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San Augustine To Play Mason Punchers Thursday


The San Augustine Wolves will play the Mason Punchers in the Class 2A Division I state semifinals Thursday night at 7:30 at Waco High School.

 

Center Broadcasting Company will broadcast the game live on KXXE 92.5 FM. Tracy Broadway will call the play-by-play. Pre-game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Listeners may also listen live on cbc-radio.com or by searching for KXXE on the tune-in app on their smart device.

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SHE PUT THE RED IN CHRISTMAS


 

 


If Santa Claus ever had a helper it was my mother-in-law, Leta Howell.  Though she has been gone from among us for 34 years, her love of the Christmas season has inspired all of her children to do many of the things that she did.  She was a minister’s wife and thus understood the true meaning of Christmas, and she passed that along to everyone she knew.

Though she was educated with college and seminary degrees, she retained the roots of her upbringing in the plains of West Texas.  While living in the piney woods of East Texas, she began several Christmas traditions.

 

“Granny” Howell was an excellent seamstress.  She made Christmas stockings for each family member.  She used red felt for the main stocking, then she put a green border around the top.  As grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born into the family, she would make sure the new baby would have its own stocking to hang across the fire place mantle.  She stuffed each stocking on Christmas Eve with candy, fruit, and simple useable gadgets.  Near the end of her life, the Christmas stockings were almost too numerous to hang on the mantle.  This tradition has been taken up by many of her children and grandchildren, most of whom are now married with families of their own.

 

One Christmas, she got the idea of making red outfits for all the members of her family.  The good seamstress that she was, she made red suits for every one to wear on Christmas day.  Even her husband, Rev. Howell, got a new red coat to wear.  She sewed for months on them, and gave each family member their red outfits on Christmas Eve, in packages wrapped in red paper.   On Christmas morning everyone donned their red clothes, and the house looked like a collection of walking poinsettias.  Rev. Howell continued to wear his bright red coat every Christmas until his death in December of 2006.

 

Now you know who put the red in Christmas.

 

 

“SHE  PUT  THE  RED  IN  CHRISTMAS”

BY: NEAL MURPHY

P.O. BOX 511
SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 75972
936-275-9033
936-275-6986 (cell )


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VFW Pearl Harbor Memorial 2018


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The local VFW Post 8904 and the auxiliary held a memorial on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, inside of the historic Shelby County 1885 courthouse. The group normally meets outside but due to the rain, the meeting was held inside.

 

Mr. Larry Hume VFW Post Quartermaster gave a speech about Pearl Harbor and the group discussed Pearl Harbor.

 

Taps was played and the event ended with a group photo taken by the local media.

 

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

 

Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 North George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. 

 

If during the meeting, any discussion on items on the Agenda should be held in executive session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

 

Order of Business


1.Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3.Welcome Guest/Prayer/Pledge
4.   Closed Session pursuant to Tex. Govt Code 551.071 (Attorney Consultation): Consideration of Consent Decree in Cause No. 2:08cv288; Morrow et al v. City of Tenaha, et al; in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall Division)
5.  Open Session – Action, if any, on Items Discussed in Closed Session
6. Adjourn

 

 

 

 

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Two-Vehicle Crash on HWY 59


 

 


SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two-vehicle crash on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, on U.S. 59, about two miles south of CR 4754.

 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:30 a.m., a 2016 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling north. The driver of a 2016 Ford pickup, also traveling north, reportedly failed to control its speed and struck the trailer being towed by the Peterbilt.

 

The driver of the Peterbilt is identified 43-year-old Donald Williams, from Timpson. Williams was not reportedly injured during the crash.

 

The driver of the Ford is identified as 23-year-old Geardo Dehoyos Jr., from San Antonio. Dehoyos was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital for treatment.

 

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson to Retire


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Crash


 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, on SH 7, about one-half mile west of CR 1234.

 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 4 p.m., a 2013 Ford pickup was traveling east on SH 7. The driver of the pickup reportedly drove off the roadway to the right and struck the guardrail on the east side of the highway. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle went into a side skid and struck the guardrail a second time before overturning in the roadway.


The driver of the pickup is identified as 17-year-old Parker Hagler (female), from Nacogdoches. Hagler was not reportedly injured during the crash. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Football Scores


 

San Augustine 43

Tenaha 17

 

Mart 59

Muenster 0

 

Newton 79

Dangerfield 12

 


Fort Bend Marshall 47

Huntsville 43

 

 

 

 

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Salt Water Truck Overturns Update


 

 

 

 

Early on Dec. 6, 2018, a salt water truck belonging to VC Operating out of Center, TX overturned at the intersection of loop 500 and highway 7 east outside of Center, TX.

 

 

 

TxDOT, DPS, and the Center Fire Department all responded.  The Center Fire Department responded at around 6:09 a.m. According to on-scene report, the driver was hospitalized, with minor injuries a cut on his head.

