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From left: Janette Wittmann, Stellar Walker, Cherry Jones, Cathy Williams, Rita Hughes and Carolyn Bounds.

June 8, 2021 - In recognition of National Garden Week of June 6 - June 12th and sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc., the Center Garden Club will be displaying some of their favorite plants in the lobby of the Farmers State Bank Monday - Friday of this week. Members participating today include Janette Wittmann, Stellar Walker, Cherry Jones, Cathy Williams, Rita Hughes and Carolyn Bounds. Not pictured are Carole Chance, Lisa Albers and Casey Foley.

June 7, 2021 - Rain didn't stop the Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary from holding a memorial ceremony in remembrance of the 77th Anniversary of D-Day on Friday, June 4th, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Shelby County Courthouse in Center.

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high - more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded - but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

In remembrance of those from Shelby County who were in Europe on D-Day or just after, their names were remembered by members of the Post:

  • Nolan Anderson, 507 Parachute Infantry, KIA June 12, 1944
  • Marlin D. Manshack, 117 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach June 11, 1944 BSM, PH
  • Richard D. Bray, 315 Infantry Regiment, Utah Beach, KIA July 11, 1944
  • John W. Minter, 9 Infantry Regiment, Utah Beach, KIA July 9, 1944
  • Maron L. Brittain, US Army, Normandy, Wounded
  • Arlen R. Rhame, 67 Armor Regiment, Omaha Beach, June 11, 1944, KIA July 28, 1944
  • Fred D. Dry, 1 Infantry Division, Omaha Beach BSM (Valor)
  • Pershing Pate, 38 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, KIA June 8, 1944
  • Hulen M. Hardage, 117 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, June 11, 1944, KIA August 22, 1944
  • Jack T. Powell, 358 Infantry Regiment, D-Day, Utah Beach, KIA July 6, 1944
  • James R. Kirkland, 401 Glider Infantry, Jumped D-Day, KIA September 30, 1944
  • Sidney E. Watson, 117 Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, June 11, 1944, KIA August 22, 1944
  • Charles L. Mims, 1st Army, D-Day, Normandy
  • E.C. White, 507 Parachute Infantry, Jumped D-Day, Wounded, Died in accident July 4, 1944

Laying the memorial wreath was Post Surgeon Kenneth Ramsey followed by the playing of Taps presented by Gene Hutto, Post Commander.

Pictured are (from left): Jessica Davis, Focused Care of Center Administrator; Randy Lewis, Angels Care Home Health, Hailey Y’Barbo, Right at Home Provider Service; Tina Barton, Focused Care of Center Activity Director; and Jannie Garcia, Focused Care of Center Social Worker.

June 7, 2021 - Focused Care of Center is hosting a 10-week series "When Your Loved One Has Dementia" on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 11am.

The first class was held Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the facility located at 501 Timpson Street in Center and featured Randy Lewis with Angels Care Home Health and Halley Y'Barbo with Right at Home provider services. The first program was "Understanding Alzheimer's Dementia."

The support program schedule is as follows:
June 9 - Communication and Dementia
July 14 - Legal Issues and Dementia
August 11 - Caregiver Stress
September 8 - Hand in Hand
October 13 - Understanding and Resolving Grief
November 10 - The Natural State of Doing
December 8 - Keeping the Peace
January 12, 2022 - The Behaviors
February 9, 2022 - Dementia and Medications

For more information on classes or Angels Care Home Health Alzheimer's and Dementia Program, contact their office at 936-462-7511.

June 3, 2021 - June is Hunger Awareness Month in Shelby County. Statistics show that 1 out of 3 children in our county battle with food insecurity, which means that they do not know where their next meal will come from.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries strives to feed the hungry and assist the needy. We have 4 programs that serve our community.

In honor of Hunger Awareness Month, these are some of the ways you can make a difference: Canned food donations, nonperishable food items, and monetary donations. Shelby County Outreach Ministries invites you to come by and learn about our different programs. Donations can be sent to P.O. 1029 Center, TX 75935. For more information, please call us at 936-598-4990. 


June 2, 2021 - On May 28, several members of Center Garden Club met with Mayor David Chadwick as he signed a proclamation designating June the 5th-12th, 2021, as National Garden Week. Both Center Garden Club (in affiliation with the National Garden Club) and the City of Center salute all gardeners for it is “gardeners “(in the broadest sense of the word)) who provide our world with food, medicines, building materials, habitats for wildlife, shade, oxygen, clean air and water, recreation, and, of course, beauty and joy.

