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April 21, 2015 - The Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter announces the winners of their annual fundraiser drawings held Monday, April 20 with proceeds benefiting the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library and other community projects. Members with the Preceptor Upsilon Chapter extend their appreciation and gratitude to the businesses for their generosity with donating prizes and to the community for supporting this year’s fundraiser. The 2015 fundraiser winners include:

  • Kim Oswalt: GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE - Portacool® Cyclone 1000 ($369 Value) Donated by Portacool®; Bayou Cooker ($150 Value) Donated by McAdams Propane; $150 Gift Certificate Donated by Dance Furniture & Appliance; $150 Walmart Gift Card Donated by General Shelters & Jimmy L. Howard, Inc. and an NFL Houston Texans ® Cooler ($100 Value) Donated by Lacie Payne
  • Ann Grant: APPLE iPAD AIR 16GB Donated by Golden Eye Clinic, Terry & Pam Bailey, Treasa & Jim Donnan
  • Don Schmutz: SHOPPING BAG Prize Package - Michael Kors Bag donated by Shoop Financial Services; $200 Gift Certificate Loblolly’s Garden Marketplace; and $100 Gift Certificate Austin Street Marketplace
  • JML Management Inc: ON THE ROAD AGAIN Prize Package - $200 Gift Certificate Center Tire Company; Five Car Washes Windham Car Wash ($40 Value); and $35 Gift Certificate Rock Chip Repair Center Glass
  • Tem Morrison: STRIKE A POSE Prize Package - $100 Gift Certificate Ricky Blount Salon; $100 Gift Certificate; Mini Session Photo Package Snell Photography; and $35 Gift Certificate Hollywood Escape Spa & Tanning
  • Jackie and Clayton Windham: AROUND TOWN Prize Package $25 Gift Certificate R&M Cleaners; $50 Gift Certificate Chaps BBQ; $50 Gift Certificate Brookshire Bros; and $60 Gift Certificate Watson Tucker Florist
  • J.W. Braden: DINNER & A MOVIE Prize Package - Eight (8) Movie Tickets Rio Theatre ($48 Value) and Two $50 Gift Certificate Margarita’s
  • Dan Wilkins: $150 Gift Certificate Covington Lumber
  • Kim McElroy: $150 Lasting Impressions Gift Certificate donated by Masterson Insurance
  • Danny Foster: $100 Walmart Gift Card donated by Shelby County Today
  • Joy Livingston: $100 Gift Card Ace Hardware
  • Laura Rowe: $100 MasterCard Gift Card donated by Ihlo Sales & Import
  • Inez Davis: Carlyle by Napa Metal Cooler donated by Toledo Automotive ($70 Value)
  • Jenny Lightfoot: $50 Gift Basket Southern Seasons
  • Bruce Emory: $50 Gift Certificate Pineywoods Seafood Restaurant
  • Barbara Prince: One Oil Change-Quick Change Oil & Lube ($46 Value)
  • Larry Smith: $35 Subscription The Light and Champion
  • Polly Smith: $35 Subscription The Light and Champion
  • Gayla Horn: $50 Gift Certificate American Grill
  • Tammy Steptoe: $50 Gift Certificate American Grill
  • Eleanor Ginn: $25 Gift Certificate Hughes Florist
  • Dr. Mark Jousan: $25 Gift Certificate Lasting Impressions
  • Jackie and Clayton Windham: $25 Shelby County Pictorial Book donated by The Light and Champion
  • Kurt Denney: $20 Gift Certificate The Little Fox Marketplace
  • Frances Ann Jeans: $100 Walmart Gift Card donated by Walmart
  • K&L Contractors Inc: $35 Subscription The Light and Champion
  • Brad Rushing: $35 Subscription The Light and Champion
  • Ann Grant: $35 Subscription The Light and Champion
  • Teal Morris: $35 Subscription The Light and Champion

Beta Sigma Phi is an international non-profit organization, non-academic sorority for women offering opportunities friendship, development of cultural appreciation, and community service. The Greek letters stand for life, learning and friendship. Approximately, 12,500 chapters in 20 countries meet twice a month for a brief business meeting and cultural program. Founded by Walter W. Ross in Abilene, Kansas in 1931 with seven members, the organization today has 250,000 members. Beta Sigma Phi supports various projects including the International Endowment Fund, Disaster Relief Fund, Breast Cancer Research Fund and Scholarship Fund.

