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February 21, 2019 - The Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation was selected to be the next recipient of the 50 Women of Impact donation for the first quarter of 2019! The check presented by the group was for $7,000 with the projection of more to come as the group's members turn in their $100 donation.

Including this most current meeting, the cumulative donations of $100 by each member has enabled the group to donate nearly $60,000! 

During Joann Bush's presentation to the 50 Women of Impact she told them after the last meeting she felt discouraged. Then a mom of a child the Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation has helped said to Joann, " 'You can't give up,' she said, '[my child] doesn't give up.' "

Joann Bush continued, "So, I got to thinking on the way home what a horrible person I am because here I am ready to give up after six times of trying, so what. These kids fight to survive. They fight to get through their illnesses. [The child] bless her heart, she is my hero! She has fought from the time she had this attack, she has fought to walk again, she has fought to talk again. And this therapy it hurts. Its not easy to try to walk when you can't walk. It hurts. And we've been able to help her get some equipment that she needed for therapy." Bush finished by saying, "Help me help these kids. They deserve it. They are heroes that fight to live and they fight to get better and I want to help them get there."

Lisa McAdams, a member of the 50 Women of Impact, spoke before announcing the winner, "The 50 Women of Impact is not an exclusive organization whatsoever. If there is anyone that wants to give $100 a quarter, that is all you do. We are not flipping any hamburgers, we are not doing anything.... We want to make it as simple as possible for anyone to do this. We have given about $10,000 a quarter for a year and a half. We are always welcoming new members and you don't have to start at a certain time during the year."

The 50 Women of Impact group organized and held their first meeting in November of 2017 with the hopes of getting 50 women to give $100 each quarter for a combined contribution to an elected organization. The first meeting surpassed the 50 women with 94 inaugural members. Today there are over 100 women who have joined the cause with more seeking to join. They have met once a quarter since then donating funds to the Shelby County Welfare Board; AgriLife Extension, Shelby Family Consumer Science program; Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library; Boo's Battle Cancer Fund; Shelby County Outreach Ministries; and now the Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation.

The Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation is an organization which helps children and young adults up to age 23 with major medical conditions such as, but not limited to cancer, automobile accidents, birth defects, etc. The organization also helps fund research for a disease Jon's niece has called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. It is a rare auto immune disease which can be life threatening and for which there is no cure. The main goal is to help children in Shelby County but it will help children outside of Shelby County depending on the severity of their condition and needs.

February 20, 2019 -  VFW Post 8904 and its Auxiliary held a wreath laying ceremony on Friday for the sinking of the USS Maine which started the Spanish-American War and spurred the creation of veteran organizations.

Larry Hume, VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster opened the remembrance for the USS Maine which 121 years ago, February 15, 1898, exploded in the harbor of Havana Cuba killing two hundred sixty-six American crewmen and marines.

Hume said, “Spain was blamed for the explosion and the Spanish-American War began as a result and less than four months later on August 12, 1898 the United States won a decisive victory. This was the first war the United States had ever fought beyond its shores. Three thousand American military were lost, but mostly from yellow and typhoid fever from fighting in the jungles.”

“Teddy Roosevelt of Roughrider fame told his troops as they mustered out ‘enjoy the next 15 days because after that you will be forgotten.’ And they were. And because of the United States Government’s refusal of proper medical care these veterans banded together in organizations that would eventually become the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.”

Hume continued, “Today we are here to remember the lives lost so long ago in the explosion of the USS Maine and the Spanish-American War that ensued. We thank them for their service just as we thank the veterans of all wars.”

After Post Member Jason Samford placed the memorial wreath, Hume recognized seven Shelby County, Texas veterans that can be connected to the Spanish-American War.

