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March 24, 2016 - Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison signed a proclamation on March 22, 2016 declaring April to be Confederate History and Heritage Month. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 282 were witness to the signing. Below is the proclamation.

From left: Glynn Hartt, Lynn Hartt, Jim Barrett, and Leslie Gill holding "Little T"

Whereas: Texas is a collection of many cultures and heritages united by a common history, and individual heritages and diverse backgrounds; and,

Whereas: Shelby County, Texas saw many of her sons from each of these cultures and heritages engage in honorable and distinguished military service for Texas and for the Confederate States of America; and,

Whereas: The flag of the State of Texas was carried by Texas Confederate soldiers in every major battle of the War Between the States, and the state contributed over 115,000 soldiers and sailors to the service of the Confederate States of American; and,

Whereas: Upon the conclusion of the war, many of these some citizen soldiers again become citizens who worked tirelessly to reunite and rebuild this country and forge reconciliation; and,

Whereas: Knowledge of the role of the Confederate States of America in the history of our state and nation is vital to understanding who we are and what we are; and,

Whereas: We honor our past and from it draw the courage, strength and wisdom to reconcile ourselves and go forward into the future together as Texans and Americans; and,

Whereas: The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are historical, patriotic and non-political organizations dedicated to ensuring that the true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved, honoring locally and statewide those who served Texas and the Confederate States of America; and,

Whereas: Confederate Memorial Day, April 26th is an official observance day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America and the month of April bears significance since it marks both the beginning and the ending of the War Between the States,

Now, therefore: I, as Shelby County Judge do hereby proclaim that April 2016 is "Confederate History and Heritage Month" in Shelby County, Texas, and encourage all residents to increase their knowledge of the history of Shelby County and the State of Texas, and particularly of the role played by Confederate Veterans of all races and ethnic backgrounds in the history of our state and nation.

Proclaimed this 22nd day of March, 2016

Allison Harbison, County Judge

Dr. Danny Paul and Sally Windham provided the musical entertainment for the March meeting of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club.  Members and guests enjoyed local favorites and original songs composed by Danny Paul.

March 22, 2016 - President Joe Anderson called the Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. on March 21 at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center on our 2nd day of spring.  Easter decorations and spring flowers welcomed 34 members and guests. Rev. Carl Smith led members in hymns for the Easter season ("At Calvary" and "He Lives"). 

Members celebrated Linda Anderson's March birthday and one anniversary was recognized when Bobbie Nutt remembered her husband of 58 years. Visitors were Janette Harvey, Bettie Weeks, and Barbara Cruse.  Ann Forbes shared the prayer report for members and family who were in area hospitals, nursing homes, and other special concerns, as well as those in missions and serving in other countries.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

March 21, 2016 - As a part of the Biggest Loser competition, the Shelby County Fit Fun Run & Walk 5K was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016  at the Center Park Pond Pavilion behind Panola College. 42 participants including men, women and children arrived for the event benefiting the Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

The entry fee consisted of canned items and the total amount collected was 175 cans. These cans were then contributed to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Agrilife Extension Agent, organized the event.

Sponsors included Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Nacogdoches Medical Center who provided pedometers to the first 25 entries.

The next 5K event is set for April 16th.


March 21, 2016 - The Yard of the Month for March 2016 is presented to Carl and Linda Doudna.  The beauty of their Serenity  Gardens are absolutely a dream.  March marks the beginning as gardens awaken.

March 19, 2016 - Due to excessive flooding in the Beaumont area, The American Red Cross had to reschedule the giveaway of emergency kits to next Saturday at the firehouse at 10:00am. We are sorry for the delay, but in the mean time Community Christian Services will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Please come to First Baptist Haslam to fill out paperwork. We will be providing food, clothes, toiletries, bedding, resources, etc. to people in need or those affected by flooding. Please give us a call if you have any questions. (936)269-3006.

Thank you,

Lauren Hovey


March 18, 2016 - The first day of 42 tournament play of the Shelby County Grill Fest ended with three teams advancing to the finals which will be at 11am Saturday, March 19th at the Windham Civic Center.

