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East Texas Poultry Festival Entertainment Committee Seeks Talent - August 28, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Fancher

The 39th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, is fast approaching. The Poultry Festival is slated for October 1, 2 and 3 and the Entertainment Committee chairs, Danny Paul and Sally Windham, are seeking volunteer talented artist to perform on the Frances Oates Stage, sponsored by Specter, Inc. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 1 will be “Big Tent Open Mic” open to anyone that wishes to share their talent.

Friday, October 2 is “Gospel Night” beginning at 5:30 p.m. All church choirs, praise teams, praise bands, youth choirs and individuals are welcome and Saturday, October 3 between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. music to feature soloist and local bands.

For more information or to schedule a time to perform please contact Sally Windham at 936-598-2923 or email at drwindham@sbcglobal.net.

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.
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Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 to Meet August 31st - August 28, 2015
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!

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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Poultry Festival Open Photography Show - August 27, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Poultry Festival Open Photography Show sponsored by Vieux Carre’ Photography, in conjunction with the 39th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, will be held at the office of Dr. Charles R. Collard, O.D. located next to the Rio Theatre on the downtown Center Square, October 1, 2 and 3, 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 19 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 Honorable Mention 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. 3, between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the exhibit location.

Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction and Tyson Foods.

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.

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VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary to Observe VJ Day - August 26, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

World War II came to an end with the formal surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay and this day has become known as VJ Day (Victory over Japan).

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold an observance on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the History Courthouse in Center. The program will begin at 10:30 am and the names of those from Shelby County lost in the pacific war that are buried overseas or still missing in action will be read. A memorial wreath will be laid by US Navy Veteran A. J. Procell who was aboard the USS North Carolina in Tokyo Bay and witnessed the signing 70 years ago. Taps will be played to end the program.

Questions call post quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976.

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Center Motor Company Relocation Sale - August 25, 2015
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Center Motor Company is having a moving sale. All Fords in stock will be 0% APR for 72 months and larger cash discount for a limited time. Call for more information, 936-598-3361.

Center Motor Company, a Ford dealer in Center, Texas offers new Ford Cars, Crossovers, SUVs, Trucks and Commercial Trucks. Currently located at 220 Shelbyville Street and soon moving to a new location on Hurst Street. Online at www.centermotorcompany.com

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A Texas Patriot In Your Family Tree: DRT to Help Find Texas Ancestors - August 24, 2015
Submitted by Maggie Casto

A Texas Patriot…someone who came to Texas or to the Republic of Texas before February 19, 1846. Is there one in your family tree? Get to know your Texas ancestors.

This Friday, August 28th, members of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will be at the First Ladies in Texas Building on the Courthouse square in Center from 1:00 to 4:00 to offer free research assistance in your quest for answers.

We can help you begin the search for your ancestors even if you know they came to Texas later than the days of the Republic.

For more information call Maggie at 248-3361 or just come to the building

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Sheriff's Department to Auction Vehicles - August 21, 2015
Submitted by Shad Sparks

Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to announce that the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will have two vehicles for auction. The two vehicles are a 2008 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor and a 2003 Chevy Tahoe with third row seating. Bids will be taken online through Public Surplus.

Go to www.publicsurplus.com then browse auctions within area click Texas then to select agency, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. There are photos of the vehicles that you can look at or feel free to come by the Sheriff’s Office and you can look at the vehicles in person.

If you have any questions call 936-598-5600 ask for the Sheriff or Chief Deputy Shad Sparks for more information.

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Shelby County Youth Football League Sign Ups - August 21, 2015
Submitted by Wendy Wilburn

Shelby County Football League will begin sign ups Tuesday, August 11th from 5-7 pm at the Center MS Cafeteria. The price will be $100 for tackle and $75 for flag. Ages are from 5-12.

Additional sign ups will be held on Tuesday August 18th and August 25th from 5-7 pm and on Saturday August 15th and August 22nd from 10 am -12 pm.

Last day to sign up will be Saturday Aug. 29th from 9 am - 1pm. All will be held at the Center MS Cafeteria.

For more information or questions please contact Greg Hubbard at 936-598-8433 or Wendy Wilburn at 936-332-2645.

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East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court Prepares for 2015 Scholarship Pageant - August 20, 2015
SC Chamber Press Release

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the East Texas Poultry Festival will be October 1-3 on the historic downtown square. One of several preliminary festivities is the Queen's Court Scholarship Pageant. The reigning East Texas Poultry Festival Queen Zoey Stuever will crown her successor on Saturday, September 26 on stage at Center High School.