Elijah Webb, born 1866 in Shelby County voluntarily enlisted at the beginning of the Spanish-American war and was sent to Cuba. He was then ordered to Manila in the Philippines. He served with Company H, 44th US Volunteer Infantry. While the war ended in August 1898 the First Philippine Republic objected to the terms under which the United State took possession of the Philippines from Spain and the fighting continued until July 2, 1902. During the fighting in the Philippines, Elijah Webb was killed on June 16, 1900 and his body returned home for burial in August 1901. In a short Houston Post newspaper article, dated August 18, 1901, it said in part on the large box which held the metallic coffin was his name, the number of his company and the cause of his death, which as stated on the box ‘was a knife wound in the head.’ It went on to say that ‘Lige’ had many friends here and a good crowd witnessed the casket in which rested his remains. Webb was buried in the Center Cemetery as it was called then and now known as the Methodist Cemetery that is located behind the First United Methodist Church in Center.

Others from Shelby County who served were:

  • Edwin A. Booth – Buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson
  • Brunson Cline – Buried in Carroll Cemetery
  • Charles Hudson – Buried in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson
  • Charlie E. Matlock – Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
  • James Mosby, Jr. – Buried in Fairview Cemetery
  • James M. Walker – Buried in Walker Cemetery. He also served in the Civil War.

Before the presentation of taps by Post Commander Gene Hutto, Hume said, “Today, we can honor these local veterans and all the other forefathers of our great organization by continuing to fight for veterans rights and benefits, just as they did."

From left: Virginia Watlington, Victoria Lee, Roy Blackshear, Marlin Jones and Will Lucas.

February 20, 2019 – The First United Methodist Church (UMC) of Center announces the winners of their inaugural Soup and Chili Cook-off competition held Sunday, February 17 with proceeds benefiting the First UMC Mission and Outreach Committee annual projects. The First UMC Missions and Outreach Committee members extend their appreciation and gratitude to the participants entering the cook-off competition and to the congregation and community for supporting their fundraiser. 

First and Second Place People’s Choice awards were presented in both Soup and Chili categories and winners include:

Soup Division

First Place: Team Soup Siblings - Victoria Lee and Harrison Lee (not pictured)
Second Place: Virginia Watlington

Chili Division

First Place: Marlin Jones and Will Lucas
Second Place: Roy Blackshear

Pictured is (left side) County Attorney Gary Rholes with Judge Schnarr, along with numerous CPS personnel and CASA volunteers.

February 20, 2019 - Judge Ginnie Schnarr, Associate Judge, is retiring. Judge Schnarr has spent fourteen years presiding over Child Protective Service cases in Shelby and seven other Texas Counties.

The reception was hosted by those pictured and by attorneys Deck Jones and Lynda K. Russell, who often practiced family law before Judge Schnarr. According to Gary Rholes, Judge Schnarr did a great job protecting East Texas children and will be greatly missed by all.

February 20, 2019 - The drawing for the Steel Building Raffle made Valentine's Day special for James Blue when his name was on the winning ticket. The ticket was drawn by Chief Deputy Kevin Windham and proceeds benefit Shelby County Outreach Ministries. The brand new 10x16 steel building was made by General Shelters.

February 19, 2019 - The legal entry of Texas into the Union was December 29, 1845, but the decade-old Republic of Texas did not formally transfer its authority from the State of Texas to the United States of America until February, 19, 1846.

President Tyler was determined to add Texas to the Union, but the United States Senate rejected the treaty, 35 to 16, in June – just in time to make it an issue in the election of 1844. James K. Polk was in favor of annexation and was elected over Henry Clay. Congress elected to annex Texas by joint resolution on December 29, 1845 and Texas made the formal transfer on February 19, 1846.

As he stood on the steps of the old wooden Capitol in Austin, hauled down the Lone Star Flag and replaced it with the Stars and Stripes, President Anson Jones declared to the gathered crowd, “The final act of this great drama is now performed, the Republic of Texas is no more.”

Submitted by Maggie Casto
William Carroll Crawford
Daughters of the Republic of Texas

February 13, 2019 - Holiday Nursing & Rehabilitation celebrated the recent completion of a large-scale renovation of the facility, along with the hiring of Hollie Adams as their new administrator on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Members of the community and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors attended the event which included a flag ceremony, tour of the facility, live music, door prizes, and barbaque.

