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Judge Allison Harbison (seated) signs the proclamation with (from left, standing) Stacy O'Rear, Shirley Brittain, and Kelli TalbertMay 12, 2016 - Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison signed a proclamation on May 6, 2016 for the 11th annual Relay for Life of Shelby County Cancer Survivor Day on May 13, 2016.

For the first time ever the Relay For Life of Shelby County and their annual Survivor Dinner have been scheduled for the same night on Friday, May 13, 2016. It will be held at the Windham Civic Center....that's right it will be an inside event...also another first. 

The Survivor Dinner will be held from 5pm to 7pm with the Relay's first ceremony of the evening, the Survivor/Caregiver Ceremony, starting at 7:15pm and our closing ceremony scheduled for 11pm. This is the 11th annual Relay For Life of Shelby County and we hope that everyone will come help us celebrate our Survivors and Caregivers and remember all of those we have lost to cancer. 


Whereas, Relay for Life is the signature activity of the American Cancer Society and celebrates cancer survivors and caregivers, remembers loved ones lost to the disease, and empowers individuals and communities to fight back against cancer; and

Whereas, this year the Relay for Life of Shelby County celebrates a decade of fighting against cancer and we have raised over $800,000 dollars which supports the American Cancer Society's mission of saving lives and creating a world with less cancer; and

Whereas, Relay for Life, which raising much needed money for cancer reseach, also continues to fight for lifesaving laws to increase the federal research funding, reduce tobacco use, raise the awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and patient support; and

Whereas, we, here in Shelby County are fortunate to have dedicated and compassionate citizens who are willing to work and support the American Cancer Society in their fight; and

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that I, Allison, Harbison, County Judge of Shelby County, Texas recognize all the many volunteers and participants from area families, corporations, churches, and civic groups and does hereby proclaim May 13, 2016 as "The Eleventh Annual Relay for Life of Shelby County, Cancer Awareness Day"

May 11, 2016 - We wish to thank everyone for all of the kind words, prayers, flowers and visits during our Mom's illness and after her passing. 

Our family is grateful to Bro. Chris Collins for his kind and comforting words at the service. Thank you to all of you that were in attendance at the visitation and at the service, and to those who participated. There was also a kind gentleman that cut our lawn - Thank you James Barton. 

We owe a special thanks to Steve Windham for catering Chicken Express for everyone after the service. This was very generous and much appreciated gesture. 

We would also like to acknowledge Watson and Sons Funeral Home for their excellent and compassionate service. 

- The Dennis, David and Dale Hite Families

May 11, 2016 - The Seven Sisters Red Hat group met for lunch on Tuesday, May 10 at The Sammich Shop inside Nettie's Nook on the Center square. They enjoyed the delicious soup, salad, and sandwiches. They were treated with purple and red decorated cupcakes and Red Hat gifts on the tables. Thanks for the royal treatment!

May 11, 2016 - The Center HS Alumni Association announces 2016 Homecoming dates as follows:

  • CHS Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, September 16 at 3 pm in the CHS Gym.
  • CHS Homecoming Game – Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm vs. Diboll at Roughrider Stadium.
  • CHS Alumni Association Meeting – Saturday, September 17 at the Community House. Please note the location change! Doors open at 9. Meeting begins at 10 am. CHS Hall of Honor award will be presented during the meeting.
  • CHS Homecoming Parade – Saturday, September 17 at 4 pm on the Downtown Center Square (Participants line up behind Farmer’s State Bank).

Photo from left:  Carol McMillan, Immetiate Past President Fannie Watson, President Nora Robinson, 1st Vice President Tammy Sparks, 2nd Vice President Melba Pahal, Recording Secretary Gail Bounds, Corresponding Secretary Sylvia Jackson, Treasurer Tommie Thomas, and Parliamentarian Linda Bordelon.

May 11, 2016 - Delta Gamma past president Carol McMillan installed the 2016-2018 officers at their May 9 meeting in San Augustine. The Delta Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International serves key women educators in Sabine, Shelby, and San Augustine Counties.

