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East Texas Disciples to Hold Monthing Monthly - July 2, 2015
Submitted by Paul Ragan

The East Texas Disciples chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association will have their regular monthly meeting on the 1st Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at T&R Steaks & More.

The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM. CMA is a Christian ministry focused primarily but not exclusively toward motorcyclists.

You are welcome to visit our meetings to learn more about CMA. We hope to see you at our meeting.

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Times Running Out for What-A-Melon Festival Sponsorship Opportunities - July 2, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

What-A-Melon Festival Sponsorships are still available! If you would like to have your name on the large sponsorship banner under the Big Tent, the deadline is Friday, July 3rd. To become a sponsor, call Misty Wilburn at 936-598-5651 or email Misty at mwilburn@portacool.com.

The What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by the Center Rotary Club and helps fund the clubs donation budget for the year. Rotary donates to Shelby County CASA, Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, Center Youth Sports, Seniors Who Make a Difference, Project Graduation, Center ISD Backpack program, Shelby County Outreach Ministries Ensure program, Shelby County Cookers, Scouts, etc.

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What-A-Melon Festival Largest Watermelon Contest - July 2, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Attention watermelon growers: It's time to enter your best into the Largest Watermelon Contest! The weigh-in will be held on the last day of the festival, Saturday, July 11th. The deadline for entry into the biggest event of the festival is Friday, July 3rd.

Entry forms can be obtained at Brookshire Brothers Grocery and Boles Feed or download here. All completed forms will need to be returned by the deadline date. Entry forms can be mailed to: Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to (936) 591-8884. Entry forms can also be hand delivered to Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center.

Watermelons MUST be grown in SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS, and be attached to the vine when judges assign numbers. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make sure that the entry form is received by the July 3, 2015 deadline. An official with the festival will contact the contestant on the entry form to set up a time to mark and record your entry in the contest.

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SCCAC Asking for Help With Back to School Supplies - July 1, 2015
Submitted by Denise Merriman

The school year is just around the corner and the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center wants you to help child abuse victims in need by providing them with a backpack.

There are two ways to donate: buy a backpack yourself and fill it with basic school supplies OR a $25 donation will sufficiently provide one child with a pack and supplies.

Take backpacks to the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, 220 Field St. Center, Texas from 9-3 Monday thru Thursday and 9-12 on Friday. Call us at 590-9864.

Please give by August 3rd. The children receiving these backpacks all benefit from life-changing programs made available by the SCCAC.

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Tri- County Announces Harvest for Homes Holiday Schedule - July 1, 2015
Submitted by LaTisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action “Harvest for Homes” Food Pantry will be closed Thursday July 2
Will open on Thursday July 9.

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4C Electrical Services Relocation Ribbon Cutting - June 30, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a relocation ribbon cutting for 4C Electrical Services and owner Scooter Clark on Friday, July 10th at 9:00 a.m. 4C Electrical Services is located at 1595 Southview Circle in Center.

4C has a team of ten electricians and can meet industrial, commercial and residential electrical needs of any size.

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

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Saving a Generation Summer Day Camp - June 29, 2015
Submitted by Donna Martin

Pineywoods Outreach Center is hosting 'Saving a Generation Summer Day Camp' from July 7th through August 11th. Register anytime before the July 7th camp start date. If you need more information, please contact Donna Martin at 936-332-0701.

Pineywoods Outreach Center is located at 225 Haley Avenue, Center, Texas.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic - June 26, 2015
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Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic one Thursday each month and every fourth Saturday from 10-3p. The next clinic will take place on Saturday, June 27th at Tractor Supply in Center, Texas located at 1155 Tenaha Street. We offer dog/cat vaccines, heartworm tests/prevention, flea/tick prevention, microchips, and nail trims.

Now offering low cost spay/ neuter and pets must have appointment for surgery. Information can be found at www.dehartvetservices.doodlekit.com or call 903-590-7722. For questions: dehartveterinaryservices@yahoo.com or call 903-590-7722.

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Farm Service Agency Public Meetings Scheduled - June 23, 2015
Submitted by Tina Cofford

Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby Farm Service Agency will conduct public meetings to discuss the County Committee election / nomination process and other FSA assistance programs as well as FSA farm loan programs. Agency representatives will be available to answer any questions regarding all programs available to producers. The meetings will be held on the following dates at the listed places:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Dean’s Hardware in Joaquin
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse, Suite 170

Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the NRCS Office in San Augustine
Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Bear’s Country Diner in Broaddus

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in these meetings should contact Lance Jacobs at 936-564-5891 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or email lance.jacobs@tx.usda.gov before the meeting date.

For more information about County Committees or the Farm Loan Program please contact the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA at
936-564-5891 Ex. #2 or visit FSA online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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Public Hearing on Shelby County Appraisal District Budget - June 19, 2015
Submitted by Angie Wright

The Shelby County Appraisal District will hold a public hearing on their proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

The public hearing will be held on July 7, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the appraisal district office, 724 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas.

A summary of the appraisal district budget follows:
2016 Proposed Budget - $724,453
Increase over current budget - $55,699
Employees compensated under current budget - 8
Employees compensated under proposed budget - 8

The appraisal district is supported solely by payments from the local taxing units served by the appraisal district.

If approved by the appraisal district board of directors at the public hearing, this proposed budget will take effect automatically unless disapproved by the governing bodies of the county, school districts, cities and towns served by the appraisal district.

A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection in the office of each of those governing bodies. A copy is also available for public inspection at the appraisal district office.

Shelby county Appraisal District
724 Shelbyville Street
Center, Texas
(936) 598-6171

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26th Annual What-A-Melon Festival Brings Summer Fun Downtown - June 15, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

The 26th Annual What-A-Melon Festival is coming to downtown Center on July 9th, 10th, and 11th. The three day event will feature carnival rides, vendor booths, a pet show, a pageant, 5K What-A-Melon Crawl, live entertainment, and lots of great fun!

A full slate of activities are planned for this year’s event. The festival starts Thursday, July 9th with gates opening at 5pm. Enjoy carnival rides, a variety of vendors, and live music under the big tent. Thursday night's entertainment includes a line up of great gospel music!

The fun continues Friday with rides starting at 3pm. A crowd favorite, the What-A-Melon Pet Show, will be held Friday, July 10th under the big tent followed by more live entertainment. Registration for the pet show starts at 5:30pm with the show at 6pm. Bring your favorite pet to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire. No farm animals, pets only.

Come downtown early Saturday, July 11th with the 4th Annual 5K What-A-Melon Crawl starting at 7am. Each year proceeds from the 5K benefit a local group or organization and this year proceeds will benefit Shelby County Outreach Ministries. The 5K has helped in the past the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, the Center Softball Association, and Shelby County Scouting.

You won’t want to miss the festival's Watermelon Seed Spitting and Speed Eating contests which are held Saturday, July 11th under the big tent at 4pm. Don't leave after the seed spitting and speed eating because the 'biggest' event of the festival starts at 5pm when weighing in of Shelby County's biggest watermelons begins. Find out who wins the honor of growing Shelby County's Largest Watermelon and big money!

The cutest watermelon attire will take the stage at 6pm Saturday during the Annual What-A-Melon Pageant! Girls 0-15 years and boys 0-5 years compete in their favorite watermelon or summer attire. Following the pageant, live entertainment once again takes the stage.

A full slate of activities are planned for this year’s event and you won’t want to miss it. What-A-Melon Festival entry buttons will be available at the festival entry gates on Thursday evening. Buttons are $4 and are good for entry to the festival for all three days. Children five and under get in free.

Craft and merchandise vendor spaces are still available. Email whatamelonfestival@gmail.com for more information or to request a vendor application.

The What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by the Center Rotary Club.

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2015 What-A-Melon Run 5K and Walk - May 26, 2015
Submitted by Anna Lee

Updated with pictures

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Bank to Hand out Ice Cream to Kick Off 4th of July Holiday - July 2, 2015
Submitted by Whitney Burgay

Shelby Savings Bank will be handing out Free Ice Cream at our branch on Hurst Street in Center on Friday, July 3rd. Come see us and start your 4th of July weekend off right!

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Max Showing at RIO Theatre Starting July 3rd, Closed for Festival Downtown - July 1, 2015
Composed by J.J. Ford

Starting Friday, July 3, 2015 at the RIO Theatre is Max a story about a dog that helps US Marines in Afghanistan but returns to the US following a traumatic experience. He is adopted by his handler's Texas family. A bond is formed as both family and dog work through their loss and embark on an adventure together. Max is PG-rated. It contains serious subjects in a family friendly tone.

Max will show through Tuesday, July 7th and the RIO will be closed during the What-A-Melon Festival which is downtown July 9th, 10th, and 11th. Due to a standard movie company policy, movies are only released to a theatre for showing on Fridays, the RIO Theatre will open on the following Friday after the festival, July 17th.

