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June 7, 2019 - Winners of the benefit raffle for Allison Harbison were drawn Friday, June 7, 2019 following the chicken sandwich fundraiser and bake sale which were a sold out success. The family of Allison Harbison extends their sincere appreciation on her behalf to everyone who helped by donating, volunteering, and buying plates and tickets.

The winners are:

  • Anna Jones won Women's basket valued at $1,500 (Louis Vuitton Graceful PM in Damier Ebene print and various gifts) - 
  • Jerry Coone won Men's basket valued at $1,500 (Browning .308 rifle and various gifts)
  • Ron Hendricks won Sanford and Sons engraved boulder valued at $500
  • Gary Rholes won fish cooker donated by McAdams Propane
  • Charlie Barr won Day Bass Fishing trip to Rayburn Lake donated by Philip Crelia
  • Jerry Pinkston won Yeti Roadie cooler donated by ACE Hardware
  • Will Blackwell won whiskey basket donated by Parker Package Store
  • Jesse Teske won air and refrigerator purifiers donated by Covington Lumber
  • Angie Teske won rod and reel sets donated by Watson and Sons Funeral Home
  • Pan Ward won wall clock decor donated by Ivan Smith Furniture
  • Carolyn McGee won windshield treatment donated by Center Glass
  • Rexcine Boyd won windshield treatment donated by Center Glass 
  • Chantel Smith won air and refrigerator purifiers donated by Covington Lumber
  • Rexcine Boyd won mini photo session donated by Stephanie Snell
  • Angie Teske won dipped cup donated by Angela Plata and oil change donated by Ray Jones Chevrolet
  • Terri Elliot won oil change donated by Raymond Motor Company and transporter toy car set donated by NAPA
  • Don Ratcliff won gift basket donated by White Cottage
  • Sharon Baker won oil change donated by Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep
  • Carla Denney won large candle donated by Hughes Florist
  • Erin Scarber won gift basket donated by Elite Hair Design
  • Chris Koltonski won oil change donated by Raymond Motor Company
  • Renita Hudman won Kendra Scott Earrings and makeup bag donated by Lasting Impressions
  • Jonathan Liker won necklace donated by COR
  • Hunter Hendricks won gift basket donated by The Century Shoppe
  • Ricky Harbison won monogram towel set donated by Pink Anchor Embroidery
  • Jamie Barbee wond home decor basket donated by Blake Furniture
  • Jim Strong won bath set donated by The Balcony and bracelet donated by Cole Dupree Scholarship Fund
  • Whitney Koltonski won dipped cup donated by Angela Plata and manicure donated by Classic Nails
  • Jerry Pinkston won pickles, necklace, candle melts donated by Southern Seasons and notepad set donated by Payne & Payne Home and Suchlike
  • Roscoe McSwain won the gift basket donated by Mooney Emporium and Blake Furniture
  • Carolyn McGee won jewelry donated by COR Carthage
  • Amanda Bush won the insulated cooler donated by Impressions Advertising, Debbie Daw

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June 6, 2019 - The 75th Anniversary of D-Day was recognized on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8904 and Auxiliary members.

The event was opened by Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, and an opening prayer was led by Joy Hutto, Auxiliary Chaplain.

"We're here today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most important dates in our history that's commonly known as D-Day," said Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster. "Code named Operation Overlord D-Day was the turning point in World War II."

Post and Auxiliary members gathered before the Shelby County Veterans Memorial with community members on the Historic 1885 Courthouse grounds to lay a memorial wreath. 

Hume thanked everyone for attending and gave a brief history of D-Day. 

"D-Day was the turning point in World War II. June 6, 1944 saw the start of the largest air and sea operation in military history and remains so today," said Hume.

Hume stated, on D-Day the Allies landed around 156,000 troops of which 73,000 were Americans.

"It's hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler's deam of Nazi domination," said Hume.

Hume described it was the largest air, land and sea operation before or since D-Day. It included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplaines and over 150,000 servicemen. 

"After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training for the troops, the Allied forces it came down to this, the boat ramp goes down, then they jump, swim, run, crawl to the cliffs," said Hume. "Many of the first young men, most not yet 20 years old, entered the surf carrying 80 pounds of equipment, and they faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Many were killed as they left the landing craft."

Hume explained they were blanketed by small arms fire and bracketed by artillery, they found themselves in "Hell."

"When it was over, the Allied forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties and more than 4,000 were dead. Yet, somehow due to planning and preparation and due to the valor, the fidelity and sacrifice of the Allied forces fortress Europe had been breeched," said Hume.


