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September 30, 2015 - Texas Influenza Awareness Day is October 1. Flu vaccine is now available in Texas, and the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people that there is no reason to wait to be vaccinated. The number of flu cases will soon be increasing, so people should protect themselves and their families with flu shots now.

Everyone 6 months old and older should get vaccinated. People age 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or kidney and liver disorders are more susceptible to serious influenza complications, so flu vaccine is especially important for them.

“People in these higher risk groups should also see their health care provider promptly if they do get the flu,” said Dr. Lisa Cornelius, DSHS Infectious Diseases Medical Officer. “A doctor can prescribe antiviral medications that can make the illness shorter and less severe and help prevent complications. Treatment works best if it is started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.”

Influenza is an illness caused by one of a number of related viruses. Symptoms usually start abruptly and include fever, body aches, chills, a dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches and extreme fatigue and can last a week or longer.

The flu vaccine is formulated every year to match the flu viruses researchers think will be circulating. Last year, changes in the flu virus caused the vaccine to be less effective. The strain that caused most of the illness last year is incorporated into this season’s vaccine, and researchers expect it to be much more effective.

All flu vaccines this season are made to protect against viruses similar to the strains A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2) and B/Phuket/3073/2013. Some vaccines will again provide protection against a fourth strain, B/Brisbane/60/2008.

September 28, 2015 -“Texercise” Fitness and Wellness Program Will Show You How

To help Shelby County residents prepare for the challenges of an older society, and to make them more aware of resources available to them, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a fun and informative “Texercise” and Walk-Across-Texas program.

This 8-week fitness and nutrition program, designed for those 45 years and older, will take place each Tuesday beginning October 13 and running through December 1, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM at the Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site in Center, Texas. The cost of the program is $10.

Participants will receive a pedometer to help them track their steps, an exercise and nutrition handbook, and a program t-shirt. Incentives will be provided and a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Hibbet Sports will be conducted for those completing the program.

“Texas is a young state, but that’s about to change—fast,” said Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences. “In the next 30 years we’ll see our 60-plus population grow to more than 25 percent of our population due to longer lifespans, the aging of the Baby Boomers and a steady stream of retirees moving in. That’s why we’re working with the Texas Department on Aging and their Texercise health and wellness initiative. We want to help people get ready for the changes ahead.”

Texercise, an initiative of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), seeks to motivate individuals and communities to engage in regular physical activity to age well and live well. For more information or to register for the program, contact the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744 or email to Registration information and payment is due by September 30, 2015.

September 28, 2015 - Congratulations to the 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court. Kamaryn Smith was crowned the 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen at the coronation held Saturday, September 26. First runner-up was Princess Alexis Barlow and Second runner-up Princess Hannah Hall.

Children of the Court during the East Texas Poultry Festival pageant were Miss Avery Lawson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Whitehead and Mrs. & Mrs. Craig Lawson, escorted by Mr. Rex Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob Payne. Miss Hudsyn Wulf, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Deuce Wulf, escorted by Sutton Link, son of Mrs. Haley White and Mr. Chris Link. Miss Hannah Wages, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Wages, escorted by Mr. Wade Collard, son of Dr. & Mrs. Randy Collard.

Thank you to the East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s court platinum sponsor Shelby Savings Bank for making the pageant a huge success. Gold sponsors for the event were JML Management, Sombreros Mexican Grill and Wiggins Farms.

East Texas Poultry Festival Opening Ceremonies sponsored by High Roller Wells will beheld under the Big Tent at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Queen Kamaryn Smith and her court will cut the feathers opening the festival.

For additional information, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email

September 25, 2015 - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Press Release

The 39th East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Company was held Wednesday on the Historic Downtown Center Square. A large number of spectators enjoyed the Queen’s Court candidate floats, civic organization and business entries. Junior Chamber of Commerce students led the parade.

According to parade chairman, Holly Adams trophy winners include:

  • First Place – Center UPC Yellow Team
  • Second Place – Center UPC Red Team
  • Third Place – Center Youth Cheerleaders.

The Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods was held after the parade. Chairman Denise Merriman announced the winners.