The winners of last year's tournament, Royce Johnson/Don Lovell, advanced this year as well after defeating teams Lynn Johnson/Louise Johnson and Terry Allen/Joey Lawson. Lynn Johnson/Louise Johnson were two-time tournament winners, 2012 and 2014, but fell in the first round.

Sombreros Manager Carlos Rodriguez  drew the playing order for Saturday games.Ed Johnson/Will Lucas defeated teams Eddie Green/Donna Green and Keaton Bush/Devin Jackson for a chance to play in the finals. Lucas partnered with David Koonce to win the tournament trophy in 2013.

Bubba Bush/Cecil Jackson defeated teams Jesse Teske/Chance Shoop and Joe Morris/Benjie Smith to be the third team to advance to the finals.

Johnson/Lovell won the draw for a bye in the first round of the finals. Johnson/Lucas will play against Bush/Jackson in the first game Saturday at 11am with the winning team going against Johnson/Lovell.

Click here for the Bracket

March 18, 2016 - Center Garden Club took top honors at the District III - Texas Garden Clubs Spring Convention by winning 31 awards.

With the theme "Follow the Monarchs through Paris," 67 members represented 25 District III Texas Garden Clubs for the March 16-17 event at the Country Club in Paris, Texas.

"The Butterfly Lady" Leslie Lange, who operates the Fluttering B. Butterfly Ranch in Colleyville, Texas where she raises and releases Monarchs, Painted Ladies, and Gulf Fritillaries, presented the program on present dangers to butterflies and ways to protect them in our environment.  Members were given Milkweed seeds (which are essential for the survival of the Monarchs) to plant in their own gardens.

From left: Linda Bordelon (Center Garden Club), District III Historian; Linda Goller (San Augustine Garden Club), Southern Zone Director, Nita Beale, District III Director; Carol Moore, State President, Texas Garden Clubs, Inc; and Center Garden Club members, Judy Matthews; Jackie Hancock who also serves as the District III Treasurer; and Cherry Jones.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

March 18, 2016 - Following the press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department concerning the IRS Scam, Shelby County Today received an email from one it its viewers, Andy Stevens. He reported the next day receiving a call which threatened a lawsuit instead of arrest and wanted to warn others.

Andy Stevens reported, "I got a computer generated call this morning from 360-362-4728 saying they are the IRS and they have begun a lawsuit against me. Unless I call them back they will continue the suit. Please people, be aware that such calls are a SCAM!"

The Attorney General of Texas website has a page devoted to Frauds and Scams - The website offers a wealth of information including Tell-Tale Signs of a Scam, Consumer Complaint Form, and Fighting Identity Theft.

Below are a list of resource for anyone wanting to educate themselves against falling victim of scams:

March 17, 2016 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors attended a new member ribbon cutting for John Michael Burns Insurance, on Tuesday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director said, "We are here, John [Burns], to say congratulations, to document today, and to welcome you and wish you the best success in all the services you offer."

John Burns said he is an agent of Farmers Insurance Group which has been around since 1920 and his is the second office to open in Center. As a Farmers Insurance agent, he provides auto, home, life and commercial insurance with the intent of expanding those services in the future to include financial. Burns then introduced his family including his wife, Holly Burns, who is a teacher at Center ISD and his four sons.

Burns Insurance is located at 1125 Tenaha Street in Center.  Refreshments were served as well as promotional items given away.


March 15, 2016 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.

The next monthly meeting will be Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, Center, Tx. 9:00am - 12:00pm. The monthly workshop will feature "Exposure Compensation" and the March Challenge will be "Reflections". Visitors are always invited to attend. For more information concerning the meeting or information, contact Billie Jones, 936, 591-2416,

The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their February, 2016 meeting with a great workshop about "Lightroom - Develope Module" taught by Janet Hughes. The February Challenge was "Food" with the following challenge winners:

February 2016 Challenge Winners - Theme: Food

First Place - Jan CarterSecond Place - Bobbie WoodThird Place - Donna Holt