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Last Day to Register for Holiday Design Class is Thursday - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Shana Brittain

The last day to register for the Holiday Design Class at the the Shelby Regional Training Center taught by Shana Brittain is this Thursday Oct 2! You may call Carolyn at 591-9075 to register. Classes will be Oct 7, 14 & 21 from 6 to 8 pm. There will be one week of  Halloween, One week of Thanksgiving and one week of Christmas ideas.


Lunsford Memorial Marker Dedication - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Loretta Matlock Hughes (Rita)

A Memorial Marker Dedication will be held for James Pierce and Sarah Ann Lunsford, as well as, Isaac Lee Hilliard Lunsford. This dedication, to honor our ancestors, will be held on Saturday, October 18th, starting at 10:30 am at Old Prospect Cemetery in lower Rusk County near the Nacogdoches County line. The cemetery is located about 2.7 miles off Hwy 259 and on CR 3197.

The service will be led by The Capt. Jesse Amason SCV Camp # 282, assisted by the Roses of the Attoyac, Chapter 60 and The Stone Fort Camp; as well as family members.

The dedication should last about 1 hour. So come bring your chairs, water, sack lunch or whatever to be comfortable and be a part of this historical occasion to remember and honor these family members.

The children of James Pierce and Sarah Ann Lunsford were George Marion, Poter, O. M., David C., James Allen (Bud), Florence (Nance), John Robert, Isaac (Ike), Benjamin Franklin (Frank) and Etta Elizabeth (Matlock.)


VFW Seeking Teacher of the Year Entries - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Larry Hume, Brochure

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary are seeking entries for their 2015 Citizenship Education Teacher Awards, Grades K-12. The VFW wants to identify and recognize America’s best educators who instill a sense of national pride in students. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award.

Awards are divided into three grades, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. All current classroom teachers (teaching at least half of the school day in a classroom environment) are eligible. The first step is to fill out the nomination form and in 350 words or less describe why you feel your nominee should be selected. Your nomination is due to Larry Hume, VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster by November 1, 2014. Post level winners will then provide a one-page resume and up to five pages of documentation of their teaching experience.

Cash awards are made at the post, district and state levels of competition. The national winner receives a $1,000 cash prize; their school also receives a $1,000 award along with plaques and an all-expense paid trip to attend a national VFW/Auxiliary event.

Call Larry Hume at 598-2976 to have an entry form emailed to you or stop by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha St., Center to pick up a copy.


Tri-County Community Action Board Meeting - September 29, 2014
Submitted by Latisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a board meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Central Office located 214 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas at 6:30pm. For more information, you may contact Yolanda Neal 936-598-6315 Ext. 18.


McWilliams-Rather Cemetery Semi-Annual Meeting - September 24, 2014
Submitted by Karl Biggers, President; Johnnie M. White, Secretary

McWilliams-Rather Cemetery Association will hold its Semi-Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 27th at 4:00pm at Todd Spring Baptist Church. All Association members are urged to attend. Anyone who has not made their annual contribution for cemetery upkeep is please asked to do so.


Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic (PD Ad) - September 26, 2014

Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic every fourth Saturday from 10-3p. The next clinic will take place on September 27 at Tractor Supply in Center, TX. Located at 1155 Tenaha Street. We offer dog/cat vaccines, heartworm tests/prevention, flea/tick prevention, microchips, and nail trims. For questions: dehartveterinaryservices@yahoo.com or www.dehartvetservices.doodlekit.com


Next CASA/GAL Training Set - September 23, 2014
Submitted by Kim Herman

CASA of Deep East Texas is in need of volunteers to serve as the ‘voice’ for children in the foster care system in Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine counties. The next CASA/GAL (Guardian ad Litem) training is scheduled for Tuesday September 23 and Thursday September 25 from 5-9pm and Saturday September 27 from 9-4pm at the CASA of Deep East Texas office in Nacogdoches. To become a CASA/GAL, you must be 21 years of age but we are also in need of Blue Ribbon Volunteers. Blue Ribbon volunteers assist in our Blue Ribbon store and at fundraising activities and events throughout the year. Volunteer applications can be downloaded by visiting our website www.casaofdet.com. For more information, please contact Kim at #560-4711. CASA volunteers commit to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests until the child finds a safe, permanent home.


