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Pictured are Linda Miller, Ann Grant, Lisa McAdams, Kelly Lucas, Laura Rowe, Sandra Davis (Library Director), Billie Sue Payne, Sue Russell, Montie Jones

May 28, 2019 - Members of Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter presented the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library with a check for $2,200 Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Accepting this donation on behalf of the library was Sandra Davis, Library Director.

Sorority members present include Linda Miller, Ann Grant, Lisa McAdams, Kelly Lucas, Laura Rowe, Billie Sue Payne, Sue Russell, Montie Jones. 

Another donation the organization has made is to the Food Recovery program hosted by Center ISD and sponsored by Alease Copelin. The sorority donated $300 to the program.

Read more about the food recovery program by clicking this link.

May 24, 2019 - Cecily Jacobs went to our Lord at the early age of 25 after a courageous battle with brain cancer in 2015. Each year since Cecily’s passing, we have given out scholarships to honor her at Shelbyville ISD where she was a 2009 graduate. The 2019 recipients are Chesnee Raymond, Lexi Berry and Kurtrick Allen. The scholarships were presented by Cecily’s first cousin, Samantha Steptoe. Congratulations and Good Luck with you future!!

May 21, 2019 - (Album) - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make our 2019 Spring Fundraiser a success.

The support of our community is what has kept our department growing for 47 years. This growth would not be possible without the generosity of local businesses like Dean’s Hardware, Brookshire Brothers, The Ram House Cafe, Subway, Joaquin Quick Stop, Whataburger, and many, many others.

We would especially like to thank the members of the community who came out to purchase BBQ plates, walk for cakes, and watch the Battle of the Bucket. The annual Cake Walk is successful because of the wonderful cakes donated by local bakers.

We would also like to congratulate the winners of the Battle of the Bucket. 1st Place went to the team of Firefighter Sunshine Carroll and Training Officer Stephen Ewing. Firefighters Nat Rodgers and David Pierce took 2nd Place, and Captains Rusty Wilson and Lance Cummings claimed 3rd Place.

We would also like to thank Lone Star Emergency Group, Ferrarra Fire Apparatus, and Municipal Emergency Services for providing the prizes for the event. 

May 22, 2019 - Center Mayor David Chadwick discussed "The State of the City" to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their May 20,2019 meeting at the Fellowship Hall Of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Using a display of the future "Downtown Square Streetscape" he outlined the improvements to be made. He also discussed upcoming events for the summer and the positive effects they will have on the economy.

Tables were decorated with pots of colorful Gerba Daisies which were used as door prizes. Linda Bordelon presented one to President Bobbie Nutt. Other winners (photo from left) Darlene Brown, Naomi Hanson, Carl Smith, Walter Manning, Reider Frantsen, Ann Hooper, Bobbie Nutt, Linda Bordelon, Becky Maidic, and Barbara Mathis.

Submitted by Club Reporter, Linda Bordelon

May 20, 2019 - East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF) awarded $241,050 in scholarships to high school and college students from East Texas for the 2019-20 school years. Recipients were honored at a reception at The Tyler Civic Theater on Monday, May 20th. Scholarship amounts range from $450-$5,000 per student originating from 68 different scholarship funds at ETCF.

“East Texas Communities Foundation is honored to help these deserving students continue their education and grateful for the opportunity to fulfill the charitable goals of the many individuals, organizations, and families who have made it possible,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation. “Each year we are impressed with the quality of students applying for these funds. The donors who have invested in these students through the creation of scholarship funds have given a lasting gift to all East Texans.”

Local Shelby County students who received a scholarship from ETCF:

John Harris Scholarship - 2019 Recipients are Zoie Eberenz and Scarlett Shires of Center High School
The John Harris Scholarship is the legacy of a man who was devoted to his community, his church, and education. Mr. Harris earned a degree in business and music at Baylor University, then returned to his hometown of Center, Texas to teach high school students. He was generous, articulate, and attentive to detail. This fund was established upon his death to help students from Center High School attend college.

