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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 or call (936)598-2941.

May 10, 2016 -  Gardening abounds in Texas. We have selected Mrs. Betty Burgay who enjoys all that gardening has to offer!  She enjoys nature at it's best, and you can certainly see she loves to spend time in her gardens. Congratulations to Betty Burgay!!

May 9, 2016 - It is fawn (baby deer) season again. Please do not pick up fawns if they are in no danger. Examples of when you would remove a fawn are: in danger of attack by dogs, fire ants attacking it, hay equipment injury, the doe (mother deer) killed by a vehicle or injury, fawn laying in the road. If you encounter a fawn in distress please contact your local Game Warden or licensed wildlife rehab please do not feed the fawn anything. Janet Ballard TPW REH-0811-311. If you leave your phone number in a message your call will be returned as soon as possible. 936-368-7105

Blake Koltonski - Overall Winner Largest Single Bream.May 7, 2016 - Album1, Album2 - The 38th Annual Take a Kid Fishing (TAKF) bream tournament was held at Huxley Bay Marina on Saturday, May 7, 2016 with Blake Koltonski and Allie Jones being named the overall winners.

Participants in the event fished throughout the morning and then had their fish weighed by the Shelby County Bass Anglers. Following their weigh-in, each participant was presented with a new rod and reel to take home. After the total number of participants had their fish weighed the winners in each division were determined. Lori Alvis, event coordinator/Center Broadcasting Manager, was the emcee of the awards ceremony.

Allie Jones - Overall Winner Heaviest String by Weight.Alvis thanked Huxley Bay Marina for allowing the event to be held there, and thanked Trails End for preparing and providing hot dogs, she also thanked Junior Chamber of Commerce members from Shelbyville High School and Middle School and all other volunteers.

"The Shelby County Bass Anglers are such a great co-host with the Center Broadcasting Company Team. We've had successful years, year after year, and this is our 38th year. I just want to say thank you to everyone and we appreciate everything," said Alvis.

The Overall winner of the Largest Single Bream division was Blake Koltonski who was presented a $100 gift card to Wal Mart in the name of Kenneth Folsom. The Overall Heaviest Stringer by weight was Allie Jones who also was awarded with a $100 gift card to Wal Mart in the name of Kenneth Folsom. Both of the gift cards were donated by the Shelby County Bass Anglers.

Tournament results are as follows:

3-5 Age Group
Largest Single Bream - Blake Koltonski, .76
Smallest Fish by Length - Scarlett Gibbs, 6.5 cm
Heaviest String by weight - Noah Neal, 2.06

6-10 Age Group
Largest Single Bream - Allie Jones, .55
Smallest Fish by Length - Taylor Buckley, 6.2 cm
Heaviest String by weight - Allie Jones, 2.49

11-15 Age Group
Largest Single Bream - Levi Porter, .63
Smallest Fish by Length - Taylor Buckley, 6.2 cm
Heaviest String by weight - Levi Porter, 2.37

Overall Winner
Largest Single Bream - Blake Koltonski, .76

Overall Winner
Heaviest string by weight - Allie Jones, 2.49

Casting contest Results are as follows:
3-5 Age Group
1st place, Mason Hendricks - 24"
2nd place, Kinslee Stevens - 41"
3rd place, Chase Harbison - 42"

6-10 Age Group
1st place, Brayden Raymond - 5"
2nd place, Bailey Shadix - 10"
3rd place, Kendravious Roland - 10"

11-15 Age Group
1st place, Levi Porter - 11"
2nd place, Holby Miller - 11"
3rd place, Paxton Graves - 13"

Donna Holt, Martha Rushing, Billie Sue Payne (City Council), Barbara Prince, Kathy Sawyer (Library Grant and Program Director), Sandra Davis (Library Director), Laura Rowe (Ways and Means, Correspondence Secretary), Andi Foster (Ways and Means Chair), Pam Phelps, and Linda Miller (Treasurer)

May 6, 2016 - The Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter made a $4,000 donation to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

The donation was presented by Andi Foster, Ways & Means Chair, to Library Director Sandra Davis. The donation was from a recent fundraiser held in April which was a raffle sponsored by the generosity of area businesses and the community.

The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library depends greatly on the support of the community. The library has served Shelby County residents at its present location since 1974. It is an active resource for the community providing summer programs for kids and teens, online research resources, online books, free public internet access, copy machine, IRS income tax forms, voter registration cards, and more. If you would like more information about the library or what you can do to help, visit

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.

May 5, 2016 - Shelby County Today would like to welcome its newest advertiser - Top Notch Construction. They specialize in house pads, ponds, driveways, demolition, and land clearing. With over 20 years experience, Top Notch Construction provides guaranteed work. Financing is available, credit cards are accepted, and trades are welcome. Contact Chad Adams at 936-590-2919, 936-269-9320 or email

Be sure to look for Top Notch Construction in the block ads running on the right side of Shelby County Today.

From left: James Dotson, Kitty Bennefield (President), and Mike Bordelon

May 4, 2016 - Local Beekeepers James and Cindy Dotson (from Hemphill) and Mike Bordelon (from Huxley), spoke to the Deep East Texas Beekeepers Association about honey made products at their May 3 meeting in San Augustine, Texas.

James and Cindy demonstrated the process of making meade (wine honey), a product which dates back to 7,000 BC in China, and Mike explained how to make cream honey. Afterwards, members were able to sample the meade and cream honey. 

The Deep East Texas Beekeepers Association meets the 1st Tuesday of each month (6:00 p.m.) at the Chamber of Commerce in San Augustine. A beekeeping program is presented each month and local beekeepers share information and answer questions about beekeeping.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Deep East Texas Beekeeper Member

May 3, 2016 - Kylen Smith of Shelbyville, Texas, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Smith was initiated at University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Smith is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit