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October 2, 2019 - The first recognized battle of the Texas Revolution was fought at Gonzales on October 2, 1835. The Texas force of one hundred and sixty men challenged the Mexican military by refusing to surrender a brass cannon previously given to the town as a means of protection against the Indians. The Battle of Gonzales or "Come and take it" only lasted a few minutes but most citizens in Texas realized that there was no turning back. A war had begun.

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 near the 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.

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October 1, 2019 - Golden Harvest Club of First Baptist Church Center, took a field trip to the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum in Hemphill on September 30, 2019. The tour was simply incredible and if you haven’t been, you need to plan a trip. 

Helen Collard in the flight simulator

Hemphill was the staging area for debris retrieval during the Colombia space shuttle crash. On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during atmospheric entry, killing all seven crew members. Nearly the entire city was involved assisting.

The museum has a 15-minute orientation video shown in a professional viewing room, artifacts, educational material, and a shuttle flight simulator. Outside near the entrance is large rock with Joshua 1:6-9 inscribed.

Larry Rymal by Joshua 1:6-9 rock

September 30, 2019 - David Mathis, Music Director of First Baptist Church in Center, led members of the Golden Harvest Ministries Club  in favorite hymns at the September 16 program. He also gave background and history of each song and information about the song writer. Linda Bordelon decorated the tables with colorful pot plants which were used as door prizes as a Center Garden Club project.

President Bobbie Nutt, Vice President of Programs Linda Anderson, and Secretary Ellen Manning were presented Fall mums.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

First Place - Windham Family Dental

September 30, 2019 (Doo Dah Parade Photos - Album1, Album2) - The 43rd East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade, Sponsored by Center Tire Company, was held Wednesday, September 25th, on the Historic Downtown Center Square. A large number of spectators enjoyed the Queen’s Court candidate floats, civic organization and business entries. Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Ambassador students and the Shelby Chick led the parade.

Doo Dah Parade trophy winners include:
First Place - Windham Family Dental
Second Place - Farmers State Bank
Third Place - Children’s Dental

Queen’s Court float winners include:
Sweepstakes - Kaitlin Williams
Presidential - Tatum Mettauer
Mayor - Kennedy Bush
Honorable Mention - Morgan Jefferson.

Gold Sponsors for the Doo Dah Parade are Ilho Sales and Imports Professional Title Services. 

Farmers State Bank is this year’s East Texas Poultry Festival Presenting Sponsor. The traditional Cutting of the Feathers and Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focused Care of Center, will be held Thursday, October 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. on the downtown square. See you there!

From left: Kaitlin Williams, Kristen Orsak, and Tatum Mettauer

September 28, 2019 (Photos - Album1, Album2) - Kristen Orsak was crowned the 2019 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen at the 43rd Annual ETPF Queen’s Scholarship Pageant held Saturday, September 28th. Orsak was crowned by 2018 Queen Abigail Hooper.

First runner up was announced to be Tatum Mettauer and second runner up was Kaitlin Williams.

Additional awards presented were:

Doo Dah Parade Awards:
Sweepstakes - Kaitlin Williams
Presidential - Tatum Mettauer
Mayor's - Kennedy Bush
Hon. Mention - Morgan Jefferson

Miss Congeniality - Morgan Jefferson

Winner - Tatum Mettauer
1st Runner Up - Kennedy Bush
2nd Runner Up - Kela Barnes

Essay Competition:
Winner - Taylor Horton
1st Runner Up - Kristen Orsak
2nd Runner Up - Brooklinn Penning

GPA Competition:
Winner - Brooklinn Penning
1st Runner Up - Kristen Orsak
2nd Runner Up - Morgan Jefferson

UIL Participation and School Honors and Activities:
Winner - Kristen Orsak
1st Runner Up (tie) - Tatum Mettauer and Kennedy Bush
2nd Runner Up - Kaitlin Williams

Social Skills:
Winner - Tatum Mettauer
1st Runner Up - Camryn Crouch
2nd Runner Up - Kaitlin Williams

Winner - Kristen Orsak
1st Runner Up - Tatum Mettauer
2nd Runner Up - Kaitlin Williams

Stage Presence:
Winner - Tatum Mettauer
1st Runner Up - Kaitlin Williams
2nd Runner Up - Taylor Horton

Committee Award - Azsahlia Cartwright

Grand Dukes (tie) - Jake Liker and Jake Bird

September 27, 2019 - The Center Volunteer Fire Department would like to Thank all the businesses and everyone that came out and bought a plate lunch from us during our fundraiser. We would like to thank the Shelby County Cookers for giving their time to help us.

Thank you for supporting your Volunteer Fire Department.

Thank You,
Rodney Mathews
VFD Chief

September 27, 2019 - On Wednesday, September 25, Center Christian Academy staff, students and parents joined around their flagpole to pray for the schools of Shelby County.  During this student led event, the students recognized the importance of praying for schools, country and first responders, honored our Country, State and Religion with pledges and sang the Star Spangled Banner.  After the event, donuts and juice were provided by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

Students who led the event were:

American – Triston Smith
Texas – Austyn Mahan
Christian – IZAah Moore
Bible – Lily Kline

School / Families – Melonie Triplett, Principal
Community/First Responders – Rev. Derrick Lightfoot
Country / Leadership – Rev. Michael Tibbs

Star Spangled Banner – Kloye Sonmor

September 27, 2019 - Great News! The Shelby County Historical Society (Museum) would like to invite everyone to come by the booth at the Poultry Festival, October 3-5. The Museum has had the 1988 Shelby County History Book reprinted and it will be available for purchase during the Festival.

This is the large book with 900 pages of family histories, stories about early Shelby County history and much much more. This book has been out of print for years.

There will be a limited number of books for sale - 30 hardback books at a cost of $125 and 20 paperback books for $80. We will have other items for sale so be sure to stop by and pick up a book or two. Remember to bring cash or a check as the Museum will not be able to accept credit card payments.

September 27, 2019 - Who can eat the most wings tossed in ridiculously hot sauces? Find out at another new addition to the Poultry Festival, the Wing It Contest.

This hot new event will take place on Saturday, October 5th at 5:30, right after the Chicken Clucking Contest at the main stage. Registration will begin at 5:00pm. The first 12 to sign will participate in the 1st Annual Wing It Hot Wing Eating Contest.

There will be 2 rounds. Eight wings in each round. If you can eat all eight in the 6 minute time limit then you move on to the second with a much hotter sauce. The first contestant to eat all eight wings in the second will win the contest. You must provide proof you are over the age of 18 and sign a waiver and release of liability form before being allowed to enter the competition. 

If you love spicy foods and feel confident enough to take on the spicy challenge we will see you at 5:00pm under the big tent on October 5th. Winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

September 25, 2019 - Representative of the Women's Shelter, Kailey Grimes (left) accepted decorated bags from Delta Gamma President Wendy Watson (right) from their recent project. Delta Gamma members donated toiletries to fill the bags after they hand stenciled designs during their September meeting.

Delta Gamma is the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of key women educators.