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April 2, 2015 - Sabine State Bank would like to welcome Tara Permenter to their organization. Tara is a Shelby County native with extensive experience in mortgage lending. Permenter began her banking career in 1996 in Joaquin, Texas. Tara continued on her career path in mortgage lending with a move to Center, Texas in October of 2003.

"We are extremely excited to have Tara become part of our team here at Sabine State Bank. It isn't every day that an institution can find someone that has the experience level and work ethic that she possesses. Experience is an invaluable asset in our industry. Lenders need to have the ability to make the customer feel confident and comfortable that they have chosen the best bank for their needs and I believe Tara has that ability. The future of Sabine State Bank and mortgage lending is bright, I, as well as the entire staff here at Sabine, am very enthusiastic about what is to come with her addition to our team.” said Steve Waters, Regional Manager and Senior VP for Sabine State Bank.

When asked about her career in mortgage lending Tara had this to say, "My mom has been in the banking industry all of my life and I knew early on that being in that environment was something I wanted to do; I just didn't know which area or where to put my focus. I found out right after I attended my very first mortgage loan closing that helping people realize their dream of owning a home or land was where I wanted to be. To me it means a lot to know that I was able to play an important role in helping someone achieve one of the most important purchases they will ever make in their lifetime; that's huge. I, along with Sabine State Bank, am looking forward to helping customers in Shelby, Sabine, San Augustine, Panola counties and the surrounding areas achieve their real estate ownership goals.”

Tara and husband, Cody have three children Collin, Carsen and Hadley. Tara enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

Sabine State Bank has been serving its customers since 1901; assisting individuals, small & mid-size businesses, municipal and political subdivisions with over 45 locations in Central Louisiana & East Texas, Sabine State Bank is one of the largest state-charted banks in Louisiana with assets exceeding $700 million. Sabine State Bank is dedicated to the areas in which it serves and is committed to supporting local communities.


April 2, 2015 - Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2015, four students from Wittmann Music Studio entertained members of the East Texas alumni chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity at their meeting, held in Center.

For the music, the young ladies performed both piano and vocal selections.

Pictured with their teacher, Janette Wittmann, are Celeste Gibson, Laura Anne Scull, Sarah Scull and Cecily Gibson.

Back row: Janette Wittmann:Front Row (L to R) Celeste Gibson, Laura Ann Scull, Sarah Scull and Cecily Gibson

VFW Post 8904 members, Ladies Auxiliary and additional veterans are seen above in attendace of the ceremony Tuesday. Those present are as follows (from left): Auxiliary member Becky Maidic; Leslie Gill and his dog "Little T"; Auxiliary Chaplain Mary Fausett; United States Marine Veteran Paul Risinger; Auxiliary Sr. Vice Sandy Risinger; Gene Hutto, Post Chaplain; Charles Kreisel, Post JA; Steve Reeff, US Air Force Retired Chief Master Sergeant; Larry Hume, Quartermaster; Sean Martin, Post Member/Somali Veteran; Jason Sanford, Iraq Veteran; Mike Langford, Post Commander.

Pictured above are Somalia Veterans (from left) Sean Martin, Steve Reeff and Mike LangfordApril 1, 2015 - VFW Post 8904 Members and the Ladies Auxiliary were present on the Center square Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in honor of those who served in Somalia. The program was presented by Larry Hume, Quartermaster and opening prayer was led by Gene Hutto, Chaplain.

Following the introduction, Hume introduced Steve Reeff, "Today we're honored to have Steve Reeff of Belleville, Illinois who is up here visiting Mike [Langford] and actually served in Somalia. He's an Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Retired," said Hume.

Reeff commenced to placing the wreath and this was followd by Taps as presented by Mike Langford, Post Commander.


March 30, 2015 - Two travelers from Idaho have arrived in Shelby County and are in search of some family history. Harold and Linda Craft of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho stopped by Shelby County Today in search of information about Mattie Mitchell and any other people in the area who may have been ancestors by the names of McGee, Mitchell and English.

To Craft's knowledge Mattie Mitchell, who was his great-aunt, wrote newspaper articles and was on the radio as well with "The Ag Report." Craft also recalls Mitchell wrote a story once about William English.

During their visit to Center, Mr. Craft shared he had to get a photograph of himself by the historical marker in front of the historic Shelby County Courthouse as his third grandfather was William English.

English was a resident of Shelbyville, and amongst several other noted historical events, was a participant in the Fredonian Rebellion. When this insurrection was unsuccessful against the Mexican government, he fled with his family to Natchitoches, La., where he stayed for about a year before returning to Texas. The Crafts plan to visit San Jacinto while they are in Texas.

"What I found out is he set on the convention of 1832 and 1833 and he fought at the San Jacinto battlefield," said Craft.

