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November 29, 2021 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2021 parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th beginning at 6:00pm. The Parade is presented by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Through the Decades”. 

Categories for the 2021 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by Monday, November 29, 2021.

We hope there will be a lot of entries. Decorate your pick up truck, golf cart, horse and buggy etc. Join in the holiday festivities and have fun!

The Rio Theatre will open concessions on parade day at 5pm. The movie showing will to be announced soon, so stay tuned!

The Taste of the Holidays, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Thursday, December 2nd at the Windham Civic Center from 4:30-7:30pm. There will be delicious food samplings available.

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com, or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

November 24, 2021 - VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary, Center, Texas proudly announce Lucinda David, 7th grade student at Joaquin Jr. High School as their post Patriot’s Pen essay contest winner. She received a PP Medal, framed certificate and check for $100 from Post Sr. Vice Newton Johnson, Jr. 

Lucinda competed at the district level and it was just announced that she placed second and will receive an engraved plaque and check for $200. Truly an “Outstanding Spokesperson for Freedom.”

VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary, Center, Texas proudly announce the co-winners of their post Voice of Democracy competition. From Joaquin High School, senior Cullen Freeman and from Tenaha High School, senior Sarahi Flores. 

Each received a VOD Medal, framed certificate and a check for $100 from Post Commander Gene Hutto. Congratulations to both.

November 23, 2021 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting Saturday, November 20, 2021. The workshop was a tutorial on how to photograph Holiday Lights, inside and outside and a field trip was planned to photograph Christmas lights using the tips and techniques learned in the workshop.

The Piney Woods Photographic Society’s goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. Featuring programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation. Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.

Follow us on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto.

View all the challenge photos on a Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/

The top 3 Food challenge favorites are as follows:

November Challenge “FOOD”

1st Place Favorite - "The Real Thing" by Billie F. Jones, Center, TX

2nd Place Favorite - "Caramel Apple Dip" by Anna Jones, Center, TX

3rd Place Favorite - "Lollipop" by Bobbie Jean Wood

November 22, 2021 - The 8th Annual Joaquin Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday, November 25th at the Joaquin Community Center, (Senior Citizens Center) in downtown Joaquin.

Prayer of thanksgiving will be at 10am with serving to follow. This is for anyone who would like to participate. Delivery is available (within reason) for those who cannot get out. Drive through and carry out will also be available.

To volunteer or to request delivery please contact Kimberly Sam Walton on Facebook or text 903-754-0237.

From left: Robbie Kerr, Gwen DeWitt (TGC), Carolyn Bounds, and Cherry Jones

November 19, 2021 - On November 10, 2021, Center Garden Club members Robbie Kerr, Cherry Jones, and Carolyn Bounds traveled to Palestine, Texas to attend the District III fall meeting held at the lovely Harvey Woman’s Club. Texas Garden Club (TGC) President Gwen DeWitt recognized Center Garden Club in honor of its 65th anniversary. The club was federated in 1955 and has enjoyed learning, beautifying, sharing, and growing since it’s inception.

November 19, 2021 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club met on Thursday, November 4th at the FUMC fellowship hall.

Janene Walker presented her report on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Janene chose this book because it has made an impact on not only herself, but millions of others. Having worked in the real estate title/tax business in Houston, she felt the stress of December 31st as deadline in a very busy month. “Bah Humbug” was not an uncommon feeling at times.

Charles Dickens lived during a time in England, the Victorian era, where there was a stark contrast of society – the beauty and richness of the aristocracy and the incredible poverty and depression of the poor working class. A middle class did not exist.

With no network of governmental social services, charitable enterprises for the poor and unfortunate of all types were run by churches and private organizations, many of which were guided by questionable motives or methods. For Dickens, this was unacceptable – the working and living conditions, and the lack of support.

While walking through the dark damp streets of London one night, Dickens came up with an idea for a new story. He was determined to change the way society thought about the poor.

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in six weeks. He published it himself right before Christmas. The book sold out by Christmas Eve. It became one of the greatest influences in “keeping Christmas.” The story also increased charitable giving in Victorian England almost overnight.

Guests are always welcome. Please contact the club membership coordinator, Monty Jones, at 936-598-5757 if you are interested in visiting the club.

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

Dottie West provided the refreshments for the meeting.

November 19, 2021 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club met on Thursday, October 7th at the FUMC fellowship hall.

Dottie West presented her report on The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. This is a historical/fiction work. Dottie has always felt that after reading this book, she understood the people during Christ’s time better.

