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October 21, 2015 - The Head Start 50th Anniversary Block Party was a success. Thanks to everyone that helped to make the event successful. I would like to thank Tommy Spector at Steaks and More, Brookshire Brothers and the Sonic Drive in for their donations. I would also like to thank all the Head Start/Early Head Start parents, members of the community and the Tri County Community Action Administrative Staff that supported the event. Thanks Tykeshia Wilson for taking pictures for us.

October 21, 2015 - If you are needing a place to drop off your filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, you may drop them off at the First United Methodist Church in Center, located at 211 Porter Street. Be sure to include $7.00 for postage inside your box. Deadline for drop off by noon on Friday, November 13th.

October 20, 2015 - Family, friends, chamber abassadors, chamber board members, and community members gathered inside the walls of Bounds Insurance Agency to celebrate 50 years of success on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Buster Bounds and his wife, Carolyn, along with their children and grandchildren welcomed everyone, enjoying an opportunity to visit with all who stopped by to share in this momentous occasion.

Morris Bounds started the insurance agency in 1965 dividing his time between insurance and managing Lunsford Buick Company. Buster Bounds, Morris's son and third child of three children, took over running the insurance agency after marrying his wife Carolyn who he met while teaching at Ottawa Township High School in Illinois. The two made their home in Center and raised their two daughters Alison and Laura.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Phelps reminisced over her years knowing Buster Bounds, "From Wheeler Street came Bounds Insurance. This capital investment on this corner (Austin Street and Nacogdoches Street) to preserve this building and remake this building was awesome at the time. And Buster and Carolyn, Alison, and Laura, what an incredible family. Buster with all his integrity is just amazing and one of the things I thought about this morning was would he honor his mother and father from the establishment and then I walk in here and I see a picture (of them) today."

"Buster served the Chamber of Commerce as president from 1976 to 77. Before and after those years, and that is only a milestone, he has continued to serve. No one on this earth except for maybe (his wife) Carolyn and I doubt she knows all the untold, unsung deeds this man has done and he has lead this company to a successful company. Zettie (Dean), Carolyn (Lamb) are another part of Bounds Insurance Agency," continued Phelps.

Phelps spoke about Bounds and his contributions to the community including always being a volunteer liability risk reduction person for the chamber. She described him as having a servants heart, being a humble man and a modest man. Phelps said, "Of course he has lead a lot of champion things throughout the community and continues to give to the community as has his whole family." In closing she said, "We are here to salute you and your family and say thank you and we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do." Phelps then presented Bounds with a plaque recognizing Bounds Insurance Agency and their 50 years.

Bounds spoke briefly saying thanks and giving recognition to Carolyn Lamb and Zettie Dean and now Alison Scull because if they hadn't been in the office taking care of business, he wouldn't have been able to go out and do what all he has done over the years.

October 20, 2015 - In celebration of 50 years of Head Start, the Office of Head Start (OHS) coordinated a national block party which was held on Wednesday, October 14th and Shelby County joined in the celebration.

Head Start families, staff members, volunteers, community partners, and other key stakeholders joined the event. Head Start was delighted to honor everyone with a Fall Festival type event full of various activities and games. Nachos and hot dogs were served in the cafeteria.

Greeting those attending were the Head Start blocks which are two children’s blocks, with abstract stripes of the flag and arrow, symbolizing upward movement.

According to Head Start's website, OHS gave an overview for the year reflecting on and celebrating five key themes:

    Head Start Is a Community Effort. Community partners are essential for success.
    Families Are Powerful Partners. Parents are lifelong educators, nurturers, and advocates of their children.
    Staff Are the Heart of Head Start. We transformed the teaching of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers into a profession.
    Staff, Children, and Families Are Rooted in Culture. Community diversities are integral and reflected in our Head Start programs.
    32 Million Reasons to Be Proud. Head Start and Early Head Start have prepared 32 million children for school and life through comprehensive services that develop the whole child.

October 20, 2015 - A large crowd enjoyed the Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Festival held this past Saturday in downtown Shelbyville, Texas.

With a wide variety of homemade, custom crafts to buy and great festival food, patrons spent the day under shade trees enjoying great entertainment by Bluebirds Rock and Blues Band in the morning and Blake Brothers Bluegrass in the afternoon.

Children enjoyed apple bobbing and lots of bounce house fun.

Contest results from the festival are as follows:

Pet Contest
Cutest Pet - 1st place, Peaches who was shown by Emma Lewis
Most Original Costume - 1st place, Honey Bun shown by Sheila O'Rear

Best Decorated Pumpkin - Gumball machine by Lily Martin

Guess the Weight of the Big Pumpkin Contest (weighing 104 lbs, 4 oz)
1st Place - Michael Paul Kay won a $50 gift card
2nd Place - Paul Taylor won the pumpkin
3rd Place - Jerry Pinkston won a $25 gift card

42 Tournament Contest
1st place - Roger and Karen Fancher
2nd place - Pat Sherman and Sandra Mims

Washer Tournament Contest - 1st place, Rusty Jones and Jacob Best

Car Show Results
1st Place - Dickie Gilchrist
2nd Place - Tommy and Colleen Miller
3rd Place - George Roe

Glenn Johnson, Shelbyville Lions Club President, was happy with the event result, expressed appreciation to supporters and looks forward to its continued growth, "So far it has went good; it has been a good year this year. Everybody seems to be enjoying their-self and everything went fine. I would like to thank everybody, all the sponsors, and all the vendors, everybody, the newspapers, Shelby County Today. Hope we have a bigger one next year."

