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September 16, 2015 - The Joaquin Fire Dept. is selling "Firefighters for a Cure" Pink T shirts. You may purchase yours at Joaquin City Hall or contact Asst. Chief Jeremy Boyett (903)263-7853. We will also be selling these at the fire station on Oct. 2, 2015 at Homecoming Parade.

September 15, 2015ATLANTA, GA - August 31, 2015 - The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced student MaKayla Baker from Timpson, TX, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senor member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that MaKayla has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," said Mr. Nobel. "MaKayla is now a member of a unique community of scholars - community that represents our very best hope for the future."

"We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development." stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "We aim to help students like MaKayla build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.

NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way - from high school to college to career - NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senor member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennial through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. Currently there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. For more information, feel free to visit www.nshss.org.

September 14, 2015 The Shelby County Courthouse was not just a place for meetings on the morning of Monday, September 14, 2015 as District Clerk Lori Oliver was celebrating her birthday. Although it was a workday, she and her staff had fun during the day as they celebrated by wearing tiaras and sharing birthday cake to honor the joyous occasion.

September 11, 2015 - Now is the time to join 4-H and get in on the fun! While many people think that 4-H is just about raising livestock, nothing could be further from the truth. We have numerous 4-H’ers involved in projects like clothing & textiles, livestock, photography, public speaking, shooting sports, etc. No matter what the project, the goal of 4-H is to develop life skills and leadership within young people so they become productive, contributing members of society.

Shelby County 4-H is busy gearing up for our new 4-H year, and there is still time for your child become a member. Clubs meet on a monthly basis in Center, Shelbyville, and Joaquin. Some of our planned projects for fall include taxidermy, livestock showing, virtual fishing tournament, photography, food, fashion, and public speaking. Spring projects planned are more livestock showing, taxidermy, fashion, robotics, and babysitting certification. Enrollment is just $20 through October 31, 2015. Beginning November 1, the fee increases to $25 per child.

Research has shown that participation in 4-H programs makes a positive difference in the lives of youth. Youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, works with researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University to conduct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. The longitudinal study has found that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

• Two times more likely to be more engaged in school;
• Two times more likely to plan to go to college; 
• Three times more likely to make positive contributions to their communities; and,
• Nearly two times more likely to participate in science, engineering, or computer technology programs (STEM) learning programs during out-of-school time.

Overall, the study found that the advantages of 4-H participation include higher educational achievement and higher motivation for future education.

If you are interested in joining Shelby County 4-H or would like additional information on our programs, give us a call at the Shelby County Extension office at 598-7744 and speak to either Daphne Lovell, Office Administrator, Lane Dunn - Agriculture and Natural Resource County Agent or Jheri-Lynn McSwain - Family and Consumer Sciences County Agent. If you are thinking about joining, make the call today!

September 11, 2015 - Sherry Harding and Josh White with Shelby County Outreach Ministries are hitting the street to raise funds for the meals on wheels program.

"We average a thousand [meals] a month that's not being paid and last month alone was over 1,200 that wasn't paid, and the majority of those are shut-ins," said Harding.

Through the meals on wheels program, 996 meals were delivered last month and 1,200 were provided intotal. Only one $40 donation from a client was received last month, according to Harding.

Although DETCOG pays for about 300 meals for a month, it doesn't cover the majority of what SCOM provides to those in need.

If you're hungry, or just want to donate, hamburgers will continue to be for sale at their location at the intersection of Shelbyville Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Center until 2pm. Any additional donations are also welcome.

Donations can be sent to Shelby County Outreach Ministries P.O. Box 1029, Center, Texas

September 10, 2015 - Staff and residents of Holiday Nursing Center gathered to display a blue ribbon in support of Peace Officers and in honor of First Responders and Patriot’s Day.

 


Pictured are (front row, from left): Kennedy Parker, Alexis Barlow, Hannah Hall, Bailey Snell, Brynna Birdwell, Kimberly Rodriguez (back row, from left): Kamaryn Smith, Kaci Griffin, 2014 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen Zoey Stuever, Madison Agnew, and Konner Windham.

September 9, 2015 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held a Welcome Party to introduce and welcome the 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court. Reigning Queen, Zoey Stuever, spoke to the young ladies summarizing her experience of 2014 and gave them some insight as to what to expect. Each candidate introduced themselves, their Escort and their parent prior to enjoying dinner together catered by Sombreros Mexican Grill.

The upcoming schedule and pageant rules and guidelines were reviewed. The Queen’s Court program has a month long schedule of events including a Luau and a Social as part of the enrichment program for the candidates and their escorts prior to the scholarship pageant. There are representatives from, Shelbyville High School, Center Christian Academy and Center High School in the 2015 Court.

The Coronation, presented by Shelby Saving Bank, will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Center High School Cafetorium when the Queen candidates will be presented to Shelby County. Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the Chamber at info@shelbycountychamber.com or calling 936.598.3682. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Queen’s Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Hutchins, includes, Kerri Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Kay Fairchild and Jesse Wiggins.

September 8, 2015 - Starting Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th, library hours for the Fannie Brown Booth Library will change for Fridays and Saturdays. New hours will be: Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Library hours for Tuesday through Thursday will still be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

September 2, 2015 - Shelby County firemen took to the streets on Saturday morning, August 29th to fill the boot to fight muscle disease. Firemen have been supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for 60 years strong.

The two departments, Center Volunteer Fire Department and the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, both stood in the heat to help raise money for MDA. Center firemen raised $3,560 thanks to giving motorists traveling through the downtown square area. Joaquin firemen setup at the intersection of US 84 and SH 7 to give travelers a chance to support the worthy cause as well. Joaquin firemen raised $1,670.

The firemen thank eveyone who donated making their volunteer time in the heat worth while.

To learn more about Muscular Dystrophy, visit online http://mda.org

 

 

September 2, 2015VFW Post 8904 Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary members gathered at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial on Monday, August 31, 2015 to honor Veterans of the Iraq War with Larry Hume, Quartermaster, leading the ceremony.

"The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003 and continued until August 31, 2010 five years ago," said Hume. "It's been five years since the end of hostilities and it's our duties as fellow veterans and citizens to ensure that this piece of history and the sacrifices made are not forgotten."

Hume recognized those Iraq War veterans he knew to be present at the ceremony including Ben Galindo, past Post Commander Mike Langford, and Addie Boyd.

Ben Galindo performed the honor of placing the memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial where it remained until sunset.

"Today we've gathered to remember our fallen comrades and all those who served in the Iraq War. Many served more than one tour, not only in Iraq, but also in Afghanistan," said Hume. "As we always say, the sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance and the core members of our VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary will never forget, nor let the general public forget, and they are mostly uninterested but we will not let them forget."

A presentation was made by Galindo to VFW Post 8904 by way of an American flag which flew on a C-130H during a combat mission over Iraq on May 15, 2003 and was received by Gene Hutto. TAPS was then played as presented by Mike Langford.

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