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April 29, 2022 - The Friends of the Library had a great first day of the Fannie Brown Booth Library Spring Book Sale. On Friday, everything will be half-price! Come find a favorite and only pay half as much.


Setup of tables and books has started!

April 28, 2022 - The Fannie Brown Booth Library's Friends group is ready for the Spring Book Sale. Tables are setup and books are out! 

The Sale will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 28th - 30th, during regular library hours.

Library hours are:

  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are $.50.

Hope to see you there!

April 27, 2022 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club met on Thursday, February 17th at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Billie Sue Payne presented her book choice, Abigail Adams, written by Woody Holton.

Billie Sue has always enjoyed reading. Her mother loved to read. Ms. Payne has fond memories of Lucy Todd, librarian at Timpson ISD. Ms. Todd encouraged children to read and was always suggesting books. Billie Sue has always loved biographies.

Abigail Adams was a woman born before her time. She was an “enthusiastic New Englander” with a giddy personality that initially, turned off her future husband. She was taught by her mother, loved to read and was an avid writer. She was one of the finest writers of her age. In one of her letters she said “my pen is always freer than my tongue.

 Abigail Adams was far more charismatic and influential than most people realize. The two drivers in her life were: 1. A deep belief in women’s rights and women’s education and 2. The right for women to be financially sound. She passionately campaigned for women’s education, denounced sex discrimination and certainly matched wits not only with her husband, John, but with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. She did not like Benjamin Franklin

Abigail Adams was 15 years old when she met John Adams in 1759. They were married in 1764 and had 6 children in 12 years.

While John was gone, Abigail ran the household. Over time, she became more assertive, smarter and much more capable than her husband. She was dominant and confident in her own good judgement. She was a brilliant business woman, defying centuries of legislation that assigned married women’s property to their husbands, she amassed a fortune in her own right,

If John had not been away from home so much, historians would not have learned as much about the couple, politics and the war. They wrote each other constantly. John frequently sought her advice on many matters and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. The letters also offer an eyewitness account of the American Revolution on the home front. In her letters, Abigail complained about the exclusion of women. Although she was feisty and opinionated, Abigail expressed her views and opinions in a diplomatic manner.

Abigail did not attend her husband’s inauguration as the 2nd President of the United States. She was tending to his dying mother. Once John was elected President, Abigail continued a formal pattern of entertaining. She held a large dinner each week, made frequent public appearances and provided entertainment for the city of Philadelphia each 4th of July.

When the capital was relocated to Washington D.C., in 1800, Abigail became the first First Lady to live at the White House. They lived there the last 4 months of her husband’s term. She said, the city is a wilderness, the city was a wilderness, the President’s house far from complete – she found the mansion “habitable”.

Abigail died in her home on October 28, 1818, exactly two weeks shy of her 74th birthday.

Delicious refreshments were served and a time of fellowship followed.

Guests are always welcome. Please contact the club membership coordinator, Monty Jones, at 936-598-5757 if you are interested in visiting the club.

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

April 27, 2022 - The Knights of Columbus from St. Therese Catholic church donated a wheelchair to someone in need. Knights in the picture are Tim Wulf and Thomas Hughes.

April 26, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) was presented with both a monetary donation and a donation of food on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from St. Therese Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Knights of Columbus Tim Wulf and Thomas Hughes delivered two large carts full of canned goods collected during Lent by St. Therese Catholic Church members, and a check.

Receiving the donation on behalf of SCOM was Patsy Handy, accompanied by volunteers Bryan Bolton and Dmitri Scott who works the food room. 

April 20, 2022 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Center, Texas at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Cora Street. There was a workshop presented to the club on photographing patterns and leading lines in preparation for the May Challenge. 

Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography Featuring programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation. Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings, the third Saturday of the month. For more information, contact Billie F. Jones, billiejones602@gmail.com

The April Challenge, "All Things Texas" exhibited photos submitted by members for voting and discussion proved to be a really great opportunity to exercise their imagination and photography skills. 

To view all the challenge entries, view our Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/ or follow our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/feed/ for more information concerning our club. 

There was a three way tie for this month's challenge favorite, they are:


1st place (tie) - Bobbie Jean Wood, "Texas Two Step"


1st place (tie) - Jan Huffman Carter, "Mr. Texas"


1st place (tie) - Billie Haggard Jones, "Houston Astro/Astrodome"

April 19, 2022 - Ambassadors and community members attended a ribbon cutting at Refresquería Deleite on Thursday, April 14th to welcome the newest members of the Chamber of Commerce to the business community and congratulate them on a "dream come true."

Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President Stephanie Elswick introduced the owners, Sara Gonzalez and Merari Gonzalez, “We are here to honor your business and thank you so much for opening a business in our community. For those of you who don’t know, these are sister owners, this is Sara and this is Merari.”

Merari Gonzalez was appreciative about their new business venture, “I’m so excited to be here. I want to thank Sara for trusting me with her dream and her vision.” She continued, “Serving these past two weeks, the Center community has been wonderful and challenging but as well very rewarding. Just that people are liking our products that we made and knowing that what we are doing, we are trying our very best to give out and offer what we love which is sweets and spicies.”

Both expressed their excitement to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce and to offer a place for families to come and enjoy a good treat. Sara Gonzalez added to Merari’s comments, “For me it’s like a dream come true to have this place, and all that we are doing, as you can tell we use a lot of fruit and we try not to use a lot of concentrates or artificial flavors so that is really good and Center is liking it so far. And thank you to everyone that is here.” Sara then gave special thanks to her family including her husband and her sister and brother-in-law.

Refresquería Deleite is the perfect place to stop for all the good, refreshing snacks to eat and drink. They offer fruit cups, ice cream, banana splits, bubble waffles, mangonadas, non alcoholic cocktails and many more snacks and treats.

Refresquería Deleite will be open Monday thru Saturday 10am until 9pm, and on Sunday 5pm until 9pm. Refresqueria Deleite is located at 226 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas 75935. Refresquería Deleite translated to english is Refreshment Delight.

April 19, 2022 - Pineywoods Outreach Center is seeking volunteers who have a heart for children to sign up to help with its after-school program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm.

Let’s go volunteers! Sign up today by contacting Marquita Garrett (office) 936-657-0037 or (cell) 936-427-7766. Pineywoods Outreach is located off Loop 500 at 255 Haley Avenue, Center, Texas 75935.

April 16, 2022 - Town and Country Real Estate was visited by the Easter Bunny on Friday, April 16, 2022. The bunny took photos with all who wanted and had fun playing with the kids. To see photos with the bunny, click here.

April 16, 2022 (Photo Album) - Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitatin welcomed members of the community to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 15, 2022. Everyone attending enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn, and cup cakes while kids took off in a race to collect eggs with candy. Holiday gives thanks to Brookshires, Hospice Plus, Heart to Heart Hospice, A Piney Woods Home Health, Allegiance, and Walmart for contributing to the fun activity.


From left: Center Police Department dispatchers Jolene Cooper-Tindol and Amy Lindley were presented gifts from DETCOG representatives Eliza Castillo and Jeff Adams. Center PD dispatchers not pictured are Charlene Jackson, Karen Mitchell, and Bailey Lee.

April 14, 2022 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a proclaim declaring April 10-16 to be Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Texas. The Center Police Department along with several businesses and organizations in the community have also given recognition to telecommunicators, “the unseen first responders.”

DETCOG presented jackets to the Center Police Department’s dispatchers. Walmart in Center provided a cake saying “Thank a Dispatcher, National Telecommunication Week.” The Center PD Ladies Auxiliary presented dispatchers with balloons and baskets of candy. The Police Department thanks all who have given recognition to these deserving few.

Donna Dugger, Center Police Department Communication Supervisor, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Police Department, "The strength of the GOLD LINE depends on great people like you who put skills and dedication into everything they do. Thanks for your dedication to the Center Police Department!"

Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Proclamation reads:

In Texas, public safety telecommunications act as our "unseen first responders," serving our communities and helping save lives every day. These professionals, which included 9-1-1 operators, dispatchers, and other highly trained communications specialists, answer calls for help and address the emergent needs of callers according to the specific challenges raised by any given emergency. They process the situation, responding rapidly and often creatively to reassure frightened, upset, and confused callers while at the same time maintaining the calm, professional, and disciplined demeanor that handling an emergency 9-1-1 call requires.

Public safety telecommunicators have remained unwavering in their dedication to providing essential services to Texans in need, always adapting to an evolving emergency response field. With almost 600 public safety answering points where over 4,000 telecommunicators answer 9-1-1 calls, Texas is well-equipped with the best professionals who can provide critical assistance for Texans in times of emergency.

The Commission on State Emergency Communications works with telecommunications and local and state governments to ensure Texans have reliable access to emergency telecommunications services. Every year, the commission dedicates a week in April for an awareness campaign which highlights the many contributions and achievements of public safety telecommunications and their importance to the public safety framework of the Lone Star State.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the vital role these professionals play in our everyday lives and to extend their appreciation to public safety telecommunicators. Their strength and expertise in times of crisis ensures Texans receive the help they need when they need it most.

Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim April 10–16, 2022, to be Public Safety Telecommunicators Weeks in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.

Click here to view the signed proclamation.

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