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June 28, 2021 - The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has announced that the United States Declaration of Independence will be read aloud on the front steps of the county courthouses of Texas counties prior to July 4, 2019.

In Shelby County, the Declaration will be read by local criminal defense lawyers, Jeff Adams, Stephen Shires, April Prince and Deck Jones. This will take place at the main entrance to the historic Shelby County Courthouse under the 1885 sign at 12 noon, Friday, July 2, 2021. This year’s reading will also include a reading of the Bill of Rights.

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is proud to participate in protecting the rights of all persons in this country. Everyone is invited to come by and help celebrate the 245th anniversary of our nation’s independence.

For more information, please contact Deck Jones at 936-598-5737.

July 2, 2021 - The Senior Nutrition Site will be celebrating Independence Day with chili dogs, beans, salad, and cake! Come join us for fun, food, and fellowship TODAY, July 2nd. Feeling Patriotic? Show your patriotism by dressing in your best Red, White, and Blue outfits. There will be prizes handed out for the Most Patriotic Person!

The celebration will be TODAY, July 2, 2021, at 11:00 am. The Senior Nutrition Site is open from 9-2. Seniors 60 and older are welcomed to attend. For more information, please call Darlene Mitchell at 936-598-7768.

June 30, 2021 - Tenaha Businessmen’s Club along with American Legion 520 will hold their annual Independence Day Celebration on the 4th of July at Tenaha ISD Raymond Jackson stadium. The gates will open at 7pm, entertainment begins at 8pm, with fireworks around 9pm.

Free for all, bring a chair or sit in the bleachers. All welcome.

June 29, 2021 - This week marks a huge milestone for owner, Ray Jones as they celebrate the 60 year relationship between Ford Credit and Center Motor Company.

CMC was founded by Ray's dad, Marlin Jones Sr. in 1951 as a Lincoln/Mercury Dealership located in downtown Center. And just like his father before him, Ray's children, Marlin and Kevin have both followed in his footsteps. Today, the family business is still going strong in it's new, larger location on Hurst St.

Great business relationships, are built on a foundation of trust, integrity and common goals. Throughout the years together, they have worked side by side, ensuring the continued success of the organization despite numerous industry changes.

Center Motor Company is among a small number of dealers who have achieved this impressive milestone and they will continue to work together to further strengthen this highly valued relationship.

Ray and his family would also like to thank all of their customers both past and present for continuing to support a true hometown business.

Submitted by Leslie Leathers

June 29, 2021 - Of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II there were 325,574 alive in 2020 (US Department of Veterans Affairs). 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 we can. We have taken on the project to identify those from Shelby County still living and honor them on V J (Victory over Japan) Day, September 2, 2021, seventy-six years following the surrender of Japan. Details of the program will be announced later.

The criteria to be a World War II honoree is:

(1) Be alive as of June 29, 2021.

(2) Be born in Shelby County (can now be living elsewhere).

(3) If not a native of Shelby County be living in Shelby County now.

(4) Having served in the military during the period December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946.

(5) Received an honorable discharge.

Note: 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 VJ Day will remain as such. 

We are asking family members to help us 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, 936-332-0349; email: chiefhume95@gmail.com.

Baylor University Celebrates 2020-2021 Graduates

June 28, 2021 - Chloe Noel Ayanah Gipson, of Center, received a B.A. in Anthropology, Cum Laude, from the College of Arts & Sciences of Baylor University with the class of May 2020.

Baylor University celebrated more than 7,500 graduates of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 during six in-person commencement ceremonies May 6-8 at McLane Stadium on the banks of the Brazos River.

President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., presided over the outdoor ceremonies that honored nearly 2,800 spring 2021 Baylor graduates, as well as more than 4,700 May, August and December 2020 graduates, whose ceremonies were canceled or held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The commencement ceremonies also were the first held outdoors at Baylor since May 27, 1955, when graduation was held in what was then called Baylor Stadium (later renamed Floyd Casey Stadium).

"Amidst all the change in our students' lives, one thing hasn't changed. They are all Baylor Bears. They are united by that shared experience, and they have something to celebrate together," Livingstone said. "It's a unique time of life, and one worth celebrating our graduates' hard work and accomplishments to the fullest-even if that celebration was delayed for a year."

Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., and the deans of Baylor's 12 colleges and schools presented degree candidates for the recommendation of undergraduate degrees. More than 60 faculty members served as marshals and ushers during commencement.

As a national Christian research university, Baylor's mission is to educate students for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Baylor provides numerous academic and research opportunities across various disciplines through 126 baccalaureate programs in fields as varied as business, engineering, nursing, pre-medicine, music and computer science, along with 79 master's programs, 47 doctoral programs (including the J.D.), the Education Specialist program and Master of Laws program.

