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June 4, 2018 - City of Center Mayor David Chadwick signed a proclamation declaring June 3rd through June 8th National Garden Week on Monday morning, June 4th at the plant display at Farmers State Bank downtown. Garden Club members then traveled to Shelby Savings Bank just off the square on Selma Street and setup another display of plants for National Garden Week. Each location has different plants to view. Thank you to both banks for allowing the Center Garden Club to display their plants.

Be sure to visit each location and sign up for a chance to enter into a drawing to win plants and join the Center Garden Club (CGC) in celebration of National Garden Week, June 3rd through June 8th. CGC will present favorite horticulture exhibits from June 4-8, 2018 in the main branch lobbies of Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank during regular business hours. There will be an opportunity to win plants by entering the drawing at each location.

Garden Club members who gathered at FSB for the proclamation signing are (from left) Robbie Kerr, CGC President Carole Ann Chance, Mayor David Chadwick, Carolyn Bound, Cherry Jones, and Pam Sykes.

Garden Club members setup their display at Shelby Savings Bank. They are (from left) Robbie Kerr, CGC President Carole Ann Chance, Lisa Albers, Cherry Jones, Carolyn Bounds, and Pam Sykes.

June 4, 2018 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary would like to thank all those who attended our Memorial Day Program at the 1885 Historic Courthouse on Monday, May 28, 2018. Because of you 205 Americans from Shelby County, Texas who were lost during a time of war from the Civil War to today’s War on Terror were not forgotten. 

Special thanks to those from the community who participated, Invocation, Bro. Aubie McSwain; Leading the singing of the National Anthem, Mr. David Mathis; Voice of Democracy Essay, Ms. Abigale Hooper; Quilts of Valor, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Michelle Gomez, Fatima Romero, Rena Clark, Victoria Warren, Michele Clark, Jenny Salter, Margaret Smith; Guest Speaker, Past Texas VFW State Commander Dan West; and singing God Bless America, Mayor Pro Tem Leigh Porterfield. 

If you were not able to attend and would like a program from the event, stop by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street in Center. For a $1.00 donation to the post veteran relief fund you can have a copy that lists all 205 from Shelby County. Contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 for more information. 

May 29, 2018 - If you are a Shelby County Cancer Survivor, we invite to our annual Relay For Life Survivor Luncheon which will be held on June 2, 2018 from 12 noon to 2:00pm at the Windham Civic Center. We want to honor and celebrate you and your caregivers! RSVP now by calling Becky Parfait at 936-332-3456 or emailing her at, or calling Jennifer Garcia at 936-634-2940 so that we know you are coming!

Also, the 2018 Relay For Life of Shelby County will start immediately following the Survivor Luncheon. Opening Ceremonies will begin about 2:15pm which will include our Survivor lap, Caregiver lap, Team recognition, and more. This is the 13th annual Relay For Life of Shelby County and we hope that everyone will come help us celebrate our Survivors and Caregivers and remember all of those we have lost to cancer. I am proud to live in a county that supports the fight against this horrible disease. The American Cancer Society has made great strides in researching and developing new treatments for all cancers. Please come support the Relay and our fight against cancer. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email Becky Parfait at Together, we can change peoples lives!

May 30, 2018 - Over 5000 meals Recovered in the Second Year!

Center ISD is committed to preparing students for their future, and an important part of that future is the community in which they live. When the community thrives, everyone benefits. Partnerships between community stakeholders is an opportunity to share resources and initiate new programs.

A successful partnership during the past school year between the Senior Nutrition Site/Meals-on-Wheels program, CHS Culinary students and Southwest Food Service has resulted in the recovery and donation of 5,985 week-end meals to the Meals-on-Wheels program. The program will begin its third year when the new school year begins!  

May 29, 2018 - As Law Enforcement Appreciation month comes to a close, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to my deputies and investigators at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and to my Chief, Kevin Windham. I currently have nine deputies, four investigators and my Chief to handle upwards of 1,000 cases per month. This is an enormous task for 14 people.

I would like to thank all five constables: Zack Warr, Jamie Hagler, Roy Cheatwood, Jake Metcalf and Robert Hairgrove; Center Police Department, Timpson Police Department, Tenaha City Police, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife and District Attorney Investigator Joey Haley. With the help of all these officers, many times working out of their jurisdiction, they help ensure Shelby County is covered when you are in need of help. We are all working hard to make Shelby County a safe and great place to live and raise our families.

Please join me in thanking these officers the next time you see one working to keep you safe.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell

Keep the Legacy Alive with memories of classmates

May 28, 2018 - Mrs. Hazel Dixon Daniels expressed memories of her class of 1947 that graduated 71 years ago. These memories are found in Dr. Tatum’s book, ‘Dew Drops on the Pine Needles.”

