Thursday Afternoon by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the East Texas Poultry Festival will be October 4-6 on the historic downtown square. One of several preliminary festivities is the Queen's Court Scholarship Pageant. The reigning East Texas Poultry Festival Queen, Macey Jo Hanson, will crown her successor on Saturday, September 29th on stage at Center High School.
The Queen's Court is comprised of young ladies entering their junior year in a Shelby County high school with a grade point average of 85 or above. Information packets will be available with the start of school from the pageant School Sponsor on each high school campus. Students should listen for announcements on their own campus.
The East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court program encompasses a month of activities. The committee creates informational events for the candidates and their escorts to participate in to develop their interpersonal skills. The program develops responsibility, etiquette, interview skills, conversation skills and their individual personality in varied settings.
The Queen's Court season is made possible in part by Platinum Sponsor, High Roller Wells, LLC. Gold Sponsors for the Queen’s Court season are Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, JML Management and Sombrero’s.
The 42nd East Texas Poultry Festival is presented by Farmers State Bank. Festival Gold Sponsors are the City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.
Thursday Afternoon by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
On August 14, 2018, the Desoto Parish Sheriff's Office and DeSoto Council on Aging hosted their quarterly Senior Fun Day at the Training Center located in Grand Cane, LA. Over 140 were in attendance for this event which included games, door prizes, BINGO, food and much more. Sheriff Jayson Richardson spoke to the crowd and presented an award to Council on Aging Administrator Cheryl Lane and Board President Will Richardson in appreciation for dedicated service and support to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and the S.A.F.E. Program. Other speakers were Brian Williams with District 8 Fire Department speaking on storm preparedness, Jane Leone and Christy Shoalmire of Citizens Bank spoke on current check fraud and scams, and Rosalind Patterson of Patterson Purvis Funeral Home who spoke on the importance of life insurance and proactive planning. DeSoto EMS was also on site providing free blood pressure and blood sugar testing. We would like to thank State Representative Larry Bagley for coming out and speaking at the event, EMS Administrator Joe Magee, District 8 Fire Chief Bill Deloach, Captain Phillip Daniels and our DeSoto Auxiliary for assisting in this event.
The updated Hurricane outlook calls for a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity during the 2018 hurricane season, which runs from June 1st through November 30th:
9-13 Named Storms, which includes the three named storms to date
4-7 Hurricanes, which includes the two hurricanes to date
0-2 Major Hurricanes
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) range of 50%-100% of the median, which includes 16% ACE from the three named storms to date.
The seasonal activity is expected to fall within these ranges in 70% of seasons with similar conditions and uncertainties to those expected this year. These ranges do not represent the total possible ranges of activity seen in past similar years.
The predicted ranges are centered below the 1981-2010 season averages of about 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.
To date, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has produced 4 named storms, of which 2 became hurricanes.
For the remainder of the season, we expect an additional 5-9 named storms, with 2-5 becoming hurricanes and 0-2 of those becoming major hurricanes.
Now that school is back in session it is time to start thinking about honoring a group of VFW heroes, the teachers. Prime candidates for VFW Teacher of the Year are those who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, patriotism and help students develop a better understanding of democratic values.
Anyone other than relatives or self can make the nomination. In 350 words or less tell why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award, describing the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods as well as his or her dedication to education. Submit your neatly typed nomination and the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award nomination form to Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 614 Tenaha Street, Center, TX 75935 by the deadline of October 31, 2018. Forms can be picked up at this address, emailed to you or downloaded at vfw.org by clicking the community tab, youth and education.
Winners are chosen from teachers in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 at the post level and receive $100.00 and nominated to district. Winners in each grade category here are given another $100.00 and nominated to state. State winners receive $500.00 and compete at the national level. The national winners receive $1000.00 as does their school and are given an all-expense paid trip to attend a VFW Conference (usually Washington D.C.) to receive their award.
