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Man Shot in Shelby County


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Saturday, October 14, 2017 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division received a call in reference to a deceased individual located at a residence on County Road 1470 in Center. The victim was identified as an Austin Underbrink, 24, of Center. The victim appeared to have succumbed to injuries sustained from a gunshot.  Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Melissa Crouch performed the inquest and an autopsy was ordered.
 
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Underbrink was shot and killed by a juvenile subject. The juvenile subject was located by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in Tenaha and taken into custody.
 
The juvenile subject received magistrate warning by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Melissa Crouch. The juvenile subject was released to Juvenile Probation.  This case is still under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
 
No further information is available at this time.
 
Leah Chase
 
SCSO Media Information
 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 17th day of October, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  
 
 
 

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Election Notices


 

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioner Resigns


 

 
Stanley Jackson San Augustine County Commissioner Precinct 1, resigned last week on October 5th, for personal reasons, according to Judge Sammy Johnson.
 
 
 

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Tree on Fire FM 2140 - UPDATE


 

 
Update:
 
Ealier today October 16, 2017 at approximately 7:30 a.m. there was a tree that caught fire on FM 2140 the Center Fire Department and Shelbyville fire departments quickly responded.  The fire was put out and the Center Fire Department returned to the station at 8:50 a.m. this morning.  

 

 

According to emergency services at aproximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday 10-16-17 a tree caught fire on FM 2140 off 96 South. 
 
 
 
 

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Local Weather Update & Classes


 

*TUESDAY*
 
   76/49 & sunny
   Humidity drops during the day so feels like at actual
 
*WEDNESDAY*
 
   81/54 with slight warming trend, Sunny
 
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The Shreveport NWS has given me 2 dates to choose from for our SkyWarn
Storm Spotter Training and Certification. The class will be BOTH the *Basic
and Advanced* Session combined?. This is *NOT* to train you as storm
chasers...just observers and reporters of severe weather to confirm to the
NWS and Emergency Management when severe weather occurs.
 
The session will run from 5:30pm until 8:30.
 
The dates are:
 
*Monday the 30th of October or Thursday the 2nd of November. *
 
*Please call Tom Johnson at 936 275-7255 or emailme at <tomjohnson1204@sbcglobal.net>omjohnson1204@gmail.com
<omjohnson1204@gmail.com>** with an RSVP so we can be sure to accommodate
everyone interested.*
 
   - I need to have at least 7 to justify their trip. I currently only
   have 3 confirmed to attend. I will know the location of the training once I
   know the number attending.
 
   - It has been a while since we have hael one here in San Augustine. We
   have had a number of changes in our first responders, feet on the street,
   and we need to be part of the Weather Ready Nation(WRN).
 
   Our emergency first responders like fire departments, law enforcement,
   ambulance services, ham operators, emergency coordinators, electric, gas,
   and water personnel are the prime audience as they are the feet on the
   street during severe weather related emergencies. The Storm Spotter
   training will be open to all who wish to participate
   so if you have a friend, family member, or someone from a surrounding
   County, please extend an invitation.
 
 

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Thank You Letter From the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Poultry Festival Chairman,
Josh Payne, Steering Committee, Ambassadors, Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young
Ambassador students and volunteers for making this year's festival a great success.
A wonderful crowd enjoyed the great weather of the weekend, vendor booths and carnival.
Please mark your calendars to join us for next year!
 
 

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Head Start Fire Day Interview


 

 

 

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Commissioner Christian Visits Midland/Odessa


 

Midland - Commissioner Wayne Christian (R -Texas) wrapped up a three-day 
trip to Midland/Odessa, where he visited with local Railroad Commission staff; checked
out the Fasken Oil & Ranch water recycling operations; and toured the Odessa College
Electronic Technology program.
 
"I always enjoy getting out to our district offices, visiting with staff, and learning
about unique challenges faced by both staff and industry across the state," said
 Commissioner Christian. "The Railroad Commission is more than just three elected
officials making decisions in Austin. It is an agency of hundreds of hardworking
 men and women across the state, fighting to ensure Texas remains both prosperous
and environmentally safe."
 
While in Midland, Christian toured Fasken Oil & Ranch's water recycling operations
with RRC's Midland Oil & Gas District District Director Craig Pearson. Christian
 saw firsthand why the company won the Chairman's Stewardship award at the Interstate
Oil and Gas Compact Commission earlier this month.
 
Additionally, Christian spent time touring Odessa College's Electronic Technology
program, discussing his energy education and workforce development initiative and
learning about the unique opportunities available through their programs.
"The Permian Basin is ground zero for the new energy renaissance the United States
is seeing, and operators out here are leading the world in innovation and technology,"
continued Christian. "It is essential that we continue to train the next generation
of our workforce to ensure we are able to take full advantage of the jobs and economic
growth that come with the next oil and gas boom."

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J & B SAUSAGE COMPANY, INC. RECALLS FULLY COOKED SHREDDED BEEF PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN MATTER CONTAMINATION


 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2017– J & B Sausage Company, Inc., doing business as J Bar B Foods, a Waelder, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 12,816 pounds of fully cooked shredded beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 
 
The Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded Beef with BBQ Sauce items, were produced under the H-E-B label on Sept. 16, 2017.  The following products are subject to recall: 
       
28-oz. trays of H-E-B Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded Beef with BBQ sauce with a use by date of Dec. 15 2017.
16-oz trays of H-E-B Fully Cooked Smoked Seasoned Shredded Beef with BBQ sauce with a use by date of Dec. 15 2017.
 
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 7066” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Texas.
                                  
The problem was discovered on October 11, 2017, when J Bar B Foods received notification from their consignee that a consumer complaint had been received regarding foreign material, specifically plastic, in the product. 
 
There have been no confirmed reports of injury or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury should contact a healthcare provider.  
 
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
 
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. 
 
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Bonnie Hyman, consumer representative, at (830) 788-7511.  Media with questions about the recall can contact Jim Williams, company president, at (830) 788-7511.
 
