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Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces theme “Christmas at the North Pole” - October 20, 2014

Register now for the float contest and vendor booths

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2014 parade theme, "Christmas at the North Pole", which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Categories for the 2014 Christmas at the North Pole themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize. The Christmas Parade Committee cordially invites schools, churches and non-profit organizations to register for free vendor booth space during the parade.

The number of vendor booth spaces is limited and are currently being accepted and must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the deadline on Monday, November 24, 2014. Vendor booth acceptance letters will be mailed to the organization upon application approval. Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must also be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by Monday, November 24, 2014. Both Vendor Booth Space and Parade Float applications with entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at www.shelbycountychamber.com.

In keeping with the established holiday tradition, this year’s parade guarantees a time of grand celebration with fun and excitement for everyone. The parade will feature a special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus himself!

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas. For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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Shelby County Junior Bass Anglers - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Lynn Stanford

The Shelby County Junior Bass Anglers will have a meeting on November 3rd at 7pm at the Pizzeria in Center Texas. Any student in the 9th through 12 grade can join. Please come and be a part of some great fun and scholarship opportunity. You can Contact Lynn Stanford at 903-754- 4731.

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Relay For Life Shelby County First Committee Meeting - October 14, 2014
Submitted by Stacey Scarborough

It's time to get our Relay For Life of Shelby County 2015 started. We are looking for new faces with fresh ideas to help us make the 10th year the best!

Our first committee meeting will be October 19th at 2:00. If you are interested, please call, text, or email for directions. If you are interested but can not make the meeting, please contact me and I will be glad to fill you in.

Stacey Scarborough - Event Chair
(936) 591-1234
scarbsp@hotmail.com

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JNL Animal Rehabilitation Service and Rescue LLC Riffle Raffle, Ends Wednesday - October 15, 2014
Submitted by Lacey Griffin

Tickets are still available for a Remington 243 Whitetail Pro Model 770 Rifle with scope youth combo or a Remington 243 Whitetail Pro Model 770 Rifle with scope combo. Both are sold exclusively through Bass Pro Shop in Bossier City, Louisiana and are valued at $349.00 plus tax.

Tickets are $10 each, 2 for $15, 5 for $40 or 14 for $100. Raffle ends October 15, 2014 which is the last day to purchase tickets. Drawing will be held on October 16th at 9am and the winners will be announced on JNL Rehabilitation's Facebook page, www.jnlrehab-rescue.org, and local news media.

Tickets can be purchased at Shelby County Today office or through www.jnlrehab-rescue.org under donations. You can also contact Lacy Griffin at 409-932-2210 or JNL Rehabs Facebook page, or contact Melba Colman at 936-590-9656 or Stacy Winchester, our horse care foster via Facebook or 318-697-5333. If purchasing tickets through the JNL website, donations, please send us your information through contact us, with your name, address and phone number. Information must match your government identification. MUST be 18 or older to win and have a state issued government ID.

Purchase a $100 or more and receive (1) wild card raffle ticket for every $100 spent. Wild card tickets are for a hunting trip at JB Hunting Ranch, Palacios, TX and the drawing for the hunting trip will be in February 2015.

Tickets sold are for a veterinary cost fund and to get a larger facility to house more animals in the Center/Shelby County Area.

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Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Pageant - October 14, 2014
Submitted by Shelia Burch

The 19th Annual Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Pageant will be held December 6 at Center Jr High in Center, Texas. There are age groups from 0-5 for boys and 0-19 for girls and it's only $45 to enter if entry is paid by November 7. Contestants will wear their favorite Holiday or Winter attire and this is the perfect beginner pageant. All contestants will receive a crown, custom tote bag and candy bag.

For more information or entry forms go by M&M Insurance on Hurst St, call 936-590-0120 or 332-9610.

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Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Double Irish Chain Quilt Fundraiser - October 14, 2014
Submitted by Melba Gillis

This beautiful queen-sized quilt lovingly made by Margaret Smith will be raffled to benefit the Fannie Brown Booth Library. Chances will be sold at the library and at the library book sale (October 21-25) for $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. Don't miss your chance to own this hand-made beauty!

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Last Day to Register for Holiday Design Class is Thursday - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Shana Brittain

The last day to register for the Holiday Design Class at the the Shelby Regional Training Center taught by Shana Brittain is this Thursday Oct 2! You may call Carolyn at 591-9075 to register. Classes will be Oct 21 from 6 to 8 pm. There will be one week of  Halloween, One week of Thanksgiving and one week of Christmas ideas.

