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August 25, 2015 - CASA of Deep East Texas was selected to receive a donation by Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110. Every year HPFM Branch 110 donates money back to our community. Pictured is Becky Maidic, a member of HPFM Branch 110, helping distribute the donation to Mrs. Patty Watkins.

August 25, 2015 - The Shelby County Historical Society was selected to receive a donation by Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110. Every year HPFM branch 110 donates money back to our community. Pictured is Becky Maidic, a member of HPFM Branch 110, helping distribute the donation to Leonard Irish and Teddy Hopkins on August 14, 2015

From left: Burton Brown, Cindy Brown, John Black, Alissa Hailey, Laura Walker, Gene Walker, Pam Phelps, and Jason Locke.

August 22, 2015 - Family and friends of the late Dolores Walker gathered in the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office on the historic square to present Gene Walker and his family with a Senate Proclamation in memory of Dolores Ann Walker.

Pam Phelps, Chamber Executive Director, began by saying, "There is a lot of components we want to share with you [Gene Walker] today and share with Laura [Walker]. A community is comprised of its people and that's what makes it, and in our community we have a lot of special people that do things. And there are a lot of people that are never in the lime light, they work behind the scenes and they work hard and give and share with other people. Your dear friends and family wanted to do something special in memory of Dolores and through this process, you all were such a team in so many ways, it is a solute to you as well."

Laura Walker looks at the proclamation with her father beside her."So, your friends and family wanted to do something special to memorialize the good things, the sharing and giving that Dolores did. I was a small part of this. I was only the conduit... We asked Senator Robert Nichols to do a memorial Proclamation so that it would be archived in Austin, our State Capital." continued Phelps before reading the proclamation aloud.

"Gene [Walker], you know how we all feel; Michael, Kevin, Carla, we love you. We were excited when this all came about and Pam [Phelps], we appreciate so much your efforts getting [the proclamation] done. We can't do enough or say enough," conveyed John Black to the Walker family on behalf of everyone who cherished Dolores.

In heartfelt appreciation of the proclamation and the honor given, Gene Walker put into words, "She always stood in the background; she did not want to be recognized. She always pushed me and she was the driving force." Walker ended saying, "It is such an honor and me and the kids appreciate it."

Senate Proclamation No. 122, In memory of Dolores Ann Walker

WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas honors and commemorates the life of Dolores Ann Walker, who died on April 11, 2015, at the age of 78; and WHEREAS, Dolores Walker was born on May 14, 1936, in Center, to Tilmon and Gladys Warr; she graduated from Center High School in 1954, and she earned a degree from Massey Business College in Nacogdoches; and WHEREAS, She and her husband, Gene Walker, raised two children together, Laura and Steve, and they were blessed with two grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Mrs. Walker joined the staff of Lake Country Insurance Agency in 1967 and enjoyed a productive, 48-year career with the company; she was also active in the Shelby County 4-H program and was instrumental in the success of its Mounted Drill Team; and WHEREAS, A devout Christian who practiced her faith in her daily life, she was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Center, where she served as a teacher in the Children's Ministry for more than 40 years; and WHEREAS, She was a strong woman who was noted for her compassion, loyalty, and wisdom; she gave unselfishly to others, and her kindness and generous spirit will not be forgotten by those who were privileged to share in her life; and WHEREAS, She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and she leaves behind memories that will be treasured forever by her family and many friends; now, therefore, be it PROCLAIMED, That the Senate of the State of Texas hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Dolores Ann Walker; and, be it further PROCLAIMED, That a copy of this Proclamation be prepared for her family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas Senate.

The proclamation was signed by Senator Robert Nichols and certified by Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw.

Bobbie Jones and Christina LearyAugust 21, 2015 - Christina Leary performed her song 'Breathe' from her new CD release, "Free To Praise," on the Bobby Jones Presents gospel show on August 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Leary's journey to the Bobby Jones Presents gospel show which is a showcase for new artists began in January of 2015. She competed in the Shakin' The House Gospel Music Convention and won the competition on January 18 in Longview, Texas. The win advanced her to perform in Jackson, Mississippi on June 13th in a Gospel Artist Showcase exhibition hosted by Percy Davis who was named the 2015 Gospel Radio Announcer of the Year. Leary placed second in Mississippi winning a national radio promotion with WOAD Gospel 1300am.

After Leary's win in Mississippi, she received a letter from Bobby Jones to perform on his show, Bobby Jones Presents. Leary's appearance will be aired on Dish Network channel 268, Impact Television Network. Bobby Jones Presents airs on Saturdays and Sundays. (Schedule)

Christina Leary can be found on Facebook and her song Breathe and Free to Praise can be found on YouTube. She is a resident of Carthage and from Tenaha. Her music is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

Lane Dunn greets everyone picking up chicks.August 21, 2015 - Entries in the Poultry Festival Broiler Show picked up their chicks on Wednesday, August 19th.

Upon arrival, the entrants were given direction by Shelby County Extension Agent, Lane Dunn and Daphne Lovell to gathered their pen of chicks. The pen of 30 chicks had to have their wing-bands checked before leaving. The exhibitors are only allowed to show the chickens which they were issued.

