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Missing Woman Case Update


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On October 22nd Brandi Wright from the Center area went missing.  Three days later a report was made to the Center Police Department and the case was assigned to detectives Bobby Walker and Nicole Faulkner.  They began a missing persons investigation and during that time Steven Shires, the District attorney, along with his investigator, Joey Haley, became involved in the investigation. 
 
A search warrant was obtained for the search of Mr. Charles "Dan" Dearing Jr.  During the execution of the search warrant law enforcement found over 100 lbs of marijuana.  Mr. Dearing was arrested for felony 2 possession of marijuana. 
 
Court was held this past Tuesday and a bond hearing was held. The judge set his bond at one million and fifty dollars.  Mr. Dearing remains a person of interest in the investigation of the disappearance of Brandi Wright.  Mr. Shires stated that "there is more information to come".  It will be released as the case allows it.   
 
 

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USDA Thanksgiving Tips


 

The Thanksgiving meal is the largest many cooks prepare each year. Getting it just right, especially the turkey, brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one. Follow these tips to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is both delicious and safe to serve.
 
Steps to follow before cooking a turkey:
 
Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen. If you plan to serve a fresh turkey, purchase it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.
Purchase two thermometers: a refrigerator thermometer to ensure the turkey is stored at 40 °F or slightly below and a food thermometer to make sure the cooked turkey reaches a safe 165 °F.
Thaw the turkey by using the microwave, the cold water method, or the refrigerator. The refrigerator method is USDA recommended exit disclaimer icon.
Steps to follow when cooking a turkey:
 
Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before touching any food to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness.
 
Do not wash the turkey. This only spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook the turkey.
Keep raw turkey separated from all other foods at all times.
Use separate cutting boards, plates, and utensils when handling raw turkey to avoid cross-contamination. Wash items that have touched raw meat with warm soap and water, or place them in a dishwasher.
 
Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 °F, as measured by a food thermometer. Check the turkey’s temperature by inserting the thermometer in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh, and the innermost part of the wing.
Steps to follow when consuming leftover Thanksgiving food:
 
Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.
Store leftovers in shallow pans or containers to decrease cooling time. This prevents the food from spending too much time at unsafe temperatures (between 40 °F to 140 °F).
Do not store stuffing inside a leftover turkey. Remove the stuffing from the turkey, and refrigerate the stuffing and the meat separately.
 
Avoid consuming leftovers that have been left in the refrigerator for longer than 3 or 4 days (next Tuesday to be exact). Use the freezer to store leftovers for longer periods of time.
Keep leftovers in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs if the food is traveling home with a guest who lives more than two hours away.
 
General Information:
 
Turkey Cooking Tips:
Explore our resources on thawing, cooking, and storing turkey.
 
Countdown to the Thanksgiving Holiday exit disclaimer icon(USDA)
Plan ahead to ease the countdown tension for your Thanksgiving meal.
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meetings


 

 
 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 27th of November, 2017 at 9:30 am 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. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
3. Discuss and possibly take action on dashcams for Constables.
 
4.  District Attorney’s office to create a part-time internship to be paid out of forfeiture funds.
 
5. DA to discuss mounting televisions in the District Courtrooms
 
6. District Attorney, Stephen Shires to address the Court on approving setting up an account for
“DRUG COURT FUND”   to place monies collected by probation department.
 
7. Approve Additional bond required by the Legislature Act S.B. No 40.
 
8. Shane Barton from Safeco to present Security system information for the Security systems.
 
9. Discuss and possibly approve new surveillance, access control and panic alarm system for the Courthouse, Annex, and County Clerk’s Office.
 
10. Discuss and possibly approve new surveillance for Historical Courthouse.
 
11. Adjourn. 
 
 
 
 
 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 29th day of November, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Approve and pay current payroll.
 
3. Discuss and possibly approve the Donation Agreement between the Center Industrial Development Foundation, Inc. and Shelby County for cleaning and repairing the 1885 Historical Courthouse.
 
4. Adjourn.

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San Augustine Commissioner's Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 28TH day of November 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court
Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.  
 
 
This will download a PDF file.
 
 

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Man Arrested For Terroristic Threat


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammy Gene Tarver age 59 of Hemphill was arrested on November 20th, 2017 at 9:35 p.m. in Sabine County.  He was arrested for the charges of Terroristic Threat, 2 charges of Violation of a Protective Order and Tampering with a witness.  This information is from the San Augustine County Sheriff's department.  

 
 
 
 

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Bowling For Turkeys is Officially Over


 

 

 

 

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House Fire on County Road 2230


 
 
 
The Center Fire Department responded to a house fire on County Road 2230 on November 10th, at 12:51 p.m. they put the fire out but major damage did occur to the bed room and another back room in the house. 
 
According to the Center Fire Chief Kieth Byndom the rest of the house was salvageable.  The Center Fire Department returned to the station at approximately 2:15 p.m.
 
 
 
 

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House Fire in the Shelbyville Area


 

The Shelbyville fire department responded to a house fire on November 11th, at 10 p.m. the residence was located on 87 South near Highway 147. 
 
According to the Shelbyville fire department the fire was located in the living room/bed room area.  The fire started due to a heating/air condition malfunction.  The fire department put out the fire.  
 
