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June 5, 2015 - T.J. Horton of Garrison, Texas was the lucky raffle winner of the Ruger AR-15. The raffle took place in Center's Dependable Arms by Kirk Sanford. There were 500 tickets sold with proceeds going towards helping the Wildwings 8U baseball team in their World Series appearance in Destin, Florida, July 1-5. The team would like to thank everyone who have supported this team through sponsorship or fundraising.

June 3, 2015 - Celebrating Ouachita Baptist University’s 128th spring commencement, university officials conferred a total of 350 degrees on 343 graduates, including the university’s first three Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

Ouachita President Rex Horne also presented Dr. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on behalf of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Describing Ouachita’s graduating class of 2015 as “smart, bright, energetic, enthusiastic, questioning, discerning and incredibly committed,” Tucker thanked the graduates for “the impact you have already had and the lifelong Kingdom impact you will have.”

Affirming the graduates’ legacy as difference makers, President Horne urged each of the graduates to “bear fruit and good works and do God’s work throughout your life.”

This year’s graduating class featured 143 honor graduates, including 21 who graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.95 or higher, 46 who graduated magna cum laude (3.75 GPA) and 76 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA).

Ouachita Baptist University, a leading liberal arts university, is ranked nationally among America’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazines. Founded in Arkadelphia in 1886, Ouachita seeks to foster a love of God and a love of learning in a Christ-centered learning community.

Students from Texas who were awarded their bachelor’s degrees include the following, in order of hometown:

Jeremy Small, Center, Texas, December 2014, Bachelor of Arts, Biology

June 3, 2015 - Carolyn Hooker and Fannie Watson, members of the Delta Gamma chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, presented Tenaha teacher Dominique Roland with a $500.00 grant-in-aid scholarship to assist her in obtaining her Masters Degree from Sam Houston State University.

Submitted by Fannie Watson, Delta Gamma president

June 1, 2015 - Ace Hardware of East Texas is proud to announce the following winners of our Husqvarna Drawing: Center:

1st Place- Weber Grill, Darrell Alford
2nd Place- 35QT Yeti Cooler, Gina Wiggington
3rd Place- $100 Gift Certificate, Colby Landers

1st Place- Weber Grill, Allan Peavy
2nd Place- 35QT Yeti Cooler, William Wilson
3rd Place- $100 Gift Certificate, Stella Woods

Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and signed-up. We still have Husqvarna rebates for June. Follow us on Facebook at

May 27, 2015 - Two Shelbyville S.W. Carter Elementary students were selected to received the honored S.W. Carter Award during the awards program held Friday, May 22, 2015 and they were sisters Neera and Neena Smith. Both From left: Serica Wilkins, Neera Smith, Neena Smith, and Dorothy Carterhave shown to be outstanding students always volunteering their time and doing their best. The awards were presented by Mrs. Dorothy Carter and Serica Wilkins, wife and daughter of the late S.W. Carter.

The award is presented each year to the student who followed life most like Mr. Carter. The plaque read as follows:

Mr. Carter was an educator & outstanding role model to all faculty & students that he came in contact with. This award is given in his example of integrity, equality, & compassion for his fellow man to someone who has excelled in academics, & who strives to be a better person & thinks of others before oneself.

Mr. S.W. Carter was a long time educator and the name sake of S.W.Carter Elementary. He passed away in April of 2012 and the first award was presented the same year.

June 1, 2015 - Local weather person, James Forbis, reported the weather statics for the month of July 2015

Highest Temp was 90 degrees on 5-28-2015
Highest Temp on Record was 100 degrees on 5-21-1943
Lowest Temp was 55 degrees on 5-01-2015
Lowest Temp on Record was 40 degrees on 5-08-1992 and 5-04-2013

Rainfall recorded was 10.59 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.47 inches
Above Average by 6.12 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 16.50 inches in 1953
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.10 inches in 1998

Total Rainfall through May is 40.92 inches
Rainfall occurred on 18 days in May

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May 29, 2015 - Center Garden Club announces Gold Club Rating and installs new officers at their May 13, 2015 meeting held at the Community House on San Augustine Street.

