The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series will be held in Center Texas July 20th - 23rd.
Schedule of Events:
Friday - July 20
1:00 Team Check-in at Windham Civic Center
Welcome Bags - Host Families
Hotel Keys if possible
3:00 - Team Games at Center Park
6:00 - Team Meal
7:30 - Opening Ceremonies
9:00 - Fireworks Show following Opening Ceremonies
Saturday - July 21
8:00 - Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
7:00 Team Bonding: Pizza and Movie Night at Windham Civic Center
Sunday - July 22
10:00 Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
3:00 - Team Bonding: Fun Day at Portacool Park 3:00 - 9:00
7:00 - Team Meal: Hamuburgers/Hotdogs/Chips/Drink at Portacool Park
Monday - July 23
8:00 - Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
Host Families, Team Check-in, Hospitality Tent - Sat, Sun and Mon, Movie Nights and Pizza - Saturday, Fun Dat at the Park - Sunday, T-Shirt Table
We are in need of around 45 Host Families. These families will coordinate with their teams the different activities that are planned. A Host Family would decorate their team's table for the opening ceremony and make up some goody bags for them to have. A Host Family is encouraged to do anything that would make their team feel welcomed.
The rain was a nice change as was the cooler weather over the last week of so. However, reality is that we are still in our Summer months doldrums. The next 10 day forecast is going to reinforce that fact.
Temperatures: Mid to upper 90's during the day and mid 70's at night.
Heat Indexes: 100 to 105 "feels like" degrees each day. except for Next Friday and Saturday when we will likely have THI's in the Heat Advisory range of 106+
Mostly Sunny with some partly cloudy skies on some days during the 10 day period.
Humidity: 90% and never below 50%+ returns even for our evenings to keep us very warm and sticky.
Earlier today 7-14-18 at around 11:40 a.m. a accident occurred on Tenaha Street in Center, TX right in front of City Hall. The Center Police Department responded along with Allegiance Mobile health formerly known as Ace EMS. There was one injury reported of an adult female who was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. No fatalities reported. The vehicle was towed by a wrecker service. More details to follow as released by local law enforcement.
Thank you to Stephanie Snell for being the emcee for the event and to the judges who were: Meg Camp, Past Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board; David Nix with Denning Animal Rescue; Savannah Christensen, 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen and 2018 National Watermelon Queen, and Hannah Crisp, 2018 Texas Watermelon Queen.
Platinum sponsors for the festival are Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank.
Proceeds raised from the What-A-Melon Festival by the Rotary Club of Center are donated back to various organizations in the community to help fight hunger, provide scholarships, support the youth, and more!
SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one vehicle crash this morning on SH 7, about 10 miles west of Center.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9:30 a.m. on 7-13-18, Troopers were notified of the crash involving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the pickup reportedly fell asleep and drove off the roadway to the left and struck a concrete culvert.
The driver is identified as 30-year-old Bradley Fountain from Center. Fountain was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport by medical helicopter for treatment.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
The victim in a reported drowning incident at Lake Nacogdoches yesterday has been identified.
James Wellington (Jim) Brake, age 87 of Nacogdoches was observed by witnesses entering the west side swimming area of Lake Nacogdoches at about 12:30 pm yesterday. After swimming for a period of time, the witnesses observed him to be in possible distress and he disappeared under water.
The witnesses were able to pull Mr. Brake to shore. An inquest was held at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Kerry Don Williamson. An autopsy has been ordered.
Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attornery, is seeking the removal of J.P Pct. 4 Jenny Hicks. Garry Rholes states that she should be removed from office for engaging in official misconduct as defined in the Texas Local Government Code. According to Rholes she does not keep any kind of office hours, making it impossible to file suits in Pct. 4, such as ecitions suits, making it impossible for people to make any disposition of any traffic citations issued to them and leaving citizens no means to regain the right to renew their licenses even after complying with all requirements to do so. The basic lack of a J. P. Pct. 4 is a hardship on private citizens, other judges and law enforcement.
