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February 10, 2016 - The Eta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi hosted their first annual Dresses for Dreams event on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Center Community House and was a huge success with over 100 formal dresses collected. Dresses collected included ball gowns, cocktail dresses and prom type dresses.

A main feature of the event was an opportunity to win a Louis Vuitton handbag. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Christi Foster.

Christi FosterOn Saturday, March 5, Eta Rho will hold a Dress Sale at the Community House from 10am until 2pm.  All dresses will be sold at reasonable and affordable prices and is open to everyone! A lot of beautiful dresses were collected during the Dresses for Dreams fundraiser. Anyone who will be needing a formal type dress for either Prom or Poultry Festival Queen contest, please come look at the inventory!

Anna Lee, an Eta Rho member, said, "We are very thankful to all of our sponsors. They were a huge part in making this event such a successful fundraiser and Community Service project. " Sponsors for the event were:  Dr and Mrs. Clayton Windham, Boles Feed, The Loft, McAdams Propane, B&W Chipping, Harkness Litter, Shelby Vet Associates, and High Roller Whitetails.

Special recognition goes to The Balcony which is owned by Traci Willoughby. The Balcony offered to donate a brand new formal for a donation of $50 for those who didn't have a formal dress to donate. Other local businesses who helped in making this event a success were Pineywoods Beverage and The Sign Shop.

Members of Eta Rho are: Caroline Hutchins, Sharisse McAdams, Anna Lee, Lacie Payne, Jackie Windham, Alyssa Belrose, Erin Miller, Holly Nichols, Camille Stanfield, Michele Askew, Ginny Bailey, Raegan Best, Lindsey Blackshear, Kristen Chumley, Hannah Collins, Brittany Foster, Jessica Hopkins, Sara Hughes, Callie Jamison, Jenny Lightfoot, Kim McElroy, Kristen Pinkston, Emma Whitehead, Misty Wilburn.  Lisa McAdams and Linda Miller are members of the Preceptor Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and have helped Eta Rho tremendously in making this new fundraiser and community event a success!

Eta Rho, Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is a non-profit women's organization.  It is comprised of young, local women who raise money with fundraisers like Dresses for Dreams, to enable them to be able to give back to the community.  Eta Rho also gives a scholarship each year in memory of Jenny Malory Wright.

February 10, 2016 - At the Delta Gamma February 8 meeting in Joaquin (Left to right) Tammy Sparks, Timpson Elem/MS Counselor & Language Arts Coordinator; Leisa Chadwick, Timpson Elem 5th Gr. Language Arts; Cindy Simmons, Timpson Elem Reading Intervention Lab Teacher; and Maureen Carlton, San Augustine Elem Grade Reading, explained how The Daily 5 (a core of common routines and framework) and The Literacy CAFE works in their classrooms.

Members collected funds for Global Awareness and ASTEF which helps meet the needs of Texas students and educators.  Delta Kappa Gamma International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.  The Delta Gamma Chapter serves key women educators in Sabine, Shelby, and San Augustine counties.
Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

February 9, 2016 - East Texas Awards & Engraving held a new owner ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. They were welcomed by members of the community and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) Ambassadors.

Pam Phelps, SCCC Director, introduced new owner Betsy Swanzy who described many of the services offered by the business.

Many of the products Swanzy described include trophies and engraving. There are a variety of trophy options to choose from on site and there is now a main trophy room which is visible upon entry to the location. Another mainstay of the business is they are a UPS and FedEx drop-off location.

"Every item in here is priced, which includes the engraving, and from desk plates to pens to plaques to any recognition awards and such," said Swanzy.

Swanzy expects to have a very busy season when school season comes to a close. She says she relies a great deal on Caley Turner who she introduced and who works with her on a regular basis. Swanzy is the daughter of David and Linda Swanzy who were also present for the event.

The engraving side of the business is quite versatile as it can be applied to many mediums according to Swanzy including such delicate surfaces as glass and strong surfaces as a Yeti cup, "If it's a clipart, we can put it on almost anything. If I've got to do a little tweaking to get it just right, to look right on your product, stainless steel or glass then we play with it for a little while."

A personal or business logo can be applied and wood engravings are something else which the business offers.

East Texas Awards & Engraving is open from 9:30am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday and is located on the Center square at 118 Nacogdoches Street. For more information they may be contacted at 936-598-8231.


Pictured are (from left) Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Bill Teague, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce Interim President/CEO. Photo Credit: Kelly Daniel, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce.

February 9, 2016 - Free admission tickets available at Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce visited the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and delivered free Cram the Coliseum tickets to two Stephen F. Austin State University basketball games.  Bill Teague, interim CEO of the Nacogdoches Chamber and Kelly Daniel, Membership and Marketing Manager, explained that this is an annual event to garner record breaking crowds for the games and invited Shelby County.

The SFA Ladyjack and Lumberjack basketball teams are ready for Cram the Coliseum when they take on the A&M Corpus Christi Islanders on February, 13. Women's game begins at 4 p.m., and the men's game will start at 6 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum at the intersection of E. College St. and University Dr.
"We'd like for Chamber members to share the tickets with everyone they know, because the entire region is invited to Cram the Coliseum," said Murphey Gayler, Chairman of the SFA-Chamber Connection Committee. "The Chamber is working with SFA Athletics to get another record-setting crowd to these games. Give these tickets to your co-workers, your customers, your family, friends, neighbors and any one else that will go and support the Jacks.”

