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Flags at Half Staff in Honor of Memorial Day - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th, 2015. United States Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon. All banks, schools, businesses and government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

If you fly a flag that can’t be lowered you can still show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole. It too should be removed at noon.

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2015 What-A-Melon Run 5K and Walk - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Anna Lee

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries opened their doors in 1996 & incorporated in 1997. The idea & desire to start Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. (SCOM) began with a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner in 1991. Since their inception they have gone through many changes. Currently they have 5 programs under our umbrella: Helping Hands Outreach , Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site, Meals on Wheels and Unique Boutique. The mission of SCOM is to help the hurting and feed the hungry. SCOM partner with local churches to help people during their time of need. SCOM also partners with DETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging, Churches, local businesses, civic organizations, and others to raise resources to help individuals to help themselves.

In previous years, Center Rotary Club has donated the 5K funds to: Shelby County Child Advocacy Center, Shelby County Scouting (Boys and Girls) and Center Girls Softball Association.

We want to encourage everyone in the county, to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM.

Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

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Joaquin Area Hosting Bow Fishing Tournament This Saturday - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Shelbi Hutto

Calling all bow fishermen - AMS Bowfishing, Battle on the Border! The Joaquin Area will be host to a bow fishing tournament this Saturday, May 23, 2015. This is a not-for-profit event with a purpose of bringing local bow fishermen in the area together.

The tournament is a day shoot starting at 7am and ending at 9pm. Registration begins at 6:15am at Joaquin Quick Stop, 17274 Hwy 84, Joaquin, Texas. Two to four man teams with an entry fee of $200. $25 of the $200 goes to Big Fish Pot, Big 10 Stringer. All proceeds go to the pay out for the winners of the tournament.

All boats welcome! Fishing allowed on any Sabine waterway. Only 3 Gator Gar will be weighed per team. Catfish will not count or be weighed. For more information or to pre-register, contact Brent Preston (903)363-3031; Dean Mize (936)591-4705; and Michael Hutton (903)407-9219. Raffle tickets for Oneida Osprey available now. TBA sanctioned event.

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Woodmen of the World Picnic, Scholarship Awards - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Ashton McSwain

Woodmen of the World Chapter 250 will be having a picnic at Boles Field, Saturday, May 23rd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

All Woodmen of the World members graduating from high school with plans to attend college will receive a scholarship at this event. For more info or directions please call 936-598-7226

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Old Salem Cemetery Annual Homecoming - May 18, 2015
Submitted by Cecilia Boles

The Old Salem Cemetery will be holding its annual homecoming on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. We will begin the gathering around 10:30am for fellowship with lunch being served at 12pm. Please bring your favorite dish and enjoy fellowship with family and friends. The committee will be accepting donations for the ukeep of the cemetery.

Please join us or if you are unable to be present, send donations to 8612 FAM 711, Center, Texas. For more information call (936)598-9405 or (936)591-2543 or email ceciliaboles@sbcglobal.net. See you there.

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SCSO Hosting Blood Drive May 28th - May 15, 2015
Submitted by Ann Blackwell

The Sheriff's Office and Shelby County Courthouse will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, May 28 from 10am - 2:30pm. The bus will be located in the active courthouse parking lot. This is a tee shirt drive with military colored shirts. It is a holiday week and the need is always great during this time. So please take time to donate. Appointments can be set up on line or call Ann Blackwell to schedule at 936-598-3581.

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Shelby County Teacher of the Year Reception - April 30, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Fancher

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce salutes the accomplishments of the talented teachers throughout the county’s school districts and will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation reception presented by Cline Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 20th at the Windham Civic Center.

All Shelby County school districts choose one teacher from each of their campuses as the Teacher of the Year for that school. Each campus teacher and their school is recognized at the reception. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to all educators throughout the county. At the reception the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Education committee will announce the 2015 Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at www.shelbycountychamber.com

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Dream Girl Pageant Production presents Cinco De Mayo Pageant and Deep East Texas Dream Girl Pageant - April 17, 2015
Submitted by Sandrel Slaughter

Early bird registration deadline is today!

