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Two Vehicle Crash on HWY 59


 

On 12-14-17 at 5:40 p.m. a two vehicle wreck occurred on Hwy 59 just south of County Road 4759.  According to the Texas DPS officials a 2003 Buick Lesabre driven by Juan Tutt 26 of Timpson was traveling south when he crossed lanes and struck a 2014 Mitsubishi driven by Ernesto Luna 21 of Center.  No fatalities or injuries occurred. 

 

According the the arrest report from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Tutt was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.   

 

 

 
 

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Governor Abbott To Attend Wreath Laying Ceremony With Wreaths Across America


 

 
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott will attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony with Wreaths Across America at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas on Saturday, December 16th.
 
 
 
 
 

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Holiday News 12-15-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Structure Fire off Highway 7


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
At 1:20 a.m. on Friday, December 15th, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the corner of Highway 7 and FM 139. Firefighters arrived to find a single story wood frame house with flames coming from the front room.
 
 
 
 
Per their Automatic Mutual Aid Agreement, Desoto Fire District #1 responded immediately as well. The fire was quickly knocked down, containing fire damage to the front living room of the home. The rest of the house did sustain heavy smoke damage.
 
 
 
 
The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire units returned to the station at 2:45 a.m.
 
 
 
 

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San Augustine Loses


 

Refuigo defeated San Augustine 63 - 21.
 
 

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Tigers Headed to State


 

The Tenaha Tigers Defeated the Burton Panthers 60 - 22 they are headed to state.

 
 
 

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Ann Blackwell to Run for County Treasurer


 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to announce my candidacy for reelection to the office of Shelby County Treasurer on the Republican ballot in the March Primary.
 
I was elected to office in January of 2015.  As I quickly saw the needs of the office of Treasurer, I began to make changes that have affected the county as a whole.  I am very proud of the accomplishments that I have made in the short 3 years I have been in office.   Some of those changes have been to explore excessive costs for services being provided to the county and then controlling those costs and expenditures.  I have listed some of my accomplishments below and hope you see I am genuinely concerned with making sure your tax dollars are spent wisely.  I am diligent to maintain the appropriate number of annual training hours for my certification of County Investment Officer and Treasurer.
 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS SINCE 1/1/15
 
RE-NEGOTIATED AT&T PHONE LINE SERVICE AND LONG DISTANCE.  CHANGED ALL AT&T LINES TO GOVERNMENT RATES AND SWITCHED LONG DISTANCE TO TEX-AN RATES.  SAVINGS OF $75,300.00 ANNUALLY ( OVER MY 4 YEAR TERM AMOUNTS TO $301,000.00 IN SAVINGS TO THE COUNTY)
 
DISCOVERED ERROR IN FEE REPORTING AND OVERPAYMENT FROM 2011-2014 OF $9,885.00. WAS ABLE TO RECOUPE $2,646.00 AND CREATED SPREADSHEET TO PREVENT ANY FUTURE OVERPAYMENTS.
 
INVESTED CASH FROM MONEY MARKET ACCOUNT EARNING .25% INTEREST TO (4) STAGGERED 12 MONTH CDs EARNING .70%, INCREASING INVESTMENT EARNINGS ON $1.7M DOLLARS FROM $4300 PER YEAR IN INTEREST TO $12,300 PER YEAR IN INTEREST.
 
ATTENDED NECESSARY TRAINING AND EDUCATION COURSES AS THE CERTIFIED INVESTMENT OFFICER FOR THE COUNTY.
 
WROTE NEW INVESTMENT POLICY FOR THE COUNTY TO BE IN COMPLAINCE WITH THE PUBLIC FUNDS INVESTMENT ACT (PIFA) WHICH WAS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS COURT.
 
RESEARCHED AND PUT TOGETHER INFORMATION WITH INTELLIGENT COMPUTER CONCEPTS TO PRESENT PROPOSAL FOR AT&T FIBER OPTIC CABLE TO BE INSTALLED IN THE COURTHOUSE TO REPLACE SLOWER U-VERSE AND DSL LINES AT AN ADDITIONAL COST SAVINGS TO THE COUNTY.
 
ASSISTED IN GETTING ALL JPs COMPUTERIZED AND SUBMITTING SAME FORMAT REPORTS WITH CORRECT FEE DISTRIBUTIONS.  I CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH EACH JP TO HELP ENSURE ANY NEW FEES ARE COLLECTED AND REPORTED.
 
STREAMLINED REPORTS FOR COMMISSIONERS COURT, CUTTING THE COMMISSIONERS COURT REPORTS FROM APPROXIMATELY 200 SHEETS OF PAPER EACH COURT TO 6-8 SHEETS.  CREATED MORE INFORMATIVE TREASURER’S REPORT IN AN EASIER TO READ FORMAT TO GIVE MORE PERTINENT INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR BUDGET DECISIONS. THIS ALSO DRAMATICALLY CUT THE EXPENSE FOR COPY PAPER AND SUPPLIES.
 
I am dedicated to making and keeping the office of Shelby County Treasurer an office of integrity and pride to the citizens of Shelby County.
 
