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July 1, 2015 - Center Floral held a ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Meg Camp, Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, introduced new owner Elizabeth Pinkston who then addressed her guests. Pinkston thanked everyone for attending the event and was happy to see many familiar faces.

"This has been one crazy journey. We bought this shop and didn't really know what all we were getting into. From the outside it looked like it was going to be kind of a simple project, it's been a lot of work, but with my family and everybody we've been able to get through it and get it to about where we want it to be. We're just really excited to be here and be able to, you know, have our kids in the shop and work and just help other people be happy," said Pinkston.

The party of excited guests all traveled to the front of the store and gathered for the ribbon cutting. The business features flowers and plants as well as a variety of gift item. It is located at 333 Tenaha Street in Center and can be reached by calling (936) 598-2413.

Pictured are (from left): Dot Golding, Jodi Fountain, Suzanne Ihlo, Kenneth Hardy, Kelli Snider, Andi Foster, Anne Harmon, Nell Polley, and Karen Jones - Pastor.

June 30, 2015 - First United Methodist Church of Center was the recipient of the Shelby Beautiful Clean Community Beautification Award on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Jodi Fountain, representing the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Beautiful Clean Committee, presented the award.

Receiving the award on behalf of the church was Karen Jones, Pastor, Kenneth Hardy and Nell Polley.

According to a press release issued by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce presented a Community Beautification Award to the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) for their many years of caring and beautifying the Methodist Church Cemetery. As one of the oldest cemeteries in Shelby County, it was established over 154 years ago.

The Methodist Church Cemetery has become a featured landmark in Center and is included in the Downtown Walking tour guide created by Steve and Lisa Thomas. The church established a memorial fund for contributions to be earmarked for cemetery landscape and maintenance. For many years, the work was guided and led by Nell Polley, and now in recent years, the mission is continued by Suzanne Ihlo, both of who are longtime church members.

The church welcomed Pastor Karen Jones in 2015 and FUMC Trustees Chairman is Kenneth Hardy. The church is recognized by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for the constant care and efforts for beautification to the community and the mindful preservation of history. The cemetery is fenced and has an irrigation system. Most recently, all the burial markers were cleaned and preserved to a pristine state. Routine trimming and plantings in the FUMC Cemetery create a beautiful garden landscape year round. The last burial of over 100 people in the cemetery was Pollie Holt in 1939.

The Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee is chaired by Jodi Fountain. Shelby Beautiful Clean is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful programs. The committee leads recycling efforts as well as recognizes beautification efforts in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.

June 26, 2015 - Cadey Belrose a Senior at Timpson High School recently competed and was selected for All American Cheerleader while attending cheer camp with her squad.

Cadey will be performing in the London New Year’s Day Parade. She is currently selling T-shirts & candles to help cover the cost of the trip as this is not a school sponsored event.

Shirts are $15 ($17 for XXL and up). Candles are $12 each. All items can be shipped for a small additional fee. If you would like to place an order please contact Pam Belrose at 936-572-5272 or email

Candle Order Form.

June 25, 2015 - (Album) Members of the Center Fire Department and Texas Game Warden Anthony King provided instruction during the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Summer Reading Program hosted by Roy Davis and presented by the Center Noon Lions Club on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

At 10:30am firemen Chief Keith Byndom, Nathan Phelps and Derrick Lightfoot spoke with children attending the reading program about fire safety. Chief Byndom described for the children what to do in the event their clothes catch on fire, not calling 9-1-1 unless there is an emergency and what to do if their house catches on fire.

Lightfoot dressed in his bunker gear and breathing apparatus mask so the children could see what it looks like if a fireman were to enter their home during a fire. He explained to them not to be afraid and hide within a home going up in flames.

Phelps was available to answer any further questions the children had and when everyone went outside to view the fire trucks, he operated the ladder truck.

Later in the afternoon at 2pm, Texas Game Warden Anthony King spoke with another group of children about orienteering. He taught them how to use a map and a compass and then how to use them in conjunction with one another.

King took the children outside and he also showed them how to get an idea of direction without a compass. The children were then able to put their new knowledge to use as King provided them with indicators of direction and distance leading them to different points in the park around the library. At each location they were given a new location in which to trek.

To travel in the wilderness it is necessary to be prepared and King went over a checklist of items useful to have in a backpack. He broke down his pack and showed them a lot of the items he carries with him while doing his job.



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Posted by Shelby County Today on Thursday, June 25, 2015


June 25, 2015 - Vance Jordan, Master of Joaquin Masonic Lodge No. 856 is seen congratulating John Gordon of Joaquin who won the Big Green Egg BBQ package that was used to help fund our scholarships.

Our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all those who purchased tickets and enabled us to help four Joaquin High School Seniors with their college expenses.

This package was made possible through the generosity of Tubbs Hardware.