Wednesday Afternoon by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
On August 10, 2018, the Tri-Parish Narcotics Taskforce received a complaint in reference to possible drug activity at a residence in Logansport, LA. Upon further investigation contact was made with Crystal Foss (W/F - 03/17/1975) of Joaquin, Tx. at a residence in the Logansport area. Consent was given to do a search and agents were able to locate suspected methamphetamine on Foss’s person. Foss was taken into custody and booked into the Desoto Parish Detention Center on the following charges:
Possession of Meth
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Obstruction of Justice
Resisting by Force and Battery on a Police Officer
Wednesday Afternoon by Judge Allison Harbison
The burn ban for Shelby County has been lifted. The Commissioners Court would like to stress that anyone burning should still be cautious. The northwest part of the county is still fairly dry so please be safe and careful when burning.
Daddy Doyle's had their official ribbon cutting ceremony in Tenaha, Texas on 8-15-18 at 11 a.m. The business which was formerly the Tiger Stop was purchased by new owners husband and wife Doyle & Michelle Green. They used to own a business located in the Nacogdoches area. Center Broadcasting Company meet with the couple and Mr. Doyle shared why he wanted to purchase the Tenaha based business.
Networking and joint operation between Tenaha PD, San Augustine Sheriff Department, and San Augustine PD. lands three in jail for felony money laundering, possession of marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm. Operation leads to the seizure of $15,261.00, one semi-automatic pistol and marijuana.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 15th day of August, 2018 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.Public comments on agenda item.
3.Discuss and possibly accept contribution of a welding machine for Commissioner Pct. 3
4.Discuss and possibly take action on the current burn ban.
5.Tax-Assessor-Collector to address court to discuss and possible take action to end or renew contract with Computer Information Concepts.
6.Debora Riley to submit Notice of calculation of effective and rollback tax rates.
7.Discuss and approve Proposed 2018 County Tax Rate. Set 2 public hearing dates and times if needed.
This time on Agriculture in East Texas I journeyed to Martinsville, TX to meet with Mr. Archie Haddox a beekeeper. Mr. Haddox lent me a beekeeper outfit and showed me how to smoke and feed bees. Mr. Haddox was very knowledgeable about bees and I myself learned a few bee facts, in this bee-autiful episode.
About A Week Ago by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office would like to update the public on Michael Langford (W/M - 39 years old) who was reported missing by his family on July 18, 2018. Michael is from the Stonewall area, is described as around 6 feet tall, 190lbs, blue eyes, with brown hair. Michael suffers from manic depression but is not considered a danger to others.
Michael's last known whereabouts are believed to be in McAlester, OK on August 3, 2018. Local authorities in that area have been notified. Michael is still in need of proper medication due to his medical conditions.
If anyone has seen Michael Langford or has any information on his location, please contact Lt. Brett Cooper of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, (318) 872-3956.
The Grand Jury, for the County of Shelby, State of Texas of 123rd Judicial District Court charged former Tenaha J.P PCT. 4 Jenny Hicks with unlawfully appropriating and misusing traffic fines paid to the City of Tenaha, through her office in the amount of $6,685.60. According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, her bonds were a $7,500 bond for the theft charge and a $5,000 bond for the abuse of official capacity charge.
Debra K. Thomas and Retha Swindell were inducted into the Women's Basketball League Hall of Fame. There will be a Banquet Celebration at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center, TX on September 1st, 2018. For more information call 936-598-4220 or 936-591-4918.
About A Week Ago by Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Christopher Wuyts, 34, of Porter and Nicholas Winder, 23, of The Woodlands, after a recent traffic stop revealed a large amount of cash and illegal narcotics.
On August 7, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m. while on patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Sergeant Josh Tipton observed a 2001 white Ford pickup at an intersection in Tenaha. Tipton observed both the driver and passenger to be visibly nervous and reaching for items in the vehicle.
When the light turned green, Tipton drove through the intersection continuing to monitor the subjects. Upon passing the vehicle, Tipton observed the driver to make a turn off US Hwy 59 onto a side road without using a turn signal. Tipton turned around and caught up to the vehicle at a stop sign. The vehicle turned back on to US Hwy 59 North failing to signal again.
Tipton ran the vehicle identifiers through the SCSO Communications Division and no record was found on the vehicle. At this time, Tipton turned on his lights and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle traveled .3 miles before stopping prior to going into Panola County.
