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September 16, 2019 - The Senior Nutrition Site is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 2pm. Lunch is served at 11:30am each day. We also play games (dominos and cards) and every Wednesday we have Bingo at 10am.

We have an exercise program every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Come and enjoy the fellowship. For Senior Citizens the suggested donation is $3.00. You do not have to be a senior citizen to come and eat with us, we just ask for a $6.00 donation.

We also have a Meals on Wheels Program for people 60 or older that are homebound or need the help. Please call us at 936-598-7768 for this service.

Thank You, Darlene Mitchell, Program Director

Senior Nutrition Site is located at 124 Haley Drive/Loop 500, Center, Texas 75935.

September 11, 2019 - The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was pleased to be able to help the Care Closets that were recently started at CMS and CHS. The group collected toiletry items for both campuses, to provide care to any student in need.

The Care Closets were started at these two campuses to fill a need for CISD students. Basic necessities are not always easy to come by, even for older kids. The Care Closet is a way to meet those needs and to let the students know that the school staff is here to help them however they can. Donations are appreciated! Please contact Ashley Wulf at Center High School, if you would like to donate. She is the Students Needs Liaison and Intervention Coordinator.

September 9, 2019 - The Senior Nutrition Site will be hosting a new program called "Be Well, Live Well: A Program on Healthy Aging." Their first session will be on Monday, September 9th from 10am to 11am that day.

The program will discuss things such as engaging a healthier lifestyle, reducing your risk for disease, learning what nutrients your body needs as you age, creative meal plans and much more! The program will continue each Monday for 5 weeks.

For more information contact Feleshia Thompson at 936-598-7744.

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September 6, 2019 - The Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser Saturday, September 7th, 2019. Breakfast will be from 8:00am - 11:00am. This is an all you can eat breakfast; the price of a donation is priceless to those who are helped.

There will be a variety of breakfast items available such as:

  • Eggs
  • Sausage
  • Grits
  • Hashbrowns
  • Fruit
  • Pancakes
  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Bacon
  • French Toast
  • Apple & Orange Juice

Come out and enjoy some good breakfast. All proceeds go towards feeding senior citizens in Shelby County. 

For more information call (936)-598-7768. Senior Nutrition Site is located at 124 Haley Drive, Loop 500, Center, TX, 75935, across from Panola College.

September 4, 2019 - The Friends of Georgia, a group of traveling friends of Baby Lou Gardner, presented her with a framed collage of photos from past trips together during a meeting on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Baby Lou Gardner expressed her thankfulness for her friends and their travels they have had together. She also expresses her sincere appreciation from the bottom of her heart to her traveling friends for their touching and very thoughtful gift!

The collage included the following words:

"We are so happy you came into our fold, Traveling with "Friends of Georgia" along the road. We love, admire and appreciate you so much; We thought we'd let you know with a small sincere touch!
"These are the blessings we speak in your life, With all sincerity and bundles of love; From the top of your head to the bottom of your soles, May you be showered with glorious blessings from above!
"We wish you peace, happiness and sunshine, With little to no rain and minimal storms in this time! We pray countless loved ones will always surround you Whenever any pain may come or you get in a bind!
"But most of all, our dear Friend, May our Heavenly Father that sits high and above Protect, guide and engulf you with His abundant and endless love!"


Photo by Cecily Gibson and Trinity Moore

September 4, 2019 - The Center High School Culinary Department, Southwest Foods and the local Meals on Wheels program are partnering for the third year to provide weekend meals for senior citizens.

Culinary students Jorge Valdez, Alexa Morales and Andrea Morales have launched this year's program by working with Southwest Food staff to package and freeze un-served food each day after lunch; meals are picked up by Meal-on-Wheels staff at the end of the week.

Recovered, frozen meals are delivered with Friday's lunch and available for weekend consumption to bridge the Saturday-Sunday meal gap for program participants. During the 2018-19 school year, 6,225 meals were recovered and shared through the program!


From left to right: Alexa Morales, Jorge Valdez, and Andrea Morales (Photo by Adam Ramirez)


From left: Wade Howell, Joel Covington, Brandi Gilchrist, Jason Burch, David Hailey, Gary Frame, Corey Hagler, Waylon Griffith, Brent Jacobs, David Andrusick, Adan Lopez, Josh Snider, Rodney Mathews, and Del Birdwell

September 4, 2019 - During the Center Volunteer Fire Department's September 3, 2019 meeting, the firemen were issued new gear which was obtained thanks to a Texas A&M Forest Service Grant - The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

The Center VFD was awarded $15,000 for the purchase of personal protective equipment by the Texas A&M Forest Service. After receiving the award letter in October of 2018, the volunteer firemen chose to use the grant funds to purchase Dual Compliant gear for all the firemen.