 

There were no fatalities as a result of this wreck. Hazmat services responded and cleaned the scene and Hopkins Wrecker had the truck towed away by approximately 8:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 

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Letter From the San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson


 

 

 

As shown on the Commissioners Court Agenda that was sent to you yesterday, there the will be multiple events associated with12/11/18 court.

 

We anticipate a greater than usual court attendance and have decided to relocate the December 11, 2018 Commissioners Court from the County Courtroom to the 2nd floor District Courtroom.

 

The court acknowledges and thank Carman Brown, our San Augustine District Clerk for her generosity in working with us on this matter.

 

Best regards,

 

Sam

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

 

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Post Office Closed Christmas and New Year's


 

 

 

WASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume after the holidays on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

 

Some Post Offices may have extended hours leading up to the holidays, and limited hours on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.

 

New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, Post Offices will be open during regular business hours. Customers should always check with their local Post Offices for hours of operation.

Blue collection boxes with final collection times before 12 p.m. (noon) will not be affected by early closing on Dec. 24. If a box has a final collection time after 12 p.m., its mail may be picked up earlier. For mail pickup on Dec. 24, please put your mail into blue collection boxes by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box. As a reminder, blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays.

 

Customers who have items to mail after the scheduled pick-up times on Dec. 24 should visit the Postal Locator on tools.usps.com to find local Post Offices which may be open late.

 

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

San Augustine Commissioners Court meeting on Dec. 11, 2018, at 9 a.m. click here for the agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

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Salt Water Truck Overturns


 

 

ALERT: A truck hauling salt water has overturned on SL 500 near SH 7 East in Center. Motorists should prepare for delays, reduce speed and stay alert as emergency responders clear the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VFW Pearl Harbor Memorial Invite


 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results



The Shelby County Commissioners Court met this morning 12-5-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse and approved and paid the weekly expenses.

 

 

 

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Letter from Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison on the Passing of Former President Bush


 

 

President George H.W. Bush was a true gentleman, whose life was devoted to public service.  Reports on his character state that he wanted to be remembered as a public servant and not a politician.  Therefore, Shelby County is honoring the memory of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush by being public servants and remaining open on Wednesday, December 5 to serve our citizens.  I am so proud of the legacy that President Bush has given us as a nation and a state, humility, service, and knowing that we live in the greatest nation in the world. 

 

 

 

 

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Shreveport Man Arrested On Terrorizing Charge


 

 

Shreveport – On 12-3-18, members of the Louisiana State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit arrested 58-year-old Elbert White, Jr. of Shreveport. 

 

White, was employed at Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport.    After learning he was being terminated, he told a co-worker that he was going to commit a mass shooting at the hospital. 

 

Upon learning of the threat Veterans Affairs Police contacted LSP-CIU Bossier Field Office and the hospital was placed on lockdown.  LSP-CIU obtained a warrant for terrorizing through Caddo Parish District Court.  Around 9:15 p.m. last night, Troopers from CIU, CID, SWAT and patrol located and arrested White without incident. 

 

White was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing and violating his parole.

 

The Louisiana State Police has and will continue to take such threats seriously.

 

 

 

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Tenaha PD Drug Search Results in the Arrest of Three People


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, December 3, 2018, Officers with the Tenaha Police Department executed a search/arrest warrant at a residence located on North Rail street in Tenaha.  The search warrant pertained to the Possession and distribution of dangerous and illegal narcotics.  


As a result of this investigation, the occupants of the residence, 29-year-old John C. Jones, 26-year-old Latishana Gray, and 28-year-old Carlton D. Horton of Tenaha, were arrested without incident. 


Jones was charged with Delivery of Marijuana; State Jail Felony, and Possession of Marijuana; State Jail Felony. Horton was charged with Possession of Marijuana; State Jail Felony and Latishana Gray was charged with Possession of Marijuana; State Jail Felony and Possession of Dangerous Drug Class (A) Misdemeanor. 


All three subjects were transported to the jail for booking. Jones, Gray, and Horton are being held in lieu of a combined $30,000 bond.

 

 


Among items seized were approximately two pounds of marijuana, illegally possessed prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, firearms, and US currency, used to facilitate sales and purchases of illegal narcotics.


Tenaha Police Department would like to extend thanks to Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Highway Patrol); Shelby County Constable Pct. 3, Roy Cheatwood and Shelby County District Attorney in partnership, of a common goal, of keeping our state and county clean of illegal activity and for their assistance with the execution of this search warrant.  
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is urged to contact the Tenaha Police Department at 936-248-3841. All callers can remain anonymous, your tips are one of law enforcements greatest assets. 

