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April 29, 2018 - A watch party was organized Sunday in support of Cade Foehner who is competing on American Idol to become the next idol! Family, friends, and community members join together to watch the show on the big screen and cheer with excitement as Cade's name was announced as making it into the Top 7!

The event was a partnership between the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and community members. The event coordinator Sheila Bradshaw Jones was excited about the outcome and is ready to plan the next watch party! Special thanks to Farmers State Bank, Sabine State Bank, and Shelby Savings Bank for sponsoring the event.

April 26, 2018 - Citizens of Shelby County have teamed up with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to host an American Idol Watch Party on Sunday, April 29, 2018 to support our own, Cade Foehner in his journey to be the Next American Idol!

American Idol announced last Sunday, for the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from coast to coast simultaneously across the country. Results will be revealed at the end of the show Sunday revealing the Top 7! This is important because voting will only be during the show! There will not be a Monday night episode as Dancing with the Stars Athletes fills the 7pm time slot.

Event coordinator, Sheila Bradshaw Jones invites everyone to come to the John D. Windham Civic Center at 6:30pm on Sunday to watch American Idol and celebrate together as Cade Foehner advances in the competition to the Top 7. Tech support will be available for any fan that is having trouble voting with their electronic devices or have questions about how to vote.

Sponsors of the venue for the watch party are Farmers State Bank, Sabine State Bank, Shelby Savings Bank and the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Come out and show your support for Cade Foehner!!! #theflock, #nextidol #cadefoehner

Teacher Appreciation Reception​ presented by Home Community Medicine and hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

April 27, 2018 (More Photos) - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception, presented by Hope Community Medicine and hosted by the Shelby County Chamber, was held on Wednesday, April 25 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.

(Left) The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Lucinda Simmons from Timpson Elementary. (Right) The Secondary Teacher of the Year is Teresa Wiist, a teacher at Tenaha Middle/High School.The Chamber of Commerce Education committee presented each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and announced the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county. Congratulations to all the Campus winners!! The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:

Center Christian Academy – Joanna Birdwell

F.L. Moffett Primary School – Emily Newton
Center Elementary School – Jennifer Barlett
Center Intermediate School – Debra Hippler
Center Middle School – Cindy Tomlin
Center High School – Dough Moore
Roughrider Academy – John Jackson 

Excelsior ISD – Angela Gillis

Joaquin Elementary School – Shelli Vaughn
Joaquin Junior High School – Mark Lawrence
Joaquin High School – Anne Patrick

S.W. Carter Elementary – Jackie Myers
Shelbyville Middle School – Sally Wilburn
Shelbyville High School – Cole Harrison

Tenaha Elementary School – Stacie Barr
Tenaha Middle/High School – Teresa Wiist

Timpson Elementary – Lucinda Simmons
Timpson Middle School – Darryl Joyner
Timpson High School – Tanya Hammett

The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Lucinda Simmons from Timpson Elementary. The Secondary Teacher of the Year is Teresa Wiist, a teacher at Tenaha Middle/High School. Congratulations to these outstanding Educators!

The Pam Phelps Friends of Education Award went to the Bone Hill Foundation. The Bone Hill Foundation provides all Shelby County Seniors with scholarships. Roy Blackshear was present to accept the award.


Roy Blackshear accepts the Pam Phelps Friends of Education Award on behalf of the Bone Hill Foundation.

Thank you to all the table sponsors and businesses who donated gifts for door prizes!

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.

April 27, 2018 - Children’s advocacy centers provide a safe, child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals may share information and develop effective, coordinated strategies sensitive to the needs of each unique case and child.


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April 25, 2018 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department recently hosted its annual BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, April 21st.

We would like to thank Tyson for their donation of 600 leg quarters, Shelbyville Grocery for donating the charcoal and the generous donor that provided the bread. We would also like to thank JML Management, McAdams Propane and East Texas Poultry Supply for donating prizes for our raffle. Last but not least, we would like to thank each person who made food and desserts; help prepare and serve plates; and purchased plates and raffle tickets. The generous support of our community is deeply appreciated.