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
 
 

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Joaquin City Meetings


 

 

Joaquin City Council Meeting: 

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday October 17, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary– Update- GLO procurement Grant funds.
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update – Operator Qualification Training.
d. Water Department
Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on adoption of official paper of the City of Joaquin.
8. Discussion & Council Action on selection of nomination to Shelby County Appraisal District board of directors.
9. Discussion & Council Action on adoption of GLO-CDR Procurement policy.
10. Discussion & Council Action on consideration of possible rental of City owned building (Steve Hughes Drive)
11. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a. Public Works Employees- Personnel Review & Possible Merit Pay Adjustment.
12. Discussion and Council Action on Hiring of Temporary Part-Time Public Works Worker
13. Adjournment.
 
 
Joaquin Economic Development Corportation Meeting:
 
 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board discussion & possible approval of 2018 marketing and promotional materials.
4. Board discussion & possible approval of increased allocation for road worker expense.
5. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
6. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
7. Adjourn.
 
 
Joaquin Publice Safety Corporation Meeting:
 
The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, October 17, 2017
at 6:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board discussion and possible approval of 2018 marketing & promotional materials.
4. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
5. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
6. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meetings, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 

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San Augustine Chamber Meeting


 

The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce will have a membership meeting on October 17,2017 at 12:00.  Imogene's Cafe and Baked Goods will be the Business of the Month and El Jiro will Cater the meal.  Linda Goller will be our speaker of the month and she will give us all a History lesson on Sassafras!  Please come join us!
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Special Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 18th day of October, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Community Room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses and approve current payroll.
 
 
2. Adjourn.
 
 

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Today's News 10-13-17 Evening Edition


 

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Local Weather Update


 
 - A strong dome of HIGH pressure is the current system that is sitting
   over us. it will keep us Dry and cause a Continued warming back up into the
   90's again trend at least through Sunday.
 
   - Late day Sunday a cold front LOW will drop in and put us back in the
   more normal October temperatures like we have had the last couple of days
   with highs in the 70's and lows in the upper 50's & low 60's during the
   evenings.
 
   - NO RAIN. We are on the tail end of the LOW's Trough with nothing to
   trigger moisture to fall.
   - Increasing drought conditions, but TAME winds will not exacerbate the
   drying conditions.
 
   - TROPICALS - None. No development in the Atlantic or off the African
   Coast is shown in the Atlantic and Ophelia is way away from US and moving
   into Central, North Atlantic's cold waters.
   - *Be Sure to stay hydrated! Its drier than you think!*
   - *Take care of your pets, plants, and check on neighbors and look in on
       our elderly.*
 
  *Please use extra caution in any outdoor burning as the drying
   conditions continue to worsen.*
 

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Today's News 10-13-17


 

 

 

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Sheriff Willis Blackwell Investigation Report


 
 
This information was obtained in accordance with the freedom of information act, with proper written approval.  
 
According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Ranger Travis Brazil Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell is under investigation for the criminal charge of Abuse of Official Capacity.  
 
On 1-2-16, Texas Ranger Travis Brazil was contacted by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Shedrick Sparks about allegations he received concerning Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell.  Blackwell had reported used the SCSO Mobile Command Center trailer for personal use on his deer lease.  The deer lease was in Panola County and the trailer at the time was not at the SCSO.  
 
On 1-12-16, Ranger Brazil was contacted by Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison about the allegations against Sheriff Blackwell.  The County Auditor had traveled to Sheriff Blackwell’s deer lease and photographed the trailer being used on the lease.  Judge Harbison expressed her desire for the allegations against Blackwell to be investigated. 
 
On 1-13-16, Texas Ranger Brazil was contacted by Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes, who informed him that Sheriff Blackwell also allegedly used the county owned utility vehicle for personal use.
 
On 1-13-16, Ranger Brazil was also contacted by Shelby County District Attorney Ken Florence.  Ranger Brazil presented the information that he had collected to D.A Florence, who then requested that the Texas Rangers investigate the allegations of Abuse of Official Capacity by Sheriff Blackwell.  D.A Ken Florence provided a letter stating he would seek an indictment and would prosecute any violations of Texas criminal law determined by the investigation.  
 
On 3-9-16 approval to conduct the investigation was authorized by Assistant Director of the Texas Rangers Chief Randall Prince.  On 3-23-16 at about 9:58 a.m., Texas Ranger Ron Duff received an email from Ranger Lieutenant Robert Smith indicating Ranger Duff was assigned to conduct the investigation regarding the allegations against Sheriff Blackwell.  
 
On 3-28-16 Ranger Duff conducted interviews with Chief Deputy Sparks who state that “The trailer had been used previously at some of the local festivals.  Sheriff Blackwell wanted to take the trailer to the deer lease for a fish fry in 2015.”  According to Sparks “the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office never had a meeting in 2015 at the deer lease, but the trailer remained at the deer lease.”   Chief Sparks was told by Blackwell that he had utilized some pipe recovered by SCSO.  Sparks also stated that “Deputy Roy Bailey had taken the trustees to the deer lease.”  
 
Chief Sparks went on to explain that the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office had been awarded a black Jeep in a Federal Investigation, and the Jeep was kept at Sheriff Blackwell’s residence.  In addition, he also kept a Mule (UTV) and trailer to haul the UTV, which belonged to the SCSO.  According to Deputy Sparks the Jeep was kept at Blackwell’s residence because it was used for undercover work and that keeping it there kept the inmates from recognizing it.  According to Deputy Sparks County Auditor Clint Porterfield had asked where these items were, and they were brought back to the SCSO.  Sparks reported the pipe utilized at the deer lease had been stored at the SCSO.  He was not aware how the pipe arrived at the deer lease.
  
On 3-28-16 Texas Ranger Duff interviewed SCSO Deputy Bailey.  According to Deputy Bailey he drove his county issued vehicle to the deer lease to mow around the SCSO Mobile Command Center trailer.  Deputy Bailey recalled carrying two or three inmates with him, along with two riding lawn mowers, a push mower, and weed eater all on a trailer, all of which belonged to the SCSO.  Deputy Bailey said, “He was instructed to perform this work by Sheriff Blackwell.”   Deputy Bailey went to the deer lease at least twice to mow and the third time he visited he brought two inmates and a blue Miller Bobcat welding machine to tack weld some pipe.  They welded some pipe that was already at the Sheriff’s deer lease.  Deputy Bailey was instructed by Sheriff Blackwell to carry out this task.
 
