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September 25, 2015 - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Press Release

The 39th East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Company was held Wednesday on the Historic Downtown Center Square. A large number of spectators enjoyed the Queen’s Court candidate floats, civic organization and business entries. Junior Chamber of Commerce students led the parade.

According to parade chairman, Holly Adams trophy winners include:

  • First Place – Center UPC Yellow Team
  • Second Place – Center UPC Red Team
  • Third Place – Center Youth Cheerleaders.

The Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods was held after the parade. Chairman Denise Merriman announced the winners.

  • Adult: First Place – Farmers State Bank, Second Place – Paige Hairgrove, Farmers State Bank #2, Third Place – Sheila Burch.
  • High School Youth : First Place – Taylar Windham, Second Place – Jacee Hooks, Third Place – Nykevia Jones.
  • Youth: First Place – Mackenzie Simmons, Second Place – Carly Gray, Third Place – McKenna Williams. People’s Choice Award went to Farmers State Bank Team #1 and Best Dressed Table went to Paige Hairgrove, Farmers State Bank #2.

The Queen’s Court parade winners will be announced Saturday at the East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Pageant at 6:00 p.m. at Center High School cafetorium.

The festival will begin with opening ceremonies presented by Farmers State Bank at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 1.

Gold Sponsors for Doo Dah Parade, Ilho Sales and Imports Professional Title Services, Gold Sponsors for the Chicken Cooking Contest, K & L Contractors and Triple J Feed.

September 25, 2015 - Members of the ’15-’16 Joaquin FFA Show Team started their show season last month, traveling to several jackpot livestock shows. They also traveled to Texarkana, Arkansas to compete in the Four States Fair Livestock Show.

Abi Hooper showed a steer, a Charolais, and two Beefmaster heifers. Her steer won Grand Champion at the Four States Fair and the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show and Reserve Grand Champion at the Detroit FFA Livestock Show. Her Beefmaster won Grand Champion of the American Division and Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer at the Colmesneil FFA Livestock Show and Reserve Grand Champion at the Waskom show. The Charolais won her breed at the Waskom show, and placed 2nd in class at the Four States Fair. Abi was selected Champion Jr. Steer Showman in Detroit, and she won both Steer and Heifer Showmanship Champion at the Colmesneil show. Last weekend, Abi’s Beefmaster won Grand Champion at the Carthage Clash Jackpot Show held by Panola Ag Boosters. Her steer won Supreme Champion.

Lauren Neal was selected as the Jr. Showmanship Champion at the Waskom FFA Jackpot Show held in Marshall, Texas. She exhibited two Limousin heifers, placing 1st and 2nd in their classes at both the Waskom FFA and Detroit FFA Shows. At the Four States Fair, both of Lauren’s Limousins came home with blue First Place ribbons for winning their classes. Lauren’s brother, Jake, showed a Limousin in Marshall, placing 3rd in his class.

Cralon Hughes caught a calf at the Houston Calf Scramble last March. He is showing a young Brangus heifer as a result of his successful catch. His young heifer placed 3rd and 4th in several competitive classes of Brangus cattle. Cralon was recognized as a top showman in the Senior Heifer Showmanship competition at the Colmesneil FFA Jackpot Show. At the Four States Fair, Cralon came home with a blue 1st in Class ribbon for his Brangus cow/calf pair. Also, at the Waskom show, Cralon exhibited a Braford calf and earned 1st Place.

Trey Harvey showed 2 Red Angus heifers in Detroit and 4 heifers at the Four States Fair. His Detroit calves placed 2nd and 3rd in a tough class of quality cattle. At Four States, two of his heifers who are close in age competed in the same class. They won 1st and 2nd Place. He also entered two other heifers who came home with blue ribbons. Trey’s heifers represented 3 classes in the Champion Drive of Red Angus, and his was selected Reserve Grand Champion.

Tucker and Allison Gamble are each showing Brangus heifers this year. At the Detroit FFA Jackpot Show, both Tucker and Allison’s heifers won 1st Place in each of their classes. Allison’s went on to win Reserve Grand Champion of the American Division. Tucker exhibited a Brangus at the Four States Fair. She won her class and received high praises from the judge.

The Joaquin FFA Show Team will travel to Tyler, Texas this week to compete with other FFA and 4-H members at the East Texas State Fair. The Junior Breeding Heifer Competition will be held Friday and Saturday, and the Junior Steer Show will be on Sunday.

