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September 12, 2022 - Meet Clyde, the new Poultry Festival mascot!! Clyde was designed and named by Center High School Senior, Lisandra Santos. Lisandra is a student in Mr. Ramirez’s Graphic Design Class. Thank you Ms. Santos and Mr. Ramirez for all their help with the logo design.

Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.

The tee shirts are now available for purchase at the following locations: Farmers State Bank Main Branch, Payne and Payne Home N’Suchlike, The City of Center offices and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Regular sizes available – adult small to 3XL and youth small to youth XLarge; Toddler sizes 2T-5T. My First Poultry Festival Onsies are also available.

The 46th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6th and runs through Saturday, October 8th on the Center downtown square. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: Badders Law Firm, The City of Center, Pilgrims Pride, and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.


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September 11, 2022 - (Album) - VFW Post 8904 hosted a Patriot Day program in honor of all who made sacrifices on September 11, 2001, and thereafter. The ceremony was held on the Center square at the Shelby County Veteran's Memorial Friday, September 9, 2022 with many first responders in attendance.

Post Quartermaster Larry Hume led the ceremony, and an opening prayer was given by Don Moore, Shelby County Jail Administrator. Following the prayer, the National Anthem was performed by David Mathis, First Baptist Church Minister of Music, and those present joined in by singing. The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited.

"On September 11 2001, 21 years ago, America witnessed evil beyond belief. It was difficult for all of us to grasp the scope of the tragedies that day. It was one of the single most tragic days in our nation's history," said Hume. "Two decades have passed since that fateful day, and for most the memories of what happened that day are still vivid and painful as they were 21 years ago, and while time cannot ever remove the pain, we can find solace in remembering how our nation united in subsequent days and months that followed the attack."

Hume continued, "That day, we refused to allow evilness to triumph over good The accounts of hope and heroism that emerged from the rubble of ground zero, the Pentagon and the rural Pennsylvania field inspired us all. Those remarkable acts of valor continue to serve as reminders of all that is good and true in the human spirit, and in our grief, our nation and its citizens stood tall, and defiantly proud as police, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel, airplane passengers and crew members along with 9/11 dispatchers gave their lives to save their fellow man. Their heroism will never be forgotten by a grateful America, nor by the [Veterans of Foreign Wars] members who by their own experiences recognize heroism, and the high cost that comes with it."

Hume reminded everyone of three of Shelby County's own who died overseas protecting our freedoms and they are Larry E. Polley Jr., United States Army, killed in action in Iraq January 17, 2004; Kevin Casey Roberts, United States Army, killed in action in Afghanistan May 7, 2008; and Cory Bertrand, who was 18 years old and in the United States Army when he was killed in action in Afghanistan October 14, 2008.

"We can best honor the victims we remember today by recommitting ourselves to our families, our communities and our country," said Hume

Flags were mandated by presidential proclamation to be lowered to half-staff in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

"They were to be lowered on Sunday, September 11, but this preceded it, and now they will be raised approximately September 18, 10 days after her death," said Hume.

Introduced by Hume, and speaking on behalf of first responders in Shelby County were Keith Byndom, Center Fire Chief; Kevin Windham, Shelby County Sheriff; Jeremy Bittick, Center Police Lieutenant; and Jessie Griffith, Allegiance Mobile Health. Each reflected on the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Shelby County Sheriff Captain Tanner Peace spoke on behalf of the NextGen Group who placed the flags on the square in honor of 9/11.

Richard Lundie, Post Commander, also spoke and shared a story of being overseas when the attack occurred and all of the first responders who acted on that day and the lasting medical effects which so many have suffered.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham placed the memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial, after which Hume reminded everyone to remember Mike Wood who formerly played the bagpipes at VFW events and was himself a 41-year first responder.

Following a moment of silence and remembrance of September 11, 2001 Taps was played as presented by Gene Hutto, Post Commander, and David Mathis sang God Bless America to close out the ceremony.


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September 11, 2022 - (Album) - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce sponsored group NextGen - Our Next Generation of Leaders, once again joined with Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCC) members at the Historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse to place flags in honor of 9/11 on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

This year's event was sponsored by the Shelby County Republican Party and speaking on its behalf was Leigh Porterfield, Republican Party Chair.

"We gather here to pay tribute to the lives lost on what was the worst event in most of our living memories," said Porterfield. "The events of September 11, 2001, gave us a glimpse of evil in the worst of humanity, but that day also showed us demonstrations of the best of humanity. The acts of self-sacrifice, kindness, bravery, perseverance and faith gave us national unity, patriotism and hope."

Porterfield noted those present were surrounded by members of NextGen who were children on September 11, 2001, who now display caring and affection for fellow citizens, giving hope for Shelby County and for the United States of America.