Patriots Pen Essay Contest - September 10, 2014

Wanted - Young Authors

If you are a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student attending a public or private school or are home schooled and like to write and express your thoughts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 invites you to participate in their Patriot’s Pen program.

The rules are simple: Write an essay of 300-400 words on this year’s theme, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans”. It must be your own original work, typewritten in English with no color or graphics. It cannot be less than 300 words or more than 400 words in length.

The National winner receives $5,000 cash and there are awards at the post, district and state levels. Entry forms can be picked up at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street in Center and are due by November 1st, 2014. Call VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 for more information.


East Texas Poultry Festival Open Photography Show - September 8, 2014
Submitted by Janet Hughes, Rules and Entry Form

Its time once again for the annual East Texas Poultry Festival Open Photography Show. The Photography Show is always one of the highlights of the Poultry Festival and we encourage everybody to visit the show at VISION SOURCE office of Dr. Charles R. Collard, O.D., - Located next door to the Rio Theatre, on the downtown Center Square – Oct 2nd, 3rd, & 4th; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For those interested in entering photos in the show, entry forms and complete rules can be obtained at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Office on the downtown Center square, at all Farmers State Bank branches, or online at www.shelbycountychamber.org or www.pineywoodsphoto.com.

Piney Woods Photographic Society will also be taking applications for membership and will be conducting a silent auction on several pieces of artwork. To view the photos that will be auctioned, please visit http://www.pineywoodsphoto.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=15681881.

For questions please call the Chamber Office at 936-598-3682 or the Photography Competition Coordinator, Billie Jones, at 936-591-2436 or 936-598-3311.


Opportunity to Showcase Grandmother's Quilt - August 28, 2014

Creativity and artistic talent is a prized asset in Shelby County, and at the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival some of that talent will be showcased during the Annual Quilt Show.

Timeless beauty, intricate needlework and stitches of love is what will set the quilts apart at the festival quilt show. The quilts will be on display October 2, 3, & 4 at the Historic Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily hosted by the Texas Education Extension Association.

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. Entrants may enter quilts as the owner of the quilt or the creator of the quilt. Heirloom quilts are welcomed.

Jheri-Lyn Smith, Quilt Show Chairman, says “If you would like to enter a quilt for judging, you can pick up your registration packets at either the Chamber office or the County Extension Office or find them online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. For more information, please call 598-7744 or 598-3682.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas. For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.


East Texas Poultry Festival Open Photography Show - August 28, 2014

The Poultry Festival Open Photography Show, sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival, will be held at the VISION SOURCE office of Dr. Charles R. Collard, O.D., located next to the Rio Theatre on the downtown Center Square, October 2, 3 and 4, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

According to event Chairman and coordinator, Billie Jones, photography entries will be accepted at First United Methodist Church (basement), 211 Porter Street, Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For more information Mrs. Jones may be reached at 936-591-2426 or 936-598-3311.

Photography Show entry forms and rules may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office located in the old jail inside the Historic Courthouse Square from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri. or Farmers State Bank or may be found at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Please have all forms completed before entering.

Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation, Flowers and Poultry. The age groups are, Children, 12 & under / Youth, 13-18 / Adults, 19 & over. The rule packets give additional information regarding the categories and classes.

Entry fees are $2.00 per entry. There will be a panel of three judges choosing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in each category, and Best of Show for adults, youth and children and People’s Choice Award.

Entries may be picked-up on the final day of the Poultry Festival, Saturday, Oct. 4, between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the exhibit location.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas. For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.


