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Governor Greg Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration


 

 

 

 

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Pastor Stories - Bobby Bressman


 

 

 

 

 

 

This time on Pastor Stories I met with the Pastor of the Center First Baptist Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CMS to collect items to benefit Alto tornado victims deadline extended


 

 

Center Middle School is collecting items to benefit the Alto tornado victims.


The deadline has been extended to noon on Thursday, April 18.

 

 

 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

 

 

LUFKIN – Crews will begin work next week in the nine-county Lufkin District after a recent pre-construction meeting signaled the beginning of annual sealcoating work that will be ongoing through June.

 

Two contracts for sealcoating were awarded. D.I.J. Construction, Inc., Bertram, TX, will serve as contractor for a $2.9 million project that will include sealcoating low-volume farm roads. Missouri Petroleum Products Company, LLC, St. Louis, MO, will serve as contractor for an $11 million project that will include sealcoating sections of higher volume roads. Work is scheduled to be completed by July 1, weather permitting.

 

Higher volume roads that are scheduled for sealcoating include US 59 in Shelby County; US 59 southbound in Polk County, US 59/SL 224 in Nacogdoches County, US 69 in Angelina County and US 190 in San Jacinto County. Other roads in the district scheduled for sealcoating include:

US 96, US 287, SH 147, SH 7, SH 21, SH 94, SH 150, SH 19, SH 87, FM 2261, FM 2661, FM 276, FM 3121, FM 1592, FM 705, FM 414, FM 2864, FM 706, FM 1271, FM 3126, FM 1514, FM 355, SL 500 in Center and SL 304 in Crockett.

 

Motorists should prepare for delays in and near these work zones. Reduce speed, stay alert and obey all signage and traffic control. Remember, these are moving work zones. Motorists should never try to enter or cross the lane where crews are placing sealcoat until the roadway is reopened.

For more information on road conditions and closures, visit drivetexas.org.

 

 

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Butterfly Release 2019 Coverage


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center held a butterfly release on 4-16-19 on the downtown Center city square. The event was well attended.

 

 

 

Click here for the photo gallery:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Leadership Visits Center Broadcasting Company


 

 

Early this morning 4-17-19 Shelby County Leadership stopped by the radio station in Center, Texas.

 

 

 

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Today's News 1-17-19


 

 

 

 

 

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DPS Ramping Up Move Over/Slow Down Enforcement


 

 

 

 

LUFKIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is continuing their enforcement efforts
across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law.
These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at
various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in April. One of those operations
will take place in Beaumont District throughout the day on Wednesday, April 17. The
Department of Transportation will be participating in a non-enforcement capacity.


The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain
vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow
trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.


“Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other offices risk their lives every day for the people of
Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the
slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
“While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by
adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.”


Specifically, Texas law states that a driver must either:


? Vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if
the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction) or
? Slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the
driver must slow down to 5 mph)


Drivers should only move over if they can do so safely and legally; otherwise, they should slow
down.


“In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily
basis, and the unfortunate fact that many still violate the state law that has been in effect over 15 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” said Director McCraw. “In addition to complying with the law to protect those who work on the side of the road, we encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the
roadways. Let’s all get home safely.”



Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200; the fine increases to $500 if there is
property damage. If violators cause bodily injury, they can be charged with a Class B
misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.


Data from 2018 shows that DPS issued more than 41,000 warnings and citations to motorists
violating the Move Over/Slow Down law. Preliminary data shows this year approximately 4700
warnings and citations were issued for violating the law.

 

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Coushatta Motorcyclist Killed in TwoVehicle Crash


 


Bossier Parish – Just after noon on April 16, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on US 80 at Hillcrest Cemetery that claimed one life and seriously injured another.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota passenger car, driven by 89-year-old Marvin Curry of Haughton, Louisiana, was eastbound on US 80.  For reasons still under investigation, Curry rear-ended an eastbound Honda motorcycle, driven by 51-year-old Ricky D. Robinson of Coushatta, Louisiana. 

 

Robinson and his female passenger were transported to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.  The passenger remains in critical condition.  Both were wearing DOT approved helmets at the time of the crash.  Curry was not injured.

 

Alcohol is not a suspected factor in this crash.  Toxicology samples were taken and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

 

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that avoiding all distractions, obeying the posted speed limit, avoiding fatigued driving, and not driving while impaired can often mean the difference between life and death.

 

In 2019, Troop G has investigated six fatal crashes resulting in six deaths.

 

 

 

 

 

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Change of Location for General Election City of Tenaha


 

 

Change of Location


Polling Place for City of Tenaha General Election
Saturday May 4, 2019 has been changed


New Polling Place will be held at
City Hall


238 North George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75974

 

 

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Today's News 4-16-19


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Power Outages Update


 

 

As of 5 PM on 4-15-19, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 10 outages scattered throughout the system.  Crews are continuing to work and plan to have all outages restored this afternoon. 

 

We appreciate your patience as DETEC crews worked around the clock to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

 

If you are without power, please report your outage by calling: 1-800-392-5986.

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electricity provider serving 8 counties in Deep East Texas: San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Panola, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Jasper and Newton.

 

 

 

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CMS to collect items to benefit Alto tornado victims


 

 

 

Center Middle School JCC, Beta, and My sister, Myself will collect items to benefit victims of the Alto tornados through the end of school on Wednesday. Please see the attached PDF for a list of items and drop off locations. 

