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May 23, 2022 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society (PWPS) held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday. There was a workshop given by Billie Jones on how to photograph motion and post processing your photographs. If you are interested in learning more about how to take a better photograph or just want to associate with others who share your passion of photography, join the PWPS for their their next meeting in June. Always lots of fun with discussions on cameras, photographs, post processing, field trips, etc.

The May Challenge "Patterns/Leading Lines" featured at least 3 photographs submitted by club members for favorite voting and discussions. The challenge photos included patterns or leading lines, whether specific or implied. To view all the challenge photos check out PWPS Flickr page,

May Challenge - Patterns/Leading Lines

1st Place Favorite: Bobbie Jean Wood, Forcheta

2nd Place Favorite: Anna Jones, Run Ryleigh Run

3rd Place Favorite: Janice Carter, Leading Lines

May 20, 2022 - The contractor has completed construction activities that inhibited the safe use of the facilities at Perry Sampson Park. While the work is not yet entirely complete, as some minor items remain, control and site responsibilities were returned to the City after yesterday’s project inspection. This allows for daily access during regular park hours, sunrise until 11 PM daily, to resume.

This project was funded through a grant from Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, matched with local funds contributed from Tyson Foods and the City of Center. Permanent recognition of Tyson Foods will be installed on site to commemorate this generous gift which made this project possible.

The renovation project included complete replacement of all playground equipment and swings, resurfacing of the existing basketball court, installation of a covered pavilion over the basketball court with lighting, rehabilitation of the existing pavilion, partial perimeter fencing, and installation of handicap-accessible routes to all park features. All these features were installed while enhancing the site grading, improving drainage, removing detrimental trees, installing new grass areas and adding additional trash cans, benches, picnic tables and iconic entrance.

A ceremony will soon be scheduled for rededication and official reopening of this historic park by the City.

May 17, 2022 - Kathy Luna is listed among students on the Midwestern State University Dean’s Honor Roll. Luna is a Shelbyville High School 2021 graduate and is majoring in Pre-Radiologic Technology.

Midwestern State University Announces Spring Honor Rolls

Midwestern State University recognized 1,040 honor students for the Spring 2022 semester. The President's Honor Roll included 426 students, the Provost's Honor Roll included 284 students and the Dean's Honor Roll included 330 students.

A student who completes 12 hours in one semester with no grade lower than A (4.0) will be included on the President's Honor Roll. The student cannot have semester grades of I, WF or NC.

A student who completes 12 hours in one semester with a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.99 and no grade lower than C will be included on the Provost's Honor Roll. The student cannot have semester grades of I, WF or NC.

A student who completes a 12 hours in one semester with a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 and no grade lower than C will be included on the Dean's Honor Roll. The student cannot have semester grades of I, WF or NC.

May 12, 2022 - The 2nd Saturday in May is when Mail Carriers try to Stamp Out Hunger by collecting non-perishable donations in a bag by your mailbox. Saturday, May 14th is the day this year and the National Assocation of Letter Carriers (NALC) asks everyone to "Help us, Help Someone." The bags will be picked up and delivered to the local food bank. This is the 30th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive.

Fill a bag. Help feed families. Bag healthy, non-perishable food items and place by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up and deliver to food banks and pantries in your community!

From left: (Seated) Cheryl Alexander - Shelbyville, Paola Rangle-Grande - Shelbyville, Syreeta Johnson - Timpson, Jody Stephens - Center, Terri Snider - Excelsior, (Back row) Bree Bearden - Shelbyville, Katha Wyatt - Tenaha, Donny Johnson - Center, Connie Hooper - Center, Lori Center - Timpson, Dee Elliott - Timpson, and Joanna Huckabee - Tenaha. Not pictured: Zonia Corbell - Center and Shane Corbell - Center.

May 9, 2022 (More Photos) - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Elementary Teacher of the Year is Syreeta Johnson, a teacher at Timpson Elementary. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Secondary Teacher of the Year is Paola Rangel-Grande, a teacher at Shelbyville High School. Congratulations to these outstanding Educators!

