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March 17, 2015 - Summer Koltonski, a resident of Shelbyville, is racing Ironman Texas to raise money for the Cathy Fields Memorial Scholarship. Ironman Texas is May 16, 2015 in The Woodlands, TX. This year Ironman Texas is the North American Championship.

The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. She completed the 140.6 mile race last year in 16 hours, 27 minutes, and 36 seconds. This year she’s training harder than ever to beat her time! Her goal is to raise $1,000! You can donate through her Go Fund Me Account or at Farmers State Bank. If you donate through the bank, please let them know it is for Summer’s Ironman Race!

To donate to the Cathy Fields Memorial Scholarship Fund visit: http://www.gofundme.com/summerironman

For more information about her training and racing visit her blog at: http://therusticrunner.blogspot.com

Photo by SC Chamber of Commerce

March 14, 2015 - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, friends, and family gathered at Southern Seasons Thursday, March 12th to welcome and congratulate Shana Brittain, the new owner, at a new member ribbon cutting.

Shana Brittain bought Southern Seasons back in January from Mindy Smotherman who opened the business in 2009. Southern Seasons has been a charming addition to the top of the hill in Shelbyville and Brittain is excited to continue filling Southern Seasons with irresistibles and indulgences.

Brittain announced during the ribbon cutting event she will be adding a full floral shop this summer which keeps with the Southern Seasons tradition of continuing to grow and offer its customers a destination shopping experience with luxury home décor, gifts, garden art, and gourmet foods which includes fresh, rich flavors and superlative quality cheeses, chocolates, mixes, and so much more. She shop also offers wedding shower and house warming selections as well as a wife's registry.

Southern Seasons is located at 5075 Hwy 87 S in Shelbyville and the last day of the Grand Opening Event and Sale is Saturday, March 14th until 2pm. Stop by and enjoy  25% off of all home decor, 50% off all stretch canvas and framed wall art, Gourmet Foods - by one get one half price, and many surprise specials!

Shana Brittain is the wife of Boby Brittain and has two sons, Seth and Jaxon.


March 17, 2015 - Beth Brown, the owner of Center Health & Harmony, and her daughter, Chloe Brown recently attended a week long training in Orlando, Florida. The training was hosted by The Trinity School of Natural Health. Beth and Chloe are now Certified Natural Health Professionals and will be able to do health and wellness consultations for clients.

This week long event consisted of 28 courses during 7 long days. They enjoyed learning so much new and beneficial information as well as meeting and interacting with knowledgeable instructors.

They also made some important contacts and look forward to staying in touch with the new people they met. Some of the coursework included learning about the importance of ph in the body, general health, nutrition, emotions, water, sleep, glandular system, digestive system, respiratory, immune system, herbs, healthy cooking and shopping, skin, nervous system, headaches, energy, weight loss, Biblical perspective of natural health and much more.

Center Health & Harmony is our local health food store located at 811 Nacogdoches Street in Center.

March 17, 2015 - Delbert Beckham of Delbert Beckham's Salvaged Steel Sculpture presented the program on the history of his art with slides of various forms of sculpture to members and guests of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their March 16 meeting.

Ronald Barbee won the art door prize made and donated by Delbert.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon

March 16, 2015 - Larry Rymal, a Joaquin resident, submitted a photo of the River Stage in the Dennis Freeman Memorial River Park at Logansport. The photo shows the Sabine River swelled by all the recent rains which made the River Stage inaccessible.

According to a rain station in Joaquin (Joaquin W5RYM), the Texas side of the river had received 4.88 inches of total rainfall from the 1st of March until the photo was taken Saturday morning, March 14th.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Sabine River at Logansport is at 28.91 feet as of today, March 16th, at 3:45pm. The flood stage for the area is 28 feet.


March 16, 2015 - The Woman's Reading Club met on March 5 in the home of Mrs. Carolyn Bounds. President Donna Holt presided with 18 members present. Following the business meeting, Carolyn reviewed Linda Lear's biography Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature.

