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March 17, 2022 - The Democratic County Convention is Saturday, March 19, 2022 at T/R Steaks and More, 892 Hurst street. Sign in starts at 11:30am. Delegate selection for the State Convention in July in Fort Worth is planned. For more information, call 936-657-5018 or text 936-368-2645.

From left to right: (Seated) Carole Ann Chance, Robbie Kerr, Lisa Albers, Janette Wittmann, Cherry Jones, Carolyn Bounds, (Standing) Sandy Prislac, Pam Sykes, and Rita Hughes.

March 14, 2022 - The Center Garden Club met at noon on Wednesday, March 9th, at the Agri-Life building in Center. The meeting was led by President, Carolyn Bounds. Following the Pledge, reports were given and plans were confirmed for the last two meetings of the year. The April meeting will be an excursion to San Augustine with plans to visit Mission Dolores and other historical sites. The club's plant sale was set for Friday, April 1st, starting at 8am on the Center Square.

Janette Wittmann reported on her special club project; a musical program dedicated to nature and scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 28 at 6:30pm at the Chadwick Chapel, First Baptist Church in Center. It will be Center Garden Club's, and the performers', gift to the community. The public is cordially invited to attend.

The program had been planned by Co-Hostess, Shirley Owens, who was unable to attend due to being at the hospital with her husband, Bennie. She did, however; send a wonderful display and lots of material on House Plants that Clean the Air. Following the meeting, a prayer was given by Robbie Kerr which included a special prayer for Ukraine. Co-hostess, Janette Wittmann, also, provided blue and yellow ribbons for each member to wear in support of Ukraine. Lunch was served by Janette and was assisted by Carole Ann Chance; decorated with a Saint Patrick's Day green theme.

Anyone wishing to visit or join the Center Garden Club can contact Cherry Jones at 598-4611 or Carolyn Bounds at 598-3414; the club meets on the second Wednesday, September through May.

Submitted by Rita Hughes

March 10, 2022 - An account has been created at Shelby Savings Bank for the Benefit of Joseph Gipson. Donations will go toward the costs associated with his recent passing/funeral arrangements. Please help us support this family in their time of grief, as no one is ever prepared to lose a child. Joseph was a precious third grader at Center Elementary School. Donations may be made at any of the local Shelby Savings Bank Branches.

Funeral Services are set for Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 at Triumph Church in Center.

March 10, 2022 (Photo Album) - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Leadership Conference for Junior Chamber of Commerce students on Tuesday, March 8th at the Civic Center. Over 100 JCC students were able to attend the Conference.

Ms. Kaylin Burleson and Ms. Tammy Lemoine were this year’s Chairmen and presenters. The students worked in small groups discussing a variety of questions regarding leadership. Each group created a poster that answered two questions: what makes a strong and effective leader, and why is leadership so important to a school community and school culture. The posters were presented to the entire the group.

The leadership discussions and poster presentation were followed by Drew Dudley’s TED Talk about “Lollipop Moments.”

The students joined the Center Rotary Club for lunch. Rotary President Elect, Cancee Lester, welcomed the students and their Sponsors. She shared insight into Civic Involvement in the community and talked about Rotary’s involvement in our community as well as worldwide.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following Sponsors for their support of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Program: Presenting Sponsor, JML Management; Gold Sponsor, Deb’s Boutique; Silver Sponsors: J. Lout, Inc., JTK Management, Inc., LaGrone Air Conditioning, McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning, Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike and Viatrac Fertilizer; Friends of the Junior Chamber of Commerce: Automotive Collision Repair Specialist, Center Christian Academy, Center Glass, Mathews Real Estate, Panola College, Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Copelin.

The Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Ambassadors program was established in 1996 with around 85 students. Today there are over 200 students from public and private schools in Shelby County from grades 8-12 that meet the academic, volunteer and character criteria.

The purpose of the JCC program is to develop leadership skills as well as assist the Ambassadors in various projects and opportunities of hospitality and service.

March 8, 2022 - The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will join with the Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the J J E Gibson Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas for a joint meeting celebrating March as Texas History Month. The meeting will be held Saturday, March 12, at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center at 10am. Members of the CRT Chapter will assist in the program;  "The Texas flag, its history and meaning", and will conduct a flag retirement ceremony following the meeting. Those attending the meeting are asked to bring a sack lunch. Drinks and dessert will be furnished. For more information call Maggie at 248-3361. Come celebrate part of our Texas heritage with us. 

March 8, 2022 - A ribbon cutting was held Saturday, March 5, 2022 in Tenaha at the SAKS Of Love newly opened location at 193 North George Bowers Drive. Attending to celebrate with SAKS Of Love founders Lorenzo and Christina Leary were Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, representatives with the City of Tenaha, and community members.

Christina Leary, Executive Director, spoke first, “Hello everybody, thank you so much for being here. We appreciate you coming out and sacrificing your time [on a Saturday]… thank God, God bless y’all, thank you.” Emotions began getting to Leary as she spoke, “I’m just thankful for all the people that I love for being here today. Thank you for my board being here.”

From left: Lashalla McCollister, Board Chairperson; Vicky Amy, Representative of Families; Pamela Cleaver, volunteer; Christina Leary; Executive Director and co-founder; Lorenzo Leary, co-founder; Frejaie Dimery-Tate, Board Vice-Chairperson; Ariel Higginbotham, Board Secretary/Treasurer; and Jared Higginbotham, volunteer.

