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September 18, 2017 - September 18 is one of two days in September the Daughters of the Republic of Texas specify as Honor Days. This day is known as Texas Heroes Day. On this day the memory or the volunteer soldiers who died defending the Republic of Texas and establishing her independence are remembered. Join with the organization in honoring this group, as well as all the men and women of the military, both past and present.

The third Saturday in September, this year September 16, is set aside as Texian Navy Day. In September 1835 the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution occurred near Velasco, when the Texian privateer, the San Felipe, engaged the Mexican ship, the Correo. The Texian Navy won its first victory in the War of Independence on the high seas. This event was one month before the first significant land battle of the Texas Revolution at Gonzales

Join the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the William Carroll Crawford Chapter in honoring these days of our Texas history.


2017 Queen’s Court

September 18, 2017 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held a Welcome Party to introduce and welcomed the 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court. Reigning Queen, Madelynn Hutchins, spoke to the young ladies summarizing her experience of 2016 and gave them some insight as to what to expect. Each candidate introduced themselves, their Escort and their parent prior to enjoying dinner together catered by The BBQ Joint.

The upcoming schedule and pageant rules and guidelines were reviewed. The Queen’s Court program has a month long schedule of events including a Social and Masquerade Ball as part of the enrichment program for the candidates and their escorts prior to the scholarship pageant. There are representatives from all the Shelby County High Schools in the 2017 Court.

The Coronation will be held Saturday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Center High School Cafetorium when the Queen candidates will be presented to Shelby County.  Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the Chamber at info@shelbycountychamber.com or calling 936.598.3682. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door. 

The Queen’s Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Corbell, includes, Jesse Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Kay Fairchild and Sharisse McAdams.


From left: Lisa Albers, Chief Jim Albers, Amy Lindley, Sgt Ricky King, Det Bobby Walker, K9 Sgt Chris Knowlton, Det Sgt Nicole Faulkner, Officer Kennetth King, Lt. Jeremy Bittick, Vinita Newton, Donna Dugger, Jolene Tindol

September 15, 2017 - Thank a Police Officer Day, also known as National Tell a Police Officer "Thank You" Day, is being observed on Saturday September 16th, 2017! which is scheduled to start 8pm on Friday and end 8pm on Saturday in order to include all shifts. It has been observed the third Saturday of September since a national campaign was started in 2012 by the Whole Truth Project. This is a day where people across the country - from small towns to big cities - take a moment and say "thank you" to any police officer they may happen to run across. It's a simple way of showing gratitude for those who serve and protect us .

The Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary is honoring their officers this year with a personalized serving tray decorated with their name, and the year they started in Law Enforcement. They will also receive cookies , and a giant Thank you Card. When you see an Officer, remember to say Thank you!

September 14, 2017 - Center Garden Club would like to congratulate Miss Claire Spann on her recent accomplishments within the National and Texas State Garden Clubs' Youth Contests! Claire is currently a Junior at Center High School and is the daughter of Kelly and Angela Spann. She entered both the National Garden Club essay contest and the Texas State Garden Club speech contest this past fall. Claire was awarded 1st place in the essay contest and 3rd place in the speech contest, both at the state level. Scholarship money was awarded for both contests. Congratulations, Claire!

The speech and essay contests are open to all 9-12 High School Students. For more information, please contact Center Garden Club member Robbie Kerr at kerr.robbie2154@gmail.com

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September 14, 2017 - Get your Center Athletic Boosters Mega Raffle Ticket today! Tickets are $20 each or (6) for $100.

Tickets are available at Shelby Savings Bank or come out to the Homecoming Football game Friday night and see the Polaris Ranger, we will have tickets available for purchase at the game!

