The Murphy USA New Store Groundbreaking ceremony was held on 9-21-18. The gas station is located in the parking lot of the Center, TX Walmart. It will be a gas station and walk-in convenience store. Local media got to take a look inside the new store.
Yesterday At 1:16pm by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
In the past 90 days, DeSoto Parish Deputies have made numerous arrests involving varying degrees of domestic violence in our area. These crimes can happen to anyone of any race, age, religion, or gender. Many years ago the month of October was set aside to bring awareness to domestic violence against men, women, and their children. Based on what we have experienced in our own Parish it is the desire of both Sheriff Richardson and our Deputies to do our part in bringing awareness to this cause.
On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office will be hosting an event in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will be held at 205 Franklin Street in Mansfield, LA at 1:00 p.m. and will be open to the public. We will be conducting a balloon release to honor each victim who has lost their life this year in Louisiana due to domestic violence.
A tree will also be planted to celebrate new life and a new future for those who have survived from domestic violence in the past. Refreshments, cake, and other snacks will be provided to the public in the front lobby of the Sheriff's Office. If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, Sheriff Richardson encourages you to join us at the front entrance of the Sheriff's Office as we honor both our lost and our survivors.
The local VFW Post 8904 and the women's auxiliary held a memorial today 9-21-18 in honor of all our Shelby County Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. Larry Rymal gave a speech about his step-father Dr. Roy L. Emken who was a prisoner to the Japanese in WWII, surviving the Bataan Death March.
The names of the POW's & MIA's from Shelby County were read. The flags were lowered and the old POW flag was replaced with a new one. Taps was played by a member of the VFW in honor of our brave American military and the ceremony concluded.
As is customary the post had their picture taken in front of the Veteran's Memorial in front of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse by the local media.
CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
September 24, 2018
Notice is hereby given the regular scheduled called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday September 24, 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
3.Roll Call and Establish a quorum.
4.Public Comments (Limited to 3 minutes)
5.Discuss and Consider Approval of Minutes from August 2018 Meeting. (Action)
6.Discuss and Consider Approval of Financials from August 2018 Meeting (Action)
7.Via Trac Fertilizer, LLC Presentation by Jim Jacobs (Information and Action if Needed)
8.Discuss and Consider SWEPCO CARD Final Approval Resolution (Action)
9.Hydra Tec Services Proposal for Fire hydrant Assessment (Information)
10.Discuss and Consider Approval of Sewer Rate Increase (Action)
11.Discuss and Consider Piney Woods Sanitation for City Sludge Disposal (Action)
12.Discuss and Consider amending our investment policy to include a five (5) year investment option. (Action)
13.Closed Session Closed Session per Tex. Gov’t Code sec. 551.074 Personnel: 90 Day Review: Amanda Treat; Staff, Stacy Cranford and Staff; Natalie Harris
14.Return to Open Session with Action If Needed.
15. Department Head and Council Comments
“Timpson has had a fantastic start to the school year. Our enrollment at the HS is 214 and our enrollment through Panola College is 158. We have started several new programs at the HS this year….T-Shirt Shop, Welding, Sports Officiating, Grow Your Own, Drama Club/Class, along with our STEM and College programs we added last year. Super proud of our staff members who are offering new opportunities to our students and our entire staff for providing our students a strong foundation as to fuel our kids’ success in these programs. Very blessed to be a BEAR!” –Stephanie Behrens, Dean of Collegiate Center/High School Principal.
Timpson Lady Bear Volleyball is 21-4 for the season after defeating Union Grove in 3 sets on Tuesday night in Union Grove. Set scores: 25-16, 25-15, 25-11. TLB is 3-0 in district with wins over Carlisle, San Augustine, and Garrison.
Thursday Night by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
On September 19, 2018, the Tri-Parish Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Unit and D.E.A. out of Shreveport, LA made arrests that ended a lengthy investigation in DeSoto Parish.
