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November 5, 2015 - Joaquin PTO hosted their annual trunk or treat, costume contest, and silent auction on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. A good time was had by all that attended. Our silent auction was a huge success and each grade that participated earned $475.

Thank you to our winning bidders; Whitton Wood Works, HLH Timber, Natalie Oswalt, Subway, and Bridgette Rogers.

The costume contest was held in the auditorium. There were 5 different age groups this year and the top 4 in each group were selected by judges: Jimmy Hamilton, Lynn Silvey, and Tam Hearnsberger and are pictured below.

Trunk or Treat was held following the contest in the bus lane. Thank you to our teachers and community members that came out and dressed up, decorated and passed out candy.

We also had our BBQ plates fundraisers at this time. The proceeds from those plate sales will benefit the general PTO fund and be used as needed for school requests.

Thank you to our donators that helped with the cost of those supplies and cooking. (Sherriff Blackwell, Subway, Big Zach’s, Brookshire’s, Ram House Café, Rancho Grande, Manuela Shuemaker, and numerous parents) The PTO would like to express our appreciation to each person that had a hand in making this night successful.

If you would like to help with future PTO events, please go to our Facebook page, Joaquin PTO and send us our information!

Birth – 3 years

Finlee Doggett, Dorothy; Maverick Woodfin, owl; David Penning, pirate; Mikenna Ray, cabbage patch girl

4 year – 2nd grade

Copper Tarver, Patrick Star; Haley Cash, grandma; Jaylee Cater, Junie B. Jones; Caleb Remedes, monster

3rd – 5th grade

Kallie Jackson, Indian; Tate Bass, rodeo clown; Blaine Ramsey, headless man; Cheyanne Pilling, tootsie roll

JH – up

Sunshine Carroll, Pirate; Dustin Weir, monster; Jimmy Jackson, coach; Hunner Cummings, headless table

Group 1

Alford Family, Alice and Wonderland

Group 2

Cohen & Kaylee, deer and deer hunter

November 4, 2015 - Mike Bordelon, who owns and operates Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake at Huxley, was the guest speaker for the November 3 Lakes Area beekeepers' Association meeting in San Augustine.

Using a power point presentation, he discussed preparing and caring for hives during the winter.



November 3, 2015 - Running M Feed, Seed & Tack recently held a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 30, 2015 with members of the Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), family and friends welcoming the business.

Paul Smith, TACC President, welcomed the owner of Running M Feed, Seed & Tack, Shelby Milford, to the business community, "We're very proud that you've decided to jump out and do this. We're happy for you, but we're happy for the town, and I want to add that this is the way business I think is supposed to happen, supposed to work. Of course I hate that we lost one feed store, but we're mighty proud that we had somebody else come in and take control and get another one started here in Timpson."

Mayor Debra Pate Smith expressed delight in the new establishment when she stated the city of Timpson is proud to have the business there and hopes it works well for Milford.

Milford said the store carries a variety of animal feeds from Cowtown manufacturer for cattle, and horses, as well as Diamond feed for dogs. The location of the store is 186 U.S. Highway 84 West at the intersection with U.S. Highway 59 and the hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8am to 6pm, Saturday from 7am to 3pm.

Lynk StokesLynk StokesPam Franklin (right) Paul Smith (left)

November 2, 2015 (Album1, Album2) The streets of Timpson were crawling with children and adults clad in all sorts of costumes on Halloween night Saturday, October 31, 2015 and the first ever Zombie Walk was the main event.

Vehicles were parked around the Timpson square for the "Trunk or Treat" offering candy to trick or treaters as they walked the sidewalk for the Timpson Ministerial Alliance & The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. During the evening a costume contest was held as well as a contest for the best decorated trunk.

A crowd of princesses, goblins, zombies, cowboys and all form of costumes were on display as the judges reviewed them all to decide the best costumes in the boys and girls categories.

Costume contest winners:
Boys: Lynk Stokes "The Lion" won $25 donated by Mayor Debra Pate Smith.
Girls: Camrie Flanery "Cowgirl" won $25 donated by Mayor Debra Pate Smith.

Best Trunk
Pam and Larry Franklin won $50 donated by Mayor Debra Pate Smith.

Zombie Walk winners (Prizes sponsored by Timpson Quick Stop, Menzies, Premium Graphics, Factory Direct, Frontier Cafe & Gerald Mackey Insurance):
Best Zombie - Lauren Branch won $200.
Next Best Zombie - Kent Brown and Kendal Brown won $120.
Almost Alive Zombie - Weston Van Haute won $80.

Weston Van HauteKent Brown and Kendal BrownLauren Branch



#Timpson "Trunk or Treat" #Zombie Walk 2015 - See the story and more photos #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctAroundshelbycountytx.php#thf

Posted by Shelby County Today on Monday, November 2, 2015


Alease CopelinNovember 2, 2015 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club recently met on October 15 at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Alease Copelin was the hostess and program leader. President Janene Walker presided.

Members welcomed new members Carole Rogers and Cindy Brown. Members also welcomed guests Andrea McElroy and Pam Phelps.

Alease Copelin chose The Remarkable Life of Julia Child as her famous woman. Julia Child was truly a remarkable and inspirational woman. She was born Julia Carolyn McWilliams in 1912. Julia graduated from Smith College with a history major. In 1942, she was hired as a typist for the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, D.C. and later transferred to the OSS. Julia met Paul Child in Ceylon in 1944. They married two years later. Paul was attached to the U.S. Embassy in Europe and they moved to France.

