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New Hours for Claiming Medical Records from Old SRMC - December 17, 2014
Submitted by Vickie Jernigan

If you have medical records at the old Shelby Regional Medical Center (SRMC) that need to be picked up, they will close at 2pm December 19th and reopen on Monday, January 5th at 8am. Starting January 12th, the new hours will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays, 8am until 6pm.

The location to pickup records has been changed to Dr. Hookers old office at the front of the hospital.

March 13, 2015 will be the absolute last day for records to be picked up. All records not claimed will be shreaded.

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Relocation Ribbon Cutting Slated for J.C. Lewis Construction - December 10, 2014

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to a Relocation Ribbon Cutting at the new Corporate Office of J.C. Lewis Construction with owners J.C. and Brandy Lewis, Thursday, December 18 at 11:00 a.m. at 975 Southview Circle in Center.

J.C. Lewis Construction offers comprehensive management at every stage of construction projects of any size.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
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Helping Hands of Angels - December 4, 2014
Submitted by Patsy Carl

Angel Trees are up and can be found at Bealls Department Store and Walmart. The Angel Trees have slips with information about a child - boy/girl, age, wish list, clothing size.

Any toys or monetary donations can also be dropped off at the Helping Hands Outreach Center, Unique Boutique, or the Senior Nutrition Site on Loop 500.

If you have a child and are needing some assistance, come fill out a form at Shelby County Outreach Ministries, 930 Shelbyville Street. Guidelines: bring proof of household income, proof child lives in household, deadline is December 19, 2014, and it is best to get information as soon as possible. Information will not be taken over the phone.

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Farmers State Bank Open House - December 1, 2014
Submitted by Scott Stanfield

Farmers State Bank is hosting a bank-wide open house on December 22, 2014 from 9am until 3pm. There will be calendars, potholders, and refreshments. Farmers State Bank wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Locations: Center (Main), Center (Roughrider), Shelbyville, Joaquin, Carthage, Nacodoches (LPO), Franklin (LPO).

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Annual Adopt a Grandparent Christmas Gift Program - December 2, 2014
Submitted by Regina Danley

It is time to start preparing for the annual Adopt A Grandparent Christmas Gift program!!

This is our Fifth year to provide a Christmas gift(s) to each resident in all 3 of our local nursing homes! Some of these people are very lonely and think they're forgotten. Their eyes light up when we walk into their rooms bearing a gift that says 'We think of you. We love you. Merry Christmas'!

If you can make a donation to help with this awesome event, please email me at regina05@sbcglobal.net or mail a check to me at 527 CR 1180, Center, TX 75935

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County Attorney Toy Drive Kicks Off - November 7, 2014
Submitted by Kim Causey

The annual County Attorney Toy Drive has begun according to County Attorney Gary Rholes. The Toy Drive needs donations of new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 3 through 13 or monetary donations Rholes explained that his staff works with Shelby County Schools to obtain names of deserving children. The toys are then distributed by his office. “The need is great this year, so we really need help from our generous Shelby County Citizens” Rholes stated. Anyone needing further information can call the County Attorney’s Office at (936-598-6100).

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Center Christian Fellowship Presents, "The Best Christmas Present" - December 17, 2014
Submitted by Cherry Murphree

Center Christian Fellowship is presenting the play, The Best Christmas Present Ever this Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 P.M. The cast:  Emily Koonce, Josh Hickman, Abi Briggs, Trinity Lee, Gracie Boyd, Carly Gray, Ethan McElroy, Ethan Lee, Charity Lee, Nic Hirsch, Kaylee Oliver, Christian Lee, Preston Chambliss, Angelica Luce, Deana Jackson, Braydon Lee, Clayton Waller, Macartni Belrose, Jordon Belrose, Caden Gray, Carter Tomlin, Ryker Tomlin, Cheyanne Evans, Brooklyn Oliver, Caitlyn Basham, Derek Hirsch, Johny Covington and Bro. Coy Hicks.

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Blood Drive at Shelby County Sheriff's Office - December 11, 2014
Submitted by Ann Blackwell

The Shelby County Sheriff's office will have a Blood Drive on Monday, December 22nd from 10:00-2:30. Holidays are a hard time for the Blood Center so this drive will help out. Donors will receive a t-shirt.

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City of Center Completes MLK Drive Reconstruction - December 16, 2014
Submitted by Jim Gibson

Public Invited to Ribbon Cutting

CENTER, Texas (December 11, 2014) – The City of Center is pleased to announce that the reconstruction of MLK drive is complete and open to all traffic. The City and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will be holding a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, December 16, at 11:30 am at intersection of Greer and MLK Streets by Hicks Mortuary.

“MLK Drive is one of the highest traffic streets in the entire City,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. “The street is very important in that it connects Shelbyville Street and the Loop and provides access to homes, businesses and other parts of the City.”