Dream Girl Pageant Production presents the Miss Cinco De Mayo Dream Girl Pageant and the Miss Deep East Texas Dream Girl Pageant to be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas.

Entry fee is $85 and raffle tickets are avaible to sell to off set the entry fee. Early bird discount of 10% is available when paid in full before Friday, April 17, 2015. Sibling discount of $10 is available after entering one or more siblings.

For more information contact, Sandrel Slaughter at 936-598-4189, Perla Hernandez at 936-332-9076, Ceclia Lara at 936-591-7175, Denetra Slaughter at 936-332-8432 or Tiffanie King at 936-572-0389.

Pageant Forms: Pageant Flyer, Entry Form, Judging Rules, Contestant Waiver Form

Photo: 2014 Dream Girl Beauties!

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Shelby County's Annual Greenwing Event - April 15, 2015
Submitted by Yazoo Thomas

The Shelby County chapter of Duck Unlimited will be hosting their annual Greenwing Event on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Registration will start at 9:30am and the event starts at 10am. The event will take place at Weldon Boles Ranch, 245 CR 1006, Center Texas (Old City Lake Road).

Kids 17 and younger are welcome and there will be prizes for all that attend. For more information contace Clint Tanner at (936)332-4767.

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Entries Sought for Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Queen Contest - April 14, 2015
Submitted by Ann Blackwell

The annual Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo will be coming to town June 5-6, 2015. Entries are now being accepted for the Queen, Duchess & Princess contests. The age group for Queen is 16-24, the Duchess age is 11-15 and the Princess category is 5-10. The deadline to enter is May 29, 2015. There will be a “Queen” clinic offered by contest coordinator, Ann Blackwell in May.

That date will be announced later. Contestants will be required to sell raffle tickets, so early entry is encouraged. For more information and entry forms, contact Ann Blackwell at 936-590-9126 or 936-590-1855 or email to tablackwell@yahoo.com or message on facebook.

The reigning royalty have done a great job in promoting the rodeo and have, in fact, held their titles for 2 years as the contest was not held last year. A big response from local young ladies would be awesome for our rodeo. 2013-14 SCSP Rodeo Queen is Harli Joe Cowdin from Grand Cane, LA; the 2013-14 SCSP Rodeo Duchess is Emily Andrus of Carthage and the 2013-14 SCSP Rodeo Princess is Leiza Klein of Center. Watch for these young ladies as they make appearance promoting the rodeo in June.

If you would like to have them visit your business or civic group, please contact Ann Blackwell.

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Ace Hardware To Offer Spring Deals and Prizes - March 6, 2015
Submitted by Elena Gonzales

Ace Hardware of East Texas, in Center and Carthage, is offering great deals and prizes on Husqvarna Power Equipment including mowers, tillers, blowers, and trimmers.

Enter to win a Weber grill, a 35qt Yeti cooler or a $100 spring mower service with qualified Husqvarna purchases. Drawing will be held May 31st. Zero percent financing is available with approved credit and minimum purchase amount. Visit your local Ace Hardware of East Texas in Center & Carthage. Stay tuned to future events and sales by following them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/etaceinc.

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Underage Drinking Prevention Coming to Center PD - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Edna Boykins

The Watch UR BAC (pronounced "Watched Your Back") program team will be in Center, Texas on Tuesday, May 25, 2015. The team will be conducting educational programs for students at Municipal Court on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6pm. We are located on 1020 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), teaches about he dangers if alcohol misuse - including binge drinking and alcohol poisoning, as well as the dangers of impaired driving. In 2013, 1,089 Texans were killed in alcohol related crashes and tens of thousands were injured.

A DWI prevention simulator is used to demonstrate the effects of alcohol on driving skills. Through a video game atmosphere, drivers experience obstacles and hazards to simulate what might happen if driving impaired. Impaired driving goggles, which distort your vision, are worn by the driver during the simulation experience to further duplicate the effect of alcohol on one's vision.

