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April 19, 2016 - President Joe Anderson called the Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting to order at 11:30 am on April 18, 2016 with 32 members and guests attending on a rainy, spring day. Harold Hanson welcomed everyone and recognized Sheriff Willis Blackwell. Harold led everyone in "The old Rugged Cross" and "At Calvary"---both favorites of all.

Sheriff Willis BlackwellBro. Carl Smith's birthday was celebrated, and wedding anniversary greetings went to Dot and David Bain; John and Winnie Preston; and Josh (youth director of FBC) and Amy Sanford. Our only guest was guest speaker Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

Get-well cards were signed for Linda Anderson and Mary Ivey.

Jim Forbes introduced his friend Willis Blackwell, his old-time fishing partner and sheriff of Shelby County. Sheriff Blackwell discussed current scams that mainly target senior citizens by promising money and prizes if a certain amount of money is received by a date given. Members were made aware of the wide variety of scams and how to be better protected from such activities. Other current problems in the county were also discussed, and Sheriff Blackwell gave updates on each one.

Prayers were given for those who were ill, in the hospital and nursing homes, as well as other concerns.

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club meets at 11:30 am on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center, Texas, for lunch and a program of interest.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

April 19, 2016 - The Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter announces the winners of their annual fundraiser drawings held Monday, April 18 with proceeds benefiting the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library and other community projects.  Members with the Preceptor Upsilon Chapter extend their appreciation and gratitude to the businesses for their generosity with donating prizes and to the community for supporting this year’s fundraiser.  The 2016 fundraiser winners include: 

Kelli Snider:  GRAND PRIZE – GREAT ESCAPE 7 DAY/7 NIGHT VACATION and $500 VISA GIFT CARD – Donated by Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter and Texas State Bank

Luke Motley:  FIRST PRIZE - APPLE iPAD AIR 16GB – Donated by Farmers State Bank and Sabine State Bank

Brad Rushing:  SECOND PRIZE – Yeti Cooler Donated by Shelby Savings Bank and 2 Yeti 20 oz. Tumblers – Donated by Vieux Carre Photography 

Beta Sigma Phi is an international non-profit organization, non-academic sorority for women offering opportunities friendship, development of cultural appreciation, and community service.  The Greek letters stand for life, learning and friendship.  Approximately, 12,500 chapters in 20 countries meet twice a month for a brief business meeting and cultural program.  Founded by Walter W. Ross in Abilene, Kansas in 1931 with seven members, the organization today has 250,000 members.  Beta Sigma Phi supports various projects including the International Endowment Fund, Disaster Relief Fund, Breast Cancer Research Fund and Scholarship Fund.

From left: Jolene Tindol, Amy Lindley, Police Chief Jim Albers, Communications Supervisor Donna Duggar, and Daniel Williamson. All photos by Lisa Albers.

April 18, 2016 - The 2016 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was April 10th through April 16th.

The Center Police Department's Auxiliary showed appreciation for their dispatchers with lunch and gift bags on Wednesday, April 13th. Dispatchers enjoyed a pizza and cake party. The gift bags were 'survival kits' filled with items dispatchers often need including pen, notepad, water bottle and koozie, Kleenex tissues, and candy for energy.

The dispatchers who were recognized for their job and given bags were Amy Lindley, Karen Shields, Tiffany Ryals, Bailey Lee, Jolene Tindol, Donna Duggar (Communications Supervisor), Daniel Williamson, Jennifer Stroud, Deanne Evans, and Brittany Pridgen.

A line often associated with dispatchers is 'helping save lives one call at a time.' Dispatchers answer calls for 9-1-1, are the central connection to officers in the field, records activities logs, answer non-emergency calls as well as a host of other duties. They perform their job with calmness in the storm. They have to remain calm for those calling in with an emergency and for officers dealing with dangerous situations in the field all the while waiting patiently at their station until the situation is resolved. Dispatchers are the unseen hero behind the scene.

The Center PD Auxiliary says thank you for being the heart behind the thin blue line and the thin red line.

