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From left: (standing) Tuffy Green, Jesse Maynard, Dondi Tipton, Larry Molloy, and (seated) Joe R.  Dillon

September 8, 2022 - Timpson Lodge #437 AF and AM (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) presented Brother Joe R. Dillon with his 75-year service award at his home on September 7, 2022. Presenting the award on behalf of the Lodge were District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) Larry Molloy, Worshipful Master Dondi Tipton, Tuffy Green, and Jesse Maynard.

2022 Queen’s Court (From left): Leah Watson, Joaquin High School – Escort, Luke Hernandez; Bella Alford, Timpson High School – Escort, Jase Lloyd; Braileigh McDaniel, Center High School – Escort, Jaxon Parker; Sayre Hall, Center High School – Escort, Mason Perry; Emilee Elliott, 2021 Senior Queen; Carly Gray, 2021 Junior Queen; Bethany Kilpatrick, Homeschool – Escort, Ryker Tomlin; Julie Bird, Center High School – Escort, Hagan Craig; Carson Crouch, Center High School – Escort, Colby Lout

September 2, 2022 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held a Welcome Party to introduce and welcome the 2022 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court.  Reigning Queens, Emilee Elliott and Carly Gray spoke to the young ladies summarizing their experience of 2021 and gave them some insight as to what to expect. Each candidate introduced herself, her Escort and her parent(s) prior to enjoying dinner catered by B&D Barbeque.

The upcoming schedule and pageant rules and guidelines were reviewed. The Queen’s Court program has a month long schedule of events including a Social, Girls Giving Back and a Disco Fever party as part of the enrichment program for the candidates and their escorts prior to the scholarship pageant.

The Coronation will be held Saturday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Center High School Cafetorium when the Queen candidates will be presented to Shelby County. Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the Chamber at info@shelbycountychamber.com or calling 936.598.3682. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Queen’s Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Corbell, includes, Haley Link, Sharisse McAdams, Shanell Ruiz, Emily Teske and Jesse Wiggins.

2022 Children of the Court: (from left) Kase Kay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kay; Preslee Chumley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Chumley; Blayne Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Miller; Todd Best, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Best; Sawyer Kirby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kirby; and William Windham, son of Dr. and Mrs. Clayton Windham

From left: (seated) Leah Watson, Bella Alford, Braileigh McDaniel, Sayre Hall, Bethany Kilpatrick, Julie Bird, Carson Crouch, (back row) Luke Hernandez, Jase Lloyd, Jaxon Parker, Mason Perry, Ryker Tomlin, Hagan Craig, and Colby Lout.

September 1, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2022, in observance of Labor Day. All programs will open at our regular time Tuesday morning. We pray that you have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.

August 31, 2022 - VFW Post 8904 honored Iraq War veterans, including Larry E. Polley Jr., during a ceremony held August 31, 2022, at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial on the Center square.

"The war in Iraq began March 20, 2003, and continued all the way to August the 31st 2010, and that's been 12 years since the end of the hostilities and it's our duty as fellow veterans and citizens to ensure that this piece of history and sacrifices made are never forgotten," said Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster. "Our gathering here today is a small but heartfelt thank you to those American patriots who served."

Hume continued, "During the Iraq War 4,486 Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice, including Shelby County's own U.S. Army Specialist Larry E. Polley, Jr., in January of 2004. Larry graduated from Center High School in 2001, and was 20 years old when he was killed in action."

In the audience during the ceremony were Polley's father, Larry Polley Sr. and his mother Lois. Hume indicated their presence to those in attendance and applauded them as well as thanking them for their presence.

The opportunity was offered by Hume for anyone present to recognize any other Iraq Veterans present who had served, and two others in the audience were recognized including Mike Langford and Dennis Mince.


In honor of Iraq Veterans, Post Commander Richard Lundie placed the memorial wreath upon the Shelby County Memorial. Taps was then played as presented by VFW member Gene Hutto.

The original plan for the upcoming VJ Day event was to be in Bossier City with A.J. Procell who was in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrendered. Hume stated Procell is now 98 years of age and he lives in the Veteran's Home over in Bossier City.

"So we were all set to go over there and visit him, and honor him and seven other World War II veterans that they had over there. But, some of the staff members, at least one or two, came down with Covid and with that they had to go into a Covid protocol and we couldn't have our ceremony [in Bossier City]," said Hume.

Hume informed all present the next observance of VJ Day would be this coming Friday, September 2, 2022, at the Shelby County Memorial at 9am.

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August 29, 2022 - Shelby County Family Life Center held a ribbon cutting event Saturday, August 13, 2022, in Center.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined with members of Abundant Love Ministries and community members in celebrating the opening of the facility.

