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August 28, 2018 - Honoring the memory and longstanding service of Senator John McCain, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff from now until sunset on the day of interment, Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran John Sidney McCain III.

August 27, 2018 - The 2018-2019 Kickoff was held for 4-H on Sunday, August 27, 2018 and new 4-H officers were announced along with awards presented. The officers are Garrett Lewis - President; Wesley Wages - Vice President; Lance Holloway - Secretary; Hannah Wages - Treasurer; Camille Greer - Reporter; Laura Ann Scull - Activity Officer; Fatima Romero - Community Service Officer; Michelle Gomez - Recruitment Officer; Colton Gutermuth - Parliamentarian; and Gracie Boyd - Information Technology (IT) Officer.

From left: Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Garrett Lewis, and Lane Dunn

From left: Jheri-Lynn McSwain and Joshua Clark

Two 'I Dare You' awards were presented. The recipients were Joshua Clark and Garrett Lewis. The Danforth - "I Dare You" award is a 4-H award presented at the county level to two recipients who meet a set of criteria. The purpose of the award is to highlight character and leadership qualities in youth and to encourage all young people to lead creative lives of high purpose.

From left: Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby Johnson, and Lane Dunn

The 'Friend of 4-H' award was also presented and it went to Shelby Johnson for his support of the 4-H program. Johnson's Produce provided vegetables for the Food Challenge/Food Show program last year and Johnson also spoke to the youth about growing watermelons.

Following the awards, kids from all over Shelby County choose the projects they are going to participate in during the new year. Projects 4-Hers will be participating in include Record book/Leadership, Food Challenge/Food Show, Textiles/Quilts of Valor, Taxidermy, Shooting Sports, Virtual Fishing, Livestock (cattle, goats, rabbits, poultry, swine), Horse Project, and Photography.

Shelby County 4-H meets the first Monday of every month at the Shelby County Extension Office gym at 6pm. For more information about Shelby County 4-H, contact the AgriLife Extension office at 936-598-7744.

August 23, 2018 - Raymond Motor Company in Center, Texas is hosting a First Responders lunch as a show of appreciation. Police officers, Sheriff's Department deputies, Constables, DPS Troopers, Gamewardens, Firemen, EMT, 911 operators, FBI, ATF, etc. If you are an emergency responder you are invited to come enjoy hamburgers on Friday, August 24th from 11am until 1pm at the dealership!

Special thanks to Omni Environmental Solutions, Rig Tools/C.H.I., The Catch, Brookshire Brothers, and The Sign Shop.

Raymond Motor Company is located at 301 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935.

August 23, 2018 - The Center Noon Lions Club presents in concert the Calvary Boys and The Tipps Trio on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Pre-concert music starts at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10 each. Tickets are available for purchase at KDET Radio Station, Covington Lumber Company, and Kings Nursery in Tenaha. Also, for tickets you can contact any Center Noon Lions Club Members. For more information, call 936-675-2130.

The John D. Windham Civic Center is located at 146 Express Blvd., Center, Texas and phone number is 936-598-4466.

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From Left: Carol McMillan, Tommie Thomas, Wendy Watson, Nora Robinson, and Fannie Watson

August 23, 2018 - Several Delta Gamma members recently attended the Area 1 Workshop in Mabank. These key women educators were given updated information from the state convention held earlier in the summer. They will begin their new year in September holding the following positions Wendy Watson - Incoming President, Nora Robinson - Second Vice President, Tommie Thomas - Treasurer, Carol McMillan - State Photographer, and Fannie Watson - Archives Committee Chairman.

Delta Gamma is the local chapter of the International organization of key women educators, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Article submitted by Nora Robinson

August 22, 2018 - The Shelbyville Lions Club would like to announce the Annual Happenings at the Shelbyville Hill Fest, scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Shelbyville, Texas has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We look forward to having the festival in 2019.  

Hope to see you there.

August 22, 2018 - The Senior Nutrition Site hosted a 50s Day in honor of Senior Day on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The site director, Ashlynn Golden, and her staff all doned 50s attire and decorated the room with 50s flare.

Dickie Gilchrist, president of the Senior Nutrition Site, had a blast with the theme becoming dreamy in his white jacket with a pink boutonnière. The bash included root beer and soda floats along with an ice cream bar.

From left: Dickie Gilchrist, Beaula Webster, and Weldon English 

The Hula Hoop contest was a big tickle but site manager Ashlynn Golden was cool for 1st place. Gangbusters in the costume contest was Beaula Webster for the ladies and Weldon English for the guys.

50s Slang translation: Bash - a party; Big tickle - really funny; Blast - a good time; Cool - indefinable quality that makes something or someone extraordinary; Dreamy - a really cute guy; and Gangbusters - Outstandingly excellent or successful.

Submitted photos taken by Tommy Doggett

The Senior Nutrition Site hosts bingo in house at 10am on Wednesdays. Come enjoy the game and the menu for August 21st is Shepherd's pie, salad, carrots, boiled egg, and fruit. The next upcoming event is a Medicare Presentation on August 28th at 11am.

Pictured are (from left) Bob Lacher and Terri Lacher.

August 21, 2018 - President Helen Collard welcomed 44 guests and members to the Golden Harvest Ministries in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in  Center, Texas on August 20, 2018.

Members sang "Happy Birthday" to Maudie Warr (August 3) and David Mathis (August 29). Anniversary greetings went to Mike and Linda Bordelon, 53 years, and Ed and Brenda Applequist, 47 years. Ann Forbes remembered Jim on this special day for their 65th. 

Local author Terri Lacher presented the program about the Prisoner of War Camp located in Center during World War II. Texas had 70 POW camps, with over 50,000 German prisoners. Texas also housed 22 branch camps to provide labor to farms and factories to the surrounding areas.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

August 20, 2018 - Piney Woods Photographic Society (PWPS) held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street in Center, Texas. With a large attendance this month, the voting for the "Water" Challenge with 27 photos was a challenge in itself. The workshop featured "Shooting Architecture" with our in-house Architecture expert giving a very good talk on techniques and procedures. Thank you Lawrence Davis. The Water Challenge winners are as follows:

1st place - Sam Flarity, Marshall, TX

2nd place - Angie Davis, Center, TX

3rd place - Janet Hughes, Carthage, TX 

The PWPS would like to welcome new members Melissa Leavins from Jacksonville,Tx and Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville Tx. For more information about PWPS, visit our Facebook page Piney Woods Photographic Society or contact Billie F Jones, call or text, 936-591-2426.

August 16, 2018 - The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is looking for donations, but this time we do Not just want books! The library has big plans for Halloween this year, and we need your help. If you have a Halloween costume in good, clean condition, that you no longer need or want, your library can put it to good use!  

Please drop any Halloween costumes, accessories, or even craft supplies, fabrics, etc., off at the library anytime in the next two weeks to help us prepare for our new Halloween Costume Making Group! 

More details on the group will be shared soon! Thank you all in advance for your help!!!