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September 25, 2017 - The recent 2017 District IV workshop of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was held in Tyler. District IV consists of twelve east Texas chapters, bounded on the north by Tyler and Longview, on the east by Center, on the south by Livingston and on the west by Mabank. Attending from the William Carroll Crawford Chapter were Judy Lee, Merle Howard, Barbara McClellan, Maggie Casto, Gail Sholar, Fay Eddins, Vickie Martin, Lavonne Wood, Carol Looney, and Alease Copelin. Also shown in the picture are DRT President General Barbara Stevens and District IV Representative Johnnie McWilliams.

After the Friday afternoon tour of the American Freedom Museum in Bullard, the host chapter sponsored a pizza party at the hotel, for an evening of fun, fellowship and embarrassment. The fun and fellowship was simply connecting with and seeing members from other chapters. The embarrassment was how little I knew about Texas during the Texas Trivia game. (Did you know that two soft drinks originated in Waco? Of course, Dr. Pepper, but also Big Red.)

Saturday morning, following the pledges to our US and Texas flags, the business session began. Reports from the State Board of Management (the State of the DRT message) and committee reports were given.

Breakout session for chapter presidents, chapter registrars and chapter treasurers were held, reminding those officers of changes concerning their reports and/or application occuring in the past year. Other chapter members heard the session on “Building a Strong Chapter” presented by President Barbara Stevens. Workshops deal with the day to day running of a successful chapter.

Ending the day, William Carroll Crawford Chapter President Judy Lee extended the invitation to the 2018 District Workshop, to be hosted in Center by the William Carroll Crawford Chapter.

Submitted by Maggie Casto

September 22, 2017 - Members of the community and Shelby County ambassadors turned out for a new member ribbon cutting at Payne & Payne Home N’ Suchlike on Friday, September 15, 2017 to celebrate with new owners Josh and Lacie Payne.

Chamber Ambassador president Andi Foster congratulated the Paynes on their new venture and thanked them for being a valued chamber member. Foster then invited Lacie Payne to share the history of the building and the new business, “The hardware store, Payne & Payne Hardware N’ Suchlike, started in 1915, it did close in 1996.” Payne & Payne was a hardware store and a gift registry and was owned by Vance and Billie Sue Payne.

Josh Payne added, “Lacie and I last year thought about bringing Payne & Payne back and so we did and Lacie did a lot of research on what was needed in town and what would be good. So, we decided to do it and we came up with Payne & Payne Home N’ Suchlike instead of Hardware N’ Suchlike.”

Lacie Payne gave appreciation to Billy Sue Payne for her blessings of the new business and to her parents Tom and Leslie Cheatwood for their consulting assistance.

Home N’ Suchlike offers home décor, shower registries & gifts, baby items, a selection of Melissa and Doug toys, Lodge cast iron skillets, HUK clothing, kitchen wares, and more. For more information on their products, they may be contacted at 936-598-3382.

September 21, 2017 - Grandchildren are hosting a 100th Birthday Celebration for Ford S. Brown, Sr. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm. He was born September 19, 1917.

It is a come and go event and friends and family are invited to come celebrate. No presents please. Call or text for directions 979-239-7130.

Ford S. Brown, Sr is a WWII veteran and he fought in the South Pacific Islands. He married Iva Nell Brown on June 28, 1938 and they celebrated their 75th anniversary last year.

From left, front row: Ashlynn Midkiff (HM), Giselle Olalde (3rd), Triniti Bell (HM), Holden Stone (1st), Anna Hagler (HM), Gracie Boyd (HM),
Back row: Brannon Denby (HM), Allison Hale (1st), Damien Horton (2nd)

September 21, 2017 - Center Intermediate School students, led by their GT teacher Mrs. Kris Rash, participated in the National Garden Club youth sculpture contest. 

