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The Inkspots and Smashers are seen together with Brooklyn Oliver at the finale of the kickball tournament held on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

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May 18, 2016 - Album1, Album2, Album3 -  Six teams gathered on Joaquin High School's baseball field to play kickball on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to participate in the #KickinitwithB Kickball Fundraiser for Brooklyn Oliver.

Darrell Martinez organized the fundraiser to aid in paying for a medical procedure for Oliver, back surgery to realign her spine, in Dallas.

Courtney Martinez (left) is seen talking with Brooklyn Oliver (right) during the Inkspots v Oddballs matchup.

"We felt like its what God would want us to do. Their family does so much for our church and this was an opportunity to truly give back to them and let them know how much we care for and love their family," said Martinez. "Any small amount can help in a big situation like this and we are trusting the Lord that Brooklyn will be completely healed and walk through the doors at our church again."

The tournament began at 8am Saturday morning and lasted until around 3pm in the afternoon. Medals were given for first, second and third place and Oliver presented the medals to the teams as they earned their placement in the tournament.

Arriving in third place were the Oddballs who were defeated by the Inkspots. The Oddballs and Texas Big Hair then competed for the third place position with the Oddballs taking a little off the top to defeat Texas Big Hair.

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Final match of the tournament was between the Inkspots and Smashers. The Inkspots were defeated by the Smashers earlier in the tournament; however, they were able to climb the bracket to face them once again. The Smashers splattered the Inkspots in the final outcome placing the Inkspots in second place and the Smashers in first place to win the tournament.

Oliver presented the medals once again to the finalist teams. In turn Oliver was presented with a trophy in her honor.
Martinez was thankful to all who participated in the event and helped it to come to fruition.

"I just want to thank my wife Courtney and friend Josh Hickman for helping me turn this into a special event. Without them I couldn't have done it," said Martinez. "And we give God all the glory for the turn out we had. And we'd also like to thank all of the people and businesses that sponsored the event. Joey Kendricks Painting, Joaquin/Timpson Quickstop, East Texas Press, Big Texas Hair and everyone that came out to play and volunteer."

The event was succesful in raising just over $800 to benefit Brooklyn and her family.

May 18, 2016 - Center Garden Club members met May 11 for a salad luncheon at the home of Alison Scull. The Flower Show results were discussed and final plans were made for the Southern Zone Summer Workshop which the club will host on June 8 at the Community House.  Scholarship winner Gabriela Castaneda was introduced. Gabriela, who is a senior at Center High School, was awarded $1000 for her studies at Sam Houston State University.

Pictured are (Front from left): Carolyn Bounds, Janette Wittmann, and Scholarship Winner Gabriela Castaneda. (Back from left): Judy Matthews, Lisa Albers, Connie Spann, Robbie Kerr, Jackie Hancock, Frances Chance, Linda Bordelon, Cherry Jones, Margaret Stockton, Cindy Brown, Peggie Williams, and Carole Anne Chance. Not pictured:  Hostesses Alison Scull and Anna Stuever.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

Pictured are (not in order) Destin Lane Moore (1st place), Wendy Palma-Carrillo (2nd place) and Madeline Reese Cassell (3rd place)

May 18, 2016 - The Center Garden club is pleased to announce the winners of the National Garden Club poetry contest!  Each year, the National Garden Club holds a poetry contest to excite and encourage our youth to express and explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. NGC's Poetry Contest enables our youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing.  This year's winners were Kindergarten students Destin Lane Moore (1st place), Wendy Palma-Carrillo (2nd place) and Madeline Reese Cassell (3rd place). These students worked under the instruction of Ms. Betty Martin, librarian and GT teacher at F. L. Moffett Primary School.

These students participated in the National Garden Club poetry contest, earning an Honorable Mention certificate. Caroline Scull and Ingrid Arias, both 8th grade students at Center Middle School.

Center Elementary School students that placed in the NGC poetry contest were 2nd graders Zykerius Barnes (1st place), Franil Patel (2nd place) and Jaxon Olade (3rd place). Third grade students Anna Marie Amburn (1st place) and Hollie Herndon (HM) also were awarded certificates. These students were under the instruction of Mrs. Inez Hughes, CES fine arts and GT teacher. Congratulations!

Pictured are (not in order) Zykerius Barnes (1st place), Franil Patel (2nd place) and Jaxon Olade (3rd place). Anna Marie Amburn (1st place) and Hollie Herndon (HM).


Pictured are Damien Horton (HM), Alaisia Garrett (HM), Da'Nyhalon Gipson (HM), Jordan McSwain (HM), Allison Hale (1st in state and 1st in the South Central Region), Gracie Burch (2nd, state level), Jason Arcibar (3rd, state level) and Eric Allen (HM). Congratulations to these students!