Ann Blackwell
 
Shelby County Treasurer

 

 

 

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Republican Primary Candidates Shelby County and District


 

For the Full Primary List Click Here:

 

 

 
District Judge 273rd Judicial District
 
James A. (Jim) Payne Jr. 
 
 
Shelby County Judge
 
Allison Harbison
 
 
County Clerk 
 
Jennifer Foutain 
 
 
District Clerk
 
Lori Oliver
 
 
Shelby County Treasurer
 
Ann Blackwell, Donna Whitney
 
 
Shelby County Commissioner Pct. 2
 
Jimmy Lout
 
 
Shelby County Comissioner Pct. 4
 
Bradley Allen, Kevin Foster, Sammy K Todd, Tom Bellmyer
 
 
 
Shelby County Justices of the Peace
 
J.P Precinct 1
 
Melissa Crouch, Randy Robertson, Tommy Moody
 
 
J.P Precinct 2
 
Marla Denby will run unopposed.
 
 
J.P Precinct 3
 
Darrell Alford, Margie Anderson
 
 
J.P Precinct 4
 
Jackie Kirkwood, Jenny L. Hicks
 
 
J.P Precinct 5
 
Tracy Broadway, Vernett Richardson
 
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday December 19, 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- Election Announcements & Project updates. 
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.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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Weather Update


 

 

Drought conditions are expanding rapidly with all the winds, dry air, and lack of rain. Most is to our NorthEast portion of Texas, SE OKLA, North LA, and most of Ark as reflected in the graphic below. 
 
We remain in the Moderate condition while Shelby County to our North is now in Severe Drought Condition. We are lucky in that we have had some small amounts of rain even though we are almost 5 inches behind for the year.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The San Augustine Wolves Advance to the Semi-Finals


 

 

The "WOLFPACK" the San Augustine Wolves will be advancing to the Semi-Finals this Thursday, December 14th.
 
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm at Richard E. Berry Sports Complex, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas. We will be playing the Refugio ISD Bobcats. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Holiday News 12-14-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Local School Holiday Schedules


 

 

 

Timpson ISD early release Friday at 1 p.m. they will be off Monday December 18th - Monday January 1st.  School starts back on January 2nd, 2018 at Timpson ISD.  
 
Tenaha ISD early release on Thursday 21st school starts again on January 8th at Tenaha ISD.   
 
Center ISD will have early release on Wednesday December 20th and be off for their break Thursday 21st through January 7th.  School starts back on January 8th at Center ISD. 
 
Shelbyville ISD will have early release on Friday at 1 p.m. and will begin school again on January 3rd.
 
Joaquin ISD will have early release on the 22nd and will resume school on the January 8th.
 
San Augustine ISD will early release today at 2 p.m.  Two hour delay on the start of school tomorrow Friday December 15th.  For Christmas Break San Augustine ISD will have an early release on 21st school will resume on January 8th.
 
Excelsior ISD will release school early at 1 p.m. on December 21st and will resume school on January 8th.  
 
At Garrison ISD they will closed today and tomorrow December 14th and 15th early release on the 21st and school starts again on the January 8th at Garrison ISD.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Garrison ISD Closed Due to Flu


 

 

 

 

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J.P Candidates for Shelby County


 

 
 
J.P Precinct 1
 
Melissa Crouch, Randy Robertson, Tommy Moody
 
 
J.P Precinct 2
 
Marla Denby will run unopposed.
 
 
J.P Precinct 3
 
Darrell Alford, Margie Anderson
 
 
J.P Precinct 4
 
Jackie Kirkwood, Jenny L. Hicks
 
 
J.P Precinct 5
 
Tracy Broadway, Vernett Richardson
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meteor Shower Wednesday


 

 

 

 

 
 
 
There is suppose to be a meteor shower tonight 12-13-17 and NASA will be live streaming it so go outside if you have an unobstructed view or you can view the NASA live stream below.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

NASA SPACE LIVE STREAM:

 

 

 
 
Some Information About Meteor Showers From NASA
 
If it's time for a meteor shower, you won't need a telescope, binoculars, or a high mountain to have a "star gazing" party. You might need a warm sleeping bag and an alarm clock to wake you in the middle of the night. But then just lying down in your own back yard will put you in the perfect spot to enjoy a great show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Margie Anderson to Run for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3


 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Margie Anderson and I am seeking a fifth term as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.  I have held this office since September 2004 when I was appointed and have held the position for 4 terms.  It is my honor to serve the citizens of Precinct 3. 

 

I am a life-long resident of Joaquin, Texas and have always prided myself in treating everyone with respect and honesty. 

 

I have an excellent working relationship with all law enforcement officials, having worked closely with them for the last thirteen years.  I would appreciate your consideration and your vote in the upcoming Republican Primary.

 
 

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Speed Limit Change in the Nacogdoches Area


 

LUFKIN - A change in the speed limit for a portion of US 59/SL 224 in Nacogdoches County has been approved.
 
The lower speed limit will include the area between US 59/SL 224 and SH 7 West. The speed limit will be reduced from 65 miles per hour to 55 miles per hour.
 
