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Shelby County TEXAS


Quality. Compassion. Care. Mark Cline, MD Board Certified

For the ones you love most.

Allergies to Ankle Sprains,

By Appointment or Walk-Ins Welcome

Sharon K. Nelson R.N., F.N.P.-C

Trusted Pediatric Care When the unexpected happens, we’re here with quality medical care. Debra Wendel F.N.P. - B.C.

• School Age to Adult Physicals • Well Child Exams • Immunizations • Minor illnesses & injuries

• Complete primary care services • Cuts & broken bones • Allergic reactions • Sports & work injuries

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m.

936-657-1944 630 Hurst Street, Center, Texas 2 I SHELBY COUNTY TEXAS

Directory Introduction Welcome to Shelby County!


Publisher The Light and Champion

Index Shelby County Information County Church Directory County History Center Information Huxley Information Joaquin Information Shelbyville Information Tenaha Information Timpson Information

Page 7 Page 29 Page 31 Page 41 Page 59 Page 53 Page 59 Page 65 Page 71

The Staff Leah Dolan, Associate Editor Katie Miller, Associate Editor Ronny Samford, Sports Writer Amanda buie, Bookkeeping Cheryl Gilcrease, Advertising Manager Cindy eubank, Advertising Representative Traci Hudson, Composing Stephanie Haltom, Circulation/Classifieds

About the Cover On the cover citizens of Shelby County enjoy one of the many city parks in Center. Photo by Dale Buie

On behalf of The Light and Champion it is with great pleasure and a lot of pride that we welcome you to the 2014 Shelby County Texas Directory. Whether you’re here for business, vacation, or have lived here for years, we welcome you. Our citizens are people that have family values. These grass roots values are still a big deal in Shelby County. While driving the streets and country roads of Shelby County, you will discover that it is the people that make us special. Whether it’s sharing a cup of coffee, Friday night football or worshiping with one another. As you look around Shelby County you will notice a metamorphosis in Center. Coming attractions are the new Medical Center, Center Motor Company new location on Hurst Street, Loop 500 project continuation, What-a-Melon festival, fall Poultry festival and the lighted Christmas Parade. With the new city library in place, Timpson opens its doors to the community as well as new businesses pop up around town. Don’t forget the Frontier Days festivities here. Joaquin and the Haslam strip continues to rejuvenate itself with new businesses as people and companies enter the Shelby County area via Louisiana. Shelbyville’s Fall Festival to continues to offer fun. The first “Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest” was held in October 2012 and is certain to continue growing this fall. Tenaha Tigers continue to push the limits in sports as the Tigers repeatedly make it to regional finals competition as they continue to enhance the pride of Shelby County. Shelby County is a great place to raise a family. With it’s award winning schools, our children are receiving a thorough education prepared for the world tomorrow. I invite you to browse through this directory, or view the magazine online via a link on our website at It will help you to discover the many great features of our county. Take a look at the online flipbook. Many of our advertisers have provided a link directly to their business. Enjoy! Dale Buie, Publisher


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Family Pet Care You Can Trust &

Loop 500 at 96S

Just off the Square

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• Registry & Gift Department • Lawn Care Equipment • Outdoor Furniture • ACE/Clark+Kensington Paint • Collegiate Gift Headquarters • Housewares & Electronics

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Shelby Veterinary Associates Dr. Mark Jousan • Timpson Hwy., Center, TX

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Shelby County

Photo by Dale Buie

The Facts About Shelby County Shelby County is the 100th largest of the 254 counties in Texas; with an estimated population of 22,658 in 1991 and more than 26,019 according to the 2012 Census. The county seat is Center and the next-largest city is Timpson. Shelby County is a rural county which lies within the Deep East Texas JTPA service delivery area and the Deep East Texas Quality Workforce Planning Region, administered by the Deep East QWFPR. Even though congressional districts and counties have boundaries which overlap, Shelby County falls within the 1st Texas congressional district(s) and the 3rd Texas senatorial district(s). The county consists of 795.58 square miles with a 2010 population density of 32.0 residents per square

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mile. The average density in Texas is 96.3 persons per square mile. The average annual total precipitation is about 53.07 inches. Of this, about 34.2 inches, or 64 percent, usually falls in March through October. The growing season for most crops falls within this period. The heaviest 1-day rainfall during the period of record was 9.66 inches at Center on November 23, 1940. Thunderstorms occur on about 56 days each year, and most occur between April and August. The infrastructure in Shelby County continues to have new growth with the addition of new businesses in each city and with the growth of current businesses. The main industries in the area continue to be involved with poultry, lumber and oil and gas.


County Government Shelby County Government Keeps Area Growing

Roscoe McSwain

Commissioner Pct. 1

Jimmy Lout

Commissioner Pct. 2

Rick Campbell Shelby County Judge

Travis Rodgers

Commissioner Pct. 3

Shelby County Courthouse, 200 San Augustine St., Center, TX 75935 County Judge: Rick Campbell Ph: 936-598-3863 Administrative Asst/IHC Coord.: Deann Sample County Commissioners: Precinct 1: Roscoe McSwain Ph: 936-598-4090 Precinct 2: Jimmy Lout Ph: 936-591-2456 Precinct 3: James Travis Rodgers Ph: 936-591-4311 Precinct 4: Bradley Allen Ph: 936-254-4571 Secretary Tammy Wiggins Ph: 936-598-6136 County Attorney: Gary Rholes Ph: 936-598-6100 County Clerk Allison Harbison Ph: 936-598-6361 Sheriff: Willis Blackwell Ph: 936-598-5600 Sheriff’s Department 100 Hurst Street Center, TX 75935

Bradley Allen

Commissioner Pct. 4

Willis Blackwell Sheriff

County Tax Assessor-Collector Pam Shofner Ph: 936-598-8172 County Treasurer: Joan Rodgers Ph: 936-598-3581 Justice of Peace, Pct. 1: Maxie Eaves Ph: 936-598-3735 Justice of Peace, Pct. 2: O.B. Furlow Ph: 936-598-7797 Justice of Peace, Pct. 3: Margie L. Anderson Ph: 936-269-3527 Justice of Peace, Pct. 4: Larry ‘Dude’ Jones Ph: 936-248-4510 Justice of Peace, Pct. 5: Jim L. Powers Ph: 936-598-3922 Constable, Pct. 1: Zack A. Warr Ph: 936-598-4283 Constable, Pct. 2: Jamie Hagler Ph: 936-572-7748 Constable, Pct. 3: Billy F. Hearnsberger Ph: 936-269-3839 Constable, Pct. 4 Bryan Gray Ph: 936-674-5917 Constable, Pct. 5: Stanley Burgay Ph: 936-254-3664 Ken Florence, County Auditor: Clint Porterfield Ph: 936-598-3535 District Emergency Mngt Co-ord: Danny Lawrence Ph: 936-598-5183 Attorney County Extension Agency: Lane Dunn Ph: 936-598-7744 County Extension Agent - Agriculture 123rd District Court: Judge Charles “Brick” Dickerson Ph: 936-598-9928 273rd District Court Judge Charles R. Mitchell Ph: 936-598-3201 District Clerk Lori Oliver Ph: 936-598-4164 District Attorney Ken Florence Ph: 936-598-2489


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Visit Shelby County Gateway to the Texas Forest Country • Historic 1885 Courthouse – Daily tours M-F 10-2 p.m. • Historic 1884 Jail- Home to Shelby County Chamber of Commerce • Shelby County Museum • Antique Centers • Toledo Bend Lake • GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community • Shelby County Bloomin’ on the Square – April • Grill Fest Sanctioned Barbecue Cook-Off • WHAT-A-Melon Festival – July • Timpson Frontier Days – July • Independence Day Celebration – Tenaha – July 4 • East Texas Poultry Festival – October • Downtown Nighttime Lighted Santa’s Christmas Parade – December

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 100 Courthouse Square A-101 Center, Texas 75935 936-598-3682

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Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Gives All of Shelby County a Helping Hand The Chamber’s Mission Statement 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.

What is a Chamber of Commerce? A Chamber of Commerce is primarily an organization of men and women who have joined together to work for the solution of their mutual business and community problems. In our community, as in any area, there are problems and opportunities which one individual, alone, cannot possibly solve.

By working with others – pooling time and resources – important accomplishments can be made. In any community, progress takes place because a group of dedicated people are making things happen. The Chamber of Commerce is the logical organization to motivate, organize and direct this effort. The Chamber of Commerce has concern for the

economic well-being of our community, works to preserve our business system, promotes business growth and development, and enhances the quality of life. Your Chamber is not part of the city, county, or state government; a political party or faction; a civic or social club; nor a social service or welfare agency. In brief, the Chamber of Commerce is an organization through which the volunteer manpower of our community works effectively to make the community a better place in which to work and live. The Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic, living process because its people work for the betterment of their community. Pam Phelps is Executive Director of the Shelby Chamber of Commerce. Jenny Fancher is Assistant Director. Leigh Porterfield is Administrative Assistant.


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce member list 1st National Bank of Hughes Springs-Tenaha Branch Phone: (936) 248-3991

American Red Cross Phone: (936) 634-6013 Fax: (936) 634-6016

4-P Distributing Phone: (936) 598-8014

Angelina College PAC Phone: (936) 633-5432 Fax: (936) 633-5478

4C Electrical Services Phone: (936) 591-9889

A A-1 Smiths Septic and Portable Toilets Phone: (888) 727-6484 Fax: (936) 438-8872

Anytime Fitness Phone: (936) 590-9800 Fax: (936) 590-9806 As You Wish Photography Phone: (936) 248-3442 Austin Finance Phone: (936) 598-6501 Fax: (936) 598-6977

Boles Enterprises Phone: (936) 598-6346 Boles Feed Company, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-3061 Borders Poultry Supply, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-6297 Fax: (936) 598-5792 Bounds Insurance Phone: (936) 598-2421 Fax: (936) 598-2181 Boutique de Luxe Phone: (936) 427-5006 Brookshire Bros. Phone: (936) 598-7656

AA Storage Phone: (936) 598-6370

Austin Street Marketplace Phone: (936) 598-6244 Fax: (936) 598-3424

Accolade Hospice Phone: (936) 568-0709 Fax: (936) 559-9257

Automatic Gas Co of Tenaha Phone: (936) 598-4449 Fax: (936) 248-2292

Bryant Insurance Phone: (936) 598-3331 Fax: (936) 598-6120

ACE EMS Phone: (936) 591-9990

Automotive Collision Specialist Phone: (936) 598-3210 Fax: (936) 598-4716

Burke Center, The Phone: (936) 676-1225

Ace Hardware of East Texas Phone: (936) 598-2734 Fax: (936) 598-7164 AEP/SWEPCO Phone: (888) 216-3523 Fax: (903) 758-6927 Agriculture This Morning Phone: (936) 598-8533 Fax: (936) 598-8533 Alexander, Lankford & Hiers Phone: (936) 632-7771 Fax: (936) 637-2448 All Hours Fitness Phone: (936) 598-7400 ALLCOM AT&T Phone: (936) 598-2226 Fax: (936) 590-4321 Allied Waste Services Phone: (800) 678-7274 Fax: (903) 983-1751 Always There Home Care Phone: (877) 703-1296 Amazing Grace Floral & Gifts Phone: (936) 590-9500 Fax: (936) 590-9501 America’s Best Value Inn Phone: (936) 598-3384 American Cancer Society Phone: (936) 634-2940 Fax: (936) 634-2792

