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July 29, 2019 - Planning is underway for the 43rd East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank. The Poultry Festival will be held October 3-5 on the historic downtown Center square. There are still spaces available for Arts and Crafts vendors. 

To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online to the Chamber website www.shelbycountychamber.com and find the Poultry Festival page under Events. 

Applications are being accepted at the Chamber office until Friday, August 9th. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods 

The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125. Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet. Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival. 

First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth. The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 17.

Information is also available on the website for the Car Show, Sponsored by Zack’s Tint Shop; the Creative Arts Show, the Photography Show and the Quilt Show, Sponsored by Scull Timber.

For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

July 29, 2019 - The 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, is right around the corner – October 3rd, 4th and 5th. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your creative side in art, quilting, canning, crafts, woodworking, metal art and photography.

All creative art divisions and are open to Youth (6th through 12th grades) and Adults (17 and older). The art division will also be open to Elementary (K – through 5th).

This year’s Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, and Creative Arts show will be held in the Old Historic Courthouse on the downtown square. The Photography show will be held at Vision Source.

Start taking photos, quilting quilts, canning your spring and summer harvest and creating art for these events. We want to showcase and recognize ALL our local talent.

Please visit the Chamber website www.shelbycountychamber.com for a complete list of the rules for each event along with entry forms that need to accompanied with your entry. Or contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email at info@shelbycountychamber.com.

July 29, 2019 - Help Shelby County Chamber of Commerce kick off the Second Annual Poultry Festival Car and Motorcycle Show sponsored by Zack’s Tint Shop. The Show will be held on Saturday, October 5th as a part of the Poultry Festival Saturday activities. It will be held from 10:00am until 2:00pm on the downtown square. Enter your car and/or motorcycle, or just stop by and view the vehicles.

There are 3 categories: Cars pre-1972; Cars 1972 and newer; and Motorcycles. Trophies will be given for the top 3 in each category. There will also be a People’s Choice Award.

Early registration is underway. Early registration fee for cars is $20.00 and $15.00 for Motorcycles. After September 27th the entry fee will be $25.00 for Cars and $20.00 for Motorcycles. Registration includes a Gate Entrance Button into the Poultry Festival. Registration Packets can be picked up in October at Zack’s Tint Shop located at 1419 Highway 87 N.

The Cutting of the Feathers for the 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank will be Thursday, October 3rd at 10am. Gold Sponsors are: Drewery Construction; City of Center; Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods. See you on the square.

For more information and to register your car or motorcycle contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com

July 26, 2019 - On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic’s capital, Seoul, within four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea – an effort that would last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally ended.

To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary hosted a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Friday, July 26th, 2019. Saturday, July 27th, 2019 marks the 66th anniversary of the ceasefire which halted the 1950-53 Korean War. With the assistance of Veteran Travis Snider, Veteran Dale Step, who served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952, hung the wreath. The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action, missing in action, or taken as prisoners of war during the Korean War were read. Questions and information call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.

July 25, 2019 - Center 10U Youth AAA Dixie Boys won the State Championship and now are on their way to the Dixie Youth World Series in Ruston, Louisiana. They will be playing against 10 other State Championship teams on August 3rd-8th. In order to help pay for expenses they will be hosting a raffle to win a Port-A-Cool which will take place Friday at the World Series in Ruston, Louisiana (Time-TBA).

To enter for a chance to win the Port-A-Cool Raffle, tickets will be sold by coaches and parents on the team. Make checks out to Center Youth Baseball. 

Contact: Coach Robby Dubea at (936)-488-9979, Coach Brian Horton at (936)-332-0738, or any 10U parent to purchase tickets.

Ticket prices are: one for $5.00, five for $20.00, and 25 for $100.00.

The team, coaches, and parents extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for such a strong support for the boys and continuing that support. Go Riders!

July 22, 2019 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, July 20, 2019. The July Challenge featured pictures submitted by club members showing their skills with "Long Exposure" techniques.

There was a workshop presented to all those attended showing tips and techniques on how to photography "Macro" photography. This was in preparation for the August challenge of "Macro and Close Up" photography. This is starting out to be a well liked challenge with club members and I feel the quality of pictures submitted to the August Challenge will feature some wonderful pictures.

