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Small Standard Flower Show and Plant Sale Entitled 'Along the Garden Path' - April 18, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford

The 48th Annual Small Standard Flower Show and Plant Sale entitled "Along the Garden Path" is almost here! The show will be held at the Community House on San Augustine Street in Center on Friday, April 25th from 12 noon to 4pm.

The Center Garden Club is selling chances on a large urn which is brimming with lovely assorted plants. Raffle tickets cost only one dollar each and may be purchased from any Garden Club member or at Watson Florist, Bounds Insurance and at the Center Garden Club Flower Show on Friday, April 25 from noon to four at the Community House. The drawing for the winning ticket will be held at four o'clock immediately after the flower show closes. The winner does not need to be present at the drawing to win.

The show is free to the public and promises to delight! Come enjoy all of the delights that you will find there "Along the Garden Path."


Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee Invites Nominations for Yard of the Month - April 24, 2014

The Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce led by chairman, Jodi Fountain invites the public to submit nominations for the Yard of the Month electronically with a photograph. Each nomination will need to include contact information for the nominee and the person submitting. Both front or back yards are welcome.

The recipient of the Yard of the Month is recognized for enlightening and achieving general beautification, exceeding local standards and demonstrating excellence in community landscape.

It is hoped that other residential property owners will follow the example and be led to improve their respective property and community.

Shelby Beautiful Clean is an affiliate of both Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. In addition to public recognition of businesses and individuals, the committee coordinates recycling, general beautification and educational projects.

Photographs may be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com no later than Friday, April 25 by 5:00 p.m. Nominations may also be submitted on the Chamber’s Facebook page, “ShelbyChamber” by liking the page, posting and private message the contact information. Shelby County Today.com will sponsor a gift for the selected Yard of the Month award recipient.

For more information, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.


Little Miss Shelby County Pageant Date Set - April 17, 2014
Submitted by Tonya Bailey

The 2014 Little Miss Shelby County will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00 at the Center High School. This pageant is open to Shelby County girls ages 0-23mths, 2-4 Yrs, 5-6Yrs,7-8yrs . This is a Natural Fun pageant and its Great for beginners. All you need is Party attire ( DOES not have to be a dress). Everyone leaves with a custom crown and tote. Fore More information call 936-590-0120. (Click here for entry form)


Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic (PD AD) - April 16, 2014
Submitted by Sharon Dehart

Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic every fourth Saturday from 10-3p. The next clinic will take place on April 26, 2014 at Tractor Supply in Center, TX. Located at 1155 Tenaha Street. We offer dog/cat vaccines, heartworm tests/prevention, flea/tick prevention, microchips, and nail trims. For questions: dehartveterinaryservices@yahoo.com or call 352-327-2400.


Become the Biggest Loser in Shelby County - April 13, 2014
Submitted by Jheri-Lynn Smith

Become the biggest loser in Shelby County — of weight, that is. A monetary award, gym membership, a hair make-over, massages, and gift cards are among the prizes available for the most successful competitors in the county’s version of “The Biggest Loser” contest.

Jimmy Lout

Jennifer Fountain

The opening weigh-in of “Biggest Loser” participants takes place April 28 and 29 in the Shelby County Extension office located at 200 San Augustine Street, #7 (active courthouse annex building). Participants will weigh-in, submit a $20.00 participation fee and have their picture taken during registration. Each will receive a biggest loser t-shirt, a packet of fitness goals and “at home routines”, a healthy cooking plan, and a walk your way to fitness plan.

County Commissioner Precinct 2, Jimmy Lout and Chief Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Fountain, are among the first “Biggest Loser” competitors.

“It’s personal for me, I want and need to make some healthy changes,” Lout said. “This program is about leading by personal example. It’s about lifestyle changes—about incorporating healthy eating and active living. It’s not so much about losing pounds as it is about changing lifestyles in a fun way that also allows you to win some prizes.”

Fountain stated, “I always heard that it was harder for a woman to lose weight after two things: Having a baby, and turning 30. Well, finding out you're pregnant the week after your 30th birthday is like a double whammy! It's really been a struggle since my precious last child was born. But something like finding out your husband is a diabetic is enough to make you want to get back on track. So this contest isn't only about losing weight, but about getting healthy, for me and my family, and helping my husband anyway I can with his diabetes.”

Winners in the Biggest Loser contest will be determined by the percentage of body weight they shed during the three-month competition, not by lost pounds. All participants will be encouraged to check-in periodically to chart their progress, which ends with a final weigh-in at the Shelby County Extension office on July 11, 2014. The winners will be recognized at an upcoming County Commissioners meeting.

Shelby County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn Smith says the Shelby County Fit program also will include a lunch time walking program, a discounted gym membership, Sonic Boom participation with county employees, healthy cooking classes, and fitness routines to do at home.

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

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


Miss Deep East Texas Dream Girl Pageant - April 11, 2014
Submitted by Sandrel Slaughter

Sign up now to participate in the Miss Deep East Texas Dream Girl Pageant to be held May 3, 2014 at 1:30pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Registration application is due April 20, 2014. Fee is $85 and submit at 5 x 7 picture with registration form for program book and photogenic judging before the April 20th as well. Raffle tickets are available for contestants to sell to obtain the registration fee. Mail all checks or money orders payable to Sandrel Slaughter at 112 McKee Street, Center, Texas 75935. The pageant will be May 3, 2014 at 1:30pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

Competition divisions are Baby Miss (0-11 months), Tiny Miss (1-3 years), Petite Miss (4-6 years), Junior Miss (7-9 years), Pre-teen (10-12 years), Teen Miss (13-15 years), and Miss (16-19 years).