September 23, 2015 - Center Middle School students participated in the annual tradition of meeting at the flag pole, joining in prayer for their friends, families, teachers, school and nation. This event was student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led.

Pictured are (left to right) Caroline Scull, Kristen Orsak, Taylor Burch, Makayla Mayo, and Tyler Herndon welcomed the group and shared the background of the event.

September 23, 2015 - Tri-C Center Base Head Start will celebrate Head Start’s 50 year history by hosting a community-wide block party to raise awareness of Head Start and honor the contributions of local partners, staff, and families. Center, Texas will join communities across the country in the national festivities, coordinated by the Office of Head Start (OHS), to commemorate this historic milestone.

Locally, the Head Start 50th Anniversary Block Party will be held October 14, 2015 from 5pm until 7pm at the old elementary school located at 214 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas. All are welcome to join in on the festivities!

At 4:30 CT participants will tune in to a national message livestreamed from the Campagna Center Head Start in Alexandria. The livestream will include special guests, celebrating Head Start’s 50 years of success and recommitting to 50 more years of opportunity.

Head Start programs across the country provide critical early education, health, nutrition, child care, parent involvement, and family support services to millions of at-risk children and families. For more information about NHSA, visit www.nhsa.org

September 22, 2015 - Debbie Leggett, Personal and Professional Enrichment Chair, presented a program on "Creative Painting" to members and guests at the Sept. Delta Gamma meeting in Hemphill.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

September 22, 2015 - On September 16, the 2015-2016 Panola College Foundation Board gathered in the Murphy Payne Community Room to conduct a quarterly business meeting and welcome new members. The Panola College Foundation was formed to support and promote the mission and vision of Panola College, to seek and obtain gifts for the advancement of Panola College, and to assist the students of Panola College by providing fellowships and scholarships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to increase community awareness of the programs and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.

This year’s board members are (L to R) Mr. Joe Reed, Mrs. Patricia Smith, Mr. Richard Ballenger, Mr. Bobby Phillips, Mr. Gene Giles – Vice Chair, Mrs. Kathleen Kruebbe, Mr. Jonathan Perlman, Mrs. Brenda Giles, Mrs. Fannie Watson, Mr. Robert Sherman – Chair, Ms. Carolyn Murphy, Mrs. Sandy Payne, Ms. Sharon Ivey, Mr. Phillip Grimes – Secretary, Dr. Greg Powell, Mr. Ray Schieffer. Not shown: Mr. Matthew Pool, Dr. Dennis Golden, Mrs. Kathrine Ripper, Mr. Steve Williams and Mrs. Jessica Pace

September 22, 2015 - Johnie Gray gave the opening prayer for the Golden harvest Ministries Club on Septerber 21, 2015 in the Fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.  Joe Anderson  announced that there was an Anniversary Cake for Mike and linda Bordelon's 50th wedding anniversary.  Jheri-Lynn McSwainintroduced a new program given by the Extension Service.  She callenged us to get involved with an exercise program given at the Nutrition site starting October 13 at 10:00 in the morning.  Ed Miller briskly led us as we sang "In My Heart There Rings a Melody" and Oh how I love Jesus" while Alice West played the piano.

      Those with September birthdays were recognized. They were David Bain, Johnie Gray, Ellen Manning Terri miller and Bobbie Nutt.  Joe Anderson introduced the visitors.  We had Margaret Stockton, Robbie Kerr, Shirley Owens, Alease Copelin and Suzanne Ihlo. Danny Brown asked the blessing on the food and everyone helped themselves to the delicious dishes of food that the members provided.

     The program chair introduced Alease Copelln, a Career Technology Counselor for Center Schools.  She explained the prupose of the Back pack program and told us how many meals were given to children on Friday so they could have nourishment over the week-end and be better students when they came to school on monday.

Then Suzanne Ihlo gave some  history of the First Methodist Cemetery and explained the process necessary to obtain a Historical Marker for a cemetery.  She has completed the application and now this project is waiting approval by the Historical Commission but it is over 200 on the list of aplications.  So we are waiting to see the marker.  We each need to take care of cemeteries in our area.

