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City of Center and Drewery Construction workers have been making repairs on Monday, December 29, 2014 to the end of Riggs Street at the intersection with Shelbyville Street and separately to the end of Runnels Street at the intersection with Austin Street just off the Center square.

Chad Nehring, City Manager, explained the work is being done in these areas on valley gutters where rainwater historically has ponded since TxDOT did some work on these streets. The workers are attempted to remedy this ponding situation and are planning to pour concrete tomorrow on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

Riggs Street will remain closed until sometime Tuesday, December 30, 2014 for gas line work before reopening. The street is expected to also be closed for several days on the following week.

On Thursday, December 18th, Shelby Savings Bank had their annual Christmas Open House from 9am to 3pm. Catered refreshments, punch, and hot cider were served. Guests were invited to take home a Texas calendar and a Shelby Savings Bank anniversary coffee mug with a hot chocolate packet inside.

There was also a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card with six chances to win. Shelby Savings Bank would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Two officers were given the opportunity to spread the spirit of Christmas this holiday season thanks to a $1,000 donation from an anonymous business man in Center on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Sgt Duane Gordon said, "A local business man came by the Center Police Department and approached the Chief of Police (Jim Albers) in regarding to a 'Secret Santa' program at which time he gave the Center Police Department $1,000 to be distributed throughout the city to city and county residents in the spirit of Christmas."

According to Sgt Gordon, the anonymous donor said they were inspired by recent stories in the news such as layaway angels and wanted to bring the Christmas spirit of giving unconditionally to Center.

Sgt Gordon and Sgt Scotty Burkhalter took to the streets of Center randomly selecting unsuspecting shoppers and travelers to give them $100. Sgt Gordon pulled several vehicles over as they were pulling into various parking lots and presented them with a gift from Secret Santa.

Sgt Burkhalter went inside Brookshire Brothers and Walmart where shoppers were steadily passing by. He would approach the shopper as they were checking out and would let them know that Secret Santa was going to buy their groceries.

Those receiving the $100 gifts were extremely grateful. Some were quiet and a little shocked to say the least, others responded with great big hugs, some shed a few tears, but all felt the Christmas spirit around them. Thank you Secret Santa.

Special thanks to Chief Albers for allowing his officers to help Secret Santa deliver Christmas joy.

Merry Christmas to all!

Ace Hardware of East Texas is proud to announce the winner of their Christmas Husqvarna Blower giveaway:

  • Ray Barbee

Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and signed-up. Ace “Downtown” still has sales going on PLUS they’ll be having Christmas clearance items soon. See the website for current sales at Follow them on Facebook at


Family, friends and fellow veterans

On Saturday, December 6th, 2014 Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary joined family and friends at the home of Mr. Glenn Prince to dedicate a new flag pole that the post had installed.

Mr. Prince just celebrated his 93rd birthday and is one of two known Pearl Harbor Survivors living in Shelby County. He served with the US Navy throughout World War II.

Thanks to Joaquin HS for providing two drummers for the ceremony.

Flag photo: Mr. Glenn Prince with daughter Helen, wife Maurine, Post Quartermaster Larry Hume and Post Chaplain Gene Hutto.

Mr. Glenn Prince and daughter Helen King with dedication certificate.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the Winners of the 15th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade which was held on Saturday, December 6. The theme for the parade was “Christmas at the North Pole”.

Winners by Category are:

$100 -- 1st Place – Miss Shelby County Pre-Teen Kadence Polley
$50 -- 2nd Place – Mr. Happy Holiday Contestant Braxton Harkness
$25 -- 3rd – Rihana Lane

$100 -- 1st Place – Center Christian Academy
$50 -- 2nd Place – Shelbyville High School Junior Chamber
$25 -- 3rd Place – Center High School Chaparrals

$100 -- 1st Place: St. Therese Catholic Church
$50 -- 2nd Place: Antioch Baptist Church
$25 -- 3rd Place: Lone Star Baptist Church Youth

$100 -- 1st Place – Huxley Bay Marina
$50 -- 2nd Place – Joey Ross Towing

$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
$50 -- 2nd Place – Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
$25 -- 3rd Place – East Texas Disciples Motorcycle Club

BEST OF SHOW: Center Christian Academy

October 27, 2014 - An area on County Road 2020 in Shelby County has been a large dumping site for some time now. Recently, according to Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell, he promised to clean up the area and on Thursday, October 23, 2014 the project was completed.

