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October 29, 2015 - The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is currently having a book sale which is running today Thursday, October 29, 2015 and will be continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Books of all varieties are being offered for sale during library hours at the library for extremely low prices. The sale is being managed by members of the Friends of the Library. Be sure to stop by and see what literary treasures await your perusal.

October 29, 2015 - Ryan Florence of Shelbyville was recently admitted to the high IQ society Mensa. Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.

Ryan attended Shelbyville school until he transferred to the Panola Early College High School in Carthage. Ryan became one of the youngest persons to ever attend Panola College, commencing his collegiate studies at the age of 13. In addition to his college studies, Ryan also completed the eighth grade in three months, and the ninth grade in 5 months. Ryan joins his father in membership, making Mensa a family affair.

October 29, 2015 (More photos - Album1, Album2) - Excelsior PTO held its Annual Halloween Carnival on October 24, 2015. During the event a costume contest was held with four divisions represented. The contest was held in the Excelsior ISD Library with Steve Noble and Terre Noble judging the contest.

Sonya Wilburn announced the winners for all present in the Excelsior Gymnasium. The following are the results of the contest:

0-2 years old
1st place - Cranford Family
2nd place - Aurora Lenderman
3rd place - Brily Williams

3-5 years old
1st place - Paisley Ford
2nd place - Kutter Shriver
3rd place - Maulea Rodgers

6-10 years old
1st place - Ashlyn Fenley
2nd place - Toni Lovell
3rd place - Molly Bowlin

16 years old-Adult
1st place - Weston Sowell

October 29, 2015 - The Center Woman's Reading Club met on October 1, 2015 at the home of Deborah Chadwick. Deborah Chadwick was the hostess and program leader. Carole Rogers was a special guest. President Janene Walker conducted the business portion of the meeting.

Mrs. Walker was excited to announce the Center Woman's Reading Club received a grant in the amount of $200 from the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The Center Club will donate the money to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library for the purchase of audio books for dyslexic children.

In keeping with the course of study, “Famous Women”, Mrs. Chadwick chose an individual who was actually more famous as her fictional character. The Real Alice in Wonderland — A Role Model for the Ages is a book about Alice Liddell, the real life Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Liddell was the beautiful and charming girl who grew up in Victorian England and inspired Lewis Carroll to write his Alice in Wonderland books. Alice Liddell was born in 1852 and grew up in Oxford where her father was a Dean. Her family was very aristocratic and academic. Alice met many famous English leader‘s, artists, authors etc. She even became a close life-long friend with Prince Leopold, the youngest son of Queen Victoria. Lewis Carroll met the Liddell family when Alice was just 4 years old.

He began writing Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass when Alice was 10 years old. The first manuscript was completed and presented to Alice when she was 12 years old. Alice married a wealthy gentleman, had three sons, and lived a very full and philanthropic life. She died in 1934 at the age of 82.

After the program, the ladies enjoyed a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The Center High School Culinary students provided the delicious and fun refreshments. They did an outstanding job! Thank you Jennifer Fausett and your students.

Emmalee McKinney

October 28, 2015 (More photos - Album1, Album2) - Center RoughRider Baseball hosted the 2nd "Halloween in the Hole" and two trick or treaters walked away with first place prizes for their age divisions. Kasen Sigler was a scarecrow and won 1st place in the 0-5 age division. Emmalee McKinney was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and she won 1st place in the 6 and up age division.

Kasen SiglerBoth winners of the candy jars missed the mark by only one. Winner of the small jar of candy corn was Corey Ramirez who guessed 40 and the actual amount was 41. Brandt Wells guessed 262 to win the big jar of assorted candy corns which had a total of 261.

(Submitted by John Burns) Center RoughRider Baseball would like to thank the business' that participated in the 2nd "Halloween in the hole". You have helped us to make this a huge success!

Shelby Savings Bank
Farmers State Bank
Center Police Ladies Auxiliary
Azure Midstream
Dependable Arms
Sanford and Son Lawn care
Little Fox Marketplace
Action Arms
Tri-County Head start
4C Electric
Covington Lumber company
Vision Source Dr. Randy Collard
Windham Family Dental
Kyle Coffin Family Dental
Chris Mayfield State Farm Insurance
John Michael Burns Farmers Insurance
General Shelters
Brookshire Brothers
Toledo Automotive (Napa)
Shelby County Sheriff (Willis Blackwell)
Center High school Cross Country Team (STATEBOUND!)
Boom Boom Photo Booth

Also, thanks to the Center ISD staff for their support in making this event possible.

October 28, 2015 - Pictured are (from left) Celeste Lewis, Brandi Mills, and Amanda Lewis Kirby.October 28, 2015 - Brandi was diagnosed with Stage IV metastasized breast cancer on Feb. 16, 2015.

She has been undergoing chemotherapy since May 2015 and has currently been going through her 8th treatment. Brandi is the daughter of Bubba and Celeste Lewis of Joaquin.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this walk was organized on October 10, 2015 by friends and family to show her support during her treatment.

October 28, 2015 - A fund has been set up at Texas State Bank in the name of Kinley Golden, the daughter of Jeremy and Angela Golden, to assist in paying for medical bills resulting from a dog attack which took place earlier in October in Logansport.

Following the attack, Golden was sent to LSU hospital in Shreveport where she was in ICU and later had a stroke. She was sent to children's hospital in Houston on an ICU jet for further care.

A gofundme account has also been established and can be found at the following link.

October 27, 2015 - Tenaha graduate, Chavis McCollister, was inducted into the Trinity Valley Junior College 2015 Hall of Fame. Read the story, TVCC inducts seven into 2015 Hall of Fame, on Athens Daily Review.

October 26, 2015 - The Seven Sisters Red Hat group met at Center Country Club in memory of Grover Hicks for October. She loved going to the country club for her birthday month. They were very appreciative of Shelby Savings Bank sponsoring them and they enjoyed a delicious meal.

Sherryl McGown (right) is seen being presented with her rifle by Glenn Johnson, Shelbyville Lions Club President (left).Casey Williams (right) is seen being presented with his rifle by Glenn Johnson, Shelbyville Lions Club President (left).

October 24, 2015 - Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Festival was a fundraiser held by the Shelbyville Lions Club on Saturday, October 17, 2015 and during that event a raffle was held for three guns and a fish fryer.

The winners of the raffle were presented with their prizes on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Dependable Arms located on U.S. Highway 96 North in Center. Glenn Johnson, Shelbyville Lions CLub President, presented the prizes to the winners and they are as follows: Sherryl McGown, Marlin 30/30 lever action rifle; Casey Williams, Henry Golden Boy lever action .22 rifle; James Alvis, Outdoor Fish Cooker and canister of propane.

Dan Fussell, the winner of the third rifle in the raffle, generously donated the rifle back to the Lions Club so they could raffle the gun again.