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Shelby County 3 Vehicle Wreck - Updated











SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a three vehicle crash this afternoon at the intersection of US 96 and Loop 500.


The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 2:15 p.m., a 2016 Ford pickup failed to yield right of way turning left from Loop 500 onto US 96 North and was struck by a 1999 Ford pickup. Debris from the crash then struck a 2017 GMC SUV that was traveling south on US 96.


The driver of the 2016 Ford pickup is identified as 22-year-old Eric Gonzalez from Center. Gonzalez and a passenger went to a Center hospital by private vehicle for medical evaluation.


The driver of the 1999 Ford is identified as 51-year-old David Reed from Teneha. Reed was also transported to a Center hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the GMC is identified as 63-year-old Ann Mayfield from Many, Louisiana. Mayfield was not reportedly injured during the crash.


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



Coverage Below by Justin Mott

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2019, the Center Fire Department responded to a 3 vehicle wreck on 96 North and Loop 500 outside of Center, Texas.






The DPS along with Allegiance Mobile Health formerly ACE EMS also responded on the scene. We will have more details as it is officially released by the DPS if you are traveling that way expect a possible delay.




Allegiance Mobile Health Formerly Ace EMS









Joaquin Notice of Drawing for Place on the Ballot






Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of candidates are to be printed on the ballot for the election to be held on May 4, 2019 in Joaquin, Texas. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. on, February 21, 2019 at Joaquin City Hall, 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas. 




Por lo presente se da aviso que habrá un sorteo para determinar la orden en que aparecerán los nombres de los candidatos en la boleta para la elección que se celebrará el 5 de Mayo, 20 18 en Joaquin , Texas. El sorteo tendrá lugar a las 10a.m. el 26, Febrero, 2018 a Joaquin City Hall, 124 N. Preston , Joaquin, Texas.



Amanda Willey
City Secretary





County Road 4760 Closed



County Commissioner Pct. 4 Tom Bellmyer has advised that County Road 4760, which extends off of FM 1970 South thru the Attoyac River bottom, has been closed indefinitely to thru traffic.


Bellmyer says due to rain throughout the Winter, the flooded Attoyac River has cut a new channel down the middle of the roadway, therefore it's a hazard to automobile traffic.


Bellmyer adds residents on either side of the river in Shelby and Rusk counties can still access their homes.


Again, CR 4760 in northwest Shelby County, which extends off FM 1970 South, is closed until further notice.





Joaquin Public Safety Corporation Meeting



The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, February 19, 2019
at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.


1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Discussion and Action on Reviewing and Accepting bids for JVFD HWY 7 construction project.
3. Adjourn.




Joaquin City Council Meeting



The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday February 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.




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- 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 on appropriating hotel tax money for repairs needed on the old city office (130 Steve Hughes Drive).
8. Discussion & Possible Council action on trash trailers being parked inside city limits over night.
9. Discussion & Council action on possible automatic water meter project.
10. Discussion on entering into a contract to provide local trash service for residential and possibly commercial services for citywide sanitation services.
11. Discussion & Council action on possible Recycle Trailer for citizen use.
12. Discussion & Council action on uniforms for Public Works Workers.
13. Discussion & Council action on Town of Logansport Water Contract renewal. 
14. Discussion & Council action on approval for Joaquin Public Safety Development Corporation bid award for JVFD Hwy 7 Construction Project.
15. Discussion & Council action on appointment of 2 (two) twelve hour early voting days April 29 & 30, 2019 (Sec. 85.005(d).
16. Discussion & Council action on selection of an engineering firm for the 2019-2020 TxCDBG program.
17. Discussion & Council action to adopt a resolution authorizing a grant application to be submitted to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the 2019-2020 TxCDBG program.
18. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
a. Public Work Employee -90-day performance evaluation.
b. City Secretary- Yearly performance evaluation.
19. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
20. Adjournment.





USS Maine Memorial Coverage








The Local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a memorial on Feb. 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the historic Shelby County Courthouse square, in honor of the USS Maine.  


