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July 5, 2022 - A retirement celebration honoring Julia Tatom will be held Tuesday, July 5th from 1-3pm at First National Bank of Hughes Springs lobby in Tenaha, Texas.

Aaron King, Branch Manager, invites the community to come celebrate her many years of dedication to the banking industry. She has been at the Tenaha bank location for 30 years, serving previously with Citizen's State Bank until it was bought by First National Bank of Hughes Springs in 2014. She was head teller for many years before becoming a Loan Assistant which she have been for over half of her time.

Come visit with Mrs. Tatom on July 5th and congratulate her on her retirement!

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July 5, 2022 (Photo Album) - Community members celebrated with the City of Center at a reopening/rededication ribbon cutting event held at Perry Sampson Park Wednesday, June 15, 2022, following the completion of work done to upgrade the park.

City of Center Mayor David Chadwick welcomed everyone to the grand opening of the newly updated park.

“We are excited about today, aren’t we Mrs. Ellington. Who is happier? You or me or Baby Lou? This has been a project that has been a long time coming - 10 years, 5 applications - and they said yes! So, we are very pleased to see Texas Parks and Wildlife with us today.” Mayor Chadwick continued, “This is about a $350,000 plus project that we have done here, to an area that has been overlooked, has been vandalized from time to time, and no real reason why other than the fact that life is that way. Community came together and says we really want our park to look like something, we want to add it to our neighborhood, we want our neighborhood to improve because the park is there. And as you look around as you drove in you could see some of the improvements that individuals are doing to their own property and that’s what the catalyst of this is supposed to be. As I said about $350,000 plus in total expenditures to revamp this area. $150,000 of it came from the grant with Texas Parks and Wildlife, $75,000 came from Tyson Foods as their contribution for wanting to be part of a community that they do business with, $75,000 and a little extra thrown in for things that just happened from the City of Center. All together, three entities working together, plus a neighborhood of interested people, of volunteers, determined to make it work finally made today possible."

Tyson Complex Manager Vince Lucas was invited to speak, “Center, Texas is a great place to be and we are so happy to be a part of this community and to do something great for the community. We’re just thankful to be here and all the good that we can do to be a part of it. I’ll end with what I started with… Center, Texas is a great place to be and this is great for this community!”

Matt Mears, Project Coordinator with Texas Parks and Wildlife Recreation Grants branch, was next to offer his thoughts, “Congratulations on your new park! It looks wonderful. These projects only happen when the community can come together and work together to create something as beautiful as this.” He explained the grant was supported through the Local Parks Grant program, “The funding stream for that program comes from the state sales tax on sporting goods. So, that’s supported through the Texas Recreation and Parks account which is supported through the Texas Legislature. I would like to recognize the Texas Legislature for supporting this program over the years and leading us to all these successes that we’ve had with it. Once again, this is your park, this is your community. I would like to recognized the work of the City of Center and Tyson Foods for bringing the community together to create something like this. Yeah, congrats, and enjoy your park!”

Mayor Chadwick did add Texas Park and Wildlife has been a part of every park in Center. The park renovations now include a common theme which shows the unity of the parks system in Center. Mayor Chadwick expressed a final thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife for their support of the city’s park system.

Next, City Manager, Chad Nehring spoke, “We’ve worked with a number of committees over the last 10 years that helped come up with different concepts and different designs.” Nehring gave special recognition to Mark Spencer who is founder and owner of MHS Planning and Design and has done the majority of the parks work in the community for the last 20 plus years. Spencer helped redesign the park about three times during the different application cycles with TPWD. Nehring continued, “But this has been a 10 year process in the making and finally getting an approval of the grant and getting the funding together... Tyson coming along as partner to really make it happen and really pushed the grant application over the top.” Nehring also gave recognition to Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director, along with the city’s internal parks staff who did a lot of the work to finish out the project. He ended by giving thanks again to all involved and saying, “We are grateful to cut the ribbon today!” 