It is the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and was one of the bestselling books of the 1940’s, spending almost a full year at the top of the New Your Times book list. Douglas was a member of the ministry and did not embark on a career as a writer until leaving it when he was fifty-two. His body of work, including short stories and essays, in addition to novels, leans heavily on his religious roots for plots and themes. His inspiration for writing the novel was a woman asked him what happened to Jesus’ garments after the crucifixion. This book was made into a move in the early 1950’s.

Central to the novel is the Roman who won the robe of Jesus at his crucifixion. Some of the characters are historical figures, such as the Roman Emperor Tiberius and biblical characters that are featured include Peter and John.

The importance of the robe of Christ in the novel is not as a relic or powerful artifact, but instead, it is a symbol of the life and message of Christ. Those characters who believe in Christianity in the book are compelled to keep their beliefs private. They live their faith through acts and acceptance of others who may differ with them. Douglas does not attempt to show that Christians are superior, especially with respect to their morality. He simply shows that their beliefs help them achieve a new level of understanding and empathy within themselves.

Guests are always welcome. Please contact the club membership coordinator, Monty Jones, at 936-598-5757 if you are interested in visiting the club.

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

November 18, 2021 - (Album) - Joaquin ISD hosted their annual Veterans Day program November 11, 2021, in the High School Gymnasium.

The event kicked off with a slideshow of veterans projected at both ends of the gym and was accompanied by music.

The initial welcome was offered by Avery Prnka and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Karoline Oswalt and immediately followed by the Joaquin High School Band presentation of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Shelbi Miller gave a brief history of Veterans Day. 

Veterans were then honored with a special presentation by Joaquin Elementary School students. They sang My Dear Country to the tune of London Bridge. Each veteran was given at least one American flag by an elementary student.

Shelby Freeman then read, "The Noble and the Brave," a Veterans Day Tribute.

Braylin Umbrell then provided a microphone to each of the veterans who were present on the gymnasium floor to allow them an introduction. Cullen Freeman then gave a tribute to those no longer with us, which was followed by Taps performed by the Joaquin High School Band.

VFW Post 8904 members present for the event were Larry Hume, Gene Hutto, Newton Johnson Jr., and Kenneth Dickerson. They introduced the winner of the post Patriot's Pen essay contest and the post Voice of Democracy Winner for Joaquin.

Lucinda R. David was the 7th grade student at Joaquin Junior High School and she received a Patriot's Pen medal, check for $100 and a framed certificate presented by Newton Johnson, Jr.

High School student Cullen Freeman was the Joaquin High School Voice of Democracy winner and he received a Voice of Democracy medal, check for $100 and a framed certificate presented by Gene Hutto.

After receiving recognition, Freeman and David each read their essays aloud for the audience.

The Joaquin High School Cheerleaders and Twirlers performed a program accompanied by the Mark Lawrence as he sang Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA.

The event was closed with Avery Prnka offering a closing prayer.

November 18, 2021 - Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 presented Timpson Elementary students with tooth care kits on Thursday, November 18, 2021, for their Fantastic Teeth Program.

Jesse Maynard, secretary of Timpson Lodge #437, presented the program to Timpson Elementary School and is seen pictured above with elementary school students.

From left: Rotarian Howell Howard, Payne Howard, Pam Howard, Mandy Bass, Chad Bass, Rotary Treasurer Lawrence Davis, Rotary Secretary J.J. Ford, and Rotarian John Black.

November 15, 2021 - Chad Bass of Shelbyville is the winner of the Rotary Club’s fall fundraiser for a Generac Guardian 24KW Home Backup Generator! Bass and his wife Mandy were very excited about winning. The family lives in the southern part of the county in the Sabine National Forest area. Having the generator will give them peace of mind at home during all types of weather.

Rotary Club President, Faythe Abraham, gave appreciation, "I believe the uniqueness of the raffle had contributed to its success this year. With February’s Winter storm not far removed from our minds, we can all certainly understand the value and worth of a home generator. We extend a big thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser, the faithful Rotarians that helped in so many ways, and finally, a big shout out to Rotarian Howard Howell and East Texas Poultry Supply for making the generator fundraiser possible."

The Rotary Club will use proceeds from the fundraiser for charitable donations made by the club to the community. The club has over the years contributed to many local non-profit groups; has made sizable donations to the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Foundation; contributed to construction of the John D. Windham Civic Center, the Center Baseball Park and the Center Softball Park; and most recently bought equipment for the Center Soccer Fields.

The Rotary Club plans to repeat the fundraiser annually and give families another opportunity to win a whole house generator.