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October 2, 2015 - A Shelby County woman fighting for her life seeks help as she awaits heart transplant.

Danquein Horton is a 32-year-old single mom of a beautiful 10-year-old named Mija. Her friends call her Dee. Dee was diagnosed as a child with Hodgkins Lymphoma twice. She survived the cancer, but the radiation treatments damaged her heart. Over time she has had countless medical treatments and has done everything she can to heal... Her heart is failing. She is now at the top of the list for a heart transplant. She has already undergone surgery for an LVAD, or Left Ventricular Assisted Device that is actually pumping her heart until she can receive a new heart. She will have to stay away from home for at least 3 months in hotels near the heart hospital in Houston. Her daughter Mija also has expensive medication she takes as she has a condition called Actinic Prurigo. This is basically an allergy to the sun. Her body reacts differently to milk, cheese, all dairy products, and heat when she goes out in the sun for more than 30 minutes at a time.

It causes her face, lips, and throat to swell and her skin burns and peels. She is taking medicine to control it and has to have specialized creams that are mixed for her at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dee has never tried to abuse the system, she has always been a hard worker as a surgical scrub technician and is well respected in the medical community. She has been unable to work for the past year and with medical bills and living expenses growing by the day, she needs help. She is not one to ask for it, but is one who deserves it. This community has always been a great one, reaching out to those who need it the most. There are countless examples of genuine support, and it is always appreciated! If you or someone you know is able to help Dee and her daughter Mija out, there are several ways set to do so.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for her and she is able to draw funds as needed and donated at

If you have anything you would like to clean out of your attics or homes and would like to donate items, there will be a benefit garage sale on Saturday, October 10th at Love, Inc. in Nacogdoches. The address is 917 Ruby St. in Nacogdoches across from Bonita Park.

A portion of her proceeds will go to Love Inc. to give back to the community. Love, Inc. will also be conducting a warehouse sale the same day! So please check it out!

There is also a Raffle going on right now of which the winner will be announced on October 10th after the sale is over! Tickets are $1 for 1 ticket, $2 for 3 tickets, and $5 for 8 tickets. Tickets are available at The Surgery Center of Nacogdoches (on the corner across from Walmart), and also at the Quick Stop in Timpson.

If you like to run, walk, jog, or stroll, then you will like to participate in a 5K FUN RUN! Details are in the works, but tee shirts and medals will be involved!

For any information on these and upcoming events, please contact Suzanne Graupman at 936-371-0566 for more details.

Dee also has a blood type that is difficult to receive a heart.. O positive. She also admits it's hard to pray for a heart because she knows how she will get it.... But she also prays for the family that will be involved.... Organ transplant is traumatic for both families....

Dee is deserving of a full and beautiful life... and would greatly appreciate any amount of money or items donated. She is grateful for every day, mainly so she can praise her Lord Jesus, and to give her daughter a hug and watch her grow up. Please consider giving to support Dee and her family, they would be eternally grateful! Thank you!!


October 1, 2015 - Ellen Manning presented a check from the Woodmen Life Insurance Society, Chapter 250 to the Volunteer Fire Department at Joaquin.  Tommy Boyette one of the volunteer firemen in Joaquin was present to receive the check.


October 1, 2015 - Ellen Manning presented a check from the Woodmen Life Insurance Society, Chapter 250 to the Volunteer Fire Department at Joaquin.  Tommy Boyette one of the volunteer firemen in Joaquin was present to receive the check.

October 1, 2015 - Highest Temp was 97 degrees on 9-06-2015
Highest Temp on Record was 112 degrees on 9-02-2000
Lowest Temp was 53 degrees on 9-13-2015
Lowest Temp on Record was 39 degrees on 9-29-1967

Rainfall Recorded was 0.99 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 3.65 inches
Below Average by 2.66 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 16.64 inches in 1978
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.28 inches in 1955

Total Rainfall through September is 53.87 inches
Average Rainfall through September is 38.41 inches

Hooray for October and cooler weather!!!

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September, 2015 Center, TX Weather Report prepared and submitted by Jim and Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Observers.

October 1, 2015 - The East Texas Poultry Festival (ETPF) officially opened with the cutting of the feathers by the queen's court and reading of a proclamation by Sid Miller, the 12th Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, at 10am Thursday morning, October 1, 2015 under the Frances Oates Big Tent.