The Shelbyville fire department returned to their station at about midnight.
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Today's News 11-21-17


 

 

 

 

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Community Calendar 11-20-17


 

 

 

 

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Operation Christmas Child


 

 

 

 

 

Operation Christmas child was a huge success this year they collected almost 1,000 shoe boxes this year, at the First Baptist Church in Center.  Shelby County coordinator Patti Putska says they have been collecting shoe boxes for several years at the church.  The boxes will make their way to Dallas where they will be sent all around the world to children in need to share the love of Jesus and the joy of Christmas to children.   

 

 

 
Left to Right: Diana Frantsen & Patti Pustka
 
 
 
 
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

 

 

 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club had their regular monthly meeting today at the Center First Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. Denise Merriman with the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center gave a presentation about her organisation.  She also talked about their toy drive.

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

 

 

Denise Merriman with dontations collected by the Golden Harvest Ministries Club

 
 

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Tri-County Holiday Schedule Notice


 

 

TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION WILL NOT BE GIVING THANKSGIVNG BOXES THIS YEAR.
 
 
TRI-COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION HARVEST FOR HOMES
WILL HAVE THE PRODUCE DROP THIS WEDNESDAY @ THE OLD CVS BUILDING TRUCK WILL ARRIVE  8:30AM 
 
HARVEST FOR HOMES FOOD PANTRY WILL BE CLOSED THIS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2017
WILL RE-OPEN THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2017 @ 9:30AM
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court met today at 9:30 a.m. at the 2nd floor community room of the active Shelby County Court House.  Below are the results from the meeting.
 
 
1.  The court approved and paid weekly expenses. 
 
2.  They Canvased the Election Ballots for the November 7, 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election.  770 people voted locally out of the 14,992 registered voters according to Shelby County Clerk Jennifer Fountain.  
 
3.  They discussed renovations to County buildings and assignment of office space, for County Attorney, JP1, and Juvenile Probation. 
 
 
Adult Probation Bradley Wilburn talked about his office space needs. 
 
 
 
 
Juvenile Probation officer Daniel O’Rear addressed the Court about his office space needs. 
 
 
 
Garry Rholes’s employee Kim Causey addressed the court about their office space needs. 
 
 
 
JP 1 Melissa Crouch addressed the Court about her office space needs. 
 
The court made a motion to prepare the annex building to be used and approved the motion.  
 
4.  The court Adjourned.
 
 
 

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Grass Fire


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire off of FM 139 south Saturday afternoon. The fire burned about two acres before it was contained. The JVFD would like to remind all Shelby County residents to use caution when burning, and to save burns for days with low winds.

 

 

A 20 mph wind gust can easily blow burning leaves onto dry, dead grass, and sustained winds as low as 5 mph can spread a fire quickly.

 

 

The JVFD would also like to tell residents not to hesitate to call 911 if you have something that you even think is an emergency. All seven Shelby County fire departments stand ready to respond when needed.

 
 

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Recall Notice


 

Green Cuisine, a San Fernando, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,854 pounds of chicken and turkey salad products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard silica and glass fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. 

 
 
 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Timpson Economic Development Corp will be held immediately preceding the regular meeting of the governing body of the above named City. It will begin at 5:00pm and will end promptly at 5:30pm on the 21st day of November, 2017.
 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 21st day of November, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas.
 
 
This will download a word document.
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that 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, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – November 20, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for Minutes from October 23, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting Minutes and November 6, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting. – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for October 2017 Financials. – ACTION
6. Consider Approval of Resolution #2017-11-20-1R to authorize Change of Signatures on All City Accounts at the First National Bank of Hughes Springs. – ACTION
7. Discuss Outcome from November 6, 2017 Special Called Meeting and Appoint New Police Chief. – ACTION
8. Discuss Dog Issues in The City and Consider Approval To Use Mr. Jack Burrows as Tenaha’s Official Dog Catcher. – ACTION
a. Discuss and Consider Procedure Recommendations to Recoup Dog Catching Expense
9. Re-visit Tabled Agenda Item #15 from October 23, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting to Discuss and Consider Approval to Place All Churches on Minimum Billing Rate for Applicable Services – ACTION
10. Re-visit Tabled Agenda Item #18 from October 23, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting to Discuss and Consider Approval For Compensation for Council Members – ACTION
11. Re-visit Tabled Agenda Item #16 from October 23, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting to Discuss and Consider Approval to Grant Ownership to Those Who Paid for Tables via the Beautification and Events Committee. - ACTION
12. Discuss 2018 Staff Holiday Schedule
13. Discuss and Consider Approval to Change City Operating Hours to 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - ACTION
14. Discuss and Consider Approval for Revising the Mayor’s Compensation – ACTION
15. Discuss and Consider Creating A Utilities Department Vehicle Policy - ACTION
16. Discuss and Consider Handbook Policy Change Addressing Police Overtime. – ACTION
17. Review, Discuss and Consider Approval of the Revised Public Utilities Rate Sheet. – ACTION
18. Discuss and Consider Approval for Advertising All City Positions. - ACTION
19. Council to Convene to Closed Session 
a. Personnel Matters (section 551.074) – Darren Gray 
20. Council to Return to Open Session
21. Discuss and Consider Approving a Workshop Date to Review the Employee Handbook – ACTION
22. Department Head Report
23. Council Comments
24. Adjourn
 

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Today's News 11-20-17


 

 

 

 

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Center Fire Report


 

The Center department responded to 3 calls last week 1 alarm, 1 house, and 1 electrical fire.

