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

The Gardner Family Reunion 2015 is scheduled for Saturday,12pm - 03 October 2015 at Boles Fields, Shelbyville, Texas. There will be fun and games, gifts and prizes; fish fry on site and most of all an old fashion BBQ for family and friends. This year’s theme is as follows: “Celebrating the links to our past & the bridge to our future”. This year colors is Gold Shirts with Purple writing.

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

Do hope to see you there!


Poultry Festival Broiler Show Workshop - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Lane Dunn

The Shelby County Extenstion Office will be holding the annual Broiler Show workshop on Thursday, August 13th from 5pm to 8pm. This workshop is a free a program open to everyone.

You will learn about chick maintenance, feeding, how to construct a pen, plus much more. If you are have any questions, please call the Extenstion office at (936)598-7744.


Center ISD to Host Hunter Education Course - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Jessica Shadix, flyer

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

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


SCCAC Asking for Help With Back to School Supplies - July 28, 2015
Submitted by Denise Merriman

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

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

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

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


A Texas Patriot In Your Family Tree? - July 28, 2015
Submitted by Maggie Casto

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

This Friday, July 31, members of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will be at the First Ladies in Texas Building on the Courthouse square in Center from 1:00 to 4:00 to offer free research assistance in your quest for answers. For more information call Maggie at 248-3361 or just come to the building.


North Jericho Homecoming - July 23, 2015
Submitted by Ashley Wulf

North Jericho homecoming will be Sunday, August 2, 2015. A covered dish lunch will be served at 12pm; please bring your favorite dish.

There will be good food and great fellowship. The cemetery is located on FM 699. Everyone is encourage to attend.


HOPE Project Seeking Donations for Back to School Bash - July 23, 2015
Submitted by Maria Salas

The HOPE Project, Inc is pleased to announce the first annual Back to School Bash on August 15th, 2015 starting at 10am until noon. Our primary goal is to collect and distribute donations to our area youth and parents by assisting with school supplies.

We are calling on all outstanding local business owners in Shelby County to help the Hope Project, Inc. in our effort by sponsoring our Back to School Bash. All proceeds from the Bash will allow HOPE to continue to provide services and outreach to the families of Shelby County.

Enclosed is a list of ways to contribute to the Back to School Bash. If you wish to donate but remain anonymous, please indicate so upon donation.

If you do not wish to sponsor a booth, but would like to participate by donating school supplies, please fill the form and return to us with the school supplies , no later than August 10th, 2015.

We thank you for your generosity and involvement. You truly are making a difference in your community.

Ways to Donate:

1. Booth Rental
2. Monetary Sponsorship
3.Food Donations
Coffee, water, Nacho Chips, Nacho Cheese, paper goods (cups, napkins, paper plates, and utensils), cookies, drinks
4. Door Prizes
back pack full of school supplies, gift cards for clothing


39th East Texas Poultry Festival Seeks Arts & Crafts Vendors - July 20, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

Update with Sponsors

Planning is underway for the 39th East Texas Poultry Festival presented by Farmers State Bank, which will take place October 1-3 on the historic downtown Center square, with co-chairmen Jim Sawyer and Hollie Adams leading the steering committee. According to Polly McKissick, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 7. To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction and Tyson Foods.

The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125. Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet. Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival. First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth. The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection.

For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.


Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting - July 20, 2015
Submitted by LaTisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday August 3, 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


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

Mark you calender for Tri-County Head Start’s second annual Shelby County Resource Fair. The purpose of the resource fair is to educate the community on the resources that are available to them.

The resource fair will be October 30, 2015 at the Old Elementary School Cafeteria at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas from 5 PM until 7 PM.

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

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


Saving a Generation Summer Day Camp - July 6, 2015
Submitted by Donna Martin

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

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


Heart Institute of East Texas Ribbon Cutting - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a new member ribbon cutting for The Heart Institute of East Texas, on Thursday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m. The Heart Institute of East Texas is located at 233 Hurst Street, Suite B in the Medical Specialist Center behind East Texas Extended Care.

The Heart Institute of East Texas has been “providing exceptional care without exception since 1982.”