Deputy Bailey recalled mowing the grass at Sheriff Blackwell’s residence sometime after Sheriff Blackwell had back surgery.  Deputy Bailey was instructed by the Sheriff to mow the grass at his residence.  Deputy Bailey used the same county lawn mowers and equipment that he had at Blackwell’s deer lease.  Bailey noted that the SCSO Mule was at Blackwell’s residence at that time.  On another occasion Deputy Bailey went to Blackwell’s residence to collect the seized black Jeep and get it inspected.  Deputy Bailey said” His understanding was the Jeep was kept at Sheriff Blackwell’s residence because it was utilized for undercover investigations.
 
Texas Ranger Duff was currently a Patrol Sergeant for the SCSO.  Sergeant Barbee stated after Sheriff Blackwell took office in 2013, the SCSO Mobile Command Center trailer was gone from the SCSO for extended periods of time.  In the fall of 2015 Sgt. Barbee noticed that the SCSO had a substantial amount of pipe that belonged to Devon Energy.  The pipe was stored in the SCSO storage facility where the SCSO normally kept evidence.  Sergeant Barbee said” an outside trustee told him he had a long weekend welding for the Sheriff.”  The trustee indicated the pipe being stored at the SCSO was take to Sheriff Blackwell’s deer lease and was utilized for a bridge.  Sergeant Barbee explained Deputy Bailey had transported the trustees to the deer lease, and they used a welding machine in custody of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to do the welding.  Sergeant Barbee said, “he observed the inmates build a hog trap at SCSO for Sheriff Blackwell.”  An inmate was also utilized to work on an ATV at the SCSO for the Shelby County Jail Administrator.  According to Sergeant Barbee Sheriff Blackwell utilized SCSO inmates to check his hog traps.  Sheriff Blackwell and the inmates brought some hogs back from the deer lease and cooked the hogs at the SCSO.  Sergeant Barbee stated inmates told him the SCSO UTV and trailer were also at the Sheriff’s deer lease.
 
On 3-29-17, Texas Ranger Duff interviewed Sheriff Willis Blackwell.  Sheriff Blackwell stated that the SCSO Mobile Command Center Trailer was taken to the deer lease for a SCSO fish fry and meeting.  The trailer stayed at the deer lease for weather.  Sheriff Blackwell admitted to retrieving the trailer from the deer lease and taking it to the Poultry Festival, then taking it back to his deer lease.
  
Sheriff Blackwell stated 14 or 15 pieces of pipe were recovered for Devon Energy and stored at the SCSO.  The pipe was magnetized and could not be sold.  According to Sheriff Blackwell, Devon Energy did not want the pipe, so they used it around the SCSO.  He admitted to taking six or seven pipe joints to his deer lease to use in the construction of a bridge across a creek and using inmates to weld it.  He admitted to using a welding machine from SCSO that was abandoned property.  Sheriff Blackwell admitted Deputy Bailey utilized a County vehicle and trailer to haul the welding machine to the deer lease.  Sheriff Blackwell explained the reason he took the pipe to the deer lease was because it was in the way at the SCSO and he had been weed eating around it for three years.  
 
Sheriff Blackwell admitted to taking the SCSO Mule to the deer lease and taking inmates with him at the deer lease and killing four hogs.  The hogs were taken back to the SCSO and cooked for the inmates and employees.  Sheriff Blackwell also admitted he kept the SCSO Mule at his residence and the undercover Jeep.  He kept the Jeep there so it would not be seen by inmates.  He also admitted to using inmates to mow his residence.   
 
Sheriff Willis Blackwell consented to take Texas Ranger Duff to his residence to photograph the area.  He also consented for ranger Duff to photograph the equipment at the SCSO.  The investigation has been forwarded to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
 
      
Attached is the Synopsis if you want to read it the last few pages were omitted for containing sensitive information. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 

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Fire Awareness Week Photos


 

 

 

 

 

As part of fire awareness week the Center Fire Department is visiting with different schools in Center to teach the children about fires, and the proper protocol to follow when in one.

 

 

 

 

To see the Photo Gallery Click Here:

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 10-12-17


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 10-11-17


 

 

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Tropical Storm Ophelia Update


 

Tropical Storm *"Ophelia"* is making the most of a lukewarm environment for
classic tropical cyclone development. Sea surface temperatures are
marginal, around 27°C (81°F, or about 2°F above average for this time of
year), with negligible oceanic heat content, and the atmosphere is not
especially moist (mid-level relative humidity around 55%).
 
However, temperatures are unusually cold at upper levels, and this is boosting
atmospheric instability, helping to compensate for the tepid ocean.
Moreover, Ophelia appears to be tucked into a location with less wind shear
than the overall surrounding environment.
 
After a midweek relaxation of steering currents around Ophelia, a stronger
midlatitude trough is expected to begin carting the storm east or
northeast. The GFS and ECMWF operational runs from 0Z Monday suggest that
Ophelia could threaten the Azores this weekend.
 

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Local Weather Update


 

We seem to be caught up in the Fall Doldrums....really unusual weather. and
the next 7-10 days will not be much different.
 
 
   
- *Today* - A little cooler, mostly cloudy, but some PM sun is possible.
   with front will come some 8-12 MPH winds. BUT...81/53 temperatures.
   
- *Wednesday* - mostly clear with North wind at 5 MPH, 81/59
   
- *Thursday* - 87/65 and sunny
   
- *Friday - Saturday - Sunday* - Back to hot and humid as winda return
   from the South and with them comes the Gulf moisture. Highs back into the
   low 90's and upper 60's at night. "feels like" temps....8-10 degrees warmer.
   
- *Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday* of next week returns to more Fall like
   low 80's Mid 50's with winds returning to North and Eastward directions and
   "feels like" will be the actuals.
   
- DID I MENTION....NO RAIN!!!
 
 
 
The Jet Stream is caught up way North of us and in Canada....just nothing
to trigger the moisture for us.
 
