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June 17, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met June 15, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church . Joe Anderson called us to order and gave opening remarks. Johnnie Gray led the opening prayer. Bro. Ed Miller led us as we sang several patriotic songs because we are approaching Independence Day. Alice West accompanied us with the piano. Even Bro. Miller remarked that the group sounds good. Those having a birthday this month are Darlene Brown, Ann Forbes, Joyce Kirkley, Nori Latimer and Alice West. We sang for them and for Ed and Terri Miller’s wedding anniversary. They have been married for 41 year.

Joe Anderson recognized our visitor, Janice Warr and then reminded us that this would be the last time for Bro. Michael Hale to be with us at a Golden Harvest meal. We will miss him and wish him many blessings. Then he gave the blessing on the food. Everyone enjoyed food and fellowship for about 25 minutes.

Jim Forbes introduced Captain Ray Cole from the Nacogdoches Fire Department who started a business of catching unwanted snakes and taking them where they will not bother people. He told us how to identify the 5 venomous snakes that are in East Texas . There are 250 species in the United States . Snakes have a purpose in our environment and should not be killed but removed by a professional to a place away from people. Some people enjoyed seeing and holding the snakes that are harmless.

Ellen Manning read the minutes of the last meeting. Betty Green gave the financial report and Melba Colman, historian, reported that she was doing well and that she was glad to be able to come to the meeting. Joe Anderson recognized the kitchen helpers and thanked Linda Bordelon for the fresh flower arrangements.

Ann Forbes went over the list of prayer list. There was not any one in the hospital at this time. She talked about those who have special medical needs and encouraged us to pray for all those people as well as missionaries and those in nursing homes. Vance Green gave the prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

June 17, 2015 - On Sunday, June 14, 2015 CASA of Deep East Texas, Volunteer Supervisor, Denise Belrose, was invited to attend the Vacation Bible School Award Ceremony at the Neuville Baptist Church. Pastor Larry Byrd presented a generous donation from Bible School participants.

Belrose spoke about the need for CASA Volunteers in Shelby and San Augustine Counties. In our county, CASA is currently serving 58 children. 43 of those children have a volunteer. If you are 21 years of age or older and have a desire to be the voice for 1 of the remaining 15 children in foster care who do not have a volunteer, please call the CASA office at (936)591-9553.

CASA wishes to express there appreciation to the Neuville Baptist Church members for their donation and the opportunity to speak about the foster children in Shelby County.

June 16, 2015 - Town Historian Buster Bounds has shared a little piece of history with a YouTube video of the Dr. Y. W. Rogers family of Center, Texas who recorded their trip to Barksdale Field circa 1939. Barksdale Field later became Barksdale Air Force Base in January 1948. The video reflects a Sunday afternoon family outing.

To view the video on YouTube, click the following link - https://youtu.be/JIhpwbp58T0

The video was provided to Bounds courtesy of Dr. John Rogers, the son of Dr. Y. W. "Hap" Rogers. Bounds converted the footage to a digital format and uploaded it to YouTube.

June 15, 2015 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held a drawing for their Father's Day raffle on Saturday, June 13th. The raffle winners are as follows:

58-piece tool set from Wilson Supply: Nick Ham of Joaquin.
7 1/2 gallon propane tank (filled) from Haslam Sales: Richard Strickland of Haughton, Louisiana.
Two-piece tool chest from ACE Hardware: Daniel Loftin of Joaquin.
Four-door window tint from Ultra-Shade Plus: Buren Lowe of Joaquin.
250 Amp battery charger from NAPA in Center: Mickey Shull of Center.
4000 Watt generator from Dean's Hardware: Stew Lowe of Joaquin.
Handmade hunting knife by Webb and Michael Bates: Theresa Dickerson of Joaquin.

The raffle was a huge success, and the JVFD would once again like to thank all of the sponsors who donated items, as well as everyone who purchased tickets.

June 13, 2015 - The first Cinco De'Mayo Dream Girl Pageant was held Saturday, June 13th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Beautiful contestants walked elegantly across a princess decorated stage and presented their best attire in sportswear and evening wear. Junior Miss division young ladies participated in an interview portion of competition.

Below are the pageant results:

Tiny Miss Division
Queen - Rachel Ontiveras
Photogenic - Marceliene Rico
Sports Wear - Brianna Trejo
Evening Wear - Brianna Trejo
Princesses - Allison Lopez, Marceliene Rico

Junior Miss Division
Queen - Arlette Lopez
Photogenic - Arlette Lopez
Sports Wear - Arlette Lopez
Evening Wear - Arlette Lopez
Interview - Arlette Lopez
Princesses - Veronica Galvan

Ultimate Supreme (ages 0-10) - Aylin Mendoza
Mega Ultimate Supreme (All ages, contestant with highest score) - Brianna Trejo

June 13, 2015 (Album1, Album2, Album3) - The 2015 Miss Deep East Texas Dream Girl Pageant was held Saturday, June 13th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Beautiful girls and young ladies from all over Shelby County took to the stage in hopes of being crowned Miss Dream Girl. Contestants presented their best attire in sportswear and evening wear as well as junior miss and older divisions participated in an interview portion of competition. Those old enough for the interview also presented a campaign which they supported. The young ladies spoke about what was important to them and topics included 'say no to drug', stop domestic violence, importance of volunteering especially at nursing homes, stop bullying, colon cancer awareness, and many more great causes.