Axley & Rode LLP Phone: (936) 634-6621

B Back Country Furniture Designs at Surplus Sales Phone: (936) 598-7467 Backwoods Buggies Phone: (936) 590-4445 Fax: (936) 590-4449 Balcony, The Phone: (936) 598-3521 Fax: (936) 598-5959 Bark Boutique, The Phone: (936) 598-9566 Barrow, Kimberly Phone: Best Western Plus Classic Inn and Suites Phone: (936) 591-0002 Fax: (936) 591-0004 Better Business Bureau Phone: (800) 443-0131 Fax: (903) 534-8644 Bird Forestry Service Phone: (936) 598-3053 Fax: (936) 598-9579 Blood Center of East Texas, The Phone: (936) 560-3054 Fax: (936) 560-1226


Brown’s Orchard Phone: (936) 590-4543

C C & R Refrigeration Phone: (936) 598-2761 Fax: (936) 598-7858 Cactus Wellhead Phone: (936) 657-1607 Campbell, Rick L. Phone: (936) 590-2021 CASA of Deep East Texas Phone: (936) 591-9553 Fax: (936) 591-9503 Cash Now Phone: (936) 591-0200 Cellular One Phone: (936) 591-9292 Fax: (936) 591-9332 Center Antiques and Sandwich Shop Phone: (936) 590-4337 Fax: (936) 590-4337 Center Broadcasting Co., Inc. KDET 930AM & 92.5FM and KQBB 100.5FM Phone: (936) 598-3304 Fax: (936) 598-9537 Center Chiropractic Phone: (936) 598-5200 Fax: (936) 591-0505

Center Fixture Operations Hallmark Marketing Corp. Phone: (936) 598-1250 Fax: (936) 598-4641 Center Floral & Gifts Phone: (936) 598-2413 Fax: (936) 598-5502 Center Glass Phone: (936) 598-9190 Fax: (936) 598-9195

City of Center Phone: (936) 598-2941 Fax: (936) 598-2615 City of Joaquin Phone: (936) 269-3021 Fax: (936) 269-9622 City of Timpson Phone: (936) 254-2421 Fax: (936) 254-2933

Center Health & Harmony Phone: (936) 598-4987 Fax: (936) 598-4987

Cline Family Medicine Phone: (936) 657-1944 Fax: (936) 591-9155

Center ISD Phone: (936) 598-5642 Fax: (936) 598-1515 View Website

Color Visual Concepts Phone: (877) 232-3624 Fax: (254) 953-4336

Center Livestock Auction Phone: (936) 598-4395 Center Motor Company Phone: (936) 598-3361 Fax: (936) 598-7905 Center RV Park Phone: (936) 598-8383 Center Smiles of East Texas Phone: (936) 427-9070 Fax: (936) 591-8191 Center Tire Company Phone: (936) 598-4253 CenterPoint Energy / Entex Phone: (903) 534-7008 Fax: (936) 598-6846 Century 21 Action Team Realtors Phone: (936) 598-9001 Fax: (936) 598-9701 Century Shoppe, The Phone: (936) 598-4453 Fax: (936) 598-4453 Chandramohan, Dr. Ajitha Phone: (936) 591-8888 Fax: (936) 591-8884 Chaps Bar-B-Q Phone: (936) 598-4404 Fax: (936) 598-4573 Chesapeake Energy Corporation Phone: (318) 674-7208 Fax: (318) 222-1704 Chief Imaging Phone: (936) 598-2976 Citizens Bank-Center Branch Phone: (936) 598-8541 Fax: (936) 598-9964 City Blends Smoothie Café Tanning Salon Phone: (936) 598-3134 Fax: (936) 598-3190

Coordinating & Development Corporation Phone: (318) 632-2022 Fax: (318) 632-2099 Copelin, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Rayford Phone: (936) 598-5642 Fax: (936) 598-1515 Copper Falls Jewelry & Gold Buyers Phone: (936) 598-0098 Cornerstone Manufacturing & Construction Phone: (936) 269-9999 Fax: (936) 269-3458 County Credit Union Phone: (936) 598-2330 Fax: (936) 598-9362 Covington Lumber & Construction Co. Phone: (936) 598-2907

D Dairy Queen Phone: (936) 598-5207 Dance Furniture & Appliance Phone: (936) 598-3351 Darrell’s Bar-B-Que Phone: (936) 598-4731 Davis, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Phone: (936) 598-4205 DB Metal Art/Delbert & Wylma Beckham Phone: (936) 598-7859 Deep East Texas Electric Co-op., Inc. Phone: (936) 275-2314 Fax: (936) 275-5650

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Delta S. Engineering Phone: (936) 598-6703 Fax: (936) 591-9103 Devon Energy Corporation Phone: (817) 338-3902 Fax: (817) 698-0757

Factory Connection, LLC Phone: (936) 598-4535 Fax: (936) 598-4535

Doggie Day Spa Phone: (903) 263-2928 Don Wheeler, Attorney Phone: (936) 598-2925 Dr. Kyle Coffin DDS Phone: (936) 598-6181

H & R Block Phone: (936) 598-4128 Fax: (936) 598-3814

Farmers State Bank Phone: (936) 598-3311 Fax: (936) 598-1103

H & S Discount Foods Phone: (936) 598-3583

Foley Rentals Phone: (903) 693-6525 Fax: (903) 693-6569

East Texas Asphalt Co. Phone: (936) 598-5828

Fresenius Medical Care Woodlands Dialysis Center Phone: (936) 598-7351 Fax: (936) 598-8168

East Texas Awards & Engraving Phone: (936) 598-8231 Fax: (936) 591-0011 East Texas Extended Care Phone: (936) 254-3338 Fax: (936) 254-3339


East Texas Home Health Phone: (936) 591-9550 Fax: (936) 591-9543 East Texas Medical Center Phone: (903) 693-3841 Fax: (903) 694-4625 East Texas Poultry Supply Phone: (936) 598-2445 Fax: (936) 590-4524

Heartsway Hospice of Northeast Texas Phone: (903) 690-9924 Fax: (903) 690-9217 Here’s The Deal Phone: (936) 598-9890

Hidden Creek Ranch Phone: (936) 598-5707 Fax: (877) 654-1153

Gatherings Phone: (936) 598-6244

Hines, Sheffield & Squyres, LLC CPA Phone: (318) 352-6458

Gohmert, U.S. Representative Louie Phone: (903) 939-1101 Golden Eye Clinic Phone: (936) 598-8501 Fax: (936) 598-2311

Endless Possibilities Catering Phone: (936) 590-0500 Fax: (936) 598-6006

Golding, Mrs T.R. Phone: (936) 598-2905

ETMC Clinic Phone: (936) 598-3226

Grace Manor Phone: (936) 598-3611 Fax: (936) 598-5007

Executive Inn & Suites Phone: (936) 269-9100

Hawkeye Hunting Club Phone: (936) 598-1000 Fax: (936) 598-1005

Gary Rholes, County Attorney Phone: (936) 598-6100 Fax: (936) 598-9184

Gerald Mackey Insurance Agency, LLC Phone: (936) 254-3587

Elliott & Waldron Shelby County Title, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-2971 Fax: (936) 598-5671

Hardy’s Machine & Welding, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-4382

Gaddy Medical Equipment and Supplies Phone: (936) 590-4464

General Shelters Phone: (936) 598-3389 Fax: (936) 598-1432

Edward Jones Casey Williams, Financial Advisor Phone: (936) 598-2253 Fax: (800) 717-0563

Hampton Inn & Suites Phone: (936) 598-4447 Fax: (936) 598-3339

Hicks Mortuary Phone: (936) 598-3865 Fax: (936) 598-2545

Geenie’’s Bar-B-Que Phone: .(36.) .59-4366

Edward Jones & Co. Vicky Hudson, AAMS, Financial Advisor Phone: (936) 598-5011 Fax: (888) 228-2844


Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith, LLP Phone: (936) 598-2981 Fax: (936) 598-9155

Few Ready Mix Concrete Phone: (936) 598-5547 Fax: (936) 598-2995


Green Acres of Center Phone: (936) 598-2483 Fax: (936) 598-6405

Grant, Dr. Derek B. Phone: (936) 598-9178

Holiday Inn Express Phone: (936) 591-8101 Fax: (936) 591-8205 Holiday Nursing Center Phone: (936) 598-3371 Fax: (936) 598-5726 Hometown Tackle & Marine LLC Phone: (936) 598-6500 Fax: (936) 598-6507 HOPE Clinic, The Phone: (936) 248-4673 Hopkins, Dr. Jerry Phone: (936) 591-1936 Fax: (903) 923-2077 Hospice of East Texas Phone: (936) 560-9277 Fax: (936) 560-1207 Hot Headz Hair Studio Phone: (936) 590-4545

Hughes Florist & Gifts Phone: (936) 598-9949 Fax: (936) 598-9908

JOI Ranch Phone: (936) 212-1798 Fax: (936) 598-8216

Hughes Veterinary Clinic Phone: (936) 598-2120 Fax: (936) 598-6820

Jon, Macy, & Misty Bush Foundation Phone: (936) 269-3749 Fax: (936) 269-3749

Huxley Bay Marina Phone: (936) 368-2494 Fax: (936) 368-7306

Jones, Dr. Joseph E. Phone: (936) 598-6181

I Ihlo Sales & Import Phone: (936) 598-2491 Impressions Advertising Specialties Phone: (936) 591-1911 Isch Plumbing Co. LLC Phone: (936) 598-3394 Ivan Smith Furniture Phone: (936) 598-2911 Fax: (936) 598-4735

J J.C. Lewis Construction, LLC Phone: (936) 598-3515 Fax: (936) 598-3549 Jack Backers College Bookstore Phone: (936) 462-7328 Fax: (936) 462-9707 Jack’s Saw Shop Phone: (936) 598-4208 James Grocery Phone: (936) 598-6565 JBA Financial Services Phone: (936) 598-2713 Fax: (936) 598-4495 Jennings Place, Inc. Phone: (936) 590-4818 Fax: (936) 590-4866 Joaquin ISD Phone: (936) 269-3128 Fax: (936) 269-3615 Joe’s Car Spa Phone: (936) 488-4000 John C. Rogers Coffee Shop Phone: (936) 590-4077 Johnny’s Package Store Phone: (936) 598-3652 Johnson Appraisals Phone: (936) 554-3959

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Jordan Health Services Phone: (936) 590-9303 Fax: (936) 598-9306

K Kountry Store Café & Grill Phone: (936) 591-9700

L Lake Country Inn Phone: (936) 598-2431 Lakeside Village Assisted Living Phone: (936) 590-9300 Fax: (936) 590-9300 Lasting Impressions Phone: (936) 598-6553 Fax: (936) 598-9604 Law Office of Cornelia A. Hartman Phone: (936) 598-3999 Fax: (936) 598-3031 Law Office of Deck Jones Phone: (936) 598-5737 Law Office of John R. Smith Phone: (936) 598-2744 Law Office of Stephen Shires Phone: (936) 598-9400 Fax: (936) 598-6122 Liberty Tax Service Phone: (936) 591-9812 Light & Champion, The Phone: (936) 598-3377 Fax: (936) 598-6394 Lily Farm, The Phone: (936) 572-1962 Little Fox Marketplace, The Phone: (936) 590-4422 LPL Financial Services Phone: (936) 598-5300 Fax: (936) 591-8800 Lynda K. Russell, Attorney Phone: (936) 590-4803 Fax: (936) 598-4106


