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April 27, 2021 - The public is invited to attend a cook out in honor of Dr. Robert Hughes, Hughes Veterinarian Clinic, on Tuesday, April 27th from 11am until 1pm on the Center downtown square. The cook out is hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Farmers State Bank, and the Center Rotary Club.

Dr. Hughes joined the Chamber of Commerce on November 30, 1976. Throughout the 45 years as a Chamber member, Dr. Hughes was an active member of the Board of Directors as well as serving on numerous committees. The Chamber Board of Directors and staff are very grateful for his 45 years of support of the Chamber and as a vital part of the community.

Dr. Hughes is also a long term member of the Rotary Club, joining the Club in 1973. He served as Rotary President for the 1984-1985 year. It is not often that Dr. Hughes misses a meeting.

In 1972, Dr. Hughes opened his Veterinarian Clinic and the rest is history. Stop by for lunch, visit with Doctor Hughes, share your memories and enjoy the fellowship. 

April 22, 2021 - Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center is hosting their annual Butterfly Release Thursday, April 22nd at 4:00pm on the Center Downtown Square to recognize April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by Farmers State Bank.

    


From left: Leonard Irish, Maggie Casto, Sharon Pollard, Charles Pollard, Larry Hume, Vickie Martin, David Whitlock, and Venora McSwain.

April 21, 2021 - The Shelby County Historical Society and Museum received a donation of a piece of Shelby County history in the form of art, an original Woodrow Foster oil painting from 1956. The painting was donated by Charles Pollard and his wife Sharon from Livingston on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Charles Pollard made the presentation of the painting, "This is representative of my family that's been in Shelby County since 1918 and its given by the Pollard family in memory of Raymond Hughes, who was my uncle by marriage, and my Aunt Mary (Pollard) Hughes."

To receive the donation were museum representatives Venoria McSwain, Vickie Martin, Leonard Irish, and David Whitlock.

Woodrow Foster was born in 1912 in Stephenville, Texas. He moved to Shelby County in 1946 with his wife, Lorene Hughes Foster who was from Center, and their daughter Sara Beth. He shared his love of art in paintings and sketches. His 'Old Men' sketches were often given away whether in person or put in an envelope when paying a bill. In 1991 he received the honor of being an official Texas State Artist after winning the annual Texas State Artist Competition. He didn't retire from his art career until his mid-nineties. He lived to be 101.

April 20, 2021 - Important fact to know: Only 10% of new arrests for sex crimes against children are individuals with prior sex offenses. #ChildAbuseAwareness #ChildAbusePrevention #EndChildSexualAbuse #KnowTheFacts


From left: Tommy Hughes, Sherry Harding, and John Jenkins

April 14, 2021 - St. Therese Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus made a donation of food and gift cards to Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Representing the organizations making the donations were John Jenkins, Grand Knight, and Tommy Hughes. Hughes said, "This on behalf of Father Nelson Muñoz, pastor with St. Therese Catholic Church, and the parishioners, and our Grand Knight from the Knights of Columbus (Council 10875 - Center, Hemphill, San Augustine) make this donation for the needy of Shelby County."

Sherry Harding, Executive Director of SCOM, gave appreciation for the donation, "Shelby County Outreach Ministries is blessed with a donation of canned food items and gift cards from the Knights of Columbus and St. Therese Catholic Church. We just thank them for their continuous support and compassion that they have shown us for many years. Their contributions help change our community.

April 14, 2021 - Listen to and believe the children in your life. Only a small percentage of children tell if they are being abused. Learn what to do if a child makes an outcry of abuse https://bit.ly/3cYLYKG. #ChildAbuseAwareness #ChildAbusePrevention#EndChildSexualAbuse #KnowTheFacts

April 14, 2021 - Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison received her second dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine at the Texas Military Division (TMD) hosted vaccination clinic at the John D. Windham Civic Center on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Judge Harbison, a part of the Shelby County Emergency Management team, knows the importance of helping to fight Covid-19. She has been a part of more than a year long time of hearing weekly briefs and updates about the virus and the devastation is has had on so many lives. She was proud to receive her second dose to help protect herself and others from getting Covid.


Pictured with Joaquin Fire Department Engine 1 are (left to right) Public Safety Development Corporation Board Member J.D. Cockrell, Joaquin PSDC Chairman and JVFD 2nd Assistant Chief Rusty Wilson, Joaquin Fire Chief Perry Pugh, City Council Member and longtime JVFD member Steve Cockrell, Mayor Pro-Tem and PSDC board member Cathy Atkinson, Council Members Frankie Cooper, and Mike Cummings, Jr., and Council Member and JVFD member Jesse Griffith. 