 

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Commissioners Court Results


 

 

 

 

At today's Commissioners Court Meeting the officer reports were approved.  New York Life gave a presentation.  Allegiance mobile health gave a presentation.  Two new board member for the Appraisal District Board of Directors were chosen Judge Alison Harbison and Robin Conell. 

 

Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood was allowed to purchase a new vehicle.  They approved the donation of 3 loads of gravel from Longview Asphalt for the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Office in Center.  They reconsider constable and sheriff fees to serve citations and lowered them to $70.  Lastly the court adjourned.  

 

 

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Today's News 10-10-17


 

 

 

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Today's News 10-9-17 with Justin Mott


 

 

 

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Wreck on Shelbyville Street in Center


 

 
 
 
 
Earlier today at approximately 11:11 a.m. a two vehicle wreck occurred on Shelbyville Street in Center. 
 
 
According to the Center Police Department Virgina Lemoine 82 of Center was traveling south on Shelbyville Street in a small black SUV with her husband Julian Rock 82 also of Center as a passenger, when she rear ended a trailer being pulled by a truck driven by Endino Ramirez 41 of Center. 
 
 
 
No fatalities occurred Julian Rock and Virgina Lemonie where transported to the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center with none life threatening injuries.  Emergency forces blockaded the road and a wrecker service hauled away the vehicle.  No citations were given at the scene.  The scene was quickly cleared and traffic resumed.   
 
 
 
 
 

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Closure on University Drive


 

LUFKIN – Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday on FM 1878/Starr Avenue in Nacogdoches that will require a lane closure on University Drive.
 
Weather permitting, Drewery Construction, contractor for the $1.7 million LaNana Creek Bridge replacement, will begin placing beams on Tuesday. An outside southbound lane of University Drive will be closed during this work, which is scheduled to continue through Wednesday.
This construction project includes the replacement of the old LaNana Creek Bridge with a new 160-foot bridge that will have four 11-foot lanes, 5-foot shoulders and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the bridge in order to accommodate foot and bike traffic. Included will be the placement of about 200-foot of new pavement at each end of the bridge.
 
“This closure on University Drive is necessary in the construction process in order to safely set the beams for the new bridge,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “We anticipate the roadway will be confined to one southbound lane both Tuesday and Wednesday. We encourage drivers to reduce their speed and expect delays during peak travel hours.”
The project is on schedule to be completed in early 2018. Detours remain in place through Austin Street/FM 2609. FM 1878/Starr Avenue remains closed to through traffic between BU 59 and FM 1275.
 
The entrance to Pecan Park is not closed, but the existing walking trail beneath the LaNana Creek Bridge is detoured around Wilson Drive and is delineated for easy identification.

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday, the 10TH day of October 2017 at 8:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51, Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:
 
 
 
 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

 
The Center City Council will meet n Regular Session on Moday, October 9th at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Room at Center City Hall. 
 
 
 

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Local Weather Update


 

It does look like the Tropical Storm "NATE" is going to hold the cold front at bay and bring us lots of clouds through Monday. The High pressure system will still reform over us by mid week, but we will likely not see the lows originally forecast due to NATE's fast movement and expected landfall as a Cat 1 Hurricane this weekend in the general area of Louisiana and Florida. The good news is the Cold front has lots of sheer aloft and steering currents at all levels of the atmosphere to keep NATE from developing and slowly dumping rain as it moves across the Eastern and Northern parts of the US. (Graphic below)
 
 
Very little chance for winds or rain more than the normal 6-8 MPH and spot your windshield type of rain if you did not wash your car.
 
 

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Joaquin ISD Incident


 

Joaquin ISD received information regarding an anonymous text message from an unknown number containing a potential threat to the school.  The authorities were contacted and an investigation is being conducted.  Upon initial investigation, it was determined there was no immediate danger to any of your children or Joaquin ISD staff.  The anonymous text was not intended for Joaquin ISD.  Authorities have contacted the out of state school where it was intended.  Thank you for everyone’s quick response and orderly conduct.  We will continue to monitor the situation and take necessary safety measures to keep our students and staff safe.
 
Phil Worsham, Superintendent
Joaquin Independent School District
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 10th of October, 2017 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 the minutes of the September 6, 2017 Workshop meeting, September 11, 2017 Regular meeting, the September 20, 2017 Special meeting, September 20, 2017 Public Hearing, the September 25, 2017 Special meeting and the September 29, 2017 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2. Approve the weekly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items. 
 
5. Jenny Schroeder with New York Life Insurance to give presentation.
 
6. Johnnie Perry to give presentation for Allegiance EMS.
 
7. Nominate two Board Members for the Shelby County Appraisal District.
 
8. Discuss and possibly approve a bid for new vehicle for Constable Pct. 3.
 
9. Approve donation of 3 loads of gravel from Longview Asphalt for the Extension Office parking lot.
 
10.  Reconsider setting Sheriff and Constable Fees for 2018. 
 
11. Adjourn.
 

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Today's News 10-6-17


 

 

 

 

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Local Weather Update


 

   - High Pressure is setting in today and will give drier conditions
    across the region.
 
   - A Cold front(Low) will precede the Tropical Storm now named *"NATE"*.
   The storm is a fast mover and the rain impact will be minimal for the Deep
   East Texas Region as landfall will be Southeastern Louisiana to the Florida
   panhandle. 
 
   - Next week the High pressure system will rebuild and will add to the
   Drought conditions to the North and East portions of Deep East Texas, OK,
   NW & Southern Arkansas, along with NW La as the winds pick up with the dry
   air.
 
   - With Nate will come slightly warmer conditions than forecast earlier
   this week, but still in 70's for highs and low 60's for Lows & with the low
   humidity will come the "feels Like" at actual temperature.
 
 

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Arrest for First Degree Rape in DeSoto


 

 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to inform the public of an arrest for First Degree Rape. 
 
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the molestation of a juvenile following a complaint from a concerned adult.
 
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect had inappropriate contact with a juvenile under the age of 13.  
 
Detectives identified the suspect as Louis Wayne Rutan (W/M - DOB: 05/22/1979) of Stonewall, LA.  He was interviewed by detectives and arrested for First Degree Rape.  At the time of this release, no bond has been set.
 
