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February 15, 2016 - A political forum was held at the Sunshine Frontier Cafe in Timpson on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Debra Pate Smith, former Timpson Mayor, spoke with Timpson residents and potential city council and mayor candidates about the city finances, filing to run as a candidate and the importance of backing those seeking election collectively and not splitting the vote.

Yvonne Ramsey, city council member, was also at the event and is running for council once again. Other possible candidates mentioned during the meeting were Tracy Hooper, who may be seeking election as mayor, and Al Skinner who may be running for a council position.

The importance of voting was expressed throughout the event, as with all local elections, one vote can make all the difference in who wins an election.

(from left): Sherry Harding, Linda Anderson, and Brandi EmanisFebruary 15, 2016 - First Vice-President Linda Anderson called the Golden Harvest Ministries Club to order with 30 members and 2 guests attending the February 15 meeting.  Harold Hanson led the singing of two favorites and Happy Birthday to Harold Warr, Odessa Link, and Betty Merony who was celebrating her birthday that day.  February anniversary greetings went to members Naomi and Harold Hanson, Leigh Porterfield, and guest Brandi Emanis.
Program Chairman Linda Anderson introduced Sherry Harding, executive director of Shelby County Outreach Ministries, and Brandi Emanis, director of the senior food program, who explained the wide variety of services provided by SCOM. 
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.  Visitors are welcome to bring a covered-dish and enjoy the program and fellowship.
Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

February 15, 2016 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary members braved the elements for an event held on the historic Shelby County Courthouse Monday, February 15, 2016 in observation of the USS Maine sinking and loss of the lives of its passengers during the Spanish-American War.

Just before 10am, those present gathered at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial while Larry Hume, Quartermaster, recited a speech as a strong wind blew and rain fell from the skies.

"We're here to commemorate the 118th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor, which led to the Spanish-American War," said Hume. "The Spanish-American War only lasted about four months, but from that war came the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It was not called that in those days, but from those veterans that were not being taken care of by the government our organization was formed."

Hume continued and said Teddy Roosevelt told his troops as they were mustering out, "Enjoy the next 15 days, because after that you will be forgotten."

Taps was played as presented by John Piersol and the wreath in honor of the USS Maine was visible on the Veterans Memorial.

Sherry Riley, Veterans Service Officer, was present for the event and Hume remarked at the end of the event that her position is now full-time with her hours at the historic courthouse being from 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.

"If you know any veterans that need any help with paperwork and so forth, please send them to Sherry," said Hume.

February 11, 2016 - The members of Center Garden Club cleaned and refreshed their garden at the Community House. This is in preparation for our annual Flower Show in April.  Those attending were Judy Matthews, Lisa Albers, Rachel Campbell, Carolyn Bounds, and Jackie Hancock.

Submitted by Jackie Hancock

(from left)  Betty Eddleman, Carole Ann Chance, and Nell AndersonFebruary 11, 2016 - International Flower Show Judges and Hemphill Garden Club members Betty Eddleman and Nell Anderson explained terms utilized in the scale of points in judging a floral design to Center Garden Club members at their February 10 meeting at the Community House in Center, Texas.

They also critiqued a floral design by Carole Ann Chance by using principles and elements of design, creativity, expression, and artistic concept. The program was in preparation for Center Garden Club's 50th Flower Show which is free and open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at the Community House, 423 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

February 10, 2016 - The Eta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi hosted their first annual Dresses for Dreams event on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Center Community House and was a huge success with over 100 formal dresses collected. Dresses collected included ball gowns, cocktail dresses and prom type dresses.

A main feature of the event was an opportunity to win a Louis Vuitton handbag. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Christi Foster.

Christi FosterOn Saturday, March 5, Eta Rho will hold a Dress Sale at the Community House from 10am until 2pm.  All dresses will be sold at reasonable and affordable prices and is open to everyone! A lot of beautiful dresses were collected during the Dresses for Dreams fundraiser. Anyone who will be needing a formal type dress for either Prom or Poultry Festival Queen contest, please come look at the inventory!

Anna Lee, an Eta Rho member, said, "We are very thankful to all of our sponsors. They were a huge part in making this event such a successful fundraiser and Community Service project. " Sponsors for the event were:  Dr and Mrs. Clayton Windham, Boles Feed, The Loft, McAdams Propane, B&W Chipping, Harkness Litter, Shelby Vet Associates, and High Roller Whitetails.

Special recognition goes to The Balcony which is owned by Traci Willoughby. The Balcony offered to donate a brand new formal for a donation of $50 for those who didn't have a formal dress to donate. Other local businesses who helped in making this event a success were Pineywoods Beverage and The Sign Shop.

