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Shelby County Grill Fest - March 2, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Grill Fest sanctioned barbecue cook-off presented by Farmers State Bank promises to be a fun-filled day for all. The “Chillin & Grillin” will take place on Saturday, March 21 outdoors at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas.

Cook Teams and the public are invited to participate in a Dessert Cook-Off. Desserts may be prepared on-site or off-site. There will be a $10 entry fee per dessert with a jackpot prize, trophy and bragging rights.

The day’s events will begin at 12 noon for spectators. There will be a Washer Pitching Contest Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, live music sponsored by the City of Center and Cellular One, a 42 Tournament a Classic Car Show & Shine exhibit by the Shelby County Cruisers and. The public is invited to sample tastings of barbecue and observe the day’s activities with an all-day, come and go wristband for $10.

The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. “Over $6,500 will be awarded in prize money to registered cook teams. Cook teams may register and enter the contest with a $200 registration fee prior to March 16 or $250 after that date,” according to Kimberly McElroy, Grill Fest chairman. Trophies will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Cook teams may also take part in the Bean Cook-Off with a $10 entry fee and jackpot prize.

Teams are to cook 25 lbs. of meat with prize money for the top three teams awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. First place is $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500 per category. Set-up, meat inspection and cooking will begin Friday afternoon, March 21.

Registration forms and additional information is available at www.shelbycountychamber.com or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682. Questions may be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com.

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Head Start and Early Head Start Accepting Applications - March 2, 2015
Submitted by Saundra Christopher

Tri County Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start are currently accepting applications for children 0-5 years of age March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Applications can be submitted from 8am until 4pm at Old Elementary School, Computer Lab (Room 6), 214 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas 75935. You will need proof of income (12 months), child's birth certificate, social security number, and child's insurance card.

Head Start and Early Head Start provides free childcare for qualifying families. For information or to complete an application contact Saundra at (936) 657-4740 or schristopher@tricountycommaction.org or Charles at (936) 649-3227 or cgrisby@tricountycommaction.org.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic - March 2, 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 Thursday, March 5th, 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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Shelby County Sheriff's Department to Host CHL Class - February 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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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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Shelby County Livestock Show and Sale - February 24, 2015
Submittted by Lane Dunn

Plans for the 2015 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show are set. The show will be held on Friday, March 6th at the Shelby County Expo Center. The sale will be held Saturday, March 7th, at the John Dean Windham Civic Center, meal starting at 6:00PM.

Weigh in of the market animals will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:00 a.m. The show will start at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbits and the Swine, the Goats, Lambs and Cattle will follow. The Rabbits will be judged by Sherry Poindexter. Billy Zanolini, will judge swine, goats, lamb and cattle. Jacob Spivey, Show Chairman, stated, “I am excited about this year’s show with all the hard work and dedication that the exhibitors have put towards their animal projects. There are over 103 entries at this show which are trying to be selected for the auction and premium awards.”

Last year’s sale Champion steer was purchased by Farmer’s State Bank. Shelby Savings Bank, Judge Rick Campbell, Port-A-Cool, McAdams Propane and Hunter Buildings won the bid for the Champion Swine. Mackey Cattle Company purchased the Champion goat, and AZURE Midstream bought the Champion lamb.

The Bar-B-Que for the buyer’s and exhibitors will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:00 p.m at the Windham Civic Center. “If you have a chance, come and see what the youth of Shelby County have been doing with their time.” Stated Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent. “The Shelby County Livestock show continues to grow each year which in part is due to the continued support of our youth by local businesses and the community.” The public is invited to attend the events of the day and support the youth of our county.

Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension Program should contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office of Shelby County at (936) 598-7744 at least one week prior to the program or event. Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.


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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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Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic - February 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, February 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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James/Antioch Community Center Meeting - February 19, 2015
Submitted by Donna Partlow

The James/Antioch Community Center will be holding its monthly and pot luck on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 6:30pm. Everyone from the community is invited. Bring a favorite covered dish and join us.

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Seeks Cook Teams for Sanctioned Barbecue Cook-Off - February 19, 2015

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces that the Grill Fest sanctioned barbecue cook-off sponsored by Farmers State Bank will take place Saturday, March 21 on the grounds of the Windham Civic Center.