  • Adult: First Place – Farmers State Bank, Second Place – Paige Hairgrove, Farmers State Bank #2, Third Place – Sheila Burch.
  • High School Youth : First Place – Taylar Windham, Second Place – Jacee Hooks, Third Place – Nykevia Jones.
  • Youth: First Place – Mackenzie Simmons, Second Place – Carly Gray, Third Place – McKenna Williams. People’s Choice Award went to Farmers State Bank Team #1 and Best Dressed Table went to Paige Hairgrove, Farmers State Bank #2.

The Queen’s Court parade winners will be announced Saturday at the East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Pageant at 6:00 p.m. at Center High School cafetorium.

The festival will begin with opening ceremonies presented by Farmers State Bank at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 1.

Gold Sponsors for Doo Dah Parade, Ilho Sales and Imports Professional Title Services, Gold Sponsors for the Chicken Cooking Contest, K & L Contractors and Triple J Feed.

September 25, 2015 - Members of the ’15-’16 Joaquin FFA Show Team started their show season last month, traveling to several jackpot livestock shows. They also traveled to Texarkana, Arkansas to compete in the Four States Fair Livestock Show.

Abi Hooper showed a steer, a Charolais, and two Beefmaster heifers. Her steer won Grand Champion at the Four States Fair and the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show and Reserve Grand Champion at the Detroit FFA Livestock Show. Her Beefmaster won Grand Champion of the American Division and Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer at the Colmesneil FFA Livestock Show and Reserve Grand Champion at the Waskom show. The Charolais won her breed at the Waskom show, and placed 2nd in class at the Four States Fair. Abi was selected Champion Jr. Steer Showman in Detroit, and she won both Steer and Heifer Showmanship Champion at the Colmesneil show. Last weekend, Abi’s Beefmaster won Grand Champion at the Carthage Clash Jackpot Show held by Panola Ag Boosters. Her steer won Supreme Champion.

Lauren Neal was selected as the Jr. Showmanship Champion at the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show held in Marshall, Texas. She exhibited two Limousin heifers, placing 1st and 2nd in their classes at both the Waskom FFA and Detroit FFA Shows. At the Four States Fair, both of Lauren’s Limousins came home with blue First Place ribbons for winning their classes. Lauren’s brother, Jake, showed a Limousin in Marshall, placing 3rd in his class.

Cralon Hughes caught a calf at the Houston Calf Scramble last March. He is showing a young Brangus heifer as a result of his successful catch. His young heifer placed 3rd and 4th in several competitive classes of Brangus cattle. Cralon was recognized as a top showman in the Senior Heifer Showmanship competition at the Colmesneil FFA Jackpot Show. At the Four States Fair, Cralon came home with a blue 1st in Class ribbon for his Brangus cow/calf pair. Also, at the Waskom show, Cralon exhibited a Braford calf and earned 1st Place.

Trey Harvey showed 2 Red Angus heifers in Detroit and 4 heifers at the Four States Fair. His Detroit calves placed 2nd and 3rd in a tough class of quality cattle. At Four States, two of his heifers who are close in age competed in the same class. They won 1st and 2nd Place. He also entered two other heifers who came home with blue ribbons. Trey’s heifers represented 3 classes in the Champion Drive of Red Angus, and his was selected Reserve Grand Champion.

Tucker and Allison Gamble are each showing Brangus heifers this year. At the Detroit FFA Jackpot Show, both Tucker and Allison’s heifers won 1st Place in each of their classes. Allison’s went on to win Reserve Grand Champion of the American Division. Tucker exhibited a Brangus at the Four States Fair. She won her class and received high praises from the judge.

The Joaquin FFA Show Team will travel to Tyler, Texas this week to compete with other FFA and 4-H members at the East Texas State Fair. The Junior Breeding Heifer Competition will be held Friday and Saturday, and the Junior Steer Show will be on Sunday.

September 23, 2015 - Center Middle School students participated in the annual tradition of meeting at the flag pole, joining in prayer for their friends, families, teachers, school and nation. This event was student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led.

Pictured are (left to right) Caroline Scull, Kristen Orsak, Taylor Burch, Makayla Mayo, and Tyler Herndon welcomed the group and shared the background of the event.

