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World War II Seminar at Center High School - January 29, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will join the Center High School students of History Teacher Heaven Umbrell to discuss the events of World War II and Shelby County’s participation.

There will be two sessions on Tuesday, February 10 from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm with about 75 students in each. All World War II veterans are cordially invited to either session or both to talk to the students about your experiences and allow for questions. If you would like to participate or just attend please contact Larry Hume at 598-2976, email chief@chiefimaging.com or facebook https://www.facebook.com/larry.hume.7 . Family members are also invited and encouraged to accompany their veteran but we need to know who and how many to arrange for school passes, etc.

This is a great opportunity for our youth to understand the service and sacrifice that went on from 1941 to 1945 but only you the WW II Veteran can tell it as it happened.


It’s Not Too Late to Be The Biggest Loser in Shelby County - January 28, 2015
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn McSwain

After our first weigh-in on Monday, January 26th, we have 58 participants ready to become the biggest loser in Shelby County — of weight, that is. It’s not too late to join in the fun with this exciting weight loss program. The deadline to enter is Monday, February 2nd. A monetary award, gym membership, a hair make-over, massages, and gift cards are among the prizes available for the most successful competitors in the county’s version of “The Biggest Loser” contest.

Stop by the Shelby County Extension office located at 200 San Augustine Street, #7 (active courthouse annex building) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to weigh-in, submit a $30.00 participation fee and have your picture taken.

Winners in the Biggest Loser contest will be determined by the percentage of body weight they shed during the three-month competition, not by lost pounds. All participants will be encouraged to check-in periodically to chart their progress, which ends with a final weigh-in at the Shelby County Extension office on April 21, 2015. The winners will be recognized at an upcoming County Commissioners meeting.

Shelby County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain says the Shelby County Fit program also will include a weekly Zumba class, a gym membership, Sonic Boom participation with county employees, healthy cooking classes, 5K fun run/walks and fitness routines to do at home.

McSwain says she expects the Biggest Loser program to make a big impact at the start of the Shelby County Fit campaign. “This is a contest designed to be fun” she says, “but at the same time help people achieve their weight-loss goals. And although there are prizes, everyone who reaches a healthier weight is a winner.”

If you have questions about this wellness program, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences at 598-7744 or Jheri-Lynn.Smith@ag.tamu.edu.


Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic - January 28, 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, February 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.


Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting - Januay 26, 2015
Submitted by Latisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday February 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


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.


Concealed Handgun License Course - January 26, 2015
Submitted by Gerald Huddleston

Concealed Handgun License Course being offered on Saturday, February 7 beginning at 8 am in Huxley. Course is being taught by retired Law Enforcement officer. Space is limited for number of students.

Call 936-488-3763 or email huddcotraining@gmail.com.


Valentine’s Day Contest at The Little Fox Marketplace - January 26, 2015
Submitted by Tracie Galindo (Advertiser)

Valentine’s Day Contest at The Little Fox Marketplace – No Artistic Ability Required!

Can you guess the number of balloons stuffed in our front window display? Enter your guess on an entry form at The Little Fox Marketplace on the Center Square. You can guess one time per day from Tuesday, January 27th until Thursday, February 12th at 5 pm. No purchase is necessary to enter.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 13th. The closest guess to the correct number of balloons wins a LARGE gift basket filled with goodies by Just Stuff (KB Axen). The second closest guess wins a large candy bouquet by The Little Fox Marketplace. The third closest guess wins a “Wiggle Worm” by db Metal Art. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by a random drawing from tied entries.

While entering the contest, check out our unique Valentine’s Day gifts including Longhorn Candy, Da Vinci Beads, Candy Bouquets, Cookie Bouquets, and Loveable Links.

Follow The Little Fox as she journeys around East Texas taking “selfies” at www.Facebook.com/thelittlefoxmarketplace. Call 936-590-4422 for more information.


Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic - January 23, 2015
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Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Pet Wellness Clinic every fourth Saturday from 10-3p. The next clinic will take place on Saturday, January 24th 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.

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.
Chamber Announces New Campaign Endeavor - January 22, 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, Coca Cola; 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.”

Wild Game Cook-off and Banquet - January 21, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Ownes, Flyer

There will be a Wild Game Cook-off and Banquet held on Saturday, February 7, 2015.The banquet will be at 6pm in the Civic Center. The cook-off judging will begin at 5pm, participants may cook on site or off.

The keynote speaker will be Bobby Brasher. Mr. Brasher is an noted outdoorsman, hig school football coach and executive director of Christian Hunters and Anglers.

For those interested in donating wild game to be cooked for the banquet: contact Buddy Hancock (936) 590-0022.

For those interested in cooking: contact Rusty Sanford (936) 554-2496), Buddy Hancock (936) 590-0022, or David Koonce (936) 590-0994. Ticket stubs will be drawn to award the Door Prizes!!

Sponsored by local churches. To help promote the event and invite friends, free tickets are available at the office of First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas, (936) 598-5605.


Vietnam Peace Accord of 1973 Observance - January 27, 2015
Submitted by Larry Hume

The Paris Peace Accord ending the Vietnam War was signed on January 27, 1973, and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops. The terms of the accords called for a complete ceasefire in South Vietnam, allowed North Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured, release of US prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict. As an enticement to South Vietnam, President Nixon offered US airpower to enforce the peace terms (this was stopped in December 1974 when Congress cut off all military aid to South Vietnam).

More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are still 1,637 missing in action.

In observance of the 42nd Anniversary Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host a Memorial Observance for those who served in the Vietnam War. A wreath laying will take place at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.

The names of nine Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during the Vietnam War will be read. They are: Ted W. Adams, William L. “Shorty” Andrews, Jimmy Barnett, Mac Curtis Buckley, Larry Byford, Ray Chatelain, Jr., William H. Eaden, Jerry Lynn Hughes, and Taylor D. Johnson.

As always the public is cordially invited.


CASA of Deep East Texas Calls for Volunteers This MLK Day - January 16, 2015
Submitted by Kim Herman

At the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. King’s dream was equal rights for all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin.

CASA of Deep East Texas also has a dream this Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a dream that every child in Texas has a safe, permanent home.
When children are removed from their homes due to evidence of abuse or neglect, they are placed in the child welfare system, sometimes far away from their friends and loved ones. Often times, they are left to navigate the system on their own without a consistent adult to guide them.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are appointed by judges to speak up for a child in court. A CASA volunteer’s main goal is to help move the child out of the temporary system and into a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASA of Deep East Texas is one of the 71 local CASA programs in Texas that recruit volunteers to advocate for children in court.

“By getting to know the child personally and speaking up for his or her best interest, CASA volunteers make sure the child’s voice is not lost in the chaos of court proceedings,” said Kim Herman, Interim Executive Director of CASA of Deep East Texas.

In 2013, more than 46,600 Texas children were in the child welfare system. Of those children, roughly half did not have a CASA volunteer.
Last year, 48 CASA volunteers served 198 children in the child welfare system in Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine counties, but 62 children still need a volunteer to advocate for their best interests.
“We hope for a day when CASA is no longer needed because all children are safe and cared for,” said Herman. “But until then, we need more community members to step up and advocate for our most vulnerable children.”

CASA volunteers speak with everyone involved in the child’s life, including family members, teachers, therapists and foster parents. They gather information about the child’s physical, educational and emotional needs and report their findings to the court so that the judge can make an informed placement decision.

CASA volunteers advocate first and foremost for reunification with the child’s immediate family, but when that is not an option they work to place the child with a loving adoptive family.

“At CASA of Deep East Texas, we have a dream of ensuring that every child has a forever home where they can thrive and grow,” said Herman. “Join us in making our dream a reality this Martin Luther King Jr. Day by becoming a CASA volunteer.”

For more information, visit www.becomeacasa.org, www.casaofdet.com or call (936)560-4711. The next New Volunteer Training for Nacogdoches County begins Monday January 26, 2015 from 5-9pm at the CASA office located at 115 E. Main in Nacogdoches. To become a CASA, you must be at least 21 years of age, commit about 10 hours a month to a case and go through the 30 hour training. Other dates that you are required to attend are Thursday January 29 from 5-9pm and Saturday January 31st 9-4pm with swearing in and court observation on Monday February 2nd at 8:30am. Shelby and San Augustine County trainings will be held at the CASA office in Center, TX February 2, 5, and 7.