May 11, 2016 - The Delta Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International celebrated Founders's Day at their May 9 meeting in San Augustine. Dr. Annie Webb Blanton founded the Society on May 11, 1929 with 11 other educators while she was working at the Texas State Department of Education.  Dr. Blanton was president of the Texas State Teachers Association, the first woman to serve Texas as Superintendent of Public Instruction, and National Education Association Vice President for 3 years. 

Delta Kappa Gamma promotes professional and personal growth of women educatiors and excellence in education.

May 10, 2016 - First United Methodist Church, Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department and the Masonic Lodge of Joaquin are proud to announce the creation of the Mike Wood Memorial Scholarship.

This is a joint effort by three of the community groups that Mike was active in. They will share in fundraising for a scholarship to be given each year, rotating menu selections, etc., and holding the event at First United Methodist Church each year. Applications will be taken each spring, and the winner will be announced in May.

Applications can be made by graduating seniors of Joaquin High School, college enrollees, trade school enrollees, and fire department members wishing to further their education.

The first recipient of the scholarship amounting in $1,500 will be Carsen McFarland, Mike and Lavonne Wood's granddaughter, who is going to graduate school this summer at the University of Houston.

The first fundraiser will be a catfish dinner with all trimmings on June 4th, beginning at 11am at the Joaquin Methodist Church.

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May 10, 2016 - The Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and Auxiliary gathered on the historic downtown square on Monday, May 9th to hold an observance to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of VE Day at the Veterans Memorial.

A Memorial Wreath was placed by WW II Veteran Jim Cox in honor of those who served and those killed in action in the European Theater during World War II. Names of those Shelby County Veterans killed in action were also read. 

Each year the World War II Allies remember May 8th, 1945, the date when they accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.

In the United Kingdom more than one million people celebrated in the streets and in the United States President Harry Truman who turned 61 that day dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt. President Roosevelt had died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than a month earlier.

From left: Anna Lee presents donation to Sherry Harding, SC Outreach Ministries Executive Director

From left: Anna Lee presents donation to Brown and Judy Stegall of Empty Arms

May 10, 2016 - Eta Rho, chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, hosted their final meeting of the 2015-2016 year on Monday, May 9.

Eta Rho has had a record fundraising and community service year through their Dresses for Dreams events. Dresses for Dreams events including raffling a Louis Vuitton handbag and a formal dress drive in February. 

In March, Eta Rho hosted a sale of the dresses that were collected. All dresses that were not sold, were donated to Center and Shelbyville school special needs programs, Goodwill and Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

With all of the hard work of the members of Eta Rho and the outpouring of support from the Center community, Eta Rho was able to have an outstanding year! As a way for Eta Rho to give back to the community, they were able to present a $2,000 donation to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, as well as a $2,000 check to Empty Arms. Both of these organizations are huge assets to the Shelby County communities and Eta Rho is very honored to be able to assist them in their efforts. 

From left: Lacie Payne, Kim McElroy, Misty Wilburn, Michele Askew, Sherry Harding of Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Brown and Judy Stegall of Empty Arms, Anna Lee, Jackie Windham, Alyssa Andrews, Kristen Chumley and Camille Stanfield. (Click image to enlarge)

Also, Eta Rho inducted it's 2016-2017 club officers: Lacie Payne, President; Jackie Windham, Vice President; Michele Askew, Treasurer; Alyssa Andrews, Secretary.

May 10, 2016 - New Restaurant in Center

CENTER, Texas (May 10, 2016) - For years, a 3 acre tract on Tenaha Street went undeveloped largely because of insufficient utility infrastructure. A new Chicken Express restaurant now occupies this space with a second adjoining lot available for commercial development.

"The Center Economic Development Corporation was approached with the concept of helping extend a waste-water line which will allow for further commercial development on this important thoroughfare," explained Center City Manager Chad Nehring. "The EDC is allowed to engage in targeted infrastructure projects to assist retail investment."

The EDC Board agreed to reimburse the developer up to $15,000 for the installation of the waste-water line.

For more information on the Center Economic Development Corporation, visit www.TexasSizedOpportunities.com or call (936)598-2941.