For the Photo Album Click Here:












Krewe of Aquarius Logansport Mardi Gras Parade






VFW to Observe the Sinking of the USS Maine







The Spanish-American War lasted a little less than four months, April 21st – August 13th, 1898 and ended Spain’s worldwide empire.  It ended with America easily defeating Spain and signaled the United States emergence as a world power.  The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on February 15th, 1898 with the loss of 266 crewmen and marines in essence was the start of the war.


The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898 which established the independence of Cuba gave Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States and allowed the US to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain for $20 million.  The brief war cost the United States $250 million and 3,000 lives of which 90% perished from yellow and typhoid fever and other infectious diseases.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars traces its roots back to these veterans who founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service.  There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.  These formed organizations would become what is now known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.


In observance of the sacrifices made by the Veterans of the Spanish American War and those who died aboard the USS Maine, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  As always the public is invited.  Call Larry Hume, 598-2976 for more information.




Tenaha ISD to Host Playoff Preview Tournament 



The Basketball Playoff Preview Tournament is this weekend! Games begin Friday at 1pm (see schedule below). There will be Famous Fried Fish baskets and Shrimp baskets sold through the concession stand for $7.00 and drink for $2.00 beginning at 5pm.


Tickets will be $5.00

TABC Passes accepted

No district passes accepted

Basketball Playoff Preview Tournament Schedule

(Home team listed second)

Friday-February 15th

1pm Big Sandy vs Pine Tree

2:30pm Malakoff vs Diboll

4:00pm Atlanta vs Coldsprings

5:30pm Shelbyville vs East Chambers

7:00pm Grapeland vs John Tyler

8:30pm Carthage vs Tenaha


Saturday- February 16th 

12:00pm Linden-Kildare vs Martinsville

1:30pm Dekalb vs Lovelady

3:00pm Redwater vs Broaddus


Girls Basketball Update


The Tenaha Lady Tigers have now advanced to the 3rd round of the State Basketball playoffs for the 6th straight season! Head Coach Garry Davison and the Lady Tigers are Area Champions after a slugfest in Cushing over Broaddus 26-22.


The mark of a good team is what you do when it’s not your best night well the Lady Tigers dug deep down and gutted out a Championship.


Next up : The Region 3 Quarterfinals against either Timpson or Hull-Daisetta




Shelbyville Lady Dragons Lost to Hull-Daisetta 57-62.




The Timpson Lady Bears will play Evadale tonight 2-15--19 in Pineland at 6:30 p.m.









San Augustine Motor Company Wins 75 Years in Business Award





San Augustine Motor Company recently received the 75 years in business award from Ford. Center Broadcasting Company met with the owner Dan Fussell for an interview.



Dan Fussell Interview:



Tenaha Lady Tiger Soccer Team had a Great Season






Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. Raffle Winner









The Shelby County Outreach Ministries held their raffle drawing for the 10x16 steel building on Feb. 14, 2019, at the Senior Nutrition Site in Center, Texas. The winner of the drawing was Mr. James Blue.  



Video Coverage:






Josh Crawford with Shelby County Outreach Ministries







Mobile Home Fire Update



Yesterday morning Feb. 13, 2019, a tragic event occurred in Nacogdoches County claiming the lives of two people and leaving a 14-year-old child in critical condition. As reported yesterday, first responders responded to a residential fire on Andy Lane shortly after 6:00 am. The fire claimed the life of two Nacogdoches Women. 

The victims have been identified as Cecilia Watkins 58 years of age and Mary Bates 61 years of age from Nacogdoches, Texas. An autopsy was ordered by Justice of the peace Kerry Don Williamson for both victims. 

A 14-year-old child also suffered severe injuries from the house fire and was revived at the scene by emergency personnel.  She was later airlifted to a Dallas Hospital where she remains in critical condition. 

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. The investigation is ongoing. 







Road Construction in Center



Road construction on Field Street in Center according to the work crew it should be finished by Monday 2-18-19.






Shelbyville Gets a Truck for AG









Shelbyville ISD recently purchased their expanding ag science program a Ford F-250 from Raymond Motor Company. This truck will be used to haul kids (and animals) to livestock shows, contests, mechanics shows, and much more. We are so thankful for Raymond Motor Company for giving us such an incredible deal and helping our program grow! Thank you to Dr. West, Mr. Osby and the Shelbyville ISD school board for making this all come together and happen!! 








