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Update:  (Sold Out) The deadline for pre-orders was Friday. Individuals are welcome to come to the square to buy a Fajita Luncheon Plate while supplies last.


September 20, 2019 (Fajita Luncheon Order Form- The 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival kicks off with the Chicken Fajita Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, Wednesday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square.

According to Chairman, Bryan Wages, the lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 936-598-3682, faxing an order form to 936-598-5032 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 20th. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available at the Chamber of Commerce offices on the historic downtown square or on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber website, www.shelbycountychamber.com.

The Doo Dah Parade will be held later in the day on the 25th. Center Tire Company is the Platinum Sponsor for the Doo Dah Parade. Participants will line up at Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00. The parade will circle the historic downtown square led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce at 4:30. Everyone is encouraged to either watch or participate in the parade. Ride your bike, bring your pet (on a leash), promote your business or organization! Just show up ready to have fun!

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, email us at info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit our new website www.shelbycountychamber.com and click on the Event page to find all Poultry Festival information.

September 25, 2019 - On Wednesday, September 18th, AgriLife Extension and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Committee kick-off registration for the annual fall Walk Across Texas worksite wellness and county challenge.

Participating in this challenge is easy –

1. Recruit a team of up to eight people (fewer team members are permitted, but no more than 8 members per team) and select a team captain.

2. Team captains; stop by the Extension office and pick-up your team registration packet and have your team complete individual registration forms (forms can also be emailed to you).

3. Select your team t-shirt color and complete order form $15 each.

4. Submit team registration packet to the Extension office no later than September 27th and entry fee of four cans of non-perishable food per person which will be given to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries food pantry.

5. Start walking and logging your steps or activity on September 30th! Each team member need only walk 2.5 miles or complete 20 minutes of physical activity each day. The goal is to walk at least 900 miles either as a team (the distance from Center to El Paso) in eight weeks. You can walk around the park, your neighborhood, at the gym, wherever your feet will take you to meet the goal. That’s only a little over 16 miles per week or 2.5 miles per day per eight-member team!

6. The Get Going event is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th in conjunction with the East Texas Poultry Festival CrossFit 5K Chicken Fun Run/Walk.

7. This 8-week challenge will wrap up on Friday, November 22nd.

This challenge is open to the public, worksites, and both adult and youth. The Extension office is located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center and the office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday, September 27th at 3:30 p.m. All winners will be announced on December 3, 2019. Prizes will be given to the top three teams and top three walkers. So, form a team of 8, choose your team captain, register your team beginning September 18th and let’s walk on, Shelby County!

Shelby County Fit Walk Across Texas, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is a fun, flexible, and FREE way to encourage people to exercise. For more information, call Feleshia Thompson, Extension Educator at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 or email at feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu.

September 24, 2019 - The Shelby County Historical Commission will be selling T-Shirts at the 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival. These Bella Canvas T-Shirts feature an original graphic design of the 1885 Historic Count House surrounded by the 6 major towns in the county, Center, Shelbyville, Joaquin, Timpson, Tenaha, and Huxley.

T-Shirts will be adult size S-XXL and will be sold for $20.00 each. Proceeds will be used towards the renovation of the 1913 Shelby County Historical Annex Building (County Records Building). Supply is limited, so head on over to the Historical Commission booth at the Poultry Festival, Thursday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 5th and get your limited edition Shelby County Historical Commission T-Shirt.

September 24, 2019 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society (PWPS) held its regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, in Center, TX with the monthly challenge "Perspective/Framed" being photographs submitted by members for evaluation and voting. The PWPS members really show great initiative in their photographs this month. The challenge favorites are shown below. To view all the challenge photographs check out the Piney Woods Photographic Society Flick Page .

The monthly workshop was on "How to photograph Silhouettes."


1st place - Melvin Henson


2nd place (tie) - Billie F. Jones


2nd place (tie) - Linda Henson


3rd place - Lawrence Davis

If anyone is interested in better photography or learning more about cameras, feel free to attend any meeting on the third Saturday of the month at the First United Methodist Church, Center, TX.  Like us on our Facebook page to learn more about the Piney Woods Photographic Society or meetings.