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce member list M M & M Insurance Agency & Associates, LLC Phone: (936) 598-3793 Fax: (936) 598-7075 Mae Mae’s Handy Man Service Phone: (936) 598-6639 Mangum Funeral Home Phone: (936) 598-3341 Fax: (936) 598-9889 Massey, C. Scott, CPA, LLC Phone: (936) 598-9330 Fax: (936) 598-9333 MasseyMedia, Inc. Phone: (936) 225-4705 Fax: (866) 559-9055 Masterson Insurance Agency Phone: (936) 598-4359 Fax: (936) 598-4664 Masterson, David David Masterson Productions Phone: (936) 591-2971 Fax: (936) 598-4664 Mathews Real Estate Phone: (936) 598-7800 Fax: (936) 598-5500 McAdams Propane Company Phone: (936) 598-7444 McDonald’s Messick Management, LLC Phone: (936) 591-0400 Fax: (936) 591-9637 Michael Meeks, Land Surveyor Phone: (936) 598-4242

Morrison Insurance Agency, LLC Phone: (936) 598-2791 Fax: (936) 598-7414

Pine Grove Nursing Center Phone: (936) 598-6286 Fax: (936) 598-6464

MW Rentals Phone: (936) 591-2588 Nacogdoches Coca-Cola Phone: (936) 715-4705 Fax: (936) 715-4718

Pineywood Outreach Center Phone: (936) 591-0308 Fax: (936) 598-5126

N Nacogdoches County United Way Phone: (936) 564-5869 Fax: (936) 552-8940 Nacogdoches Medical Center Phone: (936) 569-9481 Fax: (936) 568-3400 NDemand, Inc. Phone: (713) 559-9600 Fax: (713) 559-9700 Nori F. Latimer & Associates Phone: (936) 590-9930 Fax: (936) 590-9932

O O’Reilly Auto Parts Phone: (936) 598-9012 Fax: (936) 598-9874 Oates, Dr. Steve Phone: (936) 598-5626


Miller, Dr. Keith Phone: (936) 598-2716

Panola College Phone: (903) 693-2000

Mollie Barton Real Estate Phone: (936) 598-3397 Fax: (936) 598-6478

Party & More Phone: (936) 591-9824

Monco Motors Phone: (936) 598-5654 Fax: (936) 598-9747 Montie Jones - Insurance and Financial Services Phone: (936) 598-5757 Fax: (936) 598-5859 Moodyville BBQ Phone: (936) 591-8830 Moore, Mr. & Mrs. McNeil Phone: (936) 598-2713

Payne Rental Phone: (936) 598-3381 Fax: (936) 598-6485 Payne’s Community News Phone: (936) 598-3381 Fax: (936) 598-6485 Pickles & Petunias Eatery Phone: (936) 590-9117 Fax: (936) 598-1005 Pilgrim’s Pride Phone: (936) 598-3356 Pine Colony Inn Bed & Breakfast Phone: (936) 598-7700


Pineywoods Beverage Phone: (936) 598-2700 Pineywoods Seafood Phone: (936) 598-6661 Pinto Pony Cookie Factory Phone: (936) 288-0202 Fax: (936) 288-0606 Pizzeria, The Phone: (936) 598-7117 Planetary Information Technology, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-3500 Fax: (936) 598-3501 Port-A-Cool, LLC Phone: (936) 598-5651 Fax: (936) 591-0649 Porterfield Timber Phone: (936) 598-4203 Fax: (936) 598-8262 Primp Salon and Spa Phone: (936) 598-5353 Printing & Designs Etc., Inc. (formally Dudley’s) Phone: (936) 591-8500 Fax: (936) 591-9191 Professional Title Services, Inc. Phone: (936) 591-8100 Quick Change Oil & Lube Phone: (936) 598-5823

Q Quick Change Oil & Lube # 4 Phone: (936) 269-4645

R R & D Distributing Phone: (936) 598-5361 Fax: (936) 598-3346 R & J Recycling & Disposal Center Phone: (936) 591-9695 Fax: (936) 591-9696 R & M Cleaners Phone: (936) 598-3636

Rachel Campbell Photography Phone: (936) 590-9232

Shelby Counseling Center Phone: (936) 590-4560

Rainbow Room SCCommunity Partners Phone: (936) 598-5387

Shelby County Appraisal District Phone: (936) 598-6171 Fax: (936) 598-7096

Randy McLeroy, Attorney At Law Phone: (936) 598-2701

Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. Phone: (936) 590-9864 Fax: (936) 590-9619

Ray Jones Chevrolet Phone: (936) 598-6263 Fax: (936) 598-2512 Right Choice Publishing Phone: (888) 990-3100 Rio Theatre Phone: (936) 598-9656 RPM Services Phone: (903) 685-2221 Fax: (903) 685-0161 Rushing, Charles and Martha Phone: (936) 598-7195 Russell Carpet One Phone: (936) 598-2888 Fax: (936) 598-6838 S Goodwin Roof Service, LLC Phone: (936) 598-9131 Fax: (936) 598-3433

S Sabine State Bank & Trust Phone: (936) 598-8995 Fax: (936) 598-8934 SAF-T-First Drug Testing Phone: (936) 590-9797 Fax: (936) 590-9798

Shelby County Chiropractic Phone: (936) 598-3200 Fax: (936) 598-3270 Shelby County Farm Bureau Insurance Phone: (936) 598-2773 Fax: (936) 598-9221 Shelby County Outreach Ministries Phone: (936) 598-4990 Shelby County Today.Com Phone: (936) 591-9334 Fax: (936) 598-5032 Shelby County VFW Post 8904 Phone: (936) 598-2976 Shelby Energy Lodge, LLC Phone: (936) 598-3400 Fax: (254) 774-9999 Shelby RV Park Phone: (936) 598-2761 Fax: (936) 598-7858 Shelby Savings Bank, SSB Phone: (936) 598-5688 Fax: (936) 598-5350 Shelby Veterinary Associates Phone: (936) 598-3423 Fax: (936) 598-6839 Shoop Insurance Phone: (936) 598-9048

Sanders & Associates Phone: (214) 696-2885 Fax: (214) 696-2969

Sign Shop Phone: (936) 591-9198 Fax: (936) 591-9905

Sanford & Sons, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-4731

Singson, Dr. Florencio Phone: (936) 598-2933 Fax: (936) 598-6208

Scull Timber Company Phone: (936) 248-5200 Fax: (936) 248-4929 Security Finance Phone: (936) 598-2731 Fax: (936) 598-7106 Self Defense America Phone: (936) 591-8551 Shady Deals Canopy Phone: (936) 462-3387 Shady Oaks Food & Feed Phone: (936) 598-5302

Sleep Inn & Suites Phone: (936) 590-9090 Fax: (936) 590-4460 Smith Sawmill Sevice Phone: (936) 254-3161 Fax: (936) 254-3975 Snider, John Phone: (936) 598-5688 Sombreros Mexican Grill & Cantina Phone: (936) 590-9687

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Toledo Automotive Supply Phone: (936) 598-2746 Fax: (936) 598-6672

Sonic Drive-In Phone: (936) 598-9110

Toledo Finance Phone: (936) 598-2737 Fax: (936) 598-5515

Spartan Structures (Ameri-Tech Industries, LLC) Phone: (936) 598-6689 Fax: (936) 598-6359

Tomlin Insurance Store Phone: (936) 598-6165 Fax: (936) 598-6396

State Farm Insurance Chris Mayfield Phone: (936) 598-8492 Fax: (936) 598-5669 State Farm Insurance Sandy Wheeler Phone: (936) 598-2640 Fax: (936) 598-5026

Watson & Sons Funeral Home Phone: (936) 598-4331 Fax: (936) 591-9944

Turner Fabrication Phone: (936) 234-0975 Twogether Designs Phone: (936) 591-9848 Tyson Foods Phone: (936) 598-2723 Fax: (936) 598-7912

T/Rs Steaks & More Phone: (936) 598-4115 Fax: (936) 598-6006 Tamalito’’s Cafe Phone: (281) 570-5226


Tammy Steptoe Realty Phone: (936) 598-2525 Fax: (936) 598-2535

Ultra Shade Plus Phone: (936) 598-6627

Telephone Directory of Texas, Inc. Phone: (903) 586-2987

UniqPublishing Phone: (936) 591-0892

Terry Bailey Phone: (936) 598-8587 Fax: (936) 598-7998

University Rental Phone: (936) 560-0800

Texas Glacier Ice & Water, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-6600

USDA Forest Service Phone: (409) 625-1940 Fax: (409) 625-1953

Texas State Bank Phone: (936) 269-3121 Fax: (936) 269-3388


Texas State Bank-Center Branch Phone: (936) 590-4500 Fax: (936) 590-4574

Vieux Carre’ Photography Phone: (936) 590-0298

Timpson/Tenaha News Phone: (936) 254-3618 Fax: (936) 254-3206

Vision Source/ Dr. Randy Collard Phone: (936) 591-0808 Fax: (936) 591-0812

TMCE, LLC Phone: (936) 598-2964 Fax: (936) 598-8560

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Town Square Executive Properties Phone: (936) 598-3269

Tri-County Community Action, Inc Phone: (936) 598-6315 Fax: (936) 598-7272


Walker’s on the Square Phone: (936) 598-3463 Waller & Waller Associates, Inc. Phone: (936) 598-9862 Fax: (936) 598-9525

Tri-Comm Restoration Services Phone: (936) 591-0591

Story-Wright Printing & Office Supply Co. Phone: (936) 564-2437 Fax: (936) 632-7827

Wal-Mart Supercenter Phone: (936) 598-6131 Fax: (936) 591-8535

Town & Country Real Estate Phone: (936) 598-6111 Fax: (936) 598-2772

Trails End Grocery & RV, Inc. Phone: 936.368.7171 Fax: 936.368.7197

Steel Building Supply Inc. Phone: (936) 598-6373 Fax: (936) 598-7806


Watson-Tucker Florist Phone: (936) 598-2402 Wayne Christian & Associates Phone: (936) 598-9966 Fax: (936) 598-8160 West Bank Realtors Phone: (409) 787-4400 Fax: (409) 787-1630 WesTech Phone: (936) 572-8447 WHATABURGER Phone: (936) 590-9898 Fax: (936) 598-9989 White, Eula L. Phone: (936) 598-3844 Wilkins Counseling Phone: (936) 598-6413 Fax: (936) 598-4499 Wilkins, Ronnie and Serica Phone: (936) 598-7427 William Carroll Crawford Chapter DRT Phone: (936) 598-8081 Windham, Dr. & Mrs. Danny Phone: (936) 598-2923 Fax: (936) 598-6412 Woodforest National Bank Phone: (936) 598-8354 Workforce Solutions - Lufkin Phone: (936) 598-2468 Fax: (936) 598-4357 Worsham, Dr. Debrah J. Phone: (936) 598-2626 Fax: (936) 598-7651 Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Phone: (936) 598-8433 Fax: (936) 591-0292

X Xerographix East Texas, Inc. Phone: (800) 242-5633 Fax: (936) 569-7001

Top Reasons Why You Should Be a Member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce YOU GET A REPRESENTATIVE FOR YOUR BUSINESS. We get many request for goods and services each month and we refer these to our members. RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE. We maintain a data base with statistics and information of all types. When a member needs help we try to do our part. REPRESENTATION. The Chamber is the voice of the business community to local government, on the state and national level, it is constantly working to develop a better environment for doing business. NEW CUSTOMERS. Our tourism and events promotions bring people into our community each year, people that become your customers. LOCAL BUYING KEEPS JOBS. The Chamber promotes and works to keep money circulating at home, turning over within our community. NEW BUSINESS CONTACTS. Being active in the Chamber gives opportunities to meet and network with other business people. PUBLICITY AND EXPOSURE. Those who play an active role with the Chamber get exposure for themselves and their business. WE KEEP OUR MEMBERS INFORMED. Through news releases, meetings, events, and special mailings. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. By joining with other members to work together to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of the community.