October 20, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met on Oct, 19, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church .  Joe Anderson gave the opening prayer and welcomed everyone.  Alice West had two visitors with her, Ronny and Connie West.  Harold Hanson, back from a good trip, led the singing while Alice West played the piano.  We sang “Heaven came down and Glory filled my Soul” and “What a Friend we have in Jesus.”  Vance Green and Mary Ivy both had a birthday this month and we sang Happy Birthday to them.  Vance Green asked the blessing on the food.  Several people commented on how good the food tasted.

Before we finished eating Linda Bordelon started the program by telling how much Mike and she enjoyed being retired in Shelby County .  There are so many profitable things to do.  They told about one of their endeavors, Dutch Oven Cooking.   The Dutch Oven Society is a state and national organization but in this area it is called the Toledo Bend Dutch Oven Cookers.  They meet the 3rd Saturday of each month.  They start cooking at 9:00 and have food on the table at 12 noon.   Mike Bordelon gave a lot of information as to the size and shape of the Dutch Oven Cookware.  He told how to control the temperature, how to line the pot if you want to bake and what to use to create the heat.  Many people wanted to add bits of information.  Mike’s pictures of people cooking and eating at Bole’s Field were of interest to everyone.      

We had the minutes of the last meeting and a Treasurer’s report.  Ed Miller gave a report on the last trip.  Joe Anderson told about the Christmas Cantata and made mention of table decorations and gave announcements. Ann Forbes presented the Prayer Report.  There were a number of serious needs for us to pray about.  Ed Miller led us in a closing prayer.  

October 20, 2015 - Mike and I are members of the Toledo Bend Chapter of the Texas Lone Star Dutch Oven Society which is part of the National Dutch Oven Organization.  We meet the 3rd Sat of each month (except, June, July, August, and Dec)  beginning at 9:00 AM with the pots on the table at noon at Boles Field in the Sabine National Forest.  We welcome visitors to come and learn more about Dutch Oven cooking and share the food, fun, and fellowship.

October 19, 2015 - Women veterans were honored for their service and sacrifice at a memorial service held at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Members of the community, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary stood encircling the Veterans Memorial as Larry Hume, post quartermaster, led the observance. Jason Samford, VFW Post 8904 chaplain, gave the opening prayer seeking blessings upon our Military Women being honored as well as protection over them.

Addie Boyd salutes following placement of the memorial wreath.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Hume said, "The history of women in the armed forces began more than 221 years ago with those women who served in the American Revolution. It continues present day. Today we are going to honor all the women who have served courageously, selflessly, and with dedication in times of conflict and in times of peace. Women whose achievements have before to long gone unrecognized or ignored."

Hume then mentioned highlights of Women in Military which ended with the mentioning of two women who in 2015 were the first two women to graduate from the Army Ranger School. Women continue to make history in the military.

Highlights in the History of Military Women -
A History of Women in the U.S. Military -

To end the Women in Military observance, Addie Boyd, post-member, hung the memorial wreath on the Veterans Memorial. Samford then played taps while all attending gazed upon the American Flag.

Following the dismissal of the program, the group traveled to visit Barbara Hughes, a VFW Post 8904 member, who was unable to attend

October 19, 2015 - Woodmen Life Chapter 250 made a monetary donation to the Shelby County Museum on Thursday, October 1st, 2015.Members of the museum expressed their sincere appreciation for the donation and talked of how much it would help their organization. Pictured left to right: Ashton Askew, Leonard Iris, Margaret Andrews, Phabrese Havis & Venorah McSwain. 

October 13, 2015 (More Photos) - Volunteers who helped - from left: (Front row) Patricia Samuels, Miranda Thornburg, Amy Lindley, Lisa Albers, Kayla Williams, (left row) Stephanie King, Donna Dugger, Clay Samuels, Tori Brazeal, Amber Horn, Kristin Peace

Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary, business owners, and community members supported the initiative of a Center man who wanted to do something positive for law enforcement and hosted a law enforcement appreciation luncheon on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

The man who organized the luncheon was Clay Samuels, a 2008 graduate of Center HS. Samuels posted on his Facebook around the first of September asking if anybody would be interested in putting together some kind of appreciation lunch or dinner for law enforcement.

Clay Samuels "I was watching the news and it just seemed like every time I turned on the television there was something happening as far as law enforcement was concerned, you know like, disrespect a cop or cops being murdered. And I mean, I've always respected police, but you don't really stop to think about the fact they are out there facing stuff like that potentially happening every time they leave their house you know. And it made me just feel like I just wanted to do something to show appreciation."

In Samuels' Facebook post requesting help he reference his military family and friends receiving respect for their service; however, felt the service of police officers can go under-appreciated. He received an overwhelming response from others wanting to help.

After coordinating with the Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary, the event came together five weeks later and was held in the John D. Windham Civic Center parking lot. Officers from all over the county were already on site attending a required legal update training course. Officers enjoyed fried catfish and chicken prepared by the Shelby County Cookers as well as side dishes and desserts donated.

Samuels posted on Facebook after the event - I would like to take the time to seriously thank our team of volunteers who made our Law Enforcement Appreciation Event such a huge success. The whole community came together in such an awesome way and made our event even bigger and better than we had hoped for. I especially want to thank [Kristin Peace, Torie Gilchrist, Amy Lindley, Donna Dugger, Lisa Albers] who really stepped up from day 1 and started organizing, making contacts, and getting things done. None of this would have been possible without ya'll.

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