A speed study was done in the area and the recommendation to lower the speed was approved by the Nacogdoches City Council. The new speed limit will be enforceable once signs are set.
 
Motorists are urged to stay alert to the lower speed limit as they enter and exit US 59 and SL 224 within the .749 mile affected area.
 
 
 

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Holiday Community Calendar 12-13-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday News 12-13-17


 

 

 

 

 

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A Message From TxDOT


 

LUFKIN - What seems like a harmless act of mischief and is many times committed by juveniles can mean an arrest and fines when it comes to defacing a road sign.
 
According to the Texas Penal Code, it is against the law to damage a traffic control device, including a road sign, railroad sign or crossing, traffic control signal or any other device owned by the state to direct the movement of transportation.
 
"Signs have been damaged recently in parts of the Lufkin District and we want to ask the public that if they see something happening that appears to be someone shooting a sign or defacing state property, to call law enforcement," said Rhonda Oaks, public spokesperson for the Lufkin District. "Defacing or destroying signs puts motorists in danger and the damage can cause disruption or impairment of public communication and transportation."
 
Defacing state property and/or traffic control devices can carry stiff penalties, depending on the amount and type of damage.
 
A person commits a Class C misdemeanor if the damage is less than $100; a Class B misdemeanor if the damage is between $100 and $750; a Class A misdemeanor if the loss is greater than $750 but less than $2,500.
 
A person commits a state jail felony if the loss is more than $2,500 but less than $30,000 and if the damage is caused by a firearm or explosive weapon; if the damage includes the loss of property such as a habitation, fence, or the loss of farm or exotic animals.
 

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Burglary in Tenaha Area


 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence located at 5772 Highway 59 North in Tenaha, Texas.
 
Some time between the night hours of Monday, December 11th, 2017 and the morning hours of Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 (2) unknown male subjects entered onto the victim's property and burglarized the home and shop.  The suspects were caught on surveillance video footage and still photos were made from the video footage which can be viewed below.
 
 
 
 
 
Items stolen were (2) Samsung televisions (39" & 50"), tools, mini-fridge, welding machine, toolbox, cutting torch and acetylene bottles, air compressor, and a 1998 Honda (tan/black) 4 wheeler.
 
 
 
 
The suspects were seen driving a 1999-2003 model style Chevrolet 2 door single cab pickup truck, grey in color.
 
 
 
 
If you have any information regarding this burglary, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936.598.5600. You can also message your tip information to 936.572.1468. You do not have to give your name.
 
Any assistance provided will be greatly appreciated by the victims of this crime as well as the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
 
 

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Multiple Agencies Fight Grass Fire Tuesday


 

The Timpson Fire Department was dispatched to a large grass fire off FM 1970 South at approximately 12 p.m. Tuesday December 12, 2017.  Once the Timpson FD arrived on scene they immediately called for assistance from both Tenaha and Garrison.  The Texas Forrest service was also notified.  The departments were able to save a trailer home but not able to contain the fire before it reached the wood lines.  No structures were lost to the flames.  They spent about 3 hours fighting the fire and 17 acres were burned.  It later was extinguished, and no injuries were reported.

 

The Timpson FD would like to thank each person and department that were able to assist today 12-12-17.  The Timpson FD would also like to remind the public to be careful while burning.  

 

Photo courtesy of Timpson Volunteer Fire Deparment

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Two Vehicle Crash


 

 

A two vehicle crash occurred on December 1st, 2017 at 3:43 p.m. on County Road 4210.  According to the Texas DPS officials a the trailer of a 2013 Kenworth Tractor Trailer Truck driven by Gilberto Perez-Juraez struck a 2003 Ford pickup driven by Waylon Griffith jr. 50 of Tenaha.  The vehicles came to rest in a curve in the road.  No injuries, or fatalities occurred.    

 

 

 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court December 11th, 2017 Meeting Minutes


 

The Regular Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners Court was called to order by  Judge Allison Harbison, at 9:30 A.M. on the 11th day of December, 2017, in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse, Center, Texas.
 
PRESENT: 
 
County Judge Allison Harbison
Commissioner Roscoe McSwain
Commissioner Jimmy Lout
Commissioner Charles Barr
Commissioner Bradley Allen
County Clerk  Jennifer L. Fountain, County Clerk
 
Pledge to Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Judge Harbison.
Prayer was offered by Commissioner Lout.
 
AGENDA ITEM 1
Motion by Commissioner McSwain, seconded by Commissioner Barr to approve the minutes of the November 1st, 2017 Special Meeting, November 13th, 2017, Regular Meeting, November 15th, 2017 Special Meeting, November 20th, 2017 Special Meeting, November 27th Special Meeting, and November 29th Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.  Motion carried with four ayes.
 
AGENDA ITEM 2
Motion by Commissioner McSwain, seconded by Commissioner Barr to approve and pay weekly expenses.  Motion carried with four ayes. Exhibits
 
AGENDA ITEM 3
Motion by Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Lout, to approve officers’ reports.  Motion carried with four ayes. Exhibits
 
AGENDA ITEM 4
Non Action Item: Public comments on agenda items.  
 
AGENDA ITEM 5
Agenda Item Passed.
 