"We commend them for this 9/11 Memorial, and we could not be more proud to sponsor this event," said Porterfield. "We commend the Junior [Chamber of Commerce] Ambassadors for coming out to help today, and we thank the citizens who have chosen to give up their time to come out and help too. May God bless our communities, our country and you."

Sam Beasley, NextGen representative, thanked all of the JCC members for assisting with their efforts and the Shelby County Republican Party for providing sponsorship. He also thanked those working behind the scene including Deborah Chadwick, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, for procuring the flags and getting authorization for the flags to be placed.

Beasley wanted to give some personal perspective of his own those JCC members present who are closer to the age he was when the acts of 9/11 occurred. He said he was 12 years old and in the 5th grade when it happened, and he recounted that his class had just received a reading lesson and were in the middle of related tasks when a teacher from the math class next door suddenly entered the room, approached the reading teacher, and very quickly and quietly related to her what was going and on and to turn on the television.

"It had just been right after the first plane had hit and they were just getting in frantic very fresh news reports from the ground at the scene of what was happening, and I remember sitting in class and seeing that. [Our teacher] didn't leave it on for very long, some of the teachers did, she cut it off pretty quickly after that," said Beasley. "About 10 minutes we were sitting there watching this and during that time period, and for the rest of the day, I just remember there being so many different emotions of fear, anger, rage, even to the point of being horrified and terrified."

Beasley said the main reason they now hold this event is to honor those who lost their lives on that day. Before the group proceeded with placing the flags, they had a moment of silence.

The process lasted for around and hour and 3,000 flags were placed.


From left: (standing) Tuffy Green, Jesse Maynard, Dondi Tipton, Larry Molloy, and (seated) Joe R.  Dillon

September 8, 2022 - Timpson Lodge #437 AF and AM (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) presented Brother Joe R. Dillon with his 75-year service award at his home on September 7, 2022. Presenting the award on behalf of the Lodge were District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) Larry Molloy, Worshipful Master Dondi Tipton, Tuffy Green, and Jesse Maynard.


2022 Queen’s Court (From left): Leah Watson, Joaquin High School – Escort, Luke Hernandez; Bella Alford, Timpson High School – Escort, Jase Lloyd; Braileigh McDaniel, Center High School – Escort, Jaxon Parker; Sayre Hall, Center High School – Escort, Mason Perry; Emilee Elliott, 2021 Senior Queen; Carly Gray, 2021 Junior Queen; Bethany Kilpatrick, Homeschool – Escort, Ryker Tomlin; Julie Bird, Center High School – Escort, Hagan Craig; Carson Crouch, Center High School – Escort, Colby Lout

September 2, 2022 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held a Welcome Party to introduce and welcome the 2022 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen’s Court.  Reigning Queens, Emilee Elliott and Carly Gray spoke to the young ladies summarizing their experience of 2021 and gave them some insight as to what to expect. Each candidate introduced herself, her Escort and her parent(s) prior to enjoying dinner catered by B&D Barbeque.

The upcoming schedule and pageant rules and guidelines were reviewed. The Queen’s Court program has a month long schedule of events including a Social, Girls Giving Back and a Disco Fever party as part of the enrichment program for the candidates and their escorts prior to the scholarship pageant.

The Coronation will be held Saturday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Center High School Cafetorium when the Queen candidates will be presented to Shelby County. Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the Chamber at info@shelbycountychamber.com or calling 936.598.3682. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Queen’s Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Corbell, includes, Haley Link, Sharisse McAdams, Shanell Ruiz, Emily Teske and Jesse Wiggins.


2022 Children of the Court: (from left) Kase Kay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kay; Preslee Chumley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Chumley; Blayne Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Miller; Todd Best, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Best; Sawyer Kirby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kirby; and William Windham, son of Dr. and Mrs. Clayton Windham


From left: (seated) Leah Watson, Bella Alford, Braileigh McDaniel, Sayre Hall, Bethany Kilpatrick, Julie Bird, Carson Crouch, (back row) Luke Hernandez, Jase Lloyd, Jaxon Parker, Mason Perry, Ryker Tomlin, Hagan Craig, and Colby Lout.

September 1, 2022 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2022, in observance of Labor Day. All programs will open at our regular time Tuesday morning. We pray that you have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.

August 31, 2022 - VFW Post 8904 honored Iraq War veterans, including Larry E. Polley Jr., during a ceremony held August 31, 2022, at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial on the Center square.

"The war in Iraq began March 20, 2003, and continued all the way to August the 31st 2010, and that's been 12 years since the end of the hostilities and it's our duty as fellow veterans and citizens to ensure that this piece of history and sacrifices made are never forgotten," said Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster. "Our gathering here today is a small but heartfelt thank you to those American patriots who served."