The investigation led to a search warrant at a home on Percheron Drive in Grand Cane, LA. During the search, agents were able to locate an extensive lab for manufacturing steroids and pills complete with the necessary equipment for mass production.
A pill press was located along with many packages and containers sealed and ready for distribution. Overall, this investigation ended an elaborate operation that was making and distributing large quantities of liquid steroids and various types of pills in our area and abroad.
Suspects at the address were identified as Kyle Ross Roop (W/M - DOB: 07/29/1987) and Erica Butler Roop (W/F - DOB: 03/15/1987) both of Grand Cane, LA. Both were explained their Miranda Rights and were arrested on the following charges:
Erica Butler Roop was charged with:
Possession of Schedule I
Possession of Schedule III with Intent to Distribute
Creation or Operation of Clandestine Laboratory
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The charges involving Kyle Ross Roop are currently pending at this time.
This year's Center Hall of Honor will be Gwen Taylor Stewart, class of 1966. She is the daughter of longtime teacher J. B. Taylor. She will be honored at halftime on Friday's Homecoming football game. The annual Center Alumni meeting is Saturday morning at the Civic Center from 10-11 a.m. where classmates from all classes will meet and presentation of the Hall of Honor will take place. Doors open at 9 am for coffee and cookies. The annual homecoming parade starts at 4 p.m.
Commissioner Charles Barr will be closing a portion of County Road 3047 for bridge repair from Monday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 26. The closure will be from the intersection of County Road 3012 and continue on past the bridge.
There is a protest going on today 9-20-18 in Center, TX next to Yogi's Nuway gas station and convenience store located 815 Shelbyville Street. The protest is being organized by Ms. Charon Hubbard. The protest was started due to an alleged racist statement made by an employee of the gas station.
SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two-vehicle crash on the morning of 9-19-18 on SH 87, just south of Center. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 11:40 a.m., a 2010 Chevrolet passenger car was traveling south on SH 87 and was slowing down to turn left onto County Road 3008 when a 2004 Chevrolet pickup failed to control speed and struck the passenger car from behind.
The driver of the passenger car is identified as 68-year-old Barbara Neal from Center. Neal was not reportedly injured during the crash. The driver of the pickup is identified as 35-year-old Sheena Pineda from Conroe.
Pineda was also not reportedly injured during the crash. A fifteen-month-old child traveling with Pineda was transported to a Center hospital for possible treatment. No additional information is available at this time.
On 9-19-18 at around 11:40 a.m. a two-vehicle wreck occurred on Shelbyville Highway 87 South between Center and Shelbyville, TX. The wreck occurred just outside of Center. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported by the Center Fire Department.
The wreck involved a passenger truck and passenger car. The Center Fire Department, Alligenace EMS formerly known as ACE EMS, Texas DPS all arrived on scene within minutes after the crash. The road was blockaded and the DPS and Center Fire Department performed traffic control.
Center Fire Department
Texas Highway Patrol DPS
Allegiance Mobile Health (Formerly ACE EMS)
Hughes Wrecker service and East Texas Towing & Storage wrecker services both responded. The vehicles were moved and the Center Fire Department returned to the station at approximately 12 noon.
Wednesday Afternoon by Shelby County Sheriff's Office
At approximately 5 p.m. September 18, 2018, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Josh Tipton stopped a suspicious vehicle on County Road 1453 off Highway 87 N in Center.
Verbal consent to search the vehicle was given by the driver, Jason Briley, 23, of Douglass. Sergeant Tipton located products associated with manufacturing/delivery of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.
Briley and passenger, Brandon Barrow, 19, of Douglass, were taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail.
Later on that evening, SCSO Deputies and DPS Officers stopped a vehicle carrying an individual with outstanding Shelby County warrants. David Lewis, 38, of Timpson, was taken into custody for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (F-2) W#10905 and Criminal Mischief (M-A).