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Gumbo Lunch Fundraiser for Beene - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Clay Samuels

A Gumbo lunch benefit to support Ashley Beene will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Proceeds will go to medical expenses for Ashley Elizabeth Beene, a victim of Cystic Fibrosis, who is awaiting a double lung transplant.

Ashley is a kind and amazing person who is always putting other first. She is also the mother to a precious little boy , Carter.

Lunches are $7 each and will include chicken/sausage gumbo, crackers, dessert, and a drink. Meals may be picked up on hate Center Square on Tuesday, May 26th from 10am to 2pm, with delivery available for orders of 3 or more.

Money and orders are due Friday, May 22nd. Please feel free to contact Clay Samuels for any questions you may have at (936)332-2949. Thank you for your support and God Bless.

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Shelby County Memorial Day Program May 25th - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 25th at 11am in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church here in Center.

Names of all Shelby County Veterans killed in action from the Civil War to today’s War on Terror will be read. The memorial wreath will be decorated by those in attendance as the names are read.

As in past years the tradition of reading the names of the 188 Shelby County Veterans killed in action from the Civil War to today’s War on Terror will continue. This year however we are asking any Shelby County student (public or home schooled) in grades 6 – 12 to assist in the readings. If you have a student who would like to participate please call post quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-598-2976 or email at chief@chiefimaging.com. We see this as a great opportunity for our young people to get to know and appreciate the sons that Shelby County has given in the defense of our country.

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Open Door Worship Hosts Concert For Leary - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Christina Cleaver

A benefit concert for Christina Leary, 2015 Shakin’ The House winner, will be held on June 6, 2015 at Open Door Worship in Center, Texas starting at 6pm.

Local acts such as Adrien Jennings, East Texas Community Choir, The Cleaver and Leary Family and the Thompson Brothers will be performing. Christina hopes to release her CD titled Free To Praise as well.

On June 13, Christina will be traveling to Madison, Mississippi to audition in a Raw Talent Search for Blackberry and Malaco Records.

Christina would like to thank MontBoom Productions and Eddie Reddic with Whitehorse Studios for helping her with her project.

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Mission Belize Volleyball Fundraiser - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Stacy O'Rear

Update

Fundraiser has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.


Mission Belize will holding a volleyball fundraiser on Saturday, May 23rd at the Shebly County Sheriff's Rodeo Arena in Center, Texas starting at 11am

The entery fee will be $20 per play and need to be enter by 10:30am Staurday morning. The teams will consist of 3 guys and 3 girls with subs for a team as an option.

Please register on facebook with Smyrna Church or contact Stacy at (936)368-2359 by noon , Friday, May 22nd.

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Local Bank to Hold Memorial Day Celebration - May 22, 2015
Submitted by Whitney Burgay

On Friday, May 22nd, Shelby Savings Bank will be having a Memorial Day Celebration at the main branch on Selma Street. We will have free hotdogs from 11am to 1pm.

We will also have employees in the lobby to help customers register for online banking and learn how to use our new mobile deposit feature. They may also view our new deposit ATM.

There will be coffee and cookies inside from 9am to 4pm. We hope everyone can stop by!

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Fannie Brown Booth Library to Close for a Day - May 19, 2015

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will be closed Wednesday, May 20th.  We will open Thursday, May 21st, at 10:00 a.m. for regular library hours. 

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Center Emergency Facility Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Postponed - May 18, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

Due to predicted inclement weather, the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for the Center Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging Facility which was scheduled for Thursday, May 21 has been postponed until a later date.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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Center Emergency Room and Diagnostic Imaging Facility Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting - May 14, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

Postponed due to weather

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Nacogdoches Medical Center invite the public to a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for the Center Emergency Room and Diagnostic Imaging Facility located at 5100 Loop 500 in Center on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. An Open House will follow through 1:00 p.m.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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2015 East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant - May 7, 2015
Submitted by Shelia Burch

The Annual What-A-Melon Festival Pageant will be held July 11, 2015 at 6:00 on the Downtown Square during the What-A-Melon Festival.

Early bird registration is through June 5; pay and enter for only $50. After the 5th, registration is $70.