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Lunsford Memorial Marker Dedication - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Loretta Matlock Hughes (Rita)

A Memorial Marker Dedication will be held for James Pierce and Sarah Ann Lunsford, as well as, Isaac Lee Hilliard Lunsford. This dedication, to honor our ancestors, will be held on Saturday, October 18th, starting at 10:30 am at Old Prospect Cemetery in lower Rusk County near the Nacogdoches County line. The cemetery is located about 2.7 miles off Hwy 259 and on CR 3197.

The service will be led by The Capt. Jesse Amason SCV Camp # 282, assisted by the Roses of the Attoyac, Chapter 60 and The Stone Fort Camp; as well as family members.

The dedication should last about 1 hour. So come bring your chairs, water, sack lunch or whatever to be comfortable and be a part of this historical occasion to remember and honor these family members.

The children of James Pierce and Sarah Ann Lunsford were George Marion, Poter, O. M., David C., James Allen (Bud), Florence (Nance), John Robert, Isaac (Ike), Benjamin Franklin (Frank) and Etta Elizabeth (Matlock.)

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VFW Seeking Teacher of the Year Entries - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Larry Hume, Brochure

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary are seeking entries for their 2015 Citizenship Education Teacher Awards, Grades K-12. The VFW wants to identify and recognize America’s best educators who instill a sense of national pride in students. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award.

Awards are divided into three grades, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. All current classroom teachers (teaching at least half of the school day in a classroom environment) are eligible. The first step is to fill out the nomination form and in 350 words or less describe why you feel your nominee should be selected. Your nomination is due to Larry Hume, VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster by November 1, 2014. Post level winners will then provide a one-page resume and up to five pages of documentation of their teaching experience.

Cash awards are made at the post, district and state levels of competition. The national winner receives a $1,000 cash prize; their school also receives a $1,000 award along with plaques and an all-expense paid trip to attend a national VFW/Auxiliary event.

Call Larry Hume at 598-2976 to have an entry form emailed to you or stop by Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha St., Center to pick up a copy.

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Patriots Pen Essay Contest - September 10, 2014

Wanted - Young Authors

If you are a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student attending a public or private school or are home schooled and like to write and express your thoughts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 invites you to participate in their Patriot’s Pen program.

The rules are simple: Write an essay of 300-400 words on this year’s theme, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans”. It must be your own original work, typewritten in English with no color or graphics. It cannot be less than 300 words or more than 400 words in length.

The National winner receives $5,000 cash and there are awards at the post, district and state levels. Entry forms can be picked up at Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street in Center and are due by November 1st, 2014. Call VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 for more information.

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Local DRT Announces Upcoming Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Extravaganza - August 19, 2014
Submitted by Merle Howard

The 3rd Annual Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza will be November 7 and 8 at the John Dean Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Blvd., in Center, Texas. This 2 day Christmas Shopping Extravaganza is hosted by The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas! The event will be open Friday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Vendor applications are being accepted now. You may email: pineconeandmistletle@gmail.com or call Merle Howard ad 936-591-6543 for more information. Proceeds from this event help our local chapter with Graduating Senior Scholarships and other community service projects.

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Shelby County Resource Fair - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Yolonda Davis

We appreciate your commitment to Educating the Community.

I would like to invite you to participate in Tri-County Head Start's first 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 17, 2014 at the old elementary school gym at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas from 10 am until 2pm. Tables will be provided. Each vendor is asked to bring a door prize and any information please contact: Saundra Christopher at (936) 657-4740), (936) 598-6315 Ext. 89 or schristopher@tricountycommaction.org.

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Blessing Box Food Drive - October 20, 2014
Submitted by Barbara Moton

The Blessing Box located on Porter Street in Center, TX. is hosting a non-perishable food can drive from October until Christmas.

Please donate to support this ministry. Contact Eva Fuller at 572-8859 or Barbar Moton at 332-8400.

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Newburn OES Chicken Dressing Dinner - October 18, 2014
Submitted by Ronbecky Barker

Newburn Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #1135 will be serving their 26th annual chicken dressing dinner on Friday, October 31, 2014. Time will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on 217 Cora Street in Center, TX. A donation of $6.00 will be accepted. This will be dine in or take out. Contact: Dot Messer at 936-254-2003 for information.

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Semi-Annual Book Sale Starts Tuesday Morning - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Melba Gillis

Be ready to brave the crowds lining up Tuesday morning outside the Fannie Brown Booth Library, waiting for the Semi-Annual Book Sale to begin so they can select books, audiobooks and movies for only $1.00 or less!

The week-long bargain hunter’s delight starts at 10:00 a.m. on October 21 and runs until 6:00 p.m. daily, with new merchandise being placed on the shelves hourly! The final day of the sale is Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 619 Tenaha St in Center.

Don’t miss this opportunity to score fabulous mysteries, cookbooks, movies and so much more!

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CMS GT Students Hosting Interactive, Educational Cardboard Event for All Ages - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Jennifer Ferguson

Quest for CASA, an Interactive, Educational Cardboard Event for All Ages

Center Middle School GT students have been working diligently for the past 6 weeks creating elaborate and creative activities for our community to enjoy. Check out our inspiration at http://cainesarcade.com ! Through our educational and interactive activities, kids of all ages should have a blast tonight. Some of the activities to look forward to are:

  • Obstacle events such as a Nerf Target, Batter-Up, Home Run Derby, and Capture the Flag!
  • Lots of Arcade Style Games such as Skee Ball, Bowl-a-tron, Plinko, Fooseball and many more!
  • There will be a raffle, music, scavenger hunt, concession stand, cake walk, and prizes for each event!

Quest for CASA will be held Tuesday, October 21st, from 5pm until 7:30pm in the Center Middle School Gym. If you would like more information about the event, contact CMS GT Sponsor, Jennifer Ferguson, at 598-5619 or jennifer.ferguson@centerisd.org.

Local students working to help children in our community. All of the donations collected at the event will be donated to our local CASA. We will have donation boxes scattereed across the event including the entrance, exit, and all booths. We will also be holding a raffle in which all proceeds will be donated to CASA. Also, we will have a drink and snack booth at the event in which the money will be donated to CASA. Learn more about CASA at http://casaofdet.com

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Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 SCV October Meeting - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. Jerry Don Watt will speak on "Tom Green's Calvary 48 Hours Before the Battle of Mansfield".

As reminder, we will not have our regular meeting in November or December, but we will join with Gen. Horace Randal Camp #1533 in Carthage for a Holiday Party. More Information later.

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

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Sons of the Republic of Texas - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Don Casto, Gateway to Texas Chapter, Sons of the Republic of Texas

The Gateway to Texas Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas will meet on Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 PM at the First Ladies in Texas Building on the Courthouse Square in Center. (next to the band stand) Tom Gann, the SRT District Representative will bring the program on east Texas' Milton Irish, one of the few survivors of the Massacre at Goliad in 1836. SRT members, prospective members and guests are urged to attend.

Members of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will provide refreshments and the DRT Chapter is invited to attend the meeting. For more information call Nolan Sholar at 269-4266.

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30th Annual Pate Reunion - October 15, 2014
Submitted by Greg Grant

Please join the annual Pate family celebration on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the First Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas. Doors will be opened at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Eating utensils, napkins, bread, and drinks will be provided. There will be a silent auction so please find some interesting item for the auction table. These proceeds help cover the reunion expenses.

All Pate relatives are invited to attend this 30th annual reunion; reminisce about the past, enjoy the day, and plan for the future. For more information, call 936-598-4530.

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BBQ Fundraiser to Benefit the Crusaders - October 14, 2014

Please join us for a BBQ Lunch to benefit the Crusaders, a competition Cheer Squad for ages 5-14.

The fundraiser will take place on October 16, 2014 on the Center Square from 11:30-1:30.

Plates are $7 each and include BBQ brisket, beans, roll, dessert and a drink. Text presale order to 936-275-7444.

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Center PD Hosting Blood Drive - October 14, 2014
Submitted by Amy Lindley

Center Police Department will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, October 24th, 2014 in the Center PD Training Room at the Police Department located at 1020 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas. The blood drive will start at 12pm noon and end at 6pm. Contact Amy Lindley 936-598-2788 to set up a time to donate. Eat, Drink, and Bring I.D. to donate. T-shirts will be given to those who attempt to donate. For more information contact The Blood Center of East Texas, 3520 North University Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75965, (936) 560-3054 or go to www.giveblood.org to schedule online.

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Golden Harvest Ministries Club Oct. Meeting - October 13, 2014
Submitted by Linda Bordelon

Jheri-Lynn Smith, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, will be the guest speaker for the Monday, October 20 meeting of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club. "Eat Smart, Live Strong:Nutrition Education for Older Adults" will be the topic for the program. Visitors are always welcome to bring a covered dish for the 11:30 am luncheon which meets at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Center.

Flu and pneumonia (given every 5 years) shots will be given by the Cline Family Medicine beginning at 10:30 am. Remember to bring your medicare and other insurance cards.

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Holiday Nursing Center's Fall Festival 2014 - October 8, 2014
Submitted by Alicia Patton

The Residents and Staff of Holiday Nursing Center Would like To Invite you To A Night of Food and Fun! We will be having a Fall Festival including a Chili Cook-Off On Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Schedule of events: Hay ride at 5:30 pm, Judging of Chili at 5:30 pm, and Chili Served at 6:00 pm.

