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December 16, 2022 - Center Motor Company will be closed Friday, December 16, 2022 for the funeral of its owner, Marlin Ray Jones, Jr.

The Center Motor Company family thanks everyone for their understanding and prayers during this difficult time.

To view the obituary of Marlin Ray Jones, Jr., click here.

December 14, 2022 - Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors as well as other members of the community attended a ribbon cutting for Thrifty Loans on Friday, December 2, 2022.

“I want to welcome you to Center for your new business. Y’all do fabulous and if there is anything that [the chamber] can do to help, anything you need to promote, just let us know,” expressed Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Chadwick before inviting David Lawrence, local owner, to speak.

Lawrence expressed thanks and described the services Thrifty Loans offers, “We make installment loans, car title loans, our rates vary… we are definitely cheaper than anybody in town and if we are not, we will be. So, if you know anybody that needs some quick cash for the holidays, vacation, or whatever, that is pretty much what we do.”

Lawrence described the process which they try to make as easy as possible, “You can get a loan and pay it and never even get out of pajamas if you don’t want to. There is nobody else that offers that type of product. We are Cyber Monday’s best friend.”

Office Manager Maria Harkness was introduced next. She is dedicated to providing the most reliable loan services to all of their clients. Thrifty Loans offers payday loans, title loans and installment loans for your needs. Each loan has different terms and advantages so it is important to find the one that is right for you.

Refreshments were enjoyed by all attending.

Thrifty Loans is located at 908 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 75935.

December 13, 2022 - Tenaha residents and vendors lined the streets in Tenaha as the Christmas parade traveled Wall Street on Saturday, December 11, 2022.

After the parade passed through town, Santa set up in front of the fire department and children were able to visit with him.

The event ran from 8am until 2pm and offered fun for all ages.

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December 12, 2022 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and members of the community celebrated with Fancy’s Cafe on November 2, 2022 with owners Karly and Michael Howard with a New Member Ribbon Cutting.

Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President Stephanie Elswick welcome everyone and introduced Karly Howard one of the owners of Fancy’s Cafe, “Congratulations to you and Michael (Howard), this is your plaque for becoming a member of the Chamber.” Elswick also mentioned she is a fan of their hamburgers before inviting Karly to speak about the restaurant.

“I just want to thank you for everybody coming out today to the ribbon cutting. And also, today is our two year anniversary of being open. We started out in Tenaha at the original Whistle Stop building. We are a family owned and ran restaurant. We are open Monday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm. We have lunch specials from 11am to 2pm.”

“We’ve really been blessed moving to Center, we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to be here and the community just kind of welcoming us and coming and supporting us with everything that we do. We are excited about joining the chamber and looking forward to getting involved in the community.”

Fancy’s Cafe is open Monday thru Saturday from 11:00am until 9:00pm and is located at 1003 Hurst Street, Center, Texas. For more information, call (936) 427-5008.

December 12, 2022 - The City of Center Mayor David Chadwick presented awards to winners of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa's Christmas Parade at the beginning of the City Council meeting on December 12, 2022 as the city was the Awards Sponsor of the parade.

Mayor Chadwick said, "I can't tell you how much we appreciate the fact that not only the chamber has been so forceful in making sure that we always have a Christmas Parade but you as individuals who take the time, the energy to decorate a float, to come up with an idea, to get people involved, it truely puts our city in a spirit of Christmas and it is just what sets us off and makes the whole season work that much better."

Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Chadwick added, "City Council, City of Center, I can't thank you enough for your support of all our events all year long and for being the float competition (awards) sponsor. Decorations downtown for the holidays are lovely. Thank you Chief (Jim Albers) for your police department escort and thank you for the fire department. It's a team effort and thank you for all of you who have participated. Merry Christmas!"

The following businesses, churchs, and civic organizations present for the awards presentations were:

Overall Best in Show - Tri County Community Action

Church Category, 1st Place - St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church

Church Category, 2nd Place - First Baptist Church Worship Ministry

Church Category, 2nd Place - Hillcrest Baptist Church

Civic Organization, 1st Place - Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department

Civic Organization, 2nd Place - Girl Scout Troop #102175

Business Category, 1st Place - Tri County Community Action

Business Category, 2nd Place - Brock's Rocks

Business Category, 3rd Place - Farmers State Bank

Tracy BroadwayDecember 12, 2022 - The members of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society had to wait to enjoy the plentiful pot-luck dishes they had brought as incoming 2023 officers were installed at last Wednesday's monthly meeting. The TAGHS Christmas Luncheon was held in the fellowship hall of the Timpson First Baptist Church with Justice of the Peace Tracy Broadway presiding over the ceremony. Those installed were:

President - Kathy Grigsby
Vice-President - Margaret Oliver
Membership - Dru Dickey
Recording Secretary - BJ Pitts
Treasurer - Dru Dickey
Librarian - Dru Dickey
Archivist - Brandy Harding
Parliamentarian - Shannon Ramsey
Program Co-coordinators - Jean Wells, Kathy Grigsby 
Program Reporter - Tad Bailey
Tap Root Editor - Shannon Ramsey
Volunteer Coordinator - Brandy Harding
Media Technician - Brandy Harding

Board of Directors

Three-Year Term
Glynn Hartt
Peggy Stone
Jim Barrett

Two-Year Term
Jan Barrett
Jean Wells
Charles Johnson

One-Year Term
Tracy Broadway
Elizabeth Goff
Marjorie Holt

The Timpson Area Genealogical Society meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The TAGHS library is located within the Timpson Public Library and is open and staffed from 9AM until 5PM weekdays. Telephone 936-254-2966 and ask for the Genealogical Library.

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Winners

December 9, 2022 (Photo Album) - Saturday, December 3 was a great day for a Christmas Festival and Joaquin sure had one.

Thanks to the hard work done by Krystal Raybon and her team of Christmas elves the town was decorated beautifully. The park was covered with lights and bounce houses for kids and fun for the younger set. The downtown area was glowing. Even the Santa House was ready for the big man himself. There were vendors selling all sorts of great items and good food to eat. The treasure hunt got underway around 9 in the morning with a kids section of clues and an adult section. Money was hidden with every clue. Parade time rolled around with plenty of music from the high school band and the sirens of the fire trucks as well as lots of motorcycles and cars from the car show.

After the parade we had a grand cake walk sponsored by the Community Christian Service group. There was an auction, raffle and toy run benefiting Joaquin Christian Services. All the donations were so appreciated and will be used to help local needy families. There were over 30 prizes drawn, including a 58" tv donated by East Texas Chopper Guys. Three of the auction items were built by the Joaquin FFA group. They did a great job and are very talented.

All in all, it was a fun day for all who came. Prizes were given out for gingerbread house decorating, car show, motorcycle show, parade entrants and a young girl beauty pageant. Many thanks to Krystal for all her hard work putting this festival on.

December 8, 2022 - Shelby Savings Bank is in the midst of celebrating 40 years servicing the community, and on December 8, 2022, their celebration included a Christmas open house for the community to attend.

Will Lucas, Shelby Savings Bank, commented on the bank being in the community since 1982 and the seven locations it now has. The open house is running until 1pm.

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December 7, 2022 - Tomlin Insurance recently celebrated new ownership with a new owner ribbon cutting event hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Stephanie Elswick, Ambassador President, introduced new owners Mallory and Matt Snider. 

"We are so happy to start this new adventure, I would call it a new adventure, but I've been here for like 13 years," said Mallory Snider. "We're so excited to continue to grow and continue with the Tomlin legacy that they started."

Snider explained that a large part of Tomlin Insurance has been Hochheim Prairie Insurance and she introduced Carrie Staton who is a representative of that company from Yoakum Texas.

"We have all kinds of insurance that we offer, just come and talk to us we would be happy to offer any type of advice, even if you are not one of our customers because I value educating people more about what they have or what they need," said Snider.

Tomlin Insurance was established in 1982 by the late Judge John Tomlin and his wife Ann. Mrs. Tomlin continued to operate the business after Mr. Tomlin passed away in 2009. 

Mallory and Matt Snider purchased Tomlin Insurance in June 2022, after working for the business for over a decade. They are honored to continue the Tomlin legacy.

Tomlin Insurance specializes in Home, Auto, Farm, Liability and Commercial insurance of all types.

Tomlin Insurance is located at 102 Church Street. Contact Matt, Mallory or Gracie at 936-598-6165.


At Holiday Nursing Center (from left) VFW Auxiliary representatives Carolyn Umbrell, Mary Fausett, Joy Hutto, Jan Ramsey, and Theresa Hume with Holiday's Activity Director Bobbi Launius.

December 6, 2022 - Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 Auxiliary visited Holiday Nursing Center and Affinity Hospice on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 with Christmas donations.

Accepting plush blankets for their 13 Veteran residents is Bobbi Launius, Activity Director at Holiday Nursing Center and accepting hand knitted shawls/lap blankets is Affinity Hospice RN Case Manager Tammie Jacobs.

Members of the Auxiliary included President Mary Fausett, Treasurer Theresa Hume, Jr. Vice Carolyn Umbrell, Chaplain Joy Hutto and Secretary Jan Ramsey.

At Affinity Hospice (from left) Case Manager Tammie Jacobs and VFW Auxiliary members Ramsey, Hume, Umbrell, Fausett, and Hutto.