Baylor's Illuminate strategic plan - building on the University's historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service - has Baylor on the path to R1 recognition as America's preeminent Christian research university while addressing the world's most meaningful challenges.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Baylor students interact with outstanding full-time faculty from their first days on campus through graduation. 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 about Baylor University, visit www.baylor.edu.

About Baylor University 
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

June 28, 2021 - Four local residents were named to the Sam Houston State University Spring 2021 Dean's List. They are Katelyn Bolton, Daniel Chavez, Raylee Wilburn all of Center and Ashley Jernigan of Shelbyville.

The students listed on the Dean's List of Academic Honors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, are undergraduates who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of a perfect 4.0 in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours. The university would like to recognize these students for earning the honor for the Spring 2021 semester.

June 28, 2021 - Two Center residents were named to the Sam Houston State University Spring 2021 President's List. They are Katelyn Bolton and Daniel Chavez.

The students listed on the President's Honor Roll at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, are undergraduates who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours. The university would like to recognize these students for earning the honor for the Spring 2021 semester.

June 25, 2021 (Photo Album) - Center of the Universe Raceways 2nd Annual Quarterly event was held Saturday, June 19, 2021, on the Center square.

The races benefit non-profit First Responder Scholarships mirroring community ethnicities and honor "small town" Center, Texas First Responder Trail Blazers, Chief Keith Byndom and retired Center PD officer Johnny Sanders.

Several races were held during the event and the first and second place winners are as follows:

Race 1:
1st place - Aiden Robinson
2nd place - Jimmy Horn

Race 2: 
1st place - Ranee Horn
2nd place - Caitlyn Madden

Race 3:
1st place - Robbie Horn 
2nd place - Emma Madden

Remote Control Race:
Joshua Ingram.

Each participant was given a trophy with placement flags, and signed thank you cards thanking donors, volunteers which have supported the Center of the Universe Raceways event.

A prize table was available and a drawing was held to choose the winner who then had the opportunity to select items off the prize table.

June 23, 2021 - SAKS Of Love gave scholarships to a graduating senior in each county that they serve: Shelby, Panola, Nacogdoches, and Angelina. We are so honored to sow this token of love into their future.


From left: Kamari Gary and Crystal Gray

Kamari Gary from Shelby County received the 'Inspired By You Scholarship' in the amount of $500. She is the daughter Ken and Crystal Gray and her goals are to become a Occupational Therapist after college. Kamari Gary received not only the Inspired By You Scholarship, she also received the: Bone Hill Scholarship, Tenaha Businessmen, Janie Glenn “Love and Encouragement “ Scholarship, Toledo Retired Teacher, and the Justin R. Adams scholarship.


From left: Christian Leary and Marlon Lizama

Marlon Lizama from Nacogdoches County received the 'Inspired By You Scholarship' in the amount of $450. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School and plans to study to be a paramedic. He is the son of Karla Lizama. Marlon is an excellent soccer player and spends his time welding and creating beautiful objects.


From left: Christina Leary and Alexis Fowler

Alexis Fowler received the 'Inspired By You Scholarship' in the amount of $400 as our Angelina County recipient. Alexis graduated from Lufkin High School this year as an Honor Student. She ranked 64th out of 463 kids. She is the daughter of Demarcus and Denise Fowler. She is also a member of the Top Teens of America. She was accepted to Sam Houston University and will study Computer Engineering.


From left: Christina Leary and Katelyn Graves

Katelyn Graves received the 'Inspired By You Scholarship' in the amount of $350 as our Panola County recipient. Katelyn graduated from Carthage High School this year as a CNA. She earned college credits toward her RN requirements. She is the daughter of Marvin and Linda Graves. She was accepted to the University of Tyler and will study Anesthesiology.

Thank you to our May Sponsors: Lorenzo and Christina Leary, Lakeisha Kim, Stephanie Moore, Felicia Cloudy, Denesha Arthur, Kelly Pitts, Vicky Amy, LaShalla McCollister, and Frejai Dimery-Tate.

Christian Leary, founder of the organizaiton, appreciates all the support given to SAKS Of Love and the youth of our community. For more information, visit on Facebook or at SAKSofLove.org.

The organization was initially founded for senior citizens not having family support to provide their necessities. Today it has grown to provide love through helping our community in our own unique way. Special thanks to Board Chairperson LaShalla Johnson McCollister, Board Vice-Chairperson Frejai Dimery-Tate, and Board Secretary Ariel Higginbotham.

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