The Center band played the National Anthem followed by the Timpson Elementary students leading everyone in the pledge of allegiance. Jim Sawyer, Poultry Festival chair member, welcomed everyone and introduced City of Center Mayor David Chadwick. Mayor Chadwick addressed the audience welcoming all to the East Texas Poultry Festival and encouraged everyone to enjoy the good weather and festivities. Mayor Chadwick was also excited to introduce Sid Miller who began in term in office in January. Miller started speaking concerning the agriculture industry which is a 15 million dollar industry, "One in 7 jobs in this state is directly or indirectly related to agriculture. It is a big part of this area, timber, poultry, truck farming, cattle, we lead the nation in many categories."

He then read a resolution he had drafted for the city and the county, "From the Texas Department of Agriculture, official proclamation - Whereas, the Texas Department of Agriculture recognizes the importance of Texas Poultry in sustaining Texas status as an agriculture power house. Whereas, Shelby County and the Texas poultry industry have long and sordid history of supporting each other through vital partnerships that benefit the agriculture industry, local community, and state as a whole. Whereas, the poultry industry supports more than 1,500 jobs in Shelby County and where Shelby County holds the annual East Texas Poultry Festival each October to celebrate the positive impact agriculture has on the region. Whereas, festival such as this play a special role enhancing the lives of rural Texans. Whereas, rural communities are the backbone of Texas' unique culture and heritage. And Whereas, Texas Agriculture matters and Texas allows it with every citizen on the planet every day. Whereas, the Texas Department of Agriculture expresses its appreciation to the East Texas Poultry Industry and its community leaders throughout the region. Now and therefore, let it be resolved, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller proclaims his support for the [39th] Annual East Texas Poultry Festival in Shelby County, Texas." Finally to end opening ceremonies, the Poultry Festival Queen, Kamaryn Smith, of Shelbyville, and her court performed the official cutting of the feather boa. After the feather cutting, Center F.L. Moffett students and Center Elementary Students took the stage.


October 1, 2015 - Center Band Boosters would like to thank Boom Boom Photo Booth and All American Fireworks for sponsoring the concession stand this Thursday, October 1. Center vs Henderson jr high games. If you would like to sponsor the concession stand, please call Brad at 936-488-9292 for more info.


September 30, 2015 - 4-H members, family and guests met on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the Center Community House-Rock Building in Center, Texas for their annual County 4-H Gold Star Banquet. The Joaquin 4-H Club served as wonderful hosts and decorated beautifully for this event.

Master of ceremony for the event was Clarissa Menefee. The invocation was led by Kadence Polley and she also introduced the special guests who were Mr. Maxi Eaves - Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Mr. & Mrs. Doyle Carter, members of the TEEA XYZ Homemaker’s Club, Ms. Whitney Burgay and Ms. Ana Solis with Shelby Savings Bank, Ms. Susan Watkins with the Light & Champion Newspaper and Mrs. Peaches Conway, previous Gold Star winner and former Shelby County Clerk.

Following the meal, Alec Dykes led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas flag. Emilee Elliott led audience in the 4-H Motto and Pledge.

Caroline Scull presented the “I Dare You” awards to Logan Holloway of Center 4-H Club, son of John Henry and Chelsea Holloway, and Collin Vickers of Joaquin 4-H Club, son of Mike Vickers and Tara Permenter. These two young people have shown leadership and a willingness to always help in time of need. They are both very active in the 4-H program participating in numerous projects and community service activities.

Jheri-Lynn McSwain presented the Gold Star Award to Megan Dunn of Center 4-H, daughter of Lane and Katie Dunn. The Gold Star Award is the highest county 4-H achievement award. Megan has exhibited leadership skills by serving as a club officer, attending leadership camp, serving as a youth volunteer, and becoming a Livestock Ambassador while being active participant in county and club 4-H projects. Megan has demonstrated a willingness to serve not only in the 4-H program but in her community as well. Mrs. McSwain thanked her for her service to the 4-H program and never saying “No” when duty calls.

The Friend of 4-H Award was presented by Carsen Vickers to members of the TEEA XYZ Homemaker’s Club. This award is given to member or organization of the community that has shown long term support and dedication to the 4-H program. This year’s recipient has supported the Shelby County youth for many years. Their support has sometimes been behind the scenes but has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. The education of our youth and adults is Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s mission and with the help and timeliness of this organization these goals can be achieved.