 

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Poultry Festival Opening Ceremony


 

The opening ceremony of the 2017 East Texas Poultry Festival was held on 10-5-17 at 10 a.m. on the downtown Center city square on the Frances Oates Center stage.  The event was covered live on the Radio on our station KQBB 100.5 FM. 

 

Below is video from the event along with some pictures from opening day.  Stay tuned to our stations, website cbc-radio.com, facebook pages KQBB and Center Broadcasting Company on Facebook for the latest Poultry Festival updates. Also tune in to the General Store today 10-6-17 on KDET 930 AM radio to hear Justin Mott play his harmonica.

 

Opening Ceremony Part 1: 

 

 

Opening Ceremony Part 2:

 

 

Opening Ceremony Part 3:

 

 

 

 

 

Poultry Festival Photo Ablum 1 Opening Day Click Here:

 

 

 

Poultry Festival Photo Ablum 2 Opening Day Click Here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poultry Festival Interviews


 

Josh Payne Poultry Festival Chairman:

 

 

Shelby County Chick:

 

 

 

Danny Foster Center Lions Club:

 

 

 

Shelby County JCC:

 

 

 

Name Rings and More:

 

 

 

Justin Mott:

 

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Road Closure Due to Construction


 

According to Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 1 County Road 1440 will be closed at Irish Creek starting October 6th for approximately 45 days for new concrete bridge to be installed, replacing out dated wooden bridge.

 

 

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Local Weather Update


 

?If you thought *Summer* would never end, especially since we are well into
*Fall*, you will be as happy as I am to tell you by next Thursday we will
have dropped from the 90/65 range to 74/52? range of temperatures. Light
jacket/sweater weather?....Real Football temps!
 
We have an Arctic cold front building and heading in our direction bringing
us a Normal series of Fall temps. We will see some light rain with the
fronts entry into Deep East Texas.
 
 
For the third day in a row, the Atlantic had no named tropical cyclones on
Tuesday. Such a statement wouldn’t seem unusual had it not been for the
turbo-charged period from late August through September. This frenetic
interval produced six hurricanes, including five major hurricanes and four
that reached Category 4 or 5 strength. In Atlantic data going back to 1851,
September set a record for the most amount of accumulated cyclone energy in
any month—175, beating out 155 from September 1926—according to Phil
Klotzbach (Colorado State University).
 
Klotzbach also reports these records set in September:
 
Number of named-storm days:  53.25 (old record 52.25, Sept. 2004)
Number of hurricane days:  40.25 (old record 34.50, Sept. 2006)
Number of major hurricane days:  18 (old record 17.25, Sept. 1961)
 
Each of these tallies includes the total number of days at each strength
level for each storm of the month.
 
 
Light shear, toasty waters means we need to keep a close watch on a
tropical low developing in the caribbean off Honduras. It looks like it
will develop into a named storm as it moves into the warm Gulf and right
now looks to make landfall somewhere between Louisiana and Florida. Global
models have been hinting at this possibility for days, and it’s a
climatologically favored progression.
 
 
I am setting up another SkyWarn Training & Certification class and hope to
have a date from the Shreveport folks today or tomorrow.  The past 2-3
years has involved a number of changes in emergency and first response
personnel in the Deep East Texas area. And, several individuals who could
not attend other sessions we have held have requested the additional
training session to be held. This will be a combined Basic & Advanced
session.
 
A reminder: it is NOT to make you a Storm Chaser. Our emergency
first responders like fire departments, law enforcement, ambulance
services, ham operators, emergency coordinators, electric, gas, and water
personnel are the prime audience as they are the feet on the street during
severe weather related emergencies. The Storm Spotter training will be open
to all who wish to participate from San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Jasper,
Angelina, Nacogdoches and other counties in the Deep East Texas Region. San
Augustine is a good central point for those not local to partake of the
training.

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Poultry Festival Schedule


 

The 2017 East Texas Poultry,Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, will be held on the Downtown Square October 5th, 6th and 7th.
 
The Opening Ceremonies, Sponsored by High Roller Wells, will begin at 10:00am on the Main Stage.  The 2017 Queen and her Court will officially open the Festival with the traditional cutting of the Feathers.  Let the Fun Begin!!
 
Enjoy Entertainment throughout the Festival on the Frances Oates Main Stage, Sponsored by Specter, Inc.
 
Tune in to KQBB 100.5 FM today at 10:00 a.m. for the opening ceremony.
 
The Food Booths Open Daily at 10:00 a.m.  
 
Carnival Arm Bands are $18.
 
The 5K Run, sponsored by Cline's Family Clinic, starts at 7:30 at the Windham Civic Center.  Packets may be picked up at the Chamber offices on Wednesday from 9-5 or at the John C. Rogers Coffee Shop on Thursday 7am - 3pm.   Proceeds from this event will go to providing mammograms at the Health Fair to be held in March 2018.
 
The 4-H/FFA Broiler Show starts at 10:00a.m. on Saturday morning.
 
For all you Chicken Cluckers, the "Strut, Cluck and Crow", competition begins at 5:30 on the Main Stage.  Thank you to Platinum Sponsor, the Light and Champion and Award Sponsor, Payne's Community News.  Start strutting and fluffing your feathers.
 
Fingers crossed you win the Lions Club Jeep.  The Drawing will be held at 6:00p.m. on Saturday.
 
The 4-H and FFA Broiler Show Auction will be held at the Main Stage at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Come support the Youth!
 
New this year
 
Creative Arts Show at the AgriLife Extension Gym includes the Quilt Show, Can-A-Rama, Art, Metal Work and Wood Work from all ages.  The AgriLife Extension Gym is located at the Old Center Elementary School off the downtown square.
 
The Talent Eggstravaganza on the Main Stage, Saturday from 11:30 until 5:30. 
 
Schedule of Events for Thursday:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HIGH ROLLER ANGUS RANKED FIFTH IN ANGUS REGISTRATIONS FOR TEXAS DURING 2017


 

 
High Roller Angus, Center, ranked as fifth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Texas with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2017, which ended Sept. 30, according to Allen Moczygemba, Association chief executive officer.
 