Tipton contacted both the driver and passenger who both appeared extremely nervous. While obtaining information regarding travel plans, the stories did not match. At one point during the roadside interview, the driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. After talking to both subjects for an extended period of time, Tipton requested to do a search of the vehicle and permission was denied. Tipton contacted the SCSO Communications Division and requested K-9 assistance from Panola County, if available.
Officer Richard Mojica and K-9 Roxie responded to the location. Prior to Mojica’s arrival, Shelby County Constable Pct. 4 Jake Metcalf arrived to assist Tipton with the scene.
Once on scene, K-9 Roxie performed a free open-air sniff around the vehicle and alerted a positive response of narcotics. A probable cause search was conducted.
During the search, a large quantity of what is believed to be liquid methamphetamine was found. The total weight was over six (6) pounds. Approximately 20 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was found, along with a large variety of pills and what is believed to be injectable testosterone as well as anabolic steroids. These items will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety lab in Tyler for testing.
During booking at the SCSO, Wuyts, driver of the vehicle, was found to be in possession of $5352.41 in U.S. currency and coins. The currency is believed to be derived from the sale of illegal narcotics. During the investigation, a $50 dollar bill was found to be counterfeit, dropping the total to $5302.41.
Wuyts and Winder were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-1); Possession of a Controlled Substance (F-3); Forgery (F-3); and Possession of Dangerous Drug (M-A).
Officers assisting with this search included SCSO Lieutenant Del Birdwell, SCSO Deputy Kurtes Lawrence, Constable Pct. 4 Jake Metcalf and DPS Trooper Sean Smith. The SCSO would like to extend great appreciation to Panola County Sheriff Officer Robert Mojica and K-9 Roxie for their assistance with this stop. The SCSO would also like to thank Joey Ross Towing for their assistance with removing the vehicle from the scene.
Seizure paperwork has been filed for the currency and vehicle obtained from this arrest.
Wuyts and Winder are being held at the Shelby County jail on bonds totaling $1,010,000.00 They were arraigned by 123 District Judge Leann Rafferty.
The Center Recycle bins have been moved to the City of Center facility on Riggs Street in Center. They are still useable by the public. They were moved due to some individuals throwing trash instead of recyclables in them. The blue dumpster shown in the background can be used for trash disposal. The City does plan on moving them back to the square in the future.
The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met today 8-8-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
1. They approved the minutes of the July 11th, 2018 regular meeting, July 18th Special meeting, and the July 25th, 2018 Special meeting.
2. They approved weekly expenses.
3. They approved the current payroll.
4. They approved officers reports, attached below.
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5. No public comments were given on agenda items.
6. They reappointed Mr. John Howard for a two-year term as a board member of the Burke Board of Trustees representing Shelby County.
7. They discussed lifting the burn ban for Shelby County but left it in place. Once again the burn ban is still in effect for Shelby County.
8. District Clerk, Lori Oliver presented a proposal on new case management systems for the District Clerk's office and Jury Management. Once full setup the idocket system would allow for easier storage and access to records. The Court took no action at this time, but are considering putting it in place in the future.
District Clerk Lori Oliver
9. They discussed using the idocket system for the Justice Courts but took no action at this time.
Certain articles of clothing and footwear are tax-free during the holiday. These include multi-purpose athletic clothing as well as professional and school uniforms that are purchased, not rented.
2. Non-Qualifying Items
Some items don't qualify. Clothing, footwear and protective-use gear specially designed for athletic activities are not included. However, multi-purpose clothing and footwear such as tennis shoes qualify for the exemption.
3. Lesser-Known Items
Some tax-free items won’t be on classroom supply lists. Hiking boots, bow ties, diapers, costumes and even veils – these items and much more are included. Get the complete list. You might be surprised by what you find.
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Center Broadcasting Company visited with local artist David Masterson. Mr. Masterson has opened an art gallery on the Downtown Center city square. In our interview, he discussed how art runs in his family. *Correction at the end of the video it is Davmor Art Gallery, not Dazmor.