(Left) Jackie Hancock present Doggett with lifetime membership award for District III, Texas Garden Clubs.(Left) Incoming president, Robbie Kerr, presents outgoing president, Colleen Dogget, with a bouquet of rosesFormer Center Garden Club President and Past Southern Zone Director, TX Garden Clubs, Linda Bordelon installed the 2015-2017 Center Garden Club Officers and presented each officer a yellow rose, the club flower. The various parts of the rose were used to symbolize the duties and responsibilities of each office. Bordelon shared the success of the club, "Center Garden Club is the number one Garden Club in District III and one of the top Garden Clubs in the great State of Texas and will continue to be with the help of all you members. I extend to all of you wishes for a successful and enjoyably term of office and sincere appreciation for your gracious acceptance of your duties."

The 2015-2017 officers of the Center Garden Club are President, Robbie Kerr; 1st Vice-President, Judy Matthews; 2nd Vice-President, Cherry Jones; Recording Secretary, Colleen Hetherington; Corresponding Secretary, Allison Scull; and Treasurer, Jackie Hancock.

Colleen Doggett outgoing president of the club was recognized for her service to the club for the past two years. Club member Rachel Campbell spoke, "I just want to tell Colleen thank you for her contribution to the Center Garden Club for these last two years." Robbie Kerr incoming president said, "As incoming [President] I appreciate everything she has done the past to years for us and now you can breathe a sigh of relief." Doggett was presented with several gifts and a lifetime membership award for District III, TX Garden Clubs.

"The thing I was proudest of was getting the 1st place on my President's Report this year. I've enjoyed it. It's been a lot of work," expressed Doggett to the club.

Texas Garden Clubs Awards recognized at the meeting were:

    Center Garden Club, District III, received Gold Club Rating with 1322 points
    Colleen Doggett was awarded 1st place for the President's Report for the Gold Rating in District III
    Gold Rating - Youth Sculpture Contest
    Gold Rating - Youth Communication Contest
    Gold Rating - Contributions

From left: Linda Bordelon; President, Robbie Kerr; 1st Vice-President, Judy Matthews; 2nd Vice-President, Cherry Jones; Recording Secretary, Colleen Hetherington; Corresponding Secretary, Carolyn Bounds "standing in" for Alison Scull; and Treasurer, Jackie Hancock.



May 29, 2015 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

The next meeting will be June 13, 2015, First United Methodist Church, Center, TX., 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The workshop will feature "Compositing (combining and blending) and the June Critique will be "Architecture". For more information, please contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426,

Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.

First Place, Billie JonesSecond Place, Donna HoltThird Place,  LeaAnn Robertson

May 29, 2015 - The 124th annual Daughters of the Republic of Texas Convention was held in San Antonio on May 14-16 with President General Ellen McCaffrey presiding.

The theme of this year’s gathering was “The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright” and attendees came from El Paso and Amarillo, Texarkana and Brownsville, the piney woods of east Texas to the prairies of west Texas, from the Red River to the Rio Grande River and all points in between.

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter was represented by Nancy Keeling, Elizabeth Pate, Maggie Casto, Gail Sholar, Lavonne Wood, Carol Looney, Fay Eddins, Billie Dawson, Alina Sholar, Cynthia Webster and Barbara McClellan.

Billie Dawson, the outgoing State 3rd Vice-President, was escorted by her grand-daughter and CRT Treasurer General Karlee Booth at the President General’s Reception and opening ceremonies on Thursday evening. Karlee Booth is a member of the JJE Gibson Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas of Center.

Progress on the new Republic of Texas Complex next to the French Legation in Austin was a major topic of interest, as were changes in the management of the Alamo and the DRT Library in San Antonio.

Officers General for the 2015-2017 term were elected and an invitation to the 2016 Convention in Addison was extended.

May 28, 2015 - With busy day-today life you might miss an opportunity to fly your US Flag either a full or half-staff. Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary want to help make sure you never miss a flag holiday or half-staff occasion ever.

If you would like to sign up for our email notification service to receive alerts right to your inbox about a week before contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at or call 598-2976.

Except for federal agencies there is no law or flag police who can make you lower your flag, keep in in good repair, etc., but we hope as fellow Americans everyone will want to show their pride of country and respect. Together Shelby County, Texas can be the proudest place in America.