April 14, 2021 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was treated to a barbeque dinner on Monday, April 12th by the Joaquin City Council as a "thank you" for the department's hard work and selfless service to the community throughout a very difficult year in 2020.

In addition to the challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic, the JVFD also responded to an above average number of structure fires as well as high water rescues during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. This service continued into 2021 with multiple unprecedented winter weather events.

Councilman Jesse Griffith spoke for the Council, saying "No matter what the call was, these guys were here to answer it. Our EMRs (Emergency Medical Responders) had to adapt on the fly with how they handled medical calls, and they have dealt with several severe weather events. They're always here, day or night."

The Fire Department responded by giving the Council, as well as members of the Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation Board who were on hand a sneak peek at the latest addition to the JVFD fleet. Engine 1 arrived in mid-March and has since been put in service at Central Fire Station in downtown Joaquin. Engine 1 was built by E-ONE of Ocala, Florida on a 2020 International Durastar chassis. It is the first specifically designed rescue engine in Shelby County, meaning it is capable of responding to a variety of incidents, including structure fires, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, structural collapses, and more. It carries a full set of battery powered hydraulic rescue tools (aka "the Jaws of Life), as well as a full set of vehicle stabilization jacks and struts, 1260 feet of 3" supply hose, and 450 feet of pre-connected attack lines. It is also equipped with an onboard Class A foam system to augment a 1250 GPM pump and a 1000 gallon booster tank.

The truck was acquired through a FAS (Foreign Agriculture Service) grant, which is a United States Department of Agriculture program. The sale price of the truck was just over $389,000, but through the grant program, cost to the taxpayers of the Joaquin area was under $6,000.  The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation funded the new equipment that went on the truck.

The Joaquin VFD is expecting to schedule an open house in the near future to show off Engine 1 to the public. That event will coincide with the kickoff of our 2021 fundraiser raffle, which will feature multiple high end items that will give supporters multiple opportunities to win. Stay tuned to local media as well the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page for future announcements.


Joaquin VFD Engine 1 Design Team: (from left) 2nd Assistant Chief Rusty Wilson, 1st Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett, and Training Officer Stephen Ewing.

April 13, 2021 - Center City Council held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the multi-million dollar streetscape renewal project on Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Downtown Center square.

Mayor David Chadwick spoke to the merchant especially but to everyone else as well, "Thank ya'll for being here. We have waited for what, 133 years! It's hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since we started planning and now its finally here. We have gone through pandemics, we've gone through floods, ice, everything and we've discovered an entirely new history of Shelby County than we ever new existed under these grounds. We really want to say our first thank yous to the patience that you have given us in doing this; it has pushed every button I know you have. We really are proud of what we have here and hope that we all prosper from it."

After the quick speech, the Mayor took the official ribbon cutting scissors provided by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and cut the ribbon. The best part of the ceremony was once the ribbon was cut, the barriers blocking the roadways were removed and traffic quickly began flowing.

The Mayor did ask that downtown travelers please be alert that traffic has returned to its original pattern running courterclockwise around the square which includes the inside parking area as well. The inside lane is a turn only lane and all intersections are four way stops.

Those present at the ribbon cutting included City of Center Council members Leigh Porterfield, Randy Collard, Howell Howard, and Terry Scull; City Employees; Center Police Department; Payne & Payne Home and Such Like; Mooney's Emporium; TMCE, Inc.; Lil's Deals; Morrison Insurance; Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Shelby County Chamber of Commerce; Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center; Affinity Hospice; Saf-T-First Drug Testing; Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell; SC Auditor Clint Porterfield; State Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, and members of the community.

Editor's note: The 133 years was calculated from the 1886 date to the beginning of construction in 2019.

April 13, 2021 - There will be a Piney Woods Photographic Society (PWPS) monthly meeting this Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, TX, starting at 9am until 12 noon. There will be a workshop of "Better Flower Photography" and the April Challenge will be member's photographs submitted for voting on "Flight."  These photographs will highlight birds or other things in flight.

To learn more about club memberships or photos, visit our FB page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto.  

Visitors are always welcomed to drop in and visit at our next regularly scheduled meeting, which is always the third Saturday of the month. For information, contact Billie F. Jones, billiejones602@gmail.com.

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