RSVP to 598-3371 Pat Bush Or Alicia Patton Please feel free to invite Other family members and friends of your loved one. Let us know how many will be attending in order that we can prepare enough food, and have enough tables and chairs to comfortably seat everyone.

If you would like to enter Chili Cook off, bring pot of Chili to facility by 5:00pm

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Center High School Pack the Place Pink Set for Nov. 7th - October 7, 2014
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

The annual Pack the Place Pink game has been set for Friday November 7th at the Center vs Gladewater game. As always shirts will be available beginning on Friday, October 24th and all profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society. If you would like to order a shirt, contact Margo Williams at Center High School. Her email address is margo.williams@centerisd.org or you can visit the front office of CHS. Shirts will also be available at the following businesses: Hot Headz, John C. Rogers Coffee Shop, Scent Shack, Center Glass & Hughes Florist. They are $20. Money will be collected for the shirts when they are delivered. As always thanks for supporting such a great cause. ~CHS Cheer and Margo Williams.

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Center High School Cheerleaders Hosting Mini Cheer Camp November 1st - October 6, 2014
Submitted by Jenny Cassell

The Center High School Cheerleaders will be hosting their annual Mini Cheer Camp on Saturday, November 1st from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Center High School Gym. It will be offered to grades PreK4 through 5th Grade and forms will be placed in the front offices of FL Moffett, Center Elementary School, and Center Intermediate School.

All forms and money will be due back to the designated front office no later than Friday, October 17th. The Mini Cheerleaders will perform at the Center vs. Gladewater game on Friday, November 7th.

For more information, contact Center High School Cheer Sponsor, Margo Williams.

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Friends of the Library Quilt Fundraiser - October 6, 2014
Submitted by Melba Gillis

Friends of the Library have tickets available now for a beautiful queen-sized double Irish chain quilt lovingly made by Margaret Smith which will be raffled to benefit the Fannie Brown Booth Library. Chances are available at the library and at the library book sale (October 21-25) for $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. Don't miss your chance to own this hand-made beauty!

Drawing will be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Winner need not be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.

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Metal Pumpkin Decorating Contest - October 2, 2014

db Metal Art and The Little Fox Marketplace are excited to announce the First Annual Metal Pumpkin Decorating Contest, open to all ages and abilities. The fun begins when you register and pickup your metal pumpkin at The Little Fox Marketplace . A ten dollar registration fee covers the cost of the pumpkin. Participants can let their imaginations run wild as they decorate their pumpkin before returning it to The Little Fox Marketplace by Friday, October 17.

Winners of the contest will be awarded gift certificates for use towards any merchandise or class at The Little Fox Marketplace. $30 Gift Certificate for 1st place, $20 certificate for 2nd, and $10 gift certificate for 3rd.

Winners will be determined by the PEOPLE!!! The public is invited to vote on their favorite pumpkin between October 18th and 25th. 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 5 to 6 pm on Tuesday, October 28th. At 5:30, winners of the contest will be presented with their gift certificates - $30 Gift Certificate for 1st place, $20 certificate for 2nd, and $10 gift certificate for 3rd. In addition, a name will be drawn for the $25 gift certificate.

The contest is LIMITED to the first 25 people to pick up their pumpkin, so do not wait to go by The Little Fox Marketplace to get your pumpkin. 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 Metal Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

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Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza - September 9, 2014
Submitted by Merle Howard

Applications are still being accepted for the Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza which will be held November 7 and 8 at the John Dean Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Blvd., in Center, Texas.

The Extravaganza will be open Friday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Applications may be requested by email to pineconeandmistletoe@gmail.com or call Merle Howard ad 936-591-6543 for more information.

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Wallace Chapel B.C Church Calendar - December 31, 2013

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
October 27th-29th - Youth Revival - 7:30pm (Pastor Carlos Johnson)

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Excelsior PTO Halloween Carnival - October 13, 2014
Submitted by Iletha Fountain

Please join us for our annual Excelsior PTO Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 6-9pm in the Excelsior School Gym. There will be lots of games, food, prizes and fun!

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Excelsior Seeks Vendors for Upcoming Christmas Extravaganza - September 8, 2014
Submitted by Iletha Fountain

Excelsior PTO will be hosting a Huge Sales Event in the school gym on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11am until 6pm.

We are asking for area vendors to sign up for a booth. Space is available for you to come set up! Single booths are $50 and double booths will be $100. Please call the school office at 936-598-5866 to reserve your spot. All booths must be paid for in advance. Arts and crafts booths, food items, new clothing item booths, etc. are all welcome. No garage sale items please.

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Dutch Oven Cooking at Boles Field - October 13, 2014
Submitted by Carolyn Chandler

Dutch Oven Cooking on Saturday, October 18th at Boles Field. Set up at 9:00 and pots on the table at 12:00.

