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May 21, 2018 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite the public to their annual Memorial Day Program to be held in the 1885 Historic Courthouse on the square in Center, Monday May 28, 2018.

The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. The 203 names of Shelby County military killed in action/missing in action from the Spanish American War to today’s War on Terrorism will be read. While the names are being read, the public is invited to help decorate the Memorial Wreath.

Guest speaker will be past Texas VFW State Commander Dan West who served in the US Marine Corps 1983-1994 with service in Beirut, Korea, Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Panama.

At the end of the program all will adjourn outside to the Veterans Memorial for the playing of Taps and raising the flags to full staff. Please make plans to join us. Bring your family as this is an excellent opportunity to educate our youth about the sacrifices of many.

Call Post QM Larry Hume for information or questions, 598-2976.

May 17, 2018 - The RIO Theatre will host a special red carpet premiere night on Friday, May 18th for "GAMECHANGER: The Kenneth Harvey Story" which is a story about an extraordinary man from Logansport, Louisiana!

The RIO Theatre is extremely thankful for all of their patrons and invites everyone to see "GAMECHANGER: The Kenneth Harvey Story" starting Saturday, May 19th through Tuesday, May 22nd.  Friday night, May 18th, the theatre will host its first ever red carpet event for the opening premiere night with cast and crew the featured guest. A limited number of tickets will be available at the box office for the public so come early for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Showtime is at 7:30pm and box office opens at 7pm. The show will end at 9pm. No discount tickets will be sold on Monday or Tuesday as this is a premiere event with the RIO Theatre showing the film before any others.

A story about One Man, One Brother and One Community!

On November 13, 1964, the small town of Logansport, Louisiana, was changed; never to be the same. The local hero and football quarterback, Kenneth Harvey, was injured making a seemingly routine tackle, but was forever paralyzed from the brain stem contusion injury he received. He would never walk again.

A phenomenal athlete, and a better person, who excelled at basketball, as well as football, would never see the field or court again, except from his wheelchair. But this story did not end with that injury, and it was not just about Kenneth, but all of us.

In 2009, a group of friends, classmates, and coaches honored Kenneth Harvey. Not just about Kenneth, but his family, his coaches, his classmates, and, yes, his community. This film will tell the story of a man who grew up in a small home in Bethel, the son of a couple who endured enough pain and heartbreak that most of us cannot fathom.

It is the hope of the alumni of Logansport High School that you will find in your heart to contribute to see this dream come to fruition. A Kenneth Harvey Special Needs Trust fund has been set up for supplemental benefits needed for Kenneth. In addition, through the leadership of Ben Freeman and the support of an Advisory Planning Team, made up of friends and classmates, GAMECHANGER; The Kenneth Harvey Story, L.L.C. has been established to receive contributions for the making of the documentary.

This is a story that needs to be told, and it needs to be told in Kenneth’s lifetime. Director, Troy LeBlanc, from San Antonio, has been working for more than a year on background material and interviews. 

The Rio Theatre in Center, TX will be hosting the premiere film May 18th through May 22nd. We are looking forward to seeing the film touch many lives!

May 17, 2018 - Center Garden Club met on May 9 at the home of Carolyn Bounds for a covered-dish luncheon on the patio.

President Carole Chance welcomed seven guests after which Carolyn Bounds gave a brief overview of the many facets of garden club. The program included Claire Spann’s sharing her winning state youth essay/speech, Shirley Owens reading an inspiring verse about hyacinths (thanks to Polly Smith’s passing the verse along), and Laura Anne Scull’s reviewing Kathi Appeit’s delightful book for youngsters entitled Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America (thanks to Linda Anderson’s sharing her copy of the book).

Center Garden Club certainly appreciates its guests who shared their lunch time with the club that day! Anyone wishing more information about CGC may call 598-3414.

Laura Anne Scull and grandmother, Carolyn Bounds read wild flower book

Shirley Owens reads poem

Carolyn Bounds gives brief overview of the Garden Club

Claire Spann shares her winning state youth essay/speech

Photo submitted by Jesus Gomez Sr., Principal at Lufkin ISD

May 17, 2018 - James and Hortense Faulkner of Tenaha, Tx are pleased to announce that their daughter, Mrs. Gina Bourlon, was awarded the Teacher of the Year by Lufkin Middle School in Lufkin, Tx. We are so Proud of her. She teaches sixth grade math.

May 17, 2018 - Officers at the Center Police Department celebrated National Police Week on Wednesday, May 16th thanks to the Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Center Police Department.

Chief Albers spoke to the officers, "We are here to honor National Police Week. To honor the guys before us who died in the line of service. To honor the guys who are still working and doing a good job everyday... We appreciate all of you and we are proud of the ladies auxiliary who does these things for us. Its very nice that they come in and provide us with cake and punch and a little something to make you feel good about what you do."

All the officers received a decorative block with their years of service and name on it, a balloon, and gift cards. The cake was donated by Wal-Mart. Sonic and Little Ceasar each gave gift certificates to all of the officers.