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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


Center Volunteer Fire Department Annual Bingo - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Rodney Mathews

(Canceled): The Center Volunteer Fire Department regrets that our annual Bingo fundraiser will not be able to be held Saturday, August 1st, 2015. We are postponing the fundraiser until a later date due to new license requirements by the Texas Lottery Commission. The Department would like to thank everyone for supporting the Volunteers.

The Annual fundraiser for the Center Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, August 1st at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Starts at 6pm. There will be free popcorn, drinks for $1 and raffles throughout the evening with a variety of prizes.

Last game winner will win $1,000 cash!


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

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


I'm So Fancy Boutique New Member Ribbon Cutting - July 28, 2015
Submitted by Leigh Porterfield

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them at a New Member Ribbon Cutting for I’m So Fancy Boutique and owners, Angie Tomlin and Shellie Henry on Friday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. I’m So Fancy Boutique is located at 1110 Tenaha Street, Suite 3 in Center.

I’m So Fancy Boutique offers the most current trends in juniors’ and women's clothing and accessories.

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


Center ISD to Host Punt, Pass, and Kick Camp - July 23, 2015
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

Girls and Boys that are entering Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend the first annual “Lil' Rider Punt, Pass, and Kick” camp.

The event will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, August 13th at Roughrider Stadium in Center, Texas.

The Varsity Football Team and Coaching Staff will work with the kids on throwing, kicking, catching, agility drills, and more.

There is no cost to participate, so bring your “Lil' Rider” and join the fun! The event is sponsored by the Center Athletic Boosters.


Center PD to Host Blood Drive - July 22, 2015
Submitted by Amy Lindley, flyer

Center Police Department will be Hosting a Blood Drive. Friday, August 7th, 2015 11:00 am - 3:30 pm Located Inside the Center PD Training Room. Air-conditioning & Seating & Restrooms available while waiting to donate!

T-shirts and Blue Bell gift certificates for All Donors! (Maybe we’ll get lucky and Bluebell will be back on the shelves by then) Please use this link if you would like to pre-register, or you can contact Amy at Center PD, 936-598-2788 (Tues-Fri 7a-3P) to sign up for available times. Bring a friend, and come help Save Lives!


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Chapter Vice-president Judy Lee is the 2015 Chairperson.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Strong Cemetery Lawncare and Price Change Notice - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Strong Cemetery Committee Association

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

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

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


Dumpster in Timpson Coming Soon - July 29, 2015
Submitted by Leslie Leathers

The dumpster will be in Timpson on RR Avenue beside the City Hall on Saturday, August 1st. It will be available in the a.m. until it reaches capacity.

No Oil, No Freon, No Paint, No Batteries, No Tires, No Refrigerators, No Computer Equipment, No dumping outside the dumpsters


"Scrap" Documentary to Show at Cole Art Center - July 28, 2015
Submitted by Robbie Goodrich

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Scrap” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“Scrap” is a feature documentary following the history of two eccentric builders and their amazing structures which were each built by a single man: "The Forevertron" built by Tom Every and "Bishop Castle" built by Jim Bishop. The film focuses on the architects of these structures, as they are “as fascinating and awe inducing as their creations,” according to information at www.imdb.com.

Paul von Stoetzel directed the film, which runs 101 minutes.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by The Liberty Bell, Main Street Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131


The Pines Theater Presents Gammy Winner Mike Farris - July 27, 2015
Submitted by Kendal Rogers

The Pines Theater 2015 season, "Timeless Classics and New Favorites," continues Thursday, August 13, 2015, when Grammy-winner Mike Farris brings his powerful soul-gospel fusion to downtown Lufkin.

"Mike Farris is an incredible vocalist, and he can do American music, from Motown to Memphis to Muscle Shoals, like nobody else," said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. "He's been on a roll, with his last album winning a Grammy, but his live show is where he really shines. If you love American music, you have to see him perform live."

Farris began his musical career as founder and lead singer of the Nashville, Tennessee group Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, and has also performed as front man for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band, Double Trouble.

A solo act since 2001, Farris' latest album, "Shine For All The People," recently won a Grammy for "Best Roots Gospel Album," a new category that recognizes the growing interest and support of these genres. He has also received the 2008 Americana Music Award for new and emerging artist and the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.

Farris' 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 legendary doo-wop quartet The Diamonds on September 14 and The Unexpected Boys, an award-winning tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, on October 14.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Junk In The Trunk application.


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