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September 2, 2015 - Center Rotary Club presented a check to the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (RSF) during the September 1st Rotary Club meeting. Accepting the $33,000 plus check was Jerry Pinkston, RSF board president. The funds were raised during the Fun for Funds benefit auction held earlier in the year.

Pinkston read thank you letters from Center 2015 graduates who had received scholarships. The RSF has over 2 million dollars and gives students who apply a $1,200 scholarship.

The program speaker for the meeting was Jeff Fatheree who spoke on behalf of CHI St. Luke's Health in regards to their upcoming plans and commitments to East Texas. Though not present, Fatheree introduced Ilyas K. Mohammed, M.D. with the Heart Institute of East Texas and explained Dr. Ilyas's exciting new procedures in heart catheterization to the members of the club.

Dr. Mohammed specializes in Heart and Vascular Care, and is commuting to Center several days a week from his Lufkin office. "We are going to do all our procedures in Lufkin, but all of your followup appointments, just your checkups, your routine care is going to be able to be done here," said Fatheree. 

He emphasize the benefit of not having to deal with big city traffic for big city care. He also spoke about future plans, "So, our idea was to come over and provide some care, maybe make it where it is a little closer to home. We're bringing a mobile cardiac imaging unit online probably about the end of October." "CHI's mission is to provide better health care and better health to East Texas," continued Fatheree.

Fatheree ensures all that this is just the beginning of a very bright future with CHI taking a close look at what East Texas needs. A partnership between CHI St. Luke's and The Texas Children's Hospital is also in the works to provide care for children in East Texas. He mentioned CHI St. Luke's Health plans to bring in more specialists, further improving the quality of health care throughout East Texas.

September 1, 2015 - Delta Gamma chapter recently donated over 200 used cell phones to the Cell Phones for Soldiers project. This was one of their projects for the year and were delighted to donate to this worthy cause. Pictured are President Fannie Watson and 2nd Vice President Nora Robinson with Larry Hume of Chief Imagining. He collects phones for soldiers on a continuing basis. Cell Phones for Soldiers recycles the phones for calling card minutes. All phones are cleared of information before recycling.

David Wiggs, Southern Band Saw, (right) won a Yeti cooler during the event at Smith Sawmill Service. He's seen with Paul Smith (left).

From left: Paul Smith, Debra Smith, and Michael SmithAugust 31, 2015 - Smith Sawmill Service in Timpson held a vendor and customer appreciation event to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Friday, August 28, 2015 at their location on U.S. Highway 59 North.

Guest speaker for the event was Kent Hutchison, C.J. Baxter Group, LLC, who provided a seminar called “Safety is About Communication.” Certificates for attending the seminar were received by attendees.

Band and circular saw manufacturers were available to speak about their products, and tours of the facility were also given.

Debbie Daw (left) and Bobby Daw (middle) are seen visiting with Paul Smith (right) during the 25th Anniversary open house held on Friday, August 28, 2015.

August 31, 2015 - Daily Bakery & Tortilleria held a grand opening ribbon cutting on Friday, August 28, 2015 at their location in Center located at 812 Shelbyville Street.

Owners Omar and Edey Rivera were welcomed by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and members of the community. Meg Camp, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President, introduced the couple who described some of the items customers will be able to find at their location. Some of these items include tortillas, breads, sweet breads and pastries.

They have a schedule that runs seven days a week and they are open from 8am to 8pm on each day. Those in attendance for the event were treated to samples and coffee during the while they were there.

 

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August 28, 2015 - Sunday, August 23, 2015 was "Backpack Blessing Day" at First United Methodist Church of Center. The Reverend Karen Jones blessed a large number of students, teachers, and parents in having a wonderful school year.

August 26, 2015 - The Rainbow Room was selected to receive a donation by Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110. Every year HPFM Branch 110 donates money back to our community.

Pictured is Becky Maidic, a member of HPFM Branch 110, helping distribute the donation to Mrs. Alice Pate.