For more information, please contact Sandrel Slaughter at 936-598-4189, Tiffanie King at 936-572-0389, Denetra Slaughter at 936-332-8432, or Shalizabeth Land at 936-201-0955. Thank you for participating in the pageant!


Cheer Competition Tryouts Saturday, April 26th - April 21, 2014
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Teresa's Tumblers will be hosting a tryout for the 2014-2015 Competitive Cheerleading All-Star team. The tryout is for all ages and will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 10am and again that evening at 5pm. You will only be required to attend one of the two times available.

This tryout is simply to determine what squads we will have which will be based on age and ability level. Unfortunately, we only have the time and space to have two teams this year, so depending on the age and ability level of the majority of the girls at the tryout will be the deciding factor.

Call and sign up today! Call 936-332-1811 or 936-598-9289. We look forward to seeing you there. More information will be given at the tryout.


92nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet Slated for April 24 - April 10, 2014

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce president, Randy Collard recently announced that the 92nd Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center. The keynote speaker will be Clay Farell, COO Nacogdoches Medical Center, addressing “The Future of the Healthcare Industry.”

Mr. Farell joined Nacogdoches Medical Center in March 2010 as Director of Business Development/Associate Administration. In June 2013 Clay was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Nacogdoches Medical Center. Prior to moving to Nacogdoches, Clay worked at Tenet headquarters as a manager in the corporate business development office since 2008.

He previously served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Clay received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy. He is an active member in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

During the awards dinner the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will present the Farm Family of the Year award, Young Citizen of the Year award and the Distinguished Service Award.

Banquet tickets are on sale at the Chamber office until Thursday, April 10. Reservations may be requested by phone at 936.598.3682 or email at info@shelbycountychamber.com. Corporate sponsor reserved tables for 8 or individual dinner tickets are available.


Shelby County Pageant Dates and Upcoming Deadline - March 25, 2014
Submitted by Shelia Burch

A search is underway for the 2014 Miss Shelby County 16-19 years, Miss Shelby County Teen 13-15 years, Miss Shelby County Junior Teen 11-12 years and Miss Shelby County Pre-teen 9-10 years. If you participate, it will be a memorable experience and you will make many new and lasting friendships. The queen of each age group and the Miss Shelby County Cover Girl will represent Shelby County over the next year reign. The pageant is a motivator, building confidence and self-esteem. It is sure to be a beneficial and fun experience.

Miss Shelby County Pageant Deadline

The deadline to enter the Miss Shelby County Pageant is March 28. Any girls 9-19 interested in representing Shelby County is invited to attend. Girls must be from Shelby County to enter. The pageant is April 26 at Center High School. For more information contact Tonya Bailey at 936-590-0120 or Shelia Burch at 936-332-9610 or go by M&M Insurance on Hurst St to get an information packet. (Click here for entry form)

Little Miss and Mister Shelby County

The Little Miss and Mister Shelby County will be held April 26 at Center High School. All contestants must be from Shelby County. This is a natural pageant and no pageant wear or talent is required. Girls 0-8 and boys 0-5 years can wear their favorite Spring outfit on the stage. For information call 936-590-0120, 936-332-9610 or go by M & M Insurance. (Click here for entry form)


2014 S.C.S.P Playday Off to a Great Start - January 8, 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 has 7 more events coming up in the series. Mark the following dates for this years schedule: May 10th, June 7th, July 12th and August 9th. Weather day if needed is April 26th.

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.

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.

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.


CHS Students Hosting "Riders Against Trafficking 5K Run/Walk" - April 23, 2014
Submitted by Jenny Cassell, 5K Run/Walk Flyer

Center High School Students in World Geography, English Language Arts I, Math Models, and Art are spending this six weeks learning about Human Trafficking and the impact it is having on the local and global community. Students are not just learning the facts and figures related, but they are also getting actively involved in being part of the solution to a huge global problem. Join the classes on May 10, 2014 at 8am as they host the Riders Against Trafficking 5k Run/Walk. This 5k will begin and end at Center High School and anyone is invited to come out and join the students as they raise funds to fight this problem.

You may register at http://goo.gl/avJDZk

  • Did you know this about Human Trafficking?
  • Between 14, 500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year
  • 70% are females and 50% are children
  • Generates a profit of $32 billion every year

(T-shirt by Customink.com)


Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale - April 23, 2014
Photo by Melba Gillis

Travelers on Tenaha Street will notice this week a large blue and yellow sign in front of the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. The sign is announcing the Friends of the Library (FOL) Spring Book Sale which begins April 29th and runs through May 3rd.

According to Joan Huff, members of the FOL who have worked for weeks preparing for the sale are sure this one is the biggest and the best. All that is needed are buyers who feel books are treasures that can be bought for .50 and $1.00. The doors will open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29th.


Shelby County Shooters Club Meeting - April 22, 2014
Submitted by Terry Carriker

The Shelby County Shooters Club will meet Thursday April 24, 2014 at 7:00pm. The meeting will take place at T/R’s Steaks & More Center, Texas. Items of business will include election of officers, financial report, activity report and input from members.

Club membership expire May 1, 2014. Current dues, family $40 & single $35. Range is located 5 miles south of Center on Hwy 96.