On August 3, 2018, the DeSoto Parish Narcotics Task-Force closed a 10-month long investigation which led to two arrests in the Logansport Apartments in Logansport, LA. Narcotics Agents served a search warrant at the Apt. 1 residence on 201 North Bogle Rd. After executing the search warrant, drugs and other drug paraphernalia were located, and the subjects placed under arrest were: Tracy Carter (B/F - D.O.B. 11/16/1968) and Marshun D. Jenkins (B/M - D.O.B. 06/12/1987). Both subjects were booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on the following charges:
Tracy Carter was charged with:
5 Counts Distribution of Schedule II CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance)
Illegal use of CDS in the presence of persons under 17 years of age
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in Special Workshop session Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:30 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.
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.
The San Augustine ISD has given Center Broadcasting Company the authority to be the radio voice of all San Augustine Wolves’ Football this season. Games will air on 92.5 KXXE-FM in San Augustine, and will also be streamed on the company’s website, cbc-radio.com.
The season will kick-off at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30 when the Wolfpack takes on Big Sandy at Beckville’s R.C. Beauchamp Stadium. Handling the play-by-play will be veteran broadcaster, Tracy Broadway.
Center Broadcasting’s game-day coverage begins 30-minutes prior to kick-off with The Coach Marty Murr Show, hosted by longtime east Texas sportscaster, Don Wall. The segment will be a re-broadcast of Tuesday night’s live Don Wall’s Coaches Show at 9 p.m. on KQBB-FM 100.5, and streaming at cbc-radio.com.
“We’re thrilled to be able to broadcast Wolves Football, both home and away,” said Center Broadcasting Administrator Lori Alvis. “We appreciate the San Augustine ISD Administration, School Board and coaching staff for allowing the radio station the right to carry all games.”
Center Broadcasting was with the Wolves during the 2003 State Championship year, airing all games.
Ms. Alvis said the community and local businesses have reacted very favorably to the news, and are showing really good support of the airing of Wolves’ football. She added if any businesses would like to be a sponsor of the broadcast, please contact Center Broadcasting, 936-598-3304.
Nathan Phelps announces the opening of his new business, Roughrider Quick Lube, tomorrow Tuesday August 7th at 8:00am. Roughrider Quick Lube is next to Bob’s Pawn Shop on Hurst Street. Hours will be Monday thru Friday 8:00am until 6:00pm. Saturday hours are 8:00am until 5:00pm.
A new member Ribbon Cutting and Celebration will be held on September 13th from 11:00am until 1:00pm so mark your calendar.
Still Waters Cowboy Church all Mule Rodeo will be this Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at the Shelby County Rodeo Arena in Center, Texas. This rodeo features all its riders on mules which have a mind of their own, come out and see the entertaining rodeo and the best part is it is free to attend. The Rodeo starts at 8 p.m. so come on out!
LUFKIN – The nine county Lufkin District has many work zones set up through construction and maintenance projects. Motorists are asked to respect TxDOT work zones, reduce speed to the posted suggested speed limit and stay alert for moving equipment and workers. It is illegal to remove or drive around a TxDOT traffic control device, including barrels or cones. Obey all traffic control including lead cars and flaggers throughout a work zone.
“These laws are put into place to protect not only our workers but the motorists,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “There is not a county within our district that motorists won’t encounter a TxDOT work zone. We advise them to be patient and plan ahead for possible delays.”
Work schedules and project updates for the coming week of August 6-10 include:
US 59 South: Crews will be repairing surface joints from FM 324 to Diboll in southbound lanes. This project is designed to resurface the roadway from Whitehouse Drive in Lufkin to just north of Diboll. Daily lane closures expected.
US 69 South: Traffic has been switched on new road surface on the west side of the roadway just outside Huntington as work to mill up the old road and place base material begins.
US 69 South: Crews will be placing silt fence and installing temporary driveway culverts throughout the northern section of this construction project designed to widen the roadway from two to four lanes from FM 844 south of Huntington to FM 1270 in Zavalla. Crews also continue to clear right-of-way from FM 844 to Zavalla ahead of construction that will widen the roadway.