Mary Lynn Tinkle introduced and announced the two Shelby County teachers. Speaking about the Elementary Teacher of the Year, Syreeta Johnson, Tinkle began with a quote by Rita Pierson, 'Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can be.' Tinkle shared the champion for Johnson was her third grade teacher Mrs. Vicky Edge, who was the 2002 teach of the year. She continued to explain, "[Johnson's] journey to becoming a teacher was not a straight path but a winding road that led to where she is meant to be. Interestingly, teaching was not her first career choice. Her original life plan was to go into Fashion Merchandising and become a buyer for Neiman Marcus. While attending college, she worked as a substitute teacher on days she didn't have classes and it was then she realized there were so many students like her in her very own community that had yet to meet their champion. It was this 'aha' moment that led her to realize that the impact of fashion is fleeting but the impact of teaching is forever."

Introducing the Shelby County Secondary Teacher of the Year, Tinkle described Paola Rangel-Grande's life of moving to a country were she didn't speak the language and faced many challenges while adjusting to a new life to being a teacher who speaks four languages. "By letting her students know that she faced the same shame and despair that they sometimes feel when struggling to learn something new - two things happen - they learn to trust her and know they have someone in their corner fighting for them. You can't be what you never see. Having our Secondary Teacher of the Year as a role model and mentor, students see an example of a person that faced many of the same challenges they face but did not give up or use it as an excuse for failure but instead gritted her teeth, worked hard and found great success! She gives students the skills, support, and knowledge and encouragement to overcome their own obstacles in pursuit of achieving their own goals. Our secondary teacher of the year's future goals are focused on her students as her parents did for her, she hopes to teach and inspire students to broaden their view of the world, learn about other cultures, learn a new language and inspire them to travel knowing that all this can not only enhance their personal lives but will give them more career opportunities."

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception, presented by Badders Law Firm and hosted by the Shelby County Chamber, was held on Wednesday, May 4 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:30 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts. The Chamber of Commerce Education committee presented each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and announced the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county. Congratulations to all the Campus winners!!

Thank you to all the table sponsors and businesses who donated gifts for door prizes!

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.

Thank you to the following Sponsors and Businesses who donated door prizes and/or gift for the Teacher Goody bags for the 2022 Annual Teacher Appreciation.

Presenting Sponsor: Badders Law Firm
Gold Sponsors: Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank
Silver Sponsors: H&R Block, McWilliams & Son and Ray Jones Chevrolet
Table Sponsors: American State Bank, Blake Furniture, Century 21 Action Team, Mathew Realty, McDonalds, Panola College, Sonic Drive-In, Town & Country Real Estate and Windham Family Dental
Spotlight Tables: Hospice Plus, Impressions Advertising and Shelby Insurance Agency

Additional sponsors: Ace Hardware, Blake Furniture, Center Floral & Coffee Shop, Center Health and Harmony, Century 21 Action Team, Citizen’s Bank, Deb’s Boutique, Farmers State Bank, Hello Beautiful, Hot Headz Salon, Lasting Impressions, Light and Champion, Mathews Real Estate, McDonalds, McWilliams & Son A/C and Heating, Mooney’s Emporium, Panola College – Shelby County, Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike, Primp Salon & Spa, Rio Theater, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County Today, Southern Reign Boutique, Sugar Rush Artisan Bakery, The Balcony, Toledo Automotive Supply, Town and Country Real Estate, T&R Steaks & More, What-A-Burger, White Cottage Mercantile, and Zack’s Tint Shop

May 9, 2022 - Tri-C Head Start Center Base and Shelby Home Base are now taking applications for the 2022-2023 program year.

We accept children 6 weeks to 5 years old after September 1.

To complete an application you will need copies of your child’s birth certificate, insurance card, WIC card (if applicable), SNAP award letter, immunization record, and proof of income (W2, Tax return, SSI/SSD award letter, check stubs, etc.).

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Kristle Soto at (936) 657-4740 for the Center Base option and Vera Boxley at (936) 598-6315 Ext. 304 for the Home Base option.

