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October 14, 2015 - On Friday, September 25th, 2015, Woodmen Life Chapter 250 made a monetary donation to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Members of the organization also brought canned goods to help out with the Meals on Wheels Program that helps feed Shelby County. Pictured left to right: Joyce Hurt, Ashton Askew, Sherry Harding of Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Venorah McSwain & Cecilia Boles.

October 14, 2015 - Made to Ride (M.T.R.) M/C, a motorcycle group from Center, was driven by a desire to help the community and decided to volunteer some hours on Sunday, October 11th to clean up the St. Paul's cemetery on Tenaha Street which was in need of some tender loving care.

Club members selected cleaning the cemetery as a community service project. Nathan Kaluza's daughter, a 4-H student, had helped to clean the cemetery as a service project for 4-H, and Kaluza followed her lead suggesting the same. Todd Jernigan organized the volunteers who participated in the work day who were Dusten Byrd, Nathan Hathorn, Chris Barton, Nathan Kaluza, Bret Anderson Sr., William Lightbody and Christopher Brown.

The group gathered around 1pm to begin the process of cutting down overgrown bushes, mowing, and clearing debris which with the previous rainy summer months had overgrown the cemetery. The group also cleaned the fence and along the outside of the cemetery.

M.T.R. M/C is a brotherhood and a group of motorcycle enthusiasts. It is a Texas Motorcycle Roadriders Association Charter Club and a member of the Confederation of Clubs.

October 14, 2015 - Students at Center Christian Academy dedicated last week to studying and honoring the United States of America. Activities included daily lessons and group discussions on topics such as: our founding fathers, government structure, balance of power, responsibilities of citizens, and proper flag and national anthem etiquette, coloring pages and activities, group exercises, memorization of the Preamble to the Constitution and the National Anthem, a Flag Etiquette presentation by USAF Retired TSGT, Raymond Caldas, group prayer, and a balloon release.

Staff and students wish to thank area ministers Rev. Todd Jenkins, Rev. Dathan Triplett, and Rev. Mike Belgard for leading us in prayer for the state of Texas, Christians worldwide, and the United States of America, and Mrs. Regina Danley for providing the balloons for the balloon release. Patriotic Week was both educational and enjoyable!

October 14, 2015 - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 recently held a ceremony at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial on the Historic Shelby County Courthouse lawn October 9, 2015 in remembrance of Afghanistan Veterans.

Operation Enduring Freedom was part of the counterattack by America on terrorism following the tragedy of 9/11. The ceremony was led by Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, with an opening prayer given by Jason Sanford, Post Chaplain.

"In those years since, the United States has lost 2,326 military and another 20,000 have been wounded in action. Among that number are the sons and daughters in big cities and small towns and Shelby County Texas as in all previous wars also suffered losses," stated Hume.

U.S. Army Specialist Corey Bertrand and Sgt. Devon Casey Roberts both lost their lives as the result of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) while overseas. As Hume explained, Sgt. Roberts was killed in action on May 7, He was not from Shelby County, yet he married a local girl and fell in love with Shelby County as well. His wish were anything to happen to him was to be buried in Shelby County.

Bertrand was killed in action before his 19th birthday which was only one month away on October 14, 2008. He is also buried in Shelby County.

Dr. Robert Hughes was given the honor of placing the memorial wreath on the Shelby County Memorial. Hume remarked that Dr. Hughes' son Robbie was in the service during Afghanistan and he still serves to this day.

Following the placing of the wreath, Taps was played as presented by Sanford.


October 14, 2015 - The Center High School class of 1960 celebrated their 55th year reunion at the John D. Windham Civic Center during the Center Homecoming weekend festivities.

October 14, 2015 - Something new to Shelby County Historical Society, Museum and Genealogy Library is the ability to post and share Shelby County history, photographs and research or inquiries with others.  Since 2014, the society has been managing a Facebook page with thousands of shares, likes and postings.

What is nice about social media type outlets is the ability to reach people easily, fast and all over the world. Remember, anyone may reach genealogy researchers or drop by the museum and genealogy library at 230 Pecan Street, Center, TX 75935 or call 936/598-3613.


October 10, 2015 - The Center Roughrider Class of 1957 made a $5,000 donation to the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (RSF) Friday morning, October 9th. The donation will provide a perpetual scholarship to a graduating senior each year forward. Accepting the donation on behalf of the RSF was scholarship foundation representatives Jerry Pinkston, Becky Jeans, and Lisa McAdams. Following the donation, the class enjoyed breakfast at Pickles and Petunias.


October 7, 2015 - While most people are prepping for Halloween during October, outdoorsmen and women will also be gearing up for this fall’s hunting seasons. To support these conservation-minded hunters and anglers gearing up for the fall, Bass Pro Shops has designated the entire month of October as Ducks Unlimited (DU) month.

During the month of October, Bass Pro Shops’ retail stores in the United States will offer the “Round-up for Conservation” program at the register when making purchases. In addition to the donations from customers, Bass Pro will match each donation by 50 percent.

“DU Month is but one more way Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris and his associates at Bass Pro Shops support conservation and the Ducks Unlimited mission,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “His generosity has put DU in front of tens of thousands of outdoorsmen and women across the country. The great team at Bass Pro doesn’t just advocate for conservation, they help make it happen.”

Last year’s DU Month raised nearly $100,000 for wetlands and waterfowl conservation delivery. Since its inception in 2007, the program has raised nearly half a million dollars for conservation.

For more information about DU Month, visit


October 6, 2015 - The Center Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all the people that purchased raffle tickets for our gun raffle. We would also like to thank the businesses that donated these guns. The money raised will be very useful in purchasing needed equipment for the department.

The following people were the winners of the guns:

Rhonda Snider, Henry Golden Boy 22Lr
Donated By: Raymond Construction

Debra Worsham, Henry Golden Boy 22Lr
Donated By: Raymond Construction

James McCoy, Youth 20ga shotgun
Donated By: 4C Electric

Wayne Fudge, Duck Commander 500 12Ga
Donated By: Shelby Savings Bank

Cal Parker, 7mm-08 rifle
Donated by Roy Blackshear

October 6, 2015 - Jackie Kirkwood retired from the Air Force Reserves on Saturday, September 12, 2015 after 28 years 3 months and 17 days of service. He retired as a Master Sergeant, Chaplain Assistant for the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

Kirkwood of Tenaha, Texas is the principal for the Shelby County Alternative Educational Cooperative which represents seven school districts in Shelby and San Augustine counties. He is a helps with the GriefShare program hosted by First Baptist Church of Tenaha.

He was selected as the chaplain assistant of the year for 2012 and received the Air Force Achievement medal in 2013 and the Air Force Commendation medal in 2014 for his dedication and service to the chaplain candidate program. He has served as a flight non-commissioned officer and the superintendent for the chaplain candidate training program.

Editor's note: Thank you for your years of service to our Country and congratulations on your retirement!