May 17, 2016 - The National Garden Club holds a sculpture contest each year to encourage youth to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving the environment. Mrs. Kris Rash's GT students participated this year, sponsored by Center Garden Club.The students were challenged to make a sculpture from recycled items.

Students received honorable mention certificates, while others placed, both within the state level and one placed in the South Central Region. Those students placing were awarded cash prizes.

May 17, 2016 - Center Garden Club recently recognized several students for placing in the garden club poster contests. Seen here are Center Elementary students, Maliah Norris and Carter Tomlin.  Maliah placed 1st place for her Woodsy Owl poster at the District III, State and South Central Region levels.  Maliah is in 1st grade. Carter placed 2nd place for his Smokey the Bear poster at the District III level.  Carter is in 2nd grade.  The students worked under the direction of Mrs. Inez Hughes, Center Elementary School fine arts and GT teacher.

Update: Winners at Center Elementary School were 2nd and 3rd grade students Wade Collard, Hollie Herndon, Jack Wagner, Nathan Cole, Avery Lawrence, Hope Nehring, Holden Stone, Anna Hagler, Gisel Olalde, and Triniti Bell. Congratulations to these students on a job well done!  Winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes.

Pictured (not in order) Wade Collard, Hollie Herndon, Jack Wagner, Nathan Cole, Avery Lawrence, Hope Nehring, Holden Stone, Anna Hagler, Gisel Olalde, and Triniti Bell.

May 17, 2016 - President Joe Anderson called to order the May 16 meeting of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at 11:30 a.m. with 28 members and guests attending.  Harold Hanson led members in several favorites and all sang "Happy Birthday" to sisters Winnie Preston and Jo Warr who celebrated their birthdays on May 15, and Mike Bordelon who will be 73 on May 24. Joe welcomed our guest Glenda Sallis, daughter of Harold and Naomi Hanson, and recognized our guest speaker, Larry Hume.

Larry HumeAfter a delicious luncheon, Program Chairman Linda Anderson introduced Quartermaster Larry Hume of VFW Post 8094, who keeps patriotism alive in Shelby County.  Mr. Hume gave an account of each of the following 9 Shelby County sons who lost their lives in the Vietnam War along with updates on their relatives: US Army Sergeant William H. Eaden of Timpson, US Army Major Taylor D. Johnson of Joaquin, US Army PFC Ted W. Adams of Timpson, US Army SPC. 4 William L. Andrews of Center, US Army PFC Larry S. Byford of Center, US Army PFC Jerry L. Hughes of Center, US Navy SFC Ray A. Chatelain Jr of Tenaha, US Army PFC Jimmy D. Barnett of Tenaha, and US Army PFC Mac C. Buckley of Center.
Special prayers were given for the ill of our community along with faithful members Jim Forbes and Betty Green.
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.  Guests are always welcome to bring a covered dish and enjoy the program and fellowship.
Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

May 17, 2016 - At their monthly meeting on Monday, May 16th the Auxiliary to Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 installed their new officers for the coming year July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. 

Pictured are:  left to right: Trustee Paul Risinger, Chaplain Becky Yates, President Sandy Risinger, Senior Vice Mary Fausett, Junior Vice Shannon Guynes, Guard Joy Hutto. Photo by Treasurer Theresa Hume.

May 16, 2016 - The Center FFA would like to thank all of the parents, teachers, administrators and friends for your support and encouragement throughout this year.  We appreciate each and every person who attended our annual awards banquet and helped us celebrate another outstanding year.  We would like to say a big thank you to the local businesses and individuals that generously donated to our silent auction, making it such a great success.

Boles Feed
Lasting Impressions
I'm So Fancy Boutique
Shana Brittian with Southern Seasons
James Greer
Farmers State Bank
Deborah Chadwick with John C. Rodgers Coffee Shop
Chanda Shamblin with Bark Boutique
Hometown Marine
Center Floral
Ace Hardware of Center

May 16, 2016 - As we approach Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, 2016 this reminder:  The US Flag and any other flags flying with it should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise and be raised at noon on Memorial Day. If you have no one to lower your flag at sunrise it is better to have it lowered the night before than not at all.  In any case all flags should be raised at noon.

If you have a United States Flag that cannot be lowered, respect for the day can still be shown by tying a black ribbon or cord at the top of the staff. It should also be removed at noon.

May 16, 2016 - The District Five 4-H Round-up and Food & Nutrition contests were held on April 29-30, 2016 at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.  We had a record number of 4-H’ers enter in the virtual fishing tournament, photography, food show, food challenge and taxidermy contests.