Angus breeders across the nation in 2017 registered 332,421 head of Angus cattle. "Our growth this fiscal year continues to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidifies our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry," Moczygemba says. "These results underscore our members' commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry."
 
 

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Dance Furniture Under New Ownership


 

Dance Furniture in Center now has new owners. Dance Furniture has recently sold to Blake Furniture.  We look forward to new owner's Blake Furniture being a part of our community.

 
 

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Today's News 10-3-17


 

 

 

 

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Suspect Flees Authorities Dies in Chase


 

SHELBY COUNTY – A male who was a suspect in a Shelby County domestic
disturbance case evaded law enforcement Saturday evening and fled to a residence
on CR 3798. After running on foot behind a residence, law enforcement officers
heard a single gunshot from behind the home and soon after discovered the suspect
dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
Shelby County law enforcement officials and Texas Department of Public Safety
(DPS) Troopers attempted to stop the suspect on U.S. 84 at approximately 8 p.m.,
he fled from officers onto U.S. 59, continuing the felony evading until he reached
the residence on CR 3798.
 
The Texas Rangers (DPS) were called to the scene and began an investigation into
the incident. The identity of the suspect is not available for release at this time.
 
No additional information is currently available.

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Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of Las Vegas Victims


 

The U.S President order all U.S flags to be flown at half staff yesterday 10-2-17 in honor of those who passed away in the Las Vegas Shooting.  For the President's full statement: click here

 

 

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2017 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen


 

A New Queen was Crowned at the Coronation held Saturday September 30, 2017 at Center
High School.  1st Runner-Up is Kiersten Turner.  2nd-Runner-Up is Michalla Bryd.
Fourteen young
 
Ladies representing all Shelby County High Schools, their escorts and the Children
of the Court participated in the beautiful event.
 
Thank you to the Sponsors JML Management, Sombreros Mexican Grill & Cantina and 
Wiggins Farms.
 
Thank you to Chris Watlington, Master of Ceremonies for the Evening.
 
A special Thank You to Committee Chairman, Caroline Corbell and her committee: Jesse
Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Sharisse McAdams and Kay Fairchild for the many many hours
of hard work to make all the Pageant activities and the Coronation a success!
 
 
Poultry Festival Schedule:
 
The 2017 East Texas Poultry,Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, will be held on the Downtown Square October 5th, 6th and 7th.
 
The Opening Ceremonies, Sponsored by High Roller Wells, will begin at 10:00am on
 the Main Stage.  The 2017 Queen and her Court will officially open the Festival
 with the traditional cutting of the Feathers.
Let the Fun Begin!!
 
Enjoy Entertainment throughout the Festival on the Frances Oates Main Stage, Sponsored
by Specter, Inc.
 
The Food Booths Open Daily at 10:00 am.  
 
The 5K Run, sponsored by Cline's Family Clinic, starts at 7:30 at the Windham Civic
Center.  Packets may be picked up at the Chamber offices on Wednesday from 9-5 or
at the John C. Rogers Coffee Shop on Thursday 7am - 3pm.   Proceeds from this event
will go to providing mammograms at the Health Fair to be held in March 2018.
 
The 4-H/FFA Broiler Show starts at 10:00a.m. on Saturday morning.
 
For all you Chicken Cluckers, the "Strut, Cluck and Crow", competition begins at
 5:30 on the Main Stage.  Thank you to Platinum Sponsor, the Light and Champion 
and Award Sponsor, Payne's Community News.  Start strutting and fluffing your feathers.
 
Fingers crossed you win the Lions Club Jeep.  The Drawing will be held at 6:00p.m.
on Saturday.
 
The 4-H and FFA Broiler Show Auction will be held at the Main Stage at 7:00 p.m.
 on Saturday.  Come support the Youth!
 
New this year
Creative Arts Show at the AgriLife Extension Gym includes the Quilt Show, Can-A-Rama,
Art, Metal Work and Wood Work from all ages.
 
The Talent Eggstravaganza on the Main Stage, Saturday from 11:30 until 5:30.  The
AgriLife Extension Gym is located at the Old Center Elementary School off the downtown
square.
 
 

 

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Today's News 10-2-17


 

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 9-29-17


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Monday, October 2, 2017
 at 10: 30 a.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Discussion and Council Action on possible addition of temporary part–time Public Works staff.
3. Adjournment.  

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DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program


 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish Area.
 
George R. Gilchrist of Nacogdoches, Tx. Gilchrist is wanted for Residential Contractor Fraud.
Gilchrist is described as a white male, 5’11” tall and weighing 250lbs. Gilchrist is 32 years of age. 
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956. Capt. James Clements 

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Today's News 9-28-17


 

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Weather Update


The weak cold front is just beginning to pass thru the area with a wind
shift to a flow from the NNE at 8mph. Our temperatures will begin to
moderate into the mid 80's once it passes late today with temperatures in
the 60's during the evening hours. The only exceptions will be North of I30
where the temps will be 6-8 degrees cooler.
 
Next week we will see the temperatures once again building due to a upper
ridge reestablishing itself over us.
 
No rain for the next 7-10 days due to this dry air HIGH Dome settling in.
 
This extreme dry condition is setting up to likely be the *driest September
on record for the Upper Deep East Texas Region.* The regional drought
monitor shows increasing drought conditions across the area. A major shift
from September 19 through the 26th into the expansion of the dry conditions
over our area. The winds and hot sun are creating rapid moisture extraction
from our soils, grasses, trees, and plants.
 
*THE TROPICS*
 
 
   - Hurricane *MARIA* is beginning to decline due to the progression into
   the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
   - Hurricane *LEE* has joined the major hurricanes of the season, but is
   turning North as it follows a line South of Maria and its impact will be
   heavy rain & wind in Europe.
   - A depression South of Florida is expected to develop into a Tropical
   Depression or possibly a Tropical Storm by the weekend. impact the far
   Southern Gulf and the main projected course is for  the Eastern Florida
   coastal region(orange *X*)
 

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Bus Wreck in Nacogdoches


 

The Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating an early morning traffic accident that involved a Nacogdoches ISD school bus.
 