April 23, 2018 - The Piney Woods Photography Society (PWPS) held their monthly meeting Saturday, April 21, 2018 with a large attendance to hear the very informative workshop on "Using Flash Indoors and Outside" presented by Janet Windham Hughes. The April Challenge featured a total of 26 photographs submitted by members for voting and critique on "Reflections." The quality of the pictures was outstanding and showed the talent of all who participated.

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.

The April Challenge Winners are:


First Place - Tie
Jan Carter, San Augustine, TX


First Place - Tie
Linda Henson, Milam, TX


Second place
Janet Hughes, Carthage, TX


Third Place
Melvin Henson, Milam TX


Breakfast Fundraiser volunteers and workers (from left) Leland Kibler, Lisa Jackson, Ismael Jackson, Jill Bailey, Darlene Mitchell, Sherry Harding, LaWan Ball, Ashley Golden, Tracy Fry, Colton Hollis and Erin Hollis

April 21, 2018 - The Shelby County Outreach Ministries' Senior Nutrition Site hosted a successful Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday morning, April 21st feeding over 100 people in the first hour. Sponsors of the fundraiser were Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, Bryant Insurance Agency, K & L Contractors, and KML Management.

The Breakfast Fundraiser is important. Community attendance and donations are appreciated because it benefits the Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site Food Fund which funds meals for seniors at the site as well as the Meals on Wheels program.

April 20, 2018 - Saturday, April 21st is a day packed with activities! Get out and enjoy Shelby County and don't forget the garage sales!!!

The Annual Breakfast Fundraiser at the Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site is set for Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8am until 11am. All you can eat! - More Information


A community garage and bake sale is Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8am until 2pm on Loop 500 in Center beside A1 paint and body shop at Adams Meat Market on Loop 500. - More Information


Center FFA’s Advisor Alexandria Bowen is conducting a Hunter’s Education Certification Course on Saturday, April 21, 2018 8am-3pm at James Greer Agriculture Building (Ag Building 1 behind the main Center High School Building) - More Information


Dutch Oven Cooking is Saturday, April 21 at the Boles Field Pavilion. Set up is at 9am with pots on the table at 12:00 noon. - More Information


The Piney Woods Photographic Society will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, April 21, 2018, in the basement of the First United Methodist Church, from 9:00 am. until 12 noon. - More Information


Tri-County Community Action Agency is hosting S.M.A.R.T. Seminar on April 21st from 9am until 3pm. The 1st session is from 10am to 12noon and 2nd session is from 1pm to 3pm. - More Information


Shelby County Cruisers Third Annual Spring Fling Car Show will be held from 10am until 2pm Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1110 Hurst Street in the Ivan Smith parking lot, intersection of State Highway 87 and U.S. Highway 96 (Hurst Street). - More Information


"Take Off the Mask," Women's Conference is set for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10am at Open Door Worship Center. - More Information


The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their Annual Bar-B-Que fundraiser on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and will start serving at 11am at the fire station. - More Information


Please join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the staff at Blake Furniture for a Ribbon Cutting and celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Blake Furniture is located at 108 Selma Street. - More Information


Rather Cemetery Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4pm in the Ephesus Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. - More Information


The Shelby County A&M Club announces Aggie Muster 2018 will be on Saturday, April 21st at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Event begins at 5pm and the cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family of 3 or more. - More Information


The James Antioch Community will meet Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the James Antioch Community Building. - More Information


Dr. Gregory Powell, Brenda Giles, Phillip Grimes, and Jodie Reed

April 20, 2018 - On April 11, 2018, the Panola College Foundation held their final board meeting for the academic year where Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, presented board members who had completed their term with a token of the Foundation’s appreciation. Board members serving their final term included Brenda Giles, Phillip Grimes, and Jodie Reed.

“Panola College and the Panola College Foundation greatly value the generosity and time commitment these board members have contributed over the past several years,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College president.

April 19, 2018 - A Presidential Proclamation has been issued asking Flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor and as a mark of respect for former First Lady Barbara Bush. Flags are to be lowered from now until the day of her interment which is Saturday, April 21 until sunset.

Remember if you have other flags flying with the US Flag they should also be lowered. Flags that cannot be lowered can show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the staff.

Read the proclamation here: PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION

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