Center Noon Lions Club announces 2015 Jeep Wrangler Fundraiser - August 28, 2014

CENTER, TEXAS – August 28, 2014 – It’s that time of year again! Members with the Center Noon Lions Club are currently accepting donations for their 2015 Jeep Sport Wrangler fundraiser with proceeds benefiting community projects. The fundraiser drawing will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the 38th annual East Texas Poultry Festival. Donations are $100 per ticket and only 600 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available from any Center Noon Lion Club member. The first ticket drawn will win the 2015 Jeep Wrangler and the next four tickets drawn will receive $250 each.

Through their humanitarian efforts from fundraiser donations, the Center Noon Lions Club locally supports charities, schools, children’s eye glasses, children with health problems as well as assisting with the building of baseball and softball fields.


Local DRT Announces Upcoming Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Extravaganza - August 19, 2014
Submitted by Merle Howard

The 3rd Annual Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza will be November 7 and 8 at the John Dean Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Blvd., in Center, Texas. This 2 day Christmas Shopping Extravaganza is hosted by The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas! The event will be open Friday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Vendor applications are being accepted now. You may email: pineconeandmistletle@gmail.com or call Merle Howard ad 936-591-6543 for more information. Proceeds from this event help our local chapter with Graduating Senior Scholarships and other community service projects.


Shelby County Resource Fair - September 23, 2014
Submitted by Yolonda Davis

We appreciate your commitment to Educating the Community.

I would like to invite you to participate in Tri-County Head Start's first annual Shelby County Resource Fair. The purpose of the resource fair is to educate the community on the resources that are available to them. The resource fair will be October 17, 2014 at the old elementary school gym at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas from 10 am until 2pm. Tables will be provided. Each vendor is asked to bring a door prize and any information please contact: Saundra Christopher at (936) 657-4740), (936) 598-6315 Ext. 89 or schristopher@tricountycommaction.org.

Please RSVP by October 10, 2014


Center Elementary Poultry Festival Performance Times - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

Students from Center Elementary School will be performing at the opening ceremonies of the Poultry Festival on Thursday, October 2nd. Below is the schedule for specific times that each class and grade will be performing.

1st Grade
12noon to 12:08 - (Group 1) Jurecka, Pinkston, Cordray, Caraway
12:09 to 12:17 - (Group 2) Klein, Sullivan, Ruiz
12:18 to 12:26 - (Group 3) Byndom, Belrose, Elder

2nd Grade
12:40 to 12:48 - (Group 4) Masterson, Herndon, Hill
12:49 to 12:57 - (Group 5) Dillard, Hooper, Gibson, Crouch
12:58 to 1:06 - (Group 6) Radney, Mathews, Murray, Olalde

3rd Grade
1:10 to 1:18 - (Group 7) Sanford, Gipson, Hale, Dutton
1:19 to 1:27 - (Group 8) Corbell, Lyles, Helms, Clary
1:28 to 1:36 - (Group 9) Gregston, Parker, Wheeler, Chisenhall


Visit Lifetouch Sports to Order CHS Volleyball, Tennis, & Cross Country Sports Photos - September 29, 2014
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

Picture Day is approaching for CHS Volleyball, Tennis, and Cross Country. If you would like to pre-purchase pictures, you can visit the website below. Lifetouch will be at Center High School on Monday, October 6, 2014 and has lots of great options for you and your athlete.



CHS Alumni Association Accepting Nominations for Alumni Hall of Honor - September 29, 2014
Submitted by Jason Locke
CHS Alumni Association Committee Member

Times running out to turn in applications for CHS Alumni Hall of Honor for 2014. All nominations must be received by September 29th in order for the Committee to make their selections. The Hall of Honor Award will be presented at the Annual CHS Alumni Association Meeting on Saturday, October 25th from 9am-noon at the Windham Civic Center.

Click here for nomination form which includes criteria and suggested nomination letter format.