The accident occurred at 7:02 a.m. this morning at the intersection of NE Loop 224 and the Appleby Sand Road.
 
A 2014 Thomasbuilt school bus, driven by James Young, 70 of Nacogdoches was stopped for a westbound red traffic signal at NE Loop 224 and Appleby Sand. When the light turned green, the bus was struck from behind by a 2001 Acurra, driven by Arthur Pruitt II, 29 of Nacogdoches. The accident resulted in the Accura being partially lodged under the rear of the bus.
 
The driver of the Accura was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The school bus had 20 high school students on board and no injuries to any bus passengers were reported at the scene.
 
Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue, Nacogdoches Ambulance Service, Nacogdoches ISD Police and NISD Administration all responded to the accident.
 
 

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Road Closure Due to Construction Update


 

 

UPDATE 9-29-17

 

The section of County Road 2545 that was being repaired has been reopened, according to Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 2 Jimmy Lout.  

 

 

9-28-17

 

County Road 2545 has a closure on in 1 mile from the Highway intersection on Boles Field Road FM 3471 according to Shelby County Commissioner Precinct 2 Jimmy Lout.  They are currently working on repairing some bridges and hope to have it open again tomorrow 9-29-17. 
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Felon of the Week


 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish Area.
 
Kevin D. Shockley of Shreveport, La.  Shockley is wanted for Monetary Instrument Abuse. Shockley is described as a white male, 5’8” tall and weighing 200lbs. Shockley is 38 years of age.
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956. Capt. James Clements 
 

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DooDah Parade Photos


 

 

 

 

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City of Timpson Budget Workshop


 

The City of Timpson will hold a workshop today from 5-6 p.m. to discuss the General Budget, and then at 6 p.m. they will meet to decide whether to pass the General Budget with or without the Police Department.

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Danny Paul Windham invites you to the DooDah Parade


 

Danny Paul Windham invites the public to attend today's DooDah Parade at 4:30 p.m. around the Center City Square.

 

 

 

 

 

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Special Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

Tenaha will have a Special called City Council Meeting scheduled for this Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10 a.m.
 
Agenda:
 
Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Saturday – September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
 
Order of Business:
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
 
2. Welcome Guests / Public Comment
 
3. Re-Visit, Revise and Discuss Tabled Agenda Item #9 from Regular Scheduled Meeting on 9/25/2017 -  FYE 2017-2018 Budget
 
4. Consider Approval of FYE 2017-2018 Budget - ACTION
 
5. Discuss and Consider Approval of 2017-2018 Tax Rate of .232800 per $100 - ACTION 
 
6. Adjourn
 
 

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10 Day Weather


 

   - *Plenty of Sunshine especially during the mid days of the period.*
 
   - *UV rays will be high and require protection if outdoors.*
 
   - *Our temperatures will drop into the mid 80's during the daylight
   hours & 60's during the evenings.*
 
   - *Winds will be a little gusty during the day to about 10 mph from the
   North & Northeast, but will die back at night.*
 
   - *Humidity returns, but will be more near normal making our "feels
   like" temps only a few degrees above the actuals.*
 
   - *Rain - We will have a weak cold front today that will bring us a
   small 30% chance, but not much more than ".02" spot your car drops of rain.
   About like the dew we have been having each morning.*
 
   - *Clouds - Some occasional passing clouds, but mostly lots of SUN*
 
 
*Some other weather facts*
 
    *Days are getting shorter incase you have not noticed.*
 
 
 Moon Phases
 
 
 
Time Change is Coming on November 5th
 
   -
 
*Fall back time change date? (MARK YOUR CALENDAR)*
 
*2 AM on Sunday the 5th of November Daylight Savings Time ends and
Standard Time begins.*
 

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Center Fire Department Gets a New Jaws of Life


 

 

The Center Fire Department has recieved a new jaws of life as a donation from an anomyous benifactor, their old pair will be used as a spare occording to Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners Meeting - UPDATED


 
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 29th day of September, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses and amend budget line items accordingly.
 
2. Discuss and possibly Approve Juvenile Probation to have the roof of looked at due to a leak. 
 
3. Adjourn.

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 26TH day of September 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court
Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be
discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51,
Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:
 
 
 

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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

September 25, 2017

 

Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday – September 25, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 

Order of Business:

  1. Call to Order & Roll Call

  2. Pledge and Prayer

  3. Welcome Guests / Public Comment

  4. Consider Approval for August 28, 2017 Regular Scheduled Meeting and September 5, 2017 Special Called Meeting Minutes. - ACTION

  5. Consider Approval for August 2017 Financials. – ACTION

  6. Acknowledgement and Presentation of Proclamation to the Tenaha Citizens For Their Rescue Efforts To People Affected By The Devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

  7. Discuss and Consider Approval of 2017-2018 Tax Rate of .232800 per $100. – ACTION

  8. Discuss and Consider Approval To Purchase Welcome Signs for the City Entrances. - ACTION

  9. Review, Discuss and Consider Approval of 2017-2018 Budgets. - ACTION

  10. Discuss and Consider Approval to Schedule or Reschedule the November and December Regular Council Meeting

    1. Move the regular November Council meeting from the fourth Monday (11/27) to Monday, November 20th - ACTION

    2. Determine if a December regular meeting will be scheduled and set the date prior to the fourth Monday. – ACTION

  11. Discuss and Consider Approval To Establish A School Zone w/ Flashing Lights Set Up For Highway 59 and Surrounding Streets – ACTION

  12. Discuss and Consider Approval of Resolution 2017-09-25-1R Authorization to Join With a Coalition of Municipalities as Part of the Cities Advocating Reasonable Deregulation (CARD) to Review SWEPCO’s Request to Reconcile Fuel Costs in a Proceeding Pending Before the Public Utility Commission of Texas. - ACTION

  13. Discussion On Organizing the Tenaha 2017 Christmas Parade.

  14. Discussion Regarding Compensation for Council Members

  15. Discuss and Consider Approval To Purchase Speed Bumps To Place on N. Railroad. - ACTION

  16. Re-visit and discuss the Booker T. Washington Park status.

    1. Put in Place A Park Reservation Process/Form for the Public To Use - ACTION

  17. Closed Session

    1. Per Section 551.071 (Attorney Consultation) – Contemplated Litigation – ACTION may be required

    2. Per Section 551.074 (Personnel Matters) – Darren Gray Re-Evaluation of Job Description and Job Title

  18. Return to Open Session.

Council to make motion (if necessary) pertaining to outcome of closed session topics

  1. Department Head Reports

  2. Council Comments

  3. Adjourn

 

This notice was posted at 12:30 p.m. Friday – 9/22/2017 and sent to East Texas Press, Inc., The Light & Champion, Shelby County Today, and KDET.

