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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.

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.