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January 28, 2015 - Center Garden Club members Linda Bordelon and Cherry Jones presented a "Backyard Habitat" program to 3rd grade Jr. Garden Club members at Center Elementary on Jan. 28.

Door prizes of bird houses and fruit/nut feeders were given so 4 Jr. members could begin their own backyard habitat. Litter bags filled with goodies donated by the Texas Dept. of Transportation and Sandy Wheeler's State Farm Insurance were given to the other members.

Photo from left: Linda Bordelon, Riley Wall, Trevor Hightower, Hector Ramirez, Kristina Riley, and Cherry Jones.

January 28, 2015 - The family of Dr. Steve Oates is pleased to announce Sharon Nelson and Dr. Steve Le of Lehealth LLC have purchased the practice of Shelby Medical Surgical Clinic. The family is extremely pleased that Mrs. Nelson and Dr. Le have the desire to merge Dr. Steve’s practice into theirs and feel that patients will continue to receive the same excellent health care they have in the past.

Thank you for your loyalty to Dr. Steve and the tremendous staff at Shelby Medical Surgical Clinic. His office on Cora Street will be closed as of January 31, 2015. All patient records will be transferred to Center Family Care at 420 Tenaha Street across from the Dairy Queen. Sharon is a nurse practitioner, board certified in family medicine and Dr. Le is a medical doctor, also board certified in family medicine and they will be happy to help you.

For any inquiries call the clinic at 598-5633.

January 27, 2015 - In observance of the 42nd Anniversary of the Vietnam Peace Accord, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary hosted a Memorial Observance for those who served in the Vietnam War. During the memorial observance, Mrs. Pauline Edwards with her husband Esther laid the memorial wreath in honor of her brother, William H. Eaden, and other Shelby County Veterans who was killed in the Vietnam War.

Eight other Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during the Vietnam War are Ted W. Adams, William L. “Shorty” Andrews, Jimmy Barnett, Mac Curtis Buckley, Larry Byford, Ray Chatelain, Jr., Jerry Lynn Hughes, and Taylor D. Johnson.

Following the reading of names by Mary Fausett (Auxliary Chaplin), Sandy Risinger (Auxiliary Senior Vice President), and Myron Bounds (Service Officer), taps was played by Myron Bounds to close the ceremony.

January 26, 2015 - January 26th is the first Texas Honor Day of the new calendar year and it honors Mirabeau B. Lamar who is recognized as the “Father of Texas Education.” On this date in 1839 the legislature of the Republic of Texas passed a law which set aside land of public schools and two universities. It was decades later that the public schools were established, but Lamar’s advocacy of the program earned him this recognition. A statement from one of his speeches to Congress, “a cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy” was used by Dr. Edwin Fay as the origin of the Latin phrase “Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis” which is the motto of the University of Texas. This day serves to remind all of us of the importance of public education to the citizens of Texas. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas celebrate this Honor Day by providing historical materials or information to local schools and the news media so the citizens of the community can celebrate these important reminders of our Texas heritage. This is also an appropriate time to recognize and honor our teachers, particularly those who teach Texas History (grades four and seven.)

Lamar was born on August 16, 1798, in Jefferson County Georgia and was an expert horseman and fencer, as well as an outstanding speaker and poet. Many of his poems have been published. In 1829 he was elected as a state senator in Georgia, but in 1835 he left Georgia to travel to Texas. He had developed an interest in Texas through James W. Fannin, who had already gone to Texas. After hearing of the Battle of the Alamo and the Goliad Massacre, he joined the Texas Army. He fought in the Battle of San Jacinto and after saving the lives Thomas J. Rusk and Walter Payne Lane he was made the secretary of war and later commander-in-chief.

In 1836 Lamar was elected vice-president of the Republic of Texas and followed Sam Houston to become the second president of the Republic. He served until 1841 and then retired to his plantation home in Richmond, Texas. Lamar was appointed as the U.S. minister to Nicaragua and Costa Rica in 1857, but because of failing health he returned to Richmond where he died in December of that year from a heart attack. A burial plot next to him in the Morton Cemetery belongs to Jane Long, the “Mother of Texas.” It is well known that Mirabeau and Jane were best of friends and it is rumored that he once asked her to marry him after her husband died but she refused. These two important citizens of the Republic of Texas rest in peace in this quiet location, where many Texas citizens visit their graves each year.

Please join the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in honoring Mirabeau B. Lamar.

January 23, 2015 - The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce held their 2015 membership banquet at the Frontier Cafe with special guest speaker Kent Hutchison.

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce President Paul Smith welcomed everyone to the banquet and introduced many of the visitors who were present for the banquet. Following the meal and introductions, Hutchison took to the podium to begin his speech.

Hutchison spoke about the benefits of a chamber of commerce and how business' need to not just be members, but participate with the chamber community events. He encouraged members to do business with other members in support of one another and that working together through the chamber can help a business to soar.

January 23, 2015 - Beekeepers Mike and Linda Bordelon who own and operate Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake and are members of the Pineywoods Beekeepers Association, explained basic equipment for beekeepers, bee facts, and plants, flowers, and trees that bees love to the San Augustine Rotary Club at their Jan. 21 meeting. Honey and Creamed Honey door prizes were won by William Johnson and Dr. Floyd Hennan.

