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May 22, 2020 - On Wednesday, May 20th, the foster children from Shelby County lost one of their best friends and advocates, Carolyn Hooker Scull.

Carolyn was the longest serving member of the Shelby County Child Welfare Board with over thirty years of commitment to children. During this time, she was able to assist Shelby County foster children and other children in need. She participated in the annual Empty Stocking and Emergency Fund fundraiser each year in December. Carolyn arrived with a large crockpot of soup and could be seen at Wal-Mart’s door with a stocking helping children collect funds.

During her tenure on the Shelby County Child Welfare Board, the number of children in need increased from an average of nine up to sixty-five children on the roll. Carolyn was there every step of the way making sure each child’s needs were met. Each Board member has lost a personal friend.

May 22, 2020 - To honor Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Fold3® is proud to offer free access* to everything on — now through Monday.

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May 19, 2020 - Each year the month of May is typically filled with Senior celebrations as graduates near the end of their high school or college journey.

A journey filled with countless hours of studying, worrying, stressing, working, pushing yourself beyond what you thought you could do and filled with moments ending with relief, joy of finishing and achieving, winning, and more.

Parents have helped their graduate with encouragement, support, tough love, late night trips for supplies for those last minute projects, countless hours on the road to cheer them on, prayers for help, prayers for safety...

This May, social distancing had made it more difficult to celebrate your senior and their accomplishments. If you have a graduate, whether high school or college, Shelby County Today invites you to send in an accolade recognizing them. All graduates have achieved a great accomplishment whether they are first in their class or the last in their class. Each of their journeys differ and personal achievement cannot always be measured against another. Shelby County Today would be honored to run an article about each and every graduate who has worked hard to earn that diploma by not giving up when they felt defeated and by pushing themselves harder to reached the goals with which they had challenged themselves. Congratulations Class of 2020!

For Shelby County graduates or graduates with a connection to Shelby County, email your graduate's congratulation to or If you need another option for submitting an article, call 936-591-9334 for additional options. Announcements submitted can include a photo, the student's academic and/or sport achievements, community involvement, or just a shout out for making it through. Let's celebrate our Graduates!

May 18, 2020 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their online monthly challenge on Macro photography, "Itsy-Bitsy." Members who submitted photographs created some really spectacular photographs this month. I can see that there was a lot of work put into these pics this month. Participants really showed a lot of creativity with their entries.

The next club meeting will be the 3rd Saturday in June, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 211 Porter St., Center, TX. To learn more about meetings, call or text Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426. To view ALL the challenge entries view PWPS Flickr page, Piney Woods Photographic Society and enjoy some great photos.

After the members voted for their favorites, here is the outcome:

1st Place (Tie) - Bobbie Jean Wood, "Sound of Silence"

1st Place (Tie) - Summer Koltonski "Dreamy Day Lilly"

2nd Place -  Billie Haggard Jones, "All About Time" and

3rd Place - Donna Holt, "Tip Toe Through The Tulips"

May 18, 2020 - Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th, 2020. United States Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon. All banks, schools, businesses and government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice. All other flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered.

If you fly a flag that can’t be lowered, you can still show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole. It too should be removed at noon.

If you have no one to lower your flag at sunrise, it is permissible to lower it the night before so it will be in place at sunrise.

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May 15, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of May 18 – May 22 with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center. Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, May 22 from 10-2 in order to help clients. The senior citizens that are currently being served through our senior programs have received extra meals that will cover them through the next 2 weeks. They will also receive calls to confirm that they are safe, and all is going well.

If you are scheduled to receive an emergency food box during this week, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, May 22nd to receive it between the hours of 10-2. Our lobby is closed to the public. Food Boxes are distributed by Drive-Thru ONLY. Please be prepared to open your trunk of the car and stay in your vehicle. Keep windows rolled up and show ID through the glass. For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.  Thank you.  

May 14, 2020 - I would like to offer my Congratulations to the graduating classes of 2020. The lessons that you have learned along this path will be invaluable in the future.