It is quite ironic that up until this time in her life, Julia could not cook. In fact, she was notoriously known for being an awful cook. But after one exceptionally delicious dinner at a restaurant in Paris, Julia decided she wanted to learn to cook. In 1949, Julia enrolled in LeCordon Bleu in Paris; graduating in 1951 after taking the test twice. She meets Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholi a year later and joins them in working on a French cookbook for Americans.

Julia and Paul return to the U.S. in 1964, the same year Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 1 is published. The French Chef airs in 1964. In 1965, Julia wins a Peabody Award for The French Chef, and in 1966, she wins an Emmy. Julia Child was the first woman elected to the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame, in 1993. In 2002, Julia donated her Cambridge kitchen to the Smithsonian. You can see her kitchen at the National Museum of American History where it continues to be one of the most popular exhibits. Julia died on August 13th, 2004, of kidney failure, just 2 days before her 92nd birthday.

Delicious refreshments, from Mastering the Art of French Cooking was served during the program since Julia always like to eat and visit. Bon Appetite!

October 30, 2015 - A new owner ribbon cutting event for Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas was held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Center.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, local officials and community members were present in welcoming the organization to Shelby County. Jenny Fancher, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Assistant Executive Director, welcomed everyone to the event "We're just so pleased that we have this type of new business in Center and Shelby County. It's probably greatly needed here and so we just want to welcome y'all as a new member."

Andy Foster, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Vice President, congratulated the facility staff for becoming a part of the community, "On behalf of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, congratulations for joining the chamber and opening your doors to the community today."

Heather Kartye, Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas Executive Director, described the purpose of the facility and the kind of services that are offered.

"Our agency exists to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our service area actually consists of nine counties here in East Texas, so we have a relatively large area that we cover and we're so pleased to open this outreach office here in Center."

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas provides support and services to the following areas: Angelina County, Houston County, Nacogdoches County, Polk County, Sabine County, San Augustine County, San Jacinto County, Shelby County, and Trinity County.

Kartye introduced staff members and they include: Greta Rich, Community Development Director; Maria Rodriguez, Legal Advocate; Maria Raley, Child Advocate; Lola Scott, Case Manager; Glenna Harkness, Program Director; Whitney Burran, Operations Director; Lori Coon, Licensed Counselor; Shanie Sanford, Executive Assistant; and Yuri Morado, Receptionist.

The Shelby County office is open Wednesday and Thursday and by appointment on other days. Some of the services provided include legal advocacy, help with protective orders and court accompaniment, counseling, support groups, and an emergency shelter in Lufkin.

For more information call the Lufkin Office at (936) 639-1681 or the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at (800) 828-7233.


Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of E. Texas Now Open - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link - www.shelbycountytoday.com/sctAroundshelbycountytx.php#jgf

Posted by Shelby County Today on Friday, October 30, 2015

October 29, 2015 - The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is currently having a book sale which is running today Thursday, October 29, 2015 and will be continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Books of all varieties are being offered for sale during library hours at the library for extremely low prices. The sale is being managed by members of the Friends of the Library. Be sure to stop by and see what literary treasures await your perusal.

October 29, 2015 - Ryan Florence of Shelbyville was recently admitted to the high IQ society Mensa. Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.

Ryan attended Shelbyville school until he transferred to the Panola Early College High School in Carthage. Ryan became one of the youngest persons to ever attend Panola College, commencing his collegiate studies at the age of 13. In addition to his college studies, Ryan also completed the eighth grade in three months, and the ninth grade in 5 months. Ryan joins his father in membership, making Mensa a family affair.

October 29, 2015 (More photos - Album1, Album2) - Excelsior PTO held its Annual Halloween Carnival on October 24, 2015. During the event a costume contest was held with four divisions represented. The contest was held in the Excelsior ISD Library with Steve Noble and Terre Noble judging the contest.

Sonya Wilburn announced the winners for all present in the Excelsior Gymnasium. The following are the results of the contest:

0-2 years old
1st place - Cranford Family
2nd place - Aurora Lenderman
3rd place - Brily Williams

3-5 years old
1st place - Paisley Ford
2nd place - Kutter Shriver
3rd place - Maulea Rodgers

6-10 years old
1st place - Ashlyn Fenley
2nd place - Toni Lovell
3rd place - Molly Bowlin

16 years old-Adult
1st place - Weston Sowell

October 29, 2015 - The Center Woman's Reading Club met on October 1, 2015 at the home of Deborah Chadwick. Deborah Chadwick was the hostess and program leader. Carole Rogers was a special guest. President Janene Walker conducted the business portion of the meeting.

Mrs. Walker was excited to announce the Center Woman's Reading Club received a grant in the amount of $200 from the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The Center Club will donate the money to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library for the purchase of audio books for dyslexic children.

In keeping with the course of study, “Famous Women”, Mrs. Chadwick chose an individual who was actually more famous as her fictional character. The Real Alice in Wonderland — A Role Model for the Ages is a book about Alice Liddell, the real life Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Liddell was the beautiful and charming girl who grew up in Victorian England and inspired Lewis Carroll to write his Alice in Wonderland books. Alice Liddell was born in 1852 and grew up in Oxford where her father was a Dean. Her family was very aristocratic and academic. Alice met many famous English leader‘s, artists, authors etc. She even became a close life-long friend with Prince Leopold, the youngest son of Queen Victoria. Lewis Carroll met the Liddell family when Alice was just 4 years old.

He began writing Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass when Alice was 10 years old. The first manuscript was completed and presented to Alice when she was 12 years old. Alice married a wealthy gentleman, had three sons, and lived a very full and philanthropic life. She died in 1934 at the age of 82.

After the program, the ladies enjoyed a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The Center High School Culinary students provided the delicious and fun refreshments. They did an outstanding job! Thank you Jennifer Fausett and your students.