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December 6, 2021 - A presidential proclamation has been issued honoring the life of Robert J. Dole who passed December 5. All United States Flags and those flying with it should be lowered to half staff until sunset, Thursday, December 9, 2021. If you have an outdoor flag that cannot be lowered respect can be shown by tying a black ribbon or cord to the top of the mast.

Read the proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/12/05/a-proclamation-on-the-death-of-robert-joseph-dole/


December 5, 2021 - Santa's Christmas Parade was a "Christmas Through the Decades" with floats reflecting Christmas of the past as well as the parade route going back to the good ole' days.

Crowds were able to once again gather on all four sides of the newly renovated square which sparkled with its new lights which well lit all attending. To view photos from the parade, click here. Shelby County Today's photos from the parade were sponsored by Sabine State Bank.

Presented by The Shelby County chamber of Commerce

December 3, 2021 - Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 4th.

In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal, Center City Council, will lead the parade at 6:00pm. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown to delight the young and old alike.

The Rio Theater will open its doors at 5:00pm for popcorn, candy and drinks. Back by popular demand, the Rio will be showing Clifford the Big Red Dog at 7:30pm after the Parade.

Many shops will be open during the day so shop local and find those perfect Christmas gifts.

Thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc. our Silver Sponsors. 

Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 6th.

December 3, 2021 - Cookies & Cocoa with Santa is December 5th from 2pm – 4pm at the Center Police Department. This is Operation Blue Santa's BIG Toy Drive, and we are very excited to be having it again this year. Enjoy Cookies & Cocoa, and FREE pictures with Santa, and bring in a toy to donate, and be entered into our raffle for a 32 in Tv and DVD Player, and other Christmas movie watching goody basket.

The Center Police Department's Blue Santa program is getting ready to load the sleigh and needs your help. Blue Santa is asking for donations of new toys, books, or clothes for all ages of boys and girls. Monetary donations are also welcomed, and can be given in the form of Cash, or Check, or through Paypal @BlueSantaCPD

Sign up forms can be downloaded now or will be ready for pickup on Monday, November 1st. If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please have their parent/guardian fill out this form. One for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, Shelby County Today, or The Light & Champion. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Monday, December 6th, 2021. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need.

Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to OPERATION BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again, thank you, we cannot do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.

Thank You,
from the Operation Blue Santa Team!

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December 3, 2021 - The Rotary Club of Center made a donation to Operation Blue Santa during their Tuesday, November 30, 2021 meeting at the Civic Center.

Detective Nicole Faulkner with the Center Police Department spoke about Operation Blue Santa. In 2020, around 330 kids were helped with Christmas gifts. This year, the program already has 170 kids signed up before December 1st.

Detective Faulkner described the program saying anyone needing assistance can fill out a form for each child in their family. She added Operation Blue Santa is all done through donations with the majority of the shopping handled in Center.

This year the Sheriff's Department is joining to help with Operation Blue Santa by collecting toys and donations as well.

Detective Faulkner ended the program by saying, "People are very giving in this community. I was a little worried that this year was going to be hard on people being able to donate but so far everything is looking really good. I just hope we can continue to do it every year because there is always somebody needing help and there is always kids that are deserving of Christmas that may not get it otherwise."

The history of Operation Blue Santa: In 2015 a couple of the officers with the Center Police Department decided to start providing toys for kids in the community which was also around the time Ed Roberts who was over Santa Rides a Motorcycle for over 35 years was considering retiring from the program. In support of the officers, the Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary made a donation in memory of Edna Boykins to help the toy drive get underway. Boykins passed away the previous month and was a long time beloved dispatcher, court clerk, and then Associate Judge of the Municipal Court for the city. In 2016 the officers adopted the name Operation Blue Santa for the toy drive and in 2017 the Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary started hosting Cookies and Cocoa with Santa as a way for collecting gift donations and raise funds. 2021 is the 7th year of the toy drive and the 5th year of Cookies and Cocoa with Santa.

December 3, 2021 - The Center Garden Club enjoyed nice December days as they met Monday and Tuesday to decorate urns on the inside Center Square.

Members decorating were Carolyn Bounds, Shirley Richey, Cherry Jones, Cathy Williams, Carole Ann Chance, Robbie Kerr, Janette Wittmann, Lisa Albers and Rita Hughes. They, also, enjoyed lunch and refreshments at local eateries on each day. As a reminder, Santa's Christmas Parade is coming to town this Saturday, Dec 4th starting at 6pm.

December 2, 2021 - The Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856 is hosting an open house on Saturday, December 4th during the Joaquin Candy Cane Lane Christmas Festival in downtown Joaquin. Festival activities begin at 10am.

The lodge is also hosting a Hamburger Plate fundraiser for its Scholarship Fund. Plates are $10 and includes a Hamburger, chips, and a drink. The Masons look forward to visiting with all who come out.

Click here to view the festival schedule of events!

December 1, 2021 - Pineywoods Outreach Center announces Christmas Stocking and Toy Drive. Please bring New toys, stockings and gift cards. Deliver Gifts to 255 Haley Dr., Center, TX 75935. For questions please call Bishop Martin at (936) 591-7299.

November 30, 2021 - The Taste of the Holidays, Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank will be this Thursday, December 2nd from 4:30-7:30 pm at the Windham Civic Center. It is a great way to kick off a fun holiday weekend and the December count down to Christmas.

Tickets are available for $15.00 person and will be sold at the door. Children 5 and under are free.

Come sample cuisine and wine from local restaurants and caterers and enjoy a fun festive evening. 

Holiday music will be provided by Center High School Band Ensemble. The Center High School Theater Department will at the Taste in fun festive costumes.

Local florists will provide the beautiful centerpieces which will also be given away as door prizes. Thank you to Center Floral and Watson Tucker Florist.

Thank you to our Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors, Sabine State Bank and Spector, Inc.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

November 29, 2021 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting the 8th Annual Taste of the Holidays, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, an eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience, on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Tickets are available to be purchased at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office. 

Space is limited and advance tickets are $15 per person. No tickets will be available at the door. 

Those showcased in the exclusive Taste of the Holidays are local chamber member restaurants, caterers, florists and other specialty businesses.

Gold sponsors for the Taste of the Holiday event are Specter, Inc. and Sabine State Bank.

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