Best known as the author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other children's classics, Beatrix, was also an amateur scientist (mycologist and botanist), an artist who celebrated the natural world, a very successful business entrepreneur, and ultimately a farmer and Herdwick sheep breeder who used her literary royalties to acquire over 4,000 acres in the lovely Lake District of northern England.

Reared to believe that one should improve the condition of her fellow man and the natural world and committed to preservation of the land and its culture, Beatrix Potter upon her death in 1943 bequeathed her 4,000 acres, 19 cottages, and her Herdwick sheep herds to the British National Trust so that future generations could know the beauty and sanctity of the natural world that she was privileged to have experienced.

Brilliant, gifted, self-reliant, far-sighted and philanthropic, Beatrix Potter deserves to be recognized as one of the most accomplished women of her era and beyond.

Following her book review, Mrs. Bounds treated members to refreshments, including a "Peter Rabbit cake," the artist creation of Mrs. Mary Ellen Lowe. Everyone found Mrs. Lowe's rendering of Peter Rabbit in the midst of cabbage and carrot garden rows a delight to both the eye and the palate!


March 16, 2015 - Pineywoods Beekeepers Association members Mike and Linda Bordelon who own and operate Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake at Huxley, Texas, explained basic bee facts and bee-loving flowering plants and trees to the San Augustine Garden Club at their March 12 meeting.

Mike Bordelon displays one of his cypress bee hives.

San Augustine Garden Club President Betty Oglesbee and Linda Bordelon display favorite flowers for bees.

March 13, 2015 - The Texas Bucket List will air a St. Patrick's Day special this weekend which will feature the historic Shelby County Courthouse.

Colleen Doggett, Chairperson of the Shelby County Historical Commission, was contacted by Leigh Porterfield with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce saying The Texas Bucket List would be contacting her concerning the courthouse. Doggett said to her surprise, "[Shane McAuliffe] did indeed call me and make an appointment to meet me" and to tour the heart of Shelby County - its historic courthouse.

"I love our Courthouse and they were just blown away with the beauty of it. They loved the story which I hope airs on the TV about the judge's escape hatch" explained Doggett.

With McAuliffe she spoke about the stories told in articles and history books concerning the escape hatch under the judges bench but she preferred the version told by Joe Lewis Jones, long time caretaker and historian of the courthouse.

Doggett relayed his version saying, "The story Joe Lewis Jones told me when he and I were talking was that in that day, when the courthouse was built it was in 1885 and it was only 40 or 35 years after the close of the Regulator-Moderator war, and so there had been numerous incidents of people coming into court with their guns and people being shot coming out of a church meeting during that war." With the mind set of troubled times in people's memory, the escape hatch was designed to be a quick get-a-way for the judge.

Now why was the historic courthouse selected to be a part of The Texas Bucket List? According to The Texas Bucket List Facebook page, its because of the courthouse's Irish style. Their Facebook post posted Thursday, March 12th along with a photo of the courthouse was - This weekend on The Texas Bucket List St. Patrick's Day special, we head to Center, Texas to visit the Shelby County Courthouse. This amazing structure was built in 1885 by an Irishman from Dublin!

The architect, J. J. E. Gibson of Ireland, designed the courthouse which is now the only remaining Irish castle style courthouse in the United States.

If you are able to watch The Texas Bucket List to see Shelby County's Historic Courthouse and Colleen Doggett giving McAuliffe and Texas a tour of it, click here to see a Texas TV Stations list of show schedule. For those unable to see, we will just have to wait and hope it will be a video available online after the show airs.

Keaton Bush (seen above with family), Timpson FFA, had the Grand Champion Steer in the Shelby County Livestock Show Steer division.