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Things to Do There’s Always Plenty to Do in Shelby County NIGHTTIME CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Downtown Nighttime Lighted Christmas Parade is one of the largest in East Texas, kicking off the holiday shopping season. SHOPPING ON THE SQUARE: In historic downtown Center can lead to many treasures. In addition to a variety of shops and restaurants, the Rio Theater is the oldest theater still operating in Texas. HISTORIC SHELBY COUNTY COURTHOUSE: Located on the Center square, is in part, Romanesque Revival. It was constructed in 1885. WHAT-A-MELON FESTIVAL: Always a great time and held on the second weekend in July in Center. There’s a watermelon weighing contest, “biggest bite” contest, a carnival, food and games, and a live concert has recently been added to the venue. CENTER FLY-IN: The Fly-In is held the in May at the Center Airport off Highway 7 East. Activities include aerobatics, car show, youth glider contest, food, face painting and other booths. FANNIE BROWN BOOTH MEMORIAL LIBRARY: The library houses over 13,000 volumes and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. The staff hosts various reading programs and offers computer and internet access. DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS: The DRT is represented locally with the William Carroll Crawford Chapter. The DRT hosts a Republic of Texas Celebration on the Center square in March to commemorate Texas Independence. Activities include interactive crafts, music, entertainment, history talks and food. EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL: The festival is held on the first weekend in October on the Courthouse Square in Center, celebrating the second largest industry in the area. The three-day event features arts, crafts, a parade, food booths, a carnival and various poultry contests. EAST TEXAS OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT: The open is held in May at the Center Country Club, a private membership club that offers dining, swimming, and a scenic lake. There is a golf course for members and out-of-county visitors. PRINCESS BALL: is one of the newest activity in Center, with young girls escorted by their fathers dressing up and “partying” for the evening. The evening benefits the Shelby County Child Advocacy Center.

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SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF’S POSSE PRCA RODEO: is held each year in June at the Shelby County Expo Center. TIMPSON FRONTIER DAYS: are held on the first weekend in July in downtown Timpson. SHELBY COUNTY MUSEUM: is sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Society. The museum is located in the Weaver-Oates home build in circa 1900. CENTER CITY PARK: is located just off Roughrider Drive (old ‘Thrill Hill Road’). For information, phone (936) 598-2941. BLOOMIN’ ON THE SQUARE: a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, showcases the growing of plants in the spring. TAKE A KID FISHING: Bream Tournament is sponsored by Center Broadcasting Co. and the Shelby County Bass Anglers (see inset picture). The one-day event is held in May at Huxley Bay Marina and features fishing activities for youngsters of all ages.


Center Municipal Airport The Center Municipal Airport is located east of Center on Highway 7. The airport is primarily used for business and private aircraft owners.

The Center Municipal Airport has an Advisory Board: Sammy Dance, Weldon Boles, W.I. Davis, Roy Masterson, Jerry Samford, Spence Dance, Dustin Bailey, Luke Garrett, Terry Scull and Jim Donnan. The runway is 5,501 feet long.

Civic Organizations Making the community a better place to live and visit is a mission of the many service organizations around Shelby County. Members spend inordinate amounts of time, money and hard work to give back to the community that gives to them. Many national clubs meet weekly and do service projects that benefit the community such as the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Business and Professional Women, and many others. Most of the money raised stays within the county and helps the people right here. Other organizations include the Center Business Association, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and others. There are also many active organizations involving spiritually keeping the pulse on the needs of the community. These include the Ministerial Alliance, the Gideons and many smaller locally based groups springing from churches. The clubs contribute to many worthwhile projects including the Shelby County Welfare Board, the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Santa Rides a Motorcycle, CASA, several local food drives and many others. The Shelby County Cruisers car club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of special interest automobiles and the eras they represent. The club was chartered in 2012 and rapidly grew to 70 members. While car shows and cruise nights are the fun part, goals outlined in the charter include civic service and giving back to the community. In addition to helping other non-profits


with their fundraisers and charity events, the club also presented $500 scholarships to a graduating senior in each of the five public schools in Shelby County in 2014. For the Shelby Countians who like to garden, the Center Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday each month from September to May in the Community House or members’ homes for special occasions. In April, the club holds its annual flower show, and afterwards, members take vases of flowers to area nursing homes and maintains flower gardens on the Historic Courthouse Square and the Community House, decorates the historic courthouse for Christmas, collects gifts for Santa Rides a Motorcycle, and has a Junior Garden Club for second and third graders. The club was established in 1955 and continues to help keep Shelby County blooming. The clubs and organizations in Shelby County highly support education and perform numerous projects throughout the year with the proceeds going toward scholarships for area students. In the county itself, there are several Masonic lodges and chapters of Order of Eastern Star who support education among the youth of the county. Youth service organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America are highly popular around Shelby County and provide adolescents with responsibility, camaraderie and skills they will need in life. Various other student groups at area schools such as Junior Chamber of Commerce are also involved in activities that bolster leadership skills and commitment to something valuable.

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Poultry is Leader in Agriculture for County Poultry is the top agriculture producer in Shelby County as farms are abundant in the rural communities. The poultry industry is king. The poultry industry is the largest agricultural business in Shelby County. Tyson Foods is one of two poultry companies in the county, along with No. 1–ranked Pilgrim’s Pride. Tyson employs 1,200 residents in its processing plants and feed mill, while Pilgrim’s Pride has 69 in its hatchery and feed mill. The Tyson processing plant in Center processes 1.25 to 1.3 million birds per week. There are 175 contract growers for Tyson alone in the county and well over 100 for Pilgrim’s Pride. Figures from 2009 indicate that the annual value of production from poultry is $224,000,000. Pilgrims’s Foods has 92 farms and 465 houses; and Tyson Foods has 53 farms and 283 houses.

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Cattle is the second major agriculture producer, with average annual sales of $38,400,000 (the drought increased revenue for 2011). The timber industry generates average revenue of $19,000,000. There are 148,303 acres in Shelby County that are nonforested, e.g. pasture and cropland. 238,200 acres belong to non-industrial private land owners. A survey-based estimate conducted by the Texas Agricultural Statistics Service in cooperation with the Texas Department of Commerce revealed 1,060 total farm and ranch employment for Shelby County in the mid 1990s, with 790 of those being self-employed farmers/ranchers. The totals include self-employment, unpaid family workers and hired workers and are not seasonally adjusted.



Area Lakes Provide a Number of Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Shelby County is known for its fishing and hunting. The biggest reason for this notoriety is Toledo Bend. Toledo Bend has 1,250 miles of shoreline and is the largest manmade lake in the South and is fifth largest in the United States. The Sabine River is the lake’s main source of water. The lake was built in the late 1960s and has become one of the most popular lakes in the U.S. Locally, the lake provides the weekend angler a place of enjoyment. There are a number of public boat ramps in Shelby County, with the biggest being Huxley Bay Marina with a motel and RV hook-ups. Boat stalls can be rented while you stay on the lake. Campgrounds are available, as well. Ragtown is one of the more popular areas. It has showers, picnic tables and a convenient boat ramp. But Toledo Bend is not the only lake in the county. Lake Pinkston is a 560-acre reservoir built by the City of Center in 1976. The lake is located 10 miles west of Center on State Highway 7, just north of the small community of Aiken. Recreational facilities are limited, and include only two boat ramps. No camping, picnic, or sanitary facilities are provided, and there are no marinas on the lake. However, Lake Pinkston is located in a beautiful area of East Texas and can provide a delightful experience away from the usual crowds. Most of the timber in the reservoir was not removed and provides an abundance of fish habitat, but also makes boating hazardous. Boaters must use extreme caution on the lake to avoid the numerous logs and stumps. There is good bank fishing access available along the country roads located at the dam and at the boat ramp on the upper portion of the lake.


The county road on the upper portion crosses the reservoir and isolates over 100 acres of water that is connected to the main lake only by a large culvert under the road. Small boats can go through the culvert or be launched off the county road to allow access to this portion of the lake. The limited access reduces fishing pressure to this area. The deep, clear waters of Lake Pinkston offer excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish. However, special fishing regulations apply to largemouth bass. Fishermen should consult the Texas Recreational Fishing Guide for current length limits and bag limits. No trotlines are permitted in the lake and no water skiing is allowed.

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JACKSON MISSIONARY: Joaquin, TX. - David Long, Pastor. 269-3370. LOGANSPORT MISSIONARY BAPTIST: P.0. 282 Joaquin, 1 block past railroad in Logansport - Joe Walker, Pastor, 590-0836. LONE CEDAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: CR 3082, Joaquin, Hiram Melton, Pastor, 248-2163. LONE STAR BAPTIST: Bro. Terry Goodnight, Pastor, Shelbyville Hwy. 87, 598-5396. LYDIA BAPTIST: Huxley, FM 139 Pastor Wes Hall, 368-2462. MESSIAH BAPTIST CHURCH: 460 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Pastor Lee Ray Best, 254-3702. MT. CALVARY FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 417 E. off Hwy. 87 S., Shelbyville, Pastor, Don Windham, (936) 591-0238. MT. GILLION BAPTIST: Hwy. 87 West of Center R. L. Cotton, Min., 598-5260. MT. OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: FM 2667 Timpson, Rev. C. Johnson, 254-8114. NEUVILLE BAPTIST: Neuville Community, Pastor Larry Byrd OAKLAND MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 26516 FM 139, Shelbyville. OLD SALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 8612 FM 711, FM 711 to CR 1297, Center, Pastor Glynn Bragg, 936-598-5069 PINE RIDGE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 2657 CR 3000, Joaquin, Pastor Mark Woolf, 2694429. PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST: Hwy. 96 N., Center, Rev. David P. Mitchell., 591-0318. PLEASANT HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Huxley, Bro. Bobby Warr, 3682641. PROVIDENCE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Center, CR 1265, off FM 711, Donald Moore, Pastor, 936-591-2551. RAMAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 84 E., Tenaha, Keith Keele, Pastor, (409) 248-6432. SMYRNA MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Huxley, Joseph Pemberton, Min., 368-2458. SPANN’S CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST: CR 1015 @ Hwy 96 & CR 1021, Center; Donald Noble, Pastor. ST. JOHN BAPTIST: Africa Rd., Eddie Land, Min., 598-4769. ST. PAUL’S MISSIONARY: Hopkins St., Pastor Freddie Wilson, 598-2340. TOLEDO BEND BAPTIST: FM 3172, Huxley, Bro. Jack Forbis, 936-368-2798 (church 368-7252) WALLACE CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 109 S. Marcus St., Timpson, Rev. Derrick Rhodes, 254-4262. WEST HAMILTON MISSIONARY BAPTIST: CR 2799, Shelbyville, Calvan Handcock, Pastor WHITE ROCK MISSIONARY BAPTIST: One mile W. of Aiken, 598-7729, Keith Rose, Pastor. CATHOLIC ST. TIMOTHY’S ANGLICAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL: 1146 Patroon Rd., San Augustine, Rev. D. Presley Hutchens, 409-275-9453 ST. THERESE CATHOLIC: Upper Arcadia Rd., Pastor: Father M. Jayaraj, 598-8458.