Tournament Projected to Have Large Economic Impact
CENTER, Texas (June 22, 2018) – The Dixie Regional World Series tournament will be in Center, Texas, from Friday July 20 through Monday July 23, and is projected to have a huge economic impact in this town with 6,000 population.
“We are expecting 40 teams to participate in the World Series,” said Jason Mitchell, Center’s Recreation Director, “and these teams are coming from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.” Each team will average 12 players and with family members this should translate into nearly 2,000 visitors for the World Series weekend. The impact will affect area retailers and hotels. “We expect this tournament will require at least 400 hotel rooms. We have been told that teams are already booking hotels in Carthage and Nacogdoches.”
“A large tourist event, such as this is a great economic opportunity for our community,” explained Center Mayor David Chadwick. The dollars that a visitor brings is spent here, then circulated several more times in town. “We could easily see a quarter of a million dollars of economic impact from the tournament weekend. So, it is very important that our guests are encouraged to spend at locally owned businesses.” Local businesses have an opportunity to advertise in the Tournament program book or by sponsoring tournament events. All sponsors and advertisers will be featured on the Tournament App.
According to local restaurant owner Rose Specter, the mid-summer was one of their slowest times before the City started recruiting tournaments. “We definitely went from losing money during those months to making money. Every year our sales gets better with the tournaments.” To facilitate communication and information, the World Series will have a mobile app. Simply download the Attendify app and search for DYB to stay current on this event.
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should visit the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936/590-7196.
Colorado Springs, CO – The NJCAA National Baseball team has announced its 25-man roster for the 84th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series. Guided by Tyler (TX) head coach Doug Wren, the team will make the trek to Wichita, KS August 1-11.
A roster of 13 pitchers, two catchers, five infielders, four outfielders, and one utility player will take on top talent from around the world. 20 different NJCAA schools are represented from 10 different states and all three divisions.
Members of this year's roster include the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA DII Baseball Player of the Year Brandon Parker of Mississippi Gulf Coast, 2018 Spalding® NJCAA DI Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Michael Lawson of Panola (TX), and 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA DIII Player of the Year Taylor Broadway of Tyler. 14 players on the roster have committed to four-year programs that inclue the likes of Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. 11 players on this year's team recently concluded their freshman season at their NJCAA program.
Panola led the way with three selections: Lawson of Conroe, TX, Jarret Whorf of Winnsboro, TX, and Kade Clemens of Gilmer, TX; while Howard (TX), Santa Fe (FL), and Tyler will each send two representatives.
Wren takes over the program after serving as an assistant in 2016. The four-time NJCAA World Series champion will be assisted by Ryan Cougill of Yavapai (AZ) and Sam Temple of Hinds (MS). Joe Bauth, the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association president will serve as the general manager while Tyler Eddy McGuire has been tapped as the team's athletic trainer.
The NBC World Series will be held at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium which has hosted the event since 1935. The NJCAA team finished fourth in 2016 with a 3-1 record and was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Team.
The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas (NFGT) is pausing revision of its Land and Resource Management Plan.
The document, commonly referred to as the Forest Plan, provides overall direction for the use and management of the forest and is typically revised on a 15-20 year cycle.
Over the past year, U.S. Forest Service staff have held public meetings and worked with partners to conduct an assessment of current conditions and trends. The assessment will be finalized and made available to the public and will serve as a starting point when the revision process is resumed. The NFGT will notify all publics and partners well in advance of resuming the revision process.
Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor said he is thankful to the individuals, partners and communities who have contributed to the assessment.
“We value their input and collaboration and will continue to work with our public, stakeholders and the state on land management activities on the NFGT,” Taylor said.
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met this morning 7-11-18 at around 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse. This meeting was their regular meeting so it opened with a prayer. The prayer was lead by Center Broadcasting Company News Director Justin Mott, Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison lead the pledges to the American and Texas Flags. The meeting then officially began.
1. The Court approved the minutes of the June 6, 2018 Special meeting, June 13, 2018 Regular meeting, June 20, 2018 Special meeting and June 27, 2018 Special meeting.
2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.
3. They approved the current payroll.
4. They approved the Officers Report.
5. No Public comments on Agenda item.
6. They discussed and approved the County Treasurer to add another phone line for her office.
Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell
7. They discussed and took action on approving the renewal of Texas Association of Counties group health insurance for the 2019 plan year.
