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TBEC Workshop - July 24, 2014
Submitted by Chantal Hedlund

Tenaha Beautification & Events Committee will have a workshop this evening at the First Baptist Church in Tenaha July 24th, at 6 pm. We will be discussing the upcoming Fall Festival Along the Tracks. Hope to see you there.


38th East Texas Poultry Festival seeks Arts & Crafts Vendors - July 22, 2014

Planning is underway for the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival, which will take place October 2-4 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 8. To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. 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 emailinfo@shelbycountychamber.com.


Piney Woods Outreach Center B-Ball Camp - July 22, 2014
Submitted by Keith Suell

Piney Woods Outreach Center will be hosting a back to school/youth basketball skills camp on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 from 9-2pm. This camp is open to children between the ages of 8-15 years of age. (Click here for registration form)

In addition to the basketball camp there will be a school supply drive benefit that will help collect and donate school supplies to needy families in the area for the upcoming school year.

Registration information for the camp can be obtained by contacting Marquita Garrett at 936-591-0848 or Keith Suell at 214-290-6268. If interested in making a school supply donation or monetary contribution towards the purchase of school supplies please contact the Piney Woods Outreach Center at 936-591-0308.


Center Volunteer Fire Department Bingo - July 15, 204
Submitted by David Andrusick

The Annual fundraiser for the Center Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, Aug. 2nd at the John D. Windham Civic Center with the event starting at 6pm.

There will be free popcorn, and drinks for $1. There will be raffles throughout the evening with a variety of prizes. Last game winner will win $1,000 cash.


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Professional Food Manager Certification Training Course- July 24, 2014
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn Smith

Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to foodborne illness.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County, is offering a professional food manager certification training course. This 2-Day program will be offered for $125.00 on Thursday, July 24th and Thursday, August 7th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room in Center, Texas. Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager’s certification will be valid for five years.

If you need to just re-take the exam, it will be administered on August 7th at 2:00 p.m. Please call County Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith at 598-7744 for exam re-take information and registration.

This program is designed to prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination and to provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. For more information about the Professional Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call County Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith at 936-598-7744 or email at Jheri-Lynn.Smith@ag.tamu.edu.


2014 Annual Backpack Drive - July 16, 2014
Submitted by Marcia Jackson

Beginning today through August 8th, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center needs your help to get kids ready for school! With your generous support, we will be able to provide children who have been victims of child abuse with the essential school supplies. Our center serves children in both Shelby and San Augustine County.

We will gratefully accept:

  • monetary donations ($25 usually ensures a complete backpack)
  • backpacks filled with basic supplies
  • gift cards
  • any supplies you are able to donate

The drop off place for Shelby County:
The Children’s Advocacy Center, (936) 590-9864
220 Field St., Center, TX
Hours: M-Th 9AM-3PM and F- 9AM-12PM

For San Augustine County:
Shelby Savings Bank
710 W. Columbia, San Augustine, TX
Hours: M- Th 9AM-3PM and F- 9AM-5PM

Your help ensures these kids will have a great start to the school year!!


2014 S.C.S.P Playday Schedule - May 29, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

The 2014 S.C.S.P. Playday series is underway at the Shelby County Expo Center, Center, Texas. The first Playday was held Saturday, January 4th and includes 8 total events in the series. The following dates remain for this years schedule: August 9th. Exhibition Barrels is from 8:30am until 9:45am. The Playday starts at 10:00am and the cost is $10 per event. It includes barrels, straight aways, speed, poles, goat tying, and breakaway. Age groups are 0-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-18, and 19 & over. Coggins papers are required on all horses entering grounds. Contact Nat Klein at 936-598-8453 or 936-591-1760 or Carmen Hibbard at 936-488-1798 or email carmen_hibbard@yahoo.com.

During the 2013 series, a total of $18,000 was given away in prizes at the end of the series which included saddles, buckles, tack and more. The top 8 contestants and the top event winner in each age group receive end of the year awards. You must enter 3 or more events for High-Point awards. You must also enter 5 of the scheduled 8 Playdays to qualify for end of series awards. High point award in each age group will be given at every show and can only be received once in the series. New this year is an extra incentive award for seniors 50 and older.


NARFE Meeting - July 29, 2014

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), will meet Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 11:30 AM for lunch at the Texas Tea Room in Carthage. It is located in the Panola County Heritage Museum in the restored First National Bank Building on the Square in downtown Carthage. The meeting room is on the second floor There is an elevator.

At 12:00 Panola Chamber of commerce President, Tommie Ritter Smith, will introduce the program which will feature Bill Smith who will sing several songs. Bill is a member of the Calvary Boys Quartet.

There will be a brief meeting of Toledo Bend Chapter 1764 after the program with District 5, Representative, Dr. Jim Novi. All members are urged to attend. Membership is open to civilians who are or will be elegible to receive an annuity or survivor annuity from the federal retirement programs of any agency of the United States Government.


Tri-County Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting - July 28, 2014
Submitted by Latisha Hendrix

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Central Office located 214 Nacogdoches Street Center, Texas. 6:30pm for more information you may contact Yolanda Neal 936-598-6315 Ext. 18.


ETX Colts Semi-Pro Football Tryout Dates - July 25, 2014
Submitted by Alana Fleming

The ETX Colts are having a tryout every Saturday at 3:00 from now until August 30th at the Center high school fields. If you are wanting to tryout, bring your cleats, shorts, gloves etc. This Saturday, July 26th tryouts are being held on the practice field behind the stadium. Come be a part of something great!

Tryout fee of $25 is due at tryouts and is non-refundable. Tryout dates are August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30th. Must be at least 18 years of age. For more information contact Joshua Black at 936-332-9554 or Colton Thompson at 936-332-8407. Also see us on Facebook as ETX Colts.


Cemetery at Jericho Homecoming - July 24, 2014
Submitted by Gayla Horn

It's homecoming time again, Sunday, Aug 3rd at N. Jericho Church off FM 699 in Center. Come on out and bring your favorite covered dish to share with friends.

The cemetery at Jericho is not perpetual care. We rely totally on donations from people who have family members buried there to pay for cemetery up keep. In order to continue having it mowed and cleaned we must have your help. Please help with the care of your family members burial place.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Checks can be mailed to the following:

Charles Barr
137 CR 3229, Center, TX 75935


The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans Monthly Meeting - June 30, 2014
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. Lynn Hartt will bring our program. We hope to charter the new Order of the Confederate Rose Chapter during our meeting. Anyone interested in joining the OCR is invited! 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."

Center VFW Raises Money for One of Their Own - June 17, 2014
Submitted by Rodney Mathews

On Behalf of the Center Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) we would like to ask the people of Shelby County to come together and help us support one of our own, Kevin O'Connor. Kevin has been a firefighter for CVFD for 10 years, and during that time he also served as the department's training officer.

We will be selling chances on three guns to be given away with all proceeds going to the O'Connor family. You can contact any Center fireman to donate or to purchase tickets. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. We will be selling the tickets starting now through Saturday, August 2nd

Kevin had a heart attack in 2008 and since then has been diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. There is no cure or treatment for this condition other than a transplant.

Kevin is now on a transplant list to have a double lung transplant in Houston. He and his wife Saundra have temporarily relocated to Houston and will have to remain there for approximately one year.

Open Door Baptist Church Summer Feeding Program - June 10, 2014
Submitted by Katie Washington

Al Davis with Open Door Baptist Church and Katie Washington with A Lift for Life Outreach, Dallas, Texas and who is a hometown resident of Center, Texas, would like for your children to join us for the Summer Feeding Program located at 900 Cotton Ford Road.

The Center will be open daily Monday through Friday, June 9th through August 22, 2014 from 8am until 2pm. Free breakfast from 8am until 10am. Free lunch from 12noon until 2pm. There will be activities.

Please come out and show your support for the children and our community. Donations to our Center are welcomed and needed.


Piney Woods Family Outreach Summer Feeding Program - June 10, 2014
Submitted by Katie Washington

Bishop Martin with Piney Woods Family Outreach and Katie Washington with A Lift for Life Outreach, Dallas, Texas and who is a hometown resident of Center, Texas, would like for your children to join us for the Summer Feeding Program located at 255 Haley Drive, Center, Texas, off of Loop 500 and Martin Luther King Drive.

The Center will be open daily Monday through Friday, June 9th through August 22, 2014 from 8am until 2pm. Free breakfast from 9am until 11am. Free lunch from 12noon until 2pm. There will be activities.

Please come out and show your support for the children and our community. Donations to our Center are welcomed and needed


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

September 7th - Church Anniversary - 3pm (Pastor Cedric Grace)
October 27th-29th - Youth Revival - 7:30pm (Pastor Carlos Johnson)


Gardner Family Reunion 2014 - July 21, 2014
Submitted by Samuel Gardner

The Gardner Family Reunion 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, 10am, 4th of October 2014 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: “Together As One”. Colors are follows Carolina Blue and Black.

We highly encourage all family and friends of the Gardner to attend this historic and annual event. Everyone knows the Gardners have had hits and losses this year; but for every setback there are come backs. Needing more information please contact Sergeant First Class (Retired Army) Samuel C. Gardner for details at 936-553-1977.

Hope to see you there!



Tenaha Dumpsters for August - July 28, 2014
Submitted by Doyce Bailey

The City of Tenaha will have available for (A Clean Up) August 22 and August 23, 2014. The dumpsters will be in front of the Tenaha Municipal Bldg located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive. As in the past we are requesting you not put tires, paint, batteries or any Freon items. We would suggest that you do not put house hold garbage in the dumpster. If you contact me I can give you telephone numbers for household trash. If you see Bradley Allen, please thank him as he is a part of this project.


Nacogdoches VFW "Elvis" Concert - Memories of the Legends - July 29, 2014

Nacogdoches VFW Post 3893 will present “Memories of the Legends” at 3pm on Saturday, August 23. The event will be held at the VFW Post, 2406 Hunter Road. Featured will be tribute artists performing as as; Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.

A native of Florence, Alabama, Mike Adams has been astonishing crowds for over 28 years with his amazing tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Mike’s likeness to Elvis in look, voice, moves and stage presence is uncanny.

He has perforned in; Memphis at Graceland, Las Vegas, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando, Pigeon Forge and in hundreds of other cities throughout America.

Mike’s shows are an authentic and exciting musical journey through the years of 1970-1975, when Elvis Presley was touring worldwide. His attention to detail in all aspects of his shows gives you a glimpse of what it was like to have witnessed an Elvis Presley concert. From the jumpsuits, guitars, songs, to the diamond rings, Adams strives to achieve a performace as close to an Elvis Presley concert in the 1970s as possible.

Although Jeff Hornbuckle had been involved music most of his life, it was in 2008 that he was discovered to have the ability to emulate the look and sound of Roy Orbison. He began working with a tribute group called “Classic Legends” out of Florence, Alamama, and auditioned for the part of Tom Jones. A member of the group noticed the similarity to Roy Orbison in Jeff’s voice and he agreed to start working with him on the desired sound. By the group’s next performance, Jeff had captured the voice and look of Roy Orbison. Orbison was one of Elvis Presley’s favorite singers and they became friends in the 1950s, so the pairing of Mike Adams as Elvis and Jeff Hornbuckle as Roy Orbison is a perfect match for an exciting concert event. Mr. Hornbuckle also resides in Florence, Alabama.

From Bowling Green, Kentucky, Roger Robinson performs as Johnny Cash. He began singing at age 5 with his family and his first public performance was at age 9 at his church. Roger won several state competitions singing in high school. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for 4 years. When he was discharged from the Army, he became a carpenter and owned his own business for several years. In 2001, Roger was singing in a quartet in a small church in Morehead, Kentucky. Three years later, he auditioned for and was hired to tour with Acclaim, a professional quartet from Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2004, he was hired by Mark Blackwood to tour with the Blackwood Quartet. After one year with the Blackwoods, he took a break from the road and was then hired by the Stamps Quartet. Roger performed with the Stamps for two years, then returned to the Blackwood Quartet, where he remained until November of 2013. He began his Johnny Cash Tribute in 2014 and is currently working with the Memories of Legends group operating from Texas. He is the proud father of three children.

Advance tickets are available at Johnson Furniture, 106 East Main in Nacogdoches for $20. Tickets will be $25 at the door. For information or credit card orders, please phone 936.569.8650.


Scouting Trail Patch Program - July 24, 2014

Mansfield State Historic Site has recently developed a hike program for Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. Scouts will tour the museum and trail area to answer various questions in the trail activity guide. Once completed, the guide will be reviewed by a park ranger; if successfully completed, the Scout will receive a patch to wear with their uniform. This is a new program for the park, so there is an opportunity to become the first Scout to complete this, and receive the first issued Mansfield State Historic Site’s “Mouton Trail” Patch!

The patch you can receive!

Come experience the great mixture of nature, culture, and history that Mansfield State Historic Site has to offer to its’ visitors. We look forward to issuing out our first patch to a deserving Scout! Scout leaders please fill free to contact us for more information.

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.


Eckles, Eddins, Goodwin and Osby Family Reunion - July 24, 2014

Come and join the fun at our family reunion.

August 30 and Augst 31, 2014
Woodmen of the World Lodge #210
2839 Durst Street (Cross streets between W. Seale and Harris St.) Nacogdoches, TX 75964

Saturday: 5p.m. - until
There will be a fish fry which will consists of: fried fish, french fries, salads and other sides. Feel free to bring food and drinks* (Hot dogs will be available.)

Sunday: 2pm- until
Everyone bring a food dish, side items for desserts for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget the drinks (Non-alcoholic drinks, please.)

Please send $25.00 per household to offset the cost of the reunion by August 10, 2014. Bring information for the family tree, memories, pictures, updates and announcemnets to share. Also bring games, movies, etc for all to enjoys. T-shirts are available for $10 (youth small to adult XL) andd $2 for sizes 2x and larger. Please order in advance.

For more information contact:
Jennifer (Suell) Ingram
Phone 936-598-5004 Home
936-572-7161 Cell
Email jsingram05@yahoo.com


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