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July 22, 2019 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, July 20, 2019. The July Challenge featured pictures submitted by club members showing their skills with "Long Exposure" techniques.

There was a workshop presented to all those attended showing tips and techniques on how to photography "Macro" photography. This was in preparation for the August challenge of "Macro and Close Up" photography. This is starting out to be a well liked challenge with club members and I feel the quality of pictures submitted to the August Challenge will feature some wonderful pictures.

Be sure to make it a point to attend and enjoy some really good photography done by club member. Visitors are always welcome to attend. Memberships are available. For more information on memberships contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426 or just attend our meeting and check out our fine group of friendly and helpful fellow photographers. To view all the pictures in the July Challenge, check out our Flickr page  https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/  or learn about the Piney Woods Photographic Society, like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto/

Long Exposure Challenge Favorites

1st place (tie) - Lawrence C. Davis, Center                                                       

1st place (tie) - Bobbie Jean Wood, Center

2nd place - Jan Huffman Carter, San Augustine

3rd place (tie) - Billie F. Jones, Center

3rd place (tie) - Melvin Henson, Milam

July 19, 2019 - The Family of Donna Moore McSwain held a raffle to help with medical expenses. Donna was very sick with a life threatening pneumonia and is still recovering. The raffle drawing was held on July 10 at the Shelby County Today office. Winners received various items that were donated from local businesses. 

Center’s Best Donuts won basket 1 (red) which included an angel, scarf, a tea cup saucer, a DQ Gift Card, a pink necklace and earrings. 

Jackie Swindle won basket 2 (lime green) which included a scarf, a turquoise purse, an angel, and a DQ Gift Card.

Center’s Best Donuts won basket 3 (blue) which included a Yeti Cup, a Splash and Dash Car Wash Certificate, a John Deer Cup, a wallet, and a DQ Gift card. 

Justin Brinson won basket 4 (lime green) which included a Yeti cooler, a John Deer Cup, a Pete Owens Car Detail and wash, and 2 DQ Gift Cards.

The local businesses that donated various items are listed below. 

Angels - Bryant Insurance, Scarves - Sunshine Shower & Gits, DQ coupons, Jewelry and coffee cups - Here's the Deal, Turquoise purse and a men's wallet - Shady Oaks; Yeti cups - ACE Hardware, Splash and Dash - Quick Lube; Care detail and wash - Pete Owens; Coffee cup and tea cup - Center's Mini Mall.

From left: Evelyn Williams Jackson, Sandra Hinson Latham, Charles Hill, Eugene Brown, Christine Patton, Verna Teal Cloudy, and Margaret (Jean) Booth White

July 18, 2019 - The 2019 C H Daniels School Reunion was held on July 5 and 6, 2019. Many alums and friends came together to celebrate the 50th year of the school closing with the last graduation class 1968 and the junior class that happened to graduate from Center High School in 1969.

There were many from out of town to support this event. There was a Meet and Greet at Carlos Soul Food Restaurant on Shelbyville St. Cards, dominoes, and Slam Scrabble were among the games played. More conversation among friends and classmates occurred during the three or four hours there.

The committee supplied plenty of food and soft drinks for everyone to enjoy. Of course very good music could be heard intermixed with the conversations. Thanks to the owner for allowing us to be entertained at his place.

Saturday was scheduled as a free day for the guests to enjoy their family and friends or just sit by the pool at the various hotels in Center. The committee kept busy through the day preparing for the banquet Saturday night. Decorations were done by Sandra Hinson Latham with the help of the committee, Joan, Shirley, Juanita, and Joyce. She wants to thank all of the donations received from neighbors and florists to help make the Windham Convention Center Ballroom glamorous in Black and Gold with greenery in spots. Everyone will receive a personal thank you note shortly.

There was a slide show set up with pictures of past Daniels School Reunions - years 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017. Unfortunately, 2013 CD's could not be found. It was fascinating to see how people changed through the years or had not changed at all. A few door prizes were given to winners of the selected tickets. Hopefully each attendee appreciated the tote bags full of items donated by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Light and Champion Newspaper, Shelby Savings Bank, and Walgreens (Pasadena),

Once again the committee selected this year's Alumni King and Queen to serve for two years. Eugene and Jackie Brown, currently residing in Longview, Texas were definitely surprised. The 2017 King and Queen, Jerry and Joyce Lathan of Center Texas, were present to release their crown to the new royalty. This idea began back in 2013 with Willard McClelland (King) of Center and Rose Mary Fields (Queen) of Dallas. King and Queen of 2015 was the couple who were former teachers at Daniels in the 60's, Mr. Michael Mitchell and Mrs. Edwina Collins Mitchell who had lived in Beaumont until a recent move to Dallas area. We missed them this year.

The concept of spotlighting the Golden Class was an idea presented back in 2010 to celebrate the 50 years since graduation for the classes of the 60s. At the time the class of 1960 was presented with certificates and through the years two classes began to be presented with the reunion occurring every two years. In 2017, classes 1966 and 1967 classes received medallions for their memories and 1967 class coordinator had many artifacts on display for that class. The classes of 1968 and 1969 entered the ballroom individually to give their name as they received the certificate. Each reunion had something new for the alums to enjoy.

The Memorial presentation was done by the classmates of 1968 and 1969 for their class and it was followed by a presentation of lighting a large candle for the school and principals encircled by small candles representing deceased teachers and students of all years. A big thank you to Willie Faye Biggers Garrett for singing as she always does for the reunion. Oh yes, the food served in buffet format was also very good. Much more can be said about the 2019 Reunion but you have to browse the slide show of pictures or view the video which captured the full time of the banquet by Center local photographer. Thanks to the photo booth provided by Sandra which allowed the classes to take group and individual pictures. A big thank you to the photographer. Find us on youtube and Facebook. 

Now that this reunion is in the past, it is time to start thinking about future ones. A search is in progress for a new theme since the classes of the 60's and the school closing have reached a significant milestone. If anyone has an idea for a theme please contact one of the committee members. These members are always looking for new ideas and more people to join them or replace them to keep the legacy alive for the school and the community.

A few surveys were received but it is not too late to submit your comments and concerns about any of these past Daniels School Reunions. Have a great remainder of the summer. 

July 17, 2019 - Two local businesses got together to show their support of first responders on Tuesday, July 16 by delivering them a meal.

The pizzas were provided by Classic Nails owners Josh and Lily Moody and Center's Pizza Hut owner Jesse Arnold. Josh Moody and Angela Blalock, a Pizza Hut employee, delivered pizzas to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Center Police Department and Center Fire Department to feed the officers and volunteer firemen.

Moody spoke at each of the locations about wanting to demonstrate their commitment to the community, all of the officers and first responders.

Pictured are (from left) Josh Moody, Skylar Sigler, Angela Blalock, Kevin Windham, Roy Bailey, Danny Brown, and Dustin Ramos.

Earlier in the afternoon they visited the Sheriff's Department and the Police Department. 

"We wanted to bring pizzas from Pizza Hut and Classic Nails to remind all of our first responders, our Sheriff's Department, our Texas State Troopers, our Center Police Department, our [Center] Fire Department. We're committed to Center and we're committed to y'all," said Moody.

Moody and Blalock traveled to the Center Fire Department to present pizzas to the volunteers during their monthly evening meeting 

"It's really for all of us to acknowledge the ones that are the first ones on the scene doing what they need to do to protect all of us and we applaud every single one of them," said Moody.

Pictured are (from left) Donna Dugger, Robert Lee, Angela Blalock, Jim Albers, Jeremy Bittick, Josh Moody and Amy Lindley.

Moody and Blalock also presented pizza to Shelby County Today as a thank you for helping to inform the community.

"We appreciate you guys showing up to cover news here in town," said Moody.

Shelby County Today also appreciates Classic Nails and Pizza Hut for offering support to our law enforcement and first responder personnel.

Thanks for the pizza! 

July 13, 2019 - (Album1, Album2) - Competition was tough at the 2019 East Texas What-A-Melon Festival Seed Spitting and Speed Eating events held under the big tent during Saturday's festival activities. Rotarians had to line the paper lane for the seed spitting with chairs to hold down the paper as winds gusted periodically during the contest.

Special guests at the event were 2019 Texas Watermelon Queen Paige Huntington and 2018 Texas Watermelon Queen Hannah Crisp who help hand out prize money to the winners listed below:

Seed Spitting Contest

Kids ages 7 and under
1st place - Santiego Diaz
2nd place - Mora Diaz

Youth ages 8-15
1st place - Zac Payne
2nd place - John Ford
3rd place - Neena Smith

1st place - Isabel Santana
2nd place - Paige Huntington (2019 Texas Watermelon Queen)
3rd place - Erica Santana

1st place - Rudy Soto
2nd place - Will Parrish
3rd place - Nehemias Santana

Speed Eating Contest

Kids ages 7 and under
1st place - Santiego Diaz
2nd place - Mora Diaz

Youth ages 8-15
1st place - Baylee Askey
2nd place - Hannah Cooler
3rd place - Neena Smith

1st place - Chasity Simpson
2nd place - Ruby Bhanji
3rd place - Erica Santana

1st place - William Jacobs
2nd place - Robert Diaz

July 16, 2019 - The Golden Harvest Ministries Club met Monday, July 15, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 11:30am. There was a musical program presented by Charles and Judy DeLaney.

Visitors are always welcome to join the groups for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship. Golden Harvest Ministries Club meets on the third Monday of the month.

Pictured (from left) are Reading Club members, Fannie Watson, Sue Russell, Donna Holt, new club President Dottie West, retiring club President Deborah Chadwick, Polly Smith, Billie Sue Payne, and Monte Jones.

July 16, 2019 - Members of Center Woman's Reading Club presented the book, Rose Rustlers by Greg Grant and William C. Welch, to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library in honor of retiring club President Deborah Chadwick.

The Center Woman’s Reading Club also presented a check to Sandra Davis for use in purchasing materials for the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Both donations were made on July 2, 2019.

July 13, 2019 (Album1, Album2) - The 2019 East Texas What-A-Melon Festival pageant was held July 13, 2019. The two highest placing candidates in their age divisions to receive the $250 scholarship money from Wiggins Farms was Adalynn Caldwell and Mahalia Ratcliff. Special thanks to Wiggins Farms for their support of the What-A-Melon Festival pageant each year.

Emceeing the pageant was Misti Rodgers and below were the pageant results:

Mister What-A-Melon - Cort Wilson
Prince - Tennyson Weaver
Best Smile - Tennyson Weaver
Most Beautiful - Cort Wilson
Best Fashion - Tennyson Weaver

Baby Miss What-A-Melon - Charlotte Jones
Princess - Blakesley Folsom
Princess - October Smith
Best Smile - Charlotte Jones
Most Beautiful - Charlotte Jones
Best Fashion - Blakesley Folsom

Toddler Miss What-A-Melon - Kambri Elaina Moore
Princess - Raegan Wilburn
Princess - Penelope Williams
Best Smile - Raegan Wilburn
Most Beautiful - Penelope Williams
Best Fashion - Kambri Elaina Moore

Tiny Miss What-A-Melon - Adalynn Caldwell
Princess - Mattilyn Grace O'Fiel
Princess - Emilee Perez
Princess - Brylee Weir
Princess - Savanna Barton
Best Smile - Adalynn Caldwell
Most Beautiful - Emilee Perez
Best Fashion - Savanna Barton

Little Miss What-A-Melon - Pearson Todd
Best Smile - Pearson Todd
Most Beautiful - Pearson Todd
Best Fashion - Pearson Todd

Teen Miss What-A-Melon - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Smile - Mahalia Ratcliff
Most Beautiful - Mahalia Ratcliff
Best Fashion - Mahalia Ratcliff

Platinum sponsors for the festival are Badders Law Firm, Farmers State Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, and Holiday Nursing Home.

The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club. Additional sponsors who make the festival possible are (Gold Sponsors) Ihlo Sales; East Texas Poultry Supply; Kyle Coffin; Heather Chambliss, Realtor; (Silver Sponsors) General Shelters; Citizens Bank; R&D Distributing; Borders Poultry Supply; ACE Hardware of East Texas; T&R Steaks and More; Sabine State Bank; Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative; Shelby County Today; Center Glass; (Bronze Sponsors) Hometown Tackle and Marine, NAPA - Toledo Automotive Supply, and Pizzeria. Be sure to thank all the festival sponsors.

July 12, 2019 (Album1, Album2) - A rescue dog stole the hearts of the judges at the What-A-Melon Festival Pet Show with a singing performance that won him Best-in-Show. Pistol Pete, an 8 year old wire haired dachshund mixed with beagle, san with his handler, Stephanie Elswick, "It's the Best Day Ever!"

Special thanks to the judges at the Pet Show who were Misti Rodgers, Jud Chappell (Business Manager at Badders Law Firm), and David Nix (Denning Animal Rescue). Also, special thanks to the Pet Show emcee Meg Camp and to Paige Huntington (2019 Texas Watermelon Queen) and Hannah Crisp (2018 Texas Watermelon Queen).

The results from the Pet Show were as follows:

Best of Show - Pistol Pete ($50 Grand Prize)
1st Runner Up Best of Show - Zema, 7 year old Toy Poodle shown by Alyssa Bowers
Best Mannered - Doodie, 1 1/2 year old Toy Poodle shown by Zoe Horton
Calmest - Buster, 5 year old Beagle shown by John Austin
Most Unusual Pet - Merle, a turtle shown by Anna Daniels
Best Dog - Zoey, shown by Stephanie Santana
Best Dressed Dog - Zema, 7 year old Toy Poodle shown by Alyssa Bowers
Best Dressed Combo (Owner and pet) - 1st place Mollie, a 9 month old Miniature Schnauzer shown by Caitlyn Madden
Best Dressed Combo (Owner and pet) - 2nd place Dolly, an 11 year old Shi tzu shown by Allie Jane Windham
Fanciest Tail - Dolly, an 11 year old Shih tzu shown by Allie Jane Windham
Most Stubborn - Rusty, 1 year old Australian Shepherd shown by Cooper
Best Chest Plate - Bit, a 2 year old Shih tzu shown by Mallory and Brian Wright
Shortest Legs - Tinsel, a 7 month old Corgi shown by Sherry
Best Hair - Zoey, shown by Stephanie Santana
Biggest Pet - Axel, a 1 year old Australian Shepherd shown by Mallory and Brian Wright

July 11, 2019 - The 30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival opening ceremonies were held under the main tent on the Center square Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Representatives gathered under the tent to perform the ceremonial melon cutting. Weilding the blade was Center Mayor and Rotary Club member David Chadwick. Accompanying Mayor Chadwick was Paige Huntington, 2019 Texas Watermelon Queen, whose presence is made possible by the sponsorship of Wiggins Farms

Also participating in the ceremony were fellow Rotarians J.J. Ford and Ed Johnson.

Once the ceremony was completed, all present were welcome to partake in the freshly cut watermelon.

Be sure to join in the festivities on the Center square throughout the remainder of this week.