April 20, 2015 - CASA of Deep East Texas welcomes three new CASA/GAL's to Nacogdoches County. Honorable Judge Klein swore in Amy Reed, Debra Judge, and Elizabeth 'Sam' Pederson on April 20, 2015. They will soon be the voice for a child in foster care and stand up for them in court. The next tentative training is scheduled for June. Applications are being accepted. For more information on how to become a CASA/GAL (Guardian ad Litem), please call Kim Herman, Recruitment Specialist at #936-560-4711.

April 2015  Texas State Bank sponsored the "Seniors who Made A Difference" banquet for the 2015 graduating class of Logansport High School. It was held on April 14 at the John D Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas. Mark Ivey, President, Texas State Bank, gave the welcome to all and David Graves, Director, Texas State Bank, gave the invocation. A delicious meal was served to the six seniors chosen, as well as the teachers each student had chosen that had a made a difference in their school career, along with other school and bank officials.

Pictured: Dr. Matthew Lafollette, Principal, Stephen Stroud, Miranda Blount, Macy Guillotte, Takavien Burns, Jasmine White, Willa Smith, Christeena Register, Amy Stroud, Summer Wilson, Rachel Delafield, Charles McClintock, Reagan Smith.

Each student was then presented along with the teacher they had chosen. The students and teachers gave very emotional talks. Mark Ivey concluded the evening by asking attendees if they would like to address the group. A fun evening was enjoyed by all.

Pictured: Takavien Burns, Macy Guillotte, Charles McClintock, Jasmine White, Christeena Register, and Summer Wilson.

April 19, 2015 - Sassy Red's Bakery on the Center square held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on hand and members of the community to celebrate the business.

Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, and Meg Camp, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President, welcomed Sassy Red's Bakery owner Cindy Lindsey.

"We're glad to be on Shelbyville Street here today at Little Fox Market Place to welcome Sassy Red's Bakery and that we've all enjoyed and continue to enjoy and will continue to spread the word of all your creations," said Phelps.

Lindsey described her bakery as a place that can provide whatever may be desired and she is trying new things all the time. She says the bakery has a regular supply of cupcakes, cookies and custom cakes are a regular thing for all occasions including weddings and birthdays.

"We are very, very glad you are here. What a wonderful fresh store to be right here on the square, and I enjoy following your Facebook page and I love to look at all the cakes and how beautiful they are," said Camp.

During the event, those who attended were able to partake of refreshments developed in the bakery. Sassy Red's Bakery is located inside Little Fox Market Place at 101 Shelbyville Street on the Center square. The bakery is open from 9am-5pm daily. Phone call inquiries may be directed to 936-590-4422.


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Posted by Shelby County Today on Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015 - Timpson Elementary Agents for Change members presented a program on their "Random Acts of Kindness" to Delta Gamma members at their April meeting in Timpson.

Agents for Change students are from left (Front Row) Kallie Solomon, Catherine Searcy, Mackenzie Smith, Shelby Holloway, Jennifer Diaz, (Middle Row) Gunner Castleberry, Bella Alford, Madison Coley, Milca DeLa Cruz, Kealey Homer, Devin Tutt, and Sponsor Tammy Sparks, (Back Row) Halle Burns, Megan Sepulvado, Cadeh Solomon, Carter Ramsey, Joshua Wagstaff, and Javoskieon Howard.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

From right: Judy Adkison, Nora Robinson, Billie Bailey, Sue Carter and Linda BordelonApril 15, 2015 - Delta Gamma Ceremonies Chairman Linda Bordelon and members Judy Adkison, Nora Robinson, Billie Bailey, and Sue Carter led other members as they celebrated Delta Gamma's 67th birthday at their April meeting in Timpson.

