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December 23, 2019 - Santa's Christmas Parade winners were presented checks by the Award's Sponsor - the City of Center on Monday, December 23, 2019 by Mayor David Chadwick.

"I really want to thank y'all very much for participating in our annual parade," City of Center Mayor David Chadwick expressed.

He understood it would have been an easy year with the construction downtown for participates to have skipped it this year which made it all the more special that the parade was a success with crowds filling up the new route areas. "Your attitude was Christmas and you did the whole nine yards with it. So, thank you very much for your participation in [the parade]."

He also gave some 'flash news' to the winners, "Next years parade is going to be on December 5th, put it on your calendars already... and the theme next year will be 'Christmas Then and Now.' This is the Chambers announcement of the theme for next year and since y'all are such avid supporters, you deserve the first shot at it. So, congratulations and we look forward to seeing each of you participating next year in an even grander way than it was this year. Thank you very much and Have a Merry Christmas!"

Chadwick recognized parade sponsors: Presenting Sponsor - Shelby Savings Bank, Float Sponsor and Awards Sponsor - City of Center, Silver Sponsors - Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc.

Winners by Category are:


Mayor Chadwick presented the $100 First Place prize in the school category to Center High School Cheerleaders

School Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Center High School Cheerleaders
$50 - 2nd Place – Center Middle School Cheerleaders
$25 - 3rd Place – Center High School Band


Mayor Chadwick presented the $100 First Place prize in the individual category to Tanner Peace and his wife Kristin Peace.

Individual Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Tanner Peace for Sheriff
$50 – 2nd Place – Derek Barbee for Sheriff
$25 – 3rd Place – Erica Santana

Church Category:
$100 - 1st Place – First Baptist Church
$50 - 2nd Place  – St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church
$25 - 3rd Place  – White Rock Missionary Baptist Church


Mayor Chadwick presented the $50 Second Place prize in the Civic category to Paul Ragan, President.

Civic Organization Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Fannie Watson
$50 - 2nd Place – East Texas Disciples/Christian Motorcyclists Association


Mayor Chadwick presented the $50 Second Place prize in the Business category to Lacy Starr, Starr Fabrications

Business Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank
$50 - 2nd Place – Starr Fabrications
$25 - 3rd Place – Sand Hill Wrecker


Mayor Chadwick presented the $250 Overall Best-in-Show prize to Tanner Peace and his wife Kristin Peace.

$250 - Overall Best-in-Show – Tanner Peace for Sheriff


Merry Christmas from the City of Center and the Center High School Cheerleaders!

December 23, 2019 - The staff at the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center would like to thank those of you who contributed to our annual toy drive.

Your generosity allowed us to provide 88 children in our community with Christmas cheer during a time in their lives when it is most needed. We appreciate each and every individual, organization, and business who gave in support of the children we serve.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you all!

December 18, 2019 - Ms. Keli’s first grade class at Excelsior School visited Focused Care Nursing Home this week. Each student brought Christmas gifts ensuring that all the residents would have a gift to open this year. The kiddos also sang Christmas carols and read to the residents while they were there. Ms. Keli will also be making a delivery of gifts to Holiday Nursing Home. Excelsior would like to send out an extra thank you to Dana Strain, Anthony Welch, and Kim McClelland for going over and beyond to help make sure each resident has a Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2019 - 2020 Golden Harvest Ministries Club officers were installed by Carl Smith at the December 16 meeting at the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.


From left: Carl Smith; Bobbie Nutt, President; 1st Vice President (Programs) Linda Anderson; 2nd Vice President, (Membership), Charlotte Smith; Treasurer, Reider Frantsen; Secretary, Ellen Manning; and Historian/Reporter, Linda Bordelon.

Harold Hanson led members in singing Christmas hymns. Members sang Happy Birthday to Linda Bordelon, and remembered Margaret Robertson on her birthday. Anniversary greetings went to Ellen and Walter Manning and Alive and Tommy West.

Tables were decorated with poinsettias and Christmas cactus plants which were used as door prizes. Harold and Naomi Hanson contributed Popcorn Tins which were also used as door prizes.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

December 18, 2019 - Joan Garrett has reached the milestone of 50 years in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was the first sorority on Prairie View College Campus in 1969 and she was one of 25 being initiated into the new chapter.

She will be meeting several of her 'line' charter sisters on the actual pledge date, December 19th in Houston. Many congratulations are sent your way and may you continue to work actively in the chapter, both national and local.

December 17, 2019 (Album1) - The Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holiday's pageant was full of Christmas spirit on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Center Middle School. The following contestants won the hearts of the judges:

Mister Happy Holidays - Kylin Moore
Prince - Beckham Wheeler
Most Handsome - Beckham Wheeler
Best Fashion - Kylin Moore
Best Smile - Beckham Wheeler
Best Hair - Kylin Moore
Personality - Beckham Wheeler
People's Choice - Beckham Wheeler

Baby Miss Merry Christmas - Berkleigh Golden
Princesses: Emory Samford, Heavin Martinez, Nikki Youngblood
Most Beautiful - Berkleigh Golden
Best Fashion - Emory Samford
Best Smile - Nikki Youngblood
Best Hair - Heavin Martinez
Personality - Nikki Youngblood
People's Choice - Emory Samford

Tiny Miss Merry Christmas - Kambri Moore
Princesses: Jolie Adams, Maggie Parker, Kira Donahoe
Most Beautiful - Maggie Parker
Best Fashion - Kambri Moore
Best Smile - Jolie Adams
Best Hair - Kira Donahoe
Personality - Kambri Moore
People's Choice - Kira Donahoe and Jolie Resse Adams

