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May 15, 2015 - The Friends of the Library (FOL) president, Amy Robertson and secretary Melba Gillis present the proceeds from the spring book sale to Sandra Davis, library director of the Fannie Brown Booth library. This donation will be used for new books for the library.

The FOL has three fund raisers for the library each year that include two book sales and a quilt raffle during the Shelby County Poultry Festival. This organization also promotes the library through membership drives and public awareness on the value of public libraries. For membership information, contact the library.

May 15, 2015 - Jordan Wagstaff, the grandson of James and Glenda Wagstaff of Center, will be participating in a special race honoring an FDNY fire chief who lost his life on September 11, 2001.

The special race is a first ever Stair-Climb Benefit at One World Trade Center to be held on May 17, 2015. Registration for the event was limited to 1,000 participants and Wagstaff will be amoung the few.

The race announced by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is only open to first responders and military. Wagstaff, a petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard who is stationed in New York, is a native of Lufkin, Texas and is one of the few to be representing Texas in the climb.

The First Annual Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb will take climbers up to the 90th floor which is 180 flights of stairs. For more information about the race visit the following links:
Tunnel to Towers, Tower Climb Honoring Captain Billy Burke
Lufkin native participating in first annual Tunnel To Towers Tower Climb in New York City
First Ever Stair-Climb Benefit At One World Trade Center To Be Held In May

To make a donation supporting Jordan Wagstaff's 'Coast Guard' team at the Tower Climb and proceeds benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, click the following link -

May 14, 2015 - Members of the Center Noon Lions Club sold chicken meals on the Center square on Thursday, May 14, 2015 to raise funds for the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville. The club succeeded at selling over 500 plates.

According to the Texas Lions Camp, the primary purpose of the Camp is to provide, without charge, a camp for physically disabled, hearing/vision impaired, and diabetic children from the State of Texas, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Their goal is to provide an atmosphere wherein campers will learn the "Can Do" philosophy and be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth and self-esteem.

May 13, 2015 (Photos by Shelby County Today) - In observance of National Police Week, Center PD Ladies Auxiliary honored the officers of the Center Police Department with a pizza lunch, cake and appreciation gifts.

Thanks for your service to the City of Center

According to National Police week website, in 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Honored Police Officer
When you weren't looking, deeply immersed in protecting the safety of our community...Someone noticed. They noticed your caring spirit, Your competence and professionalism, and the courage it takes to do what you do every day. They noticed.... and they want you to know just how special and remarkable they think you are.

May 19, 2015 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception hosted by the Shelby County Chamber and presented by Cline Family Medicine will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.

The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.

The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:

    F.L. Moffett Primary School – Elizabeth Rowlett
    Center Elementary School – Amy Sanford
    Center Intermediate School – Betty Cook
    Center Middle School – Tabitha Stone
    Center High School – Michael Elder

    Excelsior ISD – Nancy Dickerson

    Joaquin Elementary School – Lori May
    Joaquin Junior High School – Mary Hovey
    Joaquin High School – Regina Brazzel

    S.W. Carter Elementary – Martha Goodwyn
    Shelbyville Middle School –Jared Jones
    Shelbyville High School – Marc Raines

    Timpson Elementary – Cindy Lovil
    Timpson Middle School – Kristan Solomon
    Timpson High School – Teresa Jourden

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at

May 12, 2015 - Classic Nails Salon & Spa held a new member ribbon cutting at their location at 1009 Hurst Street in Center on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Shelby County Ambassadors and members of the community were on location to welcome the business.

Joshua and Lily Moody, owners of the business, welcomed everyone to the ribbon cutting. Josh Moody described how he and his wife have made Center their home, "We're happy to be here and offer anything that we can do. I know that anytime there's weddings or proms or stuff like that we feel like we get to know everybody's families you know and then everybody else that comes in, so thank y'all for having us."

The business is open seven days a week and their hours Monday through Saturday are from 8am to 7:30pm and on Sunday from 10am until 7:30pm. The Moodys also host private parties at the venue. Classic Nails features eight pedicure chairs, eight manicure stations and a wide array of nail services. They can be reached by calling (936) 598-4715.


Classic Nails has #RibbonCutting at New Location - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link -

Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pictured are (from left) Newton Johnson, Senior Vice Commander; Mike Langford, Post Commander; Gene Hutto, Post Chaplain; John Piersol, Post member; Shannon Guynes, Mary Fausett, Auxiliary Chaplain;Becky Maidic, Auxiliary member; Sandy Risinger, Auxiliary Vice; Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster; Charles Kreisel, Post JA; Sean Martin, Desert Storm/Somalia Veteran; Les Gill, and his dog "Little T"; and Jason Sanford, Iraq Veteran.

