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April 14, 2019 - On Friday, April 12, 2019, Nacogdoches United Way, which also serves Shelby and San Augustine Counties, presented four non-profit organizations with funds to impact local issues of concern. Organizations receiving $1,500 each in funding were as follows:

• Fannie Booth Brown Memorial Library in support of the tween summer reading program, 
• Center Independent School District Meal Recovery program to purchase food containers for Meals on Wheels food program, 
• Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Fair committee to provide additional screenings at the 2020 Health and Fitness Fair, and the 
• Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County Family and Community Health committee to provide food and supplies for the 4-H Food and Nutrition project. 

The goal of the Nacogdoches United Way is to support lasting change with measureable improvements for people in need within Shelby County. Focusing efforts on the building blocks of a better life – quality, education, good health, and financial stability – United Way connects the experience, expertise, and resources to advance the common good and well-being of the community. Areas of impact to be addressed by United Way include education through early and middle grading reading programs, financial stability through workforce development, and health through healthy food choices, youth obesity prevention and access to drug and alcohol prevention training and counseling.

For information on how your business or organization can make a positive impact in Shelby County through United Way, contact Gary Lee Ashcraft, President/CEO at 936-564-5869.

April 10, 2019 - Rachel Thompson, a Community Ambassador for Superior Healthplan, presented a $5,000 donation to Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to participating Superior providers and community organizations focused on promoting the health and well-being of the communities Superior Healthplan serves. 

Thompson explained, "We are a managed care company. We provide Medicaid services for those in Texas. We do cover the entire state of Texas and here in the northeast part of Texas we actually do the Star Chip and Star Health programs. We are very, very fortunate and proud to be able to work with so many agencies that do serve the communities that are most in need. Truly, we are very proud that Shelby County Outreach Ministries has gotten this and its so important that we partner with the agencies that are doing the most work in the communities to help those who are less fortunate.

"The grant money is part of a corporate initiative that we have which is to assist communities that we serve. So, it is from Superior Healthplan. We do have an application process that can be found online at It is a wonderful opportunity and we do this quarterly. We share $5,000 quarterly with agencies who serve the community." 

Thompson did also advise there is a grant program available to participating Superior providers which is separate from the community agency grant money. For the second quarter of 2019, the grant deadline is June 28, 2019 and the application can be found at or contact with any additional questions.

April 10, 2019 Center, Texas – United Methodist Church retired Rev. Carol Clifford Turner and Rev. Dr. Mark Young, Lakeview Interim CEO/President, along with Center First United Methodist Church members honored Mrs. Yvonne Permenter on Monday, March 18, 2019 for her dedication and service to Lakeview Methodist Camp. A gift was presented to Lakeview Methodist Camp in honor of Mrs. Permenter, which will be used to upgrade a swimming pool and bath house at the camp.

Mrs. Permenter served as the elementary camp director for 10 years and continued to serve as camp counselor. Her hope as camp director and counselor was to allow children to enjoy Christian fellowship, the beauty of God’s nature, and most importantly, grow in their Christian faith at camp.

In addition to serving children at camp, Mrs. Permenter served as a Sunday School teacher, Methodist Youth Fellowship Director as well as on numerous church committees. Her love for her own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have inspired her to help children grow in their faith and to know Jesus.

For information about Center First United Methodist Church, please contact Rev. Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707 or visit 

About Lakeview Methodist Conference Center:
Lakeview was established in 1947 as the site for a camping ministry of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Lakeview has been hosting life-changing camps for 70 years, including FISH CAMP from Texas A&M University. Lakeview offers retreats, conferences, outdoor education and team building programs, and accommodates over 25,000 visitors and campers each year.

April 5, 2019 - Area business employees have submitted photos in support of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness #GoBlueDay #childabuseawareness.

Submissions are still being accepted and will be shared on Shelby County Today.

Submitted by Anna Register

Submitted by Anna Mathews, Farmers State Bank

Grill Fest Presented by Farmers State Bank at New Location - Shelby County Expo Center/Rodeo Arena

April 5, 2019 (Registration Form, 42 Tournament Rules- Cook teams from Texas and Louisiana will be competing for prize money this weekend at the Chillin and Grillin Grill Fest Presented by Farmers State Bank at the Shelby County Expo Center on Highway 7 East. Cooking starts Friday evening along with the 42 Tournament.

42 Tournament Registration fee is $10 per person or $20 per team of two. Players may pre-register at the Chamber office or register on-site Friday, April 5th starting at 6:30pm. The 42 tournament will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 5th at the Shelby County Expo Center/Rodeo Arena with finals at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th at the Shelby County Expo Center/Rodeo Arena.

Gates open on Saturday, April 6th at 10:00am. It is Open to the Public and it is Free. There will be a Washer Pitching Tournament, 42 Tournament and fun activities for all ages. Come enjoy the day and sample great bbque.

Thank you to all the Sponsors who have made this event possible: Farmers State Bank, Pilgrims Pride, Tyson Foods, Shelby Savings Bank, the City of Center, Rapid Payday & Title Loans, Mathews Real Estate, Ace Hardware of East Texas, B&S A/C and Heating, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 4C Electric, Hughes Florist, Moody Waste Management, H&R Block and Despino’s Tires.

This Event is Sanctioned by the Lonestar Barbeque Society.

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April 5, 2019 - Our Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center staff along with our MDT partners and San Augustine team is proud to wear blue today to help increase awareness and prevention of child abuse in our community.

Post your own #GoBlueDay pictures to our page!

Harold Hanson and the Golden Harvest Ministries Choir

April 2, 2019 - Hollie Adams, administrator of Holiday Nursing Center, spoke to members of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their March 18 meeting about the upcoming Health Fair and other opportunities in the future. The Golden Harvest Choir entertained members and Harold Hanson led in favorite hymns.

Visitors are always welcome to enjoy the lunch, fellowship, and program. The club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

Article submitted by Linda Bordelon

Hollie Adams at the March Golden Harvest Ministries Club

March 30, 2019 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. would like to say Thank You to Pine Grove Nursing Home for holding a canned food drive for us recently. 

We are so grateful that you considered us and for all the support you give our organization. 

Because of you and others like you, we will be able to help families and individuals that are in need in the community.  


March 29, 2019 - National Women's History Month is approaching its end. It was a month long celebration of recognizing women who have made a contribution to cultural and society. Several names were written in previous articles but time did not permit to complete the list of women who mean a lot to the community.

The following names are of those known and others presented in the books written by Dr. Charles Tatum, a former resident of Center.

Donnie Lee Boothe Hawkins (there is a book about her); Baby Lou Gardner; Kathy (Sue Ann) Mosby; Joyce Lynn Johnson; Annie Bell Goodwin Hearne; Mody Nobles; Edwina Collins Mitchell; Mildred Richards Johnson; Eula White (100 plus in age); Veronica Berry; Dorothy Williams; Demetris Sampson; Lettie K. Haynes; DeIvory Sampson; Jane Arnold; Sarah Matlock Lancelin; Portia K. Garrett; Myrtis and Kristi McClelland (mother - daughter team); Imogean and Tabatha Williams (mother-daughter team); Sharon Williams; Jessie Fountain; Pinkie Atkinson and many more.....

With so much being done to make this world better many blessings are sent out to the generations living now and in the future to keep the history recorded of the African American women in the Shelby County community.

March 29, 2019 - All of us here at Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. would like to extend our gratitude to the Woodmen of the World for their canned food drive they held for us.

Because of their efforts, we will be able to feed more individuals and families that are in need in our community.

Thank you so much for considering our organization and for your ongoing support in all that we do to serve Shelby County.