Our motto is "Fun, Food and Fellowship". Visitors welcome or come bring your pot and cook with us. We cook in cast iron over charcoal. For your comfort, bring a lawn chair. For more information call Carolyn Chandler at 936-598-5349.

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Huxley Fall Festival - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Gerald Huddleston

The Huxley Volunteer Fire Department will hold it's Fall Festival on Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm. This is an annual fundraiser to support the fire department and the purchase of equipment to ensure safety for the community and surrounding areas.

The Fall Festival is a family oriented event with Bingo, Children Activities, Cake Walks, Gun Raffles, etc. There will be Chicken Dinners, Hot Dogs, and Chili available for purchase. Huxley Volunteer Fire Department appreciates the support of the citizens of Shelby County.

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Joaquin's Subway Donating 10% to Fight Hunger, Joaquin Backpack Program - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

Subway Restaurant in Joaquin is donating 10% of their sales TODAY, October 17th, 2014 to the Joaquin Backpack Program. This program is part of the www.easttexasfoodbank.org whose mission is to "Fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas".

Donations can also be made to this organization to help fight hunger in the East Texas area. Thank you Subway!

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Joaquin Homecoming Parade and Festivities - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

Joaquin ISD Homecoming is today, October 17th, 2014. The annual Homecoming Parade will start at 4:00 p.m. with the band marching and students on floats and Homecoming Queen Candidates and their court riding through Joaquin. Everyone is invited to enjoy the beautiful weather and the homecoming festivities. The court will be presented at 7:00 p.m. and the 2014 Queen will be announced at this time. The Rams welcome the West Sabine Tigers to Ram Stadium tonight with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Joaquin Alumni will be acknowledged during the game. Go Rams!!!

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Joaquin VFD Community CPR/Basic First Aid Class - October 15, 2014
Submitted by Stephen Ewing

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a FREE community CPR/ Basic First Aid class at the fire station on Saturday, November 1st. This class is open to all members of the community who would like to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Many times, the person in front of you that needs CPR or first aid is NOT a stranger. This is an opportunity to learn what to do when the life of someone you love is in jeopardy. The class is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP by commenting on our Facebook post under Stephen Ewing status, or call Stephen Ewing at (903)-407-3030. We understand that some people may have other plans for this date, so if you can't make it for this class, let us know that you're interested, and we will schedule another one in the spring.

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JVFD Sponsors Free CPR/Basic First Aid Class - October 14, 2014
Submitted by Stephen Ewing

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a free community CPR/ Basic First Aid class at the fire station on Saturday, November 1st. This class is open to all members of the community who would like to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Many times, the person in front of you that needs CPR or first aid is not a stranger. This is an opportunity to learn what to do when the life of someone you love is in jeopardy. The class is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP by commenting on our Facebook post under Stephen Ewing status, or call Stephen Ewing at (903)-407-3030.

We understand that some people may have other plans for this date, so if you can't make it for this class, let us know that you're interested, and we will schedule another one in the spring.

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ETEC Flu, Pheumonia, and TDP Shots at Joaquin Senior Center - October 13, 2014
Submitted by Linda Smith

East Texas Extended Care will be giving Flu, Pneumonia and TDP shots at the Joaquin Senior Center on the Joaquin square Thursday, October 16th at 11:30 AM. Cost is $20. Free with Medicare and some insurance policies.

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Joaquin ISD Homecoming Parade Entry Forms - October 1, 2014
Submitted by Bill Cravy

Joaquin ISD Homecoming Parade entry forms are available in the High School office and Elementary office.

The parade will be on October 17th at 4pm, weather permitting. If weather is bad, parade will be rescheduled to Saturday.

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Joaquin Ag Backers Fundraiser - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

The Joaquin Ag Backers is sponsoring a "Cow Patty Bingo" to be held on October 17 following the homecoming parade on the east lawn of the Ag Building. Tickets are $10 each with the chance to win $500. All proceeds will go to the FFA scholarship fund. If you would like to purchase a ticket please come by or ask any Ag Backer. For more information contact Shane Vance, svance@joaquinisd.net or (936)269-3128 or Judy Harvey.

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Joaquin Elementary School Kicks-off New Competition - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Renee Alexander

Joaquin Elementary School has kicked off a new competition, "Boys VS. Girls, Who Rules the School?". Boys and girls in Pre-K through 5th grade will compete to see who can turn in the most Box Tops. The competition began on September 22 and will end on October 23. Please clip those Box Tops and send them in to support our school.

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Joaquin Band Boosters Pecan Fundraiser - September 11, 2014
Submitted by Donna Vergo

The Joaquin Band Boosters announce their annual Pecan Sales fundraiser is underway. Pecans and pecan related products can be purchased from a Joaquin band student or by contacting Joaquin ISD at (936) 269-3128 for more information. Orders will be taken until October 6th and pecans are to be delivered in time for your holiday baking. You can email Tami Ewing, booster club vice president, for more information at tewing@joaquinisd.net. This is always a very successful fundraiser and the Joaquin Band would like to express their appreciation to the community for their continued support. The band performs during the Ram football games and during halftime. They are currently preparing for the annual U.I.L. Marching contest that will be held on Saturday, October 18th, at the Stephen F. Austin football stadium.

The Joaquin Band Boosters have scheduled their next meeting for September 30th at 5:30 p.m.

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FSB Shelbyville Branch Hosting Fall Immunization Clinic - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Amy Matthews

Farmers State Bank Shelbyville Branch is hosting a community Fall Immunization Clinic on Monday, October 20th, 2014 from 9 am-12 pm with East Texas Extended Care. Private insurance and Medicaid will be accepted (excluding Texas Health Springs). Please bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have insurance, immunizations will need to be paid for at time of visit.

Available immunizations and costs for self-pay: Flu $20, T-DAP $65 (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis- aka whooping cough), and Pneumonia $85.

Farmers State Bank, Shelbyville Branch is located at 5033 State Hwy 87 South in Shelbyville, Texas.

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Shelbyville Athletic Booster Club Pecan Fundraiser - October 15, 2014
Submitted by Debbie Gilchrist

Shelbyville Athletic Booster Club is taking orders for pecans. Please see any booster member or call any campus office to order. Payment due when ordering. Orders are due November 5, 2014. Thank You!

For prices and order form click here

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Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Schedule of Events - October 14, 2014

Bluegrass, Gospel, Rock, & Blues. Come out for a great time on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in Shelbyville, TX. Events that will take place all day include: classic car show, local crafts, food booths, children's booths. The HASH Festival is hosted by the Shelbyville Lions Club.

Schedule of Events

9:30 to 10:00 - 42 Tournament Set up and Starts at 10:00
10:00 to 11:00 - Blake Brothers Bluegrass*
11:00 to 11:30 - Announcements & ticket drawing
11:30 to 12:30 - Blake Brothers Bluegrass*
12:30 to 1:00 - Announcements & ticket drawing
1:00 to 2:00 - Chariots of Fire*
1:30 - Washer Tournament Set up and Starts at 2
2:00 - Queen of the Hill Crowning (contestants pending)
2:30 to 3:30 - Chariots of Fire
3:30 - Announcements & Ticket Drawings
4:00 to 6:00 - The Bluebirds

* Performance time may vary by a few minutes depending on set up

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Be a Queen of the Hill Contestant - October 6, 2014

The Shelbyville Lions Club is taking applications for Queen of the Hill to be crown during the Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest on October 18, 2014. There is no entry fee but contestants must be a young 50 years or older! Be queen of Shelbyville for a day during our big community celebration. For applications contact Karen Thompson at 590-0070, Carolyn Lamb at 572-5003 or Suzanne Walker at 591-1655. Shelbyville Lions Club is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. For more information contact President Lion Duane Lout at 591-1288.

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Shelbyville Lions Club Christmas Announcement - September 9, 2014
Submitted by Suzanne Walker

Mark your calendars to be part of the Shelbyville Lions Club Christmas Event on Tuesday evening December 2, 2014! This is the SLC first Christmas event and planning is underway! Stay posted for more information. The Shelbyville Lions Club is a non-profit corporation organized under Texas law and recognized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission statement of The Shelbyville Lions Club is to impact communities with inspirational ideas through motivation and to awaken pride and purpose through creative action.

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Shelbyville VFD Raffle - September 4, 2014

Shelbyville VFD is selling chances on a 2014 Honda 4-wheeler with trailer, a mossberg 835 12 ga shotgun, 42" flat screen tv, and 3 $100 bills. Tickets are $50 each. We will be set up by the concession stand at Shelbyville's football game Friday night. Bring your cash or checkbook with you and let us sign you up for your chance to win & support your local fire department. Drawing will be October 31, 2014.

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Shelbyville Lions Club Accepting Booth Applications for Festival - September 2, 2014
Submitted by Suzanne Walker

Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Artisan and Food Applications for October 18, 2014

The Shelbyville Lions Club has extended the deadline to apply for a food or artisan booth at the Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest until September 2nd . Applications can be obtained by contacting any Shelbyville Lions Club member or picking up applications at Austin Street Marketplace (Center) or Loblolly’s Garden Marketplace (Shelbyville). All applications will be reviewed and processed at a later date, to determine eligibility. For more information contact Suzanne Walker 936-591-1655, Carolyn Lamb (936-572-5003) or Karen Thompson (936-590-0070).