A passenger in Lewis’ vehicle, Troy Lyles Anderson, 40, of Tyler, was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Anderson also had $1,490 in his possession. This money is believed to be derived from illegal narcotics transactions and seizure paperwork will be filed. Anderson was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail.
*Above pictured items: (left) Located on Anderson during his arrest; (right) Items found in the vehicle carrying Briey and Barrow.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 19th day of September, 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. The Court approved and paid weekly expenses.
2. The Court approved and paid the current payroll.
3.No public comments on the agenda item.
4. They approved the Bond for Newton Johnson reserve Constable Pct. 3.
5. The Court discussed and approved the FFY 2019 County Child Welfare Services Non-Financial Agreement.
6. They advertised to take sealed bids on a 2008 Kia Spectra for the Shelby County Attorney’s office.
On 9-19-18 at around 11:40 a.m. a car wreck occurred on Shelbyville highway 87 South between Center and Shelbyville, TX. The wreck occurred just outside of Center. No injuries or fatalities were reported by the Center Fire Department. More to follow.
Wednesday Morning by Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Luis Alberto Ruiz was located September 19, 2018, in Georgetown and arrested by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. His arrest was made possible by tips from the community which led Williamson County officers to his location. Ruiz was arrested at 3:42 a.m. and taken into custody without incident. He will be transported to Shelby County where he will face felony charges for FTA OC: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; FTA OC: Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements; FTA: Sexual Assault of a Child; and Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public and Officer Chris King with the Center Police Department for their assistance.
Tuesday Night by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Help us kick off the First Annual Poultry Festival Car and Motorcycle Show sponsored by Zack’s Tint Shop. The Show will be held on Saturday, October 6th as a part of the Poultry Festival Saturday activities. It will be held from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the AgriLife Extension Offices large parking lot.
Enter your car and/or motorcycle, or just stop by and view the vehicles.
There are 3 categories: Cars pre-1972; Cars 1972 and newer; and Motorcycles. Trophies will be given for the top 3 in each category. There will also be a People’s Choice Award.
Early registration is underway. Early registration fee for cars is $20.00 and $15.00 for Motorcycles. After September 28th the entry fee will be $25.00 for Cars and $20.00 for Motorcycles. Registration includes a Gate Entrance Button into the Poultry Festival. Registration Packets can be picked up on October 2nd or October 3rd at Zack’s Tint Shop located at 1419 Highway 87 N.
There are only 16 days until the Cutting of the Feathers for the 42nd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank. Gold Sponsors are: Drewery Construction; City of Center; Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods. See you on the square.
For more information and to Register your car or motorcycle contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email email@example.com
Tuesday Afternoon by Shelby County Sheriff's Office
The Shelby County Sheriff’s is seeking the whereabouts of Luis Alberto Ruiz, 23, of Center. Ruiz is described as a 5’8 Hispanic male and weighs approximately 178 pounds. He has black hair, hazel eyes and a small tattoo on his right thumb.
Ruiz is wanted for the following Felony charges: FTA OC: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; FTA OC: Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements; FTA: Sexual Assault of a Child; and Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements.
The SCSO is seeking the assistance of the public with locating Ruiz. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact Investigator Chad Brown at the SCSO - (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 escape, or warns Ruiz of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.
Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive. Jose Uriel Rendon, age 52, is wanted by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department for Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child.
Rendon, who is a pastor in Nacogdoches County, used his position in the church to take advantage and sexually assault a child. It is believed that during the years of 2004 and 2005, the suspect, sexually abused the child numerous times.
Rendon is known to have family in the Tyler and Dallas area as well as Mexico. NACOGDOCHES CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for the first, most accurate tip CALLED IN OR SENT directly to CRIME STOPPERS that leads to the arrest of this suspect. All information is confidential and you never have to give your name. You may call CRIME STOPPERS at 936-560-INFO (4636) or send us a secure tip on our website atwww.ncstips.com.
SABINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated this morning 9-18-18 a two-vehicle crash on SH 103 and FM 1.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7:15 a.m., a 2008 Mack dump truck was stopped facing east in the left turn lane on SH 103 waiting to turn left onto FM 1 when a 2000 Jeep reportedly failed to control speed and struck the dump truck from behind.
The driver of the Mack is identified as 51-year-old Michael Wilkerson from San Augustine.
The driver of the Jeep is identified as Dustin Greer, 29, from Huntington. Greer was transported to the Sabine County Hospital with unknown injuries.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
The 10th Annual Angelina Wheelin’ Sportsmen Event for people with disabilities will be
Dec. 7-8 at Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest, Winston Tree Farm and Alazon Wildlife Management Area.
The two-day deer and hog hunt is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program, U.S. Forest Service, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, April AWOL Chapter and Pineywoods Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Applications are available at Forest Service Ranger’s offices in Zavalla, Hemphill, New Waverly, Kennard and Decatur, at the Forest Supervisor’s office in Lufkin, or online www.fs.usda.gov/texas.
Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31 to:
Angelina National Forest
Attn: Mandy Chumley
111 Walnut Ridge Road
Zavalla, Texas 75980
Persons with physical disabilities may apply and there is no cost to attend. Twenty-five participants will be drawn for the event and they must provide their own weapon, transportation, lodging and valid Texas hunting license. Volunteers and instructors will be on hand to assist, and meals will be provided for participants and one guest.
For more information, contact Mandy Chumley at 936-897-1068.
Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be conducted by the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court and will be held on the 19th day of September, 2018 at 10:00 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:
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 19th day of September, 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. Approve Bond for Newton Johnson reserve Constable Pct. 3.
5. Discuss and possibly approve the FFY 2019 County Child Welfare Services Non-Financial Agreement.
6. Advertise to take sealed bids on a 2008 Kia Spectra for the Shelby County Attorney’s office.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 21, at the Angelina River on 9-16-18.
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 12:30 p.m., Troopers were notified of a submerged vehicle in the Angelina River. During their investigation, Troopers determined a 2012 Ford pickup was traveling west, and for reasons that have not been determined at this point, the pickup drove off the roadway to the right and rolled over into the River. The pickup and the driver were recovered from the water.
The driver is identified as 36-year-old Joshua Dillard from Elkhart, TX. Dillard was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace.
Investigators continue to work to determine the time of the crash. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
c.Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d.Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects
7.Council approval on Payment of Bills.
8.Discussion & Council Action approval of FY 2018-2019 budget.
9.Discussion & Council Action improvements to the City Park.
10.Discussion & Council Action on approval of proposed 2018 property tax rates (.336400 per $100 of value).
11.Discussion and Council Action on proposed terms for potential inter-local agreement with Shelby County, Texas for possible City assistance with fuel cost for Pct. 3 Deputy Constable.
12.Discussion and Council Action on FY 2017-2018 Budget Revisions- Bank Service Charges, Annual Fees, Adjustments, Cost of Water Sold, Economic Development, Public Safety Development, Equipment Repairs, System Repair and Maintenance, Public Safety Fees.
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 executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
Despino Tire Sevice located on the edge of Center Texas on HWY 96 headed toward San Augustine held their ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday 9-14-18, the event was covered live by Center Broadcasting Company on KQBB 100.5 FM.
The event featured different give-a-ways and free hamburgers, sausages, and drinks for those that attended. The give-a-way winners from the event were: Dernn Bell of Center who won a set of Toyo MT tires, Katherine Raymond of Joaquin who won a gift card, and Stephen B. McGill who also won a gift card. The Shelby County Cruisers also attended bring several beautiful cars with them. Tracy Broadway and Jessie Jacobs did the radio broadcast while Justin Mott covered the event live on the Q-100 facebook page KQBB Real Country.
Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 4:30 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
3. Roll Call/Establish Quorum
4. Discuss and Consider Justice of the Peace Jackie Kirkwood to temporarily handle the City Judge act as City Judge. (ACTION)
5. Discuss and Consider Approving 2018-2019 Budget (ACTION)
6. Adopt Advertise proposed tax rate of 0.211300 per $100 of value. (ACTION)
In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company, Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian talks about the recent temporary closure of a Timpson, Texas well.
The well Katy Saltwater disposal located at 518 FM 1970 N, Timpson, TX was closed due to a 3.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Timpson last week on September 4th, 2018. There was also a 2.5 magnitude earthquake that stuck in the area this week on September 11th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.
Roughrider Quick Lube held their ribbon cutting ceremony on 9-13-18 at 11 a.m. Roughrider Quick Lube is located in Center, TX at 905 Hurst Street right next to Bob's Pawnshop. Owner Nathan Phelps will ensure great service and customer satisfaction.
Owner Nathan Phelps & his wife Amber Phelps
The event featured give-a-aways and free chicken sandwiches and a drink for those that attended. Center Broadcasting Company also held a live radio remote covering the event on KQBB 100.5 FM. Broadcasting the event on the radio was Tracy Broadway and David Jacobs. Justin Mott provided live video coverage to facebook. For pictures of the event CLICK HERE:
Texans may postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit at the Shelby County Appraisal District office if they are:
Age 65 or older; or disabled as defined by law; ? qualified disabled veterans, their unmarried surviving spouses, or their unmarried children under age 18, if no surviving spouse; or ? unmarried surviving spouses of U.S. armed service members killed on active duty and their unmarried children under age 18.
Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred -- but not cancelled -- as long as the owner continues to own and live in the home. Taxes accumulate with 5 percent interest per year. The law extends the tax deferral to the surviving spouse of the person who deferred taxes on the homestead if the surviving spouse was at least 55 years old when the deceased spouse died.
A filed tax deferral affidavit keeps homeowners from losing their homesteads because of delinquent property taxes. A pending sale to foreclose on the homestead’s tax lien will also cease as a result of filing a tax deferral affidavit. In addition, no taxing unit can start or continue a lawsuit to collect delinquent taxes once an affidavit is filed. There are no penalties on delinquent taxes during the deferral period; however, a tax deferral does not cancel penalties that were already due.
All deferred taxes and interest become due when the homeowner or surviving spouse no longer own and live in the home. If the tax debt remains unpaid at that time, penalties may be imposed, and taxing units may take legal action to collect the past due amount.
For further details about property tax deferral, contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171. Information is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at Comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
Texas homeowners may postpone paying the currently delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by taking advantage of a payment option called “residence homestead tax deferral” and filing a tax deferral affidavit at the Shelby County Appraisal District. This tax relief allows homeowners to pay the property taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead. The remaining taxes are postponed — but not cancelled — with interest accruing at 8 percent per year. Once the homeowner files the tax deferral affidavit with the appraisal district, no taxing unit can start or continue a lawsuit for the deferred taxes as long as that person owns and lives in the home. When the homeowner no longer owns and lives in the home, the deferred taxes and interest become due. If the taxes are not paid, taxing units can then sue to collect the deferred taxes and interest. Additional penalties are possible. For complete details about deferring taxes on the appreciating value of your home, contact Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171. Information is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court met this morning 9-12-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
1. They approved the minutes of the August 8th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th meetings and workshops.
2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.
3. Ann Blackwell County Treasurer gave the officer’s report and the court approved it. To view, the County Treasurer's reports CLICK HERE: to visit the Shelby County website.
Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell
4. No public comments were given.
5. The Court voted to lift the burn ban for Shelby County.
6. The Court discussed and approved appointing a deputy constable position for Constable Precinct 3, Constable Precinct 3 Roy Cheatwood also gave his thought on the matter.
