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December 3, 2018 - Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes thanks the Newbern Chapter No. 1135, Order of the Eastern Star, for their generous donation and continuous support to the Shelby County Toy Fund over the years. Mrs. Grace Stockstill presented the donation to Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes.

The Toy Drive needs donations of new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 3 through 12 or monetary donations. The toys are then distributed by Shelby County Attorney's Office. Anyone needing further information can call the Office at (936-598-6100).

December 3, 2018 Update: The total being given to The Shelby County Outreach Ministries for November is $9350.00!

November 15, 2018 - During the 50 Women of Impact meeting Shelby County Outreach Ministries was selected to be the recipient of the November 2018 donation made by the group.

As of the meeting time, the group had collected $5,300; however, it is expect the remaining donations from the over 100 women will bring the total donation to over $10,000.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) has four programs that serve the community in various ways. In 2017, they distributed 102,237 pounds of food; fed 17,942 meals; distributed 3,161 emergency food boxes; fed over 5,716 people; and met the needs of 2,989 people in Shelby County. The funds will be utilized to continue the support of the programs currently in place. Feeding the hungry and assisting the needs of the people in Shelby County is the mission of SCOM.

The 50 Women of Impact group organized and held their first meeting in November of 2017 with the hopes of getting 50 women to give $100 each quarter for a combined contribution to an elected organization. The first meeting surpassed the 50 women with 94 inaugural members. Today there are over 100 women who have joined the cause with more seeking to join. They have met once a quarter since then donating funds during the first year to the Shelby County Welfare Board; AgriLife Extension, Shelby Family Consumer Science program; Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library; and Boo's Battle Cancer Fund.

November 30, 2018 - Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 1

In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6:00pm. Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, the 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year’s Grand Marshal. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike.

Blush Boutique, COR Boutique, Center Floral & Gifts, Hughes Florist, Mooney’s Emporium, Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike, Simply Personal, The Century Shoppe and Vintage Junkie will be holding their Open Houses during the day and many will be open during the parade.

The Rio Theatre will be showing a special Matinee of The Grinch at 3:30. The box office will open at 3:00. The Rio Theatre will also have its usual 7:30 movie showing following the parade.

Thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank. Also, thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc. and Tyson Foods, all Silver Sponsors.

Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 3rd.

November 30, 2018 (Application Form) The Blue Santa Team is ready to get to work!

This year things are going to be done a little differently, with a deadline on returning forms set for November 30th. If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please fill out this formOne for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, or Shelby County Today. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Thursday, November 30th 2018. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need. Remember, all forms are anonymous. 

Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again thank you, we can not do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.

Thank You,
from the Operation Blue Santa Team! 

Blue Santa Application Form

November 30, 2018 - Toledo Bend Retired Teachers Association donated over 200 scholastic books to the 2nd graders at Center Elementary on November 29, 2018. These books were given to the students to take home. The goal of the retired teachers is to encourage reading not only at school but also at home. Toledo Bend RTA is one of the local units of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

Pictured with the students standing on the left are Nina Sue Smith, Gloria Holmes, and Christine Patton and standing on the right are Tharasa Netherly-Thomas and Cristy Byndom.

November 30, 2018 - The annual County Attorney Toy Drive has begun according to County Attorney Gary Rholes. The Toy Drive needs donations of new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 3 through 12 or monetary donations.  

The toys are then distributed by his office. “The need is great this year, so we really need help from our generous Shelby County Citizens,” Rholes stated.  

Anyone needing further information can call the County Attorney’s Office at (936-598-6100).

November 28, 2018 - Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library would like to thank the William Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Texas Book Festival (#txbookfest) for making yesterday's Genealogy Workshop: Climbing Your Family Tree, such a wonderful success! We had a great turnout and learned so much from the women who came to teach and share at the workshop.

A big thank you to:

  • Maggie Casto, Registrar of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter
  • Vickie Martin, Secretary of the Shelby County Historic Commission
  • Barbara McClellan, former Research analyst for the Creek-Muskogee Tribe, east of the Mississippi
  • Gail Sholar, co-historian of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter

Without your hard work this would not have been possible!

Another big thank you to the people at the Texas Book Festival. Without the funds provided by them through a grant, we would not have been able to purchase books to update many sections of our nonfiction area, including the Genealogy section!

We look forward to doing this again in the spring! The date will be announced after the New Year!

November 28, 2018 - Shelby County employees worked to bring Christmas cheer to the courthouse on Wednesday, November 28th. Santa's helpers were District Clerk Lori Oliver, Tara Jones, Shelley Murphree, Nicol Shedd, Angela Walling, Judge Allison Harbison, and Officer Kevin Gratehouse. The tree was donated by Dellinger's Christmas Store.

November 27, 2018 - Today is #GivingTuesday, which is day set aside for donating and giving back to charities and your community. This Giving Tuesday, I ask that you consider donating to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. We have been serving Shelby County for over 20 years now. We have multiple programs that help in many ways. We run off donations from our community. Help us help others this season. You can mail donations to: P.O. Box 1029 Center, TX 75935.

Another way you can give back is by doing your online shopping at: Go to the website, search and select Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. as the charity you want to contribute, and then shop til you drop. Thank you for the support through the years, and I hope you consider us on this #GivingTuesday. God Bless.

Josh Crawford
Administrative Assistant at SCOM

November 26, 2018 - Mathews Real Estate invites everyone to come out to Holiday on Foster today, November 26th starting at 5:30pm for a great time and a great cause! Bring the kids out to visit and a picture with Santa Clause and visit with a Center Police officer who is helping with Operation Blue Santa. Instead of Santa giving out gifts, Santa will be asking for toy donations for Blue Santa. The Center Police Department officer will have a Patrol unit ready for kids to see the lights and hear the sirens.

Holiday on Foster will include local vendors having a Christmas Bazaar with lots of gifts for the entire family! Face painting for the kids is $5 each and enjoy hot cocoa as well as door prizes offered by the vendors.

Holiday on Foster is hosted by Elite Hair Design, Hope Community Medicine, Lasting Impressions, Mathews Real Estate, and Pineywoods Beverage. Vendor booths will include Barnwood Divas, Boom Boom Photo Booth, CaJewel, Damsel in Distress, Gram's Kitchen, Hughes Florist and Gifts, Payne & Payne Home N'Suchlike, Perfectly Posh by Krista, Sandy Fuller, Sister Sage, Snell Photography, and Younique by Jana C. Keele.