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From left: April Knight, Ashley Balkcom, Kay Desoto, and Shareal Nutter

November 19, 2019 - The 3rd Annual Pine Grove Nursing Center Chili Cook Off was a success with eight entries competing for the 'Golden Ladle Award.'

First place winner was a repeat from last year with Shareal Nutter winning the grand prize with her chili and took home the 'Golden Ladle Award' for a second time. Second place chili was Kay Desoto. First place went to the Pine Grove Therapy department. Accepting the award on behalf of the Therapy department was Ashley Balkcom and April Knight.

Pine Grove thanks all the people that entered the cook off and those who came out to sample and visit with the residents.

November 19, 2019 - The Rotary Club of Center had the unique opportunity to merge their Tuesday meeting with the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce conference held at the Civic Center on November 19th.

Rotary members joined the J.C.C. students at their tables and enjoyed a lunch together. Rotary Club president Collin Mathews opened the Rotary meeting with appreciation to the Chamber of Commerce for inviting the Rotary Club to lunch and encouraged students to ask questions of the Rotarian at their table.

Just prior to the meeting Mayor Chadwick spoke to the group about being a Rotarian but most of all about being involved in your community. He encouraged students to seek out civic groups to join but to not only join but to most importantly be involved.

J.J. Ford, Rotary Club member said, "I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the J.C.C. students at my table who were primarily from Timpson. The students made me proud to hear they were going to go to the Timpson square after school today to help decorate for Christmas. Donating your time to help others is what Rotary is about. Good job J.C.C. students!"

The Rotary Club four way test is 'Is it the truth, is it fair to all concern, will it build good will and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?'

Santa’s Christmas Parade Presented by Shelby Savings Bank

November 19, 2019 - The 2019 Santa’s Christmas Parade “Songs of the Season” is Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00pm on the Center Downtown Square.

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!

Parade will begin on the downtown square at 6:00pm. Line up begins at 4:45 on Malone Drive. Marching bands, Walkers, Motorcycles, Antique Cars will start near the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street.

Due to the construction on the downtown square, the Parade route will be slightly altered. Once the Parade gets to the downtown square, participants will continue on Shelbyville Street and turn left onto Cora Street. The Parade will continue on Cora Street until Crockett Street where participants will turn left and left again onto Logansport Street heading back to the Square. Once participants come to either George Ihlo Drive, Porter Street or Tenaha Street they may turn right and return to their start point.

Plan on spending the day on the Square to shop and enjoy the Parade. Shops will be open and many will be having their Christmas Open Houses.

Applications and guidelines are available on the Chamber website at www.shelbycountychamber.com or you may contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

November 18, 2019 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday. We had a good attendance with the November challenge featuring photographs submitted by members on "Portraits."

There was a total of 24 photographs submitted for critiques with members voting for their favorite photographs. As can be seen the voting was a challenge in itself, by the number of "ties" shown. Our members really stepped out of their comfort zone this month and put forth tremendous effort in their photographs using techniques learned from workshops that are held at each monthly meeting. 

The next meeting will be the 3rd Saturday in December, at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, TX. from  9 am -12 pm. This will be a special christmas fun meeting and everyone interested in learning more about how to take a better picture is invited to attend our Christmas fun meeting. For more information about memberships or meetings contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426 or billiejones602@gmail.com.

November Challenge - Portraits

1st Place (Tie) - Lawrence C. Davis

1st Place (Tie) - Melvin Henson

2nd Place (Tie) - Angie Junell Davis

2nd Place (Tie) - Bobbie Jean Wood

3rd Place (Tie) - Billie F. Jones

3rd Place (Tie) - Linda Henson

3rd Place (Tie) - Robyn Broomfield

3rd Place (Tie) - Donna Holt

November 14, 2019 - On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Tenaha Masonic Lodge presented the first grade children at Tenaha ISD with a packet of information on caring for their teeth to promote our Fantastic Teeth Program. All the kids were great and participated in answering questions and learning to care for their teeth. Thanks to all the teachers and school for their help.

Tenaha Masonic Lodge
Jay Wilson, Master
Ron Barker, Secretary

November 14, 2019 - Congratulations to Beverly Stanley, the winner of the Big Green Egg recently raffled by Joaquin Masonic Lodge.  

We thank everyone that purchased raffle tickets and by doing so enable us to continue to present scholarships to graduating seniors at Joaquin High School.

Jay M. Wilson

November 12, 2019 - Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom spoke at the Toledo Bend Retired Teachers meeting held Monday, October 28, 2019 at Pizzeria in Center.

With the promise of cooler temperatures approaching, Chief Byndom spoke with the group about fire safety and another one of his responsibilities for the city of Center as Emergency Management coordinator.

Chief Byndom advised everyone to have their heaters checked and their air conditioning units serviced. He stated one of the leading causes of house fires are heating sources.

"Be it electrical, gas heaters or what have you, make sure you have those tested," said Chief Byndom.

He advised anyone using space heaters to in fact provide ample space around them of at least three feet.

"As we get older, our blood gets a little thin, or if we're taking blood thinners to boot, we stay cold," said Byndom.