Constable Precinct 3. Roy Cheatwood
7. The Court renewed the contract with Computer Information Concepts and approved a payment of $4,600.00 for renewal.
8. The Court adjourned.
The Public Budget Hearing was then held. Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison read out the proposed tax rate which is .7027, there were no public comments that were given so it was a very brief hearing. For more information on the budget CLICK HERE:
IF (BIG IF) these models hold true, we MIGHT (BIG MIGHT) see a little rain out of this, but from what I am seeing, those who live South West of the Angelina/Cherokee county areas and farther down South towards the Gulf Coast area will get the heaviest.
Cloudiness and showers associated with a trough of low pressure over the south-central Gulf of Mexico have decreased since yesterday and the Air Force reconnaissance plane scheduled to investigate the system for today will likely be canceled. However, upper-level winds are forecast to become a little more conducive for development and a tropical depression could still form Thursday or Friday before the system reaches the western Gulf Coast. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week, and interests there should monitor the progress of this system.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.
Hwy 96 is closed, north and southbound. Major wreck about 1/4 mile north of Center Country Club. As of 6:10 major wreck, semi-truck overturned with a fatality. CR 4360 off of Hwy 96 is the divert if you’re headed south. FM 2026 to come out on CR 4360 if you’re headed North.
The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Americans take the time to remember those who are or were at one time prisoners of war (POW) and those who are still missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite the public to their remembrance program Friday, September 21st, 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center. The POW/MIA Flag that has flown there 24/7 for the last year will be retired and a new one hoisted.
Larry Rymal will give a talk about his step-father Dr. Roy L. Emken who survived the Bataan Death March and Japanese imprisonment during World War II. The names of veterans from Shelby County known to have at one time been a Prisoner of War and those still missing in action will be read. As always the public, city and county officials from all over Shelby County are cordially invited.
More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas A&M Agri-Life County Extension agent Jhrei-Lynn McSwain has received her doctorate degree in forestry and she graduated early. In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company, she tells us her story.
17 years ago today Americans were attacked on our own soil. The terrorist attack on 9-11-01 changed the lives of Americans. This morning 9-11-18 at 10 a.m. the local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary held a wreath-laying ceremony on the downtown Center city square. The event was held in honor of all our first responders and all those who perished in the process of saving lives on that day 17 years ago September 11th, 2001. VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume was the main speaker for today's event.
After welcoming the crowd Mr. Hume turned over speaking to Bro. McSwain who said the opening prayer. After this Mr. Hume said a few words following him local first responders: Center Fire Chief Kieth Byndom, Center PD Officer Jeremy Bittick, Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, and David Day with Allegiance Mobile Health ambulance service all said a few words.
A wreath was placed on the Veterans Memorial by a Center Police officer in honor of our first responders. Taps was played by a member of the VFW and the crowd joined in to sing with Leigh Porterfield as she sang America the Beautiful. After the program ended the crowd gathered to take a group photograph.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has had their new flagpole put into place. The Shelby County Commissioners' Court voted on the placement of another flagpole at the Sheriff's office and the flagpole has been put into place. Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell can be seen standing in front of it in the picture below.
Larry Hume Post Quartermaster with the local VFW Post 8904 would like to invite the public to attend the 9-11 Patriots Day memorial on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 10 a.m. on the downtown Center City square.
LUFKIN – As summer draws to an end, the Lufkin District is working in all nine counties to complete construction and maintenance projects and to begin new ones.
Motorists who drive in or near work zones are urged to reduce speed, stay alert to workers and moving equipment and obey all traffic control devices.
“We have dozens of work zones set up each day throughout our district,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “Some of them are completed within a day’s work while others are set up for months at a time for major construction projects. We want everyone to respect our work areas so we all get home safely.”
