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November 12, 2015 - Thank you for your support - Farmers State Bank Cook Team

The Shelbyville Band Boosters sends out a special thank you to the Farmers State Bank Cook Team.

Several members of the Farmers State Bank Cook team showed up at the Shelbyville vs. West Sabine game last Friday night, and cooked some of the best burgers, boudain and sausage on a stick around!

We would like to say thank you Farmers State Bank for being part of our community and helping us support Shelbyville School and our students!

Lori Alvis (SHS Band Booster President)

Janene Walker, President, holding the certificate for the Grant received from the Texas Federation of Women in the amount of $200November 11, 2015 - The Center Women’s Reading Club met at the lovely home of Fannie Watson on November 5, 2015. President Janene Walker presided. The business portion of the meeting was conducted. The ladies of the Reading Club will be collecting Children’s Books to donate to Gary Rholes for his annual Christmas toy drive.

In keeping with the theme of famous women, and in honor of Veterans Day this month, Mrs. Watson chose the book American Wife by Taya Kyle. The book tells what it meant to be married to Chris Kyle, a loving man, highly lethal sniper and American hero. It is a moving tribute to her husband and captures the power of love and faith.

Taya and Chris met in a bar in San Diego, where Chris was stationed. At first Taya was not interested in him. He flirted and she shot him down. He was nice and unassuming. Soon after they met, Taya realized she had met the nicest man she would ever know. At the time they married, the divorce rate for Navy SEALS was 90-95%. It took two strong remarkable people like Taya and Chris, and their faith in God and each other, to make the marriage work.

Through his first two deployments, during which time he graduated to sniper status, Taya was the good patient wife. But at the third deployment she was not happy. She knew he loved being a SEAL more than anything, but she wanted him home. They had one 2-year old, with another child on the way.

Mrs. Watson holding her bookChris was deployed two more times before he decided it was time to stay home. The stress and pressure of his job was starting to take a toll on him. But the stress of leaving his life as a SEAL was not easy either. They moved to San Antonio, Texas. The marriage was strained but they were determined to work through it.

Writing “American Sniper” opened old wounds and fame left them exhausted, but their marriage had strengthened. By now Chris had started his own security and training business and found his own healing by reaching out to troubled veterans.

February 2, 2013 started out to be a good day as Chris and a friend and neighbor Chad Littlefield headed out to the gun range with Eddie Routh, a former Marine who was going through a difficult time. Taya and Chad’s wife were together with the children at a birthday party. Taya had text Chris several times before he stopped returning the texts. She knew something was wrong because Chris always returned her texts. Later in the day, her house was filled with family, friends and SEALS as word had gotten out that Chris and Chad had been shot and killed by Eddie.

Chris was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin on February 12, 2013. Thousands of people lined the streets of the funeral motorcade. Over 7,000 people attended a two hour memorial service at Cowboy Stadium.

Their children, her faith, professional help, and the kindness of strangers help bring Taya out of her depression in the months following the shooting. Taya established the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to work with military families. The skeleton of a frog is the symbol of a fallen SEAL.

Mrs. Watson concluded her program reminding everyone that it is lifelong privilege to honor our active Service Men and Women and our Veterans on Veterans Day, and on everyday of the week.

Delicious refreshments were served and the ladies enjoyed a time of fellowship.

November 11, 2015 CENTER – The Center Athletic Boosters Club announced the winners of the 2015 MEGA Raffle at the final Center Roughrider football game, Friday, October 30, 2015. Shelby Savings Bank was the raffle sponsor.

The grand prize – a 2015 Polaris Ranger Crew with power steering and radio roof in camouflage – went to Randy Tomlin.

The winning ticket for the Blue Bug Crawfish boiler was purchased by Mike O’Brien. Jerry Nutt was the winner of the Portacool Cyclone™ 2000. The Yeti Hopper soft-sided cooler went to Julie Lambert. Ken Biggers was the winner of a $200 gift card to Academy Sports & Outdoors.

The 2015 raffle was a huge success! Again, we would like than our sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank, and every one who bought tickets. Your support benefits all our Roughrider athletes.

November 11, 2015 - The Delta Gamma chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met November 9 in Center, which was catered by Lynne Locke. Members donated toys and books to the San Augustine Empty Stocking Fund.

The Delta Gamma Chapter is composed of key women educators from Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties.

Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

November 10, 2015 - Winning Rotary team - Gerald Mackey and Howell HowardLions Club and Rotary Club meet for a Washer Tournament and Fish Fry on Monday, November 2nd for a time of fellowship with one another and fun. Teams comprised of Lions club members competed against Rotary club teams to see which would walk away with bragging rights.

