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March 28, 2019 - On March 21st, the Woman’s Reading Club met in the home of Fannie Watson whose inspirational program took members on a nostalgic journey through the life and works of America’s most beloved illustrator Norman Rockwell. With the technical assistance of her great granddaughters Campbell and Landry Morris of Austin (pictured) and her daughter Brenda Giles of Carthage, Fannie also shared an inspiring collection of Rockwell-illustrated Saturday Evening Post covers and various posters, such as Rosie the Riveter (1943) and the Golden Rule (1961).

Members pictured include Montie Jones, Dottie West, Jane Morrison, Billie Sue Payne, Mary Lynn Tinkle, Fannie Watson, Polly Smith, Carolyn Bounds, and Sue Russell.

Submitted by Carolyn Bounds

March 27, 2019 - Today, March 27, is one of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas' Honor Days - Goliad Heroes Day.

Following the fall of the Alamo, the Mexican Army, under the command of General Santa Anna, attacked Colonel James W. Fannin's men at Goliad. Fannin was forced to surrender and on March 27, 1836, 320 prisoners were executed, the largest loss of live in the cause of Texas independence. "Remember Goliad" joined with "Remember the Alamo" as the battle cries heard at the battle of San Jacinto.

The DRT William Carroll Crawford Chapter encourage everyone to fly your Texas flag to honor the heroes of Goliad.

March 27, 2019 - The TISD family is saddened by the passing of Martha Boren.  Mrs. Boren’s death is the result of complications from heart surgery a few weeks ago.  

Mrs. Boren’s career spanned almost three full decades at Tenaha ISD where she served most recently as the Director of Academic Affairs.  Her work has been vital in the survival of our small district through her efforts to acquire grants and maintain compliance of all federal and state funded programs. 

Previous to her role in Central Administration, Mrs. Boren served as a Principal, and as a Business Teacher over her long career.  The Tiger Family has lost a “lynch pin” to the success of the students at TISD.  Please keep her husband Wesley and daughter Lesley in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. 

March 27 2019 - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. To help spread awareness, we are encouraging everyone to hang a blue bow on the door, window and/or inside your business for the month of April. Our local florists have generously agreed to make the large blue bows for $12.00 each. All you have to do is call one of our local florists, listed below, and order a bow. They will even deliver them for you. It is very easy.

The Annual Butterfly Release, sponsored by the Children’s Advocacy Center will be held April 17th on the Historic Courthouse lawn at 4:00pm. It would be wonderful if everyone could have a beautiful blue bow displayed before the Butterfly Release.

Thank you to our participating florists: Center Floral, Darcie Hayes at 598-2413; Hughes Florist, Heather Moody at 598-9949; Southern Seasons, Shana Brittain at 598-5009 and Watson Florist, Yondi Watson at 598-2402.

Let’s take a stand together as a community against child abuse.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.

March 25, 2019 - In the half century since it closed, the Timpson Colored School had deteriorated and become overgrown to the point that many residents didn't know it existed. Two years ago Charleston Johnson and other local volunteers cut back brush and hauled off debris to reveal what remains of the nearly 100 year-old landmark. At their March meeting, the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society heard city councilwoman Teri Alexander and community leader and educator Vernett Richardson emphasize the historic significance of the former school building and outline plans to create a 501c non-profit organization as a vehicle for the structure's restoration and preservation.

Councilwoman Alexander, who is now the property owner, said that although some of the school is still in fairly good condition, much of it has collapsed and the complete restoration of the school is beyond any current vision for the property. The most pressing needs now are the prevention of further deterioration of the structure and the creation of a 501c to allow donations to be tax deductible, she stated. Alexander noted that she had received the forms necessary for the establishment of a 501c and that they were very lengthy and detailed, especially regarding the history of the building. Built in 1926 for $10,000, the building was furnished with a $1,500 grant from the Julius Rosenwald Foundation. She said that the local community has been enthusiastic about the project from its inception but that it has really “taken off” since the clean-up work now that the building can more clearly be seen from the street.

Also addressing the meeting was native Timpsonian Vernett Richardson, who returned to Timpson after retiring from the Navy and now teaches at Timpson High School. He revealed that he had shared information about the project with friends around the nation and that he has been amazed by the overwhelmingly positive response he has received from them. “Timpson has a treasure of great value for more that just the city which must be honored and preserved” was the general consensus," he said. Richardson said he had shown some of the photos and videos of the work at the site with his current THS students, who “were amazed to find that Timpson once had two schools.”

He shared that the Timpson Colored School only produced one school yearbook, in 1957, and he displayed a pristine copy which had been loaned to him. Also displayed were graduation programs, play programs, and photos dating back to the 1930s which had belonged to Savannah Puckett Hooper and were brought her daughter, Joyce Hooper Tucker. Personal recollections, documents, and memorabilia of this sort are valuable resources in the historical documentation of the site required by the IRS for a 501c designation. “I know there is information out there and I know there are people still living who attended the school who can provide information”, declared Alexander.

Richardson noted that a Facebook page for the school had been established at 'Timpson ColoredSchool' which features photos and posts about the school and the project. Alexander said that once the 501c non-profit organization is established, she will donate the property to it in hopes that it will be preserved into perpetuity. She said that her research indicates that the school is the only one in Texas bearing the inscription “Colored School” which still exists.

The excitement and enthusiasm of those in attendance at the meeting for the project was palpable and some were ready to get to work right away. As attendee Odell Holmon said “Can we start doing something or do we have to wait?”

TAGHS 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. The public is invited.

March 25, 2019 - On February 9, 2019 we lost everything in a house fire. We just want to say a special thank you to all the people who served into Bishop Roosevelt Swindle and his wife Girtha Swindle. To all the churches, family, and friends - may God continue to bless you is our prayer.

March 22, 2019 - Shelby County Courthouse employees recognized WDSD along with their co-worker Teresa Hughes in honor of her grandson, Jack.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  

The Shelby County courthouse chose to honor the day by wearing brightly coloured socks. The #rockyoursocks campaign encourages people to bring awareness by wearing brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock or even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. The idea is to wear something people will ask you about so that you can tell them about WDSD.

For more information, visit

March 21, 2019 (Click here to see updated Program- The 12th Annual Health and Fitness Fair, Presented by Cline Family Medicine will be held this Thursday, March 21 at the Windham Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Gold Sponsors Focused Care of Center, Hope Community Medicine and Nacogdoches Medical Center also helped in making the event a success.

A Scavenger Hunt will be held again with three random drawings for the chance to win an Air Fryer, a complete set of Pioneer Woman cookware and a 32-Inch Flat Screen TV. Attendees and vendors are invited to participate in finding items throughout the fair.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site with a blood mobile taking donations, to sign up to donate please contact Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.

The fair is free to the public featuring over 30 vendors with give aways and door prizes. Vendors will be providing health screenings which include glucose, cholesterol, spinal screenings, heart awareness, bone density and vision, plus much more!! Teresa’s Tumblers will be performing at 11:00am.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682, email or visit

March 21, 2019 - DPS State Trooper Dustin Ramos presented an informative program for Delta Gamma about little known traffic laws.

He alerted the group about moving over or slowing down for emergency vehicles. He fielded many questions from members.

The meal was served by the Center ISD Culinary Department and enjoyed by all.

Submitted by Nora Robinson

District III TX Garden Clubs Convention. From left: 2019-21 District III Director Christine Fincher, 2017-19 Recording Secretary Linda Bordelon, and 2017-19 District III Director Kathi Sivess

March 19, 2019 - Representing Center Garden Club, Linda Bordelon attended the District III TX Garden Clubs Convention March 14-15, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

With the theme "The Seeds of Today are the Flowers of Tomorrow," members received packets of seeds and door prizes were flowers in watering cans which were used as table decorations.

The 2019-2021 District III Officers were installed and reports were given by the District III Officers and Zone Directors. Seventy-nine members and five guests enjoyed a luncheon and Spring Style Show. Awards for the past year were presented to twenty-eight Garden Clubs in District III.

Linda Bordelon, Center Garden Club