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August 9, 2019 - The 50 Women of Impact voted to donate this quarters money to Timpson Food for Thought Pantry and Thrift Store.

Linda Miller, a 50 Women of Impact representative, spoke to announce the winner, "We have a total! This August 2019, our donation will go to the Timpson Food for Thought. As of tonight, we have $8,700. Now, I think we have an even 100 members from my calculations this afternoon, so, I'll get the rest of that collected and preferably we will have a $10,000 donation this time!"

Debra Smith, City of Timpson Mayor, spoke on behalf of the Timpson Food for Thought Pantry during the presentations. She described the process the group takes each time the food bank opens since it operates out of a single room at the church. They must setup and break down the day of the food distribution each time which is a lot of unloading and loading for the volunteers over the years since the pantry started in 2013. The donated funds will be used toward building a 2,000 square foot building on property donated by First Baptist Church of Timpson and the building will house a stand alone Thrift Store and the Food Pantry. The Thrift store will operate as a funding source for the food bank and give the opportunity to help families with clothing and other items after fires and other losses.

The 50 Women of Impact group organized and held their first meeting in November of 2017 with the hopes of getting 50 women to give $100 each quarter for a combined contribution to an elected organization. The first meeting surpassed the 50 women with 94 inaugural members. The group has continued to grow and meet once a quarter to donate funds. Past recipients are the Shelby County Welfare Board; AgriLife Extension, Shelby Family Consumer Science program; Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library; Boo's Battle Cancer Fund; Shelby County Outreach Ministries; Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation; and HOPE Community Medical to establish a Fund to Help with Medical Needs for Working People.

Including the $8,700 from this meeting, the total money donated by the 50 Women of Impact is $77,000 with more coming in!

August 9, 2019 - The Lily of the Valley COGIC Youth Ministry is collecting socks for school age boys and girls to have for the school year.

The Sock Drive will take place Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10am-12pm. 

Please drop off socks at: Step N Foo’s, 1100 Tenaha Street, Center, Tx, 75935, or Lily of the Valley COGIC at 620 Greer Street, Center, TX, 75935. 

You can also bring new socks or monetary donations to Lily of the Valley COGIC by Wednesday, August 7, 2019

For more information contact Jennifer Ingram at (936)-598-5004 or Debbie Suell-Tanner at (936)-462-9604.

(From left) RSF boardmembers Alease Copelin, David Chadwick, Meg Camp, Lisa McAdams, Kelle Williams stand with family members LaCharah Robinson (daughter), Mellody Daniels (sister), Tomiko Moore (sister), LaDiamond Robinson (grandchild), Ja'Kevin Robinson (grandchild), Channing Daniels (brother-in-law), and Veronica Berry (close friend).

August 6, 2019 - A donation of $5,000 in memory of Requanah Santifer to the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (RSF) was commemorated with a plaque presentation in front of the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation display case in the front hallway of Center High School.

Requanah Netherly Santifer attended Center ISD graduating with the Class of 1988. She later returned to Center ISD as a teacher. She passed away May 2, 2016 at the age of 45.

Mellody Daniels described her sister Requanah, "(She) lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed children and teaching others. We wanted to make sure that each year a student receives a scholarship in her honor and that is why we are here to represent Requanah Santifer."

The donation provides a perpetual scholarship to a graduating senior each year forward.

Roughrider Scholarship Foundation Mission (roughriderscholarship.org)

The Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (RSF) was created to assist graduates of Center High School (CHS) continue their education in college or trade school of their choice. Our efforts are dedicated to providing a scholarship to EVERY CHS graduating senior who applies. Graduates deserve an opportunity to succeed and we help them take the next step. Another goal is developing strong relations with the alumni associations and providing a mechanism to give back to their community.

The RSF is completely donor supported by individuals, community, and civic minded groups. Donations of any amount or kind (i.e., land, stock, guns or automobiles) can be made to the Foundation which is managed by a capable group of Board Members. 

The RSF is a Charitable Organization under the IRS Tax Code 501(c) (3) making your contribution fully tax deductible.

If you are interested in finding out more about this organization, please contact: F.E. Parker, Jr., Chairperson; Lisa McAdams, Vice-Chairperson; Fred Wulf; David Chadwick; Jerry Pinkston; Danny Paul Windham; JoyAnn Havran; Meg Camp; Kelle Williams, Treasurer; or Alease Copelin, Secretary.

Nacogdoches Medical Center Teaching Life-saving Techniques

August 6, 2019 Nacogdoches – A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. That’s why it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.

"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to encourage, empower and equip bystanders to act quickly until professional help arrives. Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available.

Texas House Bill 496 recently passed legislation requiring bleeding control training at all public schools. Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC) is hosting Stop the Bleed courses at area schools to train employees in the latest life-saving techniques.

