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Chamber of Commerce Seeks Award Nominations - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, Derek Pierce, recently announced that the 93rd Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held on Monday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.

During the awards dinner the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will present the Farm Family of the Year award, Young Citizen of the Year award and the Distinguished Service Award.

Nominations are being solicited from residents of Shelby County for the Young Citizen of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. The Young Citizen of the Year was established in 1966 to recognize and encourage the young people in the area involved in community service. To be eligible, the nominee must be at least 18 up to 39 years of age, a resident of Shelby County during at least six months of the year for which the award is given, and not a previous recipient.

The Distinguished Service award is presented to an individual who has shown faithful and outstanding service to the community over a number of years. The selection criteria process for these awards include personal involvement that enriches the general welfare of our communities, participation in a wide variety of community activities, specific contributions to some area of the community, leadership, personal or business progress, ability to cooperate with individuals, and civic, religious or social organizations. Candidates must be considered to be of integrity, sound character and generally well respected.

Written nominations including additional letters of support regarding the qualifications of the nominee should be sent to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935 by Wednesday, April 8.

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Shelby County Sheriff's Department to Host CHL Class - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Kevin Windham

A concealed handgun license (CHL) class is scheduled to be held at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, March 28, 2015 beginning at 10 a.m.

Contact Investigator Kevin Windham or Investigator DJ Dickerson at the Sheriff's Office by calling 936-598-5600.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic - March 27, 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, March 28th 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 (352)327-2400. For questions: dehartveterinaryservices@yahoo.com or call (352)327-2400.

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Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferer Ashely Beene - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Tomiko Moore

PORTACOOL wants to help. So over the course of the next few days we will be collecting companywide to have a garage sale in her honor. The date for this event will be Saturday March 28th in the parking lot at the Wulf shopping center in Center, Tx starting at 8:00 a.m. Please bring your donations to the former Wulf Outdoors building. We ask that all donations be in good condition and priced for the sale to insure a successful fundraiser for Ashley and her family. Drop-off days are Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th.

Ashley is the daughter of Rick and Vivian Beene and a member of our PORTACOOL family. She has been fighting Cystic Fibrosis (CF) all of her life. CF is a genetic disease that affects the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestines. The disease is beginning to take its toll on her lungs and liver and in order to survive she must have a lung and liver transplant.

Ashley was born on January 21, 1988 in Chesapeake Virginia, a U.S. Navy brat who attended high school in Shelbyville, TX. She is very outgoing and loves fishing and horseback riding, but the love of her life is her son, Carter, who is now four. Ashley eagerly looks forward to returning to an active lifestyle that will allow her to spend quality time with Carter, to be able to teach him how to fish, ride a horse and play baseball. Together, Ashley, Carter and her family are committed to seeing her through this transplant.

Transplants are life-saving but financially draining. Even with insurance, Ashley is facing very high uninsured expenses such as: co- pays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel and temporary relocation for three to six months to be closer to Houston Methodist Hospital and the costly immunosuppressant medications that she will need to take for the rest of her life (up to $2500/month).

To help with the financial burden of Ashley’s uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in her honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the South-Central Lung/Liver Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only.

If you are unable to help with our PORTACOOL garage please donate to the link below. Please Contact Kim Long @936-598-1883 or Tomiko Moore @ 936-598-1891 with any questions. For credit card contributions, please visit www.helphopelive.org and search for Ashley Beene or call 800-642-8399 or:

Make checks payable to: HelpHOPELive, Note in memo section: in honor of Ashley Beene
Please send to: HelpHOPELive, 2 Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087

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A Texas Patriot In Your Family Tree? - March 26, 2015

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

On the last Friday of each month, beginning this week, (March 27, 2015) 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 4:00pm to offer free research assistance in your quest for answers.

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

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Upcoming Veteran Observance (Somolia) - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both within and outside the continental United States. Never has this humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil war in the East African country of Somalia. Ultimately hundreds of thousands were saved from starvation, but unintended involvement in Somali civil strife cost the lives of thirty American Soldiers, four Marines, and eight Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 and 1995.

The American military had established the conditions for peace in the midst of a famine and civil war, but, unlike later in Bosnia, the factions were not exhausted from the fighting and were not yet willing to stop killing each other and anyone caught in the middle. There was no peace to keep and the United States pulled all combat troops out in March 1994. The American GI had, as always, done their best under difficult circumstances to perform a complex and often confusing mission. But the best military in the world can only lay the foundation for peace; they cannot create peace itself.

Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse, Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00 am in honor of those who served during this time in Somalia. As always the public is invited. Any veteran who served in Somalia during this time is encouraged to contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976.

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Blood Mobile Still Has Openings - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Meg Camp

8th Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Fair has available appointments for the blood mobile. Participants can call the chamber at 936-598-3682 to make an appointment or come to the fair Thursday, March 26th at the Windham Civic Center from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

The fair's presenting sponsor is Cline Family Medicine and gold sponsors are Center Chiropractic and Nacogdoches Medical Center. The fair is free and there will be free giveaways and door prizes.

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Digital Mammograms Available at 2015 Health & Fitness Fair - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Jheri Lynn McSwain

Both the ETMC Cancer Institute and Ross Breast Center from Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Mobile Digital Mammography Units will be at the Health and Fitness Fair on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas. To schedule a digital mammogram, please call Daphne or Jheri-Lynn at 936-598-7744. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mammograms can cut breast cancer deaths as much as 1/3. That is why the American Cancer Society recommends women aged 40 and older be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best method used to detect breast cancer early and prevent death since the cancer is easier to treat at that point. Using a mammogram for breast cancer screening can reduce death from breast cancer by about 20-35% in women aged 50-69 years old.

Due to education about breast cancer, more women are getting mammograms, and the death rate has gone down. However, low income, rural women are at greater risk for dying from breast cancer since fewer of them get mammograms. There are a variety of reasons why low income, rural women may not be getting mammograms. Among them is the fact that they may not have easy access to mammogram screening facilities. Another reason is the cost keeps them away. Others may just want to avoid the chance they may find out that they have breast cancer.

Unfortunately, as women get older, their chance of developing breast cancer increases. With increasing age, it becomes even more important to be screened regularly. While screenings may not be as readily available in some rural areas, it is often available in nearby medical centers. Find out if a local hospital does breast screenings. If not, contact a larger urban hospital and inquire if they have mobile mammography units that go out into your rural community, and when and where they will be in your area. For individuals who may not have transportation to medical services, check to see if your area might have a service to transport rural citizens to urban locations that provide more services. There may be a fee for their service, but that fee may be waived for persons who meet certain income requirements.

If cost is a factor, check with your local clinic and inquire if they offer the Breast and Cervical Cancer Service (BCCS) program. This is a program the Centers for Disease Control funds to assist low income women. To qualify for the program, a woman must be low-income as defined by BCCS policy, uninsured, under age 65, a Texas resident, and a U.S. citizen or qualified alien. To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened in your area, call 1-512-458-7796. For women over age 65 and some who may be specially qualified, know that screening mammograms are covered once every 12 months

If you are an individual who just does not want to know if you have breast cancer, remember that early detection does save lives. The death rate for breast cancer is greater among low-income, rural women as a whole because they are the ones not getting mammograms.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas are working together to inform Texas women about breast cancer prevention. For more information on how to access resources and to schedule a mammogram in your area, contact your Shelby County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences, Jheri-Lynn McSwain at 936-598-7744.

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Annual Health and Fitness Fair Coming Soon - March 26, 2015

Updated with new information

The Healthcare committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 8th Annual Health and Fitness Fair, sponsored by Cline Family Medicine, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Windham Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The fair is free to the public featuring over 35 vendors with give aways and door prizes.  Cline Family Medicine is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event along with gold sponsors Center Chiropractic and Nacogdoches Medical Center.  Vendors will be providing health screenings which includes glucose, cholesterol, spinal screenings, heart awareness, and vision. Information will be provided on home health, nursing homes, hospice, nutrition, and caregiver relief. 

This year the fair will feature two guest speakers, Dr. Dan Wilkins, Wilkins Counseling, will presenting information on “Stress Management” at 10:30 a.m. and Wes Bynum of Hospice of East Texas, will have a presentation on “Caregiver Care” at 12:30 p.m. in the Civic Room.

Dr. Dan Wilkins, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He has a Masters degree in Counseling and Guidance and a PhD in clinical psychology.  He has been in private practice for 41 years.  Dr. Wilkins specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexual dysfunction, and personal growth.  His practice is limited to teenagers and adults.

Wes M. Bynum serves as the Bereavement Coordinator for the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.  It is his responsibility to oversee bereavement follow up and provide grief support and education for people throughout a 23 county area who have suffered a loss in their lives.  Wes is ordained with the Assemblies of God and a Certified Chaplain with over 30 years of experience in the ministry.  In 2011 his wife “Bee” ended her two year struggle with cancer and since that time he has given himself to the study of the grieving process; what it is, ways it affects us, ways we can respond to it, and ways to help those who are experiencing it.

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

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10th Annual Relay for Life Set for May 15th, Suvivor Dinner April 25th - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Brittain

The 10th annual Relay For Life, a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held May 15th. Preceeding this event will be a catered dinner celebrating cancer surviors. Anyone that has received any type of cancer diagnosis is considered to be a survivor from the time of the diagnosis.

The event will be held Saturday, April 25th at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Center from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

We welcome any cancer survivors that would like to attend but you will need to RSVP due to it being catered and we will need to know how many to prepare for. Please wear the color that represents your cancer diagnosis. If you are not sure of the color, I will be glad to help you with your color when you call to RSVP. We are requesting this as it fits in with the theme of the program for that night.

Please RSVP to Shirley Brittain at 936 598-6953 by April 10th.

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ACE Hardware Garden Center Ribbon Cutting - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting for the new Garden Center at the Ace Hardware downtown location on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. Ace Hardware is located at 128 Tenaha Street in Center, one block off the Center Square.

Ace Garden Center will offer a large selection of trees, shrubs, mulches, soils, bedding plants, yard art and decorative flags, concrete fountains and statuary.

The public is invited to attend. There will be refreshments, special sales and giveaways.

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

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Shelby County 4-H Clubs, Dr. Jousan to Sponsor Rabies Clinics in April - March 13, 2015
Submitted by Lane Dunn

Shelby County 4-H Clubs in cooperation with local veterinarian Mark Jousan will sponsor rabies vaccination clinics Saturday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 18th. Local veterinarian, Dr. Mark Jousan will be vaccinating dogs and cats for rabies.

The Shelby County Extension Agents and the 4-H Clubs of Shelby County encourage you to bring your pets to be vaccinated for only $10.00 each.

Clinic Schedule:

Saturday, April 11
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the gazebo in Timpson
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the square in Tenaha
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Joaquin school
1:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. at Scarber’s Grocery
Saturday, April 18th
10:00-10:45 a.m. at the Center Intermediate School
11:00 a.m. -11:45 a.m. at Shelbyville Grocery
12:30-1:00 p.m. at Lout Town Grocery

Pet owners are urged to have their pets vaccinated annually for rabies. Shelby County has had 11 confirmed cases of rabies in the last 5 years. Man and all mammals are susceptible to rabies, which is almost invariably fatal. The disease is transmitted by an infected animal’s biting or licking. The virus enters the victim’s body through a break in the skin, or rarely, through mucous membranes (eyes, nose, throat). Rabies affects the central nervous system. It may take from ten days to over a year to develop; however, exposed people can be successfully treated before the development of symptoms by a series of vaccinations. Rabies infection is detected by laboratory examination of the suspect brain tissue.

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Change of Venue for Relay For Life of Shelby County - March 18, 2015
Submitted by Becky Parfait

The Relay For Life of Shelby County scheduled for May 15, 2015 at the CHS Roughrider Stadium has now been moved to the Shelby Co Expo Center due to several reasons including the lack of sufficient access to electricity and not being able to use the sound system and concession stand.

Due to the tremendous investment that CISD has made into the new stadium, we completely understand the need to protect it. We would like to thank everyone at the Shelby Co Expo Center for graciously donating the use of their facility again to us this year.

This is the 10th annual Relay For Life of Shelby County and we hope that everyone will come help us celebrate a decade of honoring our Survivors and Caregivers. I am proud to live in a county that supports the fight against this horrible disease. The American Cancer Society has made great strides in researching and developing new treatments for all cancers.

For those who don't know my story, my mother passed away from cancer in 2004. Due to the new treatments and medicines made available during her battle, she was with us for several years longer then the doctors had originally predicted. Words cannot express what that means to me. I know in my heart that the American Cancer Society and all the Relays around the world had something to do with that. As the commercial said...the gift was "priceless" and one that I can never repay.

So what I do is try to "pay it forward" and give that gift to someone else. So, I am asking for your help in giving the gifts of time, love and hope to families affected by cancer. Individually, we may think "what can my money do"? But I ask you...what could we do together? We can change peoples lives. Please come support the Relay and our fight against cancer. I hope to see you all there at 6:00pm on Friday, May 15, 2015.

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Holiday Nursing Center Hosts Easter EGG-traordinare - March 18, 2015
Submitted by Alicia Patton

Residents and Staff of Holiday Nursing Center are hosting their Annual Easter EGG-traordinare (Extraordinare) on Good Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Activities include an Easter Egg Hunt, Games & Goodies. Even a visit from the Easter Bunny himself and photos can be taken! Welcome to Children of All Ages! B. Y. O. B. (Bring Your Own Basket)

We’re so Egg-cited! Hope you can come to join us in all the fun! It’s an Easter Egg Hunt & so much more.

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Easter Metal Art Contest ~ Voting Begins - March 17, 2015
Submitted by Tracie Galindo

Everyone is invited to come by The Little Fox Marketplace to view the fantastic creations made by local residents. All voters will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate! Voting ends on Monday, March 30th. Winners will be announced at an open house from 6 to 7pm on Tuesday, March 31st.

Did you forget to pick up your cross or egg to decorate? No problem. There is plenty of time. Come by The Little Fox Marketplace to get your egg or cross today!

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Buddy Metcalf Memorial Roping - March 17, 2015
Submitted by Brandi Riggs, flyer

The Buddy Metcalf Memorial Team Roping will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena in Center, Texas. The books will open at 9am and the roping will start at 10am.

For more information call (936)598-5056 or (936)591-2272.

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SCBA March Meeting to Recogize Jr. Anglers - March 17, 2015
Submitted by David Koonce

The next scheduled Shelby County Bass Anglers (SCBA) meeting is March 17th at the 1st Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 7pm. The club will recognize our Jr. Anglers during the meeting. Over ½ of them finished in the money at the last SETX tournament and 1 team has qualified to fish with B.A.S.S. Pro’s at their tournament in March.

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Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter Announces Annual Fundraiser - March 16, 2015
Submitted by Andi Foster

Members with the Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Upsilon Chapter are currently accepting donations for their annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library and other community projects.

The fundraiser drawing will be held Monday, April 20, 2015. Winners need not be present to win. Donations are $5.00 for one ticket or $20.00 for five tickets.

The first ticket drawn will have the opportunity to win the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE which includes a PORTACOOL® CYCLONE 1000 donated by PORTACOOL®; Bayou Cooker donated by McAdams Propane; $150 Gift Certificate donated by Dance Furniture & Appliance; $150 Walmart Gift Card donated by General Shelters & Jimmy L. Howard, Inc. and a Coca-Cola ® Ice Chest donated by Lacie Payne.

Separate drawings will follow for prize packages #1-6 and individual prizes #7-23 donated by local businesses including:

(#1) APPLE iPAD AIR 16GB donated by Golden Eye Clinic, Terry & Pam Bailey, Treasa & Jim Donnan;
(#2) SHOPPING BAG Michael Kors Bag donated by Shoop Financial Services, $200 Gift Certificate Loblolly’s Garden Marketplace and $100 Gift Certificate Austin Street Marketplace;
(#3) ON THE ROAD AGAIN: $200 Gift Certificate Center Tire Co., Five Car Washes Wyndham Car Wash and $35 Gift Certificate Rock Chip Repair Center Glass;
(#4) STRIKE A POSE: $100 Gift Certificate Ricky Blount Salon, $100 Gift Certificate Mini Session Photo Package Snell Photography and $35 Gift Certificate Hollywood Escape Spa & Tanning;
(#5) AROUND TOWN: $25 Gift Certificate R&M Cleaners, $50 Gift Certificate Chaps BBQ, $50 Gift Certificate Brookshire Bros. and $50 Gift Certificate Watson Tucker Florist;
(#6) DINNER & A MOVIE: Six Movie Tickets Rio Theatre and Two $50 Gift Certificate Margarita’s;
(#7) $150 Gift Certificate Covington Lumber;
(#8) $150 Gift Certificate Masterson Insurance;
(#9) $100 Gift Certificate Shelby County Today;
(#10) $100 Crystal Item donated by Ace Hardware;
(#11) $100 MasterCard Gift Card donated by Ihlo Sales & Import;
(#12) $70 Cooler donated by Toledo Automotive;
(#13) $50 Gift Basket Southern Seasons;
(#14) $50 Gift Certificate Pineywoods Seafood;
(#15) One Oil Change-Quick Change Oil & Lube;
(#16)(#17) Two $35 Subscriptions The Light and Champion;
(#18)(#19) Two $50 Gift Certificate American Grill;
(#20) $25 Gift Certificate Hughes Florist;
(#21) $25 Gift Certificate Lasting Impressions;
(#22) $25 Shelby County Pictorial Book donated by The Light and Champion;
(#23) $20 Gift Certificate The Little Fox Marketplace.

The Preceptor Upsilon Chapter extends their appreciation and gratitude to the businesses for their generosity with donating prizes supporting this year’s fundraiser.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international non-profit organization, non-academic sorority for women offering opportunities for friendship, development of cultural appreciation, and community service. The Greek letters stand for life, learning and friendship. Approximately, 12,500 chapters in 20 countries meet twice a month for a brief business meeting and cultural program. Founded by Walter W. Ross in Abilene, Kansas in 1931 with seven members, the organization today has 250,000 members. Beta Sigma Phi supports various projects including the International Endowment Fund, Disaster Relief Fund, Breast Cancer Research Fund and Scholarship Fund.

Details regarding the 2015 Preceptor Upsilon Chapter annual fundraiser and ticket donations can be obtained by contacting Lourie Ihlo, President, (936)598-9863 or Ways & Means Committee, Andi Foster, (936)590-0298, Billie Sue Payne (936)598-2623, Barbara Prince (936)598-4344, Laura Rowe (936)598-3529 or Noel Wilkins (936)488-9057.

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

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

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

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Easter Metal Art Decorating Contest - February 27, 2015
Submitted by Tracie Galindo

db Metal Art and The Little Fox Marketplace are excited to announce the First Annual Easter Metal Art Decorating Contest, open to all ages and abilities. The fun begins with registration and pickup at The Little Fox Marketplace between February 27th and March 14th. A ten dollar registration fee covers the cost of either an Easter Egg or a Cross. Participants can let their imaginations run wild as they decorate their Easter Egg or Cross before returning it to The Little Fox Marketplace.

Winners will be determined by the PEOPLE!!! The public is invited to vote on their favorite Easter Egg or Cross displayed INSIDE The Little Fox Marketplace between March 16th and 30th. Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to be used in select booths (db Metal Art, That's Sew Wylma, & The Little Fox Marketplace items and classes).

Awards will be presented at a reception hosted by Delbert & Wylma Beckham of db Metal Art and Ben & Tracie Galindo of The Little Fox Marketplace. The reception will be held in the loft of The Little Fox Marketplace from 6 to 7pm on Tuesday, March 31st.

At 6:30pm, winners of the contest will be presented with their gift certificates:

  • 1st place - $30 Gift Certificate
  • 2nd place - $20 Gift Certificate
  • 3rd place - $10 Gift Certificate
  • Random Drawing from Voters' names - $25 Gift Certificate.


The contest is LIMITED, so do not wait to go by The Little Fox Marketplace to get your Easter Egg or Cross. The Little Fox Marketplace is located on the corner of the historic, Center Square. Please call (936)590-4422 for questions.

Vendors of The Little Fox Marketplace and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in the Easter Metal Art Decorating Contest.

All proceeds will be used solely to support this and future art contests. Our goal is to foster and encourage "the arts" in Shelby County!!!!

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Don't Mess With Texas Scholarship - February 24, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who take leadership roles in preventing litter in their schools and communities. The scholarship is sponsored by Forestar and presented by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Student essays should describe creative and/or sustainable solutions to prevent litter, encourage anti-littering behaviors, and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $6000 scholrship and two will be awarded a $2000 scholarship. Applications must be received by online submission or postmarked by April 4, 2015. For more information about the scholarship and application process, visit dontmesswithtexas.org or call 1-800-Clean-Tx.

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Pou, Peddy, Parkman Families Plan 19th Reunion - January 26, 2015
Submitted by Fran Heugatter

Members of the Pou, Peddy, and Parkman families will gather for their 19th reunion on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the banquet room of Spring Creek Barbecue, 5810 S. Broadway, Tyler, Texas.

Reservations are not required and guests are welcome. This year the family will recognize the 67th wedding anniversary of Walter and Jean Peddy of Tenaha. Special birthdays of Agnes Peddy Parker of Lufkin, Dr. Betty Heard of Tyler, Grace Pou McLaughlin of The Woodlands, and Dorothy Parkman Bailey of Shreveport will also be celebrated.

For more information or to send family updates, contact Fran Heugatter at fheugatter@yahoo.com or 281-353-0383.

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The Honorable Rick Perry Coming to Center Tuesday - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Yazoo Thomas

Former Governor of Texas, the Honorable Rick Perry is traveling through East Texas next week. He will be visiting Center on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for lunch with his friends. Past Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell is organizing the event. Bobby Daw and the Shelby County Cookers will be cooking for all. This is not a fundraiser. This is a free event.

Perry has been a friend and supporter of Shelby County during his many years of service in Austin. He is attached to his many Shelby County Friends. Despite your political beliefs, we would love a large crowd at the John D. Windham Civic Center to show appreciation to Perry on his visit to Center. A weak turn out would be embarrassing, so please mark your calendar for 11:30am - 1pm, Tuesday, March 31, at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Please R.S.V.P. at (936) 598-3389 or rcampbell@generalshelters.com.

So mark your calendar and come out and enjoy a great lunch next Tuesday! He will be talking about the future.

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Green Acres of Center Celebrating Jelly Bean Day - March 27, 2015
Submitted by A’Leena Busch

Green Acres of Center will be celebrating Jelly Bean Day on Wednesday, April 22nd and would like to invite the kids of the community to our facility to pick up a bag of Jelly beans. All ages are welcome to stop by with a parent or grandparent any time between 10am and 4pm. We look forward to sharing this odd holiday with everyone!

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Looking Good While Doing Good - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

Please join the Center ISD Autism Department in the 2nd Annual Autism Awwareness fundraiser on Tuesday, April 2, 2015 from 4-7pm at the John C. Roger's Coffee Shop.

Gina Estes, our local Director with Stella & Dot, will be on hand with the very latest summer styles in accessories. She will also share how the proceeds from the show will be used locally.

Friends never let friends shop alone so guests are encouraged to bring guests, the more the merrier.

Please RSVP to Deborah Chadwick at (936)590-4077 or Gina Estes at (936)591-2223 or click Yes at www.stelladot.com/ts/y3056

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Child Safety Seat Class - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Maegan Wrigh
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Update: Canceled until next Saturday, April 4, 2015.

On March 28th from 10am-2pm there will be a child safety seat class at Walmart. The Center Police Department is helping to teach the class.

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Center Garden Club's Annual Flower Show and Plant Sale - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Carolyn Bounds

The theme for this year's Center Garden Club Flowers Show and Plant Sale is “Nature’s Gallery.” The event will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 12-noon to 4pm at the Community House, on San Augustine Street in Center. Admission is free.

Added features include: Art Exhibitions featuring Local artists’ work, School children’s works, and Photographer’s works.

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Abundant Love Ministries Building Fund Fish Fry - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Debbie Nickerson

Abundant Love Ministries will be selling fish for $7 on Friday, March 27, 2015 on Shelbyville Street across form Carlos Berry Club House. Come out and support our building fund. Any questions, call Debbie at 936-332-0594 or Brother Mike at 936-559-3517. Will deliver two or more orders. Thank you for your support.

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Bennett Chapel MBC Easter Bake Sale - March 25, 2015
Submitted Felicia L Garrett

Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church presents Annual Easter Bake Sale on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 from 9:00am until Sold Out. Parking lot of H & S Grocery. For more information or special orders call 936.598.7141 / 936.488.2580.

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Playoff Shirt Supporting the CHS Soccer Team - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

If you'd like to order a playoff shirt representing the Roughrider Soccer team, please fill out the order form, and return it to the front office of your campus or at the high school front office. The shirts are Heather Charcoal Gray. Sizes available are AS, AM, AL, AXL, A2X and A3X all for $15.50. (Cost is exact.) Money is due with the form. All forms and money must be turned in by Wednesday, April 1st. For questions, please contact Jenny Cassell.

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Easter Bunny Coming to Center - March 24, 2015
Submitted by Cindy Mathis

I hope you are egg-cited as we are!! The Easter Bunny is coming to Town & Country Real Estate!! April 3, 2015 from 3-5pm.

Bring your camera and take pictures of your kiddos with the Easter Bunny!! Hope to see you there. 114 Nacogdoches St. Center, TX. 75935

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National Abuse Prevention Month Blue Rubbon Tree - March 24, 2015
Submitted by Alice Pate

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Rainbow Room Volubteers will again sponsor a "Blue Ribbon Tree." Participants will tie a blue ribbon on the tree for each confirmed victim of abuse or neglect in Shelby County during the past year.

Also, a small cross will be placed at the base of the tree as a remembrance of those children who died as a result of their injuries.

The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony which will take place on Thursday, April 2nd at 4:30pm on the Historic Courthouse square across from Citizens Bank.

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Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting - March 24, 2015
Submitted by Latisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday April 6, 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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Ace Hardware of East Texas Opens New Garden Center - March 20, 2015
Submitted by Elena Gonzalez

Ace Hardware of East Texas is proud to announce the opening of their new garden center at the downtown location.

Ace's Garden Center will offer a large selection of trees, shrubs, mulches, soils, bedding plants, yard art and decorative flags, concrete fountains and statuary. The garden center is open for business but will celebrate their official opening April 2nd with refreshments, sales, and giveaways.

Come by and see it all at Ace Hardware Downtown, 128 Tenaha St in Center.

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The 2015 Fun for Funds benefit auction is turning out to be an auction full of unique opportunities!

Registration for the auction opens Friday, March 20 and items will be available for early bidding starting Monday, March 23. The live online benefit auction begins at 6pm Tuesday, March 24, 2015 and will have 4 hours of auction time. Be sure to keep up with the auction because some items are only available for bidding for 1 hour before a whole new list of items is offered! Special items will be available for bidding all four hours up until the 10pm deadline!

Those wanting to bid will be able to log onto http://www.funforfunds.org and participate in the live auction.

The auction will be viewable online via a live webcast! The event will also be broadcast live on stations KQBB FM 100.5 and KDET AM 930 and on television via Suddenlink Cable Channel 2.

So stay tuned in for a 'Fun Night' of bidding!

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Little, Miss Shelby County Pageant in April - March 16, 2015
Submitted by Shelia Burch, Flyer

The Little Miss Shelby County and The Miss Shelby County Pageant will be held April 25 at Center High School. Both of these pageants are for girls from Shelby County only.

The Little Miss Shelby County is for girls 0-8 years old and all they have to have is a Spring/Summer outfit. The Miss Shelby County is for girls 9-19 years of age and the contestant will compete in three catagories (Evening Gown, Sportswear and Interview).

For more information call Tonya Bailey at 936-590-0120 or Shelia Burch at 936-332-9610 or go by M&M Insurance and pick up a form. You can also go to Baileys Pageants Facebook page.

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SSB Relay for Life Team Fundraiser - March 13, 2015
Submitted by Whitney Burgay

The Shelby Savings Bank Relay for Life team is hosting a raffle! We will be raffling off 4 different items.

  1. Two Yeti Coolers in tan (Tunder 45 & Tundra 75)
  2. Beretta A300 Outlander 12 Gauge Shotgun Camo Max5
  3. 128GB Apple iPad (gold) w/ $100 iTunes giftcard
  4. Samsung 55” LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV

Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. To purchase raffle tickets, come by the main branch on Selma Street, or contact a member of the SSB Relay for Life team. Winners will be drawn and announced on May 15th at the Relay for Life. Help us support this great cause and purchase some tickets!

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The Rose Offering On-Site Mammography in April - March 12, 2015
Submitted by Ava Whitener, event flyer

The Rose is offering on-site Mammography on April 21st and April 22nd, 9am until 3pm by appointment only at the Community House located at 425 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas.

You can register online at www.therose.org. Click on 'Services' and select 'Mobile Mammography' and 'Click me'. Then enter code 'April15'. Financial assistance available for those who qualify: uninsured, females 40 and above, 200% of poverty level, county of residence (24 qualify), overdue for mammogram.

The to do list: register online at www.therose.org, mark you calendar, bring photo ID, bring insurance card or proof of income and bring doctor's name.

You are eligible for a screening if you:

  • Are a female, age 40 or older
  • 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
  • Have not had a mammogram in the last 3 years

For additional information Ava Whitener (409) 384-2099 or Ava.Whitener@ethanresources.org

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Green Acres of Center Easter Egg Hunt - March 4, 2015
Submitted by A'Leena Busch

Green Acres of Center will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt in the Center Mini Park located behind the Fannie Brown Booth Library on April 3rd at 10:30am. The event is open to everyone and refreshments will be serviced along with games and an Easter Egg Hunt geared toward children ages 0-9. For more information, call A’Leena or Sherry at 936-598-2483.

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Recycle Trailer in Joaquin Through March 30th - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Amanda Willey

The Recycle Trailer will be in Joaquin, Texas from March 23 through March 30, 2015. The trailer will be located on the Joaquin City square in front of the Ram House. Recyclable materials include: paper, aluminum, plastic, and cardboard. Glass, batteries, and electronics are prohibited.

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

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

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

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

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

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Fundraiser for Tenaha Little Dribblers - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Kendra Simmons

The Tenaha Junior and Senior All Star Little Dribblers Teams will be having a bake sale at the Tiger Stop in Tenaha on March 28, 2015 at 9am until 2pm or until everything is sold.

They are also selling raffle tickets at $2.00 per ticket for a chance to win an Easter Basket. The drawing will be held on April 4, 2015.

The funds will be used for their traveling expenses to Nocona, Texas to play in the 2015 National Basketball Tournament. We’re asking for everyone to come out and show your support for these young men.

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7th Annual Croppin’ for a Cure Scrapbooking Night - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Tammy Cook

The Timpson ISD Relay for Life team will once again be sponsoring the 7th Annual Croppin’ for a Cure scrapbooking night on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. The crop will be held at Woodland Christian Church in Timpson, TX. Scrapbookers of all levels, from beginners to experts, are invited to spend the evening scrapbooking with us and celebrating with our 50’s theme of “Crop Around the Clock!” The registration fee includes crop space, free make & takes, an evening meal, snacks, door prizes, games and contests. Several vendors with a variety of products will be in attendance. For the third year in a row we will hold a silent auction.

This year we are again offering our painting option. If you would like to attend this fun event but are not really into scrapbooking, then we may have a solution for you! We are offering “Painting with a Relay Twist!” If you choose to do this instead of the crop you will receive a canvas, pattern, paint, use of brushes, etc. and you will spend the evening painting a beautiful picture (you do not have to be an artist to do this…it’s easy and it’s fun!).