 

The community is invited to participate.

 

 

 

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Today's News 4-15-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Jury Released for April 16, 2019


 

 

The jurors scheduled to return to the 123rd Judicial District Court, Shelby County, Texas, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, are released and need not appear.  The Defendant entered a plea of guilty and waived the right to a jury trial.

 

Thank you for your time, service, and commitment to your community.

 

Best regards,

LeAnn Kay Rafferty

 

 

 

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No Commissioners' Court Meeting this Week


 

 

There will not be a Shelby County Commissioners Court meeting this week. The next Commissioners’ Court meeting will be April 24, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.

 

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Outages Update


 

 

As of 9 PM on Sunday 14, 2019, the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1,000 outages.  800 of these outages are located in the Woden area and are dependent upon Oncor completing work on the line feeding into the DETEC system. 

 

The other 200 outages are located in the Oakdale Community and Lake Pinkston area of Shelby County.  This area saw heavy tornado activity and massive damage to the DETEC system. 

 

At this time, outages are expected to continue into Monday afternoon. 

 

If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.

 

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous. 

 

Outages may be reported by calling: 1-800-392-5986.  Due to heavy call volume, please have the telephone number associated with your account and meter number available to expediate your outage report by using the automated system.  This information may be found on your bill.     

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electricity provider serving 8 counties in Deep East Texas: San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Panola, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Jasper and Newton.

 

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Reports Outages


 

 

As of 9:45 AM on Sunday, April 14th, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1,600 members remaining without power.  Approximately 800 of these members are located in the Woden area and will remain out until Oncor can make repairs affecting our system.  The remaining 800 are scattered across the system with the majority being in the southern portion. 

 

Crews will continue to work as quickly and as safely as possible.  Above all, DETEC encourages everyone to keep safety a priority.  Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous.  Please report all downed lines and outages to DETEC at 1-800-392-5986.

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is a non-profit electricity provider serving 8 counties in Deep East Texas: San Augustine, Shelby, Sabine, Panola, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Jasper and Newton.

 

 

 

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Joaquin Public Safety Corporation Meeting


 

The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, April 16, 2019
at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.


ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board discussion & possible action on scheduling committee/ council workshops.
4. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
5. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
6. Adjourn.

 

 

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Joaquin Economic Development Corporation


 

 

The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          

ORDER OF BUSINESS


1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board discussion & possible action on scheduling committee/ council workshops.
4. Board discussion & possible action on summer material purchase budget.
5. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
6. Review of financial standing & current priorities list of JED Corporation.
7. Adjourn.

 

 

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Joaquin City Meeting


 


The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday April 16, 2019 at
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
e. Events Committee - Report.
f. Joaquin Public Safety Development Committee -Report.
g. Joaquin Economic Development Committee -Report

6. Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action 2019 TML Health rerate. 
8. Discussion & Council Action on opening sealed bids and selection of bids for possible automatic water meter project.
9. Discuss & Council Action to award a contract for administration and planning services related to the planning grant, TxCDBG Contract No. 7218074
10. Presentation Raymond K. Vann- FAST Grant
11. Discussion & Council Action on designation of Scope of Work for bidding process—Building Steve Hughes Drive.
12. Discussion & Council Action on setting a workshop day with City Council & committees of the City to discuss ongoing & future projects. 
13. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Consultations with Attorney (551.071).
a) Legal Advice- Personnel Matters
b) Legal Advice- Code enforcement /Municipal Judge
c) Legal Advice- Possible contracts relating to City Property.
14. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
15. Adjournment.

 

 

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WORK BEGINNING ON SH 87 SUNDAY NIGHT IN CENTER


 

 

LUFKIN – Crews are scheduled to begin a mill and inlay project Sunday night on SH 87 in Shelby County. The work is scheduled to be operational through the city of Center on Tenaha Street (US 87) beginning at 7 pm. Work will continue from Church Street to US 96 at the north traffic circle. Work is expected to continue nightly throughout the week, weather permitting.

 

Some delays through the work zone area should be expected as work progresses. Traffic control will be in place during work hours. Drivers are urged to stay alert for workers and moving equipment, obey all traffic control, and reduce speed near and through the work zone.

 

A mill and inlay project requires removing the upper layer of the existing asphalt in order to remove any cracks, ruts and imperfections. A thin layer of asphalt is then placed on top of the milled surface, which levels and extends the life of the roadway.

 

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395. For more information regarding road conditions statewide, visit drivetexas.org.

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

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Today's News 4-12-19


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Major accident


 

 

 

The Nacogdoches Police Department is currently investigating a major auto accident that occurred late Thursday morning. 


Police were notified of a major accident 3000 E. Main @ Crestwood Dr by an NSO deputy that happened upon the accident. 


NPD dispatch was notified at 11:05 am Thursday morning of the accident. NPD, NFD, NMH EMS and NSO all assisted in giving aid to the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. 


An NPD Traffic investigation revealed that a single vehicle with a single occupant was westbound on E. Main and for unknown reasons, left the roadway at the intersection of Crestwood Dr, on the north side of the road. The silver 4 door Hyundai struck a pine tree and came to a rest. 


The driver was identified as Sadajia Kevion White, 21, of 3413 E. Main St. She was in critical condition and transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. 


The investigation will continue to determine the cause of the accident. 

 

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