“We have had such amazing feedback from these courses,” said Chris Klingenberg, MD, clinical director of emergency services for NMC. “We have reached over 17 different schools and two police stations in just two days. After attending the course, high school employees, from security officers to nursing staff, walked away with hands-on bleeding control skills that they can share with their students.”

Additional Stop the Bleed classes are scheduled at NMC for the Fall.

- August 22 – 5pm to 7pm
- September 26 – 5pm to 7pm
- October 17 – 5pm to 7pm
- November 14 – 5pm – 7pm
- December 12 – 5pm – 7pm

For more information, go email Leigh Anne Carver at Leighanne.Carver@tenethealth.com or call 936-553-0598.

August 6, 2019 - Whataburger in Center, Tx will be hosting a fundraiser Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 5-8pm. 

They are going to donate 25% of sales to the Tenaha High School Football team. 

Support the Tenaha Tigers by dining in or going through the drive thru so they can raise enough money to purchase new equipment. 

Don’t miss this amazing event. 

Go Tigers!

August 6, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Susan Gaddy, owner of Vintage Junkie, will welcome Chamber members and the public to a "Business After Hours" event on Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 225 Tenaha Street.

Susan has expanded her store to allow more vendors with great lines to sell their inventory. There are fashionable and affordable ladies clothes, custom tee shirts, cute baby and children’s clothes, home decor and a new men’s personal care line, plus much more. Lines such as Kancan Jeans, BB Lila Jewelry and Oddi are available. Shop for custom signs from Sonflower Design and Southern Mess Crafts

Vintage Junkie is also the home of Java Junkie, now with a drive thru window! Enjoy a delicious hot or cold beverage while shopping!

There will be Sales and Door Prizes!

Mark your calendar and plan on attending! Mingle and shop!

For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

August 2, 2019 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries helps all of Shelby County by providing the programs to anyone in need. Anyone can come be a volunteer and help in their own special way. 

For the month of June 2019 programs offered by SCOM helped many people within Shelby County.

Helping Hands:

  • Emergency Food Boxes - 246
  • Needs Met - 282
  • People Fed - 524

Senior Site:

  • Congregate Meals - 490
  • Meals on Wheels - 721
  • Total Meals - 1,211

To help and get involved here are some ways to do so:

  • Food of the Month - Peanut Butter, Canned Meats, Ramen Noodle Soup, and Mac & Cheese. Please bring food items to the Helping Hands Outreach Center at 930 Shelbyville Street.
  • Volunteer Opportunities - Volunteers are needed in each of the programs. 
  • Canned Food Drives - We are always in the need of canned goods. If an individual or a business would like to have a food drive, contact for additional information.

Ways to Support:

  • Website - shelbycountyoutreach.org
  • Amazon Smile - smile.amazon.com (Just select Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. for choice of charity and shop like always.)
  • U.S. Mail - Send checks to: Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. P.O. Box 1029 Center, TX, 75935.

Fundraisers and Events:

  • Raffle Fundraiser - SCOM is selling raffle tickets for a 2019 Polaris Ranger 500. The drawing will be last day of the Poultry Festival in October. Tickets are $20 each or 6 tickets for $100. Purchase tickets at one of  programs. 

For more information on any of the above, please call (936)-598-4990.

August 1, 2019 - Center 10U Youth AAA Dixie Boys won the State Championship and now are on their way to the Dixie Youth World Series in Ruston, Louisiana. They will be playing against 10 other State Championship teams on August 3rd-8th. Click here to see photos of the players and team that was submitted by Denise Matthews.

July 31, 2019 - The Poultry Festival is coming October 3rd, 4th, and 5th to Shelby County and early bird registration is going on now! The 2019 East Texas Poultry Festival sponsored by Farmers State Bank is accepting applications for Arts and Crafts booths, Creative Art Show, Quilt Show and Car Show. Also, registration for the Chicken Trot 5K Run/Walk race is now open on runsignup.com.

Click the following links for more details:

July 31, 2019 - It's that time again! The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center is partnering with Shelby Savings Bank and Dazzle Me Pink & Blue in this year's annual backpack drive. Please make all donations by August 1st.

The school year is just around the corner and the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center wants you to help child abuse victims in need by providing them with a backpack and supplies.

There are two ways to donate:

1. Buy a backpack yourself and fill it with basic school supplies
2. Give a $25 donation that will sufficiently provide one child with a pack and supplies.

Take backpacks to the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas from 8:00-3:00 Monday thru Friday, or mail donation to PO Box 2072, Center 75935. (Updated) Donations can also be dropped off at Shelby Savings Bank, Monday thru Friday 8:30-4:00 or Saturday 8:30-12:30, or at Dazzle Me Pink and Blue, Tuesday thru Friday 10:00-6:00 or Saturday 10:00-4:00.

Please give by August 1st.

The children receiving these backpacks all benefit from life-changing programs made available by the SCCAC. For more information, give us a call at 936-590-9864.