 
 

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Sen. Cruz Urges Air Force to Defend Religious Liberty


 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, urging her to come to the defense of Col. Leland Bohannon, who was heavily sanctioned for exercising his religious beliefs. The letter is also signed by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.).
 
“Our country was founded by people who risked everything for freedom,” Sen. Cruz said. “The American military embodies this heritage, and they shouldn’t have to surrender their fundamental religious liberties to do it. Col. Bohannon did exactly what we expect our heroes to do: he found a smart solution, under pressure, that balanced his religious liberties with the honor that was due the service member. He deserves to be lauded for his quick, compassionate thinking—not threatened with a potentially career-ending action.”
 
For the full letter click here.
 
 

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Football Schedules


 

 
Center vs. Silsbee
7 :30 p.m. Friday
Nacogdoches Dragon Stadium
Tickets sold at the stadium, only. $6 adults, $4 students
 
Joaquin vs. Centerville
7:30 p.m. Friday
Tyler All Saints
San Augustine vs. Deweyville
7:30 p.m. Friday
C.A. “Butch” Thomas Support Center Field, Beaumont
 
Garrison vs. Elysian Fields
 7:30 p.m. Friday
 Spring Hill Panther Stadium in Longview
 
Louisiana High School Football Playoffs-2nd Round
Logansport at Homer
 
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday November 21, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary- Scheduling Notes
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update – Departmental Updates
d. Water Department
Update—Ongoing Water Projects.
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on approval of 2016 Independent Audit.
8. Discussion & Council Action on approval of resolution authorizing the submission of CDBG application to the Texas General Land office.
9. Discussion & Council Action on Public Safety Development request to share expense of 2018 promotional materials for both Development Corps.
10. Discussion & Council Action on possibly renaming of Saddle Street to Sam Watts Drive.
11. Discussion & Council Action on Designating City owned building on Steve Hughes Drive as a storage only facility.
12.  Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a. Christmas Benefits- All Departments.
b. Water Operator Status Review and possible classification change.
13. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
14. Adjournment.
 
IF during the course of the 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.
 
 

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Panola College, ETBU sign articulation agreement


 

 
Panola College signed an articulation agreement with East Texas Baptist
University on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the
Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center on the campus of Panola
College.
 
 
 
East Texas Baptist University’s partnership with Panola College (PC) marks
ETBU’s sixth and Panola College’s third articulation agreement with
institutions and organizations in the region. ETBU President J. Blair
Blackburn and PC President Gregory Powell signed the agreement that offers
students at PC and ETBU access to enhanced educational opportunities.
 
 
 
“ETBU is honored to partner with Panola College in the education of
students in East Texas. Our region has a bachelor’s degree completion rate
of less than 35 percent and we want to provide greater opportunities for
East Texans and Panola College students and graduates to receive an
affordable Christ-centered education at ETBU,” Dr. Blackburn said. “PC
President Greg Powell is a visionary educational leader for Panola County
and East Texas. I am excited to work closely with Dr. Powell in exploring
other strategies to widen the doors of access and affordability to higher
education for our students.”
 
 
 
Located in Carthage, Texas, Panola College is an award-winning community
college. PC was established in 1947, operating with just two temporary
buildings. Now, the institution stands with 19 permanent buildings and
serves over 2,600 students in the counties of Marion, Panola, Shelby, and
Harrison. In its 70-year history, Panola College has grown to meet the
needs of the community by providing a wide range of education and training
opportunities to students of any age. PC President Gregory Powell’s vision
for expansion led to the partnership between PC and ETBU.
 
 
 
"Panola College is delighted to sign this articulation agreement with East
Texas Baptist University,” Dr. Powell commented. “This provides our
students with a seamless transfer pathway as they continue their education
towards bachelors' degrees.”
 
 
 
The agreement will ensure that eligible graduates of PC will be able to
seamlessly transfer approved courses, receive priority for admission, and
be granted precedence for scholarships at ETBU. The University will also
offer $11,000 each year in academic support to Phi Theta Kappa students.
 
 
 
“As a local partner, Panola College has a great impact on the education of
students in Harrison and Panola County,” ETBU Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “In this agreement, we are
providing a seamless transition for students to finish an undergraduate
degree. Partnerships like this are key to us improving the workforce and
economies of our region.”
 
 
 
ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and PC President Gregory Powell
sign an articulation agreement to enhance the existing partnership between
the two institutions. During the ceremony, Dr. Blackburn presented Dr.
Powell with a crystal plaque for Panola’s commitment to transform the lives
of students through higher education.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Statement On Record-Low Texas Unemployment


 

 
AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement after it was announced that Texas has achieved a record-low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent for October 2017. This rate marks the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment recorded in four decades.
 