The Queen's Court is comprised of young ladies entering their junior year in a Shelby County high school with a grade point average of 85 or above. According to Caroline Hutchins, committee chairman, information packets will be available with the start of school from the pageant School Sponsor on each high school campus. Students should listen for announcements on their own campus.

The East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court program encompasses a month of activities. The committee creates informational events for the candidates and their escorts to participate in to develop their interpersonal skills. The program develops responsibility, etiquette, interview skills, conversation skills and their individual personality in varied settings.

The Queen's Court season is made possible in part by Shelby Savings Bank. The Poultry Festival is presented by Farmers State Bank. Festival Gold Sponsors are City of Center, Drewery Construction and Tyson Foods.

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.

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Shelby County Beekeepers Club to Host Extension Specialist Speaker - August 19, 2015
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn McSwain

The Shelby County Beekeepers Club is hosting a program on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room featuring Mary Reed, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Apiary Inspector.

Ms. Reed will be presenting “Honey Bees, Agriculture, and the Law: The Role Texas Apiary Inspection Service Plays in Safeguarding the Apiary Industry” and answering questions regarding beekeeping in Texas.

Ms. Reed is the newest Apiary Inspector for the state of Texas. Before coming to Texas, she received a B.S. in Entomology from the University of Florida and has spent 5 years researching plant diseases that impact the agricultural industry. She is excited to be here working with beekeepers of all levels and looks forward to hearing about Shelby County beekeeping. The public is invited to attend this informative program, and there is no fee to participate.

For more information on Shelby County Beekeepers Club contact Mike Bordelon 936-332-4457 or cmb1@eastex.net regarding club information or Lane Dunn, CEA-Ag/NR jldunn@ag.tamu.edu and Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at 936-598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu regarding Extension resources/information on beekeeping.

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Iraq War Veterans to be Remembered in VFW Ceremony - August 17, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

August 31st, 2010 marked the official end to US Combat Operation in Iraq and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have added it to their commemorative calendar to insure the patriotism and sacrifices of this generation are never forgotten by the American people.

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary invite all Iraq Veterans and the public to a remembrance program to be held at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse, Monday, August 31st at 10:30 am.

If you are an Iraq War Veteran and would like to participate in the wreath laying please contact post quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 or email chief@chiefimaging.com.

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Center Noon Lions Club announces 2015 Jeep Wrangler Fundraiser - August 13, 2015
Submitted by Danny Foster

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 3, 2015 at the 39th 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.

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38th Annual Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Dinner - August 13, 2015
Submitted by Reese Monroe

The 38th Annual Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Dinner will be held September 12, 2015 at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner starts at 6:30pm, and the live auction is at 8pm.

Dinner will be an all-you-can-eat buffett prepared by Pineywoods Seafood of large shrimp, as in, them some "biggins", catfish, chicken strips, sides which make seafood great and choice of two desserts. Tickets are $35 for singles and $55 for couples.

Sponsor tables are available which includes banquet tickets, meals, DU memberships, and more! Pick your level: Gold, Silver or Bronze. Also available are dinner table sponsorships.

Take advantage of the early bird "Dream Gun Giveaway" which will have only 200 tickets sold, 3 winners with their choice of up to 60 guns. Need not be present to win.

Come enjoy a night of live auction, silent auction, raffle items, games, seafood, open bar, and fun!

For more information and tickets, stop by and visit with Reese Monroe at Monco Motors or purchase online at the following Link

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Center ISD to Host Hunter Education Course - August 13, 2015
Submitted by Jessica Shadix, flyer

A Hunter Education Course is being offered to students, staff, and the community on Saturday, August 29th from 9am-1pm in the Center High School Cafetorium. Feel free to pass along this information to family and friends!

We ask that all interested pre-register by August 14th by e-mailing me at Jessica.shadix@centerisd.org with their name, age, and phone number so that we can prepare materials for the day.

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Gardner Family Reunion 2015 - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Samuel Gardner

The Gardner Family Reunion 2015 is scheduled for Saturday,12pm - 03 October 2015 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: “Celebrating the links to our past & the bridge to our future”. This year colors is Gold Shirts with Purple writing.

We highly encourage all family and friends of the Gardner’s to attend this historic event. Needing more information please contact Sergeant First Class (Retired Army) Samuel C. Gardner for details at 936-553-1977.