US 59/SL 287 East: Crews are scheduled to repair edges in various locations. Lane closures expected.
US 69/FM 326 South: Crews are scheduled to pour foundations and conduct underground work to prepare for signal poles at this project designed to add a traffic signal at this intersection.
FM 841: Crews continue to work to replace the bridge at Biloxi Creek. Crews are installing overhang brackets and tying steel for the bridge deck and building forms. This road is closed to traffic and detours are in place.
Various locations: Crews are scheduled to repair potholes and signs and monitor vegetation for herbicide treatment.
Various locations: Crews will be placing new street signs on the signal arms in Lufkin and Diboll.
FM 95: Work continues as crews form the bridge deck at the bridge replacement project at Terrapin Creek.
FM 1638: Crews are scheduled to seal the roadway and safety treat fixed objects from FM 698 to US 59/SL 224. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 226: Crews will continue to upgrade metal bean guard fence and safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to the end of pavement. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 2112: Work is scheduled to repair road base from SH 7 to FM 2713. Lane closures expected.
US 287 West: Crews are scheduled to repair base failures in various locations.
FM 942: Work is scheduled to repair base failures in various locations.
FM 62: Work is scheduled to repair base failures in various locations.
FM 350 North: Crews will continue to work on this project designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects. This project includes various locations on FM 350, FM 1725, FM 2610, FM 2665 and FM 3277. Motorists should prepare for lane closures.
Holly Grove Road: Crews will continue to place drill shafts at the bridge replacement project on Menard Creek.
Various locations: Crews will be striping and working to install profile pavement markings.
SH 150: Work is scheduled to correct drainage and washout issues in various locations.
FM 224: Work is beginning on this project designed to improve guardrail to design standards from SH 156 North to SH 156 South.
FM 946: Crews will work to repair and replace base in various locations.
FM 3128: Crews are scheduled to level up pavement in various locations.
FM 222: Contractors are scheduled to trim limbs from trees and remove dead trees from the right of way in various locations.
Various locations: Crews will monitor vegetation for herbicide treatment.
Various locations: Crews will be striping and working to install profile pavement markings.
FM 2262: Work is scheduled to apply cement on sections of this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement to 24-foot. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 1309: Crews are scheduled to seal the roadway.
FM 2912: Crews are scheduled to seal the roadway.
SH 19: Work is scheduled to remove a headwall and pour concrete for a new headwall on this project that is designed to upgrade guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from 1.6 miles north of FM 231 to the Trinity County line.
SH 7: Crews continue foundation repair work at the Trinity River Bridge. The work remains off the roadway, but motorists should use caution and stay alert to moving equipment.
SH 21 West: Crews are removing old concrete, placing base and treating the subgrade on this project designed to reconstruct the pavement and add passing lanes from 2.3 miles east of FM 2967 to SH 7. Temporary traffic signals are in place that allows for one way traffic across the bridge. Motorists should expect daily lane closures and detours.
FM 232: Base repair and level up is scheduled in various locations.
FM 227: Work continues to build forms and backfill cross structures on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 21 to SH 7. Daily lane closures expected.
SL 304: Mill and inlay work is scheduled from FM 229 to SH 21 West/SH 7 West and continue from US 287 and SH 19 moving west to SH 7. Lane closures expected.
SL 304: Base repair and overlay applications are planned near the schools. Lane closures expected.
Various locations: Crews are scheduled to repair signs and patch potholes.
US 96: Crews will continue to apply hot mix asphalt pavement on this project designed to plane and level up the roadway and apply a permeable friction course from US 84 to SH 87. Daily lane closures expected.
CR 4789: Crews are scheduled to place drill shafts on the bridge replacement project at the tributary of Blackwater Creek.
CR 4620: Crews are completing the detour bridge and metal beam guard fence and will begin placing drill shafts on this bridge replacement project at Risinger Creek.
Various locations: Crews will be replacing street signs on the signal arms in various locations in Center.
SH 21: Crews continue roadway approach work at the bridge replacement project at Perkins Creek and are scheduled to remove the bridge at Venado Creek. Daily lane closures expected.