A special thank you to all our 4-H parent volunteers for making this an exceptional experience for the youth of Shelby County.  A special thank you to following project leaders:   Ms. Tasha Jones - photography, Ms. Shannon Menefee - food and nutrition, Ms. Anna Stuever - fashion, and Ms. Sheryl McGown – taxidermy, Mr. & Mrs. John Henry Holloway – shooting sports..


Alyssa CummingsFood Show
1st - Junior Division - Dairy – Alyssa Cummings
8th - Junior Division – Fruits and Grains – Maggie Turk 
7th - Intermediate Division - Protein – Emilee Elliott

Food Challenge
2nd - Mixed Team – Clarissa Menefee, Hannah Menefee, Maggie Turk and Alyssa Cummings


Five individual fishing events were conducted during 2015-2016 with 4-H’ers placing as follows:

Event 1
1st – Jaxon Brittain
2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Collin Lloyd
Event 2
1st – Jaxon Brittain
2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Collin Lloyd
Big Bass – Seth ShamblinEvent 3
1st – Jaxon Brittain
2nd – Seth Shamblin
Event 4
1st – Collin Lloyd 
2nd – Jaxon Brittain
3rd – Seth Shamblin
Event 5
1st – Collin Lloyd 
2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Jaxon Brittain


Overall Tournament Results

1st – Jaxon Brittain - Angler of the Tournament 
2nd – Collin Lloyd
3rd – Seth Shamblin 
6th – Lily Martin
14th – Corbin Arwine 


Pictured left to right back row:  Chloe Musico, Mason Barbee, Collin Lloyd, Clayton Hinton, Tyler Allen Mathew Borders, front row:  Levi Birdwell, and Connor ScatesThis was the first year Shelby County 4-H’ers participated in the Taxidermy project, and we had over 20 entries in the District 5 Roundup contest.  Place in the following categories were:

Junior Taxidermy Only
Collin Lloyd-1st place
Connor Scates- 3rd place

Junior Taxidermy & Habitat
Chloe Musico-1st place
Collin Lloyd-2nd place     
Connor Scates – 3rd place

Intermediate Taxidermy Only
Mathew Borders-2nd place
Tyler Allen-3rd place
Mason Barbee-4th place
Clayton Hinton-5th place
Intermediate Taxidermy & Habitat
Tyler Allen – 2nd place
Mason Barbee-3rd place
Mathew Borders-4th place
Levi Birdwell-5th place
Clayton Hinton-6th place


Junior Division
1st in Animals – Domestic – Michelle Gomez
2nd in Animals – Wildlife – Lily Martin
2nd in People – Michelle Gomez
3rd in Dominant Color – Michelle Gomez
2nd in Plants – Lily Martin
3rd in Plants – Michele Gomez
1st in Food – Lily Martin    


Pictured left to right:  Aiden Arwine, Logan Holloway, Colton Gutermuth, Tucker Scarber, Hagan Craig, Dawson McFadden, Colby Lout, Lance HollowayThe annual District 5 shotgun games were held at the Pines Gun Club in Lufkin on May 7, 2016.  Shooters competed in 5 events including skeet, trap, 5 stand, sporting clays and tower.  Results are as follows:
Junior Novice (1st year 3rd-5th grade)
Colby Lout- 1st skeet, 1st tower, 2nd trap and HOA Jr. Novice

Intermediate Novice (1st year 6th-8th grade)
Dawson McFadden- 1st skeet, 1st trap, 2nd tower and 
HOA Int. Novice & HOA overall novice

Tucker Scarber- 2nd skeet, 2nd trap, 4th tower, 3rd 5 stand and 2nd sporting clays
Hagan Craig-4th skeet, 5th trap, 3rd tower, 4th 5 stand and 5th Sporting Clays    

Pictured left to right, back row:  Aiden Arwine, Colton Gutermuth, Logan Holloway, Dawson McFadden, Lance Holloway, Tucker Scarber, and Hagan Craig. Not pictured:  Colby LoutIntermediates
Aiden Arwine- 3rd trap
Lance Holloway-2nd skeet, 2nd trap, 3rd tower, 1st 5 stand and 3rd Sporting Clays
Colton Gutermuth-3rd skeet, 1st trap, 1st tower, 4th 5 stand, 1st sporting clays and HOA Intermediate

Senior I
Logan Holloway-1st skeet, 3rd trap, 1st tower, 3rd 5 stand, 1st sporting clays (50/50) and Senior I HOA

We would like to congratulate all our Shelby County 4-H’ers on their contest achievements.

If you would like information on this program or participating in other Shelby County 4-H projects, please contact county Extension agents Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Family and Consumer Sciences at or Lane Dunn, Agriculture and Natural Resources at or by phone at 936-598-7744.