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Blue Ribbon Tree Ceremony Held on Center Square; Harbison Shares Abuse Statistics - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link -

Posted by Shelby County Today on Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016 - Album - Community leaders, child protection agencies and citizens of Shelby County gathered on the Center square April 8, 2016 to recognize the issue of child abuse by honoring its victims.

Alice Pate, Community Partners Rainbow Room, welcomed everyone who attended the event and at her request Rob Merriman, First Baptist Shelbyville Pastor, led the group in an opening prayer.

Pate felt the blue ribbon tree is a touching way to remember the victims of abuse in Shelby County, "People think it doesn't happen in small communities, but it's everywhere."

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison thanked the Community Partners Rainbow Room, Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center and volunteers for their participation. She also shared some of the statistics pertaining to Shelby County. "As of last year, we had 90 confirmed victims of abuse in Shelby County and we had 59 kids to go into foster care, but unfortunately we had one child who died because of the abuse that had been put upon them."

Harbison said many people asked her last year what the blue ribbons and the ceremony on the square were about. She said that gave her the opportunity to share and explain.

The participants then commenced to tying the ribbons to the tree to remember those victims of abuse. The balloons were an additional recognition for all unknown cases of abuse.

April 8, 2016 - My daughter, Brooklyn Oliver​​​, will be having a major back surgery at the end of May/beginning of June. We will be staying in Dallas at the Ronald McDonald House. We are very grateful and blessed to have the RMDH, however, it is not free (though would be discounted) and we need funds for lodging and meals. We are scheduled to stay in Dallas for 2 months after the surgery and we are expecting great results for Brooklyn on her next step to walking! Many people have asked, if we have anything setup for help and support.  

We have set up a few things. 
A GoFundMe - 
T-shirt Fund Raiser

All help will be greatly appreciated. Feel free to tell your friends and family. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support.

April 8, 2016 - Shelby County Tax Accessor/Collector Debora Riley announces Vehicle Registration Department will be closed for training in Austin for three days, Wednesday, April 13th through Friday, April 15th. Normal hours will resume Monday, April 18th, 2016.

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@Ford #Ford Center Motor Company Celebrates Grand Opening, 25th Anniversary - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link -

Posted by Shelby County Today on Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 - Members of the community, business owners and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce were present for the long-awaited grand opening of Center Motor Company at its new location on Hurst Street in Center.

Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Center Motor Company owner Ray Jones.

"Center Motor Company has been a pillar of the community and has been in business for 65 years," said Phelps. "That's one amazing thing to start with, the other thing is look at this facility, who would have ever thunk it? It's just absolutely gorgeous and beautiful, and the service continues that this company has been well known for many years."

Jones thanked everyone for being at the event and was glad to see many of them return. He expressed appreciation to the customers for enduring the business' move to its new location and what he said was maybe not as good of service during that time.

"I think it's going to be well worth it, you know, everybody's going to be able to do business with us in a little more comfort, if they want to," said Jones.

He thanked many for their assistance in the endeavor including Chad Nehring, City of Center Manager; David Chadwick, Center Mayor; Center City Council; Center Economic Development Corporation, including Jim Gibson; Farmers State Bank including Mark Leach and Neilson Davis; Shelby Savings Bank representatives for their presence; Ford Motor Credit Company, Jody Thomas; Scott Lauer, Market Representation Manager; Larry Gach, Houston Regional Sales Manager; Bob Stinson, Construction Manager.

Jones remarked several of his brothers and sisters were present for the event as well.

Meg Camp, President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, spoke with Jones on behalf of the ambassadors. She thanked him for inviting everyone to the business' great occasion, stated it was very good for Center.

Larry Gach, Houston Regional Sales Manager, then made a presentation to the Jones family, "Normally I get to do these events and they're very exciting, but really, we're combining two major events today which is really unique," said Gach. "We might be a little bit late on the 25th anniversary, which is what the plaque's all about, since it happened about 11 months ago, but never too late to celebrate it. Of course the other major, major thing obviously is the facility."

Gach stated how the new facility means a great deal to the community, Ford Motor Company and Lincoln Motor Company. He stated how thrilled they are about how well the facility finished out. Gach then delivered a letter from David Mondragon, Ford Motor Company Executive Director of U.S. Sales. In recognition of the business being an authorized dealer for 25 years, this was followed by Gach presenting Center Motor Company with a 25-year plaque and a 25-year pin to Jones.

"The final thing I want to say is, the investment in the community and the facility is indicative of a a lot of things we're doing at the Ford Motor Company as well, as we continue to invest in our products," said Gach.

Anyone interested in visiting the new facility, or in the market for a new vehicle can find Center Motor Company at its new address, 816 Hurst Street in Center. For additional inquiries contact the business by calling 936-598-3361.

Video below by Buster Bounds




April 6, 2016 - It recently was time again for what has become an annual competition at Center Intermediate School. This year the competition between the 4th graders and 5th graders was which class of students could sell the most cookie dough. As has become tradition, each grade is represented by a member of the administrative staff of the school who, if the class they represent does not meet their goal, has to kiss a member of the livestock community. What has also proven to be tradition is, Principal Heath Hagler has had to kiss, on three separate occasions, two pigs and a horse.

