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June 14, 2019 - The month of June is filled with reunions whether they are family or school alumni or organizations. So, it is the same for Daniels School Alumni Reunion. Every two years many of the past students of C H Daniels High and Elementary come together to 'Keep the Legacy Alive'. This year the committee is celebrating 50 years since the school closed with the last graduating class of 1968. Since the class of 1969 had spent 11 years there, they will be honored as well. Certificates will be given. Other classes will be recognized as always. The events will begin on Friday, July 5 and culminate on Saturday with a banquet in Windham Civic Center beginning at 5 pm. The committee shown will welcome everyone to attend. For more information contact Joyce Johnson or Shirley Hewitt. 

June 14, 2019 - In the United States, flag day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777. 

The United States Army also celebrates their 244th birthday today having been established June 14, 1775.

In 1916, president Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as flag day. In August 1946, national Flag Day was established by an act of congress but is not an official federal holiday.

Today as we have in past years, new flags will be hoisted by Post Commander Gene Hutto.

The group then recited the Pledge of Allegiance to our newly rasied United States Flag.

June 14, 2019 - Bobbie Nutt drew the winner of the father's day gift basket for Shelby County Outreach Ministries on Friday, June 14th and the winner was Roger Wagstaff! Josh Crawford said to the winner, "Congratulations and Happy Father's Day!"

Gift package included: Old Smokey BBQ Pit, $50 gift certificate, Hemp Worx Products, front end alignment, 2 movie passes, cooler and fishing equipment, free car/truck detail, $10 gift certificate, 2-month gym membership, men's beard/body products, screwdriver set, scented candle, designer sunglasses, cookbook, free oil change, $100 Visa gift card, jelly jar, BBQ seasoning/sauce, BBQ grill tool set, light and tool combo, charcoal, and more!!!

Thank you to the donors and sponsors: Regina Danley, ACE Hardware, The Rio Theatre, Pete's Pro Auto Care, All Hours Fitness, NAPA Auto Parts, Golden Eye Clinic, Quick Change Oil and Lube, Darrell's BBQ, Shelby Savings Bank, Center Auto Repair, Pineywoods Seafood, Payne and Payne Home 'N Suchlike, Emily Ellington, White Cottage Mercantile, T&R Steaks and More, Farmers State Bank, and Center Tire Company.

June 14, 2019 - Mr. R. G. (Monk) Peace was presented a plaque by Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District honoring him for 16 years of outstanding and dedicated service as a member of the Board of Directors representing Zone 3. Mr. Peace’s grandson, J. B. Raymond, has been appointed to complete the remainder of his term. Pictured with Mr. Peace are family members, from left, J. B. Raymond, Jan Allen, Monk Peace, Roy Peace, Glenda Ray, Rita Hairgrove, and Tanner Peace.

June 13, 2019 - Mangum and Taylor Funeral Homes are honored to serve families during their time of need and also take great pride in supporting the community and its residents throughout the year.

For the second year in a row, Mangum and Taylor Funeral Homes have presented one senior from each high school in Shelby County with a $500 scholarship. The staff would like to wish each recipient the best as they pursue future endeavors.

2019 Scholarship Recipients are as follows:


Timpson High School – Tyciuna Earl, daughter of Rodergus and Roneshia Earl

Center High School – Axel Luna, son of Antonio and Ana Luna

Joaquin High School – Alaina Godinez, daughter of Linda Raybon

Shelbyville – Jasmine Osby, daughter of Mario and Teresa Osby

Tenaha High School -- Jaquavion Lloyd, son of Rhonda McCollister and Terry Harris

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24, 2019

June 13, 2019 (Entry Form) - Shelby County watermelon growers are invited to bring their largest watermelon to the 30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival on the downtown Center square. The festival is July 11th, 12th, and 13th!

Last year was a good year for watermelons in Shelby County with twenty-two watermelon entries of which nineteen tipped the scales over 100 pounds! The first place melon grown by Olivia Johnson weighed 152 lbs and won the $2,500 grand prize.


From left: Whitley Johnson with 3rd place melon, Louise Johnson with her 2nd place melon, and Olivia Johnson with her 1st place melon

Whose melon will weigh in as the largest of the festival this year and leave with the big bucks? The weigh in is Thursday, July 11th at 6pm. The winning melon will be on display for the duration of the festival for visitors to see and for photo opportunities.

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24th. Melons must be grown in Shelby County and all entries will be marked while attached to the vine by festival judges. Entry forms can be picked up at Boles Feed in Center or at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center. Entries can be dropped off at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center or can be mailed to Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to 936-598-5032.

The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club.

June 13, 2019 - In celebration of Hunger Awareness Month, Shelby County Outreach Ministries will have a Canned Food Drive from June 10th thru June 14th. Donations may be dropped off at Shelby County Outreach Ministries between 9-2 M-F.

Statistics say that 21.3% of people in Shelby County live in a food insecure home. This means that we have people in our community that are hungry and not sure where their next meal will come from.

On June 21st and 22nd donations can be made at Brookshire Brothers and Wal-Mart. Help us “Stomp Out Hunger” by donating canned foods, non-perishable food items, or monetary donations! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Come by the tables and donated any canned goods or non-perishable items for Hunger Awareness Week! Every canned item will help "Stomp Out Hunger" here in Shelby County! Thank you for your support and God Bless!


Rotary Club members with (front row) Adam Rameriz and his graphic design students. Edwin Morin is the student in the purple Roughrider shirt.

June 12, 2019 - Rotary Club of Center selected the winning logo for the 30th East Texas What-A-Melon Festival from eight entries submitted by Center ISD graphic design students. At the winning logo reveal, the designer was announced to be Edwin Morin who is now a 2019 graduate of Center HS.

The graphic design entries were submitted by the students of Adam Ramirez who teaches graphic design and illustration. He challenged his students to design the festival logo and the winning design received a $100 prize. Rotary Club President Hollie Adams presented the prize money to Morin during the Rotary Club meeting.

The artwork will be featured on the What-A-Melon festival shirts and festival promotions. The What-A-Melon Festival is set for July 11th, 12th, and 13th.

June 11, 2019 - Roma's Italian Restaurant on Shelbyville Street in Center is closed without any notice to the public. In a response to whether or not they were reopening at a different location, they advised they were opening a restaurant in Crocket and closing their location in Center.

June 10, 2019 - On Saturday, June 1, 2019, while attending the Lions Club State Convention in Waxahachie, District Governor Roger Doyle, of the Center Noon Lions Club, was presented with the Lions Club International Foundation "Helping Hands" award for his service to the Hurricane Harvey Task Force during the 2018-2019 year. Shown presenting the award to DG Roger are Past International President J. Frank Moore III from Daleville, Alabama (left) and Past International Director Sam Lindsey Jr. from Hilltop Lakes, Texas (right)

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