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Shelbyville Lions Club Announces Tournament Signups - August 27, 2014
Submitted by Suzanne Walker

It is time to sign up for the Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest 42 tournament. Also new this year, we have added a washer tournament! Both tournaments will take place during the festival on Saturday October 18th. First and second place prizes will be awarded. The fee for either tournament is $15.00 per two person team. Spaces are limited.To sign up contact any Shelbyville Lions Club member or contact Suzanne Walker at 598-2020 or 591-1655, Duane Lout at 591-1288 or Carolyn Lamb at 572-5003.
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First Tenaha Tiger Run, 5K Race and Fun Run/Walk - October 6, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas, Race Application

The Tenaha Tiger Cheerleaders are hosting the 1st Annual Tenaha Tiger Run, 5K Race and Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Pre-registration and number pickup is at the Tenaha High School from 8am until 8:45am with race time starting at 9am. Pre-register by Friday, October 24, 2014 to guarantee a t-shirt. Entry fee for the race is $20. Mail entries and fees to Tenaha Cheerleaders, C/O Carrie Jenkins or Amy Collins, P.O. Box 318, Tenaha, Texas 75974.

Entries can also be sent to the school to either Mrs. Jenkins or Mrs. Collins. Make checks payable to Tenaha Cheerleaders.

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Mammograms Coming to Shelby County - October 3, 2014
Submitted by Ava Whitener

East Texas Health Access will be in Tenaha, Texas at City Hall on October 28th and 29th working with The Rose out of Houston to do Free Mammograms. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so every lady that signs up to get a Mammogram done will get a gift bag when she leaves. We will have refreshments and drinks while they wait.

Ladies must be 40-64 uninsured, and hasnt had a mammogram in last 3 yrs to qualify. They can call 409-384-2099 to sign up. Everything is done by phone.

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Timpson Veterans' Day Celebration - October 16, 2014
Submitted James Crump

Timpson Veterans' Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Timpson High School Gymnasium from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

All veterans, families, friends and general public are invited. Sponsored by: Timpson ISD and Timpson American Legion Post 90.

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Timpson Bears "Pink Out" T-Shirts for Sale Now - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Lisa McLawchlin

The “Pink Out” t-shirts for the “Pink Out” Football game on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Herbert Eakin Sports Complex between the Timpson Bears and The Tenaha Tigers are now on sale. The shirts are $15.00, until Friday, October 17, 2014.

They are black with the football/ribbon in neon pink and the Bears in white. If you would like to purchase one, please fill out the form below and return it to Lisa McLawchlin at the Timpson Middle School Office, Danielle Smith at the Timpson High School Office or Nicole Amos at the Timpson Elementary Office.

If you have any questions, please call the Middle School Office at 936/254-2078 ext. 2200. Proceeds go to the Timpson ISD Relay for Life Team.

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Timpson FCCLA Selling Pecans - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Danielle Smith

Timpson FCCLA is selling pecans. Contact Danielle Smith at the high school for ordering information. The deadline to order is Friday, October 24th.

Premium pecan products include: Texas Pecan Pie, Milk Chocolate Caramillicans, Pecan Halves, Honey Roasted Pecans, Cinnamon Pecans, Roasted Salted Pecans, Milk Chocolate Pecans, White Chocolate Pecans, and Chocolate Toffee Pecans.

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Timpson High School FCCLA Asks You to Commit to Safe Driving - October 6, 2014
Submitted by Danielle Smith

Celebrate My Drive® powered by State Farm® encourages safe driving with a chance to win big Timpson High School staff and students are committed to keeping teens safe on the road. They are asking everyone 14 and older to go to www.celebratemydrive.com once a day, every day, from Oct. 15 to Oct. 24. The more safe driving commitments our community makes, the better their chance to win a $100,000 grant and a private concert by The Band Perry.

Learning to drive is a big step in life. State Farm and Timpson High School FCCLA recognize getting a driver’s license is an important and joyous time. Celebrate My Drive celebrates this milestone with new drivers by encouraging them to make positive choices like driving 2N2®: 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. Go to www.celebratemydrive.com today to support the Bears and safe driving.

About Celebrate My Drive®:

Celebrate My Drive is a different approach to a leading public health risk. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous. Using research as a guide, State Farm is approaching teen driver safety, a winnable public health battle, by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way. It’s a community celebration of safe driving habits emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a drivers’ license. Learn more about the initiative at www.celebratemydrive.com.

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Honoring Area Veterans with Free Catfish Dinner - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Patricia Johnson

On November 11th, Tuesday, from 11:00 A.M. until closing, Zack's Restaurant in Logansport will honor all veterans with a free catfish dinner with all the trimmings and a drink.

Zack's restaurant is located at 223 Main Street (697-5360). Each veteran is encouraged to bring some type of proof of service. "We want to show appreciation to our area veterans and hope that they will come out and let us honor them for their service and sacrifice." said Zack.

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Sassafras Festival Contests 2014 - October 16, 2014
Submitted by Linda Goller

Hot Dog Eating Contest - Entertainment Stage — 12 p.m

Each contestant will pay a $10 entry fee. Contest is 7 minutes and the winner receives $50. Contestants must be 18 and over and have registered by 11:30 a.m. Water and condiments will be provided. Rules and waiver must be read and signed before contest.

Bar-Be-Que Cook-off - Cook-off on Friday with judging Saturday at 12 p.m. - Contact Chamber

Pet Show and Contest - Register on site (front of statue-Courthouse) before 10:30 a.m. Judging at 10:30 a.m. Categories: (Costumes) Scariest, Funniest, Best overall costume, Best costume duo-owner/pet.

Photography Contest — Deadline, Friday, October 17, at Chamber office or online. All photography will be displayed on the first floor of the Courthouse.

Fudge Contest - 2 categories (kids and adults) drop off at Chamber cabin before 9:30 and judging 10:30am - 11:30am.

Halloween Costume Contest — Entertainment stage - Sign-Up at 9:30 a.m and contest at 10 a.m. Three age divisions and prizes for ALL and Division Winners.

For all contest applications, contact Chamber (936-275-3610) or online (www.sanaugustinetx.com - Find events.)

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“Ghosts of the Past” Nighttime Battlefield Tour at Mansfield State Historic Site - October 7, 2014
Submitted by Michael Mumaugh

On Saturday, October 25, Mansfield State Historic Site will re-create the gruesome aftermath of a Civil War battle by taking visitors on a special night tour of the Mansfield battlefield. Authentically costumed tour guides will take visitors onto the battlefield by candle lantern, where re-enactors in period dress will act out various scenes at stops along the trail. Numerous tours will be taken out during the program’s two-hour run.

“This is one of our most popular events,” says Michael Mumaugh, interpretive ranger. “While the program is definitely ‘spooky,’ it is also educational in that it shows the public how truly horrific the aftermath of a Civil War battle could be.” Mumaugh points out the grim work didn’t stop after the sun set. “Surgeons were operating and amputating by candlelight, soldiers were being buried, and perhaps most tragically, wives, daughters and sons were searching the battlefield by lantern, looking for the bodies of loved ones.”

According to Park Manager Scott Dearman, visitors may even experience something “ghostly” while on the tour. “Civil War battlefields are considered some of the most haunted places in America,” says Dearman. But he points out that explaining the real horror that took place 150 years ago is hard enough. “That’s why making the scenes as realistic as possible is important. It shows the aftermath of war is far from glorious.”

The program will run ongoing from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Admission is free. Parents should know that some of the program’s thematic content may be too intense for small children.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is free for this program. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com. - www.LouisianaTravel.com -
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Walking on History: Artifacts from the Mansfield Battlefield - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Michael Mumaugh


The month of October is Archeology Month, and to celebrate, Mansfield State Historic Site is exhibiting various artifacts which were excavated from the 1864 Battlefield. The display will allow you to gain a better understanding of the history which lies often times just inches below our feet! The exhibit is available daily as part of our self-guided tours.

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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Historic Walking Tours Are Back For Fall - September 22, 2014

NACOGDOCHES – Come hear the stories and see the sights of the oldest town in Texas each Saturday in October, excluding SFA’s homecoming weekend (October 25). Historic downtown walking tours start at 10:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main St. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the tour. Children 12 and under are free.

"The historic walking tours offer a glimpse of what Nacogdoches was like in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s,” said Jannette Watts, Media and Community Relations Coordinator of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They are truly a ‘must do’ for visitors and locals alike who want to explore Nacogdoches’ history with knowledgeable tour guides.”

Historical landmarks on the tour include the last remaining Caddo Indian burial mound in Nacogdoches; Oak Grove Cemetery, home to four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence; the Old University Building, which is the last remaining University building chartered by the republic of Texas; Zion Hill Baptist Church, which was built by Nacogdoches’ master architect Dietrich Rulfs; the Sterne-Hoya House Museum, which houses the first wine cellar in Texas; and much more. The walking tours take about an hour and a half to complete.

For more information, contact the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-OLDEST-TOWN or www.visitnacogdoches.org. Be our friend on Facebook @ See Nacogdoches.

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