Local VFW Post Quartermaster Larry Hume invites the public out to the historic Shelby County Courthouse this Friday, March 22, 2019, for the 10 a.m. memorial honoring those who served in Kosovo in Operation Allied Force.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – On March 17, 2019, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on County Road 724, about five miles west of Nacogdoches.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 8 p.m., a 1989 Honda passenger car was traveling south on County Road 724 while a 2013 Ford passenger car was traveling north on County Road 724. For unknown reasons, the two vehicles struck head-on in the middle of the roadway.
The driver of the Honda is identified as 48-year-old Javier Gallegos from Nacogdoches. Gallegos was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later.
The driver of the Ford is identified as 33-year-old Daniel Solis, also from Nacogdoches. Solis was not reportedly injured during the crash.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
2019-03-19 10:12:00 by Press release edited by Justin Mott
Alexander Barter the Joaquin man arrested last year for allegedly planning to molest and eat a child will be in Judge Giblin’s court today 3-19-19 for an initial appearance at 2 p.m. in Beaumont, Texas.
Center ISD has been issued two bonds totaling around 30 million dollars. The school system plans to use around a third of that amount on the F. L. Moffett Primary School. Center Broadcasting Company met with Center ISD Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry to learn more about the expansions and improvements that will be done at F.L. Moffett.
If you own tangible personal property that is used to produce income, then a rendition must be filed with the Shelby County Appraisal District by April 15th. Property owners who need more time to file their renditions may file a written request with the chief appraiser on or before April 15th to receive an automatic extension to May 15th or the next business day. The chief appraiser may also grant an additional 15 days after the postponed deadline, if necessary.
A rendition is a report that lists all the taxable property you owned or controlled on January 1 of this year. Property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property, such as church property or an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming.
The appraisal district may use the information submitted in the rendition to set property values.
If more than one appraisal district appraises a property, the property owner should render in each appraisal district office.
You can also file a report of decreased value to notify the district of significant depreciation of your property. For example, if your property was damaged by a storm, flood or fire last year, you should file a report of decreased value. The district will look at your property before assigning a value. The last day to file a rendition or report of decreased value is April 15th.
If a rendition is filed late, is incomplete, not filed at all or is determined to contain false information, a penalty of 10 to 50 percent of the total amount of taxes levied on the property for that year will be imposed.
For more information about rendering property, deadline extensions, penalties and rendition forms, taxpayers may contact the Shelby County Appraisal District at (936) 598-6171. More information is also available from the Comptroller’s website at www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
The City of Center Police Department has a new Sign. Center Police Department would like to thank Scott Sanford & Jenny Andrews of Sanford & Sons Lawncare and Landscaping, Inc for their amazing design and hard work installing the 5 x 6 ft stone sign.
Lt. Jeremy Bittick, Scott Sanford, Jenny Andrews, Chief Jim Albers
20 years ago, on March 24, 1999 NATO launched an air campaign called Operation Allied Force to halt the humanitarian devastation that was then unfolding in Kosovo. The decision to intervene followed more than a year of fighting within the province and the failure of international efforts to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means.
NATO announced the suspension of the air campaign on June 10, 1999 once it had concluded a military technical agreement with the federal republic of Yugoslavia.
NATO casualties were light and the alliance suffered no fatalities as a result of combat operations.
VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who served in Kosovo at the Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Friday, March 22nd at 10:00 a.m. As always the public is invited to honor their fellow Americans.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of March, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
2. Approve and pay current payroll.
3. Public comments on Agenda item.
4. Discuss and possibly approve additional employee for the District Clerks Office.
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday March 19, 2019
6:00 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 meeting’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary- Administrative updates.
b. Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly Receipts & Adjustments Report.
c. Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d. Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects
6. Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on setting a workshop day with City Council & committees of the City to discuss ongoing & future projects.
8. Discussion & Council Action on council meeting with potential employees of the City.
9. Discussion & Council Action on designation of “salvage” personal property (51.015) (252.022(a)(12)C).
10. Discussion & Council Action on appointment of presiding and alternate judges for May 4, 2019 election.
11. Discussion & Council Action on appointment of early voting ballot board for May 4, 2019 election.
12. Discussion & Council Action on revision of budget expenses for 2018-2019 Budget.
13. Discussion & Council Action on Fire Marshal back pay.
14. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a) Public Works Employee –Merit evaluation.
15. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
2019-03-16 06:53:00 by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jayson Richardson wanted to inform citizens that the body located on Asseff Rd on 3/12/2019 has been identified as 30-year-old Morgan Christopher Caver of Dallas, Tx. Caver was reportedly last seen in Willis Point, Texas. His family has been contacted. No additional details are currently available, and a joint investigation between Texas authorities and DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (318) 872-3956.
Earlier this morning March 15, 2019, at around 6:30 a.m. there was a horse that was hit by a vehicle about 5 miles west of Timpson on HWY 84. Traffic was reported to be blocked in both lanes. Expect possible travel delays if you are headed this way this morning.
Due to the large number of responses to this Community Service Event, we are officially moving the location for the event to the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall here in San Augustine.