He described some older individuals will have these heaters turned up to such a degree, flames emanate over the top of them.

"They think, the more fire they see the better off they are, but if you'll just turn that thing on about medium it'll heat that room," said Byndom.

Byndom explained a lot of circumstances where an individual will sit extremely close to a heater and how that can be highly dangerous.

"You don't realize just how hot your clothes are getting, and your clothes will catch on fire," said Chief Byndom.

He said not to get too close to the heater and don't leave a lot of things sitting near the heater.

Chief Byndom advised individuals with electric heat pump systems to have their units serviced. A lot of times when starting those units for the winter season, dust and lint that has collected in the systems will burn off and can generate a smell that is normal.

"When you see smoke, you've got a problem, but don't wait till you see smoke," said Chief Byndom.

Emergency Management coordinators are responsible for insuring a plan is in place should a natural disaster or some sort of major catastrophe occur. These plans assist in preparedness and outline how emergency responders and other personnel should react to different scenarios.

"It's not if it comes through, it's when it comes through, because we're going to experience a disaster," said Chief Byndom. 

An advanced plan is in place, and Byndom said the current one was just updated as this has to be accomplished every five years. 

The plan has multiple annexes and Byndom described what they are: transportation, communication, public works, fire fighting, emergency management, mass care, logistics, public health, search and rescue, oil and hazardous material response, agriculture, energy, public safety, recovery, public information, hurricane, drought, wild fire, radiological, and terrorism.

According to Chief Byndom, Shelby County is categorized as a drive through county. This means Shelby County isn'd a destination for those evacuating from hurricane challenged areas. 

Chief Byndom recollected a lot of the challenges emergency personnel and citizens faced in 2005 when hurricane refugees came to the Shelby County area.

He also enlightened everyone on the potential use of the civic center in Center if the emergency fits the right criteria.

"That civic center is not a hurricane shelter, we really don't have a hurricane shelter, that is a [short-term] tornado shelter," said Chief Byndom.

According to Chief Byndom. the Center Police Department has the ability to unlock the doors at the civic center from their department if a tornado impact is imminent.

Chief Byndom said if someone were traveling down Hurst Street when they receive a tornado warning on their phone or radio, they could potentially drive up to the civic center to take immediate shelter.

Chief Byndom described a scenario of receiving a tornado warning and not being in the direct vicinity of the civic center. He said that would be a time to shelter in place, and not to make an attempt to reach the civic center, because that would be more dangerous than sheltering in place.

After hearing from Chief Byndom, the group thanked him for attending their meeting.

November 12, 2019 - The Center Rotary Club will have their noon meeting today (November 12th) at the Community House instead of the John D. Windham Civic Center.

October 25, 2019 - Veterans Day, November 11, is a time for Americans to pay their respects to all those who have served our country. One day to stand united in respect for ALL veterans, past and present. We celebrate and honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of county and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Except for last year when we honored the 100th anniversary to the end of World War I, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 does not hold its own program. Instead we join with two Shelby County high schools, Joaquin (9:00 a.m. HS Gym) and Tenaha (9:30 a.m. Cafeteria) that hold Veterans Day programs and announce youth essay winners and pass out awards.  Timpson also has a program in conjunction with American Legion Post 90 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bear Drive Gymnasium.

We encourage every citizen of Shelby County, especially military veterans to join us in attending one of these three high school programs. The students put in a lot of time and effort to make our local veterans feel special and if you’ve never attended you will be glad you did.

November 8, 2019 - The 50 Women of Impact voted to donate money from the last quarter of 2019 to Community Christian Services.

Alease Copelin, a 50 Women of Impact representative, carried the check for $8,100 up to the stage and announced the winner. Copelin advised the check amount won't be the final amount as more money is being collected.

Last quarter the donation for the Timpson Food for Thought Pantry grew from $8,700 after the meeting to $10,100 once members had all turned in their $100.

Presenting and accepting on behalf of Community Christian Services was Bro. Jody Hooper. The funds will be used to perform the main focus of CCS – to feed people. The organization is volunteer based with no paid employees and about two dozen volunteers work together to acquire food from multiple sources and locations to provide a grocery store type experience for individuals in Shelby County who struggle with hunger. CCS strives to provide an atmosphere of dignity and grace where people feel cared for as they are helped to feed their family. Additional funding will enable CCS to acquire a larger variety and quantity of food for its clients.

The 50 Women of Impact group organized and held their first meeting in November of 2017 with the hopes of getting 50 women to give $100 each quarter for a combined contribution to an elected organization. The first meeting surpassed the 50 women with 94 inaugural members. The group has continued to grow and meet once a quarter to donate funds. Past recipients are the Shelby County Welfare Board; AgriLife Extension, Shelby Family Consumer Science program; Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library; Boo's Battle Cancer Fund; Shelby County Outreach Ministries; Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation; HOPE Community Medical to establish a Fund to Help with Medical Needs for Working People; and Timpson Food for Thought Pantry.

Including the $8,100 from this meeting, the total money donated by the 50 Women of Impact is $86,500 with more coming in!