City of Center Council member Joyce Johnson spoke with heartfelt appreciation for the day, “When I started on the Council 10 years ago, 2011 I think, I went and thought I was going to get this park done right away. I mean I was just getting angrier and angrier and angrier because I couldn’t get this park and one of my council members said ‘all we have is $75,000’ and I thought well whatever that will fix let’s get it down there. I found out later, that won’t even do the restroom. But I thank everybody, I really do thank you, thanks Tyson, thanks [Texas Parks and Wildlife], thanks the Mayor, thanks everybody, especially these young men and women, they are doing their part.” Mrs. Johnson ended by saying she can enjoy a rest now.

Members of the community who have been a champion for the park project are Baby Lou Gardner, Council Members Jerry Lathan and Joyce Johnson along with park committee members: Nichole Ellington, Co-President; Jeremy Small, Co-President; Tomiko Moore, Treasurer; LaShalla McCollister and Melody Daniels, Secretary; Delbert Jackson, Consultant; Alex Cloudy; Dedtrick McCollister; Jamie Jenkins; Rodrick Gardner; Rose Jackson; Dorise Netherly; Lisa Carpenter; and Ben Small who all were extensively active. Other members of the community also served on the committee and their help was invaluable.

Nichole Ellington, on behalf of the park committee, expressed appreciation to all who have helped make the parks renovation happen, “To say thank you for everything is not enough! The council, the design team, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Association and Tysons Foods we appreciate it so much."

Perry Sampson Park, a 4 acre neighborhood park, was established in the 1980s. In 2019, citizens came together with concerns of the neighborhood park on Garrett Street. After meeting several times the group decided to attend city council meetings to express their concerns. At that time matching funds and the Texas Parks and Wildlife grant were discussed. A committee of community members was organized to coordinate with the city council regarding renovation wishes. The renovation project included complete replacement of all playground equipment and swings. The existing basketball court was resurfaced with a lighted covered pavilion added to the court. The existing pavilion was refurbished. Handicap-accessible routes to all park features have been built as well as partial perimeter fencing. The park renovation also included, new grass areas, picnic tables, benches, additional trash cans, improved drainage and an iconic entrance.

Perry Sampson Park is located at 806 Garrett Street. The park is open to the public from sunrise until 11pm daily.

The park committee is also excited to begin a phrase 2 collaboration very soon for renovation of the park restrooms. If anyone would like to make a contribution to help finish off the project, contact Jason Mitchell, City of Center Recreational Director.

July 4, 2022 - This quarters funds of 50 Women Impact was awarded to Cultivate Mental Health on June 30, 2022. As of the meeting time, the group had collected $9,500; however, it is expect the remaining donations from the over 100 women will increase the total.

Cultivate Mental Health shared in a Facebook post, “We are grateful to the 50 Women of Impact for their continual support and encouragement. We recently applied for their grant and received $9,500 in order to make a difference in our community. Join us in thanking them for their generosity.”

Cultivate Mental Health is a 501 c3 Mental Health Non Profit in East Texas founded by Dan Wilkins Phd, LPC-S. Cultivate services all of Shelby County with hopes to expand to other counties in the future.

Current staff includes one LPC and one LPC Associate. Cultivate hopes to add more mental health providers including LPCs and License Social Workers. Services provided include: therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, drug misuse, stress, oppositional defiant behaviors, ADD/ADHD, college and career counseling, play therapy, grief counseling, family relationships, couples counseling, family relationships, mood disorders, and much more. Cultivate aims to not only serve individuals but will also offer group therapy for issues such as grief and drug misuses. Lastly, and most importantly, Cultivate recognizes the importance of psychoeducation and aims to educate this community about mental health in order to decrease mental health stigma and increase the availability of mental health services within Shelby County.

July 3, 2022 - The 4th of July is a time to celebrate the birth of American Independence and fireworks are a great way to enjoy the day with the time honored tradition started in 1777 when Philidelphia organized the first fireworks display!

Safety Tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Do not light fireworks indoors
  • Do not light fireworks in your hand

Educate yourselves on the safe and responsible use of fireworks and have a safe 4th of July!

July 30, 2022 - Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce announces 2022 Frontier Day Queen and 2022 Frontier Day Duchess.