Students from the 4th grade and 5th grade gathered outside the school gymnasium at Center ISD Intermediate School in preparation for the event on March 28, 2016. Hagler represented the 4th grade and the 5th grade was represented by Tracy Bolton, At Risk Coordinator. Bolton proudly led the event as he once again was not required to plant a "wet one" on a squealing or neighing beast. He in fact was the head cheerleader of the event and was able, with the assistance of a loudspeaker, to influence the students to chant "kiss the horse."

Principal Hagler, good sport that he is, approached "Blacky" the horse and his owner Beth Nichols, wooed the horse with a bucket of grain and proceeded to place a kiss on the horses nose to the delight of all students present.

Mr. Bolton wanted it to be known to all, he has won this competition three years in a row which has resulted in Hagler having to pay up, and this year he had to kiss a horse.

Take a look at the last time Principal Hagler had to kiss a pig by viewing the related video below.



#CenterISD Intermediate School Principal Heath Hagler kisses a pig for a school fundraiser as kids chant their encouragement - See the video here on #ShelbyCountyToday

Posted by Shelby County Today on Friday, January 30, 2015


April 5, 2016 - Jacob Locke, sophomore at Texas A&M University, was one of 20 members of the TAMU Trap and Skeet Club that competed at the 2016 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships in San Antonio, March 29-April 3.

The event took place at the San Antonio National Shooting Complex and included 76 teams representing colleges nation-wide. There were 476 total competitors that participated in various disciplines including International and American versions of Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand, and Sporting Clays. Each team shot a total of 2350 clay targets, with the TAMU team hitting 2206.

The team was awarded a Division II National Championship trophy and each member will receive a National Championship Ring and Belt Buckle.

Jacob has been shooting with the team for two years while at TAMU, and is a former member of the Shelby County 4-H Shooting Sports Team, coached by John Henry and Chelsea Holloway. Jacob is also a member of the TAMU Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit and serves as the Clays Team Gunnery Sergeant.

April 5, 2016 - The PWPS would like to let everyone know that there WILL NOT be a monthly meeting in April. The Club has scheduled a photo shoot trip to attend the "Feather Fest" in Galveston.  There will, however, be a regular meeting in May, 5/21/16, per the normal schedule, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the basement of the First United Methodist Church, Center, Tx.  Any questions may be directed to Janet Hughes,  a (903)720-3499.

"The PWPS did hold their regular monthly March meeting Saturday, 3/19/16 with a workshop, conducted by Janet Hughes, featuring "Exposure Compensation." The monthly Challenge was "Reflections" with some outstanding entries. The results are as follows:

March 2016 Challenge Winners - Theme: Reflections
First Place - Tie: Jan Carter, San Augustine
First Place - Tie: Janet Hughes, Carthage
Second Place: Billie Jones, Center
Third Place: Shelia Harris, Center

April 2, 2016 (Photos: Album1, Album2)- Children up to the age of 10 participated in Green Acres of Center's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 25th at the Center City Park. Green Acres' volunteers littered the playground area all the way to the spray ground area with Easter eggs giving the park a colorful makeover.

Kids were divided into three age groups. The ones who gathered the most eggs were awarded with prizes.

Winners were as follows: (Ages 0-4) Levi James and Jayla Barkins, (Ages 5-8) Jarrett Champion and Makenzie Simmons, and (Ages 9-10) Sureya Ceniceros.

April 1, 2016 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary would like to remind citizens of their ongoing recycling program.  Laser and inkjet print cartridges along with cell phones can be dropped off at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha St., Center, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  Let’s save the environment for future generations.
Pictured is Post Quartermaster Larry Hume preparing to send off 21 laser cartridges, 110 inkjet cartridges and 12 cell phones donated by Shelby County Citizens.

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March 31, 2016 - In honor of those who served for peace in Somolia, Commander Gene Hutto laid the memorial wreath during the VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary observance on the courthouse grounds March 31, 2016.

Larry Hume said, "Well good morning, nice little crowd we have here, thank you for coming. It's a great day. You know Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both within and outside the continental United States. Never has this humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil war in the East African country of Somalia."

"Ultimately hundreds of thousands were saved from starvation, but unintended involvement in the Somalian civil strife cost the lives of thirty American Soldiers, four Marines, and eight Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 and 1994," continued Hume.

In elaboration of the Somalian aid Hume explained, "And the American Military has established the conditions for peace in the mist of a famine and civil war but unlike later in Bosnia the factions were not exhausted from the fighting and were not yet willing to stop killing each other or anyone else caught in the middle. There was no peace to keep and the United States withdrew all its military combat troops in March of 1994. The American GI had, as always, done there best under difficult circumstances to perform a complex and often confusing mission. But the best military in the world can only lay the foundation for peace, it cannot create peace itself."

As a final tribute, Bugler John Piersol played taps.

In closing, Hume thanked everyone for coming because without them this day would have went by unnoticed in Shelby County, Texas.