CHRISTIAN CENTER CHRISTIAN: Timpson Hwy, Sam Wheeler, Pastor, 598-2645. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST: 124 Cora, Aubie McSwain, Pastor, 598-3512. FIRST CHRISTIAN, TIMPSON: Rex Humphreys, Min., 254-3389. WOODLAND CHRISTIAN: Timpson, TX, Jon Forrest, Min., 254-2756. CHURCH OF CHRIST CHURCH OF CHRIST: 110 Hurst St., Tim Perkins, Min., 598-2945. JAMES CHURCH OF CHRIST: James Comm., 598-3081. CHURCH OF CHRIST: 3216 Loop 500 E., Center, Larry Howard, Min., 598-9915. MARTINSVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST: Hwy 95 behind school, William Eddins, Pastor, 5984423. PALESTINE CHURCH OF CHRIST: Palestine Comm., Shelbyville, Mike Gibson, preacher, 598-4016. MT. PLEASANT CHURCH OF CHRIST: So. Jericho - H. B. Bounds, Min., 598-4553. NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST: Tenaha Hwy. - George Parsley, Min., 590-8452. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST CLAYTON TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST: Blue Bell Rd., Timpson, Elder marvin Jackson I,. 936-254-9898 LILLY OF THE VALLEY CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST: Greer St. - C. Williams, Min., 5989989. EPISCOPAL ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL: 1063 Southview Circle (Hwy 96S), 598-4101. FULL GOSPEL CENTER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Tenaha Hwy., Don C. Murphree, Min., 598-7781. HOUSE OF REFUGE MINISTRIES: 210 Church St., Center, Bishop William E. Nash, 591-8941 IGLESIA CENTRO CRISTIANO CRISTIANO: Hwy 96N., Pedro Carbajal, Min. METHODIST CAMPTI METHODIST: Off FM 414, Campti Community, 598-2062, Bro. Ozay Ford, 5983773. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: Timpson, Carla Reed, Pastor. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: 211 Porter, Center, 598-2707, Joel McMahon, Pastor. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: Tenaha, Pastor Carla Reed, 634-2246. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: Falkville Road, Joaquin, Pastor Randy Smith, 2693661. FIRST UNITED METHODIST: NEW HOPE CONG.: Rt. 2, Center, Tx., Kenneth Verner, Min., 598-9253. MT. ZION C.M.E. CHURCH: 921 M.L.K. Dr., Pastor Valencia Edner. SHELBYVILLE AND SHORT UNITED

METHODIST CHURCHES: 252 FM 417 W., Rev. Carmen Rickel, 598-7388 ST. MARK’S METHODIST: Hurst St. at Arcadia, Pastor O. Ford, 598-3773. PAXTON UNITED METHODIST: Hwy 84, Pastor Randy Smith, 269-3661. (Hispanic Service), Pastor Carmelo Dominguez. OLD SHADY GROVE METHODIST CHURCH: Timpson, Hwy., Pastor W. T. Permenter, 598-4704. NAZARENE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Hurst St., Rev. James Higginbotham, 598-3785. PENTECOSTAL CAMPTI PENTECOSTAL: FM 414, Travis L. Hughes, Min., 598-3950; 598-6282. FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF JOAQUIN: Hwy. 7, Rev. Bruce Kunkel, 2694245. FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST: Folsom Chapel Rd., M.D. Lamon, Min., 598-4276. NEW JERUSELUM PENTECOSTAL HEALING & DELIVERY MINISTRY: 607 Greer St., Center, Pastor Eva Johnson, 5986175. TRIUMPH FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: New Harmony, Huxley, Bishop Roosevelt Swindle, 368-2938. SARDIS PENTECOSTAL CHURCH: FM 414, Pastor Todd Jenkins, 598-4628, Parsonage 591-9979. TIMPSON UNITED PENTECOSTAL: Timpson - Pastor Rev. Shane Clifton 254-9119. FIRST UNITED PENTECOSTAL: 1229 Southview Circle, San Augustine Hwy., 5983646, Pastor Bro. Andy Wilson. PRESBYTERIAN MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN: 205 E. Livingston, San Augustine, 275-2546. NON-DENOMINATIONAL CENTER BIBLE FELLOWSHIP: 925 Tenaha St., Center, Bro. Ron Luman, Pastor, 936-615-1874 FULL GOSPEL LIGHTHOUSE: 6932 State Hwy 147, Pastor Carolyn Odom, 598-4264 MCCLELLAND CHURCH: CR 465, Center, Pastor Chris Collins, 598-4977. WORD OF FAITH OUTREACH CENTER: Joaquin, Chris Welch, Pastor, 269-4133. LIGHTHOUSE: Loop 157, Tenaha, TX – A. G. Odom, Pastor, 409/248-3594. THE CALLED OUT CHURCH: 270 North Hwy 96 E., P.O. Box 1324, Center, Pastor, Earl Chessher, Sr., 598-2333. VICTORY BIBLE CHURCH: 305 Timpson St. Daryl McSwain, Pastor, 598-8997. INTERDENOMINATIONAL NSPIRATIONAL TEMPLE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE CENTRE: 357 Jacob St., Timpson, Apostle Clifton Mergerson, 936-2549295. ST. MARK CME: Strong Community, Shelbyville, Rev. Larry Jackson, 598-7650


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Shelby County History

A Historical Look at Shelby County A Spanish explorer named De Soto was the first white man to enter this area when he crossed the Sabine River at what is now Logansport, Louisiana, in 1539. The purchase of Louisiana by the United States in 1803 resulted in a boundary dispute with Spain. The absence of organized law provoked a conflict with the settlers and resulted in the organization of a group called the Regulators and an opposition group called the Moderators in 1842. Law and order was restored by militia under General Sam Houston. Shelby County is one of the original counties of Texas. It is located in the eastern part of the state bordering what is now called Toledo Bend Lake. This territory was a path for many of the early migrants into Texas from the United States, many of whom settled here temporarily before proceeding westward. It is said that the first permanent settler was John Latham, who settled here in 1818 when the area


was still under Spanish rule. The present area of Shelby County was a part of the Municipality of Tenaha when Mexico became independent of Spain in 1821, and the most important town was Nashville, which was created in 1824. When Texas became independent from Mexico in 1836, the Congress of the Republic of Texas created Shelby County, naming it after an American Revolutionary soldier named Isaac Shelby. The county was organized in 1837, and Shelbyville, which was once called Nashville, became the county seat. In 1866, a legislative act was passed requiring all county seats to be located in the center of the county. Center became the county seat and was named for its central location. The historic Shelby County Courthouse was built in 1885 and is on the National Register of Historic Places in Texas.

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Shelby County History Historical Dates in County History 1830s

• Shelby County created in 1836 and organized in 1837. • First political election in Shelby County held in Shelbyville in 1836. Hon. Albert Gallitan, father-in-law of William Carroll Crawford, elected Sheriff. • William Carroll Crawford and Sydney O. Pennington went as representatives of the Municipality of Tenaha to the convention at Washington on the Brazos to declare Texas as an Independent Republic and write a constitution. • First court session held in Shelby County in 1837 with Judge Robert Williamson (three-legged Willie) presiding. • Richard Hooper, soldier, surveyor and congressman was elected to the First Congress of the Republic of Texas as a Representative from Shelby County. He surveyed and marked the boundary line between Shelby and Panola Counties (a distance of 43-1/2 miles).


• Center becomes the County Seat of Shelby County in 1866. • Center gets a post office in 1866. • The jail house, the second building in Center, was built in 1867. • Jesse Amason donates 50 acres of land for town site of Center. S.W. Weaver surveyed the town in 1869.


• New Center High School was built on Kennedy Street.


• Texan Tex Ritter writes the song “Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair”.


• The old Center School on Nacogdoches Street demolished to build a modern facility.


• Shelby County Courthouse chosen by the Texas Alliance Project. Restoration begins. • Renovations begin on Shelby County Museum.


Restoration of Shelby County 1885 Courthouse completed and is open for visitors.


• William Carroll Crawford Chapter, DRT, opens First Ladies of Texas building on the Center square. • The John D. Windham Civic Center opens.


• Shelby County Courthouse burns in 1882. • J. J. E. Gibson awarded contract for construction of new Shelby County Courthouse in 1883 for $26,726. • Shelby County Courthouse was completed and turned over to the Shelby County. • College was established at Patroon in 1889. • The first bank in Shelby County, the Cotton Belt, was opened in Timpson.


• First brick building was built in Tenaha. • Santa Fe Railroad comes to Center. • Center Independent School District was formed. • Center Incorporated, with Hon.. A. H. “Hearn” McKnight as Mayor and Frank E. “Old Hoss” Hunter as Town Marshall.


• Payne & Payne opens in Center.


• The public square in Center was paved in 1924.


• Rotary Club formed in Center. • Shelby County Fair Association was formed. • Rio Theater opens.


• Boy Scouts form troop in Center. • Farmers State Bank building completed. • Isson Garrett of Shelby County has largest family in 1930–Texas 12th District census, 20 children.

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Shelby County History Historical Spots Around the County JOAQUIN

B. F. Morris and Town of Joaquin

Alabama-born Benjamin Franklin Morris (1827-1900) came to Texas in 1838 and settled in the area that became the pioneer village of Sarat. A prosperous farmer and rancher, he gave right of way through 500 acres of his land to the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad in 1884. He also provided a 100-acre townsite to be named for his grandson Joaquin (1878-1898). Later, Morris donated a building site for the First Baptist Church of Joaquin. Location: In Joaquin on U.S. Hwy. 84.

Townsite of Spivey

The townsite of Spivey was founded by Civil War veteran James Jackson Spivey. Brothers Elisha P. and George W. Spivey lived nearby. Houston East and West Texas Railroad crossed the founder’s land, and Spivey Station was founded in 1886. During the late 1880s, Hick’s Lumber Mill and workers’ houses were erected. A U.S. Post Office was established in 1891, and Isaac W. Spivey was its postmaster. Friendship Baptist Church was organized during the 1890s and James M. Spivey was pastor. After 1900, the town gradually moved over to Paxton Switch. Friendship Cemetery, with 33 graves, marks the old site. Location: 1.5 miles east of Paxton on Hwy. 84 between Tenaha and Joaquin.

Fellowship Baptist Church

One of the oldest Baptist churches in Texas, Fellowship Baptist Church was founded by settlers who came by ferry across the Sabine River as early as 1818. It is recorded that this church ministered to spiritual needs in the Republic of Texas Era. The original log building had split log benches and was heated by an eight-foot fireplace with a mud chimney. The windows, without glass, had shutters on wooden hinges. The church was relocated and remodeled several times. The present structure was built in 1939 and enlarged in 1962. Location: 2 miles south of Joaquin on FM 2787.


First County Seat of Shelby County Shelbyville, once known as Nashville, was the first county seat of government for the District of Tenaha, or Shelby County. The first courthouse stood on this site. The settlement began before 1825. It became headquarters for the “Regulator-Moderator War.” Location: Marker is located at the intersection of FM 417 and Hwy 87 in Shelbyville.


