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38th East Texas Poultry Festival seeks Arts & Crafts Vendors - July 22, 2014

Planning is underway for the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival, which will take place October 2-4 on the historic downtown Center square, with co-chairmen Jim Sawyer and Hollie Adams leading the steering committee.

According to Polly McKissick, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 8. To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125. Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet. Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival. First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth. The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection.

For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or emailinfo@shelbycountychamber.com.

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Piney Woods Outreach Center B-Ball Camp - July 22, 2014
Submitted by Keith Suell

Piney Woods Outreach Center will be hosting a back to school/youth basketball skills camp on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 from 9-2pm. This camp is open to children between the ages of 8-15 years of age. (Click here for registration form)

In addition to the basketball camp there will be a school supply drive benefit that will help collect and donate school supplies to needy families in the area for the upcoming school year.

Registration information for the camp can be obtained by contacting Marquita Garrett at 936-591-0848 or Keith Suell at 214-290-6268. If interested in making a school supply donation or monetary contribution towards the purchase of school supplies please contact the Piney Woods Outreach Center at 936-591-0308.

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Korean War 61st Armistice Observance - July 22, 2014
Submitted by Larry Hume

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will observe the 61st Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on Saturday, July 26th at the post home, 617 Highway 96 North. There will be a pancake breakfast from 9 am – 10 am followed by a Flag Retirement program with local scouts. Our new flag burning facility built by Boy Scout Nathan Hairgrove will be used for the first time.

The public and especially Korean War Veterans are cordially invited. If you have a flag that is no longer serviceable and you would like to include it in the ceremony, please bring it with you.

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Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic (PD Ad) - July 22, 2014

Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic every fourth Saturday from 10-3p. The next clinic will take place on July 26, 2014 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

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Center Volunteer Fire Department Bingo - July 15, 204
Submitted by David Andrusick

The Annual fundraiser for the Center Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, Aug. 2nd at the John D. Windham Civic Center with the event starting at 6pm.

There will be free popcorn, and drinks for $1. There will be raffles throughout the evening with a variety of prizes. Last game winner will win $1,000 cash.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Professional Food Manager Certification Training Course- July 8, 2014
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn Smith

Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to foodborne illness.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County, is offering a professional food manager certification training course. This 2-Day program will be offered for $125.00 on Thursday, July 24th and Thursday, August 7th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room in Center, Texas. Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager’s certification will be valid for five years.

If you need to just re-take the exam, it will be administered on August 7th at 2:00 p.m. Please call County Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith at 598-7744 for exam re-take information and registration.

This program is designed to prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination and to provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. For more information about the Professional Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call County Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith at 936-598-7744 or email at Jheri-Lynn.Smith@ag.tamu.edu.

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Food Handler’s Training Course - July 23, 2014
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn Smith

A food handler’s course, accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands will be offered by the Shelby County Extension Office on Wednesday, July 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room.

This two-hour course is highly recommended for all food service employees to promote the service of safe food. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.

To register for this course, contact Jheri-Lynn Smith, County Extension Agent at 936-598-7744 or Jheri-Lynn.Smith@ag.tamu.edu. Registration can also be done in person the day of the course. The cost is $20 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins. The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance. You can also complete your food handler’s card online at www.foodsafetyonline.tamu.edu.

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2014 Annual Backpack Drive - July 16, 2014
Submitted by Marcia Jackson

Beginning today through August 8th, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center needs your help to get kids ready for school! With your generous support, we will be able to provide children who have been victims of child abuse with the essential school supplies. Our center serves children in both Shelby and San Augustine County.

We will gratefully accept:

  • monetary donations ($25 usually ensures a complete backpack)
  • backpacks filled with basic supplies
  • gift cards
  • any supplies you are able to donate

The drop off place for Shelby County:
The Children’s Advocacy Center, (936) 590-9864
220 Field St., Center, TX
Hours: M-Th 9AM-3PM and F- 9AM-12PM

For San Augustine County:
Shelby Savings Bank
710 W. Columbia, San Augustine, TX
Hours: M- Th 9AM-3PM and F- 9AM-5PM

Your help ensures these kids will have a great start to the school year!!

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Whataburger and Carter BloodCare host third annual Lifesaver’s Challenge - July 22, 2014

East Texas Whataburger locations treat Carter BloodCare donors to free Whataburger sandwich

CENTER, Texas (June 27, 2014) – For the third consecutive year, Whataburger restaurants throughout East Texas are helping the community blood supply during the month of July. Thirty-one locations will participate in the third annual Lifesaver’s Challenge. The friendly competition means the Whataburger store that brings in the most blood donors wins bragging rights and the traveling trophy for 2014. It also means every volunteer blood donor walks away with a coupon for a free Whataburger sandwich. Whataburger is helping to ensure that hospital patients receive their required blood transfusions this summer – a time when vacation schedules can create inconsistencies in blood donation appointments.