The need to reconstruct MLK Drive became obvious following Hurricane Ike in 2008, where portions of the street failed, principally being undermined by the extreme rain and storm runoff. “The street began deteriorating rapidly since then due to significant failure of drainage structures,” described Center City Manager Chad Nehring. “It would have cost the city taxpayers millions of dollars to reconstruct the street but we were able to leverage FEMA funding administered by the State of Texas General Land Office.” The City received a $1.1 million grant to complete the work.

Reconstructing the street also provided an opportunity to perform other work that the community desired. “The City received a number of complaints about the rail spur crossing MLK,” Chadwick continued. “The railroad denied permission to remove the spur but eventually gave their blessing after we were persistent.”

Many people walk on MLK Drive and new sidewalks are planned for future expansion. “This should greatly help with pedestrian safety,” reported the Mayor. The City’s Economic Development for Street Improvements is planning a sizable contribution toward funding the sidewalk portion of the project.

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Green Acres of Center to Host Blood Drive - December 10, 2014

Green acres of center will be hosting a blood drive on January 8th at 2-5pm we are located across from CVS next to the AT&T store on the hill. Commit for life will be giving out T-shirts to all donors and we are excited to have the opportunity to give back as we begin the new year. For more information or to register to donate you can contact A’Leena Busch at 936-598-2483

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AHA Infant & Adult CPR & First Aid Class, Limited Availability - December 5, 2014
Submitted by Jordan Schmidt

Grace Manor is hosting an AHA Infant & Adult CPR & First Aid class on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Class is from 9am until 5pm at Grace Manor, 325 Tenaha. St, Center, Texas. Fee is $45/person. Capacity is 10 participants. Call 936-598-3611 today!

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Blessing Box Food Drive - October 20, 2014
Submitted by Barbara Moton

The Blessing Box located on Porter Street in Center, TX. is hosting a non-perishable food can drive from October until Christmas.

Please donate to support this ministry. Contact Eva Fuller at 572-8857 or Barbara Moton at 332-8400.

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Excelsior Christmas Musical - December 16, 2014

Excelsior Christmas Musical on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 pm.

Students will sing the following songs:

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Second Grade - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Third Grade - Jingle Bell Rock
Fourth Grade - Playing hand bells to Up on the Housetop and Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Fifth Grade - Twelve Days of Christmas
Sixth & Seventh Grade - Playing hand bells to The First Noel and Joy to the World
Eighth Grade - Playing hand bells to Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls

We invite you to attend our musical performance. Any monetary donation made to the Excelsior Music Department would be greatly appreciated.

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Joaquin
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Texas State Bank Hosting Christmas Open House - December 3, 2014
Submitted by Mary Cummings

Texas State Bank, Haslam Branch, invite you to their Christmas Open House December 19, from 2 – 5. Santa will be here to take pictures with the kids and refreshments will be served. Come see us!

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Shelbyville
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Tenaha
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Timpson
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This Week at the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum - December 16, 2014
Submitted by Becca Tatum, Museum Curator

Remembering Columbia”
The Patricia Huffman Smith Museum Remembering Columbia STS-107 is happy to announce that we are going to be hosting an all kid’s paint party on December 23, 2014 at the "Feed Store" in Hemphill at 11a.m. to 12:00p.m. It is going to be a Reindeer Painting and the cost will be $30 per child. The child will have to be accompanied by an adult however, all ages up to 18 welcomed. We need an exact number on how many wish to attend as soon as possible.

Contact Becca at the Museum at 409-787-4827 or text or call 936-671-9881
Patricia Huffman Smith Columbia Museum
375 Sabine Street, Unit B
Hemphill, Texas 75948
409-787-4827
nasacolumbiamuseum.com

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World-Famous Platters from Branson to Perform Benefit Show - December 16, 2014

The World-Famous Platters, of Branson, will perform a New Year’s Eve Concert and Dance at the Nacogdoches Civic Center. The event will benefit IMPACT, the local organization which provides clothing, school supplies and other necessities for area foster children.

The Platters were one of the most-successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The act went through several personnel changes, with the most successful incarnation featuring lead tenor, Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, and Zola Taylor. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1967, including four number-one hits. They recorded almost 400 songs and sold over 89 million records. The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Current members;

Lawrence Lockhardt, Eddie Stovall, Andre Shepherd, Yolanda Fletcher & JT Marshall have performed in Branson for the past 18 years.

Concert attendees will enjoy a romantic and sentimental musical journey as the Platters entertain you with their smooth vocal sounds . The show offers a variety of styles, including Doo Wop, Motown and the Platters' classics, including; “Only You,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Twilight Time,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer” and many more.

Opening the show will be Roger Robinson and his Tribute to Johnny Cash. Mr. Robinson toured for many years as a member of the Stamps and Blackwood Quarters. He now resides in Nacogdoches and is performing frequently in the ‘Memories of the Legends’ tour throughout Texas and the South.

Hours for the event are 7pm until 9pm. Tickets are priced at $30 advance, $40 at the door. The Nacogdoches Civic Center is a climate-controlled venue and is located at 3805 NW Stallings Drive. For information and credit card orders, please phone 936.554.5822.

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