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  • The presentation, directed by Alan Harkey of the Austin College music faculty, is free and open to the public.
  • Three local people recently completed training and were sworn-in to become volunteer CASA advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake of the 336th District Court administered the oath to the new volunteers. New child advocates include Cathy Naylor, Star Breece and Taryn Nejtek.


  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church invites you and your critters to join us Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. for a blessing of the animals, a custom conducted in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures.
  • The McKinney Community Band will be performing with a featured guest musician during their fall concert, "Pipe Dreams," slated for Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at the Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Rd., in Plano during which several pieces will feature solo organist Bart Ghent on the church’s pipe organ.
  • Be sure and circle Saturday, October 8 on your calendar so you don't miss the Refuge Roundup! Join us for a day of fun for the whole family!
  • 1835 – Texas Revolution: Mexican troops attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia. The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texian settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers. In 1831, Mexican authorities lent the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales with a weapon and requested the return of the cannon. When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonists used a variety of excuses to keep them from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days, up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texians approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, the Mexican soldiers withdrew. Although the skirmish had little military significance, it marked a clear break between the colonists and the Mexican government and is considered to have been the start of the Texas Revolution.