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November 2, 2019 - It's fall back time... Sunday, November 3rd at 2am, daylight savings time ends and clocks roll backward 1 hour.

At the beginning or end of daylight savings time is a good time to do a routine check of items in your house. Test items such as smoke detectors and install new batteries to help keep your family and home safe. Check your hot water heaters and other areas which aren't seen regularly.

Clean out dryer vent hoses which can become clogged with lint and cause dryers to not perform as well. Lint is highly combustible and decreased airflow can cause overheating of the exhaust ducting resulting in a fire. After inspecting and cleaning out the dryer vent ducting, check to make sure when you push the dryer back in place that the duct doesn't have a bend causing poor air flow.

Lastly, annual checkups for pets is great too!

Suggested link: Keep Your House in Tip-Top Shape: An Incredibly Handy Home Maintenance Checklist

October 1, 2019 - Weather statistics for October 2019 are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.

Highest Temp was 98 degrees on 10-04-2019
Highest Temp on Record was 100 degrees on 10-01-1953
Lowest Temp was 36 degrees on 10-31-2019
Lowest Temp on Record was 26 degrees on 10-31-1993

Rainfall Recorded was 5.62 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 5.32 inches
Above Average by 0.30 inches
Highest Recorded for This Month was 18.94 in 2009
Lowest Recorded for This Month was 0.00 inches in 1952 & 2005

Rainfall through October is 48.77 inches
Average through October is 43.72 inches

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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October 31, 2019 - Below is a list of community Halloween activities from now through Halloween. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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October 31, 2019 - Lisa Crouch, Pre-K teacher in San Augustine, discusses some of the activities she combines with the books she presents to children in her class. Delta Gamma assisted Mrs. Crouch is securing an ASTEF grant from the state organization so all the students in Pre-K and K in San Augustine could receive a book each month during the school year. Delta Gamma is the local organization of key women educators in San Augustine, Shelby, and Sabine County.

Submitted by Nora Robinson

October 31, 2019 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department is selling a limited number of tickets for their annual Raffle Fundraiser which includes a 2019 420 Honda Rancher 4-wheeler 4x4 with trailer. The trailer is donated by L & R Timber and Common Disposal.

The drawing will be held Friday, November 8th at the Shelbyville football game. Only 300 tickets will be sold for $50 each. The raffle also includes chances to win a Taurus 9mm pistol donated by Shelby Savings Bank; a 50" Flat Screen TV; and three (3) drawings for $100 Visa Gift Cards. All together tickets have six chances to win.

The 4-wheeler winner will be responsible for 4-wheeler and trailer tax, title, and license. Gun winner will need to pass a background check.

Contact any Shelbyville Volunteer fireman for tickets and tickets will be for sale at Shelbyville football games played at home. Call Darren Whiteside at, 936-590-2317.

Be sure to support your local fire department! Funds raised help cover operating expenses of our volunteer fire department.

October 30, 2019 - Shelby Savings Bank North Branch and Ivan Smith Furniture are hosting the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Bash on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4pm until 6pm. Come join the fun in the bank and furniture parking lot. Activities include games, face painting, fun and especially candy! Admission is free!

October 28, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2019 parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 6:00pm. The Parade is presented by Shelby Savings Bank. The theme for this year’s parade is “Songs of the Season”.

Categories for the 2019 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

We hope there will be a lot of entries. Decorate your pick up truck, golf cart, horse and buggy etc. Join in the holiday festivities and have fun!

The Taste of the Holidays, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Thursday, December 5th at the Windham Civic Center from 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. There will be delicious food samplings available.

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

October 24, 2019 - Excelsior would like to thank everyone that graciously donated money for our student, Liam Hill, who is battling leukemia. 

Liam is a kindergarten student here at Excelsior. We are still taking donations that will go towards his ongoing medical expenses. Please contact the school if you wish to donate.  

Please continue to lift up Liam and his family in your prayers.

October 22, 2019 - (Album) - The Second Annual Fall Festival of Hope was held Saturday, October 19, 2019 on the Center square. 