 

 

   

 

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Tenaha PD Conducts Drug Bust


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update Rainfall Totals Local


 

 

Our November rainfall totals across San Augustine County:

 

Center 1.69 inches


Harmony Hill  No report


Deep East Texas  5.21 inches


Ayish Bayou North  6.09 inches


San Augustine  4.58 inches     53.70 inches for 11 months of 2018


Swanson Hill  No Report


Broaddus  4.19 inches


Etoile   4.42 inches

 

 

 

 

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TxDOT to Close in Honor of Former President's Passing


 

As a result of the recent passing of President George Hebert Walker Bush, Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as an official day of mourning for the state of Texas.  TxDOT offices will be closed.

 

The United States Postal Office will also be closed.

 

Shelby County local government offices will be open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Football Schedule Change


 

 

San Augustine (11-2) vs Tenaha (10-3), 2A DI Region III Final, 7 p.m Thursday, Nacogdoches High School.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office Searching for Man


 

 

 

 

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a wanted fugitive. A warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Royce Earl Sessions 41 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas.

 

Deputies were dispatched to a call Thursday morning shortly before 2 am in reference to a stabbing call on Cr. 265. Upon arrival, deputies found a male victim inside the residence with a cut mark around his throat. Deputies immediately started giving first aid treatment to the victim until EMS arrived.

 

Upon further investigation, it was found that the suspect forced his way into the residence by prying open a door. The residence belonged to his estranged wife, where Session had not lived at in months. Once inside the residence, the suspect pinned the victim against a wall and cut him with a knife. The female inside the residence was able to get away and run to a residence to call for help.

 

Upon deputies' arrival, the suspect had fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he still remains receiving medical treatment for his injuries. After further investigation, Investigators obtained a warrant for Sessions arrest. The warrants were issued on Thursday morning for Burglary of a Habitation with intent to commit assault a 1st-degree felony.

Royce Sessions is believed to be on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office at 936-560-7777 or your local law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office Chase Carthage Man


 

 

 

 

 

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Santa's Christmas Parade Winners Announced


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee announces the winners of the 19th Annual Santa’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, which was held on Saturday, December 1.  The theme for the parade was “A Mardi Gras Christmas”.

 

Winners by Category are:

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY:

$100 -- 1st Place – April Flores

$50 – 2nd Place – Marsha Barnett/Hudnall for Sheriff

$25 – 3rd Place – Marsha Barnett/Hudnall for Sheriff

 

SCHOOL CATEGORY:

$100 -- 1st Place – Center High School Band

$50 -- 2nd Place – Center High School Cheerleaders

      

CHURCH CATEGORY:

$100 -- 1st Place –St. Therese of Lisieux

$50 -- 2nd Place  – White Rock Missionary Baptist Church

$25 -- 3rd Place  – First Baptist Church (Adult Choir)

 

CIVIC ORGANIZATION CATEGORY:

$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby County Sheriff’s Department

$50 -- 2nd Place – East Texas Disciples/Christian Motorcyclists Association

$25 -- 3rd Place – Shelby County Cruisers

 

BUSINESS CATEGORY:

$100 -- 1st Place – Shelby Savings Bank

$50 -- 2nd Place – Tyson Foods

$25 -- 3rd Place – Harkness Litter Service/H5 Farms LLC

 

$250 -- Overall Best in Show – St. Therese of Lisieux

 

Other supporters that helped make the Parade possible include City of Center, Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc., and Tyson Foods.

 

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

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Computer Aided Solicitation


 

 

 

 

 

 

On September 16, 2018, a subject, later identified as Chase Ryan Alford (W/M – DOB: 12/24/1988) of Logansport, LA, contacted what he believed to be a female juvenile through Facebook Messenger who identified herself as a 15-year-old juvenile.  The “juvenile” who Alford contacted was in fact an undercover account set up by law enforcement for investigative purposes.  Alford continued to initiate contact with the undercover detective through Facebook Messenger over the following weeks asking to meet the juvenile for sex. 

 

On November 27, 2018, Alford made arrangements to meet the “juvenile” at a gas station in Longstreet.  Later on that same day, Alford arrived at that specific location in the vehicle he described and messaged the “juvenile” that he had arrived.  Shortly after sending the message, undercover detectives with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office approached Alford and attempted to take him into custody.  Alford struggled with the detectives during the initial contact and was placed under arrest.  Detectives located a condom on Alfords’ person along with the electronic device used to make contact with the undercover detective through Facebook Messenger.  Detectives also located a large knife on Alford during a pat down.

 

Detectives later transported Alford to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office where, after being explained his Miranda Right’s, he admitted to going to the location with the intent of talking to the juvenile; however, his messages to the juvenile described in detail that the meeting was for sex and that he brought a condom.  Alford was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Computer Aided Solicitation of a Juvenile.  He is currently being held on a $35,000.00 bond.

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to remind parents with juvenile children who have access to social media and messaging programs to monitor those activities.   Monitoring such interactions could stop a meeting like the one described above.

 

 

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Shooting in Center


 

 

November 27, 2018 Center Police Dept responded to the 500 block of Lakewood Drive in reference to a male subject that had been shot. The male subject was outside working in the backyard when he heard several shots. He was then struck in the right shoulder and was transported to the Center E. R.  for treatment. The victim was treated and released a short time later.  The case is still under investigation.

