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September 16, 2019 - The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Americans take the time to remember those who are or were at one time prisoners of war (POW) and those who are still missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite the public to their remembrance program Friday, September 20th, 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center. The POW/MIA Flag that has flown there 24/7 for the last year will be retired and a new one hoisted.

The names of veterans from Shelby County known to have at one time been a Prisoner of War and those still missing in action will be read.  As always the public, city and county officials from all over Shelby County are cordially invited.

More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 or chief@chiefimaging.com.

September 16, 2019 (Fajita Luncheon Order Form- The 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival kicks off with the Chicken Fajita Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, Wednesday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square.

According to Chairman, Bryan Wages, the lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 936-598-3682, faxing an order form to 936-598-5032 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 20th. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available at the Chamber of Commerce offices on the historic downtown square or on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber website, www.shelbycountychamber.com.

The Doo Dah Parade will be held later in the day on the 25th. Center Tire Company is the Platinum Sponsor for the Doo Dah Parade. Participants will line up at Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00. The parade will circle the historic downtown square led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce at 4:30. Everyone is encouraged to either watch or participate in the parade. Ride your bike, bring your pet (on a leash), promote your business or organization! Just show up ready to have fun!

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, email us at info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit our new website www.shelbycountychamber.com and click on the Event page to find all Poultry Festival information.

September 16, 2019 - The Senior Nutrition Site is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 2pm. Lunch is served at 11:30am each day. We also play games (dominos and cards) and every Wednesday we have Bingo at 10am.

We have an exercise program every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Come and enjoy the fellowship. For Senior Citizens the suggested donation is $3.00. You do not have to be a senior citizen to come and eat with us, we just ask for a $6.00 donation.

We also have a Meals on Wheels Program for people 60 or older that are homebound or need the help. Please call us at 936-598-7768 for this service.

Thank You, Darlene Mitchell, Program Director

Senior Nutrition Site is located at 124 Haley Drive/Loop 500, Center, Texas 75935.

September 11, 2019 - The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was pleased to be able to help the Care Closets that were recently started at CMS and CHS. The group collected toiletry items for both campuses, to provide care to any student in need.

The Care Closets were started at these two campuses to fill a need for CISD students. Basic necessities are not always easy to come by, even for older kids. The Care Closet is a way to meet those needs and to let the students know that the school staff is here to help them however they can. Donations are appreciated! Please contact Ashley Wulf at Center High School, if you would like to donate. She is the Students Needs Liaison and Intervention Coordinator.

September 9, 2019 - The Senior Nutrition Site will be hosting a new program called "Be Well, Live Well: A Program on Healthy Aging." Their first session will be on Monday, September 9th from 10am to 11am that day.

The program will discuss things such as engaging a healthier lifestyle, reducing your risk for disease, learning what nutrients your body needs as you age, creative meal plans and much more! The program will continue each Monday for 5 weeks.

For more information contact Feleshia Thompson at 936-598-7744.

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September 6, 2019 - The Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser Saturday, September 7th, 2019. Breakfast will be from 8:00am - 11:00am. This is an all you can eat breakfast; the price of a donation is priceless to those who are helped.

There will be a variety of breakfast items available such as:

  • Eggs
  • Sausage
  • Grits
  • Hashbrowns
  • Fruit
  • Pancakes
  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Bacon
  • French Toast
  • Apple & Orange Juice

Come out and enjoy some good breakfast. All proceeds go towards feeding senior citizens in Shelby County. 

For more information call (936)-598-7768. Senior Nutrition Site is located at 124 Haley Drive, Loop 500, Center, TX, 75935, across from Panola College.

September 4, 2019 - The Friends of Georgia, a group of traveling friends of Baby Lou Gardner, presented her with a framed collage of photos from past trips together during a meeting on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Baby Lou Gardner expressed her thankfulness for her friends and their travels they have had together. She also expresses her sincere appreciation from the bottom of her heart to her traveling friends for their touching and very thoughtful gift!