There is no official casualty figure and Hume said the total Allied casualties on D-Day are estimated at 10,000 and U.S. Forces lost over 6,600 that day. 

In remembrance of those from Shelby County who were in Europe on D-Day or just after, their names were read aloud by members of the Post and community:

  • Nolan Anderson, 507 Parachute Infantry, KIA June 12, 1944
  • Marlin D. Manshack, 117 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach June 11, 1944 BSM, PH
  • Richard D. Bray, 315 Infantry Regiment, Utah Beach, KIA July 11, 1944
  • John W. Minter, 9 Infantry Regiment, Utah Beach, KIA July 9, 1944
  • Maron L. Brittain, US Army, Normandy, Wounded
  • Arlen R. Rhame, 67 Armor Regiment, Omaha Beach, June 11, 1944, KIA July 28, 1944
  • Fred D. Dry, 1 Infantry Division, Omaha Beach BSM (Valor)
  • Pershing Pate, 38 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, KIA June 8, 1944
  • Hulen M. Hardage, 117 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, June 11, 1944, KIA August 22, 1944
  • Jack T. Powell, 358 Infantry Regiment, D-Day, Utah Beach, KIA July 6, 1944
  • James R. Kirkland, 401 Glider Infantry, Jumped D-Day, KIA September 30, 1944
  • Sidney E. Watson, 117 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, June 11, 1944, KIA August 22, 1944
  • Charles L. Mims, 1st Army, D-Day, Normandy
  • E.C. White, 507 Parachute Infantry, Jumped D-Day, Wounded, Died in accident July 4, 1944

Laying the memorial wreath was Robert Hughes, followed by the playing of Taps presented by Gene Hutto, Post Commander.

June 7, 2019 - A BBQ, Bake Sale, and Raffle benefit for Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison is set for Friday, June 7th at 11am at Raymond Motor Company.

There will be plates which include BBQ chicken sandwich, chips, pickles, sliced onion and a drink for $8.

There will be baked items for sale at the benefit along with a lemonade stand.

A live benefit raffle will also be at the event.

Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. Big raffle items are a Women's basket valued at $1,500 and a Men's basket valued at $1,500. The women's basket includes a Louis Vuitton Graceful PM in Damier Ebene print and various gifts. The men's basket includes Browning .308 rifle and various gifts. Also, there are multiple individual raffles. For raffle tickets, contact Heather Harbison at 936-590-2055, Summer and John Koltonski, or Carriston Hendricks.

The Harbison family would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations: Ray Jones Chevrolet - oil change; Hughes Florist - large candle; ACE Hardware - Yeti Roadie cooler; Raymond Motor Company - 2 oil changes; Center Glass - gift certificate; The Century Shoppe - 2 gift certificates; Jasper Corbell Loft - CA Jewelry; Ivan Smith Furniture - clock; White Cottage - gift basket; Lasting Impressions - makeup bag set and Kendra Scott earrings; Mooney's Emporium - candle and car scent set; Southern Seasons - jar of pickles, necklace, candle melts; Payne & Payne Home and Suchlike - notepad set; Elite Hair Design - T-shirt, cap, wet brush, hair product set; Covington Lumber - air and refrigerator purifiers; Napa Auto Parts - race car transporter; The Balcony - bath set; Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep - 2 oil changes; Southern Lemonade - gift certificate; Double J Bar-B-Que; Parker Package Store - whiskey basket; Blake Furniture - home decor items; McAdams Propane - fish cooker; Pink Anchor Embroidery - monogram towels set; Philip Crelia - Day Bass Fishing trip to Rayburn Lake; and Sanford and Sons - engraved boulder valued at $500.

On April 1 Allison Harbison had a seizure. She was transported to Tyler by helicopter and the doctors found a brain bleed. She stayed at Christus Mother Frances in Tyler from April 1 to April 15, with most of her hospital stay being spent in ICU. She returned home and was making good progress when she had another seizure in April 26. She was again transported by helicopter to Tyler and the doctors discovered an aneurysm. Because of the size and type of aneurysm the doctors transferred her to UT Southwestern in Dallas on April 27. On April 28 the doctors were able to repair the aneurysm by placing a pipeline in her brain. As of now she is making steady progress but she is still in ICU in Dallas. Allison and her family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support.

Judge Harbison has been a dedicated public servant of Shelby County since 2001. She was County Clerk for 14 years and has been County Judge since 2015.