AGENDA ITEM 6
Agenda Item Passed.
 
AGENDA ITEM 7
Agenda Item Passed.
 
AGENDA ITEM 8
Presentation by Mr. Bobby Daw regarding the Shelby County Expo Center.
 
AGENDA ITEM 9
Motion by Commissioner Barr, seconded by Commissioner Allen, to appoint Bobby Daw as custodian of the Shelby County Expo Center.  Motion carried with four ayes.
 
AGENDA ITEM 10
Motion by Commissioner McSwain, seconded by Commissioner Lout, to adjourn.  Motion carried with four ayes.
 
Meeting adjourned 9:58 a.m.
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Minutes


 

The Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners Court was called to order by  Judge Allison Harbison, at 9:30 A.M. on the 8th day of December, 2017, in the Community Room of the Shelby County Courthouse, Center, Texas.
 
PRESENT: 
 
County Judge Allison Harbison
Commissioner Roscoe McSwain
Commissioner Jimmy Lout
Commissioner Charles Barr
Commissioner Bradley Allen
County Clerk  Jennifer L. Fountain, County Clerk
 
AGENDA ITEM 1
Motion by Commissioner Barr, seconded by Commissioner Allen, to approve and pay weekly expenses.  Motion carried with four ayes. Exhibit
 
AGENDA ITEM 2
Motion by Commissioner Barr, seconded by Commissioner McSwain, to table agenda item.  Motion carried with four ayes.
 
AGENDA ITEM 3
Motion by Commissioner McSwain, seconded by Commissioner Allen, to approve the Donation Agreement between the Center Industrial Development Foundation, Inc., and Shelby County for cleaning and repair of the Historical Courthouse.  Motion carried with four ayes.
Exhibit
 
AGENDA ITEM 4
Motion by Commissioner Barr, seconded by Commissioner McSwain, to approve the quote for cleaning the Historical Courthouse.  Motion carried with four ayes. Exhibit
 
AGENDA ITEM 5
Motion by Commissioner McSwain, seconded by Commissioner Barr, to approve the quote for repairing the Historical Courthouse.  Motion carried with four ayes. Exhibit
 
AGENDA ITEM 6
Motion by Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Lout, to approve the Interlocal Agreement between Deep East Texas Self Insurance Fund and Shelby County regarding Workers Compensation.  Motion carried with four ayes. Exhibit
 
AGENDA ITEM 7
Motion by Commissioner Allen, seconded by Commissioner Lout, to adjourn.  Motion carried with four ayes.
 
Meeting adjourned 10:20 A.M.
 
 
 
 

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2018 March Primary Elections


 

 

For a complete list of those who are running click the link below.

 

 

For the List Click Here:

 

This will dowload a PDF file.

 

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One Vehicle Fatality Wreck on 96 North


 

A single vehicle fatality crash happened on December 7th , 2017 at 7:01 a.m. on 96 North 400 feet from county road 3760.  According to Texas DPS officials a 2011 blue Doge driven by Joseph Michael Windham Sr. 35 of Center was headed south bound on HWY 96 and failed to negotiate a right hand curve. 

 

The vehicle crossed the roadway did not apply the brakes and hit a group of trees lodging the vehicle in between two trees facing south bound.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

 

 

 
 

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Weather Update


 

 
Last month was the 19th driest November in U.S. records dating back to
1895*. Outside of the Northwest and the eastern Great Lakes, most of the
contiguous U.S. was drier than average (see Figure 3 below), with large
swaths of “much below average” precipitation. A mere 0.08” of moisture was
observed in Lincoln, NE, from October 15 through December 7; it’s the least
precipitation on record.  
 
 
 
 

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Holiday News 12-12-17


 

 

 

 

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Tracy Broadway to Run For J.P Pct. 5


 

 

 

 

 

To the voters of Shelby County, Pct. 5:
 
I’m announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for Shelby County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5. 
 
I was born and raised in Timpson, and have lived most of my life in the community. I’m a 1980 graduate of Timpson High School where I was involved in numerous activities, including a proud member of the Bear Band, FFA, and other organizations. I also attended Panola College and Stephen F. Austin State University.
 
My wife, Tammy & I are the parents of six children, and five grandchildren. 
I’ve served on several community and church boards, including past president of the Timpson Chamber of Commerce, The Center Optimist Club, a Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Boys & Girls Club of Shelby County, and former administrative board chairman of the Timpson First United Methodist Church, in addition to being a member of the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department. I’ve recently been chosen to be on the Timpson Economic Development Corporation.
 
Professionally, I’ve been involved in media ownership, management, an account executive, on-air announcer and journalist for 38 years. Including publisher & editor of the Timpson-Tenaha News and The Shelby Countian newspaper, as well as Center Broadcasting and other radio, TV and newspaper companies in Texas and Louisiana.
 
My wife is office administrator for M&M Insurance in Center, San Augustine, Hemphill and Nacogdoches.
 
My purpose in seeking the J.P. position is simple. I believe that public service is incumbent on all of us and we need to give back when possible. I also feel one should always be proud of their hometown and community. Serving as your J.P. would be an honor!
 
