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October 8, 2018 - This year’s photography show was a huge success! All the entries were exceptional and the judges certainly had a tough group of photos to work with. Thanks to all the competitors and volunteers for their interest and hard work.

A very special thanks to Dr. Charles R. Collard and his staff, for their support and help in converting the optical clinic to a photo gallery and the members of the Piney Woods Photographic Society for helping to set up and host the exhibit and greet all those who attended.

Children Division

PEOPLE
1st place - Kelsi Wood
2nd place - Kelsi Wood

FINE ART
1st place - Kelsi Wood
2nd place - Amma Lewis

SCENICS
1st place - Anna Lewis
2nd place - Kelsi Wood
3rd place - Kelsi Wood

FLOWERS
1st place - Kelsi Wood
2nd place - Kelsi Wood

ANIMALS
1st place - Kelsi Wood
2nd place - Brooklyn Scates
3rd place - Kelsi Wood
Honorable Mention: Anna Lewis

POULTRY
1st place - Kelsi Wood
2nd place - Kelsi Wood


Best of Show - Children Division - Kelsi Wood (Joaquin)


People's Choice Award - Children Division - Kelsi Wood (Joaquin)


Youth Division

FINE ARTS
1st place - Daniella Medina
2nd place - Emma Wilburn
3rd place - Holly Wilburn
Honorable Mention: Emma Wilburn

PEOPLE
1st place - Emma Wilburn
2nd place - Sandra Olalde
3rd place - Michelle Gomez

ANIMALS
1st place - Edwin Morin
2nd place - Leopoldo Garcia-Estrada
3rd place - Edwin Morin
Honorable Mention: Irving Carmona

FLOWERS
1st place - Sandra Olalde
2nd place - Holly Wilburn
3rd place - Leopoldo Garcia-Estrada
Honorable Mention: Emma Wilburn

SCENICS
1st place - Sam McSwain
2nd place - Emma Wilburn
3rd place - Jordan Segelken

DIGITAL MANIPULATION
1st place - Amanda Hughes
2nd place - Sandra Olalde

POULTRY
1st place - Grace M Parmer
2nd place - Amanda Hughes

URBANS
1st place - Sandra Olalde
2nd place - Daniella Medina-Farias
3rd place - Sam McSwain
Honorable Mention: Sam McSwain


Best of Show - Youth Division - Sandra Olalde (Center)


People's Choice Award - Youth Division - Emma Wilburn (Center)


Adults Division

ANIMALS
1st place - Billie F. Jones
2nd place - Regina Brazzel
3rd place - Regina Brazzel
Honorable Mention: Janice Carter

URBANS
1st place - Sharon Peace
2nd place - Matt Pritchard
3rd place - Lawrence Davis
Honorable Mention: Summer Koltonski

FLOWERS
1st place - Janet Hughes
2nd place - Lea Ann Robertson
3rd place - Melvin Henson
Honorable Mention: Angie Davis

FINE ART
1st place - Janice Carter
2nd place - Billie Jones
3rd place - Janet Hughes
Honorable Mention: Janice Carter

DIGITAL MANIPULATION/PHOTO RESTORATION
1ST place - Janice Carter
2nd place - Bobbie Jean Wood
3rd place - Janice Carter
Honorable Mention: Bobbie Jean Wood

POULTRY
1st place - Melvin Henson
2nd place - Linda Henson
3rd place - Regina Brazzel
Honorable Mention: Bobbie Jean Wood

SCENICS
1st place - Janet Hughes
2nd place - Regina Brazzel
3rd place - Angie Davis
Honorable Mention: Summer Koltonski

PEOPLE
1st place - Lawrence C Davis
2nd place - Angie Davis
3rd place - Lawrence C Davis
Honorable Mention: Lea Ann Robertson


Best of Show - Adult Division - Janice Carter (San Augustine)


People's Choice Award - Adult division - Bobbie Jean Wood (Center)

Additional photos of entries in the contest will be posted soon.

October 6, 2018 (More Photos) - The Chicken Clucking Contest was held Saturday, October 6th during the 42nd East Texas Poultry Festival and kids of all ages took to the stage to 'Cluck, Strut, and Crow' their way into the hearts of the judges.

The winners are:

Peeps Age 5 and Under
1st place - Ava Rafferty
2nd place - Corbin Russell
3rd place - Carson Russell and Landon Forbis (Tie)
Participants: Hudson Forbis, Ellisyn Gandy

Chicks Ages 6-11 
1st place - Chace Stringer
2nd place - Alan Valadez
3rd place - Cooper Collette
Participants: Olivia Lowe, Caitlyn Madden, Sydney Neuwirth, Zac Payne, Caden Neuwirth, Rex Payne

Pullets Ages 12-16
1st place - Neena Smith
2nd place - Will Hawkins
3rd place - Chance Shuemaker

Roosters and Hens Ages 17 and Up
1st place - Sarah Gandy
2nd place - Olivia Worsham
3rd place - William Jacobs
Participants: Justin Mott, Clayton Waller

Platinum Sponsor for the event was Dr. Debrah Worsham and Award Sponsor was Payne’s Community News.

October 5, 2018 - Friends of the Library are asking for donations of used paperback and hardback books in good condition. No encyclopedias, please. Books may be brought to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library in Center, during regular library hours. The books will be sold in the fall book sale to be held Tuesday, October 30 –Saturday, November 3, 2018. All proceeds will go to the library for the purchase of new books. Any volunteers who can help with sorting of books may call Melba at 936-591-7036 or Amy at 936-657-8529. 


The top three contestants (from left) Kalei LaRock, Abigail Hooper, and Caroline Scull

October 2, 2018 (Photos - Album1, Album2) - Abigail Hooper was crowned the 2018 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen at the 42nd Annual ETPF Queen’s Scholarship Pageant held Saturday, September 29th. First runner up was announced to be Caroline Scull and second runner up was Kalei LaRock.

Additional awards presented were:

Doo Dah Parade Awards:
Sweepstakes - Abigail Hooper
Presidential - Kalei LaRock
Mayor's - Jocelyn Berry
Hon. Mention - Makayla Mayo

Miss Congeniality - Abigail Hooper

Photogenic:
Winner - Jasmine Cooks
1st Runner Up - Kalei LaRock
2nd Runner Up - Keelan Williams

Essay Competition:
Winner - Caroline Scull
1st Runner Up - Abigail Hooper
2nd Runner Up - Makayla Mayo

GPA Competition:
Winner - Abigail Hooper
1st Runner Up - Jocelyn Berry
2nd Runner Up - Caroline Scull

UIL Participation and School Honors and Activities:
Winner - Rachel Powell
1st Runner Up - Kalei LaRock
2nd Runner Up - Mackenzie Murry

Social Skills:
Winner - Kalei LaRock
1st Runner Up - Caroline Scull
2nd Runner Up - Abigail Hooper

Interview:
Winner - Abigail Hooper
1st Runner Up - Kalei LaRock
2nd Runner Up - Jasmine Cooks

Stage Presence:
Winner - Jasmine Cooks
1st Runner Up - Caroline Scull
2nd Runner Up - (Tie) Abigail Hooper and McKenzie Murry

Committee Award - Mallory Fausett

Grand Dukes - Jake Hanson, Kutter Milford, and Logan Holloway

October 2, 2018 - In September, Delta Gamma members were take back to an earlier time with the program presented on their archives presented by Fannie Watson, Billie Bailey, and Elaine Snider.

They viewed a video from years past that re-enacted the charter meeting of the group.

Scrapbooks, newsletters, and yearbooks were viewed from the chapters start. Delta Gamma is the local chapter of key women educators from Shelby, Sabine, and San Augustine counties.

Submitted by Nora Robinson

October 2, 2018 - October 2 is recognized as "Gonzales Day," the first skirmish in the battle for independence. As such, it is a significant day in Texas history.

The first recognized battle of the Texas Revolution was fought in Gonzales on October 2, 1835. Because of this skirmish, it became known as the “Lexington of Texas.” Gonzales is one of the earliest Anglo-American settlements in Texas, the first west of the Colorado River. It was established in 1825 and was the nearest such settlement to Bexar and the Battle of the Alamo. The settlement was abandoned in 1826 because of two American Indian attacks. It was rebuilt in a nearby location and the Mexican government gave the settlers a small cannon for protection against future Indian attacks. As conflict increased between the Anglo settlers and the Mexican government, a contingent of Mexican soldiers was sent from San Antonio to retrieve the cannon. The settlers posted the “Come and Take It” flag nearthe cannon and on October 2, 1835, Texans under the command of John H. Moore confronted the troops. Thus the Texians successfully resisted the federal troops in what became known as the Battle of Gonzales. They realized the battle was small but there was no turning back.

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas brings you this brief glimpse into early Texas history.


From left: (seated) Ellen Manning, Judge Allison Harbison, Bobbie Nut, (standing) Peaches Conway, Beaula Webster, Jennifer Fountain, Shawna Walker, and Debbra Johnson

October 1, 2018 - A Proclamation was signed October 1, 2018 by County Judge Allison Harbison declaring October 7, 2018 to be Texas Extension Education Association Week. The signing was witnessed by Texas Extension AgriLife Club members.

October 1, 2018 - The carnival will have $20 wristbands for rides at the following times during the East Texas Poultry Festival:

  • Thursday, October 4th, 6pm to 10pm
  • Friday, October 5th, 1pm to 5pm

*Saturday will only be tickets.

October 1, 2018 - The 42nd East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade, sponsored by Center Tire Company, was held Wednesday on the Historic Downtown Center Square. Spectators enjoyed the Queen’s Court candidate floats, civic organization and business entries. Junior Chamber of Commerce students led the parade. Gold Sponsors for the Doo Dah Parade are Ihlo Sales and Imports and Professional Title Services.

According to parade chairman, Marco Palleras, trophy winners include: First Place – Windham Family Dental; Second Place – Lawn Chair Brigade; Third Place – Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The Queen’s Court parade winners are Sweepstake Award – Abi Hooper; Presidential Award – Kalei LaRock; Mayor’s Award – Jocelyn Berry and Honorable Mention – Macayla Mayo.

The festival will begin with opening ceremonies presented by Farmers State Bank at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 4.

October 1, 2018 - The Blue Santa Team is ready to get to work! We are kicking off the season with a raffle ticket sale for a chance at a Savage Trophy Hunter 6.5 Creedmoor with Nikon Scope. Tickets are $20 each, or 6 for $100. The drawing will be held on Thanksgiving day, November 22, 2018. Tickets can be purchased from Center PD Officers, Dispatchers, or Shelby County Today office located at 202 Field Street, Center.

This year things are going to be done a little differently, with a deadline on returning forms set for November 30th. If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please fill out this form. One for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, or Shelby County Today. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Thursday, November 30th 2018. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need. Remember, all forms are anonymous. 

Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again thank you, we can not do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.

Thank You,
from the Operation Blue Santa Team! 

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