The collage included the following words:

"We are so happy you came into our fold, Traveling with "Friends of Georgia" along the road. We love, admire and appreciate you so much; We thought we'd let you know with a small sincere touch!
"These are the blessings we speak in your life, With all sincerity and bundles of love; From the top of your head to the bottom of your soles, May you be showered with glorious blessings from above!
"We wish you peace, happiness and sunshine, With little to no rain and minimal storms in this time! We pray countless loved ones will always surround you Whenever any pain may come or you get in a bind!
"But most of all, our dear Friend, May our Heavenly Father that sits high and above Protect, guide and engulf you with His abundant and endless love!"

Photo by Cecily Gibson and Trinity Moore

September 4, 2019 - The Center High School Culinary Department, Southwest Foods and the local Meals on Wheels program are partnering for the third year to provide weekend meals for senior citizens.

Culinary students Jorge Valdez, Alexa Morales and Andrea Morales have launched this year's program by working with Southwest Food staff to package and freeze un-served food each day after lunch; meals are picked up by Meal-on-Wheels staff at the end of the week.

Recovered, frozen meals are delivered with Friday's lunch and available for weekend consumption to bridge the Saturday-Sunday meal gap for program participants. During the 2018-19 school year, 6,225 meals were recovered and shared through the program!

From left to right: Alexa Morales, Jorge Valdez, and Andrea Morales (Photo by Adam Ramirez)

From left: Wade Howell, Joel Covington, Brandi Gilchrist, Jason Burch, David Hailey, Gary Frame, Corey Hagler, Waylon Griffith, Brent Jacobs, David Andrusick, Adan Lopez, Josh Snider, Rodney Mathews, and Del Birdwell

September 4, 2019 - During the Center Volunteer Fire Department's September 3, 2019 meeting, the firemen were issued new gear which was obtained thanks to a Texas A&M Forest Service Grant - The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

The Center VFD was awarded $15,000 for the purchase of personal protective equipment by the Texas A&M Forest Service. After receiving the award letter in October of 2018, the volunteer firemen chose to use the grant funds to purchase Dual Compliant gear for all the firemen.

Dual Compliant gear can be used for vehicle extrication as well as woods and grass fires. The gear is light weight and cooler for firemen to wear in the Texas heat.

Volunteer Fireman Del Birdwell said, "It's just a lot cooler and a lot more light weight than our normal bunker gear. And it also gets us more life out of our bunker gear."

The firemen's bunker gear is heavier and thicker and designed for structure fires, house fires, and vehicle fires which all can put off an intense amount of heat. The dual compliant gear will help to extend the life of the bunker gear since the dual compliant gear can be worn for all other call outs. Bunker gear also has an expiration or a maximum 10-year service life. The new dual compliant gear does not have a defined service life other than wear and tear as the uniform wears out.

Texas A&M Forest Service announced the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program was retained and continued by the 86th Texas Legislature. Beginning September 1, 2019, the program will continue at an annual grant budget of $17.3 million. The program was established by the 77th Texas Legislature which passed House Bill 2604 in 2001. The program assists volunteer fire departments with the purchase of equipment and training.

During the October 10, 2018 funding meeting for the fiscal year 2019 approximately $11.8 million in grants were awarded to Texas volunteer fire departments. The Center VFD was awarded their grant during the funding meeting along with two other Shelby County volunteer fire departments. The Joaquin VFD received $6,359 for training aids and the Tenaha VFD received $10,000 for training aids.

For more information online about the Texas A&M Forest Service Grant - The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, visit online https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/RuralVFDAssistanceProgram/. To see the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program Funding Summary - FY 19 Meeting #1, click here.

September 3, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2019 parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 6:00pm. The Parade is presented by Shelby Savings Bank. The theme for this year’s parade is “Songs of the Season”.

Categories for the 2019 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

We hope there will be a lot of entries. Decorate your pick up truck, golf cart, horse and buggy etc. Join in the holiday festivities and have fun!

The Taste of the Holidays, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Thursday, December 5th at the Windham Civic Center from 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. There will be delicious food samplings available.

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.