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December 30, 2021 - During this holiday season, we hope that everyone will take a moment to share hugs and joy with those around you.

We are so grateful for our current and future clients. If you ever need assistance buying or selling a place in Shelby County, that is our specialty, and we would love to walk you through the process.

Mathews Realty would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Thank you,
Mathews Realty

December 31, 2021 - Sheriff Kevin W. Windham is proud to announce Corporal Chad Hooper as the 2021 Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year

Deputy Hooper began his career at the SCSO in March 2019. He was promoted to Corporal in May 2021. He graduated from the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore in 2018.

“I am honored to serve the citizens of Shelby County. My grandfather, Don Hooper was a lifetime resident of Shelby County and my great grandfather Charles Carter “C.C” Hooper served as Shelby County Constable in 1913,” stated Deputy Hooper. “Without my partner, Misty Ray, and the people that surround me, none of this would be possible. It is an honor to work for this department and I look forward to many years of service to this county.”

Prior to becoming an officer, he began his career in law enforcement in 2007 working as a correctional officer for the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office. He promoted through the ranks to become the jail warden and holds a master jailers license. He also worked as a correctional officer for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office for a period of time.

“In the period of time we have had Deputy Hooper with our office, he has shown tremendous leadership. He takes initiative and is always willing to step up and fill in wherever requested. He is an incredibly hard worker and he truly cares about this county,” stated Sheriff Windham. “Deputy Hooper is the kind of officer that any department would be very proud to have. Shelby County and our office is very fortunate to have him."

December 30, 2021 - Divine Ministries Outreach had a successful Christmas Project 2021 with 23 families adopted for Christmas plus to extra families helped. In all, 60 toy items were given to bless 60 children. Also, 20 gift shoe boxes for Women were given out along with 10 gifted shoe boxes for children.

In a Facebook post by Divine Ministries Outreach, Inc, the organization said, "This truly has been an amazing day. We thank God for who he is and how he has showed up and showed out again!!! Every person that was able to walk through the door today was blessed. We had to make three house deliveries and that was worth the travel. For all of you who have stood by our side and helped pave the way, we couldn't have done this without your prayers and support. Big Shout out to My Husband Eric Carpenter, my sons (Randal, Robert, and Terrance), Walmart, Shelby County Today Newspaper, Abundant Love Ministries, Open Door Worship, Jehovah Jireh Prophetess Lydia Johnson for your Prayers and support. Certainly a overflow shout out to my Apostle K.d. Success LaGrone and Pastor Melody Lagrone my home based church out of Grand Prairie TX Triumphant City Church, Damathanese Worship Center Pastor Loyce Bullock my Senior Board Member, Lancaster TX. Sheanndra Standley my go to Advisory Board Member. To all my Facebook Family and Friends. Most of all to my family and real life friends who have been very, very supportive."

Lisa Carpenter, Executive Director, added, "My Faith is Bigger!! My God is Awesome!!"

Divine Ministries Outreach, Inc. is located at 518 Shelbyville Street, in Center, Texas. For more information, go to their Facebook page - Divine Ministries Outreach, INC".

December 29, 2021 - Now is the perfect time to start a new tradition! Start or update an inventory of your home!

Christmas time can bring lots of new items into our homes which unfortunately also brings an increase in burglaries and thefts.

ReportIt is a free online tool available to Shelby County citizens. ReportIt lets you securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. ReportIt is a Citizen Property Inventory System powered by LeadsOnline (reportit.leadsonline.com) and is an invaluable tool to the general public and law enforcement. 

Knowing what you own is the difference between recovering and not recovering stolen property and the outcome depends greatly on the information provided by the homeowner.

Home inventories are often times general and non descriptive. It is important to provide as much information about items as possible including makes and models, serial numbers, detailed physical description, and photographs of the items.

The ReportIt system is secure and only accessible by the person who sets up the account. Law enforcement agencies do not have access to your account, only you do. If you have items stolen, you can log into your account select the items which were stolen and then generate a report to give to law enforcement. The system is also valuable in the event of any kind of loss which has to be filed with an insurance company such as fire.

According to LeadsOnline, it is the nation's largest online investigative system used by thousands of law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department encourages all residents to use this free online system that will help keep track of valuable and invaluable personal property.

As you buy it; inventory it!

December 27, 2021 - It’s the time of the year when we think of what we are thankful for and take time to count all of life’s blessings. There are many families that are much less fortunate than we are. The truth is, 1 in 4 seniors and 1 and 3 children of Shelby County do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries wants to honor those that have impacted our lives and made a difference in the world. For any monetary donation, you can sponsor your Star. This is a good way to give back in the memory and name of a lost loved one or someone who has impacted your life.

Deadline is Friday, December 31tst

Our Stars will be displayed in the windows of Shelby County Outreach Ministries. All proceeds will help us continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County. Thank you for your support. For more information, come by 930 Shelbyville st. Center, TX 75935 or call us at 936-598-4990.


From left: (seated) Sue Russell, Jane Morrison, Billie Sue Payne, (standing) Janine Walker, Ginia Hooper, Nicole Faulkner, Kelly Snider, Mary Lynn Tinkle, Donna Holt, Dottie West, Monte Jones

December 27, 2021 - The Center Woman's Reading Club donated children's books to Operation Blue Santa during their December 2nd meeting. Accepting the donation on behalf of Blue Santa was Detective Nicole Faulkner with the Center Police Department and Kelly Snider with First United Methodist Church who both serve on the board of directors for Blue Santa.

The Center Woman’s Reading Club donates children’s books to Blue Santa every year.