On April 17, 1948 the Delta Gamma Chapter began when 14 key women teachers from Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties met at the Polley Hotel in Center, Texas with Dr. Eula Lee Carter, the Texas state founder who first organized The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Today this celebrated association is organized in 17 countries and represents approximately 80,000 of the world's most respected women educators. Texas boasts more than 9,000 members in nearly 300 chapters.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

April 15, 2015 - Self Defense America of Shelby County had four students go to San Antonio TX, Saturday April 11, 2015 to compete in the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Taekwondo Event.

They competed in Poomse and Olympic Sparring.

In Photo from left to right are: Hollie Hamilton won Bronze medal for Poomse, Eric Mendoza won a Bronze in Poomse and Gold in Sparring, Ethan McElroy won a Gold in Poomse and Bronze in Sparring and Logan Galindo won two Bronze medals in Poomse and Sparring.

We are proud of the commitment these youth showed. They are a real asset to our community.

April 13, 2015 - Center's Women's Reading Club recently enjoyed a special program hosted by the Carthage Book Club at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage. Co- authors Lana Higginbotham and Mary Felder shared the genesis of their book, Between the Letters, the beautiful biographical account of Charles and Mary Felder's romance and life together from their chance meeting during World War II until Charles's death in 2001.

Seven Center members attended: Polly Smith, Donna Holt, Dottie West, Barbara Tyer, Sandi Sinclair, Carolyn Bounds, and Jane Morrison.

From left: Sandi Sinclair, Polly Smith, Donna Holt, Barbara Tyer, Jane Morrison, Carolyn Bounds, and Dottie West.

May 22, 2015 - We received our first boxes of new books bought by the Friends of the Library spring book sale proceeds. It is always like Christmas morning when we open the boxes. For those of you who wait for the dog days of summer to read, we are now well stocked. There is a good selection of mysteries, light fiction and some great romance reading for the beach. For children, Sandra selected some new series for both boys and girls. We also received the new David McCullough novel, The Wright Brothers. He tells the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading. This novel is a tribute to American ingenuity and a great advertisement for the power of reading.

The Center Noon Lion’s Club summer reading program at the library is close at hand with this year’s program having live animals, magicians, puppeteers, and a special visit from the game warden and the fire department. The events begin on June 11th at 10:30 a.m. for the 4-8 year olds and at 2:00 p.m. for the 9-12 year olds. For our readers who participate for six weeks in the reading program, reading logs may be picked up at the library beginning Tuesday, June 2nd. There are great new books waiting for eager young eyes. For more information, pick up a complete schedule at the library or check it out on FaceBook or our website at www.centerlibrary.org.

New Arrivals

A Lucky Life Interrupted - Brokaw, Tom
A Beauty So Rare - Alexander, Tamera
The Proposal at Siesta Key - Gray, Shelley Shepard
Buried Secrets - Hannon, Irene
The Map of True Places - Barry, Brunonia
One Night - Dickey, Eric Jerome
The Underside of Joy - Halverson, Prince.
How to Start a Fire - Lutz, Lisa.
How I Came to Sparkle Again - McLaren, Kaya.
The Guest Cottage - Thayer, Nancy

The Sound of Glass - White, Karen
Bittersweet - Albert, Susan Wittig
The Forgotten Room - Child, Lincoln
And Sometimes I Wonder About You - Mosley, Walter
Standing in Another Man's Grave - Rankin, Ian
Night Moves - White, Randy Wayne

April 10, 2015 - In April, db Metal Art and The Little Fox Marketplace sponsored an Easter Metal Art Decorating Contest. Participants creatively decorated metal crosses and eggs. Each was a unique work of art. The public was invited to choose their favorite. Everyone who voted was entered into a drawing for a store gift certificate which was won by Venorah McSwain. Winners were announced at an Open House/Reception on March 31st. Each winner received a store gift certificate.

Metal Decorating Contest winners were: 1st place: Brenda Smith (left), 2nd place: Connor Scates (middle), and 3rd place: Darlene Brown (right).

db Metal Art and The Little Fox Marketplace would like to thank everyone who participated -- both the artists and the voters.

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