelsior PTO, secretary/treasurer of the newly formed organization, Excelsior School Alumni and numerous other school and community projects. Being a parent and a grandparent is her most treasured profession. She finds time on occasion to spend a day on the lake fishing with her husband and usually a grandchild or two, but most days are spent lending a helping hand to others.

Mrs. Scates thanked the lodge for honoring her with this award. She questions why she was chosen for this recognition and related to the crowd, “I am a giver, I like to see things happen and most importantly, I like to make things happen. It’s just who I am.”

She also thanked the members of the Newbern lodge for their part in serving the community. She expressed her appreciation to the ladies of the Eastern Star for the food served to her and her family members on this occasion.

Congratulations Barbara Scates!

January 10, 2019 - A large turn out of the community attended the new member Ribbon Cutting for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s newest member, East Texas Collision Center on Thursday, January 10th.

Pastor Micheal Tibbs gave a prayer of blessings for the business, "They are dedicating it not only to the community and the family but to God. So, we just want to ask for His blessings and His hands to be upon this."

Cindy Lindsey, Chamber Ambassador President, congratulated new owners, Casey and Colette Metcalf, on their new endeavor, "On behalf of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce we want to welcome Casey and Colette Metcalf and East Texas Collision Center. If you have any questions or any needs, we welcome you to call the chamber office or talk to a Chamber Ambassador." Lindsey then invited Casey Metcalf to share some information about the business.

Casey Metcalf explained their history with the business and what inspired them to buy it when it became for sale. He then shared what their plans are, "Our goal is to make it grow and to be better than it ever has before and that's our main goal. We are going to guarantee our work, everything is going to be done right, if it's not right, we are going to make it right. We just want to grow the business to its full potential here in Shelby County. And try to serve everybody that needs repair on their vehicles, any kind of vehicles, any kind of repairs... so, that's our plan." He then introduced his family and staff and thanked everyone for coming.

Casey and Colette are excited to have East Texas Collision Center. They specialize in collisions and restoration work. They will paint just about anything including ATVs. All their work is guaranteed. Casey and Colette offer free estimates and they will work with all insurance companies and customer self pay. Hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00am until 5:00pm.

East Texas Collision Center is located at 2071 Loop 500.

January 10, 2019 - Shakoya Cartwright received her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree during the December 2018 commencement ceremonies at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Coach Cartwright is a teacher at Shelbyville ISD and has been teaching for 5 years with 4 of those being at Shelbyville.

January 10, 2019 Huntsville, Texas - Dominique Roland received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree during the Fall 2018 commencement ceremonies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Ms. Roland is a teacher at Shelbyville ISD and was selected Teacher of the Week in September 2018 by the football team. Ms. Roland has been teaching for a total of 10 years.

January 9, 2019 - Shelby County AgriLife Extension hosted an Elected Officials Luncheon on Friday, December 7, 2018 with 4-H officers providing the program.

Extension agents Lane Dunn, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, and Felicia Thompson welcomed everyone to the event. Dunn reflected on the passing of President Bush and the value the late President placed upon service to others. He expressed to those attending, "A thank you for your service and that we can't do what we do without the support of [each of you] and the community. And we greatly appreciate that." Dunn also gave appreciation and praise for their great facility which they moved into in the Fall of 2017 and which accommodates the many meetings 4-H hosts with its various programs throughout the year.

Jheri-Lynn McSwain reiterated what Lane said, "Thank you very much for coming out. Like Lane said we definitely appreciate your support and how you help us with 4-H and the programs that we try to provide and do provide the community. Thank you very much."

4-H officers gave testimonials for the luncheon program while those attending enjoyed a steak meal. Garrett Saenz, President of the Shelby County 4-H, said, "During 4-H I have done a few projects and in FFA. By far my favorite project has been showing animals." He gave his history of showing animals. He finished saying, "4-H for me has taught me a lot of things. It has taught me responsibility, respect, and most of all it has given me a passion to find something I want to do in my future career which is something in the agriculture area. Not only has it given me a passion to find what my future career is, it also has given me a passion to inspire younger kids because in 4-H we have kids all the way from 3rd grade up to 12th grade. It has given me a passion to inspire younger ones and help them figure out what they want to do in their future and help them get involved in the community. So, 4-H has been a big blessing in my life and it has taught me many, many things."

Additional officers described 4-H as teaching responsibility, respect, leadership, community involvement, mentoring others, and socializing with other 4-H youth across the country. The officers who spoke along with Saenz were Wesley Wages - Vice President, Lance Holloway - Secretary, Hannah Wages - Treasurer, Camille Greer - Reporter, Laura Ann Scull - Activity Officer, Michelle Gomez - Recruitment Officer, Gracie Boyd - Information Technology Officer, and Fatima Romero - Community Service Officer.

January 9, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. In 1919, Butler Johnson was elected the first President of the Chamber of Commerce and presided over a Board of 27 members. Through out this coming year, the Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize business members, past Chamber Presidents, Board members, Staff, projects and activities from the past 100 years.

The Chamber is asking for people to please submit information about your business such as start dates etc., any old pictures of your business and staff, and/or any pictures of past poultry festivals and other Chamber activities so they may be shared with the community.

We are looking forward a fun 2019 and 100th Celebration!

Pictures and information may emailed to; mailed to The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Courthouse Square, Center, TX 75935 or you may drop them off at our offices Monday thru Friday. We would love visit with you.

Baylor University Confers Degrees on Fall Graduates

January 8, 2019 Waco – M. Lynn Davis of Center graduated in December from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Management Information Systems.

Baylor University conferred degrees on more than 900 graduates during fall commencement exercises December 15, 2018, in the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus.

Baylor’s mission is to educate students for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment in a caring community. Nestled along the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, Baylor provides numerous educational and research opportunities across various disciplines through 128 baccalaureate programs, 77 master’s programs, 45 doctoral programs, a juris doctor and education specialist programs and the Master of Laws program. Baylor students interact with outstanding full-time faculty from their first days on campus, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University’s vibrant campus life also includes more than 300 clubs and organizations and varsity athletics competing in the Big 12 Conference. For more information, visit

The graduation news release and a complete listing of all graduates are available at the following link: