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From Left: Rodney Mathews, John Holt, Michael Lee, and Waylon Griffith

March 4, 2015 - The Center Volunteer Fire Department voted in new officers and bid farewell to two of their faithful volunteers, Michael Lee and John Holt, during Tuesday night's meeting.

Rodney Mathews recognized both men for their years of service and presented them with custom knives in appreciation for all they have done for the Volunteer Fire Department. The Case knives had 'Fire Fighters' and 'Service through Courage' on the blades as well as the firefighter insignia on the handle.

Michael Lee has been with the volunteer fire department for 14 years and served as fire chief four of those years. John Holt has been with the department for 17 years and served as secretary and treasurer for five to six years.

The Center Volunteer Fire Department officers are Rodney Mathews, Fire Chief; Waylon Griffith, 1st Assistant Chief; John Green, 2nd Assistant Chief; David Andrusick, Secretary and Treasurer; Del Birdwell, Training officer; and Pat Thomas, Chaplain.

Following the meeting, everyone enjoyed a shrimp and crawfish fest prepared by Pineywoods Seafood.

Left to Right: Rodney Mathews, Waylon Griffith, John Green, Del Birdwell, Pat Thomas, and David Andrusick

March 3, 2015 - Have you ever dreamed of being an artist? We have exciting news for you! International artist, J. Montemayor will be teaching watercolor classes beginning April 6th at The Little Fox Marketplace. The classes will be taught twice weekly over the course of a month, with the goal of instructing beginner and intermediate level students in technique and execution of watercolor painting, and developing artistic confidence in students.

Class Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays, April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Times: 5:30 to 7:30pm (2 hours, each class)
Cost: $240 for 16 hours of class! (plus supplies)

For more information on J. Montemayor and course objectives, please see www.jmontemayorart.com.

Pre-registration is required for this class, and split payments are available. To sign up or for questions, please contact Tracie Fox Galindo at The Little Fox Marketplace , 936-590-4422. The Little Fox Marketplace is located on the Square in Center, Texas.

Girl Scout Ella Matthews delivering cookies with the help of her dad. She is the daughter of Jim Ed and Jennifer Matthews.March 2, 2015 - It's time for Girl Scouts Cookies! The cookie sales have begun and will continue until March 29th.

Cookies sold in this area are Thanks-a-Lot, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Thin Mints, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Carmel deLites, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. They are $4 a box. Available online only is a gluten free cookie, 'Trios,' and they are $5 a box.

Cookie sales are an important part of being a Girl Scout. It teaches girls five essential skills - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Also, a portion of the money raised stays local. Shelby County has five troops with approximately 40 girls ranging in ages from kindergarten to 8th grade. Money helps to pay for camp, programs, helps fund financial assistance, and more.

The Girl Scouts have three days designated where they can be found with tables setup in front of Brookshire Brothers or Tractor Supply in Center. Scheduled times are Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 10-6pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. The girls will be there for cookie sales as their schedules allow. So, if your in the area, drive by and look for the table setup with boxes of Girl Scout Cookies on top.

If you are needing help finding a Girl Scout in your area, Wendy Wilburn, Community Cookie Manager for Shelby County, can be reached by email at wenwilburn@gmail.com.

February 27, 2015 - Gulf War Veterans were honored by members of VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary in front of the Shelby County Veterans Memorial on the Center square Friday, February 27, 2015.

The ceremony was led by Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, and an opening prayer was given by Gene Hutto, Post Chaplain.

Hume told of how the Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Storm, began on January 17, 1991 when coalition forces from 34 nations led by the United States began the aerial bombardment in Iraq. This was in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. A week later on February 24th, a ground assault began the liberation of Kuwait and advancement into Iraqi territory.

"When the war ended on February 28th, 1991, 148 Americans had died in battle, which included 15 females. There were also 145 nonbattle deaths and 467 wounded. In their honor today we're proud to have Desert Storm Veteran Sean Martin who was in the United States Navy Seabees to place out wreath," said Hume.

Martin hung the wreath and Hume explained the wreath would remain at the Veterans Memorial until the close of business day. "Our presence here today is a small but heartfelt thank you for the Desert Storm Veterans who died during the war and those who survived and have since passed away and those still living. If it were not for you and all these familiar faces in front of me, this day would have gone by unnoticed in Shelby County, Texas. The service and sacrifices of these veterans would not have been remembered, and we cannot let any group of veterans be forgotten, that's our charge and I thank you again for caring enough to be here today."

As a final tribute Taps was played as presented by Mike Langford, Post Commander.

February 24, 2015 - The Woman's Reading Club met in the home of Mrs. Linda Anderson on February 19. President Donna Holt presided and welcomed two guests, Mrs. Winola Ellis and Mrs. Cindy Brown.

Following the business meeting, hostess and program leader Mrs. Linda Anderson reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman Who was the unwitting source of cells (taken from her malignant biopsy in 1951) which Johns Hopkins researchers cultured to create the first- known immortal cell line called the Hela (a combination of the first two letters of Henrietta's first and last name).

Henrietta's immortal cells, Hela, grew very aggressively and continue to grow still, immortally, leading to scientific breakthroughs such as polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, cancer and AIDS medications, and to innumerable other scientific pursuits past, present, and future worldwide.

Mrs. Anderson's review was both informative and moving. Following the program, she treated the club to lovely assorted refreshments which she had prepared for the occasion.

“Kneel at the Cross” - Best in Show by Liela KleinFebruary 23, 2015 - The Shelby County 4-H Photography contest was held on February 10, 2015 in the Shelby County Courthouse. We had a record number of participants ranked by the age divisions of Senior, Intermediate and Junior and judged in 15 different categories.

The overall winner of the county contest was junior 4-H’er Liela Klein with her photograph entitled “Kneel at the Cross” in the Catch All category.

The next show is at the district level and it will be conducted on April 25, 2015 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Each youth that entered a photograph at the county level may enter the same photo at the district level, if desired. Senior age division photographs that placed first at the county level will automatically advance to the state level to be judged.

The photographs are on exhibit on the first floor of courthouse. Please stop by and check out the great job these youth did in taking their photographs.

A special thank you to Ms. Charity Arwine for leading the 4-H photography project and for sharing excellent and invaluable photography skills with the 4-H project members.

The results for all class divisions and categories are listed below:

Senior Division

Night Photography: Megan Dunn (1), Tori Baker (2)
Animals - Domestic: Tori Baker (1), Megan Dunn (2)
Catch All: Konner Windham (1), Tori Baker (2)
Animals - Wildlife: Konner Windham (1), Tori Baker (2)
Plant/Flora: Tori Baker (1)
Nature & Landscape: Konner Windham (1), Tori Baker (2), Megan Dunn (3), Christopher Dunn (4)
Elements of Design: Megan Dunn (1)
Dominant Color: Konner Windham (1)
Theme: Tori Baker (1)    

Intermediate Division

Animals - Domestic: Lance Holloway (1), Trey Smith (2)
Animals - Wildlife: Lance Holloway (1), Ethan Shofner (2), Trey Smith (3)
Catch All: Trey Smith (1)
Plant/Flora: Ethan Shofner(1), Trey Smith (2)
Details & Macro: Ethan Shofner (1), Lance Holloway(2)
Nature & Landscape: Ethan Shofner (1), Trey Smith (2), Lance Holloway (3)
Elements of Design: Trey Smith (1)
Food: Lance Holloway (1)
Dominant Color: Lance Holloway (1), Trey Smith (2)
Storyboard: Trey Smith (1)
People: Trey Smith (1)
Digital Darkroom: Trey Smith (1)
Marine/Aquatic: Trey Smith (1), Lance Holloway(2)
Theme: Trey Smith (1)

Junior Division

Animals - Domestic: Liela Klein (1), Abigayle Shofner (2), Lieza Klein (3), Michelle Gomez (4)
Catch All: Liela Klein (1), Lieza Klein (2), Michelle Gomez (3),
Animals - Wildlife: Michelle Gomez (1)
Plant/Flora: Michelle Gomez (1), Lieza Klein (2)
Details & Macro: Michelle Gomez (1)
Nature & Landscape: Michelle Gomez (1)
Elements of Design: Abigayle Shofner (1), Lieza Klein (2), Liela Klein (3)
Dominant Color: Abigayle Shofner (1), Michelle Gomez (2)
People: Liela Klein (1)
Theme: Lieza Klein (1), Abigayle Shofner (2), Michelle Gomez (3)

If you would like information on this program or participating in other Shelby County 4-H projects, please contact county extension agent Jheri-Lynn McSwain, M.Ed., M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences at Jheri-Lynn.Smith@ag.tamu.edu or 936-598-7744.