Do hope to see you there!

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Tri County Head Start to Host Annual Resource Fair - July 8, 2015
Submitted by Saundra Christopher

Mark you calender for Tri-County Head Start’s second 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 30, 2015 at the Old Elementary School Cafeteria at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas from 5 PM until 7 PM.

Each vendor is asked to bring their own table, 2 door prizes and any information that you want the community to know about the services you provide .

If you are interested in participating as a vendor email at schristopher@tricountycommaction.org or for more information call Saundra Christopher at (936) 657-4740).

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Center Learning Academy Offering FREE Enrollment - August 28, 2015
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Center Learning Academy (CLA) is offering FREE enrollment for the month of August. Applications are being accepted for infants 6 weeks through 13 years of age. CLA offers after school care and pick up from the Center ISD and accepts CCS.

Hurry! Limited sports available. Offer ends August 31st. For more information please call 936-598-3708.

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CVFD to Host "Filling the Boot" for MDA - August 28, 2015
Submitted by Rodney Mathews

The Center Volunteer Fire Department will be on the Square "Filling the Boot" for Muscular Distrophy (MDA) on Saturday, August 29th.

Please stop by and give a donation to help us raise money for MDA.

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Folsom Cemetery Homecoming - August 27, 2015
Submitted by Danny Windham

The annual homecoming and dinner on the grounds for Folsom Cemetery will be held the third Sunday in September (September 20, 2015) beginning at noon.

All are invited to bring your lunch and donations for the perpetual fund on this date. Effective October 1 any glass ornaments or vases will be removed from the gravesides as well as items that do not pertain the the marker.

Any barriers around the gravesite will be removed as well. This is to allow the groundskeeper to access the areas to be groomed with greater ease.
Donations can be mailed to 406 Cora St. Center, Tx 75935.

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4th Annual Chicken Run/Walk Benefiting CASA - August 26, 2015
Submitted by Anna Stuever

Time to dust off your capes and lace up your running shoes. The 4th Annual Chicken Run benefiting CASA will be Saturday, October 3rd. Wearing your superhero gear is highly encouraged!

Sign up online at Entry Form

While we prefer online registration, you can download the registration form at Entry Form

Completed forms and entry fees can be dropped off at Shelby Savings Bank and Center Floral.

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Daily Bakery and Tortilleria New Member Ribbon Cutting - August 25, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them at a New Member Ribbon Cutting for Daily Bakery & Tortilleria and owners, Omar and Edey Rivera on Friday, August 28th at 10:00 a.m. Daily Bakery & Tortilleria is located at 812 Shelbyville Street in Center.

Free coffee and bread will be offered during the Ribbon Cutting.

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

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Center Youth Cheerleading Sign Ups - August 21, 2015
Submitted by Triquina Polley

Center Youth Cheer will start sign-ups this weekend at the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Ages 3-12. Cost is $65 per child. Sign Up dates as follow:

Saturday August 22 10am-12pm
Tuesday August 25 5pm-7pm
Saturday August 29 10am-12pm

For more information or questions, please call Triquina Polley at (936)332-2364

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. September Board Meeting - August 18, 2015
Submitted by Latisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015 in Center, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Central Office located (214 Nacogdoches St.) Center, 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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Center Athletic Boosters Mega Fundraiser - August 14, 2015
Submitted by Ben Wulf

Shelby Savings Bank is sponsoring a MEGA Fundraiser to benefit the Center Athletic Boosters.

Buy a chance to win one of five prizes: a 2015 Polaris Ranger Crew, Camouflage with power steering and radio roof, Blue Bug Crawfish Boiler (Propane cooker, 1 bag capacity), Portacool Cyclone 2000, Yeti Hopper Soft-Sided 20 Quart cooler, $200 gift card to Academy Sports and Outdoors.

The drawing will be held at the final 2015 home game (October 30th).

Tickets are $20 each or (6) for $100. Athletic Boosters Members are Ben Wulf, Deuce Wulf, Matt Mettauer, Rose Jenkins, Jesse Ruiz, Wil Blackshear, Channing Daniels, Mike Bird, Ashley Wulf, Chelsea Holloway, and Chris Watlington. Tickets will be sold at all Varsity Home Football Games.

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Gaddy's to Host Blood Drive - August 17, 2015
Submitted by Connie Weaver

Gaddy's Medical Equipment and Supplies will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, September 2nd beginning at 9:30am and running through 12:30pm.