Arbor Day Celebration, Tree Seedling Give-A-Way - January 27, 2015
Submitted by Britney Compton

Free trees for your yard! Texas A&M Forest Service will be giving away 2,000 hardwood seedling in San Augustine, Sabine, and Shelby Counties for Arbor Day. Locations for the seedling give-a-way will be at the Center, San Augustine and Hemphill Brookshire Brothers' parking lots on Tuesday, January 27th beginning at 9:30am. Please stop by and pick up your free trees and help beautify Sabine, San Augustine and Shelby County.
USDA FSA Reminds Producers of Livestock Forage Disaster Program Deadline - January 22, 2015
Submitted by Tina Crofford

USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds livestock producers that the January 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from October 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014, is fast approaching.

Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, restored by the 2014 Farm Bill resumed in April 2014, after having expired on September 30, 2011. To date, more than 556,000 applications have been approved to assist farmers and ranchers in recovering from nearly three years of natural disasters.

The Livestock Indemnity Program provides financial assistance to eligible producers for livestock deaths. Losses can be caused by adverse weather, extreme temperatures, disease, or wildfires, or due to attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators.

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides compensation to livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. Qualifying droughts are based on U.S Drought Monitor severity ratings, and qualifying fires are those occurring on rangeland managed by a federal agency and normally permitted for grazing.

"I encourage producers who have experienced grazing or livestock death losses to contact their local FSA office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment if they have not signed up for livestock disaster assistance benefits," said Canales.

To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting their losses. Supporting documents may include livestock birth records, purchase and transportation receipts, photos and ownership records showing the number and type of livestock lost, documents listing the gallons of water transported to livestock during drought, information related to grazing land, grazing leases or federal grazing permits, and more.

Local FSA county offices can provide additional information on the types of records producers will need to apply for assistance. Producers are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Producers who already have appointments don’t need to take any additional action to meet the deadline. FSA offices can be found at offices.usda.gov. To learn more about these FSA disaster programs, visit disaster.fsa.usda.gov

These programs were made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill


Old SRMC Medical Records Available for Claiming; New Hours Start Next Week - January 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 starting January 12th.

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 13, 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.


Youth Career Fair - December 29, 2014
Submitted by LaTreaser Cartwright

Work Force Solutions announces a Youth Career Fair which will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 10am - 2pm. It will be located at the John D. Windham Civic Center, 146 Express Blvd, Center, Tx 75935

  • Employment Opportunities
  • Connect with Local Businesses and Organizations
  • Resume and Application Assistance
  • Mock Interviews

For more information contact:
LaTreaser Cartwright or Chaquana Harper-Wells @ (936)598-2468

Sponsored by:
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Work Force Solutions
City of Center


Center Christian Academy Chicken Gumbo Fundraiser - January 28, 2015
Submitted by Joanna Birdwell

Center Christian Academy is having a Chicken Gumbo Lunch Fundraiser on Friday, February 6. Lunch includes: Homemade chicken gumbo, rice, crackers, and dessert for $6.

Lunches can be picked up at Center Christian Academy, (new location on Timpson Highway), between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. We will also deliver orders of 5 or more. Please contact the school at 936-598-7156 or Joanna Birdwell at 936-591-4328 to order.


Lodge 149 to Hold Meeting - January 28, 2015
Submitted by Paul Ragan

Sam Samford Lodge 149 is holding a meeting on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The meeting is to confer an Entered Apprentice Mason Degree. Refreshment will be served at 6:30pm and the degree process will begin at 7:30pm.


Center HS Cheerleader Tryouts - January 23, 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:

Packets must be returned by Tuesday, February 3rd, by 3:30 P.M. to the principal's office. You may pick up your packet in Ms. Margo's office.

Tryout clinic is Saturday, February 21st, from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon. There is a mandatory parent meeting immediately after this clinic at 12 Noon in the high school cafeteria.

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


Center HS Junior Class Selling Spirit Shirts - January 23, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

Just a reminder that the Junior class is currently selling shirts for a prom fundraiser. We have two options; both designs are on a raglan style shirt that is purple and white. Both of the shirt styles are $20 each. The order form with money is due by Monday, January 26th.

If you could make sure that all order forms and money are at the front office of your school by 1:00, we will come by and pick them up by the end of the day. Click here for order form option A. Click here for order form option B. Thank you in advance for your support!


Center MS Cheer Tryout Dates Set - January 23, 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:

  • Packets must be returned by Wednesday, February 18, 2015
  • Mandatory parent meeting is Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Middle School cafeteria.
  • Tryout Clinic is Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8-10 am at the High School gym.
  • Tryouts will be on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the High School gym.

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


Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 SCV to Elect New Officers - January 22, 2015
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. We will be electing our officers for the 2015 year.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information.


Valentine's Market at Piney Woods Outreach Center - January 16, 2015
Submitted by Open Door Worship Center

You are invited to join us at the Open Door Women's Department Valentine Market and we are looking for vendors to participate. The event will take place Friday, February 13, 2015 and Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10am to 7pm at the Piney Woods Outreach Center.

Vendor fee is $100 and all proceeds made at the fair belong to the vendor. Application forms are due by January 30, 2015. You can get an application from Open Door members.


Center Youth Baseball Sign Up Dates - January 15, 2015
Submitted by Melissa Bradshaw-McGhen

Center Youth Baseball will be holding signups for the 2015 season on January 30, February 6 & 13 from 5-7pm at the Center Middle School Cafeteria. 4 yr old league $70; 5-12 yr old league $85; 13&14 yr old league $110. If anyone has any questions or is interesting in coaching please call Jason Mitchell at (936)488-2863 or Melissa McGhen at (936)488-9034.


CHS Theatre Department to Present "Her Senior Year" - January 22, 20157
Submitted by Chris Watlington

The Center High School Department of Theatre presents its Winter Production of "Her Senior Year" on Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 and Friday, January 23 at 7:00 at the CHS auditorium.

"Her Senior Year" is the story of a young and popular girl in a small school whose storybook life is interrupted when she discovers she has a serious illness. All of her friends are affected by her struggles but are inspired by her courage. They laugh together--a lot--but they also cry together and grow together.

If the show were a movie it would be rated PG--appropriate for anyone 4th grade or older, but due to the serious issues that the disease causes, the material may not be for the very young.

The Thursday January 22 show begins at 6:00. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students.

The Friday January 23 "dessert theatre" evening begins at 7:00 and features desserts prepared by the CHS Culinary Arts students. Come having eaten dinner and we will feed you dessert. Dessert is served at 7:00 and the show begins at 7:30. Admission to the dessert theatre is $5 for adulst and $3 for students.


SCCAC Fourth Annual Princess Ball - January 6, 2015
Submitted by Denise Merriman, Flyer

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.

Financial Peace University Provides Hope to Families in Joaquin, Surrounding Areas - January 28, 2015
Submitted by Donna Vergo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 2.5 million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Joaquin at:

Joaquin High School located at 11109 Highway 84 East in Joaquin. The classes will begin Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. Contact Donna Vergo for more information or to register.

Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.

“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” says Ramsey. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”

Ramsey knows first-hand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since then Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to get control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did.

FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey, and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization.

After purchasing a membership each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to www.daveramsey.com.

Joaquin Youth Sports Baseball/Softball Registration Dates - January 26, 2015
Submitted by Tiffany Brittain

Joaquin Youth Sports will hold registration for the 2015 season of baseball/softball on the following days:

  • Tuesday, January 27 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Word of Faith Gym
  • Saturday, January 31 from 9am-12pm at Joaquin High School Gym Entrance
  • Tuesday, February 3 from 5:30pm- 7:30pm at Word of Faith Gym
  • Saturday, February 7 from 9am -12pm at Joaquin High School Gym Entrance

Registration will be $80 per child or $150 per household. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate with you to registration.


Joaquin ISD Student Council to Raffle Quilt - January 23, 2015
Submitted by Joani Johnson

The Joaquin ISD Student Council is selling tickets to raffle off a quilt made by Vivian Chamberlain. Mrs. Chamberlain donated the quilt in dedication to her son Woody Chamberlain who was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Joaquin High School from 1996-1998. The quilt was also donated in honor of her grandson Clay Fleming who is currently a junior at Joaquin High School.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket please come by the JHS office. The tickets are $1 each and the drawing will be on Friday, February 13th at the basketball game.