This contest encourages students to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving the environment as they create a sculpture with recyclable, reused, and reduced materials. These students were in the 4th and 5th grades at the time of the contest. Students were awarded certificates and cash prizes for winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Submitted by Alison Scull

September 19, 2017 - The 2017 Poultry Festival tee shirts have arrived!!!! They are available for purchase at the following locations: All Farmers State Bank locations – Main Branch, Roughrider Branch, Shelbyville Branch and Joaquin Branch; Citizens Bank; Sabine State Bank, The Balcony and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

The 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by High Roller Wells, LLC, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5 and runs through Saturday, October 7.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit

September 19, 2017 - This year's East Texas Poultry Festival entertainment lineup is welcoming an Austin, Texas duo to the stage - Lynette and Lefty.

Lynette and Lefty (Lynette Wolfe and David Gardner) are an Ameripolitan Honky Tonk Duo from Austin, Texas. The Duo has recently moved home to be close to family here in Center and are excited to perform at the Poultry Festival and become part of the East Texas community. Lynette and Lefty will be playing at 1:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday, October 6th and 7th. The Duo writes, sings and performs their own music, along with some great old time songs and a one of a kind vaudeville style act, they are completely entertaining and refreshing. You can find more information on the Duo on their website

September 19, 2017 - Calling all talent! Come participate in the 41st Annual East Texas Poultry Festival’s first ever 'Local Talent Eggstravaganza'!!

Saturday, October 7th, the stage is yours. Can you sing, dance, juggle? Are you a magician? A ventriloquist? Storyteller? We would love to showcase your talent.

For More information contact the The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, or Danny Paul and Sally Windham.

September 19, 2017 - Only 16 days left until the 41st Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, Sponsored by Farmers State Bank, opens its gates to a weekend of Fun, Entertainment, Arts and Crafts and lots of Food!

The Cutting of Boa will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 10:00 am on the Frances Oates Center Stage!  Children from all over the County will keep us entertained for the rest of the day! Look for the rest of the weekend entertainment activities in future updates.

The 5K Chicken Trot and Fun Run, Sponsored by Cline’s Family Medicine and 936 Crossfit will be held on Saturday morning, October 7, at the Windham Civic Center. Fun Run starts at 7:00am and the Trot starts at 7:30a.m.  

Super Wednesday is September 27th.  Spend the day on the Square starting with the Fajita Lunch at 11:00. The Doo Dah Parade will be begin at 4:30, followed by the Chicken Cooking Contest 5:00pm.

The 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen will be crowned on September 30th at 6:00pm at Center High School. There are 14 lovely young ladies participating in the Pageant activities, representing all Shelby County Schools. They are escorted by 14 nice young men. The Queen and her Court shall reign over the Festival.

So Mark Your Calendars for October 5th, 6th and 7th. See you at the Festival!!

September 18, 2017 - A Mini-Princess School will be held from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Little princesses ages 6 to 10 will learn social graces and table etiquette fit for a princess.

The cost is $25 per student and limited space available. The class is hosted by Judy Doyle who has a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences. For registration or additional information, email or call 936-598-4491, leave a message if no answer.

Sam Samford Masonic Lodge is located at Hwy 96 South, Center, Texas 75935.

September 18, 2017 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary members hosted the 2017 POW/MIA Recognition Day Program on the Center square before the Shelby County Veteran's Memorial September 15, 2017.

The program was led by Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, and he gave the opening prayer.

"On this day we salute the men and women who have served to keep America free and in doing so sacrificed their own freedom," said Hume. "To remember the  families of the missing, we continue to hope and pray that their loved ones will someday be accounted for. We have over 83,000 American's since World War II missing or unaccounted for."

Gene Hutto, Post Commander, hung the memorial wreath as a thank you to all those who were prisoners of war or are now and are still missing in action.

Hume referenced there were 31 prisoners of war held during World War II and three during the Korean War who all were Shelby County citizens, three of which died while in captivity.

"The others lived through a terrible ordeal that we can't even imagine, and by the grace of God they returned home," said Hume.

He remarked all of those, but one listed in the program for the day have gone on to meet their maker. Marshall (Tex) Windham is the one he mentioned is still living and is an uncle of Danny Paul Windham.

Following a reading of the names of those who were prisoners of war and who are missing in action the POW/MIA flag which flies below the American flag throughout the year on the Center square was retired and replaced with a new one.

At that time Taps was played as presented by John Piersol.

