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September 22, 2022 (Fajita Luncheon Order Form) - The Chicken Fajita Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, helps kick off the Poultry Festival activities. The Fajita lunch will be held next week on Wednesday, September 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Center Fire Department on the corner of Logansport Street and Patton Street.

Lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 936-598-3682 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 23rd. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available at the Chamber of Commerce offices on the historic downtown square or on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber website, http://www.shelbycountychamber.com.

Don’t miss this delicious lunch!

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, email us at info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit our website www.shelbycountychamber.com and click on the Event page to find all Poultry Festival information.

September 19, 2022 - The members of Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 vote to donate their annual dues back to the local community every year. Anyone who purchases a property policy automatically becomes a Hochheim member and has the opportunity to participate in their local branch. Members are assigned to a local branch according to their zip code. This year we were pleased to be able to donate to all of Shelby County’s Volunteer Fire Departments. We also donated to the Shelby County Cancer Fund and to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office. It is our pleasure, as Branch members, to be able to support what these organizations stand for and what they do for our community.

Each Branch consists of a Branch Board of Directors who are responsible for holding an annual meeting. The purpose of the annual meeting is to determine how the Branch funds are spent in the local community. If you are interested in serving on a Branch Board in the future, go to HPFM.com for more information.


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (left) and Director Matt Snider (right) present check to Joaquin VFD Fire Chief Jeremy Boyett (middle).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (middle) and Director Matt Snider (right) present check to Center VFD Fire Chief Rodney Matthews (left).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (right) presents check to Timpson VFD Fire Chief Tony Acosta (left).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (left) presents check to Shelbyville VFD Fire Chief Darren Whiteside (right).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 Director Matt Snider (left), President Tanner Peace (cowboy hat), and Mallory Snider (right) present a check to West Shelby VFD Fire Chief Jerryl Adams (red cap).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (left) and Director Matt Snider (right) present check to Tenaha VFD Fire Chief Mark Odom (middle).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (left) and Director Matt Snider (right) present check to Huxley VFD Representative Dexter Vaughn (middle).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 President Tanner Peace (left) presents check to Shelby County Cancer Fund Representative LaDonna Kennon (right).


Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 presents check to Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. From left: Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzalez, Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 Director Matt Snider, Sheriff Kevin Windham, Sheriff's Captain Tanner Peace, and Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 110 Representative Mallory Snider.

September 19, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) was the recipient of the John R. Harris Grant this year. SCOM is honored and blessed to receive these grant funds. This grant will be used to help feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County.

Outreach Ministries is striving to be the hands and heart of Christ in our community. This grant will allow us to purchase food for emergency food boxes, assist with utility bills, doctor visits, medications, emergency lodging, and so much more!

Josh Crawford, SCOM Administrative Assistant, expresses appreciation on behalf of the organization, “We want to extend our gratitude to the East Texas Communities Foundation and those involved with the John Harris grant.”

September 16, 2022 - In celebration of National Thank A Police Officer Day the Center Police Department's Auxiliary gifted the Center Police Department officers with goody/snack bags.

We also want to thank The Crayon Box Child Care Center, and Center Learning Academy Daycares for the wonderful coloring pages and poster!

If you see an officer this week, remember to tell them Thank You!!

National Thank a Police Officer Day is recognized every year on the third Saturday of September. (Not to be confused with Police Week in May or Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in January). This year National Thank a Police Officer Day is Saturday, September 17, 2022.

September 15, 2022 - For the VFW fiscal year 2021-2022 that ended on June 30, 2022, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904, Center, Texas, was named as an “All American Post” by the National Organization. Each year a select group of VFW Posts are presented with All American Status which is meant to recognize outstanding VFW posts and is based on participation in VFW Programs as well as membership gains.

The Post Commander during this time was Gene Hutto who has served in this capacity since being elected in 2015. As an All American Post Commander and Gold Legacy Life Member he is authorized to wear the distinctive red and black VFW Cover with Legacy tab.

