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The First Annual Metal Christmas Stocking Decorating Contest was held on December 12, 2014 with db Metal Art and The Little Fox Marketplace hosting the event. Tracie Galindo and Delbert Beckham presented each of the winners with their awards.

Galindo welcomed everyone to the event, "We really appreciate you all participating, we've got return participators, so that's real good ."

There was a tie for second and third place and therefore the award for $20 for second place and the award for third place of $10 was combined and split into $15 each, making each a second place winner.

The first place winner and receiving $30 was Darlene Brown Victoria Ford received one of the second place awards and $15 for her stocking. Brenda Smith was the next to receive a second place award and $15.

Each stocking was returned to the winners of the competition as well as their gift certificates for The Little Fox Marketplace. Following the awards presentation Galindo announced that everyone who participated in voting was entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate. Brown then drew a name from a hat of all of the stocking voters and Mike Smith was the winner.

(Above Photo) Metal Christmas Stocking Decorating Contest winner Darlene Brown (middle) is pictured above with Delbert Beckham (left) and Tracie Galindo (right).

Winner of the drawing for a $25 gift certificate was Mike Smith (middle) pictured with Marie Smith (pink shirt) Delbert Beckham (left) and Tracie Galindo (right).

Victoria Ford was one of the second place winners of the competition. Receiving award on behalf of Ford was Scott Flowers (middle) pictured with Delbert Beckham (left) and Tracie Galindo (right). 

Brenda Smith (middle) was another second place winner and she was lauded by Delbert Beckham (left) for having decorated both sides of her stocking. She is seen also with Tracie Galindo (right).

Suzanne Richards presented a check on behalf of Hallmark Center Fixtures Operations to Shelby County Outreach Ministries(SCOM) on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Sherry Harding, Executive Director for Shelby County Outreach Ministries, accepted the $700 check and expressed her appreciation to the company for their donation.

Photo by Scott Flowers

An anonymous donor gave bicycles on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to "Stock a Ram for Santa" at Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep for the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center.

An older gentleman came into the dealership and I asked him if I could help him. He said, "yes" and that he had a donation for the toy drive. I showed him where donations were collected and he said, "I'm going to need some help getting them in because I have eight bikes to donate."

When we got to his truck he paused and said, "I want to tell you why I'm donating these. My wife passed away in October of 2013. We would travel every year around Christmas and my wife always insisted that I point out any kids riding new bikes they received for Christmas.

"She said it made her proud to see them riding their new bikes. On our last Christmas trip together after she asked me to point out any kids on new bikes I asked her why seeing kids on their bikes was so important to her. She explained to me that she had never had or learned to ride a bike and that seeing children enjoying them brought her untold joy."

With tears in his eyes he said that he felt donating the bikes was the best way to honor her memory. Everyone thanked him profusely and he insisted that he receive no recognition for his generous act.

Three motorcycle clubs played Santa for a Shelby County family Wednesday donating presents, groceries, and coats for Christmas.

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, O.T.T. Chapter; Amigos, Sabine County; and M.T.R. out of Center began Saturday, December 6th working on a Christmas list for a local Shelby County family whom they heard were needing help this Christmas. The family with three kids, ages 6, 10 and 13, have been going through difficult times with the mother battling cancer for the past two years and has had to have multiple surgeries in the past 6 months.

The motorcycle clubs surprised the mother with a truck load of goodies Wednesday, December 10th. The clubs' generous donations included toys, groceries, coats, and a promise to pay the family's electric bill for the month of December and possibly January.

This isn't the first time bikers have come together to help those in need. The consensus as to why they give to help families - they themselves have been through difficult times and had someone else give them hope and that is what they want to do, give a family hope to help them through.

The family asked to remain anonymous to protect their privacy but the mother wished to let the bikers know, "Thank you so much and it is truly a blessing!"

