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April 19, 2019 - Looking every bit the part of a Civil War embalming surgeon in period dress, licensed Texas funeral director Roger Doyle of Center shared the origins of modern embalming with the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their April 17 monthly meeting. Mr. Doyle replicated a Civil War era embalming field clinic, featuring period handbills and literature, surgical and embalming tools and chemicals, and even a deceased dummy, ready for embalming.
Mr. Doyle said that he had always been interested in history but became involved in Civil War reenactment when he answered a casting call for the somewhat historically inaccurate film “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. He is now a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and usually portrays an infantryman, although he has begun portraying an embalming surgeon.
Modern embalming had its origins about 1850 but the chemicals used were so toxic that many of the morticians who used them became ill and died themselves, Doyle revealed. With the outbreak of the Civil War and the transportation of tens of thousands of unpreserved bodies of dead soldiers home for burial, the critical need for some method to prevent their decomposition became obvious, he said. Dr. Thomas Holmes of New York solved the problem.
In 1861 Union Col. Elmer Ellsworth, a friend of President Lincoln, was slain while removing a Confederate flag from the roof of a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. Lincoln asked Dr. Holmes to create a solution to embalm Col. Ellsworth's body and Ellsworth became a national hero. Dr. Holmes was given a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army to continue the embalming of dead Union soldiers. Soon others began the practice commercially, with the cost being about $100 for an officer and $50 for an enlisted man, Doyle shared. Abuses were common, leading General Grant to order that all embalming surgeons would have to be licensed by the Army. The practice of embalming continued after the end of the war, the beginning of the modern funeral service industry, Doyle revealed.
The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets at 2pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in Timpson. The public is invited. The TAGHS Genealogy Library is located inside the Timpson Public Library and is staffed by TAGHS volunteers who are available to assist those doing research. The phone number is 936-254-2966.
April 18, 2019 - The Constable Precinct 3 office put to use Shelby County Jail trustys cleaning up roadways in Precinct 3 on April 12, 2019.
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court approved on March 13 the hiring by Willis Blackwell, Shelby County Sheriff, of a seasonal part-time deputy to monitor jail trustys while they do outside work.
During discussion of that hiring, the commissioners talked with Sheriff Blackwell about the possibility of County Constables participating in doing some monitoring of trustys in the county. Sheriff Blackwell agreed that was possible.
Upon hearing Sheriff Blackwell was willing to allow this scenario Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, contacted Sheriff Blackwell about helping out and said he would be happy to help.
As a result Cheatwood escorted two jail trustys as they picked up trash debris along the roadways in the Joaquin area.
Cheatwood thanked the people of Precinct 3 and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for participating in this partnership.
Update: Deadline extended to noon on Thursday, April 18, 2019
April 17, 2019 - Center Middle School JCC, Beta, and 'My sister, Myself' will collect items to benefit victims of the Alto tornados through the end of school on Wednesday, April 17th. Alto, Texas was devastated by tornados over the weekend and is in need of several items.
The community is invited to participate as well!
6th Graders drop off items in Mrs. Gurley’s room.
7th Graders drop off items in Mrs. Ferguson’s room.
8th Graders may drop off in either Mrs. Andrews’, Mrs. Williams, or T. Parker’s room.
The following list was sent from Alto. These are items that are much needed.
Items will be delivered to Alto after school on Wednesday! Please bring items by end of the school day on Wednesday.
- Chips (individual bags)
- Sanitizer wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Plenty of water, toilet paper and paper towels
- Storage totes!! Many needed
- Baby diapers
- Baby bottles
- Hair brushes
- Dish soap
- Work gloves
April 17, 2019 - Linda Anderson presented the April 15 Golden Harvest Ministries Club program at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas. She discussed "Easter-Facts, Fables, and Trivia" as well as giving a history of Easter in the United States. Tables were decorated with bluebonnets, roses, other spring flowers, and Easter eggs to celebrate the season.
Linda Bordelon, Reporter
April 15, 2019 - Residents at Focused Care of Center were treated to a visit by the Easter Bunny brought to them by Heartsway Hospice of Northeast Texas.