May 16, 2018 - Willard Ira McClelland is a proud 1955 graduate of C. H. Daniels High School and he loved his school, his teachers, and the classmates. Two of them, Mildred Richards Johnson and Baby Lou Gardner, have shared memories of him as a student. As still Center residents, looked upon him as a Brother during their school days and are still friends.

Willard is the brother of Dr. Charles Tatum who has authored many books on Shelby County. Willard recently retired from being a professional barber in town for many years. He probably cut hair on many alumni and their descendants until many of them went bald. Willard lives a dedicated Christian life by deeds of love and mercy. He has helped many of the elderly in the community. He was often seen walking to and from work which was not far from his home.

The Reunion Committee initiated the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Daniels Alumni in 2013 and Willard was selected for Mr. Daniels that year and received the honors, a crown and a gift card. We salute him for Keeping the Legacy Alive.

May 16, 2018 - Rodger G. McLane graduated from Mississippi College School of Law with his Doctor of Jurisprudence on Friday, May 11, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Downtown Jackson, Mississippi. 

While in law school, McLane clerked for Mindy McKay Morton Law and Baldridge Law Firm, both in Madison, Mississippi. As a third-year student, McLane served on the campus’ Law Student Bar Association as a 3L Senator-at-Large. McLane was also chairman of the campus Federalist Society, vice president of the campus American Civil Liberties Union, and 3L editor of The Legal Eye, the campus newspaper. While a 2L, McLane earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Best Paper in Entertainment Law. 

McLane graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, from Panola College with an Associates of Science in December 2010, and from Carthage High School in 2009. Before attending law school, McLane worked for The Panola Watchman for three years as a reporter and photographer and four years at KGAS Radio as a board operator and Saturday morning news host. 

McLane is the son of Rodger D. and Brenda LaGrone McLane, of Deadwood; brother of Brandi and Shane Kelley, of Carthage, and Lacie Fensom, of Deadwood; and uncle of Alyssa, Brenton, and Courtlyn Fensom, of Deadwood. McLane is the grandson of the late Ruby Warr, of Center; the late Jimmy and JoNell LaGrone, of Deadwood; and Wayburn McLane, of Wellman, Iowa.

May 16, 2018 - Pine Grove Nursing Home invites the community to come celebrate Wednesday, May 16th at 2pm with Minnie and Mickey Mouse for Nursing Home Week. Kids are welcome to come out for photos with them.

May 15, 2018 - Minnie Jewel Richards Hawkins is a 1948 graduate of C. H. Daniels. Just think 70 years ago she was all smiles waiting to march across the stage and receive her diploma with hopes of starting on a higher education degree from Prairie View College in Prairie View, Texas, where she had been accepted. She finished in 1952 and became a teacher in the Houston area. Dr. Charles Tatum who was her classmate also went to Prairie View where he received several degrees and then returned there to teach geography for several years. He went on to receive his doctoral degree and has taught in other institutions and traveled worldwide. He and Minnie have been lifelong friends and talk regularly on the phone. They both have been supportive of the Daniels Alumni for many years. Minnie’s family lived across the street from the Daniels campus and owned much property near the school. She has submitted many memories about the school that occurred during her time there. The first and only School newspaper was printed while she was there, called The Danielette. It was interesting to read some of the articles written.

In August 1984, the Daniels High classes of 47-50 held their reunion at the San Augustine Inn. Minnie and several of her classmates, including my mother, Portia Kindle Garrett, were on the planning committee. Meetings were held in Houston and in Center. The reunion was well attended by ex-students and teachers. It was perhaps the beginning of the school reunions for Daniels alumni. During this time the classes presented a donation of $500 to Mr. James Campbell for the Shelby County College Center Fund (for a local branch of Panola Junior College in Center). Many of the alumni and their descendants have attended the college in the past years. We give accolades to Minnie Jewel for keeping the legacy alive for Daniels School.

Mayor Chadwick holds the proclamation along with Skylar Hagler, Activities Director.May 14, 2018 - Pine Grove hosted a proclamation signing on Monday, May 14, 2018 to recognize this week, May 13 through May 19, as National Nursing Home Week. The proclamation was signed by City of Center Mayor David Chadwick.


Whereas we honor and respect our elders and citizens of any age with physical or intellectual disabilities who reside in skilled nursing care centers in Center, Texas; and,

Whereas skilled nursing care centers throughout our area are holding events in observance of National Nursing Home Week, May 13 to 19, 2018, using this year's theme of "Celebrating Life's Stories," and,

Whereas I urge all citizens to visit a loved one, family member or friend residing in any care setting and offer a kind word, a personal touch, and spend time participating in various activities to unite those from all walks of life in need of our continuing love and support; and,

Whereas my administration is committed to quality health care, we take this moment to embrace the essence of the theme "Celebrating Life's Stories." Let's join all residents, patients, caregivers, nurses, other staff, volunteers and visitors in celebrating their special week; and,

Therefore, do I, David Chadwick, as Mayor of Center, Texas declare the week of May 13 to 19, 2018, as National Nursing Home Week, a week to honor both our vulnerable citizens who receive care and the dedicated ones giving care.

In witness thereof, I have thereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Center to be affixed this 14th day of May, 2018.