Below are the pageant results:

Tiny Miss Division
Queen - Kensleigh Osby
Photogenic - Madilyn Polley
Sports Wear - Madilyn Polley
Evening Wear - Madilyn Polley

Lil Miss Division
Queen - TyBella Grover
Photogenic - TyBella Grover
Sports Wear - TyBella Grover
Evening Wear - TyBella Grover
Princesses - Amika Hill, Queen Driver

Junior Miss Division
Queen - Genesis Odom
Photogenic - Derrionna Duncan
Sports Wear - Genesis Odom
Evening Wear - Genesis Odom
Interview - Genesis Odom
Princesses - Galea Bell, Ja'Briyah Ratcliff, Derrionna Duncan

Pre-Teen Division
Queen - Kiana Collin
Photogenic - Kadence Polley
Sports Wear - Kiana Collins
Evening Wear - Kiana Collins
Interview - Kiana Collins
Princesses - Breanna Windham, Jailen McDonald, De'Asijah Ikner, ZaCoria Thedford, JaKayla Parks, Kadence Polley

Teen Miss Division
Queen - LaKasia Lister
Photogenic - Leandra Scurlock
Sports Wear - LaKasia Lister
Evening Wear - Leandra Scurlock
Interview - Leandra Scurlock

Queen Miss Division
Queen - Alyssa Harris
Photogenic - Alyssa Harris
Sports Wear - Alyssa Harris
Evening Wear - Alyssa Harris

Ultimate Supreme (ages 0-10) - Kadence Polley
Ultimate Supreme (ages 11-19) - Leandrea Scurlock
Mega Ultimate Supreme (All ages, contestant with highest score) - Madilyn Polley

Cover Girl - Genesis Odom

June 13, 2015 - (Album) In recognition of Flag Day, members of VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary held a U.S. flag retirement ceremony at their post home.

Assisting the members were Boy Scout troop 119 and local residents.

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, led the initial ceremony. He provided a history of Flag Day which commemorates the adoption of the United Sates flag on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

"The flags that we retire here today that are on this table have served us well, but due to their condition are no longer suitable for display. Fresh flags now fly in their place and they carry on the honor and dignity of 'Old Glory,'" said Hume.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said one last time in the presence of the flags before their retirement followed by Taps as presented by Post Commander Mike Langford.

Langford then directed everyone participating in the flag retirement ceremony on the proper etiquette to retiring the U.S. flag.

Information on proper flag etiquete can be read by clicking here


June 12, 2015 - Children attending the Summer Reading Program at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library were participating in outdoor activities on Thursday afternoon, June 11, 2015 in the front yard of the library.

Several of the activities the children were invested in included panning for gold in wading pools, roping, Snake in the Boot, target practice with rubber bands and aluminum cans as well as a watermelon seed spitting contest.

Roy Davis led the activities and he was assisted by Catherine Spann, librarian. The program will continue for the next five weeks.

June 11, 2015 - Traffic in Shelby County was slowed down considerably in certain areas as a large convoy rolled through on U.S. 96 hauling enormous tanks on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. As the convoy transitioned through Center on Hurst Street at 1:30pm, utility trucks could be seen moving in place ahead of the haulers to raise power lines and move any other obstacles out of the way.

Police officers on motorcycles from another area also assisted by directing traffic along the route. Previous to the tanks entering the intersection of Moffett Drive and Timpson Street, the pole holding the stoplights on the northbound side was unbolted and lifted out of the way and the convoy continued toward Tenaha.

A member of the convoy stated the convoy began in Houston and they were traveling to Arkansas. The tanks had coverings on them which had the name Hormecal on them which is a company out of Spain who manufactures equipment mainly for water works and steel works.

Although there were delays, and a brief power outage of about 20 minutes near the north circle in Center, the convoy moved through relatively quickly considering the size of the equipment they were moving.

For those curious about the equipment, Hormecal can be found online at the following link - http://hormecal.com/ing/em.html


Large Tank #Convoy Slows Traffic in Shelby County - Read the story at the following link on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctAroundshelbycountytx.php#ltc

Posted by Shelby County Today on Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015 - (More photos) First responders were honored with an Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, June 5, 2015 hosted by Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

The meal was a buffet of brisket, chicken, sausage, baked beans, and potato salad prepared by Pete Low. Portacool, a sponsor for the event, provided those attending with a cap and a tactical flashlight. Sponsoring the event were Specter, Inc., Portacool, and McAdams Propane.

First responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials were the honored guests. The appreciation lunch recognized the contribution and personal sacrifice first responders makes to the community.