We are grateful for our gardeners who are among the earth’s greatest stewards. 

Pictured with Mayor Chadwick are CGC members (Front row, seated) Cherry Jones, Mayor David Chadwick, and Carolyn Bounds (Back row) Cathy Williams, Janette Wittmann, Carole Chance, Robbie Kerr, Lisa Albers, and Casey Foley

June 1, 2021 - (Album) - Memorial Day was honored in Shelby County on the Center Downtown square by the VFW Post 8904 and it's Auxiliary on Monday, May 31, 2021.

With Post Quartermaster Larry Hume presiding over the ceremony, the posting of the Battle Cross by performed by Post members Mike Langford and Newton Johnson, Jr. Hume explained, "You have just witnessed the posting o the U.S. Military Battle Cross. It's origins go back to the time of the Civil War when rifles were used to mark the graves of the fallen so that they could later be remembered and recovered. The Battle Cross is a visible reminder of the following that we honor here today and across this nation."

"We gather in unified and solemn remembrance to honor the sacrifices of those who answered the nations call and who have willingly laid down their lives for our freedoms." 

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Due to COVID-19 Hume deviated from the normal reading of the names of the 228 men from Shelby County, Texas who died in service of their country or they are still missing in action. He said, "I'm just going to highlight from the different wars going back to the Mexican-American War, 1846 to 1848, 14 from Shelby County, Texas that are known to have died but their final resting place is known only to God. The oldest of that bunch was 28 and the youngest was age 20. During the American Civil War, we know that 23 had died and we still have one that's missing in action. To the Spanish-American War to the Philippine insurrection that followed in 1899 to 1902 only one known casualty from Shelby County, Elijah Webb, killed in action. He's buried over here in the Methodist Cemetery. World War I we had 39 die that were either killed in action or from disease, mainly pneumonia, much like what we went through this past year, with one, John Temple who has been missing in action for 103 years. World War II, Shelby County had 126 total. The youngest was age 18, Bobby Crump, who was killed in the invasion of Okinawa in 1945 and the oldest was Roy Duncan, Army Air Corp whose plane went down and he's been missing in action since 1945. During the Korean War we had one, Willie Windham still missing of the eight from Shelby County. Willie Windham also served with distinction during WWII. During the Vietnam War, Shelby County lost 12 of her sons. The first was William Eaden from Timpson who was lost in 1965 and the last was Calvin Patrick killed in action May of 1969. In the current war on terror, of course we have three names, Larry Polley, Jr., Casey Roberts, and Corey Bertrand. Corey was also only 18 years old."

Hume next asked all attending to personally mention anyone they wanted to remember and many spoke about family members and their service.

Past Post Commander John Piersol hung the Memorial wreath and to end the ceremony, a moment of silence was honored and Post Commander Gene Hutto presented Taps.

June 1, 2021 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries is excited to announce that on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, all programs will be opened to the public! The Senior Nutrition Site will be open Monday – Friday from 9-2. The Unique Boutique is open Monday – Friday from 9-4 and the Helping Hands Outreach Center will be open Monday – Friday from 9-2. The Outreach Center distributes emergency food boxes to those who qualify and assists with various needs such as prescriptions, doctor visits, Ensure, and more. For more information, please call us at 936-598-4990.

May 24, 2021 - As COVID 19 is still a threat and to protect the health of all, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will not hold their normal large Memorial Day program inside the 1885 Historic Courthouse.

Again this year we will be at the Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Courthouse, Center, Texas on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:45 a.m. to lay a Memorial Wreath, raise the flags to full staff and sound taps in honor of those who have died in the service of our country during a time of war.  Citizens are cordially invited to join us at that time to honor their fellow Americans.

Questions call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 936-332-0349 or email


May 28, 2021 - Jared Tovar, Tenaha's Salutatorian from the Class of 2020, achieved the honor of being listed on the Dean's List of scholars at the University of North Texas for the 2021 Spring Semester.

Tovar is attending the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas and only 20% of undergraduate students earn this honor for exemplary academic preformance with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Jared is majoring in accounting and is intended to graduate in the Spring of 2023 with his Bachelor's of Science in Accounting.

He is a current member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Emerald Eagle Scholar, First Generation Student Organization, Hispanic Student Association, Latinx Student Experience Program, and the Professional Leadership Program. He is the son of Erika and Jose Tovar. 

May 28, 2021 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. and all its programs will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021 in observance of Memorial Day. Let us remember those soldiers that never made it home. Have a safe and blessed holiday.