While the Craft's are in the area, they are seeking any information on ancestors and can be reached by email at craft5125@roadrunner.com



March 30, 2015 - Local beekeepers Mike and Linda Bordelon, members of the Pineywoods Beekeepers Association, explained basic equipment for beekeepers, bee facts, and plants, flowers, and trees that bees love at the San Augustine Gala Garden Fair on March 28th which was hosted by the San Augustine Garden Club.

March 27, 2015 - Center Garden Club shared planting ideas with local students Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Center Elementary Campus. Students enjoyed a hands-on program on the art of preparing the soil and other planting information. A good time was enjoyed by all!

The Center Garden Club promotes the love of gardening to the young several times through out the year. Members visit with students for Harbor Day and will have Junior Garden Club members and other youth participate in their upcoming Flower Show "Nature's Gallery" on Friday, April 17, 2015 starting at noon until 4pm at the Community House on San Augustine Street. Admission is free.

March 17, 2015 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met Monday, March 16, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. Joe Anderson brought the meeting to order by calling on Johnnie Gray to have the opening prayer. Harold Hanson led us as we sang “All Hail the Power of Jesus name” and “I am Thine O LORD.” Alice West played the piano as we sang.

Our visitors were Ron and Sandy Agner and Ron and Rebecca Barbee who were with Mike and Linda Bordelon. Eunice Kenney was at the meeting because she is visiting with Walter and Ellen Manning. Those who had a birthday this month were Linda Anderson, Frances Chance and Eunice Kenney. We sang Happy Birthday to them. Blanch Haley has her 70 wedding anniversary this month. We sang happy Anniversary for her. Robert Tyer asked the blessing on the food and everyone enjoyed our meal together.

Linda Anderson, Program Chair, announced the program which was by Delbert Beckham about his works of metal art. He told us how he started doing metal art and then we saw pictures of some of his masterpieces on screen. Most interesting of all was how he gets his inspiration for a piece and how the Lord guides him through the process of making a work of art. He can make a piece of scrap metal come to life. He had an object called “Bright Eyes” to give as a door prize and Ron Barbee won it.

Minutes of the last meeting were read. Betty Green gave a good treasures report. Melba Colman gave her report and made arrangements for someone to fill her place while she is away. Joe Anderson thanked the Kitchen Staff and showed appreciation for the fresh Flowers on each table.

We heard reports of those who are not well. Then Harold Hanson led the closing prayer.

Submitted by Ellen Manning

March 27, 2015 - With spring just around the corner, Center Garden Club members added new flowers and plants to our existing beds at the Community House. The preparation is for our upcoming Flower Show on April 17th. Spring is always an exciting time for all gardeners and flower lovers. Looking forward to seeing you at our 49th. "Flower Show". Member's present were Judy Matthews, Carolyn Bounds, Cherry Jones, & Jackie Hancock.

March 26, 2015 - The 2014-2015 PYRA (Pineywoods Youth Rodeo Association) Finals were held in Marshall, TX, February 28 & March 1, 2015. Abi DePriest competed throughout the season (August-March) in barrel racing, straight-away barrels, pole bending, and goat tying.

Abi won the 7-9 Girls All-Around for the year, first place in the straight-away barrels for the year, Reserve Champion in the pole bending for the year, third place in the barrel racing for the year, and was the average winner in the barrel racing for the weekend of the finals.

Abi DePriest is daughter of David & Colette DePriest, granddaughter of Roland & Dianne Cross all of Tenaha, and Joe & Edna DePriest of Clarksville, TX.

March 25, 2015 - VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary Members are (from left) Les Gill and his dog "Little T", Quartermaster Larry Hume, Aux Chaplain Mary Fausett, Aux Sr. Vice Sandy Risinger, Aux. President Becky Yates, Post JA Charles Kreisel, Aux. member Becky Maidic, post member Bill Gray and USMC Veteran Paul Risinger.

VFW Auxiliary Sr. Vice Sandy Risinger places the memorial wreath.On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 Veterans and citizens gathered at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the historic Shelby County Courthouse to remember those who served in the humanitarian effort in Kosovo in 1999. A wreath was laid and Taps sounded for those who served and have since passed.

Sixteen years ago on March 24, 1999 NATO launched an air campaign called “Operation Allied Force” to halt the humanitarian devastation that was then unfolding in Kosovo. The decision to intervene followed more than a year of fighting within the province and the failure of international efforts to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means. NATO announced the suspension of the air campaign on 10 June, 1999 once it had concluded a military technical agreement with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

NATO casualties were light and the alliance suffered no fatalities as a result of combat operations. Two American army helicopter pilots, CWO David Gibbs and Kevin l. Reichert died when their AH-64 helicopter crashed in the early hours of May 5, 1999. The crash was not due to enemy fire but two of America’s finest died that day serving their country.