8. They discussed and approved participation in the TexPool Investment Pool.
9. They approved the Resolution Authorizing Participation in the TexPool Investment Pool and Designating Authorized Representatives.
10. Bobbie McDaniel was scheduled to address Commissioners’ Court about the Flag at the Sheriff’s Office, she did not make meeting. The Court still discussed the issue of the flag at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office not being seen at all angles and possible courses of action from cutting down a tree to moving the flag pole. After discussing the issue they took no action on it at this time.
Austin, Texas – This week, members of the Texas Press Association (TPA) named Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) a 'Champion of Transparency'.
"I am grateful to TPA for this honor. I believe local newspapers are an essential form of communication all over Texas, but especially in East Texas," said Senator Nichols. "I have and will continue to stand behind and support the needs of the newspapers within Senate District 3."
Senator Nichols was honored for his work in ensuring there is transparency in government by providing Texans with access to governmental meetings and records. As well as ensuring public notices, which are required of governmental bodies, are made available in newspapers.
"The Texas Press Association is proud to name Sen. Robert Nichols a Champion of Transparency for 2017-18. He is a staunch defender of the public's right to know about the activities and intentions our government," said Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association Executive Vice President. "His votes in the Texas Senate and his advocacy for citizens dealing with state agencies are impactful. Texas is well-served to have such an effective voice for transparency and accountability in the Legislature."
First elected to the Texas Senate in 2007, Robert Nichols represents 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.
In the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman for the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance, Administration, and Business and Commerce Committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and is serving his third term on the Sunset Advisory Commission.
The Texas Press Association is the voice of the state's newspaper industry. The association promotes the welfare of Texas newspapers, encourages higher standards of journalism, and plays an important role in protecting the public's right to know as an advocate of First Amendment liberties. TPA is one of the nation's oldest and largest newspaper trade associations, representing more than 450 newspapers across the state.
AUSTIN -- The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,230 original drilling permits in June 2018 compared to 1,305 in June 2017. The June total included 1,062 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 13 to re-enter plugged well bores and 155 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued June 2018 included 342 oil, 67 gas, 742 oil or gas, 55 injection, five service and 19 other permits.
Occurring to the Center Police Department officer Brian Wright, there was a wreck that occurred this past Saturday 7-10-18 in Center, TX. Around 8:26 a.m. a wreck happened at the intersection of Hurst Street and Foster Street, next to Napa Auto Parts store. A Ford Escape was traveling on north bound on 96 when in hit a Pontiac who faild to yield the right of way, which knocked the Pontiac into a ditch. The driver of the Ford Escape was identified as Damaseno Benitez-Hernandez. Rita Corbell was identified as the driver of the Pontiac no injuries or fatalities occurred during the wreck.
The 29th Annual What-A-Melon festival is rolling into downtown Center, Texas starting July 12th for 3 days of fun in the sun! The three days of festivities, July 12th, 13th, and 14th is looking for participants to join in and help make this the best What-A-Melon Festival ever. Platinum sponsors for the festival are Farmers State Bank, Toledo-Bend.com, and Shelby Savings Bank.
Entry into the festival is $5 per button and admission buttons are good all three days of the festival. Children five and under get in free. Arm bands are available each night of the festival for rides and are $20. Arm band hours are Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm and Friday/Saturday 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
The What-A-Melon Festival's biggest attraction, the Largest Watermelon Contest, is Thursday evening and the winning melons will be on display for festival visitors to see and have photos made with this year's largest watermelons! The weigh-in will be July 12th at 5pm under the big tent. Come see who will take home the big prize money!
The Pet Show will be held Friday, July 13th at 6pm. Sign up is at 5:30pm to enter your favorite pet. Be sure to wow the judges by adding a little watermelon style to your pet's stage presence.
Reed Barton, a singer/songwriter from Burleson, Texas will take to the stage Friday at 8:30pm. Come out and enjoy a finger lickin' mix of classic country and classic rock music and welcome Barton to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival!
The What-A-Melon Fun Run/5K will jump start Saturday's activities at 7am. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Shelby County Cancer Fund. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Farmer's State Bank downtown.
The fan favorites - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest is set for 3pm Saturday under the big tent! Come out and demonstrate your watermelon seed spitting skills along with who can down their melon slice the fastest!
The What-A-Melon Pageant is Saturday evening from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Come see the contestants take to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire!
Last but certainly not least, a Shelby County favorite, Zach Mason and the Jars will be performing on stage under the big tent Saturday evening at 8pm and will close out all the festival activities with a great live performance that fans won't forget!
The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club. Additional sponsors who make the festival possible are (Gold Sponsors) City of Center; Focused Care of Center; (Silver Sponsors) Center Glass; R&D Distributors; Citizens Bank; Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative; ACE Hardware; Kyle Coffin, DDS; Coral Cactus; Texas Credit; (Bronze Sponsors) Toledo Automotive / NAPA; Sandy Wheeler State Farm; and Tammy Steptoe Realty. Be sure to thank all the festival sponsors.
Proceeds raised from the What-A-Melon Festival by the Rotary Club of Center are donated back to various organizations in the community to help fight hunger, provide scholarships, support the youth, and more! Through the years the club has made pledges which have helped construct the John D. Windham Civic Center, the Center Baseball Park, and the Center Softball Park.
About A Week Ago by Fannie Brown Booth Library
The last program for the Fannie Brown Booth Library's 2018 Summer Reading/Learning Program will be Tuesday, July 10th, at 10:30 a.m. Magician Julian Franklin will present his magical show for all ages. The Library has had a summer full exciting programs and events and Mr. Franklin's show will be no different. Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.
Alvin Jerome Davis II stole a vehicle in Shelby County from Center, TX this past Sunday evening 7-8-18. According to DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson, Davis fled to Mansfield, LA after allegedly being involved in a sexual assault.
Once in Mansfield Davis invaded two homes and ending up running away on foot. Law enforcement began to chase after him in the city of Mansfield. During the investigation the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's office received a call of a stalled Semi-Truck and trailer in the roadway. Once Deputies arrived at the truck and tried to talk to the driver he fled the scene in the Semi-Truck with a trailer in tow.
The driver later identified as Davis traveled north bound in the sound bound lanes on Interstate 49. Multiple times spikes where deployed to stop the vehicle, eventually Davis exited the Interstate and the Truck he was driving came to rest in a residential area on a dead end street.
After approximately 30 minutes of negotiation between him and law enforcement, officers used multiple different non-lethal ammo along with gas. Davis finally exited the vehicle and began to run away on foot before being caught by a K9. Davis is currently in custody at the Caddo Detention Center.
This is what to expect over the next week or so weather wise. Somewhat lower actuals in our temperatures. But, also a little less wind to help cool us off. And, the Humidity will keep the "Feels Like" at 5-8 degrees warmer than the actuals. The even better news being that there are more rain chances in the forecast even though fairly scattered T-storms.
Frontier Days was bigger and better this year, than last year featuring a variety of different events. Center Broadcasting Company did a live radio remote coverage of the event on Saturday 7-7-18. We also did interviews with people at the event. Video coverage and a link to our picture gallery is below.
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of July, 2018 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 minutes of the June 6, 2018 Special meeting, June 13, 2018 Regular meeting, June 20, 2018 Special meeting and June 27, 2018 Special meeting.
2. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
3. Approve current payroll.
4. Approve Officers Report.
5. Public comments on Agenda item.
6. Discuss and possibly approve the County Treasurer to add another phone line for her office.
7. Discuss and take action on approving the renewal of Texas Association of Counties group health insurance for the 2019 plan year.
8. Discuss and possibly approve participation in TexPool Investment Pool.
9. Approve Resolution Authorizing Participation in the TexPool Investment Pool and Designating Authorized Representatives.
