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March 1, 2016 - The Center Women’s Reading Club met at the lovely home of Suzanne Ihlo on January 21st. President, Janene Walker presided over the Annual Meeting. The Club approved the 2016-2017 Budget.

Suzanne Ihlo presented a program on Edna Gladney, an incredible lady who fought for children’s rights and adoption reform. Born in Milwaukee in 1886, Edna Gladney was labeled as “illegitimate” from birth and, as an adult, lobbied for that label’s removal from all birth certificates.

Edna was born on January 22 to Minnie Nell.  Her mother was not married and was only seventeen when Edna was born. Edna never knew her birth father.  Minnie married when Edna was seven years old. In 1904, Minnie sent Edna to live with an aunt in Ft. Worth. She hoped the climate would help Edna’s health.  She also hoped that by moving Edna into a completely new society, no one would find out that Edna was illegitimate.  Being illegitimate at that time was a huge stigma.

While in Fort Worth, Edna met Sam Gladney in 1906. Sam was ten years her senior and worked at Medlin Flour Milling Company. The two eloped. In 1913, the Gladneys moved to Sherman, Texas so that Sam could open his own milling company, Gladney Milling. Edna joined the Sherman Civic League and started inspecting local meat markets and public restrooms for cleanliness. Edna, along with eight other ladies also addressed the Poor Farm and horrible living conditions. They white washed the building, burned the trash and took the children to Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society (TCHAS).

By 1910, Edna had joined the Board of Directors for the TCHAS and established the Sherman Nursery and Kindergarten for Working Women, a free day nursery to help poor working families by watching their children. In 1927, Edna was named Superintendent of the TCHAS.

After her husband died in 1935, Edna continued to make the welfare of unwanted children the center of her life.  She placed abandoned children with adoptive families.  She worked hard to place the right children with the right parents.

Edna lobbied the Texas legislature to have the word “illegitimate” kept off birth certificates of adopted and abandoned children.  In 1936, Texas was the first state in the southwest to legally remove the stigma of illegitimacy
In the 1950s, Edna also helped to get a bill passed that gave adopted children the same inheritance rights as biological children.

In 1950, the Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society bought the West Texas Maternity Hospital, which was renamed the Edna Gladney Home – now The Gladney Center for Adoption.

In 1941, MGM released the movie “Blossoms in the Dust”, starring Greer Garson who portrayed Edna Gladney.

Edna Gladney passed away in 1961, but her legacy lives on through the tens of thousands of children for which she spent her life crusading.  She never adopted a child herself, she loved them all.

Delicious refreshments were served and the ladies enjoyed a special time of fellowship.

February 26, 2016 - The family of Ashley Elizabeth Beene would like to thank each of you for your prayers, cards, donations, fundraisers, and many acts of kindness that everyone has shown to them while waiting for her transplant and after Ashley's passing. We truly appreciate all of the support and love during this time.

With love and God Bless, 
The Beene, Matthews, and Pearce Families

February 26, 2016 - The Center Rotary Club President Anna Lee presented a $250 donation for the Community Garden to AgriLife Extension Agents Jheri-Lynn McSwain and Lane Dunn during their Tuesday meeting at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

The Result Demonstration and Community Garden Project will be managed by the AgriLife Extension office; however, it will be a community effort involving local civic groups, community members, and youth groups.

The project will provide an opportunity to complete community service hours and to learn general horticultural practices while providing fresh produce to local food banks. A Result Demonstration Garden will allow visitors to learn about vegetables and plants that grow well in Deep East Texas.

Photo submitted by Anna Lee.

February 25, 2016 - Dollar General in Timpson held a ribbon cutting on Monday, February 22, 2016 at their new location at 251 North 1st Street.

Dustin Norris, Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Representative, welcomed the business and its staff including manager Kim Sirois to the new location.

"Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years and has had a store in Timpson since 2001. They have been selling products from America's most trusted manufacturers. There are over 12,000 stores in 43 states and we certainly proud to have one here in Timpson," said Norris.

Norris continued to describe the many items offered at the tore  and the benefit of employment opportunities for area residents. He also stated spending locally inside of online and outside of Timpson's tax area insures tax dollars remain in Timpson.

"Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to recognize Dollar General for their contribution to our community over the past 15 years and we welcome this opportunity to celebrate with them as they begin their next 30 in their new location," said Norris.

Sirois performed the honor of cutting the ribbon in front of the store surrounded by employees and community representatives.




February 24, 2016 - Local beekeepers Mike and Linda Bordelon, who own and operate Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend at Huxley, presented a program to the Hemphill High School Garden Club, "Cabbage Patch Kids" on February 22. Students were able to ask questions and share their knowledge of bees during the discussion.

Photo (from left): Classroom teacher Kristi McDaniel, Hemphill Garden Club Committee Chairman Mary Ann Tompkins, and Mike and Linda Bordelon.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

February 22, 2016 - Texas A&M Agrilife Extension hosted a groundbreaking for the Shelby County Community Garden on February 17, 2016 at the Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena on State Highway 7 East in Center.