2022 Miss Frontier Day Queen Haylee Eaves

Haylee is the daughter of Krystal Wheless and Doug Eaves, Jr. Her siblings include Lilly Wheless, Brantley Wheless, Ayden Eaves, and Devin Eaves. Haylee attends Timpson High School, where she is an upcoming Senior. She is a Varsity softball player, Varsity Cheerleader, 3-time UCA All-American Cheerleader, she is a member of the UIL news writing staff placing 5th at regional meet, she is also a member of Junior Chamber of Commerce. This is what being the 2022 Miss Frontier Days Queen means to her, "It is more than just a crown and title. It is about representing the town of Timpson that I love and has always allowed me to thrive." Throughout her reign as 2022 Miss Frontier Days Queen Haylee hopes to represent not only the town of Timpson but also Shelby County with honor, grace, and dignity. And hopefully can give something back to her hometown and community by inspiring others to become involved.

2022 Miss Frontier Day’s Duchess Catherine Searcy

Catherine is the daughter of Joe and Staci Searcy of Timpson, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Steve and Diane Silvertooth of Kilgore, Texas and the late William Searcy and Peggy Searcy of Henderson, Texas.

Catherine is a senior at Timpson High School. She has been a member of FFA for five years, and she will be serving as the Secretary on the Timpson FFA Chapter Officer Team for the 2022-2023 school year. Catherine has been recognized for her outstanding performance in the agriculture issues category in Prepared Speaking, as well as winning her category at the FFA District convention and placing 2nd at Area convention in May. Catherine was awarded Top Lamb Exhibitor, Top Prepared Speaker, and Top Ten FFA Member. Catherine is also an active member of the Beta Club, as well as a High Honor student. She was recently awarded the 3R award which is presented to two students in each grade level to recognize their Respect for Authority, Regard for others Rights, and Responsibility for Self. Lastly, Catherine was recognized as an Outstanding English Student.

Catherine is honored to serve as Miss Frontier Days Duchess. During her reign, she hopes to encourage and promote community involvement, school spirit, and to inspire the young girls of Timpson to achieve their educational goals, as well as their personal goals.

A special thank you goes out to Tori Baker and Storibook Photography for the beautiful pictures.

Everyone be sure to come out and enjoy the food vendors and carnival rides which are both open tonight!

From left: (front row) Veronica Berry, Cindy Eubank, Marie Jackson, Anna Register, Tammy Hanson, (back row) Tanner Peace, Cancee Lester, Collin Mathews, Landon Oliver, and Terry Adkison

June 30, 2022 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Shelby County Class of 2021-2022 were recently honored with a graduation celebration. 

Chamber President, Deborah Chadwick congratulated the class during opening remarks. Diplomas and gifts were presented to the 2021-2022 graduating class.

Class members are: Terry Adkison – City of Center, Veronica Berry – Shelby County Juvenile Probation, Cindy Eubank – Shelby County Today, Tammy Hanson – Nacogdoches Medical Shelby Emergency Department, Marie Jackson – Farmers State Bank, Cancee Lester – Panola College/Shelby Regional Training Center, Collin Mathews – T&C Management/Mathews Realty, Landon Oliver – Shelby Savings Bank, Tanner Peace – Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and Anna Register – Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Leadership Shelby County is a nine month long program presented by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce designed to identify potential leaders and develop within these individuals the knowledge, skills and vision necessary to enable them to actively participate in the enhancement of the quality of life in their communities.

Each month, starting in October, with a “hands on” approach, the class studies specific topics including Heritage, Local Government, Economic Development, Health and Social Services, Agriculture, Education and Quality of Life.

Thank you to all the local leaders and businesses for sharing your time and knowledge. Also, a huge thank you to Center ISD transportation department for transporting us all over the county each month.

From left: J.J. Ford (Secretary), Cancee Lester (President), Faythe Abraham (Past-President), and Yogesh Gorkhali (Board member)

June 28, 2022 - The Center Rotary Club installed Cancee Lester as the new Club President during their Tuesday, June 28 meeting with the assistance of guest speaker, Judge Jim Payne.