September 24, 2019 - Do you have some books that preschool children may enjoy reading and you would like to donate them to a good cause? If so, you can drop them off at Tri-c Headstart located 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, TX or call Saundra Bell Christopher at (936) 657-4740 and I will come pick them up.

September 20, 2019 - The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Americans take the time to remember those who are or were at one time prisoners of war (POW) and those who are still missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite the public to their remembrance program Friday, September 20th, 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center. The POW/MIA Flag that has flown there 24/7 for the last year will be retired and a new one hoisted.

The names of veterans from Shelby County known to have at one time been a Prisoner of War and those still missing in action will be read.  As always the public, city and county officials from all over Shelby County are cordially invited.

More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 or chief@chiefimaging.com.

September 20, 2019 - Please join the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as they observe Texian Navy Day Honor Day on September 21st.

In September 1835 the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution occurred near Velasco. In that engagement between a Texas privateer, the San Felipe, and a Mexican war schooner, the Correo, the Mexican ship was forced to unconditionally surrender. Thus, the Texian Navy won its first victory in the War of Independence on the high seas. This event was one month before the first significant land battle of the Texas Revolution at Gonzales.

The third Saturday in September is set aside to observe this day, Texian Navy Day.

September 19, 2019 - The Democratic Party currently have 4 vacant precincts to be chaired. Vacant precincts are: Precinct 1 W, JOI Ranch; Precinct 3, Sardis Campti; Precinct 6, Dreka; and Precinct 9 N, Timpson.

You could be appointed or could run for election to the chair. For more information, contact Patsy Handy, Shelby County Chair for the Democratic Party at 936-657-5018 or email patsy10handy@yahoo.com.

September 19, 2019 - The 2019 Poultry Festival tee shirts have arrived!!!!  Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.

The tee shirts are available for purchase at the following locations:  All Farmers State Bank locations including the Main Branch, Roughrider Branch, Shelbyville Branch and Joaquin Branch; Citizens Bank; Sabine State Bank; Payne and Payne Home N’Suchlike and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  New this year are Toddler sizes, 2T, 3T and 4T.  Regular sizes available – adult small to 3XL and youth small to youth large.  My First Poultry Festival Onsies are also available.

The 43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3rd and runs through Saturday, October 5th.   Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: The City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

September 18, 2019 - The Daughters of the Republic of Texas will recognzie Texas military heroes on Septermber 18, 2019 with Texas Heroes Day.  This day will honor Texas Military, past and present. The DRT has designated the day to honor and preserve the memory of the volunteer soldiers who died defending the Republic of Texas and her independence. Special emphasis is placed on honoring those of the 1842 Dawson Massacre and the Mier Expedition. 

In 1842, the Mexican Army staged several raiding expeditions into Texas, and had captured San Antonio. Answering the call for help, Nicholas Dawson led a group of men, mostly from Fayette County, to fight. On September 18, 1842, thirty-six of these volunteer Texan soldiers were killed on the field of battle. The battle took place near Salado Creeek, a few miles northeast of San Antonio. Three survivors escaped to tell the story, and fifteen other were taken prisoner by Mexican soldiers. The captured prisoners were marched to Perote Prison in Veracruz, Mexico, and these men, only nine survived to return to Texas. 

To retaliate against the Mexican raids, Texas launched a military expedition against Mexican border towns in November 1842. The expedition was ordered to disband in December, but many refused the order, and about three hundred men set out to avenge the Dawson Massacre. Crossing the border into the town of Mier, they fought a bloddy battle, exhausted their supplies, and had to surrender. They were treated as privateers and initially sentenced to death by Santa Anna. After foreign diplomats interceded and Santa Anna promised mercy, he modified his order for the decimation of the prisoners, or the election of every tenth man. The "Black Beans of Death" lottery decided the fate of the prisoners: 159 white beans and 17 black beans were placed in a jar. Each of the 176 men was forced to draw from the jar, and those who drew the black beans were executed at dusk that day. The remaining prisoners were put to work; some escaped, some died, and of those left, all had been released by September 1844.

On September 18, 1848, the remains of those who died in the Dawson Massacre, Perote Prison, and others who drew the "Black Beans of Death" in the Mier Expedition were buried at Monument Hill, a site in Fayette County overlooking the Colorado River. Sam Houston and other dignitaries were among more than 1000 people who attended the ceremony, where the remains were buried with full military honors.

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