This crisis of 2020 has put a spotlight on the fact that ‘life is not always fair.’ You have waited and worked for 13 years to walk across a stage and receive your diploma in front of your family and friends, that has been taken from you in some degree or another and for this fact my heart hurts for you. But it is also a great stepping stone to learn to overcome adversity and disappointment, let these types of life lessons strengthen you and make you a stronger more compassionate person.

I challenge you to set goals along your life’s journey and I dare you to accomplish them. Surround yourself with positive people and strive to bring kindness and civility into the world. I BELIEVE IN YOU!!

Congratulations again, and let your light shine for all to see!

May 11, 2020 - Women who are mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, adopted mothers, you all deserve to be honored for Mothers Day. Articles have been written for the ones I paid tribute to this week, and now my comforting words go out to everyone of the Mothers in the community. Please continue to be the mother to care for your children and provide service to the community and churches. May your life be prosperous and healthy for many years in the future.

May 9, 2020 - Kathy Mosby, a graduate of Daniels High School in the early 60s, is an ambitious lady. She moved to Houston and worked at one of the oil and gas companies. After retirement, she became a fashion consultant and held many fashion shows for organizations as well as owned a boutique for women. Wanting to serve her community in her own caring ways, she opened her first senior assisted living home, which has now grown into several homes today. Kathy, known by hometown people as Sue Ann Eaden, has been a caring person as well as mother and grandmother. She has one daughter, Rhonda Page, who also has the same caring mindset. Rhonda decided to help her mother with the business as the number of senior assisted living homes increased. They both are very friendly and care for their family members in the best way they can. Kathy loves to cook and invite people to her home for any occasion - birthdays, holidays, come look at clothes to buy and eat good food - and the people show up. Kathy cares for her clients and takes them on trips, hosts holiday events for her clients and their families, and still participates in many of the organizations in which she belongs. She keeps her Eaden family together by hosting and helping at family reunions. Kathy has received many awards and honors from organizations. I am proud of Rhonda who has chosen to help her mother and be a good mother herself to her children, two sons and a daughter, as well as her grandchildren. These two special ladies, Kathy Mosby and Rhonda Page, deserve the spotlight this Mother’s Day Week.

May 8, 2020 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary would normally be on the Center square today May 8, 2020, in front of the Shelby County Veteran's Memorial to recognize the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day); however, due to the threat of COVID-19 the post does not feel it is yet safe for a formal gathering as in past years.

Included with this article is a video of the ceremony held May 8, 2017 on the 72nd anniversary of VE Day. During that program Hume stated, "We will always remember their service and sacrifice of our military even if others don't."

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, has shared the program which would have been handed out to those in attendance this year. The information includes 65 names of Shelby County Veterans who died in the European Theater. Click here to view the program.

The following names are those 65 Shelby County, Texas World War II Veterans who died in service to our country in the European Theater:

  • Ralph T. Amoss - Killed in Action, August 5, 1944, England
  • John C. Anderson - Killed in Action, September 8, 1944, France
  • Nolan R. Anderson - Killed in Action, June 12, 1944, France
  • William L. Anding - Killed in Action, December 22, Italy
  • Lloyd L. Andrews - Missing in Action, December 25, 1944, English Channel
  • Cecil A. Armstreet - Missing in Action, August 31, 1942, at sea
  • Bruce C. Baker, Jr. - Killed in Action, July 15, 1944, England
  • Marvin Beard - Killed in Action, September 6, 1944, Italy
  • Oscar L. Belser - Killed in Action, April 5, 1943, North Africa
  • Ray W. Bolton - Killed in Action, November 8, 1945, Italy
  • Joseph B. Brannon - Killed in Action, March 3, 1945, Germany
  • Richard D. Bray - Killed in Action, July 11, 1944, France
  • Thomas B. Brittain - Died of Combat Wounds, January 16, 1945, France
  • Bryan N. Brittain - Killed in Action, September 23, 1945, North Africa
  • Lee O. Brunson - Missing in Action, December 8, 1944, France
  • E.T. Burgess, Jr. - Killed in Action, January 11, 1944, Germany
  • John B. Byrn - Missing in Action, August 24, 1943, North Africa
  • Richard E. Crawford - Killed in Action, November 20, 1944, France
  • Early Davis - Killed in Action, October 12, 1944, Italy
  • Barron Davis - Killed in Action, February 28, 1945, Germany
  • Robert E. Daw, Jr. - Killed in Action, December 30, 1944, Belgium
  • Lewis Dockens - Killed in Action, July 1942, Coast of South America
  • Reed H. Dominy - Missing in Action, April 15, 1944, European Theater
  • Austin E. Dunaway - Killed in Action, February 17, 1944, Italy
  • William P. Durham - Killed in Action, May 28, 1944, Italy
  • Arlie L. Eddins - Died Non-Combat, January 1, 1945, England
  • O.J. Edwards - Killed in Action, December 16, 1944, Italy
  • Charles R. Frame - Killed in Action, January 8, 1945, England
  • Randle B. Golden - Died Non-Battle, October 4, 1944, France
  • E.C. Gunnels - Killed in Action, January 10, 1945, Germany
  • Hubert B. Haley - Missing in Action, May 14, 1942, Gulf of Mexico
  • Hulon M. Hardage - Killed in Action, August 22, 1944, France
  • Walter B. Henry - Missing in Action, August 7, 1943, Atlantic Ocean
  • Harold W. Hooper - Killed in Action, November 2, 1944, Netherlands
  • William S. Hopkins - Killed in Action, November 26, 1945, Germany
  • Roy D. Hughes - Killed in Action, August 15, 1944, Germany
  • Arthur T. Hutcherson - Died in Accident, December 23, 1944, France
  • Walter B. Hutto - Killed in Action, August 25, 1944, France
  • James R. Kirkland - Killed in Action, September 30, 1944, Holland
  • Howard L. Lovell - Killed in Action, December 27, 1944, Italy
  • Charlie Majors - Died of Wounds, December 21, 1944, England
  • Clarence M. Mahan - Died Non-Battle, October 2, 1944, France
  • James A. McDaniel - Missing in Action, April 20, 1944, Mediterranean Sea
  • John W. Minter - Killed in Action, July 9, 1944, France
  • Roy H. Mitchell - Killed in Action, December 28, 1944, France
  • Woodrow W. Moro - Missing in Action, May 5, 1942, at sea
  • Jimmie H. Mott - Killed in Action, July 26, 1944, France
  • Hoya B. Murphy - Killed in Action, December 8, 1944, Germany
  • James E. Pate - Killed in Action, August 18, 1944, France
  • Pershing Pate - Killed in Action, June 8, 1944, France
  • Jack Powell - Killed in Action, July 6, 1944, France
  • Arlen Rhame - Killed in Action, July 28, 1944, France
  • Ben M. Simon - Killed in Action, March 14, 1945, Germany
  • Hugh J. Smith - Killed in Action, January 27, 1945, Italy
  • Choron Smotherman - Missing in Action, November 27, 1943, Mediterranean Sea
  • Robert Swanzy - Killed in Action, July 12, 1944
  • William R. Todd - Killed in Action, September 13, 1944, France
  • Richard M. Wallace - Missing in Action, July 26, 1942, New Guinea
  • Sidney E. Watson - Killed in Action, August 22, 1944, France
  • E.C. White - Killed in Accident, July 4, 1944, England
  • Robert Wilburn - Died of Combat Wounds, August 26, 1944, Italy
  • Clifton Williams - Killed in Action, December 15, 1944, Germany
  • Elmer E. Williams - Missing in Action, November 8, 1942, Puerto Rico
  • Ray D. Williams - Missing in Action, July 11, 1944, European Theater
  • Wrayful Willis - Died Non-Battle, July 29, 1945, France