Be sure to make it a point to attend and enjoy some really good photography done by club member. Visitors are always welcome to attend. Memberships are available. For more information on memberships contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426 or just attend our meeting and check out our fine group of friendly and helpful fellow photographers. To view all the pictures in the July Challenge, check out our Flickr page  https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/  or learn about the Piney Woods Photographic Society, like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto/

Long Exposure Challenge Favorites

1st place (tie) - Lawrence C. Davis, Center                                                       

1st place (tie) - Bobbie Jean Wood, Center

2nd place - Jan Huffman Carter, San Augustine

3rd place (tie) - Billie F. Jones, Center

3rd place (tie) - Melvin Henson, Milam

July 19, 2019 - The Family of Donna Moore McSwain held a raffle to help with medical expenses. Donna was very sick with a life threatening pneumonia and is still recovering. The raffle drawing was held on July 10 at the Shelby County Today office. Winners received various items that were donated from local businesses. 

Center’s Best Donuts won basket 1 (red) which included an angel, scarf, a tea cup saucer, a DQ Gift Card, a pink necklace and earrings. 

Jackie Swindle won basket 2 (lime green) which included a scarf, a turquoise purse, an angel, and a DQ Gift Card.

Center’s Best Donuts won basket 3 (blue) which included a Yeti Cup, a Splash and Dash Car Wash Certificate, a John Deer Cup, a wallet, and a DQ Gift card. 

Justin Brinson won basket 4 (lime green) which included a Yeti cooler, a John Deer Cup, a Pete Owens Car Detail and wash, and 2 DQ Gift Cards.

The local businesses that donated various items are listed below. 

Angels - Bryant Insurance, Scarves - Sunshine Shower & Gits, DQ coupons, Jewelry and coffee cups - Here's the Deal, Turquoise purse and a men's wallet - Shady Oaks; Yeti cups - ACE Hardware, Splash and Dash - Quick Lube; Care detail and wash - Pete Owens; Coffee cup and tea cup - Center's Mini Mall.

From left: Evelyn Williams Jackson, Sandra Hinson Latham, Charles Hill, Eugene Brown, Christine Patton, Verna Teal Cloudy, and Margaret (Jean) Booth White

July 18, 2019 - The 2019 C H Daniels School Reunion was held on July 5 and 6, 2019. Many alums and friends came together to celebrate the 50th year of the school closing with the last graduation class 1968 and the junior class that happened to graduate from Center High School in 1969.

There were many from out of town to support this event. There was a Meet and Greet at Carlos Soul Food Restaurant on Shelbyville St. Cards, dominoes, and Slam Scrabble were among the games played. More conversation among friends and classmates occurred during the three or four hours there.

The committee supplied plenty of food and soft drinks for everyone to enjoy. Of course very good music could be heard intermixed with the conversations. Thanks to the owner for allowing us to be entertained at his place.

Saturday was scheduled as a free day for the guests to enjoy their family and friends or just sit by the pool at the various hotels in Center. The committee kept busy through the day preparing for the banquet Saturday night. Decorations were done by Sandra Hinson Latham with the help of the committee, Joan, Shirley, Juanita, and Joyce. She wants to thank all of the donations received from neighbors and florists to help make the Windham Convention Center Ballroom glamorous in Black and Gold with greenery in spots. Everyone will receive a personal thank you note shortly.

There was a slide show set up with pictures of past Daniels School Reunions - years 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017. Unfortunately, 2013 CD's could not be found. It was fascinating to see how people changed through the years or had not changed at all. A few door prizes were given to winners of the selected tickets. Hopefully each attendee appreciated the tote bags full of items donated by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Light and Champion Newspaper, Shelby Savings Bank, and Walgreens (Pasadena),

Once again the committee selected this year's Alumni King and Queen to serve for two years. Eugene and Jackie Brown, currently residing in Longview, Texas were definitely surprised. The 2017 King and Queen, Jerry and Joyce Lathan of Center Texas, were present to release their crown to the new royalty. This idea began back in 2013 with Willard McClelland (King) of Center and Rose Mary Fields (Queen) of Dallas. King and Queen of 2015 was the couple who were former teachers at Daniels in the 60's, Mr. Michael Mitchell and Mrs. Edwina Collins Mitchell who had lived in Beaumont until a recent move to Dallas area. We missed them this year.

