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May 7, 2019 - A strong tornado which blew through San Augustine County and parts of Shelby County caused significant damage on April 24, 2019, to parts of San Augustine. 

In effort to assist those in need as a result of the incident, on April 30, 2019 a group of Shelby County Constables put together their resources to deliver supplies of food and water to San Augustine.

Constable Jamie Hagler is seen preparing chicken plates to deliver to San Augustine.

Constables Jamie Hagler, Pct. 2; Zack Warr, Pct. 1; Roy Cheatwood, Pct. 3, and Deputy Constable Newton Johnson put together supplies from area businesses.

The constables gathered at Double J BBQ in Shelbyville where Hagler prepared 100 half chicken plates. Nuverra Environmental Solutions contributed two pallets of bottled water and Quick Stop of Joaquin (Robin Connell) donated several cases of carbonated beverages. 

Constable Roy Cheatwood (right) and Deputy Constable Newton Johnson (left).

Brookshire Brothers of Joaquin provided water and paper products and Whataburger of Joaquin contributed supplies as well. Raymond Construction also contributed to the constables efforts.

Constable Zack Warr

Constable Jamie Hagler


From left: Heather Walker, Gail Sholar, Barbara McClellan, Cary Agnew, Maggie Casto, Merle Howard, Vickie Martin, Gina Ferren, Bonnie Dorman, Judy Lee, and Faye Eddins 

May 7, 2019 - New officers of William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) were sworn in at their April 13, 2019 meeting. 

The new officers for the 2019-2021 two year term are: Gina Ferren, President; Billie Dawson, Vice President; Merle Howard, Treasurer; Bonnie Dorman, Secretary; Maggie Casto, Registrar; Vickie Martin, Chaplain; Barbara McClellan, Historian; and Cary Agnew and Heather Walker, sponsors of Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT.)

During the meeting, members discussed the upcoming DRT Annual Convention which is May 30 through June 1. Casto also announced the new designation of March 1 as CRT Founder's Day which the chapter did recognized during the March 1 Texas History Month celebration on the historic downtown square where the chapter paid tribute to Texas Independence Day, Texas Flag Day, the birthday of Sam Houston, and the heroes of the Alamo and Goliad.

The chapter also recognized a special DRT member, Juanita Sample Chandler who is a 'Real Granddaughter' of the Republic of Texas. Her grandfather, James Bedford Sample, was a resident of what became Shelby County during the days of the Republic of Texas. Chandler is to also receive recognition at upcoming DRT conventions.


Vickie Martin (left) presents plaque to Juanita Chandler (right) a 'Real Granddaughter' of the Republic of Texas


Juanita Sample Chandler with her daughters. From left: Vickey Radley, Juanita Chandler, and Cindy Bradshaw


DRT members gather around their sign following the March 1st Texas History Month Celebration


CRT Members

May 6, 2019 - UT Tyler will host its Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 in the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Jazmin Patricia Romo, a 2015 Graduate of Center High School, will be receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from during the College of Engineering commencement ceremony set for 9am on May 4th. Commencement speakers are Moody Chisholm, President and CEO of UT Health East Texas, and David King, President and CEO of Primoris Services Corporation.

Additional times and dates are: 
• College of Nursing and Health Sciences – 2 p.m. May 3
• College of Arts and Sciences and Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy – 6 p.m. May 3
• College of Education and Psychology – 9 a.m. May 4
• Soules College of Business – 1 p.m. May 4 

For more information, contact Beverley Golden at 903.330.0495.

May 3, 2019 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., BBQ plates with your choice of sliced beef or sausage will be available at the fire station for $8.00, including potato salad, beans and a soft drink. The evening events will begin earlier this year to include some added excitement. The annual Cake Walk will start at 4:00 p.m., featuring cakes, pies and cookies from some of the area’s best bakers.

Following the Cake Walk, spectators will witness the first annual “Battle of the Bucket”, featuring firefighters from various area fire departments competing in an old fashioned bucket race for trophies and prizes. A bucket race involves a bucket hanging from an overhead cable between two flags. Two two person hose teams are positioned on each end of the cable under the flags. The objective is to use the hose stream to push the bucket past your opponent’s flag. Teams will draw for positions in a single elimination bracket and compete for first, second and third place.

The Joaquin VFD would like to invite all area residents to come out and enjoy food, fun and fellowship while supporting a great cause!


Marcus Gardner

May 3, 2019 - Josh Crawford with Shelby County Outreach Ministies (SCOM) shares a story about Marcus Gardner, a Center ISD student, who is trying to do his part. He told his teacher that he wanted to change the world, but didn't think he alone could do something. His teacher then got him to make up a poster and he began collecting items in his classroom.

Marcus and his teacher, Melissa Munoz, stopped by Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. on Friday, May 3rd to donate the items he had collected which included household items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, lotions, etc. that would help those in need in our community.

Crawford shared that Marcus said that he especially hopes to help the homeless; and unfortunately, Shelby County does have its share of people who find themselves without a place to stay. Crawford advised SCOM assists these people the best that they can including giving them items such as these.

"Marcus, changing the world starts with people like you. I know one thing for sure, people in our community will definitely be impacted by your caring heart. Thank you so much for dropping by and donating these much-needed items!" said Crawford to this amazing young man.

