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Pictured are (from left) Terry Scull, Becky Jeans, RSF trustee; Deb Poquette, Linda Barbe, John Barbe, Jerry Pinkston, RSF Chairman; and Alease Copelin, RSF trustee.

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April 28, 2016 - Photo by Shelby County Today - Bo Barbe, a public educator in Shelby County for over 34 years was honored by his family and friends with a Roughrider Memorial plaque on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Mr. Barbe, a 1953 Center high School graduate was a big believer in education. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Stephen F. Austin.

During his 34 years in public education he spent 12 years at Excelsior Common School, 5 years Shelby County Co-op, 1 year Timpson ISD, and 16 years Center ISD - First Director of Special Education. Bo had been serving on the Excelsior ISD School Board for 19 years at the time of his death.

His wife, Linda Barbe, also taught kindergarten at Excelsior and Center ISD for 29 years. She attended Cooper Arcadia School 1st thru 3rd grades and graduated Timpson High School in 1956; Stephen F. Austin in 1972, and gained a Masters Degree at Stephen F. Austin in 1984. Their children, John Barbe and Deb Poquette helped Linda write the following note describing him to the recipient of the first scholarship to be awarded in his name next month.

Bo Barbe was many thing to many people. To the students in his classrooms, Mr. Barbe was a giant of a man with deep compassion for children and learning. To the many kids he influenced outside his classrooms, Mr. Bo taught many lessons. Lessons he learned as a boy growing up in Shelby County; he showed kids how to farm, work hard and respect the land.

He taught many to hunt and fish and love the outdoors; he taught the correct way to grip a baseball and he showed how an education sets the groundwork for success later in life. To his many friends and co-workers, he was always there with a big grin and sage advice... most of the time it even was asked for. He expected the best from his students and teachers and was usually rewarded in seeing them exceed not only his expectations but theirs as well!

From the Barbe Family, we were lucky to call him Husband, Dad and Poppa. We wish you much success and hope this scholarship helps you soar far beyond your goals and exceed your teachers expectations.

April 27, 2016 - A sea of books, CDs, and other media awaits you at the semi-annual book sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Library at 916 Tenaha St. 

The sale, starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. and running through Saturday, sells paperback books for 50 cents, while hardbacks cost $1. You can find thrillers, romances, western, craft, gardening, sci-fi, novels, how-to books, Christian and children's books --just to name a few categories.

The proceeds from the sale are used for the purchase of new books and media.

Stop in for the fun next week!

April 26, 2016 - The Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCC) program is bigger than it has ever been. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce had a record setting year with 307 members signup for the 2015-2016 term from all the Shelby County Schools. The program has 54 seniors of the 307 members who are graduating in May. Many of those graduating have been JCC members since their 8th grade year and have represented the Chamber and the community for six years.

Congratulations to the following seniors and thank you for your service to the Chamber of Commerce and for your community involvement.

Center High School - (Junior Chamber of Commerce) Mayra Hernandez, Jacqueline Alvarado, Juan Apolonio, Deja Goodwin, Sarai Ramos, Gabriela Castaneda, Rosalva Huerta, Emily Campbell, Merari Gonzalez, Brylee Hendricks, Brianna Cox, Kori Bailey, Stephanie Presa, Daniela Garcia, Brittany Lawrence, Marissa Birdwell, Hunter Wigington, Arnol Escobedo, Chloe Gipson, Elizabeth Hernandez, Tynequa McGee, (Young Ambassadors) Sara Lindsey, Noemi Guerrero, Juan Garcia, Paloma Ruiz, Sydnee Denney

Joaquin High School - (Junior Chamber of Commerce) Kristen Harvey, Jasmine White, Dustin Romsey, Julianna Martin, Shelby Diven, (Young Ambassadors) Destiny Cooper, Cole Powdrill, Lavadezamen Atkins, Maddison Andres, Colby Hamilton, Alexis Byrd

Shelbyville High School - (Junior Chamber of Commerce) Marrissa Roberts, Jabria Jenkins, (Young Ambassadors) Devenne Smith, Cleosha Jeter, Wytavia Jones, Ty Miller, Christasha Johnson

Tenaha High School - (Junior Chamber of Commerce) Tyler Muckelroy, Colton Goeke

Timpson High School - (Young Ambassadors) Kiasmin Page, Cadey Belrose, Rocio Venegas, Whitley Cantrell, Hannah Wolf, Anna Cuevas, Bethany Lindgren, Vanesa Pacheco, Kara Thorne

Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCC) members are Shelby County students who are in the 8th to 12th grades that meet the criteria and as JCC members they assist the Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassadors in various projects and opportunities of hospitality and service. They assist in many chamber and community events. JCCs must wear their Chamber shirts which are a dark blue when volunteering.

For JCC members to become a Young Ambassador, they are required to have been a JCC for 2 years and a junior or senior in school. As a Young Ambassador they are required to fulfill more chamber and community hours than JCCs. Young Ambassadors wear a hunter green shirt when volunteering.

April 26, 2016 - Silver Motley wins flower urn raffle at Center Garden Club's recent Flower Show.  Thank you to Silver and the many friends and supporters who purchased tickets from Garden Club members.