To sign up for a donation, please contact Rachel Bradshaw at (936)590-4464 or at www.giveblood.org using the sponsor code: 7399.

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Center HS Class of 1960 Plans 55th Reunion - August 13, 2015
Submitted by Nancy Pederson

Members of the Center High School Class of 1960 will celebrate their 55th reunion from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 10th, at the Windham Civic Center. All class members and their guests are invited to the party.

Sandwiches and other finger foods, ice, water and sodas will be provided for the BYOB event. No fee will be charged, but donations will be accepted.

Class members who have not received an email about the event should send email addresses or phone numbers to LaNell McSwain Dykes, dykesjoe@directv.net or 936-598-9335, to obtain information about the gathering.

E-mail addresses are needed for Christine Borders, Glenn Campbell, Jerry Conway, Grayford Corder, Dexter Davis, Omie Yarbrough Hagler, Thelma Smith Hinton, Jeanne Motley Howard, Joan Fults Johnson, Carolyn Horne Lamb, Freddy Lawrence, Bobby Lout, Martha Shadowens Lout, Charles Matthews, Marvin Oliver, Mary Lynn Gillis Paxton, Wayne Perry, Gilbert Raines, Haron Russell, Billy Wiggins.

Please RSVP for the October get-together to LaNell, dykesjoe@directv.net, who is on the planning committee with Polly Barron Smith, Virginia Lampley Watlington, Betty Windham Miller and Sue Smith Williams.

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Center Alumni Committee Seeking Nominations for Hall of Honor - August 3, 2015
Submitted by Jason Locke

The CHS Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Honor Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Nominations must be received by Monday, September 7th.

Please see the attached sheet that shows the Criteria and Mailing Address for all nominations. Also attached is a copy of the 2015 Homecoming Schedule.

The HOH Award will be presented during the CHS Annual Alumni Association Meeting on Saturday, October 10th (9am-noon).

Nominations
Homecoming

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Center A.A. Meeting Schedule - July 31, 2015
Submitted by Alcoholics Anonymous

Center A.A. meets every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30 pm in the meeting area of Church of Christ 110 Hurst St. Center, Texas 75935.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution, does not wish to engage in any controversy, and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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Scholarships and Cash Available Through VFW Youth Essay Programs - July 20, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

During the dog days of summer Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary invite area Junior High and High School students to start thinking about entering one of the youth essay programs available to them. Home schooled students are also eligible to enter.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy Program has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program for high school students in grades 9 – 12. Students compete by writing and recording to a CD a broadcast script of 3 – 5 minutes on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “My Vision for America”.

The Patriot’s Pen program gives students in grades 6 – 8 an opportunity to write a 300 – 500 word essay expressing their views on democracy. This year’s theme is “What Freedom Means to Me”.

Nationally the Patriot’s Pen winner receives $5,000 cash and the Voice of Democracy winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. The first step is at the post level where the winner will advance to district competition and then to the state level. Each state winner is given an all-expense paid trip to Washington D. C. to compete in the national finals. Winners receive cash and/or scholarships at each level.

Entry forms will be given to all area schools shortly after the beginning of the 2015 – 16 school year. You can however get a jump on things by picking up an entry form at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha St. in Center. Entries are due to Post Quartermaster Larry Hume (598-2976) by November 1st, 2015. To learn more about the programs and meet last year’s winners go to:

http://www.vfw.org/Community/Programs/

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DRT Announces the Upcoming Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market - July 10, 2015
Submitted by Maggie Casto

The Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market! If you've attended the past markets, you know what to expect. If you haven't, this will be a good year to start.
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold the 2015 Christmas shopping extravaganza on Friday and Saturday, November 6 - 7 at the John D. Windham Civic Center on Express Boulevard in Center.

Chapter Vice-president Judy Lee is the 2015 Chairperson.

Vendor information may be obtained by e-mailing pineconeandmistletoe@gmail.com, via message on Facebook or by calling Judy Lee at 936-488-1601. Booth spaces are being leased now so reserve your booth soon.

Proceeds from this event helps the DRT Chapter give scholarships to each of the Shelby County High Schools and fund other local projects.

Once again, November 6-7, Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market. Save the date.

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Preserving Our Legacy: C. H. Daniels High School Reunion - July 1, 2015
Submitted by Joan Garrett

The C.H. Daniels School Reunion will be held the weekend before Labor Day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 4, 5, 6 2015, in Center, TX at the Windham Center Civic Center. The prices are $40.00(singles) or $75.00(Couples) for a lunch, dinner, and dancing.