For information call 936-598-8062


NMC Provides Free PVD Screening at Gaddy's Medical - April 22, 2014
Submitted by Rachel Bradshaw, PVD Screening Form

Nacogdoches Medical Center will be hosting a free PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease) screening tomorrow, Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Gaddy's Medical in Center. Just about anyone and everyone is a candidate for the screening! See risk factors in the accompanying information below.

Please call with any questions ASAP and to sign up for a time. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes. Short sleeve shirt and removable shoes are best.

Please call 936-590-4464. Clck the above "PVD Screening Form" link for information PVD and the sign-up form.


Sabine State Bank to Hold Customer Appreciation Day - April 21, 2014
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Sabine State Bank is holding a Customer Appreciation day to celebrate our loyal customers on Friday, April 25th at the Center branch.

Sabine State bank has been in operation since 1901 and continues to experience strong, steady growth year-after-year. “Our customers are to thank because of it,” says Steve Waters, senior vice president and regional market development manager. “Due to our customers loyal patronage and trust, our bank continues to grow. We would like to invite them to stop by the bank and allow us to personally thank them.”

The bank will be offering refreshments, hot dogs from 11:00 – 1:30, giveaways and a blood drive will be held from 9:00 – 1:30. The public is welcome to stop by and visit with the friendly, experienced staff at the Center branch and find out more about the products, services and Sabine State Bank.

About Sabine State Bank & Trust Co.
Sabine State Bank has been serving its customers since 1901; assisting individuals, small & mid-size businesses, municipal and political subdivisions. With over 40 locations in Central Louisiana & East Texas, Sabine State Bank is one of the largest state-charted banks in Louisiana with assets exceeding $700 million. Sabine State Bank is dedicated to the areas in which it serves and is committed to supporting local communities.


Antioch Homecoming to be Held May 4th - April 17, 2014

Antioch Homecoming will be held Sunday, May 4, 2014 beginning with singing at 10:30am. Welcome and recognition will be at 11:00am followed by a devotional at 11:30am. Business meeting starts at 11:50 and lunch at noon. Bring lunch and join us for this occasion. Lawn chairs would make you more comfortable.

Contributions are necessary and welcome for the upkeep of the cemetery. Contributions can be mailed to either Judy Carrington (Secretary) at 1882 FM 2608, Center, Texas 75935 (936-598-9145) or mailed to Lenora Walton (Treasurer) at 237 County Road 3129, Center, Texas 75935 (936-598-4328).


Capt. Jesse Amason Camp #282 Sons of Confederate Veterans Monthly Meeting - April 17, 2014
Submitted by Jim Barrett

The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting, Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.

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."


Car Show Coming to the First Baptist Church Parking Lot - April 17, 2014

Mark you calendar and be a part of the Car Show to be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the parking lot of First Baptist Church Center. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and winners will be recognized at 2:00 p.m. From 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. there will be a Swap Meet.

Whether you want to show off your pride and joy, that special vehicle that you restored, or you want to take a trip down memory lane as you look at restored vehicles, you will enjoy the world of cars at this meet. It will be fun for the whole family.

You are invited to enter your vehicle in one of the following classifications: 1972 and older completely restored; 1972 and older hot rods; 1972 – 1994 completely restored; 1972 – 1994 hotrods; 4-wheel-drive classics; and 1994 and older custom cars.

The vehicles will be judged, and scores will be given to each entry. Plaques will be given away to the winners in each class, and the “Best of Show” will be chosen.


The Little Fox Marketplace Classes - February 19, 2014
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April Classes
Crochet for Adults (Beg)–10:00 to 11:30 – Wednesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 ($45 for 6 hrs)
Crochet for Adults(Int)– 6:00 to 7:30 – Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1 ($45 for 6 hrs)
Beginning Sewing – 6:00 to 7:30 – Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1 ($50 for 6 hrs)
Tunisian Crochet (Purl Stitch) – 10:00 to 11:00 – Saturday, April 12 ($10 +sup)
Quilt Top – Crazy 9 Patch –6 to 7:30–Tuesday, April 8 & 15 ($40 + supplies)

Other Classes
DecoMesh Wreath Classes – These classes will be scheduled as “parties.” Get three friends to join you, and let’s set something up to fit your schedule.

Girls’ Night Out, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, & Church Group classes can be arranged!! Classes added based on customer requests. “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheLittleFoxMarketplace, www.thelittlefoxmarket.com (936) 590-4422. Come see us on the Downtown Center Square! 101 Shelbyville Street, Center, TX 75935


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

April 6th - Family & Friends Day - 2:30pm (Pastor Marvin Jackson Sr.)
May 18th - Men & Women Day - 2:30pm (Pastor Mitchell)
July 6th - Homecoming - 11am TBA
July 9th-11th - Annual Revival - 7:30pm (Pastor Caraway, Pastor Patton & Pastor Mergonson)
September 7th - Church Anniversary - 3pm (Pastor Cedric Grace)
October 27th-29th - Youth Revival - 7:30pm (Pastor Carlos Johnson)


Excelsior Extravaganza and Benefit Fundraiser for Simmons Family - April 10, 2014
Submitted by Sonya Wilburn

Excelsior Extravaganza will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11am until 6pm. This will be a huge sales event! There will be many vendors from our area that will be selling their items. All vendors are welcome! If you would like to reserve a sales space, please call Sonya Wilburn at 936-591-0175, or Excelsior School at 936-598-5866. Booths will be $25 each or $50 for a double space.