Pastor Marlin Cloudy expressed appreciation to everyone there, the late Rick and James Campbell, and he thanked Shelby Savings Bank. Other ministers from the church spoke and gave praise for being able to celebrate establishing the facility.

Shelby County Family Life Center's purpose is to help better develop the community, offering a wide selection of after school youth activities for the youth as well as adult programs.

Marlin Cloudy Jr. thanked God for the occasion and he stated the building is meant to bring people in the community together from all groups.

"It's going to be a lot more students and youth who should have, and could have, and would have had the opportunity to do the things that a lot of us have done that are going to get that chance now - through your time, through your donations, through your efforts," said Cloudy. "I just want to thank everybody for coming out."

He remarked the dream was that of Pastor Cloudy, and Feleshia Thompson was instrumental in helping push the project forward.

"We'll start an AU program from our county, from our area," said Cloudy. "I'm tired of Houston and Dallas and all of those people going to New York, Going to California. We're going to start a AU program right here in Shelby County, because we have the talent and ability to showcase what we've got here, all over the world."

Planned are training sessions, 3-on-3 tournaments, adult tournaments, family reunion tournaments to name some of the events that are being anticipated.

The Shelby County Family Life Center is located at 1426 ½ Shelbyville Street at the corner of Loop 500 and Shelbyville Street and is affiliated with Abundant Love Church with Marlin Cloudy, Pastor.

Photos taken by Katesia Evans

August 29, 2022 - Focused Care of Center celebrated the 100th Birthday of Audrey Taylor on Friday, August 26, 2022 with her family!

Audrey Taylor was born August 26, 1922, in Center, Texas to Eddie and Ona Watson and had four siblings. In February 1940 she married Ramsey Taylor and together they have one son, Chris Taylor. She and her husband celebrated 47 years before his passing in 1987.

From left: Chris Taylor, Audrey Taylor, and Cyndi Taylor

Mrs. Taylor is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center. She was a wonderful housewife for her family which has grown over the years. Her son Chris married Cyndi who is a big part of her life. Chris and Cyndi blessed Mrs. Audrey with two grandchildren, Dusty and Cody. Cody married Elissa and gave Mrs. Audrey two great-grandsons, Kypton and Madyx.

Mrs. Taylor also has two special nieces, Olivia Deaton and Linda Hanna, and a great-niece Michelle Deaton.

A little local history, the Fox Hunters Association held a meeting in 1922 to organize, as well as the Center Music Study Club was formed. That same year, First National Bank of Center was chartered.

For a little world history, War War I was declared over by congress the year before Mrs. Aubrey’s birth in 1921. In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated and Time Magazine and Reader’s Digest were founded. Also, 1922 was the year Wimbledon Championships began and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed.

Warren G. Harding was President of the United States and Mrs. Audrey has lived through 25 Presidential elections with 18 different Presidents in total with women having the right to vote. Two years before her birthday, August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote after Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18.

Happy 100th Birthday Audrey Taylor!

August 26, 2022 - The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) received a grant in the amount of $20,000 from T.L.L. Temple Foundation. The SCCAC staff and board of directors are grateful for the award of these funds, which will help us continue our mission of providing the highest quality services to children who have experienced abuse.

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation works alongside families and communities to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunities for all. In support of its mission, the foundation makes grants in the areas of education, economic development and community revitalization, health, human services, arts and culture, and conservation and the environment.

August 25, 2022 - The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the John Harris Community Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF). They are grateful to ETCF for their continued support of our agency and their commitment to improving the lives of children and families in our community.

East Texas East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundatio­­n, which was formed in 1989, has awarded over $108 million in grants and scholarships since its inception.

August 25, 2022 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society announces their August monthly challenge "Creatures" winners. Members voted online and the results were a three-way tie for first place.

To view all the challenge photos view our Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/.

August Challenge "Creatures"

1st Place (Tie) - "Photo Bombed" by Billie Haggard Jones

1st Place (Tie) - "Late Afternoon Fly-By" by Janice Huffman Carter

1st Place (Tie) - "Show Me the Money" by Bobbie Jean Wood

August 25, 2022 - The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library is grateful to receive the John Harris Community Fund Grant from the East Texas Community Foundation. John Reagan Harris was devoted to the Center, Texas community, his church and education.

We are excited to receive these funds to support our senior patrons by expanding our large print collection of books as well as enhancing our Preschool Storytime program. This grant allows us to continue to fulfill our mission of providing resources that provide knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment to the residents of Center as well as making the library a place for our future readers to discover the joy of reading and the value of libraries.