Shelby County Extension Agents Jheri-Lynn McSwain and Lane Dunn led the ceremony which had a large attendance from community leaders, civic organizations, business owners and local citizens. Dunn extended appreciation to all those attending the event and said it demonstrated the great community support they have received.

McSwain shared some of the history of plans for the garden leading up to the groundbreaking, "This was a dream and it really started with Pam White, and I know y'all remember Pam, she was a real blessing to our community. She just really had it upon her heart to help feed the hungry in Shelby County."

Pam White was Shelby County Outreach Ministries Executive Director until she passed away April 29, 2014. McSwain shared how Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; and David Chadwick, City of Center Mayor; have shared in that dream with White of establishing the garden.

"It's not so much a dream as meeting a need," said McSwain. "We're real excited to be able to come together as a community, as a county, as a city and put this garden together with all y'all's support and help feed our hungry individuals, our senior citizens in our county and that is our goal. AgriLife with our background and our educational experience can help lead that trail and make that happen, so we're thrilled about that."

Dunn said one thing for which the garden will be utilized is demonstration and will assist AgriLife in growing different varieties of plants to see how they fare in the Shelby County area, " We're very excited about that, so we can say, 'Hey, this tomato grew best right here in Shelby County,' or 'this plant grew best right here in Shelby County,' so it's going to be a dual purpose garden."

Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, described how McSwain and Phelps began discussions with her in March 2015. A piece of property, which carries liability insurance was an important part of the operation and although operations were considered, the time to plant had passed.

"Last November we started looking and this was just the most obvious place, because the county owns this property, we already pay liability insurance on this property so it truly is not going to cost us one cent. All it's going to take is some love and some work and some cooperativeness," said Judge Harbison.

Originally it was planned to install the garden at the front of the Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena property; however, plans now are to locate the project at the back of the property.

"We are very blessed to have this and coming together and then the county being the leader, the headquarters for this project, it did all work out," said Pam Phelps, "Lane I'd like to thank you, and we are so blessed to have Jheri-Lynn who has the experience, here in the county today that's done this before, so with her leadership will be a great success."

Sherry Harding, Shelby County Outreach Ministries Executive Director, said she is very excited about the community coming together on this project, and taking care of the people in need.

"God has called us to be his hands and feet, and it takes us filling in the gap for people who cannot and our seniors who've worked hard all their lives and they have big whether to buy food or medicine, pay their bills," said Harding. "So, last year we served over 20,000 meals to our senior citizens through our nutrition program, and we provided over 4,000 people food through emergency food boxes."

Harding is enthusiastic about the options which will be made available to people Outreach Ministries helps by way of the garden.
"We're very excited to have this fresh fruit and vegetables come in, because a lot of times they can't buy those items and we didn't have them before to give, so we're very excited about the nutritional value and what it's going to mean to our seniors and I really appreciate everyone that's taken part," said Harding.

Sponsors who were thanked and listed during the event included Woodmen of the World, Center Rotary Club, Center Noon Lions Club, Shelby County Farm Bureau, Center Garden Club, Shelby County Sheriff's Posse, General Shelters, Shelby County Judge and Commissioners, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Donald Monroe.



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Posted by Shelby County Today on Monday, February 22, 2016


L to R-  Queen Trudie Willis, Winona Peston, Nora Robinson, and Jo Warr, four of the seven sisters. Not pictured - Maude Warr, also assisted passing out cards.February 22, 2016 - The Seven Sisters Red Hat Ladies visited all the area nursing homes on Tuesday, February 10, spreading Valentine cheer by passing out Valentines and small gifts. Pictured here, they made a special visit to member Margaret Robertson (seated) at Lakeside Assisted Living Center.

Andrew Dolan, formerly of Huxley and now a coach at Whitehouse High School, was featured in an article published by Tyler Morning Telegraph. Dolan went fishing and at the end of his fishing trip had the catch of the day, a man who was in danger of drowning on Lake Tyler. To read the story - Sailor meets, thanks the mystery fisherman who saved him from drowning on Lake Tyler

February 17, 2016 - As Valentine’s Week comes to a close, the members of St. John Missionary Baptist Church would like to send a special thanks to all that SHINED in our HEARTS at the Valentine’s Banquet.  It is the monetary contributions of people, churches, and businesses like yours that made our event successful.

Please accept our warmest thanks for your generosity and compassion towards our Church. You are God’s greatest Blessings!

Thanks to all,
St. John Baptist Church Family
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
Valentines Banquet 2016
Center, Tx
Rev. Winston Kibbles Sr.- Pastor

February 15, 2016 - The Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary held a fundraiser for their scholarship program through a Valentines Day basket giveaway. The fundraiser was held until Saturday, February 13, 2016 in front of Brookshire Brothers in Center.

At 12:20pm the drawing was held and David Hailey, Brookshire Brothers Manager, drew the winning name from the box. District Judge Charles "Brick" Dickerson was the winner of the baskets with contents valued at over $250.