June 6, 2019 - Farmers, ranchers and timber growers, have you filed a productivity appraisal with the Shelby County Appraisal District office? Under Texas law, agricultural producers are allowed to pay property taxes based on the productivity value of their land rather than on the market value. This means the land is taxed based on its ability to produce crops, livestock or timber – not on its value in the real estate market. This could mean substantial property tax savings. For more details, call the Shelby County District Appraisal office at (936) 598-6171.

Pictured (from left) are Mikayla Whitlow - Mt. Enterprise H.S.; Rebecca Mathis -Timpson H.S.; Macey Jo Hanson - Timpson H.S.; Sharmaine Sison - Nacogdoches H.S. Phil Koovakada, NMC CEO.

June 5, 2019 - Five local high school students will be headed to college with a scholarship from Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC). Each year the hospital awards deserving students $1,000 to help start them on their college journey. This year five exceptional students were selected from among dozens of applicants.

“We are pleased to be able to help support the future goals of our local students,” said Phil Koovakada, NMC CEO. “There are so many extraordinary young women and men in our community. These five stand out as the best of the best. We wish them much success in their college careers.”

Molly Mason - Joaquin H.S. is shown with Phil Koovakada, NMC CEO.

This year’s winners are:

  • Molly Mason - Joaquin High School
  • Mikayla Whitlow - Mt. Enterprise High School
  • Rebecca Mathis -Timpson High School
  • Macey Jo Hanson - Timpson High School
  • Sharmaine Sison - Nacogdoches High School

Applications for the NMC scholarships are available at all area schools.

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May 31, 2019 - (Album1, Album2) - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary hosted a Memorial Day program at the 1885 Historic Shelby County Courthouse on May 27, 2019.

Leading the program was VFW Post Quartermaster Larry Hume. Opening the event with an invocation was David Mathis, First Baptist Church Minister. 

VFW Post 8904 Sr. Vice Commander Newton Johnson, Jr. posted the ceremonial rifle with Kenneth Dickerson. This was followed by the National Anthem performed and led by Mathis.

Gold Star familes were recognized during the event. They included:

  • Connie McAdams Dennis representing John W. Isaac Hays, Civil War Veteran; Joseph McCary, Civil War Veteran; and Dudley D. Holt, WWII Veteran. 
  • Dale Windham and Shirley Shofner representing Melvin Thomas Sam Windham, WWII Veteran; and Earnest W. Allen, WWII Veteran.
  • Jo Wary and Winnie Preston representing Walter Hutto, WWII Veteran.
  • W.L. Murphy representing Hoya B. Murphy, WWII Veteran.
  • Joyce Johnson representing Mac C. Buckley, Vietnam Veteran.
  • Donnice Roberts and children Caehlen and Keeghan representing Kevin Casey Roberts, Afghanistan Veteran.

Following the presentations of Gold Star banners to the families, the First Baptist Church Trio performed "In Flanders Fields."

The Shelby County 4-H Heart to Hand Quilts of Valor members, accompanied by Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, presented two Quilts of Valor. The first was to Mike Langford and was sponsored by Woodmen Life Chapter 250. The second was to Gene Hutto and was sponsored by Woodmen Life Chapter 250.

Quilts of Valor Hearts to Hand members include Michelle Gomez, Fatima Romero, Rena Clark, Victoria Warren, Michele Clark, Joshua Clark, Autumn Alford, Lynette Alford, Jenny Salter, and Margaret Smith.

VFW Post 8904 members read names for the Roll Call of Honor in rememberance of those who lost their lives in service. The names can be heard on a video by clicking this link.

Audience members assisted VFW and Auxiliary members in decorating the memorial wreath. Following the decoration of the wreath, Leigh Porterfield performed "Last Full Measure of Devotion," which was then followed by a moment of silence.

Newton Johnson, Jr. and Kenneth Dickerson then escorted the wreath to the Shelby County Veterans Memorial outside there courthouse where the wreath was placed, flags were raised and Taps were played as presented by Mike Langford.

VFW Post 8904 Memorial Day Program Opening, Gold Star Presentations

First Baptist Church Trio Performs "In Flanders Fields"

Quilts of Valor Presentations

Roll Call of Honor

Leigh Porterfield Performs "Last Full Measure of Devotion"

Wreath Escort, Wreath Laying

May 30, 2019 - (Album) - Shelby County First Responders were treated to a luncheon event at the Center ISD Bus Barn Friday, May 17, 2019.

Those in attendance had their taste buds tantalized by the BBQ stylings of Pete Low, who prepared a meal comprised of sausage, chicken, brisket, beans, and potato salad.

The luncheon was hosted by Center ISD and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and was sponsored by McAdams Propane. Helping to insure everyone got a plate of food and a glass of tea were Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and staff members.