February 22, 2015 - The Pineywoods Photographic Society (PWPS) held their monthly meeting this past Saturday, with the critique competition being "REDS." There was a great workshop co-hosted by Janet Hughes and Dennis Harris on "Using Flash". This was enjoyed by all in attendance considering the extreme discussions that took place. Thank you Janet and Dennis.

The PWPS would like to welcome new member Sheila Harris, Center, Tx.

February 2015 Challenge Winners, Theme - Reds:

First Place - Donna Holt Second Place - Janice Carter  Third Place - Janet Hughes

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.

February 17, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club February meeting was held Monday the 16th in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church . Joe Anderson brought the meeting to order and noted that we had good attendance in spite of the cold, rainy weather. He called on Danny Brown to lead the opening prayer. Harold Hanson led us as we sang “I Stand Amazed” and “Jesus loves me.” Alice West played the piano as we sang.

Those who had a birthday this month were Odessa Link, Betty Meroney and Harold Warr. Harold and Naomi Hanson reported that they had their 61st wedding anniversary. We sang for these people and had them go first in the lunch line. W. A. Moore asked the blessing on the food. Meal time was relaxed and the food was delightful.

Linda Anderson, Program Chair, announced the program which was what Mr. Hanson called the Burkson Quartet. That is Bill and Joyce Funderburk and Harold and Naomi Hanson. Joyce Funderburk accompanied and sang alto while the others sang the other parts. The audience greatly enjoyed each number and felt praise along with the performers.

Minutes of the last meeting were read. Betty Green gave the financial report of income and expenses. Joe Anderson read a thank-you note from Frances Chance. He assigned one person out of each group of 10 members to call each person in their group and to remind them of the next meeting. There was a report of trips. We passed the dead line to sign up for the next trip and we are beginning to plan another trip for June.

Ann Forbes went over the Prayer List and announced the Women’s Conference. Linda Bordelon conducted a drawing for 4 door prizes. They were won by Mary Ivy, David Bain, Louise Hayden and Bobbie Nutt. David Bain led in closing prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

February 20, 2015 - Shelby Savings Bank donated a cooler with fishing gear and SSB caps and coozies to be used as a prize in the 2015 Logansport Sand Bass Tournament.

The tournament hosted by the Logansport Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, March 14th on the Sabine River at the beginning of The Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Sammy Arnold is shown picking up the donation. We would like to wish everyone a fun and safe day of fishing!

February 19, 2015 - VFW Post 8904 & Ladies Auxiliary held a wreath laying ceremony on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in remembrance of the sinking of the USS Maine and its crew in Havana Harbor 117 years ago.

Following a prayer led by Gene Hutto, VFW Chaplain, Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster spoke about the USS Maine and its crew.

"117 years ago the USS Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana Cuba, killing 266 American crewmen and marines. Spain was blamed for that explosion and the Spanish-American War began as a result. Less than four months later the United States won a decisive victory. It was the first war the United States had fought outside its shores. 3,000 American military were lost, mostly from yellow fever, typhoid and fighting in the jungles."

Hume quoted Teddy Roosevelt who said to his troops as they mustered out, "Enjoy the next 15 days because after that you will be forgotten."

He stated they were forgotten and because of the United States Government's refusal of proper medical the veterans banded together, "These veterans banded together in organizations that would become the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. These are our forefathers of our organization."

Newton Johnson Jr., Sr. Vice Commander, laid the wreath on the veterans memorial and Taps was featured as presented by Mike Langford , Post Commander.

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