There will be games with prizes and a photo corner. There will be t-shirts ordered. We suggest you wear during the day. A brief program will be held at the dinner.

Please send checks or money order made out to: Daniels School Reunion to address below no later than July 27, 2015 so adequate arrangementrs can be made. We need your responses and suggestions also. Please send to: Shirley Hewitt c/o School Reunion 1500 Brooks St. Center, TX 75935.

Accommodations: The room rates for the weekend are being negotiated at Holiday Inn Express and Sleep Inn in CENTER, TX. Other hotels are available.

The Classes of 1964 and 1965 will be recognized and receive their Golden Class Certificates (50 year anniversary) so we expect their full participation this year. See you there.

Letters have been sent to the addresses we have on file. If you did not get one, please accept this email or send us your address. We want everyone to attend.

Need more information or questions please contact:
Joyce Johnson, 936-591-8332 / 936-591-1379; joycejohnson2009@hotmail.com;
Joan Garrett, 281-437-0427; jgmssrcty@aol.com; Shirley Hewitt, 936-598-9013
Juanita Williams-McClelland in Dallas: 214-372-2392; byrdwms@hotmail.com

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Center HS Alumni Association Announces 2015 Homecoming Calendar Dates - June 11, 2015
Submitted by Jason Locke

CHS Homecoming Pep Rally – will be Friday, October 9th at 3pm in the CHS Gym.
CHS Homecoming Game – will be Friday, October 9th at 7:30pm vs. Spring Hill.
CHS Annual Alumni Association Meeting – will be Saturday, October 10th at the Windham Civic Center from 9am-noon. Hall of Honor-Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented during the meeting.
CHS Homecoming Parade – will be Saturday, October 10th at 4pm on the Downtown Center Square (participants line up at Farmer’s Bank Drive Through).

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Joaquin Class of 1965 to Hold 50th year Class Reunion - August 26, 2015
Submitted by Emily Pleasant

The Joaquin Class of 1965 will be having their 50th year class reunion at the Hampton Inn located in Center on Saturday, October 3rd starting at 12."

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Joaquin Youth Football and Cheer Signups - August 24, 2015
Submitted by Mindy Bragg

Signups will be held at FBC Haslam on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 25th 5:00-6:30
Thursday, August 27th 5:00-6:30
Saturday, August 29th 11:00-1:00

Cost: Tackle $85, Flag $50, Cheer $80

Players and cheerleaders must be present at signups to be fitted for uniforms.

Players bring birth certificates to registration.

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Hunter Education to be Held At Shelbyville High School - August 18, 2015
Submitted by Debbie Gilchrist

Hunter Education Course to be offered at Shelbyville High School Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

It is a six hour class that is required for individuals born after Sept. 2, 1971, to hunt independently.

Cost of the class is $15 and a light lunch will be provided. Call the High School office 936-598-7323 for more information.

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Timpson Band Booster BBQ Fundraiser - August 28, 2015
Submitted by Nikki Fleming

The Timpson Band Boosters are holding a BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Timpson Fire Hall beginning at 11am. We will be selling BBQ Chicken cooked by the Shelby County Cookers, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Bread, Dessert and a can drink for only $8!

We appreciate everyone's support of our Bear Band!

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Penrod and the Million-Dollar Cowboys to Hold Concert in Nacogdoches - August 25, 2015
Submitted by David Stallings

Jake Penrod and his Million-Dollar Cowboys will return to Nacogdoches to perform a concert and dance at Appleby Sand Mercantile Cafe’, 6530 FM 2609,
on Saturday, September 12. Doors will open and food service begins at 6pm with music from 7-10pm.

Mr. Penrod’s name is becoming increasingly-familiar with country music fans in Texas and nationally. A relative newcomer, the singer has quickly earned a reputation as a master of honky-tonk music, who not only sings and writes, but can also play just about any instrument you hand him. In 2013, he released an album of original material titled Closer To Me. The album showcases Penrod’s songwriting ability as well as musicianship across an array of different styles of honky-tonk music. He wrote each song on the album and played every instrument in authentic honky-tonk fashion, proving he knows his stuff when it comes to traditional country music, and earning the title of “King of Texas Twang.”

A native of Brownsboro, Texas, he first became interested in country music as a child when he saw a commercial for a Hank Williams record album on television.