September 13, 2017 - A group of Zumba instructors will be hosting a Zumbathon to raise funds for Hurricane Relief on Saturday, September 16, 2017. It will be held at the Portocool park behind the library from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

The instructors will include Celia Aguilar, Denetra Slaughter and Ms. Jocelyn. Fee will be $5 per person and any other donations would be appreciated. There will be water and Gatorade available for purchase. The instructors are asking that everyone come out and have lots of fun, and help to support a great cause. For questions or more info, please feel free to contact Celia Aguilar at 936-332-9570.

Pictured are Brock Pugh (left) and Jessie Griffith (right).

September 12, 2017 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department recognized one of their own during their meeting held September 11, 2017 for a heroic act.

Brock Pugh was presented with a plaque during the meeting for recently saving a life. The man whose life he saved wears and has worn many hats; however, the one that most likely was closest to home for Pugh was that of his father as the life he saved was that of Perry Pugh.

Perry Pugh, who also is the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Chief, had been eating dinner one evening recently when he suddenly could not speak nor breathe as he was choking.

His wife Donna was quick to try and help him, but it just wasn't working. Perry Pugh said he thought that was it, he thought he might have been at his end.

Pictured are (from left): Perry Pugh, Brock Pugh and Donna Pugh.That's when Brock stepped in and put to use CPR training he received while attending Joaquin ISD as a senior.

"The other night we almost lost our chief. He was at home eating and I guess he doesn't realize, the older you get the smaller your bites need to be," Jessie Griffin, Joaquin Fireman, said in jest.

Griffith said on Brock's third attempt, the piece of meat Perry Pugh had been choking on came free and he was able to breathe once again.

According to Griffith, a couple of years after he joined the fire department he joined EMS, which he has been in ever since that time.

"The man that got me doing EMS, he told me that some people choose to do this job and others are chosen to do this job. Brock, from what I hear with you working under pressure the way you did, being your dad, working on your family it's hard to do," said Griffith.

He then presented Brock Pugh with a plaque for saving lives above and beyond the call of duty. Griffith then encouraged Brock to attend EMT courses and informed him Panola College would be starting in January if he is interested.

Joaquin fireman Steve Cockrell commented on the benefit of the requirement for seniors at Joaquin ISD to learn CPR.

"I understand it's required for senior to learn CPR and it's Mike Lawson teaching this and Brock was paying attention in class, so we're thankful that he was paying attention and everything came out as well as it did," said Cockrell.

Lawson is a teacher and coach at Joaquin ISD as well as a former Shreveport fireman who is teaching CPR and first aid at the school. Joaquin ISD is also offering an elective firefighting class to seniors.

 

September 12, 2017 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary are now taking nominations for teachers of the year in grade K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. The national award is $1.000.00 to the winner in each grade group, $1000.00 for each winning teacher’s school and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the VFW National Convention. There are also cash awards for winners at the post, district and state levels.

Anyone except for themselves or a relative can nominate a teacher. 

  • STEP 1: In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award. Be sure to describe the teacher's innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his or her dedication to education.
  • STEP 2: Download and complete the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award nomination form HERE 
  • STEP 3: Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to VFW Post 8904 by October 31, 2017. Post winning nominees are then required to provide a one-page resume, up to five pages of documentation of their teaching experience (references, news articles, etc.) and a head and shoulder photo of themselves.

Questions or to obtain a copy of the nomination form contact VFW Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 or chief@chiefimaging.com.

September 12, 2017 - Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group from the Huxley community, are holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County. It will be held the third Saturday of September 2017. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only (1) box per household will be given.

The food pantry is this Saturday, September 16, 2017 with sign in starting at 9am until food is gone. Hillcrest is located at 901 Southview Circle, Center, Texas.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

September 11, 2017 - Hey folks, its that time again. The Dutch Oven Cookers will be cooking at Boles Field on Saturday, September 16. Bring your dutch ovens, best recipes and lets have some fun. Anyone wanting to come cook with us, come on out and let's meet, cook and eat. Our set up time is at 9:00am and pots on the table at 12:00 noon.

For additional information, contact Carolyn Chandler at 936-598-5349

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