Prior to the swearing in ceremony J.J. Ford, Club Secretary, gave appreciation to the outgoing President, Faythe Abraham for her devotion to the club. “Faythe, just as your name implies, you have been faithful to the Center Rotary Club. Even though life took you a different direction, we greatly appreciate your time and devotion to finish out the remainder of your term as club president. Not only did you complete your commitment to our club, it was with fun as a key component. Traveling hundreds of miles didn't deter your enthusiasm for Service Above Self. We wish you the best in your future and know that you are always welcome in our club because you will forever be a part of our Rotary Family.”

From left: Cancee Lester, Faythe Abraham, and Judge Jim Payne

A plaque was then presented to Faythe for her 2021-2022 term as President.

Former Center Rotary Club member and meeting speaker, the 273rd Judicial District Judge Jim Payne assisted with the swearing in of Cancee Lester, “The role of President is the highest honor one can attain at the club level and you have earned the trust of your Board and club members to provide leadership to the Rotary Club of Center. It is a real privilege afforded to you.” After Lester recited her oath of office, now Past-President Abraham handed her the gavel. In her work life, Lester serves as the Director of Shelby County Operations for Panola College, a role she has held since July of 2017. She has been with the college since 2007 as an adjunct professor of psychology. The club is honored to have Lester as their leader for the 2022-2023 year.

Judge Jim Payne presents program at Rotary Club meeting.

Judge Payne then provided a program and gave an overview about the 273rd Judicial District Court. “My Judicial District has Shelby County, Sabine County, and San Augustine County. Now, I also share Shelby County with Judge Leann Rafferty in the 123rd, so her Judicial District has Shelby County and Panola County.” He further explained that the Judicial Districts overlap in Texas in the more rural areas. “I actually share San Augustine and Sabine Counties with a judge out of Jasper.” He described the two Judicial Districts serving Shelby County as general jurisdictions, multi-county districts which are all encompassing, “I do civil jurisdiction, criminal jurisdiction, so everything from the civil end - family law, divorces, child custody - to land fights, car wrecks, truck wrecks, anything in between and then on the criminal end is felony work.” He next described local courts - Justice of the Peace Courts, County Court and District Courts and the various classes of charges they each handle.

Judge Payne did highlight one of the main challenges the court system faces, which is jurors showing up for jury duty. “We need folks to show up for jury duty when summoned.” One of the Rotary members commented they thought it was a crime to not show up and the judge did say a fine could be imposed. Payne said he hasn’t fined anyone for not showing up and hopes he never has too; however, he really encourages anyone receiving a summons to please show up, “If you do get called, we need you. If your employee gets called, please send them up there, give them the opportunity to come and serve.” Judge Payne also advised serving on a jury may not be fun but it can definitely be interesting and enlightening and give insight into your community and what's happening.

According to Texas Government Code § 62.0141 (Failure to Answer Jury Summons), a person who receives a summons for jury service and fails to answer the summons as directed by the summons, is subject to a contempt action that is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.

June 27, 2022 - The City of Joaquin recognized June 21, 2022 as Klayton Lewis Day. Klayton is a young man that lives in the Ramah Community and has courageously fought his battle with High Grade Glioblastoma.

Klayton loves playing football, he loves his family, fishing and his mommas cooking.

He's been sweet and brave throughout this battle. When he was in the children's hospital he said he wanted to carry all their sickness for them. His faith has stood as a strong tower since this has begun.
It is for these reasons and many others not listed, the Mayor and Council appointed Klayton as an Honorary City Council Member for the City of Joaquin.

June 24, 2022 - Thank you, Texas Quick Care, for the generous donation of blood sugar monitors made to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on June 23, 2022. These devices will be used in the Shelby County Jail by inmates who need to closely monitor their blood sugar levels.

The Sheriff's Department greatly appreciate this generous donation!

From left: Billie Sue Payne, Dottie West, Librarian Sandra Davis, Jane Ruth Morrison, and Fannie Watson

June 24, 2022 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club recently made a donation to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Librarian Sandra Davis expressed her appreciation for the generous donation. She also shared with reading club members the many activities that are being offered at the library this summer for people of all ages. The library is currently decorated in an ocean theme which goes along with the programs being offered. The Center Woman’s Reading Club appreciates the many literacy opportunities the library provides for the community. Presenting the donation are Billie Sue Payne, Dottie West, Librarian Sandra Davis, Jane Ruth Morrison and Fannie Watson.