“Over $6,500 will be awarded in prize money to registered cook teams. Cook teams may register and enter the contest with a $200 registration fee prior to March 17 or $250 after that date,” according to Kimberly McElroy, Grill Fest Chairman. The barbecue cook-off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society.

Prize money for the top three cook teams will be awarded in three categories – Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken and Brisket. First place is $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500. Trophies will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Set-up, meat inspection and cooking will begin Friday afternoon, March 20. Cook teams may also take part in the Bean Cook-Off with a $10 entry fee and jackpot prize.

An entry wristband will be $10 with the public invited to sample tastings of barbecue at cook team stations.

In addition to the Chillin’ and Grillin’, there will be a washer Pitching Tournament sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, a 42 Tournament and live music.

New this year, Cook Teams and the public are invited to participate in a Dessert Cook-Off. Desserts may be prepared on-site or off-site. There will be a $10 entry fee per dessert with a jackpot prize, trophy and bragging rights.

Registration forms and additional information is available at www.shelbycountychamber.com or at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office – 936-598-3682. Questions may be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com.

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SCBA March Meeting to Recogize Jr. Anglers - February 12, 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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Texas Concealed Handgun License Class - February 27, 2015
Submitted by Gerald Huddleston

A Texas Concealed Handgun License Class will be held in Joaquin on Saturday, February 28. Classroom instruction, written test, and handgun proficiency will be conducted in accordance with state requirements. Contact Gerald Huddleston at 936-488-3763 or Huddcotraining@gmail.com.

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Fundraiser for West Shelby County VFD - February 20, 2015
Submitted by Sandra Wilson

The West Shelby County VFD will be hold a Chili supper Saturday, February 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the fellowship hall of Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy. 7 West. $5.00 for chili, crackers, dessert and drink. Eat in or take out. All proceeds go to the fire department for much needed equipment. For call in orders call or text (936)488-1627, (936)332-1267 or (936)552-1546 after 10:30 on Saturday.

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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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Shelby County Day in Austin Slated for March 4 & 5, 2015 - January 22, 2015

Leadership Shelby County chairman, Ann Blackwell recently announced plans are underway for the Shelby County Day in Austin 2015 to be held March 4 & 5. The Texas Legislature recently convened for the 84th legislative session.

Citizens of Shelby County are being asked to form a delegation to travel to Austin to the Texas State Capitol to learn about various issues and agencies as well as make any state government concerns known to lawmakers.

The Shelby County delegation will be recognized in the State Senate and in the House of Representatives. Dr. Keith Miller will be honored and recognized as the Doctor for the Day at the Capitol.

State Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative Chris Paddie will give briefings to the group. At noon, the delegation will hear speakers on topics important to east Texas from state officials while visiting the Texas State Capitol.

Please plan now to be a part of the delegation. To register, please call the Chamber office at 598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com to get registration form and hotel reservation information for the Hilton Garden Inn group room block. Completed forms are to be returned to the chamber by Tuesday, February 10. The cost of registration, which includes a group dinner on Wednesday night and the Thursday luncheon, is $125 per person.
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Chamber Announces New Campaign Endeavor - February 4, 2015

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce president, Derek Pierce, announces James and Meg Camp as chairmen of the Chamber’s inaugural Total Resource Campaign. This five-week revenue generating effort starts with a Kick-Off Luncheon sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to reach a goal of $85,000 by March 3. The Total Resource Campaign will create five teams of volunteers under the leadership of the chairmen.

The five team captains, Andi Foster, Vieux Carre Photography; Diane Tindol, Farmers State Bank; Lacie Payne, Light & Champion; Will Lucas, Shelby Savings Bank; and Susan Hairgrove, Jordan Health Services will recruit volunteers to market sponsorships to Chamber events and publications, while also seeking new members for the Chamber. The all-volunteer Campaign consists of more than 100 sponsorships available during the Campaign. Volunteers assist companies with choosing options best suited to meet the organization’s marketing needs.

“The TRC offers excellent exposure for companies both at the Chamber’s events and within our signature publications,” said Pam Phelps, executive director. Teams are currently forming for the campaign. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1919 to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.

“The Campaign is a great way for volunteers to meet our area’s top community leaders and business owners while working directly with many of the Chamber’s most dedicated leadership,” suggested Meg Camp, “so contact the Chamber at 936.598.3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com to take advantage of this great opportunity to get involved.”
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Old SRMC, McMullen Medical Records Available for Claiming - Febuary 9, 2015
Submitted by Vickie Jernigan

If you have medical records at the old Shelby Regional Medical Center (SRMC) that need to be picked up the hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday from 10am until 6pm.

The location to pickup records has been changed to Dr. Hookers old office at the front of the hospital. There also are a large quantity of records from Dr. McMullen's office stored at this location at this time which do contain a lot of children's shot records amongst other records.

March 11, 2015 will be the absolute last day for records to be picked up. All records not claimed will be shredded.

A letter is not necessary to acquire your records, they can now be looked up at the facility by name through a computer system. Personnel records are also available from 2008 - 2013.

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Tri-County Monthly Board Meeting - March 2, 2015
Submitted by Latisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday March 2, 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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Portacool to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Headquarters - February 26, 2015
Submitted by Misty Wilburn

Portacool, the global leader in evaporative cooling solutions located at 721 FM 2468 Center, Texas, will host a groundbreaking ceremony and unveil project renderings of its new global headquarters site located adjacent to the company’s manufacturing facility on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 9am.

The new 13,500-square-foot corporate office will house approximately 45 employees including the executive team, sales, marketing, customer service, accounting, IT, sourcing and logistics departments.

The building will be built under the direction of local firms including Curtis Architecture and Kingham Construction – the lead developer/contractor. Construction is slated for completion in October 2015.


Red box indicates Ceremony location.

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Desert Storm Observance this Friday - February 25, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

The Gulf War codenamed Operation Desert Storm began on January 17, 1991 when coalition forces from 34 nations led by the United States began aerial bombardment of Iraq. This was in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait. A week later on February 24th, a ground assault began the liberation of Kuwait and advancement into Iraqi territory. When the war ended on February 28th, 1991, 148 Americans had died in battle. There were another 145 nonbattle deaths and 467 wounded.

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will remember the service and sacrifice of those Americans who participated in “Desert Storm” with a memorial wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center, Texas on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. All Desert Storm veterans are invited as our guest(s) of honor. As always the public is cordially invited. More information contact post quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976.

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Paradise Villa Apartment Complex Open House, Apartment Renovated - February 24, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Shofner

Paradise Villa Apartment Complex is hosting an open house on Thursday, February 26, 2015 to view the newly renovated apartment at 1239 Sunset Circle, Center, Texas.

Open house will be from 11am until 1pm; sandwiches and cookies will be served.

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Center HS Cheerleader Tryouts - March 2, 2015
Submitted by Margo Williams

It is time to tryout for your spot on the CHS Roughrider JV and Varsity Squad. 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders may tryout for high school cheer:

Tryouts are Monday, March 2nd, at the high school. We will meet at the library at 4 P.M. and tryouts will begin at 5 P.M.

If you have any questions, please contact Margo Williams at 590-2824 or 598-6173, ext. 2212

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Center MS Cheer Tryout Dates Set - February 20, 2015
Submitted by Stephnie Helton and Jessica Andrews

It's THAT time again!!! Time to tryout for your spot on the CMS Rider Cheer program! 6th & 7th graders trying out for 2015-2016 Middle School cheer:

  • Tryouts will be on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the High School gym.

Pick your packets up at the CMS front office!!!

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SCCAC Fourth Annual Princess Ball - February 26, 2015
Submitted by Denise Merriman, Flyer

(Update): As of February 19, 2015 the Princess Ball is sold out.

The SCCAC’s Fourth Annual Princess Ball will take place Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center. The event is open to girls age 3-13 and their family member escort.

The evening will include a red carpet entrance, music and dancing, ice sculptures, refreshments, and a special gift for each princess that attends. Photographers will be available starting at 5:30 pm for those don’t want to miss a moment of dancing.

Tickets are $20 and will go on sale January 12. Table reservations are an additional $50. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to give your princess a magical night! Be sure to call (936) 590-9864 soon to get your tickets and reserve a table.

Princess Ball 2015 is sponsored by:
Monco Motor Co.; Smith’s Sawmill Service; Nix Forest Industries Inc.; Trails End Grocery & Rv; Ultra, Inc.; Cline Family Medicine; Walker's On The Square; Timpson Quick Stop; Texas State Bank; As You Wish Photography; Snell Photography; and Hughes Florist.

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Dutch Oven Cooking - February 17, 2015
Submitted by Carolyn Chandler

Dutch Oven Cooking will be held Saturday, February 21 at the Boles Field on FM 2694, six and a half miles from Shelbyville. Set up is at 9:00am and pots on the table at 12noon. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Carolyn Chandler at 936-598-5349.

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Mission Belize 2015 Fish Fry Fundraiser - February 20, 2015
Submitted by Stacey Scarborough

Mission Belize 2015 Fish fry fundraiser to be held Saturday, February 21st at Huxley Fire Station starting at 5pm. Meal includes fish, fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, beans, bread, drink and dessert. "All you can eat dine-in" plates are available for $15. Take-out plates are $10.

All proceeds to to Mission Belize 2015 trip. Several churches will be going and Bro. Gordon Vaughn is the one organizing the trip. For more information, contact Rusty Hall at 318-422-1511.

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Notice Of Ballot Drawing For Joaquin ISD School Board Election - March 2, 2015
Submitted by Jennifer McCann

Notice is hereby given that on the 6th day of March 2015, there will be a drawing for positions on the ballot of the May 9th School Board Election in accordance with Election Code at 10:00 a.m., in the Joaquin ISD Boardroom, 11109 Highway 84 East, Joaquin, Texas.

On this 2nd day of March, 2015, this Notice was mailed to news media who had previously requested such Notice and an original copy was posted on the bulletin board outside the School District Administration Building at 10am on said date.

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Citizens Seek to Establish Mobile Food Pantry in Joaquin - February 20, 2015
Submitted by Lauren Hovey

A mobile pantry is being established by citizens in Joaquin and they will be having a community meeting on February 22 at 5:30pm at First Baptist Haslam. Involved parties have been working with East Texas Foodbank to get the food bank started. This meeting is to develop community involvement and let citizens know how they can help and be a part of getting the pantry started.

Shelby County is what is known as an at risk county and there are a lot of people who have food insecurities. By starting this pantry we hope to see that number decrease drastically in our community.

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Lake Area Beekeepers Upcoming Events - Febrauary 22, 2015
Submitted by Joyce Harper

Lake Area Beekeepers announce upcoming events for March. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM at 611 W. Columbia St., San Augustine. Mr. Johnny Cox will speak on “Honey Production”.

A Hive Building Class Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 AM at 175 CR 2704, Shelbyville. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish.

Attendees and members: Do you have, or know of, used in good condition beekeeping tools, equipment and supplies for sale? Let’s start an open sourcing file.

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6th Annual Timpson City Wide Easter Egg Hunt - March 2, 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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A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival - February 26, 2015
Submitted by Brittney Johnson

Held in the heart of San Augustine, San Augustine Main Street proudly presents the 1st Annual “A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival” – a day filled with memories and remnants of the many heritages that contribute to the culture of San Augustine and East Texas! To experience this unique culture firsthand, visit downtown San Augustine on May 2, 2015 and discover many of the generations-old traditions – and some emerging ones, too!

In conjunction with the festival, San Augustine County Farmer’s Market season will kick-off on the south side of the Courthouse with local grown produce and homemade goods. Festival goers may also watch various food demos including how to prepare and cook fresh greens, Dutch oven cooking, how to make hot water corn bread and tea cakes and even how to make Indian Tacos. Don’t miss the Pinto Bean Cook-off judging at “Bean Gazebo” at 10 AM.

The Festival additionally offers a day of entertainment, cultural displays, demonstrations, artists and artisans and live music. Here you can see antique toys and cars, Indian artifacts, learn about the history of our native wildlife and watch various demos such as: quilting, genealogy research, doll making, grapevine wreath making, beekeeping and much more. In addition, various entertainers will perform throughout the day including accomplished Native American style flute player, Rodney Barger, as well as local entertainers performing songs from the 30’s and 40’s, early African American music, songs of the Republic of Texas and a duet with fiddles and songs of the early west.

After enjoying the festival, take a stroll through downtown San Augustine and visit the charming gift shops, the old fashioned soda fountain at San Augustine Drug, the old town well at the Stripling Drug Building, the 1927 County Courthouse and “Junk in the Trunk” at Santa Fe Park.

Traditional heritage, including traditional festivals are important characteristics of a community's cultural identity. It is important to pass on traditional culture to younger generations and preserve the history and endeavors of the town's forefathers and mothers. The “A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival” is a grassroots, volunteer-oriented event with the goal of educating the community of rural East Texas heritage. Please join us for a meaningful and fun day celebrating our history! All proceeds generated by the event will be returned to the community through the continued efforts of San Augustine Main Street to beautify and promote downtown San Augustine. To learn more about the event or how you may participate or help at the event, please contact Tracy Cox at 936-275-3172.

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The Pines Theater Presents Cinema Toast - Febraury 26, 2015
Submitted by Kendel Rogers

The Pines Theater continues the 2015 season Thursday, March 5 with an evening of musical memories from the silver screen by Cinema Toast, a trio of New York's top vocalists.

"This is a great show for anyone who loves classic movies and the unforgettable songs go with them," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. "It's a salute to the music of classic films, and you'll hear songs like 'Moon River,' 'Over the Rainbow,' 'The Way We Were," and so many more. Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, John Williams, this show is a Who's Who of classic cinematic composers."

Cinema Toast is a trio of highly acclaimed New York singers, Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and Lee Lessack.

Coulter has won five Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Awards, five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist. He toured the U.S. in" Forever Plaid" and was in the world premiere of "Floyd Collins." He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Hendy has performed on Broadway in "Amour," "Aida" and "Cats," and toured the U.S. and Canada in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." She is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Billboard Magazine has called Lessack's singing “Cabaret romanticism of a high order." He has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and has released five albums. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Cinema Toast'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 April 9 with American Idol favorite Michael Lynche. After a summer break, the season cranks up again Aug. 13 with musical renaissance man Mike Farris, who sings the songs from the soul of America, from Motown to Memphis to Muscle Shoals.

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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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San Augustine Garden Club Hosting Gala Garden Fair - February 25, 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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Big Nac Music Festival: 40 Bands for 4 Days in Texas’ Oldest Town - February 24, 2015
Submitted by Jannette Sparks

Texas Music Magazine is pleased to announce the performers for the Big Nac Music Festival March 5-8, 2015 in historic downtown Nacogdoches.

The Big Nac Music Festival will showcase over 40 of the best well-known and emerging Texas’ artists across multiple genres, including country, rock, blues, indie and bluegrass. Artists featured at this year’s festival include: Bob Livingston, The O’s, Funkotron, Shinyribs, Tessy Lou and The Shotgun Stars, The Pine-Knot Music Co-Op, Country Willie Edwards, Reckless Kelly, Chris Watson Band, Breting Engel, Whisky Shivers, Shelley King, Maddison Livingston, Joe Ely, Wood and Wire, Sour Bridges, Emily Bell, Tyler and The Tribe, Mike and The Moonpies, Henry + The Invisibles, Jack Ingram, John Evans, Crooks, El Tule, BettySoo, Milk Drive, Anthony Da Costa, Somebody’s Darling, The Bellfuries, Soul Track Mind, Micky and The Motorcars, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Guy Forsythe Blue Band, Matt the Electrician and more.


Left to Right: Jack Ingram, Joe Ely, Shelley King

The event will also include free “pop up” day shows featuring different talented musicians and various children’s activities.
“There’s something for everyone at the Big Nac Music Festival,” said event organizer Jon Niess. “There’s a variety of musical performances to suit each individual’s taste, and activities for all ages to enjoy.”

Four-day passes, which are good for all nighttime shows, are currently available for $50 (plus $2.00 handling fee) and may be purchased online at www.bignac.com. A limited number of VIP passes are also available and will include access to VIP happy hours, gift bags and VIP seating at certain venues. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

For more information about the Big Nac Music Festival, please visit www.visitnacogdoches.org or be our friend on facebook @Visit Nacogdoches.

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Columbia Museum Annual Board Meeting - February 26, 2015
Submitted by Becca Tatum

Updated: Due to inclement weather The Museum had to cancel their Annual Board Meeting on February 24, 2015.  The Museum has rescheduled the meeting for March 9, 2015 at 5:30PM in the Auditorium at the Museum.  All the general public is encouraged to come and join in this meeting.  We hope to see you there.

The museum will hold their annual board meeting on February 24, 2015 at 6pm. We want to invite the public to our meeting. It will be held inside the auditorium at the museum. We look forward to seeing you then.

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From Servitude to Service - February 20, 2015
Submitted by Michael Mumaugh

During the American Civil War the United States recruited large numbers of Free Men of Color as well as recently freed slaves into the army. Louisiana supplied a large number of these men who would make up the Corps de’Afrique or the United States Colored Troops. Come to Mansfield State Historic Site at 2pm on February 21, to catch a screening of portions of the movie “Glory” as well as a presentation on those USCT troops that served in Louisiana.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is $4.00 per person; children 12 and under and seniors 62 and over are admitted free. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LouisianaTravel.com
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East Texas Black Bear Task Force Winter Meeting - February 24, 2015
Submitted by Sara Fuller

The East Texas Black Bear Task force will hold their winter meeting on Thursday, February 26, at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas.

The meeting will focus on providing members with updates of organizational activities, current research, as well as future actions needed to accomplish the organization’s mission. Dave Holdermann, wildlife diversity biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife, will also provide the organization with an update of potential black bear sightings currently under investigation in the region.

The black bear, whose native range once spanned Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma has begun to reappear in portions of its native East Texas territory after original populations were devastated by loss of habitat and over harvesting throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This re-emergence is due in large part to the Louisiana black bears’ designation and protection as a threatened subspecies under the Federal Endangered Species Act since 1990, as well as the reintroduction of American black bears to Arkansas in the early 1960s. The growing populations in adjacent states have resulted in a natural, slow return of the native species in small numbers to the forests of East Texas. It remains illegal to kill or harm a black bear in Texas, with violations carrying significant fines, jail time and/or loss of hunting privileges.

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Public Invited to Irish Fest - February 4, 2015
Submitted by Joyce Hughes

You are most welcome to Irish Fest Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. William Catholic Church, 4088 N.W. Loop in Carthage, Texas 75633.

Project String Power's Super Group String Orchestra, Silver Dew Bluegrass Band, Pineywoods Harp Ensemble, Tori Windham and the Kessler Family will entertain. A tasty baked potato meal with all the trimmings will be served following the show.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from Project String Power students, board members or friends.

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Great East Texas Outdoor Fest 2015 - February 2, 2015
Submitted Patricia Smith

Mark your calender for the Great East Texas Outdoor Fest 2015 to be held March 6 and March 7th at the Hemphill Rodeo Arena. The event will feature live music, entertainment, food and fun, vendors, a beer garden, and a kiddie area. Live music will feature Charlie Robison in concert on March 7th with gates opening at 6pm. Featured entertainment includes Gator Country and Wood B Creations.

A raffle will be held also with prizes including Pontoon Boat, 10 Rifles, Yeti Coolers, Rods & Reels, Hunting Gear, Fishing Gear and Camping Gear. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at getoutdoorsfest.com.

The festival will be open from noon until 6pm on Friday and from 9am until 5pm on Saturday. Proceeds from the event go towards the long range goal to eventually build a pavilion, park and boat ramp area somewhere on the Texas side Toledo Bend Lake that is easily accessible to the public to swim, have tournaments, picnics, etc. The Great East Texas Outdoor Fest is promoting Sabine County and the many things in the area that will entice people and businesses to settle here or make Toledo Bend a vacation destination.

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