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July 27, 2015 - On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary hosted a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center. The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action were read.

July 27, 2015 (Photo by Buster Bounds) - The First Baptist Church in Center, Texas hosted it’s second annual Music Camp July 13-17, for children finishing the first through sixth grades. This year’s theme was “It’s Cool in the Furnace.”

Total attendance was 150 which included children and workers. The week was an exciting adventure as the children heard the Bible story that told about what happened in the furnace. They had recreation time, got to work on crafts, learned music theory, and were served lunch each day. The children did an amazing job learning the entire musical in just one week and performed “It’s Cool in the Furnace” on Friday evening.

This is an annual event, so plan on attending next year. It is an awesome experience!

July 23, 2015 - Ashley McGhen and her husband, Charles, recently moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming from Texas. After their move they visited Lyons Park in Cheyenne where the Cost of Freedom Traveling Memorial was setup on Saturday, June 27th.

The traveling memorial is a tribute to Vietnam veterans as well as other war veterans. The couple found the name of Army Spc. Cory Bertrand, from Center, Texas, on the memorial and took a photo to share.

Spc. Bertrand was killed in action on October 14, 2008 at the age of 18 in Afghanistan. To read more about Spc. Bertrand, visit his memorial tribute at the following link -

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute was in Cheyenne, Wyoming from June 24th through June 28th. Since then the wall traveled to Twinsburg, Ohio and on July 31st will be in Sturgis, South Dakota until August 9th. To see a schedule of the traveling memorial visit the following link -!schedule/cums

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) honors and pays tribute to all veterans, law enforcement, and firefighters for their service and sacrifices to our country. AVTT has a mission to build a tribute in Texas as a permanent memorial to all those who have served while paying specific tribute to those from Texas.

The AVTT has an 80% Traveling Vietnam Wall and does construction of Custom Engraved Tributes for veteran's parks across the country.

July 22, 2015 - Four local members attended the Texas State Convention for the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for key women educators. President of Delta Gamma chapter, Fannie Watson along with First Vice President Melba Pahal, Second Vice President Nora Robinson, and state choir member Carolyn Hooker visited beautiful San Antonio, Texas for the 86th Alpha State Convention, June 25-27. The theme was "Expand the Vision". The group attended informational sessions, inspirational dinners, business meetings, and celebratory lunches culminating with a formal banquet on Saturday night.

Our Delta Gamma chapter was awarded many certificates for outstanding programs, services, and works. We were awarded the Annie Award, Webmaster award, Five Star Newsletter, Seal of Merit Newsletter Award, Exemplary Yearbook, Media Award for 'Our Town Times & Timpson and Tenaha News 'and the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence.

Carolyn Hooker was awarded the coveted Golden Rose award for her many years of service in the organization and in education.

The trip home was spent planning programs and projects for the coming year. All four ladies came back with a new zeal to encourage other members and prepare for a great year in Delta Kappa Gamma.

July 21, 2015 - The July meeting was held this past Saturday, July 18th with a monthly Challenge of "The Color Blue". Members submitted photos for judging with the color blue as priority. Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member. The next meeting will be August 15th.

The results are :

July 2015 Challenge Winners - Theme: Blue

First Place
Janet Hughes
Carthage, Tx.

Second Place
Jan Carter
San Augustine, Tx

Third Place
Billie Jones
Center, Tx.

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.

July 21, 2015 - Five members of the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department are training this week at the 86th Annual Texas Municipal Fire Training School, held in College Station, Texas.

Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshal Jeremy Boyett, Assistant Fire Marshal Justin Boyett, and Secretary/ Treasurer Rusty Wilson are taking Officer Development V, which is taught on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Firefighter Jesse Parent is taking Firefighting Phase IV, and Firefighter Nat Rodgers is taking Firefighting Phase II. Both of those classes are taught at Brayton Fire Field in College Station, which is the largest fire/ rescue training facility in the world.