Nominations should be sent to:
CHS Hall of Honor
PO Box 1622
Center, TX 75935


Piney Woods Photographic Society's Silent Auction - September 26, 2014
Composed by Victoria Ford

Left to Right: Bobbie Jean Wood, Billie Jones, and Donna Warren Holt in the lobby of Farmers State Bank with the auction prints.

Piney Woods Photographic Society is hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser which includes three photos: "A Mother's Peace" photographed by Bobbie Jean Wood, "Bird Hunt" also photographed by Bobbie Jean Wood, and "Mountain Morning" photographed by Janet Hughes. The photos, which were submitted for consideration for the club's first fundraiser, were chosen from a group of photos by vote of the club members.

The prints are available for bidding and viewing in the Farmers State Bank main lobby on September 24th, 25th, and 26th; Shelby Savings Bank on September 29th, 30th, and October 1st; and Vision Source during the festival on October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The winning bid will be chosen after the exhibit closes on the last day of the festival.

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is a locally based photography club for anyone wanting to learn more about how to take a better picture. They were organized in January of 2012 as a result of the ETPF Photography Exhibit. The executive committee consist of President, Janet Hughes; VP, Donna Warren Holt; Secretary, Billie Jones; Treasurer, Bobbie Jean Wood. The Society president has an excellent program for anyone wanting to learn more about their camera, editing, taking a better picture, or any topic concerning photography.

Public is welcome to attend and memberships are available. Photographs will be displayed at "Vision Source" in the Photography Exhibit during the Poultry Festival.


Soto Reunion This Saturday - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Mary Williams

The Soto Reunion will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Community House in Center from 3:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.


Pine Grove Nursing Center Raffle - September 24, 2014

Pine Grove Nursing Center is hosting a raffle to help support the Alzheimer's Walk to be held in Nacogdoches on October 11. You may purchase tickets for $1 from Pine Grove or any employee. All proceeds will be given to the Alzheimer's association. Drawing will be held on October 10, 2014 at Pine Grove. We would like to thank all the donations given by local business to help support our raffle.


Young Attoyac Writers’ Guild Announces Organizational Meeting - September 24, 2014
Submitted by Andy Foster

CENTER, Texas – The Attoyac Writers’ Guild announces the first organizational meeting of the Young Attoyac Writers’ Guild on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 beginning at 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library with program coordinator, Terri Lacher. The Young Attoyac Writers’ Guild welcomes writers ages 9-17 and promotes writing confidence, emphasizes the communication of original ideas and provides an opportunity for the exploration of the writing experience.

Local columnist and freelance writer, Terri Lacher brings her writing passion and expertise to the Young Attoyac Writers’ Guild program. For the past few years, she has written a column, Cobwebs in the Attic, for The Light and Champion newspaper in Center. As a freelance writer, Terri’s inspirational stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, interspersing her writing with a touch of humor, as a reminder to never take herself too seriously.

Terri is a member of the National Society of Column Writers, the Attoyac Writers' Guild, and presents weekly programs at the library’s preschool Story Time. In addition, she is a staff writer for the online publication, We the People of Shelby County, sharing East Texas history and life. In October, Terri will be presenting Writing for Newspapers - Setting the Hook at the East Texas Baptist University Christian Writers Conference (http://www.etbu.edu/about/news/cwc/).

Membership applications and details regarding the Young Attoyac Writers’ Guild can be obtained by contacting Terri Lacher 936.598.3484 or the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library 936.598.5522.

The overall mission of the Attoyac Writers' Guild is to provide a forum of support and information to both aspiring and experienced writers and poets, to create a circle of assistance to those interested with marketing their literary works for publication, and to establish a peer network for writing improvements, discussions and critiques.