Lisa Albers, Auxiliary member, asks everyone to remember when you make that call…. they are more than a voice.

April 15, 2016 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, family and friend, and community members attended a new member ribbon cutting for Parmer Pools with owner Dirk Palmer on Thursday, April 14.

Andy Foster, Ambassador vice-president, welcomed everyone, "I want to thank everyone for attending the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting today. On behalf of the Chamber Ambassadors and Directors, congratulations to [Parmer Pools] and your staff for joining the chamber and opening your doors to the community." Foster ended saying, "We are here to serve you and help you promote your business and get the word out and send customers your way."

Owner Dirk Palmer gave an introduction and description of services offered, "We do pool service, we sell inground fiberglass pools, we do maintenance on inground and above ground pools and sell them and sell chemicals and supplies for all pools. If anybody needs anything, we are here to service y'all."

Palmer introduced the staff of Parmer Pools who are Jessica McSwain, Jesse Gann, James, Billy Ramey, Cody Price, Alex Caporali, and Eugenio Gonzalez.

Parmer Pools is located at 209 Nacogdoches Street, Suite C in Center. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10am until 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. For more information, call 936-332-9013.

Delta Gamma Birthday Celebration Committee members (from left): Judy Adkison, Nora Robinson, Deborah Evans, Billie Bailey, and Linda Bordelon, Ceremonies Chairman.

April 14, 2016 - The Delta Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International celebrated the chapter's 68th birthday at their April 11 meeting in Timpson, Texas. The Delta Gamma Chapter began when 14 key women teachers from Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties met at the Polly Hotel in Center, Texas on April 17, 1948. This Society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Delta Gamma President Fannie Watson and the birthday cake in celebration of Delta Gamma's 68th birthday.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

April 13, 2016 - The Delta Gamma Chapter Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International celebrated the chapter's 68th birthday at their April 11 meeting in Timpson, Texas.  The Delta Gamma Chapter began when 14 key women teachers from Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties met at the Polly Hotel in Center, Texas on April 17, 1948.  This Society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

April 12, 2016 - The Shelbyville High School, 28 Member Class of 1960, held a class reunion on April 2, 2016 at the JOI Ranch outside Center, Tx. 

Attending members pictured above standing, left to right, are class members Audley Dry, Victoria, Tx; Travis "Tappy" Wilburn, Center, Tx; Carolyn (Smith) Landry, Garland, Tx; Jo Nell (Wheeler) Adams, Kirbyville, Tx; Carolyn Sue (Watson) Peterson, Carrollton, Tx; Ruth (Risinger) Smith, Shelbyville, Tx; Donald "Don" Windham, Shelbyville, Tx;  Seated, left to right, are class members Molly (Wiggins) Hernandez, Fort Worth, Tx; William Wilburn, Shelbyville, Tx; Johnny Hargrove, Shelbyville, Tx; Linda (Adams) Windham, Shelbyville, Tx;  Not pictured but attending were Gene Gray, Center, Tx; Kenneth Parker, Waskom, Tx; and Willie Lynn (Harbison) Shofner, Houston, Tx.

Deceased members are Bobbie Lynn (English) Campbell, Lonnie Collins, Douglas Collins, Francis (Rash) Collins, Betty Lou (Dry) Mitchell, Wayne Garsee, James Gregston, Paul Roebuck, Dee (Smith) Walters

April 12, 2016 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department recently converted a 5-ton military truck into a 1,800 gallon tanker truck through the DoD Firefighter Property Program. This program provides excess military equipment to fire departments and emergency service providers. Launched in Texas in 2005, the DoD Firefighter Property Program has released over 300 retired military trucks to VFDs across the state to help them better protect lives and property. The USDA Forest Service oversees the program and it is directed by Texas A&M Forest Service.

In addition to converting the military truck into a tanker, the SVFD was also able to construct a new, two bay building to house both the military tanker as well as their primary tanker truck thanks entirely to donated funds from the community. The public is invited to see both the new tanker and the new building during the annual Fire Department BBQ Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, April 16th beginning at 11 am. Plates are $7 and include a chicken leg quarter, sausage link, beans, potato salad, bread and a dessert. The SVFD would like to express our appreciation to the community for your generous support year after year, and we look forward to continuing to grow and serve you.