Texas has recently experienced some of its most serious economic challenges, but despite these obstacles, our economy is booming, said Governor Abbott. This resiliency is a testament to the diversity of our economy and the strength of our workforce. As governor, I will continue to promote policies that allow businesses to thrive and keep Texas the best state in the nation to do business.
 
 

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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 Commissioner’s Court will be held on the 20th day of November, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses. 
 
2.  Canvas the Election Ballots for the November 7, 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election.
 
3. Discuss and possibly approve renovations to County buildings and assignment of office space, for County Attorney, JP1, and Juvenile Probation.
 
4. Adjourn. 
 
 

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Today's News 11-17-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Senior Site to Host Thanksgiving Dinner


 

 

The Senior Site in Center will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day.  They will also make to go plate and deliver.  In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company Site Director Ashelyn Golden tells us more. 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

Little to no rain for the upcoming series of cold fronts headed our way.
We will be lucky to capture 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in total. Only those of
us below IH20 will see that much. This low series of low rain events will
contribute to our ever expanding drought conditions in our region.
 
Especially to our North.  We should be in excess of 2 & 1/2 inches for the
month of November in order to meet our normal average monthly total.
 
We were lucky, if you can call it that, we had Hurricane Harvey to fill
our groundwater tables and to top off our soil moisture levels. *
 
We also have been lucky that this last 2 months have seen at least some
1-3 inches of rain, whereas to our north most have had only trace amounts.
 
Drought conditions are expanding and so is the FIRE DANGER!*
 
 
 

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UPDATE: Wreck at Southwood Apartments in Center


 

 
Last Thursday Morning November 9th, 2017 at approximately 7:30 a.m.  A moving truck driven by Emil Walker from Louisiana wrecked into the Southwood apartments striking the Admin Office. 
 
According to the Center Police department the driver fell asleep while driving.  Emergency personnel blockade the area and the vehicle was towed off.  The Center Fire department returned to the station at 9:15 a.m.
 
 
 

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Patriots Pen Local Winners


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary are proud to announce
the winners of this year's youth essay contests.
 
 
 
Patriot's Pen - open to all students in grades 6-8.  Essay of 300-400 words
on this year's theme: "America's Gift to My Generation".
 
 
Cullen Freeman & Mother Amanda
 
First Place:  Joaquin 8th grade student Cullen Freeman (shown in photo with
mother, Amanda).  Cullen received a framed certificate, Patriot's Pen Medal
and a check for $50.00.
 
 
 
Voice of Democracy - open to all students in grades 9-12.  Oral essay of 3-5
minutes on this year's theme:  "American History: Our Hope for the Future".
 
 
 
Abigail Hooper
 
 
 
 
Matthew Silvey
 
Co First Place Winners:  Joaquin HS Senior Abigail Hooper and Joaquin HS
Senior Matthew Silvey.  Both received a framed certificate, Voice of
Democracy Medal and a check for $100.00.
 
 
 
Each will now compete at the district level with results being announced
within the next 7-10 days.
 
 
 
Congratulations to the winners and a thank you to all who took the time to
enter.
 
 

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Recall Release


 

 
TEXAS NATURAL MEATS RECALLS BEEF PRODUCTS 
DUE TO POSSIBLE SPECIFIED RISK MATERIALS CONTAMINATION
 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2017 – Texas Natural Meats, a Lott, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 116 pounds of beef tongue products that may be contaminated with specified risk materials (SRMs), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 
 
The raw intact beef tongue items were produced on various dates between April 1, 2016 and Nov. 11, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 
       
1.72-lb. cryovac packages of frozen “Beef Tongue”.
   
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34449” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to product owners and further distributed in Texas.
                                  
The problem was discovered on Nov. 15, 2017 by FSIS, while conducting inspection verification activities. 
 
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
 
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
 
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
 
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact C.W. Whorton, Plant Manager, at (254) 584-0115.
 
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
 
 
 
 

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VFW Post Teacher of the Year


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
are proud to announce that Center High School Teacher Jennifer Fausett has
been selected as the Teacher of the Year.  Jennifer is the primary
instructor for Culinary Arts in the Career and Technology Education
Department.  
 
She was nominated by colleague Jeff Samford who said in part "Jennifer came
to center High School 5 years ago after graduating from Stephan F. Austin
State University with highest honors in Nutrition Dietetics.  She is the
Culinary Arts teacher but also performs many other vital function is our
community.  In a little over a month, Mrs. Fausett created a simulated
restaurant and an actual working coffee shop in her culinary classroom that
teaches excellent work ethic and business skills.  She is the focal point in
the Center Junior Chamber of Commerce.  She established and coordinated the
delivery of relief donations for hurricanes Irma and Harvey victims.".
 
Jennifer will receive a framed certificate and check for $100.00 from our
post.
 
She now competes at the district level and the results should be known in
the next 7 - 10 days.
 