 

Detective Nicole Faulkner

 

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Center Christmas Parade 2018


 

 

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Today's News 12-3-18


 

 

 

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Shelby County Attorney Toy Drive


 

 

The 15th annual Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes toy drive is going on.

 

 

 

 

 

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Football Scores


 

 

San Augustine (11-2) vs Tenaha (10-3), 2A DI Region III Final, 7 p.m Thursday, Nacogdoches High School.

 

Region Semi-final Saturday

 

SA defeats Garrison, 29-27


Tenaha over Carlisle, 35-14

 

Carthage defeated Midlothian Heritage 50-49

 

Henderson defeated Van 21-0 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results 11-28-18


 

 


The Shelby County Commissioners Court met on November 28th at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:


They approved and paid weekly expenses.

 

They approved the current payroll.

 

The discussed and approved the County Information Resources Agency Services Agreement for the Texas Association of Counties.

 

They discussed and approved Roof Restoration for the Clerks Building to be paid out of Records Management.

 

They discussed the 2020 redistricting process and took no action.

 

The court adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 5th day of December, 2018 at 9:00 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.Adjourn.

 

 

 

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Felony Arrest Warrants


 

 

The following criminal defendants failed to appear for felony court in the 123rd Judicial District Court during November 2018:

 

Phillip Dalton Evans
Mario Gareza-Cuapia
Candance Dyan Harper
James Randy Hoffpauir
David Earl Kelley
Luke Merrell
Tyler Lee Morris
Donald Wayne Moss
Marsh Glenn Odom, Jr.
Charles Allen Railey
Jeffery Dwayne Scott
Nathan H. Wedgeworth
Christopher Wyuts

 

On November 30, Judge LeAnn Kay Rafferty entered a order directing District Clerk Lori Oliver to issue an arrest warrant for each individual and to forfeit each Defendant's bond. 

If you are listed above, please contact the Court Manager, Karen Warr, 936.598.9928, to schedule a court appearance. 

 

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Update on the Aguilar Case


 

 

At approximately 4 p.m. on 12-1-18, the Center Police Department received a tip from a confidential source that Antonio Aguilar was at a private residence in the city. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and negotiated with Aguilar for several hours.

 

Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:45 a.m. on 12-2-18, Aguilar exited the residence with a rifle and fired at law enforcement officials. Law enforcement returned fire, fatally wounding Aguilar.

 

Mark Tuley, 58, of Center, was arrested by Texas Rangers (DPS) for harboring a fugitive; he was transported to the Shelby County jail for the felony offense.  No law enforcement officers were injured during this incident. This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release at this time

 

 

 

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$7,500 Reward Offered For Most Wanted Fugitive, Suspect Who Shot at DPS Trooper in Shelby County


 

 

 

 

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Antonio Jaso Aguilar, 28, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Aguilar is wanted for attempted capital murder and parole violation. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

 

Aguilar is a violent fugitive with ties to Shelby County, including the cities of Center and Joaquin. On Nov. 28, 2018, Aguilar allegedly exchanged gunfire with a DPS Trooper following an attempted traffic stop in rural northeast Shelby County. Aguilar fled the scene, and his whereabouts are unknown. Aguilar’s criminal history includes aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, burglary of a habitation, deadly conduct, evading arrest/detention, obstruction or retaliation, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

 

Aguilar is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has tattoos on his abdomen, back, chest and both arms, as well as a scar on his neck. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin.

 

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far this year, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $31,500 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.

 

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:

 

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
 

Submit a tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
 

Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
 

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted – and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

 

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website.

 

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

 

 

 

 

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The Manhunt for Aguilar Continues


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Texas Department of Public Safety and area law enforcement officers continue to search for Antonio Jaso Aguilar. Aguilar is wanted for Attempted Capital Murder of a Peace Officer stemming from an incident that occurred on Wednesday, November 28 in Shelby County, TX.

 

Aguilar is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’10”, 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has multiple upper body tattoos and a large tattoo on his upper back. The word "DIRTY" is tattooed vertically down his right forearm and the word "SOUTH is tattooed vertically down his left forearm.

 

The silver Cadillac SUV Aguilar was driving has been recovered and at this time, his means of transportation are unknown.

 

Aguilar is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding his location or whereabouts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5601.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting an escape, or warns Aguilar of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (F-3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Christmas Parade


 

 

The San Augustine Main Street HomeComing and Sugar Plums Christmas Parade will be held on Nov. 30, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. 

 

Parade Rules:
 
Parade entry forms are due by 5 p.m. on November 29, 2018.  
Turn the entry forms in to Texas Star Retail on the square or the City of San Augustine Main Street Office in the county courthouse on the 3rd floor.   (exception Miss Merry Christmas Contestants turn their forms into San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce according to the designated time that the chamber has set up)


All entries must be at Boliver Street by 4:30 p.m. to check in and line up for instructions by parade officials.  (please enter Bolivar Street down by the Senior Center) (call for exceptions 936-201-9798)


All entries must stay in the line until the parade is over.