Hume continued, "During the Iraq War 4,486 Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice, including Shelby County's own U.S. Army Specialist Larry E. Polley, Jr., in January of 2004. Larry graduated from Center High School in 2001, and was 20 years old when he was killed in action."

In the audience during the ceremony were Polley's father, Larry Polley Sr. and his mother Lois. Hume indicated their presence to those in attendance and applauded them as well as thanking them for their presence.

The opportunity was offered by Hume for anyone present to recognize any other Iraq Veterans present who had served, and two others in the audience were recognized including Mike Langford and Dennis Mince.

 

In honor of Iraq Veterans, Post Commander Richard Lundie placed the memorial wreath upon the Shelby County Memorial. Taps was then played as presented by VFW member Gene Hutto.

The original plan for the upcoming VJ Day event was to be in Bossier City with A.J. Procell who was in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese surrendered. Hume stated Procell is now 98 years of age and he lives in the Veteran's Home over in Bossier City.

"So we were all set to go over there and visit him, and honor him and seven other World War II veterans that they had over there. But, some of the staff members, at least one or two, came down with Covid and with that they had to go into a Covid protocol and we couldn't have our ceremony [in Bossier City]," said Hume.

Hume informed all present the next observance of VJ Day would be this coming Friday, September 2, 2022, at the Shelby County Memorial at 9am.


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August 29, 2022 - Shelby County Family Life Center held a ribbon cutting event Saturday, August 13, 2022, in Center.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined with members of Abundant Love Ministries and community members in celebrating the opening of the facility.

Pastor Marlin Cloudy expressed appreciation to everyone there, the late Rick and James Campbell, and he thanked Shelby Savings Bank. Other ministers from the church spoke and gave praise for being able to celebrate establishing the facility.

Shelby County Family Life Center's purpose is to help better develop the community, offering a wide selection of after school youth activities for the youth as well as adult programs.

Marlin Cloudy Jr. thanked God for the occasion and he stated the building is meant to bring people in the community together from all groups.

"It's going to be a lot more students and youth who should have, and could have, and would have had the opportunity to do the things that a lot of us have done that are going to get that chance now - through your time, through your donations, through your efforts," said Cloudy. "I just want to thank everybody for coming out."

He remarked the dream was that of Pastor Cloudy, and Feleshia Thompson was instrumental in helping push the project forward.

"We'll start an AU program from our county, from our area," said Cloudy. "I'm tired of Houston and Dallas and all of those people going to New York, Going to California. We're going to start a AU program right here in Shelby County, because we have the talent and ability to showcase what we've got here, all over the world."

Planned are training sessions, 3-on-3 tournaments, adult tournaments, family reunion tournaments to name some of the events that are being anticipated.

The Shelby County Family Life Center is located at 1426 ½ Shelbyville Street at the corner of Loop 500 and Shelbyville Street and is affiliated with Abundant Love Church with Marlin Cloudy, Pastor.


Photos taken by Katesia Evans

August 29, 2022 - Focused Care of Center celebrated the 100th Birthday of Audrey Taylor on Friday, August 26, 2022 with her family!

Audrey Taylor was born August 26, 1922, in Center, Texas to Eddie and Ona Watson and had four siblings. In February 1940 she married Ramsey Taylor and together they have one son, Chris Taylor. She and her husband celebrated 47 years before his passing in 1987.


From left: Chris Taylor, Audrey Taylor, and Cyndi Taylor

Mrs. Taylor is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center. She was a wonderful housewife for her family which has grown over the years. Her son Chris married Cyndi who is a big part of her life. Chris and Cyndi blessed Mrs. Audrey with two grandchildren, Dusty and Cody. Cody married Elissa and gave Mrs. Audrey two great-grandsons, Kypton and Madyx.

Mrs. Taylor also has two special nieces, Olivia Deaton and Linda Hanna, and a great-niece Michelle Deaton.

A little local history, the Fox Hunters Association held a meeting in 1922 to organize, as well as the Center Music Study Club was formed. That same year, First National Bank of Center was chartered.

For a little world history, War War I was declared over by congress the year before Mrs. Aubrey’s birth in 1921. In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated and Time Magazine and Reader’s Digest were founded. Also, 1922 was the year Wimbledon Championships began and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed.

Warren G. Harding was President of the United States and Mrs. Audrey has lived through 25 Presidential elections with 18 different Presidents in total with women having the right to vote. Two years before her birthday, August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote after Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18.

Happy 100th Birthday Audrey Taylor!

August 26, 2022 - The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) received a grant in the amount of $20,000 from T.L.L. Temple Foundation. The SCCAC staff and board of directors are grateful for the award of these funds, which will help us continue our mission of providing the highest quality services to children who have experienced abuse.

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation works alongside families and communities to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunities for all. In support of its mission, the foundation makes grants in the areas of education, economic development and community revitalization, health, human services, arts and culture, and conservation and the environment.

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