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Food donated by Shelbyville High School. No photo available of food donated by Shelbyville Middle School.

S.W. Carter Elementary Principal Mike Furlow stands beside the food donated by the elementary school.November 20, 2015 - Shelbyville ISD Hosted a Food Drive for Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) from November 2nd to November 16th raising roughly $2,000 worth of food. With a food box cost roughly $40 each, this will help feed about 50 families in our community.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries Inc. would like to give a special thanks to the children and staff of Shelbyville ISD. We appreciate all of your support and hard work.

Sherry Harding, SCOM Executive Director

Pictured are (from left) Roy Bailey; Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attorney; and J.P. Mills.November 20, 2015 - The Shelby County Attorney Toy Drive was the recipient of a generous donation on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Roy Bailey and Pastor J.P. Mills arrived at the County Attorney's office on behalf of the Open Gate Cowboy Fellowship to make a monetary donation to the toy drive.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the toy drive was County Attorney Gary Rholes. The toy drive benefits children age 3 to 13 every year.

Open Gate Cowboy Fellowship has services every Sunday at 9:30am at the Center Livestock Auction barn located on State Highway 87 North just outside of Center.

For more information contact the Shelby County Attorney's office at 936-598-6100.

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Photo (From left) Steven Shires, Marcia Jackson, Denise Merriman, and Joe Anderson, Golden Harvest Ministries Club president.November 19, 2015 - At their November 16 meeting, members of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club collected toys and made monetary donations for the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center (SCCAC) which serves Shelby and San Augustine Counties.

Executive Director Denise Merriman, Family Advocate Marcia Jackson, and Shelby County Assistant DA Steven Shires, gave updates on Texas statistics for child abuse, discussed services provided by the Center, made members aware of signs of child abuse, and gave the goal of the Advocacy Center.

Not only does the Center provide services in our area for child victims of abuse, but also offers volunteer opportunities and training for educators, local community members, and others interested in learning how they can make a difference for child victims of abuse.

Linda Bordelon, Reporter

November 19, 2015 - At their November 16 meeting, the Golden Harvest Ministries Club members celebrated the contributions made by Bill and Joyce Funderburk to the club with a "going away" cake. They will be moving to Temple in December.

Linda Bordelon, Reporter

November 19, 2015 - Preceptor Upsilon of Beta Sigma Phi recently donated their scrapbooks to the East Texas Research Center located in the Steen Library of Stephen F. Austin State University. This will preserve them and allow future members and their families access to the history of the sorority.

The Research Center may be accessed at the following website: Interested parties may contact, Ms. Linda Reynolds, Director of the East Texas Research Center.

The sorority would like to thank the Stephen F. Austin East Texas Research Center for helping preserve the history of Shelby County.

November 19, 2015 - Mike and Linda Bordelon, who own and operate Bordelon Bees Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake at Huxley, Texas, were the guest speakers for Newton Garden Club's November 18 meeting at the Civic Center in Newton. Mike explained "Beginning Beekeeping" and Linda discussed flowers, plants, and trees that bees love and the importance of honey. They presented members with seeds from the passion flower for their own flower gardens and a list of flowers, plants, and trees in the East Texas areas that we can plant for bees.

Newton Garden Club Program Chairman Judity Bussey presented Linda Bordelon with a bag with the District III Texas Garden Clubs emblem and a honey bee dish for the program on Beekeeping at their November 18 meeting.

November 18, 2015 - CARTHAGE, TX - On November 18, 2015 Brookshire Brothers in Carthage presented the Panola College Foundation with a $500 check towards a sponsorship at the Foundation’s annual gala fundraiser. The gala is a key fundraiser to help the Panola College Foundation raise funds to provide student scholarships and faculty and staff grants. This year the gala theme will be a Mad Hatter Tea Party and will have a silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a caricature artist, a mock casino and live music, so save the date and come follow Panola College down the rabbit hole for a fabulous night out!

“We appreciate the continued support from Brookshire Brothers and look forward to a successful and entertaining evening at our approaching gala,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement for Panola College.

Michael Hooks, Store Director for Brookshire Brothers, presents Jessica Pace with a check for the Panola College Foundation.

November 18, 2015 - Grace Manor is trying to help provide one Christmas present for each of our foster children. We have over 90 children under our care now, so this is a big task! We are asking for help from our community to make sure all of our children have a nice Christmas.

We have asked our foster parents to turn in to us one gift idea (between $35.00 and $50.00) that each of their foster children would like. We have these gift ideas available at our office to be picked up and purchased. We are asking that you return the wrapped gifts by December 11th.

The children have wished for toys, bicycles, games, electronics, and gift certificates.

Anything you can do to help would be appreciated! We accept cash donations from those who are unable to purchase a present. Come by our office at 109 Carroll Street or call Dan at 598-3611 for more information.

November 17, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met at 11:30am on November 16, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. Since Bill and Joyce Funderburk are planning to move from our community, we had a farewell cake for them and several spoke for all of us as to how much we will miss them. Ed Miller led the singing as we sang “We Gather Together” and “Come Ye Thankful People Come.”

Dot Bain, Betty Green, Ann Hooper and John Preston were the members present who celebrated a birthday in November. We sang to them. Joe Anderson introduced the guests: Marcia Jackson, Denise Merriman, Stephen Shires and Mac Warren. Vance Green asked the blessing on our food and everyone served themselves from the carried in dishes and the fried chicken.

Our guests were from the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center. We presented them a table full of toys and gifts for their clients. They presented the program telling us about the statistics of the magnitude of their jobs. They told about the various services they provide to families who need help with dealing with abuse. They provide a Forensic Interview, Therapy Services, Medical Services and Prevention Education and they become an advocate to families to help them work toward the healing process. The presentation helped us understand the importance of this service in our community. They gave out a flyer explaining signs of child abuse and how to report suspected child abuse.

Darlene gave a report from the nominating committee of nominations for offices for 2016. They are president – Joe Anderson, First Vice President – Linda Anderson, Secretary – Ellen Manning, Treasurer – Betty Green and reporter – Linda Bordelon. There were no other nominations so Joe Anderson called for the vote and we accepted the nominations as given.

Ann Forbes went over the Prayer List and there were more concerns added for us to remember in prayer. Joe Anderson thanked the kitchen helpers. Betty Green gave the Treasurer’s report. Ellen Manning read the minutes from the last meeting. Joe Anderson had us stand as he gave the closing prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

November 17, 2015 - Last Sunday, November 15, 2015 the First Baptist Church of Center had its annual Turkey Bowl at Center's football stadium of old guys vs. young guys tag football during the mid afternoon. The weather was great and everyone who was there had a wonderful time of fellowship. It was simply a lot of fun.

Clever Creek Baptist Church folks showed up with a gathering of Christmas boxes, along with Christmas boxes from the folks of the First Baptist Church. A trailer was at the stadium’s entrance and it was filled with a total of 1,332 boxes. What a wonderful time everyone had!

Clever Creek Baptist Church – 468 boxes
Junior High School Beta Club 48 boxes
Sally Smith and the First Baptist Church of Center — 816 boxes