The pageant is open to ages 0-19 Years for girls and 0-5 Years for boys. This pageant is a fun pageant and is great for beginners. The child will wear a Summer/Spring or Watermelon themed outfit which can be shorts, sundress, capris or swimsuit. All contestants will receive a crown, custom tote bag and candy bags. This is a natural beauty pageant and makeup is not encouraged for younger children.

Information and entry forms can be picked up at M&M Insurance on Hurst Street across from Walmart, by calling 936-590-0120 or 936-332-9610, emailing shelia0505@yahoo.com or Facebook Bailey's Pageants.

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Summer Reading Program Sponsored By Center Noon Lions Club - May 1, 2015
Submitted by Joan Huff

The members of the Center Noon Lions Club voted to support all library events for children during the summer at the Fannie Brown Booth Library. The library has enlarged the program to include 9-12 year olds including 4 events with presenters, a six week reading contest and a party for the readers at the end of the program. Events will begin June 11th at 2:00 p.m.

The summer reading program for 4-8 year olds will begin at 10:00 a.m. on June 11th. Both programs are designed to inspire children to continue reading and learning through the summer. The program is open to all children in these age groups in the county. This summer’s program will include live animals, magicians, puppets, a game warden and the fire department. Reading logs for the reading contest may be picked up at the library on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Last summer the library had to limit participation of the 9-12 year olds due to a limited budget. Support by the Lions Club will enable the library to include all children in this age group who wish to participate.

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Joaquin ISD Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Sabrina Causey

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with 34CFR 300.573, Joaquin Independent School District intends to destroy the records of all students who exited from any special education program prior to and during the 2004-2005 school year.

Any student, or former student, who has reached 18 years of age, may review and/or receive these records by contacting the Special Education Department at (936)269-3258 X 304 and scheduling an appointment by June 30, 2015. Destruction of these records will begin July 30, 2015.

According to federal law, parents and guardians lose their right to review or obtain these records when their child (the student) reaches 18 years of age or starts attending a postsecondary institution, whichever occurs first. However, a parent of a child with a disability who is 18 years of age or older may retain parental rights provided that the child has been determined to be legally incompetent or legally incapacitated.

Upon review, a copy of any information contained in the record will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student.

Once an appointment is scheduled, the record will be held for review for ten days after the appointment date. If an appointment is not kept or if the appointment is rescheduled, the file will be held for 10 days from the last scheduled appointment.

If no student, parent or guardian responds to this public notice, the school district will assume consent to destroy the entire record specific to the student.

In accordance with federal and state laws, special education records are maintained for five years after the student exits the special education program. A permanent record of the student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record and year completed is maintained in perpetuity.

The purpose of destruction is to protect the student from improper and unauthorized disclosure of the confidential information contained within the file. Please note that certain records may be needed by the student, parent or guardian for social security benefits or other purposes.

If you do not understand this notice or if you are in need of interpretation, contact

Anita Huddleston
Special Education Director
11109 US Hwy 84 East
Joaquin, Texas 75954
Phone 936-269-3258 Extension 304

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Joaquin Youth Belize Mission Trip Chicken Spaghetti Plate Fundraiser - March 18, 2015
Submitted by Diane Pitts

The youth of First Baptist Church of Haslam are hosting a Chicken Spaghetti plate fundraiser Sunday, March 22, 2015 following morning service at noon. Make a donation to the youth group for upcoming missions and receive a plate of chicken spaghetti, green beans, salad, a dessert and a drink until 2pm. Plates are dine in or carry out.

Money raised helps offset the cost of the church youth to go on a mission trip to Belize which is being organized by Bro. Gordon Vaughn and includes youth from all over Shelby County. FBC of Haslam youth are also planning mission trips to Dallas and to Washington D.C. to volunteer with homeless shelters and/or nursing homes.

The youth group has upcoming fundraisers planned for painting with a twist and possibly a fish fry.

Photo: On Wednesday, March 18th the group held a chicken plate fundraiser at the church and plates included chicken halves, beans, potato salad, and a drink.