 

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Today's News 11-16-17


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 
   
- *Today - 78/58. Some periods of cloudiness, some sun, South winds at
   5-8 mph.*
 
 - *Thursday - Cooler. 74/60. a little more Sun, but lots of passing
   clouds. *
   
- *Friday - 79/65 Mostly sunny with winds beginning to blow from the
   South @10-12 by noon.*
   
- *Saturday - 73/48. Clouds. Winds still strong, but blowing from the
   North at 10-12 mph. light misty rain is possible during the day as the cold
   front pushes through.*
   
- *Sunday - Much cooler. Lots of Sunshine. 64/37 with North winds still
   8-10 mph. FROST*
   
- *Monday - 64/45 Sunny. North wind at 5-8 mph*
   
- *Tuesday - Sun disappears, stronger cold front with cold **rain 58/37 *
 
 - *Wednesday - AM showers with continuing 58/37 degree temperatures
   North winds continue. *Another FROST? on our pumpkins*
   
- *Thanksgiving - 58/39 with lots of sun, light North wind at 5 mph*
 

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Today's News 11-15-17


 

 

 

 

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Community Calendar 11-15-17


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 11-14-17


 

 

 

 

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Tenaha Gets a New Chief of Police


 

The City of Tenaha has chosen a new police chief. 

 

In an interview with Center broadcasting Company the acting Mayor of Tenaha Natalie Harris revealed that Jeremy H. Pope will be the new police chief for the City of Tenaha.  Mr. Pope will start his position on November 21st, 2017.  

 

 

 
 

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Cookies with Santa at Panola


 

 

 

 

Bring the kids by for “Cookies and Cocoa with Santa” at Panola College from 4 to 7 p.m. Santa will make a special trip from the North Pole to be on hand to greet children and adults alike in the foyer of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center to kick off the Spirit of Christmas.
 
KTBS 3 Meteorologist will accompany Santa and will do the weather forecast live from Panola College from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa will be available to hear children’s Christmas wish lists and to pose for photos. Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available.
 
Santa photos will not be printed on site. Parents are welcome to take photos and Panola College will post photos on social media after the event
 

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Felon of the Week DeSoto Parish


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish Area.
 
Dustin C. Weeks of Mansfield, La. Weeks is wanted for Simple Burglary (2 counts). Weeks is described as a white male, 6’1” tall and weighing 196lbs. Weeks is 32 years of age. 
 
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956. Capt. James Clements 
 

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Household Hazardous Waste Event


 

CENTER, Texas (November 14, 2017) – The City of Center will be hosting, with the
assistance of Pineywoods Resource Conservation & Development, a household hazardous
waste disposal event this Saturday, November 18th, between 9 am and 1 pm at the Windham
Civic Center parking lot. All Center residents are encouraged to bring accepted items for
disposal at no cost
 
Some people ask, what’s the purpose of household hazardous waste (HHW) management?
These products can be bought at the grocery or hardware stores every day. Why can’t we
just dispose of unwanted chemical cleaners, polishes, lawn and garden chemicals, and other
products in the garbage can or down the drain?
 
Even though there aren’t any laws governing the disposal of household chemicals, it still is not
okay to put chemical products in the garbage for trash pickup, into a creek, storm drain or into
the sanitary sewer. In communities like Center, unwanted household chemicals are not
routinely collected so they end up being disposed of either in the garbage or by some other
method.
 
Some people may ask, “so what?” if household chemicals are put in the trash and disposed of
in landfills. Here is some information that may illustrate the importance of proper HHW
management and proper disposal of these chemicals.
 
One reason is to remove chemicals from your home so they are not accidentally consumed.
Poison Exposures in the United States Facts:
• There is one poison exposure every 14 seconds.
• Over two million poisonings are reported annually.
• Majority of poisonings involve everyday household items such as cleaning supplies,
medicines, cosmetics and personal care items.
• 89 percent of all poisonings occur in the home.
• 75 percent of poisonings are ingestion of a substance.
• Children and Poison:
• 53 percent of poisonings occur in children under the age of six.
• Child poisonings under the age of six represent 2% of poison fatalities.
 
Source: http://www.poison.org/prevent/documents/poison%20stats.pdf
It’s an uncommon occurrence, but garbage trucks can catch fire or generate toxic gases due
to household chemicals being collected as trash. In larger communities it happens more
frequently, but just this summer, there was a trash truck fire in Center. Sanitation workers can
become exposed to toxic fumes generated by chemicals reacting in garbage, and that
happens more frequently than people realize. The average cost for a garbage truck fire or
chemical contamination can easily be $25,000 or more.
 
Introduction of chemicals and certain waste into the local sanitary sewer system is an
extremely important issue. The City’s wastewater treatment plant can be significantly
impacted by even small amounts of household chemicals - particularly metals. Most notable
are zinc, copper and mercury that are more prevalent in industrial waste but can be generated
from households. Mercury is common in household items such as thermometers, batteries,
thermostats, appliance switches/controls and various light bulbs. People will probably be
surprised to learn there is even mercury in many dish soaps and detergents. Similarly, zinc is
in some batteries and light bulbs. Metals can be introduced into the sanitary sewer system if
improperly disposed of, creating treatment issues and potentially resulting in permit violations,
both of which create higher costs for utility customers. Also, prescription drugs should not be
flushed down the drain as many can create treatment problems or hazardous situations in the
sewer system.
 
Proper HHW management isn’t just about environmental concern, it’s an issue about public
health as well as safety in the home.
 