Vice-Chairperson, Frejaie Dimery-Tate, then gave an invocation, “I’m gonna ask that you focus on Him, God is doing something amazing through SAKS Of Love and just through this building. And we’re super excited about what God is going to do but I also want God to also bless each of you for showing up and sacrificing your time, for giving in any way that you do and so I’m not only praying for the success of SAKS Of Love but I’m also praying for the good Godly success of each and every single one of you that are in the building today.” Frejaie then prayed for all and for the success of the organization and gave thanks to God for the building, all the donations, and all the sacrifices.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Stephanie Elswick then spoke on behalf of the Chamber, “We are very proud of you, proud of you both. The Chamber is proud of you and we welcome you with all of our hearts and we are here for you whenever and however.” She then invited Christina Leary to speak about the mission of the organization.

Leary spoke about the beginning, “It’s been five years, I never thought that we would get this far or even just to have a building. We started out with two dollars, trying to coupon, and just trying to bless an elderly person that didn’t have anything. Going and doing wellness checks, and then God just continued to grow it to what it is today. So, I’m just so grateful to be able to pay it forward.” Leary spoke about her childhood growing up poor in the city of Tenaha and how the help received from the community helped plant a seed in her and then God was able to blossom the seed of giving and caring to be able to accomplish what the organization does. She continued to give God the glory for everything.

SAKS of Love (Sending A Kingdom Sacrifice Of Love) was founded in 2017. It is a non-profit organization originally founded on the awareness of our senior citizens needing support and love. With a mission of “Serving the community one neighbor at a time,” it has grown to provide help and spread love through giving in five counties: Shelby, Angelina, Panola, Nacogdoches, and Smith. It assists with a homeless ministry in Tyler on the 2nd Saturday of every month; gives recognition to others with ‘Pillar Award’ and ‘Inspiring Youth Award’ presentations in their Inspired by You campaign; raises funds for scholarships for youth; assists with Christmas gifts for elderly and for kids; blesses 7 to 10 families each month with household needs; and now manages a location in Tenaha.

SAKS Of Love’s location at 193 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75954 is open the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays from 11am until 2pm. Emergency situations can be submitted through the website or by phone 936-800-8323.

March 2, 2022 - On this day, in 1836, during the siege of the Alamo, another handful of men met one hundred fifty miles to the east in a large unfinished blacksmith shop at Washington-on-the-Brazos. There, on his forty second birthday, Sam Houston with fifty eight other duly elected delegates to the Convention of 1836 met to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, prepared by George C. Childress and his five man committee.

Among those signing were William Carroll Crawford and Sydney O. Pennington, representing what would become Shelby County. Most of the signers wished to be on the battlefield with their fellow Texans but Houston convinced the delegates that the declaration would give the emerging republic a basis of legality and would draw more help from the United States. Four days after the signing Houston departed the Convention as commander of all military forces of the new Republic and the Republic had a constitution and an ad interim government headed by David G. Burnet and Lorenzo de Zavala.

On this day, March 2, Texas Independence Day, fly your Texas flag proudly.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas
William Carroll Crawford Chapter

February 28, 2022 - The SCCAC would like to thank everyone who helped make the 10th annual Princess Ball a success! It was an extra special evening, made possible only through the generous support of businesses and individuals in our community.

We would like to thank this year's sponsors and donors: 4L Logging LLC, Boom Boom Photo Booth, Brookshire Brothers, Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, Farmers State Bank, Few Ready Mix, Gaspar Décor, GCS Cakes by Cindy Metteauer, High Roller Group, Hospice Plus, Hughes Florist, Joe’s Car Spa, Lawfirm of Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith, Lawrence Davis Photography, Leah Chase Balloon Artist, Mathews Realty, McAdams Propane, New Mexico Credit, Nix Forest Industries Inc., Paul and Debra Smith, Priority Family Healthcare, Quickstop Stores, Red River Credit, Shani’s Catering, Shelby Savings Bank, Snell Photography, Steel Building Supply, Storibook Photography, Texan Credit, Texas Glacier Ice, The Coral Cactus, Timpson ISD, Tomlin Insurance, and Trails End Grocery & RV.

We would also like to thank our tireless volunteers who worked hard to make everything look beautiful for our guests of honor. We appreciate you all so much!

February 25, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries is accepting bids for our Helping Hands Outreach Center building located at 930 Shelbyville Street. The bid will be for exterior and interior work. If you are interested in placing a bid, please contact Sherry Harding at 936-598-4990 to set up an appointment. All bids need to be turned in by March 1, 2022. Thank you and God Bless.

February 22, 2022 - The Timpson Public Library is proud to announce the addition of E-Read Texas books to our collection. Patrons may access this collection using their Apple and Android phones or tablets. Patrons will need to come by the library and have a password added to the library card account. If you don’t have a library card you can apply for one at the library.

Once you have your library card number and your password download the SimplyE app. Select the Timpson Public Library from the list of libraries and a collection will be downloaded allowing you to select books to read. Most books are checked out for 20 days. If you haven’t returned the book by that time it will be checked in automatically. No book will ever be late and there will never be a late charge.

 Please drop by for additional information. The library is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am until 5pm. We are looking forward to seeing you!