Mike and Anita Akinson express their appreciation to the community for supporting them continually for their many years of owning the RIO and look forward to seeing you Friday, July 17, 2015. Happy 4th of July and enjoy the What-A-Melon Festival activities!

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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 Floral to Host Ribbon Cutting For New Owner - June 30, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting at Center Floral with new owner, Elizabeth Pinkston, on Wednesday, July 1st at 10:00 a.m. Center Floral is located at 333 Tenaha Street in Center.

In addition to beautiful flowers and plants, Center Floral offers a variety of unique personal and gift items. Wedding shower and house warming selections are welcome.

The public is invited to attend.

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

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Shelby Savings Bank to Host Blood Drive - June 26, 2015
Submitted by Whitney Burgay, Flyer

Shelby Savings Bank will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, July 8th from 9am to 1:30pm.  All donors will receive t-shirts.

Please contact Sandra Gray at 936 598 6123 for more information.

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ETPOA to Host Blood Drive at Civic Center - June 26, 2015
Submitted by Walter Shofner

The East Texas Peace Officers Association will be hosting a blood drive on June 29th, 2015 from 10am until 2:30pm. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's moblie donor coach will be at the John D. Windham Civic Center park lot for those wishing to donate blood.

Each donor will recieve a $5 Starbucks card.

For more information contact Walter Shofner at (936)591-6050

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 282 June Meeting - June 26, 2015
Submitted by Jim Barrett

Monday, June 29, 2015 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, June 29, 2015 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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Summer Reading Program to Feature Firemen, Game Warden - June 24, 2015
Submitted by Sandra Davis, Library Director

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will present two Summer Reading Programs on Thursday, June 25th. The Center Fire Department will provide the program for the younger children, ages 4-8 years, at 10:30 a.m. The Tweens, ages 9-12, will be given camping and survival tips by Texas Game Warden Anthony King.

Event Schedules and Reading Logs are still available at the Library. The Library's Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.

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Shelby Savings Bank to Host Business After Hours - June 23, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Fancher

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shelby Savings Bank will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, June 23 from 5pm to 6:30pm at the main branch located at 111 Selma St.

Shelby Savings encourages wearing bright colors for a luau theme and refreshments will be served. Employees will also be on hand to demonstrate the new deposit ATM, help with mobile deposit and downloading the bank app.

Chamber members are asked to bring their business cards to exchange and be eligible for door prizes.

For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com
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Benefit for Brooklyn Oliver at Trades Days - June 18, 2015
Submitted by Catherine Livingston

Benefit for Brooklyn Faith Oliver who at age 6 suffered from an anoxic brain injury during an asthma attack on September 3, 2011. Many Doctors told them there was no hope for Brooklyn to recover at all... BUT Praise the Lord, we serve an Awesome Healer!!

She came out of her coma and stayed at the rehab for 4 more months until she was well enough to be released for Home Therapy. She is still partaking in 9 therapy sessions a week to learn everyday living and rehab. She has been partaking in rehab therapies to walk again.

June 2016 she will have an extensive back surgery and rehabilitation the entire summer. This will be a 'Big Step' in Brooklyn's journey to walk again. The family will be needing funds for traveling, lodging at the Ronald McDonald House and meals. Please join us in being a part of Brooklyn's Healing. We walk by faith and not by sight. Team Brooklyn

Catherine Livingston is hosting a Benefit for Brooklyn Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Wulf Center Trades Days on Hurst Street, in Center TX.

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Center ISD Sponsoring Book for Kids, Mobile Library on Tuesdays - June 15, 2015
Submitted by Virginia Lemoine

Exciting news this summer! This summer, Center ISD will have a Book Mobile delivering books available to check out just like our FLM, CES, CIS, and CMS compus libraries.

The Book Mobile locations and times are as follows: Union Acres (9-9:30am), Pecan Grove (9:45-10:15am), Hidden Creek Trailer Park (10:20-10:50am), Burmese Apt. on Shelbyville Street (10:55-11:25am), Holly Creek on San Augustine Street (11:35-12:05pm), Arcadia Road (12:10-12:40pm).

The Book Mobile will come every Tuesday during June and July so children can continue their summer reading and be ready for a successful school year in the fall. They check out a book on Tuesday and return it the next Tuesday so they are ready to check out again!

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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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Sam Samford Lodge to Install Officers - June 11, 2015
Submitted by John Green

Sam Samford Masonic Lodge 149 will have the installation of officers for the Masonic year July the 18th at 6:30pm. It will be an open meeting with covered dish.

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Center Band Boosters, No June Meeting - June 8, 2015
Submitted by Brad Nachman

Center Band Boosters will not have a June meeting. Any questions please contact 936-488-9292.

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2015 East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant - June 4, 2015
Submitted by Shelia Burch

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

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

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

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

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Strong Cemetery Lawncare and Price Change Notice - July 2, 2015
Submitted by Strong Cemetery Committee Association

Effective June 1st, 2015 Strong Cemetery will be raising the cost of the plots to $500.00 each. We will also have copy of the By-Laws that outlines the rules for the cemetery posted at the front gate of the Cemetery under the gazebo.

If you have any items in the cemetery that does not pertain to the marker please remove them by July 31st, 2015.

It has come to our attention that these are becoming a problem for our caretaker to mow around. If the items are not removed by the 31st of July they will be removed by the Strong Cemetery Committee Association.

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Huxley Bay Marina’s 2nd Annual 4th of July Celebration - July 2, 2015
Submitted by Shasta Miller

Huxley Bay Marina is hosting the 2nd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4th from 10am until 11pm.

Attractions include a waterslide, volleyball, horseshoes, craft vendors, carnival style games, dunking booth, live music from Steel Country, and much more! Bring the whole family and enjoy popping fireworks with us at dusk.

Huxley Bay Marina is located at 13200 FM 2694, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. Click for event flyer.

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Old Home Baptist Church to Host Annual Cemetery Homecoming - June 29, 2015
Submitted by Linda Smith

Old Home Baptist Church will be hosting the annual Cemetery Homecoming Sunday, July 12 at 10:00 AM.

The cemetery meeting will be followed by Special Music and Worship Service.

Everyone bring a covered dish for the lunch that will follow afterwards. If you are unable to attend, donations can be sent to Old Home Cemetery - 1273 CR 3689, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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East Texas Chopper Guys Father's Day Run - June 10, 2015
Submitted by Marsha Cooper

East Texas Chopper Guys (ETCG) Father's Day Run that will be held on June 19, 2015 at the Boles Field Campground on FM 2694. The entry fee will be $20.

Come on Friday night and camp with us at the Boles Field, the run will starting at 9am with everyone leaving Boles Field for a ground ride to the Space Shuttle Museum in Hemphill, Texas.

This Event will be for the benefit of the Space Shuttle Museum in Hemphill. ETGC T-shirts will be available for $10 each.

At 1pm, TMRA will be holding a Area A meeting at Boles Field with a field meeting to follow.

For more information contact Dennis at (936)269-3394.

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Tenaha Celebrates Independence Day - June 29, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Fancher

Tenaha will have an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4th at Tenaha’s Tiger Stadium. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 520, Tenaha Businessmen’s Club and several other businesses in and out of Shelby County. The program is presented free of charge. The gates will open at 7:00 p.m. The Calvary Boys Trio will provide the entertainment at 8:00 p.m. followed by a large fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

The Tenaha Girls Basketball team will have the concession stand open selling chopped beef sandwiches, sausage and drinks. Lawn chair space is available.

For more information, please contact Linda Perry, Secretary of the Businessmen’s Club at 936-248-2681.

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Texas Magic Ambassador David Wonders on the Streets July 4th, Frontier Days - July 2, 2015
Submitted by Paul Smith

Timpson Frontier Days, July 2nd – July 5th, 2015

Texas Magic Ambassador David Wonders returns to Timpson Frontier Days, Saturday July 4th, from 12pm-8pm. David will be performing his Colorful Comedy & Magic Show at 2pm and 4pm on the main stage under the tent.

David and his silly side kick Billy Bird will visit with Frontier Days guest and perform his acclaimed Bodacious, Balloon Art; which is distinguished by sculptures are often larger than the recipient. Balloon art is FREE of charge to all festival guests, and adults need not be accompanied by a child to get a sculpture.

David Wonders was the residential balloon artist for the Delta Downs Casino in Vinton , LA for 3 years. David Wonders Mobile Magic & Bodacious Balloon Art is a feature of fairs & festivals all over Texas, and surrounding states. Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce invites all to come out and enjoy the fun and excitement of Frontier Days all three days.

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TCOC to Host Timpson Frontier Days - July 2, 2015
Submitted by Paul Smith

The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce their upcoming 2015 Frontier Days event. We're excited because this year has brought forth the largest listing of planned events, possibly in the history of Frontier Days. Our three day event kicks off with the Gospel Singing on Thursday evening, July 2nd and ends with the Community Wide Church Service on Sunday evening, July 5th.