My parents, Charlotte, and the late Forest Broadway instilled those traits in me, and their long-time work-habits and dedication continue to inspire me. My mother has worked in Timpson continuously for 66 years, and has been at the City of Timpson the past 34. My dad began several businesses in Timpson, and inspired a number of young men and women to pursue their dreams, and always to be respectful, honest and fair.  
 
Current J.P. Pct. 5, Michael Crouch has decided to not seek re-election. He has served the office with diligence, and I commend him for his service. 
 
It’s my intention to provide full-time fair, honest, dependable and respectful J.P. services to the Timpson community, with dedication to the position set forth by Judge Crouch, and former judges Jim Powers, and the late Bruce Samford, Sr., Robert Billingsley and others.
I will work with Timpson and Shelby County law enforcement and other county officials, as well as the City of Timpson and Timpson ISD to insure Texas laws are upheld through the justice process. 
 
I intend to receive the proper state training and be fully certified for the J.P. position before taking office in January 2019. I’ll also receive continuing education as needed.
Again, I stress I will be a full-time J.P. with regular office hours, and available to the public as needed.
 
I encourage anyone with questions or comments to call me at 936-591-1939 or email me tallen979@gmail.com.
 
 

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State of Texas v. Christopher Jamar Cartwright


 

The criminal jury trial of Christopher Jamar Cartwright began this morning 12-11-17 in the 123rd Judicial District Court.  The Defendant is facing three criminal felony charges - obstruction, retaliation, and tampering with evidence arising out of an February 2016 encounter with DPS Trooper Dustin Ramos.  The proceedings are open to the public.
 
 
 
 

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Stock A Ram For Santa Winner


 

 

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Ugly Sweater Run Winners List Complete


 
 
 
8th grade and under:
 
 
 
1st Alan Valadez
 
2nd Jose Valadez
 
 
High School & under 
 
 
Antonio Chavez
 
 
 
Jesus Gonzalez
 
 
 
 
Fabian Morales
 
 
20-29
 
 
Vanessa Goings
 
Jenny Nichols - Photo Unavailable 
 
30-39 
 
 
Benjamin Prostell
 
 
Charles Goings
 
Sally Ross
 
40-49
 
 
Holly Burns
 
50-59
 
Photos Unavailable
 
Robin Conway
Donna Bowden
Becky Harkness
 
 
Ugliest Sweater
 
 
 
 
 
Benjamin Prostell
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

Sunday 62 and less wind. upper 30's.  Another freeze on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning of about the same 30-31 low as tonight and tomorrow am. 
 
This week the days will continue to be sunny and in the 60's and maybe higher when the Gulf winds pick up during the period.
 
 

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San Augustine Football Update


 

 

Game 59 winner is San Augustine WOLVES 50-14 over Centerville
 
Game 60 winner is Refurio Bobcats 38-14 over Mason
 
*Championship bracket Below:*
 
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

Yes, we did get snow across a large portion of Texas. Yes, we did get cold
all across Texas. Here in San Augustine it ranged from nothing to the North
to a couple of inches in the Southern part of the County. *
 
*Below is the PWS tracking of the cold & moisture from the  yesterday's
event here in San Augustine County:*
 
 
 
   
- *Goeff Reeder in the North: December 8th: 22.5 degrees, 19 dew point,
   39% humidity and 0 moisture*
   
- *Norman Neel in the North: registered  24.7degrees an 0 moisture*
 
 - *Here in San Augustine: 23.1 degrees with a dew point of 19.3,
   humidity 48%, only .03 moisture. *
   
- *Swanson Hill in Mid SA County: 25.3 degrees, 56% humidity and.09
   moisture*
 
 - *Broaddus in the **Southern part of the County: is out of service *
 
 
*Low-latitude snow lovers rejoiced while others groaned Thursday and
Friday, as a narrow stripe of snowfall produced larger-than-expected
amounts from far western and southern Texas into parts of the Deep South.
Ironically, the dryness of the air feeding into the cold side of this
system may have helped it to produce as much snow as it did so far South. 
 
 

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Brandi Wright Memorial Service Expense Bake Sale


 

 

 

 

 

Going on today 12-9-17 at the Napa parking lot in Center is a charity bake sale fundraiser to help pay for Brandi Wrights funeral expenses.

 
 
 

 

 

 

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Santa Day at the New Life Church


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Day 2017 was held today 12-9-17 at the Center New Life Church.  

 
The event featured a lot of activities for children to do below, including free 8 x 10 photos with Santa Claus below are some videos and pictures from the event.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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Santa Rides a Motorcycle Toy Drive


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Santa Rides a Motorcycle 37th Annual Toy Drive is going on today 12-9-17 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the downtown Center City Square they are set up right across the street from Margaritas resturant in the middle of the square, next to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce building.  

 

 

Video Interview:

 

 

 

 

 

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Ugly Sweater Run Video & Pictures


 

 

 

 

Run Opening

 

 

 

 

Winner of the Ugly Sweater Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Wins


 

 
San Augustine 50
 
Centerville 14
 
--     WAY TO GO WOLVES!!!!
 