August 25, 2015 - The Center, West Shelby, and Huxley VFDs were selected to receive donations by Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110. Every year HPFM Branch 110 donates money back to our community.

Pictured is Becky Maidic, a member of HPFM Branch 110, helping distribute the donations to Gerald Huddleston, Jerald Adams, Keith Byndom on August 19, 2015.

August 25, 2015 - CASA of Deep East Texas was selected to receive a donation by Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110. Every year HPFM Branch 110 donates money back to our community. Pictured is Becky Maidic, a member of HPFM Branch 110, helping distribute the donation to Mrs. Patty Watkins.

August 25, 2015 - The Shelby County Historical Society was selected to receive a donation by Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110. Every year HPFM branch 110 donates money back to our community. Pictured is Becky Maidic, a member of HPFM Branch 110, helping distribute the donation to Leonard Irish and Teddy Hopkins on August 14, 2015


From left: Burton Brown, Cindy Brown, John Black, Alissa Hailey, Laura Walker, Gene Walker, Pam Phelps, and Jason Locke.

August 22, 2015 - Family and friends of the late Dolores Walker gathered in the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office on the historic square to present Gene Walker and his family with a Senate Proclamation in memory of Dolores Ann Walker.

Pam Phelps, Chamber Executive Director, began by saying, "There is a lot of components we want to share with you [Gene Walker] today and share with Laura [Walker]. A community is comprised of its people and that's what makes it, and in our community we have a lot of special people that do things. And there are a lot of people that are never in the lime light, they work behind the scenes and they work hard and give and share with other people. Your dear friends and family wanted to do something special in memory of Dolores and through this process, you all were such a team in so many ways, it is a solute to you as well."

Laura Walker looks at the proclamation with her father beside her."So, your friends and family wanted to do something special to memorialize the good things, the sharing and giving that Dolores did. I was a small part of this. I was only the conduit... We asked Senator Robert Nichols to do a memorial Proclamation so that it would be archived in Austin, our State Capital." continued Phelps before reading the proclamation aloud.

"Gene [Walker], you know how we all feel; Michael, Kevin, Carla, we love you. We were excited when this all came about and Pam [Phelps], we appreciate so much your efforts getting [the proclamation] done. We can't do enough or say enough," conveyed John Black to the Walker family on behalf of everyone who cherished Dolores.

In heartfelt appreciation of the proclamation and the honor given, Gene Walker put into words, "She always stood in the background; she did not want to be recognized. She always pushed me and she was the driving force." Walker ended saying, "It is such an honor and me and the kids appreciate it."

Senate Proclamation No. 122, In memory of Dolores Ann Walker

WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas honors and commemorates the life of Dolores Ann Walker, who died on April 11, 2015, at the age of 78; and WHEREAS, Dolores Walker was born on May 14, 1936, in Center, to Tilmon and Gladys Warr; she graduated from Center High School in 1954, and she earned a degree from Massey Business College in Nacogdoches; and WHEREAS, She and her husband, Gene Walker, raised two children together, Laura and Steve, and they were blessed with two grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Mrs. Walker joined the staff of Lake Country Insurance Agency in 1967 and enjoyed a productive, 48-year career with the company; she was also active in the Shelby County 4-H program and was instrumental in the success of its Mounted Drill Team; and WHEREAS, A devout Christian who practiced her faith in her daily life, she was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Center, where she served as a teacher in the Children's Ministry for more than 40 years; and WHEREAS, She was a strong woman who was noted for her compassion, loyalty, and wisdom; she gave unselfishly to others, and her kindness and generous spirit will not be forgotten by those who were privileged to share in her life; and WHEREAS, She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and she leaves behind memories that will be treasured forever by her family and many friends; now, therefore, be it PROCLAIMED, That the Senate of the State of Texas hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Dolores Ann Walker; and, be it further PROCLAIMED, That a copy of this Proclamation be prepared for her family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas Senate.

The proclamation was signed by Senator Robert Nichols and certified by Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw.

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