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Golden Harvest Ministries Club 1st Vice President Linda Anderson and President Helen Collard are shown with can goods collected by members.

From left: Linda Bordelon and Blanche HaleyDecember 26, 2017 - Golden Harvest Ministries Club collected canned good items at their December meeting held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. The canned goods collected will be donated to Shelby Outreach Ministries.

December birthdays celebrated were Linda Bordelon for 74 years and Blanche Haley for 95 years. Ellen and Walter Manning celebrated their December anniversary.

Walter and Ellen Manning

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

December 22, 2017 - (Album) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Department staff celebrated with a Christmas party/Farewell Party for DJ Dickerson on December 20, 2017 and enjoyed a substantial barbecue meal.

Dickerson has been with the Sheriff's Department since October 2011 and became Chief in early August 2016. He is taking a job in LaPorte, Texas.

During the gathering, Sheriff's Department staff and well-wishers, convened in the main lobby of the Sheriff's Office. At that time, Sheriff Willis Blackwell presented Dickerson with a going away gift of a framed "Come And Take It" flag which he said everyone got together and obtained for him.

Dickerson expressed appreciation for the gift and stated his confidence in his successor, Kevin Windham, "I'm turning it over to very capable hands, very capable, more capable than I am or was."

He shared he would be taking a lot of memories with him from his time working at the Sheriff's Department.

December 21, 2017 - Bro. Carl and Charlotte Smith installed the 2018 Golden Harvest Ministries Club Officers at their December 18 meeting.

Photo from left: Carl and Charlotte Smith; Linda Bordelon, Historian; Joe Anderson, Treasurer; Ellen Manning, Secretary; Blanche Haley, 2nd Vice President; Linda Anderson, 1st Vice President; and Helen Collard, President.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

From left: Ashleigh Earwood, Crystal McCauley, Alice Pate, Ann Hale, Starla Hall, Kristin Berry, Keith McKnight and Donald Hale

December 20, 2017 - Alice Pate was presented an appreciation plaque by Child Protective Services which said, “We would like to thank Mrs. Alice Pate in recognition of her years and dedication and commitment to the children of Shelby County.” Presenting the plaque to Pate was Investigator Keith McKnight.

Investigator Keith McKnight presents the plaque to Mrs. Pate.Pate has been a volunteer with the Shelby County Community Partners Rainbow Room for many years. The rainbow room is a valuable resource for Child Protective Services by helping to provide necessities and more for children who are victims of abuse and neglect when they are removed from a home.

She has been a voice for child abuse prevention by helping to draw awareness during the month of April with the Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Campaign and helping with the Blue Ribbon Tree ceremony also held annually to recognize the number of child abuse victims in Shelby County.

Pate announced her retirement recently and Child Protective Services wishes her the best during this new chapter of her life.

December 19, 2017 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. will be closing at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd for Christmas. All programs will also be closed on Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th. We will be opened at regular hours on Wednesday. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

We want to wish you and your family a Blessed and Merry Christmas. Be safe and God Bless you.

Judge Rafferty draws the winning ticket with Officer Steve Thornburgh

December 19, 2017 - On Monday, December 18th winners were drawn at the court house with the help of Judge Leanne Rafferty and Center Police Department Officer Steve Thornburgh. Congratulations to our IPAD winner, Avery Faulkner, and to our Mossberg 410 Gun winner, Mark Hopkins. Another to big thank you to everyone that purchased raffle tickets for the gun drawing and everyone that brought in a toy for the IPAD drawing.

Monday the 18th was also the last day to turn in applications for Blue Santa. We will now start sorting through toys and lists to make sure we have all we need. No more applications will be accepted but you can still donate toys if you want to help out.

From left: Officer Andrew Williams, Winner of IPAD Avery Faulkner, and Executive Director Denise Merriman of Shelby County Chidren’s Advocacy CenterAfter hearing that she won the IPAD drawing, Avery Faulkner, a 13-year-old student of Shelbyville ISD said, “She felt in her heart that someone else could use the IPAD more than her.” She said she wanted to donate it to the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center.

To accept the donation of the IPAD for the SCCAC was Executive Director Denise Merriman. Merriman states, “There are children that go there for counseling and interviews, and sometimes they have to wait, or they may be too nervous to talk to someone. Having the IPAD there for them to play on may make their time there a little less stressful.“

Merriman wants to thank Avery for her kind heart and says, “That not many 13-year-olds would give up such a nice prize.”

December 19, 2017 (photos coming soon) - Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary along with Operation Blue Santa would like to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. This was our first time, and it was a huge success, and will defiantly be an annual event for Operation Blue Santa. Everyone had a great time, and enjoyed delicious cocoa and a good variety of cookies, cake and popcorn. We would like to thank all our little elves who helped set up, decorate, serve food, take pictures, and collect toys. And of course a very big Thank you to Santa Clause! Already looking forward to next year, Thanks for making a Childs Christmas Blessed this year.

December 19, 2017 - Colette Metcalf sent in the following poem Jack Mack, years ago, would play on KDET at Christmastime. The tape recording of the peom he played was recited by Abe Snake.

The poem and additional Jack Mack's writings can be read at the library or the Shelby County Museum in the book, "Hey, Jack Mack!"

Was the night before Christmas and I'd just started to snore
When this piney-wood rooter come slidin' through the door
Grandma and Grandpa was dippin' their snuff,
And the reason I was in bed, I'd done had enough (snuff).
Then out across the road I heard such a clatter,
I run out on the porch to see what was the matter.
I was standing' there wondering what was makin' all them sounds,
When here come Robert Risigner after a pack of foxhounds.
He was screamin' and hollerin', tryin' to get 'em to stop,
And I heard Grandpa say "A fox what eats slop?"
About this time from out in the rear,
I heard somethin' sounded like a truck strippin' gears.
I jumped off the porch, ran around to the back,
And here come Jack Mack with that hog in a sack.
He run up the steps and fell through the door
'Cause he'd slipped where Grandpa had spit on the floor.
About this time, the hog split the sack,
And Risinger's foxhounds hit me right in the back.
I was scramblin' around tryin' to get my eyes to focus,
And here comes Robert and runs over bo'fus.
He jumped up and run, and I heard him holler:
"If they catch that rooter, I'll sell 'em all for a dollar!"

December 18, 2017 - The University of Texas at Tyler held fall 2017 commencement ceremonies December 15 – 16 and among the degree candidates recognized were two Shelby County graduates - Maggie Elizabeth Bush, a Timpson ISD graduate and Meagan Leigh Nehring, a Center ISD graduate.

Commencement speakers and the ceremonies during which they spoke were John E. Soules, Sr., chairman of the board at John Soules Foods – Colleges of Nursing and Health Sciences and Arts and Sciences, and James I. Perkins, president and chairman of Citizens 1st Bank – Colleges of Business and Technology, Education and Psychology and Engineering.

All ceremonies were held in the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Bachelor of Science
TIMPSON – Maggie Elizabeth Bush, human resource development.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CENTER – Meagan Leigh Nehring.

December 15, 2017 - The Center High School JCC students collected toys at the Christmas on Roughrider Drive Festival on December 14. The toys will be donated to the Center Police Department to help with their Blue Santa Program.

Pictured from left to right: JCC members: Taylor Nichols, Ana Guerrero, Brisieda Sanchez, and Alexis Fields