This year, Frontier Days has carnival rides, midway, arts and crafts and food booths available for all three days. Musical entertainment starts Friday evening with performances by the talented Curtis Daniel and Dale Cummings.

Saturday's events include the Frontier Days Parade, Pet Show, Car Show and Gunfight re-enactments throughout the afternoon. An entertaining clown will be out and about, who can make any balloon animal your child could possibly ask for, and perform magic shows. Saturday evening's main entertainment will start off with Curtis Daniel singing country music that you can "scoot your boots to" on the downtown streets, right after the twirlers and cheerleaders perform.

Then, position yourself, there on the street, and get ready to watch a laser light show that rivals larger towns like Houston and Dallas. And of course, you will not want to miss the largest Cake Auction in Texas , held just before the Laser Light Show on Saturday. This year, we will finish up the evening, by kicking off the largest street dance ever, with music by the Charlie Robinson Band.

Entertainment is free, with the exception of carnival rides, the food booths and what you may spend in the Arts and Crafts section. You can help us pay for this year's Frontier Days events, by bidding on and purchasing a cake, during our cake auction or helping with a donation or a sponsorship. For more information and exact times on Frontier Days events, stay tuned to your local radio stations and watch your local newspaper listings. Posters will also be prominently displayed in businesses around town.

Hope everyone comes and joins the fun.

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Frontier Days Schedule of Events, July 2nd, 3rd, 4th - June 29, 2015

Armbands for reduced price on sale from Timpson Chamber of Commerce and can be purchased at Timpson Public Library. Armbands are good for one day only from 6pm – 10pm. Purchase tickets for all 3 days, if you wish. Advance tickets are $15.00 each / Tickets purchased from carnival booths are $18.00 each.

Thursday, July 2nd

6pm to 10pm - Carnival (Armband tickets honored)
7pm - Gospel Singing at First Baptist Church (Calvary Boys, Heritage Crossing, Broken Vessels)

Friday, July 3rd - Entertainment Downtown - Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy the music & do some dancing if you like.

6pm to 10pm - Carnival (Armband tickets honored)
6pm to 7:30pm - Curtis Daniel
7:30pm - Dale Cummings

Saturday, July 4th - Open with entertainment on stage throughout the day!

10am - Parade (In the parade? Line up in front of school at 9am. Everyone is welcome to participate.)

Best Decorated Bicycle, 12 & under only - 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $50, 3rd Prize $25
Frontier Days Theme Floats - Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

Immediately following parade

Pet Show
Car Show - 1st Prize $500, 2nd Prize $250, & Trophies (Everyone is welcome to enter, we would like you to participate in the Parade, after the Parade, drive to back street for Car Show.)

11am - Opening Ceremony, welcome, prayer, introduction of guest, food and craft booths
6pm to 10pm - Carnival (Armband tickets honored)
6pm - Twirlers & Cheerleaders
7pm - Curtis Daniel Live Entertainment
8pm - Cake Auction
9pm - Curtis Daniel
9:30pm - Laser Light Show (Come see the Largest Laser Light Show in East Texas. This is an award winning show normally only seen in larger cities.)
10pm - Street Dance - Charlie Robison

** Glown and magic shows all afternoon starting after the parade
** Gun Fight Reenactment in the Streets by Outlaws Gun Fighting Group (Four shows throughout the afternoon, times to be announced from stage) Starting at dusk, come see the Largest Laser Light Show in East Texas. This is an award winning show normally only seen in larger cities.

Sunday, July 5th

7pm - Sunday Community Service, under the Big Tent Downtown. Bring your lawn chairs and hear Bro Ronnie Sowell, pastor at Good Hope Baptist, deliver the message and Broken Vessels perform Southern Gospel Music.

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Lake Area Beekeepers Association July Meeting; Grove Guest Speaker - June 29, 2015
Submitted by Malcolm Weaver

The Lakes Area Beekeepers Association will meet Tuesday, July 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce building, located at 611 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, TX, 75972.

This month, Roger Floyd of Groveton, Texas, and the Pineywoods Beekeepers Association, will share his knowledge and experiences breeding and raising queen
bees.

Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping and promoting it in our area.

We have beginners and seasoned pros in our group, all of whom are more than happy to help others with their beekeeping needs.

Several of our members are also willing and able to help relocate bee colonies from homes, businesses, or trees.
Refreshments and desserts are served during a break. Please feel free to visit with us.