January 23, 2015 - "Keep Calm and Walk On" was the slogan for the Shelby county - Walk Across Texas contestants as the eleven teams and four solo walkers dusted off their walking shoes and joined in to “Walk Across Texas!” These teams and solo walkers competed with each other to see who could walk the most miles over eight weeks from October 27 – December 19, 2014. Their goal was to walk at least 830 miles (the distance from Longview to El Paso) in eight weeks.

At the conclusion of the 8 week program, the teams and individuals walked a total of 12,072 miles with The Country Girls team walking 2,102 miles and placing first in the team category. The County Girls team is comprised of Cynthia Howard, team captain, Latoya Howard, DeShun Gregory, Sheila Reeves, Daphne McCollister, NaKeisha Swindle, Denetra Slaughter, and Tara Bailey. Candace Prater from the Cruse Expedition team walked 711 miles and won the individual award for most miles completed. Other teams competing included: Cruse Expedition, Shelby Savings Bank (5 teams), Huxley Bay Marina, Roadrunners, The Disciples and Agony of De Feet.

A special thanks to the sponsors of this event: The Loft, T/R’s Steaks and More, Lasting Impressions, Hughes Florist, The Century Shoppe, Backyard Designs, Sombero’s, Center Health & Harmony, Dairy Queen and Mooney’s Emporium.

Walk Across Texas, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a fun, flexible, and FREE way to encourage people to exercise. For more information on wellness programs, call Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 or email at

Left to right: David Chadwick and Scott StanfieldJanuary 20, 2015 - The 2015 January Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting was held Monday the 19th in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church . Joe Anderson brought the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting. He called on Johnie Gray to lead the opening prayer. Harold Hanson enthusiastically led the group in singing “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” and He Lives”. Darlene Brown introduced our visitor, Alison Brown.

The anniversaries this month were Joe and Linda Anderson with 57 years, Alice West married 60 years and Johnie and Terry Gray married 56 years. We sang happy anniversary for these people. Then we sang happy birthday to Joe Anderson, Jim Forbes, Terry Gray, Walter Manning and Ed Miller. After Vance Green blessed the food everyone enjoyed eating the food brought by members. Harold Hanson conducted a drawing for 5 packages of homemade Chocolate Candy.

Jim Forbes, Program Chair, introduced David Chadwick from the Farmer’s State Bank. David Chadwick brought and introduced Scott Stanfield who is working on new marketing features for the Farmer’s State Bank. We learned that Debit Cards and Online Banking are as safe as the user. It is important to reconcile the bank statement monthly to note any unauthorized activity. David Chadwick informed us that the bank ATM area is monitored for safety conditions. The bank web site is being changed to include information on how to bank electronically and they have new possibilities in banking on line.

Minutes of the last meeting were read. Betty Green gave a complete financial report. Members gave various reports on opportunities to minister to home bound and others in need. Ann Forbes went over the prayer list and reported on the condition of several sick members and relatives of members. Ed Miller led the closing prayer.

Debbie Leggett, (right) is seen with American Pickers star Mike Wolfe (left) during filming in Joaquin.     January 19, 2015 - About a year ago the American Pickers Television Show contacted Dennis Leggett of Joaquin. Several people had suggested they contact him since they are interested in buying antique motorcycles and oddities. About four months ago someone called asking more questions. The production company sent someone out to take pictures of some of his inventory about a month ago. A few days ago they contacted him to say they would be by his shop on Saturday to film. It was an experience that Dennis will not soon forget. To be sure, the town will not forget soon either.

Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the stars of the show, mingled with the town folks when they were not busy filming. They said it is common that they cause a “stir” in small towns. However, larger cities seem to just stay busy on their way wherever that may be. Many Joaquin adults and kids alike were able to take pictures and get signatures from Frank and Mike.

It will be interesting to see how they cut and piece filming from 10AM to 4:30PM (with a break for lunch at the Ram House Café), down to a twenty minute segment. The production company will notify the Leggetts as to when the show will air.

As the sun began to set, and the pickers rode off into the sunset to their next adventure, the citizens of Joaquin and the Leggetts were glad for the town of Joaquin to get back to “normal.”

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Dennis Leggett (background) in his shop with members of the American Pickers film crew.Dennis Leggett (left) and Frank Fritz (right) fist bump as Mike Wolfe (middle) looks on.Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visited with many Joaquin residents during the shooting of American Pickers.Mike Wolfe signed his autograph on Leggett's wall in his shop in Joaquin.

Having Won the $10,000 First Prize, Local Sisters Vie for the Whole Can of Worms!

Tenaha, Texas - January 18, 2015 - Small town sisters Leisa Black Hergert and Miriam Black have made people all across the nation laugh out loud with a hilarious practical joke caught on video. And after this coming Sunday, the sisters might be the ones laughing... all the way to the bank.

Longtime residents of Marshall, Texas know that the Black sisters are funny girls. Thanks to readily available video recorders on phones these days and a desire to play practical jokes from time to time, the sisters turned their funny side into a money making opportunity.

Leisa and Miriam traveled to Los Angeles, California back in August of 2014 and competed for, and ultimately won, the $10,000 prize that earned them a spot in the finals on ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos. Last month the sisters taped the final episode of AFV and are now one of the few people in America who know who the winner of the $100,000 will be. They're bound to silence by the network and bursting at the seams with the secret.

With a family connection to Tenaha, Texas, the sisters have decided to hold a viewing party at the Tenaha High School (138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas) and watch the episode with good family and friends. Who will win the $100,000 prize? You'll just have to watch along with the rest of America this Sunday, January 18th on ABC at 6pm (Central) to find out!