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September 30, 2022 - The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band will be performing under the big tent at the East Texas Poultry Festival at 3pm on Saturday, October 8th!

The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band from De Berry, Texas has been called the premier Bluegrass Band in the Ark-La-Tex area playing a Combination of Traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel. The Band has become a favorite of many in the region! Come to the festival and meet Tim Blake - Banjo and Vocals; Bruce Blake - Guitar and Vocals; Nancy Blake - Bass Fiddle; Brit Green - Mandolin and Vocals; and Bernie Grappe - Fiddle, Do-Bro, Guitar and Vocals.

September 29, 2022 - (Photo Album) - The 46th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade, Sponsored by Center Tire Company, was held yesterday Wednesday, September 28th, on the Historic Downtown Center Square. A large number of spectators enjoyed the Queen’s Court candidate floats, civic organization and business entries. Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Ambassador students and the Shelby Chick led the parade.

Doo Dah Parade trophy winners include: First Place, the Children of the Pageant Court; Second Place, Crazy Chicken Ladies; Third Place, McAdams Propane “Little Chicks.”

The Queen’s Court float winners will be announced at the Coronation, this Saturday, October 1st at Center High School Cafetorium at 7pm. Tickets at the door are $5.

Gold Sponsors for the Doo Dah Parade are Ilho Sales and Imports and Professional Title Services.

Farmers State Bank is this year’s East Texas Poultry Festival Presenting Sponsor. The traditional Cutting of the Feathers and Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focused Care of Center, will be held Thursday, October 6th, at 10:00 a.m. on the downtown square. See you there!

September 29, 2022 - Twenty-one years ago, America launched its counterattack against terrorism in Afghanistan and ushered in Operation Enduring Freedom and The Global War on Terror.

To remember the service and sacrifice of Afghanistan Veterans, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a remembrance program and wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center, Monday, October 3, 2022 at 9:00 am. Two veterans from Shelby County, US Army Sergeant Kevin “Casey” Roberts and US Army Specialist Cory Bertrand were both killed in action in 2008.

As always, the public is cordially invited to remember their fellow Americans. Information call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 or email chiefhume95@gmail.com.

September 28, 2022 - The KTBS Community Caravan has been visiting Center all week in the mornings from 5am to 7am. Rick Rowe has been touring the City and highlighting the 46th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival which runs October 6, 7, 8.

The public is invited to join Rick Rowe and the KTBS team on Thursday, September 29th at T&R Steaks and More between 11am and 12:30pm. Dutch treat.

Make sure to watch KTBS, Channel 3 all week long!

Thank you to the City of Center for helping support this visit.

Members of the Center Noon Lions Club received the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab pickup from Ray Jones Chevrolet in Center at the clubs meeting last week. The truck and four cash awards will be given away at the East Texas Poultry Festival in Center Saturday, Oct. 8. Proceeds from the annual fund raiser benefit the many community projects and charities supported by the local civic club. (Buster Bounds photo) Click image to enlarge

September 27, 2022 - The Center Noon Lions Club Danny Foster Memorial Fundraiser is underway. The local civic club’s primary funding project in which a 2022 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab pickup and four cash awards of $250 each are given away is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at the East Texas Poultry Festival in Center.  

Members with the Center Noon lions Club are accepting donations now for the fundraiser drawing. Proceeds will benefit the many community projects and charities supported by the civic club. Donations are $100 per ticket with a limited number of tickets available.

Tickets are available from any Center Noon Lions Club member, at The Light and Champion newspaper office at 137 San Augustine Street in Center, or Campbell Portable Buildings at Southview Circle in Center. The truck is on display at Farm Bureau Insurance on Hurst St. with tickets also available there.

The first ticket drawn October 8 will win the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck and the next four tickets drawn will receive $250 each.
Through their humanitarian efforts from fundraiser donations, the Center Noon Lions Club supports local charities, schools, children's eyeglasses, children with health problems as well as assisting with the building of baseball, softball and soccer fields. 

Details regarding the Center Noon Lions Club annual pickup truck fundraiser and ticket purchases can be obtained by contacting Stephen Gamble, Center Noon Lions Club Project Chairmen at 936-598-4640 or email at stockgam@yahoo.com or Leroy Newman, Center Noon Lions Club President at 936-675-2130 or email at tln4292@gmail.com.

The long running annual fundraiser was named in memory of Center Lions Club member Danny Foster whose dedicated efforts helped make the fundraiser a success.

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.

September 26, 2022 - Not too long ago, anyone wanting to do genealogical research had to visit courthouses, cemeteries, and seek out old family Bibles. While serious researchers still have to resort to those sources occasionally, there is now a wealth of genealogical information available online and in genealogical libraries. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has Family History and Life Centers in cities around the country for this purpose, with one located in Lufkin. Lufkin Family History and Life Center volunteer Delora Silvers Simms shared some valuable information about using the resources there at the September meeting of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society, including the fact that they are free to the public!

