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@Ford #Ford Center Motor Company Celebrates Grand Opening, 25th Anniversary - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link -

Posted by Shelby County Today on Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 - Members of the community, business owners and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce were present for the long-awaited grand opening of Center Motor Company at its new location on Hurst Street in Center.

Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Center Motor Company owner Ray Jones.

"Center Motor Company has been a pillar of the community and has been in business for 65 years," said Phelps. "That's one amazing thing to start with, the other thing is look at this facility, who would have ever thunk it? It's just absolutely gorgeous and beautiful, and the service continues that this company has been well known for many years."

Jones thanked everyone for being at the event and was glad to see many of them return. He expressed appreciation to the customers for enduring the business' move to its new location and what he said was maybe not as good of service during that time.

"I think it's going to be well worth it, you know, everybody's going to be able to do business with us in a little more comfort, if they want to," said Jones.

He thanked many for their assistance in the endeavor including Chad Nehring, City of Center Manager; David Chadwick, Center Mayor; Center City Council; Center Economic Development Corporation, including Jim Gibson; Farmers State Bank including Mark Leach and Neilson Davis; Shelby Savings Bank representatives for their presence; Ford Motor Credit Company, Jody Thomas; Scott Lauer, Market Representation Manager; Larry Gach, Houston Regional Sales Manager; Bob Stinson, Construction Manager.

Jones remarked several of his brothers and sisters were present for the event as well.

Meg Camp, President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, spoke with Jones on behalf of the ambassadors. She thanked him for inviting everyone to the business' great occasion, stated it was very good for Center.

Larry Gach, Houston Regional Sales Manager, then made a presentation to the Jones family, "Normally I get to do these events and they're very exciting, but really, we're combining two major events today which is really unique," said Gach. "We might be a little bit late on the 25th anniversary, which is what the plaque's all about, since it happened about 11 months ago, but never too late to celebrate it. Of course the other major, major thing obviously is the facility."

Gach stated how the new facility means a great deal to the community, Ford Motor Company and Lincoln Motor Company. He stated how thrilled they are about how well the facility finished out. Gach then delivered a letter from David Mondragon, Ford Motor Company Executive Director of U.S. Sales. In recognition of the business being an authorized dealer for 25 years, this was followed by Gach presenting Center Motor Company with a 25-year plaque and a 25-year pin to Jones.

"The final thing I want to say is, the investment in the community and the facility is indicative of a a lot of things we're doing at the Ford Motor Company as well, as we continue to invest in our products," said Gach.

Anyone interested in visiting the new facility, or in the market for a new vehicle can find Center Motor Company at its new address, 816 Hurst Street in Center. For additional inquiries contact the business by calling 936-598-3361.

Video below by Buster Bounds




April 6, 2016 - It recently was time again for what has become an annual competition at Center Intermediate School. This year the competition between the 4th graders and 5th graders was which class of students could sell the most cookie dough. As has become tradition, each grade is represented by a member of the administrative staff of the school who, if the class they represent does not meet their goal, has to kiss a member of the livestock community. What has also proven to be tradition is, Principal Heath Hagler has had to kiss, on three separate occasions, two pigs and a horse.

Students from the 4th grade and 5th grade gathered outside the school gymnasium at Center ISD Intermediate School in preparation for the event on March 28, 2016. Hagler represented the 4th grade and the 5th grade was represented by Tracy Bolton, At Risk Coordinator. Bolton proudly led the event as he once again was not required to plant a "wet one" on a squealing or neighing beast. He in fact was the head cheerleader of the event and was able, with the assistance of a loudspeaker, to influence the students to chant "kiss the horse."

Principal Hagler, good sport that he is, approached "Blacky" the horse and his owner Beth Nichols, wooed the horse with a bucket of grain and proceeded to place a kiss on the horses nose to the delight of all students present.

Mr. Bolton wanted it to be known to all, he has won this competition three years in a row which has resulted in Hagler having to pay up, and this year he had to kiss a horse.

Take a look at the last time Principal Hagler had to kiss a pig by viewing the related video below.



#CenterISD Intermediate School Principal Heath Hagler kisses a pig for a school fundraiser as kids chant their encouragement - See the video here on #ShelbyCountyToday

Posted by Shelby County Today on Friday, January 30, 2015


April 5, 2016 - Jacob Locke, sophomore at Texas A&M University, was one of 20 members of the TAMU Trap and Skeet Club that competed at the 2016 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships in San Antonio, March 29-April 3.

The event took place at the San Antonio National Shooting Complex and included 76 teams representing colleges nation-wide. There were 476 total competitors that participated in various disciplines including International and American versions of Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand, and Sporting Clays. Each team shot a total of 2350 clay targets, with the TAMU team hitting 2206.