Soto Family Reunion - September 23, 2014
Submitted by Mary Williams

Soto Reunion is set for Saturday Sept. 26, 2014 at the Community House in Center located on San Augustine Street from 3:00p.m to 11:00p.m


Center FFA Taking Orders for Pecans - September 23, 2014
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

Center FFA is now taking orders for Pecans. There are two choices to order from: 1) a 1LB bag of Pecan Pieces for $9.00 and 2) a 1LB bag of Pecan Halves for $9.75. To order you can call the High School and leave a message with Ms. Valerie Anthony or email myself CHS Ag teacher and FFA sponsor, Jerrett Cobb at jerrett.cobb@centerisd.org. The money is due by October 7th, and your pecans will be delivered before Thanksgiving.


Green Acres of Center Hosts Health Fair - September 23, 2014
Submitted by Sherry Smith

Green Acres of Center will host a Health Fair Wednesday, October 1st, from 10:00am – 4:00pm. There will be free hearing screens, blood pressure checks and blood sugar checks. There will also be local vendors selling a variety of items. Hope to see you there!


Loaded Baked Potato Fundraiser Sale - September 26, 2014

Baked Potato Sale on the Square Friday, September 26th. Deliveries available.

Loaded potato (trimmings on the side) with or without fajita chicken. Includes a homemade dessert and drink. $7 without and $8 with fajita chicken. Proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Awareness Association. Hosted by Pint Grove Nursing Center.

For pre-orders call Carriston Hendricks, DON at 936-598-6286. Make checks payable to Carriston Hendricks.


Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 SCV Meeting Announcement - September 29, 2014
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. Division Commander Johnnie Holley will bring our program.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information.


Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza - September 9, 2014
Submitted by Merle Howard

Applications are still being accepted for the Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza which will be held November 7 and 8 at the John Dean Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Blvd., in Center, Texas.

The Extravaganza will be open Friday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Applications may be requested by email to pineconeandmistletoe@gmail.com or call Merle Howard ad 936-591-6543 for more information.


September Classes at The Little Fox Marketplace - September 2, 2014

The Little Fox Marketplace announces its September Class Schedule. We have NEW classes as well as old favorites. This month's classes includes:

Tunisian Crochet
Beginning Sewing
Deco-Mesh Wreath
LifeTree Cafe

Please see the attachment or visit www.thelittlefoxmarket.com for more information. To register for classes, call 936-590-4422.


3rd Annual CASA 5K Run/Walk Gearing Up - August 22, 2014
Submitted by Michelle Askew, Entry Form

It’s getting close to Poultry Festival time and we are gearing up for our 3rd Annual CASA 5K Run/Walk. I’m excited to announce there will be a Super Hero theme this year. The Chicken Run will take place on October 4th with the Fun Run beginning at 7:00a.m. & 5K at 7:30. You can pick up your entry form at All Hours Fitness, CASA House, print one off at Shelby County Today or register online at www.onestoprace.com.

For more information please contact Kelly Wahl atgriffin.kelly@gmail.com.


Wallace Chapel B.C Church Calendar - December 31, 2013

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
October 27th-29th - Youth Revival - 7:30pm (Pastor Carlos Johnson)


Excelsior Seeks Vendors for Upcoming Christmas Extravaganza - September 8, 2014
Submitted by Iletha Fountain

Excelsior PTO will be hosting a Huge Sales Event in the school gym on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11am until 6pm.

We are asking for area vendors to sign up for a booth. Space is available for you to come set up! Single booths are $50 and double booths will be $100. Please call the school office at 936-598-5866 to reserve your spot. All booths must be paid for in advance. Arts and crafts booths, food items, new clothing item booths, etc. are all welcome. No garage sale items please.


Gardner Family Reunion 2014 - July 21, 2014
Submitted by Samuel Gardner

The Gardner Family Reunion 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, 10am, 4th of October 2014 at Boles Fields, Shelbyville, Texas. There will be fun and games, gifts and prizes; fish fry on site and most of all an old fashion BBQ for family and friends. This year’s theme is as follows: “Together As One”. Colors are follows Carolina Blue and Black.

We highly encourage all family and friends of the Gardner to attend this historic and annual event. Everyone knows the Gardners have had hits and losses this year; but for every setback there are come backs. Needing more information please contact Sergeant First Class (Retired Army) Samuel C. Gardner for details at 936-553-1977.