For the safety of the community, we ask that candy not be thrown.  Downtown Merchant sponsored candy bags distributed by Santa’s Elves along the route.       
Please decorate in a Christmas Holiday theme.   (Winter Wonderland)
Lighted and musical entries encouraged!  

 

Winter Wonderland ideas:    icicles, snow, snowman, sleds, sleighs, Christmas trees snowflakes, park benches, pole lights, snowcapped gingerbread houses, lights, lights, and more lights!      


Parade route:  


Start at Boliver Street turn right onto Columbia Street and continue straight down taking a left on Montgomery Street and circling past the City Cemetary and taking a left on Harrison Street and back up to the square taking a right onto Columbia Street and down to Bolivar Street.    This is the end of the parade.     

 

Parade participants can be picked up at the end of the parade route on Bolivar Street.       
Trophy Categories are:


Best Animal Unit  (horses, carriage, K-9, etc)
Best Marching Unit  (military, American Legion, VFW, ROTC, etc.) 
Best Marching Band  (SAISD, other )
Best Commercial Entry  (business advertising, nursing home, etc.)
Best Non-Commercial Float  (churches, Lions Club, Rotary, etc.)
Best Miss Merry Christmas (Queen, Princess, Duchess, other 1 per category)    

 

 

 

 

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Center Christmas Parade


 

In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1,2018,  Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, the 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year's, Grand Marshal. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown Center to delight the young and old alike.

 

Blush Boutique, COR Boutique, Center Floral & Gifts, Hughes Florist, Mooney's Emporium, Payne & Payne Home N'Suchlike, Simply Personal, The Century Shoppe and Vintage Junkie will be holding their Open Houses during the day and many will be open during the parade.

 

The Rio Theatre will be showing a special Matinee of The Grinch at 3:30.  The box office will open at 3:00.  The Rio Theatre will also have its usual 7:30 movie showing following the parade.

 

Thank you to this year's Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank.  Also, thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc. and Tyson Foods, all Silver Sponsors. 

 

 Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 3rd. 

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Barter Case Update Barter Indicted


 

 


Alexander Nathan Barter a Joaquin man who was arrested on child exploitation charges was indicted by the Grand Jury for the attempted sexual performance of a child and possession of child pornography on November 14, 2018, in Beaumont, Texas. His case is based in Lufkin and he is still under a review for mental competency.

 

 

 

 

 

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Forest Service to raise camping and day-use fees at recreation areas


 

 

 

Fees at some National Forest recreation areas will increase Jan. 1, according to Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor. The last increase for most sites in Texas was in 2003.

 

“The changes will help to ensure fees are more comparable to similar public and private sites in the area, be consistent with inflationary costs, and help defray rising maintenance and operation costs,” Taylor said. 

 

Fee changes include:

 

Sam Houston National Forest

-- Cagle Recreation Area camping: $30 a night per site; currently $27

 

Davy Crockett National Forest

-- Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area swim area: $5 a day per vehicle; currently $3

 

Angelina National Forest

-- Boykin Springs Recreation Area camping: $10 a night per site; currently $6

-- Caney Creek Recreation Area boat launch: $5 a day per vehicle; currently $3

 

Notices of the fee increases will be posted in each recreation area.

 

The Interagency (Access, Senior) Passes and Golden (Access, Senior) Passports will be honored at standard day-use locations. Senior and Access passes offer a 50 percent discount on all single occupancy campsites, boat launch sites and swimming areas.

 

Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in 2008 which allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected at recreation sites to operate, maintain and improve the sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Christmas Parade


 

 

The 2018 Timpson Christmas Parade will be December 1st at 1 p.m. on the Square in Timpson, Texas. 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

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Texas Forestry Association Announces 2019 Board of Directors


 

 

 


LUFKIN, TEXAS – Texas Forestry Association (TFA) is pleased to announce the following individuals who will serve on the 2019-2021 Board of Directors. Candidates were chosen by the TFA Nominating Committee based on names submitted by the TFA membership and were sworn in on Oct 18, 2018, during the annual convention held at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

Board members from Lufkin are Justin Penick, Owner and President of Acorn Forestry, and Craig Teer, Vice President for Teer Logging. Board members from Nacogdoches are David Alders, managing partner of Alders Enterprises, Ltd. and Buck Bay Timber, Ltd., and Dr. Jeremy Stovall, Associate Professor of Silviculture at Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

From Cushing, Evadale, and Livingston respectively are Quentin S. Burnett, owner and operator of Burnett Ranch; Ryan Daniel, Procurement Forester for WestRock; and Lux Davis, Nursery Business Specialist for ArborGen.

