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Group photo of charter members taken at SCCF's first public meeting held May 29th.

January 2, 2019 - The Shelby County Cancer Fund reports in a newsletter the highlights of community support given during the year and 2018 to be a successful beginning. (Click here to read the newsletter)

The organization advises, with the help of so many, they were able to assist 14 families. Of the families assisted, nine were from applications submitted and five were love offerings. Love offerings are for people who don't send an application but the group knows could use a little extra blessing. Of the 14 helped, there were two warriors who are no longer with us. SCCF is very thankful they were able to help them in their time of need and ask that everyone keep their families in your prayers. Prayers are asked for cancer warriors who continue to struggle.

SCCF is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers to help any Shelby County resident currently battling cancer. We offer assistance with bills, travel expenses and meal costs through a simple and discreet application process. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact any board member. The membership fee is $25 and is used to pay for all operating costs. We also welcome any tax deductible contributions, of which 100% goes right into the hands of those in need. Most importantly, we continually lift all cancer warriors and their families up in prayer to Almighty God!!

The board of SCCF holds public meetings at 6:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month (January 8, 2019) at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville. Please feel free to join us!!

December 31, 2018 - Due to the New Year’s holiday, trash pickup will be delayed one day. Tuesday pick up will be on Wednesday; Thursday pick up will be on Friday; and Friday’s pick up will be on Saturday.

December 27, 2018 - Selected students from the CHS Theatre Department assisted Hope Medical with their Santa project at the clinic on Thursday afternoon December 20. While children and parents enjoyed sweet treats, hot cocoa and coffee and visited with Santa on the porch of the clinic, the theatre students served as unofficial elves, attracting traffic, visiting with the children, assisting Santa, and singing carols. 

Kids enjoying smores.

The theatre elves included Ariel Liker, Kayashia Evans, Aiashala , Starla Fischer, Macy Harvey, Alex Spruiell, and Jack Callen Watlington. Keyboard music was provided by Keaton Watlington.

"It was a lot of fun," sophomore elf Alex Spruiell said. "When we started singing, the kids and their parents just stepped right up and sand with us. We were cold, but we all had a good time!"

Even though it was not a traditional production, theatre teacher Chris Watlington was pleased with the event.

"The department is always looking for ways to partner with the community," Watlington said. This Hope project was a very good opportunity -- the Hope Clinic is such a wonderful asset to our county, we were delighted to be a small part of their mission."

Hope Medical has medical offices in Tenaha and Center, with a women's health center in Center also.

December 21, 2018 - Town and Country invited the community to an open house on Wednesday, December 19th and asked those attending to vote on the best decorated Christmas door. The winning door was created by Bobbie Sue Scates whose realtor themed snowman offered a cozy (igloo) home for sale with a must sell by Spring fine print.

In honor of the Christmas season spirit of giving, a $500 donation will be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital organization. Scates chose the organization for the good they do for children and their families. Jodi Fountain advised the organization has helped local children including a grandchild of one of their realtors which makes it close to their hearts. Additional money was also given to go with the $500 donation to increase the donation amount.

Town and Country wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jodi Fountain, Cindy Mathis, Margaret McBride, Bill Hughes, Alma Jaimes, Nikki Joubert, Rhonda Proffitt, Anittra Adkison, Kaleigh Jones, Bobbie Sue Scates

December 19, 2018 Longview - Hana Bonner, whose hometown is Joaquin, was named to the Fall 2018 Dean's List at LeTourneau University. The Dean's List recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

Hana Bonner is currently a sophomore studing Kinesiology at LeTourneau University and was a 2017 Graduate of Joaquin High School.

LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford said being named to the Dean's List is a significant academic achievement and honor.

"LeTourneau University is the premier comprehensive Christian polytechnic institution in the country,” Lunsford said. “Our students are among our nation's best. I'm especially impressed with these honor roll students, and I expect them to have a significant impact on our future."

As the Christian polytechnic university, LeTourneau University is where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.

From left: Helen Collard, Bobbie Nutt, Linda Anderson, Linda Bordelon, Ellen Manning, Reider Frantson

December 19, 2018 - Outgoing president Helen Collard installed the 2019 officers at the December meeting of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club. New officers are President, Bobbie Nutt; 1st Vice Presidents, Linda Anderson and Linda Bordelon; Secretary, Ellen Manning; Treasurer, Reider Frantson; and 2nd Vice President, Charlotte Smith. Linda Bordelon will also serve as Historian/Reporter.

