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February 19, 2015 - VFW Post 8904 & Ladies Auxiliary held a wreath laying ceremony on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in remembrance of the sinking of the USS Maine and its crew in Havana Harbor 117 years ago.

Following a prayer led by Gene Hutto, VFW Chaplain, Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster spoke about the USS Maine and its crew.

"117 years ago the USS Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana Cuba, killing 266 American crewmen and marines. Spain was blamed for that explosion and the Spanish-American War began as a result. Less than four months later the United States won a decisive victory. It was the first war the United States had fought outside its shores. 3,000 American military were lost, mostly from yellow fever, typhoid and fighting in the jungles."

Hume quoted Teddy Roosevelt who said to his troops as they mustered out, "Enjoy the next 15 days because after that you will be forgotten."

He stated they were forgotten and because of the United States Government's refusal of proper medical the veterans banded together, "These veterans banded together in organizations that would become the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. These are our forefathers of our organization."

Newton Johnson Jr., Sr. Vice Commander, laid the wreath on the veterans memorial and Taps was featured as presented by Mike Langford , Post Commander.

February 19, 2015 - Dr. Jerry Hopkins was the guest speaker at the Shelby County Historical Society meeting held on February 17, 2015.

A Growing Adventure: A History of Clever Creek Baptist Church is a book written by Dr. Hopkins which he presented during the meeting explaining the beginning and continued life and ministry of the church.

Dr. Hopkins is seen at right as he attended the Shelby County Historical Museum.

February 19, 2015 - Woodmen of the World presented a donation for Agriculture Education Day on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

The event will be held at the Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena on May 1, 2015 and will have a variety of activities for students to learn from.

Venora McSwain, Woodmen of the World Representative, is pictured at left with Will Lucas, Chair Committee of Agriculture Education Day, as she presented a $500 check on behalf of Woodmen of the World for the event.

Jeff Stewart (right), Cryptozoologist, is seen with James "Bobo" Fay (left) Bigfoot Investigator with the television program Finding Bigfoot.February 18, 2015 - Local wildlife expert and Cryptozoologist Jeff Stewart is once again in the center of attention. The Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot has set it's sights on East Texas and enlisted the expertise and experiences of Mr. Stewart. While Mr. Stewart could not divulge any particulars of the filming schedule or locations he did say he is quickly gaining a huge amount of respect for those in television.

Mr. Stewart has filmed with Destination America, Discovery and Animal Planet so far and will be a key note speaker at the upcoming Phylosophenomina Festival in Glen Rose Tx. On March 22.

February 18, 2015 - Source: The Episcopal Diocese of Texas - Jean Diebolt received the Bishop’s Award for Ministry at the recent Diocesan Council in The Woodlands. Bishop C. Andrew Doyle praised her dedication and continuing efforts to improve access to health care for her East Texas community. “Jean’s ability to bring people together for the benefit of her patients has set an example for all of us,” he said. “She and her team do exemplary ministry and we are grateful for the transformation of lives that all their efforts have brought about.”

To read the full article, click the following link (http://www.epicenter.org/article/hope-continues-to-grow-in-east-texas/)

Bishop C. Andrew Doyle and Jean Diebolt

(L to R, front row) Frances Chance, Anna Stuever, Rachel Campbell, Carolyn Bounds, Cindy Brown, (back row) Shirley Owens, Margaret Stockton, Judy Matthews, Lisa Albers, Linda Bordelon, Janette Whittmann, Jackie Hancock, Colleen Doggett, and Cherry JonesFebruary 18, 2015 - Valentines, flower show, and anniversary plans were subjects of conversation at the Center Garden Club meeting held Wednesday, February 11th at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Garden Club President Colleen Doggett welcomed everyone and introduced the club's newest members who are Cindy Brown and Anna Stuever. Doggett also announced the club moved their 60th anniversary celebration to May which will coincide with announcement of new officers.

The club then discussed upcoming plans for the 2015 Flower Show to be held in April. Carolyn Bounds addressed the club and announced this year's flower show theme to be 'Nature's Gallery.' Bounds expressed excitement about the artistic style theme.

Following the business meeting, members came together and decorated valentine's cards which were later distributed to local area nursing homes. Door prize winners of flower pots with various lilies, dandelions, and irises made by Judy Matthews were Shirley Owens and Linda Bordelon.

New Members: (L to R) Cindy Brown and Anna StueverDoor Prize Winners: (L to R) Linda Bordelon, Judy Matthews, and Shirley Owens

February 18, 2015 - Amy Permenter, a senior at Shelbyville High School, was crowned Saturday, February 14th as the new Miss Lufkin. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Wesley and Lynette Permenter of Huxley, Texas.

Permenter won the divisional crown in her age group in the Lufkin pageant and due to having the highest scores over all the participants in the pageant, she won grand supreme queen as well.

Winning the crown is nothing new for this high school senior as she is also the current Miss Shelby County, Miss Watermelon Festival, and Miss Texas State Forestry Festival queen. Permenter has been traveling the country preparing for one particular pageant to be held in September, the Miss Texas Pageant.

Permenter applied to be an contestant in the Miss Texas Pageant and was notified her application was accepted. Permenter said, "It is a challenge competing at that level and I'm excited for the opportunity." She has been preparing for the Miss Texas Pageant through practice and studying current events.

All the local pageants have been great opportunities for practice. She also recently spent a week in New York City as part of a International Models and Talent Association (IMTA) training convention which was done in front of modeling agencies from all over the world. She has participated in a fashion show in Dothan, Alabama which included modeling wedding dresses and has trained with Victoria Henley who was in the 19th cycle of America's Next Top Model. She has also modeled for Alicia Zenobia, a clothing designer from New Orleans.

Lynette Permenter, the mother of Amy Permenter, said, "Amy has done pageants since the 5th grade. She is a very determined young lady and greatly appreciates all the support from family, friends, and community she has had along the way."

Shelby County 4-H Food Members and Project LeadersFebruary 17, 2015 - The Shelby County 4-H Food Project students have been quite busy over the past several months. In November, the Food Project began with educational workshops on Kitchen Safety, Food Safety, Nutrition Basics and Public Speaking. During these workshops, participants practiced the knowledge gained while perfecting their food prep and cooking skills.

The Shelby County 4-H Food Project group had participants in the Food Challenge and the Food Show competitions at the District level which was held Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Those placing and participating at the district show were as follows:

Food Show: Emilee Elliott – 1st place for Food Show - Junior Division, Protein Category. Jennifer Buffington – 8th place, Senior Division, Protein Category.
Nutrition Posters: Emilee Elliott – 2nd place – Junior Division.

Food Challenge Mixed Division placed 3rd. Team members included Clarissa Menefee, Hannah Menefee, and Marrissa Riley.

Project Leaders Shannon Menefee and Kim Oswalt have really worked hard to provide leadership and relevant educational workshops for our 4-H Foods Project. A special thanks Mrs. Menefee and Mrs. Oswalt for going above and beyond to make this experience for the kids fun and enjoyable and also for taking their time to make our community a better place for our youth.

Emilee ElliottJennifer Buffington2015 Food Challenge Team

February 17, 2015 - Gospel quartet members Harold & Naomi Hanson and Joyce & Bill Funderburk presented a musical program to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their February meeting at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center. Mary Ivey, Louise Hayden, David Bain, and Bobbie Nutt won the heart candy door prizes.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

Addison Brown - 1st PlaceFebruary 16, 2015 - The Little Fox Marketplace and Just Stuff are pleased to announce the winners of our Valentine's Day Guessing Contest. For several weeks, shoppers guessed the number of balloons in the front display window.

The closest guess was only 14 balloons away from the actual number. Addison Brown won a giant gift basket from Just Stuff (KB Axen). Kristi Holt won a candy bouquet for her second place guess, 24 away from the actual number. Our third place prize was a Wiggle Worm donated by db Metal Art. This cute creature is going home with Becky Grant for her prize winning guess -- only 36 from the actual number.

Kristi Holt - 2nd Place

Just Stuff (KB Axen) and db Metal Art are two of the fantastic vendors at The Little Fox Marketplace on the Center Square. "Like" us on Facebook to get updates on an exciting new art contest coming soon!

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