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October 23, 2015 - Holiday Nursing Center residents, staff and guests enjoyed a Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off on Tuesday, October 20.

A hayride was a treat for young and old alike. The cook-off competition was stiff with many pots of delicious chili entered. Winners of the competition were Leigh Porterfield, first place; Pam Vance, second place; and Irada Oates, third place.

From left: Leigh Porterfield, Pam Vance, and Irada Oates seen with Administrator Hollie Adams

October 23, 2015 - The ETMC Cancer Institute Mobile Digital Mammography Unit will be on the historic Shelby County square Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. providing mammograms for women with or without insurance. To schedule a digital mammogram, please call Daphne or Jheri-Lynn at 936-598-7744. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mammograms can cut breast cancer deaths as much as 1/3. That is why the American Cancer Society recommends women aged 40 and older be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best method used to detect breast cancer early and prevent death since the cancer is easier to treat at that point. Using a mammogram for breast cancer screening can reduce death from breast cancer by about 20-35% in women aged 50-69 years old.

Due to education about breast cancer, more women are getting mammograms, and the death rate has gone down. However, low income, rural women are at greater risk for dying from breast cancer since fewer of them get mammograms. There are a variety of reasons why low income, rural women may not be getting mammograms. Among them is the fact that they may not have easy access to mammogram screening facilities. Another reason is the cost keeps them away. Others may just want to avoid the chance they may find out that they have breast cancer.

Unfortunately, as women get older, their chance of developing breast cancer increases. With increasing age, it becomes even more important to be screened regularly. While screenings may not be as readily available in some rural areas, it is often available in nearby medical centers. Find out if a local hospital does breast screenings. If not, contact a larger urban hospital and inquire if they have mobile mammography units that go out into your rural community, and when and where they will be in your area. For individuals who may not have transportation to medical services, check to see if your area might have a service to transport rural citizens to urban locations that provide more services. There may be a fee for their service, but that fee may be waived for persons who meet certain income requirements.

If cost is a factor, check with your local clinic and inquire if they offer the Breast and Cervical Cancer Service (BCCS) program. This is a program the Centers for Disease Control funds to assist low income women. To qualify for the program, a woman must be low-income as defined by BCCS policy, uninsured, under age 65, a Texas resident, and a U.S. citizen or qualified alien. To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened in your area, call 1-512-458-7796. For women over age 65 and some who may be specially qualified, know that screening mammograms are covered once every 12 months.

If you are an individual who just does not want to know if you have breast cancer, remember that early detection does save lives. The death rate for breast cancer is greater among low-income, rural women as a whole because they are the ones not getting mammograms.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas are working together to inform Texas women about breast cancer prevention. For more information on how to access resources and to schedule a mammogram in your area, contact your Shelby County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences, Jheri-Lynn McSwain at 936-598-7744.


October 23, 2015 - Lakes Area Beekeepers Association participated in “Ag Day” with 4th graders at the Sabine County Expo in Hemphill, TX. Malcom Turner, Denny Ekman, and Jill Vaughn spoke to the kids about the importance of beekeeping. Explaining the life cycle of Honey Bee’s and the steps to harvesting the honey. The kids enjoyed the LABA’s observation hive. Thanks to Mr. Kent Powell the County Agent for inviting the LABA.


October 22, 2015 - Mike Bordelon, who owns and operates Bordelon Bees Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake, presented a program "So You Want to Be a Beekeeper" to the Shelby County Beekeepers Club at their October 21 meeting.

From left: Piney woods Beekeepers Association members Mike Bordelon, President Scott Martin, and James Dotson answer questions for beginning beekeepers at the Shelby County Beekeepers Club.

October 21, 2015 - The first meeting of the Center Woman's Reading Club 2015-2016 year was held on September 17, 2015 at the John C. Rogers Coffee Shop. Colleen Doggett was the hostess and program leader. President Janene Walker presided. The Club welcomed guest, Carole Rogers. A short business meeting was conducted.

This year’s course of study is “Famous Women". Colleen Doggett presented a very interesting program on Agatha Christie — Queen of Mystery. Agatha Christie was quoted as saying “One of the luckiest thing that can happen to you is to have a happy childhood". Agatha was an only child. She loved to dance and was a trained concert pianist, but was too shy to perform in public. After a car accident that left her temporarily without her memory, she began to write. While riding on the Orient Express to Baghdad, Agatha met Max Mallowan whom she eventually married. They lived in England and in the Middle East. Agatha Christie wrote, on average, 2-3 books each year. The opening night of the movie “Murder on the Orient Express” was her last public appearance. She died in 1976.