Shelbyville Band Booster to Hold Monthly Meeting - January 22, 2015
Submitted by Lori Alvis

The Shelbyville Band Boosters will have their monthly meeting, this Monday, January 26th, at 6pm in the Band Hall.
Please try to attend. We will be discussing fundraisers and band trips


Shelbyville Youth Baseball/Softball Signups - January 9, 2014
Submitted by Leah Williams

The Shelbyville Youth BSL will have sign-ups at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville on the following dates:

January 31st 9:00am -12:00pm
February 3rd 5:30pm - 7:30pm
February 7th 9:00am -12:00pm

Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to sign-ups. Child must be 5 years old or older to play. The Cost is $80 -1st child; $75 -2nd; $70 for each additional child. We will have uniforms there for sizing. If you are interested in coaching please sign up that day. Coaches meeting will be held on Feb 12th at 6:30 pm. Opening day will be March 28th, 2014.

Late signups will no longer be taken after the Coaches meeting. If you would like to sign up your child, please do so before the 12th of February. If you have questions or concerns email ShelbyvilleYBSL@yahoo.com. Or call 936-332-0165 and leave a message.


Timpson COC Welcomes New Business - January 22, 2015
Submitted by Paul Smith

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes C. J. Davis Memorial funeral Chapel to Timpson by having a ribbon cutting and grand opening Saturday February 7, at 1 PM.

Rev. Scotty D. Bland is the owner. The Chapel is located at 453 McLaughlin down from the school. We thank Rev. Bland for joining our Chamber and hope that everyone will come out to meet him


Lakes Area Beekeeping Association Meeting - January 29, 2015
Submitted by Joyce Harper

Members, new members, visitors please join us for our February meeting Lakes Area Beekeeping Association 7pm February 3 at 611 West Colombia St. (Chamber of Commerce Building), San Augustine. We would be happy to welcome new members and visitors. Our mission is to help and support people with beekeeping. Our regular meetings are scheduled the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the above address.

We also have planned a series of four classes on beekeeping the first one scheduled for 9am Saturday, February 7 at 611 West Colombia St., San Augustine.


Overton Brooks VA to host National Salute to Veterans 2015 - January 28, 2015
Submitted by Joe Thomas

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA – Overton Brooks VA Medical Center will host a National Salute to Veterans 2015 ceremony at the Medical Center, Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. Veterans, Veterans families and other community members are invited to attend. Caddo Magnet High JROTC will present the colors and LaTisha Robinson will sing the National Anthem. Ryan Jacobsen, a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, will be the guest speaker.

The week of Feb. 14 each year is designed to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans, increase community awareness about VA medical centers and encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and volunteers. National Salute is an opportunity to say thank you to more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliary facilities and nursing homes.


Blurred Lines: Louisiana's Free Men of Color - January 28, 2015
Submitted by Michael Mumaugh

The understanding of the pre-1865 American history of the South is often seen in Black and White. This view often ignores the French and Spanish influences to our nation’s social structure. Come to Mansfield State Historic Site on February 7 at 11am and 2pm to learn about America’s, as well as Louisiana’s forgotten history on those who were called “Creoles of Color” or Free People of Color.

11am: "Free People of Color"- Michael Mumaugh

2pm: "African-America's Service to the South" - Will Wilson
from Vicksburg National Military Park.

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


New Lufkin Bridge Club Invites Local Players to Join - January 26, 2015
Submitted by Karen Jennings

Bridge is the world’s greatest game of the mind,” said club manager Karen Jennings. “It’s stimulating and challenging and it also provides the ideal setting for socializing with interesting people and making new friends.”

The Joie de Vivre Duplicate Bridge Club is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). The ACBL’s 165,000 members come together for more than 2.5 million tables of play each year at 3,300 clubs and tournaments throughout North America. The club meets each Saturday in Lufkin at 10:00am. Contact Karen at 936-225-4575 for details.

Additionally, bridge lessons begin Tuesday, February 10th at 5:30 pm.