The event is free & open to all who have an interest in learning more about severe weather observation and reporting. This is an event that rarely presents itself to interested people both here and in the surrounding Counties.
Also, it's a great opportunity to visit with Chris Nuttall, Forecast Meteorologist, and Charlie Woodrum, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who will be coming to teach the class and visit with us.
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on March 13, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
1. They approved the minutes of the Feb. 6, 2019, Feb 13, 2019, and the Feb. 27, 2019 meetings.
2. They approved and paid weekly expenses.
3. They approved the officer's report.
4. No public comments were given.
5. The discussed and approved the digitization of the Plat Records for the County Cler's office, with funds from the County Clerk's Records Archive Budget.
6. They recognized the completion of required continuing education for Ann Blackwell the County Treasurer.
7. The discussed and approved taking sealed bids for a used Front End Loader for Commissioners Pct. 3 and Pct. 4.
8. They discussed and approved the Shelby County Sheriff's off to hire a seasonal deputy to supervise and stay with any trustee while work is done at the Courthouse, Sheriff's office, and other County offices. Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell express that this position would mainly be used in the summer.
9. They discussed and approved providing assistance to the Joaquin Fire Department by providing them with the use of County dump trucks for the construction of a new Fire Sub-station in the Joaquin area.
Two local students were arrested yesterday afternoon after an ongoing investigation by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers. The investigation started early in March after two teenagers made an outcry of sexual assault and other allegations that occurred at a residence in February of this year in Nacogdoches County.
Forensic interviews and sane exams were conducted by the Harold’s House with both victims in the case. Sheriff Investigators and the Texas Rangers also conducted detailed interviews with the victims and witnesses in the investigation.
During the investigation, officers executed several search warrants that have led to the seizure of evidence in the case. Investigators and the Texas Rangers established probable cause for arrest warrants for the arrest of Jacek Karczewski 17 years old and Triston Smith 18 years of age both from Nacogdoches.
Karczewski was arrested yesterday afternoon on two counts of aggravated assault Felony 2nd degree and one count of sexual assault a 2nd degree felony. Triston Smith was arrested this morning for one count of sexual assault a 2nd degree felony. Both subjects were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.
We know that there are numerous rumors going around the community about this case. We would ask our community not to engage in those rumors. If you have information about the case we would ask that you would please come forward and contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office or the Texas Rangers.
This investigation is still ongoing and no other information on this investigation will be released at this time.
2019-03-13 06:31:00 by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jayson Richardson wanted to inform citizens of a possible homicide following a call from a citizen reporting a body located on the side of a roadway. At about 3:30 p.m. on, March 12, 2019, DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a subject who had located what appeared to be a white male subject located in the woods off Asseff Road, near Interstate 49 in a very rural part of the Parish. Patrol deputies and Investigators responded to the location and found a deceased person in a heavily wooded area near the roadway. Investigators are currently processing the area. No additional details are currently available, and the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (318) 872-3956.
2019-03-11 06:43:00 by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jayson Richardson wanted to inform citizens of a suspected homicide following a call of burned remains on March 9, 2019, at about 10:20 a.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about burned remains located on a well site off of White Springs Road in Frierson. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the DeSoto Parish Coroner’s Office and were able to determine the remains were human. Investigators responded to the scene and secured evidence related to the investigation. Positive identification will be made by the Coroner’s Office and we have no further information available at this time. This investigation is on-going and further information may be released at a later time.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a major crash on US 259, about twelve miles north of Nacogdoches.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 9:38 p.m.,on March 8. 2019, a 2003 Ford SUV was traveling south on US 259 in the inside lane. For unknown reasons the driver of the Ford drove over the center of the roadway and struck a northbound 2014 Cadillac SUV head-on.
The driver of the Ford is identified as 38-year-old Victor Cecilio-Rodriquez from Lufkin. Cecilio-Rodriquez was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace.
The driver of the Cadillac is identified as 64-year-old Huey Henderson from Henderson, TX. Henderson was also pronounced deceased at the scene. Three passengers traveling with Henderson were transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and identified as 63-year-old Leah Henderson and two 15-year-old females.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 13th day of March, 2019 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:
Approve the minutes of the February 6, 2019 Special meeting, the February 13, 2019 Regular meeting, and the February 27, 2019 Special meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
Approve and pay weekly expenses.
Approve offers report.
Public comments on Agenda item.
Discuss and approve the digitization of the Plat Records for the County Clerk’s office, with funds from the County Clerk’s Records Archive Budget.
Recognize completion of required continuing education for Ann Blackwell, County Treasurer.
Discuss and possibly approve taking sealed bids for a used Front End Loader for Commissioners Pct. 3 and Pct. 4.
Discuss and possibly approve Sheriff’s office to hire a part time Deputy to supervise and stay with any trustee while work is done at Courthouse, Sheriff’s office, and other County offices.
(3 days a week)
Discuss and possibly approve providing assistance to the Joaquin Fire Department by providing in-kind work for their new fire department building.