To kick off the event a 5K run was held at the John D. Windham Civic Center. After the race was completed, the awards were presented on the square amidst the large variety of vendor booths.

Judy Monroe welcomed everyone to the event and Christine Taylor honored the participants with their medals.

The overall winners of the 5K were: 1st Place - Luciana Moreno; 2nd Place - Delia Diaz; and 3rd Place - Tonya Andrews. (See more results here)

As the day progressed several other activities continued throughout the event. A variety of homemade pies and cakes were brought to be judged by Cindy Lindsey, Kenneth Wagner and Rolando Solis. 

The winners of the pie contest are as follows:
Fruit Category:
1st place - Cheryl Milford - Blueberry Cream Cheese Banana pie
2nd place - Jessica Migues - Pecan Apple Streusel pie

Nut Category:
1st place - Melanie Farmer - Pecan Caramel Toffee pie
2nd place - Kelly Snider - Pecan pie
3rd place - June Stevens - Pecan pie

Custard Category
1st place - Cecelia Boles - Coconut Cream pie
2nd place - June Stevens - Buttermilk pie
3rd place - Leroy Creech - Sweet Potato pie

People's Choice - June Stevens for her Pecan pie

The first ever Crushin Cancer Jeep Show sponsored by Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep was also held during the festival and the winners are as follows:

  • Classic Jeep Pre-1986 - Best in Class - Bill and Cindy Durham 1977 of Shelbyville
  • Wrangler YJ 1987-1995 - Best in Class - Amanda Kirby
  • Wrangler TJ 1997-2006 - Best in Class - Rick Kirby of Center
  • Wrangler JK - Best in Class - Brian Verdeen of Many, Louisiana
  • Wrangler JKU - Best in Class - Amy Stevens of Logansport, Louisiana
  • Wrangler JLU - Best in Class - Greg Hubbard of Center
  • Most Extreme Trail Jeep - Brian Verdeen of Many, Louisiana
  • People's Choice - Dustin Ramsey of Shreveport
  • Kids Choice -  Amy Stevens of Logansport, Louisiana
  • Overall Best in Show - Greg Hubbard of Center

There were three participants in a chili cookoff this year. After the cooks worked hard preparing their chili, and once it was judged the awards were announced. 

 

1st place and People's Choice was awarded to Michelle Walker; 2nd place to Shelby Savings Bank; and 3rd place to Makayla Swift.

Proceeds are to go to the Boo’s Battle Support Fund, a non-profit organization designed to benefit local families who are battling cancer.  

Boo's Battle Support Fund reports in 2018 they raised $10,000 and their goal for 2019 was $12,500. In fact the 2nd Annual Fall Festival of Hope raised a total of $13,374.47. 

"God is blessing this non profit to be able to help so many people who are battling cancer. We couldn’t do it without any of you. We are so amazed and all the glory to God. We want to thank everyone for all the continued support. If you or someone you know needs assistance please message us or tell them about us. We are here and plan on being here for a very long time."

A variety of raffles were held and the winners were: 
1st prize - Craft Sparks - A guided Axis Buck Hunt donated by EOE Ranch.
2nd prize - Brad Hughes - A Box Stand donated by Haslam Trailers and Buildings. 
3rd prize - John Rutledge - A Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmor.

A pink Yeti cooler with additional items donated was also included in a raffle with the winner being Cindy Throckmorton. 

The Boo's Battle Support Fund organization expressed thanks all those who bought tickets and donated the items. They also had great gratitude to all businesses who donated these items, and they thanked everyone for buying chances and helping raise money for such a great cause. 

In addition, Brookshire Brothers in Joaquin was high on their list of contributors for donating all the pumpkin patch pumpkins for the 2nd year in a row.

October 22, 2019 - The Fall Book Sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Library got off to a great start this morning. Many books have already gone to a new home, but many more are still looking for one. 

We have a big selection and a wide variety of books. The sale continues through Saturday, October 26th, during regular library hours.

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