Submitted by Alison Scull

April 26, 2016 - Larry Black Shares Lawsonville History and Miles Cemetery Restoration with TAGHS

Even with the advent of the internet and the ability to search records online, genealogical research is often difficult. African American genealogy is doubly challenging because slaves were usually not identified in the census and birth and death records were seldom kept.  San Antonio resident and retired Air Force veteran A. W. “Larry” Black has not been deterred by these challenges as he has sought to learn more about his ancestors, many of whom came to Rusk County as slaves.

A native of Lawsonville, a mostly disappeared community in southeast Rusk County, just north of Concord, Mr. Black was introduced to genealogy by a neice. Mr. Black's father had told him that their ancestors came from Alabama by way of Louisiana in 1857 as the slaves of Benjamin Franklin Miles, who settled near Lawsonville and started a plantation. Mr. Black's research bore this out and revealed the existence of the Miles Cemetery somewhere near Lawsonville, where the Miles and many of their slaves are buried. Mr. Black's brother said that he believed he knew where the cemetery, now located on private property and unkept, was located. Permission was granted by the current landowner, who knew the cemetery's location but nothing of its history, for them to visit the graveyard. Accompanied by the landowner, they eventually came to an overgrown old cemetery, surrounded by an iron fence, about ¾ of a mile back in the woods.

Inside the fenced 30' by 50', plot Mr. Black and his party were excited to find several fine headstones, the largest of which was that of Dr. Albert B. Miles, son of Benjamin Franklin Miles, who died in 1894. Nearby stood a number of other impressive markers, including that of Benjamin Franklin Miles, who had been interred there in 1864. Further searching of the area outside the fence revealed many additional but more modest markers. Some of these bore the names of persons known to have been slaves. Others were unmarked. Mr. Black had a burning desire to see the historical cemetery restored. The landowner, pleased to know who the people who were buried on his property were consented, with the stipulation that no large trees be cut.

That was eight years ago and the Miles Cemetery looks much different today.  Mr. Black has made frequent trips from San Antonio, returning to the graveyard and, with the aid of family members and volunteers who must be taken to the site on a trailer, clearing away brush and small trees. 46 graves are now known, 26 with names, and more are being discovered with each visit. Mr. Black says he always offers a prize to the person who finds the most additional graves on each visit and his pride in what has been accomplished is obvious. “  I admire the people buried in that cemetery for what they did in the past.  We work there now to honor them and have fun”  he says.  The group will return to do additional work on October 8 and invites anyone who would like to help to join them.  Mr. Black may be contacted at awblack1945@yahoo.com for more information.

 TAGHS meets at 2pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond streets. The public is invited. 

April 25, 2016 - The first Jon, Macy, Misty Bush Foundation Talent Show was held Saturday, April 23, 2016 with 16 talented acts performing in various ways such as dance, hula-hoop, and singing. Joann Bush announced the People's Choice award winner to be Charity Tinner who sang a praise song. First runner up singing and dancing to Safe and Sound version by Capital Cities was John Austin Ford. Second runner up who also performed a praise song was Haley Hass. Third runner up was Trinity Sims who won the audiences heart with her hula-hoop routine to hokey pokey.Charity Tinner and Joann Bush

All the performers were winners because of their participation in the talent show which was a fundraiser for the J.M.M. Bush Foundation which helps children with major medical needs. The foundation also has a mission to help find a cure for a life-threatening illness called Juvenile Dermatomyositis which is a disease effecting every muscle in the body. It is not known why or how this disease starts and there is no known cure for this crippling deadly disease. To learn more about the J.M.M. Bush Foundation or find out how to make a donation, visit them online at http://www.jmmbush.org/

John Ford and Joann BushHaley Hass and Joann BushTrinity Sims and Joann Bush

April 25, 2016 - Thank you to all who participated in the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center annual butterfly release. We are grateful that you chose to be a part of this truly wonderful event! The butterfly release is an opportunity for our community to contribute their time to raising awareness of child abuse. Together we CAN protect our children, stop abuse, and build a strong and prosperous future for our community. We are thankful to have the continued support of such a caring and dedicated community.

April 20, 2016 -Spring is in the air and it is book sale time again at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library! If you missed the Fannie Brown Booth Library fall book sale, don't miss this one! Tuesday, April 26th - Saturday, April 30th during regular library hours.

Library is closed on Monday and open Tuesday through Thursday 10am -6pm, Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm.

 

April 25, 2016 - A sea of books  CDs, and other media awaits you at the semi-annual book sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Library at 916 Tenaha St. The sale, starting Tuesday (April 26th) at 10 a.m. and running through Saturday, sells paperback books for 50 cents, while hardbacks cost $1. You can find thrillers, romances, western, craft, gardening, sci-fi, novels, how-to books, Christian and children's books--just to name a few categories.

The proceeds from the sale are used for the purchase of new books and media.  Stop in for the fun next week!

April 24, 2016 - (Album) - The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) hosted their annual Butterfly Release at the Community House in Center Friday, April 22, 2016, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. An opening prayer was led by Luke Garrett who was followed by Steven Shires, Shelby County Assistant District Attorney and SCCAC board member, who acted as the master of ceremonies.

Shires recognized members of the SCCAC board, and Court Appointed Special Advocate representatives who were present for the event. Once everyone had a butterfly envelope Shires counted down and 120 butterflies were released into the sky.

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