Annual Workshop to Highlight Tax Law Changes for Forest Landowners - Janauary 20, 2015
Submitted by Brooke Catalena

When it comes to taxes, all of the ins and outs and information you have to know is mind-numbing—but important. It’s especially important that forest landowners stay informed on the latest updates to tax laws regarding their timberland properties.

Knowing the tax laws will give you an advantage in planning your forest management activities. Sometimes landowners do not know about timber taxes and continue to pay more than their fair share of taxes on their timber income. Even forest landowners who use accountants need to understand record keeping, how timber expenses and income are taxed, since some tax preparers are not well versed in special tax treatment for forestry.

The 2015 Texas Timber Tax Workshop scheduled for next month in East Texas is a day-long event that will provide information on timber tax laws and rules, helping attendees understand recent changes before filing taxes. Along with federal income tax, timberland property tax laws in Texas will be discussed.

“This workshop is important because it brings landowners up-to-date on federal timber tax laws, which often change,” Omkar Joshi said, Forest Economist for Texas A&M Forest Service.

This annual workshop hosted by Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Forestry Association, is an all-day event that gives hundreds of foresters, landowners and other professionals the training and education needed for applying new tax rules, which could prove as an advantage in forest management planning.

“Tax laws aren’t simple and timber taxation rules can be even more complex,” Joshi said. “We want landowners to be fully aware of the many favorable tax provisions and help them to determine appropriate basis of their property.”

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, 601 Dennis St., Diboll, TX. Registration is $75 and includes a workbook, lunch and refreshments.

The workshop is designed for forest landowners, consulting foresters, public accountants, loggers, attorneys and anyone who deals with timber taxes. Participating in this workshop also qualifies for continuing education credits.

For more information or to register, go to http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/timbertaxworkshop. Or contact Jennifer Hayes at 979-458-6630 or jhayes@tfs.tamu.edu.


San Augustine Main Street Patrons and Loyal Supporters (SAMS PALS) Junk in the Trunk - January 16, 2015
Submitted by Tracy Cox

We invite you to participate in the second of many “Junk in the Trunk” events sponsored and planned by the San Augustine Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee. This second event will be held on Saturday February 7, 2015 . The plan is to have the event on a quarterly basis. Bring your wares, crafts, antiques, organization promotions, garage sale items, etc. to the downtown courthouse parking area. The object is to provide a place for the community to come together for the purpose of promoting our historic downtown and the merchants that stay open on Saturdays. A Main Street representative will be there to assist you from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Yes there will be food vendors!

Remember just drive down, find a parking space, open the trunk or sell from the back of your truck. We welcome your calls for questions. Attached is the application form. You can also come by the Main Street office at the courthouse!

The schedule for upcoming Junk in the Trunk Events are as follows: February 7, 2015, May 2, 2015 (Texas Treasure Heritage Festival), August 1, 2015, and November 7, 2015 will round out the year.


The Pines Theater Presents John Berry - January 8, 2015
Submitted by Tara Watson-Watkins

The Pines Theater starts off the 2015 season, "Timeless Classics and New Favorites," with a return engagement by Grammy-nominated country singer John Berry, Thursday, January 22.

Berry performed his inspiring, spell-binding evening of stories and songs to a sold-out crowd during The Pines inaugural season, and Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines, expects tickets for this performance to go quickly.

"John performed to a packed house in 2013, and it was a fantastic, moving show," Watson-Watkins said. "He's an incredible songwriter with a powerful, soulful voice, and he really connects with the audience. We were really lucky to bring him back for another performance, and I know a lot of people are looking forward to hearing him in such an intimate setting."

Berry topped the country charts in 1994 with his hit "Your Love Amazes Me," which earned him a Grammy nomination and the Country Music Associations Horizon Award for best new artist. Over his long career he has released 15 albums and had six other Top Ten country hits, including "What's In It for Me," "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye," "Change My Mind," and "She's Taken a Shine." Berry released his latest album, RealMan RealLife RealGod, in 2012, featuring "Give Me Back My America," a politically themed anthem that has become a staple of his live shows.

Berry'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 Feb. 19 with "Spencers: Theatre of Illusion," a husband-and-wife team of illusionists that mesmerizes audiences with their unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. On March 5, "Cinema Toast," a trio of New York’s top vocalists, Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and John Boswell, salutes classic films with the greatest musical memories from the Silver Screen.


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