December 22, 2016 - While working at the University of Texas at Tyler for the past six months, I have grown fond of eating my lunch at Burger Grind (about a mile from campus). As a matter of fact, being a regular customer there has been rewarding.
December 15, 2016 - Local history is full of wars. For Shelby County, service in such wars goes back to the American Civil War and since that time, many wars (including the local Regulator/Moderator War) have claimed the lives of some of our ancestors, friends, and loved ones.
November 17, 2016 - A new rule has just been released by the federal government, requiring that sound (noise) be added to electric/hybrid automobiles traveling at low speeds because, it seems, the noise associated with nearby cars will help to avoid accidents with pedestrians.
September 20, 2016 - For some time now, I have been searching for a way to describe the writing/ publishing techniques that characterize UniqPublishing (the publisher of the online magazine, “We the People of Shelby County.”) Such characterization has alluded me until now, as I finish the first progression (first draft) of a short history of early Shelby County for our 150th anniversary of the founding of Center.
June 27, 2017 - When the next issue of “We the People of Shelby County” appears on July 1 (www.shelbycountytx.com), readers will find a very informative article written by Marleta Childs about Paul’s Store.
June 15, 2016 - A rather unique map of Shelby County was published in 1863. It is the only local map I have found which locates the exact middle of the county, marks it, and then labels it as “center,” even before the founding of the town.
April 10, 2016 - In its broadest sense, “guru” is defined as a teacher or master of certain knowledge. When that knowledge concerns local history, there is no one who could hold the title of “Guru of Shelby County” other than Joe Louis Jones.
April 3, 2016 - The Spring edition of We the People of Shelby County has just been uploaded and is freely available for reading at www.shelbycountytx.com. It continues a review of well over one hundred rural communities of Shelby County, with an emphasis this time on communities that, at some point in their history, had a post office.