She remembers three of her teachers: Mody Nobles, who played softball with the pupils. (Can you imagine Mrs. Nobles playing softball). She was a well-remembered teacher by all who took classes from her.

Second teacher Hazel remembers is Beulah Biglow – who was the music teacher and was over the glee club. I remember reading about the travels that group made to sing on different programs.

Third teacher is Donnie L. Boothe – whom the classmates loved to listen to as she read them stories.

Who, Mrs. Hazel added, can forget Dorothy McGough – who taught the girls at Daniels to be lady-like and earn respect from other people.

Keeping the legacy alive we recognize some of her classmate favorites. Some are still alive and doing well in their late eighties.

The valedictorian of the class was my mom’s good friend Eula Mae Ayers Conner and the salutatorian was V.L. Crockett. The most popular girl and boy who are still living were Hazel Garrett Brown living in Longview and Booker Coleman who lives In Oklahoma. They both were present at their first class reunion in 1983 in San Augustine, TX. Hazel Dixon Daniels was the class poet. I wonder if she can still rhyme. Then there was Dorothy Allen White who was the class sponsor, who presently lives with a son in Wichita, Kansas.

The school colors were purple and gold which still stands for ‘Daniels High.’ Remember to Keep the Legacy Alive.

Jennifer Fausett, Debbra Johnson and Michelle Askew (not pictured)

May 24, 2018 - After 12 weeks of setting weight loss goals, learning to prepare and eat healthy and tasty meals, participating in daily fitness activities, supporting each other through ups and downs and many, many “five-highs,” the 78 biggest losers of weight in Extension’s Step Up, Scale Down program were recognized, and the top three winners of weight loss were announced on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Shelby County Extension office. All total, the group lost an astounding 622 pounds.

The first place winner with 14.6% weight loss was Jennifer Fausett. She was awarded a check of $500. The second place winner with 10.7% weight loss was Debbra Johnson. She was awarded a check of $300. The third place winner was Michelle Askew with a 8.9% weight loss. She was awarded a check of $100.

“Overall, this was a great way to lose some weight and learn how to make positive lifestyle changes,” said Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent.  McSwain added, “I’m so proud of all the participants in this year’s class. They worked very hard to meet their weight loss goals and to become more physically active – and the results show.” If you have questions about these wellness programs, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or

May 24, 2018 - Thanks to supporters Raymond Motors, Sabine State Bank and everyone who helped in any way with our 2018 event. 

Our fourth Tiddler 2018 noted just under 60 riders, support riders and bike game participants.

This year we honored a friend, Mike Storie, who sadly passed away last year. A big time was had by all.

Plan to join us next year.

Mike Brister explained the purpose of the Stepstones International MinistryMay 23, 2018 - President Helen Collard welcomed members and guests to the May 21 meeting of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas. 

Guest speaker Mike Brister explained the purpose of the Stepstones International Ministry and how local churches participate. Schools are being built around the world, and recent help was given in Rockport after Hurricane Harvey.

David Mathis playing his guitarDavid Mathis, Associate Pastor of Worship and Education of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas, added to the worship in music at the May Golden Harvest Ministries Club by playing the guitar while members sang "America the Beautiful" in preparation for the celebration of Memorial Day. Members also sang "Happy Birthday" to Mike Bordelon, Charlotte Smith, Jo Warr, Winnie Preston, and Janette Harvey.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

May 23, 2018 - The PWPS held their monthly meeting Saturday, May 19, 2018 with a large attendance to hear the very informative workshop on "The Sunny 16 Rule" describing how synchronize the proper settings on your camera for taking outdoor photographs, presented by Janet Windham Hughes.

The May Challenge featured a total of 24 photographs submitted by members for voting and critique on "Black and White". The quality of the pictures was outstanding and showed the talent of all who participated. Afterward, club members went on a photo shoot to the Lily Farm, on Hwy 7 West, Center, Texas, to utilize all the new information they learned in the workshop. Although the heat was gruesome, we helped each other with locating a good specimen to shoot and advice on how to get the best shot, because that is what we do in the PWPS, help you to learn more about photography.

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 PWPS would like to welcome new member Pollene Walker, Center, TX., we know you will be an asset to the club.

May Challenge: Black and White

1st Place - Tie
Billie F. Jones, Center, Texas

1st Place - Tie 
Sam Flarity, Marshall, Texas

1st Place - Tie
Lawrence C Davis, Center, Texas

1st Place - Tie
Janice Carter, San Augustine, Texas

2nd Place - Tie
Melvin Henson, Milam, Texas

2nd Place - Tie
Angie Davis, Center, Texas

3rd Place - Tie
Donna Holt, Center, Texas

3rd Place - Tie
Janet Hughes, Carthage, Texas