A benefit Chicken BBQ Plate fundraiser will be held at the school the same day as the Extravaganza from 11am until 2pm. The Shelby County Cookers will be cooking chicken leg quarters and plates will include beans, potato salad, and dessert for $6 a plate. All proceeds will benefit the Simmons Family which was involved in a crash on SH 7 West on Saturday, April 19th.

Also, to benefit the Simmons family, Curb-Side-Market in Mt. Herman will give 50% of their profits from everything ordered and purchased on Wednesday, April 23rd to help the family with expenses. Curb-Side-Market is located across from Campbell's Grocery.

To donation to the GoFundMe account, click here.


Strong Cemetery Annual Homecoming - April 18, 2014
Submitted by Prentice Hendricks

Strong Cemetery will be having their annual homecoming on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Dinner will start at 12 noon. If you would like to make a donation please mail to Strong Cemetery, PO BOX 1383, Center, Texas 75935.


Gardner Family Reunion 2014 - April 18, 2014
Submitted by Samuel Gardner

The Gardner Family Reunion 2014 is scheduled for Saturday,10am, 04th 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: “Honoring the past and Passing the Torch”. Our colors is red; white; and blue.

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.

Hope to see you there!


Date Set for 36th Annual Take A Kid Fishing Bream Tournament - April 1, 2014
Submitted by Lori Alvis

Center Broadcasting Company, Inc., KDET 930AM & 92.5 FM, and KQBB 100.5, together with the Shelby County Bass Anglers, invites all children ages 3 to 15 years old to register for the 36th Annual Take A Kid Fishing Bream Tournament to be held on Saturday, May 10th at Huxley Bay Marina. Fishing begins at 6am, and all participants must be in the weigh-in line no later than 12:30pm.

This free tournament is sponsored by Center Broadcasting Company and the Shelby County Bass Anglers. Entry forms can be picked up at the Center Broadcasting studios at 307 San Augustine Street in Center, Huxley Bay Marina, Scarber’s Grocery, Trail’s End & RV, First Bank and Trust East Texas in San Augustine, or Hometown Tackle. Participants must be preregistered no later than May 3rd. Trophies will be awarded to each group and prizes will be available for each participant. For more information, contact the Center Broadcasting offices at 936-598-3304.

Click here for entry form.



Truitt Cemetery Homecoming - April 22, 2014
Submitted by Maggie Casto

The 2014 Truitt Cemetery Homecoming will be this Saturday, April 26, at the Truitt Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. Members of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will bring the program, a Ghost Walk during which some of their ancestors buried there will be portrayed. The program will be followed by the traditional covered dish meal at noon. Many of Shelby County's early families are represented at this cemetery, so if your ancestors are there and you have a story to tell or a picture to show or a memory to share or just want to touch the past or maybe meet a new cousin or two, please join us.

If you need instructions or information regarding the cemetery, please call Mike Wood at 936-269-33598.


St. Peter Church of God in Christ Presents 1st Mother and Daughter Banquet - April 18, 2014
Submitted by Afrikina Dotson

St. Peter Church of God in Christ elegantly presents its 1st Mother and Daughter Banquet, "A Woman After Gods Own Heart" to be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 6pm. The event will be held at the Community Center in Joaquin, Texas. For tickets call Afrikina Dotson at 936-707-9795 or Tina Gatlin at 318-697-5244.

The event will feature suprise entertainment and give-a-way drawings for door prizes. Tickets on sale for $20. Get your tickets now while they last!


Jackson Cemetery Homecoming - April 11, 2014

Jackson Cemetery Homecoming will be held Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:30am. Worship service to begin at 10:45am with a message given by Bro. Luke Garrett followed by dinner and fellowship. If unable to attend, donations may be mailed to Jackson Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 15, Joaquin, Texas 75954.


City of Joaquin to host Centennial Celebration in June - March 27, 2014
Submitted by Donna Fitzgerald

The City of Joaquin will be celebrating 100 years of incorporation on June 14, 2014. The City will host a Centennial Celebration starting Friday, June 13, 2014 with a Gospel Singing featuring Joaquin native Trey Wilson, East Texas Gospel Group the Stanley’s, and other local singers. The singing will be held in the Joaquin High School Gym at 7:00 p.m. No charge for entry to Singing but donations welcomed.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 will be as follows.
9:00 am - Vendors will open.
10:00 am - Centennial Parade

Following Parade the following activities will take place: Cake Walk, 42 Tournament at Community Center, Horse Shoes, and Washer Toss.

JVFD demonstration with the Jaws of Life. The fire department will actually cut someone out of a car.

Barbecue Plates will be sold by the JVFD. Prizes will be given for the Oldest & Youngest Joaquin Citizen, Longest Married Couple, Person who traveled the greatest distance to attend, Oldest Joaquin Cheerleader, Homecoming Queen & Football Player and many other recognitions throughout the day.

Games and activities for all ages. Live Music throughout the day. All events will shut down at 5:00 p.m. in preparation for the Concert & Fireworks.

7:00 p.m. Live concert at the Logansport River Front featuring Shreveport Band WINDSTREAM.
9:00 p.m. Fireworks Display.

Centennial Cookbooks, T-Shirts & Caps will be for sale at the City Office and at the Celebration. All proceeds will be used for improvements to the City Park and future events.
Everyone is welcome.


Joaquin ISD Athletic Boosters $10,000 Dinner Fundraiser - March 25, 2014
Submitted by Tammy Hamilton

Joaquin Athletic Boosters fundraiser $10,000 Dinner will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm and drawing begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $100 (includes 2 dinners). Event will be held in the JISD Cafetorium and Gym. To purchase a ticket please see a booster member, Gordon Vaughn, Bill Mason, Rodney Harper, Ronnie Belrose, Jimmy Hamilton, Mike Lawson, Kevin Yates or the Administration Office Joel Bumback.

Thanks for supporting our student athletes.


S.W. Carter Elementary Scholastic Book Fair, April 28th through May 2nd - April 24, 2014
Submitted by Evelyn Foster

S. W. Carter Elementary School invites you to their Scholastic Book Fair April 28 - May 2. Shopping hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30am until 3:30pm, and Friday, 7:30am until 9:00am.

We would also like to invite grandparents to eat lunch with their special student on Wednesday, April 30th and then follow with Book Fair Shopping.

Lunch schedules: Pre-K at 11:15, Kindergarten at 10:45, First at 10:50, Second at 10:55, Third at 11:00, Fourth at 11:05, Fifth at 11:10. The Book Fair will conclude at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

We look forward to having you participate in our Book Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school library.


SISD Athletic Boosters Raise Funds for Scholarships - April 22, 2014
Submitted by Debbie Gilchrist

The Shelbyville Athletic Booster Club is selling tickets for Cash Give-A-Ways of $10,000, $1000 and $500 Tickets are $100 each. Drawing will be held May 13, 2014 at the Athletic Banquet. Need not be present to win.

Get your tickets from any Athletic Booster Member. Proceeds go to Athletic Booster Scholarships. Call 591-2767 for more information.


Shelbyville Yearbooks on Sale Now; Early Orders Save $10 - April 18, 2014
Submitted by Michele Whiddon

Shelbyville Yearbooks are on sale now for $35. Order your 2013-2014 yearbook by May 15th and SAVE $10!! Out-of-box price in the fall will be $45.

Also, are you missing a yearbook? With your order of a 2013-2014 yearbook, get ANY previous yearbook in stock for only $10! That’s right - $10! We have the following years in stock: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Yearbook preorder form – due by May 15th.

This is the first year in which yearbook orders can also now be made online! Log onto the secure website: yearbookordercenter.com or call toll free at 1-866-287-3096 Monday through Friday, 8am until 5pm CDT. The order number is 884. Please have this number handy when you call or log in to order your yearbook.


Sardis Homecoming and Fish Fry Fundraiser - April 26, 2014
Submitted by Katherine Shillings

Please mark your calendars (it is always the first Saturday in May) for May 3, 2014. It is the Sardis Cemetery Homecoming Fish Fry Fundraiser. The $7.00 Fish plates will be sold from 11 A M until we run out. We will meet at Sardis Church grounds to visit, eat a great lunch of fried catfish with all the trimmings, and enjoy the day with friends and family. It is important to us as a people of Shelby County to remember the generations who traveled here before us. We must not let the traditions and teachings of our dear loved ones cease. It is our duty to care for and attend to the graves and observe this day of remembrance. If you cannot attend in person please send a check to LaNell Rash, Secretary of the Sardis Cemetery Association, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas, 75935. All contributions will be much appreciated and are needed to maintain the cemetery. If at all possible please come see the iron fence that was installed last year and be a part of the upkeep on our beloved cemetery.

We still have Sardis Cemetery cookbooks for sale. The brown (first) cookbook sells for $15.00 and the red (last) cookbook sells for $20.00.


Shelbyville Lions Club to Meet First Monday of the May - April ??, 2014
Submitted by Duane Lout

Shelbyville Lions will hold their next meeting on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:45pm at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Lion Duane Lout welcomes everyone to join the Lions Club and he can be contacted at 591-1288 if interested. The Shelbyville group focuses primarily on local community needs.


April Meeting Date for Rather Cemetery Meeting - April 10, 2014
Submitted by Duane Lout

The Rather Cemetery meeting will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 4pm at the Ephesus Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Any questions, contact Duane Lout 936-591-1288


Tenaha Trash to Treasures Along the Tracks, Community Garage Sale - April 15, 2014
Submitted by Chantal Hedlund

Tenaha Beautification & Events Committee is presenting Trash to Treasures Along the Tracks, a community garage sale event, to be held May 3, 2014 at 9am until 3pm on the square in Tenaha, Texas. If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, contact Linda Perry @936-248-2681 or Becky Barker @936-248-5807.


Trash to Treasures Along the Tracks - March 6, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

It is time for "Spring Cleaning!" Get your "Trash" available to make it someone else's "Treasure." You have plenty of time to get your garage sale items ready to sell on the square in Tenaha. The event will be held on May 3, 2014 from 9am to 4pm and booths (10X20 space) are available for $20. Deadline for vendor sign-up is April 25, 2014 at 4 p.m. For information contact Becky Barker 936-248-5807, Linda Perry 936-248-2681.


Timpson VFD to host Fundraiser Car Wash - April 23, 2014
Submitted by Kristie Branch- Hairston, Secretary Timpson VFD

Timpson VFD will be holding a Fundraiser Car Wash at the Timpson Quick Stop on April 26th from 10-2. Come out and let our firefighters wash your car for a donation!!!


2014 Annual BBQ Cook-Off & Bike Rally - March 21, 2014
Submitted by Dustin Norris

For Flyer click here

Calling all Cookers, Bikers, and BBQ Lovers! Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its 2014 Annual BBQ Cook-Off & Bike Rally will be held May 2 – 3, 2014 at Frontier RV Park and Storage in Timpson. Friday night we will have our BBQ Dance from 8 PM – 10 PM (Free Admission) with live entertainment from the one and only Curtis Daniels! Saturday gates will open at 10:30 AM to the public we will have $2600 in cash prices for cooking teams this year (Grand Champion $500, 1st Place $400 each category, 2nd Place $200 each category, & 3rd Place $100 each category). We will also have entertainment throughout the day, Arts & Craft vendors, Pie walk, plenty of food for tasting to the public, and new this year our Motorcycle Rally (Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12). For more information, to register as a team or vendor contact Paul Smith @ 936-254-3161 or Dustin Norris @ 936-332-2976. Space will be filled on a first come first serve basis so register fast!

It’s Nacogdoches’ Travel and Tourism Week - April 24, 2014

NACOGDOCHES – The fifth annual Nacogdoches’ Travel and Tourism Week is going on May 3-11, 2014 this year in conjunction with National and Texas Travel and Tourism Week. Nacogodoches, as well as communities across Texas and the nation, will take this opportunity to champion the benefits of travel and tourism.

To show unity for travel and tourism, we ask the Nacogdoches community to wear red on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Wearing red is a hospitality industry practice that dates back many years and is a very easy activity to show support for National Travel and Tourism Week. We ask that businesses or organizations who participate in Wear Red Day to please notify us at (936)564-7351 so we may stop by and take a photo to share on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be hosting an Alive After Five at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main, on Thursday, May 8th 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Come celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week with us and learn about the economic impact of tourism in Nacogdoches. Food and beverages provided as well as some really neat door prizes.
Historic Downtown Nacogdoches will be abuzz this year during National Travel and Tourism Week with 2nd Story Tours featuring four downtown properties on May 3rd and the Living History of Oak Grove Cemetery tours on May 3rd and 4th.

Enter our Pin It To Win It Pinterest Contest to win the ultimate Nacogdoches experience including 2 passes to Zip Nac, Dinner for 2 and 2 tickets to the upcoming Boots & Brews event in September. To enter, follow Visit Nacogdoches on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/visitnac/) and create a board called “Visit Nacogdoches.” Upload and pin images showing what you love about Nacogdoches. Use the #VisitNac hashtag in the description of each of your pins. Email a link of your completed board to jannette@visitnacogdoches.org. A complete list of contest rules may be picked up at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main. Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. May 12th. We will also be handing out FREE bottled water and popcorn at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main, during the week of May 3-11. So stop by and see us!

For more information about Nacogdoches’ National Travel and Tourism Week, call the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351, log onto www.visitnacogdoches.org, or be our friend on facebook @ See Nacogdoches.

Free Digitization for Home Movies offered at the Nacogdoches Public Library - April 24, 2014
Submitted by Joan Huff

In order to preserve our local history, the Judy B. McDonald Public Library brings the Texas Film Round-Up to Nacogdoches, TX to provide residents with free digitization services for their Texas-related films and videos. Residents may drop-off materials at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library between April 26 and May 3. A collaboration between the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and the Texas Film Commission (TFC), the Film Round-Up accepts home movies, educational films, advertisements, local television, and other films in the hopes of preserving Texas’ media history.

To qualify for free digitization, participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to Texas Archive of the Moving Image, a digital collection of Texas streaming video at www.texasarchive.org. Original films and videos will be returned to contributors after digitization— along with two DVD copies (or digital files) and information about safe media storage. Loan and Use Agreements can be filled out on-site at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library.

The Fannie Brown Booth Library staff is hoping that those who have home movies of parades, local festivals, etc. will drop them by the public library in Nacogdoches and have them digitized. This is a wonderful opportunity to preserve our local history.


Sale on the Trail in San Augustine - April 23, 2014

Every year the Chamber supports Trail Partners' event to promote awareness of the El Camino Real de las Tejas.

Gather up items and have a yard sale May 2 and 3. Signs to mark your location are available at the Log Cabin for $7. These signs are durable and will last several years.

Register your yard sale with the Chamber of Commerce so we can let people know you are participating. Call Royce Ann Wiggins at 936-275-3610 to register or ask for more information.


6th Annual Oldest Town in Texas Motorcycle Rally roars into Nacogdoches April 25-27 - April 21, 2014

The 6th annual Oldest Town in Texas Motorcycle Rally and BBQ Cook Off returns to the Nacogdoches County Expo April 25.

The OTT Rally will feature the OTT BBQ Cook Off, the Thunder in the Pines Concerts, Downtown Parade, Custom Bike Show, Burnout Contest, Charity Poker Run, Biker Games, Scenic Rides, Beer Gardens and more.

The OTT Rally will kick off Friday, April 25 with registration starting at 9 a.m., followed by insane stunt shows, biker games, and musical performances by Glen Lenderman, Barnstorm Survivors, and Dean Seltzer and the Redneck Mothers.