East Texas Estate Planning Council Scholarship - 2019 Recipient is Rebecca Mathis of Timpson High School
The core value of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils is that the team concept of estate planning best serves the client. This scholarship is open to graduating East Texas high school seniors who demonstrate the motivation to pursue a career in one of the primary disciplines engaged on the estate planning team such as accounting, law, finance, insurance, and philanthropic planning.

Click here for a complete listing of 2019 scholarship recipients

About ETCF
East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed $15.4 million in grants in 2018 and currently manages over $100 million in assets distributed over 361 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships. The Foundation, which was formed in 1989, has awarded $87.6 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. Philanthropy builds community and changes lives. East Texas Communities Foundation supports philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their charitable goals.

May 20, 2019 - Center Garden Club met for a luncheon, a special Mother's Day tribute, and an officer installation on May 15 in the home of Carolyn Bounds.

The following officers were installed by a former Club President Carolyn Bounds: President, Carole Chance; FIrst Vice President, Colleen Doggett; Second Vice President, Pam Sykes; Secretary, Robbie Kerr; Treasurer, Cherry Jones; Librarian, Lisa Albers; and Parliamentarian, Linda Bordelon.

May 20, 2019 - I'll tell you what!!! The Piney Woods Photographic Society (PWPS) members that submitted photographs to the Challenge really showed off!!!! So many different pics and techniques were demonstrated in this month's Challenge - "Flowers." Really expanding your horizons here!

ALL of the 27 submitted photographs are 1st Place material, unfortunately voting only allows for the 3 most favorite; or in this case 5! I myself was really impressed with the number of unique style of photographs shown here. "Wonderful pics people!!!"

These photographs were voted as favorites among members present at the regular monthly meeting held this past Saturday.

This goes to show that the Piney Woods Photographic Society is a great club to learn more about photography tips, techniques and equipment. The improvements shown by each member indicate such.

To view all the submitted photos, go to and enjoy some beautiful floral photographs. If you are interested in learning about how to take a better photograph, contact any member for information. The PWPS meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at he First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, Texas from 9am to 12 noon.

1st Place - Melvin Henson

2nd Place Tie - Bobbie Jean Wood

2nd Place Tie - Linda Henson

3rd Place Tie - Janice Huffman Carter

3rd Place Tie - Billie F. Jones

May 20, 2019 - Officers for the year 2019 – 2020 of Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 Auxiliary were installed at their monthly meeting on Saturday, May 18.

Officers are (from left, middle row and seated) Carolyn Umbrell, Trustee # 3; Joy Hutto, Chaplain; Paul Risinger (sitting), Guard; Beverly Langford, Secretary; Sandy Risinger, Sr. Vice; Mary Fausett, President; and Theresa Hume, Treasurer. Installing Officer (back row) was past District 19 Commander and Post 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume.

May 17, 2019 - 50 Women of Impact met on May 9, 2019 and voted to give HOPE Community Medical $7,900 with more to come to support their efforts to establish a new, dedicated fund to help with medical needs. As of May 17th, the funds collected from the group have grown to a total of $9,900 to HOPE Community Medical and raises the total donated by the 50 Women of Impact to $68,300 within a 19 months time frame!

The presentation was made by Lynda K. Russell and Rose Specter and they explained the use of the funds is specifically for off-setting the cost of specialty care, labs, CT scans, MRIs, and surgery for people in the area who are "working poor" and do not qualify for any other assistance. The money is designated strictly to be used to help others in need and no funds will be used for salaries or operations.

The 50 Women of Impact group organized and held their first meeting in November of 2017 with the hopes of getting 50 women to give $100 each quarter for a combined contribution to an elected organization. The first meeting surpassed the 50 women with 94 inaugural members. The group has continued to grown and they meet once a quarter to donate funds. Past recipients are the Shelby County Welfare Board; AgriLife Extension, Shelby Family Consumer Science program; Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library; Boo's Battle Cancer Fund; Shelby County Outreach Ministries; Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation.

May 15, 2019 - Effective Monday, May 6, 2019 Shelby Savings Bank has new banking hours to better serve our communities.

Lobby hours are 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:30am to 5:30pm on Friday.

Drive-in hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday.

Call your local branch for more details or visit online at