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August 23, 2022 - Deep East Texas Council of Governments' RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Quilters from Timpson, Molly Campbell, Judy Samford, and Jeanie Rhodes donated checks for $500 to each four service organizations in Timpson. The RSVP volunteers meet in Timpson on Park Plaza to quilt two days a week. Customers pay to have their quilts finished. The money the quilters earn is then given once a year to local organizations.

From left: Molly Campbell and Pastor Dee Daniel

Dee Daniel, Pastor of First Baptist Church Timpson was presented a check for the church Food Pantry from Molly Campbell.

From left: Annette Scott, Judy Samford, and Tracey Lee

Annette Scott and Tracey Lee from the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service was presented a check from Judy Samford.

From left: Molly Campbell and Mayor Debra Smith

Mayor Debra Smith was presented a check to Food for Thought from Molly Campbell.

From left: Judy Stewart, Jeanie Rhodes, and Fire Chief Tony Acosta

Judy Stewart and Tony Acosta from the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department was presented a check by Jeanie Rhodes.

To learn more about RSVP, visit online at https://www.detcog.gov/rsvp

August 20, 2022 - It is axiomatic that women pay a price to be beautiful, but in the 19th century that price might have been their lives. Speaking to the August monthly meeting of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society, Brandy Harding revealed some of the harmful, toxic, or even deadly cosmetics, dyes, and drugs to which women were exposed in their quest for beauty and fashion in the Victorian period.

Standing among five beautiful authentic reproduction 19th century dresses that she had hand-sewn as well as a display of vintage cosmetics, Harding said “I got into Victorian clothing about ten years ago when my son became interested in Civil War re-enactments. We decided that our whole family would get involved in it and we have been doing it ever since. He wanted to play a soldier and got all the costumes and uniforms for that but my daughter and I became interested in the dresses of the period. At first we used the patterns available at Walmart but the more we read and studied, the more we realized that these patterns weren't really authentic. I decided that I would figure out how to make period-correct dresses. A big problem with that was that I had taken one Home Ec class in school and learned how to make pillow cases. But my mother and grandmother are good at sewing and they tried to teach me. After a lot of trial and error and seam ripping I managed to be able to make a dress. My desire for authenticity led me to research of 19th century hair styles, cosmetics, and fabrics, and I discovered the terrible, sometimes fatal, health effects the clothing, cosmetics, and drugs of the era had on women.”

“In order to understand Victorian dress design you have to understand the Victorian ideal of feminine beauty. A major part of that was a woman's waistline. The smaller it was, the better. The pretty hour-glass shape is still admired today. However, 19th century women achieved it by wearing tightly laced corsets under their dresses. The large, puffy sleeves of their dresses up top and the huge hoop skirts on the bottom accentuated the ladies' small waist. The problem was that to achieve that look, many women had to lace their corsets so tightly that they could hardly breathe, which compressed and displaced their internal organs! There is a museum in Fort Worth that has x-rays of women's bodies which had been deformed by years of wearing tightly laced corsets. These corsets also contributed to difficult child births because women who had worn corsets since childhood had not developed their core abdominal muscles and these are important in childbirth”, Harding continued.

“Besides being cumbersome and hard to manage, the large hoop skirts themselves were a health hazard. I have worn them a lot as part of our re-enactments and the simplest things such as sitting are difficult. Walking through a normal size doorway requires pushing and pulling and when you are outside the wind catches them and blows them up. Any sort of machinery or conveyance posed a threat because the skirt might become caught in it. I read about a case in San Augustine where a woman's hoop skirt became entangled in the wheel of a coach, pulling her beneath where she was crushed to death. The fabrics were flammable and open flames were common. Many women were burned to death when their voluminous skirts and petticoats were ignited and burst into flame. The New York Times claimed in 1862 that an average of three women per week died that way in the city,” Harding revealed.

“Women who avoided being entangled in machinery or catching fire were still not safe in their dresses, however,” Harding continued. “The fabric colors achieved using natural plant dyes for were much duller than those manufacturers could produce using chemicals, the harmful effects of which were either unknown or ignored. A brilliant green fabric dye widely used during the period contained arsenic. Aniline dyes were made using benzine, coal tar, and potassium chromate. Not only did these harmful chemicals affect the health of the woman who wore the dress,” Harding continued, “but also the health of anyone who handled the dress and the factory workers who made the fabrics. The use of these dyes was not outlawed until the early 20th century.”

“Ironically, the 19th century ideal of feminine beauty was of women who were pale, sickly, and looked like they might faint at any moment. Women who were afflicted with “consumption” were thought to be especially beautiful. The pale skin, sunken cheeks, and glassy eyes of a sufferer were much admired. The paler the skin, the better. Women wanted to look like they had never been outside. A sun tan was a mark of a person from the lower classes. Fainting couches were a popular furnishing. Women carried parasols to protect themselves from the sun and they always wore gloves. The cosmetics they used ensured that they achieved this look,” Harding shared.

“Commercially prepared cosmetics or 'make-up' were not widely available in the Victorian Era, so women visited the apothecary or druggist. There they bought skin cleansers, creams, charcoal pencils, and lipstick made from insects and flowers mixed with oil. Mercury, lead, nitric acid, and arsenic were common ingredients. Prolonged use of these toxic concoctions produced fatigue, weight loss, nausea, headaches, muscular atrophy, and paralysis. Apothecaries also sold arsenic wafers which helped women to achieve weight loss and the pale complexion they sought, but these were just the side-effects of the terrible health consequences,” said Harding. “The medicines sold to cure the resulting illnesses usually just contributed to them. The sought after glassy-eyed appearance could be gained by instilling a potion made from belladonna into the eyes, prolonged use of which brought on blindness. One source I read said a similar result could be had by instilling orange juice into the eyes each morning,” Harding concluded.

The Timpson Area Genealogical Society meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The TAGHS library is located within the Timpson Public Library and is open and staffed from 9AM until 5PM weekdays. Telephone 936-254-2966 and ask for the Genealogical Library.

August 16, 2022 – Morgan Graves of Center was among the more than 4,800 Baylor University students named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the Spring 2022 semester. Graves is attending the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University.

The Dean's Academic Honor List recognizes Baylor undergraduates for their outstanding academic work during each semester. Students honored on the Dean’s List earned a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.70 with no grade lower than a "C" while enrolled in at least 12 graded semester hours.

As the preeminent 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 80 master's programs, 47 doctoral programs (including the J.D.), the Education Specialist program and Master of Laws program.

Through Baylor’s Illuminate strategic plan that builds on the University’s historic strengths and strategically invests in new areas of research and service, Baylor University is one of only two private Research 1 universities in the state of Texas, along with Rice, and among an elite list of 39 private universities designated as R1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Through top-tier research, scholarship and external funding support, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing the world’s most significant challenges, with Baylor as a Christian research university infusing the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with the University’s distinct Christian voice and mission.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 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 370 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 Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 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.

August 11, 2022 - A New Member Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for the Shelby County Family Life Center on Saturday, August 13th at 9:30am to show off the new facility. The community is invited to attend. 

The Shelby County Family Life Center was built with the purpose to better develop our community by offering a wide selection of after school activities for our youth and a number of adult programs.

After school youth programs will include a youth basketball league, AAU basketball league, after school programs, mentoring and summer reading programs. These programs will be available for youth grades 3rd through 12th.

Adult programs will include gardening, health and wellness, economic development, financial literacy and spiritual growth.

After the Ribbon Cutting there is a day full of family activities including a 10am church service, an afternoon 3 on 3 basketball tournament, a bouncy house, water activities and much more.

Join the Chamber Ambassadors in congratulating the founders and volunteers of the Shelby County Family Life Center and their commitment to the community.

The Shelby County Family Life Center is located at 1426 ½ Shelbyville Street at the corner of Loop 500 and Shelbyville Street and is affiliated with Abundant Love Church with Marlin Cloudy, Pastor.

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

August 9, 2022 - The Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine announces Connor Timmons, a 2018 Graduate of Timpson High School, is the newest cohort of students accepted to the Osteopathic Medicine, DO program in Conroe, Texas.

The esteemed student doctors represent the college’s second cohort, scheduled to complete their degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) in 2026.


August 5, 2022 - The Comptroller encourages all taxpayers to support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual Tax-Free weekend. Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.

This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 5, and goes through midnight Sunday, August 7.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

To read the full press release on the Texas Comptroller's website with additional information, click here.

August 1, 2022 - A Bake sale for Ricky and Teresa Gilchrist will be held on Friday, August 5th from 10am until 2pm at 708 Southview Circle, 96 South, 5th building on the right. If you are led to help this family call me at (936) 332-0060, FB message or text. Please take time to pray for Ricky and Teresa. We thank you in advance for you prayers and donations. 

Psalm 28:7-8 KJV. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Message from the Gilchrist family, "The family has had time to semi-process everything and we've made the decision to finally update everyone on Dad’s condition.

"When dad had his emergent splenectomy surgery in May the surgeon discovered several tumors in Dad’s liver. During that surgery they biopsied the liver. Those results came back as stage 4 metastatic Adenocarcinoma which probably originated somewhere in his upper GI or pancreas. Meaning the cancer has already spread. We do not know the extent of how far it’s spread throughout his body but we do know from CT scans that the liver tumors have grown just within a month. This diagnosis is terminal and not curable."

August 5, 2022 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office hosted a CPR/AED training course at the Windham Civic Center on August 1 and August 2. The course was instructed by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office CID Lieutenant DJ Dickerson, who is also the Training Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office, as well as a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor.

This course was primarily for the telecommunicators of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Center Police Department, due to the recent House Bill 786 that was passed in the 87th Legislature that cited the following: “There are concerns about the low rate of survival for people who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting. Evidence indicates that early administration of CPR has a positive impact on a patient’s chance of survival. When a person dials 9-1-1, they are in communication with a dispatcher who then directs paramedics to arrive at the scene. It has been suggested that if 9-1-1 dispatchers and other licensed telecommunicators received CPR training they would be able to coach the caller through administering CPR while the paramedics are en-route, thus giving the patient a better chance of recovery. H.B. 786 seeks to require telecommunicators to receive this training as part of their initial licensure training and on an ongoing basis as part of their continuing education” (Senate Research Center, H.B. 786, 87R9746 KKR-D).  

In addition to the telecommunicators who are mandated to undergo CPR certification, Sheriff Kevin W. Windham attended the course, along with additional personnel from the Jail Division, Patrol/CID Division, as well as administrative staff. Sheriff Windham advised that it is his intention that all Shelby County Sheriff’s Office personnel receive this training, so the Sheriff’s Office personnel will be well prepared to render medical aid in the event of a medical emergency. 

August 4, 2022 - The Center Rotary Club welcomed District Governor Demetress Harrell and Assistant Governor Jayne McCurry to their Tuesday, August 2, 2022 noon meeting at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Club President Cancee Lester gave acknowledgement to additional guests attending: Tammy Hanson and Cindy Eubank, Leadership Shelby County; Deborah Chadwick, Chamber of Commerce President; and Keith Duncan, Workforce Solutions of DET.

The Rotary Club of Center is one of 40 clubs in District 5910’s area and DG Harrell is on the “Imagine” District 5910 Rotary tour which started with the Rotary Club of Rusk before coming to Center.

This year’s theme is “Imagine Rotary” and she highlighted the special aspects of this year and it’s theme, “This year is a year that we’ve never seen before because since Rotary began in 1905 we have the very first female Rotarian International President, my friend, our friend, Mrs. Jennifer Jones. Jennifer likes to acknowledge that it was not because she was a woman but because she was qualified that she got the job. One of the things she reminds me that she had applied three times so she was also persistent. I would like to recognize her theme that was designed by her brother and artist. It represents what our year will look like.”

DG Harrell explained there are about 1.4 million Rotarians around the world. She spoke about the symbolism of the “Imagine Rotary” banner. First, she described the white, which is the most significant color on the banner, “It is to remind us that we need to ensure that we stay a peaceful country and we unite others in a world peace effort to ensure the success of you and I being, not only great citizens, but great Rotarians.”

The next color is purple which represents Polio. She highlighted that last week there was a wild case of Polio that came to the United States, “We always say that we are one plane ride away from the possibility of Polio affecting us. But because of all of your generous work, your continued commitment to Rotary International and your desire to ensure that it never effects us here in Center, Texas - the purple is for Polio. And [Jennifer] believes that this year, as we’ve said, we are this close, we will close the gap and we will eliminate by eradicating polio and that’s thanks to people like you.” The purple dots remind us that we have many areas of focus.

The final element of the banner is the green line which reminds us that we are in need of protecting our environment. DG Harrell shared, “But what I have always seen in the Rotary Club in Center with the many visits that I have made as Assistant Governor and Membership Director is that you all get out and work in your community to ensure that you beautify and increase the visibility of making a vibrant community. I thank you for that.”

She shared a story about her introduction into Rotary, “My Journey began in 1998 when I was asked by Past-District Governor Joe Bird to come to an afternoon lunch. He said, ‘Don’t think you are just going to come and set down and eat lunch and listen to a program; but I want you to become a part of this family. Rotary truly is a family.”

From left: Club President Cancee Lester and District Governor Demetress Harrell

Referencing Center’s Club President, Cancee Lester, DG Harrell said, “I want to thank your president because she did her due diligence. She joined me in the DFW area within icy, slippery road conditions. She joined me with what we like to call P.E.T.S. (President Elect Training Seminar). She came with not only the intention but with the desire to increase membership, grow the foundation and grant opportunities.”

DG Harrell impassioned to the club, “I always like to say that if you are not a Rotarian, it’s because we have not asked. So, don’t ever forget one of the most important jobs for you all to do is ensure you ask your neighbor. And you recognize the quality of work that we do around the world in Rotary.”

The Rotary Club of Center meets every Tuesday at 12-noon at the John D. Windham Civic Center, 146 Express Blvd, Center, Texas 75935. For more information about Rotary, call 936-591-9334.

From left: Rotary Club Treasurer Lawrence Davis, Rotary Club Secretary J.J. Ford, Leadership Shelby County Graduate Cindy Eubank, Rotary Club President Cancee Lester, District 5910 Governor Demetress Harrell, Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Chadwick, and Leadship Shelby County Graduate Tammy Hanson

From left: Assistant Governor Jayne McCurry, President Cancee Lester, Secretary J.J. Ford, and District Governor Demetress Harrell

July 29, 2022 - On Saturday, August 6 from 10am to noon the Logansport Library will be the site of a book signing by local authors!! Several authors from our local communities will be on hand to sign their published books and cookbooks.

The local authors include:

  • Hollie Stone of Stanley, LA  - “Hindsight with Hollie”
  • Terri Lacher of Center, TX - “The Queen of Pink” & “Snips and Snails”
  • Chef Hunter Lee of Mansfield, LA - “Benwood’s Surely Southern”
  • Carmen Whitaker of Center, TX - “Getting There”

Each of these authors will speak about their books and cookbooks and how their writings have affected their lives. 

Come out on August 6 and support these talented local authors and hear their stories! 

This event is being sponsored by the Logansport Friends of the Library.