Gene is a ten year member having joined in July 2012 and also served as Post Chaplain for two years. He earned his eligibility to join the VFW for service in the Dominican Republic with the United States Army where he was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Gene proudly served his country for two years from 1963 to 1965.

September 15, 2022 - Please join us on Thursday, September 15 staring at 10:30am for our annual customer appreciation day. This is a day that we give back to all of our customers for the many years of business. We will have plenty of free food, door prizes, and a good time. Also joining us again is Major League Fishing tour pro Nick Lebrun, who will be here talking fishing and hanging out with everyone. It's going to be a fun day so please join us as we celebrate you, our customers.

September 14, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries is currently having our annual ATV Raffle Fundraiser and seeking sponsors for this event. There are multiple levels of sponsorship. All sponsors will have their names collectively placed on a large banner, which will hang at our 2022 Poultry Festival booth. They will also receive recognition through our local media sources, which include online, newspaper, and radio.

Statistics show that 1 in 3 children and 1 in 4 older adults living in Shelby County do not know where their next meal will come from. Because of our 2021 sponsors, we were able to feed approximately 3,504 people with our emergency food boxes, provide 22,860 meals to senior citizens, and meet a total of 2,752 needs in our community.

All sponsorship forms must be turned in by September 16, 2022. If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Shelby County Outreach Ministries. We are located at 930 Shelbyville Street. You can also call us for more information at 936-598-4990. Thank you for your support.

September 12, 2022 - Meet Clyde, the new Poultry Festival mascot!! Clyde was designed and named by Center High School Senior, Lisandra Santos. Lisandra is a student in Mr. Ramirez’s Graphic Design Class. Thank you Ms. Santos and Mr. Ramirez for all their help with the logo design.

Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.

The tee shirts are now available for purchase at the following locations: Farmers State Bank Main Branch, Payne and Payne Home N’Suchlike, The City of Center offices and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Regular sizes available – adult small to 3XL and youth small to youth XLarge; Toddler sizes 2T-5T. My First Poultry Festival Onsies are also available.

The 46th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6th and runs through Saturday, October 8th on the Center downtown square. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: Badders Law Firm, The City of Center, Pilgrims Pride, and Tyson Foods.

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


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September 11, 2022 - (Album) - VFW Post 8904 hosted a Patriot Day program in honor of all who made sacrifices on September 11, 2001, and thereafter. The ceremony was held on the Center square at the Shelby County Veteran's Memorial Friday, September 9, 2022 with many first responders in attendance.

Post Quartermaster Larry Hume led the ceremony, and an opening prayer was given by Don Moore, Shelby County Jail Administrator. Following the prayer, the National Anthem was performed by David Mathis, First Baptist Church Minister of Music, and those present joined in by singing. The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited.

"On September 11 2001, 21 years ago, America witnessed evil beyond belief. It was difficult for all of us to grasp the scope of the tragedies that day. It was one of the single most tragic days in our nation's history," said Hume. "Two decades have passed since that fateful day, and for most the memories of what happened that day are still vivid and painful as they were 21 years ago, and while time cannot ever remove the pain, we can find solace in remembering how our nation united in subsequent days and months that followed the attack."

Hume continued, "That day, we refused to allow evilness to triumph over good The accounts of hope and heroism that emerged from the rubble of ground zero, the Pentagon and the rural Pennsylvania field inspired us all. Those remarkable acts of valor continue to serve as reminders of all that is good and true in the human spirit, and in our grief, our nation and its citizens stood tall, and defiantly proud as police, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel, airplane passengers and crew members along with 9/11 dispatchers gave their lives to save their fellow man. Their heroism will never be forgotten by a grateful America, nor by the [Veterans of Foreign Wars] members who by their own experiences recognize heroism, and the high cost that comes with it."

