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September 11, 2015The Center City Council will meet in a Special Workshop Session on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 4:30pm, in the Council room at Center City Hall. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:

I. Strategic Growth Planning

II. Recreational/Tourism Programs

September 11, 2015 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is experiencing excessive amounts of 911 calls from children who are using cell phones for play. Cell phones that are no longer being used whether they are activated or deactivated – with or without a SIM card, are still able to place emergency calls.

Parents and guardians need to be aware that they are responsible for children who call 911. Abuse of emergency service calls can lead to your arrest.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell urges parents and guardians to explain the use of 911 to children.
“Playing on 911 can cause someone to go without the help they need,” Blackwell said. “We encourage all individuals with cell phones to be aware many devices dial 911 easily and through voice recognition. Responsible usage will allow all dispatchers to focus on high priority calls.”

September 11, 2015 - This is the first week of the library’s new hours. We are hoping that being open from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday will better accommodate our library users’ needs. In the past we were open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and very few came into the library until 11, an hour before closing. The library would be full of users at noon with us having to announce that we were closing. Hopefully, we will also better accommodate our older children who get to “sleep in” on Saturday mornings. The library will also be closing an hour earlier at 5 p.m. on Friday. Regular hours of 10-6 will remain for Tuesday through Thursday.

The library received news from the Tocker Foundation of Austin that we had received a $5,000 grant for books. This is wonderful news and much needed funds to keep our collection current. Most of the funds will be spent on books for the 8-12 year olds who are the fastest growing group of new library card holders. Other goods news is that the Friends of the Library will be meeting at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 10:00 a.m. to organize the October books sale and Poultry Festival quilt raffle. This books sale promises to be even bigger than the last with an excellent selection of “like new” materials for the bargain price of $1.00 and .50. If you are a member, you are needed at this meeting to help organize the sale. If you are not a member but would like to help, you are also welcome.

For those of you visiting the library in the last couple of weeks, you met our new staff member, Cassey Fowler. Cassey is a Carthage native and has worked in the surrounding areas. Her excellent computer skills were acquired when she worked in Dallas as a legal secretary. Cassey enjoys cooking and, of course, is a passionate reader. She enjoys helping people and is a good resource for assisting with computer research or book selection. We are fortunate to have Cassey join the staff.

The Undertaker's Daughter - Mayfield, Katherine,
Infinite Home - Alcott, Kathleen
The Solomon Curse - Cussler, Clive
The Dust That Falls From Dreams - Louis de Bernières
Blueprints - Delinsky, Barbara
The Marriage of Opposites - Hoffman, Alice
Eileen - Moshfegh, Ottessa,
X - Grafton, Sue
The Beautiful Bureaucrat - Phillips, Helen,
A Pattern of Lies -Todd, Charles.

September 11, 2015 - The Tocker Foundation located in Austin, Texas notified the Fannie Brown Booth Library on August 31st that the library’s grant had been funded. The Tocker Foundation promotes Texas public libraries in communities of 12,000 or less. Grant applications are reviewed by a permanent committee of librarians appointed by the Texas Library Association. This grant brings the cumulative grant support by the Tocker Foundation to the Fannie Brown Booth Library to $19,198.

In 1992, the foundation endowed by Phillip and Olive Tocker decided to focus grant distribution to small rural libraries in Texas. Grants are distributed to assisting libraries to serve as community centers, information resources and provide literacy and bilingual programs. The Fannie Brown Booth Library has successfully received grants for new computers, new management software, and most importantly funds for quality, current library books. The current grant will be used to primarily purchase children’s series books and nonfiction books. 

The library continues to seek financial support from the community and other grant sources in order to continue serving Shelby County residents with quality services and materials.

September 8, 2015 - Starting Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th, library hours for the Fannie Brown Booth Library will change for Fridays and Saturdays. New hours will be: Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Library hours for Tuesday through Thursday will still be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Septmber 10, 2015 - Gates Chapel Baptist Church of Shelbyville will host a Helping Hand Benefit Program for Sis. Ira Dean Lister who lost her home in a fire. The musical benefit program will be held onSaturday, September 19 at 7pm. All choirs, groups, praise dancers and soloist are invited to perform. Everyone is invited to attend says Pastor Frankie Cooper.

September 10, 2015 - Cattle Sold: 700 HD

Sellers: 75
Buyers: 54

Steers:
150-300 LBS 1.25 TO 3.37 
300-400 LBS 1.25 TO 3.27
400-500 LBS 1.80 TO 2.67
500 LBS & UP 1.05 TO 2.37    
Heifers:
150-300 LBS 1.50 TO 2.87
300-400 LBS 1.50 TO 2.87
400-500 LBS 1.25 TO 2.42
500 LBS & UP 1.30 TO 2.57

Slaughter Cows : .40 TO 1.17
Stocker Cows : 900.00$ TO 2,675.00$HD
Bulls: 1.10 TO 1.30
Pairs: 1,125.00$ TO 2,075.00$
Baby Calves: 150.00$ TO 300.00$HD

Market Quoted on Beef Cattle Only! Plain Cattle Prices Will be Lower!

September 9, 2015 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 39th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, will kick-off Wednesday, September 23rd with several events, including the Chicken Fajita Lunch, the Doo-Dah Parade and the Chicken Cooking Contest. These events usher in the season prior to the Festival opening Thursday, October 1st.

The Chicken Fajita Kick-Off Lunch sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply starts at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square according to Chairman, Bryan Wages. The lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 598.3682 or emailinginfo@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 18th. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber web site, www.shelbycountychamber.com.