For more information please call City Hall at 936/598-2941.
 
 

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City of Tenaha Council Meeting Date Changes


 

 
City of Tenaha Regular Scheduled Council Meetings Date Changes:
 
November Regular Scheduled Council Meeting will be held 
MONDAY – NOVEMBER 20TH @ 5:15 p.m.
 
December Regular Scheduled Council Meeting will be held 
MONDAY – DECEMBER 18TH @ 5:15 p.m.
 
 

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Center Water System Maintenance


 

The City of Center Public Water System, PWS #2100001, will be conducting water system
maintenance beginning January 1, 2018, and lasting until January 31, 2018. The system will be
switching to free chlorine as its main disinfection.
 
This maintenance which is not a requirement, but is the recommended course of action set by the
TCEQ/EPA for the accumulation of disinfection byproducts.
 
This is a routine maintenance procedure performed to help reduce unstable water conditions in
our system and insure the highest quality of water being delivered to our customers.
 
During this maintenance period you may notice an odor or slight discoloration, but the safety of
the water will not be affected. City maintenance crews and the Fire Department will also be
aggressively flushing hydrants throughout the City’s distribution system.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our Public Works Department at 936-
598-5241.

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Seth Wilson Returns to Jeopardy


 

Last year Seth Wilson won $265,002 on the game show Jeopardy.  This year he made a return to the show on the tournament of champions.  Mr. Wilson lost in the first round of the tournament but he is currently still number 5 when it comes to most wins in a row on the show.  

 

 

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From Chattanooga, TN,  Seth Wilson currently teaches English and Theatre at SFA University. He always loved school and was an eager student while growing up, so teaching came naturally to him. He has considered himself a lifelong student.  He grew up watching Jeopardy every night with his parents.  The first question that he ever got right as child was about Kennedy Space Center.  When questioned about the process of getting on Jeopardy, he said that you have to take an online test.  It is given several times a year; consequently, it will be given next just this week.  He took the online test 4 times before finally qualifying.  
 
After taking the test, you must qualify by score to attend a test center and take yet another test in person.  Once that has been successfully accomplished, you must audition in a mock game of Jeopardy.  This is to see if your personality favorable for the TV setting.   Finally, if you are successful in all of these prequalifying steps, you are put on a list to be called within the next 18 months.  If you are selected, you are out-of-pocket the expense for air fare and housing accommodations while you are there.  There is a shuttle provided to take you to the set which arrives early in the day.
 
Mr. Wilson said that the biggest surprise was that the set was smaller than what he imagined.  A 30% tax is taken out of all winnings.
 
 

 

 

 

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Broaddus ISD School Bond Election Results


 

Early Voting Totals
 
153 For
256 Against 
 
Election Day Totals
 
90 For 
133 Against
 
 
For a Total Of
 
243 For
389 Against
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioner's Court Meeting


 

San Augustine Commissioner's Court Meeting will be held on Tuesday  14th at 9:00 a.m.
 
 
This will download a PDF file.
 
 
 

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Today's News 11-13-17


 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The City of Center will have a city council meeting on Monday November 13th at 5:00 p.m.

 

Click here for the agenda:

 

 

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Crash in Timpson Area Results in Death


 

SHELBY COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers investigated this morning a two vehicle fatal crash on US 59, about two
miles north of Timpson.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 8:40 a.m., a 2006
Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was reportedly making a U-Turn on US 59 in
an attempt to travel south. A 2009 Ford pickup, also traveling south, struck the side
of the trailer being towed by the truck tractor.
 
The driver of the Kenworth is identified as Jose Luna, 32, from Houston, TX. Luna
was not reported as being injured as a result of the crash.
 
The driver of the Ford is identified as Johnathon Martin Jr., 30, from Timpson.
Martin was transported from the scene of the crash to a hospital in Center and was
later pronounced deceased.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.

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Timpson ISD Veteran's Day Program


 

 

 

 

 

 

Timpson ISD held their annual Veteran's day program today 11-10-17 at 10 a.m. at the Timpson High School gym.  There was a large turnout from the community.

 

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Today's News 11-10-17


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

For the second winter in a row, La Niña will be in the driver’s seat.  on
Thursday morning, declaring that La Niña conditions were now in place in
both the atmosphere and ocean. NOAA gives odds of around 65-75% that La
Niña conditions will extend at least through the upcoming Northern
Hemisphere winter of 2017-18.
 
La Niña's U.S. signature:  frequent ups and downs, active storm track
 
 
The atmospheric rearrangements triggered by La Niña often lead to a
consolidated jet stream over North America and an active, progressive storm
track. Typically, this leads to periods of roller-coaster weather, with
frequent ups and downs in temperature. For the season as a whole, La Niña
winters tend to end up colder than average toward the north central and
northwest U.S. and warmer than average toward the south and southeast. On
top of this is the overall warming influence from human-produced greenhouse
gases, which can help reinforce the southern warmth and blunt the northern
cold.
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meetings


 

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT REGULAR MEETING SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 13th of November, 2017 at 9:30 am 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:
 
Approve the minutes of the October 4, 2017 Special meeting, October 10, 2017 Regular meeting,     October 18, 2017 Budget Workshop, and the October 23, 2017 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court. 
 