Jake attracted national attention as a featured guest on RFDTV’s TruCountry, and was a regular cast member on RuralTV’s Texas Pickin’ Party where he not only sang, but was also the program’s pedal steel guitarist. He has performed as country music icon Hank Williams, Sr. in the off-Broadway play Lost Highway and in his self-penned road show Hank Williams Remembered.

He is a country music traditionalist who believes moving forward doesn’t necessarily mean leaving the past behind. “There were a lot of great ones before me,” he says. “There’s still a lot you can do with what they started. These new guys, they’re creating something new and different, and that’s great, but we can’t forget where we came from. If country music is going to carry on, you have to keep the roots alive.” Jake identifies with fellow Texas Honky-Tonker, Dale Watson, and has embraced the Ameripolitan genre as his own. Jake was nominated in 2014 for “Honky Tonk Male Artist of the Year” for the second annual Ameripolitan Music Awards. (ameripolitan.com)

At an imperially slim 6-feet-two-inches, decked out in a suit and tie, and crowned with his signature Stetson, Jake Penrod even looks like a flashback to country music’s heyday. He gives credit to fellow Texan Ernest Tubb for inspiring his style. “He always looked like a million bucks. His band, too.” Jake was recently featured on a story by CBS News about the Texas Dance Halls and said of his style of country music, “if the kind of music I play is going to survive, this is where it will carry on.”

Jake Penrod and his Million-Dollar Cowboys can be seen regularly in the dance halls and honky-tonks throughout Texas. His hardcore honky tonk band and powerful, Ray-Price-like tenor vocals pierce through the loudest of barrooms and keep dancers on their feet all night. “There’s not a lot of downtime in our shows,” he says. “These people show up to dance.”

Tickets for the event are priced at $15 each and are available at Appleby Sand Mercantile Cafe’. A buffet will be available for $10 beginning at 6pm. For information, please phone 936.554.5822 or 936.559.5151.

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Lake Area Beekeepers Association September Meeting - August 20, 2015
Submitted by Jill Vaughn

The Lake Area Beekeepers Association will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 running from 7pm to 9pm at the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce.

A guest speaker and snacks will be offered at the meeting.

Experienced and non-experienced beekeepers are invited to attend the meeting to continue the practice and promotion of beekeeping.

Buzz by, visitors and people who are interested in beekeeping are welcomed.

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An American Main Street Patriotic Event - July 20, 2015
Submitted by Glenda Harrison

Friday, September 11, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM, the City of San Augustine Main Street Program, San Augustine County, and San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce are hosting An American Main Street on the Square in historic downtown San Augustine. The primary purpose of this patriotic event is to recognize and support all First Responders, Law Enforcement, Veterans Organizations, EMTs, Game Wardens, etc. County-wide and to remember the victims of that tragic day, September 11, 2001. “We must never forget” seems even more relevant today, and showing our support for all those who work to protect our freedoms and our way of life and to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice (whether as innocents or in the line of duty) will be the foundation of this event with recognition/honor/remembrance ceremonies opening and closing (a moving candlelight salute to America with remembrance of those lost) the event.

Between the ceremonial portions of the evening, we will celebrate “life on Main Street America” to “bring home” the spirit and patriotism that are the treasures we defend and to bring to life the symbolic statement that “no one can take this away from us!”. Food, music, childrens’ games, will be provided, all free to the public.

Melodies on Main Street will feature two local talented artists, presenting patriotic as well as other traditional music. Wayne Holt will entertain for the first set, and Charles Delaney (the well-known golden voice of patriotism in these parts) for the second set. The artwork of a Mixed Media Art Contest will be on display and the winners will be recognized. A Call For Entries is available

So, come, enjoy good ole American hot dogs, sit back and listen to an inspiring outdoor concert and enjoy the fellowship of your friends and neighbors, all the while lending your support to those who work to keep us safe and honor America. Each responder unit/department, veteran organization, etc. will be receiving an “honor piece” to display as they see fit. Each piece will be matted and will be available for all who attend and wish to do so to sign the mat and “pen your thanks and support” for their presence in our community. So, mark your calendars now to spend a Friday evening in September in downtown San Augustine, where patriots will be gathered!

Event contact info: Glenda Harrison, email bestwitch@aol.com, 936-596-8411; Tracy Cox, email sanaugustinemainstreet@gmail.com , 936-201-9798

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