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February 9, 2019 - It is Love Your Library month at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library in Center. You can support our local library by becoming a Friend of the Library.  

The Friends of the Library raise funds through book sales, raffles and membership fees. We want our library to be able to continue ordering new books (both regular books and e-books), providing interesting programs including the delightful Holiday Puppet show, and many other activities.

Join the Friends of the Library today, by picking up an application at the library or by calling 936-598-5522 to have one mailed to you.

February 4, 2019 Huntsville - Sam Houston State University would like to recognize LaJada Hicks from Center, Texas for earning the honor of being named to the Dean's List and the President's List for the Fall 2018 semester.

Students listed on the President's List of Academic Honors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, are undergraduates who have achieved a perfect grade point average in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours.

LaJada Hicks is majoring in Victim Studies in the college of Criminal Justice and is a 2018 Center High School graduate.

To see the Fall 2018 President's List, click here.


Photo taken by Doug Fincher of the moon on January 20th

February 1, 2019 - The following weather statistics for January 2019 are prepared and submitted by Ann Forbes, U.S. Weather Service Observer.

Highest Temp was 75 degrees on 0-09-2019
Highest Temp on Record was 85 degrees on 1-23-1943 & 1-26-1950
Lowest Temp was 25 degrees on 1-24-2019
Lowest Temp on Record was 5 degrees on 1-19-1940 & 1-12-1982

Rainfall Recorded was 6.04 inches
Average Monthly Rainfall is 4.45 inches
Above Average by 1.59 inches
Highest Recorded for this Month was 12.13 inches in 1999
Lowest Recorded for this Month was 0.57 inches in 1986

10 days 32 degrees or Below
1-20-2019 Super Red Wolf Moon & Lunar Eclipse

Will the Groundhog see his shadow? We will soon know!

Full weather report for January 2019

Photos taken by Doug and Pam Fincher of the January 20th Super Red Wolf Moon and Lunar Eclipse

January 31, 2019 - Baby Lou Gardner, of Center, was recognized during the Deep East Texas Council of Governments meeting held in San Augustine January 24, 2019.

She was presented with a plaque which reads: "Baby Lou Gardner, in appreciation of your outstanding service on the Board of Directors of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments."

January 30, 2019 - Help is available for community members in the midst of a substance abuse addiction. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC) is here to help guide and support anyone struggling with substance abuse. If you believe you may need assistance, call and arrange an appointment to be scheduled with our Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral Program (OSAR) to find the best support for you. Call ADAC at 936-634-5753 to schedule.

January 30, 2019 - Hope Community Medicine would like to let the public know that if you or someone you know receive a letter in the mail from "Project Hope" with what is titled "Center 2019 Annual Fund Drive" it is not the local Hope Community Medicine.

January 30, 2019 (More photos- The Annual MLK Day Celebration was held Monday, January 21st. A group gathered on the downtown square to participate in the annual march which travels from the downtown Center Square, turns onto Shelbyville Street, turns down Martin Luther King Drive and ends at Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church where participants continued honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 30th Update: Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center reports tickets for the Princess Ball for Sold Out.

January 23, 2019 - The eighth annual Princess Ball is approaching! Start planning now to attend the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center Princess Ball on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center. The evening will include a pink carpet entrance, music and dancing, refreshments, and a special gift for each princess that attends. Photographers will be available starting at 5:30 pm. The event is open to girls ages 3-13 and their adult family member escort. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. Table reservations for parties of eight are available for an additional $50. You must purchase tickets before the event—they are not sold at the door. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to give your princess a magical night. Tickets are available at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, Monday-Friday 8:00 am-3:00 pm, 936-590-9864, or Dazzle Me Pink & Blue at 902 Tenaha Street, Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, 936-590-6822. Tickets sell out quickly every year, so don’t delay!

This year’s Princess Ball is being sponsored by:
Boom Boom Photo Booth, Brookshire Bros, Center High School Culinary Arts Department, Cline Family Medicine, Cornerstone Construction, Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, Don and Janene Walker, Farmers State Bank, Few Ready Mix, GCS Cakes by Cindy Metteauer, Hughes Florist, Kayla Parker Photography, Nix Forest Industries Inc., Premium Graphics and Design, Quickstop Stores, Shelby Savings Bank, Snell Photography, Texas Glacier Ice, and Trails End Grocery and RV.

January 28, 2019 - Teddy Hopkins spoke on the history, future, and purposes of the Shelby County Museum and the Library to the Golden Harvest Ministries Club at their January 21, 2019 meeting in the Fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

The club meets on the third Monday of the month at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church. Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter


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January 28, 2019 - (Click here to view program) - The Vietnam Peace Accord of 1973 was observed at the Shelby County Courthouse by VFW Post 8904 Veterans and Auxiliary Monday, January 28, 2019.

Leading the ceremony was Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, who recited a history of the accord, which read as follows:

The Paris Peace Accords ended the fighting in Vietnam, it was signed 46 years ago on January 27, 1973 and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops. The terms of the accord called for a complete cease fire in south Vietnam. It allowed north Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured, it provided for the release of all U.S. prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict. As an enticement to South Vietnam, President Richard Nixon offered U.S. air power to enforce the peace terms; unfortunately, this was stopped in December of 1974 when Congress cut off all military aid to south Vietnam.

"More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War, and there's still 1,590 missing in action. At this very moment, we have POW MIA accounting teams continues to search around the world wherever there are missing Americans," said Hume.

"We have 12 Vietnam Veterans that were killed in action, or died in training, that are buried here in Shelby County, Texas," said Hume.

The names were read by Post and Auxiliary members Mary Fausett, Gene Hutto, Travis Snider, and Rhonda Profitt, niece of Jerry Lynn Hughes, who was present with her father Bobby McCauley.

Hume stated there are many things and stories to be remembered, "William Henry Eaden, he was the first to die in the Vietnam War. I told someone a while ago that Larry Byford, when he was in the Army he came home on leave, and he attended Shorty Andrews Funeral in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Four months later they buried Larry Byford in that same cemetery."

A memorial wreath was hung on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial by Vietnam Veteran Newton Johnson Jr. Taps was then sounded as presented by Gene Hutto, Post Commander.




Shelby County Servicemen Killed in Action in Vietnam
  • John B. Lightfoot, killed in an armed training accident on October 3, 1974.
  • Samuel R. Lynch, killed in action December 18, 1970. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 6 West, Line 130.
  • Calvin R. Patrick, killed in action May 28, 1969. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 24 West, Line 106.
  • William Henry Eaden, killed in action on November 12, 1965. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 3 East, Line 42.
  • Ted Wayne Adams, killed in action on November 15, 1966. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 12 East, Line 76.
  • Taylor D. Johnson, killed in action on January 28, 1966. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 4 East, Line 103.
  • William Larry "Shorty" Andrews, killed in action on February 16, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 15 East, Line 38.
  • Larry Stephen Byford, killed in action on June 23, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 22 East, Line 52.
  • Jerry Lynn Hughes, killed in action on July 12, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 23 East, Line 59.
  • Ray A. Chatelain, killed in action on July 30, 1967. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 24 East, Line 50.
  • Jimmy D. Barnett, killed in action on March 26, 1968. His name on the Vietnam Memorial can be found at Panel 46 East, Line 28.
  • Mac Curtis Buckley, killed in action on July 5, 1968. His name on the wall can be found at Panel 53 West, Line 16.

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