Those of you who are super industrious may want to choose our Crop/Paint package for a discounted price!

In addition to the free make & takes offered throughout the evening, we will also offer a special Cross Block make & take for an additional fee. You will leave with a stand up block decorated with a cross and your decorating flair!

We will also be offering Pedicures by Shannon this year for $20. There will be a limited amount

All the proceeds from this worthwhile event will go to the American Cancer Society. The cost of the crop is $30 or $25 if you pre-register by April 3rd. The cost of “Painting with a Relay Twist” is $30 and you must preregister by April 3rd for this option. The Crop/Paint package is $40 and you must preregister for this option by April 3rd as well.

Space is limited so register as early as possible. T-shirts are available for purchase. Please pre-register in order to ensure getting your shirt by the night of the event. Join us for an evening of fun as we raise money for the American Cancer Society. For more information contact Tammy Sparks at 554-5444 or tsparks@timpsonisd.com.

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6th Annual Timpson City Wide Easter Egg Hunt - March 27, 2015
Submitted by Dustin Norris

Announcing the 6th Annual City Wide Easter Egg Hunt to be held at So-So Park at 10 am on March 28th brought to you by Timpson Order of The Eastern Star #1144 in partnership with Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Parents be sure and bring a Easter Egg basket for your children and your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! Last year over 5000 eggs were hidden this is one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts in the county!

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Timpson to Host Annual Job Fair - March 13, 2015
Submitted by Paul Smith

The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce has planned our annual job fair for Wednesday, April 1st from 1 to 3pm at the Community Center in So So Park. Shelby County Work Force, Vernett Richardson , Kent Hutchison and others will be presenting short seminars that will help applicants find employment and be more appealing in the job market. School seniors are invited as well as anyone looking for a job now, or for the future.

Between short seminars applicants will be free to visit with different prospective employers. In an effort to make this event even more successful, we hope to attract many different employers to our Job Fair.

Each participating employer will have a 6 foot table for information and applications for their company. Additionally, some may conduct on-site interviews.

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San Augustine Garden Club Hosting Gala Garden Fair - March 26, 2015
Submitted by Glenda Harrison

San Augustine Garden Club proudly presents the 2nd Annual Home & Garden Show - Put a Little Zing in Your Spring!

Gala Garden Fair will by held March 27th (9AM-6PM) & March 28th (9AM-3PM), 2015 at the Historic Museum Theater, Downtown San Augustine. Tickets are $5 at the door and are good for both Friday and Saturday. Don't miss home and garden themed merchandise, gardening supplies,veggie/bedding plants, home improvement, yard art, unique birdhouses, and more. speakers include hands-on sessions and exhibitors who delight all who love to dig in the dirt!

Tea Room Menu Offerings featuring delightful and delicious homemade entrees, sides and dessert for your taste buds to savor. Vendor spaces are limited so act fast and contact Janice Moore at 936-675-1072.

Program Schedule:

(Friday, March 27) 10am - Charles Bradberry, Grafting; 12noon - Kent Powell, Our Precious Water, Building a Rain Barrel; 2pm - Mike Malone, Growing a Backyard Vegetable Garden and All the Alternatives.

(Saturday, March 28) 11am - Dr. Jarred Barnes, SFA, Ornamental Plant Design; 1pm - Mike and Linda Bordelon, Bees, Bees, Bees, Life's Sweetness

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Local Singer to Perform With Project String Power's Super Group - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Joyce Hughes

Project String Power’s Super Group invites the public to attend their performance of portions of The Messiah, an oratorio by George Frederic Handel, Friday , April 3, 2015 at 12 noon in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 308 Cottage Road in Carthage, Texas. The orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Leonard Kacenjar, who led the group in playing this music at Trinity Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland near the place where the oratorio was written and first performed.

Vocal soloists are soprano, Marcia McKillop of Carthage and soprano, Hannah Kessler of Mt. Pleasant who is a student at Baylor University. Alto soloist is Tori Windham of Shelbyville, a student at North Texas State University in Denton. Tenor soloist is Tommy Corley of Clayton who directs the Choral Program of Carthage Independent School District. Keron Jackson of Dallas, recent soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York City, will sing the bass solos. Choruses will be performed by singers from church choirs of Carthage, Center and Mt. Pleasant.

In addition to strings, trumpet will be played by Mike Scarlato, principal trumpeter of the Marshall Symphony. Ginger Cook of Carthage will play harpsichord accompaniment which will enhance the texture of this music from the Baroque period of music history.

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Marshall Regional Arts Council, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts with local matching funds from Walmart, Carthage Federated Music Club, Carolyn Smith Reid, and John Cain. Admission is free of charge. The audience is invited to a reception following the performance to spend time with the performers and enjoy refreshments.

For information contact Joyce Hughes at (903)263-0598.

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Scleroderma Hope Support Group Meeting - March 25, 2015
Submitted by Tina Dowden

Scleroderma Hope Support Group will meet on Saturday, April 18th starting at 10:30am at Beulah Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Many, Louisiana. Scleroderma Hope is a support group for those dealing with Scleroderma or for friends and family members affected by Slceroderma. Beulah Baptist Church is located at 31665 Hwy 191, Many, Louisiana 71449. For more information, contact Tina Dowden at 936-332-3296 or email sclerodermamany@gmail.com.