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SFA to Host Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament - June 25, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Campus Recreation will host the third annual Worsham Bass Fishing Tournament Saturday, June 27, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

All proceeds will benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation, established by the SFA Alumni Association.

Dr. Raymond “Ray” Worsham was director of the SFA Intramural Department for more than four decades. The scholarship honors Worsham’s dedication and his positive impact on the university. It will provide financial assistance to student employees of Campus Recreation.

Tournament participants can register online at www.sfaalumni.com/event/Bass2015; mail a registration form to the SFA Alumni Association; or register at the Jackson Hill Park and Marina boat ramp before the start of the tournament on Saturday.

Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third place, as well as in the “big bass” and “small bass” categories. Cost is $80 per boat with an optional $50 side pot.

For more information, contact Travis Lankford at lankfordtc@sfasu.edu or the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407.

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Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival, June 27th - June 25, 2015
Submitted by Robert Bashaw

For a second year, the Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival offers a day of family-friendly fun in the Deep East Texas Piney woods of Newton County’s Shankleville Community (www.shankleville.org). As with last year, the 2015 festival will feature lots of food vendors, including fried chicken, fried catfish, barbecue and (of course) purple hull peas. Vendors offering crafts, fresh produce and community information will also be on hand.

Live music will be provided by the Night Owls out of Beaumont, and a special appearance by the Purple Hull Pea Festival Band with members hailing from Newton County, Houston and the D-FW area.

Festival goers can also take advantage of walking tours of the historic Shankleville Community, which is featured in the Texas Historical Commission’s “African Americans in Texas” mobile tour and print travel guide. (Download the mobile tour app at www.AfricanAmericansinTexas.com)

The Festival Symposium is back too, with Hoover Alexander of the award-winning Hoover’s Cooking restaurant in Austin kicking things off with a cooking demonstration. Then, Nola McKey, former editor of Texas Highways Magazine will discuss her upcoming book, From Teacakes to Tamales: Third Generation Texas Recipes. Finally, Andrea Roberts of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project (www.facebook.com/TheTexasFreedomColoniesProject) will facilitate a discussion focused on collecting, recording and preserving community histories – both oral and built. The Texas Historical Commission will support the discussion, offering insight and materials for planning and implementing preservation projects, and John Crain of the Summerlee Foundation (www.summerlee.org) will provide tips for securing funding.

The Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival is organized by the Shankleville Historical Society, Inc., with financial and volunteer support from Newton County, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, the Office of State Representative James White, the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the Texas Historical Commission Preservation Trust Fund.

The festival will be at the A. T. and Addie Odom Homestead in the Shankleville Community on Saturday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shankleville is located between Texas Highways 63 and 87 on FM 1415 near Burkeville, Texas. For additional information, contact Lareatha Clay – 214-914-8137; lhclay@prm-od.com

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Texas Country Cares Raising Funds for East Texas Disaster Relief - June 10, 2015
Submitted by Linda Wilson

The Texas Country Music Association invites you to join us on Saturday, June 27th for the Texas Country Cares concert benefitting disaster relief in the East Texas area. Live music from Jasper's own Steve Mays and Three of a Kind along with Richard Wilson, Vicki Moye and Cody Wood starts at 8pm. Jeremy Bowley of Timpson and other special guests will perform at the Carthage VFW Post 5620 located at 421 N Live Oak. Free admission. $2 pizza from 6pm until 7:30pm. Call the VFW Post at 903-693-2975 for more information.

The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. and it's direct charity Texas Country Cares, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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San Augustine Main Street to Host Junk In The Truck - June 9, 2015
Submitted by Tracy Cox

You are invited to attend / participate in the next Junk in the Trunk Trades Day event. The event will be held in downtown San Augustine around the courthouse square on Saturday August 1st, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vendors will bring their wares to sell and food will be available too!

If you have questions please call 936-201-9798 or 936-275-3172. Hope to see you there!

Junk In The Trunk application.

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Rack Race Benefit Fun Run for Racine Graves - June 7, 2015
Submitted by Debbie Bonner

The Rack Race benefit 5K/10K Fun Run for Racine Graves will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 rain or shine. The race will begin and end at Cayuga High School with registration at 7am and race starting at 8am.

Racine Graves grew up in San Augustine, Texas. She was diagnoised with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC,) a type of breast cancer. For more information about the benefit Fun Run or to sign up, contact Christy Smart at 903-922-1655. Cayuga is northwest of Palestine, Texas.

Race Registration Form

If you are unable to attend the race and want to help, a GoFundMe account has been setup at the following link.

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