Approve the weekly expenses.
 
Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
Discuss and possibly appoint a representative from Shelby County to the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region 1).
 
Discuss and possibly take action on the Workers’ Compensation Insurance for the County.
 
Discuss and possibly approve a 911 Emergency Ambulance Exclusive Agreement.
 
Discuss and possibly approve new surveillance, access control and panic alarm system for the Courthouse, Annex, and County Clerk’s Office.
 
Discuss and possibly approve gravel donation from Billy Hearnsberger for Pct. 3 to be put on County Road 3376.
 
Discuss and possible approve to move Garza County Fund 65 bank account under the General Fund umbrella of accounts and close separate account.
 
Shelby County Extension Agents Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain to discuss placing
Security Lighting and utilization of classroom for 4-H projects.
 
District Attorney’s office to create a part-time internship to be paid out of forfeiture funds.
 
District Attorney, Stephen Shires to address the Court on approving setting up an account for
“DRUG COURT FUND”   to place monies collected by probation department.
 
DA to discuss mounting televisions in the District Courtrooms.
 
Discuss and possibly reconsider the rental cost of the gym for Zumba classes.
 
Adjourn.
 
 
COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SPECIAL MEETING SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 15th day of November, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
Approve weekly expenses and current payroll.
 
Adjourn.
 
 
 

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Joaquin Track Closed For Resurfacing


 

 

The Joaquin ISD track is being resurfaced at this time, therefore, it will be closed until further notice.
 
 

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Today's News 11-9-17


 

 

 

 

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Wreck at Southwood Apartments in Center


 

UPDATE: 

 
Earlier this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. a wreck occurred at the Southwood Apartments in Center, TX.  The Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and ACE EMS all responded. 
 
 
A moving truck driven by Emil Walker from Louisiana wrecked into the Southwood apartments striking the Admin Office.  According to the Center PD Walker fell asleep while driving.  Emergency personnel blockade the area and the vehicle was towed off. 
 
 
 
The Center Fire Department returned to the station at 9:15 a.m.  
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Garrison Alcohol Referendum Results


 

The Garrison Alcohol referendum to allow the sale of alcohol in the city limits failed to pass.  
 
Results: 
 
107 Against  
 
86 For
 

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18 Wheeler Loses its Load in Center


 

Breaking News the Center Fire Department responds to a 18 Wheeler that lost it load on 96 north next to Loop 500 in Center, TX.  More to follow.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted For Choice Public Water System


 
The boil water notice for the Choice Public Water System has been lifted.  It is no longer necessary to boil your water as of November 8th, 2017.
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Proclaims November 12th As Day Of Prayer Following Sutherland Springs Tragedy


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed Sunday, November 12th as a day of prayer in Texas following the deadly mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas over the weekend. The proclamation also encourages all Texans to join in a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m. on November 12th to honor and remember the lives of those who have been lost. The Governor signed the Day of Prayer Proclamation at a community prayer gathering at Floresville High School in Floresville, Texas this evening that was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence.
  
"The act of craven cowardice and evil inflicted on the Sutherland Springs community has deeply touched the core of who we are as faithful people," said Governor Abbott. “In times of tragedy, we often see the very best of Texas. We must remain strong and resilient, and lean on the support and care of our helping communities in this dark time. That is why I encourage people from across the state and country to come together and join me in a day of prayer this Sunday, November 12, to honor and remember the lives of those who have been lost.”
 

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BUDDY POPPY DAY


 

Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the blood shed by American service members and it reiterates that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will never forget their sacrifices.
 
Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies on Veterans Day, this Saturday, November 11th at Walmart on Hurst Street from 9 am to 3 pm.  Donations go to meet unexpected needs of Shelby County Veterans.  Be sure to get yours.
 

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Shelby County Voting Results For The Texas Constitutional Amendment Election


 

Registered Voters Total: 1339
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 1
 
For 81
 
Against 14
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 2
 
For 86
 
Against 13
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 3
 
For 80
 
Against 17
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 4
 
For 73
 
Against 22
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 5
 
For 66
 
Against 28
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 6
 
For 84
 
Against 13
 
 
State of Texas Proposition 7
 
For 53
 
Against 41
 
 
 
 
Shelby County Clerk's Office Staff
 
 

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Center ISD School Board Election Results


 

 

 
Ballots Cast Total: 457
 
Center ISD Board of Trustees:
 
Greg Hubbard 231
 
Shannon Denby 148
 
Kris Kirby 75
 
 
 
 
Shelby County Clerk's Office Staff
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish Area.
 
Ladaryl D. Burns of Mansfield, La. Burns is wanted for Felony Probation Violation. Burns is described as a black male, 5’11” tall and weighing 205lb. Burns is 41 years of age.
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000.00 for information that results in the suspects arrest, anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867) all calls are confidential or contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956. Capt. James Clements 
 

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Weather Update


 

Today the temps cool slightly below the earlier in the week forecast to 78/55. Lots of clouds & light rain is possible late in the day.
 
 
Wednesday is the much cooler day with temps around 58 for a high and low of 46. NW winds at about 10 mph. and a gentle rain of about 1/2 inch can be expected in our area.
 