March 8, 2015 - (More photos - Album1, Album2, Album3) The Shelby County Livestock Sale raised over  $66,950 for FFA and 4-H exhibitors Saturday night, March 7, 2015 at the John D. Windham Civic Center. The show was held Friday night, March 6th at the Expo Center. More details of the sale including buyers will be updated Monday.

Grand Champion Steer shown by Keaton Bush, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $4,500
Grand Champion Swine shown by Madison McMillan,    Center FFA, auctioned for $1,800
Grand Champion Goat shown by Wesley Wages, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,750
Grand Champion Lamb shown by Kayleigh Scroggins, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,750

Reserve Grand Steer shown by Ethan Wood, Joaquin FFA, auctioned for $13,000
Reserve Grand Swine shown by Lance Holloway, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,700
Reserve Grand Goat shown by Ally Kimbro, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,250
Reserve Grand Lamb shown by Josie Green, Joaquin FFA, auctioned for $1,600

3rd Place Steer shown by Megan Dunn, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,300
3rd Place Swine shown by Taylor Gutermuth, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,600
3rd Place Goat shown by Baylor Kimbro, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,300
3rd Place Lamb shown by Hajeo Caporali, Center FFA, auctioned for $1,200

4th Place Steer shown by Clarissa Menefee, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,600
4th Place Swine shown by Seth Shamblin, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,500
4th Place Goat shown by April Ramsey, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,200
4th Place Lamb shown by Jairo Blanco, Joaquin FFA, auctioned for $1,500

5th Place Steer shown by Christopher Dunn, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,400
5th Place Swine shown by Hunter McSwain, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,500
5th Place Goat shown by Triston Smith, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,400
5th Place Lamb shown by Caden Solomon, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,200

6th Place Steer shown by Blake Griffin, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,600
6th Place Swine shown by Lila Smith, Joaquin FFA, auctioned for $1,300
6th Place Goat shown by Carsen Vickers, Joaquin 4-H, auctioned for $1,400
6th Place Lamb shown by Hannah Jamison, Shelbyville 4-H, auctioned for $2,200

7th Place Steer shown by Trey Harvey, Joaquin FFA, auctioned for $7,000
7th Place Swine shown by Hope Milford, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $2,100
7th Place Goat shown by Emmy Sigler, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,300
7th Place Lamb shown by Sheldon Scroggins, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,200

8th Place Swine shown by Colton Gutermuth, Center 4-H, auctioned for $1,600
8th Place Goat shown by Collin Vickers, Joaquin 4-H, auctioned for $1,800
8th Place Lamb shown by Kallie Solomon, Timpson FFA, auctioned for $1,400

Grand Champion Rabbit shown by Trevor Hightower, Center 4-H
Reserve Grand Champion Rabbit shown by Dalton Alexander, Center FFA
3rd Place Rabbit shown by Abbie Muckelroy, Center FFA
4th Place Rabbit shown by Ariel Patterson, Tenaha FFA
5th Place Rabbit shown by Michelle Gomez, Center 4-H
6th Place Rabbit shown by Dominque Bauer, Center FFA
7th Place Rabbit shown by Holly Linebarger, Tenaha FFA

Trey Harvey, Joaquin FFA, was seventh in the sale and had one of the highest selling steers at $7,000.Ethan Wood, Joaquin FFA, had the Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the show which was the top selling at $13,000.

March 6, 2015 - Rachel Grant, a junior at Longview High School, performed with the TMEA All-State Band in San Antonio, Sturday, February 14,
2015, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. She was chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels.

High School students selected to perform in the All-State concerts competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2014 to arrive at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Those selected were less than 3 percent of the over 30,000 bands students from around the state who vied for this honor to perform in one of three bands and two ensembles.

Texas Music Educators Association sponors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges swho rank each instrument. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advance from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest ranking musicians judged at TMEA Area compition qualify to perform in the TMEA All-State music group.

Rachel is the daughter of Doice and Beth Grant of Longveiw and the granddaughter of Alice Pate of Center and Neil and Jackie Grant of the Arcadia community.