May 11, 2015 - Victory in Europe was recognized at the Shelby County Historic Courthouse Friday, May 8, 2015 with members of VFW Post 8904 and community members present for the event. Gene Hutto, Post Chaplain, led the opening prayer and Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, led the ceremony.

"70 years ago in 1945 the war in Europe ended. Today, May 8th both the American and British people gather to remember and the United States suffered over 213,000 casualties in Europe," said Hume. "Today we remember them all and also those who served during that time and returned home."

Hume stated of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II there are less than 1.25 million alive today with the average age being 90, "They too once were young and in that youth, as I always say at funerals, they truly saved the world. Unfortunately, that world may need saving again and unfortunately again I'm not sure we've got the youth that can step up to the plate and do it as they did."

As Hume continued he elaborated on the end of the war in Europe and the continuation of the war in the Pacific where over 73,000 Americans remain missing in action and unaccounted for from World War II. They too have not been forgotten and their families are prayed for added Hume.

Newton Johnson, Senior Vice Commander, proceeded to hang the memorial wreath from the Shelby County Veterans Memorial and John Piersol, VFW member, presented TAPS.

May 7, 2015 - Shelby Savings Bank provided and cooked a delicious lunch for the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) Multi-Disciplinary Team during their monthly meeting held on Thursday, May, 7, 2015. The SCCAC appreciates the public's generous support!

May 7, 2015 - Miss Lillian Marie Green, age 5, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant to be held on June 19 and 20 at the beautiful Royal Sonesta, Houston, Texas. The pageant if held for girls ages four through six.

The newly crowned Miss Princess Texas will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. She has the chance to represent the great State of Texas for the entire year. She will also tour Hollywood.

Pageants are held for girls ages four to eighteen, in five different age groups. Contestants will compete in 4 overall categories including Formal Wear Modeling, Personal Introduction, Interview and Community Service Project. National American Miss also offers optional contests such as the Top Model Search, Talent, Actress, and so much more!

National American Miss is dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young ladies nationwide. All activities are age appropriate and family-oriented.

The National American Miss Pageant System is the largest in the nation. The focus of this organization is to create future leaders and to equip them with real-world skills to make their dreams a reality. The program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an "All American spirit of fun for family and friends." Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence and learning new skills, such as good attitudes about competition, as well as setting and achieving personal goals.

Families interested in learning more about this unique and outstanding youth program may visit Miss Green's activities include singing, fishing, and playing dress up. She also enjoys playing outside, helping with her little sister, and making new friends.

Miss Lillian Green's sponsors include L & R Timber Company, Inc.

May 7, 2015 - The Bone Hill Foundation would like to congratulate all Seniors Graduating from Center, Timpson, Shelbyville, Joaquin, and Tenaha. We encourage all graduates to seek out further education in College or Vocational Schools to prepare you for the future.

The Bone Hill Foundation was established in 1967 by Will Bridges with the goal of helping those in need. Originally this property was called the Bone Hill Ranch.

During a very long drought many cows died and were dragged to the top of a hill. The story goes that since the land was more Pasteur than timber that for miles around a person could see the white bones of the cows and thus the name stuck. Bone Hill Ranch.

In 1991, the board was reorganized and the focus was placed on scholarships for students to attend Traditional colleges or Vocational Colleges.

These scholarships have been awarded to high school seniors thru an application process and a committee in their local high school that makes all final selections. The Bone Hill Foundation does not select students for scholarships.

Additionally funds have been given in the past to Stephen F. Austin University, Angelina College and Panola College.

In 2014 approximately $240,000 was awarded to Shelby County High Schools, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Texas at Tyler, Texas A&M University, Angelina and Panola College.

A major part of Bone Hill assets and what generates cash flow for the foundation is timber resources. Working closely with Stephen F. Austin University and their Forestry Department and Professor and Bone Hill Foundation board member Gary Konrad, the foundation has developed a management plan that includes timber resources, wildlife and the entire property providing a balanced plan for timber and the surrounding natural resources.

The management and sale of timber provides income to the Foundation, job creation in the timber industry and most importantly scholarships for students from Shelby County.

The Bone Hill Foundation has provided over $2,800,000 in scholarships for Shelby County Students.

Bone Hill Foundation Chairman, Rick Campbell & the entire board Congratulates all Seniors, Parents, Teachers and Staff for another job well done.