In keeping with the Fall Season, apple cake and apple punch was served. Members enjoyed visiting and catching up on news.


October 21, 2015 - Congratulations Sandy Wheeler!  Sandy is the winner of the Yeti Cooler given away by the Shelbyville Band Boosters on Friday night during the SHS football game.  Thank you Thomas & Angela Howard of Ace Hardware of East Texas for donating the cooler for our band trip fundraiser, and thank you to everyone who continues to support the SHS band and students.

October 21, 2015 - The Head Start 50th Anniversary Block Party was a success. Thanks to everyone that helped to make the event successful. I would like to thank Tommy Spector at Steaks and More, Brookshire Brothers and the Sonic Drive in for their donations. I would also like to thank all the Head Start/Early Head Start parents, members of the community and the Tri County Community Action Administrative Staff that supported the event. Thanks Tykeshia Wilson for taking pictures for us.

October 21, 2015 - If you are needing a place to drop off your filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, you may drop them off at the First United Methodist Church in Center, located at 211 Porter Street. Be sure to include $7.00 for postage inside your box. Deadline for drop off by noon on Friday, November 13th.

October 20, 2015 - Family, friends, chamber abassadors, chamber board members, and community members gathered inside the walls of Bounds Insurance Agency to celebrate 50 years of success on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Buster Bounds and his wife, Carolyn, along with their children and grandchildren welcomed everyone, enjoying an opportunity to visit with all who stopped by to share in this momentous occasion.

Morris Bounds started the insurance agency in 1965 dividing his time between insurance and managing Lunsford Buick Company. Buster Bounds, Morris's son and third child of three children, took over running the insurance agency after marrying his wife Carolyn who he met while teaching at Ottawa Township High School in Illinois. The two made their home in Center and raised their two daughters Alison and Laura.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Phelps reminisced over her years knowing Buster Bounds, "From Wheeler Street came Bounds Insurance. This capital investment on this corner (Austin Street and Nacogdoches Street) to preserve this building and remake this building was awesome at the time. And Buster and Carolyn, Alison, and Laura, what an incredible family. Buster with all his integrity is just amazing and one of the things I thought about this morning was would he honor his mother and father from the establishment and then I walk in here and I see a picture (of them) today."

"Buster served the Chamber of Commerce as president from 1976 to 77. Before and after those years, and that is only a milestone, he has continued to serve. No one on this earth except for maybe (his wife) Carolyn and I doubt she knows all the untold, unsung deeds this man has done and he has lead this company to a successful company. Zettie (Dean), Carolyn (Lamb) are another part of Bounds Insurance Agency," continued Phelps.

Phelps spoke about Bounds and his contributions to the community including always being a volunteer liability risk reduction person for the chamber. She described him as having a servants heart, being a humble man and a modest man. Phelps said, "Of course he has lead a lot of champion things throughout the community and continues to give to the community as has his whole family." In closing she said, "We are here to salute you and your family and say thank you and we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do." Phelps then presented Bounds with a plaque recognizing Bounds Insurance Agency and their 50 years.

Bounds spoke briefly saying thanks and giving recognition to Carolyn Lamb and Zettie Dean and now Alison Scull because if they hadn't been in the office taking care of business, he wouldn't have been able to go out and do what all he has done over the years.

October 20, 2015 - In celebration of 50 years of Head Start, the Office of Head Start (OHS) coordinated a national block party which was held on Wednesday, October 14th and Shelby County joined in the celebration.

Head Start families, staff members, volunteers, community partners, and other key stakeholders joined the event. Head Start was delighted to honor everyone with a Fall Festival type event full of various activities and games. Nachos and hot dogs were served in the cafeteria.

Greeting those attending were the Head Start blocks which are two children’s blocks, with abstract stripes of the flag and arrow, symbolizing upward movement.

According to Head Start's website, OHS gave an overview for the year reflecting on and celebrating five key themes:

    Head Start Is a Community Effort. Community partners are essential for success.
    Families Are Powerful Partners. Parents are lifelong educators, nurturers, and advocates of their children.
    Staff Are the Heart of Head Start. We transformed the teaching of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers into a profession.
    Staff, Children, and Families Are Rooted in Culture. Community diversities are integral and reflected in our Head Start programs.
    32 Million Reasons to Be Proud. Head Start and Early Head Start have prepared 32 million children for school and life through comprehensive services that develop the whole child.