Timpson’s Whataburger-#746 located at 694 N. First St. is hosting a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22nd in the restaurant parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834.

If you are looking for a participating Whataburger blood drive in a city other than Center, visit carterbloodcare.org or call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834.

Potential blood donors can volunteer beginning at age 16 with a parent’s consent, and 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit for giving. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo ID each time they give. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information about donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients in 50-plus Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood transfusion services for more than 150 Texas health care facilities and provides more than 450,000 units of lifesaving blood components for patients annually. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.

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2014 S.C.S.P Playday Schedule - May 29, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

The 2014 S.C.S.P. Playday series is underway at the Shelby County Expo Center, Center, Texas. The first Playday was held Saturday, January 4th and includes 8 total events in the series. The following dates remain for this years schedule: August 9th. Exhibition Barrels is from 8:30am until 9:45am. The Playday starts at 10:00am and the cost is $10 per event. It includes barrels, straight aways, speed, poles, goat tying, and breakaway. Age groups are 0-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-18, and 19 & over. Coggins papers are required on all horses entering grounds. Contact Nat Klein at 936-598-8453 or 936-591-1760 or Carmen Hibbard at 936-488-1798 or email carmen_hibbard@yahoo.com.

During the 2013 series, a total of $18,000 was given away in prizes at the end of the series which included saddles, buckles, tack and more. The top 8 contestants and the top event winner in each age group receive end of the year awards. You must enter 3 or more events for High-Point awards. You must also enter 5 of the scheduled 8 Playdays to qualify for end of series awards. High point award in each age group will be given at every show and can only be received once in the series. New this year is an extra incentive award for seniors 50 and older.

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Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting - July 18, 2014
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.

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.

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The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans Monthly Meeting - June 30, 2014
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. Lynn Hartt will bring our program. We hope to charter the new Order of the Confederate Rose Chapter during our meeting. Anyone interested in joining the OCR is invited! 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."

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Center VFW Raises Money for One of Their Own - June 17, 2014
Submitted by Rodney Mathews

On Behalf of the Center Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) we would like to ask the people of Shelby County to come together and help us support one of our own, Kevin O'Connor. Kevin has been a firefighter for CVFD for 10 years, and during that time he also served as the department's training officer.

We will be selling chances on three guns to be given away with all proceeds going to the O'Connor family. You can contact any Center fireman to donate or to purchase tickets. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. We will be selling the tickets starting now through Saturday, August 2nd

Kevin had a heart attack in 2008 and since then has been diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. There is no cure or treatment for this condition other than a transplant.

Kevin is now on a transplant list to have a double lung transplant in Houston. He and his wife Saundra have temporarily relocated to Houston and will have to remain there for approximately one year.
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Open Door Baptist Church Summer Feeding Program - June 10, 2014
Submitted by Katie Washington

Al Davis with Open Door Baptist Church and Katie Washington with A Lift for Life Outreach, Dallas, Texas and who is a hometown resident of Center, Texas, would like for your children to join us for the Summer Feeding Program located at 900 Cotton Ford Road.

The Center will be open daily Monday through Friday, June 9th through August 22, 2014 from 8am until 2pm. Free breakfast from 8am until 10am. Free lunch from 12noon until 2pm. There will be activities.

Please come out and show your support for the children and our community. Donations to our Center are welcomed and needed.

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Piney Woods Family Outreach Summer Feeding Program - June 10, 2014
Submitted by Katie Washington

Bishop Martin with Piney Woods Family Outreach and Katie Washington with A Lift for Life Outreach, Dallas, Texas and who is a hometown resident of Center, Texas, would like for your children to join us for the Summer Feeding Program located at 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas, off of Loop 500 and Martin Luther King Drive.

The Center will be open daily Monday through Friday, June 9th through August 22, 2014 from 8am until 2pm. Free breakfast from 9am until 11am. Free lunch from 12noon until 2pm. There will be activities.

Please come out and show your support for the children and our community. Donations to our Center are welcomed and needed

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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

September 7th - Church Anniversary - 3pm (Pastor Cedric Grace)
October 27th-29th - Youth Revival - 7:30pm (Pastor Carlos Johnson)

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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!

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On-site Mammography Coming to Shelby County - June 10, 2014
Submitted by Ava Whitener

On-site Mammography Coming to Shelby County by appointment ONLY on July 22-23, 2014 at The Hope Project in Tenaha, Texas. Please call or email East Texas Health Access Network to pre-register or Ava Whitener, CHW409-384-2099 or ava.whitener@ethanresources.org.

You are eligible, if you:

  • Are a female, age 40-64 Uninsured
  • Do not have any breast symptoms or problems
  • Are not currently pregnant or nursing
  • Have a primary care physician
  • Have not been diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 2 years
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