Hume reminded everyone of three of Shelby County's own who died overseas protecting our freedoms and they are Larry E. Polley Jr., United States Army, killed in action in Iraq January 17, 2004; Kevin Casey Roberts, United States Army, killed in action in Afghanistan May 7, 2008; and Cory Bertrand, who was 18 years old and in the United States Army when he was killed in action in Afghanistan October 14, 2008.

"We can best honor the victims we remember today by recommitting ourselves to our families, our communities and our country," said Hume

Flags were mandated by presidential proclamation to be lowered to half-staff in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

"They were to be lowered on Sunday, September 11, but this preceded it, and now they will be raised approximately September 18, 10 days after her death," said Hume.

Introduced by Hume, and speaking on behalf of first responders in Shelby County were Keith Byndom, Center Fire Chief; Kevin Windham, Shelby County Sheriff; Jeremy Bittick, Center Police Lieutenant; and Jessie Griffith, Allegiance Mobile Health. Each reflected on the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Shelby County Sheriff Captain Tanner Peace spoke on behalf of the NextGen Group who placed the flags on the square in honor of 9/11.

Richard Lundie, Post Commander, also spoke and shared a story of being overseas when the attack occurred and all of the first responders who acted on that day and the lasting medical effects which so many have suffered.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham placed the memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial, after which Hume reminded everyone to remember Mike Wood who formerly played the bagpipes at VFW events and was himself a 41-year first responder.

Following a moment of silence and remembrance of September 11, 2001 Taps was played as presented by Gene Hutto, Post Commander, and David Mathis sang God Bless America to close out the ceremony.


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September 11, 2022 - (Album) - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce sponsored group NextGen - Our Next Generation of Leaders, once again joined with Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCC) members at the Historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse to place flags in honor of 9/11 on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

This year's event was sponsored by the Shelby County Republican Party and speaking on its behalf was Leigh Porterfield, Republican Party Chair.

"We gather here to pay tribute to the lives lost on what was the worst event in most of our living memories," said Porterfield. "The events of September 11, 2001, gave us a glimpse of evil in the worst of humanity, but that day also showed us demonstrations of the best of humanity. The acts of self-sacrifice, kindness, bravery, perseverance and faith gave us national unity, patriotism and hope."

Porterfield noted those present were surrounded by members of NextGen who were children on September 11, 2001, who now display caring and affection for fellow citizens, giving hope for Shelby County and for the United States of America.

"We commend them for this 9/11 Memorial, and we could not be more proud to sponsor this event," said Porterfield. "We commend the Junior [Chamber of Commerce] Ambassadors for coming out to help today, and we thank the citizens who have chosen to give up their time to come out and help too. May God bless our communities, our country and you."

Sam Beasley, NextGen representative, thanked all of the JCC members for assisting with their efforts and the Shelby County Republican Party for providing sponsorship. He also thanked those working behind the scene including Deborah Chadwick, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, for procuring the flags and getting authorization for the flags to be placed.

Beasley wanted to give some personal perspective of his own those JCC members present who are closer to the age he was when the acts of 9/11 occurred. He said he was 12 years old and in the 5th grade when it happened, and he recounted that his class had just received a reading lesson and were in the middle of related tasks when a teacher from the math class next door suddenly entered the room, approached the reading teacher, and very quickly and quietly related to her what was going and on and to turn on the television.

"It had just been right after the first plane had hit and they were just getting in frantic very fresh news reports from the ground at the scene of what was happening, and I remember sitting in class and seeing that. [Our teacher] didn't leave it on for very long, some of the teachers did, she cut it off pretty quickly after that," said Beasley. "About 10 minutes we were sitting there watching this and during that time period, and for the rest of the day, I just remember there being so many different emotions of fear, anger, rage, even to the point of being horrified and terrified."

Beasley said the main reason they now hold this event is to honor those who lost their lives on that day. Before the group proceeded with placing the flags, they had a moment of silence.

The process lasted for around and hour and 3,000 flags were placed.

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