The concept of spotlighting the Golden Class was an idea presented back in 2010 to celebrate the 50 years since graduation for the classes of the 60s. At the time the class of 1960 was presented with certificates and through the years two classes began to be presented with the reunion occurring every two years. In 2017, classes 1966 and 1967 classes received medallions for their memories and 1967 class coordinator had many artifacts on display for that class. The classes of 1968 and 1969 entered the ballroom individually to give their name as they received the certificate. Each reunion had something new for the alums to enjoy.

The Memorial presentation was done by the classmates of 1968 and 1969 for their class and it was followed by a presentation of lighting a large candle for the school and principals encircled by small candles representing deceased teachers and students of all years. A big thank you to Willie Faye Biggers Garrett for singing as she always does for the reunion. Oh yes, the food served in buffet format was also very good. Much more can be said about the 2019 Reunion but you have to browse the slide show of pictures or view the video which captured the full time of the banquet by Center local photographer. Thanks to the photo booth provided by Sandra which allowed the classes to take group and individual pictures. A big thank you to the photographer. Find us on youtube and Facebook. 

Now that this reunion is in the past, it is time to start thinking about future ones. A search is in progress for a new theme since the classes of the 60's and the school closing have reached a significant milestone. If anyone has an idea for a theme please contact one of the committee members. These members are always looking for new ideas and more people to join them or replace them to keep the legacy alive for the school and the community.

A few surveys were received but it is not too late to submit your comments and concerns about any of these past Daniels School Reunions. Have a great remainder of the summer. 

July 17, 2019 - Two local businesses got together to show their support of first responders on Tuesday, July 16 by delivering them a meal.

The pizzas were provided by Classic Nails owners Josh and Lily Moody and Center's Pizza Hut owner Jesse Arnold. Josh Moody and Angela Blalock, a Pizza Hut employee, delivered pizzas to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center Police Department and Center Fire Department to feed the officers and volunteer firemen.

Moody spoke at each of the locations about wanting to demonstrate their commitment to the community, all of the officers and first responders.

Pictured are (from left) Josh Moody, Skylar Sigler, Angela Blalock, Kevin Windham, Roy Bailey, Danny Brown, and Dustin Ramos.

Earlier in the afternoon they visited the Sheriff's Department and the Police Department. 

"We wanted to bring pizzas from Pizza Hut and Classic Nails to remind all of our first responders, our Sheriff's Department, our Texas State Troopers, our Center Police Department, our [Center] Fire Department. We're committed to Center and we're committed to y'all," said Moody.

Moody and Blalock traveled to the Center Fire Department to present pizzas to the volunteers during their monthly evening meeting 

"It's really for all of us to acknowledge the ones that are the first ones on the scene doing what they need to do to protect all of us and we applaud every single one of them," said Moody.

Pictured are (from left) Donna Dugger, Robert Lee, Angela Blalock, Jim Albers, Jeremy Bittick, Josh Moody and Amy Lindley.

Moody and Blalock also presented pizza to Shelby County Today as a thank you for helping to inform the community.

"We appreciate you guys showing up to cover news here in town," said Moody.

Shelby County Today also appreciates Classic Nails and Pizza Hut for offering support to our law enforcement and first responder personnel.

Thanks for the pizza! 

July 13, 2019 - (Album1, Album2) - Competition was tough at the 2019 East Texas What-A-Melon Festival Seed Spitting and Speed Eating events held under the big tent during Saturday's festival activities. Rotarians had to line the paper lane for the seed spitting with chairs to hold down the paper as winds gusted periodically during the contest.

Special guests at the event were 2019 Texas Watermelon Queen Paige Huntington and 2018 Texas Watermelon Queen Hannah Crisp who help hand out prize money to the winners listed below:

Seed Spitting Contest

Kids ages 7 and under
1st place - Santiego Diaz
2nd place - Mora Diaz

Youth ages 8-15
1st place - Zac Payne
2nd place - John Ford
3rd place - Neena Smith

1st place - Isabel Santana
2nd place - Paige Huntington (2019 Texas Watermelon Queen)
3rd place - Erica Santana

1st place - Rudy Soto
2nd place - Will Parrish
3rd place - Nehemias Santana

Speed Eating Contest

Kids ages 7 and under
1st place - Santiego Diaz
2nd place - Mora Diaz

Youth ages 8-15
1st place - Baylee Askey
2nd place - Hannah Cooler
3rd place - Neena Smith

1st place - Chasity Simpson
2nd place - Ruby Bhanji
3rd place - Erica Santana

1st place - William Jacobs
2nd place - Robert Diaz