Moses Fisk Roberts

Moses Fisk Roberts was a highly regarded public servant and farmer of Shelby County. His ever-present pack of fox hounds earned him the nickname “Dog” Roberts. Born in Tennessee, he moved to Texas in 1836 and lost his right eye while serving as a soldier in the Texas Militia. He served in the Congress of the Republic (1839-42) and Texas State Legislature (1853-54, 1857-58). He was also Justice of the Peace and County Judge. His first wife was Amanda Grant, and his second wife was Nancy Murray. Location: Marker is located in the Shelbyville Cemetery.

Shelby County Regulator-Moderator War

In Shelby County, an unorganized feud known as the Regulator-Moderator War was begun in 1840. Location: 1/2 mile northwest of Shelbyville on Highway 87.

First Battle

The Regulators, were led by Charles W. Jackson, Charles W. Moorman, and Wyatt Norman. The Moderators were led by Edward Merchant and John M. Bradley. First battle was July 12, 1841. Location: 2 miles northwest of Shelbyville on Highway 87.

Last Battle

The last battle of the Regulator-Moderator War was held on August 14, 1844. There was heavy sacrifice of life and property before General James Smith and Texas troops secured peace. Location: 1 mile south of Shelbyville on Highway 87.

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Shelby County History Historical Spots Around the County TENAHA First United Methodist Church

This Methodist church was one of the first institutions established in Tenaha after its founding in 1886. The congregation was established by Methodists from the Woods Post Office and Ramah communities who had come to help develop a railhead town for the Houston East and West Texas Railroad. The members constructed their first sanctuary in 1890 during the pastorate of the Reverend W.L. Pate of the Woods circuit. Location: 105 E George Bowers Drive, 1 mile west of intersection of Hwy 59 and Hwy 84.

William Harrison Wall Homestead

William Harrison Wall founded Tenaha by opening a store in 1885 with a relative, who helped Houston East and West Texas Railroads. In 1886, he and his wife, Nancy, built their home, a smaller copy of his old home in North Carolina. The family was sociable, and with the first piano in town, they had a “preacher’s room” for circuit riders. A son and friends originated a noted drill cadence “Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair.” W. H. Wall II ran a drugstore in Tenaha for 50 years. Three generations have occupied the house, which was remodeled in 1976. Location: 1 block south of intersection of Loop 157 and Hwy 59 in Tenaha. The marker has been removed from the house.

TIMPSON Town Square

In 1884, Houston businessman Paul Bremond (1810-1885) and other investors began planning for a new railroad to connect Houston and Shreveport, Louisiana. Surveys soon began along the proposed route, and in 1885 the town of Timpson was founded, named for Paul C. Timpson, the railroad official who laid out the town. The Houston East and West Texas Railroad was soon a reality and the first passenger train arrived in the new town on August 1, 1885. The first businesses in the new town were two stores, separated by a pine thicket which would later be cleared for use as the town square. Within a year, the population had grown to 1000. Railroads continued their important role in Timpson until the 1940s, when development of state roads and highways decreased the use of rail shipments. Location: Highway 84 in downtown Timpson.

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First Baptist Church of Timpson

Area Baptists had established a church at Buena Vista when the railroad bypassed that community and founded Timpson in 1885. The Houston East and West Texas Railroad dedicated church sites for the new town in 1886, and the Baptists were given this land. Twenty members chartered First Baptist that year, with the Rev. W. F. Alford as pastor. Many families moved from Buena Vista to the new town, including that of Dr. J. B. Bussey, trustee of First Baptist. M.D. Blankenship and his family built a log house in Timpson and became leaders in the community and First Baptist Church. By 1939 the church listed 485 members. Musical traditions begun during the ’30s, including special cantatas at Christmas and Easter, have continued through the years. Location: 1 block north of Highway 59 at North Second and Timpson Streets.

Historic Cemeteries

Shelby County has many old cemeteries of historic significance, some of which have been designated by the Texas Historic Commission as Texas Historic Cemeteries. Some of the Shelby County Texas Historic Cemeteries dedicated are Truitt, Strong, Tennessee, Shady Grove, Patroon, Price, Sample, King-Oates, Ramah, Buena Vista, Lone Cedar, McWilliams, Sholar, Corinth, John Buckley, Duncan, John May, Bounds-Estes, Pleasant Hill, Eddins-Anderson, Wimberly, Brookland and Mull. There are more cemeteries in Shelby County which meet the qualifications for being designatied as historic. All that is needed is for a descendant or descendants to do the necessary research and application to the Texas Historical Commission to secure the historic designation for their family’s cemetery. Officers of the Shelby County Historic Commission for 2022-2013 are Colleen Doggett, Chairman; David Koonce, Vice-Chairman; Vickie Martin, Secretary; Sharon Ratcliff, Treasurer; and Reecie Stanley, Cemetery Marker Chairman.


Shelby County History Important Notes in County History • Shelby County, one of the original counties of Texas was organized in 1837. It was named for Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary soldier from Kentucky. • Shelbyville, created in 1824, was once called Nashville. Its name was changed to Shelbyville when it became the county seat. • Center, the area once called White Cottage, later became the county seat in 1866. • J.J.E. Gibson, a native of Ireland, built the Shelby County Courthouse in 1883-85. • The courthouse is today one of the five oldest courthouses in Texas of the original design. • The Shelby County courthouse is the only Irish castle style courthouse remaining in the United States. • Two Shelby County residents, Sydney O. Pennington and William Crawford, were signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Pennington is buried in Shelbyville. Crawford was a Methodist preacher, and is said to have held the first service in the Methodist Church at Shelbyville. • Jesse Amason gave 50 acres of land for the town of Center.


• The Regulator-Moderator War took place in Shelby County in 184044. • Sam Weaver surveyed Shelby County, and determined the center of the county. In 1869, Weaver surveyed the town of Center. • Richard Hooper, an early day surveyor and Congressman from Shelby County, was married to the niece of John Adams. • Center became an incorporated town in 1893. The first mayor of Center was Uncle Billie Maund. • The first bottling works for soda water in Texas was in Timpson. • R.L. “Bob” Parker was considered the ‘Father of Center’ because he upheld the State’s ruling about locating County seats and moved the records from Shelbyville to Center. • Coal was mined not far from the Center square in 1910. • Tobacco was once grown as a crop in Shelby County. • John Moosberg initiated the broiler industry in Shelby County. • Oil and gas exploration returns to Shelby County with discovery of the Haynesville Shale.

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Welcome to Center! Greetings and welcome to the City of Center. Center provides a full range of services to its residents and visitors. Our services include public safety, water and sewer utilities, solid waste and recycling programs, and an active parks department. In fact, for a city of about 6,000 people, Center has much going for it and is one of the most progressive cities in East Texas. It is this entrepreneurial and progressive stance that is positioning Center as a great place to do business with a quality of life second to none in the region. Center is a community on the move. We have recently completed a Parks Master Plan that we are currently implementing with multiple park and playground enhancement projects. The City of Center is making renovations to every park, adding amenities such as new playgrounds and a splash pad which is currently in use.

We will be constructing multi-use and nature trails throughout the City. We have made an investment to bring free wireless internet to our downtown square and several of our parks. A city scape beautification program is currently in progress. The people who live, work, and play in Center can be assured that the City Council and Staff are being assertive in taking steps to improve the City’s quality of life. We believe that the community we have today and what we have in the future is not a matter of chance but that we create our own destiny. Greatness is a choice, it does not happen by accident. While positive changes continue to take place, the hard working people of Center have maintained their good “East Texas Values� focusing on faith, family and friends. Whether you are a guest or a resident, young or old, we appreciate the opportunity to have you in Center!

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Superintendent: Dr. James Hockenberry - 598-5642 School Board: Dr. Dixon Golden (Pres.), Ortega Cartwright (Vice President), Debra Chadwick (Sec.), Jim Sawyer, Sharon Nelson, Stephen Shires, Dr. Dan Wilkins. CITY FACTS Average Rainfall: Seasonal Temperature: Dir. Prevailing Wind: Elevation:

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Center City Park is located at the west end of the Center High School campus, along with three Little League parks. There is a gazebo, a playground for children and a concrete walking track around the stocked pond. Fishing is allowed. The park is off Roughrider Dr. Center is currently serviced by five parks of various sizes situated around the city. Center Park, located adjacent to Center High School, is the newest park constructed in 2004. “Mini-Park, which is located behind the Fannie Brown Booth Library is one of our most used parks,” says Mayor David Chadwick. The park has includes new splashpad, new playground equipment, a walking trail, additional pavilions and picnic stations.” The Center City Council approved a report on Center’s Parks Master Plan, presented by MHS Planning of Tyler. “A good park system greatly contributes to a community’s quality of life and its desirability as a place to live, work, and


start a business,” explained Center City Manager Chad Nehring. “This council has identified enhancing the park system as a key component of continued growth of the city.”

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Center is Growing With Businesses, Services Both retail and industrial sectors of the local economy have continued rather dramatic growth and expansion over the last several years. Center is proud to serve as the economic, retail, and industrial hub for this area of East Texas since 2003, following the relocation of Wal-Mart Supercenter to its Hurst Street location, Center has exhibited unprecedented growth in retail sales that more than double the annual sales of prior years. Many new businesses have established new locations in Center, including Burkes Outlet and Tractor Supply. Anytime Fitness joined the Center Marketplace, along with Bealls, Cato’s, and Hibbets Sporting Goods. The hospitality industry exploded along with the expansion of oil and gas exploration in Shelby County. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites was the first new hotel, followed by the Best Western Plus Classic Inn & Suites on Moffett Drive, the Hampton Inn Express on Express Blvd., Americas Best Value Inn, on Hurst Street, and , the Sleep Inn & Suites on Civic Center Drive, allowing travelers to have ample choices during their stay in Shelby County. With the success and growth of these retail sectors, the opportunity for significant additional community

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Keith Byndom Fire Chief development became a priority. The increase in hotel/motel occupancy tax revenues to the City made it possible to fund the construction and annual operation of the John D. Windham Civic Center without any property tax funds. Since the opening and dedication of this 26,000 square foot facility in May 2010, it continues to host events from small parties to conferences of several hundred attendees. The Center Square also saw an increase in traffic with the addition of several new businesses over the years. Center Smiles brought family dentistry to the Square, along with several other

existing smaller retail services including hair salons, a coffee house, restaurants, antique malls, a fitness gym, clothing stores, a craft mall, and a martial arts studio. As the oil and gas exploration expanded, several new commercial businesses were added to accommodate the needs of the industry sector, including Bell Supply, Fastenal, Tiger Safety, and Micro Seismic. The growth of retail outlets has doubled the revenues to the City and its economic development corporations funded from sales taxes, enabling the City to embark on significant programs to expand and enhance its parks systems. One-half cent of all sales tax goes directly to the development and improvement of the City’s streets and transportation system. Each year the City spends in excess of a half a million dollars on street work as a direct result of this retail expansion. Continued retail and commercial growth means that our citizens can fulfill more of their shopping needs in Center, without leaving home, spending money in Center, allowing the expansion of the services available in the community.