The team was awarded a Division II National Championship trophy and each member will receive a National Championship Ring and Belt Buckle.

Jacob has been shooting with the team for two years while at TAMU, and is a former member of the Shelby County 4-H Shooting Sports Team, coached by John Henry and Chelsea Holloway. Jacob is also a member of the TAMU Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit and serves as the Clays Team Gunnery Sergeant.

April 5, 2016 - The PWPS would like to let everyone know that there WILL NOT be a monthly meeting in April. The Club has scheduled a photo shoot trip to attend the "Feather Fest" in Galveston.  There will, however, be a regular meeting in May, 5/21/16, per the normal schedule, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the basement of the First United Methodist Church, Center, Tx.  Any questions may be directed to Janet Hughes,  a (903)720-3499.

"The PWPS did hold their regular monthly March meeting Saturday, 3/19/16 with a workshop, conducted by Janet Hughes, featuring "Exposure Compensation." The monthly Challenge was "Reflections" with some outstanding entries. The results are as follows:

March 2016 Challenge Winners - Theme: Reflections
First Place - Tie: Jan Carter, San Augustine
First Place - Tie: Janet Hughes, Carthage
Second Place: Billie Jones, Center
Third Place: Shelia Harris, Center

April 2, 2016 (Photos: Album1, Album2)- Children up to the age of 10 participated in Green Acres of Center's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 25th at the Center City Park. Green Acres' volunteers littered the playground area all the way to the spray ground area with Easter eggs giving the park a colorful makeover.

Kids were divided into three age groups. The ones who gathered the most eggs were awarded with prizes.

Winners were as follows: (Ages 0-4) Levi James and Jayla Barkins, (Ages 5-8) Jarrett Champion and Makenzie Simmons, and (Ages 9-10) Sureya Ceniceros.

April 1, 2016 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary would like to remind citizens of their ongoing recycling program.  Laser and inkjet print cartridges along with cell phones can be dropped off at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha St., Center, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  Let’s save the environment for future generations.
Pictured is Post Quartermaster Larry Hume preparing to send off 21 laser cartridges, 110 inkjet cartridges and 12 cell phones donated by Shelby County Citizens.

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March 31, 2016 - In honor of those who served for peace in Somolia, Commander Gene Hutto laid the memorial wreath during the VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary observance on the courthouse grounds March 31, 2016.

Larry Hume said, "Well good morning, nice little crowd we have here, thank you for coming. It's a great day. You know Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both within and outside the continental United States. Never has this humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil war in the East African country of Somalia."

"Ultimately hundreds of thousands were saved from starvation, but unintended involvement in the Somalian civil strife cost the lives of thirty American Soldiers, four Marines, and eight Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 and 1994," continued Hume.

In elaboration of the Somalian aid Hume explained, "And the American Military has established the conditions for peace in the mist of a famine and civil war but unlike later in Bosnia the factions were not exhausted from the fighting and were not yet willing to stop killing each other or anyone else caught in the middle. There was no peace to keep and the United States withdrew all its military combat troops in March of 1994. The American GI had, as always, done there best under difficult circumstances to perform a complex and often confusing mission. But the best military in the world can only lay the foundation for peace, it cannot create peace itself."

As a final tribute, Bugler John Piersol played taps.

In closing, Hume thanked everyone for coming because without them this day would have went by unnoticed in Shelby County, Texas.

Mark CarpenterMarch 30, 2016 - In ten seconds, where is the largest daylily farm in the southern United States? (No using Google!) If you answered Shelby County, Texas, you get an “A” because many life-long residents of our county are unaware of that fact. Located on four acres off Highway 7, west of Center, The Lily Farm has been in business for thirty years.

Speaking to members of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their March meeting, current owner of The Lily Farm, Mark Carpenter, told how he first became fascinated with daylilies when he visted The Lily Farm in his youth. The farm was started by Mark's uncle, Jack Carpenter, who Mark says is one of the top ten daylily experts in the country. Jack's primary interest was the hybridization of daylilies and creation of very rare “top end” daylilies. Over the next few decades, Mark had a business career, family, and lived in several cities, but his love of daylilies and his uncle's farm endured. Finally, when his uncle decided to retire and sell the farm a few years ago, Mark became the new owner.

Jack Carpenter started The Lily Farm with five hybrid daylilies. Today Mark has over 15,000 plants, with 15 or 20 of them “really special” he says. Whereas Jack was only interested in “high end” daylilies, Mark has expanded The Lily Farm's offerings to include more common, yet beautiful, varieties which are affordable to most customers. By contrast, the rare varieties sell for upwards of $150 a plant. The Lily Farm does not wholesale and all customers are welcome. Mark says they like visitors. They get more customers from Shreveport and Tyler than anywhere else, and occasionally have tour busses come in from other states. “The average customer age is between 55 and 80,” Mark says. He hopes younger people who visit will “catch the daylily bug”. 