 

From Kirbyville, Corrigan, and Tyler respectively are Russell Elder, owner of Elder Hardwoods; John Hamilton, Procurement Manager for Roy O. Martin; and John Heath, District Manager and Real Estate Broker for American Forest Management.

 

From Henderson, Orange, Livingston, and Jacksonville respectively are Michael Pinnell, owner and President ofPinnell Logging; Vince Rogers, President of Rogers Lumber Company; Jennifer Smith, District Manager for Resource Management Service; and Taylor Wilson, forester with Farmers National Company.

 

“Each of these board members will bring with them quality leadership and proven expertise that will advance TFA’s mission to perpetuate and promote the Texas forest resource,” Rob Hughes, TFA Executive Director, said. “We are grateful for their willingness to serve and look forward to working with them to advance TFA as the voice of forestry in Texas.”

 

ABOUT:
Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

 

LUFKIN – Texas Transportation Commissioners recently approved more than $402.1 million for new construction projects statewide, with nearly $14 million approved for the Lufkin District.

 

Two projects were approved in the Lufkin District for $10.9 million and $2.9 million. The projects are designed to resurface the roadway with sealcoat throughout the nine-county district. Work is scheduled from May to August, 2019.

 

Newman & Keng Paving Co., Inc, Giddings, TX will serve as contractors for the $2.9 million contract, and Missouri Petroleum Products Company LLC, Mountain View, MO will serve as contractor for the $10.9 million contract.

 

As these projects begin, motorists are urged to stay alert and respect all work zones and traffic control devices. For information on current projects, road closures and conditions statewide, visit drivetexas.org.

 

 

 

 

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FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER ANTONIO AGUILAR


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The suspect involved has been identified as 28-year-old Antonio Aguilar, from Center, Texas. A felony warrant for attempted capital murder has been issued for Aguilar with a $5 million bond. Aguilar is described as a Hispanic male, five foot ten inches tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes (pictured below).

 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Aguilar, please contact the DPS Lufkin Communications at 936-699-7340 or your local law enforcement agency or by calling 9-1-1. Hindering the apprehension of Aguilar may be a felony offense.

 

 

 

SHELBY COUNTY - At approximately 1:40 p.m. on 11-28-18, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)Trooper attempted to stop a Cadillac SUV on FM 699 for a traffic violation when the driver fled from law enforcement.


The felony suspect continued his flight onto CR 3853, near Joaquin, where he briefly stopped and allowed his two passengers to get out of the Cadillac (they were detained by law enforcement and later released) before he continued evading.


Based on the preliminary investigation, after a short distance, the suspect stopped, backed into the DPS patrol vehicle causing substantial damage, prompting the Trooper to discharge his weapon. The suspect then retrieved a rifle from his Cadillac and fired, striking the windshield of the marked DPS vehicle.


The Trooper was uninjured during this incident. Law enforcement continues to search the area for the suspect who fled from the scene in the Cadillac.

 

Anyone with information regarding the location of the suspect is asked to contact the DPS Communications facility in Lufkin at 936-699-7340. This is an ongoing investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

Below is the newest forecast from the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center for our Friday Weather. 

 

North of IH 20 is now in the level 4 ENHANCED RISK. 

 

Those of us South of IH 20 have moved from the level 2 MARGINAL RISK into the level 3 Slight Risk area and that does include a line from Shreveport to Longview and South to Livingston and on to the West into the Dallas area.

 

The threat of severe thunderstorms will return to the NWS Shreveport Region on Friday as a power storm system tracks East into the area. Areas near and North of Interstate 20 have been upgraded from a slight to an enhanced risk.       

 

Timing and Overview:

 

Although a few thunderstorms may develop during the morning hours on Friday, it appears that the main threat of severe storms will occur later in the afternoon and evening, and possibly continue well into the overnight hours.          


Four State Impacts:

 

Impacts:  The main threat from these storms will be damaging winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding are other possible threats with these storms, although the occurrence of either of these threats will remain more limited in scope in the Slight Risk Area.  I will have more information during the morning NWS Weather Briefing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 11-29-18


 

 

 

 

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Law Enforcement Search For Suspect Who Allegedly Fired At Police


SHELBY COUNTY - At approximately 1:40 p.m. today 11-28-18, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper attempted to stop a Cadillac SUV on FM 699 for a traffic violation when the driver fled from law enforcement.


The felony suspect continued his flight onto CR 3853, near Joaquin, where he briefly stopped and allowed his two passengers to get out of the Cadillac (they were detained by law enforcement and later released) before he continued evading. After a short distance, the suspect stopped, backed into the DPS patrol vehicle causing substantial damage, prompting the Trooper to discharge his weapon. The suspect then retrieved a rifle from his Cadillac and fired, striking the windshield of
the marked DPS vehicle.


The Trooper was uninjured during this incident. Law enforcement continues to search the area for the suspect who fled from the scene in the Cadillac. Anyone with information regarding the location of the suspect is asked to contact the DPS Communications facility in Lufkin at 936-699-7340.