Related article: TFS Presents Shelbyville VFD with Large Military Truck, Future Tanker Truck

Johnny Cockrell (front middle) was the recipient of a 25-year recognition during the City of Center Employee Appreciation Banquet on April 1, 2016. Also receiving a 25-year recognition; however not present, was Allen Penick. Pictured with Cockrell are members of the Center City council and they are (from left) Mayor David Chadwick, Jerry Lathan, Jim Forbes, Charles Rushing and Joyce Johnson.

April 11, 2016 - Album - City of Center employees were honored at the 2016 Employee Appreciation Banquet on April 1, 2016 at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Chad Nehring, City Manager, spoke to the employees thanking them for the great job they do every day for the city. Nehring remarked how the city was forced in recent years to make some cuts to the city's budget and, regretfully, the banquet was one of those items. He heard from the employees how much the banquet was missed. The city listened and were glad to be able to start back hosting the Employee Appreciation Banquet.

City of Center Mayor David Chadwick and members of the City's Council then spoke to the employees and their families. They each expressed appreciation to them for the job well done and for the positive representation they provide the city.

Employees receiving years of service awards were:

1-Year Award Recipients - Terry Adkinson, Willie Alford, James Blackwell, Charles J. Goings, Sarah Hircsh, Diana Munoz, Angela Neal, Janice Williams

5-Year Award Recipients - Lucy Betancourt, Jim Gibson, Tommy Hughes, Charles Rushing, Steven Thornburgh, Larry Weaver

10-Year Award Recipients - Barbara Boyd, Marcus Cameron, Derrick Lightfoot, Joseph Mitchell

20-Year Award Recipients - Gary Frame

25-Year Award Recipients - Johnny Cockrell, Allen Penick

Following the presentation of awards, the City recognized new employees from each department. Nehring then gave special recognition to an employee of the city who was the winner of the healthy challenge. Clint Tanner won the challenge and lost 79.5 lbs.

Sammy Arnold announces winners during Fun for Funds on March 29th.April 10, 2016 - The Center Noon Lions Club, Shelbyville Lions Club, Center Rotary Club, and the San Augustine Lions Club all joined forces in a fund raising event which benefited the Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM), Senior Nutrition Center (Shelby and San Augustine), Meals on Wheels, food boxes and clothing for needy.

Sammy Arnold presents donation to Sherry Harding for Shelby County Outreach Ministries.Sammy Arnold, coordinator of the fundraiser and Center Noon Lions Club member, presented Sherry Harding with an $8,000 donation from the fundraiser during the Center Noon Lions Club meeting on April 7th. Harding expressed appreciation saying, "I just want to say I really appreciate you guys; it takes us all."

The winners were drawn during the Rotary Club of Center's Fun for Funds Benefit Auction which was held on March 29th. The grand prize was a Grasshopper Lawn Mower provided by Backwoods Buggies of Center, Texas and was won by Luke Motley III of Center. 

Other prize sponsors were: Toledo Automotive, McAdams Propane, Covington Lumber, Shelby Savings Bank, Boles Feed, Farmers State Bank, Ace Hardware, Texas State Bank, Center Tire, Citizen's Bank, Hometown Marine, Sabine State Bank, and Steel Building Supply.

Additional prizes and winners:
Tires donated by Center Tire - Roscoe McSwain
Fish Cooker donated by McAdams Propane - Anna Shirley
Gas Grill donated by Ace Hardware - Rusty Hall
Floor jack donated by Toledo Automotive - Sammy Arnold
Hitachi Drill donated by Covington Lumber - Deloris Lout
Cooler full of Extras donated by Shelby Savings Bank - Bobbie Nutt
DeWalt Drill donated by Steel Building Supply - O'Neal Jackson

From left: Bradley Richard, owner of Backwoods Buggies; Silver Motley and Luke Motley III