Photo front row (from left), Mr. Woods’s grandson Clifford Grimes, Mr. Wood, his daughter Debbie Grimes and son-in-law Eddie Grimes. Back row l-r, Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, Post Chaplain Gene Hutto, Auxiliary Chaplain Mary Fausett and Auxiliary Sr. Vice Sandy Risinger.December 9, 2014 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary joined with family and members of Central Baptist Church on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 to honor Pearl Harbor Survivor, Mr. Earl O. Wood. Mr. Wood was born in Wisconsin and joined the US Army from Missoula, Montana in July 1940 and served with the Coastal Artillery Corps. He was at Hickam Field, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941 and served to the end of WW II. He now lives in Center with his wife and is one of two known from Shelby County still living to have survived the attack.

City of Center and Drewery Construction workers have been making repairs on Monday, December 29, 2014 to the end of Riggs Street at the intersection with Shelbyville Street and separately to the end of Runnels Street at the intersection with Austin Street just off the Center square.

Chad Nehring, City Manager, explained the work is being done in these areas on valley gutters where rainwater historically has ponded since TxDOT did some work on these streets. The workers are attempted to remedy this ponding situation and are planning to pour concrete tomorrow on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

Riggs Street will remain closed until sometime Tuesday, December 30, 2014 for gas line work before reopening. The street is expected to also be closed for several days on the following week.

On Thursday, December 18th, Shelby Savings Bank had their annual Christmas Open House from 9am to 3pm. Catered refreshments, punch, and hot cider were served. Guests were invited to take home a Texas calendar and a Shelby Savings Bank anniversary coffee mug with a hot chocolate packet inside.

There was also a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card with six chances to win. Shelby Savings Bank would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Two officers were given the opportunity to spread the spirit of Christmas this holiday season thanks to a $1,000 donation from an anonymous business man in Center on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Sgt Duane Gordon said, "A local business man came by the Center Police Department and approached the Chief of Police (Jim Albers) in regarding to a 'Secret Santa' program at which time he gave the Center Police Department $1,000 to be distributed throughout the city to city and county residents in the spirit of Christmas."

According to Sgt Gordon, the anonymous donor said they were inspired by recent stories in the news such as layaway angels and wanted to bring the Christmas spirit of giving unconditionally to Center.

Sgt Gordon and Sgt Scotty Burkhalter took to the streets of Center randomly selecting unsuspecting shoppers and travelers to give them $100. Sgt Gordon pulled several vehicles over as they were pulling into various parking lots and presented them with a gift from Secret Santa.

Sgt Burkhalter went inside Brookshire Brothers and Walmart where shoppers were steadily passing by. He would approach the shopper as they were checking out and would let them know that Secret Santa was going to buy their groceries.

Those receiving the $100 gifts were extremely grateful. Some were quiet and a little shocked to say the least, others responded with great big hugs, some shed a few tears, but all felt the Christmas spirit around them. Thank you Secret Santa.

Special thanks to Chief Albers for allowing his officers to help Secret Santa deliver Christmas joy.

Merry Christmas to all!

Ace Hardware of East Texas is proud to announce the winner of their Christmas Husqvarna Blower giveaway:

  • Ray Barbee

Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and signed-up. Ace “Downtown” still has sales going on PLUS they’ll be having Christmas clearance items soon. See the website for current sales at www.etace.com. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/etaceinc.


Family, friends and fellow veterans

On Saturday, December 6th, 2014 Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary joined family and friends at the home of Mr. Glenn Prince to dedicate a new flag pole that the post had installed.

Mr. Prince just celebrated his 93rd birthday and is one of two known Pearl Harbor Survivors living in Shelby County. He served with the US Navy throughout World War II.

Thanks to Joaquin HS for providing two drummers for the ceremony.

Flag photo: Mr. Glenn Prince with daughter Helen, wife Maurine, Post Quartermaster Larry Hume and Post Chaplain Gene Hutto.

Mr. Glenn Prince and daughter Helen King with dedication certificate.