This is an ongoing investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

 

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PEARL HARBOR DAY


 

 

It began when Japanese aircraft appeared in the air over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii just before 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941.  When the attack ceased shortly before 10:00 a.m., less than two hours after it began, American forces had paid a fearful price.  Eighteen (18) ships were either damaged or sunk, 180 aircraft were destroyed and 2,403 were dead and thousands of others wounded.

 

In honor and remembrance of those who served and died at Pearl Harbor, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a remembrance program at Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse at 10:00 a m, Friday, December 7th, 2018. 

 

As always, the public is cordially invited to attend.  More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976.

 

 

 

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San Augustine Football Game Change Information


 

 

Game Details - Nacogdoches High School, Football Stadium

 

The San Augustine varsity football team vs Garrison (TX) 

 

Saturday, December 1st at 1 p.m. 

 

The game will be covered live on 92.5 KXXE.

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha Bicycle Give-A-Way


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-state and the City of Tenaha are working together to give bicycles to children this Christmas. Center Broadcasting Company met with and interviewed Tenaha PD Captain Joey Hudnall. 

 

 

 

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Schedule Changes for Football Games



The San Augustine vs Garrison Region Semi-Final Playoff game has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Nacogdoches High School. Game time will be 1:00 PM. Listen live on 92.5 FM KXXE with Tracy Broadway. Tenaha will play Carlisle Saturday at 2:00 PM in Hallsville.

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Wins 1st in Festival of Lights Tournament


 

 

 

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Center Motor Company Offers Reward For the Arrest of Thief


 

 


Center Motor Company had some hand tools and test equipment stolen over the Thanksgiving Holiday sometime between when the employees left for the Thanksgiving Holiday and returned Friday morning November 23rd, 2018. Center Motor Company is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can help lead to an arrest, this is according to General Manager Kevin Jones.


If you have any information contact the Center Police Department at 936-598-2788. Detective Bobby Walker is working on the case. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 11-27-18


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Blood Drive


 

 

 

Life-Saving Community Blood Drive.

 

First Baptist Church

Thursday, November 29

10:00 am – 2:30 pm

 

Contact Theresa Crawford at 936-598-5605

 

FREE T-SHIRT to donors!!

 

 

 

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Christmas Parade


 

 

 

 

In keeping with the holiday tradition, the Grand Marshal will lead the parade at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1,2018,  Dr. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, the 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient is this year’s, Grand Marshal. Over 20 floats will make their way through the heart of downtown Center to delight the young and old alike.

 

Blush Boutique, COR Boutique, Center Floral & Gifts, Hughes Florist, Mooney’s Emporium, Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike, Simply Personal, The Century Shoppe and Vintage Junkie will be holding their Open Houses during the day and many will be open during the parade.

 

The Rio Theatre will be showing a special Matinee of The Grinch at 3:30.  The box office will open at 3:00.  The Rio Theatre will also have its usual 7:30 movie showing following the parade.

 

Thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Shelby Savings Bank.  Also, thank you to the City of Center, our Float Competition Sponsor; Farmers State Bank, Specter, Inc. and Tyson Foods, all Silver Sponsors. 

 

 Parade winners will be announced via media on Monday, December 3rd. 

 

 

 

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Center Blue Santa Program Update Christmas Wreaths


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CPD Ladies Auxiliary has donated a Beautiful Christmas wreath for Operation Blue Santa to use to raise funds for our Toy drive. Raffle Tickets will be sold for $1 each, and will be drawn on Dec 9th during Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. Please come by the Center PD to purchase your tickets. We will also have the wreath and tickets available tonight at Holiday on Foster! 

 

 

Don’t forget about the Toy Drive RAFFLE DRAWING! Bring in a Toy to the Center Police Dept and be entered into a drawing for a Christmas Movie Package : 32 inch Smart TV, DVD player, Popcorn, Cocoa, Cozy Blanket, and a Christmas movie set. 1 Entry per person, 1 Entry per day! Please bring in a New In package toy, Boy or Girl or all Ages! Drawing to be held on December 9th at the close of Cookies & Cocoa with Santa! Get your picture taken with Santa that day also!

 

Deadline for Forms is November 30th! If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please fill out this form. One for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch, or Shelby County Today. This form will need to be returned to the PD no later than Thursday, November 30th 2018. Any form turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures us plenty of time to get all the toys we will need. Remember, all forms are anonymous. Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, Tx 75935. If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Dept. Boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again thank you, we can not do it without you! Let Blue Santa help You make a Childs Christmas blessed this year.

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

Our NWS Shreveport Center has issued an early statement of a severe weather pattern developing based of the advice of the Storm Prediction Center view of its early rapid development.

 

The threat of severe weather will return to the Shreveport Region later this week & on through the first half of the weekend. 