Also, there was a posting from Tyson informing the entrants due to the concerns about Avian Influenza, which stated the show birds must be harvested within 24 hours of the conclusion of the broiler show to protect the broiler industry and continuation of the show in Shelby County.

The youth have started the task of raising the chick for the Broiler Show to be held on Saturday, October 3rd.

August 20, 2015 - A ribbon cutting event hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors was held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the office of Luquette Chiropractic in Center.

Meg Camp, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, introduced Dr. David Luquette, DC who was excited to speak about his new location, and introduced some of his staff members

"I've been in business for over 20 years and this community is a major part of who I am, and I hope that we can grow with this new location to the point to where we have more services," said Dr. Luquette.

Currently the location will be open on Tuesday and Thursday with the Nacogdoches location being open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dr. Luquette was very excited about the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department and their ability to provide x-rays.

"We're hoping to be one of those chiropractors that make a difference in a small town, because you work with the medical community," said Dr. Luquette.

Luquette Chiropractic is located at 203 Hurst Street in Center and can be reached by calling 936-598-3200.


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August 20, 2015 - Piney Woods Photographic Society would like congratulate the winners of the August Challenge.

1st place - Bobbie Wood, Center

2nd place - Billie Jones, Center

3rd place (Tie) - LeaAnn Robertson, Tenaha

3rd place (Tie) - Sheila Harris, Center

August 2015 Challenge Winners with theme, Night/Moon/Stars, were 1st place - Bobbie Wood; 2nd place - Billie Jones; and 3rd place (tied) LeaAnn Robertson and Sheila Harris.

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.

The next meeting will be September 19th. The workshop will feature "Photoshop Tips & Tricks" with a monthly challenge of "Barns".

The August meeting was held this past Saturday with a monthly Challenge of: "Night/Moon/Stars". Members submitted photos for critiquing featuring long exposures/night shots.

The PWPS would like to welcome new member Sharon Peace.

For more information about club meetings or submitting photographs to the East Texas Poultry Festival Photography Contest, contact Billie Jones, (936)591-2426

August 19, 2015 - Lowrance Electronics were in Center Tuesday evening, August 18th at the Shelby County Bass Angler's August meeting.

Lowrance gave a very informative seminar on the latest innovative trends in sonar and imaging systems in the marine industry. In addition, individuals brought their personal electronics for updates and setups to fit their needs. The meeting was open to the public and a very good turnout was welcomed with a meal and refreshments by the club. Angelina, Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine, Panola, and Sabine counties were represented with anglers eager to learn more about the products.

Photo: John Schweitzer(left) and Clyde McAfee(right) with Lowrance presented a hands on display of new depth finder models of sonar, gps, and structure scanning equipment to fit all angling needs.

August 19, 2015 - The Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA), XYZ Homemakers Club of Shelby County attended the annual District 5 TEEA Cultural Arts Conference in Tyler on July 21, 2015. Nine Shelby County members attended this event and enjoyed art demonstrations and a wonderful lunch. Dot Golding conducted an art demonstration on painting a silk scarf. In addition, members showcased their cultural arts talents in categories such as photography, quilts, recyclables, crafts, painting and more.

The arts were judged and the following Shelby County members placed as follows: Beaula Webster – 1st place in the recyclables category with her quilt made from men’s ties, Ellen Manning – 1st place in the tablecloths category with her hand-woven tablecloth, and Dot Golding – 1st place in the crochet category with her framed crocheted butterfly.

If you would like information on participating in the XYZ Homemakers Club, please contact Ellen Manning, president at 936-598-3081 or county extension agent Jheri-Lynn McSwain, M.Ed., M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu or by phone at 936-598-7744.

Nora Robinson, a guest, (38 years); Jim and Ann Forbes (62 years) and Mike and Linda Bordelon (50 years)

August 19, 2015 - Joe Anderson announced that it was time to start the Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting on Aug. 17, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church . W. A. Moore gave the opening prayer and Harold Hanson led the singing while Alice West played the piano. We sang “I Stand Amazed” and My Jesus I Love Thee.” We sang Happy Birthday to Maudie Warr and then Happy Anniversary to Mike and Linda Bordelon who have been married for 50 years and Jim and Ann Forbes who have been married for 62 year.

Mr. Anderson recognized all the visitors who were Kathy Childs, Makayla Mayo Shirley Cunningham, Cindy Brown, nora Robins Susan Kruger, Bill and Jane Langenbacher and Carrie, Emily, Jake and Jared Jenkins. Then Mr. Anderson blessed the food and asked a special blessing for our program.

Jim Forbes introduced Hans Polk who told us his feeling about the Holocaust and what he feels about conditions in the world today. The fact that the air conditioner was not working in the room contributed to our feeling very heated about what happens when there is hatred amongst people. The world has not learned one thing from history. We were challenged to not take our freedom for granite as people continue to not seek to love and help others.

We had the minutes of the last meeting. A small quilt was given as a door prize and Frances Chance won it! Ann Forbes presented the Prayer Report and we agreed to pray for the concerns at home. David Bain led our closing prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning