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2.6 Magnitude Earthquake - Time Correction



According to USGS, there was a 2.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Jan. 20, 2019 about 13 kilometers east, north, east of San Augustine, Texas. 


A correction to an earlier post the quake occurred at 11:31:58 (UTC) which is 5:31 a.m. local time.







San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting




The San Augustine Commissioners Court will have a meeting on Tuesday, 22nd day of January at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Court Room at 100 W. Columbia.

Click here for the Agenda:







14 Cases Disposed of



On January 17, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, the Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires disposed of 14 cases.  This included State v. Lee, Cause Number 18-CR-20657, where the defendant received 6 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  In State v. Wuyts, Cause Numbers 18-CR-20735, 19-CR-21009, 19-CR-21010, the defendant received 2 years in each case in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for drug charges and a forgery charge.  Numerous other cases, in addition to the ones that were disposed of, were called for various pre-trial purposes.





Grand Jury returned 23 true bills of indictment



On January 8, 2019, the Shelby County Grand Jury for the 273rd Judicial Court was impaneled by the newly sworn-in Judge James A. Payne Jr.  In an abbreviated setting, the grand jury returned 23 true bills of indictment.





Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting



Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 23rd day of January, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

1.Approve and pay weekly expenses.


2.Approve current payroll.


3.Public comments on Agenda item.


4.Discuss Capital Credits for FY 2018.


5.Discuss and possibly approve Participation Agreement between Tyler Technologies, Inc. and Shelby County for the benefit of the District Clerk’s office for receiving fees through the Search Tx website.


6.Discuss and possibly approve the District Attorney’s office to purchase a new vehicle. 


7.Discuss and possibly approve the District Attorney’s office to apply for a Grant for Drug Court.


8.Discuss and possibly approve the District Attorney’s office to apply for a Grant for Equipment. (Surveillance and Ballistics) 







San Augustine County Crash



SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public (DPS) responded to and investigated a two-vehicle major crash on 1-18-19 at the intersection of SH 103 and FM 1277.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 10:20 a.m., a 2002 Nissan passenger car failed to yield right of way from the stop intersection at FM 1277 and drove into the path of a 2015 Chevy SUV traveling east on SH 103. The driver of the Nissan is identified as 79-year-old Ronald Otis from Broaddus. Otis and a passenger identified as 79-year-old Bobbie Otis were both pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as 64-year-old Ireece Nutt from Houston. Nutt was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin for treatment. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.







This Week in Shelby County 1-14-18






DETCOG Board to Hold First Meeting of 2019 in San Augustine



The Board of Directors of Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) will hold their first meeting of the New Year in San Augustine.  The meeting will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the San Augustine County Expo Rodeo Center located at 1109 Oaklawn Street (off State Highway 147 North) in San Augustine.  A luncheon will be served at noon with the board meeting to follow. 

Welcoming members and guests to San Augustine County will be County Judge Jeff Boyd; San Augustine Mayor Leroy Hughes; San Augustine County Commissioners, Tommy Pickard, Edward Wilson, Joey Holloway and Rodney Ainsworth as well as San Augustine County Minority Representative Musetta Hosey.


DETCOG's President, Houston County Attorney, Daphne Session, would like to extend an invitation to the meeting to all interested parties.  Anyone needing further information may contact the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Office at (409) 384-5704 ext. 5254.






Order of Election City of Joaquin






A Letter From DETCOG Reguarding Government Shutdown




The DETCOG Regional Housing Authority has received inquiries from
tenants and landlords who are concerned about the effect of the
partial federal shutdown on the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice
Voucher Program.

DETCOG received its regular monthly funding from HUD for Housing
Assistance Payments and Administrative Fees for the month of
January, and we have been advised that the funding is scheduled to be
paid on time for the month of February.

The DETCOG Housing Program has not been affected by the shutdown
so far and we do not anticipate any negative impact over the next six
weeks. Our Housing staff is continuing to work every day at full
strength to serve the tenants and landlords who participate in this
program throughout Deep East Texas.

It is our hope that the partial federal shutdown will conclude before
the end of February. Should it linger on past then, we are hopeful that
HUD will make alternative arrangements to ensure that funding for
this program is continued without interruption.

The DETCOG Regional Housing Authority provides housing assistance
to approximately 1,700 families in Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper,
Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and
Tyler counties.





Tenaha Basketball Update



Saturday, January 19th the JV Boys will play at the Joaquin Tourney.


1st Game 9:00 am; 2nd Game 2:00 pm


Girls do not play.



In a previous release from Tenaha, the first game was listed as  9 p.m. it is supposed to be 9 a.m.










Mark Perkins Interview






Benson Remains Identified












Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to update the public on a case that began on October 31, 2018 where the remains of a body were found near Highway 512 in Benson, LA.  The remains have been identified as Zachary James Hebert (W/M - DOB: 03/31/1981) of Shreveport, LA.  Agencies involved in this case that proved vital in both collection and identification included:  DeSoto Parish Coroner's Office, L.S.U. FACES Laboratory, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory, and DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  This investigation is currently being investigated as a homicide.  No further information is available at this time.
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for any information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible in this case.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) or contact the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 872-3956, Detective Jordan Ebarb. All calls are confidential. You may also visit or download the free P3 Tips App in Google Play or Apple Store.





TxDOT Holding Study for Trucking Industry Professionals



LUFKIN — TxDOT is conducting a statewide Truck Parking Study and assessing current highway design and how it impacts the movement of freight in the state of Texas.


The informative meeting and study will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 8:30 – 11 am at Angelina College in Conference Room CS104, 3500 South First Street in Lufkin.


As part of these studies, TxDOT is holding statewide workshops to gather input from freight shippers, drivers, logistics professionals and facility operators to assess truck parking and freight infrastructure design needs, challenges, opportunities and solutions.

This meeting is free and open to the public and designed for those who work in the freight and/or trucking industry. TxDOT staff will be available to answer questions.


For more information or early registration, visit or contact or (936) 633-4395.





Paxton Boil Water Notice Lifted


The Paxton public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of 01/17/2019.   

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacey Cransford at 936-572-0973







Roughrider Academy to host Winter Graduation



Roughrider Academy will graduate 12 students at the winter graduation ceremony in the Center High School cafeteria on Thursday, Jan 17 from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 7:15 p.m. Seven students will receive the Roughrider Foundation Scholarship.


The public is welcome to watch the graduation. The audience and participants may enter through the doors next to the student parking lot.






Weather Update


Today - 45 start/67 for a high, mostly cloudy with some peaks of Sun, winds from the WSW at 10 mph.

Friday - 47 start/67 hi, Cloudy, again with winds blowing at 15 to 20 mph, And T-storms with the arrival of the cold front, 1.23+ inches expected as the very dense upper air cold front collides with the warm surface air over us.

Saturday - 46 start, 51 high as the front passes, showers in the am, less than 1/10th inch, dropping to a 28 "feels like" low with very gusty winds continuing

Sunday - 31 start with winds making it "feel like" 21 degrees at 7 am, high of only 49 degrees even with sunny skies

Monday - 31-degree start will feel like it is in the mid to upper 20's. The high rebounds into the mid-50s' under sunny skies, ahead of another front......with more am showers under cloudy skies and a high of mid-'50s

Can hardly wait to hear what the NWS and SPC have to say later this morning. At least we are NOT under the Winter Storm Watch/Warning like the folks to our North!     




Nacogdoches in Austin Texas SFA Days






DRT Give Presentation at Shelby County Museum



The Daughters of the Republic of Texas gave a presentation at yesterday's 1-15-19 meeting of the Shelby County Historical Society at the Shelby County Museum. The meeting began at 2 p.m.







Excelsior ISD 2019 Spelling Bee Winner







Nacogdoches Police are investigating a shooting



Police were called to 1723 Clarice St in reference to a gunshot victim in the early evening of January 14th 2019.  At 5:34 PM Officers were dispatched to a report of a gunshot victim at 1723 Clarice St.  Officers located a single gunshot victim at the residence. 


The victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper leg and was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and believed to be in stable condition.   


The victim was identified to be Joel Garcia 30 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas.  At this time it appears a male suspect was outside the residence near the street and discharged a firearm multiple times at the victim striking him once in the leg. The suspect then fled in a white four-door car. Detectives are still actively working on identifying the suspect in this case.  


Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact the Nacogdoches Police Department at (936) 559-2607. 






Weather Update


At 3:59 am it was 28.5 degrees. As you can see from our weather map below, we are in a very disturbed pattern with lots of single digit lows behind the cold fronts. The Gulf moisture and winds will warm us thru Friday into the 60's for highs and 50's for lows.....with T-storm and rain of about 3/4 to 1 inch......Then, we put up our light jackets, long sleeve shirts and sweaters ...pull out or winter gear, gloves and hats. The second graphic....Very cold, very windy, and our "Feels Like" temp will likely fall into the TEENS! Saturday and Sunday as our lows will be in the low 20's.


Remember to check on People, Plants, Pets, Pipes & the Elderly.





CR 2571 Near Shelbyville To Close Wednesday



According to Shelby County Precinct 2 Commissioner, Jimmy Lout, County Road 2571 willed be closed for repair on Wednesday, January 16th. Mr. Lout said he hopes to have the road re-opened by late Wednesday evening. County road 2571 runs from FM 139 near East Liberty to McClelland church.



Plans Underway for Unveiling of Historical Marker at Excelsior



The public is invited to our Texas Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony at Excelsior School on February 23, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. The Historical marker commemorates what is now Excelsior Independent School District as being the only Common School in Shelby County, Texas remaining out of approximately 90 common schools in the late nineteenth century.


In conjunction with the dedication of the historical marker, Excelsior will host a school reunion for the first time ever. It seems like only yesterday that we stood pledging allegiance in our class rooms. Time has flown by and it’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to celebrate our long overdue school reunion. 


Our program for the day of events is shaping up something like this:


10:00 a.m. - Fellowship in Excelsior Gym – Slide Show

11:00 a.m. - Program begins in Gym  

Opening Prayer

National Anthem with Excelsior 8th Grade entering with Flags

Pledge of Allegiance

Benny Russell – Excelsior School Board President

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison

Colleen Doggett – Shelby County Historical Commission

Laura Harris – Excelsior Timeline

Laura Harris - Introduction of some of Excelsior’s earliest Students

Present day Excelsior Teachers – Alice Howard  ~  Mila Smith ~ Alyson Porter

Benny Russell – Remarks & Recognitions

At this time, we will gather at the front entrance of the school for the unveiling of the marker.

David Chadwick – Mayor of Center - Historical Commission

Presentation of the Historical Marker

Closing Prayer

Ringing of the bell



Food Truck available for purchasing lunch

Tables for lunch in historic, 1916 White Building (formerly class rooms & cafeteria)

Open Microphone for sharing old memories.





Teacher of the Year








Texas VFW District 19 held its winter meeting this past Saturday, January 12 at VFW Post 3893, Nacogdoches.  Virginia Fischer who teaches at the Roughrider Academy and family joined us for lunch and the awards ceremony.  Virginia was selected as the District 19 Teacher of the Year, grades 9-12.  Those in the photos l-r; VFW Post 8904 Commander Gene Hutto, Auxiliary Chaplain Joy Hutto, Auxiliary Sr. Vice Mary Fausett; Virginia’s son-in-law Michael Grimes, mother-in-law Barbara Fischer, daughter Starla, Virginia with plaque, daughter Molly Grimes, Auxiliary Secretary Beverly Langford and State of Texas Chief of Staff Terry Contella who made the presentation.





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