 

 

A powerful storm system will shift East from the Rockies on Friday with a strong cold front tracking into our Deep East Texas Area (graphic below) by Friday evening into Saturday morning.   Storms may develop during the afternoon on Friday, but the timing of greatest threat for severe storms appears to be during the evening and overnight hours from Friday night through early Saturday morning.    

 

 

Impacts:  Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes all appear to be possible threats at this time. Additional impacts include heavy rainfall and flash flooding with widespread 1-2 inches of rainfall and isolated higher amounts possible. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blood Drive


 

 

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Football Update


 

 

 

After taking the area football championship win over Jewett Leon, 46-14 Friday in Crockett, the SA Wolfpack will play the Garrison Bulldogs in the Region III semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Nacogdoches High School. SA is the visitor.

 

Garrison defeats Alto, 43-13 Friday.

 

Both SA & Garrison are 10-2.

 

Tenaha vs Price Carlisle at 7 p.m. Friday in Hallsville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center PD Blue Santa Program Interview


 

 

 

 

 

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City of Center Improvement Project


 

 

 

 

Click Here for More Information:

 

 

 

 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Press Release - Multiple Narcotics Arrests


 

 

Sheriff Jayson Richardson wanted to notify the public of two narcotics arrests after multiple complaints were received.

 

Agents conducted an undercover operation involving the distribution of methamphetamine in the Logansport area.  During the operation, Agents were able to identify Annie Louise Murray (W/F – DOB: 07/29/1981) of Joaquin, TX as being one of the dealers transporting suspected methamphetamine from Joaquin into Logansport.  Agents found that after transporting the narcotics into DeSoto Parish, she would then sell the methamphetamine to local residents.  Agents obtained an arrest warrant for Murray.  She was later arrested and booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center for Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute - Methamphetamine.  Additional arrests are anticipated from this undercover operation.

 

Agents conducted a brief investigation following complaints received within Mansfield city limits.  Citizens reported narcotics activity at an abandoned house at the intersection of Williams Street and Sample Street.  Agents responded to the location and observed a vehicle parked in the roadway in front of the house.  A subject, later identified as Derrick Thomas (B/M – DOB: 11/28/1976) of Shreveport, LA, was standing in the yard of the abandoned house.  During the investigation, Agents learned the vehicle parked in the roadway belonged to Thomas and observed within plain view what appeared to be a marijuana grinder, digital scales, and marijuana cigars.  Agents searched the vehicle and located the above listed items as well as 6 bags of suspected synthetic marijuana, another digital scale, and empty plastic bags commonly used as packaging material for narcotics.  Thomas admitted to having possession of the items, was placed under arrest and later booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center for the following charges:

 

Obstruction of a Public Passage

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of Schedule I with Intent to Distribute

 

 

 

Annie Louise Murray (W/F – DOB: 07/29/1981)

 

 

 

 

Derrick Thomas (B/M – DOB: 11/28/1976)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Center PD Gun Raffle Winner


 

 

The Center Police Department Gun raffle winner was Billy Neal. 

 

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Today's News 11-22-18 Happy Thanksgiving


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agriculture in East Texas - Heritage Farms


 

 

 

 

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Christmas Pageant Video Interview


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 11-21-18


 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

A Heavy Frost on the pumpkin this morning even though it was 35.5 degrees....happens when it is clear and still.  The last freezing weather really did away with my garden.  I suppose it is time for me to get to prepping for the Spring garden.  Good news it is warming up and will be mostly sunny through next week. The temps will range from the upper 50's to upper 60' for highs and our low around 40....so no frost during the evenings. 

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting



Notice is hereby given the regular scheduled called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday November 26, 2018 @ 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If while the meeting, any discussion on items on the Agenda should be held in executive session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101.


Order of Business
1. Call to Order
2. Welcome/Prayer/Pledge
3. Roll Call and Establish a quorum.
4. Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes)
5. Discuss and Consider Approval of Minutes from October 2018 Meeting. (Action)
6. Discuss and Consider Approval of Financials for October 2018 Meeting (Action)
7. Discuss, consider, and adopt resolution designating a planning service provider for the 2019 Texas
CDBG Planning and Capacity Building Fund application and project implementation. (Action)
8. Discuss and Consider having December City Council Meeting. (Action)
9. Discuss and Consider adding Piney Wood Sanitation Survey to next month’s water bill.
(Action)
10. Mayor and City Council Members Concerns
11. Department Head Reports/City Council Comments
12. Adjourn

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 28th day of November, 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 and pay weekly expenses.

 

2.Approve and pay current payroll.

 

3.Public comments on Agenda item.

 

4.Discuss and possibly approve County Information Resources Agency Services Agreement for Texas Association of Counties. 

 

5.Discuss and possibly approve Roof Restoration for the Clerks Building to be paid out of Records Management. 

 

6.Discuss the 2020 Redistricting process and possibly approve to contract with Allison, Bass & Magee, L.L.P. to perform the service.

 

7.Adjourn.

 

 

 

 

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