September 23, 2015 - Tri-C Center Base Head Start will celebrate Head Start’s 50 year history by hosting a community-wide block party to raise awareness of Head Start and honor the contributions of local partners, staff, and families. Center, Texas will join communities across the country in the national festivities, coordinated by the Office of Head Start (OHS), to commemorate this historic milestone.

Locally, the Head Start 50th Anniversary Block Party will be held October 14, 2015 from 5pm until 7pm at the old elementary school located at 214 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas. All are welcome to join in on the festivities!

At 4:30 CT participants will tune in to a national message livestreamed from the Campagna Center Head Start in Alexandria. The livestream will include special guests, celebrating Head Start’s 50 years of success and recommitting to 50 more years of opportunity.

Head Start programs across the country provide critical early education, health, nutrition, child care, parent involvement, and family support services to millions of at-risk children and families. For more information about NHSA, visit

September 22, 2015 - Debbie Leggett, Personal and Professional Enrichment Chair, presented a program on "Creative Painting" to members and guests at the Sept. Delta Gamma meeting in Hemphill.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

September 22, 2015 - On September 16, the 2015-2016 Panola College Foundation Board gathered in the Murphy Payne Community Room to conduct a quarterly business meeting and welcome new members. The Panola College Foundation was formed to support and promote the mission and vision of Panola College, to seek and obtain gifts for the advancement of Panola College, and to assist the students of Panola College by providing fellowships and scholarships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to increase community awareness of the programs and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.

This year’s board members are (L to R) Mr. Joe Reed, Mrs. Patricia Smith, Mr. Richard Ballenger, Mr. Bobby Phillips, Mr. Gene Giles – Vice Chair, Mrs. Kathleen Kruebbe, Mr. Jonathan Perlman, Mrs. Brenda Giles, Mrs. Fannie Watson, Mr. Robert Sherman – Chair, Ms. Carolyn Murphy, Mrs. Sandy Payne, Ms. Sharon Ivey, Mr. Phillip Grimes – Secretary, Dr. Greg Powell, Mr. Ray Schieffer. Not shown: Mr. Matthew Pool, Dr. Dennis Golden, Mrs. Kathrine Ripper, Mr. Steve Williams and Mrs. Jessica Pace

September 22, 2015 - Johnie Gray gave the opening prayer for the Golden harvest Ministries Club on Septerber 21, 2015 in the Fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.  Joe Anderson  announced that there was an Anniversary Cake for Mike and linda Bordelon's 50th wedding anniversary.  Jheri-Lynn McSwainintroduced a new program given by the Extension Service.  She callenged us to get involved with an exercise program given at the Nutrition site starting October 13 at 10:00 in the morning.  Ed Miller briskly led us as we sang "In My Heart There Rings a Melody" and Oh how I love Jesus" while Alice West played the piano.

      Those with September birthdays were recognized. They were David Bain, Johnie Gray, Ellen Manning Terri miller and Bobbie Nutt.  Joe Anderson introduced the visitors.  We had Margaret Stockton, Robbie Kerr, Shirley Owens, Alease Copelin and Suzanne Ihlo. Danny Brown asked the blessing on the food and everyone helped themselves to the delicious dishes of food that the members provided.

     The program chair introduced Alease Copelln, a Career Technology Counselor for Center Schools.  She explained the prupose of the Back pack program and told us how many meals were given to children on Friday so they could have nourishment over the week-end and be better students when they came to school on monday.

Then Suzanne Ihlo gave some  history of the First Methodist Cemetery and explained the process necessary to obtain a Historical Marker for a cemetery.  She has completed the application and now this project is waiting approval by the Historical Commission but it is over 200 on the list of aplications.  So we are waiting to see the marker.  We each need to take care of cemeteries in our area.

     Betty Green gave us a financial report.  Ellen Manning read the minutes of the last meeting.  Linda Bordelon said that next month the program will be on Dutch Ooven Cooking and that we could go to Shelbyville to see Dutch oven Cooking in action when they have their meeting. The Bee Club is having a meeting  on Wed in the Community Room in the Court House.  Ann Forbes thanked those who helped in the kitchen and she metioned that Linda Bordelon did a nice job putting fresh flowers on the table.  Then we went over the Prayer Report very carefully making additions as people thought of others who were sick or in need of prayer. Jack Smith led us in a closing prayer.