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East Texas Peace Officers Association Golf Tournament - March 19, 2015
Submitted by Walter Shofner, Flyer

Updated: corrected the entry fee

Woodland Hills Golf Course in Nacogdoches, Texas will be the site of a 4 man scramble golf tournament on Saturday, April 18, 2015 with a start time 1:30pm.

Cost will be $300 per team: includes door prizes, range balls and lunch. All proceeds go towards the training conference for peace officers in the East Texas area.

To register, send team information to:
ETPOA Golf Tournament, P.O. Box 631052,, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963

Hole sponsorships are available : $100/ Contact M Claude at mrclaude50@gmail.com

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American Idol Favorite to Perform At The Pines - March 18, 2015
Submitted by Kendal Rogers

The Pines Theater 2015 season, "Timeless Classics and New Favorites," continues Thursday, April 9, with Michael Lynche, known to American Idol fans as “Big Mike.”

"I know a lot of people are excited about seeing one of their favorite 'American Idols' up close and personal on The Pines Stage" said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. "'Big Mike' is bringing a big 10-piece band with him to back up his powerful, comforting voice. It's going to be an absolutely wonderful show. "

Lynche, a Florida native and devoted family man, wowed millions of fans on "American Idol" and was famously “saved” by the judges, giving him a second chance to continue through the prized competition. He has performed across the country as part of the "American Idol LIVE! Tour" and has released his debut album, featuring the singles “Who’s Gonna Love You More” and “Today.”

Lynche's performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for floor seats and $30 for balcony seats. Call 936-633-0349 today to purchase tickets or go to www.visitlufkin.com.
The Pines Theater's 2015 season continues with Mike Farris, a powerful, Grammy-nominated vocalist, on August 13, and legendary doo-wop quartet The Diamonds on September 14

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The Oldest Town In Texas Roadshow Returns to The Pines Theatre - March 16, 2015
Submitted by David Stallings

The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show returns to Lufkin’s Pines Theatre at 7pm on March 28. The Branson-Style variety show is hosted by Brad Maule, who appeared as “Dr. Tony Jones” on TVs General Hospital for 22 years. Maule’s performance includes comedy and songs from his Miles and Miles of Texas CD.

Also featured are; Kim Crisp aka “Camo Elvis wearing his black leather 78 "Comeback" suit,” Stephen Pate, “RockingP,” on guitar, Jan Pate’s vocals, 16-year-old singer Ally Fuller, multi-talented Bo Miller with vocals and on keyboard, mandolin and guitar and Joe Harrell’s comedy and music.

The show includes music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and current hits, is “family-friendly” and is acceptable to all ages.

Tickets are priced at $10 for balcony, $20 floor and are available in Nacogdoches at Encore Music and Nacogdoches Lighting. In Lufkin, tickets may be purchased at Boot Barn and at Morrison Supply.

Student tickets are half-price. For information, please phone (936)560-5460.

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Junk in the Trunk Trades Day - March 12, 2015
Submitted by Tracie Cox

501 West Columbia is the place for the quarterly Junk in the Trunk! Save the date! The date to remember is Saturday, May 2nd. The San Augustine Main Street is seeking participants and shoppers for the quarterly Junk in the Trunk event. The event is essentially a trades day. It will be held in Santa Fe Park in the grassy area near the caboose and Ayish Bayou.

We welcome you to participate or just shop! We all have those items at home that we can get rid of--- items that are too good to throw away but are just in the way! Rent a space for $5 and sell items out of the car. Come on up as early as 9am, set up your space and start selling at 10am until 2pm

This is a great way to spend time with family and even have a picnic in the park. San Augustine has a variety of “one of a kind restaurants” through-out the city. They are ready to serve the community!

Call for more information. Vendor forms are available at Main Street, 100 W. Columbia Street (County Courthouse –301 B) (936)201-9798 or (936)275-3172.

The Main Street Advisory Board committee chair, Robert Fitzpatrick will be on hand to assist.

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Come Fly a Kite with the Helping House! - February 25, 2015
Submitted by Maegan Wright

The Helping House is gearing up for the 5th Annual Family Kite Fest and Airport Open House to be held on Saturday, April 18th! Each year the event hosts over 3,000 people at this fun family event, and we would like for you to be part of it!

This year, our focus is special. The Helping House provides resources and support to many families in the East Texas area coping with autism, and we are in need of more space. Please consider sponsoring this event to help us raise the funds necessary to accommodate our growth with a larger facility to prepare us for the future.

Multiple levels of sponsorship is available. For additional information, click to see the flyer.

Family Kite Fest & Airport Open House - This is a community event for people of all ages. It covers over ten acres at the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport in Nacogdoches. There will be a display of 6 to 8 mega-kites, courtesy of WhatAKite in Lufkin. In addition to this display, there are regular kites and space for families to fly them. There are food and drink vendors, as well as snow cones and cotton candy. Games and activities include kite races, candy drops, bounce houses, proudly provided by K and B Moonwalk! We are proud to offer FREE ADMISSION April 18th from 10am to 3pm.

About The Helping House - Our primary purpose is that of providing early intervention services to local children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The doors of The Helping House opened to students in the Fall of 2008. A full-day school program is offered during the school year. A Summer Clinic is available for two four-week sessions during June and July. In addition to on-campus services, behavior consulting and in-home training are also available on an individual basis. Our goal is to provide networking and support for all families in the Deep East Texas area who are affected by autism, whether your child is a full-time student at The Helping House or not.

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