SH 21: Crews will be placing hot mix at this bridge replacement project over Niciper Creek. Lane closures expected.
FM 711: Crews are mixing cement and hauling flex base on this project designed to reconstruct and widen the surface from the Shelby County line to US 96.
FM 1751: Work is planned that will remove high edges in various locations.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
The Xi Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was honored to make a donation to Center High School's annual Project Graduation. Pictured above is the 2018 Chairman of CHS Project Graduation, Shelley Locke, with Xi Alpha Delta Rho members Mindy Henson, President Anna Stuever and Benita Collard. Project Graduation is held each year at Center High School as a fun-filled all-night party for graduates of Center High School, intended to keep students safe in a drug-free, alcohol-free environment, while making memories with their classmates.
Project Graduation originated in Maine in response to the deaths of twelve teenagers in related highway crashes. The idea of Project Graduation is spreading across the nation during graduation and prom night, since these are the two most deadly nights for teenagers. Project Graduation has saved lives in every community where it is held and hundreds of schools in the state of Texas host these parties.
The Center Noon Lions Club held their meeting today 8-2-18 at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center Texas at 12:30 p.m. Durning the meeting they discussed the GMC Truck Raffle that they are having this year. The Truck which is a 2018 GMS Canyon will be raffled off during this year's Poultry Festival, raffle tickets are $100 a piece. For more information call: 936-598-6333 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today 8-2-18 at approximately 11:24 a.m. there was a gas leak that happened at the First United Pentecostal Church in Center, TX. The Center Fire department responded and blockaded the area. Fortunately, there was no fire or reported injuries.
TYLER, Texas and LUFKIN, Texas – July 31, 2018. Steele Holdings, Inc. (“SHI”), parent company of Arp, Texas-based wholly-owned subsidiary, American State Bank (“ASB”), today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Joaquin Bankshares, Inc. (“JBI”), and, thereby, indirectly acquire its wholly-owned subsidiary, Joaquin, Texas-based Texas State Bank (“TSB”). Pending regulatory approval and satisfaction of certain other closing conditions, the bank holding companies are expected to merge in late-2018, with SHI being the successor of the merger. In addition, pending applicable regulatory approval, it is expected that American State Bank and Texas State Bank will merge in early-2019, with American State Bank being the successor party of the merger.
Texas State Bank, a Texas banking association, has a total of seven offices, with one office in each of Huntington (Angelina County), Lufkin (Angelina County), Center (Shelby County), Timpson (Shelby County) and Chester (Tyler County), Texas and two offices in Joaquin (Shelby County), Texas. These offices span across six unique cities and three unique counties in Texas. Upon the anticipated merger of the two banks, the combined entity will have thirteen offices in nine cities and four counties across Texas.
As of June 30, 2018, Texas State Bank had total assets of $130.8 million. On a combined bases, American State Bank and Texas State Bank would have approximately $414.5MM in total assets.
“I am excited to announce the proposed acquisition of, and merger with, Joaquin Bankshares, Inc. and Texas State Bank,” said Kelly Sanders, President and CEO of American State Bank. “This merger with Texas State Bank makes sense for our customers and employees as both institutions share commonality in core values, sense of culture, and philosophy related to community banking. Combining our banks will allow us to better serve the growing needs of our customers, the customers of Texas State Bank, and provides new opportunities for the development and growth of the employees of our combined organization.”
“We are thrilled to be joining American State Bank,” said Mark Lowery, President and CEO of Texas State Bank. “This partnership will further strengthen our ability to meet the broadening needs of our customers through an expanded suite of products and services coupled with the benefits of an expanded geographic footprint. As a combined bank, we will be well-positioned to build a great foundation for future success and growth, leading to significant immediate and long-term benefits for our employees and customers. We are very proud of our institution and the many great people that have contributed to making Texas State Bank the great bank it is today. We look forward to continuing our success under new ownership and in partnership with American State Bank.”