On Saturday, join in the “We Fight Like A Girl Charity Fun Run” at 10 a.m. Then enjoy the parade as it winds its way through historic downtown Nacogdoches at 11 a.m. Starting at noon, sample some of the best BBQ in East Texas at the OTT BBQ Cook Off, followed by another stunt show at 1 p.m., more biker games at 1:30 p.m. and the popular OTT Burnout Competition at 3:30 p.m. Alter Ego takes the stage at 5 p.m. and the first ever OTT Crawfish Eating Competition starts at 6 p.m. End the evening with live entertainment by Whisky Prophets, Jerrett Zoch & The OSR Band and Point Blank.

Enjoy all activities Friday and Saturday with a weekend pass for $30 that can be purchased online at www.ottrally.com, or grab a Saturday day pass for $20 at the gate! For more information about the OTT Rally events, log onto www.ottrally.com or email info@ottrally.com.


"We the People of San Augustine County" Ribbon Cutting - April 16, 2014
Submitted by David Swanzy

"We the People of San Augustine County" will be hosting a ribbon cutting reception for a new online magazine at 10am on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce office.

San Augustine local historian/writer Neil Murphy has been engaged to serve as special editor of this "spin off" of the quarterly online magazine, "We the People of Shelby County" which is in its third year of publication at www.shelbycountytx.com. The magazines will be very similar with feature articles on the local history of Shelby County replaced by those about San Augustine for the San Augustine companion issue.

David Swanzy, owner, invites everyone to this event and said, "We have enjoyed a warm and pleasant relationship with [San Augustine] during this start-up process. I hope to see you there."


Front Porch Music Festival - April 16, 2014
Submitted by David Young

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, people who love live music should come to Millard’s Crossing Historic Village’s second annual Front Porch Music Festival - a Village fundraising event which will begin at 4:00 pm and into the evening until 9:00 pm.

This musical evening will feature ten different acts on three different stages, surrounded by the historic buildings at Millard’s Crossing. Participating musicians will play a wide variety of music from blues to blue grass and people can bring their own instruments, if they like, so they can jam with others under the trees.

Visitors are welcome to bring in their deck chairs, blankets, coolers, and claim a spot. Then they can relax and stroll the grounds where they can listen to the many talented musicians who will be performing or round up a crew of their own.

There will be many local favorites among the acts, such as Charlie Jones and his “El Camino Real” friends, Steve Hartz and his Old Time String shop crew, Mickey Lynn, “Pine Hollow” organized by John Hazelwood, “Old Time Gospel Project” with Cele Knight , and Larry Bishop. We’re also thrilled to welcome a few new acts to the lineup such as Maranatha and Zach Maberry.

The Millard’s Crossing Country Store will be open for business where people can buy a bit of nostalgia such as old-timey toys, hand-made items, books, T-shirts, candy. Food items such as barbeque, hot dogs, tacos, snow cones and other snacks will be available from the multiple food vendors that will
be on-hand.

The entry fee will be $5 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under, and $10 per cooler. The event is BYOB and parking is free at the Millard Flea Market next to the Village. Entrance to the Village will be through the side gate from the Flea Market.

For more information, make sure to check our website at www.millardscrossing.org or call Millard’s Crossing at 936-564-6631.


Nacogdoches "Catfish Extravaganza" to benefit East Texas Foster Family Association - April 16, 2014
Submitted by David Stallings

Photo left-to-right: Brad Maule, Kim Crisp aka "Camo Elvis," Willie P. Richardson (Pictured with the Sam Rayburn Lake Rod & Reel Record Channel Catfish he caught in 2001) and Julia Martin Jones, Director of East Texas Foster Family Association.

The First-Annual Willie P. Richardson Catfish Catchin', Cookin' and Eatin' Extravaganza will be held beginning at 6pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Mill Room behind Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches. All ticket sales proceeds will benefit the East Texas Foster Family Association and will help local area children.

The event will begin at 6pm with the weigh-in for the biggest catfish caught and delivered to the event. The winner will be declared the "2014 Willie P. Richardson Catfish Catchin' Champion" and will receive a large trophy. Cook teams also will begin preparing catfish, hushpuppies and fries at 6pm. A trophy will be awarded for the "2014 Willie P. Richardson Catfish Cookin' Champion." An all-you-can eat catfish dinner will be served from 6:30-7:30pm. The "Miss Catfish Queen Pageant" will begin at approximately 7:45pm and will be hosted by nationally-known comedian, Willie P. Richardson. Musical entertainment will be provided by Brad Maule, who starred as "Dr. Tony Jones" on television's General Hospital for 22 years, Kim Crisp, also known as "Camo Elvis," and Stephen and Jane Pate's Rockin' P Band.

Willie P. Richardson's comedy recordings are aired on thousands of radio stations, including SiriusXM, and have sold more than 1.25 million albums since 1995. He has performed his clean, family-friendly concerts throughout America for many years and has appeared on stage with Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Percy Sledge, The Platters, The Temptations, The Supremes, Gene Watson, Don Williams and many more entertainers. Mr. Richardson's favorite sport has always been "catfishin'" and he has always enjoyed taking his sons, as well as many other youngsters and friends on fishing trips. "This event is the best of both worlds for me. Highlighting the sport of catfishing and helping children and foster families meet needs for clothing, school supplies, food and other expenses. I hope that this event can become huge and that it will continue on after I'm gone," Richardson said. He also holds the Sam Rayburn Lake Rod & Reel Record Channel Catfish, which he caught in 2001 using a bait his company manufactures.