 

Sheryl R. Clark - City Secretary

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Shelby County Commissioner's Court Meeting 9/25/17


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 25th day of September, 2017 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 Officers Report.

  3. Public Comments on the Agenda

  4. Approve and adopt 2017-2018 budget.

  5. Approve and adopt 2017-2018 tax rate.

  6. Take action to disperse Child Safety Fee Funds.

  7. Proclamation declaring October 1-7 2017 as 4-H week.

  8. Take action on Janitorial Service

  9. Appoint Florencio Singson as local Health Authority for Shelby County.

  10. Adjourn.

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

Timpson City Council meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

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Sabine Co. Crash


 

SABINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers
investigated a one vehicle fatality crash late last night 9-18-17 on SH 87 at approximately
11:25 p.m., about one mile south of Hemphill.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was
traveling north on SH 87. Investigators said the driver drove over into the
southbound lane of SH 87, overcorrected to the right, then back to the left where
the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
 
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Ashley Ener, 22, from Hemphill, TX. Ener
was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Sabine County Justice of the Peace.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.

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Weather Update


 

Wow! A Very unexpected rain...NOT what I would call light rain! when it is
raining at 5.10 inches per hour rain rate. 12 MPH wind. and over 1/2 inch
in the ole rain bucket. These sea breeze and cold mixes generated one of
those pop up storms.  When lots of humidity collides with a upper air Low,
this is what you get and if you are under the tallest clouds...lots of
water can be squeezed out. All this started way down in Houston.....
 
*Our Atlantic Storms*
*Jose* (In Yellow) is finally about to exit East away from the Atlantic
Coast of the US as a tropical storm on Wednesday of this week.
 
Tracking almost an identical path is Hurricane (*MARIA*). It is expected to
become a CAT 4 hurricane by the time it reaches Haiti on the 21st.
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING PHOTOS


 

 

 

 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, September 25, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting September 25, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday September 19, 2017
 
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary-Report – Update GLO procurement Grant funds.
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update -- Sewer Plant Rehabilitation.
d. Water Department
Updates—Ongoing Water Projects.
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on adoption of proposed tax rate ( 0.337400 per $100 of value).
8. Discussion & Council Action on approval of City of Joaquin 2017-18 Budget.
9. Discussion & Council Action on establishment of reserve banking account.
10. Adjournment.
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Meetings


 

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of September, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Community room 2nd floor 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. Discuss and possibly approve a monetary donation from Shelby Saving Bank and Farmers State Bank to purchase 10 sewing machines for the 4-H Textiles project. 
 
3. Adjourn.
 
 
 
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of September 2017 at 11:15 a.m. in the Community Room 2nd floor of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Public hearing on the budget for 2017-2018.
 
2. Adjourn.

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Missing Teenager UPDATED


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:

 

The Shelby County Sheriffs Office has received information that Monica Marie Carter is in Mexico.  Carter was carried across the border by 29 year-old Tommy Riley, JR and his father, Leo Riley.

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Monica Marie Carter.
 
Carter is described as a 16 year-old white female, 5’4” and approximately 200 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on both wrists. 
 
She was last seen at her residence located at 673 East Saddle Street, Lot #5 in Joaquin on Sept. 11 around midnight.
 
Anyone with information on Carter’s whereabouts is urged to contact Lt. Kevin Windham at the SCSO at (936) 598-5601. 
 
Leah Chase
SCSO Media Relations
 
 

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Air Show


 

 
The 12th Annual Jasper Air Show will be held on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st at Jasper County Bell Field Airport on Highway 190 West. Gates open both days at 9:00 a.m. for air show fans to see the aircraft, and the aerial portion of the show begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Returning to this year’s show is world renowned aerobatic pilot Skip Stewart and his highly modified plane known as “Prometheus”. Also returning is the World War II B-25 bomber known as “Devil Dog”, which was recently on national news for flying supply missions into the hurricane disaster zone. Other World War II aircraft include the Japanese Tora Tora Tora flight and a P-51 Mustang.
 
Aerobatic performers this year include Jeremy Holt in his Skybolt, Spanky Gallaway in his Extra, Randy Henderson in his Texas-T-Cart, Gene Soucy in his Sho Cat, Mike Mower in his Helio Courier, and Kyle Franklin in his Piper Cub.
 
Also returning to the show this year will be the ReMax Real Estate Skydiving Team, and the Beaumont Radio Control Club.
 
Visitors can choose from a huge variety of food booths along hangar row, and children will enjoy the many activities for them on the ground, including the Mooney Fun Jumps.
EAA Chapter 1356 will provide FREE Young Eagle flights to children ages 7-17 from 9:00 to 11:30 Saturday and from 9:00 to 12:30 on Sunday with waiver signed by guardian.
*Flights are available in the B-25 bomber for $395.00 per person. This money is used by the Commemorative Air Force to maintain and preserve the historic aircraft in their fleet. To reserve a seat or for information, contact KJAS at 409-384-2626.
 
**AVIATORS NOTE: Fly-ins welcome! Contact air boss on 122.800 for landing instructions and marshals will taxi you to parking. Purchase armbands at ticket booth on south end of hangar row. NOTAM Saturday 11:30, NOTAM Sunday 12:30 
 
Armbands available in advance at KJAS, located at 765 Hemphill Street in Jasper, or at the gate:
 
Age 18 and up - $20.00               Age 13 to 17 - $10.00
Age 4 to 12 - $5.00                Age 3 and under – FREE
 
For more information, visit www.jasperairshow.com

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