     Betty Green gave us a financial report.  Ellen Manning read the minutes of the last meeting.  Linda Bordelon said that next month the program will be on Dutch Ooven Cooking and that we could go to Shelbyville to see Dutch oven Cooking in action when they have their meeting. The Bee Club is having a meeting  on Wed in the Community Room in the Court House.  Ann Forbes thanked those who helped in the kitchen and she metioned that Linda Bordelon did a nice job putting fresh flowers on the table.  Then we went over the Prayer Report very carefully making additions as people thought of others who were sick or in need of prayer. Jack Smith led us in a closing prayer.

September 22, 2015 - [Austin, TX] – In an evening ceremony last night, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) was recognized for its efforts on behalf of child victims of physical and sexual abuse across Texas. Recognized by First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, and the OneStar Foundation, CACTX joins a select group of individuals, groups and organizations honored for a significant and measurable contribution to their communities.

“The power of the public-private partnerships our membership has established at 69 different Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the state cannot be overstated. Through these intricate collaborations, our network is able to provide much needed assistance to nearly 40,000 Texas children every year who have been subjected to heartbreaking abuse,” said Joy Hughes Rauls, Executive Director of CACTX. “We are grateful to our partners across the state, law enforcement, CPS, prosecution, medical and mental health providers and volunteers, who have joined this collective vision of justice and healing for the smallest of victims.”

“In Shelby County the Children’s Advocacy Center provides crucial services to over 100 children a year. Without the support of our local partnerships, the positive impact we are making on our community would not be possible,” said Denise Merriman, Executive Director of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. “Our agency partners include: Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, County Attorney, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Center Police Department, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Timpson Police Department, Timpson ISD Police Department, Constable Pct.5, Shelby County Juvenile Probation Department, Center ISD Police Department, Shelbyville ISD Police Department, Constable Pct. 4, and Tenaha City Marshal’s Office. We are proud to accept this award alongside CACTX.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers are a nationally renowned solution to the challenges facing the child victims of sexual and physical abuse. At their core, the centers provide a place for representatives of law enforcement, legal, medical and Child Protective Service organizations to coordinate the pursuit of justice for perpetrators and therapeutic healing for victims and their families. Forging partnerships with community volunteers, child welfare advocates and Government Agencies, local centers also provide the much needed support these families need while seeking justice.

“Texas is so fortunate to have a First Lady like Cecilia Abbott and an organization like the OneStar Foundation who understand the value of partnerships within communities,” concluded Rauls. “We dream that, someday, child abuse will be eradicated, but until then, we’ll keep working together in the service of a tragic, but vital cause. I’m proud to accept this award on their behalf.”

 

September 18, 2015Texas Heroes Day (September 18)

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas recognize Texas military heroes on September 18. The DRT has designated this day to honor and preserve the memory of the volunteer soldiers who died defending the Republic and to pay tribute to the men and women of the military, both past and present, who serve Texas. As for the Republic military, special emphasis is placed on honoring those who died in the Mier Expedition and the Dawson Massacre.

On September 18, 1842, 36 volunteer Texas soldiers were killed on the field of battle in the Dawson Massacre, a battle that took place near Salado Creek, a few miles northeast of San Antonio, during a second invasion of the Mexican army. Three survivors escaped to tell the story and 15 others were taken prisoner by Mexican soldiers and marched to Perote Prison in Veracruz, Mexico.

Texian Navy Day (3rd Saturday in September)

In September 1835, the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution occurred near Velasco. In that engagement between a Texian privateer, the San Felipe, and a Mexican war schooner, the Correo, the Mexican ship was forced to unconditionally surrender, given the Texian the victory.

September 16, 2015 - The Center HS Class of 1975 Reunion Plans:

  • Contact Beth Hardy Holt to order a t-shirt, 903-654-3449.
  • Block of rooms for 'Class of 75' at Hampton Inn until 9/28/2015 for $85.
  • Sit together at homecoming football game, Friday, October 9th at 7:30pm.
  • Play tennis with Randall and Sharon at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 10th at the Center HS Courts.
  • Lunch, fishing, games at Don and Janene Fry Walker's home, 8 miles south of Shelbyville, look for sign on left. Lunch is their treat.
  • Decorate float from 2pm to 4pm, Saturday, October 10th.
  • Ride in parade at 4pm, Saturday, October 10th.
  • Dutch treat at Sombrero's Bar & Grill, 1123 Hurst Street, Center, Texas from 6pm until 10pm in the bar.

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