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January 9, 2020 - Brisa Guevara of Center was recognized among the students named to the Dean's List in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.

Guevara was the Class of 2019 salutatorian and is the daughter of Cristina Olalde and Jose Guevara. She is pursuing a major in foreign language (Japanese/Spanish) to pursue a career as an interpreter/translator.

To view an online listing, visit http://registrar.wisc.edu/deans_list.htm. For questions or concerns about eligibility, please contact deanslist-registrar@em.wisc.edu 

Dear Blue Santa Elfs,

January 7, 2020 - The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program.

With your donation and others like yours, we were able to provide Christmas to approximately 285 children (120 families). That is 285 smiles put on little children’s faces. Again thank you, we could not do it without you! You truly helped Blue Santa make a Child's Christmas blessed this year.

Thank You, from the Operation Blue Santa Team!

January 2, 2020 - McNeese State University awarded 628 diplomas to 618 students at the university’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, December 14, as commencement exercises returned to an on-campus venue for the first time in 33 years in the new Health and Human Performance Education Complex.

Of the Fall 2019 Texas graduates, James Thomas Hovey of Joaquin, Texas earned a Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration.

December 31, 2019 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. would like to remind you that it’s not too late to send in your end of the year contributions! To ensure you make it on time, please drop off your contributions to our office, which is located at 930 Shelbyville Street. We are on the corner of Shelbyville St. and MLK, directly beside the railroad tracks.

With your help, we can continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County. Thank you for your support. We hope you have a Happy New Year.

December 31, 2019 - Praise 2019 was a huge success! On December 14, 2019, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. had their end of the year fundraiser, which had live singing, food and refreshments, live and silent auctions, and door prizes. All proceeds made that night went to the Senior Nutrition Site programs that provide meals to seniors 60 and older and deliver meals to homebound seniors in the community.

Praise 2019 would not have been possible without those who made contributions. They include Margaret Smith, Dependable Arms, EscapeNac, Gary Roberts, David Masterson, Brookshire Brothers, CA Jewel/COR Boutique, Sanford and Sons Boulder Designs, Pine Creek Lodge, McAdams Propane, Golden Eye Clinic, Shelbyville ISD Ag. Department, Pine Colony Inn, Holly Park Marina, Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149, Ivan Smith Furniture, Wal-Mart, Roger and Donna Harding, Shelbyville ISD Floral Design, Shelby Savings Bank, Sister Iva, ACE Hardware, Terri Lacher, Shelbyville Grocery, NAPA Auto Parts, Tractor Supply, O’Reily’s Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Center Motor Company/ATV, Covington Lumber Company, Boles Feed, Big Tin Barn/Pineland, Cellular One of East Texas, Duran’s Italian Restaurant, Rio Movie Theater, Rancho Grande, Center Floral, 3 P’s Detail Shop, Vintage Junkie, Ihlo Sales, Center Tire Company, Blake Furniture, Center Noon Lions Club, Short United Methodist Church, Texas Bank and Trust, KML Contractors, Antioch Baptist Church, and Shelby County Today.

We want to also extend our deepest appreciation to everyone that came out to support our fundraiser. We had a great turn out and it was because of each of you that showed up to support the organization. Your support to this fundraiser and our organization helps us continue to serve the people of Shelby County.

December 30, 2019 - Noble Children’s Services would like to thank our sponsors, schools and community members who participated in the angel tree, the raffle at the poultry festival and those who donated their time. Through your generous donations and participation we were able to help provide each child with Christmas gifts, a magical visit from Santa and a wonderful Christmas party surrounded by people who love and support them. We couldn’t do this without the love and support from our community.

From the director and staff of Noble Children’s Services we thank each of you and wish all of you a Happy and Joyous New Year.

December 27, 2019 - Farmers State Bank welcomed customers and the community to their open house which was held Tuesday, December 17th. Everyone enjoyed gifts of pot holders, calendars, letter openers, card holders, along with punch and cookies.

Farmers State Bank wishes everyone days filled with peace, hope, and joy this holiday season. As always, thank you for your business, loyalty, and support.

December 26, 2019 - The Center Police Department and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center want to thank everyone that came and donated blood during our Christmas Eve Blood Drive.

We had a great and wonderful turn out! 35 people showed up to donate with only 3 deferrals. With double donors and Plasma, we received 38 units of blood. That is a big number to reach during drives and will be a huge impact to those in need.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to come out and show your support and help save lives.

December 26, 2019 - New Years is a time to celebrate a new beginning and fireworks are a great way to get into the spirit of the festive holiday!

Safety Tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Do not light fireworks indoors
  • Do not light fireworks in your hand

Educate yourselves on the safe and responsible use of fireworks and have a Safe 4th of July!

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December 26, 2019 - With the piles of torn wrapping paper cleared and New Years less than a week away, it's 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!