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May 31, 2023 - Two local area students received degrees during the 2023 Spring semester at Sam Houston State University.

Katelyn Bolton, of Center and a 2019 graduate of Center HS, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Victim Studies with Cum Laude honors.

Christian Berry, of Timpson and a 2021 graduate of Timpson HS, received a Bachelor of Business Admin in Accounting.

May 30, 2023 - The Fannie Brown Booth Library will kick off the 2023 Summer Reading/Discovery programs on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Community Helpers.” Throughout the months of June and July, the library will host programs every Thursday at 10:30am. We will be celebrating our community workers and have lots of other surprises!


Wednesdays at 10:30 am — Pre-school Story Time (Ages 2-5)
Thursdays at 10:30 am — Discovery Programs (Ages 5-12)

Tuesday, May 30 – (Anytime) Pick-up packets and schedules
Thursday, June 8 – Fire Department
Thursday, June 15 – Police Department
Thursday, June 22 – Meet the Journalist, J. J. Ford (SCT)
Thursday, June 29 – Creature Teacher
Thursday, July 6 – Magician David Wonder
Thursday, July 13 – Texas Traveling Trunk (DRT)

Reading logs may be picked up at the library beginning Tuesday, May 30, and must be completed and returned to the library no later than Friday, July 7th, 2023.

The Summer Reading/Discovery program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

Library hours are: Tuesday - Thursday (10am - 6pm); Friday (10am - 5pm); and Saturday (10am - 2pm). The library is located at 619 Tenaha Street, Center, TX 75935.

May 26, 2023 - Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 presented three Timpson ISD Seniors with scholarships during a ceremony held at the lodge Saturday, May 20, 2023.

Donald Dirk "Dondi" Tipton, Worshipful Master, gave a welcome to those present and explained the lodge used to give one scholarship and now over time has been fortunate to be able to give three scholarships.

Each of those receiving a $750 scholarship were Catherine Searcy, Halle Burns, and Haylee Eaves. They each were also presented with the Mirabeau B. Lamar award of Excellence.

Also receiving the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award in recognition of his service at Timpson ISD as an outstanding teacher was Vernett Richardson, who has made a difference in the lives of students.

Jim McDonald was also presented with the Community Builder Award in recognition of his constant willingness to help in the community.

May 25, 2023 - Olivia Johnson, 2023 National Watermelon Queen who was born and raised in Center, has come home for a day to promote watermelons for the Memorial Day weekend. Queen Olivia will be at the Brookshire Brothers store on Hurst Street in Center on Friday, May 26 from 12 noon until 2pm. Stop by, welcome her home even if only for the day, and pickup a sweet and juicy USA grown watermelon for Memorial Day!

May 19, 2023 - On Thursday, May 19, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office hosted an employee appreciation lunch at our office. We were generously blessed with an outpour of support from our community and are so appreciative of the kindness we were shown.

This line of work is difficult. We miss a lot of family functions, special events and work many hours of overtime. Law enforcement, regardless of your position in this field, is more than a job. It is a calling, and I feel that Shelby County is blessed by the men and women we have serving this county. It was our hope that this luncheon would enable our employees to know how valued they are.

A very special thank you is extended to KL2 Contractors – Boo Klein, Joe’s Italian Restaurant, Despino’s Tire, Hopkins Wrecker Service, H&S Grocery, Whitaker Plumbing, John Burns – Farmers Insurance, Nolan & Heather Chambliss,  John & Darla McDaniel, Don West, LaJuan Baugh, and Nancy Butler.

May 18, 2023 - For the 2nd quarter donation of 2023, the 50 Women of Impact Group awarded $10,600 to Happy Tails Adoption Center, Animal Shelter of Shelby County.

Plans for Happy Tails Adoption Center began several years ago when the need for an animal shelter/animal adoption center kept coming up. The organization is in its early years working towards bringing Center and Shelby County an animal shelter, pet adoption program and a low income spay and neuter program.

Happy Tails Adoption Center’s Board of Directors are Stephanie Elswick - President; Mike Elswick - Vice President and Chair of Fundraising Committee; Ginia Hooper - Secretary; Amanda Treat-Brock - Treasurer, CPA, and Tenaha Representative; Lisa McCormick - Joaquin Representative; Cherry Hogan Davis - Center Representative; Paige Hairgrove - Shelby County Representative; Carol George - Center Representative; and Tammie Luman - Shelby County Representative.

Tax deductible donations may be made to: Happy Tails Adoption Center, P.O. Box 1049, Center TX 75935. The organization will soon be able to accept online donations at

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May 17, 2023 - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated with new East Texas Awards & Engraving owner, Doug Gay, with a ribbon cutting event held Friday, May 12, 2023.

Stephanie Elswick, Ambassador President, thanked everyone in attendance for being there and presented Gay with his Chamber of Commerce membership plaque. She then invited him to share about his business.

Gay explained that a lot of what customers would remember at the business remains the same such as offering awards for purchase, engraving, and new offerings such as monogramming, “Have 2 Have It” suffed animals and throws, and the business continues to accept packages for shipping via FedEx and UPS.

“We’ve just got pretty much all the stuff we had before, you guys can do trophies, plaques, engraving on pretty much anything, embroidery,” said Gay.

Deborah Chadwick, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, gave thanks to Gay for opening the business and providing the community with a connection for FedEx and UPS.

“I must say, you saved us all by opening,” said Chadwick. “Thank you, you’re our hero.”

East Texas Awards & Engraving is located on the Center square at 118 Nacogdoches Street in Center. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 10am – 5:30pm. For more information call 936-591-0011.

May 17, 2023 - The “Gold Star Banner” or service flag honors a family that has had a service member die during a period of war or hostilities. The Gold Star represents “sacrifice to the cause of liberty and freedom.”

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary would like to recognize families who have lost a loved one during a time of war or hostilities with a Gold Star Banner at our annual Memorial Day program to be held Monday, May 29, 2023, 11 a.m. at the Windham Civic Center. If you or your family have not been previously recognized please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-332-0349 or email to identify the lost veteran and family member(s) who will be attending to accept the banner.

May 16, 2023 - The Timpson Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of 907 news items to the SimplyE App by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission since January 1, 2023.  

To access their SimplyE App please drop by the library at 520 Austin Street, Timpson, TX. You’ll need a Timpson Public Library card. If you don’t have one they'll be happy to provide you with one. The items are a mix of digital and audio books.

There are free SimplyE Apps for iPhones and Androids. The library card is free. The Timpson Public Library SimplyE Catalog currently contains over 18,051 items.

From left: (Standing) Kellie Jean Baty, Activity Director; Rhonda McSwain, Dietary Manager; Karen Campbell, Human Resources; Daniel Rogers, Administrator; and (Seated) Mayor David Chadwick

May 15, 2023 - City of Center Mayor David Chadwick signed a proclamation at Holiday Nursing and Rehab declaring May 14-20, 2023 at National Nursing Home Week.

The proclamation reads as follows:

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 14 - 20, 2023, using this year's theme of "Cultivating Kindness," 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 "Cultivating Kindness." Let's join all residents, patients, caregivers, nurses, other staff, volunteers and visitors in celebrating their special week; and,

NOW THEREFORE, I, DAVID CHADWICK, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CENTER, in recognition of this event do hereby proclaim the week of May 14-20, 2023, 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 hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Center to be affixed this 14th day of May, 2023.

David Chadwick, Mayor