Training Officer Stephen Ewing is an instructor in the Structural Burn Complex, which is part of Firefighting Phase II.

The JVFD would like to thank all of our supporters who make it possible to attend this type of training. This allows us to put forth our best effort to serve the community of Northeast Shelby County.

July 21, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club held their regular monthly meeting on July 20, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church . Joe Anderson called on Danny Brown to lead the opening prayer. Mr. Anderson welcomed the visitors who were Susan and Alayna Scull, Hannah Menefee, Adison Brown and Isaac De Wolf. Alice West read a story about two people in their 90’s who found a pharmacy that met all their needs so they were going to use it for a registry for their wedding!

Alana Scull and Hannah Menefee played a number of classical pieces and religious songs for the Golden Harvest Ministries meeting. Hannah played her violin and Alana changed from the violin to a guitar and to a mandolin. Susan Scull came with the girls to care for technical details.

Harold Hanson led the singing of “The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference” and “Mansion Over the Hilltop”. We sang Happy Birthday to Becky Maidic, Brenda Applequist and Danny Brown. Johnie Gray blessed the food before we went to partake of the carry in food and the 40 pieces of chicken.

Linda Anderson introduced the program which was Alana Scull and Hannah Menefee playing a violin. Alana changed her instrument from guitar to mandolin and to violin. Their music was beautiful as they did a number of pieces including an Irish Melody and Amazing Grace. We were invited to sing along with Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and If we never meet Again. The group gave a healthy applause for their talent.

We had the minutes of the last meeting and a Treasure’s report. Joe Anderson thanked for the sympathy card send due to the passing of his sister-in-law. We will send $10.00 to the Gideon’s in honor of Brooksie Lipscomb. Joe Anderson thanked the kitchen helpers and showed appreciation for the fresh flowers arranged by Linda Bordelon. Ann Forbes went over the paper with our sick and hospitalized. Some were taken off the list because they are better for which we are grateful. Jim Forbes announced that the new section of Loop 500 is to officially open next Monday. David Bain led our closing prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

John Green, Sam Samford Lodge #149 Worshipful Master.July 20, 2015 - Two Masonic Lodges in Shelby County had cause for celebration Saturday, July 18, 2015 as their new officers were sworn in.

The ceremonies were led by Vance Jordan, past Master of Joaquin, the Installing Officer. In Timpson the Installing Marshal was Morris Lee Hutto, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District #15 of the most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, and in Center Jerry Agnew was the Installing Marshal. The officers at the Timpson lodge were sworn in during the morning and the officers at the Center lodge were sworn in during the evening.

Jordan challenged the newly elected officers at each lodge to review their duties throughout the year and consider if they are doing what is needed and how to be a better Mason; thus, being a benefit to the lodge.

Dustin Norris, Timpson Lodge #437 Worshipful Master.At each lodge, Hutto and Agnew presented those Masons being installed and escorted them to their appointed places within the lodge. As each officer was sworn in, they were invested with the insignia representing their position.

Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 officers include Dustin Norris, Worshipful Master; Jesse Maynard, Senior Warden; Charles Grigsby, Junior Warden; Les Gill, Treasurer; Dale Eldredge, Secretary; Bob Crump, Chaplain; Jamie Beasley, Junior Deacon; and Kevin Kirk, Senior Steward. Those to be installed at a later date include Bert Coan, Senior Deacon; Mike Boles, Junior Steward; and Dennis Permenter, Tiler.

Timpson Masonic Lodge #437

Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 officers installed include John Green, Worshipful Master; Les Gill, Senior Warden; Roger Doyle, Junior Warden; Paul Ragan, Treasurer; Ron Baker, Secretary; Harry Murlock, Chaplain; Clay Ihlo, Senior Deacon; and Josh Snider, Junior Deacon.

