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January 23, 2023 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their first monthly meeting of 2023 this past Saturday, January 21st. The new year was kickstarted by the "Photographer"s Choice" Challenge with 22 photo submissions by club members for critique and favorite voting. What a great way to start the new year!

The PWPS holds a regular meeting the third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Cora St., Center, Texas. There is a workshop presented and a members challenge each month. There are memberships available, but visitors are always welcome to attend and check things out.

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is 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 Featuring programs and activities with information instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

To learn more about the PWPS check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto or you may view all of the challenge photos on our flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/

January Challenge - Photographer's Choice

1st Place Favorite: "Why the Cow Jumped Over the Moon" by Bobbie J Wood

2nd Place Favorite: "Floating Leaf" by Summer Koltonski

3rd Place Favorite (Tie): "Early Morning on the Lake" by Janice Carter

3rd Place Favorite (Tie): "Sunset" by Starla Fischer

January 18, 2023 - Maisyn Moore, 11th grade student at Joaquin HS was our VFW Post 8904 co-winner in this year’s Voice of Democracy contest.

Maisyn went on to win First Place at the District 19 level competition and on Saturday, January 14, 2023 she and her mother Courtney attended the district winter meeting at Lufkin VFW Post 1836. There Maisyn recited her award winning essay and was presented with an engraved plaque and check for $500.

She also won a $1,500 scholarship from the Department of Texas VFW. VFW Post 8904 is so very proud of her.

September 26, 2022 - The Shelby County Veterans Office is pleased to announce its new office location. The office is now located in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office building, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas 75935.

Office hours are as follows:

  • Monday and Tuesday 8:30-3:00pm: Walk-in (no appointment necessary)
  • Wednesday 8:30am-3:00pm: appointments are recommended as this is when visits are made to homebound or nursing home Veterans
  • Thursday and Friday 8:30am-2:00pm: Claims only (appointments are necessary)

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (936) 598-6530.

January 2, 2023 - Organized 37 years ago, an annual Center cookie exchange group met on December 11, 2022 to share their recipes, to sample one another’s cookies, and to take home eleven packages of holiday cookies to share with family and friends. Two of the founding members are still participating: Joann Alexander and Carolyn Bounds. Members were grateful to Anna Stuever for creating the 2022 recipe book. Hostess Carolyn Bounds welcomed members that evening and paid tribute to former members and to the younger generation who are now a part of this long tradition.

From left: Robbie Kerr and Lisa Albers

January 2, 2023 - Center Garden Club held its December luncheon meeting at the Center Country Club during which treasurer Robbie Kerr presented Lisa Albers,  a member of Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary, with a donation to Operation Blue Santa.

The club also celebrated club member Janette Wittmann’s very special birthday with a delicious cake, glowing candles, and many warm wishes.

Janette Wittmann

January 2, 2023 - Despite rain, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors attended a new member ribbon cutting for Catherine’s Benefit and Resale Shop on Monday, December 19, 2022.

Deborah Chadwick, Chamber of Commerce President, introduced Catherine Livingston, owner of Catherine’s Benefits and Resale. Livingston thanked everyone for attending the ribbon cutting on a horribly cold and rainy day. The resale shop, with the help of volunteers and donations, holds sales and benefits to help area families with medical expenses.

Refreshments were available for those attending to enjoy.

Catherine’s Benefits and Resale is located at 708 Southview Circle. Hours are 10am until 4pm. Earlier and later hours by appointment. Contact Catherine at 936-332-0060.

December 28, 2022 - Now is the perfect time to start a new tradition! Start or update an inventory of your home!

Christmas time can bring lots of new items into our homes which unfortunately also brings an increase in burglaries and thefts.

ReportIt is a free online tool available to Shelby County citizens. ReportIt lets you securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss. ReportIt is a Citizen Property Inventory System powered by LeadsOnline (reportit.leadsonline.com) and is an invaluable tool to the general public and law enforcement. 

Knowing what you own is the difference between recovering and not recovering stolen property and the outcome depends greatly on the information provided by the homeowner.

Home inventories are often times general and non descriptive. It is important to provide as much information about items as possible including makes and models, serial numbers, detailed physical description, and photographs of the items.

The ReportIt system is secure and only accessible by the person who sets up the account. Law enforcement agencies do not have access to your account, only you do. If you have items stolen, you can log into your account select the items which were stolen and then generate a report to give to law enforcement. The system is also valuable in the event of any kind of loss which has to be filed with an insurance company such as fire.

According to LeadsOnline, it is the nation's largest online investigative system used by thousands of law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department encourages all residents to use this free online system that will help keep track of valuable and invaluable personal property.

As you buy it; inventory it!

Volunteers from CHS Spanish Club and JCC members. Photos submitted by Marquita Garrett.

December 27, 2022 - The Pineywoods Outreach Center would like to say 'thank you' to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for their donations, time, and heart of sharing with children and families in need within Shelby County through the Christmas Around the World Community Party. We would also like to give a special thank you to the Center High School Spanish Club and Junior Chamber of Commerce members for their participation and willingness to help wherever needed.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To view a photo album from the event, click here.

From left: Dillion Swain, Nathan Phelps, and Jesse Maynard

December 27, 2022 - Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 announces Dillon Swain to be the gun raffle winner. Jesse Maynard, lodge secretary, presented Swain with his prize inside Bob's Pawn and Gun Shop with Nathan Phelps, owner. All proceeds go to the Lodge's Scholarship Fund.

From left: Jesse Maynard and Johnica Raines Lowery

Winner of Nacogdoches Chapter #418 Order of the Eastern Star (OES) raffle was Johnica Raines Lowery. Jesse Maynard, Associate Patron, presented Lowery with her new gun.

December 26, 2022 - The 100th Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Celebration & Awards, presented by Farmers State Bank, will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2023. We will celebrate and recognize the achievements of 2022 and welcome a new year.  

The highlight of  the Celebration is our Awards presentations the Farm Family of the Year award, Young Citizen of  the Year award and the Distinguished Service Award.    

Nominations are being solicited from residents of Shelby County for the Young Citizen of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. The Young Citizen of the Year was established in 1966 to recognize and encourage the young people in the area involved in community service. To be eligible, the nominee must be at least 18 up to 39 years of age, a resident of Shelby County during at least six months of the year for which the award is given, and not a previous recipient.

The Distinguished Service award is presented to an individual who has shown faithful and outstanding service to the community over a number of years. The selection criteria process for these awards include personal involvement that enriches the general welfare of our communities, participation in a wide variety of community activities, specific contributions to some area of the community, leadership, personal or business progress, ability to cooperate with individuals, civic, religious or social organizations. Candidates must be considered to be of integrity, sound character and generally well respected.

Nomination forms are available on our website and at the Chamber offices. Written nominations including additional letters of support regarding the qualifications of the nominee should be sent to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935 by Friday, December 30, 2022.