The Easter Bunny visited residents in the main gathering room of the facility and then several in their rooms bringing smiles to their faces.
April 14, 2019 - On Friday, April 12, 2019, Nacogdoches United Way, which also serves Shelby and San Augustine Counties, presented four non-profit organizations with funds to impact local issues of concern. Organizations receiving $1,500 each in funding were as follows:
• Fannie Booth Brown Memorial Library in support of the tween summer reading program,
• Center Independent School District Meal Recovery program to purchase food containers for Meals on Wheels food program,
• Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Fair committee to provide additional screenings at the 2020 Health and Fitness Fair, and the
• Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County Family and Community Health committee to provide food and supplies for the 4-H Food and Nutrition project.
The goal of the Nacogdoches United Way is to support lasting change with measureable improvements for people in need within Shelby County. Focusing efforts on the building blocks of a better life – quality, education, good health, and financial stability – United Way connects the experience, expertise, and resources to advance the common good and well-being of the community. Areas of impact to be addressed by United Way include education through early and middle grading reading programs, financial stability through workforce development, and health through healthy food choices, youth obesity prevention and access to drug and alcohol prevention training and counseling.
For information on how your business or organization can make a positive impact in Shelby County through United Way, contact Gary Lee Ashcraft, President/CEO at 936-564-5869.
April 10, 2019 - Rachel Thompson, a Community Ambassador for Superior Healthplan, presented a $5,000 donation to Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to participating Superior providers and community organizations focused on promoting the health and well-being of the communities Superior Healthplan serves.
Thompson explained, "We are a managed care company. We provide Medicaid services for those in Texas. We do cover the entire state of Texas and here in the northeast part of Texas we actually do the Star Chip and Star Health programs. We are very, very fortunate and proud to be able to work with so many agencies that do serve the communities that are most in need. Truly, we are very proud that Shelby County Outreach Ministries has gotten this and its so important that we partner with the agencies that are doing the most work in the communities to help those who are less fortunate.
"The grant money is part of a corporate initiative that we have which is to assist communities that we serve. So, it is from Superior Healthplan. We do have an application process that can be found online at superiorhealthplan.com. It is a wonderful opportunity and we do this quarterly. We share $5,000 quarterly with agencies who serve the community."
Thompson did also advise there is a grant program available to participating Superior providers which is separate from the community agency grant money. For the second quarter of 2019, the grant deadline is June 28, 2019 and the application can be found at https://www.superiorhealthplan.com/providers/resources/provider-programs/provider-grants-program.html or contact SHP.Grants@SuperiorHealthPlan.com with any additional questions.
April 10, 2019 Center, Texas – United Methodist Church retired Rev. Carol Clifford Turner and Rev. Dr. Mark Young, Lakeview Interim CEO/President, along with Center First United Methodist Church members honored Mrs. Yvonne Permenter on Monday, March 18, 2019 for her dedication and service to Lakeview Methodist Camp. A gift was presented to Lakeview Methodist Camp in honor of Mrs. Permenter, which will be used to upgrade a swimming pool and bath house at the camp.
Mrs. Permenter served as the elementary camp director for 10 years and continued to serve as camp counselor. Her hope as camp director and counselor was to allow children to enjoy Christian fellowship, the beauty of God’s nature, and most importantly, grow in their Christian faith at camp.
In addition to serving children at camp, Mrs. Permenter served as a Sunday School teacher, Methodist Youth Fellowship Director as well as on numerous church committees. Her love for her own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have inspired her to help children grow in their faith and to know Jesus.
For information about Center First United Methodist Church, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707 or visit www.fumccentertx.org.
About Lakeview Methodist Conference Center:
Lakeview was established in 1947 as the site for a camping ministry of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Lakeview has been hosting life-changing camps for 70 years, including FISH CAMP from Texas A&M University. Lakeview offers retreats, conferences, outdoor education and team building programs, and accommodates over 25,000 visitors and campers each year.