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May 16, 2016 - The District Five 4-H Round-up and Food & Nutrition contests were held on April 29-30, 2016 at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.  We had a record number of 4-H’ers enter in the virtual fishing tournament, photography, food show, food challenge and taxidermy contests.

A special thank you to all our 4-H parent volunteers for making this an exceptional experience for the youth of Shelby County.  A special thank you to following project leaders:   Ms. Tasha Jones - photography, Ms. Shannon Menefee - food and nutrition, Ms. Anna Stuever - fashion, and Ms. Sheryl McGown – taxidermy, Mr. & Mrs. John Henry Holloway – shooting sports..


Alyssa CummingsFood Show
1st - Junior Division - Dairy – Alyssa Cummings
8th - Junior Division – Fruits and Grains – Maggie Turk 
7th - Intermediate Division - Protein – Emilee Elliott

Food Challenge
2nd - Mixed Team – Clarissa Menefee, Hannah Menefee, Maggie Turk and Alyssa Cummings


Five individual fishing events were conducted during 2015-2016 with 4-H’ers placing as follows:

Event 1
1st – Jaxon Brittain
2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Collin Lloyd
Event 2
1st – Jaxon Brittain
2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Collin Lloyd
Big Bass – Seth ShamblinEvent 3
1st – Jaxon Brittain
2nd – Seth Shamblin
Event 4
1st – Collin Lloyd 
2nd – Jaxon Brittain
3rd – Seth Shamblin
Event 5
1st – Collin Lloyd 
2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Jaxon Brittain


Overall Tournament Results

1st – Jaxon Brittain - Angler of the Tournament 
2nd – Collin Lloyd
3rd – Seth Shamblin 
6th – Lily Martin
14th – Corbin Arwine 


Pictured left to right back row:  Chloe Musico, Mason Barbee, Collin Lloyd, Clayton Hinton, Tyler Allen Mathew Borders, front row:  Levi Birdwell, and Connor ScatesThis was the first year Shelby County 4-H’ers participated in the Taxidermy project, and we had over 20 entries in the District 5 Roundup contest.  Place in the following categories were:

Junior Taxidermy Only
Collin Lloyd-1st place
Connor Scates- 3rd place

Junior Taxidermy & Habitat
Chloe Musico-1st place
Collin Lloyd-2nd place     
Connor Scates – 3rd place

Intermediate Taxidermy Only
Mathew Borders-2nd place
Tyler Allen-3rd place
Mason Barbee-4th place
Clayton Hinton-5th place
Intermediate Taxidermy & Habitat
Tyler Allen – 2nd place
Mason Barbee-3rd place
Mathew Borders-4th place
Levi Birdwell-5th place
Clayton Hinton-6th place


Junior Division
1st in Animals – Domestic – Michelle Gomez
2nd in Animals – Wildlife – Lily Martin
2nd in People – Michelle Gomez
3rd in Dominant Color – Michelle Gomez
2nd in Plants – Lily Martin
3rd in Plants – Michele Gomez
1st in Food – Lily Martin    


Pictured left to right:  Aiden Arwine, Logan Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Tucker Scarber, Hagan Craig, Dawson McFadden, Colby Lout, Lance HollowayThe annual District 5 shotgun games were held at the Pines Gun Club in Lufkin on May 7, 2016.  Shooters competed in 5 events including skeet, trap, 5 stand, sporting clays and tower.  Results are as follows:
Junior Novice (1st year 3rd-5th grade)
Colby Lout- 1st skeet, 1st tower, 2nd trap and HOA Jr. Novice

Intermediate Novice (1st year 6th-8th grade)
Dawson McFadden- 1st skeet, 1st trap, 2nd tower and 
HOA Int. Novice & HOA overall novice

Tucker Scarber- 2nd skeet, 2nd trap, 4th tower, 3rd 5 stand and 2nd sporting clays
Hagan Craig-4th skeet, 5th trap, 3rd tower, 4th 5 stand and 5th Sporting Clays    

Pictured left to right, back row:  Aiden Arwine, Colton Gutermuth, Logan Holloway, Dawson McFadden, Lance Holloway, Tucker Scarber, and Hagan Craig. Not pictured:  Colby LoutIntermediates
Aiden Arwine- 3rd trap
Lance Holloway-2nd skeet, 2nd trap, 3rd tower, 1st 5 stand and 3rd Sporting Clays
Colton Gutermuth-3rd skeet, 1st trap, 1st tower, 4th 5 stand, 1st sporting clays and HOA Intermediate

Senior I
Logan Holloway-1st skeet, 3rd trap, 1st tower, 3rd 5 stand, 1st sporting clays (50/50) and Senior I HOA

We would like to congratulate all our Shelby County 4-H’ers on their contest achievements.

If you would like information on this program or participating in other Shelby County 4-H projects, please contact county Extension agents Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Family and Consumer Sciences at or Lane Dunn, Agriculture and Natural Resources at or by phone at 936-598-7744.

May 13, 2016 - Pineywoods Beekeepers Association President Mike Bordelon presented a program on his success with the "Miller Method of Raising Queens and Splitting Hives" to 62 members and guests at their May 12 meeting in Lufkin, Texas.

He demonstrated a step-by-step procedure using actual frames and hives. The club meets the 2nd Thurs of each month (except in June where members have a picnic at a member's home and in December where members have a family dinner) at 7:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce in Lufkin.

Danquien Horton at Relay for Life 2015May 13, 2016 - Danquien Horton, formerly of Shelby County, is a multiple time cancer survivor and has participated in the Shelby County Relay for Life for many years.

Due to health reasons, Horton moved to Houston and was featured in a heart warming story on Monday, May 9th on ABC Channel 13 News. To read the story, click the following link - Mom living without heartbeat finds hope with wearable technology.

Relay for Life is today, May 13th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Come out and celebrate those who have won their battle against cancer, those who are fighting the fight, and remember those whose journey was ended by cancer. Come out and Relay to raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.

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.