Center Tire Company is the Platinum Sponsor for the East Texas Poultry Festival's Doo-Dah Parade. Decorated floats, trailers, tractors, or business vehicles lend a great time, and just about anything goes! Participants will line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00. The parade will circle the historic downtown square led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Following the parade Shelby County Chefs will highlight chicken recipes at the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. Trophies and cash prizes are given to the top cooks by categories, including People’s Choice and the Best Dressed Table. The public is invited to come out at 5:30 p.m. on the east side of the Square and try all the dishes for $5. To enter the contest recipes may be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com, mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber offices, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935. Chairman Denise Merriman states the deadline for submitting recipes is Wednesday, September 16th.

Festival chairman Jim Sawyer announces the evening‘s events will also include a live and silent auction at the Rooster Revel sponsored by Texas State Bank at 6:00 p.m. The exclusive Rooster Revel 2015 metal art silhouette designs are created and hand painted by the Center High School Agribusiness and Marketing students led by teacher, Jessica Shadix. “Meet the Artist” will take place Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the Center High School library. The limited edition artistic creations will be on display for public viewing at various business locations prior to the auction, according to Chairman, Andi Foster.

Two Festival events which highlight Shelby County’s rich heritage are the Quilt Show sponsored by Scull Timber and Photography Show sponsored by Vieux Carre’ Photography. Local artistic talent will be displayed October 1, 2 and 3. The Quilt Show will be held in the 1885 Historic Courthouse on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Quilt entrants may be either the owner of the quilt(s) entered or have been involved in the execution/making of the quilt(s). The categories for entries are: Hand pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué/hand quilted, Machine pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué machine/machine quilted, Machine pieced/machine quilted, Miniature Quilts, Wall Hangings, Theme Quilts and Traditional Quilts. Heirloom quilts are welcomed.

The Photography Show will be held at the Vision Source office of Dr. Charles Collard located next to the Rio Theatre on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. all three days of the Poultry Festival. Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation, Flowers and Poultry according to Chairman Billie Jones. The age groups are, Children, 12 & under / Youth, 13-18 / Adults, 19 & over.

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936.598.3682.

 

 

September 9, 2015 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 39th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, will kick-off Wednesday, September 23rd with several events, including the Chicken Fajita Lunch, the Doo-Dah Parade and the Chicken Cooking Contest. These events usher in the season prior to the Festival opening Thursday, October 1st.

The Chicken Fajita Kick-Off Lunch sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply starts at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square according to Chairman, Bryan Wages. The lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 598.3682 or emailinginfo@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 18th. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber web site, www.shelbycountychamber.com.

Center Tire Company is the Platinum Sponsor for the East Texas Poultry Festival's Doo-Dah Parade. Decorated floats, trailers, tractors, or business vehicles lend a great time, and just about anything goes! Participants will line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00. The parade will circle the historic downtown square led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Following the parade Shelby County Chefs will highlight chicken recipes at the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. Trophies and cash prizes are given to the top cooks by categories, including People’s Choice and the Best Dressed Table. The public is invited to come out at 5:30 p.m. on the east side of the Square and try all the dishes for $5. To enter the contest recipes may be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com, mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber offices, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935. Chairman Denise Merriman states the deadline for submitting recipes isWednesday, September 16th.

Festival chairman Jim Sawyer announces the evening‘s events will also include a live and silent auction at the Rooster Revel sponsored by Texas State Bank at 6:00 p.m. The exclusive Rooster Revel 2015 metal art silhouette designs are created and hand painted by the Center High School Agribusiness and Marketing students led by teacher, Jessica Shadix. “Meet the Artist” will take place Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the Center High School library. The limited edition artistic creations will be on display for public viewing at various business locations prior to the auction, according to Chairman, Andi Foster.

Two Festival events which highlight Shelby County’s rich heritage are the Quilt Show sponsored by Scull Timber and Photography Show sponsored by Vieux Carre’ Photography. Local artistic talent will be displayed October 1, 2 and 3. The Quilt Show will be held in the 1885 Historic Courthouse on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Quilt entrants may be either the owner of the quilt(s) entered or have been involved in the execution/making of the quilt(s). The categories for entries are: Hand pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué/hand quilted, Machine pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué machine/machine quilted, Machine pieced/machine quilted, Miniature Quilts, Wall Hangings, Theme Quilts and Traditional Quilts. Heirloom quilts are welcomed.

The Photography Show will be held at the Vision Source office of Dr. Charles Collard located next to the Rio Theatre on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. all three days of the Poultry Festival. Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation, Flowers and Poultry according to Chairman Billie Jones. The age groups are, Children, 12 & under / Youth, 13-18 / Adults, 19 & over.

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936.598.3682.

September 9, 2015 - A truck fire ignited at a residence off FM 138 on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 and the West Shelby County Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD) was dispatched to the scene at 1:40pm.

When the firemen arrived at 11648 FM 138, the truck was completely engulfed in flames near a house. The firemen were able to gain control of the fire and extinguish the flames quickly. Some of the fire spread through the grass in the yard, but was prevented from traveling to the house.

According to the WSVFD, a resident of the house, Ludivina Noriega explained she, her husband and child arrived at the residence in the 2000 Ford F-150 when her husband quickly told her to get out of the truck. At that time the truck had ignited, and to prevent the fire from catching the house her husband was able to push the truck away, singeing his ear in the process.

Once the truck was extinguished, the firemen returned to the station at 2:30pm.

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