Club member introductions were presented by club mangers. Clarissa Menefee offered a special appreciation to local businesses, organizations and volunteers who contribute to the success of the Shelby County 4-H program.

County Extension Agents Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain recognized and thanked club managers Chelsea Holloway – Center 4-H, Tiffanne Klein – Shelbyville 4-H, and Debrah Worsham – Joaquin 4-H. They also recognized and thanked all the project leaders for their continued support of the Shelby County 4-H Program.

The final thank you went to the 4-H parents for their dedication to the organization, the City of Center for allowing the 4-H program to utilize their facilities, and Tara Permenter and Joaquin 4-H Club for hostessing. Hannah Menefee closed the banquet with the 4-H prayer.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

September 30, 2015 - Texas Influenza Awareness Day is October 1. Flu vaccine is now available in Texas, and the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people that there is no reason to wait to be vaccinated. The number of flu cases will soon be increasing, so people should protect themselves and their families with flu shots now.

Everyone 6 months old and older should get vaccinated. People age 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or kidney and liver disorders are more susceptible to serious influenza complications, so flu vaccine is especially important for them.

“People in these higher risk groups should also see their health care provider promptly if they do get the flu,” said Dr. Lisa Cornelius, DSHS Infectious Diseases Medical Officer. “A doctor can prescribe antiviral medications that can make the illness shorter and less severe and help prevent complications. Treatment works best if it is started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.”

Influenza is an illness caused by one of a number of related viruses. Symptoms usually start abruptly and include fever, body aches, chills, a dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches and extreme fatigue and can last a week or longer.

The flu vaccine is formulated every year to match the flu viruses researchers think will be circulating. Last year, changes in the flu virus caused the vaccine to be less effective. The strain that caused most of the illness last year is incorporated into this season’s vaccine, and researchers expect it to be much more effective.

All flu vaccines this season are made to protect against viruses similar to the strains A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2) and B/Phuket/3073/2013. Some vaccines will again provide protection against a fourth strain, B/Brisbane/60/2008.

September 28, 2015 -“Texercise” Fitness and Wellness Program Will Show You How

To help Shelby County residents prepare for the challenges of an older society, and to make them more aware of resources available to them, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a fun and informative “Texercise” and Walk-Across-Texas program.

This 8-week fitness and nutrition program, designed for those 45 years and older, will take place each Tuesday beginning October 13 and running through December 1, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM at the Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site in Center, Texas. The cost of the program is $10.

Participants will receive a pedometer to help them track their steps, an exercise and nutrition handbook, and a program t-shirt. Incentives will be provided and a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Hibbet Sports will be conducted for those completing the program.

“Texas is a young state, but that’s about to change—fast,” said Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences. “In the next 30 years we’ll see our 60-plus population grow to more than 25 percent of our population due to longer lifespans, the aging of the Baby Boomers and a steady stream of retirees moving in. That’s why we’re working with the Texas Department on Aging and their Texercise health and wellness initiative. We want to help people get ready for the changes ahead.”

Texercise, an initiative of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), seeks to motivate individuals and communities to engage in regular physical activity to age well and live well. For more information or to register for the program, contact the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744 or email to Registration information and payment is due by September 30, 2015.

September 28, 2015 - Congratulations to the 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court. Kamaryn Smith was crowned the 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen at the coronation held Saturday, September 26. First runner-up was Princess Alexis Barlow and Second runner-up Princess Hannah Hall.

Children of the Court during the East Texas Poultry Festival pageant were Miss Avery Lawson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Whitehead and Mrs. & Mrs. Craig Lawson, escorted by Mr. Rex Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob Payne. Miss Hudsyn Wulf, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Deuce Wulf, escorted by Sutton Link, son of Mrs. Haley White and Mr. Chris Link. Miss Hannah Wages, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Wages, escorted by Mr. Wade Collard, son of Dr. & Mrs. Randy Collard.

Thank you to the East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s court platinum sponsor Shelby Savings Bank for making the pageant a huge success. Gold sponsors for the event were JML Management, Sombreros Mexican Grill and Wiggins Farms.

East Texas Poultry Festival Opening Ceremonies sponsored by High Roller Wells will beheld under the Big Tent at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Queen Kamaryn Smith and her court will cut the feathers opening the festival.

For additional information, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email