May 7, 2022 - Bee Keepers of Shelby County will be meeting at the library in Center this Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 2 pm.

May 5, 2022 - The Fannie Brown Booth Library staff would like to send out a big thanks to our Friends group for their tireless hours organizing the spring book sale to raise money for the Library. Also, a special thanks goes to Shelby Savings Bank for allowing several of their employees to work in all aspects of the book sale - setting up, manning the sale, and taking down.

We are extremely thankful to all who donated books for the sale, and the ones who came to the sale and bought books.

Your continued support of the Fannie Brown Booth Library is greatly appreciated.

May 4, 2022 - Members of VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary gathered with members of the community to recognize Loyalty Day May 2, 2022, at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial beside the 1885 Historic Courthouse.

"Loyalty Day, today, celebrates everything from the moment we delivered the Declaration of Independence to the British to the moment that we gathered here this morning," stated Hume. "Loyalty Day is a celebration of America and everything our country stands for."

He explained, Loyalty Day asks Americans to pause for a moment and look back to reflect on where we have been and search ahead to where we desire our nation to head.

"Originally observed as Americanization Day in 1921, and enacted into public law by Congress in 1958, Loyalty Day celebrates the legacy of freedom and the shared ideals that bind our nation together," said Hume. "While initially established to counterbalance the May 1st celebration of the Communist Party in the United States, this day has endured as a permanent fixture on America's calendar."

Hume remarked that even with the diminishment of the communist threat over the years, and with the potential for recent revitalization, Loyalty Day continues to be a day worth recognizing.

"Today we must remind ourselves, and others, that there's no substitution for loyalty and we must pledge ourselves to maintain a free society in which loyalty is respected and encouraged," said Hume. "Loyalty Day is set aside for the re-acclimation of loyalty to the United States and for recognition of the heritage of American freedoms."

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited in reaffirmation of allegiance to the United States of America and in tribute of American freedoms.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham placed a wreath in honor and recognition of Loyalty Day.

Hume asked those present to share what American freedoms they are thankful to have and he stated he is thankful for the freedom of the group to be gathered on Loyalty Day without fear of reprisal.

"We can voice our opinions among our fellow citizens, and I'm even more thankful that every time our VFW and Auxiliary visit here we will always find a group of loyal Americans," said Hume.

Other freedoms mentioned by the audience included freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom to vote, and freedom of the press. Hume remarked those are freedoms many around the world wish they had.

At the finale of the program Leigh Porterfield, Center Mayor Pro-Tem, sang "God Bless America."

May 2, 2022 - This week is Teacher Appreciation week! We celebrate our Teachers, letting them know their work does not go unnoticed.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception will be held Wednesday, May 4 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:30pm. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts. Each campus Teacher of the Year will be recognized by his or her Principal and receive a Certificate of Recognition. The Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools will also be announced This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county. The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:

F.L. Moffett Primary School – Connie Hooper
Center Elementary School – Zonia Corbell
Center Middle School – Shane Corbell
Center High School – Donny Johnson
Roughrider Academy - Jody Stephens

Excelsior ISD – Terri Snider

S.W. Carter Elementary – Bree Bearden
Shelbyville Middle School – Cheryl Alexander
Shelbyville High School – Paola Rangel

Tenaha Elementary School – Katha Wyatt
Tenaha Middle/High School – Joanna Huckabee

Timpson Elementary – Syreeta Johnson
Timpson Middle School – Dee Elliott
Timpson High School – Lori Center

Thank you to all our Sponsors and to all the businesses who donated gift items for helping us recognize our wonderful teachers, countywide, for all they do for our community and our students.

Presenting Sponsor is Badders Law Firm. Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors are H&R Block, McWilliams and Son and Ray Jones Chevrolet. 

Host Table Sponsors are American State Bank, Blake Furniture, Century 21 Realtors, Mathews Real Estate, McDonalds, Panola College – Shelby County, Sonic Drive-In and Windham Family Dental. Spotlight tables are Hospice Plus, Impressions Advertising and Shelby Insurance Agency.