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Memorial Day Service in Timpson - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Paul Smith

The Annual Timpson Memorial Day Service involving the entire Timpson Elementary, Timpson High School Band, the American Legion Post 90 and other TISD staff, students, and the community has been cancelled due to weather.

Because this event is of such importance, The City of Timpson, Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce and group of Timpson ISD students and Vernett Richardson will hold a small memorial service recognizing the fallen soldiers of our community from all branches of service. Names will be read, taps will be performed and U. S. Flags for each soldier will be placed on the Downtown Plaza on either side of the gazebo.

The public is welcome to attend; we will make a video and post it on Monday May 25th for those who are not. This is planned for 10 AM, however depending on the weather we will start anytime after 10 Monday morning as the weather will permit.

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TFUMC Senior Lunch, Gifto - May 23, 2015

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Timpson First United Methodist Church must cancel Senior Lunch & Gifto for Tuesday, May 26.

We hope to see you Tuesday, June 30.

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Texas Historical Commission Webinar at TAGHS - May 19, 2015
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society invites you to attend a free webinar provided by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The webinar will be viewed on the large screen TV in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library.

The webinar will start at 2:00 PM June 2, 2015. Please plan to arrive in time to be seated by 1:55 PM. We have no control over the start time. The webinar will end about 3:30 PM.

This free webinar will provide an overview of important historical research fundamentals and will walk through a sample historical marker application and a sample narrative.

The presentation encourages consideration of the elements which comprise successful marker applications. Topics include historical significance and integrity, conducting research, primary vs. secondary sources, research tools, writing the narrative and the roles of the THC and County Historical Commissions (CHCs) in the application process.

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Timpson Announces Ribbon Cutting at MLK Baseball Field - May 18, 2015
Submitted by Paul Smith

Update: Due to the weather today and other events the rest of the month this is postponed until Monday, June 1st. Same time same venue but with fresh hotdogs and buns!  Please mark it on your calendar.

Timpson future is bright. City of Timpson teams up with Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce to have a ribbon cutting and flipping the switch for the new lights on the MLK baseball field.

Come out and enjoy hotdogs and cold drinks. This will take place Monday evening, May 18th at 7pm. Timpson continues to grow and support the community. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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Dixon to Speak At TAGHS May Meeting - May 11, 2015
Submitted by Tad Bailey

Hershel “Dickie” Dixon, current President of the Angelina County Historical Society, will be the guest speaker at the May 20 meeting of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society. A graduate of Lufkin High School, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Dallas Theological Seminary, and a sixth generation Texan, Mr. Dixon has one line of ancestors who have lived in Angelina County since 1837.

Mr. Dixon, a long-time genealogist, believes that old city directories are an often overlooked resource for those researching family histories and will speak on “Effectively Using City Directories” at next week's TAGHS meeting. “City directories can contain more information than a researcher bargained for!”, says Mr. Dixon.

TAGHS meets the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. The public is invited.

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Poker Run & 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Chris Brown - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Austin Withem

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 13th, for a Poker Run & 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chris "Jab" Brown. 5K is $25 to pre-register and $30 to register the day of the event. Poker Run is $25 to pre-register per bike and $30 on the day of the run. Starting point for both will be the lawn next to Shelby Savings Bank in San Augustine at 8am. Registration the day of will take place at 7:30am. Route details will be available at the starting point.

Only the people that are pre-registered for the poker run and the 5K will be promised a shirt.

Fish Fry will be held following the 5K and Poker Run from 12noon until 4pm. $8 per plate and includes fried fish, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, drink, dessert and condiments.

For more information, contact Marsha Davis on Facebook, Misty Ramirez at 936-201-0484 or Sheila Ponder at 936-201-7497.

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Murphy's Piano Students to Hold Recital - May 25, 2015
Submitted by Neal Murphy

Clara Murphy’s piano students will be presented in a piano recital on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas

The students are: Hannah Fountain, Bethany Dorsey, Peyton Stephens, Raven Jenkins, Camden Boyette, Justine Magdalene Chavez, Jalyn Mosley, Ainsley Conn, Zoe McKinney, Kailey Sowell, Mason McGown, Sayde Miller, Maggie Miller, Shelbi Miller, Leandra Wilson.