Hope to see you there!



Joaquin Ag Backers Fundraiser - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

The Joaquin Ag Backers is sponsoring a "Cow Patty Bingo" to be held on October 17 following the homecoming parade on the east lawn of the Ag Building. Tickets are $10 each with the chance to win $500. All proceeds will go to the FFA scholarship fund. If you would like to purchase a ticket please come by or ask any Ag Backer. For more information contact Shane Vance, svance@joaquinisd.net or (936)269-3128 or Judy Harvey.


Joaquin Elementary School Kicks-off New Competition - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Renee Alexander

Joaquin Elementary School has kicked off a new competition, "Boys VS. Girls, Who Rules the School?". Boys and girls in Pre-K through 5th grade will compete to see who can turn in the most Box Tops. The competition began on September 22 and will end on October 23. Please clip those Box Tops and send them in to support our school.


Joaquin PTO Meeting - September 24, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

The Joaquin PTO will be meeting on October 7th at 3:30 p.m. on the Joaquin Elementary Campus in the Science Lab on the 2nd/3rd grade hall. The PTO will finalize plans for the annual Trunk or Treat event that is scheduled for October 28th, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Various fundraisers will also be discussed and officer elections held. Joaquin ISD parents or grandparents who wish to be involved in their children's local Parent Teacher Organization are encouraged to attend this meeting. If you can not attend but would like to help, contact the Joaquin PTO at joaquinpto@gmail.com.


Joaquin Band Boosters Pecan Fundraiser - September 11, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

The Joaquin Band Boosters announce their annual Pecan Sales fundraiser is underway. Pecans and pecan related products can be purchased from a Joaquin band student or by contacting Joaquin ISD at (936) 269-3128 for more information. Orders will be taken until October 6th and pecans are to be delivered in time for your holiday baking. You can email Tami Ewing, booster club vice president, for more information at tewing@joaquinisd.net. This is always a very successful fundraiser and the Joaquin Band would like to express their appreciation to the community for their continued support. The band performs during the Ram football games and during halftime. They are currently preparing for the annual U.I.L. Marching contest that will be held on Saturday, October 18th, at the Stephen F. Austin football stadium.

The Joaquin Band Boosters have scheduled their next meeting for September 30th at 5:30 p.m.


Shelbyville Lions Club Christmas Announcement - September 9, 2014
Submitted by Suzanne Walker

Mark your calendars to be part of the Shelbyville Lions Club Christmas Event on Tuesday evening December 2, 2014! This is the SLC first Christmas event and planning is underway! Stay posted for more information. The Shelbyville Lions Club is a non-profit corporation organized under Texas law and recognized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission statement of The Shelbyville Lions Club is to impact communities with inspirational ideas through motivation and to awaken pride and purpose through creative action.


Shelbyville VFD Raffle - September 4, 2014

Shelbyville VFD is selling chances on a 2014 Honda 4-wheeler with trailer, a mossberg 835 12 ga shotgun, 42" flat screen tv, and 3 $100 bills. Tickets are $50 each. We will be set up by the concession stand at Shelbyville's football game Friday night. Bring your cash or checkbook with you and let us sign you up for your chance to win & support your local fire department. Drawing will be October 31, 2014.


Shelbyville Lions Club Accepting Booth Applications for Festival - September 2, 2014
Submitted by Suzanne Walker

Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Artisan and Food Applications for October 18, 2014

The Shelbyville Lions Club has extended the deadline to apply for a food or artisan booth at the Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest until September 2nd . Applications can be obtained by contacting any Shelbyville Lions Club member or picking up applications at Austin Street Marketplace (Center) or Loblolly’s Garden Marketplace (Shelbyville). All applications will be reviewed and processed at a later date, to determine eligibility. For more information contact Suzanne Walker 936-591-1655, Carolyn Lamb (936-572-5003) or Karen Thompson (936-590-0070).