 

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San Augustine Football Game Weather Update


 

 

At 8:45 pm in Palestine it is 29.4 degrees and here in San Augustine it is 24.8 degrees and that should be our low for this evening and tomorrow morning. no wind at either location.
 
GO WOLVES GO!   BEAT CENTERVILLE! and at the half...they are playing very well according to the MaxPreps scoreboard scoretracker.
 
San Augustine Wolves Inline image 1 28    Centerville 7
 
 
 
 

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Special Shelby County Commissioner's Court Meeting


 

 

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 December, 2017 at 9:30am 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. Adjourn. 
 
 

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City of Center City Council Meeting


 

 

The Center City Council will have a meeting on Monday 12-13-17 at 5 p.m. at the Center City Hall.
 
Note: The City of Center issued the wrong date of the meeting it is December 13th not November.
 
 
 
This will download a PDF file.
 
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 12TH day of December 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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Jurdy Duty Cancelled 273rd District Court


 

 

The Jury called for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:30 am for Judge Rafferty has been cancelled.

 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted San Augustine Rural Water Supply


 

Boil Water Notice Rescinded
December 8, 2017
 
The water on San Augustine Rural WSC no longer requires boiling.
 
 
On December 5, 2017, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System, #2030007, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
San Augustine Rural Water has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of December 8, 2017. 
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the office: 
 
220West Columbia Street
 San Augustine, Texas.
936-288-0489
or
 Charles Sharp 936 -201-5001.
 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
 
If a customer, individual or employee wishes to contact the executive director, please call (512)239-4691. 
 
 
 
 

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Stock A Ram Toy Drive Photo


 

 

The sixth annual Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Stock a Ram for Santa ended today 12-8-17 the winner of the 50 inch screen TV will be chosen on Monday 12-11-17 the results will be announced on our stations 100.5 fm and 930 am.  It will also be publish on our website so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 
 

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Weather Update For San Augustine Football Game


 

 

Many of you have written about your snow and how nice it was to see.... and
NOT... have to shovel or try to drive on it! That is true. I do remember
the bad that went with my years in West Texas and the snow back then.
Several of you have sent pictures of some really great landscape scenes.
 
It was widespread snow. Both of my daughters saw snow also. The one in
Houston had just a slight covering, or as someone who wrote, "just a
dusting".   My other daughter lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently
getting much more snow than we experienced around here.
 
 
*FOR THIS EVENING'S PLAYOFF GAME:*
 
*Right now in Palestine, they have 1 mile per hour winds from the NNW and
are in the mid 30's temperature wise. They have high cloud cover right now
and are expecting it to burn off and warm to a toasty mid 40's. The winds
are expected to increase to 8-10 mph by noon, but will die down to 1-2 mph
by game time with a temp in the mid to upper 30's.*
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of December, 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 the minutes of the November 1, 2017 Special meeting, November 13, 2017 Regular meeting, November 15, 2017 Special meeting, November 20, 2017 Special meeting, November 27, 2017 Special meeting, and the November 29, 2017 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners; Court.
 
2.  Approve weekly expenses.
 
3.  Approve Officers Report.
 
4.Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5.  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.
 
6.  District Attorney’s office to create a part-time internship to be paid out of forfeiture funds.
 
7.  DA to discuss mounting televisions in the District Courtrooms.
 
8.  Presentation by Bobby Daw regarding the Shelby County Expo Center.
 
9.  Discuss and possibly take action on a custodian for the Shelby County Expo Center.
 
10.  Adjourn. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Holiday Evening News 12-8-17


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday News 12-8-17


 

 

 

 

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Tenaha Tigers Win


 

 

 

 

 

The Tenaha Tigers won last nights 12-7-17 football game.  Final score Tenaha Tigers 59 Timpson Bears 0.  The Tigers are now 9-time Regional Football champions.  

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Snow in the San Augustine Area


 

Some very pretty snow on the grass and garden areas that do not touch the soil itself.  Nothing is sticking to streets or pavements they are mostly still too warm for any winter stuff to stick. And the drive I just took shows the same for bridges and over passes.
 
If you have travel plans this moring 12-8-17 be sure to check those for their conditions. This should be all over with before too long this evening. Radar shows fairly rapid movement of the weather following the Cold Front to the South & East into LA. 
 
Current Readings & Status:
 
 
 
For the San Augustine ISD Wolves Quarter final Football game in Palestine, a mix of Sun & clouds with mid 40's for a high & the winds early, but dying out by game time. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. very little wind and 34-35 degrees.  Remember: Wolves are to be seated on the HOME side of the stadium.
 
 
Snow Pictures:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

 

 
 
LUFKIN – TxDOT is planning to conduct a Public Hearing to receive public comments on the proposed US 59 Corrigan Relief Route (future I-69) on Dec. 14.  The hearing will be held at the Corrigan Camden High School, 504 S. Home Street in Corrigan.
 
An Open House will be held prior to the Public Hearing from 4 – 5:45 pm in a come-and-go format. During the open house, the public is invited to view the displays, maps, environmental documentation, and discuss the project with TxDOT staff.
 
