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April 5, 2018 - Don’t forget the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Southern Seasons this Thursday, April 5th from 5:00 – 6:30. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shana Brittain, owner of Southern Seasons, are looking forward to welcoming the public to this fun event. Come shop, visit with friends and enjoy delicious refreshments.

Southern Seasons is destination shopping with luxury home décor, gifts, gourmet foods, chocolates, garden art with a full floral shop located at 214 Austin Street. Wedding shower and house warming selections are welcome.

For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

April 4, 2018 - The Seven Sisters Red Hat Ladies group met for their last official meeting in March at Rancho Grande in Center. The local group began some 15 years ago with the actual seven Thompson sisters meeting for lunch and other ladies were invited to attend.  

Winona Preston was the first Queen Mum of the group and recently Trudie Willis was Queen. All the ladies in the group have enjoyed the lunches and other activities but age and health concerns have hindered the group so it was decided to disband, at this time. The official Red Hat Ladies group began in 2001 and was started for older ladies to have lunch, a time of fun, and wear purple with red hats. 

The Seven Sisters Red Hat Group is no more, but the seven Thompson sisters, originally of Paxton, will still get together for family get togethers and will always remember their Red Hat sisters and the fun times they had.

April 4, 2018 - The Butterfly release is Wednesday, April 4th at 4:00. We hope you will accept this invitation to our Appreciation Event in honor of all the individuals and businesses who have supported our service to children through donations, sponsorships, and volunteer efforts. Our board members will be serving hotdogs and other refreshments, immediately following butterfly release, as a token of our appreciation. Thanks to FARMERS STATE BANK for sponsoring this event!

March 26, 2018 - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Will you help us spread the word that there is no excuse for child abuse? Join us Tuesday, April 3rd at 4:00 at the Downtown Square in Center for our annual butterfly release, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, to honor child victims and stand together in the fight against child abuse. During April blue ribbons will be available for purchase at local florists in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Let’s take a stand together as a community against child abuse.

April 3, 2018 - Shelby County VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary gathered on the downtown Center square at the Veterans memorial to honor those who served during "Operation Restore Hope" on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Larry Hume, Quartermaster, welcomed everyone and invited Chaplain Cynthia Islas to give the invocation.

Honoring those who served in Somalia, Hume said, "Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both within and outside the continental United States. And never has this humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil war in the East African country of Somalia. Ultimately hundreds of thousands were saved from starvation, but unintended involvement in Somalia’s civil strife cost the lives of thirty American Soldiers, four Marines, and eight Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 to 1994. The American military had established the conditions for peace in midst of a famine and civil war but unlike later in Bosnia, the factions were not exhausted from the fighting and were not yet willing to stop killing each other and anyone caught in the middle. There was no peace to keep and the United States withdrew all military combat troops in March of 1994. The American G.I. had, as always, done their best under difficult circumstances to perform a complex and often confusing mission. But the best military in the world can only lay the foundation for peace; they cannot create peace itself."

Mike Langford places the memorial wreath."And this morning we are going to lay our memorial wreath in honor of all those who served. Doing the honors this morning is a veteran, Mike Langford, who actually served in Somalia flying missions in and out taking cargo and so forth," stated Hume before inviting Langford to place the memorial wreath. Additional Somalia Veterans recognized were Sean Martin and the sister of Leigh Porterfield, Rena Rogers.

Taps was then sounded by bugler Mike Langford to end the ceremony.

Following the program, Hume gave special recognition, “One week ago we recognized a couple of people for their donation of hours to our Post Honor Guard. We gave Mary Fausett a 100 hours certificate and we gave Commander Hutto a 150 hours pin.” Hume continued, “We have today a 300 hour volunteer pin for Senior-Vice Commander Newton Johnson.” Hume then expressed appreciation to the three for all their efforts and time donated to the Honor Guard and said the families all appreciate it.

Post Commander Gene Hutto and Senior-Vice Commander Newton Johnson

April 3, 2018 - Vietnam Veterans Travis Snider and Alan Lovejoy are sworn in as members of VFW Post 8904 by Post Quartermaster/Past District 19 Commander Larry Hume at the March 19 meeting.

April 2, 2018 - An order is being put together for yard signs size 18x24 to support Cade Foehner in his American Idol journey. Initally, 50 yard signs will be ordered so don't delay reserving your sign. Signs are $10 and the order deadline is Saturday, April 6th.

To place an order, call or message Sheila 936-590-1123 or Cheryl 936-332-9415 or message on facebook Sheila Bradshaw Jones or Cheryl Milford.

Let's show Cade that his home town of Shelbyville, his home county of Shelby, and all of East Texas is support him on his journey!

Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook CadeFoehner

Money paid is to cover cost of the signs.

Message from the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center

April 2, 2018 - April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month! We are proud of the work being done in Shelby County by our partners, donors, and community members. During this month especially, please help us share the facts, increase awareness, and provide safety, justice, and healing to our community's children!

April 2, 2018 - Weather statistics for March, 2018 prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer are attached.
Highest Temp was 85 degrees on 3-16 and 3-17-2018
Highest Temp on Record was 94 degrees on 3-30-1946  
Lowest Temp was 35 degrees on 3-08-2018
Lowest Temp on Record was 15 degrees on 3-03-1943 and 3-04-1980
Rainfall Recorded was 7.72 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.60 inches
Above Average by 3.12 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 11.60 inches in 2016
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.62 in 1986
Light Frost 3-08-2018
Month began and ended with a Full Moon

Full weather report

March 29, 2018 - During the March 28th meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison signed a proclamation which recognizes and proclaims April 2018 to be "Child Abuse Awareness Month."

Attending the signing of the proclamation was Sheriff Willis Blackwell, District Attorney Stephen Shires, District Judge Leann Kay Rafferty, law enforcement officers, and staff members of the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center (SCCAC)

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and SCCAC Executive Director Denise Merriman invites everyone to join them on Tuesday, April 3rd at 4:00 at the Downtown Square in Center for our annual butterfly release.

The proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, During the month of April 2018, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center will observe “national child abuse awareness month,” to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect, and create strong communities to support the strengthening and healing of abused children and their non-offending family members; AND

WHEREAS, Each year, hundreds of Shelby County children are confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect, and its prevention is a community-wide responsibility; AND

WHEREAS, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center serves hundreds of abused and neglected children, as well as their non-offending family members each year; AND 

WHEREAS, It is important to remember that children are our future, and we must nurture and protect them, and provide a safe environment in which they can grow and prosper;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commissioners Court of the County of Shelby hereby recognizes and proclaims APRIL 2018 to be “CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH” in Shelby County, Texas, AND urges all citizens to work together to help significantly reduce child abuse and neglect in our community.

Related article: Annual Butterfly Release to Honor Child Abuse Prevention Month

From Left: (Standing) Roger Doyle - Commander, Lynn Hartt - Adjutant, Jim Barrett, 1st Lt. Commander and (Seated) Judge Allison Harbison. Submitted photo.

March 28, 2018 - Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison signed a proclamation on the 27th day of March naming April Confederate Heritage and History Month in Shelby County and encourages all residents to increase their knowledge of the history of Shelby County and the State of Texas, and particularly of the role played by Confederate Veterans of all races and ethic backgrounds in the history of our state and nation.

Confederate Memorial Day, April 26th is an official observance day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America and the month of April bears, significance since it marks both the beginning and the ending of the War Between the States.

Members of Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282, Sons of Confederate Veterans present for the signing were Roger Doyle - Commander, Lynn Hartt - Adjutant, and Jim Barrett, 1st Lt. Commander. 

Click here to read the full proclamation.