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March 9, 2018 - I would like to thank the voters of Shelby County for your confidence in allowing me to serve as your County Treasurer for 4 more years. I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity. I would like to extend a very special thank you to my family and friends that worked so hard to help in my re-election campaign. I have kept your best interest at heart for the past 3 ½ years to be a good steward of the county’s money and will continue to do so. I would like to thank Mrs. Whitney for a good race and wish her well.

Shelby County Treasurer, Ann Blackwell

March 9, 2016 - Spring forward time... Sunday, March 11th at 2am daylight savings time starts and clocks will roll forward 1 hour.

Daylight savings time is a good time to do an annual routine check of items in your house which require batteries such as smoke detectors. It is also good to check hot water heaters and other areas which aren't seen regularly as well as cleaning out dryer vent ducting.

Lastly, annual checkups for pets is great too!

March 8, 2018 - According to a Facebook post by Cade Foehner, tune in to watch American Idol on March 11th to see if he got a golden ticket!

Foehner is featured in an article posted on idolchatteryd.com. To read the article, Meet Cade Foehner of American Idol Season 16, click here.

The local Shelby County musician graduated from Shelbyville High School and is the son of Rick and Kelly Foehner of Shelbyville.

March 8, 2018 - To all the citizens of Shelby County who honored me with their vote, I give you my heartfelt gratitude. It was great to have your support.

I give thanks for special friends and family who helped me through the process. You were invaluable.

My congratulations to Ann Blackwell on her win and I wish her well in the future.

Thank you,
Donna Whitney

March 6, 2018 - Public Notice: The First Baptist Church of Center will be removing a colony of bats from the former Center Christian Church building on Cora Street starting on March 12th. Let this notice serve to make property owners in the area aware that they should inspect their buildings to insure the colony does not relocate.

March 6, 2018 - March is officially Texas History Month. On Friday, March 2, Texas Independence Day, members of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) gathered on the historic courthouse square in Center to read the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Chapter President Judy Lee welcomed those attending, Chaplain Fay Eddins gave the invocation and Sandy Risinger led the pledges to the United States flag and to the Texas flag. Gail Sholar, Sue Gardner, Vickie Martin and Barbara McClellan read the document that on March 2, 1836 fifty nine delegates of the land to become the Republic of Texas approved and signed at Washington-on-the Brazos.

Members of the public joined members of the DRT Chapter, the Gateway to Texas Sons of the Republic of Texas Chapter, the JJE Gibson Children of the Republic of Texas Chapter and members of other DRT chapters as we honored our Texas history.

Merle Howard introduced a special guest, Brian Smale of Mineola, who is a direct descendant of William Carroll Crawford, our chapter namesake. At his death in 1895 Crawford was the last surviving signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Fly your Texas flag proudly and celebrate Texas.

Special guest, Brian Smale of Mineola, who is a direct descendant of William Carroll Crawford

Article submitted by Maggie Casto

March 6, 2018 - Firefighters from five different area fire departments came together Saturday morning, March 3rd to participate in training on vehicle extrication. Extrication, or the act of removing an injured patient from a wrecked automobile, is one of the most critical services that rural volunteer fire departments perform.Having a hydraulic rescue tool (aka "The Jaws of Life") is a vital asset to a community. Equally valuable is having personnel who are properly trained in using that equipment. 27 firefighters, including members from Joaquin VFD, Tenaha VFD, Woods VFD (Panola County), Melrose VFD (San Augustine County), and Desoto Parish Fire District #1 in Logansport were able to get hands on training on three different sets of tools. The training was made possible in part by the city of Joaquin, who allowed the fire department to use a piece of city-owned property on Faulkville Road for the training. Also a big thank you goes to Joey Ross Towing of Tenaha, who donated eight vehicles to train on. The video below by Rusty Wilson gives a bird's eye view of the training.

March 6, 2018 - Center Garden Club members enjoyed packaging and delivering special Valentine’s Day greetings to all Center nursing home and assisted living residents. Pictured preparing the treats are Cindy Brown, Robbie Kerr (Chair), Carolyn Bounds, and Cherry Jones.

March 5, 2018 - March This week Center Garden Club recognizes an early harbinger of spring, the spectacular pastel pink-white tulip tree (a member of the Magnolia family) which has been in full bloom since mid-February on the front lawn of 210 Field Street, the lovely home of Shirley and Jimmy Andrews. According to Mr. Andrews, the tree is more than 29 years old as it was in place when they purchased the house in 1989. Those who saw this tree in its prime, laden with delicate blossoms, certainly experienced a wonder of nature!

Executive search committee:  Jim Gibson, Meg Camp, Randy Collard (chairman), Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Alison Scull and Bryan Wages

March 5, 2018 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are excited to announce Deborah Chadwick is the new President for the Chamber.

Mrs. Chadwick, who has served as interim director for the chamber since the Spring of 2017, was approved for the position during the Board of Directors' February meeting. Chadwick has been instrumental in helping the Chamber to continue forward representing the interests of its members and the community.

The Board of Directors anticipate the chamber will have a successful future with Chadwick leading the way and, "We salute Deborah for her dedication and willingness to serve in an interim capacity before being unanimously voted to be the new President. Congratulations!"