FamilySearch is an ancestry database created by the LDS for use by LDS members to research their ancestry, but it is available for use by the general public. Whether accessing FamilySearch for the first time at a Family History Center or working at home, Step One is to visit www.thefhguide.com. There a new user can learn how to use FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast like a pro! There are fun family history activities for families, individuals, youth, or children. You can enjoy research pages for over 65 countries and all 50 U.S. States. You can learn how to get what you need in an instant with Search Bar, Google Translate, Topics, and QUICKLinks. There is an easy-to-use training system for teachers and learners.

On the Home Page you can get started by watching the Overview Video where you can discover what the Family History Guide is all about in two minutes. You can then use the Tour button to take a self-guided tour through the website. UseSEarch to find content quickly and translate for other languages. There are resources for family history for Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and LDS users. In the Vault, you can find links to hundreds of additional articles and videos on family history topics. Tracker allows you to monitor your progress with an online database or editable Word files. With Stars, you can mark all the videos you have watched and articles you have read in the Family History Guide. The Misc. Menu has Help, What's New, Quotes, Events, Contact Us, etc.

Simms shared that to find birth records for 1927 for Sanarate, El Progreso, Guatemala, for example, one would click on Central America on the Family Search records page. Choose the country from the drop-down menu: Guatemala. On the country's collections page, the top part of the page lists collections with indexed records. The bottom part of the page lists image only collections. The Records column indicates the number of records indexed. The camera icons indicate that images are available. Click on the Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008 collection. Click on the option to brows through images. Now you choose the locality beginning from the largest jurisdiction to the smallest. Choose the department El Progreso. Choose the municipality or city: Sanarate. Choose the record type with the year range needed :Nacimientos 1925-1930. Use the tools available for browsing the image collections.

“I read today that 2.1 million Americans do genealogy, making it the second most popular hobby in the United States” Simms said. “Every person deserves to be remembered,” she emphasized. “FamilySearch is the world's largest online family tree, with over 1.2 billion ancestors included.” The Lufkin Family History and Life Center is located inside the LDS Church at 606 Bending Oak. They are open on Tuesdays from 9AM until 1PM. Their phone number is 936-464-4155. 

The Timpson Area Genealogical Society meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The TAGHS library is located within the Timpson Public Library and is open and staffed from 9AM until 5PM weekdays. Telephone 936-254-2966 and ask for the Genealogical Library.

September 24, 2022 - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904, Center, Texas Commander Richard Lundie (center) recently presented Past Post Commander Gene Hutto (left) and Quartermaster Larry Hume (right) with their All State Medallions and distinctive All State white cover for the fiscal year 2021-2022.

Each year a select group of Texas VFW Posts are designated “All State” based on outstanding participation in National and Texas VFW programs as well as membership gains. Gene served as Post Commander from 2015 to 2022 and Larry has served as Quartermaster since 2008.

September 24, 2022 - Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 has partnered with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the citizens of the county have a way to properly dispose of their United States Flags. If you have an unserviceable flag, please bring it to the Sheriff’s Office at 100 Hurst Street in Center and place it in the “Retirement Box” that is located straight ahead as you enter the door. VFW members will then pick up the flags on a weekly basis for burning.

1. FYI: If your flag is simply dirty and still in good condition, it is permissible to hand-wash them with warm water and a mild detergent. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water as some color “run off” onto the white stripes might be experienced.

2. It is also permissible to re-hem torn or frayed ends.

3. If your flag is no longer serviceable and you do not have a ready replacement, it is better to remove it until a new one can be obtained. A flag pole with no flag is much better than one with a flag torn and tattered.

4. Only flags made specifically for exterior use such as nylon should be displayed outdoors.

Larry E. Hume
VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster

September 19, 2022 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society (PWPS) meet this past Saturday and accepted entries in the ETPF Photography Contest.

Billie Jones with the PWPS expressed appreciation to those attending, "I would like to thank everyone that came to the monthly meeting, Saturday, to help accept entries for the East Texas Poultry Festival Photography Contest. Just to let everyone know, I have extended the entry deadline until Saturday, September 24, 2022. If anyone should ask about photo entries, have them contact me."

The September Challenge was "Long Exposure/Light Painting." This challenge made the group really stretch out of their comfort zone, which is always good to try something new. Congrats to everyone who participated in this challenge. A great job done by all.

The Challenge favorites are:

1st Place (Tie) - My Night View by Jan Huffman Carter

1st Place (Tie) - Lake Murvual 2 by Debra Cockrell

2nd Place (Tie) - Lake Sunset by Summer Koltonski

2nd Place (Tie) - Go Slower Maddie by Bobbie J. Wood