At 6 pm, TxDOT will begin the formal Public Hearing which will include a presentation on the proposed project, environmental review document, and right of way process.  For public comments to be part of the official record, the public can provide verbal comments at the public hearing following the presentation or submit written comments to the Lufkin District by the December 29, 2017.
 
The proposed project involves the construction of a controlled access relief route west of existing US 59 in the City of Corrigan, from 3 miles south of US 287 to 3.4 miles north of US 287 in Polk County.
 
A relief route at Corrigan was identified as a top five priority section for I-69 development by the I-69 Segment Two Committee. The relief route will include:
 
 
  *   New US 59 northbound and southbound main lanes which will have controlled access.  Access to main lanes would be allowed via entrance and exit ramps.
 
*   Newly constructed overpasses along the relief route at Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), US 287 and Union Springs Rd.
 
  *   Additional bridges over several creek crossings.
 
 
An open house was held in 2015 to gather public comments on the proposed route. Using public comments and recommendations from the Value Engineering study, TxDOT made adjustments to the schematic by reducing the project limits, minimizing right of way and improving access at the south end of the project near Laurelia Estates and at the north end of the project near the Old Highway 35 intersection.
 
Once comments are received from the hearing, TxDOT will submit the final schematic and environmental documents for approval. Once approved, right of way appraisals and acquisitions will begin. Currently no construction funds have been allocated for this project, but the current estimate for construction is about $158 million.
 
For more information or special needs accommodations, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

Below is the current **NWS **Weather  Radar Map with the cold
front, snow/sleet to our West, rain to our East, and the temperature/wind
direction/speed overlay from the Personal Weather Stations located in the
map area shown.
 
 
 
 
 

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Update on Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 

UPDATE on the Tenaha City Council Meeting. At the last City of Tenaha City Council meeting that was held this past Monday December 4th, 2017.  The Tenaha City Council selected a new Maintenance Tech, City Secretary, and Deputy from a group of applications. 

 

According to Mayor Pro Term Nataile Harris Maunel Mendoza was selected as the maintenance tech. The person selected for city secretary was Jessica Jones and, Robert Carlsen was chosen as deputy.

 

The City of Tenaha will have a parade on December 16th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Texas DPS Update on Sabine River Search


 

 

 

UPDATE: According to Texas DPS official David Hendry.

 

The search of the Sabine River that was conducted on November 28th has been concluded and is part of an ongoing investigation involving Charles Dearing Jr.

 

No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Evening News 12-7-17


 

 

 

 

 

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VFW Pear Harbor Day Memorial Program


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Program was held today 12-7-17 at the Senior Nutrition Site in Center.  
 
 
VFW Post Quarter Master Larry Hume
 
 
Mr. Larry Hume Local VFW Post Quarter Master lead the ceremonies.  The VFW members placed red,white, and blue roses on the stand in honor brave Americans who have served.  The public was then invited to place the remain roses in honor of veterans that they know.
 
 
 
 
Jheri- Lynn McSwain with the Texas A&M Agri-Life extension gave a presentation about quilts.  The ceremony ended with a speech given by Ms. Nutt. Below is video coverage and pictures from the event. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Freeze Warning


 

A Freeze warning is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 9 am CST Friday... The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a freeze warning, which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 9 am CST Friday.

 

* Event...cold high pressure will bring freezing temperatures to the entire arklatex overnight. * Timing...widespread freezing is expected around mid-evening and continue through mid-morning Friday. Low temperatures will range from around 20 degrees in southeast Oklahoma to around 30 degrees across the Toledo Bend Reservoir and west-central Louisiana.

 

* Impact...precautions should be taken to protect your four P's(pets, pipes, people,and plants) from the freezing conditions. Also look in on you neighbors and the elderly. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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CRIME STOPPERS SEEKS INFORMATION ON WANTED FUGITIVE


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a wanted felony fugitive. As of the issuance of this bulletin,  JACK STERNS, JR. is wanted by Nacogdoches Police for a felony warrant for AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. Sterns is an African-American male, age 27, 5’11 tall, 182 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes. ALL WARRANTS SHOULD BE VERIFIED.
NEVER APPROACH OR ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND A WANTED FUGITIVE. CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY.
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE LOCATION OF THIS FUGITIVE CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 560-INFO (4636) OR SUBMIT A TIP ON OUR WEBSITE AT www.ncstips.com. All information is confidential and you never have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for the FIRST, MOST ACCURATE TIP that results in the apprehension of this fugitive.
 

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Fatal Crash in the Nacogdoches Area


 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers investigated a two vehicle fatal crash this afternoon 12-6-17 on US 59, just north
of FM 941.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 12:30 p.m., a 1997 GMC
pickup failed to yield right of way from a parking lot and was struck by a 2003
International commercial vehicle traveling north on US 59.
 
The driver of the truck tractor is identified as David Trawick, 62, from Rusk, TX.
Trawick was not reported as being injured as a result of the crash.
 
The driver of the GMC pickup is identified as Elizabeth Gomez, 22, from
Nacogdoches, TX. Gomez was pronounced deceased at a Nacogdoches hospital.
This crash remains under investigation.
 
No additional information is available at this time.
 