Judge Campbell commented on the seriousness of the dumping site, "I don't want people dumping on our county roads like they did here. It was bad, I mean it was the worst one I've ever seen."

As of Monday, October 27, 2014 the area remained clear with no new trash added to the area and a fence has been erected along the property line.

The Shelby County Commissioners provide dumpsters at the county barns in their area. For further information on their locations contact the Shelby County Commissioners Office at 936-598-6136.

The dumpster schedule for each area is as follows: Precinct 1 dumpster is available from 7am to 1pm the first weekend of every month. Precincts 2 and 3 have their dumpsters available during the week and during business hours, yet they are closed on the weekends. Precinct 5 has their dumpster available every other month making their next available day December 6. The schedule for Precinct 4 is not as regular and it is advised contact is made to learn of upcoming dates.

The Tenaha Beautification and Events Committee would like to thank the following
businesses and individuals donating toward our Festival Along The Tracks, Sept. 13, 2014. Without your support and help, our dream for future beautification projects would not be possible.


Scull Timber Co., Inc. (sponsored the Apple Cook-Off), Tenaha Businessmen’s Club
(sponsored the Treasure Hunt), 1st National Bank of Hugh Springs (Tenaha Branch), Fannie Watson, Farmers State Bank, Shelby Savings Bank (2 baskets by Hughes Florist), Center Livestock Auction Co., Inc., Julie & Wade Tatom, Tommy Rinkle, Basic Energy & Claudine & Al Howard for the porta potties.

We also want to recognize the following people for adopting flower pots on the square in Tenaha: Pat Bowden, Joy White, Jan Dial, Cindy Haltom & Elaine Peddy, and the City of Tenaha.

L to R - Carolyn Hooker, Nora Robinson, Maggie Bowden, Sue Carter, and President Fannie Watson

It was a beautiful Saturday morning when 5 of Delta Kappa Gamma members left for the Area 1 workshop in Frankston. Upon arrival, they were greeted by old friends that they had not seen for a while. The group enjoyed looking around at the Frankston Elementary campus and the principal was scurrying around assuring all was prepared for their adventure that day.

A variety of fruit, breakfast casseroles and other treats were spread out for Area 1 attendees' dining pleasure in the cafeteria. It was decorated with small gardening bags and pots of miniature roses honoring the Delta Kappa Gamma flower. Throughout the rooms that were used were framed inspirational quotes. All these decorations were given away as door prizes at the end of the day so that everyone went home with a special memory of the day.

Area 1 Coordinator, Belinda Lowrance gave an inspirational speech and mentioned all the chapters winning honors this past year. Of course Delta Gamma was recognized for most of the awards. Andi Kirby gave greetings from Alpha state. Center's own, Carolyn Hooker, helped with the opening ceremony by singing the Star-Spangled Banner.

The morning was divided into 4 sections with Delta Kappa Gamma President Fannie Watson attending the Presidents group and the others attending other sections to glean information for the upcoming year. Instead of sections for each committee or job, many subjects were combined into each section, just as many of the members hold down more than one job or committee so no one missed important information. There were 5-6 speakers in each section on a rotating basis so all were given information quickly and efficiently, many using tri- fold sheets to give updates and important cues. Technology reminded us that all forms are on the international or state websites which are a wealth of information. Overall, it was a very informative, yet, refreshing day to help Delta Kappa Gamma have a great year in their meetings.