Josh McAdams and Chance Shoop was the last team standing representing the Lions Club and they were matched against Rotary team Will Lucas and Ed Johnson. Lucas and Johnson defeated them ending the Lions Club chance at the title. Lucas and Johnson then played against fellow Rotarians Howell Howard and Gerald Mackey to see which team would win the overall Washer Tournament.

Howard and Mackey defeated Lucas and Johnson for tournament bragging rights.

These two civic minded organizations enjoyed fried fish prepared by the Shelby County Cookers.

Both clubs are comprised of service-minded people who serve their community. A few of the community oriented programs each club supports includes scholarships for graduating seniors, donations to local programs and organizations which benefit youth, donations to local food banks, support of a wide variety of community activities, and more. The Center Noon Lions Club meets at noon on Thursdays at the John D. Windham Civic Center. The Rotary Club of Center meets at noon on Tuesdays at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

November 9, 2015 - Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Alease Copelin, the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, to serve as Grand Marshal of the 16th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade presented by Shelby Savings Bank, which will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Mrs. Copelin was recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for her contributions to many activities and organizations in Shelby County. Her leadership was noted in helping, creating and sustaining various programs including the Backpack Program that aids in fighting weekend hunger for school students, the community Flag Program, Project Graduation and Career Camp with many volunteers.

According to Randy Collard, Parade Chairman, vendor space is available free to churches, civic and non-profit organizations. Interested organizations must complete a vendor application and will be notified regarding acceptance. Approved vendors can set up from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the parade in an assigned location on the Historic Courthouse lawn. During the parade afternoon the Daughters of the Republic William Carroll Crawford Chapter will host tours of the First Ladies in Texas Building.

Categories for the 2015 “Christmas Movies and Songs” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Parade participants this year will be allowed to include their horses with special applicable rules and considerations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Monday, November 23, 2015. Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at www.shelbycountychamber.com.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com

November 6, 2015 - Weather enthusiast, Larry Rymal, submitted photos of Truitt Cemetery Road off of Highway 7 towards Joaquin, Texas which was overcome by rain water. Rymal said, "This little creek bridge tried its best, but this Friday morning’s 1.8” rain storm was too much for it to handle." Flooding at this location is a regular even during quick and heavy rains.

More rain is expected this afternoon through Saturday.

Camera was located on opposite sides of the creek bridge for each photo.

The morning sun was peeking through on the closer photo, hence the orange color.

November 6, 2015 - The Rio Theatre will be hosting Woodlawn, a limited release Christian movie about a football team who overcomes diversity together, starting Friday, November 6th and running through Tuesday, November 10th. A special Sunday Matinee will show on November 8th at 2pm to allow any football players or athletes who which to see the show an opportunity without conflicting with school and sports.

Box office opens at 7:00pm nightly and at 1:30pm for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children.

Woodlawn is a 2015 American Christian sports drama film directed by The Erwin Brothers, Andrew and Jon Erwin.

The film is based on the true story of Tony Nathan who was a gifted high school football player and other black students who were thrown into a world of turmoil when Woodlawn High School undergoes desegregation. Hank, an outsider, speaks to the team about a better way through following Jesus giving them hope. Nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to Jesus Christ.

Woodlawn stars Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, Caleb Castille, Sherri Shepherd, Jon Voight and C. Thomas Howell. It was produced by Kevin Downes, Provident Films and Pure Flix Entertainment and was released on October 16, 2015.

Movie Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/embed/QpYGaIP18bA?rel=0

November 6, 2015 - Margo Hooper, a junior at Stephen F. Austin and Timpson Alumna - class of 2013, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.

This award has been given since 1928, but according to the National FFA Organization Margo is only the third person from Timpson to be a recipient – the first female – and the third female from all of Shelby County.

Margo is majoring in Agriculture at SFA, and is a member of the Honor Society. She is the daughter of Tracy and Robin Hooper of Timpson, the granddaughter of Yvonne Ramsey and the late Glynn Ramsey of Timpson, and the late Tommy Mac and Barbara Hooper of Gary.

November 6, 2015 - Sabine State Bank is hosting Customer Appreciation Day today, November 6, 2015 to celebrate our loyal customers at the Center branch. Come by and register for a Yeti Cooler to be given away every hour 10am until 2pm. Enjoy free cookies, punch, and candy.

Restrictions can apply. Need not be present to win.