10. Bobbie McDaniel to address Commissioners’ Court about the Flag at the Sheriff’s Office.
On July 5th, 2018 at approximately 10:23 a.m the Center Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive person on Sampson Street. Upon arrival, officers found 27 year old Brakia Rashad Roland of Center, Texas deceased. Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Mike Crouch arrived on scene for the inquest along with the Community Funeral Home. The deceased man was taken to Tyler, Texas for an autopsy with results pending at this time. This case has been ruled a homicide and is still currently under investigation.
More to follow as it is released by law enforcement.
The Center Water Utility is experiencing lower system pressures this morning. A water plant line repair initiated yesterday is taking longer than anticipated leaving the Pinkston Plant off line since early yesterday morning and resulting in lower than usual tank levels that control system pressure. The work is being completed and system should return to normal levels of operation later this evening. No system health notices are issued at this time but will be should pressures drop to the point they would be required.
The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently made a donation to the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center. Funds were raised by the group during the month of December through their annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. Xi Alpha Delta Rho supports several local organizations that benefit the children of Shelby County each year through their fundraiser.
After director Denise Merriman, pictured, gave the group an overview of what all The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center does for our community's children and their families, a check was presented by president Anna Stuever.
Tropical Depression Two formed on Thursday morning from a tropical wave traversing the waters of the central tropical Atlantic, midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles Islands. Update: At 2:30 pm EDT Thursday, the National Hurricane Center upgraded TD2 to Tropical Storm Beryl based on satellite data, with top sustained winds estimated at a minimal 40 mph. Beryl is the second tropical storm of the Atlantic season, but it is expected to weaken back to a tropical wave by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles Islands on Sunday. The Hurricane Hunters are not scheduled to investigate Beryl until Sunday, since the storm is too far from any land bases for the aircraft to fly out of.
Satellite images early Thursday afternoon showed that Beryl was a small storm, with only a small amount of heavy thunderstorms.
Update on the man who was trapped under the tractor on July 2nd. Watson & Sons Funeral home has confirmed that Gerald David Estes died as a result of injuries he sustained in a tractor accident. Estes was a retired Texas State Trooper and ran Shady Oaks Grocery for many years.
Thursday July 5th: Gospel Concert at 6:30 at First Baptist Church Timpson.
Calvary Boys, Calvary Boys Trio, Broken Vessels, and Paul's Journey. Great line up. Also the carnival will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Friday July 6th: Carnival open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. entertainment on stage downtown. Legal Limit will open for Curtis Daniels starting at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 7th: Parade and carnival will begin at 10:00 a.m. After parade from the stage salute to flag and National Anthem. Introduction of guests. We will have the car, truck & motorcycle show on Austin St. beginning after the opening ceremonies. Also the pet show and bicycle decorating will be held immediately after ceremonies down under the tent at the end of the street. Pea shelling contest will be at 2:00 p.m. down under the tent at the end of the street. Clown with balloon art will be there until 4:00 p.m. Puppet show 2 to 3 times during the day. Food and craft vendor's will be there all three days. Evening entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. Followed by a short piano concert by Cozette. Then Nickel Draft will open for Bonamy immediately following Cozette. Our cake auction will begin at 8:00 p.m. following Nickle Draft. We also will have a petting zoo that will be open at 10:00 a.m. Just a good fun day, seeing all those folks you don't get to see that often and visiting in the downtown area like we use to do.
Sunday July 8th: We will have an evening service under the big tent starting at 6:00.
Armbands are good from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Timpson Public Library for @$15:00. Will be $18:00 on site.
Armband good for one night only.
Pre-sale Gospel Concert tickets are available at Timpson Public Library, First Baptist Church, Timpson, and Kings Nursery in Tenaha they are $8:00 pre-sale and $10.00 at door. You could not begin to see a concert like this anywhere else for that amount of money. Hope to see you all there.
Please come out and join us for lots of fun, good food, crafts and great entertainment on our stage. There is no charge for the entertainment nor is there a gate charge to get in.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers apprehended a felony suspect who fled from Nacogdoches County law enforcement in a Dodge pickup on 7-3-18.
The preliminary information indicates at about 3 p.m., State Troopers located the suspect and he again began fleeing from law enforcement. The driver, identified as Draden Copeland, 31, from Garrison, was taken into custody on FM 95, just south of County Route 280.
Copeland was released to deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department.
SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle crash this morning 7-3-18 on US 96, just north of CR 3774. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 11:30 a.m., a 2008 Jeep SUV was traveling south on US 96 when the driver reportedly went to sleep, crossed over the center of the roadway and struck a 2015 Ford SUV in the driver side.
The driver of the Jeep is identified as 72-year-old Lynda Huebel, from Shelbyville. Huebel was not reportedly injured during the crash. The driver of the Ford is identified as 45-year-old Sharon Ray, from Hemphill. Ray was transported to a Center hospital for treatment.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
Earlier today at approximately 11:30 a.m. on 96 North a two vehicle accident happened a few miles outside of Center, TX. The Center Fire Department, DPS officers, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and ambulance services arrived also. No fatalities reported on scene, however person(s) with injuries were taken to the hospital. More information to follow as is released from law enforcement.
The Shelby county appraisal district does not have phone service at this time. It is unknown when our phones will be working again. We believe the lines were damaged from a house fire on Shelbyville street.
The Center Fire department responded to a house fire earlier this morning 7-3-18 at around 5 a.m. at Shelbyville Street & Center Street in Center, TX. The home was a total loss, however they did keep the fire from spreading.
About Three Weeks Ago by Shelby County Sheriff's Office
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a report of criminal mischief that occurred between the evening hours on June 29 and early morning hours on June 30, 2018 at the Smith Cemetery on CR 3153 in Center.
Suspects appeared to have connected part of the fencing to a vehicle and peeled approximately 150 feet of fence from its setting. The damage occurred on both sides of the roadway. A total of 300 feet of fencing was damaged. The cemetery gate was also ripped from the fence.
The initial investigation revealed the tire tracks were from a dually type of vehicle.
If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936.598.5601.
About Three Weeks Ago by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to acknowledge one of our patrol officers for his recent actions that went beyond the call of duty, though the officer says that his actions are nothing more than what he signed up for.
In October of 2017, Deputy Chris Davis was presented with an opportunity to sign up for the "Be The Match" program at the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Regional Training Academy. Be The Match is a program for cancer patients in need to be matched with potential donors who are willing to participate in bone marrow transplants, blood stem cells, and other methods that can help save a life. Most never receive a call, but Davis was recently notified that a patient was in need of Peripheral Blood Stem Cells to which he was a valid match for. This process would consist of taking medication by injection for 5 days prior to the donation date, called Filgrastm, which causes the body to increase white blood cells and produce peripheral blood stem cells. Davis would then have to be admitted into the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, TX, where he would spend the day in a chair with an IV in each arm. This may not seem like a task that anyone would willingly agree to, but with the blessing of Sheriff Richardson and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Davis was quickly on the road to saving a life.
Deputy Chris Davis is back home, on patrol here in DeSoto Parish, and says that his actions were merely an opportunity that he'd gladly do all over again. Be The Match is not a new program for the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office to participate in as they have held bone marrow drives with employee participation in the past. Sheriff Richardson says "When Chris asked to take off from work to go do this, our answer was absolutely. We are very proud of him for accepting the call and we encourage others in public service to consider the difference they can make in someone else's life."
To find out how you can get involved go BeTheMatch.org to volunteer. Your decision could make the difference in someone else's life.
ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested two suspects on felony drug charges following a June 30 traffic stop on US 59. The preliminary information indicates at approximately 12:15 p.m., a State Trooper stopped a 2008 Chrysler passenger car for a traffic violation. While contacting the driver, 28-year-old Jahadi Davis from Shreveport, the Trooper
suspected drugs were in the vehicle. A DPS canine was notified and alerted to the presence of drugs. A search of the trunk revealed approximately eight and a half pounds of marijuana, more than one pound of a controlled substance in pill form and more than 50 grams of controlled substance in liquid form.
Davis and a passenger identified as 27-year-old Brandon Player from Houston were taken into custody and transported to the Angelina County Jail. Davis was also wanted out of Montgomery County Texas for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Davis and Player were reportedly traveling from Houston to Louisiana.
No additional information is available at this time.