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January 27, 2106 - The family of Linda Faye Johnson would like to thank each of you for your prayers, expressions of love, calls of strength and many acts of kindness you have shown to them during this hour of their bereavement. May God continue to bless each of you.

Della McClelland-Mosby

January 26, 2016 - Farmers State Bank is pleased to announce that your banking experience with us is now even more secure!  Our website has been enhanced to include the latest cyber security standards and has an updated address: is now

January 26, 2016 - Center, TX—The Dairy Queen located at 401 Tenaha St in Center recently received a PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) Award from the Dairy Queen® system for achieving a high level of cleanliness and food safety.

“We feel honored to have received such a prestigious award,” states Jan and Terry Allen, owners, and Patsy Greer, Manager. “We work hard to keep our restaurant at a high level of cleanliness to ensure that we provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers.”

The award is given out to those stores that demonstrate PRIDE by maintaining the Dairy Queen system’s standard of cleanliness and food safety. This is the seventh year for the PRIDE award and every restaurant that meets these standards will receive the award. The award is delivered shortly after the time of the PRIDE assessment visit, which can occur
anytime throughout the year.

The Center location received recognition for their hard work in the form of a framed certificate with a picture of the crew working at the time of the assessment. The certificate states that their location achieved an Outstanding Cleanliness and Food Safety PRIDE Check by setting up for success, giving the customer a reason to return, and maintaining PRIDE.

January 24, 2016 - Now that the holidays are over and everyone is back in the swing of the new year , work and school, The Shelbyville Lions Club would like to thank everyone for supporting, visiting and participating during our Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Festival in October 2015. The festival was a great success and we want to take the time to thank our title sponsor Shelby Saving Bank as well as our other participating sponsors; Borders Poultry Supply, Center Tire, Joey Lawson Ice, Farmer State Bank, Vic Cooper, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Steel Building Supply, Ace Hardware, Trails End Restaurant, Sandy Wheeler Insurance, Bounds Insurance, Morrison Insurance, Bobs Pawn and Gun, Raymond Construction, Covington Lumber and Construction, Mangum Funeral Home and JML Management.

We hope to see everyone on Saturday, October 15, 2016 for the next Shelbyville Lions Club Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Festival! Anyone interested in joining the Shelbyville Lions Club is welcome to come to our meeting at the Shelbyville First Baptist Church, the first Monday of every month at 6:00.

Charlie Dromgoole with Timpson Youth Advisory Committee

January 22, 2016 - Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce membership drive banquet was a large success with many attending.

Guest speaker, Charlie Dromgoole, addressed the group saying that it was up to the Chamber of Commerce to help Timpson grow and encouraged everyone in the room to pull together using everyone's many talents to improve our community.

We had business owners, individuals and interested members in attendance, including representatives from our Shelby County Chamber. United Way representative for our area Gary Lee Ashcraft attended, giving us an update on how we could help our local community by working with United Way. Of course, we welcomed everyone to join our Chamber and speak up with new and great ideas.

Speaker of the evening Charlie Dromgoole showed his gratitude to Yac Timpson (Timpson Youth Advisory Committee) telling them that they are the future of our town and should be proud for all they have already accomplished for the community.

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce nvites everyone interested in our meetings to join us every 3rd Thursday at 5:00 held in the Timpson Library.

Also recognized in attendance were local candidates for office(s) Adam Renfro, Mike Parker, and LeAnn Kay Rafferty. Attending for her 2nd year, from Congressman Louie Gohmert's Office, was Melinda Kartye and her husband. Charlie Dromgoole is the CEO of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.

Speaker Charlie DromgoolePam Phelps and Charlie Dromgoole

(Seated from left) Flower Show Chairmen: Carolyn Bounds and Cherry Jones (standing from left) Jackie Hancock, Robbie Kerr, Cindy Brown, Margaret Stockton, Lisa Albers, Linda Bordelon, Judy Matthews, and Rachel Campbell

January 22, 2016 - The Center Garden Club Flower Show committee members met Friday, January 22 at the Pizzeria in Center, Texas to make preparations for their 50th Annual Flower Show, "Nature's Abundance" which will also include a plant sale. The public is invited to attend on Friday, April 22 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Community House, 423 St. Augustine Street in Center.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

Photo: (from left) Hemphill Garden Club President Janice Speights and Center Garden Club member Linda Bordelon, guest speaker.

January 21, 2016 - Center Garden Club member Linda Bordelon presented "Wildscapes: Creating a Backyard Habitat" to members of the Hemphill Garden Club at their January 21 meeting in Hemphill, TX. Linda had her property on Toledo Bend Lake at Huxley certified as a Wildscape by the Texas Departmant of Wildlife in 2007 and certified in 2008 by the National Wildlife Federation.

Linda Bordelon, Center GC Publicity Chair

From left: Maci Dover, Kali Rocco, Brenda Allen, and Yolanda Neal.

January 21, 2016 - Tri-County Community Action (TCCA) was the recipient of a $2,500 donation from Whataburger to benefit their food pantry program, "Harvest for Homes".

Presenting the donation on Wednesday, January 20th was Maci Dover, Whataburger Director of Marketing, and Kali Rocco, Whataburger Community Engagement Coordinator. Accepting the donation on behalf of the food pantry was Yolanda Neal, TCCA Executive Administrative Assistant, and Brenda Allen, TCCA Social Services Director.

"Harvest for Homes" is located at 2014 Nacogdoches Street in Center. Residents of Shelby County may be eligible to receive food assistance and are required to provide proof of residency and income verification. Each household can be served once every 30 days.

TCCA partnered with the East Texas Food Bank in August of 2014 starting the "Harvest for Homes" food pantry to take part in trying to eliminate hunger within our communities. Whataburger is donating to partners of the East Texas Food Bank. The donation was raised during December 2015 Whataburger community fundraiser which was held at 41 Whataburger locations across East Texas along with a two-week paper ornament sale. In addition to fundraising, nine Whataburger locations held food drives and collected more than 12,000 pounds of food.

The franchise groups include Whataburger of East Texas, G.V.C.S., Inc., Hablinski Investments, Inc., DKT Investments, Inc., and Lott Foods, Inc.

David SwanzyJanuary 20, 2015 - President Joe Anderson called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. with 43 members and guests present. Harold Hanson led members and guests to several favorite songs and "Happy Birthday" to Joe Anderson, Jim Forbes, Terry Gray, and Walter Manning. Happy Anniversary greetings went to Terry and Johnie Gray, Joe and Linda Anderson, and Alice and Tommy West. New members were recognized: Colleen Doggett, Larry Rymal, Carl Smith, Jeanette Harvey, and Leigh Porterfield.

Program chairman Linda Anderson recognized special guest Colleen Doggett who represented Our Town Times for the media keeping the public informed about programs and activities of the club.

David Swanzy, publisher of the online magazine "We the People of Shelby County, Its History and Heritage" presented a program on Shelby County to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their January 18 meeting. He related the 20 most fascinating facts of the area which included some of the first buildings in Center and trails from Nacogdoches and San Augustine through Center to Logansport.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

January 20, 2016 - Tyson Foods donated to CASA of Deep East Texas in Center Texas over the Christmas Holidays. CASA is very grateful to supporters like Tyson as CASA operates solely from grants and donations. CASA is a non-profit organization and advocates for the children in foster care in Shelby County. CASA trains volunteers to "speak-up" for these children as they are appointed by the court as their Guardian Ad Litem.

If you would like to make a difference in these children's lives by donating your time or money, please contact one of Shelby Counties Volunteer Supervisors - Denise Belrose or Lindsay Welch at 936-591-9553.