If Marcus Gardner's caring heart inspires you, let his act of kindness carry on by making a donation to SCOM in Marcus' name and show what the example of one individual can do for a community. Shelby County Today was impressed by Marcus and made a $100 donation.


Teacher, Melissa Munoz stands with Marcus Gardner and his items he donated.

May 3, 2019 - The mobile Shredding Unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center Square on Friday, May 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents that need to be shredded.

The Recycle Containers will be on the Downtown Square from May 3rd – 5th. Items NOT permitted in the containers are as follows:

  • NO Hazardous Material
  • NO Bioharzard Materials
  • NO Toxic Materials
  • NO Paint or Tires
  • NO Freon, Oil or other Regulated Chemicals
  • NO Gasoline, Propane, other Highly Flammable Chemicals
  • NO Special Waste that requires a License to Transport. 

Electronics are permitted in the containers. Other items allowed include, lumber, siding, drywall, roofing, wiring, insulation, all types of bathroom and kitchen appliances, cabinets, windows & doors, piping, landscape debris, municipal waste such as standard household business trash.

Volunteers will be available to help unload your vehicles on Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am until 12Noon.

These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and our generous Sponsors:

  • Shelby Savings Bank, Presenting Sponsor for Shredding Services
  • Farmers State Bank, Gold Sponsor for Shredding Services
  • Republic Services, Presenting Sponsor for Recycling/Disposal Services

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

May 2, 2019 - On April 26, 2019 Tenaha PD Captain Joey Hudnall, Officer Johnathan Newton and Officer Nyx (K-9) visited Self Defense America to teach the students about the dangers of drugs Captain Hudnall talked with the students about the effects of drugs and they students had lots of questions for him. Captain Hudnall took the time to answer all the questions. The students really loved the demostrations with Officers Newton and Nyx. The first demonstration was on finding drug sample pouches that were used instead of actual drugs. Two pouches were pre-hidden and Officer Nyx found them with no problem. Then Officer Newton wore the attack sleeve to show how Nyx is also the protector. When Officer Newton came at Captain Hudnall with training weapons how Officer Nyx is highly trained to attack when given the command. We were so honored to have our men and k-9 in blue come and teach today!

April 29, 2019 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department would like to express our sincerest appreciation to each person who supported our recent BBQ fundraiser. We were able to raise over $11,000 for the SVFD due to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, and thanks especially our community members who came out to purchase plates, raffle tickets and make additional monetary donations despite the unfavorable weather conditions. The SVFD would like to thank Tyson, Shelbyville Grocery, Glenn Watts, McAdams Propane, JML Management, Shelbyville ISD, each person who provided baked goods and desserts for plates and for purchase, and those who came out to help cook and serve. As always, the SVFD appreciates the generous and continuous support of our community.

April 25, 2019 (Photo Album) - Receiving top honors at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception were Brooke Harrison and Beth Nichols. Harrison won Shelby County Secondary Teacher of the Year and Nichols won Shelby County Elementary Teacher of the Year!


Shelby County Elementary Teacher of the Year Beth Nichols

Shelby County Secondary Teacher of the Year Brooke Harrison

The recipient of the Pam Phelps Friends of Education Award for 2019 was Shelby County Go Texan in recognition of their dedication and support to the education profession. The group gives scholarships to Shelby County graduates each year. Attending the event to accept the award on behalf of the Shelby County Go Texans was Ed Johnson.


Cancee Lester presents plaque to Ed Johnson on behalf of Shelby County Go Texan

During the reception which was held Wednesday, April 24 at the Windham Civic Center, teachers were recognized for their dedication to their students, school, and community.

All of the Teachers of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses who were recognized were:

Center Christian Academy –  Karen Mayo
F.L. Moffett Primary School –  Jessica Belrose
Center Elementary School –  Kirstin Trahan
Center Intermediate School –  Beth Nichols
Center Middle School –  Pamela Doggett
Center High School –  Michele Whiddon
Roughrider Academy -  Erica Klein
Excelsior ISD – Sonya Nutt
Joaquin Elementary School –  Monica Smith
Joaquin Junior High School –  Mary Hovey
Joaquin High School –  Brett Gaylord
S.W. Carter Elementary –  Jason McDonald
Shelbyville Middle School –  Bailee Rash
Shelbyville High School – Brooke Harrison
Tenaha Elementary School – Carrie Jenkins
Tenaha Middle/High School – Tammy Hamilton
Timpson Elementary –  Melanie Sanford
Timpson Middle School – Kendra Welch
Timpson High School –  Darlene Therwhanger

Gold sponsors for the event were Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors were Dr. James Hockenberry, Nacogdoches Medical Center, and Ray Jones Chevrolet. 

April 26, 2019 - Time is running out! The book sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Library on Tenaha St in Center is nearly over! All day Friday, April 26, books will sell for half price! That means paperback books will be 25 cents and hard back books will be 50 cents. The hours for Friday are 10am-5pm.

On Saturday, April 27, the last day of the sale, books will sell for $1 a bag!. The library hours Saturday are 10am-2pm. All proceeds are used to purchase more books for the library.  

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