Shelbyville Lions Club Announces Tournament Signups - August 27, 2014
Submitted by Suzanne Walker

It is time to sign up for the Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest 42 tournament. Also new this year, we have added a washer tournament! Both tournaments will take place during the festival on Saturday October 18th. First and second place prizes will be awarded. The fee for either tournament is $15.00 per two person team. Spaces are limited.To sign up contact any Shelbyville Lions Club member or contact Suzanne Walker at 598-2020 or 591-1655, Duane Lout at 591-1288 or Carolyn Lamb at 572-5003.

The Circus is Coming to Timpson, Texas, October 7th - September 19, 2014
Submitted by Paul Smith

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce brings Culpepper & Merriweather circus to town October 7th in So So Park for 2 shows. First show starts at 5PM, second at 7:30PM. Advance tickets on sale now at Timpson Public Library and Timpson Tenaha News paper office downtown Timpson.

Advance tickets $10 adults, $6 children (2-12) At the door tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children (2-12) See Big Cats, Trapeze, Unicycles, Horses, Dogs, Tight Rope and so much more! We hope you come out and join the excitement.


Timpson Area CoC Announces Timpson Homecoming Activities - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Paul Smith

Timpson Homecoming Parade & Pep-rally

Hope everyone is excited about our Timpson Homecoming game this next week September 26th. The parade line-up will be at 2:00pm in front of the High School, with the parade beginning promptly at 3:00pm. The community pep-rally will follow on "The Square" at 3:30pm. Everyone is encouraged to participate and enter floats.

This year there will be two categories receiving 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. The first category is "Timpson High School Class Floats" and the second category will include all other Timpson ISD and community floats. We have had some really competitive class floats in the past and will be looking to see which class will sport first place trophies this year.

Football game and Homecoming activities are Friday night.


Timpson Lodge #437 Fundraiser - September 12, 2014
Submitted by Dale Eldredge

On Friday the 10th of Oct, at Timpson Lodge from 11:00 a.m. until ??? (it's over), we will have a chicken spaghetti lunch fund raiser, to benefit both the lodge and the OES "General Building and Operating Funds". Pre order tickets are available from any member. The price will be $7.00 a plate and we will deliver to local areas.

Call Jesse Maynard at 972-523-8007 or Doris Wagner at (936) 347-3205 for more info.


Benefit for Lenny & Becky Gaddis & Family - September 9, 2014

Becky had an aneurysm and has had a third surgery. The family needs our prayer and support.

There will be a fundraising BBQ on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Timpson Fire Hall from 10am until 2pm. Come out and join us in supporting the Gaddis Family!

(Chicken & Brisket)

1 Meat Plates $8.00
2 Meat Plates $10.00
Sandwiches $6.00
Turkey Leg $7.00
Sausage on a stick $3.00

Plates come with potato salad, beans, cake and soda. Sandwich comes with chips and soda.

Free delivery on 3 or more plates in the Timpson area.

$2 Raffle tickets for a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card, Any and all donations are welcome. For more information, to donate, or get raffle tickets please call Yolanda Young 936-332-4624. Call, text or leave a message.

Walking on History: Artifacts from the Mansfield Battlefield - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Michael Mumaugh

The month of October is Archeology Month, and to celebrate, Mansfield State Historic Site is exhibiting various artifacts which were excavated from the 1864 Battlefield. The display will allow you to gain a better understanding of the history which lies often times just inches below our feet! The exhibit is available daily as part of our self-guided tours.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is $4.00 per person; children 12 and under and seniors 62 and over are admitted free. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LouisianaTravel.com

Neuville Baptist Church Senior Benefit Luncheon - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Daphne Lovell

Neuville Baptist Church is hosting a Senior Benefit Luncheon on Friday, October 3, 2014. It will be held at the Gazebo on the Square in San Augustine from 10:30-2:00 pm or until gone. Meals are $7 total for Maxi Chumley’s 2013 Chicken Cooking Contest “People’s Choice Award” dumplings, along with green beans, roll & dessert. Call ahead to have your meals ready for pickup at 936-201-2625, 936-332-8414 or 936-591-4345 (Sorry but no deliveries).