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The following are the names of those who were prisoners of war as well as those who are missing in action -

Prisoners of War: Harlan F. Adams, World War II - German POW; Harold F. Beasley, World War II - Japanese POW; Thermon D. Brittain, Sr., World War II – Bataan Death March, Japanese POW; Frank M. Butler, World War II - German POW; Basil A. Coats, World War II - German POW; Sam Davis, Jr., World War II - German POW; Dr. Roy L. Emken, World War II - Bataan Death March, Japanese POW; Ray Emmons, World War II - German POW; Newell Evans, World War II - German POW; Clifford Gary, World War II - German POW; Calvin R. Hutto, World War II - Japanese POW; Audrey C. Jacobs, World War II - German POW; Jesse F. Kennedy, World War II - German POW; Johnnie M. Lee, World War II, Japanese POW - Died in Prison Camp; Paul D. Lucas, Korean War, North Korean POW; Dravis Massie, World War II - Japanese POW; Austin W. Mayes, World War II - German POW; Phillip E. Murphree, World War II - German POW; James H. Myers, World War II - Japanese POW; R.B. Neal, World War II - German POW; Truman B. Owens, World War II - German POW; George O. Rivers, World War II - Bataan Death March, Died in Japanese Prison Camp; Charles D. Rogers, World War II - Japanese POW; George B. Stutts, Jr., World War II - German POW; Vernon B. Walters, World War II - Bataan Death March, Died in Japanese Prison Camp; Henry L. Wilburn, World War II - German POW; Hulon Williams, World War II - German POW; R.L. Williams, World War II - German POW; Levi A. Williford, World War II - German POW; Marshall (Tex) Windham, World War II - German POW; John E. Woodfin, Sr., World War II - Japanese POW; Hubert L. Langford, Korean War - North Korean POW; Billy Lee Wescoat, Korean War - Chinese POW

Missing in Action: John W. Temple, WWI - Missing July 19, 1918, France; John C.B. Alford, World War II - Missing May 7, 1942, Pacific Theater; Lloyd L. Andrews, World War II - Missing December 25, 1944, European Theater; Lee O. Brunson, World War II - Missing December 8, 1944, European Theater; John B. Byrn, World War II - Missing August 24, 1943, European Theater; Philip H. Childs, World War II - Missing July 29, 1942, Pacific Theater; James A. Cleveland, World War II - Missing September 7, 1944, Pacific Theater; Lewis V. Dockens, World War II - Missing June 2, 1942, European Theater; Reed Dominy, World War II - Missing April 15, 1944, European Theater; Roy V. Duncan, World War II - Missing April 16, 1945, Pacific Theater; Hubert Haley, World War II - Missing May 14, 1942, European Theater; Pershing H. Harvey, World War II - Missing October 24, 1944; Walter B. Henry, World War II - Missing August 7, 1943, European Theater; Curtis Jolley, World War II - Missing October 24, 1944, Pacific Theater; Willie E. Lathon, World War II - Missing December 12, 1943, Pacific Theater; James A. McDaniel, World War II - Missing April 20, 1944, Pacific Theater; William L. Meek, World War II - Missing February 21, 1945, Pacific Theater; Kenneth N. Nicholson, World War II - Missing October 27, 1942; Darwin Risinger, World War II - Missing September 5, 1945, Pacific Theater; John C. Scott, World War II - Missing June 19, 1944, Pacific Theater; Choron Smotherman, World War II - Missing November 27, 1943, European Theater; Johnny F. Stack, World War II - Missing November 30, 1942, Pacific Theater; Richard M. Wallace, World War II - Missing July 26, 1942, European Theater; Robert H. Wharton, World War II - Missing November 20, 1943, Pacific Theater; Marion B. Whiteside, Jr., World War II - Missing October 19, 1942; Claude M. Wilkerson, World War II - Missing May 8, 1942, Pacific Theater; Elgie P. Williams, World War II - Missing December 6, 1943, Pacific Theater; Elmer E. Williams, World War II - Missing November 8, 1942, Pacific Theater; Ray D. Williams, World War II - Missing July 11, 1944, European Theater; Willie E. Windham, Korean War - Missing August 12, 1950, Korea.