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June 26, 2019 - St. Mark CME Church of Shelbyville will be hosting a fish plate fundraiser on Friday, June 28, 2019. Starting from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Union Acre, 818 Cotton Ford Rd.

Plates will be $8 and will include: Fried Fish, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and a drink.

Pre-orders end Thursday, June 27, 2019.

To order call Pastor Hayter at (936)-679-3368.

June 26, 2019 - The Shelby County Young Professionals Network hosted a Clay Shoot at Hawkeye Hunting Club on June 25th 2019. This was the first Scholarship Fundraiser for the Young Professionals Network. 

Attendees enjoyed a brisket sandwich, beans, potato salad and drinks. 

The winners of the Clay Shoot Contest were:

1st place - Konner Windham - 24
2nd place - Colton Gutermuth - 20
3rd place - Lance Holloway - 18

The Shelby County Young Professionals Network is a service of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and is open to all young professionals in our area. If you’ve never attended one of their events, they’d love to meet you. Membership is NOT required to attend.





June 25, 2019 Waco - Elizabeth Chadwick, a 2015 Center HS Graduate, was among the nearly 3,000 graduates who Baylor University conferred degrees on during spring commencement exercises May 17-18, in the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus.

Chadwick achieved a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies.

Baylor's mission is to educate students for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment in a caring community. Nestled along the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, Baylor provides numerous educational and research opportunities across various disciplines through 128 baccalaureate programs, 77 master's programs, 45 doctoral programs, a juris doctor and education specialist programs and the Master of Laws program. Baylor students interact with outstanding full-time faculty from their first days on campus, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University's vibrant campus life also includes more than 300 clubs and organizations and varsity athletics competing in the Big 12 Conference. For more information, visit www.baylor.edu.

The graduation news release and a complete listing of all graduates are available at the following link: https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/index.php?id=87572.

June 24, 2019 - 4th of July is a time to celebrate Independence Day and fireworks are a great way to get into the spirit of the festive holiday!

Safety Tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Do not light fireworks indoors
  • Do not light fireworks in your hand

Educate yourselves on the safe and responsible use of fireworks and have a Safe 4th of July!

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June 24, 2019 - The Pleasant Mountain Boys, from Mt. Pleasant, Tx., will be the musical entertainment for the Tenaha July 4th celebration. This group has been singing for over twenty years.  They sing southern and country gospel with a touch of Blue Grass plus a few comedy songs.  The "boys" consist of Waylon Moore and son Brian, John Fitch, and Jerry Smith. Waylon taught vocational agriculture for seventeen years at Tenaha ISD from 1966 to 1983. While teaching, Waylon organized an FFA talent team which evolved into The Calvary Boys Quartet.

June 24, 2019 - Of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II there are less than 500,000 alive today with 348 passing each day. The average age of the WW II Veteran is approximately 93 with the last of America’s “Greatest Generation” to be gone in the next 25 years.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and Auxiliary feel it is important to honor those still living while they can. They have taken on the project to identify those from Shelby County and honor them on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019. Details of the program will be announced later.
The criteria to be a World War II honoree is (1) Be alive as of June 17, 2019 (2) Be born in Shelby County (can now be living elsewhere) (3) If not a native be living in the county now (4) having served in the military during the period December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (5) received an honorable discharge. December 31, 1946 is the date that then President Harry Truman declared hostilities were over and is recognized in the United States as the end of WW II. Any veteran identified as an honoree that passes before Veterans Day will remain as such. 
They are asking family members to help them in the identification process. Some proof of service will be required such as a discharge. If you have a living World War II Veteran in your family that meets the criteria above please contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-598-2976; email, chief@chiefimaging.com; or drop by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street, Center. 

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24, 2019

June 17, 2019 (Entry Form) - Shelby County watermelon growers are invited to bring their largest watermelon to the 30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival on the downtown Center square. The festival is July 11th, 12th, and 13th!

Last year was a good year for watermelons in Shelby County with twenty-two watermelon entries of which nineteen tipped the scales over 100 pounds! The first place melon grown by Olivia Johnson weighed 152 lbs and won the $2,500 grand prize.

From left: Whitley Johnson with 3rd place melon, Louise Johnson with her 2nd place melon, and Olivia Johnson with her 1st place melon

Whose melon will weigh in as the largest of the festival this year and leave with the big bucks? The weigh in is Thursday, July 11th at 6pm. The winning melon will be on display for the duration of the festival for visitors to see and for photo opportunities.

Entry deadline is Monday, June 24th. Melons must be grown in Shelby County and all entries will be marked while attached to the vine by festival judges. Entry forms can be picked up at Boles Feed in Center or at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center. Entries can be dropped off at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center or can be mailed to Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to 936-598-5032.

The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club.

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June 21, 2019 - Tri-State Vacuum and Rental LLC held a ribbon cutting event in celebration of their 100th truck on June 20, 2019.

Employees, business associates, community members and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce representatives were at the location to help celebrate this great event at 8204 US Highway 59 North in Tenaha.

Stephanie Elswick, representing the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, introduced Troy Massey and his wife Abby.

Massey said how the company is really about the employees and truck drivers involved in the business. 

"I'm a truck driver at heart, always have been, always will be. The most important thing to me and the company is the drivers," said Massey.

Massey explained the business started out just over three years ago with four employees. The Masseys devoted time, energy and their finances into the company, and invested all that they had without outside investors.

"It's just what we had in the company and a little help from the local bank who believed in us," said Massey. "That's probably the key to the whole company right there is a local bank that just believed in us and our ability to put a little money to work."

Massey shared the 100th truck is more than a number and he described it as being more of an indicator of transference from a "Mom and Pop" business to a large company with three different locations across Texas.

"What makes me most proud is for the people that work here, the truck drivers, the office ladies, the managers, dispatchers. We've been able to bring people in from big companies like Key Energy and like Basic and Nuverra. Those guys come here and they call it home, they don't leave," said Massey.

Massey attributes that to a family atmosphere and hometown feel of the company.

"A lot of times these other companies they try to recruit our employees. They offer them a dollar more an hour or $5,000 a year," said Massey. "The guys don't leave."

He said the greatest accomplishment is not the trucks, office, or anything else in the company but the ability to recruit and bring in the most talented people. 

Massey said the support of customers has also been a big part of their success.

A company called Indigo Minerals was an example of that support, "They gave us an opportunity to work when we didn't quite have the equipment to cover the jobs and they believed in us."

Massey explained they were most interested in the job getting done and growing with Tri-State Vacuum and Rental.

"Without customers, it doesn't matter how many trucks you buy, it doesn't matter how many employees you have, if you don't have good customers that believe in you and are there for you day in and day out, then you just own a bunch of trucks," said Massey.

He stated the celebration is about the employees and the customers putting it all together and making it happen. As the event came to a close, Massey remarked there were representatives of Gov. Greg Abbott's office - Betty Russo; State Representative Travis Clardy's office - Terry Baker; and State Representative Chris Paddy's office -  there for the celebration.

A ceremonial ribbon was then cut by Massey with family, friends, employees and others supporters at his side.

Afterward everyone was able to enjoy fried fish plates and BBQ.

June 21, 2019 - (Album) Shelby County Prayer Day took place on May 2nd, 2019 outside the Historical Courthouse on the Center Square. The program was led by David Mathis and several others. Barksdale Air Force Base Color Guards opened up the ceremony by presenting the colors of the flag with the Pledge of Allegiance which was led by Mathis. 

Lee Porterfield sang the National Anthem and was accompanied by Mathis with piano. Texas Railroad Commissioner, Wayne Christian, gave a prayer for America. A big thanks was given by Mathis to Chief Keith Byndom and the Center Fire Department for helping raise the American Flag for this special event. 

Karen Jones, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Center, prayed for the elected officials in office and gave a special prayer for our County Judge, Allison Harbison. 

Marlin Cloudy, Pastor of Abundant Love Ministries of Center, prayed for schools in America. Tim Verner, Pastor of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church of Center, prayed for the First Responders and gave a special thanks to the Sheriff, Police, and Fire Departments for everything they do. He also included a special prayer for San Augustine that is recovering from the severe weather conditions that occurred earlier in the month of April.

Larry Hume, Quartermaster of the VFW Post 8904, gave a prayer for military members. 

Sherry Hardy, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville, prayed for the churches in America. 

To close the ceremony a human prayer chain was formed around the courthouse for individuals to silently pray together which was followed by the singing of Amazing Grace by all participates attending the ceremony. Mathis thanked everyone for coming out to help celebrate this special event.

June 21, 2019 - Center Dixie League will be hosting upcoming tournaments. Dates are listed below for each tournament:

  • June 28 – July 1 – Tee Ball South Division I & II Regional State Tournament, Coach Pitch South Division I & II Regional State Tournament (35 teams)
  • June 29 – July 4 – Dixie Boys Tier II State Tournament (8 teams)
  • July 5 – July 8 – AAA South Division I & II Regional State Tournament, Ozone South Division I & II Regional State Tournament (34 teams)
  • July 13 – July 18 – Dixie Boys Jr.(13yr old) State Tournament, Dixie Boys (13-14) State Tournament (16 teams)