Dual Compliant gear can be used for vehicle extrication as well as woods and grass fires. The gear is light weight and cooler for firemen to wear in the Texas heat.

Volunteer Fireman Del Birdwell said, "It's just a lot cooler and a lot more light weight than our normal bunker gear. And it also gets us more life out of our bunker gear."

The firemen's bunker gear is heavier and thicker and designed for structure fires, house fires, and vehicle fires which all can put off an intense amount of heat. The dual compliant gear will help to extend the life of the bunker gear since the dual compliant gear can be worn for all other call outs. Bunker gear also has an expiration or a maximum 10-year service life. The new dual compliant gear does not have a defined service life other than wear and tear as the uniform wears out.

Texas A&M Forest Service announced the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program was retained and continued by the 86th Texas Legislature. Beginning September 1, 2019, the program will continue at an annual grant budget of $17.3 million. The program was established by the 77th Texas Legislature which passed House Bill 2604 in 2001. The program assists volunteer fire departments with the purchase of equipment and training.

During the October 10, 2018 funding meeting for the fiscal year 2019 approximately $11.8 million in grants were awarded to Texas volunteer fire departments. The Center VFD was awarded their grant during the funding meeting along with two other Shelby County volunteer fire departments. The Joaquin VFD received $6,359 for training aids and the Tenaha VFD received $10,000 for training aids.

For more information online about the Texas A&M Forest Service Grant - The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, visit online https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/RuralVFDAssistanceProgram/. To see the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program Funding Summary - FY 19 Meeting #1, click here.

August 30, 2019 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department is selling a limited number of tickets for their annual Raffle Fundraiser which includes a 2019 420 Honda Rancher 4-wheeler 4x4 with trailer. The trailer is donated by L & R Timber and Common Disposal.

The drawing will be held Friday, November 8th at the Shelbyville football game. Only 300 tickets will be sold for $50 each. The raffle also includes chances to win a Taurus 9mm pistol donated by Shelby Savings Bank; a 50" Flat Screen TV; and three (3) drawings for $100 Visa Gift Cards. All together tickets have six chances to win.

The 4-wheeler winner will be responsible for 4-wheeler and trailer tax, title, and license. Gun winner will need to pass a background check.

Contact any Shelbyville Volunteer fireman for tickets and tickets will be for sale at Shelbyville football games played at home. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Shelby County Today office at 202 Field Street in Center.

Be sure to support your local fire department! Funds raised help cover operating expenses of our volunteer fire department.

August 21, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the East Texas Poultry Festival will be October 3-5 on the historic downtown square. One of several preliminary festivities is the Queen's Court Scholarship Pageant.

The reigning East Texas Poultry Festival Queen, Abigail Hooper, will crown her successor on Saturday, September 28th on stage at Center High School. The Queen's Court is comprised of young ladies entering their junior year in a Shelby County high school with a grade point average of 85 or above.

Information packets will be available with the start of school from the pageant School Sponsor on each high school campus. Students should listen for announcements on their own campus.

The East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court program encompasses a month of activities. The committee creates informational events for the candidates and their escorts to participate in to develop their interpersonal skills. The program develops responsibility, etiquette, interview skills, conversation skills and their individual personality in varied settings.

The Queen's Court season is made possible in part by Platinum Sponsor, High Roller Wells, LLC. Gold Sponsors for the Queen’s Court season are Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, Elite Hair Designs and JML Management. 

The 43rd East Texas Poultry Festival is presented by Farmers State Bank. Festival Gold Sponsors are the City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.


From left to right: Head Tennis Coach Leon Dykes, Jesse Teske from Steel Building Supply, Assistant Tennis Coach Beth Nichols, and Center ISD Athletic Director Scott Ponder

August 9, 2019 - The Center High School tennis coaches and athletic director Scott Ponder would like to thank Jesse Teske from Steel Building Supply for the generous donation of material for the shade structure at the high school tennis courts  The shade structure was erected by the Center ISD maintenance department. 

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