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Left: Meg Camp and Billie Sue PayneDecember 9, 2015 - A large crowd attended the last Business After Hours for the 2015 year which was held Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Mooney’s Emporium on the Center square.

Door prizes were given away throughout the evening and winners were Susan Hairgrove, Ava Axen, Brenda Acuna, Colleen Doggett, Pam Phelps, and Michelle Askew.

Betty Mooney and Chelle Mooney showcased their newest inventory of food and snack items for attendees to sample. Chamber ambassadors greeted everyone and assisted with serving the refreshments.

Mooney’s is a specialty shop with a variety of unique items, custom designed tee shirts, one of a kind gifts and many ideas for Christmas presents.


From left: J.J. Ford holding Addelynn Davis, Ed Roberts, Anna Lee, Steve Waters, Gerald Mackey, and Bob Reeves

December 9, 2015 - On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Rotary members brought toys to their noon luncheon meeting to donate to Santa Rides a Motorcycle. Ed Roberts was at the meeting to accept the toys.

Roberts is a founding member of the toy drive which was started by the East Texas Ramblers in 1980 and that first year they delivered 325 bags of toys. When the East Texas Ramblers disbanded, Roberts kept it going with the help of his family. He opens his home each year to all the toys which are donated until they are distributed to families in the county. The toys fill up his home and for the last several years a trailer has been brought in to help with the overflow of donations.

This is the 35th year for Santa Rides a Motorcycle. It has delivered toys every year to hundreds of families with the biggest year in 2002 when they delivered 902 bags to families. The toy drive is possible because of all the support from the community and special volunteers who help with the deliveries.

December 9, 2015 - Several Center Police officers are collecting toys to distribute on Christmas Eve. Donations can be dropped off at the Center Police Department or you can drop off donations at Shelby County Today office, 229 San Augustine Street, Center.

One of the participating officers said, "We just want to help out several families in the community who are having a difficult time giving their kids a good Christmas."

December 8, 2015 - The VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary held a ceremony on Monday, December 7, 2015 in honor and remembrance of those who served and died at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.

Robbie (Robert) Hughes III hangs the memorial wreath"As you know, flags today are at half staff all across the nation in remembrance of two tragedies Pearl Harbor and the shooting in San Bernardino California," said Larry Hume, Post 8904 Quartermaster.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Hume continued, "As we all know, it began when the Japanese aircraft appeared in the air over Pearl Harbor, [Hawaii] just before 8am on Sunday morning. When the attack ceased shortly before 10am, less than two hours after it began, American forces had paid a fearful price. 18 ships were either damaged or sunk, 180 aircraft destroyed and over 2,400 were dead and thousands more were wounded."

Hume quoted then President Franklin Roosevelt as he spoke with forewarning words when he stated, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome, this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory with the unbounding determination of our people. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God."

In honor of the event, Hume welcomed Robbie (Robert) Hughes III who just returned from Egypt where he was deployed for 10 months, "His first re-enlistment in the United States Army was on the U.S.S. Arizona," said Hume.

Hughes then placed the memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial. The names of Shelby County Veterans who were at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack on December 7, 2015 were read by post members including Becky Maidic, Sandy Risinger, Mary Fausett and Dr. Robert Hughes.

The names are as follows: Oswald "Bill" Adams, U.S. Navy; Sidney A. Dry, U.S. Navy; Sammie Lovell, U.S. Army; Clarence "Chuck" Otterman, U.S. Navy; A.L. "Mann Pinkston," U.S. Navy; Glenn Prince, U.S. Navy; V.A. "Buck" Reynolds, U.S. Navy; Harold Rogers, U.S. Navy – Seabees; Robert Rupe, U.S. Navy; James R. Stephens, U.S. Army; R.D. Strong, U.S. Navy; Henry R. Victory, U.S. Army; Willie Windham, U.S. Navy; Earl O. Wood, U.S. Army.

Taps was played as presented by John Piersol, Past Post Commander.

Hume remarked at the end of the ceremony there were 16 million men and women who served in World War II. Today there are less than 1.2 million alive. According to Hume, 1,200 veterans pass away every day, which equates to around 438,000 a year.

"600 of those will be from the World War II era, and it is estimated by I believe the year 2035 there will be no more World War Veterans to walk the earth," said Hume.

December 7, 2015 Album1, Album2 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the Winners of the 16th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, which was held on Saturday, December 5. The theme for the parade was “Christmas Movies and Songs”.

Winners by Category are:

Individual Category:
$100 – 1st Place – Ashley Whiteside
$50 – 2nd Place – Triquina Polley
$25 – 3rd – LeAnn Kay Rafferty

School Category:
$100 – 1st Place – Center Christian Academy
$50 – 2nd Place – Center Varsity Cheerleaders
$25 – 3rd Place – Center High School Band

Church Category:
$100 – 1st Place – St. Therese Catholic Church
$50 – 2nd Place – Antioch Baptist Church
$25 – 3rd Place – Toledo Bend Baptist Church

Civic Organization Category:
$100 – 1st Place – Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
$50 – 2nd Place – Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary
$25 – 3rd Place – Center Fire Department

Business Category:
$100 – 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank
$50 – 2nd Place – Brookshire Brothers
$25 – 3rd Place – Texas A&M Forest Service

$250 – Overall Best in Show – Center Christian Academy

Other supporters that helped make the Parade possible include Farmers State Bank, City of Center, Specter Inc., and Tyson Foods.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com

December 2, 2015 - Album1, Album2 - The annual East Texas Chopper Guys Toy & Food Drive along with the Joaquin Christmas Festival were held on the Joaquin city square Saturday, November 28, 2015. Regardless of the constant onslaught of inclement weather, the event was well attended.

Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department representatives led the way as they participated in the Christmas parade which also included motorcycles, floats and the Joaquin High School band. As the parade passed in front of the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, where a large portion of the festivities emanated, the band stopped and performed for the joyful audience.

Following the parade, Santa Claus was stationed on the square in Santa's workshop, where children could share with him their greatest wishes of Christmas. During that time vendors offered their wares within the fire department, where they enjoyed a dry environment. Across the street from the fire department, an audience gathered to hear Dennis Leggett host the event raffle, and auction while also announcing the winners of the parade, motorcycle show, and car show.

1st place in the parade was awarded to the Jamestown Inspection Stage Coach; 2nd place was won by the Twas the Night Before Christmas float; and 3rd place was awarded to the Snowflake float.

All participants in the motorcycle show received first place and they include: Jeff Rogers, of Joaquin; Chris Barton, of Joaquin; Floyd Blackman, of Joaquin; and Henry Villalobos, of Joaquin. The car show recipients also all received first place and they all include: Billy Sandifer, of Joaquin; Bull and Cindy Durham, of Huxley; Robby Woodfin, of Joaquin.

Toys and food collected for the event were donated to Community Christian Services of Joaquin. The total funds collected during the fundraiser and auction amounted to $6,659.

Tammy BurchDecember 2, 2015 - The BBQ Joint and Pineywoods Seafood would like to congratulate the winners of the Thanksgiving Turkeys!

Tammy Burch was the winner of the turkey given away by the BBQ Joint on November 16th.

The winner of the turkey given away by Pineywoods Seafood during the Taste of the Holidays event was Beveley Heator.

December 2, 2015 - During a noon luncheon at the John D Windham Civic Center Tuesday, December 1 with guest speaker Representative Chris Paddie, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announced the 2015 Moosberg Awards to an audience of the Center Rotary Club, Center Noon Lions Club, Shelby County employees, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison, and Chamber of Commerce members and ambassadors.

The Tyson-Carthage Complex selected Keith Putman and Shonia Putman to be the recipients. The Putmans are second generation poultry growers. The Putmans received the award in 2014 as well. They have been in the poultry business for 37 years and have a farm of 8 chicken houses with a capacity of 220,400.

Jerry PowellThe Tyson-Center Complex selected Jerry and Nadine Powell to receive the Moosberg Award. The Powell family has raised chickens for 35 years and have been a Tyson team member for 45 years. The Powell farm is a 3 house farm with a capacity of 48,400.

The Pilgrim's Pride Complex selected the James Box, Box Farm. James and Elaine Box have been in the Poulry business since 1999 and have a farm of 6 chicken houses with a capacity of 100,800 birds.

City of Center Mayor David Chadwick introduced all of the recipients and along with the assistance of Representative Paddie, presented the awards to the Putman family and the Box family. Although the Powells were unable to attend, the crowd gave them a round of applause for this great honor.

The history of the poultry industry began in 1948 in Shelby County when visionaries such as County Agent John Moosberg, Martin Middleton, Jack Motley, and Martin and Malcom Weaver dedicated themselves to establishing a poultry industry in the area. The Moosberg Award, named in honor of County Agent John Moosberg, is given to the top growers in each complex. The award recognizes the struggles of the past - the sweat, tears, and blood that made the poultry industry in Shelby County a national leader then and even today.

Pictured are (from left) Mayor David Chadwick, Keith Putman, Shonia Putman, and Representative Chris Paddie.Pictured are (from left) Mayor David Chadwick, Chris Box, Denise Box (son and daughter-in-law to the Box's), and Representative Chris Paddie.Pictured are (from left) Jessica Greer, Bradley Greer (daughter and son-in-law to the Putman's), Levi Greer, Keith Putman, and Shonia Putman.

December 2, 2015 - I would like to thank all those who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift. Because of each of you millions of boys and girls around the world will experience God's love!

Related article - Operation Christmas Child at Dr. Coffin's Office

December 1, 2015 - Weather Stats for November 2015

Highest Temp was 83 degrees on 11-11-2015
Highest Temp on Record was 91 degrees on 11-14-1942 and 11-11-1944
Lowest Temp was 30 degrees on 11-23-2015
Lowest Temp on Record was 12 degrees on 11-30-1976

Rainfall Recorded was 9.77 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 5.04 inches
Above Average by 4.73 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 16.58 inches in 1940
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.46 inches in 1999

Total Rainfall through November is 70.46 inches
First Frost and Freeze was 11-23-2014
First Frost in 2014 was 11-02-2014
First Freeze in 2014 was 11-14-2014

Full Weather Report

The November, 2015 Center, Texas Weather Report was prepared and submitted by Jim and Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Observers.

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