 

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Holiday Evening News 12-6-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Empty Stocking Fundraiser Cancelled


 

The Empty Stocking Fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday December 9th, 2017 has been cancelled. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Holiday Community Calendar 12-6-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Band Christmas Extravaganza 2017


 

 

 

 

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Winter Food Safety Tips


 

WASHINGTON, - The most wonderful time of the year is already here. Some of us stay home for the holidays; others travel to visit relatives or friends. Regardless of the destination, one thing that does not change is that food is always part of the celebration.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is here to share food safety tips to ensure the food you prepare for your friends and family is safe and your holiday season won’t be remembered for the wrong reason - food poisoning. Holiday Food Safety ‘-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist in English or Spanish at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

 

For Food Safety Tips Click Here:

 

Yes the date says December 19th, 2017 that is the offical press release date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 12-6-17


 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Room Will Close


 

 

 

The Shelby County Community Partners Rainbow Room will be closing effective on December 29th, 2017, following an extensive search to find an individual or organization to continue the project.  Current board members will step down after many years of volunteer service to Child Protective Services.  
 
All remaining items in the Rainbow Room will be donated to the Children's Services Board in San Augustine and will continue to be used for children in Shelby and San Augustine Counties.  All funds remaining after Christmas will be donated to the Child Advocacy Center and will continue to be used for abused and neglected children in the two counties.
 
The Community Partners volunteers have expressed their deep appreciation to the community for their overwhelming concern and support for children who are victims of abuse and neglect.  
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

*A wintry mix is possible across central Texas and parts of North Texas
Wednesday and Wednesday night.  Areas of light rain, potentially mixed
with light sleet at times, are expected to develop late tonight into
Wednesday across much of central Texas and parts of North Texas. The most
probable location for sleet to mix with the rain tonight is south and west
of a line from Graham to Rockwall to Hearne. No accumulations of sleet are
expected due to above freezing surface temperatures. Temperatures are
expected to continue to cool through the day Wednesday. By Wednesday
afternoon, some light snow could mix with rain west of Interstate 35 and
south of Interstate 20, and continue across parts of central Texas
Wednesday night before all precipitation comes to an end. *
 
* If your travel plans take you to these areas, please check on the
road conditions and weather status!*
 
*Surface temperatures are expected to remain in the mid 30s during this
time, so any wintry precipitation should melt rather quickly. Any light
accumulations on Wednesday would be confined to grassy or elevated
surfaces. As always, precautions should be taken while driving on any
elevated roads or bridges when wintry precipitation is occurring.
 
*...What... a wintry mix possible. *
*...Where...south and west of a line from Graham to Rockwall to Hearne. *
*...When... tonight through Wednesday night. Amount... little if any,
mainly on grassy surfaces. *
 
*...IMPACTS:......... precautions are always advised when driving on
elevated roads and bridges when wintry precipitation is occurring.*
 
 
 
 

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POLICE ISSUE HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS


 

 

 
 
(Nacogdoches,Tx)  During the holiday season, people are often busy, excited, and sometimes a bit careless. The Nacogdoches Police Department issues the following suggestions to help keep your holiday season safe and happy.
 
At Home:
 
Be sure and lock all windows and doors when you leave your house or apartment.
 
Don’t display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before going away on holiday trips.
 
If you go out for the evening, turn on a light or radio so your home appears to be occupied.
 
If you take a holiday trip, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbor or friend check on your home, keep the yard, and pick-up mail and newspaper deliveries.
 
Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if contributions are tax deductible, etc.
 
Be careful when posting on social media about being absent from your home. Never post specific vacation plans or departure and arrival times and dates.
 
Immediately after the holidays, mark new gifts with your driver license number and record new serial numbers.
 
Test your smoke detectors.
 
 
Use only fire-resistant ornaments on your tree and make sure that electric lights are functioning properly. Don’t leave the lights on overnight or when you are away from home.
 
Avoid leaving boxes from purchases (TV, VCR, computer, etc) out on the curb for trash pickup. Break these boxes down, and place inside a trash bag. 
 
While Shopping:
 
Shop before dark if possible. Coordinate shopping trips with a friend. Never park in an unlit lot or area, no matter how convenient it is.
 
Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk. Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed.
 
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.
 
To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages. Have your car keys out and ready before leaving the store.
 
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not in a rear trouser pocket.
 
Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never go into a parking lot alone.
 
 
 
 
Holiday Party Safety:
 
Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
 
Serve something to eat before serving alcoholic beverages. High protein foods stay in the stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into the system.
 
Have alternative transportation for intoxicated persons. Never allow guests to drink and drive.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice San Augustine Rural Water Supply


 

 

Due to a major break in a main line within the City of San Augustine, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the San Augustine Rural Public Water System  PWS  #2030007 to notify all customers  to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).  Children, Seniors and Persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
 
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. 
 
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
 
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. 
 
Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.
 
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact San Augustine Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
 or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.
 
 
 

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Recall Lists


 

 
For all those of you who plan to do shoping for the holidays here is a list of recalls from companies.
 
 
Recall Lists: (Click the Company Name for the List)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brookshire's (NOT Brookshire Bros. this is a different company) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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