For current road closures and information statewide, visit drivetexas.org. All work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. Project updates and work planned for the week of Sept. 10-14 include:
US 69 South/FM 326: Crews are scheduled to activate the newly completed traffic signal at this intersection on Tuesday. Signage and warning lights are in place on the north and south side of US 69 ahead of the intersection alerting drivers to the signal.
US 59 South: Crews will be working again during nighttime hours between Lufkin and Diboll to continue to repair concrete joints and base failures. The project is designed to resurface the roadway between Whitehouse Drive to just south of FM 2497. Motorists should be alert to a reduced speed limit through the work area.
US 69 South: Work continues from FM 844, south of Huntington, to FM 1270 in Zavalla to widen the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway. Crews will continue to set silt fence through the northern section of the project as well as in Zavalla. Dirt work continues and crews will begin laying culverts beneath the roadway and at driveways. Bridge crews are scheduled to begin drilling shafts for the ramp bridges in Zavalla. Stay alert for alternating closures and/or slow-moving traffic through this 11-mile work zone.
Robinson Road: Crews will begin setting barricades for a bridge replacement project at Gilliland Creek that will begin on Sept. 17. The roadway, located just outside Huntington, will be open only to local traffic during construction.
Various locations: Crews are scheduled for sweeping, ditch maintenance, pothole patching and herbicide applications.
FM 2713: Work is scheduled to widen the pavement from FM 2112 to SH 7. Motorists should expect lane closures. Pilot car is in use to guide drivers through the work area.
FM 226: Crews are scheduled to continue to upgrade and safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to the end of pavement. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 1638: Work will continue to safety treat fixed objects from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224. Daily lane closures expected.
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
SH 21: Crews are scheduled to apply striping at Venado Creek and Perkins Creek where bridges and approaches have been replaced.
SH 21: Work is scheduled to remove the bridge structure at Niciper Creek where the bridge and approaches are being replaced.
FM 711: Crews are hauling flex base on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the surface from the Shelby County line to US 96.
FM 1277: Crews are scheduled to do base repairs in various locations. Lane closures are possible.
US 96: Mill and inlay road repairs are scheduled from US 84 to SH 87. This is a slow-moving work zone with flaggers and alternating lane closures.
SH 87: Work is scheduled to continue to upgrade metal beam guard fence and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147; and on FM 83 from the San Augustine County line to FM 1. There will be alternating lane closures with flaggers directing traffic.
CR 4789: Crews are working to form abutments for the bridge replacement at the tributary of Blackwater Creek.
FM 3315: Base repairs are scheduled. Lane closures expected.
FM 355: Crews are scheduled to repair edges and base failures.
A new member Ribbon Cutting and Celebration will be held for, Roughrider Quick Lube. The Ribbon Cutting will be held on September 13th from 11:00am until 1:00pm. The actual Ribbon Cutting will be held at 11:00am with a lunch and celebration to follow. Also, Center Broadcasting Company will be doing a live radio remote coverage of the event on KQBB 100.5 FM.
Nathan Phelps opened his new business, Roughrider Quick Lube, on August 7th. Roughrider Quick Lube is next to Bob’s Pawn Shop on Hurst Street. Hours will be Monday thru Friday 8:00am until 6:00pm. Saturday hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm.
Mark your calendar and join the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in congratulating Nathan Phelps with his new venture.
For more information, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598-3682 or email email@example.com
SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two vehicle major crash on the morning of 9-7-18 on US 59, just south of the City of
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 1:40 a.m. a 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling south on US 59. The Peterbilt reportedly swerved to the left to avoid a tree that had fallen into the roadway and drove into the northbound lanes and struck a 2002 Sterling truck tractor semi-trailer head-on. The Sterling truck tractor semi-trailer then caught fire.
The driver of the Sterling truck tractor is identified as 68-year-old Joseph Cargal from Conroe, TX. Cargal was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.
The driver if the Peterbilt is identified as 57-year-old David Forehand from El Lago, TX. Forehand was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital and later transported to a Tyler hospital for treatment.