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Sketches done by Gloria Fiedler

April 22, 2019 - Delta Gamma members were treated to a wonderful program about the local chapter founders and the founders of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in 1929.

Twelve key women educators from Texas banned together to form a group to fellowship and further educational opportunities for women. It is now an international organization celebrating 70 years in existence.

Presenting the program were Carol McMillan, Becky Wiggins, Fannie Watson, and Judy Adkison, who wrote the program. The local chapter is fortunate enough to have sketches that were done some years ago by Gloria Fiedler, who is now deceased.

In recent years, member Debbie Leggett freshened and colored the sketches which have been used at the Texas state convention and often in our local meetings.

Submitted by Nora Robinson

April 22, 2019 - Despite a little hailing falling Friday, April 19th, Focused Care of Center rolled on with their Easter Egg Hunt activities by opening their doors to everyone with baskets in hand.

Children visited residents down their hallways and were delighted to receive eggs filled with treats while the Easter Bunny hopped his way around the facility visiting with everyone. Affinity Hospice provided free face painting and Mama Rose Italian Ice was on location for those wanting to cool off from their hunt.

To see more photos from Easter Egg Hunt at Focused Care of Center - Egg Hunt, Bunny at Focused Care

April 22, 2019 - The Easter Bunny was at Town and Country Real Estate on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 to greet all the children young and old who stopped by to visit. Town and Country RE had special Easter themed cookies for everyone to enjoy along with popcorn.

Congratulations to the winners of Easter Baskets! The winners were Michelle Wilburn, Mallory Hudspeth, Kristi Stringer, and Austin Campos.

To see all the photos - Bunny at Town and Country RE

April 19, 2019 - Looking every bit the part of a Civil War embalming surgeon in period dress, licensed Texas funeral director Roger Doyle of Center shared the origins of modern embalming with the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their April 17 monthly meeting. Mr. Doyle replicated a Civil War era embalming field clinic, featuring period handbills and literature, surgical and embalming tools and chemicals, and even a deceased dummy, ready for embalming.

Mr. Doyle said that he had always been interested in history but became involved in Civil War reenactment when he answered a casting call for the somewhat historically inaccurate film “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. He is now a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and usually portrays an infantryman, although he has begun portraying an embalming surgeon.

Modern embalming had its origins about 1850 but the chemicals used were so toxic that many of the morticians who used them became ill and died themselves, Doyle revealed. With the outbreak of the Civil War and the transportation of tens of thousands of unpreserved bodies of dead soldiers home for burial, the critical need for some method to prevent their decomposition became obvious, he said. Dr. Thomas Holmes of New York solved the problem.

In 1861 Union Col. Elmer Ellsworth, a friend of President Lincoln, was slain while removing a Confederate flag from the roof of a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. Lincoln asked Dr. Holmes to create a solution to embalm Col. Ellsworth's body and Ellsworth became a national hero. Dr. Holmes was given a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army to continue the embalming of dead Union soldiers. Soon others began the practice commercially, with the cost being about $100 for an officer and $50 for an enlisted man, Doyle shared. Abuses were common, leading General Grant to order that all embalming surgeons would have to be licensed by the Army. The practice of embalming continued after the end of the war, the beginning of the modern funeral service industry, Doyle revealed.

The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets at 2pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in Timpson. The public is invited. The TAGHS Genealogy Library is located inside the Timpson Public Library and is staffed by TAGHS volunteers who are available to assist those doing research. The phone number is 936-254-2966.  

April 18, 2019 - The Constable Precinct 3 office put to use Shelby County Jail trustys cleaning up roadways in Precinct 3 on April 12, 2019. 

The Shelby County Commissioners' Court approved on March 13 the hiring by Willis Blackwell, Shelby County Sheriff, of a seasonal part-time deputy to monitor jail trustys while they do outside work.

During discussion of that hiring, the commissioners talked with Sheriff Blackwell about the possibility of County Constables participating in doing some monitoring of trustys in the county. Sheriff Blackwell agreed that was possible.

Upon hearing Sheriff Blackwell was willing to allow this scenario Roy Cheatwood, Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, contacted Sheriff Blackwell about helping out and said he would be happy to help.

As a result Cheatwood escorted two jail trustys as they picked up trash debris along the roadways in the Joaquin area. 

Cheatwood thanked the people of Precinct 3 and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for participating in this partnership.

April 17, 2019 - Blue Sunday on April 28th - for more information visit

Update: Deadline extended to noon on Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 17, 2019 - Center Middle School JCC, Beta, and 'My sister, Myself' will collect items to benefit victims of the Alto tornados through the end of school on Wednesday, April 17th. Alto, Texas was devastated by tornados over the weekend and is in need of several items.

The community is invited to participate as well!

6th Graders drop off items in Mrs. Gurley’s room.
7th Graders drop off items in Mrs. Ferguson’s room.
8th Graders may drop off in either Mrs. Andrews’, Mrs. Williams, or T. Parker’s room.

The following list was sent from Alto. These are items that are much needed.

Items will be delivered to Alto after school on Wednesday! Please bring items by end of the school day on Wednesday.

  • Gatorade
  • Sodas
  • Chips (individual bags)
  • Sanitizer wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plenty of water, toilet paper and paper towels
  • Storage totes!! Many needed
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Baby diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby bottles
  • Hair brushes
  • Dish soap
  • Work gloves

April 17, 2019 - Linda Anderson presented the April 15 Golden Harvest Ministries Club program at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas. She discussed "Easter-Facts, Fables, and Trivia" as well as giving a history of Easter in the United States. Tables were decorated with bluebonnets, roses, other spring flowers, and Easter eggs to celebrate the season.

Linda Bordelon, Reporter

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April 16, 2019 - April Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737 members, family and friends participated in our Adopt A Highway Project on Saturday, April 6, 2019 to clean up the Loop in Tenaha. 

Thanks to all that participated to make our city a little better.

April 15, 2019 - Residents at Focused Care of Center were treated to a visit by the Easter Bunny brought to them by Heartsway Hospice of Northeast Texas.

The Easter Bunny visited residents in the main gathering room of the facility and then several in their rooms bringing smiles to their faces.