Sue Russell presents program on 'The Alchemist'December 27, 2021 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club met on Thursday, December 2nd at the FUMC fellowship hall. Sue Russell gave a very interesting program on The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Sue chose the book as it is a book about following one’s heart.

The Alchemist was originally written in Portuguese. It has been translated into 67 languages.

An alchemist is someone who practices alchemy, which is the practice of transforming things for the better whether real or imagined.

The Alchemist is the story about Santiago, an adventurous Andalusian shepherd. Santiago has a recurring dream every time he sleeps under a certain sycamore tree that has grown out of the ruins of a church. During the dream, a child tells Santiago to seek treasure at the foot of the Egyptian pyramids. Santiago consults a gypsy woman to interpret the dream, and to his surprise she tells him to go to Egypt. A strange magical old man named Melchizedek, who claims to be the King of Salem, echoes the gypsy’s advice and tells Santiago that it is his Personal Legend to journey to the pyramids. Melchizedek convinces Santiago to sell his flock of sheep and set off to Tangier. When Santiago arrives in Tangier, a thief robs him, forcing him to find work with a local crystal merchant. The conservative and kindly merchant teaches Santiago several lessons and Santiago encourages the merchant to take risks in business. The risks pay off and the merchant and Santiago become rich men.

Santiago decides to cash in his earnings and continue pursuing his Personal Legend to find treasure at the pyramids. He joins a caravan crossing the Sahara desert towards Egypt and meets an Englishman who is studying to become an Alchemist. Santiago learns a lot from the Englishman, including the secret of alchemy is written on a stone called the Emerald Tablet.

The ultimate creation of alchemy is the Master Work, which consists of a solid called the Philosopher’s Stone that can turn lead to gold and a liquid called the Elixir of Life that can cure all ills. The Englishman is traveling with caravan to the Saharan oasis of Al-Faiyum, where a powerful 200-year-old alchemist resides. The Englishman plans to ask the alchemist the secret of his trade.

The caravan must make an extended stop in Al-Faiyum in order to avoid increasingly violent tribal wars taking place in the desert. There, Santiago falls in love with Fatima, who lives in the oasis. Santiago eventually meets the alchemist who teaches Santiago about the importance of listening to his heart and pursuing his Personal Legend. As they travel together through the desert, the alchemist shares much of his wisdom. They are captured by a tribe of Arab soldiers and the alchemist tells the soldiers Santiago is a powerful alchemist who will turn into wind in three days. Santiago is alarmed as he has no idea how he can turn into wind. On the third day, after much thought, Santiago communicates with the wind and the sun asking for help. He prays and suddenly there is a sandstorm. At the height of the sandstorm, Santiago disappears. He reappears on the other side of the camp, and is freed.

Santiago continues on his journey. At the foot of the pyramids, Santiago starts digging for treasure only to be accosted. The men decide he has nothing to steal and leave him but before they leave, one of the men tells Santiago dreams are worthless and shares his dream about a treasure buried in an abandoned church in Spain where a sycamore tree grows. The church is the same one in which Santiago had his original dream and he finally understands where his treasure is buried. Santiago returns to Spain to find a chest of jewels and gold buried under the tree, and plans to return with it to Al-Faiyum, where he will reunite with Fatima.

Delicious refreshments were served and a time of fellowship followed.

Guests are always welcome. Please contact the club membership coordinator, Monty Jones, at 936-598-5757 if you are interested in visiting the club.

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

December 24, 2021 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club met on Thursday, November 18th at the FUMC fellowship hall.

Alease Copelin presented her report on Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggins. Alease chose this book because it has made a profound impact on her. She always saw people reading, especially an Aunt who read constantly. In December of 1967, her Aunt gave Alease her copy of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm with a special note written on the front page. The book has always been a special part of Ms. Copelin’s life.

Similar to A Christmas Carol, in the fact there were no child labor laws in 1903 at the time of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Children more often worked in the factories rather than attend school. Kate Wiggins, the author, was a kindergarten teacher and knew the importance of education. Rebecca was one of seven children. When her father died, Rebecca was sent to live with aunts. It was difficult at first for Rebecca and the aunts – a vivacious young girl living with two stodgy older ladies. But over time, Rebecca changed the household for the better. She was eventually sent to a girl’s school and became a teacher.

Ms. Copelin loves the book for many reasons but to know Rebecca could have easily ended up in a factory rather than have a successful career as a teacher is important. An unexpected situation changed Rebecca’s life for the better. If Rebecca can be that person, so can anyone.

The book now has a special note to Camille, Alease’s granddaughter, from Alease on the front page, wishing her a love for the book and letting her know she can be anyone she wants to be.

Delicious refreshments were served and a time of fellowship followed.

Guests are always welcome. Please contact the club membership coordinator, Monty Jones, at 936-598-5757 if you are interested in visiting the club.

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

December 22, 2021 - The Pine Terrace Property Owners Association are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Christmas Lights contest. Donna Holt, president of the association, was excited about the number of Pine Terrace home owners who decorated this year which made it a hard decision to pick the winners. She expressed that so many did a wonderful job!

First place - Randy and Benita Collard Family

Second place - Ben and Nikki Postell Family

Third place - Jesus and Christy Rodriguez

Fourth place - Bob and Terri Latcher

Signs have been placed in the yards signifying the winners.

 
William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas brought toys to donate to Operation Blue Santa

December 22, 2021 - The Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas celebrated Christmas together for their December meetings.

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas had a special guest, Sharon Bradberry, who is the DRT District Representative. During the meeting Bradberry gave a brief update on the National level of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas organization.

The Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas enjoyed welcoming several new members and having the opportunity to visit with one another.

Everyone enjoyed food, fellowship, and Christmas music sung by all with Janette Whittman playing the piano.


Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas

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