Everyone is invited to come hear these musicians.

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Overton Brooks VA to host Women Veterans Retreat - May 22, 2015
Submitted by Joe Thomas

Shreveport, LA – Overton Brooks VA Medical Center will host a Women Veterans Retreat at the University of Phoenix, located at the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, Saturday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The retreat, themed “Honoring, Empowering and Informing Women Veterans,” will provide information regarding career services, family services, benefits, and health and wellness. Women Veterans may also RSVP by contacting Linda Resendez, Occupational Therapist, Overton Brooks VA, at Linda.resendez@va.gov or at (318) 990-4420.

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting - May 22, 2015
Submitted by LaTisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Lufkin Head Start located (2208 N. Timberland Dr.) Lufkin, Texas. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm. For more information, you may contact Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext. 18.

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Veterans Momument Dedication at Bethel Cemetery - May 22, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 a Veterans Monument will be dedicated at the Bethel Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. US Army/Navy Veteran James McLain has spearheaded this project for the past several years. The ceremony will begin at 11 am with Jerry Shumate acting as MC. After the ceremony which is expected to last about 20 – 30 minutes a complimentary BBQ lunch will be served. Comrade McLain has asked that I extend a cordial invitation to all veterans.

Bethel Cemetery is located south of Hwy 59 on CR 941. Stay on 941 until you come to FM 2609 and the Cemetery is next to the Bethel Baptist Church. (See link to google map below)

https://www.google.com/maps/@31.7188987,-94.6034723,15z

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The Show Baseball Team Fundraiser - May 21, 2015
Submitted by Kendra Simmons

We have a new select baseball team in East Texas. The Show was established by George Hicks of Center/San Augustine area, Marlon Garrett of Nacogdoches/Central Heights area, and Patrick Williams of Nacogdoches area.

The parents and team members will be having a raffle fundraiser to help with their expenses to the World Series this season. The grand prize will be $1000.00 cash. If you don’t win the grand prize, you will have 2 more chances at $500.00 cash. Tickets are $20.00 each.

If you will like to purchase a ticket, contact George or Stephanie Hicks at Step & Foo’s Shop in Center across from AutoZone or call Kendra Simmons at 936.332.7572. Drawing will be May 23, 2015. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Blood Drive to be Held At White Rock - May 20, 2015
Submitted by Troy Boyett

The White Rock Church of San Augustine would like to invite everyone to a blood drive that will be held at the church on Sunday, June 7th from 9am until 1:30pm.

The ages allowed to donate are 16 (parent consent) and up. The people donating blood wil receive a $5 Starbucks coupon.

For more information contact (936)275-0621 or (936)2753887

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National Wild Turkey Federation Annual Fundraiser Banquet - May 19, 2015
Submitted by Andrea Webb

The Panola County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual fundraiser banquet on Friday, May 29th at the Carthage Civic Center. Doors will open at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7:30pm. We will have something for the entire family with a live and silent auction, raffle items, door prizes and games. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $55/single and $80/couple. Kids are $10. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Webb at 936-248-4583.

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DETCOG Presents Regional Awards and Scholarships at Membership Meeting - May 18, 2015
Submitted by Bob Bashaw

The Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year Award will be presented during the 46th Annual Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Membership Meeting and awards luncheon. It is being held Thursday, May 28th at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

The Steen award was named after the beloved past president of Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Ralph W. Steen. It honors an individual who has played a major role in leadership and service to the twelve county DETCOG Region.

Two sets of scholarships also will be presented. The Stewart and Malone Memorial Scholarships are presented to students from the region’s high schools. The DETCOG Employee Memorial Scholarships are funded by contributions from DETCOG employees and are awarded to the children or grandchildren of DETCOG employees.

