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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

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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April 10, 2015 - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Shelby Savings Bank is proud to support! Our Center employees took a group picture in their blue Child Abuse Awareness t-shirts this morning, and some CASA volunteers even stopped by to be in it, too!

April 9, 2015 - The annual "Center Garden Club" Flower Show will have local artists this year. They were invited to present some of their floral paintings for the public to view. Pictured are two of these artists Christine Mahan and Gracie Stockstill. The public is invited.

April 9, 2015 - The Woman's Reading Club met on April 2 at the John C. Rogers Gallery. Mrs. Deborah Chadwick was hostess. Vice-president Janene Walker presided. There were seventeen members present and a special guest visiting from Florida, Mrs. Vickie Anderson Shannon, the daughter of member Mrs. Linda Anderson.

Following the business meeting, Mrs. Barbara Prince, program leader, reviewed Condoleezza Rice's memoir: Extraordinary, Ordinary People, an account of her family heritage and her life prior to serving as the Bush administration's Secretary of State.

Born in Birmingham in 1954, Condoleezza was the daughter of hardworking parents who valued education, family, work, and church. Her parents imparted to her their conviction that one could alter her/his situation through education, and her life has certainly been a validation of their belief. She not only earned a PhD, served as a professor and Provost at Stanford and held high-level government positions, but also authored books, triumphed as a concert pianist, and served on the boards of major corporations, such as Chevron and Transamerica. Her inspirational account is a story of the American Dream realized.

Following the program, Mrs. Chadwick treated members to delicious and beautifully presented refreshments prepared by the culinary students of Center High School.

April 8, 2015 - CASA of Deep East Texas was honored to have the opportunity to speak with members of Center Middle School BETA Club. The students were given an explanation of the role of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers in the lives of foster children. Students had questions about the lives of foster children for Patty Watkins, CASA Volunteer Supervisor, following her presentation.

Mrs. Watkins also thanked the BETA members for their support of CASA of Deep East Texas. Their participation in the Annual 5k Chicken Run and donations of books for all of our county's foster children is appreciated. Sponsors for this group of servant minded youth are Carey Agnew, Holly Burns, Mary Hockenberry, and Cindy Tomlin.

April 8, 2015 - Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #282 and Texas Society Order of the Confederate Rose, Roses of the Attoyac #60, gathered in Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison's office on Monday, April 6, 2015 as she signed a proclamation designating April 2015 as "Confederate History and Heritage Month."

Pictured are (from left): Les Gill and his dog Little T, Jerry Rudd, Brandy Harding, TSOCR Roses of the Attoyac #60 member; Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge; Roger Doyle; and Judy Doyle, TSOCR Roses of the Attoyac #60 member.

April 8, 2015 - The Center Garden Club enjoyed an afternoon of painting on rocks with the Junior Garden Club members at F.L. Moffitt school. They painted various varieties of wild flowers on rocks found from our state of Texas. Thank you Mrs. Wolf for sharing your students. The ladies of Center Garden Club were very amazed of their talents.