Huxley Fall Festival - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Gerald Huddleston

The Huxley Volunteer Fire Department will hold it's Fall Festival on Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm. This is an annual fundraiser to support the fire department and the purchase of equipment to ensure safety for the community and surrounding areas.

The Fall Festival is a family oriented event with Bingo, Children Activities, Cake Walks, Gun Raffles, etc. There will be Chicken Dinners, Hot Dogs, and Chili available for purchase. Huxley Volunteer Fire Department appreciates the support of the citizens of Shelby County.


Historic Walking Tours Are Back For Fall - September 22, 2014

NACOGDOCHES – Come hear the stories and see the sights of the oldest town in Texas each Saturday in October, excluding SFA’s homecoming weekend (October 25). Historic downtown walking tours start at 10:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main St. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the tour. Children 12 and under are free.

"The historic walking tours offer a glimpse of what Nacogdoches was like in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s,” said Jannette Watts, Media and Community Relations Coordinator of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They are truly a ‘must do’ for visitors and locals alike who want to explore Nacogdoches’ history with knowledgeable tour guides.”

Historical landmarks on the tour include the last remaining Caddo Indian burial mound in Nacogdoches; Oak Grove Cemetery, home to four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence; the Old University Building, which is the last remaining University building chartered by the republic of Texas; Zion Hill Baptist Church, which was built by Nacogdoches’ master architect Dietrich Rulfs; the Sterne-Hoya House Museum, which houses the first wine cellar in Texas; and much more. The walking tours take about an hour and a half to complete.

For more information, contact the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-OLDEST-TOWN or www.visitnacogdoches.org. Be our friend on Facebook @ See Nacogdoches.


Cane-Pole Fishing at Mansfield State Historic Site - September 4, 2014
Submitted by Michael Mumaugh

Looking for a great outdoor event that is both fun and educational? On Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2pm come learn how to cane-pole fish. Soldiers during the Civil War often tried to supplement their rations with food they could get locally. When camped near streams, soldiers on both sides often tried their luck at fishing. Come see what you can catch with a stick, some string, and a hook! Visitors will meet at the Visitors Center, and then travel to the pond on the west side of the property. Participants will encounter unimproved terrain, so appropriate footwear is recommended. Pre-registration is required for this program and must be completed by Saturday, Sept. 20, to insure that there is enough material for everyone to make their cane fishing pole. A fishing license is also required for all participants age 16 and older, per state Department of Wildlife & Fisheries regulations.Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is $4 per person; children 12 and under and seniors 62 and over are admitted free. For more information as well as to register, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267. - www.LouisianaTravel.com -


Creative Writing Essay Contest and Coloring Contest - September 4, 2014
Submitted by Becca Tatum

The Patricia Huffman Smith Columbia Museum is hosting a Creative Writing Contest and Coloring Contest. Deadline for both contests is September 26, 2014. Any school can participate and you can get information needed from our website or by stopping in at the museum.

Essay Topic: The next big craft that NASA is working on is called ORION; tell us about ORION and where it is going to be going. Include how ORION is different and similar to the shuttle and the International Space Station. As well as if you would or would not want to be on ORIONS missions and why?

Coloring Contest, click here.

Good luck and we cannot wait to see and read the entries!

Teachers also be sure to look into our Digital Learning Network, where we connect virtually with NASA and they can teach lessons on things such as microgravity, food in space, erosion, weather, robots, rovers, solar system, and so much more. Contact to the museum to set up a date for your classroom to visit and utilize this amazing program.

The Patricia Huffman Smith Columbia Museum is located at 375 Sabine Street, Unit B, Hemphill, Texas. Museum phone number is 409-787-4827. Museum hours is Tuesday through Saturday, 10am until 5pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.


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