“Texas State Bank is a tremendous organization with a rich history of going above and beyond the call of duty in serving the needs of its customers, communities, and employees,” noted Brandon T. Steele, Chairman of the Board and sole owner of SHI. “We are excited to have the Texas State Bank team join our growing bank. We share the same core values and commitment to the businesses that are the primary drivers of job growth and economic prosperity in the communities we serve. As a combined company, we look forward to broadening our ability to better serve our expanding customer base across Texas. Mark, and the entire Texas State Bank family, should be very proud of the exceptional bank they have built.”
Steele Holdings, Inc. was advised in this transaction by Hunton, Andrews Kurth LLP, as legal counsel. Joaquin Bankshares, Inc. was advised by Fenimore, Kay, Harrison and Ford, LLP, as legal counsel.
Jaden Washington a Shelby County local won this year's Miss Texas Teen. In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company, she expressed her gratitude for winning and told us what lead her into competing in beauty pageants, to begin with.
About Three Weeks Ago by Panola County Sheriff's Office Press Release
On Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at approximately 10:50 a.m., Panola county 911 received a call reporting a shooting at a residence on FM 959 north of Beckville, Texas. The caller reported that the actor fled the scene in a black Ford Explorer, still armed with an AK-47 type rifle.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased female victim inside the residence with a single gunshot wound. A witness reported that the suspect shot the victim with the AK style rifle after a brief altercation then demanded the keys to the witness's vehicle, which he fled the scene in. As the information became available, it was shared with surrounding agencies. During this short time frame, and before any of the information was available to be shared, a Tatum PD officer made contact with the suspect vehicle which appeared to be disabled on HWY 149 near the Tatum city limits. At the time the officer did not know that this was possibly the murder suspect due to the short period between the shooting and the information being obtained by investigators.
The Tatum officer called our office via the radio to report the disabled vehicle. The dispatcher on duty was able to give the Tatum officer the limited information we had just in case he observed the suspect vehicle. The Tatum officer advised that he believed the vehicle he was out with was possibly the suspect vehicle. The officer took cover and demanded the suspect out of the vehicle at which time the suspect took his own life with the suspected murder weapon. The officer was uninjured in the incident.
Tatum PD, Rusk County Sheriff's investigators, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident in Tatum. Panola County investigators are handling the murder with the assistance of the Texas Rangers. We will be working closely with all agencies involved to bring this case to a close. The names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time pending family notifications.
Jenny Hicks was suspended as Tenaha J.P. Pct. 4 and Mr. Jackie Kirkwood was appointed in her place. Center Broadcasting Company visited with him and learned he has been serving the public in one way or another his whole life.
About Three Weeks Ago by DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
On July 20, 2018, a patrol unit from DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 613 Catuna Road in Catuna, LA in reference to a complaint of numerous dogs in bad health conditions. When DeSoto Animal Control and the Deputy arrived at the address three dogs could be seen from the road that appeared to be severely malnourished. Upon further inspection, the Deputy and Animal Control was able to locate six more dogs at the residence. All nine dogs appeared to have been deprived of adequate water, food, or shelter during the 100+ degree weather. One dog was located with severe injuries to its facial area, while eight dogs were tied to a tree by heavy chains. No residents were home at the time. All nine dogs were seized by DeSoto Animal Control at that time and taken to the animal shelter. An investigation revealed that the address was registered to an Otis C. Williams Jr. (B/M - D.O.B. 10/27/1982). Upon arriving home, Williams located a notice left by DeSoto Animal Control that his dogs had been seized, and on July 21, 2018, Williams contacted the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office to inquire as to why his dogs had been taken. The Deputy then returned to the residence to question Williams at which time Williams admitted to being the owner of the dogs but adamantly insisted that he regularly feeds and waters the animals and that there was nothing wrong with them. Williams also revealed to the Deputy they had not been fed in three days. At that time, the Deputy advised Williams of his Miranda Rights. Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 1st day of August, 2018 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.Consider renewing the Declaration of Disaster and Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning.
The VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary held a memorial today 7-27-18 at 10 a.m. at the historical Shelby County Courthouse square in Center, TX. The memorial was held in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, our Korean War veterans were honored. Larry Hume VFW Post Quartermaster lead the event.