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February 13, 2015 - Tom Johnson, weatherman from the radio station program San Augustine Speaks, informed Delta Gamma members on recent updates on finding current weather conditions and how the weather gets reported at their Feb. 9 meeting in Joaquin, Texas. Delta Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is composed of key women educators in Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties.

Left to right, Deborah Evans, Tom Johnson, and Melba Pahal, Delta Gamma Program Chairman

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

February 13, 2015 - Holiday Nursing Center hosted a reception on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 for their 2014 Champion of Caring employees. The Champion of Caring Program acknowledges outstanding employees on a monthly basis. Congratulations Holiday Nursing Center Champion of Caring Employees for 2014.

Lori Alvis was Champion of Caring for the year 2014. Monthly Champions of Caring for last year were January – Mary Christian, February – Pat Bush, March – Connie Hall, April – Delia Gallegos-Solis, May – Tammy Lee, June – Patricia Lawhorn, July – Leticia Randle, August - Catherine Polley, September – Felecia Hill, October – Nathan Wyatt, November – Pam Hendricks, and December – Lori Alvis.

Photo: (Seated) Lori Alvis, Champion of Caring for 2014 (Back Row, left to right) Nathan Wyatt, Connie Hall, Delia Solis-Gallegos, Patricia Lawhorn, Tammy Lee, Leticia Randle, Pam Hendricks, Catherine Polley, and Patricia Bush. Not pictured Mary Christian and Felicia Hill.

February 12, 2015 - Seven Sisters Red Hat Queen Trudie Willis is shown with Lora Wilson, daughter of beloved member, Viola Drennan who passed away recently. Ms. Wilson donated many of her mother's Red Hat items to the group. The group collected and distributed Valentines to area nursing homes on Tuesday, February 10 for their project this month.

(Left to right) Jerry Rahm, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Baker, Kevin Sandberg

February 12, 2015 - The City of Joaquin was presented a certificate of recognition on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 for their extraordinary efforts in the completion of the Disaster Recovery Program Round I. The Disaster Recovery Program was established during Hurricane Ike and during Round I it provided an emergency generator for the Joaquin Fire Department which was the command center meeting location for city officials and emergency responders during the disaster.

Presenting the certificate to Mayor Pro Tem Bill Baker who accepted on behalf of the city was Jerry Rahm, Program Services Specialist, and Kevin Sandberg, Infrastructure Project Manager, both with the Disaster Recovery Program. The program is administered by the Texas General Land Office.

February 12, 2015 - On February 5 the Woman's Reading Club met in the home of Mrs. Sandi Sinclair who presented a fascinating review of I Am Malala, the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest- ever Nobel Prize winner (2014). Born in Pakistan, the seventeen-year-old Malala is known worldwide for her brave activism on behalf of female education despite the Taliban's deadly assault on her and their continuous death threats against her. Mrs. Sinclair's review certainly validated Time Magazine's 2013 decision to name the courageous and inspiring young Malala as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World."

February 12, 2015 - Members of the Friends of the Library organization of the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library met recently to begin plans for the semi-annual book sale and to elect 2015-2016 officers. Money raised by the group is used to help purchase books and materials for the library and to support other library projects. The library is a private foundation library, meaning it relies on donations and grants to provide quality library services. If you would like to be part of this effort call the library at 598-5522 and ask for information on FOL membership.

Officers for the next two years are: President Amy Robertson, Vice-President Deborah Chadwick, Secretary Melba Gillis and Treasurer Janene Walker.

The next meeting will be held in March in the Redditt Room at the library.

February 10, 2015 - (More Photos on Facebook) Over one hundred youth attended the Youth Career Fair hosted by Work Force Solutions Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Along with the assistance of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the job fair was a success with area schools transporting seniors to the fair as well as youth who attended on their own.

LaTreaser Cartwright, Site Manager and WIA Program Manager, expressed appreciation saying, "I want to especially thank the city and the chamber for helping out with the event. The career awareness development was awesomeand the kids loved seeing the U.S. Marshal, the police and the fire department. They even liked the mortician." She finished saying, "I was excited about the turnout this year but hope next year the fair will be twice as big and better."

A part of the program which many of the youth attending participated in and benefited from was the Soft Skills Training. The training focused on interview preparedness including appropriate attire for an interview, behavior during an interview, recommended prior research about a company, and the youth could participate in a mock interview. Applicants also received resume and application assistance.

A special thanks to all the businesses and organizations which participated in the event: Tyson Foods, Portacool, Tri County Community Action, Advanced Temporaries, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Pine Grove Nursing Home, Job Corps, E-Tech, Advanced Temporaries, Burkes Outlet, Green Acres Nursing Home, City of Center, City of Center Fire Department, City of Center Police (Explorers) Department, US Marshalls, Deep East Texas Childcare, Panola College, Jennings Place, and Gardner Funeral Home.

February 10, 2015 - Nell Anderson and Betty Eddleman, both certified National Garden Club judges, presented an informative program to Center Garden Club members on Thursday, January 15 at the home of Jackie Hancock. Especially helpful to members planning to submit floral arrangements for Center Garden Club's Flower Show and Plant Sale in April were creative manipulative and cutting techniques to use when adding greenery.

Photo: (Left to Right) Nell Anderson and Betty Eddleman

February 9, 2015 - The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed C.J. Davis Memorial Funeral Chapel to the community with a ribbon cutting held on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Rev. Scotty D. Bland was welcomed by Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce President and Mayor Debra Pate Smith with a host of supporters present for the event.

Bland spoke to those present and described what he expects to provide at the business, "In your time of crisis we don't want to just make money, we want you to understand that at C.J. Davis we want you to understand that you will come in as a customer, but you will leave as family. That's the atmosphere that we want, because I believe that the family comes first and foremost. That's what I'm going to pride myself on doing."

Saundra Johnson sang "That's Enough" to commemorate the opening of the business. Following the ribbon cutting everyone entered the building and enjoyed refreshments.


February 5, 2015 - Members of the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department are pictured with their newest fire truck, a 2015 Ford F350. The brush truck will be housed at the Lout Town station.

It is only through the generosity of community members that purchases such as these are made possible, and the SVFD would like to express their sincere appreciation to the community for their support.

Pictured from left to right are: Joey Lawson, Assistant Fire Chief Luke Matthews, Mascot Carrie Matthews, Fire Chief Chris Koltonski, Secretary/Treasurer Mark Cagle, Duane Lout, and Kelvin Hudman.