Ambassador President, Cindy Lindsey introduced the new owners and gave them an opportunity to talk about their facility and it's recent renovation. Chris Slimmer, President and co-owner, said, "Thanks everyone for showing up today, we are excited to be doing this. Our company is called Summit LTC; we are based in Fort Worth. We bought this facility back in 2017."

He continued, "We've spent a lot of time getting in here and trying to make sure the clinicals and everything were really good, improving the quality of care, and then we ulimately said as soon as we get all of the critial pieces from the operations side updated and ready to go, we wanted to go in and put a nice investment into the building and into the community to show that we are very serious about making this a good facility, a top notch facility, and one that the community and we could be proud of so we've put a lot of time and effort to get to this point today."

A special ceremony was then held to honor their Veterans which included a new American flag installation performed by VFW Post 8904 veterans Larry Hume, Gene Hutto, and Travis Snider. When everyone entered the newly renovated facility, they were greeted by the Wall of Heroes. Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation has 18 heroes. 

Hollie Adams, Administrator, spoke in appreciation of the large turnout of attendees, “I want to thank all of y’all for coming out today. We really appreciate your support. And thank you for the vendors who have given the door prizes today.”

Door prize winners were as follows: 50" LED Display TV won by Jimmy Cox; gift bag from Angels Care Home Health won by Travis Snider; candle from PAM Specialty Hospital in Lufkin won by Pamela Vance; gift bag from Heart to Heart Hospice won by Leigh Porterfield; candle from PAM Specialty Hospital in Lufkin won by Kim Bridges; gift bag from Signa Health Springs won by Jimmy Cox; Echo dot won by Angela Wilcox; Benita Creek Hall donated two tickets to any live concert won by Kevin Windham; weed eater won by Alice Barr; iPad won by Sarah Hall; and a "Welcome" sign from PharmCare USA won by Richard Favian.

One of the many newly renovated rooms.

Holiday Nursing & Rehabilitation is a nursing and rehabilitation facility located in Center, Texas that offers a high quality of care for those unable to care for themselves. Our amazing team offers a wide array of health, rehabilitation, dietary, social services, and a secure environment for loved ones suffering from Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Both short and long-term stays are welcome, each of which are tailored to the individual needs of our residents. We accept several payors including Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans’ Administration (“VA”). We strive to meet the highest standards of care and treat our residents as though they were a part of our own family.

For more information about Holiday Nursing & Rehabilitation, visit www.summitltc.com/locations/holiday or call (936) 598-3371.

The winner of the 50" TV was Jimmy Cox.

February 13, 2019 - Shelbyville ISD recently purchased their expanding ag science program a Ford F-250 from Raymond Motor Company.

The truck will be used to haul kids (and animals) to livestock shows, contests, mechanics shows, and much more.

We are so thankful for Raymond Motor Company for giving us such an incredible deal and helping our program grow! Thank you to Dr. West, Mr. Osby and the Shelbyville ISD school board for making this all come together and happen!

February 13, 2019 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. needs these items of the month: bagged beans, bagged rice, spaghetti noodles, peanut butter, tuna, Ramen noodle soup, and macaroni and cheese.  

We want to thank all of you that have donated items in the past. The food you donate goes to families and individuals who are dealing with food insecurities. So, help us help others by dropping off some of these items to the Outreach. Every can helps. Thank you and God Bless.  

February 13, 2019 - Today is the last day! Shelby County Outreach Ministries will draw the name of the winner Thursday, February 14th at 11:00 am at the Senior Nutrition Site. We need all tickets turned in by today, February 13th so we can have them ready for the big moment!

Reminder: The raffle is for a brand new 10x16 Steel Building made by General Shelters. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. The winner is responsible for moving costs. Come by the Outreach today to get your last-minute tickets! For questions, call 598-4990.