Sam Samford Mason Lodge #149

Dustin Morris and Vance JordanJohn Green and Vance Jordan

July 14, 2015 - Twenty-one members of the Delta Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Monday, July 13 for a summer workshop in the Paxton home of President Fannie Watson. Members enjoyed a luncheon and made plans for programs, projects, and meeting places for the coming year. Committees also met and discussed upcoming plans for 2015-16. The Delta Gamma Chapter serves key women educators in Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties.

Photo: (Front row from left) Tammy Sparks, Corresponding Secretary; Maggie Bowden, Recording Secretary; and Linda Bordelon, Parliamentarian (Back row) Nora Robinson, 2nd Vice-President; Melba Pahal, 1st Vice-President; Fannie Watson, President; and Tommie Thomas, Treasurer.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

July 11, 2015 (Album1 Album2 Album3 Album4) - Updated: Nacendurance has the race results posted online now! -

Runners and walkers gathered on the downtown square for the 2015 What-A-Melon Crawl benefiting Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

Anna Lee, 5K chairperson and Rotary Club President, thanked all the participants, "We always really appreciate everybody that comes out because each 5K we do, is put on by the Rotary Club because of the festival, but our 5K itself we always donate it to a non-profit organization here in town and this year our proceeds are going to Shelby County Outreach Ministries who also funds Meals on Wheels and the Senior Nutrition Site."

Top Runners - Ruben Soto and Emma WalkerThe run results according to age division is as follows:

Top Overall Male - Ruben Soto (16:53.217, pace 5:27)

Top Overall Female - Emma Walker (21:16.351, pace 6:52)

Female Under 10 Division
1st place - Carrissa Rickman (37:17.856)

Female 15-19 Division
1st place - Ryley Beckham (25:52.699)
2nd place - Sarah Prince
3rd place - Tori Faust

Female 20-29 Division
1st place - Maria Almaguer (28:05.094)
2nd place - Amber O'Rear
3rd place - Emily Sowell
4th place - Kaley Nichols
5th place - Leslie Wall

Female 30-39 Division
1st place - Summer Koltonski (21:45.797)
2nd place - Carrie Wright
3rd place - Amber Bailey
4th place - Joy Wilburn
5th place - Ana Solis
6th place - Kathleen Rickman
7th place - Randa Faust

Female 40-49 Division
1st place - Sabrina Smith (28:12.523)
2nd place - Sarah Shires
3rd place - Carol Eberenz
4th place - Anna Stuever
5th place - Ona Hudspeth

Female 50-59 Division
1st place - Deborah Chadwick (24:05.339)
2nd place - Joyce Florance
3rd place - Hermila Mendoza
4th place - Deborah Crenshaw
5th place - Connie Belgard
6th place - Stacia Prince
7th place - Beth Nichols
8th place - Jheri-Lynn McSwain
Male 10-14 Division
1st place - Caden Solomon (30:11.080)
2nd place - Christopher Rickman

Male 15-19 Division
1st place - Carlos Bistamante (17:28.682)
2nd place - Mack Hamilton
3rd place - Jacob Locke

Male 20-29 Division
1st place - Rogue Palomino (19:31.822)
2nd place - Aaron Liker

Male 30-39 Division
1st place - Stephen Wright (17:39.581)
2nd place - Jeremy Fenley

Male 40-49 Division
1st place - Greg Stuever (22:30.790)
2nd place - Terry Scull
3rd place - Cody Beckham

Male 50-59 Division
1st place - Ricky Lawrence (28:40.785)
2nd place - Kenneth Jones
3rd place - Mike Belgard

Male 60+ Division
1st place - Jimmie Jones (22:54.916)
2nd place - Jimbo Faussett
3rd place - Chandra Atholi
4th place - Howell Howard

Complete run results will be posted on

ACE EMS were on standby during the 5K event for any participants who might overheat and Shelby County Outreach Ministries volunteers provided water at the water stations along the route. Sponsors of the event were Shelby Savings Bank who provided snacks, Baldwin Tree Service, East Texas Poultry Supply, Stephen Shires and John Black.