“The annual membership meeting is always special because it gives the DETCOG board of directors, members and staff, a chance to visit with representatives of the communities we serve,” says DETCOG’s Executive Director, Walter G. Diggles, Sr. “The highlight of the meeting has always been the presentation of the Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year. What makes it special is that each new recipient is chosen by those who previously received the recognition.”

DETCOG’s Board President, Angelina County Judge, Wes Suiter, would like to extend an invitation to the public to attend. The morning sessions are free and open to the public. Luncheon tickets can be purchased at the door. Anyone needing information may contact Cynthia Trowbridge at the DETCOG office in Jasper at (409) 384-5704.

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Texas Frog Fest to Benefit Lone Survivor Foundation - May 18, 2015
Submitted by Gary Rholes

According to texasfrogfest.org, the Texas Frog Fest (TXFF) is an effort of Brint Construction and the local Bolivar Peninsula community to provide a weekend-long entertainment venue showcasing local and national artists for the benefit of the Lone Survivor Foundation’s Crystal Beach retreat facility.

The goal for the TXFF is to become an annual event through which funds can be raised to maintain the Lone Survivor Retreat and help offset the costs of conducting the retreats that will be held there. Through the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors, the first annual TXFF, held in March of 2014, was an event to remember. This two-day venue provided great musical entertainment, food and drinks, booths to learn more about the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Crystal Beach Facility and a family friendly atmosphere.

TXFF 2015 is shaping up to be even better. We will have activities for the kids, special guests, great silent auction items, fun raffle items, Lone Survivor and TXFF swag and, of course, more great musical entertainment. The 2015 Festival will take place May 23 & 24 at the new permanent location, 1609 State Hwy 87 in Crystal Beach, TX 77650.

There are one-day and two-day general admission tickets available for purchase and discounted tickets for children under 10 years of age. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the day of the event. Additionally, you can purchase VIP tickets and rentals tickets for small tents, VIP tents, on-site camping, RV parking and VIP RV parking.

All of the proceeds from this event go directly to the Lone Survivor Foundation for the purpose of operating and maintaining the Crystal Beach retreat facility. Through your attendance at the Texas Frog Fest you will be supporting our soldiers, and their families, as they learn to cope with effects that combat has had on their minds and bodies.

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Gunnin' 4 Fun Skeet Shoot - April 23, 2105
Submitted by Sandy Risinger

The Gunnin' 4 Fun Skeet Shoot will be held Saturday, May 30th, 2015 with proceeds to benefit Nacogdoches County 4H Shotgun Club, Breakin' Clays -- Buildin' Futures!

Registration starts at 8am at the Nacogdoches Skeet Club. $400 per team (4 shooters) limited to 16 teams. Deadline for registration is May 16th, 2015. Sponsor opportunities are available. Lunch is included in entry fee. Additional lunches available for purchase. Cash payouts for 1st and 2nd place teams & 1st and 2nd place individual. Each shooter is responsible for their own gun, plus ear & eye protection.

For more information email nac4h.shotgunclub@yahoo.com direct questions to Clayton Cogburn at 936-234-9386

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Calvary Abundant Life Tabernacle Putting Together Recipe Book - April 9, 2015
Submitted by Marcy Meeks

Calvary Abundant Life Tabernacle is putting together a unique southern home-style cookbook. This cookbook (8 1/2 x 11) will contain hundreds of recipes from your kitchen to kitchens from various towns in Eastern Texas and NW Louisiana. There will be a special section for old-fashioned home-made jams, jellies, pickles and much more (canning recipes, etc...); a section containing herbal remedies and the practical uses of essential oils for your health. Different sections contains recipes for desserts, beverages, canning, main dishes and entrees...etc. There will be an elite section for restaurants in Eastern Texas and NW Louisiana to show off their favorite home-style recipes as well.

Send in your grandmother's favorite recipes, herbal remedies and much more. Please type your recipes with your name and address, phone number and who authored the recipe. Along with the recipe include a brief bio along with where the recipe originated. A photo of the prepared dish is also appreciated, but not necessary.

Calvary Abundant Life Tabernacle is located at 2413 Bethel Rd., Logansport LA 71049.

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