Cram the Coliseum tickets are compliments of SFA Athletics Department. For all SFA athletic event schedules, please visit www.sfajacks.com. Tickets are available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682.

February 8, 2016 - After being in the same location for 16 years, Chris Mayfield has moved State Farm Insurance to 908 Hurst Street, next door to Pineywoods Seafood Restaurant.

"We are all excited to serve customers in our new location with the same Remarkable, Good Neighbor Service we have provided for the past 16 years."

Pleaase stop by for a tour of our new office.

Center Garden Club Members; Cherry Jones, Carolyn Bounds, Judy Matthews, Jackie HancockFebruary 5, 2016 - Center Garden Club prepares the soil for a new "Butterfly Preservation Garden" at the Center Elementary School. Soon, the students will cover the beds with our Native Pollinator Plants of East Texas. Work in Progress!

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

February 3, 2016 - Album - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Total Resource Campaign (TRC) 2016 kicked off Wednesday, February 3.

Members of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce were the guest speakers for the event which was held at the JOI Ranch with Pineywoods Seafood catering the event.

Kelly Daniel, Membership and Marketing, for Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce spoke with the TRC team members about the intricacies of the campaign and Bill Teague, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce Interim President/CEO, spoke about chamber of commerce and the importance of reliable staff and volunteers to keep things progressing forward. He also provided advise to team members on continuing to help the TRC grow yearly.

The Chairperson of the TRC is Chad Nehring. TRC teams are marketing sponsorships to chamber events and publications and their goal is to reach $125,000 by March 4.

For more information about the TRC contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.


February 3, 2016 - Over fifty Center Elementary third graders and Center Garden Club members Cherry Jones, Alison Scull, Janette Wittmann, and Carolyn Bounds and two guests, Benita Collard and Jennifer Britt, enjoyed making pinecone bird feeders together on January 19.

The students also learned about the great American naturalist-artist John James Audubon as they viewed and discussed various works from his great classic Birds of America.

In addition, Garden Club provided supplies for the teachers of those third-grade classes with whom they were unable to meet directly so that ALL third graders with the guidance of their teachers could experience the hands-on activity and learn that everyone needs to be a good steward of Nature's creatures.

Submitted by Carolyn Bounds

February 2, 2016 - The Vietnam Peace Accord of 1973 was observed at the Shelby County Courthouse by VFW Post 8904 Veterans and Auxiliary Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Leading the ceremony was Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, who recited a history of the accord, which read as follows:

The Paris Peace Accords ended the fighting in Vietnam, it was signed 42 years ago on January 27, 1973 and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops. The terms of the accord called for a complete cease fire in south Vietnam. It allowed north Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured, release U.S. prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict. As an enticement, the United States, President Nixon offered air power to enforce the peace terms; however, this was stopped in December of 1974 when Congress cut off all military aid to south Vietnam and all was lost.

"More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War, and there's still 1,624 missing in action. This is 12 less than there was at this time last year, as our POW/MIA accounting teams continue to search around the world where there are missing Americans," said Hume.

The Vietnam War claimed the lives of nine of Shelby County's own, and their names were read by Post and Auxiliary members Becky Maidic, Mary Fausett, and Mike Langford.

A memorial wreath was hung on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial by U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran Neal Woodfin. Taps was then sounded as presented by Mike Langford.

Shelby County Servicemen Killed in Action in Vietnam

William Henry Eaden, killed in action on November 12, 1965. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 3 East, Line 42.

Ted Wane Adams, killed in action on November 15, 1966. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 12 East, Line 76.

Taylor D. Johnson, killed in action on January 28, 1966. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 4 East, Line 103.

William Larry "Shorty" Andrews, killed in action on February 16, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 15 East, Line 38.

Larry Stephen Byford, killed in action on June 23, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 22 East, Line 52.

Jerry Lynn Hughes, killed in action on July 12, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 23 East, Line 59.

Ray A. Chatelain, killed in action on July 30, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 24 East, Line 50.

Jimmy D. Barnett, killed in action on March 26, 1968. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 46, Line 28.

Mac Curtis Buckley, killed in action on July 5, 1968. His name on the wall can be found at Panel 53, Line 16.


February 2, 2016 - We have had a mild winter so far, wonder what the Official Groundhog will have to say about the rest of our winter?

Highest Temp was 78 degrees on 1-31-2016
Highest Temp on Record was 85 degrees on 1-23-1943 and 1-26-1950
Lowest Temp was 26 degrees on 1-28-2016
Lowest Temp on Record was 5 degrees on 1-19-1940 and 1-12-1982

Rainfall Recorded was 3.67 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.45 inches
Below Average by 0.78 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 12.13 inches in 1999
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.57 inches in 1986

There were 10 days with temperatures of 32 degrees or lower
The High Temp of 78 degrees occurring on 1-31-2016 is being recorded on the morning of 2-01-2016 on the Official Weather Report as each day's high Temp is recorded at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

January 2016 Center, TX Weather Report

Submitted by Jim and Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Observers