The East Texas Foster Family Association is a group of foster parents from Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine and Sabine counties who take children in foster care into our home to love, care for, education and advocate for their best interests. The children are treated as family members and the foster parent is their legal guardian regarding education, healthcare and legal issues until the court makes a decision regarding their future. That could be a return to the parents, placed with grandparents or other family member, or termination of parental rights and placed for adoption.

The responsibilities of the foster parent are varied, and include trips to doctors, specialists in Houston, Dallas or Shreveport; counseling sessions, visits with parents (at CPS offices), school meetings, educational or physical therapy and dealing with the emotional or health issues of the children on a daily basis. Many of the children are eventually adopted by their foster parents if it is not safe for them to return to their birth family.

A foster parent knows that in most cases, the child or children will be leaving the foster home, and that is always an emotional and difficult day. If it does not hurt to see them go, we have not properly done our job. It takes very special people with a lot of love and dedication to do this, and thankfully east Texas has them. Never enough - we are always short of safe homes, and many homes close because of the emotional toll that fostering takes on them. Information on becoming a foster parent is available online, from a foster parent, or from a CPS caseworker.

Only 200 tickets are available for the event. Tickets priced at $20 each and are available at Boot Barn (Formerly Baskin's) in Nacogdoches and Lufkin. For more information, to enter cook off or participate in the Catfish Queen Pageant, please visit WilliePRichardson.com or phone Julia Martin Jones, Director of East Texas Foster Family Association at 936.205.4405.


This Week At The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum, “Remembering Columbia” - April 10, 2014
Submitted by Becca Tatum, Curator

This week at the museum we would like to thank all our visitors and groups from around the area and our out of state guests as well. We hope you had a wonderful and educational tour. We are looking forward to a new year and lots of great ideas from the meeting that will contribute to this success.

Mark your calendars for May 16, 2014 because the museum will be hosting a speaker from NASA by the name of Todd Hellner. Todd Hellner currently works as an Increment Manager in the Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. He is responsible for leading an international team that develops the plans and requirements for the activities that will take place on the Space Station that’s orbiting the Earth 250-miles above the Earth’s surface. His job involves 18-months of planning and development followed by working 6-months in the Mission Control Center executing the plan. Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He has spent the past 23 years involved in human spaceflight at the Johnson Space Center, having spent time working on the Space Shuttle Program, the Space Station Program, and the Orion Program. He will be at the museum speaking from 9:45 to 1:45. Hope to see you then.

The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA “Remembering Columbia” Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We would welcome and appreciate your taxable donation. Please contact Becca Tatum for more information. We invite you to visit us and take a tour of our museum the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum "Remembering Columbia"


150th Anniversary of Battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana to be Celebrated - March 27, 2014
Submitted by Lynn Hartt, member of the Capt. Jesse Amason Sons of Confedrate Veterans Camp#282 Center, TX.

April is the month the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana were fought. This year on April 6 the 150th anniversay of the battle of Pleasant Hill will be celebrated with the battle beginning at 2 p.m. On April 26 and 27 the 150th anniversay of the battle of Mansfield will be celebrated with the battles beginning at 2 p.m.

Both of these battles were very important, plus they were the largest battles found west of the Mississippi during the war. Major General Richard Taylor commanded the Confederate forces against the Union forces who were led by Major General Nathaniel P. Banks. The intent of General Banks was to follow the stage route and capture the Louisiana Confederate capital city of Shreveport. After this his plan was to invade East Texas. He errored when he left the protection of his accompaning gunboat fleet and turned inland, and allowed his troops to scatter out over nearly 20 miles.

When the battle of Mansfield began on April 8 General Taylor along with his subordinates General Thomas Green, Brigadier General Alfred Mouton and Major General Camille de Polignac opened fire of the first group of troops to appear on the road. Because the Union troops were so scattered, where they were not able to receive reinforcements, they were badly beaten and took heavy casualties.

The battle of Mansfield was a huge victory for the Confederacy, but the battle of Pleasant Hill which was fought the following day was considered a win by the Union forces as the Confederate forces were driven from the field. Because of the heavy number of Texas infantry and cavalry units at these battles it prevented East Texas from being invaded, along with the blockading of Texas ports.


Six Week Grief Workshop in April - March 18, 2014

Lost a loved one? Looking for support? Please join our 6-week grief workshop organized by our local Hospice of East Texas team.

Participants will learn about the grief process and explore healthy ways of coping with loss. Monday’s, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, April 14th – May 19th Christian Life Center at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX 411 N. Street. Park in the North parking Lot, Room #E143

Please call to register. (936) 560-9277, ext. 127


San Augustine Relay for Life - March 14, 2014

Relay For Life Paint the Town Purple April 14-May 9, 2014

Help the American Cancer Society “Paint the Town Purple” in support of Relay For Life. Join us as we transform San Augustine & Sabine County purple.

On May 9th, at 7PM your local Relay For Life event will kick off with Cancer SURVIVORS leading the first lap of the evening around the track at the high school stadium! Throughout the night memories will be made as we HONOR our SURVIVORS and REMEMBER our loved ones lost to this devastating disease known as cancer.

Please join us in spreading awareness by making a $10 donation to American Cancer Society and displaying your purple bow or decorations of your choice until May 9th!

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many.

For more information about Relay For Life, contact Charnette Garrett 936-201-1988, Christi Miller 936-201-5338, Misty Ramirez 936-201-0484 Dana Daily 936-462-3237 or visit relayforlife.org/sanaugustinecotx.


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