Toddler Miss Merry Christmas - Tinley Mouser
Princesses: Brylee Weir
Most Beautiful - Tinley Mouser
Best Fashion - Tinley Mouser
Best Smile - Savanna Barton
Best Hair - Brylee Weir
Personality - Savanna Barton
People's Choice - Bryle Weir, Tinley Mouser, Brylee Weir

Little Miss Merry Christmas - Kimber Lynn Snodgrass
Most Beautiful - Kimber Lynn Snodgrass
Best Fashion - Kimber Lynn Snodgrass
Best Smile - Kimber Lynn Snodgrass
Best Hair - Kimber Lynn Snodgrass
Personality - Kimber Lynn Snodgrass

Petite Miss Merry Christmas - Katelynn Willess
Most Beautiful - Katelynn Willess
Best Fashion - Katelynn Willess
Best Smile - Katelynn Willess
Best Hair - Katelynn Willess
Personality - Katelynn Willess

Teen Miss Merry Christmas - Mahalia Ratcliff
Most Beautiful - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Fashion - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Smile - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Hair - Mahalia Ratcliff
Personality - Mahalia Ratcliff

December 14, 2019 - Meeting in the fellowship hall of Timpson First United Methodist Church last Wednesday, the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society enjoyed a Christmas luncheon before the society's 2020 officers were installed by Judge Tracy Broadway.

Filling leadership positions next year will be Jan Barrett, President and Librarian; Margaret Bolick, Vice President; Dru Dickey, Treasurer and Archivist; Jim Barrett, Assistant Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Assistant Tap Root Editor;  B.J. Pitts, Recording and Corresponding Secretary; Tad Bailey, Program Reporter; Kathy Grigsby, Program Coordinator;  Marjorie Holt, Membership Chairman; Brandy Harding, Volunteer Coordinator and Media Technician; and Shannon Ramsey, Tap Root Editor. Also installed were new Board Members Duncan Connell, Jean Wells, and Margaret Oliver, who will serve three year terms. 

The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The public is invited.


2018 Firefighter of the Year presents the 2019 award to Firefighter Michael Stephens.

December 12, 2019 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Christmas Party and Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 7th at the Joaquin ISD Cafeteria.

The event was well attended by department members and their families, as well as several guests. Those included Joaquin City Councilwoman Cathy Atkinson and her husband Bill, longtime fire department supporter Darrell Alford and his wife Gay, Precinct 3 Constable RoyCheatwood, Deputy Constable Newton Johnson, Jr., and Texas DPS State Troopers Keith Jones and Jesse Fountain.

After a wonderful steak dinner, Fire Chief Perry Pugh welcomed the guests, as well as the members and their families. Chief Pugh talked about what a productive year the department has had, highlighted by the opening of Fire Station #2 on Highway 7. He also spoke of some exciting things to come, such as the addition of a new rescue engine to the department’s fleet of trucks in 2020, made possible by the approval of a USDA grant filed by the city.

He then turned the program over to Training Officer Stephen Ewing, who handed out several service awards. Firefighters Nat Rodgers and Michael Bates were recognized for five years of service, and Chief of EMS Jesse Griffith was recognized for 25 years. Firefighters Brock Pugh and Michael Stephens and Traffic Officer Tommy Boyett, along with Assistant Chiefs Jeremy Boyett and Steve Cockrell and Chief Perry Pugh received recognition for perfect attendance at meetings, and Jeremy Boyett was awarded a certificate for answering the most calls for the year. Firefighter Jesse Parent, who received the honor of Firefighter of the Year in 2018, presented the 2019 award to Firefighter Michael Stephens.

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department would like to wish all citizens of our community a safe and happy holiday season. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!


Firefighter Nat Rodgers is presented with a certificate thanking him for five years of service by Training Officer Stephen Ewing.


Firefighter Michael Bates receives a certificate for five years of service from Training Officer Stephen Ewing.


Chief of EMS Jesse Griffith received recognition for 25 years of service to the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department. 


Receiving awards for Perfect Attendance are, left to right: Firefighter Michael Stephens, Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett, Assistant Chief Steve Cockrell, Chief Perry Pugh, and Traffic Officer Tommy Boyett.


Also being recognized for Perfect Attendance was Firefighter Brock Pugh. 


Assistant Chief Jeremy Boyett received an award for answering the most calls in 2019.

December 9, 2019 - A Christmas festival and parade were held in the City of Joaquin Saturday, December 7, 2019 with a variety of other activities.

Vendors were offering a variety of goods on the square and the parade took its traditional route down U.S. 84 and onto the square. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Mr. A.J. Procell.

A treasure hunt was a main attraction for many and following several hints, the winner was Jairo Blanco, who located the prize.

See photos of the parade at the following links:
Album1, Album2

Santa’s Christmas Parade Photos - Album1, Album2, Album3

December 9, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the winners of the 20th Annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, which was held on Saturday, December 7th. The theme for the parade was “Songs of the Season”.

Winners by Category are:

Individual Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Tanner Peace for Sheriff
$50 – 2nd Place – Derek Barbee for Sheriff
$25 – 3rd Place – Erica Santana

School Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Center High School Cheerleaders
$50 - 2nd Place – Center Middle School Cheerleaders
$25 - 3rd Place – Center High School Band

Church Category:
$100 - 1st Place –First Baptist Church
$50 - 2nd Place  – St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church
$25 - 3rd Place  – White Rock Missionary Baptist Church

Civic Organization Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Fannie Watson
$50 - 2nd Place – East Texas Disciples/Christian Motorcyclists Association

Business Category:
$100 - 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank
$50 - 2nd Place – Starr Fabrications
$25 - 3rd Place – Sand Hill Wrecker

$250 - Overall Best in Show – Tanner Peace for Sheriff

Other supporters that helped make the Parade possible include City of Center, Farmers State Bank and Specter, Inc. Thank you to the Center Police Department for assisting with traffic.

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

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