Center Offers a Wide Variety of Education Options Whether you’re searching for a top-notch high school education or a diverse community college, look no further than Shelby County. With five campuses for Pre-K 3 through 12th grade students in the Center Independent School District, several private schools, a college center, and a stateof-the-art vocational/technical school, there is something for every level of learning. The Center Independent School District is continually working to keep its teacher-student ratio at the lowest it can while providing an education that is second-to-none in this Class 3A school (classification by the University Interscholastic League). Center is the largest town in Shelby County, and it is also home of the largest school district of the six in the county. Center students can enjoy the high school that was built nine

years ago, and others can take classes at the newest addition, Career and Technology Education Center. The new Center Elementary School was open for the 2009–2010 school year; and now, the new addition to the Center Intermediate School (above). Combining academics, athletics and extracurricular activities, the Center Independent School District strongly encourages students to broaden their horizons and to achieve their educational, as well as personal goals. Center also encourages students to begin preparation for college by offering Pre-AP and AP classes beginning in Center Middle School. Studies have already found that by taking these courses, students are better prepared when they reach college and they also get a head start on their college education.

Excelsior ISD Prepares Its Students Well Excelsior ISD is located in the Aiken community. It offers classes for kindergarten through eighth grade. With its various educational programs, Excelsior prepares students for the journey ahead to high school. Walnut Grove School No. 47 was in existence in 1895 when there were more than 90 Shelby County school districts. It was later changed to Excelsior No. 47 and remains that today. R. Wheeler was one of the first trustees of this school and in 1910 the trustees were W.E. Chandler, J.M. Windham, and J.H. Beck. The teachers that year were Weldon Simpson Wheeler and Thomas Covington. Several of Excelsior ISD’s students are seen pictured at left. With its smaller class sizes, Excelsior teachers are able to give their students more individualized


instruction, which can result in higher test scores. Students who graduate from Excelsior ISD in the eighth grade complete their educations at either Martinsville ISD High School or Center High School.

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City Government Welcome to Huxley! Mayor Larry Vaughn invites you to take a drive through peaceful Huxley...down the roads that show many chicken houses and farms of today. Toledo Bend Reservoir is a great part of Huxley that people travel many miles to enjoy. We have so much history starting with the Paul Store area that was settled in 1851 and the Huxley area settled in 1890. There are several historic cemeteries here. The two communities were combined in 1967 to obtain a gas system that covers a large portion of Shelby County. Scarber’s Grocery was built in 1971 and has a short order grill.

Huxley is located on Farm Road 2694, eighteen miles from Center in eastern Shelby County. Huxley was founded about 1890 and received a post office in 1903 with Joseph Hooper as postmaster. The post office operated until 1905. In 1938 the community had a school with 100 students. In 1945 Huxley had a store, a church and a population of 50. Toledo Bend Reservoir was constructed nearby in the 1960s. In 1970 the town had a population of 302 and in 1990 the population was 335. The most recent known population is 385. The town has had several businesses and three marinas over the years.

Huxley City Officials • Mayor: Larry Vaughn • The Council meets second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Huxley City Hall. The telephone number is 368-2266. • Present Council members: Prentice Hendricks-

Mayor Pro Tem, Larry Matthews, Felix McDaniel, Craig Hendricks and Marsha Cooper. • City Marshal: Billy Jack Corbell

Huxley Community UTILITIES Water: City of Huxley Source: Toledo Bend Capacity of Water Plant: .8 mgd Average Daily Consumption: 3 mgd Electric: Deep East Texas Natural Gas: City of Huxley Telephone: Eastex Telephone Cooperative, Inc. MUNICIPAL SERVICES Garbage Service: No


Type of local government: Mayor/Council Fire Chief: Curtis Cooper Asst Fire Chief: Bob Vandrovec Treasurer: Craig Hendricks Fire Captain: Ron Hendricks Fire Captain: Philip Scarborough Public Relations and Fundraising: J.E. “Yazoo” Thomas Firemen: Tim Brown, Kenneth Jordan, Randy Joe Bean Number of pumpers/trucks: 7 Number of volunteer firemen: 9

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Welcome to Joaquin, Texas - A Gateway to Shelby County Mayor Mike Wood is pleased with the progress in Joaquin. The City of Joaquin will celebrate 100 years of incorporation June 14, 2014. The city will host Centennial celebration on Friday, June 13 and Saturday June 14, 2014. The Joaquin City Park provides playground equipment, pavilion, picnic tables and outside grills. A Senior Community Center, equipped with kitchen, dining area, exercise room, and multipurpose area, joins the Joaquin City Park. Mayor Mike Wood Both are available for use by the public. Joaquin is located near the Sabine River, the main A Gateway to Shelby County water source for Toledo Bend Reservoir. There are several Houston East and West Texas Railroad in 1884. His one The Citywasofthat Joaquin willtrain be would celebrating boat ramps, picnic areas, and camping sites available for stipulation the passenger make stops 100 years on June 14, 2014. recreation. in the town,of andincorporation the railroad agreed. Benjamin Franklin Morris came to Texas in 1838 and Some time later, Morris’ grandson, Joaquin, was killed in a The City will be host Centennial Celebration settled in the northeast part of Shelby County in a village hunting accident. In honor of his grandson, Morris donated Friday, June and Saturday Juneof14, 2014.was called Sarat. aonone hundred acre13 townsite, and the town Joaquin He gave right-of-way through 500 acres of his land to the established in 1887.

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City Government Joaquin: A Town for the People Joaquin is your average small town in East Texas. The people are very friendly and welcome all growth and newcomers to the town. Mayor Mike Wood is very pleased with the growth of the town and feels that Joaquin will continue to grow in the future. Joaquin has a town council consisting of these council members: Pat Gray, Bill Baker, Ben Brittain, Lee Vern Stotts Gilliam and Mike Atkinson. The council meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Joaquin has no paid law enforcement, but Pct. 3 Constable Billy Hearnsburger is always available in the area. Joaquin has the Shelby County Sheriff Substation. Joaquin has a population of 825. Their water supply comes from the town of Logansport. Joaquin has its own sewer department and the trash is picked up by a local contractor. Joaquin also has a fine Volunteer Fire Department, with Perry Pugh as Fire Chief. Joaquin’s Fire Marshall is Jeremy Boyett. The department has 18 members. Joaquin’s greatest attractions are nearby the Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Sabine National Forest, which lies just south of town. The attractive Toledo Bend offers miles of lovely forested shores for exploring, boating, excellent fishing, and full recreational facilities. In addition, the Sabine National Forest offers deer hunting in season. Within the forest is Boles Field, one of the few federally-sanctioned resting places for famous fox-hounds.


• Mayor: Mike Wood. • City Secretary: Donna Marshall • City Council meeting– third Tuesday of month. Telephone number is 269– 3021. • Councilmembers: Pat Gray, Lee Vern Stotts Gilliam, Bill Baker, Ben Brittain, Mike Atkinson. • Fire Chief: Perry Pugh • First Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal: Jeremy Boyett. • Constable Precinct 3: Billy Hearnsberger.

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Educating for the future Joaquin is a well-respected school district and is a great school for the kids. The teachers always put the students first and education is a top priority. Joaquin is classified as a 1A school. Phil Worsham is the Superintendent, Jimmy Jackson is the High School Principal and Wayne Gandy is the Athletic Director. Enrollment currently is 750. JISD continues to expand their campus to meet the needs of an every growing community. With education coming first, Joaquin is always competitive in all sports. The boys compete in football, basketball, baseball, track, and tennis. The girls compete in cross county, basketball, softball, track, and tennis. The Joaquin community is very supportive of its school and school events. On Friday nights when the lights are on, the stands are packed with proud Rams fans. The school is located on Highway 84. The baseball and softball parks are located on Highway 7, just west of Joaquin.


school officials JOAQUIN HS Principal: Jimmy Jackson Secretary: Joani Johnson HS Recept.: Carmen Belrose Athletic Dir.: Wayne Gandy Band Dir.: Lynn Cooper Counselor: Becky Vickrey Telephone: 936-269-3127

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Elem. Principal: Sheryl Graves JHS Principal: Terri Gray Secretary: Sabrina Causey Telephone: 936-269-3127 ADMINISTRATION Supt.: Phil Worsham Telephone: 936-269-3127

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Shelbyville Welcome to Shelbyville! Shelbyville is at the junction of Farm Road 417 and Hwy 87, seven miles southeast of Center in east central Shelby County. The area was settled in the 1820s by people who came from Tennessee. The community was originally called Nashville, and was the county seat of Shelby County. The Congress of the Republic of Texas changed its name to Shelbyville in 1837. Isaac Shelby was the hero of

the American Revolution and governor of Kentucky. Shelbyville was where the Regulator-Moderator War started, and most of the major battles of the feud were fought in its vicinity. The town had a Republic of Texas post office established by 1843. In 1866 the county records were moved to the center of the county by night and hidden there. This led to a new county-seat designation that same year.

Shelbyville Community UTILITIES Electric: Deep East Texas Electric Co-op Water: Shelbyville Water Supply Natural Gas: Center Piont Energy Garbage Service: No Telephone: AT&T EDUCATION Classification: 1A Enrollment- 790 (K thru 12) SUMMER PROGRAMS Baseball and softball league, played at the school fields MUNICIPAL SERVICES Fire Chief: Chris Koltonski Telephone Number: 598-7943 Constable: Jamie Hagler JP: Burt Furlow Commissioner: Jimmy Lout


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Shelbyville: Many changes, same great education The earliest data available of Shelbyville School dates back over 100 years. At that time, Professor W. C. Huntington and his wife, Mary S. Huntington, had charge of the Shelbyville School in 1868. The school at this time may have been a prep-type school with boarders. Reportedly, a little building to the right of the Huntington home, known as “the library,” was where the teaching was accomplished. Mary Huntington continued the school after her husband died in 1884, until 1888. In about 1888, M. M. Dupre moved to East Texas from Sarepta, Miss. to assume the position of superintendent of schools in Shelbyville. According to some older Shelbyville residents, the school was located near the Shelbyville Methodist Church in a two-story building. Until 1903, the schools in Shelbyville were called common schools and were under the control of the Shelby County School Superintendent. In February of 1903, W. D. Ellington petitioned the commissioner’s court for an election to establish a free school and an independent school district. The election, held in March of 1903, carried in favor of the independent school, and in June 1903, Shelbyville Independent School District was officially established. At that time, W. C. Hurst was superintendent of the school. The school buildings have undergone many changes through the years. In 1924, the school was known as the “Little White Schoolhouse” and was located near the Shelbyville Methodist Church. In 1927, the land across the road was purchased and the school moved to its current location. Frank Pigg built the original brick high school building in 1927. In the late 1930s, the W. P. A. built the Rock Building and the old wooden gym which burned in 1971. In 1954, the

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section of the school plant known as the “Haley Building” was built and later dedicated in memory of Reeves Haley who had taught and served as superintendent of schools for many years. In 1965, the issue of segregation brought a turning point when parents of black and white children were given the right to choose which school to attend. This was first granted to elementary students, and five black elementary students enrolled at Shelbyville. In 1966, freedom of choice was extended to both elementary and high school students and six black students attended Shelbyville that year. Then, in the fall of 1970, total integration was implemented with the enrollment of East Liberty Black School being bused to attend school at the Shelbyville campus. To accommodate this integration, the old, red brick high school was torn down and new classrooms were built. Shelbyville has continued to change over the years. In 1971, the East Liberty gym was relocated to the Shelbyville campus to replace the old wooden gymnasium. Sometime between 1986 and 1987 the field house/small gym was added. In 1988, the cafetorium and football stadium were completed. The S. W. Carter Elementary building was opened for classes early in 1989. In 1992, middle school students found a new home in a single building located between the elementary school and football stadium. The Haley building was removed in 1995 and the high school wing built in 1971 was encompassed by a new high school that was completed in 1996. Since then, SISD has completed a renovated cafetorium and stage, a new gymnasium, baseball/softball fields, and most recently a new pre-kindergarten facility. Shelbyville ISD continues to expand and has plans for future growth.