Linda Bordelon, Janette Wittmann, Blanche Haley, Patsy Parmer, and Margaret Robertson celebrated December birthdays, and Ellen and Walter celebrated their 32nd anniversary. Christmas plants were won by Ellen Manning, Sylvia Jackson, Odessa Link, Jeannette Harvey, Brenda Applequist, and Ann Hooper.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

December 17, 2018 Tyler – The University of Texas at Tyler recently held its fall 2018 commencement ceremonies December 14 – 15. One thousand five hundred ten degree candidates were recognized in the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center and Brittany Caye Kimbro, of Timpson, was one of the candidates. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Kimbro has been the elementary school nurse at Timpson ISD since 2010.

December 14, 2018 – The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee today announced the winners of “What Shelby County Texas Means to You” photography contest calling for entries in the areas of architecture, events, activities, seasons, people or places all relevant to Shelby County, Texas.

Tera Wilburn received First and Second Places and Lawrence and Angie Davis received Third Place. Over 40 photos were received during the contest period and all photos will be added to the Chamber’s photo stock library to be used for promotional publications. The Chamber Tourism Committee extends their congratulations to the winners and gratitude to all participates in their inaugural photography contest.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.

December 14, 2018 - Operation Blue Santa would like to thank everyone that came out and supported us at the 2nd Cookies and Cocoa with Santa. We had approximately 75 kids and a few adults come through and have their pictures taken with Santa.

While waiting on pictures everyone enjoyed a Christmas movie, and a great variety of goodies including cookies, cupcakes, brownies, snack cakes, donuts, kalaches, popcorn, spiced tea, and of course Cocoa with all the fixings!

A Big thank you to our local businesses that donated these great treats: Center Walmart, Center Brookshire Brothers, Center’s Best Donuts, Sassy Red’s Bakery, Java Junkies (Vintage Junkie), Just For You (Saundra Christopher) and Shelby County Today for taking our Santa Pictures.

We would also like to say Congratulations to our raffle winners. Carmella King was the winner of the toy drive raffle and won a 32 inch smart TV, DVD player and other Christmas goodies that were donated by Center Walmart. Miranda Thornburgh was the winner of the beautiful Christmas wreath that was donated by the Center Police Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Carmella King was the winner of the toy drive raffle.

We sure hope everyone had a good time and look forward to seeing you next year. With your help and donations we will be able to provide Christmas to over 200 kids. Operation Blue Santa and the Blue Santa Elves are now ready to check their list and gather up all the toys for the children in need.

Phone calls will be made soon when the gifts are ready for pick up. Please bear with us as we try to meet everyone’s needs. Thank you once again from Operation Blue Santa.

December 13, 2018 - Mangum Funeral Home recently presented a donation to The Shelby County Cancer Fund, a group of volunteers made up of caretakers and cancer survivors that provides assistance to Shelby County residents living through cancer. Pictured from left are Becky Elliott, Sandy Runnels and Stacy O’Rear with the Shelby County Cancer Fund and Danny Mounger with Mangum Funeral Home. Not pictured are Shelby County Cancer Fund volunteers LaDonna Kennon, Shanai Oswalt, Emily Koonce, Gina Jones and Sharon Baker.

Mangum Funeral Home has always been a local, family-owned-and-operated funeral establishment. Since G.C. Mangum went into business with S.P. Irving in 1925, Mangum Funeral Home has provided caring, professional service to the families of Shelby County. Today Mangum Funeral Home assists East Texans with comfort and support when they need it most, offers concerned family and friends the opportunity to share condolences and send tributes online, and provides pre-planning services for those who want to protect their loved one from having to make difficult decisions at a time of grief and emotional stress.

Laird Funeral Home recently presented a donation to help the Nacogdoches Senior Center in its mission to provide affordable meals, fitness classes and other activities. Pictured from left are Shannon Mounger with Laird Funeral Home, Tammy Blank, the Senior Center’s executive director, Mike Kelly, President of the Senior Center’s board, and Danny Mounger with Laird Funeral Home.

Lynn Laird opened Laird Funeral Home in 1979. Mounger moved to Nacogdoches in 2008 to partner with Laird. Their family of firms includes Taylor, Corrigan and Mangum Funeral Homes. Laird Funeral Home assists East Texans with comfort and support when they need it most, offers concerned family and friends the opportunity to share condolences and send tributes online, and provides pre-planning services for those who want to protect their loved one from having to make difficult decisions at a time of grief and emotional stress.