 
Thursday will begin to warm to normal temps of 63 and 44 during the evening with AM clouds and PMSun with the clearing skies.
 
 
Friday is still FOOTBALL weather with light winds, clear and sunny skies with temps in the 69/47 range.
   
 
The weekend clouds up again, but retains the light winds, slight chance for showers with temps in the low 70's and lows in the low 50's. OR, better said...our normal late Fall temperatures.
 
 
 

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Today's News 11-7-17


 

 

 

 

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Constitutional Amendment and School Board Election Today


 

 
 

There is a constitutional amendment election today polls are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.  For more information contact the Shelby County Clerk's office at: 936-598-6361.  

 

Please visit the Texas Legislature Online home page to obtain further information.
 
For a voters guide go to The League of Women Voters of Texas website.
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 1 (HJR 21)
 
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 2 (SJR 60)
 
“The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 3 (SJR 34)
 
“The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 4 (SJR 6)
 
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 5 (HJR 100)
 
“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 6 (SJR 1)
 
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 7 (HJR 37)
 
“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”
 
 
 

 

For a list of polling locations click here:

 

This will download a PDF file. 

 

 

 

Also an election will be held on November 7th, 2017 for the purpose of electing a trustee for the Center Independent School District School Board.  

 

Your Canidates are:

 

Greg Hubbard

 

Shannon Denby

 

Kris Kirby

 

 

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Flags at Half-Staff


 

 

The President has issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting.  The Flag of the United States and all other flags flying with it are to be displayed at half-staff from now until sunset on November 9, 2017.
 
 

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City of Center Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event


 

 

 

 

CENTER, Texas (November 6, 2017) – The City of Center is hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal event on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Windham Civic Center.
 
“Center residents are encouraged to bring hazardous waste items to this event,” said Center City Manager Chad Nehring. “These items are not supposed to be disposed with normal trash and collected by our solid waste provider and go into the landfill.”
 
Items to be collected include: paint (oil and latex), pool chemicals, gasoline/kerosene, oil and filters, fluorescent lights, batteries, household cleaners, antifreeze, varnishes/stains, mercury, turpentine, fertilizers/pesticides, freon, and prescription medications. Items that will not be included are: household appliances and water heaters, construction materials, asbestos, explosives, ammunition, fireworks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, medical waste, infectious waste, electronics and tires.
 
Electronic items can be disposed of at the annual Electronics Recycling Day, hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, held usually in the spring. Center residents are allowed to bring bulky waste items (appliances, construction materials, etc.) to the City Annex on Riggs Street on Tuesdays for disposal.
 
Center Mayor David Chadwick added, “These events plus our ongoing recycling program are small ways that everyone can play a role to help make Center a more attractive community.”  The event is open to all Center residents. No school, business, agricultural, or industrial wastes will be collected.
 
For more information please call City Hall at 936/598-2941
 

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San Augustine County Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault


 

 

According to the San Augustine Co. Sheriff's office's arrest report Sammie Gene Tarver age 59 was arrested on Saturday November 4th, 2017 on the charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and terroristic threat.  More information to follow as it is offically released from the San Augustine County Sheriff's office as this is all that they have released at this time.
 
To view the Shelby County and San Augustine County arrest's visit our arrest page.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOTING INFORMATION


 

 

There is a constitutional amendment election tomorrow polls are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.  For more information contact the Shelby County Clerk's office at: 936-598-6361.  

 

Please visit the Texas Legislature Online home page to obtain further information.
 
For a voters guide go to The League of Women Voters of Texas website.
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 1 (HJR 21)
 
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 2 (SJR 60)
 
“The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 3 (SJR 34)
 
“The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 4 (SJR 6)
 
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 5 (HJR 100)
 
“The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 6 (SJR 1)
 
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”
 
STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION NUMBER 7 (HJR 37)
 
“The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”
 
 
 

 

For a list of polling locations click here:

 

This will download a PDF file. 

 

 

 

Also an election will be held on November 7th, 2017 for the purpose of electing a trustee for the Center Independent School District School Board.  Early voting is currently going on for the school board election also.  

 

Your Canidates are:

 

Greg Hubbard

 

Shannon Denby

 

Kris Kirby

 

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Center ISD School Bus Wreck


 

 

On October 26th, 2017 there was a school bus wreck that occurred on County Road 1005.  A 2011 Center ISD school bus was traveling east bound on County Road 1005 off of FM 711. 

 

The bus was being driven by Amanda Handy, the driver reported hearing a loud pop, the bus then pulled to the left striking a mail box and then a tree.  No injuries were reported to have occurred during the crash.  This information from DPS Trooper Taylor Buster.  

 

 

 

 

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Let's Talk Turkey Thanksgiving Food Safety


 

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching click the link for food safety tips.

 

Food Safety Click Here:

 

 

 

 

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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 Monday – November 6, 2017 @ 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Convene to Closed Session – ACTION
a. Per Section 551.074 - Personnel Matters – Interview Police Chief Candidates 
3. Return to Open Session
a. Council to make motion pertaining to outcome of the closed session 
4. Adjourn
 

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