Obituaries

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Jerry "Perch" Bass, 69, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Center.

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Dorothy Nell Strong, 91, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2022, in Joaquin. Graveside service was held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at Brookland Cemetery in Joaquin with Bro.

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Funeral service for Mr. Juanita Williams (89) of Joaquin, Texas will be Monday, September 26, 2022, at 11:30 AM at Hicks Chapel.   Mr.

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Louise Lawrence, 90, of Joaquin, went to be with her Lord Tue

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Janelle Drews

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Jerry Lee Goetzman, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, S

News

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And the winners are....The Light and Champion Readers' Choice selections for 2022 have been made.

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Congratulations Shelby County Seniors Class of 2022!

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Shelby County First Responders were honored with a luncheon Friday, May 20.

Rob Payne, third generation newscaster for Payne’s Community News. (Leon Aldridge photo/The Light and Champion)

The final edition of Payne's Community News on Center radio station KDET signed off for the last time

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Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors ribbon cutting services were held recently for Hopkins Wrecker Towing

Queen Ashton Watts

A queen, duchess, and princess for the Shelby County Stampede was named at the Shelby County Stampede

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The “Gold Star Banner” or service flag honors a family that has had a service member die during a peri

Sports

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The Bi-District Champion Roughriders will play Connally Cadets at Athens High School on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults; $4 students.

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Dec. 27 - The 2021 Center Roughriders Football and Cheer Banquet will be held Monday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.

Braden Courtney heads to the endzone. (File photo by Colton Bragg)

The Timpson Bears season has come to an end yet again in the State Semifinals. One year ago, the Shiner Comanches sent the Bears home on a 49-7 loss.

The Tenaha Lady Tigers and Zavalla Jingle Bell Jubilee winners. Standing (left to right) Addy Duncan, Moore, Lataejna Steadman, Christina Sparks, Lucy Giles, Lillunna Horton, Olivia Ford. Sitting, (left to right) Alisa Dodd, Kadence Polley, Jasmine Dodd. (Mickenzie Murry photo/The Light and Champion)

The Tenaha Lady Tigers brought home first place in the high school girls bracket competing in the Zavalla Jingle Bell Jubilee Tournament last weekend, December 9-11.

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The Joaquin JV/V basketball games vs. Mt. Pleasant scheduled for tonight (12/14) have been canceled. The Joaquin varsity team will play a game at Joaquin tonight at 6:30 pm. vs.

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The Tenaha Tigers girls JV and varsity games with Center scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 14 has been changed to the Tenaha Tiger Gym at 5:00 p.m.

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Nov. 26, 2021 - The No.

Photo Galleries

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The 2020 Center Alumni Association Homecoming Parade was held Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19, with a route starting at Center Elementary School and winding around the Center High School campus.

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At least part of the work going on Monday, April 27, for downtown Center's Streetscape revitalization project included installation of paver in one of the circle featu

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The historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse and much of the rest of the county was shrouded in fog Friday morning.

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Center High School Fish Camp was held August 8 from 9:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m. 

Pictures by Celeste Gibson, Reporter/Intern. 

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Sideline scenes from last week's Roughriders vs. Tatum home football game with the CHS Chaparrals.

Light and Champion photos by Mike Elswick

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Sideline scenes from 2018 season opening game for the Center High School Roughriders against Tatum featuring the CHS Roughrider Cheerleaders. Check out cheerleader photo gallery....

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