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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.

June 18, 2015 - Some time in 1901 there was a rain storm in the southern part of Shelby County which allegedly created Big Ditch. See video footage with the voice of Dr. John Rogers reminiscing and describing video of Big Ditch taken by his father, Dr. Y.W. "Hap" Rogers about 1940.

The video was prepared by Town Historian Buster Bounds courtesy of Dr. John Rogers and uploaded to YouTube for all to enjoy.



For more information about Big Ditch, The Shelby County Historical Society has an article about it with some updated information. Click the following link to read the article -

June 18, 2015 - The Shelby County chapter of Duck Unlimited hosted their annual Greenwing Event on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Weldon Boles Ranch. Kids 17 and younger were welcomed and received prizes.

Thank you to the supporters who helped make the event a success: Weldon Boles, Rick Campbell, Shelby Savings Bank, Bob Reeves, Few Ready Mix, Home Town Marine, Shelby Veterinary Associates, Dr. Mark Jousan, Ihol Sales, Automotive Collision Specialist, ACE Hardware, Mike Hudman, Black Water Retrievers, Center High School Fishing team, Nathan Skeen, Texas State Game Warden, Collin Matthews, KDET, Shelby County Today, Light and Champion, Cam Copelin, McAdams Propane, Matt Rafferty, Hughes Florist, Snider's Paint and Body, and Lucas Farms.

A special thanks to the parents and grand parents for bringing their kids out to the event.

June 18, 2015 - Mike Bordelon demonstrated various methods of making splits in hives in order to increase the number of hives for honey bees, to the Shelby County Beekeepers Club at their June meeting.

The next meeting will be July 15 at the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are no dues for this organization.

June 17, 2015 - The Center Volunteer Fire Department held a training meeting Tuesday, June 16, 2015 and welcomed their newest members Brandi Gilchrist, Wade Howell, and Carl Birdwell with an obstacle course. The new recruits along with Cory Hagler dressed out in full gear and were led through obstacles with limited visibility to simulate the conditions inside an unknown smoke filled structure.

Two-person teams navigated their way through the room and debris with a mission of locating an unconscious victim and then extricating them as quickly and safely as possible. Navigation rules included lead fireman keeping a hand on a structure wall at all times so as to not get directionally disordiented and the second fireman would search the area while keeping a connection to the lead fireman and not get separated. The pair had to communicate with one another as well as call out to anyone needing help inside the structure.

Veteran firemen also received a refresher course and discussed safety rules to follow while fighting fires and what to do when you have to enter a burning structure. A special guest and speaker for the meeting was Danny Lawrence.

The following photos taken during the training were taken with a flash because the room was dark to simulate the limited visibility firemen face when entering a building filled with smoke.

June 17, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met June 15, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church . Joe Anderson called us to order and gave opening remarks. Johnnie Gray led the opening prayer. Bro. Ed Miller led us as we sang several patriotic songs because we are approaching Independence Day. Alice West accompanied us with the piano. Even Bro. Miller remarked that the group sounds good. Those having a birthday this month are Darlene Brown, Ann Forbes, Joyce Kirkley, Nori Latimer and Alice West. We sang for them and for Ed and Terri Miller’s wedding anniversary. They have been married for 41 year.

Joe Anderson recognized our visitor, Janice Warr and then reminded us that this would be the last time for Bro. Michael Hale to be with us at a Golden Harvest meal. We will miss him and wish him many blessings. Then he gave the blessing on the food. Everyone enjoyed food and fellowship for about 25 minutes.

Jim Forbes introduced Captain Ray Cole from the Nacogdoches Fire Department who started a business of catching unwanted snakes and taking them where they will not bother people. He told us how to identify the 5 venomous snakes that are in East Texas . There are 250 species in the United States . Snakes have a purpose in our environment and should not be killed but removed by a professional to a place away from people. Some people enjoyed seeing and holding the snakes that are harmless.

Ellen Manning read the minutes of the last meeting. Betty Green gave the financial report and Melba Colman, historian, reported that she was doing well and that she was glad to be able to come to the meeting. Joe Anderson recognized the kitchen helpers and thanked Linda Bordelon for the fresh flower arrangements.

Ann Forbes went over the list of prayer list. There was not any one in the hospital at this time. She talked about those who have special medical needs and encouraged us to pray for all those people as well as missionaries and those in nursing homes. Vance Green gave the prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

June 17, 2015 - On Sunday, June 14, 2015 CASA of Deep East Texas, Volunteer Supervisor, Denise Belrose, was invited to attend the Vacation Bible School Award Ceremony at the Neuville Baptist Church. Pastor Larry Byrd presented a generous donation from Bible School participants.

Belrose spoke about the need for CASA Volunteers in Shelby and San Augustine Counties. In our county, CASA is currently serving 58 children. 43 of those children have a volunteer. If you are 21 years of age or older and have a desire to be the voice for 1 of the remaining 15 children in foster care who do not have a volunteer, please call the CASA office at (936)591-9553.

CASA wishes to express there appreciation to the Neuville Baptist Church members for their donation and the opportunity to speak about the foster children in Shelby County.

June 16, 2015 - Town Historian Buster Bounds has shared a little piece of history with a YouTube video of the Dr. Y. W. Rogers family of Center, Texas who recorded their trip to Barksdale Field circa 1939. Barksdale Field later became Barksdale Air Force Base in January 1948. The video reflects a Sunday afternoon family outing.

To view the video on YouTube, click the following link -

The video was provided to Bounds courtesy of Dr. John Rogers, the son of Dr. Y. W. "Hap" Rogers. Bounds converted the footage to a digital format and uploaded it to YouTube.

June 15, 2015 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held a drawing for their Father's Day raffle on Saturday, June 13th. The raffle winners are as follows:

58-piece tool set from Wilson Supply: Nick Ham of Joaquin.
7 1/2 gallon propane tank (filled) from Haslam Sales: Richard Strickland of Haughton, Louisiana.
Two-piece tool chest from ACE Hardware: Daniel Loftin of Joaquin.
Four-door window tint from Ultra-Shade Plus: Buren Lowe of Joaquin.
250 Amp battery charger from NAPA in Center: Mickey Shull of Center.
4000 Watt generator from Dean's Hardware: Stew Lowe of Joaquin.
Handmade hunting knife by Webb and Michael Bates: Theresa Dickerson of Joaquin.

The raffle was a huge success, and the JVFD would once again like to thank all of the sponsors who donated items, as well as everyone who purchased tickets.

June 13, 2015 - The first Cinco De'Mayo Dream Girl Pageant was held Saturday, June 13th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Beautiful contestants walked elegantly across a princess decorated stage and presented their best attire in sportswear and evening wear. Junior Miss division young ladies participated in an interview portion of competition.

Below are the pageant results:

Tiny Miss Division
Queen - Rachel Ontiveras
Photogenic - Marceliene Rico
Sports Wear - Brianna Trejo
Evening Wear - Brianna Trejo
Princesses - Allison Lopez, Marceliene Rico

Junior Miss Division
Queen - Arlette Lopez
Photogenic - Arlette Lopez
Sports Wear - Arlette Lopez
Evening Wear - Arlette Lopez
Interview - Arlette Lopez
Princesses - Veronica Galvan

Ultimate Supreme (ages 0-10) - Aylin Mendoza
Mega Ultimate Supreme (All ages, contestant with highest score) - Brianna Trejo