Lady Riders Lose



The Center Lady Riders lost to the Rusk Eagles 35 - 30. 


Shelbyville Boys Basketball Bi-District Play offs


The Dragons play Feb. 19 @ 7:30 pm  vs Gary at Central Heights

District & Coaches Passes will be accepted




Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results










The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on the morning of Feb. 13, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street in Center, Texas and after the opening prayer and pledges they took the following actions:


1. The approved the minutes of the previous meetings.


2. They approved the weekly expenses with the exception of $171.68 for Constable Metcalf that was determined should be paid out of his personal expenses.


3. They approved the officer's report given by Shelby County Treasure Ann Blackwell.


4. No public comments were given on the agenda items.


5. Bob Chavis Project Manager along with Jan Nash both with Tyson Foods gave a presentation to the Court regarding a Mill that they intend to build in Shelby County. No action was taken they were just informing the Court of Tyson's plans. The mill is expected to be completed in 2020.




Jan Nash & Bob Chavis with Tyson Foods



6. They discussed and approved the resolution of the annual review of the County Investment Policy.


7. They discussed and approved the resolution to designate the County investment officer and chose the County Treasurer Ann Blackwell for the position.


8. They discussed and approved the addition of TEXPOOL PRIME to the existing TexPool account.


9. Lastly, they adjourned.







Shelby County Livestock Show & Sale



Plans for the 2019 Annual Shelby County Livestock Show are set.  The show will be held on Thursday, February 28th at the Shelby County Expo Center.  The sale will be held Saturday, March 2nd, at the John Dean Windham Civic Center, meal starting at 6:00PM.


Weigh in of the market animals will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 9:00 a.m.  The show will start at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbits and the Lambs, the Goats, Swine and Cattle will follow.  The Rabbits will be judged by Hank Darden.  Texas A&M Livestock Judging Coach Keaton Dodd will judge lambs, goats, swine and cattle.  Bret Gaylord, Show Emcee, stated, “I am excited about this year’s show with all the hard work and dedication that the exhibitors have put towards their animal projects.  There are over 90 entries at this show which are trying to be selected for the auction and premium awards.”  


Last year’s sale Champion steer was purchased by Hawkeye Hunting Club.   XTO won the bid for the Champion Swine.  Chris Paddie purchased the Champion goat, and Deep East Texas Electric Co-op bought the Champion lamb.


The Bar-B-Que for the buyer’s and exhibitors will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.  “If you have a chance, come and see what the youth of Shelby County have been doing with their time.  The Shelby County Livestock show continues to grow each year which in part is due to the continued support of our youth by local businesses and the community.”  Stated Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent.  The public is invited to attend the events of the day and support the youth of our county.





Two Perish in Mobile Home Fire




A house fire has claimed the life of two Nacogdoches women and has left a 14 year old child in critical condition. Shortly after 6 am this morning, first responders were dispatched to a house fire on Andy Lane. Upon arrival deputies observed the front portion of the mobile home was on fire. Fire departments soon arrived on scene and breached open a door on the side of the residence.


Firefighters and Deputies pulled three people from the residence that was found inside of a room. 
All first responders and Deputies started conducting lifesaving measures on the victims found inside. One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and the other victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.  Due to the efforts of emergency personnel on scene, a 14 year old child was revived and transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. The child was later airlifted to a burn center hospital in the Dallas area. She is listed in critical condition. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. It appears that the fire started on the front porch of the residence. Investigators have been made aware that there were heat lamps on the front porch for animals. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. 

The identity of the victims will be released at a later time. This investigation is ongoing.  



Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation Grand Reopening Ceremony






The Holiday Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Center, Texas held their grand re-opening ceremony yesterday 2-13-19 where they invited the public out. The local VFW Post 8904 changed out their flag, and the new ownership showed the public the wall honoring our veterans. Center Broadcasting Company met with the new owner.


Video Interview:



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Shelbyville Basketball Scores



Shelbyville Boys

Shelbyville defeats Martinsville 66-26 to close out District as the UNDEFEATED District Champions!!!!

Shelbyville Girls


The Shelbyville Lady Dragons defeated Cushing 10-4 





Center Schools to Close For Cleaning






Autism ADD/ADHA A View from Inside






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