June 24, 2015 - Shelby Savings Bank hosted a luau themed Business After Hours event at their location on 111 Selma Street Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Representatives with the bank, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and community members were gathered in the lobby of the bank.

Derek Pierce, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Will Lucas, Shelby Savings Bank President/COO. To those visiting, Lucas offered a tour of the bank facility, demonstration of the banks new ATM machine and a demonstration of their bank app.

Everyone then took time to visit with another and enjoy refreshments. Door prize winner winners during the event included Barbara Dance, Wilma Beckham and J.J. Ford.


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Posted by Shelby County Today on Wednesday, June 24, 2015



June 24, 2015 - Rick Campbell, Shelby Savings Bank board chairman, is pleased to announce Camille Stanfield as a new loan officer at the bank's Center branch and Zach Noble as a new loan officer at the bank's San Augustine branch.

"We are excited about adding Mrs. Stanfield and Mr. Noble to the Shelby Savings Bank family," Campbell said. "They both have strong connections to East Texas, and they each bring strong experience and unique perspectives to their new positions. We expect great things out of them, and we look forward to watching them grow in their careers."

Stanfield has more than three years’ experience as a certified public account and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree, as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is a member of the East Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas State Board of Certified Public Accountants. She is married to Scott Stanfield, and the couple attend Word of Faith Outreach Center in Joaquin.

Noble worked for Enterprise Holdings for three years before joining Shelby Saving Bank. He has a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from Sam Houston State University. He is a member of the San Augustine chapter of Ducks Unlimited and attends San Augustine Cowboy Church. His grandmother, Jeanette Davidson, is a member of the Shelby Savings Bank advisory board for San Augustine.

Shelby County Savings Association officially opened on July 27, 1982, in a portable building on Austin Street in Center. Today, Shelby Savings Bank has five locations - two in Center with branches in San Augustine and Hemphill and a loan production office in Palestine - 76 employees and, as of Dec. 31, 2014, $262,202,668 in working assets.


June 23, 2015 - The Jackson Missionary Baptist Church outside of Joaquin held a groundbreaking ceremony at their new location on State Highway 7 East Monday, June 22, 2015.

Pastor Bro. David Long led the ceremony. He introduced the architect for the project, Laura Culpepper, and the construction manager, Ross Slone, who will be constructing the new building. The worship hall is expected to seat 300 people and the sanctuary 250 people.

An opening prayer was given by Mike Owen and Pastor Long read from Ephesians 3:20 and stated the continued desire of the church is for God to get the glory.

Two people recognized were Kenneth Lowe, to whom the land belonged before selling it to the church, and Mary "Cannie" Lewis. She was born in 1920 and has been with the church since it was organized in March 1921. Lewis, Lowe, Pastor Long and Ross Slone participated in the ceremonial turning of dirt, which was followed by all present singing a verse of "To God Be the Glory."

A prayer of dismissal was said by Ken Kay to close out the ceremony and Pastor Long thanked everyone for coming.

The current church is located at 11120 State Highway 7 East. To contact the church or for more information call 936-269-3370 or visit


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Posted by Shelby County Today on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Group which traveled to museum

June 23, 2015 - Saturday, June 20, 2015, Dennis Leggett, VP Area A Texas Motorcycle Rights Association, and the East Texas Chopper Guys hosted a benefit for the Patricia Huffman Smith Museum that commemorates the Columbia Space Shuttle. The purpose of the museum is to pay tribute to the Columbia 28 missions especially that of STS-107. There is an area designated to the seven fallen heroes of the mission and the two searchers that lost their lives in the recovery efforts. The museum, located in Hemphill, is open to the public.

The museum has set a goal to advance education through the NASA Space Program that may be enjoyed by all students within a 200 mile range of the museum. This benefit raised over $1,000 and was presented to Marsha Cooper who was representing the museum. Primary sponsors for this event were Leggett Cycle, Sabine Bank and Trust in Center, K-Bar Motosports, K & B ATV, and Joker Customs.

The MTR M/C group from Center, Circuit Riders M/M, Steal the Wind R/C and many individual riders participated. Also, the Joaquin Trail Riders Group camped across the way at Boles field and even got in on some of the fun. A great time was had by all. Who knows, maybe one day we will have an astronaut from East Texas. If you would like to make contributions, please feel free to contact the museum: 375 Sabine Street Hemphill, Texas 75948 or phone 409-787-4827.

June 23, 2015 - Pineywoods Beekeepers Association members Linda and Mike Bordelon, whose property has been certified as a Wildscape" by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, presented a program on "How To Create a Backyard Habitat" and the "Fun of Beekeeping" to 90 children and adults for the Summer Reading Program at the Arthur Temple Sr. Memorial Library in Pineland on June 18.

Joshua Woods, a 5th grader at Hemphill and Kahlen Morton, a 3rd grader at Hemphill helped to demonstrate the various equipment in Beekeeping.