Two of The Lily Farm's four acres are under “shade houses' to protect the plants from hail damage. A bad hailstorm is a disaster. Another threat to the plants is wild hogs. “If hogs were able to get through the fence they could destroy all of our work overnight,” he says. So far, that hasn't happened. The farm has only two employees, Mark and Jose Morales, the foreman, without whom Mark adds “the farm could not exist”. Mark says he and Jose spend a lot of time on their knees, since all cultivation must be done by hand. The farm doesn't have a set calendar since everything is controlled by the lilies themselves. They bloom when they bloom and the farm is open seven days a week during the blooming season. In addition to daylilies, the farm now has a nursery and offers blueberry bushes, sword palms, knockout roses, and camillias. “Since we sell directly to the public, our prices are much lower than 'big box' stores” he revealed.

At the end of his talk, Mark offered several varieties of daylilies to those present for purchase at special “TAGHS Meeting” prices. As members milled around the boxes of daylily “clumps”, making their selections, Mark advised members that when set before Mothers Day, daylilies will bloom for four weeks. “Daylilies are pretty hardy” Mark told purchasers “but they prefer morning sun and afternoon shade”. At the conclusion of his presentation, Mark generously gave the unsold daylily clumps to TAGHS, all of which were promptly bought by member Margie Holt.

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. 

Brandi EmanisMarch 29, 2016 - Woodmen Life Chapter #250 held their regular meeting at the Shelby County Courthouse Community Room on the evening of Thursday, March 21, 2016. Brandi Emanis with the Senior Nutrition Site presented the program for the meeting and she thanked the Woodmen Life representatives for the generous donations they have given to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) and the Senior Nutrition Site, as she was speaking also on behalf of SCOM.

"The Shelby County Outreach Ministries, with the Senior Nutrition Site, provided over $94,000 worth of assistance in the form of senior emergency food boxes and utility assistance, emergency medicine and dental, prescription assistance and many other miscellaneous things," said Emanis.

Emanis then gave a brief explanation of the program at the Senior Nutrition Site.

"We feed, at our local site on average, 35 to 45 or so people a day. At our San Augustine Site our numbers are very down. San Augustine is under the Shelby County Outreach umbrella, but we have about 8 to 10 people on average a day," said Emanis.

She stated she is in the process of getting a meals on wheels program started in San Augustine, "For our Meals on Wheels here in Shelby County we deliver to 45 to 50 people a day and that number is constantly growing," said Emanis.

There is one driver delivering for the Senior Nutrition Site and Emanis said he is Donald Weatherly. He delivers the food to the San Augustine Senior Nutrition Site and he also delivers to the recipients of the Meals on Wheels program.

Emanis said there is a new program being featured at the Senior Nutrition Site called Do Well, Be Well and it is being presented by Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent.

Christopher Green, Woodmen Life Financial Representative"It's teaching you about nutrition of course, it's teaching you about diabetes and all sorts of things such as that. The last Friday that we had our meeting she had Dr. [Gary] Barkocy, [NMC Cardiologist]," said Emanis.

Emanis described how Dr. Barkocy provided very informative presentations on the heart, and different foods.

The next class which will be presented is on April 1, 2016 and it will be on medications with guest speaker Pam Miller. PVD screenings will also be given during the program.

Gospel singing is now featured at the site on even months on the first Tuesday of that month.

Cecelia Boles, Woodmen Life member, asked Emanis at the end of her program if the Thanksgiving dinner which the site provides is funded through donations, or by the site and Emanis said it is funded through donations.

Toward the end of the meeting Christopher Green Woodmen Life Financial Representative, presented a new banner during the meeting for Woodmen Life which will be hung at the Shelby County Expo Center for Education Day.

March 29, 2016 - Watson & Sons Funeral Home was recently honored to assist the family of Stanley Burgay with funeral arrangements.

While our business strives to fulfill our motto, “Our family serving your family” with everyone we serve, there are those times when we have the opportunity to be a part of a much larger community joining together as a family to honor the memory of one who has impacted the lives of so many… such was the case with both the visitation and funeral service for Stanley Burgay.

We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and efforts to assist by law enforcement officials. No task was too large or small – there was only a genuine attitude of service to insure their fellow officer was honored.

Thank you to your family of law enforcement officers serving one of your own and those he held dear.  We are thankful to be a part of this community and express our sincere thanks.