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Best Small Town in Texas The small town of Tenaha is steadily growing. Tenaha is mostly known for its poultry business and its feed mill located on Hwy 59, south of town. Tenaha still has the downhome kind of people that everyone loves to meet. The Tenaha ISD is also known for their great athletic programs. Tenaha won the state football championship in Class A in 1998 and in 2011. They won the state basketball championship as well in 2003, more recently Tenaha returned to compete in the state basketball championship in 2009, and again in 2011. Tenaha is very proud of its students and community. This small East Texas town has a population of 1,160 and a school enrollment of 568. Tenaha has three ground wells that provide the town with its water supply and one back-up

well if needed. The trash pick-up service is provided by individual contractors. Tenaha is run by a City Council and the Mayor. Council members are Mark Hixson–Mayor Pro Tem, Claudine Howard, Fran Partin, Larry Terry, and Durand Steadman. The council meets every third Monday of the month at 5:15 p.m.. The law enforcement in the town is carried out by three officers with the City Marshal’s office including Marshal Tom Reader, assisted by Marshals Jacob Metcalf and Gina Breseman. Bryan Gray is now the Constable for Precinct 4, of which Tenaha is a part. The officers are working diligently together to keep Tenaha a safe place to live. The town also has a Volunteer Fire Department that consists of 25 volunteers. Mitch Menefee is the Fire Chief.

CITY OFFICIALS • Mayor: Orinthia Montaine Johnson • City Secretary: Doyce Ann Bailey • City Council meeting– third Monday of the month. The Telephone number is 248-3841. • Council members: Claudine Howard, Tommy Rinkle, A Mark Hixson -Mayor Pro Tem, Durand Steadman, and Larry Terry. • City Marshal: Jimmy Wagstaff • Asst. City Marshal: Jacob Metcalf, Gina Breseman. • Precinct 4 Constable: Bryan Gray • Fire Chief: Mitch Menefee

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Welcome to Tenaha Most of the land in the Tenaha area was owned by pioneer lumberman brothers, E.S. and C.B. Hicks, who had given land for right-of-way to the railroad. Tenaha was named for Tenaha Creek and for the Municipality of Tenehaw. It has

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always been understood that Tenaha in the Indian language meant “muddy water.� Tenaha is located in a part of Shelby County that is served by two major railroads and three major highways. Tenaha continues to experience steady growth.


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Tenaha I.S.D.: Deep in a Winning Tradition The Tenaha Independent School District has an enrollment of 598 and has 40 teachers on its staff. School Board members are Robert Barton, June Swint, Aaron Roland, Mark Looney, Ronnie Samford Tracy Collins, and, Bo Morris is School Board President. In boys athletics Tenaha offers football, basketball, track, tennis and golf. For the Lady Tigers, they can choose from basketball, track, tennis and golf. Terry Ward is the Athletic Director at Tenaha. Tenaha I.S.D. has three campuses – Tenaha Elementary, grades K-5; Tenaha Middle School, grades 6-8; and Tenaha High School. grades 9-12. Scott Tyner is the Superintendent. The high school principal and middle school Principal is Judy Monroe. The elementary Principal is Walter Peddy. Tenaha is also known for its great athletic programs. Tenaha has won the state football championship in Class A in 1998 and 2011, won the state basketball championship in 2003 and made it to the state basketball semi-finals in 2009, as well as 2011. Tenaha is very proud of its students and community.


school officials ADMINISTRATION Supt: Scott Tyner Telephone: 248-5000 ext. 201 Secretary: Brenda Lucas TENAHA HIGH SCHOOL Principal: Judy Monroe Secretary: Stella Baker Telephone: 248-5000, ext. 501

MIDDLE SCHOOL Principal: Judy Monroe Secretary: Pat Sims Telephone: 248-5000, ext. 401 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Principal: Walter Peddy Secretary: Crystal Linebarger Telephone: 248-5000, ext. 301

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Our office is located at 137 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas. The telephone number for the business, advertising and news departments is

936-598-3377. Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Email can be sent to the newspaper at For subscriptions to the paper, the circulation department is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 936-598-3377.

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Timpson Area Chamber Of Commerce

brings you events and supports our businesses throughout the year. It’s our belief that it takes all of our community, working together, to make our town a better place to live, work, worship and educate our youth, while giving families a great place to grow and live.

President Paul Smith, Vice President Keith Brownlow, Sec/Treasurer Hilda Pena, Directors: Marilyn Corder, Mike Thrift, & Jerry Wood

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce enjoys the opportunity to welcome new businesses throughout the year. Pictured here is the ribbon cutting for the new Timpson Public Library where our Chamber meetings are held the 3rd Thursday each month.


POPULATION 1155 • ESTABLISHED 1885 The City Council meets each month on the 3rd Tuesday and is the governing body of the City. In 2010, the City adopted the 4B Economic Development tax and formed the Timpson Economic Development Corporation. The EDC is responsible for creating opportunities for our city’s economic growth through projects that enhance our downtown area, our parks, our streets and sidewalks, and our businesses.

Smith awards check to City of Timpson Park Fund.

Timpson Economic Development Officers. Vernette Richardson, President; Dustin Norris, Vice President; Debra Smith, Treasurer; Yvonne Ramsey, Secretary. Larry Burns, Stacy Pledger, and Mike Thrift, Members.

City of Timpson

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce coordinates to put on Frontier (photo at left), and the Timpson BBQ Cookoff (photo at right)

175 South Bremond, Timpson, Texas 75975 • 936-254-3161


456 Jacob Street / P.O. Box 369, Timpson, TX 75975 936-254-2421 • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Photo by Dale Buie



Welcome to Timpson Timpson is located in the northwest corner of Shelby County, six miles east of Nacogdoches County and six miles south of Panola County. Timpson is twenty-five miles west of the Sabine River, which is the state line and thirty-one miles north of Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. The town takes its name from a sonin-law of one of the heavy railroad stockholders, a Mr. Timpson, who lived in New York. Like all railroad towns, Timpson was laid out with the railroad, not north and south like most towns are. Therefore, the streets run at an angle of 43 degrees ‘off.’ The railroad surveyor for this section was named Charlie Noblet. After laying out the railroad, he surveyed the town. He made it one mile square then divided it into ordinary lots and blocks and named the streets.


Traveling the streets of Timpson, you will find Jacob and Bremond, and streets named after residents are Todd and McLaughlin. The town site was located in an old-time field, and the present modern paved streets cover an old corn field. Timpson is probably most known

for its mention in the old Tex Ritter hit, “Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair.” According to Timpson resident Mr. George Green, in the Timpson Area History Book, dice players took up the chant, and World War I soldiers spread it far and wide. Today the small town of Timpson is now just a scenic spot on Highway 59. Its major business is the Class 1A Timpson High School, the home of the fighting Timpson Bears. The City of Timpson holds the annual Frontier Days on the first weekend of July. People from near and far enjoy the many activities there are to participate in and street dance. Soso Park, Lake Murvaul and Timpson Lake are just a few attractions that the City has to offer.

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City Government Timpson is Ever Changing Mayor Debra Smith (left) is the first elected woman mayor of Timpson, and in Shelby County. Timpson was incorporated Nov. 18, 1890 and is located in Western Shelby County at the apex of U.S. Hwy 59 and State Highway 87 North and 84 West. The city of Timpson became renowned in a country western song “Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair,” written by Tex Ritter. Timpson has an active council and a progressive Chamber of Com-

merce that sponsors several community events such as the annual Frontier Days on the weekend of July 4, and the occasional movie on the square. The city has its own police department, a volunteer ambulance service and a volunteer fire department. Mayor Smith is working with the citizens of Timpson to make the city an even greater place to live. The city also has two parks that have recently updated playgrounds.

CITY OFFICIALS Mayor: Debra Pate Smith The Council meets the third Tuesday of each month. The telephone number is 936-254-2421. Council members: Yvonne Ramsey, Kyle Allen, Ronnie Wolfe, George Grace, and Janelle Baker. TVFD Timpson VFD Officers for 2014 Fire Chief: Patrick Hendrick Asst. Chief: Frank Chimney Secretar y: Kristie Branch Hairston Treasurer: Pete Andrews Reporter: Tess Schermers

Training Officer: Brock Strong Assistant T. O.: Gregory Hailey Police Department Chief of Police: Kent Graham Police Officers: Robert Hairgrove Michael Williams Thomas Jernigan Jacob Metcalf Municipal Judge: James L. Bogue Municipal Clerk: Paula Mullins City Secretar y: Barbara Hunt Utility Billing Secretar y: Charlotte Broadway

Charlotte Broadway has been serving the City of Timpson for more than 30 years!

TIMPSON COMMUNITY CLIMATE Average annual temperature: 65 degrees Monthly average high temperature: 82 degrees UTILITIES Water Supplier: City of Timpson Source: Wells Plant Capacity: 612,000 gpd Avg. Daily Use: 200,000 gpd Peak Use: 300,000 gpd Electric City of Timpson

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Natural Gas Company: Centerpoint Energy Telephone Company: AT&T SUMMER PROGRAMS Baseball, softball league, Little Dribblers. schools fields MUNICIPAL SERVICES Type of local government: Mayor/Council Annual Budget: $1,346,743 TRASH SERVICES Pineywoods Sanitation



school officials TIMPSON HIGH SCHOOL Principal: Ronald Lindgren Telephone: 936-254-3125 TIMPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL Principal: Calvin Smith, Jr. Telephone: 936-254-2078 TIMPSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Principal: Betty Ivins Telephone: 936-254-2462

ADMINISTRATION Superintendent: Mid Johnson Assistant Supt.: Mary Lynn Tinkle Telephone: 936-254-2463 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Burgay, Tracy Hooper, Beth Tipton, Joyce Wolfe, George Duke, Derek Pierce and Dannie Hunt DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION: 1A

Timpson Chamber of Commerce member list Premium Graphics & Design (936) 254-9200

Texan Credit Corporation (936) 254-1900

Remote World Park Plaza Dr. (936) 254-9090

Texas State Bank, Timpson (936) 254-2484

Ross Lumber Co. (936) 254-2575

Timpson Donut (936) 254-9565

Shelby Savings Bank Center, TX (936) 598-5688

Timpson Tenaha News, Inc. Park Plaza (936) 254-3618

Tamalito’s Café (281) 570-5226

Timpson Tire Company Hwy 59 (936) 254-2043

Taylor Funeral Home Ross Graves Dr. (936) 254-2424


Top Notch Antiques & Collectibles United Timber Management (936) 254-2554 Nacogdoches, TX (936) 715-8338 Wood Properties (936) 254-2282

Churches and Religious Organizations First Baptist Church (936) 254-2220 First United Methodist Church (936) 254-3428

Timpson Area Ministerial Alliance P O Box 863 Timpson, TX

Government, Public Organizations, Civic Groups City of Timpson & Timpson Volunteer Fire Dept. (936) 254-2421 Timpson Area Genealogical & Heritage Society (936) 254-3500 Timpson Public Library (936) 254-2966 Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service (936) 254-2375

Individuals Walter Bannerman Keith & Sandra Brownlow Don & JoAnn Burrows J.P. & Marilyn Corder Art & Martha Duck Kathy Grigsby Bill Hairgrove Franklin Hairgrove Helen Kaluza Kay Nix David & Tempie Pike Shannon & Judy Ramsey Willie P. Richardson Harvey “Tip” Tipton

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