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March 28, 2016 - Polly Smith was the hostess and program leader for the March 17th meeting of the Center Women’s Reading Club. President, Janene Walker welcomed members and guest. The Center Women’s Reading Club members have been invited by the Carthage Reading Club to attend a special program and lunch on April 18. Gae-Lynn Woods, author of the Cass Elliott Crime Series will be the speaker. The Center ladies voted to attend the Carthage program in lieu of the regularly scheduled April 21st meeting.

It was announced that the 2016-2017 course of study for the Club would be selections from the 2015 New York Times Best Seller list. A selection of books from the list will be distributed. Members will be encouraged to choose a book before summer break.

Polly Smith reviewed the book The Mockingbird Next Door, by Marja Mills. The book is the journalist’s memoir of her friendship with (Nell) Harper Lee and her sister, Alice.

Marja Mills is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. In 2001, Chicago’s “One Book, One Read”, was To Kill A Mockingbird. Ms. Mills travelled to Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama with hopes of an interview with the famous author. Many journalists have made the journey to Monroeville, trying and failing to get an interview with the allusive Harper Lee.

Alice Finch Lee answered the door when Ms. Mills arrived, and invited her in to visit. The next day, Mills received an invitation from Harper Lee to visit her. They talked and Mills promised not to write anything the sisters did not want to be made public. It was the beginning of a long interview, and a wonderful friendship.

In 2004, with the Lee’s encouragement, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next 18 months sharing stories over coffee, feeding the ducks, fishing and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees and their inner circle.

Harper Lee was born in 1926, the youngest of four children. She was named after Dr. Harper, the doctor who saved her sister Louise. Her sister, Alice, was the oldest. Alice was fifteen years older than Harper. Alice was an attorney and Harper Lee said that she was Atticus in a dress. They had a brother Ed who died at a young age.

Harper Lee’s mother, Frances Finch Lee, was in “delicate condition”. Harper’s father wanted Harper to attend law school. Harper was smart. She was admitted into law school but first spent the summer at Oxford University as an exchange student. When she returned, Harper told her father she had decided not to attend law school.

In 1949, Harper Lee moved to New York City; worked for an airline and wrote. She became friends with Broadway composer and lyricist Michael Brown and his wife, Joy. Her Christmas gift, in 1956, from the Browns was one year’s salary so she could quit work and write.

She finished the manuscript for To Kill A Mockingbird in 1959. Soon after, she helped fellow-writer and friend, Truman Capote write and article for the New Yorker, which would later become In Cold Blood. Harper was his research assistant. They travelled together to Kansas to interview people and do research.

When Capote’s book was finally published in 1966, Capote dedicated the book to Harper Lee but failed to acknowledge her contributions to the work. Although Harper was angry and hurt by this betrayal she remained friends with Capote for the rest of his life.

To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960. The following year it won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, the film adaptation was released. Harper Lee travelled to California. When she met Gregory Peck, she said “isn’t he delicious?” The movie received 8 Academy nominations. It won 3 Awards including Gregory Peck as Best Actor. His character was based on her father.

Later in life, Harper Lee suffered a stroke and lived in an assisted living home until her death this year, February 19, 2016. She was 89 years old. Her second novel Go Set a Watchman was published in July 2015.

Mrs. Smith served delicious “southern” refreshments and members enjoyed a special time of fellowship.

March 28, 2016 - As flood waters hit the Shelby County area, many waterways within the county breached their normal banks and in some instances became more like rivers than creeks. Two local men saw the increased waterways and determined they were up for a challenge.

Shelby Couny Today spotted two men on March 10, 2016 who took advantage of the increased current and coverage areas to have an adventure.

Jason Burch and Ryan Chandler each boarded kayaks and traveled what was then the raging waters of the Huana Creek. They started their journey two miles west of Loop 500 on State Highway 7 West where they put in. From there, the men traveled several miles to the U.S. 96 South bridge over the Huana Creek where they disembarked.

March 28, 2016 - The Easter Bunny paid a visit to Shelby County Today on Good Friday, March 25, 2016 and several other businesses in the area. Also visited by the Easter Bunny were Lakeside Village Assisted Living, Dr. Florencio Singson, Brookshire Brothers in Center, A Pineywoods Home Health Care, Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Department, Green Acres of Center and Mangum Funeral Home.

Making this visit possible was Kim Henigan, LVN, Marketing Executive with HeartsWay Hospice of Northeast Texas. She stated the Lord had put it on her heart early that morning at 2am to go visit people with the Easter Bunny.

 

March 26, 2016 - On Thursday, March 24th citizens and veterans gathered at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse to remember those who served in the Kosovo Campaign 17 years ago.  Leigh Porterfield placed the Memorial Wreath in honor of her sister who served in the US Army.

March 24, 2016 - VFW National Commander John Biedrzycki said the VFW stands with ally Belgium as it mourns in the wake of a vicious and cowardly attack on Tuesday by radical Islamic extremists who are “hell-bent on destroying us and our entire way of life." The Chief called America vulnerable because it has porous borders, a broken immigration system, and elected and appointed officials who refuse to recognize this enemy as a threat to national security. He also said America is weakened by a Congress that still refuses to eliminate sequestration, which takes a meat cleaver to the budgets of national defense, intelligence and homeland security. Biedrzycki said America has been caught sleeping twice, on Dec. 7, 1941, and on Sept. 11, 2001. "There must not be a third time," he said, “and that's why the VFW will do what we must to force Washington to wake up and destroy this enemy before they strike our homeland. There is no higher nor more immediate national priority."

See official release at http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2016-Articles/VFW-Stands-With-Belgium/

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

 

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