Members of Eta Rho are: Caroline Hutchins, Sharisse McAdams, Anna Lee, Lacie Payne, Jackie Windham, Alyssa Belrose, Erin Miller, Holly Nichols, Camille Stanfield, Michele Askew, Ginny Bailey, Raegan Best, Lindsey Blackshear, Kristen Chumley, Hannah Collins, Brittany Foster, Jessica Hopkins, Sara Hughes, Callie Jamison, Jenny Lightfoot, Kim McElroy, Kristen Pinkston, Emma Whitehead, Misty Wilburn.  Lisa McAdams and Linda Miller are members of the Preceptor Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and have helped Eta Rho tremendously in making this new fundraiser and community event a success!

Eta Rho, Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is a non-profit women's organization.  It is comprised of young, local women who raise money with fundraisers like Dresses for Dreams, to enable them to be able to give back to the community.  Eta Rho also gives a scholarship each year in memory of Jenny Malory Wright.

February 10, 2016 - At the Delta Gamma February 8 meeting in Joaquin (Left to right) Tammy Sparks, Timpson Elem/MS Counselor & Language Arts Coordinator; Leisa Chadwick, Timpson Elem 5th Gr. Language Arts; Cindy Simmons, Timpson Elem Reading Intervention Lab Teacher; and Maureen Carlton, San Augustine Elem Grade Reading, explained how The Daily 5 (a core of common routines and framework) and The Literacy CAFE works in their classrooms.

Members collected funds for Global Awareness and ASTEF which helps meet the needs of Texas students and educators.  Delta Kappa Gamma International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.  The Delta Gamma Chapter serves key women educators in Sabine, Shelby, and San Augustine counties.
Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Publicity Chairman

February 9, 2016 - East Texas Awards & Engraving held a new owner ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. They were welcomed by members of the community and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) Ambassadors.

Pam Phelps, SCCC Director, introduced new owner Betsy Swanzy who described many of the services offered by the business.

Many of the products Swanzy described include trophies and engraving. There are a variety of trophy options to choose from on site and there is now a main trophy room which is visible upon entry to the location. Another mainstay of the business is they are a UPS and FedEx drop-off location.

"Every item in here is priced, which includes the engraving, and from desk plates to pens to plaques to any recognition awards and such," said Swanzy.

Swanzy expects to have a very busy season when school season comes to a close. She says she relies a great deal on Caley Turner who she introduced and who works with her on a regular basis. Swanzy is the daughter of David and Linda Swanzy who were also present for the event.

The engraving side of the business is quite versatile as it can be applied to many mediums according to Swanzy including such delicate surfaces as glass and strong surfaces as a Yeti cup, "If it's a clipart, we can put it on almost anything. If I've got to do a little tweaking to get it just right, to look right on your product, stainless steel or glass then we play with it for a little while."

A personal or business logo can be applied and wood engravings are something else which the business offers.

East Texas Awards & Engraving is open from 9:30am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday and is located on the Center square at 118 Nacogdoches Street. For more information they may be contacted at 936-598-8231.


Pictured are (from left) Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Bill Teague, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce Interim President/CEO. Photo Credit: Kelly Daniel, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce.

February 9, 2016 - Free admission tickets available at Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce visited the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and delivered free Cram the Coliseum tickets to two Stephen F. Austin State University basketball games.  Bill Teague, interim CEO of the Nacogdoches Chamber and Kelly Daniel, Membership and Marketing Manager, explained that this is an annual event to garner record breaking crowds for the games and invited Shelby County.

The SFA Ladyjack and Lumberjack basketball teams are ready for Cram the Coliseum when they take on the A&M Corpus Christi Islanders on February, 13. Women's game begins at 4 p.m., and the men's game will start at 6 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum at the intersection of E. College St. and University Dr.
"We'd like for Chamber members to share the tickets with everyone they know, because the entire region is invited to Cram the Coliseum," said Murphey Gayler, Chairman of the SFA-Chamber Connection Committee. "The Chamber is working with SFA Athletics to get another record-setting crowd to these games. Give these tickets to your co-workers, your customers, your family, friends, neighbors and any one else that will go and support the Jacks.”

Cram the Coliseum tickets are compliments of SFA Athletics Department. For all SFA athletic event schedules, please visit Tickets are available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682.

February 8, 2016 - After being in the same location for 16 years, Chris Mayfield has moved State Farm Insurance to 908 Hurst Street, next door to Pineywoods Seafood Restaurant.

"We are all excited to serve customers in our new location with the same Remarkable, Good Neighbor Service we have provided for the past 16 years."

Pleaase stop by for a tour of our new office.