First Responders came and went to the luncheon from 11am until 1pm as time allowed for them to arrive.

Sponsors of the event included Presenting Sponsor: McAdams Propane

Gold sponsors: Specter, Inc., Focused Care of Center, Spartan Structures

Silver sponsors: Cobb-Vantress-Timberlake Farm, Farmers State Bank, Nacogdoches Medical Center, Tyson Foods, Ray Jones Chevrolet, Baldwin Tree Service

Table sponsors: East Texas Towing & Storage, Aurora Concepts, LLC, Shelby Savings Bank, Mathews Real Estate, Raymond Motor Company, American State Bank – Center, Viatrac Fertilizer, LLC, Shelby County Today, LLC, Holiday Nursing Center, Town & Country Real Estate, Southern Lemonade Boutique

Best of Show - 1977 Ford Bronco owned by Kenneth Seago, Mansfield, LA 

May 28, 2019 (More photos - Album1, Album2) - The Shelby County Cruisers' 4th Annual Spring Fling Car Show was held Saturday, May 25, 2019 in the Ivan Smith Furniture parking lot.

The show results were as follows:

Class A: 1949 and earlier cars
1st place - 1940 Chev. Master Deluxe owned by Denny Jernigan, Carthage, TX 
2nd place - 1927 Ford T owned by Brett Benson, Huxley, TX

Class B: 1950-1963 Cars
1st place - 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville owned by Terry McKenzie, Henderson, TX
2nd place - 1955 Ford Fairlane owned by Jeanie Rhodes, Timpson, TX

Class C: 1955-1957 Chevys
1st place - 1955 Chevy Belaire owned by David Clark, Center, TX
2nd place - 1955 Chevy 150 owned by Irv. Engelbracht, Lufkin, TX

Class D: 1964-1974 Cars
1st place - 1966 Chevy Nova owned by Ken Root, Diana, TX
2nd place - 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix owned by Terry McKenzie, Henderson, TX

Class E: 1975-1999 Cars
1st place - 1998 Pontiac Firebird owned by Michael Meeks, Center, TX
2nd place - 1976 Chevy owned by Jim Brooks, Nacogdoches, TX

Class F: 2000 – UP Cars
1st place - 2011 Ford Mustang owned by Michael Gonzales, Longview, TX
2nd place - 2012 Chevy Camaro SS owned by Lee Woodward, Diboll, TX

Class G: 1972 and Earlier Trucks
1st place - 1956 Chevy Pickup owned by Robert Jensen, Carthage, TX
2nd place - 1929 Ford Roadster Truck owned by Jerry Davis, Shreveport, LA

Class H: 1973 – 1999 Trucks
1st place - 1977 Ford Bronco owned by Kenneth Seago, Mansfield, LA
2nd place - 1999 Chevy S10 owned by Brad Fitch, Waskom, TX

Class I: 2000 and UP Trucks - No entries

Class J: Sports Cars – 2 Seaters
1st place - 1996 Corvette Grand Sport owned by Bull and Cindy Durham, Shelbyville, TX
2nd place - 1975 Corvette Stingray owned by S.D. Twomey, Carthage, TX

Class K: Rat Rods - Unfinished - No entries

Class L: Kids Rideable Vehicle - No entries

Best of Show - 1977 Ford Bronco owned by Kenneth Seago, Mansfield, LA. American Outdoor Power in Timpson donated the weed trimmer prize for the Best of Show.

People's Choice - 1984 Chevy Silvarado owned by Michael Stringer, Center, TX

Kid's Choice - 1959 Black Cadillac owned by Terry McKenzie, Henderson, TX

May 29, 2019 Longview - Hana Bonner was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at LeTourneau University. The Dean's List recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

Hana Bonner is a 2017 graduate of Joaquin ISD and is majoring in Kinesiology.

LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford said being named to the Dean's List is a significant academic achievement and honor.

"As the comprehensive Christian polytechnic institution in the country, our students are among our nation’s best,” Lunsford said. “I'm especially impressed with these honor roll students, and I expect them to have a significant impact on our future."

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit

Related article: Hana Bonner Signs Intention Letter With Louisiana College at Pineville

May 28, 2019 - Shelby County Museum Open House Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 2pm until 4pm.

The newest display at the museum focuses on Shelby County 4-H and its many projects. Pictures, awards, samples of projects, costumes, and other memorabilia has been gathered and is on display now.

The Shelby County Horse Project has blessed many families throughout the years of its existence and is a major part of the 4-H display.

Come to the open house and view the many interesting exhibits at the Shelby County Museum.

The museum is open Monday-Friday, 1pm until 4pm.